Remembering Unki Mines Chairman -

Remembering Unki Mines Chairman

File Photo: President Emmerson Mnangagwa chats with Unki Mines former Chairman James Maposa during the official opening of the smelting plant in 2019

James P. Maposa, former Chairman of Unki Mines, was more than just a Midlander as he gave more than expected to the Midlands community. He passed on the 13th of September 2021 in Harare, leaving a huge void in his family, in the community, at Unki mines and in the mining industry in Zimbabwe.

Mr Maposa was educated in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. He graduated university with an Honours degree in Industrial Relations from Kent University. Instead of staying in the UK as most people would, he came back to Zimbabwe and spent most of his life working with the Anglo American Corporation Zimbabwe which he joined in 1986.

He began his career there as a Group Industrial Relations Manager then he proceeded to occupy various multiple roles including; a Group Human Resources Manager; Executive Director HR/ Admin and Managing Director of Anglo American Corporation Services.

Mr Maposa consulted for Anglo American Corporation Zimbabwe and Anglo American Platinum since 2006, with specific focus on the development of Unki Mines. He served on the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe for more than 23 years, eventually being promoted to President of the Chamber of Mines.
His tireless efforts resulted in his special recognition as an Honourary Life Member of the Chamber. Furthermore, he served various Zimbabwean entities including being the Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe, Chairman of Unki Mines, Chairman of the Mining Industry Pension Fund, Chairman of the Anglo American, Zimbabwe Pension Funds and Director of the Tongaat Hulett owned, Hippo Valley Estates Limited.

Mr Maposa contributed to the development of the Province as he facilitated R10 million to the construction of a state-of-the-art Covid-19 ward, inclusive of ventilators at the Gweru Provincial Hospital.

He facilitated the disbursement of seed capital from Unki Mines to the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Scheme for Shurugwi District several years ago.
As the Chairman of Unki Mines, Mr Maposa collaborated with the International Law Book Foundation which donated 252 boxes of legal books to the Midlands State University, Great Zimbabwe University and the Legal Resources Foundation.

Mr Maposa made immense contributions to development and created vast opportunities for growth and development in Zimbabwe and in the Midlands Province in particular. We will remember him for the great man he was and his many positive contributions to society.

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