By ZBC Reporter
Three Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Journalists won the Zimbabwe Community News Awards-ZCN at a colourful ceremony which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre Friday the 28th of January, 2022.
Radio programmes and Television News stories with aspects of contributing to empowering the community such as ZBC Classic263 Radio Police Check, produced and presented by Terrence Mapurisana and Abigail Tembo’s stories on drug and substance abuse won the two the 2021 ZCN Awards.
In their programmes the two ZBC winners dealt with important issues of drug and substance abuse in the communities.
Terrence Mapurisana won the Best Radio Station Manager, Abigail Tembo the Outstanding Investigative Reporter of the year 2021, and Prominance Makaza for the Outstanding ZBC TV Presenter for the programme, Ezomgido.
Mapurisana walked away with the award for being the Best Radio Station manager.
“His programme Police Check on Classic263 Radio plays a pivotal role as it disseminates messages of peace and security from the police to the members of the community and vice versa,” said ZBC Director Radio Services, Robson Mhandu.
ZCN Director Albert Masaka said because of Classic263 Radio weekly programme, Police Check, Mapurisana has contributed to the empowering of the community by discussing various topics that include robbery, card cloning, drug, narcotics and substance abuse and the adjudicating team has found him a deserving choice for the Excellence in Radio Broadcasting Journalists gong as the Best Radio Station Manager for 2021 for ZBC Classic263 Radio.”
“Our adjudicating team has also found Abigail Tembo deserving the Outstanding Investigative Reporter of the year Award, honouring her for exposing issues of drug abuse in the community through her ZBCTV documentaries.”
The awards, administered by the Perfection Media, recognise distinguished community reporting for a general audience.
“Congratulations to the talented journalists who enlightened their audiences about what is happening in the communities and their efforts to diversify and strengthen the research enterprise, and about the beauty and complexity of the natural world,” said Masaka.
The awards, their second time running were officiated by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa. Also present was the Deputy Minister, Hon Kindness Paradza.