Standard Style 15 June 2014


The Standard

StyleISSUE JUNE 15 TO 21, 2014


Star Profile




Charlton C. Tsodzo


JUNE 15 TO 21 2014

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The Standard



Woman & Man

Home & Garden

Food & Drink



3 Woman Profile

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa

11 Home of the Week

Enter our competition

16 Eating Out

Aroma Caffé

19 Family of the Week

Chaora family

26 Breaking New Ground

Driven by passion

4 Women Motivation

Experiencing my Passion

12 Trends

Children’s room Trends

17 Food

TM Supermarket

23 Education

Private Schools

28 Bookworm

Zimbabwe’s Agatha Christie

5 Man Profile

Charlton Tsodzo

14 Gardening

Gardening mistakes

18 Drink

Le Globe Trotter

24 Family Getaway


30 Tribute

Ruby Dee


Star Profile



Her maxim: We are all born who we are; but what we become is who we really and truly are

She is only 25, yet she has already made a name for

herself as a journalist and activist, as well as recently

been placed at number 23 on the 100 Most Influential

Young Zimbabweans under 40. Her poise and smile

say it all; Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a woman on the go –

even the sky will not limit her.

“Ndiri muzvare, mwana waMwari [I am princess. I am a

born again Christian, God’s child] and a daughter of the

soil,” are her own words that give an apt description of

the vivacious yet down-to-earth young lady who says

she would have studied Law if she hadn’t chosen


A talk show host on Zimbabwe’s fastest

growing and first ever private radio station

in Zimbabwe, ZiFM Stereo, she holds a

Bachelor of Arts with majors in Media,

Writing and Political Science and a

Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing

from the University of Cape

Town in South Africa. She captures

the attention of many

through her shows which

cover politics, social issues,

health matters and

youth-focused discussions.

Her never-saydie

spirit is probably

the reason why she

is also thriving

as the Deputy


of the


re Youth Council, while her bubbly other side has endeared

her to many folk as she has become a new favourite as an MC

for functions and events. As if all this were not enough, Ruvheneko

is also an entrepreneur who runs a shop at Harare

International Airport.

“I am here living fully in the present and preparing for

a future that I don’t even comprehend because I was told recently

by a mentor that my dreams offend God because they

aren’t big enough. So before I offend him further by telling

you ‘who I am’ let’s just tread carefully!”

Describing her passion as working towards her ambition

and helping others achieve theirs; Ruvheneko loves

everything media and her passion clearly rests on its bosom.

What she loves most about it is that she gets to interact with

the public and reach out to them; the fact that she may never

meet or see them frightens and excites her at the same time.

“I just stop and ask, ‘Dear God, who am I that you can give me

this microphone? You must trust me a lot! but I know it’s not

me he trusts -- but the power of Him in me.”

According to her, people who try to control and filter her

content have been her biggest challenges in her career; she

does not conform to “safe journalism” and this in essence,

is what defines her. Being a talk show host, she is a natural

debater who likes dialogue and discussions on anything and


In terms of principles and beliefs, the phenomenal new

wife puts God first above everything as she believes that this

way, there will be love in the world because every religious

leader who ever made a difference in this world taught love.

While she remains steadfast in her beliefs, she acknowledges

that although people will differ in views, there is a need for

us as fellow human beings to share our space and respect differences.

It is evident that Ruvheneko cannot tolerate bullies

in the world as she believes that kills the whole point of coexisting.

On family, she expressed how deep her love is for her

parents, siblings and husband, adding that there would be

more to tell on her fresh and new marriage after the wedding.

Despite working very hard as Deputy Chairperson at The

Harare Youth Council in community-based projects there,

the humble young woman does not feel she has achieved

anything big yet.

“Everything I have done up until now has been

in preparation for and on the way to my biggest life

achievement. I am disappointed in myself about that;

I should have a ‘biggest life achievement’ but for me,

nothing I have achieved is good enough to be ‘big’ –

yet. The fact that you’re asking me this question

says it all. If there was something that huge, it

would speak for itself and your question would

be, “Ruvheneko, how did you achieve…”

At the council, Ruvheneko together with

her team work tirelessly to reach out to young

people and meet their needs. Of late they held

a successful fundraising dinner which managed

to raise funds to begin work on vocational

training centres and farming projects. “I want

Zimbabwe to know that I am not a spoilt and

privileged minister’s daughter. There is more

to people than meets the eye. Zimbabwe should

learn to know people as individuals and not label

them by affiliation. We are all born who we are;

but what we become is who we really and truly are.

Ruvheneko’s inspiration comes from many sources,

including the news. “Bleak and depressing as most

news stories are -- on whatever channel or source -- I

find inspiration in every story. I am inspired to discuss

a certain topic on one of my shows, or I’m inspired to go

donate clothes, or to go for a long run, or to go visit my

grandparents, but mostly to work hard and leave something

behind when I’m gone.”

As a parting shot, Ruvheneko -- who’s love for bubbles

has her keeping a bottle in her room all the time to keep the

child in her happy -- had this to say to fellow young Zimbabweans,

“You should learn to balance your life; there is time

to be serious but there must always be time to breathe a little

. . . and be little for a little. You are never too young for

anything -- except sex, alcohol and a driver’s licence. Find

what you are good at and be the best at it. There are so

many people in Zimbabwe yet the news rotates the

names of about 100 individuals over an entire year.

Are we not living hard and well enough to catch

the attention of the media? So again, find what

you are good at and be the best at it; the cameras

will follow -- and even if they don’t -- your

reward is waiting for you on the other side. The

biggest honour you can give to your creator is to

accept His reason for creating you and live it out to

the fullest!” - Prudence Muganiwah


June 15 to 21 2014






know I speak on behalf of many, when I say that business,

right now, in Zimbabwe, is not easy at all. The majority of

us are living a “hand to mouth” life. In several industries

here, the market is flooded with suppliers, all competing for

the same customers. In a difficult economy such as this one,

it’s important to be aggressive, to know your customer’s needs,

to know your competitor, and to come up with innovative ways

to win the business.

The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures”

comes to mind when I listen to my colleagues sharing their

experiences in business. But often, when businesses become

desperate to out-do their competitors, some business and personal

principles get thrown out of the window. We may be living

for the present, but we should not forget that the decisions

we make in business today when it comes to ethics, will affect

our businesses in the future.

Ethics are about an individual’s moral code of conduct, and

about moral judgements regarding what is right and what is

wrong. Recently I was on a wedding venue site visit with a potential

client. The client was looking for a venue for her cousin,

who was based in the United Kingdom. I gave her the venue

hiring fees, and she advised me that I should add one thousand

dollars to the normal fee for her “commission.” And of course

her cousin should never find out that we changed the venue

hiring fees. Now, maybe there is something here that I did not

really understand, but I found her request more than a little

bit disturbing.

People’s perceptions of my character as an individual, and my

business principles, will have a bearing on whether they will

hire me or not. That is why all organisations need to have a

strong, relevant set of values. These values must be taught to

and practised by every employee in the organisation. The implementation

of values will give customers more confidence in

your business.

So, in an environment where I want your business, but to get

your business I have to pay you something under the table,

what do I do? I walk away.

One of the first things I did when I started ProEvents, was to

list the values that would guide me and help me to maintain a

certain standard in my business operations.

Value Number One is Integrity, which means that your words

and your actions are consistent. To simplify it, you do what

you say you will do. How many times has a sales representative

sent you an incomplete quotation for a product? Then

once you have made your decision and you are about to make

a payment, you are told that the quote does not include VAT,

nor does it include delivery charges.

A number of years back, I was coordinating a birthday party

for my nephew, and he wanted a clown. The clown I found had

such a good sales pitch about how he was not just a clown,

he was a coordinator and entertainer for children’s events.

He talked about how he would be at the venue two hours before

the event started, so that he could prepare his act, and

queue his music. Well. On the day, one hour into the party

I had an anxious nephew asking me where the clown was.

When I called this clown, he boldly told me to relax, because

Africans never keep time. I think I spent a good month after

that party talking about that clown!

Value Number Two is Professionalism. When you say you are

a professional, you are saying that you are an expert in your

field. As one of my colleagues likes to say “we do not pretend

to know what we are doing. We actually know what we are

doing.” To uphold this value, you need to know your industry

well, you need to be up to date with trends, and you need to

display competence. How you communicate in business has a

huge reflection on your level of professionalism. Time-keeping

is also important. Even if I know my client does not keep

time, I will still show up on time. I have a code of conduct for

events, both for my in-house team, and the service providers.

The dress code must be adhered to, we must be at the site at

the specified time, we are at the event to work, not to eat, and

please stay away from the alcohol.

Value Number Three is Reliability. We are dependable and

trustworthy. A corporate that hires us for an event, has literally

put their brand in our hands. We need to show that

we have the best interests of that brand at heart, and we

need to prove this to our client. That’s one way of gaining

their trust and getting repeat business. When it comes to

wedding planning, clients based overseas have to trust us

enough to send us their hard-earned cash, in the hope that

we will pay for their venue, or their décor, and not steal

from them. There have been a few horror stories about bogus

wedding planners who have stolen thousands of dollars

from overseas clients, and have disappeared. When we

prove to one or two clients that we are reliable, they refer

clients to us.

Value Number Four is Creativity. Some clients have a

vague idea of what they want for their event. Some are

very specific about what they want. Either way, they hire

us because they expect us to listen to their requirements

and build on them with unique ideas.

Value Number Five is Attention to Detail. I am passionate

about detail. In event management you have to make sure

you remember every single thing that is required to pull

off the perfect event. It’s always the small but significant

things that get forgotten. A public ribbon cutting ceremony

where you have invited top executives, and when the time

comes to cut the ribbon….does anyone have a pair of scissors?

When it’s time to cut the wedding cake, where is the

cake knife? A champagne toast, but we forgot to hire the

champagne glasses. The electricity goes, and there is no

fuel for the generator – actually, there is no generator at all!

These are some of the details that, if forgotten, can ruin

an event.

This is my set of core values for my business. In difficult

times, it’s easy to fall into the trap of offering kickbacks

to company representatives, or putting ridiculous markups

on service provider fees. Commission is a legitimate

way of making money if you are acting as an agent for a

product or a service. It must be formalised with a written

agreement, and there must be transparency. If it’s under

the table, then there is something wrong, and I say walk

away, it’s the ethical thing to do.

Rufaro Mushonga

June 15 to 21 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / MAN / PROFILE 5

Star Profile: Charlton C.


Born into a family of five and married to Maureen with a daughter

called Minana Brooklyn; Charlton Tsodzo describes himself as a

humble, determined man who has “enough energy to fire up a power-station”

through living by values such as hard work, determination,

impacting society as well as hanging in there in spite of the odds. He

is a life coach, inspirational speaker and team building expert, who at 33

is also an International Development Consultant holding a PhD in International

Development Studies. Charlton’s notable works include research and

advisory work in public health, poverty alleviation, corporate governance,

social policy and development programmes among others at local, regional

and international levels.

Having taught at reputable institutions such as the University of Zimbabwe,

National University of Science and Technology, and Ruhr Universitaet

Bochum in Germany, it is amazing that he has found time to publish the first

ever motivational book in Shona entitled, Bhora Mberi – Kukunda Chete.

Charlton is a firm believer of promoting vernacular languages, and to that

effect has founded Maendeleo Media, a development communications company

promoting use of local languages in business and social communication.

His book was inspired by his marvel at how the Germans took pride in

their local language and did business in it, leading him to start reflecting on

the wealth of vernacular and inspiring his own people in a language they

clearly understood, using idioms and wise words from it as well as taking

case studies of successful Zimbabweans which made the motivation more

tangible and closer to home.

A motivational speaker, he is currently involved with a number of private

companies, education institutions; NGOs as well as public sector bodies

such as the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO), the British

Council, the Department for International Development (DFID-UK), Germany’s

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the Open Society Institute of Southern

Africa and many other local and international NGOs in which he provides

motivational talks and trains employees on effective teamwork and

other skills they need to operate effectively.

“Beyond just inspiring by words, my idea is always to impart practical

skills and tips on how to transform one’s potential into actual action and


His passion, he said, has always been, “The desire to open the eyes and

transform the mindset of young Africans towards believing that our time

has actually come and we need to stand up and be counted. With our levels

of creativity, intellect, ambition and a whole continent waiting to be

explored in terms of opportunities, what better time than now to take our

stand and make our motherland a better place for all of us?”

What drives him on a day-to-day basis is the idea that young people need

to know that they are the shining light to the “dark” continent.

In terms of challenges in his career, Charlton expressed how hard it was

to establish himself and realise his potential as an ambitious and innovative

young Zimbabwean given economic difficulties in a society expecting

him to grow up first before being taken seriously, and he went on to bemoan

the lack of appreciation that has gradually led many young Zimbabweans to

realise their fullest potential overseas instead of here in their own country.

The versatility of what he does is one of the reasons he loves it so much,

as he is never working on one project at any given time, which constantly

rejuvenates and pumps his system with adrenalin. It is no wonder then that

his next plan is to start studying Law as he believes his works requires legal


A great wedding MC, Charlton does not allow his work to interfere with

his family life, as he dotes on his little girl whom he claims has totally stolen

all of his heart. This is despite his fear of being a father prior to her arrival.

One of the times he treasures most with her is when he burps her after her

feed; and this has earned him the nickname “The Burp King.” Charlton has

clearly embraced the father role as he states it as his biggest life achievement

to date.

Charlton is a Christian who draws most of his inspiration from people

who have a positive impact on his life, for instance Bushe Jokomo, Dr.

Donald Chimanikire, Professor Paul Mapfumo and his long-time mentor

Dr. Thokozile Chitepo. But above all, God is his biggest inspiration, as he

is “totally fascinated by the concept of a God who created everything out of

absolutely nothing. This inspires me and gives me all the reason to believe

that anything and everything is possible.”

As parting advice to younger generations, Charlton encourages every

individual to play their part and “keep on generating those great and innovative

ideas; they will definitely attract the necessary and much-needed

resources. Let’s keep on working hard and pursuing our dreams, it’s all going

to come right one day. Zimbabwe needs us, Africa needs us, let’s pursue

our dreams and our brilliant ideas for the benefit of fellow Zimbabweans

and Africans.”


June 15 to 21 2014




Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize

the contribution that fathers and father

figures make to the lives of their children.

This day celebrates fatherhood and male

parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of

dates worldwide, many countries including Zimbabwe

observe this day on the third Sunday in June.

Father’s Day is a beautiful festival that acknowledges

and appreciates the important role played

by a father in raising the child and consequently

building a stronger society. Though fathers have

been revered at all times by civilizations across

the globe ironically what was missing until the last

century was the official recognition of the significance

of fathers in one’s life. Father’s Day story

is the tale of realization of the need for a Father’s

Day festival primarily by Ms Sonora Louise Smart

Dodd of Washington. The story narrates Sonora’s

unflagging struggle to officially set a day to honor

all fathers. Thanks to Sonora, today Father’s Day is

celebrated in a large number of countries around

the world.

Historians have recorded that there was a tradition

to celebrate Father’s Day even thousands of

years ago. Their studies show that 4,000 years ago

in Babylon a son called Elmesu carved a father’s

day message on a clay card. In his message Elmesu

wished his father a long and healthy life. There is

no knowledge as to what happened to this father

son duo but it is believed that several countries retained

the custom of celebrating Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is considered extremely important

as it helps acknowledge the contribution of fathers

to individual families and to societies as large. The

observance of Father’s Day provides children an

opportunity to express love and respect for their

fathers. The sentiment goes a long way in strengthening

father-child relationship and consequently

in the emotional development of a child.

Observance of Father’s Day makes fathers feel

that their contributions are acknowledged in the

society and also by their children. They feel proud

of themselves! Besides by celebrating Father’s Day,

children come closer to their father.

On Father’s Day many people make a special effort

for their fathers or father figures. Some people

visit their fathers, while others give cards, flowers

or other gifts, such as clothing or sporting equipment,

or luxury food items. Father’s Day is a relatively

modern holiday, so different families have

different traditions. These can range from a simple

phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring

all father figures in an extended family. Father

figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathersin-law,

grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even

other male relatives.




June 15 to 21 2014

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is a perfect occasion to express

your deepest feelings for dearest

Papa and pamper him with loads

of Father’s Day Gifts. Ties and wallets

are nice but don’t you think that dad can feel

bored getting the same formal and cliched

gifts every time? So try and be a little more innovative

and thoughtful this year and present

a gift that leaves an everlasting impression

and creates sweet memories for a lifetime.

Sounds nice and bright?? But the most daunting

task is to decide on the right gift for dad.

Here are a few Gift Ideas for father with different

tastes and interests. These might help

you to widen your approach for selecting Father’s

Day Gifts. These gift ideas can suitably

be implemented for grand dads, uncles or men

who are like your father. The most important

thing that should complement any Father’s

Day Gifts that you select includes a warm hug

and a big THANK YOU.

For Trendy Dads

If your dad is hip and loves to carry a style

statement, a wonderful idea would be to gift

him a pair of cool sunglasses. He might possess

some already but he would welcome another

one with a warm smile. Perfumes and

Deodorants can also be given thought.

For Sporty Dads

Sporty dads are going to love a Father’s Day

gift that boosts their passion for fun and

sports. So you can gift him something that gels

with his area of interest. Golf, cricket or tennis

set would be a nice sporty idea. If he loves

indoor games you may go in for premium

chess or cards set or anything else like Dartboards

or scrabble based on his choice.

For Bibliophile Dads

If your dad loves to spend time in books there

can be no better idea than to gift him a nice

hard bound book. While implementing this

idea be a little thoughtful and keep your dad’s

choice in mind. On the occasion of Father’s

Day you may also select books which reflect

on the beautiful relationship shared between

a father and a child.

For Techno Savvy Dads

There are a lot of options in the market for

dads who love to adopt latest and trendiest in

technology. On the higher end you may go in

for camera, camcorders, lap tops and DVDs.

Other ideas in this category include electronic

shavers, massager or exercise equipment.

For Dads on the Mechanical Side

If your dear Papa loves to play with the mechanical

object a bright idea would be to gift

him a tool set complete with screwdrivers,

wrenches and hammers. And how about the

Swiss Army Pocket Organizer??

Clothes and Accessories

These are traditional yet always appreciated.

You may like to buy a formal shirt, a casual

T-Shirt or a pair of trousers. Accessories

that may be gifted on Father’s Day include

belts, wallets, portfolio bags, cuff-links and of

course ties!

June 15 to 21 2014




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lot has happened in the motoring

industry; from the

drag races, Jamboree to

various motor shows in the

world. In this issue I put together

three vehicles from different manufacturers

so that you can see which

one moves your heart at three different

prices. Read on and enjoy.

The Mazda2 is an excellent

super-mini that’s shed some 200kg

off the previous model to make it

light, nippy and efficient. It looks

extremely sharp too with its angular

front and sleek hippy behind.

It’s surprisingly comfortable given

the short wheelbase and compact

dimensions --you will even be able

to manage the odd motorway trundle

without any bother at all. The

diesel one is due soon, but up until

that point there are just two petrol

variants to choose from, a 1.3-litre,

or a 1.5. You may want the 1.5 Sport

- 0-100kmph in 10.4 seconds. Both

engines feel quite fizzy and suit the

car down to the ground. The car is

cool, rational and stylish and not a

Fiat 500. So bonus points all round.

The vehicle is nicely mixed up, with

a playfully- designed dash that feels

like it might at least last as long as

you will. Mazda knows how to do

this sort of thing, and the 2 feels like

it’s been designed with humans in

mind. The diet has certainly helped

the 2 get fit -- there’s positivity to

the steering that means it always

feels perky and up-for-it, great throttle

response and a general air of

sprightliness that you can’t beat in

a city. In town this is a glorious little

terrier. With five doors and a hatch,

it has room for four adults, but this

isn’t a huge car so don’t expect too

much. Still, for the size, a 250-litre

boot with the seats up isn’t too bad,

and there’s a more useful 787 litres

with the seats folded. When it comes

to running costs and affordability,

we all know Mazda comes tops! The

economy of fuel and service with

this car makes you want to ditch

your classy SUV. You save a lot and

still look glam behind the wheel.

Now to a vehicle which is hardly on

our roads here in Harare. It’s a hot

number which fits this spring season

as the flowers spring out. As the

streets are laced with purple jacarandas,

you could be cruising with

the top off. What more can you wish


They say the Volkswagen Eos

isn’t just a converted hatch but a specially

made car bigger than a Golf.

When it comes to comfort, the seats

are excellent. And of course it’s

cramped in the back, but not as bad

as the hatch-derived opposition, so

maybe VW does have a point there.

The glass roof slides to make a sunroof

if you don’t want to blast your

passengers. On performance, the

mid-range 2.0 turbo (petrol and diesel)

hit the spot. The 3.2V6 has more

power than an Eos knows what to

do with. When it comes to handling,

you get the usual re-assuring VW

steering and trustworthy cornering.

Like all CCs, the boot space suffers

when the roof is down, despite the

huge complexity of the Eos’ effort.

Variable service intervals mean if

you go gently it’ll pay off in costs.

Fuel costs aren’t bad and depreciation

on an Eos is still gentle, which

is a big plus. And we all know VW

rocks . . . remember the Chicco Golf,

the old ancient VW Bugs we still see

on our roads? Time only makes VW

make better, more innovative vehicles.

Lastly, the Chrysler Sebring is a

mid-sized to large American saloon

that’s pitched to tempt us away from

more traditional rivals. The suspension

is soft, there’s scuttle-shake

despite the fact this is a Saloon and

it makes you travel sick. Very comfortable

in a straight line, driving on

glass, when you’re drunk. Don’t get

me wrong, I am not encouraging you

to drink and drive. There’s a big bit

of Europe tucked under the bonnet

in the form of the VW Passat’s 2.0-

litre turbo diesel, which is loud but

effective; 0-100kmph in 12 seconds.

There is also a pair of Chrysler’s

own engines on offer -- a smaller 2.0

and a 2.4. The small petrol is surprisingly

good, with 0-100kmph in 11.1

seconds and a 200kmph top speed.

The Sebring actually feels pretty

solidly built. The boot is big at 440

litres and there’s plenty of space for

four grown-ups. It’s quite a low cost

vehicle when it comes to running it.

Three cars in different classes at

three different prices to choose

from. Check with your local dealers

for prices.

Till next week stay blessed and

be safe.


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Kids room trends

June 15 to 21 2014

Nothing will get your child

more house proud than revamping

their bedroom with

a whole new look. From neat

dual-purpose furniture, clever

storage and designated areas

for play, you can redesign even

the smallest of spaces with all

of their needs in mind.

Make the

most of the

space with



Kids’ rooms, no matter what

size are they are, always seem

to be cramped.

Maximise the limited space by

choosing clever furniture, like

high sleepers with integrated

desks, that combine a variety

of essential pieces into a very

small space.

Brighten up the room

with your child’s artwork

By creating a gallery of

your child’s artworks on

their wall, not only will

you decorate the space

with their bright designs,

but you’ll also encourage

them to create even more.

Look for

smart hidden

storage extras

Storage is an absolute essential in a

child’s room.

When buying new furniture, look

for clever extras like hidden drawers

where your child can squirrel

away toys and games out of sight.

Use the height in

a cramped room

Are your kids sharing a room?

Bunk beds, from doubles to triples,

make the very most of the space,

leaving the rest of the room free for

essential play.

Separate a shared space

Sharing issues? A simple curtain

partition will split a single space

into two, if your children have no

choice but to share a room.

Add space for sleepovers with

a trundle bed

Sleepovers are a big part of a child’s

life so it’s important that you make

their little guests as comfortable as


Look for beds with added truckle

sections underneath so you can easily

pull out an extra sleeping space

whenever they have their best

friends stay over.

Use picture ledges rather

than glue or sticky tack so

your child can rearrange

or replace them whenever

they want (without damaging

the walls or plaster)

Create an area for playtime

It’s always important to include an

area for play in a child’s bedroom,

whether it’s at a desk or play table.

Tents and playhouses serve much

the same purpose, providing your

child with a hideaway where their

imagination can run riot.


Winter warmer:

Sugar and Spice

Colouring your

home-you got

the secret!

No matter what your colour preferences

are, bold or subtle, colour balance

is the most important secret

in achieving your desired interior

designed effect. It is also the most difficult to

describe as it comes down to how your eye perceives

the space around you. At Spacework we

call it the “sugar- and- spice –effect.” And this

week our colour palette is simply reflective of

that crucial balance of colour in our interiors.

Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen states that we

should “Learn to look not just with your eyes

but with your heart. Find the things that connect

with you. How else will you know how to

design your home?”

So when renovating and redecorating your

space, try always to start by choosing your

colour scheme from something inspiring. It

could be an antique chest, a Turkish rug, a

stone sculpture, a favourite chair or painting.

However, sometimes that inspiring piece

is simply not there or is yet to be discovered.

Instead, go ahead and gather your neutral

palette together first and then add one colour

at a time to see the effect it has on the rest of

the colours and textures. A one off colour will

stand out and be the centre of attention, as it

does not relate to anything else in the room.

As your flair matures, be bold and daring

by selecting two or three colours and distributing

them around the room in different

weights they seem to flow through the room.

This is a good basis to create a comfortable

and harmonious interior.

After all, there’s nothing quite like giving

your home a makeover subtle or dramatic,

then sitting back and admiring your flair for

interior design. The key is to achieve the effect

that once you enter the space you do not feel

over or under whelmed by what you see.

Always consider the scale of the pattern

on select pieces like your sofa, or chairs. Using

heavy floral patterns over everything in the

same colour feels oppressive. Avoid having the

entire room being painted white with all white

accessories as it tends to give an apprehensive

atmosphere similar to what we feel like when

we are in a hospital surgery room.

For a moment, imagine a room with four

walls, if you then painted each wall a different

colour, there would be no balance. If you

painted two opposing walls the same colour

you have created a balance, or even one wall a

different colour to the others.

A good way to practice balancing a room is by

using an existing space, moving the furniture

around, putting new accessories in and observing

how the space feels. These skills come

from practice, practice and more practice.

Try it when visiting people, do it mentally of

course, don’t tell them they need to move their

sofa and reupholster their chair, or you could

lose friends fast.

Another way to sharpen these skills is to

critique magazine photographs of spaces. Select

a picture and note down if they look balanced,

why does the space work, is there anything

you would add?

Remember that once you have selected the

colours and fabrics and have them all in your

space you can move them around to get the

balance correct.

Enjoy colouring your home this week.


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June 15 to 21 2014

The top 9 rookie

gardening mistakes

WE were all new gardeners once upon a time. Oh, the mistakes we made. The plants we

killed! The dumb choices we made. Mistakes and dumb choices will be a part of your

gardening life until the day you set aside your shovel and pruners. Mistakes help us

learn. But beginner’s mistakes can be especially disheartening. There’s nothing worse

than just getting started in a new hobby and watching everything you’re trying to grow just sit

there pathetically when you dreamed of ripe juicy tomatoes and a garden full of flowers. With

that in mind, here are the most common beginner mistakes.

1. Clueless watering

Many new gardeners kill new plants by either drowning them or letting them dry out too much,

too often. There are a couple of things you can do to make sure you’re watering correctly:

Know your plant’s moisture requirements. Some plants like to stay consistently moist, while

others prefer to dry out a little bit between watering.

Check the soil regularly. Stick your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle. If it’s dry, it’s

time to water.

2. Wrong plant, wrong place

If you’re trying to grow tomatoes against a north-facing wall under a maple tree, you’re not going

to have much luck. That’s an extreme example, perhaps, but knowing whether your plant

needs sun or shade, or prefers dry or moist soil, and then giving it those conditions, will go a

long way toward ensuring success in the garden. Make sure you’re buying plants that fit the

conditions in your garden. This will also help you avoid many pest and disease problems, since

stressed plants (including those unhappily growing in the wrong conditions) attract pests and

are more susceptible to disease problems. This information can be found on plant tags, or in

catalog descriptions.

3. Not giving plants enough space

Pay attention to the instructions on your tag or in plant catalogs for spacing your plants properly.

If you don’t like how much space there is between them for the first couple of years, simply

plant a few annuals between them. They’ll fill the void, and within a few years, you’ll find that

your perennials, trees, and shrubs have filled in enough that you don’t need to plant them

4. Haphazard fertilising

If one dose of fertiliser is good, two must be better, right? WRONG! First of all, we’re obviously

talking about organic fertilisers. But even with organic fertilisers, you want to make sure you’re

using the amount recommended on the package. Ideally, you’re practicing deep organic methods

and making your own fertilisers from compost and compost tea, which is hard to go overboard

with. Too much of any fertiliser can cause fast, spindly growth that is more susceptible to pests

and diseases – not to mention the danger of runoff into our water supply, where it wreaks havoc

on the ecosystem. Just make sure to read the directions and stick to them!

5. Not mulching

Mulching with organic mulches such as wood chips, leaves, or grass clippings, does several

things. It reduces evaporation, keeping moisture in your soil where you need it. It discourages

weeds, and helps keep the root zone of your plants cooler, which makes your plants less stressed.

And, as it breaks down, it adds more organic matter to the soil. Mulch everything – vegetables,

herbs, perennials, trees, and shrubs, with at least a three-inch layer of mulch.

6. Half-Assed Soil Preparation

Soil preparation is important, whether you’re growing a vegetable or herb garden, or planting

a border of shrubs and perennials. At the very least, you need to loosen the soil to a depth of

twelve inches and incorporate several inches of compost or composted manure before planting.

Ideally, you should get your soil tested to see exactly which nutrients your soil is deficient on so

you can amend it properly.

7. Sun/Shade Fairy Tales

I think every gardener has done this at least once and some continue to do it, so it’s not exactly a

newbie mistake. Say you want to plant a beautiful New Dawn climbing rose. They need absolute

full sun to thrive, and you have maybe half a day of sun before you yard is shaded by your house.

It’s very easy to say “A half day of bright sun should be plenty!” and plant it anyway. The rose

will live for a while, but the blooms will be much fewer and most likely much smaller than they

should be. Your plant will be more susceptible to diseases, especially fungal diseases. The same

thing happens with vegetable gardens – most vegetables need at least six hours of full sun to

thrive (though that are some that will grow with some shade) and the gardener is disappointed

by poor yields. This is an easy one to fix: pay attention to the sun exposure recommendations for

what you’re planting, and plant accordingly.

8. Not knowing your site

Every yard has areas that are more windy, or more prone to flooding in heavy rain, or that are

just hot and dry and a pain to work with. When you plant before you know these things, what you

get is a lot of frustration and dead plants. Spend a little time really getting to know your garden

before you do a lot of planting. Spend a few weeks observing your site before you decide what to

plant. It will save you a lot of annoyance later on.

9. Listening to “experts”

When it comes down to it, after you’ve spent some time observing, planting and growing your

garden, you become the expert. No one, no matter how much they know, knows your garden as

well as you will. Trust yourself. You will make some mistakes, but you’ll be a better gardener

because of them.-- Planet Green




In this issue

of Food & Drink

(1,2) Aroma Caffe

(3) Le Globe Trotter

2 3



June 15 to 21 2014

Aroma Caffé, Highlands

Dusty Miller

IT sometimes takes me months to

get round to reviewing a “new”

restaurant or an established eatery

that has moved to new premises.

Sometimes I don’t make it all! I

never set foot in Elcombe’s, a reportedly

exceptionally good steak house

at Graniteside (despite the fact it

was run by a chum), mainly because

I rarely get to that gritty (Freudian

slip: mistyped “grotty”!) industrial

suburb these days. It shut two

months ago.

Aroma Caffé opened in Highlands

three weeks before I visited,

having not made it to two immediate

successors on the same site: Jack

Sprat’s (formerly at Chisipite, and I

never went there either!) and Eve’s

Garden. That always seemed to be in

these pages when we ran the Restaurant

of the Year competition; probably

because it was popular with ladies

who lunch lightly and languidly

and the competition organisers

were women.

Aroma Caffé was pleasantly full

with women and men (and kids)

when I went on Tuesday to say

“sorry” to co-owner Marina Picci.

Apparently her other company, Il

Pomodoro, really did the catering

at last week’s Italian National Day

diplomatic reception, featured in

this section. Whereas I said Zest

were responsible, mainly because

every waiter, waitress and bar person

seemed to wear Zest livery and

I was offered a dozen of their business


Marina wasn’t there when I went

to Aroma; she was catering the Portuguese

National Day; so her business

partner Kahlua Clarke showed

me around. Born in Nairobi, Kenya,

of Italian parents, she says her first

name is down to her father loving

the eponymous strongly alcoholic

Mexican coffee liqueur! (Amazing…

I could have been called Tetley’s Bitter!)

Kahlua ran Italian restaurants

in London for 13 years, coming here

about a decade ago.

Set in large mature gardens,

the coffee shop/restaurant shares

a rambling former Colonial-style

home with a hairdressing salon,

gym and vitamin bar. It was a warmand-cool

day, depending on the

clouds. Sadly not nice enough to eat

al fresco under venerable trees as

comical Silky bantams and guineafowl

scratched in colourful herbaceous


I love ravioli, but it was already

sold out, so I went for the Italian

platter off the blackboard specials

at US$12. The Italians call this dish

antipasti and enjoy it BEFORE a

substantial main course.

Served on a large white rectangular

plate it comprised mortadella (sausage/salami)

and delicious Parma

ham, mushrooms, grilled aubergine

(brinjal/eggplant), sun-dried

tomatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes

with home-made pesto, thinly sliced

Parmesan cheese, gorgeously unctuous

black un-pitted olives in olive

oil and garlic; toasted home-baked

bread spread with olive oil. It was

a wonderful taste of the Mediterranean,

full of flavour and freshness.

Service was a bit laid-back in a

sunny south Italian way, but everything

is freshly made to order

so pastas, for instance, will take

around 15 minutes. People around

me ate pasta: penne with salmon or

gnocchi (I haven’t had a decent one

since Genoa, must try this) and blue

cheese and mushrooms at US$15,

or spaghetti with tuna and pesto,


I asked if Aroma were licensed

(to sell booze), it isn’t, BYOB, no

corkage; Kahlua promptly served a

glass of a nice, crisp, cold Cape dry

wine from her own stock, gratis. (I

wasn’t hinting.)

Panini looked splendid, especially

Roma, which stars grilled fillet

steak and caramelised onions,

with Feta cheese, aioli and rocket at

US$10.I finished with a very generous

slice of moist iced carrot cake

decorated with halved walnuts and

a mug of Illy filter coffee with biscotti.

Bottom line: US$17.

Dusty Miller rating (maximum

for unlicensed eateries is four stars)


Aroma Caffé, 5, Hurworth Rd,

Highlands. Tel 497888 0778 598 918

Opens Monday-to-Saturday

7:30am-4:30 pm (breakfast served

all day); unlicensed; eat indoors or

out; smoking outdoors; background

music: light Italian opera; safe onsite

parking; child and handicapped

friendly; no dogs.;

Kahlua Clarke, one of the partners in the

coffee shop

Penne with salmon

Roma panini with fillet steak

$27.00 $21.00

$32.00 $59.00 $58.00


Valid to 30th April, 2014

Whilst Stocks Last



June 15 to 21 2014

Raise a glass

Grey Goose vodka

Dusty Miller

YOU may have seen a rather expensive new

brand of vodka in Zimbabwe’s cocktail bars

With a distinctive smoky bottle and attractive

designs, Grey Goose is a premium brand vodka

produced in France. It was originally founded by Sydney

Frank, before its 2004 sale to Bacardi.

I have a bottle in my fridge to celebrate a memorably

special day sometime in the future. I also have a

litre bottle of vintage port for the same event!

In Zimbabwe, Grey Goose was launched about nine

months ago by importers, Brands Africa, at a ritzy

party which tied in with the opening of the roof bar

at plush Mekka in Borrowdale Village.

At the launch we drank probably ludicrous quantities

of the new drink in exotic cocktails and as the old

favourite vodka and coke but neither I, not my guest,

felt the worse for wear next (working day!) morning.

Several years ago I was given an early bottle at Victoria

Falls for helping judge a cooking competition

and that sat in my fridge for yonks until I wrapped

it nicely and handed it to a lady friend for her 40th

birthday party at Victoria 22. It was truly something

worthwhile you could give a girl who had, apparently,


On an Emirates flight to London from Dubai, I

propped up the bar at the back of Business Class in

the Airbus A380, the world’s largest, classiest passenger

liner chatting to an amiable Pom who’d been

pouring it down his throat all the way from Brisbane,

Australia, plus during a couple of hours in the

Lounge at Dubai and seemed in good nick when we

touched down at Heathrow. The likeable Arab mixologist

urged me to try a tot or two, but I stuck to lager!

At a party at the Durban July last year, Grey Goose

was on optic, but it was R75 a metric tot and the cocktail

barman said we’d have to take the whole bottle at

optic prices! I wasn’t sure if hosts, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Tourist Board would be too chuffed with that!

Grey Goose was created by Sidney Frank Importing

Co (SFIC) in the summer of 1996. The initial

idea was to develop a luxury vodka for the American

market, something Frank had been considering for a

while when he came up with the name.

Development of the product followed

this initial intent. After its

launch in the US, Grey Goose became

very popular due to a “confluence of

timing and trends” in addition to

guerilla marketing techniques. Grey

Goose was purposely made more expensive

than other premium vodka

brands in order to produce a better

product and create a “super-premium”

category in the American liquor


SFIC partnered cognac producer

François Thibault (a French cellar

master) in order to transition his

stills from cognac to vodka production.

The company purposely selected

France due to the country’s

culinary history and to differentiate

itself from other vodkas from Eastern


Water used to produce the vodka

came from natural French springs,

filtered through Champagne limestone

and made with locally produced

French wheat. The company

also developed its distinctive smoked

glass bottle featuring French geese

in flight, delivering the product in

Main picture and overlap: Street scenes in the part of France where Grey Goose

vodka is made

Bottom: Luxury in a bottle! Grey Goose is a “super-premium” drink…and

didn’t give me a hangover!

wooden crates similar to wine.

In 1998 Grey Goose was named Best Tasting Vodka

in the world by the Beverage Tasting Institute of Chicago.

The firm was sold to Bacardi for US$2,2 billion

in 2004. That year Grey Goose was the best-selling

premium brand vodka in the United States with more

than 1,5 million cases sold.

Wheat used in making Grey Goose vodka is grown

in Picardy, France and it is distilled in the same region,

north and east of Paris; distillate is then sent

to Cognac where it is blended with spring water and

bottled. The grain used in Grey Goose is soft winter

wheat, sown in October, harvested in August, providing

it with four additional months of growth compared

to summer wheat. Grain sold to Grey Goose is

categorised as “superior bread-making wheat”, and

soft as opposed to hard.

Enzymes are used to break down carbohydrates

into fermentable sugars. Fermentation takes place

continuously over six cascading tanks and then

distilled into spirit using a five step process. Water

comes from a natural spring 150 metres below the

blending facility in Cognac, which is lined with limestone,

making it calcium-rich. The vodka is also filtered

through a copper system to impart additional

flavours. That water is then filtered to remove impurities.

After filtration, vodka is bottled in a plant

dedicated solely to Grey Goose, which is bottled with

a replaceable cork rather than screw-top cap.

Grey Goose was the first vodka to be made in the

cellar master tradition, allowing aromas to be produced

in the distillation process specific to it. It is

made from 100% French ingredients. Flavoured

versions of the vodka have been made. For instance,

Grey Goose La Poire was the result of Thibault’s relationship

with a Parisian pastry chef,

whose pear tart inspired the recipe for

the new vodka flavour.

At Mekka, we thought Grey Goose

vodka did not create excess heat on the

palate while being consumed, creating

a smoothness in flavour. Grey Goose Le

Citron is lemon-flavoured vodka tasting

of lemon zest and juice. Grey Goose

Cherry Noir is black cherry flavoured

vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange is orange

flavored vodka and the since withdrawn

Grey Goose La Vanille tasted of vanilla

with hints of cinnamon and caramel.

The company has sponsored Grey

Goose Taste by Appointment events in

which personal mixologists attempt to

match Grey Goose cocktails to the taste

profiles of patrons at upscale establishments.

The brand is also a major sponsor

of prestige sporting events in the

First World.

Recommended retail price in Zimbabwe

from a bottle store or supermarket

is US$45,50 a bottle, according to Glen

Lorne Cellars; probably between US$4

and US$6 a tot in cocktail bars.;




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in the bosom of my family.”

Thomas Jefferson


June 15 to 21 2014

Teach them to

read young



Prudence Muganiwah

IN the first part of this series on parenting

our young ones, we spoke of the transition

from the potty to the loo, the constant

whining and tears to the nagging

endless questions from your little infants

as they change from babies to little inquisitive

minds, your very own [Albert] Einstein.

Emphasis was put on major points which included;

Find the right level in terms of using

the right books, engaging your child’s teachers

and fellow parents to ensure a mutual

understanding of his/her progress, periodical

assessment of your child’s progress, and

inevitably the most crucial aspect of making

regular time together in order to bond with


I would like to discuss further this phase

wherein you as a parent are trying to understand

your child’s needs as they grow

and comprehend more of what is happening

around them. There are a few pointers that

may make the whole task of grooming your

children into well-rounded individuals less

daunting than it already is:

1. Be a role model

One thing every parent needs to know is that

young children are like sponges, they tend

to soak up everything and every influence

around them. They will observe everything

happening around them and most probably

put it into practice as much as they can.

From an early age it is important therefore,

for you as a parent to teach your young one

to have good manners and the best way to

achieve this is to behave in a mannerly way

as well. This can be achieved by role playing

with your child. For instance, practise how

to be courteous when using the telephone,

when welcoming visitors, table manners and

so on.

2. Teach the five most important phrases

As part of learning to be a well-behaved and

groomed young person, every child needs

to know these five phrases as part of their

primary vocabulary. As a parent you ideally

should even begin using them when your

child is still a baby, but enforce them in the

3 to 5-year phase. These are; Thank you,

Please, May I..?, Excuse me, No, thank you.

3. Always encourage

Children love praise and being complimented

on every effort they make, especially

when it comes from a parent or loved one.

Very often, as a parent, you may find that you

usually only actively respond to your child’s

undesirable behaviour, ignoring their small

victories or positive actions completely. Children

need attention always and your encouragement

will push them to want to achieve


4. Correct children on the spot

It is usually the case that young children will

fail to realise the implications of what they

are doing, and this is especially so if you do

not tell them off. For instance, if you are having

a conversation with a friend and your

child interrupts you, excuse yourself from

your friend and let your child

know that his or her interruption

is inappropriate. This will go a

long way in achieving desired results

in your child in as far as social

etiquette is concerned.

In conclusion, it is of paramount

importance that you know

that your child thinks the world

of you; you are their primary role

model. As such your habits, the

way you talk and dress etc should

reflect what you want your child to

emulate. Speak well, avoid slang,

rude, vulgar or other undesirable

forms of speech unless you want

your child to be like that. Obviously

as an individual you are bound

to have strong opinions about a

particular group or person.

Try as much as you can to not

make this a public point unnecessarily

– this is because you do

not want your child to follow your

negative feelings about those even

before they have a chance to find

out for themselves. Do not make

generalised statements about certain

groups on tribal, party lines,

you may form an opinion in the


In the best way you can, teach

your children to judge a person

by the content of their character rather than

dismiss them at face value. These may seem

basic steps, but they are most vital in grooming

your child into a little pleasant person.




Dealing with Teens

Prudence Muganiwah

PREVIOUSLY we have discussed parenting

teenagers and tips on how to handle

them, some of which include giving

them responsibility over their lives, acknowledging

and embracing the changes and

development, engaging them on a personal

level and communicating openly with them

at the right level, maintaining the parental

role and most importantly, communicating

and finding time to be together. As your teen

moves through the paces of this phase, it is

important to know that a lot of gradual and

sometimes sudden changes will keep occurring,

thus it is vital that you keep up with

them in order to understand them better. Here

are more tips to help you along this exciting,

confusing and surprise-filled journey that

your child has embarked on.


It is important that before wearing your parenting

cap on, before imparting any advice,

discipline or reprimanding lectures, you acknowledge

that your teen is in fact a human

being who so happens to be your child. You

need to show her/him respect at all times – a

feat which continually seems to be difficult for

most parents in our cultural context, presumably

because we value seniority.

What constant screaming and barking orders

at a child only achieves in the long run

is a damage of their emotions, resentment

towards you and more commonly rebellion

at later stages. This is when you find a teen

girl who is always yelled at for a boyfriend

will jump at the first opportunity to have a

boyfriend, often with disastrous consequences

such as unplanned teenage pregnancies.

Similarly, the 14 and 15 year old boys who

are banned from any social life or constantly

reprimanded about their “dodgy” friends will

use any chance they get to try out smoking,

sex with experienced older women, pornography,

alcohol and illegal driving. If your child

is good, give him/her credit as opposed to assuming

the worst. No one (including yourself),

likes to be belittled and your child is no different.

You need to respect your child’s lifestyle,

their opinions and general approach to life.

This will be the first step in reaching a compromise

with them as well as understanding

them better.


Prefer a reasonable talk with your teenager

as opposed to setting illogical rules as you

then run the risk of either blatant disregard

or simply, more lying. For instance, if you set

a strict and absolute rule; “No child of mine

shall come back from school later than 3pm” –

are you giving room for extracurricular activities

after school or lessons that overlap? Have

you considered travel time for your child? If

not, then you might be setting yourself up for

disaster as he/she will feel mistrusted. These

are the kind of teens who will then lie and

maximise on mischief before 3pm, because

they know that for as long as they are home

on time, they are safe. And to be honest as the

parent who set that rule, you will find yourself

relaxing on studying your child’s habits just

because they meet their curfew. Try not to always

assume the worst, take the time to ask

about their day and perhaps you will be able to

build enough of an open and positive relationship

that they will feel comfortable talking to

you if they ever have problems. Teenhood is

a phase that is synonymous with fear of social

acceptance, of friends, of teachers, and

of competition among peers. The pressure is

such that they certainly don't need their parents

adding to the pressure. Thus at home you

as a parent should be their sanctuary away

from all these other fears; a place where they

feel safe, protected and understood. Stop the

habit of immediately looking at your teen with

a suspicion-filled eye; your being overboard

strict and unsympathetic will not stop them

from being naughty, rather it will just mean

that they will try a lot harder to hide it from

you and do it during whatever time they are

away from you or home. It follows then that if

they got into trouble, they probably would not

tell you. However, if you work to keep an open

mind, you will probably be able to help them

make positive, informed and wise choices.

Establish boundaries

Whilst it is important to be open with your

child and understanding them, it is also vital

to strike a balance to as to ensure that your

authority as a parent is felt and respected.

Just like in any other institution or habitat,

every member of the household has an obligation

to fulfill if they want their rights to

be acknowledged and respected. Thus, it is

important that your teen knows that they are

part of the team that makes the household

run. No one person should shoulder the entire

responsibility. This means that everyone does

their part and makes sure it is done perfectly

whether it is cleaning of bedrooms, helping to

set up the dinner table, taking the garbage out,

replacing toilet rolls in the bathrooms, doing

homework, and so on. It is important that you

assign these chores and let them suffer appropriate

consequences upon failure to do their

chores. Instead of arguing and fighting with

them when they don't perform, let them suffer

the consequences. Whatever favour they then

ask for, for instance when they then ask to go

out with their friends and their chores are not

done, you can say, "Oh, that sounds interesting.

But unfortunately, I have told you that you

need to clean up your room and you have not

done anything about it. I'm sorry you can't go."

Make sure you stick to your pattern, do not

necessarily fume or yell, but just impart discipline

as courteously as possible. That way

the message is even louder and clearer – kids

usually do not really listen when their parents

shout at them. All they register in their minds

is, “Mum/Dad is angry, I will wait till she is

done talking then I will say I am sorry.”

Here are some useful tips that may go a long

way in cementing your relationship with you


• When it's just the two of you riding in the

car, get into the habit of sharing turns listening

to the radio; your music tastes are probably

different, but be fair.

• Go to their events with them; if they like

sports or music, get involved and go to their

games and concerts.

• For any small achievement attained by

your child, the first person they usually think

of as they receive it is their parents. So if

they win any awards, give them credit for it,

take the whole family out for lunch, buy them

US$5 airtime, or simply make a fancy dinner

in their honour. These are easy, fun things you

can do for your teen that will cement a lifelong

healthy relationship between the two of


• Listen to what your teen has to say, don't

just hear them. If they have tried to get your

attention then chances are they have something

important to say.

Dear parents, kindly remember that the

brain of a teenager is a work in progress – even

scientific research shows that the brain does

is not entirely developed until a person is well

into their twenties or even thirties. So while it

may seem to be logical to treat our teenagers

as though they are capable of adult reasoning,

the truth is they're not. Their brains are in a

critical stage of development and the need for

you to be there for them through this is inevitable.

Above all, remember; how you treat your

family is who you truly are.


June 15 to 21 2014



SOME Health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or

worsened by cold weather. Here’s how to help your body deal with cold weather ailments.


You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that

you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light

switches and door handles. It’s also important to keep the house and any household

items, such as cups, glasses and towels, clean, especially if someone in your house is ill.

Top tip: If you get a cold, use disposable tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs to

avoid constantly re-infecting your own hands.

Sore throat

Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections.

There’s some evidence that changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally

heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat.

Top tip: One quick and easy remedy for a sore throat is to gargle with warm salty

water. It won’t heal the infection, but it has anti-inflammatory properties and can have

a soothing effect. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part-cooled boiled water.


Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of

breath. People with asthma should be especially careful in winter.

Top tip: Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. If you do go out, wear a scarf over

your nose and mouth. Be extra vigilant about taking your regular medications and

keep rescue inhalers close by and in a warm place.


Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach

bug. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels

and schools. The illness is unpleasant but it’s usually over within a couple of days.

Top tip: When people are ill with vomiting and diarrhea, it’s important to drink

plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at

risk. By drinking oral rehydration fluids (available from pharmacies), you can reduce

the risks of dehydration.

Painful joints

Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s

not clear why this is so. Only joint symptoms, such as pain and stiffness, are affected

by the weather. There’s no evidence that changes in the weather cause joint damage.

Top tip: Many people get a little depressed during the winter months and this can

make them perceive pain more acutely. Everything feels worse, including medical conditions.

Daily exercise can boost a person’s mental and physical state. Swimming is

ideal as it’s easy on the joints.

Cold sores

Most of us recognise that cold sores are a sign that we’re run down or under stress.

While there’s no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking

after yourself through winter.

Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot

bath, going for a walk in the park or watching one of your favourite films.

Heart attacks

Heart attacks are more common in winter. This may be because cold snaps increase

blood pressure and put more strain on the heart. Your heart also has to work harder to

maintain body heat when it’s cold.

Top tip: Stay warm in your home. Keep the main rooms you use at 21C (70F) and use

a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed. Wrap up warm when you go

out and wear a hat, scarf and gloves.

Cold hands

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition that makes your fingers and toes

change colour and become very painful in cold weather. Fingers can go white, then

blue, then red and throb and tingle. It’s a sign of poor circulation in the small blood

vessels of the hands and feet. In severe cases, medication can help, but most people live

with their symptoms.

Top tip: Don’t smoke or drink caffeine (they can both worsen symptoms) and always

wear warm gloves, socks and shoes when going out in cold weather.

Dry skin

Dry skin is a common condition and is often worse during the winter when environmental

humidity is low.

Moisturising is essential during winter. Contrary to popular belief, moisturising lotions

and creams aren’t absorbed by the skin. Instead, they act as a sealant to stop the

skin’s natural moisture from evaporating away. The best time to apply moisturiser is

after a bath or shower while your skin is still moist, and again at bedtime.

Top tip: Have warm rather than hot showers. Water that is too hot makes skin feel

more dry and itchy. Hot water will also make your hair look dull and dry.


Flu is a major killer of vulnerable people. People aged 65 and over and people with longterm

health conditions including diabetes and kidney disease are particularly at risk.

The best way to prevent getting flu is to have the flu jab (or Flu nasal spray for children

under-18). It gives good protection against flu and lasts for one year.-NHS

June 15 to 21 2014


The basis of a

good Education

IN the previous issue we spoke on the vitality of

education, its importance and relevance as a basic

tool for survival in the ever-changing society

we find ourselves in today. Whilst it is important

for every individual to attain at least a basic

academic education, it is also equally important for

parents and guardians to set the correct base for

their children in order to almost guarantee a good,

sound education. In the Zimbabwean context, we

have quite a number of private schools which have

been consistently performing well over the years.

Some of them have junior/elementary schools

from where they take their students, whilst others

carry out oral and written interviews before enrolling

any students. This is done mostly to ensure that

they maintain their academic standards, although

some schools of thought have argued against this

apparently selective method. This argument is

amongst many more, some of which include the

viewpoint that private schools can be very expensive

and they may shield students from social and

economic challenges due to a wide variety of privileges.

That being said, whilst government schools have

a lot to offer in terms of qualified teachers, discipline,

academic excellence and sometimes a good

religious foundation, it is also worth it to find

out what the fuss is about private schools. What

is it that private schools offer that government

schools do not? Is it really worth the extra money?

It is important for every person who is concerned

with their education or that of their child to take

a closer look at what the education system in Zimbabwe,

and indeed, beyond has to offer. This is the

fun part of the process as one gets to visit websites

and maybe tour schools, considering which one

best suits their needs in terms of budget. Visiting

schools is critical as one simply cannot rely on the

opinions of others or often misleading websites to

tell what a school is like in reality. Here are some of

the most common reasons private schools may be a

good foundation for a good education:

Small Classes

One of the main reasons many parents choose private

schools is because the classes are small, thus

teacher to student ratios are typically quite small

and class sizes can be as small as 10-20 students. A

small teacher to student ratio is significantly important

in the sense that there is more personal

attention and it becomes very rare that one’s child

gets lost in the shuffle. Even the school population

itself in a private school is usually small, ranging

from usually 300-400 students – which is much

smaller than the typical public high school. A

good example is Ruzawi School, a private

institution in Marondera founded in 1928,

which has a very small population of


Superb Facilities

Extracurricular activities are a

major part of private schools,

consequently they usually have

superb facilities to cater for every

discipline for their students and

participation, while optional, is expected.

Many of them offer a wide

range of extra mural activities such

as cricket, hockey, racquet sports,

swimming, chess, archery, music, ballet,

karate, and a host of other activities

that will ensure that one gets a well rounded

education. They also typically have the upto-date

facilities to house and support all these

activities, as well as a professional staff to manage

these. One just has to think of sporting excellence

that comes from schools such as St. John’s College

and St. George’s High School in Harare. The importance

of extra mural activities cannot go unmentioned

as they help in producing successful sportsmen,

lawyers from debating societies, and artists

for our arts industry. The norm in public schools

is that in tough economic times, the first activities

to be removed from the curriculum are the extras

such as sports, arts programs and extracurricular

activities, which basically means if a child is not

academically gifted, their talent in those other disciplines

suffer and are not developed any further.

Personal Development

Private schools usually, through their values, teachings

and rules, equip their students with personal

development skills. An Arundel School girl’s etiquette

is very apparent in even the first few moments

of interacting with her, same goes for the

courtesy one is bound to find in a Twin Rivers boy

or a Dominican Convent infant. While the major focus

at school is getting one ready for college, one’s

personal development is usually worked on and improved

by the time they attain their last certificate

and graduate from school. Students usually emerge

from there with academic excellence, discipline

as well as a greater purpose for their life as they

achieve a lot in lessons taught outside of the academic





Notice is hereby given that an Extra-ordinary General Meeting

of parents/guardians of Avondale Primary will be held on

Saturday the 28th of June 2014 at 1400 hours in the Avondale

Junior School Hall for the purposes of

Ordinary business

1. To receive and adopt 2014 recurrent expenditure budget,

2. To receive and adopt 2014 Capital expenditure budget,

Inserted by S.D.A Chairperson

Mehlomakulu, W. Mr

S.D.A Chairperson


Bike Ride for


Fun in the sun raising

money for a worthy cause

Rosie Mitchell

June 15 to 21 2014

MY choice of a birthday treat might not have

been everyone’s, but it ticked all my boxes

for the perfect way to spend a day! A while

ago the free Active Sports emailing list (wellworth

getting if you like outdoor adventures and

strenuous fun, see circulated

a flyer for a mountain biking (MTB) event to raise

money for the retirement home Borradaile Trust

in Marondera. This caught my eye immediately as

it involved cycling 52km cross country through the

bush from Borradaile Trust to Imire Game Conservancy,

on dirt tracks and paths – definitely my idea of

fun. This event has been held for several years, with

participants increasing annually. A fun cycle rather

than a race, it attracts families and friends who team

up to enjoy a great day out. A longer 75km ride is also

offered for the “racing snakes”!

While some of our family headed out to the Imire

finishing point at the dam inside the Conservancy,

we cyclists arrived for the civilised 8.30am start at

Borradaile. 108 cyclists of all ages gathered to take

part so it was very festive! The route was wonderful;

a brief stretch of tar through the outskirts of

Marondera and soon we were onto dirt and into the

bush. The rolling landscape was really beautiful; a

mix of msasa woodland, granite dwala, kopje and

open grassland, on a well-marked route taking us

over whalebacks and rivers, grassy paths and dirt

roads and tracks. It was pretty easy going apart from

some very sandy segments, and one long stretch of

dirt road that had fierce corrugations and was a bone

rattling experience for all! There were two friendly

water points for a break, ice cold drink and banana,

and we carried extra drink and snacks. Our group

took it gently and stopped to take photos and admire

the landscape; others raced ahead and tested their

MTB skills on the varied terrain.

It was sunny, clear and surprisingly hot for the

time of year, and towards the end of our ride, we

were beginning to feel the heat but enjoying ourselves

nonetheless! The dam and picnic site where

the route ended was beautiful and there was a carnival

atmosphere, with cyclists, families and friends

braai-ing, eating and drinking. Soon, four elephants

arrived to drink, causing quite a stir, their presence

much enjoyed by everyone.

This fund-raiser was very successful; well-organised,

well-supported by sponsors and participants,

and bringing in a substantial amount for the longestablished

old people’s home, as well as giving those

who have not sampled the delights of Imire, a taste

of what is on offer. Lots of families went on guided

game drives during the afternoon, and enjoyed seeing

some of Imire’s other resident animals - rhino,

buffalo, kudu, zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala and more.

Imire offers day trips as well as lodge accommodation

for longer visits.

Family fun participating in fund-raising cycles/


This is just one example of many such events held

each year, both to raise money for worthy causes, and

to encourage families to get out in the fresh air and

enjoy some health-enhancing exercise with socialising

and fun at the end. These events are “feel good”

experiences in so many ways; the exercise itself is

good for you, you’ll feel great knowing your registration

fee and some of the sponsors’ contributions are

going to a charity or organisation really needing a

financial boost, and you can enjoy a weekend outing

with family and friends. Just a few examples are the

AWARE Trust’s Run-Walk-Ride for Rhino Conservation

events, with varied distances, through the scenic

Game Parks at Lake Chivero late last year, and Lake

Mutirikwe in May this year; the Veterinarians for

Animal Welfare (VAWZ) fundraising mountain bike

(MTB) cycle through the Mazowe Valley, annually

in late July; the Mukuvisi 21, a run/walk/ride with

10km and 21km routes through beautiful Mukuvisi

Woodlands, this year slated for September; the Jacaranda

Challenge each November, featuring a 20km

run and 45km and 60km MTB ride through Matobo

National Park; the Pink and Orange Triathlon events,

with distances for all abilities and ages, for Breast

Cancer Awareness and KidzCan and in October and

February respectively; and the Rooney’s Family Fun

run (5k, 15k) in September annually with varying

beneficiary charities – last year’s was Rhino Conservation.

Spar Family Fun Run for Childline today

Today, registration for the annual Spar Family Fun

Run/Walk in aid of Childline starts 8am at Old Georgians

Sport Club. The event kicks off at 9am with a

5km walk and 10km run. There are a host of sponsors

-- The Standard included – and lots of stands and

refreshments. This is always an enjoyable, festive

event -- so give it a go! Feedback:


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June 15 to 21 2014

What’s booking at

The Spotlight

Harare’s 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

Direct from its sold-out run at HIFA


Written by Elinor Kennedy

and directed by Simbarashe Masusela

Theatre Upstairs at Reps

Three performances only: Fri June 20 and Sat June 21

(7pm) plus Sat matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets $10

It’s a laugh on all of us!

Another HIFA success but this time with an

extended version!

Any Other World

A dance sensation from the 8 Count Dance Crew

Choreographed by Michelle Nativel

Thurs Jun 26, Fri Jun 27, Sat Jun 28 at 7pm, Plus Sat Jun 28

at 2.30pm

Thurs Jul 3, Fri Jul 4, Sat Jul 5 at 7pm, Plus Sat Jul 5 at


Tickets $10 and $12

Continuing the celebration of 450 years of Shakespeare ..


Featuring 20 film versions of his greatest plays,

ideal for lovers of literature and students

Theatre Upstairs at Reps

Sunday June 29 to Sunday July 13

Performances 7pm nightly

Plus 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Tickets $5 with discounts for season tickets

Call The Spotlight to find out the schedule of movies and


or visit

Live on stage at Reps for the first time, the acclaimed


Thurs Jul 24, Fri Jul 25 and Sat Jul 26 (7pm), Plus matinee

Sat Jul 26 at 2.30pm

Tickets $5, $10 and $12

One of Zimbabwe’s leading vocal groups with a superb


Also on sale:

latest copies of Ndeipi


Out of Africa magazines


Jump Theatre, How to Make a Play

The essential handbook for everyone involved in

drama and theatre,

Written by Kevin Hanssen


InnSider Cards

for discounts offered by the Best of Zimbabwe grouping

(new InnSider cards and renewals can be done at

The Spotlight)

Also on sale:

airtime for

Econet – NetOne – Telecel




latest copies of community free papers

Harare News and Zimtrader

Reps membership forms also available!

If you would like to sell tickets through

The Spotlight

call the Reps office mornings only

335850 for information

Driven by passion rather than by

material gain: Faith’s enduring faith

Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu

EVERY young person has aspirations of growing up

to have the best of everything in life. They look forward

to getting a good job that is highly rewarding

or running a successful business that will afford

them a good life, a lovely home and a “fancy” car to complete

the picture.

Faith Ruramai Mavengere had just finished her university

degree in Social Work in 2009 and was fortunate

to get an opportunity to be attached to a research organisation

in Zimbabwe. While on attachment she was

offered a job by a very big institution, which job would

fulfill her desires practise as a social worker, a field she

is very passionate about. The job offer was in Kariba

and that meant that she had to relocate from Harare.

On August 4 2010, Faith moved to Kariba with all the

excitement and expectation that any young university

graduate when they have found a new job. She saw this

as an opportunity to accomplish all of her dreams. She

looked forward to seeing her new office and dreamt of

the many things that she would be able to afford now

that she was going to get a salary.

As anyone would, she made an effort to look very

smart when she went to work on her first day. To her

utmost dismay, she was told that the institution had not

secured offices yet and was led to a cabin which would

be her office. There was no proper building, no fancy

desk, no swiveling chair, no computer, no laptop, no air

conditioner and no phone as she had imagined. In fact,

the cabin was some old shabby and shaky stand alone

structure. There was no toilet and she soon discovered

that she had to go behind some trees to relieve herself.

Faith was devastated. After four years of hard work at

university this is not what she had dreamt of for a job,

not even for a first job! As with any job, she was expected

to start work immediately. Faith decided to focus on

what she loved the most, practicing as a social worker

and ignored the rest. She was the only female officer out

of three employees. She adjusted to this difficult environment

and got on to work. Most of the work was out

in the field and involved travelling and speaking to individuals

and families from all walks of life around Kariba,

both rural and urban. There was no car to use and

they had to rely on public transport. This made it even

more difficult as they had no money and it would be a

month before they received their salaries. Most of the

times they would jump into an open truck and sit at the

back. Faith remembers days when it rained and they

had to endure getting drenched at the back of the truck.

The important thing became to serve the communities

that desperately needed them. As social workers, they

would be involved in helping the poorest of the poor by

distributing grain, issuing out seed vouchers to families,

cash distribution for supplementary up keep as well

as doing follow-up visits in homes on child protection

cases. There were times when they travelled from ward

to ward and had to find a place to sleep at schools and

local clinics because they had no money. Each time after

work Faith and her two fellow employees would have

to look for firewood, to cook and fetch water for bathing.

Being a woman, she naturally became the “mother

figure” of the team and would ensure that they found

everything they needed. Faith became more and more

hopeful towards the end of the month as she looked forward

to receiving her salary. However, at the end of the

first month she was told that the institution could not

pay her as they were still to receive funding for the programme.

In fact, it would be a year before Faith received

a salary. However, through all this adversity, she served

the organisation and the communities faithfully. Each

time they came back from field work they were required

to type out their reports. Because they had no computers

Faith and her workmates had to run around asking

for help to type the reports against deadlines. After the

second year of her work, Faith was diagnosed with TB

as a result of exposure to cold, dust and poor diet. At the

time that Faith began taking medication for TB, the institution

she worked for received funding and with this

came laptops, computers, a salary and an opportunity

for her and her team mates to receive training. She enrolled

for a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive

Social Policies, a programme she completed in 2013. She

passed with flying colours despite the fact that she was

on TB treatment and had was still working in Kariba

which required her to travel to Harare in the evenings

to attend school every weekend.

At the end of 2013, opportunities for a new post arose

within the institution she worked for. Subsequently she

was transferred to Harare where she is working today.

The situation is very good and resembles what she envisaged

to find when she first went out to Kariba .

This is what she had to say about the experience she

went through. “In life you will meet challenging situations.

It’s up to you to take up the challenge or to leave it.

Always remember that even when everything else fails,

your passion will carry you through!”

• Patricia Mabviko Musanhu is a Company Director/Producer

at Black and White Media Productions.

She can be contacted at

June 15 to 21 2014


Dusty Miller

ONE of the nicest, most funfilled

mornings out I’ve had

in yonks was recently at the

SPCA Autumn Fun Dog Show

and Autumn Walk, two kilometres

from my Eastlea cottage, at Mukuvisi


I’m sure everyone except Zimbabwe’s

equivalent of Cruella de Vil

accepts that the SPCA does a wonderful

job and visitors to Mukuvisi

heard they need the staggering,

but not totally unreachable, sum of

US$17 000 a month to keep the worthy

charity operating. At any time

they care for up to 100 homeless and


tails and

tales from

Mukuvisi SPCA


rescued dogs and 60 cats, many sick,

injured or abandoned by heartless


Two-legged supporters turned

out in their scores if not hundreds

to cheer dozens of four-legged entrants

in various humorous dog

show classes.

This was not so much Crufts* as

Scruffs with dogs and handlers entering

19 events such as Best Lookalike

Dog and Handler, Prettiest

(canine) Bitch, Best Rescued Dogs,

Most Handsome Dog, Swankiest

Dog and best Pedigree Chum Eater


There were puppies, tiny dogs,

medium-sized dogs, large dog and

ginormous dogs, all apparently coexisting

well. I can’t recall a badnatured

bark, growl or scared yowl.

German Shepherd Dogs were

very apparent and two teenaged

sisters next to me bemoaned the

fact they couldn’t take one SPCA

temporary resident home to accompany

the splendid looking dog

with them, which they entered in

several classes.

Talking to them over coffee I

learnt the family lost its productive

Enterprise Valley to so-called war

vets during the lunatic land reform

“programme”. They’d managed to

keep their cats and dogs together in

a leafy Harare suburb, but hadn’t

space for any more.

Many dogs were in fancy dress

and some dressed just like their

owners/handlers. (Or was it the other

way round?)

There was an English Bulldog I

expected to make a Churchillian

speech about landing grounds and

the British Empire and French Poodles

done up like Marseilles hookers!

and a veritable sea of wagging


Handlers varied between toddlers

(with parents shouting advice) to

folk who have (hopefully) been on

pension at least a decade.

Busy market stalls included those

selling jams, pickles, preserves,

marmalades and honey; bric-a-brac,

antiques, books and second-hand

clothing; candy floss and toffee apples;

cakes; Indian food specialities;

hot dogs, steak rolls, and coffee (the

wonderful Mukuvisi Woodlands

Coffee Shop as almost always was

also open); kitchen items, soft furnishings


The whole event is sponsored by

imported pet food manufacturers

Pedigree and Whiskas and there’s a

Pedigree Pubs for dads and lads.

The show lasted about 90 minutes

and afterwards, as youngsters

queued for pony rides, I wandered

down to the Viewing Platform in

front of the water pan, where there

was a wide range of birds and wildfowl

and a family of giraffe, small

herd of zebra and a few impala within

sight of the naked eye.

Next Mukuvisi Woodlands fun

dog show and SPCA fund-raiser is

Sunday July 27. To book for very

affordable and reportedly fairly lucrative

stalls, ring Barbara (0774 198

009); for general information and assistance

on these events call Sheila:

0779 922 105.

Crufts is the world’s biggest,

most prestigious and oldest dog

show, now held annually at Birmingham,


June 15 (today)

Birdlife Monavale Vlei Walk 7am. BS Leon side of Fenella Drive

Spar family fun run 8am Old Georgians

Island Hospice charity bowls day Avondale Sports Club 8:30am

Last day: Vic Falls Mountain Bike Challenge

FATHERS’ DAY. You will battle to get a seat in any restaurant today, but try:

Lunch: Alo, Alo, Arundel; Theo’s, 167, Enterprise Road; Adrienne’s, Belgravia;

Da Eros, Fishmonger and Great Wall, East Road; Sitar, Newlands; Palms,

Bronte Hotel; Willow Bean Cafe, Rolf Valley, English roast/pudding US$15.

(BYOB, no corkage.) Paula’s Place; Wild Geese, Teviotdale buffet/live music;

City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens (roast beef, horseradish, Yorkshire pud);

Italian Club, Strathaven, Mukuvisi Woodlands Coffee Shop; Centurion Pub &

Grill, Harare Sports Club, Arti’s, New Section, Borrowdale Village; Hellenics,


Royal Society of St George Battle of Waterloo lunch, Chapman Golf Club.


June 16 Keep fit, Zumba Dancing, City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens. And every

working night except Fridays. 5:30pm-6:30pm.

June 17 Birdlife talk: Waterfowl count (Dave Rockingham-Gill and Gonarezhou (Andy

Fussell) Avondale Sports Club 5:30

(and every other Tuesday) Fun pub quiz, Theo’s, 167, Enterprise Rd 6:30 for 7

7pm Line dancing City Bowling Club

June 18

June 19

Farmers’ market, Maasdorp Avenue, Belgravia (next to Bottom Drawer)

Birdlife talk: Waterfowl Count (David Rockingham-Gill) and Gonarezhou

(Andy Fussell) Avondale Sports Club 5:30

(and every Thursday) Tapas night and music by Evicted, Amanzi Restaurant,


June 20 Karaoke night with Dave and Debbie, City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens

from 6:30pm. Supper available

Candlelit bowls, Borrowdale Country Club, soup served.

June 20-21 Xerophytica International Congress, Wild Geese Lodge Pre-registration vital

June 21

Baby Fair, The Cottage Coffee Shop, 8, Coltman Rd, Mt Pleasant 9am-2pm

Art for Hope exhibition Queen of Hearts restaurant, 1, Hurworth Rd

Highlands from 2pm

June 22 Birdlife Gosho Park, Marondera, outing meet 7am, Mukuvisi Woodlands office

Fun pub quiz REPS Bar 11:15 sharp

June 26 (and every other Thursday) fun pub quiz at blue@2 Private Wine Bar, 2,

Aberdeen Rd, Avondale. Booking essential, Tel 0772 856 371

June 27 Greendale Good Food & Wine Appreciation Society monthly lunch Alo, Alo,

Arundel Village. Twelve-thirsty for 1pm!

Fun pub quiz Borrowdale Country Club 6:30

June 28-29. Polo tournament Thornpark, Mazowe Rd.

June 29

Dusty’s “What’s on Diary”

Contributions are welcome, to arrive in good time, bearing in mind

events in which readers of this page are interested.

SMS 0733 401 347 or 0776 903 161; (e-mail dustym


Econet Vic Falls marathon 6:30am. Contact Martin Webster

(Neither StandardPlus nor Dusty Miller take responsibility for inaccuracies,

postponements, cancellations. No charge for entry.

Deadline 10am Tues prior to publication day.)


JUNE 15 TO 21, 2014

A Zimbabwean Agatha Christie

By Bookworm

AGATHA Christie is a legend. At one

point or another, most of us have leafed

through an Agatha Christie crime

thriller. She is one of those writers, like

William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and

Leo Tolstoy, who have over time managed to

get into any culture and are wholly accepted.

Her enduring contribution to world literature

is in popularising the crime and murder genres.

It’s not just the intricacy of the plots of her

work that mesmerise; but the serene, merciless

psychological penetration. Few writers

have been better at exploring the recesses of

evil and passion, spite and envy, or the tyranny

of class and the power of money. Christie

was exemplary at showing the dark forces

English people cover up with polite good manners,

sickly sweet smiles and social rituals.

Christie has also been an influence in Zimbabwe.

It is quaint that Bryony Rheam, author

of This September Sun, a self-confessed lover

of Agatha Christie is the winner of the Write

your own Christie competition. The writing

contest used opening scenes from Agatha

Christie’s A Murder is Announced as a starting

point for any writer from anywhere in the

world to develop a crime story written in the

Christie tradition.

As overall winner of the competition

Rheam is set to be hosted to an exclusive dinner

with Agatha Christie’s grandson, Matthew

Pritchard, and other judges of the competition

who include representatives from her

American and English publishers at an exclusive

event in London.

Rheam says she has been “an Agatha Christie

fan most of my life.” She further intimated

that “my grandmother loved her (Christie’s)

books and I would often get them out of the

library for her. I went to watch some of the

films like Murder on the Orient Express and

Evil Under the Sun when I was a child.”

Her first experience with Agatha Christie’s

work was as a 13-year-old. “It was The Murder

of Roger Ackroyd and I remember finding it

very scary, but I was determined to finish it. It

is still one of my favourites because I think it

is very cleverly written,” she said.

Rheam authored the widely acclaimed This

September Sun published by the Bulawayobased

publishers, amaBooks. “Agatha Christie

inspired my own writing in my novel. In it,

one of the main characters, Evelyn ruminates

on the way in which Christie wrote her novels

and their effect on her.”

“More than any other author, Agatha Christie

seems to link times in my life: when I was

a child listening to my grandmother’s stories

about all the exotic places, like India and Bahrain,

where she had lived, to my early adult

reading experiences and right through to

where I am now as an author.”

She is currently trying to write a detective

novel which is set in her hometown of Bulawayo.

“I wouldn’t say I am a crime writer, but

I like reading crime fiction. It would be great

to see more crime novels set in Zimbabwe and

for Zimbabwean writers to experiment with

this genre of writing,” she explained.

Though born in Zimbabwe and educated in

England, she now lives and works as a school

teacher in Zambia. “I live in north-western

Zambia, in a small mining town called Solwezi.

Life could not be more different from

a 1940s English country village. It is dry and

dusty for most of the year until we suffer torrential

rain and the roads turn to thick mud.

The roads are full of potholes and broken

down lorries and goats and rubbish. Most of

the shops are tiny shacks and the majority of

people here live off their meagre daily earnings

selling tomatoes and sweet potatoes; single

cigarettes and sweets.”

Christie is often associated with a certain

age: generally the 20s to about the 50s. Unfortunately

many people either don’t know

or forget that she wrote right up to her death

in 1975. “Christie shows how people never

change though fashions and fortunes fluctuate.

Her characters in Third Girl are no different

at heart to those in Lord Edge ware Dies.

Agatha Christie’s England is still there, but it

is becoming harder to find.”

Though she lives out of the country for most

of the year Rheam comes often to visit and to

participate in various literary activities. She

was among the 12 African writers who participated

in the recent Caine Prize workshop held

in the Vumba. She plans to be in Zimbabwe at

the end of June to research on “Agatha Christie's

stay in Rhodesia in 1922.”

In fact, Christie visited Rhodesia when she

was aged 32. She vividly remembered police

sergeants in Rhodesia who were “extravagant

young men,” black sheep banished from England

to behave them; chaps in the colonial office

who’d blotted their copybook by “running

away with someone else’s wife.”

Other world famous authors with a connection

to Zimbabwe (either by birth or association)

include bestsellers such as Nobel

Laureate Doris Lessing (now late), Alexander

McCall-Smith, Alexander Fuller and Wilbur


The Guinness Book of World Records lists

Christie as the best-selling novelist of all

time. It is estimated that her novels have sold

roughly 4 billion copies, and her estate claims

that her works come third in the rankings

of the world's most-widely published books,

behind Shakespeare's works and the Bible.

And according to Index


Christie is the mosttranslated


author -- having been

translated into at least

103 languages.

Although she is wellknown

for her crime

novels, Agatha Christie

also had a wide interest

in archeology and

she visited various excavation

sites all over

the world uncovering

ancient relics. Many of

her books contain archeological


because of this interest.

She travelled extensively

and the plots and stories

in her books reflect this.

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The return

of the




Silence Charumbira

THE Winter Jazz Festival

makes a return this month

after making way for harmonised

elections last year

in June.

With the organiser Josh Hozheri

having moved from what

had become the home of jazz

in Harare, Jazz 105, the festival

looks poised to grapple with reengaging

its patronage.

But Hozheri this week said

the closure of Jazz 105 would not

deter the festival scheduled for

June 26-29.

“Yes Jazz 105 is still closed as

we are still at loggerheads with

Innscor, but that will not stop the

festival,” said Hozheri.

“We have to keep dancehall

alive especially in this era where

dancehall and sungura have taken

over the scene.”

The festival will this year feature

artistes like Oliver Mtukudzi,

Sulumani Chimbetu, Jah

Prayzah, Tanga wekwaSando

and Ammara Brown among others.

Victor Kunonga is yet to confirm

participation as he awaits

results from a vocal operation.

The festival will however face

a mammoth task in rebuilding

faith in its followers considering

the exceptional performance by

South Africa-based Zimbabwean

Max Vidima’s performance at

Jazz 105 two years ago.

Although other artistes like

Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana,

Jean Masters and Jabavu Drive

among others gave each a good

account of themselves, many

will remember the thumping

and distinct guitar sound when

Vidima stepped on stage on the


While all the artistes on the

line-up are seasoned performers

in their own right, it will be Vidima’s

memory that they have to

erase with better performances

at the festival.


JUNE 15 TO 21, 2014

Ruby Dee,

actress and

civil rights


dies at 91

ACCLAIMED actress, Oscar award winner and

civil rights activist Ruby Dee, whose versatile

career spanned stage, radio television and film,

has died at age 91. Ruby Dee who was also a poet,

playwright, screenwriter, journalist passed on on the

11th of June, 2014 at her home in Rochelle, New York.

Her daughter, Nora Davis Day informed press that her

mother died at home on Wednesday night of “natural

causes” among her loved ones, she added.

“We have had her for so long and we loved her so

much,” Day said. “She took her final bow last night at

home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

We gave her our permission to set sail. She opened her

eyes, closed her eyes and away she went.”

Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination

at age 83 for best supporting actress for her maternal

role in the 2007 film “American Gangster.” She also won

an Emmy and was nominated for several others. Age

didn’t slow her down.

“I think you mustn’t tell your body, you mustn’t

tell your soul, ‘I’m going to retire,’” Ms. Dee told The

Associated Press in 2001. “You may be changing your

life emphasis, but there’s still things that you have in

mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really

don’t believe in retiring as long as you can breathe.”

She and her late husband were frequent collaborators.

Their partnership rivaled the achievements of

other celebrated acting couples. But they were more

than performers; they were also activists who fought

for civil rights, particularly for blacks.

In November 2005 Dee was awarded the Lifetime

Achievement Freedom Award, presented by the National

Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis. Dee,

a long-time resident of New Rochelle, New York, was

inducted into the New Rochelle Walk of Fame which

honors the most notable residents from throughout

the community’s 325 year history. She was also inducted

into the Westchester County Women’s Hall of

Fame on March 30, 2007, joining such other honorees

as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nita Lowey.[22] In 2009

she received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University.




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