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.

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 Chief Executive Officer
Ingrid Woodrow
Cell: 073 339 0870



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.
  • 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

Award recipients

2018/19: Salomé Delport
Print: Salomé Delport: Kosetikette in gewone taal
Rooi Rose, January 2018

2017/18: Salomé Delport
Print: Salomé Delport: Dink nuut oor goggakos
Rooi Rose, July 2017

2017/18: Wendy Knowler
Electronic Media: Radio interviews in 2017 covering a range of topics from labelling, expiry dates, adulteration of honey & beef content of burger patties.

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

Certificates of Excellence

2017/18: Ivo Vegter
Mãnuka honey: Another miracle cure that isn’t
Daily Maverick 30 Nov 2017

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