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Friday, August 29, 2014

NOTICE OF WARD 8 meeting


CONVENOR                        COUNCILLOR CHRIS MBANGA (0772516703)                                        Email address:






1.     Prayer

2.     Notice of Meeting

3.     Attendance Register

4.     Matters and Updates arising from the Previous Minutes

5.     Water Update

6.     Waste Management Issues

7.     Roads Maintenance Issues

8.     2015 Budget Consultation Notice

9.     Any other  business


Chris Mbanga


Mocambique Convoy


With the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Government of Mozambique and the rebel movement Renamo there is a steady withdrawl of troops from Sofala Province and yesterday the convoy ceased operation

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dave and Mary Ann Passaportis -appeal

At around midnight on the 19th August, Dave and Mary Ann Passaportis were viciously attacked in their home in Darwendale - a game farm called Chirawanoo…….

Contact  or Pookie Millar for more details

25 August 2014 at 18:15

Dear Family and Friends

Thank you for all the love and concern shown towards our family, especially David and Mary Anne, this past week. We are humbled by the support we have received. Due to the many enquiries from folk who would like to support them financially, we have set up for them a Trust account, the details of which you will find below.

We have called the Trust the DAVID PASSAPORTIS TRUST Deed.

This Trust will help to cover their medical bills and daily living expenses due to loss of income for the foreseeable future. The Trust will be administered by Honey and Blanckenberg Attorneys, a reputable law firm which was established in 1893, and is the oldest legal firm in Zimbabwe.

Donation Details:


FCA Transitory Account

Standard Chartered Bank

Robert Mugabe Road Branch

Harare, Zimbabwe.

Swift Code: SCBL ZW HX

Sort Code: 5132

Account No.: 87002 014493 80.

Deposits into the account should bear the reference “DAVPASS”.

Any queries should be directed to


(Legal Practioner for Honey and Blanckenberg),

Direct Line: +2634 790 360



The Passaportis and West Families




August see the beginning of Spring into Summer and we all begin to open up the windows and doors and let the lovely weather come pouring into our homes … as great as this all is, please keep the security of you property and family firmly in mind. Do NOT leave the property vulnerable and open wide to thieves.  Keep all grills firmly locked and in place on all outside doors etc and all windows barred. Our glorious weather can still come thru ….. In parts of the building not occupied it is advisable to keep windows closed and locked.  Be safe, be vigilant & alert and enjoy the coming good weather.  Keep gates locked even in daylight hours, as we all need the best security be it at home or in work place.

Two conmen that were working it seems throughout all major cities in Zimbabwe have been arrested and are in custody in Harare.  If these men ‘visited ‘you and you were a ‘victim’ and have not made a report, please contact the following:

Harare Residents Please contact Detective Inspector Nemesis 0772370557 / 0772758877 / 0734200941

Bulawayo Residents Please contact Detective Inspector SIWELA – 71568 / 77523 / 881466

Victoria Falls residents please Contact Detective Inspector Denude - 0712915341

Smash and Grabs are still happening, and its seems to be due to carelessness on the victims part of leaving valuable items in locked cars in public parking areas, this is often just an oversight which is very costly, stressful and may have been avoided Please leave all valuables, shopping etc …. in fact anything that would be visible in the boot.   Zimbabwe has a high unemployment rate and this is a big temptation.  When parking in any public area it is best to not have anything in view inside the vehicle, even with guarded parking, this is for your own safeguard.

Let’s start our summer season on a safe note ………….

Let’s ALL fight this crime together  - stay ALERT and SAFE !


Phone : 0772221921 or your nearest Police Station

Harare Water Supply

Municipal Reporter, The Herald



Harare City Council says residents should expect improvement in water supply at the end of the year when it adds 100 mega litres to the current 250 mega litres per day being produced. However, this would still be a far cry from the 1 200 mega litres required daily.


Speaking during a stakeholders workshop at Morton Jaffray in Harare yesterday, Harare Water director Eng Christopher Zvobgo, said when the infrastructure rehabilitation under the $144 million loan from China is complete, the city's water supplies would double.


"We are currently producing 250 mega litres against a design capacity of

704 mega litres. We are expecting to add 100 mega litres by December as we continue the rehabilitation exercise. Our target is to provide water seven days a week non stop to residents by 2020.


However, we will need additional water sources. We also expect to increase revenue by $7 million," he said.


Eng Zvobgo said even at full capacity, Morton Jaffray could not provide sufficient water as the demand was more than 1000 mega litres, adding that the capital's long-term water needs would be met through the construction of new water sources, with the Kunzvi, Musami and Muda dams being planned projects.


He said two new dams would have a design capacity of 750 mega litres a day and this would increase the current water treatment capacity to 1 450 mega litres a day.


"We also intend to construct two hydroelectric plants producing a total of 60 megawatts of energy and two new water plants to support the delivery of water to Harare, Chitungwiza and neighbouring municipalities," he said.


The city also intended to develop a new infrastructure management system to enhance the overall management of water services system and an effective revenue management system inclusive of smart meters to ensure the effective collection of revenues and the management of the water grid.


Eng Zvobgo said the total costs of implementing the Water Services Delivery Master Plan was estimated at $2,95 billion. The workshop was attended by residents associations, commuter omnibus associations, Consumer Council of Zimbabwe and other organisations.



Maputo (AFP) -

Mozambique's government and former rebel movement Renamo have signed a ceasefire ending two years of armed conflict, Renamo said on Sunday.

Chief negotiators from the government and Renamo signed the declaration late Sunday night in the capital Maputo ending a nearly year-long negotiation process. "A ceasefire has been signed," Renamo's chief negotiator at the peace talks with the government, Saimon Macuiane, told AFP adding that the "definitive agreement" was effective as of 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) Sunday.

Renamo forces have waged a low-level insurgency since party leader Afonso Dhlakama returned to the bush in 2012, two decades after he signed a peace accord with the ruling Frelimo party.

Men thought to be members of the former rebel movement have been attacking busses, trucks and cars on the main north-south highway since April last year. Government forces overran the Renamo base camp in the central Gorongosa district a few months later in August. The late night declaration came after the two sides reached a general peace agreement a week ago including consensus over the integration of Renamo's remaining armed forces into state security forces.

Renamo's leader, Dhlakama, who has been hiding in the remote Gorongosa mountains in central Sofala province for close to a year, did not travel to the capital to sign the ceasefire himself, despite previously promising he would do so once his party reached a final agreement with the government. "He mandated me to declare it," Macuiane said but suggested Dhlakama would meet Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza at a later date. "It is obvious that there will be a high level, symbolic meeting later on," he told AFP.

Under terms agreed with the government, Dhlakama expects to keep his personal "security guards" (numbering several hundred) until they can be integrated into state forces, a process that will be overseen by an international force. Similarly, Renamo only expects to hand over its remaining weapons after the integration process has begun. "We have begun a new era for the country," Macuiane said calling the ceasefire an "important step towards national reconciliation … and a durable peace".

Parliament is expected to begin working to create conditions as set out in the peace agreement in the coming week. Despite the ceasefire, Renamo and the government will continue negotiations as not all points have been settled including "economic questions" and the status of Renamo  appointees into security structures, Macuiane said.

The date set for presidential and national polls, October 15, remains unchanged, Macuiane indicated. "The election calendar continues as normal," he told AFP.

Doris Lessing Library

via Doris Lessing bequeathes her library to Zimbabwe | Book Aid International 22 August 2014


Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning author, has donated her entire personal collection of over 3,000 books to the Harare City Library in Zimbabwe and her executors have asked Book Aid International to help.During her life, Lessing was a strong supporter of Book Aid International, so we are particularly glad to be able to help carry out her wishes.


Doris Lessing lived in Zimbabwe (which was then Southern Rhodesia) for 25 years, from 1924 to 1949. She returned in 1956, but was declared a prohibited migrant after speaking out about the Rhodesian regime. She was allowed back to into the country in 1982; and after 1988 she visited Zimbabwe and nurtured two initiatives by the Africa Book Development Organisation and the Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust to provide opportunities for reading and learning through libraries.


Our team, led by Gardner Thompson and volunteers from Lessing's publisher HarperCollins, spent a day this week carefully sorting and packing up Lessing's library in her former home in London. Vanessa Bloor from HarperCollins was fascinated by the variety and breadth of Lessing's library - "A collection to aspire to!" Felicity Highet was inspired to help Book Aid International as she was reading one of Lessing's books, The Golden Notebook, when the call went out for volunteers. Lettice Franklin works for Doris Lessing's editor, and helped to make arrangements for Lessing's memorial service, so she wanted to be there to help make these last arrangements for the author.


We found books not just in every room of Lessing's home, but on shelves in every space where shelves could be fitted, in hallways, under stairs - there were books everywhere. Lessing's collection consists of a wonderful variety of reference books, non-fiction and fiction, poetry, biographies and history books. These books will be deeply appreciated by the people of Zimbabwe, for whom books are a precious but rare resource.


Every year, Book Aid International sends over 50,000 books to Zimbabwe.

Libraries in Zimbabwe often have no budget for new books so in many libraries Book Aid International books comprise up to 80 per cent of their collection.


The arrival of the Doris Lessing's collection will be celebrated at a literacy festival in November 2014, with Lessing's family, friends and Zimbabwean writers.