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2013 SA Blog Awards Judges

  Our judging panel members are experts in Digital and Traditional Media and includes a variety of well versed high profile personalities. We are extremely greatful to them for offering the time to adjudicate.

Andrew Barnes
Andrew Barnes is a senior anchor at eNCA. 
He's been in the business for 20 years having been a report and News Editor in
both radio & television. 
You can catch him on eNCA every weekday between 1 and 4pm."


Breyton Paulse
Former Springbok Rugby player and Sports Commentator
54 Caps for Springboks,
Presenter on KykNet, Super Rugby.


Chester Williams
1995 Rugby World Cup winner, Sports Personailty, 27 Sprinbok Caps.
Former SA Sevens Coach, Pumas Coach and Cats Coach.


Chris Roper
Editor-in-Chief of Mail & Guardian
Chris Roper has an extensive background in print and online, and believes passionately in the
virtues of both types of media.
He was the founding portal manager of Vodacom World Online, responsible for the launch of the
South African portal for Dutch company World Online (later Tiscali). He moved to MWEB,
where for 7 years he was portal manager for SA’s biggest ISP, and for a long time the biggest
website in South Africa.


 Collin Kallis
Colin Cullis has spent 15 years with Primedia Broadcasting - for most of it he has been looking for
great stories and getting them on the radio, these days he is taking those stories to other platforms
and on occasion trying to tell them in 140 characters or less.
He is still working on that one


Dan Guasco
CEO Groupon
Serial entrepreneur, Investor and CEO of Groupon South Africa.
Passionate about all things digital.

Dave Duarte
Principal at the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, and runs a marketing innovation lab called
Dave Duarte is an entrepreneurial educator and African Digital Marketing expert. 

Elan Lohman
Elan is the founder of Sleekgeek which is a social community to help support you in achieving your
healthy lifestyle goals. Leaving a career as a corporate executive which included being General Manager
of News24 and Group Head of Digital at Avusa which own brands like Sunday Times, Exclusive Books
and Inet Bridge he decided to pursue his purpose to empower others. After losing 17kgs and finding a
healthy lifestyle for the first time he decided to give up the boardroom to help people full-time to discover

Elan is sponsored by Reebok and is a Wellness Warehouse Ambassador.


Gasant Abader
Editor Cape Times
Former Head of EyeWitnessNews


Howie Kahn
Head of communications The DHL Stormers


Jenny Morris
Celebrity Chef
Cook Book Author, weekly Cape Talk & KFM Radio shows, Food Network TV Host.


Johan Van Tonder
CEO of Former Naspers Internet Strategist


Neil Anthony
Celebrity Chef
Neill anthony is THE private chef in cape town,after working for chefs alyn williams and
Gordon Ramsay. He now cooks for the who's who of Cape Towns food scene while promoting
local artisan producers.


Paul Adams
Cobra’s Cricket Coach
Former South African,Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and Western Province Cricket player.
Super Sport Cricket commentator, Former Good Hope FM Cricket correspondent.


Prakash Patel
CEO Prezence Digital
A digitally led, senior commercially aware marketer with over 2 decades of global and local
(South Africa) experience within the advertising industry delivering creatively led, digital and
TTL marketing solutions for leading brands across industry sectors

Rob van Vuuren
Celebrity comedian
Award winner, Comics choice breakthrough act 2011
Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner for Comedy


Rod Baker
Rod  Baker is Content Director at, is a former magazine editor (Bona)
and publisher, and is a published author of a number of successful books, and former editor
of a number of equally successful books.


Saraha Mundy
Former head of SARU Marketing
Owner: Style me Fabulous

Saul Kropman
GS Industries: Saul has been in the digital industry for several years, accumulating diverse experience
across digital agencies, publishing and startups. His current focus is on the consultancy he runs, 
which provides support structures for the industry, alongside a training and recruitment agency to
help grow talent.


Sheena Gates

Formerly Head of Social Media for Aqua Agency and now Group Social Media manager for
Tsogo Sun started as a blogger, which lead her to Facebook, which lead her to Twitter, which
lead her to the business of that social media thinger everyone's always talking about. You can
read her blog which was established in 2006,'if these walls could talk', at