NUST (Zim) Kit for 2018 Redbull Campus Cricket World Finals Unveiled

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THE National University of Science and Technology men’s cricket team will face Campus  Cricket champions from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and hosts Sri Lanka  in the Red Bull World Campus Cricket tournament to be held  from 23 to 29 September 2018.

As usual, Team Zim will be sporting a red colored kit with gold accents.

NUST will play Pakistan in their opening match of  the #RebullCampusCricket World Finals in Sri Lanka.

India will face Bangladesh while Sri Lanka take on United Arab Emirates.

The competition is the only T20 cricket tournament available for students globally.

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5 things you must do to secure attachment in 2017

by Lesley Tinashe Maniwa | Nust-ZW | image creds: stocksnap.io

Finding a place for attachment in Zimbabwe has become a hustle, and being a college student in Zimbabwe, I have had my fair share of experiences which I have found useful and can be shared to help you on your quest to get industrial attachment.

The industrial attachment or the internship is usually a period of 8 months of work related learning experience for a student that was designed by colleges in Zimbabwe and other countries world over. The aim of the Industrial attachment period is to equip and prepare students to be fit for the corporate world. It is part of the requirements of what students have to go through before they are released as a complete product upon graduation.

1. Appreciate that you don’t have much choice

Most students get it wrong when they tend to believe that they have a choice when it comes to companies they want to be attached to. However, in Zimbabwe it can be very dangerous because that same spot you want, is also wanted by thousands of other students too. Every student has a big company name in his or her mind. Everyone wants to be attached at big companies like Econet, Zesa, Old Mutual, CBZ Holdings, ZimPlats, Mimosa, CABS, Delta Beverages, Innscor amongst others. 

 Remove your focus on these big names my friend. I believe that as a student the only option you have is to cast your net wide that way you will never miss it. You may not always get your dream attachment place.

Take this classical situation: at first students will be shunning the Government Institutions just because most of them don’t pay interns. However, when all your options have turned out to be unfruitful, time is ticking and then you will see that you don’t have an option but to go to the government and beg for a place so that you can be able to progress with your studies.

My advice to you is that cast your net wide.  If something comes up on your way take it even if it’s not what you wanted, take it. Something will always come up and you can change.

The first attachment job I got was at one company in Chinhoyi. they gave me an offer, and I accepted.  The the HR Manager said, “…if you get a better option Lesley you can always change.” Within the next 2 weeks I got other offers and I had to choose the one which was best for me.  

2. Create connections or networks

One thing that am sure will work for you are connections, that I’m 100% sure of.

To those due for attachment starting July 2017, I am sure that by now you should have created connections with the following groups of people.

Students who are going for attachment and those coming from attachment. Your colleagues who are currently on attachment will link you up with their bosses and it can be easy for you to get a place for attachment.

Your lecturers and college industrial liaison. Lecturers play a major role when it comes to finding a place for attachment, for your information, 90% of the interviews I attended were organized by my school lecturers. I just got calls from companies inviting me for interviews and I could not remember sending my CVs to the companies but my lecturers and the college did a great job for me and I really appreciate.

Your relatives, family friends, church colleagues, this may sound awkward and corrupt but believe me if you have a relative who has a high post or links to companies that you wish to be attached to, then you have to make use of them. Keep in touch with them and they can help you out.

3. Work for good grades.

I know that when we are at college we will be busy fooling each other saying that distinctions don’t matter what matters is just passing. If you are one of those people who subscribe to that then you need to change your mentality because good passes do matter companies do need students with distinctions.

If you have good passes, chances are high that you will secure a place for attachment at your dream organisation. It’s simple, work hard, play hard.

4. Do your applications on time

It should go without saying, but you should find out when the companies that you wish to apply to will be taking a new group of attachés.

Once you have the information make sure you send your applications on time so that you won’t miss the opportunity. (You can even send in application in advance)

5. Pray

Prayer is the most important thing in everything you do; it is a way of communicating to God. Pray to God tell him what you want and he will surely answer you. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Obtaining a place for attachment doesn’t have to be an overly stressful experience. I hope the tips I have shared with you will help you.

Lesley is a final year Human Resources Management Student at National University of Science and Technology and can be contacted +263771 191 863, you can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mozambican Cambridge student launches vegan beauty brand for black skin

Mozambican entrepreneur Celmira Amade uses rare plant extracts from the Olacaceae family that are only found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar in her products

A Cambridge university student from Mozambique has launched a new beauty brand in the UK to revolutionise skincare for melanin-rich skin.

When Celmira Amade came to study International Business at Royal Holloway University of London in 2010, she was not quite ready for the impact of the English climate. As a result, her skin suffered from blemishes, dryness and uneven tone almost overnight.

After spending time and energy searching across mainstream UK beauty stores and still not finding anything natural and designed specifically for melanin-rich skin, she eventually settled for make-up as a temporary solution.

It was not until she was offered a skin bleaching cream in a local independent beauty shop that Amade realised she really had to do something. Make-up was no longer the solution and skin bleaching was definitely not an acceptable alternative.

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After a year of hesitation, Amade took the entrepreneurial leap to influence the concept of beauty products for melanin rich skin tones, by using the ancient Mozambican beauty recipes of her grandmother to launch TSAKA.

TSAKA (with a silent T, pronounced SAKA,) means ‘happiness’ in Ronga, one of the national languages of Mozambique and this journey has certainly led this young businesswoman to discover the true meaning of happiness.

The TSAKA face mask is the first product in the skincare line and is set to take the melanin rich skincare world by storm. This highly effective wonder product is formulated with rare plant extracts from the Olacaceae family that are only found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar – and it is the first beauty line in the UK to use this ingredient extensively.

This is the first time that the beauty and science behind Mozambique’s extraordinary flora will be used in a major beauty line. As a vegan skincare company launching its first product for melanin-rich skin, TSAKA pays tribute to time tested traditional African beauty recipes – pushing the boundaries of possibilities in natural beauty.

Today, Amade, who graduated with a 1st class degree international business, splits her time in England completing her studies in the University of Cambridge and managing TSAKA’s production and brand development. She regularly travels to Mozambique to visit her suppliers in isolated islands and in the remote countryside.

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POCKERFACE

by K Cheryl Mwanza | Episode #12

Nyasha Mtandwa nodded his head as the last of the board members exited his office. As if he didn’t already have a headache over the shaky nature of his marriage and how that could bring down his entire empire, Debra had turned up dead. Murdered even. He felt tears burning holes in his eyes, when he thought about her death. Her mother had called her crying her eyes out, and had it not been for Jaylee, he would have immediately rushed to be with them.

Nyasha Mtandwa owned an IT company that had been an overnight sensation and had catapulted him to dizzy heights.

He was the son of a bank security guard and a maid, who worked in the mansions in Rosemary that is how he met his wife, former model and socialite Jaylee. Jaylee’s father was very wealthy, nobody knew why, and he was the reason why Nyasha had become the man he was today, successful and rich.

To the outside world, Nyasha Mtandwa had it all. A revolutionary company, a beautiful wife and a life of fine dining and expensive cars, but three years in, and he was ready to kill himself than face Jaylee again. The only problem, he was a greedy coward. Even when he had met the woman, or girl depending on how one chose to see it, of his dreams who had given him the one thing Jaylee could not, an heir, he still clung to Jaylee and allowed himself to be controlled by her father’s money. His one true love was dead, and all of a sudden Jaylee and her father’s money stopped being all that. At this moment, he would have given anything, absolutely anything to have Debra back with him now.

The anniversary of their first date had been a few days ago. It was their fifth anniversary, and it was an even bigger deal to Debra. A few days before she had turned 19, and in Rosemary she was considered an adult, which meant the both of them could enjoy their favorite restaurant without anyone bothering them about the age difference, or calling Nyasha a rapist. Debra had been looking forward to the date all year round, and when it had finally come, Nyasha was unable to attend.

Jaylee had discovered Nyasha’s infidelity a month and a half ago, and what had made her even more furious was the fact that the affair had resulted in a child. Jaylee had confronted Debra, and had her collarbone and jaw broken in the process. Debra was arrested, Jaylee was hospitalized and Nyasha’s reputation hung in the balance. He had to make a choice, he had chosen Jaylee, and Debra had turned up dead.

He punched his desk as he got up. Just then the door was opened and his good friend and lawyer, Matthew Zvinavashe walked in. Nyasha managed a smile as he extended his hand to shake Matthew.

“Come on, this is no time to be formal.” Zvinavashe said as he went on to hug his friend. “How are you holding up?”

“Mr. Nyoni is on his way from Hong Kong and my relationship with Jaylee has been far from perfect.”

“I wasn’t talking about that. I meant about Debra dying. Your father called me, and soon as I was done with my meetings I came here.”

“I still can’t believe it, man.” He said turning away from Matthew. “I have to think about my son now.”

“That’s kinda why I am here. With the state your relationship with your wife is, and the way things are generally going, I would suggest you leave your son with his grandmother. Be involved in his life as best as you can, and when he is old enough, and you are stable enough, you can bring him to live with you.”

“I am stable now. I mean everyone goes through grief!”

“I meant financial stability.” Zvinavashe said calmly. “You are still very much owned by Nyoni and his family. If you bring our son into the spotlight now, you are most likely going to lose everything.” He paused then added, “I don’t want you wearing your emotions on your sleeve. You need to work on your marriage and prioritize Jaylee, and show her father that she is the most important thing in your life. Do we have that clear?”

“The mother of my child just died. How can you ask me to do that?”

“She is dead and that is sad. But you are alive, and are about to be become a very poor man with a much damaged reputation. The choice is yours.”

He looked back at Matthew now deep in thought. He had come too far to watch everything just slip away from him like that. But at the same time the woman he loved, and the mother of his child had just died. He looked away from Matthew and back out of the window then swallowed hard.

A deep silence fell over the room, and amplified his confused thoughts to the point where he felt his head was about to explode and make a mess of his office. The silence was disrupted by his secretary, Yolanda, who burst into the room with horror written all over her face.

“What is it?” Matthew asked.

“Mrs. Mtandwa was just picked up by Harare CID police.”

“What?” Nyasha screamed. “They can’t honestly think Jaylee would be capable of killing Debra. I mean she can’t. She is not!”

“Thank you Yolanda.” Matthew said as he released the secretary. He then turned to his friend, and in a low stern voice he said, “I know you must be in a very bad state right now, but need I remind you of what’s at stake here? This is Rosemary, the grapevine in more effective in ways that will destroy you. Watch what you say, alright.”

“What do I do now?”

“The only thing you can do. You have to follow your wife.”

 

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Programmes needed to make university education affordable

By Crispen Rateiwa

Life is not easy, especially for the youths. A general survey in the country tells a simple story. Whether one chooses to pursue academics, vocational education or sports, youths are struggling to make ends meet. With company closures, retrenchments and paltry salaries, youths cannot rely with parents or guardians’ support, especially for university and college tuitions fees. Learning is meant to improve skill, knowledge, value and attitude so that one can get meaningfully employed. Through an array of policies and interventions, surely the government must play a role and make higher education cheaper and accessible to avert mass college drop outs.

Learning spurs research, development and innovation which grows the economy. Everyone needs to learn to improve the standard of life. The government must be inventively committed to produce high-level work force for the economy. How can university students meet all their cost of education? How do graduates -they are more than job vacancies- pay credit to the family or service loans, that is, if they are widely accessible? What depresses and puzzles students, parents and guardians is, after paying exorbitant fees, it’s not guaranteed for a graduate to secure employment.

The grants/loan scheme
The government of Zimbabwe availed a number of programs to fund education at tertiary level. The loan scheme was introduced as a means of assisting needy students to pursue higher education, while reducing the burden on public funds. In the 1990s, for example, students could get government-backed grants and loans to pay tuition fees, computer lab fees, library fees, sports fees, field trips, medical aid, student representative council, food, thesis /project expenses, rent in private accommodation, transport , stationery and personal expenses. Today, due to shrunk or no loan grant scheme, a good number of undergraduate students are expected to fully pay, directly in cash from their pockets – before the commencement and course of a single semester – the above fees and expenses, which range from US$1 000 to US$2 000 per year depending on the course of study. Note that, an academic year consists two semesters.

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The deteriorating economic conditions grappling the country as evidenced by job losses and unemployment rate at more than 80% leaves students between a rock and a hard surface. Who should they turn to for their education fees and expenses? While few parents and guardians get paltry salaries, others do not have secure jobs as they are living from hand to mouth. The majority of students are struggling to pay, therefore deferring studies, dropping out or engaging in transactional sex. It is justified for present university and college students to label the 1990s university students a privileged lot because they had access to grants and loans. The Zimbabwe Independent of 6 March 2015 reported that, “Government had a system in place whereby it offered students money which at some point comprised a 75% grant and 25% loan for the 15 weeks of the semester”.

Considering that Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, budgets the biggest annual funds to 2016 education, US$810 million, students hope and pray that there would be a big chunk to subsidize education; helping underprivileged university and college students who cannot afford to pay the exorbitant fees. Strict adherence to government policy that needy students should not be prevented by financial hardship from studying at the tertiary level must be followed. From the US$810 million, the government should establish a system of study loans to be repaid only when the student completes his studies and finds gainful employment. Without misuse and timely availing of the money, there is no doubt the money will contribute in making education cheaper and keep students in school.

StudyingAlthough the system ensures underprivileged students access to higher education, there are some loopholes in government loan grant schemes. Due to the poor performing economy, few student loans can be repaid because there is high graduate unemployment and high rates of default. In this case, a law that states student loans would not be “dischargeable,” or covered by bankruptcy is necessary. Usually, a student loan has an interest rate of 4 per cent of the graduate’s gross salary in addition to income tax charged from the first month the debt becomes refundable.

Research shows that servicing a loan starts after six months grace period -after a graduate has finished his or her course/programme- following which the parent, guardian or surety will be required to pay in terms of the loan agreement contract entered into between the government, the student and parent/guardian/surety. The government will place on graduates’ salaries automatic deductions. If the informal sector could be streamlined and taxed, it will be possible for those not employed by government to be hold accountable, instructing their banks to make a monthly payment on the graduates’ behalf. In 1989, Ghana introduced a loan scheme to minimize defaults by linking repayment of loans with pension contributions. Graduates who would have received a loan first repaid their loan before they qualified for a pension.

The cadetship program
Students will be required to sign bonds as a condition for accepting a scholarship/bursary/grant from government. The cadetship programme compels beneficiaries to serve the state for the number of years they would have received government funding. The agreement forms also stipulate that borrowers would not be expected to seek employment abroad until they have fully settled their obligations. Government offers a cadetship scheme where it would pay fees for students at state universities and in return they would be bonded through having to work in the country for a specified number of years. For example, upon graduation and certification, engineers will be expected to work for five years at certain engineering firms where there is an engineering shortage. There is a service requirement upon engineer certification requiring the recipient to accept employment as an engineer in a high needs field and region. The cadetship scheme is noble; therefore, it must be revamped.

Grants, Scholarship or bursaries funds
It is encouraging that some private sector, religious or other charitable organizations in Zimbabwe offer both needs based and merit based scholarships, bursary, and grants to prospective or ongoing students. Their continued and wide-based support in work force development is crucial. A local private hospital may offer grant or scholarship funds in exchange for a commitment from the student to work for that hospital for a set number of years after graduating from the nursing program and obtaining certification.

In Kenya, there is a strong commitment to cost-sharing in education, and local communities, parents, religious and private organizations make direct contributions to education costs under the principle of Harambee.

The importance with which the government has viewed education is demonstrated in the growing annual allocations of funds to education in comparison with other government services. The $810 million annual allocation for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Higher Education compared to the second highly annually funded government department, Ministry of Home Affairs, which received US$396 million testifies government’s love for its youths.

However, the allocation is a drop in an ocean and there is need for new education policies that rope in other players in higher education funding. Some of them include the introduction of concrete government loan policies to fully fund tertiary education and the “learn now and pay later” incentive in colleges and universities. The government must encourage and allow independent donors and organizations to assist in university funding. Provided there are government incentives, the business sector may participate in skills development; unveiling loans and grants for tertiary students.

All tertiary-level institutions should undertake some revenue generating projects such as tree seedling projects, cattle ranching and so on to broaden the income base. Depending on hiking college fees invites ‘fees must fall campaigns’ from student unions. Colleges should be allowed to sell goods which they have produced and operate a revolving fund or trading account to broaden revenue sources rather than entirely depending on charging tuition fees.

Crispen Rateiwa is a publishing studies student at a local university. The views that he shares here are his own. Contact him on crisrateiwa@gmail.com ; Facebook, Crispen Rateiwa; and Twitter @ndakangwarisa. Read his blog ayaasite.wordpress.com

How Mugabe Strangled the Zimbabwean Students’ Movement (Part 1)

By Alex T. Magaisa

People who don’t read their history are bound to forget it or to repeat its mistakes. They also tend to be overawed by events elsewhere, believing them to be new, when in fact, they are not.

The latter, especially, has been apparent in the last couple of weeks as events at universities around South Africa have unfolded, in what history will record as the #FeesMustFall students’ protests. The students’ movement in South Africa succeeded as their Government caved in to their demands to stop the increase in university fees. This has generated a lot of excitement, and for some, comparisons with events in Zimbabwe.

A number of Zimbabweans, many of a generation too young to remember events in our own country barely 25 years ago, have looked at what happened in South Africa, and asked why Zimbabweans have not been able to do the same, in the face of their own, even more serious challenges. Some in the media have even referred to it as ‘Protest Envy’, among Zimbabweans, suggesting how we, Zimbabweans, must feel seeing that our neighbours south of the Limpopo have the freedom to protest and achieve results in the manner they did. We must be envious, that they can do that, the thinking goes. Forgotten in all this is that we have been there before. We know that road too well.

As these events unfolded, I was reminded of a conversation I had back in 1998, 17 years ago, with a group of South African students. They had visited Zimbabwe for a conference of Southern African students’ unions, hosted by Zinasu, the national students’ movement body in Zimbabwe. I had already left the University of Zimbabwe the year before but Zinasu invited me to come and talk about free speech and academic freedom. Learnmore Jongwe, then the leader of Zinasu was a friend and I was happy to oblige.

At the time, our own students’ unions were very vibrant and active. They were facing similar challenges regarding university fees and students’ support and welfare which had been progressively eroded since the early 1990s. The decade since 1988 had witnessed numerous students’ protests, first at the UZ and later at NUST, the other university and various colleges.

I ended my speech with a warning to students from other countries, especially South Africa, that they had to remain vigilant, in order to avoid the path that Zimbabwe had taken. I advised against complacency in the euphoria of independence, which at the time, seemed to be encapsulated by the notion of the “Rainbow Nation”, which was then quite fashionable. One of the South African students responded, with a swagger in his voice that betrayed a slight hint of arrogance. “It won’t happen in South Africa,” he declared, before adding, “In South Africa, we are not like that. We have a democratic government and a robust constitution”. His compatriots nodded in approval. South Africa was different, the young men and women believed. I had a chuckle and said time would tell.

I have never forgotten that encounter at the humble abode of the YMCA in Kambuzuma, a busy suburb in western Harare, where the conference was being held. After Marikana, I thought about it. And in recent weeks, I have thought about it, too, as the students’ protests spread across campuses. Was it new? No. Was it unique? Again, no. At least in historical terms. It’s a pity I may never meet that group of students again, but it would be interesting to have an audit discussion over how South Africa has fared since that conference.

The point here is not to relegate the significance of the events in South Africa, but it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. If it sounds new, it is because people don’t read or choose not to remember history, or if they do, to so selectively. All across Africa, after a few years of post-independence euphoria, people have eventually woken up to the harsh realities of the system under which they are governed. Oft-times, it begins with students at universities and colleges. And there are good reasons why those places are brewing pots of initial challenges to the system.

There, at universities and colleges, there is a mass concentration of young, intelligent and open-minded people and their instructors, operating under the protective umbrella of academic freedom. They are engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. These intellectual enquiries introduce them to new ways of thinking, and to past struggles for liberty, equality and fairness. These ideas have huge appeal among the young and ambitious minds. Indeed, the young men and women begin to identify themselves with heroic figures from the past. They discover the great Che Guevara, Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frantz Fanon, Karl Marx and many more of the great figures from the past. The stories of these men and women, and their philosophies are hugely inspiring. Some even adopt their names, and for a few, it is by those monikers that society will forever remember them.

In a nutshell, the young men and women at universities and colleges begin to see the bigger picture, far beyond their enclaves, the little villages and towns in which they grew up. They begin to see the inequalities and injustices of the system, both at the national and international levels and they are outraged by what they learn. They are no longer just adding figures or constructing sentences but learning the ways of the world. In short, they make an important discovery of their historic role in society and begin to call themselves the “Voice of the Voiceless”, often wearing apparel declaring the same.

They form societies to challenge these undesirable aspects of the world. In all this, the students union has a central role. It is the rallying point for all students and societies. The students own it. They claim territorial sovereignty over this space, which they guard jealously from the authorities of the university and the State. It is a key part of university and college life, indeed a key institution in the governance structure of the university and college administration. But by its very nature and its role, it becomes a point of interest to authorities, who begin to see it as a threat. And for that reason, it has to be monitored, indeed, it must be subdued.

The students are often the first in society to see that there is something wrong with the national governance system. They are in the business of reading and reading gives them awareness and knowledge of what is happening in society. They have the energy, zeal and exuberance of youth, which often manifests as bravery and fearlessness. And so, they lead from the front, usually first in matters of self-interest, such as fees and welfare, and then when they discover the power of protest, they begin to grapple with matters of general interest to society – human rights, democracy, anti-corruption, solidarity with workers, etc. Actually, in Zimbabwe, it was the other way round, as they began with matters of public interest – corruption, anti-one-party state – in the late 1980s, before they were seized with matters of self-interest – academic freedom, fees, accommodation, students’ welfare.

The irony is that in all this time, the rest of the population might even regard the students as a nuisance, as a bunch of spoilt young people who are not grateful for what they are getting, things like access to higher education which the colonial system restricted from them. The nascent black middle-class, which is not yet fully developed but aspiring for more wealth and status, is especially the most threatened. They have recently joined the propertied class and they are protective of their possessions from these university ‘hooligans’ as the state and its media calls them. This friction between students and middle-class society is not helped by the fact that in their zealous approach, which is often in excess, they engage in destructive conduct – stoning and burning cars, houses and buildings, and generally displaying behaviour of a rowdy character.

Those in government, who increasingly regard themselves more exclusively as the sole liberators of the nation, are less amused, too. They might even curse students for not being grateful of the freedom they enjoy, a freedom which they, the liberators painstakingly delivered. Some in government begin to mull ways of teaching the young people a lesson. Those in security and intelligence begin to characterise students as a threat to national security. In time, the instruments of state security are unleashed upon the students.

At the same time, as we shall see in the case of Zimbabwe, the State begins to craft legislation that is designed to progressively weaken the students’ movement. And when the rest of society finally wakes up to the realities unleashed by their government and joins the students, the scene is set for bitter clashes with the ruling establishment. The ruling establishment will drop all pretences of democracy and morph into a brutal force. For legitimacy, it grounds its actions upon defence of liberation and sovereignty and re-brands students, civil society and the opposition as agents of Western imperialism. It restates a commitment to fighting neo-colonialism and therefore, doing all that is necessary to defeat the enemy. It re-discovers its mission as an agent of social justice and begins an attack on the institution of private property on the basis that it is pursuing the historic mission of redistribution.

What I have described above reflects in broad terms what happened in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, in particular, the relationship between the State, society and the students’ movement. Many people observing the #FeesMustFall protests around South African universities have been asking why Zimbabwean students and Zimbabweans generally are unable to do what the South African students have done. They probably don’t remember that we were there long before these events. We even had a pub at the students’ union at the UZ, October 4 was its name, so-named in honour of an historic day in the history of the students’ movement in Zimbabwe. It happened on 4th October 1989, when the UZ was shut down for the first time since independence, following demonstrations and clashes with police who had been deployed to thwart students’ protests. I shall describe in more detail the circumstances around October 4 in Part 2 of this series.

It is against this general background, that one must understand how, over the years, the Mugabe Government managed to strangle the students’ movement in Zimbabwe. In the next part, I will look in more detail at the ways in which the power of the students’ movement was progressively diluted using a multi-faceted set of strategies and tactics to the point where now, the students’ movement is generally weak and ineffectual. Then perhaps, it might become more apparent why a #FeesMustFall-type of protest is almost impossible in today’s Zimbabwe, but more importantly, why the apparent success of the South African students’ movement on this occasion must be read with caution. They have lessons to learn from their neighbours north of the Limpopo, and indeed, across the rest of Africa. And no, as many will discover, South Africa is not very different from the rest of us.

NUST STUDENT HEADS FOR THE US EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

Yali Profile : Computer science student develops tech solutions to Africa’s challenges

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She says the initiative, in its second year, is “a well of unlimited opportunities from where she hopes to link up with great minds and learn how they create sustainable development in their countries.”

During her six-week fellowship at the University of Texas in Austin the computer science student says she “plans on visiting the Austin Technology Incubator to learn more about how they help startups compete successfully in the capital markets and also achieve business success.”

Samantha also plans on “visiting the prestigious award winning Computer Science Department at the University to acquire knowledge on how they operate focusing in particular, their research projects while engaging with Austin’s entrepreneurial community to make long term business relations with their tech-houses.”

Samantha is currently the community manager at Sky-hub which is a hardware centric technology and innovation hub based in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Samantha’s vision is to empower women through technology to bring real change in the community. She co-founded a women led start-up called SheCodes that strives to innovate, inspire and educate through technology. SheCodes is involved in running workshops and also facilitates training for a KidsCode program that teaches young children to be digital creators, developers, designers and programmers. Samantha also volunteers weekly at the Technovation challenge as a mentor and is a coach to the girl teams that work on developing android applications that solve problems in their communities.

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Her work at Technovation has fused with her passion in the health delivery system in Southern Africa to an extent where she has created C_Casualty, an award winning start-up that is working on digitalising the medical records system allowing roaming patients to take their full “medical history” with them where ever they go on their mobile devices. She hopes to take the initiative beyond Zimbabwe although she knows time is not on her side.

Upon her return from the fellowship, Samantha has lots of plans that include disseminating the knowledge acquired, fostering and developing innovative technology solutions that solve problems faced in my community, mentoring, educating and motivating women innovators and problem solvers, assisting in women-led tech startups especially those from secondary schools and extending C_casualty to rural areas.

Samantha is in the final year of her Computer Science Degree at the National University of Science and Technology.

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Courtesy of Newsday Zimbabwe – Story Source

NUST HEADS FOR THE ZTISU GAMES.

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#NUST students started off the battle against other tertiary sporting organisations today at the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZTISU) games scheduled to span over five days, from the 23rd to the 28th of June 2015 at the #HararePolytechnicCollege.

Teams that won the gold and silver medals in the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association Games (ZUSA) only will be participating in the games.

#NUST teams representing #ZUSA are the Women’s basketball team, Women’s Table tennis, Men’s Tennis, Cricket, Men’s Tennis, Men’s golf and women’s marshal arts.