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Tsvangirai to lead demos

A three-day curfew is under way in

Sierra Leone to let health workers find

and isolate cases of Ebola, in order to

halt the spread of the disease. Many

people have been reluctant to seek

medical treatment for Ebola, fearing

that diagnosis might mean death as

there is no proven cure. A team of 30

000 people is going house-to-house to

find those infected and distribute soap.

But critics say the lockdown will damage

public trust in doctors. — BBC

The International Criminal Court

(ICC) has summoned Kenyan President

Uhuru Kenyatta to appear

before the tribunal on October 8.

Judges want to question him over

claims that his government has withheld

documents requested by prosecutors

preparing his crimes against

humanity trial. The trial has already

been delayed several times. Kenyatta

denies organising ethnic massacres

after elections in 2007. Some 1 200

people were killed and 600 000 driven

from their homes. — BBC

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MDC-T leader Morgan

Tsvangirai is

headed for a fresh

clash with authorities

amid revelations

that he plans to personally

lead street protests being organised

by his opposition party from

the frontline.

The opposition party spokesperson

Douglas Mwonzora on

Friday revealed to The Standard

modalities for the protests

against the worsening economic

crisis in the country would be

worked out soon after the opposition

party’s elective congress set

for next month.

The protests will be more coordinated.

The party leadership

will be at the front in some of the

protests depending on the situation.

Definitely, the leadership, including

president Tsvangirai, will

be there on the front,” Mwonzora

told The Standard.

Tsvangirai last week told a

South African television channel,

E-TV’s 360 Degrees, that his party

was working on strategies to force

Mugabe’s government to address

the country’s economic woes.

He said the country’s free falling

economy would likely push the

election dates closer than 2018. Tsvangirai’s

remarks came after he

had told thousands of party supporters

who thronged Mucheke

Stadium in Masvingo for the party’s

15th anniversary last Saturday

that it was now time to adopt a confrontational

approach against the


Mwonzora said the party leadership,

including Tsvangirai,

would be on the frontline during

the street protests to show that the

party was not setting up its supporters.

He said the presence of the

MDC-T leadership was meant to


THE University of Zimbabwe

(UZ) has remained mum on the

conferment of Doctor of Philosophy

degree on First Lady Grace

Mugabe despite questions and

speculation being raised over the


Over a week after Grace graduated

at the once prestigious institution,

analysts said the UZ was

not doing itself any good by remaining

quiet in the wake of the

controversies surrounding the


They said the credibility of the

UZ was now at stake, amid claims

that the institution’s continental

rating had fallen drastically since

the graduation ceremony. The analysts

said the UZ’s silence over

the issue appeared to confirm

critics who claim the conferment

could have been dubious.

Grace was capped by her husband,

President Robert Mugabe

alongside Vice-President Joice

Mujuru. The Vice-President already

has a Master’s Degree in

Strategic Management. She studied

for her PhD in the Faculty of

Commerce and her thesis is available

on the UZ website.

Grace is known to have graduated

with a first degree in the Chinese

Language completed in 2011

after four years of distance learning

with the People’s University

of China. There is however no

indication that she studied for

any other degree before graduating

with the Doctorate recently. A

Masters’ degree is mandatory before

one can study for a PhD.

A week before the graduation,

Higher and Tertiary Education

minister Olivia Muchena commended

Mujuru for being diligent

in her studies despite having to juggle

multiple responsibilities during

the launch of the Zim Asset training

programme for legislators.

“We have heard about how the

President worked hard under difficult

circumstances to attain several

degrees but we also have another

example of a hard worker

in Vice-President Joice Mujuru

who will be graduating with a

PhD next week,” Muchena said.

Muchena however told The

Standard on Friday that whoever

had issues with the manner

Grace was conferred with a doctorate

should register their aversion

with the university.

The university has procedures

that can be followed [to establish

the facts]. Anybody who is unhappy

with it should check with the

university,” she said.

On the day of the graduation,

UZ vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura

described the graduation ceremony

as “historic” and added that it

was not likely to be repeated in future.

“This graduation ceremony is

show commitment to finding a

lasting solution to the problems

facing Zimbabwe.

“It is definite, we are going to

protest. The aim of the peaceful

protests will be to force government

into positive action. We are

the official opposition and our

duty is to force government to act

in a responsible manner,” Mwonzora


He said the protests would be for

all the affected Zimbabweans, not

the MDC-T alone.

“At the congress, we are going

to come up with a roadmap of our

strategies,” Mwonzora said. The

MDC-T will be holding its congress

in Harare at the end of October.

Asked how the protests would

succeed in the face of ruthless police

response to street protests,

Mwonzora said: “We are going to

see that. Definitely we are going

to protest. We will be doing this in

terms of the laws of the land.”

Mugabe is known for using force

to thwart dissent. In 2007 Tsvangirai

and several other opposition officials

and civic leaders were savagely

beaten when they tried to organise

a peace rally in Highfield

suburb in Harare.

An MDC-T official who preferred

anonymity said: “Tsvangirai

is brave, if it means being on

the front, he will do that. It is time

for action. The MDC needs to show

that it is prepared to die for the


Already MDC-T youths have been

having running battles with the

police while trying to hold peaceful

demonstrations to pressure

Mugabe to provide the two million

jobs he promised the electorate

ahead of last year’s July 31 polls.

Tsvangirai’s calls for protests

have been met with mixed feelings,

with some people accusing

the former premier of attempting

to endanger the lives of many

Zimbabweans in the face of a brutal

police force.

Mugabe himself has already

threatened to deal ruthlessly with

any “form of lawlessness”.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare

Gumbo yesterday rubbished Tsvangirai’s

proposals for mass action

and street protests, describing

the opposition leader as “a desperate

man with no programme

or sense of direction.”

He said this was the reason why

Tsvangirai was being deserted by

influential party officials, including

former secretary-general Tendai


Gumbo said Zanu PF was on

course to resuscitate the economy

through the US$3 billion deal

signed between the country and

Russia for the establishment of

a platinum venture in Darwendale.

“No sensible Zimbabwean will

join him in his so-called protests.

Zanu PF is working hard to implement

programmes that will solve

the economic problems the country

is facing,” he said.

“Zimbabweans will not accept

such a project. He is wasting his

time and energy.”

Political analyst Alois Masepe

said protesting for the economy

should be a spontaneous peopledriven


Grace’s doctorate: UZ remains mum

President Robert Mugabe caps his wife Grace at UZ recently

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has rubbished Tsvangirai’s proposals for mass

action and street protests.

a historic event which is very difficult,

if not impossible, to repeat

in the near future,” he said.

“Allow me to single out a very

special and unique graduand, the

First Lady, who shall be presented

to you for conferment of a degree

. . . May you also allow me to

single out the Vice-President who

shall be presented to you for conferment

of a degree.”

Sometime in July, it was reported

that the First Lady had registered

for a doctoral degree with

the institution.

In Zimbabwe it takes a minimum

of three years to complete

a PhD.

Reports indicate that UZ senior

lecturers were mooting to write a

letter of protest to the university

council, the institution’s highest

decision-making body, over the

awarding of the doctoral degree

to Grace.

UZ public relations director

Dennis Rwafa had not responded

to the questions e-mailed to him,

as per request, by the time of going

to press.

Sources at the university said

only holders of Masters degrees

could be admitted to do a PhD,

and would still have to go through

a rigorous selection process.

Among the basic requirements,

one should have published work

with a recognised institution or


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chiefs for


‘Mugabe is using chiefs to subvert the

democratic aspirations of Zimbabweans in

independent Zimbabwe the same way Ian

Smith did during the liberation struggle.’

Chief Fortune Charumbira . . . he has asked for a review of chiefs’ allowances

by EvErson Mushava

PreSident robert

Mugabe’s promise to

buy new luxury vehicles

and increase allowances

for traditional leaders

in the face of a burning economy

shows that he is determined to

retain power at all costs, analysts

have said.

Mugabe last week acceded to

the chiefs’ demands for new vehicles

and increased allowances.

Mugabe promised the chiefs

brand new vehicles “of their

choice” in response to the “sticking

grievances” he had received.

Mugabe made the promise at

the Annual Chiefs Conference in

Gweru recently.

Media and democracy scholar

Pedzisai ruhanya yesterday

said Mugabe’s pledge to the chiefs

was clear testimony that the veteran

leader did not care about the

economy, but power retention and

would do anything to keep the


“Mugabe will meet the chiefs’

demands. All the people who

think that Mugabe cares about

the economy are mistaken. He is

worried about power. He will do

irrational things that keep him in

power. History has proved that,”

ruhanya said.

“Mugabe is facing an election

in 2018 and he can do anything

to win the election. it is meant to

appease the chiefs and buy them

so that they can be part of Zanu

PF structures. At every congress,

chiefs, war vets and other groups

would stampede to endorse him.

that is the undemocratic nature

of Mugabe.”

He said Zanu PF relied on a patronage

system to keep power as

evidenced by what Mugabe did

in 1997 when he printed money

for war veterans’ gratuities in order

to buy their support. ruhanya

said thousands of people in

Matabeleland and Midlands were

killed during an army crackdown

when Mugabe’s power was under

threat from the late Joshua nkomo.

“the war veterans’ compensation

fund killed the economy but

Mugabe never cared as long as

he had the power. After the promise

to the chiefs, he will do that to

war veterans, war collaborators,

even vapositori and various other

groups to earn their support,”

he said.

About the chiefs’ demands, ruhanya

had no kind words saying

their history of “treachery”

against their people was welldocumented.

they supported the

white colonial masters and sold

out the liberation struggle, he


ruhanya said chiefs were not

interested in the welfare of their

subjects, but self-aggrandisement.

“Mugabe is using chiefs to subvert

the democratic aspirations

of Zimbabweans in independent

Zimbabwe the same way ian

Smith did during the liberation

struggle,” ruhanya said.

Most chiefs during the colonial

regime sided with rhodesians

in supressing their own black

population. notable was Chief

Jeremiah Chirau, from Mashonaland,

who later became a senator

in the rhodesian government

in the 1970s. However, others

like Chief nemakonde and

rekayi tangwena refused to

dance to Smith’s tune.

Chiefs were given material

things by the Smith regime

to incentivise them to support

the colonial government. When

Mugabe took over power in 1980,

he dumped them as punishment

for supporting the colonial government

and sabotaging the liberation


However, Mugabe revised his

strategy when MdC emerged in

1999 when he realised his power

was under threat. He drew them

closer and started pampering

them with incentives that included

purchasing new vehicles for

them in 2004.

Currently, they earn US$300 a

month, a figure close to what a

qualified teacher earns. But the

chiefs’ president, Fortune Charumbira,

apart from demanding new

cars, also demanded that allowances

be hiked to US$800 a month.

Charumbira could not be

reached for comment on the feasibility

of such demands by chiefs

in the face of the grinding poverty

that their subjects were labouring


A Zanu PF official who refused

to be named said chiefs were the

“Alpha and Omega” of politics to

Zanu PF and Mugabe would definitely

honour his pledge, notwithstanding

the bleeding economy.

He said traditional leaders had,

since the 1940s, become useful instruments

available for use by

any government for political purposes.

“Mugabe knows the chiefs are

influential and he cannot ignore

them. For him to survive politically,

he should bow to their demands.”

the official said chiefs had never

represented the people but

were just selfish conduits of their

political masters. Chiefs, he added,

did not have political constituencies

and were motivated only

by greed.

Political analyst Alexander

rusero said chiefs were simply

taking a leaf from Parliamentarians

who have always demanded

luxuries while the economy was


“We are going to have a scenario

where chiefs will be well-oiled

and would block any opposition

in their areas in support of Zanu

PF,” rusero said.

Zim-Russia deal benefits will take time: Analysts

by TarIsaI ManDIZha

ECOnOMiStS have said Zimbabwe’s

expectations from

the recently signed Zimbabwe-russia

deal worth US$3 billion

are too high, warning that

promises of thousands of jobs

were too good to be true.

Zimbabwe and russia have

signed an agreement for the setting

up of a US$3 billion platinum

project in darwendale under a

deal expected to create 15 000 jobs

in 10 years.

economist John robertson told

The Standard that the creation

of the thousands of jobs would

take many years and the country

would not see half of these in the

next five years because the projects

required a lot of capital.

robertson said the construction

of a refinery as promised under

the deal, would take four years.

“We have had little experience

of russian business practices and

we have to make sure that they

don’t bring their workers here

from russia. However, for the

highly skilled jobs that take many

years to learn, we should quickly

agree to their being allowed work

permits and residence permits for

essential staff. We have slowed or

stopped other investments by being

too restrictive,” he said.

robertson said the other part of

the deal for arms would turn out

to be a waste of money as weapons

would not benefit the country.

He said any investor will take

time to create a working enterprise.

the economist said Zimbabwe

should have realised a long

time ago that high levels of confidence

had to be created and sustained

to make an impression on

investors who have options to invest


“We slipped up on this some

years ago, and investors have been

avoiding us. now we are paying a

very high price for falling behind;

we have become desperate. in fact,

we have become so desperate that

the very few investors who are

showing any interest are able to

dictate terms that might not be in

our best interests. Perhaps that is

what the russians and Chinese

are doing,” he said.

robertson said the government

has constantly proved that it resents

and distrusts business, therefore

its attitude towards most investors

was hostile and its intentions

were always to exert control

over the investors’ activities.

“the whole of the Zim Asset

document should be seen as a description

of the ways that government

plans to maintain control

over business activities.”

the strategies column in the 50-

page matrix shows how these controls

will be focused and applied.

“i would argue that well-motivated

businesses do not need such

controls and will show no interest

in coming to Zimbabwe while government

shows every intention of

interfering at every turn,” he said.

Confederation of Zimbabwe industry

(CZi) president Charles

Msipa said generally, mining by

its nature was a long-term business.

He said the lead times between

the investments and the

benefits could be extended, hence

it was not for those who seek “instant

gratification” but needs patience

and deep capital resources

and perseverance.

“What is important is that we

have made a start in harnessing

the capital and technology required

to expand the exploitation

of our platinum resources,” Msipa


“the new platinum mining project

in darwendale will generate

significant inflows of Foreign direct

investment and technology,

create significant levels of direct

and indirect employment

through linkages with other sectors,

significantly increase platinum

production and revenues in

Zimbabwe — these are a positive

and welcome development for our


in terms of the biggest investment

deals in Zimbabwe, in 2011

government entered into a deal

worth US$750 million with essar

Holdings but to date nothing has


Zimbabwe national Chamber

of Commerce economist Kipson

Gundani said the Zimbabwe russian

deals were significant, but

for the country to benefit, it depended

on how these were going

to be structured.

“the deal should be structured to

allow value addition and local procurement

as a key procedure and

these are just some of the basic elements

which will make the deal

more significant,” Gundani said.

According to the Minister of

Mines and Mining developments

Walter Chidakwa, the first phase

of the darwendale project , which

will run from this year to 2017, involves

a US$600 million open pit

mine, with a projected output of

265 000 oz per annum and will create

2 000 jobs.

From 2018-2021, Gdi will enter

its second phase, which will see

the extension of the concentrator

and the setting up of a smelter.

Output is projected to rise to

530 000 oz per annum, with 5 000

jobs created, with investment

reaching US$1,2 billion.

the deal, nearly a third of the

country’s estimated GdP, will see

the mine producing about 10 million

tonnes of ore to produce 800

000 platinum ounces and creating

over 8 000 jobs after the project is

completed in 2024.

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‘Bennett, Mawere have not joined Renewal’

Roy Bennett

By Musa DuBe


DC Renewal spokesperson, Jacob

Mafume says South Africa-based Zimbabwean

businessman Mutumwa

Mawere and MDC-T treasurer-general

Roy Bennett have not joined the breakaway


Addressing journalists in Bulawayo last Friday,

Mafume said although he was not a spokesperson

for the two, Mawere and Bennett were not into the

Renewal Team.

Mafume claimed that many people were still going

to join the Renewal Team.

“People are going to join us but I will allow people

to speak for themselves and that’s why I have

not even attended a press conferences where a

person says I am now Renewal Team because I

don’t want to be accused of buying people or forcing

people to be with me,” he said.

Meanwhile, Makokoba legislator, Gorden Moyo

who officially crossed to the MDC Renewal Team

said he still has great respect for MDC-T leader

and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

He however, said Tsvangirai now lacked the stamina

to continue leading the party.

Moyo said Tsvangirai fought hard to dislodge

Zanu PF from power but should now pass on the baton

to others.

“This country will never be written without a

chapter of Morgan Tsvangirai. He worked for this

country. He tried to shake Zanu PF and Mugabe but

where we have arrived he can’t continue. At Renewal

we are honest, and I stand here on behalf of Renewal.

He worked hard but we need new ideas, brains

and new pairs of feet,” said Moyo, who is now the

party’s head of the diaspora and international relations


“I once worked in his office, worked as the party

provincial chairman and I respect him but where we

are now, we need new ideas. We don’t need only renewal

of the leadership but renewal of the economy

and everything that we have.”

Moyo said under Tsvangirai’s leadership, the party

would always lose crucial elections at the last minute

despite working hard.

Moyo said they were disappointed that the

MDC-T did not win last year’s election and the

economy was now in dire straits under the

Mugabe regime.

“We were hopeful that by August 1 2013, we

would wake up to a new Zimbabwe and with a

new leadership but what we wanted, we didn’t get.

We should thank God that he gave us good rains

this year otherwise this country would be back to

2008,” he said.

He said the economy was now dead and the ruling

party had no clue how to resuscitate it.

Former Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo and former

MDC-N provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu

were some of the new people who have joined

the Renewal party.

Moyo and Ndlovu are the party’s national working

council member and Bulawayo province vice

chairperson respectively.

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Farmer vows to stay put

By Charles laiton

FIgTRee farmer David

Connolly, who is

being kicked out of

his farm by President

Robert Mugabe’s close

aide, Ray Ndhlukula has vowed

to stay put. Connolly accuses

Ndhlukula of wrongfully dragging

the name of the head of

State in the messy fight over the


Connolly told The Standard

yesterday that Ndhlukula was

employing dirty tactics in order

to kick him out of his farm by

invoking Mugabe’s name in the

land-grabbing saga.

“he said he got the farm from

President Mugabe and I think

it’s a way of trying to intimidate

me. But I will not be intimidated

by such empty threats. how can

the President do that? It cannot

be true. he cannot give such instructions,

never. he thinks if

he says that to me then I will

leave my farm and go away, no,”

the farmer said.

Connolly said the farm ownership

wrangle had since put his

other family members in trouble.

“My brother Michael was visited

by the Plumtree District

Administrator and a person in

charge of the lands in the district,

one Dodzi on Friday and

they warned him they wanted

to chuck him out of his farm because

I had filed papers in court

against the government,” he


They think if they put pressure

on my brother I will go and

sit down with them and withdraw

the matter from the courts,

but I will not do that. I am at the

farm legally and if there was any

court order evicting me from it, I

would not have resisted.”

The farmer said he applied

for contempt of court charges

against Ndhlukula on August

13 this year after the latter

continued to interfere with

his farming activities despite a

court order for him to stop interfering.

“On the 13th of August we

applied for the contempt of

court matter to be dealt with

at the high Court and we are

still waiting for the matter to

be set down for hearing. All

the papers have been filed and

Ndhlukula also filed his,” Connolly


“Right now I am contemplating

all the losses I have made

and I am going to file a civil suit

against Ndhlukula to claim everything

that I have lost as a result

of his actions.”

According to Connolly,

Ndhlukula chased him out of

his farm and took over crops

worth many thousands of dollars.

Ndhlukula has been trying

to move onto Centenary Farm

since June this year despite a

high Court order barring him

from interfering with operations

at the property, one of the

most productive farms in Matabeleland


his workers started camping

at Connolly’s farm in August after

the eviction of Connolly’s

farm workers from their dwellings.

On Wednesday Connolly’s

workers were stopped from

growing their crops by Ndhlukula’s

workers before the farm was


Ben Freeth, spokesperson of

the Sadc Tribunal Rights Watch

said in a statement. “Connolly

was chased out of his home.

Barricades were put up to stop

him coming back and irrigating

or reaping the 300 000 onion

plants he still has in the ground,

or planting the 50 000 cabbage

seedlings he has ready to plant

this week.”

There was no choice, but for

him and his workers to go to the

police station again.

The offer letter [which

Ndhlukula claims to have] is

yet to be produced, but the Connollys

and their workers left the

police station, deeply distressed,

as so many thousands of farmers,

farm workers and their families

have before them, without

being offered protection.”

Ndhlukula could not be

reached for comment yesterday.

NRZ: Cellphones

replace signals

By Musa DuBe

The National Railway of Zimbabwe

(NRZ)’s entire railway system has

been run down to a point where enginemen

have to resort to using cellphones

to communicate, Transport

and Infrastructural Development

minister Obert Mpofu has revealed.

Mpofu said the railway system was

in a deplorable state and needed a

complete overhaul.

The entire railway system of

this country needs to be rehabilitated

and we are talking of the signals

and everything that would

make the trains move. Currently

there are no signals and trains just

pass by where there are no signals

and sometimes they [enginemen]

have to use cellphones to communicate,”

said Mpofu while addressing

the Bulawayo Matabeleland

business community and other


he said the rail system had become

a death trap for travellers.

“Just now we were at heany

Junction where there was a derailment

and the railway system was

disjointed.The train came when it

was like that and it derailed into

the bush. Is that what we want?

No,” said the minister.

he said government had engaged

the Development Bank of

South Africa (DBSA) for the provision

of between US$450 and

US$700 million to bankroll the rehabilitation

of NRZ.

“I beg those [striking workers]

who are at the NRZ to please be patient,”

said Mpofu, adding that he

was hopeful the mega deal with

DBSA would be signed soon.

The deal is expected to breathe a

new lease of life to NRZ’s nagging

operational woes which have seen

workers at the parastatal going for

months without getting paid.

Mpofu chided NRZ employees

for staging protests over outstanding

salaries at a time the government

was in delicate negotiations

with DBSA to revive the parastatal,

saying the action would

scare away the investor.

NRZ is struggling with a US$144

million debt. It recorded a US$17 million

deficit in the first five months of

2014, after generating US$44 million

and spending US$61 million.

The NRZ needs money to renew

its aged lines and fleet which has

wagons that are over 40 years old.

The parastatal ferried about 3,6

million tonnes of goods last year,

against a target of 6 million tonnes.

This is a far cry from the business

it recorded in 1998, when the

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Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle dwellings in Kariba

Garikai ‘tenants’ face

eviction in Kariba

By nunurai Jena

BeNeFICIARIeS of the garikai/

hlalani Kuhle housing scheme in

Kariba are facing eviction as they

owe thousands of dollars to the Ministry

of Local government in rentals,

it has been established.

The garikai scheme was introduced

by the government in 2005 after

the infamous Operation Murambatsvina/Clean-Up

Operation which

left over 500 000 families’ countrywide


But the Ministry of Local government

is now pushing to evict about

50 families that benefitted from the


The families have failed to pay

US$10 rentals per month backdated

to nearly 10 years ago when they

were allocated the housing units.

One of the beneficiaries, Nyasha

Pondiwa said he was elated when he

became a beneficiary of the scheme

in 2006 after failing for years to save

for a stand or a house.

But now he’s a bitter man and on

the verge of losing his house because

the government wants him to

pay US$785 in rental arrears.

Pondiwa accused the government

of double standards. “They never told

us when we moved in that we were going

to pay rentals and eventually pay

for the housing units. It is a surprise

to all of us. Where on earth do they

think I will get the US$785 they are

talking about,” he said.

Another Kariba garikai tenant,

Abgail Moda, vowed to stay put

claiming she bought the land from

the local authority while the government

provided the structure.

The situation is complicated. We

paid for the stands to the municipality.

What the government is saying

about the arrears is day- dreaming.

After all, construction was done

through donations from well-wishers,

so why shift the goal posts now?”

queried Moda.

But a Chinhoyi-based Local government

ministry official who only

identified himself as Nyanhemwa

said the Kariba tenants were not

telling the truth as they were given

enough time to pay for the houses.

Nyanhemwa said the houses were

evaluated and pegged at different

prices ranging from US$1 800 to

US$2 500 depending on the level of

completion when they were allocated.

The tenants are not telling you

the truth. They were told at some

stage that they should pay up rentals

and start purchasing the stands

for ownership but they seem not to

like the idea for some reasons best

known to themselves,” he said.

Nyanhemwa said government

would give the tenants enough time

to pay before evicting them.

he said another option was for the

garikai housing scheme house owners

to make payment plans with the

government if they wanted to continue

occupying their homes.

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Local News

Bhasikiti let down flood victims: Zivhu

BY our staff

CHIVI Rural District

Council chairperson,

Killer Zivhu says Masvingo

Provincial Affairs

minister, Kudakwashe

Bhasikiti let down thousands of

Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims and

is now attempting to shift the

blame to others.

Chivi RDC is mobilising about

100 tonnes of maize for the over 18

000 people who were displaced by

floods in February this year and

are now settled in the Nuanetsi


Bhasikiti was last week quoted

in a daily paper accusing Zivhu

of lying about the maize donation.

But speaking at Chivi RDC offices

on Friday where he showed

reporters the maize, Zivhu said

Bhasikiti had done nothing for

the flood victims.

“Apart from his ministerial duties,

people know Bhasikiti for

only donating oranges from a

farm which he acquired from a

white commercial farmer. That

is the Bhasikiti that I know,” he


“It is unfair for Bhasikiti to

say that all the 32 councillors

lied, after all the efforts we have

put to help the flood victims,

most of whom hail from Chivi.

Villagers here are struggling,

given that this is a droughtstricken

area, but they decided

to share the little that they harvested.”

Zivhu, who was flanked by Chivi

councillors, who also had unkind

words for the minister, said

the local authority had already

raised almost 60 tonnes of maize,

with more grain expected to arrive


“Councillors here were among

the first to help the flood victims

with clothes, food, exercise books

and money to pay for scotch-carts

hired to evacuate them, well before

NGOS, the corporate world

and other individuals chipped in,”

he said.

He said a number of the affected

flood victims were from his

own ward.

“As councillors, we are working

towards mobilising the

maize for our brothers and sisters

in Nuanetsi while Bhasikiti

says we are lying. At present we

have reached 60 tonnes of maize,

but we are facing transport problems

to get the donations here

from the various wards, as well

as sacks to pack the maize in,”

Zivhu said.

“We handed some of the maize

to the District Administrator Bernard

Hadzirabwi and tasked him

to look for transport. We challenge

him [Bhasikiti] to send the

trucks even today because as far

as we are concerned, he sent the

cars to a different Chivi RDC, not


He said it was unfortunate that

Bhasikiti was dragging the name

of Zanu PF into disrepute, accusing

the Provincial Affairs minister

of personalising the flooding

disaster in order to get political


Killer Zivhu shows part of the maize Chivi RDC mobilised for Tokwe Mukosi flood victims.

“That is why the flood victims

do not want to see him there,” said


Bhasikiti had to flee for his

life twice at Chingwizi camp

when villagers wanted to beat

him, accusing him of lying to


Zivhu also accused Bhasikiti of

lying to the flood victims by saying

people would get five hectares

each. They were eventually offered

one hectare. Bhasikiti could

not be reached for comment yesterday.

Politics no stroll in

the park for women

BY Moses MugugunYeki

FeMAle politicians feel

that their male counterparts

enjoy more space in the media

because they have more


Women Parliamentarians

attending a Gender and

elections workshop in Kadoma

last week said politics in

Zimbabwe was no stroll in

the park and acknowledged

that they faced many obstacles

in achieving representation

in governance.

They said their chances of

entering the political arena

were hindered by a plethora

of challenges that revolved

around gender stereotyping.

The media can either pull

you down or push you up.

We have seen that the media

in Zimbabwe shun women

politicians and concentrate

much on male politicians

when it comes to positive reporting”,

said Gutu east MP

Berita Chikwama.

“You will find that there

are certain male MPs who

are always in the newspapers

and on television weekin

and week-out.”

She said she will push for

a motion in Parliament for

equality of media coverage.

“I will move a motion in

Parliament so that women

and male MPs get equal media


Senator for Harare Metropolitan,

Rorana Muchihwa

Evelyn Masaiti

also took a swipe at the media,

accusing it of pushing

agendas for male politicians.

“When we travelled to China

as MPs, we had male Parliamentarians

with us, but

the media ran disparaging

stories about me. I was in the

newspapers for almost three

months after the trip and I

was attacked left, right and

centre,” said Muchihwa.

The male MPs that we

travelled with us did not appear

much in these newspapers,

but I paid the price just

because I am a woman.”

The proportion of women

in leadership positions

in Zimbabwe is depressingly

low and it will take many

years before women achieve

equal representation in government.

Although Zimbabwe is exploring

measures aimed at

improving women’s participation

in government at all

levels, women Parliamentarians

believe it will take time

before they can claim their

space on the political arena.

“We can only achieve equal

representation if we support

each other. The problem with

us women is that we pull

each other down while men

support one another,” said

Joan Tsogorani, Mashonaland

West Province Member

of the National Assembly.

Despite efforts to bring

about gender awareness at

various levels of governance,

patriarchy has been allowed

to prevail over these

policies and legislative instruments,

leaving women in

political doldrums.

The political environment

is not even in Zimbabwe.

I have been participating

in politics for many years

in Zimbabwe, but the environment

is not even. Men

are considered more powerful

and this is caused by our

traditional and cultural beliefs,”

said evelyn Masaiti,

Harare Metropolitan Member

of the National Assembly.

During the deliberations

female Parliamentarians

said their participation in

politics was hindered by gender

biases, cultural norms,

gender-based violence and

their low economic status.

“I was assaulted during

political violence and I have

scars all over my body. I was

beaten because I am a woman,”

said Muchihwa.

Zimbabwe Election Support

Network (ZESN) funded

the workshop whose aim was

to look at the gains earned

and challenges faced in recent

elections, as well as improvements

and strategies

for the next election.

‘Porous border posts will deal

Chinamasa huge blow’

BY Musa DuBe

INDUSTRY and Commerce

minister Mike

Bimha says a raft of

policy changes recently

made by the government

to stop the importation of

cheap goods are unlikely

to bear much fruit due

to smuggling at the country’s

border posts.

Recently Minister of Finance

Patrick Chinamasa

introduced measures that

will see taxes being levied

on imported products.

Speaking at a business

breakfast meeting in Bulawayo

last week, Bimha

said efforts to control

cheap imports that were

affecting the local industry

were likely to be in

vain due to corruption

by the law enforcement

agents and customs officials

who are smuggling

goods in broad daylight.

There are some interventions

that the government

has made; efforts

in removing some products

from the general imports

licence but what is

happening is that not all

goods are coming through

the normal channel and

even when you apply duty,

its only effective when the

goods come through the

formal channel. Unfortunately

there is a lot of

smuggling,” said Bimha.

“So despite the fact that

we now require import licences

to import, you see

these banned imports

coming in because they

are smuggled in,” said the


He said there was a

well-organised network

of corrupt officials who

are bribed to let goods in

without paying duty

“One of the reasons

why there is smuggling

is corruption by the officials

at border posts.

There are goods that are

coming in when they are

not supposed to come in.

For example there is duty

applied to shoes and for

someone to bring a pair

of shoes it is supposed

to cost US$4 but you see

shoes being sold for a dollar

or dollar for two,” said


He said smuggling of

goods at the country’s

borders had become a

complex issue which

needed all the relevant

stakeholders to deal with.

“Corruption is real and

it’s not only for the Ministry

of Industry to deal

with but we need a multisectoral

approach to the

issue of smuggling and

ensure that goods get in

through the normal channels

and pay duty as we

try to support our local

industry. We need the police,

Home Affairs and

Zimra officials to get involved,”

said the minister.

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Comment & Analysis


Absolute power

for Tsvangirai

was ill-advised

power is apt to corrupt the minds of those

who possess it.”


This is what William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and

British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778 said in a speech

to the House of Lords in the United Kingdom sometime in


Yet another thinker, Lord Acton said in 1887: “Power tends

to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Sadly, these famous pieces of wisdom appear to have escaped

some officials in MDC-T who until Friday’s decisive

national executive meeting were calling for a constitutional

review to grant more powers to party president Morgan Tsvangirai.

The officials, keen to curry favour with the former premier,

wanted the party’s constitution to be amended so that

Tsvangirai could become an imperial president with powers

to cherry pick national executive members, as opposed to

having them directly elected by the membership.

For their self-serving scheme to be successful, they also

wanted to water down the powers of the secretary general

(SG), leaving the party more or less like a personal fiefdom

of the president.

The SG’s post was targeted for obvious reasons. Previous

office holders — Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti — who

both broke away from the MDC and formed splinter formations,

had prevented Tsvangirai from doing whatever he

liked in the party. They were too powerful for the president

and his men’s liking.

If the amendments had been approved, the MDC would

have been today no different from Zanu PF whose policies

have caused widespread misery in the country.

It is with this in mind that we applaud the outcome of Friday’s

meeting that rejected the amendments.

We welcome the efforts of men and women in MDC who

still believe in the founding values of the party and, at great

risk to their political careers, fought tooth and nail to stop

the “Zanufication” of the MDC-T.

We hope the losers will see sense and start thinking like

real democrats.

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai

Only God can

deliver Zimbabwe

In Matthew 11 verse 28, God tells

us: “Come to me, all you who are

weary and burdened and I will

give you rest.”

I believe it is a piece of scripture

that, at this particular juncture,

suffering Zimbabweans desperately

need to hear.

Companies continue to close

down, resulting in job losses and

a loss of income for many families

who are left with no choice

but to scrounge for a living. All

the while, the government continues

to rubbish any talk of an over

80% unemployment rate in the

country, insisting it is somewhere

at 10%, as the bulk of people in

the informal sector are still classified

as “employed”. But, those in

the informal sector that the government

has been making a lot

Responding to the story Grace

Mugabe’s PhD: Academics

speak (The Standard September

14-20 2014) Gnasha says; What

an insult to all UZ graduates. The

value of a UZ degree has crashed


Fatso writes; Time is the major

factor here. The good President

might depart anytime soon and

before that happens, something

like this ought to happen. Good

Grace first graduated to be the

boss for the women’s league and

now she has been conferred with

a doctorate at the same time. You

have seriously undermined standards

at UZ Mr President.

Labious Chokocha writes;

The conferment of suspicious

doctorates on the Zimbabwean

political elite is confirmation

that all aspects of Zimbabwean

life have been “Nikuved”. There

is nothing genuine anymore as

there is a breakdown of morals

and morality. It’s all nonsense!

While We Look says; This family

has destroyed Zimbabwe while

we look but this time they have

taken it a step further by destroying

one of the finest universities

while we watch. I do not think

they intend to stop here, if given

the chance they will destroy Zimbabwe

to the third and fourth generations.


Bingo wokwaGutu writes; I

worked for UZ for 15 years before

leaving due to the collapse of the

economy. I have always looked

at UZ with pride and was always

proud to have been a member of

the academic staff at the institution.

What is happening at UZ is

really a disgrace! [Levi] Nyagura

has not only managed to destroy

the UZ as we used to know

it, but he has now eroded the respect

that has previously been

awarded to graduates of the institution.

It’s a crying shame. These

selfish and shameless politicians

have turned everything in Zimbabwe

to dust. I am now more determined

than ever to stay and live

out my last years on this planet in

the diaspora. Zimbabwe has gone

beyond the edge, there is no hope

of the country recovering in the

next 100 years.

Lepron says; While others are

of noise about, are mostly vendors

— the same vendors that are

involved in running battles with

the municipal police on a daily basis

— making their operations a

mammoth task.

In the meantime, while things

fall apart and many expect the government

to urgently come up with

meaningful and viable policies that

can take the country out of the doldrums

it finds itself in, the latter is

busy with party politics, to the extent

that it has become rather difficult

to separate our government

from the Zanu PF party as they now

seem to be one and the same thing,

all at the expense of the overburdened

Zimbabwean masses.

These days, when the government

comes up with any measure,

one can almost be guaranteed it is

terrified of improving themselves

academically, these ladies [Grace

Mugabe and Joice Mujuru] have

gone ahead and proved that there

is really nothing to be scared of.

People, just enrol with any one

of the many universities that are

spread right round Zimbabwe,

and stop making noise.

Truth Be Told writes; The

late Professor Walter Kamba resigned

from UZ in 1992 citing political

meddling. His words have

been confirmed, especially looking

at the events of September 12



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one that will do nothing but worsen

the people’s predicament.

As taking to the streets and

holding peaceful demonstrations

that demand positive action is illegal

in the country as the anti-riot

team will be readily waiting to

pounce on the “rebels”, it would

appear all that is left is for the people

of Zimbabwe to turn to God.

The country is predominantly

a Christian nation, so my request

should make sense to many. Zimbabweans,

most of us are weary

and overburdened, but the Lord is

not blind to our suffering. He sees

the oppression, corruption and

ill-treatment. Turn to the Lord

and only He, and not our inept

government, will bring us the rest

and relief we yearn for.

LG Matamba

UZ reputation done huge blow

Dr Grace Mugabe...Her PhD has generated a lot of debate.

2014. The happenings at the University

of Zimbabwe will bring

the reputation of the university

to its lowest. Why do we as Zimbabweans

approve of such despicable

activities and still claim

we are well-educated? The senate

and council (if there is indeed

an active council) have

blemished the UZ brand. Never

again will it be the same. Whoever

is going to graduate with a

PhD from this university will be

under scrutiny the world over.

Put simply, with this kind of action,

the authorities of UZ have

destroyed themselves and their

brand. What a fallacy! This is

what happens when systems and

institutions mix politics with

professionalism. The results

are there for everyone to see. UZ

gone, gone, gone!

Nazmo says; What a farce.

It only happens here in Zimbabwe.

Crazy. What else can one say

about a university that has lost

all its respect as an institution of

higher learning?

Comment & Analysis

The Standard September 21 to 27 2014 11



SOMETIMES I feel newspapers fail in

their duty to inform the nation. The Walter

Magaya-Denford Mutashu story is a

case in point. Some papers are saying

Mutashu chickened out in a case he accused

Magaya — a local prophet and

church leader — of having an adulterous

affair with his wife Nomsa Mutashu

(née Ruvazhe), but other papers are saying

they settled out of court with Magaya

paying a huge payout to Mutashu.

What really transpired? If Magaya paid

out the cash, does it mean he had an affair

with a member of his flock, or was

Mutashu just out to tarnish the image of

the man-of-God? I hope we get the true

story soon.

Kiri, Nembudziya

SAD what happened in Nigeria at

Scoan, TB Joshua’s church. May they all

rest in peace.

Tambu, Ruwa


Wicked politicians ruin people’s lives

the oracle


There is something gravely sinister about

the minds of the men and women who

rule this country.

While it is starkly evident that they have destroyed

this country, having run it down into

debilitating misery, these people from the ruling

Zanu PF party actually believe that it is

criminal for poverty-stricken Zimbabweans to

accept food, water, shelter or medicines from

anyone whom they deem unfriendly.

An unnamed Zanu PF Senator was quoted in

the front page story of a State-owned daily on

Friday breathing fire over such handouts and

branding MPs whose constituencies received

the food and medicines as “the dirty dozen,

disciples of regime change”.

The unnamed “Senator” — whose foul language

sounds all too familiar — thinks it is “a

tragedy that this dirty dozen is either breathtakingly

naïve or hopelessly treacherous or

both, to the point of not seeing the harmful

consequences of…” accepting the donations.

This is despite the fact that the donations

were made in broad daylight, by a duly accredited

Ambassador of the United States. The US

donates every year many millions of dollars’

worth of assistance, gladly received by the

government run by the Senator’s party!

This said Senator though, does not say in

her vitriol, how else the poor villagers —

whose lives she, through her party Zanu PF,

has ruined — are supposed to get the life-saving

ARVs and food.

And — as if she had made a huge expose`

— the Senator proceeds to name the ‘treacherous’

MPs who allowed their constituents to receive

the food. What monumental folly of a sick

mind! But then, events obtaining in the country

in recent days do portray Zimbabwe as a country

of beggars, led by brainless, greedy and insensitive

politicians who thrive on lies, theft,

arrogance and false promises meant to fool the


After a year of lies, or is it self-deceit, in

which Zimbabweans were told the economy

was sound and growing well enough to provide

over two million jobs “within two years”

following the dissolution of the “crippling” inclusive

government, authorities have begun

running around, begging bowl in hand, frantically

trying to save the economy, and themselves,

from total collapse.

President Robert Mugabe too has been roped

in to lead the begging crusade. The result is

the non-stop news about “mega” deals — none

of which will bring immediate relief to the

crumbling economy.

Other features of the unfolding depressing

drama include an increase in taxes, choking

already suffering masses.

Fuel, food and even means of communication

have been made more expensive. Many

more tollgates are being put up — where only

the ordinary man and woman, not the chefs,

must pay for using the death traps we call our


Money must be raised at all costs, from poor

citizens, including lowly paid civil servants, in

order to pay the same workers.

The curious paradox in all this is that the

same incompetent individuals, presiding over

this frightful state of affairs, still want to stay in

office! In normal democracies, what is expected

of this crop of failures are mass resignations.

But in our country, it appears failure, mediocrity,

corruption, fraud and theft are all

celebrated and the culprits, instead of bowing

down in shame, stand up to fight for more

chances to do the same.

That is why the moral decay has, like President

Mugabe’s “weevils”, eaten away all the

dignity and respect that our universities used

to boast — and doctorates, that should take

several years of hard work and determination

to obtain, can now be handed over on the

strength of a telephone call!

The reason for this moral decadence is that

Zimbabwe’s political leaders have been allowed

to do whatever they want with so much

impunity they do not feel a tinge of guilt.

Diamond scams, Salarygate, fuel scams, Air

Zimbabwe scandals, land scams, farm mechanisation

and agricultural input scandals and

countless other vices have been unearthed

countless times but nothing is done about them.

The cost of the Kariba power project, being

sponsored by the Chinese, has been hugely inflated

so as to allow millions of dirty dollars

into our politicians’ bottomless pockets.

Many more millions of dollars have been

stolen from the Airport road project in Harare

which has taken forever to complete!

Authorities, including President Mugabe,

have each time raised expectations that the culprits

would be brought to account — but nothing

ever happens.

Meanwhile, the ordinary man who is affected

by this warped governance is not allowed

to complain publicly, lest a cash-laden investor

runs away with more loot for the chefs!

Last week we had workers at the NRZ who

have gone for ages without pay, being told they

should not complain about their predicament

in public, through demonstrations, because

that would upset the prospective investor!

“We’re working hard to bring industry to its

feet, but what’s disappointing is that while we

engage investors on NRZ revival and we’re about

to clinch the deals, we see people staging demonstrations,”

Transport minister Obert Mpofu was

quoted as saying in Bulawayo last week.

“Even if you’re milking a cow, you milk a

live one. You can’t be seen milking a dead cow

and hope to get milk,” he fumed.

So, the workers should continue to suffer in

silence until the investor has brought in the

money — without any guarantee though that

when the time comes for “milking the cow”,

the povo would have their share of the milk!

Fact is our politicians appear determined to

bleed this country to death — completely oblivious

of the fact that if they continue on this

path, there soon will be nothing to go after, but

each other.

Their greed and boundless primitive accumulation

has dislocated this country. Yet they

still claim they have worked hard and that the

masses that have toiled for their deep pockets

have not done enough to pull themselves up by

their bootstraps — never mind most of us never

had the straps; nor the boots.

These men and women who have grown

dropping tummies on the sweat of the povo,

still seek to chisel out more of the national

cake for themselves!

They are so filled with “patriotism” that at

the December Zanu PF congress, they are going

to be fighting, like crabs in a bucket, for another

chance to preside over our misery.

A greater depth of wickedness than this is

not easy to imagine.

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In responce to Tsvangirai regains mojo

(The Standard September 14-20 2014),

Real Action Must Be On The Street

writes; [Morgan] Tsvangirai [must] use

these numbers to bring down Robert

Mugabe’s government. Zvekunakidzwa

nekuunganirwa izvi hazvichinje

zvinhu [Enjoying this popularity will

not change anything]. Surely, with the

numbers you have and a proper strategy

in place, you can easily turn the tables.

You don’t necessarily need to use

everyone, but your urban support base

to do that. Start planning now, and let’s

see real street action now!

Chimwango says; If planned properly,

the street action will achieve its intended

purpose i.e to remove [Robert]

Mugabe’s party from stolen power. No

one from outside will help us without

our initiative.

Vakapusa argues; I wonder what [Tendai]

Biti and company are thinking, they

think the people of Zimbabwe do not

have brains. Who does not know that Biti

and company were part of the so-called

failed Tsvangirai party. Everyone knew

that Biti was there as a lawyer to advise

the PM and now we lost through what

everyone could see with their eyes, fraud.

Biti, you just want power and unfortunately

it is not coming, go back to the law

office and I bet your Renewal party will

never get even a handful of supporters.

Aliphelithemba says; All Zimbabweans

are looking for are decent lifestyles,

equity and prosperity. It’s a full year after

last year’s general elections. The situation

on the ground is increasingly one

of desperation.

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Comment & Analysis / Opinion

Grace may be

Zim’s President



It might actually come to pass

that First Lady Grace Mugabe

could one day rule Zimbabwe.

The attitude of Zimbabweans

is that of laissez faire kind

with regard to what happens in

their country or what is done by

their government.

We have become so hopeless and

so powerless and at the mercy of

Zanu PF.

The party does whatever it

wants with us, I mean whatever.

As far as we Zimbabweans

are concerned, we are adrift in a

whirlwind, without control of our

destiny and only waiting to see

where we will end up.

President Robert Mugabe lost to

MDC in 2008 but “won” a solo poll

after MDC withdrew citing unprecedented

violence against its members

around the country.

People did not protest. Later

Mugabe and former South African

president Thabo Mbeki literally

coaxed MDC into a Government

of National Unity (GNU) promising

some reforms. However, of all the

reforms stipulated in the GPA only

the constitution writing was undertaken.

For this, Zanu PF made sure

that the paper was tailor-made primarily

to enhance its own interests.

We Zimbabweans maintained


In last year’s election, again

Zanu PF took advantage of our silence.

Supporters of opposition

parties were not allowed to register

to vote. Opposition parties contested

in an election in which they

had no means of verifying the election

process. They had no access

to the voters’ roll; they also could

not freely hold rallies. The security

forces openly pledged their support

for the ruling Zanu PF and vowed

not to let anyone take over from

Mugabe. This is not acceptable.

The opposition must insist on reforms

first and must not contest in

any future elections conducted under

skewed settings. We witnessed

this in the July 31 elections where

the voters’ roll was feloniously

withheld, and where the “court”

seemed reluctant to compel the

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

(ZEC) to avail election material to

be used as evidence.

As a result, Zanu PF unambiguously

and shamelessly rigged the

last elections under the very nose

of change-deserving Zimbabweans.

Still we have accepted all this

hogwash without complaining.

Zanu PF has no clue whatsoever

on how to get the country out of

the economic crisis that is devastating

the livelihoods of ordinary

Zimbabweans, but it is still holding

on to power. Unemployment is

at 90% and more than 70% of the

population lives below the poverty

datum line. People have no access

to water and roads are in a

bad state.

Government raises revenue

through unjust means that actually

amounts to extortion. The

health delivery system is almost

non-existent while the education

system is highly compromised,

seeing undeserving people graduating

with PhDs without having

studied for them. There is poor remuneration

of civil servants with

erratic pay dates. Zanu PF has

completely failed the people.

Given these conditions, life continues

as normal without any sign

of discomfort on the part of the

Zimbabweans. I talked to a colleague

sometime ago. He said,

“Zimbabweans will only be in horrifying

danger when they begin to

Sewage flowing in Chitungwiza... Zimbabweans have accepted poor service delivery as normal.

perceive the absence of service delivery

as something normal”. We

now have reached this juncture.

Corruption is normal, so is sewage

flowing along the streets; as

is garbage accumulation near our

homes or potholes on our roads.

When we go to Parirenyatwa or

Harare hospitals and find no doctors

or medicines, we accept it. We

are comfortable with unacceptable

situations. Mugabe has ruled

for 34 years and this has impoverished

Zimbabweans to an unimaginable

extent. We still accept him

as our leader, he who has done us

this great injustice.

Zanu PF realises fully well how

weak we are and stretches us to the

breaking point still with no signs

of resistance. So there is no reason

why he cannot leave his wife to

lead us, his stooges. We take anything.

To Mugabe, Zimbabwe is his

own personal fiefdom. He is like a

king. He only uses elections whose

settings he fashions so that he always

wins to gain some legitimacy

in the eyes of the international


The election settings are cast in

such a way that it is impossible for

him to lose. In 2008 these settings

were remodelled and panel beaten

during an election process when

victory for Mugabe looked less certain.

For Grace, it is a matter of

whether she is willing to become

President or not. Mugabe can do

whatever he wants with the Zimbabwean

people. He manipulates

Grace and Robert Mugabe

both Zanu PF and Zimbabweans

for his own personal gain. With

Zanu PF being a party where everyone

thrives or makes progress

through bootlicking the Mugabes,

I mean everyone, with no exception,

we can see how the way is all

open and marked for Grace to the

presidency. There is a good chance

that we will all remain indifferent

and endure more decades under

Grace’s rule.

Recently all who want to seek

favour from Mugabe have already

nominated Grace for the

politburo, while some have urged

her to aim for the vice presidency

which may ultimately see her become

leader if Mugabe feels he is

tired of ruling.

The waiting has been too long for Ziscosteel workers


believe the wordsmiths among

us have exhausted all the adjectives

that could aptly capture the

desperation of the Ziscosteel community.

I am sure the way the community

scrounges for a living on a

daily basis can claim its own space

when government’s crimes against

humanity are recorded.

Moral decay and social ills rule

supreme as girl children are turning

into daring, shameless sluts.

Some mothers have turned to

prostitution, with some industrious

ones harvesting coke breeze

in the dumpsites in order to survive.

Boys have taken to petty theft

and illegal gold-panning. Everybody

seems to accept the obtaining

status quo with just a shrug

of the shoulders. The people have

been pushed to the brink. The men,

shoulders hunched, go fishing in

shallow ponds with smelly polluted

water. They have pawned what

pieces of scrap metal they had at

nearby farms just to put food on

the table. Their situation is so bad

they celebrate when they are paid




US$50 after months on end without

pay. Most households in Torwood,

Redcliff, where the majority of the

workforce resides, have been disconnected

of both water and electricity,

yet they nurse the hope that

maybe they will live to see the conveyor

belt in motion again, the coke

ovens heating up and the blast furnaces

spewing steel.

They have seen many false

starts. The workers have been told

a lot of stories about New Zim

Steel’s impending opening. During

the subsistence of the Government

of National Unity when Welshman

Ncube was Industry minister they

celebrated the unveiling of a new

investor; an Indian steel giant —

Essar Africa Holdings — a grand

The obsolete Ziscosteel plant

occasion presided over by President

Robert Mugabe himself. It’s

been three years ever since the

president visited, but Ziscosteel,

rechristened New Zim Steel, has

been as quiet as a graveyard.

Reports this week say Mike Bimha,

the Industry and Commerce

minister says Zisco revival talks

are being speeded up, adding that

it might take a year to see something

happening at New Zim Steel.

That must have been the most depressing

news ever for the community.

They cannot tighten their

belts any further because they

have reached their wits’ end. The

US$750 million deal with a condition

that the investor takes over

government debt has taken too

long to be concluded.

While policymakers and dealbreakers

move from one office to

the other, while bureaucracy consumes

them, could they spare a

thought for the families waiting

for their breadwinners to be relevant

again in the family set up?

Nobody seems to want to address

them and put them in the

picture save for what they read in

the press. It is a fact that some of

them will be rendered redundant

just as some machines are already

obsolete, even vandalised, but

they are just waiting for the powers-that-be

to decide on their fate

and for the new employer to decide

if they still fit the new setup.

It must be the longest wait ever

with loads of uncertainty.

For a deal that has been held

back by issues to do with ownership,

rights to ore reserves and

government debt, mere assurance

that talks are going to be speeded

up does not inspire hope for the

workers. In a world where big businesses

are signing billion dollar

deals, this one seems too small to

warrant years of just negotiations.

Only last week Mali and China

signed deals worth US$11 billion!


The Standard September 21 to 27 2014 13

Heavy taxation

a violation of

human rights



On September 11 2014, the

Finance minister Patrick

Chinamasa presented

the Mid-Term

Fiscal policy review

themed, Towards an Empowered Society

and a Growing Economy. The

review among other measures increased

with immediate effect taxes

on fuel, employee benefits, meat,

detergents, blankets, data and voice

transmission and many other items

under the chapter on revenue enhancing


There are two things that worry

us in this Mid-Term Fiscal policy

review and these are the non-attentiveness

of the current government

to its relationship with its citizens,

as well as the failure by the government

to link its tax policy with its


It is important for a government

when crafting a new tax policy to

take some time and reflect on its relationship

with the people it intends

to tax. This will include a thorough

introspection and holding public

seminars to share and explain how

the government has made use of

public resources. There should be

some debate and dialogue at the

very bottom where the tax burden is

felt the most.

An evaluation of this kind will

most certainly need to be more detailed,

breaking down government

expenditure and analysing what

percentage of the budget went towards

essential services and how

much funded the purchase of unnecessary

luxury cars for government

officials. The evaluation must

certainly ask — how much of the

taxpayer’s money was used to fund

violence against the taxpayers?

The 2013 Global Peace Index

ranks Zimbabwe on number seven

in terms of violence containment

cost, in the world. We are ahead of

such countries as Iraq, South Sudan,

Sudan and the Democratic Republic

of Congo. We are spending

much more than countries that are

in war. Our expenditure on violence

containment seems to suggest that

we are a country at war with its people.

And who is funding that, when

the economy is not functioning.

Tax? Ourselves?

For a number of reasons, such a

reflection must help us realise that

there is a major link between taxation,

lack of accountability and

poverty. In the face of heavy taxation,

the risk of political instability

increases, especially when people

feel that the burden of taxation is

unmatched by government performance

and accountability.

Fiscal and taxation policies of a

government are intertwined with

the politics of the state and can

have an impact on the enjoyment of

human rights and access to justice

for the generality of the population.

When the government spends

much on violence containment, it

follows that not much will be deployed

to essential services and the

building of institutions that support

quality human life. Minister

Chinamasa is currently the only

minister talking about the economy

in the current administration

while his colleagues are worried

about succession.

Some weeks ago, The Standard

reported that government was suffering

because resources were now

directed at dealing with Zanu PF

succession war. So when the government

grinds to a halt, is it just

for the government to raise taxes

on the same people who are affected

by government’s incompetence?

With the increase in fuel, Zimbabwe

will witness an increase in

the cost of living as suppliers pass

on the tax burden to the consumer,

the majority of whom are unemployed.

Human rights will be seriously

eroded, as the state will start

enforcing its tax policy. Rent seeking

will become the order of the day

(the state seeking the piece of the

cake it did not contribute in making).

People will be accused of committing

dubious economic crimes

and will have their properties confiscated

to boost the resources of

the starving state.

Taxation is a double-edged knife

when it comes to human rights. On

one hand, it has been realised that

taxes provide the most sustainable

source of revenue to governments

to help them fulfill their primary

duty of ensuring the progressive

realisation of a range of human

rights of citizens.

Schools, hospitals, water and sanitation,

electricity and roads, transparent

and democratic institutions:

are all essential to the fulfillment

of human rights, and constitute

fundamental pillars in the architecture

that holds together a civilised


On the other hand, indiscriminate

heavy taxation by an unaccountable

government is a violation

of human rights as the fruits

of taxation never find themselves

at the service of the people but

rather, are siphoned away by corrupt

government officials.

Modern day fiscal policies should

always be in sync with a government’s

human rights obligations,

like the right to know (access to

information for purposes of public

accountability), as enshrined in

section 62 of the new constitution.

According to the United Nations

Special Rapporteur on extreme

poverty and human rights, Magdalena

Sepúlveda Carmona, (June

2014), fiscal and tax policies (revenue-raising

and expenditure) are

an essential tool for states to meet

their human rights commitments

and combat poverty. A human

rights-based assessment of fiscal

policy is particularly necessary due

to the ongoing repercussions of the

global financial and economic crises

and their impact on the enjoyment

of human rights worldwide.

In Zimbabwe’s sinking economy,

the impact of a poor fiscal policy

that rests primarily on taxation is

deeply felt by the poorest and most

vulnerable groups of the society,

Human rights activists protest in Harare... Heavy taxation is an infringement of human rights.

The state of the economy in 2008... With the increase in fuel, Zimbabwe will witness an increase in the cost of living as suppliers pass

on the tax burden to the consumer.

through cuts to budgets for social

protection and public services, and

a reduction in aid budgets. Without

accountability measures, the

new tax policy is most unlikely going

to see the rehabilitation of Mpilo

and Harare hospitals. But we are

most likely going to see the government

ordering new top-of-the-range

luxury vehicles for its officials. We

are most unlikely going to see an increase

in the salaries of civil servants.

But we are likely going to see

more armed police officers running

battles with young people demanding

jobs in the streets.

It is therefore critical, as we reflect

on the new Mid-Term Fiscal

policy review, that we reflect on the

effect of a punitive tax policy on

the enjoyment of the rights of the

people. The government has an obligation,

in crafting a tax policy, to

ensure a just tax policy that takes

into consideration its own performance

and its relationship with its

citizens. In addition, it must put in

place measures to ensure that the

public remains informed of how it

is making use of public resources.

• Dzikamai Bere & Prosper

Maguchu contribute to this column

in their personal capacity.

For feedback write to

Patrick Chinamasa

14 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014

International News

Developing world revives

nuclear power prospects

London — Developing nations

are leading a revival

of interest in nuclear power,

say atomic plant builders,

but orders remain elusive

as more safety features post-

Fukushima have inflated investment


Three-and-a-half years after Japan’s

reactor accident shook confidence,

around 25 countries are

thinking of turning nuclear to sustain

strong growth and provide

cleaner and reliable power.

“It’s not so much growth in the

developed countries but we’re seeing

a lot of other countries that


17 September 2014

want to develop nuclear. We’re

finding money in places we didn’t

even know existed,” Danny Roderick,

chief executive of Toshiba-owned

nuclear reactor maker

Westinghouse, said at a nuclear

industry conference last week in


Rival reactor designer GE Hitachi

Nuclear Energy, a joint venture

between the US and Japanese

companies, said it has held meetings

with officials from India, Mexico

and Vietnam, among others.

Countries as diverse as Bangladesh,

Turkey or Jordan, are

also considering building nuclear

plants and around 160 reactors

are expected to come online over

the next decade, according to the

World Nuclear Association.

On paper, that should provide

plenty of work, but the industry

continues to lick its wounds in the

aftermath of a devastating earthquake

in Japan in March 2011,

which caused triple meltdowns

and hydrogen explosions at Tepco’s

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear


The accident put a break on

much of the world’s nuclear plans

as governments re-assessed the

risks of running nuclear reactors


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Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals dispels Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) rumours.

Be assured that the hospital did not at any time detect any Ebola cases.

Patients are screened in line with the set protocol of the Ministry of Health and

Child Care regarding Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) Management.

Tents have been availed to screen patients before they are attended to at Accident

and Emergency Department and Outpatients Department respectively.

If any suspect cases are identified they will be transferred to an isolation center at

Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.

A patient who caused an alarm was brought in by an ambulance. He was examined

by two doctors with special training in Ebola case detection. The two

doctors were satisfied that the patient was not an Ebola case.

The wife who had a history of travelling to DR Congo had far exceeded the Ebola

incubation period of 21 days, since she arrived back into the country on the 18th

August 2014. She exhibited no symptoms of the disease. The husband did not have

any history of travel to any of the affected areas.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan

and some, such as Germany, decided

to part ways with nuclear altogether.

As of July this year, 67 reactors

were under construction globally,

with 56 of those in Asia and eastern

Europe, according to the World

Nuclear Industry Status Report

2014, whose lead authors are industry

consultants Mycle Schneider

and Antony Froggatt.

For US-based Westinghouse, opportunities

in eastern Europe and

new orders from China will be key

to filling its order book, while GE

Orlando — Saggy

pants are a fashion

choice and

not a police concern, a

Florida city has decided,

rescinding a twomonth-old

ban that

threatened jail time for

styles intentionally exposing

underwear or


Responding to criticism

of a law seen as

targeting young black

males, the Ocala city

council voted 4-1 last

week to rescind the ban

it had approved in July.

“Putting someone in

jail for 60 days and fining

them US$500 for

wearing their pants

two inches below their

natural waistline,

wherever that is, that’s

not smart justice,” said

Kent Guinn, mayor of

Ocala, which is to the

northwest of Orlando

in central Florida.

No one was fined

or jailed for wearing

saggy pants in Ocala,

which had joined several

US cities prohibiting

or campaigning

against what many defend

as a fashion statement.

The saggy pants

style has been embraced

by popular music

culture and spread

among young people.

Hitachi will seek to benefit from

interest from nuclear newcomers

across the globe.

There certainly is some interest

by some of the emerging markets

compared to where we were

10 years ago,” Preston Swafford,

chief executive of Canadian reactor

maker Candu Energy, said.

France’s Areva, struggling with

a slump in core earnings, is pinning

its hopes on fresh orders for

Britain's nuclear new build programme,

as well as from Turkey, India

and Saudi Arabia. —Reuters

Florida city reverses

ban on saggy pants

The Ocala ordinance

banned saggy pants on

city property, including

streets, sidewalks,

parks, public pools and

municipal buildings.

But critics accused city

officials of racial discrimination

and potentially

violating constitutionally


free speech.

“I don’t think government

should be in

the business of legislating

how people are

dressed,” city spokeswoman

Jeannine Robbins


“We’ve got here in

Ocala a lot of things

the police department

should be dealing with

other than that.”

The city’s only black

council member, Mary

Rich, had campaigned

for the law for six

years, calling it a matter

of public decency.

She voted against its


Rich could not be

reached immediately

for comment.

“You wouldn’t want

your mother coming to

an affair downtown at

the square and having

people with their pants

down to their knees,”

Rich said in July.


For further information contact Mr. Thomas Zigora Chief Executive Officer, Parirenyatwa

Group of Hospitals.

Florida city has rescinded the ban on saggy pants

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16 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014


Nigeria uses torture for confessions

This teenage boy arrested for being a suspected militant had melted plastic poured on his

back in 2013. Picture: Amnesty International

Torture has become such an integral

part of policing in Nigeria that many stations

have an informal torture officer,

Amnesty International says.

Both the military and police use a wide

range of torture methods including beatings, nail

and teeth extractions and other sexual violence, it


one woman accused of theft in Lagos said she

was sexually assaulted, and had tear gas sprayed

into her vagina.

Nigeria’s police said the force had a “zero tolerance

for torture”.

“It may happen and when it does happen it is appropriately

dealt with,” police spokesman emmanuel

ojukwu said.

“every officer in Nigerian police has a duty post

— there is no duty post for torture,” he said.

“If somebody’s tortured let him please report to

the next higher authority and then action will be



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“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God ” (Matthew 5 Verse 9)



Harare – 21 September 2014

The Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) comprising of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), Union for the

Development of the Apostolic & Zionist Churches In Zimbabwe Africa (UDACIZA), the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) and the

Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), joins Zimbabwe and the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace which is


observed yearly on the 21 of September. The theme for 2014 "The Right of Peoples to Peace" also marks the 30th anniversary of the UN General

Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. As the Church we call upon Zimbabwe in particular and the rest of the world, to

continuously endeavour to seek peace and commit to a lifetime of struggle against violence and impunity.

This day comes at an opportune moment for the people of Zimbabwe to reflect on those challenges that may degenerate into violent conflict. In

recent times, the common and continued suffering of the people of Zimbabwe, with no end in sight, has not left the Church untouched; and now, in

a common desire to bring to an end the daily suffering and pain of our people, the Church has come together through its Ecumenical Peace

Observation Initiative (EPOIZ) platform, to speak with one voice, one faith, one hope and one vision in order to bring about the Zimbabwe we all


We have remained resolute in our collective distress at the prevalence of violence in the country which has manifested itself in various forms either

structurally or physically. Of late, what is more disturbing is the seemingly increased violence between institutions that are Constitutionallymandated

to maintain law and order and the members of the public as well as within the Church itself that is supposed to foster a culture of

tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Inter and intra-party political violence, violence among churches, gender based and sexual violence in the

home, school, church, workplace and social spaces; and violence between the members of the public and law enforcement agencies are just but a

cherry pick of the conflicts in Zimbabwe. It is with concern that the Church notes the implications of such conflicts and their impact on the social

fabric in terms of people's contribution to sustainable development.

More aptly, the theme for this year speaks large in drawing the attention of governments, parties to conflicts, religious institutions, community

leaders, the media, academics, or civil society groups – to play their part in society in strengthening the ideals and demands of peace among the

rising hostilities. Whilst everyone is in a way trying to contribute a block towards nation building and reconciliation, more work awaits the

Government in ensuring that the profuse legal and policy frameworks are realigned to the Constitution in which the socio-economic and political

actors will effectively function. Bearing in mind that the theme makes mention of rights, the fulfilment and respect of the rights of peoples to peace

will barely be achieved when the institutions such as the Constitutional Commissions are not fully established and or operational such as the

National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Human Rights Commission, Media Commission and the Anti Corruption Commission. It is in this

statement that the Church implores decision makers, particularly Parliament and the Inter-Ministerial Committee to be swift in ensuring the

functioning of these Commissions.

entitled Welcome to Hell Fire, the Amnesty report

says people are often detained in large dragnet

operations and tortured as punishment, to extort

money or to extract “confessions” as a way to

solve cases.

the use of torture is particularly extreme in the

north-east in the war against Boko Haram Islamist

militants, Amnesty says.

the uK-based rights group says between 5 000

and 10 000 people have been arrested there since

2009, and executions in overcrowded detention facilities

are common.

one teenage boy was among 50 people arrested

by the army in Pokiskum in Yobe state last year

on suspicion being a member of the Boko Haram.

At the time he was 15 years old and spent three

weeks in custody in Damaturu and said he was

beaten continuously with gun butts, batons and


Arrested in 2013 along with other hotel staff after

two guns and a human skull were found. they

were beaten, detained in a van for hours and then

taken to an anti-robbery squad centre in Awkuzu.

“I was thrown inside a cell. I noticed a written

sign on the wall ‘Welcome to hell fire’… I was taken

to the interrogation room.

“there was a police officer at one end with two

suspects who were chained together.

“I saw ropes streaming down from the ceiling

tops, bags of sand elevated on the perimeter wall

fence of the hall and all types of rod and metal in

different shapes and sizes.

“I heard shouts and screams from torture victims…

I saw buckets of water on standby in case

anybody faints or opts to die before appending

[their] signature to already written statements.”

the officer questioned him, tied his hands and

legs, passed a rod between them and elevated him

from a perimeter wall. they poured water on him

whenever he passed out. He was charged with

murder, has since been freed on bail and is awaiting


the boy told Amnesty that melted plastic was

poured on his back and he was asked to walk and

roll over broken bottles in a hole, and cold water

was poured on him and others.

A former soldier who served at Damaturu confirmed

that torture was routinely used at the


“An electrified baton is used on a person to make

them talk,” he told Amnesty.

“they tie people with their hands stretched behind

their arms… people kept like that for six or

seven hours lose their hands, people kept like that

much longer can even die,” he said.

Amnesty says the report was compiled using

500 interviews during 20 separate visits to Nigeria

since 2007.

“Across the country, the scope and severity of

torture inflicted on Nigeria’s women, men and

children by the authorities who are supposed to

protect them is shocking to even the most hardened

human rights observer,” Amnesty’s Netsanet

Belay said in a statement.

the 24-year-old woman sexually assaulted with

teargas says the abuse has left her with a permanent


“A policewoman took me to a small room, told

me to remove everything I was wearing. She

spread my legs wide and fired tear gas into my vagina…

I was asked to confess that I was an armed

robber… I was bleeding… up till now I still feel

pain in my womb,” she said.

She has been charged with theft and remains in

custody awaiting trial 10 months after her arrest.

even though torture is prohibited under the

constitution, Amnesty notes that Nigeria’s politicians

have yet to pass a bill to criminalise it.

It says security forces enjoy a climate of impunity

and the criminal justice system is riddled

with corruption. — BBC

The Church exhorts all citizens to commit to supporting a peaceful Zimbabwe. It is now therefore a time to reaffirm our fortitude to turn words into

action, and commit to doing our part to make this nation and the rest of the world free from vicious acts that have the rights of peoples to peace

fulfilled as ascribed to in Romans 12 vs 18 “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone”. To this end, through its Ecumenical Peace

Observation Initiative in Zimbabwe (EPOIZ) program, the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations will continue being at the forefront of

advocating for the eradication of the adverse and destructive culture of violence in whatever form or circumstance. It will in this month and

October carry out Peace Celebrations to commemorate the International Day of Peace in Bikita (Masvingo), Hwange (Matebeleland North), Karoi

(Mashonaland West), Bvekerwa (Manicaland), Gokwe Central (Midlands), Bulawayo (Bulawayo Metropolitan) and Harare (Harare Metropolitan)

Provinces. These celebrations being hosted under the theme “Building the Zimbabwe We Want in Faith, Hope and Unity”, will be a platform for the

Provinces to celebrate and pray for God's favour and peace over the nation of Zimbabwe. It will again offer an opportunity for the nation to unite

together in championing for peace as well as effectively contribute to the discourse on peacebuilding and sustainable development in Zimbabwe

“Let us therefore follow after the things that make for peace” Romans 14:19

One can be suspended upside down for hours on end so the

force can extract a confession. — Reuters


The Standard

September 21 to 27 2014 •


Banks urged to

foster financial


According to the Postal and Telecommunications

Regulatory Authority, the mobile penetration

rate is estimated at 106% and 13 million

subscribers are registered on mobile networks


The banking and local financial

services sector

has a huge role to play in

fostering financial inclusivity

in Zimbabwe and

must continue to be innovative, a

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)

official has said.

There has been an outcry over

the past recent months by the

banking sector over how mobile

network operators have invaded

their operating space.

However, the dawn of a new

transaction era has brought about

communication technologies and

mobile money transfers that have

forced banks to adapt or risk closure

in an increasingly illiquid

Zimbabwean economy.

Mobile Network Operators

(MNOs) have been at the forefront

of mobile financial transactions.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary

of ZimSwitch in the capital

last week, RBZ chief dealer for

Money and Capital Markets, William

Manhimanzi said since the

launch of ZimSwitch a lot had

changed over the years.

ZimSwitch is a local third party

transaction acquiring busi-

Automated teller machines (ATM)... ZimSwitch is affiliated to a number of commercial banks which operate a network of well over

300 point of sale terminals in Zimbabwe. Picture: Shepherd Tozvireva

ness launched in the 1990s and is

affiliated to 13 commercial banks

which operate a network of well

over 300 point of sale terminals.

“As the central bank, our role

is to approve initiatives that promote

financial inclusion and we

see opportunities for co-operation.

I don’t see where MNOs are

taking over but if they are, so

what? If this helps in financial inclusivity,

that’s good,” he said.

Manhimanzi said the traditional

brick and mortar model for

banks was old and gone due to

technological changes.

“We are now in a multi-currency

environment and there has

been a mobile phone revolution.

I think they have brought a revolution

in terms of how we do

things,” he said, adding that there

has been a trend where the economy

is informalising in urban areas.

According to the Postal and Telecommunications

Regulatory Authority,

the mobile penetration

rate is estimated at 106% and 13

million subscribers are registered

on mobile networks.

Only 24% of the population has

access to banking services, with

70% of the population being rural


Manhimanzi took a swipe at

mobile operators who were failing

to share infrastructure as stipulated

by law.

“With regard to interoperability,

we have three different mobile

operators erecting boosters in the

same proximity. People are not cooperating

in terms of infrastructure

sharing, these costs could be

reduced if there is co-operation,”

he said.

ZimSwitch general manager

Cyril Nyatsanza said the company’s

job “is to help revive industry,

we want to facilitate the growth of

the economy through financial inclusion”.

Recent reports show that technological

developments have

placed Kenya at the forefront of

the “mobile money boom” in Africa.

Statistics indicate that Kenya

has become the largest mobile

money market in the East African


According to the Central Bank

of Kenya, mobile money transfer

service providers reached close to

US$23 billion through 733 million

transactions in 2013 alone.

A considerable number of people

in African countries remain

unbanked, a situation which has

challenged banks on how best to

access them.

However, through the mobile

money revolution, Kenya has

promoted financial inclusivity

through accessing the majority of

unbanked people in urban and rural

areas by providing financial


HAZ extends invitation to Singapore


The Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe

(HAZ) has invited a delegation

from Singapore for next month’s annual

conference as the body seeks to tap

into the experience of the south east Asian

nation’s growing industry.

HAZ holds its 70th annual congress from

October 29 to 31 in Bulawayo.

“We have actually invited people from

Singapore. As you know Singapore is excelling

in terms of tourism, what they generate

per year as a ministry of tourism is

around US$30 billion,” HAZ president Tamuka

Macheka said last week.

“…that is why we want to learn more from

those people or even partner with them as

we go forward.”

Zimbabwe’s tourism industry generates

only US$1 billion. The ministry of Tourism

and Hospitality Industry projects the sector

to grow four-fold to US$5 billion by 2020 driven

by the opening up of the skies and relaxation

of visas to visitors from source markets.

Macheka said next month’s congress was

special for HAZ.

“It is a special congress for us this year

because we are celebrating our 70th birthday

and we have actually themed the congress

around excellence: “HAZ at 70, building

a culture of service excellence” so that

we make sure we reinforce that,” Macheka


Speakers at the congress include

Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister

Walter Mzembi and a keynote address

will come from a Singaporean delegate.

About 150 to 200 delegates are expected to


Macheka said the Chefs Association of

Zimbabwe and the Chefs Association of

South Africa are expected to sign a Memorandum

of Understanding to improve the

standards of cuisine during the course of

the congress.

“During the winter school in July, we resolved

to sign an MOU with SA Chefs Association.

The purpose of the MOU is to work

together to improve the standard of cuisine

in Zimbabwe. We have realised most of our

chefs migrated and we felt it was good for

them to come and plough back to Zimbabwe,”

Macheka said.

The tourism sector registered a 12%

growth in bed occupancy level at major hotels,

with most of the hotels in the prime

destinations experiencing improved business

in the first half of the year.

In his 2014 mid-term Fiscal Policy Review,

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said

the sector was “benefitting from the prevailing

political stability in the country, investment

in tourism facilities and infrastructure,

revamping of domestic flights capacity,

all complemented by investment in marketing


Walter Mzembi

18 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014


Radar back to profitability

There was little confidence in the economy,

company closures increased and

unemployment reached alarming levels


Radar Holdings recorded an

after tax profit of US$288

006 for the year ended

June 30 2014 from a loss of

US$49,2 million in 2013.

Last year, Radar suffered a loss

from discontinued operations of

US$46,9 million after agreeing to dispose

its controlling shareholding in

Border Timbers Limited.

Revenue declined by 11% to

US$8,2 million as compared to

US$9,2 million in the comparable period

last year.

In a statement accompanying

the group’s audited results, Radar

chairperson Zondi Kumwenda said

the year under review was “very

challenging for the operating divisions”.

The group experienced normal

trading patterns in the first half

and a market downturn in the second

half. There was little confidence

in the economy, investment continued

to decline, company closures increased

and unemployment reached

alarming levels. All these led to reduced

disposable income and reduced

demand for the group’s products

and services,” Kumwenda said.

Kumwenda said the sales volumes

dropped by 9% at Macdonald Bricks

from the prior year due to reduced

construction activity in Matabeleland.

“Demand for bricks was subdued

despite inroads made in supplying

products to Mashonaland, Midlands

and Masvingo regions. The division

experienced low orders in the second

half of the year, particularly as

a result of the reduced construction

activity in the Matebeleland region.

The subdued demand necessitated

the mothballing of Willsgrove factory

for four months during the wet

season,” Kumwenda said.

He however said Radar Properties’

occupancy level declined to 60%

in the period under review from 62%

last year compared with the previous


The operating environment continued

to be characterised by a high

rate of default on rental payments,”

Kumwenda said.

He added that the country at large

had a huge infrastructure backlog

which presents a potential market for

construction and building materials.

“In the short term, it is anticipated

that demand will slacken in line

with the declining economic activity.

In response management is focusing

on cost containment and process

efficiencies,” he said.

Zondi Kumwenda

Livestock situation

under control


The livestock situation in Matabeleland South

province, which lost over 12 000 cattle last

year, is now under control due to an improved

supply of pasture and water, an expert has said.

Over 12 700 cattle reportedly perished last year

in Matabeleland South due to drought. However,

Matabeleland South chief livestock specialist

Simangaliphi Ngwabi said this year the livestock

was not under threat.

The situation is under control because there

was good rainfall this year. If you travel around

the entire province you can see that the condition

of our livestock is fair to good and I am confident

that we will have a fair season up to the onset of

the rain season. I am confident that we are not

likely to have any deaths and so far we have not

lost any cattle,” said Ngwabi.

Gwabi said some Non-Governmental Organisations

(NGOs) were also providing supplementary

feed to needy areas such as Gwanda South.

There is feed which was provided by FAO and

farmers are buying it to supplement their pastures,

especially in Gwanda South where there is

a problem of grazing ,” said the official.

She said that during the same period last year,

the province had already recorded many livestock


“In 2012, we started losing cattle as early as

March and so far we have not recorded any deaths.

The water situation is quite good and the boreholes

have not dried up. We had good rains that

actually raised the water table,” she said.

A visit to some areas in Matabeleland South

also confirmed that the situation had improved as

some dams still had water that could last up to the

beginning of the rainy season.

A farmer in the area, Thabani Mpofu, said due

to the improved water situation this year, the calving

rate was high.

“We hope this coming season we will again have

more rains and be able to restock our cattle that

have died in the past years due to drought,” said


Matabeleland South region has an estimated

556 619 cattle, contributing about 10% to the national

herd. The region used to be the country’s

prime cattle producing area but the recurrent

droughts since 1992 decimated about 60% of the

province’s head.

The condition of livestock in Matabeleland South this year is

better than previous years.


The Standard September 21 to 27 2014 19

Debt stands

in the way

of Zim-China


Could China be tightening its funding

requirements for its ally of over 34 years? If that

is the case, what could be the next source of

funding for the country?

in the



In my last week column, I

highlighted that there is a

“beauty contest” for international

capital. The RBZ, in

its July 2014 monetary policy

statement, states that on “a cumulative

basis, and compared to other

countries in the region, Zimbabwe’s

foreign direct investment inflows

amounted to US$1,7 billion

over the period 1980 to 2013, whereas,

Zambia and Mozambique received

US$7,7 billion and US$15,8

billion, respectively. Of the total

of US$25,2 billion received between

the three countries since

1980, Zimbabwe has accounted for

a mere 7% which underpins the

“need for the country to create an

investor-friendly environment” to

tap into international capital targeting

African opportunities. China

has been one of the key investors

with a keen interest on investments

in Zimbabwe. But with

Chinese looking for a “financing

channel of reciprocity” with Zimbabwe,

the financial relationship

between the two could be in a process

of being redefined.

Zimbabwe’s relationship with

China dates back to the 1970s

when China supported the liberation

war. The Chinese support

for Zimbabwe became more pronounced

as Zimbabwe became

isolated by the western world

through sanctions. In response to

the sanctions by the west, Zimbabwe

adopted a “Look East Policy”

in the early 2000s, which saw Harare

strengthening its ties with

countries like China and Malaysia.

A lot of transactions have

been concluded between China

and Zimbabwe, with Zimbabwe

importing goods ranging from

military, agriculture equipment

to basic goods, while China has

been interested in Zimbabwe’s

mineral resources, particularly

platinum. Zimbabwe holds the

second largest platinum reserves

in the world after South Africa.

China has also invested in other

sectors like energy generation

and water supply.

while there has been increased

investments by the East, Zimbabwe

still requires US$27 billion to

fund its Zim Asset, a national fiveyear

plan to improve basic services

and rebuild the country. The

country will be looking towards

China (among other funders)

to bankroll this plan, but China

wants Zimbabwe to use its mineral

earnings to guarantee its funding,

showing that the future of

Chinese funding is underpinned

by national income generating capacity.

That is akin to cash flows

in project finance.

The Zimbabwe presidential

delegation was in China in August

in a bid to unlock “more Chinese

enterprises to invest and

more Chinese tourists to travel

in Zimbabwe”. A number of

agreements meant to strengthen

the relationship between the

two countries were signed. These

will see increased cooperation

between the two, with China supporting

the economic development

of Zimbabwe in the areas

of industrial zone development,

infrastructure, mining and agriculture.

However, China points

out the need to “discuss with

Zimbabwe the co-operation pattern

and financing channel of

reciprocity and mutual benefit”,

implying that tangible numbers

were not penned down.

Could China be tightening its

funding requirements for its

ally of over 34 years? If that is

the case, what could be the next

source of funding for the country?

Look back west? Maybe not

in the near future.

Zimbabwe, however, resumed

engaging the IMF in 2013 after

a decade of non-engagement. A

team of IMF staff is expected in

Harare this month to assess progress

on the Staff-Monitored Programme

(SMP). IMF insists that

Harare pays it’s debt in arrears

before any further loans can be

granted. In its July 2014 country

report on Zimbabwe, IMF estimates

that the country’s external

debt at end-2014, will stand at

US$12,8 billion (94,5% of GDP)

of which US$5,6 billion is in arrears.

That external debt is projected

to grow to US$22,5 billion

(122% of GDP) by 2019. That is


within a month of the President’s

visit to China, Russia sent

its Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov

to Harare with a view to

strengthen “bilateral trade-andeconomic

and investment cooperation,

primarily in the fields of

mining, geological prospecting,

energy, agriculture, infrastruc-

Power station . . . China has already committed to funding a power generation project in Kariba

ture construction, and tourism”

but eyeing Zimbabwe’s platinum

reserves through the US$3 billion

Darwendale Comprehensive Development

Project, as platinum

“will be the driving force behind

all bilateral trade, economic and

investment relations”.

with the President holding the

vice-chair position and eligible for

the rotating African Union chairmanship

in 2015, and currently

being the Sadc chairman, this

could be the opportunity for China

to work with Zimbabwe to push

for “the new type of China-Africa

strategic partnership to a new

level”. Ironically, Russia sees the

same, that Zimbabwe enjoys “a

high level of authority” in African

affairs. It’s obvious that China and

Russia have found some “beauty”

in Zimbabwe, but beauty is in the

eye of the beholder.

• Nesbert Ruwo is a Zimbabwean-born

investment banker

currently based in South Africa.

He can be contacted on


Russia’s Foreign minister Sergev Lavrov.

Picture: Aaron Ufumeli

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would like to solicit bids from qualified

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20 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014


Think it, envision it, achieve it



with phillip chichoni

Think little goals and expect little

achievements. Think big goals and

win big success. —David Joseph


The past few weeks have

been extraordinary for

the country, economically

speaking. First there

was the announcement

by the finance ministry of some

multi-billion dollar memoranda

of agreement with China following

the President’s state visit there.

Then there was the signing of the

Darwendale platinum mining joint

venture with the Russians, valued

at US$3 billion; the largest ever

business deal in the history of Zimbabwe.

Now the question arises: What’s

in it for the small and midsized

businesses? This is an important

question because SMEs form the

majority of firms in Zimbabwe and

have the potential to create jobs and

drive economic growth. Because

of their size, they can more easily

adapt to new lines of business and

require less capital to move than

bigger firms.

However, that is not the question

entrepreneurs should be asking. Instead,

you should be asking: How

can I fit in and add value?

In this highly competitive business

environment, no one is going

to give anything to you on a silver

platter, you have to go and get it


The starting point is your mind.

The largest airplane today is the

Antonov Mriya AN-225, a strategic

airlift cargo aircraft designed by the

Soviet Union in the 1980s. It is also

the longest and heaviest airplane

ever built, and can take off with a

maximum weight of 640 tonnes (20

haulage over laden trucks).

Before 1903 most people could not

believe that a mechanically powered

object heavier than air could

fly for any significant distance. This

belief was put to rest on December

17 1903, when the Wright brothers,

at Kill Devil Hills just outside

the town of Kitty Hawk in North

Carolina USA, made the first control

powered air plane flight. The

idea of an airplane flying had been

thought before by many people over

the centuries, including Galileo, Sir

George Cayley in 1799 and Otto Lilienthal

in 1867. All these people

thought big. In fact, all big achievements

start with big thoughts.

We think over 60 000 thoughts a

day. However, it is focused thoughts

that results in achievement. Entrepreneurs

should focus their minds

on how they can fit in these mega

deals with the Chinese and Russians.

Opportunities are many.

There was an outcry from some

SMEs a few years ago over the engagement

of South African haulage

contractors by some international

miners here. However, most

of the SMEs did not have the capacity

and resources needed for

the jobs. In this case now, how can

SMEs mobilise resources and build

enough capacity to be value adding

partners for the mega projects?

How can they collaborate with others

for mutual benefit?

Thoughts are fleeting and will

easily be forgotten if they are not

written down. That is the reason

business plans need to be written.

I have spoken with a lot of entrepreneurs

over the years and all

those who have built successful

businesses have one thing in common:

a relentless pursuit of their

goals. Even in the face of temporary

setbacks, they kept their focus

on what they wanted to achieve. For

example, one businesswoman had

to go back to work after facing crippling

financial challenges that had

her house nearly auctioned. However,

when she got the financial

problems under control, she quit

her job, again, and went back to

building her business. The vision

for her business was too powerful

to just let go.

Ideas are reinforced in the mind

through the process of visioning.

Successful people, whether in business,

sports or family, have a picture

in their mind of what success looks

like. When they close their eyes and

President Robert Mugabe recently launched a US$4,8 billion platinum deal... SMEs need

to build enough capacity to be value adding partners for such mega projects.

focus their minds, they see themselves

already having achieved

their vision. The sportsperson sees

himself holding the gleaming trophy;

the entrepreneur sees his business

running at its peak; the father

or mother sees their happy family

engaged in joyful activities. The

thought, when visioned, reinforces

your desire in the mind. The mind

then opens up and you start seeing

opportunities and resources everywhere

to help you achieve the vision.

A powerful vision not only helps

you stay focused, it also attracts

other people to you who will help

you achieve your goals. When seeking

business partners, employees,

finance or markets, a powerful vision

will make you glow and people

will just want to help you.

Finally, a vision without action is

just a dream. Achievers are always

people of action. They don’t waste

too much time contemplating or

weighing the pros and cons of taking

action along the course towards

their vision. They take calculated

risks and act immediately. Sometimes

they make mistakes or hit

blank holes. But they know that the

more holes they dig, the more likely

they are to strike oil.

So what are you going to do today

to fit in and add value as the

country goes into a new economic


• Phillip Chichoni is a business

development consultant who

works with SMEs and entrepreneurs.

You may contact him

by email,

You can also visit

20 th


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22 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014

International News

Tim Cook’s philosophy at Apple

Tim Cook. Picture:

One week after Steve

Jobs announced plans

to go on his first medical

leave of absence

from Apple in 2009,

the man tasked with temporarily

leading the company — or so it

was assumed at the time — had to

answer to Wall Street.

Tim Cook joined two other Apple

executives for Apple’s quarterly

earnings call. The first question

asked by an analyst on the call

was, perhaps unsurprisingly, about

Jobs’ health and the likelihood that

Cook “would be the candidate” to

take over as CeO if Jobs were unable

to return. Another executive on

the call offered a quick boilerplate

response to the question. But then

Cook chimed in.

There is extraordinary breadth

and depth and tenure among

the Apple executive team... And

the values of our company are extremely

well-entrenched,” Cook

said at the beginning of his response.

He then proceeded to lay

out those values in a brief monologue

that some later dubbed The

Cook Doctrine.

“We are constantly focusing on

innovating. We believe in the simple,

not the complex. We believe

that we need to own and control

the primary technologies behind

the products that we make, and

participate only in markets where

we can make a significant contribution.

“We believe in saying no to thousands

of projects, so that we can really

focus on the few that are truly

important and meaningful to

us. We believe in deep collaboration

and cross-pollination of our

groups, which allow us to innovate

in a way that others cannot.

“And frankly, we don’t settle for

anything less than excellence in

every group in the company, and

we have the self-honesty to admit

when we’re wrong and the courage

to change. And I think regardless

of who is in what job, those

values are so embedded in this

company that Apple will do extremely


That response proved to be an

introduction of sorts to investors.

Cook had joined Apple in 1998 and

emerged as a key executive in

charge of the company’s increasingly

complicated global operations,

but he remained relatively

unknown. After the earnings call,

however, analysts and journalists

began praising Cook for having

a clear understanding of Apple’s

DnA and how to run the company

with or without Jobs.

In the three years since Cook

took over as permanent CeO, a

different kind of doctrine has

emerged through his rare but

growing number of public statements

as well as his actions at the

company. If his response in 2009

laid out his understanding of Apple’s

DnA as it was, what we’ve

seen since is a doctrine of how

Cook is working to tweak that

DnA for the better.

When Apple announced the big

executive shakeup in 2012 that

pushed out then-iOS chief Scott

Forstall, the company framed the

move in a statement as an effort

to “encourage even more collaboration

between the company’s

world-class hardware, software

and services teams.”

The statement may have been

PR spin on a messy situation, but

the choice of the word “collaboration”

was more meaningful than

that. It’s one that Cook has reiterated

multiple times in the time

since, and it represents a key part

of his philosophy for running Apple.

The lines between hardware,

software, and services are blurred

or are disappearing,” Cook said

in an interview with Business-

Week. “The only way you can pull

this off is when everyone is working

together well. And not just

working together well but almost

blending together so that you

can’t tell where people are working

anymore, because they are

so focused on a great experience

that they are not taking functional

views of things.”

In his office at Apple, Tim Cook

has pictures of Robert F. Kennedy

and Martin Luther King. The pictures,

as he explained in a recent

interview with Charlie Rose, tie

into deeply held notions he has of

civil rights.

When asked to describe his most

important values personally, he listed

off the following: “Treating people

with dignity. Treating people

the same. That everyone deserves

a basic level of human rights regardless

of their colour, regardless

of their religion, regardless of

their sexual orientation, regardless

of their gender. That everyone deserves

respect. I’ll fight for it until

my toes point up.”

While he framed those points as

his personal philosophy, it also extends

to the company. As he put

it in the interview, “Inclusion inspires

innovation.” He said the

same three words in June after

marching with thousands of Apple

employees in a gay pride parade.

In the interview with Rose,

Cook stressed that employees at

Apple are motivated to do good

work to help the world rather than

the company’s market cap. But

he was quick to couch that statement.

“To all the shareholders out

there: I’m not saying I’m not focusing

on you,” he said. “I’m very

focused on them.”

“Apple” and “transparency”

weren’t traditionally words people

put next to one another, but

Cook has made it a point to change

that — at least when it comes to issues

involving the company’s supply

chain, environmental efforts

and other corporate affairs.

“We decided being more transparent

about some things is great

— not that we were not transparent

at all before, but we’ve stepped

it up in places where we think

we can make a bigger difference,

where we want people to copy us,”

Cook told Bloomberg Business-

Week in an earlier interview in


That said, Cook has decided to

continue his predecessor’s emphasis

on keeping the company’s

product plans secret, noting in another

interview that Apple would

“double down on product secrecy.”

“I’ve never had the objective of

being like him,” Cook said at one

point in the interview with Rose,

alluding to Jobs. “The only person

I can be is the person I am, right?

... So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve

tried to be the best Tim Cook I can

be.” — Mashable




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FOR PEACE . . . Farai Makwanya (left), Finance and Administration manager of Zimbabwe Heads of

Christian Denomination hands over T-shirts to the Bvekerwa community in Rusape as part of the

International Day of Peace commemorations on Friday. The International Day of Peace is observed

around the world on September 21 each year.

Part of the crowd that attended the commemorations in Rusape on Friday.

Pictures: Tafadzwa Ufumeli

The rifts behind Nigeria’s mass kidnap

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan


When local people

warned that hundreds

of Islamist militants

were heading towards

his remote town of Chibok in

northeastern Nigeria, Danuma

Mphur hurried to summon help.

As chairman of the Parent-

Teachers Association at the

town’s school, Mphur feared for

the safety of children who were

staying there to take exams. The

15 Nigerian soldiers in Chibok

were no match for the forces of

Boko Haram — a militant group

waging a campaign to create an

Islamic state in the region. Reinforcements

were needed, fast.

Mphur says he called the police

and the local government chairman.

In turn the local government

chairman also called the police

and contacted the military

commander in Chibok between

9:30pm and 10pm on that evening,

according to Kashim Shettima,

the governor of Borno state,

which includes Chibok.

“Can we go further than that?”

said Shettima, suggesting there

was little more local people could

have done than ask for help.

Backup never arrived. The military

said in a statement that it

received no warning about the

attack. It added that when reinforcements

were sent, they were

ambushed on the “120 km rugged

and tortuous road” from Maiduguri,

the state capital, and delayed.

Chibok’s local government

chairman could not be contacted

for comment.

Either way, about three hours

after Mphur rang for help, Boko

Haram militants swept into Chibok

and abducted 276 girls from

the school. While 57 escaped, according

to the state government,

most are still missing, and Boko

Haram has threatened to sell

them “in the market.”

Though Nigeria’s military said

on Monday that it now knows

where the girls are, it has ruled

out using force to try to rescue


The mass kidnap on the night

of April 14 sparked headlines

worldwide — but it was far from

the first misstep in Nigeria’s war

against Boko Haram. Interviews

with witnesses to the kidnapping,

Nigerian military and security

officials, Western diplomats and

counter-terrorism experts, highlight

a series of failings by politicians

and the military in the

struggle against the group, not

just in the hours leading up to the

raid on the school, but over several


Divisions, low morale and corruption

within the military have

allowed the Islamist militants to

take over large swathes of Nigeria’s

northeast. Since an initial uprising

in 2009, Boko Haram’s campaign

to create a breakaway Islamic

state has accelerated. It has

now killed more than 5 000 people,

including an estimated 1 800 this

year alone.

A bitter struggle between the

federal government in Abuja and

at least two state governors in

the northeast has made it harder

to coordinate a response to the

group, say analysts and security


Nigeria’s President Goodluck

Jonathan, who came to power in

2010 and is expected to run for a

second term next year, is a Christian

from the south of the country.

Many people in the mostly Muslim

north, which is less developed

and poorer than the south, feel neglected

by his government.

In Chibok, where the charred

remains of dormitory bunk beds

sit amid the rubble of the school,

Mphur believes the mass kidnapping

could have been prevented.

He said: “What happened . .

. could have been avoided if the

government had taken the necessary


In the Hausa language of

northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram

roughly translates as “Western

education is forbidden,” and

in 2012 the militant group announced

it would specifically target


Since then, Boko Haram militants

have torched numerous

schools and abducted or killed

hundreds of children, according

to a senior Nigerian military


Three Western intelligence

sources in Nigeria estimate Boko

Haram was holding between 200

and 300 girls as slaves even before

the raid on Chibok. Dozens

have escaped — but Nigeria’s security

forces have failed to interview

many survivors even though

their information could help combat

Boko Haram or assist in finding

girls still held captive, kidnap

victims and security sources said.

One escapee was a girl abducted

by Boko Haram in a mountainous

region near Cameroon last year.

“No one ever came to ask me questions

after I escaped. I could help

them find others,” she said.

Political differences between

regions and poor organisation of

the security forces are two of the


Borno has some of the lowest

economic indicators in the country,

and investors shun the state

because of poor security. Despite

such problems, the president has

visited the state only once during

his four years in power.

Jonathan and Shettima, the governor

of Borno, have a frosty relationship.

Shettima is a leading

figure in the main opposition All

Progressives Congress party and

has been openly critical of Jonathan’s

administration. According

to sources close to the president,

Shettima angered Jonathan

in February by saying that Boko

Haram was stronger and better

equipped than the military.

Though Nigeria allocates

around 1 trillion naira (US$6,5

billion) to security every year,

soldiers in the northeast are

stretched, several security sources


Widespread corruption means

a lack of investment in training

and failure to maintain equipment.

Money is often wasted. Nigeria

bought Israeli surveillance

drones in 2006 that might have

been used to hunt for the girls, but

poor maintenance has left them

grounded, the aircrafts’ manufacturer


Boko Haram fighters, in contrast,

are well-armed and determined.

In dozens of attacks by

militants in the past year, soldiers

were swept aside by militants arriving

in trucks, motorbikes and

sometimes even stolen armoured

vehicles, firing rocket-propelled

grenades looted in raids on military


In pure numbers, Boko Haram

is outmatched. It has an estimated

6 000 to 8 000 members, three security

sources said, whereas a Nigerian

task force in Borno state

numbers around 12 000, including

soldiers and police.

But soldiers said morale is low.

Their commanders pocket some

of their salaries, they often don’t

have enough to eat, and they live

in fear of Boko Haram attacks,

some said.

They [Boko Haram] are better

equipped,” one soldier said, adding

that he couldn’t stand up to a

Boko Haram attack at his security

post. “I’m taking a knife to a gunfight,”

he said.

To the parents of kidnapped

children, both the federal and local

authorities failed to do enough

in Chibok. Esther Kabu, whose

daughter Dorcas is one of those

still missing, said there was never

any discussion of holding exams

other than in Chibok.

“What annoys me most is that

they did not consult us, the parents

of the school, when they decided

that the girls should come

back to school for their exams,”

she said. “I had this fear in me

about her safety in the hostel.

They should have provided more

security to the school.”

On April 14, the Boko Haram

fighters arrived in Chibok at

11:30pm, according to Mphur, the

chairman of the school PTA. Residents

fled into the scrublands surrounding

the town.

The gunmen, dressed in military

uniforms and carrying

AK47s and rocket-propelled grenades,

made their way to the

school about a mile outside the

town, where they tricked the

schoolgirls, saying they were soldiers

protecting them from Boko


Lydia Powu (16), recalled the

moment she realised the men who

coaxed her out of bed were not

soldiers: “They started burning

the school, and surrounding us.

They grabbed me and my sister

and walked us out of the school to

another village, where they loaded

us into trucks.

“So I asked my elder sister,

‘What are we going to do now?’ We

looked at each other and we knew.

We jumped out of the truck. I hit

my back as I fell but I forgot the

pain and we ran and ran.”

In the hours after the attack,

no government or military officials

arrived to carry out an investigation,

residents of Chibok

said. “Government security people

only came to ask us questions

three days later, that is how much

they care for us and our children,”

Mphur said.

That may partly be because the

federal government had another

incident to handle, closer to home.

On the morning of the Chibok attack,

Boko Haram detonated a

large bomb at a bus station on the

outskirts of Abuja, the country’s

capital. The blast killed 75 people.

The president took more than

two weeks to speak publicly about

the mass kidnapping. Only when

international pressure mounted,

driven by a social media campaign

known as #BringBackOur-

Girls, did Jonathan finally accept

intelligence and surveillance assistance

from the United States,

Britain, France and China.

His understanding of the situation

has been shaky. As recently

as April, he said Boko Haram’s

threat was only “temporary.” At

an international meeting to discuss

the issue in Paris on May 18,

he appeared to change tack, describing

Boko Haram as an “integral

part of the al Qaeda.” Security

experts believe the sect remains

a largely homegrown insurgency.

In Chibok, the reasons for the

abductions take second place to

the loss. At her parents’ house

in the town, 13-year-old Happy

Yakub still hopes her sister, one

of those abducted, may return.

“I will never go back to school

until my sister comes back home,”

said Yakub. “I miss her. She used

to plait my hair and we played together.

Now there is nobody to

play with.” — Reuters


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Greg Dyke: Can

FA plans revive

England team?

STANDING to address a room of invited guests

and the media last September, Greg Dyke made

it clear that the England team was in need of

urgent help.

As the newly-appointed independent chairman of

the Football Association, Dyke spoke that day about

challenging the historic failings of the England team

and arresting a long-term decline in fortunes in international


The “England Commission” was launched and,

despite some initial issues over the diversity of its

members, it set about its work to find answers to how

England can once again win a major tournament.

Speaking at the time, Dyke (67), made the root of

the problem — and its consequences — very clear.

“In the future it is quite possible we won’t have

enough players qualified to play for England who are

playing regularly at the highest level in this country

or elsewhere in the world. As a result, it could well

mean England’s teams are unable to compete seriously

on the world stage,” he said.

This summer’s performance by England at the

World Cup in Brazil has served only to reinforce the

view that radical change is needed.

Roy Hodgson’s men finished bottom of Group D

with only one point from their three group games.

And at the heart of the issue is the belief that England’s

best youngsters are being left to wither on the

vine as clubs habitually seek to bring in imported talent.

It is in this context that the FA is now seeking to reform

work permit rules for players from outside the

European Union (EU).

It has sent out its first draft of proposals to reduce

the number of non-EU players within English football

by up to 50%.

A consultation paper has been sent to the Premier

League, Football League, Professional Footballers’

Association (PFA) and League Managers’ Association

(LMA) and it is hoped that the new regulations

can be introduced next season.

But what impact will any change have on increasing

the chances for young English players to cement

a place in Premier League and Football League club


Up until the end of last season 122 non-EU players

had entered English football since 2009.

Many of those, such as Argentina’s Sergio Aguero

who signed for Manchester City in 2011, represent

the sort of elite player who has helped make the Premier

League a global success story.

Aguero’s dramatic late winner against QPR in

the final game of the 2011-12 season secured City the

league title on goal difference from Manchester United.

And the FA are seeking to make it easier to allow

that category of player to come to England.

There is an easing — from 75% to 30% — of the

percentage of competitive international matches

that players from countries in the top 30 Fifa ranking

must have played in the past two years.

But the FA believes there are still too many players

being brought in because they provide a cheaper alternative

to their British or EU counterparts.

Dyke admits that the numbers involved are small

in relative terms — but believes it is a measure that

will help increase the talent pool available to the England

manager to select from in the long term.

The Premier League shareholders — the 20 clubs

that form the division — have a regular meeting

scheduled for November. The issue of work permits

is likely to be on the agenda.

There could yet be sticking points though.

The new proposals say only players from the top 50

Fifa-ranked countries will now be allowed in, down

from the top 70 under the current system.

That would prevent any club who believe they have

discovered the new George Weah, who hailed from

Liberia, from joining them. Ballon d’Or winner Weah

played for AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Liberia are currently ranked 119 th in the world and

unless the player costs more than £10m, in which

case he would have an exemption from the rules, a

visa would be denied.

For the Premier League, which was established

upon the principles of the free market, and which

constantly strives to stay one step ahead of its main

European rivals, there could be fears that its ability

to widely recruit is being unnecessarily hindered.

— BBCsport

England players applaud the crowd during the World Cup in Brazil where they finished bottom of Group D

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Six sports men, women still set apart

Here we look at six sports in which differences

between men and women remain, and

examine why those distinctions continue

The world progresses at a

rapid pace, but in sport it often

stands still. Sometimes

for decades. Sometimes for hundreds

of years.

On Thursday, the Royal and Ancient

Golf Club of St Andrews will

announce whether it will admit

women as members. The 260-yearold

institution has sent out more

than 2 400 ballot papers to its patrons,

and the result will be made

known soon.

Golf is often regarded as being

out of step in a modern society

that dances to an ever-changing

beat. While women can box at the

Olympics and england’s female

cricketers and rugby union players

can sign full-time contracts,

golf retains many of its traditions,

archaic rules and inequality.

It is not alone. here we look at

six sports in which differences between

men and women remain,

and examine why those distinctions


Gymnastics: Showing off

the female’s grace and flexibility

and the male’s power and


Boys and girls will learn the basics,

such as handstands and forward

rolls, together but once they

start showing potential, which is

usually about the age of five, they

will be separated by gender.

“Predominantly it’s the same

sport,” says Scott hann, coach of

Commonwealth all-around champion

Max Whitlock. “A somersault

is a somersault and, in terms of

technique and skills, they are very


But male and female gymnasts

share only two common events —

the vault and floor (only women

perform on the floor to music).

Why? each event is designed

to show off the gender’s natural

qualities. An opportunity for the

flexible and graceful sequinedwearing

female to sparkle and

the biceps-bulging male to test his

strength and power. Peacocking

for both sexes, just through different


While women compete in four

apparatus (vault, uneven bars, balance

beam and floor), men have six

events (floor, pommel horse, rings,

vault, parallel bars and high bar).

There have been no calls for

women to do more,” says hann.

There have been a few suggestions

to make the male floor routine

to music, but there has been

resistance as it would take the

masculinity out of it.

“Female apparatus focus more

on endurance, flexibility and legs.

In the apparatus where they have

to use their arms, like the uneven

bars, they’re usually hanging.”

Athletics: No women’s international

decathlon competition

of note “for years”

The men’s decathlon has been

contested at every Olympics since

1912. But there is still no place at

major championships for the women’s

event. Searching for details of

the last women’s decathlon competition

to be held feels almost as energy-sapping

as the event itself.

“This has been an official event

for women for years, but it hasn’t

taken off,” says BBC athletics statistician

Mark Butler. “I can’t remember

the last time there was an

international women’s decathlon

of significance.”

Toni Minichiello, coach of

Olympic heptathlon champion

Jessica ennis-hill, says organisational

difficulties — he refers

to “bottle-necking” in the past in

competitions with both men’s and

women’s decathlon — and a lack

of desire to expand from heptathlon’s

seven to decathlon’s 10 events

are reasons it is not popular.

“I wouldn’t be a supporter of it,

not at this stage, but I would certainly

support adding another

track event, maybe the 100m, and

making it eight events over two

days,” says Minichiello.

every time women’s decathlon

has been raised by the International

Association of Athletics Federations,

there’s been little support

from athletes and organisers because

of the logistics of putting it

on. Budgeting and television also

dictates a lot.

“If the event were to become, say,

a decathlon next year, you would

see a mass exodus and a new fraternity

of athletes would appear.

I certainly don’t think Jess would

attempt it.”

Lacrosse: A no-contact rule

which has remained unchanged

for 124 years

When Dame Frances Dove returned

from her voyage of America

in 1890, the women’s campaigner

and headteacher of St Leonards

School at St Andrews introduced

lacrosse to her pupils, giving us

the beginnings of the women’s

game. Only stick contact was permitted,

a rule still in place 124

years later, despite men being allowed

full body and stick contact.

It was only this year that the

sport’s lawmakers agreed to unify

the field size for men and women.

Is there an appetite to allow

women to have full body contact?

“In Australia, some women players

suggested the women’s game

be full body and stick contact but

did not pursue this after playing a

game in the men’s competition,”

says Janet Jackson, chair of women’s

rules for governing body, the

The rings, only competed on by men, test a gymnast’s upper-body strength

Women are said to be against losing the 800m freestyle as an Olympic event

Federation of International Lacrosse


Bobsleigh: Do women have

the power-to-weight ratio to

push a four-man bobsleigh?

Men first began competing in

the four-man bobsleigh at the 1924

Winter Olympics. The wait continues

for women bobsledders.

Some have argued a woman’s

lower power-to-weight ratio, which

results in a slower push start, is

a hindrance, but former world

champion Nicola Minichiello has

a different opinion.

“It could help prolong their careers

because, with four in the

team, that’s less physical push exertion

on the body,” she says.

Women’s bobsleigh is in its infancy

— the two-woman bobsleigh

entered the Winter Olympics in

2002 — and its growth continues.

This week the governing body,

the International Bobsleigh and

Skeleton Federation (FIBT),

agreed to allow four-woman bobsleigh

demonstration races at this

season’s US trials, North America

Cup races and the World Championships.

“It’s too soon to be included at

the 2018 Winter Olympics, but I expect

by 2022 we will have equality,”

adds Minichiello.

Swimming: “Allowing women

to swim 1 500m freestyle would

add excitement for everyone”

Prior to 1968, when women were

first allowed to compete in the

800m Olympic freestyle, the female

of the species was regarded as too

delicate to swim over long distances.

These days, the men’s and women’s

Olympic schedule contains 17

events, with the only difference being

men swim 1 500m while women

compete over 800m.

The women’s 1 500m freestyle is

held at the World and european

Championships, but the best longdistance

female swimmers rarely

compete. Why train for a non-

Olympic event?

Fina, the sport’s governing body,

has looked at ensuring men and

women race in the same events,

but there is said to be reluctance

from female athletes to lose the

800m as it would likely ruin their

prospects over the shorter sprint


“In running events, the typical

average difference between

top men and top women is about

11% no matter the distance, from

100m to 10 000m. In long-distance

swimming it closes to 6%,” says

epstein. “There are women who

would do very well in long swimming


Cycling: Is the sport’s governing

body missing a huge opportunity?

For female cyclists, the roads on

which they race aren’t paved with


Female riders want equality in

pay (there’s no minimum wage for

professional female road cyclists),

equality in prize money and equality

in racing (women can race up

to 140km a day on the road, while

men are allowed to ride 280km).

Olympic silver medallist emma

Pooley and world road race champion

Marianne Vos have set up

the Tour entier, a campaign for a

women’s race at the most prestigious

event of them all, the Tour de


“Not having some of these sporting

events for women is just inertia

from a time when it was believed

women weren’t sturdy enough for

serious training and competition,”

says epstein.

“In 1967, when Kathrine Swizer

was the first woman to complete

the Boston Marathon, critics told

her her uterus would collapse if

she ran too much.

There is no doubt that there

are important physical differences

between men and women. They

range from men’s denser bones

[which can support more muscle],

taller stature, longer proportional

limbs, to more oxygen-carrying

red-blood cells.

“That, of course, is why we separate

men and women for the purposes

of competition. But the

short answer is: there’s no good

reason that women don’t have the

events that men do.” — BBCSport

League Two striker by

day, waiter by night

DAGeNhAM & Redbridge striker

Adeoye Yusuff is still working as

a waiter, despite signing a professional

deal with the League Two


The 20-year-old joined the Daggers

from non-league Chatham

Town last week.

“I am working some of my notice,”

Yusuf said. “I didn’t want to

just leave because I had the opportunity.

“I am a humble boy and everything

I do is just a reflection of me

and what kind of person I am.”

Yusuff scored 24 goals in 38 appearances

during a 10-month spell

with Isthmian League North side

Adeoye Yusuff

Chatham, while also working at a


even after signing for the Daggers

on Friday, he returned to

work at Wagamama in Kent before

making his debut from the

bench against Cambridge last


“When I signed my contract on

Friday I had to call them and say I

was going to be a bit late,” he said.

They were fine with it, so that

was great.

“From signing I went back and

worked until about midnight. The

next morning I got the train to Dagenham

east, came to the stadium

and made my debut. It was just a

whirlwind couple of days.

“I am still there at the moment

and am going into work on Thursday.”

Yusuff began his career in the

youth ranks at Stevenage, but left

without making a senior appearance

and has had spells with nonleague

sides Banbury United, St

Neots Town and AFC hornchurch.

he is grateful Dagenham manager

Wayne Burnett has given him

the chance to play professional


“Being full-time is what everyone

who plays football dreams of.

To become a professional footballer

just means the world to me,”

said Yusuff.

“Now it has come I am relishing

the opportunity to come into each

game and try and better myself as

a footballer. hopefully this can just

be the beginning of my journey.”

— BBCsport


The Standard September 21 to 27 2014 27

Pellegrini takes aim at Chelsea

Manchester City manager

Manuel Pellegrini

believes ending

Chelsea’s 100%

Premier League record

would mean his side had

made a decent start to their defence

of the English title.

City haven’t won since overwhelming

Liverpool, last season’s

runners-up, 3-1 on August Bank

Holiday Monday with what looked

at the time like a benchmark performance.

Since then, they have lost at

home to Stoke, drawn at Arsenal

and lost to a last-minute goal at

Bayern Munich in the Champions

League in midweek.

Another defeat at the Etihad

Stadium on Sunday would allow

Chelsea to extend their advantage

over the champions to eight


But Pellegrini prefers to look at

the other side of the equation as

he tries to get the better of old foe

Jose Mourinho, who masterminded

a classic 1-0 win at City in February

as part of a double over the

champions last season.

They [Chelsea] have started

very well. They are playing

very well also,” Pellegrini said.

“I think that we didn’t start badly,

although maybe the game we lost

here against Stoke was an unusual


“I think we were unlucky in the

last two games, against Bayern

in the way we lost with that goal

and against Arsenal we deserved

to win the three points but things

happen,” the Chilean added.

“We hope we recover here play-

Yaya Toure

ing at home and get three points


“I always try to think of positives

so I hope we are not going

to lose and we are not going to go

eight points behind Chelsea.

“We must win our next game at

home and with that we will be two

points behind the leader and that

for me will be a very good start

after playing Liverpool, Arsenal

and Chelsea.”

Midfielder Yaya Toure came in

for criticism for his performance

in Munich and also for the way he

embraced Bayern coach Pep Guardiola,

his former manager at Barcelona,

at the end of the match.

But Pellegrini insisted the Ivory

Coast international was fully

focused on his role at City.

“Yaya always has commitment

with the team and the squad and

with his mates and he doesn’t

have any problems about that.”

City will again be without the

injured pair of Fernando and Stevan

Jovetic but former Chelsea

favourite Frank Lampard will be

included in the squad to face the

club where he spent 13 years and

was their highest ever goalscorer.

Chelsea manager Mourinho believes

there is still room for improvement

from his side, despite

their impressive start to the season.

The midweek home draw with

Schalke in the opening game of

the Champions League group was

a disappointment and while the

opening five games have produced

16 goals for the Blues, they have

also shipped seven goals which indicates

there are defensive weaknesses

for the manager to address.

“You try and improve in every

aspect,” Mourinho said. “The perfect

situation is to score a lot of

goals and not concede. We have to

chase that perfection.

“We are happy with what we’re

doing, but it’s September. We have

to try and improve all the time.”

While Mourinho acknowledged

the meeting with City carries an

extra significance, he warned

against placing too much on the

outcome of the match.

“It’s one more game, it’s three

more points,” the Portuguese

manager said.

“We don’t play against them. We

play against 19 teams and, for the

title, it’s not just City. There are

other teams in this race. It’s not a

situation of Chelsea or City, City

or Chelsea. Other clubs have the

same ambition.”

Diego Costa will start despite

Mourinho admitting the striker

is currently being managed carefully

to protect a hamstring problem.


Arsenal beat Villa

LVG looks for lead from Rooney

DAnnY Welbeck (pictured

right) opened his Arsenal account

as three goals in four minutes

helped the Gunners beat

Aston Villa yesterday.

Arsenal opened the scoring

when Welbeck put Mesut Ozil

through on goal and the German

slotted home calmly.

Ozil repaid the favour by

crossing for Welbeck to sidefoot

in from close-range as the England

striker scored for the first

time in 16 club games.

Villa defender Aly Cissokho

turned a Kieran Gibbs shot into

his own net and the Midlands

side failed to recover.

Arsenal were fortunate to

escape with only a 2-0 defeat

from Borussia Dortmund in the

Champions League in midweek,

while they had drawn three Premier

League games before the

trip to the Midlands.

They ended that stutter in

form with devastating spell of

play in which two of their more

criticised stars in Ozil and Welbeck

did the damage as the Gunners

made it 16 games at Villa

CAMErOOn will host the 2019

Afcon tournament, Ivory Coast

will host the 2021 tournament,

while Guinea will be hosts in


CAF President Issa Hiyatou

announced the winning bids

yesterday at the AU headquarters

in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Park without defeat.

Villa had been this season’s

surprise package and a win

would have moved them top of

the Premier League, but they

are now third with the Gunners

moving up to fourth.

A superb niko Kranjcar freekick

rescued Queens Park rangers

from defeat against a Stoke

side forced to pay the price for

missed chances.

Peter Crouch set up Mame

Biram Diouf ’s easy header for

the opening goal before Steven

Caulker headed home at the far

post to level before the break.

Crouch’s 51st-minute strike

seemed to have secured victory

for Stoke.

But Kranjcar stepped up two

minutes before the end and sublimely

found the top corner to

secure a valuable draw.

QPr looked likely to be heading

towards their fourth league

defeat of the season until Kranjcar,

their most creative force

during an entertaining match,

scored his first league goal since

February 2011.

CAF announces Afcon host countries

The Executive Committee of

Africa’s governing body of football

met yesterday to vote on the


The Committee also decided

to give unanimous support

to Sepp Blatter at the next Fifa

elective assembly in 2015.

—Soccer Laduma

Kranjcar’s dramatic strike

was even more of a surprise as

the west Londoners have struggled

in front of goal this season,

scoring just once in the league

before this match.

The draw will be a bitter pill for

Stoke manager Mark Hughes to

swallow as his team, a constant

threat on the counter-attack,

were wasteful in the final third

and failed to close out the game

when victory was nearly theirs.

Yesterday’s results

QPR 2 - 2 Stoke

Aston Villa 0 - 3 Arsenal

Burnley 0 - 0 Sunderland

Newcastle 2 - 2 Hull

Swansea 0 - 1 Southampton


Issa Hiyatou

MAnCHESTEr United manager

Louis van Gaal has suggested

Wayne rooney has “priviledges”

as he prepares his side to travel to

Leicester today.

United got their season up and

running with a 4-0 Premier League

win over QPr last weekend — van

Gaal’s first competitive victory

since moving into the hot seat at

Old Trafford — and they will hope

to continue that form against another

newly-promoted side at the

King Power Stadium.

Such has been the turmoil at the

start of van Gaal’s reign that only

four players — rooney, David de

Gea, Tyler Blackett and Juan Mata

— have started all four of their Premier

League matches so far.

After United added the attacking

talent of Angel di Maria and

radamel Falcao during the recent

transfer window, much has been

made of how van Gaal will accommodate

all of his forwards.

The Dutchman has denied it will

result in a straight fight between

Falcao and robin van Persie to

play alongside rooney but he has

also suggested that other than goalkeeper

de Gea, rooney will always


There are always players you

put in a team. My captain shall always

play and normally the goalkeeper,

so it’s not a surprise,” van

Gaal said.

“Maybe it’s a surprise Blackett

has played all the games but he has

played well and Mata is a very good


“I don’t think any player is fixed.

Only the captain has more privileges

but no other player has privileges

I think. Every player knows that

because you see how I manage my


Van Gaal has indicated he will

stick with the 4-3-3 shape he deployed

against QPr and that the formation

will benefit forward Adnan

Januzaj, who has not yet started in

the Premier League this season.

Van Gaal has regularly bemoaned

United’s lengthy injury list but defender

Chris Smalling, who has

been struggling with a groin problem,

is now available again.

Michael Carrick, Ashley Young,

Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and

James Wilson are among those

still missing for United, who have

won each of their last 10 matches

against Leicester.

Foxes manager nigel Pearson believes

United have their “swagger”

back after a difficult time under David

Moyes that saw the Scot sacked

less than one season after he replaced

retired compatriot Alex Ferguson,

British football’s most successful

boss, at Old Trafford.

new manager van Gaal has added

plenty of attacking threat, including

di Maria and Falcao, and his opposite

number is under no illusions

as to the size of the task facing his

side today.

“It’s potentially our most glamorous

fixture at the King Power,”

Pearson said. “It’s a fixture that a

lot of people look for.

“Manchester United have been

the most dominant domestic club.

They are a world brand and have

made their recruitment intentions

quite clear.

“United look like they have a

swagger back, they have added



28 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014


Nations Cup bid: No longer a Dube issue

Our loss had far more

to do with other

things than what we

were made to believe

THERE are some people who

just cannot believe in themselves

to an extent that they

do not believe that Zimbabwe can

successfully host the 2017 Africa

Cup of Nations. To them, everything

to do with Zifa, or Zimbabwe,

cannot succeed even if

events on the ground suggest otherwise.

I am not a fan of Zifa, but I

think that the decision to bid for

the 2017 Nations Cup is spot on.

I also believe that we have equal,

if not better, chances of bagging

the tournament, considering the

countries we are likely to compete

against: Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali,

Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

While we might not compare

with the likes of South Africa or

Morocco in terms of stadiums, I

think we have stadiums that are

good enough to host that tournament

given that there is still two

years or so left for us to improve

on what we already have.

What did Burkina Faso have

when they hosted the 1998 African

football festival? Only two stadiums

that were fit for secondary

school football and not an international

football showcase.

In 2000, we lost out the Nations

Cup on the pretension that the

country did not have up-to-standard

stadiums. But I can safely say

we had far much better stadiums

than what Burkina Faso had.

Our loss had far more to do with

other things than what we were

made to believe.

The Confederation of African

Football is straight to the point —



they require at least four separate

venues for the competition. We

have the National Sports Stadium

in Harare, an upgraded Barbourfields

Stadium in Bulawayo, Mandava

Stadium in Zvishavane and

we only need some adjustments

to Sakubva Stadium in Mutare or

Ascot in Gweru to guarantee CAF

the four venues.

Although critics have pointed

out that there is no accommodation

in Zvishavane for the thousands

of fans expected for the contest,

the fans can still be accommodated

in other cities or towns

and still make it to the stadiums

in time. All we need is an efficient

transport system.

How many people travel to Mandava

Stadium from Bulawayo,

Gweru, and Harare and arrive in

time to watch their teams play FC


CAF owe us. They know that

they unfairly took away the 2000

Nations Cup from us and now is

the time for them to make up for


That Zimbabwe is lobbying for

co-hosting status with Zambia is a

waste of time. Zambia have committed

themselves to hosting the

2019 finals and they would prefer

to fight their own battle than help

Zimbabwe in their own cause.

As my good old friend Edmore

“Kabila” Buta puts it, “Get rich or

die trying.” In that respect, it will

be honourable for Zimbabwe to

lose after trying. And it will even

be sweeter for us to succeed after

doing everything on our own.

We are crying over foreign currency.

Just imagine how much all

those thousands of football fans

will bring to Zimbabwe. The Nigerians,

the Moroccans, the Senegalese,

the Zambians and the South

Africans, should they qualify –—

millions of dollars.

The financial spin offs will be

for all — including non football

followers. The vendors, the transport

operators, the accommodation

providers, government itself,

Zifa, the list of beneficiaries is

endless. So, why can’t we take advantage

of the Nations Cup in our

time of need.

Football unites all people,

Asians, blacks, coloureds, and

whites. In that respect, the government

should reinforce that

unity by providing the much

needed government guarantees.

That is what is only missing

right now.

CAF have given all the prospective

bidding countries up to September

30 to submit their official

bids and we have only nine days

to do so.

This is not the time for personalities.

This is not a Cuthbert

Dube or a Jonathan Mashingaidze

project. This is an opportunity

for Zimbabwe as a nation to bring

Africa’s top footballers right on

our doorsteps and make money in

the process.

This is our chance. Another

might never come.

And to our beloved Kepekepe

There is no way one can ignore

the emotions that have been

stirred by the flip flop that CAPS

United are going through. Here

is the feedback from some of the

supporters of CAPS UNITED.

Tichaona Mushokori wrote,

“I am a die-hard CAPS United

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and his trusted lieutenant , Zifa chief executive officer

Jonathan Mashingaidze

supporter but the team is being

run like a boozers club. Are you

sure that Mangwiro is a pedestrian?

This is embarrassing.”

Jangiya Makandanye from

Karoi who says he is popularly

known in his area as Shutto

had this to say, “It touches

me a lot to see CAPS United

in this crisis. The legacy of

the team has been destroyed.

If Twine [Phiri] does not have

money he should swallow his

pride and bring in other investors.”

Windom Mutasa from Mutare

also wrote, “My heart bleeds

for CAPS United. I think they

should just sell shares to us supporters.

A big team needs big investment.”

Munyaradzi Chasi also added

his voice, “This is Twine’s property.

Let him run it the way he sees

fit. Has anyone come to your

house and told you, how you

should run your family? Leave

Twine alone.”

The trophy cabinet is empty but

Noel Nyati Nyamanhindi says

he will stick to his Green Machine

in their time of need, “CAPS is

our team since long back. Whether

in crisis or not, I will stand by

the club.”

But one thing that is making

the Green Machine family

strong is the knowledge that all

teams experience their ups and

downs. Their ups, they boast,

will come.

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PSL boss defends

love for Mandava


THE creation of the fourth Division

One league in the country

in 2010 — the Central Region —

saw Mimosa Football Club being

crowned the first champions of

the region thereby grabbing the

sole ticket to play in the top flight

league in 2011.

The other regions which have

been in existence are Northern,

Eastern and Southern Region.

It did not take time for the rich

platinum miners led by then president

Nathan Shoko to approve

a budget that would see the renovations

of the stadium which

did not take time, turning a small

“shake shake” football pitch into

one of the country’s finest football


The job done by Shoko and

his executive has changed Zvishavane

from a ghost mining

town to a football town.

With Shabanie Mine FC in the

same hood already playing in the

league, the coming in of FC Platinum

has changed a lot of things

in Zimbabwean football as the Zvishavane

derby has proved to be

one of the liveliest in the country

with the Harare derby now a one

sided affair, as DeMbare has continued

to dominate.

Mandava has become the most

popular football venue for most

of the cup competitions that have

been played in the country.

This has not gone down well

with other football stakeholders,

fans as well as clubs who claim

that this presents FC Platinum an

edge over their opponents each

time they play at home, especially

in cup matches.

A number of cup competitions

have been staged at the stadium

which can host evening matches.

Most fans were quick to point at

the NetOne four team season opener

which was staged at Mandava

last year as well as the Chibuku Super

Cup in which FC Platinum has

for the second time played at home.

The platinum miners played

Bantu Rovers in the first round of

the cup on August 16 at Mandava

before edging CAPS United in the

same competition at the same venue

last weekend.

A TV presenter during the draw

in Gweru on Monday announced

that FC Platinum was going to host

Black Rhinos in the semis at the

same venue, raising concern the

Stadium was being favoured.

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele

A staunch football fan Pawareva

Tube Ngwenya could not believe

FC Platinum would play three

games in the same cup at home.

“This is not good at all. FC Platinum

is getting favours from the

league and it has to be investigated,”

said Ngwenya.

However, PSL chief executive officer

Kenny Ndebele was quick to

respond to the allegations.

The problem is that there is an

element of overzealousness on the

part of whoever announced the

venues. As PSL, we have not yet

announced the venues of the semifinals.

We are going to do that in

the near future taking into consideration

all these things that football

stakeholders have been raising,”

Ndebele said.

Standardsport coaxed Ndebele

to reveal why Mandava had become

a favourite venue in such a

short space of time.

The thing is there are charges

that go with hosting a football

match at any given venue. I think

as PSL we have been advocating

for the lowering of these charges

with town councils which has

in many cases fallen on deaf ears.

But I am happy to tell you that we

have been getting favourable rates

from FC Platinum for the use of

that venue. In most cases, other

towns charge 20% of the total

gate takings for the use of a stadium

but here we have been getting

low rates, as low as five percent.”

Ndebele said FC Platinum usually

allowed the venue to be used for

charity matches.

The owners of the venue go on

to avail the venue for free each time

charity matches are played. Look

at the just-ended Zimbabwe National

Army Charity Shield played

between Platinum and CAPS United,

the venue was for free.”

There was another charity

match played at the beginning of

the year, the CG Msipa Charity

Shield which featured four teams

namely Highlanders, who lost to

Chapungu in the semis and Shabanie

Mine who also lost to Platinum

in the same stage. Platinum

won the cup after beating Chapungu

United in the final.

Ndebele also cited the cost

which goes with live screening

of football matches on Supersport


“Mandava is a bit central. We

can cover a match in Bulawayo

and proceed to Mandava the following

day, or cover a match in

Gweru and proceed to Mandava

or even cover a match in Chiredzi

and proceed to Mandava the following

day, or vice-versa. The stadium

was built in such a way that

it offers live coverage equipment,

therefore we do not have to hire

scaffolds for cameras like what

we do at other stadiums in other

parts of the country.”

He also admitted that the move

to stick to Mandava has paid off

as other towns who did not want

to move from the 20% charge had

since discovered that they were

losing business and were now

willing to negotiate, with others,

like Harare coming down to 15%.


The Standard September 21 to 27 2014 29

ZPC Kariba home ready for use

By BRian nKiwane

FINALLY it’s here! Zimbabwe

Power Company (ZPC) Kariba

Football Club followers will

have a chance to watch their team

playing the remaining home fixture

at their favourite hunting ground,

Nyamhunga after the venue went

through a major facelift.

Gwenya Rekuchamhembe or

Kauya Katuruturu, as they are fondly

known by their fans, have been

using Gwanzura in Highfields Harare,

as their home ground since the

time they started life in the topflight


The team had hoped that they

would revert to their favourite hunting

ground yesterday when they

took on rejuvenated army side

Black Rhinos, but the visiting Zifa

Grounds Committee led by Zifa

board member development John

Phiri said the stadium needed some

attention and may only be ready for

use after five days.

The other members of the committee

are retired referee Wilfred

Mukuna and Premier Soccer

League (PSL) chairman Twine Phiri.

Speaking to this publication on

Wednesday, a day after travelling to

assess the stadium, PSL chairman

Phiri said the venue, which could

be regarded as one of the best in the

country, was almost done.

“I can confirm we were in Kariba

to see progress at Nyamhunga

Stadium. What I can tell you is that

the stadium has been renovated to

acceptable standards. However, we

felt that there were some things that

needed to be done on the terraces so

we decided not to give it a go, hosting

this weekend’s match. We will

Zifa Grounds Committee chairman John Phiri (with blue tie) watches as Mukuna bends

down to take measurements at Nyamhunga last week

go back there in a few days’ time to

see whether they would have attended

to all the areas raised during the

tour so that we can give them the

green light to start using the stadium,”

Phiri said.

ZPC Kariba will try and make

full use of home advantage when

they bounce back to their favourite

hunting ground in their push for

the title in their maiden premiership


The power company which has

shocked many with their performance

in their first season in topflight

league, still have three home

matches to play before the 2014 soccer

season curtain comes down.

Their next home game which

could be their first in Kariba will

be against Triangle FC. After the

Black Rhinos match this weekend,

ZPC Kariba will make a long trip to

Bulawayo for a date against secondplaced

Highlanders in a match that

could have a bearing on the championship

destination as both teams

are in the running for the title.

After hosting Triangle, Kauya

Katuruturu will travel to Zvishavane

to face Norman Mapeza’s

FC Platinum before hosting army

side Buffaloes.

The power generators will make

another trip to the capital to host

Harare City before winding up 2014

premiership action by hosting defending

champions Dynamos in a

match that promises to set Kariba

alight, officially marking the arrival

of premiership action in the resort

town. With home fans having

watched only two home games at

Nyamhunga, this match will leave

a lot of suspense in the football

starved community.

Sin Latigo ready to

step out of shadow

By MiChael KaRiati

THREE-YEAR-oLD filly Sin Latigo

is ready to step out of the shadow

of sister Equina and trainer Cornie

Spies has stepped up her training

routine to ensure that Silvinho’s

daughter lives her own life.

Sin Latigo, whose father is from

German and her mother, Usual

Winner from Brazil, has seen her

sister dominate Borrowdale race

course but with Equina coming

into the picture later in the season,

Spies knows too well that this is the

chance for Sin Latigo to impose her

own dominance.

Equina won the Fillies Champaigne

Stakes, the Castle Tankard

and the oK Grand Challenge and

finished second in the Republic

Cup, but Sin Latigo is turning four

this year and ready to challenge the


So far so good. After coming second

to Bobby Soxer in her season

opener — the Merit Rated 60 Handicap

— Sin Latigo this afternoon

finds herself on the course for the

US$7 500 Merit Rated 55 Handicap

to be run over 1 800 metres.

A win or a placing in this race,

and another placing on october

5, will do good to her name after a

2013/14 season in which she only

managed four placings and no win

in her first 19 races.

Towards the end of last season,

Sin Latigo became a favourite for

punters as she offered huge figures.

The last time around she offered

US$3,10 when she came second and

US$10,80 in her swinger combination

with Bobby Soxer. She gave

punters US$16,20 for every dollar

placed when combined with third

placed Felani.

There is no question that every

punter wants a horse that pays and

Sin Latigo should find herself with

many backers in this strong Merit

Rated 55 Handicap field that initially

had attracted 18 nominations.

What, however, is disheartening

is the fact that there is not even a

single Zimbabwean bred horse in

this race with all the horses in the

field coming from South Africa.

Even more surprising is the fact

that Spies lines up almost half

the field with eight nominations

with the other trainers taking the

remaining places. Ghokan Terzi

sends out four horses, Cornish

Duchess, Juelz, Pole Star and Yenta.

Sebastien D’Aquino contributes

two horses, Captain Grant and Tiger

Who while Kirk Swanson fields

Downton Twilight.

There is a place too for Jannie

Blignaut who has Charir’s Daughter

and Amy Bronkhorst who

fields Supa Dupa who the last time

around on September 7 finished

second in the 1 600 metre Maiden

Plate. There are seven races carded

for the day with stake monies ranging

between US$7 500 to US$9 000.

All in all, the total stake money for

all the races on the day is US$61 500

which should provide an exciting

day of racing for the punters.

30 The Standard September 21 to 27 2014


Zimbabwe’s Afcon

chances next to nil

By Michael Madyira

The bid to host the 2017 Africa

Cup of nations (Afcon)

could turn out to be

a pipe dream for Zimbabwe

whose infrastructure

does not meet important CAF


Strong lobbying to be granted

hosting rights by the Confederation

of African Football (CAF)

has started, with a seal of approval

for the bid coming from President

Robert Mugabe.

Bid submissions close on September

30, after which CAF will

name the hosts next April.

However, Zimbabwe’s bid is

laced with glaring shortcomings.

One of the requirements by CAF

is that aspiring hosts must have

staged other continental competitions

that include the African nations

Championship (Chan), the Under-17and

20 Championship as well

as the Women’s Football Championship.

Zimbabwe has hosted none and

this could seriously jeorpadise their

chances of being okayed by CAF.

So far, the strongest candidacy

has emerged from East Africa

where Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda

and Uganda have declared interest.

Rwanda has an edge over Zimbabwe

after meeting CAF prerequisites

with a track record of

hosting the 2009 African Under-20

Youth Championship as well as

the 2011 African Under-17 Championship.

Rwanda wants to stage it together

with Kenya and Tanzania and

the countries have already contacted

each other on the opportunity.

The 2016 Chan tournament will

also take place in Rwanda who

have already started revamping

their infrastructure which was already

improved when they hosted

the youths tournament.

Kenya has better football facilities

than Zimbabwe.

Also favouring East Africa is

the fact that Afcon was last staged

in that region 38 years ago with

only Ethiopia hosting the tournament

thrice before.

Zimbabwe could also be undone

by the fact that of the last three Afcon

editions, two have been held in

Southern Africa and CAF would

prefer it to be held elsewhere.

Mali, Ghana and Egypt have

also declared contention to welcome

the continental showcase in

2017 and all have ready infrastructure

after having hosted before.

With less than three years to

go before the 2017 Afcon kicks

off, CAF is likely to give hosting

rights to a country with established

infrastructure that include

stadiums, training grounds, road,

rail and air transport networks

that meet modern standards.

In a bid to improve its chances,

Zimbabwe is courting neighbouring

countries with the view of cohosting

the tournament.

But no southern African country

has so far expressed interest to

co-host the 2017 tournament.

Zifa’s pushing of several government

ministries for the hosting

of Afcon when it is doubtful

Zimbabwe can be granted the

rights, has been interpreted in

some quarters as a bid to divert attention

from their glaring failings

in the running of the local game.

But the association’s spokesperson

Xolisani Gwesela insists Zimbabwe

is ready to host the continent.

“We have always said that Zimbabwe

is interested in having Afcon

here,” said Gwesela.

“Zimbabwe has the capacity to

host major events. Look at the 1995

All-Africa Games, 2009 Cosafa Cup

and in December the Region V

Games will be held in this country.

If people from all walks of life join

hands and work together, it will always


Tourism and Hospitality Industry

minister Walter Mzembi is also

hopeful that Zimbabwe will welcome

the continent in 2017.

“Sports events are a magnet of

tourists and spectators in the stadiums

are my market [tourists]. We

Barbourfields Stadium... Enormous work still needs to be done for it to meet modern


want to make sure they are comfortable.

Right now we need each other

for a successful hosting of Afcon.

Zimbabweans want to move forward

and I am happy the general public is

with us in this,” said Mzembi.

It would however take a substantial

amount of money and

work to give a facelift to the country’s

poor football facilities.

Only the national Sports Stadium

would require less work although

its grandstands would require

bucket seats.

Renovating Barbourfields to

meet world-class standards would

require a complete overhaul of

the stadium.

When 2000 Afcon hosting rights

were taken away from Zimbabwe,

CAF described Mutare’s Sakubva

Stadium as “just a hip of sand”

and it has deteriorated even further

since then.

As for Ascot, it needs to be constructed

from scratch while the

same could be said about the Colliery

in Hwange as well as Mandava

or Maglas in Zvishavane.

There would also be need for

the construction of new hotels

in those cities in a space of two


The country is served by just

two international airports, which

could create congestion for travelling

teams and fans.

A budget of not less than US$300

million would be required but

Zimbabwe is battling with a bleeding


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Nyumbu’s sweet hour of triumph

By MuNyaradzi MadzoKere

“WHEn God says it’s your time, it

is indeed your time. I believe it was

just my time to get the opportunity

to do what I could for my country

and that’s all I can say.”

These words came from Zimbabwe

cricket’s man of the moment,

John nyumbu, in the wake of his

spellbinding rise to become a vital

cog in the national team. nyumbu

made his Test and One Day International

debut last month at a ripe age

of 29.

Many will remember him as the

man who treated the world to some

fancy footwork as he danced to celebrate

that unforgettable wound inflicted

on AB de Villiers in his solitary

Test match against South Africa.

As nyumbu revels in his newfound

prominence, not many people

know that he is a man who almost

gave up the dream to don the national

team colours having made a decision

to quit the game hardly a year


nyumbu shared the remarkable

story of his cricket career with

Standardsport on the sidelines of a

national practice session recently.

“To be honest, this past season I

had no plans to play cricket. After a

long time pursuing the dream, reality

was finally hitting me that I had

a family to feed and so I had to look

for another source of income but a

friend, Langton Rusere convinced

me to give it one more try. I listened to

him and had a great season of cricket.

Then came the call up to the Zim

A side, the Test debut and the ODI

Series. It’s quite humbling when I

look back at what has happened not

only in the past two months but the

past year of my career,” he said.

The Matabeleland Tuskers off

spinner kicked off his international

Test debut against a top ranked

South Africa side last month and became

only the second Zimbabwean

after Andy Blignaut to claim a five

wicket haul on debut.

His 5 for 157 figures included the

wickets of world class batters in de

Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Alviro Peterson,

JP Duminy as well as that of

number one bowler Dayle Steyn.

Growing up in the dusty, hallowed

streets of Mzilikazi in Bulawayo, it

would stand to reason that nyumbu

had a football related dream but fate

had other ideas.

“When I was young I always

dreamt of representing my country

in football as well as playing

for Highlanders. But I did not

have a first and third school term

sport so some friends invited me

to join cricket.

“Initially I was a mere slip fielder

where I used to take some great

catches but one day playing for

the Milton High School Under-16s

against Midlands Christian College

I was asked to bowl.

“With our opponents needing 10

runs with 5 wickets in hand, I took

the five wickets and won the game

for my school and that’s when my

spin bowling career started,” recalled

the father of two boys, Vincent

and Rafael.

Making his first class debut in

2004, the former Cecil John Rhodes

Primary School student endured a

lot of trying and frustrating times

in his career.

At one time he was part of the

Tuskers team that had Keegan

Meth, Glen Querl, Chris Mpofu, Tawanda

Mpariwa, Keith Dabengwa

IN top form . . . Zimbabwe cricket’s man of the moment, John Nyumbu

and naturally it was him who had to

sit out the games.

He however thanked his wife of

three years Sheila for always providing

a shoulder to cry on when

chips were down as well as his family

which kept supporting and encouraging


Past being past, nyumbu is currently

in national team camp as

he prepares for his first ever international

tour as Zimbabwe visits

the subcontinent country, Bangladesh,

for three Tests and five ODI

matches. nyumbu reckons maturity

has helped him to settle easily

in the national team set up while

producing consistently solid performances

ever since he got the


In a World Cup season such as

we are in, nyumbu’s name could be

among the first on Stephen Mangongo’s

line up for the global showpiece

set for Australia and new Zealand

early next year.

Star-studded cast

for marathon

By Michael Kariati

An array of the country’s top

marathon runners will be on parade

in the third edition of the

Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon

which takes centre stage this


The country’s top runners that

include Cuthbert nyasango and

Wirimai Juwao, who holds the

course record of 1 hour, 2 minutes

and 70 seconds, will be available.

Juwao could not defend his title

last year and it went to Kelvin

Pangiso who had finished second

the previous year.

Pangiso will be there to defend

his title, as will Juwao, nyasango,

Lewis Masunda, Edmore Sibanda,

and Jonathan Chinyoka, giving

the race a star-studded cast.

not to be outdone is the female

contingent of defending champions

Constance nyasango as well

as Faith nyasango, and Sharon


Rutendo nyahora, who won the

competition in 2012 with a time of

1 hour, 11 minutes and 38 seconds,

will also be in the fray, coming all

the way from South Africa where

she is based.

Thabita Tsatsa, and the seasoned

Samukeliso Moyo will also

be on the road to battle for the

high stakes on offer.

The attraction will be the financial

rewards on offer where the

winners are guaranteed US$3 000

with runners up pocketing US$1

500 and US$1 000.

Theses prizes compete favourably

with some of the highest paying

marathon contests on the continent.


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Masomere taunts Nyirenda

“If he [Nyirenda] can score two goals for the opponents in two weeks, as

well as providing assists, why can’t he score a goal for my team and give

me one assist?”


CAPS United defender

George Nyirenda’s two

own goals in as many

weeks, both against FC

Platinum did not only

ring loud to reach the corridors

of State House and drew the attention

of President Robert Mugabe.

The goals have also provided a

game plan for How Mine coach

Luke Masomere who arrives at

Rufaro with his side this afternoon

for a league meeting with

the Green Machine.

Nyirenda beat his own goalkeepers

Jorum Muchambo and

Tafadzwa Dube respectively in the

ZNA Charity Shield final 6-0 loss

and Chibuku Super Cup last eight

at Mandava where his goal decided

the afternoon.

With Stephen Makatuka suspended

due to a red card earned

in their last league match against

Bantu Rovers, Nyirenda is almost

assured of starting today.

Despite having lost the trust of

fans, he is likely to partner David

Chipala in central defence.

“I am banking on Nyirenda,

that dreadlocked defender,” said

Masomere. “I was told that when

CAPS lost 6-0, Nyirenda scored

an own goal and assisted FC Platinum

with three goals. He also

scored for the opposition again

last week. If he can score two

goals for the opponents in two

weeks, as well as providing assists,

why can’t he score a goal for

my team and give me one assist? I

hope he continues to play like that

and I respect him for that.”

It would take some great psyching

to restore Nyirenda’s confidence

against a How Mine side

that has attacking prowess in

Kuda Musharu and the speedy

trio of Emmanuel Mandiranga,

Timothy January and Edmore


But CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro

has come out in support of

his defender.

“Nyirenda should not be

shunned for those goals on the

wrong end,” Mangwiro said. “I

do not want to judge him by that

because he did so while trying to

save the team. Even the top defenders

in the world can score

own goals.”

Their opponents How Mine

would be missing injured veteran

defenders George Magariro and

Gilbert Banda.

January is returning from injury

together with Nyasha Mukumbi.

The past two weeks have been

turbulent for CAPS United and

they will be seeking a turnaround

in their fortunes today.

Mangwiro’s side have been looking

terrible and they also failed

to win their last league match

against Division One-bound Bantu


But Masomere is wary of the

threat Makepekepe pose as they

try to recover from the slump.

They lost two matches in a row

and it is not like they will continue

losing. I know they went back

to the drawing board to rectify

their shortcomings. I know Mangwiro

has been doing his homework,”

said Masomere.

While Masomere insists that he

is building a team for next season,

undoubtedly he is not crafting a

team for next term’s Southern Region

Division One campaign.

“I am still new here and giving

everyone a chance to play,” said

Masomere. “Where in the world

are players given chances in more

than eight games? This is the time

for players to showcase themselves

and prove that they deserve

to be in my team next season.”

After being knocked out of the

Chibuku Cup by Highlanders last

week, Masomere has taken charge

of two losses and a win in his

three-game reign so far.

As for CAPS, in the midst of a

turbulent period, they have not

thrown in the towel yet in their

league campaign.

Sitting at fourth position and

still within track of the leading

pack of Dynamos, Highlanders

and ZPC Kariba, Mangwiro has

hopes of ending the season with

the league crown they last won

nearly a decade ago.

“We would want to bounce back

to winning ways. Our wish is to

stay closer to the leading teams

and it is good that the leading

pack is still within touching distance.

We have to win our remaining

matches for us to win the

league title although we do not

want to talk much about it at this

stage,” said Mangwiro.

Making CAPS’ task difficult is

the fact that they face a team that

is staring relegation and eager to

stay safe.

Chicken Inn add more misery to Bantu Rovers


Chicken Inn . . . (1) 2

Bantu Rovers. . (1) 1

BANTU Rovers’ chances of surviving

the chop from the Premier Soccer

League suffered yet another dent

when they lost to Chicken Inn at

Hartsfield Rugby Ground yesterday.

Lenience Mpofu scored probably

one of the fastest goals this season

when he punished his former paymasters

as early as 47 seconds into the


Chicken Inn equalised through

Danny “Deco” Phiri in the 37th minute

before George Majika grabbed the

second for the GameCocks six minutes

after the break.

Bantu Rovers are still rooted second

from the bottom of the log table with

17 points from 23 games while Chicken

Inn moved from position seven to

six with 33 points from the same number

of games following FC Platinum’s

goalless draw with Dynamos at Mandava.

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas

praised his players for the win after

they had conceded an early goal.

“We conceded a very early goal. One

of the fastest goals we have conceded.

The boys did some good work by

getting the victory. We did not panic,

we regrouped after the first goal and

that helped us. I am happy that Majika

scored to show his capabilities. We

have seven games to go. We hope to finish

the season strongly,” he said.

Bantu Rovers “associate” coach

Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu said despite the

loss they can survive relegation.

In Chiredzi, Kenneth Nyangani

reports that 10-men Chiredzi FC produced

a spirited second-half performance

that saw them dispatching Shabanie

Mine 1-0 in a Premier Soccer

League match at Chishamiso yesterday.

Forward Tatenda Kanyemba scored

the all-important goal with 12 minutes

to go.

The match had started 20 minutes

late as there was no security personnel.

In spite of gaining three points,

Chiredzi remain at the basement of

the log while Shabanie Mine also remained

unmoved at third position

from the bottom.

ZPC Kariba overcome 10-man Black Rhinos


ZPC Kariba …(1) 2

Black Rhinos…(0) 1

ZPC Kariba rediscovered their winning

ways with a hard fought victory

over a gallant 10-man Black

Rhinos at Gwanzura yesterday to

move second on the Premier Soccer

League standings.

In a slow opening half, characterised

by crude tackles and very few

goal scoring opportunities, Tawanda

Manyanduri opened the scoring

for the power utility side in the 36th

minute with a scorcher from outside

the 18-yard box after pouncing

on a foiled Limited Chikafa free

kick effort.

On 40 minuts, matters got worse

for Rhinos with their best player

on view, Wonder Kupinda getting a

straight red card for kicking Chikafa

in retaliation to a foul on him by

the veteran forward.

Saul Chaminuka’s men would extend

their lead just five minutes

into the second half when defender

Dennis Dauda converted a spot

kick after referee Thomas Masaa

had adjudged substitute Nesbert

Padzarondora to have handled in

the box.

Black Rhinos were also awarded a

penalty in the 71st minute after constantly

bombarding their opponents’

box in search of goals, despite their

numerical disadvantage.

Up stepped Milton Kurewa to send

Tendai Hove the wrong way and ensure

the game went right to the wire

as ZPC Kariba clung on to the precious

maximum points.

CAPS United defender George Nyirenda (right)... His two own goals in as many weeks

have provided a game plan for How Mine coach Luke Masomere.

Zifa to announce national

teams assistant coaches


The Zimbabwe Football

Association (Zifa) will

this week announce assistant

coaches to all national

teams starting from grassroots

level up to the national

developmental side.

The football supreme body

last month announced the

head coaches to all national

teams starting from Under-13,

17, 20 and 23 teams.

Zifa communications manager

Xolisani Gwesela confirmed

to this publication

that the football governing

body would move with speed

to appoint assistant coaches

to allow all the teams to start

working in preparation of

matches that they will be taking

part in.

“We will be announcing assistant

coaches of all youth

teams by the end of this week

to see to it that they start

working towards preparations

for whatever competition

they will be playing,”

Gwesela said.

The late appointment of

assistant coaches will have

a negative impact on preparations

for the African Union

Sports region V Under-20

Youth Games to be held in

Bulawayo from December 4

to 15.

Shabanie Mine head coach

Jairos Tapera, who has a rich

history of working with junior

players, was re-appointed

the Under-20 national team

coach while Gutu Football

Club head coach Tafadzwa

Mashiri was appointed Under-17

national team coach.

Kiglon head coach Pearson

Matipedza comes in as the

new Under-15 national team

coach while James Mohala

from the Naph structures

was appointed, national Under-13


Bulawayo’s Sithethelelwe

Sibanda has been appointed

as head coach for both the

Under-20 and Under-23 women’s

teams while Hwange

High school English teacher

Evelyn Rimai is the new Under-17

team boss.

Fifteen countries will converge

in the country for the

games to be staged in Bulawayo

and these include South

Africa, Namibia, Mozambique,

Swaziland, Zambia,

DRC, Tanzania, Madagascar,

Mauritius, Seychelles, Angola,

Botswana,Lesotho, Malawi

and Zimbabwe.

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Mangwiro defends...

“I do not want to judge

him [Nyirenda] by that

because he did so while

trying to save the team.

Even the top defenders in

the world can score own


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Highlanders lose ground


Harare City… (1) 1

Highlanders. . . 0

An incoherent Highlanders dropped

three crucial points and slid a

rung down the Premier Soccer

League standings after falling to

Harare City at Rufaro yesterday.

Francisco Zekumbawire punished a jittery

Bosso defence with a first half goal

as the visitors allowed leaders Dynamos to

extend the gap above them to four points

while they were also dislodged from second

spot by ZPC Kariba.

Bosso were simply pathetic all afternoon,

giving the clearest sign that they are not

championship material.

Kelvin Kaindu’s men lacked confidence

and zeal, appearing as though they had been

forced to travel to Harare for the match.

“I think we lacked passion a bit,” said


“I know the team when they want to win

and today we lacked that zeal. The character

was not there at all. All we need is to believe

and pick ourselves up in the remaining

games. Dropping points at this stage of

the season will always make things difficult

for us.”

City were also to blame for the slim win

after fluffing numerous chances on a day

they partied around the Highlanders defence.

But gaining three points however, pushed

them up one place to eighth spot which has

become coach Masimba Dinyero’s target.

“My boys played very well although

they missed some good chances. But they

showed that they can play any team in this

country and come out with a good result.

The fighting spirit in the team carried the

day for us. Everyone was putting maximum

effort and we won every battle in the midfield.

Now a top-eight finish is realistic for

us,” said Dinyero.

The script was written from the first

whistle that the afternoon belonged to City.

With Welcome Ndiweni operating as a

right wing back, Kaindu had lost the plot

as the natural midfielder became a victim

Harare City supporters celebrate after Francisco Zikumbawire scored the solitary goal against Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium yesterday. Picture: Aaron Ufumeli

of numerous raids by Osborne Mukuradare

and William Manondo, thereby exposing

the centre backs who now had an extra

duty to cover up for him.

Martin Vengesai broke loose nine minutes

into the game but was blocked by goalkeeper

Ariel Sibanda who was arguably

Highlanders’ outstanding man.

Highlanders never launched any meaningful

attack throughout the first half with

Mukuradare and James Jam coming close

to beat Sibanda.

The deciding moment of the afternoon

came on 28 minutes when Zekumbawire

was released by Mukuradare and volleyed

past Sibanda.

A well-positioned Zekumbawire could

have claimed a double but failed to control

a Manondo feed inside the box before being

thwarted by Sibanda.

An under-pressure Erick Mudzingwa

nearly beat his goalkeeper Sibanda during

one of the City forays just before the


The complexion of the game remained

the same after the restart as City kept on

probing with Vengesai just shooting wide

while Mukuradare also closely missed target

with a low shot with Sibanda already


Highlanders’ first meaningful attempt

at goal came four minutes after the hour

mark when Charles Sibanda’s shot was

saved by City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupangedengu.

Manondo had Mukuradare kept the

Bosso goalkeeper on his toes with close efforts

as the visitors appeared to have gone

to sleep instead of pushing for a comeback.

Dynamos, FC Platinum share the spoils



FC Platinum … 0

Dynamos … 0

FC Platinum could feel hard done

by referee Mlindeli Ndebele for

some arguably questionable officiating

following a league draw

with defending champions Dynamos

at Mandava yesterday in a

game they clearly dominated the


The stalemate however trimmed

DeMbare’s lead from three

to two points following ZPC Kariba’s

win on the same day, but

Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges are

still primed to retain the league

crown with seven games remaining.

FC Platinum dropped one place

to seventh position.

The incident which stands out

as the highlight of Ndebele’s

blameworthy officiating was in

the 25th minute when he turned

down Platinum’s penalty appeal

after Zambian forward Obrey

Chirwa had been fouled inside

the box by Augustine Mbara.

The incident invoked the memories

of the reverse fixture where

the miners lost by a narrow goal,

that came via a contested penalty.

After the match, FC Platinum

coach Norman Mapeza however

declined to be drawn into commenting

about the officiating.

“I will never complain about

the officiating. Referees are human

beings and they make mistakes.We

cannot complain about

the result but getting a point will

help us in future,” said Mapeza.

Dynamos coach Kallisto Pasuwa

conceded that his charges

were second-best all afternoon

and also lauded the tactical wits

of his opposite number.

“We did not play in the first

half. We were lifting high balls

hence we were losing battles in

the midfield. Norman is a good

coach and his team is very compact.

As for the title, we take

each game as it comes,” said Pasuwa.

FC Platinum dominated the

game from the onset with the

champions failing to take a single

shot at goal in the opening half.

Chirwa was a menace in the

hosts’ final third, breaking with

pace three times in the opening

10 minutes but his final delivery

was not complementary.

After 15 minutes of action,

Thabani Kamusoko failed to beat

Mukandi with his free kick before

Chirwa headed wide a few

minutes later.

On 25 minutes, Ndebele

shocked Mandava, including Dynamos

supporters when he denied

Chirwa a seemingly legitimate

penalty call after the Zambian

had been clipped inside the

box by Mbara.

Donald Ngoma and Walter Musona

had chances to put the miners

into the lead but they were

not clinical in front of goal.

On the stroke of half-time, Tawanda

Muparati escaped a caution

for a needless lunge on Raphael


After an hour of action, Ndebele

blew offside for Ngoma

whom he adjudged to be in an

offside position when the striker

seemed to have timed his run to


Devon Chafa’s introduction in

the second half stabilised the Dynamos

midfield which was being

outweighed by the effectiveness

of the opposing midfield trio of

Wisdom Mutasa, Tatenda Dzumbunu

and Kamusoko.

Blessing Moyo attempted at

goal by unleashing a powerful

shot on 63 minutes, before he was

also thwarted by Simon Shoko as

he prepared to launch another


Substitute Washington Pakamisa

also tried to beat FC Platinum

goalkeeper Petros Mhari

but in vain.

Mutasa had a few chances to

grab the winner late into the

game but his two efforts were


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September 21 to 27 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / WOMAN / PROFILE 3

Star Profile:

Namatayi Mubariki-Chipanga

Prudence Muganiwah

Photography by Jekesai Njikizana

Her smooth voice is

nothing short of

captivating as its

deep alto is soothing

to the soul

and beautiful


t h e



Zambian born Namatayi’s voice is nothing

short of talent par excellence. With a musical

history spanning back from when she was

a mere child, the alto goddess has become a


Namatayi Mubariki, who many remember

from Oliver Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits

band, is a Christian wife who is married to

the marimba player Charles Chipanga, and

together they have created the harmonious

sounds by the name of Chalenam Rhythms.

“My passion is music, I love writing, creating

original compositions, live performances and

showcasing my talent.”

What is unique about their music is that

it is an interesting fusion of Zimbabwean traditional

beats and a plethora of other genres

that altogether form a beautiful smooth-flowing


In her seemingly short career, the gifted

lyricist who also plays the ngoma, hosho, congas

and mbira very well, has laid the groundwork

to being an artist of note. And this she

says, is a gift she is thankful to God for.

The youngest in a family of five children,

Namatayi first discovered her love for singing

when she joined her church choir at a very

young age. “Life in the limelight began when

I started my career as a backing vocalist; I

have sang with a number of notable artists including

Tanga wekwa Sando, Africa Revenge,

Prudence Katomeni and the legendary Oliver

Mtukudzi, among many others.”

Over the years, she has had the opportunity

to showcase her talent, albeit as part of

a band, on various prestigious stages such as

the Womad Canary Island, the Winnipeg Folk

Festival, the Floyd Festival, Zanzibar International

Film Festival, African Festival of the

Arts, and many more.

Furthermore, she has shared the stage

with greats such as Awilo Longomba, the

late Lucky Dube, Joe Thomas, Hugh

Masekela, Dorothy Masuka, UB40 and

many more. And through working

with such talented big names and

seeing them perform, Namatayi

has gained expertise and mastered

the art of excellent stage

performance. And so like a

butterfly, after gaining much

experience from legends of

the industry, Namatayi has

grown and spread her own

wings to complete her as an


“What I enjoy most about

my chosen career path is being

able to share what God

has given me, the gift of singing.

I can express, advise,

build, inspire people around

me from all over the world

through song.” Namatayi

and her husband together

form a unique duo of talent

one cannot help but admire. They have so far

released beautiful music that combines jazz

and contemporary music into a flowing musical

cocktail which is appealing to a wide range

of audience.

Namatayi, who has vocal training sessions

with her band every single day, confesses that

establishing herself as her own brand has

definitely not been a walk in the park. “Releasing

our first project was a challenge, honestly

I did not know that it required a lot of

hard work, money, time, patience from doing

rehearsals, studio, finding the right producer

and instrument players, to come up with a

well-polished project.”

Being the family oriented woman that she

is, Namatayi, who also enjoys cooking and

running her household, values her marriage,

family and relationships. “From day one, God

always treasured relationships with mankind

hence the visits to the Garden of Eden

at the cool of the day to have a relationship

with Adam. God then had to make a family

for Adam through Eve which is then viewed

as the original fundamental in life. So for me,

these are the most important things in life.”

Namatayi, a 2013 finalist for the Women in

Enterprise Awards who is also prides herself

in great cooking, has also found a way to give

back to society in her own way through giving

training sessions on vocal training, stage

presentations and percussion in community

churches and schools. She mentors several

young women and trains them for free as

she does all this out of passion for music and

women’s development in the arts. Furthermore,

Namatayi often facilitates conferences

where she educates artists on Copyright Law,

medical life assurance, royalties and dealing

with contracts.

Together with her husband, they have donated

stationery to Chedonje Primary School

in Kadoma, and they plan on doing more for

schools. They have also established the Gospel

Hub, an initiative which provides a platform

for Christian artists to develop and present

original live music. And their combination on

stage is clear evidence that they lead by example.

But despite being a stage artist whose performances

are always as vibrant as they are

captivating, Namatayi is actually a shy person

off stage.

A God-loving woman who is beautiful inside

and out, she quotes her favourite verse as

a parting shot, “Galatians 6:9 - And let us not

be weary in well doing: for in due season we

shall reap, if we faint not [KJV].”

Having come from a humble background

which involved singing other people’s choruses

and backing seasoned artists, Namatayi’s

season has definitely come, and with the determined

spirit combined with her unquestionable

talent, the sky is the limit.

September 21 to 27 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / WOMAN / PROFILE 3

Star Profile:

Namatayi Mubariki-Chipanga

Prudence Muganiwah

Photography by Jekesai Njikizana

Her smooth voice is nothing short of captivating

as its deep alto is soothing to

the soul and beautiful to the ears. The

Zambian born Namatayi’s voice is nothing

short of talent par excellence. With a musical

history spanning back from when

she was a mere child, the

alto goddess has become

a brand.

Namatayi Mubariki, who many remember

from Oliver Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band,

is a Christian wife who is married to the marimba

player Charles Chipanga, and together

they have created the harmonious sounds by

the name of Chalenam Rhythms. “My passion

is music, I love writing, creating original compositions,

live performances and showcasing

my talent.”

What is unique about their music is that

it is an interesting fusion of Zimbabwean traditional

beats and a plethora of other genres

that altogether form a beautiful smooth-flowing


In her seemingly short career, the gifted

lyricist who also plays the ngoma, hosho, congas

and mbira very well, has laid the groundwork

to being an artist of note. And this she

says, is a gift she is thankful to God for.

The youngest in a family of five children,

Namatayi first discovered her love for singing

when she joined her church choir at a very

young age. “Life in the limelight began when

I started my career as a backing vocalist; I

have sang with a number of notable artists including

Tanga wekwa Sando, Africa Revenge,

Prudence Katomeni and the legendary Oliver

Mtukudzi, among many others.”

Over the years, she has had the opportunity

to showcase her talent, albeit as part of

a band, on various prestigious stages such as

the Womad Canary Island, the Winnipeg Folk

Festival, the Floyd Festival, Zanzibar International

Film Festival, African Festival of the

Arts, and many more.

Furthermore, she has shared the stage

with greats such as Awilo Longomba, the

late Lucky Dube, Joe Thomas, Hugh Masekela,

Dorothy Masuka, UB40 and many more.

And through working with such talented big

names and seeing them perform, Namatayi

has gained expertise and mastered the art

of excellent stage performance. And so like

a butterfly, after gaining much experience

from legends of the industry, Namatayi has

grown and spread her own wings to complete

her as an artist.

“What I enjoy most about my chosen

career path is being able to share

what God has given me, the gift

of singing. I can express, advise,

build, inspire people around me

from all over the world through

song.” Namatayi and her husband

together form a unique duo

of talent one cannot help but admire.

They have so far released

beautiful music that combines

jazz and contemporary music

into a flowing musical cocktail

which is appealing to a wide

range of audience.

Namatayi, who has vocal training

sessions with her band every

single day, confesses that establishing

herself as her own brand

has definitely not been a walk

in the park. “Releasing our first project was

a challenge, honestly I did not know that it

required a lot of hard work, money, time, patience

from doing rehearsals, studio, finding

the right producer and instrument players, to

come up with a well-polished project.”

Being the family oriented woman that she

is, Namatayi, who also enjoys cooking and

running her household, values her marriage,

family and relationships. “From day one, God

always treasured relationships with mankind

hence the visits to the Garden of Eden

at the cool of the day to have a relationship

with Adam. God then had to make a family

for Adam through Eve which is then viewed

as the original fundamental in life. So for me,

these are the most important things in life.”

Namatayi, a 2013 finalist for the Women in

Enterprise Awards who is also prides herself

in great cooking, has also found a way to give

back to society in her own way through giving

training sessions on vocal training, stage

presentations and percussion in community

churches and schools. She mentors several

young women and trains them for free as

she does all this out of passion for music and

women’s development in the arts. Furthermore,

Namatayi often facilitates conferences

where she educates artists on Copyright Law,

medical life assurance, royalties and dealing

with contracts.

Together with her husband, they have donated

stationery to Chedonje Primary School

in Kadoma, and they plan on doing more for

schools. They have also established the Gospel

Hub, an initiative which provides a platform

for Christian artists to develop and present

original live music. And their combination on

stage is clear evidence that they lead by example.

But despite being a stage artist whose performances

are always as vibrant as they are

captivating, Namatayi is actually a shy person

off stage.

A God-loving woman who is beautiful inside

and out, she quotes her favourite verse as

a parting shot, “Galatians 6:9 - And let us not

be weary in well doing: for in due season we

shall reap, if we faint not [KJV].”

Having come from a humble background

which involved singing other people’s choruses

and backing seasoned artists, Namatayi’s

season has definitely come, and with the determined

spirit combined with her unquestionable

talent, the sky is the limit.


In our September 7th issue of the Style, we

erroneously headlined Tapiwa Makwavarara’s

profile as “Jenny Wall.”

We apologise for the confusion to our readers

and any inconveniences caused to both

the Women Star Profiles.


September 21 to 27 2014

Wedding Guest Style Myths

Shamiso Catherine Ruzvidzo

The wedding season is upon us and I can’t help but continue

my discussion on wedding style from last week’s

column. Weddings for many of us are probably the only

chance we get to dress up and let our hair down!! We all

want to be on the best dressed list, but can often fail to by not

paying attention to the invitation dress code. The wedding invitation

is your guide on whether certain styles and colours are

appropriate for the type of wedding you have been invited to.

Here are some style myths that do not apply to weddings in the

modern times we now live in.

Black at a wedding

Traditionally black was known as a colour that could only to

be worn at funerals or formal occasions such as work. Wearing

black at a wedding was frowned upon. In the modern times we

live in black can easily be worn to weddings without hesitation.

When selecting black as the colour of choice to wear to a

wedding, ensure that you accessorise black with a bold vibrant

colour. Green is a popular season colour for summer, a perfect

colour pairing for black. Remember however to check your

invitation before selecting black, you wouldn’t want to wear

black to a mid-afternoon summer wedding and arrive looking

overdressed. Choose black for an evening setting or for a cocktail

style wedding.

Fined for not wearing trends

Patterns and prints are trending, and stylists will go on and

on about what’s on trend (I included). As exciting as it is to go

to a wedding knowing that you are wearing colours and styles

that are popular, you do not have to fall victim to trends. If you

ensure that your outfit is modern and comes in a style that fits

you well, trust me no one will be looking to see if your 1992

outfit is still on trend. At the end of the day it’s the way you feel

and look that shines through.

African wear restricted!!

Restrictions on African print are a complete style myth, as African

wear is fabulous for almost any wedding dress code. It

can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of the

wedding. Once again the colour green is trending and blends

well with different earth tones of print. My favourites for this

season include;

Alpha Rose Evening Dress

Mucha Wrapdress

Asos Print Dress

Accessory of the week

Locally made earrings by

Brownfruit Designs

Stella Jean African Print Dress

Image source: :;;;;



Rufaro Mushonga

We budget for things because we want to control our

spending and ensure that we do not bite off more than

we can chew. We make a plan and put together a budget

in order to ensure that we are realistically able to

execute that plan. Planning a wedding is a project and should

be treated in the same way. Many couples put together a wedding

budget and then make spur of the moment decisions during

the planning process, without taking the initial budget into

consideration – in the hope that they will get some extra cash

from family, or from their gift takings on the wedding day. How

do you know you will get enough money? Can you imagine how

stressful it must be to be anxiously monitoring the gifts table

throughout your wedding day, because all you can think of is

how many debts you need to pay?

So let’s get to trimming some more off the wedding budget.

We need to make decisions on how to manage our menu and

our drinks.

driven. If you manage to make a saving here, it will have a significantly

positive impact on your budget.

Rufaro Mushonga

Photography by Tasha Creations

Choose your menu wisely –

it’s about quality, not quantity

What do you want to achieve with the food you will serve at

your wedding? I am guessing that for a start, you would like

your guests to have enough to eat, and also to enjoy what they

eat. Who says that in order for you to achieve these goals, you

need to have a chicken stir-fry, roast chicken, beef stew, beef

stroganoff, goat curry, and pork on a spit on your buffet menu.

Most of this food will be wasted, because the average guest eats

with their eyes first, and will take a bit of everything, eat only

half of what is in the plate. Keep your options to an acceptable

minimum and ensure that your caterer will make those

options look good and taste good.

Manage your bar list

Watch what you stock in your bar. If you feel you have to serve

alcohol at your wedding, serve soft drinks and local beers only.

If you have to have the strong stuff as well, make a limited

selection of popular local spirits, and make sure you include

one or two popular imported whisky brands. There is nothing

wrong with paying for soft drinks only and having a cash bar

available for anyone who would like alcohol.

Remember, these costs we are talking about are numbers

September 21 to 27 2014


Profile of the Game-changers:

Redefining landscapes (Part 3)

Cynthia Hakutangwi

Landscape is more than just scenery; it is

the interaction between people and place,

the bedrock upon which society is built.

The European Landscape Convention defines

landscape as “an area, as perceived by

people, whose character is the result of the

action and interaction of natural and/or human

factors.” Redefining is the ability to reexamine

or re-evaluate especially with a view

to change. It is synonymous with reconsidering,

rethinking, reviewing, revisiting and reweighing.

In the first part of this series which profiles

the attributes of game-changers a challenge

was thrown on individuals to pursue

and discover their personal authentic identity

before they allow others to define them. We

examined these three game-changing (GC) attributes:

GC1: Personal Leadership and


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. In the second part of the series

we reflected on three GC Attributes of

game changers being:

GC4: They make the best out of

breaking-point frustrations

GC5: They are not afraid to initiate


movement in stagnant situations

They are not led by frivolous


The third part of this game-changing conversation

will examine and reflect on the next

three GC Attributes of game changers.

GC7: Game-changers leave a legacy

Beyond the traditional definition of legacy as

being something received from a predecessor

or from the past, legacy is about life and living.

It’s about learning from the past, living in

the present and building for the future. Game

changers are agents of change that refuse to

be changed by the circumstances of their assignment.

They have the ability to positively

affect change wherever they are planted without

being negatively affected in the process.

Inside of each of us is the potential to rise in

the game of life to leave an irrefutable legacy.

We have to add value where pain or a need exists,

then change the game by providing the

solution. Game-changers by their very nature

are allergic to the “status quo,” they are fastpaced

achievers who will not settle for mediocrity.

While we cannot fully control our legacy

and how we are remembered, we are more

likely to achieve the desired results if we are

in pursuit of excellence and purpose. The essence

of leaving a memorable legacy lies in

making decisions at various points throughout

our life about what legacy we want to leave

for others. That is, how do we want to be remembered?

GC8: Game-changers take initiative

Almost everything we see around us was created

through self-directed people. Without

someone’s initiative, governments would not

have been formed, cities would not have been

built and technology would cease to exist.

Whilst it is good to do what we are expected

to do, greater success is achieved through the

ability to do what needs to be done before anyone

else recognises it needs to be done. This

takes discipline. Initiative is the ability to

take action proactively and is like a muscle

that you can exercise. The more initiative you

take, the more opportunities you are creating

for yourself and others. A lack of initiative

breeds complacency, and complacency breeds

loss. Game-changers are seen in their personal

development efforts and sacrifices as

they widen their scope and knowledge base to

improve their skills. It is seen in their actions

as they take time to write their own plans, set

their own goals and direct their own work to

achieve greater results than anyone requires

or expects.

GC9: Game-changers are willing to

learn, unlearn and relearn

In the words of Alvin Toffler in Powershift:

Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of

the 21st Century - “The illiterate of the 21st

Century will not be those who cannot read and

write, but those cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Learning agility is the key to unlocking

one’s change proficiency and succeeding

in an uncertain, unpredictable and constantly

evolving environment, both personally and

professionally. Unlearning requires letting

go and moving away from those things that

are not relevant to your purpose, destiny and

calling. Relearning has the potential to birth

disruptive technologies which can change

the game for businesses, creating entirely

new products and services, as well as shifting

pools of value between producers or from

producers to consumers. Organisations will

often need to use business-model innovations

to capture some of that value. Leaders need to

plan for a range of scenarios, abandoning assumptions

about where competition and risk

could come from, and not be afraid to look beyond

long-established models.

Join us again in the next issue as we explore

and examine the next game-changing attributes.

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


E-mail: cynthia@w

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

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 Excellently,

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, six of which we have looked at

in the last two weeks, and the last three of

which are discussed herein.

7. From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillars appear to be quite bland, don’t

they? Of course, they’re a necessary part of

the natural progression of an organism from

egg to butterfly, but they’re quite ordinary

all the same. Although caterpillars are significant,

they’re grey and without much attractive

colour. In the same way, you journey

towards the discovery of the best version of

yourself by transitioning from your formative

years into an ordinary caterpillar. Once

you have become a caterpillar, you feed and

breathe in the pursuit of becoming a beautiful

butterfly. In other words, your endeavours

to transform yourself from a caterpillar

to a butterfly are, in fact, a transition from

the ordinary to the extraordinary. This is a

mammoth task but the most necessary. It’s

a refinement of your ordinary talents into

extraordinary outcomes. In the way of Maslow’s

hierarchy, your becoming a butterfly

is the time at which you self-actualise, when

you become the best that you can be, when

you become the most beautiful version of

yourself. In the process of metamorphosis,

some caterpillars may not convert over to

becoming butterflies if they haven’t acquired

enough of the necessary nutrients and replenishment.

Those which do would have fed

and breathed amply. And like the butterfly,

you too can become the most significant version

of yourself if you soup your efforts up

into a fully concerted and conscious effort.

8. Living Happily Ever After

Success doesn’t all end at your becoming

a butterfly and flaunting flamboyantly the

beautiful version of yourself. In fact, the real

work begins when you become a butterly. If

the beauty of a butterly were to resemble significance,

then you could only be most significant

if others around you perceived you to be

beautiful. In other words, your discovered

talents would mean the most where they are

in the service of others around you. Put differently,

the true happiness that is living happily

ever after comes from sharing with your

community and from your contribution to its

better existence.

9. Your flight into the African Sunset

The last part of succeeding in life would be

your flight into the African sunset, soaring

beneath its warmth. Basking in the glory

of your successes and moving forth. In your

flight will be other successful and significant

butterflies, that is, your equally accomplished

colleagues. But when you become a

successful butterfly within one flight under

the African sun, you’re challenged to realise

that the place which needs your best contribution

is home. Home is the place where

charity begins and it’s the place where your

charity would probably mean the most.

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 21 to 27 2014

What’s your scent?

Marshall Malikula

That’s a good question, au naturel or cologne?

Perfume is one luxury every man must afford

themselves. Wearing a scent is pleasurable,

it is an expression of individuality;

it’s attractive and makes us nice to be close to.

On the contrary bad breath and body odour are

repulsive, an absolute turn off, no matter how

polished you appear.

Not all perfumes are the same; they come in

three distinctions depending on the percentage

of oil it contains. Eau de Parfum is the strongest

fragrance, contains 15 up to 30 percent perfume

oil, followed by Eau de Toilette and lastly Eau de

cologne that is between 5 to 15 percent perfume

oil. Pick scents that are fresh and invigorating

for the hottest days. Wearing citrus or a synthetic

ocean breeze type of scent will actually make

you feel cooler. Heavier scents can be overpowering

during hotter days especially when they mix

with body sweat. Choose light but sophisticated

fragrances for everyday and office wear. Be a little

daring for dates and nights on the town. Experiment

with perfumes that have an oriental

base such as Musk. Pick your mood up on dreary

days with something therapeutic, enjoy the calming

effects Lavender and Vanilla.

How to apply perfume?

- Apply perfume to pulse points, that is;

wrists, base of throats, behind ears, bend of

elbows, chest and behind the knees.

- Never apply directly on to clothing as it may

damage your clothes.

- Try not to wipe or rub together your wrists

after applying as it may cause break down of

the perfume scent.

- Do not spritz perfume on your hair unless

it’s washed otherwise the natural scents of

your hair may cause change in the scent.

- Apply perfume before clothing and jewellery.

It is true the chemicals in perfume may

cause your jewels to lose their sparkle.

My accessory of the week –

Vintage postman bag

Image courtesy of New York fashion week.

September 21 to 27 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / MAN / PROFILE 7

Star Profile

Ryan Koriya

The key is to work on it till it can’t get any better…

Prudence Muganiwah

After quitting his day job as an

IT technician in Richmond, London

to pursue music, he lived in

an abandoned hospital building

for a while as he tried to get his

solo career into gear. That in itself

spells the amount of passion

Ryan Koriya has for music.

The former Prince Edward High

School boy has always carried music

in his heart. “I started playing the

violin during second term in Form One

and by the end of first term in Form

Two, I was awarded Music Half Colours

after just turning 14! (Sixteen is

the minimum age for this accolade).

I went on to get Full Colours and

other awards throughout my high

school career.”

Ryan thanks the then headmaster

Clive Barnes and his staff for

instilling a sense of confidence

in his abilities so early on, as because

of this support, he went on

to play in The Harare City Orchestra,

The Harare Sinfonietta

and also won the National Best

Actor Award before going on to

teach music at schools such as Arundel,

Chisipite, Prince Edward, Eaglesvale,

Saint John’s, Saint George’s and

The Harare International School.

The British-Zimbabwean singer-songwriter,

producer and multi-instrumentalist

whose music is mainly made up

of acoustic guitars, bass, drums, cello

and vocal harmonies, is a self-motivated

artist. Back in 2010, following a

special invitation from the US Ambassador

to Zimbabwe, Ryan played a successful

headline showcase gig at the

Ambassador’s amphitheatre, a show

which was also presented as part of

the global Daniel Pearl Music Days


More recently, the ambitious artist

spent most of 2013 touring 10 countries

which include Australia, The

UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Belgium,

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Denmark

and The Netherlands to

promote his music.

Ryan’s rich, velvety voice delivers

music which shows

that his influences come

from artists such as Coldplay,

Bon Iver, Seal, John

Mayer, Dave Matthews,

Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran,

David Gray and


Ryan believes that

music is a powerful

medium that

transcends many

boundaries such as religion, culture, different

borders and different languages.

“It’s quite a spiritually healing pastime

for me, especially singing, and I want it

do the same to my listeners.”

Ryan is a positive-minded individual

who inspires people with his never-saydie

attitude, soldering on despite having

no fixed home or steady income at times.

“When I’m back home in Zimbabwe, I

like giving performance and songwriting

workshops. I enjoyed adjudicating the

contemporary section of the National

Allied Arts Eisteddfod in 2011 and 2012.

I am also about to start working with a

global children’s charity that will come

into play over the next few months.”

Ryan works with younger Zimbabwean

musicians to help them benefit from his

knowledge and experience, and he looks

forward to growing a global awareness of

the artistic talent Zimbabwe produces,

which in his opinion will in turn create

more opportunities for the local arts

scene. “I still struggle with barriers in

the global contemporary music scene as

people are only expecting Afro Jazz or

World Music to come out of Africa.”

He says whilst it’s very tempting to release

mediocre music on the internet,

in today’s tough arts environment it is

crucial to make compelling and creative

music. “The key is to work on it till it

can’t get any better so it can perform well

when you finally put it out there.”

As part of his career, Ryan travels a lot,

and he says he loves that aspect of it.

“I am currently in the US which is my

eighth country and third continent in

2014.” Having at one point wished to be a

pilot but failing to go for training owing

to lack of funds, Ryan loves flying. “I was

meant to be a pilot but it cost too much

in a crashed economy so music is what

I naturally fell into. I guess I’ll just have

to become a global hit and buy my own

plane, John Travolta style. Haha!”

One of the major setbacks in his industry

he says, has been trying to make it

in a struggling economy. “It has been

challenging to operate outside of a socioeconomic

paradigm that isn’t really built

for artists. I left my day job in London

to become a full-time musician and that

was not an easy transition at first.” Ryan

is thus proud of what he has achieved

through hard work and determination.

“It took me four years just to get a Visa

to get overseas. Having no funding or security

made it even harder but here I am,

despite all the odds. I believe as Zimbabweans,

we are strong and resilient people,

so there are many of us excelling in

many different fields across the globe.

Ryan, who is still single, emphasizes that

there’s a lot of work involved in keeping

a music career active and growing. “It’s

like being 10 different people in one. Yesterday

I spent the afternoon in a recording

studio here in Nashville, Tennessee

and tonight I will be playing around the

Music City Broadway in the Nashville

City Centre. In two weeks I’ll be in New

York, then London, then Denmark by the

first of October.”

A strong advocate for gender equality,

Ryan is not a fan of people who go out

of their way to abuse or mistreat others.

“We are all human and if we spent more

time being supportive and empathetic

of others, this world would be so much

brighter. We need to see more female pilots

and there’s nothing wrong with male

hair-dressers or male nurses etc. Young

boys are taught to disregard their emotional/sensitive

side and I’m also not

a fan of how society deems it appropriate

to objectify women sexually. I was in

New York last week and nearly stepped

in when this drunk guy on the bus kept

turning back to ogle and drool over the

good looking lady in the seat right behind

him! Women have to go through that

many times every day! Come on guys,

let’s be better than that.”

Drawing most of his inspiration from

the challenges of life and the people

around him, Ryan also has respect for

the late Michael Jackson, John Mayer

and Tyrese Gibson. “Tyrese came from

a difficult background but still managed

to make something great of his life. He

also still takes the time to help communities

and those who can benefit from his


Quite refreshingly, Ryan also takes pride

in that he does not smoke, drink or do

any drugs. “I still tend to be the life of the

party so people do seem to think there’s a

bit of a conspiracy there, lol, but I’m just

full of energy and like to be in control of

my body and mind. I certainly would not

have achieved all that I have if I used recreational

drugs. The music is my drug!”

Advising younger generations, the talented

Ryan says, “Kids, use all the free

time you have available to work towards

your dream goals. Trust me on this. Once

you leave school and lose the comfort

of your parents’ home, you won’t have

nearly as much free time when adult life,

work, responsibility kicks in. I played

music all the time that I was able during

my teenage years and that has held me

in good stead till today. Decide what you

want, then go for it, it’s that simple. You

have to be exceptional at what you do in

order to really succeed.”

Photography by Machperson


September 21 to 27 2014

JAGUAR XE: A true driver’s car

Fact Jeke


true driver’s car, the rear-drive Jaguar

XE was recently launched and it redefines

the concept of the sports saloon

thanks to its advanced lightweight

construction, streamlined styling, luxurious

interior outstanding ride and handling. The

XE goes on sale in 2015, with the high-performance

S model at the top of the range. At

least some of our Zimbabwean roads are being

fixed, so you can place orders and not worry

about the state of our roads.

The XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness

and refinement of its supercharged

3.0-litre V6. Generating 250kW and 450Nm of

torque, this high-revving engine is linked to

an eight-speed automatic transmission with

paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate

access to the vehicle’s incredible reserves

of power. Accelerating to 96,5km/h in

just 4,9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited

maximum speed of 250km/h.

“Jaguar’s position as the leading premium

manufacturer of aluminium vehicles allowed

us to develop a light, stiff body structure that

is ground-breaking in its class. It enables the

XE’s advanced chassis technologies to deliver

an unprecedented balance of agility and levels

of refinement previously found only in

vehicles from the segments above,” said Kevin

Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE

The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is

the first model developed from Jaguar Land

Rover’s new modular vehicle architecture and

will set the standard for driving dynamics in

the midsize segment. The long wheelbase and

low seating position enable perfect proportions

and a streamlined coupe-like profile.

The S model’s large front air intakes, chrome

side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional

20-inch forged alloy wheels hint at the performance

potential of Jaguar’s supercharged

3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

The cabin offers outstanding levels of

comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials

and finishes, combined with traditional

Jaguar craftsmanship make this an interior

like nothing else in the class.

The XE S will be joined by other models

powered by highly efficient 2.0-litre, fourcylinder

petrol and diesel engines matched to

smooth-shifting six-speed manual and eightspeed

automatic transmissions. The diesels

– part of Jaguar’s all-new Ingenium engine

family – provide exemplary fuel consumption

and CO2 emissions from 3.77l/100km and 99g/


The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and

most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon ever built.

It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with

electric power steering tuned to provide exceptional

responsiveness and feel, but with lower

energy consumption than hydraulic systems.

The XE boasts the lowest cost of ownership of

any Jaguar and is also the most environmentally


The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon

car range sitting below the XF and XJ models.

The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with

the new modular architecture. This unlocks

design possibilities that did not exist before

because the core dimensions were determined

by design and engineering working together

from the very beginning, under a philosophy

of “anything we can imagine, we can create.”

This makes it possible to realise perfect proportions:

short front overhang, longer rear

overhang and dynamic, cab-rearward stance.

The architecture also enables the XE to feature

both a low, sporty driving position and a

sleek, coupe-like profile.

Expectations created by the XE’s exterior

styling are more than met once inside. The

spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers

with a deep centre console which creates a

cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style dials and

the cluster needle sweep on start-up further

emphasise the XE’s sports saloon attributes.

Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous

amounts of head and legroom – the XE

proves that sleek, streamlined styling and interior

space need not be mutually exclusive.

Technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers and details

such as contrasting twin-needle stitching

all give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice

of gloss black, textured aluminium, and contemporary

wood veneers enhance the luxurious,

hand-crafted feel. Ambient lighting in a

range of up to 10 colours adds to the sense of


The new XE has the most sophisticated

chassis of any vehicle in its class and will set

the benchmarks for ride and handling: it is a

true driver’s car. Where most competitors use

MacPherson strut front suspension, Jaguar’s

vehicle dynamics team insisted on the superior

double wishbone configuration.

For drivers who just want to sit back and

enjoy the music, the new XE brings Meridian

audio technology to the segment for the

first time. These superb systems are the latest

product of the long-standing partnership

between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian

and were developed specifically for the

new XE.

The new XE is powered by a range of fourand

six-cylinder all-aluminium petrol and

diesel engines offering an impressive blend of

performance, refinement and fuel efficiency

with a breadth of capability.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection

petrol engines are powerful and refined

and generate strong torque from low speeds,

ensuring excellent launch performance and

mid-range response. Two ratings will be available

in the XE, and both will be offered with a

lighter version of the ZF 8HP automatic used

in the rest of the Jaguar range: this benchmark

eight-speed transmission is controlled

using Jaguar’s unique rotary shift selector.

The new XE is not only the most fuel efficient

Jaguar ever made, it’s also one of the

most cost-efficient cars in its class.

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September 21 to 27 2014

Dining Rooms

Lighting and

simple accessories

turn this

simple space

into a fabulous


elegant dining


Noma Ndlovu

Nothing says “Come Dine with Me” quite

like a well set dining area. I think dining

rooms are spaces of expression because

flowing from the kitchen; this is where

all the passion and beauty of your cooking

is served up with love to your family, friends

and guests. It follows then that the dining area

should be prioritised from the onset whether

the area is a new build, a renovation or just

an update.

Dining rooms can be modern, traditional,

classic, formal or casual, the list goes on. As

always the key is to be sure of what you want.

Structure and choice of furniture are very

important to create a style and a theme that

matches your home. “Keep it simple but work

the detail” is always my cautious advice.

Let’s look at what I consider to be must-haves

when creating a beautiful dining area in your


Colour and Lighting - It goes without saying

that your wall colour sets the tone of your dining

area. I love lots of light and recommend

light colours that reflect light so you don’t

have to switch on lights during the day. If you

love dark colours then use light coloured furniture

to balance the room. In smaller dining

areas, it is best you go with very light colours.

Accentuate the window area so that a lot of

light streams through to give an illusion of

space and freshness. Always have three point

lighting so you can adjust to suit your mood.

Interesting light fixtures make a good focal

point in your dining area.

Mirrors and Décor - Mirrors are multipurpose

in any room. They give an illusion of

space and are great décor pieces. Choose mirrors

that cover a large area and are uniquely

engraved or framed. They can cover a full wall

or be placed strategically over a server or console

table. Mirrors reflect light both natural

and artificial and help create a mood depending

on the time of the day. Décor will refer to

art work that you put up and ultimately create

a focal point for your dining area.

Great Furniture - In the olden days it seemed

odd that you even think of not buying a “dining

room suite” and a matching sideboard or

server. This made the rooms very formal and

almost untouchable. Nowadays you can go all

out and literally custom design your own furniture.

You can mismatch your chairs, use benches,

wood stumps, Perspex chairs, formal dining

chairs and even dining couches. There is no

limit to what you can use as long as it’s in line

with your design theme.

In mismatching be sure that the chairs flow

with each other in terms of form and design.

Mismatching in this case means colour and

design. You can do same design chairs but

different colours or similar tone colour but

different design. I love mismatching because

you can mix different styles and create a more

user friendly dining area.

Great cutlery and dinner ware - Complete

your look with cutlery and dinnerware that

shows off your dining area. It is a presentation

of your eating style. I love white or ivory

glazed dinner ware paired off with silver or

gold plated cutlery for added sophistication.

However, you can go for any colour that you

like. Porcelain or stoneware is great for everyday

dining while you save your best bone china

dinnerware for that special occasion. Take

care though that you buy dishwasher safe dinner

ware and cutlery as most plated items are

not dishwasher safe.

Dining rooms need to be functional but quirky

enough to be interesting. Create a luxurious

look by being bold; experiment with colour,

styles of furniture, décor, dinnerware, cutlery

and top it up with a fine dining experience.

Enjoy your home.

Credits: Luxe


Noma Ndlovu is an Interior Designer and a

Property Stylist. Feedback on unaminkosi@

+263 775 402 083

This fabulous contemporary dining area has mismatched chairs that

blend in with the mixed theme of this space. Match with traditional

porcelain and its sophisticatin guaranteed.

Always choose your décor items so that they complement not overwhelm

your elegant furniture.




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September 21 to 27 2014


The righteous

shall flourish

like the palm

tree’ Psalm 92:7

Dylan Wilson Max

Historically palms have been symbols of victory,

peace and fertility. In many cultures, the

palm has meaning e.g. Palm Sunday around

the Easter holidays is a big thing for the Catholics

around the world. In more recent times they are

associated with beach holidays. Almost every travel

agent advertising the beach incorporates a symbol or

picture of a palm – think about going to the beach and

immediately one of your first thoughts is the palm


So far there are 202 genera with around 2 600 species

of palms around the world. When you consider that

some areas of the Amazon are still to be explored, it

would be interesting to imagine what else will be discovered.

In Zimbabwe palm trees seem to be one of the

most popular trees people incorporate into their gardens.

They more or less look after themselves but one

must always be on the lookout for fungi and red palm

mite and the palm seed weevil and ants. So it’s easy

to understand their popularity. They’re resilient and

they are interesting from a design perspective

My late father used to say once a palm tree grows over

three metres it loses its appeal. When you think about

it, it makes sense because once they outgrow the sight

line, all you see is a trunk. You have to continuously

look up to really appreciate them. So like most trees

and plants in your garden, think about 5 to 10 years’


Aside from its evergreen leaves that form part of

their attraction, palms due to their tap root systems

can be planted in close proximity to buildings. This

makes it quite popular with corporates we have found

over the years. However from a more practical point

of, like all trees, palms shed their leaves and their

seeds. As they continue to grow maintenance becomes

difficult because you will need to keep removing

dead leaves.

My office is located directly under a queen palm;

she must be 20 years old and stands three storeys. The

seeds keep hitting our metal roof, something that can

be unsettling. Their beautiful leaves, especially when

adult, can also cause serious damage when they do


However the palm will remain popular as ever.

Till today there are many products derived from these

trees. Palm wine, palm seed oil, dates are just a few of

the common products that these trees produce.

Dylan Wilson Max – Tribal Landscapes


September 21 to 27 2014


The righteous

shall flourish

like the palm

tree’ Psalm 92:7

Dylan Wilson Max

Historically palms have been symbols of victory,

peace and fertility. In many cultures, the

palm has meaning e.g. Palm Sunday around

the Easter holidays is a big thing for the Catholics

around the world. In more recent times they are

associated with beach holidays. Almost every travel

agent advertising the beach incorporates a symbol or

picture of a palm – think about going to the beach and

immediately one of your first thoughts is the palm


So far there are 202 genera with around 2 600 species

of palms around the world. When you consider that

some areas of the Amazon are still to be explored, it

would be interesting to imagine what else will be discovered.

In Zimbabwe palm trees seem to be one of the

most popular trees people incorporate into their gardens.

They more or less look after themselves but one

must always be on the lookout for fungi and red palm

mite and the palm seed weevil and ants. So it’s easy

to understand their popularity. They’re resilient and

they are interesting from a design perspective

My late father used to say once a palm tree grows over

three metres it loses its appeal. When you think about

it, it makes sense because once they outgrow the sight

line, all you see is a trunk. You have to continuously

look up to really appreciate them. So like most trees

and plants in your garden, think about 5 to 10 years’


Aside from its evergreen leaves that form part of

their attraction, palms due to their tap root systems

can be planted in close proximity to buildings. This

makes it quite popular with corporates we have found

over the years. However from a more practical point

of, like all trees, palms shed their leaves and their

seeds. As they continue to grow maintenance becomes

difficult because you will need to keep removing

dead leaves.

My office is located directly under a queen palm;

she must be 20 years old and stands three storeys. The

seeds keep hitting our metal roof, something that can

be unsettling. Their beautiful leaves, especially when

adult, can also cause serious damage when they do


However the palm will remain popular as ever.

Till today there are many products derived from these

trees. Palm wine, palm seed oil, dates are just a few of

the common products that these trees produce.

Dylan Wilson Max – Tribal Landscapes


In our Style issue of August 17-23, we had Edith WeUtonga as our Woman

Profile and Cover Girl. We would like to apologise for our ommittance

in acknowledging Fungai Machirori as the photographer for the cover





In this issue

of Food & Drink

(1,2) La Fontaine

(3) Lebbie

2 3


September 21 to 27 2014


With no choice in the matter (other

than “take it or leave it!”) myself

and the lady on my left, both admitting

anti-aubergine prejudices, positively

wolfed down this delightful

vegetarian course using the last of

the breads to mop up final dregs of

rich sauce. This dish should be even

better on the actual night (September

25) as home-made pasta will be

used instead of bought-in stuff !

Oh, and Norma was one of the

principal operatic works of Sicilianborn

Vincenzo Bellini, it’s apparently

sub-titled Infanticide (not a

great name for a dish!) and is still

fairly frequently performed around

the globe.

Globally speaking it’s still fairly

unusual to have soup as a main

course (or secondo) in Italian, but

that’s the story at the La Fontaine

Italian theme night (Tickets US$40

a head and selling rapidly) and we

had a rib-sticking flavoursome zuppo

de pesce alla Siciliana (Sicilian

fish soup.)

Russet red-hued and rich, this

featured big butch prawns, meaty

mussels on the half-shell and a great

fishy, herby, spicy, stock. Much good

white wine was used in making

the stock which was additionally

flavoured with cinnamon giving a

pleasant but unusual (for Italian

cooking) sweet-and-sour suggestion.

Si, si... Sicilian scoff at La Fontaine!

Dusty Miller

ITALIAN Ambassador to Zimbabwe,

Enrico Di Agostini, really loves to

cook and show off the cuisine of the

land of his birth here in Ha-ha-harare

(Africa’s fun capital!) and he is

slowly working his way region- by-

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 21 (today)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 lamb and mint sauce, or roast chicken, etc); Italian Club,

Strathaven, Mukuvisi Woodlands Coffee Shop; Centurion Pub & Grill, Harare Sports

Club, Arti’s, New Section, Borrowdale Village; Hellenics, Eastlea

Sept 22 Keep fit, Zumba Dancing, City Bowling Club, Harare Gardens. And every working

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

Sept 22-29: National Institute of Allied Arts exhibition of best work. Jubilee Hall, Hartmann

House. 9-4 weekdays; 9-12 Sunday. Shut Saturday.

Sept 23 Grapevine wine tasting, of KWV wines, Pool Deck, Meikles Hotel.

7pm Line dancing City Bowling Club

Sept 24 Farmers’ market, Maasdorp Avenue, Belgravia (next to Bottom Drawer)

Curry night special, Adrienne’s Belgravia. All you can eat for US$12 (beef or

chicken) supplement for lamb

Sept 24-27 The Importance of Being Earnest REPS 7;30pm and matinee Saturday at 2:30

Sept 25 (and every Thursday) Tapas night and music by Evicted,

Amanzi Restaurant, Chisipite

Sicilian special supper cooked by Italian Ambassador, La Fontaine, Meikles Hotel.

Sept 26

Sept 27

region at quarterly events held in

Meikles Hotel’s La Fontaine Grillroom.

We started in May with autumn

cooking from Venice. In July it was

the more robust and substantial

winter recipes of Rome and this

Tuesday (for the ladies and gentlemen

of the foodie Press) and next

GGF&WAS lunch Fishmonger, East Rd. twelve-thirsty 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.


Sept 28 Aloe, Cactus & Succulent Society sale of rare plants and National Association of

Garden Club’s horticultural show. National Botanic Gardens 9am-2pm

Oct 7 Fun pub quiz 167, Enterprise Road. No entry fee. Prizes, US$5 supper.

Oct 9 (and every other Thursday) fun pub quiz blue@2 Private Wine Bar, 2,

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

Oct 10-11-12. Zimbabwe 5s Bowling Tournament City Bowling Club. Full bar and catering;

pig-on-a-spit Friday, music, raffles.

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

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

Oct 29-30-31. Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe annual congress Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel

and events at many other venues.

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

top eateries in Harare and Bulawayo.

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.)

Thursday for the general public it’s

across the choppy Straits of Messina

from Calabria to Sicily for lightish

spring comestibles!

Eating in the rather plush, swish

five-star La Fontaine itself, rather

than at our usual chef ’s table in the

busy, clattering, working kitchen,

we started with a zingy refreshing

salad: insalata di finnochio, arance e

olive; which (of course), was fennel,

orange and olive salad served in a

glass tumbler to help focus and intensify

the fragrances. I would have

expected the strong aniseedy/liquorice

aromas and flavours of fennel

to overpower the other ingredients,

but, somehow, this didn’t happen.

We had a perfectly delightful piquant

citrusy salad which, accompanied

by some excellent artisanal

breads, made a memorably different

starter (or antipasto) course.

Dining, drinking or discussing

anything with His Excellency certainly

broadens the mind. I regard

myself as a fairly dab hand at general

knowledge pub quizzes and other

forms of trivia but had not previously

come across an opera called


Well the primo (or pasta) course

on Tuesday was pasta alla Norma

(aubergine spaghetti) which was

an eye-opener for me. Other than

moussaka (from Lusaka!), I would

be highly unlikely to order any dish

strongly featuring aubergine/brinjal/eggplant

as it really isn’t my favourite


3 4


Main picture: The chef’s table at La Fontaine; the Ambassador in his famous (or

infamous!) well-worn toque and tunic adorned with embroidered artichokes.

2) On a previous occasion, HE bringing poultry from the oven. 3) Aubergine

spaghetti. 4) Fennel, orange and olive salad. 5) Marzipan fruits: very realistic but

about a third of normal size. All pictures by Dusty Miller


Knowing local palates and appetites

maybe a wee bit better than

the Italian envoy perhaps does, I

asked him shouldn’t the steaming,

fragrant liquor perhaps be “bulked

out” with (say) more pasta, rice

or well-cooked white beans, pearl

barley or the like? He admitted it

SHOULD have been accompanied

by good toasted, buttered ciabatta

bread and will be so on the actual


(Incidentally, did you know ciabatta

was created in Italy as recently

as 1982: to counter massive and

costly imports of the then hugely

popular French baguette loaves for

the sandwich trade?)

You’ll need a really sweet tooth to

do justice to His Excellency’s pudding:

frutta Martorana which are

realistic looking fruits (well, made

to about a one-third scale) formed

in marzipan made from Sicilian almond

paste, moulded to shape and

decorated in vegetable-based natural

food colourants.

The Ambassador told us an archbishop

was visiting a parish in

Palermo centuries ago and the nuns,

distressed fruit trees were empty,

made their own imitation fruit in

marzipan and stuck them on the

bare branches to liven up the view.

They have been popular ever since.

We ended with good strong filter

coffee, which went well with the

dessert and I dragged myself away

from the well-appointed and proportioned

grillroom (which happened

to be almost full of stunning, mainly

blonde, blue-eyed 20-something Russian

gals!) and back to the Word Factory,

so you could read this!

Sicilian supper at La Fontaine,

Meikles Hotel, Thursday September

25; US$40 per person. Bookings/enquiries:

707721; www.

September 21 to 27 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / FOOD & DRINK / WINE 15

Lebbie Musavaya

“A (restaurant) wine list is praised and

given awards for reasons that have little

to do with its real purpose, as if it existed

only to be admired passively, like

a stamp collection. A wine list is good

only when it functions well in tandem

with a menu.” -- Gerald Asher

Nothing prepared me for this magnificent restaurant and

wine cellar, which started off as a wine bar, 24 years

ago. With the main dining area looking and seamlessly

opening into a cool, yet noticeably green garden with a

pond filled with Koi fish, the view was breathtaking. It’s one

of those tranquil places that captures your thoughts within its

confines, and helplessly, you’re left with no choice but to wonder

what else the place has to offer.

With a glass in hand, of a Cederberg Bukettraube 2012, a

semi-sweet wine full of delicate fruit flavours and a touch of

crisp, the host, Elana, took me on a mystifying tour of the Cellars.

Having scooped the Diner’s Club Award for Winelist-ofthe-Year

for the past 13 years, and subsequently voted as Best

Business Lunch venue, I was intrigued at what stood before


Brown’s boast of four cellars, all room temperature controlled

and a cellar dining area for up to 50 people, where private

functions can be held as well as wine tastings, conducted,

on most occasions by the winemakers themselves. A Sommelier

is also available for private pre-booked wine tastings of 20

to about 50 people.

I stood transfixed at a stock of about 32 000 bottles of wine.

The cellars are divided into, firstly, a champagne cellar. This

well stocked cellar has half bottles (375ml) to magnums (1.5L).

To mention a few, Pol Roger, Dom Perignon and Bollinger, are

available, and, 2000 Moët et Chandon priced at R3000, being the

restaurant’s best seller. The ‘truly great Champagnes’ of Louis

Roederer ‘Cristal’, are also available from R8 500 to R20 000.

A R150 000



of Rivonia


and Cellar.

With a marked impression from the Champagne Cellar,

the Red wine cellar totally absorbed the wine lover in me, as

my eyes fixated on a Bordeaux Red, a 2000 Petrus Merlot, AOC

(Appellation d’origine Contrôlée) Pomerol, which indicates

the origin geographically, quality and style of wine, selling at

a premium R150 000.

WHY R150 000, you might ask?

Château Pétrus is classified as one of the world’s most extraordinary

and famous wines of a small yet distinctive wine region

called Pomerol, in Bordeaux (France). It produces “glamorous”

merlot wines. Fermentation of these wines takes place

in cement vessels, contrary to the obvious wood or stainless

steel. In the year 2000, Bordeaux declared a perfect vintage,

hence, the production of good quality wines. Robert Parker, a

wine advocate, has scored this wine 100 out of a possible 100,

and further says, it “should age for 50+ years”, with the lowest

score given by Vinum Wine Magazine, 18 points out of a possible

20. Whether it’s price related or just waiting for the right

wine lover, Elana confirmed the wine had not been sold in the

7 years that she’s been at Brown’s.

The rest of the red wines are from all over the world. A flagship

of the South African Wine Industry, the Warwick Trilogy

1992, priced at R1 250 is also available among many others. A

generous array of French ‘Bigguns and Littl’uns’, and International

reds including but not limited to Italy, Australia, Chile,

Israel and Hungary.

A third wine cellar has a wide variety of ports, sherry,

dessert wines, and white wines from all over the world. The

fourth cellar is more of a maturation cellar for wines requiring

further development. Boasting a wine list changed twice

annually, it was time for a second glass of the “Bukettraube”.

As I sipped, absorbing the various wines and how they offered

the wine lover more than imagined, the Executive chef, a confident

Tshepo, came for a brief introduction. My table has been

booked for what I hope I’ll get to call “my ultimate food and

wine experience.”

Filled with satisfying wine thoughts, I realised, that

Brown’s, whether, “for serious celebrations or just to savour

wine”, has something special to offer the food and wine lover.

Its a must visit, on your next trip to Johannesburg. To Elana, a

wine thank you for being a lovely host and to my brother Farai,

a big “semi-sweet” cheers for arranging all this for me and realising

what wines mean to me.

To good food and fabulous wines, it’s a “Bukettraube” wine

cheers to all foodies and wine lovers.


September 21 to 27 2014

Meatballs with Peppers and Onion

Cooking with Rumbie

Hi there, I’m Rumbie and I’m the founding

editor of I’m

passionate about Zimbabwean food and

food in general, how it’s prepared, how

it tastes, how it’s served, how you can play

around with it to come up with different flavours

to make it more exciting. Basically,

anything and everything there is to do about

food! I’m sure you’ve just about got the hint.

The thing is, food plays a vital role in life. Of

course the obvious is our sustenance- so we

can stay alive! Most importantly though, it solidifies

relationships, brightens up an environment

and makes any function complete. Don’t

believe me? Well ask yourself this; if you go to

a party or wedding or whatever function, what

are the top 3 things that are considered to be

the highlights? Food hardly fails to make it

into this top 3. In fact, it’s so important that if

the food was bad, you’ll most likely have a bad

taste of that event and the memory will stick

with you forever! I’m looking forward to having

a journey with you discussing the different

ways we can make our food come alive, exciting

and burst to the seams with flavour. We’ll

also have some handy kitchen hacks which

will make our lives in the kitchen awesome!

Recipe 1:

Meatballs with Peppers

and Onion

Makes 20

Cooking Time: 25 min


• 500g fat free beef mince

• 300g pork/chicken mince

• 4 cloves garlic, minced

• 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

• 1/2 medium onion, chopped finely

• 1/2 medium onion, cut into rings

• Red, white & Green peppers

• 2 tbsp granulated sugar

• 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

• 3/4 tsp salt

• 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1/2 tsp English mustard

• 1 tsp curry powder

• 1 egg, lightly beaten

• oil for frying

Quick Instructions

Kitchen Hack #1:

Refrigerating your meatballs

just after forming them for

at least 20-30 min allows the

flavours to mingle, enhancing

their ultimate taste.

1. Get your ingredients ready. Put the mince

in a bowl.

2. Put all the ingredients into the bowl with

meat and give a good stir, until well


3. Roll the meat up into meatballs and

refrigerate for about 30 min. This is so

that the meatballs set as well as to

enhance their flavour.

4. Whilst the meatballs are in the fridge,

heat oil in pan and add the julienned

peppers and onion rings.

5. Fry for about 3 minutes, stirring regular

ly. Remove from pan and set aside.

6. Using the same pan, add the meatballs

and cook them over medium-low heat

until they cooked through and have

browned, giving each side about 5-7 min

to cook. Alternatively you may put these

in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius, drizzle

some oil and grill until they have

browned in colour.

7. Your meatballs are done! Take the set

aside sautéed peppers and add them to the

meatballs when serving.

Custard & Orange Loaf

Recipe 2:

Custard & Orange Loaf

Simply delicious is what this cake is. Every

bite leaves you craving for another and another

and yet another! You have to control yourself

otherwise you could eat the whole loaf in

one sitting, BY YOURSELF (that’s how good it

is and no exaggeration here!) I served this to

my family with vanilla custard, so I did a little

play on the words… custard and orange cake

served with custard!

8 servings

Baking time: 40 min


• 2 cups self-raising flour

• 1/3 cup custard powder

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 1/2 cup castor sugar

• rind from 1 large orange

• 250ml orange juice

• 100g butter

• 3 eggs

Quick Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Grease and line your loaf tin with grease

proof/ baking paper. Get the ingredients


2. Sift custard powder, baking powder

and self raising flour together into a bowl.

3. Rub in the margarine until a coarse

crumbly texture is formed.

4. Make a well in the middle and add the

rest of the ingredients (in no particular

order). Mix with wooden spoon until


5. Pour batter into prepared loaf tin. Bake

in preheat oven for 35-40 min or until

skewer comes out clean when inserted.

Allow to cool before attempting to take it

out of the tin. Enjoy!

Kitchen Hack #2:

Over-mixing your cake batter

will result in a tough textured

cake instead of a delicate,

smooth, crumbly, melt-inyour-mouth


September 21 to 27 2014 THE STANDARD STYLE / FOOD & DRINK 17


September 21 to 27 2014



Mr & Mrs Chifamba

Family is the foundation of a nation

and the reformation we desire

to see in today’s society is birthed

in our vision, our family: Reverence

for God, love, friendship in love,

communication, devotion, uniqueness,

servanthood, good health,

discipline, mutuality and having

fun while we do it.

Send us pictures of your family and a short caption of your values. Email your photos with the

weekly code in the subject heading to

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Other things may

change us, but we

start and end with the


~Anthony Brandt


September 21 to 27 2014

Problems faced by

parents with physically

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Registered in terms of the Education Act (Chapter 25.04) and the Manpower, Planning and Development Act (Chapter 28.02)

Edson Chivandikwa

Coping with the reality of living with a child with

disability can be very draining and distressing. What

are the likely challenges that parents with physically

challenged children may encounter? And how can

parents cope?


Caring for a disabled child can be very exhausting:

the parent may need to bath, move, and feed or regularly

take the child to the doctor. All these duties may

lead to tremendous caregiver weariness and stress.

parents need to assist each other or enlist the help of

a professional/volunteer caregiver, friends or family,

depending on the circumstances.


it is not uncommon that the parent experiences feelings

of embarrassment, shame or guilt: Did my alcohol

consumption or smoking or that accident cause

this? parents can also play a blame game with each

other. it is also common that parents of a disabled

child can experience feelings of disappointment because

their dream child did not turn out to be what

they expected before his or her birth. There is need

for parents in such situations to let go of what they

thought would be. Blame games may only worsen an

already delicate situation.


it may be more expensive to raise a disabled child,

with medication, equipment, special education and

specialised transportation claiming a significant

amount of money. The care for the child may also take

longer than typical; for example it may go beyond a

certain “normal” age or even into adulthood. in such

situations it is important to seek donations or establish

a trust fund to help the child in the event of the

death of the parent.


Family, friends or neighbours may level several wild

allegations to explain a child’s disability. The challenge

may be explained as a trans-generational curse

or punishment for a sin committed against the community.

parents need to exercise extreme restraint

in the face of such rumours. participating in the rumours

may be misconstrued as confirmation. parents

should continue to project a positive family image in

spite of all labels.


Most mainstream public and private schools in the

country are ill-equipped to cater for physically challenged

children. An additional problem is disabled

children may be isolated or rejected if the school system

is generally unsympathetic to the child’s condition.

Unfortunately the parents have no control over

these institutions. As a result, parents may be compelled

to take the option of home-schooling.

September 21 to 27 2014




Ruvarashe Sadya

Greystone Park Primary School


Age 12

Grade 6 & 7


Life in the Village

The feeling of the buzz, the gossip, the adventure

and the adrenaline runs in your veins. The vivid

scenery, the blue skies and the priceless fresh air

make a picture perfect life. Not just any ordinary

life but life in the village.

At the break of dawn you can hear the majestic crow

of the cockerel. You can also hear the ruckus of the fellow

siblings refusing to wake up and go to herd the cattle

and my father, a notorious farmer whipping them

with the same cattle whip they would use. After a few

minutes you will see my brothers heading off, gripping

their swollen buttocks and directing cattle.

It is now midday. The sun is blazing and literally

roasting my chocolate skin. At this time you will find

my brothers playing silly games with fellow villagers,

cattle wrestling which often leads to fights. They leave

the cows to wander off and end up in an unlucky villagers’

fields. My sisters at the well gossiping about other

girls and boys. They track back home with twenty to

fifty litres of water wobbling in their heads.

At home, I have disappeard with my father who is always

escaping the clutches of his own mother. We have

gone to the growth point where you’ll find most people

are either selling or buying. My mother sits in her

government approved metal shack selling all sorts of

vegetables. Vegetable like tomatoes, carrots, rape and

beetroot. She sits there waiting for her usual village

customers often want to barter trade.

I head over to my friend’s house nearby. It is deserted.

We play all sorts of games with no parental supervision.

Then I head back home to find my sisters cooking

supper on the fire. After supper we go into the moonlight

to play games with neighbours and children we

have never met. We head back to our rooms after a few

hours knowing we start this all again in the morning.

Second runner up

It was school holiday in April at my village

called Chimusoro village in Guruve. I live

with my father and my stepmother together

with two half sisters and a brother.

My stepmother called my name from the

cooking hut to come very fast. I felt something

was wrong. I expected to be treated well because

I had passed my end of term exams. Her

children failed the exams and she was not happy

about it. I was told to do thorough cleaning

of the house, washing dishes and fetch water

from a long distance.

My daily time table, I woke up early in the

morning to sweep the yard, wash the dishes

, clean the house, fetch firewood and prepare

supper. After all the chores that is when I do

my homework. When one is used to do all the

work you end up not complaining. My father

had gone to visit the elders in the village. He

came back and told me I should dress well the

following day because the family was going to

have visitors.

The following day the visitors came and we

were to join them. We talked about our school,

Cathy Sibanda

Ardbennie Primary School


Age 11


Life in the Village

our favourite subjects and many stories. On

this day my step mother prepapred good food

and we ate happily. I was then introduced to

the family that I was the one and they would

take me as soon as they pay per their agreement.

I could not believe my ears. The husband-to-be

was the same age of my fathers

younger brother.

Schools opened and I went back to school

my mind still fresh of what happened. I asked

my father several times why he wanted to give

me away. He told me that he had seen that I

was able to do house chores comparing to my

sisters and also because of the bad harvest

this had been his hunger solution.

Christmas came and the elder of the husband-to-be

came to fetch me; they brought lots

of groceries. They had a long talk in closed

door with my father and stepmother. We were

called, the elders chose my half-sister Tendai.

Oh! I could not believe it. I guess her round

body and comparing to me a very thin and

tiny girl had decided their choice.


0772 924 796

Usave Saskam,

verenga udzore pfungwa


September 21 to 27 2014

About the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

Lovemore Makurirofa (Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

THE Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is a non-profit making

organization which was started in 1961. The organisation was

formed by a group of cancer survivors and volunteers in a bid

to support each other morally, emotionally, spiritually and

physically. Cancer Association of Zimbabwe has continued to

grow in providing cancer support services and cancer awareness

programmes. It has over the years, continued to be a leading

contributor to the preventive and mitigatory efforts in the

country through its direct cancer support services and cancer

awareness programmes. Since its formation in 1961; the scope,

relevance and contribution of the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

in the fight against cancer have persistently grown.

The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is run by team of board

members who have expertise in various areas pertaining to the

operations of the organization. The board members give policy

direction to the organization, whilst the health professionals

and volunteers at the centre are responsible for the day to day

running of the institution.

The vision of the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwe

with universal access to cancer information and comprehensive

cancer management services. Cancer Association

of Zimbabwe is committed to cancer prevention and improving

the quality of life of cancer clients through timeous, sustainable

and evidence based interventions.

As Cancer Association of Zimbabwe we believe that together

we can win the war against cancer and “we all have a role to

play”. All we need is to pull our efforts together. As you are

reading this article today just ask yourself this simple question

“What is my role in reducing Zimbabwe’s national cancer

burden”. You might think of educating your fellow friends

about cancer, assisting cancer patients in need of financial,

moral or drug support or even donating to any cancer organisation

of your choice. Our combined efforts will make a difference

and move Zimbabwe a step towards to controlling and

managing cancer.

Services offered by the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

Cancer Association of Zimbabwe offers a range of cancer services

that are tailor made to suit cancer clients/patients and

their families, the general population of Zimbabwe and specific

groups of people such as people living with disabilities.

The organisation thrives on people’s donations to sustain its

operations. We would therefore, want to take this opportunity

to thank all the individuals and stakeholders who have selflessly

supported the organisation in one way or the other. Should

anyone want to partner with us or support this worthy cause

feel free to contact the organisation using any of the indicated

contact details below;

For More Information Contact:

The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

60 Livingstone Harare (Cnr 6th Street and Livingstone Avenue)

Tel: 04 - 707444 / 705522 Fax: +263 4 707 482

Email:, Website:

Facebook: The Cancer Association of Zimbabwe

“We are committed to cancer prevention and improving

the quality of life of patients, their families and

communities through timeous, cost effective and evidence

based interventions”


A stitch in time may save your sight

Lynett E Masiwa

St Michael’s 24 Hour Accident Emergency &

Maternity Clinic (19709 Unit N Shopping Centre

Seke Chitungwiza) All times

Emergency numbers: 0774 125142, 0734 503518

“THE eyes are the

window to your soul”

W.Shakespeare but it is a

wonder that eyes are one

of the most neglected organs

on our bodies. As

an eye care practitioner,

I unfortunately only get

to examine eyes when

they are not well for one

reason or another. It is

for this reason I have

decided that my objective

for this week is to

increase awareness and

the importance of regular

eye exams to promote

and maintain good eye

health-after all you only

get one set in a lifetime!

So who should get

their eyes examined-

YOU and everyone else

you know! As eye care

practitioners we recommend

that one gets their

eyes tested at least once

every 2years. The frequency

is increased to

at least once every year

for Diabetic and Hypertensive

patients. This

interval could be further

shortened depending on

how long one has been

living with Diabetes,

Hypertension or due to

the presence of other

conditions that affect

eye health. We recommend

that a child’ first

eye exam is done prior to

them starting school to

ensure that they are not

disadvantaged by poor

eye sight in class.

It is always better for

us and you the patient

when we pick up on diseases

before they progress.

Not only does an

eye exam keep your eyes

healthy but we can also

pick up on other conditions

that affect your

body which you might

not know you have e.g.

Diabetes and Hypertension.

By Lynett E Masiwa



BSc Hons. Optometry


September 21 to 27 2014




Zimbabwe “Ripe for

Investment, poised for Growth”

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) through its South African Chapter invites the

entire business fraternity to its 2nd Investors Conference to be held from 2 - 5 October 2014, at the

Legend Golf and Safari Lodge in Polokwane, South Africa. The Conference connects prominent

institutional and high-net-worth investors with some of the local most influential thinkers and leaders,

creating the chance to forge long-lasting relationships. It also offers participants an opportunity to gather

investment intelligence that defies commonplace thinking with informed and thoughtful alternative views.

High profile speakers in Business and Government have been invited to speak on the following topics:

-Why “NOW” is the best time to invest in Zimbabwe?

-Demystifying the indigenisation laws.

-Mining opportunities in Zimbabwe: do current regulations allow for returns on investment?

-Ease of doing business in Zimbabwe - “One Stop Shop concept”

-Experience from the early birds.

-Investor experiences from various jurisdictions, that Zimbabwe can


-The role of media in promoting investment.

Who should attend?

ICAZ members, CZI members, PAAB members, Business

Leaders, Investors, Policy Makers, Civic Groups,

Financial Institutions, Legal Practitioners and various



Flying (Charter Flight): Single Room $1,900

Double Room $1,700 per person

Own Transport: Single Room $1,250 Double

Room $1,050 per person


The 2


and the 5

of October are

travelling dates.


Banking Details Name of Bank: CBZ Bank | A/C Name: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe

Branch: Wealth Management (6115) | A/C Number: 04423151320032

For registration, please contact the following:

Betty Mpala or Tawedzera Majongwe on

Tel: +263-4-793 950, 793 471 Fax: +263-4-706 205 or Cell: +263 77 219 2058-62


September 21 to 27 2014

Rhino AWAREness Day pulls a big crowd

Rosie Mitchell

THE Animal and Wildlife Area Research

and Rehabilitation (AWARE) Trust’s Rhino

AWAREness Day held at Raintree last Sunday

pulled a big crowd again and much fun

was had by all. Numerous generous sponsors,

Raintree included, got involved to help make

this fund-raiser a success. All proceeds go

to AWARE’s rhino de-horning programme in

Zimbabwe. AWARE assists National Parks

in carrying out this necessary precaution

against poaching, at a time when poaching

has never been so sophisticated or extreme,

all over our region.

The South Africa poaching statistics for the

year to date, as elaborated by Lisa Marabini

of AWARE Trust at the event, are even worse

than last year’s. If poaching continues at its

current rate, 1 500 rhino will have been lost

there to poachers by end of year. Current

populations simply can’t sustain such losses.

Rhino take several years to reach reproductive

maturity, only have one calf, with gestation

taking around 16 months, and only every

three or four years.

The demand continues to be driven from

China, where many people falsely believe rhino

horn to be useful medicinally, or as an ‘aphrodisiac’,

and Vietnam, where some believe it

cures cancer, while the rich upper crust use

it as a very expensive status symbol to ‘cure’

a hangover. In reality, rhino horn is made of

the same substance as fingernails and has absolutely

no medicinal, aphrodisiacal or curative

properties whatsoever but until this demand

ends, through targeted education (since

the illegality of trading in rhino horn clearly

doesn’t stop this carnage) the future of this

amazing, extremely endangered species, will

continue to hang by a thread.

It seems a never-ending uphill battle, but

given the sinister forces of greed, corruption,

and false beliefs behind this continuing

scourge -- where would the rhino be, without

the many champions fighting to keep this species

on earth? Probably, extinct already! So

we must not get disheartened and give up this

fight! De-horning combined with other antipoaching

strategies in Zimbabwe, has kept

the vast majority of our small stock of black

and while rhino, safe, so the raising of funds

to carry out such expensive projects (US$1 200

to de-horn just one rhino, and this must be repeated

every two years) simply have to carry


The cause of the rhino evidently does inspire

much passion in many Zimbabweans,

The crowd enjoys the karaoke

Tinashe Makura

Raintree a lovely setting

Rooney’s Run attracts over 200 participants

The Fun Run and Walk at Rhino AWAREness Day

Tracey Hugill, AWARE’s fundraiser and event organiser, with Tinashe and Erick

Erick Mutizhe and Tinashe Makura and band

judging by the turn out at this event, and the

donation of so many goods and services by

various regularly supportive companies to

assist it. Debbie Fleming and her Flash Mob

dance crew raised much awareness of the

event beforehand and provided entertainment

on the day. Debbie and husband Dave’s company

DJ Squared donated time, MC skills, sound

and karaoke system for the event, and fun karaoke

challenges raised some extra money at the

end of the enjoyable day. Tinashe Makura and

his band, performed free and Erick Mutizhe,

one if AWARE’s vets, performed his own conservation

song written for AWARE. Friendly

members of Rotaract Club Harare West worked

tirelessly all day. Triton Gym held a Spin Class

at the event and sponsored the 5km and 10km

fun walk/run, which were very well supported.

The lovely Raintree venue out on Umwinsidale

Road was the perfect setting for this environmentally

focused event.

OVER 200 runners and walkers of all ages

turned out last Sunday to participate in

popular annual Fun Run event, the Rooney’s

Extreme 15 and High 5, starting and ending

at Borrowdale Country Club. The event was

well enjoyed by families and friends who came

to enjoy the fun, and some very fast times

were recorded, too. First man home was Giyoto

Ncube who finished the Extreme 15km

through the very hilly terrain of Helensvale

in an amazing 0.58.42, and first lady home was

Jean Turner in an exceedingly swift 1.08.58.

Fifty percent of registration fees were donated

to Rhino Conservation via Environment Africa,

and Rooney’s had, as always, pulled out

the stops, with superb branded long sleeved

T-shirts for participants, and bacon and egg

rolls and drinks supplied at the end. Rooney’s

the Hiring Specialists are a very visible company

in support of healthy, active lifestyles,

giving welcome assistance to several such

events annually, and generously assist with

various fund raising events and activities for

non-profit organisations – a great example of

well-focused corporate social responsibility.

Fun runs have become even more popular in

the past couple of years and events like these

are a great way to encourage families to get

more active for the sake of their health, with

a goal like this in mind, and to raise funds for

charities and environmental organisations.

The new female Bushbuck at Mukuvisi. You will be able to see her and the male, in a few weeks’ time

Two Bushbuck donated to Mukuvisi Woodlands

Rooney’s Run: Rooney’s Extreme 15 and High 5 Fun Run – a participant finishes and receives her shirt.

GREAT news from Mukuvisi Woodlands is

that a pair of bushbuck are quietly settling

into their new home in a secluded spot in this

lovely nature reserve, which is open every

day of the year. Within a few weeks, they will

be released into the Game Area and you will

have the opportunity to spot this, a new species

in Mukuvisi. Generously donated by Dr

Solomon Gurumatunhu, who paid for both

animals and their transport, this species is

a welcome addition to the Mukuvisi Family.

Meantime, Mukuvisi Woodlands Association

has been holding consultative meetings and

brainstorming sessions with the public, vari-

ous stakeholders, and its Council, to formulate

a Five Year Plan. The outcome of these

intensive discussions will likely see some

exciting innovations at the Nature Reserve,

increasingly popular for family outings year

round. The twice monthly Sunday run/walk

when the public can follow various marked

trails through the Nature Reserve, have drawn

many people into these Woodlands more regularly,

and the addition of a new species to the

game that live here, is bound to be an added








In this issue

of Arts & Culture

(1) Eyahra Mathazia

(2) Parlotones

(3) ZIMA

(4) Yolanda Yona


September 21 to 27 2014

“Eyahra Mathazia’s

Third Album Launch

- A music journey”

Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu

Photography by David Brasier

Anyone who has made it in life has done so

because of a determination to achieve their

dreams. We all face trials of various kinds

and it seems as if those who put themselves

out to receive the hardest blows and survive

them live to experience the true meaning of

success. The impression that some people

have that those who have made it are “lucky”

can only be misplaced. The reality is that everyone

faces obstacles and depending on your

response, an obstacle is either a stumbling

block or a stepping stone. Benny Lewis put it

this way; “The difference between a stumbling

block and a stepping stone is how high you

raise your foot.”

Eyahra Mathazia’s desire from childhood was

to become a singer. When she was in grade

seven she took her first attempt at this and

entered a talent singing competition with her

sister. To her surprise she won this competition

and was subsequently recommended onto

another national talent singing competition.

It was this competition that would open a door

for Eyahra to get into the professional performing

arts at the age of 15.

“This is where my love for professional performing

arts started. However, singing was

always my first love.” Eyahra would soon find

out that having a desire to sing and carving a

singing career especially in a country where

the entertainment industry is still to grow are

two different things. She was faced with numerous

obstacles right from the beginning. “I

was very young then and I made mistakes that

many teenagers make as a result of inexperience

and lack of good judgment. I also come

from a mixed family where we spoke English

at home. I didn’t realise that this would be a

major obstacle in my endeavour to carve a music

career”. Eyahra received a lot of criticism

and was told that she would never make it as

a singer if she didn’t sing in a local language.

This affected her so much that she lost confidence

and self-belief. During such moments

Eyahra said that it was her family that kept

her going. She realised the importance of

having a support system in the form of family

and friends who continued to believe in

her vision when everyone else had ceased to

do so. “It’s very important to surround yourself

with people who think positively about

you and who believe in you. They will help to

keep the light in you burning when a storm

comes,” she said.

Another obstacle that Eyahra faced was getting

the recording process underway which

process requires that one engages the services

of a recording studio as well as finance the recording.

One can easily get discouraged by a

lot of challenges that they encounter during

this process. One of them is inconsistencies

by studio personnel when it comes to taking

bookings and being available on the day of

the recording. However, encouraged by family

and friends, Eyahra took a bold step and

started working towards recording her first

album. She remembers one incident when she

had to move from one studio to another trying

to secure a recording date. She chose not to

give up although she met with a lot of resistance.

Her perseverance paid off in a way she

had never imagined. She landed herself at

a studio where she met Jamaican Producer

Everton Moore who immediately liked her

voice and invited her to record an album with

him. In 2009, she recorded a 15-track album

with him which he subsequently took to Jamaica.

When he listened to the album, music

legend Bunny Wailer got involved and played

percussion on one of the songs. Another song

on the album called “Babylon bring black babies

home” which was about the brain drain

that many countries are facing was added to

the Bob Marley’s Hall of Fame by the Marley

family between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Eyahra

successfully recorded her first album followed

by her second album in 2012.

“In November of this year I will be launching

my third 20-track album called, A Simple

Thank You. It’s a very personal album which

focuses on personal morality, what we go

through as individuals on a daily basis. I hope

that people will all enjoy it.”

Eyahra is still building her music career and

she is confident that she is in the right direction.

She, without doubt, encapsulates Dave

Shepp’s example of true success which he

defines as, “accepting yourself for what you

have to offer rather than what you cannot do”.

Patricia Mabviko Musanhu is a Company Director/Producer

at Black and White Media

Productions. She can be contacted at

September 21 to 27 2014


Reps Theatre

In a weekend of world-class musical

entertainment, the popular

annual Summer Night Concert

makes a welcome return to Harare

on Saturday September 27, when

acclaimed South African singer Selim

Kagee will top the bill,

The concert will be held in the

open air of the Borrowdale Park

Racecourse, 24 hours after audiences

rock to the sounds of South

African supergroup The Parlotones.

Kagee recently took centre stage

when he sang the South African national

anthem before the South Africa-Australia

rugby union match,

further cementing his growing

reputation as one of South Africa’s

most important ‘crossover’ singers

– performers who combine their

classical repertoire with a range of

other modern styles that ensure a

wider audience and greater enjoyment.

The Summer Night Concert is

being presented by Sound Event

Management with technical management

by Kevin Whaley and his

team, all with the support of Robertson

Winery, African Sun, Multi-

Choice Zimbabwe, PrintWorks and

Rooney’s. Also on stage that evening

will be Zimbabwe’s popular

Cool Crooners, who have a long and

successful tradition of performing

a range of local and international

music in a unique and highly entertaining


Said SEM’s Minky Walters: “Se-

lim is described as part Bocelli, a

smidgen of Groban, with a slice of

Pavarotti and a bead of Bublé. He is

fast placing his inimitable signature

on a sound the world loves and supports

and in which he excels.”

Kagee made his debut in the world

of classical pop after being signed to

the EMI label in 2012, after which

he released a debut album, Cry For

Love. His music includes songs cowritten

with acclaimed producer

and songwriter Clive Ridgway and

recorded with the Cape Town Pops


Trained as a classical singer, by

the late operatic star Jean Stuart,

his repertoire consists of an eclectic

mix of original compositions and

interpretations of popular musical

gems, with pop, classical and show

influences. These combine to give

his voice the opportunity to showcase

its warmth and sincerity.

Last month, Kagee appeared in New

York at the Annual Sergio Franchi

Memorial concert.

Classic Feel magazine described

him as “an impressive, new, proudly

South African addition to the adult

contemporary and crossover fields,

of which the four greats (Bocelli,

Groban, Pavarotti and Buble) are

among the (best-known) exemplars”.

Die Burger newspaper has called

him “Cape Town’s own Bocelli”

and Audio Video magazine

said: “His voice is fluid, rich, welltrained

and easily able to perform

the lovely romantic, ballad style he

has chosen.”

Songs in his current repertoire

include O Sole Mio, Il Mondo, Parla

Piu Piano (the vocal version of the

theme music of The Godfather),

Charlie Chaplin’s Smile and his

original English-Italian album titletrack

Cry For Love, presented on

stage with entertaining and humorous

anecdotes of his life.

Highlights of his career include

recording a duet with international

supergroup Celtic Woman on their

2012 Christmas album, as well as

being invited by world-renowned

Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis to

perform in a collaborative tour of

South Africa next year. Kagee has

also performed at the prestigious

Serge Franchi Memorial concert in

the United States.

“Enchanting at every turn, Selim

Kagee’s new fans in Zimbabwe can

rest assured he’s locking down for

the long haul, with nothing less than

the very best his God-given gift can

muster,” said Ms Walters.

Summer Night Concert tickets

are already on sale from the

Sound Event Management box

office in PaSan gano, Avondale.

Tickets purchased in advance are

$15 while admission at the gate

will be $20 for adults and $10

for children under 12. Gates will

open at 5.30pm.



South African supergroup The

Parlotones will help Harare

audiences celebrate the return

of summer with a concert that

will rock the city on Friday September

26. Now recognised as one of

South Africa’s finest musical bands,

this popular band will headline an

evening of entertainment at Borrowdale

park racecourse presented

by Sound Event Management and

sponsored by Heineken.

The Parlotones have established

a reputation for live and recorded

musical excellence – and record album

sales – with hits like Colourful,

Giant Mistake and Push Me To

The Floor. They will be supported

by several top Harare bands in a

concert starting at 6pm and ending

at midnight, with The Parlotones on

stage at about 9pm. Their concert

will form part of a musical weekend

with A Summer Night Concert featuring

South African singer Selim

Kagee at the same venue the following


The Rockin’ Harare concert is the

follow-up to the annual Rock Down

Harare concerts presented for the

past 10 years by SEM and which, in

addition to providing a yearly entertainment

to the people of Harare,

have been highly successful showcases

for local musical talent in support

of promoting local entertainers.

“We have been able to help boost

the musical scene through staging

these concerts and giving performers

a major boost to their careers,”

said Minky Walters of SEM.

“This year’s supporting bands

will include Finding Burt, Evicted –

winners of the recent Battle of the

Bands event – and Macy and The

Red, runners-up in the Battled of the

Bands. They will be hugely popular

and will provide the evening with a

major dose of local talent.”

Tickets for Rockin’ Harare,

starring The Parlotones, are on

sale at the Sound Event Management

box office in PaSangano,

Avondale. Tickets are $30.


September 21 to 27 2014

What’s booking at

The Spotlight

Harare’s central booking office

Reps Theatre Foyer, Belgravia Shopping Centre

Tel: (04) 308159 or 0771 357204

Open Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat 9am to 12 noon

On Reps Main Stage


15TH – 25TH October

7 p.m. except Friday 17th and 24th – 6.30 p.m.

Matinees - Saturdays 2.30 p.m.

Tickets from $8.00 to $16.00 Price includes a free

glass of wine or a beer or a coke on

production of ticket

– Special prices for Members on production of

Membership Card -

In Theatre Upstairs


A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde

English set-book for 2014 and 2015

Reps Theatre Upstairs 17th – 20th and

24th – 27th September at 7.00 p.m.

Matinees – Saturdays at 2.30 p.m.

Tickets $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Scholars

Notes on a

divided literature

Under the Affluence presents



5th – 11th October at 7 p.m. in Reps Theatre Upstairs

Matinee, Saturday 11th – 2.30 p.m.

Tickets from $5.00

On Sale at The Spotlight


Become a Wild Life Defender and join here

Collection of Membership Fees being undertaken by

Reps as a Community Service.

You are now able to pay these at the Spotlight

between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays

Also on sale:

latest copies of Ndeipi magazine and

Jump Theatre, How to Make a Play

The essential handbook for everyone involved in

drama and theatre, Written by Kevin Hanssen


InnSider Cards

New InnSider cards and renewals can be done at

The Spotlight for discounts at the

Inns of Zimbabwe Group

We also sell airtime for

Econet – NetOne – Telecel and uMax

Collect from here the latest copies of community free

papers Harare News and Zimtrader

And don’t forget that Reps membership forms are

also available!

If you would like to sell tickets through The Spotlight

call the Reps office mornings only 335850 for


By Bookworm

Zimbabwean literature is a literature of two halves:

Black and white. I find that there is a serious disconnect.

Black writers focus on the black experience

and white writers on the white experience. This is

no exaggeration. It is just the way it is.

Nobel laureate JM Coetzee once asked, “Am I white?

Am I black? These are the first questions one has to ask

in Zimbabwe. He was talking about South Africa, but the

same applies to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe inherited two separate

cultures and they have not been integrated and this

is despite the fact that when Robert Mugabe was Prime

Minister he called for reconciliation and integration of

the races. He said, “If you were my enemy, you are now

my friend. If you hated me, you cannot avoid the love that

binds me to you and you to me.”

But there is also an ideological problem in trying to

resolve this literary Apartheid. South African writer

Njabulo Ndebele points out that we tend to write characters

as types, caricatures, and unless we share total living

conditions, we cannot write accurately about others.

I’ve noticed that when white writers write about black

characters or vice versa, they tend to portray one dimensional

stereotypes. It’s hard to get outside one’s skin and

the prejudices imposed on us by history. However, there’s

also the danger of appropriation, especially from white

writers –speaking on behalf of other races, speaking on

top of them, silencing them.

This is where JM Coetzee’s value to world literature

lies. He writes about this very problem – the inability

to get outside yourself and understand the other. What

is interesting about Coetzee is that he writes without a

single direct reference to race. Disgrace, for example, has

no mention of skin colour, and that’s perhaps the way to

go, to consciously erase race from our writing.

There has been writing that attempts to cross over

this great divide in Zimbabwe. Tim McCloughlin’s novel

Karima gives voice equally to white and black characters.

Paul Williams tries to do the same in Soldier Blue

which is told from the perspective of a naïve white boy,

but throughout the narrative he inserts voices of ancestors,

alternative histories and interviews with ZIPRA and

ZANLA combatants that intrude upon and disrupt the

simple “white” narrative.

Of late there has been a large output of “white-writing”

from Zimbabwe. The list is impressive and includes

such writers as Peter Godwin, Ian Holding, Alexandra

Fuller, Douglas Rodgers, Lauren St John and others. The

inescapable fact is that they are all popular and widely

read elsewhere besides Zimbabwe itself. Sometimes I ask:

who is the intended audience for these writers? Is it Zimbabwe?

Or these writers see their primary readership as

non-Zimbabweans primarily because they want to ex-

plain to the world “why” and “how” they have become the

“forsaken race” of Mugabe’s anger and madness.

The characteristics of these books are mainly; a nostalgia

for a golden Zimbabwe (as if there has ever been

one), and there is too much self-pity. What worries me

about this is their projection of a wronged race. Aren’t

we all wronged? Mugabe’s power madness has not been

discriminatory. If anything, it is poor Zimbabweans who

have mostly felt the full brunt of the system.

Most of the new white writing seems to have this ability

to absolve the writers from the evils of colonial history.

Fair enough, some of them were children during the liberation

struggle and could not have been responsible for

the crimes that their fathers and grandfathers committed

against the black indigenous people.

Autobiography or memoir writing is representational

writing of individual and collective experiences. In these

books there is a sense of shared life, shared triumph, and

shared persecution. This is, of course, problematic. Their

stories, even though they may be “authentic” and “true”

are separatist in that it’s about them and the others. The

black people in these books are mostly “nannies”, garden

boys, farm hands, maids and there are very few admirable

black characters who are equals to the white characters

in these books. The whites own property and the

means of production. None of the blacks do.

The politics of land re-distribution that took an ugly

head in 2000 seems to have provided an explicit backdrop

to all constructions of the white autobiographical subject.

W.E.B. Du Bois says “autobiographies do not form

indisputable authorities. They are always incomplete,

and often unreliable.” These books perpetuate the white

myth. There is a way in which the writers absolve themselves

from the faults of colonial history, as if to blame

their parents and their parents for presiding over the colonial

project. Real racism is hard to find in these works,

and where one suspects it, like in Joseph Conrad’s Heart

of Darkness, it mostly appears to be reflective of racial

relations rather than a direct hit from the author but it’s

all about celebrating and salvaging “white pride.”

To understand what is at stake here, and to understand

it in terms of the life of this nation, is to know the

central fact that the relationship between black and white

in Zimbabwe is a power equation, and a power struggle is

not only manifested in historical aggregates (liberation

war, UDI) but also in the interpersonal relations, actions

and reactions between blacks and whites if they are taken

into account.

Maybe I am wrong in my reading of all this but the

bottom line is that we have a divided literature.


September 21 to 27 2014





SK 105 19- 25 SEPT

ZIMA returns this October, after 2014 after a 7

year break, and this time around the planned event

is set to be the biggest on the local entertainment


ZIMA is a platform that seeks to honor outstanding

performers in the music industry who have

excelled in their various genre and technical categories.

For this year’s event, the ZIMA organisers

have partnered with a South African company

that is involved with the Project Management of

the South African Music Awards and has worked

on other awards ceremonies such as the Royal Soapie

awards, MTV Africa Music Awards and several


The purpose of this partnership is to create an

international product that still remains proudly

Zimbabwean. The event will be a red carpet event

with fashion designers who have had success in

the Southern African region, to dress some of the

nominees just to make sure the event has the required

flair. Performances on the night will come

from a plethora of artists, amongst them the nominees


Of noteable mention on that night is a special come

back performance from Afrika Revenge, the afrocentric

duo that made waves on the music scene in

the early 2000s with their popular hit “Wanga.”

Furthermore, guests may expect a guest appearance

by Randall Abrahams, the much famed South

African Idols judge who is also the Managing Director

of Universal Records South Africa.

The event promises to be one night to remember as

it will be hosted by renowned radio media gurus

Tich Mataz, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, Napeleon

Nyanhi and Shingai Mokina aka DJ Mox.

New York based International Zimbabwean

model gives back to her country.

Yolanda Yona a New York based international

model born and raised in Zimbabwe has

come back home to scout for local modeling

talent. Yolanda who has started her very own

model scouting agency in New York, YGY Scouts,

is giving back to the youth of Zimbabwe by offering

them an opportunity to become international

models like herself. As an international ambassador

for the youth of our county Yolanda aims to put

Zimbabwean modeling talent on the international

map. Partnering up with the organisers of Zim

Fashion Week, YGY Scouts will be holding Open

Calls(auditions) in Harare on the 27th of September

2014 at The Harare City Library at 10 a.m, for

all those who want to take their modeling career

to the next level and also stand a chance to be considered

by world renowned modeling agency Ford

Models New York. YGY Scouts will also be holding

Open Calls in Mutare on the 21st of September

2014. Registration is being done through YGY

Scouts’ Zimbabwean representative, Ruvimbo

Kwari. Miss Yona has really shown her patriotism

and dedication towards her country by showing

the true meaning of ‘Charity begins at home’.

For more information on their requirements contact or +263778439460


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

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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.

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September 21 to 27 2014

Tree planting at Ellis Robins Scool to commemorate their 60th Anniversary

Lance Muteyo from Trees

of Peace (TOP) Africa

is one of a new breed of

environmentalists. Not

only is he concerned with

protecting and conserving

the environment, he is also

looking at the reasons behind

environmental degradation

– how communities

interact with and respond

to their environments. He

studied the Sociology of the

Environment at UZ and he

also has some training in

agro-forestry and in sustainable

crop production with

Foundations for Farming. He

has studied Conflict Transformation

in Rome, Italy. He

has been working with different

communities across Zimbabwe

and in other African

countries including Nigeria,

Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and

South Africa. He has recently

returned from a 10-day stint

in Nigeria where he co-facilitated

the “train the trainers”

programme led by Daniel

Buttry, a global consultant

for Peace and Justice, conflict

resolution, conflict transformation,

peace building and

education. Muteyo believes

that in times of social and

political conflict within a

country or a community, the

environment suffers degradation

and abuse.

Lately Muteyo has been

working in Masvingo with

Chief Ndanga of the Zaka

area and local community

and church groups. The programme

involved disseminating

information on good

environmental practices,

promoting tree planting both

for food production and environmental


teaching healthy farming

methods that don’t damage

the environment and discouraging

harmful practices like

stream bank cultivation. In

his work there, as well as in

other communities, he has

discovered that there’s often

a gap in the communities –

their knowledge about good

environmental practices may

be scant, but even when their

environmental education is

good there’s a gap between

the knowledge and the practical

implementation of that


In order to fill this gap

Muteyo founded Trees of

Peace Africa in 2012, a youth

driven project registered

with the Zimbabwe Youth

Council and working in partnership

with other organisations

like the Environmental

Management Agency (EMA),

Forestry Commission, Environment

Africa and City

of Harare Cemeteries and

Parks department on a variety

of ventures. TOP Africa

participated in the Warren

Park clean-up funded by local

businesses and shop owners.

Muteyo grew up in Warren

Park, so it’s a community

that he’s strongly involved

with. TOP Africa worked

with the Warren Park Arts

and Culture Development

Association (WAPAKUDA)

led by Mannex Motsi in June

this year, promoting culture

in schools and embarking on

a tree planting programme.

This was along the lines of

the “For Every Child a Tree”

initiative which encourages

children to not only plant

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trees but to maintain and

nurture them as well. TOP

Africa also partnered with

City of Harare to plant trees

along several kilometres

of the Bulawayo Road from

Bishop Gaul Avenue to the

Kuwadzana flyover. TOP Africa

also planted trees at the

Warren Hills Cemetery with

assistance from Nyaradzo Funeral

Services who are very

active in environmental support


Another exciting scheme

that TOP Africa has been involved

with is the establishment

of an indigenous tree

nature reserve at Ellis Robins

High School, where Muteyo

attended school. It was a part

of their 60th anniversary

celebrations. TOP Africa has

also worked with the Rotary

Club of Avondale and Huys

Trust, planting indigenous

fruit trees in Domboshawa

and holding training courses

for sustainable vegetable

production practices. TOP

Africa has also recently been

involved in a project in Silobela

near Kwekwe. With

support from the Tetrad Tree

Foundation, they embarked a

tree planting programme involving

the local community

and school children from the

area. The Tetrad

Tree Foundation is a part

of the Tetrad Holdings Corporate

Social Responsibility

scheme, which aims to promote

tree planting and tree

production as a local lifestyle

and culture to protect our

environment. They worked

in conjunction with the Zimbabwe

National Army who

provided labour while Tetrad

supplied the necessary resources.

These are just some

of the many projects TOP Africa

has been involved with

in the two short years since

their inception!

TOP Africa supports and

sources many of their trees

from Victor Kadye at Magaraba

Help the Nation Trust,

a nursery based in Warren

Park, which grows indigenous

and exotic trees, fruit

trees, shade tree and trees

that have medicinal uses. Although

it’s a little less formal

than the kind of gardening

nurseries we are used to seeing

in the suburbs, they produce

an enormous quantity

of trees, having up to 10 000

trees in stock at peak seasons.

All the propagation, nurturing

and maintenance of the

trees are done by hand and

the trees are grown without

artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

Kadye’s ambitions are

to help reduce deforestation

and the accompanying poverty