The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Bu­l­awayo Bureau

THE coun­try’s lead­ing in­te­grated me­dia group, Zim­pa­pers, yes­ter­day re­opened Typocrafters and com­mis­sioned a $1 mil­lion ex­er­cise book mak­ing ma­chine as part of ef­forts to con­trib­ute to the re­vival of in­dus­tries and cre­ate em­ploy­ment.

This brings a new lease of life to Typocrafters, which has been closed for over seven years.

Speak­ing at the launch yes­ter­day, In­for­ma­tion, Pub­lic­ity and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mon­ica Mutsvangwa said she was ex­cited about the devel­op­ment, which will see Typocrafters hav­ing a big im­pact in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor as ex­er­cise books will be avail­able for dis­tri­bu­tion coun­try­wide.

She com­mended the Zim­pa­pers board and man­age­ment for re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s call to ex­pand pro­duc­tion, re­vive the econ­omy and cre­ate jobs de­spite the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic chal­lenges.

“The re­open­ing of Typocrafters to­day and the com­mis­sion­ing of the ex­er­cise book print­ing ma­chine speaks to the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in the econ­omy of our coun­try and res­onates well with the mantra that Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness,” said Min­is­ter Mutsvangwa.

“When we call for in­vest­ment, it’s not just for­eign in­vest­ment that we’re af­ter. We need more do­mes­tic in­vest­ment and Zim­pa­pers has shown that it un­der­stands the mes­sage that we’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing.”

Min­is­ter Mutsvangwa said when busi­nesses in­no­vate and con­stantly think out­side the box, the econ­omy grows and em­ploy­ment is gen­er­ated.

“The sta­tionery print­ing unit will have a big im­pact on the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” she said.

“By print­ing four mil­lion books ev­ery month, Typocrafters is set to take a big chunk of the mar­ket and this will pos­i­tively af­fect the prices of books.”

Zim­pa­pers gen­eral man­ager for the com­mer­cial print­ing divi­sion Mr Njab­ulo Nkomo said the de­ci­sion to re­fur­bish Typocraft was in­formed by the de­sire to be a truly na­tional com­pany with phys­i­cal pres­ence through­out the coun­try.

Sec­re­tary for In­for­ma­tion, Pub­lic­ity and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Mr Nick Mang­wana, Min­is­ter of State for Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Ju­dith Ncube, Zim­pa­pers board chair­per­son Mr Delma Lu­pepe and board mem­ber Ms Re­joice Nha­raunda, as well as Zim­pa­pers chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Piki­rayi Deketeke and Zim­pa­pers man­age­ment were among those who at­tended yes­ter­day’s launch.

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