Nat Nakasa Award: entries open

The Print Media South Africa Awards Committee, South African National Editors’ Forum and Nieman Society of Southern Africa are now accepting nominations for the 2010 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.

Named for Nat Nakasa, a prominent and respected South African journalist and writer who died in exile, this annual award recognises any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has:

  • shown integrity and reported fearlessly
  • displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa
  • strived tenaciously to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles
  • resisted any censorship
  • shown courage in making information available to the South African public
  • and/or any combination of the above.

The award is open to all journalists from all media platforms: community, regional and national newspapers, magazines and online. Nominations close on 28 May 2010.

Previous winners of the award are, however, not eligible for entry. The winner will receive R20 000 in prize money and a certificate.

Past winners of the Nat Nakasa Award

1998 – Jon Qwelane
1999 – Mzilikazi wa Africa
2000 – Joint winners: Mathatha Tsedu and Wolfram Zwecker; special mention: Baldwin Ndaba
2001 – Mzilikazi wa Africa (Sunday Times investigations team), Andre Jurgens and Jessica Bezuidenhout
2002 – Justin Arenstein (African Eye News Service); special mention: Elise Tempelhoff (Beeld) and Martin Welz (Noseweek)
2003 – Debbie Yazbek (The Star); special mention: David Macfarlane (Mail & Guardian)
2004 – Buks Viljoen (The Lowvelder)
2005 – Alf Kumalo
2006 – Guy Berger
2007 – Jacques Pauw
2008 – Max du Preez
2009 – Greg Marinovich

The winner will be announced at the Nat Nakasa Award ceremony in Johannesburg on 24 July 2010.

Prize Money: R20 000
Deadline: 28 May 2010

If you know anybody who fits the definition above, please submit your nomination before 28 May 2010, accompanied by a motivation of 300 words, to:

or to:

Second Floor, 7 St Davids
St Davids Office Park
Tel: +27 11 484 3624
Fax: +27 11 551 9650

For attention: Malesedi Dlamini