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2023-12-08 9:40 AM

SADC Media Awards Gala: Celebrating Excellence in Regional Journalism

  • Celebration of Excellence: The event highlights and celebrates exceptional achievements in journalism within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), honoring outstanding media work across various platforms like print, photo, television, and radio.
  • Promotion of Regional Integration: The awards aim to encourage media practitioners from SADC member states to report on cross-border issues, fostering regional cooperation, and integration. The gathering brings together journalists, government officials, academics, and foreign dignitaries to strategize and discuss methods to bolster SADC regional integration.
  • Significance and Legacy of the Awards: Established in 1996, the SADC Media Awards serve as a crucial mechanism in recognizing and promoting cooperation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labor, and the media. They emphasize the importance of disseminating accurate information crucial for fostering understanding and collaboration among member states.
By Miriam Matoma


The Minister in The Presidency responsible for Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, is gearing up to host the prestigious Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards Dinner, set to be a vibrant celebration of journalistic excellence and regional integration. Scheduled for tomorrow evening, this event promises to unite media practitioners across the SADC region in a spirit of recognition and collaboration.

Media professionals covering integrated stories within the SADC region have received a cordial invitation from the Minister to attend the event, which commences at 6 pm on Friday. The prestigious gathering will take place at the IDC Auditorium, situated at 19 Fredman Drive, Sandown, Sandton—a central location that underscores the significance of this occasion.

Highlighting the overarching objectives of the SADC Media Awards, the GCIS emphasized, “The SADC Media Awards aim to encourage media in SADC member States to report on cross-border issues pertaining to the region, as well as to recognize excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, and radio. The event will bring together journalists, foreign dignitaries, academics, and government to interact on strategies to promote SADC regional integration.”

This year’s SADC Media Awards Dinner holds additional significance as it will not only celebrate the outstanding achievements of the 2023 national winners but will also provide invaluable insights and guidance for the prospective entrants of the 2024 chapter of the Awards. As a platform dedicated to acknowledging and fostering exceptional media work, these awards play a pivotal role in advancing the dissemination of information crucial to supporting cooperation and integration within the SADC region.

Established in 1996, the SADC Media Awards stand as a testament to recognizing the finest media contributions in disseminating vital information about SADC, fostering cooperation, and promoting integration within the region. Originating from a decision by the SADC Council of Ministers, these awards mark a milestone in addressing matters related to information, culture, and sports, reaffirming the commitment to fostering collaboration among various sectors.

The awards serve as a crucial mechanism ensuring the alignment, coordination, and synchronization between the formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labor, and the media. This synchronization not only strengthens the region’s fabric but also propels the dissemination of accurate and comprehensive information crucial for fostering mutual understanding and collaboration among member states.

Adding to the anticipation of the event, Minister Ntshavheni will use this occasion to inaugurate the 2024 SADC Media Awards Competition—an initiative poised to further elevate and celebrate excellence in journalism within the SADC region.

Media practitioners eager to participate in this prestigious gathering can RSVP by submitting their details to Tebogo Manthata via E-mail: grace@gcis.gov.za or WhatsApp: 081 855 3491.

As the countdown begins for this gala event, anticipation mounts for an evening that promises to not only celebrate exceptional journalistic endeavors but also pave the way for enhanced regional collaboration and integration—a testament to the power of media in fostering unity and progress within the Southern African Development Community.

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Miriam Matoma

Miriam is a freelance writer, she covers economics and government news for Rateweb. You can contact her on: Email: miriam@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @MatomaMiriam