Reporters from Zimpapers Chronicle newspaper scooped seven of the nine awards including the Overall Mining Sector Reporter of the Year award won by Gibson Mhaka at the recently held 2020 Edition of the Mining Media Awards.
On his way to claiming the big prize Mhaka bagged the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Award for the article ‘New CSR Initiatives Can Eliminate Ghost Towns’, the Chrome Sector Best Reporter Award for ‘Chrome Sector Faces Bleak Future Post Covid-19 Pandemic’ and Health and Safety Best Reporter Award for ‘Gender Inequality, Health and Safety of Women in Small Scale Mining’.
Nqobile Tshili and Obey Sibanda, both of the same publication won in the Gold Sector and Small Scale and Artisanal Miners categories respectively, while compatriot Oliver Kazunga also of the Chronicle landed the Platinum Sector Best Reporter award.
Other scribes who were honoured include Mthokozisi Dube of ZBC who won in the Electronic Media Category and Clayton Masekesa of Zim Morning Post whose entry was adjudged to be the best in the Diamond Sector category.
In her speech at the awards, guest of honour who is the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe President Elizabeth Nerwande commended the media for their partnership in lobbying for optimum conditions in the mining sector.
She noted that covid-19 has ushered in a new normal for the media and mining entities.
“I‘m aware many of us including the media fraternity have had to adjust to the new normal. The work of many people has thus changed in a fundamental way and some will continue on this new trajectory even if the coronavirus pandemic is no longer with us.
“The mining sector has had to change with the new normal, streamlining its health and safety policies to keep in tandem with internal and national covid-19 regulations,” she said.
The Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando who was a key speaker at the event urged Mining entities to make significant corporate social responsibility investments in host communities.
“Mining entities are increasingly coming under scrutiny with government, local communities and other stakeholders demanding more sustainable investments that benefit host communities.
“It is common knowledge that mineral resources are finite and will at some point get exhausted, hence as government we encourage sustainable and empowerment investments that leave lasting legacies in local communities.
“Long gone is the era when mining companies would just take out ore, export and leave gaping holes without any regard for the environment and the local community,” he said.
The Mining Media Awards are organised by Mejrkh and the 2020 edition is the seventh since inception.
Full List of Winners
Gold Sector Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Nqobile Tshili of Chronicle for the article ‘The Environmental Price of Illegal Mining’
Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Obey Sibanda of Chronicle for ‘The Golden Girls: Widows Working in Mines’
Platinum Sector Best Reporter Award
The winner is Oliver Kazunga of Chronicle for ‘2020 Mining Prospects Brighter: Chamber of Mines’
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Award:
The winner is Gibson Mhaka of Chronicle for ‘New CSR Initiatives Can Eliminate Ghost Towns’
Electronic Media Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Mthokozisi Dube of ZBC for ‘Mimosa Hamper Giveaways’
Diamond Sector Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Clayton Masekesa of Zim Morning Post for ‘Ex -ZCDC Board Members Lift Lid On High Level Corruption At Chiadzwa’
Chrome Sector Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Gibson Mhaka of Chronicle for ‘Chrome Sector Faces Bleak Future Post Covid-19 Pandemic’
Health and Safety Best Reporter Award:
The winner is Gibson Mhaka of Chronicle for ‘Gender Inequality, Health and Safety of Women in Small Scale Mining’
Overall Mining Sector Reporter of the Year Award:
The winner is Gibson Mhaka of Chronicle