mayor mahlahla.jpgZBC Online Editor, Justin Mahlahla (pictured) and two high school students from Zimbabwe – Ruth Mandigo and Peter Chakwenya, have made the nation proud at the ongoing SADC Summit in Angola by scooping three prizes in different categories.

Mahlahla was presented with a prize of US$2 000 for being the top journalist in the SADC Print Media category on SADC issues.


His article, “SADC at 30” gives a detailed analysis of SADC´s achievements in the past 30 years, while looking at the various challenges facing the regional bloc in areas of internal conflict, poverty alleviation, drought mitigation, power generation, trade and HIV and AIDS, among others.

Ruth Mandigo, an Upper Sixth student at St Dominics School in Mutare, landed a second prize of US$750 in the SADC School Essay Competition, while Peter Chakwenya of St Ignatius College in Chishawasha near Harare, walked away US$500 richer after landing the 3rd prize in the same category.

The students, who took part in the essay competition, were required to write on the topic: ‘Some SADC states have made progress in the gender parity policy on representation and participation of women in political and decision making positions.’