HARARE- Gweru City Council shined at the recently held Institute of Public Relations and Communication Zimbabwe awards in Harare after bagging four awards of excellence in communication.
Gweru City Council came second, after the National Blood Services for the Best Campaign Digital Communication.
The city council was the first runner up for the Best Influencers Strategy, second runner up for the Best Engagement Targeted Community and second runner up for the Public Relations and Communications Campaign of the Year.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority came first in that category.
The icing on the cake came after the local authority’s communications and Public Relations Officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee was crowned the Young PR practitioner of the year Under 40.
Chingwaramusee dedicated the accolades to the residents of Gweru.
“I dedicate these accolades to the valued residents of Gweru, ratepayers and all stakeholders. We would not have managed this without their support and cooperation,” she said
In her category, Takesure Mazuruse of Esteem Communications was the first runner up while Tinashe Farawo of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority was the second runner up. Several corporates and public relations practitioners drawn from across the country walked tall after they scooped prestigious at the colorful ceremony.
The awards recognized outstanding public relations practitioners.
Tsungi Manyeza, the Corporate Communications Manager for Larfage Cement Zimbabwe, was crowned the outstanding PR practitioner of the year. Esther Masunda of the National Blood Services came second.
Banker Dr Lance Mambondiani was given a special award for being the Best CEO in PR while Patricia Murambinda from Dela Corpration received a PR Lifetime award. Other winners included the National Social Security Authority, Schweppes, Netone, Zimpapers, Econet, Stanbic Bank, ZB Bank, Seedco, National Foods and Cassava Smartech.
The minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa was the guest of honour. She urged PR practitioners to play a part in enhancing the image of the country.
“Public relations of our nation cannot be the preserve of one ministry alone, but a collective responsibility in which we should unite and collaborate to gain a positive image for the country,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
The awards ceremony was held under the theme Resilience and Retention –Overcoming hardships and challenges of Covid-19. ZiFM Stereo’s on-air presenter Samantha Musa better known as MisRed, scooped the Best Campaign Lifestyle and Entertainment award at the Institute of Public Relations and Communication Zimbabwe awards held in Harare.
MisRed was honored together with sungura music giant Alick Macheso, Baba na Mai Charamba, Star FM’s KVG and Olinda Chapel.
The stage is set for the second Institute of Public Relations and Communication Zimbabwe excellence awards to be held in Harare tonight. MisRed said she is happy that her work is being recognized.