Daylight Holdings of St Dominic’s Mutare are the Junior Achievement Zimbabwe (JA Zimbabwe) Company of the Year for 2016 with their product Pyramol. First runner up was Le Meilleur of Thornhill High, while second runners up were Apex of St Faiths High.
Twelve schools participated in the national finals. These were Dominican Convent Harare, St Faith Rusape, Marist Nyanga, St Dominic’s Mutare, Kuwadzana 1 High, Mufakose 1 High, Goldridge High, Thornhill High, Fletcher High, Kwekwe High, Mzilikazi High, Magwegwe High.
Daylight Holdings developed Pyramol which is a period pain tranquilizer they developed using bitter leaf as the main ingredient. They worked on the product in conjunction with a laboratory in Mutare and Tanganda Holdings. The product was developed when the company noticed that period pain was affecting attendance of girls to lessons during their periods. The team then did research and developed Pyramol which is administered in the form of a tea.
The event was not without its share of drama for Daylight Holdings as the team which travelled from Mutare on the day arrived just in time to present before the judges final adjudication.
First runners up was Le Meilleur of Thornhill High who developed a mathematics tutoring tool that can be used by students and teachers. The software assists in checking accuracy levels in manually done marking schemes and also for graphs drawn manually.
Second runners up Apex of St Faiths, developed a cough syrup which is an amalgamation of lavender leaves, olive oil, guava leaves, lemon grass and honey.
In their remarks the judges noted that several companies had developed medically related products but it was important to have the products tested for side effects. They also mentioned that companies should be clear on where the innovations in their products were as some of these remedies are well known. The innovations however will come in the form of packaging, change in way the product is administered.
The JA Zimbabwe Company of the Year competition is an annual competition that aims to train students in the concepts of entrepreneurship, business modalities and ethics and corporate social responsibility. During the course of the year students are expected to operate as any other real company. They setup an executive to run the company, raise their own capital for projects, produce audited accounts, pay staff and embark on corporate social responsibility projects.