An innovative four-episode podcast series featuring the stories and perspectives of some of the country’s most underrepresented voices: the homeless, won EWN Reporter Mihlali Ntsabo a coveted journalism award last month.
He was named ‘Multi-platform Journalist of the Year’ at the 2019 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in recognition of EWN’s strategic use of cross-platform publishing and its drive to push the boundaries between radio and online reporting, by combining the traditional values of balanced, fair and critical journalism with creative storytelling and publication approaches.
Ntsabo, who works as an online producer and reporter at EWN, won the award for his gripping podcast SA's forgotten citizens - the homeless & the hopeless - published ahead of the 8 May national general election.
Theko, a car guard in Hillbrow. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN
Ntsabo himself is thrilled by the win: “It’s an honour, as a young person, to be acknowledged for winning on a major platform among people who have been in the industry for quite some time. But, more than anything, it made me realise that as young people, especially in an era where digital is growing and newsrooms need multi-skilled journalists, we should look at combining different storytelling mediums to feature voices and experiences that have been missing in mainstream media conversations."
Through firsthand interviews Mihlali is not only able to unpack how they ended up living on the streets and what makes it so difficult to return back home, he also navigates complex issues around voting - how, for example, homeless people don't feel part of political parties' plans for a better South Africa.
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Lethuba Sekhuthu (26) has been living on the streets for four years after moving from Ga-Rankuwa to Johannesburg for better opportunities. He sells at crossroads to help support his single mother who is a domestic worker. Picture: Kayleen Morgan