We promised to post the details of the winners of this year’s Zimbabwe ICT Achievers awards. Many of our readers have requested this information. So here they are. We got the details from the Zimbabwe Ministry of ICT and we’re posting all the information as is.
Top ICT rural school of the year: Chogugudza Primary School
Chogugudza Primary School is in Goromonzi District of Mashonaland East Province and is one of the biggest rural schools with an enrolment of up 1600 pupils.
Through the support, cooperation and integrity exhibited by parents, teacher and pupils at the school, Chogugudza Primary School managed to complete a computer laboratory which is a masterpiece. Now the school has computer hardware, such as 40 computers for pupils, 2 computers for teacher, 2 servers, one project, 1 printer and an internet running through VSAT.
Currently 15 teachers have been trained in the application of E- Learning programmes software and the others are to be trained as well so that the whole staff of 40 teachers are computer literate.
Top ICT educator of the year (Individual/Institution): eLearning Solutions
eLearning Solutions deploys education specific technologies, highly interactive digital content and related professional development. Pursuant to its educator role it has:
- Trained and certified 30 Intel® Teach Master Trainers
- Trained and certified over 200 Intel® Teach Participant Teachers who had little to no computer experience acquire technology literacy skills and develop 21st century approaches to teaching and learning, this is a continuous process,
- Trained and training the above teachers how to teach students on how to use and integrate technology into their learning process,
- Addressed more than 1000 school heads from the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe through a key note address at the National Association of Primary School Heads’ conference
- Addressed provincial and district education transformation meetings,
- Conducted intensive workshops for 160 school heads and their SDC committees,
- Exhibited at ZITF, ICT Africa and Harare Agricultural Show.
- Publish and distribute newsletters and submit articles which are being published in the national newspaper,
Been interviewed by the national television and radio broadcaster on ICT in education
Top NGO Promoter of ICTs: International Institute for Development Facilitation (IIDF)
The International Institute for Development Facilitation (IIDF) is a registered Trust in Zimbabwe (Reg No. 0000812/09). The Trust promotes rural development through; institutional strengthening of local development structures, building village economies, strengthening community health delivery systems, leadership development, strengthening community documentation and information management systems.
Within its wide portfolio of projects, the Institute is facilitating the implementation of the Mhakwe Multipurpose Cultural Centre project (MMPCC) in Mhakwe Ward of Chimanimani District. The project resulted in the establishment of a community centre equipped with Information Communication Technologies (computers, internet facilities through V-Sat, library, Video facilities, Television set, Geographical Information System) and a community museum. The centre is linked to computer laboratories at Mhakwe Primary and Secondary Schools through radio link. IIDF provided IT equipment and raised awareness on the importance of ICTs in local development.
Top ICT Journalist of the year: Paul Nyakazeya
Paul Nyakazeya is the chief business reporter for the Zimbabwe Independent newspapers, who believes that ICT is the major driver for economic growth of all countries. In the past, a nation’s wealth was largely a function of its endowment of natural resources, its labour force and its accumulated capital base. The “new” wealth of nations places increasing emphasis on knowledge in its various embodied forms. As a journalist, he feels that the media should highlight how ICTs permit information and knowledge to expand in quantity and accessibility. In many fields there is the possibility of unprecedented new tools for development. In such fields as agriculture, health, education, human resources and environmental management, the consequences could be revolutionary.
ICTs have enormous potential especially for developing countries in furthering sustainable development. This year he has covered stories on how ICTs have transformed the motoring industry, education and government. He has also covered ICT conferences, mobile penetration rates in Zimbabwe and Africa and an analysis on the mobile phone industries.
Top public sector website of the year: Zimbabwe Human Capital (www.zimbabwehumancapital.org)
The Zimbabwe human Capital Website is an initiative under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. The website is a response to the effects of the brain drain phenomenon which was caused by the flight of skilled professionals during the economic downturn. The website facilitates and contributes to the socio-economic development of Zimbabwe through mobilizing human skills and investment potential amongst Zimbabweans within and outside the country. The website therefore disseminates information on employment, consultancy and investment opportunities in Zimbabwe that skilled workers, professionals and investors (local and abroad) may want to take advantage of.
Top Web Developer of the year: Chartered Systems Integration
Chartered System Integration (Pvt) Ltd (CSI) enjoys the distinction of being a leading provider of solutions and services in the realm of finance. Chartered System Integration is engaged in the design, development, integration and implementation of domain solutions across major banking, capital markets, revenue authority and governmental platforms.
Today CSI has not only carried out expert and comprehensive solutions in Zimbabwe, but has also ventured into Zambia, where they are working with the Zambian National Commercial Bank, Zambia Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
Top Young ICT Innovator of the year: Tawanda Chikosi (Electronic Systems)
A Young and Distinguished graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, Chikosi Tawanda is a visionary technology entrepreneur whose mission is the unwavering pursuit of innovative technologies that mitigate critical problems in the everyday lives of Zimbabwean citizens.
A member of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC), Junior Chamber International, JCI Harare Chapter and Venture Capital for Africa, Tawanda is the Chief Operations Officer of Electronic Systems, Inc.
In support of the National Vision for the fight against crime in Zimbabwe, Tawanda has pioneered an internationally recognized Laptop Anti-Theft & Computer Theft Recovery system in the country. Upon partnering with Kasperky of Russia, Tawanda was the first young individual to introduce a mobile phone anti-theft, tracking and recovery system in Zimbabwe. Having been inspired by a burning desire to increase proceeds to charity from Lottery operators in Zimbabwe, Tawanda for the first time in Zimbabwe, has brought in a system that allows mobile phone subscribers to play Lotto on their mobile phones. To assist the country in the fight against road accidents, Chikosi Tawanda has introduced a driver anti-sleep technology that ensures that drivers do not fall asleep whilst driving that will continue to positively impact us as a country.
Top Innovative Company of the year: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
The history of the Econet brand is one of the most remarkable success stories in Africa today. This brand has not only transformed lives in Zimbabwe, but it has grown to become a truly multinational brand, spinning a web that spans over ten countries, more than 15 million customers and generating more than $5 billion in annual revenues. Econet is easily one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in the world.
Econet continues to lead the way on the innovation front. The brand has been built on a solid foundation of pioneering and product leadership. The launch of EcoCash mobile money service is a clear testimony of the company’s understanding of market needs and market dynamics. Econet broadband has transformed the data landscape. Ecolife mobile life assurance and Econet Solar are some of Econet’s ground breaking innovations.
Top ICT Improved Company of the year: Telecel Zimbabwe
- The first operator to provide data services across our entire subscriber base
- Provided bonus data for all subscribers using the popular MegaJuice cards to improve testing and reach of the services nationwide
- Launched mobile banking services on an open platform with selected banks on Zimswitch giving access of such services to at least 85% of the current banked population
- Continued to pioneer offering value to the Zimbabwean public through affordable pricing of products and services including data, SIM cards, international calling and the offer of one rate across all networks
- Launched a dedicated SMS recharge cards called MegaText providing additional value for texting subscribers
- Extended their coverage by an additional 127 sites countrywide covering both 2G and 3G and many more are coming
- Opened new fully functional regional cooperate offices in Victoria Falls, Masvingo and Chinhoyi with more offices planned for next year
- Received numerous awards including the ZIM Customer Service Excellence 2011 and the best stand at the ZITF 2011.
Top ICT Supportive Bank: Kingdom Bank
Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (KFHL) is a financial Services Group with Investments in commercial banking, asset management, microfinance and stock broking. The innovative financial services group embarked on a drive to assist local schools in implementing the e- learning program which enables them to share ideas and resources among themselves and the rest of the world.
To date some of the schools that have benefited from this e-learning program are Alexandra Park Primary School, Hillcrest College, Gateway Primary School and Eaglesvale School.
Top ICT Project of the Year (Private sector): SETA Foundation
SETA stands for Society for Engineering and Technology in Africa. SETA works to bring productive skills to schools, colleges, universities and organized youth groups.
Seta is the integration of theoretical science and mathematics education in colleges and schools into Practical Science education infused with the production of Scientific Equipment and the mentorship of technopreneurship to pupils and students at schools, colleges, universities and organized communities. The project attempts to thrust upon students and youths, live business issues where solutions must emanate from each one of them under supervision by seasoned Captains of Industry and Commerce. Students are exposed to all facets of engineering production and must innovate further in the production of Powerful Brands for sale in the local and export markets.
Seta Foundation is providing practical productivity focused training in order to usher into the next generation, a sophisticated African capable of competing in technology productivity with the rest of mankind. Seta Foundation has established a team of specialist Trainers who have acquired the skills to teach the manufacture of high tech technology equipment and utilize the experience acquired at Mukonitronics. The Trainers provide mentorship to the students in design technologies, draughtsman ship, precision metal processing, plastics, electronics and business management.
Top Project of the year (Public Sector): TelOne (Harare –Byo- Mutare fibre project)
The Harare-Mutare-Forbes Border project is the first phase of the National Fibre Optic Broadband Network rollout. The project which is a high capacity fibre optic transmission link connected to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) was commissioned this year 2011.
The project is an important milestone that has brought about affordable and reliable high speed internet access and enhanced voice and data services, placing Zimbabwe firmly on the path to a truly digital Zimbabwe. The link has an initial capacity of 10 Gigabits per second, which is sufficient for current national requirements, but can be quickly expanded as more capacity is required. The capacity is both for TelOne’s own use and any other operator who requires it.
The project which was commenced in June 2010, was financed by a Government of Zimbabwe facility, administered through Infrastructure Development bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) and TelOne’S own funds. Huawei Technologies of China were the main contractor.
Top ICT Company of the year: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
Econet has gone through a massive transformation from the formative years in 1998 where only a mere 10, 000 customers were connected to over 6 million Zimbabweans connected today. The company owns a satellite network system which links more than 50 African networks to the global telecoms networks, and has firmly established the Econet brand in the highly competitive UK telecoms carrier market. But what has been key to all this success?
To accomplish its mission of providing telecommunications services to all the people of Zimbabwe, Econet has continued to invest in infrastructure and provision of innovative services. A gigantic injection of over $600 million is the single largest telecommunications investment in Zimbabwe over the last 20 years. Primarily through Econet’s continued investment in capacity, Zimbabwe’s mobile penetration rate has increased from 40% in 2010 to the current 66%. Data penetration recorded phenomenal growth due to the massive investment in fibre optic technology. Today Econet offers the widest voice and data coverage.
Top ICT Businesswoman of the year: Caroline Chirima (Baztech Incorporated)
Caroline Chirima is an acclaimed entrepreneur, marketer and proprietor with over 15 years’ experience in the ICT industry. She was instrumental in setting up Baztech Incorporated, a leading supplier of innovative Biometric time control systems, Access Control systems, CCTVs, systems and turnstiles in Zimbabwe. Through her vision, passion and dedication, Baztech Incorporated has grown to become the major leader in the Biometric industry, besides being one of the first companies to introduce Biometric Technology in Zimbabwe.
Caroline Chirima was awarded
- Second runner up, ZNCC (Category – Business Woman Of the year award) – 2009
- Second Runner-up,ZNCC-Business woman of the year award 2010
- First runner up Zimbabwe Institute of Management – 2009 SME Sector
- First runner up, Businesswoman of the Year ICT – 2010
- Institute of Director –SME Director of the Year 2011
Top ICT businessman of the year: Lovemore Mukono (Mukonitronics)
Lovemore is an Engineer. He is a corporate member of The Institution of Electronics and Electrical Incorporated Engineers (UK). A graduate of The Institute of Industrial Managers (UK), A graduate of International Strategic Business Management programme from Sweden. He is a CIMA almuni. He served as Instruments and Electronics Engineer at ZESA (Hwange Power Station) to 1989. Worked with Power utilities including the CEGB (UK), Kota Power Station (India) and Yokogawa Corporation (specialising in technology design) in Japan. He later joined Power Vision in 1989 as Technical Manager. He is a founding Director of Mukonitronics (Private) Limited since 1990, a company that rose to become ZNCC Zimbabwe Exporter of The Year 1998 and also runner up Zimtrade Zimbabwe Exporter of The Year in 1999.
Mukono is also the founder member of SETA Foundation which has greatly changed the face of Schools, Colleges and Universities in as far as ICTs are concerned.