Women hail President over jobs
26 March 2018
NEWLY opened Willowton Zimbabwe employs over 140 employees, with a number of key positions being occupied by women in departments such as finance, saponification and laboratory services.
This came to light at the official opening of the plant by His Excellency President Mnangagwa in Nyakamete area in Mutare last Friday.
One of the beneficiaries Patience Sibanda, 28, who is a fitter and turner by profession told H-Metro that she had shelved her certificates for vending after failing to secure a job.
She got the opportunity to meet His Excellency and expressed her joy in securing a job with Willowton Group as a soap maker.
“Nhasi handigeze maoko ndamhoreswa naPresident and I will never be the same and I really thank his open door policy,” said Patience.
“Education was no longer important to me after I failed to secure a job and I struggled to locate where my certificates were after I heard of Willowton Group that they were to open here.
“I want to thank President Mnangagwa for opening doors to foreign investors and we are now having food on the table.
“At one time I deliberately did not pay school fees for my child so as to get help in selling second hand clothes since I was vending.
“As women, we feel proud and our future is bright when we witness the opening of industries as promised by the head of State and government and use our knowledge for the good of our nation.
“I am a soap maker here but I am a qualified fitter and turner and I see a brighter future,” said Patience.
According to the chief executive officer Bruce Henderson, Willowton Zimbabwe has adopted a vertical integration.
The Willowton Group, one of the Southern African region’s leading consumer goods manufacturers officially launched its Zimbabwean operations, following a US$40 million investment in a refinery plant.