2017 Forum programme

Supa Mandiwanzira
 Supa Mandiwanzira

Minister
Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services
Zimbabwe

Biography

In December 2014, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, appointed Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira to a full Minister’s portfolio as the Minister responsible for ICT, Postal and Courier Services.

Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira, a former journalist and media practitioner, was elected to Parliament in July 2013 as the ZANU (PF) Member of Parliament for Nyanga South constituency. In September 2013 His Excellency appointed him Deputy Minister of Media, Information andPublicity in the Government of Zimbabwe. In this capacity, he spearheaded and supported several projects particularly programmes ondigital migration where Zimbabwe and other Southern African Development Countries are following a tight deadline to meet the International Telecommunication Union target of June 2015. 

Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira brings a vast and diverse experiencegained over many years working in the private sector and more importantly in the realm of ICTs. He is an accomplished and successful business professional who owned a commercial media house and a radio station, ZiFM. In an interview with The Peoples Hub, he has compared his ZiFM radio station to Choice FM in the UK, and says he was influenced and inspired by British mogul Richard Branson to get into business. He said he was modelling his businesses along Virgin enterprises.

Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira also held high profile business panel talking events named after his first breakthrough TV news show: ‘Talking Business’ and also his radio show: ‘Head On with Supa’. Some of the events have been streamed in real-time online, and discussed on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira represents a breed of entrepreneurs who are grasping the green shoots of Zimbabwe’s business growth, and have bequeathed fresh impetus to the country’s economy. With interests in media, construction, music and film, Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira represents a budding business elite who create networks of several firms across a number of different sectors of the economy.  He is a role model to many young entrepreneurs in the country.