The winners of the 2014 Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism are Sipho Masondo and Paddy Harper, of City Press, for their investigation into the selling of teacher’s jobs: How Sadtu decimates our education system, one school at a time.
Speaking at the Awards, Anton Harber, head of Wits Journalism and convener of the judging panel, said “ These two journalists did exactly what we ask for from investigative reporters. We all know the importance of fixing our education system, and they have exposed one of the known – but unspoken – problems at the heart of the system. It was important work, brilliantly executed and carried through to the full. We can only hope that the story and this award help empower the minister to take strong action.”
Miner’s Shot Down, the film about Marikana, by Rehad Desai and Anita Khanna of Urhuru Productions, was runner-up.
Nick Davies of the London Guardian was the keynote speaker.
The Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism recognises outstanding examples of journalism, that reveal untold stories, hold the powerful to account and question those in public life. The top prize is R200 000 and the runner-up wins R100 000.
The Award is open to journalists and broadcasters (which includes online and photography) for stories about South Africa. The call for entries is made each January for stories from the previous calendar year.