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Adriaan Basson Biography

Adriaan Basson is a South African journalist and an editor. He began his career at Stellenbosch in 2001 and in 2008 he recieved the Taco Kuiper award, placing him amongst the best investigative journalists in South Africa. Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape in 2000, a predominantly Afrikaans speaking University. Adriaan was made Head Editor of Die Matie, an Afrikaans campus publication between 2001/2002 and he graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He started his professional career at Die Beeld, an Afrikaans national daily newspaper in Johannesburg, in 2003. Adriaan Basson is the Editor of News24.


Awards and Recognition


2005- Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards- Finalist, along with colleagues at Beeld, in the Breaking News category for articles entitled: “Samaritaan of skurk?” and “Waar’s haar ontvoerders?”


2007 -Taco Kuiper Awards- Won the investigative journalism award for the year 2006 along with a colleague at Die Berger, Carien Du Plessis, for articles investigating corruption in the Department of Correctional Services. These articles and reports eventually led to the former prisons Chief Linda Mti’s resignation and the launch of an investigation by the Public Services Commission.


2008-Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards – Along with Stefaans Brummer, Sam Sole, Zukile Majova, Nic Dawes, Pearlie Joubert and Matuma Letsoalo, won the South African Story of the Year award for their series of stories on former national director of public prosecution Vusi Pikoli and the suspension of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.


2008- Taco Kuiper Awards- Won second place, and was cited, in the Investigative Journalism category for the year 2007 along with Stefaans Brümmer, Sam Sole, Zukile Majova, Nic Dawes and Pearlie Joubert for a series of articles on Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.


2009 – Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards – Won second place in the Investigative Journalism category with Sam Sole and Stefaans Brummer for an article entitled ‘Arms firm did give cash to ANC’

2009 – Taco Kuiper Awards- Won first place in the Investigative Journalism category, along with Stefaans Brummer and Sam Sole, for their reports on the Arms Deal.