TST scribe wins NAC media award
By Lovemore Ranga Mataire
HARARE – Versatile Southern Times scribe Sharon Kavhu was adjudged the inaugural winner of the National Aids Council media awards at a function attended by journalists, health experts and local artistes this week.
Zimpapers, the joint venture partner with New Era Publications Corporation in Namzim Publications which publishes The Southern Times regional weekly, dominated the inaugural NAC media awards scooping all the prizes on offer for best stories in the print section.
Kavhu won the first prize, followed by Tinomuda Chakanyuka of Chronicle and Mirirai Nsingo of H-Metro.
In winning the first prize, Kavhu who is currently in Namibia on an assignment, got a certificate, trophy and sponsorship to attend a five-day international conference on HIV Science in France in July this year.
Chakanyuka also received a certificate, a trophy and will attend a five-day International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Cote D’lvoire fully sponsored by NAC. Nsingo got an $850 cash prize, a certificate and a trophy for winning the third prize.
The Zimpapers Group was also adjudged to have had the Widest Coverage Print of issues to do with HIV and AIDS while the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings scooped a similar award in the electronic section.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa hailed the media for being the key drivers in spreading awareness and knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
He said reportage on HIV and AIDS has significantly improved over the years from the time when fear invoking articles were the order of the day to the hope filled and educative ones being published today.