Mupudzi praises IoDZ course

REUBEN Mupudzi’s first tertiary qualification was in electrical engineering. He then studied quality assurance, acquiring a degree in Safety and Environmental Science and finally a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in business management.

Mupudzi started his working carrier as an electrical trainee near Mutare at Redwing Mine, Penhalonga, then Pilkington Glass Zimbabwe and Mutare Board and Paper Mills before working for Nssa as factories, works safety and health inspector.

He worked for the Standards Association of Zimbabwe as chief products inspector; then SGS Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd as regional manager for quality and safety services.

He attained SGS International Certification Services as certification services manager. He worked for Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Ltd as total quality manager.

Mupudzi is currently working for Nebuer Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd as managing consultant.

Nature of current work
Mupudzi provides consultancy services around standards-based management systems to clients within the Sadc region, mostly Zimbabwe.

He enjoys travelling, reading and music.

His aim for attending the IoDZ training was to learn about company directorship and corporate governance to develop and improve that aspect within his own business, and provision of basic advisory services to his business clients.

Lessons learnt
a) The role of company directors:
To provide entrepreneurial leadership within a framework of prudent control to protect the business and shareholders by ensuring there is within the business:

  • efficiency and effectiveness
  • confidence and assurance
  •  responsibility and ethics
  • transparency and accountability
  • high levels of trust

This enables sustainable business competitiveness, growth and high return on investment.

b )All things being equal, the level of performance of a particular company or even national economy is directly proportional to the level of its corporate governance practice.
c) Company directorship is not exactly the same as business management. A different or additional body of knowledge and skills is needed for effective company directorship. Most business executives make the wrong assumption that their executive training and experience is all they need to become effective company directors. This, generally, explains the hesitation by new or untrained company directors to participate in company directorship training — a factor with significant negative implications on their performance as company directors.

Advantages of block training
The block training method:

  • is less disruptive to busy work schedules
  • enables covering of related modules in one block thus aiding continuity, understanding and appreciation of the linkages between various components of corporate governance
  • costs less in terms of money and time
  • enables completion of all training modules in a shorter time (one year).