Our History is Our Common Heritage

  • Posted on: 26 October 2012
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Today is Audio-Visual Heritage Day.

The 2012 Theme is “Audiovisual heritage memory? The clock is ticking.”

Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st century history. These documents help to maintain the cultural identity of a people; but countless documentary treasures have disappeared since the invention of image and sound technologies that permit the peoples of the world to better share their experiences, creativity and knowledge.

Why the 2nd Stakeholders Conference?

  • Posted on: 17 October 2012
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According to the COPAC co-Chair Honourable Douglas Mwonzora, speaking at a ZLHR Conference a few  weeks ago,  the terms of reference of the Second Stakeholders Conference are:

  • Ø To receive an overview of the process so far
  • Ø To receive the draft Constitution
  • Ø To receive recommendations from stakeholders
  • Ø To compile a report of the findings of that Conference

The Draft Constitution MAY be revisited and revised but this is not guaranteed.

International Day of Rural Women - 15 October

  • Posted on: 15 October 2012
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The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008, established by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007. This year, the theme is ‘’No to gender based violence.’ It is pertinent to note that gender based violence can be economic, emotional, psychological and physical. Beating up a woman shows a high degree of ferocious cruelty and by denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.

Tsvangirai and Locadia: Foes or Victims?

  • Posted on: 12 September 2012
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For the past week, local news has been buzzing with the ‘bizarre’ things that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been doing in his personal life. It is alleged that in November 2011, Tsvangirai paid $US36 000 lobola/roora/bride price for one Locadia Karimatsenga and dumped her barely a week after. Tsvangirai denies marrying the woman and claims he only paid damages as he believed he had made her pregnant.

Riding on the Gravy Train Can Be a Messy Business!

  • Posted on: 5 September 2012
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The issue of patronage has been in the news several times over the last few weeks. It seems that many ZANU-PF supporters are jumping on the bandwagon and emulating our leaders.  Some of them are used as frontmen for wealthy businessmen, using their contacts within the party to open doors and pave the way for unscrupulous deals. There are risks involved , however, as things may blow up and the dirty linen is aired for all to see as  is evident in the following article from SW Radio about Billy Rautenbach and his frontman, Themba Mliswa:

The Tragedy of Indifference

  • Posted on: 17 August 2012
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“A man should conceive a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts.” - James Allen.

So what is the purpose of music? Is it just to entertain? Is it to bring society together? Is it to educate societies? Is it to paint narratives and stories of how societies evolve? To mourn, to celebrate, to express love, gratitude or anger? Is it all these things? Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure- the nature of a society is shaped by the things it consumes and values-music included.

Bernard Wekare: Zimbabwe's Modern Day Hero!

  • Posted on: 1 August 2012
  • By: admin

When we speak of heroes we all immediately think of superman, batman or cat woman. The heroes we saw on TV as children doing extraordinary things like lifting buildings or flying to rescue someone from a burning building. These are the heroes we knew, but as we grew older we found out that they don’t exist.

We learnt that we have everyday heroes; ordinary men and women who do extraordinary things for mankind. We have men and women who stand up to injustice and question draconian laws for the benefit of the people. One such man is Mr Bernard Wekare.