Mo­tor spare parts re­tailer opens to pub­lic

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Oliver Kazunga Se­nior Busi­ness Reporter

RE­GIONAL au­to­mo­tive spare parts re­tailer, Mo­to­vac Group, which opened its doors for busi­ness in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, plans to open an­other branch in Harare by Septem­ber next year.

e new busi­ness is co-owned by Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko’s fam­ily and the Botswana-based Pa­tel fam­ily.

The Mphoko fam­ily is a key share­holder in a re­gional su­per­mar­ket chain, Chop­pies En­ter­prises, which has about 30 branches across the coun­try.

Part­ner and Chop­pies Zim­babwe di­rec­tor, Mr Siqoko­qela Mphoko, said: “The au­to­mo­tive spares parts busi­ness is part of our ef­forts in the fight against poverty. We’ve opened this busi­ness as part of poverty erad­i­ca­tion through cre­ation of em­ploy­ment as well as em­pow­er­ment. We’re also look­ing for­ward to spread­ing our wings by open­ing a sim­i­lar branch in Harare by this time next year.”

The open­ing of Mo­to­vac’s first branch in the coun­try has cre­ated 20 jobs with 90 per­cent of the re­cruited peo­ple be­ing women.

Mr Mphoko said em­ploy­ing a ma­jor­ity of women, whom they have trained, was meant to pro­mote gen­der equal­ity by giv­ing women equal op­por­tu­ni­ties as their male coun­ter­parts on the job mar­ket.

“Our vi­sion is to spread our wings across the coun­try but the ex­tent to which we ex­pand is de­pen­dent on the sup­port that we get from our clien­tele in the mo­tor in­dus­try,” he said.

Mo­to­vac of­fers a wide range of prod­ucts in­clud­ing sus­pen­sion parts, en­gine parts, bear­ings, bat­ter­ies, ball joints and brake pads.

“As we’re show­ing our com­mit­ment to in­vest­ing in the coun­try, as busi­ness we ap­peal to the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity to take its part in the ease of do­ing busi­ness.

“We don’t want a sit­u­a­tion whereby our trucks that would be loaded with spare parts will have to stay at the bor­der for days await­ing clear­ance into the coun­try,” he said.

Mo­to­vac has 12 branches in Namibia, 18 in Botswana and two in Mozam­bique. — @okazunga

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