Simbisa Brands Response to Cyclone Idai
The Simbisa Brands Limited family mourns with the nation during this difficult time as we collectively deal with the effects and aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
We extend our condolences to the bereaved, and pray for a quick recovery to the affected.
The response by various stakeholders stands as a testimony to the “can-do spirit that makes us uniquely Zimbabwean.
Simbisa Brands Limited, its staff and partners have mobilised material support in the form of emergency food aid to those currently housed in relief shelters.
Working with the Zimbabwe Red Cross, we have made food supplies available for the displaced, in the form of cooking oil, mielie meal, dried foods, flour and bread.
Additionally, we are in the process of putting up a relief fund to deal with the long-term effects of the cyclone, after the full material impact of the natural disaster has been assessed.
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Simbisa Brands Cyclone Idai Relief Team
Simbisa Brands is the sponsor of Chicken Inn Football Club. Not only is it about marketing, but more importantly to give back to the community.
Soccer is mainly played by the youth in Zimbabwe and through the club, Simbisa assists to keep the youth off the streets and provide employment.
Chicken Inn Football Club has 3 teams in the Bulawayo Province Junior League in the following age groups, under 14, under 16 and under 18. We also have an under 20 team playing in the ZIFA Bulawayo Province Division 2 league.
Emerald Hill Children’s Home is a home for orphaned and other vulnerable children, located at the summit of Emerald Hill in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. Since 1914, the Roman-Catholic Dominican Sisters have provided shelter for children in need.
Today, the home cares for the physical and spiritual well-being of about 90 children aged 3 to 20. The children come from a variety of difficult backgrounds, many of them having been abandoned by their parents or having gone through traumatic experiences of neglect, emotional and physical abuse, including sexual abuse. Apart from providing food and shelter, Emerald Hill actively focuses on the emotional healing of its children through Christian spirituality in daily life, the engagement of social workers and counsellors, and a number of other creative offers.
After completing their primary education, the boys move to St. Joseph’s House for Boys, Belvedere, Harare, while the girls stay until they finish their education; furthermore, they are assisted with job training to become self-sufficient.
Run by the Dominican Sisters, Emerald Hill is a private home that relies on donations for the upkeep and support of the children, including medical care, school tuition, clothing, food and shelter.
Simbisa Brands plays a big part in the donations for the home. Simbisa will donate meals and cakes for the children’s birthday parties as well as help with any project funding.
In partnership with the City of Harare and JCI, Simbisa is continually working with the business and residential community toward a clean and healthy environment.
In order to address the problems faced by the Park, we are undertaking a 2-year project to fix up Greenwood Park so to increase the levels of use, physical activity and overall health and well-being of the community.
Shifties Zimbabwe is a local basketball team comprising veterans over the age of 50 and has been playing both locally and regionally over the last year 8 years.
Simbisa played an integral role in supplying Shifties with uniforms.
In 2017 Chicken Inn celebrated 30 years in business, with its origins dating back to 1987 with only one outlet, the brand has grown to running 64 outlets countrywide. As part of our celebrations, we chose to celebrate our anniversary with the less privileged of the society. We chose 30 orphanages from different towns across the country. We made grocery donations worth $1000 per orphanage.
We also hired jumping castles so that the kids could play around and enjoy themselves. We gave away Chicken Inn branded backpacks, 30th Anniversary T-shirts and served 1 piece meals and drinks for lunch.
Chicken Inn 30th anniversary celebrations
Established in 1911, the Harare SPCA is the oldest Animal Welfare Organisation in Zimbabwe.
The Harare SPCA is a registered, non-profit organisation (PVO 83/67) and act as the Official Municipal Pound but do not receive any government or municipal funding.
Harare SPCA is the first "Go To" place people will consult when their pet is missing – either to report or to search for. Their role is to provide safe sanctuary and care for animals in and around Harare and at the same time endeavour to educate the populace about animal care to prevent ill treatment and cruelty to animals and promote sterilisation. We cover the whole of the Greater Harare area which includes all high density areas and Ruwa. No animal in need is ever turned away from our doors.
Funding to keep the Society going is reliant on the good will and support of concerned Corporate entities, Individuals and Fund Raising efforts. Simbisa continues to support the Harare SPCA.
We also conducted Clean- Up campaigns in Kwekwe and Zvishavane. We continue to promote an environmentally friendly and socially responsible approach as we conduct our business.
We partnered with schools during their prize giving day ceremonies. We were awarding school kids for their academic and extra-curricular performances. We partnered with over 70 schools in 17 towns nationwide. We handed out prizes ranging from Chicken Inn branded backpacks and meal vouchers.
We conducted a Clean-Up campaign in Harare, in partnership with the City of Harare. It is our goal to encourage a culture of binning litter in order to promote a litter free environment. Litter has a lot of implications which include health and financial implications.
We partnered with schools in Zvishavane during their Provincial athletics events. We offered refreshments to the athletes as well as assisting them during the course of the event.
Mashonaland East inter-provincial basketball tournament
We partnered in the Mashonaland East Inter-provincial Basketball Tournament held in Marondera. We made donations of medals and trophies for the tournament.
We partnered with the Zimbabwe Sunshine Group (Z.S.G) during their launch of their Waste Management project into schools. We made donations of 2 piecer meals for the delegates that graced the occasion.
We partnered with Ramah Sports Academy during their Under 13 Mock Cricket World Cup which they held at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare from the 18th to the 21st of April 2018. In support of the grooming of a future sports generation, we made a donation of 2 piecer meals for the four days of the tournament.
Chicken Inn partnered with Mutare Teachers’ College on their graduation day. We made donations of trophies which went to the College as a way of creating a long term relationship with them.
In conjunction with All About Love and Trust Zimbabwe, we made a donation of 1000 sanitary pads to Lower Gweru Secondary Schools in support of the girl. Most girls in these parts of the country are using the old methods and they suffer from stigma and end up not coming to school.
Hwange National Park was founded in 1929 and encompasses over 14 000 square kilometres. The north and north-west of the park are drained by the Deka and Lukosi rivers and their tributaries, and the far south of the park is drained by the Gwabadzabuya River, a tributary of the Nata River. There are no rivers in the rest of the park, although there are fossil drainage channels in the main camp and Linkwasha areas, which form seasonal wetlands. In these areas without rivers, grassy pan depressions and pans have formed. Some of these pans, such as many of the pans in the Shumba area, fill with rainwater, while others, such as Ngweshla, Shakwanki and Nehimba, are fed by natural groundwater seeps. Many of the pans are additionally supplied by water pumped from underground boreholes.
In 2008 , Colin Gillies of Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe approached the National Parks of Zimbabwe and suggested a 2 day 100 kilometre Mountain Bike Ride through Hwange to raise funds to supplement the cost of pumping water in Hwange National Park as National Parks Department had limited funds and resources to maintain the engines and pumps .
11 years later as Pumping Legs for Water, they have averaged 180 cyclists over the last few years with this last years entrants reaching over 200 from as far as the UK to the staff at Main Camp and most countries in between.
The money raised each year is administered by Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe for use in maintaining and developing water sources in Hwange National Park. Simbisa kindly donated trophies, t-shirts and uniforms to the participants as well as provided meal vouchers. Simbisa also assisted by raising funds to maintain the engines and pumps.
Raised money used in maintaining and developing water sources in Hwange National Park