African Sun fires managers

HARARE - Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed hospitality concern, African Sun, has fired nine managers as the group moves to reduce costs in a difficult operating environment.

“In the ongoing pursuit of aligning costs to revenue generation and mitigating against continued financial losses, the board has authorised the management of African Sun Limited to implement further management structure changes,” the group’s human resources director, Elijah Nyakurerwa said in a staff bulletin published on Wednesday.

Among those axed include group operations director John Mwanza, supply chain manager Mluleki Mangena, group technical services manager Francis Muswere, marketing manager Mevis Geddes, senior auditor Fadzai Ndudzo and Payroll manager Colleta Tapfumanei among others.

The latest development comes after a landmark Supreme Court ruling made on July 17, which has seen private sector companies and parastatals using the judgment as an avenue to dismiss nearly 20 000 workers across sectors — including mining, media and manufacturing.

Market experts say the latest wave of job cuts — expected to add to the country’s over

80 percent unemployment rate — were an indictment on the post-election promise that President Robert Mugabe made in 2013 to create 2,2 million jobs under his party’s economic blueprint.

 

Comments (1)

The Strategy Mole has observed for a long time that some senior managers, CEOs and Business Executives have contributed to the demise of companies in Zimbabwe. Most have developed a thick skin towards poor performance, have refused to accept that this situation requires completely new ways of thinking and their experience is now irrelevant. They have become too conservative and risk averse and are not willing to try new ways of doing business and accepting new ideas. They believe that if they have no answers for the problems they face, then no one else is capable of solving the problems-which is a big hoax and a dangerous mindset. They have been staying on their positions just to collect their generous salaries while contributing very little strategic input to solve the problems their companies face. Strategic deficiency is a major problem in Zimbabwe even through we do not want to accept it.

The Strategy Mole - 17 August 2015

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