SA's top Property Media honoured at 2016 SAPOA Awards

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SA Commercial Prop News Media Director, Ortneil Kutama accepts the prestigious SAPOA Journalism Award for Best Digital Publication category. SA Commercial Prop News Media Director, Ortneil Kutama accepts the prestigious SAPOA Journalism Award for Best Digital Publication category.

SA Commercial Prop News, once again scooped the best digital publication of the year at the 2016 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) Property Journalism Awards — which were presented at galler dinner in Johannesburg.

The awards, presented in 4 categories, aim to recognize the country’s top writters and publishers — in terms of quality, newsworthy content as well as careful investigation.

Sponsored by JHI Properties, the award winners of the prestigious and hotly contested were announced in June at the 50th annual SAPOA Convention and Property Exhibition in Sandton, Johannesburg.

In the Property News Journalist category, Moneyweb’s Ray Mahlaka, was praised for his unwavering standard of quality journalism, newsworthy content and thorough investigation into pertinent property issues.

Former winner in the category and esteemed property journalist Joan Muller from Financial Mail received a special mention in this group.

In the Property Feature Journalist category, Joan Muller, features writer for the Financial Mail, won the award for her fresh style of writing and thought-provoking articles that the judges felt were well presented.

Earning a special mention in this category were Francini van Staden from Earthworks and Anne Schauffer from Property Professional and Business Day Homefront.

Scooping up the Best Digital Publication Award — for the 5th time in a row since 2012, SA Commercial Prop News impressed judges with its comprehensive website, which they felt presented a wide variety of current and topical property information. It’s neat, visually appealing, easy-to-navigate structure earned it top place in the category.

Runner-Up in this category was Africa Property News ( — SA Commercial Prop News' sister publication launched in 2015. The online publication’s relevance to the sector scored it paramount with the  judging panel.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Ortneil Kutama Media Director at SA Commercial Prop News, said: “We all feel extremely gratified and honoured to be selected as the winners of this award.”

Winning the coveted Magazine Publication, Architect & Builder was a clear winner for what the judges described as a good range of informative and well researched content.

Earning a special mention in this category was the Earthworks.

The two winning journalists will each walked away with R20000 and a trophy, while winning print and digital news sources received trophies.

SAPOA was established in 1966 by the leading and large property investment companies to bring together all role players in the commercial property field aiming to create a powerful platform for property investors.

Today its members control about 90% of all commercial and combined portfolios in excess of R500-billion


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