Prosper Ndlovu recently in Victoria Falls
MR Davison Norupiri has been retained as president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) and will be deputised by Mrs Divine Ndhlukula.
The new leadership was announced at the organisation’s annual congress last week, which coincided with the awards for top performing public and private entities.
Udine Products chief executive officer Mr Crispen Mugova would continue heading the Matabeleland regional ZNCC chapter with Mr Mkhululi Ndlovu taking charge of the Mashonaland chapter.
Mr Prophet Tamuka Macheka would lead the Manicaland chapter while the Midlands chapter would be headed by Mr Julien Mashavakure.
The awards dinner on Thursday saw different companies scooping prestigious awards for top performance in different categories.
Among the winners was First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe, who walked away with the outstanding value addition investment award in recognition of the massive work that she has done at the Gushungo Dairy in Mazowe.
Other winners were Midlands entrepreneur and property developer Mrs Smelly Dube who scooped the businesswoman of the year award while giant platinum miner Zimplats walked away with the top corporate social responsibility award.
The National University of Science and Technology (Nust) came first in the tertiary institution of the year beating Mutare Teachers’ College and Kwekwe Polytechnic who came second and third.
TelOne wrestled the public enterprise of the year title from Zimdef and Zinara who came second and third while PPC Zimbabwe dominated the investor of the year category.
Econet Zimbabwe subsidiary Liquid Telecom won the best information and communication technology sector award while hardware and wholesale giant N Richards settled for the enterprise development award winner.
CBZ bank emerged the best bank supporting small to medium enterprise business with ZB and CABS coming in second and third respectively.
Bulawayo firm Bitumen won the best construction company of the year with housing developer Hawkflight landing the first runner up.
The lifetime achievement award went to Karimazondo Midlands Metals while Nash Paints scooped the SME of the year accolade.
Padenga Holdings came top on the exporter of the year category with the best transporter award going to Eagle liner coaches.
The First Lady officiated during the awards where she applauded resilient businesses and urged them to embrace research and innovation to withstand economic shocks in a challenging environment.
The colourful ceremony was attended by several Cabinet ministers, diplomats, academics and the businesspeople.
The three-day congress ran under the theme “Economic transformation in a new normal economy: New challenges, new ideas” and was officially opened by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday.