Angel tops 2013

HARARE - Prophet Uebert Angel, Founder of Spirit Embassy International is this year’s inevitable newsmaker of the year.

Angel who is married to Beverly, made news headlines this year when he prophesised the death of United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher on March 1, 2012.

Thatcher died on April 8 this year at the age of 87.

Angel also prophesied the Kenyan terrorist massacre. On September 21, Somali Islamist militant group Al Shabaab gunmen launched an attack inside Nairobi’s Westgate Mall killing 67 people.

Known in the region as the pioneer of forensic prophecy, Angel’s stories on the Daily News website received the most hits and comments. Whether the comments were negative or positive, the man created the news in the year 2013.

Angel visited former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela together with his close friend, Emmanuel Makandiwa. Not even presidents had opportunities to visit the iconic Mandela.

Angel now has many accolades to his name including being UN ambassador and was recently voted the most influential young man in Zimbabwe.

He dines with presidents and billionaires and is one of the most recognised persons in the country.

Businessman of the year

Kuda Tagwirei, the Sakunda Holdings chief executive officer has made the petroleum group, the biggest fuel company in Zimbabwe in difficult circumstances.

As one of the few local energy suppliers to remain standing after majorities have disappeared or floundered, Sakunda hopes to build such service stations from scratch “in cities and other hamlets of Zimbabwe, especially along the inter-urban motorway network”.

Sakunda recently announced a $10 million gantry, and fuel handling facility in Harare under one of Zimbabwe’s most creditable and rare private-public sector partnerships in recent times.

With a national footprint of 50-plus outlets, the privately-held company has not only emerged as one of the country’s foremost energy suppliers  in a sector once dominated by multinationals — but subject of speculation and a merger target from a western player.

Based at Century Towers along Samora Machel Avenue, the outfit is broken into five entities involved in trading, construction, logistics and property.

And to demonstrate its financial clout, and muscle, the company has experienced such rapid growth that it recently opened its flagship outlet in Mutare dubbed the first fully automated outlet in Zimbabwe run in conjunction with Innscor Africa Limited.

Sakunda recently partnered CBZ Bank to secure $120 million, using its balance sheet   in a move which will see the agriculture sector benefitting from the deal.

Young businessman of the year

Farai Jere has put another feather in his cap by putting forward plans to construct a $140 million Hilton Hotel in Harare.

When he unveiled this ambitious project in partnership with international hotelier Hilton World Wide to build the multi-million dollar “mixed-use” property in the prime Eastlea area, the match was made in heaven.

He becomes our 2013 young businessman of the year.

Stream Walk Recreational Arcade (Stream Walk) led by Jere, unveiled the ambitious project’s “bankable document” to key stakeholders, which is key in securing funding.

He said the project was scheduled for completion by January 2017 with construction due to begin within the next seven months.

“The value of a project of this nature is obviously high but we are confident of raising the funds,” the businessman said this year, adding that “remember there is a development fee which I am entitled to convert into equity. The value of our land is high, so it is easy to raise the money required for this project.”

The 96 000-square metre property — to run under the internationally-acclaimed Hilton brand — will comprise a five-star 200-room hotel, residential apartments, office blocks and world class retail centres.

Under the partnership, the Zimbabwean-registered Stream Walk is the developer while Hilton will provide management services for the leisure facility and further investment.

Minister of the year

Widely viewed as still “green” and a novice for the new job, Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa has proved to be a “shark” after being thrown at the deep end.

Chidhakwa has earned respect from all corners of the world for showing maturity and demonstrating that he has what it takes to be competent.

His level of wisdom became public during the Kimberly Process plenary session last month when he assured that Zimbabwe will ensure increased transparency and accountability in line with the grouping’s principles.

The minister’s shrewdness in dealing with challenges posed by powerful countries put the former  on their back foot with regards the poor review report on its KP control mechanisms.

It was a big feat for Chidhakwa and his team to put the Americans in the dock and remind them that they were as equal as any other members.

This was important given that Zimbabwe is among the biggest supplier of diamonds in the world and America is the biggest consumer of diamonds in the world.

The two countries need to respect each other, according to Chidhakwa.

Chidhakwa managed everytime to maintain a very cosy relationship with newly-found love, European Union.

As this was his first KP assignment, Chidhakwa deserves a feather on his cap.

Human Rights Defender of the year

ZimRights director Okay Machisa who recently received the director of the year award from the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (Nango) for displaying outstanding leadership, is the human rights defender of the year.

Machisa who was this year arrested over his involvement in the July 31 elections, has remained resolute in defending people’s rights. His organisation also made a huge impact with their community centred programming.

Gender Activist of the year

Virginia Muwanigwa, the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre (HIFIC) director and Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe chairperson is this year’s gender activist of the year.

Muwanigwa has a long record of fighting for women’s rights. In the last three years, she has worked tirelessly with fellow women groups and stakeholders to make sure women’s rights are observed in the new Constitution.

After the adoption of the Constitution early this year, she was among those who celebrated the capturing of 75 percent of women’s rights.

Muwanigwa is also part of the mentors in a women journalists mentoring programme which is run by the United States Public Affairs section in conjunction with HIFIC.

Student of the year

Wizkid Innocent Chingono a lower sixth student at Conway College is the Daily News student of the year.

Chingono, despite passing science with a grade C, has conquered the odds to invent a mobile-linked device for opening electric gates.

After taking note of his academic excellence, the ministry of Education invited him to exhibit his ingenuity at this year’s Harare Agricultural Show.

Most visible parastatal of the year

Air Zimbabwe, the national flag carrier announced a new board early this year chaired by Ozias Bvute.

The new board was instrumental in trying to revive the fortunes of the struggling parastatal.

Air Zimbabwe was able to resume both domestic and international flights and acquired at least three new air crafts.

While the problems at Air Zimbabwe are far from being resolved, at least this time around the name Air Zimbabwe is visible.

The national flag carrier was also this year re-admitted into the International Air Transport Association’s International Operational Safety Audit registry after complying with the aviation body’s minimum standards.

However, Air Zimbabwe’s revival path has been hindered by a litany of challenges that include lack of working capital, intense competition and debts among others.

Parastatal of the year

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) was at the forefront of promoting and marketing destination Zimbabwe.  ZTA headed by Karikoga Kaseke played a crucial role in making the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly held in August a success.

The premier tourism event was co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in the resort town of Victoria Falls and Livingstone respectively.

Due to the parastatal’s sterling efforts, Zimbabwe witnessed a surge in tourists arrivals this year.

ZTA is targeting to bring in over three million tourists into the country by 2015 riding on a wave of the recently held UNWTO general assembly.

Best mining company of the year

Mbada Diamonds had a fantastic year scooping numerous awards which were on offer in 2013.

Mbada Diamonds scooped the Silver Arrow accolade at the PMR Africa Awards held in Harare.

The award — from South Africa-based research firm PMR Africa — was a gesture to acknowledge the firm for contributing the most in the mining sector over the past 12 months.

Over the past few months, Mbada received recognition within the region and internationally for its initiatives, which have contributed greatly to sustaining some key structures of the economy.

Some of the awards conferred to Mbada Diamonds recently include the best exporter in Manicaland, the best company empowering SMEs, best company investing in community social responsibility in Manicaland — all by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce.

Others include the award by the Service Excellence Awards on corporate social responsibility and three more safety awards from Nssa.

Besides contributing significantly to the fiscus, Mbada has been actively taking part in the construction and rehabilitation of community schools, rehabilitation of road networks, provision of portable water through borehole drilling, as well as provision of scholarship to academically-gifted, but financially challenged students.

The company also sponsored the vastly popular Mbada Diamonds Cup which was won by Highlanders Football Club. Mbada Diamonds also sponsored the UNWTO general assembly to the tune of $2.5 million. 

The chief executive officer of Mbada is Patience Khumalo.

Human Rights Organisation of the Year

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). Throughout 2013, ZLHR has been there defending those persecuted by the Zanu PF regime and the list of people and groups represented by the organisation is long.

Headed by fiery lawyer, Irene Petras and with dedicated surbodinates like Kumbirai Mafunda, ZLHR grew in 2013 from strength to strength.

Funeral Services Provider of the year

IN 2013, Nyaradzo Funeral Services Company (Nyaradzo) remained the top dog in the funeral service and assurance sector as evidenced by strong growth in business written.

Nyaradzo has always been there to give personalised quality service characterised by on time delivery and to render cost effective funeral service country wide on a 24-hour basis.

Spurred by a net interest (NPI), which was upped significantly this year, the company has continued to grow from strength to strength.

Customer care runs in their veins as it is at the heart of what they do.

A service cannot be seen or touched; it can only be experienced; so they are there to provide the personal touch that makes you the customer comfortable and comforted. 

The company’s goal is not only to help the customer have excellent service, but to offer funeral services that exceed customer expectations.

Nyaradzo’s growth has been underpinned by an unflinching and religious commitment to quality service delivery in its operations.

Popularly known as Sahwira Mukuru the funeral services group is set to dominate the sector over the long haul. Nyaradzo is owned by top businessman, Phillip Mataranyika.

Financial Services Provider of the year

The country’s biggest banking group by assets and earnings, CBZ Holdings Limited has been successful for effectively carrying out the central bank’s role of lender of last resort for the past five years.

In his 2014 National Budget presentation, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa applauded CBZ for instilling confidence in the banking sector.

The diversified financial services group, which is involved in commercial banking, mortgages, asset management and insurance, reported a half year after-tax profit of $16 million.

By June this year, the group’s sectors were fully capitalised with the group’s core capital at $140,3 million against the required $52,23 million.

CBZ Bank core capital was at $132,2 million and its total capital was $156,6 million while CBZ Asset Management’s was at $1,9 million.

Total income for the period under review increased by 8,1 percent to $69,2 million, from $64 million.

Underwriting income went up 77,3 percent to $3,9 million from $2,2 million.

Total assets went up 10,4 percent to $1,4 million against $1,2 million recorded in the prior period. The chief executive officer of the bank, in John Mangudya, a renowned banker.

Entertainer of the year

Legendary Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukudzi proved this year that he remains one of the best musicians the country has at the moment, and undoubtedly, a revered icon, whose product has stood the test of time.

At the beginning of the year, he toured the United States. In April, he gave a splendid performance at the Harare International Festival of Arts on the closing night at the Telecel Main Stage.

Moreover, he walked away with the Safirio Madzikatire Award at the just- ended 15th edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival on the angle of his music in film.

Author of the year

No Violet Bulawayo proved her literary prowess when her book We Need new Names was short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Actress of the year

Danai Gurira. Hollywood star, actress and playwright Danai Gurira is arguably this year’s best actress. Her play The Convert, staged by the Wilma Theater moved mountains.

The play is a story of Jekesai, a girl living in southern Africa in 1895 who escapes a forced marriage and finds Christianity, yet still feels loyal to the spirituality of her ancestor.

The full production of The Convert which was staged at Prince Edward School from the 11th to the 21st of December won six ovation awards, the Starvis Award, the Edgerton New American Plays Award, the Whiting Award and two Black Alliance Awards.

In 2006, Gurira also won the Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Helen Hayes Award and the John Gassner Award for co-writing In the Continuum with Nikkole Salter.

In 2010 she won the Best New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards and the Best Playwright at the NAACP Theatre Awards for writing Eclipsed.

Sports administrator of the year

Leslie Gwindi is the unsung hero of local football as he is the only one who bravely takes on the hopeless Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

All things being equal, Gwindi is the best man to take over as Zifa boss.

Gwindi also rose from obscurity to unsung hero in the just-ended 2013 Zimbabwean football season, guiding Harare City, albeit behind the scenes, to a fairytale run in the Castle Premiership.

In an impressive run, the City of Harare-run club narrowly lost the league title to Dynamos in a season many observers reckoned they deserved to be crowned.

Gwindi, who was a member of the Dynamos executive that shepherded Dynamos to the African Champions League final in 1998, worked hard behind the scenes, securing quality players for the club and making sure that the team was run smoothly.

Comments (38)

you forgot Gumbura he is man of the year

kokorigo - 27 December 2013

I have always said ZTA makes Walter Mzembi looks good. Kudos daily news for acknowledging the work they do.

truth - 27 December 2013

What Margaret Thatcher prophecy? Everyone who can read newspapers knew Thatcher was seriously ill in hospital. And the Kenyan Westgate attack was well documented and known to most intelligence organizations years before. Then Angle just had connections with some intelligence organizations and pretended to prophesy. Why do people get so easily hoodwinked?

Chenjerai Hove - 28 December 2013

Apa munyori wataura zvomene nokuti every week u get a story on this man. Papers made a fortune writing stories about him. Asi akapenga pachiporofita. Ini ndinomupa sando dzake.

Cde Chinodhuukadhuuka - 28 December 2013

@so what and chenjerai Hove, its people like you who give a bad name to our beautiful country. Why do you hate a fellow Zimbabwean to that extent. What wrong did Angel do to you such that you take every opportunity to attack him. A house that is divided against itself can not stand. Zimbabwe will go nowhere with people with a mindset like yours. Zimbabwe lets be one and support each other. We can not be enemies of each other and gain respect from outsiders let alone succeed as a people. We have big problems in our economy that need all of us putting our efforts and ideas together and not jealousy and hatred. God have mercy on us the divided people of Zimbabwe.

princezim01 - 28 December 2013

This man is the Topic for 2013 and he is on TOP

Emmanuel - 28 December 2013

This is a true man of God. Thank you for Miracle TV

Regina - 28 December 2013

Murume anonzi Prophet Angel arikubatsira vanhu vakawanda pasi rose. Ndinokatyamadzwa nemumwe muZimbo anoshora murume waMwari uyu. Asi vanhu varikubva kunyika dzakawanda kuzobetserwa mahara futi haakukumbire kana chinhu zvacho. Arikubhadharira vana maschool fees

Hecho Charira - 28 December 2013

Mapepa vakaita mari nemurume uyu gore rino kuzoti maonline papers it was every week a story on Prophet Angel. His prophecies are very profound and true.

Cde Komboniyatsva - 28 December 2013

Munhu mupei sando dzake. Many pple r being helped by this man financially as well as spiritually. He is doing a lot in the community.God bless him more

Karikoga Gumiremiseve - 28 December 2013

A true man of God with an eagles' eye on prophecies

Declan Adrian - 28 December 2013

A true man of God with an eagles' eye on prophecies

Declan Adrian - 28 December 2013

My Father! My Father The Chariots of Zimbabwe and the Horsemen there of

Emeritus Jr - 28 December 2013

Prophet Angel ndizvo vakatora mukombe mumapepanhau gore rino. Chiporofita chichitaurwa zvemhando yepamusoro

Harurwa dzeBikita - 28 December 2013

Ndokuti Major sezita rangu. Prophet Angel ka1. Doing what he was born to do best : Prophesying.

Ndokuti Major - 28 December 2013

Major vakanganisa here? Aiwa havana kukanganisa. Chiporofita kukanganisa here? Aiwa hakusi kukanganisa.

Cde Nemi Tinopedzerana - 28 December 2013


TOPIC - 28 December 2013

this was past truth but future truth my father will be the topic on CNN,BBC,Al Jazeera, Foxnews, SkyNews

FUTURE TRUTH - 28 December 2013

Shallow news. Shallow reading. I can predict that this paper will continue to lose readership and fold altogether if it does not improve.

Chiko - 28 December 2013

A Mugabe legacy that's irrefutable is he has made Zimbabweans dumber and so much more gullible. Prophecy yechii yembavha yeku Masvingo iyi? People don't even know the difference between kushopera, prophecy and plain old sleek after the fact lies. Dyirwai mari makasvinura sematemba mazimbo in defending this thief. Shuwa tava nation yemafuza

galante1 - 28 December 2013

Danai Gurira ndiani iyeye kkkkk you entertain recgnition from out of Zim only haa ha How about this Sabhuku Vharazipi actor....everyone in Zim is talking about him except u the daily news reporter who compiled this

KingZaka|| - 28 December 2013

What about BLACKMAN?where else in this world do you find a GRADE 2 beating graduates and professionals in a Parliamentar election.Where in this world do you find a City renowned for producing some of the best engineers,miners, and artisans voting for a guy who has only read BEN and BETTY in his entire life to represent them.For me BLACKMAN,the MP for Kwekwe Central takes the Cake.

Squarebasher - 28 December 2013

Angel muporofita wenhema. patinosangana kuLodge tinenge tichitova hedu naye. Apa wotonzwa mumwe munhu achitomureverera! Taurai zvamoziva.

Freemason - 29 December 2013

The newspaper has one to the dogs. Doggy characters being news makers of the ear. You have lost me.

Vulcan sibanda - 29 December 2013

Idiotic Zimbas are just used to criticising without givimg us 'better names'. Indeed Angel is the man of 2013. If you know of someone else just give us a name like one rural folk who suggested sabhuku vharazipi then we judge your mind from there..kkkk

Keystone - 30 December 2013

you have also forgoten Baba Jukwa please

robinsen - 30 December 2013

n'anga dzopihwa mbiri, mapepa ayaka aya. Keystone you cannot judge anybody's mind siira basa iri kunana hapurakatapura venyu ava. Man of 2013 was Baba Jukwa. He clearly predicted rigging and it happened in front of us with AU and SADC watching.

Maita Manyuka - 30 December 2013

Whilst I must admit that Am not sure of the criteria being used here but am surprised and logically refuse to believe how can Chidakwa beat Prof Jonathan Moyo in any respect

Hlo - 30 December 2013

The world is always known by its antagonising of christianity, but the fact remains those who remain with the world will languish eternally in hell, like it or not believe it or not. Congratulations Major

Agent zion 007 - 1 January 2014

SANDO KUNA SENIOR MAJOR PROPHET! Your name sells baba. Vema paper votoitawo mari nemi! Regai Bible riti "A GIFT MAKETH A WAY FOR A MAN"... Izvi zvaZVINHU! LONG LIVE EMERITUS. Love you to bits

CS Ruwach - 2 January 2014

Kuda Tagwirei is indeed a game changer in the Zimbabwean oil industry, much is to be expected again in 2014

mhosva - 2 January 2014

haaaa say all yu want, Prophet Angel is greatly used by God, that's a sincere man indeed.

Angel Daughter - 2 January 2014

demon rake rine more power.ndichaendawo ku ghana ndonopiwawo rangu hombe kudarika rake.

nyoka - 2 January 2014

Daily news, be serious this is dum junk i hope thats not what you have in store for us.

UHHH - 3 January 2014

Daily news, be serious this is dum junk i hope thats not what you have in store for us in 2014.

UHHH - 3 January 2014


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