City of Cape Town publications have gained top honours in a prestigious national competition for corporate publications, organised by the SA Publication Forum.
The Council's staff newsletter, Contact, walked away with the overall grand prize as the best corporate publication and was also adjudged the best newspaper. Contact also gained Best Newspaper honours in 2003.
City News, the newsletter for residents, was a finalist in the best newspaper category. City News was entered for the first time.
Cape Town's council publications beat some of the best-known private sector companies in this competition which attracted a record 130 entries. The competition is the benchmark for corporate publications in the same way as the Loerie awards are for the advertising industry.
Contact received awards for excellence in writing, design and communication. City News received an award for excellence in writing.
The results were announced at a function in Midrand last night (30 August 2007). The floating trophies and awards were received by Contact Editor, Aletta Kruger.
The City's publications are published by the Communication Department's Corporate Publications section managed by Martin Pollack, Editor of City News.
Entries were received across the board, from government and corporates to one-man-shows and agencies. The competition was held in conjunction with the National Press Club to stimulate the communication industry and to reward excellence in internal and external media.
Panels of recognised experts in various disciplines give winning entrants detailed feedback and assessments of their work. Entrants find this very valuable in improving their communication tools even more.
Corporate publications play an important role in the communication strategy of organisations by maintaining contact with its various target audiences.