ZBC's Simba Savannah raises bar

HARARE - Simba Savannah, a new reality show currently airing on ZBC TV every Sunday at 7pm, which helps emerging African entrepreneurs realise their dreams, bucks the trend in a very big way.

While many hopeless Zimbabweans, particularly the youths, are venting their frustration with the country’s stagnating economy via often violent street protests, CMedia Africa — the producer of the world class Simba Savannah — has chosen to be a beacon of hope.

Tommy Deuschle, the director/producer of the trendy reality show, is happy to help forge partnerships between budding entrepreneurs and established captains of industry despite the turbulent economic circumstances.

“In these trying economic times, it’s difficult for an individual possessing a dream or even a working small business poised for growth to get a loan for a risky venture.

“Many of these people now see Simba Savannah as their last chance at success. Some have been labouring on their ideas for years or even decades, have invested large amounts of money, and are being pressured to throw in the towel by friends and family.

“Others have simply never had access to the means to live out their dreams, until now,” Deuschle told the Daily News.

He added that the show, which he described as “educational, instructive, entertaining and humorous,” will go a long way in catalysing entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe.

Deuschle gave an overview of what the Simba Savannah reality show is all about.

“Two entrepreneurs, (called Innovators) stand in front of prolific captains of industry (called the Simbas) to see if they can win over mentorship, partnership or investment.

“Innovators give compelling talks on why their valuation is valid, how progressive they’ve been and why Africa needs their product or service.

“The Simbas (who are encouraged to invest in-kind before any cash is on the table) barter, disagree, educate and either offer a deal or remain silent,” he said.

The five Simbas — Ritesh Anand, Nigel Chanakira, Chamu Chiwanza, Gary Thompson and Florence Ziumbe — are respectable businesspersons who have excelled in various segments of the economy.

According to Deuschle, who is also a creative director for a non-profit organisation called Celebrate International, CMedia Africa teamed up with Udugu Institute to create support for Simba Savannah with the United States Embassy in Zimbabwe and Steward Bank.

“The emerging entrepreneurs (featuring on Simba Savannah) came through existing communities in the ecosystem.

Some came from Pitch Nights, an emerging ideas event, and others came through the Innovation Baraza,” said Deuschle.

The Innovation Baraza, founded by Udugu Institute director Mungai Lenneiye, invites all Zimbabwean innovators with great ideas and approaches that have potential to improve lives.

Comments (4)

Thanks you for sharing this. I want to present my idea to the Simbas, but I don't know how I can be able to do that. Would you please assist.

Victor mbubu - 20 September 2016

also want to know how i can meet the simbas

faith chishamba - 28 September 2016

also want to know how i can meet the simbas

faith chishamba - 28 September 2016

thanks for sharing this. i wat to present my idea to the simbabs but i dont know how i can be able to do that. would you please assits

kudakwashe makanyaire - 18 October 2016

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