ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) journalists reigned supreme on Friday when they scooped four of the six top awards at the Mining Media Awards in Harare.
By Moses Mugugunyeki
AMH is the largest independent media house in Zimbabwe and publishes NewsDay, Southern Eye, The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent.
NewsDay reporter Obey Manayiti was the toast of the day after winning three awards — the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Award, Mining Sector and the Economy Best Reporter Award and the Diamond Sector Best Reporter Award. Senior Parliamentary reporter, Veneranda Langa walked away with the Small- Scale and Artisanal Mining Best Reporter Award.
AMH’s Mutare-based correspondent Clayton Masekesa was runner-up for the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Award and the Mining Sector and the Economy Best Reporter Award.
Manayiti last year also dominated at the inaugural Mining Media Awards. He said he owed his success to the team effort at AMH.
“I am happy to win these awards in a row. I owe my success to the people I work with at AMH and the support that I get from all stakeholders,” he said.
Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa, who was guest of honour, hailed the mining awards, saying they go a long way in promoting the country’s mining sector. However, he said such accolades should also be spread to other sectors like the police and other stakeholders.
“We have an incident where 28,5kg of gold was intercepted at the border after someone tried to smuggle it. I think whoever, intercepted that gold should also be rewarded,” he said.
A 33-year-old Kwekwe man, James Ray Tudhop was arrested recently at Plumtree border post while allegedly trying to smuggle into Botswana 28,5kg of gold valued at $1 million
The Media Mining Awards are the brainchild of a local communication consultancy — MEJRKH Communications and Media Advisory — and are aimed at honouring outstanding local journalists covering mining issues.