Johannesburg, 25 June 2018:  Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor of Financial Mail, was recognised as the Sanlam Journalist of the Year at an awards event on 21 June 2018 at Inanda. Mantshantsha was recognised for his sterling work on Eskom, that the judges felt may very well have changed the trajectory of SA’s most important state-owned company, and the country, through his fearless reporting. This is the fourth time in the last six years that the Financial Mail has won the top prize, seen as the premier award for business journalists.

Besides Mantshantsha’s overall prize, journalists from Tiso Blackstar scooped the most number of accolades on the night. Financial Mail editor Rob Rose won for best reporting on financial markets, while the economics editor Claire Bisseker and politics editor Natasha Marrian were runners up to Mantshantsha for economics journalism. When it came to company reporting, Giulietta Talevi also took home a runner-up award, while Ann Crotty did the same in the financial markets category.

On the same day in Durban, Business Day property writer Alistair Anderson won the property news journalist award from the SA Property Owners Association (SAPOA), while the Financial Mail’s property editor Joan Muller was the runner-up.

Andy Gill, Managing Director of Media at Tiso Blackstar Group, which owns the country’s leading business titles Financial Mail, Business Day, as well as the BusinessLIVE website, says: “Our titles and journalists subscribe to the highest standards of ethical reporting and investigative journalism. We pride ourselves on producing the most relevant, hard-hitting news to serve the business and financial sectors in the country, and are delighted that our journalists have been recognised for their dedication to outstanding work.”


Issued by:                    Samantha Pugh, Pugh Public Relations & Corporate Communications

e:   c:  071 874 5460

On behalf of:               Andy Gill, Managing Director of Media, Tiso Blackstar Group

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