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Zimbabwe misses wheat target, bread shortages seen

Business Day



HARARE - Zimbabwe has missed its target to raise wheat output to a record
500 000- tonnes after farmers reduced plantings, raising fears of bread
shortages, the Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

Farmers planted about 58 000ha of wheat, considerably lower than the 110
000ha targeted by the government in a bid to boost food security, the
newspaper said.

Zimbabwe has suffered food shortages since 2001, which President Robert
Mugabe's government attributes to drought but which critics blame on his
policy of seizing white-owned land that has hit commercial farming.

Wheat is the country's second staple crop after maize and Zimbabwe has in
the past few years failed to satisfy its annual wheat consumption of between
400 000 and 450 000 tonnes.

"Given these statistics and this trend total production will be about 218
046 tonnes. This implies a deficit of 168 954 tonnes which the country has
to import," the newspaper said quoting a report by Economic Development
Minister Rugare Gumbo.

The report said shortages of fertilizer and seed, fuel and erratic supplies
of electricity, which is required for irrigating the crop, had hit output.

On Friday Zimbabwe's state-owned power utility said most parts of the
country were without electricity after the failure of two generating units
at Kariba Power Station in the northern part of the country.

The government has said the country will harvest 1,8-million tonnes of maize
during the 2005/6 season although some farmer groups and aid agencies
predict a much lower output.

Zimbabwe is mired in an 8-year recession marked by the world's highest
inflation rate at over 1 000%, shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency,
all widely blamed on Mugabe's policies.

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, denies running
down the economy and instead blames the West for sabotaging the country in
retaliation for his land seizures.

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Zimbabwe NGOs slam plans to set up human rights commission

Zim Online

Sat 15 July 2006

      BULAWAYO - Human rights activists in Zimbabwe have castigated plans by
President Robert Mugabe's government to set up a human rights commission
saying the move was meant to silence non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
critical of Harare's human rights record.

      Speaking at a National Non-Governmental Organisation (NANGO)
conference in Bulawayo on Friday, human rights lawyer Kucaca Phulu said the
proposed human rights commission was a ploy by the government to ban NGOs
involved in human rights work.

      He said: "The proposed commission comes at a wrong time in the wrong
form and for the wrong reasons. We don't need it as it is an attempt to ban
some NGOs that have accused the government of carrying out human rights

      "This is just like the Mahoso (Media and Information Commission) and I
can assure you, if the government manages to introduce this Human Rights
Commission, many NGOs will not be accredited for them to continue with their

      Earlier this year, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced plans
by the Zimbabwe government to amend the Constitution to create a Human
Rights Commission to oversee the operations of NGOs involved in human rights

      But civic groups and pro-democracy groups have criticised the plans
saying the Harare authorities were the least qualified to monitor human
rights issues after they were implicated in human rights violations over the
past six years.

      The civic groups have also threatened to boycott a United
Nations-backed conference scheduled for later this month to discuss plans to
set up the commission.

      The civic groups said the human rights commission should only be a
product of a holistic constitutional reform process aimed at entrenching
democracy and human rights in the country.

      Speaking at the same conference yesterday, Bulawayo-based political
and social activist, Jethro Mpofu, urged the civic groups to fight the
proposed introduction of the commission.

      Mpofu said: "There has to be a united effort from the civil society,
politicians, and all other organisations in the fight against the government
plans to introduce this Commission which seeks to silence criticism."

      Western governments and human rights groups often criticise Harare for
perpetrating serious human rights violations against political opponents.

      But Mugabe, who has been in power over the past 26 years since the
country's independence in 1980, denies the charge insisting the charges are
trumped up to tarnish his government's image. - ZimOnline

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Snub over Mugabe interview riles Zimbabwe private media journalists

Zim Online

Sat 15 July 2006

      HARARE - The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) on Friday criticised
President Robert Mugabe for snubbing journalists from the private media
during his interview on the state of the nation last Thursday.

      Only journalists from largely government-owned media like The Herald,
The Sunday Mail, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings, New Ziana and The
Mirror were invited to State House for Mugabe's interview.

      "It is typical of the president's arrogance and that of his ruling
party and the government. The media, both private and public, are interested
to know Mugabe's view as the economic meltdown and political crisis
continues unabated.

      "We are worried that Mugabe has never called an all encompassing
interview or press conference involving the private and independent media,
including foreign correspondents. We eagerly await that day," said Foster
Dongozi, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ).

      During the interview, Mugabe conceded that he was "very worried" by
the state of Zimbabwe's economy but denied that the economy was in trouble
due to state mismanagement, bad governance and human rights abuses.

      The veteran Zimbabwean leader, in power since independence from
Britain 26 years ago, blamed what he termed "illegal sanctions" which were
imposed by Britain and her Western allies allies four years ago for the
country's economic troubles.

      Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, denied snubbing journalists from
the private media saying the Information Ministry will soon arrange another
media briefing for journalists from the private media with Mugabe.

      The Zimbabwe government has had a frosty relationship with the private
media after the Harare authorities forcibly shut down four independent
newspapers, including the biggest circulating daily, The Daily News, over
the past three years.

      Journalists from the private media have also been branded
 "mercenaries" who are tarnishing the image of the country after writing
highly critical reports about the Zimbabwe government. - ZimOnline

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Zimbabwe doctors strike enters second day

Zim Online

Sat 15 July 2006

      HARARE - A strike by Zimbabwe junior doctors entered its second day
yesterday with the doctors vowing not to return to work until their demands
are met.

      The doctors downed tools on Wednesday demanding better salaries and
working conditions.

      The two main government-run hospitals, Parirenyatwa and Harare
hospitals in the capital Harare were virtually deserted yesterday with
hundreds of patients being turned away.

      The president of the Hospital Doctors Association, Kudakwashe
Nyamutukwa said they will not call off the strike until Health and Child
Minister David Parirenyatwa makes a written undertaking promising to address
their demands.

      A nurse at Harare Hospital said there was only one senior doctor who
was attending to emergency cases yesterday.

      "It's a real crisis because the junior doctors were the ones running
this institution. If it continues for another day, a lot of people will
 die," said the nurse, who refused to be named because she is not authorised
to speak to the press.

      Deputy Health Minister Edwin Muguti said the strike action by junior
doctors was illegal as the government was working to improve the welfare of
doctors in the country.

      "They did not inform us of their problems. I was actually surprised to
hear that they are on strike when we are doing everything possible to
address problems in the health sector through the Health Services Board. The
strike is illegal," said Muguti.

      The doctors, who are earning Z$57 million a month and a car allowance
of $50 million, want their salaries and conditions of work improved.

      Strikes by doctors and nurses over poor pay and working conditions are
common in Zimbabwe which is battling a severe six-year old economic crisis
most critics blame on President Robert Mugabe's mismanagement of the
economy. - ZimOnline

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Suspended MDC mayors to have second bite of the cherry

Zim Online

Sat 15 July 2006

      HARARE - The main faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) party will be represented in next month's mayoral
elections in Chitungiwza and Mutare by two party officials suspended by the
government as mayors of the two cities last year.

      Party insiders told ZimOnline that the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC will
field Mishech Shoko in Chitungwiza and Misheck Kagurabadza in the eastern
border city of Mutare because the party felt their suspension by the
government was unjustified.

      "They will represent the party because they were doing a good job and
they faced many challenges such as continued interference by ZANU PF (the
ruling party) and government officials," said a senior MDC official who did
not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the Press.

      A rival faction of the MDC led by Arthur Mutambara could not be
reached for comment yesterday whether it will also field candidates in the
mayoral election next month.

      Shoko and Kagurabadza were suspended in 2005 by Local Government
Minister Ignatius Chombo in a crackdown against opposition-led councils
around the country. The two were accused of gross incompetence and
mismanagement, charges they have denied. - ZimOnline

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Mugabe rebuffs call for state of emergency in Zimbabwe

ABC News, Australia

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has rebuffed calls to declare a state of
emergency to stop the country's economic freefall as it "would send the
wrong signals".

Instead the cash-strapped country would "soldier on" and pursue its policy
of finding financial partners in Asia, rather than depend on western aid, Mr
Mugabe told the state-owned Herald newspaper.

"The government did not declare a state of emergency to arrest the economic
decline as this would have sent wrong signals to the country's enemies and
even to its friends," the veteran leader said.

"We decided to soldier on, seeking assistance from our friends, looking more
east than west and getting assistance to sustain ourselves."

Zimbabwe is grappling with hyper-inflation and severe fuel and foreign
currency shortages.

Once the breadbasket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe has seen its economy
contract by more than a third over the last seven years and inflation soar
to 1,200 per cent - the highest in the world outside a war zone.

Unemployment stands at 70 per cent and four million of the country's 13
million inhabitants face food shortages, United Nations agencies say.

Harare has blamed the country's woes on drought and targeted sanctions,
especially those imposed by former colonial power Britain.

London has slapped sanctions on Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since
independence in 1980, and on his inner circle.

Economic catastophe

Critics largely blame Zimbabwe's economic catastrophe on the government's
controversial land reform program, which start in 2000 and resulted in the
seizure, often violently, of white-owned commercial farmland for
redistribution to landless blacks.

The government says the land reforms were necessary to address colonial

"Our economy is under siege, an economy really which should have had a
political environment protecting it," Mr Mugabe said.

"This is because of (the) actions of our enemies, led by Britain, who have
imposed sanctions on us... Britain has been going around asking its allies
not to continue the usual economic cooperation with us."

He accused Britain of intercepting "arrangements that we have put in place
for the supply of fuel and intercepting these ships - not militarily but
waving the pound, trying to divert these ships to some other destinations
after offering them far much higher prices."

Political analyst Takura Zhngazha said that Mugabe's comments were part of
an ideological war he was waging with the West.

"He thinks we are in a war situation, not a military war but an ideological
one with the West," Mr Zhangazha said.

"He is also trying to play the blame game, saying our problems are from the
West - yet they are homegrown."

Mr Zhngazha said the President had failed to clarify how a state of
emergency might butress Zimbabwe's failing economy.


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Khethani Sibanda interview - continued from yesterday...

From PBS Frontline/World (US), 27 June

Let's talk about him a little bit more. How did he influence you?

Archbishop Pius Ncube is a man that inspired me quite a lot because as a
young man, I was a Catholic. I witnessed the rise and rise of archbishop
Ncube from being a priest and him being promoted to vicar general at
Bulawayo's St. Mary's Cathedral and then imminently becoming the archbishop.
The way I grew up seeing how he conducted himself at mass and out of mass,
you could tell that this is a man who believes in himself. This is a man who
is confident about life; this is a man who truly stands for what he believes
in his heart. His sermons were unlike other sermons that were preached by
other Catholic priests because you'd have priests that would just run
through their sermon, and their sermon did not relate to people. But each
time when I listened to his sermons, they were sermons that gave people
hope. They were sermons that comforted people. They were sermons that truly
were reflective of what the people of Matabeleland were going through at the
different stages of our lives. And I found him to be an interesting
character; I found him to be an inspiration. And at one time, my prayers
were, "God, I want to be a brother. When I become a brother, I want to be
just like Pius Ncube. I want to be tall like him, brave like him, collected
like him; I want to be a man of character like him."

And when I joined politics, it is interesting that I attended one of the
sermons that he preached in Bulawayo at the Saint Mary's Cathedral. This was
after the farm invasions in 2000, and he was holding more like a prayer
meeting for the farmers and the workers that had been affected. He said in
that sermon, "God is looking for those who will stand in the gap for this
nation. God is looking for those who will not keep quiet when all else keeps
quiet. God is looking for people who will be brave enough and tell the truth
just like it is." As I was sitting there, having begun my political
activism, I was inspired. And I said to myself, "If this is a true man of
God and what he's saying is a true message from God, I think God has just
found one who's going to stand up for this nation." I committed myself to
the Lord on that particular day and said to the Lord, "I will stand in the
gap; I will do everything in my power to help the nation come out of this."
And I did just that as I became more and more active in Zimbabwe for the
Movement for Democratic Change. Pius Ncube is a great man. He's a great,
great man. I'd rate him amongst the Mahatma Gandhi of India; I rate him
amongst Nelson Mandela, and in a way, Kwame Nkrumah [Ghana's first president
and a famous nationalist leader]. What he's doing is what all members of the
clergy should be doing - not betraying the people, but being true to the
people, and being honest with the government no matter what it takes. Some,
given the opportunity to wine and dine with leaders of the nation, take the
opportunity to flatter. He doesn't do that. He meets Mugabe, tells him the
truth. The media come to interview him, he tells the truth. He tells the
truth wherever he goes. He is the conscience of the nation.

What do you see for the future of Zimbabwe?

The future is very big. You have people in influential positions to advise
and guide the regime, but they have chosen to do otherwise. I am talking
about our immediate neighbor, South Africa. Mbeki to be specific. His
government has taken the step of quiet diplomacy. It has proven to be a
failure in terms of resolving social, economic and political problems that
Zimbabwe is going through. You also have the African Union and SADC [the
14-member Southern African Development Community] as institutions that
should have come up with guidelines and policies to rectify the problems
that Zimbabwe is facing today. But they have failed because I believe the
leaders of Africa are not united over Zimbabwe. You have the core of the
nation outside the borders of Zimbabwe. These are the people between 21 and
45. These are the people that are industrious and that can stand up together
and unite. But because they are all over the world, their efforts become
uncoordinated. They cannot come up with a program to change Zimbabwe. So the
future is bleak.

But if I am to look at the situation from a Christian point of view, the
future is very bright because people are looking for spiritual guidance more
than they ever have done in the history of the nation. So people are
starting to pray more. Whether in Islam, Christianity or even traditional.
They are beginning to consult more, not only on a selfish basis, but on a
national basis. Churches are coming up with nationwide programs. Even in the
Diaspora, you have churches that are coming up. So in terms of the Christian
perspective, the future is looking bright. God is going to answer their
prayers and either Mugabe is going to die or a new leader will take power
that is going to care about the people and the nation and resolve the
differences among the people, unite the people govern the country right.
People like Pius are well placed that have the blessing of God. Maybe they
will be influential in changing Zimbabwe.

How long are we talking about?

Five years is a good projection to change the leadership. But to talk of the
economic damage that has happened to the nation, for us to come back to the
level we were at before is going to take us a lot of time, resources, energy
and labor. To get back to our former glory, we're looking at 10 to 15 years
or beyond that. And I am talking about a government that will really take
positive steps toward economic revival. I am confident that we will come
right if we have the right policies. Zimbabweans are intelligent people and
hardworking, and we succeed in everything we do. We have had the worst
dictator, but if we have a man that chooses to be good, they are going to be
the best good person in Africa. That is the character of Zimbabweans: When
they are bad, they are very bad; when they are good, they are very good.
Hopefully a good government will come in place.

This interview between Alexis Bloom and Khethani Sibanda took place at his
home in Soweto, South Africa, in February 2006

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Refugee judge to research judicial independence

WHAT do people have to watch out for to prevent the erosion of the
independence of the judiciary? This is the question Zimbabwean High Court
Judge and now refugee in New Zealand, Benjamin Paradza, will be researching
over the next two years.

Benjamin Paradza was a hero of the liberation struggle against white
minority rule in his country. President Robert Mugabe appointed him to the
bench in 2001. In light of the events that unfolded, many believe President
Mugabe expected Mr Paradza to be yet another compliant judge.

But the man who had been practising law in the small Midlands town of Kwekwe
since 1986 was focused on acting with integrity in his new role.

"I took it more as an honour than anything - not being aware of the politics
behind it," he told LawTalk.

"I took up that appointment in August 2001 and as far as I was concerned
what I wanted to do most was earn my self respect as a judge - to do as far
as possible what was expected of a good judge.

"During the course of my duties, certain matters were given to me of a
political flavour. To me, that was neither here nor there. Whatever the case
might be, I would handle it as professionally as I could without fear or
favour in terms of my judicial oath of office."

What the world now knows, and agencies such as the International Commission
of Jurists, United Nations and Amnesty International have publicly decried,
is that Benjamin Paradza was arrested on charges of corruption and
perverting the course of justice.

Media around the world have pointed to the fact that the judge was charged,
tried and convicted after he had freed an opposition politician following a
habeas corpus application. The politician, the Mayor of Harare, had been
charged with holding a political rally without the permission of the police
and was being held in custody.

Justice Paradza ordered the man be freed, essentially on the basis that the
meeting contained more civic leaders than political leaders and that no
other leaders of the opposition political party had been present. (The
Police did not comply with the judge's order, but when the Mayor was brought
to trial, the charges were dropped.)

Looking back, Benjamin Paradza realises that this was probably the last
straw in a string of decisions he had made "honestly and to the best of my
ability" but which "should have been made differently according to the

There is a New Zealand connection to another Paradza judgment that went
against the wishes of President Mugabe. He ordered the Government to issue a
passport to Judith Todd, the veteran human rights and democracy opponent of
the Ian Smith government. She has been just as critical of Mugabe's human
rights abuses as she had been of Smith's, and Mugabe had stripped her of
Zimbabwean citizenship.

Following his trial and conviction, Benjamin Paradza was remanded for
sentence and fled the country while on bail. "I realised that if I waited
for sentence, my life was in danger. The conviction, to us, was obviously
more of a political thing than a legal finding."

Now the judge has joined Victoria University of Wellington as a visiting
fellow in its Institute of Policy Studies, initially for two years. During
that time, the institute and Victoria's law faculty hope to raise the
additional funding required to make the fellowship permanent.

In his research, Benjamin Paradza will look at identifying indicators that
the rule of law is being disrespected.

"For example, when politicians start doing certain things and when
politicians start talking like this, then you have to start to be worried,"
he says.

"The whole concept of the separation of powers is also part of my research,
and I will be looking at how practical and how real that whole concept is,
and how it can be made able to survive under different circumstances and in
different places and in different situations.

"I've grown to realise that power is something that has to be shared and if
power is not shared proportionately and in a democratic manner, it leads to
situations of disrespect of the rule of law and general abuse of human

"I will not only look at Zimbabwe; I want to look at what's happening in the
developing world and in this region of the Pacific (for example, Fiji and
East Timor) at democracies that have gone bad," he says.

The opportunity to be a visiting fellow at Victoria has come thanks to a
London-based Swedish philanthropist, Sigrid Rausing, who agreed to fund the
new fellowship for two years. She has a particular interest in refugees and
the guardians of human rights, like Benjamin Paradza, who are persecuted for
trying to uphold the rule of law.

"I'm delighted to be able to help Victoria University of Wellington to set
up this fellowship and to fund it for the first two years," Sigrid Rausing
says. "I believe Benjamin Paradza is a worthy first holder of the post. I
wish him and his family every success in their new life.

"This is the first fellowship of its kind to be set up in New Zealand - to
protect the guardians of human rights - and it is my hope that VUW will be
able to use this gift to demonstrate how important this work is and, in
time, to be able to source further funds from New Zealanders to make this
fellowship permanent.

"It seems to me to be an essential element of a just society that it acts to
protect and help those who risk their lives to uphold basic rights and
freedoms. I would also like to pay tribute to the New Zealand Government,
which, unlike the British Government, recognised Mr Paradza's plight and
acted so speedily to rescue him and his family," Sigrid Rausing says.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pat Walsh, has welcomed Mr Paradza to Victoria.
"We are proud to be assisting Mr Paradza in rebuilding his career in an
academic setting and we sympathise that he is unable to do this in his own
country. It will be beneficial to our staff and students to have the
opportunity to develop their skills with a practised jurist in their midst,"
Professor Walsh says.

Dr Andrew Ladley, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, says he's
pleased to have Mr Paradza on board.

"The experience that Benjamin has been through is a vivid demonstration of
the breakdown of the rule of law in Zimbabwe, including now the almost
complete erosion of the concept of an independent judiciary, free from
government control," he says.

"Benjamin will be working directly with me in developing his own study, and
in researching and commenting in the broad area of peace and conflict
resolution studies where he is likely to focus on the importance of the
independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and human rights issues."

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Zambezi Camp undergoes facelift

      July 14, 2006

      By ANDnetwork .com

      The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is refurbishing the
Zambezi Camp in the resort town of Victoria Falls to meet international

       This was in line with the authority's commercialisation drive, which
is aimed at boosting revenue.

      The Parks authority has been commercialising since 2000, transforming
itself from being a department within the Ministry of Environment and
Tourism to a fully-fledged commercial entity.

      The camp would, however, remain open during the refurbishment, said
the authority.

      "Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority wishes to advise all
its customers that the Zambezi Camp (Victoria Falls) is currently under

      "This refurbishment is aimed at improving standards in all our lodges
in a bid to establish world-class accommodation facilities with excellent
service delivery in the jungle," said the authority in a statement.

      Wildlife experts from Zimbabwe were recently in the US to market the
country's wildlife products at the World Annual Convention.

      Zimbabwe is rated among the richest countries in the world in terms of
its wildlife species both in terms of numbers and variety and has entered
into exchange programme with Nigeria and Asian countries such as Japan.

      The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority realised a whopping
Z$115,1 billion from the sale of hunting rights along the Zambezi Valley in
March this year.

      Last year the authority raised Z$13 billion from the auction.
      The Herald-Zimbabwe

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Deprived farmers fight back

Farmers' Weekly, UK

14/07/2006 09:00:00
Farmers Weekly
A group of dispossessed Zimbabwean farmers is about to take a case for
compensation to an international tribunal.

This move could benefit over 4000 of their compatriots who had their land
taken by Robert Mugabe's government.

The case is being taken by the Zimbabwean Dutch Farmers' Association (ZDFA),
in partnership with the UK-based AgricAfrica, on behalf of 11 ex-farmers
with Dutch nationality.

"International law is quite clear that, where an individual's assets are
compulsorily purchased by the state, then compensation has to be paid,"
AgricAfrica chairman Bob Fernandes told Farmers Weekly.

That quite clearly has not been happening in Zimbabwe.

Over 4000 white commercial farmers have been kicked off their farms since
2000 - often under extremely violent circumstances - with their land and
assets either handed over to government supporters or senior militia, or
left to lie idle.

Only about 300 white farmers are still in occupation of their farms, though
recent reports suggest a further, and possibly final round of dispossessions
is under way.

While the Zimbabwe government has been offering some compensation, Mr
Fernandes - a former valuer from the capital city Harare - says this amounts
to less than 10% of the true value of the farms that were taken.

"With inflation running at over 1000%, a farmer would have to be really
desperate to sign up to that.

Unfortunately, some are desperate."

But he is optimistic that the case being taken by the ZDFA will achieve a
better deal for dispossessed farmers.

That case is based on what is known as an Investor Protection Agreement,
signed by both the Dutch and Zimbabwean governments and designed to protect
the assets of foreign nationals in Zimbabwe.

The question of whether compensation is payable will be considered by three
arbitrators under the rules of the International Centre for the Settlement
of Investment Disputes (ICSID) - a forum linked to the World Bank - in
Washington later this year.

Assuming liability is established, the arbitrators will then set the sum of
money the ex-farmers are owed.

"If an award for compensation is made and the Zimbabwean government refuses
to pay, then the 11 farmers involved would have the right to seize assets
belonging to the Zimbabwean government in any one of 139 countries that are
signed up to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of
Arbitral Awards," says Mr Fernandes.

It is also possible that the World Bank would insist on payment of awards in
connection with any future loans to Harare.

Mr Fernandez is optimistic that ICSID will find in the Dutch farmers' favour
and believes this will set a precedent for others to stake similar claims.

"But the big unknown is what value will be put on the farms."

by Philip Clarke

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Lack of Transport Hampers Grain Deliveries

The Herald (Harare)

July 14, 2006
Posted to the web July 14, 2006

Fortious Nhambura

THE failure by the Grain Marketing Board to pay farmers on time and the lack
of transport to ferry grain from communal and resettled farmers will affect
the country's grain statistics.

Communal farmers and resettled farmers, who produce the bulk of Zimbabwe's
maize have either been holding on to their grain or sometimes forced to sell
it to side marketers because they could not transport the grain to the GMB.

Recent reports said that grain collection was going on at a snail's pace
with less that 100 000 tonnes having been delivered to the GMB to date.

The GMB intends to collect an estimated 1,8 million tonnes of maize by the
end of next month.

But the lack of adequate collection modes is making it difficult for the GMB
to collect the grain in time.

The GMB has complained of lack of fuel and trucks to ferry grain from
producers to storage depots.

This has been worsened by shortages of funds to pay farmers, who in most
cases want to use the money to procure inputs for the coming season.

Lack of transport has thus given a chance to side marketers who are offering
farmers more money for a tonne of maize and transport.

Grain dealers are offering farmers between $35 million and $37 million a
tonne and ready transport while the GMB pays $31 million per tonne and
insists that farmers bring their produce to their depots.

Agricultural experts say the only way the GMB would curb the illegal sell of
grain as well as improve grain inflows is to increase collection points
thereby cutting on transport costs.

"The only solution should be for the board to be near the farmers by making
sure they construct permanent and temporary structures for grain
collection," said Mr Alexander Furawu of Hurungwe.

In some areas transporters were charging between $1 million and 1,5 million
to take a 50kg bag of maize to the nearest depot.

This, farmers said was eroding their profit margins.

As a result, farmers were opting to sell their maize to private dealers who
were not only offering more money but were also collecting the produce from

Most importantly they were also accepting maize with high moisture content
that the GMB was rejecting, before the Government intervened.

"Prices of almost everything are going up daily and we can't sell to the GMB
alone when there are some people who are offering more money.

"Transport costs have also forced us to sell the grain to dealers as they
come to ferry the grain from our homes.

"I can not travel to GMB depots when there are people who can pay and
transport the maize at their expense," said a Goromonzi farmer, Mr Farai

Those farmers who take their grain to the GMB depots are forced to wait for
days before getting paid.

The GMB usually takes a week or two to get payments processed.

The payments are usually made in cheques which farmers say they have to cash
at commercial banks using more money on transport.

Some farmers said they were regretting delivering their maize to the GMB as
they could have sold their grain to private marketers who usually have ready
cash and transport than to wait for weeks to get paid by the board.

Zimbabwe Farmers' Union President Mr Silas Hungwe said the delays in getting
payments for grain were making it difficult for members of his association
to plan ahead or repay their loans.

"Most of our farmers have debts that need to be cleared before the onset of
the next farming season. The late disbursement of payment from GMB means
most farmers can not repay the loans or borrow for the next farming season,"
he said

On the other hand farmers are not eager to take their produce to the GMB
depots, as they fear the country may not receive adequate rainfall in the
next farming season.

Although the Government has released funds to the GMB for prompt payment of
producers, the money has not been enough to pay the farmers in time.

This has also affected the producer prices that have been offered by the GMB
to farmers for their grain.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Said to Seek SADC Endorsement of Mkapa Mediation Role


      By Blessing Zulu
      13 July 2006

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is expected to ask the Southern African
Development Community to endorse his nomination of Tanzanian ex-president
Benjamin Mkapa as mediator in proposed discussions with Britain.

SADC spokeswoman Mpho Kgosidintsi said a SADC summit was set for August 17
in Lesotho, but added that the agenda was still in the process of being

A Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Ministry source, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said intra-regional lobbying has begun, as Harare expects
resistance from Botswana and Mozambique, which were believed to have wanted
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to pursue his earlier proposal
to broker a crisis solution.

South African President Thabo Mbeki, who had initially backed Annan, has
apparently asked Mr. Mugabe to agree that Mkapa should work under SADC

Mkapa's precise role has remained unclear. He has yet to publicly confirm
his role in the talks with Britain proposed by Mr. Mugabe - and for which
British officials have not shown great enthusiasm, commenting that
Zimbabwe's acute economic crisis has not arisen from bilateral differences
as Mr. Mugabe holds, but from Harare's policies.

Acting Information Minister Paul Mangwana said Mkapa volunteered to mediate,
but a diplomatic source said President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania proposed
his services.

Sources said Mkapa had met with Mr. Mugabe since taking up the assignment,
later writing a letter to SADC criticizing its silence on the Zimbabwean

For perspective on the role SADC might play in the initiative, reporter
Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe turned to senior researcher
Chris Maroleng of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South

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ANC supports appointment of mediator for Zimbabwe

From The Mail & Guardian (SA), 14 July

A top official of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said
in Harare on Thursday that his party supports the appointment of former
Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa as a mediator in the alleged Zimbabwean
crisis with Britain. The broadcast remarks by ANC Secretary General Kgalema
Motlanthe represented a concession to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe,
who has opposed a United Nations mediator and advocated Mkapa instead.
Mugabe blames years of economic decline and social conflict in Zimbabwe on
its former colonial master, Britain. The appointment of Mkapa has been
viewed with skepticism by the British authorities, who say there is no need
for mediation between Harare and London because Zimbabwe's problems are
purely internal. Under Mugabe, the government has seized formerly prosperous
white-owned farms, sending agricultural production into a tailspin and
turning Zimbabwe, once a food exporter, into a food-importing nation on the
brink of starvation in recent drought. Last year, security forces razed
shack settlements and homes around large cities, leaving hundreds of
thousands of Zimbabweans homeless going into the chilly Southern African

Motlanthe flew into Harare for a brief visit during which he visited the
farm of Zimbabwe's defence force chief Constantine Chiwenga, according to
the state broadcaster. His visit came barely two weeks after Zimbabwe
appeared to snub South African initiatives to end the biting economic and
social crisis by insisting there was no need for UN intervention. South
African President Thabo Mbeki was reported to have been pushing for UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan to visit Harare. But Mugabe said that Mkapa
would instead act as a mediator between Zimbabwe and former colonial power
Britain. In an apparent conciliatory bid, Motlanthe said the ANC had taken
its cue from Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF. "That's the view of Zanu PF, that's
what we go along with," he said in televised comments at Harare
International airport. "We'd support whatever initiative that is viewed and
regarded by comrades in Zimbabwe as the best possible route towards
advancing the interests of the people," he added.

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ZANU PF is the Perpetrator of Violence

      By a Correspondent

      BIRMINGHAM - Any peace-loving citizen of Zimbabwe would strongly
deplore the attack of opposition Member of Parliament, Honourable Trudy
Stevenson recently.

      The attack indeed, was savage and cruel. This act of political
violence is not new to the Zimbabwean political scenario and has been used
by Zanu PF over the years to get rid of the opponents.

      The early 1980's Gukurahundi massacres by President Mugabe's
government where more than 20 000 innocent people perished, is just a tip of
the iceberg.

      With the growing opposition to his rule, President Mugabe has
increased the intensity of violence to silence any descending voices.

      His government has also been involved in dirty tactics of mudslinging
to opposition figures to tarnish their images. Some of these drama-staged
acts of blackmailing have been exposed after thorough investigations.

      In the run-up to the 2002 presidential elections, Zanu PF caused
confusion among the electorate when it knowingly and deliberately lied that
the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, was involved in a treason plot to
get rid of President Mugabe.

      They even provided fake video footages to try and nail the opposition
leader. The whole idea here was to find an excuse to destroy the opposition.

      This culture of staged violence was further evidenced by the death of
Cain Nkala, a Zanu (PF) supporter and war veteran. Although later
revelations showed that Cain Nkala was a victim of the ruling party's
internal politics.

      By then, the ruling party had already tormented the opposition
supporters blaming them over the war veteran's death. Precisely, the
politics of blame and mudslinging to mislead people and causing despondence
is not a new phenomenon in the Zanu PF's political philosophy.

      Squarely, the latest attack on Trudy Stevenson and four officials from
the Professor Arthur Mutambara's faction is not far from being a Zanu PF

      It is clear that there is no bone of contention between the MDC and
its erstwhile friends which can warrant such a savage attack replica of Zanu
PF culture.

      Above all, MDC was founded on the principles of non-violent democratic
resistance and there is no way these principles could be changed overnight.

      With due respect, if thorough and professional investigations are
conducted to explain the events surrounding the attack of the legislator
Trudy Stevenson and others, the results will obviously reveal that Zanu PF
is involved.

      It is amazing to see the authors of violence joining the peace loving
citizens in condemning violence. This act can be viewed as a scapegoat to
mislead and fuel violence in the opposition.

      The main point here is Zanu PF is desperate to get rid of the MDC and
Morgan Tsvangirai, and has not ruled out dirty tactics.

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Chaibva is wrong again says London-based activist

      By Julius Sai Mutyambizi

      LONDON - THE attack on Trudy Stevenson is an act of barbarism that
noone can really condone. And the MDC, as led by Morgan Tsvangirai, was
quick in condemning it.

      But it seems as if the Professor Mutambara faction of the Party wants
to gain political mileage out of it. Statements that followed the attack
seem to have exonerated ZANU PF and ridiculously tried to make Tsvangirai
the wicked person of Zimbabwean politics.

      In doing that the Mutambara faction is not alone, they have plenty
admirers especially in ZANU PF, as represented by Nathan Shamuyarira their

      Interestingly the government mouthpiece reported on the same day and
ironically on the same page that the case against Didymus Mutasa was being
dropped, yet that involving Trudy Stevenson was being propped up.

      The Mutasa case was about ZANU PF intra-political violence which
involved attempted murder and is no different from the Trudy Stevenson case
but it is clear that the stake is higher to pursue Morgan Tsvangirai. One
wonders why ZANU PF is too quick to implicate MDC and why some of us are
complicit to that.

      The attack on Trudy Stevenson was splashed in the Herald, Trudy
herself gave a good account of how bad her attackers from the other side
were, and that she has never seen such savagery in her entire life. Of
course when in pain, one can say things that they would not want repeated!

      Not to condone violence, I personally being a very peaceful man who
submitted fully to the life of Christianity, but there is a clear distortion
in such statements.

      It is commonplace in Zimbabwe that the savagery that has been
witnessed was from Ian Smith in the liberation struggle, the Robert Mugabe
regime during Gukurahundi in Matabeleland and the Robert Mugabe regime
against mainly MDC supporters and white farmers.

      These are the facts, documented in such reports as the Monthly
Political Violence Monitoring Reports that are produced by the Zimbabwe
Human rights Ngo Forum. The depth of that savagery is so deep and we have
Zimbabweans such as Tonderai Machiridza, Stephen Olds etc lost their lives
and others like Gabriel Shumba, Ian Kay, Job Sikhala etc were beaten and
left for dead.

      This was savagery at its worst, sustained by the ZANU PF
machinery.sustained shamelessly and anchored as a monoculture through
institutions of violence such as the Youth Militia.

      The attempt to demonise Morgan Tsvangirai by exonerating ZANU PF is as
bad as hero-worshipping Ian Smith because I do not like Robert Mugabe. The
MDC cannot be demonised that way.

      Whoever beat Trudy was not sanctioned by Morgan Tsvangirai or whoever
leader of the MDC. It follows also that it is not true that Tsvangirai and
the MDC are very violent as both Nathan Shamuyarira and Gabriel Chaibva want
us to believe.

      Contrary to that if there is any political party in Zimbabwe that is
serious about addressing the issue of political violence, it is the
Tsvangirai led MDC. This is seen in the tangible efforts that followed the
attack on Trudy Stevenson. The Independent Commission of Inquiry that was
set displays a seriousness that only those with ulterior motives won't

      The quoting of the word independent in some quarters seems to attach
doubt to the effect of the inquiry; its purpose is being defeated even
before its inception by people obviously longing to see the end of the
Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC. Yet the same people have been crying for violence
to be addressed. It seems as if the attack on Trudy was a blessing in
disguise for the Mutambara-led MDC and they want that on and are clinging to
it as if their whole lives belong to it. But some of it is coming from
people like Chaibva who themselves lack credibility and were trained to
maintain ZANU PF by using violence, when he was trained in the then People's

      But what Chaibva forgot to tell the nation is that he was also
involved in intra-MDC fighting when he was jostling for a position in MDC
Harare Province in 2001. Maybe he is a recent convert to the peace brigade
but of course everyone who knows about converts knows that they confess
first before they become true converts. We haven't heard Chaibva confessing.
The same for Arthur Mutambara, himself during his University years, a master
who taught our intellectuals how to urinate in fridges! We have nothing
really to learn from people who lack credibility to talk, and the nation
simply has to be spared the lectures from people whose histories too are
well-embedded in the culture of violence that they want us to believe they

       Enter Gabriel Chaibva: on the proposed talks
between MDC and ZANU PF seemed to want to indicate that Morgan Tsvangirai
and MDC may have played a traitor. The man, of course doing his duty as the
Pro-Senate spokesperson, seems to want to speak to the World and seems to
have thought that he might have wrong footed Morgan Tsvangirai for what he
says is talking to ZANU PF.  In his article he also exonerates the
Pro-Senate MDC for what he says were accusations that they were either a
creation or an extension of ZANU PF.

      He seems to celebrate the exposure of Tsvangirai as indeed the real
traitor, and further talks about the "Winter of Discontent" which he thinks
might have been shelved.

      What is so striking is the attempt to be the good guys of Zimbabwean
politics, a card that was played before the planting season of Budiriro,
which as we all know came and others who had truly been serious harvested
fruits, and others we won't mention to avoid unnecessary monotony harvested
thorns. "Oh how did I become anheroxic?" said the food shy sister!

      The question of being traitors and going thousands of miles away from
principles is there, stuck on the Mutambara faction that they it will only
be changed with the fading of history. Zimbabweans will always remember how
some of those they thought were MDC betrayed the struggle for the love of

      They, led by Welshman Ncube and Priscilla Misiharabwi-Mushonga,
decided to endorse a constitutional amendment all civic groups in Zimbabwe
had rejected by participating in Senatorial Elections. Zimbabweans remember
how those they thought were part of them decided to deride the poor by
participating in a scheme once more being advanced at the behest of their
oppressors, to overburden the already overtaxed Zimbabwean taxpayer by
creating a senate that is nothing but the "golden handshake" for Zimbabwe's
political mafia.

      The senate project came at a time when the electorate, which happens
to have the largest stake in the political economy, was crying for houses
destroyed during "Operation Murambatsvina" and hyperinflation. It is at that
time that Welshman Ncube and company decided to distance themselves from the
legitimate agenda of poor people, which at the time was to get redress for
"Operation Murambatsvina".

      It was around this time that they chose to legitimise ZANU PF by
supporting the senate when that money should have been used to build houses
for those affected by Murambatsvina. The senate is a project that even ZANU
PF luminaries such as Shuvai Mahofa are castigating in broad day light. One
wonders how far some of us have travelled from the truth, if they are so
myopic not to see what others are beginning to see.

      Come, the Political Parties Financing Act. Faced with two MDCs after
the split, and faced with two MDC congresses it was left to the discretion
of ZANU PF and Mugabe to choose what to do. It was either that the two
parties would be given Z$4bn each or else as it turned out to be, ZANU PF
would reward the MDC they preferred and punish the MDC they hated. And so
recent history has it that ZANU PF chose to give the Z$8bn to the MDC they
preferred, those that were talking their language and opposing them

      This meant the Arthur Mutambara camp was baptised as another ZANU PF,
even more preferred to this day to ZANU Ndonga which is ZANU PF's namesake
and to United People's Party which was born from within ZANU PF itself. They
then were taken closer to the hearts and minds of ZANU PF but on that day
they also became bad-smell to the besieged masses of Zimbabwe. Bad-smell as
shown by their rejection at the hands of the Budiriro folk.

      Their redundant and decadent ideology was rejected by the sound
rejection of their Party's principal promoter, the spokesperson Gabriel
Chaibva.the rejection showed in the number they got 504; ironically the code
name of a now redundant and decadent model of cars; Peugeot 504.

      I wasn't really surprised when I followed Chaibva's argument. It was
really not on principle, no. He was not saying MDC should not talk to ZANU
PF, no. He was saying ZANU PF should talk to them because they have more
representatives in the House of Assembly. What he could not see was that
ZANU PF will not talk to another ZANU PF in order to end the crisis.

      They will engage the opposition and by aligning themselves to ZANU PF,
by allowing themselves to be used as canon fodder early in the day and by
being rejected by the grassroots the Mutambara faction is both bad-smell and
damaged goods and ZANU PF will not have anything to do with them.

      ZANU PF and the international community would like to hear the other
side as is the principle of natural justice and the true other side that has
been resolute and unwavering in its opposition of ZANU PF is the
Tsvangirai-led MDC and that is in the public gallery.

      It is therefore clear that all along Chaibva's group has been
positioning itself for talks and in the process they decided to call the
bitter pill that is ZANU PF by the name sweet but of course that did not
alter the test-buds of the electorate. Instead the electorate has become
more and more interested in supporting the truth, supporting the truth with
the vigour that it deserves. Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC have not warmed
up to ZANU PF in anyway.

      They did not seek to "re-brand" the Party by harmonising their
policies with those of ZANU PF as was done by Mutambara and company. What
they have done is to proffer a platform by which ZANU PF will be engaged and
that is being done on about eight pillars. What is being proffered is a good
dispute settlement mechanism that is all inclusive and this is rare and an
indication that at least in Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC he leads we seem
to have a leader prepared to move further away from the culture of
revolutionary aristocracy that has done our country great disfavour.

      The Mutambara faction of the MDC is full of people who have positioned
themselves as the sympathetic few whom without them poor Zimbabweans would
have no voice of agitation. If you listen to Arthur Mutambara speaking, his
emphasis on gravitas and how by inference he thinks he meets that definition
and the excludability that he thinks befits people such as Morgan Tsvangirai
and Joyce Mujuru because they do not have the so-called gravitas, you can
see how people who claim to be pro-democracy are not prepared to listen to
the electorate but their whims.

      Like ZANU PF they are a closed club of self-important persons no
wonder the likes of David Coltart were shocked when they were not called to
mediate when they thought they have the gravitas to mediate and denial would
be a sin.

      It is therefore left to the Arthur Mutambara led MDC to
start-searching for their soul. They are clearly exhausted with the struggle
and people like Chaibva who want to contest in every constituency are the
best case of such desperation. Defeated in the MDC primary elections in his
traditional Harare South Constituency he did the embarrassing thing of going
to contest in Budiriro in a clear sign that either the Mutambara faction has
no ready takers or they are a closed club where only a chosen few will be

      This is why we have seen the same recycled people coming to "preach"
their political gospel which at best is a rare blend of ZANU PF and 1960s
Pan-Africanism. Having realised that they do not stand a chance with the
Zimbabwean electorate they now want to see the demise of MDC and they have
been trying by all means to sound the international community that MDC is
not good business.

      They are no longer promoting their own philosophy because they know
its bad-smell but as they go want to pull with them the entire MDC and of
course the only hope Zimbabweans have. Because they are intellectuals they
do not care what happens to the average Zimbabwean because they have never
cared. They want their names only. One is reminded of the Biblical mothers
who claimed the same child. One who was not the mother wanted it cut into
two. The other who was the mother asked King Solomon to spare the child's
life and give it to the other woman if necessary.

      The wise King settled for the later. In our scenario the electorate is
the wise king and they have chosen the ones who want to save the life of the
people's party. What's left for Chaibva and company is to try and co-exist,
if they do that history may not charge them harshly. But if they continue to
try and destroy the only hope the people of Zimbabwe have, they may succeed
in scaling it down but they will never succeed in destroying the Party.

      And people will never forgive them. This happened before and
ironically the same people were involved in the futile attempt to destroy
ZimRights. For years ZimRights had a bad name with the so-called
international community. But people remained resolute and now the people's
human rights organisation still survives and has since been rewarded by
regaining the respect from the ever inconsistent so-called international

02077206614 or

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JAG Job Opportunities dated 13 July 2006

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

Ad inserted 15 June 2006

Secretary Wanted
A keen and enthusiastic person wanted to fill a secretarial position at
Garden Genius Pvt ltd.  Hours would be 8 - 5 from Monday to Friday.
Please phone 746538 if you are interested.


Ad inserted 15 June 2006

Manager Wanted - Namibia

Zimbabwean farmers, who may be interested in exploring the possibility of
moving to other African countries to start projects or equity in business.

Farm of 4433 hectares situated 7 km from the mining town of Tsumeb, Namibia.
The farm has 7 boreholes but only two of them are currently used. It has a
transformer with continuous electricity power supplied by NAMPOWER. In the
past, 30 hectares have already been cleared for crop production and
currently we have 21 cattle, which we would like to increase to make it
economically viable. Also, wild animals such as kudu, eland, wild boar and
many small buck animals roam freely through the farm. The farm also has
ample supply of trees for firewood.

We require somebody to manage, develop and run the farm profitably because
at the moment we have our jobs in the city, Windhoek, which is 440 km from
the farm. We will be interested in entertaining business proposals for
profit sharing ventures or applications from individuals who will be
interested in developing, managing and running the farm as a business

For further information they might like to contact us at our email address, or contact Estefania at +26461223088 (After 18h00
Namibian time) or Stephen at mobile phone +264812988991.


Ad inserted 15 June 2006

General Manager Wanted

General Manager required for locally based international seed company.
Applicants should have a good background in administration with particular
emphasis on the ability to operate in an economy affected by hyperinflation.
Experience in horticulture is essential.

Position would suit a mature ex-farmer who is computer literate.
Motor vehicle and other benefits included in package.
Please apply to


Ad inserted 15 June 2006


We need a Transport Manager as soon as possible that can handle the basic
transport management side as well as fuel procurement.

Competitive salary offered to the right person.

Please apply to with CV and references.
Phone no. (067) 28603/4  (067) 29299   011609841


Ad inserted 15 June 2006


1) Small scale tobacco project in D.R.C.
2) Tough conditions (but safe!)
3) Project in developing stages.
4) This post is for a "Jack of all trades" person with sound knowledge of
tobacco and admin skills.
5) Applicants to reply to advertiser, at Box 4601, Harare. Please advise
contact phone number.
6) Salary to be negotiated.


Ad inserted 22 June 2006




Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Manager Wanted

Position Offered:  Manager required to oversee factory in Harare and to
travel to Chalala, Kariba for one week per month for stock takes etc.  In
Harare the job will entail the overseeing of factory, machinery and vehicles
maintenance and managing labour, stocks and security.  Position available
immediately.  Interested applicants please email


Ad inserted 29 June 2006


C.E.O required to Head the Kapenta Industry in Kariba. Good package
depending on applicants qualifications. To start, 1st August 2006. Applicant
required to be good & meticulous administrator & very active (35 years &
above). Please apply to email address:


Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Workshop Manager Required

Workshop located in Ashbrittle
Work involves water supply systems
Applicant should be approximately 60 to 68 years old, needing to supplement
his pension.  Knowledge of pumps and vehicle maintenance an advantage
Job covers stock control and workshop activities as well as
Salary negotiable

Please telephone 091 212 163 for further discussion (evenings 882718)


Ad inserted 6 July 2006


We are an Agricultural Commodity Trading company,  also involved in Contract

We are looking for a Farmer Liaison Officer/Broker/Agronomist

DUTIES are outlined below but are not limited to: -
Data entry of contracts, deliveries and communications (Computer skills
Liaison with Farmer's with regard to delivery Procedures.
Handling of quality disputes and contracting problems with both buyers and
Managing any queries during delivery of crop.
Weekly collection of documentation from various delivery depots.
Liaison with the storage depots, transporters and other interested parties.
Managing the supply of inputs to farmers during contract growing as well as
monitoring the crop progress and any queries during delivery of crop and
empty grain bags.
Crop progress reports and crop management.
Must have a farming background.

Please apply to the General Manager, 04-307868/9
04-339575 or email


Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Operations Manager

"Operations Manager" required for retail shops in Manicaland. Would suit ex
farmer and wife. Age and experience not important. Email"


Ad inserted 13 July 2006

"Situation Vacant"

Hospital Matron. Borradaile (Private) Hospital, Marondera, requires a Matron
in Charge to start 1st August or later by arrangement.  Applicants must be
registered RGN with at least five years experience in a senior position and
preferably with midwifery and OT certificates.  Apply with CV and references
The Chairman, P.O. Box 453, Marondera.


Employment Sought


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Position Required in Safari/Outdoor Organization;

Single male with previous experience in Zimbabwe and Mozambique seeks
position. Has experience in camp management, catering, lodge/camp
construction, and administration. Please contact Ned via Duncan on 011 405
387, 309971 (work hours) or email at


Ad inserted 22 June 2006


We are shortly leaving Zimbabwe and wish to find employment for our driver
Munyaradzi Maliki.  He is a non-drinker, very reliable, hard working and
honest.  Munyaradzi has driven our T35 extensively on long distances over
extremely poor dirt roads to our Kapenta Fishing Camp (Harare to Kariba -
via Gokwe).  He is meticulous in conducting regular full vehicle checks and
has proved to be a valued employee and a good team player, who willingly
undertakes other duties if he is not driving.  His availability would be on
an immediate basis.  Please contact Shaw: 091 945686 or 091 270 245
(landline not working)."


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Farm Manager

Looking for a farm job as a manager, Qualified at Blackfordby Agricultural,
Institute. Three years farming experience in tobacco, maize and wheat.
Please contact George Heyns home: 064 8388    Cell:091272216


Ad inserted 22 June 2006

Ex Farmer

Ex Farmer/Consultant and Agronomist for Alliance One Tobacco aged 50 years
living in Zimbabwe with 23 years experience in growing tobacco, maize, seed
maize, horticulture, beef cattle, pigs, chickens.  Excellent management,
administration and communication skills, computer literate, full clean
drivers licence.  Was runner up'Tobacco Grower of the Year' in 1985.  Spent
last 2 years consulting for Imperial Tobacco Group in Madagascar on the
production of flue-cured tobacco.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY.  CONTACT: 091 439 911/011  602 583 or

Can send CV if necessary.


Ad inserted 6 July 2006

Girl Friday

Mature lady seeks position as a Person Friday.  Typing skills, Clerical
work, some computer experience i.e. Email.

Reliable, Honest, Available immediately has own transport.

Prefers not to have to deal with any figure work or money.

Areas - Workington, Light Industrial Sites, Msasa, Newlands, Southerton.

Contact Address: Phone Heather Don on 571737 or Email:


Ad inserted 13 July 2006

Commercial agricultural representative

I am a former commercial agricultural representative with farming experience
in Zimbabwe and Mozambique (virginia tobacco, burley tobacco,
commercial/seed-maize, wheat, soyabeans, cotton, citrus and pigs); I have
extensive knowledge on the subjects of agronomy, crop chemicals and
veterinary products. Is there anybody out there with something for me?
Contact Stu Taylor on 0204 -2288 or 091-650997.


Ad inserted 13 July 2006


Divorced, tomboy type female aged 48 seeks urgent position any where in
Zimbabwe.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the position I was to take up
shortly is no longer available and as a result I am available immediately.
I have vast experience in all aspects of Management and Management Training;
Stock Control; Buying; Sales and Sales Training and administration.  My
people skills are excellent and I have no problem working or managing in
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myself to have integrity, loyalty and am not afraid of putting an honest
days work or overtime.  I do not have my own transport, but have a valid
Drivers License.

Should anyone wish to discuss the matter, please contact Theresa asap on
(016) 537 any time within the next week.


Ad inserted 13 July 2006

Typing Service

Don't have time to do your own typing and need someone to take the stress
from you.  Well here I am call on me and I will assist you in any way I
possibly can. I worked for Rio Tinto, Eiffels Flats in 1991 till 1994 when I
left to get married.  I then started working for Carters Transport in Kadoma
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used the programs SAGE and Payrite.   I taught myself a lot on the computer.
Then obtained my ICDL in February 2004.  I have done various others projects
on the computer e.g. (Party Invitations, Menus, Order of Services, Cheque
book labels, Typed up an assignment for a student at Black Forbe).

I enjoy baking and cooking, its one of my main interests.  I have catered
for weddings, Company Christmas Parties, Round Table Induction Dinners, 8
years of teas, lunches, dinners for the Kadoma Golf Club and cheese and wine

Further more details contact myself on the following:-

Contact name        :           Mrs J J Niehaus
Email address       : 
Mobile number       :           011-403718
Home number         :           04-300430/433

For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 13 July 2006)

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