Standard Style 22 March 2015


Standard Style Magazine

The Standard

StyleISSUE 46

MARCH 22 TO 28 2015

Star Profile



Inside Nqobizitha Mlilo



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26 Breaking New Ground

Chipo Nenzou

28 Bookworm

NIAA Eisteddfed

29 Arts

Celeb news


3 Woman Profile

Amanda Badze

5 Motivation


7 Man Profile

Fungai Nengare


March 22 to 28 2014

Home & Garden

9 Home of the Week

Enter our competition

10 Trends


12 Trends

Wall Cladding

Food & Drink

14 Restaurant Guide


15 Wine


19 Family of the Week

Mutendi family

21 Education

Cover to Cover winners

24 Family Getaway

Getaways & Outings

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March 22 to 28 2015


Prudence Muganiwah

Star Profile



“There is nothing you cannot do

when you arm yourself with a

solid education and an

unshakable self-belief….

When one is passionate about

development of their own

surroundings and the communities

beyond them, I call

that utmost humanity. But when

that person is concerned about

such, yet they still manage to run

other businesses and projects as

well as their own family, then that

is a remarkable story to tell.

Born in Harare in 1984 to Ritah

and Christopher Muchira, Beaulah

Muchira-Nhongo is the first of

three girls who was raised in the

high density surburb of Highfields

in Harare, attending Tsungayi Primary

where her mother was a school

teacher, and Nyameni Primary in

Marondera. A self-confessed proud

Monte Cassino High School alumni,

Beaulah subsequently graduated

from the University of Zimbabwe

with a Bsc Honours Degree in


The focused young woman

consequently went on to attain a

Masters in Development Studies

from the University of the

Free State in South Africa, a

feat she says was not easy

to achieve as she studied

part time while working

full time in a demanding

job. “However, I had

lots of support from my

family, most notably my

husband.” Beaulah not

only graduated cum

laude (with distinction),

but was also

awarded the Dean’s

medal for the top Masters

Student for that year.

She advises, “When you attain an

education, no one can ever take that

away from you. And when I look back

at my life thus far, I celebrate who I

am now, not because of where I am

going but because of how far I have

come. I sit in a boardroom and speak

to accomplished people, royalty,

heads of state and government leaders;

and heads of multilateral institutions

such as the African Union and

various United Nations Agencies,

I look back at how a scrawny young

Haifiridzi Township girl has so much

to be proud of and to be thankful for.”

But the journey has only just begun

for the high achiever, who says her

next focus is on attaining a PhD. “Dr

Muchira-Nhongo has a nice ring to it,

doesn’t it!” she adds with a chuckle.

For over a decade, Beaulah has

worked in the field of international

development in various countries

including her own Zimbabwe, Swaziland

and currently South Africa

where she is based. She explains, “International

development advocates

for issues such as equitable access to

health care and education especially

for vulnerable communities; poverty

reduction; gender equality and a respect

for human rights. I am passionate

and committed to the work that I

do because it brings about tangible

change in people’s lives.”

Starting out her career in small

NGOs, her focus was on access to information

on HIV & AIDS, and sexual

and reproductive rights for women.

Beaulah volunteered for Skillshare

International in Swaziland working

on assisting women with breast

cancer, then moved to South Africa

where she volunteered for the British

Council before joining the British

High Commission in Pretoria as a Political


Now a Programme Manager for

the UK Department for International

Development’s (DFID) Southern Africa

Regional Office in Pretoria, she

explained how this role gives her the

opportunity to implement and manage

programmes that have a regional

focus in the SADC region.

“My career has also enabled me to

see the world and embrace diversity -

I’ve travelled in the SADC region, and

abroad to major cities such as London,

Glasgow and Edinburgh in the

UK; Boston, Phoenix, Minnesota and

New Orleans in the United States;

and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.”

The mother of two explains how

she has faced challenges working as

an expatriate in a system where being

a foreigner hinders her progress

in prospective jobs, access to financing

from banks and other opportunities.

“Sometimes you are told they

will not recruit you because recruiting

a foreigner is an ‘administrative


A social liberal at heart and an

optimistic character despite such

obstacles, Beaulah feels that economic

development should not leave

anyone behind. “In so many world

economies, the rich are getting richer

while the poor get poorer. As human

beings we have an obligation to do

what we can to help the needy, so to do

this as a career is to me the ultimate


A feminist who believes in equality,

Beaulah says, “I find that most

people find that word intimidating

but the way I see it, Gloria Steinem

summed it up so well when she said

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes

the equality and full humanity of

women and men.”

Married for 6 years to Garikai

Nhongo, the couple is blessed with

two daughters, Ruvarashe Hannah

and Chiedza Olivia – after whom

she has named her thriving cakemaking

business, Hannah and Olive

Cakes and Treats. “I firmly believe

that we are the sum of our memories

– it is the priceless moments

with our loved ones that define who

we are and give value to our human


But how does such a driven career

woman also manage to run a

successful cake baking business

and yet also find time to manage her

household? Beaulah says it’s no easy

task. “Baking and cake decorating

is a true art and it takes a lot more

time and effort than Buddy from

Cake Boss makes it out to be! The

best way to deal without going clinically

insane is to plan and manage

my time wisely – I do not take my

DFID work home, and I try to do all

my Hannah & Olive work after 8pm

when my daughters go to bed. When

I find myself still hunched over my

cake board at midnight, what keeps

me going is that I draw fulfillment

from what I do.” Advising fellow entrepreneurs,

she adds, “If you are

going to be an entrepreneur on the

side, find something you like doing.

It makes it easier when the going

gets tough!”

An avid bookworm who loves

the “not the ‘serious, self-help or

get rich this way’ kind of books but

good ol’ fiction!” Beaulah owns over

500 books and is currently collecting

the complete works of Agatha

Christie, Charles Dickens and Stephen


Apart from her regular job and

business Beaulah supports the Siyaphila

Youth Literacy programme,

a community based organisation

that helps young girls and boys in

Mamelodi, Pretoria with school

work, mentorship and life skills

activities. She explains, “This is

through the annual Ladies Spring

Affair event founded and run by the

inimitable Tabitha Mautsa which

brings women in Pretoria together.”

She hopes to do more with this initiative

as it brings together two issues

close to her heart: empowering

young girls and assisting them to

get a good education.

Drawing inspiration from her

mother, a primary school teacher

who finally achieved her dream of

attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in

Psychology a few years ago, Beaulah

says she taught her the value of

education. “I am simply the proudest

daughter in the world! My mum

also taught me to bake – a skill she

was taught by her own mother; and

which I hope to pass down to my

girls as they grow up.”

Beaulah derives life lessons from

other powerful women, “Two pieces

of poetry by Maya Angelou resonate

so strongly with me and I encourage

all women to read “Still I rise” and

“A Woman Should Have.”

Commenting on the impact of

social media, she advises young

kids, “Be wise about what you post

on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

accounts - those dodgy photos

that you never remembered to

take down. So often we forget that

one day we will grow up and become

‘serious’ members of society. When

that day comes, remember that your

CV is not just the 2 paged document

you send to HR!”

Not surprisingly, the ever determined

Beaulah has quite a few

words for fellow young people still

trying to find their feet, “There is

nothing you cannot do when you

arm yourself with a solid education

and an unshakable self-belief.

That’s a very lethal combination because

when other people see you believing

in yourself, in a way it gives

them permission to do the same!”


March 22 to 28 2015

Style sessions!

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The whats hot list

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Yolanda Lindsay Mabuto




remember sitting at the diagnostic

radiology centre

and being asked to drink

four glasses of water. When

I attempted to gulp the sixth

cup I was told that my body

only needed three to four cups

to kick start my urinary system.

Finally after another forty five

minutes I was ready for the

scan and soon after the radiologist

said, “You may go relieve

yourself of excess toxic waste.”

As a student familiar with human

physiology I already was

mentally editing his comment.

The notion that urine is a toxic

waste is common and it is inaccurate-

urine is simply a substance

that the body does not

need at the time. The fact that

*urine therapy has been around

for thousands of years without

records of side effects suggests

that urine is far from toxic-besides

it’s 95%water, 2.5% urea,

2.5% minerals, salts, hormones

and enzymes, the minute traces

of toxin that it contains are not

abundant enough to be harmful

to the body. In fact researchers

detected over thirty critical

nutrients in urine and concluded

that drinking your own urine

has a cleansing effect based

on the principle that urine becomes

more purified the more

it is recycled- so the cleaner

the blood is the cleaner the

urine is and vice versa. Urine is

said to have anti-bacterial, antifungal

and anti-viral properties

and suggested to be helpful in

varying illnesses such as simple

colds, tuberculosis, heart disease

and major or minor skin


*Urine therapy – the use of your

own urine internally or externally

as a way to aid or sustain your



Positioning yourself to

Buy the Future (4)

Cynthia Hakutangwi

Should you

Takudzwa Ishmael Moyo



catch up?

Previous we looked at why one needs

to stop comparing themselves. Comparing

is the inward thought which

when transformed into action in

most cases expressed in the form of

What went wrong?

“Two people can be born under very

similar circumstances go through

similar experiences and yet arrive at

different destinies. People sit in the

same classroom and listen to the same

teacher, use the same textbooks, do the

same assignments, sometimes even

get the same grades, but then as they

grow into their future roles, they do

not achieve the same levels of success

in their individual pursuits. The same

applies to corporate bodies, organisations

and nations. Most of us have had

the bitter-sweet reunion with an old

neighbourhood or school acquaintance

after about ten, fifteen or thirty

years of separation and realized that

although the two of you have a lot to

talk about in the past, you have very

little in common to share with your

present lives. Sometimes you become

aware rather painfully, that whilst you

might have made a lot of meaningful

progress with your life, your friend is

still basically settled at the same place

he was when you last parted company.

complaining. One limit to positive

thinking is ever complaining.

Complaining gives up the power

to solve things, it gives someone

responsibility over your life. If a

problem can be solved why complain

about it then again if it cannot

be solved why then do you have to

Your conversation after a few nostalgic

jokes and back slapping, lapses into an

awkward silence. Your beginning was

similar but your present has become

very different. Sometimes it would not

complain about it. All we need is to

change the things we want to see differently

and sometimes if we can’t,

then change our attitude towards


Almost everything is changeable.

The world does not owe you

anything, no one does. If you are

not comfortable about something

take a step towards changing it. No

one will pose and listen to you and

try to help; in the rare event that

they do – it is certainly for their

benefit not yours.

When complaining, the majority

of people do so to the wrong

people; the ones without solutions

to your problems. One goes

to their friend to complain about

their parent then to their parent to

complain about their friend. What

be your friend who is lagging behind

but you become aware of your own

personal underdevelopment. You realise

that whilst your friend has made

some impressive hop-step-jump, you

are still warming up on the fringes of

the tracks of life.”

The above passage is an introductory

narration of A Tale of Two

Paradigms in the first chapter of the

book Buy the Future by Dr Mensa

Otabil which has been an inspiration

the current series of articles. Reading

this short narrative earlier this year

made me realise just how desperate

and hopeless one can feel when they

realise how far they still need to go

to redeem lost vision, opportunities

and time. Sometimes life throws major

curve balls at us that can fling us

off track for years. There are many

instances where individuals, families

and organisations have failed to “get

back on track” in pursuit of their vision.

Sometimes the inner drive to

rise up again and refocus is drained

and there is no one available to jump

start and switch the light back on for

an entity to get back on the road. This

“fizzled engine syndrome” is one of

the reasons why some of the most

potentially explosive individuals and

organisations have stayed stagnant in

park mode. The previous instalment

in this series on Positioning Yourself

to Buy the Future was a provocation

on the clarity of vision for our individual

lives and corporate entities. Sometimes

we encounter circumstances

that can dent our critical nerves and

cause us to develop blurred vision. In

the absence of a wholesome composition

it then becomes very difficult for

us to move forward meaningfully and


How do you redeem lost time?

Lagging behind happens to the best

time planners and is a way of life for

the worst ones. However there are

no secret formulas that will magically

make things easier since time

Give up complaining

we need is to have the courage to

face the friend or the parent and

give them their side of the story

instead of complicating things for

no reason.

The major drawback in complaining

is it makes you lose sight

of what you have in search of what

you don’t have. Instead of making

use of the available resources you

then end up chasing other things

thinking your life will be much

better then. Instead use what you

have to make a difference. As you

complain about not having nice

shoes think of someone out there

without legs and before you complain

about your job think of the

millions sending CVs everyday

without any response.

No one ever solved a problem

is something we cannot get back

once it is gone. When we fall behind

our to-do list or goals and it seems

like we’ll never catch up it is easy to

feel overwhelmed and even give up

in despair. It can be domestic chores

that we had set out to execute before

getting sidetracked or business development

plans that can come in collision

with a family illness, sometimes

it is even our own self-care that gets

regularly pushed to the bottom of because

something else more important

comes up. This should not cause us to

give up because there is always an opportunity

for us to catch up and make

the best of where we find ourselves.

The first step requires us to take time

to reflect on how we have lost the past

time. When you have lost precious

moments and years you ought to not

only mourn and lament over your

lost time but to determine to apply

yourself more diligently to improve

the remaining part. This means that

you have to improve every talent, advantage,

and opportunity, to your utmost,

while time lasts. This requires

the discipline to take reasonable,

consistent strides towards your goals

every day. Designing a robust action

plan with timelines will also help

you see what gets done when. You

can consider using a project timeand-money

calculator to see which

tasks are eating up your time but

not giving you any returns. Writing

things down, whether at home or in

your business to see which tasks are

most beneficial will give you clarity

and peace of mind.

Cynthia is a Communications and Personal

Development Consultant, a Life

Coach, Author, and Strategist. She is

the Managing Consultant of Wholeness

Incorporated. Her published book titles

include “The Whole You – Vital Keys

for Balanced Living” and “Intelligent

Conversations: A mindset shift towards

a developed Africa.” E-mail: cynthia@ Facebook:

Wholeness Incorporated. Website: www.

by complaining about it. You need

to be the change you want to see in

the world. Find solutions to problems;

as you complain about load

shedding someone out there is making

money selling firewood and gas

stove as well as gas.

You can complain that roses

have thorns or celebrate that thorns

have roses hence instead of looking

for something bad try and focus on

the good that can come out of it.

Ishmael Dawctar is an inspirational

writer and speaker. For more inspirational

tips and advice or to get free daily

inspirational messages daily you can

contact him via whatsapp on +263 735

412 851 or email


March 22 to 28 2015

Prudence Muganiwah

Pics by henry Hakulandaba

Star Profile



An idea will remain an idea

unless you take it seriously….

Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently

advanced technology is indistinguishable

from magic.” As technology continues to advance

and new innovations replace conventional

old models, I tend to find a very thin

line between it and magic, so to say.

And it is people like Nqobizitha Mlilo, also

known as Enqore, that constantly prove Arthur’s

quote right. The Bulawayo born digital

media artist and creative entrepreneur who

attended Milton High School and moved to Harare

in 2005 brings digital medial to new, exciting

levels. Beginning as a freelance video director

and animator, Nqo also worked as an

instructor at a college as well as in private

studios and advertising agencies. But he

had a bigger dream, and that he continued

to pursue.

After some time in Rwanda where

he consulted, 2012 saw him starting

Nafuna, an award winning digital

media and content creation studio

in Harare, a project which

had been on his mind for years

- and where he works now - running

Nafuna TV with his wife,

Aura. Enqore, as he is otherwise

known, is a talented creative

who showcases his expertise

as a digital artist, filmmaker,

hip hop poet as well is

one of the most sought after


Enqore explains how his

motivation in developing

Nafuna was to create a studio

which would also create content

as opposed to simply producing

video and animation for

the advertising industry. To date,

Nafuna TV has also been awarded

best animation company by the

Ministry of ICT.

“I started animating when I was

16. I was into comic books and drawing

as a kid and I guess the passion

stuck!” Enqore has experience in both

2D and 3D animation as well as Visual Effects.

“Being an animator is great. It’s a lot of

work but nothing beats the feeling of bringing

an idea to life from nothing. It’s great!” says

the artist, who is also big on education as he

yearns for a solid base of animators and digital

media practitioners. “Without that base, I

feel we won’t have the capacity to tell our story.”

His recent nomination by tech giant Google

as one of Africa’s top 10 Innovators definitely

put his, and more so, Zimbabwe’s name

on the map. The award was based on Google’s

project, Africa Connected, which was focused

on telling unique African Stories. The project

also involved innovation through the Internet,

and about 2 500 stories participated. Enqore’s

story was one of the chosen remaining

10 finalist stories, and for that he received a

prize of $10 000 as well as a mentor from Google

to help him further develop his brainchild,

Nafuna TV.

“I have a passion for telling stories to an audience

though animation and digital video. I

have always been fascinated by how video can

communicate a lot of information in a really

short period of time,” says the frank young father

of one who strongly believes in the principles

of honesty and efficiency.

Explaining his work in countries such as

Rwanda and the USA, the largely self-taught

Enqore says this includes creating video

training material for, lecturing

on 3D animation as well as running with

various film making initiatives.

Enqore believes there is a lot of potential in

the tech scene in Zimbabwe, but wishes there

was more support for start-ups and trainings,

and that people took their skills and talents

more seriously and stopped with all the mediocrity

and half-baked products. “An idea will

remain an idea unless you take it seriously.”

Drawing his inspiration from fellow creatives

in the industry, Enqore hopes to grow his

brand and begin new, more innovative ventures

such as a resource vocational training

centre he and his team are planning on. The

young man whose father initially wanted him

to be an accountant, says of his father, “Had I

listened to him, I would be balancing spreadsheets

right now!

Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo advises his fellow

young people on pursuing their dreams,

“It’s all about having a solid plan and a truthful

assessment of one’s strengths and weaknesses.

You must always improve yourself by

reading and researching stuff in your field.

Knowing that allows you to create a plan for

yourself that you can achieve using your

strengths. Always learn.”

March 22 to 28 2015 THE STANDARD STYLE / MAN 7

Craig Zoowie

“Bespoke” is cool….

The distinguishing points of bespoke tailoring

are the buyer’s total control over the fabric

used, the features and fit, and the way the

garment should be made. More generally, “bespoke/

tailor-made or customised” describes a high

degree of “customisation”, and involvement of the

end-user, in the production of the goods.

Bespoke clothing is traditionally cut from a pattern

drafted from scratch for the customer, and thus differs

from ready-to-wear, which is factory made in

finished condition and standardised sizes, and from

made to measure, produced to order from an adjusted

block pattern. Bespoke clothing is now more

expensive and is generally accompanied by a high

quality of construction.

Throughout the ages, we’ve seen bespoke tailoring

amongst the rich and famous but nowadays there is

more bespoke tailoring from backyards to the runways.

The advantage of bespoke is the client selects

their choice of fabric, the style as well as the fitting

of the garment, the specification all lays with the

client, whereas mass produced garments do not give

the client any involvement at all. The tailor makes

sure all the detail that the client wants comes together

as wanted on the garment. We see celebrities

have their own tailors that come to them to make

specific garments for them be it for stage or special

appearances, English-men have always understood

this concept better than most. Hence we have Savile

Row as the kings in Bespoke Tailoring with gentlemen

like Ozwald Boateng making headlines by designing

and adorning the best but still making sure

other men enjoy this aspect of fine-tailoring without

breaking the bank.

In 2004, Coutts approached Boateng to design a

new Super-Premium credit card. The Coutts ‘World

Credit Card’ appears in Boateng’s trademark imperial

purple, designed to communicate a new modernity

and supreme elegance. Boateng also designed

new amenity kits for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class.

Critically claimed to be the most stylish first class

kits available to travellers on any airline, the design

increased pick rate fivefold. Ozwald makes bespoke

clothing for the likes of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs including

renowned government officials as well as International


“Bespoke” is an English word that

means a clothing item made to a buyer’s

specification (personalised or tailored)

implying measurement and fitting.

As we delve further into this “bespoke” concept, we

see more customised Lifestyles from breath-taking

real estate, baroque vehicles, ornate furniture, uber

translucent jewellery, private aircrafts and luxurious

yachts. With more advanced technology now

there is very little that cannot be done to customise

and personalise what you own. A bespoke lifestyle

gives you the opportunity to be a designer of your

life in terms of anything you need, it is ‘tailoring’

your life to the best of how you want to live it with

what is around you, be it a fountain pen embossed

with your initials, car interior with chinchilla to

Swarovski crystals, hand-painted swimming pools,

customised ceilings, chandeliers you name it (the

world’s your oyster). One cannot detach feelings of

Style, Class, Luxury & Exclusivity to anything bespoke,

this goes on to attract a timeless element to a

bespoke lifestyle.

Beyoncé Knowles gave her husband Shawn Carter a

‘bespoke jet’, let alone the customised wedding ring

he got her. Beyoncé went on to get a similar imitation

made that she wears every day without the fear

of losing the real one coz of the price-tag attached

to the real one. Bespoke always brings with it an air

of “I’ve arrived”- a sense of having achieved one’s

personal needs and wants on Maslow’s hierarchy of

needs, everybody dreams of this life yet some are

already living it…………….A trend that is here to


Keeping your Facebook account secure

Today most of our lives are spent on the Internet and

social media which used to be just a source of

entertainment has suddenly become a central part of our

lives. The increasing prevalence of social media has made

it a must to keep our accounts secure. So this week’s

Tech Tips focuses on how to keep your Facebook

account secure to avoid exposure to scammers and

potential identity theft.

• Use a strong password.

When setting your Facebook password, or any

password for that matter, use combinations of at

least 6 letters, numbers and punctuation marks and

try not to repeat the same password for multiple

accounts! If you are worried about forgetting your

passwords, you can store them securely in online

password safes such as LastPass, KeePass or


• Avoid suspicious links.

Never click suspicious links or download files with a

.exe file extension, even if they come from a friend or

a company you know. If you see something

suspicious on Facebook, report it, this will not only

protect you, but your friends as well.

• Beware of fake Pages, apps and games.

Be suspicious of Pages promoting offers that are too

good to be true. If in doubt, check to see if a Page is

verified. Also be mindful when you install new apps

or games. Sometimes scammers use bad apps and

games to gain access to your Facebook account.

• Don't accept friend requests from strangers.

The “don’t talk to strangers” rule you learnt from

your Mom as a kid also applies to Facebook!

Scammers will create fake accounts just to befriend

people and if you accept their request you are

allowing them to spam your Timeline, tag you in

posts and send you malicious messages.

• Keep your login info secret.

If you are ever asked to re-enter your password on

Facebook check to make sure the address of the

page still has in the URL (web address

field in your browser). Also never tell anyone your

Facebook login information, no matter how close you


• Update your browser.

Lastly, you have to keep your browser up to date.

Facebook supports Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google

Chrome and Internet Explorer. The newest versions

of all these browsers have built-in security

protections and can warn you if you're about to go to

a suspected phishing site.

Happy secure Facebooking!



March 22 to 28 2015

Chery with a

Mandarin Flair

Chery J3

Fact Jeke

It’s a runaround with low fuel and maintenance

costs with a claimed 8.3litres for every 100km


The Tiggo is powered by a powerful 1.6-litre

DVVT petrol engine which drives like a charm

handles terrains well

The Chery Brand first hit our

streets three years ago and has

fast been taking over the city

streets. With our economy literally

going south, it’s not about choice

but about practicality when making

purchases. In this issue we take a drive

in three vehicles all from Chery.

The Chery range is competitive

with all its models in the running with

great manufacturers products lie GM,

Toyota, Hyundai and Kia. The likes of

Chevrolet when you look at the baby in

the range, the QQ which is in the same

playgroup with the Spark. The Chery

QQ is so close to the Matiz /Spark that

I am sure several body panels can be

interchangeable. Its available in 0.8l , 5

Speed MT. Off course it’s not a sports

car so you will not accelerate 0 – 100 km

in record time but with a top speed of

130km/h, you will reach Bulawayo in

under 5 hours with five adults seated

comfortably with five doors and a generous

boot with a fuel tank sitting at

35litres.. What’s more exciting is the

fact that the base model starts at US$12

225.00 making it the most affordable

first car to hit our market.

The Chery J3 is another one which

is a good seller. It’s slightly bigger

than the QQ and is available in a hatch

back. Prices under $20 000.00 this will

be good for middle managers and sales

people. It’s a runaround with low fuel

and maintenance costs with a claimed

8.3litres for every 100km and emission

levels of 194gm/km. The peak power

output of the J3 is 93kW at 6 150r/min

with torque at 160N.m at 3 900r/min.

power from the willing engine goes to

the front wheels through a five speed

manual gearbox.

Lastly the one head turner which

will definitely give the Toyota Rav4

a good run because it is similar

dimension wise, capacity and

built is the Tiggo. Despite the

stylistic and dimensional differences

(which are slight),

the main concept is the same.

The Tiggo is powered by a

powerful 1.6-litre DVVT petrol

engine which drives like

a charm, handles terrains

well and has one model with

Chery QQ

You will reach Bulawayo in under

5 hours with five adults seated


leather interior, it comes with a 5 Speed

MT at half the price of a Toyota Rav4.

Air conditioning, power windows,

power steering, electrically-operated

exterior mirrors, 60/40 split rear seat

backrest for load versatility, an audio

system with CD player and MP3/USB

jack are all standard fitment as is central

locking with remote keyless entry.

Safety is very high on the list of

Chery’s priorities with the new Tiggo

and standard equipment includes an

electronic stability control programme

(ESP), dual airbags and ABS with electronic

brake distribution (EBD) as well

as ISOFIX fittings for child seats. The

top speed is 160km/hr – 170km/hr and

its ideal for the business executive who

is on a budget. Its perfectly suited to

city traffic and the tight confines of urban

living, thanks to its good handling

and a consumption of 12Km to a ltr. It

also will be ideal for bundu bashing

once in a while.

Chery is pronounced ‘che-ree’ and,

roughly translated from Chinese to

English, means ‘unique’. Chery’s cars

may not have always been uniquely

styled, but its phenomenal rate of

growth is certainly special in the automotive


With just 10 years experience in

making and selling cars, Chery is the

one of the youngest vehicle manufacturers

in China. So it is an amazing

feat that it has already become the largest

self-owned carmaker in the country

-- and the biggest exporter of Chinesebranded


It has been the biggest seller among

the Chinese brands for nine years in a

row. Chery is also developing a hybrid

system as well as a pure electric car.

That definitely will not work for Zimbabwe

with our electricity challenges…

Contact Theo Diaskouris and the sales

team at Quest Motor Corp for all your

Chery questions and schedule test


Till next week, be safe.

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March 22 to 28 2015

Dairibord aqualite still natural mineral water

Dairibord Zimbabwe (Private) Limited,

a subsidiary of Dairibord Holdings,

recently re-launched their well-known

mineral water brand, Aqualite, in crisp

and attractive packaging, under the

brand promise, “Pure Aqualite Class”.

This is part of the company’s strategy to

increase the contribution of its non-milk

value adding product lines in line with

the “More Than Just Milk” strategic thrust.

Dairibord’s Aqualite is a refreshing mineral water

that is ideal for the health conscious consumer.

The re-branding of an old favourite is in line with

our commitment to providing our valued consumers

with nutritious food and beverages for the sustenance

of good health.

Dairibord Aqualite Still Natural Mineral Water

is distinguishable from ordinary drinking water

mainly because of its characteristic content

of certain mineral salts and their relative proportions,

and the presence of trace elements or of

other constituents. Aqualite is drawn from an underground

source at Dairibord Harare, and is purified

by filtration, UV, ozonation and reverse osmosis.

Aqualite has a 12 month shelf life from the date

of manufacture, and should be stored in a cool dry

place at ambient temperatures. Aqualite must not

be stored under direct sunlight. It is best served

chilled although it should not be frozen. Due to the

high mineral content, precipitation of minerals

occurs at freezing temperatures leading to presence

of particles in the water when thawed.

The product comes in four convenient pack sizes;

350ml, 500ml, 1.5L and 5L. These sizes suit different

usage occasion; on-the-go and family use.


• Weight loss - Any type of water including min

eral water contains no calories and is fat free.

When you opt for mineral water you will be

able to stay at your target calorie intake while

staying hydrated and feeling healthy.

• Calcium found in mineral water may be cru

cial to maintaining a normal bone density and

therefore preventing the development of bone

related illnesses such as osteoporosis.

• The magnesium found in mineral water plays

an important role in maintaining a normal

blood pressure level. One study found that pa

tients with hypertension who consumed one li

tre of bottled mineral water showed a decrease

in blood pressure over time.

• Studies have also shown that drinking mineral

water can significantly reduce a person’s risk

of suffering from uric acid kidney stones.

• Mineral water is a great source of sulphates

which help promote digestion

• Electrolyte balance - Electrolytes are salts

(bicarbonate, chloride, potassium and sodium)

which prevent dehydration by helping the cells

of the body absorb water. Because mineral wa

ter can be a great source of electrolytes, those

who experience an electrolyte imbalance are

frequently asked to consume mineral water in

order to replenish their electrolyte loss.

• Mineral water can help break down waste ma

terials in the body as well as cleanse it of


• Mineral water can help improve your skin be

cause of its high quantities of silica which can

strengthen the spongy cells in the skin, as well

as slow down wrinkle formation


The Energy-Water Challenge

Significant amounts of water are needed in almost

all energy generation processes, from generating

hydropower, to cooling and other purposes

in thermal power plants, to extract ing and

processing fuels. Conversely, the water sector

needs energy to extract, treat and transport water.

Both energy and water are used in the production

of crops, including those used to generate

energy through biofu els. Population growth

and rapidly-expand ing economies place additional

demands on water and energy, while several

regions around the world are already experiencing

significant water and energy shortages.

Today, more than 780 million people lack access

to potable water, and over 1.3 billion people

lack access to electricity. At the same time, estimates

show that by 2035, global energy consumption

will increase by 35%, while water consumption

by the energy sec tor will increase by 85%.

Climate change will further challenge water

and energy manage ment by causing more water

variability and intensified weather events, such

as severe floods and droughts.

These interdependencies complicate possible

solutions and make a compelling case to expeditiously

improve integrated water and energy

planning in order to avoid unwanted future scenarios.

Will water constrain our energy future?

sence of integrated planning between

these two sectors is socioeconomi

cally unsustainable.



While a global water crisis could take place in

the future, the energy challenge is present. Water

constraints have already adversely impacted

the energy sector in many parts of the world.

In the U.S., several power plants have been affected

by low water flows or high water temperatures.

In India, a thermal power plant recently

had to shut down due to a severe water shortage.

France has been forced to reduce or halt energy

production in nuclear power plants due to

high water temperatures threatening cooling

processes during heatwaves. Recurring and prolonged

droughts are threatening hydropower

capac ity in many countries, such as Sri Lanka,

China and Brazil.

Despite these concerns, current energy planning

and production is often made without taking

into account existing and future water constraints.

Planners and decision-makers in both

sectors often remain ill-informed about the drivers

of these challenges, how to ad dress them,

and the merits of different tech nical, political,

management, and governance options. The ab-


March 22 to 28 2015

Wall Cladding Trends

Noma Ndlovu

Wall Cladding

Wall cladding is a type of decorative covering that makes the wall look

like it has been built of a certain type of material. This is most common in

external walls and on fireplaces. Cladding can be an artistic element in

interior decorating. In most cases it is non-structural and doesn’t impact

the stability or integrity of a building’s architectural core. “The idea is to

add interest and vibrancy without the expense of actually re-building a

wall. As such, the various materials and textures are usually affixed to the

top of an existing structure.” Home improvement pages Australia

The main function of cladding internally is to be decorative as it helps

create a feature wall or accent a room. Externally it can be both decorative

and functional in that it can help protect or insulate against weather

elements. Various types of materials can be used depending on the type

of area that is to be treated with cladding. Some of these are wood, steal,

stone and veneers.

Stone Cladding

Stone cladding is considered fresh and more natural. It can be used

indoors in bathrooms, living rooms, staircases, kitchens and any other

room. It is long lasting and quite pricey. Brick Cladding is also an option

but has similar expenses involved as in stone cladding. A specialist installer

should be able to bring out the beauty of both stone and brick to

ensure that it does not look like any ordinary wall. Brick however looks a

lot more industrial than stone. 0, 2015

A feature wall using stone or brick cladding can take your walls from ordinary to extraordinary. A distinctive expression of style.


Wood/ Timber Cladding

Using wood or timber for cladding is a classic way to

get a rich rustic look for your home though not common

here. Wood has a traditional look which contrasts

or blends well with modern fittings. It is a lot

stronger than aluminum and vinyl and is almost used

exclusively for aesthetic reasons. It is imperative that

you use treated wood that is resistant to termites and

can withstand harsh weather elements. The cladding

is commonly from cedar or redwood. Installations

and maintenance costs can be quite high. Consult

your planner and installer on available wood options.

Avoid using pine as it will always end up looking


Zinc Wall cladding gives an edgy finish which blends in with

other materials such as glass and wood. Image - Pinterest

Zinc Cladding

Zinc is an extremely durable and low maintenance

material with exceptional longevity. It is strong and

it is made to appear like it is made of wood. The installation

is pretty affordable and it needs almost no

maintenance action. It can be available in a variety of

colours. In addition to Zinc, you can use Aluminum

or steel, however aluminum is not as strong, flexible

or durable as Zinc but it does give off a beautiful industrial

look. You can use it for both roofs and walls,

interior and exterior.

If you are an edgy modern or contemporary builder

or home owner consider some of these finishing options

for your home or project. There are many cladding

options available to explore. I have chosen these

as my go to options if I was considering a cladding

concept. Each material has its own value and benefits.

It depends on your needs and personal preferences.

Financial consideration, style and the environment

should be key elements in helping you make your decision

on which material to use.

Live and love your home.


Noma Ndlovu is an Interior Designer & Property Stylist.



An exterior of a home clad in wood. Properly treated and installed wood is a great way to finish your home exterior. Image – luxe interior design

Wall cladding defines style in your space. Image.




In this issue

of Food & Drink

(1) Eating out by Dusty Miller

(3) Wine: Lebbie

(2) Wine: Afdis

(4) Zimbokitchen

2 3 4


March 22 to 28 2015

Mojo’s for much more meat!

Tapas platter

Starch and salad…Mojo’s serves arguably the best

chips/fried potatoes in the country

Mojo’s is based in one of the most historic former dwellings in Avondale. The lovely formal garden won first prize in competitions held before the First World War, despite

the owner, a Miss Haddow, owning 83 cats!

Dusty Miller


WILLINGLY ordered and ate beef last

Thursday and totally delicious it was too!

It was at that carnivore’s heaven, Mojo’s,

in East Road, Avondale and I simply

couldn’t resist a slice of beef sirloin, crisp

and dark on the outside and on the rare side

of raw, pink, on the inside: not quite still dripping

blood but almost so!

I’m certainly not a Hindu, but for several

years I’ve taken it very easy on both red

meat and red wine and almost never indulged

in the two together. But a wonderful looking

and smelling juicy joint of sirloin ready to be

carved, off the skewer on which it had been

lovingly braaied, proved too tempting to refuse.

Mojo’s is a churrascarria (Brazilian/Portuguese

for steak house); churrasco is barbecue

or braai but with much more sophistication

than those labels hint.

Picture the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant,

outside Nairobi, Kenya but pile on a

slab of class and élan as found at some of the

best West End restaurants and you’re getting


Barbecue it may be, but the crisp linen,

sparkling crystal, expensive china and general

fixtures and fittings (you could eat off the

loo floors!) and brand new chairs speak of

the best-run outlets in Europe, Cape Town or


I ate with partner Mohamed Sami who was

last general manager at Harare Sheraton, before

the blue-chip international hotel chain

washed its hands of Zimbabwe, packing in

their local franchise back in 2006 when the

“gold-leaf ” hotel became localised and indigenised

as Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference


I’ve long believed if it hadn’t been for Mohamed’s

immediate predecessor, fellow Egyptian

(but Christian Copt) Magdy Anis (now in

Partner Mohammed Samy. A Muslim he doesn’t touch

the restaurant’s luscious cuts of prime pork.

Tibet), Sheraton would have cleared out about

10 minutes after the first farm invasion. Magdy

had a touching faith this country— especially

tourism — would eventually come right

and Egyptians especially, would flock in!

Yeah, well…the jury’s still out on that one!

Mohamed returned to Egypt to run Sheraton’s

flagship outlet at Luxor (the ancient

capital of Upper Egypt, Thebes, in The Valley

of the Kings on the Nile) and I half hoped to

see him for a drink on visits there.

It’s was good I didn’t try too hard…he’d

transferred to Sheraton Abuja, Nigeria: a

place that almost drove him penga with daily

head-on collisions with inefficiency, incompetence

and blatant corruption. So he returned

to Zim to help found Mojo’s!

A unique eating experience there begins

(maybe after a pre-prandial dop at an amazingly

well-stocked cocktail bar) with a leisurely

starter course of tapas.

Then there’s a central salad. A bowl of

savoury saffron rice, possibly Zimbabwe’s best

twice-cooked chips…and finally the nyama!

Apart from the wonderful export quality

grass-fed, well-hung beef there were beef,

pork and chicken sausages, pork fillet and

pork chops (pork ribs are apparently currently

unavailable here!), chicken thighs, breasts

and wings. A great place to take teenagers and

others with healthy (or unhealthy!) appetites.

Mains don’t all come together. There’s a

beer-mat sized card on the table. Green side

up, it says “Yes, Please” in English and Portuguese

and “gaucho” waiters/carvers will

swiftly arrive and dispense meat, by carving

it at the table from the huge stainless steel

skewers on which it has been slowly cooked

and basted.

Reverse it to red and “No Thank You” and

they’ll leave you alone until you feel you can

perhaps sample a bite more. There’s no limit

to the amount of meat you can eat, or how long

you take to enjoy it.

Mojo’s is where Blossom Manor and Haddow

House were and was the brainchild of

Mohamed’s partner, Julie Webb, a former

Centenary tobacco farm girl who was general

manager of Imba Matomba/Gecko Gardens/

Arnaldo’s, after starting out at Holiday Inns

here and at the local Sheraton.

A qualified chef with a hospitality degree

from Bournemouth University, UK, she’s also

a former GM of Leopard Rock in The Vumba

with extensive overseas experience as an hotelier.

Mojo’s isn’t the sort of place to go if rushed.

My feeling is that it’s possibly more suited for

leisurely supper than weekday lunch, with

deadlines threatening menacingly, but it’s certainly

a grand venue, eating al fresco on a typically

sunny Zimbabwean afternoon.

There’s a wide range of grown-up puddings:

my fruit-filled apple crumble with raisins and

vanilla ice-cream was exemplary. Others are

banoffee trifle sundae, chocolate cappuccino

cheesecake, passion fruit yoghurt mousse, vanilla

cheesecake with a guava topping, served

with mango salsa, ice-cream sundae and honey

and nougat semifreddo (half-frozen) drizzled

with chocolate sauce.

Meat is carved to order at your table, here a juicy joint

of beef sirloin

All pictured by Dusty Miller

Tapas starters with bread, salads, rice and

“fries” and the eat-as-much as you like/can

churrasco and pudding costs $25 at supper and

US$20 for lunch.

Eat indoors, on the verandah or in the lovely

gardens. There’s a small conference room

and facilities for private receptions and similar,

with up to 300 covers. When I was there

some time ago a hire company was erecting a

marquee for a garden wedding with about 500


They open Monday to Saturday lunch and

supper. Fully licensed, well-stocked cocktail

bar available for diners only.

Safe on-site parking; guarded additional

parking on verges on East Road. Smoking/no

smoking. Child and handicapped friendly.

Mojo’s, 10 East Rd, Avondale. Tel


March 22 to 28 2015


wine cellar


March 22 to 28 2015

A Wine Year Simplified

Musing in March with a Chardonnay (Shar-Doh-Nay)


Chardonnay characteristics can

surprise wine lovers from rich fruit

flavours to a lime character and

fat, bold heavily oaked wines. It is

ndoubtedly the second most planted

white grape, which at one point had

Zimbabwe producing a top Chardonnay.

An invitation to a tasting in

Johannesburg last week lightened

up the wine lover in me, as I found

myself in the midst of wines from

“boutique” Estates.

It was an opportune time for me

to resume my search for that ‘wow’

Chardonnay. That Chardonnay that

would make me retrace this variety

I’ve struggled to love over the years.

I always feel a sense of honour when

I meet a winemaker and told the story

behind a wine.

My search for a Chardonnay, was finally

fulfilled as Peter-Allen, one of

the winemakers, from Crystallum

wines in South Africa proudly explained

the passion and motivation

behind their wines.

A Clay Shales Chardonnay,

stimulated my palate. The floral

nose with a whiff of stone fruit

spelt ‘classy’ followed by a divinely

balanced palate filled with a burst

of freshness and finesse. Amazing!

Just over 2000 bottles of this single

vineyard wine are made.

The second, an Agnes Chardonnay,

named after their grandmother,

Agnes Floyd, now in its fourth vintage,

is full of class and definitely

elegant. Full of ripe pear and apple

fruit on the nose, it’s the Chardonnay

that will fill your mouth with

an exciting sparkle and lime zest

caressed with a touch of honey. It’s

the perfect example of a fresh yet voluptuous

Chardonnay. Close to 3200

bottles are made with grapes from

three different vineyards.

With over 90 points from Wine

Advocate and four stars or more

from Platters Wine Guide, these two

Chardonnays made a huge impression

on my wine palate. I must admit

wine lovers, my search is over

in that I struck gold, and my journey

has just started, this time in rediscovering

Chardonnay. To all wine

lovers who had given up on Chardonnay,

rethink and rediscover your

Chardonnay palate. It’s a beautiful

Crystallum cheers, t’il the next time

we have a Chardonnay, keep wining.

Pictures from

“For instance You could say one

wine is like Dorothy in the Wizard

of Oz while another is like the

mature Judy Garland, or that a

big voluptuous chardonnay is like

Marilyn Monroe -- round, bosomy

-- you can remember that

chardonnay, ... If you say a wine is

snappy and lively, like Robin Williams,

that's very different than

the Anthony Hopkins of wine --

urbane, sophisticated, measured,

considered” - Karen MacNeil

Lebbie Masavaya

My thoughts cringe, as I travel back

in time with wine. Thoughts of

some of the big and bold Chardonnay’s

I’ve tasted, and some of the

pathetic attempts at a bottled Chardonnay.

And yet, I’m still in search,

for that Chardonnay I can open and

relax while my guests and I drink,

instead of stiffening until that first

sip has been taken.

Chardonnay is a white grape variety

coined a ‘household’ name in

the world of wine lovers. This white

grape produces electrifying, yet dry

and savoury full-bodied wines that

bottle age, depending on where it is

made. It’s a variety that originates

from Burgundy, in France, and has

made it to the ‘firm favourite’s’

list because of its almost ‘accurate

ripeness levels’ and ability to be

easily managed. Its vast range of

techniques used during wine making

affirm the ease at which it can

be worked with.

It is the exciting ingredient in

the majority of the world’s best

‘bubblies’, and surprisingly has also

been known to produce admirable

botrytized wines, namely, in New

Zealand. Chenin Blanc and Sémillon,

to mention a few white varieties,

blend wonderfully with Chardonnay.

Found made in a ‘rich and

oaky style’, in times before, Chardonnays

are being found more and

more in an easy style, less oak and

even towards a tendency of being



March 22 to 28 2015 THE STANDARD STYLE / FOOD & DRINK 17

Spoil your family this

Sunday with

Thyme and Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes

Just about everyone enjoys a good sandwich. This here sandwich will

be great as a lunchbox idea for school or the office. It will also work for

breakfast or a light lunch even. As usual sandwiches don’t take time to

prepare so this will be done in 5 min.

Servings: 4

Cooking time: 5 min


8 slices whole wheat bread

2 large tomatoes, sliced into rings

4 ham slices

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Butter/Margarine to spread


1. Get your ingredients together

2. Spread butter or margarine on your bread slices.

3. Preheat your pan. Place a slice of bread with the buttered side facing


4. Add the ham and tomato slices. Sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Cover the sandwich with another slice of bread, the buttered side

facing upwards.

5. Allow the bottom slice to get toasted, flip it over and cook for a few

minutes until the slice is also toasted.

6. Remove from heat, repeat process until all the sandwiches are done.


by Rumbie - Zimbokitchen

Simple Sponge cake

Cakes by Sonia

Today’s sweet treat is the soft, scrumptious

Sponge Cake. This cake is unique because

of its spongy texture that is so wonderfully

light and moist. As with a lot of sponge

cakes, this cake gets most of its rise from the air

whipped into the eggs. It’s a simple recipe.

Sponge cake does not contain solid fat, hurray,

good news for those weight watchers!! It is

ideal for those watching their fat intake. This

cake has a sweet flavour, and a great aroma to

it. It can be eaten plain, sprinkled with icing

sugar served with fresh fruit or with custard.

The cake can be used in trifle, or my personal

favourite eaten plain with a dollop of whipped

cream. One can alternatively add fresh cream

to the heavenly cake. The cake will keep several

days or it can be frozen. Try it and ENJOY!!!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Serves 10


6 large eggs, room temperature, separated

and placed into separate large bowls

100 grams sieved self-raising flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

200 grams castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons water

Zest of lemon or orange (outer skin).


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Line two 25 cm round baking tins with

baking paper.

3. Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one

bowl and the whites in another bowl.

4. Add sieved flour into a bowl, add baking

powder and salt. Combine with wooden

spoon and set aside.

5. Place the egg yolks and 135 grams of the

castor sugar into a large bowl, using

an electric mixer beat on high speed until

thick, fluffy and light coloured. To check if

the yolks are of the right consistency look

and see: when you slowly raise the beater of

the mixer the yolk will fall back into the

bowl in a slow ribbon (ribbon effect). Add

vanilla essence to the yolks, water, and

lemon zest. Beat for an additional 3

minutes. Set aside while you beat the egg


6. In a separate large bowl, whip the egg

whites until foamy until soft peaks form.

Gradually add 65 grams of sugar and

continue beating until the egg whites are

shiny and peaks are forming.

7. Add the flour mixture over the beaten egg

yolks in three additions, one portion at a

time and gently but quickly fold the flour

into the egg yolk batter with each addition.

8. Gently fold a little of the beaten egg whites

into the batter to lighten it, and

then add the rest of the whites, folding just

until incorporated. (Do not over mix the

batter or it will deflate). Pour the batter into

the pans, smoothing the top.

9. Bake for 28 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick

inserted into the center of the cake comes

out clean.

10. Remove from oven and immediately invert

the pans (turn upside down).

11. Allow the cake to cool completely for about

one hour. Run a flat metal spatula or sharp

knife around the inside of the pans to avoid


12. Serve as desired or as suggested earlier.

Sonia’s Tip:

Remember, always check a few minutes

before the stated baking time, and record it

so as to monitor baking time.

Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate

the sponge cake.

Baking Tid Bits for flawless cakes

Avoid using cold eggs

It is very important for eggs to be at room

temperature when baking. Cold eggs

result in a mixture that will not combine

well. If you’re short on time, place eggs in a

bowl of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Your Marriage with Evan

Fight nicely

Evan Mawarire


know it sounds pretty strange

to say fight nicely. Fights in

their very nature are not nice

things to do or to experience but

we cannot avoid them as humans

and more so as a married couple.

Whilst we hope never to fight, its

is one of those things that is as inevitable

as the ticking of time. No

matter how great characters we

may be or beautiful personalities

we may possess, a fight with our

spouse is going to happen somewhere


By now I hope you understand

that I’m not talking about a physical

fight but a fight of words, expectations

and misunderstandings.

Show me a couple who have

never had a misunderstanding

and I’ll show you a couple that has

never been real to each other. Just

because you avoid a fight does not

mean it’s not there. You may postpone

it but one day it will have to

be fought otherwise it will explode

uncontrollably. Am I saying look

for opportunities to fight? By no

means. I’m saying that an argument

is going to happen because

you are not always going to agree

on everything. When that moment

comes you need to be ready

to fight nicely or fight clean. Up

to now your fights may have been

extremely horrible encounters

that tear you apart. In this article

I want to share with you some

things to remember for the next

fight. These things are going to

help you to actually get positives

out of your fights and to come out

ready to love again no matter what

the fight was about. Sound impossible?

Well explore with me.

1) Choose your battles wisely.

Not everything must be fought

over. Just because you disagree

on a matter does not mean that

you should definitely fight over

it. Learn to concede or to look

past your spouses mistake right at

the point of happening. When we

have too many fights, our encounters

become reminders of how we

must prepare to defend or to attack.

Fighting over the TV remote

control is not a battle worth your

while. You may win the battle but

you will have lost the war. I like to

use what I call the law of support.

You cannot oppose a person whom

you love if you have never supported

them. Support before you

oppose. This way your opposition

is received in the light of previous

support not in the shadow of previous


2) Check your tone of Voice

Many fights end up being about

arrogance and pride than the real

issue. Your tone of voice will often

determine whether your spouse

will listen and engage you in a civil

manner or if they will launch into

a ‘crazy’ tirade. As much as possible

introduce your point of contention

with seriousness but also with

calmness. Your spouse will listen

to your words but will also listen

to your tone because it is what

communicates your perception

of them. Sometimes people don’t

raise their voices but they are sarcastic

and demeaning. Whilst its

ok for your tone to be as you feel,

you must learn to maturely hold

back and rephrase. Say what you

mean and mean what you say.

3) Don’t call each other names

A fight can easily become a session

of verbally abusing one another.

When we fight nicely we attack the

issue not the person. As difficult

as it may be to not call him a fool,

you will soon realise that it brings

out the worst in a person. She will

never forget the jab at her weight

issue when you called her a ‘fat

slob’ even though the issue of the

fight had nothing to do with her

weight. It’s only small people who

have a low esteem of themselves

who verbally abuse others into

submission. When we have been

mocked we sometimes keep quiet

not because we give in but because

we are planning our revenge.

4)Decide your point of ceasefire

If you want to win arguments by

pinning your spouse down and

counting to three as in a wrestling

match you may be fighting

for a long time. Long fights breed

resentment and end up being extremely

complicated. As you start

a fight make a decision at what

point you will let it go. Some people

jus don’t know when to stop. I’m

not saying walk away and give the

silent treatment. I’m saying decide

to say “Look we’ve said everything

that needs to be said so lets move

forward with an agreed position”.

5) Agree to seek mediation

Husband and wife fights get really

ugly when either no one knows or

when too many people know the

issue. The two of you will be able

to solve issues based on how much

each one is willing to hear their

partner out and respond objectively.

When this does not happen then

it is wise to seek mediation. Let

your spouse know and if possible

get their consent to seek mediation

or counsel on the matter. This allows

each of you to tell their side

of the story to the mediator whilst

your partner listens. Many times

you will hear things that you have

never heard even though your

spouse swears they’ve told all this

before. Be careful that you don’t go

around telling anybody and everybody

that cares to listen because it

makes it very difficult for you to

think straight and for your spouse

to respond to the many versions

and opinions of your friends or


Let me challenge you once again to

apply these things into your marriage.

I agree that they are hard

but it is true that they are not impossible.

A good marriage is not a

matter of luck but of choice.

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March 22 to 28 2015


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Rise above,

Take flight &

Move on!

Usave Saskam,

verenga udzore pfungwa



Precious Nemutenzi

Form 5 & 6

Stop The Violence

continued from previous week

Dawn arrived earlier than expected. It found me reluctantly

treading the streets of peaceville again for the second time.

It was the peak hour and people briskly marched to their

work places. Everyone seemed not to care about the next

person. More than thrice, someone would bump into me and never

bothered to apologise. Even though I was still new to Peaceville,

I swiftly noticed that its citizens were not benevolent. As I

walked round a busy street corner, I was extremely exasperated

by the noise of rank marshals calling out definitely to invite passengers

to board commuter omnibuses which were commonly

known as kombis.

Out of the blue, the action recommenced. Sirens sounded in

the chilly morning air and whirling lights flashed everywhere.

The screening of brakes and alarming sounds from other pedestrians

made me to stop moving. I looked around and havoc was

far and wide. the sound of the car doors being violently slammed

at once redirected my sight to my rear. A squad of furious policemen

stormed out of the police car and sprinted towards the

kombis. Within a blink of an eye, the law enforcers were already

smashing the windscreens of the kombis vigorously. An old man

struggled to save himself as he had been incised by the broken

glass. He was sitting on the front seat in one of the kombis which

were parked on a strictly prohibited street. The pitiable old creature

never saw the batter stick strike and was only startled by

status quo he found himself in.

Almost simultaneously, another kombi which was parked

at the far end unexpectedly reserved. Instantaneously, it veered

into the busy traffic jam. The driver was determined to save his

kombi’s windscreen and fled off with the vehicle. His misdemeanor

deeply infuriated the policemen who angrily took up their

chase in their own car. The two vehicles turned traffic chaotic

and regaled onlookers. Unfortunately, the fun turned awkward

sooner than it became adrenaline-charged. An innocent school

boy was trying to cross the road unaware of the ‘cat and mouse’

game in the city. He was accidentally hit by the kombi. Grudging

losing the chase, the kombi driver wickedly continued with his

contest as if nothing had transpired.

The angelic little boy lay cold and lifeless in a pool of his

own blood. The policemen involved in the chase looked foolish

as they stood in front of the corpse. They were diminished by

the insults and rebukes they received from fuming observers.

That afternoon, Peaceville’s routine was altered as thousands of

citizens marched up and down the roads singing and shouting

with a common voice. Metancholic mourners dressed in black

wept while carrying the coffin bearing the boy’s body. It was

loud and clear that the people had enough violence and wanted

tranquility. The demonstration was steered by school kids who

were friends of the deceased. The pupils, clad in their school uniforms,

held a banner written in bold



March 22 to 28 2015

Ask the Doctor

Dr Kudzayi Munanzvi

I am a 53 year old woman and

have been suffering from excessive

sweating. My doctor has

told me that it is caused by menopause

and will pass but it is extremely

distressing . The initial

symptom is usually a sensation

of warmth over my entire body

then the sweating starts. It can

be so bad as to drip down my face

and back. These attacks happen

many times each day. Is there anything

that I can take to relieve

these symptoms?

Menopause occurs when menstruation

stops for more than

one year in a woman usually

around the age of 55. It is actually

a process that can take several

years to complete.

There is essentially a change

in the hormonal milieu in a

woman’s body and this leads

to changes in several body systems.

The result is many symptoms

including hot flushes, as

you have described, urinary frequency,

vaginal dryness , increase

in risk of cardiovascular

disease, increased rate of bone

loss and mood swings. Severity

of each of these symptoms varies

from one person to the next.

There are a variety of remedies

for hot flushes ranging

from basic lifestyle changes

such as exercise and wearing

natural materials such as cotton.

Exercise has been found

to alleviate symptoms in more

than fifty percent of patients.

Avoiding triggers such as stress,

alcohol and spicy foods may also

be helpful.

A variety of homeopathic

remedies containing phyto-oestrogens

may be helpful. These

are readily available at many

pharmacies ; however it is always

wise to check with your

doctor before taking any herbal

medications. As a last resort,

your doctor can prescribe

hormone replacement therapy

which really does help with the

flushes .

Not everyone is a candidate

for hormone replacement therapy

because it has a variety of

side effects including increased

risk of cancer.

My husband has just been diagnosed

with colorectal cancer. I

am greatly distressed and worried

that my children may have a

risk of getting it.

Colorectal cancer is a type of

cancer found in the large intestines.

It usually arises in a patient

with preexisting polyps

and is more common in developed


Patients with a family history,

in your case a first degree relative,

have a two to three fold increased

risk. Other lifestyle factors

such as obesity, a diet rich

in red meat and low in fibre and

alcohol intake also result in increased


These are known as modifiable

factors as they can be altered by

making lifestyle changes to lower

the risk. A family history of

polyps and a number of genetic

abnormalities are found in many

patients with colorectal cancer.

There are a number of screening

tests available that may able

to detect the cancer at an early

stage. Screening is useful in patients

who are at risk of getting

colon cancers and is commonly

performed in older patients.

Symptoms to watch out for

include change in bowel habit,

worsening constipation , blood

in stool and aweight loss .

A sample of stool can be taken

to test for the presence of

blood as a preliminary screening


Thereafter , your doctor can

perform a colonoscopy which is

a visual inspection of the colon

through a scope introduced into

the colon from the rectum.

It has the advantage that it allows

the surgeon to biopsy any

suspicious lesions that he finds.

I hope this helps. Best wishes to

your family.

With winter coming up, is it

advisable to have a flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given annually

and contains three or four

virus strains which vary

from season to season.

The American Centre

for Disease Control and

Prevention recommend

that everyone older than

six months should receive the

vaccine. It is administered as

an injection or nasal spray

and provides protection

for one year. It

has been shown by

various studies,

to significantly

reduce disease ,


and death.

Among young

children, who are

particularly at risk,

the vaccine also reduces


to their household contacts.

After the jab, minor side

effects such as runny nose

and sore throat but these

resolve after a few days.

For any feedback questions

and suggestions regarding

this column, kindly

email Dr Kudzayi Munanzvi

on ksmautsa@

March 22 to 28 2015


Romance with the

Steam Trains

Benjamin Leon

There was a hive of activity

on the platform of the Harare

railway station recently when

150 passengers boarded the

train hauled by a steam engine

to Ruwa Country Club.

The engine—a 15A Class Garret

commissioned by Rhodesia

Railways in 1952—is

credited to have travelled two

million miles. The previous

week, the St Valentine’s Day

Run carried 190 passengers

to Ruwa.

The train comprised

eight coaches, most of them

dining cars which were taken

out of moth balls and were on

loan from the Railway Museum

in Bulawayo. Travelling

down memory lane with a

steam engine has been going

on in Bulwayo for some time,

when passengers filled steam

trains going to Victoria Falls

and Figtree. Mr. Robin Taylor,

Chairman of the Mashonaland

branch of the History

Society of Zimbabwe liased

with railway officials in Harare

to run steam trains from

Harare where he believed

there was a market for such a

venture. In Shona it is called

a chitima.

On the platform many

photographic enthusiasts

photographed friends and relatives

with the Garret, hissing

steam, as a backgound. On

this trip a water bowser was

attached imediately behind

the engine. The engine itself

was not in prime condition

and was leaking in various

areas. She was in need of refurbishment.

At 10am prompt, huffing

and puffing with huge clouds

of steam coming out of the

piston chambers the mechanical

giant began its journey

to Ruwa Country Club, with

many passengers leaning out

of windows. The train conductor,

Sargent Major Charles

Mwanywa of the NRZ Security

Branch informed passengers

that the train would stop

at Mabvuku Siding for a photo

shoot. He advised that when

he blew his whistle passengers

should re-embark.

Photographs were taken

of the huge locomotive billowing

smoke, and a crowd

gathered around the driving

cab watching the firemen

shovelling coal into the

huge boiler. Passengers were

thrilled to be allowed on the

footplate. Meanwhile a petrol

driven machine was pumping

water into the engine from

the bowser. The locomotive

is segmented, allowing it to

bend and negotiate track

curves with ease. A huge water

tank is mounted on top of

the front engine and the coal

tender is mounted on the rear

engine.The weight is what allows

efficient traction. When

the wheels start to slip more

water is added to increase

weight. The boiler in the centre

is free of any mechanism.

The railway line in places

ran parallel with the road and

a number of motorist could be

seen photographing the train

as it moved along.

After a brief stop at Ruwa

Siding the train moved on a

further five kilometres to the

Ruwa Country Club. This

was not a regular halt and

trains working authorities

had arranged for the normal

traffic to be held back until

the train had discharged passengers.

It later moved onto

the next siding where the engine

was detached and then

shunted to the rear of the

train where it was coupled

on —this time the engine was

running backwards. There

was no facilty in the area to

turn the locomotive around.

The club house was about

a kilometre away from the

train stop and passengers had

the option of walking or taking

a ride in coach laid on by

the NRZ.

Sitting in the shade of a

huge tree in front of the club

house passengers sat down to

a three course lunch.

Mr. Robin Taylor in his

address, gave a brief history

of engine No 414, which was

commissioned in 1952 and

had travelled two million

miles. It was in need of refurbishment

but had performed

very well. He had liased with

railway authorities to extend

the romance of steam trains

to Harare where he believed

there was a market for such

a venture. Mr. Norman Ushe,

Traffic Officer (Train Crew

Management) thanked Mr

Taylor for his assistance. It

was noted that another steam

train would be run during the

school holidays and the Easter

weekend. The steam train trip

today was organised entirely

by the NRZ.

Mr Taylor announced the

forthcoming 60th wedding anniversary

of John and Maureen

Elliot (both 81) who were

present and had been married

at Ruwa Country Club in 1955.

At 3pm passengers departed

for the halt where they

found the train waiting, with

the steam engined coupled on

backwards onto the guard’s

van. With a loud whistle and

huge clouds of steam it started

for Harare at 3:15pm. There

were no stops on the return

journey and it pulled into the

Harare Station platform at


Norman Ushe, Traffic Officer at NRZ, thanks Robin Taylor for his input in promoting

steam trains in Harare.

The 15A Class Garret shunting in the yard of Harare Station.It was commisioned in 1952 it has travelled

two million miles. insert: Engine Driver Webster Mwarumbe in the driver’s cab of the 15A Class Garret

On the platform taking family photos with a background of engine and clouds of steam

Passengers photograph the steam train during a stop at Mabvuku Siding

Having lunch at Ruwa Country Club

Conductor Sgt Major Charles Mwanywa of NRZ Security Branch chats with passengers.


March 22 to 28 2015

Getaways and outings for 22 March

Drag Racing at Donnybrook

Rosie Mitchell

Bulawayo Museum Fun Day

In Bulawayo Saturday 28 March from 10am is a Museum

Fun Day which offers many enjoyable activities,

including a quiz, treasure hunt, archaeological

dig, car boot sale and more, all a commendable community

effort to keep this important national treasure

alive and well. Many efforts are being made in

Bulawayo to retain interest in the Museum and there

is currently a Temporary Display of Dinosaurs of

Zimbabwe. Every Tuesday at 1pm an episode of the

BBC production ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ is being

screened. There is also a Museum Conservation Club

which meets on Fridays from 2 to 3pm, with an interesting

topic each week. If looking for a family-friendly

outing, see the dinosaur display, watch the film on

Tuesday, pop along to Conservation Club Friday, then

on Saturday, enjoy a social Fun Day!

Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup and

Open Water Swim

Triathletes whether elite or enjoying this sport for

fun and fitness, are busy training for their big event

in Nyanga on 28 March, the Troutbeck ATU Triathlon

African Cup incorporating the Troutbeck Mile

Open Water Swim and National Triathlon Championships.

The country’s top triathletes will be out in

force, but like all ZimTri events, anyone can participate,

whether just in the Swims (1500 or 750 metres),

or in the usual range of Triathlon events for different

age groups and abilities. Troutbeck has special rates

for this exciting weekend, and whether you go along

to participate or support, this makes a great family

getaway! See

Drag Racing at Donnybrook today

If all this sounds way too energetic, take the family

for a day out at Donnybrook. Today is the first in the

Telecel Drag Racing Series 2015, and a social and festive

way to spend a day. These events attract a diverse

and friendly crowd and the races are very exciting.

There is lots laid on for the kids and food and drink

available. You can take your own picnic or braai too.

Musical delights abound

Elsewhere in Style is coverage of the Eisteddfod. Today

at Prince Edward School enjoy lovely piano and

vocal solos from some of the country’s best. This afternoon,

enjoy Marden Singers ‘A Little Jazz Mass’

at Arundel School Chapel at 3pm, composed by Bob

Chilcott of the King Singers and professional musician

for the BBC. This offers classical music for

voices and instruments with the spoken word and

features well-known Zimbabwean musicians and locally

based artists from Japan, Turkey, Britain and

Holland. Next weekend, are the Eisteddfod Final and

Junior Highlights Concert on 28 and 29 March and

a Chamber Music Concert in Arundel Chapel on 29

March at 3pm featuring Jeanette Micklem, Catherine

Stirling, Amy, Arianna and Abigail Macy. At 3.30pm

on 28 and 29 March, the Phoenix and Harare Male

Voice Choirs plus guests perform a selection of classical

choral excerpts in St Mary Magdalene Church





In this issue

of Arts & Culture

(1,2 Arts

(4) Celeb News

(3) Breaking New Ground





March 22 to 28 2015

After years of groping

in the dark,

Chipo Nenzou

finally finds her


Patricia Mabviko Musanhu

Thinner is Better

An education system

that focuses on academics

alone forces

students to put all

their attention towards acquiring

theoretical knowledge.

The assumption is that

this theoretical knowledge is

the most important form of

education they need when it

comes to finding a career. In

such a system, very little or

no recognition is placed on

practical subjects or in understanding

the soft skills

of the students in question

with a view to using these

as additional skills to help

guide them to their careers.

In addition, very little focus

is placed on helping the students

to understand the different

careers available in the

market place so that whilst

they are in school, they can

begin to create some linkages

between what they are learning

and where they are likely

to settle in terms of a career.

Chipo Nenzou is a product

of such a system and like

many students, she struggled

to find a link between the theory

she had learnt at school

and a career she could pursue.

Her search for a career

was a journey filled with confusion

and uncertainty until

a friend helped to direct

her to a most suitable career

through recognizing her soft


‘’You study quite a lot of

subjects at school and none

of these really link you to any

career because they are so

broad. I didn’t know which

direction to take in terms of

choosing a career and worse

still for me I never got the opportunity

to get some career

guidance whilst at school, ’’

said Chipo.

Chipo completed her ‘O’

levels without any idea of

what she was going to do

next. Concerned with her situation,

her mother suggested

that she takes up nursing

and so she applied and got a

place to do nursing in England.

This course was to last

only a short while.

‘I dropped out because I

didn’t like it and in no time I

was back at home. However, I

couldn’t just sit at home. I realized

that I had to do something

to earn a living and so

I took up a course in secretarial

studies and soon after

wards got a job as a receptionist,

‘’ she said.

Chipo worked for six

months and then left for a

better paying job where she

worked as a personal assistant.

After two years, she left

this job to join a Non Governmental

Organization for another

secretarial position. It

was whilst working for this

organization that Chipo came

to appreciate the importance

of considering her soft skills

in choosing a career.

‘I want to thank a friend of

mine who advised that I consider

taking up a career in social

work because of my natural

ability to sit and listen to

people. I never saw this as a

strength that could possibly

be considered when choosing

a career. I am an introvert

naturally and I have an ability

to give a lot of undivided

attention to someone when I

am interacting with them,’’

she added.

Understanding who she is

helped Chipo to find her way

to a career she has now undertaken

to pursue. Chipo’s

strength in terms of her character

played an important

role in helping her to make

a different career choice. She

now believes that it is important

for any young person to

do a self assessment of their

character and identify their

strengths and weaknesses

with a view to using this assessment

to help them choose

a career in addition to their

education. This will help people

to avoid taking up whatever

is available or whatever

career is thrown at them.

Chipo also advises parents

to help their children walk

this journey of self discovery

from much earlier on in their

schooling lives so that they

are not groping in the dark

throughout their lives trying

to find a career most suitable

for them.

‘I am studying towards a

Diploma in Social Work with

one of the local universities

and will be graduating this

year. I love what I am doing

now and I think it’s where I

am supposed to be. It’s taken

a lot of time to get to where I

am today but I am happy that

I am finally here,’’ she said.

Patricia Mabviko Musanhu

is a Company Director/

Producer at Black and White

Media Productions. She can

be contacted at pmabviko@

Josephine Kanengoni

Yes. It’s a political statement I know. But I stand by it. I’m

so sick and tired of people skirting around the issue and

acting like the only reason weight is an issue is because

we as a people are concerned about our health. We all

know the real reason why weight loss is so celebrated. Just ask

Jennifer Hudson and the Oprah of the early 90’s. Life is better

on the other side of the scale.

In an ideal world – size wouldn’t matter. People would strut

their goodies- whatever size of said goodies. Gabourey Sidibe

would be treated with the same reverence as Halle Berry and

Mariah and her millions wouldn’t struggle so publicly with

weight issues. What’s on the outside really, honestly, wouldn’t

count for anything. But unfortunately society’s standards are

harsh. And society is not too kind to big people. There is a picture

already approved for what beauty looks like, and the one

consistent fact - beauty is always thin. This is the reason why

women as powerful as Oprah will try and fail and try again

to lose weight. Because as happy as they are, they know losing

weight would make them happier. It’s the reason Monique

will tell you she is a lot happier now, even though she insisted

when she was plus size that she wouldn’t change a thing about

herself. It’s the reason why the average adult woman’s life is

filled with obsessions of numbers on the scale and failed diets.

Because ‘big’ is not a good look – not by society’s standards.

And no matter how strong a person you are, no matter how

happy and content, how proud of your achievements, how sure

of your capabilities, every now and then, the reality that all

this would be better enjoyed with a size 8 figure will hit you.

But the worst part, our attempt as society to show our progression

in embracing people of all sizes. Lauding ‘plus size’

women like Salma Hayek and Kim Kardashian as our way of

saying ‘Look at us. We like everyone now– ‘fat’ people included’.

All this does? Affirm the truth that we’re a world that really

doesn’t want to embrace the reality of what big really means.

Because as beautiful and curvy as these women are; none of

them is at the center of the problem. It’s the Gabourey’s, the

ordinary women who make up over a third of our population.

The young girl starving herself or stuffing her face then spending

all night with her face on the toilet seat. The people who

long every single day to lose those extra pounds – whatever it

takes. Those are the people who really understand the plight of

the ‘fat’ woman.

March 22 to 28 2015


Born free Exhibition:

A Whole New Mind

Zvikomborero Mandangu

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe

will be hosting the first

edition of the Born Free Exhibition,

an exhibition which

seeks to give a voice to those born

in the jubilation of an independent

Zimbabwe under the theme A Whole

New Mind from the 16th of April to

the 15th of June 2015.

This exhibition seeks to explore

the importance of this generation

of Zimbabweans and examine challenges

they face in light of issues

of identity, religion and history.

The exhibition will provide a form

of inspiration to solutions through

the artists’ work from their own informed

context and more complete

picture of the Zimbabwean reality.

These young artists will present artworks

in different mediums which

will interrogate the frustrations,

hopes and social views of their generation.

These young artists will engage

in their own realities from the 1980s

to the present day. Hearing echoes

from the older generation of artists

has been exciting, but one must not

forget that the reflection finds inspiration

in the day to day struggles

they encounter.

There is a war every generation

has to fight. Every generation has

to fight for their rights or problems

affecting them. The born-frees have

their struggles which they have

to fight which include corruption,

need for jobs and equal opportunities

for everyone. All this is compounded

by the crises related to

identity, religion and history they

have to deal with.

What happened during the colonial

rule is not immediate for this

generation thus they cannot relate.

Their problems, like those of a fairly

young state, are all consuming

and seem unmanageable. The talk

of how conditions were better during

colonial rule is constantly being

disproved. It has been shown that

opportunities offered by the minority

white government were limited

to a few blacks and that life under

white rule was not really desirable –

the curfews, the infamous pass and

the much hated segregation.

This exhibition offers a platform

for the young artists to posit the

question: What roles can the born

frees play in bettering their own

lives and that of the nation at large?

The world has become fluid in terms

of information flow and how people

ought to conduct themselves in their

respective societies. They reiterate

the need to move away from blaming

others and offer solutions to the

current problems whilst embracing

that the past shapes the future. They

also think that the solutions lie in

realizing that the present is an interwoven

mixture that requires several

individuals with dynamic ideas

to continuously improve on past and

present accomplishments.


Aquarius PR

Zimbabwe’s advertising communications

industry will honour the

best advertising in the country

during 2014 at the DStv Ngoma

Awards, scheduled to be held in Harare

in early April.

The Ngoma awards are designed

to recognise and reward excellence in

advertising communications and have

been held each year since 2005. Based on

entries from advertising agencies and

other individuals and organisations,

the awards competition is adjudicated

by a panel of local judges and an international

judge, and awards are handed

out in more than a dozen categories.

The overall award for campaign of the

year is the most prestigious of the selection

and will this year be named the

Feel Every Moment Award, as a result

of continued support from MultiChoice

Zimbabwe, which is also this year’s title


“We are delighted with the support

from MultiChoice, as well as from our

other sponsors, and this has enabled the

competition to be run for 10th year, with

a record number of entries from a large

number of entrant organisations,” said

Judy Macdonald, a member of the organising


The deadline for entries at the end

of January saw almost 320 entries in the

various categories. Judging is now taking

place and the awards presentation

will take place at a glittering luncheon

on Saturday April 11, an event open to

anyone interested or involved in advertising,

marketing, sales and public relations,

as well as from the media.

“We are hoping for a good turnout of

industry professionals this year, especially

from among the sales and marketing

managers who control the advertising

decision-making within corporates.

They have not attended in the numbers

they should in recent years, and we feel

it is important for them to see what is

happening within the advertising communications

industry and be part of the

process of change and development,”

said Ms Macdonald.

More information can be sourced from

(04) 870306 or


March 22 to 28 2015

Festive Marimba Challenge at

NIAA Eisteddfod

Rosie Mitchell

The Marimba Challenge is an exciting annual

event at the National Institute of Allied Arts

(NIAA) Eisteddfod. Considered one of several

particular highlights of the festival, it

is very festive and always draws a large audience.

This year’s edition met all expectations,

with an enthusiastic crowd of proud parents,

teachers and general public turning out to

enjoy an hour and a half of really excellent

entertainment! Those Marimba Ensembles

which have been awarded Honours during

their adjudications earlier in the festival can

come forward to participate in the Junior and

Senior Challenges. 104 marimba ensembles

performed at this year’s Eisteddfod and of

these, 7 junior schools and 11 senior schools

were awarded Honours, the highest accolade

attainable at the NIAA Eisteddfod and its

other three festivals (Visual Arts, Literary,

plus Speech and Drama, which take place in

June and July). Last Friday’s young performers

were clearly enjoying themselves at least

as much as those watching and listening to

them, and demonstrated very well, why they

had attained such high marks!

The Challenges were held on the Prince

Edward Schools basketball court. These talented

youngsters injected a great deal of

energy, action, dance and humour into their

performances. The music was excellent and

entertainment value top notch and the audience

loved it all. Seeing young performers enjoying

themselves so much producing music,

while and making their audience happy, was

a heart-warming experience. Adjudicated by

Boudina McConnachie and Anthony Caplan,

both from Grahamstown, and with compère

Blessing Chimanga, the afternoon’s musicmaking

ended on a high note, with all in a festive

mood. Eisteddfod Director Nicky Hammond,

gave a short, upbeat speech while the




adjudicators deliberated. The quality of the

performances in the Challenges was so high

that their task to select the Trophy winners

was extremely challenging!

The Nic Manomano Challenge Trophy

for winner of the Junior Marimba Challenge

went to the Dominican Convent Grade 6 Marimba

Band, with Runner Up, Mother Touch

Primary School. The Kutinya Challenge Trophy

went to Prince Edward School, with Watershed

College in second place and St John’s

College in third place.

The fourth international Adjudicator, Ben

Costello arrived from England last week to

begin his expert assessments of young performances

at the Eisteddfod. It is delightful to see

him back in Zimbabwe. Like fellow invited adjudicators,

Eren Levendoglu from Turkey (but

who grew up in Zimbabwe), Anthony Caplan

and Boudina McConnachie, he is an excellent

adjudicator who puts the young performers

at ease and provides much constructive feedback

and encouragement. Ben conducted

the HIFA 2010 Opening Show, a performance

of Carl Orff ’s great work ‘Carmina Burana’.

As a member of the large choir who sang

this amazing work, with the visual drama

provided by actors and dancers, I thoroughly

enjoyed being trained and conducted for this

performance by the affable Ben, who in the final

days before the big night, consolidated and

fine-tuned our earlier training under Colbert

Mpofu. Ben is a superb musician, conductor

and choir master and a very friendly person

with a great sense of humour. He is also very

experienced adjudicator and is a well-known

conductor, musical director, pianist and singing


There is much still to enjoy at this year’s

very full Eisteddfod Programme, so make a

point of going along. If you haven’t yet booked

for the Final Concert and Junior Performers’

Highlights Concerts on 28 and 29 March, do

so soon at The Spotlight, it is filling up! This

morning till lunchtime at PE School you can

go and enjoy piano sonatas, vocal jazz solos

16 to 21 and the Open category for men’s and

women’s vocal recitals and opera, so you can

be assured of a delightful, high quality morning

of some of the country’s finest. Just some

of next week’s highlights are the Vocal Challenges

at Harare International school (HIS) on

25 March at 6.30 pm, and Bands and Orchestras

on 27 March, also at HIS. Better still, get

a programme ($2) from PE today so you can

make the most of the festival before it ends on

29 March.

March 22 to 28 2015



Kim Kardashian

For the Kim Kardashian fans - new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns this Sunday !

E! Entertainment’s famous Kardashian

clan return this March, airing one week

after it’s US debut

The Kardashians are back! The 10th season

of Keeping up with the Kardashians returns

on Sunday 22 March exclusive to E! Entertainment

on DStv Channel 124 and airs one

week after the US debut episode screened on

15 March.

The famous American family return home

to a brand new season on E! after Kim’s fairytale

dream wedding in Italy to Kanye West

culminated in season 9. In the new season,

post wedding bliss is juxtaposed with Kim’s

pregnancy struggles to conceive a sibling for

North West.

This season will also focus on the private

lives of her siblings and changes in the family

dynamics. Younger sister Kendall’s modelling

career starts to soar as she becomes a hit on

the catwalks, and we follow Kourtney’s journey

through her third pregnancy. It’s not all

joy though as “momager” Kris deals with the

aftermath of her separation from Bruce and

speculation about her new relationship ensues.

There’s sure to be plenty of drama, glamour,

laughter and tears with this family as

they meet life’s triumphs and tragedies headon

in their trademark Kardashian style, supporting

each other always through the good

and the bad.

This exclusive 10th season of Keeping Up

with The Kardashians is one not to be missed,

only on E! on DStv channel 124 at 8pm .

For more information log on to

Tune in to ‘Murder in the First’ on M-Net-Pic2

Guardians of the Galaxy airs on M-Net

Movies Premiere on Sunday 22 March at

20:30 CAT

Comic actor Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation)

transformed himself into a hunk to

take the lead in this intergalactic adventure

from the blockbuster studio that brought you

Thor, The Avengers and Iron Man. The most

unlikely superheroes in the Marvel Comics

universe come together to stop a fanatic intergalactic

warrior from taking control of the

galaxy. The result: An action-packed epic of

comic proportions.

Murder in the First will air on M-Net

from Sunday 22 March at 18:00 CAT

Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen

Robertson (Bates Motel) star in this intriguing

mystery drama. Detectives Terry English and

Hildy Mulligan are investigating two seemingly

separate murders when they stumble on

one very high-profile clue: both of these cases

are linked to a Silicon Valley prodigy with a

lot to lose. An intricate and complex web of

lies and deceit mask the true events of both

murders- and the killer’s identity.

CSI : Cyber Premieres on M-Net on

Wednesday 25 March at 21:30 CAT

A spin-off of the CSI franchise, this fast-paced

crime drama is right up your alley if you enjoy

series like Criminal Minds, Major Crimes

and NCIS: Los Angeles. Golden Globe winner

Patricia Arquette (Medium) stars in this allnew

crime drama about cyber psychologist

Avery Ryan who heads up the Cyber Crime

Division of the FBI. Together with her expert

forensic team, these CSIs solve internet-related

crimes that extend to hacking, cyber-theft,

blackmail and even murder.

Man vs Expert airs on Discovery Channel

on Wednesday 25 March at 22:00 CAT

Watch this absorbing new series to find out

if it’s ever possible to shortcut your way to

the top. Each episode sees hustler Alexis Conran

take on three intense challenges against

world-class experts. Can he come up with a

way to beat them at their own game without

having gone through years of hard work and

training? In any normal head-to-head contest

Alexis wouldn’t stand a chance, but he

will travel the world and look to science and

technology as well as his hustling skills in his

determination to come out on top. He’ll then

share the techniques and tricks employed in

his attempt to beat the expert, be it a sporting

champion, a professor or even the World’s

Strongest Man.

Akon By Akon: An African Dream Come

True airs on Trace Urban on Wednesday

25 March at 23:00 CAT

From his debut on The Score with the Fugees

and his chart-topping R&B hits, through special

collaborations and social activism, Akon

is now a genuine global icon. To celebrate the

upcoming release of a new album, Stadium,

TRACE Urban screens an exclusive documentary

celebrating his incredible career!

Marriage Bootcamp S2 premieres on Lifetime

on Friday 27 March at 20:45 CAT

It features five outrageous Bridezillas and

their husbands living together in the same

house for an extreme marriage boot camp, in

an effort to work out their marriage demons

and answer the burning question - is their

marriage worth saving? Couples whose marriages

are on a path to destruction undergo

a two week boot camp, where they are put

through a progressive series of strategic exercises

and drills designed to get at the root of

what’s destroying their marriages. With their

marriages headed for divorce, one couple has

already filed papers to end their union. Will

they be able to save their marriages or is it too

little too late?

Botched up Bodies will air on TLC Entertainment

from Friday 27 March at 20:55


This documentary series will be following

some of Britain’s top plastic surgeons who

correct cosmetic surgery disasters. With exclusive,

behind-the-scenes access to the renowned

plastic surgery unit at the Chelsea

and Westminster Hospital, the surgeons correct

the catastrophes and give the victims the

bodies, faces, teeth and tums that they have

always wanted.

Top: Early Talents airs on Trace Sport

Stars on Friday 27 March at 21:00 CAT

This show turns back the clock to look at how

some of the biggest female athletes showed

their promise in their early years. Beating

the competition is nothing new to these champions,

and we show how their blossoming

talents formed foundations for incredible careers.

Stars include Gabby Douglas, who won

her first competition aged just eight, and tennis

superstar Maria Sharapova, who started

playing at nine and turned pro at just fourteen!

Young & Hungry will premiere on M-Net

Series Zone on Tuesday 31 March at 19:30


Gabi, a feisty, young chef, has just landed an

interview for her dream job – personal chef to

tech millionaire Josh. Josh’s right hand man,

Elliott, is not impressed with Gabi, but Josh

is won over by Gabi’s ability to know exactly

what he wants to eat. But when the romantic

dinner Gabi planned to help Josh propose to

his girlfriend takes a very unexpected turn,

Gabi fears she may have lost the best job she

ever had.


March 22 to 28 2015

Marlborough Environment Action

Group builds community spirit

Michael Nott

The Marlborough Environment Action Group (MEAG) was

formed in November 2013. It came about following a Local

Environment Action Plan (LEAP) training workshop for

Marlborough residents which was held in conjunction with

the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the City

of Harare. They have received support and assistance from

and other schools in an ongoing educational and awareness

programme. The idea is to ‘catch them young’ and teach the

children about the value and importance of wetlands. Hopefully

the children will also share what they learn with their

parents and with their peers, and when they grow up and become

responsible citizens our wetlands will be well cared for.

Also present at the meeting were Innocent Chigandiwa, a

young and enthusiastic member of MEAG who is always willing

to help out and take part in the group activities, and Ronald

Chirimuta, the vlei scout. Ronald’s activities include taking

bird counts, observing and protecting the bio-diversity of the

area and helping to prevent illegal dumping and cultivation.

But MEAG is not only about protecting the wetland. As

Mr. Kahari pointed out they are also trying to build up a spirit

of community co-operation among all the residents of Marlborough.

They have organised clean ups at the Civic Centre,

as well as cleaning and clearing illegal dumpsites (in particular

the dumpsite along Cheam Road, Adylinn, Marlborough),

cleaning up and beautifying the park at the Civic Centre and

cutting the long grass on the verges, among other community

projects. They are planning to soon introduce a programme of

litter monitors to help keep the area clean, as well as informing

residents about separating waste into different compostable

and recyclable bins. They also send out fliers to residents

informing them on relevant topics and encouraging participation

in community affairs. Mr. Kahari also organises a kind of

neighbourhood watch to help protect residents and their property

and he has noticed a significant drop in crime rates in the

area. They have also worked with other community based organisations

(CBOs), particularly in high density areas, sharing

their knowledge about environmental issues.

Among Mr. Kahari’s plans for the future are a recycling

project which would help to inject some cash into the community,

as well as providing skip bins for waste collection and

promoting eco tourism and non- harmful recreational use of

the vlei. MEAG is also fighting to protect the vlei from future

development and proposed housing projects.

Wouldn’t it wonderful to see more community based organisations

like this across the whole city?

Innocent Magunje from BLZ adressing the students

Arundel students returning from a walk in the vlei

It was pointed out that wetlands

are the main source of the water

supply for Harare.

the Conservation Society of Monavale (COSMO) and Birdlife

Zimbabwe (BLZ). Together with COSMO and BLZ and the Eco

Schools Programme for Mukuvisi Woodlands the commemoration

for World Wetland Day 2014 was held on the Marlborough

vlei. (This year the commemoration for schools was held on

the Monavale Vlei.)

On Monday 16th this month I was privileged to meet up

with Mr. Tendai Kahari, the secretary for MEAG, while Arundel

School was holding an outing on the vlei for their Environment

and Wildlife Club. Innocent Magunje from Birdlife

Zimbabwe and Jimmy Marope, the conservation officer from

COSMO, spoke to the young, budding environmentalists and

ecologists about the role of wetlands and their importance.

It was pointed out that wetlands are the main source of the

water supply for Harare. Most of the young ladies confirmed

that they use borehole water at home and it was emphasised

that wetlands are the source of this underground water. Marlborough

vlei forms part of a chain of wetlands that include

the Borrowdale vlei (currently under threat of development),

Northwood vlei, Vainona vlei, Avonlea vlei and Ashbrittle vlei,

all of which feed water into the Gwebi River and ultimately

into Lake Manyame. The girls were informed about the role of

wetlands in purifying water, flood alleviation and preventing

soil erosion. Later they were taken on a guided tour through

a small part of the wetland to witness for themselves the diversity

of plant and animal life. Apart from providing a breeding

ground for many migratory birds the vlei is also home to

a variety of reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Jimmy

Marope from COSMO has seen duiker, bush pigs, serval cats,

scrub hares and a number of other small species. Similar educational

and informative talks and expeditions have already

been held for Marlborough Primary and Marlborough High

and outings are planned for Avonlea and Twin Rivers Schools,

To offer support or assistance or simply to find out more email

You can contact MEAG through the Marlborough District Office

at 1 Elizabeth Windsor Road, or you can contact Mr. Kahari on

0771 961 596/77

Tendai Kahari talking to students

From left to right Jimmy Muropa, Innocent Chigandiwa, Ronald Chirimuta, Tendai Kahari and seated

Innocent Magunje

32 THE STANDARD STYLE March 22 to 28 2015

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