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Thousands stranded as Zimbabwe fuel crisis bites

Earth Times

Posted : Tue, 07 Aug 2007 18:59:34 GMT
Author : DPA

Harare - Thousands of Zimbabwean commuters were Tuesday stranded
throughout the country as fuel shortages bite, state media reported. People
in Harare are spending up to four days looking for buses to take them to
rural villages ahead of a public holiday due next week, ZBC radio said.

Major highways leading out of Harare are teeming with people trying to
get any form of transport that can take them to the rural areas, the report

People are stranded and becoming desperate.

Bus operators countrywide have been accused of suspending services in
protest over cuts in fares ordered by the government.

An official with the Rural Bus Operators Association told state
television that the problem was a lack of fuel. He said operators were being
allocated just 500 litres per bus per week, enough for just one and a half
days service.

On June 26 the authorities ordered prices on all goods and services -
including fuel - to be reduced by at least 50 per cent in a bid to reduce
inflation and halt spiralling prices.

Fuel is now mainly available on the black market for around 300,000
Zimbabwe dollars per litre - 5 times the official rate.

Private urban transport companies have also either scaled back
operations, or withdrawn their vehicles from key routes. They say they
cannot run at a loss.

Desperate office and factory workers have to hitch lifts on the back
of trucks, or walk.

The official Herald daily newspaper admitted Tuesday that since the
imposition of price controls, the state-run oil company has only been
importing 1.5 million litres of fuel a day, compared to a national demand of
around 6.5 million litres.

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Zimbabwe rights body says outraged by Mugabe's abuses

Zim Online

Wednesday 08 August 2007

By Edith Kaseke

HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading rights body, the Human Rights Forum has
expressed dismay at continued rights abuses against opponents by President
Robert Mugabe's government after it recorded more than 5 300 cases ranging
from torture to murder during the first half of this year.

Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party and
human rights groups accuse Mugabe, the country's leader since independence
from Britain in 1980, of sanctioning an often violent crackdown against
those opposed to his rule.

"The Human Rights Forum deplores the use of torture by the state to punish
opposition and also to solicit confessions," the Forum said in its half
yearly report. "This is contrary to international human rights instruments
to which Zimbabwe is a party."

"The Forum therefore urges the government to respect and protect the rights
and freedoms of its citizenry regardless of political persuasion or
affiliation," the Forum said.

Mugabe is facing growing pressure at home and abroad over his political
tactics, which analysts say are meant to entrench his 27-year-old grip on

The United States and the European Union have imposed travel and financial
restrictions on Mugabe and his top ruling party and government officials
partly over charges of gross rights violations and rigging of past

Mugabe rejects the accusations insisting that the West is demonising him for
his policy of seizing vast tracts of fertile land from white commercial
farmers to give to landless blacks as part of a drive to address colonial
land imbalances.

In March, Mugabe drew worldwide condemnation after police brutally assaulted
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and several other opposition and civic leaders
for daring to attend a banned prayer rally, leaving most of them with broken

Last month, respected rights group, Amnesty International said Mugabe's
government had intensified a clampdown on women fighting for basic freedoms.

The Human Rights Forum - a grouping of several rights groups - said cases of
assault by the police, unlawful arrest and detention and curtailment of
freedom of expression and association were on the increase as the
crisis-sapped southern African state gears for national elections in 2008.

The Forum also pointed to the arrest and reported torture of six people,
including a former and serving army officer for plotting a coup to topple
Mugabe, as a worrying trend.

The opposition says the government crackdown on opponents showed the ruling
ZANU PF party was panicking as anger against a severe economic crisis grows.

Zimbabwe's economic crisis is seen in an official inflation rate of 4 530
percent as of May although independent economists say the figure is much

The International Monetary Fund has predicted inflation could top 100 000
percent by the end of this year, adding to the misery of a majority
grappling with an unemployment rate above 80 percent and shortages of
foreign currency, food and fuel.

Political analysts said as anger grows against the government's policies,
including a recent order to freeze prices of basic commodities that has
backfired after manufacturers stopped or slashed production, the government's
response was more political crackdown.

"The only instrument left for the regime naturally is to continue the
onslaught on the opposition and all those who oppose the regime," said John
Makumbe, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.

"So the level of human rights abuses will also increase because this is the
only way Mugabe can try to crush dissent hoping he will ride out the
 crisis," said Makumbe, a fierce Mugabe critic.

The Forum however said it welcomed the lifting of a ban on political rallies
in most of Harare's districts, which the opposition had described as a state
of emergency but which the government said was necessary to ensure peace and

"The Human Rights Forum notes with satisfaction the lifting of the ban on
all political gatherings and rallies and implores the government to allow
the people of Zimbabwe to express themselves freely especially with the
coming 2008 elections in mind," it said. - ZimOnline

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ZANU PF waits for Mugabe to decide on talks

Zim Online

Wednesday 08 August 2007

By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is the man standing between the success of
South African-brokered Zimbabwe crisis talks and a further plunge into chaos
in Harare, ZimOnline heard yesterday.

ZANU PF officials said the talks would only resume after Mugabe takes a
position on the contentious issue of a new constitution for the country as
demanded by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

ZANU PF deputy spokesman Ephraim Masawi told ZimOnline yesterday that the
ruling party could not "speak with authority" on the constitution issue
until its negotiators in the talks are briefed by Mugabe.

"The party at the moment does not have a position as regards that. Only
after the president's briefing can speak with authority about the talks,"
Masawi said.

Mugabe has scoffed at previous calls for a new democratic constitution for
Zimbabwe, insisting the country did not need any new constitution.

Sources close to the talks say the dialogue between the two protagonists is
presently delicately poised after the veteran Zimbabwean leader rejected
demands by the MDC to bring constitutional matters up for discussion.

Masawi said only after the briefing with Mugabe would ZANU PF's position on
the talks be known.

"We are waiting for a briefing from the president on whether the talks will
go ahead or not," Masawi said.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Labour Minister Nicholas Goche are
representing ZANU PF at the talks while Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube are
negotiating on behalf of the two MDC splinter groups.

Ncube could not be reached for comment yesterday while Biti was said to be
out of the country.

Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson of the main MDC splinter group led by Morgan
Tsvangirai and represented at the talks by Biti, yesterday said there were
'no developments that are newsworthy' regarding the talks.

"The party does not have any news, I am afraid to say," said Chamisa,
referring ZimOnline to Biti.

The MDC has itself been rocked by internal strife during the past week,
which is likely to affect its own cohesion during the talks.

Arthur Mutambara who heads the smaller faction of the MDC fired a broadside
at Tsvangirai, describing the former trade unionist as a "weak and
indecisive" leader.

Mutambara said his party would field separate candidates in next year's
presidential and parliamentary elections following the collapse of talks
aimed at reunifying the party.

The South African-brokered talks are part of an ongoing regional initiative
meant to resolve the long-running political impasse between ZANU PF and the
MDC, which has claimed the economy as its main casualty.

South African President Thabo Mbeki was last March tasked by the regional
Southern African Development Community (SADC) to lead talks between the MDC
and ZANU PF. - ZimOnline

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MDC businessmen cry foul over price blitz

Zim Online

Wednesday 08 August 2007

By Prince Nyathi

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Tuesday accused President
Robert Mugabe's government of targeting shops owned by the party's
supporters in rural areas under an ongoing crackdown on prices.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said several
shops belonging to the party's supporters in rural areas had been targeted
under the controversial price blitz that began last June.

The spokesperson for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC, Nelson Chamisa said the
move to target shops owned by opposition supporters was a calculated move by
Mugabe to weaken the party's support base ahead of key elections next year.

Chamisa said price inspection teams, working closely with ruling ZANU PF
officials in rural areas were moving around identifying and targeting
businesses owned by MDC supporters.

"The axe is always hitting those suspected of belonging to the opposition
party. Those who are politically correct are being spared," said Chamisa of
the controversial price blitz that has seen most businesses in Harare and
Bulawayo on the verge of virtual collapse.

The Zimbabwean government last June ordered all shops to roll back prices to
mid-June levels as well as slash prices by 50 percent after businesses had
hiked prices by almost 500 percent in a space of three weeks.

Mugabe, whose government is battling its worst economic recession since
independence from Britain 27 years ago, accused the businesses of hiking
prices in order to foment rebellion against his government.

The crackdown has however resulted in empty shops in most cities and towns
after retailers failed to restock citing the uncompetitive prices at which
they have been forced to sell their commodities.

The Harare authorities have since shifted the price crackdown to rural
areas, where Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party draws most of its support.

Chamisa said the systematic closure of businesses owned by opposition
supporters was most prevalent in Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East
and Central provinces.

The MDC has in the past accused the government of enforcing the price
controls selectively with several ZANU PF officials running their businesses
being spared under the crackdown.

Pishayi Muchauraya, the MDC spokesperson for Manicaland province, said a
retail shop owned by the party's district chairperson for Makoni North
district in Manicaland, Valeshio Nhando, was forced to close after ZANU PF
militia ordered him to sell all basic commodities well below those gazetted
by the government.

"ZANU PF militia and the police are specifically targeting our supporters in
rural areas and it looks like we can't do anything about it," said

Industry and International Trade Minister Obert Mpofu whose ministry is in
charge of enforcing the price freeze, denied that the government was
targeting businesses run by opposition supporters.

"We cannot reduce ourselves to such levels. We are punishing anyone who
fails to comply and if the MDC guys were caught by law enforcement agents,
they must not complain," said Mpofu.

Over 7 500 managers and shop owners have been arrested so far under the
crackdown for defying the government directive to roll back prices to
mid-June levels. - ZimOnline

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Communicatiosn Interception Bill - Zimbabwe

Communications Interception – Zimbabwe
August 6, 2007

“The act empowers President Robert Mugabe's government to establish an
information centre to eavesdrop on telephone conversations, open mail and
intercept faxes and e-mails.”
Here I will discus from a technical point of view as to what the Information Center and can not do. To start with the government failed to setup up the so called Command Center. The key reason for this failure was namely lack of funds and lack of expertise.
So as a quick fix the government will force ISP to install and maintain the equipment and train its own people at their own costs.
What can be intercepted?
Yahoo and Gmail would be excited to hear that the agency from Zim intercepted emails from and to their servers based in Sunnyvale and Mountain View California !!
Robert Ndlovu
NY , USA .

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Zimbabwe Opposition Set To Lobby Regional Leaders At Lusaka Summit


      By Jonga Kandemiiri
      07 August 2007

The faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change led MDC
founder Morgan Tsvangirai said it will highlight events in Zimbabwe during a
summit of the Southern African Development Community set to open Friday in

Senior faction officials said they will engage all regional leaders ahead of
the summit to inform them on the situation. The 27th SADC ordinary meeting
is being held under the theme of "Infrastructure Development in Support of
Regional Integration."

At the meeting, which runs through August 18, President Levy Mwanawasa of
Zambia will take over the SADC chair from Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha

International Affairs Secretary Eliphas Mukonoweshuro of the Tsvangirai
faction told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that
he expected the regional leaders to heed the MDC as a legitimate opposition

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Price cuts will halve Zim revenue

Mail and Guardian

Lloyd Gedye with Harare correspondent

06 August 2007 11:59

      Although Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's recent price cuts
are projected to halve the state's income in the short term and will further
cripple the economy, business leaders remain reluctant to openly criticise
his policies.

      A large proportion of businesses in Zimbabwe are expected to
report losses within the next quarter, which will have a severe effect on
the revenue generated by the state through corporate tax.

      Manufacturers are downscaling operations now, with some closing
shop because of the lack of demand. The decline in manufacturing is expected
to strike a blow to exports, which will affect the amount of foreign
exchange flowing into the country.

      Foreign exchange shortages will, in turn, restrict imports of
fuel, electricity and medical supplies.

       Nonetheless, business is tiptoeing around Mugabe, using flattery
to win his ear at a crucial meeting last week.

      According to a confidential business briefing handed to Mugabe,
and minutes taken by one of the 12-member business team that attended the
meeting, business leaders plied Mugabe with accolades, saying his
"contribution to Zimbabwe was without equal", that he was a "decisive"
leader and that "the country" was responsible for the economic crisis by
failing to meet his goals of "creating a prosperous society for all".

      The business leaders said Mugabe's price war, which has left
store shelves empty and worsened the dire economic situation of most
Zimbabweans, "had very good reasons".

      Publication this week of the contents of the document presented
to Mugabe at last week's meeting is certain to attract criticism for
business leaders.

      Although Mugabe accuses business of backing his opponents and
working against his policies, business has hardly ever publicly criticised
his government, opting instead for a policy of appeasement in the face of an
increasingly irritable government.

      In spite of 4 000 arrests and the closure of hundreds of
businesses, not only did business refuse to blame the crisis on Mugabe, but
it even took the extraordinary step of taking the blame itself.

      "When we look at how we as a nation have performed against the
goal that you set for us, that is the goal to create a prosperous nation
where the lives of all our people are uplifted, we can all clearly see that
we have all let you down . this country, business and government, have let
you down."

      Business leaders argue that outright criticism of Mugabe will
only worsen matters. But others point out that in an economy in which new
private investment has dried up and businesses are scaling down existing
operations, government has emerged as the last single source of meaningful

      Meanwhile, the increasing dominance of the black market is
depriving the state of much-needed tax revenue.

      An analyst, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the informal
economic system in place now is resulting in massive tax evasion. The
analyst said the loss in tax revenue will severely limit the state's ability
to finance its activities.

       Anticipated losses of close to 50% of revenues are expected to
lead to a widening of the budget deficit, likely to be financed by
increasing domestic money supply, a move which will put increased pressure
on already soaring inflation.

      With an increased perceived risk in Zimbabwe, it is becoming
more difficult for the state to secure finance from banks and friendly
countries such as China. Zimbabwean sources say business confidence is at an
all-time low and this is deterring domestic and foreign investment.

      The analyst said price controls not related to cost will
ultimately drive the economy into deep economic recession.

      Another analyst warned that the price controls could lead to an
inflation explosion soon.

      Documents from last week's meeting show that business believes a
"robust implementation" of a package of reforms it proposes will bring
stability to the inflation-ravaged economy within 90 days.

      "It is our view that we face extraordinary challenges that
require extraordinary measures and unconventional methods," business said,
recommending that Mugabe assemble "a team of business and government to put
together and implement a comprehensive emergency package of measures to
rescue, stabilise and eventually turn around our economy".

      The package of reforms includes the need to approach "friendly"
states and institutions for a "substantial" foreign currency injection to
stabilise the battered currency rate and a new pricing policy that strikes a
balance between viability for business and affordability for consumers.

      Business also wants an end to all forms of government controls
on the economy, an end to insecurity on the farms and finalisation of
proposed legislation that will have a bearing on investment, such as the
Empowerment Bill and planned changes to mining laws. Mugabe was asked to
reform state-owned enterprises -- some of which report losses equal to the
national budget and are run by corrupt ruling party appointees.

      "Once this internal package of measures achieves traction," says
the document, foreign support will rush in and recovery could be as soon as
three months.

      Minutes of the meeting disclose that Mugabe instructed the
business leaders to add the "removal of sanctions" to their list of what
measures are necessary to end the crisis.

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Too much to monitor for snooping squads

By Lance Guma
07 August 2007

Hardly four days after Robert Mugabe signed the Interception of
Communications Bill into law, unconfirmed reports suggest that out of 45
state security operatives trained by Chinese instructors, at least 10 have
now been deployed at the Mazoe Earth Satellite station outside Harare this
week. The station serves as the portal for Internet traffic in and out of
Zimbabwe via satellite connectivity to Intelsat, the world's largest
commercial satellite communications services provider. The Mazoe station is
also Zimbabwe's largest international telecommunications link.
The new law provides for the setting up of an interception centre but it's
not clear whether this will be located in Mazoe and if so what the role of
those deployed there will be.

A well-placed source says the general talk among those implementing the
project is that they have conceded it will be impossible to monitor everyone's
communication. 'It would need the whole security industry to participate in
this exercise, so essentially they are relying on the fear factor to
discourage free speech amongst Zimbabweans.' A considerable number of people
in urban areas use e-mail, faxes, mobile and landline phones. The net result
is that traffic is so huge even the networks are failing to manage. This is
certain to place an unmanageable workload on those trying to monitor.

The role of China in aiding repressive regimes around the world comes under
the microscope once again. It has been reported that it's the Chinese who
supplied equipment for jamming outside broadcasts from independent stations
like SW Radio Africa and Voice of America's Studio 7. That the same Chinese
government will help implement the latest project in Zimbabwe comes as no
surprise. Big corporate entities like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have also
come under criticism for cooperating with the Chinese government in its
censorship drive. Whether Mugabe will secure similar concessions is yet to
be seen. Tapping into the Yahoo and Hotmail systems would in principle need
the cooperation of those companies.
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile slammed the
government for passing the controversial snooping law. The group said, 'the
promulgation of this law is further evidence of Mugabe's desire to keep news
and information under close control.' To add insult to injury Internet
Service Providers are compelled to install and pay for the equipment
themselves, and the cost implications in foreign currency are likely to
cripple some of them. "A service provider who fails to give assistance in
terms of this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine or
to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years or to both," reads
part of the Act.

As usual government is depending on the 'fear factor' to do much of the work
for them - silencing discussion and criticism. But the bottom line is that
they can't listen to and monitor every single person - what they can do is
target individuals, and they've been doing that already for a long, long

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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ISPs counting the cost of 'big brother' law


Tuesday, 7 August 2007

The Interception of Communications Act was signed into law by Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe on 3 August, enabling the government to intercept
phone calls, e-mails and faxes with the declared aim of protecting national
security. Internet service providers are now reportedly facing financial
difficulties as a result of the bill, because of the costs of installing
monitoring equipment on their platforms. Under the law ISPs have to meet the
costs themselves

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Zim stock exchange forced to calculate inflation

Mail and Guardian

Harare, Zimbabwe

07 August 2007 01:39

      Zimbabwe's tortuous economy has been causing headaches for
companies listed on the local stock exchange, it emerged on Tuesday,
particularly on the question of how one calculates inflation-adjusted
half-year results if no one knows what the true figure is.

      The state-run Central Statistical Office (CSO) stopped releasing
official inflation data three months ago when Zimbabwe's annual inflation
rate stood at more than 3 000%.

      Critics said at the time that President Robert Mugabe's
government wanted to suppress the highly embarrassing figures. Estimates of
the current inflation rate differ wildly: from well over 4 500% to at least
13 000%.

       Anxious that all 30 or so companies due to release their
half-year results do so using the same figure, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
(ZSE) has had to engage chartered accountants to come up with a definitive
rate, the state-controlled Herald daily reports.

      "We are hoping to have a flat rate that will be used by all
companies in their half-year financial results," ZSE chief executive
Emmanuel Munyukwi said.

       Mugabe last month ordered massive price slashes in a bid to cut
inflation. But growing shortages of many basics in shops across Zimbabwe are
leading to fears that prices on the black market will soar.

      The authorities have been forced to up the price of beef by more
than 50% in a bid to fill shop freezers, empty of meat since early in July,
the Herald said in a separate report.

      Beef will now sell at Z$144 000 dollars per kilo, up from Z$90
000, said the newspaper. There are reports some butcheries in the east of
the country have been selling meat at night to try to dodge price

      As shortages bite, the International Monetary Fund has predicted
annual inflation in once-prosperous Zimbabwe could reach a staggering 100
000% by year end. -- Sapa-dpa

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Asmal Seeks UN Pressure on Mugabe

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

7 August 2007
Posted to the web 7 August 2007

Angela Quintal

South Africa should turn to the UN Security Council to put pressure on
President Robert Mugabe to embrace democracy, says veteran ANC MP Kader

In one of the strongest statements to date from a senior ANC member and
former cabinet minister about the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe, Asmal
said he favoured an "internationalized" approach.

South Africa is currently involved in mediation efforts sanctioned by the
Southern African Development Community.

However, if Asmal has anything to do with it, the pressure on Mugabe for
change will be wider and more drastic, including turning to the UN to turn
the screws on Mugabe.

Asmal told the Cape Town Press Club that he detested what he was seeing in
Zimbabwe and that he did not believe that Mugabe should stand in the next
election there.

In an interview after delivering the inaugural memorial lecture in honour of
the late Barry Streek, veteran South African journalist Asmal suggested
pressure on Zimbabwe should be "internationalized".

Asked what, if anything, South Africa could do, he said: "We have to work
out much more drastic options.

"I think we need to go to the Security Council. I know it is unpopular to
say that," Asmal said.

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Armed anti-riot police deployed in Zimbabwe's eastern border-Mutare

The Zimbabwean

THERE is a heavy police and army presence in the Eastern border city with
speculation that they are ready to crush demonstrations from members of the
National Constitutional Assembly, NCA, who are advocating for a new, home
grown and people driven constitution of the country.

Armed anti-riot police and the police crack unit the Support Unit and
soldiers were early today deployed into the city's suburbs and streets
carrying random searches from members of the public.

The police and soldiers complete in anti riot gear and camouflage were armed
with fire-arms, baton sticks, tear smoke canisters, shields and police dogs.

Police vehicles moved up and down the streets of the city leaving may people
wondering what could be happening in the usually quite city.

Most public places such as commuter ranks in the central business district,
public parks and market places are targets by the government agents who
included police in plain clothes and government spy agents, the Central
Intelligence Organisation, CIO operatives.

Some people were being subjected to random body searches and left to go.
Noone had been arrested at the time of writing. CAJ News could not establish
what they were looking for, but it is believed they are weapons, as victims
of the police harassment also confirmed the police never told them what they
were after.

"They just stopped me searched me all over including my bag and they ordered
me to go without saying anything," said Patrick Mateko of Chikanga in

While CAJ News could not get official comment from Manicaland police
spokesperson Inspector Brian Makomeke, observers said the government is
worry on the mood of the people such as NCA activists who are demanding a
new constitution for the country to ensure next year's elections would be
free and fair.

"They are afraid the NCA will take them by surprise and the opposition MDC
might take advantage of the demonstration to advance their goal. So police
are in full forces as other government arms to sniff out all who intend to
demonstrate," said Lawrence Dube of Sakubva.

Another Mutare resident Shupikai Mangezi said he was shocked with the
increased number of the police, soldiers and other government agents today.

"I think they are up to something sinister. There are so many of them in
residential areas and in the city. It makes us feel unstable of what is
likely to happen," he said.

The NCA has in the past held successful demonstrations with a few arrests in

The heavy police presence and of the soldiers resulted in the eastern border
city being in a sombre state, while some people went about their business
but careful not to move in groups of more than five people, as doing so
might be regarded as a crime under the repressive Public Order and Security
Act, POSA- CAJ News.

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19 WOZA & MOZA activists arrested while playing sport in Masvingo

By Violet Gonda
7 August 2007

In the past members of the pressure group Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise
have been arrested while praying, walking or marching in the streets, but on
Tuesday, playing sport was added to the list of crimes for the group. WOZA
coordinator Jenni Williams said 19 activists were arrested at Macheke
Stadium in Masvingo while they were playing netball and mixed-gender soccer.

At the time of broadcast, a lawyer had been deployed to the police station
to find out the reason for the arrests. They are currently being held at
Masvingo Central Police Station.

Williams said people had been playing netball and mixed soccer as part of
peaceful non-violent community activities. She said members of the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) arrived while people were playing and
arrested one of the members. The agents are said to have returned to arrest
more people.

The pressure group has been at the forefront of peaceful protests against
repression in Zimbabwe. The WOZA coordinator said: "We will continue to do
whatever we want to do as long as it is peaceful, non-violent and promotes
the full and unlimited practice of our human rights."

SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Makwavarara Out

The Herald (Harare)  Published by the government of Zimbabwe

7 August 2007
Posted to the web 7 August 2007

Michael Padera

HARARE commission chairperson Ms Sekesayi Makwavarara resigned yesterday
after being at the helm of Town House for four years.

No reasons were given for her resignation.

She was immediately replaced by property mogul and Zimbabwe's first black
chartered quantity surveyor, Engineer Michael Mahachi.

The Mahachi commission is expected to administer Harare until January next
year when elections for a substantive council are held.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development, Cde
Ignatius Chombo, made the announcement at a brief Press conference in Harare
yesterday afternoon.

"We are appointing new commissioners to run the affairs of Harare until the
appropriate council is elected. Ms Makwavarara has resigned. She elected not
to be reconsidered for reappointment," said Cde Chombo.

Clad in a yellow and white dress and matching white shoes, Ms Makwavarara
showed no emotions and did not give a farewell speech.

Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre chief executive
officer Dr Robson Mafoti was retained as commission deputy chairperson.

Professor Jameson Kurasha also resigned from the commission while the
director of Civil Protection Unit, Mr Madzudzo Pawadyira, was dropped.

Retained in the new commission are under-secretary responsible for rural
local authorities Mr Killian Mpingo, Borrowdale district administrator Mr
Alfred Tome, Harare Metropolitan provincial administrator Mr Justin
Chivavaya, principal director in Vice President Joice Mujuru's Office Dr
Sylvia Masango, city planner Mr Sasha Jogi and lawyer Mr Thembinkosi

Three more commissioners would soon be appointed to make a full complement
of 11.

Cde Chombo said Ms Makwavarara opted not to be reconsidered for
reappointment. Her term expired in June but was allowed to lead Harare until

Minister Chombo said the new commission should ensure that all posts with
acting persons were filled with substantive heads while labour disputes with
senior employees on suspension were resolved by the end of this month.

"We want you to ensure that no one who is not working for council right now
is paid anymore. You cannot be at home for two years and still withdraw a
salary," he said.

Eng Mahachi immediately set out his targets for the next six months, putting
housing delivery on the top of his priority list.

"During my tenure as chairman, I will do all I can to make sure that
residents of Harare are assisted to acquire land on which to build their own

"The commission should see to it that land for housing around the city is
surveyed and subdivided into stands and sold to beneficiaries on the housing
waiting list. The beneficiaries can build the houses at their own pace," he

He said he would strengthen the construction unit to build social houses for

Eng Mahachi's ambitious programme includes partnering the private sector to
build cluster homes and garden flats for young graduates.

He outlined a programme for road construction and rehabilitation as well as
capacitating soup kitchens.

He said team effort that brings together residents, Government and civic
leaders would assist to bring the sparkle back to Harare.

Eng Mahachi thanked outgoing commission chairperson Ms Makwavarara for her
leadership role.

Ms Makwavarara will remain in the mayoral mansion until the end of the month
when she is expected to vacate the house.

Meanwhile, Cde Chombo announced the appointment of former Harare town clerk
Mr Edward Kanengoni as the new head of capacity building unit at the Urban
Development Corporation.

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Floodgates in Zim are open



JUDGING by the reports streaming in, the floodgates between South Africa and
its northern neighbour Zimbabwe

have well and truly opened.
Last week, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi quoted statistics saying that on
average 3000 refugees per day now cross the border in search of a better
life south of the Limpopo.

Shockingly Buthelezi - a former Home Affairs minister - added that police
managed to intercept fewer than 200 of these refugees.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad last week called the influx of
Zimbabweans a "serious problem". Increasingly, SA is paying the price of not
putting in place proper contingency plans.

Some economists believe that the country has shed three percent of its
annual gross domestic product by having to take care of border crossers.

And it's not only South Africa that is taking strain.

Zambian authorities reported that they were struggling to cope with a sudden
upsurge in Zimbabweans crossing the border to shop for basic foodstuffs.
Botswana and even Mozambique have reported an increase in Zimbabwean

Pahad said that neighbouring countries "will not be able to sustain the
levels of refugees".

To add to ordinary Zimbabweans' woes, experts have predicted that this year's
wheat harvest will fall well below the target, blamed on electricity
shortages which prevented farmers from irrigating their crops.

The UN's World Food Programme last week appealed for R840 million ($118m) to
help more than 3,3 million Zimbabweans - more than a quarter of the
population - facing severe food shortages.

Despite efforts by the Southern African Development Community to try and
resolve the impasse, a sense of urgency has been lacking.

Time is running out.

President Thabo Mbeki is expected to report to the SADC on Friday of his
mediation efforts. So far, these have had little promise of success.

Later this month, the SADC will converge in Zambia for a meeting of heads of
state and government, where surely the Zimbabwe issue must find a place at
the top of the agenda.

Leaders must talk about an exit for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe - and
at what cost.

But they may find talking about getting rid of Mugabe the easy part.

Far more interesting and intriguing is what happens after Mugabe leaves -
when the vultures descend on the scraps of a country once called the
breadbasket of southern Africa.

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Harare's counter-culture cafe

By Eugene Ulman
Independent film-maker

Jazz band Too Open
The Book Cafe has just turned 10 years old
Zimbabwe is a country in crisis and for a new generation astronomical inflation, empty supermarket shelves, fuel queues, power cuts, Aids, censorship and political violence have become the norm.

But the Book Cafe is one of the places that make the capital city Harare so addictive, in spite of all the problems.

I first visited the Book Cafe in 1998, not long after it opened. I saw a Tracy Chapman-style singer-songwriter and a stand-up comedian called Edgar Langeveldt who made jokes about the recent riots.

It was hard to imagine back then how significant this place would become.


An environment of tight radio and TV control means that in Harare popular culture happens live.

The modest-looking Book Cafe has just quietly turned 10 years old. In 1997, a "lefty" bookshop called Grassroots Books was transformed into cultural venue, with book launches, discussion nights and performances.

Over the years, the cafe has become the epicentre of Harare's alternative culture. Six nights a week an audience gathers here, which is as varied as the city itself.

The events each night vary greatly, but they have one thing in common: at the Book Cafe there is no censorship.

Book cafe sign
The Book Cafe provides an environment where performers and audience can debate, challenge and confront
The cafe was the brainchild of Paul Brickhill, owner of Grassroots Books who needed a venue where his band Luck Street Blues could play. So he created one.

His son Tomas Brickhill says the cafe has an important role, especially in difficult times.

"If you've got a chance to tell people what you think then you have to do that, especially in times of crisis," he says. "Not that rock and roll is going to save the world or anything as silly as that. But in a way music gives a voice that maybe can push the boundaries a little bit."

Protest poet

The economic crisis has hit the arts hard in Zimbabwe, and venues must support commercial music and culture to survive. So the Book Cafe has evolved into an all-important space for artists to connect and collaborate without being limited by genre or market.

Besides creative innovation and entertainment, the venue also provides an environment where performers and audience can debate, challenge and confront.

Samm Farai Monro, better known by his stage name Comrade Fatso, is a regular - a protest poet who is becoming something of a celebrity in Harare, mixing English with the majority language of Zimbabwe Shona. He features in the cafe's monthly "poetry slam".

Even Comrade Fatso acknowledges the difficulties of speaking out. "One thing with Book Cafe is that if you've got the guts to say what you want and spit it out in a poem - you can do it - but you don't know what's going to come next," he says.

"That's the joke - in Zimbabwe you've got freedom of expression but you don't have freedom after expression."

The venue plays host to a range of musical styles - from the jazz band Too Open, through hip hop artists Unity Vibes to The Spirit of the People with singer James Mujuru. They carry on the great tradition of the late Ephat Mujuru who introduced so many around the world to traditional Shona music and who also played memorable sets at the Book Cafe.


Rap group Unity Vibes
The cafe has become the epicentre of Harare's alternative culture
There has never been an attempt by the government to shut down the book café, but the artist and management are never entirely safe from run-ins with officials.

During a recent comedy night the police burst in and arrested two performers. They were released the following day, physically unharmed but intimidated.

As the stress of everyday life intensifies and Zimbabweans have come under increasing pressure to turn against each other, The Book Café is a reminder that sometimes simply getting along can be the most powerful form of protest.

It is not a venue that advocates a political stance, and it does not represent any political party or corporate interest.

Although there is an energy of rebellion and freedom, it is not a place of slogans or campaigning; it is a place of open dialogue and expression.

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'I detest what is happening in Zim'


    August 07 2007 at 03:49PM

By Angela Quintal

South Africa should turn to the UN Security Council to put pressure on
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to embrace democracy, says veteran
African National Congress MP Kader Asmal.

In one of the strongest statements to date from a senior ANC member
and former cabinet minister about the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe,
Asmal said he favoured an "internationalised" approach.

South Africa is currently involved in mediation efforts sanctioned by
the Southern African Development Community.

However, if Asmal has anything to do with it, he would want something
wider and more drastic, including turning to the UN to turn the screws on

Asmal told the Cape Town press club that he detested what he was
seeing in that country and that he did not believe that Mugabe should stand
in the next election there.

In an interview with Independent Newspapers after delivering the
inaugural memorial lecture in honour of the late Barry Streek a veteran
South African journalist Asmal suggested pressure against Zimbabwe should be

Referring to the systematic repression in Zimbabwe, the interference
with the judiciary and the economic melt down, he said: "We can no longer be
tolerant about his.

"I detest what is happening in Zimbabwe."

However, he acknowledged that South Africa's options were limited.

Asked what, if anything, South Africa could do, he said: "We have to
work out much more drastic options.

" I think we need to go to the Security Council. I know it is
unpopular to say that."

Asmal said South Africa, with international backing, should push to
ensure that Zimbabwe's elections were free and fair.

This included changing that country's electoral laws.

"The mistake is to say that elections legitimise. It is the process
that legitimises," Asmal said.

However, he noted the European Union approach, which involved smart
sanctions against Mugabe and his cabinet, had not been successful.

On Mbeki's mediation efforts, he said he hoped the president would
succeed and could persuade Mugabe to embrace democratic rule.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad said last week that Mbeki
was set to report to the SADC on his political mediation in Zimbabwe, while
SADC executive secretary Tomaz Salamao would give his recommendations on
solving the "very serious" economic problem.

The government last week also acknowledged for the first time that it
needed to do more about the increasing numbers of Zimbabwe refugees.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Argus on
August 07, 2007

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Zimbabwe's Ruined Economy Signals End for Mugabe

 August 07, 2007

By Ian Bremmer

Robert Mugabe may finally be losing his grip on Zimbabwe's throat. The
accelerated decline of what's left of Zimbabwe's economy might soon leave
the embattled president without the cash to pay off those on whom his
political survival will depend. As prices spike and waves of Zimbabweans
flee the country in desperation, the inner circle of his ZANU-PF party may
finally have little choice but to push him aside.

The 83-year old president, in power since 1980, is unlikely to go
gracefully. He vows to seek another five-year term in elections scheduled
for March. Yet, across his country, high inflation has become
hyperinflation. To this point, Mugabe's government has been able to collect
taxes and maintain the president's patronage network, buying the loyalty of
the army and police. ZANU-PF officials have been able to feed their most
useful constituents.

But official estimates now set inflation rates at around 4,500 percent. The
real figure is almost certainly much higher. The director of the
International Monetary Fund's Africa department warned on July 31 that the
figure could reach 100,000 percent by year's end. Prices for consumer goods
change several times a day. Meat, produce, eggs, bread, cooking oil and soap
have become precious commodities.

Officially, one American dollar buys 250 Zimbabwean dollars, but the black
market rate is often 1,000 times higher. A typical pensioner is provided
about 6,000 Zimbabwean dollars per month. In Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, a
loaf of bread now costs between $Z30,000 and $Z40,000, a pack of chewing gum
around $Z15,000.
On June 25, the president launched "Operation Slash Prices," ordering that
prices for all goods and services in the country be cut in half. As many as
2,000 vendors, unwilling to sell their entire inventories at a loss, have
reportedly been arrested, including dozens of senior-level company managers.
Others have simply closed their doors. Much of the country has resorted to

Many of those who are able now drive into South Africa for supplies. By some
estimates, as many as 3 million Zimbabweans have crossed into that country
and remain there as refugees. South Africans living along the border
complain that the human flood has intensified sharply in the past few weeks.
Falling life expectancy and the flight of the desperate may well have
reduced Zimbabwe's population by more than one-third since the most recent
census was taken in 2000.

A gasoline shortage has restricted both automobile traffic and public
transportation. For many, the commute to and from their jobs now takes
hours. Some walk. Others have stopped showing up for work. If they can
afford it, Zimbabweans now buy beans labeled "proudly made in Zambia." A
decade ago, Zimbabwe fed Zambians. This indignity reminds them -- if they
need another reminder -- how far they have fallen.

The enterprising few profit from black market transactions, but other
criminal acts are more violent. There have been several recent cases in
which uniformed police have robbed and murdered white Zimbabweans entering
their homes. Faced with such anarchy, increasing numbers of people are
forced to give up on law and the government, fending for themselves in a
scramble for the country's last crumbs.

Robert Mugabe was once lauded at home and abroad for his moderation. In
1980, he helped dismantle Ian Smith's oppressive white-led regime. Once
Rhodesia had become Zimbabwe, Mugabe charted a gradualist course toward
black dominance of the new country's economy. But by the late 1990s,
Mugabe's failure to tackle unemployment and lift millions of black
Zimbabweans out of poverty threatened his political survival. To rebuild
popular support, he ordered a large-scale state seizure of white-owned land.

The move produced disaster. Farmers who had cultivated the land for
generations fled, passing ownership to squatters with little idea how to
manage it. Zimbabwe's economy, once among Africa's strongest performers,
contracted by more than 30 percent. The arbitrary enforcement of property
rights for political purposes drove investors from the country in droves.
Inflation spiraled, the stock market plummeted, and the economy is now in

Mugabe has survived many crises. He's now working frantically to secure a
temporary bailout from Libya and other countries that share his anti-Western
worldview. If he fails, the government will likely nationalize parts of the
country's lucrative mining sector to collect foreign exchange revenues and
wring the last drops from the country's natural wealth. New loans might
allow him to avert a complete collapse and continue subsidizing those within
the country who can ensure his presidency limps along for another several

But this time, things may truly be different. The fast-growing wave of
refugees may soon force South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, to drop the
"softly, softly" approach to relations with his old anti-apartheid comrade
and finally deprive him of his most valuable political cover. Mbeki's
mediation efforts to bring ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change to political compromise may finally turn toward
post-Mugabe planning.

Less sympathetic foreign leaders are turning up the heat. British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown is working to build pressure on other African leaders
to turn their backs on Mugabe, warning that he will not attend an upcoming
summit of European and African heads of states if the meeting's Portuguese
host invites the Zimbabwean dictator.

Another ominous sign for Mugabe: Several local newspapers have begun
publishing stories that he'll be gone within the next several months -- an
explicit sign of defiance. Even some of the president's longtime supporters
have publicly called for his retirement.

Mugabe will not go without a fight. He has accused Britain of waging a
"terror campaign" against his country. When Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic
archbishop, Pius Ncube, called during a recent trip to South Africa for
foreign intervention to remove Mugabe, a state-controlled newspaper
published photos of him that the president says expose Ncube as an
adulterous hypocrite. To keep track of his critics, Mugabe has approved a
law giving Zimbabwe's security services the right to tap phone calls and
monitor e-mail and faxes as they deem necessary.

But the risk for southern Africa of complete chaos in Zimbabwe may finally
have become too great. When Mugabe goes, it will probably be the ZANU-PF
elite that pulls the trigger. The president's lieutenants have hesitated up
to now because no viable presidential alternative has emerged from among
them. They may soon decide that any alternative is more likely than Robert
Mugabe to pull Zimbabwe back from the brink.

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy and
the author of "The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and
Fall,". He can be reached via e-mail at

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Where Is Nelson Mandela?

Commentary Magazine

James Kirchick - 8.7.2007 - 1:18PM
Over the weekend, the New York Times published an open letter from the Elie
Wiesel Foundation, originally released July 11, signed by 51 Nobel
laureates, including Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, and a host of other luminaries,
decrying the various British boycotts of Israel. These boycotts, the
statement read, "glorify prejudice and bigotry."

But there is one man, reputed to know more about the horrific effects of
"prejudice and bigotry" than anyone on earth, missing from the collection of
signatories. The absence of his name is made even more conspicuous by the
presence of another name: that of Frederick Willem de Klerk, the last
apartheid-era President of South Africa, who ably helped his country
transition into multi-racial democracy. (No doubt the "Israel is apartheid"
crowd will use his presence for their propaganda purposes. The presence on
the list of Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian novelist and playwright, should
complicate their attempt.) The missing name, of course, belongs to Nelson
Mandela. And its absence is not all too surprising. Mandela has long been a
friend of tyrants, from Fidel Castro to Muammar Qaddafi to Yasir Arafat. In
the current issue of Azure, I explore the theme of Mandela's support for
these autocrats within the larger context of the troubling direction in
which his political party-the African National Congress-is taking South
African foreign policy.

Say an ill word about Nelson Mandela and you become, in the eyes of the
mainstream media, international glitterati, and pop culture stars, a heretic
of all that's right and good in the world. But no one is immune from
criticism, not even someone who spent 27 years of his life languishing in
prison for the ideals of non-racialism and democracy. And if that's the
standard for sainthood, why are figures like Armando Valladares (who spent
22 years in a Cuban gulag suffering conditions far worse than those Mandela
faced), Vladimir Bukovsky, and Natan Sharansky not given the same
hagiographic treatment as Mandela? One cannot help concluding that the
nature of the regime behind the imprisonment-whether a right-wing
authoritarian one in the case of South Africa, or a left-wing totalitarian
one like the Soviet Union or Cuba-affects the attention paid to the
prisoner. And so I am left asking the same question Nat Hentoff posed four
years ago, regarding Mandela's silence in the face of Robert Mugabe's
destruction of Zimbabwe: "Where is Nelson Mandela?"

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Zimbabweans, We Need Love Not Revenge

The Voice (Francistown)

7 August 2007
Posted to the web 7 August 2007

Simbarashe Chirimubwe

There were two families in our village that were very close; they used to
hold functions together, birthdays, weddings etc. They were the pride of the
village because they were the best farmers. One day, tragedy struck in one
of the families when the father passed away. This is the day hate and
vengeance was born in the families. The family of the deceased concluded
that it was their family friends who had committed the gory deed.

They opted to take revenge and this spirit has been passed on from
generation to generation.

The word "revenge" sends shivers down my spine because its vicious circle.
It's more poisonous than the venom of a black mamba. It's more contagious
than HIV Aids because it's difficult to find a cure. It can be passed from
generation to generation until eternity.

African leadership has been infested with the spirit of revenge. If a new
President comes in, the out going President has to flee or face music. Why
don't we emulate other continents, which have proper handover of power?
Would it not be nice for the new President to go to the residents of the
former President to consult? If Morgan Tsvangirai or Simba Makoni or any
other person becomes President of Zimbabwe, will it not be nice to see him
driving a motorcade to go and consult his old man (mudhara) on critical

I appeal to Zimbabweans to build their country based on love. Love is God
and as long as there is no love drought shall persist in our country. Cloud
seeding is not going to work except love peace and harmony. I long for that
Zimbabwe where water would collect on a small hole made from elephant
footprints for the whole year in Gokwe's forests. I long for that time when
crops used to ripen earlier than expected.

President Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara are your brothers not enemies.
Resolve the Zimbabwean problem amicably and urgently. You are a President of
a nation with diverse political views; you are also the founder of Zimbabwe
and first President. Why don't you leave a legacy of love and oneness as
Zimbabweans, also the pride of being Zimbabwean?

Nelson Mandela was meek enough to forgive Botha, you even forgave Smith and
he is dying on his own in his farm. Why not work with your brothers to wipe
the shame from the face of our land?

There are many tribes in Zambia but Kaunda left the spirit of love when he
said "One Zambia One nation". He is still living in his country, seeing the
fruits of independence.

In Japan the President encouraged unity and hard work after the Hiroshima
bombing and Japan has emerged a super power in technology.

Americans say "God bless America". What have we to say?

Our father Kwame Nkrumah was not rich materially, but spiritually, he had
love for his continent and his country, Ghana. To date his principles have
remained despite efforts by his detractors to do away with Pan-Africanism.
This is simply because his doctrines were based on love. Love cannot be

We know some day you (Mugabe) will leave office, but please leave a spirit
of oneness. I want to be able to visit you at your residents when you are
retired and thank you for providing the much-needed hope for a nation, which
was at the brink of collapse. I assure you Mr. President that if you leave
without addressing this issue of oneness and love, it's going to affect your
children and descendants. Zimbabwe shall rise again brothers and sisters.

Simbarashe Chirimubwe

President, Concerned Africans Association

Via Voice Online

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Affreximbank gives $5 million loan to Zimbabwean bank

Afrique en ligne

Harare, Zimbabwe - Africa Export Import Bank (Affreximbank) has
extended a US$5 million line of credit to a Zimbabwean bank, an official
here said Tuesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Affreximbank
renewed the loan for another year for Interfin Holdings, a diversified
financial services group in Zimbabwe.

The credit line was first granted last year and targeted primarily
exporters, specifically offering pre and post-shipment finance, the
officials said.

"Yes, the bank (Affreximbank) has renewed the facility for Interfin,
and this is good for local exporters," one of the bank officials said.

This is the latest in a string of credit lines the African bank has
advanced Zimbabwe, which is reeling under economic sanctions western lenders
have imposed on the country over alleged human rights violations.

Last month, another Zimbabwean bank announced it had secured a US$5
million credit line from Affreximbank, again to finance exporters.

Harare - 07/08/2007


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Hunger in Zimbabwe - watch the video

Click here to watch CNN's video

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200 vehicles to go under the hammer at Beitbridge

Zim Online

Wednesday 08 August 2007

By Regerai Marwezu

MASVINGO - The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) will this month put 200
luxury vehicles that have been lying idle at Beitbridge border post under
the hammer after their owners failed to raise funds to pay import duty.

ZIMRA last April ordered Zimbabweans to pay import duty for all luxury
vehicles in foreign currency resulting in hundreds of cars piling up at the
border post, one of the busiest in southern Africa.

ZIMRA corporate affairs manager Florence Jambwa said the vehicles would be
sold at a public auction this month-end after the three months required by
law for the owners to clear their vehicles had expired.

"We have about 200 vehicles which have not been cleared at the Beitbridge
border post. The vehicles will be auctioned this month since we have given
the owners the required three months to clear their vehicles," said Jambwa.

Observers said the move to charge duty in foreign currency was a desperate
attempt to boost government's foreign currency reserves.

President Robert Mugabe's government has battled severe foreign currency
shortages over the past seven years after the Harare authorities disrupted
the key agricultural sector, the country's biggest foreign currency earner.

Several people who spoke to ZimOnline yesterday said they would file legal
challenges to stop the government from disposing the vehicles.

"It is very disturbing because this issue of paying duty in foreign currency
was just forced down our throats. After all how do they expect individuals
to raise payment in foreign currency when it is a well-known fact that it is
scarce in this country?

"We have already approached our lawyers and we will be ready to confront the
government head-on in the courts," said a managing director of a local
company whose five cars are holed up at the border post.

Lawyers say the move to charge duty in foreign currency is illegal adding
that the matter can be successfully challenged in courts of law. They say
the Zimbabwe dollar, which has shed off most of its value, remains the only
legal currency in the country. - ZimOnline

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From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe

John Birch Society

At the inaugural ceremony, Prime Minister Mugabe’s call for reconciliation between blacks and whites came as a welcome surprise to those who had for years dismissed him as “a Marxist-terrorist trying to gain power through the barrel of a gun.” … The unexpected size of his majority gave Mugabe an unequivocal mandate.... All in all, the election and handover represented a triumph of democracy in the face of considerable external pressure.
— Andrew Young
President Carter’s Ambassador to the United Nations

The excerpted statement above by Andrew Young provides a small sampling of the outrageous commentary on Robert Mugabe’s ascension to power in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in an essay penned by Young for Foreign Affairs’ special report, “America and the World, 1980.” As President Jimmy Carter’s emissary to Africa, Young played a pivotal role — along with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, and other Carter administration officials — in enthroning Mugabe’s terror regime and turning much of the Dark Continent into the nightmarish slaughterhouse of chaos and terror it has become.

Two years earlier, in 1978, Ambassador Andrew Young described Robert Mugabe in an interview with the Times of London. “Does Mr. Mugabe strike you as a violent man?” the Times reporter asked. “Not at all, he’s a very gentle man,” Young replied. “In fact, one of the ironies of the whole struggle is that I can’t imagine Joshua Nkomo, or Robert Mugabe, ever pulling the trigger on a gun to kill anyone. I doubt that they ever have.”

Ambassador Young could barely contain his brimming admiration for the newest “liberator” of Africa’s oppressed: “I find that I am fascinated by his intelligence, by his dedication. The only thing that frustrates me about Robert Mugabe is that he is so damned incorruptible.”

Andrew Young knew better. During the 1970s, as Mugabe competed with his sometime ally and former mentor Joshua Nkomo for primacy in the “liberation” movement in Rhodesia, he proudly identified himself as a Maoist and proved himself one of the most ruthless terrorist leaders. His Chinese-sponsored ZANU-PF guerrillas, operating out of the neighboring communist regimes in Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola, terrorized black villages, and tortured and killed opponents.

This was all well known not only to Andrew Young but to other pillars in the American foreign policy establishment who were promoting Mugabe as the “gentle,” “incorruptible” savior of Rhodesia. Foreign Affairs, from whence came Mr. Young’s quote at the beginning of this article, is, of course, the house journal of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), arguably the most influential “brain trust” in the world. The council, of which Young was a prominent member, had promoted Mugabe in its literature and had hosted him as an honored speaker during his long terror campaign to take control of Rhodesia. David Rockefeller, chairman of the CFR during that period, called Mugabe a “very reasonable and charming person.” Likewise, the New York Times, Washington Post, and virtually all the rest of the major print and broadcast media choir had persistently sung his praises, ignoring his well-documented record of atrocities against civilian men, women, and children — black and white.

But in the past few years, Mugabe’s erstwhile supporters have been forced to acknowledge that he is the brutal communist dictator that his critics had exposed him as more than 30 years ago. He has bathed Zimbabwe in blood, turned it into a police state, and ruined what was previously one of the most prosperous economies in Africa. Finally, the former darling of the Liberal Establishment has been repudiated by virtually all except Communist China and his fellow African Marxist despots.

A Beacon Extinguished

How could Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, a thriving, vibrant, multi-cultural example of Western-style civilization, once a shining beacon for Africa, have turned into hell on Earth?

Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) from Great Britain came in 1965, only a few short decades after England’s 1923 annexation of Southern Rhodesia from the South Africa Company. Under the UDI, Rhodesia pulled away from the Mother Crown rather than negotiate with Mugabe’s terrorists, as it was being pressured to do by White Hall and the powerbrokers in London. Rhodesians were all too familiar with the chaos and tyranny that had befallen neighboring countries that had capitulated to such pressure. Rhodesian leader Ian Smith, a fighter pilot who was shot down over Italy during World War II while fighting for the Allies, stood up to the Maoist, Marxist, and Communist penetration in the region all by himself. This while the rest of the Western world, wounded from Vietnam and menaced by the old Soviet Union, sat idly by — or worse yet, helped the communist-backed terrorists.

Smith traveled to Washington, D.C., to ask for help. He wasn’t asking for foreign aid; he merely hoped to persuade President Carter to call off the economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure being applied by the U.S. State Department, the UN, and Britain in an attempt to force Rhodesia to accept rule by the Mugabe/Nkomo terrorist forces. Carter flatly refused to see Smith.

Henry Kissinger, meanwhile, did meet with Smith in Geneva. But if Smith thought that he would receive kinder treatment from the former secretary of state and adviser to Republican presidents, he was in for a rude awakening. Precisely what threats or pressures were brought against him is not known, but Smith, who had previously pledged not to surrender to the terrorists “in ten thousand years,” was a changed man after the meeting. He is said to have aged 10 years in that one week in Geneva. It has been suggested by African observers that Smith was threatened with a military invasion of Rhodesia backed by the UN, the United States, and the U.K. That is entirely plausible, as such talk was in the air and detailed plans for a military invasion of South Africa had been drawn up and published by policy wonks at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace.

Smith asked Kissinger about things like history, culture, civilization, and loyalty. After all, Rhodesia had fought for the West in the great battles of the 20th century, including World War II and the Korean War. Kissinger firmly told Smith something truly sad and even frightening, “I am afraid those things have no place in the modern world.”

Kissinger added that “white regimes would not survive in Southern Africa.” Ironically, it is a fact that at that time the black peoples of Southern Africa were voting with their feet and fleeing from the communist-Marxist regimes run by black revolutionary clients of Washington, Moscow, and Beijing to the “white regimes” of Rhodesia and South Africa. The New World Order and seeds of today’s African mayhem were being firmly planted by the globalists at the Council on Foreign Relations and Britain’s Royal Institute for International Affairs.

Under intense pressure from the Washington-Moscow-Beijing axis, South Africa, which had long fought for Rhodesia, cut off aid to Ian Smith’s government, hoping their own apartheid system would be spared by the West for doing so. The sellout was on. Many Rhodesians, including legendary soldiers like Willem Ratte, Bert Sachse, and Luther Eeben Barlow, who would become the backbone of South Africa’s elite special forces in the war in Angola against Cuba and the Soviet Union, fled to South Africa. The power vacuum created by that exodus would be filled by some of the most blood-thirsty savages Africa has ever seen.

Mugabe’s Long Record

Contrary to Andrew Young’s claims, Mugabe’s record proves that he was (and is) indeed “a Marxist-terrorist trying to gain power through the barrel of a gun.” And, contrary to popular misconceptions caused by decades of media disinformation, it was not Mugabe’s thugs who ended white rule in Rhodesia. Ian Smith and the legitimate black leaders of Rhodesia accomplished that in 1979 in multi-racial elections that brought a black majority government to power under a former Nkomo/Mugabe comrade, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, who had renounced violence to work for peaceful change.

Mugabe and Nkomo tried to stop the elections with threats, intimidation, and terror. Mugabe issued a “death list” of the black leaders who were cooperating for a peaceful transition to black rule, calling them “traitors,” “opportunistic running-dogs,” and “capitalist vultures.” Nevertheless, 64 percent of Rhodesia’s black population defied the threats and turned out to vote. And an overwhelming two-thirds of them voted for Abel Muzorewa, making him Rhodesia/Zimbabwe’s first black prime minister. They were very much aware of the disasters brought about by communist-backed black dictatorships in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana, and Namibia. They did not want “one man, one vote, one time,” which had become the rule in Africa.

The 1979 election that elected Muzorewa and a new black majority parliament had met all the conditions demanded by the United States and Britain and was certified to be free and fair by outside observers. But the U.S. and British governments then reneged and demanded new elections that not only included Mugabe and Nkomo, but allowed their ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front) and ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People’s Union) guerrillas back into the country as well. Believing it had no choice, Rhodesia capitulated to these outrageous demands. Following a campaign of intimidation and terror, Mugabe was “elected” in 1980, proving the African dictum that the man with the most guns and the most ruthless thugs wins.

As anti-communists had predicted, soon after coming to power Mugabe turned on his former terrorist comrade, Joshua Nkomo, who was of the minority Matabele tribe. To accomplish this, Mugabe brought in several hundred advisers from communist North Korea to train his infamous Fifth Brigade. Then he began his great Matabele Massacre. Mugabe’s Mashona tribe (or “Shona” for short) had been long-standing rivals of the Matabele, but the two tribal groups had managed to coexist peacefully in white-ruled Rhodesia. Mugabe called his ethnic cleansing operation against Nkomo and the Matabele Gukurahundi, the Shona term for “the first rain that washes away the chaff of the last harvest before the advent of spring rains proper.”

Bitter Harvest

Official figures vary, but it can be roughly estimated that around 30,000 Matabele were slaughtered in Mugabe’s “liberation” of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. It was an ominous prelude to what would become a fascist, archetype Maoist revolution in Rhodesia, a country roughly the size of Montana. Mugabe, with the help of his own de facto Hitler Nazi Youth corps called the “Green Bombers,” would go on to slaughter Zimbabwe’s white farmers, take away their land, and plunge the nation into a hell hole of debt, hunger, hyperinflation, murder, HIV/Aids, and hopelessness.

Once the breadbasket of Southern Africa, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was (and remains) home to one of the world’s grandest sights, Victoria Falls. Called “the mist that thunders” by the locals, this natural wonder has (thus far) defied Mugabe’s ability to ruin, corrupt, and destroy, but where abundant game and wildlife once brought tourists from the four corners of the planet, now conservationists worldwide have expressed alarm that Mugabe’s policies have decimated the country’s wildlife treasure, with many exotic species (including elephants and rhinos) facing extinction.

Apartheid never existed in Rhodesia and in general the races got along. The race wars were launched by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and Nkomo’s ZAPU. All the while the American media cheered this sickening and deadly debacle. Even the farm invasions were lionized by the late Peter Jennings of ABC News, who in a nationally televised report made the ZANU-PF terrorists who were murdering, torturing, and raping the ethno-European farmers out to be “war veterans” and heroes.

By all accounts, over 400,000 agricultural jobs have been lost. The Zimbabwean Commercial Farmers Union has issued numerous reports about the violence, law-breaking, and devastating effects of Mugabe’s white land grab. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s inflation is the world’s highest; the government’s own statistics put it at 4,500 percent annually, while some economists put it at double that. GNP, GDP, unemployment, real growth, household income, and other major economic indicators are collapsing by the day, as they have been for most of the past 10 years. As a result, all Zimbabweans no matter what their race, tribe, or culture are suffering.

Tobacco had accounted for 30 percent of exports with gold second at 11 percent. These days, heroin, mandrax, methamphetamines, and other drugs are emerging in a narco-economy. Basic services are all but unobtainable. Shelves are empty. The very best Zimbabweans have fled for the UK and beyond. Zimbabwe’s infrastructure is decaying. Government corruption is endemic. The military has turned its back on all acceptable standards of humanity and soldiering.

It is estimated that only 100,000 Zimbabweans use the Internet in a country of about 12 million. Those who write the truth about what’s going on in the country and use the Internet to reach the outside world are often hounded, harassed, and threatened by the government. Mugabe’s main black opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), is feeling his wrath. MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa recently said over 200 MDC members were arrested by Mugabe’s forces. MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has replaced Ian Smith, the white farmers, and the Matabele as the ZANU-PF’s boogeyman du jour.

Cathy Buckle, author of Africa Tears and Beyond Tears, had her farm taken away by Mugabe during his land grab. She told this writer, “At first I supported change. But now just look at our country.” In her latest report from inside Zimbabwe, Buckle offered hope by pointing out that overweight ZANU-PF leaders are having problems convincing their bone-thin followers that all is well in Zimbabwe. As in Ethiopia and most other African famines, the food shortages are man-made by communist, collectivist policies that are outright genocide.

What can the United States, the world’s “sole, indispensable superpower,” do? Apparently not very much. Secretary of State Condi Rice has noted “outposts of tyranny” from Burma to Venezuela to North Korea to Zimbabwe to Iran. (Outposts of course must have a main garrison home, and those homes are Russia and Mainland China.) President Bush, Jr. signed an Executive Order against Zimbabwe, citing it as an enemy of the United States. A travel ban on Zimbabwean officials has been enacted. But our good “trading partner,” China, continues to shower aid on Mugabe’s regime.

Clearly Zimbabwe can work. Rhodesia proved that. It was a model for a post-colonial, still-developing Africa. There should be an agricultural bounty, beyond tobacco. There’s also coal, chromium ore, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, and platinum ready to be mined.

As for the future, Mugabe is 83. It is rumored he has throat cancer. He is shunned by most on planet Earth, even the BBC, save for allies like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Il, and the Chinese Politburo. Mugabe continues to practice yoga and still vacillates between his Spartan upbringing and new-found tastes for the good life. He has been known to use the state airline to assist his wife on her legendary if not ebulliently lavish shopping jaunts. Mugabe showed up at Thabo Mbeki’s last South African presidential inauguration and was greeted as though he were a rock star. Zimbabwe’s constitution allows for Mugabe to stay in power till he is 90 years of age, but Africa watchers from across the political spectrum are speculating that his tottering regime could implode before the year’s end.

Will the truth about Zimbabwe ever become fully known and acted upon by all decent people in Africa, the West, and the rest of the world?

As noted by actress Nicole Kidman in the film The Interpreter, which many believed to have been made as a psycho-social operation against Mugabe, “Even the faintest whisper can be heard above the sound of armies … when it speaks the truth.” Perhaps this article will serve as the faintest of whispers.

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JAG Classifieds dated 7 August 2007

As a JAG member or JAG Associate member, please send any classified adverts
for publication in this newsletter to:

JAG Classifieds: - JAG Job Opportunities:

Rules for Advertising:

Send all adverts in word document as short as possible (no tables, spread
sheets, pictures, etc.) and quote your subscription receipt number or
membership number.
Notify the JAG Office when Advert is no longer needed, either by phone or
Adverts are published for 2 weeks only, for a longer period please notify
the JAG office, by resending via email the entire advert asking for the
advert to be re-inserted.

Please send your adverts by Tuesdays 11.00am (Adverts will not appear until
payment is received.). Cheques to be made out to JAGMA.


1.  For Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items
3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation
5.  Specialist Services
6.  Pets Corner
7.  Social Gatherings



1.1  Generators & Inverters for Sale

The JAG office is now an official agent for GSC Generator Service (Pvt) Ltd
and receives a generous commission on sales of all Kipor generators and
equipment.  Generators are on view at the JAG office.  Please could all
those JAG subscribes who deal directly with GSC, rather that through the JAG
office, clearly stipulate that the commission if for JAG.

The one stop shop for ALL your Generator Requirements SALES:
We are the official suppliers, repairs and maintenance team of KIPOR
Equipment here in Zimbabwe.  We have in stock KIPOR Generators from 1 KVA to
55 KVA.  If we don't have what you want we will get it for you.  We also
sell Inverters (1500w), complete with batteries and rechargeable lamps.  Our
prices are very competitive, if not the lowest in town.

SERVICING & REPAIRS: We have a qualified team with many years of experience
in the Generator field.  We have been to Kipor, China for training.  We
carry out services and minor repairs on your premises.  We service and
repair most makes and models of Generators - both petrol and diesel.

INSTALLATIONS:  We have qualified electricians that carry out installations
in a professional way.

SPARES: As we are the official suppliers and maintainers of KIPOR Equipment,
we carry a full range of KIPOR spares.

Don't forget, advice is free, so give us a call and see us at: Bay 3,
Borgward Road, Msasa.  Sales: 884022, 480272 or
Service: 480272, 480154 or


1.2  For Sale

So Far and No further! Rhodesia's Bid for Independence during the Retreat
from Empire 1959-1965 by J.R.T. Wood

533 pages; quality trade paperback; pub. Trafford ISBN 1-4120-4952-0
Southern African edition, pub. 30 Degrees South : ISBN 0-9584890-2-5

This definitive account traces Rhodesia's attempt to secure independence
during the retreat from Empire after 1959. Based on unique research, it
reveals why Rhodesia defied the world from 1965.

Representing Volume One of three volumes, Two and Three are in preparation
and will take us to Tiger and thence to 1980;

To purchase:

Zimbabwean buyers contact Trish Broderick:

RSA buyers: WWW. 30 or Exclusives Books

Overseas buyers see:
and a link to Trafford Publishing


1.3 For Sale

Road motorcycle for sale. YAMAHA - Model YZF 600cc - Thundercat - in
immaculate condition.

Highest cash offer secures.  For further details contact Dave on 011 600 770
or 091 22 55 653 or email


1.4 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

1996 Toyota Land-cruiser for sale.  Very good condition with plenty extras.
Tel:  498001, 0912 437845 or email


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

ZNSPCA HQ 156 Enterprise RD. Tel 497574/ 497885


113cm x 139 cm - $3 600 000
90 cm x136cm - $3 000 000
70 cm x 61.5cm - $900 000
59,5cm x 62 cm - $700 000




PRINTERS TRAY - $ 500 000


FIRE WOOD - $150 000 PER BAG


1.6 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

1 x MF265S tractor - front to back rebuild.  US$12,500 equivalent

1 x Ursus 3512 tractor - front to back rebuild.  US$12,500 equivalent

1 x Renault ME160 7 tonne truck - immaculate condition, new tyres, imported
batteries etc. + 1 x 5 tonne drop side trailer - immaculate conditon, new
tyres etc. - US$40,000 equivalent

Telephone Marondera 079-21421, 0912 256 661, e-mail


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

10 kg LPG cylinders (empty): ea- 20

2 kg LPG cylinders - need attention ea- 10

Army (ex) steel frame stretchers: 20

Bar (small): 25

Book case (teak) 2 shelf small: 20

Camping stools and chairs: 6 - 10

Coffee table 30

Dart board with darts 15

Fans  various from fixed  to oscillating: 30 - 40

Garden hose on hose roller 15

Rucksacks (Hiking) (empty!): 20 - 40

Pentium 1 computer and screen  30

Soda streams and CO2 cylinders - 10 and 15

Spring-Master 4 serving bowl Hostess Food Warmer: 50

Steel garden swing chair (1950 era): 60

Steel garden round table and four chairs and securing chain: 55

Steel  chaisse longez: 20

Well used golf set with various clubs and woods and about 2 doz golf balls:

Figures represent US$ also payable at the current equivalent.

Email: for more details or Phone 301646 or 011 201 231
for viewing


1.8 THE WEAVERY.(The African Craft Market) (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Going Overseas or down South? Why not take hand woven gifts for your friends
or family?  These super articles which are light, easy to pack, take or
and fully washable. Contact Anne on 332851 or 011212424.Or email

Discount of 20% on all articles.
Crocheted oven gloves--$810,000.
Cotton oven gloves--$765,000.
Small woven bags--$665,000.
Large woven bags--$810,000.
Crocheted bags--$945,000.

Single Duvet cushions(open into a duvet)--$4,080,000.
Other sizes to order.

3 piece toilet set--$1,610,000.
Bath mat--$1,140,000.(small rug).

Decorated cushion covers--$810,000.

Table runner--$473,000.
Set(4)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$1,610,000.
Set(6)Bordered table mats + serviettes--$2,420,000.
Set(4) crocheted table mats only--$1,280,000.
Set(6)fringed table mats + serviettes--$2,420,000.
The table mat range is to be discontinued once present stocks are sold.

Small(approx.105x52cms) plain cotton rug--$1,140,000.
Medium(approx.120x65cms) plain cotton rug--$1,610,000
Large(approx.150x75cms) plain cotton rug--$2,420,000.
Ex.Large(approx.230x130cms) plain cotton rug--$5,210,000.
Small patterned cotton rug--$1,610,000.
Small rag rug--$1,140,000.
Medium rag rug--$1,610,000.
Medium patterned cotton rug--$2,420,000.
Large patterned cotton rug--$3,230,000
Ex.Large patterned cotton rug--$6,390,000.
Small patterned mohair rug--$3,180,000.
Medium patterned mohair rug--$4,010,000
Large patterned mohair rug--$5,210,000.
Ex. Large patterned mohair rug--$8,810,000.

Lots of other articles.PLEASE be aware that prices may change without
notice and orders take some time as they have to be woven and sent from
Gweru to Harare.

1.9 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Nissan CWA 45. 15 tonne Lorry with 10 Tonne trailer. 176000 kilmetres.
Immaculate condition. Phone 747777 mornings or 011606595


1.10 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)


Following units ex stock:
Generators - 5 Kva Silenced, 15 Kva Silenced, , 40 Kva Silenced, John Deere
60 Kva Open Frame, John Deere 100 Kva open frame.

Inverters - 1500 Watt complete with 1 x 100 Amp Hr battery and charger in
5000 Watt complete with 4 x 100 Amp Hr Batteries and charger in cabinet

Large Range of Generators available from 5 - 2200 Kva ex import (some in
Bond South Africa)


We now have imported Harrow discs (24", 26" and 28") available :


Single Row forage harvesters available ex stock


Tractor Mounted 12 Metre / 600 Litre tank Boom sprayers and Canon sprayers
in stock.


Imported Offset disc harrows suitable for 80 Hp Tractors currently on order
and will be available August / September, 2007.

Please phone:- Radium Africa - Tel + 263 4 335848 / 307740
Sean Bell: + 263 11 600389, Keith Lowe + 263 11 800859


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Rare book for sale/Rhodesiana, Welensky's 4000 days, The life and death of
the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, by sir Roy Welensky, personally
signed by Sir Roy, with dust jacket.US$50.00 equivalent. Email -


1.12 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)


PHONE JUSTIN 011402896

PHONE 011402896


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Buy the Wiztech 223 Super Satellite Receiver and receive satellite TV FREE
by using your existing dish! This is a one-of payment - NO SUBS to pay. No
hidden costs. SABC 1,2, 3, Botswana, e-TV, SA News International, CNBC,
Press TV, Trade and Travel, several religious channels, Radio stations like
RSG, Radio Pretoria, SAFM, 5 FM, 2000 Fm etc. Contact Joe Esterhuizen on
Harare 339378 (anytime) or 0912 338414 or e-mail


1.14 For Sale (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Scrap-booking papers for sale, various themes - holidays, baby christenings,
birthdays, weddings etc. sold as sets as well as single pages sold.  Lots of
designs, colours  including tartans, florals, etc.  Also frames, borders,
tags, word/thought bubbles used for scrap-booking.  Please sms or call Carol
on 091 2 264160 to arrange to see.



2.1 Wanted

By way of loan or donation to the JAG Trust.  The Trust is Capacity Building
a New Project which necessitates the furnishing of an office with desks,
chairs, cupboards and shelving. Any surplus office furniture or trimmings
will be welcomed.  Phone 799410.


2.2 Wanted

Sheila Macdonald (Sally in Rhodesia) - If you have any of Sheila Macdonald's
books for sale, please let JAG know the details including condition etc with
your name, telephone number and price wanted.

Telephone JAG - 04 - 799410


2.3 Shotgun Wanted

Good quality, Baretta or Browning, 20 bore over/under shotgun.  In excellent
condition.  Please contact the JAG office on 799410.


2.4 Wanted (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

ZNSPCA :  We are looking to purchase two second hand 165 / 13 inch rims for
our horse box and one of our pickups.  Currently we have no spare for these
vehicles.  We are also looking for tools for our vehicles - pliers, spanners
and screwdrivers - so please if you are clearing your workshops we are keen
to buy your junk off you.  Any donation of the above equipment will be
greatly appreciated.
Head Office:  04 - 497885 / 497574

Is also looking for donations of
Buiding Materials:
Pit and River Sand, Bricks
Second hand Window Frames, French door
Wooden doors
Door handles/Locking Mech.
Fluorescent light fittings tubes and bulbs

ZNSPCA is always looking for 2nd hand Dog collars, leads, kennels and

ZNSPCA HQ156 Enterprise Rd or Tel: 497574/497885


2.5 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Barwick School is in urgent need of a changeover switch for a 60KVA
generator (approx 100 amps).  Please phone 0912 262566 or


2.6 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

We are looking for deep freezers and cold room units.

Please contact David and Janet Cunningham 09 251555/ 234879/232136 or

You can also contact   Khosi Bhebhe - 09 251555/234879/232136 -


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Am looking for a wheelchair for a child who was born with severe curvature
of the spine and who now cannot walk. Any suggestions as to who to approach
or offers please.
Julia Burdett 744207, 0912236641,




3.1 Accommodation Wanted

Ex farmers daughter, husband and two young children looking for 3/4
bed-roomed, 2 bath-roomed house, with domestic quarters to rent. Prefer a
long lease.  Please call Chere 011631546.


3.2 House-sitter Wanted (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

I am looking for a house-sitter for mid August till mid October on my little
farm in Bromley  There is no farming to be done, the settlers have seen to
that, just 6 pets (4 dogs and 2 cats) to love and look after.   I have a
and garden (the house is over 100 years old), good security with two night
watchmen, and a very good house servant.  We are 50 kms from Harare.  No
money exchanges

Please contact Jennifer at 073 3399 or 011 423614 - or sms, or E mail


3.3 FOR SALE (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Blue skies and warm seas

Situated in the village of PENNINGTON in Kwa Zulu Natal Mid South
Coast,close to the sea ,surrounded by up market homes and simplexes , three
golf courses in the town area ,an ideal investment for the future with real
possibilities for a simplex development.The two beautiful acres are side by
side with two road fronts together are 100 x 80 meters...,secluded open
natural forest park land. ,almost level , 5 minutes from the beach and the
very smart brand new  Village Mall shopping centre.  Price on request.

Please look up our website to see all or
properties for sale in the village of PENNINGTON.Our mission statement is
"Making homes more affordable" by reducing our commission tariffs.




4.1 Need a break

Getaway and enjoy peace and fresh air at GUINEA FOLWS REST
Only 80kms from Harare, Self-catering guest-house
Sleeps 10 people, Bird-watching, Canoeing, Fishing, DSTV

REGRET: No day visitors.  No boats or dogs allowed.
Contact Dave: 011 600 770 or Annette 011 600 769
or 091 22 55 653 or email


4.2 Savuli Safari (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

Self catering chalets in the heart of the Save Valley Conservancy. Game
watching, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, walking trails and 4x4 hire. Camp
fully kitted including cook and fridges. Just bring your food,  drinks and
relax.    Best value for money. U12 are 1/2  price

Contact John : or Phone 091 2631 556


4.3 GACHE GACHE LODGE - KARIBA (Across the lake.) (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Still some available dates for August hols. Prices reduced to 18 June!
Contact: Fatima - or phone 301889.
Open for provisional bookings for December holidays too.


4.4 Self Catering Holiday Cottages S.A (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Figtree Self catering Holiday cottages almost on the beach in the quiet
village of Pennington four cottages which may sleep comfortably 20 persons.
Minimum of R300 per night and R60 per person per night.Kindly book in
advance so as not to be disappointed. Contact Cindy or Willy on 27833002394
or Email : We really look forward to hearing from you




5.1 Vehicle Repairs

Vehicle repairs carried out personally by qualified mechanic with 30 years
experience. Very reasonable rates.

Phone Johnny Rodrigues:  011 603213 or 011 404797, email:


5.2 SpeedWorx - WYNN'S

Intelligent Car Service has arrived!

Why pay ridiculous prices and be without your car for days.

Our services are done while you wait & cost a fraction of the normal repair.

At SpeedWorx we will:

Service your car
Increase your engine's performance and improve your fuel economy
Completely flush your engine oil to prolong your engine life
Restore your Power steering performance and stop it leaking
Restore your Automatic Transmission performance and stop it leaking
Completely flush your brake system and make you safe
Stop your car overheating and reduce the risk of leaks
Remove bad odours from the interior of your car and keep it fresh

Services done at your home or office.

Contact: Bryan 011 612 650 or Russell 011 410 525.



Filming & Editing of Weddings & Special Events. DVD Production, Broadcast
Quality.  DVD & VHS transfers. Call Greer on 744075 / 0912 353 047

Greer Wynn - Focused Video Productions:  0912 353 047 / 744075


5.4 HUNTING TROPHY EXPORTS (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

·          Fast and efficient dipping and shipping
·          Professional administration and storage of trophies
·          Taxidermy in the USA
·          Convenient drop-off

Contact me, Joe Wells on Tel/fax (263) 04 490677, Cell: (263) 0912 239305


5.5 INVESTMENT (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Are you leaving Zimbabwe and wanting an investment to take with you? For
sale (Valuation certificate by Sharon Caithness available):-

Solid silver tray (2.836 gms), Solid silver tea set - Teapot, sugar bowl and
milk jug (1.307gms).

Valued by Sharon Caithness at Z$2,201,000.000.00 (two billion, two hundred
and one million dollars).

NO chancers email:



6.1 Looking for a Home (Ad inserted 31/07/07)

Jack Russell male, tan/white 'PERCY' needs kind and loving home. 5 years,
owner left. Has been spoilt and adored. Tel Michelle on 884294 or 011602903
or e-mail


6.2 Looking for a Home (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Please would some kind person give a home to 'Jessica'. She is a 4 year old
brindle English Bull Terrier bitch. Loves cats but is terrified of other
dogs so doesn't get on with them. If you are wanting an only dog Jessica is
for you, she has a lovely temperament and just wants love in return. Tel
Michelle on 884294 011602903 or e-mail




MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2007 (over long weekend)

All serious runners, fun runners/walkers, family and friends are invited to
take part in the second Kariba Half Marathon, sponsored by Cutty Sark Hotel.

Disco, full bar and catering at Cutty Sark after the race.

Email: or for more information or
telephone 011 208 218 / 0912 275 714


7.2 Country Juke Box (Ad inserted 7/08/07)

Come and party with Country Juke Box. Bring the family. Children allowed.
Reasonable bar prices, club menu and a great atmosphere. A wide selection of
dance music from the 60's to 90's, Country, Tiekkie Draai, Rock and Roll
etc. For details contact Joe Esterhuizen on 339378 or 0912 338414 or e-mail

JAG Hotlines: +263 (011) 610 073, +263 (04) 799 410.  If you are in trouble
or need advice, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!
To advertise (JAG Members): Please email classifieds to:
with subject "Classifieds".

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