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 an understanding of controversial or complex food issues.

Award recipients

2016/17: Ivo Vegter
Print: 110 Nobel laureates warn Greenpeace of “crime against humanity”
GMOsDaily Maverick, 2 August 2016

2015/16: Ivo Vegter
Print: Fashionable Food Fears
Daily Maverick, 20 & 26 October 2015

2015/16: Tamara le Pine-Williams
Electronic: Food Preservatives & Food Labelling in SA
Classic FM, February 2015

2014/15: Salomé Delport
Print: Gooi Jy Goeie Kos Weg?
Rooi Rose, February 2014

2013/14: Robyn Maclarty
Print: Is Genetically Modified Food the Monster We Think It Is?
Fair Lady, November 2013

2012/13: Ivo Vegter
Print: GMOs: Hacking genes to feed the world
Daily Maverick, 1 July 2012

2011/12: Catherine Boome
Print: Slicing into the organic debate
Business Day, HEALTHNEWS, 20 July 2011

2011/12: Karen Key
Electronic: Heath Matters
Interview on expired food products conducted on SAfm, 29 November 2011

2010/11: Ivo Vegter
Print: That finger-licking, lip-smacking taste
The Daily Maverick. 19 September 2010

2009/10: Lydia van der Merwe
Print: Water, beter uit ‘n bottle?
Sarie Magazine, February 2009

2008/09: Dr Ingrid van Heerden
Print: Melamine scandal: are we at risk?
Diet Doc, November 2008

2007/08: Jane Badham
Print: The Fat Attack
Shape Magazine, November 2007

2006/07: Carol Browne
Print: Is home-cooked food killing you?
Weighless Magazine, October/November 2006

2006/07: Hantie Schrader
Electronic: Die wriemelende waarheid
Fokus, SABC 2, 23 April 2006

2005/06: Dr Carl Albrecht
Print: A series of four articles on healthy eating, lifestyle and disease
Die Burger, January to June 2005

2004/05: Dr Penny Love
Print: Saying no to veggies – evolution or excuses?
Weighless Magazine, April/May 2004

2003/04: Taryn Lamberti
Print: What’s Behind the Toxic Food Alert
Femina, March 2003

1999/00: Freek Robinson
Electronic: Geneties gemanipuleerde organismes en voedsel produkte
Fokus, SAUK 2, 25 Augustus 1999

1990/00: Prof Jennifer Thomson
Print: Future Fantastic
Sunday Times Lifestyle, 28 March 1999

1994/95: Gudrun Kaiser
Print: Chilling facts about the cold chain
Fair Lady, 6 September 1995

1990/91: Debbie Collings
Print: Tartrazine – toxin or tall story
Fair Lady, 28 March 1990

Merit certificates

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: Debbie Collings
Fair Lady

1993/94: Madeleine de Villiers
SA Food & Home

1993/94: Jill Dunstone
Health Talk