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SAB Sports Journalist of the Year announced

8 September 2010



[Johannesburg September 6, 2010] Lucky Sindane of the Mail & Guardian has been named the 2010 SAB Sports Journalist of the Year for his hard-hitting features surrounding the Caster Semenya furore. He walked away with a grand total of R45 000 in prize money.

The aim of the awards - which celebrated its 30th anniversary at a glittering ceremony in Johannesburg tonight - is to reinforce the importance of the media's role in South Africa's sporting development and to recognise and reward talent across all sporting media disciplines.

Sindane was also the winner in the Print & Internet category. Honoured alongside him in the Television category was Supersport's Thomas Mlambo aka "Big Daddy" for his FIFA World Cup presentation particularly in the sports show Harambe. In the Radio category, broadcaster Michael Abrahamson took the award for his well-informed, descriptive and lively commentary on Radio 2000 in 19 World Cup matches. Kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane - better known by his fans as "Bouga Luv" - was named Best Newcomer for his presentation of "Sports Nite" on SABC Sport.

The three category winners each took home R20 000 and the Best Newcomer received R5 000. Along with the coveted title, the SAB Sports Journalist of the Year received a further R25 000.

Danny Jordaan, the FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee chief, was voted Most Media Friendly Sports Personality of the Year by the South African sports media fraternity who praised him for always being approachable and ready with a quote.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the awards, four people were inducted into the SAB Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in sports coverage. They are veteran journalist Sy Lerman, photographer Alf Kumalo and broadcasters and commentators Martin Locke and Trevor Quirk.

"South Africa has had a proud history of sports journalism for many years now and SAB is honoured to have had the opportunity of making some contribution over the years to that history. We are delighted to help recognise the achievements of those journalists who have excelled in bringing great stories to life for the South African public," says Dr Vincent Maphai, SAB Executive Director of Corporate Affairs.

The full list of 2009 SAB Sports Journalist of the Year Award recipients are:

The 2010 SAB Sports Journalist of the Year winner: Lucky Sindane (Mail & Guardian) for "Chuene's Trail Of Lies" and "Secret Report Reveals Chuene's Plotting".

Print & Internet winner: Lucky Sindane (Mail & Guardian) for "Chuene's Trail Of Lies" and "Secret Report Reveals Chuene's Plotting".

Radio winner: Michael Abrahamson (Radio 2000) for World Cup matches live commentary.

Television winner: Thomas Mlambo (Supersport) for World Cup presentation and "Harambe".

Best Newcomer winner: Kabelo Mabalane (SABC Sport) for "Sports Nite".

Most Media Friendly Sports Personality of the Year: Danny Jordaan, the World Cup Local Organising Committee chief.

SAB Sports Writers Hall of Fame: veteran journalist Sy Lerman; photographer Alf Kumalo; TV and radio broadcasters and commentators Martin Locke and Trevor Quirk.

The Print and Internet winners were:

- Feature writer of the year - Gary Lemke (Highbury Safika Media) for "Matter of Time", "Little Girl Lost" and "That's Our Boy". Lemke submitted a broad body of work that demonstrated his impressive versatility as a writer.
- Columnist of the year - Carlos Amato (Sunday Times/The Times) for "Hands off the Beast", "Sweat Behind Brazil's Swagger" and "Fix the French Disconnection". He is a true "wordsmith" and his writing is both entertaining and enlightening.
- Live match reporter of the year/breaking news reporter - Lucky Sindane (Mail & Guardian) for "Chuene's Trail Of Lies" and "Secret Report Reveals Chuene's Plotting". Sindane's articles showed how journalism can be used to hold those in power accountable. It was readable, well crafted and researched.
- Photographer of the year - Denvor De Wee (Media 24). De Wee proved to be an extremely versatile photographer who produced work of a high standard and showed through this body of work that he is imbued with enormous artistic abilities.
- New Media Contributor - Rob Houwing (Sport 24) for "Final Fever/Dutch Stars" (Blog), "Beware the Bouquets" and "SWC Sadness". The new media platform requires a unique style of writing and Houwing demonstrated this flawlessly.
- Newcomer - Lungani Zama (The Witness) for "Nobody's Perfect" and "Jose Could Have Gone to Hollywood". Zama was praised by the judges for his quality of writing and his way with words.

The radio winners were:

- Commentator of the year - Michael Abrahamson (Radio 2000) for World Cup matches live commentary. He shone behind the microphone this year commentating on the FIFA World Cup.
- Programme of the year - Nick Feinberg (Heart 104.9 FM) for "The Beautiful Game". Feinberg scored for his creative and evocative radio package on the FIFA World Cup and the forging of a South African identity that could stand tall in the world.
- Presenter of the year - Hennie Koortzen (Rippel 90.5 FM) for "Rugby Radio". Koortzen is continually working at something he is passionate about and this is reflected in the quality of the programmes he presents.
- News reporter of the year - Mpumelelo "Lelo" Mzaca from (Eyewitness News) for "Caster Semenya's Green Light", "SAFA Elections" and "The World Cup Experience". Mzaca provided balanced, up-to-the-minute stories on the controversies surrounding Caster Semenya and the Athletics Association of South Africa.
Merit: Nontokozo Mhlongo (various SABC stations including 2000 and SAfm) for "2010 Song".
- Insert of the year - Sabelo Zulu (Ligwalagwala FM) for "2010 World Cup Team Profiles". Zulu, an experienced and versatile broadcaster, produced a lively, well crafted radio documentary on the history of how South Africa got to host the FIFA World Cup.
- Newcomer - Isaac Mbedzi (Phalaphala FM) for "Radio Soccer Commentator". Mbedzi impressed the judges with the way he produced a clear, vivid commentary on the FIFA World Cup matches.
Merit: Lizette Khan (SABC) for "World Cup Inserts".

The television winners were:

- Programme of the year - Pieter Cilliers (Blackfoot Productions/Supersport) for "Chase the Makarapa". Cilliers undertook the mammoth task of discovering the Rainbow Nation through the FIFA World Cup and his production involved an enormous amount of planning.
- Live outside broadcast production of the year - Thato Monale (Supersport) for "Bafana Human Parade". Over the last four years Monale has shown his mettle by directing some of the biggest football events in South Africa, as well as in other parts of the African Continent.
- Commentator of the year - Mpumelelo Mbangwa (Supersport). "Pommie" joined Supersport more than five years ago and in a relatively short period of time has become one of the world's leading cricket commentators. Merit: Themba Jokozela (SABC Sport) for "South Africa vs Spain; 28 June 2009".
- Presenter/personality of the year - Thomas Mlambo (Supersport) for World Cup presentation and "Harambe". Mlambo's presentations are full of life and he conducts himself in a most professional manner. He is noted for being well prepared on his subject and has a love for challenging and debating with guests on his shows.
- News reporter of the year - Carly Weinberg (eTV) for "Chaos". Weinberg has a nose for news stories, and sniffs them out of nowhere. Her story on the Cricket South Africa (CSA)/Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) dispute showed her in the best possible light.
Merit: Nontokozo Mhlongo (SABC Sport) for 2010 coverage.
- Insert of the year - Keletso Totlhanyo (SABC Sport) for "Makhaya Ntini Uncut". The insert was moving, informative, entertaining and thoughtful. It was a fitting tribute to Ntini in celebration of his 100th Test match appearance for the Proteas.
Merit: Sean Everett (Supersport) for "Youth Day".
- Newcomer: Kabelo Mabalane (SABC Sport) for "Sports Nite". South Africa's best loved Kwaito star, Kabelo Mabalane has made huge strides in the world of television presenting in only a matter of months.

The judges were Bokkie Gerber (Head Judge Print & Internet); Pippa Green (Head Judge Radio); Guy Hawthorne (Print and Internet); Robin Kempthorne (Television); Joe Latakgomo (Convenor); Len Maseko (Print and Internet); Zama Masondo (Radio); Jimi Matthews (Head Judge Television); Arthur Molisiwa (Radio); Kass Naidoo (Television); Koos Radebe (Radio); Jan Snyman (Radio); Tex Texeira (Television); Clinton van der Berg (Print and Internet) and Joe Visagie (Radio).

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