Top busi­nessper­sons hon­oured

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Business News - Wil­son Dakwa and Kiyapili Sibanda Business Re­porters

PROM­I­NENT busi­nessper­sons Dr Ran­gari­rai Ta­tenda Gunda and Mr Bu­sisa Moyo scooped this year’s Busi­ness­woman and Busi­ness­man of the Year Awards re­spec­tively at the Me­gafest South­ern Re­gion awards cer­e­mony held in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day.

Dr Gunda who runs Ta­tenda Sa­faris in Vic­to­ria Falls thanked her fam­ily and col­leagues for the sup­port they have given her.

“I would like to thank my fam­ily and col­leagues for it is be­cause of their sup­port that I am where I am now,” said Dr Gunda.

Mr Moyo who is the chief ex­ec­u­tive for United Re­finer­ies Lim­ited (URL)’s award was re­ceived by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from his or­gan­i­sa­tion on his be­half as he was said to be out of the coun­try. M & M Joy­ous’ Mrs Eu­nice Dlamini and Mrs Nhamo Tshuma of Sethule Lodge were the first and sec­ond run­ner-ups in the Busi­ness­woman of the Year Award cat­e­gory.

Lu­pane State Uni­ver­sity ViceChan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Par­don Kuipa walked away with the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year Award while Zim­babwe Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion and Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (ZETDC) West­ern Re­gion gen­eral man­ager Engi­neer Love­more Chi­naka won the Man­ager of the Year Award. LSU Pro-Vice-Chan­cel­lor Dr No­math­emba Ndi­weni won the Fe­male Man­ager of the Year Award while Mr Nathan Mpofu of De­vere Group won the Young Man­ager of the Year Award.

Zim­babwe School of Mines chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Dzin­gi­rai Tu­sai who was the guest of hon­our at the award cer­e­mony said there was a need for in­no­va­tion, value ad­di­tion and cre­ation of an en­vi­ron­ment which pro­motes business com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“It is our duty to build our na­tion so that it is able to con­tinue to re­gain its com­pet­i­tive­ness. An award is empty if it’s not backed by fu­ture achieve­ments. The win­ner here are ex­am­ples for other in­dus­try lead­ers who wish to be recog­nised as out­stand­ing,” said Mr Tu­sai.

Mr Tu­sai added that Me­gafest awards have the ca­pac­ity to also ac­com­mo­date the South­ern Africa De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity re­gion.

“Me­gafest should be com­mended for the job they have done in the past nine years to pro­mote and recog­nise business play­ers who are ex­celling in in­dus­try. I would like to chal­lenge Me­gafest to think be­yond the bound­aries of Zim­babwe and have Sadc Me­gafest Business Awards so that we also learn from our coun­ter­parts in the re­gion,” he said.

Me­gafest Hold­ings chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Tafadzwa Mat­sika said his or­gan­i­sa­tion will con­sider ex­tend­ing the reach of the awards into the re­gion.

DSK Elec­tri­cals man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mr Worth­while Mugabe won the Out­stand­ing Busi­nessper­son Award. He also won the Ex­cel­lent Business Per­son­al­ity Award along with Mr War­ren King of Safe Guard and Mr Ger­ald Zhou of In­clu­sive Fi­nan­cial Ser­vice.

Mr Zhou went on to win the 1st run­ner-up for Young Man­ager of the Year while his mi­cro­fi­nance in­sti­tu­tion also won the Best Mar­keted Or­gan­i­sa­tion along with Fawcett Se­cu­rity.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tors of Fazak, Mac­don­ald Bricks and Brother­hood School of Motor­ing Mr Zak Hawa, Mr Lonely Ny­athi and Mr Pet­ros Moyo won the In­dus­tri­al­ist of the Year awards.

Zim­pa­pers Dig­i­tal and Print­ing Divi­sion fi­nance man­ager Mr God­win Takundwa and Mr An­drea Gozho­rai, a sales ex­ec­u­tive both won ex­em­plary team leader awards. Hawk­flight Con­struc­tion scooped the Best Ser­vice Provider Award while URL and Ing­webu Brew­eries scooped the Cus­tomer Focus Award.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the event, Dr Mat­sika added that there was need to im­ple­ment cost ef­fec­tive ma­chin­ery and mech­a­nisms so as to pro­mote com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“Cost of pro­duc­tion is high and we need to look at things from a holis­tic per­spec­tive and look at cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters. Some of the ma­chin­ery which are be­ing used at in­dus­try need to be re­placed be­cause they are too old. We need cost ef­fec­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing tools which will also en­cour­age ef­fi­ciency,” said Dr Mat­sika.

DSK Elec­tri­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives (first four from left) who stood in for Out­stand­ing Me­gafest Busi­ness­man of the Year Mr Worth­while Mugabe

Guests fol­low pro­ceed­ings dur­ing the Me­gafest South­ern Re­gion Business Awards cer­e­mony

Mr Zak Hawa (cen­tre) holds a cer­tifi­cate he re­ceived for be­ing the Me­gafest In­dus­tri­al­ist of the Year 2017 from the guest of hon­our Mr Dzin­gi­rai Tu­sai (right) while the CEO of Me­gafest Dr Tafadzwa Mat­sika (left) con­grat­u­lates him dur­ing the Me­gafest South­ern Re­gion Business Awards cer­e­mony held at a Bu­l­awayo ho­tel on Fri­day evening

Zim­pa­pers Dig­i­tal and Pub­lish­ing Divi­sion Fi­nan­cial Man­ager Mr God­win Takundwa (left) re­ceives a tro­phy and a shield from Mr Dzin­gi­rai Tu­sai for Best Ex­em­plary Lead­er­ship Award at the Me­gafest Business Awards cer­e­mony

Rtd Col Ken­neth Mhlophe of Nokel Se­cu­rity (left) re­ceiv­ing a Me­gafest In­dus­tri­al­ist of the Year Award cer­tifi­cate from Mr Dzin­gi­rai Tu­sai

Ger­ald Zhou (cen­tre) of In­clu­sive Fi­nan­cial Ser­vice who scooped the Ex­cel­lent Business Per­son­al­ity Award and Best Mar­keted Business Award

Busi­ness­woman of the Year 2nd run­ner-up Eu­nice Dlamini (cen­tre) of M and M Joy­ous Events

United Re­finer­ies Lim­ited rep­re­sen­ta­tives hold­ing a tro­phy and cer­tifi­cate won by Mr Bu­sisa Moyo for be­ing the Busi­ness­man of the Year

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