Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet donates RTGS$5 million towards Cyclone victims

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By Business Reporter

STRIVE Masiyiwa’s Econet Zimbabwe and its subsidiary companies have extended a RTGS$5 million assistance for victims of the deadly Cyclone Idai in Manicaland.

The fund will be disbursed through Higher Life Foundation, a charity organisation founded by Tsitsi Masiyiwa, wife to the tycoon, to assist the under-privileged.

The foundation’s chief executive, Doctor Kennedy Mubaiwa said the organisation is currently mobilising resources in the form of rescue efforts, medical emergency aid, food, water and blankets for the victims.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Chief Executive, Douglas Mboweni said each company, including employees within the group was assisting in pulling resources together in line with its capacity.

“We are not just providing money but we want all our staff of more than 5 000 to help in some way, using their skills,” he said.

Mboweni said the group’s funeral insurance company is availing free assistance through funeral services by donating coffins, transport and food to each bereaved family with no cover.

The Econet boss said that Mutare Bottling had opened its warehouses to allow logistics support for humanitarian aid coming from Econet subscribers, adding that MARS Ambulance was providing ambulances, air and helicopter support.

Econet subscribers are also extending donations in the form of blankets, water bottles, dried foods and medicines.

Masiyiwa, through his organisations, has been visible in the country’s desperate times.

At the height of the Cholera outbreak, Higher Life Foundation partnered with City of Harare in revamping the sewer infrastructure in the city’s cholera prone areas in a development which was meant to find a lasting solution to recurrent outbreaks of the deadly disease.

The foundation managed to coordinate engineering works and volunteerism to ensure clean up campaigns, distribution of non-food items and timeous case management support has helped to reduce the disease’s impact.