Friday, March 26, 2010

Taco Kuiper Awards

Yesterday late afternoon I fetched the April edition of Highlands Herald (The Voice of the Emakhazeni Municipal Region) hot off the press.
I waited until the late afternoon peak hour Johannesburg traffic cleared before driving home to Waterval Boven.
Along the way I distributed the paper, as well dropping off a few thousand copies at the Machado Toll Plaza. I got into bed at 2am.
This morning I drove straight back to Johannesburg. Highlands Herald was entered in to the Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards at the Rand Club in Loveday Street.
Unlike other awards, there are only two prizes: Runner up (R100 000) went to Carte Blanche for its Chicken Run expose, while first prize (R200 000) went to Robert Rose of Financial Mail for his Tannenburg expose.
There was one special mention.. for my entry, the Highlands Herald "But who mentioned corruption?" story that had its origins in last year's Mpumalanga service delivery protests.
It was just the encouragement I needed.
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Mathe said...

Blowing out loud my vuvuzela for you ;-)

Gustav said...

Flippen awesome dude! We salute you ... yes, really!