14 September 2018
VISITING South African diva and philanthropist, PJ Powers – real name Penelope Jane Dunlop – has faith in the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The 58-year-old, who was in the country for a series of charity shows, said the President needed support from various stakeholders to turn around Zimbabwe’s fortunes for the better.
In an interview with H-Metro shortly after being appointed patron of the Miss Zimbabwe Albinism at a local hotel, the “World in Union” chart-topper predicted a bright future under President Mnangagwa.
“I think that I can feel the tide is turning. I will always give my support because Zimbabwe is a country I always love.
“The comparisons I can draw between His Excellence (President Mnangagwa) and our country is that we (South Africans) have a big mountain to climb.
“The most important thing is support if President (Cyril) Ramaphosa is elected next year, he should listen to the people,” she said.
The decorated South African tourism ambassador urged African presidents to have an open door policy and listen to the people’s grievances.
“People need to be free to ask questions, people expect to be answered when they ask questions,” she said.
On her new role as the Miss Zimbabwe Albinism patron, the multi award-winning singer said she was ready for the task.
“I feel very proud and blessed to have been invited to embark on the task.
“I think it’s something that I’m going to learn and carry forward; it’s an extensive platform that I have been given to give back,” she said.
Asked how they will conduct next year’s pageant along Miss Albinism Zimbabwe Trust founding director Brenda Mudzimu, PJ Powers said:
“I think Brenda is the one who is advising us at the moment and Brenda did exactly the right thing.
“What she did was, she had an idea and reached out to us because she wanted to get hold of me.
“She saw that I was working with Khulisa Social Solutions (charity) and the result is what you see today.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by Khulisa Social Solutions managing director Lesley Ann Selm who urged stakeholders to help Brenda realise her potential.
“All she needs at the moment is support,” she said.
In another interview, Brenda said she was ready to engage various stakeholders to ensure the initiative is embraced by many.
“We have roped in PJ Powers as our patrons because her music inspires me.
“We hope to hold the second edition in March next year.
“The first edition was held on March 16 2018 and we are looking forward to a big event next year,” she said.
She said they were also considering including male in the contest to ensure they give people with albinism an opportunity to be heard.
Brenda’s initiative has been hailed for building resilience and confidence among people with albinism as well as giving them the platform to air their grievances.