The award recognises her sterling work on integration of regional health systems with emphasis on the impact of COVID-19 on SADC citizens
Broadcast journalist and author, Rorisang Mogojwe, has received an award for radio journalism in the 2021 SADC Media Awards. Her entry was the best from Botswana in the radio category.
The SADC Media Awards recognise the best media work in disseminating information on SADC to support the process of regional cooperation and integration in the region.
Mogojwe, who currently works as Content Editor and News Anchor at Gabz FM, expressed gratitude for the nod from SADC. “This is my first major award and I am quite excited,” she said. “All the hard work that my team and I put in during COVID-19 lockdowns … paid off and I am grateful. I am encouraged to do better for next year’s awards.”
Mogojwe, who dabbles as a freelance feature writer for The Botswana Gazette, explained that her report was on integration of health systems in the region with a special focus on the impact of COVID-19 on SADC citizens.
“I made use of my network of journalists across the region and beyond to get real time information on the ground,” she said. “I then combined it all into one in-depth report, showcasing the direct impact of the pandemic, especially on vulnerable populations.”
The popular newsreader #newsbae added that the media is an important tool to challenge social injustice in Botswana and beyond. “People-centred stories are my thing and I will continue to be the voice of the voiceless for as long as I am in the media,” Mogojwe said. “This recognition has basically validated this!”
The SADC Media Awards are open to all journalists in SADC member states.