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Another Gong For Businesswoman & Philanthropist Smelly Dube

By Staff Reporter

Prominent Gweru-based businesswoman and philanthropist Dr Smelly Dube has been awarded a Hall of Fame Woman of the Year 2024 Global Excellence award at the Leaders Without Borders Economic Development Summit and International Honours business summit which was held in the United Kingdom recently.

Dr Dube received the accolade at a colourful ceremony which was held at the House of Lords, Palace in Westminister. The Global Excellence awards honour individuals making significant impact on the global stage across various fields, such as technology, business, politics, arts, and mining.

Dr Dube also bagged the Leaders Without Borders accolade at last year`s business summit.
She expressed gratitude following the latest recognition.

“I am humbled by this 2024 Global Excellence award. It is an amazing experience to keep being recognised at the global level for the work that I do.”

She said she was happy to raise Zimbabwe`s flag higher at a global stage and hoped to continue promoting the country through her various business and humanitarian efforts.

(left) Dr Smelly Dube with her husband Eng Dr. Mncedisi Dube after receiving the award. (Right) Dr Dube celebrating her award

“For me to continue being recognised at the international level is a humbling achievement. I am inspired and motivated by my President His Excellency Dr. E.D Mnangagwa’s developmental philosophy that “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo/ llwize lakhiwa ngabanikazi balo” (A country is built by its own citizens) and the Zimbabwe ls Open for Business Mantra. We continue to see more and more good policies put in place for an enabling environment for business to thrive in Zimbabwe. The latest is the new Structured Currency, the ZiG,” she said.

Dr Dube is the Chief Executive Officer of River Valley Group of Companies, which has interests in property development, retail, construction, agriculture and mining, through its subsidiaries River Valley Properties, Matovu Mining, Continental Plaza and Hychania Farm, among others.

River Valley Group is also expanding its wings internationallly and now has a subsidiary real estate company in Scotland. During her trip to the UK, she was also honoured with an Honorary Professorship in Mining and Industrial Development by the El Roi University of London. She also received an honorary professional Doctorate in Business Administration 2024 by the City University of Paris.

Apart from running businesses, Dr Dube also takes part in charity efforts through her and husband, Dr Mncedisi Dube`s organisation, S & M Hand of Compassion. Through the organisation, she pays school fees for over 100 students, donates grocery hampers every month to vulnerable households, among other several charity initiatives.

Her charity works have also seen her being appointed an Ambassador for a Gweru based philanthropic organisation MASO.