Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA)’s head corporate affairs, Godfrey Koti, has been elected the new president of the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations (ZIPR) .
He takes over from ZIMRA head corporate communications, Francis Chimhanda, who stepped down after serving his one year term.
Hazel Zisanhi of ZTA was elected vice president, taking over from Odiline Kava.
A new council was also elected.
The council consist of Sugar Chagonda (ZCDC) as treasurer, Salome Nziramasanga (St Giles) as Secretary, as well as Tapuwa Nduku- Makurumure (Vivid-BCW), Maimba Mapuranga (Kutting Edge Solutions), Thando Nkomo (NUST and Maracomms) and Hilgard Kamuna (Magna Carta).
Koti will serve a one-year term as president of ZIPR. The rest of the council members will serve two years.
ZIPR, established in 1957, is a professional organisation that caters for Public Relations practitioners. It is arguably one of the oldest professional organisations in the country. Its role is to ensure professional renewal in line with international trends, organise seminars and conferences, promote social interaction and define the ethics of the Public Relations profession. ZIPR also intends to facilitate the absorption of its graduates by corporates.
In his acceptance speech, Koti, said: “We will work on growing and guiding professional public relations practitioners in the country. As ZIPR,we will also seek to work with other bodies in order to transform the way organisations communicate in Zimbabwe.”
Before joining ZTA, Koti was the marketing and social media manager for Zimpapers and presenter at StarFM.
He has also worked for the Zimbabwe Cricket, and was also a sportswriter for The Herald, The Chronicle, Power Play and the Mail.
Zisanhi is an experienced public relations practitioner with ZTA and has worked for Air Zimbabwe.
She is also the news anchor for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
She is keen to take on the leading role by offering strategic guidance for the organisation over the course of her tenure.