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Details on the winners of Zimbabwe ICT 2010 Achievers Awards

On Sunday, we posted the winners of the inaugural Zimbabwe ICT Achievers Awards. We had just come from the event the previous night and didn’t have the full details of the achievements of the winners. I know it took a whole week to get these, and we’re sorry for that. But let’s focus on the positive: Courtesy of our friends at Just ICT, we now have the details.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Journalist of the Year: Mqhele Tshuma

Tshuma is a radio Journalist who has a keen interest in the field of Information, Communication Technology and has done stories along this sector in need of seeing the development of ICTs.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Businesswoman of the Year: Rudo Mudavanhu

Rudo Mudavanhu went into ICT straight from school and started as a programmer. She has grown in the industry since MS Dos was the thing as an operating system.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Company of the Year: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

Econet has been introducing innovative communication products and services since it commenced operations. During the current year Econet launched two ground breaking services – mobile broadband and EcoLife insurance

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Businessman of the Year: Douglas Mboweni

Mr Mboweni is an exemplary Zimbabwean businessman that has shown strong entrepreneurial orientation in finding creative solutions to the challenges of operating and developing a business that delivers convenience to the people of Zimbabwe during a time of considerable economic challenges.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Young Innovator of the year: Verengai Mabika

Young Verengai Mabika is the Director of the ICT based NGO – Development Reality Institute (DRI) and his volunteering skills has earned the organisation a prestigious World Summit Youth Award Best Innovative and Creative e-Content Addressing the MDGs.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards Project of the Year Public Sector: NetOne

This project had a positive impact to society in that NetOne bridged the communication divide in all ten provinces of Zimbabwe were power outages are frequent. NetOne set up solar powered base stations in hard hit areas such that there is constant connectivity for the masses in the affected areas.

ICT 2010 Achievers Awards ICT Civil Society/ NGO: Childline Zimbabwe

Childline Zimbabwe’s core function is to provide children with counselling services via the telephone. This ICT basis forms the foundation on which all awareness raising is conducted. Through promoting the toll-free 116 crisis line, Childline is promoting the use and access to ICT for all children across the country.

Zimbabwe’s Google Top Searches of 2010

Today, Google posted this year’s Zeitgeist, an interactive visual tool showing what the world searched on Google in 2010. Google’s version of the world’s list of 2010’s most trending topics. We should be getting a Twitter one and possibly a Facebook one as well before the year closes.

Yes, Africom too is connected to international fibre

Following Tuesday’s post about TelOne’s connection to the Mozambican fibre cable, there have been some questions about a statement in the story that Africom has already connected to the TDM fibre cable in Mozambique.