Zvisha­vane’s YaFm cel­e­brates first an­niver­sary

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YAFM, Zvisha­vane’s first ra­dio sta­tion, is cel­e­brat­ing its first an­niver­sary this month and has de­clared Septem­ber as the Great Dyke month.

The sta­tion, which turns one on Septem­ber 25, has lined up a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties as part of their cel­e­bra­tions.

Ever since its in­cep­tion, the com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion that spans for about 550km from Zvisha­vane stretch­ing up to Chegutu and Shu­rugwi, has built a strong lis­ten­er­ship, pri­mar­ily tar­get­ing min­ing com­mu­ni­ties within the Great Dyke.

YaFM events ex­ec­u­tive, Re­joice Chishamba, said they had part­nered busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and banks for their cel­e­bra­tions.“The Great Dyke month will see a num­ber of events aimed at bring­ing to­gether busi­ness in the Great Dyke be­ing held. The events will be held to ex­plore ways of fully un­lock­ing the po­ten­tial of the min­eral rich re­gion of Zim­babwe,” said Chishamba.

“We’re proud to be cel­e­brat­ing our first an­niver­sary as we re­main the only voice of the min­ing com­mu­nity,” said Chishamba. Next week Fri­day, the Gover­nor of the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe, John Man­gudya, is ex­pected to meet large and small scale min­ers at Pote Hill Ho­tel to share ideas on grow­ing the busi­ness po­ten­tial of the multi­bil­lion dol­lar re­gion that houses Mi­mosa, Zim­plats, Unki, Zi­masco and Murowa Di­a­monds.

“The fo­rum will bring to­gether stake­hold­ers from the ex­trac­tive in­dus­try (large, small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers), re­tail, man­u­fac­tur­ing, Small and Medium En­ter­prises, com­mu­ni­ties, bank­ing sec­tor, Cham­ber of Mines, Zim­babwe Min­ers Fed­er­a­tion and Gov­ern­ment Depart­ments.

“The Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe Gover­nor will be the guest of hon­our at the Busi­ness In­vest­ment Fo­rum,” said Chishamba. YaFm chair­man, Mun­yaradzi Hweng­were said: “The irony is that we speak a lot about the Great Dyke yet know pre­cious lit­tle about this im­por­tant re­gion. YaFm presents a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to the coun­try not only to cel­e­brate our God given wealth, but im­por­tantly ex­plore and share ex­pe­ri­ences on how the peo­ple of Zim­babwe can fully un­lock the po­ten­tial of the re­gion.”

“As we cel­e­brate the Great Dyke month, we’ve put to­gether a pack­age that en­sures that busi­nesses across the whole spec­trum in­crease their vis­i­bil­ity, sales and stake­holder ap­pre­ci­a­tion. “We need to see busi­nesses be­yond brick and mor­tar but re­mem­ber that within the Great Dyke, we’ve great sports peo­ple, mu­si­cians and artistes.” A ca­reer guid­ance day and tour of Zim­plats and Wedza com­plex — home to Mi­mosa min­ing com­pany — have also been ar­ranged.

“The Great Dyke Ca­reer Guid­ance day on Septem­ber 28 will be graced by Maud Chi­famba, the 18-year-old ac­count­ing grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe who holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing among the five youngest Univer­sity stu­dents in Africa.

“The day is de­signed to pro­vide both ter­tiary and high school stu­dents with prac­ti­cal tools for as­sess­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties across the Great Dyke,” said Hweng­were.

There will also be busi­ness ex­hi­bi­tions in Septem­ber at YaFm premises. The cherry will be the Great Dyke Fun Day on Septem­ber 30. A lot of mu­si­cians have been lined up to per­form on this day. On the same day, the Miss Tourism Zim­babwe au­di­tions will be fa­cil­i­tated in that town by YaFM.

“Miss Tourism au­di­tions will take place at Sha­banie Mine Club and will be sup­ported by the Min­istry of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity as well as Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity. We be­lieve this is an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time for the ex­trac­tive in­dus­try to meet var­i­ous stake­hold­ers along the Dyke for the pur­poses of vis­i­bil­ity and net­work­ing.”

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