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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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Zongo To Keynote The 2019 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia

Phil Zongo, the recipient of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award, will keynote the 2019 ZAA Australia Awards Ceremony to be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney on Saturday the 23rd of November. ZAA Australia country director, Method Mukundu confirmed Phil Zongo’s billing and stated that, “we are very excited to have Zongo, a previous recipient of ZAA Australia Awards, speak at this year’s gala dinner and I am certain that he will inspire and galvanise the audience to action. As those that attended the previous two events can attest, we are always aiming higher and this year the organising committee is committed to making sure the Sydney event will be the best so far”

Zongo’s acceptance speech at the 2018 ZAA Australia event in Melbourne, in which he challenged delegates to step away from the path of least resistance, inspired thousands of people all over the world. “I had no idea that my personal story, which started with prolonged difficulties, would inspire people from all walks of life to cease blaming circumstances and take extreme ownership of their destinies”, claimed Zongo. “I am humbled and excited to see the ZAA event, which casts spotlight on the great contributions by Zimbabwean Australians, finally coming to the harbour city. I look forward to sharing important lessons from my journey with my fellow countrymen. The most powerful driver for change is when people see those that look like them do something they aspire to do. It numbs fear and inspires possibility”, he continued.

Zongo embarked on transformation journey three years ago and has fast grown to become a voice in-demand on the critical area of cyber resilience. Last year alone, he spoke at more than 14 high-profile events, conferences and universities. Recently, he was invited to co-present to hundreds of business leaders alongside the former Head of the FBI Cyber Crime. He will also be participating on the executive keynote panel at CloudSec 2019, a conference that will bring together more than 1200 delegates to Melbourne.  

In 2018, Zongo published The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, which rose to Amazon best-selling list within a week, and remained there for several months. The book has received widespread positive reviews and distributed to dozens of countries. The IT Wire, a respected IT magazine, called the book “a mandatory reading for any senior corporate manager or board member”.

He has written extensively on cyber resilience, blockchain machine learning, killer drones and digital transformation. He has been featured the ISACA International Journal, The Australian Journal of Financial Planning, The New Zealand National Business Review, etc. 

In 2017, Zongo was invited to Chicago, where he was honoured with the International Best Article Award, one of ISACA’s highest global honours that recognises individuals who have made major contributions to the fields of IT governance and cyber security. ISACA is the largest IT governance professional association in the world that serves approximately 460,000 engaged professionals across 180 countries. Phil was also part of the 2019 ISACA Sydney board of directors, a chapter that servers more than 1600 members.

In addition to the 2018 Zimbabwe Outstanding Achievement award, Zongo has received several other accolades, including 2018 Australian African Professional Excellence Award, the Pride of Africa Asia Outstanding in Business Award - recognitions for achievements that far exceed the norm.

He has been nominated for the 2019 Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Cyber Security Professional of the year, among others. He is an influential LinkedIn voice with almost 27 000 connections, and posts generating millions of views.

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Message From The Chairman

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza

Distinguished Friends and Family

It has been quite a year for Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International, but it would not have been possible, if it were not for our partners,patrons and supporters.

We hosted four awards shows in four different countries, which is an in incredible feat, and we are just about to expand to the fifth.

The brand has gone through a transformation since its inception in 2010, beginning in the United Kingdom. As this edition(UK) enters its ninth year, we continue with our pursuit of being a worldwide brand, that not only highlights the successes and achievements of Zimbabweans, internationally but, that engages the wider community, globally.

Our growth has not come easy but what we have begun to understand, is that a journey is not a ‘one day trip’ and the destination is still a long way. More importantly, a community cannot be built by a single person but by a group of people who are willing to go somewhere and have a desire for greatness.

Invest in Africa
As we close the chapter on 2018, it is imperative that we focus on the fundamental issues within our community and drive an agenda that allows us to establish a network that is engaged and committed to shaping a Zimbabwean community that is ready to invest in Africa.

We have a plethora of talent. Brilliant minds, with innovative ideas who deserve a seat at the table, who deserve to be recognised and who deserve to be heard, and Zim Achievers is committed to redefining the playing field and working closely with the wider community in putting Africa on the map.

We need to remind the world that we have a voice and that we have stories to tell that will resonate with this generation and the generations to come.

We are expanding
Zim Achievers, as mentioned earlier, is now present in four countries – the UK, South Africa, the US and Australia. We are currently finalising plans to add Canada to the fold and mid next year we will host the first awards ceremony in the country.

We are still building on the vision of creating multiple platforms where Zimbabwean talent and achievement is consistently highlighted, and where we continue to celebrate,be inspired and motivated by every individual who is raising the flag high, pushing us to reach excellence and live in our purpose.

Countdown to 2019
The new year is fast approaching and we have already got the ball rolling. The UK and South African nomination lines have opened and I’d like to encourage you all to help us uncover the hidden talent in our community. Many of them are our current and future leaders. I believe they will be among those who will rewrite history and will make a difference, not only in their respective sectors but, specifically in Africa.

We have some exciting news for South Africa

Zororo-Phumulani has come on board for ZAA South Africa

We are excited that Zororo Phumulani has signed a three year deal with us and will headline the fifth edition.

Zororo came on board for the fourth edition this year and over the years have become a major player in the community. As our focus is not only recognising the achievements of Zimbabweans but, also driving community progression and engagement, we are happy to be working with a company that understands what we do and why we do it.

Thank you to our stakeholders

We are grateful to,and owe credit to our stakeholders, who have helped us achieve results this year, either through direct engagement, or through the constructive feedback we have received.

We are especially thankful to WorldRemit for being our global partner this year. We appreciate and value your support immensely.

We also extend thanks to all the other major players this year;Steward Bank, Diaspora
Funeral Cash Plan, Propertyend, Ndasenda, eZimtech, Women in Healthcare, Vaka Buildings, Mtimandze Group, Starcover, Vavaki Architects, Richvisions, KTrio, Nurseline,Fastjet, Zimcon, African Medallion Group, Mopane Community Health and Interprime Consulting.

There is still a lot of work to be done and we look forward to maintaining our broad and diverse range of partners and building on delivering all our aims and objectives.

As we get ready to remember and embrace the reason for this season, we do so in thanksgiving, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous 2019.

Warm regards,

Conrad Mwanza

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Back-To-Back Success For Zimachievers Australia As Winners Are Announced

By Tidi Kwidini- 26 November 2018

Dr Francis Acquah Friend of Zimbabwe winner

The Australian edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) rounded of the global campaign in style at a gala dinner held in Melbourne.

Guests turned out in their numbers to celebrate this year’s 85 nominees who made an impression throughout the year, in a number of sectors that include business, media, sport and music.

Organising Director for ZAA Australia, Method Mukundu said: “This year’s gala dinner at the Marriott was a huge success. It was a great night of celebration and of Zimbabwean excellence. It is also a great platform for networking with our highly merited winners.”
“This was our second awards gala in the country and we are only going from strength to strength.
We are also excited to announce that Sydney will host the third edition and preparations have already started,” he added.

Other notable winners

The author of the successful book, the Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, Phillimon Zongo was also honoured with an award for his outstanding achievement and contribution to the cyber security sector and for his published work.
Stephen and Shillar Sibanda were joint recipients of the Chairman’s Award. The husband and wife were recognised for their selfless and outstanding work in the Zimbabwean community in Melbourne and Victoria.
President of the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, Dr Francis Acquah was among those who received awards. He was awarded the Friend of Zimbabwe accolade.
Dr Acquah has played a critical role in the healthcare sector, predominantly in the area of mental health.

Sponsors
All the global events were this year, sponsored by Fintech Company, WorldRemit, who partnered to bring the UK, South African and USA editions.
ZAA International Chairman Conrad Mwanza said: “I am incredibly humbled and proud of our global partners and teams, who continue to amaze me every year with their determination and tenacity to put on outstanding awards galas and, who arduously work to ensure that the awards process is followed strictly.”
“Not many people understand how difficult it is to put on an awards show. All the work in the background, from nominations, to doing the research and verifying all our candidates before we come up with a shortlist is tough but, we have great teams in place who are committed to making sure that we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our fellow Zimbabweans.”
Mwanza said, as the various teams look to 2019, he encouraged the public to start thinking of candidates who have been a great influence this past year and have achieved in their various disciplines and industries.
“The public are very crucial to this process. They are the glue that holds this process together and who help us discover the hidden gems and unsung heroes.
I encourage them to put all these people forward in 2019, so that we do not leave any stone unturned, as we continue to recognise the extraordinary work that Zimbabweans are doing,” he added.
Mwanza also thanked those who were a part of the global campaign this year and who continue to support the vision.
Upcoming Events
Meanwhile, nominations for the South African and UK editions will open up on 1 December. An announcement is scheduled for 30 November, where South Africa’s headline partner will be announced, ZAA International has confirmed.
Now a permanent fixture on the Zimbabwean community calendar, the organisation is the only Zimbabwean awards event to be held in four continents. There are also plans in the pipeline to introduce a Canadian version of the awards with an announcement due next June.

2018 Winners list
Academic Excellence
Dr Sithembinkosi Dube
Business of the year
Global Union Shipping
Community Organization of the Year
Nokutenda Disability Foundation Inc.
Female Community Champion of the Year
Zanele Thebe
Male Community Champion of the Year
Athanas Zivave
Cultural Ambassador
Ivy Ziyambe
Event of the Year
Farai’s High Tea

Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Tanya Hodza
Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Evans Mukonza
Music Artist of the Year
Fungai Katiyo
People’s Choice
Judith Mari
Professional of the Year
Dr David Tapfumanei Pfidze
Sports person of the Year
Tafadzwa Chitambo
Media Personality of the Year
Ivy Ziyambe
Trend, Fashion & Design Award
Shayne Tinotenda Maramba
Young Achiever’s Award
Michelle Sibanda
Outstanding Achievement Award
Phillimon Zongo
Philanthropic Leadership Award
Ladies of Zimbabwe in Australia (LOZA)
Friend of Zimbabwe Award
Dr Francis Acquah
Chairman’s Award
Mr Stephen Sibanda
Mrs Shillar Sibanda

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