By Kundai Marunya
Former Zimbabwe Germany Society director Roberta Wagner has finally left the organization after having handed over the position to Taremeredzwa Chirewa in October last year.
Wagner who then took over an advisoral role to the young director as she learnt the ropes for the past eight months is not going to retire from her tireless efforts to improve the culture industry in Zimbabwe.
In an open letter to ZGS members and friends she said, “Following the handover, my role entailed advising, guiding and supporting the new director to enable her to grow into her new role.
“Over the years my love has not only grown for ZGS as an institution but also for Zimbabwe as a country with wonderful people I respect greatly.
“Therefore I have decided to stay one more year in Zimbabwe.”
Wagner has been deployed to Culture Fund as an advisor for Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Culture Promotion.
“My goals and visions that were developed together with the Board of Directors of the Society during my tenure have been achieved and implemented together with the ZGS-Team,” said Wagner.
“I am leaving ZGS with a very knowledgeable team that includes several young Zimbabwean women in leadership positions; a running platform for local talent and sustainable long-term projects, established national and international partners, support structures for the growth and development of dynamic cultural practitioners, a newly built restaurant, and a thriving Language department whose membership is growing steadily.”
Wagner said she has left ZGS in very capable hands. “The ZGS-team and the new Director are fully equipped with knowledge, tool-kits, enthusiasm and love for the Arts, Culture, Languages and Food, that I am not busy enough anymore.”