Mind Shift editor Monica Graaf faced tough competition
The 20th SAB Environmentalist of the Year and Environmental Journalists of the Year Awards took place at the Johannesburg Country Club yesterday.
The judges praised Monica for “penetrating the world of business” with Mind Shift. “Through her journal ...she has presented many challenging articles for the business world examining the politics, as well as the economics and technology, involved in meeting environmental challenges.”
In her acceptance speech, Monica noted that there was no other group of people more able to put the world's unstable economic and environmental condition back on course than business as it had the collective resources, expertise and influence to do so. “Business is operating on a hotbed of globalisation, poverty, climate change, resource depletion and terrorism, and is both part of the problem and the solution,” she said. “At a time when the future of our planet hangs in the balance, we need business leaders to engage with the issues of sustainability intelligently and make the right decisions. We are proud to say that over the two years we have been publishing Mind Shift, our focus has shot from being on the fringe to being increasingly relevant and mainstream.”
Mind Shift: A magazine for people who can change the world
Mind Shift is ITWeb's first title outside the IT and telecoms arena. With its focus spanning across business, economy, politics, culture and society, it goes beyond daily politics and current affairs and looks at contemporary developments in the context of their far-reaching impact on the future of humanity.
“Mind Shift is a business magazine for people who can change the world - 'can' in the sense that they have both the will and the position or power to alter the course of our thinking, and therefore our actions,” says Jovan Regasek, CEO of ITWeb and Mind Shift publisher.
Monica faced tough competition. Among the finalists were two-time previous winners Tony Carnie of the Mercury and Michelle Nel, a well-known freelance journalist, as well as the journalist and author Leonie Joubert who won a 2007 Honorary Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for her book Scorched: South Africa's Changing Climate and was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow. Lesley Andrews of The Property magazine, Brindaveni Naidoo of Mining Weekly, and Anthea Torr of Biophile magazine were also finalists.
Honoured alongside Monica was Sandra Herrington, who was named the SAB Environmental Journalist in the broadcast category for her documentary Sustainable Options for the Wild Coast, broadcast on SABC2's 50/50.
Adrian Gardiner, owner of Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, was named Environmentalist of the Year and received the Nick Steele Memorial Award for his inspiring work. The award is given in honour of the late legendary game ranger Nick Steele, and honours an environmentalist who has promoted the cause of conservation and whose work will leave a legacy for years to come.
Along with the coveted title, the category winners each took home R15 000.Mind Shift is issued quarterly and targets leaders and highly-educated individuals in South Africa's business, government, NGO and professional sectors. It is distributed through major outlets in South Africa at R35 per issue. It is also available for subscription.