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…as India returnee succumbs in Kwekwe

TellZim Reporter

The death of a 76-year-old Kwekwe businessman to a suspected Indian strain of the coronavirus has triggered possibilities of a new hard national lockdown.

Robson Kadenhe of Chicago Plots, Old Gokwe Road, died on May 12 after falling ill on May 08, and having returned from India on April 29.

The Asian country is currently suffering the world’s worst coronavirus infections and Covi-19 related deaths, with thousands dying of the disease every day.

Kadenhe’s wife Mary also tested positive to the virus but their niece Natally, with whom they travelled from India, tested negative.

In response, Kwekwe town council has recommended increased restrictions in public gatherings to curb the spread of what is possibly an Indian variant of the deadly virus.

Efforts to get a comment from the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Childcare Dr Jasper Chimedza were unfruitful as he did not pick up calls.

Spokesperson in the ministry, Donald Mujiri was not reachable on his cellphone.

However, there could be moves by government to institute another severe lockdown should the late Kadenhe and his wife are found to have contracted the virus in India.

A total of nine of Kadenhe’s contacts were traced and antigen-tested, with six of them testing positive, according to a preliminary report.

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Esau Mupfumi

Felix Matasva

MUTARE - Zanu PF central committee member Isau Mupfumi has warned Dangamvura-Chikanga electorate against voting for poor opposition candidates in the parliamentary by-election whose date has not yet been set.

The rich businessman with interests in the passenger transport business said this at the sidelines of a free health services programme which was held at Dangamvura Poly Clinic recently.

Mupfumi will be Zanu PF’s candidate for the seat which fell vacant after Prosper Mutseyami was recalled from parliament by Douglas Mwonzora’s fringe MDC-T party.

He chided Dangamvura-Chikanga voters for supporting candidates who are penniless, urging them to vote for people who are well-up so as to lessen corruption tendencies.

"It does not make sense for you to vote for someone who is broke. We are losing it by voting for people of who get into politics eyeing for employment opportunities," he said.

Mupfumi decried that the constituency had ‘always’ voted for ‘corrupt’ opposition candidates, saying what was needed was a leader with proper management skills.

"I have said this over and over again but people do not learn as they continue to vote for corrupt people back into power,” Mupfumi said.

The businessman has since stepped up efforts to campaign for the by-election by embarking on a number of projects like buying gold claims for all the wards at Redwing Mine, bankrolling a sports tournament for youths, cellphone repair training and cake production training for women.

He said people must be able to read between the lines and realise that opposition politics does not work.

"Opposition parties will never foster any development in our communities. Development can only be fostered through the ruling party which has got the people at heart. The opposition has got a poor mentality of making life difficult for people so that they can revolt against the ruling government,” said Mupfumi.

He accused the opposition dominated Mutare City Council of being inconsiderate to the plight of poor residents and rate payers.

"The rates they are charging are not affordable. Whenever council charges high rates, many people will fail to pay their bills. Council must charge rates that resonate with the quality of services it provides,” He said

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Leonard Chibamu


Tracy Fuzha

CHIVHU - Film producer Leonard Chibamu has been appointed a film panelist in the Nigerian film industry as Africa seeks to develop creative industry that upholds the business philosophy.

Chibamu told TellZim News that he was happy to be discovered as one of the rising film industry experts who can meaningfully contribute and promote the new African film industry agenda to create economic fortunes.

"I am delighted to be identified as the country's best rising film industry artist and in this honor, I hope to represent my country with distinction on the global arena. The opportunity is also going to move a long way in growing my talent and unveil my innovation career which I have had for a long time," he said.

The 'Village Secrets' producer has a rich and diverse academic history, having completed a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance and a Master’s degree in finance at Great Zimbabwe University.

He is currently pursuing doctoral studies with the Catholic University of Zimbabwe, with research interests in film and creative related financing matters.

He is also studying towards the attainment of a chartered secretary title and is on Part C of CIS (Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe).

Chibamu is a passionate filmmaker and is also a media consultancy with LeoChi , a company registered with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC).

Chibamu is the writer, director and producer of film sequel Zvoitwasei as well as Village Secrets, a drama series showing on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television (ZBC TV).

Apart from published films, he has written more than four film scripts namely ‘The thicket between two Rivers’, ‘The map on the rock’, ‘I am a Model’, and ‘The River Between and many others’.

"I encourage upcoming film producers and artists to patient and avoid taking drugs as they kills talent. To achieve the desired goals, one needs to work hard and sacrifice his or her pride for a better future as the film industry pays, but definitely not overnight," he said.

Chibamu earned his BCom Banking and Finance Degree in 2016, a Master’s degree in Finance and is a doctoral student for DPhil majoring in Film Financing.

 

He is active in community work and has done a lot of philanthropic works in his Manyene home community in Chivhu.

 

The film producer has also  done a lot of community work in schools and communities with a major thrust in promoting creativity.

 

He has seen over the creation of Manyene Chivhu Creative Association, a creative group specializing in performing arts.

 

The late Dorcas Gondo


 Cephas Shava

MWENEZI - The late Dorcas Gondo (54), wife to Mwenezi District Public Service Commission (PSC) human resource manager Last Gondo, has been praised as one of the most hardworking teachers whose distinguished performance will inspire her colleagues.

She was a long-time Mwenezi Government High School textile and design technology teacher before her death on Sunday, May 09. She had been diabetic since 2019 and succumbed to the chronic disease a few hours upon being admitted at Neshuro District Hospital.

A holder of a Bachelor of Education (BEd) Degree from Solusi University specialising in home economics, Dorcas was described by Mwenezi Government High School head Cuthbert Chuma as one of the best teachers whose passion for work was unparalleled.

"As a school, we are really saddened by the untimely passing of Mrs. Gondo. The gap she left is difficult to fill. She was one of our hardworking and punctual teachers who would consistently produce the best results.

Outside of her academic life, her dedication was also unquestionable. Under her leadership, the school's drummies (drum majorettes) team performed well at both provincial and national levels. Whenever there were official functions in the district, she would be roped in and her great catering skills would speak for themselves too," said Chuma.

In his eulogy at Dorcas' burial at Neshuro Growth point on May 11, PSC provincial coordinator Tauyanarwo Makuza said the deceased was a committed civil servant whose family life had made her husband Last a remarkable employee too.

"We got to know Mrs. Gondo’s culture of hard work through the exemplary life she led. At some point in time Mr. Gondo used to operate the Mwenezi PSC office alone and despite the huge workload, he would submit all the needed reports and work on time; far ahead of other districts which had more than two workers. Such kind of commitment towards work cannot be credited to him alone without giving special credit to his wife Mrs Gondo," said Makuza.

The late Dorcas’ burial was attended by many people including by District Development Coordinator (DCC) Rosemary Chingwe, school heads, government departments representatives and teachers.

The deceased is survived by her husband Last as well as two children Tatenda (27) and Takudzwa (20).

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Douglas Mwonzora

Blessed Chauke

Main opposition party, MDC Alliance has castigated the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T legislators, for helping Zanu PF to pass the controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill 2 which they have labelled a setback to democracy in the country. 

The bill which comes with the scrapping of the Chief Justice 70 years of age retirement cap, and the removal of public interviews for high court judges, was hastily signed into law by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as part of the constitution.

In a press statement, MDC Alliance accused MDC-T MPs for helping the ruling party to thwart democracy.

The alliance condemned the amendment, saying the constitution of Zimbabwe was a people-driven constitution and it was a product of a broader reform agenda.

“MDC Alliance condemns the recent passing of Amendment Bill No2 through Parliament. The constitution of Zimbabwe is a people driven constitution, which is a product of a constitutional reform agenda that was driven by democratic forces in Zimbabwe of which the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) was part of it,” reads the statement.

The party also accused Zanu PF of trying to consolidate power and failing to uphold the rule of law in the country, therefore the amendment was not necessary.

“The imminent amendments have nothing to do with enhancing the rights of people or improving on human rights and democracy, transparency and good governance. They are designed to entrench an imperial executive whose power is not adequately checked and balanced.

“In this case, any amendment must be necessary to strengthen our democracy, reasonably justifiable in a democratic society and ultimately geared towards promoting the rule of law, fundamental human rights, transparency, accountability and justice,” further reads the statement.

Mwonzora recently addressed members of the media in Harare, where he defended his legislators’ move of voting YES to the Bill, saying it had many progressive components which they couldn’t ignore.

“Those who voted YES were voting for the women’s quota, the youth quota, the quota of women in council and devolution. Those who voted No from our camp were voting no to the running mate and the judges’ clause. We think their behaviour was reasonable,” said Mwonzora.

The MDC-T leader has of late been labelled a Zanu PF apologist after initiating a purge of recalls for MPs and Councillors who were aligned to Nelson Chamisa, giving the ruling party numerical advantage.

The amendment received only 22 objections which couldn’t stop it from sailing, with most of Mwonzora’s MPs voting in favour of the bill.

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 Terrence Ndowora

GUTU - A mentally-disturbed son was recently arrested for allegedly murdering his father in cold blood and assaulting his mother with a wooden hoe handle, TellZim News has learnt.

Zacharia Madzimure (40) from village Gasva under Chief Chitsa in Gutu allegedly murdered his father Elias Madzimure (82) on May 07, 2021, in not yet unknown circumstances.

Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the arrest of Madzimure and urged members of the public who stay with mentally ill patients to make sure they are on prescribed medication.

“I can confirm that Zacharia Madzimure, who happens to be mentally-ill, was arrested last week after a report was made saying that he had murdered Elias Madzimure who was his father and had brutally assaulted his mother, Rungamirai Madzimure (76) with the same weapon he used in murdering the deceased.

“I urge members of the public to take responsibility of mentally-ill patients, and make sure they are taken to hospitals regularly for check-ups and are on necessary medication,” said Dhewa.

Circumstances are that, wife of the deceased left her husband and mentally-ill son alone in the kitchen hut around 17:30hrs, and returned around 18:00hrs to see her son standing outside the kitchen hut holding the murder weapon.

She hurriedly went inside and saw the deceased’s body lying lifeless in a pool of blood with deep cuts on the fore head and a stone next to the body.

When Rungamirai Madzimure approached him on why he had murdered her husband, the accused allegedly advanced towards her holding a wooden hoe handle and bashed her four times on the head and fainted.

A report was later made at Chinyika Police Base which resulted to the arrest of the suspect who had earlier been reported to be on the run.

The deceased’s body was taken Gutu Rural Hospital for a post-mortem.

 

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Tracy Fuzha

CHIVHU - Chikomba Rural District Council (CRDC) has introduced clamping and tow-away by-laws for Chivhu town in a move to decongest its central business district and increase its revenue base and further put it in a favourable place for town status.

A letter by the Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) planner Norman Maoneni, which was stamped on April 12 and addressed to the business community shows that the by-laws came into effect on May 01.

“This minute serves to advise you to notify your constituency that Chikomba Rural District Council shall commence enforcing the clamping and tow away by-laws from May 1 in Chivhu. All members of the business community are requested to co-operate with this noble cause to avoid inconveniences. We hope to decongest and improve sanity in our town,” reads part of the letter.

The town will be charging motorists $50 as parking fees per hour, while clamping fees have been pegged at US$30 for small vehicles, US$35 for kombis and US$40 for trucks and busses.

Storage fees are pegged at US$25 per day.

In a telephone interview with TellZim, Chikomba RDC Chairman Israel Dhikinya said the development was meant to increase sanity and decongest the central business.

"The idea introduced is meant to improve sanity and decongest the small town as well as increasing the council's revenue. We are calling for the general public to adhere to the rules as there shall be penalties for offenders," said Dhikinya.

Located along the Harare-Beitbridge highway, the small town has a number of food outlets like Spar,Pick n Pay, Chicken Inn, Rite Chicken that attract a lot of traffic.

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 …as Govt resist restoration of salaries to US$540

Tinaani Nyabereka / Ian Kadziya

GWERU – The teachers’ representative board Educators Union of Zimbabwe (EUZ) has urged Government to take time and assess the wellbeing of educators who are among the most affected by the difficult economic environment due to their meagre salaries.

EUZ was formed out of the ‘Teachers Can’t Breathe Movement’ (TCBM), a forum which came into being back in 2020 out of growing frustration with authorities’ failure to address their plight.

The union is reportedly the third largest existing teachers’ representative as it houses more than 3000 teachers across the nation.

Speaking to TellZim News after the educators’ engagement meeting in Gweru last week, EUZ president Tafadzwa Munodawafa said teachers’ measly salaries had degraded their status in society.

"We came into being as a result the deteriorating welfare of teachers. The salary of an ordinary teacher has been rendered meaningless and has turned him into a beggar.

"We believe the employer (government) is not doing much to address our welfare despite the pleas we made as teachers. In urban areas parents are sacrificing the little they have for children to go to private lessons. Teachers have become vulnerable to all sorts of offers or gifts and even bribes because they want to sustain themselves,” said Munodawafa.

She said shortage of adequate Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was another major challenge for educators.

"The equipment is not adequate and we therefore are not safe. When preparations were done regarding opening of schools on 22 March, we didn't hear a new plan or increase in quantities of that equipment and we now hear about coronavirus outbreak in schools, which is very worrying," she said.

EUZ vice president, Tapedza Zhou said the union demanded restoration of teachers’ salaries to US$540 as was the case before the introduction of bond notes.

"Our desire to emancipate ourselves and the whole teaching fraternity from poverty and impoverishment is therefore unquestionable. Since last year, we have demanded and we still are calling for the restoration of our salaries to US$540.

"Through our unity, we managed to put our employer between a hard place and a rock, and they yielded a little bit to our pressure but without at all addressing our prime call for restoration of our living wage," said Zhou.

Mildreth Wala

Kimberly Kusauka

Just a little glance at her, one will come to terms that she was born for sport, her posture in the field of play and confidence while donning her netball gear will attest that she is a star in the making.

The 16-year-old Mildreth Wala who sat for her ‘O’ level examinations last year, is a netball ace who plies her trade in the social league but believes one day she will up her ranks and play in the elite league.

Wala is a priceless gem who started playing netball from while in grade three and is now playing for community team Rujeko Mighty Pirates.

On May 01, Wala participated in the Chitima Garikai Netball tournament where she tussled with the big guns of social netball in the city.

Despite being a younger player amongst the old and experienced, Wala, who played in the centre, put up a spirited performance and was arguably one of the finest players of the day.

Her pivotal role and contribution to her team’s enchanting streak saw her team making it to the semi-finals of the tournament which was won by Highfliers.

Wala told TellZim News that she wanted to work even harder to achieve her dream of playing in a top league.

"At first, I played for fun but then discovered that netball is indeed my talent. As time passed, many people advised that I take this sport seriously. I didn’t know what they saw in me, so I gave it a try and since then I have never looked back.

“My dream is to be at the top and be one of the finest netball players not only in Masvingo but in Zimbabwe. I am confident of a breakthrough,” said Wala.

On her team’s overall performance in the tournament, Wala said she was pleased by the teamwork though more could have been achieved with better preparations.

"Our team played some good netball although we lost in the semifinals. I believe we did our best and my team mates portrayed a very good team spirit during the game. They are very supportive to me and they believe in my capabilities," said Wala.

She said she believed that if given the chance to play for the national team juniors, she will prove her capabilities.

"I never played for a national team because I have never had the chance. My team only participates in local games but if chances come my way, I would do my best and prove critics wrong," said Wala.

Rujeko Mighty Pirates captain Otilia Tainga also praised Wala saying she was a talented child who needed support and motivation so that she continues achieves her dream.

"Mildreth is a talented girl who needs support so that she can continue with her career as a netball player. She needs to be exposed to national games and other big games so that she can have a chance to shine with her talent,' said Tainga.

Pirates manager Ruth Mujeuri said Wala was a talented person who needed support so that she furthers her career.

"Mildreth is a talented youngster who needs to be nurtured so that she furthers her career and achieve whatever goal or dream which she has. She is the youngest in our team and I believe she has time and skill on her side," said Mujeuri.



Chii chati go mudondo go, chii chati go mudondo go, imbwa dzangu dzakapera go, kwangosara Samachena go, chii chati goo mudondoo?! That old folk song that my Karanga ancestors sang for centuries, and which was later recorded by Mukanya back in the 1980s. Kkk asi Mapfumo so, zvimwe zvinhu zvadzomboimba ka. Hanzi Heee hiye herere hiye, nyoka musango kkkk. Ndochii ichocho nhai? Varungu kutotamba rwuyo rwakadaro kuAmerica kwaari Mukanya uko. Inga zvakaoma! Anyway, I never knew that age-old folk song Chii chati go mudondo would have so much meaning in this year 2021. Ndosaka zvakanzi usashora mbodza neinozvimbira. Tiri kumaona magandanga kuMozambique uko, ndo go mudondo yacho yaitaurwa ka iyoyo. Imagine those terrorists overrunning the town of Bindura as they overran the town of Palma in northern Mozambique a few weeks ago. That’s too ghastly a tragedy to contemplate. But I am pleased that isu imbwa dzedu hadzina kupera, Samachena tinayo nedzimwe dzose dzinoruma ungati dzakatemerwa mangoromera. Kana kuti dzakafembeswa mhiripiri inopfungaira muchainga kkkk. Don’t even try it you terrorists, otherwise you would learn the hard way that Zimbabwe is not to be fooled around with. We are proud of boys’ and girls’ capability to defend the country from both internal and external threats and that’s for real. Pererai kuMozambique ikoko and be careful munogona kuvingwa ikoko mumanyiswe muchinowira muIndan Ocean. All of you will be shot dead, and not at 450 kkk. Did you hear about kaZungula ladies and gentlemen? I mean that 129m-long new bridge which straddles the Zambezi River to link Botswana and Zambia. Ehe, it links Botswana and Zambia and bypasses Zimbabwe. Heyii vakomanaka, ungati takaroyiwa neakafa kkk. The initial designs of the bridge were such that it would straddle Tswana, Zimbabwean and Zambian territories but thanks to the intransigence and empty arrogance of that old devil Mugabe we lost out. Now takungoenda kuofficial opening yeKazungula takapeta muswe senge Samachena yahwa chati go mudondo iyo ichingori yoga kkkk. Hanzi naMasisi Zimbabwe irimowo muchirongwa. Hezvo! Tirimo chirudzii iro bridge riri renyika mbiri? OK ngatingoti tirimo, just like any other Sadc country. Kana Lesotho irimowo. That’s exactly what happens when you are ruled by a corrupt cabal with no vision but selfish interest alone. They wanted to protect that hellhole of a border called Beitbridge where corrupt Zimra and Zinara do as they please. They thought there was no alternative for Sadc road freight trade outside of Beitbridge, and now Kazungula is a lost lover who can’t be recovered kkk. You see, they have no vision. But I don’t mean ED kkk. ED anayo vision yake, Vision 2030! Ko pane asingaizivi here iyo iri kungoimbwa pose-pose kudai. Sekuimbwa kwaingoitwa ZimAsset makore aya. Kana sekuimbwa kwaiitwa Chii chati go mudondo nemadzitateguru angu. By the way where is Tambaoga? Somebody please tell him to compose a jingle on Vision 2030. Iyo Zinara yakaoma vakomana, an equivalent of US$50 licence for a small car per term. Ahh! Kozoti iya yavanokumanikidzai kubhadhara kwahi hee heee insurance. Ndeyeiko isurence yacho? Before Mapombi dropped out of school, she had learnt in the Commerce subject that insurance kuda kwako, kwete zve force matter zvakuitwa kuvehicle insurance izvi. Mapombi is not that much educated yes, but she knows very well that many of the vehicle insurance companies are owned by the ruling cabal and their relatives, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends. Go and check at the companies registry if you doubt her, but bhasopu hauna zita rewaunoziva raunonowana ikoko kkk. Eheka ahh, pane angapusa zvekunyoresa-nyoresa zita rake pose-pose? Unonyoresawoka vanhuwo zvavo vasina kana nemusoro wese vokutambira front iwe zvako wozvidhlira chinyararire. So that you don’t unnecessarily raise eyebrows ka. You may find that there is a company or companies registered in Mapombi’s good name kkk. Ko ndo cover yacho zve. Regai tinyarare hedu isu vana Mapombi, tinoziveiwo hedu nezvedzidzo isu takagumira chikoro pazhira nekushaiwa fees. But Zinara must give us some value for our money, neyose yavatora pama tollgate iya. I heard some of their managers were giving each other thousands of dollars every month yekurukisana musoro kkkk. Since 2011 hama! Just imagine the looting at grand scale! But nothing surprising there, Zimbabwe has as much Toyota D4D and Isuzu D-Tech vehicles as those high-income economies as Germany and South Korea. By the way isu tiri kuda kuva chiiko neVision 2030 zviya? Upper-Middle Income Economy kkkk. Ko tinokwikwidza zve kkkk, pamamonya ipapo.  Ahh ko kutyei, Cde Mugabe vakatisiira nhaka zve kkkk. Ko ivo ndakahwa kuti voda kufukunyugwa ndizvo here? Kwahi Ishe Zvimba vakatodana Grace kudare kuti wakaviga mufi pasingatendegwi kkk. Haa madzishe awaka, inga hurumende inonogita madiro nawo. Kana nguva yaSmith ndozvavaingoitwa futi, zvaiva zvimbwasungata zvevarungu. Kana magemenzi avanopfeka aya, they were designed by the colonial regime. And nobody bothered to do a redesign after independence; as if to say colonial things are naturally better than our own. Remember I addressed the issue of Agribank, ah I mean AFC last time kkk. Kupererwa kusvika pakufunga kuti kusava kwaBob pachikomo chemagamba ndokuri kuita kuti zvinhu zvisakana munyika kkkk. Haa Bob akakutongai muupenyu nemurufu zvose. Makamuregerera achienderera mazuva amaifunga kuti ari kuita zvinhu zvakakunakirai. Hezvino nhasi nemutumbi wake wakaora kare wokushungurudzai. The likes of Mapombi will not be bothered by all this. We are just povo after all, with nothing to our name. I used to have hope that once CSC and Shabani Mashava Mine are reopened, I will get a job. But the hope has faded. I was told that reopening those mines is a pipe-dream which will never materialize. Makadzinga Mutumwa Mawere aizvigona. Asi Chinamasa ka, wakaondonga upenyu hevanhu wena. Kuparadza company huru yakadaro shuwa, pedzezvo woshaya chekuita official opening kusvika pakuvhura skip bin kwaRusape. Mukaita muchisvodawo baba imi mhani. As for me, I will never attend the official opening of anything except an upgraded Chimusana and Chilonga bridges. Ohh I forgot, even when they finally re-open CSC and Shabani Mashava Mines. For now let me get back to my plastic shack at Chitima and gather some rotten bananas for lunch. Kana iwo maputi anonaka sei muchando muno. Mboko imboko!


Ndarama high school head Mr Matongo (Right) and his deputy Mr Gondongwe

George Chimwayange

Ndarama High School continues to raise Masvingo province’s educational flag high with an 87 percent pass rate obtained in the recently-released Zimsec ‘O’ level results.

Ndarama High managed to beat their previous record as their motto “We strive to beat our previous best” which was 81 percent last year and this year they had 86.7 percent.

Out of the 268 candidates that sat for the examinations at Ndarama High School, 58 emerged with five As and above.

The school has two pupils with two pupils Ngonidzashe Zimawa and Ephrage Rugara with 13As while Shebbah Mudzingwa with 11As, followed by Prince Maguduru, James Mubariri, Privilege Mutsambiwa and Trust Matunja with 10As, nine pupils had 9As, 12 pupils with 8As, 8 pupils with 7As, 8 pupils with 6As and 14 pupils with 5As.

Shona, English, Heritage Studies, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, FRS and Geography, FRS, PESMD, Textile, Technical Graphics  managed to record a whopping  80 percent and above.

Ndarama High School head, Oddy Matongo said he was pleased with the overall performance which he said will continue to improve over the years.

“Although schools were affected with Covid-19 which forced us to close for 6 months, Ndarama teachers worked hard and invested all their efforts into pupil’s in order to produce such pleasing results. This will surely get better as we continuously strive to beat our previous best,” said Matongo.

He also said he was glad that the years of hard work that the school leadership and staff had invested were paying off.

 

 

Blessed Chauke

As the country celebrated Workers Day on May 01, of Zimbabwe National Student Union secretary general Tapiwanashe Chiriga said it was high time students on work related learning got fair compensation as some of them were currently either underpaid or not paid at all.

In a statement, Chiriga said there were a number of students going to work daily during these harsh economic conditions but were not paid fiarly for their efforts.

“We have students who are expected to turn up to work in these harsh conditions every day but they are not properly remunerated. Students on work related learning are not slaves. They deserve fair compensation for the toil and labour they provide for companies.

“They deserve a fair wage just like any other employee. They come to work and perform duties just like any other member of the organisation. Not paying students their dues is unfair labour exploitation,” said Chiriga.

He said students must always research more about the organisation that they want to work for and also be able to negotiate good contracts with the organisations.

“Students must always research more about the organisations they intend to work for before they start working. They must also negotiate contracts knowing fully that they are not slaves and should make their desire to be compensated fairly enough,” he said.

Chiriga urged government and universities to work closely together in monitoring the working conditions of students on attachment.

“Government and universities should work closely in approving organisations and companies that engage students for attachment and make sure that they monitor the working conditions of the students on attachment,” he said.

Many companies, even those that can afford it, are not paying students on work related learning; taking advantage of the increase in university and college enrolment which is not matched by expansion in industrial activity.