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Vice-President Joice Mujuru takes to the dance foor at her graduation party held at Dotito Government School in Mt Darwin

n yesterday. Picture: Cynthia R Matonhodze

Mujuru hits back
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Mujuru said yesterday
that she was not perfect
but people should not
accuse her of crimes
that she had not committed.
The remarks were a major re-
buttal to claims made by First
Lady Grace Mugabe that she was
incompetent, corrupt and wanted
to wrestle power from President
Robert Mugabe.
Hongu semunhu ndine zvitad-
zo, handingarambe. Asi musand-
ipawo zvandisina, [As a human
being, I have weaknesses, but peo-
ple should not make false claims
about me] Mujuru said at a party
held in Dotito to celebrate her at-
tainment of a PhD qualification
last month.
Today is not a day to talk about
politics; it is a day to thank Pres-
ident [Robert] Mugabe that I now
have a PhD qualification and he
should now expect me to unite his
people, she said.
Some people might hate me
simply because they dislike my
face. It is not my fault that I might
have an ugly face, but God might
be proud of me. I say, dont de-
spise me because of how I look,
but [look at ] what I can do.
Mujuru said education should
help unite people, even those
who do not like me. I know they
would like me after I have trans-
formed their lives.
It will not however pain me if
you dont like me, as long as oth-
ers can benefit from my work,
she said.
Mujuru said she has no one
else to thank for her education-
al achievement except Mugabe,
who kept on giving her pressure
to study through giving her posi-
tions that demanded her to be ed-
She said she wished to unite
Zanu PF supporters rather than
divide them and give Mugabe
more sleepless nights when
sanctions imposed by the West
on Zimbabwe had already given
the veteran leader enough head-
She implored Zanu PF members
to avoid insulting each other, say-
ing wounds would remain fresh
until 2018 when candidates would
seek re-election.
Commending Mugabe for his
strong policy on education, Muj-
uru spoke of the benefits of edu-
cating the girl child, urging girls
to get an education first before go-
ing into marriage.
You should not show off your
educational achievements, Muj-
uru said, much to her guests ex-
She took the over 3 000 support-
ers who gathered at Dotito Gov-
ernment Primary School through
her educational journey after she
dropped out of school while in
Form Two to join the liberation
During the colourful event, Mu-
jurus loyalists turned the tables
on a faction led by Justice min-
ister Emmerson Mnangagwa by
chanting slogans denouncing the
In an open retaliation to Pasi ne
Gamatox [down with Gamatox] slo-
gan that was being chanted by the
Mnangagwa faction at rallies ad-
dressed by Grace across the coun-
try, Mujuru loyalists hit back yes-
terday with slogans such as down
with weevils and gay gangsters.
Before Mujurus address, Mash-
onaland Central Province deputy
chair Sydney Chidamba said Mu-
juru was key to the electoral suc-
cess of Zanu PF, saying Mashona-
land Central, with a 95% elector-
al victory for Zanu PF in the pre-
vious elections, gave direction to
Zanu PF.
We want to say the truth;
Mugabe won resoundingly here
because of Mujuru. We are proud
of her as a province. In Zanu PF,
we have others who want to dis-
tort history [madhonza anoisa nd-
ove pachain achirima], he said.
When she left school and
joined the liberation struggle, oth-
ers were still at pre-school, Chi-
damba said, to which the crowd
responded by shouting Grace,
Chidamba likened Mujuru to
Mbuya Nehanda of the prov-
ince, amid ululations with the
crowd shouting, She is our moth-
er, not Grace, our step-mother
who should go back to the typing
pool than join politics.
Grace was Mugabes secre-
tary before she became the First
Mashonaland West provincial
chairperson Temba Mliswa de-
nounced The Herald newspaper
for taking a position and perpe-
trating factionalism in Zanu PF.
He said the weevils were lying
to Mugabe to win his favours.
Youths and women were belt-
ing out a song with lyrics to the
effect that Mai Mujuru will not
go anywhere, we will support her
forever. Mujuru said she would
never betray men and women
who fought during the liberation
The celebrations were attended
by Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare
Gumbo, political commissar Web-
ster Shamu, who burst into song
praising Mugabe and Zanu PF, En-
ergy deputy minister Munacho
Mutezo, Justice deputy minister
Fortune Chasi, politburo mem-
bers Tshinga Dube and Sikhanyi-
so Ndlovu and over a dozen legis-
lators from the province and oth-
er provinces. The legislators from
other provinces included Enock
Porusingazi (Chipinge South) and
Amos Midzi (Epworth and Harare
province chairman) among oth-
resident Robert Mugabe al-
lowed Vice-President Joice
Mujuru to chair Fridays Po-
litburo meeting, disregarding de-
mands by his wife Grace, who
called for Mujuru to resign from
her position immediately.
The move was interpreted by sen-
ior Zanu PF offices as a vote of con-
fidence on Mujuru and a rebuke on
Grace who had demanded that she
be baby-dumped for alleged in-
competence, corruption and plot-
ting to remove Mugabe from power.
Sources told The Standard that
Mugabe further distanced him-
self from Graces antics by meet-
ing her privately before the meet-
ing started.
Mugabe arrived at Fridays po-
litburo meeting around 11am and
met the partys secretary for ad-
ministration Didymus Mutasa. He
is said to have met Mujuru before
she came to chair the meeting.
Mugabe joined the meeting lat-
er, sources said yesterday.
Politburo members told The
Standard Mugabe was angry at
outgoing Womens League boss
Oppah Muchinguri telling her to
stop the fire she had started.
Muchinguri is the one who in-
vited First Lady Grace Mugabe
to take over the Womens League,
triggering a chain of events that
resulted in Grace holding coun-
trywide tours where she de-
nounced Mujuru and other senior
Zanu PF officials.
Mugabe is said to have also re-
quested to see Information minis-
ter Jonathan Moyo. Sources said
he wanted to lash at him for using
the state media to attack Mujuru
and other senior party officials.
Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare
Gumbo could neither confirm nor
deny that Mugabe met Mujuru
privately over the matter, but was
quick to accuse Moyo of harbour-
ing a destructive agenda warning
that the party leadership was go-
ing to deal with him.
I dont know whether they met
or not but it can be possible, Gum-
bo said.
Asked why there were conflict-
ing statements over what really
transpired in the meeting, espe-
cially regarding Temba Mliswas
fate as Mashonaland West chair-
person, Gumbo said:
Are you not aware of Jona-
thans hand. It is his mischief.
What I said is there in the papers
and the reporters are doing their
best but it is his mischief. He is on
a destructive mission. The leader-
ship will however deal with that.
Mugabe disregards
Graces ultimatum
Grace Mugabe
It is not my fault that I
might have an ugly
face, but God might
be proud of me. I say,
dont despise me
because of how I look,
but what I can do.
Youths at VP Mujuru's party at Dotito Government School yesterday. Picture: Cynthia R Matonhodze
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Mutasa reads
Graces speech
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ZANU PF secretary for administration Didymus
Mutasa, in the eye of a storm for allegedly caus-
ing division in Manicaland province, stood up
for First Lady Grace Mugabe and delivered her
speech at a school in Nyanga.
Grace had been invited as her former school,
Kriste Mambo, celebrated its golden jubilee. She
did not turn up and Mutasa surprisingly stepped
into her shoes.
When Grace failed to attend a conference of
war collaborators on Friday, Monica Mutsvangwa
stood in for her.
Grace has been aligning herself to a faction led by
Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In her Meet the People rallies, Grace accused
the Mujuru faction of trying to wrestle power
from President Robert Mugabe.
During the rallies, Grace and her team would
chant the slogan Pasi neGamatox [down with Ga-
matox] in reference to the Mujuru faction.
In August, Mugabe attacked Information min-
ister Jonathan Moyo describing him as the dev-
il incarnate and a weevil destroying Zanu PF
from within.
Subsequent to Mugabes remarks, Mutasa told
youths that the weevils needed a pesticide, Gama-
tox, to contain them.
You were talking about the issue of weevils
here. Way back we used to treat weevils by spray-
ing Gamatox [pesticide] and they would all die,
he is reported to have told the youths.
In her speech read by Mutasa, Grace urged
schools to produce competitive students fit to be
entrepreneurs and ready to work towards uplift-
ing the economy.
I am proud and grateful to this school that to a
greater extent moulded me to be what I am today.
The Christian values and life skills given by the
school ensure that the student fits very well into
society after graduating, Grace said in her writ-
ten speech.
The constitution of Zimbabwe provides for the
empowerment of the girl child. Over the years, the
school has promoted the emancipation of the girl
child and that is why wherever one goes, chances
of meeting former Kriste Mambo students are very
Didymus Mutasa
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Mnangagwa perfect candidate for VP
wekwe A Zanu PF fac-
tion said yesterday that
Justice minister Em-
merson Mnangagwa
should take one of the
Vice Presidents positions at Zanu
PFs elective congress in Decem-
Zanu PF will hold its watershed
congress from December 2 to 7 in
Mnangagwa and Vice President
Joice Mujuru reportedly lead fac-
tions that are battling to succeed
President Robert Mugabe. The
two however, have consistently de-
nied harbouring Presidential am-
Without directly naming Mnan-
gagwa, Zhombe MP Daniel Mac-
kenzie Ncube said it was time for
Kwekwe to present a united front
so that they could elevate one of
their own to the position of Vice
We have to be a united front
and go there to take the top seats. I
will not tell you who I want at the
post of VP but if you ask me nice-
ly, I will tell you, Ncube told the
Zanu PF inter district meeting.
Supporters began chanting that
they wanted Mnangagwa to take
up a VP position, to which Ncube
nodded in approval and said we
are agreed on that one.
The endorsement comes bare-
ly a week after First Lady Grace
Mugabe heaped praise on Mnan-
gagwa saying Zimbabweans
should respect him for handing
over the VPs post to Mujuru in
line with the partys regulations
despite being supported by eight
The meeting was attended by
Mnangagwa, his wife Auxillia,
and senior party officials.
She said her husband was soft,
calculative and loyal to President
Auxillia told supporters that her
husband had stood aside while the
position of VP was wrestled away
from him at the eleventh hour af-
ter he was successfully nominated
by eight provinces.
He is a very soft man, even
at home he does not shout, he is
calculative and at times he can
let you jump around or go for-
ward but he will finally get to the
point, she said.
Auxillia said Mujuru got the
position with just two nomina-
tions and warned that the time
was over and Mnangagwa should
claim what was rightfully his.
Mnangagwa told supporters
that only two positions were safe
at congress, that of President
Mugabe and the Womens League
boss which will be assumed by
Mugabes wife, Grace.
He said Grace has the ability to
crush internal enemies in the par-
ty which has earned her the popu-
lar Mazowe Crush slogan.
Women saw what was hap-
pening in the party and they ap-
proached someone with a punch,
who has the ability to crush so
that she can lead them, this is Dr
Grace Mugabe, he said.
In a first, he also joined the slo-
gan, Pasi neGamatox aimed at the
rival faction.
Mnangagwa also declared that
as long as President Mugabe
had energy in his body, the par-
ty would allow him to rule over
Zimbabwe. He said those aspiring
to remove Mugabe should visit
churches or traditional leaders to
have their demons exorcised.
President Mugabe as long as
he is able, will rule Zimbabwe un-
til donkeys have horns and if an-
yone is harbouring intentions to
see his back, then I encourage you
to visit the church so that you can
be exorcised or brew traditional
beer and call on your ancestors
and ask them to chase the bad de-
mons haunting you, he said.
Wife describes him
as soft, calculative
and loyal to President
Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Its not yet
game over
for Mujuru
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oice Mujurus political ca-
reer seems to be hanging by
the thread in the wake of
attacks by First Lady Grace
Mugabe, but analysts say
the game is not over yet in Zanu
PFs succession politics.
After 34 years in government,
the last 10 as Vice President both
in the party and government, the
Zanu PF second in command is
fighting for her political life after
Grace called for her ouster on al-
legations of incompetence and ex-
Mujuru and Justice minister
Emmerson Mnangagwa lead fac-
tions that are vying to succeed
President Robert Mugabe, who
turns 91 in February next year.
Grace last week said she had
openly campaigned for the rise of
Mujuru in 2004 and wanted her to
step down for undermining the
authority of Mugabe.
Why do you want to remove
President Mugabe by force? This
is a coup which they are plan-
ning. Mnangagwa, that man I re-
spect him. People should respect
Mnangagwa. In 2004, he was voted
by eight provinces to be VP but he
agreed to step down to allow Muj-
uru to take over when he had been
voted for by all provinces. Like-
wise, Mujuru should just do the
honourable and resign, Grace
told war veterans in Mazowe on
It is not good to be fired. It
would be better if Mai Mujuru re-
signs today than wait to be fired
by President Mugabe, Grace said.
Could Graces remarks signify
the beginning of an end to Muju-
rus career?
Social commentator Maxwell
Saungweme sees the whole drama
as the potential end of Graces
young political career instead,
adding that the game was not yet
over for Mujuru.
The whole thing can be seen as
a plot by Zanu PF stalwarts to use
Grace to do a dirty job and once
its done they will dump her,
Saungweme said.
He said the fight will sink Zanu
PF, adding that Mujuru was ap-
proaching it properly and not
rushing to respond in informal
Political analyst, Blessing Vava
said while it could be tricky, what
the First Lady is showing us is
the other side of Mugabe that we
didnt know.
These are the thoughts her
[Grace] husband believes in.
Mugabe is only clever and there
is something behind. It might be
that Mugabe wants to test waters
on how the structures will react if
he takes out Mujuru, he said.
Ultimately its Mugabe at
the end of the day who wins. All
these people are beneficiaries of
Mugabes benevolence and he has
been using fear and patronage
to be where he is today. Its clear
the centre is no longer holding in
Zanu PF. Whatever comes out, it is
Mugabe who wins.
His views are shared by a sen-
ior Zanu PF official who said that
Mujurus biggest let down was her
alleged dealings with the Unit-
ed States, as exposed by whistle-
blower website WikiLeaks where
she allegedly had a clandestine
meeting with former Ambassador
Charles Ray at a secluded place
outside Harare.
The meeting, according to the
cables, was held in the dark after
she had managed to duck her per-
sonal security and the Central In-
telligence Organisation.
Thats her biggest let down,
the source said.
She is believed to be close to
the whites and in Zanu PF you
cant afford to do that and survive.
Congress is the end of her.
Other Zanu PF stalwarts such
as Environment minister Sav-
iour Kasukuwere and Informa-
tion minister Jonathan Moyo also
met US diplomats, according to
The source said the attack on 12
Zanu PF legislators for meeting
an official from the US Embassy
was part of a grand plan to iso-
late politicians with links to the
In 2004, Mugabe insinuated that
Mujurus rise to VP was the begin-
ning of greater things but 10 years
later, Mugabe has been a spectator
while Mujuru is being torn apart
by his wife and loyalists.
After she was seconded to the
post of VP, six of the partys 10
provincial chairmen and others
opposed to her elevation were sus-
pended from the party in what be-
came known as the night of long
Mnangagwa had easily been
picked up for nomination by eight
provinces but the decision to for-
ward a woman to the position
overturned his easy walk to the
Mujuru had been tipped by
many as an heir apparent given
her rich liberation war creden-
Her claim to fame, despite hav-
ing been one of the first women
commanders during the libera-
tion struggle, was that she downed
a plane. Mnangagwas loyalists
however, dismissed the claim as
Others said her curriculum vi-
tae was strengthened by her mar-
riage to a decorated war com-
mander Solomon Mujuru who
perished in an inferno at his Bea-
trice farm in August 2011.
Joice Mujuru and her late husband Solomon
NOTHING must be read from
First Lady Grace Mugabes at-
tacks on Vice-President Joice
Mujuru as she has no role in gov-
ernment, a constitutional expert
has said.
Grace alleged that the Vice-
President was corrupt, jealous,
divisive and unsuitable to re-
main in the Presidium and must
resign. Grace also said that there
were many people who were ca-
pable of running the country.
Constitutional law expert and
National Constitutional Assembly
leader Lovemore Madhuku said
people should not be discussing is-
sues raised by Grace because she
was irrelevant.
We have no position for the
First Lady in our Constitution.
She has no role in government.
What we know is that Grace
is the wife of our President. I
dont think it will be fair to ana-
lyse VP Mujuru on those allega-
tions, Madhuku said.
He said for the next 10 years the
VP is hired and fired by the Pres-
ident as he or she is not elected.
Section 99-100 of the Zimbabwe
Constitution states that the Vice-
President will assist the Presi-
dent in the discharge of his or
her functions and perform any
other functions including the ad-
ministration of any ministry de-
partment or Act of Parliament
that the President may assign to
The VP, according to the Con-
stitution, is accountable collec-
tively and inclusively to the Pres-
ident for performance of his or
her functions. Every VP must at-
tend Parliament.
Madhuku said the sections in
the current Constitution do not
apply to Mujuru although some
of the clauses do apply. He said
according to the Constitution,
the VP clause has been suspend-
ed for 10 years.
Mujuru was not elected by
people but was appointed by the
President, Madhuku said.
Political analyst Eldred Masu-
nungure said the allegations
made by Grace have little to do
with the performance of an in-
dividual but has more to do with
It is business welfare being
fought in the political arena. Oth-
erwise the fundamental root of
the conflict is business rather
than politics. It is business wel-
fare rather than politics, said
Masunungure a professor of pol-
itics at the University of Zimba-
Grace Mugabe is using bor-
rowed power from her husband
to fight.
Masunungure said Grace is the
only one who thinks Mujuru was
responsible for the problems in
this country.
If you assign blame to the VP,
you should also blame the super-
visor. By blaming the VP, she is
also blaming her husband. As
you know, the fish rots from the
head and you cannot blame the
tail, Masunungure said.
He said the paralysis on gov-
ernment cannot be blamed on
one person, as that would be a
narrow analysis.
Political science lecturer
Shakespear Hamauswa said in-
competence in the case of the VP,
was difficult to measure.
The problem with those alle-
gations is that the VPs have al-
ways been ceremonial just be-
ing there but without fundamen-
tally doing critical policy deci-
sions. So incompetence in the
case of VPs is difficult to meas-
ure, he said.
It also becomes an irony be-
cause Teurai Ropa Mujuru rose
through the ranks from a minis-
ter of Youth post and at one point
being a governor in Mashona-
land Central up to VP in 2004, a
post she holds today. If she was
not competent then she would
have been fired years ago.
Political analyst Ibbo Man-
daza said the power matrix have
changed in Zanu PF and wom-
en are decampaigning each oth-
er, something that has never hap-
pened since the party was formed
51 years ago.
We have never seen that kind
of thing before. What is happen-
ing in Zanu PF is personal. Nev-
er in the history of Zanu PF have
we seen someone being dumped
and disappointed, he said.
Mandaza said what is happen-
ing in Zanu PF was sad, a year af-
ter the party won the July 31 har-
monised elections.
He said despite her negative
side, people should also look at
Mujurus positive side, for in-
stance, kick-starting the presi-
dential campaign in Mashonal-
and East and Central in the last
election resulting in that region
having more Zanu PF voters.
Unfortunately for Zanu PF, 51
years old they are, but still play-
ing childish and medieval poli-
tics of decampaigning one anoth-
er, Mandaza said.
Vice-President calibre is not
for other people to decide but it is
up to the President.
In this context, it is Mugabe
who appoints and anoints, Man-
daza said.
Grace Mugabe using borrowed power
Professor Lovemore Madhuku
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West when supporters of
rival legislators fought in
Magunje yesterday.
Sources said supporters of em-
battled provincial chairman Tem-
ba Mliswa disrupted a meeting
that was being addressed by Ma-
gunje MP Godfrey Gandawa.
Some rowdy youths, who ap-
peared drunk, came and disrupt-
ed the meeting at Magunje Growth
Point which was convened by
Gandawa. He was updating his
constituency that Mliswa was no
longer the provincial chairman,
said the source.
Members from both sides were
arrested by Magunje police but
were released without being
charged after the scuffle was re-
garded as internal.
Police are not taking any action
when Zanu PF members fight, pre-
sumably they are under instruc-
tions from their superiors.
Gandawa confirmed that some
drunken youths headed by one
Nigel Murambiwa came and dis-
rupted his Magunje District Com-
mittee meeting.
Some drunk youths headed by
Nigel Murambiwa, Mliswas driv-
er, came and disrupted our meet-
ing at Magunje and we report-
ed the case to police. We are still
to hear from them [police], Gan-
dawa said.
Mliswa said Murambiwa was
not his driver but deputy secre-
tary for finance in Hurungwe dis-
trict. Murambiwa said he only ob-
jected to moves to refer to Ziyam-
bi Ziyambi as acting chair of the
Ziyambi is the deputy chairper-
In a statement, Zanu PF Mash-
onaland West provincial secre-
tary for administration Kindness
Paradza said Mliswa had not been
booted out as chair of the prov-
ince. This came after the state me-
dia said the former fitness train-
er had been relieved of his du-
ties following the passing of a no
confidence vote on him early this
Paradza said Mliswas case was
following due process and proce-
dure and has been referred to a
disciplinary committee chaired
by the national chairman Simon
Khaya Moyo.
For the avoidance of doubt
and to make things perfectly
clear, it is standard and normal
practice to have pending issues
investigated by a disciplinary
committee. Once a verdict has
been made, my office will receive
the official communication from
National [leadership] in black
and white and that position will
subsequently be disseminated
through my office and that of the
Zanu PF Secretary for Informa-
tion and Publicity, Rugare Gum-
bo, Paradza said.
He said Ziyambi Ziyambi does
not hold the position of the act-
ing chairman and subsequently
remains the vice-chairperson for
Mashonaland West Province. Temba Mliswa
UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe students have urged
authorities to prioritise accommodation and cor-
ruption issues at the institution rather than de-
vote time to imposing a kiss ban at the institution
of higher learning.
In a recent circular pasted on notice boards
at students halls of residence, the universi-
ty warned that anyone caught in intimate po-
sition, [kissing or having sex in public places]
risked immediate eviction from the halls of res-
Speaking on the sidelines of a Campus Clean-up
campaign held yesterday, students told The Stand-
ard that authorities should focus on creating ed-
ucation awareness on sex-related issues than im-
posing the illegal ban on kissing.
Of all the challenges we are facing on cam-
pus from accommodation to littering, the kissing
ban is overrated. One of the fundamental issues
that come with adult education is responsibili-
ty and surely being intimate is a choice one can
only make based on their awareness of the dan-
gers that come with unprotected sex, said Ru-
vimbo Dube.
Another student felt that while the move was
welcome, the message was sent to the wrong au-
While its common knowledge that most stu-
dents indulge a lot in tertiary institutions, the
message would have been received well in the
form of an awareness campaign because most
students feel as though they have been belittled,
said the student.
Speaking on the clean-up campaign acting dean
of students David Sithole said the campaign was
based on the motto Creating a litter-free zone.
We have noticed with concern the growing cul-
ture of littering around campus and for that rea-
son we organised this event to make our environ-
ment a better place to be, Sithole said.
He said the clean-up campaign was a success as
hundreds of students from all 10 hostels joined
hands to take part in the initiative.
A report corruption poster one of UZs notice board
Industries causing massive pollution
Local News
8 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
number of industries operat-
ing in Harares major industri-
al sites are causing massive pol-
lution in the riverine and water
sources around the city, a new
report has shown.
A report by the City of Harare in con-
junction with the Environment Manage-
ment Agency (EMA) said over 200 compa-
nies in Harares major industrial sites have
been found dumping excessive pollutants
in rivers that supply the city with the pre-
cious liquid.
The report that was produced after an in-
spectorate blitz found that most industries
had no pre-treatment plants at their sites
and were draining their toxic products, poi-
sons, non-biodegradable substances and or-
ganic matter into the environment.
The main contaminants were sulphuric
acid, caustic soda, ammonium salts, phos-
phates and sulphates and other organic
substances. Pulp and paper mills, and brew-
eries were among the worst industrial pol-
luters, as well as textile factories. Produc-
tion of pulp and paper requires large quan-
tities of water, so a large volume of liquid
waste is produced.
City of Harare chief environmental tech-
nician Chad Mabika said the operation cov-
ered 520 companies. Two-hundred indus-
tries were ticketed and 394 orders served
for both the agency and the city c ouncil.
Graniteside, Workington, Willowvale,
Southerton and Lochinvar were inspect-
ed during the operation. Samples were
also collected for trace metal levels and
full chemical analyses for working without
proper pre-treatment plants that process ef-
fluent before its disposal either into the en-
vironment or the sewer system.
Mabika said it was evident that pollution
percentages of sampled industries were be-
yond the permissible levels of discharging
waste effluent.
Industries that were inspected in Hara-
re generate a lot of effluent that comprises
farce metals, solvents, oil and grease. Thus
a lot of hazardous substances are being
generated in Harare, said Mabika.
Shiraaz Kassam, chairman of Lake Chiv-
ero Users Association described the prob-
lems of pollution in the city and Lake Chiv-
ero environs as very serious.
He said the problem was compounded by
the fact that Crowborough Sewage Treat-
ment Works were non-functional prompt-
ing council to discharge raw sewage into
the Marimba River.
Pollution of any kind must be prevent-
ed as this poses a serious health hazard to
the citys inhabitants and marine life, Kas-
sam said.
Meanwhile, industrialists say comply-
ing with orders from the City of Harare
and EMA had a lot of capital implications,
considering the economic situation. The in-
dustries submitted that the infrastructure
required for members to comply was ex-
pensive. For instance, an oil separator for
kitchens/canteens costs US$10 000. Efflu-
ent plants need capital outlay of up to US$5
million so that the processed effluent can
be treated to acceptable standards.
The cluster members cannot easily access
these levels of investments given that our
economy is generally not performing well
and the cluster members are not spared,
said Tapera Mawodza, chairman of the food
and beverages manufacturers cluster.
Mawodza says the city council should
also put its house in order.
We have seen raw sewage being pumped
into rivers and we witnessed discharges in
several areas in Chitungwiza and City of
Harare, the authorities appear not to be
implementing the same steps that they are
forcing the private sector to pursue.
According to Mawodza, a number of clus-
ter members actually have international
systems standards such as ISO 14001 for en-
vironmental management system, ISO 9001
Quality Management System and these have
helped on issues around waste manage-
ment. Mawodza added that Consumer Social
Responsibility (CSR) was actually embed-
ded in the programmes. Members like Delta,
Dairibord and Colcom have robust CSR pro-
grammes and yearly they put aside sizeable
amounts in the form of CSR budgets.
The cluster does not think we are go-
ing to notice an improvement soon because
traction is only coming from a few mem-
bers. If you look at the food and beverages
sector, there is a potential for having more
than 1 000 members in Harare alone, yet we
are only 15 members who are committed
and are working towards complying to the
requirements, Mawodza said.
What difference does it make when only
2% are complying and the other 98% are not?
According to the report generated during
the operation, on average 70% of samples
collected for analysis in the Granisteside
industrial area indicated that most of the
companies inspected were not compliant.
On the other hand, major polluting
companies were said to be beverages and
chrome extracting companies. The latter
uses chemicals such as sulphuric acid, hy-
drochloric acid, ferrous sulphate and caus-
tic soda. The companies were said to gen-
erate hazardous waste of which 20 tonnes
were available with the possibility of escap-
ing into the environment and causing pol-
lution. Tobacco processors were also said
to be dumping their waste at undesignated
The 227-page report recommended that,
companies that discharge any effluent into
the environment should have pre-treatment
plants and measures be formulated for the
hotspot at Graniteside where untreated ef-
fluent is being discharged into the environ-
ment or sewer system.
The report recommends another opera-
tion to cover areas that comprise Bluff hill,
Msasa, Willowvale and the central business
The City of Harare over the years has
been using at least 16 chemicals to clean-
up water at its primary water source, Lake
Chivero. High concentration of toxins in
Lake Chivero has raised concern over the
health and safety of people who are drink-
ing the water.
Cattle drink polluted water (le picture)
Local News
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 9
Save conservationists in quandary
asvingo The gazebo on a hill
overlooks a jungle that stretches
as far as the eye can see, giving a
magnificent sunset view.
A few metres away, a herd of el-
ephants, with a baby limping from being snared,
troop to a drinking watering point.
For starters, the breath-taking glimpse in-
vokes excitement as the elephants are not intim-
idated by the human presence. In fact, they seem
to have become accustomed to the visitors.
But even though his wife is enjoying the spec-
tacle, award-winning conservationist Clive
Stockhill of Senuko Ranch seems not to take no-
Stone-faced, with one hand supporting his
head, he is lost in thought, pondering on what
the future holds for him and many other con-
servancy owners in the world acclaimed sanctu-
ary, which has hogged news for the past three
years, all for the wrong reasons.
Two years ago, Zanu PF bigwigs invaded the
conservancy armed with controversially award-
ed 25-year leases which were however can-
celled upon the intervention of President Rob-
ert Mugabe.
These include the retired Colonel Claudius
Makova, Lieutenant-Colonel David Moyo, Ma-
jor-General Gibson Mashingaidze, Assistant
Commissioner Connel Dube, Masvingo provin-
cial intelligence officer Shaderick Chibaya, Ma-
jor-General Engelbert Rugeje and Brigadier-
General Livingstone Chineka.
The list also included the late Higher Educa-
tion minister Stan Mudenge, politburo mem-
ber Nelson Mawema, Lands minister Doug-
las Mombeshora, ex-Masvingo governor Titus
Maluleke, Zanu PF central committee member
Enock Porusingazi and Senator Shuvai Mahofa.
After putting up resistance, they eventually
left, but not before some alleged series of game
plundering through poaching.
Even Bilateral Investment Promotion and Pro-
tection Agreement (Bippa)-protected conservan-
cies like Masapasi were also invaded.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authori-
ty (ZPWA) is now set to take over after declar-
ing that the conservancy would form a park that
will link up with Gonarezhou National Park.
But the Save Valley conservationists are skep-
tical of the authoritys capacity.
We have no problem with ZPWA officials tak-
ing over, but the question is; how do we proceed
from here? ZPWA intervention is good because
it secures land use as a conservation area.
If ZPWA plays a gatekeepers role, I do not
mind, but we just hope and pray that Save Val-
ley will not end up like other safaris that the
ZPWA has taken over; that will be unfortunate
and tragic and there is no need to repeat the
same mistake. We should learn from history,
said Stockhill.
Environment, Water and Climate minister
Saviour Kasukuwere could not take calls from
The Standard saying he was in a meeting. Re-
peated efforts to contact him drew banks last
Stockhill says the invasions, which started
during the chaotic land invasions of 2000, as
well as those by Zanu PF bigwigs, had cost them
dearly as all international hunters that had
made bookings cancelled them upon hearing of
the disturbances, prejudicing the conservancy
as well as the country of tourism revenue.
Because of the 2000 disturbances and mainly
the recent invasions by Zanu PF chefs, we lost a
lot of business. All bookings were cancelled. For
three years, we got no business. We have been
left hanging and we are like squatters. We are
about to collapse business-wise, he said.
We were surviving on money from hunts,
but then our hunting quotas were cancelled. Up
to now, we cannot meet the conservation cost.
We should resort to non-consumptive tourism
where tourists come and pay to view game not
for hunts. Wildlife is a unique selling point.
The conservancy owners had their hunting
quotas cancelled and a few were only re-issued
the licences last month way after the pre-
ferred hunting season in winter had ended.
Hunters wanted to come but we had no per-
mits. They usually book in January for winter,
the preferred hunting season. We only had our
permits renewed two weeks ago and they expire
on December 31, said Stockhill.
Stockhill, together with his parents, were
born in Zimbabwe and he is conversant in Nde-
bele and Shona languages.
Rhino dehorning in Save Valley Conservancy
Among the conservancies in Save Valley are
Harmond, Zambezi Hunters, Humani, Makore,
Savuli, Sango, Musaizi, Chishakwe, Matendere,
Gunundwi, Mapare and Nyangambe.
Those protected under Bippa are Matendere
(Italy), Makore (Netherlands), Chishake (South
Africa), Sango (Germany) and Masapasi (South
Conservancies like Mkwasine and Chingwiti
have A1 farmers who were settled there by gov-
ernment, thus creating human-wildlife conflict.
Stockhill said the impact of the invasions is
very huge as the invaders destroyed 50% of the
fence while creating snares.
360 metres of double fencing was vandalised
by the invaders. 50% of the fence was stolen and
there are not even poles that still remain. While
I also value humans, my point is you cannot mix
humans and animals. Humans are part of the
conservation strategy and they should benefit
because the animals destroy their livestock and
fields, he said.
10 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
Comment & Analysis
Time to address
power, economy
Carelessness with litter suicidal
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Refusing a handshake:
Grace Mugabe can do better
EALITY stared President Robert Mugabe in the face on
Friday when he huddled with fellow Politburo members
in the dark at the top of the Zanu PF headquarters fol-
lowing a power cut.
Reports indicate that President Mugabe and top ranking
Zanu PF decision-makers were scared to use the stairs to go
down from 14
floor and waited in vain for electricity to be
restored. When the lights abruptly went off, the group was in
the midst of a tense meeting called to discuss mounting di-
visions in the party that have been worsened by First Lady
Grace Mugabes entry into politics.
The power blackout should have come as a rude awaken-
ing to Mugabe, whose official residence, State House, and
the Borrowdale mansion are assured of uninterrupted sup-
ply when ordinary Zimbabwe endure long hours in the dark
each night.
Despite the worsening economic situation, Mugabe has not
shown any determination to solve problems, and instead he
has allowed his wife, Grace, to pursue matters that are not
helpful to the nations cause.
The First Lady has been on a whirlwind tour of the prov-
inces where she has sought to assert herself as the incoming
Womens League boss. She has tried to do this by bludgeon-
ing members of the dissenting Mujuru faction into submis-
sion, and promoting the Mnangagwa faction in highly divi-
sive speeches.
Over the past few days, Grace has openly directed her at-
tacks on Vice-President Joice Mujuru, calling for her resig-
Meanwhile, the quality of life for Zimbabweans has contin-
ued to deteriorate as ordinary residents endure many hours
without power on a daily basis. Industry has also been badly
affected by load-shedding, leading to loss of production.
In the suburbs, water is scarce as some areas go for weeks
without the precious commodity and in rural areas food is
hard to come by.
We hope the unsettling power outage was a telling remind-
er to the Zanu PF politburo that they need to focus on craft-
ing strategies that will revive Zimbabwes comatose econ-
omy, rather than expending energies on fighting factional
grew up as a Catholic Church
member. The priests preach
love, forgiveness, peace and
compassion. Every Sunday believ-
ers queue for confession and ac-
cept the punishment, which is
a series of prayers as pronounced
by the priest, to atone for their
I understand that the Presi-
dent, Robert Mugabe and his wife
Grace are devout Catholics. They
dont miss an opportunity to vis-
it the Vatican City and last week
they were there as private visi-
tors to witness the beatification
of Pope Paul VI.
I want to think that if their hosts
get wind that our First Lady is so
bitter she cannot even shake hands
with Joice Mujuru, they will be em-
barrassed beyond words. It is an
indictment on the founding prin-
ciples of the church. Christians
are not expected to hold grudges;
instead, they are encouraged to
talk things over, to find each oth-
er and establish common ground.
Christians do not wait for apolo-
gies, they reach out. That she could
not shake hands with her nemesis
means she went out to the Vati-
can nursing anger and hatred and
came back still in the same frame
of mind. I can imagine the anger
boiling over. The journey did not
in any way soften her heart to-
wards her supposed enemies. The
Bible says one should not nurse an-
ger up to sunset. I am beginning to
wonder if she went there as a pil-
grim, or if she just accompanied
her husband, who is known to be
a believer of note, who reportedly
carries his rosary with him wher-
ever he goes and makes time to say
his prayers.
If the body language was to
show the world that there is no
love lost, then that is of no con-
sequence, since we already know
that. No need to rub it in. Now
she comes across as somebody
who is vindictive and petty, if
not plainly childish, something
unfortunate for somebody who
is aiming high. Real politicians
have tact.
Zimbabwe does not want to be
dragged into this rift. We do not
want to be consumed by hate. We
are generally a peaceful lot, please
spare us the anger, Dr Amai.
Observer, Chitown
ity of Harare, especially dis-
trict offices, must do some-
thing about littering by
households. There are some peo-
ple who drive in the dead of night
simply to offload their bins on
the shoulders of the roads. We
all know that Harare City Coun-
cil cannot cope and have been de-
faulting when it comes to rubbish
collection from households, citing
different reasons ranging from a
lack of manpower, fuel or not hav-
ing refuse trucks at all. That be-
ing said, who thinks that dump-
ing their litter anywhere they
want is the solution? Imagine if
all people with cars used them to
carry their uncollected bins to
leave the rubbish somewhere in
and around the city. How would
the city look like?
We deserve to live in a clean en-
vironment and it is our collective
responsibility to keep it clean.
There are a lot of individuals,
churches, communities and cor-
porates who are initiating clean-
up campaigns or forming organi-
sations for litter collection and or
separation, which is commenda-
ble. If each one of us can belong
to an anti-littering group and play
a part, we will have a cleaner en-
Lastly, to the mean and self-cen-
tred individuals who drive out to
dump litter wherever they want,
please reconsider. The sight of a
babys used diapers is repulsive.
Go green campaigners offer advice
on recycling litter. Families can
have a compost at household lev-
el and also get a bit of cash from
selling empty cans and plastic con-
tainers. There are a number of lit-
ter collection centres in the city.
Soon we will be in the rainy sea-
son and that dumped litter will
choke storm drains, leading to
more problems for both motorists
and pedestrians. A clean nation is
First Lady Grace Mugabe
A man collects rubbish . . . Litter should be properly disposed of
President Robert Mugabe
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 11
Comment & Analysis
NE day in the late 90s, Eddison Zvobgo,
the late Zanu PF legal supremo (may his
soul rest in peace) was asked by a patron
at one of his hotels in Masvingo whether he
wanted to be the President of Zimbabwe.
Its only a stupid teacher that doesnt a spire
to be a headmaster, was his loaded reply.
Zvobgo never got the chance to openly chal-
lenge for the presidency despite being prodded
by many in Masvingo, but everyone who is old
enough is aware that his lieutenant Dzikamai
Mavhaire mustered the courage to make the
Mugabe must go statement.
Mavhaire incurred Mugabes wrath and en-
dured many years in the political wilderness.
He was only rescued last year when Mugabe
gave him a ministerial post.
I reflected on Zvobgos remarks last week
when it became clear that anyone, no matter
their position in Zanu PF or the society, who
appears to threaten Mugabes continued rule
in Zimbabwe is branded an enemy and has to
be nuetralised.
In Zanu PF, you are only accepted if you dont
aspire to be president. Mugabe is supposed to
be president for life, anyone who shows ambi-
tion should be crushed like a snake.
Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who is the
front runner to take over from 90-year-old Pres-
ident Robert Mugabe is in trouble because the
powers-that-be have determined she is a threat
to Mugabe and the First Familys interests.
Suddenly, Zimbabweans are being told by
Grace, who is fast assuming the role of the
lead Zanu PF prosecutor and judge, that the
VP is cunning, incompetent, corrupt and lazy.
The only way out for her is to resign and save
Mugabe the hassle of firing her, we were told
by Grace. I hold no brief for Mujuru or any of
the factions in Zanu PF, but I find Graces nar-
rative unconvincing and deceptive, to say the
least. Grace tells us that Mugabe is covering
up for Mujuru who is incompetent, and tries to
portray her husband as a holy man who is tire-
lessly working for Zimbabweans.
But how can Mugabe, who Grace fondly
calls Baba (father) be competent when unem-
ployment is above 90%, when companies are
closing every day and when we have to beg
the Chinese and Russians to bail us out. Can
such malaise be blamed on the VP?
All over the world, vice-presidents live un-
der the shadow of their presidents and their
performance is normally judged through the
work of the bosses. They are supposed to
take a back seat, so that they dont overshad-
ow the leaders. Their moment only comes
when the president dies or is incapacitated.
If Grace wants Zimbabweans to believe her
diatribe that is being parroted by outgoing
Womens League boss Oppah Muchinguri,
she needs to back her accusations with evi-
dence. Its easy to say so and so is corrupt,
but very difficult to prove the case. If Grace
has evidence of Mujurus corrupt activities,
why doesnt she hand it to the police for pros-
ecution since Mugabe has declared zero tol-
erance to corruption.
And why has she been silent all these years
when Mujuru was amassing the alleged ill-
gotten wealth? Now it is convenient for
Grace to throw mud at Mujuru because Zanu
PF is now heading for congress in December.
After being in office for over 30 years, I have
no doubt that Mujuru is part and parcel of
the leadership that has failed us, but it would
be wrong for her to be vilified for aspiring to
be President of Zimbabwe, or to be forced to
resign because she objected to the First La-
dys penchant for acquiring more land in Ma-
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RESPONDING to the story From humble
typist to Queen Mother (The Standard
October 19 to 25 2014) Karigamombe
says: Mai Grace Mugabe is a person who
is disrespectful to members who are
appointed to government by her hus-
band. She has got no right whatsoever
to start challenging senior government
of cials just because she has been nom-
inated for the top seat in the womens
top league in Zanu PF. Where was Grace
when Mai Mujuru known at that time as
Teurai Ropa was liberating the country?
The fact that she elevated herself to
the position that was meant for Sal-
ly Mugabe does not give her a right to
also elevate herself into top positions
whereby she even threatens to infu-
ence the reshuf e of government of-
fcials. Zimbabweans should not allow
private and family issues to go all the
way to cabinet or to Parliament.
Let me strongly advise her that she
should stop playing with fre, there is
still time to learn to speak politely and
not abuse people each time she opens
her mouth. This is politics. We do not
want to see her seeking asylum else-
where she would have been thrown out
of Zimbabwe by the same people she is
insulting. The Bible says its only a fool
who goes around uttering stupid things
but those with Godly wisdom will keep
quiet. Do not destroy yourself. Get as
many farms as you need, but stop in-
sulting your seniors because you have
the platform to do so. Fore warned, fore
Jokoniya Musweweshiri writes; Zim-
babwe deserves the humiliation it is
currently sufering. A former typist is
shouting at grown up men as if they
were her naughty grandchildren. She
has realised that Zimbabweans are a
bunch of sheep with no courage at all.
Elections are stolen in broad daylight
and nobody has the guts to stand up to
the Zanu PF rigging machine. Degrees
whole PhDs are stolen right under
our very noses and only a few students
dare complain. Politicians loot a dozen
farms each and nobody raises an eye-
brow. We are worse than mice!
Mike says: Grace [Mugabe] should be
ashamed of herself. She is not the right-
ful person to be talking about corrup-
tion since she is just smarting from a
fresh scandal of being conferred with a
controversial PhD. The First Lady should
be reminded that Zimbabwe is not a
Mugabe dynasty, neither is it a monar-
chy. She should try and respect senior
government of cials and stop acting
like an overzealous teenager.
editors desk
VP Joice Mujuru
12 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
Comment & Analysis / Opinion
Ebola pandemic:
Wake-up call
for Africa
HERE are instances
when I agree with the
ideals, principles and vi-
sion of pan-African ac-
tivists that include, but
are not limited, to the late Liby-
an strongman Muammar Gaddafi,
former South African president
Thabo Mbeki, and Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe on Afri-
can renaissance. To a large extent,
I also agree with Gaddafis gran-
diose idea of United States of Af-
rica. The African renaissance was
advocating for, among many oth-
er benefits, the propagation, de-
ployment and development of ro-
bust and resourced African insti-
tutions that enable the continent
to be at the forefront of solving in-
herent and new challenges across
the broad spectrum of health, eco-
nomic, social, legal, technologi-
cal, safety, security and the envi-
ronment in Africa.
If the continent had solid insti-
tutions, it would not have reacted
in a pathetic, confused, compre-
hensively irresponsible and tragic
manner to the Ebola catastrophe.
Inasmuch as the international
community must be of great as-
sistance, Africa itself should have
been at the forefront with a work-
ing governance value proposi-
tion, systems, structures and rea-
sonable resources to help fight the
scourge. Africa is for Africans, a
mantra of the renaissance activ-
ists is actually very true. May-
be the message was not taken by
Africa due to the mistrust for the
messengers or the continent lead-
ers are directing their efforts to
please new and old neo-colonial
The Ebola scourge is surely a
wake-up call for the continent to
build its own robust institutions.
I say this because the continent
seems to be completely outraged
at the international community
for what they believe is a lethar-
gic reaction to efforts at contain-
ing the Ebola epidemic. Murmurs
of disapproval within the social
media are also that the death of
our Liberian brother, Thomas
Eric Duncan in United States was
also some sort of racist action or
negligence. A more irrational and
deep-seated critique of the inter-
national communitys relative in-
action emerged in a recent BBC
interview with Kofi Annan, the
former UN secretary general, who
is from Ghana who said, If the
crisis had hit some other region,
it probably would have been han-
dled very differently. Unfortu-
nately for Annan, its true and he
must be reminded that his genera-
tion of leaders in Africa failed the
continent by not building insti-
tutions and resources that would
have enabled a more resolute lead-
ership in solving this health epi-
demic. The world should have fol-
lowed our cues. Africa has a white
population of a mere 8,9%. Africa
also has an Ebola outbreak and
as a matter of fact, the reason it
is called Ebola is that the first out-
break of the haemorrhagic virus
was in 1976 near the Ebola River
in Zaire.
S we, as a nation, join the
National Social Securi-
ty Authority (NSSA) in
celebrating two decades
of existence this month, October
2014, we hopefully expect this vi-
tal national institution takes a
fresh and introspective look at the
way it interfaces with the public
that it was created to serve.
As one of many Zimbabweans
forced into premature retirement
by prevailing economic circum-
stances, I have, in recent weeks,
been compelled to visit that im-
posing edifice along Second Street
Harare, that is the NSSA head-
quarters. Much like most public
service buildings, on arrival, the
first encounter is with the securi-
ty personnel at the reception desk
directing people to the different
departments of the authority.
On my first visit on April 15 2014,
armed with my completed P3 Em-
ployee Registration Form and oth-
er relevant documents as proof of
employment, I was directed to the
ground floor service area where
rows of chairs are provided for
people waiting to be attended to.
No problem here as the queues
moved fairly swiftly, and one would
not spend more than an hour be-
fore being attended to.
When my turn arrived, a kind-
ly gentleman duly stamped my
forms and told me it would take at
least three months for my pension
claim to be processed and funds
due to me would be deposited into
my bank account.
That was the beginning of my
After the three months, and
there being no money deposited
into my bank account, I went back
to NSSA to inquire about the de-
lay. A lady in a glass cubicle on the
ground floor told me there was a
backlog in processing claims and
I would need to wait another three
So, six months down the line, I
again visited the NSSA offices when
no money had been deposited into
my account, and I was then told that
there would be further delays in
processing my claim as a letter had
been written to me. When I insisted
that I needed to know the contents
of the said letter, she said she had no
idea because such letters originated
from management upstairs.
I returned home planning to re-
visit the offices the following day
to find out details of the said letter.
Not surprisingly, in my mail
box at home were two envelopes
from NSSA, each containing a let-
ter asking me to submit complet-
ed P3 forms and other proof of
employment with regard to two
other companies I had worked for
prior to the last one before retire-
ment. I was taken aback because I
could not understand why it had
taken NSSA six months to realise
that the documentation I provid-
ed was inadequate to process my
claim. In any case, the companies
referred to which I had worked for
more than 10 years prior had long
shut down.
When I went back to NSSA to in-
form them of this position, a help-
ful lady then explained to me the
course of action to take in my cir-
cumstances, which was to submit
a sworn affidavit stating the com-
panies I had worked for which had
closed down.
When I went to tender the re-
quired affidavit two days later, lo
and behold, a new nightmare
awaited me. A gentleman on the
ground floor, clad in a yellow T-
shirt commemorating the author-
itys 20 years of service, ushered
me to an office on the second floor,
where I was taken to another office
on the first floor, and was about to
be sent back to the ground floor
when I protested. I was then taken
to an office on the first floor where
I explained my predicament to yet
another officer.
The man, who provided his
name, then told me to leave the
documents with him and to check
with him again in December
exactly eight months since I first
lodged my claim.
I think this is grossly unfair and
insensitive to the needs of people
who, through no fault of their
own, are forced to rely on the mea-
sly pensions for sustenance. NSSA
boasts an impressive investment
portfolio and is in a position to
employ more staff to provide es-
sential services to its clientele.
It must be appreciated that it is
our contributions to the author-
ity that have enabled it to make
the investments, some of which
are clearly questionable if recent
reports that the pensions admin-
istrator had to write-off US$5,6
million in loans inherited from
the defunct Capital Bank Corpo-
ration Limited are anything to go
NSSA delays frustrate pensioners
Its an inconvenient truth but it
is hard not to agree that race and
geography do play a role in the
worlds callousness. Race and ge-
ography help explain why some
other region any other region,
really would get more help. Af-
rica must live with that truth
and concentrate on developing
its own institutions for this epi-
demic, future epidemics, and oth-
er challenges now and in the fu-
ture. A lot of African leaders are
bad examples and more are joint-
ly and severally liable for inaction
because they failed to embrace
the Africa renaissance initiative
and the United States of Afri-
ca idea. In any case, besides Eb-
ola, how does Africa explain that
France is at the forefront of nego-
tiating with Boko Haram? Efforts
to make the Gulf of Eden safe is
led by Americans, that ICC wants
to superintend the trial of Omar
Al-Bashir and Uhuru Kenyatta,
that Europeans and Americans
are at the forefront in research
and financing of the continents
challenges on water, health, sani-
tation, defence, security, mineral
exploration, education, democra-
cy and governance? The list of the
Wests footprint in Africa is just
innumerable. They actually have
centres of African studies at their
Africa hosts some of the most
resource-rich countries in the
world and yet at the same time
harbours some of the greatest
poverty, corruption and tribal
warfare. Africa has huge poten-
tial to propagate forceful institu-
tions as it is resource-rich and it
has a great pool of human capi-
tal with knowledge, expertise and
skills scattered all over the world.
If, and only if, we have a unit-
ed Africa with minimal corrup-
tion, good governance, democra-
cy, open and transparent societies
and value addition of its primary
resources, will we be in the pro-
cess of conquering this epidemic
as a continent.
This virus has been known
since 1976 and the continent still
has no capacity to play a pivot-
al role in fighting this scourge 40
years later. The continent has not
even invested in research on this
virus like what the CDC and pri-
vate pharmaceutical companies
did. We have a misplaced belief
that some countries in the world
will do the research for us. Africa
should wean itself of the depend-
ency and donor economy syn-
drome because it has enough re-
sources to sustain itself and run
its institutions. Africa has the ca-
pacity to deliver a better standard
of living to its citizens.
There are also murmurs of
disapproval that the US provid-
ed 3 900 soldiers to help in the
fight of Ebola instead of medical
personnel. The question is how
many doctors and nurses did Af-
rica itself provide for this effort?
Without doubt, insignificant hu-
man personnel have been dedi-
cated so far by the continent it-
self to this effort because of the
belief the world owns our lives
and the ever present dependency
America and Europe have spent
hundreds of millions of dollars
in aid specifically for the Ebo-
la fight. They also spent millions
to treat Duncan, a black Liberi-
an man, when he fell ill in the US.
The first nurse who contracted
Ebola from Duncan is the daugh-
ter of Vietnamese parents, the
second, Amber Vinson, is black.
They are receiving the same all-
out treatments as did the US Ebo-
la survivors, Kent Brantley, Nan-
cy Writebrol and Richard Sacra,
all of whom are white, and who
were flown back to the US from
Africa for treatment. Both Brant-
ley and Sacra have donated blood
in hope of helping the other pa-
tients. The very reason that these
three Americans were even ex-
posed to the virus was that they
were over in Africa trying to pro-
vide better healthcare for Afri-
cans. While the world was doing
all this for us Africa was busy
spending millions sponsoring
tribal conflicts, billions of dol-
lars on corruption, funding lav-
ish lifestyles of its corrupt lead-
ers, siphoning billions of dol-
lars to tax havens and sponsor-
ing warped priorities that only
encourage political expedience
at the cost of lives of its citizens.
The late Muammar Gadda . . he advocated for a United States of Africa
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 13
Setting inclusive agenda for justice
ast week we looked into the
background to the forma-
tion of the National Tran-
sitional Justice Working
Group (NTJWG) and tried
to unpack its nature in comparative
analysis with other such groups in
Liberia and Uganda. We concluded
by noting that the NTJWG occupies
a critical space in Zimbabwes jus-
tice processes because there exists
real threats; even against the consti-
tutionally guaranteed justice mech-
In this instalment we look into
the mandate of the NTJWG and
some lessons for the National Peace
and Reconciliation Commission
It is more than a year since the
new constitution came into effect es-
tablishing some key institutions for
the pursuit of transparency, justice
and accountability. These include
the NPRC established by Section 251
to bring about post-conflict justice,
healing and reconciliation. Then
there is the Integrity and Ethics
Committee of Chiefs (IECC) estab-
lished by Section 287 to develop and
enforce integrity and ethical con-
duct on the part of traditional lead-
ers and deal with any complaints
against traditional leaders. Equally
important is Section 210 which pro-
vides for the establishment of an in-
dependent complaints mechanism
to handle any complaints relating to
the conduct of the security servic-
es and finding remedy for any harm
caused by such.
These three bodies among many
others stand out as key to the pur-
suit of justice and the promotion
of transparency and accountabili-
ty. Their establishment by the con-
stitution is not without background.
Zimbabwe has a very rich legacy of
a security sector that is implicat-
ed in serious violation of human
rights dating back to the colonial
era. It is alleged that some tradition-
al leaders have been instrumental in
fanning and perpetrating violence.
With the upcoming congresses, hate
speech has resurfaced. The Zimba-
bwe Peace Project (ZPP) reports an
increase in intra-party political vio-
lence in the recent days.
While all this is happening and
many victims continue to clamour
for redress, it appears justice is not
an urgent item on the agenda of the
government. If anything, there is a
real danger that some political ac-
tors may actually try to frustrate
these constitutionally established
institutions. This probably explains
why over a year later, the Parlia-
ment is still to introduce bills on the
NPRC, IECC and the independent
complaints mechanism for security
This then triggers the need for
non-state actors to engage the pro-
cess and put justice back on the
agenda and open space for that con-
versation. This is what NTJWG
has done and they are doing this
through what we call here an inclu-
sive approach which prioritises the
needs of the victims.
The NTJWG seems to be alert to
the polarised society in which they
are operating and the ever-chang-
ing roles of victim and perpetrator.
Some victims today are perpetrators
tomorrow and vice-versa. Prioritis-
ing the needs of the victims should
not be understood to mean shutting
out the alleged perpetrators. In the
introductory statement released on
September 24 2014, the NTJWG says
their mission is to create inclusive
space for participatory transitional
justice processes. It is from this an-
gle that we submit that the space in-
deed must be inclusive enough to in-
clude alleged perpetrators.
One of the successes of the Truth
and Reconciliation Commission
(TRC) of South Africa was the es-
tablishment of the missing per-
sons taskforce to assist victim fam-
ilies investigate the whereabouts
of their loved ones. Where remains
were recovered, the taskforce assist-
ed in identification and reburial so
as to help families find closure. This
work continues to benefit immense-
ly from the willingness of the com-
mission to listen to the stories of al-
leged perpetrators. Without the sto-
ry of the perpetrator, the story of
the victim remains incomplete.
In its introductory statement, the
NTJWG also said; For the future
and the past, we will adopt an inclu-
sive approach to human rights vi-
olations and their redress. No vic-
tim from any period in Zimbabwes
history is more important than an-
other, and only a non-partisan ap-
proach to the past will free us of the
terrible legacies of violence.
We find this to be remarkable. If
followed faithfully, this approach
tears to shreds allegations that civ-
il society in Zimbabwe does not care
about violations that took place dur-
ing the colonial era. But most im-
portantly, this creates a new era for
Zimbabwe, and gives us an oppor-
tunity for reconciliation of histor-
ical narratives. Creating an inclu-
sive space for justice is an excel-
lent mandate that belongs not only
to the NTJWG, but to all Zimbabwe-
ans who care about breaking the cy-
cle of violence and ending impunity.
At another level, the NTJWG car-
ries within its approach, structure
and composition some lessons for
the upcoming NPRC, and the people
tasked with setting it up.
The participation of stakeholders
in the establishment of the NTJWG
is a key factor. A number of con-
sultative meetings were held with
stakeholders from a cross section of
the Zimbabwean society including
business, farmers, media, church-
es, students and government. They
contributed their views to the for-
mulation of the terms of reference
for the group and the final structure
and mandate. They went on to par-
ticipate openly in the nomination
process and the election which saw
the current eight members take of-
fice on May 23 2014. It would be of
benefit to us all if there was con-
sultation on the kind of NPRC that
Zimbabweans want and the calibre
of commissioners that people wish
to see in the NPRC.
The composition of the NTJWG
speaks volumes of inclusivity. The
eight members come from differ-
ent sectors of society, including the
churches as the moral voice of the
society, the academics who bring in
the need for empirical research on
issues, the legal fraternity, as well
as experts on human rights, gender
and conflict transformation. If the
NPRC achieves that balance, they
will appeal to a wide cross section
of the society. However, more could
have been done to bring in regional
balance in the NTJWG.
Lastly, the NTJWG has been
structured around key thematic are-
as, an approach which we believe is
key to any comprehensive process.
The thematic areas for the NTJWG
are promotion of truth, justice and
accountability, reparations, gender,
institutional reform and memorial-
isation. Each thematic area is head-
ed by a person with experience and
expertise in that area.
Then there are three independ-
ent experts who support all the-
matic areas and any other themes
that are critical to transitional jus-
tice. Going through the functions
of the NPRC as outlined in the con-
stitution, this structure is some-
thing the NPRC can emulate with-
out necessarily replicating the ac-
tual themes.
In conclusion, we recommend
an additional theme and member
for the NTJWG to focus on the wel-
fare of victims and survivors. This
would be in line with the mission
of the NTJWG on victim-centred-
ness. The additional member must
preferably come from one of the
marginalised minority regions af-
fected by past atrocities like Binga.
l Dzikamai Bere & Prosper Ma-
guchu contribute to this column
in their personal capacity. The
views contained here are not the
views of the organisations they
are associated with. For feedback
write to
Parliament of Zimbabwe
Surgeons transplant using dead heart
14 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014

urgeons in Australia say
they have performed the
first heart transplant us-
ing a dead heart.
Donor hearts from
adults usually come from people
who are confirmed as brain dead
but with a heart still beating.
A team at St Vincents Hospi-
tal in Sydney revived and then
transplanted hearts that had
stopped beating for up to 20 min-
The first patient who received
a heart said she felt a decade
younger and was now a differ-
ent person.
Hearts are the only organ that
is not used after the heart has
stopped beating known as do-
nation after circulatory death.
Beating hearts are normal-
ly taken from brain-dead peo-
ple, kept on ice for around four
hours and then transplanted to
The novel technique used in
Sydney involved taking a heart
that had stopped beating and re-
viving it in a machine known as
a heart-in-a-box.
The heart is kept warm, the
heartbeat is restored and a nour-
ishing fluid helps reduce damage
to the heart muscle.
The first person to have the
surgery was Michelle Gribilas
(57), who was suffering from con-
genital heart failure. She had the
surgery more than two months
Now Im a different person al-
together, she said. I feel like Im
40 years old Im very lucky.
There have since been a fur-
ther two successful operations.
Prof Peter MacDonald, head
of St Vincents heart transplant
unit, said: This breakthrough
represents a major inroad to re-
ducing the shortage of donor or-
It is thought the heart-in-a-
box, which is being tested at sites
around the world, could save up
to 30% more lives by increasing
the number of available organs.
The breakthrough has been
welcomed around the world.
The British Heart Foundation
described it as a significant de-
Maureen Talbot, a senior car-
diac nurse at the charity, said:
It is wonderful to see these peo-
ple recovering so well from heart
transplantation when, without
this development, they may still
be waiting for a donor heart.
Similar methods of warming
and nourishing organs before
transplant have been used to im-
prove the quality of lung and liv-
er transplants.
James Neuberger, the associ-
ate medical director at the UKs
NHS Blood and Transplant ser-
vice, said: Machine perfusion
is an opportunity to improve the
number and quality of organs
available for transplant.
We look forward to more work
being carried out to determine
the impact of this technology on
increasing the number of organs
that can safely be used for trans-
plant and on improving the qual-
ity of those organs.
It is too early to predict
how many lives could be saved
through transplantation each
year if this technology were to be
adopted as standard transplant
practice in the future. BBC
The rst patient who
received a heart said
she felt a decade
younger and was now
a dierent person
ydney An Australian man had a spider re-
moved from his stomach after it burrowed its
way into his body and survived for three days
before being removed.
Dylan Maxwell was on holidays on the Indone-
sian island of Bali when the tiny creature bur-
rowed through a small appendix scar and trav-
elled up his torso, leaving a red scar-like trail from
his navel to his chest.
Lifting his shirt, Maxwell told an Australian
television network thats where it actually bur-
rowed underneath my skin.
While still in Bali, Maxwell visited a local med-
ical centre and was prescribed an antihistamine
for an insect bite.
Well after running tests and putting things in-
side my stomach they finally found out it was a
tropical spider thats been living inside me for the
last three days, Maxwell posted on his Facebook
page where he goes by the name of Dylan Thomas.
Havent felt so violated in my life before! Just
glad its all over, he said.
After returning to Australia earlier this week,
doctors removed the tropical visitor.
They managed to pull the spider out of my na-
vel and put it in a specimen jar and took it away,
said Maxwell, whose mates have nicknamed him
Spiderman. Reuters
Man returns home
from holiday with
spider in stomach
A California woman who tried to sneak into a
house through the chimney got stuck and had to
be rescued by firefighters, who used dish soap to
help extricate the soot-covered intruder, authori-
ties have said.
Local media reports say the woman, identified by
police as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa (30), tried to en-
ter the Los Angeles-area house of a man who said he
met her online, and that when she got stuck she start-
ed screaming for help.
Firefighters who arrived found her about 2 metres
down the chimney, which they took apart brick by
brick down to the roof line, Ventura County Depart-
ment spokesman Bill Nash said.
Shes stuck in there and obviously she doesnt need
bricks falling down on her on top of that, Nash said.
The team of about 10 firefighters spent two hours
extracting the woman, pulling her out with straps af-
ter lubricating the chimney interior with dish soap,
Nash said. She was then taken to a hospital for obser-
vation, he said.
Nunez-Figueroa was later arrested for illegal entry
and providing false information to the police.
Woman gets stuck in
chimney trying to
sneak into home
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 15





Biri Dam investment proves useful
for farmers and Chinhoyi
iri Dam, situated on the Manyame
River, 20 kms south of Chinhoyi and
about 25 kms north of Murombedzi,
is a source of water for both farmers and the
town of Chinhoyi.
The dam, which is sandwiched between
Chirau communal lands to the south and
former commercial farms to the north,
provides water for both large and small-scale
farmers. It is also a source of livelihood for
fishermen in the area.
The National Social Security Authority
built the dam, which was completed in 2001,
as a commercial investment intended
primarily to benefit farmers in the area, as
well as the town of Chinhoyi, which is the
Mashonaland West provincial capital.
Like other dams, it has economic,
environmental and social benefits for the
communities around it. It is a habitat for
wildlife and fish. It is a source of water for
farmers, as well as for Chinhoyi town.
The main crop cultivated around the dam
is maize, followed by cotton, wheat and
recently tobacco, which has proved popular
due to its lucrative returns.
Small-scale farmers living on the edges of
the dam carry out market gardening,
producing various vegetables for sale in
Potlet Estates operations manager Stephen
Banda said the farm, which is located close
to the dam, has been using water from the
dam since it was completed. Since then, he
said, the farm has been ever green. It rotates
maize, wheat and soya bean crops.
Before the construction of the dam we
had to rely on the rainy season but now it is
business all year round, he said, adding that,
because it was always busy, the farm
employed people from Chinhoyi as casual
labourers, as the farm's 50 full-time
employees at times failed to cope.
Like the crops in the area surrounding Biri
Dam, the animals there are healthy. Some of
the provinces best cattle are found there.
Many farmers in the area are into cattle
ranching while others, mostly small scale
farmers, keep small animals such as goats
and sheep.
To the town of Chinhoyi, according to
Chinhoyi Municipalitys Director of
Engineering, Engineer Simon Marara, Biri
Dam is not just a huge body of water waiting
to be drawn but a source of the natural
ecosystem desirable for the natural
purification of water.
For us, Biri Dam is a blessing as it cuts our
costs in the eventual purification of water
and ensures we have a high standard of water
in Chinhoyi, he said.
He said that while both Harare City
Council and the Chinhoyi municipality use
water from dams on the Manyame River,
Harare City Council uses about 12 different
chemicals, while in Chinhoyi only three are
This is because of the natural purification
process that occurs while water is held in Biri
Dam. The municipality actually draws water
from a weir about 20kms downstream from
the dam but the water has benefited from the
natural purification process that the
ecosystem at the dam provides before it
makes its way down to the weir.
Chinhoyi municipality draws 480
megalitres of water per month from Biri
We are lucky as a council to have Biri
Dam. On a monthly basis the municipality
has guaranteed drawing rights of up to 1 200
megalitres of water, according to
arrangements made by the government
through the social security authority and its
partners, Mr Marara said.
Other economic activities that take place
around Biri Dam include fishing, from which
many residents in the area earn a livelihood.
People from across town fish at the dam and
sell the fish in the Chinhoyi area.
One such fisherman who lives in
Chinhoyi, Norman Kabvunye, said: I have
a family of three two boys and a girl that
I am sending to school by selling the fish I
catch at the dam.
Mr Kabvunye said he usually catches
between 25kg and 30kg of fish per day. On
bad days the least he catches is around 10kg
of medium sized bream.
Other fishermen catch and sell fish on a
larger scale. People come from as far as
Norton and Harare to buy in bulk from them
for resale. Those who sell on a large scale
have boats.
Some have even formed cooperatives. One
such cooperative has eight members. It
operates with four boats. For the members of
this cooperative business is so good that all
their catch is usually sold by 8am every day.
Mr Kabvunye shows off one of his
catches at Biri Dam.
Water gushes from the dam into the
Manyame River.
A large percentage of Zimbabwes
cropland is irrigated using water
stored in dams.
A life dedicated to care for the elderly
16 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
t first she found it hard
to tell her relatives
and friends that she
worked at an old peo-
ples home, taking care
of the elderly. She would lie that
she worked at a nearby school as
a secretary like most of her peers
did at the time.
Today 58-year-old Constanzia Sev-
erino Mkize is among the few who
have dedicated their lives to sup-
porting the aged at Society for the
Destitute Aged (Soda) in Highfield.
Never one to shirk from respon-
sibility, Constanzia is a passion-
ate worker, carrying the burden
of looking after the elderly on her
shoulders. She has touched the
lives of many at the home. The el-
derly at the home see her not only
as the matron, but as a daughter
and granddaughter.
Having been at the home for 28
years, Constanzia started work-
ing there when she was just 30
years old on August 26 1986 as a
general worker until in 1988 when
she graduated to be a matron, a
position she still holds.
She smiles wistfully as she
walks down memory lane, narrat-
ing the events that led her to the
job 28 years ago. And one can eas-
ily notice the transformation in
her eyes, which are already be-
coming watery.
A friend of mine, George Char-
ambarara, introduced me to Soda
when he was still the chairman.
It was a male-dominated environ-
ment, so there was need for a fe-
male worker, especially for hy-
giene purposes. This is when the
opportunity came and I have nev-
er looked back.
I didnt have the courage to
tell my family and friends of my
new job. I was afraid they would
discourage me. So I just lied that
I worked at a nearby school as a
secretary, until I invited them one
day, she said.
To my surprise, she added,
my friends were very supportive
and they actually encouraged me
to continue with the job, a respon-
sibility I still cherish, she said.
A holder of a higher level Foun-
dation in Business Studies and
a Red Cross certificate from St
Johns Ambulance, Constanzia
said she has always dreamt of be-
ing a nurse.
We used to go to a nearby hos-
pital when I was a kid with my
friends. I mostly admired nurses
uniforms and badges, but I didnt
know that God had other plans for
me, she added.
Constanzia believes her job was
My grandmother used to say
I was different from her oth-
er grandchildren, and there was
something special within me and
I only realised that when I was at
Soda, said Constanzia.
She said being a matron comes
with a cocktail of challenges as
every day comes with its own dif-
ferent challenges, meeting differ-
ent people with diverse charac-
ters which requires that she be ac-
The elderly take me as their
granddaughter as I am friendly to
them. I also treat them as my own
They used to say to me, you
will never have another book of
life besides us, and that I was sup-
posed to learn from them. Actual-
ly, they have taught me a lot about
life, she added.
Constanzia added that even
though she is the matron, she per-
forms different tasks at the home
from being a general worker right
to supervising.
I got the promotion because I
can do any kind of work here, such
as cleaning toilets. As a worker, I
do anything that concerns the el-
derly here, said Constanzia.
As advice to those who aspire to
work at old peoples homes, Con-
stanzia said one has to be dedi-
cated and have the zeal to care for
older people.
As they say, charity begins at
home. One has to start by show-
ing love to their own parents be-
fore trying to show respect to the
elderly here. To be an effective
carer, you should be someone who
is willing to share your love with
the aged. As you know, old people
change their moods, at times they
act like children and you just have
to be patient and adjust to their
ways, she said.
On people who forsake their
parents, Constanzia said there is
no good reason for one to act that
At times we just have to put
ourselves in their shoes. When
one gets older they need special
care and that has to come from
their own children before oth-
er people chip in because nobody
knows how much they suffered to
raise their own children.
Just give them what you have
and even if it is a little, it matters
to them, she said.
Constanzia said true to her ear-
lier dreams, she is still practising
I am still using the skills that
I acquired during training at Red
Cross. I can dress wounds and
take care of other less serious ail-
ments. However, when one gets
sick, we ferry them to hospital
and we use the prescription from
doctors. We always make sure
that they take their medication on
time, she added.
Nonetheless, she said that de-
spite being the veteran she is, she
also faces challenges in the day-to-
day running of the home.
As we all know, older people
have contrasting personalities
and at times they quarrel so as
their supervisor I have to be in be-
tween and try to settle their differ-
ences amicably.
Some let go easily, but others
take time. They need to be under-
stood, Constanzia said.
John Waneta (62), one of Con-
stanzias co-workers who start-
ed working at Soda in 1989
three years after Constanzia com-
menced her duties was unre-
served in his praise of her.
We relate very well. We do
not have a boss-worker relation-
ship, but she is actually like a sis-
ter to me. She is very passionate
about her work and as long we
work with her, we definitely know
that older people here are in safe
hands, he gushed.
John Ndiwo (78), one of the el-
derly people at Soda, said Con-
stanzia is a loving woman who
shares with them what she has.
We have never slept on an emp-
ty stomach, she makes sure even
the little we have, we share. She
is like a granddaughter to us but
as for me, she is like a mother to
me, he said.
Married and a mother of four,
Constanzia said in her spare time
she is usually in the garden at
Soda or with family and visiting
friends and relatives, a lesson she
said she learnt from the home; the
importance of family and friends.
As a parting shot, she recalled
inspiring words that she got from
a certain lady who was once a ben-
eficiary at the home.
Though she is late now, her
words are still vivid in my mind.
She used to say, prepare your life,
prepare for tomorrow, in life you
have to plan while you are still
able, save money and do not be
wasteful, she said.
Constanzia Severino Mkize sits with some of the elderly people housed at Soda in Higheld
Touching lives . . . Constanzia Mkize
The Standard
October 26 to November 1 2014
UK delegation
coming for
Zim Asset
Tomatoes dominate agricultural produce sales
omatoes dominated agri-
cultural produce sales for
the month of August, earn-
ing 41% from the total revenue of
US$2,7 million, up from the July
figure of US$2,2 million.
An agricultural research
group, eMKambos report for
the month of August 2014, said
the top four most earning prod-
ucts were tomatoes with an esti-
mated revenue of US$1,1 million,
bananas US$291 130, avocadoes
US$211 180 and onions US$171
A total of 43 agricultural prod-
ucts flowed into Mbare market
from around the country during
the month of August 2014, gen-
erating an estimated revenue of
US$2 724 513 60 an increase from
Julys US$2 224 649, 54, it said.
According to the report, the
bulk of agricultural commod-
ities flowing into the market
were produced based on farmer
instincts, experience and intui-
The report showed that Masho-
naland East, Manicaland, Mash-
onaland West, Mashonaland Cen-
tral and Harare provinces had
the highest share of the market
Mashonaland East received
US$1 722 671,20, Manicaland
US$535 475,50, Mashonaland
West US$204 696,50, Mashonal-
and Central US$178 201,90 and
Harare US$68 383.
The remaining provinces
Masvingo, Midlands and Mata-
beleland South all recorded
less than US$10 000 each in the
month of August.
The statistics shows that farm-
ers from Mashonaland East,
Manicaland and Mashonaland
West collectively received nearly
90,39% of the revenue.
Apples recorded for Harare
are mainly from South Africa.
However, it is good to see Mazowe
and Nyanga still showing the ex-
istence of local production al-
though it needs improving.
There are enormous opportu-
nities for value addition of avo-
cadoes in Honde Valley, Chim-
animani and Chipinge, creating
employment. Like Avocadoes,
bananas remain a major crop in
Honde Valley, Chimanimani and
A blend of avocadoes and ba-
nanas would produce a whole-
sale food, eMKambo said.
However, according to the re-
port, there have been a glut of
sugar beans on the market be-
cause production was promoted
without proper consideration for
the market.
Zimbabwes relations with its former colonial
master soured at the turn of the millennium
after the country embarked on a haphazard
fast-track land reform programme that
decimated the agriculture sector
delegation from Unit-
ed Kingdom will visit
Zimbabwe next week
to help the country im-
plement the economic
blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda
for Sustainable Socio-Economic
Transformation (Zim Asset).
The British Embassy on Fri-
day said the theme of the mission
was, Applying UK expertise in pro-
ject finance, infrastructure and de-
velopment to support the imple-
mentation of Zim Asset.
The delegates will meet with
senior members of the Zimbabwe-
an government, parastatals, cap-
tains of industry, international
donors and British businesses al-
ready trading in Zimbabwe.
Trade and investment is vital
for Zimbabwes development. We
want to strengthen business links
and to show our commitment, we
are sending a Trade Mission,
British Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Catriona Laing said.
To translate interest into in-
vestment, the government of Zim-
babwe will need to reassure inves-
tors that their assets will be se-
cure for example by clarifying
its indigenisation policy.
Alex Lambeth, director of Brit-
ish Expertise, a leading trade or-
ganisation, will lead a five-mem-
ber delegation.
Other members of the delega-
tion are drawn from UK firms
with substantial regional experi-
ence across many of the key infra-
structure sectors identified by the
Zim Asset development plan, such
as water, sanitation, energy, power
and transport.
Zim Asset requires a funding of
US$27 billion up to 2018.
Last week, United Nations
agencies operating in Zimbabwe
said they have aligned their pro-
grammes in line with Zim Asset
The mission will publish a re-
port detailing opportunities for in-
terested firms in London and Jo-
hannesburg. The visit by the Unit-
ed Kingdom delegation comes at a
time when Zimbabwe has received
over US$1 billion investments
from China for over five years.
Zimbabwes relations with its
former colonial master soured at
the turn of the millennium after
the country embarked on a hap-
hazard fast-track land reform pro-
gramme that decimated the agri-
culture sector.
The visit comes after Russian
foreign minister Sergey Lavrov
led a delegation to Zimbabwe last
month culminating in the signing
of an agreement for the US$3 bil-
lion platinum project in Darwen-
The investment will be the larg-
est in Zimbabwe since it dollarised
in 2009. By 2024 the mine is expect-
ed to be mining 10 million tonnes
of platinum ounces and creating 8
000 jobs.
Zimbabwe has received sever-
al investors in the past five years
but its foreign direct investment
(FDI) has failed to hit the US$1 bil-
lion mark to be at par with other
regional neighbours.
FDI is expected to further de-
cline between 2015 and 2016, ac-
cording to a latest report by the In-
ternational Monetary Fund (IMF)
on the sub-Saharan region.
Tomatoes sales generated a total revenue of US$2,7 million in August
President Robert Mugabe and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (left) recently signed a US$3 billion platinum deal.
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obile operator NetOne has part-
nered with the Ministry of Small to
Medium Enterprises and Coopera-
tives Development in implementing
a mentorship programme to capaci-
tate Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Zim-
Speaking at the just-ended SMEs International
Expo in Harare, NetOne marketing development
manager Nancy Murove said the programme was
still at the grassroots level and aimed at assisting
all the SMEs in Zimbabwe.
We are in partnership with the Ministry of
Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives
Development so that we bring technology to the
people and help them to access services, get in-
formation on the local market, send and receive
money or even [in the] payment of bills. The pro-
gramme is still at the initial stages and is being
targeted at all SMEs around the country, Murove
She said NetOne was also working on project
e-agriculture with a number of companies to en-
sure that people are able to get information to the
farming community.
Murove said SMEs have been credited with tre-
mendous contribution towards growth and sus-
tenance of economies around the world, through
production and creation of employment.
SMEs range from farmers, constructors, trad-
ers and manufacturers as well as service provid-
She said although SMEs face multiple opera-
tional and business challenges, there can be over-
come, enabling the sector to contribute greatly to
the economy. This, she said, can be achieved if the
sector embraces technology and innovation in the
ever-changing and demanding business environ-
Adoption of technology and innovation by
SMEs has always been and continues to be deter-
mined by multiple factors which require a holistic
approach if the full benefits of technology and in-
novation are to be realised, Murove said.
Murove however said the other challenges be-
ing faced by SMEs were limited to a lack of ac-
cess to regional and international markets, cap-
ital constraints and lack of secure and efficient
payment systems.
She urged SMEs to take advantage of the avail-
able communication services being offered by Ne-
tOne which will enable them to do online sourc-
ing, allowing identification of suppliers easily
and cutting on costs.
Use of digital tools opens up access to regional
and international markets online. A combination
of internet availability and mobile money plat-
forms in their variant forms of electronic pay-
ments solutions offer efficiency, security and con-
venience in buying no stringent registration re-
quirements and most agents are closer to where
SMEs operate NetOne offers security and con-
venience and allows for efficient funds transfer,
she said.
Murove said through partnerships with special-
ists, consultants, NGOs and governmental depart-
ments, e-platforms offered by NetOne can be devel-
oped for the dissemination of important informa-
tion on policy direction, finance, consultancy ser-
vices and mentorship.
It is believed that, with right synergies and
harnessing of technology and innovation, SMEs in
Zimbabwe and Africa can develop to rival those of
other countries like South Korea where the giants
started off as SMEs.
The FinScope Micro Small and Medium En-
terprise Survey 2012 revealed that there were 2,8
million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSME) owners in Zimbabwe, owning 3,5 million
businesses and employing a total of 2,9 million peo-
ple, excluding the business owners.
According to the survey, turnover of the MSME
sector in 2012 was estimated to be at least US$7,4
The SMEs sector in Zimbabwe, now accounts for
about 90% of the countrys employable population.
Samuel Chitengu, a welder at Siya-so home industries in Mbare. NetOne has moved in to capacitate Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). File picture
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 19
Ebola: Counting the economic cost
in the
LOOMBERG reported that med-
ical care provided to Ebola pa-
tient Thomas Eric Duncan, who
passed away on October 8 at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hos-
pital Dallas, may have cost as much as half
a million dollars. This includes the cost
of the isolation ward, medical attention
and the intricate disposal of contaminated
equipment and supplies. This is the direct
cost of one case. Adding up the total cost of
the pandemic is staggering.
World Bank counts the primary cost of
this tragic outbreak in human lives and
suffering. As of the end of October 14,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) sta-
tistics show that the epidemic has killed
over 4 500 people and a total of 9 216 report-
ed cases since the first case was reported
in December 2013. Prior to the current out-
break, a total of 2 387 cases were reported
with deaths of 1 590. More people have lost
lives in the current outbreak compared to
all previous Ebola outbreaks added togeth-
er. The longer this pandemic is kept un-
controlled, the faster the overall cost (so-
cial and economic) balloons. World Bank
estimates that if left uncontrolled and the
virus spreads to neighbouring countries,
the financial cost could reach a staggering
US$32,6 billion by 2015.
Before the outbreak, the IMF had fore-
cast that the Sierra Leones economy would
grow by over 14% in 2014. Liberias economy
had been growing by around 10% since 2005.
Guineas economy was in the right direction
under its economic and political reforms.
The World Bank estimates that the outbreak
will cost Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
US$130 million, US$66 million and US$163
million respectively in lost output. Sierra Le-
one is expected to lose a further US$439 mil-
lion, that is 8,9% of GDP in 2015. In the case
of Liberia, the worst case scenario would be
a cost of US$228 million, that is 11,7% of GDP,
while for Guinea the 2015 economic cost is es-
timated at US$142 million or 2,3% GDP. The
outbreak will derail the economic trajecto-
ries of the regional economies.
The impact in the three worst-hit countries
include food shortages leading to panic buying
and food price inflation, volatility in exchange
rates, cancelled flights and capital flight. It ap-
pears that significant economic costs are indi-
rect effects of the pandemic risk aversion
and fear of contagion effect. The economic
cost of fear will far outweigh the direct med-
ical costs. Imagine what happens when peo-
ple stop associating or reduce direct interac-
tions with affected countries. Holidays are
postponed or cancelled. Flights are restricted
and travel bans are implemented. People from
affected regions are isolated or get restricted
from travelling. Sierra Leones finance minis-
ter, Kaifala Marah, sees this isolation as a de
facto economic embargo.
Calculating the true cost of a pandem-
ic may still be a theoretical exercise but
it is worthwhile as the true cost is borne
not only by the affected region, but, in a
global world in which countries and econ-
omies are interdependent, by the global
village. WHO reported 8096 cases and 774
deaths in the 2002-3 Severe Acute Respir-
atory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic. East
Asian countries experienced the worst
impact of between 1% to 3% of GDP in
2003. The overall global cost over the two
years was estimated at over US$800 bil-
Another modern pandemic, the 2009-10
swine flu (H1N1) pandemic is estimated to
have infected over 620 000 people and result-
ed on lab-confirmed deaths of 18 036. Actu-
al fatal cases were definitely more than the
reported lab-confirmed deaths. Economic
losses were estimated to have been 0,5% to
1,5% of GDP in the affected countries.
Although Ebola has not reached Zimba-
bwe, it is important that all the necessary
precautions are taken to deal with any inci-
dence of the virus in the country. While we
are at it, it also worthwhile that Zimbabwe-
ans think about the cost of another pandem-
ic the Aids epidemic that has claimed a
lot of lives in the country and the region.
UNAids statistics (2013) show that though
home to just over 5% of the global popula-
tion, eastern and southern Africa accounted
for close to 50% of all people living with HIV,
that is 17,1 million of the estimated global
total of 34 million. Aids is claiming predom-
inately the economically active, as shown by
the high prevalence of HIV in the age group
15 to 49. This epidemic is causing untold suf-
fering with severe impact on the Zimbabwe-
an economy and social structure. Zimba-
bwes Ministry of Health report, The HIV
and Aids Epidemic in Zimbabwe, points out
that all sectors and all Zimbabweans have
a vested interest in addressing this epidem-
ic because of what it is doing to the coun-
try. Although HIV and Aids affect the over-
all economy, its impact is seen in terms of
household income, company performance,
and government revenues and expenditures.
The real cost of pandemics is much high-
er that can be estimated. It is also clear that
the cost of a pandemic is much more than
the direct medical care costs. The real cost
include social, emotional and economic
costs, both direct and indirect with imme-
diate and long-term effects.
It calls for policy makers and everyone
to work together to reduce the impact of
a pandemic outbreak as the cost is just too
much to bear.
l Nesbert Ruwo is an investment
banker based in South Africa. He can be
contacted on
An Ebola poster showing the symptoms of the
disease. source: cdc
Great people follow great leaders
20 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
WHAT chance gathers, she eas-
ily scatters. A great person at-
tracts great people and knows how
to hold them together. Johann
Wolfgang Von Goethe
lthough I am an Arse-
nal fan, I have great
respect for Manches-
ter United as it is one
of the greatest soccer
teams in the world. They are great
because they win more than they
lose. Until Alex Ferguson retired,
that is.
Sir Alex had become a legend at
Manchester United. His replace-
ment, David Moyes, had big shoes
to fill. After 10 months as United
manager, Moyes was fired, hav-
ing won only 27 out of 51 games,
or 54%: a dismal achievement for
a great team. United needed new
players. Great players for that mat-
ter. However there was a dilemma,
great players were not willing to
come to United under the manage-
ment of Moyes, who was good but
not that great for such a big team.
In the end, the manager had to go.
This story aptly applies to busi-
ness. When a business is at start-
up stage, it totally depends on the
acumen of the founder to drive it
forward. Good entrepreneurs can
quickly grow a small business us-
ing their natural talent and ac-
quired skills. Then there comes a
level when the business outgrows
the owner and managers have to
be recruited. Many SME owners
ignore this stage and thus stunt
the growth of their businesses.
The owner remains in charge of a
business which has outgrown his
capabilities and competences. The
risk with this approach is seen in
the natural cycle of life that an-
ything that stops growing begins
to degenerate and will soon die.
The owner of a very small busi-
ness can manage everything from
production to marketing and sell-
ing to managing the finances. This
is possible as all these functions
are at a basic level and need no
specialised skills. As the business
grows, the competences required
for each function get higher and
higher. The owner will have to de-
cide which function he is excel-
lent at and delegate the rest.
There are cases where business
founders have found it necessary
to hand over the reins of chief
executive to someone else while
they concentrate on what they are
good at. Examples include Yahoo
founders, Jerry Yang and David
Filo who hired Tim Koogle to help
the company grow into one of the
most valuable internet compa-
nies. Locally we have Shingi Mu-
tasa who hires professional CEOs
to run his firms while he remains
executive chairman of the hold-
ing company.
For SME owners, the trick is in
finding the right people. You want
people with the right skills and
capabilities for the job. If you are
seen as a weak leader, the best peo-
ple will be unwilling to join you.
This means every entrepreneur
with growth intentions needs to
cultivate the leadership skills
that will make him a great lead-
er. Great people will not follow
not-so-great leaders, as seen in the
Moyes case at Manchester United.
The good thing is that leader-
ship can be learned. Most great
leaders today have studied oth-
er great leaders before them so
as to acquire the same skills and
behaviours. Alexander the Great
spent his teenage years in the
army that his father commanded;
that is where he learned military
leadership. Others have learned
leadership by studying the habits
of great leaders, usually by read-
ing about their stories in books, or
listening to them at seminars and
One of the most important qual-
ities of a great leader is to have a
great vision. Nothing pulls people
together than a cause bigger than
them. When President Kenne-
dy told the American people that
they would be landing a man on
the moon before the Russians, peo-
ple bought into that vision. Seeing
that the Russians had successful-
ly landed a dog on the moon, the
country in which the citizens be-
lieved was the first in the world
could not sit and watch. There are
stories of workers working for
whole days on end to get the pro-
ject done on time. Everyone in-
volved put in extraordinary effort
to see the mission accomplished.
As a leader, the greater your vi-
sion, the easier it will be for you to
attract great people who will hap-
pily help you accomplish the mis-
sion. Can you clearly articulate
your vision for your business so
that everyone in your team under-
stands it? If you ask your manag-
ers what your vision is, can they
give you a clear answer?
If the answers to the two ques-
tions are not a straight yes, then
you need to work on your vision.
You have to learn to communicate
the vision of your company to the
people you want to follow you.
One of the leading experts on
leadership, Partson Dzamara,
will be speaking on the five essen-
tial leadership skills every entre-
preneur must have at the Busi-
nessLink Networking breakfast
meeting on October 29. If you
need more information about the
event, visit my website or send me
an email.
Wish you all the best in acceler-
ating your growth.
lPhillip Chichoni is a consult-
ant who helps SMEs and entrepre-
neurs start and build sustainable
businesses. You may contact him
via email, chichonip@smebusi- You can also visit
David Moyes
International News
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 21
Charity boss on trial for preying on Kenyan boys
UN hand
N ex-teacher and char-
ity boss preyed on
Kenyan boys as young
as six and sexually
abused them, a jury
has heard.
Simon Harris (55) lured street
children to his car with food and
took them home, Birmingham
Crown Court was told.
He denies 22 offences, includ-
ing rape and sexual assault of
boys under 13, indecent assault
and possessing indecent images
of children.
Harris, of Herefordshire, has
admitted indecently assaulting
three teenage boys in Devon in
the 1980s.
Kevin Hegarty QC, prosecuting,
said Harris would drive into the
town of Gilgil in Kenya and en-
courage street children into his
Land Rover with food and money.
It is on those children the de-
fendant preyed, Hegarty said.
Harris left the UK for Kenya
in the mid-1990s and ran a char-
ity called VAE, which placed
gap-year students with schools
around Gilgil.
The court heard Harris would
drive street children back to his
home, known locally as The Green
House, where they would stay for
days at a time.
The prosecution said his vic-
tims were very small children
who have no families, nobody to
look after them, seven or eight
years old, sheltering in door-
The allegations against Harris
date from 2001 to 2013 and involve
11 children.
Jurors heard some of the chil-
dren would give evidence to the
court from Kenya, over a live sat-
ellite link.
The prosecution said some of
the boys were given jobs around
the house, such as cutting grass,
cleaning or fetching water.
Hegarty said one boy who was
nine at the time, was told by an-
other to leave fast.
Instead he stayed and was
raped, the prosecution said.
He was told [by Harris] that if
he refused he would kill him and
beat him, said Hegarty.
When it was over, he told the
young boy to get dressed and took
him back to town.
Another boy, aged six, was
picked up by Harris while he was
collecting charcoal in town to sell
for food, the court heard.
He was given money and ciga-
rettes by Harris and raped three
times during his stay at the house,
Hegarty said.
One boy locked himself in a
room in an attempt to escape, and
discovered an album containing
pictures of naked children, the
court was told.
Under English law, British cit-
izens can be tried for sex offenc-
es committed abroad against chil-
dren under 16 if it is also an of-
fence in that country, jurors were
On Monday, Harris admitted six
offences of indecently assaulting
three boys aged between 13 and 14
while he was a teacher at Shebbe-
ar College in Devon in the 1980s.
Perhaps he went to Kenya with
the best intentions in the world to
do some good, but once there he
slipped back into his old ways and
it got worse and worse, Hegarty
The trial, expected to last until
December, continues.
An end abuse poster. source:
INSHASA Hundreds of Rwandan
rebels in eastern Congo are defying
a six-month ultimatum to disarm,
ratcheting up pressure on regional
powers and UN peacekeepers to eliminate,
once and for all, a force at the heart of two
decades of conflict.
Midway to a deadline set by regional lead-
ers, not one Hutu rebel had laid down his
weapon and yet rivalries among African
nations are undermining the prospect of
UN-led military action against insurgents
Rwanda has previously hunted down in
If it was entirely up to us, we would be
fulfilling our mandate to neutralise armed
groups, Martin Kobler, head of the 23
000-strong UN mission in Congo, said, ac-
knowledging the reticence of some politi-
cal actors but voicing confidence military
action would ensue if the January 2 dead-
line was missed.
Rwandan Hutu FDLR fighters have made
the hills and forests of mineral-rich east-
ern Congo their own during two decades of
simmering conflict since they fled Rwanda
after the 1994 genocide there by Hutu mili-
tia of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Some Congolese military commanders
retain close ties to FDLR fighters from alli-
ances forged during a 1998-2003 war, which
pitted Congo against an invading Tutsi-led
Rwandan force and drew half a dozen re-
gional states into a proxy war.
African leaders gave the rebels six
months in July to disarm and either be re-
patriated to Rwanda or transferred to a
transit camp in Congo while they await re-
settlement in a third country.
On Monday they acknowledged no pro-
gress had been made and repeated a vague
threat of military force if the deadline was
missed. But some regional powers are keen-
er on that than others.
Everyone wants to go after the FDLR in
a different fashion, said Timo Mueller, an
independent researcher in eastern Congo.
It will be the FDLR who will benefit from
this cacophony of actors.
Criticised for years for failing to impose
peace in Congo, the UN mission has been
buoyed by the success of a 3 000-strong In-
tervention Brigade, launched last year,
with the mandate and firepower to take the
fight to myriad rebel groups.
In November, with Kigali forced to end
covert backing for the rebels, the brigade
helped Congo defeat the Tutsi-led M23 rebel
group that had seized swathes of territory
in North Kivu.
Officials say there are only around 1 500
FDLR gunmen left after the UN peacekeep-
ing mission demobilised over 12 000 in the
past 12 years, but their integration in life
in eastern Congo makes it hard to separate
them from civilians.
Speaking to Reuters from a bush base
in eastern Congo, Victor Byiringiro, the
FDLRs interim leader, said his fighters
would return to Rwanda only through di-
rect talks with Rwanda and not as part of
the UN backed repatriation programme.
To repatriate us to Rwanda is to destroy
the FDLR.
Kigali, however, has flatly rejected talks
with the rebels, saying the Hutus want to
complete the slaughter of 1994.
Rwanda has repeatedly dispatched
troops into its neighbours east, ostensibly
to hunt down Hutu rebels. Kigali has come
under intense diplomatic pressure not to
interfere in Congo since it was accused by
UN experts of backing Congos M23 rebels.
As a result, it expects UN troops to do the
The FDLR is not a mystery, its not a com-
plicated armed group to deal with, Foreign
Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said.
What has to be put forth, in a more visible
manner, in a more serious manner, is the po-
litical will to get rid of this group.
Other African powers have been more
cautious, calling for a political solution
that could broach a range of thorny issues,
including the fate of the more than 100 000
Rwandan refugees remaining in Congo,
whom the FDLR claims to protect.
Tanzania and South Africa the core of
the beefed-up UN brigade have frosty ties
with Rwanda and voiced hesitation over a
military solution to the FDLR.
Some Congolese officials also privately
say conflict between the FDLR and Rwanda
should be resolved through dialogue, amid
memories of the alliance between the mili-
tary and Hutu forces in eastern Congo.
Lambert Mende, a spokesman for the
Congos government, denied any wavering
in commitment for an offensive.
Jason Stearns, a former UN investigator
in Congo, said regional tensions were likely
to muddy decision making.
Its become a bit of a political football
in the tense relations between South Afri-
ca, Tanzania and Rwanda, he said. If the
FDLR continues to be politicised, then that
could also lead to military operations tak-
ing a back seat for the moment.
Kobler, the UN chief, said peacekeepers
were obliged to obey UN orders and played
down any impact of troop contributing gov-
ernments having misgivings over robust
anti-FDLR operations once the Jan 2 dead-
line expires.
His forces are, for now, committed to a
new offensive against Ugandan ADF-NA-
LU rebels accused by the UN and Congolese
government of killing dozens of civilians
in recent weeks.
Even if operations begin, past experi-
ence suggests it will be tricky. Joint Congo-
lese, Rwandan and UN operations against
the FDLR in 2009 were criticised by human
rights groups for having a high humanitar-
ian toll amid abuses by both sides.
Ida Sawyer, Human Rights Watchs sen-
ior Congo researcher, said that could hap-
pen again. Some people are scared that
more military operations will just bring
about more attacks on civilians, she said.
UN Intervention Brigade. Picture:
African powers have been
more cautious, calling for a
political solution that could
broach a range of thorny
issues, including the fate of
the more than 100 000
Rwandan refugees
remaining in Congo
International News
22 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
hicago/New York The
Ebola crisis is forcing
the American health-
care system to consid-
er the previously un-
thinkable: withholding some med-
ical interventions because they
are too dangerous to doctors and
nurses and unlikely to help a pa-
US hospitals have over the years
come under criticism for under-
taking measures that prolong dy-
ing rather than improve patients
quality of life.
But the care of the first Ebola
patient diagnosed in the United
States, who received dialysis and
intubation and infected two nurs-
es caring for him, is spurring hos-
pitals and medical associations
to develop the first guidelines for
what can reasonably be done and
what should be withheld.
Officials from at least three hos-
pital systems said they were con-
sidering whether to withhold in-
dividual procedures or leave it up
to individual doctors to determine
whether an intervention would be
Ethics experts say they are also
fielding more calls from doctors
asking what their professional ob-
ligations are to patients if health-
care workers could be at risk.
US health officials meanwhile
are trying to establish a network
of about 20 hospitals nationwide
that would be fully equipped to
handle all aspects of Ebola care.
Their concern is that poorly
trained or poorly equipped hos-
pitals that perform invasive pro-
cedures will expose staff to bod-
ily fluids of a patient when they
are most infectious. The US Cen-
tres for Disease Control and Pre-
vention is working with kidney
specialists on clinical guidelines
for delivering dialysis to Ebola
patients. The recommendations
could come as early as this week.
The possibility of withholding
care represents a departure from
the do everything philosophy
in most American hospitals and a
return to a view that held sway a
century ago, when doctors were at
greater risk of becoming infected
by treating dying patients.
This is another example of
how this 21st century viral threat
has pulled us back into the 19th
century, said medical historian
Howard Markel of the University
of Michigan.
Some ethicists and physicians
take issue with the shift.
Because the world has almost
no experience treating Ebola pa-
tients in state-of-the-art facili-
ties rather than the rudimentary
ones in Africa, there are no relia-
ble data on when someone truly is
beyond help, whether dialysis can
make the difference between life
and death, or even whether cardi-
opulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
can be done safely with proper
protective equipment and proto-
Such procedures may have di-
minishing effectiveness as the
severity of the disease increas-
es, but we simply have no data
on that, said Kevin Donovan, di-
rector of the bioethics centre at
Georgetown University.
Donovan said he had received
inquiries from fellow physicians
about whether hospitals should
draw up lists of procedures that
would not be performed on an Eb-
ola patient. To have a blanket re-
fusal to offer these procedures is
not ethically acceptable, he told
the doctors.
Nevertheless, discussions about
adopting policies to withhold care
in Ebola cases are underway at
places like Geisinger Health Sys-
tem, which operates hospitals in
Pennsylvania, and Intermountain
Healthcare, which runs facilities
in Utah, according to their spokes-
Nancy Kass, a bioethicist at
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health, said healthcare
workers should not hesitate to
perform a medically necessary
procedure so long as they have ro-
bust personal protective gear.
So far, only two US hospitals
have used kidney dialysis: Tex-
as Health Presbyterian Dallas,
which treated Liberian patient
Thomas Duncan and where two
nurses became infected, and Emo-
ry University Hospital in Atlanta,
which has treated four Ebola pa-
tients at its biocontainment unit
without any healthcare workers
becoming infected.
Although it is not yet clear how
the Dallas nurses became infect-
ed, health officials have ques-
tioned both the lack of adequate
training in the use of protective
gear and the decision to perform
invasive procedures.
The American Society of Neph-
rology and CDC are now working
on new dialysis guidelines for Eb-
ola patients, whose kidneys of-
ten fail. In some cases, dialysis
can help a patient get through the
worst of the illness until their
own immune system can fend off
the virus.
Nephrologist Harold Franch
said the new guidelines will con-
sider both whether the procedure
is medically necessary and wheth-
er the hospital can do it safely.
Most academic medical cen-
tres and many good private ter-
tiary care hospitals will be able
to do this, he said. Yet he thinks
many hospitals may not offer the
service, since it takes a lot of
money and time to train people.
Throughout the history of med-
icine, some doctors have declined
to treat infectious patients or fled
epidemics, said Michigans Mar-
kel. Greek physician and philoso-
pher Galen fled Rome during the
bubonic plague 1 800 years ago,
doctors deserted European cit-
ies stricken by the Black Death of
the Middle Ages, and some health
workers refused to treat HIV and
Aids patients in the 1980s.
The idea that a doctor would
stick to his post to the last during
an epidemic, thats not part of the
Hippocratic Oath, Markel said.
If you feel your life is at risk you
dont have to stay and provide
care. Reuters
Hospitals weigh
withholding care
to Ebola patients
Ebola has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa
Ebola outbreak: Six surprising numbers
1.7 people infected by each Ebola suerer
in Liberia
The figure of 1.7 means that, on
average, every 10 people infect-
ed with Ebola in Liberia will have
passed the disease on to 17 others.
This figure is known as a basic re-
production number. It is used to
measure the rate at which an epi-
demic spreads through a suscepti-
ble population. The number fluctu-
ates as scientists keep monitoring
new cases.
By comparison, measles a
highly contagious disease can
have a reproduction number of be-
tween 12 and 17.
Figure from European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control
19 980 burial kits needed
The bodies of Ebola victims re-
main infectious after death. Safe
burials are key to checking the
spread of the disease.
Figure from UN Office for the Co-
ordination of Humanitarian Af-
fairs (Ocha)
1 in 50 Liberian health workers infected
Ebola is transmitted through pa-
tients body fluids, leaving health
workers particularly vulnerable
to the disease. Where medics have
lacked adequate protection, their
rate of infection has been higher.
Figure from Ocha
US$61,48 cost of a full protective suit
The suit must be worn by med-
ical personnel to protect against
infection. It includes a protective
mask, goggles, apron, gloves and
rubber boots.
Figure from Medecins Sans Fron-
tieres (MSF)
5 060 mobile phones needed
The medical teams now being
sent to the affected countries need
mobile phones to pass on vital in-
formation about how the disease
is spreading, especially in remote
Figure from Ocha
90 days without sex for survivors of Ebola
The Ebola virus can remain pre-
sent in semen for a long time. Ex-
perts say it is best for men who
are recovering from the disease
to avoid sex altogether or make
sure they use a condom for 90
Figure from Peter Piot, of the
London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, who discovered
Ebola in 1976. BBC Experts say it is best for men who are recovering from Ebola to avoid sex altogether or use condoms for 90 days
International News
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 23
US seniors face student loan debt
round the world, stu-
dent debt is a financial
burden for millions
and in the US, a grow-
ing number of senior
citizens are still repaying the cost
of their education into retirement
Janet Lee Dupree is 72 years old
and has a financial burden that
will not leave her in peace: she
owes US$16 000 in student loans
she acquired in 1971 and 1972.
Dupree, who lives in Citra, Flor-
ida, admits she forgot for many
years that she had borrowed the
money originally US$3 000 in
order to complete her undergrad-
uate studies in Spanish.
I am an alcoholic and I have
HIV, she said. Thats under con-
trol, but at that time I was sick
and I didnt worry about paying
back the debt.
Dupree defaulted on her loan,
and since she turned 65 she has
had money withheld from her So-
cial Security benefits.
Just recently I received a no-
tification that they are going to
garnish my wages because I am
still working, says Dupree, who
works 30 hours a week as a sub-
stance abuse counsellor.
In 2005, older adults owed US$2,8
billion in federal student debt.
By 2013, that figure that had bal-
looned to US$18,2 billion, accord-
ing to a report released last month
by the Government Accountabili-
ty Office (GAO).
These seniors account for 706
000 households in the United
States small compared to the
22 million households with non-
seniors who hold student load
debt, but a growing problem. Peo-
ple over 65 also defaulted on their
student loan debt at a much high-
er rate than other segments of the
population, says Charles Jeszeck,
author of the GAO report.
Students in the US often take
out loans, both privately funded
and financed by the US Depart-
ment of Education, to pay their
school fees. While other loans,
such as a home mortgage, can be
forgiven if a borrower files for
bankruptcy, student loans cannot.
According to the GAO study, the
number of individuals whose So-
cial Security benefits were offset
to pay student loan debt increased
from about 31 000 to 155 000 be-
tween 2002-13. Jeszeck said this
situation can cause considerable
problems for older adults who,
like Dupree, may have to extend
their working life well beyond re-
tirement age.
They face the potential of re-
duced social security benefits and
a lower standard of living, possi-
bly a poverty-level standard of liv-
ing in retirement, Jeszeck says.
Rosemary Anderson (57), says
she is fortunate not to have de-
faulted on her student loan, but
she already knows she will grow
old with a debt hanging over her
Between 1991-2000 she borrowed
US$64 000 in order to complete
both her undergraduate and her
graduate studies in organisation-
al behaviour and development.
Soon after, though, she began
what she calls a steep decline
into financial hell.
She says she divorced her hus-
band of 24 years, had health is-
sues that prevented her from
working full time, and had her sal-
ary reduced when the financial
crisis hit.
Anderson, who works as a mem-
ber of the emergency manage-
ment team at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, couldnt
afford her monthly loan pay-
ments, so she entered into a series
of deferment options with the De-
partment of Education.
Today, she owes US$128 000 and
is hoping to get additional help
from the government in reducing
that amount.
The vast majority of older bor-
rowers took out their loans in or-
der to pay for their own studies,
although a small percentage used
the loans for their spouses, chil-
dren or grandchildren.
Many borrowed money to pay
for mid- or late-career retraining,
or may have acquired loans with
a very long repayment term. Oth-
ers defaulted at a younger age,
were unable to dig themselves
out of the problem and carried it
through into retirement.
The Department of Education
says it is committed to working
with older borrowers to help them
understand and manage debt, as
William Leith, chief business of-
ficer for federal student aid, ex-
plained in a recent Senate hearing
where different measures were
A department spokesperson
said there are many repayment
options available, including those
based on income, as well as for-
giveness programmes.
Meanwhile, Rosemary Ander-
son is worried. She says she never
imagined that she would have this
problem at her age.
She feels fortunate to have a job
but recognises that she will have
to continue working as long as she
is physically able to.
Retirement is not part of my
vocabulary, she says.
I will never live long enough to
pay off my loan.
Janet Dupree has had her wages garnished
24 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
Clean hands save lives
E a c The children we impact through this This is the reason why
h year programme are our future parents and Lifebuoy is handing over a 5000litre tank
o v e r 2 0 0 leaders, who will pass on the good to Rusvingo Primary school.
mi l l i on peopl e are hygiene practices that they learn in school Tirikuda kuti vana kana mauya kuchikoro,
involved in celebrations in over 100 not to future generations. munowana mvura yekunwa yakachena,
countries around the world. Global Investing our child's school sanitation and mukashandisa zvimbudzi munokwanisa
handwashing is endorsed by a number of hygiene education has many benefits for kugeza maoko nepanguva dzese
l ever
governments, international institutions, example: dzamunenge makudya chikafu chenyu
i s t h e
civil society organisations and companies. Promotes effective learning. muma lunch boxes. Taona pano maita
The heal th and wel l bei ng of our Reduces incidences of disease and ma plays nema songs ehutsanana nekuti
r e r o f
consumers is crucial to us and as Unilever, worm infections. munonzwisisa kuti hutano hunokosha.
household and
we are saying handwashing with soap is Pr omot e s e n v i r on me n t a l To the parents who are here today we
heritage brands
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s u c h a s O mo ,
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Royco, Gei sha and
Through our trusted brand, Lifebuoy, we hygiene behaviours leads to a amai nana baba, gezai maoko nesipo,
Vasel i ne. We pr i de
have committed to educate not only reduction in water-borne diseases nekuti vana voteedzera zvakanaka
ourselves with these quality
children, but all our consumers on the and ultimately a reduction in zvamunoita. Children also learn by
brands that have added value
basics of hygiene and sanitation. health costs. watching adults.
t o o u r c o n s u me r s a n d
We believe that by educating our Poor health affects a child's ability to learn To our esteemed partners, the Ministry
communities every day.
children, who are the most eager to learn, and without education how are we as a of Health, Ministry of Water and
Today we are gathered here at
wi l l i nsti l and promote posi ti ve nation ever expected to break out of Sanitation and Ministry of Education, and
Kwa y edz a Hi gh s c hool t o
behavioural change as they play an poverty? UNICEF - together we can change
commemorate Global Handwashing
important role in household chores The provision of safe water and sanitation habits and attain a disease free nation.
Day. This is the day when we come
related to hygiene, which the encourages facilities in schools is imperative as it will
together globally to foster and
change wi thi n thei r fami l i es and create a healthy and safe physical learning
support a culture of handwashing with
communities. envi ronment, benefi ti ng both the
soap and raise awareness about the
education and health of school children.
benefits of doing so.
can dramatically cut the incidence of life-
business strategy. We believe that at one lop scalable, cost-effective water, Unilever worldwide is synonymous with
threatening diseases like diarrhoea.
point or another Unilever has been part of sanitation and hygiene interventions that creating, developing and growing We have targeted especially women and
every household through use of any of our can be rol l ed out nati onal l y and children to improve their health and
sustainable community initiatives. We
wellbeing. Our focus is specifically on
products either in the homecare category, internationally, improving health through as Unilever, have been part of
the dissemination of better hand
during the preparation of your meals or better hygiene. Our target is to reach a Zimbabwe for over 60years and have
washing practices and other hygiene
for personal care. billion people globally by 2016. always taken pride in making our behaviours which leads to a reduction in
Lifebuoy, our hygiene soap brand and one
water-borne diseases and ultimately a Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is brands part of the communities'
of Unilever's oldest and most trusted
reduction in health costs.
critical to meeting not only the specific lives.
brands, has been a winner in the domain
We are therefore committed as a
water and sani tati on Mi l l enni um When our founding fathers of personal hygiene. For years, Unilever
business to play a leading role in driving
Development Goals (MDGs), but is also has worked cl osel y wi th vari ous
started this company, Hygiene behavioural change that will improve
stakeholders and partners, i.e. the
hygiene for everyone, starting with our essential for combatting diseases and and Cleanliness for our
different government ministries, health
children. We stand in solidarity with the
reducing child mortality and poverty. c o mmu n i t i e s a n d
agencies and non-profit groups, to
National Committee as a key player as
Each year, more than 2 million children consumers were at the significantly improve the health and
we roll out our community educational
wellbeing of all Zimbabweans. don't live to see their fifth (5 ) birthday core of their awareness campaign through schools
via 'The school of Five' initiative. The national theme for this year is because of illnesses that can be prevented
The school of Five advocates washing of
Community driven sanitation plus hand- by good hygiene. These are sad statistics
hands with soap and running water on
washing with soap equals healthy and especially more because children are
five key occasions. These are:
Zi mbabwe.Regul ar hand-washi ng, the vulnerable population. Children are
Before breakfast
particularly before and after certain our greatest treasures and their health
Before lunch
activities, is one of the best ways to and well-being is of utmost important to
Before supper
remove germs, avoid getting sick, and the nation.
After using the toilet
prevent the spread of germs to others. U n i l e v e r h a s committed to work
Whilst taking a bath
Lifebuoy has truly put its social purpose at
w i t h various partners
We are delighted that together with the
the heart of i ts i nnovati on and
other stakeholders, we are pushing for to deve
engagement with consumers. In 2013,
better health through hand washing.
Lifebuoy ran hygiene behaviour change
We, as a nation will never solve poverty
programmes in fourteen (14) countries.
without solving health and child
These are not only helping to change
immortality challenges.
habits to combat disease expert studies
So together we can change our habits
have shown that washing hands with soap
and therefore live better lives and more
at five critical moments during the day
so help our children to grow up healthy
and strong.
Lifebuoy drives hygiene behavioural change
Unilever Southern Africa Vice President
(VP) Nancy Guzha's speech
Unilever Southern Africa Marketing
Director, Juliet Ziswa - speech
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 25
Children washing hands
at the Global Handwashing Day
held by Unilever at Kwayedza
Primary School in Highfield
26 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
Taekwondo saved me from bullying Cho
Cho (right) believes his experiences competing for France have made him a better ghter for GB
Cho was also inspired by meeting boxers David Haye (left), Lennox Lewis (centre) & Audley Harrison
ROUGHT up by his grand-
mother in West Africa. Bul-
lied on a daily basis. Sent
to England as an eight-year-old. A
talented footballer who chose taek-
wondo instead.
Mahama Cho has always been a
fighter, for protection and as a pro-
After a self-imposed period in
exile competing for France, he
is now Britains best bet for taek-
wondo gold at the next Olympics
in Rio.
At 6ft 3in and more than 90kg, it
is difficult to imagine this intim-
idating 25-year-old heavyweight
feeling physically threatened.
But growing up in the Ivo-
ry Coast, with his father abroad,
his mother not in the state of
mind to look after him and bare-
ly enough money for food or cloth-
ing, Chos early years were far
from idyllic.
We make the most of the re-
sources we have, but Africa is a
tough area to grow up in, said
Cho, a practising Muslim who
went to an Arabic school in the
coastal city of Abidjan.
I used to get bullied a lot, I was
challenged every day after school
simply because I was strong, and
Id come home with bruises.
I utilise the pain and hardship
Ive experienced since childhood
as motivation every day.
In 1997, when the daily challeng-
es became too much to cope with,
Chos grandmother and main
carer demanded that his father
Zakaia act.
The former African taekwondo
champion had recently finished a
scholarship in Saudi Arabia and
was teaching the sport in London,
supplementing his income by driv-
ing taxis around the capital.
I didnt even know I was go-
ing, recalls Cho, who was eight
when he left for London and did
not speak English.
My father would usually come
to visit and then leave and I would
be really sad, but this time it felt
different and everyone was acting
as though it was my birthday.
I remember getting on the
plane and just staring at my dad
thinking wow, Im going to be liv-
ing with him. To arrive and be hit
by the cold air, which we just dont
have in Africa, was amazing.
Cho lived in Kennington before
settling with his fathers new part-
ner and her family, in Stockwell,
south London. His father was in-
itially reluctant to teach his son
taekwondo, but swiftly realised he
needed the skills for self-defence.
Cho struck up a strong relation-
ship with his step-brother David,
but the bullying and racial abuse
that marred his early years contin-
ued, and he felt like an alien.
We were soul-mates but people
wouldnt accept it because he [Da-
vid] was white and I was black and
they would call us names, he re-
People used to try and choke
him and put him to sleep and even
though he was older, I was strong-
er so I would run in and protect
him all of the time.
I was trying my best to stay on
the straight and narrow and be a
role model but Id just get dragged
into fights it wasnt ideal.
I think taekwondo probably
saved me more than anything
else; the discipline put me on the
straight path.
By his teens Cho was also a tal-
ented footballer playing semi-
professionally for Erith Town
in the Southern Counties East
League and earning trials for Da-
genham and Redbridge at the age
of 16.
Compatriot Yaya Toure was his
hero they played in the same po-
sition but Cho spent time with
his brother Kolo, when he was at
Kolo would come to pray with
us at the local mosque in Peck-
ham, Cho recalled. You wouldnt
think a star would come and pray
with us, but I saw him as a normal
He used to give me advice to
be humble, not to let becoming fa-
mous make you big-headed, and
that I should always listen to my
But at 17, invited to join the likes
AFTER a self-imposed period in exile
competing for France, he is now Britains best
bet for taekwondo gold at the next Olympics in
of future Olympic champion Jade
Jones and three-time world cham-
pion Sarah Stevenson in the Brit-
ish Taekwondo squad, Cho had to
choose between football and fight-
I always dreamt of being the
best at something and it was a real-
ly difficult decision, he recalled.
I loved training with profes-
sionals every day, but I dont like
having to rely on other people, and
with taekwondo you know wheth-
er you win or lose, its down to
It has not all been plain sailing
on his own.
An arm injury in the build-up to
the 2011 World Championships in
South Korea hindered his perfor-
mance and missing out on a med-
al ended his hopes of selection for
London 2012.
Devastated, he decided to take
a break from the sport and went
to study international business at
university in Paris, only for the
French Taekwondo Federation to
offer him the chance to carry on
fighting during his studies.
He was allowed to represent
France without full nationality
at lower ranking events, winning
gold at the 2013 USA and Dutch
Open events. But with French cit-
izenship failing to materialise
in time to compete at last years
Worlds in Mexico, Cho effectively
decided to quit.
I wanted to stop, he admit-
ted. I was just disillusioned af-
ter missing out on so many big
But sensing his son was about to
make a serious mistake, his father
Zakaia contacted the British per-
formance director Gary Hall, who
brought him back into the GB set-
He has since won medals at
each of the three World Taekwon-
do Grand Prix events and risen
to his current world ranking of
four, with a top-six place needed to
reach the 2016 Games.
This week Manchester-based
Cho, who is engaged to French
four-time European heptathlete
champion Antoinette Nana Dji-
mou, attempts to retain his World
Taekwondo Grand Prix title in his
new home city, and edge closer to
qualification for Rio.
I learnt a lot going out there
[France] and proved to a lot of peo-
ple that I can be the best in the
world, he added. I always had
it in the back of my mind that I
could come back because I felt like
the performances I was doing were
the ones I should have been doing
here [for GB].
This feels like my last chance
and Im not looking to make the
same mistakes I have in the past.
Winning [in Manchester]
would be a step towards the ideal
gold at Rio 2016 and sum up all the
emotions that Ive been through
since childhood.
I feel unstoppable right now,
which is a bold thing to say, but I
know Im in a great place with my
life. BBCSport
US golf boss Bishop
sacked in Poulter row
A tweet which called Ian Poulter a
little girl has led to the departure
of PGA of America president Ted
Bishop was responding to
Poulters criticism of the Ryder
Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo and
Tom Watson in the Englishmans
new book No Limits.
Comparing Faldos superior ma-
jor and Ryder Cup record with
Poulters, Bishop tweeted: Yours v
His? Lil Girl.
The PGA confirmed Bishops
exit and apologised for his unac-
ceptable and insensitive gender-
based statements.
PGA of America vice-president
Derek Sprague, who has been ap-
pointed interim president, said:
The members of the PGA of
America must uphold the highest
standards and values of the pro-
fession, as well as the manner in
which we conduct ourselves at all
We apologise to any individu-
al or group that felt diminished, in
any way, by this unacceptable inci-
Englishman Faldo, who won six
major titles and a record 25 Ryder
Cup points during his career, drew
criticism from the European team
during this years Ryder Cup.
The 57-year-old, who was Eu-
rope captain at the 2008 Ryder Cup,
said while commentating on this
years match that Sergio Garcia
was useless during the 16-11
loss to the United States at Valhalla
six years ago, adding that he had a
bad attitude.
Poulter (38), said in his book:
Faldo has lost a lot of respect from
players because of what he said.
Noting that it was Europes only
loss in the past 15 years and that
Faldo was captain, he added: So
whos useless? I think Faldo might
need to have a little look in the mir-
In Bishops tweet, which has since
been deleted, he said: Faldos re-
Ian Poulter won one point in three appearances at this years Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
cord stands by itself. Six majors and
all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil
In a separate post on his Facebook
page, which was also deleted, Bish-
op added: Really? Sounds like a lit-
tle school girl squealing during re-
cess. CMON MAN!
Poulters called Bishops little
girl comments pretty shocking
and disappointing.
In a statement issued to the Golf
Channel, Poulter later wrote: Is be-
ing called a lil girl meant to be de-
rogatory or a put down? Thats pret-
ty shocking and disappointing, es-
pecially coming from the leader of
the PGA of America. No further
Bishop chose 65-year-old Watson
as the 2014 US Ryder Cup captain
and Poulter said in his book that
Watsons decision-making com-
pletely baffled him, adding: It
gave us a real boost. I found it utter-
ly bizarre.
Five-time major champion Mick-
elson and 2011 US PGA winner Brad-
ley won all three of their matches
together at the 2012 Ryder Cup, and
were also paired for the first two ses-
sions of this years event, winning
once and losing once. BBCSport
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 27
Rafael Nadal
confirms the end
of his season
14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal conrmed his season is over
AFAEL Nadal has con-
firmed he will not play again
this season and says he will
undergo appendix surgery next
The 14-time Grand Slam title win-
ner will therefore miss Novembers
ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Nadal (28), made his announce-
ment after losing 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to Cro-
atian teenager Borna Coric in the
quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors
on Friday.
Im not going to Paris and Lon-
don Im not competitive enough,
the nine-time French Open cham-
pion said.
I am going to have surgery on
November 3.
Nadal had already qualified for
the ATP World Tour Finals event, so
the Spaniards withdrawal means
the player ranked ninth in the final
ATP Race to London rankings will
make it through to the season-end-
ing event at the O2 in Greenwich.
Britains Andy Murray will com-
pete in next weeks Paris Masters,
THE 14-time Grand Slam title winner will
therefore miss Novembers ATP World Tour
Finals in London
which is the final ranking event of
the season.
The Scot (27), currently lies in
eighth position in the Race to Lon-
don standings.
The Swiss Indoors in Basel was
just the third tournament Nadal
had played since Wimbledon fol-
lowing a wrist injury, and he re-
vealed earlier this month that he
was on a course of antibiotics for
his appendix.
Coric (17), showed no fear as he
raced into a 5-0 lead against a way-
ward Nadal and held his nerve to
secure a stunning victory.
Coric learned his tennis trav-
elling between Zagreb and north
London under the guidance of Brit-
ish coach Ryan Jones, although the
pair have gone their separate ways
in recent days.
The Croat goes on to face Belgian
David Goffin in the semi-finals,
with Ivo Karlovic up against Roger
Federer, who beat Grigor Dimitrov
7-6 (7-4) 6-2. BBCSport
Costa likely to face Man Utd
CHELSEA striker Diego Cos-
ta will play against Manchester
United, providing he trains in full
before the match this afternoon.
The Spain international (26),
spent a night in hospital earlier
this week with a viral infection.
He has been recovering at home
but ahead of todays game at Old
Trafford, Blues boss Jose Mour-
inho said: I want to play Diego if
he is ready.
He has to show on Saturday
[yesterday] in training that hes
capable of playing. If hes ready
to play, he plays.
With Loic Remy definitely out
of the United game because of a
groin injury sustained in Chel-
seas Champions League win over
Maribor, the Blues could do with
32m Costa being fit and availa-
The frontman has scored nine
goals in seven Premier League
games despite a persistent ham-
string problem, but has missed
the last two matches.
He was then laid low by a vi-
rus and barred from attending the
clubs training ground in Surrey.
Everything has happened to
him and being ill obviously didnt
help his recovery process because
we didnt want him at Cobham,
said Mourinho. The medical
staff were going to meet him at
Chelsea striker Diego Costa (front) will play against Manchester United if he proves his
his house.
Asked what Costa needed to
do to be involved against United,
Mourinho added: He has to train
without any limitations, to make
a complete training session with
the other guys, without any kind
of protection.
John Mikel Obi, Ramires and
Andre Schurrle could all return
after injury and illness, but Cesar
Azpilicueta begins a three-match
suspension after being sent-off at
Crystal Palace. BBCSport
Team Sky sign Italian sprinter
ITALIAN sprinter Elia Viviani has
joined Team Sky for 2015.
The 25-year-old, who won 30 rac-
es in five years with Cannondale, is
the sixth new rider to join the Brit-
ish-based team ahead of the new
season. He told Team Skys website:
This is the perfect move and the
timing is right to make this big step
in my career.
As an Italian rider my dream is
to win a stage at the Giro dItalia
and that is a big target for me next
Since British sprinter Mark Cav-
endish left Team Sky at the end of
2012, the team had focused on try-
ing to win the three Grand Tours
Giro dItalia, the Tour de France
and Vuelta a Espana rather than
individual stage wins.
However, Team Sky principal Sir
Dave Brailsford hinted that the sign-
ing of Viviani, who is yet to win a
stage on one of the three-week rac-
es, could signal a change of direc-
Ive followed Elias career for a
long time, initially on the track and
as he has progressed on the road,
said Brailsford.
Were looking to have a great-
er focus on sprinting next year and
Elia will help us pursue that goal.
Viviani joins Britains Andrew
Fenn, Wout Poels of the Nether-
lands, Czech rider Leopold Konig,
Norways Lars Petter Nordhaug and
Irelands Nicolas Roche as new addi-
tions on the Sky roster. BBCSport
Elia Viviani has joined Team Sky for 2015
Mulaudzi killed
in a car accident
FORMER 800m world champi-
on Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has been
killed in a car accident in his na-
tive South Africa.
Mulaudzi took 800m gold at
the 2009 world championships in
Berlin and won silver at the 2004
Olympics in Athens.
The 34-year-old, who carried
his countrys flag at the opening
ceremony in Athens, retired in
Mr Mulaudzi was surely one
of the most decorated track ath-
letes that South Africa has ever
seen, his agent Peet van Zyl said.
The Transvaal Province run-
ner won gold at the 2002 Com-
monwealth Games, bronze at the
2003 World Championships, fol-
lowed by gold at the 2004 World
Indoor Championships and sil-
ver at the 2004 Olympics.
Mulaudzi went on to win two
more medals at the World Indoor
Championships, taking silver in
2006 and 2008.
He won the 800m title at the
World Championships in Berlin
in August 2009, then set a person-
al best of 1m 42,86secs in a race in
Italy two weeks later.
Mulaudzi did not compete glob-
ally after 2009, but remained on
the athletics circuit until 2013.
European clubs want
May date for Qatar finals
EUROPES biggest football clubs
could ask world governing body
Fifa to play the Qatar 2022 World
Cup in May.
Qatar won the right to stage the
World Cup in 2010 but an inquiry
over moving games from the hot
summer months has been ongoing
for more than a year.
The European Club Association
(ECA), which includes Manches-
ter United, Liverpool, Barcelona
and Bayern Munich, discussed
May 2022 as a potential date.
The ECA believes a tournament
in spring would cause minimum
However, the body that repre-
sents Europes biggest football
leagues insists the tournament
must be played in the summer pe-
riod as planned.
The Association of Europe-
an Professional Football Leagues
(EPFL) is made up of 21 leagues
including the Premier League, La
Liga, Bundesliga and League Un
in France.
The EPFL considers that any
re-scheduling of the World Cup
would be damaging to the domes-
tic competitions and the leagues
business and sporting interests,
EPFL chairman Frederic Thiriez
Questions were raised almost im-
mediately after Qatar won the right
to host the tournament about the
Gulf states suitability, given the in-
tense heat the country experienc-
es in June and July, the traditional
time slot for the tournament.
Qatar 2022s organisers have al-
ways insisted they can play host
in the summer, pointing to their
plan to use air-cooling technology
to lower temperatures within stadi-
ums and fan zones.
And this week, Harold Mayne-
Nicholls, who led Fifas technical
commission which assessed each
bid for the 2018 and 2022 tourna-
ments, also suggested an earlier
tournament, with games kicking
off in the early hours of the morn-
ing. BBCSport
28 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
We need more players in Europe
FINGER pointing became the or-
der of the day after Zimbabwes
Warriors failed to qualify for the
Africa Cup of Nations finals for
the fifth time in a row.
The Warriors have failed to
make it to the 2008, 2010, 2012,
2013 and lately the 2015 Afcon fi-
Coach Ian Gorowa and the Zim-
babwe Football Association (Zifa)
were fingered as the reasons why
Zimbabwe had fallen to lowly
ranked Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
But never was there a critical
analysis to ascertain whether we
have the class or quality of play-
ers capable of taking us to the
Promised Land.
Coaches have come and gone
and using the same available ma-
terial, the results have remained
the same.
We had Norman Mapeza and
Madinda Ndlovu in the run up to
the 2012 finals. Then came Rah-
man Gumbo and now Ian Gorowa
is gone after failing in his 2015
Were all these coaches not good
enough? We may be forced to ask.
I for one do not think so.
Yes, Zifa has plundered sever-
al times but in 2013, they had a
US$10 000 qualification bonus on
the head of every player, but the
Warriors let a two goal advantage
slip through their fingers and
lost out to Angola.
In 2004 and 2006, qualification
was secured and credit goes to
coaches Sunday Chidzambwa
and Charles Mhlauri but more
importantly to captain Peter
Ndlovu, the real architect of that
A player who starred for Coven-
try City in the English Premier-
ship and was at one time sought
after by Liverpool, Ndlovu, was a
game changer. Lively and skillful,
he protected the ball so marve-
lously and was difficult to unset-
tle once he started his run.
He could change the course of
the game especially when things
seemed not to be going the Warri-
ors way.
As we reflect on our immedi-
ate past failures, one needs to ask
whether our national team has
the calibre or quality of players
of Ndlovu and Norman Mapeza
players who are good enough
to lead the country to the Nations
There is no doubt that Zimba-
bwes top footballer at the mo-
ment is Knowledge Musona. But
the youngster has failed to make
it into the first 11 or even on the
bench at a small Bundesliga side
like Hoffeinheim.
Khama Billiat is still stuck at
South African club Mamelodi
Sundowns in South Africa. Ovidy
Karuru was off-loaded in France
and Kuda Mahachi too failed to
make the grade at top French club
Monaco, despite the hype.
That is the core of the Warriors.
All failed to make it in Europe, yet
we expected them to lead us to the
2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Zimbabwes most notable Eu-
rope-based player is Costa Nham-
oinesu but in which league is he
playing? The Czech Republic of
Europe has become a far off
place for our players and they
now see South Africa as their ul-
timate football destination. But
is the Absa Premiership compet-
itive enough to harden our play-
ers for the rigours and pressures
associated with qualification for
major international competi-
The answer from the successful
West and North African football
nations will be a big NO.
Who is who in the national
team set up is in South Africa.
Partson Jaure, George Chigova,
Willard Katsande, Tendai Ndoro,
Cuthbert Majalila, the list is end-
Some, like Simba Sithole of
Highlanders as well as Tafadzwa
Rusike of Dynamos, are back in
the country after failing to make
an impression in the same Absa
Premiership. Yet we expected
these same players to lead us to
the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
If we want to qualify for future
Nations Cup finals, the answer is
simple. We need to start breeding
players who can break into big
clubs in Europe instead of those
who look to South Africa as their
final destination.
We will continue singing the
blues at the end of every Africa
Cup of Nations qualification pro-
cess if that is not done.
Tennis too has its own problems
It was good to see the nation
getting excited following Zimba-
bwes qualification to the Davis
Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group 11.
But events that followed later in
the Twenty Third Century Futures
tournament gave a true reflection
as to where we really stand in in-
ternational tennis.
That our Davis Cup players
Mark Fynn and Tinotenda Chana-
kira could not go beyond the sec-
ond round was a clear indication
that our tennis is moving back-
wards instead of going forward, as
most of us had started to think.
During the days of Byron and
Wayne Black and later Genius
Chidzikwe, Zimbabweans were
known for imposing their domi-
Zimbabwes main man . . . Knowledge Musona
nance in these tournaments. This
time around national team play-
ers have to suffer the humiliation
of straight sets losses and for that
matter at Harare Sports Club.
The question is: If our Davis
Cup players are failing to stand
the heat against players who are
second, if not third string in their
countries, where is our tennis
heading to?
We have been told that Tennis
Zimbabwes junior development
programme is bearing fruits. But
where are the players. We would
have expected players of the ages
of between 18 and 23 in these Fu-
tures tournaments, not 38 or
Yes, we still have Takanyi Ga-
ranganga and Benjamin Lock but
we need more players of their cal-
ibre on the scene for a guaranteed
good future.
For views, suggestions, and
comments email mkariati@, or WhatsApp on 077
3 266 779.
Thornycroft retains top spot
ZIMBABWEAN Olympic row-
er Micheen Thornycroft has re-
tained her place as Africas top
female rower after finishing
first in the single sculls at the
10th Africa Rowing Champion-
ship in Algeria recently.
The 27-year-old rowed her
way to the top at the Bouker-
dane Dam in Sidi Amar, Tipasa
to extend her continental domi-
A total of 109 athletes from
19 African countries participat-
ed at the regatta that took place
from October 16 to 18.
The good thing is I managed
to maintain my position, said
It is good for my confidence
to know that I am still on top. It
also helps me do away with com-
placency because I am the rower
to beat, so I am naturally pushed
to do well and keep my position.
This season has seen her race
at the Paulo Dalorja in Italy
six months ago, World Cup II
in Aiguebelette, France as well
as the World Championships in
She also had a month-long
training camp in Germany
where she practised in Munich
at the 1972 Olympics course.
Her next international race is
in April 2015 when she competes
at the World Cup in Slovenia.
She will also compete at the
World Championships in France
next August.
Thornycroft will also contest
at the Africa Championship in
Tunisia and the regatta would be
used as qualification for the 2016
Rio Olympic Games.
I just need to stay in the top
four to make it to the Olympics.
Although I did not set any re-
cord, I came first in Algeria and
that is inspiring for next year.
We got a four-year plan working
towards the Olympics, she said.
Travelling with her to Algeria
was male rower Peter Purcell-
Gilpin who came out fourth in
the singles sculls.
Hosts Algeria were the win-
ners with six gold, followed by
Tunisia who claimed five while
Egypt were third with two gold
as the North Africans dominated
the championships.
Zimbabwean Olympic rower Micheen Thornycroft has retained her place as Africas
top female rower after nishing rst in the single sculls at the 10th Africa Rowing
Championship in Algeria recently.
Court to hear NFF
case on Wednesday
A Federal High Court sitting in
Jos is expected to hear the stay
of execution filed by the Nige-
ria Football Federation (NFF) to
quash its elections of September
30 2014.
The hearing will be held on
Wednesday, the NFF stated.
Counsel to the football federa-
tion were able to file a stay of ex-
ecution on Friday after the court
had ruled that the NFF executive
committee presided by Amaju
Pinnick should vacate office af-
ter declaring that elections that
brought it into office is null and
The Executive Committee of
Nigeria Football Federation led
by Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick has
filed a Stay of Execution at the
Federal High Court, Jos Judicial
Division over the courts ruling
of Thursday October 23 setting
aside the elections of September
30, 2014, which brought the body
to office.
NFFs lawyers went to work
immediately after the ruling was
made on Thursday and were able
to file for the Stay of Execution
on Friday. The court has now set
Wednesday, 29th October, 2014
for hearing of the Stay of Execu-
tion, stated the countrys foot-
ball federation on Friday.
The current NFF presided over
by Pinnick, will be one-month-old
by Thursday, but now face fresh
crisis following the court case in-
stituted by the Chris Giwa group.
Fifa had issued the NFF a
warning that it risks being sanc-
tioned if any mishap happens to
the process of football govern-
ance in the West African nation.
The apex world football govern-
ing body also stated that Nigeria
face immediate suspension if the
crisis rocking its football govern-
ance persists and would not be re-
visited until May 2015 when the
65th Fifa congress meets in Zu-
rich, Switzerland. Supersport
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 29
Nyasango for Japan race
Nyasango has intensi-
fied training ahead of
the Decembers 68
edition of
the Fukuoka Marathon in Ja-
Training under long-distance
running coach Benson Chauke,
five weeks remain for the Olym-
pian to polish himself up for the
24km race, set for December 7.
It is the second time for Nya-
sango to participate in the
Fukuoka Marathon where he
finished ninth in 2012.
His star has risen after the
2012 London Olympic Games
where he clocked a personal
best of 2:12:08hrs and finished a
respectable position seven.
The next five weeks are go-
ing to be very tough for me,
said Nyasango.
I am used to it though and I
am looking forward to this race.
I just want to do my best. As a
Christian, I look up to God. I am
training hard and God will do
the rest when I compete.
Ethiopias Tsegaye Kebede
holds the Fukuoka Marathon
record of 2:05:18hrs that he
clocked in 2009.
Kenyans have dominated the
last three editions of this mar-
athon with Josphat Ndambiri,
Joseph Gitau and Martin Ma-
thithi respectively claiming the
three previous races.
Their compatriot Samu-
el Wanjiru who won the 2008
Olympics gold medal is a previ-
ous Fukuoka winner.
I am used to competing
against these Kenyans and Ethi-
opians. They are committed
people and have an upper hand
than us because they get full
government and corporate sup-
port, said Nyasango.
The 32-year-old has the sup-
port of fellow Olympian, swim-
mer Kirsty Coventry.
I remember cheering for
Cuthbert at the London Olym-
pics. I was totally overwhelmed
at his sheer determination and
the resilient perseverance by
which he completed his race,
said Coventry.
Cuthbert lives by the impor-
tant things in life: church, love
for his mother, and hard work.
He is an African athlete I re-
spect and admire and I look for-
ward to seeing him go from
strength to strength in his ca-
reer well done and thank you
for the inspiration Cuthbert!
Cuthberts next Marathon will
be on December 7 in Japan and
I would like to wish him the best
for the next couple of months
training. Marathoner Cuthbert Nyasango
Hamish Grand
Prix preps gather
MAIN circuit racing returns to Donnybrook next
weekend as preparations for the 2014 edition of
the Hamish Grand Prix gather momentum.
Staged under the patronage of Sables Motor
Club, the event which is never short of thrills
and spills is penciled for November 2 and the or-
ganisers are looking to attracting a bumper crowd
this time around.
Speaking to Standardsport, Zimbabwe Motor-
sport Federation spokesperson, Temba Mazvim-
bakupa reiterated that the main circuit has mas-
sive potential to grow and Sables Motor Club has
stepped up efforts to popularise the motorsport
Main circuit is a very exciting motorsport gen-
re which is on its way up with massive potential
to grow, but there is need to increase the spectator
base as well as the competitor base which Sables
Motor Club is working flat out to improve.
Following the success of drag racing this year,
Sables has sought the assistance of the Drag-
Pro Club in trying to encourage the drag racing
fratenity, drivers and spectators, to come and have
a test of what main circuit racing is all about and
the Hamish Cameron Grand Prix is a perfect op-
portunity for them to come, he said.
Telecel sponsored drag racing has easily been
the most popular motorsport genus attracting
crowds in access of 3 000 and close to 100 competi-
tors per event this year.
The good thing about main circuit is that it
avails the opportunity for drivers to get sponsor-
ship because most sponsors are now willing to
sponsor and assist individuals, but one has to be
racing first, Mazvimbakupa added.
Motorbiker racer, Leslie Carlson is the latest
main cicuit competitor to capture sponsorship as
a local company, Transerve decided to help him
pursue his dream.
Traditionally, main circuit presents competi-
tions for cars and motorbikes as rivals in respec-
tive categories battle it out for top honours.
Harare driver Brett Cameron in his Super 7
sports car will be looking to replicate the form he
showed in the Hamish Cameron Grand Prix last
year, while Gary Kirk and John Cameron will be
out to also stamp their authority.
Other drivers to watch out for in the sports cars
category include Rich Robinson, Cole Bond and
Barney Rodgers among others.
In the Saloons category, Christian Berkau a
former main circuit champion is the man to
watch, alongside Mike Exton, Brett Olsen and
Craig Green.
The Superbike competition is always a spectacle
pitting veterans in the mould of multiple champi-
on Shaun Whyte, DeWalt racings Phil Archenoul,
Bulawayo rider Ian Gutherless, as well as vast-
ly improving newcomer and current drag racing
champion Carlsson.
The entrance fee for the grand prix in US$5 and
there will be full bar and catering.
30 The Standard October 26 to November 12014
Football veterans defy age
VER Since Ronald Gidiza
Sibanda retired, Zimbabwe
has struggled to find a flu-
ent passer of the ball.
A modern day playmaker, Gidi-
za was well-known for his sur-
gically precise passing, blessed
with vision and drawing staunch
admiration from Peter Ndlovu
and Benjani Mwaruwari.
But the search for such a play-
maker has not been genuine, with
a blind eye being turned on one
man who at a ripe age of 32 still
has the potential to match or sur-
pass Gidiza.
Shabanie Mine midfielder Row-
en Nenzou still shows that poten-
tial seen in him a decade ago.
While he is at an era where he
can be easily be ruled out as a
spent force, Nenzou has defied his
age to ooze class and has stood up
to be counted in Shabanies fight
to survive relegation.
Switching back to Shabanie
Mine from Chiredzi FC for a third
stint in July, he is one of the few
Premier Soccer League (PSL)
players who are in their 30s, but
seem to be improving with age.
The leagues veteran players
like Murape Murape, Innocent
Mapuranga, Lawson Nkomo, Nor-
man Togara, Hebert Dick and Me-
nard Mupera are offering little in
terms of experience.
But Nenzou is undoubted-
ly Zimbabwes own Adrea Pirlo,
proving his billing recently when
Shabanie Mine visited Dynamos
at Rufaro with a flawless display
that saw him spray no blind pass
before he was unfortunately sub-
stituted due to injury.
I guess Gidiza passed on the
batton to me though I grew up
in Glenview 3 where Tapfuma-
nei Dhodho and Brian Abrahams
were my mentors, he said.
They taught me a high work
ethic from a young age and that
has always been in my blood. We
would wake up at 6am everyday
for a 10km road run and it just
became a norm in my career. We
played football for the better part
of the day. Also joining the Zim-
babwe National Army made me a
fighter on the pitch.
His career was however punc-
tured by gross indiscipline as he
usually skipped training, shut-
ting doors for him to move to for-
eign leagues.
Drawing lessons from past ex-
periences, Nenzou feels by the
time current local players reach
the age of 30, they will no longer
be sound.
It is not a secret that I had dis-
ciplinary issues when I was in my
early and mid-20s. I did not go far
because of that although I have
always been a hard worker. Had
I been level-headed, I would have
been somewhere else, he said.
I try to teach my younger team-
mates not to be trapped in the
same mistakes that I made, but
some of them do not take me seri-
ously. When I run a lot at training,
you hear a 20-year-old telling you
that ibhora rakare iro rekumhanya
mdara [that is old school football].
It is shocking.
While I was at Chiredzi FC ear-
lier this year, I discovered Bronco
[Broncleer cough syrup] in a teen-
age players kit bag. Can you im-
agine a 19-year-old abusing drugs
but telling himself that one day he
would be a star player.
Turning 33 in December, Nenzou
says he still has five more years to
play competitive football.
I have an eight-month-old son
so I want him to see me playing
when he is five-years-old.
His Shabanie Mine teammate
Zvenyika Makonese is another
player who has defied his sell-by-
date by emerging as one of the
leagues top defenders this season.
Makonese is equally known for
indiscipline but at 37, has steadied
the Shabanie Mine defence, scor-
ing three goals this term.
A member of the Warriors
squad at the 2006 Afcon in Egypt,
he was once on the radar of Eng-
lish Premiership side Stoke City
and Championship outfit Wigan
Athletic as well as Franch League
1 club Rennes.
The experience gained from
playing at Afcon as well as for
South African teams Santos and
Orlando Pirates seems to be at
I have been lucky to be injury-
free for the better part of my ca-
reer. Training hard has kept me
going. I still feel the energy to play
and I want to retire at 40, said Ma-
I played with and against
greats. Talk of players like John
Mbidzo, Edries Burton and Musa
Otieno at Santos. Burton and Otie-
no reached retirement age while I
was at Santos and they made me
work extra hard to cover up for
them. That instilled some high lev-
el of workmanship in me.
Makonese views todays young-
Milton Ncube (left) of Highlanders and David Kutyauripo of Harare City ght for possession during the Bob90 semi-nal tie at
Barbourelds Stadium early this year
Zvenyika Makonese (in maroon kit) watches in disbelief as his harm-
less looking goal bound shot found the net to win it for Shabanie
against Harare City in the capital in June
Age is nothing but a number . . . Platinums Rowan Nenzou
challenges El-Merreikhs Jonas Sakuwaha during his time at
FC Platinum who played in the Confederations Cup
SHABANIE Mine midfielder Rowen Nenzou still
shows that potential seen in him a decade ago
er players as lazy and impatient.
Youngsters of today have no
patience. If someone is left out of
the team, they easily get frustrated
and stop working hard at training.
They even sometimes miss train-
ing. Recently I have never seen a
young player working on his own.
That is laziness, he said.
At Harare City centre back Da-
vid Kutyauripo has shone bright
as if his career has just set off.
The hard-running and tough-
tackling City captain has a histo-
ry of indiscipline, just like Nenzou
and Makonese, but has been one of
the PSL best performers this sea-
I am 35 years old but most peo-
ple do not believe that, he said.
I know no other profession
than football so I do not drink or
smoke and when I am at training,
I mean business. My clubbing hab-
its are at the gym, unlike others
who drink the night away in night
clubs. These days there are many
things that can sway a player off
the rails but one just has to be se-
rious about their football.
Football is about patience and
attitude as a player. Young play-
ers of today do not set targets for
themselves and that is why some
of them retire in their mid-20s.
Kutyauripo once had a brief
stint in Cyprus and was a promi-
nent member of former Warriors
Brazilian coach Valinhos in 2007
and 2008 playing at the right back
Valinhos recently surprised
me with a text message asking me
what I am doing and I told him I
am still based in Zimbabwe but he
was shocked to learn that I am still
playing. He is my best coach ever.
Kutyauripo was not specific
about when he would retire but he
feels he still has a few more years
to play.
Zim bred Tallie sends
bookmakers into hiding
BOOKMAKERS who placed Zim-
babwean bred Tallie Two (8) at
9/1 for the Zimbabwe Republic Po-
lice Charity Stakes were sent into
hiding after the three-year-old
daughter of Soar With Eagle from
the USA and Eco Life of Zimba-
bwe galloped her rivals off their
hooves for the title.
The bookmakers had doubted
whether one of the two Zimba-
bwean horses in the race would
stand the heat in a race that also
featured Caseys Dance (2) at 18/10
and Gentle Brook (1) at 19/10, but
the three-year-old ran comforta-
bly from the outside for her sec-
ond title of the year.
The brown filly who had Bren-
don McNaughton to guide her
took only 95,80 seconds to fin-
ish the 1 600 metre race, 0,50 lens
ahead of Gentle Brook with Dem-
itasse (3) in third position and
overwhelming favourite Caseys
Dance in fourth position.
Those who were brave enough
to place their bets for a totalisator
win on Tallie Two, had US$6,40
coming their way for every dol-
lar they placed at risk for a horse
that is now running with alumites
having started the season with
steel shoes.
The fillys win confirms the
emergence of Zimbabwean horses
as strong challengers for titles at
Borrowdale Race Course this sea-
son following a second and third
place finish for Captains Tiger
and Forty One in the Zimbabwe
National Army Charity Handicap.
The past few seasons have seen
South African horses dominate
racing in Zimbabwe and only last
season South African filly Equina
won all but one of the major rac-
es at the home of Zimbabwe horse
racing taking to her owners in
South Africa and more than US$80
000 in prize money.
Trainer Alyson Wright has so
much faith in Tallie Two that she
is promising more to come, I am
proud of her. She is a marvelous
Lets hope we are going to see
her run like that again a few more
times, said Wright.
Although she was not the fa-
vourite for the race, Tallie Two
did not gush out much for punt-
ers in the swingers as her combi-
nation with Gentle Brook gave out
US$3,70 and US$5,10 with Demi-
tasse. The trifector, a combination
of the first three horses in their or-
der paid out US$92,30.
Born on August 22, 2011, Tallie
Two won on her debut on April 20,
2014, coming home 0,75 lens ahead
of Latin Queen at that time ridden
by Sherman Brown in a 1 100 me-
tre race. She is well groomed by Jo-
seph Ngororombe.
Punters were reeling from the
start of the day as they were bom-
barded with obvious results which
do not pay much. Sparkle with
Speed who won the opening race
only paid out US$4, and Atsos
Scheme who was on 17/10 in race
two offered only US$3,60.
Young Diplomat was even low-
er after winning the third race of
the day giving out punters US$2,90
while race four winner So Invictus
was also at US$2,90.
Only Royal Arrow who won race
five offered huge rewards. The to-
talisator for a win was US$32 with
her combination in the swingers
with Macchiato giving out US$22,
the highest payout for the day.
The trifector was US$2 810 while
the quartet paid out US$9 673.
Rawedge the race six winner
was the lowest in the pay outs giv-
ing out US$2,50.
The next race will be on Sunday.
The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014 31
Shakibs six helps
dismiss Zimbabwe
HAKIB Al Hasan exploited the
significant bounce and turn
on offer on a first-day pitch in
Mirpur to take six wickets on his
comeback from a two-and-a-half
month disciplinary suspension im-
posed by the BCB. His performance
the highlight of which was a re-
lentless accuracy helped Bangla-
desh dismiss Zimbabwe for a below-
par total, and underlined his value
to a team that has not won a Test or
one-day international in 2014.
Before Shakib resumed his fa-
miliar starring role for Bangla-
desh, however, 19-year-old debutant
Jubair Hossain, the first special-
ist legspinner to play Test cricket
for the country, had displayed a bag
full of variations. His two top-or-
der scalps, and left-armer Taijul Is-
lams one, took the spinners wicket
tally to nine. Batting was a constant
struggle a few deliveries stayed
low, most bounced sharply, there
was always a degree of spin, and the
ball never came on to the bat and
Zimbabwe played their shots to get
what they could before being dis-
missed in the last hour of the day.
Given that Bangladesh are like-
ly to bat last on this surface, a first-
innings lead will be crucial to their
chances of winning, but they lost
Tamim Iqbal cheaply to a short-of-
a-length delivery that rose sharp-
ly from Tinashe Panyangara, who
was also returning to the Zimbabwe
team after an expulsion for discipli-
nary reasons. Tamim fended the lift-
er to slips and it was left to the in-
experienced second-wicket pair of
Shamsur Rahman and Mominul
Haque to see their team through to
Despite Bangladeshs wretched
form this year, they began this se-
ries as favourites, a view that was
strengthened when fast bowler
Shahadat Hossain struck off the
fifth ball of the match, drawing an
edge from Vusi Sibanda with a de-
livery that moved late. The crowd
at the Shere Bangla National Sta-
dium was sparse at the start but
cheered vociferously when Shakib
came on to bowl the eighth over. He
began with two maidens and when
Hamilton Masakadza tried to break
free in the spinners third over, the
attempt at clearing the straight
boundary landed in Jubairs hands
at mid-off.
At 31 for 2, Brendan Taylors de-
cision to bat seemed to be backfir-
ing, but he played a part in stead-
ying the innings. Realising the im-
portance of Taylors wicket, Bang-
ladesh reviewed a bat-pad decision
that went against Shakib but re-
plays indicated no edge.
Zimbabwes other opener Si-
kandar Raza also had his moments,
stepping out to a flighted delivery
to lift Shakib over cover, and us-
ing the depth of his crease to turn
the strike over. He had some luck,
though, when a top-edged pull fell
short of the fielder at fine leg.
Jubair had bowled the last over
before lunch and in his first after
the break, he ended the third-wick-
et stand on 52. The flighted delivery
dipped sharply and Taylor scooped
it straight to mid-off, leaving Zim-
babwe 83 for 3. For a teenager with
only two first-class matches worth
of experience, Jubair bowled an
accurate length around off stump,
and mixed legbreaks with the oc-
casional googly that turned signif-
icantly. One googly pitched outside
off and spun to hit Elton Chigum-
bura on the back pad, but the turn
was so much that the ball would
have missed leg stump by a long
Shakib Al Hasan took six wickets on his comeback
Raza had become more watch-
ful after lunch and he brought up
his second half-century in his sec-
ond Test by sweeping Shakib for
four. He did not push on though and
was done in by a dipping legbreak
from Jubair that he spooned to cov-
er. Shakib had Chigumbura caught
soon after Mominul Haque div-
ing forward at silly point to reduce
Zimbabwe to 142 for 5.
Craig Ervine, playing his first
international game since March
2013 because he had made himself
unavailable to Zimbabwe when of-
fered only a winter contract, put on
50 with Regis Chakabva, but both
batsmen fell in quick succession.
Taijul had not bowled in the second
session and he struck in his first
after tea, having Ervine caught at
bat-pad. Shakib then had Chakab-
va caught off a delivery that spun
and bounced viciously, lobbing off
the glove to slip.
When Panyangara top-edged a
sweep to deep backward square
leg, Shakib completed his first five-
wicket haul against Zimbabwe,
giving him a five-for against eve-
ry team hes played. He has not yet
faced Australia in a Test.
West Ham hang on
to beat Man City
MANCHESTER Citys title ambi-
tions suffered a setback as Diafra
Sakho scored for the sixth straight
league game to help earn West Ham
victory yesterday.
City five points behind leaders
Chelsea fell behind when Mor-
gan Amalfitano stabbed home En-
ner Valencias cut-back from three
Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure hit
the bar for the visitors before Sakho
headed in Aaron Cresswells cross.
David Silva pulled one back with
a curled shot into the far corner.
City poured forward in the clos-
ing stages in search of an equaliser,
Stevan Jovetic denied by a fine Adri-
ano save.
But Manuel Pellegrinis men were
poor overall, and West Ham full val-
ue for a third straight win that lifts
them one point behind last season's
For long periods, City played like
a side jaded after their long mid-
week Champions League trip to
Russia, where they were held to a
draw by CSKA Moscow after blow-
ing a 2-0 lead.
They lacked cutting edge in at-
tack and organisation at the back
as Enner Valencia and Sakho used
their pace to torment a defence that
has kept just three clean sheets in 13
league and cup games.
Keeper Joe Hart needed treat-
ment after he was hurt in denying
Valencia and it was the Ecuador for-
wards ball that led to the opening
goal moments later.
Citys England international
keeper was left badly exposed as
Amalfitano side-footed home in the
21st minute after Eliaquim Manga-
la had been outpaced by Valencia
following Songs defence-splitting
pass. BBCSport
Results at a glance
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Liverpool 0 - 0 Hull
Southampton 1 - 0 Stoke
Sunderland 0 - 2 Arsenal
West Brom 2 - 2 Crystal Palace
Diafra Sakho (with player on his back) is the rst West Ham United player to score in six
successive Premier League appearances
Black Rhinos, Hwange draw
BlackRhinos . . . 0(1)
Hwange. . . 0(1)
ARMY side Black Rhinos remained
stuck in the murky waters of rele-
gation after failing to register a win
at home against Hwange as the two
teams settled for a 1-1 all draw at
Rimuka yesterday.
Rhinos, ranked 14
on the log,
were in desperate need for points
going into the match to entertain
chances of avoiding the dreaded
chop with only four matches left in
the season. After a largely disap-
pointing first half dominated by the
visiting coal miners, substitute Lin-
coln Saramaya gave the hosts a 61

minute lead as he controlled well a
James Mkombwe cross, his half vol-
ley on the turn found the roof of
Takabva Mawayas near post.
Saramaya seemed to have spurred
Rhinos, who began dictating the
pace of the game, and almost added
a second, but failed to make contact
with Brian Muzondiwas low cross a
few minutes later.
Nation Dubes charges who are in
the race for a top four finish which
comes with Mbada Diamonds Cup
qualification bonus left it late to re-
ply, the combination of Gilbert Zulu
and Rodwell Chinyengetere who
had an excellent afternoon paying
off in the 80th minute. Left-back
Evans Rusike embarked one of his
trademark overlaps and picked out
Zulu on the edge of the Rhinos box,
he controlled the ball well and laid it
on for Chinyengetere who connect-
ed under challenge, his effort sneak-
ing under the body of a sprawling
Herbert Rusawo in goals for the
army side.
It was a sucker punch on the army
side who were on course to record
their first victory since a 1 - 0 home
triumph over Harare City on Sep-
tember 3. Rhinos had a last minute
penalty appeal turned away by ref-
eree of the day Ruzive Ruzive when
Hwange defender Gerald Ndhlovu
appeared to have handled a David
Boriwondo clearance in the box.
Its over for us Methembe
BantuRovers . . . (0) 1
ShabanieMine. . . (3) 4
BANTU Rovers associate coach
Methembe Ndlovu conceded that
their stay in the top flight league is
over when his side lost 4-1 to Sha-
banie Mine in a Castle Lager Pre-
mier Soccer League match at Harts-
field Ground yesterday.
Wellington Kamudyariwa, Mi-
chael Mageja and Xolani Ncube
were on target for Shabanie Mine in
the first half before Ncube returned
to haunt the home side in the sec-
ond half with yet another goal in
the 78th minute.
Bantu Rovers got their consola-
tion from Teenage Hadebe in add-
ed time. Despite the win, Shabanie
Mine remained on position 11 with
32 points from 26 games while Bantu
Rovers are second from the bottom
with 21 points from the same num-
ber of games.
Ndlovu said they could not talk
about survival at this stage of the
We are very disappointed we
started off poorly and made too
many individual mistakes. I dont
want to point fingers though. We
played well in the second half but it
was too late.
It is finished. We dont know if
we can still survive. I dont know if
we can still survive mathematical-
ly but we would need too many fa-
vours even if we win our remain-
ing games. This is not the end of
the world. Being relegated is not the
end of the world not by any stretch
of imagination, he said.
Shabanie Mine coach Jairos Ta-
pera was happy with the points col-
It was a very good win. We need-
ed to win at all costs. Winning
against Bantu Rovers gives us a di-
rection on where we are going in
terms of surviving relegation. This
was an important win, he said.
Kamudyariwa opened the score-
board for Shabanie as early as five
minutes into the game when Mage-
ja sent through a pass after receiv-
ing the ball from Ncube.
With Bantu Rovers still trying to
level the scores Mageja shot past
diving Bantu Rovers goalkeeper
Takunda Mutanga from a Ncube
cross in the 22nd minute.
Bantu Rovers rightback Master
Mlangeni was kept busy by Ncube
in the match and Shabanie Mine got
their third goal four minutes later.
Ncube was rewarded when his
shot beat Mutanga after a fine run
by the Shabanie Mine striker.
An unmarked Ncube kept his
cool to fire past a diving Mutan-
ga in the 78
minute after a good
cross by Allen Tavarwisa. With the
match seemingly ending 4-0, Bantu
Rovers defender Hadebe grabbed
the consolation in added time when
he unleashed a shot that beat Shab-
anie Mine goalkeeper Victor Twa-
The Standard Bantu beaten again
It is fnished. We dont
know if we can still survive.
I dont know if we can still
survive mathematically but
we would need too many
favours even if we win our
remaining games.
Page 31
ZPC Kariba
loss gives
title boost
Unrest in CAPS
United camp
32 The Standard October 26 to November 1 2014
DeMbare handed chance to extend lead as they meet Chapungu
COACH Kalisto Pasuwa is five
games away from equaling the Dy-
namos crop of 1980 to 1983 that
won four straight league titles.
Then led by Shepherd Murape
before Sunday Chidzambwa took
over, Dynamos were ruthless in
their league business, but Pasuwa
has distinguished himself by sin-
gle-handedly inspiring the Glam-
our Boys in the past three seasons.
A special brand of a coach he
has carved himself into, his de-
fining test starts this afternoon
at Rufaro when Dynamos begin
their home march towards claim-
ing the ultimate prize in local foot-
ball again.
Chapungu will be their oppo-
nents and lightweight as they may
seem to be, Pasuwa is mindful of
the Workers Day catastrophe that
befell Dynamos at Ascot when
they were stunned 1-0.
Much respect to Chapungu for
being one of the teams who beat us
this season, said Pasuwa.
It shows they are serious about
football. I do not know how they
are playing right now but you
know most teams have improved
from how they were in the first
half of the season. We need to be
perfect in everything that we do.
In passing the tests of the past
three seasons that has come with
a hat-trick of league titles, Dyna-
mos have never lost in their last
five league matches.
In 2011, it was FC Platinum who
were persistently on their case in
the final five games.
The following year it was High-
landers as their fiercest challeng-
ers to the league crown and last
year Bosso were again pressing to
snatch it away from them together
with Harare City.
But Dynamos refused to melt in
the cauldron of the league battles
that culminated in winning the
war and a similar situation char-
acterises the current campaign.
While admitting he is feeling
the pressure exerted by this sea-
sons closest rivals ZPC Kariba
and CAPS United, Pasuwa again is
very cautious of the fight, declin-
ing to bank on records of the past
three seasons.
These teams are there to break
records. I would not want to get
into this [Chapungu] match read-
ing much into records lest I fool
We need results and hopefully
we will get the three points.
We are definitely feeling the
challenge being posed by ZPC Ka-
riba. Even CAPS United are keep-
ing us on our toes. This stage is
giving us sleepless nights, no time
to relax, he said.
As has always been the case in
the last three seasons, injuries are
back to haunt his side at a critical
stage where he needs full comple-
ment of his arsenal.
Striker Anesu Gondo and mid-
fielder Devon Chafa are out in-
jured while Masimba Mambare
and Sydney Linyama have been
deemed unfit to play.
His opponents Chapungu how-
ever face the same predicament
with key men Brighton Mugoni,
Blessed Mabavaira and Farai Ma-
nase not making the trip to Rufaro.
That has complicated Chapun-
gu coach John Nyikadzinos game
plan in their fight to avoid relega-
This will definitely be a very
tough game, said Nyikadzino.
Dynamos are playing for the
championship and we are fight-
ing for our safety. It is a real bat-
tle. I would not want to cry that
some of my players will be miss-
ing. I will just work with what is
available. One good thing howev-
er is that my players are motivat-
ed to face a big team like Dynamos
and they will work hard to get no-
The Thornhill Airbase side
have registered only one win
away this season.
CAPS Uniteds bid to end a nine-
year Premier Soccer League title
drought could suffer a blow after
players yesterday threatened to boy-
cott this afternoons meeting with
Triangle at Gibbo.
The players were protesting over
unpaid salaries and winning bonus-
The team left Harare for Triangle
last night after the initial departure
time had been scheduled for 9am.
Defender Ronald Pfumbidzai was
reported to have been axed from the
team after emerging as the vocifer-
ous player in demanding dues.
Pfumbidzais close associates say
he is interested in joining Dynamos
or Chicken Inn.
Club president Twine Phiri was
unreachable throughout the day
but sources at the club said he has
fallen out with another board mem-
ber who was financing the team,
a few months after Lewis Uriri re-
signed from the board.
We had agreed not to travel to
Chiredzi if we were not paid but
the team manager told us point
blank that there is no money. We
do not see us winning in Triangle
because the mood is so low, said a
Club spokesperson Joyce Kapota
rubbished the unrest in the Make-
pekepe camp.
Everything is in order. I am not
aware that players were refusing
to travel to Chiredzi but we just de-
cided to depart Harare in the even-
ing because of the hot afternoon
weather. We also faced some travel-
ling logistical problems, she said.
A similar scenario occurred last
month as CAPS United travelled to
Bantu Rovers at night, resulting in
a 0-0 draw.
CAPS United coach Taurai Man-
gwiro could be a Dynamos son
but has launched a bitter struggle
against his former club for the Pre-
mier Soccer League title.
In the 1980s, Dynamos found-
er member Freddy Mukwesha
coached CAPS but failed to land the
league title.
FC Platinum . . . 0 (1)
ZPC Kariba . . . 0
FC PLATINUM coach Norman
Mapeza continued with his fine
form following an impressive 2-0
win over second-placed ZPC Ka-
riba in a Premier Soccer League
match at Mandava yesterday.
Two goals in the second half
from midfielders Wisdom Mutasa
and Simon Shoko ensured maxi-
mum points for the hosts.
The result saw Mapezas men
dislodging Highlanders from
fourth place where they now set-
tle with 41 points.
The result also gave Dynamos
breathing space at the summit of
the log standings and if the Ha-
rare giants beat Chapungu today,
they will be five points clear of
ZPC Kariba provided CAPS Unit-
ed lose at Triangle.
After the match, Mapeza was in
cloud nine, saying his targets for
the season are still intact.
Our target for the season is a
top four finish. We have worked
hard and we need to continue
working hard, said Mapeza.
ZPC Kariba coach Saul
Chaminuka conceded that his
charges were second best.
We failed to stamp authority
in midfield and overally FC Plat-
inum played better than us, said
The hosts started the match on
fire, threatening to run over their
Ashley Mukwenya sliced open
the Kauya Katuruturu defence
inside the opening two minutes,
feeding Zambian Obrey Chirwa
with the pass but he failed to hit
the target.
Two minutes later, Walter Mu-
sonas effort went wide as Tonder-
ayi Mateyaungwa in goal for ZPC
Kariba defied odds when he de-
nied an impressive Mutasa point
blank after 18 minutes of play.
Limited Chikafa got the first
shot on target for the visitors af-
ter 27 minutes as ZPC Kariba had
been kept quite by the impressive
opposition midfield.
Six minutes later, Tawanda Ny-
amandwes header was inches
wide after getting to the end of a
Terrence Gonzo cross.
After the breather, Mapezas
half-time pep talk seemed to have
worked magic.
Chirwa pushed the ball into the
path of Mutasa who slotted home
with a low shot just a minute af-
ter resumption.
Seven minutes later, Mukwen-
ya failed to direct his header on
target from a Musona cross.
After an hour of action, Mun-
yanduri got a perfect chance to
equalise but his rather stylish at-
tempt after he was cleverly laid
on by Trevor Chikede failed to
beat Petros Mhari in goal for FC
Nine minutes later, Denis Dau-
da shot over the bar.
Ten minutes before full-time,
Donald Ngoma was fed a through
pass by Dzumbunu but the for-
mers effort was wayward.
Three minutes later, victo-
ry came when Dzumbunu re-
leased Ngoma after some won-
derful midfield play, before Ngo-
ma pushed it into the path of
Shoko who slotted home the sec-
ond goal.
Five minutes before full-time,
Nyamandwe should have pulled
one back but his effort hit the
side netting.
Gunned down . . . ZPC Kariba head coach Soul Chaminuka

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Her first ever fash-
ion show was
at this
y e a r s
b w e
Fashion Week and she is one of
the main highlights to look out for
at the upcoming Fashion Week-
end Zimbabwe. Having designed
costumes for the likes of Ammara
Brown, Jenika Shah will be dress-
ing up the current Miss Zimba-
bwe World, Catherine Makaya for
her December 2014 Miss World
Pageant in UK.
A feminist who was brought
up in a conservative Indian fam-
ily, Jenika had to fight and rebel
for everything in life, just by vir-
tue of her being a girl. Being a
woman you are expected to take
care of your family first, then
if theres any time or energy
left in you, you can pursue your
dreams. Can a man leave his
thriving career for a woman and
move to a new country? Can a
man multi-task as a homemaker,
businessman and mother? It
is the birthright of every
girl to get the same
opport uni t i es
and treatment
as men. One
day I would
like to start
a woman
e mp o w -
e r me n t
o r g a ni -
s a t i o n
wh e r e
they re-
c e i ve
g o o d
e d u -
c a -
m o r a l
support to
live life at par
with men.
O r i g i n a l l y
from Mumbai,
India, 29-year-old
Jenika is the head de-
signer and owner of
Moi Amara, a fashion
boutique which she
established in Ha-
rare in 2012. Having
started working in the
fashion industry at
the age of 20, Jenika
holds a degree in
Fashion Designing
and Garment Man-
ufacturing as well
as an MBA in
Retail Manage-
B e a u t i f u l
Jenika started
off her career
as an intern
in India, re-
ceiving three
in her first
year on the
job. Being
the ambitious person that she is,
she wanted to explore other op-
portunities thus she went on to
work as a freelance costume styl-
ist in Bollywood movies, styling
several A-list celebrities.
After getting married, Jenika
moved to Zimbabwe and started
her own boutique. I am very pas-
sionate about designing I am
good with fusion of cultures, col-
ours, piece of furniture or fabrics.
I love colours, and embroidery
details (being an Indian). My style
is timeless, very simple yet very
classy. Since I am away from my
homeland, the soul of my design
is Indian yet the outlook is very
international. Maybe this helps
me to still stay connected to my
roots in some way.
The biggest challenge she has
faced thus far, she says, is moving
countries at the peak of her ca-
reer, and having to start over from
scratch. Its not easy to penetrate
the Bollywood industry without
anybodys help. I have worked ex-
tremely hard day and night liter-
ally -- sometimes 20 hours a day, 7
days a week to reach where I am
today. And then when everything
is going your way, you get married
and move your base to a new coun-
try. . .
Jenika, whose favourite pastime
is cleaning and redecorating her
house, says the shift has been
overwhelming as she had never
visited Zimbabwe before. I knew
nothing about the culture or fash-
ion preference of the ladies here.
Somehow through trial and error,
I started my brand with great fi-
nancial and moral support from
my parents. I needed huge fi-
nances which my dad helped me
with but I felt so embarrassed.
I am very egoist in that way and
promised to pay them back as
soon as I could! Also, being newly
married, adjusting to a new fam-
ily [according to Indian culture
we all stay together with parents
in law and their whole family]
and to top it, a new country, it was
the most challenging phase of my
life! But I thank my supportive
husband who let me chase my
dreams and work, as according to
Indian culture its still a taboo for
a woman to work, especially after
Being Hindu, Jenika believes in
karma -- what goes around comes
around. My actions and words re-
flect in what I would like to come
back to me; being kind, compas-
sionate and honest are the pillars
of my spiritual being. The peace-
loving, soon-to-be mum believes
that if everyone sees themselves
as a global citizen, everybody can
co-exist in harmony.
Theres enough room for
everybody in this world and eve-
rybody is here for a reason, know
what that reason is and try to
make world a better place to live
Jenika believes if she hadnt cho-
sen fashion, she would definitely
have been a sporting champion
as she was excellent in arts and
sports, specifically painting or
basketball as she was at one point
a state level basketball player, a
gold medalist for discus throw,
javelin throw and shot-put as well
as a black belt in Judo Karate.
The talented designer says
she wanted to pursue education
in a field which would have her
work even from home after mar-
riage, since according to most
Indian cultures, women are not
allowed to go to work. My dad
had always been very supportive
of my decision to make a name for
myself. Fashion was something I
could do from home, I didnt need
a brick and mortar office to work
from. I always had a flair for draw-
ing and paint so Fashion Design-
ing was an apt field. During her
three-year degree course, she was
awarded best designer and seam-
stress every year, which made her
even more confident that she was
in the right direction.
Later on I did my MBA in Retail
Management as I wanted to know
the business side of managing
my creations. Business manage-
ment is as important as making
the product. No matter how great
your product is, if you cant sell it
or market it the right way, it will
not prosper.
Jenika says she appreciates
Zimbabwe and loves spending
time with her family, eating, gar-
dening, playing badminton or
cricket together. Its a good stress
buster. A bonus of being here is
having huge houses and gardens -
which is not possible in Mumbai
(India) due to tight spaces and
She admits though, that in
her earlier days as a designer, she
would check what other designers
were doing, sometimes copying
them. But I have since realised
that does not get you far, if you
want to make a name for yourself
you need to be unique. My role
models are international fashion
brands like Coco Chanel, Versace
and the late Alexander McQueen.
Advising other young designers,
the renowned designer says they
need to think global. Dont think
like a frog in the well, think glob-
ally and you will learn and grow.
Know your true talent, dont try
to be jack of all trades and master
of none. And lastly, follow your
heart. Dont be in it like the rat
My hobby turned into a job . . .
October 26 to November 1 2014
Yolanda Lindsay Mabuto
he wedding venue search in Ha-
rare can be very traumatic, given
that there are hundreds of wed-
ding venues to choose from. If you
decide to go in blind as a couple, and
start venue hunting, you may burn out
very quickly. If you are overseas and
planning your wedding, its even more
stressful, as you are relying either on
the internet or on your family and
friends back home in Zimbabwe. As
event consultants, my business part-
ner, Archie Mhone and I, like to visit
all the new venues that we hear about.
Archie is one of the most creative
people I know, and its always fascinat-
ing to watch him create a concept for
a potential new venue that looks to me
like a lost cause. He blends practical
recommendations with creative ideas.
When I think about the advice and rec-
ommendations that come from him,
some key issues come to mind the
practical factors that couples may for-
get to consider when choosing a wed-
ding venue.
Archie says, as a couple, take own-
ership of your wedding. When you are
visiting a potential wedding venue, you
need to have your checklist and ques-
tions at hand. Dont make any assump-
tions. Ask, ask and ask again. Try and
visualise the sequence of activities
that will take place on your wedding
day. A venue might look perfect at first
sight, but make sure you ask practical
questions about the place.

Explore all the options
There are many venues that offer one
specific site for each aspect of your
wedding. While this works for many
couples, I personally love to be given
options. Its good to have different sites
within the venue to choose from, for
your ceremony, photo shoot, cocktails
and reception.
Check the lighting and power
Make sure you ask where the nearest
power source is, especially when deal-
ing with outdoor venues. Also, make
sure the venue has a back-up power
source. Check the lighting, because
not only will this affect the ambience,
it also has an impact on the quality of
your photos and video. Never assume
that your service providers will auto-
matically bring lengthy cabling and
appropriate lighting without being in-
structed to do so.
Parking and security
Make sure there is adequate parking
space for your guests. Ask how many
vehicles can be accommodated. Ask
if there is a separate car park for your
VIP vehicles, and dont forget to ask
about security.

Ablution Facilities
Make sure you inspect and are happy
with the toilets. Are the toilet facilities
adequate, given the number of guests
attending? Ask if the venue will pro-
vide the necessary toiletries, together
with attendants who will ensure that
the toilets are kept clean and presenta-
ble throughout the day. You may choose
a venue that requires you to hire mo-
bile toilets ensure you shop around
and hire decent ones.
Remember that as bride and groom,
you and your families are the hosts.
The logistics can be boring, but if you
dont get them right, then you and your
guests will have the wrong kind of
lasting memories of your wedding
Rufaro Mushonga
Inspired by Archie Mhone
Rufaro Mushonga
Are my jeans making me ill? part 1
Choosing your wedding
venue (part IV)
flattering pair of jeans is
a must-have in my closet,
however I have found my-
self squeezing into snug
skinnies and noticing a waist im-
print from the jeans digging into
my skin. It doesnt look dangerous
and is only just as uncomfortable
as wearing a tight brassiere but
as a health conscious lady Im
convinced that excessive pressure
on the abdomen might be harm-
ful. Health writer Jaime Dalessio
had very interesting facts to back
up my suspicions. Tight clothing
that pushes into the abdomen can
be problematic especially when
somebody overeats. Pressure on
the stomach (intragastric/intra-
abdominal pressure) can induce
acid reflux -- pushing stomach
acid back up through the lower oe-
sophageal junction, causing heart-
burn. Acid reflux is usually com-
mon in older adults however due
to this new tight fashion craze,
a higher percentage of younger
adults 20 to 30 years of age are now
being diagnosed with it. Someone
who isnt prone to acid reflux can
develop reflux after wearing tight
jeans often for over a two-week pe-
riod. If you must wear tight jeans
eat less fatty meals in smaller por-
tions to reduce the risk of reflux
and loosen up as soon as you can.
Additionally, if you wear com-
pression undergarments under
your jeans, this can cause mer-
algia paraesthetica, irritation of
the nerves in the front and outer
aspects of the thigh. Symptoms
include burning, pain, tingling in
the thigh area and hypersensitiv-
ity to touch. Next time youre on
a mission to look sleek in tight
jeans, just dont go TOO TIGHT!
October 26 to November 1 2014
Cynthia Hakutangwi
Strategic Thinking (Part VI)
Why are you after what you are pursuing?
Tafadzwa Zimunhu Taruvinga
HAT is the origin of true ambition?
True ambition can only be found in
the depth of our authentic personal
identity which lies deep within us. It
is in our every thought, in every movement,
and in every motivation. Our ambition there-
fore becomes an expression of who we truly
are, our own self-expression. It may not be
entirely possible to discuss self-expression
without considering the essence of self di-
rection. In the third installment of the Stra-
tegic Thinking series, the provocation was a
prompt for individuals to take stock of their
personal progress and self-introspect.
While it may be easier to fill the roles that
family and friends expect of you rather than
becoming who you really want to be, this
way of life drains you of the critical life en-
ergy you need to pursue the things you truly
value. Individuals who always feel a compul-
sion to meet everyone elses needs before their
own often find it hard to imagine themselves
any different. People-pleasing ceases to be
only what they do, but rather a strong part
of whom they believe they are as individuals.
Self-expression and self-direction on the other
hand have to do with how we think, how we
move and how we motivate ourselves.
In concluding this series on Strategic
Thinking for 2015 and beyond, we must exam-
ine the things that motivate us to pursue our
goals. We should be able to clearly articulate
this in the vision, mission, strategy, goals and
budget of our strategic life plan. It is against
this backdrop that we must establish what re-
ally defines us. Is it our possessions or our
pursuits that bring definition to our lives?
Pursuit by definition is a process of following
and trying to catch or capture (something or
someone) for usually a long distance or time.
It is only when we can identify our true mo-
tivation and ambition that we can be fulfilled
in our long term pursuits. Are we pursuing
the goals we have set for ourselves because
of competitive reasons? Are we using bench-
marks that have been set by others before us
and are those individuals the true measure
our success? Is it a haunting past that we are
fleeing? Or perhaps could it be a determined
effort to just prove a point to someone or a
group of people? In the final analysis I believe
that success should only be defined by begin-
ning strong and ending strong in ones appro-
priate pursuits. As we pursue our long term
goals beyond the thinking of our present gen-
eration, it is excellence alone that should be
our only competitor.
Can we define what motivates our desire
to achieve? We must consider the reality that
what we desire most influences nearly every-
thing about us. Our desires influence how we
spend our money, our time and our energy.
This is what provides motivation for our day
and dominates our thinking. The same in-
fluence defines our view of success. It is our
direction that determines our destination.
Whose direction are you taking? Is it some-
one elses direction? Where did you derive
your goals from? Could your goal have been
ingrained within you since your childhood?
Is the goal you are a pursuing your parents,
your spouses, your boss, your childrens or is
So, by all means possible, we must choose
our pursuits wisely. Can our pursuits be
measured against meaningful purpose, sig-
nificance, and contribution? As we think stra-
tegically beyond 2015 we must remember that
fullness of life is not only found in the things
we possess because our lives are too valuable
to waste chasing mere possessions. We must
also constantly remember that time is the lim-
ited resource that we need to manage wisely
for the maximised achievement of our over-
all life goals. Until we take time to stop, stand
back and consider why we are after what we
are pursuing, being constantly in motion can
cause us to live our lives outside of the context
of our true purpose, ambition and definition.
Cynthia is a Communications and Per-
sonal Development Consultant, a Life
Coach, Author, and Strategist. She is the
Managing Consultant of Wholeness Incor-
porated. Her published book titles include
The Whole You Vital Keys for Balanced
Living and Intelligent Conversations: A
mindset shift towards a developed Africa.
HE theme of my writs this year is the
pursuance of dreams. The journey is
often tiring and treacherous, thorns
and pebbles along the path to success,
the hindrances, the drawbacks and the chal-
lenges. Good things come to those who
wait is one such phrase which extols the
virtue of patience. Patience is a virtue
is yet another. And in Shona, of course, the
more common phrase of the day is NaJesu
zvinoita.[with Jesus all things are possible]
The Zebra and the Lion
The foal is born away from the rest of the
herd. The mother must keep him safe and
away from danger and dirt. He is new to the
world and he is fragile. Suddenly, the rest of
the herd dissipates frantically when a lion
appears from behind a bush. The mother
cant run away and leave her young foal for
the beasts devouring. She stands and waits
for the lion to attack, head held up high.
When the lion attacks, she leaves nothing
to waste in a mighty kick away from her
foal and onto the lions jaw. She stands her
ground and she protects her beloved foal.
The moral story is that no matter how un-
likely it seems that you will overcome chal-
lenges along the way, you should carry on,
on the good path and fight for what you love.
Stand patiently and be steadfast, even when
others act in haste.
Good things come to those who wait
A Medley along the way
The mind of the dreamer is challenged to be
pragmatic at times, and aspirational at others.
The trick is in balancing what goes into the
medley at different points in time along the
way. In a place where bread and butter occupy
the mind more than any other commodities,
even priceless aspiration could become a lux-
ury, when the dreamer is tempted to walk in
haste. Haste in trace amounts often indicates
the ability to the patience. Patience is espe-
cially needed when the temptation is there
to make it all happen as quickly as possible,
whatever it may be that the dreamer journeys
Tafadzwa Taruvinga is a Customer Service
Consultant and the first author of a book
on Customer Service Excellence in Zimba-
bwe, entitled Serve Your Customers EX-
CELLENTLY, Or Not At All!, published
in June 2014. He is also a Member of the
Advisory Council of Customer Value Cre-
ation International (CVCI). Tafadzwa
can be contacted on e-mail at tafadzwa- and his profile is availa-
ble on
October 26 to November 1 2014
Zororo Makamba
eople were skeptical about
whether or not anyone would
buy the original Galaxy Note
when it launched in 2011.
Back then it seemed absolutely lu-
dicrous to sell a phone with a 5.3
display. At the time, the iPhone 4
was the hottest selling smartphone
and it only had a 3.5 display. Fast
forward three years and Samsungs
sold tens of millions of Note series
phablets and Apple is selling the
5.5 iPhone 6 Plus. Samsungs made
enough improvements on its Note
series to keep it competitive and
differentiate it from the competi-
The Note 4 has an aluminum strip
that runs around the edge of the
phone, replacing the cheap-feel-
ing plastic on previous editions.
Theres also a little extra heft to the
Note 4 and it feels more rigid.
One problem with large metal-
lic phones is that theyre slippery
and too easy to drop. The back of
the Note 4 is textured, providing
some needed grip. As with all Gal-
axy phones, the Note 4s rear cover
peels off to reveal the battery, SIM
card, microSD card slot and battery.
Unfortunately, the Note 4s rear cov-
er is not water resistant like the S5.
The Note 4 is a battery champ
when it comes to standby time,
barely sipping any juice during ex-
tended periods of down time. The
large and bright display did seem
to chomp through the battery how-
ever, especially when shooting a lot
of photos and video.
Galaxy Note 4 display
The Galaxy Note 4 display is simply
gorgeous. It has 2 560 x 1 440 pixels,
which is more than any iPhone
Retina Display and more than most
HDTVs. Text, pictures, video and
anything else on the Note 4s dis-
play are incredibly crisp and clear.
The Note 4s display is a little big-
ger than its competitors, but again,
its not going to be too noticeable
unless you compare the devices
From the Note 3 to the Note 4, Sam-
sung upgraded the back camera
from 13 to 16 megapixels. However,
the Note 4s camera offers another
improvement: Samsung also added
optical image stabilisation, which
is supposed to result in better low-
light performance.
There are a number of cool soft-
ware features on the Galaxy Note
4, but most people will be over-
whelmed by the sheer number of
features and add-ons. The S Pen and
its accompanying suite of software
features are what you should take
a close look at before buying the
Galaxy Note 4. If you cant imagine
yourself using the S Pen to mark
up whatever is on the display, write
notes or draw, then the Note 4 prob-
ably isnt the right device for you.
Another nice feature on the
Note 4 is Multi window mode. This
lets users view and use two apps at
once. For example, you can watch
a video and browse the web at the
same time as illustrated in the
screen capture to the right. This is
a killer feature for people that do a
lot of multi-tasking and something
thats sorely missing from the iP-
hone 6 Plus. For some reason the
Multi window feature is turned off
by default, but its easy enough to
activate it in the Note 4s settings.
PROS: Premium metal frame; gor-
geous quad HD display; powerful
multitasking features; improved S
Pen; high-quality 16-MP camera
CONS: Below-average display
brightness; heavier and thicker
than predecessor; battery life could
be better
VERDICT : The Galaxy Note 4 is
one of the best Android phones
money can buy. The Galaxy Note 4
delivers a luscious quad HD screen,
advanced multitasking, better pen
input and a sharper camera, all in
a slick metal frame.
Marshall Malikula
Galaxy Note 4 - design and overview
eans have created unforgettable legends
like James Dean in the classic movie Re-
bel without a cause. Among others, the
Marlboro cigarette man also stands out as
a denim icon. These men are still the epitome
of cool, they certainly rocked denim like no
Perhaps a little history is in order. Denim
has been around since the 1800s. The word
denim is derived from the French phrase se
de Nimes which translates to material from
the Nimes, a small town in France. So why are
they called jeans? The first denim trousers
were made in Genoa, Italy as genes that
are now jeans today. Denim has continued to
evolve through the ages since they were popu-
larised by Loeb Strauss Levis in 1853, from
the free spirited hippie era, 501s in the 90s to
funky and distressed washes currently.
Here is the 411 on must-have denim trends
this season. Who said you cant wear denim
on denim? now you can! Rules are made to be
broken. The cardinal rule is; mix your light
and dark washes, preferably dark bottoms and
lighter jackets. Complement the weight and
wash that is; vintage with vintage and clean
with clean. However denim on denim on den-
im is overkill, this may very well be too much
of a good thing. Get with the trend, buy your
jeans slightly longer and turn them up at the
Mix your denim with chinos for that uber
contemporary feel. Pair your chinos with a
denim shirt and complete the look with a skin-
ny tie. For a cross over look, do wear your den-
ims, with formal shirt and a blazer, however
avoid fussy jeans and rather go with one com-
plete wash for this look to work. The edgier or
more fashion forward man; layer your denim
jacket under your suit jacket, preferably in
Zimbabwean winter. Tan or brown accesso-
ries bring denim to life. Invest in good quality
leather shoes, belt, watch and bag.
Wrong pair of jeans can turn out to be a
complete disaster. Guys with lean bodies are
suited to slim or regular with boot cut fit.
Heavier guys should look for relaxed fit, with
a boot cut wide leg. When buying jeans get the
right fit for your body. Ensure crotch, waist ar-
eas are not too tight. Look for comfort, check
if your new jeans can handle your wallet and
keys. To avoid disappointment try denims
with shoes and belts your wear most often be-
fore you leave the store. Always ensure your
jeans look good with trainers, boots or dress

Marshall Malikula is a Stylist/ Image Consult-
ant and can be reached on marshmalikula@
My accessory of the week: Brogues
Marshall Malikula
October 26 to November 1 2014
Star Profle
Prudence Muganiwah
Moses Matanda
I was born in a round hut in Manyonho Village,
Honde Valley and I attended a rural primary
school; Samaringa Primary School. This
first bit about Moses Matanda would
not have one believe that today, de-
spite his humble beginnings, the
man is now a renowned profes-
sional film director, writer
and actor.
Moses studied film arts pro-
duction at Toronto Media
and Film College, special-
ising in directing, cine-
matography, film history
and editing. I also stud-
ied acting at KD Studios
in Dallas, Texas and
graduated from Sene-
ca at York University
where I studied act-
ing for camera, voice
and script writing. I
love acting because
it gives me an oppor-
tunity to explore dif-
ferent emotions and
live from moment to
moment, connecting to
joy or sadness, driven by
various events.
My biggest life
achievement is to garner
support across all ministries
to shoot my movie Chinhoyi
7 which I wrote, direct and
act in. The action movie has
in it legendary artists such
as Albert Nyathi and Fungi-
sai Zvakavapano-Mashavave,
as well as a host of interna-
tional actors. Based on the
1966 Chinhoyi battle, the pro-
duction aims to give credit and
honour to the gallant freedom
fighters that shot the first shots
of the second Chimurenga.
This movie is the founda-
tion of my relation with the
war veterans and national-
ists whom I think deserve re-
spect and honour.
Moses expresses his love for
war veterans and apprecia-
tion for the role they played
in this countrys obtaining
freedom. I understand them
and I live with them spiritu-
ally. They sacrificed a lot for
us, we should never leave
nor forsake them; they
loved us yesterday, they
still love us today and they
will love us tomorrow,
in fact; their deeds were
selfiess and Godly. Lets
build our country from
the words of our fathers;
One Zimbabwe One na-
tion, it is a spirit of unity
which should be main-
tained, it helps Zimba-
bwe to move towards
total mental freedom
of knowing that Zimba-
bwe is the number one country in the world because of
Besides producing and directing productions,
Moses has featured in a number of movies such as
Call of Duty as a Russian soldier and American pi-
lot, The Real Prison Break series as Otis Blunt, and
in the M and Battlefield as a mercenary. The versatile
actor has acted in many different roles and characters,
and says he does it with ease. Every day is a day of self-
discovery -- getting to know myself more and getting to
know God.
Moses owes his achievements to God, as he says he is
the cornerstone of life itself. You can do anything you
want if you believe in who you are, what you want and
in the purpose God has for you. I thank my Pastor Evan-
gelist Benson Banda from Forward In Faith Ministries
Toronto, who mentored me spiritually. I emulated the
way he prays and it has become my day-to-day routine.
Emphasizing the need for Zimbabwe as a na-
tion to maintain its heritage and culture, Matanda,
whose favourite meal is Zimbabwes staple sadza and
meat, says if we all put our trust in God, everything
else would flow. I believe in protecting our history and
culture, which is all very Godly. We need to also try by
all means to keep it accurate. Lets love our elders; lets
love our children. And in the process of loving them we
should always remember that Zimbabwe was built on a
cornerstone of love.
Matanda however laments the lack of funding to
finance movies, which he says hinders many projects
in the local and international film industry. Finding
executive producers with cash-flow on hand to finance
movies has been my biggest challenge in my career.
In western countries most producers tend to fund big
names like Steve Spielberg even though they have fund-
ing for new filmmakers. There are so many restrictions
that govern some communities from having full access
to funding.
The father to two boys and three girls also val-
ues the importance of family. My eldest son lives in
Johannesburg, the girls are in Wales with my ex-wife,
my other son and daughter live in Dallas Texas. Moses
is a single father who has a fianc, Gwendoline Bera, in
Toronto. She is the love of my life!
But where does this impressive man who has a natural
commanding presence get the push to make things hap-
pen, who is his role model? Inspired by President Rob-
ert Gabriel Mugabe, Moses says he sees him as a man
full of love, courage, determination and hope.
Some people may disagree with me but if you
look deep down in his soul, forget about politics, you
will notice that he truly loves his people. He walked
many kilometers on foot to Mozambique, climbing
mountains and walking through valleys, spending
nights in the bushes taking a journey not for himself
but for all of us. Akatombobaiwa nemunzwa (he proba-
bly got pricked in the foot many times along the way).
for us, taking that journey to give us our Canaan, the
promised land. God protected him for a reason. I re-
member when we were young; we used to sing long live
Comrade Mugabeyes, there is power in the spoken
words, he is still here with us because God heard our
cry. I cant wait to do an autobiography movie on him
one day!
Ever the optimist, Moses plans to help develop
the film industry within Zimbabwe and see it grow. I
am here to make it happen through training of actors
and producing competitive movies in the market.
Advising young actors, Moses says, If you want to be
successful in film industry you have to humble your-
self. Never fight with directors and producers, it can be
destructive to your career. Take any opportunity with
caution; some deals will move you up some will pull you
You can do anything you want if you believe in who you are, what you want and in the purpose God has for you...
October 26 to November 1 2014 8 THE STANDARD STYLE / MAN / WHEELS
ith the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz
is opening up a new chapter in the
compact segment by going greener
and being more efficient. The new
model underlines that for Mercedes-Benz,
safety is not a question of price the standard
specification includes, amongst other things,
PRE-SAFE. Available from Zimoco, you can
choose the specifications that clearly define
the motoring you.
Mercedes-Benz is becoming the most dy-
namic premium brand in the world. As part of
this development, the A-Class represents an
important milestone. The A-Class is complete-
ly new, right down to the last detail. Its not
often you get the chance to start with a clean
sheet of paper in automotive development.
Standing as much as 160 millimetres lower
on the road than the preceding model, the new
A-Class communicates design and dynamism
at the very first glance. This radical form
language, presented and enthusiastically ac-
claimed around the world with the Concept A-
CLASS, was consistently implemented in the
series production car. The appearance of the
new A-Class reflects this new Mercedes-Benz
design strategy. The result is what is known
as a two-box design with a distinct character
of its own, a sportily emotive exterior and an
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exceptionally high-quality feel to the interior.
Defined edges and tautly drawn surfaces
mark out the exterior design of the new A-
Class. The constant interplay between con-
cave and convex surfaces creates a character-
istic play of light, particularly along the sides
of the car, which contributes to its unique ap-
Typical features of the long, sporty front
are its pronounced V-shape, the separate
headlamps, the radiator grille with central
Mercedes star and double slats to either side
of the star, as well as the additional air intakes
on the sides. The dropping line apparent in
the side profile dissipates towards the vehi-
cles front end. The design of the headlamps
together with the configuration of the light
functions within them, are key elements of
the design concept. The light modules and
LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass have
been arranged in such a way as to create the
characteristic flare effect for the daytime
driving lights and indicators.
The perfect interplay of dynamic design
and excellent aerodynamics is nowhere more
apparent than in the roof, with its smooth sur-
faces and taut, arcing curve. The silhouette re-
veals smooth, flowing lines finishing in a flat
edge. The roof spoiler, which conveniently
hides all the aerials, provides an extra sporty
touch and gives structure to the roof assem-
The fact that the new A-Class is a sporty
hatchback model with a low centre of gravity
is reflected in its dimensions, it hugs the road.
Compared with its predecessor, which fol-
lowed a different design, the height has been
reduced by 160 millimetres. The A-Class is a
five-seater model.
With air conditioning, Audio 5 USB, elec-
tric windows all round, Headlamp Assist and
12-button multifunction steering wheel, the A-
Class is already fully equipped even in its base
The new A-Class is the heartbeat of a new
generation at Mercedes-Benz. A wide choice
of petrol and diesel engines meets every pow-
er requirement and reaches new heights in
terms of efficiency and environmental com-
patibility: the A 180 CDI will be the very first
Mercedes-Benz to emit only 105 g of CO2 per
kilometre. All engines of the new A-Class fea-
ture the ECO start/stop function as standard.
The engines can be combined with the new
six-speed manual transmission or optionally
with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic trans-
mission, which ideally combines comfort and
sportiness. Fuel consumption down by up to
35% compared to comparable preceding mod-
els, accompanied by a considerable power
increase: these are the salient features of the
engine range for the new A-Class.
The new basic engine in the OM 607 series
develops 80 kW, delivers 260 Nm to the crank-
shaft and with a manual transmission con-
sumes 3.8 litres per 100 km. This is a 22-percent
improvement over the only 60 kW preceding
model, the A 160 CDI, which consumed 4.9 li-
In an innovative move in the compact seg-
ment, the A-Class is equipped as standard
with a radar-based collision warning system
with adaptive Brake Assist, a combination
which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions.
tem gives a visual and audible warning to
alert a possibly distracted driver to identified
obstacles, and prepares Brake Assist for the
most precise braking response possible. This
is initiated as soon as the driver operates the
brake pedal decisively.
The A-Class has been a bestseller for a num-
ber of generations. Since its market launch
in 1997, it has blazed a trail for a new vehicle
class with its unique design, becoming a driv-
ing force in the compact car segment. The sec-
ond generation alone, which was launched in
2005, sold more than a million models world-
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more engine derivatives.
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October 26 to November 1 2014 10 THE STANDARD STYLE / HOME & GARDEN / TRENDS
Noma Ndlovu
your Lounge
HE trend with living room seating is to mix and
match sofas, arm chairs and occasional chairs.
This efectively deconstructs a lounge suite.
This requires some creativity and mostly having
some pieces custom made. However if you already
have a lounge suite do not despair, you can be on
trend by following a few easy tips on how to decon-
Less is more. Colour and texture blend two diferent seating styles. Photo -
CREATE a seamless elegant
look by mixing a sofa and
two armchairs connected by
colour, texture or both. Col-
our will always define a room
while texture will add depth.
Lounge suites usually come
in one solid colour and in a
configured set of some sort.
To deconstruct your set:
Remove at the most two
parts of your lounge suite
and replace them with arm
or lounge chairs of a differ-
ent colour. Ensure the chairs
blend well with your main
sofa. Alternatively keep the
other half of your set but up-
holster it in another colour
that you really like.
Go bold and buy two differ-
ent sofas in different styles
and colours, then decorate in
reverse. For example buy one
black sofa and one white sofa
and then decorate the white
sofa with black on white and
the black sofa with white on
black cushions and throws.
Mix textures -- leather with
chintz, canvas with drill, hes-
sian with cotton, velvet with
leatherette, suede and per-
spex. Avoid a busy cluttered
look by going neutral and
bold or plain and print in the
mix of these textures where
colour is concerned. Print or
bold throughout is very noisy
and destroys a calm and res-
tive ambiance of a living
Mix bold print with plain stemming from one colour source for a cohesive
and relaxing look. Photo -
Retain the main sofa and use it as a base from which all other dcor flows from. If you
have two lounges then use the other half in your second lounge and create a new theme
and style from the same suite.
If you can bear the thought of breaking up the set, add an occasional chair or two similar
chairs. This will instantly break the stony feel of a lounge suite.
Classic leather, gold and dark wood armchair and
ultimate expression of style and elegance.
Photo - Olioboard
Deconstruct the sofa itself by doing two tone upholstery. Print on the outside and a plain
on the inside, continue with the print theme as cushions on the matching plain seating
that completes your plan.
Deconstructing your lounge suite allows you to experiment with almost anything to help
you create a look that fits your lifestyle and mood. The good thing is you can change it as
often as you like to suit your evolving tastes and lifestyle. Till then keep calm and love
your home.
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Textures and colour defne form function, luxury and excitement.
Using different styles and types of seating by mixing wing back and ultramodern. Break
the garishness of cold styles by soft colour, texture of upholstery fabric and cushions.
Deconstruct with a purpose in mind. Remember, form does follow function, dont forget
about delight, humour, luxury, or any other aesthetic or sensual quality you want to reflect
in your space.
torage in the bathroom is critical but of-
ten not a priority for most homeowners.
Its often the smallest spaces such as the
bathrooms that get short-changed. But
limited space doesnt have to limit creativity.
So its high time that we banish that theory
and give them the equal attention for style
they deserve [1].
Most homeowners find pedestal sinks
ideal, especially in small bathrooms because
they take up less space visually than a cabi-
net. However, a shortage of storage often
makes them less appealing. The sink area can
easily get cluttered with toothpastes and hair
brushes giving an unnecessarily untidy look.
Sufficient storage is the most important factor
in any bathroom since it is used daily by all
family members throughout the day.
A great way to keep the peace within the
family battles for territory in the bathroom is
compartmentalised storage. If possible, you
can get cabinets that offer separate shelves or
drawers, preferably one for each person who
uses the bathroom [2]. This will allow for no
discrimination even for toddlers whose bath
toys can now be stored in an allocated space.
While the top shelves can hold items such as
moms hair-care essentials. When you only
have one cabinet, you have to maximise the
space inside. Flat-backed, self-adhesive cups
on the inside of the cabinet door hold tiny
things like nail polish more efficiently, and
magnetic hooks applied to the back of the cab-
inet can hold scissors and a mirror [3].
In most bathrooms, the walls and doors are
often underutilised. For extra hanging towel
space you can fit in a hotel-style multi-tiered
rack on the wall next to the tub. Its also essen-
tial to have plenty of places to hang wet towels
when a lot of people will be in and out of the
shower. Or simply add two or three towel bars
to the back of the bathroom door. Another op-
tion for shared bathrooms is using coat hooks
instead of a towel rail [4]. But they are often
inefficient and easily give a cluttered look.
According to Martha Stewart for his and
hers bathroom, the solution is to divvy up the
surfaces and compartments to organise the
vanity space. In the same way you can divide
evenly, the workspace of the vanitys counter-
tops, and its side cabinets. You can store toi-
letries in portable baskets and if there is left
over shelving you can use it to store spare bath
towels or other supplies. For most bathrooms
the focal point is the vanity, and it needs to al-
ways look appealing especially if it has open
shelves. If you run out of horizontal counter
space, go vertical instead. Try using a stylish
stacked plate rack to make extra counter stor-
age space. Although decorative, you can also
make it more functional by storing your tooth-
brush, toothpaste, or hair accessories.
Shelving within the shower walls offers a
convenient storage space for supplies. Often
neglected is the space above and surrounding
the toilet. A free standing cabinet built around
the toilet offers a lot of storage space for toi-
let paper, shampoos and hand soaps [5]. You
can even have lockable drawers when storing
those harmful cleaning bathroom supplies;
keeping them out of reach from children.
Create a bathroom youll love with fea-
tures that suit your needs using space saver
furniture to maximize storage, function and
Bath Storage Solutions. [Sa]. [O].
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Stewart, M. 2007. Smart, Space-Saving Bathroom Storage. [O].
Accessed on 2014/09/26
5 Big Ideas for Small Baths. [Sa]. [O].
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[1] Source: Better Homes &Gardens. Image by Unknown
[2] Source: Martha Stewart . Image by Unknown
[3] Source: Martha Stewart. Image by Unknown
[4] Source: Trendzona. Image by Unknown
[5] Source: Sauder. Image by Unknown
October 26 to November 1 2014
Chocolate, Coffee & Cream
Treat your home this season by giving it a cosy warm winter interior. Don't be afraid to use your
imagination and make each roomreflect your personality and preferences . But keep it practical. This
week our colour scheme is inspired by our delectable winter indulgences - chocolate, coffee and
The finish you choose for your walls is probably one of the biggest decisions you have to make when
you're designing as they are the biggest most prominent feature in the room. Creamy hot chocolate
is a great feature wall colour for making a statement in a living room. You can set off your living room
furniture against this decadent colour making themstand out. If your lounge suite is brown don't panic.
Accessories are your lifeline. Keep things simple and bring interest to the space with highlights of
colour through your accessories and art. Rich, tactile textures, such as leather, sheepskin, suede and
velvet, can be used to build up layers of warmth and character.
Remember, the idea is to use the colours mixed and not matched. For a less dramatic but equally
same effect , choose a wall to make a focal point in your living room. Go ahead and rescue those old
family photos and get themup the wall so you can enjoy them. Visit a professional frame shop to help
select out the right frame for each piece. Once framed group themtogether for impact on your wall. A
great tip is to keep these prints black and white. When you photograph people in colour, you
photograph their outfits. But black and white captures the essence of a natural setting and goes past
the exterior to photograph the soul.
Theres nothing quite like snuggling up to a warmcup of coffee with a spew of sweet creamto cozy
up those cold days. Bring this same indulgence into the way you accessorize your space. Filled,
empty, individual or grouped, vases offer the perfect finishing touch for any room. Add mellowmood
to your dining roomby choosing your favourite glass vase, set a collection of creamcandles into it
and fill the base with coffee beans. Then select other items in a similar colour fromtable runners to
flowers. Dont be afraid to go for texture in fabrics. But avoid lots of pattern , as these tend to always
distract fromthe simplicityof the look.
Winter is all around you, so don't neglect your bedroomas well. Use banding on cushions, pull out the
throws, add a fluffy bean bag for a wintry, cosy feel.
Enjoy snuggling into your home this week!
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October 26 to November 1 2014
ARDENING is not just
about the pretty flowers and
rolling lawns in the more
upmarket neighbourhoods,
gardening is for everyone,
regardless of the size of your prop-
erty, income or access to water. So,
before you decide gardening is just
not for you, carry on reading to see
how gardening can enrich your
life, improve your neighbourhood
and even our country.
Improves your health
The first and most important ben-
efit this feel good pastime brings
is that it actually makes people
healthier and happier. Not only
does gardening provide exercise,
but also most research shows that
gardening is a great way to relieve
stress through the smell and beau-
ty of the garden as well as through
the creative outlet it provides. In
most countries, gardening is used
Gardening is for
Kari Olivey
as a form of rehabilitation in prisons.
Learn new techniques to protect and
enhance our environment
For many individuals the garden is their piece
of nature where they can hide away from the
stress of the outside world. But to keep this
piece of paradise, you have to learn how to
maintain your garden and look after it. With
climate change looming and many people hav-
ing no access to water, we have to learn new
techniques that will enhance and protect our
gardens. We always hear about the negative
impact humans have on the environment,
but by gardening, we can truly benefit the
earth. Plants act as highly effective air clean-
ers, absorbing carbon dioxide, plus many air
pollutants, while releasing clean oxygen and
Provides nutrition and food
Whenever my family goes shopping, other nos-
ey shoppers must think we are very unhealthy
as we hardly ever buy any fruit or vegetables,
the truth is we dont need to as we all have veg-
etable gardens, and share our produce with
each other. It is also much cheaper to grow
your own veggies than to buy them. Why not
save yourself a bit of money and grow your
veggies? It could even provide a small income
if you have enough space to grow surplus.
Increases property value and improves
your neighbourhood
If you have a well-established and beautiful
garden, it could increase the value of your
house by up to 15% - I am sure that extra buck
is always welcome. Having a beautiful garden
can cause a bit of envy amongst the neigh-
bours too. Hopefully, this will encourage them
to improve their garden and verge, which
might improve the neighbourhood overall.
Sense of achievement
Finally, planning, planting and watching your
own garden grow into a beautiful landscape
can fill a person with a great sense of pride
and achievement. It is a great skill for anyone
to learn: young, old, or disabled. It can provide
jobs, a sense of self worth or put a smile on
your face or others.
Have a look at your garden, or garden to be,
and think what is stopping you from achiev-
ing any of the above? Take control and start
reaping the many benefits that a garden can
add to your life.
Kari Olivey
Editor/Director of The Zimbabwean Gar-
dener magazine,
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(3) Lebbie
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Contributions are welcome, to arrive in good time, bearing in mind
events in which readers of this page are interested.
SMS 0733 401 347 or 0776 903 161; (e-mail dustym
Oct 26 (today) Art Exhibiton and sale, Wingate Park GC 9am-3pm
Lunch: Alo, Alo, Arundel; Amanzi, Highlands (new) Theos, 167, Enterprise
Road; Adriennes, Belgravia; Da Eros, Fishmonger and Great Wall, East Road;
Sitar, Newlands; Palms, Bronte Hotel; Willow Bean Cafe, Rolf Valley, English
roast/pudding US$15. (BYOB, no corkage.); Wild Geese, Teviotdale bufet/live
music; Italian Club, Strathaven, Mukuvisi Woodlands Cofee Shop; Centurion
Pub & Grill, Harare Sports Club; Hellenics, Eastlea; City Bowling Club, Harare
Gardens (roast lamb, mint sauce, pudding)
Oct 27 Keep ft, Zumba Dancing, City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens. And every
working night except Fridays. 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Oct 28 7pm Line dancing City Bowling Club
Oct 29 Farmers market, Maasdorp Avenue, Belgravia (next to Botom Drawer)
Curry night special, Adriennes Belgravia. All you can eat for US$12 (beef,
chicken, lamb or vegetarian)
Fun pub quiz Amanzi, Highlands.
Internatonal Food Day, Old Miltonians Club, Bulawayo
Oct 30 (and every Thursday) Tapas night and live music, Amanzi Restaurant
Oct 29-30-31. Hospitality Associaton of Zimbabwe annual congress Bulawayo Rainbow
Hotel and events at many other venues.
Oct 29-Nov 8. Zol/EatOut Zimbabwe Restaurant Week. Enjoy bargain 2 and 3 course meals
at top eateries in Harare and Bulawayo
Oct 30 (and every other Thursday) fun pub quiz blue@2 Private Wine Bar, 2, Aberdeen
Rd, Avondale. Booking essental, Tel 0772 856 371
Oct 31 Shopping Under the Stars, Old Georgians Sports Club, Groombridge 3pm-9pm
Fun pub quiz Borrowdale Country Club. Queston master Tony Havercrof.
Halloween, look for special events at many venues, including one at REPS Bar.
Nov 1 car boot sale, Borrowdale Country Club
St Johns Prep School Family Fireworks Fun Day. Tickets from school or Absolute
Sports. Family entry US$25. US$5 per cooler box. No glassware or botles.
Nov 3-8 The Impro Show: Reps Theatre Upstairs
Nov 4 7pm Fun pub quiz Theos, 167, Enterprise Road
Nov 5 Bonfre Night lease keep dogs and cats indoors
Nov 7-8 Borrowdale Country Club The BCC World News (revue)
Nov 9 Armistce Sunday. Parade Athol Evans Chapel.
Nov 12-16 and 17-22 (two separate shows) Stars of Tomorrow at REPS. 6:30pm and
Saturday matnees at 2:30pm
Nov 15-16 Handels Messiah by the Marden Singers, St Mary Magdalene Anglican
Church, Avondale. 5pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday. Entry by donaton. Tea, cofee,
wine and cheese
VERY big welcome this week
to Opa! the latest newcomer on
the restaurant scene in Ha-ha-
ha-rare (Africas fun capital!)
and one with refreshingly innova-
tive ideas. (Well, for this part of the
world, anyway.)
Opa! (I am told by Greek mates)
is an expression of joy: the Hellenic
equivalent of Wow, Whoopee!
or Hurray!
Everyone up to now Ive spoken
to has pronounced it just like the
Afrikaans/ Dutch/ Flemish/ Ger-
man word for Grandpa, which is
of course Oupa (Im one myself,
three times over ), with a long O;
but it should be voiced as in Op(er)a
with a truncated O.
One of those innovative concepts
is to sell meals at refreshingly at-
tractive prices, in manageable yet
fairly generous portions in pleasant
Helpings are meze or tapas
sized, or so the proprietrix young
Jenny Osman explained to me as I
sat at an outdoor table enjoying a
faint breath of breeze on a stifling
Monday lunchtime. The idea is to
mix-and-match, share, enjoy. But as
I went on an impromptu whim, that
concept really fell away.
Lamb kleftiko, the stolen lamb
of Greek tradition leaped out of the
menu at just US$16 a portion, which
is probably at least US$10 cheaper
than its been available anywhere
else in Harare for the past decade. A
friend of mine claimed it was a help-
ing which would feed two. I cant
vouch for that. Please dont shoot
the messenger if you disagree! This
is the dearest item on the menu.
Starters, or meze, are US$4-US$5
I ordered Greek salad and it was
authentic, as it should be, as Jennys
mother is Greek; the family owns the
nearby highly successful Valis Bak-
ery. There wasnt a hint of lettuce,
which indeed should be the case,
but there was lots of feta cheese, lus-
cious unctuous small black olives
and piles of peppers. This is US$5
on the menu but Jenny changed my
order to a small bowl (it wasnt) and
the price plunged to US$3!
A clip-on breadbasket was a new
one on me and really welcomed by
someone who spreads car keys,
reading glasses, sunspecs, cell-
phones, notebook, camera, wallet,
credit card holder and sometimes a
particularly addictive thriller from
the library at the lunch table!
The attractive basket held rolls,
breadsticks, pitta-bread, butter, nap-
kins (or are they serviettes?) and
cutlery. Lovely warm bread comes
from two doors away; if you want a
second basket it will cost you a rea-
sonable US$2.
The first ones free, as it should
be. I love bread/rolls and butter, but
didnt finish half of them.
Main course was the trademark
Greek restaurant speciality, mous-
saka: layers of finely minced beef,
potatoes, brinjal, tomato salsa and
at Kensington Shopping Centre
a bchamel sauce. It costs US$7 for
the well-seasoned and beautifully
cooked beef version; a vegetarian
equivalent is a dollar less.
Opa isnt yet licensed, but Jenny
seemed to think a liquor license
wont be long in coming. (Dont hold
your breath, kid!) For the moment,
take your own; theres a good bottle
store at the nearby Spar.
Jenny has a sparkly personality,
just right for the hospitality lark.
She finally admitted to being 28
years old and was locally educated
at Hellenics and Speciss. Before
joining the family business she
sailed around the world several
times working on international
cruise ships.
Early on I was served a small ca-
rafe of chilled filtered water with a
twist of zingy lemon and mint in the
neck. It was so pleasant and thirst-
quenching I had a second (and third
possibly?) at no charge. (Overseas
youd probably have to pay!)
Home-made Greek-style rich va-
nilla ice-cream infused with gener-
ous slivers and chunks of under-
stated Turkish delight should have
been US$4, but isnt on my bill.
(When I checked a minute ago, com-
piling this review.)
What does appear is the item
Bar and a figure of US$3. As I
couldnt have a lager or glass of
wine, that confused me, but its for a
good, strong filter coffee of the sort
you would be served in Constitution
Square, Athens.
It was very good, but Im not to-
tally convinced it was US$3 good in
a cash-strapped Harare!
Opa! Kensington Shopping Cen-
tre, Harare. Opens for lunch and
supper Monday-to-Friday. Child and
handicapped friendly. Eating in-
doors or out. Smoking/no smoking.
Tel (allegedly) 250290 or 250294.
However, no one answers the first
number and a disembodied voice
states the second is incorrect.
Dusty Miller initial rating
pending teething troubles settling
(they opened on October 14) and
granting of booze licence is a not
to be sneezed at Three Stars
(For reviews of previous opera-
tions on this site: Arnaldos, Taverna
Athena, Mateos; other Greek eater-
ies, related matters and additional
pictures see my personal blog/web-
site, which is still under construction.
(Note .co; NOT .com)
Dusty Miller
3 4
5 6
1) Eating is indoors or out at Opa!
2) Interior dcor is mainly pastels and
the Greek national shade of blue
3) Authentic Greek salad; this is a
small one for US$3
4) Hake is served in a pan, with dill
sauce and lemon for US$6; chips are
US$4 extra.
5) Moussaka was ell seasoned and
beautifully cooked
6) Home-made ice-cream infused
with Turkish Delight
7) Humorous graf ti on an interior
wall. I liked: We dont have Wi-Fi.
Eat, drink and talk to each other!
All pictures by Dusty Miller
October 26 to November 1 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / FOOD & DRINK / WINE 15
lebbie Masavaya
Wine has a unique and mystical
quality to it: unlike most other bev-
erages, it oftentimes benefits from
aging. No one can craft exactly what
the final outcome will be -- the wine
is constantly evolving. So there is a
bottled surprise waiting to be dis-
covered. Sometimes the result is a
flop . . . but when its aged well, it is
simply sublime!
More than just drinking the
wine, we often forget to take that
deep look into the events that tran-
spire before opening the bottle of
wine. More than that first sip, there
are a few auspices to take note of,
to get more out of a bottle of wine.
Thanks to Stan, Meikles Grapevine
Organiser, who inspired this arti-
cle, when he threw in a titbit on
room temperature, during an en-
joyable wine-tasting.
Without rushing into the moment
I live for, the drinking of the wine, I
find it necessary to provide all wine
lovers and newbies alike with a wine
visionary on the build up to that en-
joyable moment where, its that per-
fect moment to serve your wine or,
for that matter, sip that wine.
A bottle of WINE at your service
Often, were advised to serve white
wine chilled and red wine at room
temperature, and yes thats correct.
Except, the various white wines are
best served at different tempera-
tures to maximise the characteris-
tics of the wine and ultimately get
more out of your wine.
The room temperature alluded
to for serving red wines, is France-
based room temperature, which,
when careful thought is put, differs
entirely from the room temperature
of our Savanna country, Zimbabwe.
Light white wine is best served at
cold temperatures within a range of
6 to 8 degrees. Lower temperatures
than indicated will only make the
wine colder and lose its bouquet en-
tirely, revealing unwanted simplic-
ity. This includes your Ros, Sauvi-
gnon Blanc and all stainless steel
fermented whites. If youre like me,
I like getting to know my wine a lit-
tle, using one of the most important
senses in tasting, the nose. With no
flavours to talk about on the nose,
I hardly think my palate will be se-
Full-bodied white wines, typi-
cal Chardonnay, can be enjoyed at
a cool 12 to 14 degrees, while an off
dry white wine, which, when Im
having is one of my favourites, a
Riesling, will impress old and new
palates alike when served chilled at
between 8 and 12 degrees.
Our famous sparkling wines,
which, as I think about at this mo-
ment, send me into a celebratory
mood, will add that sparkle to your
palate when served cold, at anything
from 6 to 8 degrees.
A dry sherry style is perfectly
enjoyed cool. This fortified wine,
with a temperature range of 10 to 12
degrees, has a flavour profile that is
bound to send your palate bouncing
with excitement, not forgetting Port
styles, which are pleasantly enjoyed
cool in the region of 15 to 18 degrees.
With sweet wines, the rule is, the
sweeter the wine, the cooler youd
rather have it. Cold temperatures
are ideal for these sweet wines, any-
where within a range of 6 to 10 de-
Finally, though red wine is
served at room temperature, this
is a temperature range of 15 to 18
degrees. If red wines are served too
warm, they can exude a lot of alco-
hol and give an impression of being
flaccid. In the same vine, serving
red wines too warm may result in
the aromas and flavours being sup-
And now to fulfill your choice of
wine, served at the right tempera-
ture in the right glass. My equation
is simple yet meaningful: -
The right glass ( to 1/3) filled +
your palate = maximum potential
possible of the wines character +
Stemmed glassware, in my opinion,
is the most ideal for having that
wine moment, as holding a glass
by the stem, prevents warming the
wine in the glass.
Sparkling wine glasses (flutes)
are best suited for sparkling wine.
Its long tulip shape enables the spar-
kle, temperature and bouquet of the
wine to be kept for longer.
With a visual impression of an
ample bulb to cup with both palms, a
red wine glass, has a nicely rounded
bowl, that narrows towards the top
rim of the glass. Perfectly suited for
red wines, as the multi-layered aro-
mas and flavours require enough
space to release its bouquet.
A white wine glass, has a more
u-shaped, yet rounded bowl, which
is ideal for maintaining that cool
temperature white wines require, as
well as enough room to release the
aromas and flavours.
Dessert wines have a high alco-
hol content, hence, a short rounded
glass, which simply hints at a small
serving of a tot or two.
Wine lovers, I dare say, have a
repeat of the last bottle of wine you
had, whether sweet or dry, red or
white, chilled at the right tempera-
ture, with use of the right glass, to
get more out of your wine. Kick
those shoes off, get that palate work-
ing, and till next week, its a cool
wine cheers.
What we all
need to know
about serving
October 26 to November 1 2014
Chicken and Pork stir fry
Cooking with Rumbie
Soy sauce and Soya sauce
are one in the same
thing. If you can only
fnd bottles labeled Soya
and not soy, go for it, itll
serve the same purpose,
i.e. add favor!
To Julienne is to cut food
into short or long thin
strips. Its especially great
for the fnal aesthetics of
your dish. Remember-
we eat with our eyes frst.
ont you just LOVE the smell of freshly
baked biscuits? Are you frustrated at
not being able to get them to come out
perfect? Here are some fantastic tips on
how to bake biscuits!
One: Line a flat baking tray with non-stick
baking paper. The tray can have a small lip
(slightly raised edges), but biscuits will not
brown evenly in a tray that is too deep.
Two: Do not crowd biscuits - its important
for air to circulate for even cooking. Place bis-
cuits in rows, lining up each row to sit behind
the gaps formed by the biscuits in front.
Three: hen biscuits are baked, remove from
oven and stand on tray for 5 minutes before
transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Standing time allows biscuits to firm, so they
wont break.Now that we know the basics, lets
give it go!
Tips for baking biscuits with Tamanda
Jam Fancies
Yummy jam-filled biscuits a light and tasty
afternoon treat. Perfect as a tea time snack for
adults and children.
- 200g margarine chopped
- 100g castor suga
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 250g plain four
- 85g strawberry jam
1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 baking
trays with non-stick baking paper. Use
an electric beater to beat the butter,
sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
2. Sift half the flour over the butter
mixture. Use a round-bladed knife in a
cutting action to stir until just
combined. Add the remaining flour and
stir until it forms moist clumps. Gather
the dough together and turn onto a
sheet of non-stick baking paper.
3. Divide the dough in half. Roll one
portion between two sheets of baking
paper to form a 5mm-thick disc. Use a
5cm-diameter round pastry cutter to
cut out 18 discs. Place pastry discs on 1
lined tray. Use a fork to lightly prick.
4. Roll out the remaining dough and use a
5cm-diameter round pastry cutter to
cut out 18 discs. Use a 2cm-diameter
fluted pastry cutter to cut a small hole
in the centre of each disc. Place discs
with holes on the remaining lined tray.
5. Bake biscuits in oven, swapping trays
Easy to make Chicken
and Pork stir fry
6 Servings
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Stir fries are one of those quick and healthy
meals that you can prepare for yourself and
loved ones. This is a pretty quick meal and
will be great for those days when you get unex-
pected visitors. The taste is just superb (they
may even secretly continue to be unexpect-
ed visitors just to have more of this!!)
300g pork steak
400g chicken breast
1/4 large green pepper
1/4 large red pepper
1/4 large yellow pepper
4 tsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 large carrot
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp diced pineapple
1 medium sized onion
Oil for frying
Quick Instructions
1. Julienne your peppers and carrots and
cut your onions into thin rings. Also cut
your pork steak into strips.
2. With your pork strips in your bowl add
half the garlic, half the ginger, 1/4 tsp salt,
half tsp ground black pepper, half tsp
ground cumin, 2 tsp soy sauce and mix
everything together. Let it sit for 5 min for
the flavours to mingle.
3. Heat oil in pan and add your seasoned
pork strips. Fry until browned.
4. As the pork is browning up repeat the
same process for the chicken breast. That
is, cut it into strips add the remaining
garlic, the remaining ginger, 1/2 tsp
salt, half tsp ground black pepper, half
tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp soy sauce and
mix everything together. Set-aside.
Remove browned pork strips from heat
and set-aside.
5. In the same pan, brown up the chicken
breasts. Once browned remove from heat
and put in the same plate were you put
the browned pork strips and set-aside.
6. In the same pan again, add your carrot
julienne strips and saut for about 2 min.
7. Add onion rings and saut for a minute
add pineapple and stir. Then add peppers
and stir for a minute.
8. Take set-aside chicken and pork strips
and add to pan and stir for another min
ute giving time for the flavors to marry.
9. Your chicken and pork stir fry is ready!
halfway through cooking, for 12-15
minutes or until lightly golden. Set
aside on the trays to cool.
6. Spread each whole biscuit evenly with
jam. Sandwich together with the
remaining biscuits and serve.
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The happiest
moments of my life
have been the few
which I have passed
at home in the
bosom of my family. -
Thomas Jeferson
The Badza Family
We fear God, encourage
accountability, motivate
one another, value
integrity, learn from each
other and remember to
always remain youthful
at heart but wise in
October 26 to November 1 2014
The Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe is holding its Annual Congress from 29-31 October 2014 under
the theme: HAZ@70: Building a culture of service excellence, in Bulawayo. This is a special event as
the Association will be celebrating its 70 years of existence.
150 delegates who are industry captains and management executives are expected to attend this big
hospitality annual event. The Conference will deliberate on service excellence and contribution of
Tourism to the economy. There are various interesting speakers and presenters lined up with the
highlight of the Keynote Speaker from Singapore coming to benchmark and share their success story.
There will also be a Hospitality Fair running concurrently with the Congress where industry suppliers
showcase their products to the industry players present.
The highlight of the Conference is the Awards Dinner to be held at the last day where individuals or
organizations who have shown excellent service to the hospitality sector during the current year will
be awarded.
Topics to be discussed :-
- The Singapore story how they have managed to turn around their tourism fortunes
- The 5 Billion dollar economy journey for tourism by 2018
- Unlocking value for regions through Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE)
- Health and wellness
- Managing risk in building hospitality service culture
Please be advised that HAZ Offices Landline is 708872.You can also contact Violet Rukande, The
Administrator on 0712 631 858 or 0774 161 056 or email hazimsec@gmail, or
or Cynthia Sapabwe, The Secretary on 0733 344 563 for further information or any queries.
For accommodation, as usual, please make direct booking with the establishment of your choice in
DDRESSING staf from his minis-
try recently during a familiarisaton
tour, Tourism and Hospitality min-
ister, Walter Mzembi said tourism
contributed 10% to the GDP on the
basis of 2,5 million arrivals and close to US$1 bil-
lion in tourism receipts.
It is our target to grow this contributon of
GDP to 15% by 2015, on the basis of 3,2 million
arrivals and US$5 billion in tourism receipts, said
He reiterated governments commitment to
developing tourism in the country by introduc-
ing a cocktail of measures, such as promotng
domestc tourism packages for low income earn-
ers so that they can have an opportunity to visit
some tourist atracton areas with their families.
We want even the low income earners to go
for holiday by designing packages which are suit-
able for them. In a way, we are promotng do-
mestc tourism, said Mzembi.
Mzembi said this amplifes the economic im-
Zimbabwe tourism sector to grow GDP: Mzembi
portance of tourism as an economic pillar.
All previous economic blueprints have cap-
tured tourism as an economic pillar, and our per-
formance as a sector should contnue to dem-
onstrate our revenue earning capacity alongside
the batery of incentves we require to deliver,
he said.
Mzembi added that his ministry in the
next fve years will insttute legislatve re-
forms in order to align existng legisla-
ton to the new natonal tourism policy.
There is need to consolidate the gains of the
successful co-hostng of the Unwto [United Na-
ton World Tourism Organisaton] general assem-
bly as a global endorsement and contnued lev-
eraging of Brand Zimbabwe in the regional and
global market, he said.
The Unwto meetng, which was co-hosted by
Zimbabwe and Zambia, was held in August this
Mzembi underscored the need to initate con-
sidered bilateral and mult-lateral co-operaton
with a view to mainstream benefts for the tour-
ism sector in a win-win situaton.
Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding
[MOU] should be designed to ensure we can as-
sociate with benefts of entering into such agree-
ments in a more meaningful way, said Mzembi.
Walter Mzembi
October 26 to November 1 2014
By Ropafadzo Mapimhidze
ENGINEER Walter Mzembi,
Zimbabwes Minister of Tour-
ism and Hospitality Industry, is
currently on a crusade in which
he is preaching the gospel of
what he calls religious tour-
In fact, he has gone a step
further and unveiled a religious
tourism policy which seeks to
tap into the popularity of char-
ismatc prophets within the
country to draw tourists.
He told local media during
the course of this week that
the policy was born out of a re-
alisaton that many people are
atracted to religious shrines,
such as the Bernard Mizeki
shrine in Marondera.
The minister is said to have
cited Prophet Emmanuel Ma-
kandiwa of the United Fam-
ily Internatonal Church (UFIC),
the Zimbabwe Assemblies of
God Africa (ZAOGA) Prayer
Mountain in Bindura as well as
the Johanne Marange shrine as
having the potental to see the
government policys success.
I was rather astonished be-
cause this is a prophecy that
seems to confrm what I was
told by a youthful minister of
religion of a local Pentecostal
church, Apostle Pardy Williams
from Gracious Anointng Minis-
tries hardly two months ago in
an interview.
The truth is that I did not
take his words seriously when
he said that Zimbabwe would
have a sudden infux of people
from all over the world that will
be seeking God. The interview,
which took almost one hour,
could be a defnite confrma-
ton of what is likely to happen
in the near future.
Churches in Zimbabwe have
witnessed a steady increase in
people coming from overseas
seeking divine interventon to
their problems, partcularly
those with incurable ailments.
Zimbabwe is a blessed
country with so many natural
resources, but I also see an in-
fux of people coming to this
beautful country to seek God.
But the churches in Zimbabwe
need to repent frst because
they are not preaching the
gospel as writen in the bible,
Apostle Williams said.
However, Prophet Maxillar
Mumo, a Kenyan founder of
Christ Legacy Ministries also
dipped his prophetc fn-
gers into Zimbabwes religious
fraternity, afer prophesying
about a number of events
which later came true.
He became an instant ce-
lebrity in Zimbabwe recently
afer fore telling President Rob-
ert Mugabes victory in the July
31 harmonised polls.
My fear is that there are a lot
of people coming up in Zimba-
bwe giving themselves the ttle
of prophets.
The media has been awash
with reports of such prophets
who end up abusing female fol-
lowers or duping congregants
of their fnances.
Speaking on false proph-
ets from Zimbabwe and other
Southern African countries, the
Kenyan-based Prophet Mumo
said these prophets have cre-
ated big names for themselves
and they falsely use Gods
name, but the Lord is due to
destroy them soon.
I saw in this vision as well
about prophets who have been
lying to natons that God says
this and God says that. God
has blessed me with that and
God has blessed me with that.
I saw their names; they are
big in the natons of Zambia,
Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi
and the Lord said their fre will
dwindle down for fre not lit by
Him soon goes down no mater
how much it seems to fre up,
Mumo was quoted saying on
diferent websites.
The websites said though he
could not openly declare the
names, several Zimbabweans
said it was prety obvious who
the false prophets are.
Zimbabwes false prophets
are even more advanced, in
terms of prosperity and even
technology. They can do any-
thing for you, but if you are so
spiritual you will see that they
are just modern day sangomas
who wear suits and read the
Bible. We all know these false
prophets, Pastor James Shoko
of In Gods Hands Ministries
who was quoted on the web-
The website contnues and
says that Prophet Mumo ex-
plained his prophecy and said
the false prophets will soon be
courted in several scandalous
acts, lose multtudes of follow-
ers and fnd themselves being
taken to court for various rea-
sons, as God begins to reveal
to the world that they are false
These prophets will be-
gin to be shamed soon in
their work with scandals,
court cases, and mass walk-
outs from their churches, fall-
ing down of their greatness!
Watch for these signs, he said.
Ghanaian fetsh priest, Nana
Kwaku Bonsam, reportedly
gave powers to over 1 700
African pastors who turned out
to become socalled prophets.
Bonsam, who spends most
of his tme doing business and
other personal issues in the US,
claimed that he is the godfa-
ther of miracle money.
He said that anything he
touched turned into money.
My Zimbabwe website man-
aged to interview Kwaku Bon-
sam on Skype and he revealed
that there are pastors from
Zimbabwe who visited him
to acquire powers to become
He, however, could not be
drawn to reveal the names of
the pastors. He also said he
would love to visit Zimbabwe
one day as he has only been to
South Africa.
In the same interview, Bon-
sam said that there were over
4 000 pastors that have ap-
proached him for spiritual as-
Tourists to descend
on Zim for God?
As a member of the Hospitality Associaton of Zimbabwe you will have
access to;
Advice and informaton to members on legislaton afectng the industry.
Advice on conditons of employment, wages, and other labour maters.
Provision of newsleters, informaton, and statstcs related to the industry.
Advice on liquor licensing and assistance, where possible , on licensing
Liaising with suppliers
Promoton of tourism through co-operaton and co-ordinaton with other
related associatons and bodies
Assistance in improving standards and creatng a sense of professionalism
in the industry
Establishment of staf training sources and involvement with government
and other bodies aimed at upgrading and extension of training skills
acquisiton facilites
Public relatons actvites to promote awareness of the industry and hence
to promote and expand business opportunites.
The industrys trade magazine, Hospitality in Zimbabwe, distributed free
to members
Annual congress to bring industry operatons together
HAZ members plaque provided for display. This is issued to only members
and indicates recommended premises
Membership Cards to assist identfcaton of members, which also signifes
a Commitment to common interest, the promoton of professionalism and
of Adherence to the Associatons Code of Conduct.
The card also Helps facilitate discounts for accommodaton at member
Why Join HAZ?
October 26 to November 1 2014
St Michaels 24 Hour Accident Emergency &
Maternity Clinic (19709 Unit N Shopping Centre
Seke Chitungwiza) All times
Emergency numbers: 0774 125142, 0734 503518
By Lynett E Masiwa
OLLOWING on the previous
publication, this article will
cover the management of refrac-
tive error in practice. In-case
you missed it; Refractive error is an
Management of refractive error
Refractive surgery
N a Zumba fitness class, you and
your classmates swoop and twirl
to international dance rhythms. If
you are new to Zumba Fitness, you
are likely to notice that you are hap-
pily out of breath as you try to keep
up, improving cardiovascular fit-
ness in the process. As the instruc-
tor runs through an electric play
list, he has a method to his madness,
aiming not only to promote fitness
but to work out your muscle groups
evenly. As you shake your booty,
your hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes
abs and so many more muscles coor-
dinate in a smooth sliding whirl of
With its body rolls and provocative
hip shakes, as well as lunges and
footwork, Zumba fitness will obvi-
ously seem to work the core and low-
er body muscles primarily. However,
Zumba works out everything.
Warm up
Warm up songs -- often mash-up
of hip hop songs or dynamic Latin
songs, last four minutes or more
to set a groove that gets the blood
pumping. Warm ups typically in-
clude lateral motion, box steps or
grapevine moves to engage to lower
body, hip rotations for the core and
arm swings.
Dance styles
Reggaeton - The funky steps of
reggaeton numbers, hailing from
Panana, Puerto Rico, work the hip
flexors, muscles located at the front
of the groin, in upper crease where
the thigh and the abdomen meet.
Salsa Salsa originating from Cuba
and Puerto Rico works the lower
body and core.
Meringue - This type emphasises
the triceps and biceps with its ener-
getic arm swing. Bhangra and belly
dancing challenge the calf and the
core with the need to elevate on one
foot and wave the other foot, toes
pointed in front of the body.
Thank you again Zumba addicts. See
you in another edition next week!
Classes at the Italian Club, first ses-
sion is free and we are branching to
Ridgeview as from November 1.
And remember, if you bring a copy
of this Standard Style, you get a
week of free sessions!!
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umbrella term used to describe con-
ditions which result in poor vision
due to the size and/or shape of the
Your Optometrist will help you de-
cide what best suits you depending
on your ocular health, visual needs
and prescription. All four types; my-
opia, hyperopia, astigmatism and
presbyopia, can be managed by any
of the following methods:
Spectacles (glasses): this is
the most common and most afford-
able way of managing refractive er-
ror. The degree of refractive error
known as your prescription is deter-
mined during an eye test. The lens-
es with this prescription are then
mounted into a frame to make your
spectacles. Spectacles routinely get
updated every two years.
Contact lenses: these are small
lenses placed directly on the front of
your eye to correct your visual de-
fect. They work very well particular-
ly for people with high prescriptions
or for activities that are difficult to
do with glasses e.g.sports. There
are different types of contactlenses
which are governed by different
rules, your Optometrist can explain
to your further.
Refractive surgery: this is an
option slowly increasing in popular-
ity with advances in technology. It
involves surgically modifying the
cornea (front surface of the eye) by
an Ophthalmologist to rectify your
Unfortunately it is not currently
available in Zimbabwe and so those
interested would need to source for
it abroad.
By Lynett E Masiwa FAOI Op-
tometrist BSc Hons. Optom-
etry (Ireland)

Fitness Class
THE STANDARD STYLE / FAMILY / EDUCATION 23 October 26 to November 1 2014
First runner up
fumbled for my watch, hardly glanced at it and met a dash at
the door as I rushed to the bathroom. I had been envisaging
all night all kinds of dreamy things and had slept late so I
was late, I thought. I was actually not late but my conscience
with enough assistance from my content kept compelling me to
run in haste reminding me that time waits for no man. My eyes
also urged me to run because of an opposite seat in the bus. As
the saying goes, the earliest bird catches the fat worm, I had to
rush to get the most comfortable seat.
It was 5 oclock, Saturday morning and mother was long
awake, doing her daily chores as usual. That particular morn-
ing, I couldnt eat breakfast too excited and full of beans that
even always anxious mother who always passed the buck, was
like water off a ducks back. All she could say was watch out
for cans. Be careful and meticulous in everything you do. Have
a great time dear. In seventh heaven, I got out of the house
after having said my goodbyes. I had put on my resplendent
dress that had earmarked and was comely-looking like an ethi-
cal, eminent, precarious celebrity.
All the summer world was bright, fresh and brimming
with life. The scent of the blossoms that impregnated the air
brought cheer to every face, a spring in every step and a song
in every heart that disclosed through lips if the heart was still
young. Saturday was that had been awaited by twenty eight im-
patient souls, it was the day we were going to buy settings and
costumes for the school play.
As I made my entry into the school, I espied my friend
prowling and probably looking for me and I ran to meet her.
When I had laid my eyes upon everyone, I found I wasnt the
only one with joie-de vivre, everyone was perky with frenzy.
We were all excited about in the play and secondly, getting to
shop for costumes and other essential stuff. Nobody dared to
infringe the snake rule. This rule made sure that there was
order. It was a rule whereby we had to get single filed up in a
straight line when entering the bus. We conformed to this bor-
ing but useful rule and it worked out quickly.
As the engine of the bus sputtered up, we all started to
chatter wildly with delight. Everyone had made a sketch of
their outfits so to visit the tailor was all that was left. We had
gone far when unexpectedly, BOOM the tyre went and the bus
stopped. We all looked at each other blankly. Nobody wanted
to admit that the sound came from the bus regardless of their
knowledge. The bus had a flat tyre.
We all got out quickly examining the tyre as if we were
experts in fixing it. I looked at my watch and it was eighteen
minutes past 6. After having pondered for a while everyone
participated pompously of what was to be done. After having
been shown the ropes by the adults, we were ready to come up
to scratch with alacrity because there was no time like the pre-
We had been divided into groups of seven and had to head
our four different ways. There were only two teachers and
four groups but that was fathomable. After doing the math the
teachers had to go with the group that had the youngest mem-
bers. Our group had no teacher to consort us but that did not
matter. To us, it was easy-peasy as cutting margarine with a
hot knife. Little did we know that we had gotten ahead of our-
selves, that it was easier said than done?
We started off for the nearest clothes shop after being di-
rected by the driver, some of us hurrying, recalling what they
had heard: time waits for no man it turned out we were being
polarized by proverbs because some thought: more haste less
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Usave Saskam,
verenga udzore pfungwa
Rise above,
Take flight &
Move on!
Caroline Munoakwa Age 14
John Tallach
Form 1 and 2
We all gave chase
Red tongues of flame flickered off the blazing log I was hold-
ing. Sweat trickled down my spine as fear slowly but surely
engulfed me. The fierce creature roared again. This time, more
loudly and fierce which sent my ears ringing and left my whole
skinny bony body shaking. You could almost hear skeletal
bones of so called brave men rattling, teeth grinding and heart
beats hard and almost audible. We looked at each other as Jum-
bo whistled which was the sign for us to strike.
It all started a few years ago in Garwe village when the feeling
of anger took immediate hold of the villagers. We had realized
that some creatures dared to slip through the dark nights kill-
ing our precious small herds of cattle. A community meeting
was called and with the points of view from the villagers it
was agreed that everyone would keep watch for the mysterious
It was that time of the year when the heavens had shut their
rain gates making the red soils of our lands thirsty, dusty and
cracked. Slaughter was the only way to get food, for even the
wild was finished because of the drought. The wispy air was
chilly and dry. It was a Friday night; I had again spent my day
hunting with no success so I felt exhausted. Night filled the hut
my grim family had built from sweat, darkening everywhere
except the small space around my dim lamp. Giving into my ex-
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We all gave chase
haustion, I closed my eyes and stretched my arms as the sleepi-
ness swept over me like a heavy blanket. Even my eyelids now
seemed to weigh a tonne.
I woke up with a startled gasp and squinted into the darkness
of my hut when I heard a shrill scream outside. I flung open
the door only to see my old grandmother scream at the lion
feeding on the last cow in our kraal. It always occurred to me
why the cattle never mooed to warn us but seeing they had lit-
tle or no life explained that to me.
I quickly made a shrill whistling sound to alarm the village.
The sound of my voice filled the skies, echoed of the moun-
tains and rolled down the valleys and over the dusty plains
of Garwe Village and everyone was aware that there was a
fierce lion. We took our spears but it realized was to happen
so it raced to its hidden caves. I took to my heels like other
and we gave chase. We raced down the hill following the direc-
tion of the lion as fast as our thin skinny legs could carry us.
Unfortunately as I made a tremendous leap over a rock I fell
to the ground but I immediately stood up and caught up with
the others.
It was then when we reached the caves which were hideous
with dark shadows over them. Eager to protect it family, the
lion came out. It is then we decided to surround it using the
bull horn formation. I was the bravest amongst the men and I
was the one to strike it to death. We held our spears and other
their bows and arrows in position. Fire! and we all threw at
it and I got the honours to finish it off as it tried to fight back.
Its head was cut off and it was skinned.
The villagers were in ecstasy as the thrill of victory took im-
mediate hold of us. As a token of appreciation some villagers
gave me their last surviving cattle. Happiness bubbled in my
soul, seeking expression and tears of joy were not enough, I
knew for once my parent would beam at me. The lions skin
was valuable and to be presented to our king Mambo Shuvirai
at the next village meeting.
Second runner up
October 26 to November 1 2014
Rosie Mitchell
BEING in Les Mis at Reps continued to demand most of my time
and energy last week. It went down well with audiences, and we
in the cast thoroughly enjoyed ourselves too! It was a particularly
amazing experience for those of us unaccustomed to being in a
major show, which certainly requires a huge amount of stamina,
and definitely proved incompatible with running training for
several looming events!
However, I am assured by old hands like Alex Fairlie, who bril-
liantly [as always] starred in Les Mis as Jean Valjean, that like
all of lifes demanding pursuits, it does get easier with practice!
These shows do take a toll in terms of fatigue, lack of sleep, spo-
radic eating -- one arrives at 6pm to dress and warm up, and gets
home around 10pm with a scant break at interval but if asked,
was it worth it? this cast would, I believe, answer with a unani-
mous resounding Yes!
Over six gruelling weeks, cyclists Linda Davidson and Ashley King in
July and August this year cycled a staggering 3 763km around Zimbabwes
boundary, through National Parks, Conservancies and other Wildlife Areas,
to raise awareness of, and funds for, the fight against the endless scourge
and carnage of wildlife poaching. At 7pm on October 30 at Country Club
in Highlands, Harare, they will deliver a fantastic slide show and talk about
their epic journey, which so far raised over US$24 000 for anti-poaching ef-
forts by various organisations operating in Zimbabwe. The slide show is
also an anti-poaching fund-raiser and is bound to be fascinating -- dont miss
I had the privilege of attending the
2014 Enviro Schools Challenge run
by Mukuvisi Woodlands Eco Schools
Programme last week. This Eco
Schools initiative is one of the most
heartening and encouraging envi-
ronmental projects happening in
Zimbabwe today. Next time you feel
despondent about the state of our
environment and the fragility of our
various threatened species, remind
yourself that many people are work-
ing tirelessly to educate tomorrows
business people, parents and deci-
sion-makers on environmental issues
of burning importance, and these
efforts are truly having an impact
on the younger generation who in
turn are putting all sorts of good en-
vironmental practices into action in
their daily lives, already. The Enviro
Schools Challenge is an environmen-
tal quiz and survival skills challenge
in the Woodlands, and this year drew
30 schools who participate in the Eco
Schools Programme, a global envi-
ronmental education initiative which
is achieving much local success after
its introduction by Mukuvisi Wood-
lands, run by Environmental Educa-
tion Coordinator Gibson Nhokwara.
As at all Eco Schools events, the chil-
dren confidently recited excellent
poems and essays, enacted plays and
performed songs and dances, on a
variety of environmental themes, as
well as participating in the activities
and quizzes. Several schools also put
up a Stand, to demonstrate their own
environmental projects, which were
toured by the VIPs who were well-im-
pressed by the pupils presentations.
Supported by Unicef, the European
Union and others and well-attended
by representatives from relevant gov-
ernment agencies and sponsoring
organisations, this was a resounding
Ncema Dam Triathlon Nov 15
Other exciting news from Bulawayo is that on November 15 there is a
Triathlon Event at Ncema Dam, in aid of SPCA, with options for Elites,
social triathletes, including in teams, and children aged 8 to 12, and 5
to 7. Registration is at Bulawayo Country Club on Nov 12, 5-7pm and at
Ncema on the day from 10am-12pm, and there is full bar and catering
another fun family event to diarise! For both events contact burns@
Old Mutual Vumba Mountain Run Nov 8
Meantime, for those living further north, dont forget that the Novem-
ber 8 Old Mutual Vumba Mountain Run (5, 10 and 21km options, open
to serious runners and fun runners and walkers alike) is getting close
so if you havent booked in somewhere, do Leopard Rock Hotel, where
the race finishes, Inn on the Vumba, White Horse Inn, National Parks
or anywhere else you know about. This is Edition Four, and so far this
event has had rave reviews great scenery, very social, great prizes, and
a good excuse to go and enjoy beautiful Bvumba!
Matobo Jacaranda Challenge Nov 8 and 9
In aid of Ethandweni Childrens Home in Matobo, this years Matobo
Jacaranda Challenge is set to provide a fun weekend for the whole fam-
ily, with a Moonlit Cycle Ride from Maleme Dam around Circular Drive
and back on the evening of November 8. The 10km with a Relay option,
and the 21km Run, plus the 21k, 40k and 60k Cycle Rides, take place the
following morning, November 9, from Sandy Spruit to Maleme, followed
by a Family Fun Day at Maleme with full bar and catering and music by
Donnybrook Challenge Nov 15
Also imminent is Run/Walk for Lifes second Donnybrook Challenge.
Offering 7, 14, 21 and 28 km distances at and around Donnybrook Race
Track, this years edition includes a 4 x 7km Relay, a Schools Challenge
and a Corporate Challenge, with prizes for the school covering the most
kilometres in relay and/or individual, plus, for the fastest school relay
team over 4 x 7km, and for the fastest male and female to cover the full
28km. Corporates can challenge other companies in their field to beat
them over the 4 x 7km relay. It all starts at 6.30 am, you can run or walk,
and there is no time limit. Prize giving is at 10.30am. For more: ha-
Zimbabwe Colour Run 2014 gathers momentum
Excitement is building for the second edition of the hugely successful
Zimbabwe Colour Run, inaugurated last year, which drew over 4 000 par-
ticipants. This years edition already reflects 4 300 participants commit-
ted to going, on the Facebook site, from which regular posts are help-
ing build anticipation! Particularly exciting news is that the Animal
and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) Trust, with
Emerald Hill School for the Deaf, is to benefit from proceeds set aside
for charity this year following the event. AWARE Trust has done some
amazing work this year, raising funds for, and then de-horning, rhino, to
help fight the ever-rising tide of rhino poaching, as well as all their work
such as donkey clinics and domestic dog vaccination and sterilisation
campaigns in rural areas, helping prevent diseases from spreading into
wildlife areas, research projects on wildlife living adjacent to domestic
stock, wildlife rescue, and more.
Les Mis
Zimboundary Cycle Challenge
against Poaching Slide Show
October 30
Mukuvisi Woodlands
2014 Enviro Schools
The nale of Les Mis
Ashley pauses to enjoy the scenery during their epic ride round Zimbabwes boundary
Griaes made an appearance during the quiz
A secondary school pupil reads her poem
Children out on survival skills exercise during Enviro Challenge
(1) Kubi
(2-4) ZIMA supplement
In this issue
of Arts & Culture
2 3 4
Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu
October 26 to November 1 2014
1. Standing at the gate - Mike Montgomery 2. Sitting down Swapan Stacey and Putland
3. In winter coat and hat - No name mentioned 4. With husband John Indi - Mamene
T takes a man and a wom-
an, (husband and wife), to
make a home and build a
family. However, whereas
both the husband and wife
have a critical role to play
in strengthening the family
unit, it is widely believed that
the responsibility to keep the
family unit intact rests on the
woman. It is interesting to
note on the other hand that to
this same woman, the world
today is offering more and
more opportunities for her
to venture into business or to
pursue a professional career.
Women are expected to com-
pete equally alongside their
male counterparts if they are
to rise up the ladder of suc-
cess. They are at the same
time expected to fulfill their
responsibilities of a loving
and submissive wife who will
hold the family unit together.
Is it possible for a woman to
chase for success in the cor-
porate or business world and
be able at the same time to
play a principal role of keep-
ing her family intact?
It is a very difficult task
but it can be done with Gods
help, and it must be done!
said Kubi emphatically.
As a woman, Kubi de-
fied the odds and went into
business at a time when so-
ciety did not view women,
particularly black women as
being capable. During that
time, very few black women
dared to do something dif-
ferent in a country that had
just attained independence
from white rule and white
oppression. Women were
generally expected to take up
either teaching or nursing
as career choices and that
alone was considered to be
a great achievement. Kubi
refused to conform to such
societal norms and chose to
pursue what she believed in.
She had been to Scotland and
completed a nursing course
as expected and then moved
to London where she decided
to venture into modelling.
I was very tall and thin
and I decided to take up mod-
elling with the London Acad-
emy, she said.
As soon as she completed
her modelling course, Kubi
was inundated with work.
I was always fully booked.
In no time I was on the plane
travelling to Switzerland,
Paris, Italy and many other
places to fulfill modelling
contracts, she added.
One of her many success-
ful highlights in modelling
and acting, a career she also
took up, was featuring in a
James Bond movie Live and
Let Die alongside the main
actor, Roger Moore.
When she returned to Zim-
babwe in 1981, Kubi opened
up a hair salon in Highfield
and soon realised that there
were no cosmetics for black
people as most of them ca-
tered for white skin. Howev-
er, there was a huge demand
for the product in the market.
Kubi took advantage of the
opportunity and quickly car-
ried out extensive research
on cosmetics for black skin.
When she had gained enough
knowledge, she set up a busi-
ness to manufacture hair and
skin products.
Nobody took me seri-
ously when I started. I used
to do virtually everything.
I was the manufacturer,
the sales person, the driv-
er, and as a woman, I met
a lot of resistance. I was
told Kubi was an ugly name
for cosmetics and would
never sell, she said. Kubi
believed in this vision so
much that no amount of re-
sistance would discourage
her. The more discourage-
ment she received the more
aggressive she became.
A woman is supposed to be-
come twice as aggressive as
her male counterpart in or-
der to be break down walls of
resistance. However, with all
the toughness and aggression
that comes with the business
territory, a woman still needs
to remember that when she
gets home her responsibili-
ties are to give tender love to
her husband and children.
Kubi admitted that the most
difficult issue is that of sub-
God said that the man is
the head of the house. No
matter how powerful you are
at work, you should not use
that power to disrespect your
husband and put him down.
What helped me was that my
husband and I grew in our
knowledge of God and be-
came very prayerful. I used to
pray and still pray today for
God to give me wisdom and
discernment so that I know
how to put across issues to
my husband in a way that is
not disrespectful. It is also
important to be honest when
you deal with issues, she
Kubi added that no matter
how busy the schedule gets,
it is very important to create
some quality time to spend
with the family to allow for
Kubis products became
very popular in Zimbabwe.
In five years she was able to
establish her business em-
pire in Zimbabwe. Two years
later, she began to sell her
products to other countries
in the region. In 1994, she se-
cured a business partner in
South Africa where she has
also established her business
I thank God for the sup-
port that I have received over
the years from my husband
John, as well as from my chil-
dren. They have made the ful-
fillment of this dream all the
more worthwhile and I am
so glad that they have been
there to share this success
with me, she said.
Kubi 31 years in business and
passionate about the family!
Patricia Mabviko Mu-
sanhu is a Company Direc-
tor/Producer at Black and
White Media Productions.
She can be contacted at
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S the outgoing Congress
Convenor having served
for the past ve years. It
is my pleasure to report
on the last ZiMA Annual Congress
that we held at the end of August
this year. The congress was held at
the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria
Falls. The congress theme centered
on Operatonal Challenges of run-
ning health services in Zimbabwe
this was a relevant theme con-
sidering the prevailing economic
challenges that we have been go-
ing through in the past few years.
Several companies have closed
down and employees have been
retrenched losing their medical
aid benets with many failing to
acquire good health services at af-
fordable costs.
The economic challenges have
aected both the public and pri-
vate health sectors. Issues of man-
power, drug shortages, equipment
challenges have been uncommon.
We sincerely applaud corporate
organisatons that have brought
in cheap and aordable drugs,
consumables and equipment as a
way of trying to boost the medical
industry. Some patents because of
aordability have been forced to go
to mission hospitals or Malawi and
India. We do have the expertse but
costs are high as you can compare
even with other basic commodi-
Ongoing problems between
health funders and providers of
medical services stll persist. This
to an extent has aected the ser-
vice rendered to patents. This
years congress was set to address
most of these challenges or issues.
The congress which ran over three
days and ended with an annual
general meetng on Saturday. The
convenor wishes to appreciate the
ZiMA Scientc Commitee which
was chaired by Dr. Agnes Mahomva
for coming up with an informatve
scientc programme which had
high powered presentatons from
brilliant presenters. The keynote
address being done by Dr. Jim Rice
who ew in from the United States.
The Mayor of Vic Falls His Wor-
ship Mayor Siso Mpofu o cially
welcomed all atending congress
delegates to his city during the
welcome cocktail evening. The
congress was o cially opened by
the Honourable Minister of Health
and Child Care Dr. David Parireny-
atwa, also present during the of-
cial opening ceremony was the
Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Paul
Chimedza and the Govenor for
Matabeleland North Minister Cain
Our annual general meetng
which was held on Saturday was
a long awaited day as this years
congress was an electve one. For
the rst tme in the associatons
history an electorate commission
supervised the electons. The elec-
toral commission was headed by
Dr. Francis Chiwora and had elec-
ton monitors who were repre-
sentatves from all our ve branch
councils. The vote countng process
was done authentcally with no
rigging and TEAM AGNES won the
electons resoundingly. Dr. Agnes
Mahomva was appointed the very
rst female president of the Zim-
babwe Medical Associaton. The
Minister of Health and his deputy
o ciated at the inauguraton cer-
emony of the new ZiMA President
and her executve team members.
Dr. Munyaradzi Dobbie who was
also contestng for presidency con-
ceded defeat and said he would
stand again for electons in 3years
to come. Never give up!!
Whilst doctors were atending
the scientc sessions, those who
brought their spouses and children
had lots of actvites to take care
of them, visitng the falls, market
place, boat cruises, game drives,
helicopter rides, to menton a few.
ZB Bank, who sponsored the
congress and as part of its corpo-
rate social responsibility had an
educatve, entertaining and inter-
actve banking session with chil-
dren and some parents present at
the congress. The objectve of the
session was to make the kids to ap-
preciate banking and banking prod-
ucts from a very tender age. The
children partcipated in queston
and answer sessions where they
were rewarded with various prizes
which included t-shirts and piggy
banks for them to start saving.
Mothers present also partcipated
in the quizzes and walked away
with excitng prizes. They were
encouraged to inculcate a sav-
ings culture within their children
by opening Junior Stash accounts
for their kids. An excitng moment
was when each one was asked on
what career they would want to
pursue in life. Naturally, one would
have expected the kids to follow in
their parents foot- steps but here
are some of the opted professions
for you, Taxi Driver, Policeman, En-
gineer, teacher, Farmer. All in all a
very excitng session in deed.
Vic Falls has suddenly come to
life at the end of July 2014 the El-
ephant Hills successfully hosted
the 7th Africa Society for Safe
Blood Transfusion (AFSBT) con-
gress which ZiMA jointly co-hosted
together with the Natonal Blood
Services Zimbabwe and ZiNQAP.
This congress was mainly atended
by internatonal delegates from all
over the world and local delegates
who had keen interests in blood
safety and transfusion.
The Associaton of Healthcare
Funders of Zimbabwe, Natonal
Associaton of Physicians and the
Pharmaceutcal Society of Zimba-
bwe have held their annual meet-
ings in Vic Falls. The months of July,
August, September and October
were lled with medical meetngs
in Vic Falls. Vic Falls remains one
of the favoured holiday resorts to
host our congresses because of
the big congress facilites which
can host more than 500 delegates
without having challenges of ac-
commodaton. We appreciate the
improved ight service from Air
Zimbabwe during the tme of our
ZiMA would like to appreciate
the secretariat who worked tre-
lessly to ensure that the congress
sailed through smoothly, the man-
agement of Elephant Hills Resort
Mr. Trythings Mutyandasvika and
team for hostng us. We also appre-
ciate the nancial support received
from our various sponsors, the con-
gress would not have been success-
ful without them. We sincerely ap-
plaud our sponsors who partnered
with us on this congress were we
discussed issues pertaining to op-
eratonal challenges that are aect-
ing service delivery in Zimbabwe.
Special menton also to appreciate
ambulance and emergency cover
services received from EMRAS and
MARS and for expeditously dealing
with incidents at the congress.
The congress delegates who at-
tended enjoyed themselves. I wish
the new ZiMA executve a fruitul
term. All the best to the incoming
congress convenor.
God bless you all.
Dr. Edson Chikumba
Outgoing Congress Convenor
From lef -: Dr. Shingi Bopoto (Secretary General), Dr Agnes Mahomva (Presi-
dent), Dr. Emmanuel Shana (Vice President), Dr. Sacrifce Chirisa (treasurer)
28 THE STANDARD STYLE /ZiMA SUPPLEMENT October 26 to November 1 2014
The Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians
wishes to congratulate Dr Agnes Mahomva and
Team on your election to the ZiMA presidency. We
wish you every success in your tenure. We are sure
that under your great leadership, wisdom and
guidance ZiMA will attain greater heights and
achievements. We wish you all the best as you
represent the medical fraternity. The College will
be available for support as we advance the interest
of health for our communities and population at
Dr Agnes Mahomva

NCE again the
associaton has
kept its prom-
ise to enhance
the profes-
sions knowledge through
Contnuous Professional
Development. No medical
practtoner the world over
can safely guarantee patent
satsfacton and survival by
relying on knowledge ac-
quired through years spent at
medical school. This actvity is
highly commendable.
I am partcularly thrilled by
the choice of the theme this
year. Operatonal Challenges
of Running Health Services in
Zimbabwe. This coming from
the members of ZiMA, who
are traditonally perceived as
pushing the agenda of enrich-
ing themselves through un-
reasonable tarifs, is clear
demonstraton that indeed
the profession has risen to
the occasion when it comes
to seeking solutons to the
ever challenging problems
faced by Government in par-
tcular and the populaton of
Zimbabwe at large.
This discussion is indeed
topical in all the discussions
at Ministry of Health and
Child Care as we strive to re-
vamp and restore the health
delivery system to the level
Zimbabwe Medical
Association Congress 2014
Ofcial Opening Speech By Honourable Minister Dr. D. Parirenyatwa
HIS year the Zimbabwe Medical As-
sociaton (ZiMA) held its congress
in Victoria Falls under the theme
Operatonal challenges of running
health services in Zimbabwe, ZiMA is a
professional associaton for all medical doc-
tors in Zimbabwe. Doctors from all medical
specialtes such as surgeons, pediatricians,
gynecologist, public health physicians etc
are part of this associaton. Each year the
associaton holds an annual congress that
focuses on two key areas.
The frst area the medical and scientfc
program of the congress is designed to pro-
vide the doctors with the latest medical and
scientfc update in order to provide doctors
with medical and professional development.
This years congress had several high pow-
ered scientfc presentatons under this area.
The presentatons covered topics by medi-
cal specialists ranging from the latest on
laboratory medicine in Zimbabwe and how
advances became retrogressive to chal-
lenges in providing cardiac and coronary CT
angiography all the way to presentatons by
young scientsts from Africa University and
the University of Zimbabwe medical school
on disease outbreak investgatons. The key
note speaker Dr Jim Rice, A public health
specialists from the United States of Amer-
ica gave a presentaton on Physician leader-
ship development for enhanced health sys-
tems performance He highlighted the need
to provide all doctors with leadership train-
ing as this was key to addressing a number
of the operatonal challenges that the health
system was currently facing that were most-
ly as a result of limited health fnancing. The
key note speakers presentaton provided a
very good link between the medical and sci-
entfc areas of the congress and the second
key area of the congress - the AGM.
This year the focus of the AGM was on
electon of a new ZiMA Executve leadership
team. The doctors voted and overwhelming-
ly ushered in the following new ZiMA execu-
tve leadership team:
Dr Agnes Mahomva President (the very
frst female president for ZiMA)
Dr E. Shana Vice President
Dr Shingi Bopoto Secretary General
Dr S. Chirisa Treasurer
When asked what her team would bring
to ZiMA, Dr Mahomva the new ZiMA presi-
dent did not hesitate to inform the house
that her teams vison was A world class
medical associaton that every doctor in
Zimbabwe is proud to be associated with
She went on to indicate that her team was
ready to provide ZiMA with strong leader-
ship and would:
Step up the level of professionalism for a
well-organized ZiMA
Enhance contnuing professional develop-
ment of doctors that includes strengthening
of leadership, management and clinical skills
of doctors
Advocate for doctors pertnent issues
that include but not limited to appropriate
health policy reviews and updates and f-
Enhance linkages between doctors and
the communites they serve.
Over 400 doctors atended this years
ZiMA Congress that was held at the Elephant
Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls from 27 to 31 Au-
gust 2014.
Dr Agnes Mahomva President (the very frst female president for ZiMA)
Dr Mahomva elected
ZiMA President
atained as a result of Gov-
ernment eforts at ensuring
health for all by 2000. How-
ever the myriad of problems
that the country has faced
over the years, partcularly
during the years following
the turn of the century when
we had to deal with negatve
perceptons from the inter-
natonal community and the
so called targeted sanctons
which almost crippled our
economy, made it difcult to
maintain the momentum we
had gathered.
However through deter-
minaton, dedicaton to duty
by the profession in both
private and public has helped
in avertng disaster on many
occasions. For this the Gov-
ernment and people of Zim-
babwe are forever indebted.
This years theme gives us
a great opportunity to bring
together all players to the
table to come up with strat-
egies to improve the health
delivery system in Zimbabwe.
The variety of presenters and
topics do cover the important
pillars of a good and efcient
system that is sustainable.
If we construct a road map
from the outcome of these
deliberatons, we would
have made a tremendous
contributon to Zimbabwe
and laid the foundaton for
future growth in this impor-
tant aspect of life. Future
generatons will look at what
we would have achieved with
pride that we would have lef
an inheritance worth a lot. It
is important to look into the
future and guarantee human
survival at all tmes.
Its good to note that all key
players have set aside their dif-
ferences and tme to focus on
systems with unity of purpose.
Even medical aid societes are
making their contributon in a
completely partcipatory man-
ner. This is a pleasing depar-
ture from the fuding batles
about tarifs that are fought
with service providers. One
hopes this interacton lays the
foundaton for much more
constructve engagement with
a view to ensuring survival of
the industry for the beneft of
all, service providers, health
funders and most importantly
our common client the pa-
I urge all to look into the
future and strive to deliver
the best to our populaton.
Together we can do it.
I wish you fruitul discus-
sion and outcomes that we
will all be proud of for the
foreseeable future.
Primary Components of Fitness
The four primary components (also known
as the components of health related ftness)
that are important to improved physical
health are as follows:
Cardiorespiratory capacity is the ability
of the body to take in oxygen (respiraton),
deliver it to the cells (circulaton), and use it
at the cellular level to create energy (bioener-
getcs) for physical work (actvity). In ftness,
we also refer to cardiorespiratory capacity as
aerobic capacity. This capacity includes aero-
bic endurance (how long), aerobic strength
(how hard), and aerobic power (how fast).
Some of the long-term adaptatons of cardi-
orespiratory training are: decreased restng
heart rate, decreased risk of cardiovascular
disease, improved endurance, increased
stroke volume and cardiac output.
Muscular capacity refers to the spec-
trum of muscular capability. This includes
muscular endurance (i.e., the ability to apply
force over a long period of tme or to com-
plete repeated muscle contractons); mus-
cular strength (i.e., the ability to generate
force, or the maximum amount of force that
a muscle can exert in a single contracton);
and muscular power (i.e., the ability to gen-
erate strength in an explosive way). Some of
the long-term adaptatons of improving mus-
cular capacity are increased strength, im-
proved muscular endurance, increased basal
metabolic rate, improved joint strength, and
overall posture.
Flexibility is the range of movement
or amount of moton that a joint is capable
of performing. Each joint has a diferent
amount of fexibility. Some of the long-
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Fitness, and Wellness
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DR. Rice is a globally recog-
nized thought leader, whose
35-year career highlights
leadership, management,
and governance as essental
vehicles for high-quality, ac-
cessible, efcient, and cost-
efectve health services. He
has served as an advisor to
health systems, physician
groups, boards of directors,
and ministries of health in
more than 30 countries.
Dr. Rices consultancies
have ranged from a micro-en-
terprise initatve with a Zim-
babwe womens cooperatve
to support primary health
services, to the develop-
ment of a health plan in Chile
that evolved into the largest
health delivery system in Lat-
in America. He guided health
system reforms in Central
and Eastern Europe, bring-
ing innovatve approaches to
public-private partnerships.
He has planned and evaluat-
ed income-generatng health
projects for USAID in Kenya,
Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and
the Dominican Republic. He
has trained managers of US-
AID child-survival projects in
strategic planning and project
He has also designed and
conducted leadership de-
velopment programs for
healthcare leaders all over
the world, most recently in a
WHO course on strategy and
policy implementaton for se-
nior ofcials of the Iraq Minis-
try of Health.
Prior to his work with
MSH, Dr. Rice was Execu-
tve Vice President of Inte-
grated Healthcare Strategies,
a consultng group focused
on health delivery system
efectveness. He led the
Governance and Leadership
Services practce, focusing
on developing strategic gov-
ernance and leadership skills
for physicians. He is also vice-
chairman of The Governance
Insttute (TGI), an organiza-
ton dedicated to enhancing
the governance of health
systems through knowledge
generaton and dissemina-
He is on faculty of the
Judge Business School, Cam-
bridge University England;
the School of Public Health,
University of Minnesota,
and former faculty of Nelson
Mandela School of Medicine
South Africa, and the Thun-
derbird Graduate School in
Arizona. Granted NIH Doc-
toral Fellowship in Health
Services Management
PhD, University of Minne-
sota School of Public Health,
1991Master of Health Ad-
ministraton, University of
Minnesota School of Public
Health, 1971 Bachelor of
Arts, University of Minnesota,
Diploma, Internatonal Man-
agement and Economics,
Stanford University School of
Business and Natonal Uni-
versity of Singapore, 1985 on
Busch Fellowship
To The New ZiMA Executive
Dr Agnes Mahomva - Chairman
Dr Emmanuel Shana - Vice Chairman
Dr Shingi Bopoto - Secretary General
Dr Sacrice Chirisa -Treasurer
Project Director, USAID funded Leadership
Management & Governance with Management
Sciences for Health (MSH), Washington DC
adaptatons of improved fexibility are decreased risk of injury,
improved range of moton, improved bodily movements, and
improved posture.
Body compositon is the proporton of fat-free mass (mus-
cle, bone, blood, organs, and fuids) to fat mass (adipose ts-
sue deposited under the skin and around organs). Some of
the long-term adaptatons of improving body compositon are
decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, improved basal meta-
bolic rate, improved bodily functon, and improved BMI.
Secondary Components of Fitness
The secondary components of ftness (also known as the
components of performance based ftness) are involved in all
physical actvity and are necessary for daily functoning. Ath-
letes experience diferent levels of success depending on how
well these secondary ftness components are developed. Al-
though the primary components of ftness are thought to be
the most important, we should not ignore the secondary com-
ponents because of their importance in the completon of daily
tasks. The secondary components include the following.
Balance is the ability to maintain a specifc body positon in
either a statonary or dynamic (moving) situaton.
Coordinaton is the ability to use all body parts together to
produce smooth and fuid moton.
Agility is the ability to change directon quickly.
Reacton tme is the tme required to respond to a specifc
Speed is the ability to move rapidly. Speed is also known as
velocity (rate of moton).
Power is the product of strength and speed. Power is also
known as explosive strength.
Mental capability is the ability to concentrate during ex-
ercise to improve training efects as well as the ability to relax
and enjoy the psychological benefts of actvity (endorphins).
Health and Wellness
Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing.
We all have tmes of good health, tmes of sickness, and maybe
even tmes of serious illness. As our lifestyles change, so does
our level of health.
Those of us who partcipate in regular physical actvity do
so partly to improve the current and future level of our health.
We strive toward an optmal state of well-being. As our lifestyle
improves, our health also improves and we experience less dis-
ease and sickness. When most people are asked what it means
to be healthy, they normally respond with the four components
of ftness mentoned earlier (cardiorespiratory ability, muscular
ability, fexibility, and body compositon). Although these com-
ponents are a critcal part of being healthy, they are not the
only contributng factors. Physical health is only one aspect of
our overall health.
The other components of health (Greenberg, 2004, p. 7) that
are just as important as physical health include the following:
Social health-The ability to interact well with people and
the environment and to have satsfying personal relatonships.
Mental health-The ability to learn and grow intellectually.
Life experiences as well as more formal structures (e.g., school)
enhance mental health.
Emotonal health-The ability to control emotons so that
you feel comfortable expressing them and can express them
Spiritual health-A belief in some unifying force. It varies
from person to person but has the concept of faith at its core.
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal
growth, and potental through positve lifestyle behaviours and
attudes. If we take responsibility for our own health and well-
being, we can improve our health on a daily basis. Certain fac-
tors infuence our state of wellness, including nutriton, physical
actvity, stress-coping methods, good relatonships, and career
Each day we work toward maximizing our level of health
and wellness to live long, full, and healthy lives. The pursuit of
health, personal growth, and improved quality of life relies on
living a balanced life. To achieve balance, we need to care for
our mind, body, and spirit.
If any of these three areas is consistently lacking or forgot-
ten about, we will not be at our optmal level of health. We are
constantly challenged with balancing each of these three areas
throughout life.
As ftness professionals, we have a responsibility to guide
and motvate others to improve their level of health and well-
ness. We can promote a holistc approach to health (mind,
body, and spirit), not just encourage physical actvity. As good
role models, we should demonstrate positve health behaviours
that assist in improving our own health and the health of oth-
ers. If our focus is strictly on the physical benefts of exercise,
we are doing a disservice to our clients and we are not fulflling
our professional obligaton.
Benefts of Physical Actvity
As ftness professionals, we spend a great deal of tme in-
spiring and assistng others in their pursuit of improved health.
Educaton is an important aspect of this. We must promote the
benefts of regular actvity and help people understand why
they should be actve.
Figure 1.2 will help you educate your clients about the ben-
efts of actvity and why each of these benefts is important to
long-term health.
Te Importance
of Health,
Fitness, and
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October 26 to November 1 2014
Michael Nott
n enterprising indi-
vidual living in the
Avondal e/Bel gravia
area has opened an ex-
citing new venture a waste
Buy Back Centre, situated at
the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
(DTZ, formerly the National
Ballet) just behind Reps Thea-
tre at 109 East Road. The cen-
tre opened on October 1, so
its still a relatively new ven-
ture. Here Michael Laban will
pay for tin cans, most types of
plastic, paper and cardboard
see the attached table.
The project aims firstly to
make people living in the
area more aware about the
value of so called rubbish.
Most of what they collect is
not rubbish at all it all has
value and should not be in-
discriminately tossed away.
He is hoping that the project
will help to change peoples
attitudes so that they dont
just toss litter on the street
without thinking. Clean up
projects are great (and at the
moment essential) but they
are just a temporary solu-
tion to the litter problem, and
often within a week the area
that has been cleaned looks
the same as it did before. Bel-
gravia Shop Owners and Ten-
ants Association (BSCOTA),
who are totally supportive
of the new venture, employ 7
women to clean up the shop-
ping centre one day a week,
but its a never ending pro-
cess. Even though there are
litter bins in the shopping
centre car park people still
toss rubbish around without
a thought for who might have
to clear it all up.
Bon Marche is also totally
on board and has promised
to send all their empty cans
and bottles to the Buy Back
Centre. The Church of the
Nazarene, on the corner of
Aberdeen Road and Second
Street Extension, are also
very supportive and regu-
larly bring in material to the
centre. Wouldnt it be great if
all the big supermarkets and
shopping centres and local
churches were equally com-
mitted to a cleaner, healthier
environment? It would cer-
tainly make a huge difference
to our city.
Laban walks from his flat to
the DTZ, about a kilometre
away, three days a week. He
is there Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm
to buy waste. Along the way
he regularly collects about
5kg of tins and plastic just
in that short distance, par-
ticularly from around the two
schools that he passes. Obvi-
ously there is a huge need for
the school authorities to start
teaching the children more
about waste management or
even to come on board with
the programme.
Laban buys the material and
then sells it on. Please note
that all material should be
cleaned and sorted, as per
the chart. At the moment he
is working with Clean and
Green Zimbabwe who collect
the material from him when
he has gathered enough. Cans
are crushed and sent to South
Africa for recycling, PET goes
to places like Waverley Blan-
kets who recycle the mate-
rial into synthetic fibre and
HTPE hard plastic can be
almost endlessly recycled to
make new products.
While it is not as yet a very
profitable business it does
achieve a few goals. It helps
to make people more aware
of the value of recycling, it
helps to take some rubbish
out of the waste stream so
it doesnt all end up at over
burdened dump sites (like
Pomona) and, when the pro-
ject grows, it could provide a
small supplementary income
for waste harvesters.
At present they dont accept
glass or polystyrene (kaylite)
as there are no viable recy-
cling projects for these. Sure-
ly theres an enterprising
young entrepreneur out there
that could step up this chal-
lenge, while creating a profit-
able and useful business?
Laban does not envisage his
project growing into a huge
business concern but would
like it to be seen as a model
for Buy Back Centres in other
suburbs across the country
and would be happy to work
with other like-minded indi-
viduals or CBOs (Communi-
ty Based Organisations).
Contact Michael Laban by
or on 0772 320 754
Buy Back Centre opens in Belgravia
Michael Laban weighing bags at the Buy Back Centre
PET bottles, cleaned and sorted, ready for recycling
HDPE or high density polyethylene, which is the most valuable for recy-
A bale of cans which have been bought for processing in S.A.
Clean and Sorted.
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