Monthly Archives: May 2015

Govt Scraps Export Tax After Rio Tinto’s Murowa Diamonds Threatens to Close

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The Zimbabwe government has been forced to scrap a punitive 15 percent tax on unprocessed mineral exports after London Stock Exchange-listed Rio Tinto threatened to close it’s Murowa diamond mine in Zvishavane.
Midlands Senator Lilian Timveos asked deputy mines and mining development, Fred Moyo to explain the new government position in the Senate recently.
SENATOR TIMVEOS:
My question is directed to the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development. Murowa Diamonds has terminated contracts of most of their companies that were contracted there and over 250 people have lost their jobs. What is your Ministry doing about the problems that are now being faced by these miners who have lost their jobs?
THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINES AND MINING
DEVELOPMENT (MR. F. MOYO):
Thank you Madam President. Yes, we had a problem regarding Murowa Diamond Mines which faced three challenges recently. The first one was the one that Government was…

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Bona Mugabe Flees to Singapore

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By Phil Tejane|
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President Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona has fled Zimbabwe amid death threats as Zanu PF faction fights increasingly turn bloody, Now Daily has learnt.
Mugabe’s first daughter, now the dictator’s favourite to take over as president if he goes, had become the target of vicious attacks from rivals within Zanu PF after her father secretly gave her a top post in charge of his security, replacing the ailing Grace Mugabe, who suffers from colon cancer.
Bona’s insecurity also stemmed from her father’s decision to relegate her to his old Mount Pleasant house as punishment for marrying Simba Chikore, a man from a poor family, who was proved by his security to be a playboy.
According to reports, Bona Mugabe now lives with her husband Simba Chikore at The Marq on Paterson Hill, District 9 Singapore, a luxury property built in 2011 by SC Global. Sources said…

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EU Orders Mugabe to Produce Kidnapped Activist Itai Dzamara or Lose Aid

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By Peter Bolder|
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The European Union has threatened to cut aid to Zimbabwe if president Robert Mugabe does not account for missing political activist Itai Dzamara.
The Occupy Africa Unity Square leader was kidnapped by state security agents in March after staging peaceful street protests, calling on the dictator to resign for failing to implement political reforms and to run the economy.
The EU, Zimbabwe’s largest aid donor accounting for more than $1 billion in financial help since 2009, has issued the strongest warning yet that it is going to impose sanctions if the Dzamara case is not resolved.
“Human rights remain a pillar of all our bilateral relationships,” the EU mission in Zimbabwe said Monday in an unusually tough statement marking 60 days since Dzamara’s forced disappearance March 9.
“The EU reiterates its call on the government of Zimbabwe to take all necessary measures to ascertain Mr…

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Mbalabala…

Frankie Kay Foto's

Called Balla Balla in pre-Independence days, Mbalabala has a few of the Matopos-like boulder/outcrops…(often called “Dwala” in the local language isNdebele) dotted about…

MbalabalaThe area we were working in is communal land, commonly called “makaya” or “homes.” People from this area are offered a place to grow their maize, graze their cattle and build their home, either by a local chief or the District Administrator.

MbalabalaWe were there to site a borehole for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Since a site wasn’t found immediately, and another survey was required, I decided to climb higher to get a better view…up here:

Mbalabala

I stopped and took photos all the way up the hill. Hey – I need to breathe!

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First stop was this lovely shady tree and flat rock to lie on!

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The view facing north…Mbalabala

Mbalabala

Half way up – I spied this tree…

Mbalabala

It’s more of a  bush, although you cant…

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