Life is not about tears you shed, it’s about the love you spread.

by Joseph Nyamayaro |Nust-ZW

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Life is short so live it.
Love is rare so grab it.
Anger is bad so dump it.
Fear is awful so Face it.
Memories are sweet so cherish them.

Also you must know that The same boiling water that softens the potato ,hardens the egg.It’s about what you are made of not circustances.

Lastly work hard always as Hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard

Goodmorning and have a blessed sunday.

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What to Eat If You Want to Eat Like Lupita Nyong’o: The Queen of Wakanda

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Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. From winning an Oscar for her supporting role in “12 Years a Slave,” to her other major roles in box office-breaking successes like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Black Panther,” Lupita is an inspiration for her grace and humility. Also, the woman has a killer, holistic diet that you can definitely take note from. I did some research and here are some of Lupita’s diet staples.

Pilau

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One of Lupita’s favorite meals, pilau, originates from India, but is a popular dish in Kenya. It’s a rice dish packed with spices like cinnamon and cumin, but also broth and goat meat, so it’s definitely a balanced, hearty dish to dig into after a long day of filming on set.

Pineapple Juice

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A tropical and refreshing drink, Lupita loves to sip on pineapple juice. It’s packed with manganese and vitamin C. It’s perfect if you’re feeling low on energy and need a quick boost. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with the juicing so your blood sugar doesn’t spike too high.

Plantains

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An African staple, plantains are like bananas, but tastier and more versatile. They’re a complex carbohydrate that can be incorporated into both savory and sweet dishes. Lupita’s breakfast consist of plantains, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

Fish Curry

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Lupita is a fan of super flavorful, aromatic foods, so of course curry is her dinner party meal of choice—more specifically, fish curry cooked with coconut milk and cilantro. She “like[s] the whole fish” so surely she must be a pro at deboning one.

Cashews

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Whenever she’s feeling peckish or needs a quick, on-the-go snack, Lupita reaches for cashews. High in protein and packed with loads of healthy fats, cashews are an ideal snack for such a busy woman. Plus, you can add whatever seasoning your heart desires, like curry or cinnamon sugar.

Lemongrass Tea

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To unwind from a long day of being an A-list actress and just all around amazing human being, Lupita reaches for lemongrass tea. With a subtle lemon and minty flavor, make yourself a cup to wake your body up in the morning or mid-afternoon to de-stress.

Salt and Vinegar Chips

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The next time you’re hosting a party, freak out because you forgot to go grocery shopping, and hurriedly put out a bag of chips, just know that Lupita is giving you a thumbs-up. One of her favorite snacks to serve are salt & vinegar chips, which are, in my opinion, the superior flavor.

Sorbet

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Lupita might be a queen, but all queens are human beings—she has a sweet tooth. Her go-to dessert is sorbet, which is a dessert that I approve of. This frozen, fruity treat is perfect to beat the summertime heat, and with the addition of some liquid encouragement, can make for a fun time, too.

Lupita Nyong’o is not only an example for her brilliance and vivacious energy. She’s an example because her diet emphasizes natural foods and a balanced, holistic mindset, and we can all take a few tips from her.

Article originally published by Spoon University

 

Police shoot at ‘Nust student cum taxi driver hired by gang of armed robbers’

by Andile Tshuma|  Chronicle 

A STUDENT from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo is lucky to be alive after police opened fire on his pirate taxi, hours after he had been hired by alleged armed robbers who are suspected to have used his vehicle as a getaway car.

Police pounced on Mr Riyacha Takaedza, a Journalism student who doubles as a part time taxi driver, as he was driving along Gwanda Road opposite Ascot Shopping Centre last Wednesday after he failed to comply with their orders to stop. The student did not comply as he was not aware that those stopping him were police officers as they were moving in a private car. Police then fired some shots towards his car, forcing him to stop and he was immediately arrested and taken to Bulawayo Central Police Station.

Unknown to Mr Takaedza, four men who hired him earlier in the day were armed robbers and people who spotted him with them gave police his vehicle’s number plate which was used to launch a manhunt.

…When they fired the first shot, I told myself that I was breathing my last and I had met my fate…

In a telephone interview, Mr Takaedza narrated to The Chronicle events leading to what he termed his near death experience which occurred at around 11:30PM and saw him being released by the police on Friday.

“I was intercepted by police officers in a black car who signalled for me to stop. Since it was late in the night, I did not stop, and they opened fire at us.

When they fired the first shot, I told myself that I was breathing my last and I had met my fate. I was taken to the station where I then spent a terrible night going through a series of interrogations,” said Mr Takaedza.

“I was roughed up, some officer slapped me when we were still at the spot where I was arrested at Ascot Shopping Centre robots. One officer kicked me on my behind. I received some nasty treatment. I think they were convinced I was a thug and for them to believe my story took a lot of convincing.”

Mr Takaedza said he suspected that police had been acting on a tip off, leading to them arresting him after following his car along the City-Nust route that he plies.

He said earlier, a gang of four men approached him and asked to be taken to a city hotel where they said they wanted to process a deal they did not disclose.

Mr Takaedza said he took them to their destination and waited outside, before they came back. He left them at another spot in the city centre not knowing that he was assisting people on a robbery mission.

“I got paid so I complied and took them to Standard hotel. I have no idea what they were up to when they got there. However, we had to leave in a rush to some other place. When I got my money we parted ways,” he said.

“You know in this business you just get hired to ferry people to places and I didn’t know at that point that I was helping criminals to execute a robbery.”

Mr Takaedza said he was released the following day and police told him they may summon him back again.

Although he declined to disclose the other people he had when he was arrested, a close friend who declined to be named said she was with him and two other friends when it happened.

“I was so scared. I could not take a picture of the scene. We were stopped by CIDs in a black Mercedes Benz car. They stopped us and cuffed him. I have never seen real guns like those, let alone hear shots being fired. I’m glad he stopped because we could have all been killed there,” she said.

Social media was awash on Friday and Saturday with messages circulating among Nust students that Mr Takaedza had been arrested for armed robbery.

Some of the messages claimed that he had been killed in a shootout.

“Those things damage a person’s reputation. It’s not fair. I am a well-known person around Nust circles because I have served in the Students Representative Council. I would just love to let those that know me and care about my welfare that I am alive and safe, I have gone through a really tough time over the past few days. However, it shall pass,” said Mr Takaedza.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said the matter had not yet been brought to her attention.

Nust Director of Communication and Marketing, Mr Felix Moyo, said he was out of town on business and was not aware of the matter.—@andile_tshuma | Featured image -file pic Bulawayo24 News

 

5 Things to Have on Your Resume by Final Year

Dear Part IV’s

You might not want to believe it, but senior year is upon you. It all feels a little surreal right now, —everyone is scrambling to find a job, juggling schoolwork and trying to squeeze in every last possible bit of fun before entering the daunting adult world all at the same time. Talk about a full plate!

Instead of frantically scrambling to put together a resume during job-hunting season, you can get a head start now before your senior year gets too busy and  quite frankly, chaotic! Check out these five things to have on your resume by your final year of college so you’ll be all set to impress those employers by the time recruiting season starts!

As college students, we just can’t seem to escape all the buzz about internships, and rightly so. In today’s competitive job market, internship experience is a must-have, and employers will have their eyes peeled for the word “intern” when they scan your resume. Ideally, work to score an internship the summer following your junior year. And if you’ve had additional internship experience from the previous summer or during the academic year, all the better.

1. Internships

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“Employers expect to see internships on a resume because this says you have some experience in the professional world,” says Martin Yate, author of Knock ‘em Dead – Secrets & Strategies for First-Time Job Seekers. “Internships give you experience, credentials, connections, a stronger resume and references. This is why nine out of 10 entry-level jobs go to candidates with internship history. [Internships are] the ticket to a good entry-level job out of college and a fast career start.”

And remember, the internships don’t actually have to be paid to make a difference on your resume, because it’s the experience that counts! What’s valuable about an internship isn’t so much how lucrative or competitive it is rather than the experiences and learning you take away from it.

Tina Sims, who runs a resume-writing service for military members, spouses and federal employees, agrees that internship experience will give resumes an extra boost. “Many employers use a scanning technology to weed out applicants,” Sims says. “This scanning technology is looking for keywords relevant to the position, and while a college student may not have the paid experience, the scanner is only looking for the vocabulary, not whether the experience was gained while employed.”

Internships seem to have become the new entry-level jobs, so if you haven’t already, it’s high time to go out there and get some real-world experience! There are plenty of resources just a mouse click away, like InternMatch and Lauren Berger’s InternQueen.com, so what are you waiting for?

2. Other work experience

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Internships aren’t the only way to spruce up your resume before senior year comes around; other work experience, like part-time jobs and seasonal jobs, can also be valuable! From being a TA during the semester to working part-time at the coffeehouse down the street, work experience is work experience no matter what form it comes in, even if it isn’t exactly related to your future career plans. And you can start building it up now!

“Work experience, even unrelated to the field of study or future pursuits, should be noted on the resume,” says Jan Melnik, resume writer and career coach. “For internships and work experiences, key contributions/areas of responsibility/accomplishments should be noted, leading off with verbs.”

So whether you’re working away in a tall office building somewhere or working in retail at a local boutique, any job that you have now will not only help you prepare for the real world, but will also be one more thing you can add to your resume.

3. Extracurricular activities

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Is there a cause that you’re super passionate about? Maybe an organization you’ve been helping out or a club you like dedicating your time to? You can make a difference, have fun and improve your resume all at the same time by pursuing extracurricular activities like volunteering.

Volunteer positions and side gigs are all fair game and will help paint a clearer picture of your abilities, character and potential for the employers. By senior year, it’s good to have a number of activities besides internships in order to demonstrate how responsible and capable you are. Definitely work with what you’ve got!

If your extracurricular work doesn’t seem to relate to your field, pick and choose the ones that are the most relevant to the position you’re applying to, whether it’s because of the skills you’ve learned, because it demonstrates qualities such as teamwork or because it shows familiarity with certain aspects of the job. These entries can be included in the Community/Volunteerism/Extracurricular section of your resume, which usually comes after your Education and Professional Experience sections.

4. Work accomplishments

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With your newfound job or internship also comes an opportunity that you didn’t have before—the chance to make some work accomplishments! You’ve got your awards, academic honors and leadership roles, but including work accomplishments on your resume will make you especially stand out to potential employers. While anyone can list off tasks and duties that she’s completed, not everyone can say that she went above and beyond the call of duty.

“While the tasks and duties that you have completed are important to show your experience, the accomplishments you have achieved are much more telling of the kind of employee you will be,” Sims says. “An employer may be considering two candidates who have the same experience, but the one who will stand out is the one who went beyond that experience and earned recognition for their willingness to take on additional duties or complicated projects.”

Of course, accomplishments don’t have to have been officially recognized. According to Sims, they could be as simple as solving a problem, streamlining processes, saving money or saving time. If you feel like you took the extra step and made a difference for your employers, consider including that with the rest of the job description for a certain work experience entry on your resume.

“It’s no longer enough to simply do the work you are assigned; You always want to be thinking about how you can do more,” Sims says. “The job market is very competitive now and requires one to always be striving to make a difference, to stand out above the competition. If your resume is one in a stack of 500, you will want to be sure you have really articulated your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experiences as professionally and concisely as possible.”

So take pride in your work, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile and show those potential employers that you’ve got that extra little something!

5. A professional online presence

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With the undeniable presence of the Internet and social media in basically everything we do, it should come as no surprise that employers are now more inclined to check out your online presence when hiring. For you, that means establishing an online presence in the first place. From the professional networking site LinkedIn to potentially more creative sites like WordPress, having a strong profile online that showcases your work and skills is a fantastic way to stand out.

“Each student should have created a full LinkedIn profile—free account is fine!—and customize their URL that is also included in resume header,” Melnik says.

According to Melnik, your LinkedIn URL can go right along with your contact information at the very top of your resume. In addition, make sure to include one good phone number with a professional voicemail that provides your full name for callers, as well as a professional-looking email address. Not only will this make you seem serious about the job, it will also make it easier for the resume reader to get a sense of who you are with one quick glance, which is always good considering how many resumes he or she has to go through!

Basically, it all boils down to showing the employers that you have a strong track record. You need to convince the hiring managers that you’re trustworthy and totally worth it. Luckily, you can start building a good reputation for yourself now, so that once job-hunting season comes around senior year, you’ll be ready to sweep everyone off their feet!

Original Article by: Winnie Ma, Published on HerCampus.com

AUDITIONS @ NUST

NOTICE: TO NUST STUDENTS -Auditions for New Choir Members and Registration for Old Choir Members. Please visit University Chaplain office in the Student Affairs Division WG22 or see the Dean’s Secretary (Chief Secretary, Mrs K Ncube) and register your name so that you can be enlisted for auditioning on Friday at 1530hours. Auditions for both NEW and OLD members is at 1530hrs on Friday, 16 September 2016. Please come to the Dean’s Board Room www.nust.ac.zw

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BENEATH THE SURFACE

by K Cheryl Mwanza | Episode #8

Cynthia Mare  made herself a cup of tea but hardly touched it. She placed it gently on a glass dining room table then curled up into a ball on a sofa that directly faced the table. She looked around her dining room, it wasn’t bad for someone as old as she was, but it was bad by her standards. When she had accepted a job at the Harare Project Newspaper, she had expected to receive a salary that was to compensate for all her hard work in college. After all, it was the newspaper that had made Nashe Matinya both a star and a pretty wealthy woman.

But that wasn’t so with her. For many years, Cynthia was stuck behind the Aunt Letwin persona. Giving ridiculous love advice to even ridiculous requests. She had tried to show that her talents were being wasted this way, but to her surprise she was given a human interest column. Her job was to write and report on issues that affected the ordinary Zimbabwean, meaning half the time there was nothing scandalous or delicious about it. As a result, there was no pay raise for her.

She had stumbled on something that was going to make her a big shot in the industry, and she had been arrested for it. When she recalled the holding cells at Harare Central, she shuddered. This had been the first time she had been arrested and she hated the experience.

As if that was not enough, she had heard, through the grapevine of course, that a number of people thought she had planned this to derail Nashe’s career so that she, Cynthia, can take over Nashe’s job. When she had first heard it, she thought it was ridiculous. It was true, that there were times when she was very jealous of Nashe, but even she had enough sense in her brain to know the only way she could overtake Nashe was by working her butt off. However, the more she heard about it, the more disturbed she became.

Her train of thought was disturbed by a knock on her door. She answered it then quickly jumped to her feet. Her mind went blank, as Nashe sat on a sofa across from her.

“Nashe.”

“Hi. I’m glad, like, you are alright.”

“I’m not trying to take over your job. I mean, we were both there! I didn’t kill anyone. I didn’t pay anyone to do it either-“

“This, like, was the big break your career needed.” Nashe interrupted her, “Why take me, like, along for the ride?” She spoke with the calmness that made Cynthia weak.

Cynthia sank back into the sofa as she began to scratch her nails. “I believe-have always believed there is room for all of us at the top. I-I want to be as successful as you are. And I know to do that, I need help.” She looked down to her hands then added, “Who better to help me succeed than you?” She looked up, waited for Nashe to speak. When she didn’t, Cynthia continued. “Hiring a lawyer might have been a bad move. But I wanted to at least protect us. I mean, the detectives think I orchestrated-“

“They, like, don’t think you did it. They don’t think you are that smart.” She interrupted expressionless.

“What about you?”

“I don’t think, like, you are cold.”

“This. This was supposed to be my big break. And now I’m the topic of gossip and everything is going downhill.”

“I was shot at.” Nashe began all of a sudden. Cynthia looked at her with confusion, but Nashe continued like she hadn’t noticed a thing. “I was attacked. I have, like, been in those holding cells so much so, like, almost everyone at Harare Central knows me. I haven’t had it, like, easy.” She paused as she looked at her hands. “I, like, haven’t had it easy. But each step of the way I believed in what I was doing, and like, that got me through it. In the end, like, all of that craziness was worth it.” She looked at Cynthia then added. “If you still want me to help, like, I’m willing to.”

‘Really?” She asked rather skeptically.

“Of course. Someone, like, is terrorizing women and had picked you as an outlet. I want to, like, be a part of that ride.”

“Thank you.” She said with a flat voice. She cleared her voice as excitement popped into her eyes, “Thank you so much.” She thought for a way then with a loud jovial voice she added, “I’m feeling so excited already.”

“It’s not, like, going to be easy though.” Nashe began. “And if, like, I’m doing this with you then I have one or two things that, like, I want you to do.”

“Anything.”

“Get rid of your lawyer and, like, go back and talk to the detectives.”

“But-“

“And this case is, like, not about you. It’s about the girl who died.”

“They interrogated me like a criminal!” She yelled jumping up. “You just want me to hand myself to them just like that? Why?!”

“Because they don’t think you, like, are smart enough to have orchestrated this. Besides, you do, like, need me on your team or people are going to shred you.”

Cynthia didn’t answer. All she managed to do was throw herself back on the sofa.

 

Danai Chaurukwa paced around the conference room at Harare Central Police: Homicide department as reread the letter that has begun the murder mystery he and his friend, Celeste May, were now in the middle of. Celeste followed him with her eyes and their teacher Mr. Ngoni Mare followed both with his eyes.

The silence in the room was slowly getting to him. Unable to take it anymore, he cleared his throat and both kids simultaneously looked at him.

“Well?” He asked.

“There is something seriously bothering me about this letter?” Danai replied.

“What is it?” Ngoni asked.

“Until I’m sure, I don’t want to put it out there. You did say that we can hold on to the letter until Sunday right? Can I be the one holding on to it?”

“Sure.” Ngoni answered with suspicion.

“Mr. Mare,” Celeste began, “Can we go see your wife?”

“Why?” Both men answered at once.

“Well, she is as important to the story as the author himself. The bond the author shares with her has been dormant all this while, and he could go on without communicating with her. What changed?”

“I don’t follow.”

“We did say that something triggered the reactivation of the author’s relationship with your wife, right? Your wife is a journalist. Maybe there is something she reported on that links your killer to his past that is his mother, and her.”

“But you said he doesn’t see her as a journalist?”

“He doesn’t.” She answered. “But she must have done something that brought her back into his radar. And because she is a journalist, it makes sense that she might have written something that mirrored his past. That connected him to his mother and to her.”

“It has to be something recent.” Danai said thoughtfully. “In the last five months, what has been the focus of your wife’s reportage?”

“I can’t answer that truthfully. Of course, I have read almost everything my wife has written and she is a good writer. But she is always complaining and for me it takes away something from the article.” He exhaled loudly through his noise then said, “My wife is not in very good spirits today. She might be mean to you.” He said as he got out.

On their way out, they stopped by Chief Superintendent Lincoln Chigariro’s office. Ngoni felt obligated to tell the chief about them going with the letter, even though he had been given the green light on that, and about the kids talking to his wife.

 

Ngoni found his wife at her working desk in the kitchen corner. As usually, beef stew was cooking on the stove, a rack by the kitchen sink was filled with dishes and a dish with soaked dish towels was sitting at the center of a kitchen table.

Cynthia looked up, bit her tongue when she saw Ngoni was accompanied by two school children then smiled as she offered them seats. She offered them Mazoe Orange crush with loose biscuits.

“Mrs. Mare, we have a few questions we want to ask you. If you don’t mind.” Celeste began hardly touching the food she had been given.

“About what?”

Ngoni then explained the role these school children were playing in the case and why it was of great importance for her to talk to them. He felt he couldn’t stress that importance enough, and hoped his wife’s mood had gotten better. She nodded her head when her husband finished talking, and nodded for Celeste to ask away.

“We believe that whatever it is that triggered the author, occurred in the last five months-”

“So you want me to go back to every article that I wrote in that time?”

“If it’s too much to ask, then we will go through it, ma’am.” Danai said quickly. “It won’t be every article. Just those that focus on prostitution.”

Cynthia turned to her husband who was drumming his hands on the table. She looked back at the kids then said, “What about it?”

“At this moment we are not sure. But we want to focus on violence inflicted on them. From the way the letter reads, and how the woman met a violent demise at the author’s hands, we are thinking the object of the killer’s hate and desire met a rather violent end too.”

“So, we are thinking that maybe you might have written something along those lines, and that might have-“

“Give me up to Monday.” She said as she got up. “I have some work to do if you don’t mind.”

“Of course.” Danai answered then emptied his drink.

Soon afterwards the kids were on their way.

“A couple of school children. Really?” Cynthia snorted as he husband came back inside.

“The Homicide Unit thinks they are good enough.” He said calmly as he began clearing the table.

“Nashe was here.” Cynthia said. Her husband didn’t respond. She continued anyway. “She believes that I was wrong by hiring a lawyer.”

“So when she says it you listen.”

“Well, she had some pretty valid points.”

“And I didn’t? Telling you we can’t afford it is not valid?” HE asked with his back to her.

“Either way, I’m dropping the lawyer and I’m going to fully cooperate with the police. Now that I have Nashe on board, I can see myself conquering the world. Now the world is going to be forced to take notice.” She said with her smile mostly to herself.

Her husband didn’t notice. By now he knew when his wife was speaking to him, and when she was speaking to herself. Silence was best in moments like this one. After all, answering back, no matter how positive, was the surest way to incur her wrath.

When Cynthia made her trip to Harare Central the following morning, the whole idea of conquering the world was her driving force. It got her through the interviews, which lasted more than she was prepared for, and knowing what was at stake helped keep her head cool and her answers meek.

However after Laura Vanhuvangu, the murder victim,’s funeral she was suddenly conflicted. For the first time since coming into contact with the letter, she saw Laura as a human.

As she read through Laura’s diary, Laura’s mother had given it to her, she could not help but cry. Someone so young and so full of life had met such a violent end because someone somewhere had such a twisted mind. She too had been sucked into that twisted mind, having seen Laura as a story that was to catapult her to stardom and wealth rather than an innocent woman who had been preyed on and murdered.

Ngoni heard what he thought was muffled crying. At first he thought he’s mind was playing tricks on him. Cynthia didn’t cry and well, Cynthia didn’t cry. He tried drifting back to sleep, but couldn’t. He turned to look at his wife who was reading a journal by candle light. She never did that.

Not that she was a cold person, but she had never put his feelings into consideration before. Whenever she had something to read, she would turn on the lights and he would have to adjust to sleeping in the light.

“Are you alright?” He asked quietly

Startled, she quickly close the journal and the candle light went off. Ngoni got up, walked to the other end of the room then turned the light on and found Cynthia’s face soaked with tears.

“What happened?” He breathed out as he rushed to her side.

“Nothing.” She answered as fresh tears rolled down her cheeks. “Her mother gave me this at the funeral.” She said lifting the journal. “She was a person. She is not just a story.” She said as she began to sob out loud. “She was a person.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD IN ZIMBABWE OVERSHADOWED BY POLITICS AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

by Nomathemba Zondo | NUST-ZW

As I write this piece today, I feel that we as a country and our media have failed to fully commemorate this year’s day of the African Child. Politics and economic crisis have turned to overshadow the day of the African Child.

It is because of the dire economic situation in the country and the political instability which is being influenced by the approaching 2018 Presidential Elections that we have almost forgotten to remember the day of the African Child. It is not only important to us as an African country but all other African countries too.

Yes we continue to celebrate the landmark Constitutional Court ruling that has outlawed marriage of children under the age of 18, but let’s not forget that child marriages have not yet been criminalized. There is still a need for us to engage in advocacy efforts to ensure the realignment of the laws to the Constitution and criminalise child marriages. Isn’t this day supposed to address such an issue?

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Unfortunately, no one cares the media does not care the only concern is our economy and who is the next successor after president  Mugabe but the question is, what are we saying about the future generation of the country?  When are we then going to empower them since we have neglected this day and deemed it less important than other issues. After all, this is the future of tomorrow.

I believe this day was supposed to be used to advocate and empower the African child so that they  can have a brighter future. The economic crisis we are in right now was caused by some decisions made by the older generation and we surely do not want the same mistakes to be made by some generations to come.

In commemorations like these, the media is supposed to cover as many stories to do with the African child as possible. I would not be surprised to hear some saying they are not even aware of the day of the African Child because our media which is supposed to keep us informed has shifted its focus to cover stories that will only sell the newspaper and not solve the situation.

We need to empower the young generation, it is the future of tomorrow. Let us remember and encourage the African child. A better tomorrow is possible!

Images Creds: fanpop.com & unicef.org

RSA IS NOT BURNING: IN DEFENSE OF THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL AGENDA

by Buyile Sangolekhaya Matiwane | Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

Observers of the current affairs discourse in this country could be forgiven for thinking that South Africa is totally bereft of hope and that the state is on the brink of collapse.
The dominant views emerging out of this one sided discourse are those of doomsayers who use the country’s genuine growth and development challenges as a tool to support their imaginary theories of a failing state, led by a government that is incapable of addressing the needs of ordinary citizens. To this end, unemployment, crime, service delivery protests, government’s response to the drought, the performance of the Rand and slowing economic growth rate are paraded as examples of how the ANC led government is, in the words of one commentator, “fiddling while Rome burns.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. In a forthright and frank assessment of our economic challenges during a period of slowing global volatility, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan noted that a decline in demand for our commodities and their prices has created a toxic mix of reduced export earnings, declining investment, job losses and in some cases business failures.
It is for these and other reasons that Minister Gordhan delivered one of the most balanced budgets that advocates for a period of fiscal consolidation marked by a reduction in the budget deficit, freezing non-essential managerial and administrative posts and introducing specific new taxes to augment national revenue.
To respond to slowing global demand for commodities, which is leading to job cuts, especially in the mining and associated industries, government has identified and is investing in key sectors of the economy that have the potential to create thousands of new, sustainable jobs. The National Growth Path (NGP) calls for targeted investment in infrastructure development, the agricultural value chain, the mining value chain, the green economy, the manufacturing sector and tourism.
To respond to the challenge posed by the NGP, government has kick-started a comprehensive infrastructure development programme that is turning South Africa into a massive construction site. New roads, railway lines, power stations, dams, bridges, pipelines, schools, hospitals and clinics are either in the planning stages, construction phase or have just been completed. The country is spending R1 billion a day on a massive infrastructure development programme that has so far created over 200 000 jobs.
On a daily basis, the socio economic conditions of our people are improving for the better. When completed; Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power stations will add over 1600 Megawatts onto the national grid. Six months ago President Jacob Zuma opened Medupi Unit 6 which has added 800 Megawatts onto the grid. The results are there for all to see. When was the last time South Africa experienced large scale load shedding?
South Africa is investing in its people and putting them to work. In terms of government’s commitment to industrialisation; buses, trucks and rail locomotives are being manufactured and refurbished here at home, in targeted economic zones such as Rosslyn in Tshwane and factories in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Industrial Development Corporation has set aside billions of Rands to invest in new manufacturing ventures, the green economy, grow the pool of entrepreneurs and to create new black industrialists.
Other large scale infrastructure initiatives include widening the Durban Harbour and increasing its container terminal capacity, expanding capacity at the Port of Ngqura, completing the De Hoop and Clanwilliam dams and extending the Bus Rapid Transit system that has proved successful in Tshwane, Joburg and Cape Town to other metros such Ekurhuleni which is about to pilot the first phase of its BRT system.
Our State Owned Companies (SOCs) are crucial in driving this infrastructure development through targeted spending on developmental projects with the propensity to create thousands of jobs and ensure that infrastructure can meet demand once the global economic outlook improves. This is the mark of a government that works, that is creating new industries and maximising opportunities for investment, employment and growth.
But boasting about investing in infrastructure is futile if this investment does not result in visible improvements in the lives of ordinary South Africans. When a municipality, working closely with Eskom, extends transmission to an area that had no electricity and Gogo Dube switches on the lights in her home for the first time in her life that is when we are working. When a single mother of four receives the keys to her brand new home after years on the waiting list and smiles because she has always dreamt of cooking in her own kitchen that is when we are making a difference.
When a young entrepreneur receives funding for an idea that could change the world for the better and create jobs for locals, we know that our efforts at improving the lives of our people are bearing fruit.
President Jacob Zuma has put infrastructure development at the top of his agenda and is personally overseeing coordination of all the major infrastructure development programmes along with members of his executive. As the President has aptly put it: “Infrastructure development is critical for both industrialisation and to boost employment in construction and other sectors, especially during such a difficult time.”
The doomsayers are wrong. Unlike ancient Rome, South Africa is not burning. It is a thriving democracy that turns 21 next month, blossoming into a fully matured adult along with the complications that come with such changes. This ANC led government has developed sound policies and put in place concrete programmes that will douse any fire before it becomes an inferno.
Yes, we have challenges. The crime rate is still unacceptably high, levels of poverty and inequality must be reduced, and economic benefits are still skewed in favour of a tiny minority. But despite what the critics may believe, this country is on the correct path towards a trajectory of shared growth, development and poverty alleviation. Let us all put shoulder to the wheel.

OF STUDENTS PROTESTS: ZIMBABWE vs SOUTH AFRICA

by Senamiso Moyo | University of the Witwatersrand

As a Zimbabwean student studying in South Africa, the recent student protests that swept through the country were a strange occurrence. It was amazing to witness students gather in large numbers to fight against unrealistic tuition fee increases imposed by the universities.
The general feeling amongst most Zimbabwean students, as we watched our South African colleagues shut down universities, public roads and march to the Union Buildings (where the executive arm of government sits), was mostly fascinating and intriguing. Most of us grew up in post 1980 Zimbabwe and had never witnessed such a huge protest before. Where singing, dancing and generally disruptive behaviour on the streets was used by people to get the attention of the bigger heads and have their demands. Throughout most of the demonstrations we kept asking ourselves, “Where are the riot police? Or why don’t they just accept the increases? After all its life”
Not to say we don’t have protests and demonstrations in Zimbabwe, but they are usually dealt with so much more differently, especially if it concerns what the State considers trivial matters. Any gathering that seeks to disrupt the peace or the functioning of Civil Society is usually nullified before it becomes a matter to write home and report about.
However, throughout these protests we were exposed to the good and the bad of protest action and to some extent, we gained an understanding of why the Zimbabwean government deals with disruptions like this so swiftly. At first students were united in one movement which led to President Jacob Zuma announcing that there will be no fee increases for the year 2016. However, there was now a lot of external political interference riding on the wave of what was for a good cause. Various political institutions then used the student movement to pressurize the ANC government to provide free education and an end to non-standard labour practices within tertiary institution. The reasonableness of the demands was now seemingly lost and the majority of the students wanted to resume classes with final exams fast approaching.
What subsequently transpired was a huge conflict between the student bodies. There were the more politically inclined students who wanted to continue with the protests and the shutdown of campuses. Funded by rival political parties, they staged one of the longest on-campus occupations in history, defending their stance by any means, which included threats of violence. Then there were the majority of the students who accepted that 0% increase was reasonable and wanted to continue with exams, campus had of course been shut down for two weeks.
As part of the majority I began to understand why the Zimbabwean government dealt with disruptive action so swiftly. When the demands from protestors became unreasonable, everyone looked to the The South African Police Service (SAPS) to act. The University did everything within the ambit of the law to deter protestors. However, in respecting the right to freedom of protest afforded by the South African constitution, the SAPS just watched on and basically did nothing. Exams were postponed and this put a lot of students in danger of not graduating and foreign students whose permits were to expire soon in danger of having to leave the country without writing examinations. This is the great disadvantage with the right to protest, it affords the protesting party too much power, it seizes being negotiation and becomes a demand with no room for bargaining. This is only acceptable in so far as the protesting party does not abuse this right as the protestors did in this case.
The plight of poor students and exploited workers is one that I sympathise with deeply. However, any right that is afforded in any constitution, may be limited if it infringes on the rights and interests of another person. Zimbabwe and South Africa are two extremes, and there is still a long way to go in establishing a balance in this regard.

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