Alert / Media Alert

Times of Swaziland journo wins award

MISA-Swaziland Alert
December 3 2013

Times of Swaziland reporter Sithembile Hlatshwayo has won the 2013 Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Save the Children award for best print news story.

Sithembile Hlatshwayo receiving MISA and Save the Children award in Zambia

Times of Swaziland reporter Sithembile Hlatshwayo receiving her award from Zambian minister of information and broadcasting Mwansa Kapeyo

Her winning story was titled “15-year-old virgin discovers he is HIV positive”. Hlatshwayo was awarded the prize at a ceremony in Zambia on Friday 29 November.

“I believe it came through my hard work and pushing myself to the edge. Being recognised in the SADC region is very big to me, and I will continue to work harder,” said Hlatshwayo in an interview with the Times of Swaziland. Local media said “she felt humbled by the award, and it was the best thing to ever happen in her career as a journalist”.

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Swazi Observer managing editor, Mbongeni Mbingo, delivering remarks at the awards in Zambia. Mbingo was part of the regional judging panel for the MISA and Save the Children awards

The award came with prizemoney of R10,000 ($US960).

Times of Swaziland managing editor Martin Dlamini, in an interview with his newspaper, said they were “very proud and happy for Hlatshwayo’s achievement. He thanked the institutions which initiated the recognition towards the media and the role they played in bring out social injustice”.

Dlamini encouraged other journalists to emulate Hlatshwayo’s achievement.

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Save the Children

Click on the below links to view stories on MISA-Swaziland’s training and research for the Save the Children project

‘MISA listens to students, trains journalists’

‘Students meet the media in Swaziland’

‘Learning from the children: MISA and Save the Children media training’

‘Media must respect and protect children, says Swazi journalist’

Youth voice absent in Swazi media — MISA research

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