The hallmark of a transformative leadership is the ability to embrace innovation in word and deed. At the heart of our fairy-tale success story, has been our ability to sniff out opportunities from a distance, and convert these with the swiftness of a golden eagle.
That dynamism and agility is personified by none other than our Executive Chairperson, Mr Albert Kamhunga, who never runs out of steam in taking risks and exploiting opportunities for the benefit of all our stakeholders.
In the eight years that he has led Fairview Properties, Mr. Kamhunga has established a formidable team that shares his philosophy that for leadership to be successful, it must first and foremost embrace innovation.
True to our philosophy, Fairview Properties has proved to be a creature of innovation since its formation in 2013, which which has helped in giving the business a competitive edge.
Our innovation model rests on several critical pillars that cut across external recognition:
In their report titled: Building a culture of innovation – and the company’s bottom-line (2017), Francois Nel and Coral Milburn-Curtis, made the point that organisations that invest in people thrive no matter their economic circumstances. At Fairview Properties, our performance over the past eight years vindicates this finding. Crucially, a key idea associated with making that transformation is the entrepreneur who, in Fairview Properties’ case, has been our Executive Chairman.
Mr Kamhunga is the Founder and Executive Chairperson of Fairview Properties, which has become one of the most respected, trusted and dynamic property development and marketing companies in Zimbabwe, since its establishment.
He has used his extensive experience and contacts in marketing and logistics to develop a model that works for the business, anchored on converting Fairview Properties’ massive 1300-hectare land bank into an opportunity for value addition and annuity income for its stakeholders.
Mr Kamhunga spearheaded the creation of lifestyle housing communities, fittingly called Fairview Estate, designed to attract people of common interests who want to enjoy shared amenities. Their flagship housing development is currently Utopia Mews, which is unlike any other lifestyle communities found in Zimbabwe.
Located within Fairview Private Estate in a secure lock-up-and-go environment, Utopia Mews comprises of semi-detached, two-family four-bedroom duplex houses with timeless architectural designs and elegant accomplishments to meet the tastes of modern families looking beyond just raising their families in homely environs. It is made up of 68 duplexes, complete with top-class amenities.
As far as Mr Kamhunga is concerned, their top priority is to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities around them. Profit is their secondary objective rather than their primary motive.
There is method to the madness!
For example, Fairview Properties’ developments are helping absorb the burgeoning numbers on the country’s housing waiting list, through the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure which has restored dignity in the investing public at a time when the country is witnessing the mushrooming of housing developments with no amenities such as electricity, water and sewer facilities.
Having honed his leadership skills at some of Zimbabwe’s top corporates, Mr Kamhunga believes that in their pursuit of Fairview Properties’ vision of becoming “the partner of choice in the provision of unique property investment opportunities to our customers through innovative, sustainable real estate solutions,” there shouldn’t be any shortcuts.
As such, their conduct and practices are anchored on a solid governance culture and values framed around collaboration, honesty, accountability, leadership and innovation.
Prior to founding Fairview Properties, Mr Kamhunga served as managing director for Manica Zimbabwe for over 15 years.
While at the logistics company, which was acquired by Bidvest around 2000, he served on its regional board, in charge of Bidvest’s freight business –overseeing South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi.
His exposure to the southern region prepared him for more responsibilities. As such, during the same period, he headed the marketing portfolio within the Southern Africa Railways Association board.
Before joining Manica Zimbabwe, the Fairview Properties founder had worked for the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) for 14 years, 11 of which were at executive level. When he left NRZ for Manica Zimbabwe, he had become the deputy chief executive officer in charge of marketing and operational functions of the parastatal.
A holder of a business studies degree from the University of Zimbabwe, Mr Kamhunga has held several other high-level positions and directorships, including chairing the CMED board for two, three-year terms.
An astute leader with a proven track record, Mr Kamhunga has also succeeded in building a cohesive team made up of professionals in the field. Headed by a general manager to whom departmental heads from sales and marketing, operations, infrastructure development, amongst others report to directly, Fairview Properties’ management and staff have one objective in mind, that of creating value for their stakeholders, namely their customers, communities, staff and shareholders.