Mimosa has handed over the first consignment of twenty-five laptops they donated to the University of Zimbabwe Department of Mining, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.
Of the 25 laptops, Mimosa today delivered 10 laptops worth USD$13 000.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor during the handover ceremony held at the campus, Director of Quality Assurance Professor Chipo Dyanda said the donation came at an opportune time when the school is preparing to resume classes for the next semester.
“This hardware will immensely benefit members of staff in the newly formed Department of Mining, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us to review the traditional teaching and learning methods and we have embraced online education.
“Thus the virtual interaction methods had to be implemented quickly as education delivery platforms.
“As we prepare to allow students to resume classes for the next semester, we highly value this gesture. The donation could not have come on a more opportune time than this one,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of Mimosa Managing Director Fungai Makoni, Head Corporate Affairs Ms. Elizabeth Nerwande said the laptops are meant to benefit the academic staff so that they stay connected and be able to work remotely in line with the demands imposed by the pandemic.
“In the new normal occasioned by COVID-19, the centrality of ICT gadgets can not be overemphasized.
“The laptops are our gesture to promote the work of the university, particularly the Department of Mining, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering while also ensuring that it remains technologically capacitated to meet the needs of the ever-evolving ICTs.
“As a mining entity, Mimosa is a part product of the outputs from the University of Zimbabwe and other institutions of higher learning. In our Corporate Social Investment, we have identified education as a critical area of intervention to transform individuals, communities, and the nation at large,” she said.
Through their partnership with the university, Mimosa in June this year handed over one AXS S8 Tiger Machine and other accessories, single port Ringmill in a soundproof, a ton hand operated manual hydraulic and other equipment.
The equipment was earmarked for use in training and research work and to enable the university to undertake exploration projects for the mining industry.