Media Release 30 November 2023 2023 Isu Elihle Awards winners!...Read More
“Isu Elihle” is an isiZulu phrase and could be translated into English as a beautiful, great or simply a neat solution.
The Isu Elihle Awards were launched in 2016 by MMA ,with the support of Save the Children International, the Swedish International Development Agency and Media Network on Child Rights Development (MNCRD) based in Zambia. Since 2020, the awards have been funded by UNICEF. “Isu Elihle ” is an isiZulu phrase and could be translated into English as a beautiful, great or simply a neat solution.
As the name suggests, the awards aim to encourage alternative thinking around reporting on children, and to contribute to an environment that enables journalists to expose and highlight issues affecting children in the country and the continent.The awards seek to contribute to a change in attitudes and behaviors of opinion and decision-makers and citizens across the country and continent from the premise that the media frames debates in society and carries enormous influence and, therefore, ability to drive positive change.
First Stage: Submission of the story idea.
Second Stage: Producing and publishing the full story.
|Approximate Cash prize *
|First runner up:
|Second runner up:
Between R10 000 and R25 000
*Please note that it is possible for one of the top 3 winners to be selected as the winner of the Mandy Rossouw Category. In this case they would take two cash prizes. It is also possible that the MRC will not be awarded to any participant based on the judges’ decision.
Story idea submission
15 May -15 June 2023
1st round adjudication
15 June 2023 – 15 July 2023
Finalists’ announcement & mentorship
20 July – 30 July 2023
Finalists produce and publish stories
1 August 2023 – 30 September 2023
Announce final winners
*Please note the timeline above is subject to change and due notice will be given should it change
*Please note by submitting your entry, you confirm that you have read and agree with the following rules:
The Isu Elihle Mandy Rossouw Accountability prize will be awarded once all stories have been published during the second round of adjudication. This Prize will be awarded to the journalist (if so determined) who made the best attempt at holding the powerful to account especially on issues specifically related to children.
On 08 March 2018 Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) honoured the legacy of Mandy Rossouw through the launch of an awards category dedicated to the memory of the esteemed journalist who passed away in 2013. The Mandy Rossouw Award for Holding key institutions accountable.
While working for the Mail and Guardian in 2009, Mandy Rossouw was the first journalist to break the story on government’s wasteful expenditure on former president Jacob Zuma’s private home in Inkandla Kwa Zulu Natal. She was one of the brave journalists who played a critical role in exposing the State Capture project. It is because of her dedication towards holding the powerful to account that MMA was inspired to include a category within Isu Elihle Awards for those journalists in the competition who show remarkable bravery towards holding governments and relevant institutions accountable to ensure that the rights of children on the continent are met.
Mandy was also one of the first journalists who volunteered to be on MMA’s Children’s News Agency advisory Board. She was not only an excellent committed reporter, she also cared deeply about journalism and ensuring children’s role was valued and their views heard.
Once all the Top 6 finalists have published their stories and submit them to MMA, the Isu Elihle Awards
, Judges will select one story that was well executed journalistically and that was geared towards holding the powerful to account with regards to addressing a critical need/s faced by children in a particular country in Africa. Please note: there is no requirement to submit two stories, the judging panel will select a winner for this category from final published and submitted stories. This prize will not be awarded if all submitted stories do not hold the powerful to account.