Daily News rises like a phoenix from the ashes

HARARE - As Zimbabwe’s economy continues to tank, the toll of companies going under is rising precipitously — throwing more and more people onto the jobless market.

So bad is the situation that among the companies that have literally disappeared from the face of the earth are many previously big and reputable firms.

In addition, many of the few corporates that remain in business today are severely distressed — meaning that their staff are not assured of their wages and salaries.

This is why the Group Editor of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) — publishers of the Daily News, the Daily News On Sunday and the Weekend Post — is correct when he says the company is like the Leceister of Zimbabwe media (see the lead story of this special insert).

I personal like to identify the Daily News with the mythological Phoenix: a long-living bird in Egyptian folklore which was consumed by fire but later rose from the dead, renewed from its ashes.

After ANZ’s violent closure by the government in September 2003, for telling it like it is — I am one of the few remaining staff members who was there then — not many Zimbabweans ever envisaged that the Daily News would come back: let alone as successfully as it has done.

While the company has not been spared from the pain of operating in the country’s toxic business environment, it’s now five years ago —  and counting — since the paper was relaunched.

I firmly believe that our focus, high work ethic and uncanny ability to roll with the punches as a group is what has seen us surviving and thriving against all odds.

I also remember how, when we came back, many people working for competitors laughed at us as “no hoppers”.

And as the challenges of clawing back our lost market appeared too big a task in those early days, our complacent competitors thought that they had absolutely nothing to worry about.

The company’s winning business strategy from the onset to cut its coat according to the available cloth — where there was, for example, one editorial team taking care of all the firm’s multiple offerings — was initially taken as a major sign of weakness by our lumbering industry peers.

Today — five years down the road — the picture is dramatically different, where the previous hunters have become the hunted.

Indeed, we now lead where others follow, where everything we have done and are doing is being enthusiastically copied by our competitors.

However, we shouldn’t sound too cocky and boastful, as there are still many mountains still to be conquered as we celebrate our fifth birthday.

There are still a few businesspeople and senior government officials who will not support our products — particularly with advertising — simply because we tell it like it is, and because of the expedient and false claim in some quarters that we are supposedly not “patriotic enough”, whatever that means.

But with the Almighty on our side, who can defeat us?

The mood within the company is buoyant and we are all, to a man, very confident about ANZ’s future.

May this long continue.

Comments (3)

Thank you for being relentless in the fight for freedom,human rights and justice,you are unsung heroes,DAILY NEWS STUFF,keep on keeping,know that here in SouthAfrica they are many youths like me prepared to even die for a new Zimbabwe

Robson Farai Shumba - 29 June 2016

Hey Robson, enough with the dying for a new Zimbabwe, how about working towards it instead.

Scholar Nostra - 30 June 2016

Have the police finished their "investigations" into the bombing of the Daily News? Perhaps, they will give it their attention if the Rhodesia Herald is bombed instead...

Sagitarr - 1 July 2016

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