AFRICAN Sun chief executive, Shingi Munyeza won the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IODZ) 2008 Director of the Year award for his role in expanding the hotel group under and his contribution to the tourism industry.
The award held under the theme â€œStriking the Balanceâ€ recognised Munyeza as one of the most influential, effective and inspirational local managers.
Munyeza was awarded the Old Mutual Floating Trophy for being the Director of the Year. He will later this year attend the annual Convention of the Institute of Directors to be held in London. Under Munyezaâ€™s leadership African Sun has expanded its operations into South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.Â Â
Other winners included council chairman of Midlands State University Canaan Dube who won in the parastatals division.
Prime Time Motors managing director and chief operating officer of Royal Welcome, Chamu Chiwanza won a merit certificate in the Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) category.
Securico managing director, Divine Ndhlukula scooped the top prize in the SMEs division for her contribution to the provision of security to homes and businesses and her success in a male dominated industry.
AICO group chief executive, Happymore Mapara won a merit certificate in the large and listed companiesâ€™ category
The awards ceremony was graced by chairman and chief executive of Infotech Investment Group Ali Mufuruki from Tanzania. Mufuruki has interests in retail, real estate and advertising and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Africa leadership initiative. Mufuriki praised local business leaders for their resilience.
â€œYou must be proud of yourselves as Zimbabweans,â€ he said. â€œYou are the most resilient, the most adaptable people I have ever seen in my whole life.â€
â€œAs leaders, our legacy is something we should worry about every day. It is the most important thing in our life. The legacy of a leader is never his or hers alone but something that is shared by his or her followers,â€ he said.
IODZ chairman, David Mutambara said the quality of leaders that have been nominated for the awards was remarkable as they had managed to survive the tough economic environment that prevailed last year.
â€œHonouring individuals who have rode the rough tide and distinguished themselves validates the special place the Director of the Year awards has in lighting the futureâ€¦ They inspire us with hope for the future of our country and businesses,â€ he said.
BY KUDZAI KUWAZA