By Own Correspondent
The Zimbabwe Online Content Creators (ZOCC) has successfully established provincial structures after 25 members were elected to represent the association across the country’s 10 provinces.
According to article 1, section 4 of the ZOCC constitution, the provinces are called chapters and are defined by the geographical landscapes.
The 25 members were elected and endorsed to represent five (5) chapters – Northern, Southern, Eastern, Midlands and Central chapters as enshrined in the association’s constitution.
Meanwhile, Harare content creators are however not part of the chapter leadership due to their huge numbers and local influence, hence can only be represented in the upcoming national executive election, while Chitungwiza and areas around are represented under the central chapter.
These chapters cover the whole nation and are mandated to drive the interest of all members (both existing and potential) towards growth, capacitation and strengthening of the association.
This democratic gesture is aimed at achieving our internal devolution of power which gives full autonomy to various chapter leadership, to make key decisions affecting their areas of influence.
The chapters’ leadership are also mandated to recruit, capacitate and support local membership as they feed into the national structures.
As part of its mandate to capacitate its membership, ZOCC will in the coming weeks host the first chapter training under UNESCO and another joint partnership with Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) at national level.
These will kick start many upcoming programs which will be focusing on professionalizing and capacitating all members of the association across the nation.
ZOCC is an association comprised of more than 180 active online content creators who have ultimate copyrights to their content. These include bloggers, vloggers and Social Media practitioners animators and digital creatives who are guided by a digital media code of ethics, which they all must abide to.
The recently elected leadership are as follows:
Chapter director : Sheperd Chabata
Deputy director: Kudakwashe Vhenge
Chapter secretary: Alice Umali
Chapter organizer : Marsha Sengwe
Programs manager : Spanyoge Madziwa
Chapter Director : Phil Jambaya
Deputy Chapter Director: Sophia Mapuranga
Chapter Secretary: Yvonne Muchaka
Chapter Organizer: Nyasha Chuma
Chapter programs manager: Brain Nkiwane
Eastern Chapter :
Chapter Director: Kenneth Matimaire
Deputy Chapter Director: Mathambo Ngoma
Secretary: Jacqueline Muchazoreka
Organiser: Abel Mavura
Programs Manager: Shingi Vambe
Southern Chapter :
Chapter Director : Mduduzi Mathuthu
Chapter Deputy Director : Reinhard Ncube
Chapter Secretary : Innocent Honest Mungindi