Exceptional women in project management honoured

By Colette Musanyera

The need for women to play an active role in driving global, national, corporate, community and family projects to succeed was brought to the fore during the Women in Project Management Awards ceremony held at a local hotel in Harare this Friday.

A brainchild of the Chartered Institute of Project Managers in Zimbabwe (CIPMZ), the awards ceremony saw exceptional women from different corporates who distinguished themselves in project management being awarded.

Guest of Honour at the event, First Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa, who was represented by Mashonaland East Minister of state for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Apolonia Munzverengwi, called on women to play an active role for the success of global, national, corporate, community and family projects.

“The inherent abilities that women possess include patience, loyalty, hardwork, empathy, multi-skilling and paying attention to detail. These unique capabilities are critical for Zimbabwe’s re-imagination and rebranding efforts and for the realisation of our national vision of becoming an upper-middle income economy by the year 2030. With more women playing a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s development initiatives at workplaces in the built environment and in the community, the sky is the limit,” she said.

Dr Mnangagwa also called for the inclusion of rural and community based projects.

“Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve all project goals within the given parameters. This definition makes every one of us a project manager be it at work, at home in the community, or on the national level, when we lead a team to achieve certain goals within a certain resource or time limitations.

“I do hope that this inclusive definition speaks to the present, or future of CIPMZ’s awarding criteria, one where rural and community-based projects are given equal credence as corporate and national projects. In the future, I urge CIPMZ to recognise community development projects including irrigation projects as they are a panacea to Zimbabwe’s food security risks in the wake of climate change threats to our backbone agricultural sector.”

CIPMZ board chairperson, Engineer Themba Kumbula underscored the significance of Project Management in national development.

“Everything in life is a project and when we mention national development, we are speaking of SDGs and Vision 2030 and to achieve those, we reduce everything to projects or tasks, setting out budgets so that we can measure success,” he said.

Various women were awarded for their outstanding performance in categories which include mining construction, road construction and rehabilitation, property development, insurance, hospitality, digital innovation and technology solutions, financial services- banking sector and telecoms.

Engineer Themba Khumbula

Some of the winners include Faith Chinogurei who operates in the hospitality industry, Svodesai Sithole in ICT, Tarisai Ndebele a quantity surveyor, Lorna Moffat in the telecoms sector, Dr Mandas Marikanda of Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank and Telone Director, Mrs Chipo Mtasa.