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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Police harassment

We had a break in at our offices last night and lost a lot of stock.

Some people came to ask our security guard for water because their car had a radiator problem.

After being helped they gave the security guard a bottle of juice and a pork pie as a thank you.

When the day guard came the night guard was fast asleep and the whole place was ransacked.

We lost 4 laptops, an iPad, cameras and cartridges. After investigations we have concluded that the guard

was drugged and the police have said a number similar cases have been reported of late.

Please notify your security personal urgently. The security guard is currently in hospital as I write this note.


One day a chap comes to the office and requests $800 for the purchase of petrol on promotion – sent by one of the directors apparently. We validate and figure out that it’s a con artist, hold the guy until the cops arrive who book them. The guy was then released on bail and charges dropped as attempted fraud isn’t punishable...we ended up with additional charges (security company). It could well be another chap.


Good day Mike, yes, there are quite a few con artists going round, white Afrikaners coming up from SA to grease here for a short while as well, very professional! I’ve heard another 3 similar stories before last Christmas, all involving medical emergencies, doctors demanding payments before proceeding with operation or something, and “bosses” somewhere on their way, ready to pay all the expenses, but still a bit far from Harare. Very believable elaborated stories, with all the right details, and very well played.


Police harassment has got ridiculous. Unauthorised roadblocks, demanding fines in excess what is laid down in law, demanding fines for offences which are not offences, threatening behaviour etc., etc. It has to stop or, at the very least, be substantially curtailed.

My daughter, on her own, was threatened with a dangerous driving charge, with six months imprisonment would you believe, for allegedly entering a supermarket car park the wrong way i.e. in the out and not in the in. There is no correct way in or out marked of course but that did not stop him. It was only when my daughter started taking photos on her cell phone of the way that she had entered the car park that this fat cop relented.

This is just one example. We are all fed up. Enough is enough.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Late Di Stonhill

The Memorial Service For The Late Di Stonhill: who passed away on 22nd  February at her home will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church ,Enterprise Rd on  Monday 27th February at 12 noon.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Reps Reporter – February 2012

A wet and rainy greeting to you all this February, a month in which we have seen some amazing thunderstorms at the theatre (all around Harare, too).
Shout! on stage with only a week to go

The musical revue Shout! is on main stage until Saturday March 3 and is receiving good feedback from people who have seen it so far. If you have not yet been, book now, as next week’s run of the final five shows are likely to be quite busy. Bookings for the Friday night performance, in particular, are going well. The show features songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s and has a great cast of favourites and newcomers, singers and dancers alike. It’s a couple of hours in which to relax, sing along and even dance if the mood takes you. Advance booking at The Spotlight, with ticket prices ranging from $8 to $15 and the usual discounts available.

Get dressed for a glitzy awards night

It’s the Reps Afdis Awards ceremony and show on Saturday March 10 (7pm) and everyone’s invited! Come along to see who wins an award and to have a social evening out with friends and colleagues. Thanks to African Distillers for their continued sponsorship that makes this essential event happen! Doors open 6pm, with complimentary wine available in the foyer until 7pm, when the curtain goes up on what promises to be an exciting and entertaining show. There’s no entry fee for this event.

Chapter Two up next

Zane E Lucas is directing Neil Simon’s Chapter Two as the next main stage production, with cast members Erin Cooper, Chloe Cattin, Joakim Daun and Shane Stockil well into rehearsals. It is the story of two people, George and Jenni, who discover each other at the threshold of a new chapter in their respective lives. A case of mistaken identities brings the recently-widowed George and the recently-divorced Jennie together in a whirlwind romance. A hasty wedding and disastrous honeymoon open up several doors to the past, which both of them are too scared to enter. The success of the play lies in its ability to breathe in the same air we all do, and it’s one of those rare plays in which one cannot help but smile and say: “yes, it’s happened to me.” Neil Simon is know all over the world for his rib-tickling comedies and this play proves his versatility beyond doubt. Advance booking is already open and people wishing to have a gala night with this magnificent production can contact the Reps office to find out how to go about it. Show runs March 22 to April 7.

And then …

… it’s time for the Repteens production, The Hysterical History of the Trojan War in early April, followed by our annual visit from HIFA in both theatres. After HIFA we have a selection of shows, including a very exciting new production helmed by Mario Ciampi called The A-Z Of Rock, as well as a run in Theatre Upstairs of Zane E Lucas’ entry into HIFA, Danai Gurira’s widely acclaimed Eclipsed.

Sunday Night Live … every month

Kevin Hanssen has introduced a regular feature in Theatre Upstairs: an open mic show called Sunday Night Live, in which performers of all kinds can come along (by pre-arrangement with Kevin) to act, sing, dance, juggle … in fact, to do anything entertaining and legal! Next one is Sunday March 26 (6pm) with all tickets $5. Supper and drinks in the bar afterwards.

Well done to two national award winners

Congratulations to Mike Southall on being named Zimbabwe’s Most Outstanding Actor in the recent NAMA Awards, the country’s national arts awards event. He was so named for his performance in last year’s Joseph My Boy and this was a well-deserved win.. Also, congrats to Michelle Nativel – on stage at present in Shout! and a regular on the Reps stage. She was named Zimbabwe’s Most Outstanding Female Dancer and won the people’s Choice Award for top dancer. Reps is proud of you both!

Beit Trust and Theatre Upstairs

Plans are moving fast for the expenditure of the grant received from the Beit Trust for the renovation of Theatre Upstairs. Action is being taken with regard to air conditioning, seating and a dressing room, as well as a general clean-up of this venue. Thanks to the Beit Trust for this very welcome support, which will help us make the theatre more welcoming and user-friendly.

Zane’s got his feet under the table

Zane E Lucas is our new Director of Productions and he is moving quickly to set up his own series of productions, as well as to help other directors ensure their productions are properly planned and run … and meet the increasingly improving standards we know will be forthcoming from his presence as part of the Reps team. His presence is being felt in a number of areas and everyone on stage and backstage is excited by what the future holds for The Repertory Players.

Come to the AGM

AGMs can be dull and uninteresting, but they are important features of organisational management … so all members are encouraged to be at the 2012 AGM, which will take place at 11am on Sunday March 25. Be part of the decision-making process by attending, listening, having you voice heard and voting in the executive committee for 2012/2013. At this AGM, you will be able to see how Reps has coped with a challenging year and emerged both stronger and with greater focus and determination. After the meeting, there will be a social in the bar, with Tony Palmer and Mike Freeman on hand to entertain throughout the afternoon.

Social events continue to provide variety and fun

Our social events calendar is full, with a string of events behind and before us, steered very ably by Jenni Ferguson in particular and by Tim Garrard and his bar management and social event committee in general. The content is varied and good and we have attracted a great many new members through this series of activities. If you would like to know more, get onto Jenni’s mailing list (write to or watch for the regular updates through the Reps mailing list. Reps is very lucky to have as many social events as we do and everyone’s encouraged to attend and enjoy them.

Did you know …

… that the team is working on a series of added-value services that can be sourced through Reps membership? Already, members can – by producing their membership cards – obtain a discount on meals at Adrienne’s Restaurant. All you do is show your card on arrival an then enjoy a meal from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Adrienne’s is open daily from 10am to 10pm for coffees, lunch, dinner and special events such as birthdays. Adrienne’s will also soon relaunch the Daily Special voucher, which will be available through The Spotlight.

In addition, Bon Marche, Belgravia are offering Reps members, on production of your membership card, a hamburger and a coke for only $2.00. This applies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

Repteens has a new committee

Meredith Render was elected Chairman of Repteens at their recent AGM, so here’s hoping for a good year ahead under her steady leadership. Repteens meet every Friday at 6pm during school terms and provide theatrical learning for the 13-19 age group … and a great deal of fun and fellowship. Kyla Render continues to be adult co-ordinator and the Repteens grow both in number and strength as a result of her efforts.

Preps under new management

David Bvumbe and Faith Ganyau are running Preps, the juniors’ theatrical learning group, which meets every Saturday during school terms at 9am. Parents, bring along the youngsters for some rewarding training and experience and help make these young people the stars of tomorrow.

Dress-Up Heaven has extended hours

Don’t forget that Dress-Up Heaven, aka The Reps Wardrobe, is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6pm, these extended hours being because of Collina Mvududu’s dedication to the task and her desire to cater for folk who can’t get there until after work. Costume hire is a key Reps service offering and many folk come along to hire costumes for special events, school plays … and many more purposes!

Until next month … keep well


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vivien Jolliffe

Vivien Jolliffe, Born 1917, Passed Away At 12.05 Monday 20th February: in Perth, Australia, in the calm presence of her family. Formerly residing in Tarlington Road, Marlborough, some may remember her in her role as Head Mistress of St Giles Rehabilitation Centre, until her retirement in 1982. I will forward anything received to her daughters, Jean, Rosemary and Hazel.

Anti-hijack Trust

The Trust would like to draw to your attention that there is a lot of goings on in and around most suburbs. Security must also be applied during the day, as thefts have been recorded during broad day light hours. These thieves are not shy, and are bold enough to walk straight into the property with or without accomplices or tip offs from the know in the area or property. This can be from casual talk outside the gate, falling into wrong hands. Please keep gates locked alarms on during the day when you are not at home. Have your staff briefed on the security to prevent ‘off the cuff’ break ins. Report any suspicious gatherings and vehicles cruising around the neighbourhood, this could prevent crime in your area. A white BMW (old type), a dark blue pickup with a canopy, all with no number plates

Reports of conmen wanting to contact ‘their boss’ as they have run out of fuel. You are then asked to assist with money on the reassurance of being refunded by the ‘boss’ who will speak to you on the phone ….. this is all a con … so BEWARE !

Do not buy any equipment i.e. cameras, lens, tripods, laptops, mobile phones or jewellery from arbitrary people or salesmen coming into your work places or home premises, check for identity of the sales person and valid invoices of proof of goods being supplied before making any purchases….. it is a criminal offense to buy stolen property.

The continual long powers cuts we are all experiencing at present, be it load shedding or faults, will mean that the security backup systems will need to be in good running order with regular servicing, to keep all security systems working to the max. …. gate and house remotes checked on a monthly basis with the rapid response teams. Vehicles always locked and alarmed at all times. This is a repeat reminder …..

Be Aware, and report any suspicious happenings ….. It’s far better to be safe than sorry and we owe it to one another, we live in a community .. make Zimbabwe safe to come home to and to visit.

Let’s ALL fight this crime together - stay ALERT and SAFE !



Sue Hair
Tribac (Pvt) Ltd
376 Limpopo Way
Tel/fax: + 263 4 620125 / 660335/7
Mobile: + 263 772 313 333
Skype :


Loved sister of Bill Malzer and aunt of Mick and Shirley Malzer, Audrey and Reg Palterman and Louis and Maryann Malzer. Died peacefully in her home in Borrowdale on Wednesday 22 February 2012.
Memorial Service will take place on Monday 27 February 2012, at 12 noon at Highlands, Presbyterian Church, Enterprise Road, Harare.

Audrey Palterman

Friday, February 24, 2012



Angie died at home, Saturday 11th February 2012, surrounded by her family in Saffron Walden, UK.
Most dearly loved Mum of Sarah and David, mother-in-law of Ben, sister, sister-in-law and aunt of Geoff, Jane, Brendan and Leigh.
We toast you, Angie, such a brave and strong lady! Go well our darling one, our tears, joy and laughter go with you.

Funeral to be held in UK Friday 24th February.
Geoff: 0772415801

Monday, February 20, 2012



Newsletter No: 88 -

March 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

How often have you heard someone saying – "I got through without using 4x4". This happened again about half way up Ngomokurira. This generally gets me quite stirred up as the person obviously has no idea what is involved. For a start the front drive needs to be used, oil circulated, or it will prematurely wear out. Sitting unused is very bad for the parts. Next is safety, there is a big difference on loose dirt between a 2WD and a 4WD. Tyre wear on a loose surface is much greater in 2WD. Why do you think there are so many permanent 4WD cars? Then you get stuck in 2WD and wonder why your magic 4x4 stays stuck – you may well have driven through the trouble in 4x4. Help!!!

Do yourself and your car a big favour and put the 4x4 in as soon as you get onto dirt.


Please note: The AGM is on SUNDAY 19th February. Be there.


Carel and Juju VAN HELSDINGEN and their son Tyron. They were Mutare members in the past and have been out of the country for the last number of years. We welcome them back to the country and to our club. Landrover owners

Shane and Lydia DRUMMON: Shane had entered the Jamboree a couple of years ago and has now decided to join us on a full time basis. He is a Toyota LC100 driver.

Both families joined us on the Ngomo Kurira Trail Drive and we hope to see them out and about in future.


We received the following email from Gerry and Lynn, England. They were very active members here in the past and drove a LR Series 3 SWB. They still have fond memories of their life here.

"We would like nothing more in the world than to be at the NITE EXTREME with you guys but alas we can't but we will be thinking of you and the wonderful time you will be having ENJOY . Gerry & Lynn Britz"


Dear Michael and Pat and Members of the 4x4 Club.

At last I can use my hands in a very amateurish way! My first attempt at writing will be a sincere thank you to the 4X4 Club. The list of your donations is endless! Three donations of $200, $366 and $130, boxes and boxes of real luxury groceries. All these 'goodies' were put into parcels and distributed before Christmas. If only you could have seen the joy that lit up their faces!!! Not one of them believed they would celebrate a Christmas so filled with blessings! Their pleasure was endless.

We are looking after 350 Old Age Pensioners. They are all good folk who have worked most of their lives and paid into a pension. With the economic crisis they lost their pension and gradually ate away their savings. Most of them are now destitute and rely solely on our monthly parcels of food. It is people like the 4X4 Club that make it all possible. Once again, a very big thank you!

God bless you all.

Kathy McIntosh, for S.O.A.P. (Save our Old Age Pensioners)

Toothache: The pain that drives you to extraction.


This is still a long way off but something to think about. ZMSF in conjunction with MMSA are having a Tree Planting Day at Donnybrook in November. They are asking members to have a look in their gardens and if you have any INDIGINOUS tree saplings to look after them and bring them along on the day. If you know the name then write it on a card for future reference.


(Taken from the VCCZ Newsletter)

Did you know if you are 75 years old or over, you are exempt from paying for a TV, Radio or Car Radio licence. I’ve just been through the process. You have to have turned 75 years old. They won’t accept that you’re in your 75 year and your birthday is a few months hence.

Step 1. Take a deep breath and count to 10.

Step 2. Go to ZBC at Pockets Hill. You’ll be stopped at the security boom for your ID.

Step 3. Proceed to Reception; ask for Gladys at the Licensing Office.

Step 4. Fill in your details in “the book”.

Step 5. You’ll be escorted to another security check point, fill in "the book".

Step 6. You’ll be escorted to Room 114, where you’ll find Gladys.

You will require: - Last year's TV licence, Radio licence and Car Radio Licence

A photocopy of your I/D for each licence required

Relevant car registration book

Once Gladys is satisfied she will issue you with the required licence(s) valid for the current year. Yes, you will have to go through the same procedure every year to obtain a valid free licence.

Good luck!!! Thanks to John McFadyean of the VCCZ


"A new feature at the Motor Sport Club House will be a CASH DRAW every Friday night at 7pm. The starting fund is US$100 which will increase by US$25 every week until it is won.

Only one number will be drawn each Friday and the catch is you have to be there to claim your prize. There is no fee to be included in the draw."

For more information phone: Club House 746763

Address: 2 Annan Road, Eastlea. Behind Haddon Motors.

Basil Barnes of VCCZ is the Chairman of MSC, Phone: 0712.863.068

Are you a member of the Motor Sport Club House in Eastlea?

The Club House is the central meeting place for all members of Motor Sport Clubs and has been going for the last 40 years. You have to be a member of a Motor Club to be able to become a member of the MSC.

They have a Bring and Braai on the first Saturday of every month which is a good place to chew the fat and keep up to date on motor events.

And a good central venue for weddings or parties.

The Bar works on a swipe card basis and drinks are heavily discounted for members.


Note the new entry fees into Donnybrook. $2 if you are a member of a Motor Sports Club and can produce your Membership Card and $20 if you are not.


Gaskets: For those who get their hands dirty and need a one off gasket I have been using a very small company in Graniteside, Harare. Swab Gaskets Zimbabwe at 35 Shepperton Road can make most types and we have found them quick and very professional.



South Africa's Toyota Hilux AT vehicles (built by Toyota SA and converted by Arctic Trucks) have set some new world records in the harsh Antarctic climate. The first record recorded late last year when the vehicles, as part of an expedition organised by the Kazakhstan National Geographic Society, crossed 2308km of the Antarctica High Plateau from Novo Station to the South Pole in 108 hours.

On the return journey this record, officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records was unofficially bettered to only 3.5 days, at an average speed of 27.5km/h.

Using two Hilux AT44 6x6 and two Hilux AT44 4x4 vehicles, a team from Extreme World Races then set a new world record for the fastest time to reach the Pole.

They followed a route from the ice edge near McMurdo Sound on the southern side of Antarctica, across the Ross Ice Shelf and on to the Antarctic plateau to reach their destination. Their journey started on 16 December and the Pole was reached on 18 December 2011 - only 47 hours (less than two days) later, of which only 17.5 hours was spent driving.


It's like an annual pilgrimage and reunion. We have a great turnout, a few try this as their first big rocky mountain climb; and then we had two more radical groups who found harder ways up. Once again we count heads, take the money and send one member into Parks office to pay. It works better that way with over 80 people.

Trevor Butler led 8 hard core guys up the very tough and rocky rear climb. Not for the feint hearted, Shane Ellis in Grunta with music blasting and guys sitting on the back took it super casual. A group of us sat at the top and watched these radicals wind their way up and it was quite entertaining. Alan Sheers even got his Series 2 up. Ray Walker sang the praises of twin Diff Lockers, admitting it had made it much easier.

The second group took a well used "hard" route, led by Pete Jenkin, Range Rover, with about 10 cars. Sadly "Bud" the red Benzon Jeep driven by Ian had to be towed up most of the way by father Mark, in their Patrol.

Nobody got stuck in the river crossing, as previously, though it kept them entertained for a while.

The third and woozie route, guided by Mike and Pat Gill in their Patrol, brought the rest to the top. Sadly the Land Rover of Howie Butler (non member) gave the hill one look and went home with a major water leak.

The weather was perfect, some drove to the very top to put their front bumper on the beacon, a tradition for first timers, while others took pics and admired the view. Much enjoyed by about 34 cars, one Daihatsu, one Isuzu, one Pajero and all the rest were Toyotas, Nissans and Land Rovers and, of course, the people in them.


TRAIL DRIVE 26th February:

We have organised an unofficial Trail Drive through Christon Bank to Domboshawa on 26th February. Meet on the Golden Stairs Road about a kilometer beyond the Toll Gate at 09.00. We should be at the Rock by midday where there is a very nice pub and watering hole for that after drive pint. The flyer has gone out did you see it? Contact: Michael Gill. 494028 0712.400.243

4x4 Club Diary - 2012
These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.

February 19 A.G.M. Donnybrook

February 26 Trail Drive Christon Bank / Dombies

March 4 Adventure (Cancelled) Weekend (See flyer)

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 DAY

August 13-14 Expedition Gonarazhou Blue Cross, Eastern Highlands

September 15-16 Bush Pig Beatrice

October 20/21 Three Hills (full moon) Makumbi

November 10 Corporate Day Donnybrook

November 18-20 (TBC) Mutare Dungbeetle Mutare

December 9 Christmas Run Local


Belts and Hoses; 56 Kaguvi Street, Harare are offering 4x4 Club Members a 10% discount on production of your Membership Card.


To enter Donnybrook on a non-event day it will cost you $2 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. They will have hired the entire complex for that day. Please don’t try and argue with the gate attendant, 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.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

Friday, February 17, 2012



There will be a Memorial for Rob Elson, who passed away in UK on 28th January 2012,
on Saturday, 18th February 2012, at 11 am at:
29 Ryelands Court
Portferry Road
Friends of Rob's are welcome to join the family in a memorial to celebrate Rob's life.
Cally Barton
Land Line - 335560 (evenings)
Mobile - 0714 257089
Suzie Heyns
Land Line - 882028 (evenings)
Mobile - 0772 603695
Dickon Elson
Mobile - 0772 260537

Colin Daniel Marshall

Colin Daniel Marshall, formally of Marondera and Mazoe, passed away last night in his sleep after suffering a massive stroke 2 years ago.

During that difficult time in which he was bed ridden, he kept his dignity, his fondness for his dogs and his continued interest in the cattle farming of Zimbabwe.

His sense of humour will be sorely missed by his son, Andrew Marshall and his daughter, Rozanne Bell and their families.

A funereal service will be held in Poole UK on the 21 Feb 2012.

Andrew Marshall MC -

Rozanne Bell-

What a “Con Artist”!!!

I replied to Lorraine's plea of yesterday regarding this matter, there was a similar man in Chisipite, the Chisi grade 5 girls collected money and bought him a wheelchair he seemed very grateful but we never saw him in it, this was a few years ago. Just wonder if it's the same man?

I too asked an NGO that distributes wheel chairs to give him one and the guys at the NGO said that they had approached him and he didn’t want one, as he gets more money from people who take pity on him when they see him dragging himself along.


This story has been going around for a long time, this man sells the chair to get money for alcohol.


Yes the same story - this man was given a wheelchair from the Chisipite Interact Club when my daughter was at school - few weeks after the presentation he was again seen on the road without the chair - told us he sold it because he could make more money without it!!


The guys name is Abraim of something similar… we got him a wheelchair and tried to help him!

He sold the wheelchair!!! Because he gets more money begging on the ground than in a wheelchair. He also

Did not want to work, he wanted to just beg. We left him alone as a lost cause.

He does not want help and any help you give him, he will sell it off.


Hi there, I know this little man as he is in the Avondale area a lot. He does have a wheel chair - he often stops outside my office in it. Also a few years ago I got him a skate board which I have never seen him use. It is good to see caring people out there !


If this is the same person who hangs around Churchill Road, Mt Pleasant and behind Avondale, often seen lying on the side of the road, he has been doing this routine for years. A Christian friend of mine picked him up one day, took him home, bathed and clothed him and arranged for him to go to Jairos Jiri in Bulawayo. He didn’t want to go to Bulawayo having lived behind the Mt Pleasant shops for a number of years being fed by Bon Marche and well wishers in the car park. He used to have a wheel chair, but probably sold it.


I saw your email today and thought I should let you in on a few things, a few years ago I worked on Churchill Ave and used to see this man on a daily basis, I to felt sorry for him, helped him with accommodation at our company premises and organized him a wheelchair and he said that he needed money to get back home to Mozambique, which I organized and a bus ticket, took him off to the bus station and sent him on his way, telling the bus driver the whole story.

Blow me down, a few months later I saw him again, shuffling his way down Churchill, I went back with one of my workers and asked him to find out what had happened to the wheelchair, the trip to Moz etc. only to be told that he had sold the wheelchair because he gets more money from people like us when we see him shuffling along rather than being in a chair. I do not have any regrets in helping this guy, but I do think you should be careful as he does not seem to appreciate what has been done for him.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Family Notices



DAVID CHALMERS son of the late Peggie and Jimmy Chalmers

and dearly loved brother of Ann, husband of Nerine and Father of Shirley and Nigel.

grandfather of James and Kate. Passed away peacefully 28/1/2012 in South Korea.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you and whispered "Come to Me."

With much love from us all.
Ann Kannegieter

Underwood Colin passed away after as short illness in Knysna, on 07.02.12

A family friend for 40 years. Our sincere sympathy to all the family.

The Ainscoughs

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Family Notices

Glennie Kathleen Maude (Kitty). Died 5 Feb. 2012: Queenstown, RSA. Widow of Douglas, Mother of Susan, Dougal and Edward, Grandmother of Shonah, Glen, Scott and Dana, Great Grandmother of Dylan and Gia. RIP. Memorial Service 25th February, Tarkahuis Tarkastad RSA.

Patricia Cornish Passed Away: It is with sadness that I send this email to advise that Patricia Cornish – wife of , Bill Cornish passed away. Pat as she was known to many, passed away on Wednesday morning after a short but difficult illness. Our thoughts and prayers go to Bill and family on the passing of a dear friend to many Nomads. Funeral arrangements are yet to be advised, but once these are available I will communicate with you further.


Hi All

I think it is high time we do something about all the large and now bright billboards that are being placed all over our once lovely city

Used to be we could drive down Harare’s main arterial roads like Borrowdale Road, Golden Stairs and Lomagundi Rd feeling like we were in the country – beautiful trees lining the sides of the roads allowing you to relax on the way home from a hard day’s work.

Nowadays, however, there are hundreds of these billboards on the sides of the roads and even overhead – all with messages and pictures that someone wants you to try and read / remember whilst you are supposed to be concentrating on the road ahead and the text message you are trying to send your distant friend! Just too much

Some have good pictures to start with maybe but after a few months they look tatty

And now there is one with bright lights flashing before your eyes at the corner of Borrowdale and Addington Lane - Where will it end?
I know many of our readers are amongst the advertisers
Maybe a few comments over the next week?
Mike G

Monday, February 6, 2012

Family Notices


Charles (previously Seymour-Wright) and Susan Douthit are thrilled by the arrival of their first grandchild (Charles' fifth). Charles Constantinos was born to Berichta and Ioannis Vompiris in London on 22nd November 2011.

Laughton Tommy - Passed away on the 30th January, 2012, in Kensington, Johannesburg, after a long illness bravely borne.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, four Sons, Daughter-in-Laws, and nine Grandchildren. My deepest sympathy to the family - Maureen Mason

DAVID CHALMERS son of the late Peggie and Jimmy Chalmers

and dearly loved brother of Ann, husband of Nerine and Father of Shirley and Nigel.

grandfather of James and Kate. Passed away peacefully 28/1/2012 in South Korea.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you and whispered "Come to Me."

With much love from us all, Ann Kannegieter


1935 - 2012

With deepest sadness, Charles passed away peacefully in Johannesburg on the 28th of January. he led a full life and his charming personality touched the hearts of all who met him. Charles will be dearly missed.
Funeral will take place at Fourways Memorial Park Craigovon, Johannesburg on the 4th of February 2012 at 12 noon, followed by a reception at the National Bahai Centre 209 Bellairs Drive North Riding Johannesburg

Please contact the family on + 27 791164526 or


Marje Cawood Memorial

Marje Cawood Memorial: who was involved in tennis, Hospice and Catholic communities in Marondera (and in earlier days, Gweru) passed away peacefully on Sunday 5th February 2012. Her children, who had travelled from South Africa and the UK, were with her. A website has been set up for those who would like to share memories with the family and with those who knew her. The address is A Memorial Service celebrating her life is being held at 2.15 pm on Tuesday 7th February at the Borradaile Trust Chapel in Marondera.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Marigold YOUNG

Passing of Marigold YOUNG: beloved wife of John for 64years, mother of Minette and Colin, passed away at Athol Evans Home on 31st January. Memorial service to be at Athol Evans next week, time and date to be confirmed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


It flew profitably through 23 years of United Nations-imposed sanctions. It carried on without a blip after black nationalist guerillas shot down two of its Viscounts in the late 1970s, the last years of white-ruled Rhodesia.

After independence in 1980, its name was changed from Air Rhodesia to Air Zimbabwe. It was comfortably in the black with 16 aircraft, and a reputation as a clever, durable little African airline. It has taken President Mugabe 31 years without war or economic sanctions to finally drive it into the ground.

The last Air Zimbabwe domestic flight was three weeks ago. Late last year it cancelled international flights after a Boeing 737 at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo Airport and a Boeing 767 at Gatwick were impounded for unpaid services.

On Friday last week lawyers for the National Airways Workers’ Union and the Air Transport Union filed for the airline to be placed under judicial management. Court papers said they had not been paid since January 2009 and were owed US$ 35 million. Air Zimbabwe executives who asked not to be named said the company owed a total of US$160 million.

Among the many reluctant benefactors who bailed it out in emergencies is Nicholas van Hoogstraaten, the former London rack-renter who has recreated himself as one of Zimbabwe’s most influential businessmen. “The demise of Air Zimbabwe is a disgraceful waste of a valuable asset, which is now beyond redemption,” he said.

The “disgrace” he refers to is the blundering mismanagement and greed Mr Mugabe and his cronies have visited upon every enterprise they have touched since he came to power in 1980.

From the outset, Mr Mugabe used Air Zimbabwe as his personal air taxi. The abuse was legendary. Passengers were ordered off their flights when he turned up at 30 minutes notice with a crowd of hangers-on. Or if they managed to keep their seats, they would be flown to wildly out-of-the way destinations to drop off the president. On one trip, he circumnavigated the globe.

Political appointments fill the senior executive positions, and relatives much of the rest. Air Zimbabwe has a staff of 1,400 where experts estimate 400 would be ample. Fares were kept unsustainably low, and charged in worthless Zimbabwe dollars until they were phased out in 2009.

It has no board of directors. The company is in the hands of a coterie of executives who, staff say, pay themselves US$20,000 a month and drive the latest Mercedes Benz models. “They are law unto themselves,” said one. Early this month a long-unpaid pilot won a court order for the seizure of company property in lieu of his salary. The sheriff entered Air Zimbabwe headquarters and left with three of the limousines.

“It’s become the ZANU(PF) (Mr Mugabe’s party) carrier,” said a senior technician. Each time the Mugabe “royal family” return from a trip abroad, a 10-tonne truck and several pick-ups can be seen to drive up to the aircraft’s hold to be loaded with the Mugabe’s goods. Last year, Grace, the president’s wife, flew into a rage when her flight was late. Acting CEO Peter Chikumba presented her with US$10,000 “spending money” by way of an apology.

Since the government took control of the fabulously wealthy Marange diamond fields in the east of country, cabin staff say, pilots are regularly given small sealed parcels by Mrs Mugabe’s staff for personal delivery to Asian businessmen in the Far East. Just ahead of elections in 2008, an Air Zimbabwe plane flew tonnes of ZANU(PF) T-shirts from Beijing.

But as Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd crumbles, a new development is secretly unfolding. A plain white 150-seat Airbus A320 with French markings arrived at Harare airport 10 days ago and was quickly concealed in an Air Zimbabwe hangar. Company and transport ministry officials have been tight-lipped.

The plane is on loan from Sonangol, a Chinese company with enormous interests ranging through oil, air transport and diamonds, Air Zimbabwe administrators say. A larger Airbus 340 is soon to follow.

“It’s a ministry of defence project,” said one. “It can only be funded by diamonds. ZANU(PF) will not be without their own airline.”


Jan Raath

Elephant calf dies


156 Enterprise Road, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 4 4497574

31 January 2012
Harare, Zimbabwe, 31st January 2012


It is with much sadness that we report the death of the orphaned male elephant calf rescued on the 8th January 2012.

The young calf was found abandoned and wondering along the Makuti / Karoi Road. Through the collective efforts of various wildlife organisations, the young elephant calf was transported to Harare and placed under the care of Gordon and Debbie Putterill at Mwanga Lodge.

The arrival of the young calf had raised much public attention with several appeals being generated for his upkeep.
In collaboration with Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Services, the ZNSPCA despatched a senior regional inspector and veterinarian to conduct an initial assessment of the calf. The initial reports stated that the elephant was in a fair condition and concerns were noted with regards to his immediate dietary requirements. The ZNSPCA team were duly advised that the elephant was receiving private veterinary treatment and that several caregivers would remain with the young calf on a 24hr basis.

The owners of Mwanga Lodge had further stated that they had considerable experience in the raising of young elephant. Given such assurances it was decided that visitations from the ZNSPCA would be conducted on a weekly basis.

On Monday 30th January the ZNSPCA received several communications concerning the continued deterioration of the young calfs health.

The ZNSPCA contacted several international elephant rehabilitation organisations with whom they are affiliated. A decision was reached that blood samples and a detailed veterinary report was required so as to ascertain the exact status of the young calfs health.

Today upon arrival, the ZNSPCA team were advised that the young calf had just died. We have also been advised that a post mortem will be conducted by The Veterinary Services Wildlife Department.
Young elephants generally have a high mortality rate and subsequently require specialised dietary requirements and a protracted period of rehabilitation.

Since the establishment of the ZNSPCA Inspectorate, the work of the Inspectors has been commended locally and internationally, including an award from the NSPCA (South Africa) the Service to Animals Special Award “in appreciation and admiration of outstanding work under extremely difficult conditions” and the Humane Society International Award for Extraordinary Commitment and Achievement.
The roof of the dance studios collapsed on Sunday 30 October, 2011. Unfortunately this disaster was not covered by the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe's insurance policy.

Since then we have been fund-raising and we thank everyone, who has contributed in any way at all.

We have raised sufficient funds to start Phase 1 of the reconstruction exercise and hope to commence in the near future.

Phase 1 will replace the roof but we will not have a ceiling and lights and the broken windows, mirrors and ballet barres will not have been replaced. There will not be a partition between the studios and the floor, which was damaged when the roof collapsed, will not be useable.

Work will stop when Phase 1 has been completed until further funding is secured.

We will continue with fund-raising activities until the reconstruction has been completed. If anyone wishes to contribute, they should phone 336776 during office hours or come to the Ballet Centre, 109 East Road, Avondale.

The dancers have to "Keep on dancing" so we have had to look for alternative accommodation.

The board of Twin Rivers School has very kindly allowed the National Ballet Company to hold its weekly classes in their hall.

REPS Theatre has assisted with space whenever they have been able to do so.

Lyfestyle studio at14 Epping Road, Mt Pleasant has also offered studio space for rehearsals.

We will be needing space very soon if we are to stage shows in HIFA 2012.

The Tumbuka dancers are using M&M Dance Factory's studio in Borrowdale.

The Ballet Centre is the hub of Dance in Harare so it is imperative that it is up and running as soon as possible.

We hope that the reconstruction exercise will not take too long and that it will be possible to stage our annual outdoor event, "Starlight Dancing" i the garden at the end of September as usual.


Thank you

Yours sincerely

Eve Stranix


Mark Jones

the memorial service for the late  Mark Jones will be held this Friday 3rd February at  Highlands Presbyterian Church at 11.00am.

National Ballet Trust

The roof of the dance studios collapsed on Sunday 30 October, 2011. Unfortunately this disaster was not covered by the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe's insurance policy.

Since then we have been fund-raising and we thank everyone, who has contributed in any way at all.

We have raised sufficient funds to start Phase 1 of the reconstruction exercise and hope to commence in the near future.

Phase 1 will replace the roof but we will not have a ceiling and lights and the broken windows, mirrors and ballet barres will not have been replaced. There will not be a partition between the studios and the floor, which was damaged when the roof collapsed, will not be useable.

Work will stop when Phase 1 has been completed until further funding is secured.

We will continue with fund-raising activities until the reconstruction has been completed. If anyone wishes to contribute, they should phone 336776 during office hours or come to the Ballet Centre, 109 East Road, Avondale.

The dancers have to "Keep on dancing" so we have had to look for alternative accommodation.

The board of Twin Rivers School has very kindly allowed the National Ballet Company to hold its weekly classes in their hall.

REPS Theatre has assisted with space whenever they have been able to do so.

Lyfestyle studio at14 Epping Road, Mt Pleasant has also offered studio space for rehearsals.

We will be needing space very soon if we are to stage shows in HIFA 2012.

The Tumbuka dancers are using M&M Dance Factory's studio in Borrowdale.

The Ballet Centre is the hub of Dance in Harare so it is imperative that it is up and running as soon as possible.

We hope that the reconstruction exercise will not take too long and that it will be possible to stage our annual outdoor event, "Starlight Dancing" i the garden at the end of September as usual.

Thank you
Yours sincerely
Eve Stranix

Chocolates Galore

I have just published my first e-book as a kindle - this is a chocolate making  course and can be found at


As a new year begins the hope is for a decrease in crime …. This sadly is not the case for the first month of 2012. There has been a lot of crime reported in most areas in and around Harare, from smash & grabs, muggings, house break ins, vehicle theft, and conmen. The Police have stepped up on road blocks in all areas and on all major roads leading into the capital city. This may have been a deterrent to the motorist, but not to the gangs working in the suburbs. In most cases it has been reported that the Police have acted swiftly and professionally, often with the assistance of Neighbourhood Watch Teams in the area. This is to be commended.
Several vehicles have been reported, a black Mercedes Benz, a white BMW both with no number plates cruising the suburbs with the intent of robbery. The gangs seem to be professional and work swiftly getting away with thousands of dollars worth of goods including cash. In some cases even with CCTV footage, these gangs have as yet not been apprehended. If you are offered items of value that you may think could have been stolen please contact your nearest Police Station, Items such as jewellery, this may have little value to the seller, but great value to the looser, and often the true value is unknown to the seller. Report any suspicious gatherings; you may stop an unfortunate robbery or intent of robbery. The public have just as an important role to play in the safety and security of our city.

School term has started, remember to be very aware of your surroundings when drop off/pick up zones with your children, safety is vital …. Report any unfamiliar vehicles or gatherings to either the nearest Police Station or the School Office so that the matter can be dealt with.

Areas that have been reported to the Trust for crime Msasa, Greendale, Mount Pleasant, Eastlea, Emerald Hill and Gun Hill .. but we know that there are other areas …. Let’s see if we can assist where possible in making our suburbs safe for all …. Let’s not have our beautiful Zimbabwe become known as an unsafe, and crime filled, we need the tourist industry to be on the increase not decline ………..
Let’s ALL fight this crime together - stay ALERT and SAFE !