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Vice-president rebukes black farmers

Zim Online

Saturday 04 November 2006

            CHINHOYI - A frustrated Vice-President Joice Mujuru this week
berated blacks allocated former white-owned farms for failing to produce
enough food to feed their own families and let alone the country.

            In what is fast becoming routine confession by top government
officials that the chaotic and often violent land reform programme flopped,
Mujuru told a conference of the black Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) in
Chinhoyi city that the government had had to draft in the army to work on
former white farms because the new black owners were failing to produce.

            "ZFU you are a problem to the government," Mujuru told the
farmers on Thursday. "We will never be able to rule this country in comfort
when members of the ZFU are still being fed by the government. You cannot
even produce enough to feed yourself."

            Mujuru said there was disquiet among some senior officials in
the government about the use of the army to grow food on former white farms
but said the decision to send soldiers onto farms was taken only because
black civilian farmers allocated white farms were failing to perform.

            The army has taken over huge swathes of former white-owned land
under a programme codenamed Operation Maguta and which the government says
is aimed at producing strategic crops such as maize and wheat to beat off
food shortages.

            Mujuru said: "Operation Maguta came as a result of our failure
as ZFU members. If you were doing your best why would we want Maguta to

            Maguta has however been largely a failure with army commanders
on farms saying they were hampered by the lack of machinery after senior
officials of the ruling ZANU PF party and the government looted equipment
from the former white farms.

            Zimbabwe has grappled with severe food shortages since the
government t expelled large-scale producing white commercial farmers and
parceled out their land to landless blacks.

            The farm seizures destabilised the key agricultural sector
causing food production to plunge by 60 percent to leave once self
sufficient Zimbabwe dependent on imports from neighbours and handouts from
international food relief agencies.

            But the shortage of food is only one of many severe symptoms of
a seven-year economic and humanitarian crisis, critics blame on
mismanagement by Mugabe and which has also spawned shortages of fuel,
electricity, essential medicines, hard cash and just about every basic
survival commodity.

            Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since the country's 1980
independence from Britain, denies mismanaging the country and says its
problems are because of economic sabotage by Western governments opposed to
his seizure of white land. - ZimOnline.

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Human rights campaigner granted bail

Zim Online

Saturday 04 November 2006

      HARARE - Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe on Friday granted a $10 000 bail
to prominent human rights campaigner Lovemore Madhuku and two others who
were arrested on Wednesday for demanding a new and democratic constitution
for the country.

      Human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama, representing the jailed, told
the court that he would challenge the trio's arrest on 22 November 2006 when
they next appear for further remand.

      "My clients were kept in cells without being told why they were being
denied their liberty until Thursday around 4 pm," said Muchadehama. "As for
Madhuku, the court outline does not show how he is linked to the organising
of the demonstration. He was a participant like any other persons."

      The trio was arrested when police pounced on a group of about 150
members of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) civic alliance who
were marching in Harare demanding a new constitution. The police severely
assaulted the demonstrators who they also arrested.

      The police later released the rest of the demonstrators except Madhuku
and the two other activists whom the police allege stoned one of their
vehicles. - ZimOnline

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Ex-soldier denied bail

Zim Online

Saturday 04 November 2006

      MUTARE - High Court Judge Alfas Chitakunye yesterday dismissed a bail
application by lawyers representing Peter Michael Hitschmann who is facing
charges of illegally stockpiling arms of war and plotting to assassinate
President Robert Mugabe.

      Chitakunye dismissed the application saying Hitschmann was facing
serious charges and was therefore likely to abscond since there was a
possibility he could be convicted.

      "The evidence led so far can lead to a conviction," said Chitakunye,
who however granted Hitschmann leave to appeal against denial of bail at the
Supreme Court.

      Defence lawyers had argued that it was unfair to keep Hitschmann in
remand prison- where he has remained since his arrest last March - until
March 2007 when the High Court returns to Mutare to conclude his case.

      In support of the application, the defence cited examples of
opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and the late Ndabaningi Sithole who on
separate occasions were granted bail by the courts even though they were
facing charges of plotting to kill Mugabe.

      Hitschmann, a soldier in the former white government of Rhodesia -
Zimbabwe's name before independence in 1980 - was initially arrested
together with MDC officials that included Mutare North legislator Giles
      Mutsekwa for working with the hitherto unknown Zimbabwe Freedom
Movement to overthrow the government.

      The group was accused of conspiring to murder Mugabe, businessman and
ZANU PF activist Esau Mupfumi and ZANU PF Chipinge South legislator Enock
Porusingazi during the 21st February Movement celebrations held in Mutare to
mark Mugabe's 82nd birthday.

      The state later dropped charges against Mutsekwa, MDC Manicaland
provincial youth chairman Knowledge Nyamhoka, party treasurer Brian James,
activist Thando Sibanda and four ex-policemen Peter Nzungu, Wellington
Tsuro, Jerry Maguta and Garikai Chikutya. - ZimOnline

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Teachers demand payment for services offered during poll

Zim Online

Saturday 04 November 2006

      MASVINGO - Thousands of teachers who were engaged as polling officers
in last weekend's rural council elections yesterday demanded that the
government pays them their outstanding allowances or face legal action.
      The cash-strapped government of President Robert Mugabe had promised
to pay the teachers a day after the elections which were held last Saturday.

      But almost a week after the controversial elections won by the ruling
ZANU PF party, the teachers are still to receive their money.

      A petition signed by about 5 000 teachers which was sent to the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) which ran the elections, accused the
government of making empty promises over their payment.

      "We are demanding our outstanding payments within seven days, failure
(of) which we will engage our lawyers to recover the owed money with

      "This is not the first time that we have failed to get our payments on
time after conducting polls.

      "Last year, some of our members were not paid their monies and later
gave up after a series of follow-up meetings which did not bear any fruit,"
read part of the petition.

      Nobert Magobe, a teacher in Masvingo, said out of the Z$30 000 they
had been promised for conducting the elections, they had only received $6
000 which ZEC said was for their upkeep during polling.

      "Since Monday, we have been checking at our banks and no payments have
been made so far. Next time, I will not participate in any elections," said

      Contacted for comment yesterday, ZEC spokesman Utoile Silaigwana said
he was not aware of the petition adding that payments for the polling
officers were being worked out.

      "We are still processing payments for some civil servants who were not
paid," said the spokesman. - ZimOnline

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China Defends Decision to Invite Sudan, Zimbabwe to Africa Summit


      By Luis Ramirez
      03 November 2006

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is defending his government's human
rights record, a day after Chinese President Hu Jintao publicly called on
him to step up efforts to resolve the bitter conflict in Sudan's Darfur
region. Sudan - a major supplier of petroleum to China - is among 48 African
nations that Beijing is hosting Saturday and Sunday in a bid to boost its
imports of resources from the continent.

China's decision to invite Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir to the
Africa summit has drawn criticism from international human rights advocates.

They are concerned that Beijing is overlooking the poor human rights record
of some African governments so it can obtain resources and new markets in

Beijing's invitation to Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, whose government is
accused of massive human rights violations, has drawn similar fire.

Sudan's government is accused of supporting militias that have killed tens
of thousands of people, destroyed villages, and committed wholesale rape of
women in Darfur, in the country's south.

Mr. Bashir, the Sudanese leader, met with reporters here in Beijing Friday
on the sidelines of China's gathering of 48 African countries, and denied
those charges.

He defended his government's handling of the three-year-old Darfur crisis,
and sought to downplay the atrocities that have been widely reported there.
He said only 10,000 people had died in the conflict, contradicting
international figures that put the toll at 200,000.

Mr. Bashir also reaffirmed his government's refusal to allow U.N.
peacekeepers into Darfur.

"We refuse to accept the entry of U.N. peacekeepers into Sudan, because the
result of our refusal is better than the impact of accepting the
deployment," Mr. Bashir said.

He said allowing U.N. peacekeepers would create a situation similar to the
instability that now exists in Iraq, and letting them in would be worse than
not letting them in.

Mr. Bashir says he appreciates China's support at the United Nations, which
has authorized 20,000 U.N. troops to replace the seven thousand African
Union peacekeepers currently deployed. China says it will support the
presence of U.N. troops only if Sudan agrees to it.

However, Beijing at the same time is eager to avoid the kind of
international criticism it has been suffering for embracing Mr. Bashir.

Chinese television quoted President Hu as making unusually forceful
statements about the situation in Darfur, urging the Sudanese leader, when
the two met on Thursday, to push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The official reports quoted Mr. Hu as telling Mr. Bashir the Darfur matter
had "reached a critical stage," and saying China hopes the Sudanese
government will maintain dialogue with all parties in the conflict, adjust
its position, and improve the humanitarian situation in the region.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao this week explained how
Beijing justifies its invitation to such leaders as Mr. Bashir and Mr.

Mr. Liu says strengthening cooperation with Africa in all fields is
conducive to peace, development and prosperity for everyone. He says China
is not ashamed to hold this summit with these leaders.

China traditionally abides by a policy of non-interference in the affairs of
other countries - a position that Human Rights Watch, a major U.S.-based
human rights group, has likened in this case to remaining silent as mass
killings go on.

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Life is becoming more costly

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

HARARE, 3 Nov 2006 (IRIN) - Zimbabwean families have had to fork out an
extra US$100, almost an average salary, to pay for food and other
essentials, over the course of a month, according to a government-funded
consumer rights watchdog.

The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) reported that the cost of living for
a family of six for the month of October surged to Z$141,706 (about US$565),
up by 26.4 percent from Z$112,034 (about US$447) in September.

Health costs were the worst affected, up by a staggering 68.2 percent from
September. It was followed by washing powder, which went up by 46.9 percent,
bread 42.4 percent and white sugar 38.6 percent.

The official newspaper, the Herald quoted CCZ, as saying, "The major mover
for October was health as consultation fees and costs of medicines increased
at most clinics in the month."

A consultation with a general physician could now set Zimbabwean families
back by US$16, up from almost US$10 in September. A major operation, which
could cost anything from US$5,900 is unaffordable for most ordinary
Zimbabweans who earn salaries ranging between US$119 to US$160 a month.

Rising costs forced Nyasha Mugaviri, who lost her husband to HIV/AIDS in
2004, to pull her children out of private school. Mugaviri, 42, scrapes out
a living by selling car parts that she sources from downtown Johannesburg in
South Africa.

"I never imagined that life would become so difficult. The trade that I have
now entered is strenuous and is dominated by men. But I have to soldier on
because I should see all my children through school," she said.

The consumer watchdog has welcomed the gazetting of the National Incomes and
Pricing Commission Bill, which would help set up the National Incomes and
Pricing Commission (NIPC), whose mandate would be to regulate the prices of
goods and services, among other functions.

"The timeous setting and gazetting of prices is vital to ensuring
sustainable access to basic commodities for all consumers," said CCZ.

The government, through the central bank, has adopted several policies to
stabilise the economy, but analysts say the measures have adversely affected
thousands of people.

One such measure, designed to stem the illegal foreign currency trade, was
last month's closure of 16 money transfer agencies, accusing them of
changing remittances from Zimbabweans living abroad using unofficial rates.

The closure has added to Mugaviri's woes because she can no longer receive
the US$100 that her sister in Canada used to send her monthly and the money
that she was sent just before the closures remains trapped in the agency.

"That the RBZ [Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe] has the noble intention of making
the economy better by stamping out corruption in the financial sector cannot
be denied. The problem, though, is that its policies are ambushing the
suffering majority and we are worse off now due to the turnaround policies
that it has adopted," Mugaviri said.

Lovemore Matombo, the president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions,
said the monetary measures adopted by the central bank were pushing up
unemployment figures, which is estimated to be over 70 percent.

"The central bank's measures are unfortunate because they have rendered
thousands of people who were employed by the closed financial institutions
jobless, in the process negatively affecting the livelihoods of many more
who depend on those that have been affected," Matombo told IRIN.

John Robertson, an independent economist, said the central bank "is only
dealing with the symptoms of the crisis" suggesting that in order to
turnaround the economy, there was a need to find ways of reviving industry,
which he said had shrunk by around 65 percent in the last six years, improve
investor confidence by respecting property rights and increase production of
export crops on farms.

Since government's fast-track land reforms launched in 2000, Zimbabwe's
economy has gone into freefall. An annual inflation rate hovering at around
1,000 percent has seen unemployment levels rise and shortages of foreign
currency have caused food, fuel and electricity to become scarce

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'Murders planned for Mugabe's birthday'

Mail and Guardian

      Harare, Zimbabwe

      03 November 2006 05:07

            A witness in the trial of a white Zimbabwean security expert,
Michael Hitschmann, has claimed the man planned to kill four prominent
businessmen as a bad-taste birthday present for President Robert Mugabe, it
was reported on Friday.

            Army instructor Israel Phiri told a packed court in Mutare this
week that Hitschmann tried to recruit him into the little-known Zimbabwe
Freedom Movement, a United Kingdom-based splinter group that says it is
trying to unseat Mugabe, reports the state-controlled Manica Post.

            "He reported to me that they already had a list of names of
people who were supposed to be eliminated before President Mugabe's birthday
celebrations in Mutare in February," Phiri told the court.

            The four were ruling-party businessmen and officials based in
the eastern border city of Mutare and the second city of Bulawayo, Phiri was
quoted as saying.

            The army officer claimed Hitschmann and his colleagues also
planned to burn the offices of the state-run Chronicle newspaper in Bulawayo
and spill oil on a major Mutare highway so that Mugabe's vehicle would slip
and overturn.

            Hitschmann has been in custody since March, when police
announced they had found a weapons cache at his Mutare home.

            The police said he was linked to the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) and wanted to overthrow Mugabe with the help of
disaffected army officers.

            He has been charged under Zimbabwe's tough Public Order and
Security Act for possessing weapons for insurgency, banditry, sabotage and
terrorism. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment.

            Hitschmann denies the charges. His lawyers say their client is a
registered arms dealer and was thus entitled to have weapons on his

            Phiri says Hitschmann promised him $500 a month, to be paid into
a bank account in neighbouring Mozambique, if he agreed to work for the
Zimbabwe Freedom Movement, reports the Manica Post.

            The army officer says he briefed his army superiors in Harare on
the matter, while pretending to work with Hitschmann. The trial
continues. -- Sapa-dpa

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Zimbabwe's Hospitals in Dire Straits


            Patients face water shortages, power cuts and insanitary

            Nelson G. Katsande (NELKA)

           Published 2006-11-03 12:18 (KST)

      Zimbabwe's health delivery system is reported to be in a state of
collapse with government hospitals going for days without water and
electricity. The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare is said to be aware of
the terrible situation and has done very little to improve it.

      At Harare Central Hospital patients go for days without bathing and
the hospital is finding it difficult to wash linen and patients' hospital

      A source told OhmyNews that the hospital is experiencing water
shortages. This week the hospital ran dry on Wednesday and supplies have not
yet been restored.

      The source suggested that disgruntled patients may be planning to
stage demonstrations against the government for its neglect of the
institution. Patients are reported to have accused nursing staff of
neglecting their duties, with some reported to be turning up late for work.

      Absenteeism by nursing and auxillary staff is also reported to be
high. Some nurses leave work early as they rush to petrol stations in search
of petrol which has become a scarce commodity.

      The mortuaries are filled to capacity and most of the fridges are not
working properly.

      Most of the water pipes in Harare are leaking, resulting in the loss
of water. The cash-strapped city council has failed to replace the worn out
pipes and its plea for government funding has failed to produce results.

      Parirenyatwa Hospital is also reported to be experiencing the same
problems. A source said that regular water and power cuts have become the
order of the day. Most hospitals are infested by rats, cockroaches and mice,
which are seen in the kitchen drawers and wards. The daring rats are even
reported to be eating patients' medicines.

      A patient at Parirenyatwa hospital said that they were having
sleepless nights as the rats make noise chasing each other on the ceilings
and rooftops. The dreadful standards at the government hospitals are an
embarrassment to President Mugabe, who has in the past been reported to seek
medical treatment abroad.

      It is said that Mugabe is ashamed to use the country's hospitals
because of their deteriorating condition.

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Panic as Harare hikes price of electricity


          November 03 2006 at 01:37AM

      Harare - Zimbabwe's electricity regulatory board has approved hikes in
electricity tariffs of up to 270 percent in a bid to improve the shaky power
supply, state television reported on Thursday.

      Mavis Chidzonga, head of the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory
Commission (ZERC), said the increases - likely to send many consumers into a
panic - were necessitated by fast-rising costs.

      The percentage increases take into account the soaring generation,
transmission and distribution costs involved in the supply of electricity,
Chidzonga said.

      The hikes will be implemented across farming, business and residential
areas from November 1 and should mean fewer blackouts, the television

      Zimbabwe's power supply has long been in a sorry state, with
deteriorating infrastructure especially at the key Hwange generating
station, countrywide blackouts and regular theft of cables and oil from

      Because of Zimbabwe's skewed exchange rate, electricity is the
cheapest in the region. An average monthly electricity bill for a
three-bedroomed house is less than ZIM$4 000, the cost of two packs of

      But previous attempts to push up power tariffs have been quashed by
the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe because of the knock-on effect increases would
have on the inflation rate, which at 1 023 percent is already the highest in
the world.

      Defending the hikes, Chidzonga said studies had shown this week's
electricity price hike should have only minimal effects on the prices of
basic commodities like bread and the staple maize-meal. - Sapa-dpa

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Activist and torture survivor describes human rights abuses in Zimbabwe

Lawyer-activist condemns Canadian government for failing to prosecute
Zimbabwean president
By Rishi Hargovan
The McGill Daily
When Gabriel Shumba graduated from law school in 2002, he was arrested in
his cap and gown and jailed for having signed a petition decrying the
deteriorating rule of law in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwean human rights activist and lawyer spoke at New Chancellor Day
Hall last week in part of a cross-country speaking tour aimed at exposing
the Canadian public to the continuing, egregious human rights violations of
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and members of his ruling party, and
pressuring the Canadian government into using its 2000 'crimes against
humanity' and war crimes legislation to prosecute him.

"When a president can say with impunity, 'I am Hitler times ten', that is a
shame," Shumba said at the outset of his remarks.

Shumba works with the Zimbabwean Exiles Forum (ZEF), a South Africa-based
human rights group involved in documenting human rights abuses in Zimbabwe
and campaigning for change. He has been arrested by the Zimbabwean
government 14 times, and recounted his 2003 torture by government agents at
last week's talk.

"[The police applied] electric shocks to my private parts and mouth. I was
beaten to the point of vomiting blood and urinating on myself. They urinated
on me and said, 'There's no place for human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe,'" he

Much of ZEF's work has been cataloguing and documenting such tactics, which
Shumba said are becoming more and more widespread.

"The torture we have experienced in recent years has been systematic," he
said. "[The government uses] near-drownings - where they tie a plastic bag
over your head and dip your head in a pool of water. Next they add
electricity. They hang you upside down and beat the soles of your feet, so
the bruises don't appear in court. They insert guns in women's private

According to Human Rights Watch, the situation in Zimbabwe has been
degenerating since 2000, when labour unions began to back newly-formed
opposition party Movement for Democratic Change.

In January, Human Rights Watch released a briefing that highlighted
Operation Murambatsvina, a government program of mass forced evictions and
demolitions, which has displaced approximately 700,000 people. It
highlighted the government's lack of cooperation with subsequent aid
efforts, and the introduction of laws aimed at silencing criticism of
political and economic policies.

Last year, Shumba traveled to Canada to make the same case for Canadian
intervention in Zimbabwe. He characterized the reaction as "half-hearted" -
although the Liberal government expressed support for his cause, they did
not follow up with action.

At the time, the government took a narrow view of the Crimes Against
Humanity legislation, arguing that a Canadian citizen must be affected in
order to invoke it. Shumba said he hoped that the Conservative government
would be more receptive to his message, and would be more open to enacting
human rights abuse legislation.

The speaking tour was sponsored by non-governmental organization Rights &
Democracy, and wraps up today at Memorial University in St. John's.

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Experts Warn China Forging Ties with Africa's Pariah States


      By Stephanie Ho
      02 November 2006

As China prepares to host a summit with African leaders in Beijing, American
experts say they are concerned about Beijing willingness to maintain close
relations with pariah states on the continent.

China proudly displays its growing ties with Africa in holding a
high-profile summit for African leaders in Beijing. But critics in the
United States warn of the negative aspects of Beijing's pragmatic foreign

"The story, I'm afraid, is not a good one. In Africa, as elsewhere in the
world, the Chinese government has shown that it is eager to embrace
dangerous and or unsavory regimes in order, among other goals, to secure
access to oil," said Carolyn Bartholomew, a member of the U.S. China
Economic and Security Review Commission, a body that advises Congress. She
said China has sought close ties with countries that western countries
consider pariah states, such as Sudan, an oil-rich country that has come
under international criticism for the ongoing crisis in Darfur.

She accuses Beijing of selling the Sudanese government military equipment
that has been used to commit atrocities in Darfur.

The Chinese government has rejected criticism about its sales to Sudan,
saying its arms sales are not large enough to destabilize the region.

Walter Kansteiner, who recently served as assistant secretary of state for
Africa and is now at the consulting firm, Scowcroft Group, says in the 1960s
and 1970s, relations between China and Africa were based on shared political

"It was ideologically driven. It was politically mandated. It was part of
the international socialist system of supporting your liberation brothers,"
he said.

Today, he says, China-Africa ties are largely based on commercial interests.

"It's about raw materials. It's about feeding the industrial base back in
China. So, what is this industrial base, and what is it that they need? They
need raw materials. They need strategic minerals. They need hydro-carbons.
They need iron ore and timber, they need to keep their industrial base
alive," he said.

Kensteiner said Washington should be concerned about China's close ties with
leaders, such as the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

"Does it worry the U.S. government that China is aiding and abetting Robert
Mugabe? Yeah, it does and it should. You know, he's a bad guy, doing bad
things to his people. And so, if Beijing is supporting and helping him, from
a policy-maker's point of view, that's counter-productive," he said.

Another way China is making friends and allies in Africa is through generous
aid donations. Joshua Kurlantzick, at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, says China's contributions have increased exponentially
in the past decade, reaching $2.7 billion in 2004.

"That's up from about $100 million from a decade before, so that's a
substantial increase, and puts China, as a donor on the continent, on league
with other donors, including the U.S., France and Japan," he said.

Despite the positives, Chinese efforts to make friends in Africa has not
been a completely smooth process. Paul Hare, the executive-director of the
U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce and a former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, says
he is noticing what he calls a "downside" for the Chinese in Angola, which
has become China's main foreign source of crude oil.

"Others claim there is a growing resentment of the Chinese role in Angola,
among the Angolans, taking jobs and contracts away from the Angolans, and
speak of the Chinese invasion. I think there is some increasing xenophobia
against the Chinese," he said.

There are some indications China is taking international criticism into
consideration on issues like Sudan, which Carolyn Bartholomew called the
Chinese government's "biggest public relations nightmare on the global

In a rare public statement broadcast on Chinese television Thursday, Chinese
President Hu Jintao told Sudanese President Omar al Bashir that the Darfur
conflict has once again reached what he called a "critical stage." The
Chinese president said Beijing understands Khartoum's concerns on Darfur,
but said he hopes the Sudanese leader will strengthen dialogue with all
parties concerned and help improve the humanitarian situation there.

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China dangles trade, aid at Africa summit


Fri Nov 3, 2006 12:56am ET

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will announce a package of measures covering aid,
trade and social development for Africa during a summit of 48 African
leaders that opened on Friday amid concerns from rights groups about links
with Sudan and Zimbabwe.

The summit, which follows a dialogue and trade forum and closes on Sunday,
underscores China's deepening links with Africa, whose mineral and oil
wealth it covets and whose countries form an important strategic bloc vote
in world bodies.

"We take great pride in China's strong and warm friendship with Africa,"
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi said at the opening of the ministerial

"We should, with an eye on new developments, fully tap cooperation potential
and draw on each other's strengths to broaden and upgrade cooperation."
China's trade with Africa is expected to top $50 billion this year, and
while the summit is largely about handshakes and banquets, analysts also
expect it to be an opportunity to cement trade and investment deals that
have been in the pipeline.

Ghana's energy minister said on Thursday it was close to finalizing a $600
million deal with China's Sino Hydro Corporation to build at 400 megawatt
hydroelectric dam in the north of the West African country.

Financing will come from state-owned policy lender Export-Import Bank of
China, the minister, Joseph Adda, said.

A Chinese consortium also recently signed a $3 billion iron ore deal in
Gabon, which includes extending a railway and building a bulk commodities
and container port.

And last week, industry officials said Chinese investors would build a $200
million smelter in Zambia with a capacity to produce 150,000 tonnes of
finished copper a year -- most of which would be destined for China, which
is desperate for raw materials to feed its booming economy.

"It would be remiss of me if I failed to mention the very commendable step
that was taken by China to facilitate greater access for commodities from
Africa," Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin told the

The volume of African exports to Asia rose by 20 percent in the past five
years, largely as a result of China buying up raw materials.

China also invited the five countries in Africa who have diplomatic ties
with ideological rival Taiwan -- Gambia, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Swaziland and
Sao Tome and Principe -- but none appeared to have taken up the offer.

Aside from trade deals, analysts say the summit, which winds up on Sunday,
could bring fresh promises from China on debt reduction or training and
scholarships for students, an effort to build goodwill on the continent.
But rights groups say China's policy of non-interference in domestic affairs
mean its engagement with Africa is bolstering governments in places like
Sudan and Zimbabwe, with whom Western countries have long since curbed trade

"China's policies have not only propped up some of the continent's worst
human rights abusers, but also weakened the leverage of others trying to
promote greater respect for human rights," Human Rights Watch said in a

China should use its growing influence in Africa to press for improvements
in human rights, the New York-based group said.

Both Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe
are attending the summit.

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Zimbabwean student heckles S.A High Commissioner at Oxford University

      By Lance Guma
      03 November 2006

      Lindiwe Mabuza, the South African High Commissioner to the United
Kingdom, was on Wednesday heckled by a Zimbabwean student during her visit
to Oxford University. Mabuza was delivering an address on the state of post
apartheid South Africa at Oxford's Exeter College in the Rectors' room. Only
a few weeks ago South Africa's foreign affairs minister Dr Nkosazana
Dhlamini Zuma also had her speech in London interrupted by a radical group
known as Free-Zim Youth UK. On this particular occasion however one
unidentified student managed to take over the question and answer session.
According to Zimbabwean journalist Blessing-Miles Tendi who was present at
the meeting, 'Mabuza's address was tranquil and the audience affable. This
masked the drama that would later unfold during the question and answer
session of her address.'

      The student is said to have questioned South Africa's foreign policy
in terms of its perceived success in the Ivory Coast, Burundi and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo and yet the Zimbabwean crisis remained
unresolved. Tendi told Newsreel that, 'Before Mabuza could respond, the
Zimbabwean student declared, 'I have a present I would like to give you on
behalf of all Zimbabweans.' He reached inside his satchel and produced a
placard, which he displayed to Mabuza and the Oxford audience. "Shame on
South Africa" was emblazoned on the placard in bold capitals.'

      The student is said to have proceeded to the front of the Rector's
room and placed the placard next to the South African High Commissioner
saying it was a "present from all Zimbabweans." He is said to have wished
her a merry Christmas, Newsreel was told. Although the student tried to walk
out of the venue the commissioner asked him to sit down so she could answer
his queries. This was in stark contrast to Zuma's outbursts in London after
she was heckled and declared that Zimbabweans were busy sitting in the
diaspora doing nothing. Mabuza decided to respond and said, "There has been
loud diplomacy from critics of Zimbabwe other than South Africa and what has
loud diplomacy achieved?'

      The Zimbabwean student quickly responded by saying, 'And what has six
years of South African quiet diplomacy achieved?' Mabuza is said to have
angrily replied "Zimbabwe is not South Africa's tenth province, we will not
send our army into Zimbabwe and neither will we apply economic sanctions
because we believe Zimbabweans should solve their problems by themselves.
Only Zimbabweans can solve Zimbabwe's problems.'

      According to Tendi, Exeter College Rector Frances Caincross
interjected saying, 'I think you have hijacked the evening enough.' This was
before the student tried to make a response to Mabuza's utterances. 'If the
Apartheid South African government could bring Ian Smith and the Rhodesian
government to the negotiation table in 1979 then why can't a liberation
government do the same to another liberation government? You talk about
international human rights, the universality of human rights, and this is
how your country behaves. I am appalled. Merry Christmas", the Zimbabwean
student shouted as he left the gathering voluntarily.

      He later told Tendi after the meeting that, 'Zimbabweans in the
Diaspora must shame South African officials whenever they are out and about
making hypocritical utterances of an African Renaissance. I am calling on
all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to maintain the precedent that has been set
in the last two weeks,' he added.

      SW Radio Africa Zimbabwe news

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Education in Zimbabwe - the twist and turns

      By Grey Samakande

      A fortnight ago the Mashonaland East education director Mr Sylvester
Matshaka encouraged boarding schools to take advantage of the land reform
programme in order to produce food to feed students. A week on, the Minister
of Education, Sport and Culture, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere announced that
State-run and mission schools countrywide will be allocated farms and inputs
for agricultural ventures aimed at containing operational expenses and,
eventually, school fees hikes.

      There are major problems in the educational delivery system in
Zimbabwe and the problems cannot be solved through the land reform
programme. Mr Matshaka concentrated on boarding schools while the minister
of education is targeting state-run and mission schools. They all want
schools to take advantage of the land reform programme, but cannot explain
the exact connection between the two. Where and how are they going to
allocate the farms to schools? They must make us understand how the system
is going to work. The government need not just talk about how they intend to
resolve problems, but must come up with reasonable and practical ways.

      Political issues must not be mixed with educational matters because
these are two different entities. Some mission schools have their own farms
which were excluded from the resettlement programme. The government must
only concentrate on helping such schools with machinery, inputs and finance,
and not talk of allocating new farms. Some schools also have pieces of land
which through financial difficulties, are not productive. The government
must assist these schools with all requirements and not encourage them to
take loans as this will sink them deeper into debt. Those that may not have
land, must be given subsidies. Isn't it every government's right to provide
education to its nation?

      It is surprising that we are already in the cropping season but no
mention of what the government has done so far with regards to assistance.
What we only hear is what has been proposed. If nothing has been put in
place by now, then this is going to end up just an empty promise. For the
programme to work, it must have been implemented long before the start of
the cropping season. For this year, we are going to count this as failure
because if ever it is going to be implemented, the season will be long gone.
The students and parents will continue to suffer until the next season when
new promises will be showered.

      The problems that have engulfed Zimbabwe's economy seem to be giving
the government great worry and they do not have a solution. Going round and
round will however, not help as the problems will keep multiplying. Let us
not force all schools to use the land reform programme as if it is the only
way of generating income to cover the running costs.

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Vermeulen needs help and not punishment

Scratching the surface

Martin Williamson

November 3, 2006

On the face of it, the arson attack by Mark Vermeulen on Zimbabwe's Cricket
Academy looks fairly self explanatory. A former player, disgruntled at not
being considered for selection, takes out his anger against a symbol of
something that he feels has thwarted his ambitions. Simple. And yet, nothing
could be further from the truth. The stark facts of the incident barely
scratch the surface.

Most people will recall that last September Vermeulen was banned for ten
years after an unsavoury fracas during a club match in Lancashire. That
punishment was subsequently reduced on appeal to a three-year ban, with two
of those suspended.

However, what became abundantly clear from the evidence given at the time
was that Vermeulen was a very troubled young man. His behaviour at other
times last summer had been eccentric and specialists consulted before the
appeal hearing were clear that he needed treatment.

With hindsight, it is now apparent that Vermeulen has always had problems.
Reports of bizarre behaviour go back as far as his early teenage years when
he was banned from school cricket. One can only wonder how much the serious
skull fracture he sustained at the hands of Irfan Pathan in early 2004
exacerbated his troubles. And that was his second serious head injury within
12 months.

A friend of his said that one moment he would be up, the next down in the
dumps. His complete over-reaction to situations was the most outward sign of
his fragile mental state. His lawyer claimed that his client was "suffering
from a depressive illness which of course has a significant impact upon his
behaviour". He returned to Zimbabwe where his mental state seemed to slide
even further.

He arrived back confidently aiming to regain his place in the national side.
And yet that buoyant optimism soon gave way to depression when he was
ignored by selectors and officials. Within weeks he was in the depths of
another low.

Earlier last month he was arrested after arriving at the gates of Robert
Mugabe's fortified official residence in Harare demanding to speak to the
president, who is the patron of Zimbabwe Cricket. Any local will admit that
people have been shot for just being in the vicinity of the palace at the
wrong time, underlining just how ill-advised Vermeulen's conduct was. He had
also been undergoing treatment after a car crash.

On Monday, he was reportedly escorted from the South African embassy where
he was trying to obtain a visa to travel to Johannesburg. The first fire
happened that night, the second less than 24 hours later.

No one I have spoken to who knows Vermeulen doubts that he desperately needs
psychiatric help. It seems there was no real thought process behind his
attacks this week. As happened in Lancashire, he just hit out at the closest
and most immediate target who be blamed for his situation. In this case it
was the Zimbabwe cricket establishment.

Those looking for a real motive miss the point, although it was deeply
disturbing to learn that a senior ZC official sought to capitalise on the
destruction of the Academy by ranting that Vermeulen was a pawn of the
whites and this highlighted why they should be barred from the game as a
result. That is palpable rubbish, and he knows it. It is also ironic that
the official railed against the destruction of ZC property when the board
had contributed not one cent towards the building of the Academy in 1999.
The building can be rebuilt. Vermeulen is not so easily mended.

What happened was nothing more than the illogical act of a very sick person.
"This is a tragedy for cricket and a tragedy for a young man," one friend
told me. The real tragedy will be if this is treated as a simple criminal
act and he is sent to prison. In his state of mind, incarceration will be
worst possible thing for Vermeulen and will serve no purpose. What he needs
now is help.

Martin Williamson is managing editor of Cricinfo

© Cricinfo

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Zambia, Zimbabwe prepare for possible Kariba Dam disaster

People's Daily

      Zambia and neighboring Zimbabwe are holding consultation meetings on
the revision of the emergency preparedness plan for the Kariba Dam to be
ready for any disaster, local newspaper Zambia Daily Mail reported on

      Speaking at a consultation meeting in Siavonga, 220 km south of
Lusaka, on Thursday, permanent secretary in the office of the Vice President
Bernard Namachila said there was need to revise a plan to enhance a more
proactive approach to disaster management with a framework of disaster risk

      "This plan is important for our future as any action to be taken
before, during or after a disaster will depend on how well the roles,
responsibilities and functions are spelt out in the plan," Namachila said.

      The meeting was organized by the Zimbabwean Civil Protection Unit
(ZCPU) and Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit ( DMMU).

      Namachila said the meeting would discuss issues related to awareness
campaigns, stimulation exercises and rescue operations that may be necessary
in the event of the dam failing.

      ZCPU director Madzodzo Pawadyira said the consultation meeting was to
prepare for any unforeseen eventualities.

      He said although the last assessment by Zambezi River Authority showed
that the dam was still in good shape, it was important to formulate and put
in place plans for the betterment of the two countries.

      The Kariba Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the Kariba Gorge of the
Zambezi river basin bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. At 128-meter high and
579-meter long, it is one of the largest dams in the world and controls 40
percent of the total runoff of the Zambezi River.

      Source: Xinhua

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ZINASU on the arrest of Dr. Madhuku

      By a Correspondent

      As the vampire regime of thugs and morons continues with violationg
people`s rights with immunity, Zimbabwe today witnessed the arrest of Dr
Lovemore Madhuku,the National Constitutional Assembly ( NCA)  Chairman at
the parliament of Zimbabwe. The police ordered the other participants to go
and remained with Dr Madhuku whom they have since illegally detained.

      Zimbbawe National Students Union (ZINASU) condenms the arrest and
possible torture of Dr Madhuku and will be going to the streets soon in
protest of Dr Madhuku`s arrest.ZINASU is disturbed at the trend which human
rights abuses are taking in Zimbabwe.

      Barely three days after arresting more than fourty students in
Bulawayo and releasing them on bail pending their appearence for trial on
the 15th of november 2006,some of the arrested students were later suspended
for putting the names of their colleges into disrepute.

      Four of the University of Zimbabwe members of the Students Executive
Council were suspended and the UZ President spent two nights in police cells
for reasons yet to be established. Recently the police in connivance with
the dreaded youth militia brutally crushed the lawful and legitimate Zimbawe
Congress of Trade Unions protests.

      We reaffirm our commitment to fight this tyranny to the bitter end and
express our profound solidarity with Dr Madhuku.

      We want to remind ZANU PF ( ruling or ruining party) that this is the
same Union ( ZINASU) well known for its reckless but not foolish bravery and
with the propensity to fight at a relentless capacity. We can safely confirm
that the on going students protest are continuing and increaisng in

      A massive national class boycott will soon be called and therefter our
demonstrations will take a national scale and outlook until this evil regime
yields to the demands of the sovereign people of Zimbabwe,students included.


      For and on behalf of ZINASU,

      Promise Mkwananzi
      ZINASU President
      Zimbabwe National Students Union
      21 Wembly Road, Eastlea, Harare, Zimbabwe,
      0026391301231/ 002634788135
      zinasu@gmail. comn

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Zimbabwe's steely-eyed fraudsters

Mail and Guardian

      Godwin Gandu

      02 November 2006 11:59

            President Robert Mugabe blocked the release of a report by the
ministry of finance that exposes the looting of the country's sole steel
manufacturing company, Zisco, by Cabinet members and senior Zanu-PF

            Mugabe's cronies are believed to have been under-invoicing and
using front companies to overcharge for goods and services provided to
Zisco. Some of the goods and services were never supplied.

            Last month, Zimbabwe Industry and International Trade Minister
Obert Mpofu told a parliamentary portfolio committee on foreign affairs,
industry and international trade that "there are people making money out of
Zisco . while Zisco is actually bleeding". He added: "There is a thick file,
which, if you see it, you will be shocked. The culprits are colleagues of
mine in Parliament."

            According to a verbatim account of Mpofu's appearance before the
committee on September 27, which was leaked to the Mail & Guardian, Mpofu
made stunning revelations that also revealed Mugabe's complicity in the

            Mpofu -- who, along with Mugabe and the minister of
anti-corruption, received the full report -- was summoned by the committee
to answer questions on the matter in Parliament.

            At a stormy Cabinet meeting days after Mpofu's appearance in
front of the committee, Mugabe told the ministers that the report should not
be made public. He also ordered Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa to advise
the committee to halt further investigations into Zisco operations. This
came after the National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (Neci) briefed Mugabe
on the implications of making the report public, given the number of Cabinet
ministers and legislators involved.

            "That was going to dent the credi­bility of his Cabinet,
resulting in a confidence crisis," a member of Neci, who probed Zisco,
confided to the M&G.

            Mpofu subsequently backtracked when he appeared before the same
committee seven days later, saying that he had been "quoted out of context".
Mpofu also pleaded with the committee not to release the report, arguing
that it would do more harm than good. Mpofu said that if Neci's file on
Zisco was to be made public, "there would not be a single investor" in

            "There are a lot of negative perceptions about this country, and
for us to kill these perceptions we need to avoid doing things that will
confirm them," said Mpofu. "When you start talking about Zisco, that is okay
when the situation has stabilised. But now it will create problems for us,"
he said.

            The M&G has been reliably informed that Mpofu's somersault is a
result of Mugabe's desire to have the matter swept under the carpet.

            In the four-page report of the meeting, marked "private and
confidential", Senator Guy Georgias, a committee member, close Mugabe ally
and Zanu-PF member, said the minister's behaviour and the goings-on at Zisco
were shocking.

            "Facts at hand suggest impropriety, dishonesty, incompetence and
outright betrayal of national trust," he writes. "[Mpofu and ministry
officials] dithered, prevaricated, at times self-contradicted, and reneged
on positions taken and statements made earlier," said Georgias.

            After apportioning blame to "unnamed powerful colleagues and
members of Parliament", Mpofu then "decided to recant and deny a statement
he had made under oath", says Georgias in another report that was leaked to
the M&G.

            At full capacity, Zisco produced two million tons of steel a
year, but current production is less than 300 000 tons. The drop in
production at Zisco stands in sharp contrast to the firming of the world
steel price.

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Legal Fight Looming Over Legality Of Commission Governing Harare


By Blessing Zulu
      03 November 2006

The lawyer for suspended Harare city clerk Nomutsa Chideya has filed an
appeal in high court to declare that the municipal commission put in place
by the government of Zimbabwe in 2004 to supersede the elected city council
is illegal.

But lawyer Happius Zhou, representing commission chief Sekesai Makwavarara,
said Zimbabwean law empowers Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo to
re-appoint a commission "once he is satisfied that no elections are being

On Thursday, high court Judge Lawrence Kamocha summoned Makwavarara to his
court seeking an assurance she would respect a court ruling barring her from
making changes to Chideya's compensation while litigation continued over his

Zhou said Makwavarara could not attend the hearing  Friday, and Kamocha
declared that said she must appear Monday with a full explanation of why she
failed to attend.

Makwavara has stood up a parliamentary committee probing her commission on
four occasions, appearing recently only after being threatened with a
contempt finding.

Lawyer Sternford Moyo, representing Chideya, told reporter Blessing Zulu of
VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Chombo must let Harare residents elect
their mayor.

Harare has been without an elected mayor since April 2004, when Chombo fired
the elected mayor, Elias Mudzuri, an opposition politician, than fired 19
councilors of the Movement for Democratic Change. Mudzuri had been suspended
in April 2003 and a commission was set at that time to investigate his
conduct in office.

A November 2003 high court ruling declared that the commission had been
improperly formed and that the evidence it gathered could not be used to
fire Mudzuri. Under the law, an election was supposed to be held within 90
days of when a mayor vacates the office. Instead, Chombo appointed
Makwavarara, then deputy mayor, who abandoned the opposition to became mayor
as a member of the ruling ZANU-PF party.

The remaining MDC councilors, who stayed on the council after the firing of
Mudzuri and his 19 colleagues, resigned in protest. On December 9, 2004,
Chombo appointed an eight-member commission, led by Makwavarara, to run the
city. Since then the commission has been re-appointed a number of times on
expiry of its term.

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JAG Open Letter Forum No. 452

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


Letter - Paul & Nikki Herley

In response to 'Unknown (for obvious reasons)'.

Surely it is evident that looking to the outside world for a solution has
resulted in nothing but meetings, signing of papers and empty promises?  It
has to come from those in Zimbabwe, be it peaceful means or otherwise.

Living on the "outside", I can now see how far down Zimbabwe is on the
agenda of world issues.  We care because it's our country, but everyone else
just sees another African country run into the ground by one more African
dictator (it might be different if we had oil!).  Certainly, I don't
understand your comment "from afar, where there is freedom to operate
successfully".  Operate what - and how will it bring about change?  No one
is suggesting that lone individuals engage in civil disobedience all by
themselves - there is no power in that.  But just imagine if even half the
population just stayed at home two days a week or didn't pay up?  At the end
of the day, they can't arrest everyone and that is where the phrase "united
we stand, divided we fall" comes in.

I don't know what it is like to be intimated or thrown in prison for no good
reason - but that hasn't got anything to do with being "afar".  I might not
know even if I lived next door to you.  Actually, I do know how bad things
are and can imagine how terrifying it must be at times.  Sadly, instilling
fear is the triumph of the enemy because it disables any opposition.  Civil
disobedience etc. is the triumph of the populace and would it not shift the
balance, even slightly, and with it bring renewed confidence and courage?


New Zealand


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

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JAG Job Opportunities 03 October 2006

Please send any job opportunities for publication in this newsletter to: JAG
Job Opportunities; or

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Ad inserted 5 October 2006

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Ad inserted 5 October 2006

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ONCE UPON A TIME NURSERY SCHOOL is looking for a teacher for January 2007.
If you are a qualified Primary, Infants or Nursery School trained teacher
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For more information phone Rosy on 776470 or 091-216730 or Andy on 746811 or


Ad inserted 12 October 2006


We are seeking 'Foreign Teachers' to teach English in Seoul S. Korea. We
offer 12-month contracts with good salary and conditions of employment.
Please send your CV if you can fulfill ALL the criterion listed below.

Brief description.
Ten years ago (1996) Dr. Jeong established a private tuition college in
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Asian descent. Unfortunately, we are unable to employ them despite most
applicants having outstanding qualifications.
2) The teacher has a university degree. The degree MUST have been completed
in English. However, a teaching degree is not required, nor is teaching
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Ideally, the applicant has completed a recognized TESOL course. However,
this requirement is not mandatory.

Send applications of interest to


Ad inserted 12 October 2006

Situation Vacant

Balance Sheet Bookeeper - Either half or full day (what is important is to
get the job done!), Borrowdale surburban, friendly (if not 'flash'!)
environment. Immediate or ASAP start. Phone Rob on 011 604 136 or email


Ad inserted 5 October 2006

Floor Manager Wanted

Position for a floor manager in a vegetable wholesaling business 15 km
outside of Harare. 4 day week and would suit an energetic gentleman
experience not
essential.  House a usual farm perks offered.  Please contact 011 208447 or


Ad inserted 12 October 2006

Accountant wanted

Blackfordby College of Agriculture is looking for a suitably qualified
accountant to fill the position of Bursar.  The job: To run the accounts
section of the college and farm from a-z, the preparation of college and
farm budgets and cash flows and to provide monthly management reports for
Board meetings.  Knowledge of agriculture may be an added advantage.  Only
applicants with solid accounting experience and those fluent with PASTEL and
EXCEL will be considered.   The package includes company car, medical aid,
competitive salary, with house free water free lights and other benefits.
The successful applicant will reside at the college about 70km from Harare
in the Mazowe / Concession area.  The job of assistant matron may be offered
to the wife of the successful applicant.  Phone for interview appointment.
Details of CV to be sent to The Principal.  P O Box EH197 Emerald Hill,
Harare, Zimbabwe. Phone; 075-2532 / 2533, Fax 075-2539, e-mail


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Vacancy: Farm Manager, Lusaka Zambia

A vacancy is available for a dynamic farm manager just outside Lusaka
The ideal candidate would be:-a single, Black- Fordby Graduate or similarly
educated type of person.
The farm produces: - tobacco, maize, wheat and cattle.

Attractive salary, normal farm perks and production-based bonus will be

For further information, Phone 00 260 1213633 (evenings) or 00 260 96748249.
or 04 443017.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006


Our wonderful bookkeeper/secretary is leaving for South Africa and we need
to try and replace her.  Mornings only in a small but chaotic office in
Hillside, Bulawayo, for a wildlife and ostrich ranch.  Mostly bookkeeping
(to trial balance plus company tax, VAT returns, salaries and PAYE), trophy
export documentation and some secretarial (emails and letters).
Meticulousness, common sense and a good sense of humour all essential.  To
start in December (end November for handover if possible).

Please email in the first place to with contact
details and previous experience.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006


Vacancy exists for husband/wife couple to assist in running rural superette.
All benefits: i.e., vehicle, house, medical aid.

Please submit CV's to  Phone for reply to 011 408 986.


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Consultants Wanted

Consultants wanted for a 40 day project in Zimbabwe ?  Anyone interested
should contact  A good knowledge of Zimbabwe's sugar
industry and farming conditions in the low veldt would be extremely useful.

 1.  Rural Development Sociologist

The person must have a thorough understanding of Zimbabwean rural society
and social and economic characteristics of Zimbabwe in general. Experience
with gender, environmental, social, economic and poverty issues is
essential. The person must have at least 5 years experience in the
formulation and evaluation of development programmes.

2.  Agronomist

Ideally the person must have a post-graduate degree in agronomy. The person
must have at least 10 years of experience with the Zimbabwean sugar sector,
and substantial experience in irrigated agriculture in general.

Overall, the proposed team must have a thorough knowledge of business skills
for full understanding of the larger players in the Zimbabwean sugar sector,
as well as development skills to assess issues related to the smallholder
sugarcane growers.


Ad inserted 26 October 2006


A plastics packaging manufacturing company situated in Msasa is looking for
suitable applicants to fill the position of Finance Manager.


-          -          Managing and guiding the day to day activities of the
accounting department.
-          -          Managing relationships with the company's bankers
-          -          Sourcing of finance & investment of excess funds
-          -          Forecasting, compiling and reporting financial
performance to stakeholders as required.
-          -          Managing and development of company information
-          -          Dealing with the tax authorities as need arises.
Qualifications & Experience:

-          -          An appropriate degree in accounting or professional
qualification (CIS/CIMA/ACCA)
-          -          Experience in a manufacturing environment,
-          -          Experience in the use of computerized accounting
software an added advantage.

Competitive package including Company Vehicle.

Applications for the above post accompanied by a detailed CV should be
forwarded, before 10 November 2006, by candidates directly to:        The
Operations Director, via e-mail to


Ad inserted 03/11/06

There is a project in Botswana called Fabulous Flowers that is looking for a
production manager for a  5 hectare Rose project. The project is located
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operational for one year and needs a good production manager quickly. The
package is negotiable but market related with the traditional industry
benefits and perks.

The idea is for any interested party to send a CV to Tony Mills. Tony will
then respond and if interested fly the person concerned down to Gaborone for
the day.

The position is immediate and is being advertised elsewhere so speed will be
of the essence to the interested parties.

Contact: Julian Vant


Ad inserted 03 November 2006

I would like to advertise a position for a married couple to manage a small
hotel in Kadoma.

Jenny Ireland


Ad inserted 03 November 2006

Call Ronald Nyambalo on 309855-60 (ext 14)  For any
recruitment assistance please contact the General Manager Sarah Vale on

Project Assistant - Implementation, training and system audit of Windows XP.
Would ideally suit a young individual.  Days are Monday-Friday and there is
extensive travel within the country.  This position is on a two-month
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candidates beforehand.  Date position closes, is Friday 17 November.

Finance Manager - Pastel 5/2005 and Access knowledge.  Accounting up to
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shortlisted candidates will require an interview by Sarah beforehand.
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Stores Person - Knowledge of computer hardware, stocks and distribution.
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Payroll Officer - Excel/Pastel/Payplus/Softrite knowledge.  Experience in
payroll is essential and diploma required with 3 years experience.
Available January 2007.  Date position closes, is Friday 17 November.

HR Assistant - Excel/Pastel knowledge.  Experience in recruitment/selection
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advantage.  3 years experience is also required.  Available January 2007.
Date position closes, is Friday 17 November.

Interested candidates, please send an up-to-date cv to Ronald, address shown


Employment Sought


Ad inserted 19 October 2006

Bookkeeper / Administrator

I am a 23 year old lady that currently works & resides in Harare.  I will be
relocating to Gweru in December and I am looking for a placement in the
above position or similar.  I am capable of performing the following

- Cashbook (manual & computerised)
- Petty Cash payments and analysis
- Bank Reconciliation's
- Debtors Invoicing, Statements & Debt collections
- Creditors Analysis, Reconciliation's and payments
- Budgets and Cash flows
- Journals and Ledgers
- Monthly Income Statements
- Draft Year End Financial Statements & Income Tax       Computations

- Salaries and wages administration
- Capital Gains Tax Calculations and reconciliation's
- VAT Calculations and payments
- PAYE Calculations, payments and reconciliation's
- NSSA payments and administration
- NEC payments and returns
- ZIMDEF payment and returns
- Medical Aid administration

- Company Secretarial work (statutory returns) such as forms CR14, CR6, CR2,
Annual Returns, Company formation and registration procedures.
- Functions of moderate Personnel Management

Computer Literacy:
- Pastel Versions 5 - 8
- QuickBooks (moderate knowledge)
- Belina Payroll
- Microsoft Office

For a detailed Curriculum Vitae please contact: P. Russell - 011 646 268 or
756 841 or 756 850.

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