Local journalists shine at the SAPOA Property Journalism Awards 2010

Elma Kloppers, specialist property writer for a number of publications, including Sake24 in Beeld, Die Burger, Volksblad and Rapport has taken top honours as the Property News Journalist of the Year at the annual SAPOA Property Journalist Awards 2010.

Elma was highly commended for her insightful and investigative reporting on property related issues, including controversial ones, as well as her distinctive, clear writing style.

The coveted Property Feature Journalist of the Year Award was presented to Karen Eicker, features writer for Urban Green File, with judges' comments citing Karen's excellent attention to detail, innovative research and well written articles.

Walls & Roofs, a property magazine published by Media in Africa, was awarded the Best Property Publication of the Year Award for its attractive layout, informative material and good content.

Says Neil Gopal, CEO: SAPOA, "Through these Awards, we are able to recognise and pay tribute to outstanding journalists who report on the South African property market."

"As in previous years, the quality of the entries has been excellent, demonstrating the stature of the Awards amongst media in the Property Sector."

Across the various award categories, a number of journalists received special mention. These include Thabang Mokopanele (Business Day), Ian Fife (Financial Mail), Joan Muller (Finweek), Monique Terrazas (Real Estate Investor magazine) and Bernadette Cook for her Carte Blanche story on Green Building in SA. In addition, two publications - Shopping SA and Urban Green File - also received special commendation.

Sponsored by Hermans & Roman Property Solutions, the SAPOA Property Journalism Awards help to encourage and improve the quality of property journalism. Says Kevin Roman, Group CEO of Hermans & Roman Property Solutions, "As sponsors, we're delighted to support SAPOA in this regard. The property sector is a valuable one and any positive input or support goes towards growing and better enabling this sector."

Gopal adds that the awards provide a good indication of the talent and skills of media specialising in the property sector. "This year we had eight new entries, and it's the new entrants every year that show the growing interest in the recognition that SAPOA provides. Ultimately this serves to boost property journalism."