Let it pass, step aside

Let it pass, step aside 1

devotion column: Erasmus Makarimayi Mankind’s prime excuse for failure to solve problems in life has been not having enough. Incapacity to advance has been wrongly attributed to little or inadequate resources. Business complains of lack of capital. In Zimbabwe, farmers complain, year in year out, about lack of inputs. Of course, no one questions what happens with previous year’s output lest they be labelled unpatriotic. Workers complain about inadequate remuneration. In brief, human development is shelved not because of exhaustion of what is there, but by waiting for what is…

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The elderly and Cyclone Idai

The elderly and Cyclone Idai 3

guest column: Miriam Tose Majome As we count losses and grieve in the aftermath of the unprecedented recent cyclone tragedy, there is a special group of vulnerable people that seems forgotten. The elderly are usually passed over and neglected in most crises. They are amongst the most affected people in the tragedy and some are unaccounted for. Elderly people are aged at least 65 and many of them live alone. Despite their rights being protected in the Constitution and the Older Persons Act Chapter 17:11 their plight remains critical, especially…

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Killing “the farmer” that grows the golden leaf

Killing “the farmer” that grows the golden leaf 5

Editorial Comment EVERY year around this time, a hype of activity characterises the economy as our hard-working farmers ship to the market the country’s most valuable export crop — tobacco. Ever since the crop started being commercially grown 109 years ago, it has deservedly earned the name Golden Leaf because it has sustained Zimbabwe’s economy in good and bad times. For most of the past century the crop has, however, been grown commercially by mainly white farmers despite the fact that the white farmers, who settled here in the 1880s,…

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These critics need more help than cyclone victims

These critics need more help than cyclone victims 7

Echoes: CONWAY TUTANI CYCLONE Idai has brought out the good and the ugly in people. Many Zimbabweans have, commendably, risen to the occasion to assist fellow human beings, while others are using this as an opportunity to sneak in unrelated and expedient issues detracting from the gravity of the situation. Zimbabweans from all walks of life have been donating in cash and kind to alleviate the plight of their stricken compatriots in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces, most of whom have lost everything. And once again, Econet Holdings billionaire founder and…

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Need to review Zim disaster response, preparedness

Need to review Zim disaster response, preparedness 9

guest column: David Mhlanga Following a series of events in Zimbabwe, it is clear that the effects of climate change are visiting the southern African country with anger. One can safely say nature is angry with Zimbabwe. The effects of climate change are felt almost every day in the country, with climate change defined as any significant changes in the measure of climate such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period of decades or longer. Human activities are significantly contributing to climate change through emissions of greenhouse…

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A clarion call to action

A clarion call to action 11

Guest Column: Grace Chirenje Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting India. It has always been on my bucket list. However, my mission was not the spiritual retreat I had always desired, it was a mission to get some serious training on humanitarian work. What blew my mind was the last day when we had to simulate a humanitarian crisis and I took the role of coordinator working between my international non-governmental organisation, the community and funding partners. The stress, wit, confidence and trauma I faced only because of…

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Of cyclones and uncertainty

Of cyclones and uncertainty 13

Guest Column: Eddie Cross In Zimbabwe cyclones off the Mozambique coast are almost always bad news. Typically, our rainfall starts in November each year and runs through to March or April. The rest of the year is dry and mild to hot. In the south of the country, our rains can come either from a southern system drifting across the continent from South Africa, where the system constitutes the main wet season pattern. In the northern half of the country, we get our main rains from the ‘Inter Tropical Convergence…

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A woman’s beauty saves her people

A woman’s beauty saves her people 15

Guest Column: Fr Oskar Wermter sj IN ancient Israel, men were known to have total control over their women; just like in Saudi Arabia today where women fight for the privilege of driving cars. What chance would a woman have to be a leader; even a saviour of such an oppressed minority? Among the Jews captured in Jerusalem to be slaves in Babylon, there was a beautiful young woman called Esther. The King of Babylon made her his wife, since her beauty matched his power, wealth and splendour. Haman, one…

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What employers must consider before promoting employees

What employers must consider before promoting employees 17

guest column:Emmanuel Zvada Finding the best personnel that can easily fit in your culture can be a difficult task, especially for human resources managers. In that sense, it is great to note that when there are open posts within the organisation, there is also a need to promote from within. Internal promotions in the company can be a great way to foster talent within an organisation, even though there are a number of factors to be considered before making the decision to promote internally. Upward mobility or promotion is not…

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Price stability key to economic recovery

Price stability key to economic recovery 19

guest column: Vince Musewe A more efficient management system of scarce foreign exchange is key to price stabilisation and business growth. According to the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), the aspirations of vision 2030 will be realised through five strategic clusters, which are governance, macro-economic stability and re-engagement, inclusive growth, infrastructure and utilities and social or human capital development. There should be no doubt that sustainable economic and social development can only happen in a stable macro-economic environment. Macro-economic stability is the absence of currency fluctuations, high debt burden and unmanaged…

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