By Patriot Reporter
IT was a night to remember for The Patriot, a weekly newspaper,as it scooped two awards at the Zimselector.com and Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) Media Awards Dinner held in Harare recently.
The Patriot business reporter, Patience Rusare-Murava, walked away with two awards, First Runner-up Insurance Journalist-of-the-Year and Insurance Journalist-of-the-Month (December).
Phillimon Mhlanga of the Business Times walked away with Insurance Journalist-of-the-Year award while John Kachembere of The Daily News was the second runner-up.
Nelson Gahadza of Insurance 24 was recognised as the Best Technical Content Journalist-of-the-Year while Maxwell Tapatapa of Star Fm was the first runner-up of Best Technical Content Journalist-of-the-Year.
The Insurance Journalists Mentorship Programme, which is now being run by the Insurance regulator and administered by the leading online insurance aggregator site in Zimbabwe, is the brainchild of Zimselector.com.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Zimselector.com business development executive Zelina Francis said the programme is not only meant to empower journalists but to strengthen insurance uptake by the public.
“IPEC and the insurance industry hope that the public will regain confidence in the sector and the article will help Zimbabweans to make important decisions in their lives on how to take up personal or business insurance,” said Francis.
In November last year, The Patriot business reporter stole the show as the top award bearer at the inaugural Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) 2018 awards.
Rusare-Murava walked away with four awards — the Overall Insurance and Pensions Journalist-of-the-Year, Funeral insurance Assurance Journalist-of-the-Year, Gender Insurance and Pensions Journalist-of-the-Year and Insurance and Pensions Economic Contribution Journalist-of-the-Year.
During the course of the year, Rusare-Murava was also recognised Insurance Journalist-of-the-Month (April), First runner-up Insurance Journalist-of-the-Month (August and September).
In an interview, The Patriot business reporter said she was thankful for the awards, encouraging other journalists to go the extra mile.
“I am so thankful to Zimselector.com and IPEC for the recognitions and for providing an incisive platform for communicating insurance issues in Zimbabwe and abroad,” said Rusare-Murava.
The glamorous dinner awards were graced by IPEC board chairperson Lynn Mukonoweshuro who was the guest of honour.
Other businesses present were the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), Old Mutual Life, Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), Nicoz Diamond, Zimnat, Fidelity Life, Life Office Assurance of Zimbabwe, Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe and Insurance Council of Zimbabwe.