The ‘African growth story’ is born on the continent. It is none other than South Africa’s Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, now remade and open to reporters across Africa for the first time.
Potential candidates should be working for African media vehicles such as print, TV, radio and online media based in Africa, and targeted at African audiences, the Cape Town-based financial services group said.
Sanlam said the competition will award outstanding, in-depth reporting that highlights and contributes towards the economic rise of the continent. News value, rigour in reporting, originality, impact and storytelling are among the criteria that will be used in the judging of the ‘African Growth Story’ award, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company added.
Sanlam CEO, Dr Johan van Zyl, said the group was delighted to extend the invitation to journalists across Africa. “Our own growth story has made us very aware of the amazing journey that the continent is on,” he said in a statement.
“We believe in the potential of Africa, and in the contribution good journalism is making towards unlocking this potential and are therefore delighted to use these awards as a vehicle to honour outstanding reporting.”
Any reporting that specifically covers and highlights the African growth story will be rewarded. The same applies for the reporting that deals with the economic awakening and rise of the continent as a whole in a meaningful, effective way.
Stories should focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investments, infrastructural development, economic and monetary policies and related issues and challenges, Sanlam said.
“Stories can be presented from a particular country’s perspective, but should pertain to issues which have broader relevance for the continent.”
The 96-year-old company now has a presence in 10 African besides South Africa. These are Kenya, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania.
To enter the competition, log in http://www.sanlam.co.za/journoawards, where full details can be found.