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'''Univern Enterprises''' is a Zimbabwean-registered firm, which sometimes trades as '''Southern Region Trading Company''' (SRTC). The company supplies IT systems, vehicles and other things mostly to the Ministry of Transport.
'''Univern Enterprises''' is a Zimbabwean-registered firm, which sometimes trades as '''Southern Region Trading Company''' (SRTC). The company supplies IT systems, vehicles and other things mostly to the Ministry of Transport. in of .
Revision as of 13:42, 22 November 2017
Univern Enterprises is a Zimbabwean-registered firm, which sometimes trades as Southern Region Trading Company (SRTC). The company supplies IT systems, vehicles and other things mostly to the Ministry of Transport. The company is a forerunner in Zimbabwe for the use of Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements.
In 2016, the company’s directors are listed as Laurence Neil and Sherice Sher, who had been directors since inception in 1996, as well as Musekiwa Kumbula (since 2005). Company chief executive, Serge Levy, was appointed director in 2014. Although often reported, Levy is not related to the late Sam Levy.
Kumbula, who has previously worked as a communications consultant for ZANU-PF and featured prominently during the 2000 elections, has strong ties to former ZANU-PF senior official Ray Kaukonde, a top ally of former Vice President Joice Mujuru.
- Univern was contracted by the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) for the supply of number plates introduced in March 2005. Univern manages a highly secure facility to ensure that each car that is registered in Zimbabwe is tied to a specific Vehicle Registration Number (VRN), thereby, legal entity. In doing so, the Vehicle Theft Squad have been able to easily track down missing or stolen vehicles.
- Univern won a 2012 tender to supply 40 motorised graders worth $8 million to the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (Zinara). Due to the high demand for improved roads in rural areas, the rural councils pushed for Zinara to obtain an additional 40 graders through Univern for another $8 million. Local media scandalized this issue even thought the State Procurement Board signed off on the tender documents and Univern paid the SPB fees.
- In 2013 Univern/SRTC won a deal with Zinara to supply vehicle licencing software. The deal was won without going through tender since it was a PPP (Public Private Partnership) agreement. The cost of the software was not stated upfront because it enables the project scope to expand as is necessary. Initially ZINARA had 54 licensing sites, today there are over 500 licensing sites due to their partnership with Univern. The licensing system was developed in partnership between Zinara and Univern and it is designed in a way to ensure auditabilty, transparency, but mostly to improve citizen compliance. The partnership is set to last for 10 years according to the deal.
- Univern is a partner of Zinara in the administration of 17 toll gates. Computerized toll gates have seen a drastic increase in revenue for Zinara, a reduction in loop holes and multiple paying options for toll fees. Univern manages the system at the toll gates.
- In 2017, Univern supplied the Zimbabwe Republic Police with a electronic traffic management system. The agreement was once again on a PPP basis with the aim of increasing the Ease of doing Business as directed by the Office of the President and Cabinet. The introduced technology is aimed to reduce corruption, increase transparency and enable ZRP to have real time data of any infringements or reports as they aim to protect the citizens of Zimbabwe 
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- Zim govt robs motorists to keep broke AirZim afloat, serial contractor profits, The Source, Published:15 July 2016, Retrieved:4 April 2017
- Govt rolls out electronic traffic management system, ZBC, Published: 10 March 2017, Retrieved: 04 April 2017