Zim ex­ec­u­tive shines in Aus­tralia:

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Mtan­dazo Dube

SU­SAN Vi­vian Mu­tami, a Zim­bab­wean based in Aus­tralia, was last week hon­oured at the pres­ti­gious Aus­tralian CEO Mag­a­zine Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year Awards in Syd­ney for her con­tri­bu­tion to that coun­try’s health­care sys­tem.

One of the most hotly con­tested ac­co­lades for Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ex­ec­u­tives, the awards do not cel­e­brate a com­pany’s suc­cess, but rather the ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions made by the CEOs, MDs and se­nior man­age­ment.

So ex­alted are the awards, Aus­tralian min­ing mag­nate and one of the coun­try’s rich­est peo­ple, Gina Rine­hart, was named Chair­per­son of the Year in 2017.

Now Musami is the first black African to re­ceive the lofty hon­our.

“I am greatly hum­bled and hon­oured to be a part of some­thing beau­ti­ful and big on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar. To be in a room full of peo­ple that in­spire me was sur­real. Hon­estly speak­ing I never dreamt of be­ing where I am to­day,” said Musami.

The 29-year-old mother of one grew up in Mbizo, Kwekwe and moved to Aus­tralia in 2007 to study Nurs­ing and also read for a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sciences (Se­cu­rity and Counter-Ter­ror­ism).

“I grew up in a mid­dle class fam­ily and my fa­ther Moore Mu­tami worked very hard and sent me to good, af­ford­able schools. Un­for­tu­nately he died in a car ac­ci­dent in May 2005. I wish he could have lived to see all my suc­cess. I know he would have been so proud con­sid­er­ing the sac­ri­fices he made to make sure I had all the books that I needed at school even though I was a very play­ful but fo­cused in­di­vid­ual.”

Musami did her pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Fitch­lea in Kwekwe (1995-2001), and high school at Loreto in Silo­bela (2002-2005).

She also cred­its her hus­band for her suc­cess.

“If it was not for the love of my kind-hearted hus­band I would not be where I am to­day. He shaped me into the woman that I am, an hon­est woman of in­tegrity and I’m for­ever grate­ful. He in­tro­duced me to my­self. It didn’t take long for my em­ployer to see my work ethic and what I could bring to the ta­ble and to the na­tion at large.

I’m also for­ever in­debted to the beau­ti­ful, lov­ing and gen­er­ous peo­ple of Aus­tralia who opened their hearts and arms for me and my fam­ily,” she said.

Musami said she loves Zim­babwe and hopes to mean­ing­fully con­trib­ute to its de­vel­op­ment.

“I have a two-year-old son who looks up to me and be­cause of him I want to do more for my beau­ti­ful na­tion. I’m a home girl. I love Zim­babwe. I hope one day I con­trib­ute to­wards its de­vel­op­ment.”

Su­san Mu­tami (right)

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