Morning Mirror 44 - 26th March 2003
Having just returned from spending two weeks in the UK, I feel that I have to write to let you know about some of the most incredible discoveries along my journey .... in so, so many ways it was a spiritual experience and having just read about your "escape" Henry, from being "escorted" back to your beloved country where you were to stand in the presence of evil itself, I am compelled and driven to tell you how brightly the light is shining and who out there amongst our people all over the world is responsible for bringing Zimbabwe hope in all this darkness.
I was asked to go and give a few talks to Zimbabweans living in London.
No political or organisational affiliations; simply a matter of telling it like it really is as Zimbabweans are tired of reading the papers and watching the TV for info on what's going on at home. I have to confess that together with the other two women with whom I had the honour and pleasure of accompanying; we were highly stressed before giving our first presentation. We were aware of ex-farmers (still understandably angry and grieving over their losses) attending as well as Zimbabweans in their early to late twenties, teachers and professionals from all walks of life. Expecting an emotionally-charged audience, we committed body and soul to what we had been asked to do.
Basically, we presented three aspects of life here at home; "The Reality' - Pauline Makoni gave an excellent synopsis of the awful state of affairs which constitute our economy. Pauline suggested that our biggest challenge is to change attitudes on the ground. By concentrating on our families and our communities and making positive contributions to society in all aspects of our lives we can assure ourselves that the next generation will be principle-centred leaders of our country.
Then I talked about "The Community" - how we have rediscovered how to focus on critical things in life essential for our survival .... such as friends, family and core values in life. I also spoke about how awesome our education system still is and what kind of generation we are throwing ourselves into developing. Personal responsibility in daily events was my mantra and pushing proactively in all life events as opposed to reactivity and passivity!
Then Ingrid Landman finished with "The Opportunities". Ingrid is a general practitioner here in Harare and her cause and passion is for sustaining and developing the health and all other important structural sectors through empowerment of existing professionals. Her ideas are powerful and effective: she invites professionals in health, education, leadership, economics, management and community social work who may be visiting, passing through or returning to Zim to spare an hour or so to share their knowledge with Zimbabweans working in the same area. All they have to do is contact us through www.goodnewsfromzim.com .
She has set up and has already run empowerment sessions from her training room which can seat 50+ people .... and her work has encompassed everything from HIV management, stress management for farming communities to lectures in the latest developments in menopause and HRT.
We concluded our one hour presentation with us playing your song "Our Zimbabwe" whilst we projected images of our beloved nation above their heads on a huge screen. Many tears were shed as your words captured the shared vision of what we all want for Zimbabwe. Afterwards we all mingled and we were astounded to learn at just how passionate every Zimbabwean still is about back home. They have formed formidable groups; helping and supporting each other in the daily grind which constitutes "surviving" in another culture, and in so doing, they have formed their own Zimbabwean communities. United in their history and all things familiar to an upbringing under open skies and in bare-footed tradition, they have thrown themselves into raising funds, writing articles, looking out for each other and most importantly, into really and truly believing that they will come home one day and so they channel all their energy into anything and everything Zimbabwean!
You and Andy have lifted our nation at home and abroad with your courageous actions. In choosing to lose the battle with silence imposed on so many of us by fear, you have won the war between what is the truth and what is the lie. Now that you have captured our hearts and our thoughts with your words, we are inspired to speak with one voice; one dream. Your principles are our principles. Your concerns are our concerns. Your passion our passion. Your patriotism our patriotism.
More than ever before, we are walking along the same road ... the moral high ground. Thank you Henry and Andy for helping us to remember what it really means to be a proud Zimbabwean again. You showed the world and reminded us all what virtue there is in refusing to accept anything less than our collective perfect best. God Bless you both and God Bless Zimbabwe.
I have so much more money in my bank
I can't spend it on fags, fine food and fair
Standing all day in the queue for maize meal
I can't find any marge or oil in the shop
Now bread, it seems, is a thing of the past
I walk everywhere; there's no fuel in my car
I take time for all the positive things in life
(Anonymous, Mutare, Zimbabwe)
I am looking for puzzles to buy for my five year old son who is puzzle crazy. I can be contacted on 246947/241289 during business hours, or 091208087.
WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Christian Brothers College will be holding a Premiere for their play, Wind In The Willows, at Bulawayo Theatre Club, on Friday 4 April 2003 at 6.30p.m. for 7.30p.m. Cheese and wine will be served.
Tickets $800/person available from J. Bonnett on 465571 (B) or 259789 (H).
Tickets for the Gala night on Friday 4 April can be obtained from Julie Bonett tel 259 789 or 091 292 155 at a cost of $800, while tickets for Thursday and Saturday performances are on sale at Bulawayo theatre at a cost of $500.
The play will run from Wednesday 2 April to Saturday 5 April 2003.
Catharina Cleminson is organising the food and assures there will be lots to enjoy.
Come and share good company in a fun filled evening.
Tickets $800 (not $1000 as previously advertised)
Contact Julie Bonett on Bus/465571 and Res/259789
CAMPING EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
My son, Emil, is getting to the age where he wants to go camping and we have zero equipment. We're mainly looking for a reasonably-priced tent and sleeping bags at the moment.
RELIABLE MAID NEEDED
My mom's maid has decided to go home to the rural areas at the end of the month and I am desperate to find a good, reliable and suitable maid to look after my mom. Please keep me in mind if you know of any one.
ANTI HI-JACK TRUST
Please be advised that there is now a councilor in Bulawayo. Counseling is confidential, so don't be ashamed to ask for help. There is no charge to victims.
Contact: 09-243938 or 011 701 323
Should companies/groups require a presentation,on how to avoid and what to do if hi-jacked, please contact the above numbers for details.
HOTLINE : 091 242 512
ECONET CRISIS: 112
KEITH MEADOWS' BOOK REQUIRED
Anyone with a copy of Keith Meadows book - "Fothergill - Bridging a Conservation Era" to contact me should they wish to part with it.
HELP FOR ZIMBABWEANS LIVING ABROAD
We would like to introduce you to 'The Team Zimbabwe Project' - a new resource centre for Zimbabweans living abroad, especially in the UK, but also further a field. It is funded, run and sponsored by private concerned individuals, so all resources, information and services are entirely free.
Find the site at www.team-zimbabwe.net
The Team-Zimbabwe Project is the culmination of over a years work and comes as a result of collaboration between several groups and many individuals. It has been set up to provide a focus and possibly a helping hand to Zims who are trying to make a new life, or indeed are out of the country for a brief respite. There is information available on all aspects of setting up in the UK, and we hope to be able to expand this to other countries as soon as we can, but this depends on community feedback. The site has been designed to run with as little input as possible from administrators, and many of the functions and services will ultimately only be as useful as the people who use it.
Amongst other things you will find information sections on...
Please log onto the site, see if there is anything useful to you, and even if there is not then share your experiences, your tips, your knowledge ... for someone it is invaluable! And pass on the URL to anyone you can think of who may benefit ... that is what it is for.
HOUSE TO RENT IN SUBURBS
House to rent in Suburbs(BYO): Character Golden Oldie, pressed tin ceilings, oregon, leaded lights, 3 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, swimming pool and lovely large verandah. Well walled and gated in sought after area, staff quarters. Suits small family or couple Contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating circumstances and needs, for arrangement to view.
SOLAR COOKING DEMONSTRATION
at the Methodist Church, Main Street/11th Avenue on SATURDAY 29 MARCH AT 9.00 AM
The free Demonstration lasts about 45 minutes - given in English and Ndebele (as required)
Cookers on Sale after demonstration. Price $1,200. Recipe books and a Solar Manual also available.
We operate under the auspices of Solar Cooking International, and can only sell cookers after a demonstration, so the cookers are not available in the shops. Come and learn the simple method of cooking by using the sun as the heat source. Electricity, gas, paraffin, wood all cost MONEY (when they are available) - but the SUN is FREE - and available for 90% of the time in Zimbabwe!
We can also give Demonstrations to groups, schools, churches etc.
Enquiries to: Morag Stone 286154 or Jill Miller-Cranko 241274
A very sincere thank you to everyone who came back to us with regards accommodation for my parents in Bulawayo. My folks have been offered accommodation a little closer to home and it might also include contract work for my dad. At the same time they will be able to finish up with the farm side of things in Zvishavane. We were most grateful for all the advice and assistance we received from everyone and thank you all very much indeed.
We need an answer/fax machine in good working order to buy urgently.
Please contact Barbara email@example.com or phone 473548 business.
The prices are not negotiable, so please don't phone unless that's what you want to pay!
Please telephone 233512
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW OR SECOND HAND FLOOR POLISHER. PLEASE CALL DEBBIE ON 281100 OR 091-301-801.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED GARDENER. SOMEONE OLDER THAN 30 AND WITH GOOD REFERENCES. GOOD PACKAGE AND BENEFITS OFFERED. PLEASE CALL DEBBIE ON 2800 OR 901-301-801
Large double-story house in Kumalo, 4 bedrooms (one outside with bathroom and toilet) and 2 studies. Would be ideal for a family. The house is fully burglar-alarmed. The owners are working on a contract basis outside the country. They have two domestic workers: a housekeeper/cook (lady) and a gardener. Tenants would be required to employ these faithful family domestics on the premises. There is also one dog and one cat which would remain and which would need looking after. Reasonable rental.
If you are interested, please will you contact Althea Farren on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her during business hours at 880770.
Looking for pure bred Staffie pup (or slightly older) to go to excellent home. Would prefer female. If you don't have one yourself, do you know of anyone breeding staffies (preferably to be ready to go mid-April)? Willing to pay.
Please contact Ronelle on: 882098 (work) 091_354-134 or email@example.com
FOR INTERESTED PERSONS, DOMESTICS AND CHEFS WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS.
Ten mornings for two weeks, 8a.m. - 1p.m. Phone ESME 241091 after 1p.m. for enquiries and bookings. You wont be sorry!!
Ford Ranger pickup for sale.
Telephone Bulawayo 888709 and ask for Sean. Looking for $20M net plus 10% sales tax. Extras as schedule below: Bought new in July 2002
YACHT FOR SALE.
All boats have a full complement of masts,booms,sails etc but are in need of serious restoration. Two road trailers for yachts plus one launching dolly
Two self bailers-brand new-suitable for a Fireball yacht
Offers invited-09-281-108 091-227-990
HOUSE FOR SALE - SUBURBS - (oldie done up)
Rhodes Graduation : Lift desperately wanted to Grahamstown to attend daughter's graduation leaving Bulawayo approx 7/8 April. Share driving and expenses. Tel: 243339
For our UNISA PGCE-teacher course we need the following books badly, they are sold out at all the SA bookshops we tried. Does anyone have any of these books? We would love to either buy or borrow them. If you know of anyone who has done this course, please could you let them contact me?
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY Maureen Higgins
SCHOOL PERFORMANCE - Wednesday 2 April @ 2pm
Tickets available at Bulawayo Theatre
HOUSE FOR SALE IN WORRINGHAM
Ingrid Hugo is selling her house in Worringham. 24 km from Bulawayo (2 km off the Beitbridge Road on narrow tar) Small holding (11,67 acres with market gardening potential)
Charming house with beautiful lush garden, overlooking vineyards. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and shower, study, library area, open plan lounge / TV lounge / dining room / bar area. Large kitchen laundry, pantry, double garage, triple carport, 3 storerooms staff quarters. two bedroomed cottage, swimming pool, orchard, excellent borehole, security fencing, large warehouse and packing shed (ex winery) and office
WANTED - HOUSE TO RENT
Small house required for widowed lady in any of the following suburbs Suburbs; Ilanda; Malindela; Bradfield; Famona. Must be well fenced/walled and gated as security is important. Please contact Sue Sanders on telephone Byo 74755 (work 8am-5pm) 238876 (home) 011 217061 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org till 31 March thereafter email@example.com
Selling a 4 ton Toyota Dyna truck, only done 38,000km in excellent condition for further details please contact either of these numbers -Alice on cell 023 408 647 or Mike on 091 260 911.
Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following
The funeral service for the late Frank Parsons will be held on Thursday 27 March at 10.00 a.m. at the Hillside Methodist Church on the corner of Limerick Road and Percy Avenue.
Murder is suspected
We regret to advise that missing persons KENNETH AND HILARY ALLANSON were found dead in Harare.
Henry Olonga was interviewed on Radio Highveld last week and he states that references to his harassment in Port Elizabeth by the CIO were untrue, however he is keeping a low profile right now.
Watch out for massive hikes in Rates, Water, Sewage, phone bills and ZESA accounts !!
When women are depressed they either eat or go
shopping. Men invade another country.
When you are thinking of leaving the country remember
...... my second favorite household chore is ironing. My first
being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
"Great success demands great sacrifice - usually by many
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."
Anger spoils the beauty of the soul.
Everything is okay in the end. If its not okay, then it is not the end