The classic adage “better late than never” chronicles the glamorous achievements made by the country’s young freight forwarders in the Region Africa & Middle East (RAME) YLP Award competition, in spite of the COVID pandemic. Synonymous to wine which matures with age Zimbabwe’s first entry in the competition was in 2016, exactly 18 years after its inception, courtesy of Lorraine Rutendo Zhou whose
effort engraved her name in the history books as the first Zimbabwean to participate and win the prestigious regional (RAME) title. Lorraine subsequently participated in the world/global finals in Dublin Ireland where she was a runner-up.  This gallant effort led to competition among the youth. Motivated by the initial success, young professionals in the industry took up the challenge and have flown Zimbabwe’s flag high with resounding success as 4 time regional winners in 5 years.

  • Breaking new ground was never going to be easy since there was no local history of participation to base on. However the year 2016 heralded the tabloid of the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwe as Lorraine braved the weather and took up the challenge of the inaugural participant in the competition.

Lorraine Rutendo Zhou, 1ST Zimbabwean RAME winner: FIATA World Congress, Dublin 2016

World Congress,Dublin 2016

2017 saw the same feat being achieved courtesy of a well-articulated write-up by Tinashe Chiwanza that saw him travel to Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia, to lock horns with other regional winners for the world title.

Mr Tinashe Chiwanza at the FIATA World Congress, Kuala-Lumpur Malaysia 2017

2018 was a year of mixed fortunes for Zimbabwe where our local candidate narrowly missed out on the regional title to South Africa. However the legacy was restored in 2019 by the hand of Enos Chapara.

Mr Enos Chapara and other Regional Winners: FIATA World Congress Cape Town, 2019·  

Defying the odds of the new normal under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 goes down as the year that consolidated Zimbabwe’s grip of the regional title and balances the gender equation propelled by the exploits Vimbai Loreen Manyumbu.
Ms Vimbai Loreen Manyumbu, YIFFYA RAME winner 2020