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Zimbabwe police block movement of basic goods

Zim Online

Wednesday 11 July 2007

By Menzi Sibanda and Hendricks Chizhanje

HARARE - In a bizarre turn of events, Zimbabwe police have set up roadblocks
on major roads to block city residents from moving basic commodities to
rural areas and to prevent farmers from moving maize to urban areas.

Police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka on Tuesday told state radio that the
blockade was necessary after police picked up information that city shop
owners were moving loads of basic commodities to rural areas for "safe
keeping", away from government price control and anti-hoarding squads. He
did not say why the police were blocking maize being moved to cities.

Mandipaka spoke as police sources told ZimOnline that police deployed at a
roadblock along Victoria Falls road linking the second largest city of
Bulawayo to rural Matabeleland North province had by midday Tuesday seized
at least 100 kgs of maize from travellers ferrying it to the city.

The plan to stop movement of the country's staple maize and basic
commodities between cities and rural areas will however plunge Zimbabwe's
delicate food supply chain into more chaos and will exacerbate shortages
both in rural and farming areas as well as in cities.

Families in rural areas have traditionally depended on relatives working in
cities and towns for supplies of factory-made basic commodities such as
soap, sugar, salt and cooking oil. Shops in rural areas also get stocks from
wholesalers in urban areas.

In turn people in urban areas have since the beginning of Zimbabwe's
economic crisis in 1999 largely depended on their rural folks for the supply
of maize, the main staple for more than 90 percent of Zimbabwe's 12 million

Consumers in urban areas have become even more dependent on their rural
cousins for maize-meal after most milling firms either scaled down
production or shut shop altogether since the government banned price
increases last month.

"So where exactly do they expect us to get the maize-meal if they will not
allow us to bring some from rural areas," said Thuba Dube, a worker at one
of the factories in Bulawayo.

Dube was speaking moments after police at the Victoria Falls road roadblock
seized a 20 kg bag of maize he was ferrying from his rural home in Nkayi

 "I went to my rural homestead in Nkayi last Friday to get some grain after
my family had gone for days without maize-meal, but the police have just
taken it all," he added, anger unmistakable in his quivering voice.

Industry Minister and head of the government's Price Monitoring and
Stabilization Taskforce Obert Mpofu was not immediately available to explain
the rationale behind the ban on transportation of maize and food commodities
between cities and rural areas.

The government last month froze prices of all commodities following a spate
of price hikes that had seen prices of basic goods rising by more than 500
percent in the space of just three weeks.

Soldiers and police have raided several shops in Harare to force owners to
lower prices. Over 1 300 people have been arrested during the crackdown and
the figure is set to rise as the police intensify the crackdown on
businesses defying the order to reduce prices.

But the price cuts have seen goods such as bread, cement and fuel vanishing
from shop shelves only to resurface on the illegal black market. - ZimOnline

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Students file urgent court application over campus evictions

Zim Online

Wednesday 11 July 2007

By Wayne Mafaro

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) on Tuesday filed an
urgent application at the High Court to force University of Zimbabwe (UZ)
authorities to rescind a decision to evict students from the campus.

Armed riot police on Monday violently evicted thousands of students from
halls of residence following violent protests at the weekend over
deteriorating standards at the government-run institution.

ZINASU President Promise Mkwananzi told a press conference in Harare
yesterday that several students were injured during the eviction after UZ
Vice-Chancellor Levy Nyagura gave the students two hours to leave the

"We managed to evacuate a number of students and organised accommodation for
them at churches in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant area.

"ZINASU has since instituted an urgent High Court application seeking to
compel the University of Zimbabwe to readmit students back to the halls of
residence," Mkwananzi said.

Mkwananzi said the heavy-handed approach by the university authorities was
meant to silence and stop students from highlighting the corruption and
autocracy at the campus and around the country.

Zimbabwe's education system, once revered as one of the best in Africa, is
in shambles in tandem with a deep seven-year old political and economic
crisis that is blamed on President Robert Mugabe's policies.

Lack of state funding has seen most government-run universities and colleges
operating on shoe-string budgets, compromising the quality of education.

Thousands of university lecturers, who are among the lowest paid civil
servants in Zimbabwe, have also fled the country to seek better paying jobs
elsewhere. - ZimOnline

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The Cycle of Violence Continues


By Moyiga Nduru

JOHANNESBURG, Jul 10 (IPS) - Pius Ncube, the outspoken Catholic archbishop
of Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe, has urged President Robert Mugabe to step
down -- this as the country faces deepening political and economic woes.

"Mugabe is a man who is a megalomaniac. He loves power, he lives for power.
Even his own party is appealing to him to step down. Zimbabweans are
desperate to offer him anything (for him) to relinquish power," he told
journalists in South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg, Tuesday.

Ncube was launching a report titled 'Destructive Engagement: Violence,
Mediation and Politics in Zimbabwe', published by the Solidarity Peace
Trust. He chairs this church-based non-governmental organisation (NGO),
which aims -- in part -- to further justice and peace in Zimbabwe.

In the 44-page document, the trust accuses the Mugabe regime of continuing
to use violence against its political opponents in order to cling to power.

"Out of 414 individuals interviewed, 30 percent or 122 reported torture
between March, April and May 2007. This is a shockingly high figure, yet it
represents the tip of the iceberg in Zimbabwe. Apart from politically
motivated torture, torture of those arrested on suspicion of having
committed a criminal offence is routine in Zimbabwe," notes the report.

"In 90 percent of the attacks.government agencies such as the police,
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) and army" were involved, it adds. More than three-quarters of reported
cases were in the capital, Harare -- "one of the two major urban areas
considered to be opposition territory".

Recent years have seen Zimbabwe plunged into a crisis caused by a variety of
factors, including increased repression and politically-motivated farm
seizures. Mugabe accuses the West of plotting to unseat him, and of opposing
land reform in Zimbabwe because it has caused minority white farmers to be

Tuesday's launch came as the president, in power since 1980, had ordered
price cuts, this amidst runaway inflation and widespread shortages of
essential goods.

"Inflation is now 5,000 percent. But economists say it's (actually) 10,000
percent," Arnold Tsunga, executive director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights, an NGO based in Harare, said in an interview with IPS.

More than 1,300 supermarket managers and owners have been arrested for
refusing to sell their merchandise at the lower prices.

"I think Mugabe is trying to impress and woo voters for next year's
elections. Unfortunately his ploy isn't working," Ken Tandare, a youth
activist with Zimbabwe's main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), told IPS on the sidelines of the launch.

"All basic items such as cooking oil, salt, sugar and mealie meal (maize
meal, a staple food) have disappeared from the supermarket shelves and
resurfaced in the thriving parallel market. The goods are now being sold for
more than triple their original prices in the parallel market. This has made
people very angry."

Noted Brian Raftopolous, a Zimbabwean academic and veteran political analyst
who is now based in South Africa: "The price cuts are not going to deal with
shortages. Shortages will continue. There's no way out for the economy. It's
going to affect the region, especially South Africa."

The foundering economy has forced Zimbabweans to take desperate measures.

"Watchmen now live at the premises where they work. They can't afford the
50,000 Zimbabwe dollars (about 35 U.S. cents) for a one-way fare on public
transport. A watchman gets 1.5 million Zimbabwe dollars (about 11 U.S.
dollars) a month," said Jonah Gokova of the Christian Alliance of Zimbabwe,
in response to a question from IPS about how low-paid workers in the country
were making ends meet.

"They also need money for sugar, cooking oil, salt and bread. The price of a
loaf of bread, which used to cost 40,000 Zimbabwe dollars (about 28 U.S.
cents), has now been slashed to 22,000 Zimbabwe dollars (about 16 U.S.
dollars) under the ongoing price cuts."

Professionals are also feeling the pinch.

"For example, junior lawyers get about 70 U.S. dollars a month. This means
they can't afford a car and they have to use public means. A seven-seater
commuter bus crams around 15 people. A lawyer has to cram himself or herself
in there. Since work starts at eight AM, he or she has to wake up at around
5 AM and wait for an hour to catch public transport," recounted Tsunga.

"Usually there's a queue of 30 to 50 people waiting for public transport."

Concerned over events in Zimbabwe, the 14-nation Southern African
Development Community, of which Zimbabwe is a member, asked South African
President Thabo Mbeki to mediate in the crisis earlier this year -- this
after Zimbabwe experienced another spike in violence. Millions have fled the
state, mainly to neighbouring South Africa.

Various media sources report that the ruling Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two factions of the MDC are already
meeting in the South African capital, Pretoria, to engineer a way out of the
current impasse.

However, the confinement of reported talks to ZANU-PF and the MDC has
enraged Zimbabwe's civil society.

"We hear that they are meeting in Pretoria. But we don't know how much the
MDC will be prepared to compromise. The MDC has quietly and quickly gone to
the negotiations without consulting its structures," Nicholas Mkaronda,
co-ordinator of the South African branch of the Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition, an NGO, told IPS.

Asked whether he was optimistic about the SADC initiative, Mkaronda replied,
"One must have hope."

But hope may be beyond the reach of many in Zimbabwe.

"The political and economic situation in Zimbabwe has now reached
life-threatening proportions," observed Ncube.

"The rapid decline of the economy and the commandist response of the state
indicate a government that has neither a strong sense of responsibility
towards its citizens, not any substantive plan to move Zimbabwe out of its
deepening crisis." (END/2007)

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South Africa says SADC must step in to save Zimbabwe

Zim Online

Wednesday 11 July 2007

Own Correspondent

PRETORIA - South Africa Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday said her country and the regional Southern African
Development Community (SADC) should step in to save Zimbabwe's sinking
economy, in what appears a departure from Pretoria's 'quiet diplomacy policy'
towards its northern neighbour.

South Africa has in the past rejected calls that it intervenes in a
more robust way in Zimbabwe's crisis, saying it was the duty of Zimbabweans
themselves to fix their problems.

The continental superpower had, under its much criticised quiet
diplomacy approach, also refrained from publicly criticising President
Robert Mugabe's government or acknowledging that his controversial rule and
economic policies were hurting the region.

But Dlamini-Zuma appeared to open a new chapter in Pretoria's
relations with Harare, telling the media that South Africa's economy and
those of other SADC countries had taken a knock from the deepening crisis in

"We are concerned about the situation in Zimbabwe and its economic
situation, which has been deteriorating," said Dlamini-Zuma, speaking to
reporters shortly after holding talks with Massimo D'Alema, Italy's Deputy
Prime Minister.

She added: "The problematic economy in Zimbabwe means that SADC as a
region and South Africa in particular will, or already, feel the
consequences. That is why we must do our best to revitalise and restart the
economy for the benefit of Zimbabwe and the region."

Dlamini-Zuma spoke three days after a delegation from President Robert
Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF party failed to pitch up in Pretoria for talks with
the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party aimed at
finding a solution to Zimbabwe's seven-year old political crisis.

The SADC last March appointed Mbeki to lead efforts to resolve
Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis by facilitating dialogue between
ZANU PF and the MDC.

The Mbeki-led talks - that some analysts say present the last chance
to save Zimbabwe from total economic collapse and possible anarchy - now
appear in grave danger of failing after ZANU PF's apparent show of
disinterest, although the Zimbabwe party is said to have indicated it could
still send a delegation to South Africa.

"It is difficult to rebuild an economy where there is severe division
and polarisation. It is important that on all fronts that the economy is
regenerated," said Dlamini-Zuma, long perceived as friendly to Mugabe's

Zimbabwe, which was once an economic model for Africa has plunged into
political and economic crisis in the last seven years due to what critics
say are Mugabe's controversial policies such as seizing white-owned
commercial farms to give to blacks.

The economic crisis deepened further over the past few weeks after the
government ordered businesses to roll back prices to June 18 levels.

Soldiers and police have raided several shops in Harare to force
owners to lower prices. Over 1 300 people have been arrested and the figure
is set to rise as the police intensify the crackdown on businesses defying
the order to reduce prices.

But the price cuts have seen goods such as bread, cement and fuel
vanishing from shop shelves and now available on the illegal black market
amid warnings by economic experts that clampdown on prices could bring
Zimbabwe's weakened economy to its knees in a couple of weeks.

Mugabe, who has held power for more than 27-years and plans to stand
for another five-year presidential term in 2008, blames the deepening crisis
on what he calls sabotage by Western governments out to punish him for
seizing white land. - ZimOnline

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After Protest, Zimbabwe Shuts Down Leading University


By Peta Thornycroft
Southern Africa
10 July 2007

Riot police forced all students at the University of Zimbabwe to leave the
Harare campus late Monday, including those in residential housing who had
nowhere to spend the night.  Peta Thornycroft reports for VOA from southern
Africa that the closure of the university followed a  weekend demonstration
against a sudden hike in school fees.

 Harare riot police moved onto the campus of the University of Zimbabwe
after Vice Chancellor Levy Nyagura ordered its closure.

About 4,000 students were at the university when the police arrived. The
students had a small demonstration over the weekend protesting the increase
tuition following a month long strike by lecturers early in the year.

Many students at the university live in the crumbling residential halls as
their homes are in the rural areas.

Student union spokesman Benjamin Nyandoro said after the closure that many
students had nowhere to stay and would have to sleep in the streets.  He
said students were due to start exams next week.

The university, which used to be one one of the best in Africa, is now in a
state of disrepair.  There is little equipment left in any of the
laboratories, and most of the basic facilities of an academic institution no
longer function.  The parking lot outside the university is covered in tall

There are almost no cleaning facilities in the dormitories; maintenance work
ceased about four years ago.

The campus literally stinks and the dorms have been described by many
students as unfit for human occupation. Nevertheless, few students can
afford to rent accommodations off campus.

A senior lecturer at the university, who was on campus when the riot police
arrived, said students were roughly treated when they were evicted.

This university has in the past produced many of Zimbabwe's most successful
academics and businessmen,

Lecturers have repeatedly gone on strike in the last two years protesting
that they are not paid a living wage.

The university now has less than half the number of teaching staff it needs,
according to statistics published in the independent press in Zimbabwe.
Academics say educational standards have dropped significantly in the last
five years.

Most of Zimbabwe's political leaders and top businessmen send their children
to South Africa or overseas for higher education.

The university of Zimbabwe was a hotbed of anti-government protests until
about 15 years ago, but since then there have been few demonstrations or
student involvement in opposition politics.  Most of the protests in recent
years have been about the cost of living on campus.

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Mugabe's party snubs talks on economic crisis

The Telegraph

By Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg
Last Updated: 1:44am BST 11/07/2007

The Zimbabwean government has plunged crucial negotiations with the
opposition into crisis after ministers failed to attend talks due to be held
in South Africa.

As the country's economy spirals out of control amid hyperinflation, a
collapsed currency, and fuel and food shortages, senior officials stayed in
Harare for emergency meetings at the weekend rather than attend the

Representatives of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change had
already gone to Pretoria for the talks, due to be mediated by the South
African president, Thabo Mbeki, at a secret location.
The process is President Robert Mugabe's best chance of finding a
face-saving way out of the current turmoil.

The South African Development Community is preparing a rescue plan
that would see vast sums of money pumped into the Zimbabwean central bank
and the South African rand become legal tender.

The offer is a measure of how concerned Zimbabwe's neighbours are at
the situation. However, Harare's chief government spokesman, Sikhanyiso
Ndlovu, dismissed the proposal as "wishful thinking" because it would
infringe the country's sovereignty.

In Zimbabwe, goods have disappeared from shops, while petrol pumps
have run dry after the regime ordered all retailers to cut fuel prices by 60
per cent.

The government has also instructed private bus companies to cut their
fares by 75 per cent.

Inflation is officially at 4,530 per cent, the highest in the world.

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There's no Zim rescue plan - Gono

Wed, 11 Jul 2007

Zimbabwe has dismissed claims of a plan to peg its dollar to the South
African rand to stabilise Harare's currency, reports Zimbabwe's Herald

Its website quoted Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono on
Wednesday as saying media reports on the so-called rescue scheme were

"As governor, I want to assure the market that nothing of the sort, as
reported, has ever been or is under our consideration," he said.

SADC denies report

The secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) also
rejected the reports.

"Sadc disassociates itself from any reported support packages as they did
not originate from its secretariat," said a Sadc statement.

Weekend reports said Sadc was putting together a plan to peg the rand to the
Zimbabwe dollar by extending the multilateral monetary area of South Africa,
Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland to Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe dollar is reportedly being traded on the black market for up to
Z$250 000 for one US dollar.


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Police Monitor Prices In Zimbabwe Stores As Food Shortages Worsen


By Blessing Zulu & Jonga Kandemiiri
10 July 2007

The Zimbabwean government deployed police and soldiers in stores on Tuesday
to monitor prices on a full-time basis as business leaders meanwhile warned
that they cannot afford to restock shelves and national fuel stocks rapidly

Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka said told another 468
alleged violators of price control regulations had been arrested in the past
24 hours, bringing the total to some 1,768 since Harare intensified its
crackdown on the weekend.

Despite - or because of - the government effort, consumers faced severe
shortages of basic commodities and fuel, hindering transport companies. But
Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Mandipaka said that the crackdown
would continue.

Those arrested included senior executives of leading retail chains such as
National Foods, Inscor, TM supermarkets and Nandos. On Tuesday police
arrested managers of Capri and Snacks Box along with car dealers who had
resisted cutting prices.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries President Marah Hativagone said many
manufacturers have indicated that they cannot follow the government
directive not to reduce production, setting the stage for a showdown with
the government which has said production levels must be maintained or Harare
will seize companies.

The chaos in business was mirrored on Tuesday in the courts, where police
arrived late with charge sheets  in disarray. The Home Affairs Ministry
later said prosecution would henceforth be coordinated with the Office of
the Attorney General, which had been bypassed in enforcement following
promulgation of a price control act.

Many accused were released on summons to appear in court Wednesday.

Lawyer Jonathan Samkange, representing many of those being prosecuted, told
reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his clients face
charges under the price control act promulgated late last week by the

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions meanwhile was vowing to fight a
proposal to cut salaries along with prices under Harare's scorched-earth war
on inflation.

The union said some employer representatives have already put the proposal
on the table with affiliate unions. Sources said  the cabinet task force
behind the price cuts is pushing employment councils to reduce salaries. The
ZCTU said the construction union has informed it that employers want to meet
to talk about pay cuts.

ZCTU Secretary General Wellington Chibebe told  reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of
VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Zimbabwean labor law forbids breaching
agreements with unions and workers once they have been concluded.

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Interview - Trevor Ncube: CEO, Mail & Guardian, and a Zimbabwean


10 July 2007 23:07

MONEYWEB: Last night we had a focus on Zimbabwe. Unfortunately we weren't able to link up with Trevor Ncube, the chief executive of the Mail & Guardian and our expert on all matters Zimbabwean. But more fortunately Trevor is with us in the studio today. What's the latest feedback? Did you get much from people in Zim today?

TREVOR NCUBE: Ja, quite a lot, Alec. The chaos continues. Basically the shelves continue to be emptied, and people are now basically having to go without [indistinct] shoe gum, cooking oil, things like fizzy drinks and so forth. And transport is now almost impossible to get because fuel - people have been instructed to sell fuel at half the price. I mean, you now get fuel in Zimbabwe at R3 per litre.

MONEYWEB: If you can get it!

TREVOR NCUBE: If you can get it, which is pretty ridiculous. And so basically the movement of people has been affected, people's survival has been affected, because the basic products are not available in the shops. The militias that have been deployed by the government basically become a law unto themselves - they get into shops, they empty the shops, they link up with people that want to come in and ransack the shops and then set up stalls somewhere else. To give you an example, cement manufacturer instructed to slash prices to Z$300 from Z$1.4m per bag of cement. The next thing, somebody comes and takes the whole lot and sets up a stall across, and you buy that same cement at Z$1.8m instead of Z$1.4.

MONEYWEB: But who are those people?

TREVOR NCUBE: They are linked to the ruling party. It's looting.

MONEYWEB: So it's looting. It's looting by those who happen to be privileged.

TREVOR NCUBE: Those who are connected to the ruling party. That's what's happening.

MONEYWEB: Who is advising Robert Mugabe on this kind of strategy?

TREVOR NCUBE: This is a strategy from what is called the "Joint Operations Committee". It's called JOC. The people that sit on that committee are all the service chiefs, military intelligence, police, prisons. The Reserve Bank has a seat there, but I'm told they have boycotted that over the past three weeks because of the discussions around this. Alec, what's happening is that Robert Mugabe has decided that, whilst this is an economic problem that he's facing, that is hyper-inflation, he is going to come up with a military solution. That's the only way he's going to win this. And that military solution involves the intelligence, the military and the police conducting ground operations, which is identifying shops, targeting them, raiding them, emptying them of the commodities. The one fundamental thing that they want to do is that Robert Mugabe has identified business as his biggest opposition - therefore cripple the businesses and make sure that they are not in a position to be a threat to him, and therefore you've dealt with the problem.

MONEYWEB: But how does he then feed his people?

TREVOR NCUBE: Let me finish this. The strategy from the Joint Operations Committee is that, if Robert Mugabe had not done this, come the elections in 2008 he would lose those elections, because inflation at that time would be anything between 500 000% to 1.5m%. So pre-empt that by coming in and attacking that and ordering the producers, retailers, to reduce the prices by 50% and hope that in the interim you get a hold on that. But what he hasn't bargained on is that you basically kill the producers and, in many instances, particularly the retailers are having to import most of these things. Importing, buying foreign currency at the par rate, and you are coming and ordering them to sell at 50% of the marked price - basically they are selling at a loss and they cannot continue producing. So this is a strategy that is to all intents and purposes likely to fail, I think.

MONEYWEB: You say that you call them JOC or they call themselves JOC - appropriately named. But they obviously don't look at history and they certainly haven't thought this one through very carefully, because from here it seems that the only result, the only consequence, must be further chaos.

TREVOR NCUBE: The people that I've been talking to quite closely, the celebration all around Zanu PF, that we've finally achieved what we wanted to do, which is cripple the private sector, the businessmen - have them on their knees, begging. But you're right, Alec, this is a short-term solution which is not going to work. But one thing which is pretty surprising is the fact that the majority of Zimbabweans who have been at the receiving end of the cut in prices are celebrating, because they suddenly are getting this short-term relief of being able to buy bread which was Z$45 000 yesterday, at Z$22 000. But the thing is, they don't realise that tomorrow, that bread is not going to be available. So you have been able to purchase short-term political capital from the people who have been at the receiving end of their skeleton prices, but clearly this is unsustainable. And I think in the long term of this - not the long term, really the short term - I will be surprised if Robert Mugabe is in power by the end of this year.

MONEYWEB: So it's almost the spike, as you would have, with stock markets, a final blow-off. It does seem very over the top, the kind of decisions that he has been making in the last few days. Is this because he is getting increasingly desperate?

TREVOR NCUBE: He's getting desperate. Remember, they talk about "the coup", which is manufactured by his own intelligence people, to deal with certain people around him. There was never such a coup. It's manufactured by his own intelligence people. He is getting desperate, he is running out of solutions, and I think there's all this talk about the talks that President Mbeki and SADC have started. Unfortunately right now, those talks are totally irrelevant as far as the situation in Zimbabwe is concerned. Those talks have been overtaken by what has taken place on the ground. And nobody in Zanu PF is interested in these talks. Even MDC is not interested in these talks, because they don't see much being gained out of this. So we've got a crisis that nobody is able to manage, and the only way that Robert Mugabe thinks he's going to manage this is through what he calls Constitutional Amendment Number 18, which will allow him to hand-pick his successor, and he hopes that he will be able to do so by the end of the year, and that when he finally goes to an election in March, there will be a new person to run for Zanu PF.

MONEYWEB: So he's putting his people through this incredible pain, destroying parts of the fabric of the society, of the private sector, so that he can be safe when he gets his successor?

TREVOR NCUBE: That's what it's all about. I've always maintained, Alec, that unfortunately politics in Zimbabwe, of Robert Mugabe, is about his survival, and in everything that he does he looks at that. And let me just quickly say to you, look at what happens with the land invasions. This is the same strategy. Look at what happened in the destruction of urban squatter camps. This is exactly the same strategy, and it comes from that same Joint Operations Committee, JOC, which sits around and comes up with military solutions to social and economic problems.

MONEYWEB: Will the Zimbabwean people ever learn anything from this? Here you have a gentleman who has been in power ironically for the same period of time that Nelson Mandela spent in prison, and you could hardly have found two greater contrasts.

TREVOR NCUBE: I think the Zimbabweans have learnt quite a lot, but they find themselves in a very difficult situation. It's a game of survival, it's a game of facing reality every day, Alec - of getting up in the morning and there's no electricity, there is no water. Facing that everyday challenge and saying to yourself, how do you face it? But I think one lesson, Alec, that people have gotten out of this is you talk to people and people feel the pain. People feel the frustrations of having seen their dreams and hopes of 1980 being blown into pieces, and the lesson that they've learnt is never again should something of this nature take place - that they must not allow another Robert Mugabe to come from within their midst. But how are we going to arrive at that destination is a big thing - particularly, Alec, with the evidence of failure to manage a process of this nature. There is clearly a need to manage the change, to marshal Zimbabwean energy towards a solution that is durable. But unfortunately, there isn't the leadership to focus Zimbabweans into saying let's find a solution. Is it a new constitution that we need? Is it a government of national unity? How do we get to that? But unfortunately the person who is supposed to be providing that leadership is concerned about one thing only - and it is survival. And one other thing which I've shared with you and your listeners is - will he be safe when he loses power? Is anybody going to protect him from the abuses that he has inflicted on Zimbabweans? Will he be dragged to The Hague and be tried like Charles Taylor and others? Is anybody able to offer him those assurances? Unfortunately, some people within the region and internationally say they can't offer him those kind of assurances. But the people close to him within the party think that they can offer him those assurances - to say to him, you need to get out of power. And I think for me the most important thing right now, Alec, is that the biggest opposition to Robert Mugabe now comes form within the party. They want him out and, as far as they are concerned, they will find their way of getting him out, not being held by SADC, or being held by the South Africans.

MONEYWEB: But it seems to be a bit broader than that because, if the members of JOC are behind this insane policy that has been implemented, then they too should surely be ejected along with Mugabe?

TREVOR NCUBE: Clearly. The JOC intervention, which is the military solution, is a short-term, short sighted one. They go to him with a solution to save him from being kicked out in an election in 2008. This is the short-term solution. You do this to the business, that way you are delivering something to the population; you are saying to the population, I am relieving you of this pain via this way.

MONEYWEB: Trevor, just as a businessman, the fact that Impala Platinum is still heavily invested and the biggest investor in Zimbabwe - do you think it's going to count against them in future?

TREVOR NCUBE: I don't think so, Alec. I think there is a sense that the situation in Zimbabwe is bad, yes. But certain people are reluctant to compare it with what happened in South Africa during apartheid, for instance - that there are opportunities and people should get there. One of those people that have said on this programme, that I believe that if one is so positioned to have the resources to go in, it's time to go in and get those assets.

MONEYWEB: Even now?

TREVOR NCUBE: Even now. There might be certain people that might think there are moral difficulties, but I don't have those difficulties.

MONEYWEB: Trevor Ncube, chief executive of Mail & Guardian, a Zimbabwean and a big investor in his homeland. Well, David Shapiro, I think we all hope that there is going to be a solution at some point in time - that Trevor is right and that Mugabe is gone by the end of the year.

DAVID SHAPIRO: I am sure there will be, but unfortunately, I think, for the people Zimbabwe it's going to be a generation away before they have the living standard that they dreamed of in 1980. I think it's going to take a long, long time to turn it around.

Alec Hogg - Alec Hogg is a writer and broadcaster. He founded Moneyweb and is its editor-in-chief.

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SA firms plan to stick it out in troubled Zimbabwe

Business Report

July 11, 2007


Cape Town and Johannesburg - South African companies in Zimbabwe are
attempting to outlast a hyperinflationary environment and government-imposed
price controls to maintain a presence in expectation of eventual political
and economic stability.

None of several large businesses canvassed by Business Report had intentions
of divesting from Zimbabwe.

In fact, two mining firms, Impala Platinum (Implats) and Metallon, had plans
for capital investment in a stable climate.

"There's a lot of money waiting to come into Zimbabwe, but it needs the
right conditions for that to be unlocked," said Mark Wellesley-Wood, chief
executive of Metallon, Zimbabwe's biggest gold mining company with 100 000
ounces of annual production.

Businesses affected by the regime's order to slash prices included retailers
such as Edcon, which owned 42 percent of Edgars Zimbabwe, and Shoprite,
which owned a store in Bulawayo.

"We have a strong belief that things will return to normal. We are not going
to close shop," said Whitey Basson, chief executive of Shoprite.

But others have been hit by hyperinflation, estimated at about 9 000

Tongaat, which owned a majority stake in Zimbabwe's second biggest sugar
business Hippo Valley Estates, said it had for some time been implementing
its domestic market pricing strategies in consultation with appropriate
government ministries.

Tommy Edmonds, chief executive of Tourvest, which owns the Wild Horizons
activity business in Victoria Falls, is one of the few South African
businesses whose income stream, paid exclusively in US dollars, has been

Some other South African companies are reliably understood to be trucking in
food parcels for their staff.

Metallon said it would consider doing so for its 5 000 employees, while
Tongaat said that it from time to time engaged in "creative initiatives" to
assist employees.

Implats chairman Fred Roux said the operating risk was negligible compared
with the risk of operating at relatively deep levels in the Western

Implats spokesperson Bob Gilmour said Zimbabwe had the world's
second-largest known deposit of platinum group metals, offering enormous
upside potential for the company.

"Given a stable social and political environment, we have plans to expand
production to an excess of 1 million ounces of platinum per annum."

Edcon head of investor relations Tessa Christelis said that the group had no
intention of selling its shares in the Zimbabwe operation.

PPC, South Africa's biggest lime and cement producer - which also has a
presence in Zimbabwe - acknowledged that operating in Zimbabwe was
difficult, but had no intentions of disinvesting in the country.

Clive Tasker, the managing director of Standard Bank Africa, said it was a
very difficult operating environment with increases in the amount of cash in
circulation and the challenges that came with hyperinflation.

"But we have a competent local management team which is coping well under
trying circumstances," Tasker said.

Standard Bank runs a retail and wholesale bank with 16 branches and about
600 staff members.

It had invested more than R170 million in the country and at its peak, the
operation was the bank's most successful African business.

Pick 'n Pay, said that goods at its Zimbabwean operation, TM Supermarkets,
were in "very short" supply.

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Dire times for Edgars in Zim
Wed, 11 Jul 2007

The situation for business is Zimbabwe is looking very dire... not least for
Edcon, who is a shareholder in Zimbabwe's Edgars. They've halved their
prices in the country, and may have to close their doors in the country.

Bruce Whitfield:
Well the situation in Zimbabwe in focus now. Over the weekend more than a
thousand business executives detained for failing to heed the order by
President Robert Mugabe to cut their prices in half and among those
executives were executives from Edcon.

Mark Bower is the chief executive of group services at Edcon and Mark have
you had contact with your operations in Zimbabwe? What is going on there?

Mark Bower:
Yes I have I have spoken to them yesterday and today. The executives that
were arrested are now out of jail. We have reduced all our prices by 50
percent and the stores are all open and trading.

Bruce Whitfield:
Now what does that do to a business model in a country like Zimbabwe where
we have seen hyperinflation north of a 1000 percent where you go into your
shop and you take the prices of the goods and you chop them in half, what
happens then?

Mark Bower:
It is not sustainable in the long-term because we have to replace those
goods and clearly we have sold them for a lot less than the replacement cost
will be.

Bruce Whitfield:
And I am assuming that once you've cut prices in half you have people
running into the stores taking advantage of those opportunities and you are
going to end up with empty shelves and then unable to stock them again.

Mark Bower:
That is exactly what is already happening in the food areas which is
obviously where customers are shopping first and the clothing will run

Bruce Whitfield:
What then for the future of Edcon in Zimbabwe? Surely you have to look at
these operations and say hold on a second we cannot be suckers forever, we
can't keep funding Zimbabwe, you have to make a business decision on that.

Mark Bower:
We haven't funded them for a long time. They are an independent listed
company on the Zimbabwean stock exchange and we have written them off in our
own books some years ago because we haven't received any dividend flows from
that country for five years.

Bruce Whitfield:
So what then is the future of Edcon within Zimbabwe? They are going to have
to make their decisions then, will they.

Mark Bower:
They have to make their own decisions but we have to protect our people and
our brand.

Bruce Whitfield:
And again the strategy there, what are the implications for as you as a

Mark Bower:
We are watching the situation day by day and we are hopeful that things will
come right but if they don't we will have to make some hard decisions.

Bruce Whitfield:
And those hard decisions include I suppose shutting stores and laying off
people in Zimbabwe a country that can least afford it.

Mark Bower:
We would hate that to happen and we certainly wouldn't be alone.

Bruce Whitfield:
What is the mood of your staff in Zimbabwe though? Here we have got
financial director, couple of store managers also arrested. I mean it cannot
be a conducive place to do business.

Mark Bower:
No it is a very difficult place to do business and it is very difficult for
the staff.

Bruce Whitfield:
Again, people do listen to us on DSTV they listen to us on the internet when
they can in Zimbabwe, they do manage to hear us in Zimbabwe. The situation
there from a business perspective I mean you obviously have got to keep
supporting them, you have got to keep adding your voice to the staff in that
area. I mean is there anything anybody can say from a business perspective
to their operations there?

Mark Bower:
We can only give them encouragement and obviously we gave them legal support
and that is how they got out of jail and we will continue giving them any
help and support we can but it can't be of a financial nature.

Bruce Whitfield:
Mark Bower it is a desperate situation indeed. The chief executive of group
services at Edcon.

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'God has not forgotten Zimbabwe'

Baptist Press

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 | by Staff
ZIMBABWE (BP)--Ray Motsi knelt in prayer. His knee rested on the dirty,
cold, concrete floor while one hand grabbed a steel bar. Two other pastors
knelt beside him inside the jail cell. They prayed for revival in their

Arrested moments earlier at a prayer meeting, officials charged the
Zimbabwean pastors with leading an anti-government meeting. Hundreds of
Christians followed them to the jailhouse, continuing the prayer meeting
asking God for revival.

"There was revival in Kadoma that weekend," the Baptist pastor said.
"Fifty-two inmates and guards asked Jesus to be their Savior and many more
heard the Gospel.

"Times may be tough, but God has not forgotten Zimbabwe," Motsi continued.
Charges against the pastors were dropped in May 2007. "Disasters are often
God's loudspeakers to His people. People hear better during these times."

In addition to political woes that continue to gather international
headlines, the country is suffering from an economic meltdown that has most
Zimbabweans struggling to meet day-to-day needs. A severe drought combined
with the under-production of wheat and maize resulted in 4 million people
needing food aid, according to the United Nations. HIV/AIDS, meanwhile, also
wreaks havoc in the country.

Zimbabweans are learning to appreciate the simple things and live by faith,
a pastor in Harare said.

"When we were comfortable and had everything we needed, people didn't stop
to pay attention to God," the pastor said. "Now, we live simple lives and
the focus is slowly turning back to God. People want to know about Him. The
Lord, in an amazing way, is looking after His people."

Nhamo Chigohi remembers a time when he was persecuted for his faith, but now
people stop him to ask questions about Jesus. Chigohi was among the first
believers with the Shangaan people in eastern Zimbabwe. The Shangaan are
known for their adherence to African traditional religions, such as
following ancestral spirits and witchdoctors. When Chigohi turned away from
the ancestors to follow Christ, his family and village ridiculed him.

After discussing it with his wife, Chigohi turned down a pastorate with a
large church in Harare to minister among his own people.

"It takes a Shangaan to minister to a Shangaan," the pastor said nine years
after returning home. "It was slow at first, no one wanted to believe. For
the last two and a half years now, planting churches in Shangaan land is

Around 20 churches have started in this area of Zimbabwe. Missionaries have
described the area as "hungering after God." Chigohi said the difference in
heart came as the Shangaan saw God's love and compassion shine through
difficult times.

One village elder admitted he once regarded Christianity as a religion only
for the Shona, the majority people group in Zimbabwe. But he stepped back
and watched how God provided for the Shangaan through food, water and
medicine -- not to mention caring for the orphans in their community. He
knew Jesus came for the Shangaan as well.

"Life is not easy here. It's very difficult," Chigohi said. "The difficult
times keep us challenged and turning to God. God is moving. He has now
opened the Gospel to the Shangaan people and many others."

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Deadly Diarrheal Disease Outbreak Hits Provincial Kadoma, Zimbabwe


By Carole Gombakomba
10 July 2007

Mayor Fanuel Phiri of Kadoma, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday challenged news reports
that 29 children and one adult have died in his Mashonaland West city due to
an outbreak of intestinal disease causing severe diarrhea, while the Harare
government said 20 children nationwide had died from diarrhea caused by the
e-coli bacteria.

But health-sector sources said some 1,800 people had been treated for the
disease in Kadoma, while another 129 cases and four deaths were reported in
Gokwe North, in the country's Midlands Province.

Health sources attributed the outbreak of diarrheal disease to widespread
power cuts that prevented national and municipal authorities from pumping
water from reservoirs into water distribution systems, leading residents to
turn to less safe sources.

Health experts monitoring the situation said the problem was spreading, but
Kadoma's Mayor Phiri, a ZANU-PF member, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of
VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Health Ministry had brought the problem
under control.

Opposition parliamentarian Editor Matamisa of the Movement for Democratic
Change faction of Morgan Tsvangirai charged that the mayor was misleading
the public and that more people have died than the government has
acknowledged while many more are still seeking treatment for the potentially
deadly diarrheal disease.

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Emerging humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe

ABC Australia radio Transcript

AM - Wednesday, 11 July , 2007  08:23:34
Reporter: Andrew Geoghegan
TONY EASTLEY: A humanitarian crisis is emerging in Zimbabwe.

The President Robert Mugabe's latest economic policy of ordering shops to
simply halve prices has backfired, and the little food that was available
has now all gone.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he doesn't know how people are
feeding themselves, and it seems the population is facing widespread

This report from Africa Correspondent Andrew Geoghegan.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: Just how bad can life get in Zimbabwe? With an economy in
meltdown, the Government's latest attempt to provide some relief from
astronomical inflation has backfired badly.

Forcing shops to halve prices caused a rush, which emptied the shelves, and
now there's nothing left.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai:

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: The immediate effect is the clearance of all goods in the
shops, and the disappearance of goods into the black market.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: So how are people feeding themselves?

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: It's very difficult to assess, but I think it's just a
struggle for survival on a daily basis. There's no bread, there's no salt,
sugar, all those basics. And this has happened just over this last week. We
are yet to make an assessment how people are able to cope.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: Most simply can't cope, particularly the four out of five
adults who don't have a job. They can't afford to live - not in a country
where it now costs as much to buy one banana as it did to buy an average
family home seven years ago, when Robert Mugabe began his radical economic

Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube says Robert Mugabe's latest economic policies
have reached life-threatening proportions.

PIUS NCUBE: When your prices are going up 10 times in one month, as happened
in June, when basics are no longer on the shelves because of the Government
trying to force prices by half, so that businesspeople can no longer make
any profit. In a situation like that people can no longer live, and even his
own soldiers can't live, his own police, (inaudible) can no longer live.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: But Pius Ncube is also critical of the Opposition for
failing the people of Zimbabwe. He says it's too preoccupied with internal

PIUS NCUBE: They are thereby actually disappointing the people of Zimbabwe,
because when Mugabe can always give excuses and say the Opposition's not
even united. And then they must be, they must inspire our people to stand up
and be ready to be self-sacrificing and ready to face pain and face up to
this man and get rid of him.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: However, Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai maintains
that he's still working towards winning next year's elections.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: We have to deal with the question of how to overcome fear
amongst the people, how to continue to instil hope in the people, and how to
make sure that every vote counts. So it's an election strategy and not any

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: So you feel as though you still have the support of the

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: The support is solid and growing. There's never been any
doubt in my mind about the support of the people.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: But clearly they want you to do something now.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: Yeah, obviously, yes. But.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: But what are you doing?

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: . the question, the question has always been how do you
deal with a dictator using democratic means? I mean, the handicaps are
there, the obstacles are there.

ANDREW GEOGHEGAN: But the people may not have time to wait for the
Opposition to save them.

This is Andrew Geoghegan reporting for AM.

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The dividends of war - DRC copper/cobalt ownership battle heats up

From Mineweb (SA), 10 July

Barry Sergeant

Johannesburg - Central African Mining & Exploration once again raised
eyebrows this week upon confirmation that it would bid for the 78% it does
not already hold in Katanga Mining. Based on recent stock prices, such a bid
would value Katanga Mining as a whole at £773m. In early April this year,
Camec astounded even some specialist investors by announcing its acquisition
of 22% of Katanga Mining, one of the most advanced brownfields projects in
the rapidly re-developing Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC). The takeover battle for Katanga Mining, now openly hostile, is
set to open a number of festering historical wounds in Katanga Province.
Katanga Mining is the current jewel in the DRC's globally important copper
belt, which runs across borders, to the southeast into Zambia, and in the
west into Angola, where it has hardly been tapped.

Katanga Mining is going to be the earliest big restart in the DRC
copperbelt, with metal ready for shipping before the end of the year.
Katanga Mining's two big peers, Nikanor and Tenké Mining Corporation, owned
57.75% by copper giant Freeport McMoRan, are only likely to ship metal in
2009 and 2010, respectively. Beyond the sheer size of the three projects,
each has among the cleanest sets of papers available to the current
ministerial-level review of DRC mining projects and licences. While Camec
would like to own all of Katanga Mining, its current interests in the DRC
copperbelt are patchy, at best, and more likely to be disputed. In February
last year, Camec bought a bunch of Katanga Province assets from the
notorious Billy Rautenbach, for $80m, comprising $25m in cash, and 172m new
Camec shares, issued at 18 pence a share. If Rautenbach has maintained his
stake in Camec, he would currently hold some 14% of the company, and be its
biggest shareholder.

The February 2006 transaction saw Camec buy Rautenbach's apparent cash-flow
rights from mining concessions 467, 469 (also known as C19 & C21) in Katanga
Province, and 50% of the Mukondo concession, said to be the richest cobalt
deposit in the world. The other half of Mukondo was sold in June 2006 for
around $60m by John Bredenkamp, also a Zimbabwean, to Israeli entrepreneur
Dan Gertler, a founding shareholder of Nikanor. Camec later bought 80% of
the shares in BOSS Mining SPRL, which held the actual titles to the C19 and
C21 concessions, and 50% of the Mukondo concessions. Camec paid only a
"nominal amount" for the 80% stake in BOSS Mining SPRL, owned by Rautenbach.
But immediately upon acquiring 50% of Mukondo, Gertler shut it down, cutting
off Camec's main source of cobalt ore and concentrate.

Camec coyly said that mining at Mukondo had been "suspended until agreement
can be reached with the new owners" on how "best to develop the concession
area". Camec laughed off the idea that the Mukondo closure would affect it,
stating that production at its Luita processing facility continued with
supply from "newly opened deposits as well as in the region of 40 deposits
on the C19 & C21 concession areas". Camec started up copper production at
Luita in September 2006, with output projected at 40 000 tons by 2007,
rising to template capacity of 100 000 tons of copper cathode by the end of
2008. The fact is that Camec's non-Mukondo ore sources may provide for a
copper flow, but precious little is moving in the way of cobalt. In its 2006
annual report, Camec said it was "on track to produce 8 200 tons of cobalt"
in full year 2006-07, viz., the 12 months to March 31 2007.

Beyond the unresolved Mukondo issue, Gertler is also now knocking heads with
Camec over Katanga Mining. Late last month, RP Explorer Master Fund (RPEMF)
said it had purchased some 6% of Katanga Mining, taking its total stake to
15.7% in Katanga Mining. The latest RPEMF transaction manifests the
interest, directly or indirectly, of Gertler in Katanga Mining, via RP
Capital Partners Cayman Islands. Camec's hunger for Katanga Mining squares
it up not only against Gertler, one of the most influential operators in the
DRC, but also against Katanga Mining founding shareholder, Georges Forrest,
of Forrest International, with a 24.5% stake in Katanga Mining, via George
Forrest International Afrique SPRL. None of these people or entities, bar
Camec, have much time for Rautenbach, who's had squabbles in and around the
Katanga copper-cobalt belts for years.

In November 1998, he was named the MD of state-owned copper-cobalt miner La
Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines) during a visit to Harare by
then-DRC president Laurent-Désiré Kabila. Some of Gécamines' best
cobalt-producing areas were transferred to a joint venture between
Rautenbach's Ridgepointe International and the Central Mining Group, a
Congolese company controlled by Pierre-Victor Mpoyo, then DRC minister of
state. Rautenbach, who had no mining experience, was also made MD of the
joint venture. Rautenbach's business practices saw Kabila replace him with
Forrest in March 2000. Rautenbach was stripped of all connections to
Katanga, including the Kambove and Kakanda processing plants, and the large
parcel of deposits known as the Kababancola Concessions, including Mukondo.
These assets were officially transferred to Bredenkamp's Tremalt, which
established a new joint venture, Kababancola Mining Company (KMC). Kabila
was assassinated in January 2001, and replaced by his son Joseph.

A year later, Rautenbach's name cropped up again, as one of the biggest
exporters of heterogenite (cobalt ore) from the DRC, via Congo Cobalt
Company, known as CoCoCo. But then Rautenbach's name was also linked to
another DRC entity, Boss Mining which, it was said, had acquired two
lucrative mining concessions, C19 and C21, as well as 50% of Mukondo. These
were, of course, part of the same portfolio of assets once stripped from
Rautenbach and dealt to Bredenkamp. So-called "rights" to the assets can be
traced back to the DRC's 1997-2003 war, under the Zimbabwe military's
Operation Sovereign Legitimacy (Osleg), a period which saw more than 3m
Congolese die from unnatural causes. Camec, which professes a deep belief in
logistics in Africa, also owns Wheels of Africa/SABOT, which Camec aims to
build into a fleet of 500 trucks/vehicles. Wheels of Africa had long been
associated with the Rautenbach family, which for years used the fleet to
ship copper and cobalt concentrate from Katanga Province to ports on the
east coast of Africa.

In March this year, Katanga Province governor Moise Katumbi started to crack
down on exports of the raw material, a practice said to cost the DRC
hundreds of millions of dollars a year. London-based Camec executives
Phillipe Edmonds and Andrew Groves (who, like Rautenbach, hails from Harare)
are not people who return calls. It would be fascinating to hear their take
on how and why Kinshasa-based lawyer Roger Masamba transferred his 2% stake
in Camec Congo SPRL to Katanga Investments Limited, an entity incorporated
in the British Virgin Islands, and controlled by Camec. Then there is
Lubumbashi-based lawyer Herve Ngoy Kalumba, who acts for Camec Congo SPRL,
and has acted for CoCoCo and BOSS Mining. Then there was Casmin SPRL, and,
between and betwixt, there is John Swanepoel. These are smaller names, all
right, but may prove invaluable in unraveling the complex chess game now
overwhelming the southern parts of Katanga Province.

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Interview - Neal Froneman: CEO, Uranium One


10 July 2007 23:06

MONEYWEB: We had a really good discussion on CNBC Power Lunch today with Neal Froneman, chief executive of Uranium One. So I asked Neal just to come into the studio - maybe to take it a little bit further, Neal. Today you gave some announcements and updates on Sens about Uranium One, and it's incredible story, as we were talking about on television today - from a bankrupt company four years ago, from sitting in that chair in the studio, getting pummelled by not only me; I think, David, you also threw a couple of punches at Neal that night, huh?

DAVID SHAPIRO: Afrikander Lease? Ja.

MONEYWEB: "How can you do this to shareholders?" And today, Neal?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, it's four years later. We put our heads down, noses to the grindstone, and we've built, I think, a really solid company.

MONEYWEB: Dave, it's worth more than Bidvest.

DAVID SHAPIRO: That's incredible!

MONEYWEB: How's that, hey? Worth a lot more than Harmony Gold.

DAVID SHAPIRO: But credit to Neal - I mean, he saw the gap, he saw the energy crisis developing, knew he had uranium, studied the market and developed it and got in.

MONEYWEB: But what's next? Neal, you've done the acquisition. So you started off doing the acquisition of a Canadian company, you got the Toronto listing. Then you did an acquisition of three Kazakhstani mines, producing plenty of uranium. Now you are in the process of doing an acquisition of the biggest producer in the United States. But once you've done that, what happens next? Vertical integration?

NEAL FRONEMAN: That is certainly on the cards. But I think if we can just divide the answer into the short term, and in the short term we've still got a lot of delivery to make. We've got three projects that come on stream within nine months - now that's a serious challenge from a mining point of view. So we will be very operationally focused.

MONEYWEB: Have you got the guys on the ground who can do it?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Oh, for sure. We've got some of the best, certainly ISR experts in the world.


NEAL FRONEMAN: ISR is "in situ recovery mining", and three of those projects - actually there is four - there are three projects that are ISR, and we've got another conventional project we are bringing on into production, which is Dominion, which is well advanced, as you saw today. We delivered our first ADU. So we do have the ...

MONEYWEB: You love these abbreviations, hey?


MONEYWEB: Just to go back, Dominion is a mine like we can all understand. You send down your trackless mining, you pull out the rock, bring it to the surface, crush it, and out comes the uranium cake - is that what you call it?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Yes. It goes through a plant, you leach out the uranium, you precipitate it, and you produce a product called ADU, which is ammonium diuranate, which then gets calcined and you produce a yellow cake, which is uranium oxide.

MONEYWEB: And that goes to Nufcor?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, Nufcor does the calcining, the uranium oxide goes off to the converters for conversion and then finally enrichment fuel fabrication. And then it goes into a reactor.

MONEYWEB: So take the product that came out today - the cake, the yellow cake. Who is that being sold to?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, that eventually gets sold to a utility, but for now it goes to Nufcor for calcining. They have a centralised plant that was put in the seventies for the uranium industry in South Africa, and a calcining process is very simple - it's basically heating the ADU or this yellow cake slurry, driving off the liquids, oxidising the uranium which creates the yellow cake, which then gets packaged and shipped off to the end user.

MONEYWEB: Can't you do that yourself?

NEAL FRONEMAN: We can. It was really a decision about additional capital. I would think that in the longer run, as we grow, it will probably make financial sense to build our own calcining plant. It's not a complicated plant - there are many calcining plants in South Africa that calcine all sorts of different products.

MONEYWEB: And if it was built in the 1970s, presumably it's not exactly new technology?

NEAL FRONEMAN: No. It's not, it's really just a drum that has a heat source. We have paid to have one of the streams at Nufcor refurbished and, of course, we have a contractual obligation with Nufcor to treat our uranium.

MONEYWEB: So where does it go from there? Have you got a buyer at the other end of the line?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Yes, certainly. We enter into sales contracts with end users, who would then tell us where to have it delivered. So from Nufcor it gets packaged into 45 gallon steel drums, it gets shipped on a special ship to a converter, where it gets converted into a uranium hexafluoride gas, and then it goes through enrichments. There's a number of enrichers in the world; they have slightly different technologies and you produce an enriched uranium pellet.

MONEYWEB: But what you are selling, you are getting $135 a pound for?


MONEYWEB: But you're getting that price, not a lower price than that?

NEAL FRONEMAN: We sell uranium oxide, so that's the product after it's been calcined.

MONEYWEB: And there's plenty of demand.

NEAL FRONEMAN: There is a lot of demand; in fact there is more demand than supply at the moment.

MONEYWEB: What about enriching the uranium itself - going the next logical step?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, that was the second answer to your original question. In the longer term, I do believe there's a lot of business sense regarding becoming involved in the downstream processing of uranium. It gives you more control over your product; there are definitely business advantages from a profit point of view. I think if you are in the industry for the longer term, we all expect uranium prices to come off. It's about identifying the next constraint in the system. We believe that's enrichment and certainly, as we've grown, we will start bumping our head on anti-trust issues with further horizontal growth, and of course we are not going to sit on our hands and therefore we would want to grow vertically.

MONEYWEB: And Aflease Gold, where it all started? Are you going to get rid of it now?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, you know, Aflease Gold has become less than 3% of our market cap, and therefore, it just makes no business sense to continue to manage both companies. As you know, I am the CEO of both. I've always said it's not sustainable and I've always said that towards the end of this year that position needs to be resolved.

MONEYWEB: But Uranium One is still the major shareholder in Aflease Gold. Would you sell that stake?

NEAL FRONEMAN: We would probably not want to sell it outright. I think that we would look to diluting our stake through merger and acquisition type activity in Aflease Gold. Aflease Gold has got some really nice assets, and it needs to move on with its own strategy, business plans and new management team.

MONEYWEB: So what do shareholders of Aflease Gold have to look forward to?

NEAL FRONEMAN: Well, I think they can really look forward to some dynamic movements in the next six months.

MONEYWEB: Neal Froneman, chief executive of Uranium One.

And that's been the Moneyweb Power Hour for this evening, an hour of considerable power, I am sure you will agree - and appropriate that we close off on a higher note, a uranium note, rather than the real sad story about Zimbabwe. But Dave, there's not too many commentators around who can give you a better insight than Trevor Ncube, and he's really gone through the mill from the troubles in his homeland. Let's hope that he's right, that things are finally coming to a head.

DAVID SHAPIRO: Look, the assets are there, Alec, from agriculture to mining to tourism. So everything - the base is there to build a great nation. It was there. But it can be revived, I don't think it's an end game.

MONEYWEB: If there was one book that I could force Robert Mugabe to read, and his cohorts from JOC, it would be Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, because what he has done there is exactly what the jokers in Atlas Shrugged did - destroyed an economy by short-sightedness and really pillaging and looting. And it appears as though that's exactly what's going on right now. But there is always hope, there is a God in heaven, and he's looking down here. Maybe, who knows, maybe Zimbabwe will return one day to be the jewel of Africa, as it once was.

Alec Hogg - Alec Hogg is a writer and broadcaster. He founded Moneyweb and is its editor-in-chief.

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Mugabe 'must go', say expatriates

Eastern Province Herald

PORT ELIZABETH Wednesday July 11, 2007

By Tabelo Timse

ZIMBABWEANS living in Port Elizabeth say the only solution to Zimbabwe's
problems is to bring constitutional change and remove President Robert

Ringrose Moyake, a customs and transport service controller at VWSA, said he
had been in South Africa since 1993. His emigration was not politically

He said he still had family in Highfield township, Harare, and kept in
contact with them by phone.

"My family says the situation is very tough . . . if they didn't receive
money from me they wouldn't survive. This is how other families are
surviving as well. The situation is very frustrating," he said.

Moyake said Zimbabweans living in South Africa had to do something to raise
awareness about the crisis.

The first step had been mobilising Zimbabwean nationals and establishing a
local branch of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The party last week held a protest march at City Hall and handed a petition
to ANC chief whip Mike Nzotoyi, bringing the desperate plight of Zimbabwean
exiles to his attention.

"The Zimbabwe I know was free of crime. People had a choice and our
education was among the best in the continent. Now we have lost confidence
and pride in being called Zimbabweans."

Regarding possible plans to help Zimbabwe, Moyake said: "We appreciate the
rescue plans, but not at the moment. We need political reforms first," he

Prince Matavire, an area sales manager at NSB Brewing, said he had been
living in SA for 10 years. He left when Zimbabwe's economy was starting to
go bad.

"When I go back home, I go with a bakkie full of food. At this stage my
family hasn't faced political harassment. Their struggle has to do with the
economic crisis.

"Two weeks ago prices were going up every day," Matavire said.

He thought the rescue plan was a short-term solution, because in the end of
the day the economy would nonetheless collapse.

"It is time people put their foot down and said enough is enough, because
this is affecting everyone.

"The only solution is to get Mugabe out of the way," he said.

A qualified male nurse, who did not want to be named for reasons of safety,
said he was forced by circumstances to leave Zimbabwe. He arrived in Port
Elizabeth in April after being arrested and assaulted by law and order

He said he was arrested at Harare Central Hospital, where he worked with
three other male nurses.

"All the nurses had a meeting discussing the deteriorating conditions of
service at the hospital and the best way to approach the government. The
next thing I know, I am arrested by police who said that we wanted to
strike," he said.

The four male nurses were assaulted for four days before being released.
"They (police) beat us with anything they could lay their hands on - it was
so brutal. We were only released when our colleagues managed to collect some
money and hired a lawyer who demanded that we be released."

After his release he returned home, but he said he was constantly followed
and decided to come to South Africa.

"I arrived here and stayed with my colleague from Zimbabwe who helped me
with food. Now I need to work to survive, but unfortunately I cannot get
work here because I need to apply first to the health department and to the
Zimbabwean Consulate. That takes a long time. At this stage I am doing piece
jobs in construction," he said.

He had to leave his wife, whom he married last December, and his mother in
the rural town of Rusape.

Obedient Tshabalala, a second-year computer science and physics student at
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, said he came from Bulawayo. He has
not been home for almost two years because of the political and economic
situation in his country.

However, despite the crisis, he said, he hoped to return to his home country
once he graduated, provided the situation had improved by then.

A lawyer working for Investec in Port Elizabeth said he spoke to his family
regularly. Things were so bad that the people no longer cared who came to
power, as long as that person improved the situation.

Making the rand legal tender in Zimbabwe would not help, he said, as the
black market already used rand currency.

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Villains of Africa


Black and white, we lack common compassion

David Carte
11 July 2007

On holiday I have been reading The State of Africa, a sorry but accurate
700-page history of 50 years of independence by Martin Meredith (Free

The quality most lacking in the many villains of the piece was ordinary

It was by no means only the natives of Africa that practiced genocide, rape
and corruption. People of European extraction in Algeria, the Belgian Congo,
Angola, Mozambique, the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and, as we all
know, South Africa, did unconscionable things in the name of Christianity
and civilisation.

They came to Africa, first to benefit their home countries and second to
carve out a privileged and luxurious lifestyle for themselves. Today's
borders of African countries were settled between the European powers in the
19th century. Never mind the natives.

In some African countries, there were undoubted benefits of colonisation -
some law and order some of the time, some modernisation in the form of
economies based on money and the division of labour, roads, railways and
hospitals. There were also a couple of schools.

With that went a lot of rank exploitation of the native populations and some
violence to preserve the status quo.

A minority of the colonists, mainly missionaries, were genuine do-gooders
and made an effort to educate and uplift the natives.

But, as proof of white neglect, at the time the independence bandwagon
started rolling in the 1950s, according to Meredith: "Most African societies
were predominantly illiterate and innumerate. Only 16% of the adult
population was literate. In black Africa in the late 1950s...the entire
region containing a population of 200m, produced only 8 000 secondary school

That was after some of these countries had hosted white societies for 300
years. After independence, the colonial powers abandoned Africa to its fate.
The Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, the French in Algeria and the
Belgians in the Congo destroyed most of what they had built before
withdrawing in haste.

What Africans did subsequently to other Africans in virtually every state
from north to south and east to west - with rare exceptions, such as
Botswana - hardly bears reading about.

Where was ordinary human compassion in the killing fields of Algeria, Egypt,
Zanzibar, Sudan, Nigeria, Liberia, Uganda, the Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe and
South Africa?

You could say that the West has lately had some compassion. Since
independence more than $500bn in aid has been thrown at Africa, much of
which ended up in the Swiss bank accounts of Africa's Big Men.

Aid fatigue has set in. I have written most of this in the Netherlands and
Portugal. You won't find much compassion for Africa in Europe these days.
Having deserted Africa, modern Europeans have advanced defence forces, tight
border controls and a Schengen visa to preserve and protect their
prosperity. They subsidise their farmers, partly at the cost of Africa, to
the tune of $370bn a year.

Over the years they have allowed entrance to a trickle of people from the
colonies to do the menial jobs. Suddenly the resulting populations - up to
10% of the European total - are a cause for concern because many are not
assimilating and some, also lacking compassion, leave bombs around from time
to time.

Meredith records that it was Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Samora Machel of
Mozambique who prevailed on Robert Mugabe to enter multilateral negotiations
with the outgoing Smith government. Machel stressed that Mugabe should do
all he could to retain Zimbabwe's white population.

Mugabe's words of conciliation as he assumed power in April 1980 are
breathtaking today:

"The wrongs of the past must now stand forgiven and forgotten...oppression
and racism are inequalities that must never find scope in our political and
social system. It could never be...correct ...that because the whites
oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them
today because they have power."

This preceded a brief honeymoon during which Zimbabwe's prospects seemed

Barely six months later Mugabe signed an agreement with North Korea to train
a new army brigade, 5 Brigade, to commit large-scale slaughter among the

What are the obvious lessons of this sorry history?

Big Men and ruling elites are the curse of Africa. We need more Mandelas but
where do we find them? Every penny of State money should be vigilantly
audited. Corruption must be rooted out. Politicians and trade unionists
committing or even uttering threats of violence should be instantly removed
from office.

Education needs to be moral as well as scientific and technical. "Do as you
would be done by" must somehow be inculcated.

Wealth itself has a civilising effect. You will respect law and order when
the law is protecting you and your goods from the predations of your
neighbour. Fast economic growth will bring down unemployment, crime and

Historians, of course, chronicle only disaster. This book deals with 50
countries over 50 years. A number of African countries enjoyed peace for
much of the time and did function. Billions of good deeds were done but they
were not grist for the historian's mill.

In SA, for instance, acts of goodwill occur across the colour line all the
time. Corporate social investment runs to many billions. Employment equity
has amounted to another multi-billion rand giveaway. Thousands have stepped
in to help or even adopt AIDS orphans. We all know people who have sent the
sons and daughters of their domestics to decent schools. Doctors and nurses
work selflessly in under-resourced hospitals in remote outposts. Teachers
strive on to enlighten their charges. They are the unseen, unsung heroes of

Today, the only active war in Africa is that in Sudan. Others are dormant
and subject to revive, such as in the DRC. But there is reason to hope. The
worst reaction to a book like this is to emigrate. Nothing is more certain
to resume the decline than that.

This history raises the question: what are whites that Africans should be
mindful of them? Why bother with BEE and AA? We are 9% of the population of
SA and 1% of the population of Africa. If you took all our goods and
chattels and distributed them among Africans, as has happened in certain
countries, it would do little for the common weal.

A million whites have already emigrated. They represent people with skills
they could have shared, people who could have earned for the country, paid
taxes, hired others and advance the general weal. While we just let them
emigrate, Australia, the UK, the US and other countries welcome our educated
émigrés with open arms. They know the value of talent.

When will we ever learn?

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Carter's Role in Zimbabwe

New York Sun

By James Kirchick
July 11, 2007

President Carter's most recent moralizing on American foreign policy in the
Middle East is exasperating particularly in light of President Mugabe's
misruleofZimbabwe, whereMr. Carter's role in bringing the dictator to power
has been mostly forgotten.

Mr. Mugabe is one of the nastiest dictators in Africa - he has inflicted a
"silent genocide" by starving his own people. The effects of his
authoritarian rule have been made all the worse by his staying power. In
more than 27 years as head of state, Mr. Mugabe has turned one of Africa's
most productive economies into a shambles. A country whose currency once
beat the British pound now boasts an inflation rate nearing 10,000% per
annum and a land that once exported beef and grain now has a population
desperately in need of food and humanitarian aid.

Last month, Mr. Carter termed the American and Israeli government's boycott
of the Hamas-led Palestinian government "criminal." It would be more
enlightening though to hear what he thinks of the terrible situation he
helped to create in Zimbabwe.

In 1978 Ian Smith, the prime minister of white-ruled Rhodesia, now known as
Zimbabwe, who had just declared two years earlier that majority rule would
not come for "1,000 years," reached an agreement with black moderate leaders
for a transition government. Under this plan, termed the "internal
settlement," whites, who represented about 4% of the population, would be
reserved 28 out of 100 parliamentary seats as well as control over certain
government ministries - privileges that seem ripe for condemnation today but
hardly unusual for an African country emerging from nearly a century of
colonial rule.

The plan facilitated by the American and British governments that Mr. Mugabe
would eventually accept in 1980 put aside 20 out of 100 seats for whites -
eight less than the arrangement stipulated by the internal settlement.

In April of 1979, the first fully democratic election in Zimbabwe history's
occurred. Of the eligible black voters, 64% participated, braving the threat
of terroristattacksbyMr. Mugabe'sZimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic
Front party, which managed to kill 10 people. Prior to the election, Mr.
Mugabe had issued a death list with 50 individuals he named as "traitors,
fellow-travelers, and puppets of the Ian Smith regime, opportunistic
running-dogs and other capitalist vultures." Nevertheless, Bishop Abel
Muzorewa of the United Methodist Church emerged victorious and became prime
minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, as the new country was called.

Yet the Carter administration, led by the U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations, Andrew Young, would have none of it. Mr. Young referred to Mr.
Muzorewa, one of the very few democratically elected leaders on the African
continent, as the head of a "neo-fascist" government. Mr. Carter refused to
meet Mr. Muzorewawhenthenewlyelectedleader visited Washington to seek
support from

our country, nor did he lift sanctions that America had placed on Rhodesia
as punishment for the colony's unilateral declaration of independence from
the British Empire in 1965.

Messrs. Carter and Young would only countenance a settlement in which Mr.
Mugabe, a Marxist who had repeatedly made clear his intention to turn
Zimbabwe into a one-party state, played a leading role. Mr. Young,
displaying the willful naiveté that came to characterize Mr. Carter's
mindset, told the London Times that Mr. Mugabe was a "very gentle man" whom
he "can't imagine . ever pulling the trigger on a gun to kill anyone."

Mr. Mugabealreadyhadpulledthetrigger on many innocent people, though. And
not long after taking power in 1980, he killed about 25,000 people belonging
to a minority tribe, the Ndebele. In spite of this, in 1989, Mr. Carter
launched his "Project Africa" in Zimbabwe, a program aimed at helping
African countries maintain food sustainability.

Now, however, the Carter Center maintains no programs in Zimbabwe. There is
probably more of a reason for this than simply due to Mr. Mugabe's recent
ban on foreign aid groups.

Since Mr. Carter was thrown out of office by the American people in 1980, he
has spent his post-presidential years lecturing others on morality. The same
year Mr. Carterlostademocraticelection, Mr. Mugabe ascended to power in a
violently flawed one. Yet over the past 27 years Mr. Mugabe has escaped
being a target of Mr. Carter's frequent hectoring.

Rather than criticizing the American and Israeli governments for their
stance towards Hamas, perhaps Jimmy Carter ought to focus his efforts on how
to rid the world of the murderous despot in Zimbabwe whom he helped create.

Mr. Kirchick, the assistant to the editor in chief of the New Republic,
reported from Zimbabwe last year.

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A Third Way solution to Zimbabwe crisis

New Zimbabwe

By Lloyd Msipa
Last updated: 07/11/2007 07:04:55
FOLLOWING what might seem to be a failure by those seeking to form the next
government to maturely iron out their differences, it seems Zimbabweans are
left with very little choice but to seek a third way.

This third way must avoid the pitfalls of those that made up the first and
second ways. To carry out the mission of the third way, we need a third

The force must be an amalgamation of new political thinking composed of
progressive Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, forward looking pressure groups,
civil society and reformed politicians from across the political divide.

This third way must reject the personalisation of political parties and must
demand that all politics be premised on national interest, rather than the
politics of plunder and domination. The third way must seek the
institutionalisation of political parties in the true sense of the word.

This way, political parties may compete on the political field, hence
allowing the party with the best developmental policies to prevail. The
third way must stand for zero tolerance on matters of corruption, no matter
who the perpetrator is. There should be no sacred cows and all judicial
processes should be based on justice, fairness and equity.

In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, "the roots of violence and underdevelopment
are a result of wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge
without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity,
worship without sacrifice and politics without principles"

For us to speak of a third way, there must have been a first and second way.
In order to succeed in the third way, we must seek to understand the
shortcomings of the first and second ways. In order to understand these
shortcomings, we must look at them in the context of Mahatma Ghandi's

The Vanguard parties represent the first way in our history. The first way
elite is largely a product of the elite colonial education. Education that
was largely designed to create servants that would carry out the will of the
colonisers. Many believe in the superiority of the colonisers and will
generally demonstrate a clear dislike against even their best brains.
However this group is synonymous with their love for anything European. Many
in this class are indeed white man in a black man's skin.

For most of these first way politicians, politics is about power and the
fact that they hold it. Power allows them to maintain an intricate
client-patron system composed of similar interests across the whole country.

They publicly declare their right to rule arbitrarily as a god given right,
having brought independence to Zimbabwe. The public wealth of the country
eventually ends up in private hands. The first way is an incestuous class of
economic and political interests whose priority is their well being and not

The first way in Zimbabwe does things with impunity, it perpetuates
corruption and when others question them, it circles to protect their own.
The first way is a selfish elite whose intent is to stay in power for the
gains that power brings. Aggrandizement, economic and political domination
of others seems to be the norm.

The first way talk is of the glorious years of yester year, and how things
would have been different if they had not made the sacrifices made. Some
talk of their detention by the colonial regimes. We need to respect and
acknowledge their contributions, but not worship them.

The first way elite cannot understand the agitation for change, many think
all is well as long as they are in power. The first way resists change for
fear of loss of power, hence the refusal of a new constitution and other
forms of relief.

Those of the second way, the current opposition, are themselves envious of
why they themselves are not in power. They fight for change. In Shona they
sing "Chinja Maitiro, Maitiro Chinja!" In Ndebele, "Guqula Izenzo, Izenzo

They believe they fight to bring fundamental change, but all they want is a
different set of actors -- themselves. Simply put, the second way elites are
opposed to those in power because they are out of power. We have witnessed
this too often that second way elites condemn corruption and aver to fight
to the death.

Their rhetoric appeals to the people, as witnessed by the large numbers at
their rallies. Once in power, second way elites always evolve into first way
elites. The MMD next door in Zambia came to power by a landslide majority
following the promises made by the Chiluba movement. Today Zambia is
prosecuting the same leader for corruption.

The politics we play should address issues of education, security, health,
prosperity, jobs, national well being etc. for our people and must be based
on ideas for taking Zimbabwe forward.

Politicians should be elected based on solutions they present to deal with
issues that affect the people. Zimbabweans should reject individuals bent on
acquiring power to serve their self-interest; such individuals talk use
language like, "I personally appointed Makuvise and that is final." This
should get our warning bells going, coming from a presidential aspirant.

The third way must be based on reason and not passion, a structured approach
to national challenges. Third way advocates should reject power for power's
sake. Instead politicians and political parties should be asked to
demonstrate what they will do once in government.

The third way should ask politicians to back their promises with evidence
that whatever they are proposing, they will deliver. Promises that "we will
lead from the front" were broken. It does not take a rocket scientist to
figure out what the trend will be, should the second way elite make it to

The third way celebrates diversity and rejects tribalism, nepotism and
cronyism. It is based on exploiting the strength that comes with the
diversity of our people and natural resources for the benefit of all

The task ahead is onerous but not insurmountable, we can do it. It is
simple, we create a third force, guided by a third way thinking and focused
on making Zimbabwe a strong country, a key player on the international
stage, a country of justice over passion.

Third way advocates are called upon to fan out in all directions, register
for elections and participate in the political process from grassroots to
national level. Our objective must be to elect as many third way players as
possible, come March 2008.

Lloyd Msipa is a lawyer resident in the United Kingdom and can be contacted

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JAG Classifieds dated 10 July 2007

As a JAG member or JAG Associate member, please send any classified adverts
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the JAG office, by resending via email the entire advert asking for the
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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
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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
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INSTALLATIONS:  We have qualified electricians that carry out installations
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Don't forget, advice is free, so give us a call and see us at: Bay 3,
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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 Pet Food for Sale

Still supplying pets food which consists of 500g of precooked pork offal and
veg costing $15000 and 250g of pigs liver $20000 or heart costing $20000 for

Collection points:Benbar in Msasa at 09.00
Jag offices in Philips Rd, Belgravia at 11.00
Peacehaven which is 75 Oxford St at 12.00

This is on Fridays only. Contact details: phone 011 221 088 or E mail at


1.4 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


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Toyota Landcruiser 100 series, Africa specification GX turbo diesel.
Year 1st used 2005, 23000km, Ex Aid org vehicle White. To view at Mike
Harris, or phone 0912-731147.


1.6 Items for Sale (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Coarse salt Z$ 97,500 per 50kg bag delivered Harare.

Lady's buffalo hide slip-on slippers Z$ 100,000.

Wheat Bran US$ 1 for 25 kg bag collected Ruwa [ currently Z$ 14,000]



1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Bass boat, wrangler x13, complete with as new 60hp Yamaha, electric start,
trim and tilt, 29lbs thrust bass motor, live well, boat cover, motor cover
price equivalent of USD 5500 phone 741913


1.8 For Sale (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Overlocker Empisal - Brand New (Boxed)
4 Thread
Differential Feed
1200 stitches per minute
Trim trap for excess fabric
Colour coded threading system
Includes DVD for Instructions
Hard copy manual
55 million Negotiable
Phone 0912 425 468 (self) 0912 708 343 (sister), E-mail:


1.9 For Sale (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Colour Printer - Brand New (Boxed)
Lerxmark Z730
25 million Negotiable
Phone 0912 425 468 (self), E-mail:


1.10 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Mobile Southern Cross irrigation pump powered by 22kw electric motor.  US
If you are interested I will take it to WrighRain for checking and testing
before purchase. Phone 04-701940 or 011-649 310


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

New Landcruiser gearbox for sale.  75 Series. For more details:  Email - or tel: 091 223 6317

BMW Motorcycle for sale - R850R.  For more details: Email - or tel: 091 223 6317


1.12 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Brand New Laptops, Latest new processor not just Duo core but Duo Core 2
(newest processor in world, 64bit)

Brand new Big screen, Acer Aspire 9424WSMI Centrino Core2 Duo T5600 @
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Price $238 000 000 RTGS $408 000 000

Contact Zane on 0912301396 or email me @ I can send you


1.13 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Motorbike:   Suzuki TF 125 --- excellent condition: Price US$1500
For further details and viewing, contact:

Engine parts:  Hino FF 177, including Injector pump and Cylinder head ---
For further details and viewing, contact:


1.14 THE WEAVERY (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

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 send,
and fully washable. Contact Anne on 332851 or 011212424.Or email

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.


1.15 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Cougar 16' Hull on trailer with Mercury redline 125 motor, electric start,
ride glide steering system, two built in fuel tanks, one carry tank.

Various '94 Peugeot 405 body parts
Windscreen - cracked
Rear window (with heater lines)
4 Doors (one bit of a dent)
3 glasses for the doors
Door panels
Rear tail lights
Back seats
Rims x3
Front & rear suspension

Boat motors:
Mercury Blue line 40hp motor, running but needs minor attn, complete with
controls, plus many spares
Contact:  Sandy on 661220 or 091 2908262 for further details.

Car for Sale
Datsun 180U 1800 Automatic  in good running condition
Contact Tyron on 091 2 317961 or 772156 for further information

Motorbike for Sale
Suzuki Bandit 400
Contact Tyron on 091 2 317 961 or 772156 for further information


1.16 For Sale (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Armoured Cable:  102m of new 4 core 16mm armoured cable

Contact B Carter: 701 940, 011-649 310


1.7 For Sale (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

FREE TV! Buy a Wiztech 222 Super Satellite Receiver and receive satellite TV
FREE! This is a one-of payment - NO subs to pay. No hidden costs. SABC 1,2,
3, Botswana, e-TV, SA News International, CNBC, Trade and Travel, several
religious channels, Radio stations like RSG, Radio Pretoria, SAFM, 5 FM,
2000 Fm etc. Contact Joe Esterhuizen on Harare 339378 or 0912 338414 or


1.18 For Sale (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

1 X Electric Tobacco Baling Press and Box : $ US 2000 equivalent
1 X Shaker / Grader -- Suitable Tobacco Scrap and variety of other products
; $US 750 equivalent
2 X Comet B.P 60/20 Diaphragm pumps --- fully functional : $US 1000
equivalent each.


1.19 For Sale (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

ZNSPCA HQ 156 Enterprise RD.  Tel: 497574/ 497885


 PRINTERS TRAY - $ 500 000


Steel framed lazyman door with locking mech. - $2 500 000

2 second hand  steel doors with frames
Pedestrian gate
Fencing poles


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

FIRE WOOD - $150 000 PER BAG


1.20 For Sale (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

Carpet for Sale - Imported Sage green carpets with underfelt 12 x12 - $4 000

Fax phone; Panasonic KX F 50:  Telephone answering System with facsimile $8
000 000

Tea Trolley -Oak - $3 000 000

Swimming/Irrigation pump and fish pond pump (needs recoiling) offers

Please tel: 882566 or 0912 400 759



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 26/06/07)

Looking for Langford Beehives complete with supers.  Phone Hannes on 490847
or 0912243018


2.5 Wanted (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Wanted Britidh motorcycle spares B.S.A., Matchless, A.J.S. or bits and

Phone Harare 747953


2.6 Wanted Maid/Baby Sitter/Cook (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Looking for an honest reliable maid/baby sitter/cook with a traceable
references.  I have two kids and expecting a third so would like someone
with hands on experience.
Contact: 04-480079, 011-231914 or Email:


2.7 Wanted (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Urgently is a working / Non-working Colour TV, VCR, Hifi, Satellite Dish &
Decoder. Cash paid on spot & can make collection arrangements.

Please contact Joel on 011 569 194 OR Email:


2.8 Wanted (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

I am desperate for a water pump for my Sunny which I am told is an HB 11.  I
have been given a water pump but it is an HB 12 and consequently does not
fit my car which is now off the road and stuck at work.  I am over sixty and
self supporting and so would be grateful if anyone has a water pump HB 11 to
swop if necessary with adjustments.  I may be contacted on phone 498951
during office hours or at home on 572136.  I simply cannot afford the over
two million to buy one from the spares shops.  Please help.


2.9 Wanted (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

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

ZNSPCA - 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 dog kennels and




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 on Chere 011631546.


3.2 Shareholder Wanted (Ad inserted 26/06/07)

Be a shareholder in a beautiful Ranch Style Home over looking Knysna heads.
Fully furnished with all mod cons -7 weeks per year.

Contact - view



MT PLEASANT - Executive Home, or upmarket offices, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms,
2 lounges, newly fitted modern kitchen, borehole, very secure  - available
1st August.

HIGHLANDS - 6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, ideal for offices (10 offices) or large
home, borehole - available immediate.

EMERALD HILL  -  House with Cottage available 1st September

BORROWDALE BROOKE - Newly built, stunning home - available 1st August

EASTLEA  -  6 Offices , double storey, neat and secure, close to old
Parklane Hotel - available immediately.

MAZVIKADEI - Lovely waterfront home on a hill with a view, fully furnished,
pool, can sleep 18.

HIGHLANDS:  On Enterprise road, 1 office with store room and kitchen,
sharing property with other companies. No phone line in this office.
Available immediately.

MAZOE SPRINGS - 2 Townhouses under construction will be available 1st
August.  AVONDALE WEST -  Garden flat, 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms - available
mid July

Finding the right premises or home for you.

Contact : Junelee Ziegler 091 2 248 468, or  Nola Dollar 091 2 401 134,
Email :


3.4 Accommodation For Sale (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

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.


3.5 Holiday Accommodation (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

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 all.


3.6 Accommodation Offered (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

To Rent - Bromley - 50 kms Harare

Attractive thatched 2 bedroom cottage.   Nice garden, plenty of space and
good security.

$4000,000 (four million) per month.   Contact 073 3399 or 011 423614


3.7 Wanted House-Sitter (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

Accommodation offered to mature single person or couple to house sit a
Borrowdale garden flat for September and October.

Please phone Wightman 04-883172 or email:



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 GACHE GACHE LODGE (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

KARIBA. CONTACT Andrea or Fatima for info on the JULY SPECIAL OFFER or to
book for the 4 day LONG WEEKEND in August (11-14).

Tour Leaders Harare Office: 301889 or 0912 208 836, Email:


4.3 Savuli Safari (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

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




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 26/06/07)

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
Email: or


5.5 Dichwe Implements (Pvt) Ltd (26/06/07)

No1 Charles Prince, Airport Rd, Mt. Hampden, Harare

General Engineering Specialists in grain handling including:
Grain cleaners, Seed maize graders and seed treater's
Conveyor belts, augers, bucket elevators, cob sorters, bins and hoppers.
All made to clients exact specifications

We also do 150 Litre Sunshine solar water heaters and water tank stands up
to 10.000 Litre's

Contact: John or Philip Brown - Tel/fax: +263 4 334865 - PB Cell: +263 912
235579 - Office Cell: + 263 912 757479 - Email:


5.6 Extra Lessons (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Extra lessons / homework tuition for the following primary school subjects:
-   English
-    Mathematics
-   French

Please contact Tarryn - 091 2 413 323 (cell), 04 851 873 (home)


5.7 INVESTMENT (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

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


5.8 Creative Minds (Ad inserted 10/07/07)

Advertising and concepts - Copywriting and editing - Print media (including
annual reports and magazines, brochures, stationery, posters, logos) -
Illustration, artist impressions, portraits - Fine art commissions.

We handle a project from concept through design and production of the
finished article, supported by many years of industry experience and using
only quality suppliers.

Tel: 091 2 400 759 - Email:


5.9 Christian Counselling Centre
8 Coltman Road, P O Box MP 1129, Mount Pleasant, Harare
Tel: 744212 / 744580.  Email:

Dear Friends

The Scriptures tell us to "Carry each other's burdens and in this way you
will fulfill the law of Christ". (Gal 6:2).

We especially need to do this for each other as we go through this hard time
in Zimbabwe.

But, how can we do this effectively?

The Basic Counselling Course is a short course that will equip you to be a
valuable support to those around you.  It is useful to anyone interested in
people even if you do not go on to train as a counsellor.  Our next course
starts on 14 July.

The cost is the equivalent of 50 US dollars at the rate on the day of
payment (this includes meals, manual and a book.)

We ask for full payment on registration.  We do have some places available
so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

The details for the course are below.

Yours in Him,

Ian & Adie Wilsher

The BASIC COUNSELLING COURSE will be lead by the CCC Team.

The Course, spread over three Saturdays, will teach you basic skills to help
friends or family members who have problems.

Topics include:  * What makes a good counsellor,  *Active Listening,  * Why
people have problems,  * Crisis Counselling,  * A practical model for
counselling,  * Bereavement.

Date: Saturdays, 14, 21 & 28 July
Time: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: Equivalent of US$50 (includes lunches, manual, book & teas).

The Basic Course is a requirement for those wishing to train to Intermediate
or Advanced levels.



6.1 Wanted (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

ANY FEMALE TERRIER (about 2yrs old) to keep our Jack Russel male company.
Good home.
Contact: 860477 or


6.2 Pet looking for a home (Ad inserted 3/07/07)

Lovely cat -bout three years old, fat and fluffy, looking for a home.  She
is very loving, but doesn't like big dogs.  Or lets say she isn't used to
them.  Her name is Ginger.  Please urgently looking for a home for her!!!
Contact Sandy  on  091 2 908262 for further information.




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 26/06/07)

Come and dance 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. Contact Joe on 339378 or 0912 338414 for details.

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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