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Zimbabwe: Malnutrition Induced Child Deaths On the Rise - UN

[263Chat] United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur, Hilal Elver has raised alarm on the plight of women and children who are bearing the brunt of the Zimbabwean crisis.

Zimbabwe: Planned Parenthood Critical in Zimbabwe

[263Chat] The low income community of Epworth is home to twenty- five year old Virginia Gondo, a mother of three.

Zimbabwe: Prioritise Child Rights, Parliament Urged

[The Herald] Parliament must prioritise the crafting of laws relating to children to ensure their rights are upheld.

Zimbabwe: More Needs to Be Done On Child Marriage - Minister Nyoni

[263Chat] The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development has called for more action to eliminate the scourge of child marriages which remains a major impediment to the empowerment of women and girls.

Zimbabwe: Maize-Meal Subsidy Back

[The Herald] Kadoma -Subsidies on maize-meal and rice are being restored to ensure citizens have access to cheaper basic foodstuffs and cushion them against the obtaining economic challenges, President Mnangagwa has said.

Zimbabwe: Police Probe Allegations of Sexual Abuse at Nyatsime College

[The Herald] Police are investigating reports on cases of sexual abuse of students at Nyatsime College in Chitungwiza.

Zimbabwe: Paedophiles in Our Schools - the Time to Act Is Now!

[The Herald] A dark cloud engulfed the education system in Zimbabwe in 2005, when news broke that over 50 pupils from Macheke Primary School had been sexually abused by more than five people, among them a teacher and a caretaker.

Gunshots Fired Toward Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Chamisa by Police Officers – Spokesperson

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Nelson Chamisa, president of the Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change, came on Sunday under fire, opened by police officers in the city of Marondera, Chamisa’s spokesperson said in a statement.

R and F, Zisco US$1 billion deal collapses

A Chinese investor, R and F, that was looking at acquiring stake in the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company, has finally advised Government that it is pulling out of the deal.

Lafarge seals US$15m deal

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe says it has concluded a US$15 million financing facility to fund the expansion of its operations.

Botswana firm eyes Zim gems

Ishemunyoro Chingwere Business Reporter World-renowned diamond exploration and project development company, Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD) has acquired shareholding in a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created by London-listed junior miner, Vast Resources, that will enable the firm to realise its dream of participating in Zimbabwe’s diamond sector. The agreement will see BOD, which has licences in […]

Zim named among Africa’s finest safaris

Panashe Chikonyora Business Reporter AFRICA’s largest online market place for safari holidays on the African continent, SafariBookings, has named Zimbabwe among the continent’s finest safari destinations for the year 2019. Zimbabwe was awarded a rating of 4,38 out of 5 rating, placing it at number 4 among a list of 12 African countries with the […]

Zimbabwe on brink of man-made starvation

Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe now on brink of man-made starvation, UN rights expert warns

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Supporters Invade Mugabe Farm

[Zimbabwe Standard] Suspected Zanu PF supporters yesterday invaded a farm belonging to former president Robert Mugabe on the outskirts of Harare.

Zimbabwe: Vice President Chiwenga Reveals Disease

[New Zimbabwe] Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has revealed he was suffering from a disease of the oesophagus which took him to China where he was hospitalised for four months.

Zimbabwe: Chiwenga, Wife Mystery Deepens

[Zimbabwe Standard] Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday held a homecoming party where his wife and senior Zanu PF officials were conspicuous by their absence.

Zimbabwe: VP Fights Back in Tussle With Ex-Wife

[Zimbabwe Standard] Vice-President Kembo Mohadi has approached the High Court seeking to stop his former wife from selling his property following a nasty divorce.

Zimbabwe: Chiwenga - Striking 'Young' Doctors Demanding Rich Pickings

[New Zimbabwe] VICE PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga says he was puzzled by the continued refusal by hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors who are demanding "rich pickings".

Zimbabwe: Minister 'Lied' to Scuttle Deal

[Zimbabwe Standard] Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza has been accused of deliberately misleading cabinet in a bid to scuttle the US$400 million National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recapitalisation project.

Zimbabwe: MDC MP Cheats Death in Road Accident

[New Zimbabwe] HWANGE MP and MDC spokesperson Daniel Molokele Friday evening escaped with minor injuries following a car accident along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road.

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF MP Scolds 'Drunk' MDC MPs

[New Zimbabwe] AS if the ongoing rivalry between MPs representing the two main parties was not enough drama inside Zimbabwe's parliament, a Zanu PF legislator Thursday accused MDC MPs of sneaking out of the house during sitting to drink some beer within the building.

Zimbabwe: MDC Slams 'Biased', 'Worst Speaker' Jacob Mudenda

[New Zimbabwe] THE MDC has come out guns blazing at National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda for alleged bias against the main opposition's legislators.

Zimbabwe: Govt Turns to China and Cuba As Doctors Impasse Continues

[New Zimbabwe] HEALTH Minister Obadiah Moyo on Wednesday admitted government was hiring doctors from China and Cuba but denied this had anything to do with the sacking of 448 doctors over their participation in what the Labour Court has said was an illegal strike.

Zimbabwe: Hippo Valley in the Eye of a Storm

[The Herald] South African and Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett (THL) yesterday said it intends to institute civil claims against former and current top executives at Hippo Valley Estates Limited and Triangle Limited, over misstatements in its financial reports.

Zimbabwe: Patients Call for Doctors to Return

[The Herald] Patients seeking treatment from public health institutions countrywide have pleaded with junior doctors to end their impasse with the Government over salaries and find it in their hearts to assist them.

Zimbabwe: ZRP Blitz Nets Over 250 Ex-Ximex Mall Dealers

[The Herald] Harare's most difficult place for passers-by -- the former Ximex Mall area, the commuter bus terminus near Road Port and Copacabana -- have attracted the attention of the police following numerous reports of abuse, especially against women.

Zimbabwe: Be Patient With Us - ZACC Boss

[The Herald] Marondera -THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has assured the nation that it will continue investigating corruption until the nation is free from the vice.

Zimbabwe: President Caps ZOU Graduates

[The Herald] President Mnangagwa yesterday capped 2 897 graduates at Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and installed Professor Paul Henry Gundani as the institution's substantive Vice Chancellor.

Zimbabwe: President Condemns Attack on Civilians

[The Herald] The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has expressed "deep concern and strongly condemns" the attacks on civilians and the resultant violent demonstrations against United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) peacekeepers.

Inhloko zeNdaba, Lwezi 28, 2019

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Inhloko zeNdaba, Lwezi 26, 2019

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Muchinguri in Namibia poll rigging row


WINDHOEK — Namibia’s opposition parties are crying foul after incumbent President Hage Geingob was re-elected for a second term with a reduced majority on Saturday. Geingob’s rivals are claiming vote manipulation and accused the Sadc observer mission headed by Zimbabwe’s Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri of being unfit for the task. Mike Kavekotora, the leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, said they were co-ordinating with the other parties on how to respond to alleged electoral malpractices. The election was marred by allegations of faulty voting machines. Geingob received 56% of the vote, while closest challenger Panduleni Itula had 29%. Itula made history as the first independent candidate for the presidency, though he retained his ruling party membership. Itula did not attend the announcement of the final results, also aggrieved by what he saw as vote manipulation. The ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) party for the first time lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament. Swapo polled 536 861 of the votes (65,5%), earning the party 63 of the 96 seats in the National Assembly, down from the 77 won in 2014. Kavekotora, whose party won one seat in last week’s election, told reporters that Muchinguri and her delegation were unfit to observe Namibia’s elections because of persistent vote rigging allegations against her Zanu PF party. “The Sadc observer mission was loaded with a lot of people from Zimbabwe. What do we expect from somebody who was coming from a rigged election in his or her own country? How do you expect that person to come and give you a proper observation in another country? That’s just impossible …,” Kavekotora said. He said Muchinguri and her delegation could not do anything other than “rigging and basically supporting your friends in the country that you are now observing elections in”. “We consider this matter to be very serious. We’re going to engage the other political parties and we’ll keep our options open and see what’s the right course of action. Namibia cannot be manipulated. We have to come to a point where we say ‘enough’,” he added. Stergomena Tax, the Sadc executive secretary, tried to address the issue in a tweeted response on Saturday night. She said: “It should be noted that the current Sadc Organ chair is Zimbabwe, thus, the Sadc electoral observation mission (SEOM) to Namibia was led by Zimbabwe, supported by Organ Troika members — Botswana and Zambia. The mission comprised observers from 11 members states.” Shortly after arriving in Namibia before the November 27 vote, Muchinguri had a torrid time trying to explain her selection to lead the regional bloc’s election observation mission after being confronted by both the Namibian media and opposition politicians. The minister, flanked by her deputy head of mission and Zanu PF politburo member Patrick Chinamasa, responded: “It’s important to note that we are not here as individual countries, but collectively as Sadc. SEOM is well constituted with many different people including government officials, eminent persons from Sadc as well as those from the opposition. If there be need to understand more on the composition of SEOM, you can also refer to our strict terms of reference.” Muchinguri insisted that SEOM was in Namibia to merely observe the election and were not involved in the internal processes of the country. A total of 11 of the 15 parties got representation in Parliament, with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), which gained 136 576 votes or 16,6% of the total number of votes cast, becoming the official opposition. Other political parties that gained seats in the National Assembly for the first time include the Christian Democratic Voice Party and the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters, which won one and two seats respectively. The United Democratic Front, National Unity Democratic Organisation, All People’s Party and Republican Party won two seats each, while the Rally for Democracy and Progress and SWANU scraped back into the National Assembly with one seat each. The four parties that did not qualify for any seats in Parliament are the former official opposition, the Congress of Democrats, the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, the National Patriotic Front and the National Democratic Party. — Agencies

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Police pounce on land barons


POLICE in Harare have arrested eight land barons, including a former MDC councillor, as part of government efforts to bring sanity in the allocation of residential stands in the capital. BY MOSES MATENGA Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the arrest of Givemore Chikuwamba (46) and Phillip Mwanawasauka (48) of Parklege Housing Co-operative, who duped prospective housing owners of more than $18 000. “Boniface Manyonganise (54) has been arrested in Chitungwiza for defrauding a complainant of US$700 through fictitious stand offers in Nyatsime area, Chitungwiza under Yemurai Housing Co-operative. Moffart Siwizane (48) has been arrested in Kuwadzana 5 for misrepresentation in which complainants lost US$3 000 in a housing stands deal through Vanhuvatema Housing Co-operative. His accomplices Pedzisai Chibondo and Alista Kurumbi are being sought by the police,” Nyathi said. Precious Maphosa, Silvester Mamova Taurai, Simukai Matangira and Kundishora Maruwabvu were also arrested for illegally pegging residential stands and cultivating on a stand in Waterfalls. “ZRP assures members of the public that the law will certainly take its course on anyone who is involved in criminal acts of pegging, parcelling out land and offering it to people fraudulently. Members of the public should approach relevant local authority offices, government departments and institutions to acquire land through the correct and appropriate channels,” he said. Nyathi said the police blitz will continue until there is sanity. Local authorities have been battling to deal with land barons across the city amid indications that some were closely connected with political figures.

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Zim economic shocks put children at risk: UN official


UNITED Nations resident co-ordinator Maria omes Do Valle Ribeiro yesterday said the country’s economic shocks would put children at risk and hinder Zimbabwe from achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Bread prices go up again


THE prices of bread have gone up to $18 from $14 a loaf, further putting pressure on already overburdened consumers who are struggling to put food on the table due to the escalating prices of basic goods.

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Probe rogue RBZ: Biti


PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Tendai Biti yesterday said the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) must be removed from being under the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), alleging that the central bank itself was a “rogue” institution which needs investigation by the unit.

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Lawyers petition police, minister


LAWYERS yesterday held a peaceful demonstration against police brutality before handing a petition to Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga.

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Why is ED, Zanu PF desperate for MDC’s endorsement?


IN the past two weeks, Zanu PF MPs have adopted a new tactic: Disrupt any parliamentary business or refuse to engage in any dealings with the opposition and, if possible, kick them out of parliamentary committees unless they legitimise President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Doctors reject Masiyiwa, govt offers


STRIKING junior and senior doctors have turned down offers by government to return to work within two days and to be paid $5 000 monthly by Econet Wireless founder, Strive Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi, through their Higher Life Foundation (HLF), extending Zimbabwe’s health crisis.

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Editorial Comment: Politics of confrontation will get us nowhere


ANYONE who has bothered to follow the Zimbabwean story is bound to be very weary by now, given the roller coaster dramatic political and economic twist and turns.

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Ariel seeks exit route


AFTER 13 years on the local football scene, Soccer Star finalist and Highlanders goalkeeper, Ariel Sibanda, hopes for a Chibuku Cup triumph against Ngezi Platinum Stars at Barbourfields Stadium today for a ticket to participate in the Caf Confederations Cup, which could set him on the path to unlock the elusive move to a league outside the country.

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‘A different power matrix playing out in Zanu PF’


Vice-President Costantino Chiwenga returned home last week from China where he was receiving treatment. He arrived aboard a Chinese plane and the Chinese deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, led the delegates, who included Chiwenga’s brother and son, minus top government officials who welcomed him at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

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The other side of Janet Manyowa


POUNDING on her computer in an office where she deals with figures as a finance manager, a few cannot understand the boss in Janet Manyowa and the humility she has as a preacher of the word through music.

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Carnage in hospitals continues


TOUTS are usually known for their confidence, foul language and naughtiness, but recently, they sobered up when one of their own died right on the streets with his hospital record card in hand, after failing to get medication at one of Harare’s hospitals.

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Govt brutality on citizens bad example for nation


Every community and society's norms and standards are usually set by those in authority. That is why, even at family level, the parents' behaviour and teachings play a primary role in determining the direction and decisions the children take in their day-to-day lives. Furthermore, according to proven scientific studies, we all learn from what we see those in authority doing, rather than what they tell us.

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De Jongh open to new deal


HIGHLANDERS coach Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh is open to extending his contract with Highlanders beyond its December 31 expiry date after turning Bosso from a farce into a force to reckon with over the last three months.

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Fuel shortages haunt Zupco


ZIMBABWE United Passenger Company (Zupco) has failed to supply its fleet in Bulawayo with fuel for the past three days, leaving thousands of the commuting public stranded, Southern Eye has heard.

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In times of GBV, call out to God


IT seems like these days, newspapers are full of two topics: Corruption and gender-based violence (GBV). We recently did a series on corruption. Hopefully, you can look those up on the NewsDay website.

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Zim gears up for regional Table Tennis Games


THE Zimbabwe table tennis team has regrouped for the final preparation for the 2019 African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Table Tennis Championship set for Lesotho next week.

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Eternal life: promised before the world began


Eternal life was there before death. It’s eternal because it’s everlasting and exists forever and ever. This life is not a rushed stop-gap measure, but has been there before time.

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Why leaders must learn to think


THINKING is the big game that every leader should engage in. It shapes the future, scales up possibilities and opportunities that any company has. But do leaders really think?

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Norway sponsors a “mine free” world by 2025 with support from the Mine Ban Treaty signatories


A team of very efficient Zimbabwean experts working in mine clearance in the Falkland Islands The 164 signatory countries to the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) agreed on Friday to accelerate the work to achieve the goal of a “mine-free” world in 2025, Norway's foreign ministry said.


Embrace resilient crops, farmers urged

from KHUMBULANI TARUVANDA in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe CHIREDZI, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwe Farmers Association (ZFA) has urged Lowveld traditional farmers to grow drought tolerant crops in order to maximize their yields in the event of a drought. ZFA chairperson, Charity Chinorumba, said drought tolerant crop farming was beneficial to the farmers who frequently experienced poor […]

Birds draw tourists to Malipati

from NYENGETERAI CHIPUNZA in Malipati, Zimbabwe MALIPATI, (CAJ News) – BIRD-WATCHING enthusiasts are flocking to Malipati, south of Chiredzi, 650km southeast of Harare, CAJ News Africa can reveal. Here they see various types of birds at Manjinji Birds Sanctuary, which is fast becoming a major tourism draw card. The bird-keeping project was mooted in 2005 […]

PM Muscat over murder scandal

BBC — The demonstrators in Valletta have criticised the Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat over his handling of the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Also: Zimbabwe doctors say hospitals are "death traps", and Russian cows get Virtual Reality headsets "to reduce anxiety".

Amists sentenced to death for 2016 attack at Dhaka cafe

BBC — Seven Islamists sentenced for attack in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed. Eight people were on trial, accused of planning assault on the Holey Artisan cafe and supplying the weapons used. Also, senior doctors in Zimbabwe go on strike in support of their junior colleagues, and why robot police-dogs are being tested in the US.

I Want to Believe - The New Age of Evidence


Tonight - is Greta Thunberg a time traveler? Did goblins commit homicide in Zimbabwe? How is James Dean getting new film roles? Tonight we answer these questions plus many more, and in our main discussion we analyze the effect the internet has had on the distribution and reception of paranormal evidence.


Zimbabwe: Makusha Ups Games Preps

[The Herald] PROMISING sprinter Ngoni Makusha is hoping to make the 2020 Olympic Games qualification early so that he gets adequate time to prepare for the main event.

Zimbabwe: Promising Sprinter Kundai Finds New Home

[The Herald] PROMISING Zimbabwean sprinter Kundai Maguranyanga has found a new home in the United States.

Harare’s historic Meikles Hotel set for modern makeover

Buyer Albwardy Investments approaches Hyatt to run piece of Zimbabwe’s colonial past

Rainbow plans Zimbabwe rare earths mining expansion

Rainbow targets a bigger market share in the growing rare earths market with the land acquisition.

Zimbabwe health crisis: 'My cousin died as the doctors are all on strike'

Health staff cannot afford to work, the government is now firing them amid what some call a "silent genocide".

DSTV evaluates ZBC 24-hour news channel

DSTV is currently evaluating the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) 24-hour news channel, which will see the national broadcaster launch a free news channel for broadcast throughout the SADC region. Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Advertising, Information and Broadcasting Services, told the post-ministerial meeting in Harare on Tuesday that the launch of the 24-hour news channel [...]

Zimbabue contrata médicos cubanos y chinos en coincidencia con el despido de locales

El ministro de Salud de Zimbabwe, Obadiah Moyo, admitió el miércoles que el Gobierno de ese país negocia la contratación de médicos de China y Cuba. El reconocimiento se produjo tras una huelga de profesionales locales que acabó con el despido de 448 de ellos, informa el diario New Zimbabwe. No obstante, Moyo negó que […]

Buoyant Warner unfazed after world record bid cut short

Australia’s David Warner during nets.
Australia’s David Warner during nets.

MELBOURNE, Saturday -David Warner’s brilliant, unbeaten 335 in the second test against Pakistan on Saturday thrilled the Adelaide Oval crowd but a pragmatic declaration by Australia captain Tim Paine crushed hopes of a tilt at Brian Lara’s world record.

Warner became the seventh Australian batsman to bring up three figures on day two and finished with the 10th highest score of all time after his 418-ball epic. The lefthander moved just past the 334 scored by Don Bradman in 1930 and matched by Mark Taylor’s unbeaten 334 away to Pakistan in 1998.

Among Australians, Warner now ranks second only to Matthew Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

With Warner scoring at a rapid strike-rate of 80.14, Lara’s 400 against England in 2004 seemed there for the taking as the man nicknamed ‘Bull’ punished a demoralised Pakistan attack. Batting partner Matthew Wade was providing good support at the other end and there were seven wickets in the bank.

Yet with rain forecast in the coming days, sentimentality was shoved aside as Paine declared the innings closed at 589 for three, giving his bowlers a few overs before the dinner break.

The skipper may have felt exonerated when Pakistan collapsed to 96 for six at stumps in a dreadful reply.

Warner, himself, said he had no regrets but admitted he was thinking about Lara’s record as he motored past 300.

“If the boundaries were a little bit shorter, I might have taken them on a bit more,” Warner told broadcaster Fox Sports.

“Wadey kept on saying to me at the other end, let’s not run too hard and run ourselves out.”

He said he had more regrets when dismissed for 253 in Perth against New Zealand in 2015, having been in rollicking form with a fast outfield. He now holds the distinction of being one of only three Australians to score more than 250 twice, the others being Bradman and former captain Michael Clarke. – Agencies 

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Zimbabwe Is Trying to Build a China Style Surveillance State

"It has everything it needs to give the ruling Zanu-PF party and its agents in government the legal basis to imprison opponents using the internet."

Dec 26, Zimbabwe: Boxing Day

The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.

Jan 01, Zimbabwe: New Year's Day

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Falecimento do Professor Mário Coelho Ferraz de Oliveira.

A Fundação Minerva – Cultura – Ensino e Investigação Científica e a Reitoria da Universidade Lusíada comunicam, com extremo pesar, o falecimento, no dia 20 de Novembro de 2019, do Prof. Dr. Mário Coelho Ferraz de Oliveira. Licenciado em Direito pela Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra e diplomado em Ciências Pedagógicas pela mesma Universidade, detinha, também, o curso superior de Management pelo Instituto Nacional de Investigação Industrial. A ligação do Professor Mário Coelho Ferraz de Oliveira à Universidade Lusíada (UL) remonta à sua fundação, tendo ingressado na Universidade em Setembro de 1986, iniciando, assim, um longo e considerável percurso, quer como Secretário do Departamento de Direito, quer como Professor Auxiliar Convidado na Faculdade de Direito, quer ainda como Secretário e, mais recentemente, Presidente do Conselho Fiscal da Fundação Minerva – Cultura – Ensino e Investigação Científica. Na qualidade de docente leccionou, durante décadas, as unidades curriculares de "Direito da Família" e "Direito das Sucessões". No âmbito do Ministério do Trabalho, foi assistente do Sector dos Transportes e Turismo dos Serviços de Acção Social, Presidente de todas as Comissões de Conciliação e Julgamento do referido sector, representante do Estado na Corporação dos Transportes e Turismo, membro de Comissões de Estudo e Revisão da Legislação do Trabalho e da Segurança Social, representante na Comissão Interministerial de Estudo da Reforma Administrativa (III Plano de Fomento), membro do Gabinete de Planeamento, Professor de Direito do Trabalho no Centro de Formação de Trabalhadores, colaborador no Gabinete de Estudos e Planeamento dos Transportes, representante de Portugal na Comissão de Peritos da OCDE para estudo e redacção do Acordo Europeu dos Transportes Rodoviários, Presidente e perito de várias Comissões de Arbitragem sobre legislação laboral no Sector dos Transportes, monitor de cursos de formação a empresários neste sector, Presidente do Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional e Presidente da 37.ª Conferência Internacional Intersectorial sobre o Vestuário e Confecção do BIT, da OIT, em Genebra. No domínio da Segurança Social, foi vogal da Direcção do Instituto de Obras Sociais do Ministério do Trabalho e Segurança Social, Presidente da Direcção das Antigas Caixas de Reforma da CP e da Caixa de Abono de Família dos Ferroviários, Presidente da Caixa de Previdência dos Ferroviários, que fundou e organizou, Vice-Presidente da Federação das Caixas de Previdência e Abono de Família, Presidente da Caixa Sindical de Previdência dos Tipógrafos, Litógrafos e Ofícios Correlativos, Presidente da Caixa Nacional de Seguros de Doenças Profissionais, Director do Gabinete de Inspecção do Comissariado para os Desalojados e Inspector-Geral da Segurança Social. No que respeita à Administração Interna e Autárquica, foi Vice-Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Inspector-Geral da Administração Interna e consultor do Secretariado para a Juventude do Ministério da Educação. No campo das Obras Públicas, Transportes e Comunicações, foi Inspector-Geral de Obras Públicas, Transportes e Comunicações, Secretário-Geral do Ministério das Obras Públicas, Transportes e Comunicações e representante deste Ministério nas Comissões Mistas para a Cooperação com os PALOP, Tunísia e Zimbabwe. Desempenhou, ainda, funções como Administrador da ANA, EP – Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea, Presidente do Conselho Fiscal da Empresa Geral de Transportes, Presidente do Conselho Fiscal da Transtejo e Presidente da Assembleia-Geral dos CTT. Tendo colaborado em diversas publicações periódicas e participado em vários colóquios e conferências, nacionais e internacionais, nos domínios do Direito do Trabalho, Transportes, Segurança Social, Educação e Management, destacou-se, igualmente, na advocacia. Natural de Teixoso, na Covilhã, será sempre recordado como um amigo ilustre, notável e dedicado da Universidade Lusíada. O corpo estará em câmara-ardente na Igreja Paroquial de Santa Joana, Princesa , a partir das 17H00 do dia 21 de Novembro. Neste mesmo dia, pelas 21H00, será celebrada uma Missa de Corpo Presente . O funeral, precedido por uma Oração de Encomendação da Alma (10H00), seguirá, no dia 22, às 11H00, para Pedrógão de São Pedro, concelho de Penamacor, onde se realizará uma Missa de Corpo Presente , pelas 16H00. A Missa de 7.º dia realiza-se no dia 26 de Novembro, pelas 19H30, na Capela da Universidade Lusíada.

Fired Zimbabwe State Doctors Reject Offer To Return To Work

Zimbabwe state doctors who were fired for going on strike have rejected a government offer to return to work, their union said on Friday. The doctors went on strike on Sept.3 to protest against poor wages, in some cases less than US$100 a month, NAN reports. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government, which responded to the job []The post Fired Zimbabwe State Doctors Reject Offer To Return To Work appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.

Liphuma Lendaba: Baphila Njani abeZimbabwe kweleBotswana?


Clima: Oxfam, nel mondo 1 sfollato ogni 2 secondi 


Le catastrofi naturali alimentate dall’impatto del cambiamento climatico sono la prima causa al mondo di migrazioni forzate all’interno di Paesi spesso già poverissimi o dilaniati da conflitti. Negli ultimi 10 anni sono aumentate di 5 volte e hanno costretto oltre 20 milioni di persone ogni anno, 1 persona ogni 2 secondi, a lasciare le proprie case per trovare salvezza altrove.  

E’ l’allarme lanciato da Oxfam, attraverso un nuovo rapporto, diffuso in occasione dell’apertura del vertice Onu sul clima in programma fino al 13 dicembre a Madrid. Un dossier che rivela come cicloni, inondazioni e incendi hanno 7 volte più probabilità di causare migrazioni forzate rispetto a terremoti o eruzioni vulcaniche e 3 volte di più rispetto a guerre e conflitti.  

Un trend che non risparmia nessun Paese, come dimostrano i recenti incendi in Australia o le inondazioni che nelle ultime settimane si sono riversate sull’Italia e su diversi Stati europei, ma colpisce soprattutto i Paesi più poveri, che non hanno praticamente responsabilità sul livello di emissioni globali di CO2 in atmosfera. 

Tra i 10 Paesi più colpiti al mondo, sette sono isole. Tra il 2008 e il 2018, il 5% della popolazione di Cuba, Dominica e isole Tuvalu (oltre 3 milioni di persone) ogni anno è stato sfollato a causa di eventi climatici estremi, anche se in media questi Paesi producono solo un terzo delle emissioni inquinanti rispetto ad un qualsiasi Stato ad alto reddito.  

È come se una volta all’anno tre quarti della popolazione di Roma fosse costretta a lasciare le proprie case, per trovare scampo da uragani, cicloni, inondazioni o siccità durissime. Secondo Oxfam, si tratta di una vera e propria 'disuguaglianza climatica': in Paesi a basso e medio-basso reddito come India, Nigeria e Bolivia, la popolazione ha una probabilità quattro volte maggiore di essere sfollata a causa di catastrofi climatiche rispetto alle persone che vivono in Paesi come gli Stati Uniti.  

Circa l'80% di tutte le persone sfollate nell'ultimo decennio vive in Asia, dove oltre un terzo delle persone vive in condizioni di povertà estrema. 

In Africa, l’emergenza climatica sta minacciando la sopravvivenza di decine milioni di persone che rischiano di morire di fame a causa di eventi climatici sempre più estremi e imprevedibili spesso aggravati dai conflitti che attraversano il continente.  

In Somalia, solo nell’ultimo anno, si contano oltre 1 milione di sfollati interni a causa della guerra civile in corso e dell’alternarsi di gravissime siccità e alluvioni; in Mozambico al momento 45 milioni di persone sono alla fame dopo il passaggio lo scorso marzo dei cicloni Idai e Kenneth, che hanno ucciso 648 persone, causato milioni di sfollati interni e distrutto case, infrastrutture e colture, causando danni per 3 miliardi di dollari. 

In Zimbabwe, Idai ha lasciato senza un tetto oltre 50mila persone; in Etiopia e Sudan, le comunità pastorali sono state costrette a lasciare case e terre a causa della siccità che negli ultimi anni ha decimato colture e bestiame e che adesso dipendono totalmente dagli aiuti umanitari per sopravvivere.  

Secondo Elisa Bacciotti, direttrice delle campagne di Oxfam Italia, “Ue e Stati Uniti, secondo un recente studio promosso da oltre 100 organizzazioni tra cui Oxfam, sono responsabili da sole del 54% del costo danni causati dalla crisi climatica nel Sud del mondo. La conseguenza è che negli ultimi 10 anni i Paesi poveri hanno subito perdite economiche equivalenti al 2% del proprio reddito nazionale a causa del caos climatico, percentuale che può arrivare al 20% nei Paesi più colpiti".  

Per invertire questa tendenza è "essenziale che, in occasione del summit di Madrid, i Governi si impegnino sul serio per fare la differenza, intervenendo in supporto dei Paesi poveri, attraverso l’istituzione di un nuovo fondo per l’adattamento al cambiamento climatico”.  

Oxfam dalla parte dei Fridays for Future 

Oxfam è al fianco del movimento Friday For Future, che chiede interventi immediati per contrastare gli effetti del cambiamento climatico. Un lavoro di sensibilizzazione sul tema, che Oxfam realizza in tante scuole italiane formando docenti e studenti perché si facciano interpreti a loro volta di azioni di cambiamento sui temi della sostenibilità ambientale e dello sviluppo sostenibile. Coinvolti migliaia di studenti che parteciperanno a dicembre al Meeting dei Diritti Umani 2019 a Firenze dedicato al tema e alla Marcia per il Clima che a maggio 2020 coinvolgerà gli studenti di 12 città italiane e 11 Paesi europei.  

“Milioni di persone in tutto il mondo nell’ultimo anno hanno manifestato per un’azione urgente di risoluzione della crisi climatica prima che sia troppo tardi, a partire da un radicale taglio delle emissioni inquinanti in atmosfera per giungere all’azzeramento delle emissioni di gas serra entro il 2030 – conclude Bacciotti - Un obiettivo che anche l’Italia può centrare, come stanno chiedendo a gran voce i ragazzi dei Fridays For Future. Per questo chiediamo al Governo italiano, che sta aumentando l’attenzione sul tema in ambito nazionale, di avere un maggior profilo anche in ambito internazionale. Il vertice in corso a Madrid è cruciale: se i Governi che parteciperanno al summit non agiranno subito, più persone moriranno, più persone avranno fame e più persone saranno costrette a lasciare le proprie case per poter sopravvivere”. 


Zimbabwe: Teachers' Welfare Under Spotlight

The welfare of teachers should be addressed if they are to effectively deliver on their mandate Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema has said Ambassador Mathema made the remarks during the ministrys 2020 strategic wo

‘Live shots fired at Chamisa’


THE opposition MDC yesterday claimed its leader Nelson Chamisa (pictured) escaped death by a whisker after police in Marondera fired “live and rubber bullets” at him, forcing him to scurry for cover and abandon a tree-planting programme earmarked for Dombotombo Clinic in the farming town, 72km east of Harare. BY MOSES MATENGA/JAIROS SAUNYAMA Although police insisted that they only used tear smoke to disperse the crowd, top MDC officials said live ammunition had been fired into the crowd. “Live shots fired at president Chamisa, I was beside him. We were missed by a whisker. We were only planting trees for National Tree Planting Day in Marondera today,” Marondera Central MP Caston Matewu tweeted. Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda also claimed police had fired live ammunition in their direction, describing the incident as an attempt on the opposition leader’s life. “Police were firing live ammunition in the direction of president Nelson Chamisa. This is unacceptable and the president remains resolute and fired up,” Sibanda said. “The police attempted to shoot president Chamisa and we are now regrouping to try and assess the level of damage and the number of people injured in the process. I have seen four people at the moment. “There are people hit by rubber bullets, (but) they targeted live ammunition at the president.” “It is uncalled for. It’s irresponsible and damages our country. It is sabotage on the economy and is the real sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe,” Sibanda said. But police denied reports that they used live ammunition, saying they only used tear smoke after Chamisa and his supporters had refused to disperse. As early as 6am, armed police had mounted roadblocks and barricaded Cherutombo Primary School, the initial venue for the tree planting programme, arguing that the event was not sanctioned by the law enforcement agents. Chamisa’s security team then shifted the venue to Dombotombo Clinic, where they were again followed by armed State security agents, resulting in a fierce stand-off. Chamisa insisted on going ahead with his programme, before police violently dispersed them with tear gas. Chamisa told NewsDay yesterday that the incident confirmed that police were on working on orders to crush his party’s events and close the country’s democratic space. The latest incident comes as the MDC claims it has been unofficially banned by the Zanu PF government from participating in national politics after several of its functions have been blocked in the past. Chamisa later conducted his tree-planting programme at the party’s Marondera provincial headquarters in Morningside. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said security agencies only used tear smoke to disperse the crowd. “Facts on the ground indicate that there was a gathering which had no prior notification to the police. The conveners were advised to follow laid-down procedures and also what they were doing was not legally binding. So what the officers on the ground did was to advise the gathering not to do things that will make them clash with the authorities,” Nyathi said. “There were some people who came in kombis and chanting slogans and shouting and, in the process, not complying with police orders. So (the) police had to use tear smoke to disperse them. “No live rounds were fired, no rubber bullets were used. Our officers were not armed with firearms as anyone would want to allege. No weapons were fired at anyone directly.” In a statement last night, the Information ministry said: “Police in Marondera had to deploy tear smoke to disperse an aggressive crowd that was closing in on them. This was after leadership of a political party tried to hold a rally at Dombotombo Clinic without notifying police. For the avoidance of doubt, no firearm was discharged.” A few weeks ago, Chamisa watched haplessly as police violently dispersed party supporters and attacked ordinary citizens gathered for his Hope of the Nation Address in Harare. Several people were injured while others were arrested after the crackdown, which also saw a 10-month-old baby being detained together with its mother. The MDC has, of late, seen its programmes being blocked, with heavy police presence seen also in most parts of the country, particularly in the capital, Harare. Until late yesterday, police maintained a heavy presence in Marondera and along the Harare-Mutare Highway.

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Bosso’s Africa return in doubt


HIGHLANDERS are likely to forgo the opportunity to play in the Caf Confederation Cup next year due to financial constraints. BY HENRY MHARA The Bulawayo giants booked their ticket to represent the country in the continent’s second tier club competition after winning the Chibuku Super Cup at the weekend. Star striker Prince Dube scored the all-important goal as Bosso beat Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 at a heaving Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday to lift the trophy, which comes with it a ticket to play in the African safari. However, there are indications that Highlanders will not take up the opportunity, with sources yesterday telling NewsDaySport that the club is financially hamstrung to partake in the resource-draining excursion. “Unless the club’s sponsors chip in and avail the resources, the club cannot afford, unfortunately,” a club source said. “A lot of resources are required to play in Africa as you are well aware, resources that we don’t have. The club’s financial standing is well known, we just don’t have the resources.” The club is bankrolled by cellular network operator NetOne, which provides the team with most resources to run its operations, including player’s salaries. Bosso, who command a huge following in terms of numbers that attend matches in the league, also rely on gate takings to cover their other costs. But the source said the club might need to find other streams of revenue to be able to take part in the African competition. Dynamos have in the past failed to participate in continental football, because of financial limitations. The Harare giants failed to participate in the 2015 Caf Champions League due to a lack of sponsorship. Highlanders have also in the past passed on the opportunity to represent the country in Africa, pulling out from the Caf Confederation Cup in 2011, due to lack of funds. Asked by NewsDay soon after lifting the Chibuku Cup on Saturday, on whether the club will take part in the Confederations Cup this year or not, Highlanders chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube, could not give a straight answer. “Let’s celebrate today, and let’s not put the cart before the horse. Let’s enjoy the victory that is today, and let then regroup and focus on what this means and what we need to do about it. So I think it’s a question for another day. Today’s question is ‘are we going to sleep?’ and the answer is absolutely not!” If Highlanders decide to pull out, it’s highly likely that the opportunity would be passed on to Ngezi Platinum Stars. The well-resourced Mhondoro Ngezi side participated in the Caf Confederation Cup two years ago after winning the Chibuku Super Cup in their debut season in the Premiership, but crashed out of the competition in the first round. If Highlanders also decide to pull out, it would be a huge disappointment to their fans who are looking forward to seeing their club rub shoulders with the best of the continent. It would hurt their players even more, who gave it their all hoping to play in Africa, an exercise that usually opens opportunities for players. Dube said he was proud of the team’s heroics in the Chibuku Super Cup, claiming that they had actually surpassed their target for the season. Highlanders started the season slowly in the league and at some point fought relegation, but picked up form late into the campaign where they are now fighting to finish in the top four. They were unplayable in the Chibuku Super Cup, accounting for some of the big teams in the country on their way to lifting the cup, including their most bitter rival Dynamos, and defending league champions FC Platinum. “Winning this says we achieved slightly more than what we set ourselves to. According to our plan, we had wanted to, at least, get into a major final, and we did that, and we won it. So it means that we are maturing, the players are maturing maybe a little bit bigger than we thought. Maybe because we went through a difficult period at the beginning of the season, so it has matured all the players and everyone within the club. We have shown that patience, bravery, sticking together and doing things correctly will ultimately get you the prize,” Dube said. “When we started this project, we wanted to do a few things; one, to get the fans to come back into the stadium by playing a certain type of football. And if you go to PSL and check the statistics for last season and this one, we are the most followed club in terms of stadium-going numbers. That means the club has been doing things that resonate with the fans.”

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Zimbabwe rallies behind Palestine


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Bulawayo-Joburg route oversubscribed: fastjet


LOW-COST airline fastjet Zimbabwe says it has been “overwhelmed” with positive responses from a wide spectrum of local and international customers after the announcement of the new route, Bulawayo to Johannesburg, recently. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI “Since the announcement of the new route, we have been overwhelmed with positive sentiment and backing from a wide spectrum of local and international supporters and business leaders, appreciating the economic and social benefits the new route will pave for everyone,” the airline’s chief executive officer Joao Sousa said in a statement last week. Effective Thursday this week, the airline will fly the new route with 22 new scheduled flights per week, including double daily frequencies Monday through Friday with a single flight operation on a Sunday. Sousa said Bulawayo, the country’s second-largest city, has the potential and capacity to be one of the fastest growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, and as an airline they were honoured to be associated with the positive outlook adopted. The company said preparations and final arrangements were underway at fastjet Zimbabwe in anticipation of the inaugural flight from Bulawayo to Johannesburg. The inaugural flight is scheduled to depart Joshua Nkomo International Airport for Johannesburg at 1810hrs. “The published flight schedule for this route is designed to offer convenience and value to travellers with the lowest fares available via the airline’s website. Bookings can also be made via any fastjet shop, the call centre or a travel agent of choice,” the company said. “All fares include a free baggage allowance with a choice of offerings available for travellers looking for flexibility and a value-based flying and travel experience.” The new route will complement the airline’s convenient daily return service from its hub in Harare to Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, where travellers may connect to multiple global destinations.

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Chinese firm unveils new coal energy stove


TO partly address Zimbabwe’s growing energy crisis characterised by constant load-shedding and escalating gas prices, the Chinese Industrial International Group (CIIG) has introduced a new type of technology, dubbed the Seeci stove which uses coal as a source of energy. BY LORRAINE MUROMO/PRECIOUS CHIDA Speaking at a Press conference in Harare last week, CIIG chief executive officer Nie Hai Hang said this was a development that Zimbabweans should embrace to escape gas and electricity constraints. “There is an energy crisis in Zimbabwe; there are serious power shortages and gas is completely imported which is too expensive. “Under the dual pressure of the crisis, CIIG effectively utilises and develops coal resources to solve the current crisis,” he said Hai Yang said deforestation was one of the many threats that faced the environment. The Seeci stove came in as a solution to rampant deforestation, especially in the rural areas. According to statistics, 60% of the rural population use firewood for cooking. The combustion-cooking equipment uses less energy and is convenient since coal is a local natural resource and easy to access. The Chinese investor said the stove had a two-year guarantee and cheaper having currently been priced at $300. The concept has been widely used in Asia for over 20 years. The technological development has created employment to many locals as the company is run by local people from shop floor up to management levels. The group has vast investments in the country, owning the Borrowdale Trauma Hospital and citrus farming in Mazowe.

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JOC raids illegal miners in Odzi


THE Joint Operations Command (JOC) in Manicaland last week raided artisanal miners operating in gold-rich Odzi district to restore sanity following the death of four panners in bloody clashes at Odzi 1 and 2 mines. BY KENNETH NYANGANI In recent weeks, JOC has also raided illegal miners along Mutare River where alluvial gold mining is rampant. Manicaland provincial mines director Omen Dube yesterday confirmed JOC’s intervention. “We raided illegal miners in Odzi, especially after a recent incident where a miner was killed. Police and the army invaded illegal miners in Odzi. I will be in office on Monday (today) so that we can conduct a meeting on how effective the operation was,” he said “We want this operation to be continuous because with the economic hardships, we are very aware that they (illegal miners) are going to come back again. “We have done similar operations along Mutare River, where alluvial mining is rampant. You know that it’s easy to trap gold along Mutare River, so the miners need easy money.” Acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxon Chananda confirmed the operation, but could not provide details. Chananda said the programme was implemented by the district operations office. “I can confirm that we carried out a joint operation with the Ministry of Mines, but I cannot provide details because this was a district operation, so I will also need to be apprised on the operation,” he said. “However, it is the mandate of the police to respond to any distress calls and ensure that there is peace in the country.”

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Zanu PF to slaughter 150 beasts at conference


ZANU PF has secured 67 of the 150 beasts to be slaughtered during the annual conference to be held in Goromonzi next week, where it expects to spend over $5 million to feed at least 7 000 delegates. BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA The beasts sourced from party members — among them legislators, provincial members and supporting partners — will be kept at a paddock near the venue, Goromonzi High School. Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial secretary for administration Kudzai Majuru said they had started collecting the cattle. “After all the pledges, we have started collecting 67 beasts that we are assured of getting. Starting from today (yesterday), the truck is already moving around collecting the cattle to be kept at a paddock near the conference venue. We are happy with the progress so far and we are well on course as far as the preparations are concerned,” he said recently. The Zanu PF provincial leadership recently said the party wanted to source 400 goats and 5 000 chickens to feed the 7 000 delegates expected to grace the event. Zanu PF has a penchant for splashing huge amounts of money during its functions, with government departments such as Zesa Holdings, Zimbabwe National Water (Zinwa) and TelOne, among others, chipping in as well. Currently, the District Development Fund and Zinwa have drilled four boreholes at the venue, while roads have been graded and resurfaced bringing a new look in the district that has poor infrastructure despite its proximity to the capital city. Roads that link to schools providing accommodation like St Johns High have been worked on, while the one linking to Chinyika Clinic has been rehabilitated.

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Shot in the arm for Chinyaradzo


Dulys Motors has come to the rescue of Chinyaradzo Children’s Home in Highfield, Harare, where it drilled a borehole, donated beds, stoves and groceries worth US$10 000 as part of the Ford Motor Company global caring month initiative. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE Speaking at the official handover ceremony last Thursday, Croco Holdings chairperson Moses Chingwena said Ford had a long history of investing in people to help build a better world for the communities in which it operates. “We are thrilled to be part of this year’s Ford global caring month initiative,” he said. Established in 1952, Chinyaradzo Children’s Home currently houses 38 children with the majority below the age of 10. Child Protection Society director, Mercy Sakanya said the borehole will alleviate water challenges faced by the institution. “We have a two-hectare piece of land which we are trying to make use of to generate income, but we had challenges of water. It was very difficult for us and the mothers who look after the kids to have clean water at this institution and the borehole came when we needed it most,” she said.

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ED ally allays coup fears


President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s close ally and Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena has vouched for Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, saying the former army general, who toppled former President Robert Mugabe in a coup in November 2017, had no plans to stage another military takeover. BY MOSES MATENGA Addressing members of his constituency at the weekend, Wadyajena dismissed speculative reports that a coup was looming following Chiwenga’s return from a four-month long medical trip in China. The speculation was further fuelled by the absence of senior government officials to welcome Chiwenga at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on November 23 and at his home-coming prayer meeting in Wedza at the weekend. “There were celebrations in the opposition that VP Chiwenga is back and ED is going. They said there is going to be a coup. Nothing like that will ever happen. The President and his deputy are brothers and it is President Mnangagwa who spoke to his Chinese counterpart (Xi Jinping) to have his deputy flown to China for treatment because they say he was poisoned,” Wadyajena said. Chiwenga’s detractors claimed the ex-army general was angry over recent purges on his loyalists in the party and military. Wadyajena said the narrative was being peddled by remnants of the G40 cabal to fan factionalism in the party. “We hear you got calls from some ministers saying you must not bring the presidential inputs here. Whoever is calling you is working against the President. That’s why youths say they are people targeting ED and Nicodemously, saying he must go and leave for a younger person. Leave to go where? The Constitution says he must serve for two terms,” he said. “Let us support the President and not work against him and sabotage him. Elections are in 2023, (so) let us not be in campaign mode.” Cotton Producers and Marketers Association chairperson Steward Mubonderi said Mnangagwa had taken the Cuban and Rwandan strategy to bust sanctions through boosting local crop production. “Today, Iraq and Libya are crying, they lacked vision and supported the killing of Sadam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gadafi. They are now feeling the heat. It is disastrous to think of removing a leader now when we are under sanctions,” he said. “What is killing us is lack of production. We don’t remove sanctions by marching, we need production. We do not forsake our father because of hunger,” Mubonderi said.

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Mnangagwa to go beyond 2028: Mpofu


Zanu PF is considering tinkering with the national Constitution to extend President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s tenure beyond the stipulated two five-year terms, a top party official has disclosed. BY NUNURAI JENA Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu disclosed the plan at the party youth convention in Kadoma last week that the ruling party would take advantage of its two-thirds majority in Parliament to effect the constitutional changes. “Mr President, you can go beyond 2028 if you so wish because the issue of law can be taken care of in Parliament,” Mpofu said. When Mnangagwa took to the podium, he declared that nothing would stop his party from making such constitutional amendments. “We can change the laws … there is nothing that we want that cannot be done because we command two-thirds majority in Parliament,” Mnangagwa said. But social commentator Rejoice Ngwenya warned that such a move would be “unacceptable and immoral” even within Zanu PF. “I don’t think there is even going to be a consensus within Zanu PF for any possible amendment of the Constitution because there are simmering elements from G40 in Zanu PF… it’s a big mistake because Mnangagwa’s legitimacy is under debate. It’s a populist stance which is immoral and unacceptable,” Ngwenya said.

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Women empowerment key: UN


Women and girls bear the brunt of poverty and deserve economic, social and political rights as their male counterparts, a top United Nations (UN) official has said. BY VANESSA GONYE Officiating at the launch of Women in Africa Initiative in Harare on Saturday, UN resident co-ordinator, Maria Ribeiro said: “I feel honoured to share the UN perspective on women empowerment as a driver of inclusive growth and addressing social issues such as gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women compared to men.” “I am inspired by Women in Africa’s dedication to the economic development of Africa and their commitment to supporting leading and high potential African women…your initiative’s focus on the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe is a powerful indication of the Women in Africa’s commitment to uplift the lives of rural women who are the majority.” She noted with concern the undermining of the women in agriculture despite providing 70% of the labour. “Despite constituting the larger percentage of the agricultural labour force, women are still confronted with issues such as less access to assets, credit services and markets,” she said. She said the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals cannot be fulfilled without empowering women and girls and ensuring gender equality, particularly those in rural areas. Ambassador of Women in Africa Initiative in Zimbabwe, Laureen Adam said agriculture could be a great wealth generator for the continent, but it cannot be a path to prosperity if farmers don’t get training in improved farming techniques and services. “Government policies will be key to removing obstacles faced by women farmers and creating an enabling environment for them to thrive,” she said.

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Bindura man jailed for abducting cop


A BINDURA man was last week convicted of resisting arrest and kidnapping a police officer at a roadblock before assaulting other police officers who intervened to rescue their colleague. BY SIMBARASHE SITHOLE Godfrey Mhlanga of Simona village, Bindura, was sentenced to nine months in prison by magistrate Maria Msika. Four months of the sentence were suspended on condition that he pays a $1 000 fine while the remainder were set aside on condition of good behaviour. Prosecutor Edward Katsvairo told the court that on September 13, Mhlanga, who was driving a Mazda pick-up truck was intercepted by a traffic officer Joseph Paribendipo at a roadblock in Bindura and was asked to produce a driver’s licence, which he failed to. Paribendipo jumped into the truck and ordered Mhlanga to drive to the police station. Mhlanga instead drove in the opposite direction, threatening to assault Paribendipo. Paribendipo’s colleagues identified as Assistant Inspector Mubaiwa and Constable Makuwasa pursued Mhlanga in a CMED vehicle and blocked him after a long chase. Mhlanga pulled off the road and tried to escape on foot, but was apprehended. Paribendipo resisted arrest, pushed away Mubaiwa and broke his handcuffs in the process. The three officers had to use extra force to arrest the violent Mhlanga.

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Zimbabwe: Police, Govt Dismiss Claims That Army Fired at Chamisa

[New Zimbabwe] POLICE have dismissed MDC claims gunshots were fired at party leader Nelson Chamisa and his entourage when the opposition chief was presiding over a party organised tree planting event in Marondera on Sunday.

Zimbabwe: 'Bride Price No Justification for Wife Abuse'

[New Zimbabwe] A gender activist has called on some Zimbabwean men to stop using lobola payment as justification to abuse their wives.

Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Pomona Farm Invaded

[New Zimbabwe] A potential blood bath is looming between dozens of land invaders and Gushungo Holdings workers after the trespassers have forcibly occupied a farm in Harare's Pomona area owned by late former President Robert Mugabe's family.

Zimbabwe: UN Fears for Children As Situation Worsens

[263Chat] The United Nations (UN) says the deplorable socio-economic conditions in Zimbabwe continue to pose a danger to children who have turned to social ills for survival.

Zimbabwe: Lack of Access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, the Worst Form of GBV

[263Chat] As a result of the ongoing industrial strike within the health department, the cost and lack of medical facilities in most health institutions pregnant women have been left stranded causing them to give birth at home under risky supervision of untrained midwives.

Zimbabwe: CABS to Shut Down Four Branches

[263Chat] The Central Africa Building Society (CABS) will early next year close four branches in a move the financial institution describes as rationalising strategy and will render hundreds of workers jobless.

Zimbabwe: Civic Society Push for Electoral Reforms, Holding Leaders Accountable

[263Chat] Two civic society organizations, Election Resource Centre (ERC) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRGITHS) have moved a gear up in pushing the government to expedite electoral reforms through tracking platforms meetings meant to bring community involvement.

Zimbabwe: Busha's 'Con Woman' Granted Passport

[New Zimbabwe] A Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) former consultant who allegedly attempted to swindle 2018 presidential elections candidate Joseph Busha out of US$65 000 was Friday temporarily granted her passport after begging the court to release it so she could visit outside the country.

Zimbabwe: Businessman Designs Pan-African Digital Currency

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwean-born businessman, Amos Tsopotsa is set to join an exclusive group of African entrepreneurs that have entered the lucrative digital currency space.

Zimbabwe: UN Food Envoy - Children Underweight Due to Hunger

[New Zimbabwe] Chronic malnutrition and stunting is endemic throughout the country, where 90 percent of children aged 6 to 24 months only consume the minimal diet in order to survive, United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food Hilal Elver has said.

Zimbabwe: 8 Nabbed for Illegal Land Sales

[The Herald] Police in Harare have arrested eight people for parcelling out land that did not belong to them in addition to selling non-existent stands as the Government cracks down on land barons.

Zimbabwe: R and F, Zisco U.S.$1 Billion Deal Collapses

[The Herald] A Chinese investor, R and F, that was looking at acquiring stake in the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company, has finally advised Government that it is pulling out of the deal.

Zimbabwe: Harare Mayor to Blow U.S.$32,500 On China Jaunt

[The Herald] Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba and four senior council officials are set to spend US$32 500 on a reciprocal five-day visit to the Chinese city of Nanjing later this month.

Zimbabwe: Possessing Machete to Attract Jail

[The Herald] Machetes will be banned in gold mining areas, with those possessing them set to be jailed under a new law being crafted by the Government.

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo Remains Dry As Recent Rains Contribute 2% Dam Inflows

[New Zimbabwe] Rains received in Bulawayo two weeks ago have contributed only two percent inflows into city dams, latest council rainfall water statistics have revealed.

Zimbabwe: More Job Cuts Loom As CABS to Shut Down Four More Branches

[New Zimbabwe] THE Central Africa Building Society (CABS) says it will close down four additional branches as operational challenges triggered by the obtaining harsh economic environment take a toll.

Zimbabwe: Armed Soldiers Fired At Chamisa - Opposition MDC

[New Zimbabwe] ARMED members of the military Sunday fired live bullets at MDC leader Nelson Chamisa in Marondera, the opposition chief's spokesperson has said.

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Listeners ask if it was fair of Radio 4’s The Long View to compare Extinction Rebellion with the Bonfire of the Vanities, conducted by a fifteenth century prophet of doom? The programme’s series producer discusses the comparison with Roger Bolton. We also hear from the producer of Only Artists, a programme about which few listeners are indifferent. Most either love it or hate it. And two listeners give their views on the World Service radio programme which suggested Zimbabwean grandmothers may have a solution to the mental health problems of the West’s Twitter generation. Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate Dixon Executive Producer: Samir Shah A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

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Middendorp gives an update on Billiat

SABC News and Current Affairs — Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwean international attacker Khama Billiat on Friday started the medical treatment on his right hamstring as the club is trying to get him ready for the gruelling six months of top-level football ahead.

Mutizwa can challenge for the golden boot if he is serious- Komphela

SABC News and Current Affairs — Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela says striker Knox Mutizwa can challenge for the golden boot this season. The Zimbabwe international scored his eighth league goal this campaign in the 2-1 loss to Black Leopards in Thohoyandou this past weekend.

Zimbabwe's Teenage Hadebe able to return Turkey with new passport


Zimbabwe international Teenage Hadebe can finally return to his Turkish club after he fell victim to his country's inability to produce passports.

The Yeni Malatyaspor defender was to travel back to Turkey immediately after the international break because he struggled to get a new passport.

The 24-year-old had run out of pages in his passport and with the government's financial problems it has been able to print new ones.

Thousands of Zimbabweans have been affected causing widespread anger and frustration.

Hadebe was eventually issued a new passport on Wednesday a week after the end of the international break to enable to return to Turkey.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) intervened to expedite the process of getting him a new document and apologised to the Turkish club.

"We sincerely regret the inconveniences caused to Yeni Malatyaspor by Hadebe's delayed return," Xolisani Gwesela an FA spokesperson said in a statement.

"Zifa is deeply grateful to the government for treating Hadebe's case as a priority. On our part, we are also engaging Yeni Malatyaspor to ensure that we have lasting relations beyond the just concluded fixture."

The former Kaizer Chiefs defender travelled to Zimbabwe during the international break to play for the Warriors against Botswana and Zambia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He played in both matches as Zimbabwe drew 0-0 against visiting Botswana and beat Zambia 2-1 in Lusaka.

Hadebe is a key member of the Warriors squad and represented the country at the recent Nations Cup tournament in Egypt.


Zimbabwe opposition party complains of unprecedented persecution as state cracks down


Zimbabwe Is Trying to Build a China Style Surveillance State

“It has everything it needs to give the ruling Zanu-PF party and its agents in government the legal basis to imprison opponents using the internet.”

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Zimbabwe: Media Must Not Mislead Public On Effects of Sanctions

[The Herald] I just read an article in your publication (IOL) that was written by Shannon Ebrahim on the 25th of November 2019, headed "Lifting Sanctions on Zimbabwe Won't Solve Zimbabwe's Woes".

Zimbabwe: Magufuli Anti-Sanctions Stance Hailed

[The Herald] Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Tanzania Lieutenant-General (Retired) Anselem Sanyatwe has hailed President John Magufuli and the country's ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) for standing by Zimbabwe on the call for removal of illegal economic sanctions.

AfriLabs Announces New Board And There’s A Zimbabwean… On Board


Cheesy title aside you may have heard of AfriLabs before but if you haven’t the entity is a “network organisation” of 150+ innovation centres across 40 countries on the African continent. The hubs serve as meeting points for entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts and investors and sometimes play host to pitching competitions that see startups and entrepreneurs […]

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RBZ To Launch Electronic Trading Platform For Interbank

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The RBZ is introducing a new measure to improve the efficiency or more specifically increase the trading of foreign exchange through legal means- an e-trading platform. Eddie Cross, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee said the platform might be launched this coming week: Next week, we hope to launch the new electronic trading platform […]

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Watch: Zim Producer Zyon Black Speaks About The Opportunity of The Internet In The Music Industry

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Comexposed Converge 2019 was a jam, and whilst we were there we got a chance to sit down and speak with Zyon Black – local Producer, DJ and filmmaker- and he spoke about the opportunity of the internet in the music industry… Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount: […]

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RBZ Instructs Exporters To Pay For Electricity In Forex


A recent statutory instrument issued out by the RBZ will ensure the never-ending currency confusion in Zimbabwe… never ends. The statutory instrument orders exporters to pay the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) in forex for the next 6 months. Yuhp, remember the use of foreign currencies for local transactions was banned a few months ago? […]

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Here Are The Devices That Support ZOL’s LTE Data Line


ZOL’s data line has been topical for a while now and the most frequently asked questions we’ve received include coverage areas and supported devices. We now have a list of supported devices and at the time of writing it looks like this: If you have a supported device that’s not on the list, add it […]

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Here Are The Areas Where ZOL’s Data SIM Works

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One of the most asked questions we have received ever since the launch of ZOL’s mobile data SIM goes along the lines “does it work in area x” and without clear information regarding where the service works we’ve been left red-faced a number of times. We finally have the list of all areas which are […]

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Podcast On The EcoCash Outage

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On this episode of the Techzim podcast, we have a discussion on the EcoCash system upgrade that turned into an outage. Some of the questions on our minds were: Do these things happen? What could they have done better? The new features, how are they? Isn’t Zimbabwe too vulnerable to Ecocash? You can listen on […]

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Alleged eMAP Hack Leaves Parents At The Mercy Of Cybercriminals

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Cybercrime has taken a life of its own in Zimbabwe and the US$42 million lost due to cybercrime in the first quarter of 2019 should’ve been enough to force our government to act more decisively regarding this issue but that’s not the case. Cybercrime is still here and card cloning stories make their way into […]

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UNDP Launches Accelerator Lab In Zimbabwe


The United Nations Development Program has launches first Accelerator Lab in Zim as part of the UNDP Global Accelerator Lab Learning Network initiative. The aim of launching the lab in Zimbabwe is to tackle frontier challenges in development that the world is facing such as climate change, migration, artificial intelligence and the informal economy. Over […]

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Strive Masiyiwa’s Foundation Announces $100 Million Scholarship Fund For Doctors

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The Higherlife Foundation (HLF) has announced that it will be launching a new training fellowship for Junior and Senior Doctors employed at public healthcare institutions in Zimbabwe. Supporting students is nothing new for the foundation and the press release sent out by HLF notes that in the 23 years the foundation has existed it has […]

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DStv Adds 4 New Channels


Back in November DStv was going to remove 3 channels but the satellite TV offering ended up removing one channel – Crime + Investigation with the History and Lifetime channels surviving the cut thanks in part to a petition by subscribers. Not only did those channels survive the cut but 4 new channels have been […]

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MultiChoice Says DStv Has Lowest Repeat Rate In The World But Africans Watch More TV

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If there’s one thing DStv subscribers complain about is the number of repeats they are constantly served. Not only did Multichoice denounce their customers claim they went one step further and said DStv has the lowest repeat rate in the world: We actually have the lowest repeat rate in the world, there’s just no question […]

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India to take part in World Cup for over 50 year-olds

West Indies, Namibia and Zimbabwe will also be making their debut in the tournament which will be played in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Zimbabweans pushed to the brink by drought and economic meltdown


Unlike previous crises, millions of urban dwellers are threatened along with the rural population.

Millions of people in Zimbabwe are on the brink of starvation as the southern African country struggles with relentless drought and the impact of cyclones, against a backdrop of years of economic decline.

“Within weeks the country may run out of maize, the staple food,” said Verity Johnson of CAFOD. “At best there will be further massive hikes in food prices for an already desperate population, who have seen the price of maize meal [flour] increase five-fold since the beginning of the year. There are severe bread shortages across the country. Where it can be found, a loaf of bread in Zimbabwe now costs up to fifteen times more than it did a year ago. In the struggle to feed their children, parents are going without themselves.”

People are also facing severe water shortages as dams and rivers dry up and urban supplies fail, exacerbated by lack of maintenance. Crippling power shortages are set to get worse, with the Kariba dam, the country’s main source of electricity generation, down to less than a fifth of capacity.

CAFOD is starting to receive worrying reports from volunteer health workers; one told us that he has noticed a number of breastfeeding mothers not able to feed their babies because they [the mothers] are malnourished, and not producing milk.

“People are already dying from poor nutrition and disease as health provision fails, but this could substantially increase”,  Ms Johnson added, warning of “a prevailing sense of despair”.

The UN warns that 7.7 million people, over half of Zimbabwe’s population, are short of food. This is more than anywhere else in the world, apart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Yemen, all of which are conflict zones.

Unlike previous crises, millions of urban dwellers are threatened along with the rural population. Zimbabwe’s Christian church leaders have cited “systemic corruption, shortages of fuel, prices going out of control and collapse of the health sector” as characterising “the current deteriorating economic crisis”.

Neighbouring maize exporters such as South Africa and Zambia have suffered crop failures of their own, because of the impact of climate change in the region. According to the UN’s Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change, Southern Africa is warming at about twice the global rate and is set to become drier with frequent droughts and increased number of heatwaves. This is a disastrous situation for Zimbabwe, where most of the rural population depend on rain-fed farming to live.

* CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. It works with communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to fight poverty and injustice. The agency works with people in need regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality



Geneva couple recalls fighting South Africa's apartheid system

GENEVA – Nobody knew how dangerous the relationship between Paula Merrington and her husband Gary van Breda was until she mentioned it during a candidate forum while she was running for alderman.

They met in Cape Town, South Africa. She was a white woman and he was – in the vernacular of apartheid in 1988 – a colored person.

“Apartheid was still the law of the land,” van Breda said.

Apartheid – meaning “separateness" in Afrikaans – was a system of institutionalized racial segregation.

The irony here is that van Breda himself is descended from one of the founding families of the white branch of Africaner people in South Africa. They arrived in 1719. His ancestry is a mix of black and white people that predate formal apartheid.

When van Breda and Merrington first began dating in 1991, it was illegal under the Immorality Act, which made sexual relationships between white Europeans and anyone who was not white a crime.

“We had to pretend we were not dating,” van Breda said.

“There were no public displays of affection,” Merrington said. “It was still on the law books and the police – it was hit and miss how they would respond.”

Merrington and van Breda got married on March 12, 1994 while the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act was still the law of the land.

But the apartheid system was coming apart, amid protests and other nations putting sanctions on South Africa.

“We got married outside, under a big, beautiful tree,” Merrington said.

They voted in the nation’s first democratic elections in April 1994 – the first in which citizens of all races were allowed to participate.

Then they moved to the U.S. to follow job opportunities and to get away from the vestiges of apartheid.

"We had lived with it and we were just tired," van Breda said.

First living in New Orleans for three years, then Seattle for nine years, then Atlanta for eight, they have now called Geneva home for the past five. Their son Shaun, 19, is a college student, and their daughter, Grace, 16, is a junior at Geneva High School.

Merrington was a Red Cross nurse and a pediatric ICU nurse, but currently works as a contractor for FONA.

Van Breda is McDonald’s director of global food safety, and is currently working on a master’s degree in food science with a concentration on pathogenic microbiology.

Their story seems to mirror a frightening past that is being resurrected with a current rise in white nationalism and racism in general.

“It doesn’t surprise me that this is happening now,” van Breda said. “Why would it have gone away?”

‘There was no crossing over’

In 1988, van Breda was studying microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Cape Town.

He and Merrington met because he needed a place to stay that was closer to campus.

“Certain areas were restricted for black, colored, Asian and white students in transportation, housing, schools, jobs and marriage and relationships in general,” van Breda said. “The off-campus housing where I was living was a part of Cape Town designated for colored people (that was) pretty far from the university. There was no crossing over."

South Africa was in a crisis in the 1980s, he said.

To put things in historical perspective: It was not uncommon for him to be on a bus, on his way to class, when it was suddenly turned around because there were tires on fire in the road or people being shot with tear gas or rubber bullets.

The violence was such that he had trouble focusing on his studies in what was a daily struggle just to go back and forth to school. So he looked for on-campus housing and saw an ad for an available room very close to the university.

“I just took a stab without really having any expectation. So I knocked on the door and Paula answered,” van Breda said. “I said, ‘Well, I really need a place to stay.’ ... I was expecting, ‘Well, we don’t have accommodation for people like you.’”

As van Breda prepared to be refused, Merrington told him, “Well, if my dog likes you, maybe we have a chance.”

Her dog Gia was a rescue mutt, a big Alsatian-mix who liked van Breda. The dog used to accompany him to class.

“I wanted a good person to share a home with,” Merrington said. “I did not care about anything else.”

'It was a police state'

Van Breda was born in South Africa, while Merrington was from Zimbabwe, born there during the civil war, from 1965 to 1980.

She left in 1980 to go to nursing school in Cape Town.

As it turned out, they were both politically active.

“The thing that really brought us together was because there was an escalation of violence in South Africa at that point. Paula and I were part of an organization that provided support for protest marches that were illegal," van Breda said.

Merrington belonged to the Health Workers Society, founded in 1980, one of several health organizations that advocated for a democratic health system in South Africa.

They put together little first-aid kits that Merrington and others used to provide medical support for those injured during apartheid protests.

“It was a police state,” Merrington said. “They had this law that you could not have … more than six people congregating at one time. … There was no free press at this time. It was a state-controlled media, television and newspapers. Journalists were put in prison all the time and they disappeared."

Because of that, details of what happened was word of mouth, oral history, she said.

Music, art, poetry and plays were used to protest apartheid, something the government could not control, Merrington said.

‘We could hear the bullets all around us’

They were friends first, but eventually – and dangerously – they became romantically involved. So there was this double danger of breaking the apartheid law and of going to protests against apartheid to provide aid to protesters.

“Gary went to hear a famous religious leader and we were waiting outside a church to go in and he got hit across the face,” Merrington said.

“They smashed my face and my nose was broken,” van Breda said.

Another time, they went to a funeral for two activists.

“Police arrived and told us to disperse ... and they just started firing with no warning,” Merrington said.

“We ran to a church and within seconds, they fired tear gas into the church. We went out … to a driveway breezeway and down the driveway, maybe 200 yards away, police were pointing guns at us,” Merrington said. “They just started firing at Gary and me.”

“We could hear the bullets all around us,” van Breda said.

An anti-apartheid march on Sept. 2, 1989 in Cape Town, was called The Purple March because police fired water cannons with purple dye on thousands of protesters with the intent of identifying them later for arrest. Merrington and van Breda were both sprayed purple.

“They said, ‘The purple shall govern,’” Merrington said. “It was a play on words: ‘The people shall govern.’ … On this particular day, a protester took control of the water cannon and he sprayed government buildings."

As they were running away, someone pulled them into St. George’s Cathedral, she said.

“Bishop Desmond Tutu was actually … grabbing people off the street and giving them clean clothes" so they would not be identified by the purple spray, and be arrested by police, Merrington said.

Considering the current times with a rise of racism and white nationalism, Merrington said, “Have we learned nothing from the last 100 years?”

“Gary and I nearly lost our lives fighting (racism). … That is why we are passionate about being out there,” Merrington said. “You see little micro-aggressions. Little things. People laughing at 'slightly' racist jokes. And we’ve lived with this threatening our lives. It’s not funny. It’s real.”

Van Breda said he did not expect racism go to away – then or now.

“The only change in our lives was that the law went away. But people with with that type of attitude toward people of color still remain,” van Breda said. “Having said that, I think that I’m pretty inspired by the new generation, as I talk to people who are my son's and my daughter’s age and younger. There is less entrenched racism.”


DME-MED-S shared post via Reuters: Fired Zimbabwe state doctors reject offer to return to work

Zimbabwe state doctors who were fired for going on strike have rejected a government offer to return to work, their union said on Friday.

DME-MED-S shared post via Reuters: Fired Zimbabwe state doctors reject offer to return to work

Zimbabwe state doctors who were fired for going on strike have rejected a government offer to return to work, their union said on Friday.

Zimbabwe facing 'man-made' starvation, UN expert warns

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Zimbabwe is facing "man-made" starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a UN special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country. Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, ranked Zimbabwe among the four top countries facing severe food shortages outside nations in conflict zones. "The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to

Zimbabwe opposition party complains of unprecedented persecution as state cracks down


Zimbabwe opposition party complains of unprecedented persecution as state cracks downZimbabwe’s opposition party says it is suffering unprecedented persecution and state-sanctioned violence and claims it is unable to function as a political party as most of its rallies are banned.  The MDC Alliance says the Zanu-PF government effectively prevented more than 200 planned rallies in the last few weeks, breaking some up with police raids. On Sunday, when Nelson Chamisa, the MDC leader, attended a tree planting ceremony 45 miles south east of Harare, police released tear gas and there were reports of gunfire.  With inflation soaring at more than 400 per cent, the state appears terrified of rising civil protests.  Scores of MDC members, including high level officials, such as party organisers, have been arrested, beaten up or charged through the courts this year - more than at any time in the last ten years of former president Robert Mugabe’s rule.  Professor Eldred Masunungure, senior political scientist at the University of Zimbabwe, said: "This wave of terror by the state is the most vicious that the MDC has experienced and endured in the last decade. An anti-riot police man in Zimbabwe beats a man in late November Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images “The regime is determined and has the capacity to damage the MDC in the same way it did during its reign of terror in 2008.” About 200 MDC supporters and voters were killed during 2008 elections.  Charlton Hwende, recently elected Secretary-General of the MDC Alliance told The Daily Telegraph: “We have never had it as bad as this. We just can’t operate."   He said: “They are trying to ban us. Last week I was at our headquarters when about 200 policemen came to the street because we tried to hold a meeting. So police beat up anyone they could. People queue to withdraw money in Harare after Zimbabwe introduced a new currency Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo “We believe some were soldiers in police uniform and others were Zanu-PF youth members in police uniform."  Mr Hwende said the MDC had only been able to hold about 11 national rallies in the last year because of state interference.  Brian Raftopoulos, Mellon Senior Research Mentor at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, said the state and the police fear civil unrest as food prices spiral and the economic crisis deepens. "This is a continuation of how the government responds to protests," he said. A supporter of the opposition MDC Alliance gestures the party's symbol from inside of a prison truck Credit: ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images "Zanu-PF knows the economy is in ever deeper crisis and they can see no way of fixing it, so they are not prepared to tolerate any dissent."  Mr Hwende said he lost his long-established cross-border trucking business earlier this year when he was arrested and charged with treason.  He describes the charges laid against him so far as “laughable” More than 20 people, mostly people connected to or members of the MDC Alliance, have been charged with treason in the last 18 months.  Mr Mugabe was ousted from power by Emmerson Mnangagwa two years ago and died in September. Mr Mnangagwa narrowly won presidential elections last year, a victory the MDC Alliance, without evidence, continues to claim is illegitimate.  Doug Coltart says he was attacked by police while attending to a client Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Doug Coltart, 29, a lawyer who regularly attends to victims of political violence, claims he was brutally assaulted by police at Harare Central Police Station last week while attending to a client.  “I was in the comptroller’s office making a complaint to a uniformed officer as I was denied access to my client.  “Police officers grabbed me in front of members of the public, and dragged me out,” he says. “They injured me… blood was spurting across my shirt.”  Senior government personnel and the police regulatory authority which issues or denies permits for political rallies did not respond to requests for comment.


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Gender equality: Cameroon among medium countries in Africa with global score of 0.59 out of 1 (McKinsey)


On November 26, 2019, on the sidelines of the Global Gender Summit 2019 (November 25-27) in Kigali, Rwanda, the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's independent research institute, presented its 2019 report on gender equality in Africa entitled “The Power of Parity.”

According to the presentation, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia are the countries with medium inequality between genders. Their scores are improving towards parity at work and in society, compared to other African countries.

Cameroon’s scores according to the McKinsey Global Institute are 0.53 out of 1 on parity at work; 0.71 on opening up the formal and informal economy to women; 0.35 on legal protection of women's rights in politics; 0.78 on protecting the integrity of women; 0.62 on gender inequalities in society; 0.52 on access to professional and technical occupations, etc. Cameroon's final score for gender parity is 0.59 to 1.

The continent's leading countries are South Africa (0.76), Namibia (0.72), Rwanda (0.69), Zimbabwe (0.66) and Lesotho (0.64).

Sylvain Andzongo, reporting from Kigali


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Putting Children at the Center of Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Cooperation Agenda

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Investing in children is the fundamental solution to end child poverty and inequality and set the foundation for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, UNICEF said today, as the Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference at the 10th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) concluded in Kampala, Uganda.

“In the past three years, the number of people living in poverty in rural areas of China has decreased drastically from 55 million to 16 million. China’s contribution to global poverty-reduction efforts is significant,” said Ms. Cynthia McCaffrey, UNICEF Representative to China. “While we are supporting China in their ‘last mile’ to eradicate extreme poverty and to build the human capital it needs for the decades ahead, we are also facilitating the sharing of knowledge and practices on ending child poverty between China and other developing countries through South-South cooperation.”

The 10th FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference, co-hosted by China’s State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP) and the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, has the theme of “Partnership for Transformation in Africa”.

The thematic session – National Pathways to Child Poverty Reduction – is co-organized by UNICEF and the International Poverty Reduction in China (IPRCC). The meeting was attended by the LGOP and senior government officials from African countries and China, international experts and representatives from international organizations and development agencies.

Delegates expressed the urgent need to invest in social policies and infrastructures which combat child poverty in Africa, where around three out of every four children are affected by multi-dimensional poverty.

Between today and 2050, almost 1.6 billion babies will be born in Africa. By 2058, Africa will be home to one billion children and more than 40 per cent of the world’s children. Nowhere are children more central to a continent’s future than in Africa. Africa’s burgeoning population presents an unprecedented opportunity and several challenges. The opportunity lies in the potential for a so-called demographic dividend of sustained rapid economic growth in the coming decades.

“Investment in children is Africa’s best hope to set the right pre-conditions for this potentially massive and transformative demographic dividend,” said Mohamed M. Fall, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. “Protection from violence, conflict, abuse and exploitation are imperative if children are to reach their full potential. This Forum provides an opportunity to share practical experiences and insights on tackling child poverty.”

Along with its ambitious plan to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020, China will be on-track to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 ten years ahead of schedule. The investment from the Government of China contributes to the achievement of SDG targets on health – reducing maternal mortality, under-five mortality and neonatal mortality and on education – achieving nine years of compulsory education, with universal access and gender parity.

“Reducing child poverty, and promoting their healthy growth and all-round development, is an important way not only to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but also to implement the long-term poverty alleviation strategy, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and promote social development and social equity,” said Ms Zhang Guangping, Deputy Director-General from the International Poverty Reduction Center in China.

Delegates at the session discussed the importance of understanding, measuring and monitoring both income and the multi-dimensional deprivation faced by children. By doing so, it will help to identify cost-effective solutions – that focus on the child, and to ensure that governments and development partners are on the right track, delivering on national priorities and the SDGs. Delegates also expressed the critical needs to increase the investment in children. According to UNICEF’s recent study, the continent of Africa needs to hire an additional 4.2 million health workers, to meet minimum WHO standards for frontline skilled health personnel by 2030. And it needs to recruit 4.5 million more primary school teachers by 2030.

“Prioritizing funding to sectors that matter most for children and their future development is fundamental,” said UNICEF’s Mohamed M. Fall. “We have a joint responsibility to understand the structural transformation taking place on the continent, and to acknowledge that a partnership which can transform Africa should be built on sincerity and an understanding of the economic and demographic changes that are sweeping the continent. Such partnerships must therefore reflect on and position children at the centre.”

Reference on Africa-UNICEF-China cooperation:

UNICEF and the Government of China have been cooperated under the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF) framework by providing humanitarian assistance to African countries, including life-saving nutrition treatment for Somali children and children and families affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. In addition, programmes on maternal, newborn and child health in eight African countries have been formulated and about to be launched.


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