Today Liberty announced the launch of the Liberty Radio Awards in 2017. Formerly known as the MTN Radio Awards, the awards are an industry-wide initiative that promotes and recognises excellence in radio journalism. The awards are renowned for their credibility and transparency. Importantly, radio is South Africa’s leading media platform and Liberty is proud to be associated with the awards.Convenor of the Liberty Radio Awards, Lance Rothschild said: “We’re thrilled to have Liberty on board to re-kindle the flame of the radio awards. The absence of the awards in 2016 was sorely felt by the industry, but we are now able to continue this important programme with Liberty’s support.”

Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Sandile Hlophe, Chief Executive of Liberty’s Group Arrangements, said: “More than 90% of the population has access to radio on a daily basis making it the widest reaching and most impactful medium in the country. Liberty’s involvement with the Awards will enable us to enhance the quality of radio journalism for the benefit of listeners, who are the very customers we service.”

Mr. Tshepo Matseba, Marketing and Communication Executive at Liberty Corporate added: “At Liberty we believe in empowering people to secure their financial freedom. Radio, in addition to being entertaining, promotes conversations and provides critical educational information on which people can base their financial decisions.  Our partnership with the awards recognises this important role of radio in our nation, while cherry picking the best the industry has to offer”.

The Liberty Radio Awards are open to all ICASA-licensed radio stations in the country and there are several award categories across the four pillars of radio: Campus, Community, PBS and Commercial. Entries are free and will open end November 2016 and close in late January 2017. The Award ceremony will be held on Saturday 8th April 2017.

Full details of the awards programme are available at: www.libertyradioawards.co.za and the social media tags are: Twitter: @Liberty_RadioA or #libertyradioawards and Facebook: Liberty Radio Awards.

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For further information, please contact:

Lance Rothschild – Liberty Radio Awards
T: +27 (0) 82 443 1530                                  E: lance@libertyradioawards.co.za

Lulama Philiso – Liberty Corporate
T: +27 (0) 11 408 3814/083 262 5534       E: lulama.philiso@liberty.co.za

About Liberty Holdings Limited

Liberty Holdings Limited is a leading Pan African financial services group with a presence in 14 countries, R566 billion assets under management, more than 2, 5 million clients and properties covering 1, 1 million square meters. We offer a full suite of solutions from asset management and investment to insurance and health products.

Liberty Corporate is a core division within the Liberty Group and part of the greater Standard Bank Group, our parent company. We are market leaders in employee benefits, investment and risk solutions to the South African business community. With over 50 years’ experience and more than 8500 funds currently under administration, Liberty Corporate partners with companies to enhance the lives of their most valuable asset; the people who work in their organisations. Liberty Corporate provides a holistic range of risk and retirement solutions, that extends beyond the provision of health, investment, risk and post retirement.  We offer companies peace of mind by partnering with them to address challenges they and their staff members face. Liberty Corporate is the proud winner of several prestigious industry awards, including voted No 1 in the Sunday Times Top Brands Survey 2014; Top Brand B2B Long-term insurance category. Liberty is a Level 2 BBBEE contributor.

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