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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DSeath Notices

Death Notice: ALEXANDRA DAWN FUSSELL . Beloved wife of the late “Boots”. Loved  mother of Michael and Jennifer , Philip and Frances . Loved granny of William and David . Passed away at Dandaro on the 26th October 2015. Email


Death Notice: Mrs Joan Dawson (26/2/30 - 25/10/15) of Wakefield Estates passed away peacefully. A memorial service will be held for her at the Flying Frog, Arcturus Road on Friday the 30th October at 230pm for 3pm. The inside parking will be reserved for the family and the elderly.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Joan Dawson

Death Notice: Mrs Joan Dawson (26/2/30 - 25/10/15) of Wakefield Estates passed away peacefully. A memorial service will be held for her at the Flying Frog, Arcturus Road on Friday the 30th October at 230pm for 3pm.
The inside parking will be reserved for the family and the elderly.  

Bulk Water Suplies

In a meeting with Ministry officials ,ZINWA and resident representatives, it has been requested that we as ratepayers and residents identify all points of extraction for bulk water suppliers within the city limits. For the purpose of clarity, bulk water is the carrying of more than 2000l of water. This request is for all points of extraction, legal or otherwise. I would be grateful if details could be e mailed to me on or by SMS to 0772278460


Rusty Markham

Councilor Ward 18

Land Audit

From: Rusty Markham
I am requesting residents and ratepayers for information, to compliment an audit of all council land that has been sold, leased or swapped since 1st January 2005. Please note that the areas concerned are ward 17 and ward 18 (Mt Pleasant and surrounds and Borrowdale and surrounds) I request residents or ratepayers with any information or knowledge of any transactions to contact me either by e mail  or by phone on 0772278460 with details.
All details will be kept confidential.
 Rusty Markham
Councilor Ward 18


Death Notices

Death Notice: WILSON, Rosalie. Beloved wife of Clive, mother of Carl and Nigel, mother in law to Michelle and beloved granny of Kirsty. Passed away in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Wednesday 21 October 2015. Will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.


Memorial: Georgina Mesley, mother of Steven, Damon and Peter, grandmother to Annalise, Ben, Hannah and Cloe. Please join us in celebrating the life of Georgie at a memorial on Saturday 31st October, 3pm at the Italian Club, Quendon Road. Tea/coffee and cash bar available. If you can, please bring a small plate of eats and wear bright colours.

Monday, October 26, 2015


As a ZPHGA committee member, and with you not being a member, I do not believe you know just how much we are always doing that you are not privy to. (so many issues we are fighting continuously for the good of conservation throughout the country.) It is common knowledge that most of the unethical and illegal hunting practices are carried out by non-members, which unfortunately we cannot discipline accordingly as our association does not have that legislation. ) We do pass on information to the appropriate authorities where we can. The association does have a membership code of conduct and we do and will deal properly with perpetrators.

We work very closely with powerful organisations such as various embassies, Dallas Safari Club, SCI, Conservation Force, Osprey Filming Company etc. (to name just a few) to help stop the abuse of our wild life.

Unfortunately there are too many people like you that refuse to join us which is detrimental to fighting the cause we all believe in. Sadly our lack of funding (every membership helps) does not enable us to do as much as we would like and we are always looking for funding to help achieve this.

We have (for years) been trying to work more closely together with Parks, SOAZ, the photographic contingent etc. to unite and fight for the right cause. How sad that so many folks put us in the same boat as poachers and the unethical people, which results in the wildlife itself suffering even more. Worse still, many of these critics never do anything for conservation.


Having said all the above I do agree, there are major issues that the hunting fraternity needs to sort and I can assure you we are working hard on this. Please send me a list of the rogue elements you refer to so we can take this up (w/o hard evidence it is very difficult for us otherwise).


FYI information – ZPHGA association proposed last year to all the photographic folks to identify `iconic` animals throughout the country (such as big elephant bulls) to be collared etc. which will enable protection for such. I will guarantee none of these photographic people will do anything about it, instead they will cause irreparable damage for the country and our wildlife via social media, as hunters themselves also do.) I will never stick up for any unethical or illegal hunting (and condemn them more than most) but a PH/Operator must not be condemned for shooting a huge tusker when it’s all ethical and legal.


Regards Pete


From: Norman Monks []
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 8:18 AM
To: 'Mark Brightman'; 'Mike Bromwich'; 'Alistair & Di Hull'; 'Andy & Nicky Pugh'; 'Charles & Jane Mackie'; 'Chris Packenham'; 'Colin Saunders'; 'Cynthia Osborne'; 'Dave Russell'; 'Derek Adams'; 'Derek Lenton'; 'Gordon & Debby Puttrill'; 'Graham Hall'; 'Ian & Carol van Heerden'; 'John and Nikki Stevens'; 'John English';; 'John Smith-Wright'; 'Ken & Sue Worsley'; 'Kevin & Fay Dunham'; 'Mark Butcher'; 'Mike La Grange'; 'Odette'; 'Pete Fick'; 'Rich & Liz Aylward'; 'Richard Peek'; 'Rob & Paddy Francis'; 'Roger Parry'; 'Rowan Martin'; 'Russell Tayllor'; 'Steve & Wendy Edwards'; 'Terry & Pan Fenn'; 'Tim & Jill Paulet'; 'Tony & Cynthia Osborne'; 'Vernon and Lynne Booth'; 'Blondie & Katrina Leatham'
Subject: RE: Public Media and Facebook


Hi Mark,

Thanks for your submission here and although it as addressed specifically to Mike, it was also sent on to all of us so I hope that you do not mind me responding. 


Much of what you say is correct and obviously as an ex Parks person and as a passionate conservationist I have to agree with you.  However maybe we are missing the point here.  We can sit and decry hunters, their ethics and their behavior until the last tree has fallen and been burned and will have achieved nothing apart from making ourselves feel self-righteous. 


The point is that there are many areas in Zimbabwe that will not and cannot be set aside for photographic tourism and the only option is hunting.  If we take that away, those areas will go to the land hungry around the Protected Areas.  The Chirisa scenario was a shock and an eye opener to me and I wish that I could take you and others on an aerial journey to see what is happening on the ground.  Much of what I saw remains confidential but the stark reality is that if that area is not utilized, it WILL be given over to the destructive purposes of communal farming.


Yes there are hunters who have become the antithesis of all that we hold dear and believe in.  However with them in the Safari Area, there will still be wildlife and there will still be wilderness,  Take them out because we feel so self-righteous, and we will lose that wilderness and the wildlife.  Let’s rather work slowly to re-educate both parks and unethical hunters of proper and ethical ways of utilizing the wildlife resource instead of decrying them and hoping that things will improve.  They will not.


One of the biggest mistakes that parks has made is to reduce the lease period for an operator.  If an operator has a 20 year lease the tendency will be to look after the wildlife and the environment for that period.  Give that same operator a five year lease and he will milk the area to recoup setting up camp, vehicles and so on.


I hope that this makes sense Mark.  Bottom line is to accept that hunting has a place in certain marginal areas and let’s work together to bring an ethical and responsible way to utilize the wildlife and conserve the environment.


Best wishes



From: Mark Brightman []
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2015 8:03 PM
To: 'Mike Bromwich'; 'Alistair & Di Hull'; 'Andy & Nicky Pugh'; 'Charles & Jane Mackie'; 'Chris Packenham'; 'Colin Saunders'; 'Cynthia Osborne'; 'Dave Russell'; 'Derek Adams'; 'Derek Lenton'; 'Gordon & Debby Puttrill'; 'Graham Hall'; 'Ian & Carol van Heerden'; 'John and Nikki Stevens'; 'John English';; 'John Smith-Wright'; 'Ken & Sue Worsley'; 'Kevin & Fay Dunham'; 'Mark Butcher'; 'Mike La Grange'; 'Norman & Nyasha Monks'; 'Odette'; 'Pete Fick'; 'Rich & Liz Aylward'; 'Richard Peek'; 'Rob & Paddy Francis'; 'Roger Parry'; 'Rowan Martin'; 'Russell Tayllor'; 'Steve & Wendy Edwards'; 'Terry & Pan Fenn'; 'Tim & Jill Paulet'; 'Tony & Cynthia Osborne'; 'Vernon and Lynne Booth'; 'Blondie & Katrina Leatham'
Subject: RE: Public Media and Facebook


Hello Mike


The issue here is not about hunting - everyone knows just how valuable it is (myself included) as a conservation tool, but run properly and sustainably! My Parks years were spent initially under Willem de Beer who taught many of us Cadet Rangers how to hunt, and how to hunt properly and ethically. He was the first to recognise the value of these exceptional trophies and went out of his way to prevent them from being shot by hunters - ‘Chipatani Joe’ is a prime example.


I was placed in charge of Matetsi (my last station), where even then I started to see the rot setting in - unauthorised quotas; government ‘VIP’ hunts; animals shot which were not even on quota! As a result, I took the very unpopular decision to make it mandatory for scouts to accompany all hunts, whereas before operators were given a huge burden of responsibility in trust by the Department, as you know. Astoundingly (but not unexpectedly, the wounding rate suddenly soared by 75%!) This gives some indication of just what was being shot and wounded and not declared! This decision was over-ruled when I received a hand written note (not even an official letter) from the Director, delivered in person by a very smug political appointee who had been ‘given’ one of the concession areas. I was totally disgusted, and this is one of the factors which led to my resignation.


Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe had a very proud record of hunting, with world class trophies being sustainably harvested. The problem is the very tarnished image which has now come about by greed and corruption throughout this country - not only in Parks. And how can one turn a blind eye to the notorious Parks ‘ration hunts’ for example? This was and still is a total disgrace. Hunting has become a ‘big bucks’ business - plain and simple. It is no longer the honourable sport it once was. Many (but NOT all - let me be very clear) PHs of today have no morals, no ethics and should really not be called ‘hunters’ but ‘collectors’ - shooting at night with a spotlight, shooting from a vehicle, shooting females carrying advanced foetuses, and so on. Believe you me - I have seen this up close and personal, so quite naturally has left a very bitter taste in my mouth. I could also go on about ‘canned’ hunting, but I won’t!


All this is brought to the attention of the Professional Hunters and Guides Association and NOTHING is done to bring those rogue elements to book. This is one reason I ceased renewing my subs as I could no longer see any reason for being part of it.


How are quotas established now? They are simply driven by commercial reasons and motives. The worst thing that could have happened is for the Department (now Authority) to have become a self-income generating business. Even on the non-consumptive side, look at how many new ‘lodges’ and ‘camps’ have been opened up in former pristine wilderness areas.


So Mike, the hunting industry needs to clean up its image a whole lot. The industry must also recognise that the world is a very different place from 30 - 40 years ago, and the anti-hunters/bunny huggers are a growing percentage of the world’s population and will simply not go away by simply being brushed aside. Photos posted on the internet showing their so-called prowess is also not the way to gain any respect either. These go viral, as you have rightly pointed out.


The capture and removal of elephant calves from their herds is another hugely damaging exercise for Zimbabwe’s reputation. Yes, sure, it was done in the past, but we have come a long way in understanding the social order of elephant and their behaviour since then. I would far rather see these animals euthanized than be live exported to a place like China - look at what they are doing in terms of the destruction of many of the world’s wildlife!


So I cannot remain quiet and turn a blind eye where I see a need, in the absence of any action being taken against these travesties. My few cents worth.





Death Notices

Death Notice: It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of fishing legend Graham Law.  The funeral will be held at Glenforest Crematorium on 21 October 2015 at 11.15.  Please join us to celebrate his life


Death Notice: Wynnne Ian,  passed away in Durban Oct.19th beloved husband of Les and devoted father and grandfather of Paul and Adrian and their families. Dearly loved brother of Barbara and a very special uncle of Jenny and Mike. To know him was to love him


Warning to all who work in Msasa.


There was a Toyota Allex, reg # AAV2915, that entered our premises in Msasa this afternoon at approx 3.30pm. 

They broke into a vehicle on the property and sped out.

Happened very quickly and no one was hurt and they didn’t seem to get away with any goods.


Regards, Leonie.

Daeth Notices

Death Notice: Peta Louise Cogger-Charvat (nee Davies).  Beloved wife of Geoff, daughter of the late Tudor and Joan Davies, sister to Simon and Sue, Charles and Lindsay, aunt and very special friend to so many people, passed away at her home in France on Saturday 17 October, 2015 after a tremendous battle against cancer over the past 20 months.  She was stoic and brave right through to the end when our precious Lord took her home.  A Celebration of Peta’s life will be held on Monday 26 October at 1500 hours at the Anglican Church in her home town, where she was a regular worshiper and active member.  Friends can phone Alva on 0777 628 324 or e-mail with any messages for the family. 


Death Notice: Zwanikken – Lia:  passed away on Monday 12th October 2015 in Emmen, Holland.  Beloved Wife to the Late Paul Zwanikken;  Mother, Mother-in-Law and Oma to: Marcelle (Greg, Leanne and Alicia), Pieter (Wendelin, Hannah & Paul), Pauline (Murray, Maddie and Hannah).   Lived in Horseshoe Block and Raffingora.  Taught at Chinhoyi High School.  Cell:  +263772248448 or email:

Jack DeBeer 06/02/1932 to 20/10/2015

Celebrate His Life, Cherish His Memories. Jack DeBeer 06/02/1932 to 20/10/2015. Memorial service will be held on Friday 23rd October at Highlands Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm. Beloved husband of Terry, father of Cherie and Debbie, grandfather of Shannon, Crystal and Tiana. Forever in our hearts.

Dick Blake

Good friend and teacher passed away on 02 October in the UK from cancer. RIP will be missed. Adrian, Odette , Stuart and Alexander


When I was driving home at 530am after a school bus drop off this morning, I passed a man parked on the verge off The Chase.  I pulled over to ask if he needed help, to which he said he had stopped to take a photo of the magnificent sunrise.  Looking in my rear view mirror I saw a perfectly round red sun in the middle of the road lined with purple jacarandas.  Beautiful!  What a way to start the day ... such Glory.  If only we, as Zimbabweans, could keep positive through all the negative around us by looking up!  I came across this quote by Billy Cox today “Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have.  On what’s right in your world instead of what’s wrong.  On where you’re going instead of what you’ve been through.”  Nix


With the rains almost upon us, I was thinking that it would be a good idea for people to TRIM their tree branches that maybe hazardous to Zesa lines.   By doing this we could avoid any danger to people/property  as well as the brutal & unnecessary tree cutting that we previously experienced.   If you can - it is really worth staying safe & saving a tree  Angela 


Lot's of the schools  do the basic first aid course which covers cpr etc. It's a very good course and all nursery school teachers have to have a valid first aid certificate. I also believe that all staff at all the games lodge and things also now have to have the basic first aid course too.  It's a good thing to have for everyone. 


Deep Freeze - it would seem that the more ‘vacant’ space you have in your deep freeze, the more quickly the contents defrost.  I have found that filling up the ‘air pockets’ with scrunched up newspaper and then putting a duvet over the top of all the contents helps insulate and keep the meat etc. frozen for longer. Leonie.


Instead of whining about power cuts please spare a thought for all the elephants being poisoned with cyanide at Kariba !!!  There were 3 reported yesterday., today it is 15 !!  How many more will die before the monsters responsible are caught - if eve?.  We may not have power but at least we are still alive. Daisy


I remember umpiring colts games with the Curran brothers tearing my bowling and batting attack to pieces. I was always in awe of the outstanding ability of these boys. The biggest crime is that the country they were born in could not keep them here to play for the chevrons.


We have paid a price to live in this unique country since 1965. So my new philosophy is: I will henceforth regard the dire power situation as one of these payments for my somewhat dissolute idle old age - luxuriating in a daily 12 hours of heavenly sunshine and endless blue skies, surrounded by myriad colours under a canopy of purple Jacarandas, endless beauty; smiling, friendly people with their "we're all in this together" attitude - even though their lot may be immeasurably harder than others; and somewhat third world charm. The last would be considered elsewhere as dereliction, decay and disorder (and by me if it hadn't been the case for time immemorial). Deprivation over the years has made me so thrilled by the small gift of what is the norm in the First World, from a full fuel tank through to burgeoning supermarket  shelves, a relatively stable currency to prices that don't leap up as you deliberate on your purchase, and, yes, a running tap to having the power to send this email. Ah contentment!  


I did chat with the ZESA people at Harare Show in August.   I asked if private households would be able to supply power back to the grid through their solar panels on the roof, and get a deduction from their ZESA bill, similar to what happens in the UK.   ZESA advised me that currently the legislation only allows Government entities to supply power into the National Grid.  (this is possibly why the Triangle Sugar Estate was unable to supply power back into the grid).  I am assuming this is a decades old legislation.  However ZESA did say that they are working on this solution.  The technology for the ZESA meters is being developed to monitor power in and power out.  ZESA will also bring this to Parliament and I am sure with the current crisis, hopefully the legislation will be changed to allow private supply into the National grid to ease the crisis.


I was wondering if anything could be done about the “big advertising billboard companies” For example the blue billboard that spans across Borrowdale road just before TM Borrowdale.  There used to be an econet advert with some famous rugby player which has since been changed but the old metal scrap from the econet ad has been lying on the side of the road for months now and has never been removed.  Surely the billboard company should remove it and not just leave this scrap metal lying around??.  Sorry I don’t know how to go about getting this removed or who the billboard company is to contact them and ask if and when it will ever be removed. Regards Thea


First off - seems there might be a potential scam ...... the toll gate for road tax $2 now claim they have no change. Yesterday I paid with a $20 note but was only given $14 change. If I wanted the remainder, I had to join a queue of 4 other vehicles who were also waiting for change. This was at the toll unit on Old Mazoe Rd.


CPR - I think it is a fantastic idea!   I would like to take it a little further by saying from experience.   Having done a first star divers course (30 years ago) in SCUBA diving, CPR & first aid in general is a must. What you learn from it is so many people die in accidents, at home, at work, on the road because of the lack of basic first aid skills known by anyone first at the scene.  In general everyone just stands around watching people die. Once you have done a  basic first aid course which I am sure includes CPR it will open your eyes to how many lives could have been saved by the public, family members at home & work associates. I believe this should form part of the curriculum at schools, colleges & varsities. It should also form some part of an annual event for people to do refresher courses because it is very easy to forget what you have learned and cause more harm than good to an accident victim if moved on certain injuries.






Tuesday, October 20, 2015

George Smal

Death Notice:  George Smal passed away peacefully on his 78th birthday. Father to Celia, Leonie, Sharon & Debbie. A memorial service will be held in The Gazebo at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Newlands on Wednesday 21st October at 2.30 pm.

Zimbabwe Government Pensions Office

Zimbabwe Government Pensions Office staff will be at the Following Retirement/ Old Age Homes this week, to enable Pensioners to complete Life Certificates. Please note requirements are Zimbabwe ID/ Passport, together with an uncertified copy of that document and a Bank Statement or account card showing the account number to which the pensions are currently being paid into.


1.      Tuesday 20/10/2015                       Dandaro                                               10:30am

Pleasant Ways                                   12:00pm

B S Leon                                               14:00pm


2.      Wednesday 21/10/2015                Larmenier                                           10:30am

Fairways                                              12:00pm

The Moth                                            14:00pm


3.      Thursday 22/10/2015                      Athol Evans Hospital Home          10:30am              




Thursday, October 15, 2015

Death Notices

Death Notice: Sonia Forrester from 31.5.1939 to 13.10.2015 after a brave fight with cancer. Gone to join Michael and Franz. Funeral service at Nazareth House, Enterprise road on Saturday 17th October 2015 at 3 pm.  For further details contact Anna Marie 0776401772 or email

Death Notice: Marie Cochrane – 26 October 1914 – 7th October 2015. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Cochrane - Mum to Denzil , Doug, Cecily, Una, John, Bill, Bruce and Steve. Always smiling and so welcoming. Dedicated to her family, she always had time to make each of us feel special. We have been so lucky and blessed to have had her with us for so long. A memorial service will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Enterprise Road at 10am on Friday 16th October 2015. 


Death Notice: It is with great sadness to announce the passing of the legendary Brown's Hotelier David Anthony Riley AKA Riley Brown in St Albans, England on the 14th of October 2015. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. 0772147493

Pomona art wall

HI All, last Thursday morning I was invited down to Pomona shops to view the start of the Pomona Art Wall. This is an idea that has come about from interaction between Sharon Hook and ‘Greenmongers’. The latter is a group set up by the staff at a few embassies to promote community help projects in and around Harare.


His Worship, the Mayor of Harare, Clr Ben Manyenyeni was there along with the Australian Ambassador plus ladies from the Finnish Embassy and helpers from Miracle Missions. They all rolled up their sleeves to help start painting the undercoat. The wall is on the Borrowdale Road opposite Sam Levy’s Village behind the last remaining batch of fir trees. Large amounts of rubbish were taken away by Chris Seager’s team from Bitumen World to clear the passage way between the wall and trees. They are planning to build a short cycle track there soon as well as a bus terminus.

There are, apparently, hundreds of kids that alight Kombis from that area en route to school every day and Greenmongers feel that the messages conveyed on the wall will be interpreted wisely by the children.


The Pomona Art wall has been divided into about 30 short sections and each will be ‘sold’ to respected artists so that they can paint something notable according to the general theme of Recycling Materials. If you would like to join in this project then please contact Sharon . Note the ‘tyre’ bin (4th pic) that Sharon is showing off – made out of 5 old tyres with a removable bin liner inside

Keep your eyes posted for what aspires to be a major draw card to the area.

Mike G.




The history of what transpired leading to the game count is well documented and members have been kept abreast of all the developments suffice to say that we were left with 8 weeks to organise the count and the Count did take place as originally planned on the 26/27 of September 2015.


116 people participated in the Count and these made up 18 Transect and 3 Static teams (Chitake, Njiri and Mashuma). These numbers were about half the number that participated in 2014. The reduced numbers were in the main as a result of would-be participants having received contradictory messages and it seems that several had made alternative plans, not knowing what was happening.


Despite the reduced numbers we still counted all the 38 transects with the exception of the croton bush area, as each transect was counted twice as opposed to the previous four. Adequate data was therefore collected ensuring continuity in counts every year. General comments received from members were that the count was successful despite glitches discussed and that we can only get better with each count. The experience, lessons and challenges can only make WEZ a better institution.


There was no Keg and Baobab this year and it is our hope that this will be resumed next year. Given the short notice it was not possible to organise talks/presentations during the count days. A briefing took place on the Friday (25th) and this included a briefing on the Carnivore Survey which was also taking place in Mana. The Wildlife Officer on behalf of the Area Manager briefed participants on the state of the park and what to look out for. A debrief also took place on the Sunday (26th) were participants shared their experiences, encounters, challenges, complaints and contributions. All these were positively taken and will contribute to the next years count.


The data is currently being compiled but of interest is that some counters sighted lions, a leopard, a pack of wild dogs (25), buffalo herds, and a group of elands with young ones, hyena, civet, jackals, hooded and white backed vultures. Interesting observations were also of 500 herd of impala at Chitake seen after the count period when counters were leaving. A cheetah was sighted also after the count.

Detailed below is the summary of all the monies raised and how they were applied:


Total Income Generated
Less : Annual Subscriptions Raised
Add : T-shirt Sales 79 @ $12.00 each
Total Income
Accommodation Charges-Parks
Conservation Fees-PWMA
Steel Pegs
Wrist Bands
Printing Of Maps
Laminating Transact Labels
Medical Aid Cover
Game Rangers-PWMA
Administration Costs
Total Expenses
Net Income/(Loss)


1)    Income generated was from 116 participants

2)    100 T-shirts (cost $700) were printed and 79 sold (value $948) with the balance being distributed to the WEZ team, the helpers and National Parks officials.

3)    Accommodation paid to Parks was for all campsites plus two lodges. In other words we paid for accommodation for 250+ participants but realised income from 116 participants hence the loss.

4)    Conservation fees – we managed to get a 50% discount in addition to the 50% discount on accommodation.

5)    100 steel pegs were made.

6)    Medical Aid cover – MARS provided us with two medics and a fully equipped clinic and tent (the entire count was completely incident free).

7)    Game Rangers (14) were each paid $20

8)    Administration costs covered the WEZ team costs and the medics (food). A WEZ team visited Mana prior to the count for an initial survey and preliminary planning. The team together with helpers went two days prior to the count to do the planning which included the pegging. These days outside the permit we were charged 100% conservation fees and accommodation. The administration costs include fuel, meals, conservation fees and accommodation. With better and timeous planning these costs can be reduced.

9)    20litres diesel was donated to Parks.


With a full counters compliment of say 250 Total income generated would have been about $20,000 and this would have resulted in a surplus of plus or minus $6,000.


The branch would have carried out projects in the Park as well as retain some amount towards the running of the branch. These activities would have been accounted for as illustrated above. Any donations received in cash or in kind incoming and outgoing would also have been recorded in the above illustrated format.


All income received above was receipted on a WEZ Mashonaland receipts book and monies were banked into a WEZ Mashonaland Bank Account. All expenditure was substantiated and fully documented and approved. The figures will form part of WEZ Mashonaland accounts for the financial year ending 31 July 2016 and will be verifiable by our auditors.


Areas identified which WEZ can work with Parks include the following:

·       Mapping

·       Education of Rangers in selected areas such as birds etc.

·       Provision of education facilities for Rangers children (non-existent at the moment)

·       Solarising of rangers residence and other facilities

·       Healthcare facilities improvements

·       Supply of relevant books to the Park

·       Roads improvement

·       Assisting in setting up a convenience facility

·       Assisting with anti-poaching activities

·       Radio communication network for the Park

·       The use of a drone during counts to collaborate information from the existing counters


Donors are welcome to partner WEZ in implementation of the above programmes. WEZ has also not utilised the game counts to cross sell its other activities in particular the WEZ Primary Schools Quiz which aims to educate our children on the need to conserve and protect our wildlife and the environment and the WEZ Photographic Competition.


We wish to thank the WEZ staff, the helpers and participants who made this count possible. The count has generated a lot of interest from the authorities and the general public and this can only strengthen WEZ as an institution. For the record this game count activity had it been accounted for in the branch’s figures it would have contributed significantly to amounts recorded. This would have also impacted positively to the overall WEZ financial standing as will be revealed at the AGM soon to be held.


In furthering WEZ’s objectives for 2015 game counts were carried out in the following parks:

·       Hwange

·       Mana Pools

·       Matusadona (for the first time)

·       Sebakwe Recreational (for the first time)

All this information will appear in WEZ’s 2015/2016 records and the         statistical data will be available at the WEZ offices for all interested parties.


2016 WEZ is planning to carry out game counts in the following areas:

·       Hwange

·       Mana Pools

·       Matusadona

·       Sebakwe Recreational (to include the surrounding conservancies)

·       Lake Chivero (new – used to be done)

·       Gonarezhou (new – used to be done)


Of note is the need to encourage more black Zimbabweans and the younger generation to participate in future game counts.


This report was prepared for our members (as promised at the game count), potential members, stakeholders, potential donors and the public at large.


For and on behalf of WEZ Mashonaland Branch



Isaiah D Nyakusendwa

Date 13th October 2015