PHILLIMON Mhlanga, the Financial Gazette’s Business Reporter, stole the limelight after winning the top award in the inaugural edition of the Energy Journalists Awards at the close of last year.
The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on December 18, 2015.
The event, which was organized by the Zimbabwe Energy Council Zimbabwe in collaboration with GreenFuel and Hivos, aims at honouring journalists who show exceptional grasp and interrogation of energy issues in the media.
For coming out tops, Mhlanga received a cash prize and a certificate for the overall award.
This week, Mhlanga said the award winning stories were his most valuable contribution to the energy sector and dedicated the award to colleagues at the newspaper.
“I’m grateful to God for this award and I want to dedicate it to the fantastic team at the flagship pink paper as the Financial Gazette is affectionately known, for their encouragement and support,” he said.
The Editor-in-Chief, Hama Saburi, said Mhlanga had established himself as an authoritative reporter on the energy sector and had therefore been deservedly recognised.
“The Financial Gazette has become the must-read newspaper for anyone who wants the latest information on the energy situation in the country, thanks to Phillimon. His reports have reinforced the newspaper’s position as a source of business intelligence in the country and we are glad to maintain that pride of place in the media industry,” said Saburi.
Mhlanga’s award came hard on the heels of the Financial Gazette’s correspondent, Cyril Zenda, being crowned the Construction Journalist of the Year by the Zimbabwe Building Constructors’ Association (ZBCA). Another correspondent, Nhau Mangirazi, also won the media professionalism and investigative awards from the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe.
Colleagues Paul Nyakazeya, Andrew Kunambura and Kenneth Matimaire also scooped awards at last year’s edition of the National Journalistic and Media Awards.
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