About the Award
Stephen Wrottesley was the chief of staff for Independent Newspapers, a respected journalist and one of Sanef’s founding members. He died in hospital after a fatal car accident in Cape Town in 2003 at the age of 47.
Wrottesley was the former news editor of the Cape Argus and had achieved renown as a top crime reporter with the Cape Argus. He was a past recipient of the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery Journalism Award for his reporting on illegal whaling. He was instrumental in the formation of the South African National Editors’ Forum and was a member of its executive committee for a number of years.
Previous recipients of the Sanef-Wrottelesy Award
2005 – Raymond Louw is a Sanef council member, publisher and editor of the Southern Africa Report, which he started in 1983, and a special interventionist on media freedom issues.
2006 – Joe Thloloe has been a journalist since 1961. He is former editor-in-chief of SABC News and Sanef chair.
2007 – Mary Papayya is the secretary-general of Sanef and bureau chief of the Sowetan in KwaZulu-Natal. She is involved in a range of community and development projects and media training.
2008 – Raymond Louw
2009 – Mathatha Tsedu is a Sanef council member and head of the Media 24 Journalism Academy. Prior to that he held the position of the editor of the Sunday Times and The Star. He was awarded the Nat Nakasa Journalism Award in 2000.
2010 – Raymond Louw
2011 – Hopewell Radebe
2012 – Juanita Williams
2013 – Nic Dawes
2014 – Gavin Steward
2015 – Judy Sandison
2016 – No winner
2017 – Paula Fray
2018 – Amina Frense
The Sanef-Wrottesley Award, a peer recognition award, is presented to a Sanef member for extraordinary commitment to work towards the achievement of the association’s goals. Any member in good standing may submit a nomination and short motivation to the Sanef Management Committee. The winner will be awarded a framed certificate and financial token.