23 June 2014
For immediate release
Toyota Financial Services continues its sponsorship of the SAGMJ Motoring Journalist of the Year competition
Johannesburg. Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFSSA), which joined forces with the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) as headline sponsor of the Guild’s prestigious “Motoring Journalist of the Year” competition in 2013, has reaffirmed its support of the competition and its ongoing sponsorship.
The SAGMJ’s Motoring Journalist of the Year competition seeks to recognise excellence in motoring journalism and photography and to honour journalists and photographers who inform, enlighten and entertain readers, listeners or viewers. The SAGMJ believes that, through the presentation of these awards, its members will aspire to improve and advance the quality and standards of motoring journalism and photography in South Africa.
“A panel of independent judges, who are considered experts in their respective fields, adjudicates the competition and provides commentary and feedback on each entrant’s work so that the end result is not just a win or lose situation, but one where each entrant is equipped with advice that could positively influence his or her future work,” says Christo Valentyn, Chairman of the SAGMJ and convenor of the competition since 2011.
This year’s competition sees the consistent improvements implement over the past three years paying dividends, with more entries than before and additional categories included in order to recognise and reward excellence across the ever-growing sphere of motoring journalism. “Last year we introduced several new categories to the competition and welcomed several new award sponsors to the MJOY fold”, says Valentyn. “This year, we are especially proud of our continued relationship with TFS South Africa, as well as the numerous other sponsors who support the competition. We’ve also added a category focussed specifically on motorcycling, which we believe will grow significantly in coming years.”
“Toyota Financial Services South Africa is once again delighted to be the headline sponsor of the SAGMJ Motoring Journalist of the Year competition for a second year running. We firmly believe that it is important to recognise only the crème de la crème of the SAGMJ but also the role and involvement that each and every member of the SAGMJ plays in the South African motor industry,” says Derek Leach, General Manager Sales & Marketing at TFSSA.
details about the support sponsors and numerous prizes that will be awarded this year will be communicated in the coming weeks as preparations for the gala awards function intensify.