The ZBC Mashonaland West Bureau Chief Regis Mhako and cameraman Tambaoga Gora were last night presented with media awards in the Zimplats provincial awards ceremony held at a hotel in Chinhoyi.

Mhako won the Municipal Reporter of the Year award for a story in which disused public toilets in Chinhoyi’s Shackleton were grabbed by home seekers and converted into homes indicating demand for urban accommodation.

He also won the Courts and Crime Reporter of the Year award for exposing societal vice in a case in which a Mutorashanga couple confined a deaf and physically challenged 23-year old girl in a fowl run for months.

Tambaoga Gora was honoured for his daring work after capturing footage of artisanal miners who engaged in bloody battles in Kadoma over control of mining claims.

The two journalists also won an award each in the national journalism and media awards held in Harare in October.

The major sponsors of the awards Zimplats head of corporate affairs Mrs Busi Chindove took the occasion to speak on the good business prospects lying ahead for the company following progress in the redevelopment of Bimha Mine which collapsed a few years back.

Guest of honour during the awards ceremony, Mrs Barbra Rwodzi urged journalists to help in nation building and educating communities on issues to do with sustainable management of natural resources.

The awards were sponsored by Zimplats, EMA, the Jena family, and the Agricultural Marketing Authority’s chairman Mr Berean Mukwende.