The Zimbabwe Open University entered into yet another lucrative partnership with Beitbridge Juicing Private Limited, a subsidiary of Schweppes Holdings.
The signing ceremony was done at ZOU National Centre in Harare on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. The ZOU Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Alfred Champion Ncube, signed on behalf of the institution of Higher learning while Mr Asere Shumba put pen to paper for the Juicing Company.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Professor Ncube said ZOU was growing in stature in terms of community partnerships after having previously signed other partnerships with the Sanyati farmers on the Sanyati Beef Production Project through Artificial Insemination (last year), the Chitomborwizi Network Dairy Production (early this year), and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority recently.
He added that the MoU intended at establishing a collaborative partnership in agribusiness and will include aspects of research, development, quality assurance, training and skills transfer.
On behalf of the Juicing Company, Mr Shumba said they had entered into a marriage they believe will transform their business operations in a much significant way.
He added that Zimbabwe is blessed with water, electricity and vast land but people were not able to organise al these to change the fortunes of their economy.
“We, therefore, believe this partnership will go a long way in trying to solve such problems through research and training.”
The Juicing Company produces Mazoe Orange Crush, Minute Maid, Schweppes and Bonaqua water.