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The Standard

Style FEBRUARY 22 TO 28 2015



Star Profile

Nolwandle Sachikonye

Ndaba Sibanda


The Standard


February 22 to 28 2015

Contents P8




Woman & Man 3 Woman Profile

Nolwandle Sachikonye

5 Motivation

Cynthia Hakutangwi

6 Man Profile

Ndaba Sibanda

Home & Garden



9 Home of the Week

Enter our competition

10 Trends

Fabulous Spaces - Bathrooms

Food & Drink 14 Eating Out

Dusty Miller

15 Wine


Family 19 Family of the Week

Mutero family

24 Family Getaway

Musical delights




26 Breaking New Ground 28 Bookworm

Langa Sibanda Letters as Literature

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February 22 to 28 2015

Star Profile

Prudence Muganiwah

“Do not worry about the things you cannot control, worry about those that you can…”


ays the 28 year old Rhodes University graduate who was born in Harare and educated in boarding school. “I attended Martindale Primary school in Selous, then St David’s Girls High School Bonda for my Ordinary Level and Midlands Christian College for Advanced Level education. Thereafter I attained a B.Com degree and B Com Hons in Economics at university,”she goes on, mentioning that she comes from a family of many and is friend to many as well. Her amazing designs which have intricate detail clearly made straight from her heart, are nothing short of breathtaking. With her passion being in creating something beautiful out of something that looks ordinary, Nolwandle Sachikonye, affectionately known as Sachie says she enjoys the whole process of drawing inspiration from her surroundings. “I enjoy the patternmaking, because it is the technical part which is the foundation of each design and how well it will look when made, I enjoy the end product and how it speaks to me when I see it hanging on the dress form because it tells me whether I have managed to translate my inspiration and creativity into something tangible other than it being a figment of my imagination. But most of all I enjoy how people love what I make for them. Nothing beats having a customer appreciate and love my work and how it makes them feel beautiful and confident. So in essence I enjoy everything about what I do!” she adds with a chuckle. “More and more I discover I am more of a vintage girl so I find myself being inspired by all things old and I find I add a detail here a detail there to modernize the vintage look. And then I have my very own muse…” But where did all this passion and creativity come from? Sachie explains that way back during her high school years, she had Fashion and Fabrics as one of her subjects and in one particular lesson her teacher Mrs Mukaratirwa and herself spoke about fashion design and how it could be a career for her. “I thoroughly enjoyed Fashion and fabrics and was really good at it too. We talked about Italy and how it was the country to go to and I guess I was sold on the idea from then on.” One would wonder then, why economics and accounting when she really wanted to be a designer? Sachie, the brains behind the brand Avelyn, speaks of how she ended up living deferred life out of fear. “The story is rather long and uninteresting but all I can say is, I was afraid to venture into something that I wanted because I knew my father would not hear of it! He like most Zimbabwean parents is a believer in the old professions like being a lawyer, an accountant, a doctor etc. I guess it gives them comfort that at least somewhere somehow their child will be employed and they can have a comfortable life.” Not surprisingly she speaks of her biggest challenge being getting over her fear and stepping out of her comfort zone. A bold step she

took indeed as she literally jumped into the deep end with just her passion and acquired knowledge merely from her high school fashion and fabrics lessons! “So there is still a lot that I don’t know about the fashion industry but each day I learn something new and embrace new ideas. They always say hard work reaps benefits!” The determination to beat odds and come out tops is evident as the talented designer grabs each day as it comes. Upholding personal happiness above everything else, Sachie says she believes being content with who you are is key to finding happiness. “There was a time that I stepped

on eggshells around people because I did not want to upset them or have them talk about me, but I quickly realized that this life that I am living is about me and what makes me happy. So what people think about me is none of my business.” Sachie, who says her music, fruit and laughter keeps her young, speaks lovingly of her family, and the constant support they give her. “Though we are not perfect and we get on each other’s nerves, we stick together. I know for certain that they have my back regardless of the decisions I make.” Starting her own company, Avelyn, she says, has been the biggest achievement for her thus far. “I have grown mentally, emotionally, psychologically and I love it!” Sachie says she is a very time conscious person thus gets quite annoyed when people fail to keep appointments or communicate, at least. A member of the Rotaract Club of Borrowdale Brooke, Sachie hopes that this year their club will be more visible in their efforts to help better their community. Inspired by differing role models with each aspect of her life, Sachie however, has three constants who push her to keep going; her late grandmothers and her father. My maternal grandmother was the brains behind my love for all things sewn, so it only made sense for me to name my brand in her honor. She was tough as nails, a go getter and always said things as they were. ! When I grow up I want to be like her!!” The zeal, the determination, the never-say-die spirit and above all, the love for all things vintage is not too shocking then, as Sachie’s grandma, rest her soul, is the brains behind all this creativity! Speaking of her father, she says, “He is my pillar of strength. I have never known a man mentally and emotionally strong as my father. He has been the greatest source of strength and support for me and my siblings and I always hope that when I have kids of my own I will be able to spur them on to greater heights like these three people did and still do for me.” Some little known interesting facts about the artist who is into opera singing, include that she is actually very shy. “I tend to be reserved when I meet people for the first time. My sister always says “ungati uri chimumumu” (it’s as if you can’t speak!) .. but when I meet the same person for a second and third time…its on! I am into long distance running.. I have run more than enough half marathons and I am working towards my first marathon.” As a parting shot, Sachie’s advice is taken from her own experience. “Shy away from living a deferred life. Follow your dreams and live a life that makes you happy. Someone told me that the hardest part is starting and they were too right, but once you get started something always spurs you on to keep moving forward even when you feel like you have reached your wits end. My motto is “Do not worry about the things you cannot control, worry about those that you can control but only for at most 20 minutes and spend the rest of the day controlling things!”

Photos: Maposhere TJ Photography

Nolwandle Sachikonye


February 22 to 28 2015


The Wedding Cake – Part 1

Rufaro Mushonga


f you are going for the WOW factor on your wedding day, most people will tell you that to achieve the WOW, your wedding gown, your wedding cake and your décor must be exquisite. I am a great fan of the traditional fruit cake for weddings. It’s rich, it’s solid, and it keeps for a long time. However, the original concept of the wedding cake has now evolved, and couples are leaning more towards different flavours. It’s fun to go onto the internet and “Google” wedding cakes, pick one that looks pretty and order it. But who you order it from, is one of those crucial decisions that you need to make. Experience has taught me that cakes can melt. Brandy can start oozing out of a fruit cake if it’s not prepared well. Icing on a cake can crack. Cakes can crumble. Cakes can cave in or start leaning over. Cakes can completely collapse. People can accidentally drop the cake when changing its position. And should any of these things happen to your wedding cake on your special day, well – you can’t just send someone to buy you another one. So you have to get it right. Choose a reputable cake provider Get a cake provider with traceable references. Make sure they are professional, and make sure you see real samples of their work. They must come highly recommended by other professionals in the wedding industry. Do not compromise on this. Do not be persuaded by your family to use Aunty Mabel who has just started doing wedding cakes. Get a professional. Order the appropriate number of tiers How many cakes do you actually need for a typical Zimbabwean Wedding? You need a cake to cut during the cake cutting ceremony. You need another 2 cakes for your 2 families. In cases where parents are separated, you may need more than 2 cakes. In some instances you may be required by your family to give a cake to your Marriage

Officer or Pastor Your guests must get a piece of your cake as well. Choose the flavour of your cake wisely Remember that the reason why you give your parents wedding cake, is so that they

can take it home, and give it to any friends and family who missed the wedding. A cake that doesn’t last more than 2 days, is not appropriate for your families. A fruit cake that matures over time is what you need to give to your parents. I know many of you are saying “but I hate fruit cake” – but the beauty of a


FALL/WINTER 2015! Paidemoyo Chideya


HILE… just because we are on the other side of the equator, it doesn’t mean that we cannot take a chunk out of the Big Apple, right? Yes, fashion lovers, it is NYFW!! It’s the time when the big ballers of fashion pull out all stops and determine what the rest of humanity will wear for the seasonal cycle – Fall 2015!! Although our seasons are complete opposites, it doesn’t mean that we cant indulge and partake in the luxury that is high end, runway, over the top, definitively and arguably the best fashion week in the world. Let us Zimbabweans take stock and take note of what’s happening elsewhere in the world of fashion and take the necessary steps towards gaining a true sense of style confidence, style connoisseur, style savvy, style privy, even fashion sense. Not a bad thing to watch and

learn…especially from the Gurus! So, we start with Oscar de la Renta, Tori Burch, Zac Posen and Diane von Furstenburg. Current trends focus sequins, shimmers, shine: Magentas, navies, creams, black and silvers are dominating the runway. But truly, fashion lover, there are so many more designers to dissect, so watch this space! xo Join us for a #DeMOYO #stylesession on February 27,2015 contact us for more details! By Paidemoyo Chideya Mazhandu Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you will still land amongst the stars! #stylesessions #fashionscopes #demoyo

wedding cake is that it has many tiers, and you can have different flavours. A fruit cake needs to be prepared from 3 months before the wedding. Other cakes, such as madeira, red velvet, or chocolate, have to be prepared very close to the wedding day, otherwise they will not be fresh on the day – and you cannot keep these cakes for too long. Guests look forward to fruit cake at a wedding. If you are choosing a wedding cake that has several tiers and a very elaborate design, order a fruit cake, so that your cake provider has time to perfect the design. Rufaro Mushonga - Wedding Planner Cakes by Cake Décor (Julia Ruwanda) Photography by Red Photo and Alana Meyer


February 22 to 28 2015

Understanding the Rules of Engagement (Part 4) Cynthia Hakutangwi


amed writer Elbert Hubbard is known to have said “To escape criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Nobody likes being criticised but, unfortunately it is a fact of life. Criticism can be crippling and the fear of being criticized can be catastrophic. It can prevent you from taking those huge leaps that lead to greatness and hinder you from reaching your full potential. To be able to respond to criticism with nobility and detachment is an important life skill, which few people have. In the previous installments of this series we established how the beginning of the new year is often characterised with great enthusiasm in goal setting and life planning yet many individuals are quick to set these aside when they hit tumultuous times and the year is not progressing as planned or hoped. Unfortunately there is no way to avoid criticism, especially when you put yourself out there and do something bold and daring, but there are ways to learn how to handle criticism with grace. No one is perfect, we all have flaws and we can either embrace them as small foibles that make us who we are, or work on improving them. Criticism falls into two categories - constructive and destructive. Sometimes when people give us helpful tips about how we can improve, commonly referred to as ‘constructive criticism,’ we immediately go into defensive mode and interpret it as destructive criticism. When someone is sincerely trying to give you tips and insights as to how you can better some area of your life, this should not be interpreted as mean or malicious. Rather than immediately dismissing what this person has to say, give it some thought and really consider whether it has merit.

How do you take criticism? The more emotional we are, the more limited our thinking becomes, and the more questionable our reactions are. Handling criticism has much in common with handling failure, and indeed, criticism and failure frequently present themselves together. The natural immediate response to criticism is to feel discouraged and unhappy. However, as with failure, criticism has a very positive side. In the first place, if you are being criticised it may well be an indication that you have taken a risk and chosen to tackle something which is a challenge to you. Receiving such criticism may be infinitely preferable to being praised for something which is simple and predictable. Secondly, as with failure, criticism may be regarded as valuable feedback and a necessary part of the learning process. In some situations criticism may be unjustified. If you feel that this is the case, you should try to respond courteously, but assertively. This may be difficult, especially if the other person is your senior. Where criticism is justified and presented to you in a constructive manner, you should express gratitude to your critic and seek to take appropriate corrective action. This may in some circumstances require you to make an apology. It can be difficult to deal with destructive, hostile criticism, and this can be especially hurtful to somebody who has low self-esteem. The main aim is to remain assertive and not mirror the critic’s behaviour by responding aggressively. Since destructive criticism often arises from jealousy and spitefulness, the best policy may be to ignore it. Even constructive criticism can feel really uncomfortable. However, gentle feedback which includes drawing out all of your

The grace to handle Criticism

strengths allows you to learn something about yourself. Being defensive is not a helpful response because you will miss the point if you immediately react defensively. It is important to try not to automatically take it personally, react aggressively, immediately try and prove the other person wrong or to concentrate on finding fault in the other person. It is important to aim at developing a positive attitude to any criticism which comes your way. See it as a way of gaining self-understanding and as a contributor to your personal development. Unjust and destructive criticism can make serious demands on your inter-personal skills, and it can therefore be worthwhile developing

these skills by attending assertiveness and other similar workshops.

Dealing with the biggest Critic in Yourself Self criticism and negative self talk can be extremely damaging for your self esteem. You should seek to nurture your self-esteem so that you are less susceptible to the negative effects of criticism. By criticizing ourselves all the time, we open the door for others to join the party. If you have a strong sense of confidence, one that really comes from within, you will find it less challenging to engage with criticism. When you find yourself falling into

the trip of self criticism it is important to take time to write down your achievements/accomplishments and also devote time for making loud affirmations to yourself regularly. Cynthia is a Communications and Personal Development Consultant, a Life Coach, Author, and Strategist. She is the Managing Consultant of Wholeness Incorporated. Her published book titles include “The Whole You – Vital Keys for Balanced Living” and “Intelligent Conversations: A mindset shift towards a developed Africa.” E-mail: Facebook: Wholeness Incorporated. Website: www.wholenessincorporated. com

Ishmael Dawctar

“I am the greatest, I said that Speak even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali positively I to yourself and to others always like to tell my friends that you have to believe in yourself if you want the world to believe in you. The image you portray to yourself determines how the world will portray you. It is of uttermost importance that you start speaking the positive, present and personal tense about yourself. Use words like: I am a winner, I can make it through, I am the best. When you start telling yourself positive things you begin building a positive mindset which leads to positive personality. Your confidence around people will improve and your attitude towards life changes. Telling yourself positive things is important for if you don’t do that negative thoughts will automatically begin developing in your mind. More than 95% of your emotions come from what you tell yourself, the moment you say to yourself I am happy you will be happy, when you tell yourself I refuse to be defined by temporary failure you shall surely find the strength to get back up and fight again. Take note of what you say to yourself be-

cause that is what makes you not what other people say to you. When people say negative things about you let it enter with one ear and let it out with another. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet” – Mahtma Gandhi. It is also important to always speak positive things to other people because when you say anything to anyone the 2 fingers are pointing at them whilst the other three are pointing back at you. Whatever you say to others you are saying it to yourself. In other words bless others to be a blessing because when your curse others you shall be a curse to them also. Don’t be responsible for someone’s downfall. Whenever you get the chance to speak about someone restrict yourself to only positive words, don’t be a vessel of negative messages about others. Never allow your focus to be on the negative for it leads to hatred but if you speak positive about someone you naturally develop love for them.


February 22 to 28 2015

Ndaba Sibanda

Star Profile:

Prudence Muganiwah


“Passion is that power that breaks down boundaries, and takes you to unknown places..”

daba Sibanda is a passionate Zimbabwean-born writer. He grew up playing the plastic wrapped ball in the dusty streets of Bulawayo`s Gwabalanda suburb. He attended Mafakela and Fusi Primary schools before proceeding to Luveve High. It was at Luveve High school where his classmates nicknamed him Shakespeare that he decided to trade the plastic ball for the writing pen in a small way. Now an international English as Second Language (ESL) instructor and a Teaching Materials Designer based in Luanda, Angola, Ndaba is a former NAMA nominee, who has since contributed to fourteen published books including such international anthologies as Poems For Haiti, A South African anthology, Snippets, Voices Of Peace, Black Communion, Ripples of Love, Lost Coast Review, Summer 2014: Vol. 5, No. 3, On the Rusk Issue Three (Volume 3), Emanations: Foray into Forever, World Healing ~ World Peace Volume I: a poetry anthology (World Healing ~ World Peace 2014) (Volume 1), Metaphor: Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Volume 1), East Coast Literary Review: SpringLoves(2015). It was just last year wherein he contributed to a short story to another forthcoming international publication titled: Crossing Lines Anthology. “After publishing my first book, Love O’clock in 2005, though the print run was limited, it generated a lot of interest as some people named their property like bicycles after it. A number of writers approached me, seeking to find out how they could also get published.” That gave him the impetus and opportunity to form a writers` group which they named Writers Get Together(WGT). Ndaba expresses his gratitude that the association has since grown and assumed an international status as far as its membership is concerned. In 2006, WGT came up with a poetry collection titled It`s Time. “That was not a walk in the park because at that time there was an economic turbulence sweeping

across the country. The passion we had saw us convince some companies and appreciative individuals to fund the launch of It`s Time.” Ndaba expresses his appreciation to companies and individuals who helped them achieve their goals. “They probably believed in us. We had a goal. We struggled on the roads because at times it was too hot or there was a sudden downpour. Last December, l reflected on the pre-publication and launch trials and tribulations we went through, and concluded that all those were history-making journeys. We didn’t know then. But we had the passion. That was our winning weapon. Passion is that power that breaks down boundaries, and takes you to unknown places, and even to dizzy heights. For me, writing is my life, and my second wife. For it`s right to write.” The passionate writer says he enjoys investing himself in the sublime experience of writing, as to him it is a liberating experience. “I am always curious to see how words really dance and sing, what kind of aroma or smell they sometimes bring out. I believe that the beauty of life is in touching other people`s lives in a positive and practical way. Writing enables me to reach out and connect with a diversity of people.” Ndaba explains how tough it has been to get recognition from possible publishers, especially for his genre. “It was a huge challenge to get accepted for traditional publication by book publishers, especially when we are talking of a genre such as poetry. Last year I managed to sign a contract for four scripts, which was a great achievement for me. One of the scripts, Time To Walk the Talk had reached the quarter final stage of the 2015 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize.” Before that I had only selfpublished.” With his mantra as creativity, originality, positivity and perseverance, the husband and father to two daughters believes humanity is sacred. “Prejudice is no justice but a rat race,” he says. The chairperson of Writers Get Together, Ndaba says he gets invitations

to contribute to several books, journals and magazines, and gets to travel and work in different countries all across the world. Asked about his pet peeves, the easygoing Ndaba says, “I hate mosquitos that stubbornly hover and whizz about when I am hankering after a peaceful sleep after a long day`s work!” Drawing inspiration to write from what he feels, touches, hears, sees and reflects on, he explains that history and life experiences are also huge motivators in his line of work. “A little walk, a joke, a bath, a chat, a newspaper story—all these can trigger ideas. Ideas that coalesce and snowball into something as big as a book or as small a poem.” Ndaba tells a little story about his childhood when he was part of the Fusi Primary school choir, “We travelled to Tshabalala suburb to compete at an interschool singing event. The auditorium was bustling with administrators, teachers and students. After watching other schools dish out their harmonies, our choirmaster summoned us to go out and told us were had made a terrible mistake because the song that we had rehearsed was a wrong one! He said in spite of that misnomer, we would not leave that place without putting up a fight. After rehearsing the first few lines of the new song, it was time up. We walked in and sang with exaggerated confidence and the audiences were happily nodding their heads in appreciation when our song came to a curious halt! While everyone else was trying to figure out what was happening our respected choirmaster declared, “Thank you, everyone. The other part was eaten up by a cat!” It is clear Ndaba carried a lesson or two from this episode; you chin up and you fight! Advising younger generations pursuing writing, he has this to say, “Keep on horning your writing pens with patience, in spite of, possibly having received a mountain of rejection slips. Writing can be a distressingly long apprenticeship. Some bestseller writers would tell you that they at one point or the other could have wallpapered their bathrooms with rejection slips. Don`t despair. Don`t undermine the important role that journals, magazines and newspapers can play in shaping one`s writing career. Don’t accept and celebrate mediocrity. Keep on upping your game. Above all, enjoy the experience, the magnificence of the written word!”


February 22 to 28 2015

Vibrant Young Manager of the year

Prosper Mutswiri

makes history again

Big Brother Willard Nyagwande mentoring the Powertel Commercial team. Mr Willard Nyagwande is the Commercial Director for Powertel where Mr Prosper Mutswiri works as Marketing Manager. Young Prosper Mutswiri –The Powertel Senior Marketing Manager By Technomag


he recently held prestigious Zimbabwe Business Awards hosted by Zimbabwe Business Awards Council saw Mr Prosper Mutswiri scooping the young manager of the year 2014 award. The award which is given to wave making managers below 35 years represents national honor, a celebration of success and achievement to Zimbabweans who have excelled in various disciplines. Receiving the award winning Mutswiri expressed his appreciation to the all the companies he has worked for and the leadership he served under. “I would like to express my profound gratitude to the leadership of all companies I have worked for. I value much the mentorship I receive from my current leadership and my national leadership” said the speechless Mutswiri. The awards were held on the 16th February 2014 at the premier hotel Crown Plaza. The prestigious business event was graced by various business moguls and respected government officials and Ministers. Mr Mutswiri who in 2012-13 scooped the Runner up Young Manager of the year by the Zimbabwe Institute of Management (ZIM) is one of Zimbabwe’s outstanding Marketers who have contributed to the nation. His career started with Netone as a trainee marketing. He joined Gary Thompson & Associates where he had to under study Mr Gary Thompson, one of Zimbabwe’s leading astute Marketers. During his tenure with the leading agency, Prosper Mutswiri contributed immensely to popular advertising campaigns of this nation amongst them CBZ rebranding, CBZ A Academy, Money of the Box amongst many. He then joined the grooming of Mr

Mr Prosper Mutswiri poses for photo with work colleague Mrs Rose Moyo (Powertel Customer Services Manager) Zachary Wazara, the former Econet Wireless Chief Executive under Spiritage where he rose through the ranks to become the Senior Brand Manager before joining Africom. The coming in of Prosper Mutswiri at Africom saw the telecoms company making waves through its consumer telecoms offerings. The humble Midlands State University Marketing graduate prefers to be called a Marketer by calling and he is a holder of Masters in Commerce in Marketing Strategy amongst other technical courses. Mutswiri, who is currently the Marketing Manager with a ZESA Holdings owned telecoms division Powertel, was involved in the

Prosper Mutswiri and Powertel Marketing team celebrating two awards

rebranding of the telecoms company. Powertel communications recently refreshed its product scope and rebranded to its vibrant blue and red colors. The company introduced the new billing system and recently launched its voice offering. Apart from Powertel, other telecommunications companies which also scooped awards at the event were ZOL Managing Director, Africom Managing Director Rudo Mudavanhu and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. The excited young Prosper Mutswiri dedicates the award to God Almighty who has been with him throughout the journey of life and promised not to disappoint Zimbabwe as a

nation. He also expressed appreciation to his family members and his lovely two daughters Mufarowashe & Mutsawashe Mutswiri.” Life has its own ups and downs but look, God remains God and I would like to thank my family and my lovely two daughters” said Mutswiri. Dr Shingi Munyeza walked away with the Tourism Businessman of the year while Dr Philip Chiyangwa scooped the lifetime Business Award of the year. Zimpapers scooped the Newspaper of the year while Professor Rungano Zvobgo received cheers for being the University of the Year.


February 22 to 28 2015

Awesomeness on a budget -

KIA Picanto

Fact Jeke


011 marked the debut of the second generating Kia Picanto. Four years on the same second generation has received cosmetic changes, which will have you yearning to drive this vehicle. Completely redesigned, the new model – proudly featuring Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille – moved the Picanto from ‘cute’ and ‘friendly’ to ‘mature’ and ‘handsome’, combining sporty styling, a high quality interior, stronger and efficient engines and exceptional levels of standard equipment to create a car that is, quite simply, awesome. The Picanto was born from a simple idea: an affordable car should make no compromises on styling, features or technology. Currently with the tightening of events and everything in our economy one needs to have peace of mind and not add additional costs. Fuel and heavy maintenance costs are a big no no and this vehicle will is the perfect run around. Sales people, junior managers and first time buyers will thoroughly enjoy it. The all-awesome Picanto now looks even sportier and sexier, confidently showing off the design and features that has garnered it multiple awards in the past four years. And with the latest Picanto, Kia Motors has proven that ‘affordable’ can also be ‘awesome’. In South Africa, the Picanto took top honours in the People’s Wheels Awards for three years in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013), has won numerous ‘Best Buy’ awards from multiple major publications, and was elected a finalist in the 2012 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition, widely considered the most prestigious competition on the South African motoring calendar. So you are buying a vehicle with a winning status. While the two-model Picanto line-up remains unchanged, enhancements to the exterior endows it with a sportier, sexier face thanks to a revised ‘tiger nose’ grille and a restyled front bumper. The new grille is slightly larger, and features a silver painted bezel surrounded by beveled edges for a more expressive, three-dimensional visage. The ‘tiger nose’ on the range topping EX model also features red

bordering to separate the bezel from the black mesh grille, emphasizing its sporty appearance. The new bumper incorporates a smaller kidney grille separated from the lower air intake, which is now narrower and positioned lower. The fog lamps are larger, as are the integrated fog lamp housings. The Picanto’s strongly sculpted, dynamic side profile and uncluttered rear styling remains unchanged. The 1.0 LX ships with 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers, while the 1.2 EX features sporty 14-inch alloys. Two of KIA Motor Corporation’s efficient Kappa engines do duty in the all-awesome Picanto, starting with three-cylinder, 998 cc unit producing 51 kW and 94 Nm of torque in the 1.0 LX. A four-cylinder, 1248 cc engine is utilized in the range-topping 1.2 EX, producing 65 kW and 120 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. This combination of technologies has resulted in significantly reduced exhaust emissions, while allowing the Picanto range fuel excellent economy. The Picanto’s high quality interior has reflected the range’s newfound maturity since its debut in 2011, and this remains one of the Picanto’s major selling points. Major controls are arranged in an attractive, easy to use layout, while the thick rimmed, uniquely designed, two-spoke steering wheel and the signature Kia ‘three cylinder’ instrument cluster continues to reflect the consistency with which Kia’s new design philosophy is being used throughout the brand’s product line-up. Features available on both models include manual air-conditioning, an under-floor trunk storage box, retractable dual cup holders and sun visors with vanity mirrors, as well as AUX/iPod/USB connections for the radio CD player with MP3 compatibility (the EX also sports steering wheel mounted controls and hands-free Bluetooth. You can talk on the phone and drive without worrying about our boys in grey…kkkkk The 1.0 LX and 1.2 EX boasts driver and passenger airbags. ABS anti-lock braking is standard on the 1.2 EX, as is an ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) system. Sensors detect when the driver is braking suddenly and hard, and then flash the brake lights three times to alert motorists behind you that the car is slowing rapidly. A best buy under $20 000, for availability contact KIA Zimbabwe for this awesome Kia Picanto. Have an adrenalin-pumping week. Ciao. Additional Source: KIA & Quick Pic Email me on




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February 22 to 28 2015

Fabulous Spaces – Bathrooms Indulging your senses – is what comes to mind when I look at these bathrooms. I am blown away by the attention to detail and thought I should write about them again. The simplicity, the elegance, the clarity and the functional eclectic approach to luxury presented by these bathrooms makes me think of bathrooms differently and suddenly realise that whatever your budget , you can truly create a sanctuary in your bathroom. Bathrooms are no longer places to go and clean ourselves but they have become fully multi-dimensional purposeful rooms that appeal to all senses and here’s why:

Views – taking in the outdoors Bathrooms are engaging the outdoors. Once upon a time sliding glass doors were limited to living rooms – now you can have them in your bathroom – sliding out to the garden or to an outdoor shower, or a veranda with a view. You can even add a glass roof that retracts or can frost at the touch of a button – technology is featuring everywhere. Nothing is standard anymore and who says it has to be? We are all different and it shows in our lifestyles and tastes.

Relax in your bathroom while enjoying views from outside. Image – Luxe Interiors + Design

Another trend is to add an outdoor shower with careful consideration to privacy. Think showering under the stars.. (I guess this depends on how evolved and eclectic your tastes are). If you are building on land that has great views, consider tailoring your bathroom to afford you those views every time you look out of the window or the glass door.

Functionality and balance Bathroom trend seek to cater to all senses and make bespoke the new standard. – image Architectural Digest

The trend now is moving to creating “spa” like sanctuaries that you see in hotels or resorts. They are bringing in that feeling home so you can have an every day spa. To achieve this you need a professional to come in and create a tranquil balance. Create a barefoot luxury feel by avoiding highly polished surfaces – you might actually fall as they become slippery when wet. Careful attention to lighting is required. You might want to avoid the proverbial fluorescent light that is just so loud.

Colour and fittings Neutrals and shades of white are all the rage as they represent purity and calm the senses. They are complimented with colours that promote tranquillity and restive moods. The Barefoot luxury look is on trend – this is the weathered look of natural materials like weathered flooring against ultra-modern finishes – almost shabby chic.

Simplicity and minimalist detail is essential for a zen like bathroom – Luxe Interiors

The bathroom fittings are stress free with everything systematically and placed to flow seamlessly. Bath tubs are bigger and no longer need to be fitted and covered in tiles. Showerheads now come in different shapes and sizes and some are so high tech they spray essential oils as well as water. You can fit in more than one shower “head” so that you have water “hitting” you from more than one angle must be a truly exhilarating experience.

Accessories and other Heated towel rails, motion sensing taps, Towels, shower gels, foam baths, bath salts, candles, chairs, books, anything goes. However if it’s to be a relaxing space you might want to limit what goes in your bathroom. Invest in shelving and fixtures that hide all the wiring and plumbing points. Ensure that him and her spaces are catered for. I made it a point to check if some of these accessories and fittings could be found locally and YES reputable hardware boutiques have similar items in stock. Whether you are building your new home or renovating your current home, bathroom space is should be given equal weight to all other important spaces. Ensure you work with a skilled designer and craftsmen to live out your expectations in your own “Amanpuri” A place of peace. Enjoy.

Lighting and great views give you a showering experience like no other. Image: Architectural Digest

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February 22 to 28 2015


Must have stylish pieces for any living space – Part 1 Noma Ndlovu


F you are renting your home some of the times it is very difficult to work with the fittings and fixtures you find in your rented space. You just have to make do with the status quo especially if you are on a budget and can’t afford to change the fixtures or repaint the house . Some landlords are open to some changes as long as they improve their properties but in most cases the cost of improvements will be met by you the tenant. So be sure to engage your landlord on your proposed changes to suit your design and décor wishes, it may work for you. Either way – you can work with what’s available and personalise your space by working with movables.

Ottomans Get an ottoman that you can also use as a coffee table. This can be in the same colour as your curtains or pick a colour from the carpet print (if you found a fitted carpet in your rented home that cannot be removed) or from the print or pattern on your sofa. Ottomans are versatile they work in almost any room and if you short of chairs, you can use them stylishly.

An ottoman works hard. It can be a coffee table or a chair depending on occasion. Choose a fabric that weathers well. Image – Ottoman History

Mirrors Upholster an occasional chair or sofa to create interest and a focal point – Image U& G Fabrics/ Unami Concepts These are the basic five things you should have to personalise your space

Occassional chairs Occasional chairs are great way to creat interest in a room , drawing attention away from the bits that’s are on so great on the walls or on the floor. Choose colours and fabric that you can manage to clean and rotate every now and again to keep the look fresh. You can mix styles – like a modern sofa with old wing back style chairs. The other alternative is to have removable chair covers. This is a quick way to update your look without having to buy new chairs.

This is often an abused accessory, as anyone can just get a mirror and hang it on a wall. Size matters. For a dramatic effect use a very large mirror with a plain simple wooden frame or a steel frame stand-alone mirror and place it where it really stands out but also serves its purpose.

An oversized mirror adds drama and elegance in any space. Go bold especially with the frame for added class. – Image Pinterest Keep the look simple, subtle with a hint of sophistication that can only be you. This way you can create the look you want incorporating the fixtures you found at your new rented place. I hope you are inspired. Enjoy your space.

Update old wingback chairs with modern fabric to make a statement. Image - Pinterest

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Febraury 22 to 28 2015

Mulch and Gravel Paths

the material from spreading out onto your lawn or flower bed. You can also add a border or an edge as a design element. Here are some common types of edging you can use: • Plastic landscape edging is cheap. And it’s fast and easy to install. If you object to the look of the rounded top edge, hide it with a border of plants. • Steel or aluminum edging forms a crisp edge that gives the path a neat appearance. It costs more than plastic, though, and is less forgiving on sloped terrain. • Brick and stone borders are attractive and versatile, but they’re more expensive and a lot more work to install. • Concrete edging is less expensive than brick or stone but has the same advantages. Newer types that look like random pieces of tumbled stone are a great lower-cost alternative to a real stone border. • Landscape timbers are an economical alternative to stone or brick borders. They’re especially useful for building shallow steps on gradually sloping terrain.


ULCH and gravel are the cheapest path materials you can buy, and they make construction simple too. All you have to do is remove the sod, roll out landscape fabric and spread the mulch or gravel. Mulch and gravel paths can be meandering, wood chip–covered trails or carefully planned designs, and range from casual to formal depending on the design and edging material. You can choose from a wide variety of loose materials including coarse bark, decorative mulch, washed stones and crushed gravel or shells.


Bark, wood chips and other types of organic mulch make soft paths that blend well with natural settings. Since these path materials are lighter than stone, they’re easier to haul and spread. Mulch is also a bit cheaper than gravel or stone pebbles. Remember, though, that organic paths decompose over time, so you’ll have to rejuvenate them every two to five years with new material. Also, don’t use

bark, wood chips or mulch for paths that run through areas with poor drainage or that are wet. It’ll lead to a soggy path. You’ll find bags of mulch at home centers, but for the best selection of organic materials for a path, check your local nursery or landscape supplier. Depending on how big your path is, it may be cheaper to have bulk material delivered than to buy bags. Plan on a 3-in.deep layer of mulch about 3-ft. wide. Call the public works department at your city hall or check with local tree trimming services. They often have piles of wood chips or mulch that are free for the hauling.


For a path that’s more formal or longer lasting than a mulch path, consider washed gravel, crushed stone or crushed shells. These materials last indefinitely and only need occasional weeding to look their best. If you want to run a wheelbarrow or lawn mower along the path, choose crushed stone rather than smooth pebbles. The jagged edges of crushed stone lock together to form a firm surface. Crushed

Tips for Building Mulch and Gravel Paths

stone is also less likely to get kicked out into the yard. Gravel for paths is sold by type and size. Smaller stones, averaging under 1/2 in., are best for paths because they offer more comfort underfoot and pack together better. Visit your local nursery or landscape supply specialist to see what’s available in your area. Gravel is usually sold by the ton. Measure the length and width of the path. Take these measurements to the supplier and ask for help figuring out the quantity of gravel you need. Unless your path is very short, it usually makes sense to have the material delivered. Gravel for a path 3 in. deep and 3 ft. wide will cost about the same as mulch. Gravel paths do have a few limitations, though. The stones can get tracked into the house, so don’t use them near entries. And gravel paths are a bad choice in areas where you have to shovel snow off them. The gravel can end up in your lawn or flower beds.

• Rent a gas-powered sod cutter to remove grass if the path is long. For short paths, use a garden spade to slice off the sod. • Set edging so it ends up about an inch above the fill material. • Use a spacer stick cut to the width of the path as a guide when you set the edging or border. You won’t have to keep pulling out the tape measure to make sure the edges run parallel. • Cover the soil with landscape fabric to deter weeds and prevent the fill material from mixing with the soil. Don’t use plastic. It’ll catch water and create a soggy path. • Have gravel delivered, especially if you need more than a half ton. • If you want a path that’s firm enough to roll a wheelbarrow on, use crushed stone and tamp it after leveling it. (Pea rock or other rounded stone won’t compact.) Use a hand tamper for short paths. Rent a vibrating-plate tamper for long paths.

Borders and edging

Gravel or mulch paths require edging to keep



In this issue of Food & Drink


(1) Eating out by Dusty Miller

(2) Wine by Lebbie

(3) Zimbokitchen

(4) Cakes by Sonia




Chang Thai, now at Gun Hill

February 22 to 28 2015

Seafood platter


Dusty Miller

Bruce and Aui Macdonald of Chang Thai Restaurant flank executive chef Yo Saenbut

Golden spring rolls stuffed with glass noodles and vegetables

Hot and spicy prawn soup. All pictures by Dusty Miller


ATE a great deal of Thai food in Australia…and much Chinese… Vietnamese… Nepalese, Indian…and even, occasionally, some Aussie graze! So I was pleased to learn from Piet Lombard, chairman of Harare Sports Club, that Harare’s then only Thai sit-down restaurant, Chang Thai* had moved, in my absence overseas, from the once thriving gritty, workaday, industrial area of Msasa to the more up-market leafy suburb of Gun Hill. And even happier when I also heard that Chang Thai was still run by my old Greendale mate, Bruce Macdonald and his Thai wife, Aui. Big Bruce and the former Mrs Macdonald, Whan-Peng, who is also from Thailand, at one stage ran the splendid Thai-Thai Restaurant at Philadelphia (the one just beyond Borrowdale, not in Pennsylvania!) Bruce and Aui and the third member of the restaurant’s first team: executive chef Yo Saenbut offer authentic Thai food and the same stuff diluted to suit Western and local palates at Chang Thai, which is now operating from 83, Churchill Avenue. The Macdonalds opened on January 2, having successfully made-over (albeit at crippling expense) a fairly rambling former colonial era dwelling into a state-of-the-art gourmet Oriental eatery. Chang Thai was quite full when I got there fairly late for lunch on Monday. I’d heard the new outlet was more of a supper venue, but few local restaurateurs would have had a more packed and enthusiastic house on the first day of the working week, just after an ultra-expensive St Valentine’s weekend. I had a pleasant light starter of Thai spring rolls: deep fried pastry stuffed with glass noodles and vegetables with a small saucer of sweet chili dipping sauce at just US$3, washed down with a tall ice-and-lemon filled thirst quenching Gordon’s gin and tonic. And more or less at the same time a deep, full, steaming bowl of tom yum koong, hot and spicy prawn soup arrived, which included three large, probably queen, crustaceans, mushrooms, sliced chicken, quartered tomatoes and a whole kitchen rack full of herbs and spices at US$8. That was all I ORDERED! Bruce tells me all their superb prawns are from India and are wonderfully firm and of consistent size and quality. This I can confirm after a main course of another prawn dish: stir-fried basil prawns, a second main course of seafood platter (featuring sesame prawns, calamari, more delicious golden spring rolls and fragrant chicken satays). Aui insisted I tried these dishes, priced at US$18 and US$16 respectively, plus her own favourite non-menu platter of garlic chicken. I was desperately trying to contact someone…anyone…to join me and help out with mountains of food, but Gun Hill

Stir-fried basil prawns seems a total dead spot for cellphones. I’d noticed that before when doing research at the National Archives. Something to do with the local military and air force presence? Needless to say, I was totally outfaced, as I frequently am eating alone in the restaurants of India, China and the Far East; but, hating waste, accepted a stack of my untouched food in a takeaway parcel. They had run out of Gordon’s gin when it was time for replenishment and “apologised” they would have to serve me the wonderfully aromatic Bombay Sapphire gin instead! I discovered this recently in the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai and was instantly sold on the stuff ! As I couldn’t do anything like finish my plethora of main courses, I suppose I shouldn’t have had the ice-cream and chocolate sauce and a filter coffee with which I ended a memorable meal in good company in pleasant surroundings. Chang Thai Restaurant (proprietors Aui and Bruce Macdonald; exec chef Yo Saenbut), 83, Churchill Avenue, Gun Hill. Eating indoors (no smoking) or on a shady stoep. Nice background Thai music. Licensed to sell alcohol; corkage US$3 a bottle. Handicapped and child friendly. Opens lunch (12-3) Monday to Saturday and supper, 5:30-10pm same days. (Shut Sundays and public holidays) changtai Tel (fibre) 08683005214; landline 04-783054. Cells 0779 763 666; 0773 222 276. *The “old” Chang Thai at Msasa has been re-opened as Sabai Thai Restaurant by Bruce’s brother, Russell, and HIS Thai wife, who have returned from running a Thai restaurant on the Copper Belt. Tel 04 486479 or 0776 743 775.


February 22 to 28 2015

A WINE Safari – A Purely Zimbabwean Experience “Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine and food. There’s a built-in romance to wine” – Padma Lakshmi Lebbie Masavaya Even though Cupid’s job has been done, officially, that is, I don’t see the need of being stuck in that one love bubble. Love does ‘make the world go round’ and in my opinion, regardless of whether it’s to a sibling, a spouse, a friend, you name it, keep creating those love bubbles. I’ve always relished the idea of something new, or better still something different. I get excitable at opening a new wine in the same manner feelings of excitement are invoked in me at visiting a new place. It’s the kind of excitement that takes you back to when your life revolved around being that little boy or girl, yes, that sort of excitement.  I’ll have a bottle of wine any day, and I’m one of those bush ‘chicks,’ driven by having a totally ‘outdoor’ experience. I love nature, and I have to admit, I had an amazing weekend, pairing love, wine and nature at Stanley and Livingstone in Victoria Falls.  It’s snugged away in a private game reserve offering absolutely luxurious accommodation set in a rustic yet desirably pure and natural beauty of our indigenous African savannah. The uncomfortable temperature called for a light and fresh Klein Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc, which cooled my palate from the warm weather synonymous with Victoria Falls. Its slight crisp palate, helped me in absorbing the lush green gardens surrounding me. A sense of peace and tranquility engulfed me and the delicious wine, and my ‘good company’. I must admit, being the price conscious wine lover at ‘wine by the glass’, I was not interested in the price. I was just enjoying this Sauvignon Blanc moment.  With the journey still continuing, in this arduously beautiful place filled with activities for everyone, I got ready for the next day, where I decided on a Viljoensdrift Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 red wine as my wine of choice. I have to admit, with temperatures raging in the 30s, the chilled red wine lived up to its expectations. Serenely seated facing towards a watering hole on a small vlei, hoping to catch some animal excitement, the smooth black berry filled, rich wine made friends with my palate. Game viewing, nature’s surrounds and the wine, were all in perfect sync.

My ‘little girl’ mood was ecstatic. This journey was proving to be the journey I’ve always imagined. With an array of wines available for order, I was a little disappointed with the unavailability of a Riesling. A Fleur Du Cap unfiltered white full-bodied blend with character and a sophisticated palate saved the day.  I was in my wine element and Stanley and Livingstone Lodge lived up to its world-class standards.  From wine and game viewing to dinner in the cellar, Stanley and Livingstone quenched my desire for something new. The wine was enough to create my own ‘love’ bubbles. To my ‘good company’ who understands the meaning of friendship, fun and wine, thank you. To all wine lovers, may you create your own love bubbles and may your next safari be paired with a wine. Till the next adventure, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc cheers to safari and wine. Pictures from


February 22 to 28 2015



here is no such thing as right and wrong with food and wine partnerships, just combinations that are more likely to please than others. Wine makes food taste better, but when we have an “unhappy pairing”, both food and wine suffer. How to go about it: The weight of a dish is the most important element to consider and depends as much on the way the ingredients are cooked as on their favours. Aim to balance the weight of the food with the weight of the wine, so that neither overwhelms the other.

or contrasting matching but this approach can be more diffcult in producing an ideal balance of flavour. SOUR Sour milk, Yoghurt, Vinegar, Cultured Milk, Lemons, Gherkins, Pickled Onions & Vinaigrette.

UMAMI Tomatoes, Worcestershire Sauce, Marmite, Soy Sauce, Sardines & Mushrooms. BITTER Hazelnuts, Rocket Salad, Grapefruit, Walnuts, Goat’s Milk Cheese, Asparagus & Spinach.

Honey, Malva Pudding, Lemon Meringue, Milk Tart, Peaches & Dried Fruit. SALTY Popcorn, Biltong, Olives, Feta, Anchovies, Pretzels & Blue Vein Cheese.


Match the flavour intensity of the food with the favour intensity of the wine. A dish can be light, but powerfully flavoured. This may be the intrinsic flavour of one item, as in asparagus, or the result of combining ingredients and cooking them in a particular way. Go for a wine that is broadly similar in character, one that offers directness and freshness of favour, rather than too much complexity. Young wines made from aromatic grape varieties, such as Nederburg Riesling usually at the profile. Look at the roles of some other key components which can distort and influence flavour. These include the five taste sensations in the mouth, namely sweetness, acidity, saltiness, bitterness and umami. CONTRAST BETWEEN FOOD AND WINE Traditionally, food and wine combinations are made on the basis of likeness. This is what is known as horizontal matching: for instance, the smooth texture of a creamy sauce might match the “fattiness” of a white wine; a tannic red wine goes with a meat dish rich in fat and protein; a spicy, meaty red wine with game; a sweet wine with a dessert. But it is also possible to contrast sweet and sour or acid and fat tastes, in what is called vertical

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February 22 to 28 2015

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February 22 to 28 2015

Will you love Sugar Beans again? Many of us know sugar beans from boarding school or even Universities such as our UZ (during the hyperinflation times). The memories associated with sugar beans from what I gather are not such pleasant ones. I never got the chance to be a boarder although I really wanted to become one. So I never got to taste the so-called badly cooked boarding school beans. I have friends who up until this day don’t like to eat sugar beans; you may be in the same boat with them. I hope, however, that after trying out this recipe you will love sugar beans once more. They are after all highly nutritious, providing you with a pack-load of protein. The trick with sugar beans, though, is in the preparation of the soup. This makes a whole world of a difference. 8 Servings Cooking time: 2 ½ hours Instructions 3 cups sugar beans 1 beef stock cube 1 tomato chopped 3 carrots chopped ½ medium green pepper chopped 2 cloves garlic chopped 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp tomato sauce 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper ½ onion chopped

by Rumbie - Zimbokitchen

¼ cup oil for frying Beef bones Instructions To cut on cooking time, soak beans overnight or if you forget to do so as I did on the day of doing this recipe soak them in boiling water for a minimum of 2 hours. You will achieve more or less the same results as soaking them overnight. You may buy beef bones and use that for flavouring your beans. 1. Gather ingredients together. Drain and rinse your soaked sugar beans. Put them in pot and add chicken skin or beef bones. Add salt. Add some water which just covers the beans and boil until water is finished. When water is finished, add beef stock and boil until the stock is finished. Check for tenderness of the beans and keep adding water until they are as soft as you like them. 2. When the beans are done to your liking remove from pot and put in a bowl. Heat oil in the same pot that had the beans. Add carrots and garlic and stir until carrots are almost tender. Return beans to the pot and stir. Add onions and stir. 3. Add curry powder and stir. Add tomatoes and tomato paste then stir and give time for them to cook (about 2min). Add green pepper and stir. 4. Add tomato sauce, mixed herbs, black pepper and stir. 5. Your sugar beans are ready to be served with your favourite starch such as Sadza, rice or chingwa(bread)

Jamaican Rum and Raisin Cookies This weeks’ recipe has a Caribbean twist to it. As I have Jamaican roots, I want to share with you this simple, yummy recipe. Rum and Raisin Cookies are light and fluffy, with a burst of rum flavouring. The peacan nuts give the recipe an added texture. This treat can be served with hot custard or topped with whipped cream. If you fancy plain, they are just as scrumptious. **Recipe not suitable for children as it contains rum. **Alternatively omit rum and bake for the children. ENJOY!! Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 – 12 minutes Serves 12 people Ingredients 400 grams of self-raising flour (sieved) 1 levelled teaspoon of baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon mixed spice ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ a cup brown sugar 170 ml of water 60 ml of Rum (white or dark) (add the rum level that suits you, you can add more, or less than 60 ml) 2/3 cup of raisins 2/3 cup of chopped peacan nuts 3 tablespoons of margarine 2 eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence

Method 1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. 2. Line baking tray with baking paper. Alternatively grease and spray baking tray, or you may can sprinkle base with flour. 3. Bring water to boil until bubbling, add rum, raisins. Boil for additional five

Cakes by Sonia

minutes. Set aside. 4. In a large bowl combine sieved flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, mixed spice, nutmeg and stir together with whisk. 5. Make a tunnel in the centre of dry ingredients, and add raisin mixture to the dry ingredients, combine with wooden spoon. Add margarine and combine well, add vanilla essence, and then add the lightly beaten eggs to the mixture. Add chopped peacan nuts into mixture and stir until just combined. 6. Mix well all ingredients in the bowl using hands. 7. On a flat surface sprinkle flour. Remove dough from bowl and roll it up and down on surface until it resembles a thick cucumber shape. 8. Use knife to slice dough into thick slices. 9. Place all cut pieces of dough on baking tray. 10. Bake for 10 minutes. Use a knife and insert it into the center of cookies. If it comes out clean, cookies are ready. If knife has dough remaining on it, cookies are not ready. Leave for additional 5 minutes. Keep checking. Do not over bake. Let cookies cool for fifteen to minutes, then turn onto a wire rack so as to cool completely. Serve with hot custard or whipped cream. Sonia’s Tip: ◆ Remember mixture is sticky, be sure to rub hands with flour to aid easy mixing of dough. If too thick add a dash of water to the mixture. If too watery, add a bit of flour into mixture. ◆ Remember, always check a few minutes before the stated baking time, and record it so as to monitor baking time. ◆ If you fancy crispy cookies leave cookie to dry in open air uncoverd. If you like them soft; cover them with dishtowel as they cool. This preserves the moisture.

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EN’S grooming starts primarily from teenage years and it ultimately leads to refinement for a lifetime. Recently I got to interact with a mother, school teacher and an avid fan of this page. It was a pleasant surprise to note we attract such a diverse readership, and that not all of our readers were men. In our discussion she alluded to challenges faced as a mom and teacher when it comes to giving grooming tips to boys. Along with crazy hormones, they are man but not quite.


If you take care of your body, it’s half the job already done when it comes to making a good impression. Taking a shower regularly is a basic step to staying clean and smelling good even without cologne. This is a step you are not allowed to miss because it’s as simple as water, soap and towel. Always take a shower after sports or any hectic physical activity.


Due to raging hormones teenage boys often develop mild or severe acne. Wash your face twice a day with warm water and a cleanser designed for your skin type. As a simple home remedy use aqueous cream as a cleanser and moisturiser as it is cheap and readily available. To prevent break outs avoid getting hair gels and styling products on your face a they can speed up pimple production.

Hair care

Schedule regular appointments with your barber. Shorter hair is easier to manage, but if you like it longer ensure it is brushed and shampooed regularly. At some point facial hair will make an appearance, shaving may become a necessity. Before you begin choose either an electric or disposable razor plus a mild shaving cream and see which one works best for you. Shave in the direction which the hair grows in order to avoid razor bumps. Always ask an adult for guidance before beginning.


Dirty fingernails and messy cuticles are not cute. Avoid biting your nails, cut them regularly using a nail cutter. Finish off by buffing your nails with a file. Wash your hands frequently and especially after a meal because smelly and sweaty hands are the biggest turn off. Use a bit of hand lotion to prevent chapping.

February 22 to 28 2015

Grooming for boys a book on top of your head. When you greet a person give them a firm hand shake, look them in the eye and smile. A limp hand shake shows lack of confidence and insecurity on your part.

My accessory of the week: High tops


It’s important to ensure your clothes fit well, clean, neatly ironed and smell good. Don’t recycle clothes that have been chucked into your laundry basket because you have run out. The fit is also very important to looking good. It’s no use wearing expensive shirts and branded trousers if you got the fit wrong.


Do not slouch and always walk straight because it projects confidence and assertiveness in a man. If you have trouble maintaining your posture exercise by walking with

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February 22 to 28 2015



Usave Saskam,

verenga udzore pfungwa

Ranganai Jacqueline Mushiri Kuwadzana High School, Harare Form 5 & 6

Second runner The Chimurenga revolutionary songs saturated the atmosphere. The posters carrying similar messages swam in the air – the common message was ‘OUR LAND OUR SOVEREIGNTY, FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL.’ Brightly coloured t-shirts supplemented in spreading the gospel. The colours resembled our national flag – our pride. Starring at the poster written “FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL”, it took me back to life in my village. Our village is a small one, located near a kopje. It appears very small in size but it carries a mass of people. In Tanda educated people are very rare to spot, not because the people are ignorant or they despise, but it is very expensive to get. The schools are cursed with very few teachers – unqualified, because the government and the council literally ignored the issue of accommodation at the schools. I was lucky that my mother

It was the biggest gathering had been able to educate me up to Advanced level on a teacher’s salary. The problem came when I was about to acquire tertiary education. The pressure was too much for my mother, she could not afford to pay my college fees. “Things are no longer well with me my daughter.” she started, “I am very happy that you passed your exams, but the thing is – I cannot afford sending you to college or university.” she continued. “But why amai?” I asked with a shaky voice, “you don’t understand Tambu…taking university means that your sisters no longer go to school.” she responded. I was so deeply moved by her words, I regretted having A’Level “What about the time I wasted studying A’Level…so …I …I can’t event study a six month course?” I asked tears trickling down my face; “You don’t understand, do you?” I was not able to answer that one; “Your sister is sitting

for her O’Level exams this year. Where will I get the money? At least you have O and A Level certificates, you can look for a job and pay for your fees?” she added. “Amai, you know what life is like these days, where will I find a job without a degree or a diploma? Even if I get one, what job will that be?” I protested. Zimbabwe, today had become a very difficult place to hunt for a job except for the most unwanted jobs, being a domestic, selling clothes or maybe, a bus conductor. Most of the girls in our village have left the township to look for jobs as domestic workers. Amai wanted me to be one of them. One of mother’s friends suggested that I should apply for a scholarship and we thought it was a good idea. Things were very difficult for mother to manage, the government had denied them incentives aggravating the situation

at home. After my father’s death, life had not been easy for us. Chido my classmate had already applied to study law at the University of Zimbabwe. The only crime I commited was to be born a teacher’s child. After a day of heart breaking conversation, my mother took me to Harare where I was going to apply for a scholarship while at the same time looking for a ‘piece’ job. My aunt in Kuwadzana accommodated me. I was exposed to town life which fascinated me. During my stay I also discovered that there were children who spent most of their time in the streets and not in school. I figured out that the problem which is afflicting our village is also eminent there. “The government should do something about it,” she said. She actually took me by surprise. I was speechless for a while before I digested her

Alvin Chitema

St Columbus High School Form 5 & 6

Second runner The sun rose in the beautiful crimson sky. It was greeted by the invisible but somewhat tangible feeling of excitement which had gripped the streets of Kamavisu, the beautiful capital of Jeka. The fervor which was propagating was venial, since the Republic of Jeka had never before witnessed such a wonderful spectacle. The rather chilly weather from the previous day had disappeared into a rather sunny and fine weather. It was, without a glimmer of doubt, a day destined for the history books. Before the rooster had crowed, the streets of the capital were buzzing with activity. The media had been going on and on about this day, fuelling the already insurmountable excitement. It was the third of July, the day of the inauguration if the new President. People could be seen jostling at bus stations and at bus pick-up points, trying to board buses. On that day, all roads led to the Beto Arena, which was the venue of the historical inauguration. The Beto Arena was located in the North West of the Capital. A total of about 250 000 people were expected to attend the gathering, 80 000 more than the official capacity of the arena. As a result, six gargantuan tents had to be set up outside the arena to allow the overflow to take part in the proceedings. The tents were accompanied by twelve giant screens, two in each, to give onlookers visual access to what was happening inside the stadium. Because of the nature of the day, the streets were embellished

It was the biggest gathering with national colours. The colour yellow could be seen everywhere from lamp signs to street pavements. Vehicles on the streets were neatly wrapped in Jeka flags, inauguration posters and all sorts of lustrous gimmicks. People wore all bright yellow clothing and carried with them the national flag. Some could be seen carrying drums, flutes, whistles and trumpets, with an obvious intent to celebrate. The jovial mood of the citizens of Jeka was explosive. “Rise, Jeka, rise!!” is what read a clamant banner, one of many banners and posters which hung from the city office buildings and apartment windows. Throughout the day, the city was a hive of activity. This was much to the delight of shop owners and sales persons, the evidence to that being their perpetual grins. Shopping malls restaurants and banks were replete with carefree consumers. Souvenir stands were present at every corner and zealous young lads who owned them could be seen selling flags, posters, hats, and t-shirts to passersby. For the people of Jeka, the third of July was more than just the day of a Presidential inauguration, but a day symbolizing their freedom from dictatorial oppression which lasted over forty three years. Jeka had been through a civil war, economic meltdown, strikes, human rights abuses, protests and many other political evils. The defeat of Digatsu was a milestone worth celebrating, a fact clearly corroborated by the state of Kamavisu on the day.

Moving to Beto Arena, through the war torn roads and antebellum buildings, the number of people on the streets increased exponentially. All bicycles, scooters, cars, taxis, buses and trucks could be seen lurching down the congested Steven Abiko Road, a road which leads straight to Beto Arena. The noise from the vehicle engines and the wittering multitude was deafening. From a birds’ eye view, all one could see was a sea, a sea of bright yellow, as if a million yellow ants were on the move. A temporary dark cloud of smoke gripped the atmosphere of the capital, mostly due to the number of cars in the city on the day. Most of the vehicles, especially the buses from the rural areas, were old and spewed out thick smoke from their exhausts as they tardily moved along. Along the road groups of people were singing and dancing around. Boom boxes and portable radios became a regular sight. People danced to all sorts of music, from the traditional yet vibrant sounds of Peter Chilombo to the more modern and hip grooves of young artists like the popular Chilli Flavour. Further down the road, the monumental Beto Arena slowly began to appear on the horizon. This arena miraculously survived the dreadful war which ravaged most of the infrastructure in Jeka. It had a rigid steel structure which was white in colour. Four huge flood lights extended out from the stadium. It had glass panels at the top hence it shimmered under the moon-

light. Its distinct dome-shaped and glistening nature, now coupled with the burnishing decorations made it the place to be on that day. The outside of the arena had been draped in yellow cloths and national flags. All the stadium lamps and bulbs had been changed to yellow ones, creating a rather patriotic aura. The car park North-West of the arena was full to the brim as more vehicles kept on arriving. People resorted to parking their vehicles in an empty field one mile away from the arena. Bus drop off points around the stadium were buzzing with activity as hundreds of antiquated buses struggled to drop off passengers. An hour before dusk, the stadium was already full and people were now being marshaled into six tents flanking the arena by the didactic police officers. 3000 police officers had been deployed in and around the arena to maintain order. The police officers wore a distinct black police caps, light blue shirts, black ties, black trousers or skirts and blatant silver police badges resembling a medieval crest. On that day, they had special yellow reflector jackets so that they could be easily identified. The police officers stood still like lifeless walls, most of whom had uninviting smirks on their faces. They watched every inch of observable space like hawks on the lookout, undeterred by the controlled chaos prevailing in and around the arena. An astounding 273 000 people pitched up at the arena. A further 100 000 remained in the city to

sentiments. “I am talking about these children, who spent most of their time selling vegetables and sniffing drugs. They cannot go to school because their parents cannot afford it.” My pulse ticked a bit faster as I realized that I was not the only observer. In the middle of my thoughts, I heard cries of people, that is when I realized that I was still in the stadium. A man vigorously pushed me, I later discovered that he was a policeman. He was trying to create order as the president was advancing. I felt hurt when the police officer searched us, touching me all over my body in the pretence to protect the President. We struggled to look for a seat, where we could witness the whole event. Before he sat down, we all sang the national anthem in three languagesShona, Ndebele and English. After the marvelous singing the master of ceremony invited the President to the Podium. He opened his speech with a slogan, “Pamberi nekubatana!” “Pamberi” Millions of people chanted back as if they had rehearsed it. T-shirts were distributed while we were sitting and food also. In his speech, the President took us back to the history of Zimbabwe, how the indigenous people resisted white imperialism or the British colonial rule. He also

spoke about the brutality of the Smith Regime and praised the fighters of the first Chimurenga. He also narrated his own story about how he suffered during the liberation struggle. As he gave the speech, the stadium was as quiet as a graveyard, people only applauded when he said something that gave them joy. He then leapt forward to the present day Zimbabwe, where he addressed the new reforms in the government, the ZimAsset, youth empowerment movement. The President, also talked about education, he explained the importance of education and also the consequences of not sending a child to school. He also addressed the issue of FREE EDUCATION especially to the most undeveloped parts of Zimbabwe. It was a long interesting speech, as the issue of education was addressed thus making me enjoy the gathering even more. After his speech, we all applauded and entertainment began. It seemed as if it was the beginning of the gathering. Several musicians were present that day, Jah Prayzah, Alick Macheso, Vabati VaJehova, the Born Free Crew and others. I was thrilled by Jah Prayzah’s performance, he was one of my favourite local musicians and I had never seen him on stage. He was the man of the moment as

the people demanded him back on stage. I was in seventh heaven, as I sang along and danced. Everyone was in a jovial mood, celebrating together as one. In my life I had never attended such an enormous gathering with excited faces. People sang revolutionary songs led by Cde Chinx and the Born Free Crew. Late that day we saw an exciting soccer match between the Zimbabwean Warriors and Botswana, who were fighting for the independence trophy. Fortunately, the Zimbabwean Warriors won and we shouted with joy, praising female players. At the end of the soccer match we left the stadium to head for Kuwadzana where darkness was ruling without electricity, to scare it away. Until now the events that took place at the gathering keep glued in my mind. I was happy that I was not the only one concerned about education, even the President himself cares. I went back home - in my village waiting for the scholarship as I failed to find a job. I told everyone about the gathering and they were accommodative to share my world - it was the gathering that changed my view on many things - the biggest gathering I had and will ever attend but wish to attend in future.

watch proceeding on television. Most of these people were inside halls, clubs and other small venues set up to allow the citizens of the country to watch the proceedings together. Additionally, eighteen giant screens had been up strategically in the streets of Kamavisu to allow people to watch and celebrate while outdoors. Inside the arena was a stage which stood three meters high. Like the rest of the stadium, it was bright yellow with various patriotic markings, lined with roses and daises. A mural of the map of Jeka could be seen on the wall behind the stage. To the left of the stage was a majestic golden tent where important guests were housed. Present were heads of state from all over the globe, including African heads of state who had come to witness the inauguration of the soon to be fellow African President. Business persons, religious leaders, politicians, administrators and other esteemed personages were among the 700 people in the VIP tent, which was heavily guarded by men in black suits. All the seats in the stadium were occupied, and their overjoyed occupants barely sat on them as they were too busy dancing on their exhausted feet. They held up banners, flags and posters, to show their unassailable support for the soon to be President. People of all ages were present from babies on their mothers’ backs to the very elderly balancing on their canes. The glaring floodlights lit up the arena, creating a tinge of gold crimson under the moonlight. The balloons inside the arena were myriad. Hundreds of them could be seen drifting in the air whilst most were tied on poles. They too, like everything else, were bright yellow in colour. Beautiful flowers and banners rounded up the appreciable efforts to aggrandize the arena. The unsettled crowd sang jubilantly, dancing to the music being played on The Constitutional

Court judge was clad in a black suite and an aesthetic red court gown. He wore a rather comic off white barrister’s wig on his head, which amused some of the children in the arena. Honorable Utete stood next to the pristine gold-coloured podium clutching a Bible, ready and waiting for the arrival of the Presidential Elect. The digital clocks on the giant screens now read seven o’clock. The entire crowd was now unsettled waiting patiently, with some people beginning to bite their nails rather superfluously. Momentarily, a convoy of six black Escalade SUVs entered the stadium and parked adjacent to the stage, sending the entire crowd into a state of wild bellowing and delirium. The passengers disembarked from the armoured vehicles and hastily made their way the stage. Then suddenly, the President Elect, his wife and three children, all of whom had been inside the vehicles, appeared, heavily guarded by the Jeke Secret Service agents. The security around the arena was airtight and men in black suites could be seen moving around scouring for any potential threat. At this moment all the attention was on the Presidential Elect. This paragon, answering to the name of James Choza, standing six feet tall with a very robust body. He had a long and slim face with very small ears. His eyes glowed white, with visible brown irises. His lips were slim and his beard was clean shaven. He had dark curly hair and fairly light skin. His height and large build gave him a more authoritative look, an attribute suitable for the line of work he was momentarily about to venture into. He wore a black suit, a white shirt and black shoes. He had on, eye-catching cufflinks and a yellow tie, in solidarity with the theme of the day. His wife, Susan wore a stunning ankle length black dress, black heels and glowing golden earrings. Her beautiful outfit

complemented her radiant hair and bright face which was clearly overwhelmed with joy and excitement. James Choza took a deep breath and strutted across the stage to the podium to commence the inauguration. It was a highly emotional moment as James Choza placed his right hand on the Bible and swore the oath. Some people in the crowd began to cry due to the overwhelming effect of the historic event which was unfolding before them. When Jumanji Utete declared James Choza the new President of Jeka, there was a loud defeaning roar which was heard throughout Kamavisu. A beautiful display of golden fireworks followed immediately as tonnes of brightly coloured confetti rained down the stadium. The Jeka Air Force performed a ceremonial Fighter Jet Fly- Past. People could not contain themselves as they jumped up and down, cheering, dancing, singing and ululating. They knew that this was the beginning of something wonderful for their country and were evermore thankful to God for that. “The time for dogmatic leadership is over! It is now time for Jeka to rise and prosper. By virtue of this inauguration, our past is now null and void, but our future is now in our hands”, said the idyllic and charismatic leader, as he gave his inaugural speech. His speech was very eclectic and actuating, making it easy for one to juxtapose him and Digatsu and see the true practical definition of a principled and selfless leader. James’ intelligence, proficiency and wit had earned him the majority of the votes of the people of Jeka, making him the first democratically elected leader of the nation. The inauguration of James Choza, which attracted more than 370 000 people to the capital, was the biggest gathering in the history of Jeka and surely one that will be remembered for time immemorial.


February 22 to 28 2015

What is DEPRESSION? Dr Farzana Naeem


HE normal ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, from you than it means you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. When feelings of intense

sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless -- last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, your depression may be something more than sadness. It may very well be clinical depression -- a treatable medical condition. Depression is a serious condition. It’s also, unfortunately, a common one. The World Health Organization characterizes de-

pression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime. Treatments include talking (psychological) treatments and antidepressant medicines. Treatment takes time to work but has a good chance of success. Some people have recurring episodes of depression and require long-term treatment to keep symptoms away Major symptoms for Depression  Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.  Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.  Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.  Sleep changes. Either in-

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somnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).  Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.  Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.  Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.  Reckless behaviour. You engage in escapist behaviour such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.  Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.  Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain. “Depression is more than just feeling “down.” It is a serious illness caused by changes in brain chemistry. Research tells us that

other factors contribute to the onset of depression, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, grief or difficult life circumstances. Any of these factors alone or in combination can precipitate changes in brain chemistry that lead to depression’s many symptoms. There are several strategies for treating depression. Depending upon each individual’s characteristics and symptoms, healthcare professionals may employ one or more types of psychotherapy that rely upon a sequence of interpersonal treatment sessions with a trained psychologist. Lifestyle changes, including improvements in sleeping and eating habits, physical activity and stress reduction have also proven very helpful in managing symptoms. If you think that someone close to you is suffering in depression, you can make a difference by showing your love and support and helping that person get properly evaluated and treated. Written by Dr Farzana Naeem Clinical Psychologist If you have any queries please contact on 0772397362 Email:


February 22 to 28 2015


he ZimboLove Foundation, founded by Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, launched its first initiative, the #RedChilliChallenge last Thursday. The foundation aims to find small solutions to Zimbabwe’s big problems one step at a time. “Our first cause is to address the issue of blood in our country. The National Blood Service of Zimbabwe is in low supply,” Parirenytwa said. “One pint of blood is $147 when on average a patient needs 3 pints or more if they are a road traffic accident victim, a mother in child birth, a cancer patient, a haemophiliac, living with HIV – the list is endless. In our economy who can afford that? Who can afford to pay that much for life? This is price that makes a necessity seem like a luxury. There should be no price to life.” Parirenyatwa stated. The Red Chilli Challenge works as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge did, with an individual eating a fresh red chilli, pledging money or blood, nominating a list of people to do the same, then posting it on social media with the hashtag #RedChilliChallenge. The idea is to raise $4 million dollars by June. “If everyone gave a dollar

or more, the impact could be phenomenal!” Parirenyatwa said. The money will go toward paying for critical patients who need blood but cannot afford it. “Our biggest challenge is breaking the barriers people have when it comes to blood donation; religion, culture and HIV fear and stigmatisation” said Parirenyatwa. Present at the launch were; Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa who nominated all SADC Health Minister; Minister of Information Technology and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira who donated $1000; Dr Guramatunhu; Dr Phillip Chiyangwa who donated $1000 and two stands; and Director of the World Health Organisation Dr David Okello who gave $500. They took to the stage and did the #RedChilliChallenge live in solidarity. Videos are up on the ZimboLove Foundation page on Facbook. The ZimboLove committee consists of Tendai Garwe, Tendai Madondo, JP Matenga, Chiedza Madzima, Norah Spie, Zororo Makamba, Lorraine Bgoya, Zanele Mahlaba, Rabison Shumba and Amanda Badze.

ZimboLove Foundation


February 22 to 28 2015

Musical delights coming up -

NIAA Eisteddfod

Last year’s international adjudicator Andrew Sherwood delivers his adjudication to a group of young violinists

Talented young Zimbabwean singer Takunda Rukanda, who has won a number of awards at the NIAA Eisteddfod over the years, is currently studying in China. He recently won a prestigious singing award there and is seen here with his trophy.’

The Marimba Challenge is a very popular event at the Eisteddfod Rosie Mitchell


OMING up very soon is the annual Vocal and Instrumental National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod which runs 2 to 27 March, with the Final Concert, featuring highlights, on 28 March. The public are very welcome to attend the sessions throughout the Eisteddfod for a modest $2, or you can buy a season ticket, and children and pensioners are free. If you had ever wondered why this festival is called an Eisteddfod, which might seem a rather odd word, it is actually Welsh (I am part-Welsh myself) and not many people in the world can speak or are familiar with this language. Wales forms part of the United Kingdom and has a strong cultural identity, and the Welsh, proud of their history and heritage, are however making every effort to ensure that their language continues to be used and learned. It is rather interesting that music festivals the world over continue to bear the Welsh name Eisteddfod the first such festival of literature, music and performance, dates back at least as far as the 12th century – and the name has stuck ever since. Like its name, our own Eisteddfod also has a long history and proud heritage! The National Institute of Allied Arts started out in Bulawayo in 1913 as a ‘Society for the Advancement of Music and Art’ and has stayed the distance ever since. The Institute hopes to put together a fuller history of its life to date in the near future, and welcomes any personal memories or memorabilia that members of the public might be able to bring to their attention, in pursuit of this goal. The Eisteddfod has been and is, instrumental in launching the musical careers of many Zimbabwean artists. Recently and notably, award winners Prince Nyatanga won a scholarship to East-

man College, New York to further his organ studies, Takunda Rukanda won a prestigious singing competition in Beijing and The Watershed Marimba Band were invited to perform in Argentina and Brazil! The Eisteddfod is the first of the four festivals held annually by the Institute, and thousands of children, and indeed, quite a number of adults too, are in intense preparation for their big day – when they must perform before an international adjudicator and be assessed in their rendition – a nerve wracking experience but an essential and useful one in the life of a budding young singer or musician, who must learn to overcome stage fright, as well as fine tune his or her skills and artistry by participating in such festivals and competitions, practise really hard for this, and work to a deadline to attain as close to perfection in their recital or performance as is possible! The National Institute of Allied Arts performs a vital role in Zimbabwe’s artistic realm, helping to drive our vibrant arts, culture and creativity into the future. This it does through the identification and nurturing of young artistic talent, providing goals for which to strive and annual deadlines to be met, as children (and some adults) go about acquiring, practising and honing their skills, ready to perform or exhibit, at the relevant festival, of which there are four annually; the upcoming Eisteddfod, which is Vocal and Instrumental; then in June and July, the Speech and Drama, Literary and Visual Arts Festivals. The hope, of course, is that as children come up through this system, preparing for and performing or exhibiting each year at these Allied Arts events, so they will develop a passion for their chosen art which will give them pleasure through their lifetime, as well as give pleasure to their now and future audiences and the art loving public. Thus are the arts sustained for the benefit of society as a

whole! Achievements and recognition through the Institute via certificates, awards and trophies annually, bring pleasure, pride and a measure of artistic progress to the entrants. The scope of today’s four Allied Arts events, the volume of entrants and the public interest in these events, demand months of planning, preparation and hard work by an enthusiastic team of volunteers plus the backing of generous corporate sponsors, the upcoming Eisteddfod being supported by Mashonaland Holdings.

Membership of the Institute is also open to both individuals and companies, bringing with it, for a very modest annual subscription fee, a number of special benefits and privileges. Joining is a great way to help support the sustenance of the arts in this country! In addition, the NIAA also welcomes volunteers to help daily at the festival in a variety of roles. Contact the Institute of you might like to give some time to this year’s Eisteddfod and for more details visit the website at niaazim.

Wonderful Walk in the Woodlands I TOOK my nieces Carly and Jaime and my nephew Jayden to Mukuvisi Woodlands last Sunday to enjoy the weekly Woodland Walk. There are trails of 3km, 5km and 8km meandering through this lovely nature reserve, marked with red, blue and yellow painted colour stripes on trees. With the rains we’ve had, the woodlands look amazing – beautifully green, lots of mushrooms and wild flowers popping up everywhere, and the river is very full. We took two of the dogs with us and had a really fine time. We even took a dip in the river by what has now become a fabulous waterfall! This opportunity each Sunday has become very popular and many regulars come weekly. Give it a go, and soak up this amazing unspoilt natural environment, so close to our city – it’s a national treasure!



1 In this issue of Arts & Culture


(1) Breaking new ground (3) Bookworm


(2) Swiss Artist (4) Kapital K



February 22 to 28 2015

Ex Beauty Queen

Langa Sibanda

bounces back with a new cosmetics line for

Black Skin


Patricia Mabviko-Musanhu


HOSE of us who followed national events closely in the late 1990’s will know of Zimbabwean women who excelled in their difference spheres of influence. One of these is University graduate Langa Sibanda who is very easily noticed as stands tall at 1.83 metres. Langa had grown up a tomboy and completely hopeless in the area of beauty until 1996 when she entered Miss Universe Zimbabwe. She won the beauty title and went to represent Zimbabwe at the Miss Universe World event for that year. After her

reign, Langa established her own clothing label and went on to win the Rothman’s designer of the year award in 1998 as a new comer. As things were getting exciting in her life, she decided to travel abroad to explore a few places and enrich her experience. She left in 2001 with an intention to travel to a few places in the world and was never heard of again. I met her recently in a super market and leant that she is back in Zimbabwe and has launched a new cosmetics line for Black skin.



February 22 to 28 2015

Swiss Artist set to show at Women’s Exhibition

Kapital K


HE National Gallery of Zimbabwe engages in taking international artists who come from different parts of the world to come and teach in its School of Art and Design. At the moment it has a visiting artist, an artist in residence, Chantal Moret. Chantal was born in Geneva Switzerland in 1955. She has always been involved in artistic and creative activities both as a painter and a sculptor, working in her own gallery and as an art painting teacher. Chantal has been an artist for more than forty years. She started her work in 1970, but however presented her first artworks in 1984. She has won several prizes and some of them include a prize she won on her solo exhibition in 1985. Chantal opened her own gallery in 1985. She was appointed as International Guest artist at the Italian Pavilion during the Art Basel event in Miami Florida. She met with Mr Raphael Chikukwa, the NGZ Deputy Director and Chief Curator in 2013 in Venice on Zimbabwe’s second pavilion and he acted as a catalyst for her to come to Zimbabwe. She is in Zimbabwe on a capacity building and teaching programme until April 2015. She is teaching the second year students of the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design her specialty in painting and sculpting. She has been exhibiting in different parts worldwide which include New York, Italy, Peru among others. She also plans to exhibit in Zimbabwe’s National Gallery on the ‘Out of Darkness Exhibition’. Out of Darkness is an exhibition done to celebrate the achievements of women whose role has been overlooked for centuries throughout the world and it is done by the NGZ in commemoration of the International Women’s Day. In her paintings she relies on shapes and geometry, on structures that are closed to the work of an architect and build a special space by including the expression of painting and study of the light and transparency, a research in which creativity and artistic inspirations are unified with long standing practice skills and qualities. She loves being in Zimbabwe because she has direct contact with the things that inspire her. “I mostly love my journeys from home to the NGZ because l see the photos of seeds transforming into humans. I am able to walk freely, the atmosphere is so welcoming and l am able to recreate feelings,” noted Chantal. Her recent artworks have been inspired among others by the book of the Afghan author, Atiq Rahimi, ‘Stone of Silence’, where she links silent spaces to movement. They are also influenced by the subject of ‘wandering’ where the medium creates the emotion. They express the incredible complexity of reality to enable isolation and choosing what one wishes to highlight.

Kapital K drops single You Know Me Zororo Makamba


IMBABWEAN born & now Cape Townbased rapper Kapital K has dropped a new single titled “You Know Me” , the second off is much anticipated mixtape Listening Party. The track acts as a reminder of who one is and where he or she has come from. The 25 year old rapper said, “The experiences from the past have forced me to develop a hunger that has allowed me to overcome all the hurdles I used to face. Hence the “in your face” reminder that you know me especially for those that try to pretend they don’t see your progress in life”. In December 2014 the rapper leased his

first single titled Billionaire which has been well received online & on social media. Talking about his upcoming project the rapper said “expect a blend of music which represents where I am in my life in terms of everything I’m currently into. That’s MCing, going out, dealing with friends issues, the transitions and challenges I face in my day to day life such as relationships and the likes. The mixtape Listening Party is expected to be released soon. Issued on behalf of Silverline Production by Zororo Makamba, 1 Liemba Close, Highlands Mobile Tel 0731 900 900,



February 22 to 28 2015

Letters as literature


few years ago I went to Reading University in England where they hold an archive of Heinemann publishers. Among the material are some of the letter correspondences between Dambudzo Marechera and James Currey. I have often wondered why some of these letters are not collected into books because they make such beautiful reading. A selection of Marechera’s correspondence, reproduced in Currey’s Africa Writes Back, provides a fascinating insight into the writer’s character: in these letters we see Marechera slugging it out with his publishers and those who happen to have crossed his universe at any point in time – fellow writers, academics. At their best, literary letters, often pruned and published posthumously, have something for everyone: general readers get a glimpse of how authors write freed from the expectation to produce a work of conventional literary merit, scholars get enough material for a wheelbarrow full of monographs. For a country that was colonized for many years and most of its leaders incarcerated for long periods, it is surprising that we have had no letters published from the 60s and 70s. South Africa has done much better in this regard. It is no secret that the primary means of communication with the outside world then was through letter correspondence. Robert Mugabe was behind bars for a decade yet we have nothing from the period published from him except heresy. It is surprising that local publishers and scholars have ignored this genre. If there is anything that sustained our writers in exile and kept them linked to the Zimbabwean struggles it was the letter. The lack of interest in the letter could be due to a number of factors. As Zimbabweans we are just not a country of documenters. Also the letter has gradually become a submerged genre, and even more so in these times. The personal computer, the mobile phone and the internet have almost become the primary means of communication almost to the point of obliterating the novelty of the letter. The letters of other Zimbabweans from the rank and file tell us, in often rough but poignant and telling prose, just how it was to walk through the segregated streets of Rhodesia; how it was to live in the chaotic impermanence of colonial rule, and, how it was, amidst all of these hardships, to fight for freedom and independence. I have been lucky to read a few surviving letters from my grandfather who, as a journeyman, used to travel the width and breadth of Zimbabwe are remarkable in their revelations of a country that was under the yoke of colonialism. He writes about the black and white relations and his yearnings as a young black man in living in times of fewer opportunities for black people. Though our public figures, living or deceased, have no letters put to record, there are some Zimbabwean writers who have ably utilised the epistolary form in their fiction. One good example is Nozipo Maraire’s much celebrated book, Zenzele: A Letter for my Daughter. This novel consists of a letter written by the protagonist, Shiri Shungu, to her daughter, who has recently left her home in Harare, Zimbabwe to study at Harvard University. Through her letter, Shiri seeks to supplement her daughter’s formal learning experiences regarding Shona culture, family history, and national events. Through the informal teaching offered in her letter, Shiri fosters

her daughters understanding of indigenous practices and stresses the importance of selfdefinition. Shiri intends that the information contained in her letter will empower her daughter with a stronger sense of identity while Zenzele is far from home, yet her narrative also reveals ambiguity and anxieties she experiences regarding the status of women in contemporary Zimbabwe. Ranka Primorac in her book, The Place of Tears, says of Maraire’s book “Zenzele adopts the convention of an epistolary novel, a letter addressed by a mother to her daughter. The

text therefore represents itself as a combination of a confession and a lesson, offering advice on how a young woman might conduct herself at home and abroad, in the city and the country, with regard to this life and the afterlife.” I remember as a young boy being drawn to Shimmer Chinodya’s Harvest of Thorns and Chenjerai Hove’s Bones because of the funny ‘missives’ used within their narratives. We would open the books just to read the letters to each other and giggle in response to their comic effects. For instance, Marita’s son in

Bones opens a letter to Janifa saying, ‘I love you, you are my margarine, my peanut butter for my heart.” Perhaps at the time they made so much impact because we were living in the age of the letter. Alice Walker’s Colour Purple and Mariama Ba’s So Long A Letter had huge influence. Both texts have so much emotional power and make the issues addressed real and immediate. Through the epistolary format writers are able to establish successful emotional attachment with readers. Feedback:

February 22 to 28 2015


DStv opens *Lifetime® to everyone from 20 to 23 February 2015* *Whitney** movie to debut on **Lifetime®* M ultiChoice is excited to announce that from the *20th to the 23rd of February*, DStv subscribers across all packages will get an all-access pass to an entertaining and uplifting television viewing experience on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131). Subscribers who don’t normally have access to this DStv Premium channel will be engaged and inspired by Lifetime’s winning formula of quality scripted dramas, Lifetime Original Movies and factual entertainment shows With this month marking the third anniversary since the death of iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston, all DStv subscribers will have an opportunity to celebrate her life and music when Lifetime showcases the African premier of *Whitney**,* a bio movie based on the singer’s life. The much-anticipated biopic will air on *Sunday, 22 February at 20:00 **.* Directed by award-winning actress Angela Bassett in her directorial debut, *Whitney *chronicles the headlinemaking relationship between the singer aptly nicknamed “The Voice” and her husband, Bobby Brown. From the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity status, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout Whitney’s life, difficulties followed the couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise to superstardom. Whitney is known for many multi award-winning hits such as *Greatest Love of All*; *Saving all my love for you*; *I will always love you*; *Where do broken hearts go* (vocally performed by Grammy-winning artist Deborah Cox in the biopic) and the smashing hit on her last album, *I Look to you*, amongst other. On top of this momentous premier, the channel also offers a range of new and exciting shows including: *Dance Moms 5,** Mondays from 16 March at 8:00 - *These brand new episodes of *Dance Moms* follows Abby Lee Miller as she opens a new dance school in LA along with some familiar faces - and a few new ones. These mothers are driven, fierce and at times ruthless, and are willing to spend thousands of dollars, some even mortgaging their homes - all for the chance to turn their daughters into dancing stars. Two words: Drama. Galore. *A Day Late and a Dollar Short**, Sunday 22nd Feb at 17:00 - *This

is a Lifetime Original Movie, based on the bestseller by Terry McMillan. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a feisty matriarch who learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her. So, in case the worst happens, she embarks on a quest to fix her family torn apart because of sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction. Look out for more familiar faces of Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold. *Married at First Sight,** Sunday 22nd February at 22:00* - This ground-breaking format offers a shockingly novel twist on the relationship, dating and wedding space. Four experts a therapist, anthropologist, spiritualist and clinical psychologist - will create what they believe are three perfect couples. The twist is that these couples will never meet or know each other un-

til they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, at the altar. Yikes! **Friday 20th February at 21:35 *- The series follows the trials and tribulations of three teenage girls that are pastor’s daughters as they deal with the daily pressures of life as a typical teenagers. How will they balance the temptation of everyday life and the pressure of faith under the disconcerting eye of their fathers? Expect loads of drama as the girls struggle with living up to the expectations of their parents and their congregations. *I’m having their baby** Series 2, Fridays from 6 February at 20:45 * – This series follows would-be moms as they make the most difficult decision of their lives – whether or not to place their babies up for

adoption. This hard hitting, emotional reality series takes viewers through the process of searching for potential adoptive parents as well as the reality and consequences of their agonizing decision. With so much to look forward to, there’s really no excuse not to be glued to your TV screen however, for those unavoidable moments away from your TV, all shows can be recorded on the DStv Explora or the DStv Now app. To gain non-stop access to Lifetime’s riveting shows and more entertaining channels, all it takes is a package upgrade to the DStv Premium. *The Lifetime (DStv channel 131) open weekend will start at 13:00 on 20th February and close on the 23rd February at 22:00 .* For more information on great DStv entertainment, visit


February 22 to 28 2015

The difference between an Environmentalist and an Ecologist Michael Nott


rowing up in peri-urban Lusaka Anna Brazier was fascinated with the natural world from a young age. No doubt she was influenced in part by her aunt who is a farmer, her father Mick Pearce an environmental architect and her grandmother who was an activist involved in the Greenham Common protests. So it seems a passion for the natural world is in her blood. She studied Ecology at Stirling University in Scotland and after seeing the limitations of the course, went on to do an MSc in Sustainable Development. Brazier prefers to refer to herself as an ecologist rather than environmentalist. Most people in the street would be hard pressed to tell you the difference but essentially Environmentalists work to protect nature from threats such as pollution while Ecologists are more concerned with the interactions and relationships between living things (including people) and their environment. Her current focus is on sustainable food production and on our uniquely Zimbabwean resilience (our ability to adapt and deal with adversity). She believes that no natural system is static – by its very nature it is dynamic and changeable. Difficulties, adversities and the collapse of our existing systems (and we Zimbabweans have a great deal of experience in this area) can, if properly managed, lead to development and improvement. At the very least we will need extraordinary resilience to deal with issues like severe water shortages, climate change, and the challenges of feeding a rapidly growing population in a sustainable way. Brazier believes that without doubt the era of enormous commercial farms growing a single crop is unsustainable. The misuse and abuse of chemical fertilisers and pesticides has made our food grown today up to 70% less nutritious than it was just 100 years ago. Traditional methods of farming as well as many traditional foods have fallen into decline and there is a very real threat that a great deal of invaluable traditional knowledge could be lost forever. She promotes sustainable agriculture that enhances rather than damaging natural resources, human communities and economic systems. To her the solution is smaller scale and more diverse farming methods that blend traditional knowledge and experience with modern scientific research. She is excited and encouraged by the current resurgence in interest in traditional foods, as witnessed by the availability of millet and sorghum and legumes like nyimo beans and cowpeas in most supermarkets across the country. You can even find baskets of Mopani worms in supermarkets that until recently only sold ‘Western’ foods. Most people are not particularly interested environmental issues, particularly when they are struggling to make ends meet and to feed their families. However, most people are very concerned about the health of themselves and their families, particularly with the growing prevalence of problems like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. She believes that health concerns lead to concerns about food and food production methods which fuels public interest in sustainable agriculture. She cites the example of the millet vs. maize debate. Maize, which was introduced to this country, is far less drought tolerant and is often grown with pesticides and fertilisers. It contains little in the way of proteins, vitamins and minerals (even less so when refined) and is mostly carbohydrate, while millet is high in all these nutrients. Thus health issues can help to make

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Cooking demonstrations Ward 8 Mudzi 3 this resilient traditional crop more popular again. A similar case can be made for Mopani worms – you need to have Mopani forests to be able to harvest Mopani worms – again food choices lead back to better management of our resources. Some of Braziers views are somewhat controversial. For example, she is a great proponent of urban agriculture and believes that with proper farming methods food CAN be grown on wetlands and even near stream banks without causing serious damage to the environment. Zero tillage methods can be used which cause far less harm than ploughing up great swathes of land. Carefully managed, growing crops on wetlands is far less destructive than building developments. After all, people need to eat and in the current economic climate home grown food is often their only option. As an ecologist she believes we need to work within our environment in ever changing ways, but above all in ways that don’t cause irreversible damage. To this end she has worked on projects in high density urban areas, and rural area across Zimbabwe and the Southern and east Africa region. Brazier enjoys seeing rural women empowered by the work of NGOs such as Cluster Agriculture Development Services (CADS) which encourages women in hot dry

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parts of Zimbabwe to grow traditional foods and find new and interesting way to cook, process, preserve and market these foods. These women have higher self esteem and as a result have more respect from their husbands and experience less gender violence. Once again the web of social, economic and environmental issues weaves together. Brazier has worked (and still does) with organisations supporting schools and colleges across the country

training children in sustainable living. Above all she believes we can’t just look at the environment in isolation – we need to consider peoples’ needs within the context of our surroundings, and how best these needs can be met without creating natural disasters. We need to call on our Zimbabwean resilience to face the future. Anna Brazier can be contacted on


A few easy and healthy tips to green your life taken from www. easy ways to green your life Eat local. The food is fresher, which means it contains more nutrients than food that’s taken a trip from half a globe away. Buying locally can also reduce the pollution and energy used from transporting, storing, and refrigerating Fix a leaky toilet. A leaky toilet can waste an astonishing 200 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. Test yours by dropping a bit of food coloring into the tank; if the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak. A typical cause is a wornout flapper valve; you can get a new one at the hardware store and replace it yourself.

Keep food in glass containers. Food and beverages stored in plastic containers can contain BPA, a chemical that’s being investigated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its effects on the health of both humans and wildlife. Heating plastics in the microwave or washing in the dishwasher may cause the plastic to break down faster, opening the door for leaching.

Replace canned pasta sauce with fresh or jarred sauce. The slick lining found in most cans contains a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA)—which is especially likely to leach into acidic foods such as tomatoes or tomato sauce, says Frederick vom Saal, PhD, who studies BPA at the University of Missouri. BPA is believed to be an endocrine disruptor: In animal studies, it interferes with the normal workings of hormones, causing breast tumors, prostate damage, and other ill effects. Cut your intake further by sticking to tuna canned in water instead of oil—BPA is fat soluble, so it builds up in the oil.

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