Moneybags wins at Brandhouse Media Awards

Moneybags editor Angelique Ruzicka (pictured left) took home the award for Best Online Media at the 2015 Brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards for her article ‘How to get a free ride after a night out’.

The awards ceremony was held at The Venue in Johannesburg and was a celebration and acknowledgement of the work that the media does to highlight the issue of responsible drinking.

According to Brandhouse, this is the first awards initiative of its kind in South Africa.

Jeff Milliken, managing director at Brandhouse noted: “At brandhouse, we acknowledge the various issues associated with alcohol and we are deeply committed to promoting responsible drinking. And these awards are about encouraging the media to use their platforms to promote responsible drinking and ultimately change consumer behaviour.”

Joanne Botha, a judge for this year’s awards, said that they received over 200 entries for the awards.

From these entries, it was whittled down to three finalists for each category. Moneybags was proud to boast that it had two finalists at this year’s awards in the Best Online Media category, Ruzicka for ‘How to get a free ride after a night out’ and Jessica Anne Wood (pictured right above) for ‘What is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome’.

Moneybags was proud to ultimately take home the award for this category. Among the night’s winners were Media24 for Best Media House of the Year, having submitted the most entries to the committee for judging, as well as Mia Malan from the Mail & Guardian who took home the awards for Best Newspaper and Journalist of the Year for her article ‘I gave my children booze’.

“We have a great team here at Moneybags and sister website Justmoney.  I am proud of the fact that Jessica Wood became a finalist too. This is despite the fact that she’s only been in the team since January this year.

“At Moneybags, we take time to not only report about what’s going on but we tend to dig a little deeper, do more research and interview key market commentators. I don’t like to just report on the matter and I encourage all our journalists to do that little bit extra for our readers.

“We have a huge problem in South Africa when it comes to alcohol abuse. There are people driving home drunk and getting involved in accidents, children and adults are binge-drinking and we have people committing crimes after abusing drugs and alcohol.

“I wrote about banks launching free ‘take me home services’, which are perfect for those who have had too much to drink on a night out. I didn’t just want to tell reader’s about these services. I wanted to let them know what they qualified for, how much the service costs once all the free credits are up and which areas they applied to.

“We will definitely continue to report on the important issue of alcohol abuse and on products and services that will help reduce such abuse and prevent people from drinking and driving.”

Winners at the 2015 RDMAs

(Angelique Ruzicka pictured sixth from right)

To watch interviews with the winners, click here.