Vice President Joice Mujuru has implored companies, especially mining entities, to adopt deliberate corporate social responsibility programmes that effectively plough back into the communities that they operate in.
After receiving three tonnes of maize seed from three local companies, Vice President Mujuru decided to donate all the seed to the Zimbabwe Association for Widows of National Heroes.
Addressing representatives from the association at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare, Cde Mujuru thanked the companies for the kind gesture but implored other companies to adopt corporate social responsibility programmes that will benefit communities where they are operating in.Â
â€œWhere ever you exploit resources, remember widows, orphans, chiefs who are taking care of different people with various problems, and the people of those communities,â€ Cde Mujuru urged the companies.
Zimbabwe Association for Widows of National Heroes Chairperson, Mrs Violet Madzimbamuto hailed Cde Mujuru for supporting widows, adding that members of her organisation have discovered that when days are dark friends are few.
â€œWe are grateful of this gesture because you are not always remembered especially if you are a widow or an orphan,â€ she said.
Development Trust of Zimbabwe Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Wellington Chando, whose organisation donated a tonne of seed, said the maize seed is a token of paying their condolences to Cde Mujuru following the death of her husband, the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru, who passed away in August.
Two local seed houses donated a tonne of seed each while DTZ Ozegeo, which is into alluvial gold mining in Penhalonga and Chimanimani, donated another tonne.
The three tonnes will be distributed among the 70 members of the Zimbabwe Association for Widows of National Heroes.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â