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      Banks summon riot police

        ARMED anti-riot police had to be called in yesterday to control
angry crowds of people who besieged banks and building societies in Harare
and Mutare demanding to be allowed to withdraw cash, which was not available
virtually at all banks across the country.

      In other cities and towns across the country, Daily News reporters saw
long and winding queues at banks and building societies, but there was no
crowd trouble as a cash crunch gripping Zimbabwe for the last three months
came to the boil this week.

      Both Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) acting governor Charles Chikaura
and Bankers’ Association of Zimbabwe president Washington Matsaire could not
be reached for comment on the cash crisis, which economists yesterday warned
was set to worsen in the days ahead as more workers get paid.

      As early as 4 am yesterday long queues had formed at several banks in
Harare. And by midday anti-riot police had to be summoned to control restive
crowds threatening to break into the cash-starved banks and building
societies to get money.

      At a Beverly Building Society branch along Robert Mugabe Road in the
capital, baton-wielding anti-riot police could be seen battling to push an
angry crowd that was threatening to break into the building society.

      At Avondale shopping centre in Harare, where several banks are
clustered together, police had to fire tear–gas canisters to disperse people
who were threatening to storm banks.

      The situation was almost the same at nearly all banks and building
societies in Harare with several people arrested by police for causing
public disorder.

      In the eastern city of Mutare, an agitated crowd at a Beverly branch
surged forward breaking glass and window panes as it attempted to force its
way into the banking hall. But police managed to beat back the crowd.

      In Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo and in several other
cities and towns Daily News crews witnessed long queues of people at banks
and building societies which were limiting withdrawals in most cases to no
more than $5 000.

      The shortage of the local currency is the latest crisis to hit
Zimbabwe which already faces shortages of food, fuel, foreign currency and
essential medical drugs.

      The government says the shortage of bank notes is because the RBZ does
not have hard cash to pay for the importation of the special ink and paper
needed to print money.

      Foreign currency in Zimbabwe is readily available from the illegal but
thriving black market.

      The government also blames illegal forex dealers and the myriad other
black market traders found in Zimbabwe today of creating an artificial
shortage of bank notes by hoarding large amounts of cash, which they keep to
finance their illegal deals.

      But analysts blame the cash shortage on high inflation pegged at 364
percent and the RBZ’s failure to plan.

      Harare economic analyst John Robertson said: “This is just the
beginning and it is bound to get worse. We had $100 billion in circulation
in December last year and prices have doubled since then, so we need over
$200 billion now and that is an impossible task for our government.

      “This, coupled with the government’s failure to manage the crisis,
will make the situation even worse.”

      Finance Minister Herbert Murerwa last week announced that the RBZ was
injecting $12 billion into the system as part of efforts to end the cash

      But there were no sign this week that more money had been released
into the banking system with several bank executives telling this newspaper
that the RBZ was limiting daily allocations to about $30 million only.

      “This is a paltry sum if you consider that we need at least $200
million to meet our clients’ needs per day,” said one Harare bank official,
who spoke on condition he was not named.

      Some bank officials said the cash crisis had also been made worse by
the fact that most retailers were now reluctant to deposit their cash with
financial institutions.

      They said retailers were demanding commissions ranging between 10 and
20 percent for cash deposits. “Retailers are no longer willing to deposit
their cash with us. They are preferring to deal on the open market where
they get higher rates for their cash. Others demand commissions of up to 20
percent before they can deposit their cash but that would become
unsustainable for us,” said another bank official. Retailers’ Association of
Zimbabwe boss Willard Zireva would neither deny nor confirm that members of
his association were demanding commission for their cash. By Farai Mutsaka
Chief Reporter

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      Acting mayor denies Harare is broke

        THE acting executive mayor of Harare, Sekesai Makwavarara, yesterday
refuted reports that Town House was broke saying that the council in fact
had a surplus of $280 million.

      Makwavarara, who was addressing journalists in Harare, said: “While
generally there has been an increase in the price of nearly everything,
resulting in a mismatch of income and expenditure, the city is, however, not
broke as evidenced by our Statement of Receipts and Payments for the period
up to 21 July 2003.”

      According to a statement of receipts and payments for the January to
21 July 2003 period shown to journalists by Makwavarara, Harare spent $1 259
896 206.55 and collected $1 55 998 582.16 in revenue.

      In a front page article, the state-controlled Herald newspaper
yesterday claimed that the opposition Movement for Democratic (MDC)
party-led Harare City Council was broke saying expenditure had exceeded
income by about $2 billion for the period between January and June this

      Harare city treasurer Misheck Mubvumbi told journalists at the same
Press briefing that they could inspect the city’s accounts to satisfy
themselves on the city’s financial position.

      Makwavarara said Harare had, like other organisations and institutions
in the country, not escaped the negative impact of the country’s high
inflation rate of 364 percent.

      Skyrocketing prices of equipment and materials needed to keep the city
running had played havoc with the city’s finances, Makwavarara said.

      She said: “Water treatment chemicals are largely imported.

      “As such, this has the effect of increasing the cost of purification
of water by 15 times from the budgeted $2.5 billion to $27.5 billion.”

      Christopher Mushonga, an executive member of the council, said council
finances were being squeezed because it had no borrowing powers to cater for
capital projects.

      He said: “The (Elijah) Chanakira Commission had borrowing powers and
when we took over we were denied the borrowing powers and that has
frustrated us. We now have to depend on revenue from the residents.

      “Ideally capital projects should be funded from loans and recurrent
expenditure from recurrent income.”

      The state-appointed Chanakira Commission ran Harare before the
election of the opposition MDC-dominated council in 2002.

      Harare executive mayor Elias Mudzuri, suspended by Local Government
Minister Ignatius Chombo in April, has in the past accused the government of
sabotaging the MDC-led council by refusing it borrowing powers.

      The council has been forced to suspend some of its projects such as
the Glaudina and Hopley residential estates and the upgrading of Firle and
Crowborough sewage treatment works because it has not had government
permission to raise funds for the projects.

      Staff Reporter

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      Church leaders meet Mugabe

        LOCAL church leaders yesterday met President Robert Mugabe over the
country’s deepening crisis, Zimbabwe Council of Churches president Sebastian
Bakare told the Daily News last night.

      Bakare, who is Anglican Bishop for Manicaland province, said he led a
three-man delegation which met Mugabe for two hours at State House.

      Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe president Trevor Manhanga and the
Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference’s Patrick Mutume accompanied Bakare to
Mugabe’s residence.

      Mugabe met the clergymen together with his ruling ZANU party’s
information secretary Nathan Shamuyarira and the party’s national chairman,
John Nkomo.

      Bakare said: “We made a courtesy call on the President to register our
concern with what is happening.

      “As bishops, we felt we care for both (the ruling) ZANU PF and the
(opposition) Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and with the current
political polarisation, we decided that they must talk.

      “The President was fairly responsive to our vision. We would like to
carry on with our discussion with the two parties so that they can come up
with a home-grown solution without having to get some outsiders to tell us
what to do.”

      Asked if they had proposed a meeting between Mugabe and Morgan
Tsvangirai, the MDC president, Bakare said: “We did not want to talk about
Tsvangirai at this stage,

      but our strong desire is to bring them together in the interest of
Zimbabwe. We want the country to become the Zimbabwe that it was before this

      The meeting between Mugabe and the church leaders follows a
significant conciliatory gesture by the MDC this week when it ended its
boycott of Mugabe by attending his address to Parliament on Tuesday.

      Political analysts said the apparent softening of positions by the
both the MDC and ZANU PF was a signal the two foes may have realised the
need for a negotiated settlement to the country’s political impasse.

      South African President Thabo Mbeki told visiting United States
President George W Bush three weeks ago that ZANU PF and the MDC were
already engaged in talks to end Zimbabwe’s crisis.

      ZANU PF and MDC denied Mbeki’s claim that there in formal dialogue but
the two parties acknowledged that they were in contact through emissaries.

      By Precious Shumba

      Senior Reporter

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      Karimanzira clashes with resettled farmers

        GOROMONZI – More than 180 farmers resettled under the government’s
A1 model on six farms in Goromonzi district in Mashonaland East province
face eviction because the government says the land must be re-allocated to
new farmers under its controversial A2 farm model scheme.

      Representatives of the farmers from Oribi, Stockholm, Ivordale,
Kilmuir, Melrose and Fairview farms yesterday told The Daily News that they
had been given until next Friday – when they will be ferried to as yet
unknown destinations – to vacate the farms.

      A spokesman for the farmers, Kenneth Jonga, 64, accused Mashonaland
East governor David Karimanzira and senior ruling ZANU PF party leaders in
the province of wanting to ruin the farmers’ lives through the planned

      Jonga, who is ZANU PF chairman for Ward 12 in the area, said: “These
families have to abandon all their efforts because some powerful people want
to benefit where they did not reap.

      “We have invested $25 million to purchase irrigation pipes on loan,
purchased electric motors worth $3,5 million and another $4 million of seeds
and revival of the electrical power supplies to this farm.We will not be
removed until President Mugabe says so, not these corrupt people we have for

      Jonga alleged that attempts by the farmers and the traditional chief
of the area, Chief Chikwaka, to meet Mugabe over the threatened eviction had
been blocked by Karimanzira and ZANU PF officials in the area.

      Karimanzira yesterday confirmed that the settlers would be moved from
the six farms because the farms would be divided under the A2 model.

      He said: “These farms have always been under the A2 model and it was a
mistake, as you can see.”

      Right now, l have not been given the full report of what is happening.
I have been away in Botswana. We can’t give you any details of where they
will be re-allocated land.”

      Karimanzira refused to answer further questions on the matter.

      The A2 scheme, which the government says is aimed at creating a new
class of black commercial farmers, is shrouded in controversy, with
allegations that powerful government and ruling ZANU PF politicians have
used the scheme to grab the best farms for themselves.

      Jonga, who accused senior government and ZANU PF officials in the area
of wanting to “corruptly benefit” from the six farms, said that armed riot
police had been send to intimidate them into leaving the farms. But he vowed
they would stay put on the farms.

      Jonga said: “ We were really surprised when riot police visited the
farms ordering us to go. But where do they want us to go to? Vice-President
Joseph Msika has held meetings with us and he has assured us that we will
not be removed.

      “We are shocked when Karimanzira visits here and tells us to
immediately vacate the farms. There is corruption of the highest order
taking place in this province.”

      By Precious Shumba

      Senior Reporter

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      Five magistrates sworn in

        FIVE assistant magistrates in Harare and Chitungwiza were yesterday
upgraded to magistrates in bid to fill the gap created by more experienced
magistrates who are leaving the court at the end of this month.

      The five – Definite Moyo, 27, Marehwanazvo Gofa, 28, Tavaziva Sibanda,
25, Peter Matsanhure, 25, and Gloria Muchechetere, 27 – have in the past two
weeks sat with the departing magistrates in court, understudying them on how
to preside over trials.

      The inexperienced presiding officers virtually take over magistrates’
courts in Harare province at a time the justice delivery system is choking
with a huge backlog of pending criminal and civil cases.

      The Harare Province has a backlog of 9 429 criminal and 3 202 civil
cases while the backlog of untried cases country-wide stands at 60 000
Swearing in the new magistrates, Harare provincial magistrate Mishrod
Guvamombe yesterday said: “We welcome the five magistrates at this stage
when the Chief Magistrate’s Department and in particular the Harare Province
is facing a critical shortage of magistrates.

      “The shortage has much to do with deaths, retirements, discharge and

      Guvamombe said instead of having about 37 magistrates in Harare
Province, there were only 19 magistrates, four of whom were currently at the
University of Zimbabwe furthering their studies, leaving the entire province
with only 15 magistrates.

      He said: “Considering an increase in criminal activities in our
growing population, the few magistrates in post are simply overwhelmed by
the amount of cases that befall them, hence we appreciate the coming in of
these five magistrates into office.”

      Magistrates and prosecutors have in the past few months deserted the
government’s justice department citing poor remuneration and working

      Court Reporter

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      ZANU PF in fresh bid to lure back Tekere

        THE ruling ZANU PF party is reportedly in fresh moves to lure its
former secretary-general and veteran politician Edgar Tekere back into the
fold, it was learnt yesterday.

      Tekere told the Daily News that ruling party stalwarts from his
Manicaland home province, Didymus Mutasa and Patrick Chinamasa, had held
talks with him asking him to return to ZANU PF.

      Mutasa is ZANU PF’s external affairs secretary while Chinamasa, who is
state Minister of Justice, is in charge of the party’s legal affairs

      Tekere said: “Yes, it’s true that there are discussions going on. I
have since accused them of messing up my party as I was responsible for
building that party.

      “The talks started two months ago when a ZANU PF Manicaland delegation
led by the provincial chairman (Mark Madiro) approached me with the offer to
rejoin the party and I arrogantly demanded that they restore my membership
as they had no right to take it away from me in the first place.”

      Mutasa yesterday said he was optimistic Tekere was going to rejoin

      He said: “The party has already agreed to take him back as he was one
of us and the ZANU PF chairman for Manicaland Province has already written
to the secretary for administration (Emmerson Mnangagwa) requesting him to
sanction the move.”

      Once a close associate of ZANU PF and state President Robert Mugabe,
Tekere was expelled from the party in 1988 after his outspoken stance
against said plans by

      Mugabe to introduce a one-party state in Zimbabwe.

      After his expulsion from ZANU PF Tekere formed the Zimbabwe Unity
Movement (ZUM) opposition party, which contested against ZANU PF in the 1990
general election.

      ZUM managed to garner a respectable 40 percent of votes cast in that

      ZUM is now defunct.

      Staff Reporter

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      Enough madness

        HUNDREDS of thousands of Zimbabweans yesterday endured long queues
yet again to try to get a little part of their July pay from cash-starved
commercial banks in the most profound indicator to date of the country’s
painful collapse.

      As the latest bout of unmitigated madness continues without any sign
of an end, all the bungling central Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) can tell
tormented Zimbabweans is that more cash has been injected into the local
banking system.

      A cursory check with most commercial banks reveals that very little
money is being given to the financial institutions by the RBZ, which must
surely have long foreseen the cash crisis that has now paralysed Zimbabwe’s
normal economic activity.

      Zimbabwe’s hyper-inflationary climate must have long sounded alarm
bells to anyone, even to voodoo financial economists, that disaster was
waiting to strike any time unless urgent action was taken to tame the
country’s galloping inflation.

      Because the RBZ is controlled by the government, which refuses to cut
its runaway spending that is fuelling inflation, the central bank did
nothing to stem the inflationary spiral, afraid that painful measures needed
to stop the gravy train would hurt most the so-called chefs in our midst –
the shorthand for economic looters and saboteurs.

      The predictable chaos, dramatised by the cash crisis, makes any
right-thinking person wonder whether there is still anyone in charge of the
country, let alone of the RBZ.

      Long-suffering Zimbabweans have now come face to face with the height
of economic mismanagement and madness just when they have no food, no
foreign currency, no fuel, no electricity on some days . . . The list is

      The reality of Zimbabwe’s hyper-inflation is that the phenomenal price
increases of every product are now feeding on the inflationary spiral.

      But nothing more graphically illustrates Zimbabwe’s total descent into
the Stone Age than the failure of the RBZ – indeed of the government – to
have adequate cash to allow Zimbabweans to get their own hard-earned money
from banks.

      In a tragic replay of Argentina’s economic upheaval a few years ago,
ordinary Zimbabweans now find themselves unable to pay for even the most
basic of goods and services, courtesy of the RBZ’s non-action, on top of the
many crises that already afflict them on a daily basis.

      This is unacceptable, and God knows how long this gross
irresponsibility and dereliction of duty must be allowed even in a
crisis-inured nation such as Zimboland.

      The government must act now – it always waits until there is a crisis
that diverts the nation’s attention from bread-and-butter issues – to
appoint a substantive governor of the RBZ, which must also be given full
independence from state control so that it can be made fully accountable for
its actions or non-actions.

      The government’s refusal to free the RBZ from the state clutches has
meant that it is only in Zimbabwe where the central bank allows interest
rates to lag behind record high inflation of nearly 400 percent, and yet the
same bank wants Zimbabweans to invest their money at a loss of more than 200

      Such madness – there is no other word that aptly describes this
deliberate economic sabotage – has distorted the economy to such an extent
that it will probably take two decades to

      correct the economic fundamentals of this country.

      Yes, we can hear voices of pro-government economists and scholars
proclaiming that interest rates must be kept low despite the high inflation
to kick-start economic growth, and yet there is no iota of evidence out
there to support this fundamentally flawed and unworkable plan.

      Zimbabweans are fed up with voodoo economists who are trying to
experiment with their precious lives. These economists must keep their
dangerous theories and ideologies to themselves.

      Zimbabweans live in a real world and expect their rulers and
administrators to understand the economic forces that drive the global
village in which all humanity lives.

      We simply cannot go on like this, as if the entire nation has gone

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      From where to where are we going?

        Many ask exactly where we are right now, where we are going – if
anywhere – and precisely what has changed.

      As we might expect, events are now overtaking reality and this is
definitely clouding our perception of where we are right now.

      Add to this a good dose of negativity, shooting ourselves in the foot
and the results of the immense onslaught that we are all enduring, we can
understand just why we feel the way we do – weary and downtrodden.

      And yet, if we look from beyond the forest, we can see the trees!

      So often when we evaluate ourselves as individuals we do not do
justice to who we are and what we have achieved. How do we measure our

      The way to conduct this assessment is simply to look backwards and
consider where we were at a certain time and remember quite what our
prospects were, our views, predictions and visualisation of the future.

      Human beings are generally negative and it has been established that
over 90 percent of our fears are not realised.

      In 1994, South Africans were asked 10 questions about their future and
these were designed to be related to the statistical interpretation of where
they would be by the turn of the century along with their fears and some

      The vast majority predicted doom and gloom. Those same 10 questions
were evaluated in the year 2000 and none of those fears were realised at all
and South Africa, in essence, is not the place that South Africans predicted
it would be.

      Back to Zimbabwe.

      Let’s go back to the new year. There were suggestions that we had run
out of steam and that the long, hard battle that was fought to raise the
profile of our beleaguered country had run into trouble and that the monster
regime had successfully steered world opinion away from the fledgling
opposition and its brave struggle.

      Those patriotic and unselfish Zimbabweans that had forwarded millions
of e-mails to addresses from the United States president to the House of
Commons, from Amnesty International to friends abroad had all contributed
far more than they believed and yet had we failed.

      Notorious legislation, reminiscent of the Communist East, descended
upon us to snuff out the remaining life left in the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) and we saw our world and the ability we had to exercise our
frail muscles close in around us.

      But our leadership said we should soldier on, “evil will never
 triumph” and so on. Did we have faith?

      Some fell by the wayside and others mustered their remaining courage
and stamina and pressed on believing that we would prevail against all odds,
and that freedom was worth fighting for.

      Had the West and the democratic world abandoned us? We saw the
regional political leadership compromise their principles at conferences and
the South Africans seemed determined to turn a blind eye and even suggest
support for the outfit that they called a legitimate government.

      It so became apparent that South Africa was the key role player and
yet it was showing how it ignored racist thug rule, how little it cared for
human rights and everything it supposedly fought against just over a decade

      How could South Africa be so hypocritical and ignore the plight of
fellow Africans? Rightly, we felt totally betrayed and, to make it worse,
the democracies told us that it was up to South Africa!

      But it did ignore our pleas and said we must solve our own problems
while it also had asked for international help in seeking change in South
Africa. Nothing seemed to be going well and personal sanctions, a weapon we
were thrilled about, failed as the French sold their souls and so on.

      Then came the cricket – led by those young enough that some of us
could consider them our sons, and the tide was turned. We won the publicity
battle and the true plight of Zimbabwe and its traumatised people was almost
too embarrassing to notice.

      But the world did! Slowly but surely we crawled our way back onto the
international stage despite the looming Iraq War and so on. How could we
possibly maintain our presence? We despaired when we did not feature as
headlines on the BBC, but were we being negative in a world of 220 or so
countries vying for a slot on a half-hour world bulletin? Was all the hard
work reaping its benefit? How many out there beyond were beginning to see
that this was a serious issue and the MDC had a case as a

It was now a serious alternative that would work with
principle to right the wrongs of irresponsible African leadership and show
the rest of the world that every route to somewhere does have a corner and
that the seemingly impossible can happen. The very principles to which the
democratic movement aspired were definitely those that would form the
foundation of a brand new society that would ensure that Africa can succeed
after all. The Americans and the British, supported by the European Union
and the Antipodes, stood by us and the Commonwealth maintained Zimbabwe’s
suspension against all odds and the wishes of the suspect Thabo Mbeki, who
was now beginning to scare those that were keeping South Africa under the
spotlight in terms of the example of the democratic African success story.

The black-and-white armband crusade continued and gained momentum and even
carried us through the Iraq War and we steadily gained recognition as a
theatre of the world that, after all, did deserve the attention of the
democracies. Every news bulletin we now read or listen to refers to
the"dictatorship” the “state sponsored violence” etc. We had achieved our
objective and established Zimbabwe as a nation under siege from its own
government. The detentions, torture and repression was stepped up and
highlighted by the world’s most respected human rights watch dogs and
everything seemed now to be playing right into our hands.
The momentum was now with us and our campaign for justice was being sustained
by external forces as well as our own and we no longer felt abandoned. Now it was just a
case of “when and how” and not “if and maybe”. We have come so far in such a
short time. We have a leadership with international creditability that can
administer this country and restore it to good health and we have the
support of the world's only super power, which has now put its cards firmly
on the table....for us!
We have achieved and we have attained the goal we
fought for in terms of classifying Zimbabwe as a genuine hospital case that
needs urgent surgery despite being turned away bleeding and disease stricken
previously. We have now come of age when we no longer have to spend so much
effort explaining what our problems are, what we are up against and how we
believe we can achieve peace and prosperity again.
There have been questionmarks over the suitability of Tsvangirai as a leader, and
there have been claims that he has no experience. However, he has shown the people of this
country, and the world at large, just how convincing he is. Nelson Mandela
said that one does not qualify for presidency until a jail sentence is
served. However, there is more to the MDC leader than meets the eye and in
every theatre of participation, he has won the respect of others. He has
grown in stature and proven qualification for accepting responsibility to
lead this nation out of the desert. The president in waiting will prove his
worth to his people in the not too distant future.
We have our highs and lows, and our roller-coaster of emotion and perception, and
the recent stayaway illustrated this. However, in the final analysis it proved beyond
doubt who controls Zimbabwe and it met with an unbelievably successful
public relations coup internationally. This one event has further united the
diverse groups of Zimbabwe and illustrated to the rest of the world that we
have the will, the courage and the conviction to justify the international
community weighing in with their support.
We are now in the home straight and the finish line is now coming into focus.
 The objective is no longer a question of blind faith but one of reality as we all see the
writing on the wall, particularly when our opponents openly concede that their fate is more
than likely going to be decided by the very people from whom they have
stolen, the people for whom they have made life a misery and those who have
had their families broken apart through the many aspects of trauma that have
prevailed and so on. Mbeki has in effect conceded the presidential elections
were seriously flawed and RGM has virtually said he will step down. Who
would have thought of this six months?
 The boot is shifting to the other foot and whilst the rest of us have to cope with the
dramatics of daily economics and survival, there is now an antidote and we can feel it in our
veins as the balance of power shifts ever so convincingly and inexorablyThe
tide has turned. We have come a long, long way from our infancy as a people
who dared to confront the evil that will become known as one of the most
horrendous and despicable regimes of this century. All the waiting and the
pain, is it now going to be worth it? But we have to push on home now and
complete the victory which will be ours.
By Simon Spooner
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Churches meeting with Mugabe inspires optimism

Saturday July 26, 2003 14:58 - (SA)

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main alliance of civic organisations expressed cautious
optimism after a meeting between President Robert Mugabe and leaders of the
country's major churces.

Mugabe held two hours of talks at his official residence with senior
representatives of the Zimbabwe Christian Council.

The council represents the country's mainstream protestant and catholic
churches as well as the evangelical Christian churches.

Bishop Sebastian Bakare, of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe, said after the
meeting he and bishops Patrick Mutume and Trevor Manhanga had called on
Mugabe to register their concern over what was happening in the country and
to try to facilitate dialogue between Mugabe's ruling ZANU(PF) party and the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"Our strong desire is to bring them together in the interests of Zimbabwe,"
the independent Daily News quoted Bakare as saying.

Mugabe had been "fairly responsive" to their approach. "We would like to
carry on with our discussion with the two parties so they can come up with a
home-grown solution, without having to get some outsiders to tell us what to

Zimbabwean churches have been involved in exploratory shuttles for the last
three months to try and bring the country's two main political antagonists
to negotiate an end to the political and economic crises in the country.

The impetus for dialogue received a sharp boost on July 9 when United States
president George Bush and South African president Thabo Mbeki discussed the
issue, and agreed on the need for urgent action.

Because of the political turmoil of the last couple of years, Zimbabwe's
once robust economy is in collapse. Inflation
is forecast to hit 1 000 percent at the end of 2003, while the gross
domestic product has slumped 30 percent in just three years and a famine

Brian Kagoro, senior coordinator in the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said
the organisation supported the churches'

"It's encouraging that they have met, but it's the extent to which they are
able to agree on a commitment to unconditional dialogue that is important."

The country's established churches have turned against Mugabe in recent
months, with the ZCC last week apologising for its inaction during years of
"state-driven lawlessness and improverishment".

There were Nigerian and South African-brokered dialogue initiatives
immediately after Mugabe's victory in flawed
presidential elections in March 2002, but these collapsed after three weeks
when Mugabe broke off formal talks because of the MDC's challenge to the
election result.

The MDC, backed by independent international election observers, said Mugabe
had won by means of fraud, intimidation, repressive laws that stopped
Tsvangirai from campaigning, and the mass disenfranchisement of MDC

Mugabe has refused to talk to the MDC until it dropped its court challenge
to the election results.

Remarks in the state press on Saturday indicated Mugabe was sticking to this
condition. The Herald, the ruling party's main mouthpiece, quoted unnamed
sources as saying that Mugabe told the bishops he was "concerned about the
impediments (to talks) cause by the MDC". This included the MDC's refusal to
recognise his re-election.

However, Mugabe was also quoted as welcoming the olive branch the MDC put
out to the government this week when it decided to drop a planned walkout of
parliament during Mugabe's annual address at the opening of the legislature.

Mugabe told the church leaders he hoped this was the beginning of new
thinking in the MDC ranks and that he looked forward to brighter things to

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Zimbabwe Releases Jailed Women Protesters
Peta Thornycroft
26 Jul 2003, 18:00 UTC

More than 40 women, four of whom had babies with them, were reported
released Saturday in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, after spending two
days in police cells. The women had been protesting against security laws
that were introduced before last year's disputed presidential election.

The jailed women were part of a group who demonstrated against the Public
Order and Security Act.

Legal analysts say this clutch of security laws is even tougher than those
they replaced, which were brought into force during the colonial era.

After independence from Britain in 1980, President Robert Mugabe never
abolished the Law and Order Maintenance Act, under which he himself had once
been detained.

When the colonial law was thrown out last year, it was immediately replaced
by new security legislation designed by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa.

Mr. Chinamasa has emerged from within the ruling Zanu PF party as Mr.
Mugabe's front man to establish peace talks with the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change.

Opposition groups say there can be no political solution to Zimbabwe's
political crisis while this legislation remains on the statute books.

Thousands of people have been arrested since the legislation was passed into
law shortly before violence-marred presidential elections in March 2002.
Human rights groups claim that more than 95 percent of those arrested were
supporters of opposition groups.

One section of the law makes it an offense for more than three people to
hold a public meeting, without prior permission from the police.

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Hindustan Times

      Anger as Mugabe stays in control of Zimbabwe cricket
      Agence France-Presse
      Harare, July 26

      Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe was re-elected official patron of his
national cricket union here Saturday for an eighth consecutive year.
      However, despite being unopposed at a crowded Zimbabwe Cricket Union
(ZCU), there were dissenters at the meeting.

      "If we continue with Mr. Mugabe, then protests and disruptions will
continue," said watching white businessman Roger Stringer.

      "His appointment is a political one and there should be a change away
from that."

      He thought Mugabe's position as patron "encouraged public dissent and

      Stringer, who runs a computer company, said he was voicing the
concerns felt my many people.

      But ZCU chairman Peter Chingoka defended the election.

      "The head of state's patronage is purely ceremonial and he plays no
part in our policies or direction. You are entitled to your opinion but you
must also respect our position."

      At the World Cup in southern Africa earlier this year, Zimbabwe
players Andy Flower and Henry Olonga won worldwide praise by donning black
armbands to mourn what they called "the death of democracy" in their

      Both men have since retired from international cricket and left the
country after the tournament.

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Tsvangirai ruling delayed
26/07/2003 14:16  - (SA)

Harare - A ruling on an application by Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai to have treason charges against him dropped will not be handed
down on Monday, a lawyer said on Saturday.

The Harare High Court was due to make a ruling on Monday following an
application made earlier this month by opposition lawyers who said the state
had not proved its case against him.

But Tsvangirai's lawyer, Innocent Chagonda, said Judge Paddington Garwe had
postponed the matter.

"He's not giving a judgement on Monday. He will let us know when he's giving
that judgement," Chagonda said.

Tsvangirai and two senior officials of his Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) party are on trial for allegedly plotting to assassinate President
Robert Mugabe last year and stage a coup.

The state's case hinges on meetings Tsvangirai held with Canada-based
political consultant Ari Ben Menashe in late 2001, at which he is alleged to
have requested Ben Menashe's help in carrying out the plot.

The three MDC officials deny the charges, and claim they were set up by the
government in order to discredit Tsvangirai and the party ahead of last
year's presidential poll.

The trial has so far dragged on for six months.

State lawyers say the defence has failed to establish any basis for a
discharge. They want to cross-examine the three opposition officials.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Updated July 25, 2003

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


(ad inserted 21 July 2003)

" Personal Assistant to Managing Director of an Accounting Company.

Very busy position.  Min 5 years experience in similar position, must be
organised and computer literate.  Friendly atmosphere and conveniently
situated offices in Mount Pleasant.  Competitive salary.  Contact Bill
Ferris on 335252. "


(ad inserted 16 July 2003)

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER with some knowledge of photographic and hunting
tourism wanted for Associations.  Varied, interesting work.  Basic computer
skills and common sense main requirements.
Contact Mrs. S. Bown, ZATSO, Box 7241, Harare, with CV, or e-mail to


(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 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 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 15 July 2003)

Farmsitter wanted for 8th Aug - 4th Sep
Farmer/farm family wanted to caretake house and poultry setup on Darwendale
Dam for the August school holidays.  Renumeration offered.  email - phone 011 218 770


(ad inserted 20 June 2003)

Farm Manager wanted on a farm in Kwe Kwe.  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.


Tshabezi Safaris - West Nicholson
Garage manager required for country workshop. Toyota Landcruiser 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/L (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 25 July 2003)
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Christians Together for Justice and Peace
A Statement issued in response to the ZCC Communique
We, Christians Together for Justice and Peace, an ecumenical group of Church leaders in Bulawayo representing a wide range of Christian denominations, welcome and applaud the recent communique issued by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.  We are greatly encouraged by the honesty and boldness of this prophetic statement in which the ZCC acknowledges its own past failings and now resolves seriously to engage with the prophetic task of addressing the urgent social and political issues of the present crisis.  It is our fervent prayer that this timely statement will prove to be a rallying call for all the churches in this country to unite in seeking to end the present tyranny and the needless suffering inflicted upon our people.  For our part we declare our Christian solidarity with the ZCC and all other churches and civic groups committed to this noble task and fired by the vision of God's kingdom of truth, justice and peace.
We believe the ZCC has correctly identified one of the first priorities for the Church within the massive humanitarian crisis facing us all today, which is "to lobby government to remove barriers and deregulate the importation of food aid by churches".
Over recent months we have become increasingly concerned at the looming spectre of famine which now threatens urban dwellers no less than our rural population.  We note  with deep concern media reports of 43 people dying from malnutrition in Bulawayo alone in the past few months, and of the City Council's own statistics which reveal an even greater number of deaths due to malnutrition and related causes.  These appalling statistics confirm our own first-hand impression as Church leaders whose help is often sought by the disadvantaged members of society - that the number of severely malnourished in our urban communities has increased significantly in recent months, and is continuing to rise week on week.
The United Nation's World Food Programme estimates that 5.5 million Zimbabweans will be in need of food aid this year.  This is serious enough.  What is far more serious and indeed, given the scale of the crisis difficult to believe, is that until very recently the WFP had not received a formal appeal from the Zimbabwe government for specific amounts of food aid.  Effectively the government has delayed the whole international food aid programme to this country, thus jeopardizing the survival of who knows how many of our people.  What political objectives, we ask, can ever justify a government playing games with the lives of its own citizens in this way ?
The same point applies in relation to the significant quantities of food aid which could very easily be made available through the churches of Zimbabwe.  In very many instances churches have access to large amounts of hard currency specifically donated by partner churches in Europe, America, South Africa and elsewhere to assist with humanitarian relief, yet because of the endless obstacles, bureaucratic and political, placed in their way by government, they have been prevented from importing food.  What concern, we ask, does this regime really have for the starving ?
This is truly a scandalous state of affairs. And now the time has come for the Church to unite in exposing the scandal and declaring to the powers that be that it is totally unacceptable.
We therefore call on the government urgently to address the whole issue of food security, not least for urban dwellers who are at serious risk.  The stringent conditions under which NGO's distribute donor food must be amended to include the urban centres. At the same time we strongly endorse the Zimbabwe Council of Church's call for government to remove the barriers and to deregulate the importation of food aid by the churches.
The politicization of food aid must end forthwith and the government cease to frustrate the efforts of those with the means and the will to contribute to a national relief effort.
22nd July, 2003
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