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by Vengai Defu

Butternut farming is one of the ways a serious farmer can make a fortune relatively the easy way. Most of our supermarkets and green markets are selling high quality butternut seeds from various seed companies. However, this week we need to focus on butternut called WALTHAM PLUS produced by AVANOS.
Land preparation is very important for any crop and must be in accordance with type of crop to be planted. We can use our ox-drawn plough for small scale or tractor drawn plough to create farrows. These may be 10 to 15cm deep.  We dig some hole on the heaped soils and then plant our seeds. Soils with good water drainage are very much suitable because they allow free circulation of oxygen.
We should use a better spacing system to allow free movement when spraying chemicals.  Inter-row should be 120cm to 150cm and in-row 30cm to 50cm. This should give us a plant population of 9 000 to 10 000 per hectare. 2kg of seed is ideal for a hectare
We can use organic fertilizers such as cattle and chicken manure or well decomposed compost together with granular fertilizers. Make sure they are free from cutworms and other infectious diseases. Superfert compound C fertilizer is recommended when planting.  Use the ratio 500kg to 600kg per hectare. But if we use vegetable blend superfert fertilizer, the ratio is 450kg to 500kg. NOTE, the amount of fertilizer should be determined by our soil analysis.
After 2 to 3 weeks from planting day we apply superfert ammonium nitrate at a ratio of 150kg to 400kg. We may as well add 50kg to 100kg of muriate of potash after one month. Apply these fertilizers after every 15 days if need be. Make sure enough supply of water is done especially during planting, flowering and fruiting to have quality butternut.

Fruit fly is mostly a big problem to butternuts, if let alone it reduces our yield and compromises the quality of the fruit. We must use malathion 50ec, dimethoate, kontakill or diazinon before and during flowering
Aphids may also affect our plants if not monitored.  They destroy the leaves of the plants, therefore affecting the growth of the butternut. Dimethoate and malathion can be used.
If affected by red spider, amitraz, red spiderkill, abamectin or mitac.

Early and late blight should be regularly checked and use mancozeb, dithan m45 copper oxychloride or bravo to prevent the disease. If affected, we should spray ridomil gold or bravo for curative purpose
Fruit rot may compromise our yield and the quality of the fruit. This may be caused by poor handling of the fruit or the fruit may be in contact with the soil. We recommend trellising of the plants especially before flowering and during fruiting.
We are supposed to spray our plants after 7 or 14 days depending on the prevalence of the disease and pests.
This Avanos Waltham plus butternut hybrid matures from 90 to 95 days. Yield per plant ranges from 8 to 10 fruits which may translate about 25tons to 35 tons per hectare. A kilogram of butternut costs between $2 and $2.50. This means for every tonne we get $2 000.00 to $2 500.00.
Let venture into butternut farming and can be planted year round in areas of very low frost.

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Compiled by
Vengai Defu Farm & City, 
Masvingo manager.
TellZim Reporter

Ndarama High School continues to rise above the rest by achieving a whopping 94.2 and 81.92 percent pass rate in the November 2018 ‘A’ and ‘O’ level examinations results respectively, proving yet again why the school is the citadel of success.
The government school has consistently upheld its commitment to the improvement of its standards in class and in sport.
Going by its catchphrase ‘beating our previous best’, Ndarama High has genuinely exceeded expectation at every turn, moving boldly to become the best public day school in Masvingo province and beyond.
The school has also become a marvel due to its scenic setting, splendid exterior and magnificent facilities that all complement the impressive work that goes on inside.
In ‘A’ level Geography the school recorded 75 percent pass rate, a solid 21 percentage points better than the 54 percent national average. In English literature the pass rate was a clean 100 percent, and the same feat was registered in Shona, while the third most colourful pass mark was record in History at 97.9 percent.
In Mathematics an 86.7 percent pass rate was recorded, Family and Religious 97.2 percent, Business Studies 98 percent, Accounting 89.7 percent and Economics 78.3 percent.
“Our November examinations results were good considering that it was a new curriculum with new challenges for both pupils and teachers. We have no doubt we will do even better next year,” said school head Shirley Makausi.
She said she was glad the years of hard work the school leadership and staff had invested were paying off.
“We are competing well with other schools in the province. Our enrollment is informed by the facilities and other resources we have. There are many pupils who want to be part of us but do not have the privilege. We hope there will come such a time when we will be able to accommodate more pupils than we can do now,” she said.
At ‘O’ level, English was passed by 81.1 percent, Literature in English by 84.4 percent, Pure Mathematics by 100 percent, Geography by 95.6 percent, Combined Science by 75.8 while other subjects’ pass rate ranged from 54.1 to 100 percent.
The school recently received many honours from Better Schools Programme Zimbabwe (BSPZ), being named the best day school among many other awards including for sporting excellence.
“With our no to age-cheating policy, we are glad we have nurtured a spirit of honestly in whatever we involve ourselves in. We are doing wonderfully well in chess, athletics, soccer and other sports activities every year,” said Makausi.
Infrastructure development-wise, Ndarama High School managed has now almost completed its ‘A’ level sciences block and the heritage centre, with work now currently focused on the prestigious lecture theatre.
The school is currently doing some income-generating projects that include the setting-up of a green house, fisheries, a layers and broilers poultry project as well as a rabbit breeding project.
 “We have our income generating projects as a school that will help us enlarge our resource base. Other schools in the province will come and buy from us. We are also working on a park to create a serene environment for pupils,” she added.
Recently the school won the District Schools Inspector (DSI) Merit Award, Toppers Trophy and the Banc ABC shield in recognition of its impressive performances in different areas.
This year the school is running under the theme, ‘Excellence All-Round’.

Making a right decision is a first step towards achieving the set goals. I was very fortunate to quickly realise that the trajectory that I had taken was just a suicide bomb which I had put on my waist.
Doing school work was not in my DNA. Lately, my best friend who had made it his examinations motivated me a lot. Studying hard daily while executing my set objectives became a routine.
I made a foolish thought of trying to dodge school for I was emboldened by gangsters who believed that drugs were a good way of life. I almost took a month absconding my lessons and the worst part of it was that my final exams were around the corner. My negative attitude towards schoolwork was not at all helpful.
When I received the news that my friend had passed his ordinary level exams, I was puzzled and that is when I decided to change my attitude. Since then, I have rejected all undeserved comfort zones as I have realised it is never too late to make things right.
Nurturing myself in reading, I began to consult my teachers whenever I happened to come across difficult concepts. Every time I went to bed, I snuggled my books tightly and they became my best friends. That studying spirit boosted my confidence to the extent of concluding that a key to seventh heaven was now in my hands.
I am excelling well and my attitude towards school work is now commendable. It is a right decision that I made, to devote myself into studying. To the learners out there, this is my message to you: It is never too late to study.

Ashton Jope
Form 4A student at Chifedza High School.
Pupils can write articles, short stories and poems and send to / or send via WhatsApp to Brighton at 0777355808 or Mr. Ziyambi on 0719599606

with Cabnson Magaya

What is time?

A simple dictionary defines time as “intervals of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years needed to go something”.
The importance of time
The following sayings have been used since time immemorial to stress the importance of time: Time and tide wait for no man, time is money and procrastination is the thief of time.
The Old Testament Book of Esther reads about a king who communicated with time-conscious wise mean (Esther 1 verse 13).
Many people have succeeded in life because they have been able to use time wisely. God has given every person 24 hours each day and successful people have managed those hours effectively. An effective worker or supervisor has been distinguished by the way he/she manages time.
Time provides equal opportunities to all people. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people cannot buy more hours. Scientists have not been able to invent more time. A person cannot save time in order to spend it on another day. Time is so amazingly fair and forgiving no matter how much time you have wasted in the past; you still have an entire tomorrow. Success depends on using it wisely by planning and setting priorities. The fact is that time is worth more than money. If we waste time we will minimise our chances for success in life.
Time as a key resource
Time is one of the following resources that an organisation needs in order to carry out its mission and achieve its strategic objectives.
a) Manpower
b) Money
c) Materials
d) Minutes (time)
e) Meters (Space – physical facilities)
f) Methods
The competent use of resource enables an organisation to succeed.
As a critical natural resource, time is: 
• Scarce
• Unique
• Inelastic
• Priceless
• Perishable and cannot be stored
• In short supply
• Irreplaceable (you cannot substitute time)
• Everything requires time
• The only truly universal condition
2. How to effectively manage time 
a) Determine what you want from your time.
Plan for each working day and diarise each activity. That is the reason why each manager is provided with a diary or desk diary by the organisation. More often than not, we find managers writing their grocery list or personal issues than work-related issues. Diaries and desk calendars must be used for planning one’s work.

b) Determine answers for the following questions
• What do you want to achieve?
• What is a reasonable expectation for the day?
• How can I best use the eight hours I am at a station?
Spend the first 15 minutes of each working day determining what you expect to achieve.
c) Determine how you currently use time. Before you can determine on how time is being used, a time record or a time inventory chart can be prepared on a daily or weekly basis.


On analysis of the chart, the manager will be able to answer the following questions
• How is the majority of time spent?
• Is the entire work day productive?
• Are some portions of the working days more productive than others?
• Is the time being effectively used?

The manager can prioritise the day’s wok as follows: See chart 2

N.B. You must complete the must do’s in the morning.

• Identify the must do’s.
• Prioritise the must do’s in rank order.
• Do not neglect more important tasks in favour of less important ones.
• Enter priorities on a daily list to avoid confusion.

You can use your diary or desk calendar to write down what you intend to do each day as follows: See chart 3

• Supervisors must learn to delegate.
• Push subordinates for work that they can do just well or better.
• Supervisors who try to do everything run the risk of stress or burning out.
• Delegation is also a sensible technique of developing subordinates.
• It is critical for achieving organisational goals.
• Demand finished work.
• You can produce good results by concentrating on one thing at a time.
• Time saving techniques can help to Improve productivity
• You should avoid “clutter”; some desks look like disaster areas with piles of paper scattered in around. With clutter on the desk, a manager will not be able to see the client.
• Enormous amounts of time are wasted looking for papers that are at the bottom of the clutter.
• Procrastination is the thief of time. One should not wait for tomorrow to do what he or she can do on that day.
• Do not avoid “must do’s” in favour of interesting NICE TO DO’S.
• Prepare a list of things that you have been avoiding.
• Prioritise them and establish realistic deadlines for their completion
• Begin by tackling the most important tasks.
• Do not be afraid of failing.
• Eliminate statements such as “I can’t” and start thinking in terms of “I will”.

Time-wasting activities are like tumours; they drain vitality and have a tendency to grow. The only cure is to remove then.
The manager can save time by:
• Setting targets (time/amount) for each task. 
• Delegating effectively.
• Avoiding attending unnecessary meetings.
• Structuring meetings carefully.
• Working from the top (high priority tasks first).
•  Avoiding self-interruptions.
• Being available at specified times.
• Reviewing days’ performances before going home.
• Being assertive. Ability to say “NO”.
• Attacking unpleasant tasks first.
• Planning phone calls before making them.
• Doing high priority tasks during peak performances time.
• Planning a “THINK” (forward planning) time each day.
• Concentrating on one thing at a time.
• Setting deadline for important activities; both urgent and unpleasant tasks that have to be done.
Time is the scarcest resources. Unless it is properly managed, nothing will be successful. The analysis of one’s time is a systematic way of analysing one’s work and thinking about what really matters in it.

The writer is a retired educationist who served in the Ministry of Education for over 40 years. He was a teacher (1966-1974), school head at Nhamwi St Stanislaus School (1975-1984), DEO Chivi North (1985-1987), Chivi District Staffing Officer (1987-1993), Zaka Education Officer (1993-1996), Chivi Education Officer (1996-1999), Gutu DEO (1999-2008) and Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) Education Secretary (2008-2015).

The writer can be Contacted on 0784 949 878

Peter Chawapiwa

CHIVI - Some folks in drought-stricken Chivi district are making a living by selling wild fruit seeds and nuts to a Harare-based buyer as prospects of a good harvest have completely vanished due to the prolonged dry spell which has laid waste many cultivated fields.
The villagers, who live under Headman Matsveru, said they move around in the bush looking for nhengeni, a wild sour plum-like fruit of the munhengeni tree whose dried seed they then pack and sell.
They also spend hours in the shade extracting marula nuts from the marula fruit and sell the products to the Harare-based buyer.
"The buyer comes here once a month to collect what we would have gathered. The money is not much but there is no choice for us,” said Adeline Chimhaka.
She said the work was being done mostly by women since men considered it time-consuming and of minimal rewards.
"As women, we ensure that there is enough to feed the family on a daily basis and that is why you find mostly women doing the work. Nhengeni are bought for $3 per kg but to collect enough and prepare them for sale takes a long time.
"Marula nuts sell for about $6 per kg depending on quality but extracting a kilogram from the marula fruit is also lengthy and strenuous," Chimhaka said.
Other villagers told TellZim News the nhengeni fruit seed is processed into hair products that include hair oils and creams while marula nuts are processed into a form of butter.
The women said the prevailing drought forced them into the work although they realise that the returns are low.
"The hardships we face, coupled with the drought will force you into doing anything. We have received no rains and our cattle are roaming freely because there is nothing in the fields. We make less than $20 per month on average through the sale of nhengeni and marula nuts," said Moline Mahembe.

with Gift Gwindingwe

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) categorically upholds the totality of human freedoms the world over.
Continents, regions and sub-regions milk from the Universal Declaration to endorse the same in their geopolitical environs. In Africa, the African Union (AU), formerly the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), draws from the UDHR to uphold and endorse democratic principles as they are universally acknowledged.
In the Southern part of Africa, the Southern African Development Committee (Sadc) also convened in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1991 to ratify, endorse and uphold the same international democratic principles on human and people’s rights. This became the Windhoek Declaration.
Journalism, before it got tainted by social media, has been the fulcrum upon which democratic principles (including freedom of expression) are benchmarked. Professional journalism is institutionalised. Media organisations are institutions mandated with upholding journalistic ethics which in turn see to the perpetuation of democracy even in democratically less permeable autocracies.
Media houses are staffed with professional journalists who are guided by the ethics of the profession. The ethics are kept in check by various stakeholders: in Zimbabwe, we have the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) which is mandated with keeping the profession in check by mediating between the reporters and the reported. Keeping the journalistic profession in check only requires the professionals in conjunction with the laws of the government. Every profession is manned by the professionals who are equipped with the necessary skills in the profession.
At his resignation, academic icon and the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor Walter Kamba cited the ‘unprofessional fingers pointing into his business’ as the main reason for his quitting the job. The former minister of Industry and Trade, Nkosana Moyo also left soon after being appointed to the ministry arguing that there was too much interference from outsiders (in particular War Veterans). These incidents are clear pointers to the substance in the popular Shona adage that ‘zvoto zvine mazera’ (fire places are occupied by age mates or like-minds). In the same manner, stakeholders in every ministry or organisation can only be guided by organisational statutes that derive from organisational mission and values as well as government laws in their expectations.
Journalists are ‘ordained’ by the institutions that train them and then kept guided by the journalistic ethics. I call them ‘ordained’ news/information movers or disseminators. They are trained to facilitate information dissemination through agreed and expected conduct. In media or communication studies, journalists are regarded as crucial players in expanding the public sphere, an arena upon which democracy, freedom of expression and other associated freedoms are enhanced.
In this regard, the workplace for journalists, the news room, is a citadel of democracy and freedom of expression. Journalism is a profession, a call to persons involved. Journalists smell, eat, wine and dine news/information dissemination. They are out to sincerely entertain, inform and educate the society. These are the normative roles of the media. It is therefore an act of misconduct to hinder or prohibit the performance of journalistic duties by anyone regardless of class, gender or race.
Famous and popular individuals are newsmakers. They are news worthy. All celebrities are news worthy. Fame needs to be managed. Prominent athletes and artists who do not engage managers risk failing to handle their fame and the upshot is making headlines/news for wrong reasons. Politicians are equally famous people. They thus need to manage their lives or conduct well. If a celebrity/famous individual does good, that becomes positive news for the particular individual. News gatherers tell it as it is and bad behaviour is represented in the media without fear or favour. Journalists are holders of the mirror that reflects what transpires in the society. They are photographers who capture events as they happen. This is what they are ‘ordained’ to do.
If news dissemination is a journalist’s food and drink, let them enjoy! If news reporting is a journalist’s play, then, ‘let the children play’! It is quite a sonorous misdeed for an individual to impede journalists from merely carrying out their professional duties just because one cannot conduct oneself properly. There are uncodified laws that conventionally guide us in our daily conduct and so these should be observed for individuals to carry good tags on their backs. Journalists read these tags and make news on them. So watch out!
Status or social class can never and will never exonerate wayward individuals from being reported on if they go wayward. Political affiliation or holding a political position in any political party can never and will never exempt individuals from being reported on. Journalists tell it as it is: good behaviour shall always be reported on, and so is bad conduct. It is everyone’s freedom to express themselves if they feel aggrieved by journalists but this is as long as the reportage is untruthful. Therefore charging into newsrooms and threatening journalists shall never be condoned. Let it sink into the minds of all and sundry that journalism as a profession and as a practice knows no status, class or political affiliation. The society needs to be informed about these ‘important’ or popular people so that they know who to emulate and who not to. After all, not all these celebrities or famous individuals are role models! It is character that carries the day for an individual to be a role model. So in as much as there are rights to express ourselves, let us be cautious and bear in mind the paradox of freedom: you can play your radio to the fullest blast but that is as long as you are not infringing into the rights of your neighbour!
A news room is a citadel of democracy. Let us not turn it into a boxing ring or into an our nowadays abused parliament where the business of the day is to verbally and physically threaten or attack one another just because of different political standings. A news room houses journalists who entertain, inform and educate the masses. Threatening journalists is undemocratic and archaic. Attacking journalists because the behaviour of your political party is exposed is a sign of drought of wisdom. Hindering journalist from performing their duties tells a story of fear and cowardice!
If a house leaks, attend to the roof top before you have the ceiling repaired. Please let the children play! Let the journalists do their part! We shall never surrender our purpose to empty threats. Ordained news reporters shall capture newsmakers as they stroll up and down the corridors of Zimbabwe and tell Zimbabwe.

The writer is a secondary school head, a lecturer at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) and a PhD candidate with Fort Hare University, researching on media.

Well, we have a clueless government but Mapombi believes we also have an equally power-hungry opposition in the country. It’s an open secret that Zanu PF has failed to solve the country’s problematic economic matrix since independence, and chances are very slim that they will manage to take the country off this mud.
Mapombi once told you that there is really a big difference between a lizard and a crocodile – yes ngwena nemupurwa zvinhu zvakatosiyana! Of course we can draw some similarities between the two reptiles but they are never the same. It’s very unfortunate that we mistake a lizard for a crocodile as a nation and thus we are in this situation today.
Kkkkkk but can someone tell kuda ini hangu handinyatsoziva kuti a person like president of the second republic obvunzwa kuti what’s your biggest challenge so far obva ati my biggest challenge so far is being humble kkkkk hahahaha asi baba vaya vanoda kubatsirwa chokwadi. Mapombi doe not think being humble is the biggest challenge in anyone’s life – being humble cannot be a bigger challenge than the current economic crisis in the country. Maybe it’s all about our priorities as a nation but inini zvangu Mapombi, haaa kutaura pafeya kuzvidukupisa it’s not a challenge at all because my grandmother told me kuti gudo guru peta muswe kuti vaduku vakutye. Probably it’s because I don’t have a military background kkkkkkk.
By the way, how is our best VP Chiwenga doing? Mapombi is not worried because I heard he went to India suffering from a very minor abdominal ailment – I think vakangoenda zvavo kundorapwa manyoka kuIndia because our government told us that it is really a minor abdominal pain. Ko kuita kwemari kunoita fanika kudadaka! Unozongozvinzwisisawo chete kana wava nayo mari yacho. But for the majority of Zimbabweans; especially Zanu PF supporters, kuita mari kuchanetsa kkkkk. I am sorry if I am offending anyone from Zanu PF but I am being honest zvangu because to imagine someone anotengwa ne10kg yembeu and a bag of fertilizer atozoitawo mari ummmm zviroto zviroto! Manyanga chaiye kutozonziwo aita mari? I doubt very much.
Anyway, Mapombi wishes Kedha a quick recovery; I know people falsely accuse him of being arrogant and less intelligent. Haaa vanhu vanotaura zvavanoda Kedha zvimwe ndezvekungosiyanawo nazvo. Mapombi, however, wishes ED and Mutuvi the best of luck. The austerity measures are indeed bearing results, that is, fuel price is going up almost every day from the price imposed by ED. And there is also a creeping acute shortage of goods. This is the kind of austerity measures we want – tongai vanhu Shumba Murambwi! Kana vasina kuti eke musavarega.
Mapombi really understand ED because he envied uncle Bob ruling this country with an iron fist and it’s a feat he has always wanted to emulate. Zimbabweans are prepared for the worst as long as you don’t kill them.  Of course Josaya Hungwe told us a long time ago that ED will shoot to kill but we took him for granted. They kill these guys – hazvishamise kuti ndogona kutovingirwa kwangu kuChitima market uku ndikaswera ndasiya nyemba. But as for me I don’t care kusiri kufa ndekupi – I wear rags and I survive on rotten bananas and maputi every day hungavawo upenyu here vasikana?
I never thought Zanu PF can be cruel to this extent. But the challenge that we have we have an opposition which has no strategy at all.  Chamisa is surrounding himself with bootlickers same same naED. Mapombi has a problem with Biti pakungowawata zvisina maturo apa. Biti said government was introducing a local currency this week saka ari kupi nhai vaBiti maZim dollar acho? Don’t tell us the government changed decision because you said it – Zanu yandoziva haichinjiswe decision because of a mere person like Biti.
We cannot have leaders who wantonly choose to lie to the whole nation and international community simply because they want Zanu PF inzi yakaipa. I know Zanu PF is not likeable but kuzonyepawo hamuone kuti zvonyadzisa nhai vaBiti? A leader must have integrity not kungowawata zvisina maturo.
Of course, opposition extremists celebrate anything including senseless talk but some of us tobva tangoona kuti hapana musiyano neZanu PF apa. Maybe because kwedu kuChitima market shoko rinonoka kusvika pamwe kuda ratozara haro Zim dollar in town so may those in CBD please tell us kuti local currency yakataurwa naBiti yavako zveshuwa here?
Anyway, it’s almost lunch time now let me go ndindokanga zvangu maputi angu for lunch waiting for another bout of austerity measures. But before I go, ko uyu Themba zvekuzoudza Dexter kuti ndokurova zvabva nekupiko nhai? Of course Dexter confessed that he killed quite a lot including vamwe vaasingatozive but kuzomunyadzisirawo kuti ndibate uone kuti unondowira kugallery uko haaa kkkkk. But Mapombi thinks Dexter may know where is Itai Dzamara and can lead us to his body because vakomana ukaona wava kungouraya nevausingazive unenge wauraya zvechokwadi. Anyway, let me save this for another day but hatichiswe nekuuraiwa neZanu isu.
 Kana takatadza kufa muna2008 munofunga kuti Mutuvi naED angatigona netuma austerity measures twavo itwotwu kkkkkkkkk they underrate Zimbos I am sure. Even the soldiers may kill and rape people but havasvike pane kurohwa kwatakaitiwa 2008. They can try all forms of violence but it will never help because people are tired of Zanu PF’s bad leadership and they simply want change. It’s not that Chamisa anodiwa sitereki but it’s simply because people want change. Even if Mapombi was to lead the opposition today, ndaingovhoterwa. Remember former VP Muzenda back then said chero mukaisa dhongi seCandidate yenyu as long as riri kuZanu PF dhongi iroro rinongovhoterwa. Fast forward to today, chero mukaisa dhongi kuva candidate yeMDC Alliance I can safely tell you kuti dhongi iroro rinongovhoterwa because maCdes haachadiwa aya.
Even Mphoko can tell you that Zanu PF lost its taste years ago changosara iyezvino is forcing people to vote for its leadership. Mphoko was more organised than the current VPs – one mudhara airova suit chero parally yaBob chaiyo. It was very rare to see Mphoko wearing party regalia hanzi handipfeke hembe ine mufanakidzo weumwe murume ini kkkkkkkk.
Mboko imboko!

System Tazvida and wife Babra

Stephen Ephraem

On 04 February 20 years ago, a dark cloud fell on the Zimbabwe’s musical fraternity as one of its refined musicians; System (Fanuel Nyasha Mazhetese) Tazvida breathed his last after a long time of illness.
Born on 2 May 1968 in Zaka, Masvingo, System Tazvida earned himself nicknames like ‘Rombe and Wezhira’ after releasing singles and albums that made him a household name in the sungura genre. System was credited for inventing his own beat which he christened Smoko music.
Although he started music in the mid-1980s when he released songs like ‘Mabhawuwa’ while still with Khiama Boys in 1985, He later left the band with Cephas Karushanga to form a short-lived ensemble called Mabhauwa Express. After his stint with Mabhawuwa Express, Wezhira joined Ephraim (Zhuwawo) Joe’s Sungura Boys where he recorded hits like ‘Iwawo wangu’ and ‘Dhiya Ungwarire.’
In 1993, Tazvida formed his own group Chazezesa Challengers and produced his first solo single ‘Vaforomani’ that was followed by various other singles as well as six studio albums namely, Rudo, tsika nemagariro, Mutunhu unemago, Wadenha mago, Watosvorwa, Huni nyoro mumoto and Rimi remoto.
Commemorating Tazvida 20 years after his death, fire brand South Africa-based musician, Peter Mathonsi who is the chairman of Smoko Task Force said Tazvida will remain a brand forever.
“Tazvida will always be remembered as a labour commentator taking into consideration songs like Vaforomani and Mushandi ndimambo. He sang about practical issues,” said Mathonsi.
In a telephone interview with TellZim News, Tazvida’s widow Barbra Mabuyaye Tazvida spoke passionately about her late husband.
“System united people with his socially-themed songs. After listening to his songs, people would sooth their bitterness,” Barbra said.
She revealed that System never criticised his copycats.
“There was a band that imitated his beat and System said that they should continue imitating him. To him, the copycats where actually promoting Smoko music not competing against him. To this day, I abide to that principle, I don’t hate his imitators,” the lady continued.
“I urge all Smoko fans to buy System Tazvida’s songs online and avoid pirated music. That way they will be supporting my family. Fans can find me on my Facebook account Nyababs M Tazv,” she concluded.
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Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Perence Shiri 

Beatific Gumbwanda

CHIREDZI - The Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Chief Air Marshal Perence Shiri has written to Tongaat Hullet Zimbabwe cancelling housing leases for 29 new farmers.
Many Zanu PF bigwigs including Zaka North MP Robson Mavhenyengwa had allocated the houses to themselves and were evicting the sugar company’s employees.
They had with them leases purportedly from the ministry, authorising them to occupy the houses.
Mavhenyengwa was elected chairperson of Chiredzi Production Sugarcane Association last year after an acrimonious tribally-motivated split in the Lowveld Sugarcane Association.
He went on to spearhead the evictions before the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Workers Union (ZSMIWU) intervened to defend the hapless workers.
“What I am doing is above board and legal, because I have a five year lease from the government. In fact, when we were allocated land here - arrangements were made that we will be given houses, so there is nothing amiss with what we are doing,” said Mavhunyengwa was recently quoted in a local daily as saying.
ZSMIWU secretary general, Rtd Major Faster Gono thanked government for intervening and cancelling the leases.
“The government made a good decision to cancel those leases that were designed to favour the selfish interests of a few. We thank Minister Shiri for his decision and the workers are relieved. He is a real leader and has shown that by cancelling leases that had been written by his own office,” said Gono.
The 29 new farmers, made up entirely by known Zanu PF members, sympathisers and other politically-connected people, are part of a bigger group that seized 4 000ha of sugarcane land from Tongaat Hulett.
They have also positioned themselves to benefit from a new empowerment project called Kilimamajaro which is being undertaken by the sugar giant.
The project involves Tongaat Hulett clearing vast tracts of land to create new sugarcane plots meant for indigenous small-scale farmers.


Moses Ziyambi

Masvingo has a new residents’ organisation; the Masvingo Service Delivery Residents and Ratepayers Association (MSDRRA) formed apparently to fill the gap being left by the ‘partisan’ conduct of the two organisations that have been present for some time.
The new organisation boldly announced its arrival on the scene on Tueday, January 12, with a radical press release against poor service delivery.
“This association is formed to fill the gaps left by some partisan associations who (sic) have neglected their mandate of sufficient and adequate representation of residents regardless of political affiliation. MASDRRA is being formed because of the need to ensure adequate checks and balances are executed for our city council and that we strengthen the needs and demands of rate payers.
“The mandate of MASDRRA will be to reach out to all neglected ratepayers and ensure that their rights are equally represented in line with our Urban Councils Act,” the welcome because it puts the interests of ratepayers first.
“We do not want spendthrifts at the city council. Why would they demand such expensive smartphones from the council coffers?
“They get salaries that are hefty enough for them to buy the smartphones at their own expense. If they are sincere, they could have chosen cheaper phones.
“The word these days is austerity for prosperity so why would a public office holder want to waste money like that?” said Mtimba.
He said council should rather buy a new water pump and new refuse trucks.
“The city council is unable to give water to its residents especially those on higher ground. The water problem can only go away if a new pump is purchased because the current ones are always breaking down. Council also has only two refuse trucks servicing the whole city and that has to change,” said Mtimba.
 An Apple iPhone 7 has 256 gigabytes (GB) of internal memory and costs a whopping US$3 088 while a Samsung Galaxy S9 which has 64 gigabytes (GB) of internal memory costs US$2 708.


Adolf Gusha

Upenyu Chaota

City of Masvingo has shelved a resolution to purchase condition of service Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones for heads of departments and their deputies respectively.
There was a public outcry after it emerged that the city council was willing to spend over $30 000 of rate payers’ money on the expensive smartphone range at a time when service delivery is poor.
Town Clerk Adolf Gusha said the decision to purchase the smartphones was made at committee level but was then presented before a full council meeting where it was shot down.
“The decision to buy smartphones for the heads of departments and their deputies was made by the finance committee and presented before full council meeting where it was shot down.
“In the full council meeting, it was agreed that the council does not have money to spend buying phones when the money could be channelled towards service delivery,” said Gusha.
The council bosses’ demands were viewed by many as frivolous and self-centred.
Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (Murra) spokesperson Godfrey Mtimba said the shooting down of the proposal to purchase smartphones was most

…plead for Govt permission

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CHIREDZI - The long dry spell being experienced in most parts of the country have led to the rapid disappearance of pastures, with desperate villagers now encroaching into Gonarezhou National Park to graze their cattle.
The park’s fence, funded by the European Union to the tune of US$5 million to lessen human-wildlife conflict, is also under threat from villagers who are desperate to get into the park to access grazing.
TellZim News understands the fence, which stretches from Chipinda to Gonakudzingwa, has more than 106 porous gaps created by communities to access grazing land.
Chiredzi district, since the beginning of the rainy season last year, has hardly received rainfall and cattle are starving.
The fencing, which should help prevent wildlife from destroying crops and livestock as well as from endangering humans in nearby communities, is being cut off by desperate villagers.
Chiredzi South Member of Parliament, Kalisto Gwanetsa told TellZim News communities were pleading to be allowed to have an access point into the park where there is better grazing.
“Communities have been damaging the fence in order to illegally access grazing in Gonarezhou National Park. That attracts a fine of $2 per each beast and $30 for a human who is caught.
“The communities are pleading with government for their cattle to be allowed into the park through one access point so as to avoid many illicit entrances that damage the fence. There is also Tunde River in the park, which does not does not dry up easily, so people want that water for their cattle.
Gwanetsa’s Chiredzi East counterpart, Denford Masiya said some villagers were having trouble maintaining their herds in light of the drought.
“This is the result of climate change. Communities used to have enough pastures all year round but it’s all gone now. There are some pastures in the park’s buffer zone which people are now breaching,” said Masiya.

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