|Radio Show Presenter, Businesswoman|
September 15, 1988|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Writing and Political Science, Diploma in Marketing|
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town|
Radio Show Presenter|
Master of Ceremony MC
David Parirenyatwa (Father)|
Choice Parirenyatwa (Mother)
|Relatives||Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa|
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a Zimbabwean radio personality, Master of Ceremony (MC) and a youth activist known mostly for her hard hitting interviews with guests on her former radio show with ZiFM Stereo. She is also former ZiFM Stereo Programming Manager. She has interviewed both local , international business and political leaders. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is the daughter of politician and medical Doctor, David Parirenyatwa.
Ruvheneko was born on 15 September 1988 to David Parirenyatwa and Choice Parirenyatwa and is the sixth child in a family of seven. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Writing and Political Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. She also successfully completed her Diploma in Marketing at the same university. Ruvheneko is married to Basil Mafara.
Ruvheneko claims that she launched her career whilst she was a student at UCT. She joined the university's radio station when she was in her second year as the Current Affairs Talk Show host. From then onwards, Ruvheneko began to rise from obscurity. In November 2013, she was nominated to participate in the Africa Leadership Project which was to be launched in 2014 together with Psychology Maziwisa, Tawanda Mutyebere and Carl Joshua Ncube amongst other prominent Zimbabweans under 40. She was the MC at the Miss Zimbabwe 2014 pageant.
In November 2016, Ruvheneko resigned from ZiFM Stereo,as she cited that it was a frustrating workplace hence she had to leave. Earlier in the year, she had clashed with her employer after she suggested on Twitter that a guest had been imposed on her talk show program where she was interviewing Evan Mawarire.
Ruvheneko is the Deputy Chairperson of the Harare Youth Council, an organisation which advances the plight of youths in Zimbabwe. Ruvheneko dismissed the allegation that she has been tyrannised by her father in as far as her political affiliation is concerned.
Alleged Elections Campaign
In February 2018, it was alleged that Ruvheneko was campaigning for a Harare East Parliament Seat as a candidate for the National People’s Party (NPP) which is led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru. She, however, dismissed the claims.
I have come across a campaign poster on social media which falsely alleges that I am running for the position of Member of Parliament for the Harare East constituency under the National People’s Party. It is fake news. I categorically state that I do not work with or for the NPP and that I am not running for any political seat in the 2018 election. I have spoken to the NPP’s secretary general, Mr Gift Nyandoro, who reassured me that the hoax did not originate with them. If and when I am running for public office, it will not be a debate about whether or not it is true because I will announce my candidacy clearly through my own and other official channels. Sadly, we may never know who did this, but I have my suspicions. Either way, it is untrue and no one should continue to spread this lie.
- Parirenyatwa Hospital (the largest in Harare) is named after her grandfather, Zimbabwe's liberation war hero Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa.
- She ranked 23 amongst the 100 chosen, most Influential People in Zimbabwe under 40 in 2014.
- She is also a businesswoman and she owns a shop which is situated at the Harare International Airport.
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- Silence Charumbira, Ruvheneko: Zim radio’s Iron Lady, "NewsDay", published:20 Nov 2014,retrieved:2 February 2015"
- Prudence Muganiwah, Star Profile : Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, The Standard, Published:15 Jun 2014, Retrieved:2 February 2015
- ZiFM’s Ruvhi Parirenyetwa Gets Engaged, 3MOB, Published: 26 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 3 February 2015
- Admire Kudita, Ruvhi makes a name for herself, "Southern Eye", published:29 Jun 2014,retrieved:2 February 2015"
- Walter Chimene, Young Zimbabweans Nominated for African Leadership Project, Zimba Blog, Published:1 Nov 2013, Retrieved:2 February 2015
- Ruvhi Parirenyatwa Tells Horror Train Crash Story, "Zimbo Jam", published:27 Mar 2014, retrieved:2 February 2015"