By Musawenkosi Sibanda
Fairtalk Communications on Tuesday received the prestigious AIDS Healthcare Foundation Media Award in the electronic media category for consistent and accurate reporting on HIV & AIDS issues.
The award is for the show , HIV Interventions , hosted by Densen Kulube on Skyz Metro FM. The multi lingual presenter who said he was humbled by the award advised media practitioners to be passionate about their work .
” I feel so humbled and happy about this award it speaks a lot about myself as an individual it speaks a lot about the institution Fairtalk Communications because i believe if it wasn’t for the institution i would not be here .
To upcoming presenters the journey has begun let us be passionate about our work”.
Other notable Bulawayo journalists also won awards in various categories .
Sizwakele Ndlovu from Center for Innovation and technology (CITE ) which won the online media award expressed her gratitude and urged journalists to maintain their ethics and continue to report accurately.
“I am super excited on behalf of our team for the whole team to be acknowledged like this and for all the hard work that they have been doing. To all the other journalists let us maintain our media ethics and restore the dignity of our profession”.
Zimpapers Senior health reporter Thandeka Moyo -Ndlovu who won the overall prize in the print media category said there was a need to continue reporting on HIV/Aids issues even though the world is battling the Covid 19 pandemic .
“Sithanda ukubonga abantu be AFH ngendlela ababuka ngayo imisebenzi yethu. Kuyakhuthaza ukuthi bayananzelela indela esibhala ngayo izindaba ukuze njengompakathi senelise ukuvikela ukumemetheka kwegcikwane le HIV/AIDS”.
Meanwhile the media has been urged to make use of indigenous languages in its quest to fulfill its mandate of educating and informing the public .
These were the sentiments of the Chief Executive Officer of the National Aids Council (NAC) , Dr. Bernard Madzimba , who was speaking during the awards ceremony.
Dr . Madzimba said there is a need to celebrate the role played by the media in information dissemination on HIV/AIDS to ensure eradication of the epidemic by 2030 .
“This region has at least ten different languages spoken now that government has set up several radio stations and all these platforms should be disseminating information in these languages”.