Mimosa invests beyond mining

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Platinum miner Mimosa Mining Company says it will continue to invest extensively in corporate social responsibility programmes to address the needs of local communities.

This was said by Mimosa managing director Fungai Makoni when he handed over an assortment of groceries, and information communication technology (ICT) gadgets, which included laptops and tablets to Manhinga Village Children’s Home in Harare last Thursday.

Manhinga Village Children’s Home was founded in 1982 under the AFM Church and is located in Rusape, Manicaland Province. It caters for the welfare of disadvantaged children and orphans.

In his remarks at the handover ceremony, attended by Mimosa head of corporate affairs Elizabeth Nerwande, Mr Makoni said it was one of their mandates as Mimosa to impact positively on local communities through their corporate social responsibility programmes.

“Our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative is mainly focused on four main things, health, education, water and sanitation and of late sustainability. The children become very important to us when it comes to education, they are the future, that’s why Manhinga is very close to our hearts,” he said.

Mr Makoni also highlighted that as a company , their focus went beyond mining activities as they partner communities to express their love and care for people who are at the centre of their operations.

“So, it’s because of our philosophy that is focused around Corporate Social Responsibility, that we developed the philosophy of Investing Beyond Mining and because we were touched by the plight of the children, we intervened obviously to upgrade the facilities, provide basic needs such as bedding, and as well as in setting up sustainable projects such as poultry,” he said.

Mr Makoni also added that the Covid-19 pandemic had brought to the fore how the world was moving on under the new normal and this has prompted them to assist Manhinga modernize and keep abreast of technology.

“The Covid-19 era has taught us that the use of technology is inevitable and in this realization, we have seen that the use of computer gadgets is going to become increasingly important so in this regard we are pleased to hand over eight laptops and four Samsung tablets, “he said.

Manhinga Village Children’s Home Manager Miriam Mhunduru, who received the foodstuffs and ICT gadgets on behalf of the children’s home expressed her gratitude towards the support they always get from Mimosa.

“Our friendship has gone a long way, Mimosa is family to Manhinga and Manhinga is family to Mimosa. Mimosa is always there when we cry for help, empathy always drives you. You are there as God’s vessel, we continue to appreciate you and we are thankful of the work you always do for Manhinga.

“We always pray for the prices of platinum to increase even though most of the children have no idea what platinum is, but we always have Mimosa in our prayers,” she said.

Reverend Amon Madawo, President of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe, who also attended the event thanked Mimosa for the work they are doing in helping Manhinga Village Children’s Home.

“You have given Manhinga a great year and we accept this donation from Mimosa with a deep sense of gratitude as well as relief and a sense of hope for our Manhinga children. Again, thank you Mimosa for this generous gesture and your long-continued support for Manhinga and thank you for the hope and inspiration you are giving to Manhinga,” he said.

The partnership between Mimosa and Manhinga began in 2011 with Mimosa intervening in the provision of basic needs including refurbishment of the home, paying fees for some of the children and support for sustainability projects.

As part of Mimosa’s philosophy of Investing Beyond Mining, the company has always supported communities in areas of need such as health, education, infrastructure development, welfare and empowerment programmes to create lasting legacies.

Mimosa has supported a number of institutions caring for disadvantaged children such as Copota in Masvingo, Jairos Jiri in Zvishavane and Shungu Dzevana in Harare.

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