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Friday, September 19, 2014

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On 18 Sept I was near the Food Court in Pomona and locked my car. I pulled the handle to check it was locked (I have been a victim of this before) and the door opened. I then closed the door and locked it again. Upon checking, it opened again. I closed it, looked around at everyone in the vicinity and locked my car for the third time. This time it did lock. Please be aware and physically check that your door is in fact locked. Trish.

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The 'white lady con-artist'.  My daughters and myself encountered Jennifer about 5weeks ago at Westgate Pick N Pay, asking for $20 - The story she told me was that she needed to travel back to SA because of work she got there, as she is now clean after rehab and her 14 yr old daughter was given back to her. ..??? Her parents don't want to help her bla bla bla …. She said she was so bad before the rehab that she got work at a veterinary surgery so she could use vet medication as drugs, but now was fired, got a new job now and will stay clean ….. ….. I didn't want to give her anything because she was behaving like she was desperate for a 'fix'. (I recognised her, as the lady from Banket, but when I saw her last, she used to have blond hair, it is now coloured darkish brown.  I do know that even back then she had a drug problem …) She needs help and I wonder if the daughter is okay…?

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Comment on the rubbish – I keep all the storm drains around our area clean –  people living along Kenny Road in Avondale actually use these to stuff there rubbish into them – these drains are 2 mtrs deep and can take several hours to clear) – with the rainy season nearly on us – people should adopt a storm drain and keep them clear – this helps a) with our roads not being reduced to potholes b) water ends up where it should be. Also thanks to all the fibres being installed many of the drains in our area have had soiled piled up in front of them! Kate  

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I think it is high time that any company selling non-refundable cans and bottles, be it plastic, glass or tins, should be woken up. All of these companies should be forced to add a 5 cent refund on their bottles/cans and have an inlet depot to enable recycling. This will certainly diminish the National Zimbabwe Flowers ( Cans & Bottles) alongside most of our highways and in our cities. Those that still insist on throwing their empties out of car windows would enable those less fortunate to be able to make a few bob.  What do you think? Regards Allan 

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I’ve also had my experience with “Jennifer” a few months ago.  I met her in the queue at the South African Embassy where she appeared to be doing some legitimate business.  She was turned away from the counter and then conveniently approached me when I went to the car park.  She asked for a lift – I was immediately wary and am conscious of the various scams around so I locked my bag in the boot.  Of course, she asked to borrow the obligatory $20…!  My policy is not hand out money, so fortunately she did not con me out of it with her story about trying to get back to her daughter in SA.   You never know who people are working with, and it pays to be a little wary of strangers.

 

I recently watched “Kit Kittridge” about the depression in the USA in the 1930s, and people would never take money or even a sandwich without working for it because they had high morals and values (even when they lost everything!)  It leaves a sour taste in ones mouth to see people so ready to take from those they perceive to have more than themselves – some even see it as their right.  Unfortunately, there seems to be very little self-pride or ethics around and this spoils it for the truly needy people.  I would much rather do my part by giving to known charity organisations or to people within my “circle of influence”.  I feel that kind of giving is what creates a community, rather than “appeasing our guilt” through emotionally coerced giving.  So my suggestion is : find a project within your circle of influence and support that with whatever you can, whether it be making sandwiches/handing out oranges or water/spending time with the elderly/assisting financially those who you can, etc.  L

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To X – I feel you may have missed my point - The point I was making that the majority of school tuck shops in Zimbabwe probably contain foods that contain GMO, fizzy drinks and sugar full sweets. These are high in calories and contain NO nutritional value so my questions was “why” would we allow them? They serve no nutritional purpose and are in fact harmful to children & should not be in a learning environment. So as much as I appreciate tuck shops offer other healthy options which is great - the artificial sugary sweets and fizzy drinks should go as they fit into a balanced diet -  http://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is–bad  I am delighted to hear that Bishopslea has no tuck shop and provides cooked lunches as well as Lomagundi. That is fantastic & I hope more schools build school kitchens & follow suit.  Food for Thought 

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I would like to sympathise with Deena M friend, I have been attacked while out walking/running in the Vainona/Mount pleasant area by dogs that are out of their gardens (gates left open) and by dogs that have been taken for a walk and are off leash on the golf course at Mount Pleasant, please note form the ZNSPCA website The by-laws in most municipalities require that dogs must be on leashes in public places, including beaches and parks.”  I do realise that some dogs are very well behaved off leash but if they run up to other dogs on leash this causes a problem. Please be more considerate of others, if all the dogs are on leash you can at least try and control them from chasing other dogs/people!  I now don’t take my dogs around the suburbs and try to only go to the golf course when it is most likely that there will be no other dogs. My daughter has had the same problems with off leash dogs at ART farm. Donna



A warning to unsuspecting, sympathetic and gullible people (as I was) last year.  Jennifer S (late 30's, dark hair) is still going around with hard-luck stories in many guises. She is an inveterate liar who makes her way begging cash from the public. Her mother does care-work in UK, they have a home in Banket. Her family seems tired-out with her behaviour and is not helping her. She has been in rehab for drugs. Her daughter, in South Africa, was removed from her care. Just a warning. Jennifer really should be getting help for her addiction and problems. Susan

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The rubbish issue is one of my bug bears and no matter how many times everyone tries to clean up it doesn’t take long before people start littering again.  I feel that the Municipality should fine people who have a total disregard for our environment like they do in other countries.  We need bigger dustbins and collection areas in public places.  Come on Harare residents where is your pride?  Lets keep our city cleanJ  I had relatives visiting Harare in the 1980’s and they commented on how beautiful and clean our city was so we need to get it back to that! The schools should educate the children who haven’t been taught otherwise!  There are so many things that can be done so lets get together as a community and restore our pride in our beautiful Harare. A big thank you and well done to those organisations who are continually trying to overcome this problem..  I think handing out black bags is a good idea every little bit helps and it makes the vendors and street kids aware of the mess they are creating.

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Re positive lady .I agree with you if everyone would greet each other. It make such a difference  in every body, I am a Zimbabwen and live and work in the British Virgin Islands. Everybody greets each other and there is so much harmony, and it is great place because of that

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT.  You are extremely ignorant in saying that IT IS JUST Chisi Junior that offers lunch.  Did you know that Lomagundi College gives a balanced lunch to ALL their pupils regardless of being a boarder or a day scholar? The pupils have a sit-down lunch, after which an hour of prep time is done, before they go out to their afternoon activities.  Their Tuck Shop is also of a VERY HIGH quality, as high school boys playing rugby or whatever sports they do, do need something mid afternoon to sustain their energy and growing bodies!!  The food is freshly made daily from fresh products.  Do not sit in judgement before you have all the facts!!  X

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There are many schools that offer the health option.  My daughters are at Bishopslea where there is no Tuck Shop and day scholars are offered healthy lunches which are cooked in their kitchens and eaten in a supervised and controlled environment.  Parents should be careful with what they put into the children's break time lunch boxes though.

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Vendors, street kids and beggars are all symptoms of the general on-going decay in the standard of living of the majority. Unfortunately looking after them exacerbates their problems, and there is little doubt they are often a hazard to traffic flow. We need to find them help that doesn’t bring ever more swarming onto the streets as our economy takes increasing strain.  

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White Lady Con-Artist.  Yes, I was approached by a woman a few months ago by Montagu Service Station who advised that she had been  involved in a accident, showing some fairly recent wounds and needed cash to have further treatment.   After advising that I was not able to assist she walked off a little way, seemed to have a 2nd thought and came back asking for a lift to Kensington shops where she was trying to get a lift back to Banket/Chinhoyi, can’t remember which, but in the same direction. Sounds like the same person.

French Kids Eating Having attended school some 40+ years ago when tuck-shops no doubt sold the same ‘artificially made sweets and fizzy  drinks’ and looking around at colleagues who were at school a similar time, or people in the same age bracket, these things don’t seem to have done us that much harm?   Didn’t know of GMO substances in those days.

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We had the same lady here in Kamfinsa with the same wounds and sob story about being robbed in a taxi and need money to pay for a new ID.  I should have followed my instinct that it was just a story. But I  always think to myself that something like that can happen to one of my children, and they might need the help. And hopefully somebody out there will help them. I gave her my last money in my bag, and she said she will return is on the Next Monday. Well I knew I would not get it back, but was hoping she will be able to get her ID. She looked decent enough. She had a copy of her birth certificate and a copy of her adoption papers,  (not certified copies), everything else was in the bag that was ripped out of her hand. How low can you go to asking money from a 75 year old like me, knowing that you are not telling the truth. Must say she must be good with the make up as her wounds looked very real to me.  Beware of this lady, if that is what you can call her.

She has got no shame.. Bobby

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I recently have to use Piers Road a lot.  We all know the big humps on that road but can live with it because after all, they do slow down the traffic on that road.  However, I would like to find out who dug that trench across Piers Road, not far off the T junction with Harare drive.  It is so wide and so deep that it almost knocked the front wheels of my car.  Yesterday there was an accident on that spot.  I think someone discovered this new obstacle a bit late and had to slam on the brakes resulting in the following car driving into its back.  We all see that there is a lot of fibre cables being put underground and a lot of roads need to be crossed to do so.  But isn't it time that whatever company cuts trenches across the roads simply repares the damage done to the road after finishing the job?  Our cars suffer enough already on the daily potholes. Hans

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Couple of weeks ago my friend was taking his routine walk around Highlands / Newlands and  someone was reversing from there drive-way upon closing the gate a dog ran out, jumped on him and clawed at his back- the owner of the dog called her dog in upon seeing this and did not even apologize or show any consideration towards my friend. He came home with blood all over himself and is now fearful and has stopped taking his walks . To top it off this has happened to several people I know (imagine if it was a child ,that child would not have a chance against the dog  ....not that I blame the dogs they are just protecting their domain -on the other hand just a simple consideration of are you okay?, Were you bitten?. Have we become so unhuman about caring for others and? Do we have to fear taking a casual walk ?    Deena M

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Editors Disclaimer: Please note that this is a selection of comments taken from recent emails sent into me by various bambazonke nhasi readers. I send them out to try and stimulate discussion on issues that I feel are topical in our current environment. Please try to be sensible with your comments and offer useful advice without bringing any person(s) or company into disrepute. I do not necessarily agree or disagree with each comment and cannot check the veracity of each email. Regards Mike G

 
 

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