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Founder of popular Majange Shopping Centre dies

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Founder of popular Majange Shopping Centre dies

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MIRROR REPORTER


MASVINGO – Charles Shanyurai Calvin Majange (70), the man Majange Business Center in Masvingo is named after is no more.
The sad news was confirmed to The Mirror by Majange’s younger sister, Georgina Majange in an interview with The Mirror.
Majange was Masvingo City Council treasurer for 17 years and Chivi South MP for two terms. The affable Majange suffered cardiac arrest and was declared dead on arrival at Kensington 24hr Emergency Hospital in Harare on Wednesday.
Georgina said Majange had visited his sisters in Harare and started having breathing difficulties as he arrived at the former’s Milton Park home on Wednesday.
“He was driven by his cousin to visit his sisters in Harare. They entered the gate into the Milton home but he started to have breathing difficulties just as he was trying to open the car door. He never came out of the car as we immediately drove him to the hospital where the doctor found no pulse and declared him dead,” said Georgina.
Mourners are gathered at the family’s rural homestead at Mashamhanda Village, Sese, in Chivi where he will be buried on Sunday.
Majange has since been declared a liberation hero by President Mnangagwa and he joins his late father Calvin who was granted the same status by the late President Mugabe. Majange and his late father Calvin (senior) have left an indelible mark on the City of Masvingo.
Calvin Majange Road, one of the biggest streets in Mucheke Suburb is named after the father while a thriving business center in the same area is named after the son who was the first man to build a shop there.
Majange senior was a businessman who was murdered by the Rhodesian Army in 1977 for supporting the liberation war with material resources.
“His excellency, the President and First Secretary of ZANU PF, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa has conferred a Liberation Hero status to the late Cde Charles Shanyurai Majange who died on the 19th June 2024…,” reads part of the conferment signed by the party’s secretary general Obert Mpofu dated June 21, 2024.
Majange was best known by many as Mr Chikwepa because he always went around with a tobacco pipe.
He was Masvingo City Treasurer for 17 years from 1983 – 2000 when he was elected Chivi South MP. He served two consecutive terms until 2008.
Majange was born in Chivi on March 2, 1954. He is the first born in a family of nine. He did his primary education at Berejena Mission and enrolled at Fletcher High School for his O and A Level studies.
He studied at Oriel College at the University of Oxford from 1974 – 1977 and graduated with a degree and a masters’ in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He signed a training contract with KPMG then Peat Marwick and Company after graduating and received training in auditing, financial accounting, taxation, company law and information and technology. He left the company in 1982 when he returned to Zimbabwe.
He joined Masvingo City as treasurer in February 1983 and left the local authority in March 2000.
Majange was elected Chivi South MP on a Zanu PF ticket in 2000 and served two terms until 2008. He also held several posts within the party as provincial secretary for commissariat and secretary for finance from 1999 – March 2008.
He left active politics in 2008 and became a director at TAM Chartered Accountants operating in Masvingo City from April 2008 – 2014. His specific role was quality control.
Majange joined Ralph Bomment Greenacre Reynolds Chartered Accountants in February 2015 and he represented the company in Masvingo region with special responsibility for business development.
He left the company and was doing periodic consultancy work in and around Masvingo at the time of his death.
He is survived by five children and four grandchildren. All his children are based in the UK and have since arrived in the country for his burial.

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