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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Against All Odds

For all ex Rhodies, Zimbos and other enthusiasts interested in exciting aviation and military stories.  


You will enjoy reading the book, “Against All Odds”.


It contains forty-five stories and over 200 pictures, which give snapshots of a fun filled and adventurous flying career. They describe heart-stopping episodes, narrow escapes from disaster, aircraft accidents, foolhardy escapades and vivid descriptions of fascinating characters along the way.


You can download this book via Kindle onto your device or order a paperback copy, which you can get by Just opening the hyperlink to the Amazon webpage and follow the instructions by right clicking: here


Please pass this onto friends who you know will also be interested.


If you have any problems downloading the book please contact me via email or call me on +263778180045.

News from Air Zimbabwe

Exciting news from Air Zimbabwe!!!!


 At last Air Zimbabwe will resume flights to/from Kariba with effect from 01 August 2014.


This is a result of your efforts and the whole Tourism Industry in lobbying the relevant Government Ministries to assist Air Zimbabwe. Our appeal to you all is to double our efforts in getting the numbers. We know you have your contacts around the world where we hope you will add Kariba for their packages. Let’s make this project a BIG SUCCESS for the benefit of the Tourism Industry. Details are as follows: 



 SCHEDULE                           :               HARARE               -              KARIBA                 0930/1020           UM226

.                                                               KARIBA                 -              VIC.FALLS            1050/1210           UM226

.                                                               VIC.FALLS            -              KARIBA                 1400/1520           UM227

.                                                               KARIBA                 -              HARARE               1550/1640           UM227


The schedule will provide connections Vic Falls to/from Johannesburg.


In Harare, there are connections from Bulawayo (UM) and Johannesburg(SaAirlink).


Your comments and suggestions please.


John Madzura


Information from MARS

In the event of a medical emergency, the timely  actions taken by people at the scene can often mean the difference between life and death.   As such Ambulance services are crucial in ensuring that both precious human life and time are saved, when transporting an injured or critically ill person whilst under medical supervision, to the nearest hospital or medical facility.


Ambulance service companies, often encounter the question “How quick does it take for Medical Crews to be on scene?” ...well, EVERY incident  is  ALWAYS  different due to the availability of ambulances, the  area where patient is located, the time of day  hence  amount of traffic encountered, as well as  the condition of the patient as some would require major medical intervention on-site before they can be safely conveyed to hospital.


As Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) our mission is to save lives by providing excellent pre-hospital emergency and critical care, anywhere in Zimbabwe and beyond .  MARS is a complete emergency medical solution comprising “Road” and “Air” medical transportation backed by highly trained qualified medical professionals and state-of-the-art equipment on board all our ambulances.



·       The most important thing to remember is to try remain calm, and call for an ambulance immediately.

·       Say what is wrong with the patient/what has happened ?

·       Give approximate age and sex, as well as any other past medical history if known,

·       Also state Medical Aid membership if known, as this helps where we take the patient to hospital,

·       Provide accurate directions to your location,

·       Where spinal injury is suspected, do not move the patient, unless his/her life is being threatened

·       Call back if condition deteriorates before ambulance arrives so you get more advice on how to continue managing the patient.


Here are some tips on “what to do” in cases of  Emergency we commonly encounter at home, in schools and in the workplace !  Please remember that these “First Aid Basics” are merely guidelines, and we strongly recommend that people should attend a Basic First Aid Course. 



·        Hit the person firmly on their back between the shoulder blades 5 times to dislodge the object. 

·        Then give 5 quick abdominal thrusts.  To do this, Stand behind the choking person, join your hands around their tummy and form a fist. Pull your hands sharply inwards and upwards to give abdominal thrusts (this is called Heimlich Maneuver).

·       With babies under one year old, turn face down, support head and neck, deliver blows with heel of your hand between shoulder blades. (This creates pressure in the airway, which is often enough to dislodge the object, and allow them to breathe again.)



·       Apply CONSTANT direct pressure to stop or slow down the flow of blood, placing clean bandages when dressing becomes blood soaked. You do not need to use something specific to do this; it can just be your hand, a t-shirt or a towel.

·        The pressure will help the blood to actually form a clot or “plug” and stop the bleeding. This could take 5, 10 or even 15 minutes.  If not, call for an ambulance.

·        Do not wash a wound that is bleeding heavily, as you will actually wash away the “plug”/ clotting agents and make it bleed more.

·       If there is an embedded object in the wound, do not remove it. You may not believe it, but it is actually helping to plug the wound. Therefore removing it, may make the bleeding worse.  Leave this to the medical experts.



·        Call for an ambulance immediately.  Stay with victim and assist as necessary

·       After swallowing a NON-CAUSTIC (non burning) poison give one teaspoon mustard or raw unbeaten egg in a glass of water to induce vomiting. 

·       After swallowing CAUSTIC (burning) poison give milk in as large a volume as the patient can drink.   



·       Cool the burn under cool running water for at least ten minutes as soon as you possibly can. (This will reduce pain, swelling and any potential scarring.)

·       Do not put butter or any oily substance on a burn. Oils retain heat in- being completely opposite to what you want to attain.

·       We often reach for ice- seems like a logical decision. We use it for so many other solutions. Ice, however, is not a good idea either. It can further damage the skin.

·       Do not try to remove anything that is already stuck on the burn wound

·       Take to a hospital If  the burn affects more than one area of the body, or is larger than the size of the person’s hand, and if the burn covers hands, feet, joints or face



·       Do not restrain. 

·       Protect patient from hard or sharp objects that may be nearby. 

·       Turn head to side if vomiting.  Do not try to place anything between teeth.



·       If a broken bone is suspected obtain expert medical help

·       Immobilize the broken bone if possible.



·       Treat with Paracetmol. 

·       Use cool water sponge baths to cool for temperatures over 40°C.

·       Seek medical attention if temperature does not decrease



·       Wash out with water if object in lid or floating in eye.

·       (CHEMICALS) - Flush with water for 10 to 15 minutes while holding eyelid open.

·       Seek medical attention.



·       Place victim lying down on back.

·       Call for an ambulance immediately and proceed to give resuscitation or CPR if trained to do so.



·       A person having an attack will have difficulty breathing and speaking, and may cough and wheeze. With this anxiousness and distress will arise, while they continue to struggle.

·       Help the person sit in a comfortable position and help them take their medication (if they have any) whilst you continually reassure and calm the person.

(A mild attack should ease within a few minutes.)

·       If their medication has no effect, they become exhausted and talking becomes difficult, or they stop breathing - call for an ambulance immediately.

·        Whilst waiting for help to arrive, tilt their head backwards to open the airway, and  pulling the tongue forward.

·       If  no breaths are felt, start chest compressions to give resuscitation or CPR if trained to do so.


Children that are having emergency asthma attacks are usually hard to handle because they usually have a hard time understanding and expressing what is happening to them. Parents or guardians of asthmatic children must be keen and sensitive enough to know or sense when their child is already showing signs and symptoms of an asthma attack.


Do not ever make the grave mistake of making asthma patients lie down during their attack, it will only make it more difficult to breathe.



·       When a  person’s blood sugar levels become too low or too high, and is left untreated, a diabetic emergency can actually result in a coma or death.

·       Common symptoms for both too high (hyperglacemia), or too low (hyperglacemia)  sugar levels can be :-

- intense hunger,

- convulsions,

- profuse sweating,

- drowsiness or confusion,

- weakness or feeling faint or

- sudden loss of consciousness.

·       Keep in mind that the person experiencing this should be able to tell you that they are diabetic (unless it is the first time). 

·       Give them something containing sugar (A drink, a sweet, a glucose tablet). This will raise their sugar levels and improve bodily function.

·       Even if it is actually a high level of blood sugar which may cause you to worry that there is too much sugar in their body, the real problem is not the sugar, but the lack of insulin. Additional sugar at this point will not do significant harm.

·       Call an Emergency Medical helpline if their condition does not improve, if they have trouble breathing,  or they become unconscious.    


MARS  Training School                                                                                                                     

MARS has a Training School that offers a variety of courses. It is also the only training school in Zimbabwe that is accredited by the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa to conduct American Heart Association courses in Basic Life Support for Health Care providers and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.  The training school offers courses in : -

v Industrial Accident and Emergency Care Course

v Cadet Corps Programme (Schools First Aid Training)

v Aviation Specific Accident and Emergency care

v Emergency Medical Despatcher  Course

v Ambulance Technician (AT) Course

v Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course

v Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Professionals

v Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – (American Heart Association)

v Sports Medicine


For further information, please contact the following :-


Ivy Chanakira

Senior Marketing & Account Executive

2 Fairbridge Avenue, Belgravia, Harare , Zimbabwe

Mobile : +263   0773 017171 / 0772 134784    

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What the British Consul can and cannot do to assist British nationals in Zimbabwe

1.      Consular assistance – what we can do:

·        prison visits

·        hospital visits

·        contact family and friends in the UK if things go wrong overseas (with your permission)

·        assist with transfer of funds from friends and family members should you need money overseas

·        assist in a crisis situation

·        issue Emergency Passports and Emergency Travel Documents


2.      Consular assistance – what we cannot do:

·        get you released from prison

·        get you better treatment in prison

·        investigate crimes on your behalf

·        guarantee your safety in a foreign country

·        intervene in private disputes (family, business, property)

·        give legal advice

·        pay personal bills


The attached link explains these points in more detail: Support for British national abroad: a guide.  In essence that is what ‘consular’ work involves. 


To speak to Malaga Contact Centre about a ‘consular’ matter, please dial 8585 5200 then select option 2, then option 5, then option 1.


3.      Since passport production was returned to HM Passport Office in January 2014, Consular Section can no longer:

·        issue passports – replacements or renewals

·        give out passport forms

·        accept or process passport applications

·        answer passport related queries

·        assist with filling in passport forms

·        check passport applications and supporting documents

·        give status updates on the progress of passport applications with HMPO


Please continue to contact the HMPO directly for any passport related queries and complaints on:


HM Passport Office Customer Service Team


Tel: +44 300 222 0000



4.      Home Office applications – what we can no longer do:

·        since 2009 we can no longer give nationality determinations (that is, assess citizenship eligibility) for passport facilities.  If you feel strongly that you have a claim, you need to submit a full passport application with HMPO and they will either issue or refuse your application

·        since July 2012 we can no longer accept or process citizenship applications (that is, registrations for citizenship, renunciations and reclaiming citizenship).  Applications are made directly to Home Office (via courier) and forms and guidance notes are available on their website


5.      Other services – what we can no longer do:

·        we can no longer witness signatures on proof of life certificates for UK pensions

·        certify foreign/ID documents

·        obtain duplicate birth/death/marriage certificates from the local registry office on your behalf

·        verify registration details of birth/death/marriage certificates with the local registry office on your behalf

*(we usually advise customers to speak to local family members or friends to assist with this type of request)


All of the above changes have affected ALL British embassies and high commissions worldwide.


We hope this document will clarify any confusion about what services Consular Section can and cannot offer.