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African Tears Beyond Tears Innocent Victims Imire Can you hear the drums, by Cathy Buckle

Paying to give away your own company?
January 17, 2014, 4:04 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

There’s nothing quite like five days without electricity to remind us how hard our lives were during the first decade of the 21st century and to warn us how tenuous our grip on normality is. The prolonged power cut in my neighbourhood left a fridge full of mould and fruit flies, all the food on the compost heap and tempers frayed
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Rear view mirror
January 4, 2014, 10:29 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Zimbabwe’s Christmas present came in the form of rain. Day after day for the last three weeks the heavens have opened, giving us a wonderful, wet, soggy Christmas and New Year. Low purple clouds, towering thunderstorms and torrential downpours have soaked the land. Hailstorms in some areas, long gentle soaking rain in others with the end res
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Generations yet to be born
December 14, 2013, 8:58 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Christmas has arrived with a bombshell to Zimbabwe this year. A seven page photocopied form has flooded what’s left of privately owned, legally operating businesses. It’s called the ‘Notification of Extent of Indigenisation and Indigenisation Implementation Plan.’  All ‘foreign’ owned businesses have been i
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If silence could talk
November 30, 2013, 6:23 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The large banking and enquiries hall of the local government owned telephone company was all but deserted on the second last day of the month. One man, a security guard, leant against the wall staring out the window, a glazed, bored look on his face. ‘Are you open?’ I asked, surprised that there wasn’t anyone either manning the c
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One hundred thousand dollar dinner
November 23, 2013, 9:22 am


Dear Family and Friends,

After weeks of searing heat and endlessly bright blue skies, the rain finally arrived. In my home town for the past fortnight we’ve been recording temperatures of 32 degrees in the shade by ten in the morning and a staggering 47 degrees centigrade in direct sun. Everything about the weather this year has been strange with seasons running six
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