June 26, 2022

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2022 South African car of the year jurors announced

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) today announced the Jury and Trainee Jury members for the 2022 South African Car of the Year Competition.

The SA Car of the Year is a motoring institution that has been in existence since 1986. The SAGMJ members, all professional motoring scribes in their own right, select the journalists they trust most to adjudicate the competition. A jury of experts, selected by experts on a mission to find the pinnacle of motoring excellence.

The criteria for Jury eligibility include:

All candidates must be members in good standing with the SAGMJ.

Jury members must be active members of the SAGMJ for a minimum of three years.

A member must have completed a minimum of two years of Jury training, however, in exceptional circumstances, it could be considered after a one-year trainee program.

A Jury member must be an industry-recognised journalist who participates in the industry by attending manufacturer launch events and/or driving test vehicles during the eligibility period.

The criteria for Trainee Jury eligibility includes:

All candidates must be members in good standing with the SAGMJ.

A Trainee Jury member must be an industry-recognised journalist who participates in the industry by attending manufacturer launch events and/or driving test vehicles during the eligibility period.

The new Affiliate membership category that is more inclusive of electronic media was introduced at our AGM two years ago. These members are now eligible to participate and become Trainee Jurors.

The ongoing online scoring system that was introduced in 2019 will continue to increase in importance. It also serves as a barometer of member activity and provides an incredible quantity of statistical data and measuring juror and trainee juror levels of activity.

Following a vote by the Full membership of the SAGMJ, the following Guild members have been nominated and vetted by the Executive Committee as the Jury and Trainee Jurors for the 2022 competition.

2022 South African Car of the Year Jurors (in alphabetical order)

1. Alan Rosenmeyer

2. Bernard Hellberg Jr

3. Carl Wepener

4. Colin Windell

5. Dirk Gallowitz

6. Ferdi de Vos

7. Janine van der Post

8. Jeanette Kok-Kritzinger

9. Johann van Tonder

10. Justus Visagie

11. Lawrence Smith

12. Liana Reiners

13. Mabuyane Kekana

14. Marnus Hattingh

15. Melinda Ferguson

16. Ray Leathern

17. Richard Wiley

18. Roger McCleery

19. Rubin van Niekerk

20. Sean Nurse

21. Sisanda Mbete

22. Wynter Murdoch

2022 South African Car of the Year Trainee Jurors (in alphabetical order)

1. Fanelesibonge Bengu

2. Justin Jacobs

3. Naresh Maharaj

The eligibility period for vehicle ranges that may be considered for the 2022 South African Car of the Year competition is from 31 March 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The SA Guild of Mobility Journalists has been the custodian of the South African Car of the Year competition since 1986 and has a long-standing heritage of awarding automotive excellence. It remains the most prestigious and credible Car Competition in South Africa. It continues to evolve to stay on the cutting edge, aligning itself with practices of the World and European Car of the Year competitions.

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