John Moxon

John Ralph Thomas Moxon, born on 2 November 1944,[1] is a prominent business person with interests in Zimbabwe's retail, banking, insurance and properties and mining industries. He's mostly known for his position as the Executive Director of Meikles Limited which is one of Zimbabwe's most successful companies.

Academic Background

Moxon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cape Town.[2]

Career at Meikles

Moxon joined Meikles group in 1970. In 1980, he was appointed chair of Tanganda Tea Limited which was an affiliate entity of Meikles Africa Limited.[1] In 1983, he was appointed the Chairman of Meikles Consolidated Holdings Private Limited. In 1996 he was appointed non-executive chairman of Meikles Africa in the Department of Consumer Goods Fashion and Retail. He was re-appointed Chairman of Meikles Limited in June 2011.

Business Interests

Moxon has interests in different business areas. These include the retail sector in which he has a considerable stake in Greatermans Stores which is a local departmental store.[3] He also has interests in TM Supermarkets which has branches countrywide in Zimbabwe. In 2014, Moxon entered into the banking sector through his signing of a memorandum of agreement with TN Holdings led by Tawanda Nyambirai. He also to entered into a partnership with Nigel Chanakira's Kingdom Bank Kingdom/Meikles Empire but the deal ended bitterly due to some irregularities.[3]

Further Reading

Moxon is best known as the long-time chairman of Meikles Limited, one of Zimbabwe’s oldest companies, which has been in existence for more than a century.

Meikles has interests in retail, agriculture, hospitality, and financial and security services. Moxon’s mother was the daughter of the founder of Meikles, Thomas Meikle. Moxon (77) grew up in the family business and is one of the most recognisable faces of white capital in Zimbabwe. Meikles sold its flagship hotel, Meikles Hotel, for $20-million but still owns Cape Grace Hotel in South Africa and the Victoria Falls Hotel, which is a joint venture with African Sun Ltd. Other subsidiaries are tea grower and exporter Tanganda Tea Company and TM Pick n Pay. In 2013, Moxon helped fund the purchase of hundreds of vehicles for the Zanu-PF election campaign, the first time he had been publicly linked to the ruling party. The donation came some months after Meikles had announced that it was seeking a licence to venture into mining. Although he is fading from the public spotlight, Moxon’s ties with Mnangagwa remain very strong.

Meikles’ secretary, Thabani Mpofu, a former public prosecutor and former head of the MDC’s research department, also works full-time as director of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in Mnangagwa’s office



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  4. Mnangagwa’s oligarchs: The heirs of Cecil Rhodes, Daily Maverick, Published: 7 February 2022, Retrieved: 11 February 2022