Friday, 21 November 2014
Vuselela Media NPC has announced the winners of the 2014 Bona Retsang Community Journalism Awards in a special awards ceremony on its television show “Bona Retsang”.
The annual awards celebrate the work of young community journalists across South Africa. The participants are high school students and young school leavers who take part in the bursary competition. The competition is open to all community journalists in the Vuselela Media NPC network and includes journalists that shoot content using cameras on cell phones and entry-level camera equipment.
This year 7 bursaries were awarded with a total value of R210 000 for studies at any one of 40 Boston City Campuses nationwide. Nontokozo Zulu handed over the awards on behalf of Boston City Campus.
Each year Vuselela visits more than 100 schools and works with over 3000 learners to create youth focused cellphone community journalism. In addition it works with 25 communities across the country developing community journalists. The content created forms part of a three-times weekly broadcast of Bona Retsang, a youth news and magazine show that highlights issues important to young people in South Africa giving them a platform to be heard.
The awards categories and winners were:
Best Community Journalism Report:
1st Place, winning a R50 000 Boston City Campus Bursary was Linah Mganu from loveLife Emalathleni who created a report on “Nyope,” a dangerous street drug made from a mix of heroine and marijuana, that can also include rat poison and cleaning detergents. 2nd Place went to Anelisa Matabese, from loveLife Kwanobuhle in the Eastern Cape, for her piece on gender-based violence. 3rd place was awarded to Acornhoek community journalist Potlako Motgope for a piece on a young man who seeks forgiveness from his abusive past. Both 2nd and 3rd place winners were awarded R25 000 Boston bursaries.
Best Public Service Announcement
The Public Service Announcement or PSA is an award given to community journalists who create a fictionalised advert that raises awareness on a specific social issue in the community. Itumeleng Lesenyeho from Kutlawanong in the Freestate won the R25 000 award for his “Drugs Destroy Lives” PSA.
Open Category for Community Journalism
The Open Category Award is a new award added this year to accommodate journalism that takes other formats. This includes discussion, games, profiles and documentaries that have community appeal. The award is a cash prize of R2500. The Open Category Award was bestowed on grade 10 learners in the Upstart programme from Grahamstown who told the story of a disabled girl’s daily struggles in her community.
Community School Squad Award
The award for Best Community School Squad journalism was awarded to Mcbiel Makoetsa from Leshata Secondary in Orange Farm Gauteng, for his piece on the lack of facilities in township schools. He wins a cash prize and R25 000 bursary. The 2nd place award went to Alicia Mbena of F.H. Makabela High School in Mpumalanga for her report on young peoples discrimination of albinism in township schools. Alicia was awarded a R10 000 bursary and a cash prize. The 3rd place was awarded to Phomolo Talakatsi from Pule Leeu High in North West Province, for an inspirational piece on the affect of a feeding scheme on her school. She wins a cash prize.
The Special Award for Community Journalist of the Year
Vuselela encounters grass root talent across the country, and it was decided that this year, they would award a special award for Community Journalist of the year, based on consistent good work. This year Azile Elroy Maka, the community Journalist from loveLife Kwanobuhle in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape was awarded the R50 000 bursary prize.