Dispatch cartoonist nominated for journalism award

DAILY Dispatch cartoonist Cuan Miles has been short-listed as a finalist for this year’s Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards.

The cartoon titled “Swing Shift” was published in March last year. “I am very happy,” Miles said.

His first job was as a layout artist at Perskor in Johannesburg where he met cartoonist Lou Henning. They worked together before Miles moved on to graphic design. He returned to East London as a design lecturer.

The awards were previously known as the Mondi Shanduka newspaper awards and while under that name, in 2009, Miles was also a finalist.

He said “Swing Shift” referred to the iconic photograph –“Lunch atop a skyscraper” – a famous image taken in 1932 of workers resting during the construction of the RCA building in New York.

Miles used the photo as a starting point for his cartoon, using it as a metaphor for the shifts in power within Cosatu. Represented in the cartoon are the ANC, SA Communist Party, National Union of Metalworkers and Cosatu, each playing a role in pushing Zwelinzima Vavi out.

Dispatch leader page editor Dawn Barkhuizen said: “Miles is an exceptional talent, hard-working and well deserving of recognition.” The awards take place on May 21. —

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