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            ZCU: 'Target of conspiracy'
            06/08/2004 16:16  - (SA)

            Harare - The large travelling expenses of Zimbabwe cricket
officials were justified on Friday as the cost of the networking needed to
offset a conspiracy to disrupt the game here, a top official said on Friday.

            "Had it not been for the networking process that has taken place
during the course of the last few months, we would not have achieved the
successes which have kept us alive," Ahmed Ebrahim, vice-chairperson of the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU), told the annual meeting here.

            "This is despite devious, undercover activities that have been
going on by some people behind the scenes designed to undermine the very
fabric and structure of Test cricket here that people like (ZCU chairperson)
Peter Chingoka and others have struggled to keep afloat.

            "We were told that cricket would be finished in this country by
September or October. But we were able to make sure we will still have Test
cricket in place next year."

            Ebrahim was responding to criticism of the union's board of
directors' expenses and fees, which reached around $80 000 in the last
financial year.

            Chairperson Peter Chingoka explained the high costs away to
trips to meetings with the International Cricket Council and with executives
of other Test countries, in London, Dubai and elsewhere, in a bid to save
the future of Test cricket for Zimbabwe.

            No debate on stand-off

            There was no debate at all about the ongoing stand-off between
the ZCU and senior players after the sacking of Heath Streak in April and
the dismissal of 14 other players after they went on strike demanding his

            Only one comment was made on the union-player dispute from the
floor. Chingoka was requested that the ZCU re-examine its hardline approach
to the question "because it is sad to see Zimbabwe cricket in its present
state, its Test matches replaced by "A" games."

            The speaker asked ZCU to "free itself from acrimony." Chingoka
said the remarks were noted.

            Nine of the 12 directors retained their posts on the ZCU board.
Their three replacements maintained the racial balance of four white, four
black and four Asian.

            President Robert Mugabe was re-elected patron for a tenth year.

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The Herald

Go back to work, ministry orders Zimpapers strikers

Herald Reporter
The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare yesterday ordered
striking workers at Zimbabwe Newspapers to show cause why they should
continue with the industrial action and ordering them back to work within 24

Zimpapers group chief executive Mr Justin Mutasa said the workers' committee
was issued with the show cause order to stop the strike.

He said the company would ask the Labour Court on Thursday next week for a
disposal order so it could deal with the workers in terms of the company's
code of conduct.

"The most important thing is that the strike has been declared as illegal by
the labour ministry and hence has been called off immediately," said Mr

He said the strike was confined to Harare Branch only. It was business as
usual at the other branches.

Mr Mutasa said he wanted to make it abundantly clear to the group's
stakeholders that Zimpapers employs about 1 115 workers and only 105
employees from Harare Branch were on strike.

"I would like on behalf of the management to thank those who showed loyalty
and dedication and following the grievance procedures of the company's code
of conduct," he said.

Since the striking employees had been served with the show cause order and
the management would be going to the Labour Court on Thursday at 10 am for a
disposal order.

The disposal order will enable the management to take a decisive action
against the 105 employees who were engaged in the illegal strike.

Mr Mutasa said the illegal strike by some of the company's workers was based
on falsehoods and management would not condone employees who go on strike
hiding behind falsehoods.

"Management shall never accept or give in to demands that do not emanate
from the laid-down procedures in the Zimpapers code of conduct."

He said no amount of sloganeering and intimidation would make the management
change their position as the procedures to follow in articulating grievances
were clearly set out in the company's code of conduct.

Those who do not follow the company procedures to solve their grievances
face disciplinary action, Mr Mutasa said.

The company applied for the show cause order on Tuesday.
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Zimbabwe: President Mugabe urged to release top trade union leaders from
jail 6/8/2004

Brussels, 6 August 2004 (ICFTU OnLine). The International Confederation of
Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) today demanded that Zimbabwe authorities
immediately release four trade union leaders, held since yesterday (5 August
2004) under public security charges after being arrested during a trade
union workshop in the central city of Gweru. Together with its Nairobi-based
African regional Organisation (ICFTU-AFRO), the ICFTU also demanded that the
charges be dropped.

The four leaders of the ICFTU-affiliated Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
(ZCTU), Wellington Chibebe, Secretary General, Lucia Matibenga, Vice
President, Sam Machinda, Central Region Vice Chairperson and Timothy Kondo,
Advocacy Coordinator, were held under the Public Order and Security Act
(POSA) Section 19, Subsection 1B on conducting a riot, or instigating
disorder or intolerance. The POSA, enacted by President Mugabe in 2002,
makes it illegal to hold political gatherings without police approval, and
is regularly used against ZCTU leaders and members.

The ZCTU leaders were attending a union workshop devoted to the impact of
high taxation levels on workers, HIV-AIDS, the National Social Security
Authority (NSSA), as well as to the outcome of this year's session of the
International Labour Conference, the annual meeting of the International
Labour Organisation (ILO). During the ILO Conference, held in Geneva last
June, senior Zimbabwe diplomats had launched violent verbal attacks against
the ZCTU and its Secretary General, Wellington Chibebe.

According to the ZCTU, its leaders were initially accused of holding the
workshop without police clearance but charges were changed later during the
day. The organisation said trade unions are among organisations which are
exempted from seeking police clearance when holding meetings, in accordance
with section 46(j) of POSA. The four leaders were fingerprinted after their

The ZCTU added that "the police action was a deliberate attack on the rule
of law they are supposed to protect".

In its protest message to President Mugabe,the ICFTU echoed calls by
ICFTU-AFRO, urging him to order that authorities drop charges for
demonstrating against high level of taxes brought on 18 November 2003
against Mr Gideon Shoko, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Amalgamated
Railwaymen's Union (ZARU) and eight other activists from Bulawayo be
dropped. The nine unionists were summoned to answer the charges in a
Bulawayo court today, 6th August.

The ICFTU represents 151 million workers through its 233 affiliated national
trade union centres in 152 countries and territories. ICFTU is also a member
of Global Unions:

For more information, please contact the ICFTU Press Department on +32 2 224
0232 or +32 476 621 018.
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Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2004 5:06 PM
Subject: inflation and education don't mix

Dear Family and Friends,
We have just come to the end of a very tense three months in Zimbabwe's
educational calendar as schools closed for the summer break this week.
When I popped into the school office on the last day of term it wasn't to
get my son's report but to ask if we would still have a school to come
back to in September. Zimbabwe's schools have been teetering on the edge
of collapse for the last three months since our Minister of Education
declared that private schools were too expensive and stipulated that
schools could only charge what his Ministry decided was an acceptable fee
- regardless of what we, the parent body thought, decided, voted for or
agreed to with our School Associations and Boards.

Despite the fact that inflation is at almost 400%, the Minister of
Education refused to back down on his ruling about school fees. During
this school term, postage and telephone costs have risen by over 400%.
Talking in percentages tends to be meaningless and I find myself turning
to the actual dollars and cents. Last term when my son's school needed to
send me an important letter (one that wouldn't get buried at the bottom of
his suitcase), it cost $500. Now it costs $2300 for just the stamp and
says nothing of the price of the paper, the envelope, the computer ink and
the wages of the person who writes the letter. I punched a few numbers
into my calculator this morning and worked out that if each parent at my
son's school were to get just one posted letter a month from the school,
the cost of the stamps alone would consume 1.2 million dollars. The
Minister of Education has stipulated that this school cannot charge more
than 1.4 million dollars per child per term. So one students entire school
fees for a three month term, gives each parent just one letter a month
from the school.

Last term when my son got sick and the school had to phone me, the call
cost $120. This term that same three minute call costs $585. Last term
when my son got sick I knew that the school would give him ear drops, a
bandage or a pain killer. This term I know that none of those things are
guaranteed anymore. When you extrapolate the dollars and cents of the most
basic services into the number of students at an average small private
school, it is horrific and physically impossible for the schools to run on
the fees the Minister of Education has stipulated.

No one really knows why Zimbabwe's Minister of Education has decided to do
what he is doing to our private schools. The Minister continues to shout
about racism in the 1960's and the privileged white elite, but he still
chooses to ignore the fact that the enrolment at all Zimbabwe's private
schools in 2004 is comprised of at least 80% black children. The Minister
is adamant that no private schools may increase their fees again in 2004,
completing ignoring the existence of 394.6% inflation. It is almost as if
the Minister has just decided that inflation and education don't mix, and
that's the end of it.

For three months schools have been struggling on, depending on donations
from parents and staggering from one week to the next, hoping that sanity
would surface or sense would prevail. It has not and already the obvious
repercussions have begun. Last week one private school, established in
1911, has declared its necessity to go into provisional liquidation as it
simply cannot pay its bills anymore.  Everything in Zimbabwe is now
directly affected by the politics and governance of our ruling party and I
mean everything. Until next week, love cathy.Copyright cathy buckle 7th
August 2004.
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      Rebels to continue legal struggle, says Streak
      Sat 7 August, 2004 12:05

      DURBAN, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's 15 rebel players had resigned
themselves to settling their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU)
through arbitration after the re-election of two members of the board,
former captain Heath Streak has said.

      Ozias Bvute and Max Ebrahim, who have been at the centre of the rebel
player's complaints, retained their seats on the board at the ZCU's annual
meeting on Friday, with Bvute appointed head of marketing and Ebrahim made
convenor of selectors.

      The International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to arbitrate the
impasse, and Streak said Friday's meeting had not persuaded him the rebels
should call off their protest.

      "I'm not surprised that Bvute and Ebrahim are still on the board,"
former Zimbabwe captain Streak told Reuters from Birmingham on Saturday. "It
doesn't change my view in terms of what I think needs to be done.

      "For us, it's about going through that process and getting the best
possible resolution to our problems.

      "That's the only way we're going to solve things."

      The players, all white, were sacked after refusing to play for
Zimbabwe after the removal of Streak as captain in a dispute over selection
policies, which they viewed as racially based.

      The rebels have demanded Streak's reinstatement and a new selection

      Zimbabwe were forced to select an inexperienced squad who lost 10
consecutive matches to Sri Lanka and Australia before the ICC suspended
Zimbabwe's test programme until the end of the year.

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