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How Zimbabwe revenue authority boss swept past own gatekeepers

Zim Online

Wed 16 November 2005

HARARE - Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Commissioner General Gershem
Pasi allegedly used his influential position to import goods over the past
three years without paying full duty or paying nothing at all,
investigations by ZimOnline have shown.
Pasi, in charge of customs and excise collection, is together with Finance
Minister Herbert Murerwa being investigated by the police over allegations
that they illegally converted to personal use tax money collected in hard
cash from foreign motorists entering Zimbabwe mainly from South Africa
through Beitbridge border post.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono is also being probed because
the police believe he may have helped Murerwa and Pasi siphon money from
ZIMRA when he was chief executive officer the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.

Police sources who spoke to ZimOnline said the law enforcement agency
believed that a large part of the goods - said to be worth over 4.5 million
South African rands - that were imported by Pasi may have been bought with
money stolen from ZIMRA.
Neither Pasi, Murerwa nor Gono had as of last night responded to attempts by
ZimOnline to get comment from them on the matter.
But an independent probe by ZimOnline revealed that Pasi imported a wide
assortment of goods over the past three years. The goods included building
material for a home the ZIMRA chief is building in Harare's Borrowdale
suburb of the rich, farm equipment and household furniture.
Most of the goods were allegedly either undervalued so as to attract lower
duty or in some cases Pasi is said to have never paid duty at all.
Pasi, who according to some ZIMRA officers interviewed by ZimOnline,
sometimes raided the revenue authority's cash office at Beitbridge for
foreign currency to use on personal trips to South Africa, is said to have
imported goods worth about 800 000 South African rands so far this year
For example, in April this year, Pasi imported 50 beds and mattresses, each
set with a shop value of 250 rands. But the beds, which Pasi was importing
for his lodge in Gwayi safari area, were valued at 109.50 rands per set for
purposes of declaring duty at Beitbridge.
According to our sources a ZIMRA officer who cleared Pasi's beds, one Mbuso
Mahlangu queried why the goods were being undervalued but he was allegedly
cautioned by the ZIMRA chief and told to allow the goods to pass.
Four months later, in July, Pasi allegedly imported a Toyota Liteace vehicle
together with some tyres and several other vehicle accessories and spares.
The Bill of Entry for the goods was recorded as C29204/2July 2005.
The goods were cleared under the name of a company called Oppecott, which
however does not appear to be registered with the Registrar of Companies.
The company's postal address is listed as Box CH 626, Mgaca Mbinga Harare,
an address that Zimpost said did not exist.
An official with Mitchell Cotts, an agent that facilitated clearance of the
car and other goods confirmed that they in fact cleared the goods on behalf
of Pasi.
In August, Pasi imported farm and irrigation equipment said to have been
worth about 350 000 rands. The goods were kept at ZIMRA storage rooms for
about three weeks before a worker at the revenue body, Maison Phiri, ferried
the goods to Pasi's farm in Shamva district north of Harare.
Our sources say no duty was paid for the equipment.
Pasi is said to have last month imported lubricating oils for farm machinery
valued at 10 000 rands which he ordered a junior clearing officer to list as
private goods allegedly in order that he would not have to pay duty.
Farm equipment and accessories should be declared as business products and
therefore attract a higher duty.
It was not immediately clear whether police authorities will order the team
investigating Pasi, Murerwa and Gono to also probe the ZIMRA chief for
allegedly breaching duty laws when he allegedly undervalued his goods in
order to pay less duty or in some cases none at all.
The police only began probing Pasi and Murerwa - and later Gono - after
junior workers at ZIMRA arrested under an internal campaign to weed out
corrupt elements in the revenue body blew the whistle on Pasi and Murerwa,
telling the police that the two had stolen tax money paid by foreign
But several cases in which top officials of President Robert Mugabe's
government or ruling ZANU PF party were accused of mainly corruption have in
the past been quietly swept under the carpet. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe ranked among worst economic performers

Zim Online

Wed 16 November 2005

HARARE - Zimbabwe is among nine countries with the worst macroeconomic
environment in the world according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
In its latest Global Competitiveness Report made available to ZimOnline this
week, the Switzerland-based forum rated Zimbabwe at number 109 out of 117
countries polled.
Zimbabwe, grappling severe economic decline described by the World Bank as
unseen in a non-war situation, was ranked number 99 last year.
Among other countries lumped in the same bracket with Zimbabwe are countries
such as Bangladesh (110), Cameroon  (111), Cambodia (112) and the north
African state of Chad which anchors the list.
But some southern African countries faired relatively well with for example,
South Africa placed on number 42 while Botswana is on number  48 and
Mauritius is perched on position 52.
Finland remains the world's most competitive economy for the third year
running. The Nordic country is followed by the United States, Sweden,
Denmark, Taiwan and Singapore respectively.
The WEF report forms part of key data foreign investors consult before
deciding where to place investments.
Among crucial indicators examined by the WEF when compiling the report are
issues such as the soundness and consistency of economic policy, economic
and political stability, levels of corruption, observance of the rule of law
and respect for property rights.
Zimbabwe is in its sixth straight year of a bitter economic recession that
has seen inflation shooting beyond 300 percent while food, essential medical
drugs, electricity, fuel and just about every other basic commodity is in
critical short  supply.
Critics blame the crisis on mismanagement and repression by President Robert
Mugabe, who has presided over the country since independence from Britain 25
years ago.
Mugabe denies ruining Zimbabwe and says its economic problems are because of
sabotage by Britain and its Western allies out to fix Harare for seizing
land from whites and giving it over to blacks. - ZimOnline

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Police quiz Zimbabwe cricket boss over 50 000 pound honorarium

Zim Online

Wed 16 November 2005

      HARARE - Police are said to be keen to know how Zimbabwe Cricket
chairman Peter Chingoka used the 50 000  pounds honorarium he received from
the union last year amid allegations of serious financial misappropriations
at the  circket body.

      Sources told ZimOnline that the police suspect that Chingoka might
have invested his "fortune" in property in South  Africa, a development that
could see him facing foreign exchange externalisation charges.

      Chingoka was controversially paid the honorarium from proceeds
Zimbabwe got for co-hosting the 2003 World Cup with  South Africa.

      A white provincial administrator is believed to have instigated
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono to  launch an investigation
into foreign currency transactions at the cricket body.

      "The police, we understand, want to know how Chingoka might have used
the pounds he controversially got as a  honorarium last year," a police
source said yesterday.

      Former finance minister Chris Kuruneri, who spent close to a year
remanded in custody, is facing trial over charges of  externalising foreign
currency when he bought luxurious property in South Africa.

      Police last week descended on the beleaguered Zimbabwe Cricket -
embroiled in a bitter row with disgruntled  administrators over
maladministration and financial mismangement - to investigate allegations of
irregular hard cash  dealings at the union.

      Chingoka and Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute were
picked up last Thursday and grilled by central  bank officials.

      There were reports yesterday that police had once again raided offices
at the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy after a  similar raid at the union's
headquarters last week.

      "The police came to the Academy and searched, but we don't think they
found anything," a source close to the union  said. "They are not discussing
their probe but we are sure they are looking for hard cash that they suspect
might be  stashed at the offices."

      Zimbabwe Cricket generates millions in foreign currency from
television rights as well as lucrative sponsorship deals.

      Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's international cricketers have finally accepted
revised contracts for the current season, but the  development is far from
thawing relations between the players and the game's administrators.

      Zimbabwe Cricket yesterday announced it had made progress in
negotiations over "improved" contracts after meeting  the players'
representative, Clive Field.

      "It was a positive meeting," Wilfred Mukondiwa, Zimbabwe Cricket's
human resources manager, said. "We were in  agreement as far as those were

      The players had been refusing to accept new performance-based
contracts the union had offered. They were  demanding higher retainers and
payment in foreign currency, among other things.

      It could however not be established on what the union and the players
had compromised. The players last week issued  an ultimatum demanding that
Chingoka dn Bvute  stand down over allegations of mismanaging the game. -

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New deal for MDC women?

Zim Online

Wed 16 November 2005

      By Grace Kwinjeh

       I remember once just after the MDC was formed, there was a big debate
in the MDC's National  Executive Committee,  on what the purpose or use of
the 'Top 6' was. Many of us who were opposed to the creation of  this
creature, already  had the prescience of the dangers of placing too much
'power' and 'responsibility' in these six  men.

      I recall, President Morgan Tsvangirai, singling me out as he asked,
'Grace what do you understand by the top  six?' I  said, 'Mr President I
think it is six men who are illegally acquiring power for themselves at the
expense of the  NEC.' We  lost that battle.

       The 'top six' was subsequently constituted to be the 'management
committee', of the  party. Many of us have over the  years lamented at the
concentration of so much power in the hands of these 'six men',  questioning
the undemocratic  nature of such a structure, in which we are not
represented as women, worse still how it  restricts grassroots
participation and mobilisation in the party's decision-making processes.

      Thus, the root of some of  the problems and the impasse that exists
amongst members of the 'top six' today.

      The ever thorny question of  intra-party democracy has always been a
contested one in the MDC.

      A gendered analysis, of the current problems in  the MDC, gives room
for another perspective and deeper  understanding of the some of these
battles or struggles that  have suddenly been brought into the public
domain. The  war in the MDC is as much about power as it is an ideological

      Depending on which side you are looking at it from.

      You have two male led factions that promote different types  of power
structures and ideologies. The pro-Senate faction is led by individuals
whose leadership, as far as I am  concerned, is patriarchal and

      Beyond understanding the acquisition of power be it in the party, in
parliament, or even the drive to go into the Senate;  it does not have any
connection with the needs of the people  around them or the supporters on
the ground for that  matter.

      So even if God smiles on them and they 'get' or 'win' 20 seats next
week, they will never be identified with peoples   struggles or politics,
within the MDC or Zimbabwe.

      It is not a surprise, that even if it is dominated by the Matebeleland
male leadership the faction, has failed to attract  even the support of the
two most senior women and founders of the  MDC in Matebeleland, namely,
Thokozani Khupe  and Gertrude Mtombeni.(Well including other males). For me
this tells  a story.

       Subsequently, all the women founder members of the MDC have remained
inside the party, except for Harare  North  Member of Parliament, Trudy
Stevenson, who has opted out to join the pro-senate faction.

      Taking this  argument further, you find that the structure emerging in
the anti-senate group, which has remained in the  party, has  the distinct
and visible participation of  women; thus the ideological aspect becomes a

      We have argued as MDC women over the years that the liberation project
must go hand in hand with our   emancipation. This is measured by our level
of participation in any given issue.

       In the past weeks the previously  marginalised women in the MDC
leadership have suddenly risen to prominence, as  they took on the
principled fight  against participation in the senate.

      They have become the conscience and the voice of reason in the MDC in
their different portfolios, locations, each one   of them taking a stand to
save the party, from political oblivion.

      The media has created so many myths around the current problems in the
MDC, that make it impossible to see the light   at the end of the tunnel.

       One such myth is that this is a tribal war, with the people of
Matabeleland being more  inclined towards participation in  the senate
elections, than the other regions.

      I will let you know, that Makokoba  Member of Parliament and MDC,
founder member Thoko Khupe, moved the motion  for the party not to
participate  senatorial elections, during a NEC meeting well before the
issue even became a public  matter.

      Khupe gave a very  passionate address, reminding the party of its
founding values and principles, explaining why the  party must not let the
people down by going into this election.

      Khupe one of our most senior leaders from Matabeleland reminded the
NEC of things they promised the electorate,   when the party was formed six
years ago, one of them being a people driven constitution.

      'We made a promise to  the people, we must not break it,' she said.
Following this it was resolved that consultations take place through out
the party structures before a decision was  arrived at, on whether or not to
participate in this election. The rest is history.

      Lucia Matibenga also became more prominent over the past weeks, 'as
the powerful Women's Assembly  chairperson'.  She moved from province to
province explaining why the party was not going into this election, 'joining
the Zanu PF  gravy train', she advocated for 'people power,' to remove the

      In its life time the MDC has never invested in the Women's Assembly or
its chairperson. Even with the risk to her   personal life Matibenga to this
day still commutes from Gweru where she is resides to Harare.

      Such has been the nature of the women's struggle in MDC.

       That our structures have risen again, the soul of the  party speaking
through the women, cannot be doubted. Single  handedly Gertrude Mutombeni
and Khupe mobilised for  the Bulawayo rally to succeed.

      Albeit, with threats to their lives by known, senior party officials.
The MDC boasted of a 10 000  plus crowd at the White   City Stadium, last
Sunday. Issues discussed that resonate with the day to day struggle for
survival by all Zimbabweans,   where ever they are located and what ever
their tribe.

      Others who have also played prominent roles are war veteran and
journalist Sekai Holland, Lawyer Yvonne Mahlunge   and trade unionist
Pauline Mupariwa.

      Collectively, as the women's leadership we are mobilised once again to
working for the future of the party on a fresh  agenda. The strategising and
re-organisation currently taking place in the  party is an opportunity to
reform the MDC  once again into a people centered party in which men and
women move  hand in hand.

      There is a 'new deal' in the making for MDC and Zimbabwean women as a
whole, as the party  embarks on this radical  paradigm shift. There has to
be a difference in our power relations, giving a better deal to  women.

      I talk of a 'new deal',  because our male counterparts have to realise
that we want to be more than just  'caterers' and 'mobilisers', there has to
be a redefinition of our new roles as party leaders, adorned by the
necessary  respect and dignity.

      As the party embarks on the next if not most difficult phase of the
struggle, we have learnt in the  most difficult manner  leadership strengths
and weaknesses that will build or kill a party.

      There will certainly never be a  'top six' in the MDC  again. Povo

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AIDS orphans and vulnerable children bear the brunt of collapsing economy

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

KWEKWE, 15 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - She's a sex worker, but not many passers-by
would suspect that the slight figure standing in a narrow street opposite a
nightclub in Zimbabwe's gold mining town of Kwekwe is also a university

Tracy Bunjwali, a second-year business studies scholar and part-time
prostitute, says her biggest fear is that she might bump into somebody she
knows while out on the streets waiting to be taken to a nearby

She has little choice, she says. Orphaned during the last term of high
school two years ago, the 23-year-old has to support a brother and sister
still at school.

Despite a government-run education assistance programme for vulnerable
children and those orphaned by AIDS, the grant falls well short of needs in
a country weighed down by triple-digit inflation.

"My uncle, a municipal general hand, took us in when both our parents died,
despite that he was struggling to feed, clothe and send his own six children
to school," Bunjwali said.

"I don't come here often. I only do so when hard times befall the family,"
she explained. "I have to take the risk so that my brother and sister remain
at school."

Bunjwali has to compete with full-time sex workers attracted to the small
mining town in Midlands province, about 225 km southeast of the capital,
Harare, which is enjoying a mini-boom as a result of illegal gold panning.

Gangs of youths, with almost zero prospects of a formal sector job in
Zimbabwe's shrinking economy, blow off steam in the nightclub after long,
frustrating hours spent clawing for gold underground.

"This is something I never imagined I would do," said Bunjwali. "I am aware
of the risks and have decided to take a routine monthly visit to the
voluntary counselling centre for an AIDS test."

She has been tested three times so far, and all have been negative. "I have
overcome the fear of visiting the centre," she added.

According to the national census, Zimbabwe had 50,000 child-headed
households in 2002; three years later the figure has jumped to 318,000.

New statistics released by the National AIDS Council (NAC) show that 1.3
million children under the age of 15 years have lost one or both parents due
to the virus, and an estimated 240,000 children are believed to be infected.

Despite government efforts to help child-headed households through the NAC
and initiatives such as the Basic Educational Assistance Module (BEAM),
officials admit their efforts, though well-meaning, have only limited

Through BEAM, NAC assists orphaned children with school fees, school
uniforms, stationery and their general upkeep. But the available funds are
being overwhelmed by demand, and a soaring cost of living has worsened

NAC is funded by a monthly income tax levy, but unemployment is estimated at
70 percent and rising, reducing revenue. According to the latest audit, NAC
has incurred a budget deficit of Zim $41 billion (US $3.5 million) on its
projected earnings.

The slightly more than 50 registered child-care centres nationwide can only
cater for a total of about 5,000 children at any given time.

NAC executive director Tapuwa Magure said his cash-strapped agency had
turned to mobilising communities to strengthen the extended family and
encourage fostering children orphaned by AIDS.

But this is far from easy, as seven years of unrelieved economic crisis has
taken its toll on the resilience of family ties in Zimbabwe.

"My mother's brother is struggling to cope with his own family and,
naturally, his children take precedence," said Bunjwali. "He is doing his
best, but I have to come in and assist."

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MDC split spells doom for opposition politics, say analysts

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

JOHANNESBURG, 15 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - A split in Zimbabwe's opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) will effectively derail opposition politics in
the country for some time to come, say analysts.

Divisions in Zimbabwe's official opposition looked poised to degenerate into
a permanent split on Sunday when MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai accused
members supporting the party's participation in this month's senate
elections of working in cahoots with the ruling ZANU-PF to destroy the

The labour-backed MDC is entangled in a bitter wrangle over the 26 November
election, with Tsvangirai calling for a boycott while other top officials -
including Gibson Sibanda, a former fellow trade unionist and the party's
vice-president, and party secretary-general Welshman Ncube - are for

"A split is inevitable," said an insider close to mediation efforts to
resolve the differences. "It will considerably weaken both sides - both
factions are going to lose out."

Tsvangirai is seen as the man with the mass support and the national
profile, while Sibanda and Ncube, who are elected members of parliament,
also represent the MDC's valuable Ndebele bank of votes in the Matabeleland
provinces of southern Zimbabwe.

The MDC is the most serious opposition ZANU-PF has faced since independence
in 1980. A year after its formation, the broad based party ran ZANU-PF a
close second in parliamentary elections in 2000, securing a political lock
on Matabeleland and urban centres that it has managed to retain, despite
levels of political violence.

The crisis in the MDC followed Tsvangirai overruling a national council
decision in October to participate in the senate election. He argued the
MDC's agreed position had been to ignore the poll on the grounds that it
would be a waste of tax-payers money, and the senior chamber would be
dominated by the ruling party.

The pro-election faction argued that by boycotting the MDC would hand
ZANU-PF control of constituencies it could not win through the ballot box,
and Tsvangirai had torn up the party's rule book by ignoring the national
council's verdict.

The majority of MDC MPs are in the pro-senate faction. However, they would
not be able to survive politically without the support of the women's and
youth wings of the party, who have sworn allegiance to a beleaguered
Tsvangirai, several analysts commented.
But Chris Maroleng, an analyst from the Institute for Security Studies, a
Pretoria-based think-tank, took a more optimistic view of a possible
breakaway faction.

"We must not consider the women and youth wings as a homogenous entity - the
[MDC] provincial bodies, particularly in the south, will naturally align
themselves with Ncube and Sibanda," he noted.


He also believed a division between Tsvangirai and the pro-election faction
could give renewed impetus to possible talks between parts of the opposition
and a reform-minded ZANU-PF - an outcome that neighbouring South Africa has
tried to encourage.

"Ncube did share a rapport with Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa
[representing a technocrat wing in ZANU-PF] in inter-party talks in the
past," he noted.

Dialogue in 2002 ended over MDC's refusal to withdraw a legal challenge to
the presidential elections, which it claimed had been rigged. Subsequent
efforts by the South African government to get the two parties to form a
government of national unity were also plagued by mistrust, and attempts to
revive the talks failed.

After winning legislative elections earlier this year by a landslide,
President Robert Mugabe would be even less inclined to talk to a divided
MDC, Zimbabwe-based analysts noted.

Pro-democracy activist Brian Kagoro dismissed suggestions of an alliance
between any members of the MDC and ZANU-PF. "I do not think it is possible,
or they [opposition members] will be writing their own political epitaphs."

But Kagoro also suggested an MDC breakup was not inevitable. "Relationships
have been shelved for strategic reasons ... not buried," he said, citing the
20-year alliance between Tsvangirai and Sibanda in the Zimbabwe Congress of
Trade Unions.

Describing the feud as "a result of deep-seated personality differences",
Kagoro predicted that tensions were going "to boil over" near the senate
elections and "then simmer down as they realise they cannot survive without
each other".


However, Maroleng and other analysts felt the party was unlikely to last as
a united entity until the MDC convention in February next year, but all
believed that should a split occur, the key battle would be over who
retained the name of the party.

"Anyone who has to deal with Zimbabwe's opposition has to deal with Morgan
Tsvangirai, who represents the opposition," said an analyst who wished to
remain anonymous.

This was also acknowledged by the pro-senate faction. MDC's spokesman Paul
Themba-Nyathi told IRIN on Monday that while the party had grounds to move
against Tsvangirai legally for defying its constitution, "we still have to
look at it politically".

"We do have to take cognisance of the fact that Tsvangirai does have support
[within and outside the MDC] - he has stood up against Mugabe, faced treason
charges, survived assassination attempts - he does enjoy a lot of sympathy,"
Themba-Nyathi pointed out.

However, a court ruling could sweep that power and popularity aside and
deprive Tsvangirai of his post, some commentators noted.

In the meantime, insults continue to fly between the two warring factions.

Addressing rallies over the weekend in Bulawayo, in Matabeleland North
province, and Gweru, in Midlands province, Tsvangirai urged supporters to
shun the November polls and also announced the expulsion from the MDC of 26
senate hopefuls contesting the election in open defiance of his call for
them to withdraw their candidature.

"One clear thing is that those who favour participation were bribed by
ZANU-PF to destabilise the opposition. The evidence is there for everyone to
see, otherwise why would they - our trusted friends - all of a sudden rebel
against me as the party president and want to legitimise the senate
elections, which are in fact a ZANU-PF project?" Tsvangirai asked the crowd.

At a press briefing after the rally Themba-Nyathi responded: "People of
Zimbabwe now know that Tsvangirai is not fit to lead this country. Everybody
is left with no doubt whatsoever that Zimbabwe is one country, which should
not be burdened with this man as its president."

Speaking to IRIN, Themba-Nyathi denied Tsvangirai's claims that the current
leadership "is being coaxed by the ZANU-PF. Our leaders [Sibanda and Ncube]
are people with high principles and integrity - the gap between us [ZANU-PF
and MDC] is too wide."

Tsvangirai ended his weekend speeches in a conciliatory mood, calling for
the pro-senate group to abstain from the election and reconcile with him.

"All those who defied the directive are no longer members of the party -
that's a simple issue - but it is our hope that Sibanda and his group will
finally reason and part ways with ZANU-PF. We sincerely hope that they will
come back and be part of us," he said.

Themba-Nyathi dismissed Tsvangirai's claims, saying, "The purported
expulsion of those who stand as senators is null and void - that is vintage
Tsvangirai, breaking the constitution yet again; breaking the procedures
within the MDC."

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The price of survival

As famine hits countries in southern Africa, aid organisations are at odds
over a pilot scheme that is giving cash instead of food

John Vidal
Wednesday November 16, 2005
The Guardian

Over the next few months, more than 10 million hungry people in six southern
African countries will need western help to stay alive after their crops
failed disastrously earlier this year. A massive humanitarian effort is
getting under way, led by the UN's World Food programme. Ships full of
American and Canadian grain will soon be crossing the Atlantic, lorries of
maize will thunder up from South Africa to Malawi and Zimbabwe, and
desperate people will be queueing everywhere for handouts of maize, wheat
and beans.
But in southern Zambia, one of the worst hit of the regions most affected by
this year's unreliable rains, some families will not get food. A pilot
project funded by the Department for International Development and run by
Oxfam has just begun to hand out to households the equivalent of about $20
cash a month - roughly the price of a 50kg bag of maize and some beans.

With this they will be able to buy the food that they want from local
traders, or use it to stimulate their economies. As the food crisis grows,
Oxfam expects people will be given more money and the programme will be
expanded to about 86,000 people by the end of March. It is expected to be
one of the biggest "cash transfers" ever tried in a humanitarian crisis.

The world's largest food-exporting nations such as the US and Canada, the
UN's World Food Programme (WFP) and many non-governmental groups will be
watching closely to see how well the Zambian experiment works. The idea of
giving money rather than food or other commodities is still politically and
socially controversial. Give people cash, say the sceptics, and you risk
increasing insecurity and corruption, upsetting local economies, fuelling
conflicts and excluding the most needy. Because of these and other fears,
the overwhelming form of help by the west in third-world emergencies for the
past 30 years has been "in kind" help with commodities.

Inherent dangers

The WFP, which traditionally delivers food aid, says it is not convinced by
the cash arguments. "We're not against the transfer of cash per se, but
there are inherent dangers," says Neil Gallagher, WFP communications
director in Rome. "If donor agencies have a hard time controlling cash given
to governments, how can they be confident they will get it to poor people?
Why we like food 'in kind' is that we can target the isolated and the
vulnerable, especially the women."

But Oxfam, based on its own experiences and those of others handing out cash
to Ethiopian, Somalian and tsunami-hit people, is pretty confident that the
money will get to the right people. "We have worked out who are the poorest
and most vulnerable and we are assuming that most people, if they're hungry,
will spend money on food," says Ric Goodman, Oxfam country director in
Zambia. "Giving cash gives people the flexibility to pay for other things,
such as tea and oil, or they can keep their children in school, and retain
their access to credit. They have a whole range of options."

Potentially, Goodman says, it is a lot cheaper. WFP food deliveries cost
about $7 per unit a month. Oxfam reckons it can get the price down to about
$4, but will be watching very closely to see if food prices rise as a result
of cash injections.

A growing body of evidence suggests that most of the sceptics' fears are
myths, and that people given cash or vouchers overwhelmingly spend it on
basic essentials, says Paul Harvey, a research analyst at the Overseas
Development Institute in London. He says there is a growing move to give
money rather than food and that it has the potential to help development as
well as relieve suffering. He says: "Cash approaches remain largely
underutilised in the humanitarian sector, which still largely provides
people with food, seeds, plastic sheeting and water containers, rather than
giving them the money to buy these items themselves."

Harvey, who underlines that cash transfers work only if there is food to be
bought in the region and the market can respond, says that almost a third of
the money spent on getting food to the needy goes on transport, and that
there are many vested and cultural interests in keeping food aid. Besides,
he says, many people receiving food handouts sell it on to the open market
at a price less than it cost to get it to them.

Loss of control

"Many governments tie emergency aid to their own goods," he says.
"Organisations such as the UN can be institutionally incapable of delivering
cash, and many people find cash threatening. It implies a loss of control
and power. Cash provokes this visceral response. People say it might create

The debate about food or cash is taking place on a high political level,
too. Food aid is big business, worth $3-4bn a year to rich countries, and
the US in particular has traditionally sent its heavily subsidised grain
surpluses to countries in need in order to boost their own exports. This is
a key unresolved issue in the WTO talks with the EC, which has all but
phased out food aid in favour of cash grants, arguing that food aid "in
kind" should be phased out, along with agricultural subsidies.

This leaves the WFP fighting for its life. "Developing countries, as a
group, are in favour of keeping 'in kind' donations," Gallagher says. "Food
aid is one resource that we can demonstrate actually reaches the poor.
Several donors that have switched from 'in kind' to cash have delivered
sharply less food assistance."

The arguments are irrelevant to the poor in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and
southern Africa. They do not much mind where the food comes from, as long it
gets there quickly.

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Nederburg's new white wine maker

Cape Argus

      November 15, 2005

        By David Yutar

      Chance led Zimbabwean Tariro Masayiti into the world of wine - first
by finding pocket-money work at a Zimbabwean winery while He was a student,
then being persuaded by a friend to actually taste the stuff, reports
Features Writer David Yutar

      'I suppose you could call me a black white wine maker!" says Tariro
Masayiti with a broad smile.

      Nederburg's newly appointed wine maker finds the oxymoron amusing and
apparently he's not alone.

      Chatting away outside the manor house of the historic estate outside
Paarl, the 33-year-old Zimbabwean-born viticulture graduate tells me an

      "I was buying a car.

      "The application form I filled in asked for my occupation. I wrote
'white wine maker'.

      "The salesman seemed a bit surprised, asking 'But aren't you black?' "

      Masayiti is the first to admit that wine isn't something that one
usually associates with Zimbabwe, but it was on a winery at Marondera, 70km
south-east of Harare, that the young man learned the fine art of wine

      "We were producing around two million litres a year, which is a huge
surprise to most people, as few even know Zimbabwe has any wine industry to
speak of.

      "By South African standards it's small but it is certainly an
important part of the economy with wine grape cultivation taking place over
the last decade or so."

      A dapper, boyish-looking natty dresser, Masayiti could be mistaken for
a banker. But that's where the similarity ends.

      He laughs when he recalls that he came from a family where drinking
any kind of alcohol was taboo.

      "I had never touched the stuff let alone developed a taste for wine,"
he confesses.

      Even after he had spent several vacations on his brother's winery,
Mukuyu (Shona for fig tree), he still hadn't succumbed to temptation.

      While studying for his BSc at the University of Zimbabwe, Masayiti
earned some much-needed pocket money working in the winery's laboratory and
it was there that he was influenced by his co-workers, German and New
Zealander expats who lived for wine and wine making.

      "In the evening I would join them for a braai but I still didn't enjoy
wine and had still never tasted alcohol."

      But it wasn't long before Masayiti changed his abstemious ways.

      His fate was sealed when, inspired by a colleague and friend, a New
Zealander by the name of Brent King, he fell prey to the seductions of wine

      After moving through the ranks to become a cellar supervisor, he
decided to enrol for a degree in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch

      "It was a big step for me because I had never travelled too far from
Masondera, let alone outside Zimbabwe."

      The year was 1999 and five years of democracy hadn't done much to
redeem South Africa's reputation among its neighbours as a land of racial
conflict and danger.

      "All we knew about South Africa was negative.

      "We had heard about people who came to live here and had come home in

      "But stepping on to the tarmac at Cape Town, I saw little sign that
this was a country which at some point had been at war."

      Stellenbosch didn't exactly rush out to welcome the newcomer.

      "When I first attended lectures I couldn't understand a word because
it was all in Afrikaans and I thought 'Oh no! I should have chosen
California or Australia!' "

      But it was too late to turn back. Living up to his name, which is
Shona for "hope", Masayiti was determined to make it work.

      When money was short, he took a job as a security guard at the
university and later was fortunate to benefit from a generous bursary.

      Initially, says Masayiti, he had not intended to immigrate to South
Africa but that's what happened.

      His young wife, Mercy, and their year-and-a-half-old son, Valiant,
soon joined him in his modest Stellenbosch apartment.

      Hope is a good thing but good luck is better.

      "Just before I wrote my final exam, someone from Bergkelder phoned me
and offered me a job as assistant wine maker."

      He stayed there for four years, earning the respect of his peers and
superiors alike.

      "But I have always believed that one can never improve or better
oneself if one stays in the same place for too long."

      When the opportunity arose, Masayiti grabbed it.

      On the first of August he walked up the avenue of gracious oak trees
to become Nederburg's first "black, white wine maker".

      "This is a multifaceted job but more than that it is a lifestyle too,"
he says.

      When, in April, Masayiti returned to his home in Zimbabwe for the
first time in five years, he was dismayed by what he saw.

      "Everything was different, upmarket places were in tatters and nothing
looked beautiful any more."

      But home is home and Masayiti confesses to his fair share of

      "I always intended to return to Zimbabwe one day and even now I never
stop thinking about what it would have been like had I gone back.

      "But I won't," he says smiling.

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Kwara's efforts will kick-start agric revulotion in Nigeria - Gov

Vanguard, Nigeria

            By Jimoh Babatunde
            Posted to the Web: Monday, November 14, 2005

            Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State has said that the
commercial farming initiative embarked upon by his government was designed
to drive the revolution in agriculture that must happen in the country. He
made this known while declaring open the fouth Agricultural Summit organised
by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in collaboration with the state
government in Ilorin, Kwara State.

            Governor Saraki noted that his state like most other states in
the country, is endowed with large expanse of arable land , significant rain
and vast water resources that make the condition suitable for agriculture.
"It is no wonder then that most of our people , especially in the rural
areas, are engaged in farming, albeit at subsistence level. We realised that
if we can enhance the capacity of our farmers to increase their production
and add value to their produce, we would at the same time be increasing
their capacity to earn more money through agriculture, drive economic
activities in the urban areas and lift the majority of people out of

            He said that informed the need for the commercial farming
culture to  fully harness the enormous potentials of agriculture in the
state. "That experience was the inspiration behind our commercial
agriculture initiative in Songai, which is piloted by some expatriate
farmers from Zimbabwe." He added: "The commercial farming initiative was
designed to drive the revolution in agriculture that must happen in this
state and in this country. I am humbled by the national and international
excitement and hopes that this initiative has generated. However, my
happiest days would be when I see our educated young men and women learning
the practices from the expatriate farmers and replicating these practices in
their farms and when I see our financial institutions supporting
agricultural ventures with the same enthusiasm as they show to other
profitable ventures." Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian
Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Mohammed Hayatudeen said that the policy
thrust of the Kwara State Government under the leadership of Dr. Bukola
Saraki should be commended. According to him, what the state government has
done in attracting the Southern African experience of industrial farming to
transform the agricultural investment climate in Nigeria, will change the
face of agricultural entrepreneurship in Nigeria for ever. "We therefore
encourage the Federal Government and state governments to continuously
improve the overall investment climate to enable local investors emulate
this worthy example." The chairman of NESG noted that the operating
environment that will boost the confidence of the private sector to invest
massively in the agricultural sector needs to be sustained. He disclosed
that the summit is about creating the interface to bring about the needed
dialogue platform for the relationships and support building as they believe
that as Nigeria's investment climate brightens up, local and foreign direct
investment will jump-start agricultural business in Nigeria.

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MDC Reconciliation Panel Suggests Binding Arbitration


By Chinedu Offor
      15 November 2005

Elements of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change are
proposing binding arbitration to resolve serious differences within the
party's leadership over the question of whether to take part in this month's
senate elections, among others.

Sources close to the situation say the new reconciliation initiative
involves recruitment of neutral arbiters whose conclusions will be binding
on both sides - one led by MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai, the other by
Secretary General Welshman Ncube.

The effort follows an unsuccessful attempt to organize a parley between the
two sides on Nov. 5, which failed to bring the pro-election Ncube faction to
the table.

The crisis within the opposition has been festering since mid-October but
has grown deeper in recent days with reports of violent clashes between
supporters of the two factions. Sources said a man lost an eye in weekend
fighting in Bulawayo.

Mr. Tsvangirai sought to convince party leaders to boycott the senate
election and on Oct. 12 overrode a close vote by the MDC National Committee
for participation in the election of a reconstituted upper house. But the
faction led by Mr. Ncube objected to Mr. Tsvangirai's effective
nullification of the vote, calling it a violation of the party's
constitution, and the pro-election side has fielded 26 senate candidates.

While the pro-election faction moves ahead with senate campaigns,
particularly in the southern Matabeleland region which is a traditional MDC
stronghold - and therefore has a good chance of electing some MDC senators -
the anti-election faction has been urging rank-and-file opposition members
to stay away from the polls.

Mr. Tsvangirai on Sunday told a rally in Bulawayo, the capital of
Matabeleland, that the pro-election faction was serving the interests of
President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU-PF party. The MDC's nominal
spokesman, Paul Themba Nyathi, who has joined the pro-election faction,
responded that Mr. Tsvangirai was unfit to lead.

The Nov. 5 mediation effort was organized by an ad hoc reconciliation panel
including party executive member Eddie Cross, chairman Isaac Matongo,
Mashonaland Central official Shephard Mushonga and Bulawayo parliamentarian
Thokozani Khuphe.

Mr. Cross, an economist, said his panel met with Mr. Tsvangirai to discuss
where he stood on the crisis, and attempted to meet with MDC Vice President
Gibson Sibanda, a leading figure in the pro-election faction, as well as
with Mr. Ncube.

"I'm afraid we have got nowhere with Gibson Sibanda or the others," Mr.
Cross said. "In fact they have steadfastly refused to speak to us." He said
the pro-election camp at first cited the demands of election campaigning,
then refused outright to meet on grounds that its members regarded his
reconciliation committee as partisan.

"Morgan (Tsvangirai) expressed willingness to meet the other side anywhere,
any time," Mr. Cross said, adding that Mr. Tsvangirai, while in Bulawayo on
the weekend, had said he was available to meet with his opponents who were
also in town. But the pro-senate elections faction refused to meet with Mr.
Tsvangirai, he said.

Mr. Cross said the arbitration proposal was brought forth "by a colleague of
mine" who suggested an investigation by two arbiters, both legal
practitioners, whose conclusions would be binding upon both camps of the
now-bifurcated opposition party.

He said Mr. Tsvangirai had accepted the arbitration proposal in principle,
and that it was currently being discussed with the group favoring election

But he was not optimistic as to the possibility of a positive outcome.

"To be honest, I think the split is probably going to be irreconcilable, and
that we're going to have to wait for the outcome of the senate elections
before any follow-up action can take place," Mr. Cross said.

Mr. Cross tells reporter Chinedu Offor of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe about
his committee's efforts to bring the two MDC factions together.

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Zim export firms forced to shut


15/11/2005 18:51  - (SA)

Harare - A total of 33 firms, or about a fifth of Zimbabwe's export
companies, have closed shop during the first six months of the year due to
the economic crisis and land seizures, according to a government agency.

Of the 33, 12 agro firms stopped operating after their farms were acquired
by the government under the land reform programme, the Export Processing
Zone Authority of Zimbabwe (EPZ) said in a report obtained by AFP on

"A total of 33 companies have ceased operations ... due to a humber of
factors, among them, the impact of the land reform programme and the general
macro-economic environment," the EPZ report said.

"Twelve companies stopped operations after the farms they were operating on
were taken for redistribution.

"An additional 12 companies have closed shop, citing inter-alia,
unfavourable foreign exchange rate and loss of international markets as
Zimbabwe is considered a risk country to do business with," said the report.

Zimbabwe's land reforms, launched in 2000, have seen some 4 000 white
farmers lose their properties as part of a policy that President Robert
Mugabe maintains will correct imbalances created under British colonial

Fewer than 500 white farmers still own land in Zimbabwe although the
government has vowed to take action against them also.

The company closures resulted in a loss of export revenue totalling US$17.6m
(?15m) in the cash-strapped southern African country, according to the

Close to 7 000 jobs were lost due to the closures in the export sector,
which employs 26 000 people.

There were 183 companies licenced for export in Zimbabwe at the start of the
year. Earnings from these firms totalled US$220m in 2003.

EPZ chief Walter Chidakwa nevertheless expressed optimism that the
relaxation of foreign exchange regulations last month would allow some firms
that put their operations on hold to resume business.

Chidakwa said: "Our expectations are that following the introduction of the
new interbank foreign exchange management system, companies that had closed
or suspended operations will now resume as many had cited viability issues
as the reasons for closures or suspension."

EPZ said companies operating on farmlands still face uncertainities due to
the land reforms and urged relevant authorities to ensure that the
environment was conducive to long term planning.

EPZ said: "Companies still operating on farms continue to receive threats,
which make their operation difficult and thus inhibiting expansion and
reinvestment as they are faced with an uncertain future."

Central bank chief Gideon Gono last month deplored the continued invasion of
farms describing it as "economic sabotage".

He said "tolerance of such retrogressive acts only go to condemn and limit
our capacity to attract investment."

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Minister fails to pay school fees for his kids

New Zimbabwe

By Lebo Nkatazo
Last updated: 11/16/2005 06:24:51
THE deputy minister of Economic Affairs, Samuel Undenge, has evaded paying
school fees for his two children this term after threatening school
authorities from sending them home, New can reveal.

His refusal to own up is in defiance of a maintenance court order directing
him to do look after the children following a divorce.

Sources at the government run, Blackiston Primary School in Harare said the
deputy minister who sired the children with former wife, Angeline, has not
paid the fees less than 10 days before the closure of the school term on
November 24.

Undenge and Angeline were granted a divorce order by the High Court last
month, six months after the Magistrate Court had ruled that Undenge should
pay for his children's fees.

Sources said when judgment was made; Undenge who is also Zanu PF's
Chimanimani MP transferred the children from the prestigious private
educational institution, Eaglesvale.

His children Bongai and Kumbirai are in grade 4A and 3B at the school

"Other pupils were sent home but he has made it clear to the school's
hierarchy that should his children be sent home, the school staff would
suffer the consequences. They are scared stiff. He even ignored the deadline
for November 5 that he was given," said a source.

Angeline's lawyer in the divorce case, Lewis Uriri of Harare law firm, Honey
and Blackenberg, confirmed that the fees had not yet been paid despite the
court order, but refused to comment further.

However, documents in our possession reveal that Angeline has since written
to the deputy minister's lawyers Muzangaza, Mandaza and Tomana legal
practitioners demanding that Undenge pays up.

Part of Angeline's letter reads: "You were supposed to pay school fees for
the kids and you did not. I wonder why. I am sure when the president gave
you that job he did not give you the right to take the law into your own

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Mugabe tightens grip on power as crisis worsens

The East African

November 14 - 20, 2005

By Peter Kagwanja

On the sidelines of the United Nations World Summit in New York, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe announced he will retire when his term expires in
2008, and has called for elections to fill a newly created senate in
mid-November 2005.

This has intensified the succession race within the ruling Zimbabwe African
National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), already divided along ethnic,
ideological and generational fault-lines.

It might also stiffen the backbone of party officials to resist Mugabe's
economic stewardship, which has made a third of the country's citizens
dependent on food aid, left its foreign reserves running nearly empty, while
pushing the inflation to a staggering annual rate of 359 per cent.

Already food shortages and delayed salaries are making the military restive,
forcing the regime to send at least 2,000 of its 30,000 regular soldiers on
forced leave in early October.

Unfortunately, Zimbabwe's democratic forces seem powerless: the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and civil society lack the muscle to
edge out Zanu-PF and chart a course for a post-Mugabe transition.

THE RULING party is digging in, passing new restrictive laws on top of
existing controls on basic liberties, such as the Public Order and Security
Act (POSA), which bars the opposition from holding meetings without police
clearance. On September 9, Mugabe signed into law his 17th set of
constitutional changes, tightening the regime's grip on power at three

First, the changes create a 66-seat senate as part of a two-chamber
parliament, designed to expand the ruling party's extensive patronage

Elections for the senate, scheduled for mid-November 2005, are already
generating a great deal of controversy amid speculation that Zanu-PF is
scheming to move forward the 2010 parliamentary elections to coincide with
the presidential elections in 2008. This is taking place with little or no
consultation with other stakeholders to ensure Zanu-PF victory in future

Second, they empower the government to strip its critics of their passports.
Additional changes, requiring Zimbabweans to obtain exit visas to travel
abroad, are now in the pipeline. This will further erode freedom of movement
and enable the regime to crack down on those it suspects of travelling
abroad to highlight the country's repression.

FINALLY, THESE changes allow the state to nationalise land without
compensation - and not only the 5,200 white-owned farms. Coming after
Murambatsvina, which forcibly displaced over 700,000 black Zimbabweans,
Zanu-PF is poised to take land belonging to black critics by claiming it is
underutilised. This latest assault on property rights has not only nullified
all pending appeals, but has launched a fresh round of forced land seizures
just before the senate elections.

The opposition and civic groups are fighting back and rallying for a new
democratic constitution. But on the whole, civil society remains too weak,
too ideologically divided, too poorly co-ordinated, too cash-strapped and
too urban-based to forge real change. Its elite prefer the courtrooms and
parliament over street protests, despite obvious gridlocks to getting a fair
deal in these politically-dominated institutions. Activists and politicians
spend valuable time preaching to the converted in urban areas where the MDC
controls well over 90 per cent of the vote.

The now palpable tension within the MDC between supporters of party
president Morgan Tsvangirai and its secretary general, Welshman Ncube, is
further dividing the movement. The power wrangle is also inflaming ethnic
divisions, with most Shona speakers rallying behind Tsvangirai and the
Ndebele backing Ncube.

Ahead of the March 31 elections, the two camps disagreed on whether to take
part in or boycott the polls, and there is a similar situation today: the
Ncube faction is back battling Zanu-PF in the senatorial polls now fixed for
November 26, while the Tsvangirai camp has hit the road on a
no-participation campaign.

The battle for the soul of the MDC has cost the opposition crucial allies in
the civic realm, its traditional reservoir of expertise.

Key opposition underwriters and strategists are beginning to explore the
idea of a "Third Way" - an alternative party between the high-handedness of
the Mugabe regime and the inertia of the opposition. But with the dearth of
credible leadership, the "Third Way" is a perilous experiment. For now,
revamping existing opposition structures by staging internal elections is a
more prudent option.

THE OPPORTUNITY for a brokered deal to end Zimbabwe's impasse is fast
disappearing. Mugabe has flatly rejected mediation by former Mozambican
president Joachim Chissano, who was appointed by AU chairman Olusegun
Obasanjo, President of Nigeria.

To their credit, some international actors are stepping up the pressure for
change. On September 20, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
Tom Woods said that his government is tightening sanctions against Harare's
ruling elite to include members of their families as well as new Cabinet
ministers. In February, the European Union renewed its targeted sanctions
for another year.

Zimbabwe's international friends must also boost their support for
pro-democracy forces. The outside world can and should help, but ultimately,
Zimbabweans must take responsibility for restoring their own democracy.

Peter Kagwanja is Southern Africa project director of the International
Crisis Group.

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JAG Classifieds dated 15 November 2005

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

JAG Classifieds:;


1.  Offered for Sale Items
2.  Wanted Items
3.  Accommodation
4.  Recreation
5.  Specialist Services


Chaka went missing on Saturday night and was last seen at about 23h00 on
Kensington Road. If anyone has seen, or happens to see her, her owner would
be grateful if you would call him ASAP. Reward offered for her safe return.
Please call KEVIN on 011 607 913 or 757536 at work or email




1.1 Car For Sale (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

A Ford Ranchero for sale. Good condition. 4.1 Litres, strait 6.  $250 000
Please contact Carmen on 091 615 656 or Ron on 775 795/213/212.


1.2 Motor car for sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05

BMW 2800 for sale; rebuild including new tyres and respray.
For details contact Paul: 09-64727

1.3 For Sale (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Phone your orders to--Anne--011212424 or 332851.

WASH AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Christmas is on it's way again!!

Small crocheted bags--$108,000 each.
Small woven bags--$110,000 each.
Large crocheted bags.--$175,000 each.
Large woven bags.--$225,000 each.

Table Runners.--$165,000.

Set of 4 Fringed Table mats + serviettes--$460,000.
Fringed mats only(4)---$335,000.
Set of 6 Fringed mats+ serviettes--$690,000.

Set of 4 Bordered table mats+ serviettes---$550,000.
Bordered mats only(4)--$425,000.
Set of 6 Bordered mats + serviettes--$825,000.
Set of 8 Bordered mats + serviettes---$1,100,000.

2m Throws--$600,000.each.

Jug covers--$45,000.
Tea cosy(L)--$80,000.
Tea cosy(m)--$75,000
Tea cosy(s)--$70,000.
Crocheted oven gloves(pair)--$220,000.
Oven gloves(pair)--$125,000.
Oven gloves(single)--$60,000.

Decorated cushion covers--$225,000.
Plain cushion covers---$155,000.
Round crocheted cushions--$185,000.

Scarves--$220,000. each.
Hats--$122,000 each.
Ladies jerseys(med.)--$985,000 each.
Woven waistcoats--$520,000.

Large plain cotton rug--$500,000.
Med. plain cotton rug---$325,000.
Small plain cotton rug.---$205,000.
Cotton Rag Rug--$205,000.
Med. plain mohair rug--$375,000.
Med.patterned mohair rug.--$475,000.
X Large plain mohair rug.--$1,500,000.
and lots more.
Wholesale prices available for orders(over 6 of an article) or large


1.4 Motorbikes for Sale (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

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


(Averages 50KM/LT)

PHONE: 790266/ 011 414050


1.5 For Sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Digital Gram Scale measures up to 200grams used for gold etc - brand new -
$5 million

English made 17" Fan - $4 million

Plastic Sealing machine (foot operated ) hardly used - $5m

White wooden baby cot - $4 million

Please phone 744397 for further details


1.6 Household Goods for Sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05

1 x Hostess Trolley
1 x Double Bed (Mattress and Base)
1 x 2 drawer Dressing Table with Mirror (Saligna)
1 x medium fridge (Ocean)
1 x Monarch 390 3 plate stove
1 x Belling Mini Stove (oven/warming drawer/Hot plate and Grill)

If interested please contact with realistic offers.


1.7 GOODS FOR SALE (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Various Burma Teak furniture (this wood is now extinct I am told).

Chest of drawers
Breakfast table
Side Table

Many beautiful solid wood bookshelves -
(The new year is coming and then everyone will be looking for a bookshelf
which will be out of stock in Jan 2006).
Several solid wood good bedroom chairs.
2 x OLD OAK Bookshelves.
2 x Dark Oak Dining Room Chairs.
1 x OAK drop leaf table.
1 x Oak Chest of Drawers (4 x drawers).
1 x Oval oak table - medium size.
2 x Panga Panga Dining Room Chairs.
1 x Nursing Chair.
2 x Office chairs Mid - condition - but also a fair price - bit of
1 x Mahogany drop leaf table (square - perfect for cards or a sewing
Various strong large tables (dining and kitchen)
One veneer table large for a Site office/back verandah -old and reasonably
1 x round Mahogany (1.25) - dining table.
1 x Humungous Heavy Dining Room table (Cottage style - very heavy).
In fact - tables for Africa!!  (these tables do not have chairs.

Tables with chairs :
1 x Old shaped Table (very good wood - not sure of type) - with 6 Oak
chairs (colours matching fine).
1 x Antique round dining room table with 5 chairs (large).
1 x Burmese teak table with 4 chairs - a beauty and very beautifully
1 x Petrol lawnmower FROM GERMANY.
1 x electric lawnmower (field flight).
Set of (metal) garden table with 4 chairs.
2 x garden chairs metal with 2x small side tables.
9 Plastic garden chairs excellent condition.
3 Garden benches (rustic type).
1 x Garden Bench PICNIC STYLE.
Steel Lounger - A true beauty ! (No cushions).
1 x Single Bed - base and mattress (mint condition) plus headboard covered
in draylon.
1 x double mattress.
2 x 3/4 beds in really good condition.
Bunk beds with mattresses.  Can be used as a unit or the 2 beds

Some computer desks without drawers - great size enough space for
printer, scanner etc.
Computer trolley for top of desk or to be used on the side.
Various smalls: too many to list.
Lots of Kenwood parts - come and scrounge.
2 x watercolour paintings.
Cups and saucers 2/3 sets.
2 x sets coffee cups small and beautiful.
Glasses galore.
Oldish Dinner service - not the full set.

(Just down the road from Reps Theatre, and the same road as the Trauma

Wilma 091 237 216


1.8 For Sale (Ad inserted 14/11/05)

2 Man tent with stretcher
Satellite dish

2 work benches
1 metal shelve (+ 3mtrs long, 2 mars high, 1/4 mtre wide)
1 metal folding table

2nd Hand domestic sewing machines + spares
1 boot sewing machine


1 Dining room suite wrought iron with formica top
2 Sets of draws (4 or 5)
1 Linen cupboard
2 Wardrobes different sizes
1 Single bed
1 small office desk with 3 draws
1 Kudu horn lamp and shade
Various sets of shelves, wood covered with formica
1 Tea set
+15 years of readers digests aprox 180 copies in good condition

Please call Grace or Steve, Ruwa 073 2847/2850 or 023 516 290


1.9 For Sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

14KGS AND 1 X 4.5KGS.

$25 000 000.00 O.N.C.O.

 Please call Shelley on 490684 or 091 264361


1.10 (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Located at Haddow House 10 east Road Belgravia are the following shops.
· Gallop Gear, has clothes and accessories for all ages.
· Stable Mates, is stocked with Crazy Cutlery and Laura's Linen.
Haddow House is a wonderful place for Christmas Shopping.


1.11 For Sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

1) Full sized pin pong tables and trestles.  Z$ 12, 000,000 delivered
2) Children's coloured chairs.  Z$ 250,000 each

1.12 Plants for Sale (Ad inserted 01/11/05)


Now that the weather has warmed up and the rains are almost here, it's time
to garden again! For a variety of FERNS, PINK ARUMS & various other plants
visit FERNATIC Nursery on Crowhill Road. (1,8km past the Brooke on the left
just before Hoggerty Hill Drive.)
8-12noon, 3-6pm. Closed Sundays


1.13 PIANO FOR SALE (Ad inserted 02/11/05)

J & J HOPKINSON walnut upright piano for sale.  $50 million.  Just been
tuned and serviced.  Anyone interested please phone Mandy Gilmour 011
204680 or 069 3878.




2.1 Pets (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

I am looking for 2 jersey dairy cows and 2 children's ponies.  Contact
Charlotte Wood phone 091 235 700 or email


2.2 Pets (Ad inserted 02/11/05)

Wanted - one dachshund puppy for a young boy. Please quote for both male
female.  Phone evenings Pam Shaw 04-301031.

2.3 Pets (Ad inserted 11/11/05)

Wanted: a large breed bitch puppy or possibly a mature bitch, but
preferably not Rottweiler.
Contact Jocelyn Ricquebourg 04-344009 or Cell 011-406611

2.4 Pets - Home Wanted - (Ad inserted 04/11/05)

Two Jack Russells looking for kind and loving home. Tiger and Tina both 6
years. House trained, good little watchdogs. Owner can't keep them as he
has moved into a flat. Tel Michelle on 884294 or e-mail

2.5 Pets - Home Wanted - (Ad inserted 04/11/05)

Home wanted for young dog with super nature. He is about 18 months and is a
boerbull/Labrador, cream in colour. Found abandoned, longing to be loved.
Tel Michelle on 884294 or e-mail


2.6 Car Wanted (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Motor Vehicle Wanted - Small to medium sized late model car, Mazda 323 or
similar type.  Must be in good condition Sale could suit someone planning
to emigrate.  Please e-mail or phone (069) 8 441 or

2.7 Houseboat to Buy (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Looking for Houseboats to purchase

We have a client who wants to purchase a houseboat.  He wants to use it on
the Gariepdam in South Africa.  If you have any available please send us
the details plus photo.

Contact H A Coetzee, P O Box 207, BURGERSDORP, 9744
Contact number 051 6531794 or 082 774 3406


2.8 Houseboat Wanted to Hire (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

HOUSEBOAT WANTED TO HIRE for period December 27th - 3rd January for 11 pax.
Contact Pat Townsend 011 208836
I can supply fuel if necessary...


2.9 Wanted (Ad inserted 14/11/05)

Piranha Fisherman or similar with 85hp Yamaha.  Also looking for a separate

250mm VJ couplings for ac pipe


TESS KAGELER 011 607466 ; 302909; or


2.10 Fluepipes Wanted (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

33 m of tobacco flue pipes - old or new

Mobile + 263 91 274327
Tel/Fax + 263 4 495 433
email -


2.11 Generators (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

10 MW Diesel Generators requirement
Large Diesel Generators - Power Plant with power ratings of 10 MW x 2 units
each firing HFO fuel for continuous duty to operate in tropical desert

Offer package should include accessories, civil works and connection to the
national grid
Immediate Requirement 10 MW x 2 units Total 20 MW
Future requirement 10MW x 3 Units Total 30 MW
                                                    Total altogether - 50
Supply Chain, Dubai, UAE


2.12 Wanted (Ad inserted 15/11/05)

Greenhouse plastic, any size, used, less than 2 years old


cell; 011 717975


2.13 Deep Freeze (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

We are looking for an "Engel" camping deep freeze - medium size - 40 to 50
litre or something similar?  If anyone has one to sell please contact
Bridget Holland at


2.14 (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

WANTED TO BUY FOR CASH.  Any old editions of Wisden Cricketers Almanack.


2.15 (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

WANTED.  Cattle salt.





3.1 House Offered (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Available from 1st November for rent .......
Buddlia free standing house in Dandaro Village Borrowdale... Phase 5.
Please phone 091602033 or 497095 evenings. Failing that 011608715 email


3.2 House Sit (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

We are looking for a farming couple to house sit and look after our
seedling nursery in Marondera for a period of six months.  Please contact
Andy - email


3.3 FOR RENT (Ad inserted 26/10/05)



3.4 For Rent (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Bromley (55km outside Harare)
Large airy two bedroomed self contained flat furnished or unfurnished,
attached to farmhouse. Animal lover essential. Handyman a huge asset.
Available now.

200 Acres grazing partly burnt with green grass. Fences need attention
after fire.  6 stables in paddock. Rent neg.

Tel 073-3399
011-423 614


3.5 For Rent (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Lovely furnished and equipped house to rent in Ballantyne Park area of

A must-see fully furnished and equipped house comprising three large double
bedrooms all with build-in cupboards and en suite bathrooms, a fully
equipped kitchen, pantry, dining room, living room with fire place, large
terrace, garage, swimming pool, satellite dish and borehole. The house is
situated in a quiet close, well secured and fully alarmed, fully walled and
it has an electric gate. All furniture and furnishings are provided,
washing machine and tumble dryer, crockery and cutlery * down to towels and
bed sheets.

The house is a well-maintained golden oldie with wooden floors and wooden
beams on the ceiling, lots of original fittings and furnishings, just
breathing old English style. The garden is huge with sprawling lawns, a
large variety of trees and lots of flowering plants.  Presently, the old
jacaranda trees are in full bloom and by April the entire garden will smell
of roses.

A reliable gardener will remain to look after the garden and swimming pool.
There are three domestic quarters, several storerooms and there is a
vegetable garden. For the bird lovers, there are plenty of indigenous birds
that live on or visit the garden.

Sounds enticing? Well, it is. The house is available for a fixed period
only, short or long term, so ideal for expatriates. Rental is negotiable.
Ballantyne Park is an upmarket leafy neighbourhood of Harare, about 20"
drive from the city centre, near to schools and shopping centres.

For more information or viewing, call + 263 4 882170


3.6 Accommodation offered (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Flat with own bathroom and kitchen.  Furnished.  Electric gate and fence.
Use of pool. Electricity, water, cleaning and laundry included. $6m p.m.
Contact Bown 023 316 739 (cell) 702402 (working hrs).


3.7 Accommodation offered (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Cute house in Imbeza Valley, Mutare for rent.  Would suit a person who
wants to grow stuff and chill. Please make contact through this email


3.8 Accommodation offered (Ad inserted 04/11/05)

Free Accommodation offered to displaced farmers - 16km from Mutare on main
Vumba Rd.

Contact: Colleen Taylor
c/o Leopard Rock Hotel 020-60115
Home 020-81061


3.9 Accommodation offered (Ad inserted 11/11/05)

Two bedroom garden flat, Greendale, easy walking to shops, with carport,
available end of November.  Please phone Mr Wallis 023894597.


3.10 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 26/10/05)





3.11 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

Looking for affordable accommodation from the end of December. A cottage,
small house or garden flat (in good condition, child friendly environment).
To be occupied by a couple with a child and four kittens/cats. Please
contact Carmen Van Wyk on 091 615 656 or (work) 575 431-3.


3.12 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 01/11/05)


3.13 Accommodation Wanted (Ad inserted 11/11/05)

Small house or cottage.  Preferably with own entrance and garden & good
security. Suitable for young married couple with dogs. Areas:
Borrowdale/Greystone park/Glen Lorne/Helensvale or close. Unfurnished.
Needed from beginning of January.
CONTACT or phone 091208836 or 091289345.




4.1 HOLIDAYS (Ad inserted 01/11/05)

Savuli Safari, self catering chalets in the heart of the Save Valley
Conservancy. Game watching, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, walking trails
and 4x4 hire.  Camp fully kitted including cook and fridges.  Just bring
your food, drinks and relax.  $500 000 pppn, 1/2 U/12.

Booking at Off2Africa, phone 498480, or 091-943195 email:
or direct 091 631 556 or
John Tayler
Singisi Farm
Pvt. Bag 7011


4.2 Ad inserted 01/11/05

With the weather now nice and hot, it is time to go up to Kariba! Book for
this ideal family holiday now, especially if you like to catch a fish!
(Xmas & New Year full, sorry)
Contact for more info today!




5.1 (Ad inserted 14/11/05) Care Management Services.  Formerly called
"Substitute Daughter."

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

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

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


5.2 (Ad inserted 11/11/05)

Harare SPCA Boarding Kennels

Harare SPCA is under new management.  Mrs Mary Toet is the Administrator
and Mrs Yvonne Rose (ex Mutare SPCA) is the Animal Welfare Officer.

We have recently consolidated our operations, and constructed some new
kennels at the Boarding Kennels Site.  With these now complete, we can now
reoffer a boarding service for dogs, and will be open for business on 1
December, in time for the Christmas holidays.

Please phone 576356/7 for details and bookings.


5.3 (Ad inserted 11/11/05)

Harare SPCA Charity Shop

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

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

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

Vicki Campbell (Treasurer)
Phone: 851115 Cell 091 256554


5.4 (Ad inserted 26/10/05)

ZEB Water Back-up Systems

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

back-up systems to all areas in and around Harare.

if you have been off municipal for some time!

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


5.5 Ad inserted 26/10/05

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

Don't Hesitate - IniTiate!

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

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

5.6 (Ad inserted 15/11/05)





CONTACT: 882511, 091 261 741 or 011 420 003


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