MASVINGO – Ten secretaries from Masvingo received awards for the best secretary at a function recently where outgoing Town Clerk Adolf Gusha was the guest of honour.
The awards which were held at the Ancient City Lodge on the outskirts of Masvingo City are organised by the Association of Secretaries and Personal Assistants Zimbabwe (ASPAZ) and this is the first such event in Masvingo Province.
Kudzanai Nhariwa who is the Chief Executive Officer of ASPAZ said her organisation paid secret visits to companies in the province where they observed secretaries at work. The assessors then scored the secretaries using a criteria which she did not disclose.
The secretaries are awarded in their different sectors and 10 categories were assessed with a winner coming from each category.
In addition to the 10 secretaries there was a separate category for Boss of The Year which went to Great Zimbabwe University Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvobgo who has become synonymous with snatching awards.
The grand prize, the secretary of the year award went to Susan Ranganayi who is Masvingo town clerk’s secretary.
The best secretary for all legal firms in Masvingo went to Andinawangu Mutengezanwa of the reputable Chihambakwe Law Chambers who walked away with a certificate and a shield.
Kyle College secretary Deirdere Dekock was adjudged the best secretary for schools in what was probably the most intense competition because of the number of institutions involved.
Hilda Sibanda from Morgenster Teacher’s College won the best secretary for colleges while the best secretary for universities award went to Chengetani Siniwa from GZU.
Tongaaat Hullet’s Celestine Magerison won the best secretary award for corporate institutions while the best secretary for parastatals’ award went to Belinda Masuku from NSSA.
The best secretary for local authorities went to Judith Mugadza from Bikita Rural District Council.
GZU which dominated the awards walked away with four accolades with its Sibonele Mutusa being adjudged the most promising secretary while Gladys Jonasi from the same institution was adjudged the most improved secretary.
Gusha praised ASPAZ for organising such an event and said networking makes the world move.
“We are now living in a technological era where technology is critical, networking is important as it opens up opportunities and that is important,” said Gusha.
Nhariwa said ASPAZ was founded in 2016.
“The association is meant to network secretaries so that they can share ideas on how to do their job. We move in organisations to see how secretaries operate and we observe quietly whilst they don’t know and we will do our processes to nominate the winners”, said Nhariwa
Ranganayi said she was elated to win the top award.
“As secretaries and Personal Assistants we should continue working hard and my colleagues you should keep the fire burning, our job is important and we are honoured through these awards”, said Ranganayi.
Dr Watson Munyanyi a Banking and Finance lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University gave a lecture to secretaries on how they should be the indispensable secretary and move on with new technology at their workplaces.
Mutengezanwa said it was a great honour to receive an award for the first time.
“I thank ASPAZ, my boss Grace Bwanya for the support or the support she gives me. It is a great honour to receive such recognition,” she said