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Stephen Wrottesley


The South African National Editors’ Forum, SANEF, has awarded Professor Glenda Daniels with the 2020 Stephen Wrottesley Award.

Prof Daniels is an associate professor in the media studies department at the University of the Witwatersrand, she also serves on the SANEF Council.

The 2019 accolade went to Izak Minnaar for his tireless commitment to SANEF.

Citation for Sanef’s Stephen Wrottesley Award 2020:

( by  Judy  Sandison and Mary Papayya )

This year’s recipient has shown passion and  commitment; and has driven an agenda around gender , race and diversity with purpose and  a  single- minded approach. Often giving up her own commitments after-hours to prepare, respond and table  a Sanef position on various platforms  on all matters diversity. For the past 6 years she has chaired Sanef’s Diversity and Ethics committee. Against great odds, and after a 2 year struggle, she managed to secure funding for Sanef’s Glass Ceiling 2 / 2018  research – 12 years after the ground- breaking 2006 survey. (Funding which we were not able to secure for that first study)

With  tireless dedication, she produced and edited ,  in partnership with Gender Links, the hard- hitting study that also included a new section on cyberbullying.

Just by looking at this year’s AGM pack, you can see the range of work she has led around improving ethical codes for journalism and for Sanef itself. Glenda has shown extraordinary commitment to the achievement of the Forum’s goals. As she steps down from the position this AGM, it is with great pleasure and pride, and deep appreciation that Sanef’s 2020 winner of the Stephen Wrottesley Award-  for extraordinary dedication to our organization’s vision and aims – is awarded to Prof. Glenda Daniels:

Winner of the 2021 SANEF-Wrottesley Award

The coveted Stephen Wrottesley Award 2021 went to Mahlatse Mahlase, chairperson of SANEF 2016 – 2020 and current secretary-general. The award was presented “for her passion, professionalism and commitment to SANEF and her dedication to media freedom and ethics.” Mahlase embodies what SANEF stands for: an unwavering passion for media freedom and a deep commitment to make South Africa a better and more equal place for its citizens, through journalism. Nominated by her peers, Mahlase steered SANEF to financial and organisational stability and has led SANEF in its principled campaign against prevailing hate speech and online abuse against journalists. She championed SANEF’s activism to push back against the abuse of particularly women journalists by politicians and online trolls.

Winner of the 2022 SANEF-Wrottesley Award

The 2022 Stephen Wrottesley Award was awarded to media freedom activist, former editor, and former SANEF’s management committee member, Angela Quintal. She is now in charge of the Africa programme at the Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York. As part of the awards, SANEF’s members get to nominate a fellow member for the Stephen Wrottesley Award, dedicated to honour members whose commitment in the journalism field goes beyond the call of duty.

About the Award


Stephen Wrottesley was the chief of staff for Independent Newspapers, a respected journalist and one of SANEF’s founding members. He died in hospital after a fatal car accident in Cape Town in 2003 at the age of 47.


Wrottesley was the former news editor of the Cape Argus and had achieved renown as a top crime reporter with the Cape Argus. He was a past recipient of the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery Journalism Award for his reporting on illegal whaling. He was instrumental in the formation of the South African National Editors’ Forum and was a member of its executive committee for a number of years.

Previous recipients of the Sanef-Wrottelesy AwarD

2022 Angela Quintal
2021 Mahlatse Mahlase
2019 Izak Minnaar
2018 Amina Frense
2017 Paula Fray
2016 No winner
2015 Judy Sandison
2014 Gavin Steward
2013 Nic Dawes
2012 Juanita Williams
2011 Hopewell Radebe
2010 Raymond Louw
2009 Mathatha Tsedu
2008 Raymond Louw
2007 Mary Papayya
2006 Joe Thloloe
2005 Raymond Louw

The SANEF-Wrottesley Award, a peer recognition award, is presented to a SANEF member for extraordinary commitment to work towards the achievement of the association’s goals. Any member in good standing may submit a nomination and short motivation to the SANEF Management Committee. The winner will be awarded a framed certificate and financial token.

SANEF invites members to email their nominations for the SANEF-Wrottesley Award to SANEF.

Please email your nominations to [email protected].

Please contact us for further information.