Zim must set up in­no­va­tion hubs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — Zim­bab­weans are hard work­ing peo­ple. They strive by all means to make ends meet.

We have young and old peo­ple who can bring the glory of our na­tion which will not hide from other na­tions, as it will be like a city planted on top of a hill.

My fel­low coun­try­men strive by all means to make sure they feed their fam­i­lies. Yes, the eco­nomic con­di­tions are harsh but we have in­no­va­tive minds in our na­tion.

Mr Bu­sisa Moyo is one of them, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of United Re­finer­ies Lim­ited . He has turned around the for­tunes of the URL.

United Re­finer­ies Ltd pro­duces fast mov­ing con­sumer goods such as cook­ing oils. The com­pany was founded in 1946 and its head­quar­ters is Bu­l­awayo. Many firms closed all their op­er­a­tions in Bu­l­awayo and across the na­tion but URL is still stand­ing and grow­ing big as an in­ter­na­tional brand.

When the river is flooded some peo­ple have tech­niques of how to cross over to other side and skills on how to counter the strong cur­rents of water. In our land we have peo­ple who are not moved by moun­tains of eco­nomic hard­ships and the CEO of United Re­finer­ies is one of them. Be­sides be­ing a CEO of URL, Mr Moyo is a pas­tor and sits on sev­eral cor­po­rate boards.

Martin Luther King Jr once said: “I have a dream that one day peo­ple will un­der­stand, that English is a lan­guage not a mea­sure of in­tel­li­gence.’’

I en­cour­age fel­low coun­try­men not to be de­terred by their lack of pro­fi­ciency in English or their level of ed­u­ca­tion, to trace their steps to suc­cess.

Chikum­butso has be­come the first Zim­bab­wean to de­sign and make an elec­tric pow­ered ve­hi­cle and a hy­brid he­li­copter among other gad­gets through his com­pany SAITH Tech­nolo­gies.

A Form 2 dropout, Chikum­butso was born and bred in the high den­sity sub­urb of Kuwadzana in Harare. The big­gest of his in­ven­tions is his Greener Power Ma­chine (GPM) which is set to rev­o­lu­tionise the en­ergy sec­tor.

An invention in­volves an in­ven­tive step if, when com­pared with what is al­ready known, it would not be ob­vi­ous to some­one with a good knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of the sub­ject.

I be­lieve it’s high time we come up with in­no­va­tion hubs in our coun­try. If we don’t har­ness the skills and in­no­va­tive ideas of our peo­ple other na­tions will lure them with huge in­cen­tives, reap­ing re­wards from from our sweat.

I urge our Govern­ment and the cor­po­rate world to set up in­no­va­tion hubs. We should not pro­casti­nate and wait for for­eign in­sti­tu­tions to es­tab­lish their own in­no­va­tion hubs.

Their ex­per­tise and in­put are highly rec­om­mended yet this should take place when we have es­tab­lished our own plat­form at grass­roots lev­els.

What I am say­ing is that we should have pas­sion on the in­no­va­tion hubs be­fore “spon­sors” from In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity come in with there ex­per­tise and in­puts.

Let us con­tinue think­ing out of the box and come up with our own in­no­va­tions as Zim­bab­weans . Enos Den­here, Mo­ti­va­tional Speaker and En­tre­pre­neur

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