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3rd ZAA Australia Winners Announced

The Zimbabwean diaspora community and friends came out in full force on Saturday night to celebrate some of the best achievers of the year at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia 3rd Edition at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney which was running under the theme ‘Celebrating excellence and promoting the health and wellbeing of Zimbabweans in Australia’.

This year’s edition which was graced by HE Ambassador Joe Tapera Mhishi among other distinguished guests, saw the reunion of ZAA and headline sponsor, life insurance company ZororoPhumulani once more setting the platform to celebrate Zimbabwean achievers and coincided with the launch of ZororoPhumulani’s WorldWide Funeral Services (WWFS) plan which is targeted at the diaspora communities in offering repatriation and funeral services.

Method Mukundu, the ZAA Australia Country Director elaborated on the theme in his opening speech. “As we celebrate and honour those amongst us who have excelled, we also intended to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental and physical health, balanced finances and strong networks that can sustain a fully integrated, healthy and stable Zimbabwean Community in Australia”.

 

ZororoPhumulani CEO Edwin Anderson also spoke of their delight in supporting the efforts of ZAA and diaspora communities in provide peace of mind for all communities and their expansion into the USA, UK, Canada as well as other territories where the diaspora communities are. The WWF Plan by ZororoPhumulani is powered by Doves to offer a diaspora-oriented funeral plan for those in Australia with packages including repatriation services and air tickets for two persons to travel with the deceased to Zimbabwe where Doves will take over from there till the final destination.

Notable amongst the winners was ZimGems Netball Team star Joice Mada Takaidza who scooped 3 awards in the categories of Sport Personality of the Year, People’s Choice and the Chairman’s Award to become the first recipient to earn 3 awards in one night since the inauguration of ZAA Australia in 2017.

 

Rising Zimbabwean born lawyer Harutsari Marunda picked up two awards; one on behalf of her law firm HCM Legal in the Business of the Year category and the other in her personal capacity as recipient of the Outstanding Achiever Award. Tendayi Ganga was also a double award winner in the Community Champion of the Year (Female) and the Community Organisation of the Year through her Born to Shine Women’s Organization. Completing the list of double award winners on the night was Simba Mushete who was awarded for excellence in the categories of Music Artist of the Year and Culture and Fashion Ambassador.

Lucky Ngoshi became the first recipient to win an award in each of the three successive ZAA Australia events after she won this year’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year award after being the winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2017 and the Philanthropic Leadership Award for her selfless community work in 2018.

The event was hosted by cybersecurity expert and author Phillimon Zongo with entertainment provided by the Echoes of Africa band led by Simba Mushete and gospel singer Nyarai Takaidza. The ZimAchievers Awards have been a fixture on the diaspora social calendar since 2010 with editions in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa taking place annually.

 

In 2020 the awards make their long awaited bow on home soil for the 10th anniversary celebrations and awards show at Elephant Hills Lodge in Victoria Falls on 10th April under the ZimThrive Homecoming initiative.

 

 

Full list of ZAA Australia 2019 winners

Young Achiever’s Award

The Mango Twins (Julian & Juliet Mango)

 

Business of the year

HCM Legal

 

Community Organization of the Year

Born to Shine Women’s Organisation

 

Community Champion of the year Female

Tendayi Ganga

 

Community Champion of the year Male

John Shumba

 

Culture and Fashion Ambassador

Simba Mushete

 

Event of  the Year

ZimOz Summer Festival

 

Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Lucky Ngoshi

 

Male  Entrepreneur of the Year

Tobias Mahohoma

 

Music Artist of the Year

Simba Mushete

 

People’s Choice

Joice Mada Takaidza

 

Professional of the Year

Tecla Muriri Masunda

 

Sports person of the Year

Joice Mada Takaidza

 

Media Personality of the Year

Kim Renee Wadyehwata

 

Leadership in Mental and Everyday Wellbeing Advocacy Award

Gladys Mutongoreya

 

Academic Excellence

Dr Fidelis Mashiri

 

Outstanding Achievement Award

Haatsari Marunda

 

Philanthropic Leadership Award 

Alfred Chidembo

 

Philanthropic Leadership Award 

Precious Mugadza

 

Friend of Zimbabwe Award

Mally Ellis

 

Chairman’s Award

Joice Mada Takaidza

 

Chairman’s Award

Debra Manson

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ZimAchievers Awards Australia nominees revealed


The organizers of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) Australian edition have announced the final shortlist of nominees for the prestigious awards after a month long nomination process by the public and revealed ZororoPhumulani Funeral Services as the headline sponsors of this year’s Awards Dinner Gala.

The annual international awards which awards Zimbabwean achievers in the diaspora are in their third edition Down Under and will be held on Saturday 23rd November in Sidney at the InterContinental Hotel with awards to be given in 20 categories. ZororoPhumulani who provide a number of services such as funeral cover and policies as well as repatriation services in the diaspora among other services, returns to the ZAA fold after headlining the successful ZAA SA edition earlier this year.

ZAA Australia Country Director Method Mukundu confirmed the developments and also announced that the voting platform will open at midnight and will run until Wednesday 20th November as the countdown to the big day officially begins.

“We are thrilled to welcome ZororoPhumulani as our headline sponsor as we also reveal nominee list. Our voting platform goes live at midnight today so people can vote for their achievers of the year. Ticket purchases can also be done on the website and this being our third edition, we are pleased to note the progress and contributions that our brothers and sisters, as well as friends of Zimbabwe are doing here in Australia and beyond. The countdown is now on and all roads lead to the InterContinental on the 23rd.”

The ZAA Australia 3rd Annual Dinner Gala will also roll out honorary awards to various people such as mental health professional Gladys Mutongoreya, lawyer Haatsari Marunda, philanthropists ALfred and Precious Chidembo for ther various contributions to communities. Netball star Joice Mada Takaedza will receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award after her exploits together with the netball national team ZimGems charmed the world at the Netball World Cup finals.

Voting can be done on the ZAA Australia website http://www.zimachievers.com/aus/vote/ whilst tickets can also be purchased on http://www.zimachievers.com/aus/buy-tickets-2/
ZAA has five editions around the world with South Africa, UK, Australia, USA and Canada, with the ZAA 10th Anniversary celebrations set to be held in Zimbabwe for the first time on Friday 10th April 2020 at the Elephant Hills Lodge in Victoria Falls, with further details to be revealed in due course.

Full list of nominees for ZAA Australia 2019
Young Achiever of the Year Award
1. Mango Twins
2. Fortune R
3. Takunda Muzondiwa
4. Assiel Mafuriranwa
5. Takunda Chipangura

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
1. Bernard Muchemwa
2. David Pocock
3. T Zihori
4. Joice Mada Takaidza

MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
1. Tendayi Ganga
2. Tatenda Musemburi
3. Noma Mbereko
4. Dj Ras George
5. Kim Renee (Wadyahwata)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
1. Joice Mada Takaidza
2. Michelle Majuru
3. DJ Terry Moyaz
4. Tracey Nyatsanza
5. Farai Katiyo

MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
1. Simba Mushete
2. Farai Katiyo
3. Frederick Mutswagiwa
4. Carmouflage Rose
5. Mabasa Ziyambi

EVENT OF THE YEAR
1. ZimOz Summer Festival
2. Townsville African Festival 2019
3. Glow Up For Change by Special Moments
4. Best of Both Worlds Tour by Millennium Promotions

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
1. Renny Chivunga
2. Phibeon Muranganwa
3. Susan Vivian Mutami
4. Chido Manoah
5. Tecla Mururi Masunda

MALE ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR
1. Gift Mathe
2. Theophilus Mutsigwa
3. Hebias Mafungate
4. Clemence shingirayi Danha
5. Tobias Mahohoma

FEMALE ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR
1. The Duo of Stephyne Chido Chisvo & Florence Chisvo
2. Blessing Chabvamurambo
3. Lucky Ngoshi
4. Leanne Majuru
5. Christina Muchenagumbo

BUSINESS ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
1. Elroi Furniture and Designs
2. House of Planx
3. The Wealth Edge Group Pty Ltd
4. Rumbie & Co
5. HCM Legal

CULTURE AND FASHION AMBASSADOR
1. Simba Samuriwo
2. Tracey Nyatsanza
3. Simba Mushete
4. Tatenda Musemburi
5. Nehanda Yemaya Imana

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR MALE
1. Sam Sebenzo
2. Tawanda Karasa
3. John Shumba
4. Tafadzwa Irvine Nzenza
5. Jon Chabvamurambo

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR FEMALE
1. Thembie Ndlovu
2. Liz Bokani Pasipanodya
3. Kupakwashe Matangira
4. Ruth Pasi Magodo
5. Tendayi Ganga

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
1. Zimbabwe Multicultural Community Radio
2. Born To Shine Women’s Organization
3. Spirit of Africa Townsville
4. The Single Mother Foundation
5. Australia Zimbabwe Business Council

Direct Award Categories
LEADERSHIP IN MENTAL AND EVERYDAY WELLBEING ADVOCACY AWARD
– GLADYS MUTONGOREYA
Mental health Professional, Mentor, Counsellor and Author of the inspirational book “Another Chance”!

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
– HAATSARI MARUNDA
Outstanding divorce and family lawyer who is assisting Zimbabweans and Australians at large, with matters related to Immigration, Family and Parenting, Property Settlement, Divorces, Domestic Violence, Wills and Epas, Conveyancing and Criminal matters.

PHILANTROPIC LEADERSHIP AWARD
– ALFRED & PRECIOUS CHIDEMBO
Selfless givers who have set up libraries and shipped over 60 000 books and library furniture to Zimbabwe to change the lives of thousands of young people in Zimbabwe!

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
– JOICE MADA TAKAIDZA
A prolific goal shooter who was a key member of the Zim Gems Netball team that left a lasting impression at the recent Netball World Cup finals in England.

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