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A huge crowd turned out for the MDC-T’s 15 th anniversary celebrations at Mucheke Stadium yesterday. See full story on page 2. Picture: Tatenda Chitagu

Grace Mugabe’s PhD: Academics speak


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Tsvangirai regains mojo

Egypt has a key role to play in countering

Islamic State militants in Iraq

and Syria, US Secretary of State John

Kerry said on a visit to Cairo. He said

Egypt could “publicly renounce” IS

ideology, reaffirming US support for

Egypt’s battle against Sinai militants.

Foreign fighters crossing Sinai en

route for Syria are advising local militants

there, US officials say. Kerry is on

the last leg of his Middle East tour as

he tries to form a broad coalition to

tackle IS militants.—BBC

Ukrainian government troops say

they have repelled an attack by pro-

Russian rebels on Donetsk airport. All

morning yesterday gunfire was heard

from the area, controlled by government

forces despite rebel victories

in the rest of the eastern city. Correspondents

say the fresh violence is

a big challenge to a fragile ceasefire

agreed on September 5. Meanwhile,

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

has accused Russia of wanting

to “eliminate” his country. — BBC

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president and former

prime minister,

Morgan Tsvangirai


pulled a bumper crowd of over

15 000 in Masvingo.

Mucheke Stadium was full to

the rafters as thousands of MDC-

T supporters converged to celebrate

the party’s 15 th anniversary.

The celebrations came a few

months after the party was rocked

by a new split led by Tsvangirai’s

former secretary-general Tendai

Biti who has now formed the MDC

Renewal Team.

But the split did not deter the

MDC-T supporters from painting

Masvingo red since Friday as thousands

in their party regalia and

holding posters walked or drove

through the streets.

Throughout the day, there was

joyful singing and dancing at

Mucheke Stadium as supporters,

who had travelled from different

parts of Masvingo province and

beyond, patiently waited to be addressed

by the MDC-T president.

Tsvangirai, who was in apparent

fighting mood, was accompanied

by his top officials including

vice-president Thokozani Khupe,

party chairman, Lovemore Moyo

and organising secretary, Nelson


He called on his supporters to

take President Robert Mugabe

and Zanu PF head-on by embarking

on crippling nationwide mass

street protests to demand an end

to the deteriorating economic situation

in the country.

He said Zimbabweans had to

break from the cocoon of fear enveloping

them and confront the

situation or risk suffering forever

at the hands of Mugabe and his


The country is facing an economic

crisis characterised by

a crumbling industry, liquidity

crunch, unemployment and

widespread poverty among other


Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans

had suffered for too long at the

hands of Mugabe and could no

longer afford to remain docile.

The time has come to say ‘we

cannot continue to be docile in

this abyss. We are too docile as

Zimbabweans, yet everyone has a

right to public expression of disgruntlement,

not to keep on complaining

in your house without

doing anything about it,” he said.

The constitution allows demos,

yet the police arrest people.

But if they will take us to jail, we

will fill up those jails. I am waiting

for a day when workers, the

youths, vendors, business, in fact,

everyone, get into the streets and

protest. That will be the day when

Zimbabweans wake up from their


He said the road towards his

party attaining 15 years had been

very bumpy, having lost several

elections at the hands of Mugabe

in polls which he said were rigged.

“It has not been an easy road.

We lost some colleagues along the

way at the hands of the same dictatorship

which we are fighting.

The MDC is a mixture of joy and

tears today. We refused to run and

decided to fight,” the former premier


Turning to the state of the party,

Tsvangirai blasted the MDC

Renewal grouping for being over

ambitious and impatient.

“Pane vamwe vanovhima vane

munyu muhomwe. Vamwe voti

zvandinonokera [there are those

that go hunting with salt in their

pockets and others that say the

struggle is taking too long],” he


“Such people will never survive

in the MDC when they have unbridled

ambition and are interested

in looking for positions.”

Tsvangirai said the MDC was

celebrating its 15 years when the

country was going through debilitating

economic hardships. But

he re-affirmed the party’s commitment

to unseat Mugabe and

Zanu PF.

“We are celebrating 15 years on

a sad note because the country is

on the edge. The country is not

like what it was when we formed

the MDC.

The situation has continued to

deteriorate, but we remain determined

to achieve the objective of

freeing this country,” he said.

Grace’s PhD: Academics speak

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FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe defied

all odds when she graduated with

the Doctor of Philosophy degree

(PhD) at the University of Zimbabwe

on Friday.

News of her feat was received

with surprise, even shock, by many

who marvelled at how quickly she

had worked on it and graduated.

President Robert Mugabe who

reportedly has seven degrees, and

a host of long serving lecturers at

the UZ do not hold PhDs whose attainment

is no mean achievement.

Some have questioned Grace’s

achievement considering that reports

show that she completed her

first degree in Chinese Language

barely three years ago in 2011.

Grace was part of the 3 274

graduands who were capped by

Mugabe, who is the Chancellor of

the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

She graduated with a Doctor of

Philosophy (PhD) degree in the

Faculty of Social Studies. Grace

was capped along with Vice-President

Joice Mujuru, who also graduated

with a PhD under the Faculty

of Commerce.

But Mujuru already had a Masters

degree in Strategic Management

attained with Chinhoyi University

of Technology.

It was not clear when Grace registered

for her PhD with UZ, but

a few months ago, it was reported

that she had registered for a doctorate

with the institution and a

well-known UZ sociology professor

was her supervisor.

Grace got her first degree

through distance learning with

the People’s University of China.

It could not be established if she

completed the requisite post-graduate

degree course to enable her

to register for a PhD.

The Standard yesterday asked

academics and administrators

from different universities the

process required to complete a

PhD and the requisite entry qualifications.

UZ lecturer Professor Greg Linnington

said a doctorate involved

President Robert Mugabe, who is also the Chancellor of all universities in Zimbabwe, caps his wife Grace on Friday

writing a thesis and often would

take several years for one to finish

their research.

“A doctorate involves writing a

thesis, after having a research question

prepared, write a proposal and

then write the thesis where one

needs to research on, critique it then

it can be marked, but that could take

a few years,” Linnington said.

“It however varies with individuals

to complete. Some just do a

thesis while others might do one

with some course work, but usually

it’s a minimum of three years.”

He said one needs to have an undergraduate

or a Master’s degree

but said that also varied from university

to university.

Another lecturer and university

administrator who refused to be

named said one would need a good

Master’s degree in order to enrol

for a doctorate.

“One would need to make various

presentations of each phase

during the studies. One also needs

to publish their work in a renowned

academic journal,” he said.

The process of research until

writing the final thesis takes between

three and seven years and

for one to pass and be awarded a

PhD, they have to make a significant

contribution to the body of


He said at most universities, a

PhD was an academic apprenticeship

which proved that one is an

academic expert in that area of


“At most universities that are

worth their salt, the supervisor

for any student must be a Professor

with many years’ experience

and the final thesis the student

writes must be passed by at least

two external independent examiners,”

said the university administrator.

Another professor said for one

to embark on a doctorate, they

would need a supervisor and one

needs to suggest a topic which

would then be passed.

“Qualifications usually needed

are a good first degree, a Masters’

degree and then they write a proposal

which will go through the

university,” he said.

“After that, one has to do their

research which is usually between

them and their supervisor.

And the minimum for one to

attain a doctorate is three years.

One will have to be an exceptionally

brilliant student to finish it in

less than three years.”

He also said the thesis is then

passed by at least two examiners

in which one of those should be

an external examiner.

In 2001, The Standard reported

that Grace had dismally failed

most of the examinations she had

written for a University of London

Bachelor of Arts (English) degree.


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Zhuwao wants to be ‘govt advisor’


Steenkamp family

object verdict

THE parents of Reeva Steenkamp say “justice

was not served” after South African athlete

Oscar Pistorius was acquitted of murdering

their daughter.

June and Barry Steenkamp told of their

“disbelief ” that the court had believed Pistorius’s

version of events.

Judge Thokozile Masipa found him guilty of

the lesser charge of culpable homicide, saying

the state had failed to prove he intended to kill.

Pistorius has been allowed bail ahead of

sentencing on October 13.

Judge Masipa said the athlete had acted

“negligently” when he shot his girlfriend

through a toilet door, but in the “belief that

there was an intruder”.

The Paralympic sprinter had strenuously denied

murdering Steenkamp after a row on Valentine’s

Day last year, saying he shot her by mistake.

But in the interview with NBC, June Steenkamp

said: “This verdict is not justice for Reeva,

just want the truth. He shot through the door

and I can’t believe that they believe it was an

accident.”— BBC

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew

Patrick Zhuwao says he no longer has

ambition to seek public office but would

like to serve the nation through providing

“evidence-based research” to help

the government reach informed decisions.

Zhuwao made the claims in an interview with

The Standard as speculation swirls that the formation

of the Zhuwao Institute could be a subtle

way of reinventing his floundering political career.

“I am not interested in public office any longer. I

can serve Zimbabwe much better without the constraints

of public office,” Zhuwao said.

He said the country’s problems were compounded

by making decisions without the requisite evidence-based

research into solutions.

“Zimbabwe’s biggest challenge is that economic

decisions are made in the absence of thorough

economic considerations and this causes our

businesses to struggle because they fail to relate

to the socio-economic environment,” he said.

He stressed the need for the country to have

many think tanks to assist in providing new information

and advising policy makers.

“We need to have a proliferation of think tanks

and research institutions that will assist the

country to go towards evidence-based policy making,”

he said.

Zhuwao’s political star dimmed in 2013 when

he lost his Zvimba East parliamentary seat to his

distant relative and former Mugabe security aide

Francis Mukwangariwa in party primaries.

However, last month Zhuwao came back into

the public limelight just before the Zanu PF

Women’s League conference that endorsed Grace

Mugabe’s elevation to the politburo as the women’s

league boss when he claimed Zanu PF Harare

province wanted to banish the First Lady to


Zhuwao was also part of the group of four

(Philip Chiyangwa, Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere

and himself) who were reportedly approached

to help source funding for the women’s

conference after the party had held a chaotic

youth conference a few days earlier.

Speculation then grew that Zhuwawo belonged

to the Mnangagwa faction that was allegedly behind

Grace’s entrance into politics from the top

— the politburo.

Zhuwao dismissed the allegations as spurious

and the work of people who could not read politics.

“Anybody who reads into that in that manner is

devoid of reason and an irreconcilable idiot. The

effort we contributed was from all members of


the women’s league, not a faction,” he said.


He added, “One of the big donors to the Women’s

League was Vice- President Mujuru and that Y

makes it totally nonsensical to read our gesture as


factional, let alone assisting Mnangagwa.”


Despite his denials, it is emerging that Zhuwao,

through his institute, could turn out to be the ultimate

guardian of Mugabe’s legacy in the party



and country where he is strategically positioning


himself as the brains behind the throne.

The institute will be giving research-based advice

to government departments and cabinet on

possible solutions to socio-economic problems,”

he said.

Zhuwao said he funded the institute and it would

soon be earning an income from its projects such

as offering Strategic Planning and Institutional

Development training to public institutions.

“We will be working with local authorities and

other public bodies and private companies on capacity

development as consultants,” he said.

Zhuwao argued his academic qualifications put

him in a good position to create a think tank and

help the development of the country socio-economically.

He holds five degrees which include BSc Computer

Systems Engineering, MBA in Information

Technology Management, BSc Hons Economics,

Masters in Management and Public and Development

Management and the MSc Economics that

he was awarded on Friday at the University of


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‘Sekeramayi is wrong on generals’


Defence minister

Sydney Sekeramayi’s

recent decision to review

upwards the retirement

age for military

generals and other serving

war veterans from 60 to 65 years,

is unconstitutional, Veritas, a local

lawyer grouping has said.

Just over a week ago, Sekeramayi

gazetted Statutory Instrument

134/2014 for non-commissioned

members and Statutory

Instrument 135/2014 for

other officers spelling out the

exception to the standard retirement

age for members of the

army and the air force.

The upward review of the retirement

age, which was done

with President Robert Mugabe’s

blessing, gave a new lease of

life to military generals, many

of whom are nearing the retirement

age of 60.

But Veritas, a local organisation

that analyses the work of

the Parliament and the Laws

of the country, said both statutory

instruments were invalid

because they were made by the

minister of Defence, instead of

the Defence forces commission.

“Whatever section 113 of the

Defence Act may say, the Minister

of Defence no longer has

the power to make regulations

for the conditions of service of

Defence force members,” Veritas


“Section 218 of the constitution

makes that clear when it

provides for the Defence forces

Service commission, albeit

with the approval of the minister,

to make regulations to fix

and regulate conditions of service

of members of the Defence

forces, including their salaries,

allowances and other benefits.

“In addition, before fixing

those salaries, allowances and

other benefits, the commission

must get the approval of the

President, given on the recommendation

of the Minister of

finance and economic Development

and after consultation

with the Minister of Defence.”

The two statutory instruments

gazetted on September 5

this year, spell out an exception

to the standard retirement age

of 60 years for members of the

Army and Air force.

And, from now on the retirement

age for members who are

“war veterans” as defined in

the War Veterans Act, would be

65 years.

But chief Law Officer chris

Mutangadura yesterday told

The Standard that Veritas had

missed the point, given that

Sekeramayi simply exercised

delegated legislation.

The minister did not provide

any conditions of service

in this particular instance. He

was simply exercising delegated

legislation and therefore

whatever he did, for as long as

it was within the four corners

of the enabling Act, it can never

be said to be non-compliant

with the constitution,” Mutangadura


But Veritas said: “It is true

that section 113 of the Defence

Act still says on the printed

page that the Minister of Defence

may make regulations for

conditions of service, but that

merely reflects the different approach

under the previous constitution

from 1994 onwards.”

The nGO further said, as the

supreme law, the present constitution

overrode any conflicting

provisions in section 113 of

the Act.

“Paragraph 10 of the Sixth

Schedule to the constitution,

which deals with the continuation

of existing laws such as

the Defence Act, says that such

laws must be “construed in

conformity with” the constitution,”

Veritas said.

Sydney Sekeramayi

Cuba to send doctors to Ebola areas

Cuba is sending 165 health

workers to help tackle the ebola

outbreak in West Africa, officials


Doctors, nurses and infection control

specialists will travel to Sierra

Leone in October and stay for six


The announcement comes as the

World Health Organisation says

new cases in West Africa are increasing

faster than the capacity to

manage them.

More than 2 400 people have died

from the virus in recent months and

some 4 700 people have been infected.

The death toll remains highest in

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

World Health Organisation

(WHO) officials say the number of

people affected is likely to be much

greater than current estimates suggest.

In Liberia WHO experts say there

is not a single bed left to treat patients

with ebola.

But the world football association,

fifa, says it is joining forces with the

United nations to turn the country's

national stadium into a large-scale

ebola treatment unit.

Margaret chan, director of the

WHO, said: “If we are going to go to

war with ebola we need the resources

to fight.

“I am extremely grateful for the

generosity of the cuban government

and these health professionals

for doing their part to help us contain

the worst ebola outbreak ever


She added: “cuba is world-famous

for its ability to train outstanding

doctors and nurses and for its generosity

in helping fellow countries on

the route to progress.”

Through a global medical programme,

doctors have been deployed

to a range of countries, from

Algeria to South Africa.

And many consider this medical

help to be a central part of cuba’s

international relations.

One of cuba’s most extensive efforts

is an eye surgery programme

Cuba will send doctors, nurses and infection control specialists to Sierra Leone in October.

in Venezuela where thousands of

cataract operations have been performed.

Hundreds of cuban medical

workers were sent to Haiti during

the earthquake in 2010.

The country also trains thousands

of overseas medical students,

many of whom return to their home

nations to work. —BBC

Zanu PF bira fails to take off


A bira (traditional religious

festival) meant to seek guidance

from “ancestral spirits”

on the country’s political

problems, and a solution to

the intensifying factional and

succession fights in Zanu Pf

failed to take place yesterday.

Only a small group of war

veterans and a few Zanu Pf

supporters descended at a

farm in Mazowe on friday

night to “welcome” a spirit

medium led by “Mbuya nehanda”

purportedly to deliver the

people of Zimbabwe from the

various difficulties they were


Zanu Pf sources said the

“spirit mediums” who organised

the bira were allegedly

working with war veterans in

Harare and some military bigwigs

linked to a faction in the

ruling party.

But an official yesterday

said the main ceremony was

cancelled when the media publicised

the event.

A police officer in plain

clothes from the Police Intelligence

Services (PIS) was present

at the event and had come

to relieve his colleague who

had spent the night at the ceremony.

When The Standard arrived

at the venue yesterday, there

were no dignitaries or military

leaders but a small group

of people jovially drinking

beer, eating and taking snuff.

One Murava Mpofu, a

spokesman for the event, insisted

that the ceremony was

not political. He said the event

was meant to bring together

Zimbabweans of diverse backgrounds

and celebrate the “arrival”

of Mbuya nehanda’s


"We are not after any publicity.

Anyway, she [Mbuya nehanda]

will reveal herself to

President Robert Mugabe

the country spiritually,” he


Mpofu said the spirit would

relieve the people of Zimbabwe

from the problems associated

with disease, hunger or

even war as the country had

been chosen to enjoy the blessings

bestowed on it.

Zanu Pf has been witnessing

serious internal squabbles

as factions position themselves

for the succession of

90-year-old President Robert

Mugabe who has been in power

for the past 34 years.

The factions have been

throwing dirt at each other in

the public.

One faction is reportedly

linked to Vice-President Joice

Mujuru while the other is said

to be loyal to Justice minister,

emmerson Mnangagwa.

The two however have persistently

denied leading factions

or harbouring presidential


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Insurance firms

take Zimra

to ConCourt

The impasse between the two organisations

has now spilled to the Constitutional Court


Daggers have been drawn

between the Tour Operators

Business Association

of Zimbabwe (Tobaz)

and the Zimbabwe

Revenue Authority (Zimra)

with the former accusing the latter

of creating a monopoly in the

issuance of insurance cover.

The impasse between the two

organisations has now spilled to

the Constitutional Court (Con-

Court) with Tobaz seeking to bar

Zimra from “unconstitutionally

operating as an insurance company”

while leaving its mandate of

collecting revenue.

Tobaz is an association of tour

operators in Zimbabwe who provide

a wide range of insurance

services in the country which include

arranging for motor vehicle

Delta, Dairibord

at loggerheads

over advertising


insurance for foreign registered

vehicles entering the country.

In its application, under case

number CZ23/14, Tobaz cited Motor

Insurance Pool of Zimbabwe,

Zimra and the chairman of the

Insurance and Pensions Commission

as first, second and third respondents


The second respondent has

then proceeded to itself issue out

insurance cover on behalf of the

first respondent. It must be emphasised

that the first respondent

is an association of short term insurers

and is not itself an insurance

company and cannot therefore

offer insurance services,” Tobaz

said in its application.

“Zimra has declined to accept

insurance other than that issued

by itself as agent for the first respondent

in the issuance of TIPs.

It published a public notice which

It is a legal requirement that all foreign registered vehicles entering Zimbabwe be issued with a Temporary Import Permit (TIP).

advised that it could only issue insurance

cover for the purposes of

the issuance of TIPs.”

The effect of the above is that

a monopoly has been created by

Zimra, ICZ and Ipec. No one else

can venture into insurance in

the area covered by the monopoly.

There is no legal authority

for this state of affairs. Zimra is

not a registered insurer. It cannot

lawfully issue insurance, even as

an agent of another,” Tobaz added.

Tobaz further said its members

had been barred from issuing insurance

policies or arranging for

the same for foreign registered vehicles

and that much business had

as a result, been lost.

The billboard at the centre of an advertising storm between Delta Beverages and Dairibord

Holdings. Picture: Aaron Ufumeli.

An advertising war has erupted

between two of the country’s

leading beverage manufacturers,

Delta Beverages and Dairibord


Delta Beverages recently erected a

billboard along Rekai Tangwena Road

next to Dairibord Holdings’ factory, advertising

Super Sip, a ready to drink

dairy beverage which was introduced

onto the local market late last year

to rival other existing dairy fruit flavoured

beverages by Dairibord.

The move by Delta Beverages to advertise

competing beverage products

in the vicinity of Dairibord Holdings’

premises has not gone down well with

the milk producer which manufactures

Cascade, a competing nutritious

dairy fruit mix.

“Obviously this is mischief,” Dairibord

Holdings’ spokesperson Emeldah

Shoko said. “Our loyal and valued consumers

know that Dairibord Holdings

products like Cascade, Nutriplus and

Yoghurt are genuine quality dairy based

offerings that contribute towards the

sustenance of good health and should

not be confused with imitations on the


“Dairibord Holdings has a heritage

of providing nutritious foods and beverages

to the nation and the region which

spans over half a century.”

However, Delta Beverages spokesperson

Alex Makamure defended the

beverages manufacturer’s move, saying

there was no unfair practice as

their advert was placed on a publicly

available space.

“Advertising sites come up at different

times as the space is limited,” Makamure


“We lodged a request for sites and the

supplier had this particular one available.

There is nothing unfair in advertising

a product on publicly available


“We have signed a long-term contract

with the supplier for this site and

we will be rotating our brands as our

brand campaigns evolve.”

This is not the first time that competitors

have engaged in aggressive marketing

campaigns as local cigarette

manufacturer Savannah Tobacco erected

its billboard advertising its products

just at the doorstep of its competitor

British American Tobacco Zimbabwe

(BAT) along Simon Mazorodze road in


“This has been an unnecessary

restriction of the applicants’

members’ right to carry on their

profession as brokers and providers

of insurance,” Tobaz said.

According to Tobaz, it is a legal

requirement that all foreign registered

vehicles entering Zimbabwe

be issued with a Temporary

Import Permit (TIP) and that one

of the legal requirements for the

issuance of such a TIP is that the

importer must have valid insurance

cover for the period of the

validity of the TIP.

The applicant contends that

neither the first nor the second

respondents are registered as

providers of insurance in accordance

with the Insurance Act. This


BOgUS municipal police officers

are on the rampage

in Harare’s Central Business

District, extorting money

from unsuspecting street


Harare Metropolitan Police

Chief Inspector, Rachel

Mawoyo, told a meeting of

vendors and council officials

in Harare on Thursday that

her office was aware that

there were bogus municipal

police who were confiscating

goods and extorting money

from vendors in the city.

She said council was on

the hunt for the suspects. Mawoyo

said those approached

by anyone claiming to be

from the municipal police

department should demand

identification before surrendering

their goods and money.

“We know that there are

bogus police officers on the

sprawl, some of them that

we know are former employees

who were dismissed

from work a long time ago.

We are looking for them and

we will get them arrested,”

she said.

Mawoyo said any vendor

approached by anyone they

suspected to be a bogus officer

should phone her office

immediately for assistance.

“If anyone approaches

you and you are not sure

about them, call our national

control centre and we will

deploy our officers immediately,”

she said.

is not denied by these respondents,

suffice to say that the Motor

Insurance Pool alleges that it

has been allowed by the minister

responsible for the administration

of the Road Traffic Act to issue

out insurance policies,” Tobaz


“This need not detain us. Only

registered insurance providers

can issue motor vehicle insurance

cover under the Road Traffic

Act. To this end therefore, the

agreement is ultra vires the Insurance

Act and the Road Traffic


Zimra is yet to file its response

and the matter has not been set

down for hearing. Tobaz is represented

by Advocate Lewis Uriri.

Bogus municipal police

on the rampage

The vendors had complained

during the meeting

that they were not finding

their confiscated goods

when they followed to the

municipal offices to pay

their fines.

They said some corrupt

officers were also confiscating

their goods and giving

them to their “runners” who

would then sell the items on

their behalf.

Mawoyo said municipal

officials who were engaged

in such acts risked being arrested

and losing their jobs.

“We do not send people out

there to come and steal from

you. It is unfortunate but we

don’t expect that kind of behaviour

from our officers, especially

women officers who

know the pains of looking after

families,” she said.

Mawoyo said confiscated

perishables were supposed

to be forwarded to the Zimbabwe

Republic Police Licensing

Department who

would either destroy or auction

them, adding that the

law on perishables did not allow

council to destroy what

would have been confiscated.

Vendors confirmed at the

Combined Harare Residents

Association (CHRA) organised

meeting that they knew

of Municipal police officers

who had multiple vending

stalls and enjoyed strategic

immunity from the police.

“This patrimonial system

has hit hard those that do

not have their own patrons to

protect them,” CHRA said.

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Renewed hunt for gold in Penhalonga

Displaced from farms during the farm

invasions, hundreds of desperate and poor

people have ventured into illegal gold mining,

leaving a trail of environmental destruction


THE dust road meanders

down to the Mutare River,

then breaks into a

dirt path. Red dust puffs

up as hundreds of fatigued,

barefoot illegal gold miners

march in single file, carrying

hoes, picks and shovels.

Women, schoolchildren, young

and old men wade across the river

to the eastern bank. There they

cut trees, overturn rocks, and

push the debri into Mutare River,

choking it with mud.

The disconnected sound of

hammers drowns out the rush of

the river.

Saungweme Mountains and

Mutare River close to Redwing

Mine have been besieged by the illegal

gold panners.

Pushed by endless poverty, desperate

illegal gold seekers have

begun a new wave of panning,

tearing down Zimbabwe’s countryside

in Penhalonga’s DTZ

Ozgeo Redwing Mine in search of

the precious stone.

They are leaving behind a trail

of destruction that includes devastated

fields and forests, mudchoked

rivers and mercury-tainted

water along the Mutare River.

Widespread hunger that has

wreaked havoc in the small mining

area has forced virtually everybody

regardless of gender or

age to join the gold rush following

the closure of the mine in March

this year.

Penhalonga has become synonymous

with gold panning where

gold seekers follow mining concessions

belonging to the gold

mining concern.

The Environment Management

Agency (EMA), closed sections of

the Russian-owned DTZ Ozgeo operations

along the Mutare River.

EMA stopped the company

from mining, ordering it to rehabilitate

land where it carried out

previous operations and to complete

an Environment Impact Assessment


Environment minister Saviour

Kasukuwere has said the government

will not entertain appeals by

the Russian gold miner to be allowed

to resume alluvial mining

operations at the mine.

The miner, a 60/40 joint venture

between Econendra of Russia and

the Development Trust of Zimbabwe,

in May this year appealed to

Parliament to lift a ban on alluvial

mining saying it would be forced

to dismiss its nearly 500 workers

following the closure of the mine.

“We are not backtracking on

our stance because DTZ has not

communicated with us. Even if

they do, it won’t be of any significance,”

Kasukuwere said.

He said the ministry was updating

legislation to include a ban on

riverbed mining practised by several


“We took a decision as government

that mining along riverbeds

will not be tolerated. The law will

prescribe the certain minimum

conditions that have to be met before

mining can go ahead as in the

case of DTZ,” Kasukuwere added.

However, like many of the young

unemployed youth, Privilege Kamusoko

(25) has joined the gold

rush, after hearing that Penhalonga

was “overflowing” with gold.

“All I am looking for is survival.

I want to survive and fend for

my family. I’m here because of

hunger, because there is nothing

for my family, no food for them,”

he said.

Kamusoko, who is one of many

Gwejas (illegal gold panners) said

in a “lucky” week, he can make

more than US$500 from selling

gold at US$40 per gramme, but

most of the money is used to buy


The buyers come from in and

outside the country. They are seen

milling around the nearby business

centres in Chinyanjera and


The two business centres have

become a hive of activity owing to

Illegal panners near Saungweme Mountain

the cash that is exchanging hands.

There are many teenagers doing

this. If you come in the evening,

you’ll see the sheer number

of people mining here who

come back to their camps in the

mountains,” said Kenneth Madziwachando

from Tsvingwe in Penhalonga.

Displaced from farms during

the farm invasions, hundreds of

desperate and poor people have

ventured into illegal gold mining

in Penhalonga, leaving a trail of

environmental destruction of unprecedented

magnitude. Farmers,

environmentalists, and traditional

leaders are alarmed by the destruction.

Mutare River is fast filling with

silt, harming ecosystems as well

as farming, fishing, and drinking

water. The illegal miners cut and

burn wood indiscriminately to

fuel their makeshift camps.

The illegal panners use mercury

and cyanide to separate gold

from the ore, and then flush the

toxins into the same river.

A visit to some of the mining

fields in the area revealed that the

illegal panners arrive at the river

in the afternoon and during the

night in search of the precious


“Before, there was a lot of gold

and few people panned for gold

because that time there was food

and people didn’t care about gold.

Right now, because there is hunger

all over, people have come

from all over to mine and are competing

to have the few pieces of

gold,” said Madziwachando.

Children have also joined in the

gold hunt and, like countless others,

are missing out on education.

They have traded the education

books for the pick and shovel and

are hoping for a golden ticket out

of poverty.

Manicaland police spokesperson

Assistant Inspector Luxson

Chananda said he was still to get

information on the new gold rush.

“As of now, I do not have complete

information on the invasion

of the mine by the gold panners.

We will do some investigations

and I will come back to you with

full information,” said Chananda.

Nevertheless, Chananda said,

the police have been urging people

to desist from illegal gold mining

as it has many dangers associated

with it.

The community’s hopes rest on

the establishment of mining laws

that promote investment and development.

“What we need are international

investors to come in and mine

for gold and benefit the community,”

said Chief Mutasa.

“We need the government to offer

licences to locals to do proper

mining by giving them claims.

This will provide some jobs to the

local community and some basic


According to police, an estimated

400 illegal gold panners are refusing

to vacate Mutare River

banks and Saungweme Mountain

in Penhalonga.

Villagers and residents in Penhalonga’s

Tsvingwe high-density

suburb said the illegal panners

were causing serious social problems

in the area such as drug and

alcohol abuse, prostitution and violence.

Unilever launches Geisha

Musha Mukadzi campaign


UNILEVER recently celebrated

the role of Zimbabwe’s mothers

through the launch of the Geisha

Musha Mukadzi campaign.

The campaign is a celebration

and acknowledgement of the

many women and mothers that

have achieved great things in

their different walks of life.

Speaking at the event, Unilever

marketing director Juliet

Ziswa said the company prided

itself with quality brands that

had added value to its consumers

and communities every day.

Unilever is the manufacturer

of household brands such as

Omo, Sunlight, Royco, Geisha,

Vaseline and Stork margarine.

“Through a research that we

did among our consumers, we

found out that mothers are not

only looking for real value and

benefit for the whole family, but

also natural products that are

mild and gentle and leave the

skin looking healthy and cared

for,” she said.

“We have gone and borrowed

from nature and developed a

new Geisha. The new Geisha is

sourced from nature. We have

used the pure and gentle goodness

of nature that leaves your

family’s skin looking healthy

and well cared for.”

Women’s Affairs, Gender and

Community Development minister

Oppah Muchinguri said

the ministry was working closely

with women in the country to

ensure that progress was made

in empowering the Zimbabwean


“Since independence women

in the country have achieved

a 95% literacy rate which has

placed us a step further to

achieving gender equality. The

ministry has worked hard in realigning

legislation that affects

women in our society,” she said

in a speech read by her deputy

Abigail Damasane.

“We are therefore very excited

as a ministry when there

are businesses like Unilever

through Geisha, who take time

to acknowledge and celebrate

women that have made great impact

in their communities. Geisha

has become part of every

home, symbolisng a mother’s


Unilever marketing director Juliet Ziswa presents a Geisha hamper to Deputy Minister of

Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Abigail Damasane at a branding

launch ceremony in Glen View recently.

8 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

Local News

Tuku and daughter Selmor in happier times. Picture: Shepherd Mutamba

‘Mtukudzi disowns daughter’

Selmor Mtukudzi . . . she is not on talking terms with her famous father

An upcoming book revealing

sensational secrets

of Zimbabwe’s

international music

legend Oliver Mtukudzi

sheds light on the musician’s

strained relationship with his

daughter, Selmor, also a singer.

Titled Tuku Backstage and set

to be published before the end of

the year, the book was written by

Tuku’s former publicist and journalist,

Shepherd Mutamba.

Extracts from a chapter “Daughters”

exclusively made available to

The Standard reveal how the relationship

between Tuku and his

daughters, Selmor and Sandra,

from his first marriage to Melody

Murape, had collapsed irretrievably

after Selmor (31) made sensational

accusations in the media,

in 2012, that the superstar was a

neglectful father. She said if Tuku

was supportive, she would have

been somewhere in life.

We publish the extracts below

where Selmor’s comments provoked

Tuku’s wrath in the explosive


Selmor’s remarks devastated

Tuku, he did not see the comments

coming. He never envisaged his

daughter sharing, with the whole

world, her opinion of him.

I met many people who, after

reading Selmor’s story, thought

Tuku was just a pretentious father

who does not apply the same

family values that he espouses

in most of his own music. Others

viewed him as a greedy and

despicable father deserving public

humiliation and posted comments

on social networks supporting

Selmor. Others who actually

deify Tuku did not know what

to say about the man.

After his daughter’s remarks,

were splashed in the media, Tuku

stopped eating well, for several

days, sometimes skipping breakfast

and lunch altogether and surviving

only on one meal a day —

supper. His health took a serious

battering but he forced himself to

work and fulfill prior bookings for


Tuku has a history of intestinal

ulcers, that relapsed with serious

intensity, most likely triggered by

worry and the eating disorder. At

breakfast, in nyanga, (for a show)

Tuku did not finish just a single

egg and settled for a tiny glass

of fruit juice after Daisy (Tuku’s

wife) insisted that he took something

at least. That drink was all

he had and nothing at lunch. His

diabetic condition deteriorated.

His state of health required hospital

admission and weeks of rest

After reading Selmor’s

story, many people

thought Tuku was just

a pretentious father

who does not apply the

same family values

that he espouses in

most of his own music

from work to recuperate. His body

was frail, his face evidently emaciated.

He became skeletal like

the Auschwitz survivors. Everyone

seemed to annoy him. The relationship

with his daughter had


Below Tuku comments publicly,

for the first time, in the

book, on the state of relationship

with his daughters, particularly


“I have disowned her (Selmor)

because she is not my daughter.

If she was my daughter she would

not say such bad things about me.

none of what she says is true.

And what makes her say those

things now? If she had issues

with me she must have talked to

me as family and not having to go

to the press. I think she hates me

so badly she wishes that I die.

“I am hurt to the core of my

heart. I did my part as a parent and

sent her to school and supported

her musical career, even playing

with her in my own band and taking

her on tour overseas, not because

she was good but I wanted

to promote her career and inviting

her to many of my events to enable

her to work and earn a living.”

Tuku Backstage also reveals

the failed relationship between

Tuku and his first born daughter,

Sandra (35), who does not have

very kind words, in the book, for

the music icon who turns 62 next

week and set to release his 63 rd album


Local News

The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 9

The making of Tuku Backstage

TUKU Backstage, to be published

before the end of the year, cross

pollinates several genres; biography,

criticism and photography

steeped in the music and life of

Oliver Mtukudzi, aka Tuku.

The book, also recollects some of the author’s

own memoirs from life and work experience.

“From where I stood as Tuku’s long-serving

publicist, the book inevitably finds itself

criticising the man and his character.

I frankly articulate my thoughts about

Tuku’s contradicting personality but I also

pay very special attention and tribute to

his honest music. I devoted many different

chapters to his art and creativity,” said Mutamba.

“People love Tuku’s music, especially

the different ways that the music touches

our hearts. But if fans have the opportunity

they would also love to read

about the inner personality behind the

great music. And so the book unravels

Tuku’s life and secrets, his failed first

marriage, relationships, the fights with

his wife Daisy and the squabbles with

his daughters, including the question of

the alleged love-child, a son called Selby

and a daughter born outside wedlock,

Sybil, for whom he eventually admitted


“But the book also covers Tuku’s philanthropic

work and his humble beginnings

in life and in music, plus the evolution

of the music and its significance

and relevance in traditional and contemporary

cultures. I write about his

days, as a young boy, in the rural areas

where he was helped to shape some of

his perspectives about life and the melodies

that we now know as Tuku Music.

Over 20 chapters are devoted to Tuku’s

many different aspects of his music and


“In other words, one gets, from the

book, a view of what is held back about

Tuku and discusses what is rarely conversed

about his great music. That is why

I titled the book, Tuku Backstage, because

it explores issues tucked away behind

the scenes and beyond what is ordinarily


The book traverses through the 1970s,

1980s and 1990s to this day. People look at

Tuku for his music, they also look at him

for his moral and ethical values as an

icon. Does he personify his didactic music?

Does he have to? Tuku Backstage converses

with the man’s dreams, successes,

adversities but also his moral and ethical

challenges, the relevance of his music in

diverse cultures, education, politics, spiritualism

and social cohesion,” said Mutamba.

The book features 200 exclusive pictures

shot by the author, exploding with Tuku’s

untold emotion on and off stage and giving

readers a rare glimpse into his intensely

private life.

“Pictures are vital in the narrative of

Tuku’s music and life. In other words,

photography reinforces the book substantially.

What my pen missed, photography

captured far more accurately and

honestly than words. I photographed all

the pictures in the book in Zimbabwe and

away seeing things through my own eyes.

Photography stimulated my thoughts, complementing

the trajectory of my writing

with fulfilling perspective, relevance and

presentation. I attempted to use photography

to memorialise Tuku at the level of his


Mutamba said it was not easy writing

because some of the people, close to

Tuku’s early years and work and would

have reinforced the book, did not want to

talk. Some who spoke did not inspire the


“But that did not stop the book because

Tuku himself said I should write. I spent

two years on research, interviews, photography

and of course listening to his

music day and night. Three years went

into drafting, writing, editing and production.”

Tuku on stage.

Picture: Shepherd


Shepherd Mutamba . . . authored Tuku Backstage

10 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

Comment & Analysis


Leaders need wisdom

more than degrees

Tsvangirai, Pistorius: The

media’s ‘poster boys’

ZIMBABWEAN politicians now rank among the most

educated officials in Africa but their record in government

is appalling to say the least.

While their academic credentials may be impeccable, their

performance leaves one with an impression they lack common

sense and basic problem-solving skills needed to rescue

the country from an economic crisis.

Flashback to 2007. When a Cabinet full of people with doctorate

degrees was confronted with a fuel crisis, President Robert

Mugabe, who boasts of seven degrees, and his ministers with

Ph.Ds turned to Rotina Mavhunga, a Grade 11 drop out.

The self-styled spirit medium misled them into believing

that diesel could flow out of the rocks of Maningwa Mountain

near Chinhoyi.

Rotina’s aides simply bought the diesel from haulage

trucks passing near the mountain, put it into plastic containers

which she hid up some rocks and siphoned the fuel using

a pipe, making it flow over the rocks — and bingo, she had the

barefoot Cabinet ministers clapping their hands with glee!

They all swallowed the trickery hook, line and sinker and

Rotina was showered with expensive gifts.

After this embarrassing debacle, the same group of ministers

believed that by planting jatropha, Zimbabwe could also

banish her fuel problems for good. As a result, US$5 million

was wasted in constructing a bio-diesel plant that is now rotting

in Mt Hampden.

There are too many examples that show how our Ph.D holding

ministers can become clueless when confronted with national


In many cases, their conduct leaves one doubting if they

genuinely acquired their degrees, or if some fawning universities

just gave them titles for self-gratification.

It is against this background that Zimbabweans woke up

on Saturday to see pictures of Vice-President Joice Mujuru

and First Lady Grace Mugabe in full academic dress, having

graduated with doctorate degrees at the University of Zimbabwe.

Lazarus Dokora, the minister of Primary and Secondary

education also graduated with a doctorate. Ironically, Dokora

stands accused of harming Zimbabwe’s education system

through a raft of unpopular policies. Grace has ruffled

many feathers in her bid to be elevated to the Zanu PF politburo.

These officials might have sweated to get their doctorates,

but they need to do more to convince the nation that the degrees

will enhance their ability to positively contribute to

the social, political and economic sectors of the Zimbabwean


There is one thread so strongly

similar about Morgan Tsvangirai

and Oscar Pistorius

which I thought I should share with

other readers. In their respective

countries, these two were underdogs

who triumphed over adversity

with varying degrees of success.

People tend to love underdogs.

Tsvangirai offers the story of

an uneducated man who rose

from being a mere mine worker

to lead a labour union, eventually

persuading university academics,

student leaders and civil society

leaders to form the first ever

credible post-independence opposition

party to challenge Robert

Mugabe’s grip on power.

Fifteen years down the line, Tsvangirai’s

endurance still makes

headline news having bagged the

Prime Ministerial post at one

time — right under the nose and

tutelage of his erstwhile political

foe Mugabe.

Pistorious comes across as a

double amputee who awed the

world with his speed using prosthetic

legs. We are told Pistorious

grew up as an amputee, who

through his late mother’s encouragement

and sheer hardwork, has

scaled the zenith of his adopted

sport to the pinnacle.

What makes these two guys interesting

to me is where they

stand today vis-à-vis their past

relationship with the media in

their respective countries and

even beyond their borders. They

have even charmed the likes of

BBC and CNN in the past. During

their rise to fame, the media

understandably fell for these underdogs

who had to endure strong

and often humiliating challenges.

Their backgrounds presented

a narrative of breathtaking

courage. Such characters obliviously

attract media attention not

by their own volition, but the circumstances

under which their energies

and willpower are tested.

Pistorious transformed man’s

understanding and perception towards

the “able-bodied”. The media

could not be blind to this.

How could Tsvangirai succeed

where struggle stalwarts like

Edgar Tekere and Joshua Nkomo

failed? Where even such consummate

lawyers like former Supreme

Court Judge Chief Justice

Enock Dumbutshena, had failed

with his Forum Party.

How could Pistorious win legal

battles to run and represent

Oscar Pistorius . . . he disappointed a

lot of people who viewed him as a role

model for the disabled.

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai . . . he

has offered hope and disillusionment in

equal measure.

his country with prosthetic legs

at the Olympics, of all places and

even come back home with a gold

medal! Such facts surpass human

thinking and attract positive coverage

from the media. Even some

of their glaring goofs are left unscrutinised

for fear of embellishing

these adorable characters.

Both Tsvangirai and Pistorious

have had their human failings

exposed in the past. Tsvangirai’s

electoral loss has always been attributed

to Zanu PF chicanery.

The 2005 MDC split was attributed

to a “power-hungry” Welshman

Ncube who could not stomach being

led by an indecisive leader. Today,

the media face another challenge

of Tsvangirai exposing his

dictatorial tendencies given the

way Elton Mangoma’s renewal

call was handled by Tsvangirai,

with the subsequent expulsion of

other perceived anti-Tsvangirai


The media finds itself in a dilemma.

How do they repackage

such a battered image of one who

offered so much hope against tyranny,

corruption, nepotism and

incompetence? How do we discard

such a horse in politics?

Equally, in South Africa and

elsewhere, the media finds it hard

to take that Pistorius has committed

such a dastardly act of killing

his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Both men seem to have fallen victim

to the underdog sense of moral

exception: they are right while

everybody else is wrong.

In some quarters, as the public

dramas have played out, both men

have forfeited their victim status.

In Zimbabwe, the public media will

have a field day over the Biti-Tsvangirai

battle. The private media and

most anti-Mugabeists in Zimbabwe

would be at pains to label the “daring”

Tsvangirai the catalyst to the

breaking up of a once formidable

1999 MDC. Public opinion about Tsvangirai

is divided.

There are many reasons why

some media houses remain loyal

to Tsvangirai ranging from atavistic

adherence to the anti-Mugabe

stance, to the fact that most Zimbabweans’

lives had improved

during the GNU era. Like I said,

there had not been, until now, a

credible black-led opposition in

Zimbabwe. A Tsvangirai-led MDC

has also sold newspapers. Few are

willing to bite the hand that feeds

them. For the many young teenage

girls in South Africa and other

disabled young people Pistorius

was the ultimate loverboy,

warrior and hero. These two men

have not only left the media in a

quagmire, but also thousands and

millions of sympathisers just cannot

understand why. The jury is

still out.

Odrix Mhiji, Chitungwiza

Help households to manage litter

DiDyMus Mutasa (with Jersey) claps hands in Maningwa hills where Rotina Mavhunga

played her tricks.

There are a lot of anti-littering

signs along roads. What has

given rise to these are the irreponsible

litter-bugs among us.

It is a fact that Harare City Council

cannot cope with the mountains

of litter that residents generate

on a daily basis. They have

always argued that they do not

have enough vehicles, manpower

and sometimes fuel to remove garbage

either from the city centre or

residential areas.

Dumping waste recklessly, just

like ignoring a veld fire, attracts

a fine, if not a jail erm. We need

the Environmental Management

Agency to educate people on ways

to manage litter. Litter should be

separated at household level with

plastics being sent for recycling.

It would help to have small composts

at each household where biodegradable

matter would be deposited

and later used in the garden.

I am angry with people who actually

drive in the night to go and

dump their domestic waste at

open spaces or on the shoulders

of the roads. They leave an assortment

of litter that includes used

diapers. Stray dogs rip them apart

and what we have is something

that one cannot look at twice. We

are an educated lot, but we lack

wisdom. Each one of us must be

an anti-litter police of sorts for a

cleaner environment.




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Comment & Analysis

The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 11



Dr Grace Mugabe: Now the sky is the limit!

the oracle


In his traditional interviews granted to

ZTV every February to mark his birthday,

President Mugabe this year said he was

sticking on to the leadership of his party and

therefore country because he was afraid his

party would disintegrate due to factional fissures

that have been growing deeper by the


He also confirmed that, even at the age of

90, he did not want anyone to discuss his retirement

or succession because it was not yet

due — that he was still around and not going


Mugabe said: “But why should it [succession]

be discussed when it’s not due? Is it

due? Well, the leadership still exists that

runs the country. In other words, I am still

there. The people can discuss it if they want,

but the moment they start discussing it, they

are going into factions and then you find the

party dividing itself, and so why dividing,

why discuss it when it’s not due?

“When the day comes and I retire, that’s

sure, the day will come. What I don’t want

is, I don’t want to leave my party in tatters; I

want to leave it intact.”

With these words coming from his mouth,

little doubt remains that Mugabe entertains

the idea of being Life President — of dying

in office. The message he sends is that he has

the desire and ambition to stay in power and

his excuse is that the situation in Zanu PF

and Zimbabwe has become so bad it is only

him that can save the country.

Watching and listening to him speak — relating

how Americans and Europeans fear

and hide away from him each time they see

him, “because of the power that you have invested

in me” — you cannot doubt the man’s

strength and determination.

It is evident the President is brimming

with ambition to take the throne to the grave.

Of course, the excuses advanced for the

permanent occupancy of the throne are just

the typical platefuls of bull that we eat up

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe

from our politicians day in and day out.

Just as almost all those eagle-eyed politicians

would have us believe that none of

them harbour Presidential ambitions — that

they are all there for nothing but to be the

people’s servants — we know all that is lies

and that virtually all of them have keen ambition

to one day become President!

While in other countries political power

(inter or intra party) is exchanged after a few

years, politicians in Zanu PF all pretend that

they actually do not want the apex seat in

the party and country yet, behind the scenes

vicious fights amongst this cowardly lot rage

night and day.

They are all simply too cowardly to stand

up and challenge for the top post which each

of them long for.

But then again, Mugabe’s intimidating utterances

about there being “no vacancy” for

his post and about “succession debates not

due” do not help matters. Those men and

women whom Zanu PF renegade, the diminutive

firebrand Margret Dongo once described

as Mugabe’s wives, are then thrown

into dark corners of silence or into a bootlicking


Nonetheless Zanu PF politicians must

know that it is absurd for them to deny they

want power — such denials are just red meat

on the platter.

In any case, it would also be absurd for us

to believe their denials. After all, there is

virtually nothing wrong or criminal or disrespectful

or immoral about being an ambitious


What is interesting however is that, while

they may publicly castigate those “accused”

of seeking to grab the throne from Mugabe,

there are certain politicians whose inadvertent

speeches and or actions have betrayed

their presidential ambitions.

So, surrounded by fearful comrades, most

of whom have in fact been scrambling to

idolise him and make him an infallible demigod,

Mugabe is tempted to make himself Life

President, or to create a Mugabe dynasty in


Already, the President has declared that

everyone, including the usually exempted

members of the presidium, is going to have

to fight for their positions at the coming December

congress. There are only two exceptions

— only two people that cannot be challenged

— Mugabe and his wife Grace.

Mugabe and his wife have conveniently

been endorsed in their positions of party

President and Women’s League Secretary.

But for the distant observer, it just does

not look exactly clean, innocent, moral, decent

or prissy that everybody but the leader

and his wife must face challenges for their

positions — that only the leader and his wife

must not be challenged!

In the circumstances, the possibility of the

creation of a Gu-Shung-Ho dynasty becomes

difficult to discount — given the overwhelming

authority of the President.

Now that the First Lady, Grace Mugabe’s

official title becomes: The First Lady, Comrade

Secretary for Women’s Affairs, Dr.

Grace Mugabe — the Sky is the Limit!


RESPONDING to the opinion piece;

Zanu PF secrets: Mutsvangwa must tell

it all (The Standard September 6 to 13

2014) Mapingu writes: While I do agree

with Mutizwa on almost all issues he

raised, I only want to say, may be just a

single drop of truth for whatever purpose

its revealed, makes the ocean better

than one filled with lies. True, [Chris]

Mutsvangwa, like all Zanu PF officials is

not honest and patriotic by any measure,

hence his highly selective pronouncement

of truth. Most of us who

were of age during the struggle have

always known that Joice [Mujuru] never

downed any plane. It has all been a

figment of Zanu PF elite’s imagination

calculated to propel individuals to positions

they don’t deserve under the

guise of such past heroic expeditions.

The beauty of it is, since it now comes

from another Zanu PF cadre, then our

most abused youth might start realising

that most of the rubbish sold to them as

“History of the Struggle” is worse than

James Bond fiction. Immediately after

Mutsvangwa revealed this well-known

element of truth one young man who I

believe has always doubted me when I

said most of Zanu PF heroes, including

Joice, are Zanu PF manufactured heroes,

immediately phoned me and said “now

bro I believe you; all along I thought you

were bluffing”. All I am saying is, may be

it’s the beginning of the writing of a truthful

Zimbabwe struggle history. All along

it has been lies, lies, lies, lies. Zanu PF lies.

Col Shadow writes: “Never in a thousand

years” was what Smith said during

the struggle .Think like a revolutionary.

We fought and won the struggle.

What’s so amazing about differences in

the house? Don’t try to make a mountain

out of an anthill, it’s us Zanla /Zipra

and the patriotic Zimbabweans who liberated

this country. Mutsvangwa is justified.

Patriotism comes with pride and

costs that cannot be measured .Waivepi

iwewe? [where were you?]

No Lies says: The whole truth will surface

one day. The question is, will it be

of any good? Every time some information

comes up about where we came

from as a country we start realising that

we’ve been fed with lies all along. This

makes us question everything about

our so-called heroes and doubt their

decision -making as leaders, that’s why

we find ourselves in this current situation

where we are led by people who

got to their positions through lies and

they appoint their friends not on merit

but as a way to buy their silence. The big

question is: Who are our true heroes?

Do they exist? Who are our enemies?

Are our so-called heroes our enemies,

just in a different skin colour ?

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12 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

Comment & Analysis / Opinion

Building a political

career around

orphanage wrong



Naturally, what people do

and how they carry themselves

around speak better

for them than having to use

words to build an identity.

Imagine if Oliver Mtukudzi

“Tuku” would take every opportunity

to tell us that he is a great

musician? That would take much

from his stature. It makes much

sense to let the music speak for

him. To get the guitars, drums

and other instruments spread the

message, to give his versatility a

chance to interact with the audience.

It is a skill to be able to leave

music reviewers to critique his

work, then to take lessons therefrom

without prejudice. Humanity

values humility.

Events in the political arena

have given us Grace Mugabe as

the incoming Women’s League

boss come the December Zanu

PF elective congress. She is taking

over from war cadre Oppah

Muchinguri who recently conceded

that her next political appointment

depends on Robert Mugabe.

She had to give way for amai,

so she says, because as women,

they felt they had to do something

for her to acknowledge the

good work she has done being the

pillar upon which the President

rests. Isn’t that as it should be for

husband and wife?

For years, people compared the

First Lady with Mugabe’s first

wife, Sally, who was a compassionate

woman. When Grace established

an orphanage in Mazowe,

I thought she was finally

going to exonerate herself from

the mean woman tag, extravagant

and worshipping on the altar

of opulence. She followed that

up by building a school in the

area to “educate the orphans”.

She has been on a spree to acquire

more and more land without

a care what happens to people

who used to occupy the surrounding

farms. She also plans to build

a hospital, a museum and a university

in the area.

What becomes repulsive at the

end of the day is that she has

turned that orphanage into a political

spring board. Instead of

leaving the philanthropic work

to do the talking for her, she has

turned Mazowe into some personal

political space.

Zanu PF women, youths and

now the chiefs are visiting her at

the orphanage to pronounce their

support and endorsement for the

position of the powerful women’s

league boss. It is given that she

will take over because she won’t

be contested at congress. The

stampede is just to curry favour

with her and the President.

Are we witnessing an abuse

of the under-privileged to further

powerful people’s ambitions?

Yes, she has given the children a

home and hope of a bright future,

but is she turning them into initiates

of Zanu PF’s partisan politics

by engulfing them with slogans

every now and then? It was

at Mazowe that she declared that

she is “strict but firm”, threatening

to pull bigger punches against

enemies and promising to rein in

those who dared stand in her way.

Grace Mugabe

Some orphans and care workers at Grace Mugabe’s Mazowe orphanage.

She used language so bad it

should not come out of a head of

state’s wife, so vicious it can’t be

said within children’s earshot; so

intimidating that it instils fear

when people need to feel confident

and safe in their own country.

The language is so telling of

dictatorial leadership on the way.

Why use the orphanage as a political

selling point? Where is the

compassion? Is she using it as

a tool to reach the hearts of the

electorate ahead of the congress?

A means to an end. A launch pad

for her political career.

Surely the insincerity of it

cannot escape us all.

Parents should not shoulder burden of education

The Rural Teachers Union

of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) is saddened

and stunned by the

stance taken by Primary and Secondary

Education minister Lazarus

Dokora of calling for the

reprimanding of the poor parents

who fail to raise tuition fees

for their children as was reported

in the media. It is disgusting that

Dokora unashamedly continues,

to call for legal action against poverty-stricken

parents yet it is the

duty and responsibility of the government

to fund education. Article

27 of the Zimbabwe constitution

clearly states that the government

should fund basic education,

hence calling for the arrest of “defaulting

parents” is unconstitutional.

The RTUZ urges the minister to

reconsider and withdraw his uninformed

and capitalistic stance

of lobbying for the privatisation

of education. RTUZ wishes to advise

the minister to stop being a

stumbling block but instead be

a building block that encourages

the government to exercise its

duty of funding education instead

of threatening the poor parents.

RTUZ would also want to urge

the government to prioritise the

education sector if the empowerment

mantra is supposed to be a reality

because education is the pragmatic

empowerment tool that can

capacitate citizens. That the government

only contributed a paltry

US$600 000 as compared to Unicef ’s

US$2,4million towards the Capacity

Development Programme, clearly

shows that the government is reluctant

to contribute towards education

yet millions are channeled

to the army and police as if we are

a country at war.

While the Capacity Development

Programme is a good initiative

by Unicef (and not by government

as reported in the media),

RTUZ urges those responsible

for the implementation of

the programme to ensure that the

programme is lopsided in favour




of rural teachers. This will lure

qualified personnel to teach in

rural areas, which in return will

boost pass rates.

RTUZ would also like to make

it clear that it supports government

on the idea of curriculum

review. However, the association

urges government to engage all

relevant stakeholders in the implementation

of this long overdue

curriculum review initiative. It

is also our hope that the curriculum

review will not be politicised,

but instead, the new curriculum

should be beneficial to the learners

in preparing them for life after

school. In other words, the curriculum

should not be tailor made

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora

to suit hegemonic agendas of certain

individuals or political parties

as has been the case before.

Lastly, RTUZ hopes that the curriculum

review will be a panacea

for fashioning and producing

learners that will be effective in

community building as far as development

is concerned. Therefore,

it is important that whoever

will implement the programme be

non-partisan and well-informed;

otherwise the curriculum review

will end up being an ideological

tool of some egocentric and parochial

individuals for hammering

their propaganda into the heads

of our children.


The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 13

Unpacking NPRC’s mandate



Healing cannot happen without justice and


The Parliament’s supreme

decision making

body, the Committee on

Standing Rules and Orders

will soon announce

the names of shortlisted candidates

for the commissioners to

the National Peace and Reconciliation

Commission (NPRC). Predictably,

there will be no surprises

but we cannot assure you that

there will be no disappointments.

Many actors have invested so

much energy and resources into

this process and it is important

that we keep watch. Stakeholders

must monitor both the process

and its substance.

One of the important things

to monitor and highlight will

be the calibre of the people who

will be appointed commissioners.

We do not wish to preempt

that so we will move to the next

equally significant aspect of the

process — the mandate of the

NPRC. In order to faithfully unpack

the mandate of the NPRC,

we need to understand whether

the NPRC is a truth commission

or not? The words of eric

Brahm (2009) are very instructive.

he posed the thorny question:

Why does it matter that the

truth commission label is used

in different ways?

For many, it matters little

whether or not the investigation

his or her government creates is

formally called a truth commission.

But as policy reform advocates,

we should care about the

meaning behind the label because

it helps us detect potential threats

against the commission.

For Zimbabwe, does it matter

that we are going to have a National

Peace and Reconciliation

and not something else? It is important

to answer this question

even before we read the text of

the constitution that tells us what

the NPRC will be in substance

through its mandate.

Independent Zimbabwe is

fraught with serious violation of

human rights such that as early

as 1997, many human rights

groups had started calling for a

Commission to investigate these

violations. Breaking the Silence,

Building True Peace: A report into

the disturbances in Matabeleland

and the Midlands (CCJP & LRF:

1997) was in response to these

calls for truth recovery that fell

on deaf ears and the failure by the

Chihambakwe Committee of Inquiry

to make its findings public.

In February 1999, the Zimbabwe

Congress of Trade Unions called

for “a Truth and Reconciliation

Commission to deal with unresolved

aspects of our past that

hinder national integration.” (T.

F. Kondo: 2000)

In its 2008 election campaign,

the MDC promised a “Truth, Justice

and Reconciliation Commission.”

In 2010, we visited over

84 most violent constituencies

speaking to Zimbabweans about

what their preferences were on

transitional justice in Zimbabwe.

In almost every meeting, the people

spoke of a commission to deal

A handshake . . . past violent elections and other abuses demand reconciliation

with aspects of truth, justice and

reconciliation. In the same year,

the Law Society of Zimbabwe in

its model constitution proposed

a “Truth, Justice, Reconciliation

and Conflict Prevention Commission”

to investigate past abuses,

provide remedies for victims, and

prevent future conflicts.

These proposals were presented

to the Parliamentary Select Committee

(Copac) in its constitutional

reform consultation meetings.

Copac did not heed clear calls for

a “truth”, “justice” and “reconciliation”

commission. Instead,

it opted for a “national”, “peace”

and “reconciliation” commission.

This leads to a reasonable conclusion

that the powerful partners in

government were not comfortable

with a “truth, justice and reconciliation”

commission because

they feared it would seek to bring

to light the “forbidden truths” of

our past. These fears are not new

to Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka is a good

example where President Mahinda

Rajapaksa refused to appoint

a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

and settled for a Lessons

Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

(2010) which however produced

a damning report on how

he handled the war with the Tamil


here in Zimbabwe we do not

think we need to worry about the

label of our commission. This is

because while the name is vague

and seems to avoid elements of

justice and truth, the mandate, as

it is in the constitution, creates a

very powerful truth commission,

by any name.

The constitution sets out a very

broad mandate for the NPRC in

section 252 (a) which is to ensure

“post-conflict justice, healing and

reconciliation.” The term “postconflict”

is used loosely to refer

to “the period after violent conflicts”,

for no society ever goes

into post-conflict phase because

conflict is eternally part of the

human society.

This is powerfully expressed

in the words of Galtung (2004:2)

that “without a goal, life ceases

to exist. . . .Where there are

goals, there will also often be contradictions

[or conflicts] within

the same organism or between

them;… “There are human beings

without contradictions, they

Mahinda Rajapaksa . . . he refused to appoint a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, settling for a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation


are called corpses,” the Chinese

say. Life, goal and contradiction

are inseparable. “Conflict prevention”,

preventing conflict, is

meaningless. But “violence prevention”,

preventing violence, is

extremely meaningful and beneficial.”

What we try to deal with is

not conflict, but violent conflict.

We seek to bring an end to violent

conflict, and build justice, healing

and reconciliation.

The constitution framers could

have ended the functions of the

NPRC with only section 252 (a)

— they would still have done a

splendid job. everything else that

comes from (b) to (j) was just overkill

and would most suitably belong

to the enabling Act, not a

constitution. however, others regard

this as a positive. Section 252

(a) which talks of ensuring post –

conflict justice, healing and reconciliation

brings into this NPRC

everything that Zimbabwe will

ever need in a commission after a

legacy of violence: Justice, healing

and Reconciliation. What are

listed thereafter are just tools and

steps for achieving these three

very important objectives!

Any commission that is serious

about achieving reconciliation

has also to realise that healing

is part of the reconciliation

process. healing however, cannot

happen without justice and

closure. At the same time, justice

and closure inevitably bring

into the equation the most urgent

need for truth seeking processes.

A genuine reconciliation process

will have to include all the aspects

of transitional justice that

Zimbabweans have called for in

this commission.

We therefore argue that the objectives

set out by the constitution

for the NPRC are comprehensive

enough. Our NPRC is indeed

a truth commission with a generously

broad mandate. A good Act

of parliament must now be crafted

to assist the upcoming commission

translate this mandate

into a reality. More importantly,

the effectiveness of the NPRC

will largely depend on the calibre

of the commissioners who will be

appointed for the task.

• Dzikamai Bere & Prosper Maguchu

write in their own personal

capacity. The views expressed

here are not the views of the organisations

they are associated

with. For feedback, please write


14 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

Regional News

Pistorius used

disability as


athletes are not

people that focus

on their disabilities,”

Oscar pis-


torius said as he prepared to compete

for South africa in the 2012

Olympics. “They focus on their


“i’m not disabled,” he said on

another occasion. “i just don’t

have any legs.” That’s perhaps

his most famous quote. He wasn’t

“overcoming” a disability. He was

defying it. He was “self-defining,”

as one scholar wrote.

For double-amputee athlete pistorius,

who was convicted Friday

of “culpable homicide” but found

not guilty of murder, transcending

disability was his trademark,

his claim to fame, fortune and

the attention of beautiful women

such as model reeva Steenkamp.

But for pistorius the defendant,

disability was something else: an

excuse. His lawyers constructed a

narrative that could explain why

he wasn’t negligent — at the very

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Oscar Pistorius . . . waiting for sentencing

least — when he heard a noise

coming from his bathroom and,

instead of calling police or security

guards in his gated community

or yelling out an open window, he

grabbed his 9mm pistol, walked

on his stumps 16 feet across the

room and fired four bullets into

the bathroom door of his pretoria

home, killing Steenkamp.

“calling security or calling for

help from the balcony probably

would have taken as much time

as it would have taken for him to

go to the bathroom and discharge

the four shots,” Judge Thokozile

masipa said Thursday, shortly

after saying she could not find

him guilty of murder, but perhaps

of negligence. Why didn’t he just

seek help?

The answers to that question

were critical to the outcome of

the trial. and the ones provided

by pistorius and his lawyers

came more clearly into focus as

the judge recounted them — and

they all were excuses, all tied to

disabilities of one form or the other,

or disadvantage. The most obvious

was pistorius’s lack of legs,

which made him feel helpless that

night without his prosthetics. But

others were his family circumstances

— their anxiety, and his,

about crime in South africa. His

lawyers even argued that anxiety

stemming from his disability was

responsible for his erratic testimony

in the trial.

Far from mastering his disability,

a defence psychiatrist suggested,

the disability came to master

him. The initial surgery to remove

his legs when he was 11

months old was a “traumatic assault”

that left him with an “anxiety

disorder.” pressure growing

up to pretend the disability

was not crippling further scarred

young Oscar.

as an adult, his lawyer Barry

roux told the court, his disability

produced a “slow burn effect….

The evidence is clear that

the effect of disability, vulnerability

and anxiety could be triggered

at any time, even after a relaxing

evening” with his girlfriend.

and then there was his mother’s

fear of crime. His father, the

psychiatrist told the court, left the

family when pistorius was young.

His mother developed such a fear

of intruders she kept a gun under

her bed. This made an indelible

impression on pistorius, who also

kept a gun under his bed.

pistorius’s defence tactic has

not gone unnoticed by people who

are disabled — and many don’t

like it.

“as a disabled person myself,

i’m still insulted by how roux,

presumably on instruction from

pistorius, continues to make absurd

claims about how he suffered

incessantly due to his handicap,

causing weird and massive

damage to his mental capacities,”

wrote michael Simpson in


“Strange that Oscar used to

fight for the right of the disabled

to be treated on absolutely

equal terms to the able-bodied.

This must have been some kind

of sham, because now his lawyer

is insisting that this was never so,

that Oscar has been deeply and

permanently scarred by his handicap,

and absolutely must not be

treated as an equal, but as a profoundly

and eternally impaired


But of course it’s a legal defense

by a man potentially facing prison.

all of this was intended to explain

why he fired at the door instead

of doing something else,

and why he was not negligent in

doing so — and therefore guilty of

“culpable” homicide, the equivalent

of manslaughter.

The test of that — whether a

“reasonable” person in similar

circumstances would behave as

pistorius did — is subjective. a

judge in South africa’s legal system

must inevitably engage in

supposition. and while trying to

do so objectively, supposition inevitably

summons up not just law,

but personal experience.

The problem perhaps for pistorius

is this particular judge

knows something about being disadvantaged.

and she knows something

about crime-ridden neighbourhoods.

The Olympic athlete faces

charges of premeditated murder

in the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting

of his girlfriend.

masipa (66), grew up poor and

black in the South african township

of Soweto under apartheid.

She was one of 10 children.

Five died in childhood. One was

stabbed to death at the age of 20.

masipa was jailed for participating

in an anti-government protest

during apartheid. She worked

delivering cups of tea to get

through school and was a crime

reporter before becoming only the

second black woman on the bench

in South africa.

as pistorius, who is from a

comfortable family and is now

wealthy, sobbed and vomited his

way through his trial — and as

he and his lawyers described his

deeply unfortunate circumstances

— she sat calmly taking notes,

her face giving no hint of what

she was thinking.

On Thursday, the world found

out. Neither disability nor disavantage

is a defence, she said. The

“defence says the accused’s disability

made him feel vulnerable,

which contributed to him arming

himself with a firearm,” she

said. “many people in South africa

have been victims of violent

crime, but they have not resorted

to sleeping with firearms under

their pillows.” many people have

disabilities too, she said, and they

don’t cower in fear about crime

and sleep with guns.

“if the accused had awoken in

the middle of the night and in

darkness saw a silhouette hovering

next to his bed, and had in a

panic shot at that figure, only to

find it was the deceased, his conduct

would have been understandable

and perhaps excusable,” she

said. “in such a case, he would not

have been expected to call security

first, as he would have been

faced with a real emergency.”

in this case, however, pistorius

“had enough time to assess

the situation and call for help.”

She was not convinced, she said,

that a “reasonable person” with

“the accused’s disability” would

have fired “four shots into the cubicle….

The accused knew that

there was a person behind the toilet

door. He chose to use a firearm

which was a lethal weapon. He

was competent in the use of firearms

as he had undergone some

training,” the judge said.

“Did the accused fail to take the

steps which he should reasonably

have taken to guard against the

consequence? yes,” said masipa.

“in the circumstances, it is clear

that his conduct was negligent.”

Friday, she acquitted pistorius

of murder, saying the government

had not proven that he intended to

kill her, but convicted him of “culpable”

homicide, killing Steenkamp


—Washington Post


The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 15

Satanists to hold black mass

The organisers will wear profane

costumes, use explicit language

and desecrate the fake host


devil-worshipping group hell-bent on

hosting a satanic black mass is planning

to go ahead with its controversial

ceremony this month, despite fervent

protests by residents of Oklahoma City

and a lawsuit from the Catholic Church.

The co-founder of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu

said that the religious and educational organisation

decided to hold the black mass in public but

it will be a “tamer” version than some traditional

satanic ceremonies by, for example, substituting

vinegar for acts involving urine to comply with

state health laws.

The upcoming event has generated controversy

because black masses mock Christianity and the

rituals that make up their services but organisers

see it as an integral part of their religion.

“One of the dictates of the church is not only to

educate the members but to educate the public,”

Dakhma of Angra Mainyu’s Adam Daniels said,

“and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of

our beliefs.”

Daniels said all 88 tickets to the September 21

event — held at the theatre in the city’s civic centre

— have been sold. The parks and recreation department,

which rented the space to the group for

US$420, cited First Amendment protections in allowing

the group to meet in a public facility.

“Daniels must abide by our local ordinances,

our fire codes and all of our state laws,” Parks

and Recreation spokeswoman Jennifer Lindsey-

McClintock said. “No blood-letting of any kind

will be allowed.”

A US$17,50 ticket buys participants a frontrow

seat to the festivities, which include a performance

from the band God in a Machine and readings

that call for the renunciation of God. Male

participants and audience members are encouraged

to wear black, hooded, full-length robes, but

evening wear is also appropriate for spectators.

Anthony Briggman, an assistant professor

of theology at Emory University in Atlanta, explained

that the general motivating principles behind

satanic groups — including Dakhma of Angra

Mainyu — is to “parody” Roman Catholic liturgy

by “demonstrating their opposition to orthodox

Christian beliefs and practices.”

The line between parody and mockery is a

fuzzy one and it is unclear to me on which side

of the line they usually fall,” he said of satanic

groups in general.

The goal seems to be to acquire some of the

spiritual power [and] magic that they associate

with the Roman Catholic ritual of transubstantiation,

the transformation of the Eucharistic bread

and wine into the body and blood of Christ,” Briggman


Co-founder Daniels said the September 21 ceremony

will take place before an altar-like table

where a woman in lingerie lies (another concession

to reflect the state’s nudity laws).

The culmination of the event comes when the

Dakhma of Angra Mainyu deacons and priest

stomp on the, in this case, unconsecrated host

and spit on it. Daniels said organisers will wear

profane costumes, use explicit language and desecrate

the fake host, which Catholics believe is a

form of the resurrected Christ.

Professor Briggman said that in other instances,

he has “heard the reports of ritualistic practices

of sex, blood-letting, and sacrifice . . . but it is

unclear to me how much these reports are hyperbole

designed to capture the attention of the press

and public.”

Daniels said the Oklahoma City ceremony will

wrap up with a Satanic exorcism intended to draw

the Holy Spirit from the follower’s body, which

contrasts with traditional exorcisms that are designed

to expel the devil from the individual.

“Our practices have gotten it to about 22 to 25

minutes,” Daniels said of the ritual.

Additional controversy has surrounded this

particular event because the Oklahoma City Archdiocese

filed a lawsuit against Daniels’ group after

media reports that he was in possession of a

consecrated host, a wafer that some Catholics believe

is literally the body of Christ.

The host in question has since been handed

over to the archdiocese and the legal action has

been stopped, but that has not put all of the Archbishop’s

concerns to rest.

“I remain concerned about the dark powers that

this satanic worship invites into our community

and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who

are involved in it, directly or indirectly,” Archbishop

Paul Coakley said in a statement.

The group is separate from The Satanic Temple,

a national group with similar beliefs that has

long fought with Oklahoma City officials about

the right to have a statue of the devil placed prominently

in the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Lucien Greaves, the leader of The Satanic Temple,

said Dakhma of Angra Mainyu may be timing

its black mass in order to coincide with the publicity

drummed up by The Satanic Temple’s legal

battle for the devil statue.

“I have a feeling that they’re rather inspired

by the attention that our activity has gotten,”

Greaves said, “but I don’t think there’s a particularly

higher concentration in Oklahoma than anywhere

else.” — ABC News

Satan statue

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For 20 Years

Your Social Security

Our Priority

NSSA helps Chegutu, Shamva and

Norton ease housing shortages

oon after the inception of the national

pension scheme in 1994, the National

Social Security Authority (NSSA) began

working with several local authorities around

the country to help them improve housing


The authority’s housing projects in Chegutu,

Shamva and Norton have helped ease the

housing shortages in these towns.

In Chegutu NSSA partnered the then

Founders Building Society in the construction

of 200 housing units on 300 square metre

stands. BHP Platinum employees were among

the first beneficiaries of the project.

Construction of the houses began in October

1998 and was completed in 2000.

In 1999 NSSA worked with the Chaminuka

Rural District Council in Shamva under a

partnership between itself, the council,

housing construction firm Instamac and the

Central African Building Society (CABS)

which saw 50 families acquire homes of their


NSSA invested the money required for the

project in CABS permanent paid-up shares

(PUPS). CABS provided loans for Shamva

residents selected by Chaminuka Rural

District Council to enable them to purchase

the stands and houses. Many of those who

purchased houses and stands were

contributors to the NSSA national pension

scheme. The stands were sold at above cost but

below market prices.

Work on the project began in March 1999.

Four-roomed houses were built on 10 of the 50

stands in Wadzanai township. These were sold

to Shamva residents who were first on the

project waiting list. The rest of the stands were

sold to residents willing to build their own


Chaminuka Rural District Council Chief

Executive Officer Sydney Chiwara

commended NSSA for its efforts in ensuring

that its contributors had decent

accommodation. He said such efforts brought

relief to local authorities, most of which had

insufficient houses to meet the housing


“Such efforts by NSSA and its strategic

partners always come as a relief not only to

(national pension scheme) contributors but to

local authorities as well.

“As we know, access to decent shelter is a

basic human right and it is good that

contributors do not have to wait till retirement

to get a benefit from NSSA but the authority

actually ensures they get a benefit while they

are still working,” said Mr Chiwara.

Shamva Residents’ Association General

Secretary Fungai Musawo concurred with Mr

Chiwara, saying such public-private

partnerships in major critical projects were

important in ensuring that residents’

expectations from local authorities are


He said while the association acknowledged

the role local authorities played in national

development, local councillors should be

reminded that service delivery should be their

major priority and should always be high on

their agenda in order for them to remain

relevant in their constituencies.

One of the beneficiaries of the Shamva

project, Cecilia Chirima, applauded NSSA for

diversifying its product portfolio through

provision of houses.

“As beneficiaries we applaud NSSA for their

housing development programmes as these

make contributors realise one of their lifetime

dreams of owning a house during their

working life,” said Mrs Chirima, a mother of

four who has already seen two of her children

complete secondary school while staying in


She urged other housing delivery players to

complement NSSA’s efforts by providing

more housing.

NSSA also facilitated the construction of

47 two-bedroomed houses in the Shasha area

of Norton. These houses were occupied by

members of a housing cooperative who were

also NSSA contributors. This project started

in 2000 and was completed in 2001.

Norton Town Council Deputy Housing

Director Tichaona Rambiyawo commended

NSSA for providing close to 50 families with

decent accommodation.

“Indeed the gesture will always be cherished

by the Norton Council as this has significantly

helped in reducing the housing shortage in

urban areas, which is actually a crisis the

council is facing,” he said.

A beneficiary of the Shasha Housing

Cooperative, who is also the cooperative’s

Vice-Chairman, Mr Francis Chitsinde, said

their dream of owning their own houses

seemed far-fetched when the original 26

cooperative members started making

contributions in 1996.

“From being mere members of the

cooperative, we are now landlords. I actually

look forward to retirement because I no longer

worry about having to pay rent now that I own

my own home,” Mr Chitsinde added.

Another of the beneficiaries of the

cooperative’s housing scheme, Ms Rudo

James, a mother of three daughters who are

now all grown up and living on their own,

says she is happy she does not need to burden

her children with money for rentals.

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Mr Chitsinde (left) and other

beneficiaries of the Shasha Cooperative

Ms Rudo James and her granddaughter

standing in front of her house

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PolIcy revIew does not InsPIre conFIdence/18

IMF team

heads for


Patrick Chinamasa said government was

committed to continue implementing a

comprehensive reform programme of

policies to foster sustained and inclusive

economic growth



team from the International


Fund (IMF) will be in

the country this week

for a review of its supervised

economic reform programme

on the country as Zimbabwe

pushes for a successor plan.

In June last year, the IMF agreed

to a Staff Monitored Programme

(SMP) on Zimbabwe after Harare

had pledged to undertake a raft of

reforms as it builds bridges with

the multilateral financial institution.

The SMP — an informal agreement

between country authorities

and the Fund staff to monitor

the implementation of the authorities’

economic programmes

— came after intensive lobbying

by the inclusive government as

part of its re-engagement with

the global lender.

The SMP focusses on putting

public finances on a sustainable

course, while protecting infrastructure

investment and priority

social spending, strengthening

public financial management, increasing

diamond revenue transparency,

reducing financial sector

vulnerabilities, and restructuring

the central bank.

In his mid-term fiscal policy review

last week, Finance and Economic

Development minister Patrick

Chinamasa said an IMF Review

Mission would be in the

country from September 17 to October


“It will be important for Zimbabwe

to negotiate a successor SMP

after the expected successful conclusion

of the third review of the

existing SMP in September 2014,”

Chinamasa said.

The successor SMP should

also relate to ZimAsset [the Zimbabwe

Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic


support a stronger policy framework

for the economy and build

on the achievements to date.”

Chinamasa said government

was committed to continue implementing

a comprehensive reform

programme of policies to foster

sustained and inclusive economic

growth, aimed at significantly

reducing poverty levels.

“This should be under-pinned

by fostering investment, especially

foreign direct investment and

increasing productivity,” he said.

The SMP was supposed to run

up to December 2013 but was extended

after Zimbabwe failed

to meet its targets saying it was

hampered by the electoral process

and the post-election transition.

Three out of five structural

benchmarks for the first review

Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa

were met. IMF said the new Income

Tax Bill was submitted

to Parliament in May 2013 and

passed in June.

IMF said the new framework

for contingency planning and

systemic risk management was

submitted to the RBZ Board and

approved in October 2013 and the

time-bound action plan by the

Public Service Commission on

measures to modernise human

resource management and payroll

systems was submitted to

the ministry of Finance and Economic

Development in December

last year.

IMF said the stock of verified

pre-2013 domestic arrears was finalised

in mid-December 2013.

Zimbabwe made public the total

stock of domestic arrears and

the strategy to clear it in the context

of the 2014 National Budget

Statement submitted to Parliament

in December 2013.

The country however did not

issue a statutory instrument establishing

a formula for diamond

dividends as envisaged under

the programme, but took broadly

equivalent measures to increase

diamond revenues and boost

transparency in the industry.

For the second SMP review, the

authorities met three of the six

revised quantitative targets.

Zimbabwe met the floors on the

stock of usable international reserves

and on Poverty Reduction

Growth Trust payments and the

continuous ceiling on the stock

of new non-concessional external


The target for the primary fiscal

balance on a cash basis was

missed by about 1,6% of GDP, due

to the weaker economic growth

and the associated tax revenues

weakness in Q4 of 2013.

IMF said one of the five structural

benchmarks for the second

review was met. It said the RBZ

(Debt Assumption Bill) was approved

by Cabinet in November

2013 and submitted to Parliament

in April 2014.

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‘Policy review does

not inspire confidence’


Finance minister Patrick

Chinamasa’s midterm

fiscal policy review

and its associated measures

do not inspire confidence

for economic momentum

required for growth, analysts and

stakeholders have said.

Chinamasa proposed a raft of

measures to raise additional revenue

in the wake of declining revenue

from taxes and soaring expenditure.

The minister increased excise

duty on diesel and petrol to

US$0,30 and US$0,35 cents per litre

from US$0,25 cents and US$0,30

cents respectively with effect from

September 12.

He proposed to levy excise duty

of 5% on airtime for voice and

data, with effect from tomorrow

(Monday), and a 25% customs

duty on mobile handsets effective


A research analyst said revenue

measures being put in place highlighted

the limited options government

was facing in generating


“Such measures are short term

as they do not address the key

challenges in the economy. They

are also going to strain the general

populace further stifling aggregate

demand,” he said.

Chinamasa increased duty on

imported cars saying vehicle imports

accounted for 10% of the import

bill in the period January to


This would see passenger motor

vehicles of engine capacity below

1 500cc — the favourite among the

hard pressed Zimbabweans — attracting

a duty of 40% from 25%

with effect from November 1.

The grey imports are more affordable

for locals compared to

locally assembled cars in the absence

of cheap financing from


Chinamasa said the local assembly

of motor vehicles benefitted

downstream industries, such

as paint, carpet material, glasses’,

tyres’ and batteries’ manufacturers,

among others.

These industries have, however,

either closed or are operating

at very low capacity due to low

demand for goods and services

from local motor vehicle assembly

plants,” he said, adding that the

measure takes into account the

need to protect consumers from

unfair pricing and substandard


But a survey by Standardbusiness

showed that the local car assemblers

have no capacity to meet

the demand. In addition, their

prices are beyond the reach of

many in a harsh economic environment.

Willowvale Mazda Motor

Industries stopped assembling

cars two years ago.

“You can’t say you are protecting

industry because we don’t

have industry to talk of. The economy

is dead,” former Finance

minister Tendai Biti said.

He said Zimbabweans were on

the rocks with company closures

yet Chinamasa was imposing a

tax burden to improve the fiscal


“It is a measure that seeks to

draw water from a stone. Why tax

food stuffs, vehicles, handsets and

airtime which is the only form of

communication our people have?

It is the worst financial statement

I can remember,” Biti said.

The past president for the Confederation

of Zimbabwe Industries

Kumbirayi Katsande said the

minister was looking for revenue

raising measures in the wake of

shrinking consumer demand and

tax base.

“I think this is a desperate situation.

Government is not anywhere

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s mid term policy review will only impose a tax

burden that will impact on the population negatively. Graphic by Tapiwa Zivira

near what the existing recurrent

expenditures are. We need to look

at ways to reduce our costs as well;

that is critical,” he said.

Katsande said Chinamasa needed

to be supported in his efforts to

get foreign direct investment.

Economist John Robertson said

Chinamasa was wrong about the

economy growing as it will only

shrink further.

The measures introduced will

reduce the amount of money people

can spend on other things.

Shops will record lower profits

and there will be fewer tax sources

from other sectors, there is no

net gain for government,” he said.

He said that the ease of doing

business in Zimbabwe is one of

the lowest in the world and the

new measures only worsened the


“Government still has to build

factories and the duty increases

targeting food and household

items are a start in the wrong

place. Most active farmers in Zimbabwe

are growing tobacco and

not food,” said Robertson.

Analyst Eric Bloch said government

still had a long way to go,

adding that the increases in duty

were inflationary.

The increase in fuel for example

will increase the cost of transportation

of goods. This will affect

retail prices and impact on

the population negatively [in

terms of cost of living],” he said.

“Nothing was said about stimulating

investment, reinstatement

of export incentives or steps to inspire

investor confidence.”

A research analyst said the midterm

review highlighted the glaring

fact that growth in the economy

was slowing down as shown by

the downward revision of growth


“With soft commodity prices

and a struggling manufacturing

sector and lower funding, even in

the agriculture sector, we do not

see the 3,1% target being achievable,”

he said.








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Yet another scramble for Africa

Both the US and China

want a share of

resources from Africa

in the



Turn back the hands of

time to 1876. Europe is

experiencing an economic,

social and military

revolution. King Leopold

II of Belgium has just read the report

that the mineral resources

in the Congo Basin (modern day

DrC) could provide a substantial

return for anyone willing to take

the risk and invest in the region.

Leopold wants his property in the

basin to be internationally recognised.

A European conference

thereafter (Berlin Conference

1884-85) laid down the rules for

the division of Africa. By 1914, all

African countries except for Ethiopia

and Liberia had been “split

and divided” among European

countries. The need for raw materials

and trade networks, among

other reasons, drove this “scramble

for Africa”. This was the then

scramble for Africa.

Fast forward to 2014. Africa has

attained political independence

and has been de-colonised. Economic

independence is yet to be

achieved in most countries. But

Africa is experiencing a rapid

rate of economic growth — supported

by urbanisation, reconstruction,

discovery of precious

resources (like gas) and industrialisation.

Only in 2000, The Economist

called it “the hopeless continent”

characterised by famine,

wars, corruption and political

instability and a decade later,

in 2011, the same publication saw

“Africa rising”.

Once again, Africa is attracting

increasing interest from the global

investment community driven

by surging demand for its resources.

The new interest is coming

from notably the resourcehungry

Bric countries, uS, as well

as Europe, who are all looking for

raw materials and markets for

their industries. The rapid urbanisation

and consumerisation in

Africa has instigated the demand

for modern goods and services

such as mobile telecoms, vehicles,

computing, entertainment gadgets

and banking services. Most of

these goods and services are supplied

by global businesses based

in Asia, Americas and Europe. African

Development Bank estimated

that there were 350 million Africans

in the middle income class

in 2010 and this number is growing

rapidly. This class of people

is driving the demand for modern

goods in Africa.

The modern scramble for Africa

is no longer military but mostly

an economic power game. This

is being achieved through infrastructure

investments (e.g. roads,

dams, and power stations), funding

at concessionary interest

rates, aid and grants, and preferential

trade agreements. Billions

of dollars in investments and aid

are coming into Africa.

Just as recent as August, Barack

Obama hosted a uS-Africa

Leaders’ Summit — a summit focused

on trade and investment

and on strengthening partnership

between Africa and the uS. The

uS’s annual trade with the continent

is estimated at about uS$85

billion while that of China stands

at uS$200 billion. It’s obvious that

the uS is playing catch-up in the

new scramble for Africa. China is

leading the pack given its insatiable

appetite for resources to support

its rapid economic growth.

The Bric countries are invested in

or have interests in countries like

Angola, DrC, Mozambique, nigeria,

South Africa and Sudan.

Given the potential within Africa,

international investors are always

scouting for the right investment

country destinations. At a

country-specific level, each country

must provide the right environment

to attract this global capital.

This includes the right policy

framework and supportive legal

and institutional frameworks.

South Africa, for example, with

its developed infrastructure, regulatory

and institutional framework,

sees itself as a “springboard

into Africa” for international

investors looking to invest

in the rest of Africa. Other African

countries are also offering attractive

propositions. Countries

like Kenya, Angola, Mozambique,

Ghana, and nigeria have become

Africa’s international investment

hotspots. It’s a “beauty contest”

to attract international investors.

As a country, where does Zimbabwe

stand in the contest for global

investments targeted towards Africa?

US President Barack Obama . . he hosted African leaders in Washington DC last month

King Leopold II of Belgium

The future for Africa

It is clear that Africa proffers

huge opportunities for investors.

McKinsey Global Institute (2010)

estimated that Africa owns 60%

of the world’s total amount of uncultivated

arable land, while the

World Bank (2012) indicated that

The modern scramble

for Africa is no

longer military but

an economic power


China president Xi Jinping

Africa needs annual investments

of at least uS$80 billion for infrastructure

given the deficiencies in

infrastructure development. Africa

also has massive untapped reserves

of minerals like platinum,

gold, oil, gas, copper etc, as well as

impressive tourist destinations.

Fifty percent of the continent’s

one billion people are under 24

years of age, making it the youngest

market in the world. Its population

is estimated to double

by 2050 while the middle income

class is expected to balloon. Over

50% of the population will be

living in cities by 2030. That is a

huge potential that gets international

investors drooling.

But the recent attention to Africa

may not solely be based on

a goal to improve the well-being

of Africans, but on the need by

the investor countries to secure

a supply of raw materials for the

industries and new markets for

their goods. Africa’s massive natural

resource base and its youngest

market status makes it a pretty

much untapped continent. It

is important that Africa benefit

from the extraction of its resources.

African policy makers must be

strategic when dealing with investor

countries, especially on resource

exploitation, environmental

issues, sustainable development,

and monopoly rights over

resources. The focus should be on

long-term sustainable economic

and social development than on

short-term gains.

• Nesbert Ruwo is Zimbabwean-born

investment banker

based in South Africa. He can

be contacted on:

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Can local SMEs break the wave?



with phillip chichoni

“Change will not come if we wait

for some other person, or if we

wait for some other time. We are

the ones we have been waiting for.

We are the change that we seek.’’

Barack Obama

Presenting the Old Mutual

interim report for the

half year ended June 30

2014, chief executive Jonas

Mushosho said the

group has taken a strategic decision

to grow CABS as it provides a

platform for future growth.

Mushosho said CABS is going

to be the key for entering the

new clusters of economic growth,

the informal sector and the SME

space. This is timely, as traditional

big firms have found the going

tough in a changing Zimbabwean

economy. The big firms are

bogged down by dilapidated machinery,

high operating costs, old

management styles and stiff competition

from low cost modernised

suppliers from South Africa

and the Far East, mainly China.

The truth is the country is going

through an economic transformation

phase. This is not

unique to Zimbabwe.

Soviet economist Nikolai Kondratiev

observed, in his book The

Major Economic Cycles (1925) that

the world economy goes through

cycles of prosperity and depression.

Kondratiev identified three

phases in the cycle, expansion,

stagnation and recession. Innovation

and technology launch new

industries. Every wave of innovation

lasts until the profits from

the new innovation or economic

sector fall to the level of the older

more traditional sectors. It is a

situation when the new technology,

which originally increased

a capacity to utilise new sources

from nature, reached its limits

and it is not possible to overcome

this limit without the application

of another new technology.

The technological cycles can be

labelled as follows:

The Industrial Revolution

— 1771

The Age of Steam And Railways

— 1829

The Age of Steel and Heavy

Engineering — 1875

The Age of Oil, Electricity,

the Automobile and Mass Production

— 1908

The Age of Information

and Telecommunications — 1971

The Great Depression was a severe

worldwide economic downturn

in the 1930s which fitted into

the Kondratiev wave. Companies

closed, people lost jobs and general

populaces suffered in countries

both rich and poor. Cities around

the world were hit hard, especially

those dependent on heavy industry.

Renowned economist and the

founder of “modern management”

Peter F Drucker noticed

the disrupting of the Kondratiev

wave in the US. When smokestack

industries were collapsing in the

1970s, the United States was creating

jobs while the rest of the

world was losing jobs. Every expert

knew that it was a period of

no growth, stagnation or recession.

The old job creators were

retrenching. There were new job

creators in the USA, small and

medium sized businesses, most

of them new businesses which

didn’t even exist 20 years before.

It wasn’t hi-tech which was creating

the majority of new jobs. Entrepreneurship

disrupted the 60

year Kondratiev-wave cycle. Small

businesses began to rise at the expense

of big enterprises. Although

Western Europe was following the

Kondratiev-wave, the US and Japan

were doing something that

was upsetting the cycle. New small

enterprises were mushrooming,

creating employment and fuelling

economic growth.

Zimbabwe has been through

a decline since before independence,

with government controls

and incentives masking the lack

of growth. Come dollarisation

and we see the true picture. Small

scale tobacco farmers made a killing

in the past season, grossing

over US$600 million. At a price

of US$400 per tonne, a ten hectare

maize farmer with an average

yield of 10 tonnes per hectare

grossed US$40 000, or US$1 500 per

month assuming costs of 50%,

Vendors display their goods outside Mupedzanhamo market in Mbare. They are

trying to make a living and it is wrong to demand taxes from them as if they were


well above the poverty datum

minimum wage of US$550.

With enough serious entrepreneurial

farmers, this country will

break out of this wave, even though

it is not really Kondratiev. The key

is to run your small enterprise, be

it farming, manufacturing or another

form of value addition, like

a serious business. The majority of

informal traders targeted by Gershem

Pasi are not entrepreneurs.

They are just people trying to make

a living, buying goods for resale.

If, in their eagerness, they can be

tuned to add value, they can make

a difference to this country, all 2,8

million of them.

What they need is direction. The

GMB has been funded. I hear they

are paying cash of US$1 350 per

tonne of sugar beans, cash on delivery

and there are no supplies! What

is happening to all the young people?

Our students at the agric-colleges

need entrepreneurial vision and

business management skills. I’m

sure there are idle farms around for

them to practise what they learned

and then bit, by bit, they grow into

commercial farmers.

Resources are there in the soil.

Let’s wake up and sniff the soil.

No one is gonna give it to you. Go

out there and get it yourself.

Please read my article on the

Three Cogs to Success in Farming

at http://smebusinesslink.

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Recovered Ebola patient to return to Africa

The first British person to

contract Ebola in the current

outbreak in Africa is

to return to the country

where he was infected in

order to help others fight the disease.

William Pooley (pictured right)

was treated in London after being

flown out of Sierra Leone.

He has made a full recovery and,

having been discharged from hospital,

said he is to travel back within

“a few weeks”.

The 29-year-old said he was “impatient”

to return and that it was

likely he was now immune to the

deadly illness.

Pooley had been working as a

volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone,

which is one of the worst affected

countries, when he contracted the


Around half of the 3 000 people

infected in the current African outbreak,

which started in Guinea,

have died.

“I’m quite impatient to get back

doing what I know needs to be

done,” Pooley said.

“And I feel like I’ve left things undone,

having left prematurely. And I

know there’s a lot of work to do out

there, and we need to get out there

and do it.”

The nurse, from Eyke in Suffolk,

was treated in a special isolation

unit at the Royal Free Hospital,

where he was given the experimental

drug ZMapp.

“It’s massively safer for me. I

have immunity now to this strain

of Ebola,” Pooley said.

“We’re not sure how long that immunity

lasts or whether it’s 100%,

but it’s massively safer for me to

work there now than it was before.”

Pooley’s passport was incinerated

upon his evacuation from Sierra


He said his new one was “in the

post” and that his family was supportive

of his plans to return to volunteer.

The volunteer nurse was flown

back to the UK by the RAF last


He was in the earlier stages of

the disease — suffering from a high

temperature and uncontrollable

shakes — but he was not bleeding.

He has urged Prime Minister David

Cameron to “take global leadership”

in helping to improve hospital

resources in the affected parts

of Africa.

Estimates suggest up to 20 000

people will be infected during this


“It could go a few different ways,”

he said.

“If proper action starts now then

we could see more deaths in the

thousands, coming under control

within a matter of a few months.

If there’s a really concerted effort



Airline boss suggests

Malaysian MH17 tragedy

could have been avoided

The boss of Emirates said it would not have

flown over Ukraine if the knowledge that

high altitude missiles were there had been

passed on.

Sir Tim Clark said there was evidence missiles

had been on site for a number of weeks. Emirates

did not know that.

He said though that some carriers did appear to

know, but didn’t share information.

Sir Tim added it was likely that every airline

would have by-passed the danger zone if they had


It’s widely believed that a missile downed Malaysian

flight MH17 on July 17, killing all 298 people

on board.

Planes had been cleared to fly in the area as long

as they stayed above a certain height, and a report

earlier this week highlighted the fact that three

other large passenger jets were in the same area

at roughly the same time as the Malaysian flight.

Sir Tim said: “There was evidence that these

missiles had been on site, in situ for a number of

weeks beforehand.

“Emirates did not know of that fact, and I don’t

think many others did. Had we known that, we

would probably have reacted in a manner that

would have seen a complete avoidance of Ukrainian

airspace, probably as an industry.

“We have a concern that that information was

known by certain stakeholders... and should have

been passed... at least to the industry, to the organisations

that regulate the industry.

“We understand now that certain carriers were

aware of that and had already taken avoidance action.”

British Airways was among several airlines

that had been avoiding Ukraine for weeks. But in a

recent BBC interview, the overall boss of the company,

Willie Walsh, said that decision was based

on information that was publicly available at the


Sir Tim is calling for an information “clearing

house” to be set up, that can warn all airlines,

quickly, if there are any new threats in an area.

At the moment it’s down to each individual airline

to decide whether to travel over a war zone,

based on information from local air traffic control

and from their own government. And carriers

aren’t obliged to pass on the information to each


Sir Tim, who is one of the most respected voices

in the industry, also says that a “Yes” vote for Scotland

would heighten the need for a new runway in

the south of England.

Although he made clear that he didn’t want to

get involved in the politics of the decision, he told

us: “Clearly, if they do become independent they

will develop their own civil aviation strategies,

they will probably develop Glasgow, Edinburgh

and Aberdeen. But therefore there is more impetus

required for the remaining parts of the UK to

develop their aviation strategy, to fill a gap.”

Like so many others in the business world, the

Emirates’ president says that doing nothing is not

an option, be it expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick,

or even at the mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s

preferred location, in the Thames Estuary.





Relationship with the Local Government: Architecture in a Changing Environment


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22 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

International News

Scottish independence: Implications for the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II



Zimbabwe “Ripe for

Investment, poised for Growth”

BUCKINGHAM Palace has made

it clear that the Queen does not

wish to influence the Scottish

referendum, saying it is “a matter

for the people of Scotland”.

But would the Queen’s role north of the

border change if Scotland votes for independence?

The Royal Family’s links with Scotland

are well-known: Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire

is one of its most famous residences,

bought for Queen Victoria by

Prince Albert.

The Queen spends a week every year at

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the official

residence of the British monarch in


Prince Charles went to boarding school

in Scotland and is often seen sporting a


The Royal Family also has Scottish titles

— Prince Charles carries the title

Duke of Rothesay, while the Duke and

Duchess of Cambridge are referred to as

the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

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Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond

is keen to stress these associations, pointing

out that the union of the crowns predates

the union of the parliaments which

he wishes to end.

His government has always maintained

that the Queen would still be “Queen of

Scots” if the country votes “Yes” on September


Earlier this week, he said the Queen

“would be proud” to be the monarch of an

independent Scotland.

However, not everyone in the “Yes”

camp agrees.

The Royal Family’s future in Scotland

has been questioned by pro-independence

campaigners such as chair of the “Yes”

Scotland campaign Dennis Canavan, who

has said he personally favours a referendum

on who should be the head of state.

The sovereign’s constitutional impartiality

is an established principle of our

democracy and one which the Queen has

demonstrated throughout her reign.

“As such, the monarch is above politics

and those in political office have a duty to

ensure that this remains the case.

“Any suggestion that the Queen would

wish to influence the outcome of the current

referendum campaign is categorically


“Her Majesty is firmly of the view that

this is a matter for the people of Scotland.”

Members of the Radical Independence

movement — a coalition of activists on

the left — would also like to enable Scotland

to become a republic if it wants to do


Earlier this month, a YouGov poll suggested

54% of Scots favour keeping the

monarchy if Scotland votes “Yes”, compared

with 39% who would like to see it

scrapped. Among SNP voters, this narrows

to 46% compared with 39%, though

the survey had a smaller sample size.

Although these figures indicate the

monarchy still has more fans than it does

detractors, in the UK as a whole support

is higher, at 77%, and opposition is lower,

at 17%, according to Ipsos Mori’s latest


Even if Salmond gets his preference

and the Queen remains head of state in an

independent Scotland, her role would be

likely to change, according to director of

UCL’s Constitution Unit, Professor Robert


He says the Queen’s duties would “depend

on the role provided for head of state

in Scotland’s new written constitution”.

The Scottish government has specified

that under independence, the people of

Scotland would be sovereign, whereas at

present sovereignty rests with the Crown

in Parliament.

There is also the question of funding.

The White Paper says it would be “right

for an independent Scotland to continue

to contribute to the expenses of the monarchy

through taxes” but precise arrangements

would be decided in post-referendum


Holyrood Palace would presumably be

under particular scrutiny here, since unlike

Balmoral, it is partly funded by the

public purse and its conservation is carried

out by a Scottish government executive

agency, Historic Scotland.

Such a situation is not unprecedented.

The Queen’s responsibilities in Scotland

are “likely to be very similar to her role

she fills in the Commonwealth realms of

which she is head of state such as Australia

and New Zealand”, says Prof Hazell.

In most Commonwealth countries, the

Queen is regularly briefed through a governor-general

who acts as her representative.

So would a governor-general be introduced

in Scotland?

Constitutional historian Lord Hennessy

told BBC Radio 4’s The World at

One the idea has not been floated because

of Westminster’s insistence on not making

any contingency plans for Scottish independence.

“I’d be very surprised if in any cupboard

there was ‘what do we do about HM

Queen in the event of a Yes vote’,” he says.


International News

The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 23



Clockwise (1) the Apple smartwatch; (2) Owners of the smartwatch will be able to make payments via Apple

Pay; (3) the Watch is also being marketed as a must-have accessory


Does anyone need a smartwatch?

In his trademark black T-

shirt, blue jeans, and trainers,

Apple co-founder and

chief executive Steve Jobs

convinced consumers, time

and time again, that they desperately

desired a product for which

they had never previously felt a


On Tuesday, his successor Tim

Cook took to the stage at an event

in California hoping to follow

suit, by unveiling a smartwatch

that Apple hopes will finally put a

wearable device on to the average

Joe’s wrist.

But does the Apple Watch do

enough to kick-start a hitherto

lacklustre market?

James McQuivey, an analyst at

the research firm Forrester who

has seen the iPhone and iPad

launches come and go, certainly

thinks so.

“I think it is very clearly one of

those moments,” he said.

“People know they need watches,

they know that they need

smartphones, and Apple has made

a combination of those things

that is better than each of them.”

However, he admits that there

is no “killer app” on the device.

Rather, the Apple Watch is a “collection

of benefits”, which will

appeal to those who already spend

an awful amount of time checking

their phones each day.

“This is not asking people who

are analogue to become digital,”

he explains.

“This is asking people who are

already digital to take it to the

next level.”

Indeed, Apple is not marketing

its watch at technophobes or novices.

For a start, the Watch works

only with an iPhone, and offers

little in terms of functionality

that cannot already be done by its

bigger sister.

Additionally, few of the Watch’s

integrated technologies are particularly

revolutionary. A heart

monitor might enable more accurate

health readings, but several

apps on the iPhone already offer

similar capabilities.

Its contactless payments facility

replicates what many in Europe

can already do with credit

and debit cards.

It may be the case that the device’s

user interface is its biggest

innovation — thanks to the “digital

crown” control that lets users

navigate around apps and the

introduction of a “force touch”

pressure-sensitive display.

Even so, some may find the device

rather more cumbersome

for sending messages or reading

texts than a quick glance at their


That’s partly why Angela McIntyre,

an analyst at research firm

Gartner, believes the jury is still

APPlE Watch Selected tech

bloggers, other journalists and

celebrities were invited to Apple’s


Of course, that didn’t prevent

a flood of instant feedback before

U2 had a chance to round

off the press conference. Below

is a selection of what appeared

online in the hours after the announcement.

Vogue: From a fashion point

of view, the external aesthetic

seemed neutral: neither superstylish

nor repellent. I would imagine

that geeks would love it

more than aesthetes. Yet smartphones

have already transformed

the fashion world in a

way we never imagined.

Apple spent much of the

launch highlighting the Watch’s

fitness-tracking facilities.

Gizmodo: Maybe the cleverest

part of the Apple Watch’s design

out on whether the Apple Watch

is another landmark moment for

the firm.

“It’s still wait-and-see,” she

says, adding that the smartwatch

is likely to mainly appeal to early

adopters, or those who already

own many Apple devices.

Additionally, she argues, the

US$349 (£216) price tag could provide

a stumbling block, and it may

take a significant drop in cost to

bring the Watch to the mass market.

Indeed, research by Forrester

shows that just one in four adults

in the US is considering spending

money on a wearable device in the

next year.

But McQuivey believes Apple

has carefully considered the price

point of the Watch.

is how you control it. Instead of

relying on multi-touch gestures

designed for bigger screens, the

Apple Watch leans on the use

of the “digital crown,” aka “the

spinny knob” aka that thing you

typically use to adjust the time...

Think clickwheel 2.0.

Wired: An intriguing feature

is the Maps app, which in addition

to offering directions also

takes advantage of the haptic

vibration system inside the device.

In practice, this allows Apple’s

Maps app to not only plot

a journey from your current location,

but guide you using different

types of vibrations on the


Reactions to the smartwatch

The Verge: Apple left out

some key details about the product,

such as screen resolution,

processing capabilities, and

most importantly, expected battery

life.... It also doesn’t bode

well that the display is not always

on and only lights up when

you move your wrist or interact

with the watch.

Financial Times: What’s

the psychology behind showing

your audience a rapid-fire demo

of your most important new

product for years, then blasting

them senseless with a deafening

rock band? Maybe it’s to bludgeon

us all into submission.

Techcrunch: It seems spectacular,

worlds better than other

solutions. no doubt there are

countless other consumer companies

gearing up to announce

their Android Wear devices.

And now, instead of simply competing

with the round-faced

Moto 360, they have to announce

their device in the face of the

Apple Watch.

“That’s why they invested in

making it beautiful,” he argues.

“That’s why you’ve got someone

from Burberry now working

at Apple — they wanted people to

say ‘I’d spend that money even if

it wasn’t digital’.”

The Watch, he says, is primarily

a “digital lifestyle enabler”, not a

piece of revolutionary tech.

“I still don’t think people who

buy it and love it will see themselves

as watch wearers.”

“In fact, it might have made

sense not to call it a watch.”

Time — if you’ll excuse the pun

— may yet prove the Watch a more

universally coveted tool, but the

device’s pioneers could find themselves

left behind.

“Early adopters tend to get penalised,”

says Tim Stevens, editor-at-large

at the news site Cnet.

They pay the most and get

technology that is most rudimentary,

while a newer product comes

along that is thinner, has a better

battery life and is usually cheaper.”

Those who rushed out to buy

the first-generation iPad, for example,

were left to ponder quite

how wise that decision was when

the device became slow and prone

to crashes, because of its relatively

meagre RAM memory.

Subsequent models of the

Watch may address some of the

drawbacks of the current device,

such as the reliance on the iPhone

to provide GPS tracking, the lack

of sleep tech or the limited health


Some commentators, including

McIntyre, have noted that despite

the “limited” functionality

of the Watch at present, Apple is

inviting third-party developers to

create apps for the device, which

could result in a flood of new features

by the time it goes on sale

next year.

She highlights starting one’s

car using a smartwatch or controlling

a house’s thermostats as


But Apple will also have to

watch out for the competition.

When the iPhone and iPad

launched, there were few who

could claim to have any device

that came close to them.

Today, not only are there several

competitors in the smartwatch

arena — including Google, Samsung

and Sony — but there are

also many other devices fighting

to become the wearable of choice,

such as smart glasses and smart


And watches may not appeal to

the younger generation of Apple

enthusiasts, many of whom have

given up wearing a timepiece altogether.

The clock, as they say, is ticking.


24 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

International News

Islamic State:

Can its savagery

be explained?

Since the sudden appearance

of the extremist

Sunni islamic State

(iS), the group has seized

headlines with a shocking

level of blood-letting and cruelty

— but can its savagery be explained,

asks Fawaz A Gerges.

islamic State has become synonymous

with viciousness — beheadings,

crucifixions, stonings,

massacres, burying victims alive

and religious and ethnic cleansing.

While such savagery might

seem senseless to the vast majority

of civilised human beings,

for iS it is a rational choice. it is

a conscious decision to terrorise

enemies and impress and co-opt

new recruits.

iS adheres to a doctrine of total

war without limits and constraints

— no such thing, for instance,

as arbitration or compromise

when it comes to settling

disputes with even Sunni islamist

rivals. Unlike its parent organisation,

al-Qaeda, iS pays no lip

service to theology to justify its


The violence has its roots in

what can be identified as two earlier

waves, though the scale and

intensity of iS’s brutality far exceeds


The first wave, led by disciples

of Sayyid Qutb — a radical egyptian

islamist regarded as the master

theoretician of modern jihadism

— targeted pro-Western secular

Arab regimes or what they

called the “near enemy”, and, on

balance, showed restraint in the

use of political violence .

Beginning with the assassination

of egyptian President Anwar

Sadat in 1980, this islamist insurgency

dissipated by the end of the

1990s. it had cost some 2 000 lives

and saw a large number of militants

head to Afghanistan to battle

a new global enemy — the Soviet


The Afghan jihad against the

Soviets gave birth to a second

wave, with a specific target — the

“far enemy”, or the United States

and, to a lesser extent, europe.

it was spearheaded by a wealthy

Saudi turned revolutionary, Osama

Bin Laden.

Hundreds of jihadists have joined IS

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Some extremists are attracted to IS by its savage nature

Bin Laden went to great lengths

to rationalise al-Qaeda’s attack on

the US on September 11 2001, calling

it “defensive jihad”, or retaliation

against perceived US domination

of Muslim societies.

conscious of the importance of

winning hearts and minds, Bin

Laden sold his message to Muslims

and even Americans as selfdefence,

not aggression.

This kind of justification, however,

carries no weight with iS

leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,

who cannot care less what the

world thinks of his blood-letting.

in fact, he and his cohorts revel

in displaying barbarity and coming

across as savage.

in contrast to the first two

waves, iS actually stresses violent

action over theology and theory,

and has produced no repertoire

of ideas to sustain and nourish its

social base. it is a killing machine

powered by blood and iron.

Going beyond Bin Laden’s doctrine

that “when people see a strong

horse and a weak horse, by nature

they will like the strong horse”, al-

Baghdadi’s “victory through terrorism”

signals to friends and foes

that iS is a winning horse. Get out

of the way or you will be crushed;

join our caravan and make history.

increasing evidence shows that

over the past few months, hundreds,

if not thousands, of diehard

former islamist enemies of

iS, such as the al-nusra Front and

the islamic Front, answered al-

Baghdadi’s call.

iS’s sophisticated outreach

campaign appeals to disaffected

and deluded young Sunnis worldwide

because it is seen as a powerful

vanguard that delivers victory

and salvation.

Far from abhorring the group’s

brutality, young recruits are attracted

by its shock-and-awe tactics

against the enemies of islam.

its exploits on the battlefield

— especially capturing huge

swathes of territory in Syria and

iraq, and establishing a caliphate

— resonate near and far. nothing

succeeds like success, and iS’s recent

military gains have brought

it a recruitment bonanza.

Muslim men living in Western

countries join iS and other extremist

groups because they feel

part of a greater mission — to resurrect

a lost idealised type of caliphate

and be part of a tight-knit

community with a potent identity.

initially, many young men from

London, Berlin and Paris and

elsewhere migrate to the lands of

jihad to defend persecuted co-religionists,

but they end up in the

clutches of iS, doing its evil deeds,

such as beheading innocent civilians.

The drivers behind iS’s unrestrained

extremism can be traced

to its origins with al-Qaeda in

iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,

who was killed by the Americans

in 2006.

not unlike its predecessor, iS

is nourished on an anti-Shia diet

and visceral hatred of minorities

in general, portraying itself as

the spearhead of Sunni Arabs in

the fight against sectarian-based

regimes in Baghdad and Damascus.

Al-Zarqawi and al-Baghdadi

view Shias as infidels, a fifth column

in the heart of islam that

must be wiped out — a genocidal


Following in the footsteps of

al-Zarqawi, al-Baghdadi ignored

repeated pleas by his mentor

Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of al-

Qaeda, and other top militants to

avoid indiscriminate killing of

Shia and, instead, to attack the

Shia-dominated and Alawite regimes

in iraq and Syria.

By exploiting the deepening

Sunni-Shia rift in iraq and the

sectarian civil war in Syria, al-

Baghdadi has built a powerful

base of support among rebellious

Sunnis and has blended his group

into local communities.

He also restructured his military

network and co-opted experienced

officers of Saddam

Hussein’s disbanded army who

turned iS into a professional sectarian

fighting force.

iS has so far consistently focused

on the Shia and not the “far

enemy”. The struggle against the

US and europe is distant, not a

priority; it has to await liberation

at home.

At the height of israeli bombings

of Gaza in August, militants

on social media criticised iS for

killing Muslims while doing nothing

to help the Palestinians.

iS retorted by saying the struggle

against the Shia takes priority

over everything else.

now that the US and europe

have joined the conflict against

iS, the group will use all its assets

in retaliation, including further

beheading of hostages. There

is also a growing likelihood that it

will attack soft diplomatic targets

in the Middle east.

While it might want to stage

a spectacular operation on the

American or european homeland,

it is doubtful that iS currently

has the capabilities to carry out

complex attacks like 9/11.

A few months ago, in response

to chatter by his followers, al-

Baghdadi acknowledged that his

organisation was not equipped to

attack the Americans at home.

He said though that he wished

the US would deploy boots on the

ground so that iS could directly

engage the Americans — and kill




The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 25


pays price

for Ferrari


Luca Di Montezemolo (right) greeted Fernando Alonso with a hug at the recent Italian GP, but the pair do not get on

Despite having Fernando Alonso, the greatest

driver of the era, in one of their cars, the F1

team has been slipping backwards since the

last time they won a world title in 2008.

Luca Di Montezemolo is

an iconic figure in motorsport

and Italian public

life, for his many great achievements,

for his charisma, and for

the theatre with which he conducted


His problem was that in recent

years the play was not very good

and the acting had gone stale.

Di Montezemolo has done

great things with the road-car

side of Ferrari’s business. Their

current range is arguably the

best they have ever had, and the

company is poised to announce

record financial figures.

But Ferrari’s brand image

rests to a large degree on its involvement

in Formula 1, and

there the company is in serious


Despite having Fernando

alonso, the greatest driver of

the era, in one of their cars, the

F1 team has been slipping backwards

since the last time they

won a world title in 2008.

alonso has carried the team

on his back, masking their

shortcomings with his incredible

commitment and consistency

and the sheer quality of his


Somehow, alonso came within

touching distance of two world

titles in 2010 and 2012, despite

the inferiority of Ferrari’s car.

But this year even he cannot

make their performance look acceptable.

Two podium finishes is all

they have to show for 13 races

of unstinting effort. Their worst

year since the dark days of the

early 1990s has brought things to

a head.

Di Montezemolo cannot escape

responsibility for this decline,

for all his success with Ferrari’s

road cars, or the reputation he

built up in organising the Italia

’90 World cup, and as team principal

in the 1970s rebuilding Ferrari

from another low into the

dominant force it became with

Niki Lauda from 1975-7.

The fact is, Di Montezemolo

had come to be seen as part of

the problem — as Fiat cEO Sergio

Marchionne, who will take

over as Ferrari president, hinted

on Wednesday.

“Our mutual desire to see Ferrari

achieve its true potential on

track has led to misunderstandings,”

Marchionne said of Di

Montezemolo in the wake of his


When it became clear in recent

days and weeks that time was

running out for Di Montezemolo,

a source close to the team remarked

sardonically: “Finally,

Ferrari has a chance to sort itself


This year, it has all gone wrong

for Di Montezemolo.

after backing the new hybrid

regulations in F1 before the season

started, confident in the mistaken

belief they would enable

Ferrari to become competitive

again, he then criticised them

when Ferrari’s failings became


He turned up at the Bahrain

Grand Prix to bemoan the new

“taxi-driving” F1, only for the

drivers to put on the best race in

years. But it was a race in which

Ferrari had only a bit part.

alonso and his team-mate

Kimi Raikkonen struggled to

hold on in the frantic battle for

the final podium position behind

the two Mercedes drivers. Time

and again, the Ferrari’s lack

of power was exposed, as Mercedes-engined

cars blasted past

the red ones on the straight.

In the Ferrari pit, an exasperated

Di Montezemolo glowered

at then team principal Stefano

Domenicali before throwing up

his arms and storming off before

the end of the race.

It is said that when he and Domenicali

got back to base in Maranello,

Di Montezemolo demanded

the head of the boss of

the engine department, Luca

Marmorini. Domenicali refused,

offering his own resignation instead.

With that, Ferrari lost the

chance to sign the architect of

Mercedes’ dominant power unit,

as Domenicali had been in advanced

talks with the German

company’s engine boss andy

cowell, who then got cold feet.

If cowell was put off by the

blame culture at Ferrari, he is

not the only one. at least two

other senior engineers from other

teams have decided against

joining this year for that very

reason. Marmorini went anyway,

sacked later in the summer.

Meanwhile, rumours that either

former Mercedes team principal

Ross Brawn, or their former

technical director Bob Bell,

could join the team continue to

rumble, as they have done all


The impression is of a team

in chaos, just as it was in the

early 1990s before Brawn, Jean

Todt and Michael Schumacher

arrived, presaging a period of

dominance the like of which the

sport had never seen before.

There are signs of hope,

though. Domenicali’s replacement,

Marco Mattiacci, is quietly

making a good impression

Ferrari’s statistics under Luca Di Montezemolo

Michael Schumacher (left) won five consecutive world drivers’ championships during Luca Di Montezemolo’s 23-year tenure

among senior figures in F1 as a

man who means business and

looks like he can deliver.

Mattiacci, it is said, has decided

to back the team’s new technical

director James allison to

the hilt as the Englishman seeks

to sort out the mess of the engineering

department while inevitably

fighting the politics doing

so brings with it.

and Marchionne is a hardnosed

industrial manager who

gets things done.

But the big question is what effect

Di Montezemolo’s departure

will have on alonso.

The two-time world champion

was already considering his future

with the team.

He has a contract until 2016,

but McLaren are desperately trying

to persuade him to join them

in their new era with Honda engines,

and want him as soon as

they can get him, either next

year or, more likely, for 2016.

alonso spent an hour with

Di Montezemolo at Maranello

on Monday, presumably picking

over the bones of an Italian

Grand Prix that was even worse

for Ferrari than that of Bahrain.

But forget any claims you hear

that alonso has lost an ally in Di


In fact, they did not get on at

Sergio Marchionne, current Fiat CEO, will replace Di Montezemolo as Ferrari president

all — and that is putting it mildly.

all the hugs in the garage, the

urban handshakes in the paddock,

were for show — just like

Di Montezemolo’s trips to the

Monza pit wall to wave at the

fans, when in fact the grandstand

was half-empty and responded

hardly at all.

That scene, played out on Saturday

morning, seemed to be a

perfect metaphor for Di Montezemolo’s


He gave a defiant news conference,

even if what he said was

not exactly the denial it was presented

to be. But the writing was

on the wall. and four days later,

he is gone.

an era is over, an era in which

Ferrari dragged itself out of the

doldrums only to slip inexorably

back into them again.

For that, Di Montezemolo has

been held accountable. charismatic

and engaging figure

though he was, his time was up.

and he has left his successors

with an awful lot to do.

— BBCSport

26 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014


Pooley — The accidental world champion

The 31-year-old broke the course record in

Switzerland, tackling the gruelling course

which consisted of a 10km run, 150km bike

ride and a further 30km run in a time of 6:47:27

“If you love something enough,

you can put up with a bit of suffering,”

is Emma Pooley’s sporting


Which goes a long way to explain

why, after retiring from professional

road cycling only last

month, she has already become a

world champion in her new sport

— long distance duathlon.

The 31-year-old broke the course

record in Switzerland, tackling

the gruelling course which consisted

of a 10km run, 150km bike

ride and a further 30km run in a

time of 6:47:27 — more than half

an hour ahead of the second place


She told BBC Sport: “I have

been wanting to take part in the

Powerman World Championships

in Zofingen for many years.

“I love running as well as cycling

and the course was very

hilly which definitely suited me.

“But as a professional cyclist,

I could never do it, because it’s

only a couple of weeks before the

UCI World Championships and

that’s simply too short a time to


“So, when I retired from cycling

in August, I did have Zofingen

at the back of my mind as a


“I thought it would be a good

test of my new challenge of trying

to race professional triathlon!

But I only had about a month

to do some hard run training after

the Commonwealth Games, so

I was concerned that I wouldn’t

survive the running.

“But I think that sometimes if

you love something enough, you

can put up with a bit of suffering!

I really love running — and actually

I think I run better off the

bike than fresh, relative to other


“By the last descent into the

finish my legs were killing me,

downhills really damage the

muscles. But I knew I had a good

gap on the next competitor and so

there was not too much pressure,

which was definitely a relief !”

Pooley’s aim when she started

at Cambridge University almost

a decade ago was not to become a

professional sportswoman.

The engineering student only

started cycling at the age of 22 as

a bit of fun because an injury at

the time prevented her from long

distance running.

A surprise fourth place at the

National Championships set

Pooley off onto what ultimately

became a successful career on

her bike for nine years. She won

a time trial world title, national

titles, an Olympic medal, and

numerous professional races be-

Emma Pooley won the world duathlon title on her first attempt

fore bowing out at the Commonwealth

Games with two silver

medals to her name.

Although now concentrating

on duathlon and triathlon, Pooley

will remain on cycling’s world

governing body, the UCI’s women’s

commission where she works

to bridge the inequality gap between

men’s and women’s cycling.

Pooley, alongside world and

Olympic champion Marianne Vos,

Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington

and Kathryn Bertine, was

instrumental in lobbying for a

women’s Tour de france which led

to La Course being staged around

the streets of Paris in July.

“It’s a positive time for the

sport. I’m really happy to see it

improving. La Course is the start

of something great, and I hope it

will grow next year; I’d love to see

a longer women’s stage race in

france,” Pooley said.

And she is a big advocate of cycling

for fun and is an ambassador

for Breeze, which is a British

Cycling initiative to get more

women on bikes.

The Breeze rides are a great

way for women to try out cycling

in a no-pressure, friendly environment,”

she said.

“Cycling can be a daunting

sport, especially when you’re new

to it — I can remember when I

started I didn’t know what kit to

wear, how to stay warm enough,

or that there are saddles out there

that can make cycling so much

less painful!

“Whether you want to cycle to

commute, for fun, for fitness, or to

get into racing — these rides are

a great way to get started and develop

a regular cycling routine.

It’s often easier to go out cycling

when you’re meeting others and

know you’ll have good company

for your ride!” — BBCSport

highest paid

African football

players of 2014

Samuel Eto’o (US$90 million) Didier Drogba (US$70 million) Yaya Touré (US$65 million)

Emmanuel Adebayor (US$27 million) Michael Essien (US$25 million) Kolo Touré (US$18 million)

1. Samuel Eto’o (US$90 million)

ThE wealthiest player on the continent,

and the recipient of four

African Player of the Year trophies,

this Cameroonian striker

is sheer wonderment.

When he played with Anzhi

Makhachkala from 2011 to 2013,

he was the richest African kicker

as well, earning about US$25 million

a year. he’s played for Real

Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan,

Chelsea, and as of August 2014

signed with Premier League side


he started his own charity, fundacion

Privada Samuel Eto’o, in

Cameroon, providing citizens

with basic health care.

2. Didier Drogba (US$70 million)

ANOThER prominent member

of Côte d’Ivoire’s “Golden Generatio”,

this striker did not earn a

big move until he was transferred

at the age of 26 to Chelsea, where

he was paid US$170 000 a week.

he is the club’s fourth-highest

goal scorer ever, and was number

one scorer for foreign players on

the team.

he once played for Turkey’s Galatasaray

for about US$5,2 million

annually, combining those earnings

with some lucrative sponsorship

deals. But as of now, he is

back at Chelsea.

3. Yaya Touré (US$65 million)

ANOThER Ivorian sensation (it

runs in the family), this midfielder

for Manchester City has embossed

his name in football history.

formerly a Barcelona star, he

signed a five-year deal with Manchester

City to the tune of around

US$40 million. his combined

earnings for his all-star international

performances amount to

roughly $15 million annually.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor (US$27


hE’S Togo’s top scorer of all time,

and the striker earned a reported

US$268 000 a week with Manchester

City. he has signed a loan deal

to play with Real Madrid, and now

kicks for Tottenham hotspur. he’s

known for quarreling with managers

and also donating lots of

money to charities.

5. Michael Essien (US$25 million)

hE used to be Africa’s wealthiest

soccer player with his 2005 transfer

from Lyon to Chelsea, a signing

that gained the Ghanaian midfielder

around US$40,5 million.

After eight years with the British

club, Essien signed onto AC Milan

in January of 2014 for a one-and-ahalf

year contract.

6. Kolo Touré ($18 million)

ThE Ivorian juggernaut central

defender has played for some of

England’s biggest clubs: Arsenal,

Manchester City, and now Liverpool,

where’s he’s on contract until

2015. Kolo has a money-raking

sponsorship deal with Adidas.

he’s the wealthy sibling of the

even wealthier footballer, Yaya

Touré, and the late player Ibrahim

Touré, who died in June at

age 28 following a battle with cancer.

7. John Obi Mikel (US$15 million)

hIS career started with the Norwegian

club Lyn Oslo, but this Nigerian

midfielder became famous

for his playing with Chelsea, despite

the infamously extended contract

embroilment between the

two clubs and Manchester United

which took place in 2005. Mikel

ended up with Chelsea, and will

play with them on a contract until


8. Frédéric Kanouté (US$12 million)

hE’S from Mali, and has played

with Lyon in france, West ham

in England, and Sevilla in Spain.

A devout Muslim, he purportedly

spent US$700 000 buying a mosque

which was about to be sold in

Spain. he is currently playing for

Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super


9. Seydou Keita (US$10 million)

ThE Malian sensation returned to

Valencia at the beginning of 2014,

after a year with the Chinese Super

League, where he made US$16

million before tax with their Dalian

Aerbin football club. In June, he

signed a one-year contract with Serie

A club AS Roma.

10. Christopher Samba (US$8


ThE great Congolese defender made

US$160 000 a week with the contract

he signed for Anzhi Makhachkala,

and he he earned the same amount

between shifts with Anzhi playing

for Queens Park Rangers. he now

plays for Dynamo Moscow.



The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 27

Arsenal, Manchester City share the spoils

Arsenal were denied

victory by Martin

Demichelis’s late equaliser

as they fought out

an entertaining draw

with Manchester City at Emirates


England striker Danny Welbeck

made his Arsenal debut after his

£16m move from Manchester United

— and should have celebrated

with a goal only to strike a post

when clean through early on.

Sergio Aguero made Arsenal

pay for that miss by putting City

ahead before half-time but goals

from Jack Wilshire and Alexis

Sanchez saw the Gunners in sight

of a memorable victory.

Their hopes were dashed when

poor marking at a corner allowed

Argentine defender Martin

Demicelis to beat Arsenal keeper

Wojciech Szczesny to earn a point

seven minutes from time.

In a frantic finish, Aleksandar

Kolarov hit the post for Manchester

City and Arsenal defender Laurent

Koscielny cleared against his

own post as the Premier League

champions threatened to snatch

the three points, which would

have been very cruel on Arsene

Wenger’s side.

Wenger will be frustrated at Arsenal’s

failure to close out the win

but he will have been delighted by

the spirit and quality shown by his


Jack Wilshere was a driving force

in midfield while Welbeck, despite

missing his best opportunity, was

energetic and mobile enough in attack

to suggest he will offer Arsenal

a focal point and something different

as the season progresses.

Meanwhile, Diego Costa scored

his first Chelsea hat-trick as they

came from behind to beat Swansea

and maintain their 100% start to

the Premier League season.

Swansea took the lead as John

Terry turned a low cross into his

own net but Costa equalised just

before half-time.

Chelsea’s dominance was rewarded

when Costa converted a

Cesc Fabregas pass.

The Spain striker guided a low

Ramires shot past Lukasz Fabianski

and Loic Remy scored his first

Blues goal before Jonjo Shelvey’s

late consolation.

As Chelsea opened up a threepoint

gap at the top of the table,

summer signings Costa and Fabregas

offered further evidence of

the extra edge they have added to

a team that finished third last season.

Costa, who passed a late fitness

test on a hamstring injury suffered

on international duty with Spain,

departed to a standing ovation after

scoring his seventh goal in four

games for the Blues.

Fabregas now has six assists, a

tally only Eden Hazard exceeded in

the whole of Chelsea’s 2013-14 campaign.

Swansea had started the match

as the only other team in the league

with an unblemished record and

for much of the first half they were

the better side.

They carved out an early opening

as Wayne Routledge found

space in the area but could not control

his volley.

The Welsh team took a surprise

lead via a slick passing move. Ki

Sung-Yeung opened up the Chelsea

defence with a slide-rule pass and

left-back Neil Taylor’s low cross

was diverted by Terry into his own


Yesterday’s results

Arsenal 2-2 Man City

Chelsea 4-2 Swansea

Crystal Palace 0-0 Burnley

Southampton 4-0 Newcastle

Stoke 0-1 Leicester


West Brom

2-2 Tottenham

0-2 Everton


LVG accepts

challenge to finish

in top three

LoUIS van Gaal believes a top three Premier

League finish is a realistic aim for Manchester


Battling a lengthy injury list now containing

Phil Jones, who is a doubt for England’s Euro

2016 qualifiers next month, United have struggled

so far.

Yet Van Gaal has no problem with the expectations

laid out to investors by executive vicechairman

Ed Woodward this week.

“I don’t think it is an unreasonable target,”

said the Dutchman.

“A club like Manchester United has to put

targets. I also put targets.

“But the top three, it is logical because Manchester

United wants to be in the Champions


With just two points and two goals from their

opening three Premier League games, in addition

to a shock Capital one Cup exit at League

one MK Dons, United will be seeking a first

win of the season in today’s old Trafford encounter

with Queens Park Rangers.

Summer arrivals Radamel Falcao, Marcos

Rojo, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw could all

make their debuts, with British record £59.7m

signing Angel di Maria set for his home bow.

However, there are nine players unavailable

for this afternoon’s game, including Jones who

picked up a hamstring injury on England duty

in Switzerland last week.

And the 22-year-old is now a doubt for the

matches against San Marino at Wembley on

october 9 and in Estonia three days later.

“Jones is maybe three weeks to a month,”

said Van Gaal.

The United boss knows that with over £150m

spent this summer and the table to climb, results

have to improve, no matter what the injury


“We have done very well in the transfer period,”

he said.

“In spite of us not playing in the Champions

League, players are coming to Manchester


“That is a big plus. But we also have to produce

the results — and we have to start today

against Queens Park Rangers.” —BBCSport

Louis van Gaal

28 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014


Cry our beloved Kepekepe

The late great Shacky Tauro,

Joel Shambo, and Stanley

“Sinyo” Ndunduma

must be turning in their graves

over how the great CAPS United

Football Club — a team that they

built — has fallen from grace to


What is on parade today is no

longer the great CAPS United

team that was virtually invincible

in knockout tournaments to

the extent of being dubbed the

“Cup Kings”.

It is no longer the same side

that in 1996, with the inspirational

Alois Bunjira and Stewart

Murisa, swept all that stood before

them in the Premiership. It

is no longer the same team that

in 2004 and 2005 under the guidance

of Charles Mhlauri and parading

the likes of energy Murambadoro,

Joseph Kamwendo

and Cephas Chimedza, was simply


The creative and attractive

short passing game is gone and

gone too are the individual skills

from the likes of Stanford “Stix”

Mtizwa, Joel “Jubilee” Shambo,

Stanely “Sinyo” Ndunduma,

Chimedza, and Bunjira that

brought pride to the Makepekepe


In their place now is a CAPS

United that is so inept, so lacking

in creative and firepower to

an extent that it has written its

own piece of history following a

6-0 humiliation in the Zimbabwe

National Army Charity Cup final

at the hands of an FC Platinum

side which is itself struggling in

the Premiership.

Also gone is the sound management

style that was the envy of

the whole Premiership as Julius

Chifokoyo, and later Shepherd

Bwanya, and others before them

that guided the ship through plain

waters with no strikes or fights

over non-payment of bonuses.

In their place today is a breed

of leaders who cannot even raise

funds to enable a team to travel

to Bulawayo to fulfill a league

match against Bantu Rovers.

In Bwanya and Chifokoyo’s

place is a new type of leadership

that can have players wait in the

city centre until the middle of

the night on Christmas eve, only

to make them leave without attending

to their end of year payment


In fact, the sight of their coach

a few days before the Bantu Rovers

debacle tells the story of the

real state of affairs at the Green




I met Taurayi Mangwiro walking

down Chinhoyi Street with

his huge training bag, which

appeared too heavy for him,

strapped on his back.

I expect Mangwiro, coach of

the third biggest football team

in the country in terms of crowd

attendances, to be driving the

smallest of cars, a Toyota Fun

Cargo or even a Nissan March

— or being chauffeur driven to

his Mufakose home if he cannot


Yet, for his troubles, Mangwiro

has to go home in a crowded

commuter omnibus, riding along

with the same people who threaten

his life at stadiums. Sometimes,

it is said, he has to dig

deep into his own pocket for that

transport fare back home as the

club cannot afford to provide him

dignified transport.

That is now the life at the

Green Machine.

But to say that CAPS United

do not generate enough money

to sustain themselves would be

making a mockery of Zimbabwean

football. Their problems are

of their own making. They are a

good example of a football club

being run badly.

While we might try to turn a

blind eye to the chaos reigning

at the former Cup Kings, the major

problem at the club lies in its

management structure in which

the club president Twine Phiri

runs virtually everything.

While he might have done well as

chairman of the Premier Soccer

League, Phiri has let CAPS United

fans down.

Although from the outside,

CAPS United appear to have a

chief executive officer and an executive

that runs the day-to-day

affairs of the club, the truth is

that he is there to carry out duties

as instructed by the club


Yes, Dynamos might be suffering

because their huge financial

pot has too many dirty hands digging

into it, but what of CAPS

United who are owned by one individual?

Any football follower will tell

you that a team with such prodigious

talent as Tafadzwa Dube,

hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzai,

Kennedy Bulaji, and Dominic

Chungwa, should be somewhere

better than where it is today.

But due to mismanagement,

misconceptions, and a self-inflicted

financial crisis, CAPS

United are in depths of despair.

If I was the Premier Soccer

League boss myself, I would employ

people with the know-how to

run a football team and then enjoy

my financial pickings from

the club.

But tell that to most Zimbabwean

football club owners, and all

you do is create enemies.

Are we a one day wonder?

On August 31, harare Sports

Club resembled a venue for a musical

show as Asians, Blacks, coloureds,

and whites were all united

as they beat their drums, sang

and danced with joy, celebrating

Zimbabwe’s historic three-wicket

win over the world’s top ranked

ODI team, Australia.

Although Zimbabweans are

entitled to reflect on that victory

with pride, there are fears

that the famous win will come

to pass as just a one day wonder,

should there be no other such

achievements in the immediate


While Zimbabwe has not

played regularly against the top

ranked teams, they need more of

those victories each time we face

big teams for us to believe that

we can challenge the best in the


Right now, we are living in

dreamland, believing we are good

enough when we have failed to

convincingly beat small teams on

a regular basis.

Defeat at the hands of associate

teams like Afghanistan who

came to Zimbabwe in July for

a Series that ended 2-2 and the

heartbreaking loss to Ireland

during the ICC World Twenty 20

in Bangladesh, quickly come to


One thing that is clear is that

the bridge between Zimbabwe

and the other Test playing nations

is widening while the gap

between the Chevrons and the

Associate teams is narrowing.

Zimbabwe is no longer in the

During happier times . . . CAPS United followers cheer their team

same league with the likes of India,

Australia, South Africa and

others, but is slipping down and

could soon join the likes of Afghanistan

and Ireland.

Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial

situation which saw them failing

to pay the team has not done

the sport any good as players

like Craig ervine, Kyle Jarvis,

Charles Coventry, and Graeme

Creemer have taken their talents


Despite those challenges, Zimbabwe

have always found the

resolve to punch above their

weight, as shown by the win over

Australia. The Test win over Pakistan

in 2013 raised hopes for

the Zimbabwe fans who last saw

the Chevrons beating a top side

in 2011 when they stunned New

Zealand in an ODI.

With the Series against Australia

and South Africa now

done and gone, Zimbabwe will

now have to show the progress

they made in their tour of

Bangladesh. This will be Zimbabwe’s

last competitive Series

before the World Cup, to be cohosted

by Australia and New


As we brace for the World Cup

in which Zimbabwe is also in the

same group with India, South Africa,

the West Indies, Pakistan,

Ireland, and the UAe, one question

that needs to be answered is

whether we should continue to

rely on the same inconsistent old

guard that has failed to bring in

the required results.

It is high time experienced

players like elton Chigumbura

start to take a leaf from other

international players and perform

consistently for the national

side. having scored a match

winning 52 runs against Australia,

it was disappointing to

see Chigumbura go out cheaply

for 13 in the next game against

South Africa. The same should

be said of Brendan Taylor, Prosper

Utseya, Vusi Sibanda and

hamiltom Masakadza who at

one time was the youngest player

to score a Test century on his


Surely, given the international

exposure they have gained over

the years, it is high time these

senior players start winning

matches for Zimbabwe.

Should they continue to underperform,

the question that we

should start asking ourselves is:

are they good enough to sustain

realistic challenge or is it time to

give others a chance?

Between now and the World

Cup is the time for coach Steve

Mangongo to make sacrifices. he

has to pick the best team for the

World Cup — not based on association

or reputation, but on the

capability to deliver.

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Zifa struggle to

attract friendlies

for next month


AFTeR missing the recent weeklong

international football period,

Zifa are still battling to find opponents

for the national Under-23

team in next month’s international


The Warriors have however been

invited for a friendly match by Morocco

slated for November 16.

From October 9 to 15, 2015 Africa

Cup of Nations (Afcon) and Uefa

euro 2016 qualifiers would be underway,

presenting a warm-up opportunity

for the Young Warriors.

But Zimbabwe is still to find opponents

for this period after Zifa

stressed that they should never

miss an international match.

The Under-23s are currently the

country’s flagship following the

dissolution of their seniors after

a first round exit from the Afcon


The 2016 Olympic Games to be

staged in Brazil have now become

Zifa’s top priority.

But with less than 30 days to go

before the next international days,

there is still no Under-23 team in

place and Olympic qualifiers are

set to begin early next year.

The current developments have

given the strongest indication that

the Under-23 project is headed for

another embarrassing campaign.

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela

could not spell out next

month’s plans for the Under-23.

Instead, Gwesela laid blame on

Libya’s withdrawal from a friendly

match that had been scheduled

to take place last Wednesday in Morocco.

There was no time to arrange

another friendly match after Libya

pulled out at the last minute. We

Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze

had no other option,” said Gwesela.

This is despite that no preparations

for that friendly had been

done even before the North Africans

announced their withdrawal.

To assert that Under-23 business

is at a standstill, supposed coach

Kalisto Pasuwa said a week before

the Libya friendly date that he

could not assemble a team because

he was yet to be formally appointed

by Zifa.

Apart from Zifa’s financial problems

to fulfill assignments, the

Warriors’ low standing has a bearing

on them attracting opponents

for the Under-23 team.

Another challenge at Zifa is their

struggle to raise money to fly in

overseas-based players.


The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 29

Boxing control

board statutes


NatioNal Boxing Control Board shall not

“register any person as a boxer or a wrestler

who is not of the male sex.”

World Boxing Council International and All Africa welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi (centre).

By Michael Kariati

The Zimbabwe National

Boxing and Wrestling Control

Board is living in the

past with an archaic act that does

not recognise females as professional


The law was enacted in 1956

and has not been amended

since then. Chapter 8 section

(11) of the Zimbabwe National

Boxing and Wrestling Act says

that the Zimbabwe National

Boxing Control Board shall not

“register any person as a boxer

or a wrestler who is not of the

male sex.”

Standardsport has a copy of

the act which does not in any way

refer to females in any of its contents

as outlined by the power of


The board is empowered to issue

certificates of registration

authorising any person who has

been registered as a boxer or

wrestler to take part in tournaments

in the capacity in which

he has been so registered,” reads

the act.

The vice-president of the Zimbabwe

National Boxing and

Wrestling Control Board Lorraine

Muringi says they have

taken note of the anomaly and

have highlighted the issue with

the ministry of sport that it can

be tabled with the relevant parliamentary

committee for a

change of wording to include female


“We have sought advice from

the ministry of sport on how best

we can handle the matter. The issue

will be forwarded to parliament,”

said Muringi.

A legal practitioner said although

the gender discrimination

aspect of the act has fallen

away due to the changes in the

constitution, amendment to the

act needed to be effected by parliament.

There are certain things that

from the outset look very simple

and easy. But changing the wording

of the act to include female

boxers would need a parliamentary

sitting,” said the legal practitioner.

efforts to get clarification from

the chairman of the Parliamentary

Portfolio Committee on education,

Art, Sport, and Culture,

Themba Mliswa, were unsuccessful

as his mobile phone was constantly

not reachable.

Muringi said she was shocked

that the situation had been allowed

to continue like that 34

years after Zimbabwe was admitted

to international sport. She

said despite the act, they had con-

Current boxing board boss Paul Nenjerama

tinued to register female boxers

as they inherited the registration

process from the Richard hondo

led board that had been in office

from 1980 to 2012.

Although there have been limited

female boxing tournaments

in the country, fighters such as

Monalisa Sibanda and Patience

Masitara have become regular

fighters outside the country after

getting clearance from the boxing

controlling board.

In fact, Sibanda went to the extent

of challenging for the world

title but fell short after she was

knocked out in the sixth round

by Zambia’s esther Phiri after

she challenged the latter for her

World International Boxing Association

and World Boxing Organisation

light welterweight titles in


Although female boxers have

not been very successful on the

international scene, Zimbabwean

boxing in general has had its

fair share of success. Zimbabwe

has a World Boxing Council International

and All Africa welterweight

champion in the form of

Charles Manyuchi.

Gweru-based Langton “Schoolboy”

Tinago won three Commonwealth

titles at three different

weight divisions in the 80s and

was followed by Arifonso Zvenyika

who also won the Commonwealth

flyweight title in 1998.

Prior to that, Zimbabwe had

two All Africa champions in the

form of the late Proud “Kilimanjaro”

Chinembiri in the heavyweight

category and Stix McLoud

in the bantamweight division.

Pamushana High School launches soccer academy

By NyaMBira chivasa

PAMuShANA high School has

scored yet another first by launching

the first ever soccer academy

in Masvingo province.

The school is known for its academic

excellence as well as for excelling

in sporting activities.

The establishment of the soccer

academy came as a result of continued

calls by former students — some

of whom have become renowned

footballers — who believed coming

up with an academy was the only

way to tap and nurture raw talent

that is in abundance in the province.

“Coming up with a football academy

at the school is the way to go.

Funds realised from the academy

will be used to develop soccer at the

school, in the province and the entire

country,” said Gabriel Nyoni,

highlanders Football Club striker,

a former Pamushana high School


Recently, Masvingo province

Youth Games select football team

won gold, beating Bulawayo province

at the 12th edition of the national

event held at Mucheke.

Team Masvingo was under the

It all started at Pamushana High School . . . Highlanders striker Gabriel Nyoni

guidance of Bernard Matenga of

Pamushana high School while former

Warriors gunslinger Agent

sawu guided the Bulawayo province

to the finals as well.

In a statement, the school lamented

that although they had moulded

a number of players into premiership

material and helped them secure

football careers, the school had

benefitted nothing in spite of investing

so much in developing talent.

“A number of families have benefitted

extremely as soon as their

Dream coming true . . . Johnson Madhuku

children moved to greener pastures

as they got development fees whenever

a player joined any club while

the school gets nothing from those


The school continues to pump

out a lot in this regard to other upcoming

star players,” reads part of

the release.

however, the school has moved a

step further in fulfilling Pamushana

high School headmaster Johnson

Madhuku’s dream of building

a modern multi-purpose sporting

arena at the school. A begging bowl

is already in circulation to raise

funds for the project.

“It is our vision that any benefits,

should they come our way, should

assist the school in the development

of talent for other youths. We

also intend to build a stadium that

meets modern and acceptable football

standards. For all this to be

possible, we need money,” the statement


The school envisages a situation

whereby they would join Division

One as a school and get promoted

into the Premier League.

The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe

establishment also envisaged

being twined with other schools,

soccer academies and clubs abroad

to further develop talent.

The academy is registered with

Zifa. Its establishment came after

realising that the school had

churned out quite a number of soccer

giants into the Zimbabwe Premier

League, the likes of Artwell

Mukandi, hasmania Ziso, Takudzwa

Mahori, Simba Sithole and Gabriel

Nyoni, to name just a few.

30 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014


Zenzo Moyo

adds voice

on strikers

“I think my social team where I link up with

Masawi and Siza Khoza is now attracting much

more interest than what Highlanders are


By Brian nkiwane

By mid-season in the year

2000, Highlanders gunslinger

Zenzo Moyo had already

scored 22 goals before moving

abroad to join his new club Olympiakos

Nicosia in Cyprus.

The goals that the then pencil-slim

striker scored helped the

Bulawayo giants win the league

title with a two point cushion

ahead of the now defunct town rival


Bosso had a big goal difference,

with all the credit going to Moyo,

who went on to be crowned Top

Goal Scorer of the season after

playing only half-way through the


All the strikers that remained

playing in the league failed to beat

his 22 goal mark. It remains anybody’s

guess how many goals he

would have scored had he played

the entire season.

Bosso managed to score 73 goals

that season which had 20 clubs,

later reduced to 16 the following

season after six clubs, Black Aces,

D T Africa, Tongogara, Air Zim

Jets, Arcadia United and Hackney,

were relegated from the top

flight league.

However, Moyo does not buy the

idea that strikers used to score

more goals because there were

more teams in the league than

now. He has other views on how

local strikers have failed to emulate

yesteryear stars.

“I think football is dynamic just

like everything else. Just look at

every league, you will see that

coaches have become so defensive

that it has become really hard for

strikers to score goals. Even when

the coach knows very well that

his next opponent is a better side,

you will hear him say; ‘we better

lose 1-0’. This has killed the job of

strikers which is scoring goals,”

said Moyo.

“One thing that I have discovered

with strikers of today is

that they concentrate more on

entertaining the gallery than

scoring goals. Ask any player

in the league, they will tell you

I was not skillful at all. My job

was to score goals. An outright

striker does not have to be skillful.

I would not have time to dribble

as these boys do or exchange

passes in a range where I smell a

goal. We were not afraid of taking

chances at goal, pick a spot

and score. There was no time to


He added, “The other motivating

factor during our time was

that most of us were bread winners.

So we knew very well that

each time we won, we would have

better allowances and then we

were able to make our families

smile at the end of the day. It was

because we were not employed.

That was our fulltime job so we

had to work hard to get reasonable


Moyo also added his voice on

Highlanders legend Zenzo Moyo

Defenders, goalkeepers have became so good .. . Rodrick Mutuma

the bad patch that has been going

on at Highlanders.

The problem is that most of

former Highlanders players want

to be coaches and no one wants

to take up football administration.

We can win the war in the

field but the club also needs former

players as administrators. I

think my social team where I link

up with Thabani Masawi and Siza

Khoza is now attracting much

more interest than what Highlanders

are doing,” joked the former

striker who is pursuing his

ambitions of being a Fifa registered

player agent.

He however dismissed any

plans of coming back to the club.

“As I have already said, I am

pursuing a career as a registered

player agent; the only time that

I might come back to assist is in

player transfers that is if they

would be in need of any favours

from me.”

Moyo helped Highlanders win

two titles before moving to Cyprus

to join Olympiakos Nicosia.

Moyo stayed with the club until

January 2005 when he moved

to Greece and joined Atromitos


He was with the club until 2008

when he made a comeback to the

team that gave him fame before

ending his career to pursue other


Mkhokheli Dube, former Highlanders

striker now with Chicken

Inn after seeing action in the

United States, said formations

that clubs have resorted to have

also contributed to the few goals

by strikers.

“In Europe, if a team decides

to use a lone striker, they will

have four creative midfielders

who can also get goals. Again,

if you stick to a formation that

needs a lone striker, he should

be of top quality. So you can’t

say strikers are not getting goals

while you use creative midfielders,”

he said.

Dynamos striker Rodrick “the

Prince” Mutuma who was Top

Goal scorer in 2011 having scored

only 14 goals, said football has developed.

“Defenders have become too

clever to trick these days, even

goalkeepers are coming up with

strings of brilliant saves which

could have easily gone in as goals

in most cases. So strikers have

to dig deeper into their bags of

tricks to continue scoring,” Mutuma


Top goal scorers

1996 Alois Bunjira CAPS United 23

1999 Chewe Mulenga Railstars 24

2000 Zenzo Moyo Highlanders 22

2003 Sageby Sandaka Amazulu 17

2004 Leonard Tsipa CAPS United 18

2005 Edmore Mufema Motor Action 17

2006 Ralph Matema Highlanders 19

2007 Cuthbert Malajila 15

2008 Evans Chikwaikwai Njube Sundowns 23

2009 Nyasha Mushekwi CAPS United 21

2010 Norman Maroto Gunners FC 22

2011 Rodrick Mutuma Dynamos 14

2012 Nelson Mazivisa Shabanie Mine 18

2013 Tendai Ndoro Chicken Inn 18

Two new jockeys join the fray at Borrowdale

By Michael kariati

TWO new jockeys Marshall Bikausaru

and Lovemore Haruzivi

have joined the fray at Borrowdale

race course, the home

of Zimbabwean horse racing, increasing

the number of jockeys

battling for honours this season

to 39.

Bikausaru and Haruzivi are

among the four apprentices including

Norbert Takawira and

Stallone Sawere who have taken

to the course in a dangerous but

highly rewarding field that for

the past two years has been dominated

by Quinton Riddle and

Sherman Brown.

Mashonaland Turf Club spokesperson

Bertina Gurajena said

apart from the Borrowdale race

course, the jockeys at the Zimbabwe

Jockey Academy would

also be offered the opportunity to

race in South Africa where racing

takes place on a regular basis.

Racing at MTC comes after

every two weeks.

The appearance of new jockeys

at the Borrowdale race

course offers competition as the

same names Quinton Riddle,

Sherman Brown, Lance Pagel,

and Karl Zechner have been very

dominant in the past years with

the champion jockey title consecutively

changing hands between

Riddle and Brown.

Bikausaru and Haruzivi had

a feel of the Borrowdale race

course turf after Bikausaru rode

though without victory in some

races on the opening day of the

Zimbabwe horse racing season

on September 7.

Bikausaru rode in four races

saddling Rocket Runner, Atso’s

Girl, Felan and Stylish Runner

while Haruzivi had a feel of Purple

Turtle, and Veneficus, in two

of the seven races which were

carded for the day.

With the major races — the

Castle Tankard, the OK Grand

Challenge and the Republic Cup-

— coming later in the season,

it remains to be seen whether

these apprentices will be offered

the chance to ride in those highly

competitive Grade One and

Grade Two races.

Last year, an apprentice, Donovan

Dillon, rode Menacing

in the Grade One Castle Tankard

that attracted a strong field

of 17 horses and won by the filly

Equina which was ridden by


The coming in of Bikausaru

and Haruzivi also increases the

number of black jockeys at Borrowdale

race course. There is resistance

from the community to

take up horse riding as it is considered


Some of the jockeys, though,

like S’manga Khumalo, travel

all the way from South Africa

to compete at MTC. Khumalo,

a regular at Borrowdale race

course, last year won the Durban

July, the biggest horse racing

event in South Africa.

Riddle, the champion jockey

after riding 30 winners, was

placed second on 30 occasions

and rode 28 horses that came

in third place. He had 32 fourth

placed horses for a 13%winning

rate and 38%placing rate.

This is in comparison to Brown

who had a 14%winning rate but

fell out in the placings in which

he recorded only 31%to come second

in the jockeys standings.

With more jockeys at Borrowdale

race course, the race for

the champion jockey title this

season is likely to be highly competitive.

Racing will continue at Borrowdale

race course on September


A horse leads the pact towards the finishing line at

Borrowdale Race Course.


The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 31

Harare City claim

Chiredzi scalp

Losing coach Gishon Ntini

beamoned some sloppy

defending for his team’s



Chiredzi FC…(1) 1

Harare City. . . (1) 2

HARARE City booked their

place into the semifinals of

the Chibuku Super Cup with

a spirited comeback to knock

out Chiredzi FC.

Osborne Mukuradare and Martin

Vengesai’s goals outweighed Sam Msimbu’s

effort to ensure Masimba Dinyero’s

charges’ progression into the semis.

Dinyero saluted his side for picking

themselves up to victory.

“I am happy with the performance of

the team and that we progressed. The attitude

of the players was wrong earlier on

as they were underrating the opponents





Tourism and Hospitality Industry

minister Walter

Mzembi (pictured right) has

said co-hosting the 2017 Afcon

gives Zimbabwe a better chance to

stage the biennial football tournament

than trying to go it alone.

Zifa are pushing to get hosting

rights after initial hosts and

strife-stricken Libya last month

withdrew due to the political upheavals.

The local football governing

body has been guaranteed support

in their hosting bid by the tourism

ministry as well as the Ministry

of Sport, Arts and Culture

and final approval now lies in the

hands of Cabinet.

Mzembi’s ministry has been the

most vocal in Zimbabwe’s case,

stressing that Afcon comes with

immense tourism opportunities.

Bid submissions close on September

30, after which the Confederations

of African Football

(CAF) will name the hosts next


With only three years left before

the tournament is played,

Mzembi said joint-hosting would

increase Zimbabwe’s chances of

being granted the rights.

“We are very serious about

this issue. We should not do

nightmares, but do dreams,”

said Mzembi.

“We are going for a shared-hosting

programme. Right now we will

have to engage our neighbouring

countries on that to boost our

chances. This is a national project

where there has to be staunch input

from everyone. That is why we

are taking this issue to Cabinet.

“Look, South Africa is a new

but they later on played well,” he said.

Losing coach Gishon Ntini beamoned

some sloppy defending for his team’s loss.

“We made unnecessary mistakes for

the goals but we played well though. It

was not our day. We could have equalised

even in the dying stages of the game,”

said Ntini.

Msimbu breathed life into the match

when he headed in David Sengu’s freekick

for the opening goal after 29 minutes

of action.

Five minutes before the breather, Sengu

was on hand to create another goal.

But this time it was for the opponents’

equaliser when he fouled James Jam on

the edge of the box and from the resultant

freekick, Mukuradare fired home.

Barely a minute into the second half,

Francisco Zekumbawire flicked the ball

into the path of Vengesai whose low shot

sailed past Stephen Chimusoro in goal for


Nine minutes later, a well-positioned

Mukuradare failed to hit target when he

blasted over Zekumbawire’s cross.

Crispen Dickson denied Ntini’s outfit a

leveller right at the death when he cleared

Tawanda Muyendi’s effort from the goal


country after the 2010 Fifa World

Cup. We really need this to put

our country into spotlight. Hosting

Afcon would leave legacy assets

like spruced-up stadiums,

roads, hotels and training facilities.”

However, no neighbouring

country has so far expressed interest

to host the tournament.

Zambia now boasts of two

world class stadiums but could be

having a lot on their plate as they

are set to host the 2017 African

Under-20 Championships.

It would be a mammoth task

for Zimbabwe to convince CAF it

could take the onus alone given

that the country has sub-standard

football infrastructure.

Harare and Bulawayo would

likely be the host cities in case of

a joint venture, but hotel accommodation

could be overwhelmed

by teams, multitudes of travelling

fans and service providers.

Massive refurbishment of roads,

efficient transport system and decongesting

Harare would be some

of the work that would need to be

done inside the next three years.

Zimbabwe were handed rights to

host the 200th edition of Afcon but

unpreparedness saw CAF moving

it to Ghana and Nigeria at the last


The country also lost the 2010 bid.

“You do not have to be ready to

host something,” said Mzembi.

“We were never ready to host UN-

WTO (2013 United Nations World

Tourism Organisation) general assembly

but when we were told that

Zim progress in Davis Cup


it was coming to Zimbabwe, everyone

got up on their feet and it was a

success at the end of the day.

There is so much need for national

commitment, willingness

and effort. We have to respond to

our own vision as Zimbabwe.”

The strongest candidacy has

so far emerged from East Africa

where Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda

and Uganda have declared interest.

Kenya is pushing for a Kenya,

Rwanda and Uganda joint-hosting

and the countries have already

contacted each other on the


Rwanda wants to stage it together

with Kenya and Tanzania.

Rwanda has an edge over Zimbabwe

with a track record of

hosting the 2009 African Youth

Championships as well as the

2011 African Under-17 Championship.

The 2016 Africa Nations Championships

will also take place in

Rwanda. Only Ethiopia from East

Africa has staged Afcon before

and they have done that thrice.

Mali, Ghana and Egypt have also

declared contention to welcome

the continent in 2017.

Zifa chief executive Jonathan

Mashingaidze was unavailable to

state their strategies to convince

CAF on the issue.

Hosting Afcon would afford

Zimbabwe automatic qualification

for the tournament.

The Warriors have graced the

tournament twice (2004, 2006) in

their history.

Triangle out to maintain

cup games momentum


TRIANGLE head coach Biggie

Zuze will be hoping to continue

with his side’s fairytale run in

the country’s knockout competitions

when they engage army side

Black Rhinos in the Chibuku Super

Cup last eight at Ascot tomorrow.

Triangle are currently in the finals

of the One Wallet Cup where

they are set to lock horns with Dynamos.

Despite being unfortunate in

playing all their cup matches

away from home, they have registered

impressive results.

For progressing into the last

eight of the Chibuku Super Cup,

they dispatched Hwange 5-3 on

penalty shoot-outs after the match

had ended 0-0 in regulation time.

They were in a devastating form

in their last match when they defeated

FC Platinum 2-0 at Gibbo

Biggie Zuze

Zimbabwe Davies Cup team

ZIMBABWE made a step towards

making a return to the

prestigious Davis Cup World

Group with a 2-0 win over

Namibia in an Africa Zone

Group III playoff semi-final

match at the Smash Tennis

Academy in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday.

The victory saw Zimbabwe

qualifying for the 2015 Euro/

Africa Zone Group II which

is two tiers below the elite


Benjamin Lock emphatically

beat 6-1, 6-0 Jacobus Serdyn,

while Takanyi Garanganga

overpowered Tuki Jacobs 6-2,


With Zimbabwe carrying

an unassailable 2-0 lead, the

doubles match of Mark Fynn

and Lock against the Namibian

pair of Serdyn and Jacobs

was rendered unnecessary to


Zimbabwe’s non-playing

captain Martin Dzuwa

praised the Zimbabwean team

following their performance.

“We performed well in all

our matches here,” said Dzuwa.

“All the matches were fine

for us and we did well considering

the tough group we

came from. Our main goal

was to qualify to the next

group and good for us it came

out that way.”

Yesterday’s heroics capped

a fine outing in Egypt which

started from Pool A with a 3-0

win over Congo, followed by

that pool’s victories over Madagascar

(2-1) and Nigeria (3-

0) also coming in convincing


By qualifying to Euro/Africa

Zone Group II, Zimbabwe

will now be hosting and visiting

the likes of Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina,


Luxembourg and South Africa.

This group is likely to offer

the Zimbabweans the muchneeded

experience as the fight

to surge to the elite Group continues.

The win comes at a time

when Old Mutual has breathed

life into the team by pumping

in the much-needed financial

assistance whose sponsorship

results were displayed by the


This Zimbabwean crop is

chasing to reach the World

Group played in by Zimbabwean

tennis legends Kevin Ullyett,

Byron, Wayne and Cara


The Zimbabwean team is expected

back home on Monday.

Stadium in their last league encounter.

Zuze told Standardsport that

his team was raring to go.

“Obviously, this is going to be a

tough match because we all need

to progress to the next stage of

the tournament. We are having a

good run in the Cup competitions

because everyone is putting an effort,”

he said.

“Another issue is that motivation

is high and that is the major

thing every player wants. We will

fight very hard to beat Rhinos.

They are a good side, so we should

be at our best.”

Triangle will bank on the likes

of strikers Richard Kawondera,

Nhamo Lameck and Tatenda


Rhinos will however be no

push-overs with coach Jostein

Mathuthu appearing inspirational

since his mid-season takeover

of the technical bench.

32 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014


The Standard

Dinyero elated

“I am happy with the performance

of the team and

that we progressed. The attitude

of the players was

wrong earlier on as they

were underrating the opponents

but they later on

played well.”

Page 31

CAPS United

crumble at

Mandava again



FC Platinum… (1) 1

CAPS United 0

CAPS United defender

George Nyirenda beat

his side’s two goalkeepers

in as many weekends

after fooling Tafadzwa

Dube yesterday at Mandava

against similar opposition, to

hand FC Platinum passage into

the Chibuku Super Cup semifinals.

As CAPS tried to erase grim

memories of the previous weekend’s

ZNA Charity Shield 6-0 disgrace

by the same side in which

Nyirenda scored past his own

goalie Jorum Muchambo, the

centre back once again pounced

against his side and this time it

was the decider.

United showed intent to revenge

but the early goal was a big blow,

with coach Taurai Mangwiro attributing

the defeat to the Malawi

international’s error.

“We were just careless in the

manner we conceded that goal.

Today we started off well and we

looked more likely to win, but we

failed to avoid the goal. We only

had two scares, the goal and that

chance that hit the bar,” said Mangwiro.

With the victory, winning coach

Norman Mapeza sealed his arrival

at Mandava where he is slowly

establishing a fortress.

The former Galatasaray midfield

hardman commended his

charges for getting the better of

CAPS once again but admitted

that his opponents had done their

homework to make up for that

half a dozen goal harvest.

“I am happy we won the game

but today they did their homework

and history does not usually

repeat itself in football. It is still

too early to talk about winning

the Cup and even going to the final.

We will talk about that when

we get there,” he said.

It took 13 minutes for the hosts’

Zambian forward Obrey Chirwa

to present his credentials as the

biggest threat in the platinum

miners’ final third.

Under-pressure Nyirenda turned

Chirwa’s cross into his own net following

an intelligent solo run from

the centre line by the striker.

With the Zambian responsible

for Nyirenda’s howler, he threatened

to again torment CAPS like

he did in the 6-0 win in which he

grabbed a hat-trick.

Eight minutes later, pure platinum

play threatened to run over

their opponents but Tarisai Rukanda

was denied by the cross bar.

Chirwa then fired at goal but his

shot was scrambled away by a desperate

Dube following a brilliant

turn and shoot.

Five minutes before the breather,

CAPS nearly reduced arrears

but Gerald Phiri’s effort was

cleared on the goal line by Raphael

Muduviwa with Dynamos goalkeeper

target Petros Mhari in goal

a beaten man.

Ten minutes after the restart,

Pervington Zimunya fluffed another

chance for an equaliser

when he blew his effort over the


Mapeza’s charges survived a

few minutes of CAPS’ dominance

with Phiri and Leonard Fiyado

coming close.

Dube proved that he deserves

top billing when he ably repelled a

Elvis Moyo free kick late into the

CAPS United defender George Nyirenda challenges FC Platinum’s Benjamin Marere for the ball at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Picture: Nelson Chekera.


Chirwa’s injury-inspired substitution

reduced FC Platinum’s

attacking verve.

Mapeza seemed to be intent on

sitting back and protecting the

lead when he brought in Thabani

Kamusoko and Aaron Katebe to

protect the defense.

Kamusoko’s introduction proved

masterstroke as he combined well

with Simon Shoko to boss the midfield

where they starved CAPS of

clean supplies to their front runners.

Chibuku Super Cup: Kaindu faces stern test


HIGHLANDERS coach Kelvin

Kaindu must be feeling relieved

that he is not facing Dynamos

this afternoon.

Bosso cross swords today with

How Mine in a Chibuku Super

Cup quarterfinal match at Hartsfield.

Still smarting from last weekend’s

4-1 demolition by Dynamos

in a TM Pick n Pay Challenge

Cup, Highlanders have something

to divert attention from

that embarrassment.

The defeat by Dynamos sparked

outrage from Bosso fans and

claimed the scalp of captain Innocent

Mapuranga who has since

been replaced by Ariel Sibanda.

It also led to a two-week suspension

of striker Njabulo Ncube

while fellow forward Charles

Sibanda and linkman Joel Ngodzo

are now sitting on final warnings

for indiscipline.

How Mine could therefore provide

relief for Kaindu. But a loss

to the gold miners could ring the

death knell on Kaindu’s reign as

Bosso coach.

“On the Dynamos loss, these

are the kind of results that are

there. What is important now

is how you focus on the next

match,” said Kaindu.

“A derby is tricky and especially

that this is a Cup game. There

has to be a winner and we hope

we will be the better side.”

Kaindu is not mourning the

absence of suspended Ncube

who is yet to score since his July

return to Bosso.

“Every player in our team

is important. There are others

who can come in for Njabulo and

it will be their opportunity to

claim their stake in the team,”

he said.

Pre-match tension has already

characterise the match with How

Mine being barred from training

at the match venue.

The goal miners’ coach Luke

Masomere says “cheap politics”

was at play to frustrate them

ahead of the game.

Masomere claims they were

denied entry into Hartsfield on

Tuesday before they trained on

the stadium’s B field.

He also said he agreed with

Highlanders that on Wednesday

they would train at the main arena

in the morning before Bosso

work-out in the afternoon but

they were again denied entry.

According to Masomere, the

same story occurred on Thursday

before they were completely

locked out on Friday when they

were not allowed to even train on

the B field.

The stadium does not even

belong to Highlanders but we are

undeterred by the cheap politics.

It is actually confusion,” said


“Apart from all those frustrations,

we are ready for them. Morale

is high in our camp and we

are not under pressure.”

It would be Masomere’s third

game in charge after recording a

loss and a win so far.

The coach welcomes on his

side Menard Mupera from a

long-term injury while Timothy

January and Nhasha Mukumbi

are out injured together with

teenage goalkeeper Donovan

Bernard who has a huge grassburn

on his thigh.

The Standard


SEpt 7 to 13, 2014


Star profile

Gorden Taurai Nzira


Tapiwa Makwavarara


September 14 to 20 2014

The Standard




Woman & Man

3 Woman Profile

Tapiwa Makwavarara

5 Motivation


7 Man Profile

Gorden Taurai Nzira

Home & Garden

9 Home of the Week

Enter our competition

10 Trends


12 Gardening

What was Noah thinking

Food & Drink

14 Restaurant Guide

Theo’s 167 Enterprise road

15 Is there a time for wine



19 Family of the Week

Mr & Mrs Shonhai & Family

21 Education

Raising Your Self Esteem


24 Family Getaway

Enjoying a mountain club hike


26 Breaking New Ground

African Couture

28 Bookworm

The useless book with useful lessons




29 Arts

Celeb news

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September 14 to 20 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / WOMAN / PROFILE 3

Star Profile:

Jenny Wall

“I enjoy being a voice for the voiceless, give the animals a voice. . .”

Prudence Muganiwah

Her chosen career is far from the cliché, far

from what any typical girl would choose for

herself. But that is her passion, and each day

she wakes up with extra va-va-voom to attend

to the next dog, cat, horse, or cow, and make it

feel better.

Tapiwa Tatiana Makwavarara, a last

born child who comes from a family of three

girls is a veterinarian, and she loves her profession.

“I grew up in Harare, attended school

in Murewa and graduated with a Bachelor of

Veterinary Science degree from University of

Zimbabwe in 2008.”

Tashie, as she is otherwise affectionately

known, says being a veterinarian is one of

the most amazing professions as it is a broad

profession that covers a lot of disciplines. “I

enjoy being a voice for the voiceless, animals

are considered inferior to human beings but

they also have the same needs as we do and to

devote my life to protecting them makes a big

difference to me. Animals and humans are interlinked

in a lot more ways than we think.”

Besides animal health being her main

focus, Tashie gets to do a lot of extension

work in indigent communities educating

them on job creation and poverty alleviation

through agricultural development.

She also educates on how communities

can protect themselves and



from some

of the



pacts diseases can have.

Her passion is women, and their development.

The girl child goes through so many

hardships and is vulnerable to a lot of things.

I would love to help women and to encourage

them to know that they can be anything that

they want to be even when exposed to difficult

circumstances. Coming from a not so stable

childhood myself I experienced so many odds

but I stuck to what I believed in and pulled

myself out and up. I believe anyone can do the


Considering that Veterinary Medicine till

recently has been a male-dominated profession,

it is not only pleasantly surprising but

also inspiring that this never-say-die spirited

girl chose this seemingly challenging career.

Currently resident in South Africa, she talks

of how it has not been a bed of roses trying

to prove herself in her field. “Being black and

foreign does not make it easier. You have to go

through strong efforts to prove yourself capable

to do the job.”

Yet the young lady has not given up yet.

In fact, she continues to strive harder to make

a significant contribution to society through

various other projects she involves herself in.

“I have been involved in the Vets for Change

mass vaccination and sterilisation campaigns,

a German based NGO initiative. I have

also been involved in sterilisation campaigns

for the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals (SPCA) and Provincial Government

in the Northern Cape. I wish to launch similar

projects within my area. These campaigns are

aimed at reducing dog populations and rabies

transmission between domestic carnivores

and to humans.”

Her biggest achievement thus far has

been to be recognised in parts Limpopo Province

(South Africa), as an active participant

in the fight against Rabies and as an eloquent

speaker on disease awareness.

Tashie mentions that it has been a tough

road to walk alone, without the mentorship

of her mother, whom she lost in December

of 1999. “My mother is my role model though

long gone she left something inside of me

which was; to be the best that you can be in

any circumstance and to leave people better

than how you found them. Wonder how far I

have gone with that though . . .”

A typical day for the mother of one involves

a lot of regulatory, clinical and administrative

work as well as the daily demands

of motherhood – Tashie dotes on her son and

makes sure that in her free time she spends

quality time with him and travels a lot. With

regard to her family, she has this to say, “The

most I enjoy about family is the unconditional

love that comes with it; you can mess up

and still have the assurance that you are still


It is not surprising though, that the animal

doctor who is a staunch Christian has

made it this far, as she is quite a woman of

principle. “I value self-respect and sticking to

what is right regardless of what the world has

conformed to in a nutshell it is all about integrity.

I also believe that Jesus Christ is alive

and try as hard as I can to live under biblical


The positive minded, ever-determined Tashie

who detests arrogant and self-centred people,

says, “If God had the same attitude we would

have no freedom or we would have been wiped

off the face of the earth!”

In her time away from home, she says she

has grown so much as an individual ever since

she left the country, and most of it has to do

with values that she learnt back home. “When

the time is right I would like to share whatever

I have acquired here and make a difference in

my own community back in Zimbabwe.”

Tashie believes when she is ready, she

will come to resettle in Zimbabwe and make

a positive contribution in her field of interest.

“Zimbabwe is my home and will always be and

yes I would resettle if things are the way they

should be. I remember how things were and

right now they are not like that.”

Advising younger generations, the high

achieving individual says hard work, a positive

attitude and humility even in the face of

obstacles is the only way to success. “It takes

a lot of hard work to get from one place to another

and it doesn’t mean that when thing get

tough your destiny is failure.

It is no wonder that Tashie has managed

to attain what she has, given the motto she

lives by, “Humility will take you places where

education won’t.”

“I grew up in Harare,

attended school in

Murewa and graduated

with a Bachelor of

Veterinary Science degree

from University of

Zimbabwe in 2008.


September 14 to 20 2014

Mother of the Bride

Shamiso Catherine Ruzvidzo

The mother of the bride is close to being the centre of attention

at her daughter’s wedding as her daughter, it is important

for her to stand out in a modern outfit that is elegant and wellfitted.

This season mint greens, pastels, rose pinks, neutrals and a

meadly of blues are ruling the bridal runways. Fabrics dominating

weddings remain the same, with lace in the forefront as the

fabric of choice. Styles are modern and fresh with sheer sleeves

a perfect option for women who want to stay cool in summer,

but keep their arms covered. The 1970s capes and capelets have

been readapted to create a modern, flawless feminine look for

the brides’s mother. Tiered skirts with layers of draped chiffions

are available in various palettes of colour. One thing resonantes

this season, the mother of the bride is sure to look feminine, romantic

and magestic on her daughter’s big day.

Shopping for the Mother of the Bride

pinks and a meadly of blues dominate weddings this season

Tiered skirts, sheer sleeves, 1970 capes and capelets are trending as this

season’s must have looks for the mother of the bride.

Facinators are a

perfect alternative

to wearing hats.

• Remember to keep the dress or skirt length over the knee or long. This is the best alternative, as you wouldn’t want to

steal your daughter’s shine wearing a dress or skirt that is way too short.

• Fitting is of the essence, make sure you have several fittings well in time. You wouldn’t want to be in the spotlight for a

poor fitting outfit.

The mother of the bride can change outfits when her daughter changes outfits, there is no set rule that frowns upon this.

Just make sure you discuss this with the bride first.

• Hats never go out of style for weddings, pick a hat that matches your dress or bag. If hats are not your style, beautiful

facinators are on the market and are available all around Zimbabwe from boutiques or wedding stores. Facinators are

modern and come in beautiful styles and colours.

• Final tip - Yes the mother of the bride can match her outfit colour with the wedding party. Why should the wedding

party have all fun?

Image source:;; ;

Rufaro Mushonga




number of years ago I had a consultation

session with a couple

who were planning their wedding

for the following year. We discussed

their wedding vision from beginning

to end, and they told me how much

money they would like to spend on their

wedding. They were also very specific

about the wedding venue they wanted.

I advised them that given the number of

guests they wanted to plan for, choosing

this venue would throw them way out of

pocket. I built a budget for them based

on their choice of venue, and sent it to

them. They insisted that they wanted

this venue, and were not impressed with

me at all when I recommended other options.

I assumed they did not want to

disclose their real budget to me for fear

of being ripped off. So I went ahead and

booked the venue.

Two months before the wedding, the

fun and games began. They ran short of

money, and of course they blamed me

for it. It was a nightmare for all parties

involved. As a couple, you know how

much money you are able to spend on

your wedding. If you are working with

a tight budget, here are three practical

tips on how to keep your budget down.

Get an expert to help you with

budgeting and planning

A wedding planner already has good

relationships with wedding service providers,

so hiring one will help you to

save money and stay within a specified


Choose your venue wisely

Avoid venues that insist on you using

upmarket caterers, decorators and

hiring companies. Venues that do not

require you to hire a tent may be less

costly – with the exception of hotels.

Some venues will offer you an affordable

all-inclusive package, so make sure

you consider such options

Watch your guest list

Reducing the number of guests you

would like to invite is the fastest way to

trim the budget. The costs that are numbers

driven have more impact on your


Get the budget in order, right from the

start, and you are halfway to having a

memorable wedding day without committing

“financial suicide.”

Rufaro Mushonga

Photography by Tasha Creations

September 14 to 20 2014


Profile of the


The real deal (Part 2)

Cynthia Hakutangwi

The Real Deal is an expression often used

to refer to someone or something that is

very good and has all the qualities that

people say they have. In the first part of

this series which profiles the attributes of

game-changers we challenged individuals to

pursue and discover their personal authentic

identity before they allow others to define

them. We briefly examined these three gamechanging

(GC) attributes:

GC1: Personal Leadership and Transfor


GC2: Possessing the courage to be a

thought leader

GC3: The ability to think and see with a

relational lens

We established that there are major phenomena

profoundly altering the world’s landscape

on various interfaces which call for

game-changers who will not only adapt, but

possess the strength of character to change

the ways things are done. From the many definitions

that have been provided, we adopted

one from the business dictionary which describes

a game-changer as “a person or idea

that transforms the accepted rules, processes,

strategies and management of business

functions.” Our discussion however will not

be confined to business functions alone but

stretches it to cover various levels of organised

units ranging from families to organisations,

communities and ultimately nations.

This article will examine and reflect on the

next three GC attributes of game-changers.

GC Attribute Four: They make the best

out of breaking-point frustrations

Whilst many people fear the breaking

point because of its life-threatening nature,

there is a treasure that lies in this state of

affairs. Sometimes the course of our lives

cannot be changed until our situations reach

breaking point. Whilst being pro-active is a

plausible virtue that enables preventative effectiveness

and reduces risks within systems

and organisations, life sometimes may call for

us to allow the breaking point to be reached.

Until we “snap” sometimes our world order

may remain the same and we may continue

to get the same results in our traditional comfortable

environments. Snap in this instance

refers to tapping from our reserves beyond the

ordinary provision. The breaking point is generally

accepted as being the moment of greatest

strain at which someone or something

gives way. Too often, we fear reaching this

point because of the high levels of discomfort

and a strong fear of death. The paradox of

death is that it is so closely related to the ushering

of new life in the same way that whilst

a mother’s life is at stake, she gives birth to a

new life. My personal experiences with child

birth will forever remain magical moments

where I remember transitioning from one extreme

of deep anguish to another extreme of

pure bliss and elation at the arrival of a new

life through it all. Human psychology defines

the breaking point as “a moment of stress in

which a person breaks down or a situation becomes

critical.” It is very possible that when

we reach our end and surrender to another dimension

of engagement we may very well be

on our way to giving new definition to a completely

new way of doing things.

GC Attribute Five: They are not afraid to

initiate movement in stagnant situations

Very often when situations around us persistently

remain stagnant we can be tempted to

remain silent observers in the motionless state

of affairs and sometimes even dare the still

waters to begin to move themselves around

us. When the still and stagnant waters around

us do not move, it may be a sign that we need

to generate the requisite movement so that we

get a positive ripple effect that spreads far beyond

us. On the other extreme, we may even be

tempted to step out of the stagnant waters and

situations that we find ourselves in to pursue

other “seemingly active waters” to avoid being

the causative agents of movement. What

have you been sitting and watching for too

long in your life, just waiting for it to move?

Wisdom and discernment is required to help

us to establish the reasons why we may be located

and positioned in those stagnant waters

for that season. Maybe, just maybe, the very

same is waiting for you to start making moves

that will awaken the sleeping giants within

and around you. The traction starts with the

movements we initiate in the right direction

so that the potential of those things around us

is stirred to manifest and align with their destiny

as we align with our purpose.

GC Attribute Six: They are not led by frivolous


Game-changers are not led by frivolous emotions

but instead take time to meditate and

listen to sound wisdom. In their professionalism,

they choose to respond and not react to

provocations within and around them. It takes

great strength of character coupled with maturity

for an individual to value their brand

and not reduce themselves to react impulsively

to their own whims, challenges or careless

dysfunctions of others. In spite of all their

power to influence, game-changers remain

humble and modest as they build momentum

for even greater accomplishments. This protects

them from being dangerously exposed

and extinguished prematurely. Unbridled

pride and ego inevitably become a recipe for

the demise of any game-changer who cannot

keep their emotions in check.

Join us again in the next issue as we explore

and examine the next three game-changing


Cynthia is a Communications and Personal

Development Consultant, a Life Coach,

Author, and Strategist. She is the Managing

Consultant of Wholeness Incorporated. “A

passionate and fervent motivational speaker

who speaks at seminars, workshops and conferences

provoking people and institutions to

challenge their comfort zones by imparting

vital knowledge and information which can

help them to live balanced lives and create

trans-generational solutions.”


The art of building your castle in bits and pieces… [Part II]

Tafadzwa Zimunhu Taruvinga

The Caterpillar and the Butterfly

In the month of September, my focus is on

what it means to build up towards your life’s

purpose in bits and pieces. If you’ve even attempted

Accounting 101 not-so-impressively

like myself, you might remember “piecemeal

liquidation” in which a company is sold off

in small chunks, rather than in one sweeping

goal. Building the castle of your life’s

dreams, if it will be worth a Dollar, should

take time. In keeping with the old truth “all

good things take time” tiny ants toil daily, ferrying

pieces of bread and grains of soil in order

to build a home. Birds too build their nest

one strand at a time.

Chapter two of my book which I published in

June this year, “Serve Your Customers Excellentl,

Or Not At All!”, is entitled “The Caterpillar

and the Butterly”, and it tells what I

consider a rather interesting story as thus:

“I want to tell the story of the caterpillar and

the butterfly. I think it’s amazing. When a

caterpillar hatches from an egg, its life begins.

Unless it doesn’t go through the full metamorphosis

cycle for one reason or another, the caterpillar

feeds on leaves and grass, growing

longer and fatter, shedding its skin off gradually.

When it’s had quite enough to eat, the caterpillar

hangs upside down from a plant and

spins itself into a shiny chrysalis. It’s in that

chrysalis where, through further metamorphosis,

the caterpillar transforms itself into a butterfly.

Then, as the story goes, the butterfly flies

into the magnificent African sunset and lives

happily ever after.”

We learn a valuable lesson from the ants,

birds, caterpillars and butterflies of this

world. We learn that we too are capable of

building good things in the good time, and

that good time demands a special kind of patience

and delayed gratification. In a sense

then, the excerpt above is ample prescription

of how best we, like the caterpillar which

ends up as a butterfly, can build our castles in

bits and pieces. There are nine pieces which

matter in the piecemeal approach to building

one’s dreams, three of which we looked

at last week, three of which we will look at

today, and the last three in the last part of this

title next week.

4. The Shedding of Skin

Shedding off your skin comes in two forms.

Firstly, it challenges you to let go of your inhibitions.

Your inhibitions are those innate

unique characteristics which are not progressive.

This is important because you are,

in many instances, afraid of even embarking

on any journey before you actually do. It’s

a natural condition, sure, but it’s one which

you should get rid of right from the get go.

Marianne Williamson summed it up in the

famous quote which says “Our deepest fear is

not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear

is that we are powerful beyond measure…”

What does this mean in practice? It means

that you should walk unchartered paths and

challenge yourself to get rid of your fears.

For instance, if the line of work to which

you aspire involves public speaking, but you

know that you are naturally an introvert,

take active steps to counter such inhibition.

Join a public speaking society in order to improve

your speaking skills. The second skin

to shed is your limitations, which are mostly

external, the likes of a lack of capital to start

a small business. Limit your limitations. If

a bank has not given you a loan to start your

business in 12 months, take a step back and

consider this. Should you now stop pursuing

the bank and start pursuing other alternate

sources of capital such as your savings or

small repayable loans from close friends or


5. Turning Upside Down

Turning upside down comes in two forms

too. In the first part, it entails turning challenges

into opportunities, or making lemonade

out of sour lemons. The current harsh

economic climate especially requires you to

do this as much as is possible. Here’s a practicable

example. If catering has been your

income-earning passion for years and you’ve

concentrated on selling gourmet meals with

a higher average revenue of $5.00 per unit

sale all along, consider making 80% of your

menu a “sadza and (something)” variety with

an average return of $2.00 per unit sale, simply

because the market demands affordable

meals at lunch for five days a week, rather

than expensive gourmet meals for two days a

week on a weekend. See if you can transform

your service from being price-driven to being

volumes-driven. On the other hand, turning

upside down is about introspection and questioning

oneself whether to remain on the

path so far walked along or find a new path.

It’s about reinventing yourself. It’s about taking

a walk every morning and thinking about

what it is that you can do differently or in addition

to what you’ve been doing all along.

6. Spinning into a Shiny Chrysalis

Spinning into a shiny chrysalis is significantly

related to turning upside down. It’s about

reinventing oneself and it’s about introspection.

But it goes one step further. You would

shine the most if you brought out your good

qualities a lot more often than you would

your weaknesses. In the grander scheme of

life, this is about accentuating your strengths

and limiting your weaknesses. If you are a

people person for instance, network with people

from all walks of life. You never know

where it might lead.

In Part III next week, we will examine your

transition from caterpillar to butterfly, living

happily ever after and your flight into the African


Tafadzwa Taruvinga is a trilingual Customer

Service Consultant and the first Zimbabwean

Member to sit on the Advisory Council of Customer

Value Creation International (CVCI).

He is the author of the 200-paged book “Serve

Your Customers EXCELLENTLY, Or Not At

All!” and he facilitates customer service training

workshops. Tafadzwa can be contacted on

e-mail at and his profile

is available at

> “About Us”.


September 14 to 20 2014

The return of The Gentleman!

Marshall Malikula

It’s a given, that you must always

put your best foot forward, your

grooming has to be top deck.

I can never stress this point

enough. On the contrary, you are

also as good as you carry yourself

in public. Every man has to back up

his good looks with good etiquette

in order to come up with a total

package. Impressions management

is an integral part of grooming and

acceptable social behaviour. Just

like on a first date, first impressions

are the lasting ones. It’s really

great, if you make a good one,

but really hard to reverse a negative

impact. Manners make a man.

Failure to adhere to good etiquette,

sorry to say, I will most likely label

you as a douchebag.

A man’s body is God‘s temple,

therefore should be treated with respect

it deserves. This has nothing

to do with whether you are metro,

retro or conservative man. In fact,

it has nothing to do with sexuality,

long gone were days when it was

acceptable for men to be mud hogs.

Treat your body with respect and

so will others. Treat others with

respect and they will return the favour

threefold. Maintain a healthy

lifestyle and high standards of


Posture makes perfect, as does

the right body language. A gentleman

never sits with his legs spread.

There is no need to advertise. Sit

with legs crossed or close together.

Don’t stretch your feet out towards

another person. This is disrespectful

in any culture. When engaging

in conversation, try not to fidget.

Hold a position and keep eye contact

at all times. The people you

meet like to think that they are

worthy of your undivided attention.

Always listen intently, never

interrupt a conversation and NEV-

ER take a phone call or step away

during that conversation.

Table manners are ‘next to

Godliness’. A respectable man

never speaks with a mouth full,

doesn’t slurp and always makes

sure his face and table are stain

free. If you have a moustache, be

extra cautious with crumbs and

sauces, make use of available table

napkins. Don’t pick your teeth at

the table, if it’s unavoidable do so

by covering your mouth with the

other hand. If you not sure which

piece of cutlery to use, observe the

host and follow suit. Your cutlery

is always grouped on either side of

your plate, start with the most outward

working your way in.

When dining in a group, a gentleman

always comes prepared

with enough cash to settle the

whole bill. Of course, you are not

obliged to do so, but should the

need arise you can settle without

making a point of it. This prepares

you for split bills where one party

refuses to acknowledge the mysterious

appearance of caviar on the

bill. Never dispute at the table, you

can always strike later in private.

Chivalry is not dead, treat all

women with respect, and put that

woman first! Always open doors

and let any woman in first. Give

your seat up on the bus, not only for

hot chicks but any one of the fairer

sex. If you are still to tie the knot,

your prospective will look at how

you treat women around you to see

if you caring at all, so it pays being

the ultimate gentleman.

Last but not least a gentleman

dresses appropriately for events. I

have been to so many events, in our

bustling city and wondered, “I am I

the one on the wrong or somebody

did not just get the memo?” Before

going to any event, look at the invite

for clues and colour schemes,

consult with Google or even closer

to home, yours truly. My dad used

to tell me there is no excuse for ignorance,

same applies to all men

folk out there. Let’s all clean up our

acts, life will reward you for being

nice, whether it’s a job interview or

the hot chick you been eyeing, you

will not score till you behave.

Marshall Malikula is an Image

Consultant and stylist, get in touch

with him on


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September 14 to 20 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / MAN / PROFILE 7

Star Profile

Gorden Taurai Nzira

Strong, focused and ready to minister to the world….

Prudence Muganiwah

Gorden Taurai Nzira is a Zimbabwean

gospel singer, song writer as well as

music director/producer who was

born in Gwanda and raised in the

city of Bulawayo. Famed for his hit

songs Seiko and Usatani he is an

artist in the making, and not even the

long sabbatical he took from the music

industry has got him rusty – it’s as if

he has been singing and perfecting his

art the whole time.

“I am passionate about creating

music, whether I am singing, writing,

playing drums or directing. I believe music

is my ministry and it is through this

gift that I can be a blessing to the world. The

thing about a passion is that it controls you

most of the time.” Gorden confesses that there

are many times when he has foregone meals

so he can record himself on his phone

in a bid to remember a chorus that

would have popped up in his

creative and ever-busy artistic

mind. “I love what I

do such that a day in the

studio for me feels like

just an hour.”

To the hardworking

young man, who,

needless to say is

also a praise and

worship director

at his church,

creating music

has never been

a job. It is something

that he

loves so much

that it consumes

him and is quite

literally, part of

his life and being.

“I love making

something out

of almost nothing,

it’s a wonderful


When a song

is given to

me through

the inspiration

of the

Holy Spirit,

I get it as a


song. I hear


the rhythm,


and sometimes


the arrangement.

Now working

to put

that down

so that everyone


hear it is


And it is


clear that

the artist is

full of passion.

That being


Gorden, who

is currently

based in South

Africa, says that his

chosen field is not entirely a

bed of roses as it comes with

its own fair share of buts, fame

being the biggest one. “Dealing

with fame has not been easy, especially given that I did a lot of

wrong footing earlier on in my career. I made some mistakes

and I felt like I needed a break from the lime light. The long

sabbatical I took from the music industry has helped mature.”

Married to Nandipha Siyanga and a father of two, a threeyear-

old girl called Mbalenhle and one-year-old boy called Nicanor,

Gorden is also quite your typical family man who loves

spending time with those he holds dear to the heart. “My kids

are both hyper-active so much that when they decide they want

to play with me I have to make sure I have my game on because

they don’t get tired, and as expected they get into a lot of mischief

during the games!” Gorden confesses that he is not big on

shopping and leaves that to his wife as he is a “really terrible


Gorden, who is also a great drummer, believes that the break

he took from music has enabled him to attain a greater understanding

of what it is to be a minister of the gospel. “God has

been good to me and I am back now strong, focused and ready to

minister to the world.”

Basing his career, vision and life mission on the word of

God, Gorden believes that mankind should all have love for one

another regardless of race, creed, gender or tribe. “The Lord

Jesus Christ gave it as a new commandment. He said “A new

commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I

have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall

all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to

another. —John 13:33-35.” According to him, love is a solution

to strife and conflicts, and he believes the endless conflict in the

world is caused by greed.

It is evident that he is a born artist as despite that he does

most of his music in the studio over the weekends as opposed

to every day, he still sings to perfection. The rest of his week

is typically characterised by office runs, meetings with clients

and studying.

On life achievements, Gorden, who says in another life he

would have done marketing or insurance, says, “besides marrying

the woman of my dreams, I would say I had the greatest

feeling of achievement when I released my first album Seiko in

2006. It had been a dream of mine since childhood.”

Besides building his own career, he is also currently a director

for a group called Yadah Praise and is working on building a

record label in Bulawayo for upcoming local artists. Asked if he

has any pet peeves, the ever smiling, easygoing guy who loves

his Zimbabwean food says, “I don’t like it when people eat in my

car, it just irritates me.”

Taking inspiration from Miles Monroe as a result of his

tireless motivational work, Pastor Dan Zimuwandeyi and Pastor

Eddie Chizeya, Gorden says he also has a lot of respect for

gospel music maestro, Pastor Gee Gwanzura whom he says is

always giving him advice regarding to his music.

Expressing his love for musical art and his wish for young

minds to explore their options and pursue their passions, Gorden

says, “I remember when I started off doing shows, I did lots

of free ones because I was doing it out of passion and that’s

how I met some of the people that helped me record my first

album. Your success is in your passion, follow that and you will

make it. Don’t compare yourself with anyone just do the best

you can.”


September 14 to 20 2014

The New Nissan Qashqai


Fact Jeke

The world's most popular compact crossover

now enters its second generation

with the introduction of the all new 2014

model. Witnessed firsthand last Friday

at the Nissan Clover Leaf showroom as it was

officially launched, one thing is for sure, creativity

is taking centre stage when it comes to

vehicle production.

The first generation model proved to be

overwhelmingly popular, achieving more

than two million sales worldwide since its

2007 launch. Now, the all-new, all-improved

Qashqai is set to continue this success in a

market segment which is unequivocally led by

Nissan. The new Nissan QASHQAI ultimately

personifies Nissan’s ‘Innovation that Excites'


This is a compact crossover produced by

the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan since

December 2006. It replaced the off-road capable

body-on-frame Mistral/ Terrano as its

small SUV offering. Nissan named it after the

Qashqai semi-nomadic tribe living in mountainous

Southwestern Iran. It’s a compact

SUV suited for both urban driving and bundu

bashing. It has been built at Nissan's Nissan

Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) Sunderland,

Tyne and Wear in the last eight years. It

clearly has some English in its DNA.

It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design

Europe in London, and was globally presented

at the 2006 Paris Motor Show marking

the beginning of its successful journey.

Since its facelift in 2010, the Qashqai has

sold over 200 000 annual units in Europe every

year, and the first generation has sold more

than 2 million units in world over during its

7.5 year production run. An award winner,

The New Qashqai was named Car-Of-The-Year

at What Car? Awards in London early this

year and has been the official vehicle for the

Cosafa Cup, increasing its brand visibility.

The Qashqai is a rival to such cars as the

Toyota RAV4, Hyundai iX35, BMW’s X1, and

the Honda CR-V. Its pricing is competitive as

well with the price under US$50 000.

The sub-Saharan African market offers

the 2014 Qashqai in five-model range supported

by three engine variants and two trim lines,

in a 1.2T, 1.5dci and 1.6dci variants. Nissan

South Africa is aiming for high sales as Africa

is rapidly becoming urbanised with hip young

people rapidly moving into business positions

as the continent’s rapid development accelerates.

It’s affordable, efficient, modern, trendy

and energetic in its execution, the new Nissan

Qashqai is not just a reworked original with

a renewed lease on life. Longer, wider, lighter

and redesigned from the ground up, features a

refreshing, trendy new design, state-of-the-art

technology and more.

This compact SUV spearheaded a revolution

and now it’s back in the year 2014. With

a more powerful, bold new design, the all-new

Nissan Qashqai is the agile urban crossover

created to take on the city – and more. It’s

packed with advanced, intuitive technology

and state-of-the-art connected services, its dynamic

ride and handling give you complete

control, always. Being in Harare, you can

take on the city and embark on an urban adventure.

The intensity of the all-new Nissan

Qashqai means you can take on the world in


Taking a drive in this car you can experience

an explosion of innovation. It’s the intelligent

new urban triathlete with looks to

match. Razor sharp and more predatory than

ever, with a proudly provocative, aerodynamic

profile, the all-new Nissan Qashqai makes

a powerful statement wherever it goes: The

original crossover is back like never before

and you won’t be disappointed with its performance

and handling capabilities.

For the ones who struggle to reverse

without bumping into walls or other cars, it

comes fitted with four cameras that deliver a

panoramic exterior view to make reversing

and parking a real cinch. The bird’s eye view

lets you check out the lay of the land from

above, then opt for different dual views while

manoeuvring – once you experience it you’ll

never want to drive without it.

In this new model, you can avoid any

scratches. Whether you are in drive or reverse,

push the camera button to switch off the overhead

for a side view – it’s great for checking

how close you are to the curb. You are guaranteed

that those blind spots are covered. In reverse,

you see what’s directly behind and use

the overhead view to check for short objects

that may otherwise be hidden below your window.

Nissan’s chassis control functions deliver

responsive and engaging handling, while delivering

a smoother ride experience.

Till next week, keep it pumping and God bless


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the road ahead

The Nissan LEAF is taking pride of place on the

Nissan Stand at the Zimbabwe Auto Show on

13-14 September.

The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF

has globally soared in popularity and

sales. Now in its fifth year of global

production, and delighting more than

100,000 owners world-wide, the Nissan

LEAF is visiting Zimbabwe and taking a

bow at the Auto Show.

Your Nissan Dealers in Zimbabwe

will be manning the stand at the Auto

Show. Along with the LEAF, they will

be showcasing a selection of the local

Nissan range, including Nissan passenger

model ALMERA, extraordinary JUKE and

exciting NEW Qashqai, sturdy pickups

NP200 and NP300 HARDBODY, and the

highly capable yet luxurious PATROL. The

Nissan Team is looking forward to see you

at the show.

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September 14 to 20 2014


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Noma Ndlovu

Kitchens are the soul of the home. Gone are

the days where kitchens were the domain

of maids and mothers, where you only went

to get your food refill. Things have changed,

kitchens have become the crowning glory of a

home. The old formula to create a triangular

flow - fridge, sink and stove has been replaced

by a functionality that is user-friendly and interactive.

Kitchens have evolved to showcase personality

and style. I have often pointed out that

each room of the house is important but detail

and state of a room is what sets your property

apart from the rest should you decide to sell.

A kitchen is a good selling point, the classier

and modern the kitchen is the more value it

adds to your home.

Before you decide on the theme of your

kitchen, you need to be clear on whether you

are remodelling or renovating. Remodelling

is a completely new kitchen where you are

changing not only the fixtures but the floor

plan , space , appliances and all else. Renovating

is simply updating fixtures and fittings

and without changing the floor plan or removing

walls. Your wall colour will set the tone for

your kitchen.

Kitchen Must Haves

Sinks and Faucets. Kitchens have become

trendy in the last decade. Stainless steel kitchen

sinks have a new look. New material is

now being used in the design of sinks that can

match the colour of your floors, counter tops

or appliances. Sinks can now be under mount,

top mount or apron style, just depends on your


Countertops. There are many options

when it comes to counter tops. You can use

granite, quartz, marble, concrete, wood, stainless

steel, laminate, solid surface, recycled

glass and tiles. I love granite countertops especially

the ones that glow in the dark. If budget

is not an issue I definitely recommend granite

for your countertops. It really does add value

to your home and it wears well. It holds heat

well and has the second hardness rating after

diamonds. Choose a countertop that is durable

and easy to maintain. Local kitchen designers

have a wide range of these counters to

help make your kitchen dream come true.

Cabinets and Back Wash. You can’t go

wrong with wood. Wood can be stained to suit

your colour choices to a certain extent. Wood

gives your kitchen a more rustic feel and ages

well. Wood laminate is a cheaper alternative

but does not age well. You can get creative

with your space. It does not mean that a small

space can’t have a stunning kitchen. In fact

small kitchens are the best to design as you

are working with fewer elements. Use sliding

drawers for lower cabinets and grooved sling

drawers for spices. Work with colour tones

and accents as these will help give an illusion

of space. Dark woods on white walls or white

woods against dark walls or light walls the

end result is always a stunning kitchen. Back

wash or back splash that’s the area between

your top cabinets and the counter tops. This

area needs to stand out and flow with the design.

Sitting Area. The kitchen being the soul

of the home, a sitting area is a must. Depending

on the size of your family you might need

to remodel your kitchen if space is an issue.

However sitting area does not necessarily

have to be in the kitchen per se as these days

open plan is the in thing and the kitchen spills

into the dining area. You can choose to have

a sliding glass door to separate the two areas

just to add a bit of mystery and pizazz to your

area. Choose light sitting which is durable and

blends well with your space.

Pantry and Scullery

In larger kitchens, these are generally over

flow rooms. These need not be dreary rooms

or spaces. If you are remodelling you can add

them to your floor plan as overflow rooms or

as part of the kitchen cabinetry. The scullery

can house your dishwashing machine, washer

and dryer.

Appliances, Lighting and Flooring

There is a plethora of appliance manufacturers

who provide a range of appliances that suit

any budget. You can select your appliances to

go with your colour scheme. If yellow is your

theme go with the flow and ensure cohesiveness

in your design that wows and welcomes

people into your space. Lighting in the kitchen

should not be limited to the one bright florescent

light that we all know. Have three sources

of lighting – the bright one for you to see what

you are cooking, the dim one for dining and

the general one for normal lighting. Flooring

should be practical as well; I love Caesarstone

tiles which can also be adapted to countertops.

High gloss wood, ceramic and stone tiles

should be your options. Stick to one colour for

your flooring, not only does this add flow to

your theme; it adds value and simple elegance

to your home.

Kitchens are now classified as contemporary,

eclectic, traditional, luxury, classic,

modern, bespoke, funky, coastal, the list goes

on. However what is most important is how

you define your kitchen space. These dream

kitchens are attainable, all you need is to decide

what you what, stablish your budget,

shop around and choose a reputable Interior

designer or a Specialist Kitchen Designer who

can match your ideas to form and functionality.

The good thing is we have talented Kitchen

Designers in Zimbabwe that you can work

with to create a beautiful bespoke kitchen that

suits your needs. Till then Keep Calm and

Love your Home.

Credits – SA home Owner – August 2014.

Noma Ndlovu is an Interior Designer & Property

Stylist. Feedback on unaminkosi@yahoo. or

Sliding drawers for lower cabinets to minimize clutter an excellent way to maintain an elegant


A double under mount sink with a high pressure shower faucet.

A built in storage area for your washing machines




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September 14 to 20 2014

What was

Noah thinking?

Dylan Wilson Max

The story of Noah and the Ark is one of my

favourites; the dove at the end with the olive

branch is a true testament to faith. However

with hindsight, there are some little crawlings

for which gardeners blame Noah. He gave

them a free ride!

Maybe what Noah needed was a couple

of “touts” calling the shots – maybe we need

another flood so that this time we can get it

right! I touched on aphids and thunder flies

last week, this week we want to touch on the

other general pests and diseases that made it

onto the ark “without paying their 5 Rand.”

Plants are resilient wise more advanced than

humans. You can chop their head, dry them

out and abuse them in ways that would drive

any human being to the grave, but you find

they still revive and in some cases come back

much stronger than before.

Fungi is to plants what kryptonite is to

Superman. Fungi is definitely the “uber”

bad guy in a Superhero flick. They have the

ability to actually over time form a protective

shield around themselves thus ensuring

that the job of destroying your garden is done

in a peaceful environment. They also spread

themselves around quite efficiently producing

large numbers of spores by using mediums

like wind, rainwater and animals to further

ensure that their life is replicated efficiently.

One of the signs of fungi is powdery mildew,

this can form on roses, lilacs, zinnias, grapes

etc... When you see a white powdery substance

on your plants without explanation, know that

the enemy is at work.

There are remedies for fungi. There are

“salad dressing” options I mentioned, however

it would be best to consult your favourite

agrochemical supplier and look for fungicidal

chemicals. A fungus can turn a lush palm tree

into a sick looking mess in a matter of months

and they do their most work during our windy

months. Fungi, not really Noah’s fault ….but

the jury is still out on this one!

Army worms and other caterpillars are getting

ready for the summer. Be on the look-out

for these, especially wedding venue owners

near farms. Remember what happens around

you will start happening to you when we speak

of pests and diseases.

Snails and slugs can also prove to be a

problem, especially with your more succulent

stemmed plants. The pests love the good stuff,

mainly all the nutrients located at the base of

the plant upwards from the roots.

In all the above cases prevention is always better

than cure. This cold spell might be useful

in delaying attacks; however it will get warmer,

be on the look-out for black pots, powdery

mildew and caterpillars. Treat them early and

save yourself the hassle in the future.

Till Next Week …Go with God…As they say

Papua New Guinea

Come and join us for a

wonderful day out at The

Annual Garden Show on

13th-14th September.

Come and get some ideas for your own garden by looking at the

exciting garden designsthat our nurseries and landscapers are

putting together.

Bring a piece of a plant you’d like identified or come and ask

questions about your garden at our experts Q&A Panel and listen

to a variety of other interesting talks and demonstrations

(all free).

The tea garden will be serving delicious teas and lunches,

with gluten and dairy-free options available.

For the kids there will be a fantastic Kid’s Zone (enclosed, shaded,

bottled water available, no water slides) and African Themes

Pottery will be there with a “Kiddies Corner” where your children

can paint and decorate their own piece of pottery.

Get Inspired! Get Gardening!




In this issue

of Food & Drink

(1,2) Theo’s 167 Enterprise road

(3) Lebbie

2 3


September 14 to 20 2014

Breakfast at Theo’s/167, Enterprise Road, Lewisam.

Dusty Miller

Main picture: “Lolly” Nel, co-owner of 167

wither her son, Theo.


woke early on Wednesday, realising

I’d nothing to fill the then

yawning centimeters of this column.

It meant breakfast then or actually

going for a lunch I’d planned

thrice but on each occasion a flurry

of e-mails and/or minor panic at

the Word Factory kept me chained

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


Sept 14 (today)Rhino Awareness Day.

Battle of Britain Sunday Service Athol Evans Chapel.

REPS fun pub quiz (music…Spot the Tine!) with Tony Palmer. Main bar 11:15

sharp. Royal Society of St George Battle of Britain private picnic lunch

Royal Navy Officers’ Association of Southern Africa Battle of Britain lunch Harare

ClubLast day Zimbabwe Motor Show, Old Georgians

Last day AEL Tiger Fishing Challenge, Eagle’s Rest Hotel, Siavonga, Zambia.

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 brrf, Yorkshire pud etc); Italian Club, Strathaven, Mu

kuvisi Woodlands Coffee Shop; Centurion Pub & Grill, Harare Sports Club, Arti’s,

New Section, Borrowdale Village; Hellenics, Eastlea

Sept 15 Keep fit, Zumba Dancing, City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens. And every working

night except Fridays. 5:30pm-6:30pm.To Sept 17 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

REPS Theatre 7pm. Matinee Saturday 2:30pm

Sept 16 7pm Line dancing City Bowling ClubSept 17 Farmers’ market, Maasdorp Avenue,

Belgravia (next to Bottom Drawer)

Sept 17-20 and 24-27 The Importance of Being Earnest REPS 7;30pm and matinee Saturday

at 2:30

Sept 18 (and every Thursday) Tapas night and music by Evicted, Amanzi Restaurant,

Chisipite. (and every other Thursday) fun pub quiz blue@2 Private Wine Bar, 2,

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

Sept 26.

Sept 27

to the work station… or, at a pinch,

supper that evening, writing early


Given the state of Harare’s

roads and drivers ranging between

selfish and suicidal, I tend to rarely

“do” evening meals out these days.

I have, however, attended evening

fun pub quizzes in the bar at

GGF&WAS lunch Fishmonger, East Rd. twelve-thirty for 1pm

Karaoke night, with Dave and Debbie, City Bowling Club, from dusk. Supper


Greek night with Costa Nicolas, Hellenic Club, Eastlea. Details Joanna 0772 390

960 Murder Mystery dinner 6:30pm, The Venue, Avondale. Tables of eight,

US$75 p/p. Details nancybenham@aol.comOct10-11-12. Zimbabwe 5s Bowling

Tournament City Bowling Club. Full bar and catering; pig-on-a-spit Friday, music,


Oct 11-12 Zimbabwe Trout Fishing championships Nyanga. To compete: mmatipano@zim stay at Rhodes Nyanga Hotel.

Oct 22-25 53rd annual Kariba Invitation Tiger Fishing Tournament, Charara Eastern Basin

Oct 29-Nov 8. EatOut Zimbabwe Restaurant Week. Enjoy bargain 2 and 3 course meals at

top eateries in Harare and Bulawayo.

Dec 29-31 Jameson Victoria Falls Festival. Book now!

(Neither StandardPlus nor Dusty Miller take responsibility for inaccuracies,

postponements, cancellations. No charge for entry.

Deadline 10am Tues prior to publication day.)

“167” (Enterprise Road) and it was

in that direction I drove to break my

fast on a rather warm spring day. In

fact sitting on the stoep at 167 awaiting

their splendid “full English

breakfast”: of the sort which few

Poms have enjoyed since the days of

King Edward VII, was at one stage

uncomfortable in full sun.

I dipped into a Cold War spy

thriller, people-watched (the “people”

all seemed to be regulars and

largely knew one another) and

gawped at comical silky bantams

quartering the pretty gardens by a

swimming pool needing some TLC

for the odd grub. I always think

there’s something therapeutic about

watching poultry scratch, squabble

and indulge in lightning-fast fornication.

167 is the enjoyable little eatery

at 167 Enterprise Road, also known

as Theo’s House of Coffees and (by

many, still) The Stables. (There was

a livery stable there a generation

back.) It sits where Lewisam meets,

Chisipite, Colne Valley and Rietfontein.

Incidentally did you know

Lewisam isn’t a misspelling of

London suburb Lewisham, as often


Sam Lewis, a colourful Jewish

Pioneer of this country, began an

early woodlot and timber-yard just

off the road to Enterprise Valley’s

once highly productive farms… today’s

Lewisam, (his name almost

reversed, geddit?)

Now the plush, leafy suburb is

largely populated by diplomats on

“hardship” postings to Ha-ha-harare

(Africa’s fun capital!)

Theo’s is a splendid little family

outlet. I like al fresco eating when

the weather’s right (about 350 days a

year in this “hardship” post in Sunshine

City!) The gardens and stoep

are always inviting.

There’s maybe three hectares

of rolling real estate fringed with

venerable trees; several arty-crafty

shops and boutiques are dotted

around the property and then a little

oasis of manicured green lawn,

lovely roses, pool with brand new

slides and early Colonial-style

dwelling, which is now a daytime

eatery. What I assume was the original

farmstead is a bar (at nights)

often with live entertainment, a fun

pub quiz every fortnight and great

value US$5 suppers.

Matronly part-owner “Lolly”

Nel (a former van der Merwe, from

Lupane) is, sadly, rather poorly at

the moment. Previously she told me

there were many bijoux businesses

operating on what was until fairly

recently a small-holding, including

a used vehicle dealership, run by

her son, the eponymous Theo, and

stunning garden centre.

The Nels owned the (then) hugely

popular Hot Springs Resort at

Chimanimani, but had a torrid (and

horrid) time with so-called war-vets,

who thought they could just walk in

and “liberate” it. Last time I called

it had been “given” to Chimanimani

Rural District Council, notwithstanding

the fact the RDC had made

a total dog’s breakfast of running

Chimanimani. It was operated by

a “committee” of councilors and

functionaries all wanting pay, freebies

and perks.

Their manager was loading

crates of empties onto a chicken bus

going to Mutate for him to return

many hours later with (hopefully)

“fulls”. It was, of course, a committee

which designed the camel when

they wanted a cow!

Theo’s lists several breakfasts

and, enjoying them, you can vicariously

tour the world! I liked

the sound of an Irish one: two Irish

potato cakes topped with creamy

scrambled egg and tea or coffee at

$7; full English is US$13, American

breakfast, US12 or American pancakes

US$8 and French toast $4!

I chose the full English job: two

sunshine-yolked soft poached eggs,

a stack of excellent bacon, nice

pork sausage, maningi mushrooms,

grilled (ox heart?) tomato, a mountain

of golden chips and brinjal

with two slices of toast, butter and

lovely thick shred piquant marmalade

with TWO pots of hot, thirstquenching

tea and biscotti: a very

filling, satisfactory US$13 artery

clogging greasefest, as good as you’d

have been served in a Pommie transport

“caff ” 50 years ago (for fivebob!):

that’s praise indeed!

To offset that, they serve grand

healthy salads; bacon and blue

cheese is one of seven nice-sounding

toasties which come with chips

and a side salad or you can have it

in baked potatoes (or crepe.) In the

past, I’ve had a huge tasty baked

floury potato stuffed with a splendid

creamy chicken and mushroom

filling (now US$9), with substantial

side salad for late lunch.

They open 8am-5pm weekdays, from

9am at weekends. Telephone: 443720

or 0772 881 877.

Theo’s House of Coffees, 167,

Enterprise Road (opposite Lewisam

Motors). Dusty Miller rating threeand-a-half


Theo Nel

Full English breakfast in the


Mushroom-filled baked potato

with salad

A US$5 spaghetti Bolognaise as

served at night in the bar. These

are especially popular at the pub


All pictures by Dusty Miller

September 14 to 20 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / FOOD & DRINK / WINE 15

Lebbie Musavaya

“It is well to remember that

there are five reasons for

drinking: the arrival of a

friend; one’s present or future

thirst; the excellence of the

wine; or any other reason.”

~Latin Proverb

Over the years, I have often found myself questioning my

inner self as to what reason I had for opening a bottle

of wine. This, I found, was more so, during spontaneous


Without actually spelling it out, I found that I didn’t need a reason

to open a bottle of wine. Can the old adage “anytime is tea

time”, be applied and interpreted as “anytime is wine time”?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on that, wine lovers.

Earlier on this year, a visit to the Cape Winelands saw me

tasting wine from as early as 10am right through to 5pm and,

through all that, still looked forward to having dinner with

wine. A visit to Europe, in particular, Portugal, Spain, France

and Italy, reminded me of a common culture of a glass of wine

with lunch. The wine enthusiast in me easily embraced and

adopted this culture with ease and enjoyment.

In May of this year, an acquaintance dropped by on a

Thursday evening to say hello. The wine collector in me came

in handy once again, as I took out a Barefoot, white Zinfandel

to say ‘hello’ over, a tasteful and delightful light wine, pink in

colour and a flavourful of fruit. The ‘hello’ had to be extended,

just to finish the bottle of wine.

One of my favourites, a versatile grape variety, a Riesling,

(Nederburg Riesling Reserve), came in handy at a last minute

invitation to a lunch time braai. With its easygoing character,

freshness and crisp acidity, it paired perfectly. Although, a not

so common grape variety with the crowd invited, the Riesling

lived up to unexpected standards and I’ve got to say, there’ll

be more Riesling drinkers somewhere out there, at their next

Is there

a time




A month ago, a childhood friend in all aspects, Lorraine,

called me up at about 7:30pm to share a KWV Magnum Roodeberg

2008. This is a blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon,

Shiraz, Merlot and other varietals in small percentages. With

its medium body, it was an instant hit on its own, with rich

berry aromas that followed fruitily on the palate, balanced and

smooth tannins. Afraid that it may have reached its full potential,

we had nothing to worry about as the Magnum (1.5litres)

was far from a disappointment. It was amazing how we managed

to compress all our childhood years to current ‘us’ all in

1,5 litres. With no idea where the wine had gone, but just the

tick tock of the clock to alert us to 1:30am, we called it an evening.

An awesome evening filled with nostalgia and wine to help

us sail through it.

Yes, “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer

tensions and more tolerance”. -- Benjamin Franklin

On more occasions than one, I have stumbled and even fallen

over because of life’s challenges. A bottle of wine, especially a

“bubbly” has helped me zone in on my feelings and pleasantly

reflect on events. Looking into a glass of ‘bubbly’, surprisingly

has always brought pleasant memories, so even though I had

initially started with a mind full of challenge, through it all

plus the bottle of ‘bubbly’, I walk away satisfactorily with,

though mixed feelings, and most of them, of a pleasant nature.

Two weekends ago, my in-laws, gogo and sekuru Musavaya

celebrated their Golden anniversary (50 years) in the institute

of marriage. This was a definite celebration. The Golden toast

was cemented with a Graham Beck Brut NV, which lived up to

its standards as ‘an all round crowd pleaser and extremely versatile

bubbly’, which proved popular amongst the evolved palate

with its creamy limey palate and freshness. The Graham

Beck Bliss Demi-Sec NV, pleased the sweeter palate with its delightful

sweet nose of honey and butterscotch, which followed

through on the palate.

Wine lovers, the various reasons for having a glass of wine

will definitely exceed the 101 mark. Make everyday an occasion.

Make ‘wine time’, YOUR time. I have my bottle of Idiom

Viognier 2012 chilled and ready for my wine time. Care to join



September 14 to 20 2014


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September 14 to 20 2014

Mr & Mrs Shonhai & family



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at people who belong to

us, we see the past,

present, and future.

~Gail Lumet Buckley


September 14 to 20 2014

It’s the back to school blues again, isn’t it?

Prudence Muganiwah

And if you are a parent to one or

two young ones, or three, you are

bound to have gone through one

hell of a time this past week! What

with the packing off to boarding

school, replacing uniforms that had

become too small, standing in bank

queues to pay fees, getting the little

princesses’ hair done and so on. And

this was obviously over and above

the usual work routines, church and

community engagements, caring for

elderly parents, and the list goes on.

As the new school term settles in,

there are a lot of practical tips that

may help ease your day just a little

more, dear parent:

Carpool – Organize one with

your friends or other parents from your

area. That half-hour you do not make a

morning or afternoon school run will

save you in terms of time, and allow

you to get your other tasks done earlier.

Sleep routines – Your little

one/s was understandably now used

to the holiday routine where probably

they woke up around 9 and started

off their day playing games with

their pet, friends, siblings or watching

their daily dose of cartoons. The

transition to the school days routine

will not be easy as they now need to

wake up at least 3 hours earlier. You

will have to make sure the mornings

are less hectic by being more

organized the night before – pack

lunchboxes, aid your son or daughter

in doing their homework And

checking it, make sure all shoes are

polished and uniforms are ready.

More lunch ideas - Be creative

with the lunchboxes. Think out of

the box, literally! Always strive to

come up with quicker ideas on how

to fill your child’s stomach – BUT

without compromising their health.

Give them lunch money as opposed

to a packed lunch at least once a

week, to help on the variety as well

as keep the fun! Involve your kids as

well in the packing of their meals –

you are helping them become more

self-sufficient as well as ensuring

you actually pack what they like –

I know one kid who would always

come back with all his sandwiches

and the mum had no clue what was

wrong, sometimes even yelling at

him. Only to discover that all the

poor little one could not stand was

the butter mum used as a base on all

her sandwiches.

Hopefully with these seemingly

insignificant tips, your days will

be made easier, your kids’ more fun

and consequently this coming week

will be better.

Prudence Muganiwah

THIrd term is upon us, and the

Ordinary and Advanced level candidates

in your home are probably

besides themselves as panic mode

sets in and nerves are all over the

place. Of course they are wondering

if they have done enough in terms

of studying, research and mentally

preparing themselves for the exams

that they are due to write in a few

weeks. Exams that will determine

their next step in terms of education

– exams that will determine

their fate. And naturally, you are

probably increasingly concerned

too, as the days draw nearer. Is there

anything that can be done now? But

of course!

• Form study groups – your

teen’s teachers may have already

done this, but it may be beneficial

for your child to be part of a study

group so that they share ideas, exchange

notes and books, and help

each other understand their studies

better. It may even be a Whatsapp

group where helpful links are


• Go over notes – this is the oldest

and safest way to keep all that data

locked up in your teen’s brain. Encourage

them to try to read as they

go, after a day at school, they should

go over everything they wrote so it

sticks. And they should not just flip

pages, but make sure they understand

and grasp concepts otherwise

they are just looking at words and

passing time!

• Start the syllabus over – now

this is not to say your child will

need to do everything from scratch,

there is simply no time! But in their

spare time, they can start from the

very first chapter of all the recommended

text books, and go over the

basic, main topics just to refresh

their minds and have an overview

of the whole course.

• Seek extra help – whilst going

over what they have learned by

themselves is a good way to brace up

for exams, it is also crucial that your

teen seeks their teacher or tutor’s

help and guidance where needed.

They may be grey in some areas,

or doubtful of certain concepts –

daily attempts should be made to

just try and clear these as the term

progresses so that when exam time

comes, both you and your teen don’t

regret not having asked.

September 14 to 20 2014


Raising Your

Self Esteem

Edson Chivandikwa

Self-esteem is a significant aspect of one’s wholeness.

Teenage years are a period of the development

of a self-concept and identity formation.

Low self-esteem can cause a lot of complications

in these determinative years and even prolong into

adulthood. Self-esteem refers to the evaluation of

oneself; it is about how one feels valued, accepted and

loved by those around him or her. It is not a fixed identity

but can transform as situations change.

Causes of low self-esteem

Low self-evaluation can be a product of criticism or

ridicule by parents, siblings, friends, peers or authority

figures. On the other hand, it can emanate from

self-criticism and self-inflicted degradation. Belittling

oneself, especially in comparison with others can

erode one’s self-image. Setting unrealistic expectations

for ourselves can also have an abrasion effect on

our self-esteem if we fail to meet those expectations.

Sometimes we want to achieve unrealistic feats when

we clearly do not have the requisite qualities to match

those exploits.

Consequences of low self-esteem

Those who suffer from low esteem usually feel upset

about themselves and others, depending on who they

blame for the situation. In most cases, one’s self-care

declines and thinking narrows and focuses on the


What can be done to restore self-esteem?

First one needs to identify the triggers to low self-esteem.

These triggers may be situational (for example

the presence or absence of some people). Those who

suffer from low self-esteem need to adjust their selfimage,

especially when their expectations of themselves

are too high and unrealistic. Most significantly

they need to know themselves and their potentialities

and peg their targets realistically.

A common problem with low self-esteem people is that

they unnecessarily compare themselves with others.

This should be avoided since it is self-defeating. Instead

of comparing oneself with others, one should

concentrate on self-care: good health excellent appearance

and a healthy mind and self-assertiveness. Low

self-esteem people should use the assertive “I” to express

what you feel, think, want and see. They must

not allow themselves to be abused or demeaned; they

should boldly say no.

Remember: self-esteem is learnt within social situations;

it is not inherited. You can transform it!


for new term

As the new term starts, whether you’re a student, a teacher or a parent. you

may need some motivation to get off to a good start:

1. “Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too

busy later.” - Dana Stewart Scott

2. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change

the world.” - Nelson Mandela

3. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to

acquire it.” - Albert Einstein

4. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” - Victor Hugo

5. “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” - Ray LeBlond

6. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you

educate a generation.” - Brigham Young

7. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -

Sydney J. Harris

8. “Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time

to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.” - Oscar Wilde

10. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ

from the dead.” - Aristotle

11. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a

lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you

a lesson.” - Tom Bodett

12. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the

people who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

13. “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” - Edmund


14. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

- W.B. Yeats

15. “School prepares you for the real world... which also bites.” - Jim Benton

16. “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school

like I did.” - Yogi Berra

17. “What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem,

support, and friendship.” - Terry Tempest Williams

18. “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him

how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.” -- Confucius

19. “In a school community, someone who reads a book for some secretive

purpose, other than discussing it, is strange. What was she reading for?”

- John Irving

20. “Just don’t take any class where you have to read BEOWULF.”

- Woody Allen


September 14 to 20 2014

9 Practical Ways To

Lose Weight This Summer

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We’ve all heard the advice: if we want to

lose weight, we need to eat less and move

more. It seems simple enough, but it’s a

largely useless proposition without a plan.

What I’ve found to be effective (and what

I’ve written about in several books) is the

5:2 approach to intermittent fasting. This requires

calories to be slashed to a quarter of

the usual intake (that’s about 500 calories for

a woman, 600 for a man) just two days a week.

The other five days, you eat normally.

Do this, and you can expect to see changes

on the scales, and, crucially, significant benefits

to your health, including lowering the

risk of a number of age-related diseases.

So what realistic, daily steps can you make

right now to take you from hopeful words

to guaranteed action? Below are my top 9

weight-loss tips; try some, or all, of these for

six weeks and you may well find that you’ve

gone down a size, but — far more importantly

— you’ll have started to modify your appetite

and your attitude to food.

1. Take an “alcoholiday”

One of the smartest, swiftest routes to weight

loss is to cut out (or cut back on) alcohol. Sadly,

alcohol is chemically similar to sugar, so

drinking it will set off the same insulin resistance

that can promote weight gain. Your

glass of Chardonnay or your Mojito contains

plenty of calories, but very little nutritional

benefit — so, for six weeks, aim to give it (and

your liver) a break. Think of it as an “alcoholiday.”

And if you must drink? Try a white

wine spritzer; make every second drink water;

and watch the mixers. (OJ will double

the calorie count of a vodka shot.)

2. Choose your carbs with care

Highly refined carbohydrates — the processed

white carbs that are the basis of so

many meals and snacks — will spike bloodsugar

levels and encourage the pancreas to

produce insulin, which both facilitates the

accumulation of fat, and then guards against

its depletion. Swap fast-release, refined

carbs for slow-burning, unrefined ones: jumbo

oats, brown basmati rice, stone-ground

wholemeal bread. Small change, big impact.

3. Fight the 50/50s

We humans crave energy-dense fat-sugar

combinations, but, according to neuroscientist

Professor Paul Kenny at the Scripps Research

Institute in Florida, food with a 50:50

fat:sugar ratio interferes with our mechanisms

of self-regulation; there’s simply no

OFF switch, as there would be when consuming

either macronutrient alone. While this

particular ratio doesn’t happen in nature, it

does occur in plenty of the treats we’ve come

to know and love: cheesecake, donuts, fudge

brownies… So strike the 50:50s off your

shopping list — just for a while — and make

a bid for freedom.

4. Cruise the Med

It may be a shorthand way to say “axe the junk,”

but the good people of the Mediterranean know

a thing or two about healthy eating. For a sixweek

period, take a leaf from our Italian cousins

and move towards a diet rich in vegetables,

whole-grains, fruit, nuts, olive oil, lean protein

and low-fat dairy. Bellissima!

5. Stick with soup

Soup, according to research from Penn State

University, is a great appetite suppressant because

it consists of a hunger-busting combination

of liquids and solids; eat it before a meal

and you can lower your overall calorie intake

by up to 20% compared to a meal without soup.

Alternatively, swap your daily lunchtime sandwich

for a veg-based soup … you’ll lower your

carb and calorie intake, while increasing your

veg quota.

6. Implement the Rule of Three-Quarters

It’s a simple, almost obvious, idea, but a great

way to put good diet sense into practice: just fill

your plate with veg at the expense of meat and

carbs – a 75:25 ratio would be ideal. The idea is

to make meat a treat, and give carbs a supporting

role – making the veg star performers. For

plenty of great veggie 5:2 meals, have a look at

The Fast Diet Recipe Book and Fast Cook, or

check out the recipes at our website.

7. Go on portion patrol

It’s easy to think that the portion we are served

is the amount we actually want, or need, or can

manage — even though portion sizes in restaurants

and food outlets have rocketed in the

last two decades. We tend to eat 92% of the food

we serve ourselves — so serve a little less. We

also tend to go on eating until the plate is done.

Again, pay attention. Downsize. A smaller

plate? Why not?

8. Junk the juice

Fruit juice is a higher sugar, lower-nutrient

version of its source — and it contains less

fiber, too. Besides, plenty of the nutritional

goodies in fruit are concentrated in the skins,

which tend to be lost in juicing. If you want

apple juice, eat the apple, and have a glass of

water with it. (It’s important to stay hydrated

when on the 5:2.)

9. Change your coffee order

While coffee itself is no bad thing, the dairy

and sugar that often go into it can be real calorie

traps. For the next six weeks, swap your usual

latte for black coffee, green tea, herb tea. You

may well find that after six weeks, the milky,

frothy lattes you once adored have lost their allure…

this is the ‘brain retrain’ you’re after: a

change of mind to change your shape.

September 14 to 20 2014


September 14 to 20 2014



September 14 to 20 2014

Enjoying a Mountain Club hike

Rosie Mitchell

A couple of times a year, I lead a walk for the

Mountain Club. If you’d like to get out and

about into scenic areas over the weekends,

meet some new people, and get or keep fit, this

is the club for you. It’s often the first port of

call for people from overseas who arrive in

Zimbabwe to live and work for a while, either

in the diplomatic service or for an NGO, and

don’t know quite where to start exploring

our beautiful country. Soon, with energetic

Mountain Clubbers, they are off out into the

bush every weekend, to experience some new

and lovely place that’s close enough to town

to make it possible as a day or afternoon hike.

The Mountain Club also organises some extended

several day hikes out of town, and even

out of Zimbabwe. Their members are very

friendly and they have a social evening every

Wednesday as well, and also offer rock climbing,

including for beginners, in Haka Park by

Cleveland Dam. The club has a several decade

history and an enthusiastic membership and

annual subscriptions are tiny, so think about

joining, for a whole new lease of life, a new social

circle and some fun adventures exploring

beautiful places on foot over weekends!

In late August, I took a friendly and thoroughly

cosmopolitan group of Mountain

Clubbers and their friends, out for an afternoon

hike in the Chishawasha area. From

Canadians to Americans, Germans to French,

some visiting, some here for a couple of years,

some resident, and of course, Zimbabweans,

this was an interesting bunch of people. Lots

of long conversations took place en route and

good times were had by all. When I lead these

hikes, I like to show the participants places

very close to the city that they might not know

about, that are quiet and scenic and away

from the “madding crowd” yet easily accessible.

They are areas I’ve mostly discovered via

solitary exploring on the run, since I took up

running a decade ago. I much prefer running

in the bush to running on suburban roads, because

there is no traffic, I often see interesting

birds and wildlife, it’s quiet, and I really enjoy

the varied scenery. It’s surprising what pretty,

wild places there are to explore, very close to

the suburbs, you just have to go and look for

them. Some, I tracked down by going on Google

Earth, and simply looking for open spaces,

and the nearest suburban roads via which I

could access these.

At a run, I went on a “recce” of my

planned route a couple of days before the club

hike, into the rolling hills and rocky outcrops

of Chishawasha communal land, with just a

10-minute drive to the starting point, work-

ing out roughly where I’d lead everyone. On

the day, however, detours proved necessary.

Sadly, a raging fire was racing its way through

the exact area I’d planned to take them. It’s

always distressing to witness the careless,

wide- ranging environmental degradation and

destruction caused by these fires, started both

carelessly and deliberately, and each year in

the “fire season” I cannot help but be angered

and saddened by this. Such fires rage through

wetlands and greenbelts and peri-urban open

spaces across our towns and cities, as well as

through game parks and rural areas all across

the country, causing untold ecological damage.

As there was a fair amount of wind, the

fire spread far and wide during the course of

our hike, wreaking havoc on the landscape,

and no doubt, on the small unseen wildlife

within it.

Nonetheless, we had a very enjoyable, social

time on the hike, and managed to avoid

the fire and thoroughly enjoy the scenic

Chishawasha landscape, so close to the city.

To find out more about Mountain Club, email

Haka Game Park

Another very enjoyable place to walk, run,

mountain bike, picnic, game spot and enjoy

with the family very close to town, is Haka

Game Park, where the animals are breeding

very well and the landscape is looking lovely.

I took my nieces Carly and Jaime and nephew

Jayden on a bush adventure in Haka last

weekend, for the first time in ages, and we had

a wonderful time.

Haka is adjacent to Cleveland Dam and

recreational area, in itself a very popular

place for family outings over weekends, and I

was happy to see lots of groups relaxing, picnicking

and enjoying this pretty place. You

can hire canoes by the Dam and actually canoe

into the Game Park and see it from the

water, and there are lots of good picnic sites at


The Game Park itself offers varied landscapes,

from woodland to wetland to kopje to

open plain, and you can easily spend a full day

hiking around it. Equally, there is an excellent

network of well-maintained roads if you

prefer to do a game drive instead, and several

really good developed picnic sites. At the

entrance gate you can buy firewood and cool

drinks and for gardening enthusiasts and

those interested in re-afforestation, Haka also

runs a good nursery.

Game to be spotted at Haka includes wildebeest,

eland, zebra, giraffe, impala, duiker,

bush pig, civet, genet, jackal, various mongooses,

and a wide diversity of birds, trees,

plants, and more.

We had a very enjoyable walk and rockclimb

– there are lots of rocks and kopjes and

in fact, some San rock paintings in Haka also.

So if looking for somewhere to take the family

for a weekend outing, consider Cleveland Dam

and Haka Game Park. Turn left into the Cleveland

entrance just after the recently opened

TM hypermarket on Mutare Road. The Haka

sign and entrance gate are un-missable, and

for Cleveland itself, simply continue beyond


Rhino AWAREness Day today at Raintree

Today is AWARE Trust’s Rhino AWAREness

day at Raintree, from 10 am to 4pm. You can

buy tickets on the gate and there is lots of entertainment

and activity for the whole family

throughout the day, including a fun run and

walk, in the morning, skydivers, live music,

food and drink on sale, and you can take your

own picnic too.



In this issue

of Arts & Culture

(1) African Couture

(2) Melgin Tafirenyka

(3) The useless book with usefull lessons

(4) Joan Rivers

2 3 4


September 14 to 20 2014

African Couture

brings out the

best in Tendayi

Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu

Confidence is a very important quality

to have as an individual. Many people

struggle to find confidence and yet it

seems to be the simplest of things that

lies somewhere within each one of us. The

Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines

confidence as “a feeling or belief that you can

do something well or succeed at something”.

My extrapolation of this is that it is a feeling

that comes from within and is deeply rooted

in one’s ability to accept who they are as well

as what they can do and express it without

fear or shame. Alongside this, I believe is the

ability to acknowledge and accept the context

within which one exists regardless of how different

or how “demeaning” that context may

be viewed by outsiders. Peter T. McIntyre once

said; “Confidence comes not from always being

right but from not fearing to be wrong”.

Tendayi Matanga spent most of her life

as a house wife because of her desire to give

most of her time to raising her three children.

This decision left her with very little room to

pursue any personal development skills or to

further her education. Today, she is the proud

owner of a business that makes unique and

elegant African Couture. She makes outfits

that are uniquely African and very suitable

for the executive office, for weddings as well

as for your “glitz and glamour” events! Her

business, which is just over a year old, is growing

steadily as the demand from both her local

and global clientele continues to increase.

“I have a keen interest in fashion and I have always

been very good at sewing. From the time

I was in school this is one subject I excelled in

year after year,” she said. A year ago, she received

encouragement from a friend in the Diaspora

to sew some African outfits. As a result

of having spent so many years at home, she

initially doubted her ability and capacity to do

it. Tendayi’s eldest child is now at University.

“When you have spent so many years at home,

you almost stop believing that you can do anything

else,” she said. After further encouragement

Tendayi spent a bit more time thinking

about who she was and what she could do and

remembered more vividly her outstanding

gift in sewing. She overlooked everything else

and reached out to do what she knew she did

very well. She made her first outfit for this

friend in 2013. The design came out so well

that she received a number of requests from

people in the Diaspora who had seen it. In order

to respond adequately to her clientele in

the Diaspora, she set up a face book page to

exhibit her African Couture.

This experience has proved to Tendayi

that confidence does not come from what one

has acquired but rather from what one is able

to do. From her initial thoughts on starting

a business, she presumed that there were

many factors which were not in her favour.

One of these was her lack of experience and

knowledge in managing and growing a business.

If it were not for her decision to believe

in herself, this was enough to convince her to

give up the idea of starting a business. Today,

with one employee and well as another sewing

room under renovation, she is working hard

to satisfy the ever growing demand for her African


Tendayi is also grateful for having acquired

useful business skills from raising

children. “Raising children is not an easy job

and many a times it is looked down upon as

having no benefits as far as skills development

is concerned. Today, I am thanking God

for the patience I developed over the years as

it is allowing me to spend as much time as is

necessary to modify a design to a client’s satisfaction.

I will work on an outfit until I see a smile

on my client’s face. That’s when I stop making

adjustments. My client does not leave my office

until he or she is happy,” she added.

Patricia Mabviko Musanhu is a Company Director/Producer

at Black and White Media Productions.

She can be contacted at pmabviko@

September 14 to 20 2014


Melgin Tafirenyka

up for an award

Silence Charumbira

South Africa based film-maker

Melgin Tafirenyka has been

nominated for the Zimbabwe

Achievers Awards South African

chapter in the personality-ofthe-year


Tafirenyika told The Standard on

Friday that he was humbled by the

nomination after years of work.

“Seeing myself being nominated in

this category to me is not just a nomination,

but a dream come true,”

said Tafirenyika.

“It was not easy to be nominated because

there were judges who were

there to look at the profile and see if

you really deserve to be nominated

and that I made it I feel elated.”

He will be battling it out for the

award with Leeroy Gopal of the Yellow

Card fame.

Tafirenyika is currently riding high

after the success of a video he features


The video by Nigerian singer Simi

is currently doing well on the chats

and on social network You Tube,

where just after two weeks, it has a

steady 13 000 hits.

In the video, he plays the role of a

hunky police detective chasing elusive


One night he literally bumps into a

beautiful woman whom he asks for

her contact number.

In the investigation one of the leads

is a little paper that the thieves leave

as a way of identifying themselves

and it so happens that it is the same

paper on which woman writes her


The filmmaker said he is already

working on his third film titled, My

first boyfriend, although he refused

to get into the details of that movie.

Tafirenyika’s first movie was l will

marry myself which is showing on

DStv’s Mzansi Magic while the second

one, Sour Milk, was supposed to

have been launched this month before

the producer decided to enter it

for various film festivals around the

world before release.




M-Net and Endemol SA are delighted to

confirm that a new Big Brother house

has been found in Johannesburg,

South Africa following the devastating

fire that demolished the original house

on 2 September. The search was concluded

after exploring all possible options

both locally and internationally,

for a suitable venue to produce the 9th

season of Africa’s biggest reality show.

M-Net and Endemol SA are pleased to

announce that Big Brother Hotshots

will officially launch on Sunday 5 October

at 7pm. As they countdown to the

launch, fans across the continent can

look forward to some pleasant surprises

in true Biggie fashion.

The producers wish to thank fans

far and wide for all the patience and

continuous support over the past few


For more information, follow the action

in the lead-up to the Premiere on

social media by following @BigBroAfrica,


or go to the official website at


September14 to 20 2014

By Bookworm


HAVE known Memory Chirere for many

years – as a mentor, writer and colleague. He

is one of a few versatile local writers who

can maneuver between English and Shona

easily. When news filtered through that he had

a collection of Shona poetry coming, I eagerly

anticipated its release. Perhaps, it was because

his previous groundbreaking collection

of short-short stories Tudiki-diki tickled me

so much that I could not wait to see what he

had done with the Shona language this time.

His new book is oddly titled, Bhuku Risina

Basa nekuti rakanyorwa masikati (The useless

book because it was written in the afternoon).

The unusual title for the book was

inspired by the fact that the poems were written

in between chores. For a man who is a full

time university teacher, Chirere, had to sneak

in poetry lines during breaks. This is a characteristic

of the new Zimbabwean writer.

In fact, the temperament of the creative

writer in contemporary Zimbabwe evolves

out of a preoccupation with concrete, practical

matters, and a tendency to rush and hurry,

thus demanding that its literature be terse

and to the point. And, since most writers gaining

prominence today work other jobs and do

not depend on writing alone, they only write

when they have the time and space and this

could be one major reason why for Chirere the

gestation period was long.

The book is a journey that spans over two

decades of life experiences. In an interview

with Beavan Tapureta, Chirere explained that

the book “… is a way of putting together so

many things that I have said to myself and

others for the past 20 years so that they do not

get lost.”

While many young writers now feel that there

is more honour in writing in English than

their mother tongue, Chirere is one of a handful

of writers celebrating the beauty of their

language and the beauty of the philosophy

their own language. In an almost show-off like

manner, there is a way in which Chirere’s exuberant

dance in the rhythm of his language is

infectious. Reading Bhuku Risina Basa is like

a dance in the rain.

Instead of merely using the Shona language

as a cultural relic, he uses the language

to interrogate many issues. In their breadth

of perspective and depth of scrutiny, the 70

The useless

book with

useful lessons

poems in the book strike a balance between

private sentiments and public themes to a

point where some of them render individual

feelings as public sentiments.

Chirere skillfully bridges the gap between

the living poem and its written counterpart. If

you know the man, as you flip from one page

to the other, it is easy to imagine him reading

it. Some of these poems were recited to live audiences

as part of real events. That probably

largely accounts for the easy flowing rhythm

to have an immediate appeal to the reader.

The only other Shona poet who gives me goose

bumps when I read his work is the inimitable

Chirikure Chirikure. His collection, Hakurarwi,

is a particular favourite.

Perhaps due to colonial influences and

limitations Shona literature has always been

seen to be didactic and moralistic. But with

Chirere, he tears away the old script and

writes a new kind of poetry that has humour

and message infused in a clever way. Good poems

should be able to lift the reader out of the

ordinary and give glimpses of a more illuminating

reality. This is where the contradiction

in Chirere comes out. Though he insists that

his book is useless, it is a combo of delicious

poetry. He does not give too much or too little,

but just enough. Chirere thinks deeply about

both his message and method.

If Bhuku Risina Basa is the future of

Shona poetry, then Zimbabwe is truly blessed.

Reading a lot of tepid poetry floated around by

“wanna be writers” we face the danger of failing

to develop or consolidate a clear tradition

of written Shona poetry because it appears

that the current crop of Shona poets does not

read one another, or those who came before.

Chirere uses his mastery of English in the

book to his benefit. Most of his poetry clearly

shows that his influence by English. He has a

tendency to use the mode of writing of English

using regular lines and rhyming schemes,

which is not found in traditional Shona poetry.

Traditional poetry doesn’t use that kind

of meter or beat but depends on repetition,

which is the basic unit of Shona poetry. Shona

poetry typically uses a lot of repetition and a

lot of imagery.

The subjects of the book are as varied and

rich, private and public. Because the book

grew with the writer, it is a journey full of

nostalgia and retrospect and forward looking.

If there is anything Chirere has always ably

done, it is to make his readers laugh out loud

at themselves and the world around them. He

is a genius of humour.

The preface to Bhuku Risina Basa was

written by another Shona writer and Chirere’s

publisher at Bhabhu Books, Ignatius

Mabasa. It is not easy to translate but must be

best read in the language it is written in. In

short, he says, “nhetembo (dzaChirere) dzinofamba

nemakumbo dzichibva pamakadzirongedza,

dzichienda kunogara pamaifunga

kuti hapagarwe kana kusvikwa nenhetembo.”

[the poems defy the stereotypes to rest in places

people thought were unreachable]

Chirere is a genius and Bhuku Risina

Basa is a manifestation. Don’t be fooled by the

title, it’s a book worth rekindling your love affair

with Shona.


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Joan Rivers’ funeral

Joan Rivers’ funeral was held Sunday morning

at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East side of

New York City, and the tribute was one fit for a

legend. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and

it was attended by everyone from Hugh Jackman to

Diane Sawyer. Rivers died last week at 81.

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang “Hey

Big Spender” and Audra McDonald performed a

rendition of “Smile” in tribute to the comedian. A

program for the funeral featured three of Rivers’

most famous comedic lines—”Can we talk?”, ‘’Who

are you wearing?”, and “Because I’m a funny person.”—the

AP reports.

The funeral was attended by people in fashion,

entertainment, and media alike. From the AP:

A legion of notables turned out to remember Rivers,

who died Thursday at 81: comedians Kathy

Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg;

colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne; Sarah Jessica

Parker and Matthew Broderick; and celebrity

doctor Mehmet Oz.

Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming

and Tommy Tune were there. Record producer

Clive Davis was, too. Fashion designers Carolina

Herrera and Michael Kors were in attendance.

Stars from TV such as Barbara Walters, Geraldo

Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and

Andy Cohen. Late night band leader Paul Shaffer.

And moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve


Rivers’s own funeral wishes, which she enumerated

in her memoir I Hate Everyone . . . Starting

With Me, were printed in the funeral program book

and included such memorable requests as “Meryl

Streep crying, in five different accents.”



Channel 175)

DStv September

2014 Schedules

Street Eats (Season 1): Food is one of the top reasons

why people like to travel. The best place to find the

most authentic local food scenes around the world

is right on the streets! There is no better place to rub

elbows with the locals and grab a bite that’s fast, inexpensive

and translates the culture. In some countries,

street food represents a melting pot of traditions.

Street Eats travels to Latin America, Africa, The Middle

East, Asia, the United States and Europe to bring this

experience to viewers who may never get the chance to

taste it for themselves. Tune in from 22 September and

watch it on weekdays at 07:40 and 11:00 CAT.

Recipes that Rock (Season 2): Alex James is bass player

in the British rock band, Blur. He’s also a writer, farmer,

father and cheesemaker. Chef Matt Stone has hip restaurants

in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Matt has full

sleeve tattoos, a skateboard and an attitude to match,

he rocks too. In this series of Recipes That Rock, there’s

fun and adventure in the Great Southern, searching

out the best of the best foods that producers grow,

harvest, hatch and catch. Series 2 opens with succulent

oysters in Oyster Harbour, Albany, and a merry visit to

the local whisky distillery. In later episodes, the inquisitive

duo discover a unique way of farming chickens for

eggs, learn about the worldwide delicacy Abalone,

and close the series with a huge party celebrating all

of the produce they’ve discovered and wonderful

characters they’ve met in this magnificent part of

the world. Watch from Sunday 8 September at 09:20

and 13:55 CAT.


(DStv Channel 172)

Breaking the Faith (Premiere): This series shares the

story of eight young men and women who are trying

to build a new life outside of the Mormon church. The

young men, known as ‘lost boys’, are cast-out from

their homes and not welcomed back, while the women

are intent on escaping the controlling ways of the

community – including arranged marriage and a life of

complete submission – and are hoping for a better life

on the outside. For this group, being faced with making

life-altering choices in their effort to win their freedom

comes with the fear of the consequences that may

come for leaving the compound forever. From Tuesday

16 September at 20:55 CAT.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (Premiere): After the

rip-roaring success of the first series, Honey Boo Boo

returns with her family for more mishaps, joviality and

raucous redneck fun. In this series, birthday girl June’s

spirits are sagging as she copes with an empty nest after

Anna and Kaitlyn decide to move out. Finally, without

Anna and Kaitlyn around, the family spends very

little time together. Alana hopes the family’s love for

food will reunite them - but just as with family game

night and pottery painting, her efforts fall short. From

Wednesday 24 September at 20:00 CAT.

My Naked Secret (Premiere): Follow the personal stories

of 10 more people as they begin to overcome the

body issues that are ruining their lives. In each episode

an individual with a medical condition or physical abnormality

that is causing them great shame and untold

misery embarks on a transformative and poignant journey

in search of acceptance. They then begin treatment

for their condition in a bid to finally have a body they

love. But will this enable them to come to terms with

their anxieties? Find out from Friday 26 September at

20:55 CAT.

Oprah Prime: Pharrell Williams: Oprah meets up with

seven-time Grammy® winner Pharrell Williams, one of

the most innovative and sought-after artists in the music

industry today. On the heels of his number one hit

“Happy,” a single off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack,

for which he received an Oscar® nomination, Oprah

and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album G I

R L and his rise to fame. Plus, Pharrell shares how his

creative vision has propelled him to music stardom.

They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Lasichanh

and fatherhood. Airs on Thursday 11 September

at 20:00 CAT.

Oprah’s Masterclass: Justin Timberlake: The brand new

season kicks off with one of this generation’s most

celebrated entertainers, multiple Grammy and Emmy

award-winning musician and actor Justin Timberlake.

Sharing never-before-told stories about his youth and

his musical influences, Justin imparts his most valuable

life lessons yet, including how to find your voice, how

to break the mould and how to hold on to your ambition.

Watch it on Thursday 25 September at 20:00 CAT.

Oprah’s Masterclass: Oprah Winfrey (Part 1&2): In Part

1 of an intimate conversation, Oprah opens up about

her tumultuous childhood and adolescence and the

lessons she still carries with her today. She tells littleknown

stories about her early days in television, including

how losing her hair helped her gain a new sense of

self. What guides her and drives her to do her best?

In Part 2, she reflects on her experience getting cast in

The Color Purple and the cultural phenomenon of The

Oprah Winfrey Show. She opens up about her private

life, and what she feels her true calling was meant to

be. Revealing and deeply personal, Oprah offers new

insights on how we all can become masters of our lives.

Watch it on Thursday 04 September at 20:55 CAT.

Oprah’s Masterclass: Jay-Z: Candid, raw and real, Jay-Z

charts his unlikely rise from the hard-knock life of the

Brooklyn projects to worldwide superstardom and what

he’s learned along the way. He reflects on his failures,

the healing power of hip-hop and how he finally made

peace with his father before he passed away. Plus, Jay-Z

shares his personal revelations about integrity and why

knowing your own truth is the foundation for everything

great. Airs on Thursday 11 September at 20:55 CAT.

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Cissy Houston: Oprah sits down

with Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, for her

first in-depth interview since her daughter’s passing.

The superstar’s mother talks about raising a daughter

whose voice became a national treasure, teaching Whitney

about the music business, and her biggest regrets.

Oprah also talks to Cissy about Whitney’s drug use, how

she really felt about her daughter’s marriage to R&B

singer Bobby Brown, and the true nature of Whitney’s

relationship with her high school best friend, Robyn

Crawford. Airs on Thursday 18 September at 20:00 CAT.

DISNEY XD (DStv Channel


Star Wars fans: Star Wars Rebels: In the run-up to this

exciting event Disney is airing a series of shorts introducing

a new character from the series each week so

viewers can get to know them better. Get ready to meet

Zeb, Ezra, Kanan and Hera on Saturdays throughout September.

Star Wars Rebels animated shorts airs on Disney

XD on Saturdays at 09:15 CAT.

Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened:

When the Genesect army attacks New Tork City

while Ash is visiting, it’s up to Pokemon Mewtwo to

protect them. Can he persuade the Genesect to spare

New Tork? Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the

Legend Awakened premieres on Sunday 7 September

at 12:15 CAT.

Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – The Raid on

Coruscant: In The Raid on Coruscant the Emperor uses

information on the recovered Holocrons to launch devastating

attacks on planets sympathetic to the Rebellion.

Luke knows there’s only one solution: a daring raid on

Coruscant to get the Holocrons back. In the end, Luke

makes the boldest move of all destroying the Holocrons

so the Emperor can no longer use them. But unknown

to Luke, R2-D2 has saved one last Holocron - which just

happens to “star” the young Anakin Skywalker. Star

Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – The Raid on Coruscant

premieres on Saturday 13 September at 09:20 CAT.


Channel 304)

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Star Wars: In exciting and entertaining

epic animated adventure Phineas and Ferb:

Mission Stars Wars Phineas and Ferb find themselves in

the midst of a galactic rebellion and an epic struggle of

good versus evil that tears the brothers apart and pits

them against one another when Ferb goes to the Dark

Side! Meanwhile, Stormtrooper Candace is hot on their

trail and desperate to stop the boys from making matters

worse, but her allegiance falls into question when

Phineas saves her and she realizes that all Rebels are

not bad. Disney Channel is proud to present Phineas

& Ferb: Mission Star Wars on Sat 27 Sept at 10:40. It

will be repeated on Sun 28 Sept at 15:00. May the Ferb

be with you!

Wolfblood (Season Two): September sees the return of

hit series Wolfblood to Disney Channel, as season two

launches. Wolfbloods have lived among humans for centuries,

disguising their heightened senses and abilities;

and doing their best to blend in. Maddy and her parents

are the only wolfbloods in their area until one day a new

boy starts at Maddy’s school. Maddy and Rhydian return

for a second season of Wolfblood from Wednesday 24

September at 18:30 CAT.

Disney Princess Academy: In this brand new series of

shorts, which air every Monday throughout September

at 16:05, seven little girls learn core princess values,

new skills and how to apply them. In each short, one

little girl meets her fairy godmother mentor and learns

This Week’s


to become a Disney princess in that specific skill. Then she graduates

and gets a princess badge and diploma. Princess Academy shorts

premiere every Monday throughout September at 16:05 (before Violetta)

and are repeated throughout the week.



Pocahontas: This is the powerful and moving story of a Native American

princess and her ill-fated love for an English sea captain. Set in

1607, it tells of the beautiful, brave and compassionate daughter of

Chief Powhatan who asks her forest friends (Meeko the raccoon, Flit

the hummingbird and Grandmother Willow, a 400 year old spirit that

resides in an ancient tree) for advice. It tells how her life changes

when she meets John Smith, one of a party of sailors which has come

to the New World searching for gold. Eventually they are forced to

part, but their spirits remain entwined. This beautiful and moving story,

enhanced by a superb soundtrack, make Disney’s 33rd animated

feature film an unmissable gem. Vocal stars include Mel Gibson. It airs

on Sunday 2 September at 10:30 CAT.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Sea Captain Mickey: There’s an exciting

event on Disney Junior this month. When Professor Von Drake’s

sonar-detecting machine discovers that there’s something big at the

bottom of Mickey Lake, Mickey and the gang hop into the Clubhouse

Submarine and set out to find the “Big Something”. It turns out to

be a Giant Rubber Ducky that’s stuck on the bottom of the lake. But

where did it come from? The gang set out to discover Ducky’s secret!

Our special Sea Captain Mickey airs on Saturday 13 September at

08:00 CAT.

Sofia the First: From Monday 22 September at 09:00 CAT Disney Junior

gives fans a chance to catch-up with all the specials featuring

Princess-in-training Sofia the First, in the run-up to the launch of

season two of the series. Season two premieres on Saturday 27 September

at 09:00 CAT. In the first episode, The Enchanted Feast, Sofia

must learn to trust her instincts, helped by legendary Disney Princess

Snow White, when she suspects a visiting sorceress is not what she

seems and has an ulterior motive.

For more information on DStv channels, log onto


September 14 to 20 2014

Turning trash

into cash

Part 2

Michael Nott

If you’ve ever taken your rubbish to the Pomona

dumpsite you’ll no doubt have seen

just how huge the problem of solid waste

management is in Harare. It’s not even a

proper landfill site, which to be environmentally

acceptable should be lined with non-porous

material to prevent hazardous pollution

leaching into our already threatened ground

water supplies. Late last year a fire broke out

at the dumpsite which claimed at least one

life and generated a fog of poisonous smoke

which engulfed the surrounding suburbs for

days. The Environmental Management Agency,

(EMA) has for years been lobbying the City

of Harare to create a properly engineered and

maintained landfill site. At a well planned

landfill site no refuse should be left uncovered

overnight. Every day a layer of soil at

least 15cms thick should be compacted on top

to prevent foul odours, air pollution, reduce

the risks of uncontrolled fires and discourage

rats and other rodents. Although there are

plans under consideration to construct a new

landfill site near Mount Hampden, it could be

several years before it begins to operate properly.

And to exacerbate the already dire situation,

for some years the City of Harare was

not collecting household or industrial waste

on a regular basis. This was due to severely

limited resources, financial restraints and,

in some instances, simply poor management.

Fortunately there has been some progress

lately as more resources have become available

and proper planning has improved.

The absence of appropriate waste manage-

ment policies lead to residents, and some unscrupulous

industries, dumping their waste

wherever they could. The City began to be

swamped by piles of illegally dumped waste,

blocking up storm water drains, filling up

shopping centres and creating eyesores and

health hazards with serious environmental

effects. Some concerned and responsible

citizens began taking matters into their own

hands. Organisations like Environment Africa

and Miracle Missions, in partnership

with City of Harare, embarked on massive

clean-up initiatives in shopping centres and

public spaces, along roadsides and waterways.

These clean-ups are still ongoing and have

made a huge contribution towards dealing

with the waste problem. Together with school

programmes and other community based

initiatives to educate people about waste management

it seems there is a brighter, cleaner,

healthier future ahead for the City.

One positive outcome from the problem of

waste management has been that some enterprising

individuals and businesses have begun

to look at trash in a new light. Companies

like Plastix Incorporated and Petrecozim –

mentioned in last week’s article – have had the

foresight to see the potential in trash. Through

their plastic recycling endeavours not only

are they helping to take waste out of the environment,

they are creating employment and

generating income. Zimbabwe National Waste

Paper (part of Art Corporation) has been collecting

paper waste for quite a few years now

for processing to create recycled paper, tissue

and cardboard. The Can Man, in conjunction

with the Lion’s Club of Gwebi, has been collecting

and compacting tin cans which are

exported for recycling for cash. Other community

based organisations like Shingirai Trust,

Lynde Francis Foundation and the Zee Bags

Project encourage artists and crafters to use

recycled materials to create useful, beautiful

articles, which most importantly can be sold

to generate income.

Helen’s Refuse Collection Services is another

example of resourceful Zimbabweans

creating viable businesses from the challenges

presented by waste management. The company

was officially registered last year as part of

the ‘Go Green Harare’ project. The idea for the

company came to Helen Davidson in the years

when City of Harare’s waste collection schedule

was erratic or in some cases non-existent.

They provide (in parallel with the City’s waste

collection services) a collection service for individual

households, schools, embassies and

businesses. When you join up you can decide

how often you want your rubbish to be collected

– weekly, monthly or twice monthly. For

individual households it’s as little as US$5 per

collection – for bigger corporates rates vary,

although the prices are still very competitive

when you consider that it costs around US$240

for a waste skip to be collected.

They’ll give you four colour coded bags

free – green for plastic, blue for cans, red for

glass and yellow for paper. These are all recyclable

– you can continue to use the normal

black bags for non-recyclables to be collected

by the council. (Other household waste like

vegetable peels or spoiled food should be composted.)

Once your bag is full and it’s been

collected, they’ll give you a replacement bag.

Some households will find that they’ll fill up

a plastic bag every week but it might take two

weeks or more to fill up the glass bag or the

can bag. Homeowners have found that by sorting

their rubbish they end up with only one

bag or half a bag per week of non-recyclables

which end up at Pomona, whereas in the past

they had five bags of waste. Once your bags

have been collected they’re taken to their depot

in Tynwald where the rubbish is sorted

again. Plastic, for example, is sorted into High

Density, Low Density, PET, etc. Helen’s Refuse

Collection Services then acts as an intermediary

between house holders and recycling

companies. Once the waste has been sorted

it’s then sold on to the appropriate businesses

as raw materials for further production and

manufacturing. Some of the plastic, for example,

is sent to Plastix Incorporated to be remade

into more colour coded bags or vehicle

litter bags. At the moment Helen is stockpiling

tons of glass for recycling in the hope that

Zimglass will soon be able to process it all.

Glass is one of the few products that can be

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WildLeaks saves precious lives

The slaughter of wildlife for the

benefit of international markets

is on the increase worldwide.

Poaching of many endangered species

has reached a crisis point globally,

leaving them wondering what

to do next to try and tackle the trend

and save their threatened natural


The past decade has seen a

surge in illegal wildlife trade and

Zimbabwe has not come off lightly,

elephants, rhino, pangolin just to

name a few are seriously vulnerable.

A new force in this fight against

these poaching atrocities has been

recently formed and it is called

WildLeaks, an anonymous platform

where concerned citizens can

become heroes and share information

that will help authorities clamp

down on these criminal activities.

Its creator is Andrea Crosta, a

security consultant and executive

director of the Elephant Action

League. Since its inception Wild-

Leaks has already assisted in

o elephant poaching in Africa and

illicit ivory trading in Hong


o killing of Sumatran tigers, of

which there are just 400 left in

the wild;

o illegal lion and leopard hunting

in South Africa;

o chimpanzee trafficking in


o illegal fishing activities in

Alaska, including alleged mafia


o importing of illegal African

wildlife products into the US;

o illegal logging in Mexico,

Malawi and Siberia.

The main aim of the WildLeaks

website which has been in operation

for over six months is to target the

kingpins of wildlife crime. It gives

whistle-blowers the opportunity and

the power to put a stop to the desecration,

safe in the knowledge that

the information they have shared

cannot be linked back to them.

For security reasons WildLeaks

has no contact numbers or addresses.

Citizens with information about

wildlife crimes and the individuals

behind it can submit everything, including

pictures and videos, through

the secure WildLeaks website that

is based on the ‘Tor’ Technology to

protect individuals who submit the

information. Alternatively information

can also be sent and submitted

via encrypted PGP email.

The illicit international wildlife

trade is worth $10-20bn a year

according to Interpol. Only drugs,

people and arms trafficking earn

more for criminals and the corruption

and violence accompanying

wildlife crime takes a heavy toll on

local communities. The illegal trade

of wildlife is global, but Africa is a

prime source, with an abundance

of species. There are a few countries

in Africa namely; Kenya, Tanzania,

Mozambique, South Africa

and a few countries in Central and

Western Africa, that have benefitted

from the work that WildLeaks is

doing, these countries have realised

that the WildLeaks platform is assisting

in filling an essential information


“We had our first tip within 24

hours and the response has been

beyond our wildest imagination,”

said Crosta, the pervasive corruption

means that whistle-blowers

frequently fear that contacting local

law enforcement could put their

lives in danger. “You can’t, for example,

export containers full of ivory

from Mombasa without bribing

people left, right and centre,” Crosta

said. “We definitely feel we are filling

a gap, a three-month trial period

has yielded 24 serious tip-offs so

far.” WildLeaks doesn’t just wait for

tip-offs though; it is also a proactive

organisation having started three

investigations on its own recently.

WildLeaks takes every tip-off

seriously; each one is anaylsed by a

small team made up of legal and security

experts who are specialists in

both conservation and international

trade. They determine whether to

follow-up on the information provided.

“Investigations of wildlife

crime can be slow and painstaking”,

said Crosta, “but it can be achieved

with the help of local communities

who want to protect their heritage”.

WildLeaks offers everyone and anyone

in a community an opportunity

to save lives and put an end to the illegal

trade of wildlife.



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