Vendors and informal traders in Zimbabwe are not a problem, let alone THE problem. They are citizens exercising their right to earn a living even though they still barely manage to make ends meet. And in this case they are ‘workers’ because they are working to send their children to school, try and get them the best possible healthcare, pay other bills and at least make an honest living. It will be hard to find someone in government or some of the increasingly monopolistic companies doing the same
In Zimbabwe, citizens are not allowed to embark on public demonstrations without the consent of a ‘regulatory authority’ of a geographic area. This involves a lot of red tape as a stumbling block. On top of that, those who wish to assemble and express themselves must pay the police. But why should ordinary citizens have to pay money to exercise a constitutional right?
The plight of Zimbabwe and its citizens is largely bleak in outlook, especially if one projects their potential station in life 10-15 years from now. But if all of these demographic groups, civil society organisations and social movements put their ideas together with optimism, then thinking, acting and leading together, there is always hope for Zimbabwe
What is apparent is that Thomas Mapfumo is an artist who in Steve Biko parlance, ‘writes/sings what he likes’. And the people of Zimbabwe know this. His latest and recently released in Zimbabwe album is titled ‘Dangerzone’
The fast track land reform programme has been a point of political conflict since colonisation, and now Zimbabwe’s political elite are manipulating the system to make money by developing urban land
President Robert Mugabe has served as the head of Zimbabwe’s government for 34 years. But even his biggest fans know it is almost impossible that he continues until the end of his current presidential term. Who will succeed him? Two factions have emerged.
While African football players have done very well for the European teams that hired them, the question during every FIFA tournament remains the same: when will an African team become the world champion?
On Africa Day (25th May) we celebrate the hard-fought achievement of our freedom from European colonial powers, as well as African Unity. How important is our history to our unity? And what does being united entail? Some thoughts.
Jacob Zuma recently advised South Africans that they must not “think like Africans”, adding that Gauteng’s highways are “not some national road in Malawi”. Does Zuma believe the myth that the more an African country was colonised, the better developed it is?