|Mabhena, Mugabe clinch top Megafest Business Awards|
|Saturday, 03 November 2012 18:44|
Business ReporterBULAWAYO business mogul, Mr Worthwhile Mugabe, of leading electrical wholesaler DSK, and Mrs Priscilla Mabhena of Cillas Conference were crowned the businessman and businesswoman of the year respectively at a colourful and glamorous Megafest Business Awards ceremony held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds last Friday night.
The awards also saw Sunday News Business Editor Gabriel Masvora being crowned one of Bulawayo’s personalities of the year for his sterling contribution to articulating the plight of the city’s industries whose fortunes continue to be on a free fall due to de-industrialisation.
The other winners in the same category were Dr Selani Hove of the National University of Science and Technology, Miss Bongani Dhlakama, the reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe and prominent lawyer and entrepreneur, Mr Sindiso Mazibisa of Chaya Media.
Masvora captured the hearts of the business community through his weekly column — Economic Focus — which has managed to highlight the problems affecting businesses in Bulawayo and in the wider economy in general.
“It is a great honour to be considered among the city’s outstanding personalities who have contributed to the fight for the revival of Bulawayo and the economy in general,’’ he said.
“This is also a big step in the journalism fraternity as in most cases journalists are considered as outside observers who just report on issues without necessarily proffering solutions. I hope this is the beginning of greater things to come not just for me but team Sunday News and Zimpapers in general that have also supported me in this journey. Economic Focus will continue to grow and is no longer about my voice only but other experts who are contributing to create dialogue and debate on issues that can help the economy.’’
This year’s awards also saw the country’s top 20 outstanding business personalities being honoured and among the prominent names were Dr Cuthbert Dube (Premier Service Medical Aid Society), Mr Nigel Chanakira (Kingdom Bank), Mr Raj Modi (Bellevue Spar), Mr Tawanda Nyambirai (TN Bank), Mr Peter Buckle (Treger Holding), Mr Godfrey Pasipanodya (Rainbow Tourism Group) and Mr Philip Mataranyika (Nyaradzo Funeral Services). The owner of a growing catering concern, Dickies Restaurant, Mr Dumisani Kodzai was awarded for being Bulawayo’s Outstanding Business Personality.
However, as largely expected, the day belonged to Mr Modi who added two more awards to walk away with a total of three after he also took the Lifetime Achievement Award of the year which he shared together with Glen Lodge’s Mrs Beauty Bhulu (also a winner of the Great Business Minds Awards) while one of the city and country’s prominent retail outlets, Spar Bellevue walked away with the Social/Charity award of the year.
Speaking at the function Megafest chief executive officer Mr Tafadzwa Matsika said this year the organisation decided to award the country’s outstanding business personalities in honour of their contribution to the country’s economy.
“For the first time in the history of the awards we have brought Harare to Bulawayo, there is a new and exciting category that of Zimbabwe’s top 20 Outstanding Personality of the year. We don’t recognise popularity but people with a view and vision for the future of the next generation and their contribution to the country,’’ Mr Matsika said.
He said 2012 was a difficult year for business compared to 2011 and praised the business community for braving the storm in a year the liquidity crisis was at its peak stunting the viability of most companies.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the guest of honour and Zimbabwe International Trade Fair company chairman, Mr Bekithemba Nkomo, who is also the chairman of Africa Sun, said businesses should strive to ever improve instead of rushing to be on the apex as such a move was likely to see their enterprises going on a free fall due to lack of commitment.
The other winners were the manager of the year, Mr Lovemore Chinaka (Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority), Management Team Builder, Mrs Sithokozile Ndlovu (Kango), Best Marketed Organisation (Standard Chartered), Most Improved Organisation (Pump & Steel), Entrepreneur of the year Mr Huitsimang Dube (Buildtech), Female Manager of the year, Mrs Nomathemba Ndlovu (ZITF), Most Consistent Organisation (Nicoz Diamond), Secretary of the year, Mrs Joyce Kershe (Polyfoil), Social/Charity Award of the year (Bellevue Spar), Best HIV/Aids at the workplace, Jacob Bethel Corporation, Young Manager of the year, Mr Thabo Ngwenya (Jacob Bethel Corporation), Hotel of the year, Holiday Inn Bulawayo, Most Dynamic Organisation, Treger Holdings, Service Champion of the year, Bonsa Spar, Restaurant/Café of the year, The Coach House (Nesbitt Castle), Young Entrepreneur of the year, Mr Antony Bhana (Creative Centre), Brand of the year, Econet’s Buddie, Female Entrepreneur of the year, Mrs Eunice Dhlamini of M&M Joyous, Lodge of the year, Sethule Lodge. The other collective awards were the Great Business Minds which went to Desmond Moyce (Designs Consultants) and Mr Dennis Shoko (Moreyields Finance).
Eight organisations from various sectors were also given awards for excellence while 10 individuals were honoured with leadership awards.