Winner Taco Kuiper Awards 2007: Daily Dispatch'sÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â stories on Frere Hospital
The Daily Dispatch team's exposÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© of neo-natal deaths at
Frere Hospital was labelled "false" by the President and "lies" by the
Health Minister while the judges of the Taco Kuiper Awards called it "a model of
excellent and powerful journalism".
It was the work, over about three months, of Brett Horner, ChandreÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Prince and Ntando Makhubu with the support of editor Phylicia Opphelt and deputy editor Andrew Trench's news editing.
The Daily Dispatch took a single case and built it into a larger picture, setting out the context, investigating the causes and culprits. As a direct result of the team's work, the Health Minister promised to build a new labour ward, increase the hospital's
maintenance budget ten-fold, start a programme to hire extra nurses and
doctors and pay them better, and overhaul the management of the
Runner-up Taco Kuiper Awards 2007: Mail & Guardian's series on police commissioner Jackie Selebi.
The Mail & Guardian did not balk at hunting down
one of the most powerful men in government. To do so required courage
and commitment, and the team amassed such compelling evidence that the story could no longer be ignored.
It was not only the quantity of
stories and evidence that won the Taco Kuiper judges' respect, but the meticulous presentation of disparate strands of evidence. The Mail & Guardian team consisted of Stefaans BrÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼mmer, Stephen Sole,
Zukile Majova, Nic Dawes, Adriaan Basson and Pearlie Joubert.
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