Firms urged to part­ner col­leges, em­brace re­search

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Fair­ness Moy­ana Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

BUSI­NESSES have been urged to adopt smart in­ven­tions in­formed by re­search through use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to achieve sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth and im­proved pro­duc­tion.

Speak­ing dur­ing Makomo Re­sources’ 7th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tions in Hwange last Fri­day, Lu­pane State Univer­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Par­don Kuipa, pleaded with companies to em­brace re­search and part­ner uni­ver­si­ties so as to ben­e­fit from ini­tia­tives such as the Gov­ern­ment’s STEM pro­gramme.

“Most busi­nesses are re­defin­ing the work­ing space by adopt­ing smart in­ven­tions as op­posed to work­ing hard. The syn­the­sis of sci­ence and al­go­rithm will help ease the work­place pres­sures as peo­ple will be able to bur­geon their yields by mere re-or­gan­i­sa­tion of pro­cesses.

“Mil­len­nial en­ter­prises should not shun re­search but rather em­brace it and cre­ate new tech­nolo­gies that give sus­tain­abil­ity to the lives of our peo­ple,” said Prof Kuipa.

“As in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing we are ready and are rar­ing to en­gage with or­gan­i­sa­tions that would want to part­ner us in mak­ing in­roads in re­search. In short we are say­ing fo­cus on your core busi­ness and we will do the re­search for you.

“STEM is not a class­room al­le­gory or a mere aca­demic acro­nym but a ve­hi­cle to en­able the cre­ation of new tech­nolo­gies within our in­dus­tries.”

Prof Kuipa said in or­der to main­tain a growth tra­jec­tory there was a need for busi­ness re­model while tak­ing ad­van­tage of the high de­mand for en­ergy.

“In or­der to main­tain growth there is a need to re­model and re-en­gi­neer the way things are done so as to re­alise the value em­bed­ded in our re­sources. The coal de­mand is high in the world due to the high en­ergy deficit glob­ally. We need to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion and in­crease our earn­ing as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and re­sul­tantly as a na­tion,” he said.

Prof Kuipa said the de­mand for a com­pany’s prod­ucts must go be­yond Zim­babwe’s bor­ders.

He ap­plauded Makomo’s stance on ven­tur­ing into re­new­able en­ergy ar­gu­ing that the move was in line with the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals on the pro­mo­tion of af­ford­able and clean en­ergy in re­sponse to cli­mate.

The com­pany is in the process of build­ing a power plant, which is ex­pected to boost the national grid and in­crease regional ex­ports.

Makomo pro­duces be­tween 200 000 and 300 000 tonnes of coal per month.

Prof Kuipa also em­pha­sised the need for companies to plough back to the com­mu­nity while laud­ing the coal miner for its role in cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The com­pany has in the past years pro­vided roof­ing and build­ing ma­te­ri­als to dif­fer­ent ru­ral schools and in­stalled so­lar pow­ered bore­holes for com­mu­ni­ties.

Makomo Re­sources

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