Zimbabwe corporates launch Cyclone Idai ‘Reboot Fund’

Top Zimbabwean private companies  yesterday announced the launch of an initiative called Reboot  Fund, aimed at raising at least RTGS$100 million (about US$35 million)  to assist in the rebuilding and reconstruction in areas that were  devastated by Cyclone Idai three weeks ago.

The tropical cyclone, which originated from Mozambique and passed  through Zimbabwe, left a trail of destruction killing nearly 300  people to date, hundreds still unaccounted for, over 20 000 displaced  and millions of dollars worth of housing and infrastructure washed away.

The affected areas, which are mainly in rural Zimbabwe, also saw families losing their livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep and  poultry.

Three of Zimbabwe’s top companies, Old Mutual, Econet Wireless, United  Refineries Limited (URL) and little known Vinal Investments and  Miracle Missions have joined hands to establish the Reboot Fund.

“Let us all come together, each one bringing what they have to the  table towards our RTGS $100 million Reboot Fund goal,” the fund said.

The fund said it is still open to new partners and is also taking  donations from well-wishers.

“The extent (of destruction) is dire and the need overwhelming, but  what is impossible for one can be made possible when many rise to the call.

“Zimbabwe needs your help,” the fund said in its rallying call  for support.

“Let us play our part and rebuild our nation, together we can do  this.”

An interim board of trustees made up of Old Mutual chief executive,  Jonas Mushosho, Econet CEO, Douglas Mboweni, URL chief executive,  Busisa Moyo as well as Vinal chairman Shingi Munyeza and Miracle  Missions trustee, Jaqueline Anderson has been set up and will be  responsible for the fund. –  New Ziana.

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