Culture Fund appoints first female chair

HARARE - The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, a non-partisan civil society organisation contributing to the growth of the Zimbabwean culture sector through provision of finance and technical support continues to be a model for good corporate governance.

Its programmes and operations are overseen by an eight-member independent board of trustees.

In accordance with board succession plan, highly regarded Delta Corporation executive, George Mutendadzamera, has stepped down to make way for the first female chairperson of the Fund. Mutendadzamera will serve on the board as an ordinary member for a final two-year term.

Respected accountant and financial services consultant, Maitirwa Mukonoweshuro, who has been the board’s deputy chairperson for the last two years will lead the vision to enhance fundraising capabilities and focused programming for the Culture Fund.

Mukonoweshuro will be deputised by another well- regarded captain of industry, former Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries president, Callisto Jokonya.

The Culture Fund’s staggered board succession plan ensures that at least two serving board of Trustees retire every four years.

Trustees who have served the sector remarkably and are now retiring are; human resources expert and Matebeleland Zambezi Water Project Trust CEO, Sarah Ndlhovu, and Malawian culture and copyright expert, Serman Chavula.

These two have been replaced by eminent academic and acting Vice Chancellor of the Great Zimbabwe University, Professor Herbert Chimhundu, and AON Zimbabwe CEO, Susan Mutangadura.

Board Chairman-emeritus, George Mutendadzamera becomes the second Culture Fund Board chair-emeritus to hand over reigns after prominent business leader, Luxon Zembe since 2006.

At a time when the corporate sector is finalising the crafting of the National Code on Corporate Governance, the Culture Fund commends the exiting trustees for having diligently served the sector in accordance with the fund’s laid-out governance systems as well as compliant to national and international norms.

The Culture Fund runs the biggest development programme for arts and culture in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The strong cooperation was made possible under the framework of an agreement running until the end of 2014.

Other programmes for the sector are being run with the collaborations of a variety of local and international strategic partners.

In an effort to complement national development initiatives and realise its vision of a “dynamic, diversified and sustainable culture sector imbued with Zimbabwean values and identity which contributes towards wealth creation”, much more remains to be done with the support of new partners. - Own Correspondent

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