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The MDC sent a delegation to South Africa last week led by Deputy Secretary
General Gift Chimanikire.

Members of the delegation had two meetings with American officials in
Bush's entourage, interviews with the South African and international press
corps, meetings with South African civil society groups, including the
South African Christian Leader's Conference and meetings with South African
officials in the Foreign Office.

All the meetings went well. In particular the delegation was deeply
encouraged by its meetings with the American officials. It has emerged that
there has been a profound meeting of minds between President Bush and
President Mbeki regarding firstly, the urgency of the Zimbabwean crisis
and, secondly, what is required to resolve the crisis. The delegation
received assurances that the Bush Administration had not in any way changed
its views as expressed by the Secretary of State, Colin Powell prior to
President Bush's visit to southern Africa. Accordingly this meeting of
minds potentially has very important and positive consequences for the
resolution of the Zimbabwean crisis.

The MDC reiterates that it is ready to resume talks leading to fresh
elections and looks forward to working with both the Bush and the Mbeki
administrations to achieve this end in the coming weeks and months.

Paul Themba Nyathi
Secretary for Information


Extend a warm welcome to you to join us for their annual Convocation.
Venue - The Harry Margolis Hall, Lezard Avenue, Milton Park, Harare.
Date - Thursday 24th July 2003
Time - 8.30am for 9am, finishing approximately 1pm.
Speakers - Mr Brian Oldreive and Pastor Langton Gatsi

We look forward to seeing you all there!

For any queries please contact either
Cath Oldreive on 04-336526;
Brian Oldreive on 011-602626; or
Ian & Christine Chisholm on 04-860927/861283

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


Letter 1:

J.T. Taylor Esq.,
CPA Chairman,

My dear Tim,

I am most fascinated by your suggestion that I am getting a "piggy back
ride" on Your Union in Mac Crawford's office this morning, because I am not
a member.

According to my records my grandfather (Leo) contributed an initial 30/-
(shillings) according to the VUKA magazine of February 1942 - page 29 of
No. 2 Vol. 2 refers. I believe that we have been members ever since, and
that when I ceased farming I purchased a licence in the name of Western
Produce Auctions (Pvt) Ltd. The regional executive officer for Matabeleland
has that licence card for your perusal at your leisure.

The liquidation of our cattle as a result of being driven off our property
actually had a beneficial effect for your Association, in excess of fifty
thousand dollars, to help pay your mileage perhaps.

Perhaps you could explain openly and transparently on the Open Letter Forum
the notion that farmers who might not embrace the Policy of Union
Leadership in entirety, or who have perhaps been displaced are now referred
to "Piggyback Riders," - now in excess of 85% of the Original Licensed
Riders. Alternatively, is this term reserved exclusively for members who
happen to be involved with Justice for Agriculture?

I look forward to your reply to enlighten the "Perceived Piggyback Riders."

Yours faithfully,
J.L. Robinson.


Letter 2:

I have been interested by the recent efforts of CFU in trying to justify
why they tried to get their members to get deals done through L.A. forms.

Some interesting phrases came out of it

· "land redistribution has to take place for political acceptance"
· offering land "to become compliant with max farm size regulations etc."
· "You have to take "a done deal " in with you" (to the court room).

"Political acceptability" through becoming "compliant" and making a "deal"
sums up the whole CFU policy.  The majority of farmers followed this advice
and the majority of farmers are off their farms today.  The Union's policy
with its continued muteness and refusal to litigate or hinder the Party's
intentions in any meaningful way has helped the party's programme hugely.

When will the Union understand the reality of what it is dealing with?
When will it accept that the Party's intention is to take every white owned
farm in Zimbabwe?  When will it have the courage to unite with civic
society and stand for what is good and right against evil?  When will it
dare to become politically unacceptable and uncompliant and stop dealing?
How long will it take before it realises that deals with dishonourable men
are not honoured?

The strength of the oppressor is in the compliance of the oppressed.  The
legitimacy of the oppressor is through the dialogue of the oppressed.  The
lie of the oppressor is perpetuated through the muteness of the oppressed.
The wealth of the oppressor is through the deals of the oppressed.  The
oppressor presses on (and he won't stop unless we unite, put aside fear and
stop him.  It's never too late*..).


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 Agriculture.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated July 14, 2003

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


(ad inserted 01 July 2003)


To control fuel depot at the airport.  Approximately 300 account holders
and cash sale customers, and, in time, manage bulk fuel deliveries to
farms.  To manage procurement of fuel and oversee accounts.

Please contact:
Stacey at Kettex Grower Services at Produco
04 575971/4 ext 237


(Ad inserted 17 June 2003)



DUTIES INCLUDE: Daily Revenue Reconciliation
General Ledger using Pastel
Stock Control
Monthly Financial and Management Reports
Wages using Payplus
Preparing Statutory Returns: Sales Tax, Tourism Levy, Zimdef, Standards

REPLY TO:- Mr Graham Dickens (General Manager)
Telephone: Harare 795555
Fax: Harare 707844
Address: 132 Baines Avenue, Harare


(ad inserted 06 June 2003)

The position of Director of BirdLife Zimbabwe (an NGO) is vacant.  The
organisation is situated in Eastlea and has a staff of about 8 full and
part-time employees.

Interested persons should possess a post-graduate degree (preferably in
biological sciences), have good management skills and have an interest in

Please send CVs either to e-mail address: or post to:
P O Box RV 100,
Runiville, Harare.

D Rushforth (Mrs)
Hon. Secretary
BirdLife Zimbabwe


(ad inserted 29 May 2003)


Caretaker for upmarket block of flats in the Avenues wanted.  Will suit
either a lady or a gentleman or a married couple who are retired.  Duties
will include supervising staff of six, managing the smooth running of the
premises, looking after the garden surrounds.  A knowledge of bookkeeping
will be an advantage, as the job will include the writing up of the
cashbook, payment of bills, staff salary, collection and banking of levies
The job comes with a free 2 bedroomed flat.
Replies to


(ad inserted 14 May 2003)

TRIAL BALANCE BOOKKEEPER required by agricultural engineering firm.

The company is sound and well established, with a young and dynamic
management team.

This is a full time position requiring efficiency and dedication.
Incumbents should be computer literate and should be able to do profit and
loss accounts.  Experience in Pastel, Exel and Word would be beneficial.

Please send your applications to or
Box ST 311, Southerton, Harare.


(ad inserted 20 June 2003)

A Small Transport company based just outside of Harare looking for a
mornings only secretary.

Must be a non-smoker.

Call Roxy Ellis on 091 363 987


(ad inserted 15 May 2003)

Tobacco farm managers. Three needed urgently for farms near Harare.  30 -
50 ha crop with irrigation. Great opportunity for a good manager.
Contact Joe Pistorius @ or phone 336722



I have the following job available, which might be of interest to some
displaced farmers:

Security manager is required at Borrowdale Brooke Estate. We have our own
security team but it needs management. Hours will be flexible to a degree
and further details can be obtained from Brian Moorse, the estate manager @
860370 Harare.



We need a retired semi retired mechanic to assist in the daily running of
our vehicle workshop behind Jaggers Harare.
Mornings only is preferred but we can offer flexibility of time.
Job description: to assist and advise workers on the floor. Undertake some
of the more complex work. Offer general expertise.
Vehicles maintained are general light goods. Work covers all aspects of
repair and maintenance.
Package subject to discussion.
Please contact Kevin or Chris on
Sincerely, Kevin Smeda


(ad inserted 1 April 2003)

WANTED: FARM TRIAL BALANCE BOOKKEEPER, computer literate, based Harare.
Pleasant environment at Fife Ave/10th Street - hassle free on site car
parking. Full time preferably, but part-time/flexi-time will be considered.
Negotiable salary based on experience.

Contact Norma Gordon Tel. 04-704949/email


Positions Vacant

Highly capable farmers required to join a progressive team.
Qualifiers will be men who have the ability to grow within themselves and
to generate growth within a team. Experience and competence in one or many
facets of agriculture will be of interest, in particular irrigation,
horticulture, tobacco and cattle.

Please respond to Carswell Group
                            Fax: 304415


(ad inserted 10 April 2003)

Carswell Group is looking for experienced Cattleman to run a ranch 60 km
from Harare.


ad inserted 05 June 2003

I own a 40 Ha smallholding with 1.6 Ha roses (new Meilland varieties) and
some field crops.

The project has an EPZ Licence and is in the process of being developed to
4 Ha of rose production.

The existing manger is, sadly, migrating to South Africa and I am therefore
looking for a suitable replacement within the next 4-6 weeks. Rose growing
experience is strongly preferred but not necessarily a pre-requisite.

A partnership with the right manager would be considered in the medium

Could interested applicants please contact me on 091 61 62 63.


(ad inserted 19 June 2003)

General Manager required to develop and run a cattle/pivot irrigation
Setup/cattle buying teams and abattoir in Masvingo.

Please Contact: Carswell Meats
Telephone number: 308844 339275
Fax number: 304415


ad inserted 18 June 2003

Manager or managing partner for 2ha rose project. Depending on the person,
development of more roses or export vegetables is possible.
Excellent remuneration and an executive house is offered near a town.
Reply to


(ad inserted 21 May 2003)

Farm Manager urgently required for mixed farming operations in Bromley.
Must be highly motivated, progressive and hands on.
Experience in Livestock. Poultry, Horticulture and Paprika would be a
distinct advantage.
Accommodation, farm vehicle and the usual farm perks are available.
Need to start 1 August 2003
Applicants reply, with CV, to:
or in writing to:
The General Manager
Box 269


(ad inserted 08 May 2003)

Opportunity to either manage/lease a farm in Chegutu area.  Irrigation
available for 40ha tobacco.  Please contact JAG offices for contact number.


(ad inserted 03 June 2003)

URGENT - CHIEF INSTRUCTOR required at Chimanimani Zimbabwe.
Contact: The Director, Guy Carey, for details on Chimanimani (026) 2935/6
Fax: (026) 2937
P.O. Box 57, Chimanimani


(ad inserted 12 July 2003)

A vacancy exists for 2 teachers - preferably a couple at Mvurachena Primary
School in Chipinge from next term. This is a delightful little school with
a great track record in the education and sporting field. On campus
accommodation would be available.

For more information please contact the headmistress on

(ad inserted 04 July 2003)

scheme and there are further plans to produce cash crops.  Knowledge of
coffee would be an advantage.  Good Salary with normal farm perks to the
right person, to start as soon as possible.  Please reply to "The
Advertiser", 31 Pendennis Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare or or phone 011402607


(ad inserted 20 June 2003)

Farm Manager wanted on a farm in Kew Kew.  Please phone 011 407097 or 055


(ad inserted 28 April 2003)

Caretaker required for a farm (2000 chickens) in Tengwe.  Please contact
011 204 454 for further details.


Thebes Safaris - West Nicholson
Garage manager required for country workshop. Toyota Land experience would
be an added advantage. This position would suit a husband and wife team -
wife could help out either in safaris office or accounts department. She
must be computer literate.
Please reply with current CVs to:
Rogers Brothers & Son P/I (Garage Manager)
P O West Nicholson


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

I am looking for a Lodge Operations Manager for our up-market lodge outside
of Vic Falls. I am hoping to offer an employment opportunity to somebody
who has been affected by the closure of tourism facilities.

Here is a brief description of who we are looking for:
Vacancy for a Lodge Operations Manager
We have a vacancy for a Lodge Operations Manager / Deputy General manager
at our up-market 60 bed, 125 staff, Safari Lodge situated 30 km outside of
Victoria Falls.
He/she should have the following qualifications & skills:
· Extensive knowledge and previous experience in lodge /hotel management
· Management skills
· Ability to co-ordinate the day to day lodge operations
· Good knowledge of Zimbabwe labour laws
· Computer literate, XL, Windows, F&B service systems
· Knowledge of food & beverage
· Drivers license & valid passport
· Proven track record & traceable references

· Front of house operation
· Control of kitchen & kitchen supplies
· House-keeping
· Control of cellar
· Guest hospitality & guest delight
· Groups co-ordination
· Liaison with head-office
· Staff motivation
· Staff training
· Managing relevant budgets
· Running of lodge in the General Managers absence
The ideal candidate is a self-motivated all-rounder who is energetic and
has the ability to work independently. He/she must be able to work under
pressure, whilst monitoring standards and staff performance. The position
offers a comprehensive package to the right candidate.
Please contact Mr. R. Steiner at


(ad inserted 02 July 2003)

We have an immediate opening for a Citrus Farm Manager in the Nkwaline
Valley, Natal (Empangeni area) RSA.

We seek to recruit a dynamic person for our Citrus Production including
general Estate matters.

The position will report to the Managing Director of the Company and will
be part of the senior management team.

The ideal candidate should be a team player with good interpersonal
relationship skills who is able to make decisions and get on with the
day-to-day business of farming. The candidate should also have the ability
to be allowed to reside and work in RSA.

The varieties of citrus produced on the farm are Marsh and Texas Star Ruby
Grapefruit and Valencia oranges. It would be preferable to have citrus
experience but not absolutely necessary, however a minimum of five years
farm management essential.

Interested parties please contact Shaun Dearlove so that we can discuss in
depth the position, the responsibilities and the package being advertised
(supply a contact telephone number please).

Kindly send your CV and a list of references, to
the following email address;
Marked for the attention of Shaun Dearlove.


(ad inserted 19 June 2003)

We are a well-established Land Survey practice with offices in Durban and
Kokstad, South Africa. We are presently seeking an experienced Land
to become part of our team.  Professional, articled surveyors and diploma
graduates may apply.

Applicants may contact Mark Turnbull on 031-2662278 or email on


(ad inserted 29 April 2003)

I am currently looking for a farm manager to manage a mixed farm on the
Transvaal highveldt. Please could you circulate this advertisement to any
of your members who may be interested?
Farm Manager
Day to day management of farm activities
cropping (maize)
poultry management
beef herd management
sheep flock management
pasture management
Full responsibility for production and sales activity.
400 Ha situated 30km north east of Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
Mixed animal production farm consisting of beef, broilers, sheep and
supporting pastures and maize cropping.
Remuneration is open for negotiation and could include profit share.
Accommodation, water, lights and use of company LDV is included in package.
Ideal candidate will have animal husbandry experience and be able to
operate independently.
My contact details are
Bruce Cook
telephone - 27-833256874 or -27-21-9753138 a/h

(ad inserted 10 April 2003)

Drummond area of Natal....roughly 30 km from Durban on the way to
Organic Veg farm manager required.  General farm management and tractor
skills, knowledge of organic veg growing and Zulu.
We are looking for someone who is prepared to run the farm as their own
business, what you put in you get out.  Salary linked to profit share and
Phone/fax 031-783 4995 or e-mail


(ad inserted 09 April 2003)

My brother has asked me to put ads in the local papers for a tractor
mechanic with Ford/New Holland, Massey experience.

Contact details in RSA are: Dennis on email address



Opportunity in Polokwane South Africa.

Mature person required as maintenance and farm manager including wildlife
for a very reputable hotel and game farm, (conservancy) outside Polokwane
(Pietersburg) Limpopo Province.

Duties include.
Organizational ability, vehicle maintenance, boreholes, electrical
maintenance at hotel and farm, good labour relations etc.

Only hard working and sober persons need apply.

Please contact, e-mail, Phone 0027836565729

(ad inserted 23 May 2003)

PLEASE CONTACT : DEREK SHIRLEY ON +27-83-228-1414 OR +263 11- 600-155


(ad inserted 12 May 2003)

If you are interested I have an enquiry for someone to supervise setting-up
of following in Angola:

1) PIG FARMS. I can connect you with good contacts.

Most of the products will be required for the American communities involved
with oilrigs etc, so I imagine a fairly high quality wanted. I don't have
all the info/specs yet, just establishment of interest. Also no idea where
in Angola, (but assume close to Luanda), or size of outfits, money
available etc etc.

Let me know if you are interested. Email:


(ad inserted 27 April 2003)

A very good friend of mine who lives in Gabarone Botswana has asked me to
put out this piece of information so I thought your organisation would be
ideal to do it for me.

His name is Snowy Du Toit (ex Zimbo) and his details are as follows: -

Phone: 00 267 3971026 / 00 26771724810 ( cell )
Fax: 00 267 3909610

He has been offered a certain piece of land near Gabarone, which would be
ideal for market gardening or horticulture. It apparently has plenty of
water from the municipal waste. He has indicated that he could probably
negotiate a loan on anyone's behalf should they be interested as he is now
a citizen of Botswana. All the technical details can be provided by Snowy
himself, so if anyone is interested, please could they contact him direct.
I know time is of the essence so if anyone is interested they must contact
him ASAP.


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)

Mr Johan Boshoff - Pontdrif, RSA is looking urgently for a dynamic reliable
middle age couple to manage a farm in the northwestern part of Botswana,
close to the Caprivi strip. Preferable no young children still in the
house, due to the distance from schools.
Experience: Farm management & general farm equipment maintenance
Crops: Vegetables under irrigation - drip & Pivot irrigation
Contact # Johan Boshoff
Tel (+27) 15-5751425
Fax (+27) 15-5751580
Cell (+27) 82 822 6310
e-mail Minds,



Cattle farming business in Ghanzi District, Northwest Botswana for sale.
(The owners moving for kids schooling.) Comprises 2 well-developed freehold
farms, measuring 10 112,06 Morg (8 660 Ha) in total, 1050 head of cattle
(cross Santa-Sussex), all necessary farming equipment, lighting-plants,
gensets, inverter equipment managers residence, main farm residence, staff
accommodation, workshops and storerooms etc, etc Walk-in / walk-out deal
BWP4 500 000-00 (Approx US$ 775 000-00). All serious offers will be
Contact Mike on (267) 72290622 or e-mail


(ad inserted 21 April 2003)

A 5000 hectare concession in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of
Kasaï Province, 800 km to the south of Kinshasa, in the region of Kikwit.

This property was farmed by a Belgian for more than 40 years and he had
nearly 4,000 head of cattle! There is a forest with nearly 150,000 trees,
mostly eucalyptus and pine. A river flows on the domain's border.
Agricultural plantations such as corn, manioc, groundnut as well as chicken
farming are possible.

There is a building in Kikwit with a commercial ground floor and living
quarters on the 1st floor. The whole complex is very pleasant and offers
great opportunities of further economic development!

Asking price for the transfer of the concession is 125,000 euros.

I sincerely believe this project is well worth your attention so please do
not hesitate to ask should you require additional information. If you like
I could for instance scan some photos.

Contact: Rue des Chardons, 20/8 - 1030 Bruxelles -
Tél. +32-2/644.17.73 - GSM +32-496/87.11.66


(ad inserted 19 June 2003)

As a horticulture consultant in Kenya I know of some jobs coming up which
might be of interest to your members:

1. Family owned rose project about 30 kms north of Nairobi will shortly be
seeking a general manager; flower production experience not a priority, but
good administration and communicator/liaison skills essential.

2. A company bidding for an Aid funded project in horticulture, principally
aimed at helping small scale growers in rural areas, will be looking for
staff, in particular senior (project no. 2) project manager, book
keeper/accountant, logistics manager.
Contact D H Gray


(ad inserted 08 April 2003)

Farm Manager wanted for a coffee/tea estate in Kenya.  Please phone 091 233
852 for further information.


(ad inserted 03 July 2003)

A commercial Enterprise in Malawi is looking for the services of General
Manager with the aim of establishing and developing large scale plantation,
including cotton, seed maize, burley tobacco, and wheat.

A successful applicant must have:
1) extensive agricultural and technical skills and experience in the
2) experience in greenfields establishment and development, irrigation,
3) strong organizational and administration skills.
4) Individual must possess leadership and negotiating skills in line with
the running of a large-scale agricultural business.
5) Formal qualifications essential.

Please contact the managing director on



Tobacco managers wanted in Malawi: 2003/4 seasons 100ha Flue cured 100ha
Maize African tobacco managers of Malawian extraction wanting to relocate
with costs paid and paper work facilities. Malawian Passport Holders will
obviously be given preference. Respond to JAG's email address and we will


(ad inserted 17 April 2003)

We are looking for an ex farmer, with tobacco experience, to oversee the
building of tobacco curing systems in Malawi.  This position will be for a
period of ten months, with the possibility of extending the contract to two
years, either in Zimbabwe or elsewhere.  Accommodation and vehicle will be
provided.  Contact or send your application to
Debbie Graham at Brown Engineering, Box ST 311, Southerton, Harare.


(ad inserted 06 July 2003)

Shareholder/s sought for farming venture. Export fresh produce production
and potential for other cropping activities.
· 500ha, 180ha cleared.
· Excellent water supply
· Uniform Class 1 soils throughout
· Existing house and buildings
· Equipment Included
Tel: 091 602815


(ad inserted 27 May 2003)

My sister and her husband live in Nigeria and a gentleman called John
Coumantaris who owns a few farms and ships there and who has his base in
New York, has asked my family to advertise in Zimbabwe for a farm manager
to run his farm in Kaduna, North Nigeria, doing mixed farming.

His E Mail address is:


(ad inserted 06 June 2003)


Our Company is one of Tanzania's larger Coffee Producing Companies located
in Arusha, Tanzania. We currently farm more than 500 HA of mature Arabica

We seek to recruit a dynamic person for our Coffee Production including
general Estate matters. The position will report to the Managing Director
of the Company and will be part of the senior management team. The ideal
candidate should be a team player with good interpersonal relationship

· Full responsibility in all aspects of managing a Coffee Estate
· Estate office administration including maintaining up to date records and
· General Personnel administration
· Overall General Estate upkeep
· Staff welfare responsibilities

· Assistant Managers
· Departmental Junior Managers
· Activity Supervisors
· Estate Office staff

· Minimum qualification of bachelor degree in agriculture related subject
from a recognized University
· Minimum 5 years working experience at senior management level in a
commercial coffee producing entity.
· Computer literate
· General understanding of basic accounting techniques

We offer an attractive remuneration.

Kindly send your application letter, with CV and a list of references, to
the following email address:


(ad inserted 05 July 2003)

Assistant Manager required for an 80-hectare tobacco project 70 km north of
Lusaka. Position available immediately.
Please contact Mr Mike Goodwin on +260 95 702 718 (cell) or +260 1 611 222
or Agricultural Advisors International on this mail address or phone +260 1
290 235


(ad inserted 27 May 2003)

Mkushi, Zambia: position available for assistant manager for 160 ha
tobacco, 400 ha commercial Maize. Must have Gwebi or Blackfordby diploma or
experience in tobacco production. Preferably no children of school going
age. Please reply: 04 497924 or 091 223 626 or 011 208 089 or e-mail: or write to The advertiser, Box 241, Mvurwi.


(ad inserted 02 April 2003)

There is a newspaper report this week of the dire shortage of skilled
farmer workers to take up vacancies in the cropping areas of Western
Australia. This is predominately seasonal, i.e. seeding time and harvest
time but can also be on a long-term basis in many instances. I have this
afternoon spoken to the President of the W.A. Farmers Federation, Colin
Nicolle, based in Perth and he was very sympathetic and indicated that his
office could be a source of contact at this end. Their E-mail address is

I am sure there might be some Zim. farmers who could benefit in this way,
but in some cases the Aus. farmer would have to provide sponsorship to
assist the Visa application. I am told that the Australian High
Commissioner in Harare would look favourably at applications from
Zimbabwean farmers.

Hopefully this letter might be a catalyst to assist some families to make
contact with farmers in Australia.


(ad inserted 02 May 2003)

Nursing opportunities in Australia. For more information please contact
Ginty Thomson on or 091 237 442 or 066 30555


(ad inserted 22 April 2003)


telephone: 61 0356832464

message: We have two beautiful farms in the South of Victoria, Australia.
We would be interested in sponsoring a family to migrate with a view to
help us.  We can offer a package of a base of $50000 Australian plus a 3  One farm is dairy, the other beef. We are in our late fifties so
need someone in say mid 30's to late 40's
Please reply to Dick and Judy Edwards


(ad inserted 19 April 2003)

Foreign teachers for NT jobs 'better late than never': CLP
The Northern Territory Opposition is welcoming a move to recruit teachers
from overseas, but says this should have been implemented months ago.

The Government has announced it will try to attract teachers from regional
areas, as well as from countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada.

The Government says there are 25 permanent teaching vacancies in the

Shadow Education Minister Terry Mills says the Country Liberal Party (CLP)
has been calling for this to happen since late last year.

"To implement them now is an indication that they are in panic mode, the
teacher shortage is in excess of what the Government currently claims," Mr
Mills said.

"These initiatives will take an extended period of time to actually bed in
and to produce the results, which is teachers in the classroom for students


(ad inserted 18 April 2003)

HELP ON FARM needed for approx. 3 days per week.  The farm consists of 400
acres of marginal pasture and woodland overlooking the Severn Estuary. The
grazing is let on an annual basis, and some of the woodland is of special
scientific interest.

Work would comprise farm and estate maintenance, including driving of
Unimog, use of chainsaw, fertiliser spreading, weed-wiping, fencing.
Mechanical ability an advantage.  Might suit someone with an interest in
wildlife and conservation.  Preferred age 24-45.  Suit couple.  Ability to
caretake occasionally would be an advantage.

East Wing Annexe is available as part of a deal to be negotiated.  It
comprises separate front door, lobby, kitchen and small living or dining
room downstairs, and bathroom and two good-sized rooms upstairs.  Partial
central heating included.  Extra storage space available.

For further details please ring 01633.400213, or contact us by `e'-mail:


For the latest listings of accommodation available for farmers, contact (updated 14 July 2003)

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Sydney Morning Herald

Mugabe will step down this year: report
July 15 2003

South African President Thabo Mbeki has told US President George W Bush that
Robert Mugabe will step down as leader of Zimbabwe's ruling party by
December, Britain's Independent newspaper reported today.

Such a move would pave the way for Mugabe's exit as Zimbabwe's president and
new elections by June 2004, the daily said, without citing its sources.

It added that Mbeki's assurance to Bush that Mugabe will stand aside is
believed to be based on a personal promise extracted from the Zimbabwean

The Independent also said Bush had pledged a reconstruction package for
Zimbabwe worth up to $US10 billion ($A15.2 billion) over an unspecified
timeframe, if a new leader takes over.

The deal was discussed by the two leaders during a private meeting in
Pretoria last week, the paper said in a report by its Southern Africa
correspondent, Basildon Peta, who added that important differences remained.

Washington is anxious to make the money conditional on the emergence of a
new leader chosen by the Zimbabwe people in an election rather than an
anointed successor from the ranks of the ruling Zanu PF party.

Mbeki by contrast, is not a supporter of the main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), and is open to a successor emerging from the ruling
party, the Independent said.

Bush has called for Mugabe to step down, but Mbeki has publicly declined to
toe the tough US line on Zimbabwe since a political and social maelstrom
enveloped Zimbabwe following a presidential election last year condemned by
the west as rigged.


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Hawala agents used diplomat as courier, get three years’ RI

Express News Service
New Delhi, July 14: Two hawala operators who had attempted to smuggle out
foreign currency from India through a former diplomat were sentenced to
three years’ rigorous imprisonment.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V.K. Maheshwari also ordered the
accused, Madan Lal Gupta and Ramesh Kumar Puri, to pay a fine of Rs 25,000
failing which they would undergo further imprisonment for three months.

A diplomat of the Zimbabwe High Commission had been caught with foreign
currency at the IGI Airport on April 28, 2000. Doreen Munodawafa, the then
third secretary in the high commission was carrying foreign currency worth
Rs 2.16 crore.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence counsel told the court that on being
interrogated, Munodawafa had revealed that she was to hand over the suitcase
containing the money to Puri at the Honk Kong Airport. Puri, she said, was
supposed to travel in the same flight. The diplomat was promised $ 1,000 if
she succeeded in her mission. Munodawafa had ‘‘agreed’’ as she wanted to
‘‘make some extra money’’.

Puri was arrested as he was about to board the Air India flight to Hong
Kong. Based on Munodawafa’s statement, the DRI also arrested Gutpa, who had
handed over the suitcase containing the money to her to be delivered to

Munodawafa could not be prosecuted owing to her diplomatic immunity.
However, Puri and Gupta were chargesheeted. The court said: ‘‘Smuggling of
foreign currency has a disastrous impact on the country’s economy.
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Cape Times

      Witnesses in treason trial 'untruthful'
      July 15, 2003

      Harare: A Zimbabwe court began hearing arguments yesterday for the
dropping of treason charges against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai,
accused of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe.

      The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change and two other senior
officials - who face the death penalty if convicted - deny the charges,
which hinge on secret recordings made of meetings in London and
      Montreal in late 2001.

      Defence lawyer George Bizos said the two key state witnesses,
Canada-based political consultant Ari Ben Menashe and his associate, Tara
Thomas, were "untruthful".

      Ben Menashe and Thomas were present at the meetings where Tsvangirai
allegedly asked them to assassinate Mugabe. - Sapa-AFP

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The Star

      Mbeki briefs Blair on need for action to uplift Africa
      July 15, 2003

        By Charles Phalane

      President Thabo Mbeki has met British Prime Minister Tony Blair to
impress upon him the need to move the New Partnership for Africa's
Development into the implementation phase.

      Mbeki, who last met Blair at the G8 meeting in France last month, was
accompanied by his adviser Mojanku Gumbi and South Africa's high
commissioner Lindiwe Mabuza at the breakfast meeting yesterday. Blair was
accompanied by Overseas Development Secretary Valerie Amos, Britain's former
Africa minister.

      Mbeki's spokesperson Bheki Khumalo yesterday said Mbeki wanted those
programmes that were ready for implementation to start being implemented .

      He briefed Blair on the conflicts in Burundi and the Democratic
Republic of Congo, and explored the kind of support Britain could lend.
Blair was also briefed on Zimbabwe.

      Mbeki was in London to attend the Progressive Governance Summit, also
known as the Third Way.

      The two-day meeting was also attended by the leaders of Ethiopia,
Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Chile and New Zealand.

      In its communiqué, the summit recommitted itself to the United Nations
and looked at how the global challenges of poverty, protecting the
environment and human rights, promoting development and peace, and fighting
terrorism required a change in the confidence and capacities of global

      "These, we believe, should be based on respect for international law
and founded on multilateralism, not unilateralism; preventing war and
eliminating absolute poverty rather than just tackling the symptoms; and
creating a world without divisions between the haves and the have-nots.

      "Our global institutions must keep up with today's challenges: we need
a sustained and imaginative debate about how to renew them so that they can
ensure that globalisation works for all of us, not just the few," the
document said.

      The group said its different nations were addressing eight major
challenges. These included progressive strategies for growth, bringing about
equity in the face of a widening gap between the rich and the poor,
improving the quality of public services, investing in children, and ways to
boost employment.

      The group's stance was that the citizen should be placed first, and it
did not stand for privatisation as an end in itself.
      The Third Way group was formed by Blair and former US president Bill
Clinton during the closing stages of the Clinton presidency.

      The first meeting took place in Washington in 1998. - Political Bureau
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Peoples' Daily, China

      China, Zimbabwe Sign Technological Cooperation Agreement
      China and Zimbabwe Monday in Harare signed an agreement worth 4.5
million US dollars to help Zimbabwe in developmental programs in the
economic and technical areas.
      China and Zimbabwe Monday in Harare signed an agreement worth 4.5
million US dollars to help Zimbabwe in developmental programs in the
economic and technical areas.

      Visiting Chinese Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Lu Guozeng signed
the agreement with Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister StanMudenge soon
after Lu met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

      Technical personnel from both countries will maintain discussions and
through their discussions specific areas of support will emerge, Lu said.

      Lu said China would always pay attention to the developmental needs of

      He said Chinese President Hu Jintao is ready to continue strengthening
the traditional friendship between the two countries.

      "Our friendship is based on mutual trust and cooperation," Lu said.
"It is a model for South-South cooperation."

      "The international situation is undergoing changes so we shouldfurther
strengthen our political and economic cooperation," he said, adding that the
Zimbabwean president gave a very positive comment on bilateral relations
between China and Zimbabwe.

      The assistant minister arrived in the country on Sunday on a three-day
working visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relationsbetween the two

      Before traveling to Zimbabwe, he attended the Africa Union summit held
on July 10-12 in Mozambique as a special envoy of the Chinese government.

      Relations between China and Zimbabwe started in the days of
theliberation struggle in the African country when China aided liberation
fighters in various ways.

      Zimbabwe imports goods such as machinery, textiles, grain, clothing,
light industry goods and electronic gadgets from China.
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Catholic News Service

South African church officials hope Bush's trip leads to action

By Bronwen Dachs
Catholic News Service

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- South African church officials said they
hope U.S. President George Bush's five-day trip to Africa will lead to a
more concrete commitment to Africa.

"We hope that on his trip Bush saw how serious the AIDS pandemic is here and
that there is an urgent need to take action," Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of
Durban, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said
in a July 14 telephone interview.

Bush visited Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria on his trip
to Africa that ended July 11.

Noting that Africans infected with the AIDS virus need antiretroviral drugs
as well as nourishment to fight off the disease, Cardinal Napier said he
hopes Bush "will respond by providing funds southern Africa needs to deal
with the problem."

The southern African region has the highest prevalence of AIDS infection in
the world, with the infection rate in some countries reaching 40 percent.

During his trip, Bush praised Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for leading
the fight against AIDS. The incidence of HIV infection has dropped in
Uganda, where the use of antiretroviral drugs is widespread.

Bush also praised the policies and efforts of Botswana's government in the
wake of its infection rate of almost 40 percent.

Bush's visit "shows his commitment to Africa and is evidence that Africa is
still on the global agenda," Neville Gabriel, head of the bishops'
conference's justice and peace department, told Catholic New Service.

But "we are concerned that promises are not backed up with action," Gabriel
said in a telephone interview from Pretoria.

"We are looking for substantive ongoing cooperation in terms of trade
issues, debt cancellation and development aid," he said.

Cardinal Napier said he wished Bush had offered a "message of hope" for
people in Zimbabwe.

"Zimbabweans need to know that international leaders know what is going on
there," he said.

Gabriel noted that while in South Africa Bush did not commit to reducing
agricultural subsidies.

"Bush refuses to make a joint commitment to reduce subsidies for the benefit
of Africa, but without joint cooperation poverty in Africa will continue to
rise," he said.

"Grand statements by Bush about caring about Africa are good, but need to be
translated into concrete action," he said.

Catholic Relief Services in a July 11 statement applauded Bush for his
efforts in addressing key African issues, yet noted that many urgent needs
remain, particularly in Ethiopia, where more than 12 million people face the
threat of starvation.

CRS said it is pleased with the Bush administration's AIDS initiative, as
well as its commitment to development assistance to Africa through the
Millennium Challenge Account.

But the account is geared toward higher-performing nations and "there needs
to be an improved plan that ensures needy countries like Ethiopia ... are
not left behind," the statement said.

The U.S. government has pledged approximately $475 million in emergency aid
this year, more than half of the entire food need for Ethiopia. However,
less than $5 million has been provided for agricultural development in the
country, the statement said.

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Washington Times

Mugabe rewarded

    On the heels of President Bush's visit, African leaders rewarded
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe with a senior position in the African Union over
the weekend - a move that tacitly condones his tyrannical actions and could
undermine foreign aid efforts in Africa.
    Once a popular leader, Mr. Mugabe is suspected of rigging Zimbabwe's
2002 elections, and he enforces a ruinous land-reform policy that has caused
agricultural production to come to a virtual halt. About half of Zimbabwe's
11 million people are now dependent on food aid, causing food shortages
throughout southern Africa. Government dissenters are regularly jailed and
tortured. Soaring inflation and epidemic joblessness have made the country
    Yet, African heads of state gathered last weekend in Maputo, Mozambique,
for the annual meeting of the African Union made Mr. Mugabe deputy chairman
of the organization, which was formed to promote good governance. The
leaders failed to put the glaring crisis in Zimbabwe on the agenda for
discussion. Also, only 14 out of the union's 52 members-state legislatures
had approved a Peace and Security Council, which would eventually establish
a standby military force to intervene in cases of genocide or crimes against
humanity. The support of 26 members was needed to establish the council.
    These developments spell bad news for Africans. As African leaders said
numerous times during Mr. Bush's recent trip, the future of Africa can only
be stewarded by Africans. There is little the United States and other
countries can do without strong African resolve to consistently uphold basic
democratic and humanitarian principles.
     Sadly, Mr. Bush was unable to convince African leaders of the
much-needed policy change during his tour. Mr. Bush has been eager to show
America's firm willingness to help Africa. He has doubled the amount of
foreign aid African countries can potentially have access to and called for
$15 billion to fight aids globally. America must continue its diplomatic
efforts to expose the wrongs in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.
     South Africa, because of its considerable clout in the region,
shoulders most of the blame for the apathy toward Zimbabwe, whose internal
crisis is causing regional problems. If the region's leader fails to act,
the Bush administration should adjust its own policy accordingly.

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Dualisation of Trunk Roads Applauded

The Herald (Harare)

July 14, 2003
Posted to the web July 14, 2003

George Maponga

A BUS collides head-on with a haulage truck, killing 37 people and with
tears still cascading down the nation's cheeks, a minibus kills 11 people
along the Chivi-Gweru highway, hardly 24 hours later.

Hunger-stricken baboons brandishing black soot on their bodies wander around
the accident scene, scavenging for food from the rubble - a mixture of
charred pieces of human flesh and burnt-out maize grain.

Obviously ignorant of the tragedy that befell humanity when gallant
educationists from Masvingo Teachers' College perished, the baboons feed on
burnt out maize and edible remnants of the bus crash.

At the end of the day, the baboons leave behind their legacy of trademark
land excavations, waiting to pounce on yet another accident in the not so
distant future.

This is a common occurrence for troops of baboons and monkeys along the
highways, where arrays of accidents have claimed an average of two lives per
day in the past year.

Zimbabwe's narrow national highways have become death traps and the
Government's move to dualise them will certainly bolster safety and reduce

On June 9 2002, Masvingo in particular and the nation at large, held their
breath for a moment as the news that 37 people had died in a road accident
along the Harare-Masvingo road, wafted across in a mixture of whispers and
loud cries.

Hardly 24 hours later, another tragedy struck Masvingo province again, when
a Gweru-bound commuter omnibus veered off the road and plunged into a stream
after hitting a dead donkey killing 11 people on board.

It is a shocking statistic that 48 lives had been lost within 24 hours - an
average of two lives per hour.

Six months down the line, a Tenda bus rammed into the side of a haulage
truck as it tried to overtake, killing seven people instantly, along the
Masvingo-Mashava road. Masvingo again.

Tragedy after tragedy then continued to haunt the province eclipsing
accidents in other parts of the country where several other lives were lost.

The Government is, therefore, right when it chooses to start by dualising
the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway.

At a memorial service held at Masvingo Teachers' College last year,
President Mugabe promised that the roads would be dualised to avert further

Hardly six months later, the Government has owned up and is doing exactly
what the head of state prescribed.

The shocking mishaps of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway has even
pushed traditional chiefs to craft the idea of cleansing some common
accident spots in the province giving a traditional dimension to efforts to
contain the mishaps.

To the traditionalists, the fact that our roads had been claiming an average
of two lives a day required contingency measures to uproot the evil
machinations that had made the country suffer untold abominations.

The recent announcement by the Government that it had begun the dualisation
of the Masvingo-Harare road come as a timeous relief to grief stricken
Masvingo residents who had all but lost confidence in their roads.

In a project that is expected to gobble up about $1 400 billion, the
Government hopes to dualise all the country's major roads among them the
Harare-Masvingo, Harare-Gweru, Harare-Mutare, Harare-Nyamapanda,
Harare-Bindura, Harare-Chirundu and Harare-Airport roads.

Among these roads, the Masvingo-Harare road was the busiest as it is the
umbilical chord to the country's largest trading partner - South Africa.

The Masvingo-Harare highway is a hive of activity 24 hours a day as haulage
trucks on their way to and from the border town of Beitbridge shuttle
between the two countries to keep the country's trade machine oiled.

"We applaud the move by the Government as it will go a long way in reducing
and avoiding accidents most of which had been caused by the narrowness of
the roads.

"The Government must expedite the construction of the dual carriageway as
the volume of traffic moving along the country's highways especially the
Masvingo-Harare road, because a lot of traffic passes through," said Mr
Pirai Mazungunye from Nyikavanhu.

Conventional buses and small cars compete for space with the mammoth haulage
trucks on the two-way highway some of whose sections had been deformed by
heavy rains induced by cyclone Eline in 2000.

The secretary for Transport and Communications, Retired Colonel Christian
Katsande, said before the end of this month, Government would start the
construction of the three-lane carriageway as part of the dualisation of the
Harare-Masvingo road.

"This will allow better mobility of passengers and goods and will also
reduce congestion and accidents," said Retired Colonel Katsande.

The leader of Masvingo chiefs in parliament, chief Fortune Charumbira,
hailed the move by the Government saying it was long overdue as chiefs were
coming under increasing pressure from their people over incessant carnage on
the roads.

"The move by the Government comes at the right time.

"The dualisation of the roads was long overdue and it's a welcome
development as accidents attract special attention among our people," said
chief Charumbira, who is also the deputy Minister of Local Government,
Public Works and National Housing.

Chief Charumbira, however, added that it was of important for the road
surveyors to approach local communities when pegging for construction of the
roads for them to be advised on sacred places.

He said accidents caused by natural causes may be eliminated by dualisation
of the roads but unnatural causes may remain to haunt people.

Masvingo provincial administrator Mr Alphonse Chikumira said the
construction of the dual carriageways could not have come at a better time,
especially the Masvingo-Harare highway.

"The move to construct a dual carriageway along the Masvingo-Harare highway
is most welcome as it will undoubtedly reduce the situation of head-on
collision, mostly involving haulage trucks.

"The Masvingo-Harare highway is arguably the busiest road in the country as
it caters for fleets going to many countries in the Sadc region from South
Africa, and widening it would bring economic benefits," said Mr Chikumira.

He added that the Masvingo provincial development committee and Masvingo
provincial assembly of chiefs had been at the forefront to urge the
Government to act on the increasing deaths on the roads.

The dualisation of the country's major roads, especially the Masvingo-Harare
road, would inevitably reinvigorate the country's trade impetus, which
revolves around our South African neighbour.

Such a project, if completed, would also enable the country to become a
major transit point of the Central African hinterland that is increasingly
turning to South Africa after the end of apartheid in 1994.

"In principle, the Government would like to dualise all trunk roads, that
is, those roads that link our centres of major economic activity and also
link the country to its neighbours," added Retired Colonel Katsande.

The benefits to the ailing economy of a country like Zimbabwe would be
enormous and immeasurable as the landlocked country is likely to generate
revenue from duty fees bringing in the much needed forex in the country.

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