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Sam Sole

Sam Sole, South Africa, is a managing partner at the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit which develops investigative journalism in the public interest.

He has worked for the investigative magazine Noseweek and served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune. Sole won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for reporting on the criminal investigation of then-national deputy president Jacob Zuma. Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer, he has received numerous journalism awards, including recognition for their Oilgate exposé that traced the involvement of a company linked to the African National Congress to a scandal over diversion of money from a state contract to coffers of the ruling party. Sole was instrumental in revealing links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa’s underworld such as Glenn Agliotti. Sole, Stefaans and Adriaan Basson won the Taco Kuiper Award for their investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

Sole co-founded the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, nicknamed amaBhungane, isiZulu for "the dung beetles", in 2010.

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