Parliament remembers Greta Steyn

Feb 28 2013 12:29
Jaco Leuvennink

Respected journalist Greta Steyn's absence at this year's budget lockout was noted at the highest levels.

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Cape Town - Journalists, politicians and treasury officials gathered for the budget lockup in parliament on Wednesday paid tribute to the renowned financial journalist Greta Steyn, who died last week.

The tribute was initiated by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who at the start of his press conference, before delivering his Budget Speech in the General Assembly, asked those present to stand up for a moment's silence in honour of Steyn.

Steyn was known as a brilliant financial journalist who wrote many market moving stories during her lengthy stint (nearly 15 years) at Business Day. Before her death, she worked for Finweek, who dedicated its latest issue to her and called her "the standout economics journalist of her era".

Steyn was also a valued contributor to Fin24, where she wrote a respected weekly column.

She won numerous awards for her work, including the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award in 1996. She worked as speech writer for the Reserve Bank under governor Tito Mboweni, who held her in high esteem.

According to Business Day she was diagnosed as clinically bipolar and, her mother Anna said, had not been taking her medication at the time of her death. She was 49.

Former editor and BDFM publisher Peter Bruce called Steyn "one of the best economics journalists in her generation".

In a letter to Business Day, a former editor of the newspaper wrote: " Greta Steyn worked for me at the start of her career and helped to educate me in the mysteries of central banking.

"Her turbulent spirit was one aspect of her billiance, as were her demanding standards, her rigorous intellectual discipline, her impatience with fools, and her bursts of excessive behaviour.

"Others may diagnose bipolar disorder, I saw only genius."  

 - Fin24
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