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Sadc awards Times Group photojournalist

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The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) on Monday awarded Times Group Photojournalist, Bonnex Julius, after outclassing other photojournalists from 15 member countries in 2015 Sadc Media Awards.

The outgoing Sadc chairperson, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe conferred the award during the opening of the  Heads of State and Government SADC summit in the Botswana capital, Gaborone.

Julius won the award in the Photography Category with an entry depicting the railway line connecting Malawi and Mozambique that, when complete, is expected to economically benefit the two countries.

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Another Malawian journalist, Winstone Mwale of Zodiak has also scooped an award in the Radio catergory with his entry on cultural unity that the annual Kulamba Chewa ceremony brings on the people of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

Julius and Mwale were selected during the adjudication meeting that was held at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in June 2015.

A congratulatory statement from the government spokesperson Kondwani Nankhumwa says it is the expectation of the State President that these awards will encourage the winners to achieve more success in their future endearvours and inspire Malawians to work hard.

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“This is a proud moment for Malawi bearing in mind that out of the 15 countries in the Sadc Region and only four awards on offer, Malawi has managed to get two, representing 50 percent of the total awards, a feat that has never been achieved before by Malawi in the history of the Sadc media awards,” Nankhumwa said.

The remaining two awards have been shared between Botswana and South Africa.

According to Nankhumwa, with hardwork, integrity and patriotism, people in the country are assured of achieving anything for themselves and for the nation.

 

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