Final call for journalism award

The University of the Witwatersrand’s Investigative Journalism Workshop, in conjunction with the Valley Trust, is launching its last call for entries for South Africa’s biggest journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Award. Taco Kuiper was a highly successful publisher who shortly before his death in 2004 set up the Valley Trust to promote investigative journalism.

The award, hosted for the fourth time since its inception, offers a first prize of R200 000 (US$26 000) and a second prize of R100 000 ($13 000) to the most outstanding investigative journalism in South African print and broadcast media during the previous year.

Last year’s winners were the reporting team from the Mail & Guardian for their continuing investigation into the arms deal. “It must rate as one of the most important stories of this era,” said the judges.

Second prize was shared by television programme Carte Blanche for a documentary about corruption in the Hammanskraal police, and City Press for its investigation into a hospital tender in Soweto.

All entries for the award have to be submitted either by an editor or through the Taco Kuiper nominating committee. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 February 2010.

Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at

Contact Margaret Renn on +27 11 717 4043 or email for more information or queries.