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Seeing as Zinara has gotten millions to fix the appalling state of roads, and never mind – what happens to the revenue they get from tollgates and license fees – we asked Kubatana members to tell us where needs fixing and this is just some of what was said:

The road from Westlea to Machipisa is in a very bad state. / In Houghton Park, Silcox Road needs attention. / Kadoma – Sanyati Road needs urgent attention. / I stay in Mainway Meadows close to Mbuya Dorcas Hospital. The roads in my neighbourhood are too bad they should take a look at it. / Seke Road and Chitungwiza Road are so badly damaged. / There is a road taking us to our school in Binga it is so bad it is dangerous. / Kuwadzana, High Glen Rd T Junction up to Kuwadzana 4 Shops. / Call for rehabilitation road maintenance pothole programme from St Mary’s Police Station to Chigovanyika Chitungwiza. / Arcturus Road from Harare Drive past Kamfinsa Shops all the way to Enterprise Road. / Mutoko Road. / The road that is used by kombis from Budiriro 4 shops up to where it joins High Glen Road at the flyover. That road is now worse than a rural road. / Am in Mutare, Sakubva high-density suburb. The road I need most to be fixed is the one that links Sakubva Stadium and town CBD. / I am in Budiriro 4. The road that joins Budiriro 5 OK via current shopping centre via Budiriro 4 is badly damaged. / Harare Masvingo Road. / I am in Chiredzi. Chiredzi Chivhu Road via Zaka Gutu. / I live in Tafara. The road from Mabvuku Spark which passes Mabvuku Clinic to Tafara High 1 is no longer a road. / Budiriro 5 Bhinya Road needs total resurfacing running from ZFC Aspindale to Budiriro. / I live in Milton Park. The road I need them to fix is Bishop Gaul Road. / Road for fixing – Katsande Road, New Marlborough. / Mutare-Masvingo Road via Birchenough Bridge. / I am in Kadoma and the roads are so bad, especially when it rains. / I reside in Chitungwiza and the roads from here to Harare CBD are devastating. / In Glenview 3 from Tichagarika S/C Willowvale Rd, Glen View 3 turn off to the shopping centre road needs to be fixed. / Ours has been over patched. It now needs an overhaul. If you by chance happen to drive along Mutare-Chiredzi highway from Tanganda to Checheche you will realise to say it’s a highway is a mockery. Part of this road is seriously potholed. / Mitchell Road needs fixing not patching, complete overhaul. / Rhodesville Ave from Samora Machel past Kamfinsa shops up to Court Road. / Greendale Ave now has some serious potholes soon after Food Lovers when you’re coming from Samora Machel, all the way to the end of the road by Courtney Selous School. / Shawasha right turn after Powland up to the boom gate – Glen Lorne, Harare. / From Harare to Kanyemba via Mushumbi Pools. / I’m in Masvingo, Rujeko A, B & C street roads are very dangerous. They are not longer potholes but gullies. / Mutare to Chiredzi Road and Birchenough to Masvingo Road are not suitable to travel due to unbearable potholes. / Jambezi roads are an eyesore to watch of which even buses shun the route. / Mutare – Starting from central business district at OK then Dangamvura turn off. / Dorowa Road, Nyazura. / Masotsha Ndlovu Road in Waterfalls near Mbuya Dorcas Hospital. / Knightsbridge Road in Highlands is in a sorry state including Princess Road. / Gweru to Mvuma is now dangerous. / The road between CA & St Mary’s in Chitungwiza is now painful to drive. It’s better they scrap off the tar if they can’t fix it. / Glen View 1 Road. / In Chinhoyi town the roads are not up to standard in locations. / Zambezi boarder road believed to be tarred. / I’m in Dzivarasekwa. Every road needs to be fixed i.e. Pasipanodya St, Gushungo St, etc. / Here in Glen Norah, the road from Masimbi to Specimen via Chitubu is in state I tell you! / The road which is used by commuter omnibuses from Bulawayo Road round about to Mereki Shops in Warren Park D. / Kamunhu area, Tafara High road to Kamfinsa to Tafara way requires potholes to be filled by the city of Harare. / Arcturus Road needs greater rehabilitation mostly corner Harare Drive and Arcturus Rd. / Marlborough, Marlborough Drive near Lomagundi the road is terrible. / Glen Norah has big potholes. / Mbare to Waterfalls way there are some gullies at the middle of the roads. / The part of road between Murairwa bus stop and Gutu turnoff along Harare – Gutu Chiredzi tarmac is full of deep wide potholes and last week Mandaza bus fell over one of these injuring scores of passengers. / Hatcliffe, Harare – Roads are like potato fields. / Stuart Ave in Borrowdale and Cameron Road in Borrowdale. / Raffingora – Banket Road. / Alexander Road, Highlands. / Here in Zvimba Murombedzi; rural roads are not pleasing potholes everywhere. You can travel for 3 hours on a journey of 10 or 15 km. / Not even a single road in Glen Norah A is being repaired especially a badly damaged road which stretches from Chitubu shopping center into the residential, a route used by kombis. / In Bulawayo the road that leads to Luveve cemetery from Ntemba road, a wide path that was once a tarred road…in fact that ‘wide path’ has patches of tar…a tarred dusty road so to speak. / Chitungwiza town council has filled the potholes with mud and sand but what will happen when it rains again. / There are Dangerous potholes at Chinhamo service station along the Chitungwiza highway. / In Glen View as you enter it from town after the bridge before Glen view 8 industrial complex, just after Engen service station and from Tichagarika shops to Glen View 3 shopping centre. Then 17th road that connects Highglen shopping centre through Budiriro 3 and Glen View 8. Also from Engen service station to Royal College in Glen view 8. From Makomva Total service station to Patrenda road. / In Glen view 4 behind the shopping centre. From Glen View new hall towards Glen Norah A Chitubu AFM church. From Glen view 3 turn off to Budiriro 2 ZRP.

As we all know Borrowdale Road is the driveway that the President (one Mr R G Mugabe) uses to go to work and back, and often to the airport. Sometimes also to bury a Hero. So it comes as no surprise that this is the one road that is kept beautifully maintained. What! No potholes . . . yip. Meanwhile the roads throughout the rest of Harare, courtesy of zero road maintenance (even though we pay our motor vehicle licenses, pay toll fees and we apparently have a Ministry of Transport), have deteriorated to such an extent that you and your car risk serious injury.

If we could I’d say vote the bastards out, but as we know, the ballot is just a load of bollocks in this country.

Announcing the 2015 U.S. based TechWomen Program

Great opportunity from the US Department of State

TechWomen is a five week exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department; the program is designed to support development in the field of technology in select countries including Zimbabwe. The program is intended to assist women reach their full potential in the technology industry through five-week mentorships with American women at leading innovation companies and organizations in the United States.  TechWomen is intended to support development in the field of technology, increase the trade capacity of the participating countries, promote economic advancement, and enable women to reach their full potential in the science and tech industry.

For five weeks beginning in October 2015, successful TechWomen candidates will work on specific projects with their American Mentors at technology and innovation companies in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, an experience that will be enhanced by several workshops organized to provide networking opportunities and to increase the participants’ understanding of how Americans drive development.

Companies that hosted the 2014 TechWomen participants include: Adobe, Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc., Autodesk, BrightRoll, Cahill Contractors, Inc., Calix, Cisco Systems, Cleantech Open, Code for America, Coursera, eBay, Inc., Ericsson, Esurance, Everwise, Genentech, Inc., Juniper Networks, Kenzen, Inc., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LinkedIn Corporation, Los Altos History Museum, Lumos Labs, McAfee, Meltwater, Mozilla Corporation, NASA Ames Research Center, NestGSV, Northgate Environmental Management, Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric, Proteus Digital Health, Salesforce.com, San Francisco Department of the Environment, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara Valley Water District, ServiceMaz, SolarCity Corporation, SunEdison, Symantec Corporation, ThoughtWorks, Inc., Twitter, Vista Solar, VMware, and Walmart.

To apply for the 2015 TechWomen program please visit www.techwomen.org

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A woman shows her political allegiance at the national congress of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party in the capital, Harare, on Saturday. More than 10,000 delegates re-elected President Robert Mugabe, 90, as party leader while his wife Grace was chosen to head the women’s wing.
Souce: BBC Africa

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The report of the Auditor-General for the financial year ending 31 December 2012 on the performance of state enterprise and parastatals was presented to the Minister of Finance in January 2014. This report was made available through the Auditor-General’s website and includes many worrying observations.

Among them:

  • The Grain Marketing Board was owed $31 400 000 by the Government for storage and handling charges relating to the current and prior intake periods as at March 31, 2013.
  • The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority was owed more than $240 000 0000 by its clients. Some of the debts were backdating to the year 2009.
  • By September 2013, 14 entities had not submitted their accounts for auditing – Including ZUPCO, ZINARA, Air Zimbabwe and ARDA

Read the Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year ended December 31, 2012 – State Enterprises and Parastatals

PRESS RELEASE: Zimbabwean charity wins international award for outstanding work

Local Zimbabwean charity Kidzcan, that provides support to children with cancer and their families, will be named Runner Up for Health in Africa-Middle East in the 2014 Stars Impact Awards.

Kidzcan will receive the award at Kensington Palace in London on Saturday 13 December, where President Bill Clinton will also be attending.

The high rate of poverty in Zimbabwe means that the future for children with cancer is bleak.

The disease is frequently left undiagnosed, as it is often difficult to recognise early signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. This makes it more difficult and more expensive to treat down the line.

Kidzcan works with the only children’s cancer unit in all of Zimbabwe and provides support to any child who has been diagnosed with, or is suspected of having, cancer.

The families that Kidzcan works with cannot afford the treatment that their child needs and the charity provides a lifeline for children who otherwise have very little hope of survival.

Kidzcan acts to increase the early detection of childhood cancer and to improve effective treatment for children with cancer by sourcing, purchasing and donating chemotherapy and associated medications.

The local organisation funds laboratory testing and scans, much-needed blood transfusion and provides transport for families.

Kidzcan volunteers play and spend time with children on the wards. The organisation also runs regular parent support group meetings.

In 2013, Kidzcan provided direct patient support to over 400 children, 359 of whom were newly diagnosed.

The Stars Impact Awards recognise and reward effective, well-managed local organisations working to improve child health, education, protection and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in the countries with the highest rates of under-five mortality.

As part of the prize package, Kidzcan will receive US$50,000 of unrestricted funding, US$10,000 in tailored consultancy and a package of media support.

This year, Stars is awarding 18 organisations from countries ranging from Brazil to Zimbabwe for their work with disadvantaged children.

Representatives from each local charity will be in London for the Annual Gala Dinner on 13 December.

Source: 2014 Stars Impact Awards

Africa is a continent endowed with vast amounts of natural resources but instead of being a blessing these riches have become a curse. These resources have fallen into the hands of the few now dubbed the “African elites”. Distribution of wealth accrued from the sale of natural resources has not reached marginalized societies.

Poverty and inequality is on the rise whilst the elites use the state as a primary means through which to accumulate private wealth. Resources are no longer used to generate economic growth; instead governments use them to stay in power.

However, in some African states, especially in East Africa, some positive economic development has been recorded. For example Rwanda is now reported to have surpassed Zimbabwe’s agriculture production by 33%. This has been achieved through the adoption of best practices from emerging economic powerhouses, like the Singapore model. Rwandan elites have also led by example through investing in their country complementing government support to boost agriculture productivity.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s past decade of economic and political instability has stalled all progress, making it difficult to attract investors. The country is currently struggling to restore its breadbasket status among its Southern African neighbours.

A presentation by Roel van der Veen and Jan Bade themed “African and Asian Development Compared: Lessons for Zimbabwe” at the CSO Economic Governance Roundtable hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands gave comparisons of economic development in Zimbabwe, Rwanda and some Asian countries like Indonesia which share the same history as African states. Findings in their research show that if Africa is to develop the same way Asian countries have, the continent needs economic transformation, and not just growth.

With an ever-increasing informal sector Zimbabwe is faced with continual pressure on labor markets owing to new entrants from several higher tertiary institutes in the country. Political instability continues to pose a significant threat to economic activity in Zimbabwe as industries are closing at an alarming rate.

As recommendations to the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe, Roel van der Veen and Jan Bade said Zimbabwe must invest in agriculture, increase economic freedom, and build the middle class supported by improved vocational training and skills development.