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Monday, September 28, 2015

Death Notices

Celebration of life: It is with sadness we announce the passing of “Chippy” Lester James Graham-Owen on 22 Sept 2015. Chippy’s Celebration of Life will be held at 1 Hyams Close, Ballantine Park on Monday at 1100 on 28 September 2015.


Memorial Service for the late Mike Gleig who passed away Friday 18th September 2015 will be held at 3:00pm on Friday 2nd October at Sherwood Golf Club, No 9 Notley Road, off Sherwood Drive, Mabelreign.  There will be a cash bar and please bring a plate of snacks if you can.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Death Notices

Death Notice: Ryan Feneysey: The untimely Passing of Ryan on 20.09.15, the family would like for close friends and family to attend his memorial at Highlands Presbyterian Church on Thursday the 24th September at 2pm. There will be a balloon release at Tin Roof afterwards. Please may everyone stay safe during and afterward Tin Roof. We would be grateful if everyone could bring a plate of snacks for this.


Death Notice: Roland Sylvester Hugh Corbett. It is with heartbroken  sadness that the Corbett family announce the death of their beloved husband  , father, Father in law and grandfather. Tragically taken from us after a short stay in hospital. “He tried so hard to stay with us, but his fight was not in vain, God took him to his loving home and freed him from the pain.” His going has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled, but we are so blessed to have had him in our lives, guiding us, supporting us, and showering us with his love and wisdom. He was a true gentleman, and an example to all. Go well my darling, my life, our father and light. We will love you for ever. Heather, Kevin, Warren, Ross, Jason, Heath, Lisa, Justine, Avelyn, Taiya, Rhys, Leah, Karly, Kieran, Liam, Aiden and Nathan


Death Notice: BILL REVOLTA passed away on the 20th September, 2015 at home in Pretoria, after a brave battle with Cancer. His loving wife Karen, his children Andrew & Leigh, Julie & Trevor, Michelle and Matthew and his grandchildren Tamzyn, Kendal, Cameron, Kirsty and Luke bid farewell to an amazing man.  

Total Eclipse of the Moon



On Monday 28 September  2015 there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse visible from all over Zimbabwe.


The Moon will enter the Earth’s shadow completely at 4:11 am, maximum eclipse is at 4:47 am, and  totality will end at 5:22 am. At the start of totality the Moon will be low in the west, and it will continue dropping to the horizon: Moon set is at 5:45am. While in the Earth’s shadow the colour of the Moon will change dramatically from it’s usual silvery white to a coppery or dark brown.


It is worth setting your alarm to get up early to watch this spectacle.

You do not need any special eclipse viewers, but you do need a clear view of a low western horizon, so you may need to go out of your house and garden to an area clear of trees or buildings.


The next Total Lunar Eclipse visible from Zimbabwe will occur on 28 July 2018.  And the next Partial Solar Eclipse we can see is on 1 September 2016.


More information about eclipses etc. is at


Dr Francis Podmore





Monday, September 21, 2015

Original Press Statement on Cecil the Lion



Ladies and gentlemen I make this statement with great sadness following the loss of an iconic attraction Cecil, the lion which we had successfully managed to look after both in terms of conservation and protection from a cub to a fully grown lion of 13 years. This is a lion we have been using for the purposes of research to monitor its movement patterns within the range of Hwange National Park and its surrounding areas.


The Government of Zimbabwe through the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14 is mandated to manage and conserve wildlife in the country. This function is exercised through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, whose main mandate is to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage by ensuring that there is sustainable utilization of the natural resources. The Authority is charged with the responsibility to administer and regulate hunting, carry out antipoaching operations, carry out outreach programmes, manage human-wildlife conflicts, undertake research and to monitor programmes.


Trophy hunting in Zimbabwe can be conducted in safari areas, private land and CAMPFIRE areas and is regulated through the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14. Hunting quotas are therefore allocated on a sustainable basis using scientifically proven methodologies on the wildlife populations available. Area specific hunting quotas and permits are issued out to land owners on an annual basis. Each hunting permit specifies the species, numbers and sexes of animals to be hunted in specific hunting areas. Trophy hunting is done and supervised by qualified professional hunters whose licenses are issued by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and can be withdrawn in the event of breaching any hunting laws and regulations.


There are two forms of wildlife utilization, i.e. consumptive and non-consumptive.  Consumptive utilization is done in specific hunting areas for example safari areas such as Chewore, Chete and Matetsi. Non-consumptive utilization is done in strictly non-hunting areas for example national parks such as Hwange National Park, which was home to Cecil and his pride.



Ladies and gentlemen, on the 7th of July 2015 after receiving a tip-off, our law enforcement officers immediately started investigating the matter and discovered that on the 1st of July 2015, this lion was illegally killed by Dr Walter Palmer, a United States of America national and Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter with Bushman Safaris on Antoinette farm in Gwayi River Conservancy. The lion had a fitted GPS satellite collar as part of current research efforts being done in Hwange National Park and its surrounding areas. The lion was well known and regularly sighted by tourists.


Mr Honest Trymore Ndlovu owner of Antoinette farm was issued with a hunting quota for 2015 which excluded lions. Antoinette Farm is located in Gwayi River Conservancy in the Hwange Rural District and is adjacent to Hwange National Park. The professional hunter is alleged to have connived with the Antoinette land owner to kill the lion. The incident came to the attention of the Authority on the 7th of July 2015 through an informer. This was followed by an investigation which clearly demonstrated that the illegal killing was deliberate. Firstly the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015. Secondly, the use of a bow and an arrow was meant to conceal the illegal hunt by using a means that would not alert the rangers on patrol.


Execution of the illegal hunt violated a number of provisions of the Parks and Wildlife Act.

·       The professional hunter violated Section 66 of the Act which regulates the manner in which trophy hunts are conducted.

·       Both the client, Dr Palmer and the professional hunter violated Section 123 of the Act which controls the use of bow and arrow for hunting.

·       The client also violated the Act through financing an illegal hunt.

·       The land owner violated Section 59 of the Act which controls hunting on private land in that he allowed a hunt to be conduct without quota and necessary permit.


From investigations carried out so far it shows that the whole poaching event was properly orchestrated and well financed to make sure that it succeeds. The professional hunter, client and land owner were therefore all engaged in poaching of the lion.


As we frantically try to protect our wildlife from organized gangs such as this one, there are people who command respect in the society such as Dr Walter James Palmer, a well known dentist and Theo Bronkhorst, an experienced licensed professional hunter who can connive to undermine Zimbabwean laws, international laws and CITES regulations. One can conclude with confidence that Dr Palmer being an American citizen had a well orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA. This must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all genuine animal loving conservationists who believe in sustainable utilization of natural resources.


I take this opportunity, therefore to appeal to all conservationists, animal lovers and all institutions interested in the protection of wildlife biodiversity to come forward and assist the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority with resources to undertake its mandate effectively in areas such as game water management, antipoaching, road and fire guard maintenance, and transport. It is important that we all ensure that the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is adequately resourced to conserve and protect our biodiversity from organized international poaching as happened in this case. Failure to adequately resource the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority can easily subject our antipoaching units to temptation from those offering huge financial rewards for illegal activities.

Lastly let me thank our law enforcement agencies who upon receiving information of the illegal hunt acted swiftly and apprehended the locally based poachers who are now facing the wrath of law but unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin. We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable for his illegal actions.


I thank you.


Hunting in Zimbabwe


Following the illegal killing of an iconic lion, Cecil, outside the HwangeNational Park on Antoinette farm in Gwayi River Conservancy on the 1st of July 2015, it has become necessary that the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority further tightens hunting regulations in all areas outside the Parks Estate.
The Authority working with other law enforcement agencies has launched a crackdown to weed out any undesirable elements. To date our law enforcement agencies are following up on all found or reported cases and they have since arrested another culprit, Headman Sibanda, on allegations of breaching hunting regulations. He is currently assisting Police with investigations.
Further to that crackdown the following measures are going to be implemented immediately;
1. Hunting of lions, leopards and elephant in areas outside of HwangeNational Parks has been suspended with immediate effect. All such hunts will only be conducted if confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and only if accompanied by parks staff whose costs will be met by the landowner.

2. Bow hunting has been suspended with immediate effect and no such hunting will be conducted unless it has been confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

3. Members of the hunting fraternity are being reminded that it is illegal for quotas to be transferred from one hunting area to another. Any case of quota transfer is regarded as poaching. The Authority will not hesitate to arrest, prosecute, and ban for life any persons including professional hunters, clients and land ownerswho are caught on the wrong side of the law.

All players in the hunting industry are being reminded to familiarize themselves with the relevant statutes governing the wildlife industry. Further, the Authority would like to appeal to all members of the public that they should report any suspected illegal wildlife activities to the nearest offices of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe Republic Police and other Government law enforcement agencies.

E. Chidziya


Kariba Lake Levels

Looking at the graph for Kariba water levels below it would appear that something happened in December 2014 or January 2015 increasing the draw down by about 0.75m per month (opening of the new Zambian station?).  This means that the extra draw down since January will be in the region of 7.5m beginning November and 8.25m beginning of December.  If you put that on the graph the lake will  be at minimum operating level sometime in November 2015.  So the generators will have to be switched off until January/February when we can expect inflows again.  With inflows over previous draw downs averaging 0.5m per month from beginning January to end June it seems that whatever increased the draw down is unsustainable. 


If whatever caused this extra draw down is stopped immediately we might just make it to the next inflows in January with about a metre to spare.




Civil Service Pensioners

The key points are :-

1.       All Government Pensioners living in greater  Harare must, in person, complete a Life Certificate by 31st October. In Harare this is done at the Beit Hall within the Harare Polytechnic grounds. Entrance to the Polytechnic  is off Herbert Chitepo opposite Alan Wilson School.

2.       Each Pensioner should take their original  Zimbabwe I.D. or Zimbabwe Passport together with an uncertified copy thereof. Also required is a copy of a Bank Statement for the account into which the monthly pension is paid. They will be required to complete a simple form which will be given to them on the production of a copy of ones ID.

3.       The Director of Pensions is aware that due to immobility or illness a number of pensioners are unable present themselves at the Polytechnic and has indicated that his officials will, sometime in October to be advised, visit Old Age/ Retirement Homes to assist those persons and other residents.

4.       This exercise is being carried out all over Zimbabwe.