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Zimbabwe Church to Hold Business Workshop For Struggling Families

A Zimbabwean church, fearing that its followers may lose out in the country’s on-going controversial indigenization scheme and other state programs, has invited three high-flying ministers for a business seminar for empowering struggling families.

Brethren-In-Christ Church pastor Hloniphani Ndlovu said the organization decided to invite Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Economic Planning Minister Tapiwa Mashakada and Industry Minister Welshman Ncube in order to get first hand information on black economic empowerment, investment in Zimbabwe and the general performance of industries.

Ndlovu said the one-day business meeting will be held Saturday in Bulawayo and attended by male church followers.

“We hope to hold a similar business seminar which will include women as they also need to be economically empowered,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s economic empowerement program compels foreign-owned firms to transfer an equity stake of 51 percent to local people.

At the same time, more than 20,000 workers have lost their jobs in the past three years in Bulawayo following the collapse of over 85 companies in the city due to lack of capital.