UZ gets a shot in the arm from ZERA

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, yesterday donated electrical equipment to the University of Zimbabwe’s (UZ) Electrical Engineering and Built Environment Department.

The donation is part of the Authority’s strategy to engage into partnerships with different stakeholders to enhance the country’s energy sector, which is a key cog in driving the country’s vision of attaining a middle-class economy status by 2030.

Speaking on behalf of Mr. Eddington Mazambani, Chief Executive Officer of ZERA, Eng. Nobert Matarutse, who is the Consumer Relations Manager, emphasized the Authority’s commitment towards knowledge generation and research towards energy issues.

Eng. Nobert Matarutse presents the donated equipment

“ZERA is very passionate and motivated by knowledge generation, research and development initiatives hence it is our utmost pleasure to donate towards this cause as part of our corporate social responsibility policy,” said Eng. Matarutse.

“It is our hope that the donation to the university will go a long way in improving the capacity of laboratory facilities.”

He further highlighted the authority’s support to UZ as the hub of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), citing those opportunities that stem out of STEM are limitless. He also commended the University for being one of the many institutions of higher learning that are actively embracing and implementing innovations that have great promise and are making strides in national development.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Paul Mapfumo, represented by the UZ Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Academic Affairs, Professor Florence Mtambanengwe, expressed gratitude towards the gesture acknowledging the cordial relations between ZERA and the University of Zimbabwe.

 “I am grateful to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority for their support, and I am happy to mention that a number of our students have benefitted and continue to benefit from the ZERA sponsorship in pursuit of their dreams, that our becoming skilled graduates,” said Prof. Mtambanengwe.

“This development will certainly motivate and inspire both our current and future students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Build Environment,” she continued.

“UZ greatly values this partnership, and we are really honoured for this high level of support.”

Eng. Nobert Matarutse hands over the equipment to Professor Florence Mtambanengwe, while the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built environment, Prof Hodson Makurira and Chairperson of the Electrical Engineering Electronic Engineering Department, Eng. Jennifer Chiroodza- Ndlovu look on.

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