A newly formed empowerment lobby group, the Business Economic Empowerment Forum (BEEF) says it intends to engage the government on the creation of policies that will see locals taking over the country’s economic sphere.

The lobby group has since established its Bulawayo chapter and says Zimbabwe should take a leaf from South Africa where most of the emerging billionaires in that country have been given enough space to prove their mantle.

BEEF President, Mr Solomon Matsa said emerging business people should have a culture of proper business ethics for international corporates to have faith in their operations.

“We are saying the forum provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs to become millionaires. We now have a government which has proven beyond doubt that it is ready for business and why should our people continue to be marginalised. we need to see locals taking over up to 80 percent of tenders in the country. It is happening in South Africa and we can also do it here,” he said.

African Leadership Convention CEO, Dr Davison Gomo, who has a vast experience on issues of empowerment, said it is time Africans and Zimbabweans in particular stand together and start supporting one another in their business endeavors for the achievement of meaningful development.

“The times are moving. I am saying Africa rise up. But how do we rise as a continent? We need to move together. Let us support each other. We can form consortiums and work together for starters. Most importantly, we need to be upright business people if we are to make a difference, the time is now,” said Dr Gomo.

BEEF Bulawayo chapter is led by former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) Vice President, Mr Sam Ncube, while Mr Lloyd Munhanga is the Secretary General.

Other positions are yet to be filled.