Robin Muchetu, Senior Reporter
CHRONICLE Business Editor Prosper Ndlovu has come out tops in the Sadc 2020 Media Awards in the print category where he walked away with a US$2 500 cash prize.

His winning entry was a comprehensive article that focused on the power supply gap within the Sadc region and how it impacted negatively on productive sectors of the regional body’s member States. Announcing the winners of the awards, the Sadc Secretariat encouraged more journalists to participate in such competitions.

“The Sadc Secretariat congratulates all the winners for winning the 2020 Media Awards and for promoting Sadc Regional integration, cooperation and development. The Secretariat further encourages journalists in the Sadc region to participate in this annual Sadc Media Awards competition which is launched every year in September,” said the regional body in a statement yesterday.

Ndlovu said he was elated by the recognition of his work among other entries.

“The winning article was titled ‘Inadequate power supply costing Sadc GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth’. This was an in-depth analytical piece that examined the state of power generation and supply in the Sadc region and interrogated how the inherent gaps were impacting on the region’s economic development. This was dissected in the context of regional integration, a key policy focus that is seen to be the long-term winning approach towards achieving sustainable development and economic growth among member states. The article further makes propositions on what member states should do to enhance generation capacity and efficiency in distribution, as well as other power options that could unlock new supply opportunities,” he said.

Ndlovu said he was inspired to write the article after noticing a pattern of weak power generation in Zimbabwe, and the region as a whole.

“The concern became a dominant theme in major engagements and yet the region has vast natural energy resources like coal, gas and solar. This troubled me a lot and I, thus, sought to interrogate the subject and somehow use my journalistic influence to bring the matter to the fore and assist the region in proactive focus,” he added.

Ndlovu strongly believes that given adequate attention and combined efforts, Sadc should not be having power supply challenges, rather energy efficiency should be a comparative advantage for the region in luring robust investment. He further said the media was a high impact platform in influencing society and the region at large towards a developmental path.

“As journalists we can all be part of the transformation agenda through reporting on critical issues that affect our countries and the region. But this path calls for passion, thoroughness in our work, and a higher sense of responsibility. I encourage many of my colleagues and junior reporters beyond our stable to report more on these matters, not only for the sake of awards but sense of duty. I personally report more on the regional story because I am convinced that the prosperity of my own country is tied to that of the rest of the region, and for this angle I have passion,” he added.

The Editor of Chronicle, Mr Lawson Mabhena said the trophy had returned home.

“It’s back home for Chronicle. We dominated Sadc awards before and after a short sabbatical the trophy has found its way back home. Prosper is a dedicated cadre whose work ethic is impeccable. We are back in business as Chronicle and this regional award is only the beginning,” said Mr Mabhena.