SAAFoST Meritorious Journalism Award

For work published or broadcast in 2016

In the interests of promoting public education on food issues, particularly with respect to Food Safety, Food Additives and Food Processing, SAAFoST has established two Meritorious Awards for Food Science Journalism to recognise those local journalists whose reports are objective and scientifically correct and consequently whose work contributes to sound consumer knowledge and understanding of controversial or complex food issues.

Nominations for the following two categories are invited:

  1. Printed Media
  2. Electronic Media
Details of the awards follow. Nomination forms together with a copy/recording of the article/programme should be sent to:

The SAAFoST National Secretariat (Attn: Virosha Basdeo)
c/o Turners Conferences
PO Box 4507, Durban 4000
Tel: (031) 368 8000
Fax: (031) 368 5100

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS: Extended to close of business, 15 May 2017


This award is open to articles or programmes originating in South Africa and covering any issue related to Food Science and Technology (with the exception of purely nutritional issues) which are:

  1. Published in South African newspapers, magazines, periodicals or websites,
  2. Broadcast on South African radio or television,
  3. Directed at the general public or a section of the public (Trade and House Magazines are excluded),
  4. Published or broadcast during the calendar year 2016 and
  5. Which have not received any other awards.


Entries may be submitted by any journalist, author, publishing house, media department or member of SAAFoST. Nominees must accept nomination by signing the nomination form.


Entries and nominations will be adjudicated by a panel consisting of the following, or similar individuals, depending on availability: the Association's President, the Vice-President, the President Elect and three other members appointed by the Executive Committee of the SAAFoST Council. The panel may refer an entry to an expert in the field for evaluation but such expert will not form part of the adjudication panel.

Nature of the award

Two Meritorious Awards are offered, one for the printed, the other for the electronic media. They will take the form of a certificate and a cash prize of R 6,000 each. A "Finders" fee of R1,000 will be awarded to each of the finders in the "published" and the "broadcast" categories. If the winning item is submitted by more than one "finder", the fee will go to the first submission received by the National Secretariat. The presentation of the awards will be made annually by the President or a Council member at a SAAFoST function if possible. The travelling and accommodation expenses of recipients will be met by SAAFoST where necessary. The panel may also decide to award Certificates of Merit to other deserving entrants. No cash prizes apply to the latter.

Nomination form available here:

Meritorious Award for Journalism Winners

Year of Publication /
Year of Award
Award Winner and Publisher / Broadcaster Detail Access Article
Publication Medium
2015/16 Ivo Vegter
Fashionable Food Fears
Daily Maverick, 20 & 26 October 2015
view article
Part 1, 2,
2015/16 Tamara le Pine-Williams
Food Preservatives & Food Labelling in SA
Classic FM in February 2015
2014/15 Salomé Delport
Gooi Jy Goeie Kos Weg?
Rooi Rose, February 2014
view article
Pg 1, 2, 3
2013/14 Robyn Maclarty
Is Genetically Modified Food the Monster We Think It Is?
Fair Lady, November 2013
view article
2012/13 Ivo Vegter
GMOs: Hacking genes to feed the world
Daily Maverick on 1 July 2012
view article
2011/12 Catherine Boome
Slicing into the organic debate
Business Day, HEALTHNEWS on 20 July 2011
view article
Karen Key
Heath Matters
Interview on expired food products conducted on SAfm on 29 November 2011
Link discontinued by SAfm
2010/11 Ivo Vegter
That finger-licking, lip-smacking taste.
The Daily Maverick. 19 September 2010
view article
2009/10 Lydia van der Merwe
Water, beter uit 'n bottle?
Sarie Magazine. February 2009
view article
Pg 1, 2, 3, 4
2008/09 Dr Ingrid van Heerden
Melamine scandal: are we at risk?
Diet Doc Nov 2008
view article
2007/08 Jane Badham
The Fat Attack
Shape Magazine. November 2007
view article
2006/07 Carol Browne
Is home-cooked food killing you?
Weighless Magazine. October/November 2006
2006/07 Hantie Schrader
Die wriemelende waarheid.
Fokus, SABC 2. 23 April 2006
2005/06 Dr Carl Albrecht
A series of four articles on healthy eating, lifestyle and disease.
Die Burger, January to June 2005
view article
2004/05 Dr Penny Love
Saying no to veggies - evolution or excuses?
Weighless Magazine, April/May 2004
2003/04 Taryn Lamberti
What's Behind the Toxic Food Alert
Femina, March, 2003
1999/00 Freek Robinson
Geneties gemanipuleerde organismes en voedsel produkte
Fokus, SAUK 2, 25 Augustus 1999
1990/00 Prof Jennifer Thomson
Future Fantastic
Sunday Times Lifestyle 28 March, 1999
1994/95 Gudrun Kaiser
Chilling facts about the cold chain.
Fair Lady, 6 September 1995
1990/91 Debbie Collings
Tartrazine - toxin or tall story
Fair Lady, 28 March 1990

Merit Certificate

Year of Publication /
Year of Award
Award Winner and Publisher / Broadcaster Detail
Publication Medium
2007/08 Lyse Comins: (The Mercury)
2002/03 Karin D'Orville: (SABC 2, Focus)
1999/00 June Bearzi: (The Star)
1994/95 Madeleine de Villiers (SA Food & Home)
1993/94 i) Debbie Collings (Fair Lady)
ii) Madeleine de Villiers: (SA Food & Home)
iii) Jill Dunstone: (Health Talk)