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Zimbabwe’s Justin Magidi swept the boards at the 2018 Zimbabwe Excellence Awards ceremony at the J & J Belmont Conference Centre, winning both the Male Entrepreneur of the Year award, and his Taal-Net Group of Schools came first in the prestigious Business Organisation of the year.
By winning both, Magidi joins the likes of Edwin Kane Anderson, the N7 farmers and Moreboys Munetsi who have reigned as businesspeople of the year, and will be recognised as the official brand ambassador for the Zimbabwe Excellence Awards for the next twelve months.
Magidi told guests in his acceptance speech, that while he was as much surprised at his double triumph, given that this was a first time nomination, winning both awards would serve as testimony to years of hard work which he had put into the Taal-Net Group of Schools, which are now recognised as a shining example of the business of education, and a brand with a good story to tell.
“Our vision is to become the best academic institution in the world. The school is there to create a learning environment that seeks high expectations for success, skills and character development necessary to optimise student’s full potential to become builders of their future and stewards of our world.
“Ours is a story that will not only surprise, encourage, fascinate and transform lives, but also deliver on measurable business goals
“We are guided by values that we also strive to instil in our students which are respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, excellence, fairness, collaboration and diversity.
“We pride ourselves with qualified and well experienced educators, good infrastructure, accreditations and association with the Cambridge which gives our qualifications an international educational flair,” Magidi said.
The Taal-Net Group of Schools was founded in 2009 with only six leaners, and one educator with very limited resources.
It has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, today with 322 employees and over 5000 learners.
The group of schools now have a regional footprint with branches in South Africa and Zimbabwe: Kempton Park, Johannesburg, Randburg, Pretoria, Germiston, Midrand, Hazyview and Glendale.
In winning the businessman of the year award Magidi beat off competition from Ngonidzashe Maponga, director of Maps Graphix, a multi-purpose printing and publishing outfit in the Western Cape, and Garikayi Mutongoreya, director of business accounting services company Savannah Accounting.
By winning the business organisation of the year, the Taal-Net Group of Schools came ahead of the MFS Group which is headed by CEO Frank Mushakavanhu, and Dengu Online which is co-owned by businessman Sungano Mwarumba and partners.
Other high profile winners at the 2018 Zim Excellence Awards were top Zimbabwean actor and film director Melgin Tafirenyika who won the entertainment personality of the year ahead of Morgan Witness Chasara and Donovan Faranando.
Nqobizitha Hobane walked away with the community leader of the year, ahead of Linda Manyarara, Fadzayi Chiwandire, Delphino Machikicho and Edmore Mazungunye.
The female entrepreneur of the year award was won by Bekezela Dube, ahead of Lorraine Sibanda, Gracious Chitanda, Crynet Zinyoni and Thembi Titsha.
The small business of the year was won by Lean Business Consulting, ahead of African Wines, Dypna Dee, All in One and Admire Makarichi.
It was a tough competition for the personality of the year award, but in the end it was Pauline Debra Marere who walked away with this award, ahead of stiff competition from Tinashe Nyamudoka, Tinashe Chingwaru and Mitchelle Mbele.
The DJ of the year award was won by Morgan Witness Chasara, ahead of Darlington Chikwewo, Donald Nziramasanga, Winnie Chinyanga and Lewis Anesu Durango
The young upcoming entreprenuer of the year was won by Tafadzwa Mbofana, ahead of Munyaradzi Dongo, Conradie Munyambo and Takudzwa Nyamukondiwa
Organiser Julius Shamu said that the Zimbabwe Excellence Awards had grown from strength to strength over the years, adding that while they could not possible award trophies to everyone, the essence of the Zim Excellence Awards was to celebrate the achievements of fellow compatriots by acknowledging their success in different fields.
“We seek to recognise and acknowledge individuals and businesses that are flying the Zimbabwean and South African Flags high, and are also working tirelessly in assisting the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa through various initiatives in industries such as media, academic, businesses, entertainment etc.
“The awards seek to appreciate these individuals, encourage and motivate them to continue with a culture of success as they remain a source of inspiration to everyone and the community at large. The event provides an excellent opportunity to network and mingle with successful Zimbabweans and South African Business people,” he said.
Zimbabwe Consul General in Cape Town, Boniface Mugobogobo said that Zimbabweans in South Africa were a close-knit community, and while events like the Zimbabwe Excellence Awards had become a must-attend event for Zimbabweans, the event itself had grown in leaps and bounds, and that in itself was testimony to the resilience and hard-working nature and self-less commitment by Zimbabweans in the diaspora to set high standards of achievement.
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