Forbes Africa Editor gets 2013 Special PICA Award


South African women’s glossy, SARIE magazine, as well as Business-to-Business publication RISKSA, walked away with five awards each at the 2013 MPASA PICA Awards on 14 November 2013.

The awards took place at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort. They were closely followed by Men’s Health (four awards). Known as the “Oscars” of the SA magazine industry, the MPASA PICA Awards recognise individuals and companies in the magazine industry that deliver publishing and editorial excellence, and display excellent teamwork.

SARIE dominated the event by taking home the Rossi Trophy for Consumer Magazine of the Year, the Jane Raphaely Consumer Editor of the Year award for Michélle van Breda, as well as awards for Consumer Publishing Excellence – General Interest, Non-Professional Writer of the Year: Consumer for Annerie du Plooy.

Three of these awards included consecutive repeat wins for the title. SARIE brand extension SARIE KOS also performed well, clinching the award for Décor, Crafts, Food and Gardening, while its recently launched brand extension in the English language, SARIE FOOD, won for Annuals, Directories, Product Guides & Special Editions.

RISKSA in turn managed not only to successfully defend four of its category wins from last year, but also walked away with the Profile Writer of the Year: Business-to-Business award (Hanna Barry for “Leading Lloyd’s”).

Men’s Health was victorious in two new categories this year – Columnist of the Year: Consumer for Adam Cooke (“Man to Man”) and Health and Wellness Writer of the Year for Gordon Laws (“King of the Fat Guys”).

Special Award

A Special Award for Editor was bestowed on Chris Bishop of Forbes Africa, whose publication did not fit into any of the Editor of the Year categories, owing to its distribution model.

“Paarl Media congratulates the winners of the 2013 PICA Awards – as committed industry players we are proud to play our part in promoting excellence in the printing and publishing industry,” says , Peter Metcalfe, Paarl Media Executive Director for Sales.

“This event and the great work recognised is testament to the quality being produced by the magazine industry, inspiring all in attendance and motivating future journalists, designers and publishers – this in itself makes our contribution to this industry event rewarding,” says Metcalfe.

“The 2013 MPASA PICA Awards represented a highlight for the magazine industry this year as it saw the largest number of entries of the past four years. We should all get excited about the vast range of opportunities available to us. We now have the ability to supply content in many different formats and on a wide range of platforms previously unavailable to us. Magazines are content leaders that deliver the best content via print, online, mobiles and apps.
We will take back our birthright! Magazine titles from all media houses need to stand together to take back our birthright. We create the best multi-platform media,” says Willem Breytenbach, MPASA Chairman.

“Kudos all around to a job well done! To those who entered the 2013 MPASA PICA Awards, I salute you for filling our world with brilliant journalism, breath-taking and eye-popping visuals, and bursts of colour. We’re already looking forward to welcoming you to the 2014 event,” adds Melony Boucher, PICA Project Manager.

For the first time in the history of the MPASA PICA Awards, interested parties are able to download the enriched PICA Winners Showcase magazine (go to your app store, search for “PICA Awards” and download to your tablet). The magazine will not only showcase the award winners, but also all the latest news of the PICA Awards.

The 2013 MPASA PICA Awards also allowed non-MPASA members to enter for this first time this year.

Another first for the MPASA PICA Awards was the addition of new categories targeting the youth market. The overall youth market winner was Totem.

For more information about the MPASA PICA Awards, visit and click on the PICA 2013 banner. For the latest updates, follow @mpasamags on Twitter.

2013 MPASA PICA Awards Winners

Editorial Publishing Excellence Awards:

Columnist of the Year – Consumer:

Adam Cooke – “Man to Man: a series of columns” – Men’s Health, Media24

Columnist of the Year – Business-to-Business:

Peter Major – “Stop Blaming the Past” – SA Mining, Times Media

Columnist of the Year – Customer:

Darrel Bristow-Bovey – “Home Alone” – Fresh Living, John Brown Publishing

Feature Writer of the Year – Consumer

Elizabeth Donaldson – “Voices on a Train” – Joburg Style, Ballyhoo Media

Feature Writer of the Year – Business-to-Business

“A Lost Generation?” by Wessel Ebersohn, Kathleen Ebersohn & Mbali Dlamini – Debate, Debate

Feature Writer of the Year – Customer

Janine Stephen – “Spot the Dog” – High Life, Cedar Communications

Profile Writer of the Year – Consumer

Erns Grundling – “Suidwes se Storieman” – Weg!, Media24

Profile Writer of the Year – Business-to-Business

Hanna Barry – “Leading Lloyd’s” – RISKSA, COSA Communications

Profile Writer of the Year – Customer

AJ Opperman – “Hulle Noem Haar Liewe Verna” – Taalgenoot , ATKV

Health and Wellness Writer of the Year

Gordon Laws – “King of the Fat Guys” – Men’s Health, Media24

Travel Writer of the Year

Will Bendix – “The Alchemy of Gambia” – ZigZag, Media24

Non-Professional Writer of the Year – Consumer

Annerie du Plooy – “Ter Gedagtenis aan Henk” – SARIE, Media24

Non-Professional Writer of the Year – Business-to-Business

Vincent Kuo – “The Art of Civil Engineering” – South African Institution of Civil Engineering

Non-Professional Writer of the Year – Customer

Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes “Hunting Safaris’ Future” – Wildlife Ranching, AgriConnect

Designer of the Year (Layout of the Year) – Consumer

Robert Cilliers and Clinton Jurgens – “A Bunch of Real Losers” – Men’s Health, Media24

Designer (Layout) of the Year – Business-to-Business

Michelle du Pisani – “Uncomfortable Familiarity – the Bredasdorp Reality” – Debate, Debate

Designer (Layout) of the Year – Customer

Craig Baxter – a series of designs – High Life, Cedar Communications

Photographer / Photojournalist of the Year – Consumer

John Ferraz – “The Invisibles” – Joburg Style, Ballyhoo Media

Visual Production of the Year – Consumer

Crystal Birch and Jonathan Taylor – “Triple Threat” – FHM, Media24

Visual Production of the Year – Customer

Tina-Marié Malherbe, Dirk Pieters, Marianne Burke – “Fade to Blue” – Plascon Spaces, New Media Publishing

Overall Publishing Excellence Awards:

Philip Tyler Trophy – Launch/Relaunch

VISI – New Media Publishing

Youth Market

TOTEM – John Brown Media

Annuals, Directories, Product Guides and Special Editions



“Boerekos” – Landbouweekblad, Media24

Online Solution – (SARIE), Media24

360 Degrees of Innovation

LEGiT, The Publishing Partnership

Customer Publishing Excellence Awards:

Retail & Consumer Goods

Woolworths TASTE – New Media Publishing

Leisure & Lifestyle

Private Edition – The Publishing Partnership

Education, Health, Conservation, Safety and Security

Wild – TIP Africa Publishing

Financial and Other Professional Services

JSE – Highbury Safika Media

Customer Cover of the Year

High Life (May 2013 Cover), Cedar Communications

Business to Business Publishing Excellence Awards:

Professional Services

RISKSA – COSA Communications

Essential Services

Sea Rescue – The Publishing Partnership

Resource-Based Industries

The Dairy Mail – AgriConnect

Construction, Engineering and Related Industries

earthworks – Young Africa Publishing

Business-to-Business Cover of the Year

RISKSA – COSA Communications (October 2012)

Consumer Publishing Excellence Awards:

General Interest (Male & Female)

SARIE – Media 24

International General Interest (Male & Female)

Men’s Health – Media24

Special Interest (Male & Female)

Longevity – Aegle Wellness

International Special Interest (Male & Female)

ELLE – Times Media

Décor, Crafts, Food and Gardening

SARIE KOS – Media24

Consumer Cover of the Year

VISI (Issue 64) – New Media Publishing

Consumer Magazine Largely Free Distribution

Joburg Style – Ballyhoo Media

Editor of the Year Awards:

Editor of the Year – Customer

Robbie Stammers of The Intrepid Explorer – Insights Publishing

Editor of the Year – Business-to-Business

Andy Marks – RISKSA, COSA Communications

Jane Raphaely Consumer Editor of the Year

Michélle van Breda – SARIE, Media24

Special Award for Editor

Chris Bishop – Forbes Africa, ABN Publishing

Magazine of the Year Awards:

Customer Magazine of the Year

Woolworths TASTE, New Media Publishing

Watling Trophy for Business-to-Business Magazine of the Year

RISKSA – COSA Communications

Rossi Trophy for Consumer Magazine of the Year

SARIE – Media24


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