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Zimdollar: the zeros are coming back

The Southern African

:: Lance Guma - SW Radio Africa
Thursday, 31 May 2007

LONDON - The Zimbabwe Dollar set a new milestone on Thursday with most
parallel market dealers paying Z$105 000 for one British pound.

What is more startling is the fact that 3 zeroes were removed from the
currency by the Central Bank last year and if these were added back, it's
actually Z$105 million buying one pound.

These rates translate into skyrocketing prices for ordinary people as
the cost of imported goods hits the roof. The rate of inflation for April
peaked at 3,200 % and it is expected to top 4,000 for May.

Economic analyst Bekithemba Mhlanga told Newsreel the Reserve Bank is
busy mopping up foreign currency from dealers to help pay for fuel and
energy bills. This he says explains the plummeting value of the Zimbabwe
dollar this month.

Despite government not acknowledging black market rates and sticking
to the official exchange rates in their dealings they are secretly buying
forex on the black market.

"There is nothing called a shortage of foreign currency, what is in
short supply is a creative means of mopping it up," Mhlanga said, explaining
how the government sources its forex.

Several banks and fuel dealers who are allowed to sell in foreign
currency are at the centre of the collection system. A large population of
Zimbabweans working or living in the Diaspora have also enabled Mugabe's
regime to tap into the forex that they repatriate home.

Mhlanga said Zimbabwe's entire production base had collapsed and most
companies were operating at below 10 percent capacity.

This has in turn led to an over reliance on imported goods, again
increasing the demand for forex. He said the problems were made worse by the
excessive printing of money, which has created an over-supply of Zimbabwe
dollars that are not backed up by goods and services.

The hyper-inflationary environment has also meant people are buying
forex just as a means of storing value and selling it later when they need
to make purchases. This is because the local currency plummets in value
everyday.

The country's economy is on its knees with experts blaming violent
farm grabs for killing the agriculture sector, which was the mainstay of the
economy. Corruption and mismanagement in government have added the final
nail to the coffin lid - with SW Radio Africa.


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Mugabe begins compensating white farmers

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

By Thulani Munda

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government has begun compensating white
farmers whose land it confiscated under a controversial farm redistribution
programme over the past seven years.

In a notice published in the state controlled Herald newspaper on Thursday,
Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement permanent secretary Ngoni
Masoka advised the former white farmers to approach the ministry for
compensation for improvements on farms such as buildings, dams roads and
other structures.

The Harare administration has said it will not pay white farmers for the
actual land saying whites stole the land from blacks in the first place.

The Lands Ministry's compensation committee will fix the amount of cash due
to each farmer although it is unclear what method the committee will use to
evaluate the immovable properties on farms.

The government notice read in part: "The compensation committee has fixed
the compensation payable for immovable improvements on acquired farms in
terms of Section 29B of the Land Acquisition Act (Chapter 20:10).

"The former owners or representatives should contact the Ministry of Lands,
Land Reform, and Resettlement as a matter of urgency in connection with
their compensation. The list of farmers whose compensation has been
determined are available at the offices of the Chief Lands Officer in the
provinces."

Efforts to get further clarification on the matter from Masoka or Lands,
Land Reform and Resettlement Minister, Didymus Mutasa were fruitless as both
were not reachable on their phones.

However, because the valuation of movable property on farms was carried out
by government land inspectors some months ago, there are fears that any
attached values may not reflect the true value because of Zimbabwe's runaway
inflation which at more than 3 700 percent is the highest in the world.

Mugabe's government seized white-owned commercial farms starting in 2000, in
a bloody and ruthless campaign, with government initially refusing to
compensate the dispossessed farmers.

Approximately 4 000 formerly white-owned farms were seized, and the white
farmers ended up settling in neighbouring countries after being hounded out
of Zimbabwe.

But the land reform programme, condemned internationally plunged Zimbabwe
into acute food shortages because the cash-strapped government failed to
provide black peasants resettled on former white farms with skills support,
inputs and financial back-up to maintain production.

Food production plummeted by about 60 percent to leave Zimbabwe - once a
regional breadbasket - dependent on handouts from international food relief
agencies.

The southern African country's once vibrant manufacturing sector also took a
severe knock with most of the industries that depended on the key farming
sector for orders and inputs forced to operate below 50 percent of capacity
as agriculture collapsed. - ZimOnline


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5 000 Zim police officers want to quit over salaries

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

By Regerai Marwezu

MASVINGO - At least 5 000 police officers among them inspectors and
superintendents tendered resignation letters last month alone in protest
over poor pay and working conditions, ZimOnline has learnt.

Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri has since written to all commanders in
the provinces ordering them not to accept further resignations until after
next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

"Please do not allow anyone to retire from the force until (after) the
elections next year," said Chihuri in the confidential memo that was
addressed to police commanders around the country.

"We have received about 5 000 letters from police officers intending to
leave the force since the beginning of May and if we allow them to go we
will be short of manpower during elections next year," added Chihuri.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has battled with massive resignations
over the past few years as mostly disgruntled junior police officers quit in
droves to seek better paying jobs across the country's borders.

Chihuri's memo comes hardly a week after the Zimbabwean government announced
plans to go on a massive recruitment drive that would see the number of
police officers increased from the current 29 000 to 50 000.

President Robert Mugabe's government said it was boosting the police
manpower in preparation for next year's elections.

Zimbabwe's police force has been severely weakened because of massive
desertions and resignations by junior officers who are disgruntled over poor
pay and working conditions.

Sources within the police said Chihuri had refused to accept the
resignations fearing that doing so would open floodgates for more junior
officers to leave the force.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi confirmed the exodus within the police
adding that his ministry was currently looking for about 1 000 officers who
had simply absconded from duty without permission.

"We are currently hunting about 1 000 officers who just left the force
without tendering their resignations. However, we are going to recruit more
officers to reach our target of 50 000 officers by the end of year," said
Mohadi.

A senior police superintendent who spoke to ZimOnline yesterday said there
was a lot of disgruntlement within the force with most junior officers
feeling "used" by the government.

"We are just being used by the government. If the government fails to
approve our resignations, we will simply leave because we are working for
nothing," said the superintendent, who refused to be named.

Zimbabwean police are among the lowest paid civil servants with a junior
police officer, for example, taking home just about Z$412 000 a month, a
figure way below the breadline that is more than $1.5 million.

An acute economic recession, described by the World Bank as unprecedented
for a country not at war, has seen most workers scrounging to make ends meet
as rampant inflation erodes real wages.

Zimbabwe, once seen as a model economy in Africa, is also grappling with the
world's highest inflation rate at over 3 700 percent, massive joblessness
and poverty.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party and major Western
governments blame the economic crisis on Mugabe's mismanagement of the
economy, charges the veteran leader denies. - ZimOnline


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MDC activists bail application pushed to next week

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

By Thabani Mlilo

HARARE - High Court Judge Ben Hlatshwayo on Thursday postponed to June 6 the
hearing of a bail application by 30 opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) party activists who are accused of bombing police stations last
March.

The opposition activists have been in police custody since their arrest on
March 28 but the High Court earlier this week released on bail MDC elections
director Ian Makone, who the state claims was the mastermind behind the
bombing campaign that the state says was part of a Western-backed plan to
oust President Robert Mugabe.

Justice Hlatshwayo blocked attempts by state prosecutors to further delay
the bail hearing by an additional two weeks to allow the police time to
submit findings on their investigations in South Africa where the MDC
activists were allegedly were being trained as saboteurs.

MDC lawyer Alec Muchadehama told the court that the state was buying time at
the expense of the freedom of his clients who are continuously being denied
their freedom and "denied the benefit of being presumed innocent until
proven guilty".

The MDC denies it or its members were behind the bombing of police stations,
a public train and properties belonging to various government supporters.

The opposition party says it is committed to removing Mugabe from power
through non-violent and democratic means, adding the bomb attacks were
orchestrated by state agents in a bid to justify a crackdown on the
resurgent party that has seen scores of its activists and leaders arrested
and jailed over the past three months.

The MDC, which is pushing for constitutional reforms to ensure free and fair
elections next year, poses the most dangerous threat yet to Mugabe and his
ruling ZANU PF party's decades old grip on power. - ZimOnline


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Harare says Blair is crazy

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

By Patricia Mpofu

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government angrily rejected charges by
Tony Blair that it was a bad government, calling the British leader "crazy"
for lumping Zimbabwe with Sudan, where militias have butchered thousands of
innocent civilians.

Information Minister and chief government spokesman Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told
ZimOnline it was "good riddance" that Blair was leaving office on June 27,
adding Harare hoped for better relations with Gordon Brown, expected to take
over at Number 10 Downing Street.

"We no longer care what he (Blair) says," said Ndlovu. "We are saying it is
good riddance that he is going. He is crazy and we are not losing any sleep
about his utterances in South Africa today."

Blair has been one of the most outspoken critics of the 83-year-old Mugabe's
controversial rule and worked hard to mobilise his Western allies to impose
targeted sanctions on the Zimbabwean leader and his top officials to punish
them for failing to uphold human rights, the rule of law and for stealing
elections.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since the former British colony's
independence in 1980, accuses Blair of seeking to oust and replace him with
a puppet government answerable to London and says targeted sanctions are
hurting the economy and ordinary citizens the most.

On his farewell tour to Africa, Blair said both the West and Africa faced
two possible paths. "One is chosen by countries like South Africa, Ghana,
Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and many others, reinforcing economic growth
with good governance and the stamping out of violence and corruption," he
said.

"The other, the path of Zimbabwe or Sudan, where bad government and violent
oppression send the country's economy spiralling down. Our choice is to
support the good. Africa's challenge is to eliminate the bad."

Blair voiced Britain's support for efforts by South African President Thabo
Mbeki to mediate between the Mugabe government and the opposition in Harare,
saying a change in the political climate was essential ahead of next year's
elections.

Mbeki was last March asked by SADC heads of state and government to lead
efforts to resolve Zimbabwe's eight-year political and economic crisis by
facilitating dialogue between Mugabe's government and the main opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

Earlier this month, Mbeki said preliminary talks between Mugabe and the MDC
were going on very well but refused to divulge further details saying doing
so would prejudice the negotiations that were still at a delicate stage.

Zimbabwe has since 1999 been grappling with an agonising political and
economic meltdown, critics blame on repression and mismanagement by Mugabe,
a charge the veteran leader denies.

The crisis has seen inflation shooting to more than 3 700 percent while the
southern African country is short of food, essential medicines, fuel,
electricity,hard cash and just about every basic survival commodity. -
ZimOnline


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Side-stepping hysteria

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

HARARE - A comedy of errors is how one friend recently described this once
lovely country of ours.

After waiting forever for the education ministry to announce examination
fees for our high school children, we were shocked to hear on the radio that
the fees would be exactly the same as the ones charged last year for both A
and O Level.

Good heavens! The amount cannot buy even half a loaf of bread. How does
anyone explain this mathematical or economic madness?

Yes the minister gave us the explanation that by the time exam fees are set
the papers or material used for exams will have been long produced?

Oh yeh?

Be that as it may, what about the perennial problem of teachers refusing to
mark papers because they are being paid a measley amount for their pain?

Yes we all want this great country to work and we all want our economy to be
something that we should not be ashamed of but face it, it is bad enough
being unable to afford a loaf of bread but it is even worse if we are going
to pretend that an amount that cannot buy a sweet can be demanded as exam
fees.

Hell we used to have the best education this side of the equator. Our
university graduates were highly sought after.

We need to realise the fact that education costs money and if we want to
maintain high standards we have to pay for it. Yes sure everyone is
struggling to make ends meet but we really have to retain the standards that
we set for ourselves in the early eighties.

While we are all trying to side-step this hysteria, we have to come up with
survival strategies. Transport costs keep on increasing, most hospital staff
have decided to withdraw their labour because the money they earn is not
worth the pain of getting up in the morning anymore.

Teachers spend most of their time knitting jerseys or selling sweets and
oranges to our children as a way of supplementing their meagre salaries.

At this rate you have no choice but to wonder who is going to survive 2007.

We are all grappling with trying to make money and this has torn apart
families. Nobody cares about the extended family anymore. Everyone is
looking at ways of ripping off the next person.

Those with a little bit more are expected to share with other less
privileged members of the family but the uncertainty of what tomorrow will
bring has made most people prudent accountants.

People spend if they really have to and only on their nearest and dearest.

How many people have bought their grandparents jerseys this winter? NONE I
am sure because, things such as jerseys and tennis shoes have become a
luxury.

The least expensive pair of tennis shoes is selling at Z$80 000 which is
around US$1 and a few cents on the parallel market!

In the late 90s when things started getting tough I remember those who had a
little to spare shared with their relatives.

Today it is almost impossible. Everyone is trying to ensure that they will
have a drop of water and a morsel of food to see them through to the next
day.

People were trust-worthy. Your maid would not steal from you because she was
hungry and your gardener did not sell your garden tools to feed his family.

We have a new breed of highly corrupt people - people who see nothing bad in
stealing or mooching off complete strangers.

Today our streets are run by dirty, rude young men who expect you to give
them money just because they are there.

We have people who have never known an honest day of work but their bodies
look well fed. We have a new breed of social outcasts who think the world
owes them so they lurk around public transport, marshal people into vehicles
and think they should be paid for it.

I look at all those louts who make our lives miserable on the streets and
ask why we have allowed ourselves to become slaves to every Jack and Jill.

We are indeed a resilient people for how else can you explain the madness of
having to pay $100 000 (actually $100 million) for toilet paper? Some
domestic workers are earning less than that.

That amount buys you 10 loaves of bread.

The corruption that now pervades every strata of our lives is incredible. We
have all sorts of little warlords running the sugar market, cooking oil,
identity cards and passports and almost anything you can think of.

You have to know somebody to get anything these days.

A friend who has spent endless days queuing just to get passport forms told
me someone offered to help her with the whole passport process for US$25.

This is a country that has no foreign currency reserves but you have people
quoting you stuff in forex. How the hell is one expected to come up with the
money?

If we say no to corruption in high places we should say no to corruption
anywhere else too. What legacy are we going to leave our children and
grandchildren?

We have to find a way of surviving this madness, side-stepping hysteria. For
our own sake we have to redeem ourselves. Be blessed.


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Zimbabwean-born businessman sues Blair

Zim Online

Friday 01 June 2007

Own Correspondent

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe-born South African businessman Mutumwa Mawere is
suing British Prime Minister Tony Blair over what he claims is the British
government's enforcement of "confiscatory legislation" enacted by the Harare
authorities about three years ago.

An application lodged last week in the High Court of England and Wales by
Mawere cites Blair, who is currently visiting South Africa, and President
Robert Mugabe as co-defendants in a matter involving what Mawere describes
as the expropriation of the assets of two of his former companies registered
in England, SMM Holdings Limited (SMMH) and THZ Holdings Limited (THZH).

Mawere, once an ally of Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party, claims his case
against Blair relates to the "enforcement and recognition of the
confiscatory legislation" enacted by the Zimbabwe government in September
2004.

The legislation allowed Mugabe's government to "expropriate" the
shareholdings of all companies owned and controlled by Mawere in the English
jurisdiction and elsewhere.

Mawere says through a nominee company, AMG Global Nominees (Private) Limited
(AMG), the Zimbabwe government, is now before the English courts seeking to
be registered as a shareholder of "my English companies pursuant to the
operation of Mugabe's expropriatory decrees and laws".

In his application, Mawere asks the British High Court whether "the
Zimbabwean expropriatory decrees and laws" should be recognised by English
courts and "whether actions constituting indirect enforcement of these laws
in England should be entertained".

Mawere cites Blair as a defendant because he accuses the British Prime
Minister of complicity in the seizure of his companies by allowing the
Zimbabwean government to "invade British territory" and use British courts
to enforce "illegal seizures" of his properties there despite European Union
sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Mawere last month filed an application in the Johannesburg High Court suing
President Mbeki for allowing Mugabe to use the South African judiciary to
enforce his draconian laws in foreign lands.

Mawere's lawsuit against Mbeki was prompted by the Zimbabwe government's
court applications in Johannesburg seeking to take over assets owned by
Mawere in South Africa.

The net effect of Mawere's lawsuits against Mbeki and Blair is that he wants
any foreign government to stop allowing Mugabe from seeking to enforce
his draconian laws in foreign lands.

Earlier this year, the Zimbabwe government, through a company called AMG,
filed a court application in London in which it is claiming ownership of
shares owned by Mawere in the UK incorporated Africa Resources Limited
(ARL).

ARL was the vehicle through which Mawere acquired ownership of SMMH and THZH
from Turner and Newall (T & N) in 1996.

AMG claims that it has already paid US$2 million for the ARL shares to the
administrators of T & N after the implementation of legislation through
which Mawere's companies were seized.

Mawere claims the shares have an underlying value of US$300 million.

AMG contends that the administrators of T & N sold the shares in their
capacities as "mortgagees of the shares in terms of the power of sale
outlined in the document of security signed between Mawere and T & N in
1996".

As an organ of the state of Zimbabwe, Mawere argues that AMG should not be
entitled to seek any relief in England "by reason of the fact that its
English proceedings are an attempt to enforce a Zimbabwean law in England
which law is patently penal or which otherwise ought not to be enforced as
law at all by English courts".

He argues that Zimbabwean draconian laws should not allowed to operate
extraterritorially.

Mawere argues that there is a principle in English law that forbids English
Courts from recognizing laws of foreign states that seeks to confiscate
property of a particular individual or class of individuals.

Mawere claims that his application "exposes the complicity of the Blair
government in allowing the Mugabe regime to invade British territory, albeit
dressed as a private company, notwithstanding the sanctions regime, to seek
the assistance of the English justice system in completing its expropriation
exploits".

Mawere says the Blair government has made no effort to investigate the bona
fides of AMG.

Mawere claims that the Mugabe government has presented AMG as its nominee
without disclosing its principals and has funded the latter without any
disclosure of such financing in the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

This, he claims, suggests the involvement of individuals to benefit from his
assets.

"One cannot rule out the possibility that Mugabe himself may be personally
involved in all this . . . Why would a government be reluctant to disclose
the principals of a private company that is funded with public funds?" he
asked.

Mawere says as a director of his English companies, he has been unable to
comply with UK statutory obligations by reason of the 2004 expropriation of
their Zimbabwean subsidiaries by the Zimbabwe government.

"While Mr Blair would like President Mbeki to be more aggressive on the
Zimbabwean question, it now emerges that the British government has been
unwilling to take a stand against Mugabe's actions (in England).," says
Mawere.

"It is evident that Mugabe's actions are affecting British companies and yet
Blair's government is doing nothing. He would like the world to believe that
he cares about the situation in Zimbabwe when my case demonstrates
otherwise," says Mawere.

He adds: "The lack of action on the part of the British government lends
credence to Mugabe's accusations that the regime change agenda pursued by

Blair is premised on an attempt to protect only white interests in Zimbabwe
and has nothing to do with justice."

"If Mawere was a white British citizen, would the Blair government have been
silent?" asked Mawere. - ZimOnline


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State Delays Bail Hearing For Zimbabwe Opposition Members

VOA

By Jonga Kandemiiri
Washington
31 May 2007

The fate of 30 members of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic
Change, detained since March, remained uncertain Thursday, after high court
judge, Ben Hlatshwayo, postponed their bail application hearing, to next
Wednesday.

The 30 MDC members, are charged with various offenses, including sabotage
and training bombers in South Africa.

The state asked the judge to postpone Thursday's bail hearing, because it
wanted to consolidate all the eight cases the members faced, so that they
could be heard concurrently.

The state also said it was awaiting the return of some detectives sent to
South Africa, to investigate the allegations that the activists had received
military training there.

Pedzisayi Ruhanya, senior programs manager for Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition,
told VOA, that the state purposely delayed the cases, because it knew the
activists were innocent, but wanted to break their spirit.

The lawyer representing the detained MDC members, Alec Muchadehama, told
reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that he opposed
the continued postponement of his clients' cases, but did not want to delay
the process further by challenging it.


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Harare State Hospitals At Crippling Point As Junior, Senior Residents Strike

VOA


31 May 2007

Zimbabwe's health sector has been dealt another serious blow, following the decision by junior and senior residents, working in the capital's state hospitals, to go on strike Thursday, prompted, they claimed,by the government's failure to address their grievances over pay and other allowances.

The residents' actions come less than six months after their December strike, which lasted three months, when they again downed their tools, and demanded that the government give them better salaries and wages.

The residents, totaling about 200 in number, said they would not return towork in Harare state hospitals, until the government raised their salaries to $Z70 million a month, andalso gave themcar loans worth $US3,000.

Residents at Bulawayo state hospitals, say they will join in the strike Friday.

Studio seven was unable to reach health minister David Parirenyatwa, or any other health ministry official, for comment on the concerns raised by the residents, two weeks ago.

Critics say the latest job action, is likely to worsen the situation at government hospitals, which have been hit by a severe shortage of nurses, who havenot been going to work regularlyfor some time now, citing lack of adequate transport funds.

Amon Siveregi, president of the Hospital Doctors Association, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that Harare Hospital and Parirenyatwa Hospital,have been badly affected by the job action.


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Britain's Blair Says World Waiting, Wanting, Zimbabwe Reform

VOA

By Delia Robertson
Johannesburg
31 May 2007

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged African governments to hold
Zimbabwe to account and to do so urgently. VOA's Delia Robertson reports
from Johannesburg that Mr Blair was speaking in Johannesburg on the final
leg of his official farewell tour of the African continent.

Mr. Blair said that decades of repression in Zimbabwe have forced as many as
one-third of Zimbabweans to leave their country for opportunities elsewhere.
While he expressed support for the effort of South African President Thabo
Mbeki regarding Zimbabwe, he reminded his host that time is fast running
out.

"Now I welcome the determination of the countries of southern Africa to
tackle Zimbabwe's problems through the SADC [Southern African Development
Community] and President Mbeki's leadership to bring the two countries
leadership together. The world is waiting, wanting to engage with a
reforming Zimbabwe government," he said. "We support therefore SADC's
efforts to develop a clear plan but for the people of Zimbabwe this is
urgent and change before the 2008 elections essential."

Mr. Blair had strong words for Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir over the
crisis in Darfur, where some 200,000 people have been killed and millions
are now dependent on food aid.

"I believe it is wrong that President Bashir, intent, I'm afraid, on bombing
his way to a solution, is determined to obstruct any effort made to
reinforce the Africa Union's inability to improve security and stability,"
he added.

Under Mr. Blair's leadership, the British government has expanded its
programs in Africa, and the British leader has excellent relations with many
African leaders. He urged other western governments to do more for Africa,
saying that the time has past for international politics to be defined by
narrow, traditional national interests.

"I believe that now, today, our self interest is in substantial part defined
by the well being of others," he said. "The consequence of globalization is
that our best chance of security and prosperity lies in advancing freedom,
opportunity and justice for all."

"It follows that where oppression, poverty and injustice exist, it is not
only our duty but also in our self interest to do what we can to bring about
change for the better," continued Mr. Blair. "And I believe that nowhere is
that clearer than here in Africa."

But Mr. Blair said African countries must respond equally, and meet their
own commitments to strengthen their democracies, deliver essential services
to their people, and work harder to eradicate corruption.

After his speech, Mr. Blair met with South African elder statesman Nelson
Mandela, who welcomed the British leader warmly and described him a true
friend of Africa. On Friday, Mr. Blair will meet with President Mbeki,
before leaving the continent.


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Food aid welcome, if crisis blamed on drought


BULAWAYO, 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has acknowledged it
is facing a severe food crisis and has welcomed food aid - so long as no
"political strings" are attached.

A joint Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme
(WFP) team was invited to asses the food security situation in Zimbabwe late
last month after President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF government declared 2007
a drought year.

"I have received a preliminary report from [WFP/FAO] which confirms our
earlier fears of food shortages. In their report they are saying the country
will this year harvest between 600,000 and 800,000 metric tonnes of grain,
which falls far short of the national requirement of about 2 million metric
tonnes. In my view, I think this is a fair assessment," agricultural
minister, Rugare Gumbo, told IRIN.

Admitting international assistance was required, he reiterated the
government's position that Zimbabwe would not accept "aid with political
strings attached".

Cees Wittebrood, head of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office
(ECHO) for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, who visited Zimbabwe last week,
said the authorities needed to acknowledge the need for aid stemmed from
"man-made" causes. "Zimbabwe is facing a situation where the agricultural
policy is failing [and] overall governance is not effective."

The WFP/FAO needs assessment is due to be formally released next week.

Zimbabwe has experienced severe food shortages over the past seven years due
partly to recurrent droughts, but mainly because of the government's chaotic
land reforms that have slashed foreign earnings.

"Zimbabwe has faced droughts before but was very much capable of dealing
with a drought thanks to effective governance. They had the systems, water
reservoirs, irrigation, inputs, knowledge and technology to survive a period
without rain. But they don't have that any longer - because the agricultural
policy and their policy in general is failing - the drought can give them
[farmers] that last push over the edge," Wittebrood warned.

Addressing the aid issue with the authorities was extremely sensitive: "The
government does not like to discuss humanitarian assistance because they
recognise it could be a testimony of a failing policy," he added.

In addressing Zimbabwe's needs, Wittebrood said humanitarian agencies faced
tough challenges, including an inflation rate topping 3,700 percent and
government plans for strict registering of NGOs - the local parners of the
humanitarian community. Critics widely regard registration as intended to
dissuade NGOs from meddling in politics.

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


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Tsvangirai and Mutambara in SA for talks with Mbeki



By Tererai Karimakwenda
31 May, 2007

The leaders of the two factions of the Movement For Democratic Change
travelled quietly to South Africa on Tuesday for talks with the SADC
appointed mediator on the Zimbabwe crisis, President Thabo Mbeki. MDC
Presidents Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara left the country for
Pretoria together and have said they will present one candidate for the
presidential elections, a sign that they are united. Outgoing British Prime
Minister Tony Blair is also holding talks on Zimbabwe with Mbeki as part of
his farewell tour of Africa.

It appears that finally there is some movement in the mediation efforts
being brokered by Mbeki. But as always there has been no disclosure of any
progress so far as Mbeki continues his policy of "quiet diplomacy."
The South African leader is under pressure from SADC heads of state who
selected him, and he is due to report any progress by the end of June. But
this week Robert Mugabe rejected opposition demands for a new constitution
ahead of the elections scheduled for March 2008. He said the MDC have no
mandate since they are a minority party. The MDC insist they will not
participate unless there are wholesale constitutional reforms and a level
playing field.

Geoff Hill, author and South Africa correspondent for the Washington Times
said there has been progress as far as the MDC becoming more united, but no
progress as far as bringing ZANU-PF and the MDC to the same table to
negotiate. He believes that although Tsvangirai and Mutambara have said they
will present one candidate (Tsvangirai) for the presidential elections, they
have not yet chosen one person to put to Mbeki as the opposition
representative for the talks. Hill added: "In a sense they are still seen as
a monster with two heads." Hill also found it strange that Mugabe is not
being involved in these negotiations so far, and in the end he might tell
them all to "go hang."

Regarding reports that Mbeki placed three conditions for talks on the MDC
and no conditions on ZANU-PF, Hill said: "You've got to start somewhere. And
the MDC being the more logical and the more reasonable of the two, you get
them to agree and then take that and hang it over Mugabe and apply it with
equal vigour."

As for Blair, Hill believes the British prime minister will not put much
pressure on Mbeki to act on Zimbabwe. He explained that Blair has been "all
rhetoric and little substance" on Zimbabwe during the last few years of his
tenure. "Blair is on a PR mission to say goodbye and develop bonds that go
beyond his tenure," said Hill.

Back in Zimbabwe many civic, religious and student organisations are
insisting they be included in any talks aimed at finding a solution to the
political and economic crisis.

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news


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Zimbabwe Dollar slides to record low on parallel market



By Lance Guma
31 May 2007

The Zimbabwe Dollar set a new milestone on Thursday with most parallel
market dealers paying Z$105 000 for one British pound. What is more
startling is the fact that 3 zeroes were removed from the currency by the
Central Bank last year and if these were added back, it's actually Z$105
million buying one pound. These rates translate into skyrocketing prices for
ordinary people as the cost of imported goods hits the roof. Economic
analyst Bekithemba Mhlanga told Newsreel the Reserve Bank is busy mopping up
foreign currency from dealers to help pay for fuel and energy bills. This he
says explains the plummeting value of the Zimbabwe dollar this month.

Despite government not acknowledging black market rates and sticking to the
official exchange rates in their dealings they are secretly buying forex on
the black market. 'There is nothing called a shortage of foreign currency,
what is in short supply is a creative means of mopping it up' Mhlanga said,
explaining how the government sources its forex. Several banks and fuel
dealers who are allowed to sell in foreign currency are at the centre of the
collection system. A large population of Zimbabweans working or living in
the diaspora have also enabled Mugabe's regime to tap into the forex that
they repatriate home.

Mhlanga said Zimbabwe's entire production base had collapsed and most
companies were operating at below 10 percent capacity. This has in turn led
to an over reliance on imported goods, again increasing the demand for
forex. He said the problems were made worse by the excessive printing of
money, which has created an over-supply of Zimbabwe dollars that are not
backed up by goods and services. The hyper-inflationary environment has also
meant people are buying forex just as a means of storing value and selling
it later when they need to make purchases. This is because the local
currency plummets in value everyday.

The country's economy is on its knees with experts blaming violent farm
grabs for killing the agriculture sector, which was the mainstay of the
economy. Corruption and mismanagement in government have added the final
nail to the coffin lid.

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news


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Pro-government militias launch intimidation campaign against Catholics


MUREWA , 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - Ruling ZANU-PF militia, comprising youths and
veterans of Zimbabwe's war of independence, are intimidating church members
in rural areas in a bid to stop the distribution of a pastoral letter
denouncing President Robert Mugabe's government, human rights groups claim.

Catholic bishops published the protest letter, 'God Hears the Cry of the
Oppressed', - which compares the plight of Zimbabweans to the biblical
oppression suffered by Jewish slaves under the Egyptian pharaohs - on Easter
Sunday. Since the religious festival the letter has been translated from
English into the main vernacular languages of Shona and Ndebele and
disseminated among the country's rural communities, areas which are regarded
as bastions of support for the ZANU-PF government.

In the letter Zimbabwe's political and economic woes are blamed on poor
leadership and bad governance and it exhorts: "In order to avoid further
bloodshed and avert a mass uprising, the nation needs a new people-driven
constitution that will guide a democratic leadership chosen in free and fair
elections."

Catholicism is the country's dominant religion and Mugabe, a practising
Catholic, has accused the bishops of meddling in politics. He said in an
interview with the New African, a British-based current affairs journal,
"once they [bishops] turn political, we regard them as no longer being
spiritual and our relations with them would be conducted as if we are
dealing with political entities, and this is quite a dangerous path they
have chosen for themselves."

Pedzisayi Ruhanya, a representative of the umbrella organisation for
Zimbabwean nongovernmental organisations, The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
(CZC) and one of many human rights and church organisations condemning the
harassment of Catholic parishioners, told IRIN: "The militias are responding
to their leader's [Mugabe] tirade against the bishops. But then, this is
typical of ZANU-PF, especially ahead of crucial elections, whereby they do
whatever they can to make sure that the people are not informed of its
excesses."

"The situation is particularly disturbing when you take cognisance of the
fact that the church is supposed to play a vital role as a watchdog against
political and social repression, yet there are brutal attempts to undermine
that," he said

Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, a long time critic of Mugabe's
government, told IRIN the attacks by the militias were part of a strategy of
intimidation ahead of next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

"The Green Bombers [militias from youth training centres] are being used to
go around to strike fear in voters so that, come next year, they will be
forced to vote ZANU-PF," Ncube said.

Ncube said members of his church were being harassed throughout the country
and recounted a recent incident in the southwestern border town of Plumtree
where he had prevented ZANU-PF militias from gatecrashing a meeting he was
holding with priests in the area. He said a priest was subsequently arrested
in Wedza, Mashonaland Central, for distributing the pastoral letter while
members of his congregation were also detained for questioning by state
security agents.

In Mashonaland East province, traditionally a ruling party stronghold,
parishioners are opting to stay at home rather than attend church after
militias threatened them for distributing the pastoral letter.

"They [militias] are accusing us of being members of the MDC [Movement for
Democratic Change] and working to topple the government. It's no longer safe
to worship because the militias treat you as enemies," said 55-year-old
Father Tirivafi Haka, who declined to use his real name, a church leader in
Murewa, about 90km east of the capital, Harare.

After a recent church service, the youths, led by a well-known war veteran,
raided his home, Haka said, and attempted to set it on fire because he had
distributed letters among his congregation. Haka fled and after two days in
hiding sought medical treatment for a badly sprained ankle incurred during
his escape at the nearby Murewa hospital. Militias descended on the clinic
and threatened medical staff with violence if they provided Haka with
treatment.

"As if that was not enough, they forced me to address my congregation
denouncing the pastoral letter and the MDC while chanting ZANU-PF slogans;
it is unbelievable and painful," he said.

The militia's have threatened to shut down Haka's butchery business if he
does not write a formal letter of apology to the local ZANU-PF branch within
seven days and demonstrate his "loyalty" by buying a party membership card.
"At the end of the day I don't have a choice, for the safety of my family
and the church members," he said.

In Mutoko, about 80km northeast of Murewa, Sheila Mukurazhizha, a
26-year-old youth leader, told IRIN about a similar pattern of intimidation.
"Before the attacks on our members began, our church would record more than
200 people per service but now, hardly 50 people are turning up on Sundays."

She said each Sunday "marauding" militias camped on the steps of the church,
armed with knobkerries (fighting sticks) and knives, threatening the
parishioners and their children who came to worship and turning the
religious service into a ZANU-PF rally, singing songs and chanting
pro-government slogans.

One of the youth militia, who identified himself only as Hammer, told IRIN,
"We know no other political party [outside the ruling party] in this area
and we won't hesitate to flush out our enemies. Zimbabwe will not be a
colony again. Once we get an order from our superiors, we execute it."

The church has responded to the tactics of the militias by issuing a
statement: "We encourage every Zimbabwean to read the pastoral letter as a
guide to understanding the source of our suffering and let it inspire our
prayers and actions. We call upon every Christian individual and
organisation to commit themselves to the truth of God's word about the
situation and it is only the truth that will set us free."

Faith-based organisations, including the Catholic Commission for Justice and
Peace, the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Pastors
Conference and the Christian Alliance, have called for public prayer
meetings similar to those held in Harare earlier this year, which led to the
mass arrests of the participants.

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


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Pull down the prince

Catholic online

5/31/2007
Our Sunday Visitor (www.osv.com)

The people of Zimbabwe are suffering through the last stages of a wicked and
dying regime. Starvation, oppression, corruption and violence are the daily
lot of those doomed to reside in Zimbabwe, at one time one of the wealthiest
and most naturally blessed countries in Africa.

Its ruler, President Robert Mugabe, was once a Marxist revolutionary bent on
overthrowing the white rulers of the country formerly known as Rhodesia.
Today, the 83-year-old dictator has launched a brutal campaign against the
urban poor called "Drive Out the Rubbish."

His police assault opposition leaders, and his cronies plunder what little
remains of value in the country. The health-care system is in a state of
collapse, unemployment is at 80 percent and hyperinflation is destroying all
but the wealthiest individuals in power.

Is it any wonder that Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo - the clarion voice
of resistance in this benighted land - has said that Mugabe has "lost his
mind," and that the government's actions are evil and a desperate attempt to
retain power.

Archbishop Ncube has appealed for U.N. intervention and for religious
leaders to speak out. The world is distracted by other disasters, however,
and religious figures in his country live in fear.

In March, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference issued a short but
eloquent statement "on the current crisis of our country." It lambasted "bad
governance and corruption," and described the grave injustices its people
are enduring.

The bishops observe that despite the revolutionary past of the government,
it has kept, and indeed reinforced, the most repressive legislation of the
previous white government.

The bishops warned that the confrontation "had now reached a flashpoint"
between the haves and the have nots, the oppressor and the oppressed. "As
the suffering population becomes more insistent, generating more and more
pressure through boycotts, strikes, demonstrations and uprisings, the state
responds with ever harsher oppression through arrests, detentions, banning
orders, beatings and torture."

In their statement, the bishops describe the biblical prayers against those
who oppressed the Israelites, and remind everyone that God hears the cries
of the oppressed. And they quote from the "Magnificat": The Lord "has pulled
down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly."

Ironically, Mugabe's retort to the criticism he has received is that the
church is dabbling in politics. The bishops themselves have called for a new
democratic leadership "chosen in free and fair elections."

As Catholics, we can be proud of the Zimbabwe bishops and church leaders who
are the only independent voices in this nightmare. They are risking
martyrdom on behalf of their flock, and their courage is awe-inspiring.

While we may feel powerless here to affect the situation in Zimbabwe, we can
support agencies like Catholic Relief Services and Cor Unum that can channel
aid to the Zimbabwe people and the church. We can also communicate with our
own leaders, urging them to join with Western countries to maintain pressure
on the Mugabe government and on the other African governments in the region
to assist with the growing refugee crisis and to press for a return to
democracy.

Finally, we must not forget the power of our prayers. Showing spiritual
solidarity with the Catholics - indeed, all the people - of Zimbabwe is
critical as this suffering country teeters on the edge of absolute chaos.


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Zimbabwe dehorns rhino to deter poachers - paper

Reuters

31 May 2007 09:18:39 GMT

HARARE, May 31 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has started dehorning all of its rhino
in an effort to deter the poaching of one of the world's endangered species,
official media reported on Thursday.

The southern African country's rhino population was about 2,000 in 1980, but
rampant poaching in the 1980s saw the number dwindle to 370 before climbing
to the current level of 789, according to conservation group Save the Rhino
International.

The group said a programme undertaken by the government to put the rhino in
protection zones in national parks and private conservation areas had helped
save the animals from cross-border poaching.

Henry Madzikanda, chief ecologist for Zimbabwe's Parks and Wildlife
Management Authority, told the Herald newspaper that rangers and other
officials would now spend the next two weeks dehorning rhinos.

There is a ready market, especially in the Far East, for rhino horns, which,
like elephant tusks, are used mostly to manufacture jewellery, figurines and
tourist trinkets.

"We want poachers to know that if they kill any rhino in Zimbabwe, they will
not find any horns. We are keeping them all in highly secured places for our
future generations," Madzikanda was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Zimbabwe is home to some of Africa's largest game reserves, but local
conservation activists say rhino, elephants and other species are at risk
from trophy hunters and rampant poaching by those who struggling with
poverty.


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Regional Churches Meeting In Harare Hope To Influence Change

VOA

By Patience Rusere
Washington
31 May 2007

Churches in the Southern African region, have decided they too want to be
part of the solution to Zimbabwe's crisis.

A five-day conference organized by the Christian Alliance, a coalition of
churches, civil society and opposition groups in Zimbabwe, drew members of
the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Catholic Bishops Conference and the
Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, to Harare, to devise ways to effectively
influence their governments and citizens, to pressure the government to
reform.

President Mugabe has in the past accused some churches of being too
political, and of backing the opposition.

One of the Christian Alliance leaders, Pastor Raymond Motsi, told reporter
Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that the church groups will
release a statement at the conclusion of their conference Friday, outlining
their plans.


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JAG Job Opportunities dated 31 May 2007

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG
Job Opportunities; jag@mango.zw or justiceforagriculture@zol.co.zw

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(Ad inserted 3 May 2007)

Contracts in the DRC

Wanted: for six month renewable contracts in the DRC, three Zimbabwean farm
managers. One with experience in orchard and plantation crops especially
citrus and bananas, the second with experience in row cropping: potatoes,
maize/soya, wheat and barley and the third with experience in dairy
production. Formal agricultural qualifications an advantage but not a
necessity.

Fluency in Swahili preferable but not essential.

Contact: 011610073.

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Employment Offered (Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Vacancy for Farm Assistant

Samona (Z) Ltd.,
P.O. Box 630557
Choma
ZAMBIA

Tel: +260 3 225 018
Cell: +260 97 790 209
E-mail: samona@zamtel.zm

The above-mentioned company has a vacancy for a Farm Assistant to work
directly under the Managing Director, to help with the running of a large
tobacco enterprise situated in the Choma/Kalomo farming area in the Southern
Province of Zambia.

Qualifications required:

Internationally recognised Diploma/Degree in Agriculture

The farming programme for the 2007/2008 season is 120 Ha Tobacco (55
Irrigated and 65 Rainfed), 60 Ha Soyabeans (Supplementary Irrigation), 60 Ha
Winter Wheat. There is currently no livestock production.

Remuneration package:

Commission (paid in US Dollars) will be calculated as a percentage of farm
profit, details of which, together with other benefits, will be made
available to applicants considered for the position once all CV's have been
received and processed.

Applicants should apply to Samona Zambia Ltd using the above e-mail address
attaching their CV for consideration by the company.

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Employment Offered (Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Project Manager in Tanzania

we have a pretty large Eco-Tourism and residential Beach Plot scheme going
on for which we are looking for a Project Manager with overall
responsibility for the whole thing. A farmer background would be ideal.
Please advise whether there are still farmers willing and able to leave Zim
for a new horizon. If affirmative we would of course provide you with
further details.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards - Georges C. Hess / Amboni Sisal Properties Ltd - Nairobi
Liaison Office
Email: fidos@kenyaweb.com

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Vehicle Sales Administrator :
This position is in the busy front office of our Vehicle Sales and would
suit a self-motivated, efficient and pro-active lady. The post combines all
aspects of Administration, client interaction and sales. Must be able to
work under pressure.

Building Foreman :
Must have hands-on-experience in all aspects of building including :
- Setting Out
- Foundation work
- Steel re-enforcing
- Concrete Work
- Brick laying / Plastering
- Carpentry / Roofing
- Plumbing / Electrics
- Material Ordering / Quantity Estimating
- Labour Procurement & Supervision
- Must be able to work on own initiative.

Forward CV or apply in person with contactable references to ABC Auctions,
Seke Road, Graniteside, Harare.
Glynis Wiley, 751343 or 751904 or cell 011 630164

ABC Auctions
Hatfield House
Seke Road
Telephone 263 4 751904/751906/751343/751498
Fax 263 4 751904/751906/751343/751498
Website: www.abcauctions.co.zw
Email Address: auctions@yoafrica.com

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Employment Offered (Ad inserted 10 May 2007)

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Based at: Asamankese, Ghana
Reports to: Direct reporting to Shareholders

Introduction: Pinora is the 3rd largest fruit processing plant in sub
Saharan Africa. Completed in 2006, the state of the art facility, and its
dedicated Pineapple orchard, occupies 610 acres, employs 250 staff and is
capable of processing 320,000mt of locally procured oranges and pineapples.

Job purpose summary:
Identify, develop and direct the implementation of business strategy leading
to growth and profitability
Plan and direct the organisation's activities to achieve stated and agreed
targets and standards for financial and trading performance, quality,
culture and legislative adherence
Evaluate existing staff, and thereafter where necessary, recruit, select and
develop executive team members
Direct functions and performance, where necessary, via the executive team
Maintain and develop organisational culture, values and reputation in its
markets and with all staff, suppliers, partners and regulatory and official
bodies

Key responsibilities:
Evaluate existing procurement process and thereafter plan and implement
procurement strategy, including transportation of fruit to the plant.
Plan and implement supply(ier) retention, expansion and development.
Producing an operating budget and thereafter its monitoring, implementation
and reporting.
Maintain administration and relevant reporting and planning systems.
Evaluate existing and thereafter select and manage external agencies, such
as transportation companies, banks, insurance, quality management standard
bodies and inspection companies etc.
Identify and manage new business development and further potential
investments.
Plan, develop and implement strategy for organisational development

Contact: petermacsporran@iconnect.zm

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Housegirl

Maid needed for Avondale West area. We are looking for a maid to help with
housework, for a "growing" family. She needs to have her own accommodation.
Please call 091-2-300 059 or e-mail mbav@zol.co.zw

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Workshop Manager

Workshop Manager - To run a fleet of Freightliner/Internationals - Cross
Border. J.W. WILSON, INTERNATIONAL (PVT) LTD

Contact: Jim Wilson 620131-4
Contact: Rowena Bannister

TEL: +263-(04)-620131-4
FAX: +263-(04)-620135
EMAIL: rowena@wilson.co.zw

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ORIGNATOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED

IDEAL PERSON NEEDS TO BE FULLY COMPUTER LITERATE (CORRELL DRAW EXPERIENCE
ESSENTIAL) METHODICAL, PATIENT AND TECHNICALLY MINDED. TO RUN A NEW DIGITAL
PRINTING PROJECT.
PLEASE RESPOND WITH CV AND REFERENCES TO:
hotelgs@mweb.co.zw or tel: 04 485695/6 attention Brigit."

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Houseworker required

Gardener OR houseworker required. Someone who is clean, and hardworking.
Preferably employer recommended or contactable references. Please phone
011-614-233 or email : dieselandplant@zol.co.zw

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Looking for Investors:

Looking for serious investors that want to get involved in the Floricultural
industry of Zimbabwe. Need secure land close to Harare and access to
finance. Technical expertise, markets and highly skilled human resources
ready available. For serious enquires please contact me on: 011 630 696,
0912 782 782, 480 160, watin@zol.co.zw

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Housekeeping Team

Looking for an experienced husband and wife team to cook and housekeep.
Excellent staff accommodation is available on the property. A very
competitive remuneration package, with benefits, proportionate with
experience and qualifications is offered by way of negotiation with
successful applicants. Traceable references are essential.

Apply on 091 2 238 204

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(Ad inserted 24 May)

Secretary

Doctor's secretary required, preferably coming from Mount Pleasant, Emerald
Hill, Avonlea, Avondale, Alexandria Park area. Mornings only 8:30 - 1 pm -
5 days per week.

Work load is not heavy. Nursing experience is not required. Any one
interested should be mature and able to handle files, correspondence and
simple book keeping.

References are essential.

Contact Clare Peech at cflegal@kpmg.co.zw

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Employment Offered

OXFORD IT is looking for cvs. Please send your cv as soon as possible if
you wish to be considered for the positions.
MANUAL/HANDS ON POSITIONS
These positions will go very quickly so please do not delay in sending your
cv. The positions are offering very good benefits and locations.
Mechanics (Automotive and Mechanical/Industrial), Construction Workers,
Waste Disposal Workers etc
Mining Engineers, Drillers, Crane/Forklift Operators, Truck Drivers
Workshop Managers, Driver/Messengers, Dispatch Supervisors
NON-IT POSITIONS
Temporary/Mornings Only/Flexi-time
Bookkeepers/Secretaries/Receptionists/Accountants

Contract/Consultancy/Permanent
Advertising/Marketing
Administrators/Secretarial
Finance (especially Bookeepers)
Management
Sales
Shipping/Transport
Tourism/Hotel Industry

IT POSITIONS
IBM Service Consultants
SAP/Spectrum Consultants
Developers, Network Engineers, Technicians, ISP Engineers

Positions we have on our books at the moment are:
Bookeepers
Mining personnel
Manual/Hands On personnel
Personal Assistants
And various others....

Please email you cv to the below email address or contact the General
Manager for more information. If you have a cv which does not fit into the
above descriptions, please send it on. We deal with all types of
recruitment now, so delay in sending your cv might result in your missing
out on the right job.

Miss Sarah Vale
GENERAL MANAGER
Oxford IT Recruitment
Agriculture House, c/o CFU Building, Cnr Adylinn Road/Marlborough Drive,
Marlborough, Harare
Tel: + 263 4 309274 (Direct)
Tel: + 263 4 309855-60 (Ext 23)
Cell: + 263 11 231 917 (Office Hours Only)
Fax: + 263 4 309351
Email: sarah@oxfordit.co.zw

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(Ad inserted 24 May 2007)

Partner in Tanzania

Needed an Agricultural Partner to establish plantations in Tanzania to grow
the following crops; rise, maize,beans, vegetables, cotton, wheat and many
others.

Contact details:

Name:Philip Mbunda,

Tel. +255 754262486

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(Ad inserted 24 May 2007)

Office Co-ordinator

Office co-ordinator required for mixed farming enterprise. Office situated
in Harare and mostly mornings only. Duties would entail general
administration, and procurement. Computer literacy a must. People skills
important.

Interested persons to please email boheke@zol.co.zw and send a brief CV of
working experience.

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(Ad inserted 24 May 2007)

Looking for a cook

Cook wanted with a Zambian passport or can get a Zambian passport for Zim
couple living in Lusaka Zambia, must be able to cook every thing from
pancakes to pies breakfast, lunch and dinner, please phone Pam on this no
+0966291818 or email Tony at rbzhatchery@iwayafrica.com
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(Ad inserted 24 May 2007)

Houseworker required

I am looking for an excellent cleaner who not only cleans my home but also
takes pride and can clean his own quarters regularly. A good salary is
offered to the right person. Please phone 100-614-233.

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(Ad inserted 31 May 2007)

Lab Technicians

Oxford IT is looking for Lab Technicians with experience in testing
Jet/Diesel and MOGAS. This is a new position which has just come in, there
will be extensive travel; excellent pay and exposure to International
Organisations.

Please email your cv as soon as possible to the below email address as this
position is only open for a couple more days, the cut off is early next
week.

Miss Sarah Vale
GENERAL MANAGER
Oxford IT Recruitment
(Recruitment Specialists in IT and General Recruitment)

Agriculture House, 1 Adylinn Road, Off Marlborough Drive, Marlborough,
Harare
Tel: + 263 4 309274 (Direct)
Tel: + 263 4 309855-60 (Ext. 23)
Fax: + 263 4 309351
Cell: + 263 11 231 917 (Office Hours Only)
Email: sarah@oxfordit.co.zw

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(Ad inserted 31 May 2007)

Oxford IT has a number of new positions that have come up in the
Aviation/Fuel Industry. We are looking for Ground Crew/Load
Master/Engineering cvs.

There is:-
Extensive travel
Excellent pay
Exposure to International Organisations.

This has been advertised in the paper, so many cvs have already been
received. The turnaround time is very short, please act fast and email your
cv to sarah@oxfordit.co.zw or call Sarah Vale on 309274 or 309855-60 (Ext.
23)

We are also looking for cvs in: -
Construction
Maintenance
Camp Services
Water/waste/sewage/power generation
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(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Employment Sought - Secretarial

I am a mature Lady looking for Secretarial / Administration/ Reception with
20 years of experience. Computer literate, good communication skills with
all segmentas of Zimbabwe society.
I will consider full or part time engagement in any field

Please contact me on 331116 ( Home ) 011 732 497 Cell or e-mail me at :
srakabo@yahoo.co.uk

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(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Seeking Challenging Management Position:

I am looking for a good management position where by I can grow with the
business, I have mainly been involved in Rose exports for the past 15 years
on large scale farms in Zimbabwe. Although this is my main line of
expertise, I interested in any other industry that is looking for strong
management, an energetic, ambitious, honest and strong willed person to join
their organization. Please contact me, Wayne Seiler on the following
details if you are interested and I will forward you my CV, 011 630 696,
0912 782 782, 480 160, watin@zol.co.zw . Skype name : Wayne Seiler

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(Ad inserted 17th May 2007)

Seeking Top Management Position:

I am looking for a good management position where by I can grow with the
business, I have mainly been involved in Rose exports for the past 15 years
on large scale farms in Zimbabwe. Although this is my main line of
expertise, I will consider any industry that is looking for an energetic,
ambitious, honest and strong willed person to join their organization.

Please contact me, Wayne Seiler on the following details if you are
interested and I will forward you my CV, 011 630 696, 0912 782 782, 480
160, watin@zol.co.zw . Skype name : Wayne Seiler

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For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact
justiceforagriculture@zol.co.zw (updated 31 May 2007)

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