By Samuel Takawira
Total Zimbabwe is continuing its relationship in Zimbabwe on the back of new business models and community appreciation, visiting Total Africa Senior Vice President (SVP) Mr. Stansilas Mittelman said.
Mr. Mittelman, who was on a week-long working visit to Zimbabwe, a country he once called home as he was Total Zimbabwe Managing Director, made these remarks in a speech at a corporate dinner to complete his working visit in Harare recently.
Addressing the glitzy gathering composed of different captains of industry, officials from Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Ministry of Youth, Art, Sports and Recreation, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and others, the Senior Vice President for the Africa division said that Total in Africa is driven to make a positive impact in the areas of operation.
Total, Mr. Mittelman added was primed for expansion and growth in the thirty-seven (37) different African countries it operates in, Zimbabwe included because of different innovations from management as shown by the Young Dealer Program.
“The Young Dealer Program is a business initiative from Total which seeks to empower and promote youth on the African continent at large including Zimbabwe to be part of Totals dealership network.” he said.
Speaking at the same event, Total Zimbabwe Managing Director Ronan Bescond added that despite the challenging operating environment, Total has managed to deliver better services to its stakeholders.
“We have grown from strength to strength, learning from different experiences to help us reach the stage we are today, as the first choice in providing better energy to Zimbabwe” he added.
Mr. Bescond added that Total always strives for cordial relations with different players in the energy supply chain and regulatory authorities like Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).
Total, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) has also ploughed back into the community it serves, by donating two thousand liters of fuel (2000) to help fight the Cholera outbreak in September and the hugely subscribed Start Upper Challenge, a platform to promote innovation and social impact ideas amongst the youth.