The keynote address at the 1998 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards will be given by Cyril Ramaphosa, it was announced today by Chris Cramer, president, CNN International.
Chairman of Times Media Ltd., South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa will speak at the gala Awards ceremony on March 18, 1999 at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, where the Award winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.
'Mr Ramaphosa has played a prominent role in the unfolding story of the African continent,' said Cramer. 'His experience and views on the role of the press are of huge interest to anyone involved in the media in Africa and we are privileged to have such a distinguished member of the African community as our keynote speaker.'
In addition to his position at Times Media, Cyril Ramaphosa also holds the post of Chairman of JOHNNIC and South African Breweries. His directorships include First National Bank and Anglo American Corporation. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town and the University of Massachusetts (USA.) He is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and South African Airways (SAA) are the major sponsors of this year's competition, now in its fourth year.
Ashanti Goldfields, Ghana, and Multichoice, South Africa, have also sponsored awards for the finalists. The official hotel sponsor is Johannesburg's West Cliff Hotel.
Other sponsors include ATV/Aerial Empire South Africa; Coastal Television Network, Tanzania; Fortune Group, Nigeria; Global Media Alliance, South Africa; IPP, Tanzania; London Satellite Systems, Mauritius; Merck Sharp-Dome (MSD) South Africa and Radio 702, South Africa. The Park Plaza Hotel, also in Johannesburg, is providing accommodation for the winners.
'The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote journalistic excellence across the African continent and we are delighted to welcome sponsors from a range of African nations,' added Cramer.
To date, a total of 684 entries have been received from 15 countries, with strong representation from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Judging will take place in London on 4 and 5 February, by a distinguished judging panel including Akawe Amoso, Editor, Africa Weekly, BBC World Service Radio; outgoing CNN Johannesburg Bureau Chief Mike Hanna; Joel Kibazo, Financial Times; Pat Made, Regional Director-Africa, Inter Press Service; Phil Molefe, Editor-in-Chief, TV News, SABC; Ahmed Rajab, Editor, Africa Analysis; and Kaye Whiteman, General Manager, West Africa Magazine.
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