ALLIANCE Insurance Company and its co-sponsors deserve credit for putting together last Saturday’s glittering and memorable inaugural awards ceremony to recognise the efforts of the men and women who toil week in, week out to ensure that the nation is kept informed of the latest developments in the local and international sporting arena.
The co-sponsors included Vodacom Lesotho, Lesotho Funeral Services, AON, Splitz, Clientcare, Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village, Letšeng Diamond and Standard Lesotho Bank.
Fittingly held at Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village- a place that symbolises our founding and essence as a nation, the awards ceremony had all the ingredients of a show stopper: glitz, glamour and razzmatazz. Food, wine and music were all served in generous quantities.
The awards were segmented into five categories of Best Print Reporter, Best Radio Reporter, Best Print Photographer, Best Radio Commentator and Best Television Presenter.
The winner in each category was awarded M6000 cash prize, M2000 Game Stores shopping voucher, a trophy and a certificate. The first runner up received M2 000 and a certificate while the second runner got M1 000 and a certificate.
Sports reporters are unsung heroes and heroines who go about their work with so much diligence even in the face of various challenges and it was mind-boggling that they had been overlooked for so long when their colleagues in other beats were being recognised through awards for their hard work.
I would therefore like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Alliance Insurance and its partners for hearkening to our plea presented through the Lesotho Sport Reporters Association for awards for sports journalists.
As one of the winners on the night, I also want to thank all those who voted for me because had it not been of their support I would not have won the Best Print Reporter award.
Congratulations are also in order to my colleagues, Thabelo Monamane (Best Print Photographer) and Mikia Kalati (runner up, Best Print Reporter) and the rest of the winners.
To those who did not win, let us continue doing the good work ladies and gentleman and see how next year will unfold.
In an unrelated development, I would like to pass my sincere condolences to the family of the late Bantu general manager, Khabisi Molantoa.
Molantoa passed away on Monday in his home town of Mafeteng after a long illness.
The sporting fraternity has lost yet another gallant soldier.
This is one gentleman who worked very hard to get Bantu where it is today and there is no doubt that his services will be missed by many not only at Bantu but the football community as a whole.