Proudly displaying the 2009 Sefika Publisher of the Year trophy and certificate are Managing Director Lieze Kotzé, National Schools Sales & Marketing Manager Botho Mothibi, Creative Services Director Janine Poezyn and Divisional Director Higher Education and Trade Marian Griffin.
Oxford University Press SA has been awarded the Sefika Award for BEST PUBLISHER – 2009! Voted for by booksellers in recognition of overall excellence in the Academic, Education and Trade fields, Oxford scooped the prestigious award at the annual PASA/SABA Conference dinner on Tuesday 18 August 2009 at the Sibaya Casino in Durban. Presented by Simon Skinner, Sales Director of Nielsen Book Data, the award was accepted by OUP SA Managing Director, Lieze Kotze, on behalf of the company.
The criteria used by booksellers in the selection process include the following: Outstanding levels of customer service Outstanding turnaround times for book delivery Superior relationships and communication from the sales team to booksellers Reaching out and supporting booksellers with publicity and launches This is the first time Oxford University Press SA has won the award for overall best Publisher, and is indicative of the great strides that the company has made within the South African publishing industry. Lieze Kotze says, “Everyone at OUP SA is delighted by the vote of confidence in our books and service. The Oxford team is now even more motivated to maintain and increase our service to booksellers, which we achieve through excellent teamwork across departments within our organisation.” The Sefika Award is an industry vote by booksellers, and aims to honour organisations that have made significant contributions to the publishing and bookselling industries in South Africa.