Last night I attended the 39th Annual SAB Sports Media Awards where they recognised the country’s best in the business at a gala event at the Wanderer’s Club. I was nominated for the Radio Sports Presenter of the year and won the Radio Sports Producer of the year award.
The judges were all extremely passionate about the industry, said convenor of judges, John Perlman. “Comments from judges included that some of the entries were ‘simply breath-taking and restored my faith in South African journalism’, while others spoke with equal passion about problems: ‘Because of the unrelenting pressure of daily shows, hourly bulletins and the beast of the 24-hour news cycle, a lack of creativity and originality has crept in’. Whether positive or negative these sentiments reflect a desire to see South African sports journalism flourish.”
Perlman said the Awards showed that there was “much to celebrate and lots to work on. Which is at is should be”.
“We aim to encourage new entrants into covering sport, increasing competition and further increasing quality of sports reporting. We are very proud of our deserving journalists who have done some excellent work,” said Refilwe Masemola, SAB Director of External Communications: Africa Zone.
Winners in each category received a cash prize of R15,000 with the winner of the Photography sub-category “Action Shot of the Year” and the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in each category receiving R5,000.
The awards also inducted soccer and rugby commentator Mthuthuzeli Scott into the SAB Sports Hall of Fame and acknowledged, esteemed sports freelance writer, Simnikiwe Xabanisa as the Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year.
The SAB Sports Media Award winners for 2019 are:
INTEGRATED MEDIA AWARDS
Winner: Lloyd Burnard, News24.com
Newcomer of the Year (photography, written, video and audio media): Joint award to Ahmed Kajee and Michael Pedro, both EWN
AUDIO MEDIA AWARDS
Sports Commentator of the Year: Johan Le Roux, Radio 2000
Sports Presenter of the Year: Thabiso Mosia, SAfm
Sports News Reporter of the Year: Mosibodi Whitehead, Kaya FM
Sports Producer of the Year: Jody Hendricks, RSG
Newcomer of the Year: Sibusiso Mjikeliso, TimesLive
WRITTEN MEDIA AWARDS
Sports Feature Writer of the Year: Sibusiso Mjikeliso
Sports Columnist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa, SA Rugby Mag
Sports News Reporter of the Year: Marizanne Kok, Beeld & Rapport
Newcomer of the Year: Lorenz Kohler , Kick Off
Sports Photographer of the Year: Sydney Seshibedi, Gallo Images
Action Shot of the Year: Wessel Oosthuizen, SASPA
VIDEO MEDIA AWARDS
Sports Commentator of the Year: Matthew Pearce, SuperSport
Sports News Reporter of the Year: Ronald Masinda, eNCA
Sports Producer of the Year: Tyrone Bailey, SuperSport
Sports Presenter of the Year: Julia Stuart, SuperSport
Newcomer of the Year: Benjamin Leshoro, Newzroom Afrika
Journalists’ Journalist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa, freelancer
Hall of Fame: Mthuthuzeli Scott, SABC