All is now set for the 8th edition of the Mining Media Awards which will be held tomorrow the 15th of October 2021 running under the theme ‘Enhanced Synergies for Growth ‘.
The awards will be held virtually due to limitations imposed by covid-19 and the need to safeguard and protect all stakeholders from the pandemic.
The awards ceremony will be streamed on YAFM facebook page and on Great Dyke TV online page beginning at 2pm.
Speaking ahead of the awards, Minex Chairman Munyaradzi Hwengwere applauded the relationship between mining companies and the media at a time when the country is focusing on growing the economy under government’s Vision 2030.
“The purpose of mining is to support the developmental agenda of the country so that it can transition to an upper middle income status and specifically in mining to be able to grow it from present levels which is about US$ 5 billion to US$12 billion.
That story needs to be told. What are the constraints, what are the opportunities, and what are the successes?
“So media is the spokesperson, it is the microphone. It is the spirit of growth because it generates the right energies. It gets society to converge on key blocks, both positive and negative, either to celebrate or to warn and all that, and ensure that the aspiration of the industry, of the community, of the employee is realized as we march towards achieving vision 2030,” he said.
Hwengwere noted that since the launch of the awards, there has been realignment in terms of the discord between the mining narrative and miners.
“Media has significantly reduced asymmetry between storytellers, and those that are driving production because that asymmetry and the resulting discord will discourage investors from coming.
“ Investors don’t come when there’s discord, and where communities fight against miners. When there’s discord, there’s no growth.
“The amount of positivity that has been brought out by media isamazing.’ he said.
Awards are up for grabs in 9 categories including the Overall Mining Sector Reporter of the Year Award. The other categories include Gold Sector Best Reporter Award, Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Best Reporter Award, Platinum Sector Best Reporter Award, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Best Reporter Award, Diamond Sector Best Reporter Award, Coal and Gas Best Reporter Award, Health and Safety Best Reporter Award and Chrome Sector Best Reporter Award.
The awards are supported by Zambezi Coal and Gas, Zimplats, Mimosa, Fredda Rebecca, Caledonia Mining Corporation, ZCDC, Zimasco and Golden Reef and Unki.
The Minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable. Winston Chitando will be the Guest of Honour while Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Kindness Paradza is the guest speaker.