The awards, which recognise newspaper excellence in advertising, printing and production, layout and typography as well as the balanced use of pictures and graphics, are not able to take place due to the nature of their judging.

"COVID-19 has affected every part of our society, including, and especially so in many cases, the newspaper industry. As such, the virus has meant that the PSS cannot in good conscience bring a jury together to judge these awards, and therefore, we have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone them," says a spokesperson for the PSS.

However, the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards will still take place. Entries open Monday, 1 June and close on Wednesday, 15 July. This year will see a virtual awards ceremony that will take place on Thursday, 15 October (subject to change).

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