Lowveld Media shines at silver Caxton awards

Irma Green won best investigative reporter.

JOHANNESBURG – The silver anniversary of the Caxton Excellence Awards gave opportunity to reflect on the industry changes over the past few years and once again rewarded the hard work of the Caxton teams across South Africa.

This year 1 300 entries were received and more than R200 000 was awarded in prize money. The Lowveld Media team has once again shown its strength in the community-press industry by walking away with some of the top awards. Lowvelder won the best sold publication with a circulation of more than  8 000 while its sister publication, Steelburger/Lydenburg News was named best free newspaper with a pagination of less than 24.

Mark Kinnear won the category for best headline writing.

Mark Kinnear, Irma Green and Nicolene Smalman.

Managing editor of Steelburger, Christopher de Wet, won an award for an advertising feature.

For the third consecutive year the digital team of Lowveld Media took top honours for its site’s peformance.

Lowvelder won the best sold newspaper category. Mark Kinnear (deputy editor), Irma Green (group editor) and Nicolene Smalman (news editor).

Best website: Susanna Oosthuizen and Aliche Bezuidenhout.

SANParks Times won the category as best regular publication while Lowvelder’s deputy editor, Mark Kinnear won the category for best headlines. Group editor of Lowveld Media, Irma Green, won the investigative reporting category and Tereasa Ferrari was a finalist. The group’s participation in community projects was acknowledged and marketing manager, Linda Pieters received top honours and a special award for her involvement in the Sehlulile Kitchen Project.

Lowvelder staff also shone in most other categories as finalists. Marcus Maré and Suzanne Pieterse were both in the top five finalists as salespersons of the year and Maré was highly commended. Hanlie Janse van Rensburg of Barberton Times was highly commended for her advert designs. Wessel Cöhrs was a finalist in the best large advertisement design while both Yolida van Heerden and Janse van Rensburg were among those for advertising designer of the year and received mention in most ad categories.

Lowveld Media chief photographer Hennie Homann was a finalist in most photographic categories and was highly commended for his work. Annemie Carpenter and colleagues were rewarded for their classified legal feature. Newcomer Mireille de Villiers was a finalist in the category for upcoming journalists while Tereasa Ferrari was one of the top five finalists as journalist of the year and was highly commended for her outstanding portfolio.

CEO of Caxton’s Local Newspapers, Bruce Sturgeon says, “Mirroring the growth of Caxton itself, from small beginnings, the awards have grown into the spectacular event they are today.

“A key spin-off has been the improvement in excellence across the board.

“Well done to all our winners, we’re very proud of you.”

Various South African stars like Pearl Nxele, Elma Postma, Anel Alexander and Eloise Cupido hosted the awards ceremony with MC Simba Mhere while guests were entertained by the band District, Mi Case and the Hooked on Classics Ballet company.

See our gallery of photos at the glamorous event here.

For the sharp-eyed among our readers, see if you can spot the five differences between the photos below:


Irma Green
Group Editor

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