It is quite ironic that Mr Irvine Nyamapfene who originates from Zimbabwe in the African continent has won praises in the United Kingdom (UK) for his ground-breaking work, whereas his own country has obstacles in terms of electricity and he decided to electrify a foreign city’s entire bus network when he is fully qualified to change the situation in his own country.
The project in London was to create the first group of electric buses which has emerged, and as a result Nyamapfene has received an award which was presented by the multi-billion pound company from London named UK Power Networks. Irvine also received accolades for his first project from the CrossRail Company as the manager of the year. ‘‘Congrats Engineer Irvine Nyamapfene for the Regional award of being a project manager of the year for your work on electric buses in London (Could not hide such big news at a time when Zimbabwe is struggling with energy and transport. I hope this project is replicated back home)’’, wrote Girl Child Network Founder Betty Makoni.
The development comes as his home country might experience total darkness, since the energy minister Fortune Chasi confirmed that the state owned power utility ZESA is struggling to settle a debt of more than US$40 million (over R580 million) to Eskom, and ZESA also owes Mozambique millions for the electricity they have borrowed in the past years. We hope that crucial information about electricity being revealed will transform the minds of qualified engineers in Zimbabwe, because they need to step up and provide assistance in their country.
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