Sean Nurse is the latest winner of the Bridgestone/SA Guild of Motoring Journalists’ Steve Dlamini Award for excellence by a young motoring journalist. The 23-year-old from Johannesburg, who received a floating trophy and a cash prize, is a writer with Auto Dealer, the weekly motoring supplement carried in Caxton’s community newspapers.
The award, which is part of the Toyota Financial Services/SAGMJ Motoring Journalist of the Year competition, was created in memory of the late motoring editor of City Press newspaper, Steve Dlamini-Kabini, who died at the age of 32 in a motorcycle accident in February 2008. It recognises outstanding achievement by a motoring journalist who has been in the industry for less than five years. Nurse also won two other awards at last night’s function: AA Road Safety Feature of the Year and Motorcycling Journalist of the Year and was runner-up in the Newspaper Journalist of the Year.
Nurse is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, where he earned a BA degree in languages and journalism in 2012. He was the recipient of the annual SA Guild of Motoring Journalists bursary in 2013. While at university he was press officer of the Tuks Football Academy and deputy photo editor of the Mamelodi Voice newspaper.
“This is the fifth year of our sponsorship of this prestigious and important award and I’m happy to say that Sean is a fine example of the kind of enterprising young motoring journalist that Steve was and we’re proud to continue to be associated with this important Guild award,” said Mike Halforty, CEO of Bridgestone South Africa.
Nurse follows in the footsteps of four other young recipients of the award, Minesh Bhagaloo (2009), Andrew Leopold (2010), Lance Branquinho (2012) and Brent Ellis (2013), who have gone on to make their mark with leading national motoring publications and more than justify their recognition by the Guild.