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Goats for fees is no joke

A trip of goats springs into view as we approach St Anthony Zvidhuri Secondary School in Hwedza. Occasionally, these adventurous little herbivores try to enter the school’s classrooms only to be chased out by the occupants. They scamper in different directions, bleating in discordant tune. Strangely though, no one seems …

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The big problems of little people

It is pretty easy to look down on dwarves … Ok, let us leave out the short people jokes, The Sunday Mail Society should not stoop so low… People have always abused anyone who is different. Differences in religion, colour and class have long been the catalysts for much oppression. …

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Creating an identity within globalisation

Would a single citizen existing in isolation need to have an ID card? Perhaps an identity for oneself is only as relevant as one exists amongst others. Consider how we define ourselves as citizens; it is a derivative of father, mother and village of origin. Identity as a unique individual …

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President’s age can’t be a manifesto or an ideology

TODAY’S sermon comes from Leviticus 19 vs 32 and Isiah 46 vs 4. This sermon was inspired by comments that followed the statement by Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba who last week took time to explain the President’s medical trips to Singapore. A lot of hogwash was said, ndikati bodo …

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The Nehanda-Chidyausiku connection

My brother, Chief Justice Godfrey Guwa Chidyausiku, was born in a family of eight which lived in Domboshava, Goromonzi. Our father was the son of Shambare, a Chief in Chishawasha. Our mother was Chief Chiweshe’s daughter. Furthermore, from the maternal side, our great-great grandmother was homwe yaMbuya Nehanda, VaJamwe. VaJamwe …

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: The numbers don’t lie

People have what some would call a strange approach to statistics. Where they do not like the figures, they discard the science — regardless of how unscientific the disputation itself is. But it is not strange at all. It is merely a reflection of statistics denial fed by wilful statistical …

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Why Africa has failed 50 years after independence

By Patrick Katagata I read this intriguing observation: ‘Three words come to mind when people try to explain the future of Africa’s first generation after independence: leadership; tribalism; and resources. They are not bad starting points, but they do not fully explain why Africa, free at last, endowed with enormous …

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A Post-Colonial Mentality Persists in Africa

After enduring many years of servitude and domination by their colonizers, Africans decided to take up arms and reclaim their freedom and possessions. The battle was tough and many people paid the ultimate price, but it was eventually won. Throughout the colonial era, Africans longed for a return to their …

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