MultiChoice behind development of African journalism

14 Oct 2016 12:20pm
By Mulisa Simiyasa
JOHANNESBURG, 14 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibian freelance journalist, John Grobler is among 36 others competing in the 2016 African Journalist Awards set for Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.
The event is organised by MultiChoice and Cable News Network (CNN).
Founded in August 1995, the awards create a platform to encourage journalists and reinforce the importance of their role in Africa’s development.
Over 1 600 entries from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese-speaking Africa, were received this year.
There are 12 awards in the English language category, two awards in the Francophone category and two in the Portuguese category.
Grobler is a freelance journalist based in Windhoek. He has been doing investigative reporting for the past 20 years with a specific interest in the intersect between organised crime and natural resource exploitation, and is currently working on internationally syndicated rhino poaching. Grobler was born in Windhoek and educated at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and has been writing for major news outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian and the major news services.
MultiChoice on Thursday said they are happy to host this event again in 2016 and highlighted its continuous growth of viewership across Africa. It has over six million customers.
The event was held in Nairobi, Kenya last year.
Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou from Burkina Faso won the 2015 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist award.
MultiChoice Head End Specialist in Broadcasting and Technology, Patrick Mwaba told Nampa on Thursday that MultiChoice has penetrated all major African cities, towns and rural villages with its television channels.
“We are doing very well with a wide base of customers across Africa,” he said.
Over 750 guests across Africa will attend the event.