The smallest of the Tanganda Tea Estates, Zona is situated in a basin shaped valley below the Chirinda Rain Forest and Mount Selinda Mission School and Hospital. The eastern boundary of the estate forms the international border with Mozambique and Jersey estate lies to the south and Farfell coffee farm to the north. The estate falls under Chief Mapungwana’s area and leadership. The terrain is rolling with steep slopes, the altitude is 815 metres above sea level at the lowest point and 969 metres at the highest point. We experience a sub tropical climate with hot humid summers and mild winters with an average of 1250 mm of rain per annum.
It is a majestic estate with visitors awe inspired and always commenting on its beauty. They are surprised by the fact that it suddenly appears like an oasis out of nothing special, after what seems an endless journey on rough roads.
Two river systems, the Zona river, which the estate derives it’s name from, and the Manyoka river feed the Dam, which stores water for irrigation and domestic purposes.
The estate is made up of two divisions, School and Gasela diversions and is 780 hectares (ha) in extent. Tea plantations make up 420 ha, gum and wattle 186 ha, indigenous forest 60 ha, with the balance being used for rivers, roads, housing, recreational facilities, airstrip and dam. The tea fields comprise of seedling tea chich were planted up to the mid 1970’s and amount to 206.4 ha, and 113.5 ha of clonal tea or improved cultivars planted thereafter. These teas were developed by the Tea Research Foundation in Malawi.
Presently Zona produces 1900 tonnes of made tea of which about 65% is exported and the rest is for the local market. Approximately 1500m3 of firewood are harvested yearly for steam generation for our processing plant. This factory was built in 1951 but a major refurbishment exercise accurred in 1972 to modernize the facility and now improvements are done annually. The factory comprises of two processing lines has the potential to manufacture 72000kgs of Green Leaf daily. All manufactured tea is sorted and packed ready for market.
Plucking tea by hand held machines is a new concept introduced in 2013 and has us all excited as the tea tables are immaculately level and neat. Russel Tapson is the current Estate Manager having joined Tanganda in 2003. He has also ranched cattle therefore growing tea was a new venture for him. He is supported by a dedicated and very loyal management team and staff and credits much of the estates success to them.
Amenities on the estate include a secondary and primary school, recreational hall, trading store, cocktail bar, beer hall, managers club, clinic and sporting facilities. These are well supported and much fun is had.
Despite Zona being so far from civilization it is our home and we are particularly proud of it and the close knit community that has developed over the years.
Tinga Mira, one of Tanganda’s flourishing estates, is not only majestic and truly beautiful, but a hive of activity.
This estate, with altitudes ranging from 860m to 1050m above sea level, consists of sandy clay loams, sand clay and loam sand soils. The adjacent lands of Petrunella and Avontuur are incorporated and run under Tinga Mira. During peak season the mix of permanent, seasonal or contract workers can number up to 800
Like other Tanganda estates Tinga Mira has until recently concentrated on tea since it was first planted back in 1996. The estate still has 350ha under tea, some clonal some seedling, but has now diversified adding a spring water bottling plant and Avocados to its portfolio.
Whilst several varieties of tea are grown PC108, PC105 and KC7 take up the largest hectarage. The factory runs only 2 lines with each capable of producing 400kg made tea per hour on average. The factory was recently revamped and is the most modern out of the
four tea estates. During tea harvesting the factory works on a shift basis running 24 hours a day to keep up with production. Like the other three Tanganda tea producing estates Tinga Mira purchases tea from the neighbouring small scale farmers and provides them with technical assistance, advice, fertilisers etc.
Avocados, of the Hass variety, were planted in 2011 with already 383.3ha planted and possibly more to come. The first fly crop of Avocados is expected in April 2015 which is most exciting. A new Pack Shed will be constructed in time for the harvest and will not only handle Tinga Mira’s crop but that of a neighbouring sister estate, Ratelshoek.
One of Tanganda’s treasures is the purest, sweetest spring water you could imagine. Tinga Mira started a manual water plant in 2006 which grew rapidly until the new automatic bottling plant was installed in 2011. The new high quality machines have considerably increased production producing both 500ml and 2 Litre bottles. 5Litre bottles are produced manually . The plant though small in size is most impressive. The blower machine transforms (or blows up) the preforms into the related bottles which are then rinsed out in the rinsing machine. Next the bottles move down the conveyor line and are filled and capped. The full bottles travel past a sighter glass one by one for quality control purposes before being labelled and finally printed with the date of manufacture as well as the expiry date. The bottled water is then placed in cardboard trays and shrink wrapped ready for transport to Harare. All water passes through a rigorous filtration process before being bottled and a small laboratory conducts daily tests on the water to ensure the water is 100% pure. The branded Tinga Mira water is sold to all leading supermarkets throughout the country but unfortunately transport costs make export prohibitive at the present time.
Tinga Mira holds part of the Tanganda cattle herd being responsible for the young cows. The current herd at Tinga Mira numbers about 160. Once these cows reach suitable breeding weights they are sent for bulling and when pregnant they return to New Years Gift who handles the breeding herd. Another batch of heifers will be sent back to Tinga Mira and the cycle continues. The cattle play a role in reducing fire hazards grazing all non arable areas of the estate. Every year Maize and Rye grass are grown as supplementary feeding during the harsh winter months when grazing is limited in an effort to ensure cattle remain in superb condition throughout the year. This last year 34ha of Maize was sown along with 4ha Rye grass.
141 hectares of Gum plantations are established as a fuel resource for the tea factory. Natural forests or conservation areas take up a further 25ha which are protected from tree cutting, hunting or snaring of animals. In these areas monkeys, jackals, wild hares, guinea fowl etc can be found. Tinga Mira is very fortunate and indeed privileged to have a python corridor on the estate. Pythons are still regarded as Royal Game and Tinga Mira ensures that their pathway remains undisturbed.
A few of the most common trees found in the indigenous forests are Redwood, Custard Apple, Wild Fig, Cape Fig, Mukwa, Marula and Monkey Plum.
Water for irrigation is supplied via aquifers from the 1200 mega litre Tinga Mira dam. The dam receives its water from the Chipita and Mvurachena rivers and supplies all water for irrigation on the estate.
A small clinic run by a state registered nurse is available. This is primarily a maternity ward. Any other patients requiring admission are referred to Ratelshoek or Chipinge Hospital.
Another important aspect is of course child care. Two Tanganda run crèches are available for small children. Each crèche can accommodate up to 40 children. Government run Primary and Secondary Schools are present with the primary school capable of handling up to 800 children. The secondary school can seat up to 360 students taking them up to O Level standard. At the secondary school students can study computers, agriculture and building as well as the normal standard subjects.
A local drama club exists which puts on dramas for the local community and indeed sometimes travels round the district with educational performances. Social activities are taken seriously with a beer hall fully stocked for after hour’s entertainment and sporting events for the more energetic. Various teams, soccer, netball, volleyball, darts and tug-o-war have regular practices and play competitively on weekends with other Tanganda estates or social clubs within the district. Tanganda itself holds an annual gala at which Tinga Mira is always a force to be reckoned with. Teams compete for trophies and prize money and with all the spectators cheering on their relevant teams the gala becomes a suspense filled exciting day.
Nestled in a valley about 25km before Chipinge town you will find the picturesque New Year’s Gift Estate. (Latitude 20° 05’ 42” S and Longitude 32° 34’ 32” E). The majestic mountain range surrounding New Year’s Gift somehow lends a protective feeling to the estate which is well known for a certain ‘special energy’ and a sense of peace and tranquillity.
New Year’s Gift, an intensive conservation area, was first established in 1924. Early years concentrated mainly on Tea cultivation with 80ha of Coffee, SL28 and Caturra, following later. However, due to poor world prices and water shortages for irrigation these were stopped for a while.
Today there are 66.5 ha of mature and 67.47ha immature Coffee comprising of SL28, Catimor 129, Costa Rica and F6. An additional 40ha of Coffee will be planted later this season. Mature Macadamia cover over 166 ha, mainly Beaumont with about 30ha Integs, with another 67 ha immature Beaumont variety. By the end of the season the estate hopes to have 250ha Macadamias.
At an aver-age altitude of 785m our mean annual temperature is 20.5°C. Soils include loamy sand, sandy clay loams and sandy loam.
Rainfall is below average at only 600mm though the surrounding hills receive an average of 1200mm per year.
We hold Tanganda’s breeding herd of over 300 head of cattle as well as a small dairy. The cattle are supplementary fed in the winter months with silage, Rye grass and Rhodes grass.
The meandering Tanganda River supplies the water for irrigation which is gravity fed via a concrete furrow system into an underground pipe network throughout the estate. To ensure adequate water supplies a 60megalitre reservoir was constructed in 2013. The reservoir is again fed by the Tanganda River and when necessary water is gravity fed back into the irrigation system.
Excess water flows back into the Tanganda River with a pipe outlet to the neighbouring settlers providing them with a vital water source. A smaller river, the Waterfalls River, runs along the south side of the estate adjacent to the main road though this is currently not utilised.
The surrounding vegetation on the rough ground and on the hills is a tree savannah with a rich variety of tree and bush species. Our 1645ha of bushland provides sanctuary for abundant birdlife, Vervet Monkeys, baboons, guinea fowl, hares and even Blue Duiker. Over the past year there has been the occasional Leopard sighting.
Many varieties of indigenous trees can be seen, with the most dominant being the Mnondo (Julbernardia globiflora ). Other trees include the famous Baobab (Adansonia), White Thorn (Acacia polyacantha), Velvet Bush Willow (Combretum molle), Dwarf Red Combretum (Compretum platypetalum), Weeping Wattle (Peltophorum africanum), Wild Teak (Pericopsis angolensis), Camel’s Foot Tree (Piliostigma thonningii) and the Sausage Tree (Kigelia pinnata), to name just a few. There is also an assortment of exotic trees such as Eucalyptus, Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) and Pine Trees.
A wide variety of fruit trees can be found around the estate and in the villages, comprising mainly Paw Paw, Mango, Banana, Litchi, Avocado, Lemon and Guava.
Depending on the season New Years’ Gift offers employment to 500-630 workers. To this end the estate has various facilities available to employees.
Firstly the estate has its own Primary School with a small nursery school. The school caters for ECD A, ECD B and upwards to Grade 7. Over 430 children are currently enrolled in the school.
The children compete at district level and often at a regional level in Traditional Dancing, Singing, Percussion, Athletics and Chess. There is also a small library and books are made available not only to the children but to employees as well as the nearby cluster schools.
A small clinic serves not only the labour force of 500+ and their families but is a central clinic for surrounding villages. The Nurse in Charge takes excellent care of the community but should any patient require critical care they are transported directly to Chipinge Hospital.
For entertainment there is always the Beer Hall or sporting activities. Tanganda have an annual gala at which the five estates compete in Soccer, Netball, Volleyball, Tug-O-War and Darts. The Netball team won their section this year. Our soccer team, the New Year’s Gift Wolves have made Division 3 in the ZIFA league and play most weekends either at home or away games in the district. They are very enthusiastic and are often invited to participate in other local galas. Supporters are never in short supply.
All in all New Year’s Gift Estate together with its inhabitants are actually more than a community, we are one large family.
With over 1330ha under cultivation Ratelshoek Estate is the largest of the five Tanganda Tea Company estates. Ratelshoek is situated near the Zimbabwe-Mozambique boarder, only 40km East of Chipinge by way of a tarred road. Overlooking the estate in its splendour is somehow magical. With such stunning views unfolding before you one can remain captivated for hours, never tiring of the scenery.
The Ratelshoek estate incorporates the nearby land known as Helvetia and is run as one estate.
Established in 1932 Ratelshoek has concen-trated on tea since its first plantings in 1933. The main varieties grown in the predominantly sandy loam soils being PC 108 and SFS 150.
Boasting four factory lines Ratelshoek has our largest factory capable of producing up to 1,6tonnes made tea per hour. During peak season the factory runs 24 hours a day. After processing and drying the tea is packed into manila paper sacks and transported to a sister estate, New Years Gift, for storage and awaiting transport to our agent in South Africa. Whilst all estates have their own workshops Tanganda has a large Central Workshop handling all fabrication and machining capable of sharpening, repairing or manufacturing almost anything. This central workshop is responsible for the sharpening of all the tea CTC cutters ensuring cutting and processing of the tea is always up to Tanganda’s high standard.
In addition to processing the tea from Ratelshoek’s own 993ha tea plantations the factory handles green leaf purchased from 250 surrounding small scale farmers. Tanganda has always supported the outgrowers not only with a desperately needed market for their tea but with transport, trailers, fertiliser and of course constant technical advice.
With the position of current world markets Tanganda has taken the decision to diversify into other plantation crops. Ratelshoek started planting Macadamias in 2011 and already has over 295ha immature macadamia. Beaumont seeds were chosen for their superior rootstock quality with varieties such as 842 and 849 grafted thereon. Massive nurseries have been established which are brimming with Macadamia cuttings.
Three fly crops will be harvested over 2016, 2017 and 2018 with the crop reaching full potential in 2019. Plans are underway for a de-husker and of course drying facilities which will be in place before the 2016 fly crop is ready for reaping. The macadamias will be handpicked and taken to the new pulpery for dehusking, washing and sorting. Thereafter the nuts will be dried and sold as dry nut in shell.
Another exciting development is the new avocado plantations currently underway. Edranol pips, chosen again for their high quality rootstock, were planted with Hass grafted on, which will produce ideal avocados for export to Europe. Already nearly 48ha have been planted out over 2014 and early 2015 with land prep underway for additional plantings. The first fly crop is expected 2018 whilst 2019 will see the first full harvest of avocados.
Avocados too will be harvested by hand and graded, then crated in the fields before being transported to a neighbouring Tanganda Estate, Tinga Mira, less than 15km away. Tinga Mira are constructing a brand new pack shed which will handle both their own harvests as well as that of Ratelshoek. The pack shed will ensure avocados are correctly sized and sent for export.
In addition to the plantation crops Ratelshoek annually plants 40ha of maize for silage as well as 10ha Rye grass as winter supplementary feed for the beef herd of 150 head and a small dairy herd of 12. The Tanganda estates work together to manage the cattle with Ratelshoek holding steers and heifers, Tinga Mira the young cows and New Years Gift the breeding herd. Cattle graze of the non-arable areas and help to reduce fire hazards. Whilst Tanganda cattle are run as a commercial enterprise the cattle provide the workers with not only milk and lacto but some protein too.
Running an estate of this size requires a large workforce and Ratelshoek is proud to offer employment to over 1,300 people currently. Employment figures change according to season.
Fueling the tea factory is no easy task and to this end Ratelshoek has 675ha of Gum, Wattle and Pine plantations. This provides a reliable and renewable fuel resource.
Another 93ha of indigenous forest can be found though these are protected areas and purely for conservation. The natural flora found therein is bounteous and simply exquisite.
As hunting or trapping of animals is strictly forbidden conservation areas provide a safe haven to many creatures from incredible birdlife, a wide variety of snakes and small mammals. The most common animals are of course baboons, monkeys and night apes, squirrels, wild hares, brown mongoose, jackals, waterbuck and even bushbuck.
These indigenous forests have yet another important function, playing a large role in the community. For instance Tsipotwi Hill was once the main area for the “makoto” (rain making ceremonies), though ceremonies are now held nearer the recreation hall. Rain making ceremonies are practised by elderly men and women beyond child bearing years of age and are usually held between August and November to appease the spirits. The sacred Rutsanzara Forest was also used for rain making ceremonies as well as being the main burial site for the Muturikwa clan who were the village heads. The Ndizini forest is also known for traditional ceremonies and is yet another burial ground for the Muturikwa clan.
The most sacred trees are considered to be the Water Berry (Mukute), Mukwa (Mubvangazi) and the Lucky Been trees (Gombati). One can only chop these trees down if there is a particularly special reason. Many other tree species can be found on the estate, including Custard apple (Muroro), Redwood (Muonya), Chinese Lantern (Mupangara) Wild Pear (Mupundura), Marula (Mupfura), Yellow Wood (Mususu) and the elm (Mugubvura).
The estate is fortunate enough to have three rivers flowing through the lands providing vital water for irrigation. The bulk of the irrigation comes from Ratelshoek dam, fed mainly by the Chipudzana River, which supplies an area of 591 hectares. This river also irrigates the Helvetia lands. Water is pumped overnight directly from the Chipudzana River into a newly constructed 2700 cubic metre reservoir built on the highest part of the estate, at 1,000 metres above sea level. The water is then gravity fed down to irrigate tea, avocados and macadamias in the day time.
The Nyamudididza River serves the Nyamudididza Dam which supplies water for macadamias and avocados. During times of severe drought it is possible to extract water from a third river, the Budzi River, which would supply the southern region via a weir.
Taking care of the individual family needs is high on the priority list. The welfare department attend to all day to day requirements of the villages as well as entertainment. Sport is encouraged with workers playing soccer, netball, volleyball, darts and tug-o-war. Games or matches are regularly held on weekends against various other clubs in the community or sister Tanganda estates. The main event of the year being the annual Tanganda gala where the estates compete fervently for top positions.
Child care and educational needs are adequately met by the schools available on the estate. Currently there are about 260 pupils in ECD A and ECD B alone, with the primary school accommodating over 760 pupils this year. The secondary school, which takes candidates through to A Level standard, already has over 440 pupils with Form V pupils still enrolling. The secondary school includes a computer centre, metal shop, wood working shop as well as science laboratory and library.
A 32 bed clinic run by two SRNs (state registered nurse) is available for any health issues. A general store and 5 kiosks supply any domestic or grocery requirements.
The recreation hall is always a hive of activity with wedding ceremonies, church meetings, dances etc. For those quiet evenings there is a sports bar and beer hall where people can gather
to relax after a hard day’s work.
With the new crops doing well in the fields the future for Ratelshoek, and of course Tanganda as a whole, is bright indeed.
Just over an hour’s drive South West from Chipinge town, you come across awe inspiring views of gentle rolling hills covered with lush green tea. Somehow the tea covered hills seem like waves rolling away, on and on and on. This spectacular view is none other than Jersey Estate.
Interestingly the eastern border of the estate is in fact part of the international boundary with Mozambique.
Jersey started planting tea back in 1945 and has concentrated solely on tea until late 2011 which saw the diversification into coffee and macadamias. The introduction of the coffee and macadamias was a new and inspiring challenge for all at Jersey. Today Jersey has over 600ha of tea (of various varieties, SFS 150, PC 110, PC108 and PC 80 to name a few), 174 ha of coffee – Catimor 129, Costarica and SL28 and 176 ha immature Beaumont macadamia. With the sandy loams, sandy clay loams and clay loam soils providing the perfect foundation for the cultivation of these crops we eagerly await our first harvests.
Depending on the season Jersey can employ up to 1,000 employees providing desperately needed jobs for the local community. Work can be hard to come by in the harsh economic climate currently prevailing in Zimbabwe. Most of the workforce is engaged in the fields with others in workshops, factories, administrative positions etc.
Tanganda’s tea is plucked either by hand held machines or ride on machines and delivered to the factory. Jersey’s factory runs 3 lines, each capable of producing 400kg made tea per hour. With tractors continually arriving with tea baskets brimming with freshly plucked tea the factory runs a 24 hour shift during the peak season.
Producing the final tea product is rather technical. First the green leaf is fluffed, spread evenly and left to wither for a period of 16-20 hours. The withered leaf is then macerated to intensify and allow thorough fermentation. The leaf cells are crushed to extract the juice and when exposed to the atmosphere triggers the fermentation with the help of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase. Tanganda uses GLC as the primary cutting machine which have an average rpm of 2200. The CTC machine (crush, tear, curl) is the secondary machine used as mid cut to compact the leaf particle and further activate fermentation.
The fermentation process is basically an extension of withering in which the leaf is macerated for the cells to be exposed. The polyphenols present go through a biochemical change in the presence of oxygen, with the help of polyphenol oxidase.
The drying process stops the fermentation and evaporates the dhool moisture. Tanganda estates used FBD dries (fluidized bed driers). Next is the sorting and grading which separates the tea particles according to s size. Tea then passes through a fibre extractor and is finally graded and packed for shipment.
The above processes are all monitored constantly to maintain the correct temperatures, feed rates, moisture content etc all along the factory line. Each and every stage in the factory must run precisely and efficiently to produce the perfect cup of tea.
Coffee is handled entirely differently and goes through the revamped pulpery. Here the coffee is put through a pulping machine which removes the outside skin. This leaves the coffee bean covered with a white husk. The beans are then placed into fermentation tanks and left to ferment for approximately 18 hrs, possibly a little more. Next the coffee goes for a thorough washing and grading along a cement floored channel and is finally placed in the drying troughs. After roughly a week of drying the coffee is now ready for hulling/dehusking. Hulling machines remove the outer white husk leaving coffee bean known as “green bean”. The green is then passed through other grading machines, grading the beans by size. Once the coffee beans are packed they are ready for export and to be sold to coffee roasters.
Gum, Wattle and Pine plantations form just over 343ha and are required simply to provide fuel to the tea factories. An additional 15ha of indigenous forest exists which is protected and left purely as conservation areas. In these forests numerous indigenous trees are found, like the Quinine Tree (Rauvolfia cafra or Mudzungurwi), Boabab (Adansonia or Muuya), Spiny Monkey Orange (Strychnos coceloides or Mutamba), Cork Tree or Sand Apple (Parinari curatellaefolia or Muchakata), Wild Fig (Ficus chirindensis or Mutsamvu), Shiny Leaf Flat Top (Albizzia gummifera or Munjerenje) etc. Countless bird species are found as well as small mammals, Jackals, Tree Civets, Squirrels, Vervet Monkeys and often Blue Duiker. Hunting of any kind, tree chopping etc is strictly prohibited.
Several rivers can be found in the surrounding district. The Chinyamakashu, Fayixanda, Nyamukunga and Gezavahle rivers all spill into the one main river, the Chinyika River. This river begins in the Chirinda Forest, (Mt Selinda), feeds into Jersey dam, spills on into Smaldeel dam, and then flows on through Jersey Estate and across into neighbouring Mozambique. The Dumbutumu River also flows into the Jersey dam though the dam is the rivers’ final destination.
The Jersey Dam is actually located a few kilometres away from the estate and provides most of the water for irrigation. Water from the dam is conveyed by gravity down a lined canal. This furrow, known as the Top Furrow, is 8km in length. Half of the tea plantations on the estate are gravity irrigated from this furrow. The balance of the estate is irrigated from storage reservoirs with water pumped about the estate and by pumping directly out the Chinyika River at various points.
All fresh water for drinking purposes is supplied from the natural springs found on the estate, providing safe, clean water to all workers.
Like all Tanganda estates Jersey has its own well stocked clinic. The twenty two bed clinic is run by the state registered nurse who attends to all general ailments, women in labour as well as any emergencies. A doctor visits all Tanganda estates routinely to take care of any serious conditions.
Education is available to all pupils of school going age. Whilst the Ministry of Education runs both schools on the estate they are well supported by Jersey. The primary school starts at ECD level (Early Childhood Development) up to Grade 7 and the senior school takes the children right through A Levels. Both schools can accommodate up to 400 pupils each.
For those with small babies a Play Centre is available and though privately run is available to all Jersey workers ensuring the safety and care of children whilst parents are at work. The wellbeing and education of our children is of utmost importance.
Five kiosks, a trading store and an Ecocash facility are available ensuring workers don’t need to go far for their grocery requirements.
Jersey produces some very strong sports teams. The workers engage in soccer, netball, volleyball, darts and tug-o-war. They certainly are a force to be reckoned with at the annual Tanganda Gala. Regularly matches are arranged with other Tanganda Estates and local social clubs throughout the year.
In the evenings there is a cocktail bar and a recreational hall. Each of these has its own television set with DSTV allowing the employees to join with friends and unwind in the evenings and weekends.
Two Gum trees, just below section one have
branches that have actually attached or grafted
naturally to one another.
Many cultural legends and sacred areas can be found at Jersey. Local legends say Spooky Ridge is home to spirits. Whilst patrolling pump houses security guards have been known to flee in the night claiming sightings of flashing lights and amber sparks falling from the sky.
Then there is the Chinanga Tree, in section 7, which is a historical and cultural site that was once used for cultural and rainmaking ceremonies.
The Muradzikwa Chieftainship has three adjacent grave sites. Each year the Muradzikwa clan request permission to visit these sites and perform their family rituals. All such ceremonies and rituals are encouraged by Jersey keeping traditions alive.
The current Estate Manager, Sherrington Hlatshwayo has been in his current position for 21 years now. Born at Jersey Sherrington has lived his whole life in the area. He began his career in the field some 46 years ago; working his way rapidly up the ladder and now holds the reins for what he knows as home. Sherrington is not just the Estate Manager, he’s a part (perhaps the heart) of the estate.
The Tanganda Training Centre is located at New Year’s Gift Estate in Chipinge. In 1995, an important
decision was made to convert the place, which previously was a house used by some of the
company’s senior management, into a training facility. This was in order to realise Tanganda Tea
Company’s firm belief that people are key to its success. It now consists of a conference room, five
neat grass-thatched rondavels, and five rooms in the “main house” and can accommodate twenty
two people at any one time.
It provides accommodation, conference facilities and food to Tanganda employees attending in-
house courses and those on company business from the Estates, Mutare, Bulawayo and Harare. The
lush green vegetation and tranquil atmosphere provides an ideal setting for training workshops and
the business visitor.
The facility is also available to non-Tanganda individuals and organisations, thus enabling it to raise
revenue to meet its running costs. In fact, it has become the preferred accommodation and
conference provider in Chipinge District, especially for NGOs and government departments.
A staff complement of nine, consisting of the Training and Development Manager, Supervisor,
Housekeeper, two cooks and four gardeners is responsible for providing exceptional service to
guests and maintaining the facility.