By Moses Mugugunyeki
Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) journalist Kennedy Nyavaya on Friday won the Renewable Energy Reporter of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by Misa Zimbabwe in partnership with Hivos at a local hotel.
AMH are the publishers of NewsDay, Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard and Southern Eye. It also operates Heart and Soul broadcasting services.
Speaking after the event, Nyavaya, whose writing on sustainability issues has been recognised locally and internationally in recent years, expressed his happiness over the feat.
“I am so delighted that my hard work has paid off and it gives me much satisfaction to win on a topic like renewable energy that I am so passionate about,” he said.
“I would like to thank the organisers of these awards; also my gratitude goes to the editors at AMH for mentoring me and allowing my stories to get published.”
Nyavaya’s winning story detailing the destruction of forests as people seek energy was published in The Standard.
“Kennedy has displayed passion in his reportage on environmental issues and continues to improve his niche on reporting this kind of beat,” said Kholwani Nyathi, The Standard editor.
“I trust that with such motivation and more training on writing about renewable energy, he can excel further in refining his reportage to an extent of becoming one of the most influential voices in the country.”
Early this year AMH hosted the inaugural International Renewable Energy Conference and Expo in Victoria Falls.
Key speakers at the conference — which was running under the theme The Future of Energy Is In Renewable Sources — included the then Energy minister Fortune Chasi, Ben Rafemoyo from the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe and Ian Mackenzie, the Nyanga Renewable Energy MD, among other renewable energy experts drawn from across the globe.
The conference discussed ways of harnessing renewable energy and explored renewable energy policies and how to improve efficiencies in African economies as well as establish the impediments in the implementation of power projects on the continent.
The international conference attracted over 200 high-level representatives from across the globe.
Meanwhile, The Standard has a dedicated page where it highlights issues on renewable energy.