BY KENNETH NYANGANI
WATSOMBA-based businessman-cum-music promoter Lovemore Mandimutsira’s social responsibility programmes have paid dividend.
Last week Mandimutsira scooped the Social Development Goal and Community Impact award at the national Community Social Responsibility (CSR) awards held in Harare.
Mandimutsira, who is the director of the Zimbabwe Africa Trust (ZAT), has helped villagers in Watsomba by drilling boreholes and giving food handouts.
He was honoured for championing community responsibility programmes in Manicaland province.
In an interview with Standard Style on Friday, Mandimutsira said he was passionate about giving back to the community.
“l feel humbled to win this award and this shows that there are people who are seeing my work out there,” he said.
“l will continue to work hard since l have always wanted to plough back to my community.
“There is no need to relax after winning this award and l will continue to work hard for my community.
He said he wants to empower women and vulnerable members of society through sustainable projects.
“l have drilled boreholes for the people in Watsomba and other areas in the province,” he said.
“l have assisted vulnerable people with school fees, among other necessities and l have introduced poultry projects. Normally, l teach people to fish and not to become beggars.”
On the flip side of his humanitarian programmes, Mandimutsira has hosted some of the country’s top music groups at his Mandel Night Club in Watsomba.
He has lured men of the moment Alick Macheso and Freeman, as well as Jah Prayzah and Jah Signal.
Mandimutsira this year also scooped the Rural Businessperson of the Year second runner-up award organised by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce — Manicaland province chapter.