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Citadel Words on Money awards announces winners

Rob Rose of Business Times was announced as the overall winner at the Citadel Words on Money awards, which honours financial journalists, presented in Johannesburg last week. Rose has won several categories of the Citadel award in previous years, but this is the first time that he has won the overall award.

"Rob has entered outstanding reports for many years but the judges considered the various features entered this year, especially about the Barry Tannenbaum investment scandal and his exceptional reports about the so-called KING III report, as the best of the many entries received," Citadel CEO Neil Brown said.


  • Breaking news - Rob Rose Business Times
  • Consumer education - Personal Finance team; Bruce Cameron, Laura du Preez and Neesa Moodley-Isaacs; and Danel Blaauw and Michelle Pieters of Huisgenoot and You
  • Best feature - Bruce Whitfield FINweek
  • Analysis and Opinion - Sikonathi Mantshantsha of FINweek and Erika van der Merwe of Summit TV
  • Newcomer of the Year - Kim van Reizig and Vida li Sik of Huisgenoot and You and Natascha Jacobsz of CNBC Africa
  • Peregrine award for alternative investment reporting - Stephen Cranston Financial Mail
  • Chairman's award - Rob Rose Business Times

Consumer education doubles up on prizes

Cameron shared the consumer education prize with Personal Finance team members Laura du Preez and Neesa Moodley-Isaacs. "The scoring was so close that the judges recommended that a prize be awarded to the Personal Finance team. These titles, both the newspaper and magazine, have been rewarded regularly in the Citadel award and their dedication to providing quality information secured them another win today," Brown said.

Because the publications, especially the readership, are so different, the judges decided to also award a further prize in the consumer education category to Blaauw and Pieters. "Serious investor's are bombarded with investment and market news. So many consumers mostly select not to read business or finance publications. For this reason publications such as these family magazines should be encouraged to cover personal finance issues," Brown added.

The judging panel included representatives from the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) through CEO Godfrey Nti and board member Prem Govender, Robert Brand of Rhodes University's Pearson Chair of Economics Journalism and previous CEO of the FPI, John Arnesen now with the South African Qualifications Authority.

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