The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has announced the appointment of Mrs Barbara Gotore as the Assistant Director Arts Promotions and Development as well as Mr Rodney Ruwende as the Communication and Marketing Manager with effect from 01 January 2020.

In a statement to stakeholders, players in the Arts business, investors, practitioners and friends of the NACZ, Director Mr Nicholas Moyo, said the appointments marked the conclusion of the NACZ management recruitment exercise which began in 2018 with the appointments of the Director and the Deputy Director in 2019.

“The conclusion of this exercise means the Council can now actively pursue its Strategic Plan for 2020-2023, whose main thrust is to transform the Arts Council into a net revenue generator and financial contributor, not only to the development of the arts and culture sector in Zimbabwe but also to employment generation and gross domestic product” he said.

Mrs Gotore joins the NACZ from the Public Service Commission (PSC) where she was a government consultant in public sector reforms working with both state and private entities. She is an expert in developing strategic plans, Human resources and Customer service. A certified Results-Based Management (RBM) Trainer Mrs Gotore has over 13 years of High School teaching experience in the creative arts.  She holds a Masters Degree in Public Sector Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Education degree.

“As Assistant Director Programming Mrs Gotore is tasked with initiating programmes for the development and promotion of the arts sector” the Director added.

Mr Ruwende joins the council from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) where he was a Presenter and Senior Executive Producer for Classic 263 Radio. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Development Management, a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Political Science and a National Diploma in Mass Communication.


Mr Moyo said the new Communication and Marketing Manager is tasked with developing a robust stakeholder and media engagement strategy to raise the visibility of the council, its programmes and the sector at large.

“He will also lead the public relations and marketing fronts of the Council,” he said.

The Director also advised that to deliver in its mandate, the following appointments were also made in the Provinces for positions of substantive Provincial Arts Managers;

Ms. Caroline Makoni – Manicaland

Ms. Erengwi Chido – Mashonaland East

Ms. Sindisiwe Eunice Ndlovu – Matabeleland North

Ms. Kumbirai Farai Kupfavira – Midlands

Mr Moyo said the Council is working on appropriate recruitments that will allow delivery of services as mandated by the shareholder government and as expected by its clients.