The late Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) managing director, Charles Zinyemba, who died on Sunday, was buried on Wednesday, 11 May at Destiny Memorial Park in Gweru.
Zinyemba (59) collapsed and died at his home in the mining town in the early hours of Sunday.
His burial was witnessed by friends, colliery workers, business leaders and members of the public.
A memorial service was held in the morning at his home located on a plot just outside Gweru before his burial in the afternoon.
HCCL administrator, Dale Sibanda, described Zinyemba as a dedicated worker who spearheaded the rebuilding of the company. Said Sibanda:
Dr Zinyemba was appointed as substantive managing director in August last year and had been a pillar in the mining firm. Dr Zinyemba has been with HCCL for over 10 years.
Zinyemba, a former soldier and trained medical doctor, was HCCL’s acting managing director from October 2018 to August 2021 when he was appointed as the substantive managing director.
His career started in the medical services field as an Army cadet (1986), Junior Doctor at Mpilo Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (1987-88).
He left the army for the then Wankie Colliery Company Limited where he worked as a medical officer until 1999.
Zinyemba then joined a Group Medical Practice in 1999 as an assistant, becoming a partner in 2000 and later, a senior partner in 2002, a position he held until 2011.
In 2011, he re-joined Hwange Colliery Company Limited’s executive management team as medical services executive responsible for the Medical Services Division.
Zinyemba was a holder of an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST- Zim) and MBChB from the University of Zimbabwe.
He was also a full member of the College of Primary Care Physicians of Zimbabwe (CPCPZ) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Zimbabwe (IoDZ).
Zinyemba was also a member of the ZISCO Advisory Group (Technical), a member of the ZIMCHEM Refiners Board of Directors, and a member of the Stanley House (Pvt) Ltd Board of Directors and CEO Roundtable Zimbabwe member among other affiliations.