17 Jun 2019 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) A total of 31 entries were received from 11 Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states for the 2019 SADC Media Awards in the four categories of photo, print, television and radio journalism.
This was announced here on Monday by SADC Secretariats Senior Officer, Communication and Public Relations Barbara Lopi at the official opening of the 24th SADC Media Awards Adjudication Committee meeting.
The committee is responsible for the adjudication of the entries for the annual SADC Media Awards, which are aimed to promote SADC integration.
She said countries such as Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are participating in the awards, which were launched and opened for entries on 11 October 2018.
She explained that the awards were put in place to incentivise media coverage of the activities and programmes of SADC.
It (awards) recognises the best media work in disseminating information on SADC to support the process of regional co-operation and integration in the region.
Lopi noted that the first four prize winners will travel to the 39th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in August to receive their awards and prize monies of US.dollars 2 500 per category.
The runners-up will receive US.dollars 1 000 each through their national contact persons, Lopi further said.
Entries to the awards closed on 31 March 2019.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Engel Nawatised, who spoke at the meeting, urged the National Adjudication Committee (NAC) members to be professional and fair so that deserving and hardworking journalists be rewarded for their exceptional work.
The NAC is comprised of Elizabeth Mule (Chairperson), Herman Kangootui, Elizabeth Amagola, Monica Shifotoka, Jata Kazondu, Emily Brown, Prof. Eno Akpabio, Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, Wilie Olivier, Tileni Mongudhi and Toivo Ndjebela.
Having gone through the NAC for scrutiny, shortlisted journalist are trusting you with adjudicating what should be done fairly as these journalists are working hard towards the promotion of regional integration and socio-economic development for our region,' Nawatised noted.
He further encouraged the media coordinators in their respective member states to continue ensuring that the public is well educated about SADC's work.