TelOne currently Zimbabwe’s biggest fixed telecommunications service provider moved a stepper higher in committing itself to the operator’s social responsibility programs by donating a whooping $100 000 to the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) for the construction of a mega library which is expected to house around 1200 users.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
The donation came at the eleventh hour when the university has been trying to recover from property loses which hit the learning institution’s town campus after a hail storm caused serious destruction in the geographical area last year.
The handover ceremony of the $100 000 cheque was graced by the Minister of State for Mashonaland Central, Ambassador Martin Dinha, the TelOne Management Staff, the Vice Chancellor of the Bindura University – Professor Eddie Mwenje, the Pro Vice Chancellor and other senior staff members of the university, and members of the press.
In her introductory remarks, the TelOne MD – Mrs Chipo Mutasa said it was a pleasure to be witnessing such a gracious occasion which marked a leap in partnership between TelOne and the Bindura University of Science Education. Mrs Mutasa went on to pass an emotional congratulatory message to the Bindura University staff on the stride they have made in executing such a very huge and ambitious project.
As TelOne we believe the library will not only help the students of the university but the community and the generality of academia in Zimbabwe. We are enthused at partnering this huge project, which will become one of the biggest libraries in the country to the tune of US$100 000.
I am told the library will be able to serve 1200 users at any given time thus making it worthwhile for us as an institution to be part of something with such potential impact. The partnership between our two institutions goes beyond this donation we are giving today as not only the university is our customer but we also play host to a number of BUSE students on attachment.
Mrs Mutasa went on to add that TelOne has noted with keen social responsibility interest that almost all the Universities in Zimbabwe are either expanding or still establishing their infrastructure. TelOne has thus far developed a programme to support such infrastructure and development programmes in these institutions under their own social responsibility banner dubbed “Add-A-Brick”.
The Vice Chancellor of Bindura University later took to the stage his thankful speech to recognize the overwhelming support they have received from TelOne especially considering the tough economic conditions which all operators are facing across the country.
Many of you will recall that on the 3rd of January 2015, a rare flash flood swept through the lower section of the heavy industrial sites literally destroying everything in its wake. For some unknown reasons we seem to have been the worst affected organization in the area and lost books, office furniture and equipment and some buildings including the branch library. The loss ran into millions of dollars.
But today l am happy to say that TelOne was one of the first organizations to respond and did so in a big way. No other company has to date matched the donation from TelOne in terms of magnitude. It was, as you have heard, a whooping USD100 000. We were overawed, to say the least.
The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central, Ambassador Martin Dinha later took to the podium to pass his heartwarming gratitudes on the generosity showed by TelOne in supporting the University in its quest to uplift learning standards in the country. He further encouraged the Bindura University Staff and students to fully utilize the library upon completion as it shall forever stand as a testimony of hard sacrifices made by gallant organizations like TelOne in trying to give a brighter future to all the upcoming generations.
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