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The primary objective of the Whistleblowers Awards is to promote transparency, accountability, and ethical behaviour. We believe that this can be pursued through, amongst others, the following means:


  • Recognising and Protecting Whistleblowers: One primary objective is to recognise and honour individuals who have exposed wrongdoing or unethical practices within organisations. This recognition serves to encourage others to come forward with information without fear of retaliation or stigmatisation.

  • Promoting Ethical Conduct: Whistleblower awards aim to encourage ethical behaviour within organisations and institutions. By showcasing the positive impact of whistleblowers, they send a message that unethical behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Enhancing Transparency: Whistleblower programs aim to enhance transparency by shedding light on hidden or corrupt activities. This transparency can lead to improved corporate governance and accountability.

  • Preventing Fraud and Corruption: Another key objective is to prevent fraud, corruption, and other unethical activities by incentivising individuals to report them. This helps protect the interests of stakeholders and the general public.

  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Whistleblower awards often operate within legal frameworks and regulations. They aim to ensure that organizations comply with these laws, which are designed to protect whistleblowers and their rights.

  • Public Awareness: These awards also seek to raise public awareness about the importance of whistleblowers in maintaining a just and ethical society. This education helps create a culture where ethical behavior is valued and rewarded

  • Advocating for Financial and Other Relief for Whistleblowers: By encouraging the state and private commerce to provide financial incentives or livelihood protections to whistleblowers, these awards can help galvanise advocacy for financial support and alleviate hardships.

In summary, the Whistleblower Awards primarily aim to recognise and encourage individuals who expose unethical behaviour while promoting ethical conduct, transparency, and accountability within organisations and society as a whole. 

Individual Whistleblower Excellence Award

Civil Society Champion Award

Investigative Journalism Excellence Award

This prestigious award recognises exceptional individuals whose whistleblowing efforts have had a profound and lasting impact on public accountability. These individuals have displayed unwavering commitment in exposing corruption and promoting ethical citizenship, going above and beyond to uphold principles of transparency and integrity.

The 2023 honourees are Mosilo Mothepu, Martha Ngoye, Cynthia Stimpel, Themba Maseko, Tiro Holele, Johan van Loggerenberg, Athol Williams, and Patricia Mashale.

Civil society organisations are the backbone of the whistleblowing ecosystem, serving as crucial advocates and supporters. This distinguished award acknowledges civil society organisations that excel in their tireless efforts to alleviate the challenges faced by whistleblowers. They play a pivotal role in ensuring that whistleblowing concerns garner the attention they deserve from relevant authorities and provide vital material support to those who step forward.

The 2023 honourees are: Corruption Watch, Outa, and Whistleblower House.

This esteemed award recognises the exceptional contributions of journalists and media houses in the fight against corruption and maladministration. Through their dedicated reporting and commitment to truth, they shine a powerful light on corrupt practices and significantly advance the cause of whistleblowing. Their inkhorn and tenacity serve as a beacon of transparency, exposing wrongdoing and holding those responsible accountable.

The 2023 individual honourees are: Marecia Damons, Daniel Steyn, Pauli van Wyk, Sabelo Skiti, and Jeff Wicks.

Media House category: amaBhungane, GroundUp, and News24.

Corporate Whistleblower Guardian Award

Fallen Heroes of Integrity Award

The Sherpa Award for Whistleblower Support

This award recognises private companies that have established robust, safe pathways for whistleblowing and support. It celebrates companies that adopt policies and practices that are not only compliant with whistleblower protection laws but also foster a culture of openness and accountability. By recognising corporate guardians of whistleblowing, we promote ethical practices and responsible business conduct.

No award.

This solemn award is dedicated to honouring the memory of individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice to expose corruption, fraud, and various forms of malfeasance. These courageous individuals put their lives on the line to uphold the principles of justice and accountability. We remember and celebrate their unwavering commitment to ethical citizenship, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten.

The 2023 honourees are: Jimmy Mohlala, Marumo Phenya, and Babita Deokaran. 

The Sherpa Award draws inspiration from the legendary Sherpa community, known for their unwavering dedication in assisting mountaineers conquer the formidable Mount Everest. Just as Sherpas guide climbers through treacherous terrain, this award acknowledges individuals, organisations, and institutions that serve as guiding lights for whistleblowers and non-profit entities dedicated to whistleblowers support. 

The 2023 honourees are: Ben Theron, Cynthia Stimpel, and PPLAAF.

Public Interest SA Chair's
Special Award for Social Justice -
Adv Thuli Madonsela

The Public Interest SA Chairman's Special Award for Social Justice, first awarded in 2022 to former Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Bulelani Ngcuka, is a highly prestigious and unique recognition. This award is specifically designed to honour an individual or organisation that has made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the cause of social justice in South Africa. It acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond to promote equity, fairness, and the well-being of all members of society, often against significant odds.


Key Elements of the Chairman's Special Award for Social Justice:


1. Exceptional Commitment: The recipient of this award is someone or an entity who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the pursuit of social justice. This commitment is not just a one-time effort but a sustained and impactful dedication to the betterment of society.


2. Positive Impact: The award recognizes individuals or organisations whose actions have resulted in tangible and positive changes within the South African community. This impact can encompass a wide range of social justice issues, from economic and racial equality to environmental justice and human rights.


3. Inspiration and Leadership: Recipients of this award often serve as inspirational figures who lead by example, motivating others to get involved in the fight for social justice. They are considered leaders in their field, and their work sets a high standard for activism and advocacy.


4. Inclusivity and Advocacy: The Chairman's Special Award for Social Justice is typically granted to those who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the principles of social justice are extended to all, irrespective of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic. Their advocacy often addresses systemic issues and aims to bring about long-term structural change.


5. Sustainability: Recognising that social justice is an ongoing struggle, the award highlights individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the long-term sustainability of their efforts. They are not content with short-term fixes but are dedicated to creating lasting change.


6. Resilience and Courage: Many awardees have faced significant challenges and obstacles in their pursuit of social justice. They have shown resilience and courage in the face of adversity, standing up for what they believe in, even when it is not popular or convenient.


7. Alignment with Whistleblower Values: The Chairman's Special Award for Social Justice is closely aligned with the principles of whistleblowing, which include exposing wrongdoing and advocating for transparency and accountability. Awardees often share a common commitment to these values, working in parallel with whistleblowers to create a more just and ethical society.


In summary, the Public Interest SA Chairman's Special Award for Social Justice is a distinguished recognition that celebrates the remarkable efforts of individuals or organisations dedicated to advancing social justice in South Africa. It acknowledges those who have made a lasting and profound impact on the nation's journey toward a more equitable and fair society, and it serves as an inspiration to others to continue the fight for a better world.



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Oct 26 | 18:00

The Venue

Melrose Arch

Our Partners.

We extend our deepest gratitude to our esteemed partners for their unwavering generosity and steadfast support of the Whistleblowers Awards & Summit initiative. Their commitment to our cause is the driving force behind this event's success. Their contributions not only help us honour the brave individuals who have championed ethical values but also advance the vital conversation around accountability and justice. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the world, and we are profoundly thankful for their partnership in this noble endeavour. Their support truly embodies the spirit of ethical citizenship and positive change.

Receiving a Trophy


Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Integrity

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