SPORT STILL DOMINATES KZN NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
The nominees for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Newsmaker of the year were announced yesterday at the Durban University of Technology’s Hotel School in Ritson Campus.
Unsurprisingly, two nominees went to sport.
Sport has been nominated in this annual event since its inception in 2011. Proteas’ batsman, Hashim Amla, was the first athlete to win this award followed by the Amazulu football club the following year.
The four short-listed candidates are Chad le Clos, a swimmer who won a gold medal at the London Olympics last year. The second candidate is the KZN response to storms havoc, whilst the world-class economic summit (BRICS) and soccer tournament (Afcon) also received a nomination. The last nominee is the KZN Road to Mangaung- ANC President Jacob Zuma’s re-election.
The event seeks to identify KZN-linked individuals or vents that most grabbed the headlines and shaped the news from June 2012 to May this year.
Convenor of the Newsmaker of the Year and DUT Journalism Advisory Board Chairperson, Mary Papayya, said that short-listed candidates were chosen by an independent judging panel.
“The candidates received the lion’s share of news coverage across all KZN media- print, radio and television,” she said. “The stories can be in varying forms ranging from hard news, to feature stories and in-depth reports.”
She encouraged members of the public to vote for their favorite candidate by sending an SMS to 34382. Each SMS costs R2.00.
The winner of the Newsmaker of the Year will be crowned in October during the Gala Event at the Durban City Hall.
Le Clos may seem as an underdog among the other candidates, but should he be the winner, he will make history by being the third sports personality to be crowned as the Newsmaker of the Year in a row.