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Business sector too political – SMM boss

Ngoni Chanakira

ZIMBABWEANS will always lose out on major international business deals if they continue highlighting their political differences, says Michael Bimha, SMM Holdings Ltd (SMM) group human resour

ces director.

Bimha said unlike their South African counterparts who “leave business for businessmen and politics for politicians”, Zimbabweans “consistently stick their noses” into the political persuasions of potential clients before engaging them in business.

Bimha, the 2002 Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ)’s Personality of the Year, made the remarks during question time at the association’s national convention in Harare on Wednesday.

“In Zimbabwe we tend to reduce our business discussions to political talk. I won’t get into the party affiliation things etc,” said Bimha. “However, in South Africa they go in as humans. They go in as South Africans and when you ask them are you ANC or are you PAC they question who you are and what you are trying to achieve.”

He said the SMM group was not “abandoning Zimbabwe” by going regional but was merely looking at the region as a market. “We choose those operations because there is a market for us,” said Bimha. “We are looking at the region as a market as well. We want to get into Sadc.”

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