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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Obituary: Peter Garlake 1934-2011

Saturday, 31 December 2011 15:53

By Jonathan Waters

AT least to the academic world, Peter Garlake put to rest the “Mystery of Great Zimbabwe” with his 1973 publication on the greatest historical site in sub-Saharan Africa. Great Zimbabwe, the ruined stone settlement brought to the attention of Western world by Karl Mauch in the late 19th Century, was the capital of a local Shona state, having reached its zenith in the 14th Century AD.

The white settlers had found that keeping the “mystery” alive by suggesting Rhodesia was the Ophir of the Ancients, not only helped drive tourism, but satisfied their own racist ideals in that the blacks were not sophisticated enough to build this great stone structure on their own.

For the myth to thrive, the Rhodesians had it that ruins were built by the Queen of Sheba, with King Solomon’s Mines in close proximity. Garlake, who has died aged 77, resigned his post as Inspector of Monuments in 1970 when it was demanded — in the Rhodesian Parliament no less —that he give an “equal” platform to the “theory” that Great Zimbabwe was built by “light skinned people”.

According to the member for Fort Victoria District, Colonel George Hartley OBE, the “theory” that Great Zimbabwe was erected by indigenous people was “nothing but pure conjecture”.

Where previous archaeologists hid to some degree behind scientific obscurity to make their case for the construction by the local African people, Garlake was unequivocal in his findings:

“Great Zimbabwe must be recognised for what it is — a building of peculiar size and imposing grandeur, the product of two or three centuries of development of an indigenous stone-building technique, itself rooted in long traditions of using stone for field walls, building platforms and terraces.

“The structure reflects the economic dominance and prestige of a small oligarchy that had arisen within an Iron Age subsistence economy.”

Peter Storr Garlake was born in Cape Town on January 11 1934, the son of a soldier, “Dooley” Garlake, later Major-General, Commander of the forces in the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. His mother Catherine, a South African of Scottish extraction, had a passion for animals and was instrumental in setting up the SPCA in Rhodesia.

After completing senior school at St Georges College in Harare, Garlake went on to read architecture at the University of Cape Town from 1952-1957.

After college, he left for England, finding a job as an architect in London within two days of arriving.

Joining the Catholic Order was also a consideration, and he was drawn to a Carmelite monastery at Aylesford in Kent, where he participated in processions with relics of the revered local saint Simon Stock.

Enrolling at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology in London in 1961 for a post graduate diploma, he met his future wife Margaret, who was studying archaeological conservation.

They married in 1962, the year he was awarded a Nuffield Research Studentship, which took him to the British Institute in Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam.

Here Garlake studied the architecture and archaeology of medieval Swahili coast towns after which he published The Early Islamic Architecture of the East African Coast (1966).

However, he went on to lecture at the History Department at the University of Zimbabwe in 1984, a year before a full archaeology programme was set up.

While regarded as highly amusing in his private life, professionals found him “prickly”, especially when it came to criticism from amateur and racist quarters, and loony nationalists after 1980.

He received his doctorate in archaeology from SOAS in 1992.

He was fond of ‘dzimbahwes’— houses of stone

A year before UDI in Rhodesia in 1965, Garlake was appointed Inspector of Monuments.

In this position, he visited many of the ruined settlements or dzimbabwes (“houses of stone”) that cover much of modern Zimbabwe, excavating two of the smaller centres.

He also excavated three ancient Portuguese settlements in modern Zimbabwe — Dambarare, Maramuca and Luanze — which had been occupied by the Portuguese until they were overrun by Changamire in the late 17th Century.
However, finding his intellectual integrity increasingly compromised as the racist politics of the settler regime impinged on his domain, he resigned and left the country in 1970.

Having been offered a post at the University of Ife in Nigeria, Garlake led two major excavations of sites with lifelike terracotta heads (now on display in the British Museum).

During this time he also completed his Great Zimbabwe manuscript.

“The major question posed over the years — was Great Zimbabwe the unaided work of indigenous Africans — has created lasting controversy, and probably no other prehistoric site has aroused such strong, widespread and often bizarre emotional responses.”

Garlake’s book brought together the work of early antiquarians and archaeologists such as Randall McIver, ElizabethCaton-Thompson, Roger Summers and Keith Robinson. Being free of the imaginative theories of later archaeological symbolic, Garlake’s work remains the definitive work on the facts of the subject.

From 1976 to 1981, Garlake held an appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at University College London during which time he carried out excavations at Manekweni, a stone-walled settlement in Mozambique.
Garlake returned to Zimbabwe after Independence and was reportedly disappointed at not being offered the top post in the National Museums & Monuments.

However, he went on to lecture at the History Department at the University of Zimbabwe in 1984, a year before a full archaeology programme was set up. After his losing a complete manuscript on Zimbabwean Archaeology to a fire at his Borrowdale homestead in the late 1980s, Garlake shifted his focus again: this time to Zimbabwe’s diverse rock art. Building on his earlier work The Painted Caves (1987), it was to culminate in his 1995 treatise, The Hunter's Vision.

This he regarded as his magnum opus and it established Zimbabwean rock art in a field of its own. Garlake popularised it with lecture tours to the US and Europe where he would speak from a lifelike cave of paintings that had been meticulously traced and re-created on a paper mache wall. Drawing on many of the symbolic interpretations of Prof David Lewis-Williams and the trance experience, Garlake went further to draw his own conclusions.

He said there was more to the shamanism of the San people as there was something deeper in the art when it came to the wider religious experience. He hypothesized that “formlings” – oval-shaped images unique to Zimbabwe rock art – were an abstract representation of the physical manifestation of “potency”, which he argued guides the worldview of San people.

Following publication of The Hunter's Vision, he took up rose growing, delivering his produce to florists around Harare. Increasingly he started to divide his time between Harare and London, and published his final book, Early Art and Architecture of Africa, in 2002. An avid theatre goer, Garlake enjoyed visiting cities in Europe and the Middle East, where he fed his love of Islamic architecture. Believing “what you write is your memorial”, Garlake opted for “green burial” and no ceremony. He is survived by sister Carole, his wife Margaret, three children and six grandchildren.

Peter Storr Garlake, archaeologist and architect. Born January 11, 1934. Died December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011



Newsletter No: 86 -

December 2011/ January 2012

P O Box HG 594 Highlands Harare Zimbabwe The Motor Sports Club House, 2 Annan Road, Eastlea, Harare.

The Chairman and Editorial Team:

CHAIRMAN: Tim Thorburn 498723 / 0772.645.518

EDITORS Mike & Pat GILL 494028 / 0712.400.243 / 0712.440.794

4x4 Club Website Face Book Site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

The 4x4 Club is affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation - ZMSF

Our Club is a member of the Mashonaland Motor Sport Association Club House, situated at: 2 Annan Rd. Eastlea. It is available for hire for weddings, conferences, kid's parties, 21st birthdays, etc.

News, comments and opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Club or the Committee

THE EDITOR’S DESK - Michael and Pat Gill

We will start by wishing our members a very happy Christmas and may all your dreams come true in 2012.

Kenya. Yes, your Editorial team, with Ralph and Rose Stead, were once again employed on the East African Safari Classic Rally. We spent a week touring Kenya and Tanzania in a Prado. Sadly, being a hire car it was a bit shagged, shocks very poor and several little items needed TLC but a great car. It was very wet and muddy but we had no problems there, far more in the Mombasa and Nairobi chaotic traffic. The rally cars all have to be pre-1975, no 4x4 allowed, no turbo's, basically original but brakes and suspension mods are allowed. Porsches are the most common followed by Datsun 260Z and Ford Escorts. Less than half of the crews are Kenyan but the locals, even way out, know their heroes. Ian Duncan (Kenyan) won last year in a Mustang. This year he used a Ford Capri but had troubles and slipped down the list.

If you have watched those crazy guys doing somersaults on MX bikes you may know the name Travis Pastrana. He drove a Porsche (what else) and even got fastest time on one stage. Here is his report of one day so you can see how tough it was. "In the first section the wipers stopped working and on the second the brakes went with 57 ks to go. Then we had a puncture – probably because we were going too fast with no brakes! The last section we had no problems - nothing broke on the car and the section was really fast with lots of jumps. This Rally is absolutely epic - one of the best experiences of my life."


DOBROPOULOS Costa: Mutare. Well known for his all winning V8 Jeep.

DANBY Edward: Another Mutare driver who has put in lots of time to organise events there.

We expect to have several more Mutare 4x4 members join us this year. Welcome to you all. If you have not been to a Mutare event then make sure you do not miss the next, they are always good and different. See the write up on Dungbeetle.


Not quite news but an interesting observation. It is good to see so many fathers teaching the youngsters to dive 4x4s. I believe that this is a very good way to teach young drivers proper car control. Anyone can get on a straight road and drive too fast but time spent in a 4x4 in low ratio is very good training in car control. Many of the kids I have seen will not be old enough, 16, for several years to come and yet they drive Dad's 4x4 with amazing skill.


Recovery: We all have tow balls on the rear but these were never designed to recover a stuck vehicle. For a start they are in the centre and they often have a breaking load of about 1500 kgs. Make sure you have a strong towing eye in line with the chassis. We have seen too many dangerous, potentially lethal, efforts of snatching a heavy stuck vehicle. At worst only the rope breaks. Never tie a strap or rope to any part of the car, it will destroy the tow rope. Use a D-shackle or hook. Keep all spectators well clear, drape something over the rope. When did you last check all the bolts on your bar?


Our Club has had a good year and we hope that you can come up with some suitable tasks for 2012. We cleared an overgrown track for National Parks at Mana. We took truck loads of goodies out to Bally Vaughan Game Park, we raised money and a van full of food stuffs for S.O.A.P. (Save Our Old Age Pensioners) to help their Xmas charity effort and we collected $400 for the Anti Poaching Teams in the Charara Basin. Not a bad effort by far too few members. Come on guys, let's have a bigger attendance next year and please tell us of your favorite project that the Club could help to assist.


Subscriptions for 2012 will be $40 for subs; and $20 joining fee for new members. See renewal notice at the end of this newsletter. Please pay your subs promptly.

If you are going to enter any competitions then I suggest you get your ZMSF Competition Licence at the beginning of the year. Cost for the year is $35. This will save you paying $20 to ZMSF for every competition and your Medical Insurance is greatly increased as well. And it will save you filling in masses of forms at registration each time. Just do it! I have the ZMSF Forms, and if you let me have them completed, I will arrange to get the Licenses for you. PAT GILL Membership Secretary Phone: 494028 0712.440.794


Those of you who are lucky enough to read the Oct 2011 issue of "Leisure Wheels" may have read a page on joining a 4x4 Club. Glyn Demmer lists several reasons why it is a good idea. If you did not see it, here is his list (modified by us. Ed).

1. The Camaraderie.

2. Share experiences.

3. Gain advice.

4. Improve skills and awareness.

5. In a community committed to responsible 4x4ing

6. Join organised trips and outings.

7. Travel with like-minded people.

8. Technical support in far off places.

9. First Aid and vehicle recovery training.

10. Social events and charity fund raising.



Thanks to Peter Benzon and Gareth and Ashleigh Geach for the time they spent on making such a good day. The quizz on the drive around the North Eastern suburbs were full of cryptic questions that made fools of many. A most interesting route that ended at the Benzons (again). The shooting of hanging tins and plastic bottles was very entertaining, 11 pellets each and the wind helped keep the tins out of line. A new test this time was sitting in a Series 1 with binos and looking for pictures of animals. Some were very skittish and hard to see! Fishing involved sitting in a canoe in the pool with a rod and magnet. On the bottom were a large number of washers, big and small, for you to 'catch' in 3 minutes. If you were too aged you could find a couple of kids to do the job for you, with much vocal support. Being over 70 we elected to fish from the 'bank'.

The prime object of all this fun was to get members together with donations of cash and goodies for the old people whom S.O.A.P. help. Due to a means test; departures to greener pastures and natural attrition they now support 350 people in place of the over 700 last year. We contributed a van load of biscuits, tinned food, toilet paper, juices, $120 in cash and even a large carton of Tea.

Inflation: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.


One of my favourite events on the calendar, many will agree with me. Mutare Jamboree offers real obstacles, serious slopes, and a technical level that we fail to imitate on our Harare site, coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and a bit of a cowboy attitude of the locals makes this event exciting and unique.

Last year they had an organized trail drive rather than a jamboree and this was well attended and a great event too. This year however we were back to a jamboree format and at a brand new venue, Smallbridge Dam. This is a long way from Harare and with short notice we struggled a bit to get the numbers up. Jim Perry and I each sent a truck with 2 vehicles. Ray Walker drove his Wrangler and BJ came from Gweru with his special L/R, there were seven Mutare guys, a field of thirteen. A beautiful setting, camping by the lake, cheap booze and cheap food; the weather was overcast, warm and no rain, the ground was moist.

Our group got chucked in the deep end starting on what turned out to be the most tricky section of the event, in fact it knocked out Aubrey Bennett. We got through it though and after that it was downhill (ha ha). The rest of the field finished the whole event, some real challenging stuff, rocks, climbs and very tight stuff playing right into the hands of Courna Korna, (For once both our Cournils ran trouble free). The old Cournil (I ought to give it a more illustrious name like Iron Giant) was driven by my Danish relative Morten with Lisbeth as coach. They did a great job considering he has never driven a 4x4 in anything of this sort.

There were a couple of new tests; one was the TOP BEER competition in the bar, one of the courses. A down-down type comp where we could not compete with the barman. Secondly there was the timed 'Hill Climb' instead of a mud run. I respect Ray Walker for setting a gruelling pace at both events.


Special class - Kirk/Benzon - Cournil

Standard modified - Jim Perry - L/R

Standard - Gareth Barry - L/R

The Hill climb - Costa D – Jeep V8, second Ray Walker - Jeep

Smallbridge Dam was really ideal. No hassles with local drinkers at the Motor Club. No need to drive comp vehicles through town. The showers, catering and camping were excellent, it is also a beautiful place to which to get away to. This led us to think that a 'Bush Pig' event could easily be run here. We discussed it and they liked the idea. So it is a future option to either run our Bush Pig or a Mutare Bush Pig there. It is a long way to travel but I would like members to think about it and give me some feedback.

Cheers, Mass Kirk


4x4 Club Diary - 2012

These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.

January 29 Ngomo Kurira Run DAY

February 26 Training Donnybrook Donnybrook

March 11 AGM- Donnybrook Donnybrook

March 31 Night Extreme

Jamboree Launch Donnybrook

April 6-9 Easter

May 12-13 Course Building Donnybrook

May 25-27 HARARE JAMBOREE Donnybrook

June 24 Conservation Project AWAY

July 15 Club Day Event DAY

August 13-14 Expedition Gonarazhou Blue Cross, Eastern Highlands

September 15-16 Bush Pig Beatrice

October 27 Three Hills (full moon) Makumbi

November 10 Corporate Day Donnybrook

November 18-20 (TBC) Mutare Dungbeetle Mutare

December 9 Christmas Run Local

Committee: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.


To enter Donnybrook on a non-event day it will cost you $1 per car, providing you have you membership card. Non-members will be charged $10 per car. You must sign the book at the gate and put your name, your Club and membership number. Do not pay without signing the book.

Please note: If you wish to go to Donnybrook to play and there is another event on, then the organizing club can charge what they like for you to enter as they will have hired the entire complex for that day. Please don’t try and argue with the gate attendant as they will just be doing their job. Either pay-up or go away and come back on a free day.


Have you had a look at our Web Site? Grant Weare, Kelvin’s son has done a really good job of updating it. Go to:

We have a Face Book site and for those members, who are on Face Book, feel free to join the site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

Motor Sports Association Club House

MSA Membership: The Club House bar works on a Swipe Card basis and any member of an affiliated club can join. Pay your $20 Club House subscription and get your card. Bar prices are double for non-cardholders.

Hall for Hire - Hire our affordable Club facilities for parties, Wedding Receptions, meetings, seminars, courses and other functions. Assist us in this way to obtain funds for the Clubhouse.

Michael and Pat GILL

See subscription renewal notice below …………………………

Payment can be by direct deposit or paid in cash at the next event or phone me and we make an arrangement. We have a number of places around town who will gladly take your money. Pat

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Annual subscription for 2012 is US$40

Our Bank Account Details, if you wish to do a direct deposit:

The 4x4 Club; NMB Borrowdale Branch;

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Please advise me as soon as you have paid, or we will not be able to reconcile the account and you will not get your Membership Card.

Pat Gill: Membership Secretary

Phone: 494028 Cell: 0712.440.794 Email:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Dear Mike,

For what it's worth, here is another entry in the on-going litany of thefts occuring at night.

We collected friends from Harare airport last evening around 10:00 PM.

I noticed a funny noise emanating from a rear tyre as we turned at Coke Corner.

Near Railray Avenue a dark black vehicle came up next to us to tell us we had a flat (it was actually becoming flat at that point).

It was then, that my instinct kicked in and I sensed a bigger problem, and said that I am not stopping anywhere down town Harare (especially with ladies in tow), and so proceeded to a well lit medical institution in the Avenues to park, so that we could change the tyre with help of a local guard and friends in our vehicle.
A few minutes later, as we are in the process of changing over tyres, a vehicle comes along and parks next to us (we assumed it was coming to the medical institution, which is a normal response, as there were vehicles coming and going).
We were somewhat preoccupied with the tyre change, so did not focus for long on that vehicle.

Next thing we know, our doctor friend says, "they've reached in and stolen something". Sure enough, a man from the vehicle took our friend's wife's hand bag from off the floor of my dbl cab, which was hidden out of sight, and absconded with passport, money, camera, Kindle, etc.

After reflection, we all realized that it was the same dark vehicle, with three grown men inside, that we had seen downtown a few minutes earlier.

Our friend then gave chase on foot and caught up to the one miscreant, who proceeded to turn on our friend with a club and hit him on the hand. The assailant then jumped into the now awaiting car and it fled...the vehicle had no registration (of course).

From our recollection to the police, the vehicle appeared to be of European origin.

These people are brazen and are not shy to attempt to steal even with a number of us standing right there. They chose their moment carefully and hit fast.

Let me encourage your readers to be extra vigilant around this Christmas season if they are doing an airport run late at night, and be sure they're travelling with an escort who can wield a club in defence (such as a strong, young domestic) if they are doing a late collection at the airport.

Advent blessings of joy and peace.


Chris Goppert


Dear Reader,

This afternoon myself and two good friends had a very constructive meeting, at my request, with a Senior Superintendent at Police Headquarters regarding the Drink Driving Comments that I have been sending out over the past week. We were all pleasantly surprised by a very favourable response and ideas that came from the interaction. It was great to find out that they are making a concerted effort to improve their PR with the general public and to share suggestions on the way forward as far as Traffic and Drinking is concerned

The selection of these emails that I sent to him have been forwarded to the relevant Deputy Commissioner and the Police officer commanding Borrowdale and Highlands - showing just how seriously they are taking the matter.

We spoke about the following subjects :

1. Drink Driving

2. Underage Drinking at Night clubs

3. The illegality of selling / giving alcohol to drunk patrons at any licenced establishment

4. Very drunk young ladies being taken advantage of by several drunk young men after the “Bender”

5. The use of Cell phones whilst Driving

6. Police Roadblocks and the, soon to be implemented addition of barbed barriers, to prevent drivers not stopping when ordered to

7. The escalation of Police Presence in and around shopping centres, night clubs and popular entertainment spots

8. Dagga usage and hard core drugs being sold to the rich kids on the block

9. Citizens arrests for people that are obviously way over the drink drive limit

We were told that the officer concerned would be compiling an email for me to send out to readers this weekend giving details of measures the Police are about to implement to improve on all of these matters

They are aware of the major party supposedly happening at Sam Levy’s Village tonight and there will be an increased Police Presence watching out for the things listed above. There are also undercover Police out there ! So make sure your underage kids are not out drinking at night clubs tonight –– make sure that your child is not the first one to be made an example of

More importantly - make sure there is a designated driver for those that are planning to “hit it hard” tonight – we do not want them to be included in the first fatality of this festive season!!

If you feel that I am a party pooper as one reader said this morning, please feel free to unsubscribe from this list! Her email included the following comment about one of these drinking places:

“This is the festive season and all XXXX wants to do is give youngsters a good time - it's up to the people to act responsibly - XXXX are not their nannies. “

I hope you have a very pleasant weekend – Mike G

A sign of the times

Dear Reader

I walked over to Sam Levy’s Village just after midnight last night to check out the 10 hour party that was happening there in the new car park behind the new Borrowdale Spar. They would not let me in to the gig! I did not have the correct (Fake) ID Card that the under age kids are all organising at Photo World all made legal with the Authentic “Justice of the Peace” Stamp that is doing the rounds!
Young girls and guys all wandering around carrying those ICE Vodka bottles or plastic Coke Bottles with anything but Coke in them - all ages – totally illegal by the way to walk in a public place drinking alcohol – whether you are over 18 or not. Noted a group of 3 guys light up an (obvious) joint going into the place. If I can see that happen within 1 min of being there why can’t the plain clothes Police? The kids were still streaming in and a few were already inebriated at 12.30am. What were they going to be like at the end of the night?

We need to change the whole culture of our youth in Zimbabwe. Many of these youngsters seem to think that they must drink more shooters than their mates and be more drunk than them. So that they can go back home sometime the next day and boast on Facebook about how “Wasted” they were the night before and they actually brag about how they can’t remember anything!

I feel we need a few motivational speakers to address the girls at Chisi and Arundel about the reality of binge drinking and what the young guys really plan to do with these girls early the next morning! – talk to the boys at St Georges and St Johns (etc, etc) about growing up to be responsible individuals – not sheep – any takers? – I suggest one or two Police Representatives be taken along to the school assemblies for this (Shock Treatment) purpose – and preferably on a Friday just before they ask mom and dad to go that special “Wow” night club!
Regards – Mike G

.........To everyone who is proactively doing something to stop this craziness re: drinking and driving. Even more alarming is the age of the girls at the night clubs; some as young as 13 years old!!

Which parents are standing by and allowing this to happen? What happens to those girls when they wake up the next morning and remember what they did whilst under the influence? How many "D&C's" are being performed on teenagers who are pregnant? What shred of self-respect do these girls really have when they can't remember what they did, with whom and when? We are allowing a generation of alcoholics to attend regular training sessions in our night clubs, our homes, our communities and should they forget how to ensure they get themselves into the lifestyle, many need look no further than mum or dad .. or both setting a fine example.

No apologies for being a party pooper ... if my email can prevent one more coffin from travelling to a premature resting place then mission accomplished.

The Western Cape Local Government is running a TV campaign called 'Safely Home' using footage from CCTV cameras mounted on highways in SA. The ads are also on YouTube and are 'not for sensitive viewers or children' and can be seen here
I had noticed the increased presence of police checks when returning from Reps to Kambanji after 9pm. It's reassuring to know they're policing - as is their duty.

The drinking and driving has become way out of control and it's marvellous the community as a whole is making the effort to engage all in the need to curb this dangerous activity.

As to XXXX and her comments: what could be more party pooping than dead/maimed patrons unable to fill her coffers. I'm betting she will not accept with equanimity the results of some drunk crashing into her and maiming her for life. She needs a reminder of her responsibility to the community that fulfils her needs.

It takes a village to raise a child. As a community we have a responsibility to each other, not just the 'child'.
the mere fact that xxxx and whoever else offers kids entrance of $10 for girls and $20 for boys and drink as much as you like, is not acting responsibly on xxxx part! don’t you think? this is just saying drink as much as you like, we don’t care, just pay the entrance. AAARGH!!!

well done for taking initiative!. Now also go for those owners of the establishments they need to be…… named and shamed

If ever you are in comms with the traffic police again PLEASE would you mention the danger of the Harare Mutare road. I don't think I have ever travelled that road without witnessing a dreadful accident. Last week there were FOUR major crashes when we went to Harare and THREE when a friend went a few days later. It is a nightmare.

The minibuses and the big black powerful cars (or similar type) overtake in the face of oncoming traffic or on blind rises/corners and just presume you will find a way to avoid hitting them.

I think the police should have roving vehicles between the towns/cities so there is a presence. If you swerve off the road to avoid having a head on, you have the chance of killing or maiming an innocent bystander/pedestrian. The whole road has become a death trap.

Your reader (whose comments are quoted below) says pub owners are not their nannies may be correct – but the parents are being totally irresponsible and should also be held accountable. The owners of the venues can’t keep track on who is drinking what – but they can do something about it and I have a suggestion. What about an additional tax on anyone with a license to sell booze to cover the cost of additional police people whose sole job it is to stand outside the venues and as the kids come out to leave – follow them to the car and do a breathalyzer if it is deemed necessary and arrest these kids the minute they get into the car and put the key into the ignition. The kids can argue their innocence in court at a later stage. Also institute a HUGE fine like thousands of dollars – an amount that could really hurt the parents and perhaps impound vehicles. The kids however still need to get home coz there is not enough space in the prisons! So maybe cover charges should also include a bus service to do a once round at the end of the evening and take the drunk kids home and drop off the policemen at the end of the shift.

I also know that some of these kids are out of control and there are parents who are unable to discipline them. Be that as it may – if they get drunk and wipe themselves out it is of course sad but so much more sad is the sober responsible person who gets wiped out because they happen to be in the line of fire of the irresponsible drunk!


Please bring to the attention of friends and others who intend driving into or passing through Ziumbabwe over the festive period, the following details required for the vehicles.

Just because they are driving a foreign registered vehicle does not exclude them from Zimbabwean Regulations.

All vehicles must have white and red reflectors fitted front and rear.

1 x fire extinguisher, 2 x red triangles for each vehicle. If the vehicle is pulling a trailer a set of triangles for that.

A reflective vest.

The police are using any part of the regulations to fine drivers. It may seem petty but they are tasked with road safety and they are out in full strength on all main roads and aare imposing fines for very minimal offences

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Indigenous Trees:

 Why not give some indigenous trees as presents this Christmas? These make unusual gifts and you can enjoy them for years to come. The COSMO Trust Indigenous Tree Nursery has an extensive collection of some 50 species at the end of Fenella Drive, Monavale, (near B.S. Leon Retirement Village) and we provide a data sheet for each species on how to plant, grow and look after your tree as well as its uses and attributes. We are open daily from 8 a.m. to midday and 2  to 4 p.m. For further information contact 0772 772771/0779 260834/0712 636458.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Warning to vistors to Zimbabwe by Road

SI 154 Safety Equipment: Friends or family driving into the country?

It’s advisable for visitors with foreign registered vehicles to prepare for checkpoints where they might be asked to show they’re carrying Safety Equipment.

If you know of anyone driving into the country, they’ll thank you for forwarding these details to them:

Fire extinguisher

Mandatory. 1kg (light vehicles). To be SAZ approved. Visitors should carry SABS approved units.

Warning triangle

2 triangles mandatory. Not required to be SAZ approved.

Fluorescent safety jacket

Recommended for own safety but not mandatory (except for travellers to Mozambique).

It’s also advisable to fit a pair of reflectors: white up front, red at the back. Size guide: Circular - 60mm circumference, square - minimum 50x50mm.

Requests for more information welcome, email

Big Sky Supplies – We prepare you for your journey (An AAZ Consul Office)

9 Pomona Shopping Centre (Next to Nando’s)

Phone: (04) 870827/851002



"6:30 Get up up up up up..." This was the wake up call of a rotund fun loving clown by the name of Leslie Sullivan who was the morning man on Radio Rhodesia. Leslie, I am told was quite a night owl and would show up about 45 minutes before Radio Rhodesia went on the air and had a "Power Sleep" waking just in time to get the morning radio show kicked off.
At about 5 minutes to 6 in the morning, the day began on the air for Radio Rhodesia. It started with "A thought for the day", an inspirational message to help face the day. At 6AM the morning call would go out announcing what meter band and wave length the RBC could be picked up on.

When I think of this, somehow the aroma of toast and Jungle Oats come to mind. Between 6AM and 6:30 a short recap of the news and weather forecast for the day were given, some music played and then, 'voila! it was time for Leslie to perform his magic and get the children out of bed with his "Get up up up" routine. He usually followed with a kiddie song like "Teddy Bears' picnic or "Pink Toothbrush" but the greatest was when, once a year, he would play a short piece each morning from a story about a fat Chinese boy who fell down a well but because of his long name lost potential rescuers when he would call out for help. His name that being Nicky Nicky Tembo Oh So Rembo, Ooh Ma Muchi Gamma Gamma Guchi !!

Leslie was always so much fun to wake up to in the morning, it almost took the sting out of having to get ready to go to work or school.

His audience comprised of both parents and children. Later in the morning it was time for another sorcerer to perform his Radio magic, in the form of a kindly chap by the name of Don Burdette. Don had a hospital request show with "Silver Lining" as his theme music. Don showed tremendous empathy for the ailing whether it was a "new mum" at the Lady Chancellor hospital or Lady Rodwell Hospital, or a malaria case in Salisbury Central hospital, maybe Umtali General, The Mater Dei in Bulawayo or Greenwood Park hospital or even someone recuperating at home. Don always saved a special segment for his "Little Horrors", the sick children who were in hospital. Usually he would play Alvin and the Chipmunks. It always perked a person up listening to his kindly voice admonishing you to cheer up and get better soon.

Around noon, shortly after the "Daily Service", a wonderful woman by the name of Beryl Salt would exhort children to "Bring a cushion or a chair right up to the radio", at which time she would read a story with the most amazing professionalism, never mispronouncing a word, stuttering or losing a beat. I will never forget her for she made my childhood so much more enjoyable with her lovely voice.

Around 2PM there was usually a short news update, following which a "Serial" came on. It was usually a radio theatre presentation of a book and so very well done. These programs brought something to look forward to and were seldom missed.

Radio really had an impact on our lives as Television did not come on until 6PM and that was only in the larger cities, until later years as technology became better. It was the great spirit in a small box that penetrated our soul and mind and left that indelible image there. It forced your imagination to take you to places your eye could not see, truly wonderful! Monday nights there was a great show entitled "The Missing Persons Bureau" about an agency that traced folks who had disappeared. Henry Simon, was the director of the bureau.

During the rest of the week several radio drama shows were done usually by some great entertainers like Ken Marshall and his beautiful wife Claire. These folk along with other celebrities not only did wonderful radio dramas but often performed in plays at the well known Reps theatre in Salisbury.

There were many fine voices on the air - one was Gerry Wilmot who left Radio Rhodesia to work for Lourenco Marques radio, I think that was about 1961 or 1962.

My favorite day was Saturday for all the great hit music generally got played. Ian Warren had a show at 9AM playing new songs that were potential hits. Everyone's favorite was none other than Lyons Maid hits of the week. The show was done by Martin Locke and Trig Tregaskis who not only had a great radio voice but held quite an appeal to the young ladies. Much to the annoyance of his wife.

Each week there was a jackpot, and if the top ten hits of the week were predicted correctly the winner would win the amount, or if he or she got the top three correct free ice cream was in the works! How we lived for this show! Martin left the Rhodesian airwaves for a while and Keith Kennedy took over the show. Both gentlemen were excellent at their craft and the show was tremendously successful. Trig took over as DJ on Radio Jacaranda where he remained until he left for South Africa in 1978.

Another great at Radio Rhodesia was a guy that I thought never got enough credit for his excellence and that was Malcolm Russell.

Malcolm had a show called "New Tracks" and it was the last biggie for we young folk on a Saturday morning. The show's theme song was "I Will Follow Him" and was just super. Saturday afternoon at 2PM, a radio game show, "The Eyegene Jackpot", was presented and it was quite enjoyable.

A game show program presented by Mervin Hamilton and Vic Matheson that featured housewives pushing a shopping cart around Meikles gathering groceries without duplicating items in an allotted time, brought excitement to the listeners. It was always quite a rush to listen to.

My favorite was "Forces Requests" with Sally Donaldson on

Saturday afternoons. Sally was a beautiful young woman with a voice to match. She played all the forces favorites and with the escalating terrorist bush war she became very popular as young men went off to defend their country. Dusk was usually falling as we would listen with the lights turned out in our living room. It was so peaceful thanks to our security forces. Sadly Sally passed away a few years ago but her wonderful personality, charm and looks will never be forgotten.

There were several distinguished voices like that of John Bishop and Peter Tobin that graced our airwaves.

As the years passed small stations were set up in the provinces that covered local issues for about 2 or 3 hours on Friday nights. I have a smile on my face thinking of all the fond memories of a wonderful Radio station. My times for the programming may be slightly off bearing in mind all of this happened so long ago and in a land far away!

Thanks to all of these dear people, some still with us, others not but everyone is fondly remembered and never forgotten.
"Why be difficult when with just a little effort you can be bloody impossible"

Thank you to the Unknown Source

Family Notices


Vic and Jo are over the moon to announce the birth of their first grandchild a beautiful bouncy 9lb12oz boy Eli Ireland to Sean and Shelley in the Uk, congratulations to the two of you we just wish we were closer to share your bundle of happiness !!!




Pam Spencer (nee Ellman-Brown) 96 years- wife of the late Morten Spencer, mother to Pauline Fairlie and the late John Spencer - passed away peacefully in Howick on 11th Nov Rest in peace Auntie Pam love Rich, Jayne and the girls



Our Mum passed away yesterday, Friday 9th December at 9 45am She was a young 77

All of her four children Mark, Amanda, Paul & Penny, were around her bed She started to take long pauses between her breaths and then we noticed she hadn't taken a breath for a while, so it was very peaceful

She was widow of the late, Donald, beloved Mum to Mark, Amanda, Paul, Penny and 'Gig' to Amy, Matt, Tim, James, Jonathan, Ben, Joseph and Ella


Penny Bell pinkpenguin@smartchat net au




Beloved mother of Fergus and Gillian Forbes passed away peacefully on

the 7th of December 2011

All friends are invited to a memorial service at 66 Duncan Road Suburbs at

10 am Monday 12 December 2011 Tea to follow

Contact 09 - 243255


ANNA WOOTTON , (84) friend of many years, died peacefully after a long battle against cancer on Wednesday, 7th December at her home Anna, you were always cheerful- we will mi you and our joyful hours together Rest in peace! Our heartfelt condolences go to Fergus and Gill

Ulrike and Klaus Leuschner


"Anna Wootten,

A dear friend and neighbour, a lady of great kindne , and a great character Will be greatly mi ed and always remembered with great affection Deepest sympathies to Gus, Gill and family

David, Lucy, Caitlin, Amelia and Tabitha Findlay (Stamford, UK)"


Death Notice

Anna Wootten,

Beloved mother of Fergus and Gillian Forbes, passed away peacefully at home on 7 12 2011

Friends are invited to the memorial Service to be held on Monday 12th December at 10 00am at 66 Duncan Road, Suburbs

No flowers by request, donations instead to Bulawayo, SPCA

Phone 243255


ANNA WOOTTON , (84) friend of many years, died peacefully after a long battle against cancer on Wednesday, 7th December at her home Anna, you were always cheerful- we will mi you and our joyful hours together Rest in peace! Our heartfelt condolences go to Fergus and Gill

Ulrike and Klaus Leuschner



Please can I send my condolences to the Brankin family on their sad

loss of Jenny wife and mother she will be sadly mi ed so sorry about

your loss she passed away at 1 00am on the 30th November2011 Love



Fiona Mcgregor Judge

So sad that one of my friends from KG1 at Baines has passed away in NZ So many happy Bulawayo memories Sweet dreams Fiona

Carole Gilbert Broughton, Castlemaine, Victoria

Please could you record my condolences to Arthur Heron's family ?

Arthur was our family butcher for many years, first at the Dundee Butchery and then on his own I remember going into the shop one day and seeing Arthur standing over the Newspaper which was spread out on the floor I asked what on earth he was doing??? he said "reading the paper, my arms have grown too short, I can only read it from up here!!""

I think one of Arthur's sons was at Hamilton with William, our younger son

Val Taylor - RSA

Joseph Marffy

It is with deep sorrow that we have to announce the sudden death of Joseph Marffy on the 29th November 2011 who died of a massive heart attack in his home in England. He is the third son of Laci and Pelline Marffy of the Mvurwi district and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. His funeral will take place on Friday 9th December in England.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reps Reporter November 2011

Greetings to all members as the month of November draws tp a close and we begin this year’s festive season. As always, Reps is in on the act and the big focus for 2011 is Robinson Crusoe, the Reps panto. There are also plans for carol singing and New Year’s celebrations, so read on for more on these.

Debentures update

Members are being encouraged to take up debentures in the scheme unveiled and launched last month. They cost only $25 and you can buy one, or as many as you like – 2 or 200. The debentures are loans to Reps to enable us to undertake essential current and developmental expenditure. Response is picking up but we encourage an early take-up so that things can be achieved right away. If you would like to know more, please call the Reps office. If you would like to take up a debenture, either call or e-mail the office, or drop in any morning.. Why not encourage your family, friends and colleagues, to buy at least one Debenture - especially those who are interested in Reps maintaining its place as chief performing arts venue in Harare. If you need a flier to hand out to them, ask the office for a copy of the short information sheet that is available.

Robinson Crusoe takes us into Christmas

It’s panto time and Graham Crutchley this year presents Robinson Crusoe – no it’s not just Robinson and Fiday!!. A big cast has been singing, dancing and acting up a storm in their rehearsals, to present the best Panto in years! Spar Zimbabwe has come on board to sponsor it and we thank them sincerely. Crystal Candy has, as always, given sweets for the children coming to watch the show. There are two Gala nights during the run – one for the B S Leon Home on Friday December 9, and another for the Harare City Library on Saturday December 17. There is also a special night on Friday December 16 - when carols will be sung in the theatre for half an hour before curtain up. The show runs from December 1 to 23 – Come and see your old favourites - Marc Thomas, Sue Bolt, Stephane Thomas and Martin Bolt, plus lots of newcomers. The acting, singing and dancing talent is fantastic, with Meg Mackenzie as musical director and Caroline Yule as choreographer.
Bounce into 2012 with Boeing Boeing

Coming back under the guidance of Zane E Lucas is the hit farce Boeing Boeing, the New Year’s show. This is written by Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross and is a hugely funny romp about pilots and air hostesses. Starring are Paul Shephard, Ryan Lawrence, Jamie McLaren, Kyla Render, Chido Maunze and Mike Blackburn. The opening night – a special Gala Night - will be New Year’s Eve. Details of the Gala will be advertised soon. Make a night of it – show first and fun in the Reps bar afterwards, or come along to see the show and head off afterwards to your planned parties. Boeing Boeing runs from December 31 to January 14.
Preps and Repteens head for year-end

Both Preps and Repteens are heading towards their final sessions of 2011, and both are planning end-of-year performances to show what they have learned and what talent they have in their ranks. Katie Cooper has done a sterling job running Preps while Kyla Render has excelled in steering Repteens this year. If you know of youngsters who want to – or should – join up, then send them along in the new school term in 2012 … Repteens meet from 6pm on Fridays during school terms while Preps meet on Saturday mornings, also during school terms.

Social events make for added value and great entertainment

We have been very lucky to have superb entertainers at social events in the Reps bar this year, and there’s plenty more coming up, thanks to Tim Garrard and Jenni Ferguson. November 17 sees a wine tasting with wines from Latilla. There’s a Weakest Link evening in the bar on Sunday November 20, while Rob Osborne will sing in the bar on November 27. Frank Douie and Kevin Hanssen are performing on certain nights in December and there will be a fun pub quiz on Sunday December 11. It’s carols in the bar on December 22 and there will be a great New Year’s Eve bash in the bar, too. Keep watching for specific mails and posters on these events.

Report back on the Strategic Plan

As promised when the Strategic Plan was launched in May, there is to be a report-back session on progress that has been achieved. This will be at 11am on Sunday December 4 in the theatre, followed by a social in the bar. The purpose is to update members on where Exco is taking the Society, what successes have been achieved and what obstacles have been encountered. Come along to hear, ask, comment and add value for your own Society.

Membership subs due soon

A reminder about 2012 renewals will be going out soon, but please can you get your subscriptions in as soon as possible. The absolute deadline is, as always, Saturday, January 14. We hope everyone who is a member will renew for the coming year and that each and every member will sign up at least one new member for 2012.. A growing membership means a healthy Society!

Did you know …

… that the Avondale Scouts run the foyer confectionery and cold drinks bar, which we call the coffee bar (coffee and tea often sold, usually in the colder months). When Dance Trust of Zimbabwe events are on, the bar is then run by mums and volunteers from the dance community. This is one way we help others fundraise and it keeps our foyer stocked with the sort of things needed by patrons. It is also important to remind everyone that it is absolutely forbidden for patrons to bring their own drinks and food onto the premises and that cooked food from the nearby food court may not be brought into the theatre. Our foyer bar is available for non-members to buy alcoholic beverages, while members can, of course, use their own bar before and after performances and during interval. Don’t forget to order drinks for interval before you go in for the show – this speeds up service. It It is NOT permitted to take glasses or bottles into the auditorium – only plastic cups, cans and plastic bottles. This is mainly for safety reasons, and to stop wastage through broken glass.
Until next time, stay well and get on down to Reps


Carol Love


The funeral service for the late Carol Love

will be held at 9am on Saturday morning

19th November at Whitestone Chapel.

Tea will be served after the service.


Just to let friends of Henry know that there will be a memorial celebration of his life at the Tin Roof in Chisipite (Harare) on Thursday 24th November at 2pm, followed by drinks at the same venue.
I don't think my dad even owned a suit so please.... no jacket and tie necessary!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Reports are coming in on almost a daily basis on the crime in and around Harare …. from petty theft to armed robberies. There is definitely an increase and we ask you to please be very aware of your environment and what’s going on around you. If you see any suspicious gathering or unusual happening in your area, report them to either your Neighbourhood Watch or the nearest Police Station - this helps in the prevention of crime … before it happens! Gangs are moving in daylight hours and some very blatant in their approach and attitude …… be AWAKE, AWARE, VIGILANT & ALERT at all times. Keep the security at a high level ongoing throughout the 24 hours of every day/night. Make sure your staff are aware of the rules on a regular basis and check if they are being adhered to. Do not allow anyone onto your property without checking; communicate with your staff as to when you are expecting to have workmen and repairs done as to alleviate allowing ‘unauthorized’ visitors gaining access to your property.

Caution when approaching traffic lights ….. do not have windows wide open, leave a small gap at the top to prevent shattering of glass and have ALL doors locked to hinder any attempted hijackings or smash and grabs. Keep children advised on being alert, especially driving to and from school fixtures and functions. We have a lot of loiterers in and around all suburbs due to the lack of employment so chance and survival are on most minds.

If you are unfortunate to be a victim, please DO NOT FIGHT BACK OR RESIST, you will only be hurt. Material goods can be replaced, but LIFE is far more precious. Be warned that most gangs are armed and are not afraid to use them. Try not to make eye contact and do what they say - to be a hero may cost you your life.
Let’s ALL fight this crime together - stay ALERT and SAFE !


Driving Warning –Drew Rd / Harare Drive

Driving Warning –Drew Rd / Harare Drive -  I was told by a middle aged lady, yesterday, that, on Friday night last week, at about midnight her husband had been driving home after a couple of drinks at The Tin Roof in Lewisam. He drove along Drew Road and , just before he turned left into Harare Drive, he slowed down for the hump in the road. His windows were open at the time. A youngish guy suddenly appeared from nowhere, stuck his head through the driver’s window and spat in the drivers Face! The latter was, understandably,  not amused and opened his door in a rage – in the meanwhile another chap opened the passenger door and tried to climb into the car. A big fight then ensued with yet another guy joining in. Luckily the driver was quite a bug guy and successfully fought them off with nothing notable stolen from the car

Chatwood - Mary

Chatwood - Mary.Passed away peacefully in Australia on 23rd October 2011, aged 96 years. Remembered with love and pride by her grandchildren, great - grandchildren, and Bridget de Caila.

Comment from MD of company in Msasa

“This May Be worth circulating especially for people who sell goods and the customer collects at a later date

“Last week we invoiced out a computer printed invoice for 1 Box of goods. But when they returned later the next day to collect , the same computer printed invoice now read 10 boxes ! !

Fortunately our security picked it up. We double checked our sales invoices for the previous few weeks and found that they had been " successful " the previous week ....... So ..... be warned

SADC driving licences

Having been warned that the Moz Transit police were going to be demanding SADC driving licences from Zim licence holders, I found out that Zim was not now, nor in the near future, intending to produce SADC licences. This message has been relayed by the Zim Minister of Transport to his counter parts in all SADC members. You could, if you were desperate, take your Zim licence to the Moz embassy, and have it authenticated, but I dont think really necessary.”


MILESON - MAISIE. Passed away peacefully in her sleep in Johannesburg Friday morning at the age of 93. She will be sorely missed by her children Clay & Lynette, Lyn & Nick and their respective families. Contact through her granddaughter Mandie -

Angela Dilmitis

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Angela Dilmitis.  The funeral will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 224 Leopold Takawira, Harare on Wednesday 16th November, 2011 at 11am.  The family will accept condolences at the Sparta Hall (next to the Cathedral) immediately after the service.  The family have requested that all donations, in lieu of flowers, go to the Hellenic Schools.  There will be a private burial in Chinhoyi at a later date. Our most sincere condolences are extended to her husband Peter, her sons John & Manousso, her daughters Cleo & Maria, and all of the family for their loss.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Family notices

It is with great sadness that the family of Ben Norton advise that Ben passed away, peacefully, on Thursday 27th October 2011. in Howick, R.S.A.

He will be lovingly remembered by Jenny, Larry and Sara , Meg, Ben and Madeleine and Dustin.

The funeral will take place at St. Lukes Anglican Church , Howick, on Monday 31st October at 10 a.m.

Milly Carlisle
Milly Carlisle, mother of Jenny Campbell and Kathy Hull died peacefully in her sleep on 18th October.

There is to be no memorial service or funeral service as requested by her.

Kathy's email address is


PEREPECZKO ANNA, Wife of the Late Adam Perepeczko and Beloved Mum, Granny and Great Granny of Al, Babs, Alex, Micki, Leanne, Robert, Sarah, Sophie-Grace, Justine, Jono, Louise, Graig and Cheryl. Passed away peacefully at home on the 1st November 2011. We will hold you in our Hearts Forever. Funeral Service to be held at Nazareth House Chapel on Monday 7th November 2011 at 2:30 pm, Followed by tea at the Larmenier community club, Friends please accept this intimation, Family contact : Babs Graham 0779303815

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gerry Allan

The Memorial Service for the late Gerry Allan , ex CAA and Air Zimbabwe, will be held on Friday 4th Novemeber2011, at the Athol Evans Chapel, 10.00. Jenny Matthews, Val Caldecott, Diane Caddick and Keith Allan invite all friends to attend this celebration of his life.

Jenny Townsend

It comes with great sadness, the passing of Jenny Townsend in Harare on Sunday 30th October 2011. A memorial service will be held at the BS Leon in Harare on Monday 7th November 2011. Teas will be served after the service at BS Leon.

Lilian Cottirll

Unfortunately, I have some sad news, Lilian has passed away. She was found this morning, Nov 2nd, in her bed by the cleaner. At present we do not know any more details, but it would appear that she has passed away peacefully in her sleep.

I was actually going to e mail people tomorrow, when I was hoping to be able to give you more details, but unfortunately, this news seems to be circulating on Facebook already, though the source has not come from either my sister or myself. At present we do not know when the funeral might be etc, or the actual cause of death, though I would suspect a heart attack.

I saw Lilian a couple of months ago and my Father saw her last Saturday, when she appeared to be ok, though of course had several long standing health problems.

It is a sad day, and she was an amazing person, in that she was so stoical and never complained, despite all that she and John had been through. I know that she had many friends spread across the world now, and spent many happy hours keeping in touch. Her computer was a life saver in many ways, and she took to the technology brilliantly for a person in her eighties.

Will let you know more when I find out.
Margaret Sherman (niece)
PS, If anyone knows of any person who Lilian knew that is not on the list, maybe they could pass on the news, thank you.
Margaret Sherman []

Monday, October 31, 2011

Please see attached and below photographs and copy for circulation to everyone in your address books, newspapers, dancing communities etc etc. The sooner we get this message out to as many people as possible, the quicker we can get the centre rebuilt. Funds are URGENTLY required from well wishers and lovers of dance to resurrect The National Ballet Centre. As much newspaper/magazine coverage as possible would be much appreciated, so please call in as many favours as possible from anyone and everyone you can:-

“The National Ballet Centre was destroyed yesterday morning after the roof caved in leaving the building unsafe and unusable. The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe announced that the collapse of the centre, which was built 35 years ago and has housed and trained the national dancing community for decades, is a national disaster and throws doubt over the future of dance in Zimbabwe. All dancers, teachers, parents and friends of dance were devastated by the news as it leaked out yesterday.

The National Ballet centre, situated on East Road, Harare (behind Reps Theatre) has staged many shows over the years including its annual dance festival Starlight Dancing. It is also registered as a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examination centre and its facilities are used daily by many of Zimbabwe’s top dance studios and dancers including the Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company, The Dance Foundation Course, The Outreach Project and the National Ballet dancers themselves.

When the Ballet Centre initially opened, it focused on classical ballet. Later it was then realised that it was essential to take dance to the community as a whole, especially to the high-density suburbs. "Vana vano tamba" (children who dance) was soon launched in 1984 - a project initially confined to children under twelve in Harare's high density areas who would otherwise have had no exposure to dance other than traditional. The teachers went to various schools and a class was given on a Saturday morning to teenagers, who formed the City Youth Group. A few dancers, who showed potential, were awarded scholarships to learn ballet at a more advanced level from classical teachers.

This initiative soon led to the first workshop. So successful was this course that the training was extended and culminated in a formal three year Dance Training Programme specifically aimed at talented young schools leavers from economically constrained backgrounds. The course was free of charge and all students were provided with daily transport and lunch money. The first course was completed in 1992. The graduates were then employed either by the newly formed Tumbuka Dance Company, or the community based Outreach Team. This was an innovative and exciting move because of its employment creation policy and the possibilities for future expansion.

Since then, four further three year long Dance Foundation Courses have been successfully run, which has highlighted the interdependency of all three projects. The fifth Dance Foundation Course started in July 2008 and is currently running.

The Outreach Team has identified talented youngsters in the community, who were invited to audition for the Dance Foundation Course. Talented course graduates have been taken into Tumbuka as professional dancers. Tumbuka Company members are an integral part of the training course as they are involved in teaching the students on a regular basis, are disciplined role models, and inspirational leaders.

In 1999 two of the students on the Dance Foundation Course were offered a one-year scholarship with the Oslo National College of Ballet and Dance. The scholarships were extended by a further two years. Both of these dancers gained employment in the field of Dance in Europe. Since then six more students have benefited from these scholarships.

The Outreach Programme, that was initiated as "Vano Vano Tambo", developed into a formal programme with an Administrator and a Co-ordinator. Currently there are four teachers, one of which doubles as the Co-ordinator, who teach 4500 children. The classes are given free of charge. Outreach Dance Festivals are attempted every year to afford the children an opportunity to dance in public and one is currently in rehearsal and due to be staged on 26th November 2011 at The Dutch Reformed Church, Samora Machel Avenue, Harare at 10am. A morning not to be missed!

Chairman of the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe Tereza Carter, said that “Rebuilding The National Ballet Centre, is critical to ensure that all the gains over the past 35 years are not jeopardised. Dance in Zimbabwe must continue and it’s important that The National Ballet Centre remains at the hub of that national project.”

Well wishers, friends of dance and the corporate world are requested to contact The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe on for more information”.

Best Regards…Joe

Congratulations to Amy (nee Henderson) and Grant Froneman

Congratulations to Amy (nee Henderson) and Grant Froneman on the birth of their beautiful little boy Dylan, born on October 21st in Cape Town.

Proud grandparents Anne and Donald are so happy to be grandparents at last. We thought long and hard about it but eventually decided that, despite the financial considerations and our advancing years, we should put aside our reservations and make this sacrifice for the sake of our children. Ultimately, it was not a difficult decision to make as we had the help of Amy and Grant from the beginning. Sandy and Chelle have prepared meticulously and will heap love and gifts from their royal home in Dubai.


From Jenni Williams

My name is Jenni Williams, national coordinator of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). I am persecuted for being a human rights defender, just getting over my 39th arrest and recovering from my 3rd stint in a Zimbabwean jail as a unconvicted prisoner. Arrested on the 21st of September 2-11 World Peace Day, I spent 2 days in horrific conditions at Bulawayo Central Police and then 10 days at Mlondolozi female prison in Khami complex. This brings my tally to 73 days of my life spent in jails wearing the bright green dolly rocker tunic of a remand prisoner. Despite so many arrests, the state has been unable to criminalise my right to peaceful protest so they through a particular officer with personal grudges have now resorted to criminal charges of kidnapping and theft. Anyway that is just a bit of background, the real reason I write this is to make a heartfelt plea to Zimbabweans.

In Zimbabwean jails, you have nothing to do except watch and SEE what happens and to talk to other prisoners. Life in prison is dreary, many nights spent on hard floors, dirty blankets, stinking cells, long hours (16 hours) of lock down in small overcrowded cells can surely drive one up the wall. I slept next to murderers, car jackers, thieves , fraudsters, prostitutes, all of them human beings trying to survive. I was not there to judge them but to share in the battle to eke out some form of dignity for oneself and avoid being harassed or beaten or tortured by prison guards.

Counting the hours and days in your head or watching how the shadows change as the sun sets as you are not allowed to know the time becomes a favourite past time of many. A prison is supposed to be a place for correction and reform , but Zimbabwe's prisons become places of slow death and places where one's dignity and self esteem are stripped. I have seen none of the correction and reform except forced labour or nonsensical things like the daily watering down to clean the 12x25 meter concrete yard.

During 2008, time in prison was hell as there was such widespread hunger and skeletons habited most of Zimbabwe's jails. Things have improved somehow in terms of supply of food in Mlondolozi but I am afraid to say the food is badly cooked and hungry eyes tell the stomach that it cannot finish the meal served on plastic plates as it is so unappetising. Sadza and spinach is such a simple meal to prepare if cooked in clean pots with clean water and with care but both are lacking at Mlondolozi. The sadza of an indescribable colour with relish of either spinach drowning in it water and not a drop of oil or beans swimming in an Olympic pool of liquid are the 11:30 lunch and 3pm dinner menu. Porridge too is a burden to eat as it is cooked in yesterday's unwashed pots and 20% of inmates have that magic item called a spoon. Those with the other scarce item called a toothbrush use one side for brushing and another for dribbling porridge into their mouths. And so I learn that eating is half hunger and a whole lot to do with how appetising the food is, the result, inmates don't get their basic right to a decent cooked nutritious meal. Due to my friends and relatives I am able to get a meal and something for breakfast delivered to me daily but as before I find I cannot eat in those conditions and lost 4kgs despite spending most of the day sitting in the tiny yard. One appetite killer is the thought that someone in the cells who d s not have relatives to visit and cannot stomach prison food will go for days without a morsel. My colleague Magodonga spent many meal times urging me to eat so I could take my antibiotics to treat the infection of my recent surgery. There was no bathing or shower facilities in Hotel Central Police station and my pleas for clean water for me to cleaning my wounds for 3 days fell on deaf ears, it was if I was asking for a rock from the moon. By the grace of God the antibiotics worked, and the infection has cleared.
I have three things to ask of anyone reading this note but I am no expert but just sharing based on experience. Firstly talking to convicted prisoners, it becomes so clear that that people can be too trusting and this sets them up for a fall. Please take time to study and analyse people and take more seriously advice on how to prevent crime or carjacking. Don't leave your keys in the ignition and step out. Don't trust strangers no matter the gender, smile or eloquence. I am not saying go through life being suspicious and lose confidence in the basic good of a human but take the time to THINK before you act. This will and can save you from injury, harm death and or even losing your property.

Following on from the basic good point, some of the crimes that resulted in prisoners being given the yellow dress of a convicted person could have been solved my facilitated dialogue processes. Again, I ask us to think and try to find other ways than to send someone to a prison that cannot feed them in a country that will not reform or correct them. Instead of prisoners coming out as reformed members of society they re-enter society as hardened criminals with little hope of being reformed. I am also talking to employers of domestic staff. The police and justice systems in our country are not working as they should so in the meantime society must find another way to peacefully deal with crime that involves genuine reform and correction and restitution. By the way I have had lots stolen from me and many break ins but because of who I am, I am deprived of my right to walk into a police station and report a crime as it had resulted in my personal persecution for my human ights work.

If you have a relative in jail, please visit them, they need to see you even if you have nothing to give except your smile and a teaspoon or an empty container to use as a lunch box! If you can donate food or practical things to Mlondolozi for the 100 women there, please do so but make sure there is a record of the donation or demand to give it to a prisoner direct or through charitable organisations. Send body cream but not face cream. Don't send deodorant or things that women like to use to make themselves pretty and feminine because so strange undisclosed reasons feeling feminine is not allowed. During my stints I normally coped by reading magazines or short simple romance novels and prisoners and guards alike had always loaned these books to read so it is something that you can do to help pass the day or night, while waiting for Zimbabwe's slow wheels of justice to take their course.

May I take this opportunity to thank the many whom I know had me and my colleagues in their prayers.
God bless

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reps Reporter – October 2011

Greetings in a hot October as we all start the countdown to the festive season and the new year ahead. The highlight of the past month has been the Special General Meeting and the subsequent launch of the Debentures, aimed at funding Reps, so that not only can the society continue to function but that it can do so fully confident of great things ahead.
Debentures now on offer

There have been many messages sent out about these, so all we need do here is encourage each and every member to get involved and to encourage friends, family and colleagues to do so, too. The Debentures can be taken up by members and non-members alike. If you feel you don’t know enough please call the Reps office for more details.

Stars of Tomorrow can be seen this month

National Ballet’s annual show presenting the younger dancers from all the dance schools will be staged from November 11 to 19, with performances most nights at 6.30pm and matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm – and a Sunday matinee on Nov 13 at 2.30pm. Fans of dance will enjoy seeing the ‘littlies’ and you will be joining many family members and friends coming to see the dancers in action. During Stars of Tomorrow there will be colouring competition related to the upcoming Reps panto, with prizes of tickets to see the panto, so young members of the audience have something fun to look forward to.

Dreamcatcher will feature song and dance

On the evening of Sunday November 13, Reps and the National Ballet will jointly present a fundraiser show, starting at 6pm. This has been a feature of the November calendar for a few years and the show will, as before, feature a mix of song and dance and a good way to spend a Sunday evening. Performers for the show are being lined up at the moment – if you would like to volunteer, please let Philippa in the Reps office know.

Spar Zimbabwe supporting Reps and the panto

Spar Zimbabwe has kindly agreed to sponsor the panto this year – Robinson Crusoe (Main Stage December 1 to 23). This is very exciting as it will allow us to put together a great production and help promote it widely. Graham Crutchley has started rehearsals and it looks like being a winner. The Spar connection will bring in Childline, which we hope will benefit from this involvement, among which will be collection of toys and children’s items through a foyer collection box throughout the panto run. Members can help by promoting Robinson Crusoe far and wide and making sure everyone in town knows about it. This year’s panto will be a blockbuster and its stars include Marc Thomas, Sue Bolt, Martin Bolt, Emily Wetzlar, Stephane Thomas and a number of brand new faces! Two gala nights have already been sold so book early – it’s going to sell quickly and well!

Get going for Boeing Boeing

The return of the new year brings Boeing Boeing back to the stage – one of the best and funniest farces ever written! Zane E Lucas will direct this and as a special extra, there will be a members’ early booking window giving members preferential booking for the opening night on New Year’s Eve. See in the new year with this top rated farce and the fun in the members’ bar afterwards, or go on from the show to whatever event you will be attending that night.

Social events aplenty

Mails are coming out all the time about all the socials coming up, so no need to repeat them here. However, all members are encouraged to come along to these events – there’s always a lot on offer and people end up having a grand time. Sometimes these socials are open to the general public and this is a good way of letting people see just what goes on at Reps and they can then be encouraged to join as members themselves. Coming up on October 29 is The Rocky Horror Picture Show being screened in the theatre and linked to associated Halloween events before and after the screening. November 4 sees a Portuguese-themed bar party and November 6 has another Sunday pub quiz … and there’s lots to follow.

Hire charges standardised

A set of standard hire charges have agreed to and a schedule of these is available from the Reps office – everything from hiring the theatre to hiring equipment.

Members’ information

On our members list are many people whose whereabouts is no longer known, and we would appreciate it if people could assist us in identifying where they may be now. Among these are a reasonable number of Theatre Foundation Members and Life Members. We cannot publish all the names but if you get a chance to visit the Reps office and look at the list, perhaps you can advise if you know where some of these missing people can be found. Sadly, we have come across information indicating some have passed away and we have taken them off the list. Many people have moved abroad and we don’t have their contact details. Some may well still be in Zimbabwe but are not receiving our information and news.

Membership drive still on

Although the competition for the Blue Swallow Lodges prize for signing up new members has ended, the drive for new members continues. We have had a good number of newcomers coming on board in the past few months and we would like this to continue. Everyone’s a potential member and it’s a matter of drawing to their attention what Reps offers its members. Forms can be obtained in the Members’ Bar, the Spotlight or Reps office.

Reps website offers information on everything about Reps

All you need to know about Reps should be found on the Reps website,, run for us by Mark Hyde. Please visit the site and give us feedback on what you find. It’s easy to reach and visit, and very much quicker than those huge websites which sometimes take a long time to get into.

Did you know …

… that Reps members get a 20 percent discount on tickets bought for Repertory Players productions on the Main Stage? It’s just one of the benefits of being a member. Sometimes this benefit is also accorded to members coming to see hire shows on our stage.

And some great news on subs

Exco has been decided that subscription fees for 2012 will remain at the levels of 2011, and a call for payment of subscriptions will be sent out later this year. Deadline for renewing is January 14. Work on streamlining the membership categories is taking place at the moment and information on this will be sent out with the call for subscriptions payments.

Until next time, keep cool!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


York - Jessie Elizabeth (nee Greeff) Passed away peacefully on 20th October 2011 at home aged 94 after a long healthy life. Mother of Fred, Geoff, Connie and Lionel. Mother in law of Cynthia, Anita, Harold and Lesley. Grandmother of Richard, Candy, Michael, Joanne, Alister, Grant, Siobhan and Patricia. Great grandmother of Matthew, Ethan and Joshua. Funeral to be held at Hillside Methodist Church, Limerick Road on Thursday 27th October 2011 at 2:30pm. All friends and relatives are invited for refreshments after the service at the home of Fred and Cynthia York, 5 Southway, Burnside, Bulawayo.

++++Passing of Chris Dixon

It is with deep regret that I advise you all of the passing of Chris Dixon at 05h00 on October 21, 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

As we know Chris battled with the dreaded 'C' and let us rather rejoice and celebrate his life knowing his pain is over and now he can rest in peace.

Chris attested with 16 PTC in March 1962 ad gained his Wings in June 1963.

The Pilot
By Gene West

I hope there's a place, way up in the sky,

Where pilots can go when they have to die.

A Place where a guy can buy a cold beer,

For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear;

A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread,

Nor a management type would ere be caught dead;

Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, full of smoke'

Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke;

The kind of place where a lady could go

And feel safe and protected by the men she would know.

There must be a place where old pilots go,

When the paining is finished, and the airspeed gets low,

Where the whisky is old, and the women are young,

And songs about flying and dying are sung,

Where you'd see all the fellows who have flown west before,

And they call out your name, as you came through the door.

Who would by you a drink, if your thirst should be bad,

And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"

And then through the mist, you'd spot an old guy

You had not seen in years, though he taught you to fly.

He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear,

And say, "Welcome my son, I'm pleased that you're here."

"For this is the place where true flyers come,"

When their journey is over, and the war has been won."

"They've come here at last to be safe and alone"

"From the government clerks and the management clone,"

"Politicians and lawyers, the Feds and the noise,"

"Where all hours are happy, and these good ole boys"

" Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest,"

"This is heaven, my son... You've passed your last test!"

"Rest in Peace Chris'"

Deepest sympathies to Gail and family and also all of Chris's Course mates on 16 PTC

Messages of sympathy can be sent to Gail on

Kind Regards

Eddy Norris

HASTINGS - Emma. Beloved mother of Hugh, Margaret and Sheila, mother-in-law of Peter, and grandmother of Justin and Katy, passed away peacefully in Pietermaritzburg, on Monday 17 October 2011, age 87. Emma embraced all she knew with love and wisdom, lightened life with humour and enriched our lives with her graciousness and pure spirit. Rest in peace, darling Emma, your soul is free.

HASTINGS, Emma. Late of Bulawayo. Peacefully in Pietermaritzburg, on Monday 17 October. Much loved sister of Dawn (nee Summerton), and loving aunt of Tracey and family in Queensland. Deeply missed and forever loved


To Donald and Ann Henderson a grandson ! Born to Amy and Grant in Cape Town.

Great grandson of the Late Jimmy and Theresa McGroarty.
Much love and congratulations from Rick and Maggie

Travis and Kim Craddock proudly announce the safe arrival of their little girl, Chelsea Rebecca on 20th October 2011.
Congrats to Travis and Kim on the long awaited arrival of Chelsea Rebecca. Lots of love Rob, Lynne, Kylie and Lorna. xoxox

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Richard David Thompson

Richard David Thompson loving husband and father to Trish Thompson, Darren Thompson, Belinda Thompson and Jason Thompson. Passed away Monday 24th October 2011,

We know you are at peace on the river with a brandy and coke or Whiskey and soda in hand and the Beegees playing full blast in the background, fishing for tiger!! May you catch that big one!!

Our Father, Loving Husband and mentor to many will dearly missed! He was one of a kind! And we will always love you and are blessed to have had him in our lives!


Chris Dixon

Funeral Notice ; Chris Dixon ,much loved husband of Gail and father of Simone and Julian  passed away on the 21st October . The funeral service and thanksgiving for his life will be held on Wednesday the 26th October at 230 at St Georges School Chapel .Friends are welcome .For more information please contact Gail’s sister or call 0772236960

Monday, October 24, 2011



Newsletter No: 85 -

P O Box HG 594 Highlands Harare Zimbabwe The Motor Sports Club House, 2 Annan Road, Eastlea, Harare.
The Chairman and Editorial Team:
CHAIRMAN: Tim Thorburn 498723 / 0772.645.518
EDITORS Mike & Pat GILL 494028 / 0712.400.243 / 0712.440.794
4x4 Club Website Face Book Site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

The 4x4 Club is affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation - ZMSF

Our Club is a member of the Mashonaland Motor Sport Association Club House, situated at: 2 Annan Rd. Eastlea. It is available for hire for weddings, conferences, kid's parties, 21st birthdays, etc.

News, comments and opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Club or the Committee

THE EDITOR’S DESK - Michael and Pat Gill

We wish to say sorry that this is so delayed after the August issue but we have had a lot on our plate including our 50th Wedding Anniversary and a visit by our "Grand Children" from UK. All back to normal now. I did take the young out to Donnybrook in my SWB Patrol "Stubby" for some driving on the 4x4 tracks. Tim is a Police Traffic Patrol car driver in the UK and Martha is a CID Officer so there was sure to be a conflict of driving methods. Must say they both did very well till we nosed into one of the "Extreme" holes and even our LWB Patrol could not get us out backwards. Fortunately the only large tree nearby was straight in front and the winch pulled us out. Phew! A memorable day for them, and us.


Tammy Ellis: Congratulations on attaining your majority. Tammy turned 21 on 27th August and had a very good party at Tree Tops to celebrate. .

Cheryl and Martinus NEL: Our sincere condolences to Cheryl and Martinus on the tragic and untimely death of their son Christopher in a motor accident.

Michael and Pat Gill: Your editors celebrated their 50 years of matrimonial bliss on 14th October.

Ray Walker: It is with regret we advise you of the death of Ray's wife Joan. She had been suffering for the last six months or so with a brain tumor. So sorry Ray, Joan was a lovely lady.


We all have occasions to need some kind of specialist work done on our cars. In my case it was to weld a small reinforcing plate UNDER my Landy chassis. Personally I find welding upside down impossible so I made use of Power Pipes in Msasa. Here they lifted the car up high, used a MIG welder and a chap who spends his days welding exhaust pipes over his head. What a pleasure to see a professional at work. And all the little red hot bits went down his sleeve and not mine.


On your next trip out to our site at Donnybrook, you will notice our new Water Tank Stands. We have had to move the water tanks from the top of the containers as they were beginning to rust and there was a fear that one day they might topple over. This was done from Jamboree Sponsorship at of cost of $2000. We thank our sponsors.

On Sunday 2nd a team of happy helpers took the tanks off the containers and hoisted them up on top of the new stands at the end of the toilet block. We still have the pipe work to finish. Progress at last!


It has been agreed that subscriptions for 2012 will be $40 for subs; and $20 joining fee for new members. See renewal notice at the end of this newsletter. Please pay your subs promptly and if you are going to enter any competitions then I suggest you get your ZMSF Competition Licence at the beginning of the year. Cost for the year is $35. This will save you paying $20 for every competition and your Medical Insurance is greatly increased as well. And it will save you filling in masses of forms at registration each time.


The idea behind the 4x4 Tour we had arranged was to get members out into an area they would not normally see, a nice drive and to finish at Bally Vaughan Sanctuary. We did ask people to bring a donation of goodies or cash so that we can help this worthy cause. Well, it went off so well we thought we would be oversubscribed. It was a lovely day and the loads of things we delivered included a step ladder, several pockets of cement, bags of dog biscuits, a large pile of plastic bowls, nails and wire netting and so on. Well done members!

We had a very good turnout, 25 cars and here are two short comments received.

" Just wanted to let you know Megan, Cheryl and I had a great time on the 4x4 run – my little RAV was quite impressive climbing up and down the big rock we went on!!" the three girls from the American Embassy."

"On behalf of all the birds and animals at the Bally Vaughan Sanctuary, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your donations delivered on Sunday. What a huge help to us – thank you so much. It was lovely having you all with us and I hope you enjoyed your day.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our work here – we appreciate it so much.

Sarah and all at the Bally Vaughan Sanctuary"


Tel: 263 772 592 944 263 733 436 239

email: -


Eight teams, 16 cars, had a grand time out at Beatrice at usual, but all on new territory, new rocks, rivers and mud. Much of the traditional test sites are on land that has recently been grabbed so it was quite a challenge for the "route planners" to find new places. This they did to the extent that there were 16 DNFs which includes several tests not driven because the car was "broke".

The event traditionally has several night tests on Friday and these wiped out several teams. They were able to continue on Saturday which had a selection of sand, mud, water and more rocks and more broken cars. Not every broken car was directly caused by the rocks etc. Our alternator and started stopped and the Gweru entrant, BJ was injured by a stick which nearly took out his eye on the last test, which he finished, then rushed off to hospital. He was soon back to tell more "war stories". Camping weather was good and Beatrice Club looked after us with the usual good food and showers, etc. We even had a model aircraft and helicopter display on the rugby field.

Our major sponsor was Big Sky with "SecureTech" recovery gear. Some very useful items were handed out. The winners - Team "Numba Wun".

As all the cars are what you might call Comp Cars we noticed a few changes. Jim Perry has changed the 4 cyl petrol motor for a Rover V8. BJ has a set of "Unbreakable" drive shafts. Pete Jenkin had taken out the rear wheel steering and put in a standard axle – no broken drive shafts this year! Mark Benzon had changed the 4cyl diesel to a 4 cyl petrol Rover motor in his little red Jeep "Bud". Gareth brought along his new orange "Stinky" which looked a bit like a battered stock car afterwards. The same can be said for Kelvin's Series 1 after it had rolled.

Bush Pig Results.

Numba Wun Mass Kirk Tim Thorburn

Dream Team Alex Hawkins Dale Kiggen

Bush Rats Jim Perry BJ Lawry

Kalahari Michael Gill Mark Benzon

Dirty Buggers Trevor Butler Rodney Beckley

Wife Beaters Peter Benzon Shane Ellis

Crikey Pete Jenkin Gareth Geach

Fugly Kelvin Weare Malcolm Attwell


Did you take any photos at Bush Pig? If so please send three of your best to Grant Weare to judge and you could be the winner of a Bush Pig Shirt.


This has become an annual overnight camping weekend 40 ks from town which is then followed by a good 4x4 drive up two more hills. This time we had a good party on Moon Rock, the moon lit up the country. Some spent the night and some went home to bed.

After a beautiful sunrise and a big cooked breakfast six cars set off to climb the big one, Zhekezheke which always has a good test at the bottom. After the rains the views were stunning and the trails dust free. An early lunch was had by a small river and someone had to get stuck in the mud. Fortunately Shane managed to get his Rangie out so we went on to Kite Hill. While driving along the ridge we saw flashes of light coming from the top of the hill and had no idea what was making these flashes. On arrival at the top we were greeted by Flossie and Neil trying to send semaphore messages with a mirror to us. After flying kites for a while we took the more interesting route down, crossed the river and set off home.

Mike and Murray Patrol

Mark & Hilary Patrol

Peter & Tam Patrol

Gareth & Ashley Rangie

Tim Terrano

Shane & Simone Rangie

Neil & Flossie Patrol

Carol & Derek camped the night but being in a 2WD pickup they went home after breakfast. Got to get that 4x4 soon!


4x4 Club Diary - 2011

These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.

November 12 (Sat) Corporate Day & English Rules Donnybrook

November 18-20 Dungbeetle Mutare

December 4 Christmas Run Day

Social and SOAP fund raiser.


To enter Donnybrook on a non-event day it will cost you $1 per car, providing you have you membership card. Non-members will be charged $10 per car. You must sign the book at the gate and put your name, your Club and membership number. Do not pay without signing the book.

Please note: If you wish to go to Donnybrook to play and there is another event on, then the organizing club can charge what they like for you to enter as they will have hired the entire complex for that day. Please don’t try and argue with the gate attendant as they will just be doing their job. Either pay-up or go away and come back on a free day.


Have you had a look at our Web Site? Grant Weare, Kelvin’s son has done a really good job of updating it. Go to:

We have a Face Book site and for those members, who are on Face Book, feel free to join the site: 4x4 Zimbabwe

Motor Sports Association Club House

MSA Membership: The Club House bar works on a Swipe Card basis and any member of an affiliated club can join. Pay your $20 Club House subscription and get your card. Bar prices are double for non-cardholders.

Hall for Hire - Hire our affordable Club facilities for parties, Wedding Receptions, meetings, seminars, courses and other functions. Assist us in this way to obtain funds for the Clubhouse.

Michael and Pat GILL

See renewal notice below …………………………

THE 4 x 4 CLUB


2 Annan Road, Eastlea, Harare.

Affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation


Name: ...........................................................................................................

Address: .............................................................................................


Telephone numbers : Home:.……........................ Work:: ……………...........................

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In order to keep our records up-to-date, please complete in full.

Signed: ............................................... Date: ...……..................................

Annual subscription for 2011 is US$40

Our Bank Account Details, if you wish to do a direct deposit:

The 4x4 Club; NMB Borrowdale Branch;

Branch Code: 11106 Account No: 260066827

Please advise me as soon as you have paid, or we will not be able to reconcile the account and you will not get your Membership Card.

Pat Gill: Membership Secretary

Phone: 494028 Cell: 0712.440.794 Email: