The 18th Edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) which was scheduled for Sartuday 23 March 2019 have been postponed for April 13 as the nation mourns the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.
“This serves to officially inform you that the 18th NAMA scheduled for the 23rd March 2019 has now been postponed to the 13th April 2019. This is due to the fact that Zimbabwe is currently dealing with the hundreds of lives lost and some missing due to the effects of cyclone IDAI. This is a directive from the Government of Zimbabwe to cancel or postpone all government events. As you are aware, NAMA is a national event.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding”.
Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in three southern African countries according to the United Nations and government officials.
The Cyclone has been declared a national disaster and rescue efforts are currently underway in Eastern Zimbabwe.