Barclays MD donates to former school

HARARE - George Guvamatanga, Barclays Zimbabwe managing director, traced back his footsteps to Kambuzuma High 1 School where he was educated 25 years ago, donating six lap tops with Internet access, text books and a generator.

Guvamatanga toured the school and addressed students. In a speech filled with innuendo, he made the children laugh and also had serious moments when he told them that they can be whatever they want to be in life.

He stressed that family background does not matter if one wants to make it in life.

“I grew up in Kambuzuma and I learned at this school,” the Barclays MD said.

“Life was tough but I persevered and became a leader in life, you can also do it. I encourage all of you to always give your best in your activities, both academic and extra-curricular.”

As a former student of Kambuzuma High 1, Guvamatanga said the donation would provide students with a source of information that would open their minds to the world around them.

“We are in an era of fast technology and social media platforms that have replaced dial up telephones and VCRs which were part of my generation,” he said.

“Facebook, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp, just to name a few, are taking over and becoming the way to communicate, conduct business and find information. Our donation today will hopefully open the doors to a whole new world for students here. My hope is that this small gesture will support your studies and allow you entry into this global village.”

Guvamatanga and other Barclays executives and employees who attended the function, conducted a soccer clinic and career guidance workshop for over 1 200 students at the school.

As a part of Barclays citizenship agenda, employees donate their time and skills to the development of youth and young adults across the country in areas where the bank operates.

The three main areas for skills training focus on the enhancement of enterprise, employability and financial literacy skills of young people between the ages of 10 to 35.

Guvamatanga said these vital skills will help disadvantaged young people overcome the social and financial challenges they face, better provide for themselves and their families and ultimately, support longer term growth in the economy.

“Life is what you make it,” Guvamatanga said.

“At Barclays, we believe in making a difference in the communities we serve, and today I am pleased to be able to make a donation towards the school that played a big part in making me who I am today. My journey has not been easy and I continue to be amazed by how many times I fall back on some of the most important life lessons I learnt from this school.”

Kambuzuma High 1 school head, Atinos Chiwara thanked Guvamatanga for remembering his school through the generous donation. He urged school children to emulate the Barclays Zimbabwe head.

Comments (10)

Was the speech filled with innuendo or anecdotes? Editor, itai basa

Mai Congie - 16 October 2013

Although this type of gesture should be highly applauded, kids in high density areas face an uphill task to make it through to tertiary education of because of poor resources. Things are different from the time Mr Guvamatanga went to school compared to the situation today. Those days Mugabe had inherited good infrastructucture from Smith but all he managed to do was run it down resulting in qualified teachers leaving the country in droves. Mugabe's budget for his cataract ailment trips to Singapore is bigger than the education budget- we can all see where his prioroties lie.

Disaster - 16 October 2013

@ Disaster....aint that the truth...hear! hear!

IJC Komichi - 16 October 2013

Aiwa ndokugona basa kusakangamwa kumasvuvuriro dai vaatungamiriri vokwedu kuMberengwa vaita sezvizvi taiti vanogone basa manje isu takasekwa kudunhu kwedu zvokwadi . Zvikoro zvese zvangova mudhuri nyangwe ukati Mp huya mutogwe picture varikuMakwava , Gwai ,Chingoma Pri Schools anoti unoda ndisekwe . Kambuzuma makakomberegwa imwi zvenyu mune vatungamiriri vakadai vokwedu vovanda varimuHarare wokangamwa zamu rake

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 16 October 2013

makaipa makaipa mukoma zvimofadza,keep up the good work

stacey - 16 November 2013

This is a very good gesture to the society. I went to the same school. As one of its pioneers we started at Kurai primary as the school was under construction . we eventually moved to kambuzuma high 1 school grounds where we had to sit on the concrete floors in some rooms because furniture was limited. Moreso we had to share textbooks with someone in your session and or in the opposite session. This did not deter me and many others from reaching significant milestones in life .Life is what you make it. It is great to give back to society in any form.

bongi - 13 April 2014


tinashe zingwe - 23 March 2015

makaipa makaipa I will follow that step with time

saru - 5 August 2016

makaipa makaipa I will follow that step with time

saru - 5 August 2016

makaipa makaipa I will follow that step with time

saru - 5 August 2016

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