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Mugabe worse than Stalin - Soyinka
Vincent Kahiya
NOBEL Prize laureate Wole Soyinka has launched a scathing attack on
President Mugabe's land reform programme saying it was worse than Russian
dictator Joseph Stalin's collectivisation in which millions died.

In an online discussion forum hosted by The Black World Today, a United
States-based African American website which has in the past expressed strong
sympathy for Mugabe, Soyinka berated the African Union questioning whether
it would respond to Mugabe's "state thuggery" and "cynical crudeness".

He questioned why Mugabe had failed to respond to the land problem in the
past 22 years.

"Even Stalin in his mad race to collectivise land and eliminate all those
conveniently-designated kulaks did not send veterans of the Russian
Revolution to take over the land," said the Nigerian-born writer.

"Not that his results were much better, but he appeared at least to have
given thought to structural transfers, which is something totally absent
from Mugabe's methodology," he said.

The Nobel laureate said that the ageing leader was stung and humiliated by
the elections two years ago and had resorted to intimidation to rule the

To achieve his mission Mugabe has resorted to dastardly means like the
dismissal of judges and the attempted muzzling of the press, he said.

Soyinka said Mugabe had embarked on a vicious campaign to stay in power.

"The ageing lion has resorted to the most blatant time-dishonoured methods
of African dictators who fail to understand that people must be led in
dignity, not dragged on their knees along the pathway to social
transformation," he said.

He said Mugabe had joined the rollcall of African dictators who had
conducted an "undefined war of attrition against his own people".

"And we only need to transport ourselves to other nations like Zimbabwe to
eavesdrop on the prayers of millions who wish that shortcut to national
redemption might be found if only a certain power-obsessed near-octogenarian
and once revered revolutionary leader would be called - to use a favourite
expression in my country - to higher glory," he said.
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Shake-up looms in CIO
Dumisani Muleya
A MAJOR shake-up is looming in the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO)
amid reports President Robert Mugabe is anxious to modernise and sharpen his
run-down security agency.

Intelligence sources said the reorganisation will commence when Zimbabwe's
permanent representative to the United Nations, Tichaona Jokonya, takes over
as CIO director-general soon.

Jokonya is tipped to replace retired Brigadier Elisha Muzonzini, recently
appointed Zimbabwe's High Commissioner to Kenya.

The Zimbabwe Independent reported in February last year that Muzonzini, who
is still at the CIO, would be replaced by Jokonya.

Efforts to remove Muzonzini, a former BHP Platinum Mine security officer, in
March last year were reportedly blocked by General Solomon Mujuru. The two
come from Chikomba district in Mashonaland East where Jokonya hails from.

"Jokonya is the best candidate for the job because he is very professional
and fearless," a source said. "He should be coming soon."

However, other sources said if Jokonya took over, the CIO modernisation
would fail due to his "affinity for conspiracy theories".

Insiders said CIO deputy director-general, retired Brigadier Happyton
Bonyongwe, touted in some circles as Muzonzini's successor, could go as
well. Bonyongwe, who comes from Nyanga in Manicaland, is said to be
unpopular because of his perceived regionalistic tendencies.

CIO officers were said to have been unhappy with Muzonzini and Bonyongwe,
who replaced former CIO bosses Shadreck Chipanga and Lovemore Mukandi in
1998, for different reasons.

Muzonzini and Bonyongwe were also said to have drained the CIO through
spending on the March presidential election and other expenditures seen as
wasteful by insiders.

If Bonyongwe goes he is expected to be succeeded by Internal Branch director
Menard Muzariri, seen as State Security minister Nicholas Goche's blue-eyed

Muzariri, currently the most senior of all the six CIO directors, would in
turn be replaced by his deputy, Elias Kanengoni, who was involved in the
1990 shooting and wounding of Zimbabwe Unity Movement national organising
secretary, Patrick Kombayi.

But sources said the Kombayi incident could disqualify Kanengoni. If that
happens, the deputy director for planning, Godfrey Madzorera, would replace

Sources said the restructuring could also affect other CIO directors and
departments including Mugabe's Close Security Unit (CSU) and his
counter-intelligence division.

It is understood External Branch director John Andrew Maringa,
administration head Thomas John Meke, Economics director Justin Mupamhanga,
head of the director-general's pool Tobias Chaunoita, and CSU chief Simbi
Tonde could also be reshuffled.
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Daily Telegraph 15.11.02

'Send cash' plea from Zimbabwe to expats
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare
(Filed: 15/11/2002)

Zimbabwe's finance minister, Herbert Murerwa, yesterday made a rare official
admission of the dire state of the economy with an appeal to Zimbabweans
working in Britain to send some of their earnings home to prop it up.
In his budget speech, after more than an hour speaking on the "perilous"
state of the economy and the "hardships" of the people, Mr Murerwa said he
believed that God "has a plan for Zimbabwe".

Many Zimbabweans have all but concluded that God has been missing for the
past three years as the economy has halved and forced at least 200,000
Zimbabweans into exile, mostly in Britain.
These "exiles" are believed to change at least £20 million a month via the
black market to help their families at home who spend most of each week in a
food queue.
Mr Murerwa, a long-serving apparatchik of President Robert Mugabe, is asking
Zimbabweans overseas to remit their funds to the Reserve Bank in Harare
instead of changing them on the black market at more than 30 times their
official value.
"We will provide incentives," he said.
Then he went on to close foreign currency accounts at commercial banks and
said the reserve bank would administer them in future. He shut all bureaux
de change, citing "rampant abuse".
Mr Murerwa said the economy had declined this year by more than 12 per cent,
after last year's 14 per cent slump. He blamed the drought for much failure.
He referred only fleetingly to the collapse of commercial agriculture after
Mr Mugabe's seizures and occupations of 97 per cent of white-owned land,
which had produced 40 per cent of foreign earnings.
Inflation, expected to reach 200 per cent by the end of the year, is
reflected in the misery of the working class and unemployed. For them the
budget provided no relief.
The price of meat doubled again this week. The staples of the poor, maize
meal, sugar and bread, are no longer available except on the black market.
In the eastern border town of Mutare, Mr Mugabe's militia, known as the
"green bombers" because of their uniforms, raided most of the bakeries on
Wednesday to force the price of bread down and succeeded.
They were greeted as heroes by poverty-stricken people buying bread at less
than the going price. Yesterday the bakeries had nothing for sale.
Mr Murerwa made no mention of fuel, which is hardly available
and sells for a fraction of its real cost.
John Robertson, an economist, said: "The problem with fuel is too big for
them. They don't know what to do. If they had to sell it at the real price
it would have to go up fivefold."
. Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, urged Mr Mugabe's
government yesterday to keep a promise not to use food aid as a political
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Farm Invasions And Security Report
Friday 15th November, 2002.

This report does not purport to cover all the incidents that are taking place in the commercial farming areas.  Communication problems and the fear of reprisals prevent farmers from reporting all that happens.  Farmers names, and in some cases farm names, are omitted to minimise the risk of reprisals.

Chipinge: There has been a spate of housebreakings in the area.  Butcheries in Chipinge have been charged with 'overcharging' for meat.
Burma Valley:  There has been a six day work stoppage on one farm which grows a highly perishable commodity. The farmer's lorries were not allowed to leave the farm and they had to hire a transport firm to move their produce. They are back at work now.
As reported in the newspapers, there was an American shot and killed at a roadblock in the Vumba.
Masvingo East and Central Area: Chidza Farm Owner has received threats from a Police Official that resides on a plot on this property. Owner has been told that his cattle are grazing the newly planted settlers maize and this must stop.
Dromore Farm Owner has finally been informed by the settlers residing on this property that he may come and collect his tractor and the remaining wheat and potatoes.
Mwenezi Area: Continued poaching, snaring and theft of wire within this area. Many owners are due to appear in Court from the last time they were put on remand.
Mateke Hills: Cattle continue to be stolen within this area.
Chiredzi Area:Owners wait to see what is to happen next after many have received the “seven-day” Section 8 Orders.
Save Conservancy Area: Poaching and snaring continue.
Gutu / Chatsworth Area: Cattle continue to be stolen within this area almost on a daily basis.
Beatrice : Friday  8 th At night a truck arrived on Silver Oak farm and offloaded 10 cows and 5 goats.  2 Cows have since died from being trampled.
Witdoorn Farm storeroom was broken into and the following was stolen; Bricks & Stratten engine, pump, Stelson wrench and 60l diesel. RRB No. 0038163
Saturday 9th- Mantlavina Farm- a heifer in calf slaughtered by two of their employees.  Police have been informed RRBNo. 0038167
Sunday 10th- Brakvelt farm was visited by Cde Mandivenge saying the farmer must stay out of his top paddocks.  He was armed with a pistol.
On Zanka farm a dairy worker was assaulted.  Police picked up one suspect.
Monday 11th - Plumstead farm reported 2 cows stolen and 80 fencing standards.
On Dunrobin Farm the settlers closed all dairy cattle in a crawl and refused them to go out.  The police said that they would look into the matter.
Lyne farm employees went on strike on Sat morning, wanting SI6.  They refuse to negotiate with NEC, but local Police spoke to the labour force and agreed to have a meeting on the farm on Wednesday.  As of today, there is no change.  Farmers are in the process of planting tobacco, so they are not liable to pay packages. 
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ZIMBABWE: Economy needs urgent action - finance minister

JOHANNESBURG, 15 November (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance Herbert Murerwa admitted that Zimbabwe's economy required urgent corrective action to avert further deterioration when he tabled his budget for 2003 on Thursday.

In his budget speech Murerwa said output had declined by 19 percent over the last three years and inflation accelerated to 144 percent by the end of October.

The severe drought and food shortages, a drop in the country's food supply, the scarcity of foreign exchange and negative international perceptions following the implementation of the land reform programme, were factors compounding the current economic difficulties.

In response, he raised tax-free threshholds for certain sectors of the population including the elderly and the retrenched, pumped more money into the agrarian sector and introduced a tough set of measures to keep a tighter grip on valuable foreign exchange.

For the land reform programme, which has seen thousands of commercial farmers forced off their land, he boosted the coffers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement, and set aside several billion Zimbabwe dollars for a crop-input scheme, field trials and training and the development of irrigation infrastructure.

Murerwa was quoted in the Herald as saying: "The expected growth of agriculture should improve overall economic growth, anchor sustainable inputs supply into agro-based manufacturing and distribution industries."

He hoped a tax break would stimulate interest in the new Agribond which aims to raise Zim 60 billion (about US $1 billion at the official exchange rate) for resettled farmers. However, the Financial Gazette newspaper warned that the low interest of 24 percent on the bonds would discourage investors and added that the Agribonds had come too late for the current season.

In an attempt to control government foreign exchange reserves, Murerwa announced the abolishment of all bureaux de change and would also raise the amount of foreign currency exporters had to surrender to the Reserve Bank, up by 10 percent to 50 percent.

"The above exchange control measures have been necessitated by the gravity of the foreign currency leakages. These measures will, therefore, be reviewed in due course as and when the situation improves," he said.

He also predicted that inflation would fall from its October level of 144 percent to about 96 percent next year in spite of reports that the International Monetary Fund expected it to rise to 500 percent.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the budget "did little or nothing to resolve the economic crisis that has gripped Zimbabwe in the past three years".

In a statement the MDC said the budget deficit was unacceptably high at 11.5 percent of GDP and interest rates were too low in the current hyper-inflationary environment.

The decision to raise the retention by government of foreign exchange earnings by the private sector was a "death thrust" on the export sector and made no effort to encourage exports.

It welcomed the adjustment of the tax thresholds but said the benefits would be minimal in the current inflationary environment.

It also slammed the large defence allocation in the face of the withdrawal of Zimbabwean troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Murerwa set aside Zim $76 billion (US $1.4 billion) for defence, while the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare received only Zim $73.4 billion (US $1.3 million). He also allocated Zim $2.5 billion (US $46 million) for procurement of anti-retroviral drugs.
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Open Letter to Mrs Anne Matonga

Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)

November 15, 2002
Posted to the web November 15, 2002

Dear Editor, IT seems you have been completely brainwashed into believing
that by virtue of your marriage to a Zimbabwean you, of British origin so
reviled by Zanu PF, have a right to "take over" the 1 500-acre farm
belonging to Vincent & Monica Schultz.

With your few months' residence in this country what do you know of the real
conditions here, other than by hearsay? Are you so naive that you cannot see
what is going on outside the halls of power? If you believe starvation is
the propaganda of "colonialist" organisations such as Oxfam and others then
leave "your" 1 500-acre farm and travel to the rural areas.

Open your eyes and talk to the folk who earlier this year saw their crops
wither and die from lack of rain. Join them as they hunt for roots and
rodents - anything to sustain them until their next crop is harvested. This
would not be a day trip but a journey that would take many days travelling
to the furthest corners of the land.

Take nothing with you for the rural folk are generous and will share their
roots and rodents with you. Do not travel in convoy and do not tell the folk
you meet that you are married to a Zanu PF stalwart. Go out and learn the
truth for yourself.

When you return to the bright lights and supermarkets with shelves stocked
with goods that only the wealthy can afford, will you have the guts to say,
"I made a mistake, I am sorry?" or are you one of the Party who are blind
because they will not see, are deaf because they will not hear? One of those
who, despite evidence to the contrary, swear there was no holocaust.

If you are true to yourself and your beliefs, can you answer the question as
to why "your farm" has not been subdivided into 150 10-acre plots for the

While pondering this question, ask yourself why so many farms purchased in
the 1980s on a willing buyer/willing seller basis are still lying idle 15
years later or do you consider this more anti-government propaganda? I'm
sure I don't need to remind you that all empires and dictatorships fall,
none last forever - not the Egyptian, the Roman, the British, not Ian
Smith's "never in a 1 000 years" nor Adolph Hitler's 1 000-year Reich.
Generally the more brutal the regime, the quicker its demise.

History will undoubtedly repeat itself in the case of Zimbabwe - it is only
a matter of time and then, Madam you will be a very lonely person with many
hands turned against you and deprived of "our land".

If I lived in a free society I would be happy to sign my name to this letter
but I am aware of the danger to those close to me so must regretfully sign

Concerned Elderly Citizen,


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Human Rights Organization Closes Office in Zimbabwe
Peta Thornycroft
15 Nov 2002, 17:57 UTC

The leading human rights organization in Zimbabwe, the Amani Trust, has
closed down, following government threats to arrest its officials.

The offices of the Amani Trust were closed Friday, and its officials were
lying low. People close to the trust say its leaders believe the government
has every intention of carrying out threats made earlier this week by the
welfare minister, July Moyo.

In a speech in parliament on Wednesday, Mr. Moyo said the government was
going to arrest officials of the Amani Trust, as well as several other
non-governmental organizations, because they were not properly registered
under the Private Voluntary Organizations Act.

Members of the Amani Trust said Friday, they had deliberately not registered
under the act, because they believed the government would not register a
group that, among other things, addresses questions of political violence.

Instead, the group formed a legal trust, and registered it with the Deeds

The Zimbabwe government has regularly accused the Amani Trust of being a
hotbed of support for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. The
trust has also received funding from the British government, which makes it,
according to government leaders, part of a plot to overthrow President
Robert Mugabe.

But the trust has always maintained that it is strictly a human rights
organization, and does not side with any political group. Before the March
presidential elections, it provided medical support for victims of political
violence, dispensing aid to members of the ruling party, as well as the

Its investigations, however, have frequently drawn government criticism. In
a recent report on a wide range of human rights abuses, it found that more
than 90 percent of them were committed by members of the ruling party,

The closure of the Amani Trust has caused dismay among human rights
supporters in Zimbabwe. Many say it was the last organization left that
provided assistance at a time of increasing repression in Zimbabwe.

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AI Index: AFR 46/048/2002 (Public)
News Service No: 208
16 November 2002

Embargo Date: 16 November 2002 00:01 GMT

Zimbabwe: Government steps up harassment of human rights defenders
  Amnesty International condemns efforts by the Zimbabwean government to
silence human rights defenders. Recent statements by government ministers
signal intensified scrutiny and intimidation of NGOs who have spoken out
about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe.

  "Human rights organizations who expose human rights violations and are
perceived to be critical of government policy are coming under increasing
attack," Amnesty International said today.

  Amnesty International calls upon the Zimbabwean government to respect the
United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and to immediately end
its intimidation and harassment of human rights organizations and other
human rights defenders.

  "The authorities must enable human rights defenders to work without fear
of intimidation or arrest. The Zimbabwean authorities and the international
community should ensure that impartial and independent public investigations
are carried out into human rights violations and that those responsible are
brought to justice" said Amnesty International.

  On 13 November, the government published a list of NGOs which allegedly
threaten national peace and security. On the same day, Patrick Chinamasa,
the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs made statements in
parliament accusing Amani Trust, a leading Zimbabwean human rights and
service organization which appears on the list, as well as other
organizations, of destabilizing the country. The Minister of Public Service,
Labour and Social Welfare, July Moyo reportedly told parliament that
organizations such as Amani Trust which are not registered under the Private
Voluntary Organizations (PVO) Act would be forced to close their offices or
face arrests.

  The government also reportedly discredited the political violence reports
produced by the Amani Trust. The research findings of Amani Trust on human
rights violations in Zimbabwe are consistent with Amnesty International's
own investigations and those of other international humanitarian and human
rights organizations. Amnesty International believes that these allegations
are part of government efforts to discredit and undermine the work and
reputation of Amani Trust. Amani Trust appears to have been specifically
targeted by the government because of its meticulous documentation of human
rights abuses.

  "The government's recent enforcement of the PVO Act is part of an overall
campaign to shut down organizations and silence independent media which
investigate and publicize human rights violations in Zimbabwe. Some of these
organizations, such as Amani Trust, provide vital medical and psychological
services to hundreds of victims of political violence and torture. These
developments, in addition to on-going state intimidation and harassment of
independent journalists, lawyers and human rights NGOs, has effectively
created a hostile work environment for human rights defenders," Amnesty
International said.

  In September, the government issued a public notice advising NGOs to
register with the government as per Section 6 of the Private Voluntary
Organizations (PVO) Act. The notice warned that NGOs which failed to
register risked prosecution. Although the PVO Act was enacted in 1997, it
has not been fully enforced. There are also concerns that new legislation
may be introduced which will further curtail the activities of NGOs.

  In August, Dr. Frances Lovemore, Medical Director of Amani Trust, was
arrested and charged with "publishing or communicating false statements
prejudicial to the state". The charge stemmed from press reports which
referred to Amani Trust's work with victims of torture and politically
motivated rape in Zimbabwe. The offices of Amani Trust were raided and
searched by police. Dr. Lovemore was released the day after her arrest and
all charges against her dropped due to insufficient evidence.
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Industry Hurt By Land Reform

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

November 15, 2002
Posted to the web November 15, 2002


The impact of Zimbabwe's controversial fast-track land reform programme has
rippled through the economy, but it has been the country's once robust
agro-industries that have been the hardest hit.

The take-over and breaking up of most of the vast commercial farms to
benefit landless and impoverished Zimbabweans has fragmented the market base
of industries servicing the previously highly profitable estates.

"Most of these companies have either downsized or ceased operations because
there was no longer a sustainable demand base ... Most of the new settlers
are small-scale and communal farmers who do not use much equipment or
inputs. Large-scale farming requires extensive equipment and inputs and this
is what the new farmers cannot afford," economist John Robertson told IRIN.

"There was no policy foresight on the part of the present government. No
planning was done because [the ruling] ZANU-PF was concerned mostly with how
to survive the challenge of MDC [opposition Movement for Democratic Change].
The result of that tendency is what we see today - ruins of industry," said
Tapiwa Mashakada, an economist and MDC legislator.

Even farmers who have been settled on intact commercial farms, the so-called
A2 scheme, have run into difficulties in financing the purchase of necessary
equipment in the short to medium term. Recently, there was an outcry when
some of the desperately needed winter wheat crop was left to rot in the
fields when the first rains fell because new farmers could not afford to
hire combine harvesters.

Commercial farmers were traditionally an important market for engineering
firms, who supplied tractors, combine harvesters and irrigation equipment.

According to the latest Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) report,
local markets are shrinking due to the collapsing agriculture sector. As a
result, 450 engineering companies have gone on short working hours and are
hiring contract workers rather than permanent staff. About 12 small to
medium firms folded between 2000 and 2001.

Companies whose businesses depend on raw materials from the farming sector
have also been hard hit. They include millers, bakeries, leather dealers,
timber manufacturers and clothing and textile concerns.

The CZI report said large-scale millers had retrenched more than 50 percent
of their staff and had closed some of their branches. It cited a lack of
inputs - mostly maize, wheat, and cotton seed - as one of the major
constraints faced by the industry.

The national maize demand is about two million mt per annum, but current
production has been estimated at 500,000 mt. The country has only managed to
produce 200,000 mt of wheat, against the domestic requirement of 400,000 mt.

"Most small bakeries are still very marginal and company closures are taking
place. In the event that wheat supplies do dry up, many fresh liquidations
can be expected," the CZI report said.

The leather industry, the CZI report pointed out, has been affected by the
lack of raw hide. White commercial farmers whose land was occupied had
complained that some new settlers had killed their cattle for food.
According to media reports, the affected farmers also slaughtered their
herds when it became clear the government was bent on evicting them.
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Herald Sun, Australia

Hit-and-run cup bid

WORLD Cup organisers will try to persuade the Australian cricket side to be
part of a commando-style operation to ensure its match against Zimbabwe goes

Cup organisers are aware of Australia's deep reservations about entering the
strife-torn country for its match against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on February
A plan is being hatched for Australia to catch an hour-long, early-morning,
privately chartered flight from Johannesburg in South Africa across the
border to land in Bulawayo on the morning of the match.

The Australians would be taken to Queen's Ground with an armed security
escort around their team bus and would fly out within 90 minutes of the
completion of their match.

Cup organisers, flushed with a $180 million budget, would bankroll the
exercise. Australia cancelled its three-Test tour of Zimbabwe, which was
scheduled for April this year, due to domestic unrest surrounding the
country's controversial election.

International Cricket Council chief execu tive Malcolm Speed will visit
Zimbabwe in a fortnight with a team of security experts to decide whether
the country should be allowed to host its quota of cup games.

There is a chance the Zimbabwean games will be rescheduled for South Africa.

If the ICC deems Zimbabwe is safe to visit -- Pakistan is now touring
there -- Australia will forfeit points if it elects not to make the visit.

Likely schedule: 6am, leave Johannesburg; 7am, land in Bulawayo go to
Queen's Ground under armed escort; 10am, match starts; 6pm, match finishes;
7pm, leave Queens Ground for airport; 8.30pm, leave Bulawayo; 9.30pm, arrive
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Saturday, 16 November, 2002, 15:21 GMT
Zimbabwe freezes prices

Zimbabweans have been facing fuel shortages since 1999

The Zimbabwean Government has announced sweeping price freezes on a wide range of goods in a move to tackle the country's deepening economic crisis.
The freeze applies to products such as food, fuel, medicines, electrical appliances, agricultural machinery, fertilisers and school textbooks, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper.

Inflation in Zimbabwe is running at a record level of 135% and nearly half the country's 12 million inhabitants are facing starvation.

In his budget speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa said price controls imposed earlier on some staple goods were not working.

Business leaders say the measures have led to increased shortages and more black market trading.

Currency crackdown

According to The Herald, the latest price freeze has been imposed to stop manufacturers evading price controls "by re-branding and reducing the size of some products to those not controlled".

      Many are reliant on food aid

It is not clear how the controls will be enforced.

Price controls on staple food products were introduced in October last year, but Zimbabwe still faces critical shortages of cornmeal, sugar, milk and cooking oil, among other goods.

Earlier this week, the government announced plans to close every bureau de change in the country and introduce tighter currency controls in an effort to curtail the black-market currency business.

The announcement formed part of this year's budget statement, during which the finance minister admitted that the country's economy would contract by 11.9% this year, after shrinking by 7.3% in 2001.

Many economists blame corruption, mismanagement and the near-complete disruption of commercial farming by government-approved seizures of land - as well as the drought - for Zimbabwe's economic crisis.
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Farmer saves elephants from Mugabe's men
By Tim Butcher with the Braeside elephant herd
(Filed: 15/11/2002)

With thousands of game animals being slaughtered illegally each week in Zimbabwe, a white farmer has spirited 12 domesticated elephants out of the country to safety in neighbouring South Africa.

Threatened with death at the hands of militant supporters of the Mugabe regime, the herd has been saved by its trainer, Rory Hensman, 56.

The collapse of law and order in Zimbabwe has led to thousands of animals being poached from game farms; wilderness areas such as the Gonarezhou National Park have been plundered.

For seven-year-old Dande, a two-ton female with a penchant for playing football, the 20-hour lorry trip across the border was not easy.

"It was an epic journey and it must have spooked her because you can see she has not been quite right since the day we left Zimbabwe," Mr Hensman, said, ignoring her trunk as it ruffled his hair vigorously.

"The elephants have been with us so long that there are like family so we can tell just by looking in her eyes if something is wrong."

Mr Hensman and his wife, Lindie, trained their first calves in 1988 at their home, Braeside farm, near the town of Chinhoyi. They were used for elephant-back safaris at Victoria Falls.

But it all went sour in Zimbabwe when President Robert Mugabe ordered the invasion of white-owned farms such as Braeside two years ago.

"The so-called war vets pitched up on the farm and from that day we had to stop normal life," Mr Hensman said.

"The elephants were accused by them of being used for 'psychological warfare' and I am certain that like so much other game on our farm and elsewhere if we had left them they would have been killed." 
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The Times

            What Britain can do in Zimbabwe?
            From the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Sir, While I share the frustration of Vanora Bennett at what is happening in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe's cruel regime (Thunderer, November 11) she is wrong to say that we in the Government have been wringing our hands. In fact, the Government has been working hard diplomatically to ensure that there is a united international response to the appalling situation in Zimbabwe. As a result, there is now action by the European Union, the US and the Commonwealth against the Mugabe regime.

Ms Bennett suggests that we send home the Zimbabwean High Commissioner. But this would result in the expulsion of our own High Commissioner in Harare, leaving the 26,000 UK nationals in Zimbabwe without any representation at all, and further undermining our efforts to help those in Zimbabwe struggling to promote democracy. Ms Bennett recommends that EU visa restrictions and the freezing of assets be broadened. I do not rule this out. But she then rejects the only means to bring this about: working patiently behind the scenes with partners to build a consensus.

The UK is the second largest contributor to the UNs relief efforts in Zimbabwe and we will do all we can to help the Zimbabwean people in their hour of need.

We will continue to play a key part in the international communitys efforts to isolate the Mugabe regime until it respects basic democratic rights and its international obligations. But we must never allow Mugabe to succeed in portraying this issue as a dispute between his country and its former colonial master. As the leader of Zimbabwes Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, said recently: If you are at the forefront you turn Mugabe into a martyr. That's what he wants.

Yours faithfully,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street, SW1A 2AH.
November 12.
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Zimbabwe to blame for tobacco firm dilemma
14. November 2002 Print Article (IE & NS 4+)
Zimbabwe's volatile political situation spells change for Danish
smokers, as tobacco giant House of Prince, maker of the popular Prince
and Cecil cigarette, scrambles to find African countries capable of
producing tobacco for its celebrated brands

Controversial Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is leaving a trail of
problems for Danish tobacco giant House of Prince. The series of
government-supported attacks against white farmers in Zimbabwe have
brought a precipitous drop in the country's tobacco harvest, from 235
million kilos of tobacco in 1999 to a projected 60-70 million kilos for
next year.

As a result, House of Prince will be compelled to replace a large
portion of the Zimbabwean tobacco currently contained in a Prince
cigarette with tobacco from other countries, daily newspapers De 3
Stiftstidender and JydskeVestkysten reported this weekend.

"It's a big disappointment that we'll come up short of Zimbabwean
tobacco, and we're on the verge of losing a huge market that can't
readily be replaced. Our best alternative in the short term is Brazil,
which is quick to get in gear in production," said House of Prince
vice-director Jacob Bjerre, who also heads the company's raw tobacco

The company has assured Danish smokers that the shift in tobacco won't
affect the taste of the standard Prince cigarette.

House of Prince is currently investigating three other African countries
that may be able to fully take over Zimbabwe's tobacco production for
Prince in the long term. Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique currently top
the short list for their favourable climates in producing a
Zimbabwe-like tobacco. Other possibilities include Zambia and Uganda.
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November 14, 2002
  Life grinds to a halt as Mugabe's fuel runs out Letter
from Harare
THERE is a joke that Zimbabweans lack so many basic commodities that they do
not know which queue to join, but it no longer seems very funny.
In Harare's once comfortable suburb of Greencroft yesterday about 200 people
queued outside the supermarket for bread. At the Shell service station next
door about 20 lorries and buses were waiting at the diesel pump. At the
Mobil station next to that the queue for petrol stretched down the road and
out of sight.
Bread shortages have been the norm for more than six months in Zimbabwe, but
they are now being matched by fuel shortages that threaten to paralyse the
Traffic is choked by multiple lines of vehicles jostling for position
outside the decreasing number of petrol stations that still have fuel to
Commuting has become a nightmare. The once-orderly queues at the bus
terminus outside the Harare central police station have turned into a
chaotic half-mile of humanity jamming the pavement five-deep.
In the town of Gwanda in southwest Zimbabwe last week 70 members of
President Mugabe's irregular youth militia forced the driver of the bus they
were travelling in to go to the head of a long queue. Motorists who objected
were threatened. When two policemen intervened, they were beaten up. No
further action was taken against the mob.
A senior oil company executive said: "The fuel queues will soon be no more
because there won't be any more fuel."
The shortage compounds the famine that now threatens half of Zimbabwe's 13
million people. Inflation is expected to reach 200 per cent next month and
the currency is collapsing.
Tony Hawkins, an economist, said: "I don't think it's ever been as grave as
In August last year chronic fuel shortages were relieved when Colonel
Gaddafi of Libya responded to appeals from Mr Mugabe by ordering his
state-owned oil company, Tamoil, to give a year's credit of US$360 million
(£227 million) for fuel to Zimbabwe.
However, fuel industry sources confirm that the supply was cut off in mid-
September when the state-owned National Oil Company of Zimbabwe was unable
to meet payments.
Two weeks ago Mr Mugabe made a rare admission of failure when he said that
the fuel crisis gave him "headaches and stomachaches". He reversed his
22-year policy of allowing only the state to import fuel, a "strategic
commodity", and said that multinational oil companies would have to take
A fortnight later fuel industry sources report no progress in talks with the
Government on how this is to be done. The primary obstacle is what the oil
companies will charge.
Under Mr Mugabe's orders, the price has been frozen since June last year at
Zim$76 per litre. The currency has fallen to less than a tenth of its value
since then. That means that the national oil company is paying about
US50cents (31p) a litre, and selling it for the equivalent of US4 cents (2p)
a litre. A pint of beer in Zimbabwe costs six times as much as a litre of
"The Government is going to have to do something with the price," Mr Hawkins
said. "But they cannot just double it without the risk of those on the
streets throwing stones."
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November 14, 2002
Ivory ban relaxed for £6m one-off sale
From Michael Dynes
In Johannesburg

SOUTHERN Africa welcomed the relaxation of the 13-year-old ban on
international ivory sales yesterday, allowing regional states to sell off a
vast stockpile despite warnings that it could spark an upsurge in poaching.
More than £6 million is expected to flow into the conservation coffers of
South Africa, Botswana and Namibia after the surprise decision by the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) to allow
them to sell about 60 tonnes of stockpiled ivory in a one-off deal. The
controversial move is opposed by animal welfare groups, and is widely seen
as the first step towards allowing African countries to harvest their
surplus ivory for profit.
"This constitutes an enormous victory," said Valli Moosa, South Africa's
Environment Minister. "South Africa has constantly argued that a sensible
and scientific approach needed to be taken in the management of wildlife."
South Africa, Botswana and Namibia convinced the 160-member Cites
organisation, which regulates global trade in animal and plant life, that
their conservation policies had allowed elephant numbers to increase to the
point where they are no longer an endangered species.
Attempts by Zimbabwe and Zambia to sell their ivory stockpiles were,
however, flatly rejected.
Delegates to the twelfth Cites conference in Santiago, Chile, said they were
not convinced that Harare and Lusaka could monitor ivory sales because of
widespread corruption and political instability.
A proposal to allow all five countries to sell an annual quota of 14 tonnes
of ivory, which would effectively reopen the ivory trade permanently, was
also put on hold.
The vote has opened up a deep rift across Africa between proponents and
opponents of the ivory trade, with conservationists, in Kenya especially,
predicting that the decision will lead to a wholesale resumption in ivory
poaching and a new black market.
Elephant numbers fell from 1.3 million to 600,000 by the end of the 1980s.
A report published by the European Union in the run-up to the Cites meeting
said that there was mounting evidence of smuggling rings being set up by
West African business interests, working with security forces and local
trackers, to flood the international market with illegal ivory.
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Mark Chavunduka: crusading journalist
THE Zimbabwean journalist Mark Chavunduka, who focused international
attention on the savage human rights record of President Robert Mugabe's
government after suffering prolonged torture, has died in Harare at the age
of 37.

Chavunduka hit world headlines in January 1999 when the Standard, the
independent Sunday newspaper of which he was editor, reported widespread
unrest in the Zimbabwean Army over the deployment of 14,000 troops in the
civil war then raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chavunduka
was arrested by senior military officers when he published a report by one
of his journalists, Ray Choto, saying there had been an attempted but
unsuccessful coup against Mugabe by a group of 23 army officers.

For more than ten days, both Chavunduka and Choto were beaten, kicked,
punched, electrocuted and very nearly drowned by army torturers at the
notorious Cranborne Barracks, a 30-minute drive from Harare, Zimbabwe's
capital. Chavunduka said later: "They were saying things like, for example:
'President Mugabe's already signed your death warrant, and so we can do
anything we want to do.'" Neither Chavunduka nor Choto revealed their
sources for the alleged coup plot. They stuck by their story and charges
against them for publishing "a false report liable to create alarm and
despondency" were later dropped. The defence minister at the time, the late
Moven Mahachi, denied that the two men had been tortured. He said their
wounds were self-inflicted "scratches".

Chavunduka and Choto were able to tell their stories when they were allowed
to leave Zimbabwe for prolonged treatment for their physical and mental
injuries at Helen Bamber's internationally acclaimed Medical Foundation for
the Treatment of Torture Victims in London.

The International Press Institute used Chavunduka's ordeal to highlight how
Zimbabwean journalists operated in "a climate of fear".

Chavunduka was honoured in 1999 with the International Press Freedom Award
and the James Cameron Press Freedom Award. He was lionised and many other
international prizes and awards followed, although back home Mugabe's
military and police continued unashamedly to arrest and torture journalists.

At 24, Mark Chavunduka became the youngest editor of a national publication
in Zimbabwe when he was made editor in 1991 of Parade, a monthly news
magazine. Six years later he became the founding editor of the Standard.

He was a member of a distinguished Zimbabwean family. His father, Dr Dexter
Chavunduka, was the first black veterinary surgeon in former Rhodesia and a
Member of Parliament in independent Zimbabwe nominated by Mugabe for his
expertise in animal husbandry. His uncle, Professor Gordon Chavunduka, is a
veteran African nationalist politician who was Vice Chancellor of the
University of Zimbabwe, where he conferred an honorary degree on Mugabe. His
aunt, Sarah Kachingwe, was once the top civil servant in Mugabe's
information ministry.

After treatment at the London clinic run by Helen Bamber, a Jewish woman who
first treated Nazi concentration camp victims, Chavunduka went to the United
States. He refused an offer of asylum there before returning to Zimbabwe and
the Standard against the advice of family and friends.

He continued to be a critic of the Mugabe government. He suggested that
Mugabe "and his cronies" be given enough money by the international
community to leave the country and settle elsewhere. "We cannot let a few
greedy, despotic, corrupt people spoil the country for the rest of us," he

Mugabe sneered that Chavunduka was a white man in a black skin. But his
colleagues in the independent press in Zimbabwe and beyond recognised him as
a true crusader for freedom whose torture brought the world's attention to
Mugabe's human rights violations and efforts to suppress criticism.

In April this year, Chavunduka left the Standard and bought out and became
chief executive of the company that published Parade.

Until the end of his long illness his right eye still twitched as a result
of the torture he endured. He also suffered from recurring nightmares.
However, medical and family sources said his death was unrelated to the
tortures. He had suffered prolonged chest pains and fevers, symptoms which
inevitably have led to speculation that he died of an AIDS-related infection
in a country where one-third of the population is HIV-positive.

He is survived by his wife and three children. ©2002
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Media urged to wake up to Zimbabwe crisis
By Paul Donovan Posted 14 November
2002 00:00 GMT
A BBC journalist who went undercover to report from Zimbabwe has called on
the British media to wake up to the unfolding crisis in that country.
"We're talking about 6.5 million people here who could starve by Christmas
and the international community has not woken up to it," said Christian
Fraser, the Breakfast reporter on Five Live. "It seems that it is only when
you start to see children with stick bones and swollen bellies that the
tabloids get turned on."
Fraser managed to get into Zimbabwe, from where the BBC has been banned, via
South Africa. He then went to Harare and moved out to cover a by-election
where Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party was manipulating the food supply
in order to secure an electoral win.
Fraser's reports on Zimbabwe have gone out on Five Live, Radio One and News
Fraser also believes that when the British media do focus on Zimbabwe, there
is too much attention paid to white farmers.
"There are 1.5 million people working for the white farmers and they say
there is too much focus on them. The farmers will admit that they can move
and farm elsewhere - that is not an option for many who work for them," he
Fraser recalled one case in which a farmer went away and returned to
discover the whole workforce of 500 black farm workers had been removed and
dumped elsewhere.
Fraser is keen that the UK media start to give the crisis in Zimbabwe proper
coverage. "The reaction when you tell people that more than six million
people could starve by Christmas is, 'It's Africa, isn't it?' It's a sad
indictment that we don't care or the people who sell newspapers don't care."
All contents © 2001, Quantum Publishing, or its affiliates.
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New York Times

South Africa Urges the West to Ease Censure of Zimbabwe

OHANNESBURG, Nov. 16 - Cameras flashed and reporters scribbled as the
foreign ministers of South Africa and Zimbabwe met this week with hearty
handshakes. Then South Africa announced that it was time for the world to
ease the pressure on its troubled neighbor.

The South African foreign minister, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma, said it was time for
Western nations to consider ending penalties they imposed on Zimbabwe for
intimidating opposition party supporters, judges, journalists and white
farmers, and manipulating the presidential election.

She also called on Britain, Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, to compensate
white farmers who have been forced to give up their farms without
compensation. Zimbabwe, which has ordered nearly 3,000 white farmers to give
their properties to blacks, says its contentious land reform process is now

Referring to the penalties, Dr. Zuma, speaking as she stood next to Foreign
Minister Stan Mudenge of Zimbabwe during the news conference in Pretoria,
said, "We don't think that's a situation which should continue for a long

Dr. Zuma's remarks were greeted with outrage from supporters of Zimbabwe's
opposition party and many political analysts in South Africa. Over the past
two and a half years, the government of President Robert Mugabe has condoned
the killings of scores of black opposition party supporters. The
intimidation of black government critics and white farmers continues.
[Zimbabwe's economy is also in tatters, and on Saturday the government
reimposed sweeping price controls, Reuters reported.]

Zimbabwe's opposition party and civic groups have accused the government of
denying emergency food to people who refuse to support the governing party.
Last month, the United Nations suspended food distribution in the community
of Insiza when government-backed militants seized three tons of food for
their supporters before a local election.

Asked whether South Africa was condoning lawlessness, Dr. Zuma said it was
important to look ahead. "Even if Zimbabwe made a mistake, the point is that
we need to move to the future," she said.

Western nations, notably the United States and Britain, have urged South
Africa to take a harder line, recognizing that President Thabo Mbeki often
describes himself as a champion of African democracy.

He has rallied support for a development plan that would steer Western aid
and investment to those African nations that respect human rights. His
country is often hailed as one of the most democratic nations on the

Mr. Mbeki has occasionally offered criticism of Zimbabwe, but he and his
officials have expressed a clear preference for what they call "quiet
diplomacy," which means criticism in private and cordial cooperation in

South Africa hailed Zimbabwe's presidential election in March as legitimate,
even though officials eliminated polling stations in opposition strongholds,
and the police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people who were
waiting to vote.

Earlier this month, foreign ministers in the region rejected efforts by the
European Union to condemn Zimbabwe, although they did agree to a statement
that calls for food to be distributed fairly in the country.

There is no doubt that South Africa has quietly prodded Mr. Mugabe, who is
widely viewed as a proud and mercurial leader who responds poorly to public
criticism. Zimbabwe is South Africa's largest regional trading partner.

Mr. Mugabe was a staunch supporter of the anti-apartheid struggle. Many
African officials respect him for supporting the region's fight against
white rule and for his efforts to redistribute land stolen by British
settlers. That issue resonates in South Africa and Namibia, where whites
control most of the land.

Many African officials are also suspicious of all the Western talk about
human rights in Zimbabwe when there is little talk about human rights in
other African countries.

"In other African countries where human rights are ignored, it's business as
usual," said Claude Kabema, the acting director of the Electoral Institute
of Southern Africa. "That's why many people have failed to embrace the
Western position. They see it as hypocrisy."

Yet others here and abroad say it is hypocritical for South Africa, which
fought so hard for its democracy, not to loudly condemn rights abuses on its

"South Africa is not supportive," complained Peter Moyo, a spokesman for a
group of black Zimbabweans living in South Africa. "Children are going to
bed hungry and nobody seems to care," he said. "We need to hear from South

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Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to:
JAG Job Opportunities <>


A workshop manager, to be based in Mutare - starting immediately.

To run small workshop, stores, fuel stocks, tyres and labour.

Incumbent to have management skills and be able to lead and supervise a
competent team of artisans and ancillary workers.  Our work is with
International Trucks, therefore a mechanical knowledge is essential.

Also workshop admin, job cards, invoicing and payroll knowledge is

The Workshop Manager is to adher to and practice the Colbro principals of
accounting (based on ISO), human resources management, workshop practices,
stores control and customer relations.  A further requirement is to ensure
the production of good quality work within a reasonable time frame.

Training and assistance will be given to the correct person to ensure full
awareness of our quality and systems.

Salary is negotiable, dependant on experience and knowledge.

Any interested persons are to please contact Bob Collett on Cell phone no:
091 200 519 or e-mail us on with CVs, questions and a
contact telephone number.

Opportunities in :

The Comores
Hope that this is the right route to get info to you on possible job
1. The French Government is anxious to help farmers with EU (ie UK, Dutch
etc) nationality to settle in Mayotte, Comoros Islands (off the coast of
Mozambique). Mayotte is a Departement of France and so stable and law
abiding. Offered are tax rebates, cheap loans etc. More information from
the French Embassy in Harare, I understand.

South Africa
Dear friends Two people in South Africa have manager positions on their
farms vacant and are willing to keep these positions open for two Zimbabwe
farmers who lost their farms. If interested please contact: Mr de Villiers
(012) 361 7703 (after hours)
(012) 315 7556 (at work)

From: "Frank Putterill" <> I am not sure if you assist in
finding evicted farmers new employment but I have a friend in Natal who
sells semen mainly to dairy farmers. He imports semen from Australia and
the progeny is now having a major impact on the dairy industry resulting
in his business really taking off so he is looking for someone to assist.
I quote his request to me : "The person we are looking for would have to
be qualified, Gwebi or varsity, with a background in dairying and be able
to visit dairy farmers and advise them on breeding and be familiar with,
or be preparedto learn, the bulls that are currently being used in the
dairy world and how they breed. We have had the agency for the biggest AI
organisation in Australia, Genetics Australia for the last three years, so
the first Australian progeny started calving down at the beginning of the
year. We must expand now as they are doing well and the demand is there,
we just need more good men in the field." His name is Tim Arnot and can be
contacted either by email- Semark P O Box 30 Cramond,
3220 South Africa Tel/Fax 033 569 1738 Mobile 083 630 4124 Trust you can

Best regards, Frank Putterill

Our company is a sawmilling, forestry and farming operation in
Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, RSA.  We recently acquired some extensive land
for cattle farming and with this, "inherited" some 40ha of irrigable land
on the Kei River, with unlimited water and high heat units.  This area can
be expanded. There are vacant houses adjacent to the irrigable areas which
are not utilized for cattle farming operations. We're looking to employ
someone with crop farming/irrigation experience to develop this land and
would consider some form of share scheme. No crops are established, there
is currently no business going on with the irrigable areas and we need an
experienced person to advise what best would be suited for the area and
its potential markets.  Capital is not a constraint. Should anyone be
interested, contact John Rance at tel: 27 43
6837330 fax: 27 43 6837208.  For a Zim reference on our company, contact
Basil Kinsey, or Bob White, or Graham Hingeston, or Tim/Trish Broderick in
Harare, or Peter Hingeston in Triangle.

Looking for a recently displaced, RELIABLE, ZIM Farming Family

As a modestly successful South African businessman, my wife and I are
continually appalled at what is still happening daily to white Zimbabwean
farmers. Yesterday there was a radio news clip interviewing a farmer who
was physically and literally crying at the sight of his cattle being led
away as he was forced to get off his land. I am currently not in farming
at all, but I do have significant technical, marketing and International
contacts in various industries.

I am looking at an investment opportunity on farmland in the Northern
Province (old Northern Transvaal) bushveld, but I am not limited to this
-it could be anywhere in South Africa. There are some farms in South
Africa which can be purchased still at reasonable prices. My idea is that
I will buy the farm and allow a deserving displaced ZIM farmer to work it
on a 50/50 basis. IE. He gets 50 % of the income generated. We would run
the farm on a partnership basis (I would be a non-active investor, but
would like to stay interested and be consulted on the various businessses
we would do from the farm).

All I would ask is that we would like to be able to visit the farm
whenever we liked (assuming there was, say, a seperate cottage available
for us.) Can you perhaps put me in touch with a deserving farming family
who have a good track record and who might like to enter into this type of

NO Chancers please !  We will screen the applicants very well and
establish their bona-fides before signing anything finally. We really want
to do this to firstly , help a really destitute farming family who ,
without their land, are rendered virtually penniless. Secondly, if such a
family exists that you could recommend to us, then I think with their
knowledge of farming, their need and drive to re-establish themselves,
plus my business skills , and financial guarantees that I could muster, we
could probably start a very lucrative partnership that hopefully would
allow this family to re-establish themselves - albeit not in their beloved
Zim, but as close to home as possible. I am actually taking a shot in the
dark by writing to you, because I am not sure if this would be attractive
to anyone, or maybe it has been tried and did not work for some reason.
Perhaps you could give us some advice ? - we would be grateful for that.
Any other ideas which I am sure you come up against daily, would be well
received as well. Regards, Rodney and Mariette Benn Pretoria South Africa.

Farming Opportunity in SA
My family has a farm in Lowveld (Nelspruit), which was once regarded as
the best tobacco ground in the lowveld. We would love to offer the land
to evicted land owners from Zimbabwe, to use and restore their lives
again. Please could you let me know if you know of people that would be
interested!!?? My uncle up in the northern province can be contacted
regarding this matter. Dennis Traynor +27 15 295 9247.

Regards Jack Smith
083 235 5615

We have a farm in the Eastern Tvl between Machadodorp and Nelspruit.Fairly
remote on 5000 hectars it is used for running a few cattle plus horses
where we take clients on rides and as an outward bound area for school
children. There are two houses with all elect water etc should you have
someone who might like to move there they are available.There are numerous
other facolities plus 25 odd km of the Crocodile river. The offer is to
some self motivating people on a partnership basis.If they need set up
costs these can all be negotiated. Should you have any takers cud you e
mail me at many thanks. Tony North.

I know of someone in RSA who is looking for a Zimbabwean couple to
caretake a plot in Potgietersrus.  If you know of anyone who may be
interested you can contact Nicola on Regards Debbie Du

Zambia Opportunity
A lodge on the banks of the Zambezi is looking for a manager. The ideal
would be a couple. The package includes: R5500 per month plus 10% profit
share. Free: Accommodation, food and transport. Position available
immediately. Contact: BRUCE JOHNSON 0027827754888

Position available in Mozambique. Applicant should be experienced in
Horticulture or be prepared to learn. This is a management position and
has good prospects for the future. Property is already operating. House is
being built and the usual perks etc. go with the the position as well as a
forex package.  Phone: Harare 490583

Wanted Immediately: Farm Manager to manage 2 ha roses 10km west of
Harare and a 10 ha paprika/20 ha tobacco (agronomy and industrial)
project with EPZ status on Shamva road 30 kms east of Harare. Ideal for
a farmer already residing in Harare with experience in the above fields.
Excellent salary prospects forex linked - successful experience
essential. Please send or drop off C.V.'s at 11 Clarence Drive,
Newlands. Phone 091237411 Interviews will be arranged to suit
candidates. Best wishes Peter Dobson

TO ANY INTERESTED FARMERS Opportunity for Business Investment in Transport
Industry with Colbro Transport: There exists an opportunity of investing
in transport by purchasing sections of 10 to 20 complete rigs along with a
franchise to run for Procon RSA, on all routes run by Colbro.

Advantages being you walk into 100% organised fleet, drivers, maintenance,
fuel, tyres, contracts etc. Any interest: Please contact Bob Collett on
091 200 519

14th October 2002 TO ANY INTERESTED FARMERS URGENT - A vacancy exists in
Colbro Operations for a Business Manager. Preferably degreed with business
experience.  Possible first posting to Beira to run a fleet of vehicles,
after transport training.

2nd vacancy exists for less qualified energetic transport controller to
handle daily operations and drivers, certain "out of town" travelling

3rd vacancy exists for couple in Kariba - lady to run books with other
management responsibilities at Kariba Marina.  Gent to manage and maintain
boats, big and small as well as other management duties.

4th possibility for couple to run a procurement business in Harare for
Kariba and surrounding areas - preferably a farmer who has a 7 ton truck
to enter into a partnership.

Any interested party to contact: Bob Collett - 091 200 519 Bernice Wilde -
091 314 353 or 757295

OSTRICH MANAGER: young, keen person wanted to take over all aspects of
ostrich management, starting soonest, on Cawston Game Ranch, Nyamandhlovu,
to work under general ranch manager.  We are major ostrich producers
currently slaughtering 1500 birds per year, and are also developing an
outreach programme.  Common sense, a work ethic and computer literacy more
important than ostrich experience.  An interest in the workings of the
game ranch, and participation in it, would be an added advantage.  Usual
farm perks plus good salary and bonuses offeredm to the right person. 
Please write with CV to Cawston Ranch, P.O. Box 9057, Hillside, Bulawayo,
or email or

GENERAL MANAGER - FARMING we are looking for a Farm Manager for a
cereal/row crop farm near Norton.  Must have an agricultural
diploma/degree and at least 7 years' cropping experience.  Knowledge of
cattle will be advantageous, as will tobacco experience.  Write sending CV
and contact details, together with details of present and required salary
to The Company Secretary, P O Box WGT 10, WESTGATE, Harare or e-mail to

FARM ACCOUNTANT - to be based Gwebi area.  At least 10 years experience
and able to prepare and present Monthly Management Accounts.  Do books for
2 farms, stock schedules, debtors/creditors, wages etc.  Write sending CV
and contact details, together with details of present and required salary
to The Company Secretary, P O Box WGT 10, WESTGATE, Harare or e-mail to

Business in Harare looking for secretary/bookeeper in agricultural based
operation. Experience in Computers and Pastel bookeeping necessary. Job in
a busy environment with an attractive salary being offered. Looking for
suitable encumbant to start asap. Please contact on the below address.
Farmers wife would be good! Contact -

I write on behalf of a company called Instamac (Pvt) Ltd. We are a medium
sized construction/development company specialising in residential and
other developmental infrastructure. Amazingly enough in these troubled
times, we currently have a large volume of works on our books.
Subsequently, we are urgently looking for suitable persons to recruit as
staff in the following fields : (a) Construction Site Management ; (b)
Workshop Management. (a) above would involve managing at least one
construction site in or near to Harare (i.e.Ruwa and Norton). The type of
construction we are currently mainly involved in, is that of providing
roads, water and sewerage to residential stands. Construction of housing
may come in at a later stage.The incumbent manager would be responsible
for at least one site, and all the construction works on it (i.e.plant,
labour, materials, etc.). The works on site are not highly technical, but
does require a person with a practical mind, motivation and initiative.
(b) above would involve the daily management of our central workshops in
Harare, plus the liaison of our various site workshops and personnel. This
vacancy again requires a hands on type of person, with some mechanical
experience, but not necessarily a formal qualification in mechanics.

We are prepared to offer the right type of person a good package. It would
be good if the person(s) had their own transport. We would obviously pay
for this.

We have contacted yourselves since we admire your positive and motivated
stance in these difficult times, and because you may have a database of
ex-farm owners/managers who have experienced problems recently, and may be
looking for something to do. We feel these types of people would be ideal
for the vacancies we have described above.

Thank-you for your time, and we would greatly appreciate it if you
wouldn't mind possibly posting a copy of this E-mail onto your
noticeboards, and/or with the relevant persons in your organisation.

Thank-you once again for your kind cooperation on this issue.

Yours faithfully
Paul Brown Contracts Director for Instamac

GENERAL MANAGER - FARMING we are looking for a Farm Manager for a
cereal/row crop farm near Norton.  Must have an agricultural
diploma/degree and at least 7 years' cropping experience. Plus a suicidal
tendency to not want to be around very long. Contact John Smith at

FLEXI-TIME P.A./WORK FROM HOME BASE Anyone out there looking for a top
notch Personal Assistant who is based in Avondale area and has all the
facilities a busy person/farmer might need to make use of?  My computer
and typing skills are unbelievable, as well as my general PA ability.
E-mail me on or Tel/Fax: 263-4-335452.

We are urgently seeking a mature couple for an established horticultural
farm in the Beit Bridge area. Work involves Citrus production,protection
and export and field crop production. Office work with basic computer
programmes. All normal farm perks with house and farm vehicle. No section
5 or 8 yet and no deals made.

Applicants CVs to: Benfer Estate P.O. Box 46 Beit Bridge or fax 086-2611
or e-mail:

Saudi Arabia:


A leading Saudi Arabian Dairy Farm is seeking a suitably qualified
and>experienced candidate to occupy the post of Section Head Animal
Health.The successful candidate will head a multi-national team of 18
persons comprised of Veterinarians, Specialists and Laboratory staff. He
will report to the Herds Manager. The successful candidate will be
required to manage and control an ISO 9002 certified Animal Health
Section, to maintain the highest standards of overall health care on the
Farm.  Duties will include conducting disease control measures, control of
Animal Health Warehouse and Budget.

An attractive remuneration package includes, furnished accommodation on
the farm, medical care, use of company car, annual vacation entitlement
including airfare.

This position is unlikely to suit candidates seeking education for
children in the Kingdom, due to the location of the farm, approx. 100km
from the capital, Riyadh.

Interested individuals should send full CV to:-

SOUTH AFRICA Tel: 0027-31-562 8712 / Fax: 0027-31-562 8753 e-mail:


A leading Saudi Arabian Dairy Farm seeks an experienced Milking Equipment
Engineer, to head an 18-strong multinational maintenance team for an ISO
9002 compliant section.  He would report to the Herds Manager.

Duties The successful candidate would be responsible for the maintenance
and technical management of:-

540+ (De Laval) state-of-the-art milking points in 7 parlours, including
vacuum, pneumatic, electrical & hydraulic peripheral equipment, in order
to maintain this equipment integrity, to guarantee milk production.

A computerised cattle housing cooling system, together with corral
fencing, and above-ground, cattle water supply.

Sectional responsibility includes budgetary, administrative and spare
parts control.

Candidate: The successful candidate should hold a recognised technical
qualification in Electro/Mechanical Engineering and have at least 8 years
experience in milking equipment. He should have a good command of English,
both spoken and written, and be computer literate.

An attractive remuneration package including furnished accommodation on
the farm, use of company car, medical care, and generous annual vacation
leave entitlement including, airfare is provided.

Interested individuals should send full CV to:-

SOUTH AFRICA Tel: 0027-31-562 8712 / Fax: 0027-31-562 8753 e-mail:


Radiographer Mark Palmer from the Royal Darwin Hospital writes:

I have job vacancies for radiographers at Royal Darwin Hospital. We are
willing to sponsor suitably qualified people. I can be contacted via email Here is a brief description of the place:

RDH Radiology Department

RDH is a 350 bed general hospital, admitting a wide range of patients
including general medicine, surgical, paediatrics, obstetrics,
orthopaedics, renal, A&E etc. This is one of the large general hospitals
still operational.

RDH radiology performs approximately 50,000 examinations per annum. This
1. CT - 3,000 examinations
2. Nuclear Medicine - 600 examinations
3. Ultrasound - 4,500 examinations
4. MRI - 400 examinations

The department outsources radiology, service is supplied by NT Medical
Imaging. CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine are currently fully serviced by NT
Medical Imaging.

The General Radiography and Ultrasound are performed by RDH radiographers.
There are 19.5 FTE RDH radiographers. All staff participate on the shift
roster except the chief radiographer. Hours of operation are 8am until
2am, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Shift radiographers commence
their shifts at either 1600hrs or 1730hrs. Normal hours per week are 35
hours, ie commence at 8am until 4pm. RDH operates an on-call system for
radiography after 2am, although the radiographer often does not leave work
until 0230-0300hrs. Within a few months the Radiology Department will be
moving into new premises. Some work at remote health units may be required
from time to time. RDH provides an ultrasound service to Gove,TennantCreek
and Kununurra as required. Chest Xrays for the chest clinic may require a
radiographer to travel to various Aboriginal Communities. These are
opportunities to see some of the remote health sites in the NT. Staff may
be absent for periods up to 5 days. There are circumstances when staff may
be asked to relieve other radiogr Salary range for a P1/P2 from $36,178 to
$60868 depending on years qualified. Additional to this there are shift
pena lty payments and on-call payments, which generally may increase
income by 10-15% annually.

There are 10 clerical staff including 2 report typists, 2 front desk
receptionists and 6 other clerical staff who sort and file Xray films.

There are 3 main general rooms, one DSA room, 3 ultrasound rooms with 2
Acusons Xp10/128's and a Toshiba Corevision Pro. There is a general Xray
room in the emergency department. Two radiographers per day are rostered
to theatre and mobiles.

RDH has many other advantages. It is located 5-10 minutes from Casuarina
beach and the Casuarina shopping centre. Within the hospital complex is
parking for all staff and visitors, there is a large swimming pool,squash
courts, tennis courts, gymnasium and on-site accommodation. RDH is
approximat We are 90 minutes from Litchfield National Park and 3 hours
from Kakadu National Park and very close to Bali too.

I hope that you will consider the RDH for your future employment as I am
sure that the job will be interesting, culturally enlightening, fulfilling
and challenging. For any more information contact: Mark Palmer Chief
Radiographer Royal Darwin Hospital Te: 81 8 8922 8732 Darwin, NT.

Lynnford Stephenson, grandson of Don Stephenson - ex-Salisbury Tobacco
Floors - is now an IT consultant in Brisbane, Australia. He is always on
the look-out for software specialists and believes that there may be such
people within farming families in Zimbabwe who could resettle in Oz
(Lynnford arranges Residence Permits) and then in due course send for
their families. More gen from Lynnford at: Scott-Merrick Associates, Level
6 Northpoint Building, 231 North Quay, BRISBANE, Qld 4000, Australia.

Australian Farming Opportunity

Please forward this to any Zimbabwean farmer who you think might be
interested in living on a citrus farm in Noosa, Sunshine Coast,
Australia,rent free.  The farmer who owns the farm would like a farming
couple to look after his citrus trees and there might be other farming
opportunities.Please contact: if the
offer is of interest to you.  Thank you.

Herd Manager - Central Queensland Australia Married couple required for a
Central Qld cattle fattening property. Prefer training in Allan Savory's
Holistic Management. Responsible for stock management, welfare and waters.
Skilled in welding, record keeping and computers. Details as follows:

Herd Manager at 'Huntly'

Job Description Hickson Grazing Company are looking for a married couple
to manage Huntly a cattle fattening property in Central Queensland,
Australia. They will be working closely with me, Bloss Hickson, the owner
who lives up the road with her husband Rodney. The company structure:
Huntly is a cattle fattening property in the Central Highlands. It is a
part of a family company, Hickson Grazing Co, which includes another
property, Melinda Downs a breeding property north of Cloncurry in North
Queensland about 12 hours away.

Huntly is 5400Ha and carries between 1500 - 2500 head of cattle, depending
on the season. Melinda carries a breeding herd of over 1000
Charbray/Droughtmaster cross cows. Calves are weaned down to Huntly 2-3
times a year where they are kept on improved buffel grass pastures for two
years and sold straight to the meatworks.

The company structure includes the three family directors, Peter, Robert
and Bloss Hickson and the manager of Melinda Downs, Bill Shepherd. Peter
runs his own accounting company in Brisbane, Robert is returning from 3
years in Africa to his new property east of Goondiwindi, while Bloss has
been managing Huntly for the past 15 years. The company works very closely
as a team and weekly telephone hook up discusses and deals with all the
current issues.

The philosophy: The company has adopted Allan Savory's Holistic Management
approach on both properties. At Huntly, this involves rotating two herds
around the property and monitoring closely the vegetation and pasture.
Paddock sizes range between 150-200Ha and the fences are slowly being
upgraded from electric to barb wire. Huntly lies in the scenic Arcadia
Valley in the fertile brigalow belt of Queensland. It is an area that has
been dramatically cleared over the past 30 years. There are many valuable
tree species reestablishing themselves on Huntly and reforestation and
biodiversity are an integral part of the property's holistic goals. We are
looking to reach a sustainable level of production that involves the
native species, improved pastures and the cattle with a future view of
organic production. It is a fascinating position for the right person.

The Job: The job involves managing the two rotating herds, reading the
pastures and native vegetation and knowing when to move them. Stock
knowledge, husbandry and stock work are essential and horse riding is
strongly recommended. Recording herd movement, pasture quality and paddock
conditions are important. The herd manager will also be responsible for
recognising the finished cattle and sending them away.

The couple will be in charge of all the cattle work and cattle related
responsibilities such as the waters, fences and any feeding that might be
happening. Knowledge of watering systems is essential, windmills,
monopumps, Kubota diesel engines, Honda water pumps and polypipe and
fittings. There are some open dams and we hope to build many more to
assure more reliable water supplies. Controlling the brigalow regrowth is
the major issue for the next 3 years. While there is a great need to do
something about it, we have been very selective, leaving regular strips
and nature corridors. Blade ploughing contractors are the most effective
and expensive method we have used and we will continue to plough certain
places every year. A small D4 dozer is being prepared with a stickrake to
clean up smaller areas and thin out thicker areas. Some working and
mechanical knowledge of dozers would be an advantage.

All fence posts, gates and the cattle yards are made of steel, so welding
is an important skill. Computer skills are also useful to record cattle
numbers and paddock reports and send them out on email. Accommodation and
Community The house is made of timber, stone and mud, it is very cool and
earthy but it is suitable only for a 'frog-friendly' family. There is a
large living area under one roof (with two bunk beds) and a large bedroom
and ensuite close by, under another roof. This is a temporary situation as
a new cottage is to be built to better accommodate the couple needs.
Children's accommodation is less private and more difficult at this stage.

Huntly is 80km from the small town of Rolleston at the head waters of the
Fitzroy Catchment, about 3 hours drive west of Rockhampton and 8 hours NW
of Brisbane. The Arcadia Valley school and its rural community are 40km to
the south and the popular Carnarvon Gorge lies 60km to the west in the
mountains. It is an isolated and very peaceful existence and would only
suit someone with a love of bush life.

If you are interested in the position, please send your application,
resume and references to: Bloss Hickson, 'Huntly' Rolleston 4702 or email
them to


Two opportunities have arisen in Nigeria: Northern Nigeria: Farm Manager
required for 3500 ha farm, mostly cereal/row crops, but some other crops
also. Owner is offering an expat package, with usual perks. Interviews
will take place in Johannesburg between 10 & 15th December 2002, expenses
paid. Please submit CV with full particulars to, or fax
to 04 744166. Schools are available, and Nigeria is only 5 hrs' flight
time away!  Phone Mary Cosgrove for more details on 011-613735

Eastern Nigeria : Timber/forestry Specialist required to manage a 114 ha
forestry concession, with sawmill and furniture factory. Successful
applicant must be capable of managing the concession and running the
furniture factory & sawmill. Expat package with usual perks
offered.Interviews will take place in Johannesburg between 10 & 15th
December,exps paid. Please submit CV with full particulars to, or fax to 04 744166, or contact Mary Cosgrove on 011

Greece: A job is available for a single or married man, in Thesalonica,
Greece, overseeing Burley production. Knowledge of Virginia production
adequate for applicant. The incumbent would report to HQ in
Switzerland.Please send full CV to Mr.M.Cutter, Avenue Felix Cornu 29,
1802 Corseaux, Vaud,Suisse. (Switzerland).

The Ukraine:

I should explain that my company Britanica is mainly British owned and is
engaged in the import and manufacturing of consumer products for onward
sale in Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union.  The
business has been established for more than eight years and is profitable.

I was in touch with Derrick Arlett-Johnson of the Zimbawe Farmers Trust
earlier this year about an opportunity which had arisen for my company to
acquire a substantial parcel of high quality land in Ukraine at a very
good price. ( 17,000 acres ). The opportunity had arisen following a
Presidential decree permitting private ownership of land. My partners and
I have no knowledge of agriculture but are well experienced in the ways of
doing business in the former Soviet Union.  We were working with other
British parties interested joining with us in investment. We considered it
to be wortwhile investigating the possibility of bringing on board a
dispossessed farmer from Zimbabwe who had knowledge of working a large

The earlier deal was abandoned when the Presidential decree permitting
private ownership of land was overturned by the Ukraine Parliament>
Presently there is a moratorium. Land acquired under the Presidential
decree remains in private ownership but no new sales are permitted and
land which had been acquired by private buyers cannot be sold on until
there is a new legislation. However the lease of land for a period of less
than 50 years is not proscribed.

Now a new opportunity has arisen. There are two agricultural holdings
which have fallen into disuse which could be available to rent. One is
some 4000 acres the other much larger.

The lease would be for 49 years. The suggested rent is $8 per acre per
year. I suspect a lower figure can be negotiated. The quality of land is
high - more than 1 metre deep of black alluvial soil.  The smaller unit
has no equipment. The larger unit comes complete with Soviet style
equipment. We would be dealing with the lead creditor which is the local
authority. We are looking for someone experienced in farming on a large
scale with whom we can explore the possibility of creating a profitable
unit with a view to an eventual sale at a premium, hopefully after
acquiring the freehold. My partners and I have no farming know how.  We
have funds available but expect the project would require us to look for
an additional capital injection. We are not expecting the farmer who joins
us to make a financial investment.

Life in Ukraine is tough but I am sure nothing like Zimbabwe under Mugabe.
There is a small Western / British Community. People here are generally
very friendly, especially to anyone willing to commit themselves to
getting something worthwhile off the ground.  Language will not be a

The workforce is generally well educated, technically competent but
usually lacking any understanding of business. If we can be pointed to
someone suitable, it is highly likely there can be a positive outcome.
Kind regards, Robert Tyldesley.

Full time Personal Secretary/Assistant for busy Harare based accounting
and secretarial practice.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and have general
all round computing skills. Shorthand not essential. Position involves
general typing, client liaison, diary and appointment keeping, stationery
control, letter dictation, some staff supervision. Previous experience
with the Registrar of Companies Office would be an advantage.

Salary and conditions of service negotiable and dependant upon
qualification and experience.

Contact Miss Amanda Jones, 793107/8; 706959, 736281 or email or fax 736324.

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