Throughout the last ten years Bloemfontein Courant has won a number of awards, not only because of its local-centered and groundbreaking articles but also for its innovative designs and purposeful sales unit. The community newspaper is the joint effort of all these parts which make up the Mahareng team. Over the past decade their work has been recognised as individuals as well as a team.
In 2018 Courant won the PMR (Professional Management Review) Diamond Arrow Award for the Best Community Newspaper. This is an honour, according to a rating by a random Free State sample of 110 respondents made up of CEOs, MDs, business owners, company directors, managers and senior officials of government, all based in the province.
According to Christel Basson, General Manager of Mahareng, the award is especially significant because it shows local business, government and resident support of Courant. “It is such a strong vote from the community because it is our community that has voted for us. It goes to show that we are really getting it right, which is really great,” she explained.
Marelize Dunlop, Senior Account Executive, has received a number of nominations for her work with various local businesses. She expressed that her most memorable award was for Caxton Field Salesperson of the Year Award in 2014. (Courant is part of the Caxton Group.)
“It meant a lot to me because it was the first time that someone from Bloemfontein had won it. It was amazing for me to be able to do it for Mahareng and the team. This has given me a new vision that anything is possible through hard work, passion and commitment,” said Dunlop. Caxton Awards are highly contested for among over 100 publications around the country.
Mahareng has also received nominations and awards for the efforts of its designs for editorials and adverts. Orefile Malebo and Liezl Magson, Graphic Designers, were nominated for a Caxton Large Ad Design Award. Magson won the award for her award for her OFM “Noughty Network” advertisment. “The experience was amazing because you get to see the impact of your day to day work. Once your design appears on the big screen and they shout out your name, it’s all worth it,” Malebo said.
The manager expressed that the awards and nominations that the Mahareng team has received so far highlight the growth of the newspaper. “Over the years we have had quite a few nominations for Vodacom Journalist awards as well as Caxton in various categories, which is great because it shows that we are moving and evolving into the right space,” said Basson.
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