By Staff Reporter
A Zimbabwean businessman based in America Divine Mafa has been shortlisted for the Top 100 Leaders in Automotive and Transportation Award.
The awards will be conferred at ITAS Conference in June this at MGM hotel, Las Vegas.
Mafa is the director and founder of three-wheeler vehicle Hende Moto which has an assembling plant in Kwekwe.
The company focuses mainly on producing affordable and fuel efficient cars which run on both petrol and electric-powered, called hybrid cars.
Mafa said he was honored to have been nominated for the award.
“I have been nominated as an industrialist in the United States of America,” he said.
“That says a lot for someone who came from Zimbabwe and came to America and started several businesses.”
Mafa said the nomination would help Hende Moto attract investors.
“The nomination has put Hende Mota under the spotlight and we be able to get funding from investors,” he said.
“Hende Moto will be able to build technically advanced infrastructure in Africa.”
Mafa said plans were in motion to list Hende Moto (Private) Limited on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).
The Kwekwe-based firm was also granted a licence by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to offer car hiring services in the country’s hospitality industry.
Hende Moto was registered in Zimbabwe in June last year.
The car assembler and manufacturer is importing 75 percent pre-assembled vehicles but plans are underway to have all the units done locally once work at the Kwekwe plant is complete.