Takura Zhangazha

About the Author Takura Zhangazha

Takura is a renowned blogger, social, economic and human rights activist based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Africa Day 2017: Context, Consciousness, Action (Not Dividends)

Africans across the continent and the Diaspora are celebrating Africa Day. Commemorated under the African Union’s theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth”. Takura Zhangazha discusses that while being a young African is important, it is not enough if one is not only historically and politically conscious of the many progressive struggles that have brought the continent to where it is today. The ideas that drove the liberation movements remain valid as they were in the past, as they are today and as they will be tomorrow.

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Cde Mbalula. Self-Righteousness Does Not Make South Africa Exceptional.

South Africa’s Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s recent controversial comments that former Zimbabwean soldiers are illegally entering the country to rob and kill have caused a storm. Mbalula’s recent comments are against what we as Southern Africans and Africans in general, consider an organic and post liberation progressive Pan Africanism, writes Takura Zhangazha

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Curriculum Changes and Nationalization of Education in Zim: Gambling with the Future

The government of Zimbabwe has changed its education curriculum. There was no public debate prior to this far reaching policy change. The teachers unions, have gone apoplectic over this new curriculum, while there has been a muted response from parents of school-going children, not clear on the matter, and its potential effect on their children’s education.

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Picking Up the Phone: American Humour vs Zimbabwe’s Foreign Policy/Reputation

The American comedy show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) has been having a decent go at President Donald Trump. In a comedy sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Robert Mugabe portrayed by Kenan Thompson, ‘Trump’ calls the Zimbabwean ‘president’ and tells him, ‘This is the new sheriff in town’. Takura Zhangazha looks at the meanings of the Trump/Mugabe comparison and the various perspectives on the relationship between Zimbabwe and the U.S.

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Africa’s Struggle History Absolves Fidel Castro

And yes we read the biographies, watched the movies, documentaries and even witnessed a handshake between Raul Castro and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. We saw the continually negative coverage of Cuba (as will be the case during Fidel’s memorial services) in the now global media and argued over why his socialism wrongly curtailed freedom of expression.

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Africa and the Panama Papers: Waiting on Popular Disapproval

What is however required in the short and long term is a new popular African approach to off shore accounts and deals that hide the movement of money and avoidance of tax via illicit deals. This is because it is our political and business elite that are involved with a level of impunity that indicates that they do not see themselves getting into any sort of trouble if they are caught.