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City Press staff were recog­nised at the 2017 Dis­cov­ery Health Jour­nal­ism Awards, with re­porters bag­ging two gongs for their work.

Eastern Cape cor­re­spon­dent Luba­balo Ngcukana won the Dis­cov­ery Foun­da­tion’s Na­tion Builder Award for his story about Eastern Cape pro­fes­sional nurse Si­boniwe Mahleka (40), who criss-crossed Pon­doland dur­ing the prov­ince’s De­cem­ber ini­ti­a­tion season to res­cue as many ini­ti­ates as he could.

Su­san Com­rie won the Best In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism award for her in­ves­ti­ga­tion writ­ten be­fore the Life Esidi­meni psy­chi­atric pa­tients were moved to non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, where many later died of ne­glect, which de­tailed the run-down build­ings to which the Gaut­eng health depart­ment was con­sid­er­ing mov­ing them.

About this year’s en­tries, Pro­fes­sor Tawana Kupe, con­vener of the judg­ing panel, said: “We were im­pressed by the level of in­sight into sub­jects re­ported on and by the qual­ity of in­for­ma­tion con­veyed in most en­tries.”

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