Mimosa sends relief supplies to flood victims

HARARE - Mimosa Mining Company has donated foodstuffs to the victims of the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam flooding incident.
The Zvishavane-based platinum miner donated maize meal, cooking oil and sugar beans and exercise books for children displaced by the flood.

Over 60 000 people have been left stranded after torrential rains caused the collapse of the dam.

Accepting the relief support on behalf of government, Simon Khaya Moyo, the senior minister in the Office of the President, expressed gratitude to Mimosa for its act of benevolence.

“It is most comforting to note that our own people have come forward to assist those affected by such a tragedy in a forceful manner,” Khaya-Moyo said.

“Mimosa is demonstrating that if you do good to others, particularly those who would have faced challenges like those in the Tokwe-Mukorsi basin, you are serving humanity.”

He said it was pleasing that the private sector in general and the mining sector in particular had partnered to overcome the Tokwe-Mukorsi calamity, and urged other members of the corporate world to support government in assisting flood victims, including in areas such as Tsholotsho and Muzarabani.

Also speaking at the same occasion, Ignatius Chombo, the minister of Public Works and National Housing, said the donation by Mimosa showed that the nation was focused on alleviating each other’s plight.

“It is always a pleasure when Zimbabweans respond to fellow Zimbabweans’ plight. It is heartening that where possible, Zimbabweans are lending a helping hand to each other.” Chombo said.

Walter Chidhakwa, the minister of Mines and Mining Development, applauded Mimosa for its gesture of goodwill.

Winston Chitando, Mimosa executive chairman, said the company was especially touched by the plight of the flood victims, who are close to its operations in Zvishavane.

He pledged that Mimosa would continue to work with Government and play its part in ensuring that the quality of lives of communities was improved.

“As Mimosa Mining Company, it is our unwavering belief that partnership between government and the private sector, especially the mining sector, can, should and will go a long way in ensuring the success of our nation and reducing poverty as espoused in ZimAsset,”  Chitando said.

Mimosa has a profound history of partnership with government and its vibrant corporate social responsibility policy has funded numerous national and local community projects in key utilities such as health, education, water reticulation, environmental preservation and infrastructural development, Officials said.

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