Machingaidze propels Propak

HARARE - Propak Hessian have been named Zimbabwe's private sector second best employer behind Seedco in the annual awards held in the capital recently.

Propak Hessian is a subsidiary of Tobacco Sales Limited (TSL) and is headed by Mary Machingaidze.

The selection panel was made up of judges from the Employers Confederations of Zimbabwe, institute of Directors and Standards Association of Zimbabwe.



Propak Hessian general manager Mary Machingaidze with operations manager Pauros Marikano, shortly after being named second best employer in the private sector category.

A total 10 companies were shortlisted for the prestigious award and Machingaidze’s company was the only woman-headed operation vying for the top honours among the shortlisted.

“The award is extremely important to my leadership career,” she told the Daily News in an interview.

“It is not easy to balance the demands of motherhood, being a wife and an executive. I have succeeded in achieving balance in my life by rationing my energy across these three key areas.”

The national Best Employer Awards are given to companies which excel in management practices that foster staff engagement for productivity.

Industrial Psychology Consultants conducted the selection based on the 2013 National Employee Engagement survey and a Human Resources Audit.

Among the key things looked at were leadership, strategic direction, communication, job design, employee commitment and loyalty.

Machingaidze says that the award means a lot to both Propak Hessian and her team.

But most importantly, it is a testament of good mentorship she received from her husband – David Machingaidze.

Mary started her career in the group as an accounts clerk at TSF before rising to bookkeeper.

She left TSF to join another TSL subsidiary, Propak Hessian, in 2003 where she headed the finance and administration departments.

In 2013 she became the General Manager.

“You don’t attain result by yourself,” says Machingaidze. “You need the right support – a team that supports each other”.

She explained how teamwork forms the backbone of operations at Propak, noting that everything is centred around mutual respect among team-members without focus on status.

“At Propak, everyone owns the results, from the most senior member of the team to the most junior. Everyone knows what we are aiming for and ensures that they play their part in our getting there”, said Machingaidze.

Mary's husband whom she attributes her mentorship, has been writing his own piece of ascendancy.

David Machingaidze is currently pursuing the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership with the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.

He has also been awarded The MasterCard Foundation Fellowship with the MIT Legatum Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development.

The prestigious Legatum Fellowship is awarded to accomplished individuals with a remarkable background on business.

As part of the larger Legatum Fellowship community, Machingaidze joins a distinguished group of entrepreneurially-minded individuals from around the world who are determined to implement their business plans, along with alumni who have already launched their businesses.

In addition he has been honoured by being named The MasterCard Foundation Fellow.

The MasterCard Foundation, in 2011, established The MasterCard Foundation Fellowships within the Legatum Center to support MIT students who wish to establish businesses in low-income countries.

David Machingaidze is immediate former managing director of Cotton Company of Zimbabwe and held similar positions at TSL (where he met his wife), United Builders Merchants and was once Chief Financial Officer of Mashonaland Turf Club.

Comments (1)

Can we focus on the recipient of the award, Mary and her company and not her husband, David? Would you have featured the wife that much if it was the husband and his company who had won the award? Its good that Mary acknowledged her husband but at the end of the day it doesnt make sense to then divert the story and dedicate almost half of the story to the husband. Honestly!

maidei - 15 May 2014

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