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    Mazarire appointed YMF patron



    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO- Prominent Masvingo businessman and war veteran, Benjamin Mazarire has been appointed patron of one of the biggest youth mining groups in the country, Young Miners Foundation (YMF) during the organisation's annual general meeting in Bulawayo recently.
    "I am very excited about the appointment as it is a recognition of my hard work in the mining sector. This is also a recognition of my efforts in spearheading the emancipation of the indigenous miners especially the youth and women who are always shut out by big players in the industry," said the soft spoken businessman.
    Mazarire said he will work tirelessly to assist the young miners repaying the trust that they put in him.
    He runs a number of successful businesses which include micro financier, Hilthru, a multimillion quarry plant 20km along Mashava Road, a farm and a number of mines dotted around the country.
    Payne Kupfuwa the YMF apex council executive director also confirmed this and thanked Mazarire for accepting their offer.
    "I would like to pay tribute to our father Mazarire for accepting our humble offer because we know he is a busy man but he found time to be with us in Bulawayo leaving other important duties at his office which could have earned more money. He is a strategist and a visionary, we know with his guidance we will go far in our fulfilment of one of the ZimAsset goals," said Kupfuwa.
    YMF was formed in 2010 by Kupfuwa and Wayne Chimhou to advance and develop youth participation in the mining sector and support services in a sustainable manner.
    "The organisation is involved in helping the young miners in company registration and offers training on the basics of running profitable businesses. We also work in partnership with like-minded organisations like Women in Mining, Zimbabwe Miners Federation for imparting of important information and synergies for the mining industry to grow," said Kupfuwa.
    The membership of the organisation is open to those between the ages of 18 and 35 years and they have established a revolving fund from the 10% of the projects that YMF has embarked on for members to borrow from.
    YMF has put up projects in Zvishavane, a gold mine called Red Knight E, Yellow Stake in Munyati-Kwekwe and Zimangazenkosi gold mining venture in Mat North with 20 members as well as 8 other projects dotted around the country.
    There are 10 regional heads in all the country's provinces as well as non-executive chairman, Tendai Rwodzi and executive chairperson Primrose Miga who were instrumental in the establishment of the organisation which has grown from strength to strength since its formation. 
    Meanwhile, Mazarire's candidature was given the green light to contest in the Sunday's Zanu PF primary elections in Masvingo Urban Constituency.
    He has been involved in a number of community projects for the less privileged by helping them pay their outstanding City Council water bills which had ballooned to as much as $1000 for some.
    "Sometimes I don't get the sense of allowing a widow or an orphan to have rates arrears ballooning to over $1000 instead of switching off the person or agreeing on a payment plan. Now they are busy taking these poor people to the lawyers or cutting supply of the precious liquid yet all along they allowed the bill to increase under their watchful eyes only to want to act now," said Mazarire who has forked thousands towards assisting widows and orphans in Mucheke and Rujeko.

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