By Lerato Ndlovu
Nyaradzo group of companies, Saturday donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the media fraternity through the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa applauded the company for the gesture to journalists who form part of the front-line workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would like to acknowledge and commend the Nyaradzo Group for their contribution to the fight against COVID-19. This support of Governments policy of pulling national effort and resources is a testament of the value the Group places on the spirit of Ubuntu.
“The media plays a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19 and it has been designated as an essential service. These men and women are providing vital information to our nation about COVID-19.
“The media has been working tirelessly to promote reliable information and combat misinformation that is usually spread via social media by some unscrupulous individuals, issues of safety and protection of the media against COVID-19 during the course of their work cannot be taken lightly”.
She added, “I welcome this gesture of Nyaradzo Group and call on other corporate to dig deeper and do even more for our journalists, the war is still on. It is surely winnable as the spirit of Zimbabwe to conquer is even stronger”.
Mutsvangwa stated that the media fraternity is one of the most affected sectors in the country as it was the first in Zimbabwe to witness and experience the pandemic. With time the media fraternity lost a number of information heroines and heroes in their line of work ensuring that the nation is well informed.
“We have suffered several losses since then with profession losing invaluable and irreplaceable experience and talent. We have lost information heroes and heroines among them Zororo Makamba, Charles Kawadza, Foster Dongozi and Janet Munyaka. May their souls rest in eternal peace.”
Present at the donation were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana, The Nyaradzo Group of Companies, Chief Executive Officer, Phillip Mataranyika, Senior Ministry officials, Nyaradzo Group representatives and Media.
The pandemic has affected the country in every aspect, but the past weeks have seen a decrease in deaths and infections and an increase in recoveries as the public remain cautious to the effects and end results.