Many times in Zimbabwe, black business people are labeled "#Mbinga" and bundled into groups of individuals who have amassed massive wealth but their wealth is never associated with corporate enterprises from which it was generated, as happens with people like Elon Mask (Tesla), Donald Trump (Trump Enterprizes) and other western tycoons.
Scott Sakupwanya is one such entrepreneur whom many believe is affluent due to political connections. Unbeknown to most, he manages world-class businesses under the #BetterBrands umbrella, involved in gold mining, jewelry, gold trading, borehole drilling, fuel, and other ventures. Soon he will be building the first privately owned gold refinery in Zimbabwe.
Beyond business, Scott excels in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility through the same brand. He stands among a handful of businessmen in Zimbabwe who resurface the roads in their former neighborhoods, pay school fees for hundreds of underprivileged children, and provide free groceries to disadvantaged elderly residents every month.
Scott comprehends the importance of giving back to his community and supporting the less privileged, recognizing the transformative impact of rising from poverty. I admire him for his actions that surpass what many business people, who attended private schools, fail to do in their affluent suburbs.
While some can't even maintain their own small roads, Scott transformed an entire township where he no longer resides and is now he is installing traffic lights at the Mutare road, corner with Mabvuku turnoff, for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. Truly inspirational.
A recent visit to the home of one of Harare's prominent multimillionaires, revealed neglected potholes in his close., which he and other millionaires in the same road, neglect.
Scott Sakupwanya, emerging from the ghetto like a rose from concrete, sets a remarkable example and many a private school alumni can learn much about giving back to where one came from him. Much respect, my brother.
Watch out for Scott’s story coming up soon.
Written by Rutendo Matinyarare, Chairman of ZASM and ZUAUWS.