Harare – A leading South African academic and businessman has told Zimbabwean businessmen that it is possible for companies to do business without being involved in corrupt activities.
At a Telecel-sponsored breakfast meeting in Harare on Thursday (May 9), Professor Geoff Rossouw – CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa – addressed the local chapter of the Institute of Directors (IoDZ) on doing successful business without engaging in corruption. The breakfast meeting was hosted by IoDZ.
IoDZ recently signed an agreement with Telecel Zimbabwe for the mobile operator to sponsor its quarterly breakfast briefings. In terms of the agreement, Telecel will also sponsor the Institute’s Director of the Year awards, to be held later this month.
Prof. Rossouw, a visiting lecturer at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is an acknowledged expert on business ethical issues. One of IoDZ’s objectives – according to the institute – is to promote excellence, enterprise and integrity in directors, as well as help improve skills, through events such as the quarterly breakfast briefings.
Francis Chimanda, Telecel’s PR and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said the mobile operator valued its association with IoDZ, given the important role the institute plays in the business sector, particularly in fostering business excellence and good corporate governance.
“This is the first time that we are sponsoring the IoDZ breakfast sessions and already we feel it is a worth-while move,” said Chimanda. “Integrity is a key value that is much needed. We believe this session is of particular importance and, together with the upcoming ones, will benefit not only those who attend but the country’s business sector as a whole, given the important role that directors play within any business.”
The breakfast sessions are open to all directors, including non-members of IoDZ, for a fee.