JAZZ crooner and Green ambassador Dereck Mpofu (pictured) has hailed local corporates for supporting efforts to set up the first ever Diamond Land EcoHub in Mutare after controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo pledged $50 000 for the project.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
The hub will be set up as an environmentally-friendly business to help young people access opportunities in the environmental sector.
Mpofu, through the Green Ambassador Foundation, has already partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate in the project and last week told NewsDay Life & Style that he was happy with the support.
“It is encouraging to have corporates supporting our initiative towards sustainable environmental etiquette. We thank Wicknell Chivayo, of Intratek, for such a gesture,” he said.
“Our Environment, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has also been fundamental in this project.”
In a speech read on his behalf by Intratrek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited executive chairman Wilson Manase at the Green Ambassadors Guild Awards last week, Chivayo said they were keen to support efforts around the Diamond Land EcoHub so that it would become a global model.
“We are proud to be associated to promote and support the Diamond Land EcoHub. I am delighted that the envisaged hub aspires to promote youth participation in their future and that of their planet,” he said.
Chivayo said Intratrek would also install or pay for all solar street and outdoor lightning for the complex.
He said the proposed centre sought to create a green ecosystem that promotes agriculture, wildlife management, renewable energy use and development and is based on international best practice.
Chivayo said it would have a positive impact on Manicaland and will be rebranded as the Centre of Renewable Energy and Environmental Management Excellent in Zimbabwe and Sadc.
Meanwhile, several individuals and corporates were honoured with awards.