Stellenbosch Visio and Tip Africa win at the SA Publication Forum Awards

Stellenbosch Visio is “a joy to read” – so say the judges at the SA Publication Forum Awards, which awarded the magazine the prize for Best External Publication.

Since 2002, the SA Publication Forum Awards have been acknowledging publishing excellence. This year, Stellenbosch Visio scooped the prize for the best magazine aimed at the public.

“We have the most rewarding mandate imaginable – to celebrate the people, places and good stories of our region,” says editor Francé Beyers. “Every season we get to bring our readers pages packed with inspiration, not only about good living, but also how to live better. I never fail to draw renewed energy from the creators, change-makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and thinkers we feature.”

Aside from winning its category, Stellenbosch Visio also got a nod for Excellence in Writing and was a finalist for Publication of the Year. “This publication is a true reflection of inspirational living. The magazine speaks of quality, creativity and originality,” said the judges.

Stellenbosch for the win

Tip Africa Publishing, the creators of Stellenbosch Visio, received further recognition at the SA Publication Forum Awards – and interestingly enough, also for brands connected to Stellenbosch.

Based in the City of Oaks, though operating in three regions around the world, Mediclinic International won the Best Annual Report. Since 2020, Tip Africa has produced the annual reporting suite for Mediclinic International, which includes the Annual Report as well as the Clinical Services Report and Sustainable Development Report – the joint second runners-up in this category.

Today Capitec has a gleaming head office in Stellenbosch’s Techno Park, but 20 years ago it was just an audacious idea. That story is told in Let’s Build a Bank, the first runner-up in the category for Best One-off Publication. The Capitec commemorative book came second for Publication of the Year, followed by the Mediclinic Annual Report.

Igna Schneider, editorial director at Tip Africa, says: “We are a boutique publishing house with a small but incredibly dedicated team and the good fortune to work with the best creative minds. We’re delighted to be honoured in such a range of categories and for varied clients. It shows compelling storytelling never goes amiss.”