New Wave of Environmental Journalists Sweep SAB Environmental Media Awards 2013

16 Oct 13

At the South African Breweries (SAB) Environmental Media & Environmentalist of the Year Awards held earlier today, it was a new school of young journalists who reigned supreme.

The Star’s Kristen van Schie, the Mail & Guardian’s Sipho Kings, The Times’ Daniel Born and the SABC’s Minoshni Pillay all beat out fellow journalists to win most of the major categories.

Robyn Chalmers, SAB Corporate Communications Head, says: “This has been an incredible year for burgeoning talent. It’s encouraging to see that as much as these Awards applaud the best Environmental journalists in the country, it was also about inspiring new talent. We are delighted that we have such a great collection of young environmental journalists working in South Africa.”

Kings walked away with the Merit Winner for New Media & Online as well as the Winner of the Print Category. In addition he was awarded The Magqubu Ntombela & Ian Player Cub Award for the journalist with less than five years’ experience.

Previous Young Cub winner, Minoshni Pillay won the Radio Category, with newcomer Daniel Born winning Photography.

Kristen van Schie, herself a Young Cub Merit Winner in 2011, received the Merit Award again this year as well as a Merit Award in the Print Category.

The Complete Winners’ List for the SAB Environmental Media & Environmentalist of the Year Awards 2013 is as follows:



Winner: Joy Summers (Carte Blanche)
Merit Winners: Susan Puren (50/50),  Zee Cube (50/50)



Winner: Sipho Kings (Mail & Guardian)
Merit Winners: Kristen van Schie (The Star),  Julian Rademeyer (Freelance)



Winner: Daniel Born (The Times)
Merit Winners: Matthews Baloyi (The Star),  Kevin Sutherland (Sunday Times)



Winner: Minoshni Pillay (SABC)
Merit Winner: Nothile Zwane (Radio Kwezi)


New Media & Online

Winner: 50/50 (facebook & twitter)
Merit Winner: Sipho Kings (Mail & Guardian)


The Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award

(for journalists with under five years' experience)

Winner: Sipho Kings (Mail & Guardian)

Merit Winner: Kristen van Schie (The Star)


The Nick Steele Memorial Award for the SAB Environmentalist of the Year 2012

Winner: Mariette Liefferink ( CEO: Federation for a Sustainable Environment)


“We would like to congratulate all winners and thank all entrants for taking part in this year’s Awards, ” says Chalmers.

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