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Newsmaker of the Year for 2016

The National Press Club has named state capture, President Jacob Zuma, the Guptas and Adv Thuli Madonsela as newsmakers for 2016.

National Press Club Chairperson, Tanya de Vente-Bijker said President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas dominated news headlines in what became known as state capture. Read the release

Press club discussion evenings

The past year saw the spontaneous introduction of discussion evenings at the National Press Club. These evenings just happened and it worked. We discussed the court case between Moneyweb and Fin24, the dramas at the SABC, the role of women in the newsroom - to name a few. At our annual Percy Qoboza lecture, Kevin Ritchie addressed the role of the media in post-Apartheid South Africa. We hosted several newsmakers at media briefings throughout the year. Some briefings were more controversial than others and some made the news for the wrong reasons. We also celebrated our annual highlight on our calendar - our newsmaker event, sponsored by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. To become involved in the press club, contact the secretariat on

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The next Annual General Meeting will be held on 3 May 2017, hosted by the Court Classique Hotel. More information from the secretariat.

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