School fees and uniforms were a luxury for the son of a peasant farmer.
“I never had a complete school uniform and learnt to work hard for a living at primary school level,” he said in a recent interview. “I woke up very early every day to plough the fields or mould bricks before going to school. After school, it would be straight back to work.” Three decades later, Moyo is proud of that dew-drop start to his every day, as he believes it is the key to his success.
“It made me who I am today. It made me realise that sleep would not bring me anything and that sacrificing it to prepare the future was more important. It made me aware that to succeed in life, I had to work very hard and not look at my poor background as a mirror into my future.”
Despite having passed O Levels with distinctions, he worked in a construction company in Gweru, digging trenches for the installation of electric cables.
Then he trained as a teacher at ZINTEC College (now Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic), in Gwanda before going on to earn a BSc in Counselling (Zimbabwe Open University) and a BA Honours in Social Behaviour Studies with UNISA. He is about to complete a Masters in Social Behaviour Studies and has also enrolled for an MBA.
In 2001 he wrote the song “Joshua Nkomo” in honour of the late former Vice President. It became a hit and was sung in all primary schools. In 2002, when the economic meltdown began to bite, he migrated to South Africa.
Teaching is his first love and Moyo is now the Director of Empirical Training Agency, which provides training on skills and full qualifications at NQF Level 4.
Skills programmes offered include Workplace Stress Management, Trauma Counselling, HIV and AIDS Workplace Management, Counselling and Peer Education.
“Our aim is to ensure high quality products and services through continuous self assessment and benchmarking. We want to upgrade the physical facilities and equipment to meet delivery, health and safety requirements and to deepen democracy, equality, non-racialism, non-sexism and appreciation of human dignity,” said Moyo
“South Africa has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world and these courses are indeed helpful in developing skills that will contribute to alleviating the scourge. The country faces a critical skills shortage, with social sciences particularly hard hit.”
Empirical Training Agency has also been involved in community projects around Soweto and the West Rand, training almost 1000 people in the last two years.
Besides training and career guidance, the agency runs a consultancy division, which designs policies and programmes on HIV and Employee Wellness in the workplace and Health Economics. This helps companies balance resource allocation and expenditure and forms part of the strategic areas a company must focus on, especially those in high risk areas like mining. “We save them money and time,” says Moyo.Post published in: Opinions & Analysis