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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gerald Ballance

From: Mark and Sandy
Sent: 30 April 2014 10:42

Please join us to celebrate the life of Gerald Ballance at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 2nd May at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Course. A most cherished father, grandfather, son, brother and a friend to so many. Forever in our hearts


Donation Of Computer And Printer: As a result of a generous donation by the executors of the late Peter Garlake estate, we are in the process of renovating our little library at Harare Children's Home, which will be named after him. We are keen to have a couple of computers in it for the children to use for research, reading and games and I wondered, please, if any one might have a working computer and printer s/he could donate to us? If so, I'll happily collect.

Death Notices

Death Notice: Bowden, Audrey Sarah (nee Finn) died 20 April 2014 peacefully at home with family. Much loved wife of Tony, sister to Richard and already missed mother of Kathie, Cherry, and Anthony and granny to Adam, Guy, Poppy, Tess, Hebe, Megan and Will. Service at St Giles, Great Hallingbury on Friday 2nd May, 2014 at 3pm. Family Flowers only please.


Death Notice: Gerry Guest. Join us to celebrate the life And  Cherish the memories of Gerry Guest. 10 April 1943 - 25 April 2014. A loving husband, father,  father-in-law and grandfather. You will forever live on in our hearts. Venue Greek Orthodox Churc,h224 Leopold Takawira Street, Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday 30th April 2014. 10am


Death Notice: Groves Jean Evelyn: beloved Wife of John Richard (Dick), loving Mother of Liz and Mike, Margie, Di, Barnie and Rose and Peter. Doting Grandmother to Andrew and Pip, Jenny and Phibs, John, Jeana, Ben and Nikki, Jan and Becky and Piet and Christine, proud Great-grandmother to Ben and Olivia. Memorial service at Kingsmead Chapel on Friday 2nd May at 11.00a.m.followed by refreshments (Please dress colourful and comfortable by her request.) Contact Liz 884040 or 0772 977 945





We have received a further 2 reports on the following



Wound on inside of leg

This has been checked and looks like an abscess that has burst.

It seems fine but will keep a check on it


ZEBRA – Seen near Nyamhunga with blood on the back leg

Looks okay and should heal on its own but will also keep a check on it.


We are still looking out for the small Buffalo herd as mentioned earlier in the week. We need to check the leg on the calf which is badly swollen.  The bush is still quite thick so they are not seen as often even though they are around.


Please keep a look out for all the above animals and try and let us know where you see them and time.



ZIMPARKS AREA MANAGER - Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 507436



Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya Mc Master Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 - KARIBA

Dugong Lodge Inhassoro

From: Dugong Lodge Inhassoro
Sent: 29 April 2014 12:18

As far as I know there has been no incidents on the road involving the convoy. The situation is calm and we have received no reports of any trouble.

People have to use the convoy if they are travelling south from Inchope , the times for the convoy have still not changed, they are

Muxungwe – Save 0700 hrs. and 1300 hrs.

Save – Muxungwe 0900 hrs. and 1500 hrs.

Travellers please remember keep calm and respect the authorities as this goes a long way to making your journey more enjoyable. The army has started searching vehicles at both starting points of the convoy, they are looking for weapons, keep a close eye on them as some things have gone missing, phones and cameras. If you find something missing please report to the next Police station. Something will be done.

Best regards


Monday, April 28, 2014


From: Tracey Hugill

Despite Dr Lisa Marabini’s warnings about the health implications of burning, especially in the wake of the Pomona fire - here we go again!  As soon as the rains subside, the burning starts again, causing harm to us all and our environment!


Every individual deserves to have knowledge of the health implications to themselves, their families and the damage to the environment - the information simply needs to reach them.  As Dr Marabini has already said, “we ALL need to become pro-active in this department. If everyone reading this stopped just once in their day (or week!) to politely explain that burning is not only extremely hazardous to health but also illegal, maybe we could start to create some awareness. If everyone wrote letters of complaint to their police station, or just talked to police officers at road blocks about the air pollution it may just help”.  How many of us will actually distribute this information, take a moment out of our busy days to protect ourselves and our families or take time to compost or recycle waste?


EMA have confirmed that “burning of any material which gives off any toxin is illegal”.  That means virtually everything!  EMA is trying to combat this problem with a team to deal with responses and fine enforcement, but please take into account that this team is stretched to the limit and also concentrates on industrial toxic pollution throughout the country. A huge task! Give people the opportunity to understand the health implications, give the benefit of knowledge and only then report those who persistently ignore the law, thereby preserving resources to concentrate on other important issues.  EMA is happy to receive any assistance from the public in educating and perhaps, together, we can provide the information and let conscience do the rest.  It’s up to each of us, it’s our air!


There is an operational hotline to report illegal dumping of waste and littering from vehicles which is 04 770339.  When reporting on littering from a vehicle the ZRP follow up with details of car owner addresses and a fine is issued, apparently within 2 days.  Report the vehicle registration number, time and area where the offence was spotted.  The fines are apparently $20 (illegal waste dumping), $50 (littering from a vehicle) and $250 (illegal dumping of industrial waste).

Pomona Dump

Alicia Dauth
I am a graduate student through an online correspondence program in Southern California and am currently working on a project regarding upgrades and a case study of the Pomona dump.


I am looking to find some answers to questions I have about the dump (I understand that it was an old quarry) and the surrounding area and hope you may be able to help me locate the person with this knowledge. 


1. Total area (acres, hectares) which the dump occupies; and

2. Depth and slope of the dump; and

3. Operation start date;and

4. Is there a gas or leachate collection monitoring system?; and

5. Allowable waste within dump; and

6. Are there currently any liners or any mitigation measures in place to control contamination or runoff?;and

7. Owner ship and operator of the dump.


If any one would be able to assist with this information or point me in the correct direction it would be much appreciated.


Kind regards,


Alicia Dauth 

Death Notices

Death Notice: We would like to let all his old friends in Zimbabwe know that Norman Valentine Quin ( fondly known as 'Quinnie' to his friends) passed away peacefully in England on the 23 April 2014 five days short of his 97th Birthday. Beloved father of Heather, farther in-law of Ian, grandfather to Warren, Kerry, Ryan and Katie and great grandfather of Cameron and Logan. A true legend of his time. Rest in Peace Quin Boy. Contact email address - or cell number +263772261916


Death Notice: It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jan Cilliers (Jannie)Father of Brian, Kevin and Darryl on Monday 21st April after a long illness bravely borne. The memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday 26th April at 2pm at Emerald Hill Community Church Gateway Primary School.

Bulawayo Reunion

Bulawayo Reunion 2014!!

...for old Bulawayo friends born in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60s.

Annual Bulawayo Reunions have been held in South Africa for the past ten years and old Bulawayo friends from all over the globe have attended and had a great time catching up with long-lost friends. This is the first - and probably the only time - this unforgettable event will be held in Bulawayo, so don’t miss out!


2 May - Lunch at the “Bean There” Restaurant, Hillside Dams. Booking essential. Contact Linda Kreidl on

2 May - Pub Crawl starting (5 pm) and ending at OMs Sports Club. Transport with sober drivers will be provided.

3 May - Late lunch/early dinner ($5/meal) commencing 3pm at OMs. Feast on a variety of mouth-watering gastronomic delights provided by an array of international cuisine stalls, FOLLOWED BY...

THE MAIN EVENTA fantastic night at OMs with old friends and Bulawayo’s own 40 Somethin’ performing your favourite 60’s and 70’s hits! Commencing 7pm ‘till late. Bop ‘till you drop. Entrance $10.00.





Senior Citizens Club

SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB Tea Dance:  Saturday 10 May from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Club (60 Fife Avenue/ Colquhoun Street).  Tickets $5 each at door.  Live music with Steve Theron, lots of eats, cash bar, raffle prizes to be won.  Contact Marge Taljard on  740 496 /  0712 410 050 ( for table bookings, to assist with catering and setting up. 


We would also be very grateful if you could see your way to advertising the Senior Citizens Club in your Ndepi Magazine under "Community Groups".  The Club is on a drive to attract more members, where the only revenue it receives is $20 per annum per member for subs or from monies raised at social events as per the one being held on 10 May.  We do have an ad in the Zimtrader but would like to reach out to a larger sector of the community and know your Ndepi Magazine is very popular.  Something along the following lines would be good:


SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB60 Fife Avenue/ Colquhoun Street, Harare. New members over age of 55 welcome.  Membership only $20 annually. Wonderful spacious library, TV lounge, hair salon, bar, coffee shop and restaurant (run by hospitality training company), Bingo every Thu a.m. and other functions throughout the year.  Close to Medical Centres. Secure parking.  Phone 250093 for more info.


Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest regards,


Alva Hodgson



Bulawayo Spca

From: Fiona Burns

As you may know I have become the main fundraiser for our Bulawayo Spca.  Being a third world country dogs and cats are not treated as pets are in the first world.  We have a huge task ahead to get sterilization under control and reduce the breeding that is happening, hence homeless dogs which more often than not when admitted get put to sleep.  My dream this year is to fund a mobile clinic to get out to the outer suburbs and rural areas to treat, vaccinate and sterilize animals as well as educate people on how to look after them.  Please forward this to everyone you know who can help donate towards this it will make a huge difference to the animals here in Zimbabwe.

                                                                                                                        S P C A

Bulawayo Spca is in need of a Mobile Clinic – to reach out to the outer suburbs and rural areas and treat, vaccinate and sterilize dogs and cats.  Between January and March 2014, 320 dogs were admitted to the Kennels and 279 were put to sleep.  Only 18 were lucky enough to receive new homes.  In the same period 46 cats were admitted and 45 were put to sleep.  Only 5 cats got new homes in this period.  It is heartbreaking. 

If you go online under, click on the search key and look under Spca Mobile Clinic, you can use a credit card and donate to the SPCA Mobile Clinic.  If you do not have a credit card you can email me on for Zimbabwe bank details for the Spca account.

Every donation stands a chance to win a 10 day Safari for two people in Zimbabwe, very kindly donated by Wild Horizons, Imvelo Safaris, Nehimba Safaris and The Amalinda Collection as well as a night at Banff Lodge in Bulawayo.  This is an amazing prize to win.

Any money raised over the costs of funding the Mobile Clinic will be put to a Sterilization programme to try and get the over breeding, hence homeless dogs that more than likely get put to sleep, under control.

On behalf of the Spca, I thank you so very much for supporting this amazing charity and all their hard working staff in helping our animals of Bulawayo.

Fiona Burns


Here's hoping that you all had a good long weekend over Easter!

It's been very quiet down at the kennels over this period and not too much out of the usual has been happening..

We have had lots of sick animals coming in, and many surrendered when the owners are told they will have to pay for treatment. And we have many cases where the animal has been left to suffer for days (sometimes weeks!) before the owners decide to bring them to us, and they don't understand why we can't help the animal anymore as it's too far gone. Please make sure to bring your dog or cat to us soon if you think it's unwell.  

At the moment we have 5 ex SPCA dogs in the kennels - the owners either having left and surrendered them or dumped them and we have found them again. 

Re homing has been a little bit better this month - thanks so much to people who really care, you're wonderful! 

Sadly we are seeing more and more posters up in shops/shopping centres advertising puppies for sale. It's so awful that people don't care enough about animals to stop breeding because there are already too many homeless pets. And so we end up with our kennels filling up with the unwanted ones 😔 Please keep educating those around you - SPAY, NEUTER & ADOPT! 

Dumi has been capturing stray pigs and dogs in Nkayi, which has been quite a mission but we are getting on top of it. The owners of the stray animals will have to claim their animals within 10 days.

We are trying to set up a Mobile Clinic so that we can reach further afield and treat and sterilise more animals. If you, your company or your family & friends from around the world would like to donate to this fund please contact Fiona Burns on 0779544204. Just imagine how great it would be if we can get this set up!! 

Our borehole packed up on Sunday so we are having quite a horrid time trying to keep everywhere clean using the municipal water. Thankfully Shane has been sorting out our borehole and it should be working again soon! 

And out flat renovations have almost been completed and as soon as they are it will be up for rent which is really great..

Scruffs Dog Show is next month so it's all systems go to organise a great day for everyone.. (To book stalls contact Berry on 0773807188)

Bulawayo, once again we are appealing to you - we have a little Wish-list of the things we are in need of at the moment, and any donations are GREATLY appreciated!

Our Wish-list: 

🔹Disinfectant for cleaning the kennels 

🔹Blankets for winter

🔹Toys - desperately needed: stimulating toys for the dogs and cats

🔹Dog dishes (metal ones please - they break plastic ones playing with them!)

🔹Shade-cloth for the Cattery

🔹Cat trees/scratching posts/cat 'jungle gyms'

🔹Collars and leashes - second hand ones are perfectly useful to us

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates & wish-list. And thank you for your support.  

S.P.C.A. Contact numbers:

09 66578

09 66593

EMERGENCIES only - 0773807188 

S.P.C.A. Opening Times:

To accept strays/injured,etc we are open 24/7

Our Clinic times are:

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm

Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 9.30am - 12pm

S.P.C.A. SHOP Opening Times:

Tuesday and Thursday, 9am -12pm & 1pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday and Friday, 9am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Closed on the weekends, except the last Saturday of each month.

Miracle Missions “Enabling the Disabled” party

Miracle Missions “Enabling the Disabled” party is happening on Wednesday 30th April at Gateway Primary School from 7:30am-1:30pm

It will be a wonderful morning for the children who attend

We are still in need of some items:

·         Plastic balls x 40

·         Large yoghurt containers  x 40

·         2lt icecream containers x 40

·         Newspapers x 100

·         Magic markers x 14

·         Large water containers x 4

·         Thick rolls of ribbon (create start / finish lines)

·         Balloons x 20 packets

·         Bananas

·         Bun or doughnut x 500

·         Staplers x 20 with staples


·         VOLUNTEERS


A big thank you to G’TEL for being the main sponsor of this event.  Dendairy for the chocolate milks.  Brands Africa for chocolates.  Innscor Distribution for drinks for Care Givers.   Probottlers (Pvt) Ltd for cascade drinks.   Payman Systems for a sound system. 

All the donations will make this party a memorable one for all who attend.


If you can assist in any way, please contact or phone 0774 136239    All items can be delivered to 127 Enterprise Road, Highlands.

Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity as always   -  The Miracle Missions Team


Saturday, April 26, 2014


I was inspecting a property for rent a week ago and in so doing I discovered a lovely tombstone/concrete memorial block?? This is inscribed with the following details:

1583364 Sergeant

A.P. Gudger

Royal Air Force

12th May 1944

I googled it very briefly and it seems that this person was killed in active service in the 2nd world war.

I thought that I would write in to let you know this in the event that there are family members in Zimbabwe who are not aware of this. It is lying on it’s own in the back of the garden at the back of an unoccupied house in the Avenues. I can be contacted on should there be any possible family member or friend may be interested in this. It would be a shame if this destroyed.



Cheryl Latimer


Yip! I received an email from Owen Byrne who suggested that I get in touch with Mike Hartell. I did this and it was truly amazing. He took the service number that is inscribed on the stone and informed that he would call me back in an hour. Well, to my total amazement he called me back within 20 minutes and read out Sgt Gudger’s details. He apparently was a volunteer air service man and died in action. Mike is going to check the gravesite on Saturday to confirm that we are dealing with the same person. He will then clean and collect the stone and we will place it on Sgt Gudger’s grave. Mike claims that I possibly found the original headstone. It does look very old. What an amazing day!!! Tears and laughter all at the same time. Mike takes care of all the Pioneer blocks???

God bless



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kariba Wildlife



REMEMBER: When Driving or walking,  Animals always have the right of way

KEEP KARIBA CLEAN  Keep litter to yourself, in your vehicle or boat and empty only at designated points.


For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals please contact below

Phone numbers

Cavan Warren 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Nick Grant 0772 607 214 - HARARE

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya Mc Master Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA




That there has been an increase is beyond doubt.  Kudu are being seen more we are finding numerous small herds of Impala, Bush buck, Bush pigs, Warthog  ( When Domestic Hunting Dog Packs are not wiping them out !!!), Leopard and the latest - small Elephant Cow herd with their brand new offspring along with the larger Elephant Herd 60 to 70 strong that has passed through a number of times.

March 03 - KUDU SEEN

Sunera from Natureways saw a female Kudu in the morning on the way to Nyamhunga, Between Batonka and Cutty Sark turnoff closer to Batonka on the Nyamhunga side of the road. Hope she stayed safe !!!




Sorefoot –  Who was treated some years back for a very bad leg that was suspected to be caused by a snare and one of the group of Bull Elephants that roam between Muchirara and Nyamhunga area ,was seen in a terrible mess. Badly swollen front leg with a large septic wound as well as septic wound at base of ear and other parts of his body.

Quick arrangements were made, Parks and Wildlife permission given along with a Ranger collected, Andries Scholtz called in with Marnie Kloppers to also back up. The Elephant was darted, wounds treated, except for wound behind ear as unable to get to ear due to position of Elephant.  Antibiotic administered.

Communication and pictures sent to AWARE TRUST Veterinarians for advice on treatment for the Elephant and if further treatment required




The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals – Mahatma Ghandi







Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 507436



Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya McMaster Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA



3 March  - 1 snare - Platform north up to power line rd.1 snare recovered. Eland seen again as well as a herd of 35-40 impala 5 waterbuck.

4th March - 0 snares - From Shumba rd going West to Nyanyana rd. No snares recovered. Impala, waterbuck,zebra and ele spoor plentifull.

5th March – 3 snares - >From end of efluent pipe to Cutty Sark turn of, Thee snares recovered. Resident buff heard using this area No buff spore yet.


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6th March – 1 snare - Mushuma camp to NAU/power line. 1 wire, no game movement in the area.


7th March – 0 snares  - Zesa (Mahombekombe) going east. No wire, Plenty human activity in the surrounding bush judging by litter, beer bottles  etc.


10th March – 0 snares  - From information centre to Charara rd, No snares.

18 huge mopani trees found destroyed to charcoal burners. Several  trees  still smoldering.  Little or no game movement except for ele.


11th March – 6 Buffalo snares - From Dumps to foothills in the west on to University rd. 6 buff snares found. No animals seen apart from fresh buff spoor, (resident herd)


12th March. – 1 snare - Y-junction NAU/Banana farm rd  going west to Chegaruwe R. One snare. warthog, impala seen.


13th March – 1 snare - Nzou harbour to power line rd. 1 snare. No wild life seen except for warthog.


14th March. – ILLEGAL WOOD REMOVAL - MOPANI TREES DECIMATED - 4 hundred meters west of First and Last Restaurant  to investigate new charcoal burning area. One burner arrested who immediately reported he had a friend south of his group of trees.  Patrol and ranger set off to make another arrest.  2  persons were then taken by the Patrol to Border Patrol to hand over for arrest and subsequent conviction.   1 youngster was caught last year doing the same in an area nearby.

Between 30 and 40  Giant  Mopani Trees have been decimated in this area


The previous day Parks and Wildlife had arrested 1 of this same team who was given a very fitting sentence.

Thank you to the relevant Authorities


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Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 507436



Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya McMaster Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA


15th March. – 4 snares - LLA harbour to Mopani Bay the Baobab ridge. 4 fresh snares recovered below Baobab Ridge. A few bush buck seen.


19th March. – 0 snares - Chengaruwe R. East  to NAU rd. No snares, warthog and 4 groups impala seen.


20th March – 0 snares -  Chengaruwe R, south then West towards Nyanyana camp area. Carcass of zebra found near shore line. Cause of death could not be determined +- 3 weeks old. Half devoured by predators.  5 warthog, 8 waterbuck and  20-30 impala seen.


21 March. – 0 snares  - Kabuli Area. No snares. Zebra and small herd Impala seen.


24 March. – 4 snares  - From just north of Garakai going west to back of Tamarind Lodges. 4 snares recovered. The area just north and west of Garakai

& the Universaty rd is another area being damaged by stone/sand people.

The whole area is criss crossed by vehicle tracks. There are piles of sand, bags of sand, piles of gravel and the beginnings of a quarry where the side of a rise has been dug into to collect weathered latreite type ground. Ideal for compaction.


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25th March. - >From Chawara river upto main rd then west looking for injured Elephant treated 16 March


26th March. - Effluent pipe west to dump looking for injured Elephant. 

Meeting with Parks & Wildlife Ecologist re injured Elephant to seek approval from Parks and Wildlife to Collar Elephant  “Sorefoot” in order to administer daily medication as advised by AWARE TRUST Vetinarians


27th March.  - Search for injured Elephant , awaiting application to collar


28th March. - Search for injured Elephant , awaiting application to collar


29th March  - Patrol on standby  awaiting application to collar


30th. March - Patrol on standby  awaiting application to collar