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Change starts with us. Right?

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Posted on February 11th, 2014 by Bev Clark. Filed in Uncategorized, Zimbabwe Blog.
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Hello everybody and anybody out there!

Just a short note to say that we are discontinuing this blog so you won’t see any new posts on it. This isn’t because we’ve fallen asleep over our keyboards, it’s because we are hopefully going to be launching another platform soon that will keep some elements of this blog as well as adding some spice!

Change starts with us. Right?

Bye for now.

Challenges and future Prospects of the mining sector in Zimbabwe – CRD

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Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Amanda Atwood. Filed in Economy, Governance.
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A new report from the Centre for Research and Development, “Challenges and future prospects of the mining sector in Zimbabwe,” raises some important points on Zimbabwe’s mining sector and the challenges a lack of accountability in that sector create for Zimbabwe’s economy.

The report begins:

The later part of the year 2013 saw the government of Zimbabwe making lukewarm efforts to address challenges bedeviling the mining sector that civil society groups working in this sector have been highlighting relentlessly for years with very limited response from government. Despite the mining sector failing to achieve the projected growth of 17% in 2013 statistics from the ministry of mines indicate that mining has significantly contributed to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from an average of 10.2 percent in the 1990s to 19.9 percent in 2009 and 2013 surpassing agriculture. Similarly, figures from the Zimbabwe Investment Authority for 2013 also reveal an upward trend of the mining sector attracting 207 million out of the 660 million worth of investment with the remainder 460.30 million falling into other 5 sectors of the economy. Between 2009 and 2013 the mining industry became the leading export sector accounting for over 60% of Zimbabwe’s total export earnings. In spite of this growth, the mining sector’s contribution to fiscus has largely remained insignificant due to lack of transparency and accountability prevalent in the governance of the sector.

Download the full report here

Community Arts, Advocacy and Empowerment Public Discussion

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Posted on January 6th, 2014 by Amanda Atwood. Filed in Zimbabwe Blog.
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US Embassy Public Affairs hosts a Food For Thought discussion on Community Arts, Advocacy and Empowerment: Tuesday 7 Jan at 3pm – 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate.


Jonathan Moyo and the ZBC

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Posted on December 16th, 2013 by Fungayi Mukosera. Filed in Uncategorized, Zimbabwe Blog.
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Moyo was in full knowledge of the looting & servitude that is going on at ZBC but he chose the protectionist route of shielding the perpetrators by sending them on ‘PAID LEAVE’ under the guise of avoiding undue influence. Secondly, these hefty salaries did not even alarm them on taking office because they gave indication that the woes at the broadcaster were known for a long time. The only assumption for their laid back approach based on the turn of events is that these amounts of loot are not material enough to trigger speedy reactions. And those salaries are most likely far much lower than the value of diamonds they are smuggling at ZMDC etc. Thirdly, a minister for the people does not wait for an embarrassing hunger strike to salvage starving souls that are his direct mandate in his office. I wont praise the exposure of the grand theft at ZBC because everyone knows that Muchechetere and his entire junta guard were appointed as revivalists of a stumbling regime in 2008, their project is done now. It is not a secret even to a grade one child that this is an old offloading strategy of this incumbent government. Announcing these figures is just an incidental and deceptive strategy for them to appear dead on to service delivery yet they are still in the business of expending people and protecting the crown. I view this whole approach as corrupt & populist and trying to correct these parastatal wrongs using corrupt means is just as cancerous as corruption itself in Zimbabwe

Meaning of life

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Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Bev Clark. Filed in Inspiration, Reflections, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe Blog.
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Job vacancy: Social Worker / Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe

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Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Bev Clark. Filed in Job vacancies, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe Blog.
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Social Worker: Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe
Deadline: 16 December 2013 (1200 hours)

Post: Social Worker/Case Management Officer
Type of Contact: Fixed term (one year) renewable

Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe is a faith based non-profit making organization, which provides free legal assistance to vulnerable populations. The Organization is seeking a qualified professional to take up the position of Social Worker/Case Management Officer in Bulawayo. We seek an individual with an ability to
work independently with minimal supervision, motivation and passion for achieving best outcomes for children and tackling issues of children in contact with the law in Zimbabwe.

Key responsibilities
-Provide direct counseling/ therapeutic support to children who have come in contact with the law as well as their families
-Complete follow-ups on reports received of children, including home visits within the community
-Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Police, Social Services Department and other relevant Government departments in ensuring children’s safety
-Work jointly with other stakeholders in the field of children’s services, making referrals and networking
-Assist in capacity development and training of community-based child protection structures
-Compile monthly reports of a high standard
-Maintain accurate case records and attend regular supervision
-Facilitating Meetings on awareness on child rights issues in the communities
-Work as part of a team towards achieving the organization’s objectives

Candidate skills and competence
-Possess a university degree in Social Work or post graduate diploma in Social Work
-Registration as a Social Worker in terms of the Social Workers Act (Chapter 27:21) and a current practicing certificate
-A certificate in counseling would be an added advantage
-At least two (2) years’ experience working with vulnerable groups, particularly children and in primary Social Work
-Ability to work with little or no supervision
-Results oriented and able to work under pressure and with strict deadlines
-Experience working with children, women, local community structures and government structures
-Computer Literate (able to use Excel)
-Excellent report writing skills
-Good analytical and problem solving skills
-Excellent communication skills as well as speak fluently in both Ndebele and Shona

To apply
Interested persons with the relevant experience are requested to submit their applications including a cover letter, CV and names of at least two contactable references. Only short listed candidates shall be contacted.

Applications to be delivered in hardcopy to:
The Executive Director
Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe
Suite 5, Winchester House, Fife Street and 4th Avenue, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Or email: clsbulawayo [at] gmail [dot] com

The subject of the email should be ‘Application for Social Worker Position’