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Breaking News:UZ Postpones Graduation Ceremony Indefinitely Owing to Cholera

The University of Zimbabwe has postponed indefinitely a graduation ceremony which was meant to be held tomorrow, Friday the 14th of September owing to a cholera outbreak in Harare.-StarFM

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Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO – A Man On A Mission

by Ann Rothrock Beatie

5 minute read

The CEO of ZOL Zimbabwe, Mr. Denny Marandure, graciously welcomed us into his impressive and modern new offices in Borrowdale to discuss his career and accomplishments; they are many!

The wall that faces his desk has a large print that states ZOL’s Mission Statement: “To deliver simple & useful solutions that improve the way our customers live, work and play.” It also states ZOL’s Vision: “To create the most admired brand in Africa by delivering simple & useful technology, paired with excellent customer service.” Over the course of our conversation, I learned that Denny has followed his immense passion for telecommunications to achieve exactly what these two straight forward and solid statements proclaim.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

His vast international experience is the cornerstone that propelled him to return to Zimbabwe and bring connectivity home. Denny earned a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA from Howard University in the United States and went on to become a big boss at the mammoth telecommunications company, Verizon Communications. He spoke to us excitedly about the project he worked on with Verizon in Iraq to set up the very first mobile network there in 2004.

On a trip back to Zimbabwe in 2009, Denny was incredibly frustrated by the lack of internet connectivity in Zimbabwe and scurried back to the land of high-speed internet. But he couldn’t let go of the desire to bring his home country up to speed in the world of telecommunications. “I wanted to be the change that Zimbabwe needed,” he said.

His appointment as CEO of ZOL in September of 2014 marked the beginning of change in the ISP market. In a short period of time, Denny has accumulated many IT Awards that all reflect the astounding accomplishments he has realised. His true love of marketing has led ZOL to establish itself as a frontrunner and leading provider of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) with the Fibroniks packages that have been so popular and now service over 35,000 customers. ZOL’s lack of awareness was short-lived once Denny took over and he has led the company to win the MAZ (Marketers Association of Zimbabwe) award for Marketing Oriented CEO of the year, two years in a row. The total list of ZOL’s awards is long and distinguished and I am sure it will continue to grow.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

The recognisable orange signage we see all over town is testament to the growing footprint that Denny is committed to. His excitement about ZOL’s upcoming projects is obvious in the way he talks about them. In April 2018, the LTE base stations will be launched. This technology brings high speed internet connectivity through the use of beams that will increase reach and capacity.

ZOL is also launching an environmental initiative that is revolutionary in Zimbabwe. EnviroServe is an e-waste recycling effort that will provide bins – orange ones, of course! – where old and obsolete electronical devices can be properly disposed. ZOL has partnered with a company in Dubai to make this happen in Zimbabwe, so be on the lookout for a place to put all those unwanted devices! Recycling is important in today’s world. As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and future generations and ZOL Zimbabwe has taken the initiative to lead in taking care of our environment for the sake of the next generation.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

Denny’s passion to connect everyone has transformed the lives of many, in keeping with the Mission Statement; he also believes strongly in giving back to the community. Denny and ZOL put fibre in Warren Park and created low-cost packages for that area; ZOL also has a program to that supports education by providing free internet to a number of schools. ZOL is an Associate sponsor and Communications partner for the Zimbabwe Open Golf tournament, which is part of the Sunshine Tour. The ZOL Main Stage at HIFA, one of the biggest music and cultural shows in Africa, is testimony to ZOL’s support of music and culture in Zimbabwe.

ZOL’s partnership with Kwese TV makes Denny very excited, as he will be able to follow the Washington Wizards, the NBA team he supports. Kwese TV is growing by the day in popularity. Denny enthusiastically explained to us that now with the ZOLphone (VoIP) service, Kwese TV and Fibroniks, ZOLcompletes the three-play service offering he has strived to achieve, which is also in sync with the three categories from the Mission Statement, “…live, work and play.”

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

ZOL was the first ISP to launch a Mobile App in Zimbabwe, the “MyZol” App, and they are also the first to have 24/7/365 customer call centre with a live chat option. The highly popular ZOLspots provide Fibroniks on the go, and ZOL was nominated for an award at the annual AfricaCom Awards in 2016 and 2017 for this innovative technology. ZOL is also bringing a clever wireless router that can fit in your pocket, called MiFi, which will provide connectivity to many people including students who need to do their homework or research on the internet.

Denny Marandure is an inspiring role model in business. Despite his hectic schedule, board commitments, and an extensive travel schedule, Denny always puts his customers first. His tireless commitment and devotion to his company, its brand and its customer service results in happy and connected customers.

Republished with permission from Harare Magazine: http://hararemagazine.co.zw/lifestyle/denny-marandure-a-man-on-a-mission/

NUST student and Alumna co-founded online farm system wins at Seedstars Competition

One minute read

NUST student and alumna co-founded technical start-up, Rera Online Farm, has emerged the winner of the Zimbabwean leg of the Seedstars World Competition. They have managed to book a spot for themselves in the regional competitions penned for this December in Ivory Coast, after shrugging off stiff competition from nine other innovators.

The Rera online system is a four-year-old brain child of a NUST final year Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering student, Rick Masuku, former Electronic Engineering student Ratanang Noko and a Harare based technical enthusiast, Gladson Dube.

If Rera wins the regional competition in Ivory Coast, the startup will qualify for the global Seedstars Summit, to be held in Switzerland next year in April where the innovators will battle it out with other technical startups from around the globe.

By participating at the Global Seedstars Summit, the online startup stands a chance to win up to US$1 million in equity investment for their project.

The Zimbabwe competition took place on Friday June 29 at Impact Hub Harare, with nine startups pitching in front of a local jury which comprised of Nhena Nyagura from Dandemutande, Ethel Bangwayo from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sharon Wekwete from Omidyar Network and Lilian Mbayiwa from Old Mutual.

Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for consumers to farm their own poultry produce through “three easy steps” which are by signing up for an account on the Rera website, creating their own fowl run by selecting the type of poultry produce and quantity they want to farm and lastly, once they confirm their poultry produce, the Rera sales agents advise the retail consumers on the payment procedure.

According to one of the founders of the online farm, the system could not have come at the right time than now when most people are digitally literate citing how they can save money by trying it out.

“Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for consumers to farm their own chicken in less than 5 minutes,it is a simple to use system like any other social media platform most people are familiar to,” said Masuku.

“With a low production cost of about $3.75 per chicken, this cuts costs for farmers, fast food outlets or even any interested buyer,” he added.

Source-nust.ac.zw

The Keyword Approach To A CV & Cover Letter

Staff Writer | @campusmoments13
4 minute read

In a keyword search of resumes and cover letters, employers identify, either electronically or manually, important words or phrases related to the job description. Candidates will then be selected for further review based on the number and/or level of matches found in the search.

According to Registered Organisational Psychologist & Career Coach, Phiona Martin, “Most companies are using (Applicant Tracking Systems)ATS and if you are making online applications, you can no longer ignore the requirement for your CV to be ATS “friendly.”

To develop a keyword resume and cover letter, study the job description carefully, identifying important words/phrases from both the responsibilities and qualifications of the job (highlighted in red for demonstration purposes only). Incorporate these words and phrases into your resume and cover letter using your background and experiences.

Sample Cover Letter

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Incorporate words and phrases directly from the job description that pertain to your skills and experience (shown in red for demonstration purposes only. Do not use red in your resume or letter)

Phiona Martin recommends the following seven ways to ensure your CV is ATS attractive and actually lands in a human recruiters hands.

  1. Mirror the Job Description wording in your CV, including the tense it is written e.g if job description says “management of suppliers” change if your CV says “managing vendors and contractors”. This requires customising your CV for every job. NB:  Do NOT copy and paste job description word-for-word you may be penalised by ATS or recruiter.
  2. Nail those keywords. There is lingo in every profession/industry. It maybe software, skills, certifications, licenses, responsibilities, or  procedures. The words that matter in your profession need to be included in your CV/Resume. Use both acronyms and spelled out form of titles.
  3. Repeat important keywords related to your skills a few times in your CV. Do NOT merely stuff as many key words as possible as the new scanners pick up this tactic. It will also be a turn-off to the recruiter who actually reads the CV if your CV does get past the scanner process.  A recommended suggestion is using a keyword two to three times per CV, taking into account that it is coherently placed.
  4. Make use of free cloud services like Wordle and TagCrowd to help you determine the right keywords to use in your CV. Just copy and paste the job description into the generators and the software will tell you which keywords are important to include in your CV.
  5. Only use text. Don’t use graphics, logos, or tables in your CV as fancy graphics, images, tables, and logos confuse the ATS. Anything placed in header and footer areas is invisible to the ATS, do not put important information in these sections.
  6. Headings. Put in straight forward traditional headings such as; Work Experience, Education, Qualifications, Experience, Hobbies, and References and avoid creative titles as they may not be recognised by the ATS
  7. Job Titles. Pay attention to the job title in the advert. E.g. if you are a Finance Manager, but the job title is for an Accounting Manager, be sure that you include “Accounting Manager” somewhere in your CV.

Sample CV

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Incorporate words and phrases directly from the job description that pertain to your skills and experience (shown in red for demonstration purposes only. Do not use red in your resume or letter)
Get more from the #CareerCoach at http://www.phionamartin.com/blog. Sample CV & Cover Letter adapted from unl.edu/careers

 

GZU students protest over poor conditions

By Felix Machiwenyika/ Hazvinei Mwanaka/Sukuoluhle Ndlovu | Newsday
One minute read

RIOT police on Thursday fired teargas canisters to disperse students at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), who stormed the institution’s Mashava campus protesting against poor diet, unsafe drinking water, hiked tuition fees and withdrawal of wi-fi facilities.

GZU acting vice-chancellor, Andrew Chindanya, confirmed the students’ protests and said they were engaging the union leaders to resolve their grievances.

“I am in the process of talking to them now, we are trying to resolve the situation,” he said.

A student who requested anonymity accused riot police of brutality in crushing the protests which he claimed had been cleared by police in Masvingo.

“We were given the permission to engage in a peaceful demo, but to our surprise the police and campus security guards stormed us with tear smoke and fired guns at us,” he said.

“The standards of living for students have drastically deteriorated, there is shortage of water and sometimes it’s dirty,” another student said.

The demonstrations started in the morning, with groups of students blocking roads to the campus.

“The tuition fee was hiked without consulting us, where do they think we will get that money from? We all know our economic situation. We pay our fees and yet still the campus facilities and management is so poor,” one student who was at the scene said.

“The police arrived at the scene and threw teargas canisters at the students in a bid to force us abandon the demonstration, but we shall continue until the situation is resolved. At least they should provide us with tangible solutions. We want to be treated equally with other students from other campuses, why do they segregate us yet we are from the same university and paying same fees,” said another female student who declined to be named.

4 study skills that will help you succeed in your career

Erica Cirino
2 minute read

If you’re like most college students, much of your time outside of class is spent studying. Studying is an important part of college, one that goes beyond just helping to get you good grades. It’s a part of your academic routine that—whether you realize it or not — prepares you for a career as well.

Here are four study skills in particular that can carry over into your career:

1. MANAGING YOUR TIME

Figuring out how long it will take you to complete an assignment or review for an exam isn’t an exact science. Every student is different, so each student requires a different amount of time for studying. Over time, you’ll figure out how to best manage your time.

Good time management means you get your assignments done on time (or well ahead of time), but it also means you pace yourself appropriately so that you’re producing the highest quality of work possible. Knowing how to keep and follow a calendar is another important part of time management.

Just as you need good time management when studying, you need it when you enter the working world. If you establish a time management habit that works for you in college, you can easily apply it to your career when it comes to accomplishing various tasks for your company.

2. READING (FOR MEANING)

College students are required to read a lot — from textbooks to novels to research journals to newspapers, and everything in between. Reading in college goes beyond just taking in words; it means absorbing and understanding their meaning so you can remember certain ideas and facts for your tests and assignments.

No matter what career you choose, you can likely expect more reading — whether it be research for a meeting or important email communications. That’s why it’s important to become a strong reader in college. Learn how to highlight and take notes when you read, and also how to pace yourself to truly digest the content.

3. STAYING ORGANIZED

A key part of successful studying is keeping yourself organized. It’s hard to argue the fact that it’s much easier to get your work done with a clean desk than a messy one. The same goes for a neat vs. messy bookbag.

Organization means different things to different students. Yet, no matter what your organization style, the key idea of being organized is to know exactly where your things are when you need them.

Being organized is also important for your career. As a working adult, you’ll need to keep track of many important documents, bills, schedules and more. Learning how to keep your things in order while still a college student will make your transition to a working adult much easier.

4. WORKING WITH OTHERS

Many college students find being part of a study group to be helpful to their academics. Studying with others can give you more motivation to study, and your study buddies may be able to help you through especially challenging classes.

But being a part of a study group has another benefit: from deciding when to meet to collaborating on group projects, studying with others teaches you how to work as part of a team.

Being a team player is a critical career skill. In most careers, you’ll have to interact with others. The more social skills you build while in college, the more easily you’ll be able to achieve greatness with other people in your workplace.

Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.
First Published by  USA Today College 

30 behavioral interview questions you should be ready to answer

The Muse
4 minute read

To help you better prepare for your next interview, here are 30 behavioral interview questions sorted by topic (in addition to 31 common interview questions here) that you can practice.

Not sure how to answer these questions? Here’s a quick guide on how to craft job-landing responses.

TEAMWORK

For questions like these, you want a story that illustrates your ability to work with others under challenging circumstances. Think team conflict, difficult project constraints, or clashing personalities.

  1. Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
  2. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  3. Describe a time when you struggled to build a relationship with someone important. How did you eventually overcome that?
  4. We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
  5. Tell me about a time you needed to get information from someone who wasn’t very responsive. What did you do?

CLIENT-FACING SKILLS

If the role you’re interviewing for works with clients, definitely be ready for one of these. Find an example of a time where you successfully represented your company or team and delivered exceptional customer service.

  1. Describe a time when it was especially important to make a good impression on a client. How did you go about doing so?
  2. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectation. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  3. Tell me about a time when you made sure a customer was pleased with your service.
  4. Describe a time when you had to interact with a difficult client. What was the situation, and how did you handle it?
  5. When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?

ABILITY TO ADAPT

Times of turmoil are finally good for something! Think of a recent work crisis you successfully navigated. Even if your navigation didn’t feel successful at the time, find a lesson or silver lining you took from the situation.

  1. Tell me about a time you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on, and how did you get through it?
  2. Describe a time when your team or company was undergoing some change. How did that impact you, and how did you adapt?
  3. Tell me about the first job you’ve ever had. What did you do to learn the ropes?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to think on your feet in order to delicately extricate yourself from a difficult or awkward situation.
  5. Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with this situation?

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS

In other words, get ready to talk about a time you juggled multiple responsibilities, organized it all (perfectly), and completed everything before the deadline.

  1. Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
  2. Describe a long-term project that you managed. How did you keep everything moving along in a timely manner?
  3. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get everything on your to-do list done. Tell me about a time your responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do?
  4. Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself. How did you go about ensuring that you would meet your objective?
  5. Give me an example of a time you managed numerous responsibilities. How did you handle that?

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

You probably won’t have any trouble thinking of a story for communication questions, since it’s not only part of most jobs; it’s part of everyday life. However, the thing to remember here is to also talk about your thought process or preparation.

  1. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
  2. Describe a time when you were the resident technical expert. What did you do to make sure everyone was able to understand you?
  3. Tell me about a time when you had to rely on written communication to get your ideas across to your team.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to explain something fairly complex to a frustrated client. How did you handle this delicate situation?
  5. Tell me about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.

MOTIVATION AND VALUES

A lot of seemingly random questions are actually attempts to learn more about what motivates you. Your response would ideally address this directly even if the question wasn’t explicit about it.

  1. Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.
  2. Describe a time when you saw some problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
  3. Tell me about a time when you worked under close supervision or extremely loose supervision. How did you handle that?
  4. Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
  5. Tell me about a time you were dissatisfied in your work. What could have been done to make it better?
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Nust students express joy at resumption of lectures

Prince Sunduzani | Nust-ZW

2 min read

NUST students have expressed their joy over the resumption of lectures at the institution following a successful demonstration dubbed “Nust shut down” on Monday.

The students said they were happy that their plea for action had finally been considered.

“We are happy that finally our voice has been heard,” said Mzingaye Ncube a freshman at the university. “We lost a lot of time and I don’t know how we are going to be compensated for that. As students we must always speak with one voice on issues that affect us.”

“…we will continue to defend and protect our rights as students without fear..,”

Nust Student Representative Council president Mr Pablo Chimusoro, who was arrested by police during the protest said he was glad that the “university shutdown’ yielded results.

“We are happy that our voice has been heard and we will continue to defend and protect our rights as students without fear,” Chimusoro said. “The SRC will continue to ensure that the welfare of students is always accommodated for.”

 

On Monday, anti-riot police pounced on non violent, placard wielding students who were demanding an end to the lecturers strike.The police used water cannons and police dogs to disperse the students.

This reporter was also caught up in the incident and got itchy skin and eyes after he was sprayed with water from the cannons.

Police also went on to raid student’s rooms and arrested some students during the fracas and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human rights had to intervene.

“The 61 students who were picked up by the police were bailed out and we are now back at campus,” said Chimusoro. “We were asked to pay $5 fines for disorderly conduct charges after we were accused of contravening section 41 of the Criminal Law and Reform Act,”

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango defended the use of the water cannons which some student activists felt was excessive force.

“I’m aware that there was a demonstration at Nust and police had to use water cannons to disperse the students. The use of water cannons is one of the strategies to handle a mob,” Simango said.

Lecturers had been at loggerheads with the administration  over alleged mismanagement of the institution, leading to industrial action that cost students over 4 weeks of learning time.

#CurrentSituation: Students ‘Shutdown’ Nust in protest over strike

Developing Story | 2 minute read

Students barricaded the National University of Science and Technology on Monday morning in protest against the institution’s inability to resolve issues with lecturers who have been on strike for three weeks .

According to the Nust Student Representative Council (SRC), the protest dubbed #NustShutDown, was staged to compel the institution to resolve the deadlock with lecturers,  a situation that has resulted in the disruption of learning.

“Students have not been learning for about four weeks now and we have come to a situation where we have to do just about anything to get the attention of stakeholders at Nust,” said SRC President Pablo Chimusoro.

By  8 a.m, all entrance and exit points had been blocked and nobody was allowed on campus.

Administration staff were stranded at City Hall as their daily bus could not exit to shuttle them to work. Others were stranded in their vehicles along the Cecil Avenue entrance.

The shutdown is happening days after government announced the appointment of Prof Mqhele Dlodlo as substantive Vice Chancellor of the university.

Here is a timeline of key developments

  • 26 Feb 2018: Students shutdown Nust 

Students barricade university – all entrance/exit points blocked -as they mount pressure on institution to solve lecturers’ strike

  • 21 Feb 2018: Govt appoints Prof Mqhele Dlodlo as  substantive Vice Chancellor:

The lack of a proactive and substantive Vice-Chancellor was believed to be a contributing factor in the gross  mismanagement of funds by the institution’s executive, hence the appointment 

  • 16 Feb 2018: Students join strike

Students marched to the university’s administration offices protesting over the impasse.

  • 13 Feb 2018: Nust takes lecturers to the Labour Court

The university responded to the strike by contesting the legality of the industrial action.

  • 7 Feb 2018: Nust lecturers strike for the second time in the same academic year.

Nust lecturers downed tools, alleging mismanagement at the institution- splashing money on luxurious vehicles at the expense of students’ learning materials and equipment –  which they said was crippling the university’s operations. 

  • 29 Jan 2018: 2nd Semester of academic year commences.

Second semester commenced amidst high expectations given the new political dispensation in the country

Nust vice chancellor appointed

By Nqobile Tshili | Chronicle
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Professor Mqhele Dlodlo as National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice Chancellor with immediate effect.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Prof Amon Murwira confirmed the appointment yesterday.

“We received confirmation from His Excellency. The appointment is with immediate effect. When he starts work that’s an issue of Chairman of Council Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi,” said Prof Murwira.

The university has been operating without a substantive Vice Chancellor since the expiry of the late Prof Lindela Ndlovu’s contract in 2015.

The university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Samson Sibanda has been acting since then.

Prof Murwira said Prof Dlodlo has a mammoth task to address the challenges at Nust.

Nust has been experiencing some problems that have resulted in lecturers going on strike protesting against alleged mismanagement.

Prof Murwira said Government will fully support Prof Dlodlo to ensure that there are positive developments at Nust. “There is a lot of work to be done at Nust and we will support Prof Dlodlo to enable him to deliver. We should not spend our time bickering but we must deliver,” said Prof Murwira.

He said he was mindful of the fact that the absence of a substantive Vice Chancellor could have negatively affected the university’s operations and was confident the challenges facing the institution will soon be addressed.

Prof Dlodlo served as a principal lecturer and head of Electrical Craft Department at Bulawayo Polytechnic from 1983 to 1992.

In 2000, he joined Nust as a senior lecturer in the department of Electronic Engineering before being promoted to the post of Dean in the faculty of Industrial Technology from May 2002 to December 2003.

He joined the University of Cape Town as an Associate professor in January 2005 and also served as Assistant Dean in Internationalisation from January 2011 to December 2015. At the time of his appointment as Nust vice chancellor, Prof Dlodlo was still working in South Africa. — @nqotshili.

 

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