Dispatch cartoonist nominated for journalism award
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. —