Maluck Malinga of Harare has been named Zimbabwe’s Parts Person of the Year, after winning the 2011 Zim-Midas Parts Challenge, an annual competition that seeks to reward and encourage excellence in the motor parts trade.
At the finals, he won the coveted Zim-Midas Parts Person of the Year title and trophy, as well as a cash award. The final test was written by 11 of 12 people who qualified as finalists from across Zimbabwe.
The Zim-Midas Parts Challenge is an annual competition introduced in 2001 to foster greater professionalism. Each year scores of parts experts get involved, including technicians, sales people and other tradesmen and professionals.
They write an initial test in one of four centres in which Zim-Midas operates — Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Kwekwe — and the three top-placed people from each of the four centres then go into a national final examination, from which the overall top three are selected.
Malinga, who is parts supervisor of AMC Harare, was a finalist in the Harare regional test in August and has now gone on to win the national title.
In second position was former overall winner, Misheck Chitenhe, who was a finalist from the Mutare regional test, while third place went to a Kwekwe finalist, Isaaac Chiswanda, who was also placed third in 2010. Chitenhe works for Farmec Mutare as a sales representative, while Chiswanda is a lead artisan at Zesa in Kwekwe.
Nyabeze was delighted to have featured in the 2011 winner’s slot, heading a pack of more than 200 people who entered from across the country.
Clover Leaf Motors group marketing manager Admire Ndumo praised all entrants for their willingness to take part and to help improve the general standards of parts trade through self-improvement and training.
“Well done to them all. The ultimate real winner of competitions like this is the customer who benefits from standards raised and other improvements facilitated by the event itself,” he said.
“We have been delighted with the response and standard of participants and we look forward to successful repeat of the competition next year,” added Ndumo.