Business - Local - September 25, 2020

Dr. Divine Ndhlukula

Dr Divine Ndhlukula is a Zimbabwean businesswoman, founder and Managing Director of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd which is the holding company for SECURICO Security Services.

She was born Divine Simbi on 5 February 1960 in rural Gutu and grew up there. She was married to Stanley Ndhlukula (Late) and has one son-David Simbi and two grandchildren.

She is a holder of an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Midlands State University and holds another MBS from Women’s University in Africa and a PHD in Business Leadership from Women’s University which was conferred in recognition of her business leadership and gender equality initiatives.

Before founding SECURICO Security Services, she worked for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Old Mutual for six years as an Accounting Officer and then joined Inter market Life Assurance as a Marketing Executive where she worked for 16 years and only left to found SECURICO.

She founded SECURICO Security Services from humble beginnings in Zimbabwe in 1998, this was a period of economic downturn. In one of her interviews with a local newspaper, she said, “the idea to form SECURICO was conceived out of the need to earn a livelihood but critically to revolutionize the male dominated security industry. I thought there was a gap in the industry. Companies that were there were not living up to the needs of the clients. The industry was renowned for wild cat strikes and guards generally were perceived as the lowly paid in any sector. I wanted to change the perceptions and create a niche in which people could curve out a career and I knew I needed to go in with a different approach and that approach was going to make a difference, the people had to be key or central feature of the vision”.

SECURICO is the first Zimbabwean security company to be certified to internationally acclaimed ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Dr Divine Ndhlukula was named one of the most successful women in Africa by Forbes. Besides SECURICO, she also founded Zvikomborero Farms, an agricultural company involved in a variety of farming activities and presently employs many people including some on temporary basis.

In August 2018, Dr Ndhlukula was also named in the top 10 CEOs in Africa.

She has held the following positions in the past:

  • Security Association of Zimbabwe – Past Chairman
  • Chamber of Mines-Past Chairperson of the Joint Suppliers and Producers Committee
  • Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC)-Chairperson of Women’s Desk
  • Professional Executives and Businesswomen Forum (PROWEB)-Trustee
  • Harare Sunshine Holdings
  • Member of the National Competitiveness Commission Board
  • First Lady Development Advisory Board

Philanthropic Work

She is the founder of the Mentorship in Practice Programme, women owned brand initiative, an offshoot of the Women in Enterprise Conference and awards platform which she started in 2013 to help women scale up their businesses. Became the first SADC member at Women Presidents Organization.

Honours and Awards

In her career, she has won more than 25 awards locally, regionally and internationally including Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2011 Grand Prize run by Legatum and Omidyar, African Woman of the year 2013 African Achievers Awards, Overall Winner (Services) Africa’s Most Influential Women In Business and Government 2013 by CEO South Africa, Women Heritage Society Hall of Fame 2014, EY World Entrepreneur Award Southern Africa-Exceptional category 2014 Winner.

Her success did not come easy, she had a defiteness of purpose and she and pursued her goal with everything she had. Dare to be different.

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