Rutendo Nyeve, Chronicle Reporter
BOUND by the commitment to make more positive impact in the community that supports its growth, Simbisa Brands has set aside funds to pay school fees for primary school pupils in Bulawayo, Gwanda and Hwange.
Scores of pupils from 10 selected schools in Bulawayo, 100 pupils from Hwange and another 100 from Gwanda have benefitted from the kind gesture by Simbisa Brands, a leading listed fast food outlet operator with 240 branches across the country.
Speaking during the an official event to launch the school fees programme at Ngwalongwalo Primary School in Bulawayo last Thursday, Simbisa southern region marketing coordinator, Mr Thabo Ncube said their brand was grateful for community support.
“It’s the people of Zimbabwe who grew Simbisa to where it is today. Learners, parents and the institutions all played and are still playing a role to the growth of Simbisa.
‘We opened the first Chicken Inn in 1987 at Speke Avenue in Harare and today we operate more than 230 stores across the country,” he said.
“On that note we come in here as obliged by the plight of some learners who need the support of the corporate world.
These are our future leaders, therefore, Simbisa Brands is here to invest in them.
“Simbisa’s growth hasn’t been easy neither has it been a single-handed effort, but together with every Zimbabwean who has supported our brand we have grown and expanded to Mauritius, Namibia, DRC, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland and Ghana.
“As a business that is growing from Zimbabwe outward, we are committed to being part of the continuous improvement in our communities and livelihoods. Hence today we invest in these learners through the payment of school fees.
“To all the beneficiaries we pray that they be determined and resolute as they focus on their studies,” said Mr Ncube.
Director of communications and advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Taungana Ndoro said the ministry was grateful for the gesture, which is in line with the Government’s thrust not to leave anyone behind.
“We are so grateful as a ministry when we see corporates like Simbisa supporting vulnerable pupils through paying their school fees.
It is in line with Government policy that seeks to ensure no one is left behind in developmental issues.
“The donation will go a long way in changing the lives of the pupils who benefitted from this gesture,’ said Mr Ndoro.
Among the primary schools that benefitted are Mabhukudwana (Nkulumane), Josiah Chinamano (Emakhandeni), Manyewu (Entumbane), Mgombani (Nkulumane), Ngwalongwalo (Pumula South), Jahunda (Gwanda), J W Mthimkhulu (Magwegwe West) and Mawaba (Lobengula). — @nyeve14