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26 July 2011 | Angeline Albert
Professional buyers in Zimbabwe should be pushing hard to promote the value their skills can bring to their organisation, says the country’s CIPS branch secretary.
Francisca Nyamukapa, purchasing officer at sugar processing company Tongaat Hulett, is keen to ensure Zimbabweans benefit from professional procurement training.
“Zimbabweans are hungry for knowledge. This hunger is rising,” she told SM. “Our economy has slowly been building up again in the past two years. Everyone needs to make efficiencies for their organisations and trained buyers must keep promoting their skills.”
Having received her CIPS diploma a few weeks ago, Nyamukapa understands it can be a struggle for her countrypeople to support and educate themselves. In a country where public sector workers are paid US$200 a month (£122), efficiencies may mean education is sacrificed. She said she was fortunate to have the support of her company, which paid her course fees.
Nyamukapa said she had dreamed of getting a degree, which she achieved in 2008. She is currently completing her MBA through a distance learning course at the University of South Africa.