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Tsvangirai emerges
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Mujuru gets lifeline





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Mujuru gets lifeline

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seized one of the guards weapons before other guards killed him, a presidential spokesman said. He said the man
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Zanu PF faction linked

to Justice minister
Emmerson Mnangagwa has suffered a major setback as its strategy to weaken the Vice-President
Joice Mujuru and then to force
her to resign before the December
elective congress has hit a brick
The faction, which had roped
in First Lady Grace Mugabe, is
now pinning hopes on proposed
amendments that seek to allow
Mugabe to appoint the two VPs
and the partys national chairman. Under the current Zanu PF
constitution, the three positions
are contested.
Zanu PF sources said yesterday
the Mnangagwa faction had tried
different strategies in a bid to topple Mujuru without success and
was now clinging on their last option; to manipulate the constitution.
The first option, according to
Zanu PF insiders was to rope in
Grace to spearhead their anti-Mujuru campaign and at the same
time promoting Mnangagwa as a
potential VP candidate, but that
has since backfired.
The strategy by the Mnangagwa camp was to use Grace to stop
the Mujuru camp but she went
ballistic in overdrive, well beyond
what they expected and the strategy has backfired. The Grace factor has in effect inadvertently reinforced the Mujuru camp, a
Zanu PF insider said.
He said that the Mnangagwa
camps attempt to move towards
suspending and firing all Mujuru
aligned chairpersons across the
country had fallen foul of the party constitution, further putting the
plot against Mujuru into disarray.
Their next strategy is to
amend the constitution to allow
Mugabe to appoint the VPs and
the national chairman. That can
only be done through the central
committee which will sit before
congress, said a Zanu PF official
loyal to Mujuru.
The constitution might be
amended soon to give powers to
the President to appoint the Presidium. As it stands, the post
of the two VPs and the national chairperson is contested for at
congress but with the proposed
amendments, this would change,
said a politburo member.
The move, sources said, was
meant to stifle Mujuru who apparently fell out of favour with
Mugabe following reports that

VP Joice Mujuru
she had met American diplomats
under the cover of darkness, an
allegation made by whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks.
While some Politburo members
confirmed the plans to change
the constitution, party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said he
was not aware of such a development, noting it would not succeed.
Its yet to come to us in that
form. The amendments brought
to us deal with the abolishing of
districts, adding of central committee figures and how things are
supposed to be done, he said.
The appointment and voting
at congress, those ones we havent
received them. However, appointments will not do because the constitution demands that the President, two VPs and now chairman
are contested posts. We dont see
it [the change] happening. We will
wait and see.
Other Zanu PF insiders alleged
yesterday that there were attempts by Mugabe to isolate Mujuru ahead of congress.
The execution of the plan involved summoning key Mujuru allies and sweet-talking them
into dumping her. They said so
far Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa
had been called by Mugabe who
allegedly promised him the party chairmanship. Sources within the Mnangagwa faction said
several other powerful party cadres in the Mujuru camp were also

been courted the plan being to

convert them and leave Mujuru
in the cold.
Mutasa, Mujuru and Mnangagwa could not be reached for comment yesterday.
But Zanu PF insiders said Mujuru was likely to remain VicePresident, even after the congress.
Her advisors have told her to
hang on. She is riding the storm;
she has nothing to worry about.
First, Graces intention was to
make the President fire her or to
force her to resign and that did
not happen. She wanted her prosecuted on allegations of corruption but Mugabe cant have her
prosecuted on the basis of hearsay, said a source.
With only three weeks to go before the congress, the party is yet
to start nominations with party
sources saying these would begin
a few days before congress. Meanwhile, the two Zanu PF factions
have taken their fights to the provinces where they are trying to outdo each other with suspensions
and votes of no confidence being
thrown all over.
It remains to be seen however whether this flurry of suspensions and votes of no confidence
that have become the order of the
day will stick at all.
The fights are for the control of
provinces that are crucial in securing key nominations at congress.
In Harare yesterday, a faction
of Zanu PF youths lambasted pro-

vincial youth chairman Godwin

Gomwe for allegedly causing divisions in the party.
Gomwe is said to have engineered Thursdays attempted vote
of no confidence on provincial
chairman Amos Midzi. The following day youths aligned to him
barricaded the venue that the former diplomat was supposed to
hold a press conference to speak
on attempts to oust him.
The fights escalated yesterday
when demonstrators, apparently
from a rival faction, carried placards that read: President please
save us from corrupt Gomwe, Midzi haaende, mvura nemagetsi ndozvinoenda, pasi naJonathan Moyo
and First Lady ndevedu tose.
[Midzi is not going anywhere . . .
down with Jonathan Moyo and the
First Lady is for us all.]
The First Lady united Cdes
Gomwe and Midzi in a bid to
thwart factionalism but he [Gomwe] vowed to fight on. This proves
he did not heed the First Ladys
unity accord, said Tendai Diwa,
Harare youth league commissar.
Diwa said Gomwe had been
served with papers of suspension
and his deputy, Eddison Takataka, had been appointed acting
Gomwe yesterday hit back, rubbishing his supposed suspension
saying he could not be fired by a
handful of people when he was
elected by thousands of party

Zim economy at crossroads IMF


HE Zimbabwe economy requires comprehensive reforms to sustain higher

growth rates and poverty reduction, the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) said on Friday.
Zimbabwes economy is at a
crossroads. The economic situation remains difficult, IMF said.
IMF said Zimbabwes external
position was precarious, with low
international reserves, a large
current account deficit, an overvalued real exchange rate and
growing external arrears.
The warning comes as the ruling Zanu PF government has rel-

egated economic issues to the periphery as politicians jostle for

positions ahead of next months
elective congress.
It also comes as IMF approved a
successor to its supervised economic reform plan on Zimbabwe. The
plan, Staff Monitored Programme
(SMP) runs up to December 2015.
IMF said the successor SMP
was aimed at laying the foundations for comprehensive reforms.
The main objective of the new
programme is to strengthen the
countrys external position, as
a prerequisite for arrears clearance, resumption of debt service,
and restored access to external financing, IMF said.

Zimbabwe has an external debt

of over US$9 billion which has
militated against the inflow of
lines of credit from multilateral
financial institutions.
IMF said Zimbabwe will strive
to consolidate the fiscal position,
eliminating the primary budget
deficit by end-2015.
It said Zimbabwe will also aim
to accumulate international reserves and seek to mobilise international support for resolving the
countrys external debt situation.
Zimbabwe also promised to restore confidence in the financial
sector, as well as improve public
debt and financial management.
IMF said Zimbabwe plans to make

progress in a number of key structural reform areas in order to enhance the business climate, boost
productivity and competitiveness,
and build confidence.
Successful implementation of
these reforms will demonstrate
that the country can implement the
policies that could justify a Fund-financed programme, IMF said.
Zimbabwe has in the past five
years made moves to lure IMF widely considered as the international
financial commissioner of oaths.
The renegotiations culminated in
IMF agreeing to a Staff Monitored
Programme on Zimbabwe last year.
IMF recently reopened its Harare
office that had been closed in 2004.

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Mugabe advisor dismisses Ebola


Health Advisor, Dr Timothy
Stamps, has rubbished claims
that Zimbabwe may be in danger of an Ebola outbreak.
In an interview with The Standard, Dr
Stamps, a former Health minister asserted that Zimbabwe, unlike Guinea, Sierra
Leone, DRC, Liberia and other West African countries affected by the virus, did
not have the total conditions to allow
the haemorrhagic virus to adapt.
But at the moment, from what I can
discern, it [Ebola virus] cannot [come to
Zimbabwe] because we havent got the total conditionsWe dont have the heavy
rainfall or the rainforests except in Vic-

toria Falls and some parts around the

country, he said.
According to Dr Stamps, in order for
Ebola or any other haemorrhagic virus
to spread, there has to be a reservoir (a
person, animal, plant or substance in
which an infectious agent normally lives
and multiplies).
However, Dr Stamps said that in the unlikely event that the dreaded virus was to
somehow invade Zimbabwe, the Health
ministry was capable of handling it.
The intelligence is there and the ability is there. It is the people on the ground
that need to be boosted and now, not next
They are very circumspect, they are
careful to only speak about things they
know, and to admit freely if they do not

knowthats important! he said of the

Health ministry.
He however emphasised on the need to
prioritise the ministry and give it more
access to money.
We do need more health workers and
more health workers who are properly
trained. Thats the one area which I will
emphasise, said Dr Stamps.
He appealed to Zimbabweans to not allow fear to take over as that would be undesirable.
You know JF Kennedy used to say, We
have nothing to fear but fear itself . It is
the fear itself which produces an electrical reaction.
He advised anyone that may suspect
they have Ebola symptoms to calm down
and logically look at where they have

been for the past 21 days, which is the

maximum incubation period.
Ebola has been wreaking havoc in West
Africa and has to date killed close to 5 000
people, with Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and DRC being among the countries
worst hit.
The World Health Organisation recently certified Nigeria free of Ebola after the
country had battled with the virus for
In Zimbabwe, there are real fears that a
combination of factors that include a lack
of a functional health delivery system,
lack of trained health workers, porous
points of entry combined with a lack of
Ebola screening at border posts, may all
aid in bringing the virus into the country.
See interview on Page 14

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Magaya wows record crowd


he Prophetic healing
and Deliverance ministries all-night prayer
held in Waterfalls on Friday could have pulled
the largest crowd in the history
of this country, estimated to have
been over 300 000 people.
According to some church officials, they had laid out 300 000
chairs but by the time the event
started every chair had been occupied. Thousands more within
the church arena and outside the
precast wall and in the overflow
area towards highfield high-density suburb were either standing
or sitting on the ground, on top
of cars, while some were perched
precariously in trees surrounding
the Blue Shade which is opposite
Zindoga shopping centre.
An overwhelmed Walter Magaya who is the founder of the
church said the turnout, which
was screened live on ZBC, was beyond his wildest imagination.
Speaking to the press backstage before his much anticipated
preaching, the towering Magaya,
who was wearing his usual simple ensemble of a shirt and black
trousers, said he was amazed at
the large crowd.
I have never seen anything like
this. Last year we only had a gathering of 5 000 people but just look
at the crowd now, he said battling
to contain his emotions.
Known for being humble and
down to earth, Magaya declined
credit and said it was the work of
the Almighty.
I understand there are people from as far as Australia, United Kingdom, its all so humbling
for me. People are hungry for the
word, he said shaking his head
while his eyes swept the crowd.
People had started streaming to
the venue in early in the morning
of Friday, while others are said to
have arrived the day before, even
though the event was supposed
to start at 8pm Friday. By around
6pm most seats had been taken
except for a few reserved for the
The human and traffic jam
around the place took 120 police officers and 500 church marshals to contain but still there was
much shoving and jostling to get
The expectant crowd was kept
on its feet by various artistes
who gave sterling performances.

A humble Walter Magaya arrived for the all-night prayer in Waterfalls on Friday in a Mazda Demio. Picture: Shepherd Tozvireva. More pictures on page 6
First on stage was Christ embassys Blessing Manyangadze aka
Flame B. Wearing a trendy checkered jacket and white angle boots,
the young gospel artiste had the
crowd begging for more.
his spirited dances and catchy
tunes became the crowd favourite
and many danced along with him.
Other musicians that wowed the
crowds included Mathias Mhere,
Sebastian Magacha among others.
But one artiste who had literally everyone on their feet was Zim
dance hall music favourite Tocky
The diminutive musician who
was decked out in a black knee
length overcoat had the crowd literally eating out of his hand, especially the young people who
clearly adored him.
Magaya said his diverse selection of musicians was nothing
out of the ordinary.
Would you rather they play in
beer halls and not in the house
of God, he quipped much to the
amusement of the crowd.

however, after the captivating

performance South African gospel
crooner Benjamin Dube took over.
With his deep silky tones he serenaded the congregants who swayed
in rhythm to some of his popular
tunes like, In Your Presence.
Dube who is not new to Zimbabwe since he features at most local church gatherings proved he
was still one of the best gospel artists in Southern Africa.
however when Magaya drove
into the arena in his modest navy
blue Mazda Demio, the crowd
went wild. There was ululating,
whistling, screaming and they
all went down on their knees as a
sign of respect for their leader.
When Magaya appeared on
stage the screams got louder and
some people started going into
trances. Some rushed to the front
of the glitzy stage which was covered with a fiery orange and turquoise tent.
For the next hour or so people
who were possessed rolled on
the ground while some roared in

the scariest voices. Some were

vomiting unknown substances
which the ushers quickly wiped
A woman in advanced stages of
pregnancy had to be restrained by
five strong ushers. Writhing and
screeching like a parrot, she exhibited such strength that was not expected of a person in her condition.
even young children could also
be seen running around in apparent trance with glazed looks on
their faces. Ushers had a torrid
time trying to contain scores of
people who kept throwing themselves on the ground and rolling
with their faces contorted.
Magaya remained on the stage
commanding the demons to go.
Some became aggressive and appeared as if they wanted to grab
him off the stage but he remained
Then the healings began. People holding up wheelchairs and
walking sticks could be seen dancing around claiming they had
been healed.

Its the

A woman who said she was

from Chiredzi said she had not
walked for six months but when
the prophet walked in she was
instantly healed. Another woman from Wedza also received her
miracle healing after spending 10
years in a wheel chair.
Magaya later shared the word
which he drew from the book
of esther 7 verse 10. he also addressed the popular subject of
poverty and said after the event
some would become millionaires
if they believed.
Let us kick poverty away and
return it to sender. Say no to poverty, refuse to be poor, he said.
The event which will obviously be talked about for a very long
time was attended by some dignitaries who included Industry and
Commerce minister Mike Bimha,
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Tsvangirai emerges weaker from congress


Morgan Tsvangirai
made sure he has amassed power.
Tsvangirai has literally become
owner of the party as the amendments have allowed him to privatise the party instead of it being a
public institution, said Masunungure a professor of politics at the
University of Zimbabwe.
He is not stronger. A dictator cannot be stronger than a democrat.
Masunungure said Tsvangirai
failed to seize an opportunity to
reconnect with the people in the
grassroots and missed a golden
chance to plant the ingredients of
This was a golden chance for
him to foster democracy. He needs

to reconnect with the people,

which is one thing he failed to do
whether by default or by design
all the time he was in the government of national unity, to connect
the national leadership with the
grassroots, Masunungure said.
Social commentator Maxwell
Saungweme said Tsvangirai had
emerged stronger in consolidating
power and the congress elevated
him to supreme leader of the party.
He can literally do what he
wants with the party, suspend or
fire officials he does not like, and
use resources of the party in a
way he deems fit without being accountable, Saungweme said.

Saungweme said Tsvangirai

emerged weaker with regards to
positioning himself and MDC-T to
win elections in 2018 and lead government and the country.
The congress made many people who used to sympathise with
him lose the little trust they had
left in him. He has shown that
he can be a dictator. And after 34
years of Mugabe [President Robert Mugabe] dictatorship, I dont
think Zimbabweans need another dictator just for the sake of
change, Saungweme said.
He, in a typical Mugabe fashion, surrounded himself with his
loyalists, people who will not dare


HENEVER the going gets tough, in the

face of fierce opposition; leaders of political parties often call
for congress to measure their popularity and consolidate power.
That appears to have been the
same tactic employed by MDCT leader Morgan Tsvangirai who
called for congress a year earlier
than scheduled to fill the void in
positions left after the party suffered a second split in April.
Officials led by former secretary general Tendai Biti and former deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma walked out citing
irreconcilable differences with
Tsvangirai used the congress
to entrench his powers, assuming
authority as the custodian of all
party assets and to supervise all
in leadership.
Tsvangirai will now superintend the secretary general, treasurer general and all party leadership. The MDC-T congress resolved that the secretary general
shall no longer be responsible for
all party affairs but would do so
through Tsvangirai.
He also got powers to suspend
any national executive through
the national council.
Political analyst Eldred Masunungure said from a democratic
perspective Tsvangirai has ceased
to be a democrat due to the constitutional amendments that have

ask him any question, and this

makes him a very weak contender
for any national elections.
Saungweme said the congress
was bereft of any meaningful
resolution or strategy to respond
to programmes of government
that are damaging the economy
like indigenisation.
It had no strategy which the
MDC would want to implement as
an alternative to Zanu PF governments failure to deal with the liquidity crunch and other economic ills. It had no discussion on issues such as the west reengaging the Zanu PF regime. It was all
about elevating Tsvangirai to a
village king, he said.
But MDC-T spokesperson Obert
Gutu last week defended the
amendments claiming MDC-T
came out stronger and more united after the congress and that the
party was focusing more on building a strong institution rather
than personalities.
The constitutional amendments were not about Morgan Tsvangirai the individual but about
MDC-T as an institution. If you
peruse all the MDC-T 4th congress
resolutions you will, no doubt, appreciate the fact that the party
came out stronger, more united
and more focused, said Gutu.
No other political party in
Zimbabwe has got a more progressive constitution than the MDC-T.
Our critics are largely driven by
their personal hatred for Morgan
Tsvangirai more than anything


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Local News

PHD Ministries all-night prayer in pictures

Prophet Walter Magaya greets Tendai Savanhu [Lands and Rural Resettlement deputy
minister] while Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Karikoga Kaseke looks on at the all-night
prayer on Friday
An unidentified man collapses in front of Prophet Magaya on Friday

Intense prayer . . . a woman raises her hands in worship

South African gospel musician Benjamin Dube performs during the all -night prayer

While other rolled on the ground, others vomited unknown substances

An unidentified woman celebrates her healing at Magayas night of deliverance on Friday

All pictures: Shepherd Tozvireva

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014


Rebels threaten to declare independence

ENGHAZI Libyan rebels who

have seized oil
ports in the past
to press their demand for regional autonomy said on Friday they
would declare independence in the east if the world
recognised a rival parliament, heightening tensions
in the major oil producer.
The actions of rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran are
closely watched by oil markets. He and his followers
once seized four major oil
ports in eastern Libya, accounting for 600 000 barrels
of oil, and held them for almost a year.
Jathran signed a deal
with the government in
April to reopen the oil
ports and toned down his
rhetoric. But now he has
ramped it up considerably
he is not known to have
threatened to break Libya
up into separate states
Libya is already effectively divided and turning into a security nightmare for its Arab neighbours and Western powers.
Armed groups and Islamist
militants who helped toppled Muammar Gaddafi in
2011 are fighting for power
and a share of oil revenue.
An armed group seized
the capital of Tripoli in
August, set up its own parliament and left the internationally recognised government and House of Representatives a rump state
in the east, with the prime
minister and his cabinet
based in Bayda and the parliament in Tobruk.
If the world recognises
the (rival assembly) General National Congress....
then we will be forced to
declare eastern independence, the group led by
Jathran said in a statement. It said the group was
speaking for unidentified
eastern tribal leaders as
On Thursday, Libyas Supreme Court declared the
House of Representatives
in Tobruk to be unconstitutional. Parliament dismissed the ruling as invalid because the court is
based in Tripoli, which is
under the control of the rival assembly.
Jathrans group said the
ruling was invalid as the
judges had not been working independently. Eastern
deputies from the House
of Representatives would
form a special parliament
for Cyrenaica in case of a
secession declaration, he
said, referring to the historic name for eastern Libya, used before Gaddafi
took power.
while controversial, puts
pressure on the international community to deal
with rival Prime Minister
Omar al-Hassi whose government and associated
brigades control much of
western Libya.
Western diplomats had
previously praised the constitutional court as one of
the most professional institutions in a country
plagued by anarchy. Major
Western powers have yet to

comment on the ruling, reflecting uncertainty over

how to deal with it.
In September, the United Nations started a first
round of talks to bring together the contending parties. But the talks are based
on the assumption that the
House of Representatives
is Libyas legitimate parliament.
Oil output had risen to
around 800 000 barrels per

day in the past two months,

thanks mainly to the reopening of Ras es-Sider and
two other ports in the east,
under a deal between Jathran and the internationally
recognized prime minister,
Abdullah al-Thinni.
But production slumped
by at least 200 000 bpd when
the authorities were forced
to close the southern El
Sharara oilfield after an
armed group entered it and

stole cars and oil equipment. Reuters

The late Muammar
Gaddafi . . . militants who helped
in toppling him
are fighting for
power and a share
of oil revenue

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014

Local News

Chiadzwa: The agony of displacement


UTARE Villagers from the eastern border area of

Marange where diamonds are mined
say the discovery of the precious
mineral has brought them more
misery than happiness.
They have harrowing tales of
physical and emotional abuse to
tell which they say came about following the launch of the infamous
Operation Hakudzokwi in 2008.
The joint police and military operation was brought to drive away
illegal diamond seekers.
Most of the villagers have since
been forcibly translocated to Arda
Transau, a settlement far away from
their original homes, with promises of a better life, including modern
houses and social amenities.
Broken villagers told stories of
their unhappiness at a function
held in Mutare last week to commemorate their removal from
their ancestral homes to Arda
Myness Matanda, who now lives
at the new settlement, told delegates attending the commemoration that her life needed magical
transformation to be restored to
where it was before the discovery
of the gems.
I was a very free person who
focused on the upliftment of my
family during our stay in Marange before the discovery of the
diamonds, she said.
This all ended when we were told
that there were diamonds in our
area as rowdy people (illegal panners) started trooping to the area in
search of the precious stones.
It is important for the world
to know that during this illegal
mining period, our lives briefly
changed for the better since we
were able to make money through
selling food items to the illegal diamond seekers and our children
could also go pick up the stones.
Trouble started when the government

Hakudzokwi where armed soldiers

treated us like thieves or war time
enemies. They violated every right
that we used to enjoy and brutalised us in a manner unimaginable
for fellow countrymen.
We couldnt figure out their
real mission. Women were raped,
young boys and men were tortured and many were killed. A
lot of our property was destroyed
and the future of our children was
shattered in our eyes. It was bad,
Matanda said.
She said villagers were later
forced to relocate to Arda Transau
where each household was allocated a four-roomed house on a
small piece of land where they
now live from selling firewood.
Centre for Natural Resource
Governance director Farai Maguwu whose organisation joined
hands with others to organise the
Marange commemoration said
remembering the era of the diamond curse would pressure government to review its policies for
the diamond sector.
The objective of this commemoration is to remember the people
who fell in Marange; to remember
the families who were displaced
from Marange who are still suffering and actually condemned to new
forms of poverty, Maguwu said.
We also want to remind the nation that we still need healing in
Marange because a lot of things
happened there.
Healing is important especially when people are allowed
to speak out because when they
speak you can see and feel emotions coming out, said Maguwu.
Zimbabwe Peace Project programmes coordinator Goodhope
Ruswa said his organisation was
committed to working towards
ending human rights abuses in
He said it was unfortunate that
people were brutalised because of
resources found in their area.
Human rights are inclusive
and indivisible. In that regard civil and political rights are equally


Farai Maguwu
important as social and economic rights and the government has
an obligation to protect and respect the rights of every citizen,
he added.
Lovemore Mukwada from Mukwada Village, Ward 9 of Marange
said the area had become inhabitable owing to pollution and different forms of abuse.
As Marange people we are not
there to fight. We are not a fighting
group. I dont know why we were
tortured as happened and is still
happening in Marange. To us inhabitants of Marange, we have nothing really to show for the diamonds
found in our area besides the pain
that we are enduring, he said.
More than 200 people are reported to have died in Chiadzwa while
thousands more were physically
Charles Magobeya who has a
family of nine children said the
four-roomed house which he was
given at the new settlement is too
small and cannot be compared to
the one he had built for himself in
I received no compensation
for my property and livestock
when we were dumped in Arda




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ZimRights told the delegates that

Chiadzwa people were originally from the eastern highlands but
were also displaced to Marange to
pave way for plantations during
the colonial era.
He said what was happening rekindled sad memories where people were displaced to allow powerful people access to their resources.
Maengamhuru said his organisation was documenting all the
human rights violations in Marange.
Rashid Mahiya from Heal Zimbabwe Trust said the truth should
be established to find who had deployed armed forces to brutalise
the villagers.
Mahiya said there should be
compensation to cover for the lost
property, time and disturbances
as part of the healing process.
He said there should be counselling for the victims and survivors as well as a support scheme
for medication for all those who
were affected.
Mahiya also demanded that perpetrators of human rights abuses in Marange should come out in
the open and publicly apologise
for their deeds.

ILO, Denmark give youths skills


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Transau. Our case can be likened

to the biblical story of the children of Israel.
I am the school development
committee chairperson for a local school in Transau and I can
tell you that about 1 300 children
are made to share just seven classrooms. We had to erect pole and
grass sheds to provide more learning room for our children. I question the quality of education that
our children are getting under
these circumstances, he said.
Another villager, Adam Chikosi said the people were not used
to the semi-urban environment
in Arda Transau where they are
made to pay for water to Zinwa.
He said he witnessed gross human rights abuse both in Marange and in Arda Transau yet
government departments were
doing nothing to help them.
Lorraine Marima from Chiadzwa Development Trust said before they were removed from their
original homes each family had between seven to 10 hectares where
they grew drought resistant crops
but the villagers were now surviving from selling firewood.
Reverend Maengamhuru from

THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) has partnered with

the Danish government to provide
skills to youths in a move intended to reduce unemployment levels
among the countrys largest population grouping.
The plan, Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development
programme, runs for five years.
Speaking during a tour of
some of the projects at Highglen
complex in Harare last week,
ILO country director Hopolang Phororo said the skills programme had improved the lives
of the youths.
The tour was graced by the Danish minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgen
Jensen and the deputy minister
of youth and development Mathias Tongofa.
The provision of skills is done

with the goal of taking vulnerable young people, who are unemployed to gain employment and
ultimately to run their own enterprises, she said.
The programme is also aimed at
achieving quality improvements in
traditional apprenticeships in the
informal economy and market driven community based technical and
vocational skills development in the
rural areas.
The programme in Highglen
district was started in 2012 and after a thorough needs assessment,
youths were mobilised for skills
training in trades like, interior
dcor, carpentry, plumbing, hairdressing, upholstery among others.
Due to the success of the programme the partners are mobilising more resources to build on specific pillars of the programme to incorporate other elements.
The post training strategy in-

cludes microfinance and business

development, and marketing of
However most of the youths under the programme said they were
facing challenges raising capital
and transport.
Farai Chinzvondo who underwent the training said although he
was able to make a living from the
proceeds of his work, he was failing to inject fresh capital to meet
growing demand for his products.
I have numerous orders but I
lack financial resources to buy
more inputs, he said.
Jensen, who was accompanied
by the representatives of the Danida Grant Committee and delegates from the Danish Embassy, said it was a privilege to
work with the partners who were
committed in ensuring that the
young people had an opportunity to make something out of their

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014

Local News

An award in honour
of water harvester

EPHANIA Phiri was

rendered jobless by a
railway company he
worked for, accused of
dabbling in political activities during the Rhodesian era.
Distraught and without a penny
to his name, Phiri returned to his
rural home in Zvishavane to face
poverty and suffering that he had
escaped by working in the city.
Determined to make something
out of his life and for his village,
he bounced around a lot of ideas.
Today he is a renowned indigenous permaculturist and pioneer
of water harvesting in Zimbabwe.
I had all the time to really
think about our situation and it
wasnt long before I realised that
water is the key to everything if
you farm in Zimbabwe, especially in arid places like Zvishavane,
said the 87-year-old Phiri.
Over the years, he developed a
sophisticated water harvesting
system for his farm. Thousands
have visited his farm to learn.
In 2010 colleagues and friends
gave him a lifetime achievement
award for his work. Out of that
event grew the idea to set up an
award in his name.

His efforts were finally rewarded this year on October 24 when an

award was launched in the presence of government officials, civil society, farmers organisations,
the private sector and international agencies at Baraza Pavilion in
During the launch of the Phiri Award, the inaugural winners
received various prizes for being
the most innovative with the top
position going to Bouwas Mawara
from Mazvihwa, Zvishavane.
The initiators of the Phiri
Award; the Farm and Food Innovators, said they had drawn inspiration from Phiri whom they described as a fine example of someone who responded to a difficult
situation in a creative and meaningful way.
The group of eight members
said they were against the stereotyped images of people waiting to
be developed.
Life is tough in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, often very tough.
People are getting on with their
lives and there are those experimenting and trying out practices,
responding to what life throws at
them, be it a cyclone, a drought, a
piece of land covered in rocks or
even moles eating their crops, said

one of the initiators John Wilson.

The groups approach stresses productivity while also paying
attention to ecosystem processes,
soil health, nutrition, sustainability, local knowledge development
amongst farmers and others in
the food chain, and the rights of
farmers and consumers.
One of their aims as a group is
to dispel the notion that solutions
always come from experts.
We often underestimate the degree of innovation that is going on.
In order to start giving recognition
to this innovation, a group of Zimbabweans have set up the Phiri Award
for Farm and Food Innovators, said
Five farmers who have put to
practice the innovative way of
farming agreed to share their ideas on how they managed to overcome hurdles to get to where they
are now. They said they often faced
ridicule from communities and in
some instances were labelled insane or people high on drugs.
Cyclone Eline devastated William Gezanas farm in Chimanimani in 2000. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he immediately set
about reclaiming his land. With
various techniques he has rehabilitated his farm and the peren-

Zephania Phiri
nial stream destroyed by Cyclone
Eline. He now works with others
around him on watershed management.
Wilson Sitholes father allocated him two hectares of land in
the Rusitu valley in the 1980s. The
only problem was that it was an
unproductive piece of land covered in rock boulders. Undaunted
and with a clear plan in mind, he
has over the past 20 years turned
this land into a productive banana, citrus and pineapple farm
in which all water is harvested by
ditches and contours. He is a fine
example of turning a problem into
the solution.
Sixty-one-year old Faiseni Pedzi learned a little about water-harvesting and water management
during a short stint working on
a lowveld sugar estate from 1968
to 1976. He used and added to this
knowledge through trial and error and has developed an intricate
system to distribute water on his
small farm in the dry district of
Chivi, using valves and canals. It

is a system that enables him to direct water to any desired point on

his farm. This allows him to grow
fish crops throughout the year.
Mawara was inspired by the liberation struggle to think about new
ways of farming. He constructed
one to three metre deep dead level
contours, which also incorporate
mini-dams. As a result he harvests
huge amounts of water in Mazvihwa, a very dry part of the country.
His extensive irrigation system, involving clay pipes, can draw excess
water from the fields in the rainy
season to use for irrigation in the
dry season. He also uses the water
to grow crops throughout the year
and to grow fish.
Paguel Takura lost most of the
sweet potatoes and bananas that
he planted on his newly allocated
farm in 2008 to moles. Through experimentation with both bait and
trap, he has developed a highly effective way of catching moles on
his farm in Chikukwa, near the
border with Mozambique. In 2011,
for example, he captured 39 moles.


The Standard November 9 to 15 2014

Comment & Analysis


Mugabe must
intervene in
doctors strike

n a normal country where leaders are concerned about

the welfare of their people, government should have been
seized with the doctors strike that has hit our health sector.
Doctors throughout the country have downed tools for over
two weeks now, resulting in untold suffering and the deaths
of many people.
The doctors are demanding an improvement in their conditions of service. Junior doctors, who must do at least five
years university education before graduating, are paid salaries below US$300 per month less than what junior nurses,
teachers, soldiers and policemen get.
What is disheartening is the attitude displayed by government which has not taken concrete steps to address their
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has been dilly dallying, much to the detriment of the sick who need urgent
medical attention.
It is clear the problem requires the attention of President
Robert Mugabe himself because he is the only one who can
make a decision to award them an increment.
But alas, reports of empty hospital wards and sick people
dying at hospitals have not spurred him to act. Mugabe is
too busy with survival politics to focus his attention towards
saving lives.
What we have seen him react to with genuine passion and
anger are reports of alleged plots to unseat him.
We shudder to think what would happen if Ebola comes to
Zimbabwe when senior doctors have also joined in the strike.
We urge Mugabe to urgently address the doctors grievances to avert the continued suffering of sick people and the unnecessary deaths of patients who could otherwise be treated.

Mugabe jaunts not benefitting Zim

resident Robert Mugabes
foreign jaunts are doing
harm to Zimbabwe at this
moment when the country needs
him the most. The trips are not in
the best interest of Zimbabweans.
The economy is bleeding, Zanu
PF (the ruling party) is burning and government officials are
busy safeguarding their own interests at the expense of the suffering people.
Mugabe spent the better part
of last week in Vienna, Austria where he was attending the
UN second conference on landlocked developing countries.
Last month he travelled to Italy
for the beatification of Pope Paul

VI at the Vatican. In September

Mugabe went to New York to attend the 69th General Assembly
of the United Nations.
In all his jaunts, Mugabe took
with him a myriad of delegates
at a huge cost to the countrys
dwindling economy. His endless
foreign trips have demonstrated
that he is not concerned about
his country, more so, the suffering people.
Zimbabwe is not benefitting
from any of these foreign trips
and just recently Mugabe accused government officials and
ministers of engaging in unnecessary trips in which they receive huge allowances at the ex-

pense of service delivery.

We are surprised that Mugabe
takes a swipe at his subordinates when in actual fact these
ministers would be dancing to
his tune.
Over the years, Mugabe has
been attending conferences,
seminars and meetings but used
such platforms to attack his
perceived enemies Britain
and the US. He has failed to use
such opportunities to lure investors to Zimbabwe.
Those who accompany him on
these trips have also used this
chance to spend their ill-gotten money lavishly.
war Vet

Government to blame
for local authorities rot

ervice delivery remains a

pressing issue in Zimbabwe.
Local authorities in both urban and rural set ups are struggling to operate.
Very few local authorities are
managing to provide service delivery. Water cuts, sewer bursts,
poor roads and obsolete street
lights have become the order of
the day. Council workers have not
been receiving salaries on time.
At some local authorities workers have gone for several months
without salaries. Their morale
has dwindled and they are not putting much effort in their work.
The countrys failing economy
on the other hand has taken a toll
on service provision. Ratepayers
are reluctant to pay councils because they feel that councils are
not doing their mandated tasks.
Council officials are also to
blame. Some have been engaged
in illicit deals involving residential and commercial stands while
others have created unnecessary
trips or seminars to supplement
their incomes through hefty per
Government has failed to deal
with these illicit land deals that
have been involving council offi-

A man walks past garbage in Mbare

In Harare, Chitungwiza and Epworth there have been talk of illicit land deals, but government
has done nothing to address the
problems. Instead, residents have
been on the receiving end their
houses were demolished, but
those who parcelled out that land
illegally are walking free.
In Chitungwiza, the local authority is using clay to patch
the roads. The council has over
the years failed to come up with
a comprehensive road rehabilitation programme. The roads are

littered with potholes and using

clay is not the solution at all.
There is need for government to
come up with a programme to bail
out local authorities. We know organisations like Zinara and NGOs
are assisting local authorities in
road rehabilitation and health
Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has been at the
helm of this ministry for years,
but he has done little to address
the problems local authorities
Ratepayer, Chitungwiza

Zim, like Ireland, needs game changer

Parirenyatwa Hospital is one of the major health institutions in the country

affected by the doctors strike.

our Sunday Opinion article

(The Standard November 2
to 8 2014) by Tony Hawkins
provided some sobering reading.
What he is calling for can never
be achieved by the current crop
of politicians, who apart from being inept, cannot see the situation
beyond their noses. I quote an extract that I believe succinctly describes the ingredients necessary
for the economy to improve, The
game changers needed include
policy i.e. political change
could be the game-changer needed to improve the investment climate.
This riposte by Hawkins has reminded me of a profound extract
from a book by Ivan Fallon on
Tony OReilly of the Heinz Corporation [Olivine/Heinz] fame. In
the book called The Player, Fallon
sets out to describe the state of the
Irish economy in 1958 thus: By
1958 even De Valera [The Prime
Minister], now 74 and almost

blind, his unshakeable grip on his

party beginning to slacken, was
forced to accept that the country
had descended into a slough.
In May, a devastating report
by the Ministry of Finance starkly spelt out the true position of the
Irish nation; an independent Ireland had not delivered what had
been promised or hoped for, economically, socially or educationally. Indeed, rural Ireland, it said,
had sunk into psychological and

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economic malaise where there was

growing despair and depression.
After 35 years of native government people are asking whether
we can achieve an acceptable degree of economic progress. The
common talk among parents in
towns, as well as rural Ireland, is
of their children having to emigrate as soon as their education is
completed, in order to secure a reasonable standard of living.
The game changer for Ireland
only came after the government
had changed hands from De Valera
to Lemus. Only then did the people
of Ireland start to feel a modicum
of hope.
Need I say more, except perhaps
to point out that Ireland was colonised for 600 years whereas Zimbabwe was colonised for 100 years.
As in Zimbabwe, De Valeras postindependence rule was based on
a limited vision, vengeful policies
and a deep sense of entitlement.
N C Avondale

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014 11

Comment & Analysis

ZIMbabWEaNs are suffering there
are no jobs, poor service delivery and
morale among the few employed has
gone down to its lowest ebb. Those
who are supposed to rescue the country from this catastrophe are busy fighting their own political party wars.
REsPoNdINg to the article Another plot
to oust Mujuru ally (The Standard November 2 to 8 2014) Annanian says; The level of hooliganism in Zanu PF and jostling for power is affecting the development of the country and even individual homes. Imagine the pressure that
is going on with Vice-President Joice
Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as individuals. What
are they thinking and feeling as leaders
of the party, government and families?
Even their children and ministries they
are heading are feeling it. They are also
channeling the human and financial resources to guard their political and personal interests. The noble thing would
be for these two to call for peace or resign.


Lack of knowledge curtails policy making

guest opinion

recently conducted a survey to figure out

where our ministers and MPs get practical
ideas which they use to craft policies or contribute in parliamentary debates. Policy making is not only a complex process that is difficult to influence but also very important. It
has to be guided by credible, user-friendly evidence.
In Zimbabwe, while evidence is critical, real
life contexts in which policy makers make decisions have become more decisive. There have
been cases where robust evidence has been ignored because it doesnt speak to the context.
Policy making follows a different logic from academia where a number of ministers and legislators are drawn. Where policy makers have
tried to use evidence, such efforts have been
undermined by the cognitive and institutional features of the political process. This could
explain why some of the smartest researchers
went docile upon becoming ministers or MPs.
Zimbabwes national aspirations will not
be achieved without evidence-based decisionmaking. Unfortunately, we no longer have
strong research institutions that can generate
game-changing ideas for policy makers. Evidence from my survey indicate that ministers
and MPs currently rely on the media, common
sense and standard operating procedures for
decision-making ideas. In their constituencies,
MPs receive grievances rather than ideas that
can be turned into solutions. Part of the reason is that the legislator is assumed to know it
all and can provide all solutions. On the other
hand, Zimbabwes political ecosystem is so demanding that policy makers can only attend to
a few data sources at a given time.
If you ask a legislator what his or her sources of knowledge are, you will be lucky to get
a coherent answer. While personal contact between policy makers and researchers tends to
be important, many policy makers lack skills
in translating research evidence into useful
ideas. The role of evidence is also hindered
by the fragmentation of levels of government
which tends to limit the dissemination of research ideas.

A district agriculture extension officer may

need clearance from the minister of Agriculture to speak to the media about issues that affect his or her district. As a result, a local MP
may not be privy to important socio-economic issues in his or her constituency. Such bottlenecks stifle the flow and use of evidence for
decision making. Other confusing structures
that block the use of evidence include duplication of efforts between the district administrator and the council chief executive officer.
Gathering simple evidence on how certain issues affect ordinary rural people may require
filtering ideas with all these structures, some
of whom may have their own vested interests
in concealing or revealing evidence.
Since most policy makers have not been
trained in using evidence to inform their decisions and practice, they rely on common sense,
standard practices and comparative convenience in using whatever information is available. Policy makers also lack understanding
of how evidence can be used properly or misused. They are also unaware of the differences in the quality of information they receive
either from newspapers or from friends. For
instance, many legislators do not understand
the whole notion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). From a recent discussion on
this issue by some MPs, it was clear they were
not able to separate opinions from facts. Part
of the problem is that contested ideas on this
issue tend to be pushed from interested parties
both among the pro and anti-GMOs scientists.
Where policy makers find evidence too contested, complicated or boring, they end up resorting to what resonates with their common
sense and gut feelings. They may also close
their minds to evidence for fear of appearing
inconsistent even if there is new evidence replacing their previous views. Failure to harness evidence partly explains why Zimbabwe
focus on personalities instead of discussing
possibilities and opportunities.
Ministers and MPs have to be trained in using the best evidence. At the moment, there is a
mismatch between political processes like the
Parliament and the requirements of evidencebased decision-making. Many policy makers
have not been trained in appraising evidence
critically. Some end up bringing their own disciplines to their work and cannot think across
disciplines. As a result, it becomes difficult for
a policy maker whose background is political

science to engage meaningfully with the one

whose background is agricultural economics.
While engineers may think the role of social
scientists is talking to people, social scientists
may think engineers are more concerned with
pouring concrete. These different and unsubstantiated perceptions end up clouding the political processes, thus stalling productive and
collaborative dialogue.
One of the biggest challenges in Zimbabwe is that what is supposed to be relevant research evidence is often of poor quantity and
quality. For instance, existing agriculture research is of poor quality and limited applicability. For an agro-based economy it is amazing that there are no policy studies that explore synergies between horticulture and livestock, for instance. When horticulture studies
in Mashonaland East province are not applicable to Matebeleland North province, it means
such studies generate partial truths. Studies like the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Committee (ZimVac) report lack features that would
make them easier for MPs or ministers to evaluate. In addition, the quality of most studies
by NGOs is often difficult for non-experts to
interpret because the explanation of research
methods tends to be long and complicated.
In the absence of user-friendly evidence, policy makers take positions they are emotionally drawn to because there is nothing more substantive to use. Guidelines or authoritative reports from prominent organisations like the
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) or
the World Food Programme (WFP) are regarded as the only important sources of evidence
due to lack of skills and resources in government departments to collect and synthesise
pertinent evidence from the local communities that can inform policy making processes. Even when evidence is available, MPs and
ministers may have problems obtaining it. For
example, in the majority of cases, evidence
gathered by NGOs or private companies is
never made public. This leaves policy makers
wondering how such information or evidence
would impact policy making processes if it is
availed in appropriate forms.
lCharles Dhewa is the chief executive officer of Knowledge Transfer Africa which
has an agricultural knowledge sharing facility called eMkambo. Email:

BILLy Pule says this whole saga was

created by President Mugabe. Honestly, at 90 and no succession plan. I told
my schoolmates way back in 1980 when
Mugabe swept into power that abel
Muzorewa was a better option. However, the british made sure that the elections were rigged in Mugabes favour
because the war would not have ended if he had lost. Look at what he did to
Morgan Tsvangirai! Zimbabwe could be
more prosperous than even south africa right now! dont even call him a sellout because there are many sellouts in
Zanu PF.
REsPoNdINg to the article Tsvangirai tightens grip on MDC-T (The Standard November 2 to 8 2014) Chenhidza
C says; This is what we were expecting.
Nelson Chamisa was unfit and too junior for that position. Voters also misled
him. However, to show maturity and democracy, he must continue the good
work of representing those who voted
ABBIE also says; The irony is that Morgan Tsvangirai calls upon members of
his party not to personalise positions
yet he is doing just that. He is following
the Robert Mugabe script. Tsvangirai is
calling on Mugabe to leave accusing
him of failing the country, but he does
not realise that 15 years after the formation of the MdC he has also failed.

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The Standard November 9 to 15 2014

Comment & Analysis / Opinion

Govt must address striking doctors concerns


he strike by both junior doctors

and their seniors is a major cause
for concern. every individual has
a right to access health services.
Its now the third week since
junior doctors decided to put down their
tools to demand a pay rise from government. It has been reported that the junior
doctors are earning US$282 as their monthly salary and they are demanding US$1 200
excluding allowances.
Strikes are a strategy used by employees
in an attempt to force an employer to meet


their demands, whether economic or otherwise.

The on-going strike by junior doctors has
a negative impact on the quality of healthcare services. Such strikes also affect the
relationship that exists between doctors

and patients. It is well-known that strikes

are lawful, but patients suffer a great deal.
The doctors absence from work threatens
the well-being of the general public. It also
destabilises the operations of the health
sector and disaster preparedness in case of
a disease outbreak.
Before joining in the strike senior doctors who were on duty at public hospitals
like harare hospital were only attending to
patients who were deemed to be critically
ill, while those who were not considered seriously ill were sent back home.

(Incorporated in Zimbabwe on 29 August 1956 under registration number 607/56)

Currently, the country is facing financial

constraints. These junior doctors should be
aware of the liquidity crisis that the country is experiencing at the moment. What is
of paramount importance presently is the
interest of patients. The decision that was
made by junior doctors to compromise the
health care of patients is not only disappointing, but profoundly disturbing mainly because peoples lives are in their hands.
The Ministry of health and Child Care
should initiate dialogue with the junior
doctors, which should lead to a consensus
between government and doctors.
Doctors strikes may increase the mortality rate in public hospitals.
Imagine if ebola was to be detected in
Zimbabwe today with this obtaining situation, how many will survive? I understand
that junior doctors have an obligation to
first serve the people and their interests
later. In fact, they publicly commit themselves at the beginning of their careers as
life is sacred.
In addition, junior doctors should fully
appreciate the dedication and hard work
which is required to provide medical care
in the public sector in view of the terrible
health crises and challenges that patients
experience in the entire nation. Some of
the challenges include cancer, diabetes,
tuberculosis, high or low blood pressure
problems as well as maternal and child
health problems.
It is of paramount importance to note
that the loss of lives of bread-winners due
to doctors strike causes poverty and puts
pressure on families, society and the economy. To add on to that, most specialist doctors are hiking their consultation fees well
above the stipulated charges which most
patients cannot afford to pay. however, if
such issues persist, those patients with resources will opt to go to foreign countries
to seek medical attention. But how about
the common man?
There are a number of free services that
these junior doctors receive other than
their salaries. Most junior doctors stay in
government flats where they do not pay
any rentals and bills. Free accommodation
is a privilege that these junior doctors enjoy which is not enjoyed by most civil servants. On top of that, they get accommodation allowances like other civil servants.
Considering these and other favourable factors, junior doctors should bear in
mind that their strike does not hold much
water but it actually paints a bad picture
of our beloved country.
The health Services Board was quoted
in some sections of the media saying that
all salaries for the health sector will only
be reviewed next year. In line with that, the
Minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa is
expected to present the national budget on
November 27. Therefore, these junior doctors should go back to work as the government will look into their grievances.
In addition, medical aid societies are fastlosing their relevance because most doctors
have lost confidence in them. The responsible authorities should closely look at this
issue as it is affecting clients of medical
aid societies who pay their subscriptions
monthly, but turn out to be the biggest losers when they are asked to pay up front or
fees known as a shortfall by specialist doctors. In such cases, medical aid societies
therefore cease to serve their purpose.
We applaud the assistance that army
doctors and other health personnel are
giving to patients. It goes a long way to
ease the burden of patients and their relatives.
If this strike by junior doctors continues like that, our economy will continue to
suffer because a sick society cannot be a
productive one. This will affect the performance of our economy and investor confidence, especially in this era of ebola.
That having been said, the government
should move to address the issues in the
health sector so that we do not lose the
gains made so far. Our medical practitioners are actually in demand in the region,
which is testimony to the quality of training they get from our medical schools.
Finally, our medical practitioners
should also reconsider. Life is precious.

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014 13


Zim can escape perpetual transition



ast week we started this

discussion on transitions
in Zimbabwe. We identified the problems with
our transition tradition;
it is always top to bottom. Our independence has been more of a
transition without transformation, as structures of violence remained intact and in service of
the minority.
A number of attempts have
been made at reforming the institutions, the latest being the new
constitution which tries to introduce some checks and balances through independent commissions. For decades, it appears we
have been locked up in a perpetual
transition and we have to escape.
I wish in this article to share two
things that we can do as a country to ensure that we manage our
transition in a way that achieves
desired outcomes that are positive, democratic and transformational.
I pitch this discussion in the
context of an ongoing political
transition. Some may think this
is a treasonous assumption but
its only reasonable and inevitable. Zimbabwe will soon experience a change in leadership. The
new constitution allows the commander-in-chief only two terms.
If the incumbent continues beyond 2018, he will not be able to
go beyond that term because the
constitution in Section 91 (2) will
disqualify him unless that provision is overthrown by the upcoming congress.
Having noted that, we then
have to be at home with the reality of a pending transition. Very
few transitions are smooth, but
at least with some bit of wisdom
from other jurisdictions, we can
learn to avoid the mistakes that
others made and copy what they
did right. With that we can minimise the discomfort and mitigate
the damages that come with any
Transition management is not
a political concept but a business
concept that I think has important
principles that can be successfully applied to politics. Thankfully, some of these principles have
been incorporated into our constitution. In developing this idea, I
have chosen three principles that
I believe must shape our attitude
towards power as a society. These
principles are outlined in Section
3 of the constitution; a multi-party democratic political system,
the orderly transfer of power and
observance of the principle of
separation of powers. These three
principles must inspire us to at
least do the following:
Firstly, we need to have a clear
succession plan. Its never too late
to develop one. The success and
continuance of an entity rests
largely (but not entirely) on the
strength and clarity of its succession plan. Many leadership journals use this as one of the criteria of measuring the sustainability of a business. I have no doubt
this applies to both our country
and the political actors in it.
Lets reflect for a while. To date,
our country has failed to develop a
clear succession plan. Human beings come and go; society must go
on. We must be comfortable with
the idea of leadership change.
Leaders come and they go. But in
Zimbabwe, for many decades we

are not comfortable with the idea

that leaders must come and go.
This is a principle that keeps humanity going. The compassion to
keep honest stewardship of our
society today with hope that when
we are no longer around, the next
generation will carry forward
our collective ideals. If we taught
them well, they will do a better job
at ensuring the successful rejuvenation of our kind in every successive generation. We learn to hold
and not to grab. Our children too
learn to receive and not to snatch.
We are still to learn this beautiful
culture. Its not about any individual, but the entire generation is
poisoned to hold on tight to power until death or war do us part.
This is why heads of parastatals
do not retire. This is why we have
leaders in government arms who
cannot imagine the continuance
of their departments without
them. We have to develop this culture in our Parliament, in our judiciary, in the security sector and
the entire executive.
But how can we learn these
things in government when we
cannot practise them in the political organisations that form the government? We can start by aligning
the principles that govern our political parties to the constitutional
principles and values that govern
our country. The simple wisdom being that you cannot give what you
dont have. Good examples are the
principles outlined in Section 3 of
the constitution; a multi-party democratic political system, the orderly
transfer of power and observance
of the principle of separation of
powers. If political parties cannot
practise smooth transfer of power,
how do we expect that principle to
be upheld in government? If political parties do not practise the principle of separation of powers, how
can they practise that principle in
The values in our constitution
reflect the aspirations of the people
of Zimbabwe. They shape a society
that we dream of and our political
culture must be modelled around
these values.
The selected three values speak
directly to our attitude towards
power. Unless this is transformed
to reflect our hope in the entirety
of humanity and faith in the next
generation, we live in perpetual
conflict. Honouring these values
may win us a less bumpy transition
than what we are currently experiencing.
Secondly, Zimbabwe needs dreamers. This issue came out of a discussion I had with respected dreamers from our neighbouring South
Africa who chronicled the struggles
of South Africas transition from
In responding to our sadness in
the midst of heightening political temperatures, they said maybe you can meanwhile dream the
dream. Simple words that evoked
a profound truth. We get so embroiled in conflict and the negativity around us and we have already forgotten to dream. His idea
was that we need to develop a vision towards which we can pull
each other. I realised in Zimbabwe
we no longer dream. We dont rally around the positives any more.
The headlines shout every morning and its all gloomy. There is
need for those dreamers to be born
we need them to come from civ-

The late Nelson Mandela... He led South Africa through a successful transition from apartheid
il society, churches, political parties or any other sector to rebuild
our hope. South Africa struggled
in transition from apartheid, and
other multiple transitions that followed, but through the efforts of
such dreamers as Nelson Mandela, Alex Boraine, Desmond Tutu
among many others, they did not
get lost in transition. The bumps
were tolerable. Egypt was a total-

ly different story they got lost in

the transition because they lacked
the guidance dreamers who saw beyond the river.
In the end can we choose which
transition we want. The story of
transitions is not a science that any
group of experts may claim to possess knowledge. It is life and we
have to learn the important principles from those who have been

where we are going, creatively

merging with our own experiences
to build that future we all want to
leave behind for our children.
lDzikamai Bere contributes
to this column in his personal
capacity. The views contained
here are not the views of the
organisations he is associated with. For feedback write to

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No need
to panic
over Ebola
It isnt really necessary for the doctors to dress
up like space men . . . If its not airborne, why
do we need the goggles, masks and head

N the face of an Ebola outbreak that is currently

wreaking havoc in West Africa and has so far killed close
to 5 000 people, Zimbabweans
are generally concerned about the
virus and would like to know how
safe the country is from an outbreak similar to the one Liberia,
Guinea and Sierra Leone are experiencing.
Chipo Masara (CM) of The
Standard had a wide-ranging interview with Dr Timothy Stamps
(DTS), a former health minister
who is currently serving as President Robert Mugabes Health
Advisor, on the subject of Ebola,
among other issues. Below are excerpts from the interview.
CM: Doctor Stamps, considering the way the Ebola virus is
wreaking havoc in West Africa; do
you think Zimbabweans know all
they need to about the virus to be
on the lookout?
DTS: I think we are making the
same mistake as other continents
in the world. We are not Liberia,
we are not Sierra Leone, we are
not Guinea, and we are not even
DRC. We are Zimbabwe, so the situation is different.
CM: How is it different?
DTS: Well, Ebola, or any other haemorrhagic virus, works
by first of all infesting a colony
of small mammals. There has to
be a reservoir [person, animal,
plant or substance in which an
infectious agent normally lives
and multiplies]. It doesnt naturally occur in human beings; we
have to get that clear from the onset. That is why it is regarded as
a disease and not a condition. The
hype which has been created is because of the size of the outbreak.
The environment has to be correct for the breeding of the reservoir and also, the target human beings have to be sufficient
in numbers in that environment
to get an epidemic of the disease. Take HIV and Aids for example, it was known, I think, in
the 1960s but it never affected us
[Zimbabweans]. In fact, we didnt
even think about it until it caused
an outbreak here, because of our
misinterpretation of traditional
values, and also because of the adaptation of the virus itself.
CM: Doctor, are you saying the
Ebola virus cannot adapt to the
Zimbabwean environment?
DTS: It can. But at the moment,
from what I can discern, it cannot because we havent got the total conditions. We dont have the
heavy rainfall or the rainforests
except in Victoria Falls and some
parts around the country.
CM: But what are we doing as a
country to be certain that the virus does not invade Zimbabwe?
DTS: I think the most impor-

tant thing is to get on the same

wavelength, or what they say,
sing from one hymn book . . .
If we dont do that, all we get are
the strange reactions, as in the
case of the Americans, who are
spending millions of dollars
which are not theirs, they are borrowed anyway building Ebola
institutions in Liberia, which was
and still is their colony . . . Liberia was their colony so they feel
guilty about not providing adequate health care for the blacks
living there.
I think the efforts we have been
making are more than enough to
prevent the initial occurrence of
the infection.
CM: Would you care to share
these efforts?
DTS: Ebola, like any other
haemorrhagic virus, causes its
spreading in human beings by
person-to-person contact, not by
airborne contact like Sars [Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome]
or flu, or respiratory things like
that. So we know it isnt really
necessary for the doctors to dress
up like space menIf its not airborne, why do we need the goggles, masks and head gear? Either
we are being told lies, or we are being sold a very expensive issue of
clothing. In fact, the heavy clothing causes people to sweat, and we
know the virus may be contracted
through sweat.
CM: You believe protective gear
is not necessary?
DTS: Not only [is it] not necessary, it may in fact enhance the
risk of causing the infection.
CM: What preventive measures
do you think we need to take?
DTS: The basic thing is the notouch technique between health
provider and patient It is fundamental.
CM: Doctor, considering that
many people in Zimbabwe use
public transport, how safe will it
be to travel in kombis for instance
in the case of an Ebola outbreak?
DTS: It wont change because of
the Ebola outbreak. Liberia is as
far from Zimbabwe as London is
from Liberia and you dont hear
of an outbreak in the UK even
though the distance is the same.
CM: There are reports that Zimbabwes entry points are porous
DTS: I agree. We have got 21 approved entry points and we cant
even man those with health workers 24 hours, seven days a week, let
alone all the informal entry points.
CM: What should be happening
at the entry points?
DTS: Nothing, we only want to
monitorIf a traveller says Yes,
I have been to an infected country, we monitor that person for
21 days, which we know to be the
maximum incubation period. If
they have no symptoms during

Dr Timothy Stamps
that time, we notify the country
they are going to.
CM: But have we been doing
DTS: We have been doing it
through Harare but not through
CM: Considering that, how can
we be sure that Ebola isnt already
in the country?
DTS: The other factor is the
fear factor. You know JF Kennedy used to say, We have nothing to
fear but fear itself . It is the fear itself which produces an electrical
[With the] previous outbreaks,
nothing was done, and there has
been over 12 of those.
CM: There are fears that Ebola might already be in Zimbabwe
and the Health ministry is covering it up.
DTS: As far as I know, there is
CM: What would you tell Zimbabweans that are living in fear
of the virus?
DTS: Dont be scared. We are
completely open.
CM: Doctor, if there is a suspected Ebola case, are we now
able to conduct our own tests or
are we still sending samples to
neighbouring South Africa for
DTS: I think it would only take
two days . . . Its enough doing it
through South Africa.
CM: Has there been a budget set
aside for Ebola monitoring and to
raise awareness?
DTS: Ebola is a fabrication of
the imagination meaning the
media has got a hype on about Ebola. We have had haemorrhagic
viruses for two centuries.
CM: You do realise Ebola has
killed more than 4 000 people in
West Africa so far?
DTS: And what about HIV and
Aids, or breast cancer, or hypertension, or diabetes?
CM: Doctor, do you have faith in
the current Health ministry?
DTS: Yes, very much so. They
are very circumspect, they are
careful to only speak about things
they know, and to admit freely if
they do not know thats important!
CM: If I can take you back to
2008 where there was a cholera
outbreak in Zimbabwe that killed
more than 4 000 people. What happened?
DTS: We knew what to do but
we didnt have the means. Remember in 2008 the ministry of health
had no money? Hapana mari!
CM: And do they have the money now?
DTS: They have got the access

to money, but I think they need

access to more money and they
should be given a priorityIf
the money can be raised however,
we do need more health workers
and more health workers who are
properly trained. Thats the one
area which I will emphasise.
CM: In other words, we dont
have enough health workers and
the ones we have are not properly trained?
DTS: I will differ with you on
the second part, but I will agree
with you entirely on the first
oneWe need more health workers, and in particular nurses and
they need to be taught the notouch technique. This, to me, is
more important than getting excited over one or a hundred cases
of Ebola.
CM: In all honesty Doctor. . .
DTS: I think I have spoken to
you in all honesty the whole time
CM: Do you think our Health
ministry is well-equipped to handle an Ebola outbreak?
DTS: The intelligence is there
and the ability is there. It is the
[number of] people on the ground
that needs to be boosted and now
now, not next year.
CM: With most doctors currently on strike, what is to happen to
someone with Ebola symptoms?
DTS: I think the young doctors
are just one cadre, they are not the
whole. The strike is unfortunate,
but you cannot stop people from
withholding their labour if they
are not satisfied.
CM: There was a reported incident where medical personnel ran
away from a suspected Ebola patient, it made people question the
ability of our nurses to face Ebola. Have they been trained to handle Ebola?
DTS: We need to update the
training. The reason they got into
nursing was to help other people,
to comfort always and thats
something I think we have lost because of political events over the
past 20 years or more.
CM: What about imported second-hand clothes, are they safe?
DTS: It is not possible [to contract Ebola from second-hand
clothes]. The Ebola virus is very
sensitive to dehydration, so any
clothing which dries out even for
one hour or less, has got no haemorrhagic virus at all.
CM: I have to ask you, is there
a political will to fight Ebola? Is
President [Robert] Mugabe committed to fighting Ebola?
DTS: I think he is very very
committed, but then you can
qualify that because I have been

a member of Zanu PF for some

time. But I am sure he not only
knows about it, but he is politically committed to fight it.
CM: In the unfortunate event
that Ebola pays Zimbabwe a visit,
what impact do you see it having
on HIV and Aids funding?
DTS: Again we come back to
money. I am not qualified to comment on that, but I am qualified to
comment on the fact that we dont
have to forget Aids while looking
at Ebola. In other words, you cant
take money from HIV and Aids to
treat Ebola, especially when you
have got no Ebola anyway (chuckles.)
CM: Do you feel the media is doing enough to spread awareness
of Ebola?
DTS: The media has by and
large been very good. I mean it.
Apart from some extravagant
quotes mainly from outside, the
media has kept its cool and done
what it can with the limited information it has.
CM: There have been some conspiracy theories thrown around
about Ebola
DTS: It was just like that with
HIV and Aids. Aids was known as
American Idea to Discourage Sex,
it was alleged that the virus was
made in a lab. But I dont think that
anybody, even the most evil person,
could invent a virus like that.
CM: Doctor, what advice would
you give to someone who is suspecting they may have Ebola?
DTS: Just calm down, maybe take a whisky (laughs)and
think about how logical it is.
Look at where you have been for
the past 21 days as the incubation maximum is 21 days with the
shortest being two days.
CM: Are we taking lessons
from other countries, like Nigeria
which was recently declared by
WHO as Ebola-free?
DTS: It is not what we can learn
from Nigeria, it is what Nigeria can
learn from usThe way we practise hygiene and the way we deal
with health matters. Maybe we
have not done as well as we should
have, but we have the ability.
CM: Do you think as Africa, we
will be able to get rid of Ebola anytime soon?
DTS: We have to not only get rid
of Ebola, but we need to get out
of this syndrome of always being
dependent on other parts of the
world. We are proud, we are black
people (I know I am pigmentally
challenged) and we are all equal
in Gods eyes. So we can do it, if
we get it out of our heads that we
are somehow less able than people
from other countries, or Europe.

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Fewer global targets achievable

By Bjrn LomBorg

hile the world has generally seen

success with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) half the
proportion of hunger and poverty,
get all kids into school and drastically reduce child mortality drawn up nearly 15
years ago, not all promises will be achieved.
What is somewhat surprising, however, is that
we have fairly little information about what exactly we achieved. According to World Bank data, in
1990 there were 850 maternal deaths out of 100 000
live births in sub-Saharan Africa and this number went down to 500 in 2010. however, the World
health Organisation has warned that measuring
the maternal mortality ratio remains a challenge
as less than 40% of countries have a complete civil
registration system that appropriately attributes
the cause of death.
Actually, most of the available numbers are
rather projections and estimates, not data. in total, there are more gaps than real observations
and the observations themselves are often dubious.
This matters, because the world is now discussing a new set of targets for the next decade and a
half. To do the most good, my think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, has asked 63 teams of the
worlds top economists to look at the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of all
the top targets. Of course most of the attention is
on the high-profile issues like health, education,
food, water and environment.
But to be able to measure how well we handle
all these issues has real costs. how much this will
cost and how much the international community
can justify spending in this way is the important
topic covered by Professor Morten Jerven in his
new paper for the Copenhagen Consensus.
Take the original MDGs. There were just 18 simple targets. Data collection for these targets had
many gaps, and much of the information collected
was of dubious quality. however, Jerven collates
the information we have about survey costs across
the world and estimates that the proper monitoring of all 18 targets and 48 indicators would have
cost the world US$27 billion. That is a significant
number, but given that the world will spend about
US$1,9 trillion over the same period, 1,4% is perhaps not unreasonable to spend on getting information.
The problem is, that the next set of targets is
growing ever larger. A high-level panel with UK
Prime Minister David Cameron, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from indonesia and liberian President ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with
leaders from civil society and the private sector suggested 59 targets and advocated building
better data-collection systems, especially in developing countries.
And some months ago, 70 UN ambassadors in
the Open Working Group proposed a bewildering
169 targets. One of these argued that by 2020 the
world should increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
Doing even a minimum data collection for all
these 169 targets will cost at least US$254 billion,
or almost twice the entire global annual development budget, Jerven estimates.
And this is a very low estimate, since it does not
take account of basic administrative data gathering by national governments, or costs for all the
household surveys, which are recommended. And
countries where data has not yet been collected,
will likely prove even costlier. Remember, six of 49
countries in sub-Saharan Africa have never had a
household survey and only 28 have had one in the
last seven years.
Moreover, there is a serious question of capacity. Worldwide, only about 60 countries have the basic registration systems needed to monitor trends
in social indicators. Many poor countries do not
have the capacity to collect useful data on a national basis. in the US$254 billion estimate there is
no allowance for maintaining the statistical office,
training and retaining personnel, analysing along
with disseminating the data. There is ample evidence that the MDG agenda has already stretched
statistical capacity and strained statistical offices in poor countries and that 169 new targets will
only make it much worse.
Most participants discussing the Sustainable
Development Goals recognise that we need much,

much fewer targets. Taking into account the formidable costs of data collection for each target,
it is reasonable to reconsider the best number of
targets. For comparison: both the Norwegian and
British governments have official statistical services, which cost about 0,2% of their GDP. Using this figure as a measure of willingness to pay
would suggest that we should aim more at four
SDG targets, which could be properly monitored,
rather than a massive 169.
Dr Bjrn Lomborg, an adjunct professor
at the Copenhagen Business School, directs
the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, ranking
the smartest solutions to the worlds biggest
problems by cost-benefit. He is the author of
The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It.
His new book is How To Spend $75 Billion to
Make the World a Better Place.

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Farmec launches robust Valtra tractors

WITH over 60 years and still counting years in the

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Investment implementation still low


he implementation rate
for investment approvals in Zimbabwe stood
at 30% in the past four
years due to lengthy licencing procedures by a multiplicity of agencies beyond the
Zimbabwe Investment Authority
(ZIA), the agency has said.
The average implementation
rate we have is 30%. We note
that projects suffer delays due
to lengthy licencing procedures
by a multiplicity of agencies beyond ZIA approvals, feasibility
studies also lead to projects being implemented in phases and
some projects are also capital intensive with gradual implementation as they roll out the investment, ZIA chief executive officer Richard Mbaiwa told Standardbusiness.
Mbaiwa said the authority carried out an investment review
survey for the period 2010-2013.
Zimbabwe is luring investors
to help rebuild the economy and
has simplified investment procedures by setting the one-stopshop (OSS) to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks in starting
and operating a business.
ZIA has licensed 678 projects
with a total value of US$8,9 billion from January 2011 to date.
The approval time frames differ
from project to project depending on complexity.
Mbaiwa said the OSS has
achieved some success in that
the investment licensing time
frame at ZIA has been reduced to
five working days from 49 adding
that there was need to continuously improve the coordination
of the processes of the various
agencies dealing with investors.
A number of these agencies
are part of the e-government
flagship project which aims to
electronically link the various
agencies through a central busi-

Zimplats... Zimbabwe is going to witness increased levels of investment in mining, energy, water and transport. Picture: Shepherd Tozvireva
ness database and thus create a
virtual one-stop-shop. This process is on-going, he said.
Mbaiwa said the processing
time for the transactions was the
same but depended on project
Complaints reaching our offices have cited mergers and acquisition approvals as well as environmental impact assessments
as having taken the longest time,

and also the highest cost framework being value based on the
size of the project, he said.
Despite the glitches, Mbaiwa
was optimistic the country was
going to witness increased levels of investment this year compared to previous years.
In the nine months to September ZIA approved more than
US$714,9 million worth of projects exceeding the US$686 mil-

lion for the whole of last year.

This shows increased appetite for investing in the country. You may also be aware of increased interest in the country
as shown by the mega deals in infrastructure and mining sectors
recently signed with China and
Russia, Mbaiwa said.
Our major draw cards in driving FDI include the infrastructure sector, that is, energy and

power development, transport

and water.
Zimbabwes Foreign Direct Investment has been on an upward
trend since 2009 when it took off
at US$65 million and as of 2013 it
stood at US$400 million. Despite
the investment increasing since
2009 the country is still lagging
behind its regional counterparts
that are recording FDI of over
US$1billion annually.

Individuals account for large chunk of loans


INDIVIDUALS account for the

large chunk of total loans and advances in the six months to June
30 as banks issue shorter dated
loans to meet the short-term nature of deposits, a research firm
has said.
According to statistics from the
central bank, loans and advances
increased marginally to US$3,81
billion from $3,70 billion.
Individuals accounted for 21%
of the total loans and advances,
distribution (17%), agriculture
(16%), manufacturing (26%), and
mining with 7%.
In a HY Banking Sector Analysis report, MMC Capital said
the large share of individual
loans and advances was an indication that although individuals
are charged higher interest rates

than corporates, interest rates

alone have not been a sufficient
deterrent to individual borrowing.
In a highly illiquid environment, individuals tend to be less
interest rate sensitive than corporates and banks might be more
incentivised to lend to individuals, MMC said.
The need to match assets and liabilities means that banks prefer
to issue shorter dated loans to
individuals to match the shorterdated deposits dominating the deposits market.
Banks would thus be lending more to individuals as a risk
management strategy whereby
extending small loans to a large
number of individuals as opposed to lending large amounts to
a few corporates reduces the likelihood of large single losses, thus

reducing tail risk, MMC said.

MMC said the banks loan
books have shown continued
growth in exposure to individual
loans at the expense of the more
productive sectors of the economy.
In order to foster meaningful
economic recovery, more loans
and advances should ideally be
advanced to the productive sectors, it said.
Market indications are that
some individuals borrow to finance their small and medium
enterprises, which constitutes
productive borrowing.
MMC said the economic outlook remains fragile and uncertain as the national savings rate
sustains a downward trajectory.
It said liability growth will
likely remain a challenge as low
incomes growth and weak inves-

Workers at Carnaud Metalbox... More loans should be advanced to the productive

sector of the economy
tor confidence would continue to
militate against deposit mobilisation from the unbanked population.
MMC warned that the increasing allocation of loans to individuals poses a further cause for
concern as this crowds-out the
productive sectors of the economy.
The consumptive nature of

individual loans does not bode

well for economic recovery. In
order to foster positive economic recovery, more loans should be
advanced to the productive sectors of the economy, it said.
This can however only be
done if banks can access long
term lines of credit which depends on the countrys credit rating.


The Standard November 9 to 15 2014


Zim remains unexplored: Chidhakwa


IMBABWE remains underexplored in the diamond sector presenting opportunities to investors, Mines and Mining Development minister Walter
Chidhakwa has said.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe Diamond conference in Harare last
week, Chidhakwa said growth opportunities span the entire spectrum of the diamond value chain
from exploration, mining, beneficiation, value addition and trading for domestic, exports and imports.
Despite the diamond discoveries made, Zimbabwe still remains
largely underexplored and therefore presents huge opportunities
for new discoveries. As the state,
we must know the value of these
concessions. This requires knowledge of our geology and mineralisation our top priority. New technologies such as aeromagnetic,
big data and cloud computing will
be deployed to this end, Chidhakwa said.
He said government will seek to
develop robust mining activities
which become the backbone of
growth and development.
In pursuance of this objective we are finalising discussion
with companies for full integration from mining through cutting

Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa

and polishing to jewellery manufacturing, product branding and
international marketing and dis-

tribution. Companies were approved to start manufacturing

and are expected to create a sig-


Zimbabwe Power C ompany (ZPC) is currently wor king on e xtending Kariba S outh
Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)
Hydropower Station by an additional 300MW to the existing 750MW. The power station
of Dump
Spoil Site
2 forthe need
extension works involve bulk
which need
to be disposed
of, hence,
Karibaa South
for ZPC to establish
spoil dump
site for its Kariba
South Project
extension works.
The p roposed S poil Du mp Site 2 is located near th e ex tension wor ks, a nd will take the
bulk of the excavated muck, due to the shorter distances from the work area to the dump
The proposed sit e is prescribed for Environm ental Impact Assessment (EIA) in terms of
the Environmental Management Act (CAP 20:27) and ZPC is undertaking the EIA process
to satisfy the legal requirements and also achieve best practice. As part of the EIA process,
ZPC through it s consultant, Asc on Af rica, is in the process of consulting a ll ke y
stakeholders for the project. This EIA study focuses on Dump S ite 2, and is an addendum
to the already completed EIA for the entire project.
The a nticipated im pact from the use of the dump site will include e rosion, dust , visual
intrusion, noise, disruption of e cology and int eraction be tween sit e ve hicles and publi c
traffic. Social impacts will include inconvenience to people working in the area, disruption
to traditional paths, and occupational health.
ZPC a ssures al l stakeholders and the general public that it is committed to the e ffective
mitigation of a ll a dverse im pacts. Engagement with loca l stake holders is unde rway
through meetings, questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions.
Submissions for c omments/objections regarding the E IA should reach the unde rsigned
contacts no later than the 20th of November 2014.
The contacts below:



nificant number of jobs, Chidhakwa said.

He said government has giv-

en diamond cutters and polishers longer tenures and that they

would have access to 10% of rough
Chidhakwa said given the footprint of Marange Diamonds,
about 10-15% of the diamonds
were gems or near-gems to local
cutters and polishers, presenting
huge opportunities for investment
in the sector.
Chidhakwa said other opportunities also existed in the setting
up of independent diamond grading laboratories and jewellery
manufacturing companies.
He said the mining sector was
currently replete with antiquated plant and machinery utilising
outdated and archaic technologies.
It is incumbent upon us to revolutionise our mining sector by
bringing new methods of mining to bear on our industry so as
to improve efficiency and close
the technology gap between us
and other mining destinations.
Investment is sought in upgrading this equipment, Chidhakwa
He said government recently
gazetted a Statutory Instrument
that rationalises the diamond cutting and polishing licensing system in such a manner that both
government and the private companies benefit from the revenue
of the business.

Berkshire third quarter

profit drops on investments
NEW YORK Warren Buffetts
Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on
Friday third-quarter profit fell 9%
as it took a large write-off on one
of its investments, but operating
results easily topped forecasts on
improvement in its insurance, energy and railroad operations.
Net income slipped to US$4,62
billion, or US$2,811 per Class A
share in the third quarter, from
US$5,05 billion, or US$3,074 per
Class A share, a year earlier.
Operating profit, however, rose
29% to US$4,72 billion, or US$2,876
per Class A share, from US$366
billion, or US$2,228 per Class A
Analysts on average expected
earnings of US$2 593,85 per share.
Much of the drop in profit came
from a US$107 million loss on
Berkshires investments and derivatives, compared with a yearearlier US$1,39 billion gain.
During the quarter, Berkshire
wrote off US$678 million on its investment in Tesco Plc (TSCO.L),
a British grocery chain being
probed by regulators at home over
accounting errors. Buffett has
been reducing Berkshires Tesco
In contrast, year-earlier results
included big gains on investments
that Buffett made during the 2008
financial crisis, including in General Electric Co and Goldman
Sachs Group Inc and bonds related to candy maker Mars Incs purchase of rival Wrigley.
Bill Smead, chief investment officer of Smead Capital Management in Seattle, said the swing in
investment results took a backseat to the strength of operations
at Berkshires more than 80 companies.
There are some line items in
here that just scream operating
success, said Smead, whose firm
owns 333 000 Class B shares of

Smead pointed to insurance
premiums earned, which rose to
US$12,72 billion from US$9,27 billion in the year-ago quarter.
The things they dont control
like when they take gains worked
against them, Smead said. The
things they do control, like insurance premiums, exploded.
Buffett, the worlds third richest
person according to Forbes magazine, has run Berkshire since 1965.
He favours acquiring and investing in easy-to-understand businesses that have consistent earnings power and stable management.
In October, Berkshire agreed to
buy Van Tuyl Group, the largest
privately held US auto dealership
group. Analysts said the purchase
could help Berkshire grow in related businesses, including insurer Geico.
Profit from the BNSF railroad
rose about 5% to US$1,035 billion. In utilities and energy, profit jumped to US$697 million from
US$472 million.
In addition to larger businesses
such as insurance operations and
BNSF, Berkshires smaller businesses run the gamut from Benjamin Moore paint to Borsheims
jewelry, from Dairy Queen ice
cream to Fruit of the Loom underwear.
And Berkshire Hathaways portfolio comprises tens of billions of
dollars of shares such as American Express Co, Coca-Cola Co, International Business Machines
Corp and Wells Fargo & Co.
Book value per Class A share,
Buffetts preferred measure of
growth, rose 7,1% from the start
of the year to US$144,542.
Berkshires cash stake soared
during the quarter to US$62,38 billion from US$55,46 billion three
months earlier. Reuters

The Standard November 9 to 15 2014



Balance of power reduces crude oil price

in the

The current oil market

dynamics, led by Saudi Arabia,
show that the balance of power
still remains with the largest oil
producing countries

ue chain, all others things being equal, through

lower inflation, and would boost spend, which
could support global GDP growth.
For the US and other shale gas producing
countries, the recent plunge in oil price reveals
an economic reality that with low energy prices,
the US shale revolution is unviable.
The current oil market dynamics, led by Saudi
Arabia, show that the balance of power still remains with the largest oil producing countries.
In the short to medium term, oil will remain a
key energy ingredient despite efforts to diversify to other sources like natural gas. The unfortunate reality is that smaller producers and importers of oil are forced to stomach the swings
in oil price.
Nesbert Ruwo is an investment banker
based in South Africa. He can be contacted

Data source: I-Net Bridge (SA)

RENT crude, the international benchmark for oil, now trading in the US$80
per barrel zone, its lowest levels
since October 2010, is now in a bear
market territory. The price has fallen over 35% since June 2014 on weak economic data from Europe and China, oversupply and
a stronger US dollar. Oil prices were under further pressure last week after it emerged that
Saudi Arabia, the worlds largest exporter, had
slashed its delivery contract price for its US customers in a further sign of a war for control of
global energy markets. The Saudi Arabias oil
price drop could be targeted towards US shale
producers in a bid to regain and preserve its oil
market leadership by making US shale gas unprofitable. Saudi Arabia can sustain at prices as
low as US$30 per barrel.
However, the current fall in oil price is far less
steep than the plunge that was experienced in
2008, when the price fell from as high as US$145
per barrel in July 2008 to US$38 by December of
the same year on the back of global financial crisis. The fall in 2008 was the worse in the last 10
years but the current fall might be sustained for
long given the dynamics of the world oil industry. It looks like the Saudis are aggressively using their deep pockets to preserve their oil market leadership position.
As the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepares to meet towards
the end of this month, there are no clear signs
that it will curb output despite oversupply driven by lower demand in China and Europe and
USA. The worlds largest oil consumer, the US,
has been boosting its oil production supported by shale production, through fracking or hydraulic fracturing to substitute imported oil for
locally produced oil. The US now produces 65%
more oil than it did five years ago. It now imports
3,1 million barrels of oil per day less, that is potentially over US$250 million less of oil revenue
per day for the oil producing countries. Nigeria,
which, at its peak used to export 1,3 million barrels per day to the US, became the first victim of
the USs shale gas industry. In July 2014, Nigeria
stopped exporting crude oil to the US as Americans replaced imported oil with locally produced
oil and gas. Other African producing countries
may face the same fate that Nigeria faced with
the US market.
For oil producing countries, like most Middle
East countries (Saudi Arabia, Iran), Nigeria, and
Russia, lower oil price means lower national incomes and this can have devastating macroeconomic impact. Russia generates at least 50% of
its budget revenue from oil and gas. The average
break-even oil price is estimated at US$85, which
would make a price below that unprofitable for
most oil producing countries. Despite the potential loss in revenues, one wonders why the top oil
producers are not worried much about the price
Lower oil price is not bad for everyone. In a
lower oil price environment, oil importing countries, like South Africa and Zimbabwe, would
pay less for imported crude and related products. This would release income for other expenditures. According to the Economist, a US$10-abarrel fall in the oil price transfers around 0,5%
of world GDP from oil exporters to oil importers. The World Bank calculated the 2013 world
GDP at US$75 trillion. If the oil price remains at
the current level or decreases further, the downside risk being more stronger, the benefit of lower oil price would filter down the economic val-

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Strategic Planning Consultant(s): Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

Individual Contract
8 weeks


The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is a new

constitutionally-mandated National Human Rights Institution
(NHRI) in Zimbabwe. The mandate of the Commission is to monitor,
promote and protect human rights in their broad interpretation as
reected in the Constitution and the ZHRC Act Chapter 10:30; (No
2/2012). The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission recognises that
all rights are indivisible, inalienable and therefore very important.
However, the Commission is also aware of its current constraints
as well as the need to start dealing with the most pressing issues
deemed key and important by stakeholders. Against this background,
the Commission would like to map out its priority policy direction
for key issues that should be addressed urgently. In line with this,
the Commission wishes to recruit a Consultant/rm who/which is
a Strategic Planning Expert (hereafter referred to as Consultant
{s}) who/which will be tasked to assist the ZHRC in developing a
Strategic Plan.
Objectives of the Assignment:
The overall objective of the Strategic Plan is to enable the
Commission to spell out the vision and goals, set out priorities, and
guide operations including resource mobilization and allocation.
The Strategic Planning will be achieved through the adoption of
participatory and inclusive processes that will involve stakeholder
consultation to ensure relevant, eective and ecient approaches
in the execution of the Commissions mandate.

The Scope of the Work


Analysis of the broad external environment in terms of the

regional and global context, the national operating
environment, the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, as well
as the internal organization of the Commission;
Analysis of the Constitutional mandate of the Commission as
a basis of identifying strategic priorities and approaches;
Review of the Baseline Survey Report as a guide to the
strategic responses to the human rights situation in Zimbabwe;
Review strategic and policy documents from related
institutions to establish synergies within the human rights and
governance sector(s);
Review national/government policy documents including the
Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic
Transformation (ZimASSET) in order to position or identify the
ZHRCs role in implementation of national policies;
Review key documents, tracking progress of internally agreed
development goals and voluntary obligations such as the
MDGs status reports, HDR, and UPR reports;
Review strategic and policy documents by other NHRIs in the
region and beyond to gauge how they prioritise human
rights issues to form or contribute to the ZHRC strategic and
olicy direction;
Goal setting including the guiding vision and the policy
Undertake a stakeholder analysis that includes role clarity;
Dene the ZHRC Strategic focus areas, objectives and
Benchmark the strategic focus areas against international
norms and standards on NHRIs, in particular, the Paris
Review the organizational structure, leadership and
administrative functions to the extent that they are imperative
to delivery of strategic focus areas;
Dene requisite enablers for the delivery of focus areas such
as ICT, communication drivers, and tool of trade among
others; and
Formulate strategy with due consideration of the
opportunities, competitive advantage, and risk assessment.
The strategy formulation should consider scenario analysis
and planning.





Proposed Methodology

The process is expected to adopt a goals-based planning which

is participatory and inclusive of the ZHRC and its stakeholders
that will; begin by dening the organisations vision, mission and
values; set goals to work towards the mission; develop strategies to
achieve the goals; ensure action planning who will do what and by
when. It is essential that this stage allows participation by all those
who have a key stake in achieving the vision to ensure ownership
and commitment. This will be achieved through facilitation of
stakeholder consultative workshops, consultative meetings, as well
as interviews with key informants. An assessment of the human,
nancial and other resource capacities of the organization relative
to the vision, mission and goals established in the strategic plan
will also be conducted at this stage. Scenario analysis to consider
changes in the external operational environment that may inuence
the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and the ZHRCs strategic
responses will also be important and therefore necessary. The
Consultant is expected to suggest and adopt various analytical
and planning tools to facilitate the participation of both internal
and external stakeholders. These may include but are not limited
to PESTEL, SWOT/SWOC, Mckinsey 7 S Model, strategic needs
analysis, results chain analysis etc.


Deliverables and Outputs

The key deliverable is a Strategic Plan that determines where the

Commission is going over the next three years; how the ZHRC will get
there; how the organisation evaluate progress and success towards
the intended goals. The Strategic Plan should clearly articulate the
direction the Commission will take and enable the organization
to focus its work on set priorities and goals. Further, the Strategic
Plan should include a monitoring and evaluation framework that
enables tracking and reviewing progress based on clear and agreed
In particular the Consultants should deliver on the following:
An Inception Report providing a detailed methodology
dening the tools and instruments that will be used for data
collection, validation and analysis
A Draft Strategic Plan, and nally
The Final Strategic Planning draft incorporating comments,
inputs and observations from the ZHRC and its stakeholders

The strategic plan will be produced within the following


An inception report produced within 5 days of commencement

of the assignment
A First Draft Strategic Plan produced within 5 weeks of the
commencement of the assignment, and
The Final Draft Strategic Plan will be due within the 7th week
of commencing the assignment.


Duration of the assignment

The assignment will be conducted over a period of 7 weeks.


Duty station


Reporting and Quality Control for the assignment

The Consultant(s) will report to the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe

Human Rights Commission. In their day to day interactions the
consultants will receive administrative support from the ZHRC

Qualications and Expertise requirements

The Consultant(s) shall have the following qualications and





An advanced degree in Law, Human Rights, Strategic

Management, Business Management, Political Science,
Development Studies, Public Administration or a related
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in
strategic planning facilitation or consultancy;
Exposure and experience in facilitating strategic planning
for institutions in the public sector within Africa in general
and Zimbabwe in particular;
Sound knowledge of the national, regional and international
human rights and governance mechanisms;
Strong knowledge of the African region, Southern Africa subregion, including Zimbabwe;
Demonstrated leadership in planning and organizing own
work in cooperation with that of others, including discretion
and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve complex
and/or sensitive issues; and
Excellent communication (spoken, written and presentation)
skills/uency in English, including the ability to draft/edit a
variety of written reports, studies and other communications
and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise manner.

Application folder will include:


The Narrative and Financial Proposal

A clear methodology and work plan
Resumes of the experts

Please send application by Friday 14 November 2014 to:


Address for Submission of Applications

The Executive Secretary

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission
3 Elcombe Avenue
You can also send your application to the following e-mail address:

The trainee . . . he wants to be called Abu Hattab

IS recruits

by Mark Lowen

N a cramped living room in southern Turkey, a

13-year-old boy is training to join Islamic State.
As he welcomes us in, he appears a regular, happy-looking child: his hair is ruffled, his
smile beaming, he wears a grey, hooded sweater.
But as we sit down to talk, he heads next door to
change, returning in a black balaclava and military-style camouflage top.
He wants to be known as Abu Hattab.
Born in Syria, he was first radicalised last year,
joining the jihadist group Sham al-Islam.
He had Sharia lessons and learned how to use
weapons, proudly showing us pictures in which he
takes aim with machine guns.
Now he spends his days online, watching jihadist videos and chatting on Facebook to IS fighters.
Within weeks, he says, hell go to the IS stronghold
of Raqqa in Syria to become a young jihadi soldier.
I like Islamic State because they pursue Sharia and kill infidels, non-Sunnis and those who converted from Islam, he says. The people killed by
Islamic State are American agents. We must behead
them as Allah said in the Koran.
I ask whether he has disclosed his age to those to
whom he talks online.
At the start, I didnt, he says.
But recently I told them and now they contact
me even more, sending me photos and news.
But why not simply enjoy his childhood, I ask?
I dont want to go out with friends or have fun. Allah ordered us to work and fight for the next life
for paradise. Before, I went to the park or the seaside.
But then I realised I was wrong and Ive taken the righteous path.
His family now lives in Turkey so would he
launch an attack here, or in Britain for example?
Britain should be attacked because its in Nato
and is against Islamic State, he says, but we
would kill only those who deserve it. If they ask
me to attack Turkey and give me a holy order, I
would do it. Soon the West will be finished.
At home, he and his mother, who wants to be
known as Fatima, lead a devout life.
She spends much of her time studying the Koran
and admits strong sympathies for the militants.
Last year, she sent her son for training with
Sham al-Islam but denies brainwashing him.
I never encouraged him to join Islamic State,
she insists.
I support some of their beliefs but not others.
But I think they came to help the Syrian people
unlike the evil powers around the world.
If shes not encouraging him, I ask, what is she
doing to stop her son losing his childhood to extreme violence?
I cant stop him if he wants to fight, she says.
War makes children grow up fast. I want him to
become a future leader an emir.
Steadily her voice grows in intensity, her eyes
narrowing in anger above the scarf she uses to
cover her face.
I would not be sad if he killed Westerners. Im
ashamed that my other sons are working peacefully
for civil society groups they must take up arms.
How would she feel, I ask, if he dies fighting for
Islamic State?
She pauses. I would be so happy, she replies,
before bowing her head to cry.
Islamic State is recruiting widely among children, according to a United Nations report released last month and often forcibly.
Syrias war is blackening the formative years of a
generation. And militants are preying upon children
as tools of that war, their innocence stolen too early.
As I left the house of Abu Hattab, I asked his
mother what her 13-year-old wanted to become
when he was even younger.
She smiled: A pilot. BBC

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International News

Volunteers test Ebola vaccine


relimiNary indications in mali

from the first trial for an ebola vaccine taking place in africa
seem promising.
We know that after two weeks
theyre starting to have some immune response and there are no adverse reactions,
says Samba Sow, an infectious disease epidemiologist and vaccine expert and director of Centre for Vaccine Development
(CVD) in mali.
The first volunteer in mali was paediatrician Seydou Cissoko, who was vaccinated on
October 8 at the CVD in the capital, Bamako.
Since i received the vaccine, i feel well,
there is no difference in the way a feel now
and how i felt before, he said.
Ten other healthcare workers are due to
receive more ebola vaccines on Thursday
in the trial.
The exercise is part of a bigger multicountry study which began in the UK in
it is a joint effort involving the World
Health Organisation (WHO), the US National institutes of Health and UK pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline.
it is also one of the most fast-tracked
vaccines in history with experts hoping
to find a way to develop immunity to ebola which has killed nearly 5 000 people
this year in West africa in a matter of
What motivated me to join the study
was the fact that i am a medical doctor and
ill be regularly in touch with patients of
ebola, says Cissoko.
This week he has been asked to investigate two suspected cases of ebola one
of them was a man who died after bleeding
from the mouth.
it is first to protect myself and secondly to help the scientific community find a
good vaccine against the disease.
at first, his family were worried about
his participation in the trial, which is being funded from the research charity the
Wellcome Trust, the UKs medical research Council and Department for international Development.
i explained to my wife and brother how
it works and now they are fine with it.
But i have not talked about it to my parents because i thought they may not understand, he adds.
in total 40 volunteers are taking part in
the mali study all of them are health
workers who could be called upon to deal
with ebola should more cases appear in
the country.
The first and only case has been that of
a two-year-old girl who travelled from one
of the worst-affected countries, Guinea, in
October and later died of the disease.
Sow, malis newly appointed ebola tsar,
is also taking part in the trial at the CVD.
its a very smart vaccine that is very
well-known, so we hope that if the vaccine
works well be protected and well not be
too scared to do our job in the frontline,
he told the BBC as he was vaccinated on
Tuesday along with a nine other volunteers.
One after the other they walked into the
vaccination room and sat facing two colleagues who were clad in blue protective
coats, goggles and gloves.
This is a very special occasion where
we have to let study investigators be participants, he said.
This lot of participants received double
the dosage given to earlier volunteers.
The idea is to not only investigate if the
drug ignites an immune response, but also
find out what dosage would be effective.
The vaccines are kept in temperatures
of approximately minus 80C in an adjacent room, which only two members of
staff have access to and the refrigerator
is kept locked.
about 20 minutes before the next participant arrives, a dose of the vaccine is removed from the freezer and left to thaw in
room temperature.
it is then carefully extracted into a syringe.
Sow explains that unlike many other vaccines where a weakened form of the live virus is used, in this study a modified chim-

panzee common cold virus is used to carry a

single ebola protein.
it cannot infect someone with ebola, but
should prompt the production of antibodies against the virus.
The chimp virus can only give a cold but
not get somebody really sick, he assures.
it is a tried-and-tested vaccine carrier, he
For this phase of the trial, none of the
participants will receive a placebo.
The volunteers are observed for the first
hour after vaccination.

They give blood samples before being inoculated and then a day, a week, two weeks
and 28 days afterwards.
The samples are processed in a laboratory at the research centre.
The scientists extract white blood cells
the part of the blood that fights diseases
and observe them under a microscope to
see if there is an immune response.
But they have to send them to the University of maryland in Baltimore, US, for more
sophisticated analysis to determine if the
immunity if any is against ebola.

What were hoping is to have this vaccine as quickly as possible so it can help us
to better control this epidemic and also to
help us not to have this epidemic become a
pandemic, says Sow.
at home with his wife and son, Cissoko
says a new vaccine would give his family
some reassurance as they constantly worry about his chance of contracting the virus given the risk health workers face,
with more than 300 dying so far in the
current outbreak.



The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is a constitutional
institution established in terms of Chapter 12 (Sect 242) and
operationalized by the ZHRC Act (Chapter 10:30). Under the Act, part
IV provides the basis for Financial Provisions of the Commission. This
is further guided by Sect 80 of the PFMS Act Chapter (22:19) and
respective Treasury Instructions (TIs).

In the light of the foregoing, the Commission is requesting for

bids from Financial Management Consultants to draft a Financial
Procedures and Accounting Manual for Financial Management and
Administrative Guidelines.
To secure transparency, accountability and sound management
of the revenues, expenditure, assets and liabilities of ZHRC.
To lay down internal controls to safeguard the Commissions
To create an audit trail that will ensure that reliance can be
placed on the Commissions nancial results; and
To guide the sta on treatment of nancial transactions and
administrative procedures
To provide standard operating procedures for nancial and
administrative aspects of the organization
To serve as a guide to existing and new employees.
The Internal Policies and Procedures are meant to guide the
treatment of nancial and administrative transactions and processes
for treatment consistency and uniformity. Ultimately the policy
guidelines should ensure minimization of risks in the management
of resources of the Commission and bring about accountability of
those resources.
The Policies and Guidelines are expected to address as minimum the
following issues:

Introduction and Denition of Accounting terms,

The Budgeting Process and Statement of Best Practices,
The Accounting System,
Computerized Accounting System (CAS),
The Financial Reporting Process,
Management of Assets and Facilities,
Management of Grants:-statements of best practices.
General Financial Management,
Duty Travel,
Procurement, Purchasing and Vendor Disclaimer Policy,
Information Technology Policy,
Any other Financial and Administrative Procedures
Overheads Cost Policy,
Documents/Forms in use

The Consultant is expected to use various data collection and analysis
methods in coming up with policies and procedures that meet the
minimum requirements for the Commission. The following, among
other methods, shall be used in the drafting process:

Studying the provisions of the Constitution in terms of the

Commissions accountability.
Studying the provisions of the PFM Act and Treasury
Instructions on the Accountability processes and requirements.
Selecting and adopting relevant IFRS for the Commissions
scope of work
Researching on the best practices by local, regional, and
international similar Commissions.
Researching on Best Practices as per requirements of National
Human Rights Institutions
Interviewing various people e.g. Commissioners, the Executive
Secretary and Finance and Administration personnel at the

Policy briefs and guidelines for each aspect of the overall policy
The draft nancial procedures, administration and accounting
manual for the Commission.
The duration of assignment is four weeks from the date of

The compilation process has to indicate the levels of quality

control within the consultants work (separation of duties &
checks and balances within the rm on the assignment )
Peer Reviews and feedbacks from the Commission.
Indicate/give references of applicable IFRS and any other
source of information used
Compliance with the Terms of Reference.
Any quality control measures not mentioned above.


Demonstration of prowess in the eld of nancial accounting
Evidence of successful previous similar assignments
At least three traceable and reputable references
Professional membership of accounting profession board
Membership of PAAB Zimbabwe
At least 5 years consultancy experience in the eld of designing
nancial systems and user training.
The applications should be sent to :

The Chairperson, Procurement Committee, Zimbabwe Human

Rights Commission, No 3 Elcombe Avenue, Belgravia, Harare
by Friday, 14 November, 2014.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission No 3 Elcombe Avenue,
Belgravia, Harare
You can also send your application to the following e-mail address:


The Standard November 9 to 15 2014


The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is established by Chapter 12 Section 242 of the Constitution
and operationalised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights
Act Chapter 10.30. Recruitment of staff is ongoing
and as such it is critical for the Commission to have
in place an Induction Toolkit and Job Descriptions
that welcome and guide employees in the conduct
of their duties and responsibilities.
It is against the background of the foregoing that the
Commission is seeking bids from reputable Human
Resources Management Consulting firms to develop an Induction Toolkit and Job Descriptions that will
be used to guide the Commission and Staff.

To provide framework and guidelines for the

Commission to ensure that new employees
re able to settle into their new jobs and
departments easily, comfortably and
To ensure that new employees buy into
the vision, mission, values and objectives of
the Commission;
To gain optimum and effective output from
the new employees within a short period of
time after recruitment.



To clearly outline the primary responsibilities

of a position and the essential tasks to be

To state the location of the job in terms of

geography and organizational hierarchy;

To inform a job applicant of the supervisor to

whom he/she will report to and any
employees for whom she/ he will be
responsible for;

To outline the desired competencies such as

skills, training, education and experience.
The consultant is expected to cover the following:
All new employees should be properly inducted
upon joining the Commission. It is the responsibility
of the Human Resources Team and Heads of Department to ensure that the new employee receives
the necessary and appropriate induction.
The essential components of the Induction
Programme to be included are as follows;

Exposure to the Vision, Mission and Values

of the Commission;
Exposure to the Operational Structure
of the Commission;
Discussion regarding the contents of the
Contract of Employment;
Discussion regarding the contents of
the Employee Conditions of Service;
Understanding of the requirements of the
probationary period;
Introduction to staff members;
Understanding the Commission
operating processes;
Discussion regarding the Safety
Health Environment and Quality Policies and
Understanding of relating and interact
ing with Commission partners;
Understanding the Human Resources
Policy Manual;
Finally, agreeing on Key Result Areas
and Performance Standards for the
Probationary period.


All employees are expected to have a job description upon joining the Commission to clearly outline
the relationship of ones job with other functions in
the organization. The consultant is therefore, expected to establish the following Human Resources
functions such as:

Career planning.
Training and Development.
Job evaluation.
Organisational structure (lines of reporting).
Performance management.
Disciplinary and grievance ethics.

The consultant is expected to use the following
methods of compiling information for the draft:


Research on best practices from similar

National Human Rights Institutions
and other Commissions locally, regionally
and internationally;

Research into the current Zimbabwe

Human Rights Commissions documents
relating to the assignment;

Interviewing of the Commission

management team, Project Coordinator,
some Commissioners and staff;

Role Clarification Questionnaires.


Detailed Induction Toolkit.

Job Descriptions for each Z.H.R.C existing


The Consultant is expected to produce

draft documents for comments and review
by the Commission by 30 November 2014

Final Documents by 15 December 2014

The consultant will report to a
committee set by the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Commission;

The Job Descriptions should adhere to

relevant employment laws of Zimbabwe
and ratified International Labour
Organisation Resolutions;

The Job Descriptions should be

non-biased and not specify preferences
ccording to gender, race, creed, religion,
or physical ability or political affiliation.

The consultant should possess a post

graduate degree in Human Resources
or related discipline/and or relevant

A reputable Human Resources firm with

at least 5 years experience in a strategic
consultant role.

Documented Human Resources mate

rial, for example, manuals produced or

Strong background and references in

the consulting role in the past five years.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC)
is an institution established by Chapter 12 Section
242 of the Constitution and operationalized by the
Zimbabwe Human Rights Act Chapter 10.30. Recruitment of staff is ongoing and as such it is critical
for the Commission to have in place policies and
procedures that guide employees in the conduct of
their duties.


The consultant will work closely with the Commission to develop policy manual guided by the Zimbabwe Labour Relations Act and supporting statutory instruments such as NSSA Act, Manpower and
Development Act, Pension and Provident Funds Act,
Disabled Persons Act and S.15 of 2006.
The Human Resources Manual is to cover the following areas;a.


Hours of Work

Overtime Policy


Acting Allowance

Annual Leave

Special Leave

Maternity Leave

Sick Leave

Study Leave

Notice Periods

Long Service Awards

Business Travel Policy

Travelling & Subsistence

Business Ethics

Conflict of Interest

Funeral Policy

Professional Conduct


Recruitment Policy

Promotion Policy


Job Evaluation Policy


Probation Assessment

Annual performance objective

Mid-year performance assessment

End of year performance



Annual Leave

Sick Leave

Maternity Leave

Study Leave

Special Leave

Public Holidays

The objective of the assignment is to:


It is in light of the foregoing that, the Commission

is seeking bids from reputable Human Resources
Management Consulting firms to draft a Human Resources Management Manual that will act as a guide
on policies and procedures to be used.

Set out the policies, procedures and forms

relating to all aspects of employment for use

by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

and staff;
Provide the organization with uniform
guidelines that taken into account issues of
gender, ethics, disability and human rights in
order to ensure equitable and consistent
application of the policies and procedures;
Provide a tool for managers to ensure
proper management control and follow up;
Provide accurate and timely information on
Commission policies and legal framework
relating to employees and their relationship to
the Commission and other staff and

General Pay Policy
Annual Bonus
Job Evaluation and grading policy
Vehicle Allocation
Medical Aid
Promotion Increases
Acting in a Higher grade Position
Overtime Pay
Severance Pay
NSSA Pension Scheme
Telephone/Cell phone Allowance
Business Entertainment
Termination of employment
Removal Expenses on Transfer &
Fuel Allowance


Manpower Planning

Succession Planning

Training and Development

Performance Management

Organisational Design

Acting in a Higher Grade Position


Applicants Health Information &

Physical Examination Reports

Occupational Health and Safety

Workers Compensation

HIV & AIDS policy


Code of Conduct and Grievance


Workers Committee and Works Council

Sexual Harassment
The consultant is expected to apply the following
methodology in the compilation of the draft:

Research on best practices of similar

institutions locally, regionally and

Conduct survey on current practice.


The process output is the Zimbabwe

Human Rights Commission Human
Resources Policy Manual.

Draft Human Resources Policy Manual

for review and comments by the
Commission by 30 November 2014.

Final version of Manual by 15 Decem ber


A Zimbabwe Human Rights committee

will be set up to monitor progress and
ensure a quality output.

The consultant should possess a post
graduate degree in Human Resources
or related discipline;
A reputable Human Resources firm
with at least 5 years experience in a
strategic consultant role;
Strong and proven background/record
and references in the consulting role in
the past five years would be an added
Reputable Human Resources Consult
ants with at least 5 years experience in
Strategic Human Resources Consultancy.

Provide materials they have produced

preferably for similar institutions/commissions
The consultant should not have previous
record of conviction for professional conduct
or related offence;WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THE

The applications with financial proposals are

to be sent to theChairperson Procurement
Committee, Zimbabwe Human Rights
Commission. 3 Elcombe Avenue, Belgravia,
Harare by Friday, 14 November, 2014.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission,

3 Elcombe Avenue Belgravia Harare
You can also send your application to the following e-mail address:

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English premiership home

grown player rule stinks

aul Pogba is still one hell of a player. Quick,

strong, intelligent, with an eye for goal, he
is the natural successor to Yaya Toure at
Manchester City. And they are believed to
be interested. As interested as they might
have been this time last year. It is hard to say.
For a funny thing happened when the 2013-14 season ended. Pogba stopped being home grown. To be
fair, he had never entirely earned that status. But he
had the potential to be a product of these shores and
exactly what City need to make their Premier League
If City could have got Pogba in the last January
transfer window, for instance, he had be a regular
Mancunian by now.
Incredibly, despite having made 74 appearances for
France in all age groups, and close to 100 for Juventus
in Italy, despite having played in French club football
from the age of six to 16, had Pogba been claimed by
City last season he would have counted as no different from any member of Manchester Uniteds famed
Class of 1992. In the eyes of the Premier League he
would have been as English as Gary Neville or Paul
Scholes or Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur.
What constitutes home grown these days sometimes has as much in common with the spirit of
youth development as crabsticks do with actual crab
Take Pogbas story. He was at a club called US Roissy-en-Brie from the age of six, moving to US Torcy for
one year and representing their Under-13 team. From
there he played for Le Havre for two seasons, before
joining Manchester United in controversial circumstances in the year of his 16th birthday.
By the time the various games of claim and counter-claim were concluded, Pogba became a Manchester United player on October 7 2009. After falling out
with the club over his contract, he signed for Juventus on July 3 2012 and therein lies the problem.
Premier League rules state that to qualify as home
grown, a player must have spent three entire seasons
or 36 months with an English club prior to his 21st
birthday or the end of the season in which he turns
21. Pogba left United three months short.
There is, however, a totting-up process, meaning if
he could return to English football before the deadline, the second spell would be added to the 33 months
already served. Pogba turned 21 on March 15 2014,
still playing for Juventus. When the 2013-14 season
ended, therefore, the home grown door shut, never to
be reopened.
Yet how ridiculous if City had pulled that off. Yes,
some crucial development work was done at Manchester United, but no more so than the groundwork
in France honing the gift that attracted the major
Premier League club in the first place.
Then there is Pogbas time at Juventus 88 appearances to the end of 2013-14, as opposed to seven
for United. Yet it wasnt even United who stood to benefit; it was City. They would be able to claim Pogba as
their own, despite him arriving as a fully formed international footballer. Pogba could have kept a genuine local kid out of the team, as if they were both of
similar benefit to English football.
It is this anomaly that provoked a dry laugh from
Andy Cole, the former England striker, whose son
Devante is on the books at City. Real home grown
players and players bought and called home grown
are a totally different entity, he said. What I would
call home grown is a kid born in Manchester or the
United Kingdom, who has gone to United or City and
come through the system. You can buy someone in,
hes there for three years and thats home grown?
The current Premier League rules are like Cheddar cheese not only do they stink, but the definition is meaningless. Unlike Camembert, Roquefort
or Gorgonzola, Cheddar does not enjoy protected designation of origin status. It can, literally, be made anywhere, and still be classed as Cheddar. In 2010, in the
United States alone, 1,46m tonnes of Cheddar cheese
was produced.
It is the same for home grown players in England.
They come from all over. Ghana, Slovakia, Brazil via
Portugal. There are so many ways to make the grade,
the term has lost all meaning. Manchester City are
not to blame for working this system, indeed the club
are very proud of the depth of local talent in their
younger academy teams. Yet a look at the names of
those currently bubbling beneath the first team in
the elite development squad reveals that home grown
is little more than another box to be ticked these days.
There are 22 EDS players at City, of whom nine are
English-born, with a further 11 on loan, of whom five
are English-born. This means the majority of the
group are either foreign players already qualified
as home grown such as the Brazilian-born Portu-

guese forward Marcos Lopes or those working

towards that status such as Jose Angel Pozo, who
signed for City on March 15 2012, his 16th birthday. When he turns 19 next March he will qualify
as home grown.
Pozo was born in that noted Manchester suburb, Malaga, and has already played for Spain 13
times at youth levels.
As the home grown rule is intended to encourage a pathway that, in time, helps provide depth
and options for the England manager, it is hard to
identify the benefit.

Paul Pogba, would have been considered home grown if he had signed for a Premier League club
last season despite being born in France and playing international football for them.

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Review gate charges downwards


he Mbada Diamonds Cup will

bring the curtain down on the
2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer
League programme in what could
be the icing on the cake of an exciting soccer season.
The tournament has changed from its
usual 16-team contest and this season it will
involve four teams. Dynamos and ZPC Kariba are guaranteed of participation with
CaPS United and FC Platinum likely to
take up the remaining two slots.

That the tournament has changed in

terms of its format does not mean the gate
fees change. The sponsors made a commitment three years ago that this tournament would carry a US$1 gate entry fee for
the cheapest seat in the stadium and that
should remain so.
From Harare to Bulawayo, Mutare to Zvishavane and of course, Kariba to Kadoma.
It was good, if not refreshing, to see the carnival atmosphere that engulfed football stadiums as thousands of football fans attended the Mbada Diamonds Cup, courtesy of
the modest gate charge.
It is the same atmosphere that we expect
once again since the tournament will draw
the top four football teams, according to the
final standings of what has been a highly
competitive league programme.

The reasons for the reduction in the number of teams, in the financial figures and
in the format is not for us to dwell on. But
the sponsors have seen it fit that the tournament has to go on despite serious doubts
that it was ever going to take place.
The Mbada Diamonds Cup will come as
a Christmas bonus to fans who have supported football throughout the year in such
a hostile financial environment. On that
premise, the US$1 gate charge will come as
the perfect festive season present.
It should be noted that fewer football fans
are coming to watch local football matches
these days and one of the reasons being cited is that the US$3 entry fee is too high.
The results of the OneWallet Cup final in which only a handful of supporters
came to watch Triangle upstage Dynamos


The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) would like to inform its valued clients
that Government has, through the Finance Act (No 2) of 2014 published on 17
October 2014, made provision for an amnesty on penalties, interest, and prosecution
for the non-payment and other irregularities in connection with all taxes
administered by the Authority.
The tax amnesty is in respect of any non-compliance which occurred during the
period beginning 1st February 2009 to 30th September 2014 (the amnesty period).
Affected clients must submit applications on Form No. TAO1 which can be
downloaded from the ZIMRA website ( - to the Commissioner
General between the period 1st October 2014 and 31st March 2015.
Issues already covered in completed or on-going audits and investigations and other
enforcement activities by ZIMRA are not covered by this amnesty.
Applications for tax amnesty should be submitted well in time to enable the
processing by the Commissioner General and time for the applicant to pay the full
amount by not later than 31st March 2015.
ZIMRA would like to urge its valued clients to take full advantage of this rare
opportunity and regularise their tax affairs.

Paying taxes and duties on time and in full builds and dignifies Zimbabwe

Commissioner General

Public Notice No 16 of 2014

bear testimony to this. We also saw it in the

TM Pick N Pay Challenge in which Dynamos and Highlanders also attracted a small
crowd at the National Sports Stadium.
That the crowd attendance problem has
even affected the most popular football
teams in the country who on their heyday
attracted over 20 000 people should be a test
case for those leading the top flight football
league in the country.
The crowd attendance issue should be
on the agenda of the next Premier Soccer
Leagues assembly meeting.
Football matches are played for the spectators to come in and enjoy. Without spectators there is no need to have the games played
at all. That should be the starting point for
the PSL. What do we have to do to bring the
fans back to the stadiums? That should be the
question on their minds.
The honest truth is that in the wake of the
developments that are taking centre stage,
there is a need to seriously review their gate
charges downwards. To US$2 or even US$1.
Everyone is getting affected by the current
economic situation and football fans are not
an exception. Companies are struggling to
an extent that they are not regularly paying
their employees and those who are getting
paid are not even receiving their full salaries.
apart from the gate entry fee, soccer fans
also have other costs which they have to bear,
one of which is for transport. In reality, the total costs of attending a football game has now
gone to as much as US$5 for the ordinary man
in the street.
We cannot say the standards of our football
have gone down. That is far from it. Zimbabwean football fans are still watching and enjoying their local game on television.
It has become cheaper for them to buy a one
litre bottle of Chibuku Super beer or a quart
of Eagle Lager for US$1 and then watch the
game at home rather than be at the stadium.
This is what the PSL should stop. Even after taking their Chibuku Super beer or Eagle Lager, fans should still find time to go and
cheer their teams at stadiums as was the case
in the past.
It is better to have 10 000 people at a football
match paying a US$1 each than have 1 000 people paying US$3 each.
On a lighter note, there have been suggestions that some of the games should be
charged US$1 for two football fans, just like in
commuter omnibuses.
lFor views, suggestions, and comments
email, or WhatsApp
on 0773 266 779.

De Jonges star
keeps shining

ZIMBaBWES top golfer Brendon De

Jonge is spinning money on the 2015 PGa
Tour and is placed sixth on the list of tour
money leaders ahead of accomplished
golfers Lee Westwood and Rory Sabatini.
The Zimbabwean, who is ranked 79th on
the world rankings, has so far amassed
US$670 262 from the four tournaments he
has taken part in the new season.
Leading the table is Sang Moon Bae
who has US$1 346 000 from the three competitions he participated and is followed
by Ryan Moore who has managed US$1
260 000 from two contests.
De Jonge leads the likes of world number three Sergio Garcia who is placed 8th
on the list with a total of US$522 667 as
well South africas Retief Goosen who
has US$309 275 and lies on 18th position.
Westwood in 28th position with US$241
265, one place ahead of Sabatini who has
accumulated US$235 760. Westwood has
participated in two events so far while Sabatini has contested in three.
Robert Streb who won the McGladley
Classic after a play off with De Jonge and
Will MacKenzie is in fourth place with a
total of US$1 175 733. MacKenzie on his
part is 11th with an accumulative total of
US$509 215.

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ship sinking
By Munyaradzi Madzokere

imbabwe crickets unbridled downward spiral

continued after the national team gave Bangladesh an unassailable 2-0
lead and a series win in the second
Test in Kulna on Friday.
Bangladesh were clinical in
their execution, turning on the
power to dispatch the visitors by
162 runs in a match that had a
draw written all over it, to wrap
up the three match series with a
game to spare.
Alarm bells should be ringing for coach, Stephen Mangongo, who cut a clueless figure and
could only watch as his ship was
sinking in his first Test series in
charge away from home considering the amount of work and effort that has been put to make sure
the team performs against lowly
ranked Bangladesh.
Mangongo could be ruing the
unpopular decision to axe one
of the countrys best players of
spin, Sean Williams, as his charges seemed to have no reprieve
against Bangladeshi spinners.
His resume continues to deteriorate by the day for someone who

has been in the Zimbabwe cricket coaching structures for a long

time as he is yet to win a Test
match since his rise to power in
July this year.
Apart from a famous win over
Australia, the former Mountaineers gaffer has only two ODI wins,
against minnows Afghanistan in
14 encounters, three of which are
With the latest defeat in mind,
the biggest question is: Does Mangongo have solutions needed to
put a stop to Zimbabwes dismal
showing in the field of play?
Under Mangongo, Zimbabwe
has failed to put up a comprehensive and complete performance in
all the three cricket departments,
at the same time playing ultranegative cricket.
When batsmen perform, the
bowlers grab the opportunity to
undo the batters labour, if the batters falter the bowlers, more often than not, improve their performance and when the top order sets
a solid platform; the lower order
crumbles like a deck of cards.
Considering the manner with
which the team rolled over in the
first two matches, it is difficult to
see them bouncing back to win the

Stephen Mangongo
third and final Test which is barely three days away in Chittagong.
Clearly Bangladeshs spin wizardry of Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam and Jubair Hussein
has haunted the Southern African visitors as they shared 18 of
Zimbabwes 20 wickets in the second Test, with Shakib claiming 10
Batsmen who offered meaningful resistance were Hamilton Masakadza, who compiled a personal
best score of 158 and Regis Chakabva, 101, also his best score, as the
two batters posted a record seventh wicket partnership of 147
runs, in the first innings of the
second Test.
Sikandar Raza Butt who scored
Zimbabwes only half century in
Dhaka miserably failed to stamp
his authority in Kulna managing
11 and 9 in two innings while oth-

Brendan Taylor
er batters such captain Brendan
Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Sean
Ervine and debutant Brian Chari
were mediocre.
Zimbabwes bowlers bowled in
patches with Tendai Chatara, Elton Gumbura and Tinashe Panyangara doing a splendid job in
the first innings while spinners
Malcom Waller as well as debutant Natsai Mushangwe put up polished effort in the second innings.
Ironically, Zimbabwe has made
grueling efforts to condition the
team for subcontinent conditions
that favour spin bowling, with a
special spin camp in Triangle but
all the work seem to have come to
naught as the batting line up religiously struggled against the Tigers spinners.
The sad story of Zimbabwe cricket is that while Bangladesh played
according to their own strengths,

the local team also played to the Tigers merits hence the two consecutive defeats.
While Zimbabwe amplified the
difficulty in containing the Bangladeshi spinners and diverted all
the energies to practice playing
against spin, the subcontinent
side was busy working on their
abilities as well as creating a complete team hungry for success.
The third and final Test is set for
Wednesday and Mangongos lads
are hard at work trying to learn to
play spin in the subcontinent and
it is easy to predict the outcome
judging from the first two Tests.
Many may think it is just about
picking a winning team or practising to play spin but Mangongo
may need to do more to change the
fortunes of an undoubtedly talented Zimbabwe team in Bangladesh.

Cheetahs relish hosting Sevens Africa Cup

By our STaFF

he Zimbabwe rugby Sevens flagship

team, the Cheetahs, are relishing the
opportunity to play in front of their
fans and possibly scoop the top honours
when they host the 2014 Confederation of
African Rugby Sevens Africa Cup later
this month.
Twelve countries namely Kenya Uganda, Tunisia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Senegal, Zambia, Ivory
Coast, South Africa and hosts Zimbabwe
will be part of the rugby festivities set for
November 20 to 30 at Harare Sports Club.
Winning the tournament or finishing the highest ranked non-core member would mean that the Gilbert Nyamutsamba-coached side remains on course to
attain IRB Sevens core membership status by qualifying to the next leg, the Hong
Kong World Sevens Series next year.
Cheetahs captain and utility forward,
Jacques Leitao told Standardsport what it

means for the team to host such a massive

African rugby event.
It means a lot to play in front of the
home crowd, it had been a long time since
we had hosted a match and just this opportunity to play with our local fans rallying
behind us is priceless, Leitao said.
Of course the main prize is to qualify
for Hong Kong next year but we are looking to win this tournament as hosts and its
a lot easier when you are playing at home.
Our chances of winning are very high,
we are going to play some good opposition
especially with South Africa and Kenya in
the tournament, we are above all the other African countries and we have to find a
way of showing our quality against South
Africa and Kenya but our chances are
much better than the last time we won it,
he added.
Zimbabwes perpetual quest for Sevens rugby core status came to a crashing
halt after a 12-17 defeat to Italy in the Hong
Kong, late March this year despite impres-

sive performances in the group phase with

victories over Barbados, Chile and Russia.
Rivals South Africa and Kenya are both
International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens
core members and Zimbabwe are bidding
to become the third African country to attain the lucrative core status.
The Cheetahs squad is yet to be named
until the conclusion of the ongoing annual
club Sevens Summer Series currently underway.
The Sevens Summer Series is a very
good preparation for the CAR tournament
as it gives the locally based players the opportunity to be picked for the national
team, we do have great talent in the team,
a lot of young players trying to put their
hands up and I think the future can only be
great, said Leitao.
Zimbabwe have been drawn in Pool A
alongside group favourites Kenya, Cote
dIvoire, Nigeria, Namibia and Uganda
while South Africa leads Pool B with Tunisia, Zambia, Senegal and Madagascar.

Jacques Leitao

Young Antwun connections celebrate

By Michael kariaTi

he connections of Young Antwun, the three year old son

of West Man and Soul Seeker are celebrating after landing the
highest pay cheque on offer so far
at Borrowdale race course in the
2014/15 Zimbabwe horse racing
The Zimbabwean bred geldings superb finish in the Jacaranda Free Handicap rewarded owner
PJ Moor, trainer Amy Bronkhorst,
jockey Kark Zechner and groomer
Moses Tsurudzo with a pay cheque
of US$8 400, the highest for any
connections at Borrowdale race
course since the season started.
Ironically, Moses Tsurudzos

brother Lawrence also looks after

horses in the same stable and is the
groomer of Equina, the proud winner of the Castle Tankard, the OK
Challenge the Champions Fillies
Stakes and with Zechner as the pilot.
With the major races like
the US$50 000 Tankard and the
US$40 000 OK Challenge still to
come this season, the US$14 000
Jacaranda Free Handicap has
so far offered the highest stake
money since racing resumed in
September after a two month
The Sable Flyers, the Zimbabwe
National Army and the Zimbabwe
Republic Police Charity races all

had a stake money of US$9 000 with

the races in between them having
offered US$4 500 and US$7 500 in
stake money.
The winners prize money from
the Jacaranda Free Handicap will
go a long way in helping Bronkhorst in her cause for the champion trainers title as the winner gets
the prize on the basis of total stake
money accumulated throughout
the season.
Making her debut last season,
Bronkhorst finished fourth with
the title going to Lisa Harris with
Kirk Swanson just behind second
place. In between Bronkhorst and
Swanson was Ghokan Terzi.
For coming second in the Jac-

aranda Free Handicap, the heavily favoured Atsos Scheme from

the Corne Spies stable received
US$2 800 while third placed Will
Pays from the yard of the Sebastien DAquino stable was a US$1 750
Apart from being a Zimbabwean
bred horse, what is also encouraging
about Young Antwun is that she has
shown a lot of promise having made
her debut as a two year old on March
23 this year and winning his first
race ever ahead of Hollywood Babe.
Having been assigned Zechner as
his regular jockey, Young Antwun
was also placed in his second race
coming fourth in a 1 000 metre race
which was won by Picalilly, anoth-

er of the rising young Zimbabwean

As a 20/1 outsider. Not only did
Young Antwun make his connections happy but the punters too.
She paid out a huge US$14.00 to
those who placed faith in him for
winning the race. In the swingers
she also dished out good financial
rewards, giving out US$8,30 with
Atsos Scheme and US$9,50 with
Will Pays.
However, at only three years
old, Young Antwun still has a
long way to go before she can compete with the likes of the Equina,
Captains Tiger, A King Is Born,
Gentle Brook, and Ginepri in the
Grade One and Grade Two races.


The Standard November 9 to 15 2014


How Makamure
signed on Peter
hat began as a mere bet
translated into a fairytale
football relationship that has
claimed a special place in
Zimbabwes football folklore.
It was an opportunistic meeting in 1992
that tied former Warriors captain Peter
Ndlovu and Winston Makamure, the man
who was to become his manager for 16
Then a 27-year-old university student in
the UK, Makamure never dreamt that he
would one day become one of Zimbabwes
top football agents, taking care of arguably
Zimbabwes best football talent.
Then at Coventry City Football Club,
Ndlovu was a soundtrack in West Midlands as well as back home and for anyone
to shake hands with him, it was a priceless honour, equal to that an ordinary fan,
would feel after shaking hands with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi today.
On one vacation back home, Makamure
dared his friends that he was going to send
them his photo taken with Ndlovu.
His friends placed a bet that he would get
nowhere near the footballer.
It was a bet that opened way for his greatest football adventure.
One Monday back in England after vacation, Makamure embarked on a one hour
30 minutes journey from his Hertfordshire
base to Coventry.
But to his disappointment, Coventry City
did not train on Mondays and he had to
wait for the following day.
Another problem emerged.
Being a student, he had no money for
overnight accommodation and so he slept
in the car he had hired from Hertfordshire.
The following morning I went back to
the training ground and I noticed Peter
from a distance. He was a small guy among
all players and running faster than everyone else, said Makamure.
I showed the Coventry guys my passport
and told them I was Peters homeboy. For
me to get access to him, I had to tell authorities there that I was close to the player and
they allowed me to talk to him after training. I was a stranger to him but he was very
warm, thanking me for the effort to visit
him. Unfortunately I could not speak Ndebele and Peter could not speak Shona so we
had to communicate in English.
The Coventry guys questioned us why
we were speaking in English when we were
compatriots but we told them that it was for
their benefit so that they could understand

what we were talking about.

He bought me some sandwiches and
I said Peter, here is a bet I did with my
friends back home, so can I please have a
photo with you. he responded, It is fine.
He called the entire team and I had pictures
with them.
The team manager then asked who I was
and Peter told him jokingly that I was his
agent. That is how it started.
He had won his bet.
As I was about to leave, Peter gave me
five match tickets, inviting me to watch his
next game against Ipswich Town. He told
me he wished more Zimbabweans could
come to watch him play, he said.
Another impediment arose; he did not
have money to travel back to Coventry for
that match.
But Ndlovu rescued him with a train ticket.
Back at university while narrating in
jubilation to friends his meeting with the
player, an idea just struck that he could
really be Ndlovus agent.
One of his lecturers and an Indian friend
gave him insights on how to become a football agent and the interest grew in him.
Then the Ipswich matchday arrived.
I went to the match wearing a pair of
jeans, white t-shirt, a jacket and takkies.
When I disembarked from the train in Coventry, there was a white chauffer holding a
placard with my name, said Makamure.
But there was yet another problem.
The guy looked at me and said, Winston, we have a problem here. You are not
properly dressed. The tickets you have are
for the directors lounge where you would
be seated with the owners of the team,he
Being a mere student, Makamure did not
have money to buy a suit at that moment
and it needed the club chairmans signature for him to be allowed into the directors lounge.
To complicate things, getting that signature rarely happened.
I swapped tickets with the chauffer and
I sat in the ordinary stand, he said.
Things got worse because Ndlovu was
named man-of-the-match.
The players guests were required to be
in the directors lounge for the presentation
of the match award.
On that day, Ndlovus late brother Adam
was also there.
That dressing problem came back again.
I could not get into the directors lounge.
But the chairman signed me the rare exemption to get in there. I had to borrow

Winston Makamure (sitted) and Peter Ndlovus

brother Madinda at Rufaro Stadium

Peter Ndlovu dancing at Anfield after breaking a

38-year-old visiting striker hat-trick scoring feat in 1995.


Winston Makamure was Peter Ndlovus manager for 16 years

someones jacket though. This for me was
now exciting, he said.
I discussed with Peter on representing
him. He dropped me at the train station and
asked if I was really able to assist him. We
agreed that I become his agent with a handshake.
Interestingly, no contract was signed between them in the 16 years they worked together.
Ndlovu consulted his brother Madinda
who was well-versed with player representation.
The union had officially begun.
I did not need any money from Peter. As
a student, I just wanted five tickets for every Coventry home game so that I would be
able to watch the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
The five tickets were more of a handshake
to say, let us do it. What a pleasure it was
for me then, Makamure said.
The real job as Ndlovus handler began in
the European summer of 1993.
The players contract with Coventry was
nearing the end and needed to be renewed.
Here came the biggest challenge. I had
to travel home for vacation and Peters contract was expiring because he had been
playing on short-term contracts. Peter went
to the club chiefs for contract negotiations
saying, lets talk immediately because my
agent is going back to Zimbabwe.
They questioned him on why he now
had a manager when he had arrived in England without representation. They would
tell him sign now or you will go back to
Zimbabwe. They refused to talk to me as
well as Peter and then I flew home, said
They were fears that with Ndlovus profile rising, negotiating alone would have
seen him being offered a contract far much
below his worth.
Coventry were desperate for Ndlovu who
was refusing to ink a new deal in the absence of Makamure despite the latter urging him to just sign.
Makamure arrived in Harare on a Tuesday and immediately received a call from
Coventry manager Bobby Gould.
Out of the blue, Gould called and gave me
a bollocking. He shouted at me. He then told
me to go to Kubatana House to get British Airways ticket they had secured for me so that I
would be in London by Thursday. Remember
he is phoning me from England. I had never
used British Airways because I could not afford it as a student. But here I was being handed a business class ticket, he said.
A chauffer was waiting for him at Gatwick
His brother advised that he first get a briefing from Ndlovu before proceeding to discuss
with the club.
I found Peter very happy to see me. He
started laughing that I was not properly
dressed for a meeting with millionaires. We
went to Marks and Spencer and came out suited, he said.
We went to the training ground. Guess
who was the most pleasant person who I met?
It was Bobby Gould, the manager who had no
kind words for me on the phone. He warmly
welcomed me, expressing happiness to meet

Negotiations lasted for four days before a
new deal was finally struck.
In March 1995, Ndlovu broke a 38-year-old
visiting striker record by netting a hat-trick at
Anfield against Liverpool.
Suddenly, he became a target of the Merseyside club, presenting Makamure with another
negotiation test.
But a cruciate ligament injury stalled the
move that 1995 summer and Coventry were
also hesitating to let Ndlovu go.
Makamures profile grew and also represented Kennedy Chihuri whom he took from
Chapungu straight to the Czech Republic.
He also secured a European switch for
Ian Gorowa and Kingstone Rinemhota who
moved to Swedish side IKF Vasteras.
Former Malawi captain John Maduka was
under his care as well and at one time, he had
two international captains from his stable facing each other when Zimbabwe played their
Managing Peter Ndlovu was the most
amazing experience of my life, said Makamure.
Of all the players I have represented, Peter
was the best. I do not look at myself as a brilliant manager. But I look at Peter as an honest
and loyal player who stuck to that handshake.
I was also determined that from my side, I also
stick to that handshake and play my part. I
once stayed in Singapore and Botswana but
still fluently managed him.
He was a committed player, especially when it came to the national team where
sometimes he had to play two taxing games
within three days. I flew with him on one of
the flights to Harare to make sure he was alright. He was faced with a pressure game and
he slept throughout flight from London to Harare without food or water.
Working with Ndlovu also came with the
priviledge of dining with the ex-British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and former Fulham
owner Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Managing players requires taking care of
their private lives as well and so Makamure
became close to the Ndlovu family and also assisted in Ndlovus charity work.
However, working together was not all rosy
as it also came with its fair share of problems.
Peter is a celebrity and he was sometimes
portrayed negatively in the media. He would
always be scrutinised. The lowest points for
me was when I had to defend issues that were
not true. People twisted facts to make them
negative news. It was energy sapping, Makamure said.
An avid golfer and an IT consultant involved in major projects in Africa, Makamure is no longer involved in player representation.
He says he has been approached by a top
Portuguese club to be their southern Africa
chief scout and they are still discussing the
Makamure intends to set up a soccer academy in the near future and closely monitors
local football and has been involved with rugby as well.
I have to admit I have let people down in
recent years. Football players, clubs, artistes
have approached me for assistance but I face
time constraints to help them, he said.

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Gamecocks peck Buffaloes

By Sukoluhle Mthethwa

Chicken Inn... (0) 2

Buffaloes...(0) 0

hicken Inn will be eagerly

waiting for the outcome
of the match pitting FC
Platinum and Hwange at
the Colliery Stadium this
afternoon, with the hope that their
fifth place is safe, as they fight for a
top four finish after beating Buffaloes at Hartsfield Ground yesterday.
The Gamecocks will be hoping
that FC Platinum are not successful today against Hwange. They
also hope to win their last match to
finish strongly.
Thabani Goredema scored first
for the home side in the 49th minute before Divine Lunga grabbed

Joey Antipas

the second in the 70th minute.

Chicken Inn moved two places
up, with 44 points from 29 games
while Buffaloes remained on position nine with 36 points from the
same number of games.
The Gamecocks gaffer Joey Antipas praised his boys for a good
We did a good job. We started
slow in the first half but we raised
our tempo in the second half. Our
passing and movement was good
in the second half. I am happy with
the 2-0 victory. It was a solid performance. We increased our tempo in
the second half because Buffaloes
was slow, he said.
Buffaloes coach Moses Chunga
said they were not in the game.
Our attitude was wrong. We
were not prepared for the match

mentally. We have to go back to the

drawing board but time is not on
our side.
We have to change our mentality. Our midfield was not creative
we were not mobile. We have to sit
down and find ways of addressing
our challenges. We now have to beat
Hwange at home if we are to survive relegation, he said.
Chicken Inn came back a rejuvenated side after the half time break.
They were rewarded in the 49th
minute when Thomas Chimenya
found Goredema inside the box who
made no mistake beating Buffaloes
goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira.
Lungas free header gave Chicken Inn the win when he took advantage of a George Majika corner in
the 70th minute.

Musona rules out Chiefs return

By MIChael MaDyIRa

KNOWLeDGe Musonas chances of a January return to Kaizer Chiefs are now slim after the
Warriors forward told his handlers that he intends to remain
in europe.
The 24-year-old is currently
training with TSG Hoffenheim
reserves after the German Bundesliga side made it clear he is
not in their plans.
Following the expiry of his
season-long loan stint at Chiefs
in June, Musona was set to return to Hoffenheim where his
contract runs until June 2016.
But the Germans have condemned him to the reserve side
with little hope of breaking
into the first team.
Kaizer Chiefs are, however,
still pursuing the striker but

his agent Mike Makaab told

Standardsport that the Zimbabwean is keen to stay overseas.
Obviously this is not an
ideal situation for him, said
Definitely he will be playing in europe and we are looking at opportunities there. He
has said he wants to continue
playing in europe and play regularly. Hopefully we will secure
him a move where he would be
a regular as he desires. Knowledge is back to full fitness and
doing well at training. He is eager to start playing.
However one can never rule
out any other kind of move.
Musona trained with Granada reserves in August and it is
not yet clear if the Spanish La
Liga outfit is going to make a
move for him in January.

A move to Dutch eredivisie

side FC Twente hit a snag on
the european transfer window
deadline day.
Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws in September reported that Racing Genk were interested in him as possible replacement for Jelle Vossen who
switched to english Championship club Middlesbrough on
We have already started
talking to certain clubs. There
is considerable interest and
we have to make sure he gets
a club. At the moment I cannot
reveal the clubs interested in
him. It would be unfair to start
naming at this stage.
Another eredivisie club NAC
Breda expressed interest in
him last year but he reportedly
snubbed them for Chiefs.

Saurombe shrugs off Mandhu challenge to win Harare Open

By ouR StaFF

AFTeR a nightmarish second

day, Chapman professional golfer Robson Saurombe, brilliantly
bounced back to bag the Golden
Pilsener Harare Open, edging out
Mohammad Mandhu in a nervewrecking sudden death play-off at
Chapman Golf Club yesterday.
The two players had finished
level on 2-under-par after the
three rounds of the flagship Golden Pilsener Zambezi Tour tournament and Saurombe produced an
exquisite chip to set himself up
for a birdie, putting pressure on
Mandhu who had found the green

with only his second shot on the

5-par 18th hole.
Royal Harares Mandhu missed
his attempt for a title winning eagle and missed another putt for
birdie while Saurombe kept his
composure as he birdied to scoop
the US$3 600 winners cheque.
I really feel great, I thank God
once again and the support I got
from my family today was amazing. After yesterday I didnt think
I had a chance, I just hung in there
today and told myself to shoot a
low number, it was not as low as
I wanted but it was low enough to
see me sail through to victory in
the play off, said the Chapman

Golf club teaching Pro after the

Mandhu got US$2 600 for his efforts while Nickson Masunga,
who finished third on 1 under par,
received US$2 100.
Overnight leader, Brian Gondo
found the going very tough to finish tied in 27th place after a disappointing 83 in the final round.
Perkins Mutenda from Mutares
Leopard Rock Golf Club won the
amateurs division after a tie with
Renco Mines Visitor Mapwanya
on 4 over par but Mapwanya opted out of a play off after suffering
a nasty injury, ceding the title to
his rival.

Chelsea march on after win at Anfield

CHeLSeA came from behind to
beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield yesterday as they maintained their
unbeaten start to the season and
stretched their lead at the top
of the Premier League to seven
Goals from Gary Cahill after 14
minutes, awarded after the Goal
Decision System proved the ball
had crossed the line, and Diego
Costas 10th of the season after 67
minutes gave Chelsea the points
after emre Can scored his first
goal for Liverpool to put them

ahead after nine minutes.

Cans shot was deflected off
Cahills shoulder past Chelsea
keeper Thibaut Courtois, but
five minutes later the Chelsea defender reacted quickly to score
after John Terrys header was
parried by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.
Cahills shot from the rebound
was caught by Mignolet but the
goal-line technology system
ruled the ball had crossed the
Costa settled the points after

Mignolet parried a cross from

Cesar Azpilicueta only for the
Spain striker to slam in the rebound with an unstoppable low
shot with two Liverpool defenders on the line.
Chelsea lead the table with 29
points from 11 matches.
Yesterday results
Liverpool 1 - 2 Chelsea
Burnley 1 - 0 Hull
Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 2 - 0 Leicester
West Ham 0 - 0 Aston Villa

Malcom Waller

Waller reported for suspect action

MALCOM Waller the Zimbabwe
part-time offspinner, has become
the latest bowler to be pulled up by
the ICC for a suspect bowling action.
Waller will now have to undergo
testing within 21 days, and can continue to bowl in international cricket until the results of the tests are
Waller was reported during the
second Test against Bangladesh
during which he took six wickets.
The match officials report,
which was handed over to the Zimbabwe team manager Mufaro Chiturumani after the Test concluded on
Friday, cited concerns about the legality of the 30-year-old's bowling

action, an ICC release said.

The ICC has been increasingly vigilant about dodgy bowling actions this year, with bans being
handed to high-profile players like
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.
Wallers team-mate, Prosper
Utseya, was also reported three
months ago and was suspended
from bowling in October.
The ICC crackdown has hit offspinners the hardest, besides Ajmal
and Utseya, Sri Lanka's Sachithra
Senanayake, Bangladeshs Sohag
Gazi, West Indies Shane Shillingford and New Zealand's Kane Williamson have also faced scrutiny
over their bowling actions.

Nyahora, Mabhunu rule the roost

By keNNeth NyaNGaNI IN VuMBa

BATTLe-HARDeNeD Rutendo Nyahora and elijah Mabhunu clinched

the fourth edition of the Old Mutual
21km Vumba Mountain Run at Leopard Rock Hotel yesterday.
It was a success story for both
athletes in the space of a week after they were also crowned champions at the 21km Gutu half-marathon
race last Sunday at Mupandawana
growth point in Masvingo.
Yesterday Mabhunu hit the ribbon first on 1hr 05min 15seconds
while Nyahora clocked a good time
of 1hr 17min 24 seconds to defend
her title.
They both received $1 000 each for

their efforts.
Mabhubnu said he owed his success to hardwork adding that he
was hoping to continue with his
fine run.
I have been working hard this
season and l owe all my success to
hardwork and l am now starting to
enjoy the fruits, he said.
The ecstatic South African-based
Nyahora said she was expecting the
first prize although the terrain was
As usual the Vumba terrain is
tough but thank God I managed to
do well by coming first and I am
now looking forward to perform in
South Africa on November 22 in the
Nelson Mandela race, she said.


The Standard November 9 to 15 2014

The Standard

Jovial Antipas...
We did a good job. We
started slow in the first half
but we raised our tempo in the second half. Our
passing and movement
was good in the second
half. I am happy with the
2-0 victory.

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ZPC push title to the wire

Never mind the urine-like
substances sprinkled on the
ZPC Kariba technical bench
at half time, the power
utility team were simply

ZPC Kariba (0) 2

Dynamos (1) 1

PC Kariba yesterday completed

a Premier Soccer League (PSL)
double over Dynamos and shot to
a two point cushion at the top as
they edged closer to be crowned
champions in their maiden top-flight
league season.
Veteran forward Limited Chikafa was
back to hit again with a goal that separated the two sides, adding to substitute Tsepo
Ranthokoanes equaliser that had cancelled
Anesu Gondos strike for DeMbare six minutes into the match.
Ending DeMbares 17-match unbeaten
streak that had stretched for five months,
Saul Chaminukas men are now on the
brink of dethroning the Harare giants as
champions with one round of matches remaining to the campaign.
They now stand on the threshold of joining the Black Rhinos class of 1984 that lifted the league title in their debut top-flight
football season.
But CAPS United stand in their way on
the last day of the campaign, while Dynamos who conclude with How Mine would be
pinning hopes on their traditional rivals to
beat ZPC Kariba to hand them the title as
they did last season.
The power utility side threw the title race
into an intriguing contest and now need
just a point, leaving Dynamos with no authority over their destiny.
The fashion in which they have been
breaking barriers makes Chaminukas

Limited Chikafa and Ronald Chitiyo tussle for possesion in yesterdays Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium. Picture: Aaron Ufumeli
team convincing that they can spoil it for
Dynamos and deny DeMbare coach, Kalisto Pasuwa a personal milestone of bagging
four straight league titles.
They have already banished Pasuwas
record of not losing the last five matches
since 2011.
They have posted back-to-back victories
over DeMbare, a feat no other team has attained since Blue Rangers managed that in
But Chaminuka is playing cautious, refusing to get carried away by this prospect
of finishing tops.
We are not champions as yet, said
We still have CAPS United to worry
about. It is now very much possible to be
champions but also important for us to
remain cautious and approach the CAPS
match with the right attitude that has car-

ried us to this stage.

For Pasuwa, it is game on.
We now have to wait for the final day,
said Pasuwa.
We still have a chance and we just have
to make sure we win our last game. ZPC Kariba were the better side in the second half
but I feel we could also have done our part
by burying chances that came our way.
Never mind Pasuwas repeated face wash
with water from a bottle that seemed conveniently placed on the left side of his
seat yesterday, or the urine-like substances sprinkled on the ZPC Kariba technical
bench at half time, the power utility team
were simply steely.
Dynamos threatened to run amok when
Gondo thrust them into an early lead, heading in Masimba Mambares cross.
It was an immense contribution by Gondo who was injured in that raid and imme-

diately substituted for Roderick Mutuma.

ZPC Kariba almost clawed their way
back seven minutes later as Pride Tafirenyikas close headed effort was repulsed
by Tatenda Mukuruva.
Mutuma, a culprit of fluffing golden
chances, had his header brilliantly tipped
over the bar by Tonderai Mateyaunga on
20 minutes.
It took a half-time pep talk by Chaminuka that inspired his side as 13 minutes after the restart, Ranthokoanes seemingly
harmless cross fooled Mukuruva for the
The goal appeared to have added a spring
into ZPC Karibas step with dominant play
but Mateyaunga acrobatically thwarted
Simba Sitholes headed attempt before Mutuma headed wide facing an empty goal.
Chikafa then sealed matters 21 with minutes to go to claim victory for ZPC Kariba.

Its battle for survival as top-flight league reaches climax


IT is the penultimate weekend of

the 2014 Premier Soccer League
(PSL) campaign and five of this
afternoons six matches include
teams battling for life in the topflight league.
Seven teams are contesting for
survival and from those, two will
follow the already relegated duo
of Chiredzi FC and Bantu Rovers
to Division One.
Five points separate third from
bottom Shabanie Mine and How
Mine who are sitting at number eight and todays results will
shake up the standings.
The Colliery clash between
Hwange and FC Platinum is the
only battle this afternoon that
does not include the relegation

Highlanders travel to Maglas
to face Shabanie Mine whose PSL
life is severely under threat.
A top-four finish is now tricky
for the Bulawayo giants who have
to rely on other teams to achieve
that feat.
A draw at the Colliery and a
win for them would augur well
for Bosso.
Shabanie Mines desperate bid
to ensure life in the top-flight
league complicates Highlanders
In the event that Shabanie collect maximum points, they could
still remain stranded in the relegation zone if Black Rhinos
at least draw with Chapungu at
Rimuka or another draw emerges between 12th-placed Harare

City and CAPS United.

That underlines a desperate
situation for Jairos Taperas men
and that could inspire them to
harass Highlanders and leave it
for the last day of the campaign.
Things are hard for us here in
Zvishavane, said Tapera.
The situation is stressful. But
we are ready for Highlanders because this is a must win for us.
Everyone is geared up. It is a
blessing for us that everyone is
available for selection except injured Terrence Majo.
Ozias Zibande, Highlanders
double scorer in last Mondays
2-1 win over Chiredzi FC will
miss the Maglas trip with an ankle knock sustained at training
on Thursday.
But Bosso welcome back Sim-

ba Sithole from injury and interim coach Mark Mathe has admitted that they now need calculators to work on their top four possibilities.
We anticipate a tough game
against Shabanie Mine and even
the last one when we host Chapungu will not be easy because
these teams are fighting for their
lives. Let me be realistic, we just
have to pick up points and then sit
down with calculators to see if we
have finished in the top-four.
Black Rhinos and Chapungu
fight it out at Chapungu in another relegation contest.
Rhinos are in position 13 but
share the same number of points
(34) with Chapungu who are three
places above them.
Between the soldiers, there is

Harare City and Triangle who

also have 34 points and either of
them can end the day in the relegation zone.
Triangle face what seems like
an easy fixture against Chiredzi in a Lowveld derby while City
have CAPS United who are guaranteed a top-four finish.
A few weeks ago it appeared
as if Harare City were safe from
relegation but a four-match losing streak has left them on the
brink of demotion.
A different kind of battle will
however be raging at Colliery between Hwange and FC Platinum.
Prestige that comes with a
top-four finish is at stake and
achieving that feat guarantees
participation in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

nov 9 to 15, 2014


Photography by Martin

The Standard


Judith Williams
Nkulumo Zinyengere

Star Profile


The Standard


November 9 to 15 2014

Woman & Man

3 Woman Profile
Judith Williams

5 Motivation




7 Man Profile
Nkulumo Zinyengere

Home & Garden

9 Home of the Week
Enter our competition

10 Trends

12 Gardening
As good as new

Food & Drink

14 Restaurant Guide

15 Wine

19 Family of the Week
The Vitu family

21 Education
Cover to Cover winners

24 Family Getaway


Zimboundary Cycling Team

26 Breaking New Ground
Tandi Miranda

28 Bookworm
Decolonising the mind




29 Arts
Celeb news

To advertise in The Standard Style magazine please phone (04) 773930-8 Patience Mutimutema Khalisto Manyanye Nyasha Makovere

Greetings to all you lovely

Style people!
We are absolutely thrilled to
have made it this far! It has
been an amazing few months
of a vibrant and refreshing approach to local and
international news. Just
a broad overview at the
current environment in
which we find ourselves as
country in terms of the bleak
economic climate, depressing
social issuesand never-ending
financial constraints, will leave
one in low spirits as they wonder if

there is anything at all to be happy about.

Oh but there is!! There is so much positive
energy flowing amongst us, and this little courageous magazine seeks to bring forth such news
and hopefully, inspire and push someone out
there, to do better. To want more.To hope.
As you may have noticed, we have made a
few changes already, and will be making a few
more to make the magazine more exciting for you!
We have various sections herein, and in each
one, our hungry-for-literary- expression contributors address relevant topics from different
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as you flip through on a lazy Sunday morning.
And just as in your typical glossy magazine,
you can expect most of our content to remain
relevant such that you can pull it out any day, or
store it in your archives for future reference.

This 32-page package has lots of inspiring

content that you stand to benefit from; from
Mum and her home dcor plans, Dad and his
cars and gadgets, Grandpa and his concern for
the environment, Grandma and her wonderful
garden ideas, Auntie Carol and her recipes,
Uncle Jeff and his insatiable thirst for the best
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and your little princess Anne and their wild
imaginations, who can enter our yearly Cover to
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The Style has a collection of enlightening
articles written by inspiring yet down-to-earth
folks who understand how you dont always
have hours to exercise everyday, how your house
isnt always up to scratch, how youre never too
sure whats trending in fashion and whats out,

how you hardly ever go out for a good meal, how

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November 9 to 15 2014

Star Profile

Judith Williams
Prudence Muganiwah

Photography by Martin

proud Director of Model Management

for the past 14 years, a Certified Professional Make-up Consultant, a stylist
and a photographer, Judith Williams
believes one should never stop learning.
Having been in the modelling, grooming and
fashion industry for more than a decade now,
she feels that through her experiences, she
has become more knowledgeable and wellinformed about the service industry.
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Judith moved to Zimbabwe with
her parents and brother in 1990. Most
of her family is in Ireland, and there
are only five members of her family
in Zimbabwe. Currently studying
ACCA, Judith says she loves to educate. I love watching people grow
and develop, encouraging them
to pursue their dreams and not
be scared of the unknown. In
order to be happy, one must be
happy within oneself. I love to
teach the value of consideration for and of others. We can
easily become self-obsessed and
lose track of what is important in life. We should
always put our best foot
forward and give ourselves
a fair chance.
Model Management is an
agency she established in 1994,
and its primary focus is in grooming young people into professional
models that embody beauty and elegance in its purest and most natural
form. It offers a wide range of courses that vary from etiquette, relevant
knowledge, self-confidence and boosting self-esteem in order to help one in
dealing with daily activities and adjusting to new and challenging situations.
These courses touch on different aspects
which inevitably results in them benefitting in their own way depending on his or
her needs. For models, however, the courses
offered, which end in examinations and
diplomas to deserving students, give
them solid foundation on which to kick
off their modeling careers.
In an industry which is generally
still to be fully acknowledged and
appreciated as a stable career, the
hardworking Judith has soldiered
on despite challenging opinions
and difficult people. My biggest hurdle is dealing with people who do not value and respect
individuals. Everyone deserves
respect, it does not matter of
their race, culture, background.
If they do not show you respect,
do not lower yourself to their level.
I cannot stand rudeness, ignorance
and vanity. Not surprisingly, her values
include respect, responsibility, ambition, appreciation, and sincerity.
A single mother of a six-year-old boy
who juggles between motherhood and her

office job, Judith absolutely adores her son.

My passion, I would have to say is my passion. He makes me want to do better in life
and has given me a new zest for life. Someone
once told me that with every child, comes a
blessing. A child enables you to see life differently, suddenly your priorities are different and you learn what truly matters. I spend
every day worrying about whether I am
spending enough time with my son, whether
I am working hard enough, whether I will be
able to study enough, whether I am dedicating enough time to my family and relationships. Life is a challenge but then again, that
is what makes us stronger!
Amongst her biggest achievement in life,
Judith lists her son as well as being able to
keep Model Management alive and kicking
through all the challenges that the country
has faced over the years. She is currently
putting together a program for a childrens
home with a former student of hers, as she
loves to help the under privileged, especially
children. I see how much my son has and
my heart aches for those who are less fortunate. I try my best to teach my son to always
give, I know with time he will understand
why it is important but now he likes to have
everything to himself !
The very inquisitive, bubbly personality
says she would have been a journalist if she
hadnt chosen modeling. I wanted to be
a reporter believe it or not!! I am a very inquisitive person and I love to learn and talk.
My first work experience was spent at The
Belfast Telegraph in Belfast and I absolutely
loved it!
Judith, who detests conceited, obnoxious
and miserly people, says it is important for
one to surround themselves with people that
stimulate and encourage them. Our friends
and colleagues are incredibly important;
they should be there in good times and bad.
They should not judge you but stand by you.
Quality is more important that quantity.
As a parting shot, the ever-smiling, beautiful personality says, Do not lose track of
what is important in life, do not sell yourself
short, do not sell your soul, do not lower your
standards and ALWAYS GIVE YOUR BEST to

give your
best to get
the best!


November 9 to 15 2014

Face mapping-your health is written all over you face

Yolanda Lindsay Mabuto

hen you have studied about skincare

and skin problems youll discover that
the network of probable causes and
solutions is highly vast and intricate
but that they all interlink at your health. Your body
has many interesting ways of telling you what you
are doing wrong both in diet and lifestyle and it is
your responsibility to read the signs and adjust accordingly. You can have the best skincare regimen
and still suffer from persistent breakouts. One of
the easiest systems to follow when it comes to your
unexplained facial breakouts is face mapping - the
brainchild of Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine combined with dermatologists prescriptions to
explain how certain areas of your face are connected
to parts of your body. Bousquet explained why we
break out in certain spots and I have summarised
her findings in the table below

Area of face
1 Forehead

Part of body it is linked to

Bladder and digestive system

2 In between


3 Around eyes


4 Cheeks

Respiratory system

5 Nose


6 Sides of chin


7 Chin

-Small intestine

8 Neck or chest

Immune system



-Lack of enough sleep
-Unhealthy diet
-Excess intake of alcohol,
greasy food, dairy products
and sugar
-Food allergy
-Poor urine elimination
-High Blood pressure
-Vitamin B
-Acidic diet
-Suggests PMS and
-Excess toxins
-Hormonal imbalance
-Poor diet
-Adrenal stress
-Excessive alcohol and caffeine

-At least seven to nine hours of sleep
-Eat more whole foods and less junk food
-Cut down on these foods
-Exercise thirty minutes a day
-Drink at least eight glasses of water a day
-Stay hydrated
-Stay away from polluted areas and smoking
-Eat cooling foods like cucumber
-Eat less spicy foods and bad fats
-Enough sleep
-Eat healthy
-Eat more fibre
-Drink herbal tea
-Reduce amount of toxins you ingest
-Drink lots of water
-Drink lots of water


November 9 to 15 2014

Reconciling your Private and Public

Life for Optimum Productivity (Part 2)
Developing a culture of Accountability
Cynthia Hakutangwi

hen the private life of any individual is weakened, the resultant

public life is nothing but a theatrical performance. It is only when
we take time in assuming full accountability for our thoughts, feelings, actions, that
the results can direct our lives towards optimum productivity. Accountability is about
being answerable to someone for ones action. It is necessary to become accountable
to others because by nature we are likely
to fail morally, spiritually, relationally and
financially. When we have accountability
structures in place this can help us to keep
the blind spots in check. In reality, there
is little difference between Responsibility
and Accountability. These words are used
interchangeably, and one is almost always
used to define the other. Unfortunately, the
word accountability often connotes punishment or negative consequences.
Accountability is not comfortable
since one has to pour out themselves before
another, exposing their inner thoughts in
the process. There is usually fear of abuse
because of this level of vulnerability but
the benefits of being accountable are more
hence one has to just make sure that they
choose the right people to be accountable
to. The purpose of accountability is to enable an individual to develop a consistent
lifestyle of integrity and optimal productivity. This becomes even more important
for individuals in leadership positions. It
is very easy for individuals in positions
of leadership to stray off course when
they continually experience a friendship
deficit and when they fail to intentionally cultivate relationships in which they

must give answer for their work, walk and

words. In ethics and governance, accountability is answerability, blameworthiness,
liability, and the expectation of accountgiving. In leadership roles, accountability
is the acknowledgment and assumption of
responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation
within the scope of the role or employment
position and encompassing the obligation
to report explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.
In the first instalment of this series on
Reconciling your Private and Public Life
for Optimum Productivity, the focus was
on identifying the causes of misalignment
in order to establish a healthy point of integration in the three primary coordinates
of an individuals Personal, Public and
Relational life. In this part of the series we
examine the requirements and benefits of
developing a culture of accountability in
order to achieve maximum productivity.

What does it mean to be held

Unfortunately, most people view accountability as something that belittles them
or happens when performance wanes,
problems develop or results fail to materialize. According to Websters dictionary
accountable is defined as Subject to
having to report, explain or justify; being
answerable, responsible. However in order for us to embrace accountability as a
culture we need to define it in terms of per-

sonal choice and ownership. This implies

that our motivation for accountability is a
result of our own personal choice to rise
above our circumstances and demonstrate
the ownership necessary for achieving desired results. When we embrace this definition our mindset and attitude becomes one
of continually asking ourselves, What
else can I do to rise above my circumstances and achieve the results I desire? This
requires a level of ownership that includes
making, keeping and answering for personal commitments.

Finding the right accountability partners

One of the biggest ironies of life in relation
to our personal development is that the
best time to develop personal accountability is when we do not particularly need it.
Unfortunately, when the need for accountability strikes, most people do not have any
significant relationships on which to lean.
The failure to invest consistently in deep
friendships can cause our isolation to increase in times of trouble.
When we consider the dangers of not
being accountable, it becomes of paramount importance that we find the right
and qualified people to speak to our lives.
The process of finding a qualified person
is very important since it determines success in the accountability process. We need
to share with people who know how to keep
our confidence and when to confront us
about our unhealthy secrecy. We should
seek people who model the traits to which

The audacity of hoping anew...[part I]

Tafadzwa Zimunhu Taruvinga
The Count of My Young Niece
My adorable young niece, the four year
old daughter of my very good friend, can
count very confidently, but only up to fifteen. Beyond that, she mumbles in apathy, if at all, a silent protest against her
temporary limitations. The last time we
counted, I tried to push the boundaries
by teaching her to count up to twenty at
least. But she wouldnt have it. It was
as much in vain as it remains humorous
hitherto, and she insisted on counting up
to fifteen, then she returned back to one.
My niece teaches me a valuable lesson,
one much like the endless lessons that we
learn from children. She tells me that I
too can find comfort in starting the count
from the beginning. Coincidentally, in a
year of three hundred and sixty five days,
its possible to start counting from the beginning each day, three hundred and sixty five times over. To be so audacious as

to expect that the day of the yesteryear can

be salvaged by the day imminent is to have
utmost hope. To know that the hope of the
day gone by, with its shortcomings and failures, can and will be restored by the good
things not yet seen, is to do the nearly impossible. For its a mammoth task for the
dreamer to always be hopeful.

Hope, the Free Gift in a Lifetime

Hope is a free gift thats given to everyone
from the time at which they can perceive
the meaning of life, and its a gift given
freely to last for the rest of our days in a
lifetime. Its given to everyone, this hope,
and so everyone is capable of hoping. But
who is capable of hoping? Hope is free
for the despondent, those who no longer
believe in the dreams that they once believed in. They should know that as long
as they can still count anew into the dawn
of a new day, they can still hope for a better

day. Hope is for those who struggle in solitude, those whom others dont believe in.
They should embrace their travels alone as
a time in which to discover virtues never
before discovered by anyone else. Hope is
for the dreamers. In dreaming a dream,
theyve already hoped, but the infiniteness
of hope promises even more hope for bigger dreams. Hope is for the living. Those
who, like my young niece, can count anew
each time...
Tafadzwa Taruvinga is a Customer Service
Consultant and the first author of a book on
Customer Service Excellence in Zimbabwe,
entitled Serve Your Customers EXCELLENTLY, Or Not At All!, published in June
2014. He is also a Member of the Advisory
Council of Customer Value Creation International (CVCI). Tafadzwa can be contacted on e-mail at and
his profile is available on

we aspire. In your pursuit to find the right accountability partner, you can ask yourself these questions:
1. Who do I highly respect?
2. Who would not be afraid to push me and keep me
3. Who would I never think of disappointing?
4. Who is also interested in what I am involved in so
that we can be accountability partners for each
5. Who knows meand my tendency to procrastinate?
6. Who will follow through on this commitment to me?
7. Who has the time to help me?
As we prepare to embark on the journey of accountability the following guidelines can be very useful:
Establish clear goals and appropriate measuring
mechanism for expected results
Seek and identify people who are available to you
mature and possess specific expertise in the area
of needed growth. Set regular and specific times for
meeting and agree on what, how, when of the way
Articulate and predetermine the specific conse
quences by establishing, documenting and commu
nicating the outcomes of success or failure
Be faithful to goals set and willing to change
Cynthia is a Communications and Personal Development
Consultant, a Life Coach, Author, and Strategist. She is
the Managing Consultant of Wholeness Incorporated.
Her published book titles include The Whole You Vital
Keys for Balanced Living and Intelligent Conversations: A mindset shift towards a developed Africa. Email:


November 9 to 15 2014

Impressing at your year end do

Marshall Malikula

oliday season is fast approaching and most of

you are planning and
scheming on how to make
a grand entrance at your end of
year party. After putting long
gruelling hours, obviously you
deserve a break! It is definitely,
time to have a ball, but at the
back of your mind still be conscious that its still a business
event more than it is social. A
Christmas party can be a potential catastrophe on your career,
if you are not clued on. Wise up
and use it as an opportunity to
advance your career and have
fun at the same time.
Dress right! Remember its
a business event first, and anything you would slip on for a
dash to the shops, or a night
out with the boys would be a
recipe for disaster. Use common
sense, dont wear anything you
would not wear in front of your
grandparents. A lot of opinions
are going to be formed based
on what you wore on the night
and how you behaved. With the
advent of social media those
photos of you partying a storm
could go viral. Damage done to

your image in one night, could

take a full year to patch up. In
fact, might be irreversible and
just becomes something you
have to learn to live with the rest
of your work life.
Unless it is a themed party
try and dress as elegantly as
possible, but still by no means
boring. Go for that sassy sophisticated look and when called for,
you might as well go the whole
evening dress up route. The lesser the embellishments the better,
so nothing over the top. A tuxedo
or a streamlined suit will be just
fine. For themed parties, stay
with the plot as much as possible, otherwise you will just stick
out like a sore thumb. Failure to
comply with the theme will give
your superiors the impression
that you are not a team player or
rather standoffish.
Choose one colour if the
party is colour themed. The
monochromatic look is always
a winner, meaning one colour
from top to bottom. For instance,
black on black; the trick though
is varying texture for top and
pants. If you go for more than
one colour, then choose comple-

mentary colours. Never over accessorise, you can get away with
bold pieces, when wearing the
simplest of garments.
Keep your hands to yourself.
Do get to know your colleagues
but dont hit on them nor flirt.
No one likes a suck up, so do not
spend the evening talking business, you will forever have the
label as the office bore. Dont
see this as an opportunity to air
your gripes, keep all your conversations positive and upbeat.
Avoid controversial subjects
such as religion, politics and
off colour jokes. Show some restraint, with the food and booze.
Dont feel you need to drink excessively because its an open
bar, neither should you pig out
at the buffet table.
Make time to meet people,
network and schmooze with
people who can influence your
career, or who you may not see
regularly such as top management. Avoid being the soul of
the dance floor while everybody
is now heading home. Decide
time to leave based on the party

My accessory of the week: Bow ties

Marshall Malikula is a Brand manager, Image Consultant, Stylist and he can be reached on


November 9 to 15 2014

Star Profile

Nkulumo Zinyengere
Its ok to be stubborn about your vision...
Prudence Muganiwah

kulumo Zinyengere is one

young man from the small
town of Chegutu, who is
dedication personified.
He was recently nominated in the
Green Talents International
Forum for High Potentials in
Sustainable Development
and is consequently due
for a tour of Germany.
Having done the best
in Crop Science at the
combined congress of
South African societies of crop, soil, weed,
and horticultural science, in January this
year, amongst other fellowships, book prizes and
is unquestionably a bright
spark with an even brighter future.
At only 29, he has various peer
reviewed journal publications,
project reports as well as research briefs that touch a
lot on his area of expertise. He has presented
at a number of conferences and workshop presentations
in countries such
as, South Africa,
Uganda, Lesotho,
Ethiopia, Ghana
and Tanzania. A
second child in
a family of five,
he studied at the
University of Zimbabwe for a BSc
Honours in Geography and MSc
Agricultural Meteorology. The ambitious PhD student
at the University of
Cape Town is focusing his research
on the impacts of
climate change on
smallholder crop
how farming communities
adapt to promote
food security.
How is it that
we still struggle to
achieve the most
basic of human
needs? I have always been moved
and bothered
by the fact
that hunger
persists and remains so widespread in a world
that has come so
far and made so

much progress in other facets of

our existence. As a result, I am
strongly moved to make a contribution towards a food and nutrition secure world. At the risk of
sounding like a beauty pageant
contestant, I have a passion for
a world where all people have
enough to eat every day. In my
mind, we cannot achieve our fullest potential as a people (in Africa
and the world over) until we are
able to adequately feed ourselves.
Nkulumo says his interest in
tackling hunger made it easy for
him to go into agricultural meteorology. I have always had a passion for food, my family will attest
to that! The realisation that hunger eradication relies on agriculture and coming from a continent
where most of our food is produced through rainfall dependent agriculture, it made sense to
understand the interaction of climate and agriculture. It was clear
to me that I needed to straddle the
two fields of agriculture and meteorology if I wanted to understand
the vulnerability of our region to
food shortages and hunger.
There isnt a silver bullet
solution to poverty; its a complex
issue that needs to be tackled from
vast angles and my view can only
be but one of those angles. However, he believes there are two fundamental things that Africa needs
to get a hold on; and that is to produce its own food and to organise.
The two may seem very detached
but not at all.
Nkulumo goes on to explain that
if a community can adequately
feed itself, all other matters vital
for growth and development -- and
by extension poverty alleviation,
become secondary. According to
him, since most countries are anchored on agriculture, which is
known to be at least twice as effective as any other sector in stimulating economic growth, succeeding in agriculture becomes doubly
important to Africa. Agriculture
is central to poverty alleviation
in Africa and that we need to
strengthen our agriculture. Until
then, all we can ever get are islands of success on the continent
and not wholesome development
and poverty alleviation.
Nkulumos view is that smallholder farmers have a wealth of
knowledge developed through experience in dealing with various
challenges in farming e.g. climate,
as such he says there is a need
to tap into this knowledge and
experience in order to find solutions for tackling new challenges
such as those posed by climate
change. Scientists, development

organisations and governments

approach interventions for improving farming with a prescriptive approach that doesnt allow
for learning from target communities.
He believes all science has a
use in society thus he gets satisfaction from seeing how his work can
be applied in tackling challenges
that humanity face. Zimbabwe
has a strong farming culture that
even the hardest of times is unable to erode. If I can be a part of
providing innovative solutions to
realising that potential through
research and development work, I
would be satisfied.
Nkulumo says his studies have
been smooth due to support from
his family, who believe in the
value of education. However, being able to pursue a vision that no
one else sees through a profession
that most people has ever heard
of had its challenges -- dont get
me started on how many times I
am asked if an agro meteorologist
has any other career option apart
from presenting the weather on
TV? I regularly had to resist being
pushed to pursue traditional
professions like medicine, business or law.
Grounded by family values, the
still-single Nkulumo who loves
hiking and sport is a strong believer in family and community.
As a result, his world view is
such that one acquires happiness
not by simply fulfilling their own
needs but through helping others
to achieve theirs.
Speaking of family, he says
he loves coming together with his
whole family over meals and festivities especially at his grandparents home. They are an amazing
couple being able to celebrate,
having profound conversations
with my opinionated nephews
and nieces -- young people know so
much these days, its refreshing,
the list is endless. I am tempted
to claim my brothers kids as my
own because they are so adorable!
An avid reggae fan thanks to
his uncles, Nkulumos inspiration is from the simple victories achieved by those around
me. From my grandmother, uncle, aunt and brother that are the
most giving people I know, I am inspired always to be selfless. From
my grandfather who is a quiet,
thoughtful and unassuming person, I am inspired to be humble,
listen and learn. From my father
who is a hardworking and resourceful person, I learn diligence
and perseverance. From my sisters that include the most creative

person I know, and the most carefree fun loving souls, I am inspired
to think outside the box, not take
things too seriously and enjoy the
simple pleasures of life. From my
friend who is forever there and
supportive, Im inspired to be my
brothers keeper.
Being the high achiever that
he is, Nkulumo is involved in projects in Zimbabwe and Southern
Africa, which include teaming
up with colleagues at university
to work in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and South Africa to ascertain how smallholder farmers can
adapt to climate change, a project
carried out with a leading policy
analysis organisation, FANRPAN
in South Africa, and a development organisation in Zimbabwe
Development Data. He also works
with the African Centre for a
Green Economy (Africege) based
in Cape Town on projects to identify pathways for green growth and
sustainable development in south
Back home, Nkulumo is
involved in a project with the
AgroMet division in the Physics
Department at the University of
Zimbabwe to investigate the effects of climate change and adaptation options for communities in
dry land farming, and is the cofounder of a non-profit organisation named Environmental Solutions Africa. It was started with
friends during our Masters study
at the University of Zimbabwe to
provide rural communities with
innovative but simple solutions
for everyday developmental challenges. He mentions one of their
first projects as a tree planting initiative in rural Guruve after identifying that the area was heavily
Although operations have
been scaled down as we all sought
to advance our education abroad,
the organisation still seeks to
make a significant contribution in
the country.
Despite his achievements at
such a young age, Nkulumo feels
he is not yet qualified to impart
any wisdom on younger people.
But I suppose I have things I feel
strongly about and would not shy
away from saying to my little sister -- in fact I think I always do say
this to her -- and by extension any
younger person; that it is important to find out what you are passionate about, create a vision of
what you would like your future
to look like and go for it. You may
have to be flexible about how you
get there, but its Okay to be stubborn about the vision!


November 9 to 15 2014

Competitive and smooth Chery Tiggo

Fact Jeke
For as long as I can remember products made
in China have been labelled sub-standard or
in other circles, ZhingaZ [not genuine]. These
are creative and hardworking people who are
literally taking over the world as they supply
the world with both raw materials and the
finished products. In this issue I am going to
shed light on the hazy areas and point out the
facts on the Chery brand, which has been in
our country for the last few years. I look at a
mid-size SUV that has hit our Zimbabwean
The Chery Tiggo has everything and more
compared to most vehicles in its class. Though
Chinese, this mid size SUV is competing with
the Toyota rav4, The Hyundai IX35 and offering a lot more on a skinny budget. When we
test drove this vehicle with Kundai Mugozhi
at Quest Motor Corp, I thought Zhing Zhong
[fake] but a few minutes into the drive, I had
a change of heart and I am glad I can set the
record straight and say with confidence that
the Chinese know their stuff. So to the ignorant and less informed, this article is for you,
to educate you a little and change your minds.
Made in China is fast-becoming a brand on
its own, the shoes I wear, they might cost me

US$100, but truth is they were made in China,

with all the quality. The arrival of these Chinese vehicles in our market has been met with
a bit of apprehension and the Chery Tiggo
was no exception.
Its finishes are not at all what you would
envision, they are built with the highest level
of precision and quality, making it stand out.
The Tiggo has a stylish and bold look with its
large headlamps and a split grille with the
Chery badge mounted prominently in the
centre. The rear is all set with the spare tyre
hanging tightly. The colour coded bumpers,
door handles and side mirrors add a bit of sophistication to the vehicle. This places it right
were the rest of the competition is. If you pack
a load, there is the roof rack which can accommodate a decent load . . .warning, its not
a bakkie, so do not carry a heavy load. There
are so many features on this vehicle that you
only get to see and experience on upmarket
and expensive vehicles. All these pluses give
an advantage to the Tiggo.
Decent is the word I would use to describe
the drive in a Chery Tiggo. With 235/60 r16
Kumho tyres give the Tiggo reasonable ride
and grip, but this is more of a soft-roader than
a serious off roader. I guess you will have to
settle for a more robust vehicle if you want
an off-road experience. If you are an urban

dweller who enjoys the SUV feel on a budget,

this vehicle is ideal. Looking at the state of
our roads in Zimbabwe right now, the ground
clearance of 205 mm works perfectly.
This vehicle is well put together. Adjustments are available on the drivers seat, and
you can position yourself comfortably as you
drive. Like any vehicle, storage space and
room is a key deciding factor and for this car
you are assured of decent space in the cabin.
You get to enjoy a decent audio system, which
is MP3-compatible with an auxiliary input.
It comes with electric windows all round,
auto locking doors, park distance sensors,
air conditioning, power steering and electric
mirrors. Thanks to the MacPherson struts up
front and trailing arms with coil springs setup at the rear, you literally dont feel and experience nasty uncomfortable bumps. Handling
was satisfactory; I was impressed because
while the slight body roll under brisk cornering was expected, the Tiggo felt composed at
cruising speeds.
When it comes to safety, the Tiggo is
equipped with dual SrS front airbags, side impact door beams for all four doors and a quick
response breaking system, ABS with EBD.
When you look at our economy right now,
value for money is high on list of priorities.
The Tiggo is available in a 1.6 manual which

drives like a charm, handles terrains well

and it sells at only US$24 500, there is also a
2.0 automatic which comes with your sunroof
and leather interior and a 2.0 manual option
which is sold from a mere US$25 500, making it
almost half the price of a Toyota rav4. The top
speed is 160km/hr 170km/hr and its ideal for
the busy mum who has to do the school drop
and pick up every day or a business executive
who is on a budget.
The Chery Tiggo is being assembled locally
at the Quest Manufacturing plant in Mutare.
This plant has been in existence from the early 1960s, building durable and memorable vehicles like the Mazda 323, Nissan Sunny HBs,
Mitsubishi and Landovers, which we still see
on our local roads. A local plant means no
hustles with delivery time lines also the plus
is that Chery has endorsed Quest Manufacturing.
With the festive season coming up and that
big bonus, maybe a Tiggo wont be a bad gift
this year.
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Elegant Doors

November 9 to 15 2014


Doors serve two purposes, functionality and aethetic appeal. A door should transform your home and be appealing enough to draw
people in. Doors are a styling point in any home and can be used as differentiators in a market that is flooded with similar houses that
are for sale. Door handles and lock sets are also important as they enhance the appearance of your doors at the same time being a
decorative feature.
Take note that door frames need to match the style of your door. Creative moulding will help you achieve this with minimal stress.
Moulded door frames or architraves lend an elegant twist to an otherwise ordinary doorway.
This week we look at four door types that are guaranteed to be show-stoppers.



A French Statement Door with a twist Photo Luxe Interior + Design

Folding Doors open up creating great spaces Photo Baldo Company

Folding doors are ultra modern. You can have them done to
specifications, the most popular being on aluminium frames.
There are many options available, you can stain the aluminium to your desired colour and tint the glass as well. You dont
have to stick to the clinical standard look. Folding doors are
ideal for large areas that open up to a large verandah or patio. These doors are light and are a worthwhile update for your
home. If you are considering this door, ensure your home is a
solid structure and can withstand large chucks of brick wall
being taken off.

Wooden Sliding Doors for internal old world charm. Photo Real Sliding Hardware
Sliding doors can be both indoor and outdoor. You can use
sliding doors indoors to separate rooms. In an open space area
where you might want to create some privacy once in a while,
then a sliding door is the best option. You can slide the doors
shut for privacy or open them wide to create space and still use
them as a decorative fixture. Use glass for lighter feel or use
teak for old world charm.

French doors are the classic designer doors and almost everyone has a French door. Jazz up your home by going stately. A
tall imposing double opening French door nestled in an equally imposing purpose built frame is better than a standard six
metre door with no design feature. While the traditional colour
is white, you can use other colours to highlight you door. You
can use wood or steel.



Pivot Doors Photo

Nothing makes a statement quite like a pivot door on an equally

large door frame. They are great for front door entrance areas.
You can have them done in wood, steel or aluminium frames
and the pannels a mixture of wood and glass. Your individual
style prevails. These can also be made to your specifications.

These door types and designs are not exhaustive or limited to

new builds. You can change your existing door structure and
frame to create a stunning entrance. All these door types allow
light and create a stately ambience. So when you choose your
doors consider:
1. Purpose and function of door
2. Material and durability
3. Standard of custom design
4. Work with a skilled and authentic designer or
5. Be on site to ensure that they are fitting your doors
properly to avoid disappointment.

Architraves give your home an elegant twist Photo Houzz

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Architraves are door frames that have mouldings to create

stunning finishes to your home. These flow on well from ceiling mouldings and present a classical image. They can be used
as a feature to compliment your furnishings or as focal fixed
dcor fittings. Architraves can set the tone for your wall features. They are great for use indoor.

November 9 to 15 2014


Affordable dining room makeovers


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eres nothing quite like snuggling up to a warm cup of coffee with a spew of sweet cream to cozy
those cold days. Bring this same indulgence into the way you accessorize your space. Filled,
pty, individual or grouped, vases offer the perfect finishing touch for any room. Add mellow mood
your dining room by choosing your favourite glass vase, set a collection of cream candles into it
d fill the base with coffee beans. Then select other items in a similar colour from table runners to
wers. Dont be afraid to go for texture in fabrics. But avoid lots of pattern , as these tend to always
ract from the simplicity of the look.

nter is all around you, so don't neglect your bedroom as well. Use banding on cushions, pull out the
ows, add a fluffy bean bag for a wintry, cosy feel.

njoy snuggling into your home this week!

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November 9 to 15 2014

As Good
As New
Selina Zigomo

S Zimbabwean homeowners prepare to

welcome friends and family into their
homes over Christmas, many will be
grappling with how to revive house and
garden. A lick of paint is always a good way
to put a fresh spin on an old classic. Paints
offer the choice of new colors and a new and
finished look to meet the desire to indulge in
a less than desirable economic climate. Certainly its cheaper than buying new furniture.
Innovations in design and painting have
unearthed the little known industrial process
of powder coating to revive and preserve a
finished look for up to ten years. A good investment for giving a new lease on life on all
iron furniture. Caroline Dube the co-founder
of Will Cote Private Ltd, one of the few companies that provide domestic powder coating
In Zimbabwe this is still a fairly new con-

cept compared to other countries. Although

powder coating has been around for a few
years especially in the furniture and construction (shop fitting) sectors, few people know
and appreciate this process and its benefits.
We get items such as shower parts, garden
furniture, bird cages and even mag wheels for
powder coating.
Ideally, our furniture is often a creative expression of who we are and how we live. Its
the place where we experience our time of
refreshing, reflection and revival. Certainly
many great trends are emerging for mixing
outdoor and indoor furniture, cultural textures and codes in upholstery and glamour,
but, a majority of these are beyond the ordinary Zimbabwean homeowners scope. This
often casts a pall on our personal environment
as we look at pieces of garden furniture getting out of date and polluting our desire for
replenishing with a sense of it cant. New
purchases fill our heads with prospects of
gloom and doom as they glimmer on the hori-

zon falling far outside the realm of our reach.

However, powder coating domestically can
certainly be a good investment that pays off
with the indulgence we often desire and need
in our homes and personal spaces.
Powder coating is painting in powder form
which is applied to a surface electrostatically
and then cured under intense heat to allow
flow and form a skin. It was developed over
40 years ago in the United States of America
and now represents 15% of total industrial
finishing market. The finish is hard and
hence tougher than conventional paints and
is mainly used on metals such as household
appliances, aluminum sections, metal furniture for hospitals and the home, balustrades,
car and bicycle parts. A powder coated item
has a smooth texture free finish as the powder,
when applied, is baked and cured at temperatures that are very high. Much like paint a
host of colors are available.
Indeed powder coating may help make old
things look as good as new, its also an innova-

tive trend in home and garden design.

Powder coated objects/items look much
crispier with the coating lasts longer. It has
an attractive and durable as well as high quality finish protecting items from chips, stains,
spills, rust and scratches. It is more environmental friendly than other processes as it
produces less hazardous wastes compared to
liquid based paints. It is resistant to corrosion
from acids, solvents and water. You can also
get powders specifically manufactured for external and internal based products. It is less
likely to show any finger prints as it is powder
based, says Caroline Dube.
So, instead of looking looking outside the
box, look deeper inside the box and see the potential for repurposing existing items in new
and innovative ways. As we look to the future
with uncertain realities, investment may
stand our houses and gardens in good stead
over indulgence.


Serina Zigomo

November 9 to 15 2014

As Good As New

S Zimbabwean homeowners prepare to

welcome friends and family into their
homes over Christmas, many will be
grappling with how to revive house and
garden. A lick of paint is always a good way
to put a fresh spin on an old classic. Paints
offer the choice of new colors and a new and
finished look to meet the desire to indulge in
a less than desirable economic climate. Certainly its cheaper than buying new furniture.
Innovations in design and painting have
unearthed the little known industrial process
of powder coating to revive and preserve a
finished look for up to ten years. A good investment for giving a new lease on life on all
iron furniture. Caroline Dube the co-founder
of Will Cote Private Ltd, one of the few companies that provide domestic powder coating
In Zimbabwe this is still a fairly new con-

cept compared to other countries. Although

powder coating has been around for a few
years especially in the furniture and construction (shop fitting) sectors, few people know
and appreciate this process and its benefits.
We get items such as shower parts, garden
furniture, bird cages and even mag wheels for
powder coating.
Ideally, our furniture is often a creative expression of who we are and how we live. Its
the place where we experience our time of
refreshing, reflection and revival. Certainly
many great trends are emerging for mixing
outdoor and indoor furniture, cultural textures and codes in upholstery and glamour,
but, a majority of these are beyond the ordinary Zimbabwean homeowners scope. This
often casts a pall on our personal environment
as we look at pieces of garden furniture getting out of date and polluting our desire for
replenishing with a sense of it cant. New
purchases fill our heads with prospects of
gloom and doom as they glimmer on the hori-

zon falling far outside the realm of our reach.

However, powder coating domestically can
certainly be a good investment that pays off
with the indulgence we often desire and need
in our homes and personal spaces.
Powder coating is painting in powder form
which is applied to a surface electrostatically
and then cured under intense heat to allow
flow and form a skin. It was developed over
40 years ago in the United States of America
and now represents 15% of total industrial
finishing market. The finish is hard and
hence tougher than conventional paints and
is mainly used on metals such as household
appliances, aluminum sections, metal furniture for hospitals and the home, balustrades,
car and bicycle parts. A powder coated item
has a smooth texture free finish as the powder,
when applied, is baked and cured at temperatures that are very high. Much like paint a
host of colors are available.
Indeed powder coating may help make old
things look as good as new, its also an innova-

tive trend in home and garden design.

Powder coated objects/items look much
crispier with the coating lasts longer. It has
an attractive and durable as well as high quality finish protecting items from chips, stains,
spills, rust and scratches. It is more environmental friendly than other processes as it
produces less hazardous wastes compared to
liquid based paints. It is resistant to corrosion
from acids, solvents and water. You can also
get powders specifically manufactured for external and internal based products. It is less
likely to show any finger prints as it is powder
based, says Caroline Dube.
So, instead of looking looking outside the
box, look deeper inside the box and see the potential for repurposing existing items in new
and innovative ways. As we look to the future
with uncertain realities, investment may
stand our houses and gardens in good stead
over indulgence.



(1,2) Maestro
(3) Libbie
(4) Cooking with Rumbie

In this issue
of Food & Drink


November 9 to 15 2014

Maestro, Highlands
for Restaurant Week!
Dusty Miller

RETURNED to Maestro at Highlands just over a year after my

previous solitary visit, spurred
by the fact it was participating in
the Zimbabwe Restaurant Week and
Id been sent a voucher.
My chum, Lance, who owns the
Centurion Bar and Grill at Harare
Sports Club met me there as he was
intrigued by signage outside Maestros stating they served a US$7 special lunch.
He wondered quite what you got
for seven-bucks, but we never found
out. I mixed and matched the ZRWs
three-course US$20 and US$25 specials and he went for a chicken fajita, which I think cost US$9, (I left the
restaurant with our receipt but, typing this an hour later, it has escaped
my travel wallet!)
Possibly a good job, as the day
was as hot as Hades and Lance and
I slaked our thirsts with copious
quantities of fairly expensive Viceroy brandy in my case and vodka
and ditto in his!
Hard luck, Restaurant Week
ended yesterday, but it is usually
repeated twice a year so look out for

the next one!

For US$15 (at Maestro), you could
have a starter of chicken crostini,
followed by tilapia fillet (lake Harvest Kariba bream) or flame-grilled
leg of chicken and ending with icecream or warm apple slice and fresh
From the US$20 three-course special menu I went for a starter of beefand-pineapple kebabs, which looked
rather dinky on the plate but proved
to be a substantial course beautifully cooked and seasoned. The option
was a Greek salad, presumably similar to the one accompanying Lances
fajita, which looked colourful, fresh
and wholesome.
Main courses on this package
were Thai chicken linguini or a vegetarian ensemble.
On the US$25 special were cucumber wraps or vegetarian spring rolls
as starters.
I had great pleasure in telling
Maestro boss Ben (his brothers
Bill!) Nyaumwe and executive chef
Logan Khumalo (she trained at
RTG) that the four huge Mozambican prawns and generous helping of Breco (from Cape Town)
crumbed calamari rings were some
of the nicest sea food Ive ever eaten
in this country. They came in a basket, piping hot and I finished per-

haps a third of the chips which accompanied them.

The options were a panzarella
(Tuscan salad) or beef stir-fry. Pudding was the banana parfait I chose
(from both the US$20 and US$25
menu) or the interestingly named
mud-slide trifle!
Maestros is on a prime two-hectare plot at the junction of Enterprise Road and Ridgeway South,
dining is indoor (no smoking: Lance
was up-and-down throughout our
sojourn!) or outdoors by a beautiful
water feature in attractive gardens.
Readers may remember it over
the past few years as Seasons (exGlen Lorne and La Serenata.) When
I went in October 2013 the Zimbo
exec chef rejoiced in the name Graham Pengapenga, but he decided
he was perhaps penga-penga for returning from Natal and went back to
his previous job in a seafood restaurant there!
Ben Nyaumwe (the familys from
Nyanga district, but he ran restaurants in South Africa for decades)
told me they specialised in cocktails, nowadays served often in jamjars, which I hear is much chicer
than it sounds!
Food, people and music is Maestros slogan. The bars are stocked
with an incredible range of booze

from across the globe.

Indoors, are huge wallpaper murals based on sepia photographs
of a concert orchestra and much
of the seating is rather ornate (but
comfy) Indonesian sofas, settees
and banquettes. Theres a selection
of silver Middle Eastern hookah
pipes (hubble-bubble) in which a
non-tobacco molasses-based nonaddictive concoction called shisha is
smoked through cooling water. Perhaps 30 years after I quit tobacco, I
gingerly accepted one of these, with
hygienic disposable mouthpiece, in
a picaresque nightclub in Sharm-elSheikh, Egypt. Will they take off in
Highlands, I wonder.
Sunday is barbeque day and Ben
stresses BBQ---NOT a braai! which
concentrates on export quality
prime Zimbabwean beef cooked by
experts. Maestro also has a confer-

ence centre suitable for most private

Maestro, 146, Enterprise Road,
490155 Cell (Ben) 0777 284 624. Open
daily from 8am breakfast; kitchen
closes 10:30pm. Fully licensed. Dining indoors or outside in beautiful
garden. Smoking/no smoking plus
non-tobacco Arabic pipes. Nice
background music. Live music in
the garden on family Sundays. Safe
parking on-site. Guarded road-side
parking when busy.
(For related subjects and more pictures, check out my new personal
website/blog, which is still very much
under construction, but so far has almost 100 postings and has attracted
more than 10 000 hits. Go to www.

November 9 to 15 2014


Boxed WINE The Simple Truth

Lebbie Masavaya
As boxed wine lovers, we get protective when
people start spreading rumours about it. One
of the most repeated misconceptions about
boxed wine is that plastic affects the safety
and taste of the wine inside. However, quality tests and studies show -- its just not true.
So Ill break down the myths about bag-in-box
(BIB) technology, and the wine inside -- Leonora
Rarely do I go out and not settle for some
wine, and yet, on several occasions I have
found myself in need of only one glass. Before
ordering a glass of wine, I always find myself
asking whether the wine by the glass is from
BOXED or bottled wine. I always view boxed
wine with a cheap eye, and never linger in
the boxed wine aisles in liquor shops. Id love
to hear your wine opinion on this innovative
packaging, wine lovers, and of course, enthusiasts.
Boxed wine, put simply, is wine that is packaged in a cardboard box, different from what
were used to, bottles. For years, these boxes
have been interpreted as cheap, poor quality,
bulk wine for sale. However, over the years,
this method is gaining popularity as it makes
shipping cheaper, packaging of larger quantities inexpensive and a welcome approach

to going green, in line with environmental

sustainability. Time in the boxed era has also
brought on a huge improvement in the quality of wine boxed, with some wine brands using the same bulk wine for bottling and boxed
The art of packaging wine in boxes originated from South Australia, in the mid 1960s,
and was brought on as a cheaper alternative
for packaging bulk wine. Since then, the world
has taken to boxed wines. Preferences lie in
the wine lover in you, and for that, Id like to
enlighten you, and hopefully, welcome you, to
the world of boxed wines.
Honestly speaking, boxed wine is often misunderstood, and I, am one, who hasnt taken
time to understand them. There is that wine
discomfort associated with drinking boxed
wine, as there seems to always be that cheapness surrounding the boxed concept and a
lack of character that would be available in a
bottle. These wines are affordable with a 5-litre ranging in the region of US$15 to US$20.
Cork taint is non-existent as there is no cork
to talk about and the beauty about it is once
opened, the wine can stay fresh for several
weeks, where in the case of bottles, opening
a wine and deciding on consuming it weeks

later, may result in the wine getting spoilt.

Even though this wine packaging thats
gaining popularity everyday, does not box the
finest wines, its the ideal wine for the glassa-day wine drinker. A wine moment has got
to be given thought to, as boxed wine is incomparable to fine bottled wine, as it is wine that
does not age. Wine lovers and wine enthusiasts alike, boxed wine will not get better with
age, keeping it any longer than suggested, is a
move towards wine deterioration. It is ready
to drink, and each month that goes by is moving towards a downturn in taste. A sell-by
date is indicated on the packaging and the further away the date is, the higher your chances
are of enjoying this vino in a box. For the
sparkling lovers, technology is still to move
towards that sustainable direction, but in the
mean time, that shouldnt stop you from enjoying any other boxed wine.
They however, are the best party companion, with single varieties to blends, dry to
sweet wines and sizes that suit all types of
crowds, 500ml, 1-litre, 3-litre and 5- litre boxes.
Youre sure to find your choice of boxed wine
for that next wine party. From our local liquor
shops, several brands are available and something for everyone, Roberson, Simonsvlei and

Namaqua, to mention a few of the choices

wine lovers have.
The best box wines South Africa for 2012 according to ratings:

Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc 2012

Robertson Shiraz
Drostdy Hof Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai
5. Uniwines Palesa Chenin
6. Woolworths Light White
7. Drostdy Hof Merlot 2012
8. Du Toitskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2012
9. Woolworths Crisp White
10. Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon/
Shiraz 2012
Treading on familiar ground is a good way
to jump into the world of boxed wine. This
may be in the form of a familiar brand, grape
variety or style of wine. Think sustainability
wine lovers and lets join the bandwagon. How
about taking a wine leap and giving that boxed
wine a taste. I know Im going to. To technology and eco-friendliness, its a cheers to ..


Beetroot salad

November 9 to 15 2014

Servings: 3-4
Cooking time: 2 hrs 30 min
Making this beetroot salad took me
back to my childhood days. We used
to enjoy this a lot and still do for that
matter. Beets are a fantastic vegetable.
They have some amazing health benefits. Some of these include relieving
constipation and keeping the stomach
healthy, boosting your brain power,
treating anaemia, keeping diabetes
in check as well as helping to reduce
blood pressure among other things.
Its also a great vegetable to include in
the diet of an expecting mother as it is
a great source for folic acid which the
baby needs for the proper formation of
its spinal chord. Okay, lets get to the


Cooking with Rumbie

Victoria Sandwich.

4 beetroot bulbs
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
3 tbsp granulated brown sugar
45 ml olive oil/ pure vegetable oil
90 ml white grape vinegar/ any white vinegar
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Quick Instructions
1. Get your ingredients ready.
2. Put the beets in a pot. Add water.

Store the salad in a mason jar and refrigerate it for about 5 days. This is so that the salad may
mature in taste (just as we do with the fruit cake or is done with wine! It is said that the older it
is, the sweeter it gets!)

Its Tea time!

Out of time for a tea time/bake sale/
simple birthday cake? Try this great
and easy-to-follow recipe for a delicious Victoria Sandwich.

Ingredients for the cake:

200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 eggs, beaten
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
Ingredients for the filling:
100g butter, softened
140g icing sugar, sifted
drop vanilla extract (optional)
340g jar good-quality strawberry jam icing
sugar, to decorate


Baking with Tamanda

3. Partly close the pot. Bring to the

boil until the beetroot is cooked.
Add more water as you go. You will
know that the beetroot is cooked
when you can easily pierce them
with a fork or table knife.
4. When they are cooked. Allow the
beets to completely cool down
before preparing the salad.
5. When they have cooled down, cut
them into bite size cubes and put
them in a bowl.
6. Add your finely chopped onion to
the beetroot.
7. Take the rest of the remaining
ingredients, i.e. brown sugar, olive
oil, garlic, freshly ground black
pepper and white grape vinegar.
Give them a good stir until the
sugar is dissolved.
8. Poor the salad dressing into the
bowl with the beets and onion. Give
a quick gentle stir until everything
is just combined.
9. Give a quick gentle stir until every
thing is just combined.
10. Store the salad in a mason jar and
refrigerate it for about 5 days. This
is so that the salad may mature in
taste (just as we do with the fruit
cake or is done with wine! It is said
that the older it is, the sweeter it
gets!) This stage is however
optional. If you want to eat your
beet salad right away you may, it
still tastes great, even just after
preparing it!


Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Grease

two 20cm sandwich tins and line with
non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl,
beat all the cake ingredients together until
you have a smooth, soft batter.


Divide the mixture between the tins,

smooth the surface with a spatula or the
back of a spoon, then bake for about 20
mins until golden and the cake springs

back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling

rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the filling, beat the butter until

smooth and creamy, then gradually beat
in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if
youre using it. Spread the butter cream
over the bottom of one of the sponges,
top it with jam and sandwich the second
sponge on top. Dust with a little icing
sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight
container and eat within 2 days.

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November 9 to 15 2014

Pets: Making sure

your children are safe

Edson K Chivandikwa

esearch suggests that dog bites are

usually caused by an animal the child
knows and that close to half of the dog
bites attended to in emergency departments happen with the family pet in the childs
own home. Does that mean we must not keep
pets in the home if we have children? It is good
to keep pets but extra care must be taken if
you have children in the home. The following,
among other pieces of advice, could be useful:
Body language
since pets do not have the gift of speech, they
use body language to express themselves.
Teach your children to observe and understand body language. Tell them that if a dog
looks angry or worried or a cat has its teeth
bared, it must never be played with or confronted. Barking, snarling with teeth showing
and growling are some of the signs that a dog
is angry. In the event that a pet is looking angry, children must not scream, shout or run:

they must stay composed and walk away slowly without looking the pet straight in the eye.
This could be misconstrued as a challenge!
Pets are jealous
Pets can be jealous if a baby suddenly appears
in the house; they expect you to give them as
much attention as you did before the new baby
arrived. Before your baby arrives, train your
dog to get used to unexpected and gentle pulls
of the tail or legs. When the baby eventually
arrives, it is advisable not to leave your child
with a pet: he or she may be a victim of an
attack by a jealous rival, your pet. You must
always supervise children when the pets are
around. Do not be unkind with the dog when
the baby is around: the dog will associate the
baby with bad and may decide vengeance.
Feeding times
Tell your children not to disturb pets when
they are feeding. Feeding time is important to

pets and any disturbance will be resisted. children must never touch the food dish or snatch
food from the pets teeth. In such situations,
friendship with the pet is not always guaranteed. The problem is that toddlers and pets are
usually the same height or shorter and the pet
could misconstrue this as similarity or better
height as superiority in social standing.
The pet must be taught to obey commands,
not only from the adult members of the family but from everyone in the home. These commands need to be uniform so as not to confuse
the pet. Dogs are pack animals, meaning that
they have a group identity. There is need to
establish a packing order in the home, with
the dog occupying a lower echelons than all
human members of the family. It must never
feed first or be given preference over the child,
lest it sees itself as superior.

Pet spaces
animals are territorial by nature and expect
their individual spaces to be respected. surprise arrivals in the dog kennel can be costly.
Never sneak on a pet; you will be attacked. Tell
your children to let sleeping dogs lie- literally.
If they want to play with a sleeping dog, they
must talk to it first in order to wake it up. If
they do not alert the dog of their presence it
can be disastrous; the pet can attack before it
realises it is family.
encourage your children to wash their hands
after playing with pets. The children must not
put their hands into the pets mouth. They
may contract bacterial or other infections.
Most importantly, your children must immediately report to an adult if they are bitten or
scratched by a pet!


november 9 to 15 2014

Why Your Child Must Go Out and Play Today

n a world where parents are
paying sometimes astronomical
schools fees through the nose, it
sounds criminal to suggest that
children must go out and play. But
have you ever seriously asked yourself what the benefits of play are?
Play actually has some merits!
Your child becomes physically fit
(Dont stress about the dust; the
couch can be dusted!) and mentally
alert through play. Her interaction
with other children and the environment makes her a better person.
It is needless to say that our children

enjoy pleasurable play. All good play

is exciting and usually hilarious.
Children should be allowed to do
what they enjoy doing, of course under adult supervision and approval.
Role Taking
Childrens play usually assumes the
nature of dramatic make-believe.
Through taking up roles in their
play, the children develop a consciousness that in life one has to accept roles and responsibilities. This
equips them with an understanding
that in spite of ones role or differences in sex, age or size, people need
to depend on each other. It also gives
them problem solving skills that
will come handy later on in life.

Risk Taking
Children, through creating a fantasy world of their own, insulate
themselves against the effects of
risk taking. This allows them to
venture into any enterprise without
fear. Moderate and calculated risk
taking is a property of most successful adult people. The earlier reasonable risk-taking begins, the better.

Therapeutic Value
Play heals; it is an illusory creation of an alternative, Utopia-like,
habitable world. Victims of abuse,
for instance, often find solace in
play thorough the enactment of an
ideal world devoid of cruelty and

violence. Most adults fail to heal

from trauma because their world is
unpalatably realistic and matter-offact but children overcome negative
feelings because of the opportunity
to play.
Early Literacy and Numeracy
Even before children go to formal
school, through play, they count,
speak and write (Dont worry if you
cant read it, they can!). They prepare shopping lists and pay fees
or buy tickets for the cinema. This
early development of literacy and
numeracy is welcome. They also
learn to use cars, phones and other

The fantasy world of childrens play
offers great opportunities for the development of verbal and symbolic
communication skills through social interaction. negotiation skills,
for example, are inculcated when a
child has to ask for a neighbours toy
in return for a favour. Friends are
made in the process.
Childrens play is an essential part
of the development of your childs
personality. It is meaningful interaction with others and the environment. Children must play before
they grow into gloomy adults like
their parents!


November 9 to 15 2014


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Rise above,
Take flight &
Move on!

Usave Saskam,

verenga udzore pfungwa

First runner

Tariro Chigumira
Age 13
Chemanza High School, Hwedza

A trip to the village Turns Nasty

t was the third time that night that Fungisayi had burst out Chinesewake-up-style from her sleep. Auntie, is it dawn yet? she enquired.
Amai Ndomupei, her mothers younger sister made a sleeply laugh
and replied, No child, it is not dawn yet! Go back to sleep. The alarm
is set at 03:45 hours. I promise you we will catch the six oclock bus at
Mbare Musika. She gently pulled Fungisayi back to sleep. Ever since
Fungisayis mom had left for the United Kingdom in the year 2006, she
had always slept in the same bed with her aunt.
Auntie, the funny thing is I keep having the same dream all these
times I have woken up. I am remembering it well like it actually happened. Fungisayi said as she lay on he back looking at the grey ceiling. In this dream, I am a super star. I am in a big stadium and I am at
the centre. Everyone in the stadium is cheering and thanking me for a
pleasant delivery. The only problem though, I cant figure out from the
dream what exactly I had delivered so well to have such an applause,
Fungisayi said putting he left palm on her cheek, trying to think. Hey
child, stop stressing yourself. Its 01:27 hours on the clock. Very soon it
will be dawn and you will be on your way to the village. I know you are
very excited to go and see gogo. Dont worry child, go back to sleep. I
will wake you up. I promise. Amai Ndomupei said, as she rubbed Fungisayis shoulder lovingly and she drifted back to sleep.
Police! Police! Police-e-e!, Fungisayi bawled when a gang came
and started harassing her and her aunt, roughly grabbing their luggage

Second runner

Paean Chaurapa
Age 14
Petra High School

A trip to the village Turns Nasty

ur dear parents has promised we would go to London but we were

disappointed when my grandfather called to say we were to attend
a family reunion in the village. The though of going to the village sent shivers running down my spine. Our village is situated
five kilometres north of the Inyanga mountains, the mountains of deep
mystery. We were packed into the car and we headed for the village.
When we arrive we were greeted and welcomed with warm smiles and
hugs from our relatives. In the evening we sat around the fire eating
roasted peanuts and grandfather told us stories from long ago, stories
of the mysteries of the Inyanga mountains. We were told about the land
of the shadows where people would go and not come back until a thousand years. My grandfather explained that for you not to go to the land
of shadows you should not stay on mountains until sunset when going
camping. After the story-telling my uncle beat the drum and the rest of
the family danced.
That night I slept like a baby but for some reason I felt insecure and
terrified. My cousins and I decided to go camping at the mountains and
leave the adults to sort out their issues. We put our plan into action the
mext morning, we begged our parents to go until they approved.
We packed a few belonging , left our cellphone and embarked on
our journey. When we arrived we paid and we were given a tour guide
who went over the rules. The tour guide showed us the other sites and

towards Bulawayo buses. Fungisayi was confused. She was finally on her way to the village, but it was not as smooth as she had imagined. A group of four policemen she was
calling out to was ignoring her. they were busy sharing some green notes amonst themselves. Municipal police! Municipal Police! Please help! These thugs are trying to steal
our stuff ! Fungisayi quickly switched her target to the Harare Municipal Police whom
she had seen running after some vendors. The Municipal police were shouting, Stop!
Hey you I said stop! Fungisayi thought these men and women of law and order would
come to her rescue. She was shocked when they ran past her and her auntie completely
ignoring their distress call.
It was clearly nave for me to think that New Constitution of 2013 would put a stop
to all forms of harassment. Is there no law and order in this country? Fungisayi asked in
her mind.
Leave my luggage? I am not going to Bulawayo. I want Kukura Kurerwa Bus that
goes to Zvishavane! Com on now, let go of our luggage, Amai Ndomupei said. Those
very words saved them from further harassment. The Kukura Kurerwa touts who were
milling around the place leapt with joy when they heard we were going to Zvishavane.
They forcefully grapped our luggage from the other gang and courteously directe us to
the Kukura Kurerwa bus about twenty metres away from where they were. Huyai kuno
varungu! Huyai henyu, Isu hatigiginyabvure vanhu. Hela! Hela! Confusion was written
all over Fungisayis face. She had never seen grown men getting excited just by getting
Here is you ticket and your pocke money, Amai Ndomupei said. Now Fungisayi
was sitted on the first seat of the bus. Finally she was on her way to the village. Safe
ride my child. Be sure to pass my greeting to gogo and tell her I am coming next Friday.
The conductor ordered those who were not going to disembark.
The bus left Mbare Musika at 06:00 hours sharp. Fungisayi excitedly waved goodbye
to her aunt through the window. They arrived in Cheguti around 07:07 hours. Fungisayi
bought polony, two packet of biscuits, a coke can, fresh chips, a packet of peanuts and
some sweets. The woman who was sitting next her looked at her with a surprised look.
By the time they left Cheguti at 10:30, all the food Fungisayi has eaten started playing
up inside her. Twenty minutes later, Fungisayi lost the fight. She messed her tight pants
just as she stood up to ask the conductor for a recess. Diarrhea had struck. The who bus
shouted at her. Fungisayi had never felt so ashamed in her fourteen year of life history.
From the front to the back, the other passengers hurled hurful remarks towards her.
Fungisayi wished she could go back to her dream in which she was a super star.

promised us to go hiking the next day. We pitched our tent and we went in when it was
dark. While we were sleeping we were woken up by a howling sound. We woke up and
we saw shadows and everyone turned pale.
In the morning every one was talking about last nights weird sounds. As the day
progressed we forgot about the sounds and prepared to go hiking. We chose the highest
mountain to climb, the tour guide warned us and told us we would not manage to go up
the mountain and come back before sunset but we did not listen. We climbed the mountain for hours. We were having so much fun we did not notice it was almost sunset!
We were almost at the top when I announced in a terrified scream it was sunset. My
cousins assured me that grandfather was trying to scare us when he told us about the
mountains. We pitched the tent in fear and we huddled together inside.
While we were in the tent we heard the sounds of cows, goats and donkeys. We peeped
through the tent window but did not see anything. Later on we heard women talking
and grinding millet. We peeped through the tent window again and we saw shadows, we
were in a dark land and the mountains have disappeared. We found ourselves in a hut
with a lot of shadows. At that instant I knew we were in the land of shadows. It was just
as grandfather had described, a dark place with bodiless people.
One shadow moved towards us and told us we had broken the most important rule
and we were going to stay in the land of shadows forever! We screamed for help and
cried for mercy but the shadow explained that once you enter the land of shadows you
cannot leave until after a thousand years after sunset. Thats if you were luck. They
offered us food but we could not eat because all we could see was a shadow.
Back in the village everyone was worried and filled with fear when they heard
about the incident. My grandfather was disappointed because he had warned us about
sunset at the mountains. They set up search crews and performed rituals but they had
no luck finding us.
I woke up under an apple tree in the village and when my grandparents saw me
they could not believe their eyes. They explained that my cousins and I had been missing for six years and our families made empty graves for us. I was reunited with my
parents and kep my promise. Sometimes I wonder how my cousins are in the land of
shadows, no one has heard of them since the day we disappeared.
The trip to the village turned nasty indeed, the shadows and their voices still haunt
me today. This trip taught me to listen and follow instructions or rules when you go
places because you will never know the mysteries behind that rule or story.


November 9 to 15 2014

Brightly coloured fruits

and vegetables contain nutrients known as flavonoids
and carotenoids which are
essential for good macula
health. The macula is a
small area found in the back
of the eye which is responsible for colour vision and
producing detailed vision
e.g. reading and recognising faces.
Research has
shown that increasing intake of these nutrients can
slow down progression of
conditions such as age-related macular degeneration

Eye nutrition
By Lynett E Masiwa

EDICAL practice has greatly advanced over the

last few decades with an increased focus on preventive rather than curative medicine. One of the
questions I am frequently asked by patients is,
What can I eat to improve my eye health?
The following food groups are specifically beneficial to
prolonged eye health.

Fish is the only source of

fish oilsa good source of
omega-3-fatty acids. (Omega3-fatty acids are part of the
essential fatty acids that our
bodies cannot produce themselves and so need to be consumed from other sources).
A diet rich in omega-3-fatty
acids reduces the risk of
eye problems and heart disease. Other sources include
flaxseeds, avocado, walnuts
and soybeans. Try including
fish in your diet at-least once
every week.

What you do is just as important as what you dont do. Smoking is

one of the things you should not do. Research has shown that smoking not only increases risk for certain conditions, it makes them
progress faster too.

For those who arent keen on some of the listed foods, you may
consider taking nutrient supplements specific to eye health such
as Ocuvite.
By Lynett E Masiwa FAOI
BSc Hons. Optometry (Ireland)

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3. Zumba Gold: This class is a bit

calm than the standard, though it
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7. Zumba kids: for the little ones!

4. Aqua Zumba: effectively marketed as pool party. You do the

same (and more)Zumba moves,
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November 9 to 15 2014

An Inspirational Talk by Zimboundary Cycling Team

Rosie Mitchell

AST week I heard about a talk and slide

show by the Zimboundary team and despite post-Reps-show exhaustion and
resultant backlog, rushed off at the last
moment to attend. I was really glad I made
the effort! This event, a fundraiser for antipoaching efforts, attracted a really big crowd,
which was heart-warming and encouraging.
So many individuals these days are trying to
get involved in any way they can, in the fight
against poaching. One easy way to do this, is
to support efforts and events such as this one.
Zimboundary began as what sounded like
a rather a mad idea to most! Ashley King
wanted to cycle round the entire boundary of
our country, and in the process to raise both
awareness and funds for the war against everescalating wildlife poaching, which is relentless, unending, and very, very serious indeed.
Our Zimbabwean wildlife, like that of the
world as a whole, is in really severe jeopardy.
He consulted well-known cyclist and bicycle
merchant Linda Davidson about a bicycle and
accessories for this venture, whereupon, she
immediately asked to go along for the ride!

Stan Higgins
INN On Rupurara is a charming and stylish
country hotel nestled in a pleasant valley between Juliasdale and Nyanga, in Zimbabwes
picturesque Eastern Highlands, and its home
to everything the Inns of Zimbabwe group
represents: value for money; excellence in
service, cuisine, facilities and amenities;
style and comfort and proximity to natures
It is built along a river and has a large estate,
which visitors can explore, spot game, fish or
soak in the local atmosphere to its fullest. For
holidaymakers and conference delegates alike
it is a venue for comfort and enjoyment, and a
stepping stone to experiencing the delights of
the surrounding highlands area.
Compared to other hotels in the Nyanga
area, the inn has a completely different and
unique appeal that emphasises the natural
vegetation and attractions of an African
mountain area, where Msasa trees blossom
every spring and where craggy rock outcrops
dominate the horizon. Rupurara is a ChiSho-

She blamed her chronic case of FOMO (Fear

Of Missing OUT), for this impulsive move,
which was soon to turn her working and personal life upside down!
After several months of planning and fundraising, the intrepid pair did indeed embark
on this very ambitious venture and they succeeded. It was so much harder than either of
them could ever have imagined! They spent
around 12 hours a day in the saddle, only had
three rest days for the entire trip, camped out
in the wilds nightly, and covered an astonishing 3 763km, often in the roughest of terrains,
often, without even a dirt road or track to use.
However, both proved to themselves what the
human body and mind are capable of when
pushed to the limits and beyond, and they
raised over US$20 000 for anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe and made the sort of amazing memories that last forever, and by being
shared with others, as they were last week, inspire others to get fully involved in the battle
against poaching.
With an entry fee to attend their fascinating
and amusing talks and slide show, which was
gladly paid by the big crown who turned out,
this event in itself raised a healthy amount for

anti-poaching and proved how invested many

of us really are, in joining this fight, if we just
get pointed in the direction of how to help
even if all we do is donate money or time to
the many organisations involved in fighting
the ever-rising tide and carnage of poaching.
Both cyclists spoke to the crowd with their
own personal reflections and observations on
this extraordinary life-altering experience,
and in doing so, very much reflected their own
personalities. The result was a very amusing
evening for those who attended, and at no time
did anyones attention flag for a second. The
quieter, more reserved Ashleys excellent talk
provided much insight and food for thought.
The outgoing, chatty Linda, had the audience
in stiches of laughter, describing her own propensity for non-stop talking, through the epic
journey, her long-suffering fellow traveller
given not a lot of choice but to listen!
What came through in both presentations,
though, was their shared huge respect and
admiration for all the hard-working people
out in the field in wildlife areas, whose job it
is, year round, to fight against poaching, and
how hard this job really is, with very limited
resources, little pay or equipment, and very

Inn On Rupurara

na word meaning Bald Mans Head, an appropriate name for the stone mountain dominating the local skyline.
With its extensive use of local stone and

wood in the buildings making up the inn, this

establishment offers a holiday and conference
venue that has also been highly popular with
bridal couples for their weddings and wedding

tough, dangerous conditions. Ashley and Linda met and interacted with many such people
on their trip, and were humbled by these encounters.
What also came through, was that nothing
could have fully prepared either of them, for
the horror of the poaching carnage which
they encountered head-on, or, the extent of
it. Both were shocked and devastated by this
experience of the realities of poaching, but in
turn, were spurred on to continue this fight in
as many ways as they can muster. Throughout their six gruelling weeks of cycling in July
and August this year, the pair encountered the
warmest of welcomes everywhere they went.
So hard was their feat, that they were sometimes tempted to give up, but fought this urge,
and triumphantly finished their course, filled
with awe for the beauty of our country, and
for the many brave people who are devoted to
conserving our precious wildlife, with little
reward or acknowledgement. They now have
plans to organise more cycle rides in wildlife
areas, on an on-going annual basis, to fundraise for anti-poaching efforts, in which lesser
mortals who would wish to cycle shorter distances than their 3 763km, can participate!

receptions. A wine bar adds to the social appeal of the public area and special amenities
on site include a swimming pool and sauna.
The conference room can host up to 18 people. Accommodation is in seventeen lodges
six overlooking a water feature and a further
eleven overlooking Rupurara mountain and
the valleys beyond.
Inn On Rupurara has been an award-winner
many times, most especially in the prestigious
Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents annual awards ceremony, where it has featured
as a winner or runner-up for most of the past
decade or so. But the awards dont mean that
management and staff take it easy they
see these as a further stimulation to greater
things, said Gordon Addams, Inns of Zimbabwe chairman.
Feedback from guests about Inn On Rupurara has been consistently positive and shows
that the style of Inns of Zimbabwe hospitality
and the unique features of the inn and its surrounds provide delight and enjoyment for all
visitors, especially those people looking for a
new and different Nyanga experience.



In this issue
of Arts & Culture

(1) Arts
(2) Breaking New Ground
(3) Celeb News
(4) Bookworm
(5) Bookworm


Selling is
not about
says Thandi Miranda

Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu

LMOST everyone has sold

something at some point or at
least come across someone who
is selling something. When you consider Zimbabwe today, selling has almost become an intrinsic part of our
lives that it is easy to assume that
everyone understands the whole
idea behind selling or sales. The online oxford dictionary defines a sale
as the exchange of a commodity for
money; the action of selling something. When facing economic hardships as is the case in Zimbabwe,
sometimes the pressure to make
money becomes the overwhelming
driving force behind sales. Just how
much emphasis should be placed on
money when it comes to sales?
When you go through trauma or
a crisis, its as if people suspend all
rules that dictate how certain things
should be done. They begin to think
in terms of their daily survival and
go about changing rules as the need
arises, said Business Development
Consultant and sales expert Thandi
Miranda. Thandis passion is to help
people understand sales as a profession that is guided by a code of ethics and clearly defined professional
standards. Whether you are selling
tomatoes at the market or clothes
in an executive shop, there is a way
in which a professional sales person
should conduct themselves if they
are to contribute successfully to the
growth of that business.
Selling begins with a conversation with a customer that should
lead to a sale. The conversation is
important to a professional sales
person as it allows them to establish
rapport with the customer and more
importantly to understand their

needs. A professional sales person

should be able to assess in the first
ninety seconds whether or not she/
he is going to make a sale. If they
dont do this, they run the risk of
wasting their time as well as the customers, she said. Thandi said that
the culture or mentality where people are driven more by the need to
get rid of their product at whatever
cost in exchange for money is a very
good example of unprofessional
sales conduct. Manipulation, trickery, lies and unnecessary aggression
to try and sell only ends up annoying customers. The duty of a sales
person is instead to convince the
customer to choose to buy a product
after they have understood the value
that the product will add to them
compared to a competing product.
A professional sales person should
therefore be armed with market intelligence, an understanding of what
competition is doing and be keen to
learning and know more about the
changing trends in the market. She
or he should be a person of integrity. This means that she or he cannot
overpromise and under deliver. It
is also important to be trust worthy
and their personal presentation in
terms of dress, speech and overall
personality should be exceptional so
that they can instill confidence and
trust in their product/service and
or brand.
Every company needs to grow
organically through an overall increase of the customer base, Thandi added. A sales person plays the exceptional role of establishing a good
name in the market place through
ethical conduct which in turn brings
repeat business contributing to the

overall growth of the business.

Thandi said that another issue
that company owners should be
mindful of especially in this prevailing economic climate is giving
sales representatives unrealistic
targets in terms of budgets and doing so without consulting the sales
team. The sales people understand
the market better and should guide
the organization in cases where
targets need to be pushed up. However, many bosses simply issue out
what seem like ultimatums and the
team is sometimes threatened with
nonpayment if targets are not met.
Thandi said that this is another
factor that is contributing to non
consideration of ethical conduct by
sales representatives. The pressure
to make money seems to be more
than the need to offer a good product
or service.
It is important for us to remember that Zimbabwe is one small player in the global market and if we are
going to attract investors, it is important that we begin now to build
a professional and ethical culture in
business. Business leaders should
be mentoring and investing in their
human resource to ensure that they
are well equipped to network and
engage professionally at any level
if indeed we are going to grow the
economy, she said.

Patricia Mabviko Musanhu is

a Company Director/Producer
at Black and White Media Productions. She can be contacted at

November 9 to 15 2014

November 9 to 15 2014

Whats booking at

The Spotlight
Harares central booking office
Reps Theatre Foyer, Belgravia Shopping Centre
Tel: (04) 308159 or 0771 357204
Open Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat 9am to 12 noon

On Reps Main Stage

12 16th and 17 22nd November
(Two programmes)
6.30 p.m. nightly and matinees 2.30
p.m. on Saturday
Tickets $6.00, $9.00 and $12.00


4 21st December 2014

6.30 p.m. nightly (no Sundays and
Matinees 2.30 p.m. Saturday 6th,
13th, 20th and Sunday 21st.
Tickets from $6.00 to $14.00 depending on when and where you sit
Special prices for children and Reps
On Sale at The Spotlight
Membership for WILDLIFE AND
Collection of Membership Fees being undertaken by Reps as a Community Service.
Also on sale:
latest copies of Ndeipi magazine


Chinhoyi University Student

runs an art exhibition
Nyasha R. Makovere

graphic design student at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Heaven Tafadzwa Patsanza opens his creative
exhibition at Gallery Delta November 12, part of an exhibition running from 10 to 14 November.
The exhibition dubbed, CreArt is being officially opened
by Mr Kurebgaseka Ceo of Kurebgaseka Architects. The exhibition will explore the work he did in the past four years he
was been at university.
Heaven was born in Chivhu in 1990. He had a passion for
art and even passed ZIMSEC A level Art with an A symbol.
He started a degree in Creative Art and design at Chinhoyi
At Chinhoyi University, Haven learnt many art disciplines including drawing, 3 Dimensional Design, Advertising, Print making, Industrial design, Graphic Design and
Fashion Design.
Heavens favorite course was advertising and he did his
attachment at Think Tank Advertising Agency where he
explored the creative side of communicating with people using Art. He majored in rebranding and his theme was Art to
save and he focused on the rebranding of a child network.
As a well-known creative artist at the University, Heaven
has already attracted the attention of artists and galleries
across the country and his exhibition promises to showcase a
unique style of creative artworks he calls CreArt
I am interested in the things that come out of a creative
mind and how those things can be communicated to others
through art. I hope that these art pieces share the beauty of
art and will serve a need to appreciate art more in Zimbabwe, Heaven said.
The exhibition is set to be officially opened at 1600hrs on
November 12th at Gallery Delta located at Robert Pauls Old
House 110 Livingstone Ave/9th Street with a delicious spread
of light refreshments to be served.

Jump Theatre,
How to Make a Play

The essential handbook for everyone

involved in drama and theatre,
Written by Kevin Hanssen
InnSider Cards
New InnSider cards and renewals
can be done at The Spotlight
for discounts at the Inns of Zimbabwe Group
We also sell airtime for
Econet NetOne Telecel
Collect from here the latest copies of
community free papers Harare News
and Zimtrader
And dont forget that Reps membership forms are also available!
If you would like to sell tickets through
The Spotlight
call the Reps office mornings only 335850
for information

Young Zimbabweans to tour Germany

wo young Zimbabweans,
Sikosana (26), a
Masters Student in
Chemical Engineering;
Nutrient and Energy Recovery from Sewage, and
(28), a PhD Candidate
in Environmental and
Geographical Science;
Assessing Impacts Of
Climate Change And Adaptation Options For Dry
Land Farming Systems
In Southern Africa are
among finalists chosen
in the Green Talents
International Forum for
High Potentials in Sustainable Development

to tour Germany.
The two are part
of 25 young researchers which the German
Federal Ministry of
Education and Research
(BMBF) has identified
through the Green Talents Competition, under
the patronage of German Research Minister
Professor Johanna Wanka.
The annually held
awards recognize 25
most outstanding minds
worldwide, out of more
than 800 applications
from over 100 countries,
and consequently the
winners are given honor

in accordance with their

original solutions for a
more sustainable future.
By bringing a biomimetic approach to Chemical
Engineering in wastewater solutions, Melissa
Sikosana is taking an
approach to the search for
a sustainable solution to
wastewater nutrient recovery in South Africa.
background in Agricultural Meteorology, in
which he gained an MSc
from the University of
Zimbabwe, has led him
to apply a fresh approach
to the search for effec-

tive adaptation options

for smallholder farmers
in Sub-Saharan Africa
(SSA). He believes that
agriculture is crucial
to alleviating poverty
in the region and that
smallholder farming
which provides a livelihood for around 60% of
the regions population
is particularly important.
This year, for the
sixth time the Green
Talents Award will be
presented by Prof. Johanna Wanka in Berlin.
The researchers will get
an opportunity of two
weeks of interaction

with renowned research

institutions and leading
experts, enabling them
to get connected to the
science community and
exchanging ideas with
its key innovators. This
will inevitably allow
the winners to promote
their approaches and to
lay the foundation for
future cooperation. Such
efforts are supported by
the invitation to return
to Germany for a fully
funded research stay at
an institution of their
choice in 2015.


November 9 to 15 2014

Decolonising the mind


heN I went to University and chose

to study english Literature (to the
dismay of my family and friends) I
was a lost soul. I was side-stepping
more lucrative prospects in law, business and
science. Yet english literature was the eureka
of my awakening. I had unconsciously begun
a journey to discover the contradictions of my
The literature department, curiously called
english Department, at Midlands State University where I did my undergraduate degree
teaches mostly english authors from Chaucer
to Dickens. It bothered me that our educational
system still connived with the past. Questions
crawled in my mind. They still do. What is the
reason in this day and age that we should be
brought up on an impoverished reading diet
in a so-called english Department? Why is
this pattern so in our time? Why does it still
persist? has this all been an accident of content, time, place and history?
A Russian child grows under the influence of his native imagination: a Chinese, a

French-man, a Spaniard, a German or an englishman first imbibes his national literature

before attempting to take in other worlds. This
ABC of education is followed in most societies
because it is demanded by the practice and the
experience of living and growing.
Not so in Africa, despite the crucial role the
twin fields of literature and culture play in
making a child aware of, and rediscovering his
environment. The great difficulty posed by colonial history is that it brought us into a world
with no real centre and no easily defined point
of view. In fact the cultural onion was peeled
to a point were our tears refuse to dry.
One of Africas eminent writers, Chinua
Achebe, highlighted the problem with the
world knowledge system when he rightly
pointed out that it is dominated by europe
and it excludes the African testimony. Let
me hasten to add that I am fully aware of
the simplifications I am indulging in so that
my basic points can stand out. I realize , for
instance there is some sort of effort to try to
study African writing and I also realise that
there is effort by some european universities
to post colonise the African knowledge sys-

tem and psyche, but despite these academically elegant labels and nonsensical pedagogical
qualifications that can be made from the high
chair of academia, there is some patronising
attitude in all this. The knowledge system
teaches little about Africa, or worse ignores it.
Africa is the place to be for anyone who
wants to live in the vortex of life. I write, and
imagine, from there. I migrate in there and
from there. My desire is to interfere and interrupt the flows of thought, to engage with and
fight the present as a response to my own being.
When I was 20years old, I became an editorial apprentice at a small but vibrant publishing
house in harare. This experience deepened
my desire to want to be involved in the production of knowledge relevant to our needs. My
involvement with the publishing industry, as
well as the writing fraternity and academia in
Zimbabwe, made me realise that we had a capacity to produce and package our own stories
and ideas but sometimes that is not enough
when we have to rely on Western donors for
capital to fund our projects who often come in
with their own agendas.

When I was at university I had one big ambition: to critically engage with the dominant
patterns of intellectual production. What
irked me most was that I had seen foreign and
well funded scholars come to Zimbabwe and
in six months or less, they left with a book
manuscript of our culture, politics, economics, music etc.
It was as if the locals were intellectually
impotent or incurious, so they needed someone to tell them something about themselves. I
still wonder why it requires intervention from
a foreign academic for us as Zimbabweans to
appreciate ourselves. In other words, as Ngugi
argues, imperialism continues to control the
economy, politics and cultures of Africa.
Indeed, Ngugis seminal monograph, remains an important book for me. Its a revolutionary text that questions and challenges
our perceptions of self and being. Its a book I
constantly go back to again and again to challenge me to seek answers of who I am and who
I ought to be.


November 9 to 15 2014

Eminems transformation
from aspiring rapper to
gaunt and recovering addict
he rap star has made a huge name for himself
in the business but its been a rocky road to success. Eminem is arguably one of the most wellknown rappers across the world, but while hes
made a huge name for himself in music, hes had his
fair share of hurdles along the way.
And now the musician , 42, has been spotted looking barely recognisable, with gaunt features and a
thin face, sparking worry from fans. The rap star was
making a speech at the Wall Street Journals Innovator Of The Year Awards in New York on Wednesday,
when he appeared tired and slimmer than ever.
Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - was
brought up by his mother Deborah Mathers in Missouri, after his father walked out while he was still
young. The star has since recalled changing schools
two, three times a year as his mum struggled to hold
down a job for more than a few months.
The youngster was bullied at school, and previously recalled to CNN reporter Anderson Cooper being beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways,
shoved into lockers. And as the star has released
more records, hes painted a troubling picture of his
mother, who hes claimed in his tunes was addicted to
prescription drugs and often abused him emotionally
and physically - claims she has always denied.
Having dropped out of school aged 17, Eminem
quickly branched into hip-hop music, expressing his
feelings through often controversial lyrics..
He became known as M&M - a play on his initials which was later made into Eminem. He began dating
Kim Scott in 1995, at the start of his career, and they
had a daughter together - Hailie Jade Scott, which
inspired the star to release his first album Infinite a
year later. It failed to take off, but a year later he released The Slim Shady EP, which was discovered by
Dr. Dre, and paved the way to worldwide fame.
His hit My Name is still closely associated with
Eminems breakthrough now, but was largely seen as
shocking at the time for the huge use of foul-mouthed
language and flashes of violence. Kim and Marshall
married that same year, in 1997, but divorced just

three years later after a rocky marriage - briefly remarrying in 2006.

From then it was jumps and jumps to success,
with his second album The Marshall Mathers LP being released in 2000, selling more than 19million copies.
He also won the Grammy for Best Rap Album,
and it was seen as one of the peaks of the musicians
career. Taking a brief stint away from solo success,
Eminem joined pals from the old rap scene to form
group D12 in 2001, but it never matched his own
name. However just a year later saw the star descend
into drug addiction, as he filmed his well-known film
8 Mile.
Becoming addicted to prescription drugs after a
lack of sleep, the star took three years out of music
to battle the addiction to drugs and alcohol.The musician previously admitted he nearly overdosed on
drugs in his documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs. His addiction became so overwhelming
his organs began shutting down.
The controversial star, real name Marshall
Mathers, revealed: I dont know what point exactly
it started to be a problem, I just remember liking it
more and more. Had I got to the hospital about two
hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were
gonna have to put me on dialysis, they didnt think I
was gonna make it.
Despite a brief relapse, the star returned to music in 2008 and released albums Relapse and Recovery
- each soaring once again to the huge numbers. Since
then he has performed alongside huge stars including Rihanna, and made another comeback recently
when the pair appeared on stage together at the MTV
Movie Awards with their hit together, Monster.
But now hes appeared looking so different, its
sparked worries his years of drug abuse may have
had a lasting effect, as he continues to stay clean in
the limelight.

Beyonc and Jay Z to try for second baby

eyonc and Jay Z are reportedly set to start trying for a sibling for their two-year-old daughter
Blue Ivy before Christmas.
The couple - who already have two-year-old
daughter Blue Ivy - are keen to expand their brood,
with the 33-year-old singer reportedly planning to fall
pregnant in Spring.
A source told OK! Magazine: If all goes well
theyll start trying for a baby before Christmas. She
wants to be pregnant by spring.
The news comes just months after the Crazy in
Love hitmaker and her 44-year-old husband were said
to be on the brink of splitting up when their joint On
The Run tour ended in Paris in September.
However, the couple slammed rumours they were
heading for divorce after renewing their vows and

have even started house hunting together in Paris in

order to get a fresh start.
The source said: This is all part of a make or
break situation. Renewing their vows was the first
step, then a new city, a new scene.
Beyoncs father Matthew Knowles also defended
the pair over the divorce rumours at the time and insisted the couple orchestrated the alleged break up to
ignite ticket sales for their tour.
Knowles - who used to manage Beyonc and girl
group Destinys Child - said: I know, because weve
done this. From experience, theres a tour going on.
So you sometimes have to ignite that tour. Its called a
Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot.

Vuzu Amp and M-Net Edge launch on DStv

This month DStv audiences will be exposed to two new high-end television channels that have hit the screens. These out of the
ordinary additions to DStvs Premium package
are M-Net Edge (102) and VUZU AMP (114).
Switched-on, trendy viewers who currently
enjoy VUZU, can now dive into the coolness
and amplified VUZU channel featuring local
and international content in HD.
Then, on Tuesday 20 October at 7pm , M-Net
Edge will officially launch on channel 102, as
the thought provoking and more irreverent
home to award-winning television. It will be
a companion to flagship channel M-Net 101,
known for its blockbuster and Hot off the
Heels series. Due to the age restrictions linked
to the programming on M-Net Edge, the channel will be on air for eleven hours only - from
6pm in the evening until 5am the next morning.
The revolutionary M-Net Edge line-up will
feature the most critically acclaimed cult-craze
series from Hollywood the kind of risqu
shows you would prefer not to watch with
the entire family. On the October schedule,
for example, you will find the eagerly awaited
Emmy award-winning comedy-drama Orange
is the New Black. Among the other big attractions are the brand new series Masters of Sex

and Satisfaction, as well as new seasons of The

Americans, Defiance and American Horror
VUZU AMP will kick off its mission to be the antidote to average with The Flash, which means
that the channel will boast Express from the
US titles. Already earning a huge amount of
attention in global TV-land, The Flash is based
on the DC Comics character Flash, a costumed
superhero crime-fighter - and is a spin-off of
VUZU AMP will host many season premieres
of hugely popular television series, among
them The Vampire Diaries, Devious Maids,
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, So You Think You Can
Dance and Pretty Little Liars. New homegrown
programmes have also been commissioned
for the future and the channel will hit the refresh button for well-known VUZU shows like V
Entertainment, 10 over 10, and Dineos .
To make way for these two unprecedented
channels, the current M-Net Series Showcase
and M-Net Series Reality channels on DStv
Premium have since been discontinued and
the content from these channels will be found
on M-Net Edge (channel 102) or VUZU AMP
(channel 114).
For more information log on to


November 9 to 15 2014

Solar Cookers - Cooking for free


Have you thought about greening your car?

Here are a few tips and hints for you to consider,
after all motor cars are one of the biggest contributors to pollution and greenhouse gasses.

If you have a roof rack that is not being

used, take it off. This will improve your cars
fuel efficiency by about 5%. Most roof racks
an be put on or taken off with just a few
bolts, so its not too difficult to do.


Keep your tyres properly inflated. Its not

ust a safety issue under inflated tyres can
use up 4% more petrol per kilometre, so itll
save you money too.


Take all that extra junk out of the boot that

ou dont need to carry around with you.
An extra 50kgs of weight wastes up to 6%
more fuel.


Keep your car properly serviced and

maintained. An engine thats running
efficiently uses less fuel and emits less
exhaust. Youll also find you use less oil if
your cars properly tuned.


Drive more sensibly you dont need to

accelerate and slam on the breaks as if
youre in a race. Most cars become a lot
ess fuel efficient at speeds of over 100 kms
per hour. Even on a long trip driving at
120 kms per hour uses around 20% more
fuel than driving at 100 kms.


Think carefully before you jump into your

car. If youre just going a short distance
why not walk or cycle? Not only will you
save fuel youll get some healthy exercise


Consider starting up a car pool with friends

r neighbours. If your kids go to the same
school or if you work close to each other,
e turns driving your cars to drop off the
kids or to travel to the office. If you only use
your car on alternate days or alternate
weeks youll cut your fuel costs in half.

Michael Nott

o electricity, no gas, no firewood! You

can still cook a delicious meal for your
whole family for free by using a solar
Solar cookers have been popular in countries like Australia and India for many years
and are rapidly gaining recognition here in
Zimbabwe. Although they are ideal for rural
situations they can be used in the urban areas
too. They are relatively cheap, costing a lot
less than a gas or electric cooker and once you
got one there is very little maintenance necessary and zero fuel costs forever. And they can
help to deal with some of the serious problems
affecting our environment by reducing the effects of deforestation and desertification. You
dont need to change the types of food you normally eat and the cooking method is similar
to stove top cooking. You can fry, boil, bake,
roast, reheat or brown food in the usual way.
A parabolic solar cooker (as opposed to a solar box cooker, which is something altogether
different) looks something like a TV satellite
dish. The optimum size for normal family use
is about 1,2 metres in radius and it usually
comes on an adjustable base so that it can angled towards the sun for maximum efficiency.
Larger versions have been used to cook bigger
quantities for hotels and other institutions
like schools and hospitals. Basically it is a
contraption that reflects the heat from the sun
and focuses it onto your cooking vessel, much
like a magnifying glass. Nearly all solar cookers, or solar burners as they are sometimes
called, have a simple manual adjustment so
that the dish can be angled to follow the sun
during the day or to point it in the best direc-

tion. The shallow parabola needs to be made

from a very reflective material like thin aluminium or stainless steel or a metallic foil.
The solar cooker can easily reach temperatures of well over 200 degrees centigrade so it
is ideal for frying and even for baking or roasting as in an oven. Because it gets so hot there
are some simple safety precautions that need
to be followed. Just as you would around an
electric or gas stove or around an open cooking fire, dont leave small children unattended. The pots can get very hot, so use a cloth or
oven gloves when gripping the handles or the
lid. Dont use pots with wooden or plastic handles as these can burn. Dont stand directly in

The solar cooker can

easily reach temperatures
of well over 200 degrees
centigrade so it is
ideal for frying and
even for baking
or roasting as in an oven

front of the reflector or look into the dish as

you can be dazzled, so turn the reflector away
from the sun if you want to adjust the pot, stir
or add seasoning. When its not in use turn the
dish upside down so that you dont accidently
set fire to trees or buildings close by.
Black pots work better as they absorb more
heat, while shiny pots will reflect the heat
away. Ceramic pots are not ideal as they sometimes crack, although the Moroccan tagine
type of pot can be used very successfully. For
frying it is best to use a pan with deep sides or
a pot to prevent the oil spattering out. When
baking place your baking pan inside a bigger
pot, dont put any water in the pot but do put
your baking pan on a stand like a wire rack
and close the lid. Solar cookers can also be
used for boiling and sterilising water or for
creating distilled water, making them ideal for
schools, hospitals and laboratories.
My friends, David and Anna, have been
cooking on their solar cooker for years and absolutely love using it. They cook for their family three or four times a week and often use it
in conjunction with the Hot Bags which were
featured in last weeks article.
David and Annas solar cooker was specially made by an engineering company in
Bulawayo, but readymade solar cookers
are available locally. They are sold in a
flat pack form (with simple assembly instructions) by A & B Evolving Energies,
Unit 5, 81 Woolwich Road, Willowvale,
Harare. Call 04 624 924, 0773 605 445, or
email for more

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