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So Zimbabwe, what is our problem?

By Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo

Entrepreneurship is the art of creating or developing a business through innovation, creativity, progressive imagination and risk taking initiative, or Entrepreneurship is the art identifying viable business opportunities and mobilizing resources to convert those opportunities into a successful enterprise through creativity, innovation, risk taking and progress imagination.

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The keywords in most definitions are; Art, development, innovation, creativity, progressive imagination and risk taking. Entrepreneurship is premised on the understanding that ideas are more important than MONEY. An entrepreneur without any money at all, will use ideas and/or his progressive imagination to make money, whilst a person with huge sums of money but without sound entrepreneurial ideas will eventually misuse or lose that money.

Who is an entrepreneur or who is supposed to be an entrepreneur?

The one who is supposed to be an entrepreneur it’s you and me. We should stop wasting our time gossiping, talking too much, insults, we must sit down and plan and embrace this new economy known as entrepreneurship which is emerging on the market.

Entrepreneur is a derived name from the French work “entreprendre” ie “entre (to enter) and “prendre” (to take), and in a general sense, applies to any person starting a new project or trying a new opportunity. An entrepreneur is a person motivated by a strong desire to achieve positive and sustainable business results through hard work, risk taking abilities, determination and generation of progressive ideas.

We need to embrace entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the way to go. Our economy has suffered major defeats and there have been so many misconceptions about our economy, international relations but its high time Zimbabwe need to move into a new era of development.

The good part with this country is we have high skilled labor and potential growth using our local resources and manpower. Instead of politicking and side swerving political temperatures which is unnecessary, we have to work together as a nation despite our political affiliations, race, sex we need to get Zimbabwe working again. Our country has been battered negatively because of several issues.

Increase in foreign direct investment and exports

Entrepreneurship increases market share through exports. It brings diversity in export trade. The other good thing is that it promotes international trade and reduce our balance of payments. As we speak most of our youths have resorted to vending and touting and it’s very difficult for the Government to raise revenue through these activities. Government can facilitate lines of credit as to harness growth and development.

Creation of employment

Majority of Zimbabweans are not employed and the unemployment has reached 93% which is very alarming and disturbing. The majority of the unemployed are youths. By embracing entrepreneurship, we are creating employment. We are encouraging the Government of Zimbabwe to support entrepreneurs mostly youths. This will improve the welfare of most of our youths. These youths will contribute positively towards the fiscus by paying taxes and revenue to the Government.

Technological advancement

The constantly advancing technology in the world today, has brought about numerous modern business equipment and machinery such as laptop computers, tablets, I-phones, internet banking, mobile banking, Facebook, and many others. This advancement in technology has therefore opened up many technology related business opportunities that have contributed to an increase in the level of entrepreneurship among nations including Zimbabwe.

Growing desire for independent lifestyles

Many people in the world today are very desirous of independent and self-sustaining lives. Increasingly, society is witnessing people who want freedom to choose where they live, the number of hours they work, and what they do, all of which are largely dependent on one being self-employed and engaging in entrepreneurship. This desire for independent lifestyles is therefore, equally triggering the entrepreneurship spirit among nations.

Zimbabwe has huge potential

We have vast minerals such as diamonds, gold reserves, platinum etc. In fact we are the second largest producer of platinum in the world. We have good labour skills, we have technology, we have land, we have everything so what is our problem?

The problem is that Government has mortgaged Zimbabwe to foreign nationals such as China and it will be difficult for locals to benefit. I encourage the Government of Zimbabwe to open markets for entrepreneurs and encourage locals to take major stakes in mining and agricultural sectors etc. We have the brains in this country and in fact in terms of literacy rate we are the second highest in Africa. My question is then what is wrong with this country in terms of service delivery?

Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo writes in his personal capacity as the Head of Mentorship Institute of National Development and Sustainability which is responsible for policy research. He is also a development analyst and consultant. He can be contacted at [email protected]

  • Zanu pf (shallow minded greedy individuals) and Mugabe if we sought the two we go far and fight corruption hatred I tell we will be back again

  • technology we lag behind

  • Zanu Pf is the problem

  • Learning curve

  • We are the problem

  • Leadership crisis

  • We are 40 yrs behind SA

  • We are atleast 40 yrs behind SA, 15 yrs behind Botswana amd maybe 8 yrs behind Zambia

    • I don’t agree with you there! we will never reach those countries’ level. Zimbabwe is totally doomed. even after 100 years zambia will still be better than our country.

  • Mugabe and Zanu pf are the enemy of the state, they are holding us down, besides that ,i believe Zimbabweans are too much sheepish and instead of solve problems we fleeing outside the country

    • I finished College with a distinction in Machanical Eng i tried to look for job bt job cant get i apply online n i get a job offer in S A, offering me a good salary and a house plus company car. But some1 want me to stay and fight uncle bob and starve to death, wat tha fuck that br get a life

    • Jus opinion i never say do not go where u get a lucrative offer

    • So the question would be what if there was no South Africa across the fence,wouldn’t you stay and fight,sometimes in life we wont be victors in the fights we fight even if we win but our kids will be victors in a form of a better future

    • Truth is if you guys had stayed in Zimbabwe and fought Mugabe back then you would have won and Zimbabwe would be a better country by today

    • Quite true Motsiri.Cowards have let us down.cant fight alone while millions swim across the limpopo for safety.

  • There is no problem at all but there is a problem of being oppressed when you are telling the truth that uncle B.O.B must foetsek you will be in a hot water or to be thrown in a jungle’ that is the problem we are facing including those Ophans called police policing eatng bread & lemon sittng under the tree with sharp spikes to block pple driving expensive cars choping their monie! Its just hell””’

  • We claim to be more intelligent than others,by pratical even malawians are far ahead of us no wonder they bought a Zimbabwe bank

  • Bob Mugabe

  • Ancle bob and his mafia party

  • Politics,tsvangirai and his subjects

  • today mugabe upholds impetuos farm invasions which weren’t his initiative rather Hunzi’s, who had him stuck between a hard place & a rock

  • We were unlucky to have independence first so we were first to exhaust what was left by the white men. SA is still swimming in the what men’s left overs. If you can see they are starting to feel the after effects and soon n very soon they’ll see the real meaning of ‘ independence’

    • And what does SA have to do with this post?

    • South Africa will never go there forget,we defeated apartheid we never ran away from our own problems

  • We don’t have political leaders for the people

  • Imagine a president wenyika yakadaro can only manage kuvhura #cafe

  • Political Struggles, The Western world and Zimbabwean Politicians are equally to be blame , MDC too for calling for financial onslaught on his people , we can never blame on man

    • Mukanya

      Iwe wakarasika mupfungwa nekufunga zvese!!

  • We’re far way behind in terms of technology,

  • State capture by non other than Bob the man we thought cared for this country& its people!

  • what happens if we all came together?? And call for #SanctionsMustFall , with them in place there will be no rule on law , the leadership has nothing to loose and they won’t loose anything even themselves

    • Iwe hauzivi chinhu iwe masanctions aripo kudaro maminarals arikungotengeswa zvakadaro saka mari yacho irikushandeyi ndomubvunza ngwara mani wake up

  • I want to sell dat country to qataR businessman

  • The problem is human nature

  • U only do what is best for u in Zimbabwe

  • ZANU, Grace and Robert Mugabe.

  • Sekuru😎

  • Corruption and greed

  • Zimbabweans own this country and they must own their problem. You cannot blame the person you put in place to manage it. The leadership is as good or bad as the people being led. In the meantime lets continue shouting at each other. When things are really bad we will know what to do.

  • Mugabe n his pple

  • Mugabe and his team are the problem

  • Uri kubvunza ani nhaiwe?

  • ZANU PF,Corruption,Nepototism,Kukara

  • ploblem apongosi ndindarama wacho ndilibe kumuona sindipiwa ine kabanga mapiwaa ndipaseniwo kan’ono mbichana please kuno ndiribe but ndinakara mumene muzimbabwe imomo aaah ndarama hauyione futi pamwe ndimi mapaswa bokosi rayo riri ndee please ndipaseniwo antu apotseka mumene muzim umu.mamvera bweresani ndarama manyambita nabhururu wanu idzo dzinari dzenyika naruzhinji fokofo ungavhunze izozo kuti nhamo chiyani uribe mutsoro iwe kaife

  • Regime is the problem but if Zimbos just run away from their country nothing will change

  • corruption is our problem

  • The current government. Too corrupt they could rather smuggles the minerals out to benefit themselves than everyone. And if the product are sold, the proceeds disappears

  • Self-centredness, greed and outright cowardice! We are virtually a ‘castrated’ lot. Too theoretical on matters of national interest – spending time discussing things in boardrooms instead of acting decisively. That’s our problem

  • Bad leadership, Africa is suffering from bad leadership

  • Hapana hedu…takainetera nguva hobhoe

  • We can put the blame on Adam and Eve.

  • Power has to come back to the city of kings leaders are in Mthwakazi not Mpumalangas no no

  • The swii

    Zimbabweans are cowards.We really are too law abiding and we don’t stand up for each other.One person gets taken by police, instead of fighting and uniting behind that act we all run and hide.We are the only people who can remove Mugabe.But we have to be brave and united.Even if Bob dies then next guy will just keep us down the same way Mugabe has all these years because they know that we are cowards and we are not united.Elections are a joke and a waste of time as long as Zanu PF is ruling.We the people are the only ones who will change the situation.Until that day we will just continue doing what we are doing now.Watching and commenting from the sidelines.We need to fight Zimbabwe.Elections are child’s play

  • NeZANU PF Chiwororo munotomama chete nekupera semapete

  • Corruption

  • Voswera vachiti nyaudza hee Mutasa munoda kuramba muchingoita benefit.An 82yr old school fees yegreat grandchildren here.

  • We Zimbabweans are just cowards. Don’t blame Bob don’t blame ZANU don’t blame Tsvangirai. Lets blame ourselves for keeping quite and having this silly pride mixed with so called “educated” arrogance and embarrassing cowardice.

  • 🤷‍♀️

  • Leadership

  • CORRUPTION MAN!

  • ZANU PF is the problem. Full stop

  • kupusa vashoma vachidya zvavo

  • We have to be wise

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