Two South African journalists have been awarded the GE Energy and Infrastructure Award at the 2014 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards ceremony.
Joy Summers and Susan Comrie of Carte Blanche received the award for their investigative work “Game of Geysers part 1 and 2” which was selected from entries that came in from about 38 African countries.
The Energy & Infrastructure category, which has been endowed by global energy and infrastructure giant GE, recognises outstanding journalism focused on key sectors for Africa’s growth.
Member of the judging panel and Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Anton Harber, said: “When you drive through South Africa’s townships, the sign of the solar geysers will strike you. It looks like development on the right track with provision of hot water through renewable energy, but things ain’t that rosy when one takes a keen look at the project. This was a great investigative story which went the distance to establish how corruption can impact negatively an otherwise very well-thought-out development plan.”
Also speaking about the award, Tim Schweikert, president and CEO of GE South Africa said “Energy and infrastructure are pivotal for Africa’s growth and those who write about it must be celebrate. I’m extremely proud to see two South African journalists receive the GE Energy and Infrastructure Award this year. The work that Joy Summers and Susan Comrie did on their ‘Game of Geysers’ report is important to ensuring that Africa’s growth and development is truly sustainable.”
The Awards, which rotate location each year in tribute to their pan-African credentials, were held at a gala ceremony hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at the Mlimani City Conference Centre, in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania on Saturday 18 October. Now in its 19th year, the Awards are supported by sponsors including Coca-Cola; Ecobank; GE Africa; IPP Media, Tanzania; Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) and A24 Media.