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Zimbabwe Farm Invasions Resume Despite Impending IMF Visit


By Carole Gombakomba
      17 January 2006

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono has urged the Harare cabinet
to halt a new wave of farm invasions targeting agricultural properties on
the peripheries of the main cities where growers of flowers for export
markets tend to be clustered.

Government sources said Gono may be heading for a showdown with cabinet
members led by State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, said to be directing
this new stage of the land redistribution program pursued since the
beginning of the decade.

The latest invasion was carried out by members of the national police force
at Gletwyn Farm, located between the towns of Mandara and Glen Lorne. The
farm produced seed maize, potatoes, soy beans and a range of fresh

One police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the farm was
seized for the construction of residences for top police officials. The
assistance commissioner said the seizure of the farm, not listed for
takeover, received Mutasa's approval.

Such agricultural property invasions have drawn sharp criticism from the
International Monetary Fund, whose latest delegation is expected in Harare
later this month.

Reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe asked Harare economist
John Robertson what impact the invasions might have on Harare's relations
with the IMF.

 Elsewhere in the agro-alimentary complex, a longstanding shortage of the
staple maize could worsen in some areas following the Grain Marketing Board's
decision to refuse to sell raw grain to some private millers. This flouted a
November high court order telling the GMB to sell maize to the Mwendas
Milling Company, whose lawyers said they have asked that the GMB be declared
in contempt of court.

Industry sources said other companies have stopped milling because the GMB,
which has an effective monopoly on grain supplies, refuses to sell grain to

GMB Chief Executive Officer Samuel Muvuti denied these allegations in an
interview with Studio 7 reporter Carole Gombakomba. She also spoke with
Mwendas Milling Company Managing Director Takesure Mbano, who said he has
been obliged to temporarily abandon his home because of constant harassment
by soldiers.

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Desertions Remain A Major Concern In Zimbabwe


      By Ashenafi Abedje
      Washington, DC
      17 January 2006

Zimbabwe's government is now facing another problem: huge desertions of
junior and middle-ranking army and police officers. During the past 12
weeks, more than 2,000 junior officers have submitted their letters of
resignation from the National Army. Likewise, more than 700 junior officers
have reportedly handed in their letters of resignation from the police.
Runaway inflation of 585 percent has severely eroded the buying power of
many Zimbabweans -- including poorly paid junior police and army officers.

Political analyst Masamvu Sydney of the International Crisis Group's
Southern Africa Regional Office told English to Africa reporter Ashenafi
Abedje, "The desertions pose a major security threat to President Robert
Mugabe's government." He says the mass desertions encourage "further
disaffection and threaten the army's stability." Mr. Sydney adds that aside
from the economic issue, political disgruntlement may be a factor behind the

The Zimbabwean affairs specialist says some of the deserting officers are
turning to crime for survival. He says the officers now engage in what he
calls "coordinated crimes and extortion - which are becoming an increasing
threat to the public." Mr. Sydney says President Mugabe is trying to stem
the tide by ordering "a review of the military's pay and salary structure."
The objective, he says, is to create preferential treatment to ensure the
military's continued support.

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IMF Board To Grill Murerwa, Gono Over Source Of US$155 million Payment

Zim Daily

            Wednesday, January 18 2006 @ 12:05 AM GMT
            Contributed by: correspondent

            The International Monetary Fund (IMF) board has approved that
Harare be investigated to ascertain the source of the US$155 million that
government used to service its arrears last year amid reports that President
Mugabe's bankrupt administration raided private accounts to raise the
desperately needed foreign cash that averted Harare's expulsion from the

            Zimdaily heard that Finance minister Hebert Murerwa and the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe chief Gideon Gono are set to be hauled before an
IMF hearing to present oral evidence on the source of the funds. Zimbabwe
last year made a hasty US$120 million payment followed by another US$35
million to the IMF to avoid imminent expulsion after defaulting on its loan
for the past five years. Self exiled businessman Mutumwa Mawere, whose
company SMM was taken over by government, complained to the IMF that some of
the money used to pay part of the debt was taken from his companies.

            But Gono hastily quashed the claims of forcible liquidation of
individual foreign currency accounts saying government raised the money from
exports and gold proceeds. He published a list of banks and other sources of
the money. Sources said the investigation team would try to verify Mawere's
claims and those of other individuals who claim to have been prejudiced by
government. In addition to government and the central bank, the
investigation team is expected to meet corresponding banks of foreign
financial institutions which Gono claimed released export funds he used to
pay part of the debt.

            But IMF Africa Department Deputy Director Siddharth Tiwari in a
statement said the board ordered the investigation to ascertain if Harare
had not raised the cash through unorthodox means. He said there was
reasonable grounds to suspect that there were some irregularities as Harare
at the time was not able to "provide its population with food and medicine."
Tiwari said Harare officials will be called upon answer IMF questions in a
"transparent and open manner."

            Zimdaily heard the IMF team set to visit Zimbabwe next week for
Article IV consultations will meet businesspeople, industry and other
economic groups as part of the inquiry. An IMF official recently said the
fund expected the Zimbabwe authorities to come clean on allegations of
expropriating funds. "The board has, of course, asked us when we get back to
them next time to verify the source of funds. Money is fungible," Tiwari
said. "It is something we need to talk to the authorities about. Also, it is
something the authorities need to address themselves in a transparent and
open manner, and I hope they will do so soon."

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Zimbabwe's hidden lifeline

The Telegraph

            David Blair has been the Daily Telegraph's Africa Correspondent
since June 2004. When not touring the continent, he lives in Johannesburg.
He was previously based in the Middle East, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

      Tuesday, January 17, 2006

      Posted at: 15:30
      Every day, taxis and minibuses cross the border between South Africa
and Zimbabwe laden with goods that the inhabitants of President Robert
Mugabe's miserable domain can no longer afford.

      Maize meal, cooking oil, bread and milk are all carried northwards,
across the border at Beitbridge. This is Zimbabwe's lifeline and neither the
World Food Programme nor other international aid agencies has anything to do
with it. Instead, these shipments of desperately needed supplies are
organised by the hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who live in South

      Johannesburg is filled with refugees from Mugabe's misrule, many of
them holding down low-wage jobs as waiters, security guards, cleaners and
gardeners. Most of their meagre earnings go on sending food supplies for
relatives up north.

      There are, of course, no available figures, but I would guess that
this privately organised aid programme delivers at least as much food as the
WFP and all the official aid agencies. And the supplies donated in this way
go straight into the hands of those who need them, instead of heading
through the corrupt, official channels established by the regime.

      If you ever wonder how Zimbabwe survives despite an economic collapse
almost unknown in peacetime history, this is the answer. The generosity of
the diaspora, particularly those Zimbabweans living in South Africa, is what
keeps the home country afloat.

      Thanks to Comrade Mugabe, whose "wise leadership" the official press
invites Zimbabweans to praise every day, their country has been reduced to
permanent dependence on the goodwill of those lucky enough to have escaped.

      Thankfully, Africans are so generous that this flow of charity,
organised by those who have so little themselves, will never dry up. The
fact that Mugabe has made it necessary is perhaps the greatest of his many

      Well said, David! Sadly, the greatest villain after Mugabe is Thabo
Mbeki. He refuses to condemn ZANU-PF or Mugabe because he fears being
labelled a "sell-out"! Racism is alive and well in Africa! Unfortunately, it
is almost exclusively black against black racism!
      Posted by johnny creel on January 17, 2006 7:23 PM

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Mahoso Threatens Financial Gazette

Zim Daily

            Wednesday, January 18 2006 @ 12:04 AM GMT
            Contributed by: correspondent
            Media and Information Commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso has
threatened the Financial Gazette after the paper refused to retract a story
alleging the involvement of the notorious CIO in the operations of the
regulatory body. Zimdaily heard that Mahoso summoned FinGaz editor-in-chief
Sunsleey Chamunorwa and his deputy Hama Saburi to express reservations with
the paper's reportage and its refusal to retract a story stating that the
CIO overturned a decision by the state-controlled media commission to allow
The Daily News to publish again.

            The paper quoted an affidavit by Jonathan Maphenduka, a former
member of the Media and Information Commission (MIC), where he stated that
the members agreed June 16 there was no legal reason to deny a licence to
Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of the banned Daily News,
which was the country's top-selling daily. Maphenduka said Mahoso stalled
over publicising the decision and it was later reversed. The Financial
Gazette, quoting impeccable sources, said the ban was maintained at the
instigation of the CIO (which has since taken control of the previously
independent Daily Mirror).

            The FinGaz further stated that if these claims were established
as fact, it will also establish beyond reasonable doubt that the MIC and its
chairman are mere biased appendages of government under state security
control whose purpose is to gag the independent media, and particularly The
Daily News. Mahoso is said to have taken great exception to the FinGaz's
report which stated that the MIC and the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act that created it are clearly the instruments of a
police state, put in place to silence all democratic expression.

            It was not possible to obtain comment from Chamunorwa and Saburi
but sources at the paper said the two were taking the threat seriously.
Mahoso is also said to have expressed reservations with the paper's stance
of investigating the graft deeply entrenched in Solomon Mujuru's companies.
Mahoso was also said to have accused the paper of being sympathetic to
Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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High Court Dismisses Zanu PF Spies' Freedom Bid

Zim Daily

            Wednesday, January 18 2006 @ 12:02 AM GMT
            Contributed by: correspondent
            A Harare High Court judge has dismissed a freedom plea by three
top Zanu PF officials jailed last year on charges of selling State Secrets.
Zimbabwe Ambassador designate to Mozambique Godfrey Dzvairo, Metropolitan
Bank Company Secretary Tendai Matambanadzo and Zanu-PF Deputy Director for
External Affairs Itai Marchi brought a bail application pending appeal
before the High Court pleading against both their conviction and sentence.

            The trio, jailed for a maximum of six years for violating the
Official Secrets Act, asked the High Court to try them again alleging that
they they were not accorded a fair hearing. But High Court judge Pharat
Patel dismissed the plea saying there was a high possibility that they might
abscond whilst on bail since they had links to foreign agents and
convertible huge amounts of foreign currency.

            He said considering the foreign links the three have, there was
a likelihood that they could abuse the opportunity and flee. Justice Patel
added that the sentence of six years imposed on Godfrey Dzvairo is proper
and does not induce a sense of shock or can not be said to be excessive. The
three Zanu PF officials were arrested in 2004 following a CIO swoop on a
suspected South African intelligence network in Zimbabwe.

            The trio were arrested together with Zanu (PF) deputy security
chief Kenny Karidza and former Zanu (PF) MP Phillip Chiyangwa. A CIO
officer, Elisha Muyemeki, now dead, was also arrested at the same time for
failing to report to his bosses a secret meeting he had with a South African
spy who botched a plot to recruit him. A Switzerland-based Zimbabwean
diplomat, Erasmus Moyo, was said to have escaped arrest by disappearing at
Geneva airport last year. Dzvairo, also Zimbabwe's former consul-general to
SA, was sentenced to six
            years, while Matambanadzo and Marchi were jailed for five years
each. Chiyangwa was released by the high court, but the state said it had
not dropped the case. Karidza is still on trial.

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Pressure Group Sends Warning Shots

Zim Daily

            Wednesday, January 18 2006 @ 12:01 AM GMT
            Contributed by: Reporter
            Newly founded pressure group, Ibetshu lika zulu launched a
series of weekly demonstrations in Bulawayo on Monday. The group staged
peaceful protests at Tredgold Courts as well as in Makokoba, Bulawayo's
oldest suburb. No arrests were recorded.

            The youthful group's director Qhubekani Dube hinted that the
demonstrations 'against Mugabe's misrule will be a permanent feature' until
change is realised in Zimbabwe. Dube added that if the peaceful marches fail
to deliver, they will opt to the more confrontational means.

            " This will be done every week to put pressure on the regime",
said Dube. Ibetshu lika zulu was recently formed by unemployed youths who
are determined to add pressure on the once popular Mugabe. With pressure
groups like Imbovane yamahlabezulu emerging from Bulawayo, the new fearless
Ibetshu lika zulu founded in Bulawayo again speaks volumes of the second
capital city's revolutionary tendencies.

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Zimbabwe armyworm outbreak under control, unlikely to destroy harvest

People's Daily

      After five years of poor harvests, Zimbabwe's farmers are in no mood
to tolerate a nationwide armyworm invasion and believe that the pests have
little chance to destroy a prospected harvest brought about by the favorable

      After being disappointed year after year by inconsistent rains,
agricultural bodies, communal and commercial farmers are determined to
ensure that the prospects of a bumper harvest are not affected by the
multitudinous caterpillars.

      Armyworms are the larva stage of a moth very common in southern
African region. They can cross national boundaries within a short time,
driven by Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone winds, making it difficult to
track their routes.

      The moth follows humid areas and lay eggs at a very fast rate,
producing thousands of caterpillars with big appetites, able to feed at
night, and extensively feeding on crops and green pastures, favoring crops
like maize and sorghum with a feeding speed by far outpace that of a 400
herd of cattle per hectare overnight.

      Agricultural experts say the outbreak is the second largest recorded
in the country in the past 20 years. Shadreck Mlambo, director of the
Agriculture, Research and Extension Services (ARES) said nature would assist
in the fight, as the fragile worms would be killed by the heavy rains. In
addition, he said, chemicals to kill the worms, which were in short supply
when the outbreak was first detected, were now available from suppliers of
agricultural products.

      Farmers were near panic when they could not access chemicals to fight
the pests when it first surfaced about two weeks ago. In Zimbabwe, armyworms
are commonly controlled by a chemical called carbaryl 85 WP. Nonetheless,
chemical control of armyworm epidemics could be costly to the environment as
it poisons grazing pasture and water resources. Chemicals can also be fatal
to birds that feed on the worms.

      ARES however mobilized spraying teams and progress has been made in
arresting the outbreak as the availability of chemicals has improved.

      The voracious caterpillars were witnessed on a large scale for the
first time during the 1980 to 1981 rain season and destroyed vast tracts of
a flourishing maize crop in parts of Mutoko in Mashonaland Central and
Rushinga and Mt. Darwin in Mashonaland East For Mutoko, it is a repeat
infestation after another outbreak in December last year.

      Zimbabwe Farmers Union director, Dzarira Kwenda, said in addition to
chemicals, armyworms can be controlled traditionally by clearing the land
near fields, as in most instances the pests creep into the fields from
nearby bushes.

      He however said the worms would not cause any major reduction in crop
harvests but would certainly affect some farmers across the country.

      Wet and warm conditions had always encouraged breeding among pests,
hence the large number of armyworms this year, Kwenda said. He said the
worms would also be reduced through natural selection as birds feasted on

      Source: Xinhua

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'I will serve my sentence then do farming,' hunted judge told journalist

New Zimbabwe

By Lebo Nkatazo
Last updated: 01/18/2006 10:17:08
A ZIMBABWEAN High Court judge who has fled the country before sentencing
after he was convicted of graft charges told a journalist in December last
year that he expected to be convicted, and claimed Justice Minister Patrick
Chinamasa was out to get him.

Justice Benjamin Paradza faced up to three years in jail but escaped before
sentencing on Friday last week.

Justice Paradza, who is thought to have escaped Zimbabwe for the United
Kingdom via South Africa, claimed he had refused to pass a favourable
judgement after being prodded by Chinamasa, sparking a bitter feud which
resulted in corruption charges.

Repeated attempts to get a reaction from Chinamasa failed last night as his
mobile phone was switched off.

Paradza told this reporter that he expected to be convicted, and probably
sentenced to "a year or two", and vowed to SERVE HIS SENTENCE before
retiring to his rural home to engage in farming.

He said: "I was in the bush for many years (during Zimbabwe's war of
independence) where conditions were tough and lice feasted on me. If they
convict me, I know that I never committed anything wrong. I would serve my
sentence maybe a year or two and then I will head to my rural area and

Paradza claimed that the government approached him as a former war veteran
to influence a certain case in its favour, but when he refused -- Chinamasa,
in panic over the possibility of being framed, went on a campaign to find
anything that may be used against the judge.

The judge claimed the government had compromised the judiciary through
partisan appointments to the bench it thought would hand down judgments
towing its line.

In the plot against him, Justice Paradza claimed, Chinamasa had enlisted the
services of Justice George Chiweshe, who is also the chairman of the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and Justice Mafios Cheda.

"The government thought that as a former freedom fighter, I was a compliant
judge who would pass a favourable judgment in its favour and when I refused,
the persecution started. This was not the first time that Chinamasa had
approached a judge. He has a tendency of calling judges on any matter he
wants on their mobile phones," he said.

Paradza claimed Chinamasa was a "criminal" who should be arrested, adding
that he had been improperly cleared on a contempt of court charge in which
he was sentenced to an effective three month jail term after he failed to
appear in court.

"When Chinamasa was convicted of contempt of court by the High Court, the
conviction was set aside by another High Court judge, which was improper. He
was supposed to appeal to the Supreme Court, which had directed that the
Supreme Court judge be heard. As it stands, the squashing of the jail term
was not properly done and should be allowed to stand," he said.

Chinamasa was convicted by Justice Fergus Blackie for critisicing a
six-month judgment imposed on three Americans convicted of possession of
firearms as "an insult to all right thinking people".

In the conversation with this journalist, Paradza he also maintained his
innocence saying he had a sense of justice which had seen him going into law
as opposed to politics as his colleagues had done after fighting in the
country's liberation struggle.

"During the war, I was in charge of a battalion where I knew that poor
judgment would result in the deaths of so many men and woman under me. I
took the need of making sound judgments to court; I do not like injustice or
lies. I could have been a minister but I left politics in 1980 and went into
law because I believed in justice and that politics is a dirty game," he

The judge also criticised Zanu PF which he claimed was out to crush dissent
to protect President Robert Mugabe's government.

"I was trained as a political commissar during the war, a real political
commissar not what Elliot Manyika (Zanu PF's national political commissar)
is doing. During training we were almost 20 and less than five are alive.
The other one Maodza is now at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the other
one is in Gweru. There are some things we were taught such as not using
force to coerce people to believe in your cause. You have to persuade them,"
he added.

On Tuesday, a police spokesman in Zimbabwe said they had engaged Interpol to
try and trace the judge and asked Zimbabweans to report any citing of the

Justice Paradza was arrested in 2003 over allegations that he tried to
corruptly influence two fellow judges to release the confiscated passport of
his business partner who wanted to travel to neighbouring South Africa.

Paradza's lawyers argued during trial that the charges were designed to
punish him for embarrassing the government of President Robert Mugabe in
2003 when he freed an opposition mayor who had been arrested for holding an
illegal political meeting. The government denies the corruption case against
Paradza was politically motivated.

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Damning AU report forces review of repressive media law


The Zimbabwean government is reportedly conducting a review of the
controversial Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA),
following a hard-hitting report by the African Union's human rights watchdog
that criticised the law for suppressing freedom of expression, reports the
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

The Attorney General's office in Zimbabwe has notified the African
Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) that the Minister of
Information and Publicity, Dr Tichaona Jokonya, is reviewing the entire
contents of the AIPPA with a view to removing offending provisions in the

The ACHPR, which is the AU's human rights body, expressed concern in a
recent report about the "continuing violations and the deterioration of the
human rights situation in Zimbabwe, the lack of respect for the rule of law
and the growing culture of impunity."

According to the "Guardian", the report found that President Robert Mugabe
violated the AU's human rights charter, to which Zimbabwe is a signatory. It
also called for the repeal of several restrictive laws and for an AU
fact-finding mission to the country.

The report will be discussed by African heads of state at the AU's annual
meeting, which runs from 16 to 24 January 2006 in Khartoum, Sudan. If
adopted, it would put significant pressure on Zimbabwe to improve its human
rights record.

The ACHPR has also urged the government to amend or repeal Constitutional
Amendment No. 17 which empowers the government to withdraw the passports of
citizens who undermine "national interests" during their visits abroad,
notes MISA.

And it has agreed to consider a complaint lodged by the publishers of the
"Daily News" that challenges a 2003 ruling by Zimbabwe's Supreme Court. The
court ruled that Associated Newspapers violated the AIPPA.

MISA's Zimbabwe chapter has actively campaigned against the AIPPA, including
presenting a paper at the ACHPR's November 2005 meeting that outlined its
concerns about the Act's repressive provisions.

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Africa faces 'catastrophic' year of hunger

Business Day

Posted to the web on: 18 January 2006

Ed Stoddard and David Mageria



EAST Africa is gripped by drought while the south is blessed with rain. But
as aid agencies scramble to feed millions across the continent, it is by no
means clear what this year's harvests will bring, even in areas that have
been wet.

Good rains have been reported so far this season over much of Zambia, Malawi
and Zimbabwe.

But with about 12-million people in the region in need of food aid until the
April harvest, aid workers warily recall that drought only started searing
the region at this time last year.

"It's too early to tell if there will be any impact from these rains on the
2006 crop in southern Africa," says Mike Huggins, a spokesman for the World
Food Programme (WFP).

"Last year in countries like Malawi the drought struck in the later half of
January and February, so everything that had grown up to that point

There are also reports that pests such as army worms are devouring crops in
Zimbabwe and Malawi.

"Of an estimated 1-million hectares of maize planted in Malawi, it looks
like army worms have affected about 20000ha," says one aid worker.

Regional breadbasket SA has seen good rain over much of its maize belt this
month, though for some farmers it may be too late after a dry start to the

WFP has indicated that it plans to source about $80m in food supplies,
mostly maize, from SA this year.

Farmers were expected to have planted 1,61-million hectares of maize when SA's
crop estimates committee releases its preliminary estimate tomorrow,
according to a forecast of eight banks and trading houses.

This was far less than the 2,93-million hectares sown last year but more
than enough for local needs if last year's surplus of about 2,6-million tons
of white maize was factored in.

The east African countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania
and Burundi face a worsening drought in what aid agencies say could be "a
humanitarian catastrophe".

WFP says 5,4-million people need food aid in the region.

Analysts say the drought has not badly affected cash crops in the region but
warn that if rains continue to fail, production of coffee and tea could be

"Temperatures globally are rising and drought cycles are more frequent,"
says Prof Levi Akundabweni, dean of the faculty of agriculture at the
University of Nairobi in Kenya.

"The environment is challenging us to devise coping mechanisms, to learn
more so as to be able to understand the enormity of the problem."

The effect has been worst in Kenya, east Africa's biggest economy, where
dozens of people and livestock have died while malnutrition has worsened
among pastoral communities.

"The emergency we face in the Horn of Africa today is the result of
successive seasons of failed rains," says Holdbrook Arthur, WFP's regional
director for eastern and central Africa.

"Consequently, pastoralists living in these arid, remote lands have very few
survival strategies left and desperately require our assistance until the
next rains."

Anarchic Somalia is headed for the worst cereal harvest in a decade, the WFP

Ethiopia has 1,75-million people in need of emergency food aid, adding to
5,5-million already getting food shipments.

In west Africa, the WFP says it needs $240m to feed at least 10-million
people this year. In Niger, a food crisis is affecting more than 3-million

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JAG Open Letters Forum No. 406


Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to with "For Open Letter Forum" in the subject line.


Letter l:

Dear JAG,

Save a life - How to recognise a Stroke

I think this is so important for us all to read.

During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured
everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just
tripped over a brick because of her 'new shoes' They got her cleaned up and
got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, she went
about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Her husband called later
telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm,
she passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ - had they known how
to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps she would be with us today.

It only takes a minute to read this- PLEASE READ THIS.....

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he
can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick
was getting a stroke recognised, diagnosed and getting to the patient
within 3 hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately the
lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain
damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke. Now
doctors say a bystander can recognise a stroke by asking three simple

1.Ask the individual to SMILE.
2.Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
3.Ask the person to REPEAT A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently like "Is it sunny
out today?"

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-9-9 immediately
and describe the symptoms.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify
facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the
general public to learn the three questions. They presented their
conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last
February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and
treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage. A cardiologist says if
everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at
least one life will be saved.

could save a life.


Letter 2:

Dear Family and Friends,

Zimbabwe has begun harvesting the results of six years of mismanagement. We
are continuing to have a bountiful rainy season and every day the heavens
open and wash our troubled land. Streams and rivers are flowing, dams are
filling, the vegetation is flourishing but all this water is causing
crumbling, decrepit and un-maintained systems to come dangerously close to
falling apart.

This week the reports of diarrhoea and cholera have continued and we have
seen the most appalling television coverage of foul and filthy piles of
sodden and decaying garbage in and around the capital city. We have seen
pictures of raw sewage bubbling up out of broken, blocked pipes and have
heard reports of tap water with unacceptably high levels of blue green
algae. The excuses from the authorities are the same as always - there is
no fuel - to collect garbage, transport workers or carry spare parts; and
there is no money - to buy fuel on the black market, to buy chemicals for
the water or to purchase equipment needed to effect repairs.

Every day in my part of the country this week the electricity has gone off:
at first it was two hours, then three, five, six and on Friday for seven
hours. A telephone call to ZESA - the electricity supply company- is
virtually pointless as all they can tell you is that the power cut is the
result of load shedding. They say they don't know how long the power will
be off for and say that it is out of their control.

Also this week there have been growing reports of armyworm gobbling up the
few crops that are in the ground on Zimbabwe's farms. Apparently the worm
is now in all but one of Zimbabwe's provinces and is going largely
unchecked for the same reason as everything else - no fuel to get to the
affected crops and no money to buy the chemicals to spray the worms.

What a diabolical mess we are now in. It is not surprising that over 50 000
Zimbabweans were deported from South Africa in the month over Christmas for
being illegal immigrants or that each and every day another 400 jump the
border into South Africa.  I do not know what the figures are for border
jumpers into Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana but I know that Zimbabweans
are now just desperate to get away from the hunger, disease and dirt - not
to mention inflation of 585%. At the very least our neighbours could say
something but still they stay quiet; what shame upon them that they cannot,
even now, speak out. Until next week, thanks for reading,

love cathy. Copyright cathy buckle 14 January 2006
My books "African Tears" and "Beyond Tears" are available from:


Letter 3:

Dear JAG,

Roger et al

Zimpost put up its rates today 13/01/06 as I discovered in attempting to
send a 120g parcel to the USA. Cost? 3.3 million. If it were off to the UK,
$2.7 million = say, US$27.

For Royal Mail to send the same item to Zim according to their web site the
charge would be 1.75 pounds = US$3.1.

That means it costs 8.7x as much to send an item from Zim to the UK
compared with UK to Zim.

Is this maybe because it is uphill?


Letter 4:

Re: LCD training

Dear Eric

Thank you so much for the very interesting and inspiring training course
for the Jag Loss Claim Document that you took us through last week. I had
looked at the earlier versions and "chickened out" as it looked far too
complicated and time consuming but the latest set-up is "user friendly" and
I am fired up about doing our LCD in the New Year. I would like to thank
and congratulate Wynand Hart on the incredible amount of work that he has
put into this project in the last three years.  Unbelievable commitment to
an essential cause.

I think it is very important to get as many farmers as possible to do their
LCD's in order to acquire a "critical mass" of information with which the
whole compensation issue can be kicked off.

Well done to all of you at Jag for your commitment to our combined cause.

Kind regards.

Julia Burdett


All letters published on the open Letter Forum are the views and opinions
of the submitters, and do not represent the official viewpoint of Justice
for Agriculture.

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JAG Classifieds dated 17 January 2006

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

JAG Classifieds:;


1.  For Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items

3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation

5.  Specialist Services

6.  Pets Corner




1.1 Business For Sale (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

Well established, operating auto-electrical business for sale in City
centre.  Large client base.  Turn over +-400 million/month.  Asking price
5 billion.  Walk in Walk out.

Enquiries to: 011 414 050--, 04 790266 (Work), 04 860054 (Home)


1.2 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/01/06-)

Dorper Sheep Flock

144 head including 3 stud rams

Feeding Troughs


Medicines on hand

Call 011 403 558 / 091 218 822 / 062 2473



1.3 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/01/06)


Phone your orders to Anne 011 212424 or 332851.


Fax - 332851.

WASH AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT.  Christmas has come and gone but there are
many occasions where a gift is needed.


Small woven bags - $200,000 each.

Large crocheted bags - $540,000 each.

Large woven bags - $400,000 each.

Table Runners - $300,000.

Set of 4 Fringed Tablemats + serviettes - $875,000.

Fringed mats only (4) - $590,000.

Set of 6 Fringed mats + serviettes - $1,310,000.

Set of 4 Bordered tablemats + serviettes - $1,050,000.

Bordered mats only (4) - $770,000.

Set of 6 Bordered mats + serviettes - $1,580,000.

Set of 8 Bordered mats + serviettes - $2,100,000.

2m Throws - $980,000.each.

Jug covers - $105,000.

Tea cosy (L) - $180,000.

Tea cosy (m) - $170,000

Tea cosy (s) - $160,000.

Crocheted oven gloves (pair) - $400,000.

Oven gloves (pair)- $220,000.

Oven gloves (single) - $110,000.

Aprons - $440,000.

Decorated cushion covers -$395,000.

Plain cushion covers - $280,000.

Round crocheted cushions - $380,000.

Scarves - $400,000 each.

Hats - $210,000 each.

Ladies jerseys (med.) - $1,730,000 each.

Woven waistcoats - $1,050,000.

Large plain cotton rug - $860,000.

Med. plain cotton rug - $560,000.

Small plain cotton rug - $360,000.

Cotton Rag Rug - $360,000.

Med. plain mohair rug - $630,000.

Med. patterned mohair rug - $790,000.

X Large plain mohair rug - $2,500,000.

Wholesale prices available for orders (over 6 of an article) or large


1.4 Motorbikes for Sale (Ad inserted 16/01/06)

BEAT THE FUEL CRISIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(Averages 50KM/LT)

PHONE: 790266/ 011 414050


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 04/01/06)


IMBUIA COFFEE TABLE - $8 000 000.00


IMBUIA HALF MOON TABLE - $8 000 000.00

2 X SMALL COFFEE SIDE TABLES - $5 000 000.00



WRITING BUREAU - $12 000 000.00

KIAAT CHEST DRAWERS - $10 000 000.00

TV CABINET (KIAAT) - $8 000 000.00


007 METAL CUPBOARD - $5 000 000.00



VACUUM CLEANER (HOOVER) - $1 500 000.00

TEA TROLLEY - $750 000.00

BOOK SHELF IMBUIA - $750 000.00



 2 X BRAND NEW KIRSH RAILS - $1 000 000.00

BATHROOM CABINET - $1 000 000.00

Please contact Irene on 497556 or Cell 091 431 873


1.6 Plants for Sale (Ad inserted 01/01/06)

                                FERNATIC NURSERY

Now that the weather has warmed up and the rains are now here, it's time
to garden again! For a variety of FERNS, PINK ARUMS & various other
plants visit FERNATIC Nursery on Crowhill Road. (1,8km past the Brooke on
the left just after Hoggerty Hill Drive.)

8-12noon, 3-6pm. Closed Sundays


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

1X'Quest' calibrated citrus Applicator

Contact 335499 or 011 603296


1.8 Chemicals for Sale (Ad inserted 10/01/06)

Benlate - Fungicide 2 x 1 kg

Lennate - Pesticide 4 x 1kg & 4 x 100g

Sequential Two - Fertilizer 1 x 10ltrs

Dual 960 EC Magnum 3 x 5ltrs

Ronstar - Herbicide 2 x 5ltrs

Agil 100EC - Herbicide 1 x 5ltrs & 1 x 4ltrs

Command 4EC - Herbicide 1 x 5ltrs

Bion (Tobacco Leaf Spot) 8 x 60gms

Bravo 500 SE 1 x 5ltrs

Please phone 499790 or 091308903 if you are interested in any or all of
the above.


1.9 Car For Sale (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

Mitsubishi RVR Sports Gear 2000,1995 Petrol. Neat, dark green in colour,
lady driven with 110,000 kms. $650 million.  Call Kathy 011 602 144


1.10 Seedlings for Sale (Ad inserted 11/01/06)

JATROPHA (Diesel Plant) seedlings for sale (ready for planting).

Phone: 011 420 777


1.11 Pump for Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Jacuzzi large capacity, heavy duty, brand new, borehole irrigation pump
with Franklin 1.5 Kw motor and control box.  $120,000,000.00 neg.

Phone Mark or Pat 883236 or 011-204-642


1.12 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Toyota Landcruiser VX 4.2 Diesel, Manual, 1996, two owners, excellent
condition 209 000 km, $26,000.00

Landrover V8i ES Petrol, Full house leather/electric seats etc, 1996, 64
000 km, mint condition $22,000.00

Generator - Brand new TEK - SA assembled 5.5 KVA Diesel, Electric Start

Pressure Geyser 150Litre - Brand new in the box Z$ 90 Million.

 Please email or phone 011 221623


1.13 Dishwasher for Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Bosch Dishwasher, hardly used.  $85,000,000.00.

Phone: 490880 Cell 011 405218


1.14 Various Items for Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Whiskey collection consisting of 102 bottles (all different), intact -
$350 million

1 swimming pool filter (without motor) - $20 million

1 5-track CD player (excellent condition) - $10 million

1 DVD player together with sound system - $10 million

1 food processor with all attachments - $5 million

1 coffee maker - $1.5 million

1 1000 litre Coleman cooler box and one smaller - $6 million

1 wooden and black leather bar together with four backed chairs - $20

1 set garden table and four chairs - $4 million

1 set wooden garden table (round/collapsible) and three chairs - $6

All above prices negotiable.

Please contact:


1.15 Car/Yacht For Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Datsun Bluebird 1982 in immaculate condition only 80,000 kms

Sharp Yacht on trailer with complete suit of sails

Please phone 011 719 302


1.16 Container Space Available (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Selling space on a container, which is bound for Brisbane.  Packing end
of January 2006.  Please contact Mr R Hinde 091 274 615 or 011 418 046




2.1 Wanted (Ad inserted 04/01/06)

Looking for a humidifier (second hand or new) for steaming child's
Please contact Carol on 091 264160 or


2.2 Wanted (Ad inserted 07/01/06)

Old guitars wanted for cash, any condition, call Gordon 023894597


2.3 Wanted (Ad inserted 07/01/06)

Non-running/accident damaged, cars, trucks, tractors, wanted urgently for
breaking, please call Mr Wallis 023894597.


2.4 Wanted (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

Adult and child's life jackets.  Oars for canoes and rowing boat. Fishing
rods, reels and tackle.

Contact: or John Tayler 091 631 556.


2.5 Goats Wanted (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

WANTED: Many, young ready for breeding female goats for breeding
programme, will collect.



2.6 Wanted (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

A farm close to Harare to rent. Call Patience on 091 312 560 or Kurai on
091 212 304


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 11/01/06)

We are looking for a garden shed or pre-fab building; does anyone have
something that they want to sell?

Please contact Penny on 723809 or 091 362333


2.8 Books Wanted (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

011 407747


2.9 Garden Shed Wanted (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

Needed to buy - Garden Shed, treated wood, approx. 3m by 3m.  Please ring
04 496049


2.10 Teacher Wanted (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

We desperately need a qualified teacher for teaching Home School children
on the ACE system for senior school.  They will be required to monitor
the children in their work and assist with where difficulties arise i.e.
maths, English etc.

Anybody interested please contact either Carol or Belinda on


2.11 Teacher Wanted (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Required ACE school supervisor. Must be ACE qualified and capable of
running complete centre. Must be a Christian.

Please contact Coralie Padmore: 443378 (0830 hrs - 1300 hrs), 091 240 471
(all day)


                   2.12 Handset Wanted (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

JAG now has a new phone line in the office and we are looking for a
handset phone to borrow in order to relieve congestion on the existing


2.13 Vegetables Wanted (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Looking for wholesale suppliers of, if you can supply yourself or know of
where I can find:





Gem squash


Please email or phone Kirsty on 011 212493.




3.1 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 10/01/06)

We are desperately looking for a house to rent immediately.  Situated on
the western suburbs of Harare i.e. not Borrowdale, Greendale, Chisipite.
Good security is a must, 4 bedrooms borehole and pool if possible.
Please if you hear of anything contact us as soon as possible.

Dave & Jan Stewart

091606242 Dave

011606242 Jan

304210 Flat


3.2 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 10/01/06)

Single, 24 year old farmers daughter looking for a one or two bed roomed
cottage (preferably 2 bedrooms if possible), in a safe secure area,
(Borrowdale, Chisipite, Highlands area).

Contact Bridget

011 408044



3.3 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

Single young girl with 1 dog & cat urgently looking for small 2/3
bedroomed house or flat or cottage with extremely good security in
Greendale/ Chisipite/ Highlands areas.  Must be unfurnished.  Looking to
move end February beginning of March.

Please respond to


3.4 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 16/01/06)

Looking for accommodation in Glen Lorne area for my maid who is middle
aged and on her own.  Must include ablutions.  Willing to pay reasonable
rent, but we have no domestics quarters on property we are renting.
Please contact Carol on 091 264160 or e-mail


3.5 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 16/01/06)




3.6 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 17/01/06)


Young married couple with two kids looking for a 2-bedroomed house.  Must
have servants' quarters and be in Harare.

Please phone Paul 091 315 767 or Roxy 011 611 288


3.7 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 11/01/06)-

2-bedroomed garden flat in Greendale, walking distance from shops,
carport, phone Mr Wallis 023894597


3.8 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 17/01/06)


To Rent Beautiful House Fully Furnished

12 Room House 2 minutes from St. Johns and Shopping Centres

Double Alarm System in House

Carpets, Shades, Blinds

4 Bedrooms

2 ½ toilets

Kitchen: Dishes, Pots and Pans, Cutlery and Utensils

Stove/ Microwave/ Large Fridge

Scullery: Wash-up Sinks/ Deep Freeze/ Large Top Load Washer and Dryer

Furnished formal lounge

Dining Room: Oak table, chairs, pottery, glassware and silverware

TV Room: DSTV decoder


Large entertainment veranda

Swimming pool

Developed garden & rockery on 2 acres with dam

Secure wall and auto-gate outside lights

Under Voltage over voltage Protection Unit

3 ½ Month Lease from 4 MARCH to JUNE 21 2006

For Pre-paid rent, discount

RENT $55,000,000-00

Realtors and Estate Agents Finders Commission

Contact Mark or Pat Cell 011-204-642 or Tel. 862282



3.9 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 17/01/06)


Single-roomed (10mx 3m) cosy thatched cottage, suitable for up to 2,
ensuite kitchen and bathroom, partially furnished, in delightful Glen
Lorne Msasa woodland surrounds. Excellent
security, with 3 other residences, each with their own privacy, on the 5
acre stand making a
comfortable and friendly community as back up.

Rent based on US$ 80 pm, converted at blended inter bank rate, currently
at Z$70,000, i.e. Z$ 5.6m pm, all in.

Contact Janet on 499060 or 011 614 197


3.10 Looking for House to Sit (Ad inserted 11/01/06)

Honest, reliable, mature lady looking to housesit as from 01 February
2006.  Avondale area preferred.  Please phone Jenny 011 423 614 or




4.1 HOLIDAYS (Ad inserted 04/01/06)

Savuli Safari, 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.  $900,000 pppn, 1/2 U/12.

Booking at Off2Africa,- phone 498480, or 091-943195 email:

Or direct 091 631 556 or

John Tayler
Singisi Farm
Pvt. Bag 7011


4.2 Ad inserted 01/01/06


With the weather now nice and hot, it is time to go up to Kariba! Book
for this ideal family holiday now, especially if you like to catch a

Contact for more info today!




5.1 Auto Electrician (Ad inserted 12/01/06)

For all your auto electrical work call in at 16 Harare Street or phone 04
790266 or 011 414 050


5.2 Ad inserted 04/01/06

091 386 665 or


5.3 (Ad inserted 16/01/06)

Do you dread the thought of holding your child's party?

Do you have nowhere to hold a party?

Do you have no time to plan and hold a party?

      Your problems have ended!

Penny and Shelley will organize everything for your child's party.

Theme parties could include:

Transport, Space, Animals, Noah's Arc, Barbie, Spider Man, Barney,
Insects, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Box, The Sky, etc.

We can have it in a garden, at Safety Sam, etc, provide ponies, jumping
castles, slippery slides, games, individual eats, group eats, painting or
craft parties where your children can all create something to take home.

Call Shelley now on 091 264361 or 490684

Or Penny on 091 237434 or 336955


5.4 (Ad inserted 16/01/06) Care Management Services.  Formerly called
"Substitute Daughter."

Have you left Zim? Are worried about a remaining relative? For a modest
fee our service will monitor the well being - physical, mental and
emotional - of those
who might be in need. The service is run by qualified, experienced,
registered nurses of "the old school". We ensure that health needs are
being met and that if your relative needs any other sort of care -
nursing, financial services, transport, domestic aid, medical visits etc
- we will arrange for these needs to be met. We visit regularly and keep
you informed with reliable, accurate reports of all developments. 24 hour
call available.

Want to know more? Email:
Ph.: 00-263-4- 302518 (after hours) or 00-263-91-603621.

References will be supplied on request.
Margaret Low. SRN. SCM.


5.5 (Ad inserted 11/12/05)

Harare SPCA Charity Shop

The Charity Shop is still operative, but needs stock urgently.  As I live
just off Ridgeway North I am in a position to be able to collect to take
delivery of goods, which can include virtually anything and everything.

Harare SPCA is under new management and as a result it has undergone a
considerable change for the better, and we feel that our service to
animal welfare is now worthy of the aims of the SPCA.

We would be grateful for any donations of any kind to help us keep
going.  Funding is an eternal problem, as sadly we are all too aware.

Vicki Campbell (Treasurer)

Phone: 851115 Cell 091 256554


5.6 (Ad inserted 16/01/06)

ZEB Water Back-up Systems

Tired of erratic, unreliable water supplies or low water pressure? Invest
in a reliable water back-up system.  We supply, install and maintain
water back-up systems to all areas in and around Harare.

tank if you have been off municipal for some time!

For more information please contact us on 011-424712 or 011-806525 e-mail


5.7 Ad inserted 16/01/06

Oxford IT

A leading IT professional recruitment firm, with specialized staff, are
ready to meet your recruitment needs.  Give us a call today to secure top
calibre personnel for all your IT requirements.

Don't Hesitate - IniTiate!

Call: Monique Fachet or Melissa Ricardo on 309274 (Direct) or via
Switchboard on 309800 - 17 (Ext 270 or 272)

Oxford IT
Agriculture House
South East Wing
Cnr Adylinn Road/Marlborough Drive


5.8 (Ad inserted 16/01/06)





CONTACT: 882511, 091 261741 or 011 420003


5.9 (Ad inserted 16/01/06)

Please remember we have reliable services available in Harare North at a
very competitive rate.

*Plumber - toilets, basins, blocked drains - Gauti c/o MP on 304492

*Electric Gates, Intercoms, House Alarms, Surveillance Cameras etc
Creative Decor 091 408 320

*Swimming Pools and Pumps - all repairs and installations - Creative
Decor 091 408 320


5.10 (Ad inserted 16/01/06)


Focused Video Productions specialize in weddings & special events video
production. We use digital equipment to capture your special moments in
highest quality.

Call Greer on 744075 / 091 53 047


5.11 Nursery School Vacancies (Ad inserted 04/01/06)

Little Blessings Nursery School.
There are a few vacancies available at a small, up-market, Christian
preschool in The Grange area of Chisipite.  Owner: 15 years teaching
experience and is a trained nurse.  Viewing welcome. Please telephone for
appointment 499108 or 091 345 079.


5.12 Nursery School Vacancies (Ad inserted 6/01/06)

Rugrats Nursery School, conveniently located in a lovely safe and secure
setting in Mount Pleasant, still has a few places available for 3, 4 and
5 years olds for 2006.

In addition to the usual painting, colouring, drawing and making of
exciting crafts, Rugrats also offers additional activities such as gym,
tennis, ballet, music, computers and baking.  Numbers in classes are kept
to a minimum which means that your child will benefit from individual
attention.  We cannot stress enough how important the welfare of your
child is to us, and how blessed we are to be given an opportunity to lay
a secure foundation for their future.  If you would like to know more
about us, or to be a part of Rugrats Nursery School, please contact Karyn
on 091 261 641 or by email -




6.1 Pet - Wanted (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

Am looking for a Golden Labrador female puppy, will go to a very good
home.  Please contact Bridget 011 408044



6.2 Puppies For Sale (Ad inserted 09/01/06)

Adorable Labrador puppies.  Superb family pets - both the parents are
excellent with our children.

A small litter of three:

A chocolate dog

A black dog

A black bitch

Eight weeks old today.

Mum a champion with papers and Dad a purebred Labrador but no papers.

tel (04) 496297 (home - evenings)

tel (04) 480997 or 481735 (office hours


6.3 Home Wanted (Ad inserted 10/01/06)

'MANA' smashing white English Bull Terrier bitch with brindle patch,
found half dead of starvation on Country Club Golf Course now back to
normal and looking great needs a new home. What a character! For more
information tel. Michelle on 884294 or e-mail


6.4 Hamsters For Sale (Ad inserted 17/01/06)

Homes sought for adorable, well-behaved Russian hamsters looking for good
homes - Free delivery in Harare area.  Phone Katie on 091 252 847 or

JAG Hotlines:
+263 (011) 205 374 If you are in trouble or need advice,
 please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!
+263 (04) 799 410 Office Lines
To advertise (JAG Members): Please email classifieds to:
with subject "Classifieds".

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