AWARDS: Winners Of the Newsmakers Of the Year 2011 Announced
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The Johannesburg Press Club has announced that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the Public Protector, Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, jointly have been nominated the Johannesburg Press ClubÂ’s Newsmakers of the Year 2011.
Mixael de Kock, Chairman of Johannesburg Press Club said, Â“Both the Archbishop and the Public Protector have displayed extraordinary courage, commitment and consistency in fulfilling their respective duties to the people of South Africa and, in particular, they have been nominated for the excellent manner in which they interacted with and made themselves accessible to the media.Â”
Recipients of the Newsmakers of the Year 2011
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is receiving the award for being the most quoted social commentator and social critic, for his Census 2011 ambassadorial duties, for his continuing moral leadership and, in particular, for his courage in addressing the issues around the Dalai Lama incident.
Adv Madonsela is being honoured for her unfailing, direct and courageous stance against immoral activities, her particular work ethic and her veracity and devotion to leading the Public Protector of South AfricaÂ’s office. She is particularly being lauded for her ongoing maintenance of cordial and positive working relationship with the media.
The Johannesburg Press Club Newsmaker of the Year has become a most sought-after award and last was bestowed in 2005 on Trevor Manuel for his handling of the media in communicating the issues of the South African economy.
Mixael de Kock said that the Johannesburg Press ClubÂ’s decision was not solely based on how much news a nominee generated during the year but also on how the news was communicated and to what extent the country benefitted from such news.
Delight for Newsmakers of the Year 2011 Award Winners
De Kock continued: Â“Both the Archbishop and the Public Protector responded immediately, accurately and with integrity regarding issues during 2011 and, in their respective fields of influence, they ensured that the values of democracy were upheld and that freedom of speech and access to information were assured at all times.Â”
Advocate Madonsela said in a statement that she would be accepting the award on behalf of her team at Public Protector South Africa. Â“I would like to express my gratitude to the Johannesburg Press Club for the honour bestowed on my team and we are humbled by the gesture. We hope that we will continue to serve the people of South Africa with courage and commitmentÂ”.
Today the Archbishop and the Public Protector noted their delight in being nominated and will be accepting the award at a gala event for the Newsmakers of the Year 2011, which is to be announced.
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