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Change starts with us. Right?

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Bev Clark

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.

Jonathan Moyo and the ZBC

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Fungayi Mukosera

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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Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Bev Clark


Job vacancy: Social Worker / Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe

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Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Bev Clark

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’ 

African Records World Expedition

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Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Bev Clark

African Records World Expedition
Deadline: 31 December 2013

The Book of African Records (BAR) is a proudly African, innovative and growing organisation. We collect records about Africa and Africans and use these as a positive change agent against stereotypical coverage of Africa in the global media.

In 2015 and 2016, and in collaboration with tourism boards across Africa, BAR is organizing a promotional and world-wide road show to be known as the African Records World Expedition. This cultural diplomacy shall take participants across 41 countries over a distance of 52 000km by road, using expedition vehicles. If successful, this journey will be the first circumnavigation of the Earth’s surface by Africans.

The African Records World Expedition will be collaborating with an African satellite television that shall be documenting and broadcasting this historic journey as a reality show for popular consumption across Africa.

This is a call for interested individuals who would like to join the expedition as a participant. There are no specific personal qualifications as the final 12 participants shall be chosen through a 3-tier elimination process that shall test candidates’ fitness for travel, general health status, ability to mentally endure extreme conditions, command of foreign languages, Class 1/4 driving skills, among other things. Whilst the organization and sponsors shall meet costs of travel for the entire 14 months, successful candidates are required to contribute 15% towards own total cost of participation.

Successful candidates will also be expected to play an active role in the preparations for 11 months prior to departure day. There are no immediate material benefits to participation.

Positions available: 12 (this includes, among other things, photographers, videographers, rapporteurs, drivers, mechanics). Individuals with a multiplicity of skills will be given preference.

Duration of expedition: 14 months (Departure day is 1 January 2015)

Countries to be covered: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, India, Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica,  Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, South Africa.

An introductory meeting for potential participants shall be held in Harare in the 1st week of January 2014.

For further details, interested individuals are kindly requested to email: expedition [at] bookofafricanrecords [dot] org

Recycling Angels

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Bev Reeler

At the Environment Africa Recycling centre by Avondale Stream
a group of men make a whimsical array of things
out of aluminium cans
everything from sheets of brightly coloured flatted cans for roofing,
to lampshades, baobabs, geckos, giraffes, spiders and Christmas trees

Zimbabweans are never short of a plan

This year Robert has been making a range of imaginative Christmas tree decorations

There is something touchingly beautiful
about his recycled angels
the curse of our consumerism
reappearing as the messengers, warriors, guardians
a re-visitation of the wise ones
kitted out in the latest colours

Robert asked me to invite you to drop by
if any of you in Harare are on a hunt for Christmas tree decorations…

Robert angel

recycled angels 2