…Nash Paints boss Mutarisi encourages businesspeople to persevere against any obstacles
MANICALAND businesspeople were encouraged to remain optimistic regardless of the incumbent economic challenges and continue to be innovative to remain operational.
This was said last week Friday during the 2023 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) business awards for the Manicaland chapter held at Holiday Inn hotel in Mutare. The annual awards saw some new faces stepping up and some of the old guards in business finally getting rewarded after years of playing second fiddle. It was however a big night for the gold mining sector, just to show how the mining sector is now the leading cash cow in the country even for small scale miners.
The director of the gold mining concern Betterbrands Jewellery, Scott Sakupwanya and the farmer turned gold miner Judith Shadaya were the biggest winners of the night after scooping the Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year accolades respectively. Betterbrands Jewellery which was established over a decade ago in Harare but now has a vast network of small to medium sized gold mines in Zimbabwe, started mining some of the gold mining claims under Redwing Mine in Penhalonga in 2021. Redwing Mine is currently under judicial management.
In January Betterbrands was granted a licence by government to build Zimbabwe’s second gold refinery in Bulawayo. The refinery expected to be operational this year will be operated by Betterbrands, which is reportedly the biggest gold-buying company in country at the moment after it delivered more than 52 percent of the 35 tonnes delivered to Fidelity Printers and Refiners last year (18 tonnes of the yellow metal).
Shadaya on the other hand finally gets her chance as the top business winner after she was second runner-up in 2019, just to prove how hard work pays off eventually and never goes unnoticed. Her remarkable story of starting her own business empire after hitting hard times when her husband and son died after a car accident in 2009 is awe inspiring. Although she is still a small scale gold miner, and is currently the Zimbabwe Miners Federation chairperson for Manicaland, she now has several gold mining claims in Odzi, Nyanga, Penhalonga and Chegutu, and has since found a new passion in mining.
Speaking on behalf of the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation (ZBC), who was the guest of honour, ZBC acting director TV and Digital Platforms Merit Munzwembiri urged local bussinesspeople to be innovative in the wake of increasing trade competitiveness in the ever-changing global village era. “In today’s rapidly changing global economy, the ability to transform economic realities into market opportunities is critical for success. However, even in the face of these challenges, there are opportunities to be found. By transforming economic realities into market opportunities, we can create new value, build resilience and drive growth in the Zimbabwean economy,” she said.
Adding,” However, to transform economic realities into market opportunities, we need a comprehensive strategy that addresses the unique challenges and opportunities facing Zimbabwe. This strategy should focus on several key areas, including infrastructure development, regulatory reform, education and training, and public-private collaboration.”
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokhuthula Matsikenyeri, the director in her office, Engineer Timothy Rukuni said businesspeople must be able to access opportunities without any limitations so that the province unleashes all its energy to create a better and prosperous Zimbabwe. “To all the industrious women and men here I just want to remind you that when we say ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’ or in this case ‘Manicaland is open for business’, this does not only apply to foreign investment but to you as well,” he said.
Adding,” I must also note that critical to the success of your business ventures will be access to markets and as your representative in government in Manicaland I will ensure that all possible ventures will be availed to you. As government, we will do whatever is necessary so that we can create a middle income economy by 2030 as espoused by our President, His Excellency Dr E.D Mnangagwa.”
The executive chairman of the paint manufacturing giant, Nash Paints Holdings, Tinashe Mutarisi who was also invited as a guest speaker and received a special recognition award said running a business in not a walk in the park and applauded everyone recognized on the night to walk tall as winners. He shared his recent experience of losing property and raw materials worth millions which were gutted in a fire. The Nash Paints factory in Graniteside was destroyed by fire early last month.
“I am really honoured to be here with you in Manicaland. For those that know me I recently lost property worth about US$1.6 million at my factory. Its been hard but I am pushing on. Tonight I however want to give credit to my wife that has been my pillar of support. I am here with her, she supported me from the start when I had nothing and uptodate she still stands by me. You are a superstar,” said Mutarisi as he encouraged businesspeople to persevere against any obstacles that may come their way.
The top winners from Manicaland will compete for the national title at the ZNCC annual congress slated from 28 to 30 June in Victoria Falls.
Below is the full list of winners at the 2023 ZNCC Manicaland awards:
Businessman of the Year
Winner – Scott Sakupwanya (Better Brands)
1st Runner Up- Resistance Mundembe
2nd Runner Up – Jonah Dhlakama
Businesswoman of The Year
Winner – Judith Shadaya (Shadta Mining)
1st Runner Up – Patience Puwai (Denhigh Investments)
Winner – Gwinyai Mutsongodza (First Class Academy)
1st Runner Up -Tendai Dumbura (Tintys Hardware)
2nd Runner Up – Isaiah Musabayana (Eat n Lick)
Sustainable Development Goals Award
Winner – Plan International
1st Runner Up – Mercy Corps
Best Emerging Business
Winner – Princeton Institute
1st Runner Up – Murare Car Rental
Winner- Verify Engineering
1st Runner Up – Ecocash Holdings
Winner – Mutare Teachers College
1st Runner Up – Africa University
2nd Runner Up – Mutare Polytechnic
Financial Institution Supporting MSME
Winner – AFC Commercial Bank
1st Runner Up – ZB Bank
2nd Runner Up – CBZ Bank
Winner – Chipo Nunjoma (Aloe Enterprise)
1st Runner Up – Tinotenda Maruni (KMP)
Winner – Noah Taguta (St Noah Projects)
Winner – Tanganda Tea Company Pvt Ltd
1st Runner Up – Eastern Highlands Plantations
2nd Runner Up – Allied Timbers
Winner – Manica Boards and Doors Pvt Ltd
1st Runner Up – Border Timbers Limited
2nd Runner Up – Capital Timbers
Winner – ZCDC
1st Runner Up – Anjin Investments
Winner – Troutbeck Resort
1st Runner Up – Holiday Inn Mutare
Outstanding Urban Local Government
City of Mutare
Rusape Town Council
Chipinge Town Council
Outstanding Rural Local Government
Entrepreneur of the year
Winner – Moses Mwagura
1st Runner Up – Blessing Mangwiro
2nd Runner Up – Edmore Chipere
Commitment to the Community (Health and Safety)
High Growth Business of the year
Winner – Mega Market
1st Runner Up – Willowton Group
Business Leader of the year
Engineer Pedzi Tapfumaneyi (Verify Engineering)
Blessing Chafesuka (City of Mutare)
Professor Peter Mageto (AU)
Wilson Masokowere (Destiny of Africa Network)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Winner – ZCDC
1st Runner Up – Betterbrands Holdings
2nd Runner Up – DANET
Special Recognition – Dave Munos Foundation
Zimbabwe Most Influential Entrepreneur
Tinashe Mutarisi (Nash Paints)