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Editor’s note

As 2023 draws to a close, we reflect on a year that has been a whirlwind of change and challenge. Embark on a culinary journey to Jamaica without leaving Zimbabwe by visiting Sorrel, a vibrant restaurant and lounge in Avondale. Immerse yourself in the authentic Jamaican ambiance, savouring the tantalising aromas and flavours that transport you to the heart of the Caribbean. Indulge in a delectable array of dishes, from the iconic rice and peas to the fiery jerk chicken, succulent pepper shrimp, and fresh seafood. Quench your thirst with refreshing beverages, including an assortment of beers, Caribbean cocktails, and Jamaicaninspired mocktails. Sorrel is your gateway to a truly authentic Jamaican experience. Step into the fascinating world of a sommelier, where Tawanda Marume, a true wine connoisseur, takes centre stage. Having clinched the coveted title of Best Sommelier of Zimbabwe in 2020, his journey has since catapulted him into the global spotlight within the wine industry. Fast forward to this year’s February, and Tawanda finds himself handpicked to partake in the prestigious Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) Best Sommelier of the World 2023, set amidst the enchanting backdrop of Paris, France. This competition stands as a gathering of individuals who have poured immense time and energy into reaching the pinnacle of excellence in the sommelier world. You can also embrace the festive season by gathering friends and family for an outdoor culinary adventure. Whether you’re grilling, roasting, or slow-cooking, there’s a perfect outdoor cooking option to suit your time, taste and weather conditions. So, grab your ingredients, fire up your grill and create unforgettable memories under the open sky. While festive celebrations often involve enjoying drinks, Bullred Distribution, the official supplier of Jameson Irish Whiskey in Zimbabwe reminds us to drink responsibly and opt for authentic beverages. They also provide valuable tips for purchasing alcohol to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Lifelong fans of chimukuyu, also known as beef jerky or biltong, are almost always disappointed by the lack of flavour in many commercially available brands. That’s why Refined Magazine was thrilled to discover Zimtong, a local company that has created a niche market for its flavourful and diverse range of biltong products, including biltong cakes. Read about David Landsberg and Trevor Cooper’s biltong-making journey. Considering revitalising your home, check out the home décor section for some ideas for a quick pick-me-up that is easy and simple to do and can be achieved on a modest budget. We’ve emerged from Movember, a month dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health. The stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from seeking treatment, leading to a decline in their quality of life and strained relationships. Untreated, mental illness can result in increased medical costs, poor academic or professional performance, reduced employment prospects and a higher risk of suicide. Our advice is to seek professional help. During the festive season, it’s crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of our pets too. We provide 12 essential tips for a smooth holiday with pets. The guide advocates spending quality time with pets during the holiday season as well as practical advice to ensure a joyful and safe Christmas for furry companions. We now find ourselves immersed in the joyous spirit of the festive season. This transition highlights the dynamic nature of our lives and the constant ebb and flow of experiences that shape our collective narrative.

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Contents PAGE 06 Sorrel: Jamaican vibes in Harare

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Jamaican vibes in Harare

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Ever since Bob Marley performed at the inaugural Independence celebrations (and before) ties between Zimbabwe and Jamaica have been strong. Although Jamaica is much smaller than Zimbabwe, with a much smaller population, the country has influenced music and lifestyles across the world.

Text By Michael Nott Photos by Fotohaus Now a new authentic Jamaican restaurant in Harare is set to bring Jamaican food and vibes to the city. Sorrel Restaurant and Lounge, situated in Avondale just opposite the flea market, offers more than just great authentic Jamaican food – it’s a dining and entertainment experience

– including food, drinks, music and a laid back Caribbean atmosphere. Sorrel is collaboration and a cooperative effort of a marriage between Robert and Mary Moore, a Jamaican and Zimbabwean couple. We spoke to Moore on the phone to find out more. Moore pointed out that there are many similarities between Jamaica and

Zimbabwe in terms of the culture, music and the lifestyle. But until now there hasn’t been a restaurant serving genuine Jamaican cuisine. Jamaica has had a varied history which contributes to the fusion of many different cultures and tastes. The majority of the population is of West African decent although

the food has influences from Europe (in particular from Spain and later from Britain), India and China. Jamaica is close to Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico so it has absorbed much of the Caribbean tastes and way of life. Jamaica became fully independent fairly recently in 1962 after centuries of colonisation. REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023


Moore said that Jamaican culture is now widely inclusive accepting and cherishing people from all walks of life and different backgrounds. He calls it the Human Family where people look at their similarities rather than their differences. Sorrel takes its name from Sorrel wine – a unique and distinctive fermented drink that’s mildly alcoholic and a staple in Jamaica and the Caribbean. It reputedly has a number of health benefits including use as an anti-inflammatory and for bacterial infections and even as a part of herbal cancer treatments. It’s a member of the hibiscus family and has a sweet, 8 REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023

gingery, spicy flavour and resembles a full bodied red wine. Make sure to try it as an accompaniment to your spicy Jamaican food – it’s unlike any other wine you’ve tasted. It’s sometimes augmented with traditional Jamaican white rum for an extra kick. The menu is pretty varied and all prepared with love and care by chef Shawn Bernard

from Jamaica to ensure authentic preparation and cooking methods – and great taste. The head chef is also training local cooks in the best Jamaican food preparation. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced, apart from the special herbs and spices that make Jamaican food so special.

Some of the key ingredients include the pimento berry, which tastes a little like coriander, as well as coconut milk and coconut cream, escallion, thyme and, of course, scotch bonnet peppers, sometimes called Caribbean peppers. Jamaican food tends to be spicy and herby rather than very hot, although the peppers pack quite a punch. The menu includes a variety of starters like jerk or barbeque chicken wings, escovitch chicken strips and kebabs. Jerk food refers to a unique spice rub or marinade used to prepare the food – meat or vegetables – which are cooked over a flame grill for a smoky flavour.



It’s a similar way of cooking to what we refer to as a barbeque or a braai. Escovitch refers to a special marinade made from, amongst other things, pickled vegetables, vinegar, onions, pimento, bell peppers and scotch bonnet peppers – often ginger, garlic and thyme as well as other spices are included. There’s also the soup of the day specially prepared freshly every day 10 REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023

by the chef, as well as a selection of salads like a chicken salad, a jerk salad, a vegetable salad and a pasta salad. For lunch and dinner their speciality is escovitched fish but they also have steamed fish, grilled salmon, fish stew and prawns. For serious meat eaters there’s goat, pork and beef dishes (including fall off the bone oxtail) as well as loads of chicken options.

There’s jerk chicken, curried chicken, barbeque chicken, chicken stew, stuffed chicken breasts and plain fried chicken. They have a number of side dishes you can order like traditional peas and rice, steamed vegetables, fries and festivals. Festivals are something like dumplings or the South African vetkoek.



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Jamaican staples include plantains (green bananas, usually fried), yams and sweet potatoes so there’s an emphasis on healthy, organic food. There’s also a chef’s special vegetarian option for those staying away from animal products. There’s a kids’ menu too for smaller, less spicy, options. On Sundays there’s a buffet option. Certainly something for the most discerning diners – and the prices are reasonable too. There’s a number of desserts on offer and the fully stocked bar offers liqueurs and cocktails to finish off your meal. There are all the classic cocktails available as well as Jamaican specialities which tend towards Jamaican white rum. Alcohol free mocktails are also available. You can pop into the bar/lounge to relax and socialise and enjoy the music and the atmosphere without buying a meal.



There’s relaxed, informal seating in the front courtyard, next to the bar, as well as seating around the pool for warmer days and nights and the fire pit – which is great for cooler evenings. Above the bar is the ‘sky lounge’, a raised deck to capture the breeze and the views. The ‘sky lounge’ has curtains so it can be completely closed off for private functions. Seating options around the outdoor spaces include tables and chairs, banquettes and bar stools and raised counters.

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Inside there are more formal seating options for around 40 to 50 diners, although it’s still quite relaxed and unfussy. Large glass windows open out on both sides of the interior dining area so it still feels fresh, light and breezy. Upstairs, above the inside dining area, there’s a large conference room as well as an en suite bedroom for businessmen who want to stay overnight after a gruelling day.

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All of this is overseen by general manager Fitzroy McFarlane –also a Jamaican national - who has years of experience in hotels and on cruise ships. He’s very much hands on and keeps the place running efficiently and ensures the staff are friendly and helpful. Fitz is always around to deal with any problems or queries that guests might have.

Sorrel is located on Bath Road just opposite the Avondale Flea Market. You can make a reservation online or call +263 78 942 1489. Apart from meals for diners or small groups you can also book for birthday or wedding celebrations. Although it only opened a few months ago, after extensive renovations to the existing building, Sorrel has already established a reputation for the best food and atmosphere in town. Try it for yourself. REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023


Passionate About Wine Text by Perry Kaande Photos by Fotohaus

Top Zimbabwean Sommelier Tawanda Marume is passionate about wine and people particularly training and development within the industry. A sommelier is a wine connoisseur, typically gracing fine restaurants and hospitality establishments. They oversee every facet of wine service, from procurement and storage to recommending pairings to discerning guests. Sommeliers possess an intimate understanding of wine,

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encompassing its history, production, and tasting nuances. With their expertise, they guide guests through the wine world, instilling confidence in their selections.

even knew what it was. Later, when I moved to Stellenbosch to stay with my sister, I decided to enrol in the Cape Wine Academy program to learn more about wine,” he says.

It was around 2010 that Tawanda Marume began his career in the wine business while he was employed at a restaurant in Cape Town.

In 2020 he won Best Sommelier of Zimbabwe. From thereon he has received international recognition in the wine world. In February this year, he was selected to participate in the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) Best Sommelier of

“I was tasked to source wines for an office party before I drank wine or

the World 2023 in Paris, France. The competition represents a collection of people who have sacrificed immense amounts of time and energy to reach this level of competition.

the beauty and diversity of African wines with the world. The company focuses on importing and distributing high-quality wines from Africa and around the world.

Tawanda is a passionate advocate for African wines. He believes that African wines have the potential to be world-class, and he is committed to helping them gain the recognition they deserve. Through his company, Expression Wines Africa, he shares

He adds that “wine tastes better when you understand it”. Following on, he is on a path to develop an interest in all things wine. In November, at Sorrel Restaurant in Avondale, Tawanda Marume unveiled a new line of wines and captivated guests

with an enlightening wine-tasting and education session. Additionally, he taught and facilitated the first Sommelier Academy Wine Steward course in Harare, and achieved a 100 percent pass rate. The Wine Steward Certificate is an intense one-day course to prepare candidates to be efficient on the restaurant floor. Similarly, seven years ago, Tawanda took 18 candidates through the Cape Wine Academy



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Introduction to Wine Course in Tanzania where he achieved over 90 percent pass rate. Tawanda notes that wine has stories that span millennia and one can spend the whole day just talking about the subject ‘’and wine education is at the core of it.”

He is an active member of The Sommeliers Association of Zimbabwe. The SAZ is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the professional development of sommeliers in Zimbabwe. The association was founded by a group of passionate wine professionals who saw a need for a dedicated organisation to represent the interests of Zimbabwean sommeliers. REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023


Buy Original, Drink Responsibly Text by Perry Kaande

Jameson Irish Whiskey is one of the most popular whiskeys in the world, and for good reason. It is smooth, mellow and has a complex flavour profile that makes it perfect for sipping neat or enjoying in a cocktail. The flavour is due to a number of factors, including the use of pot stills as well as the aging and the blending process. The range includes but is not limited to the original Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jameson Black Barrel and Jameson Tripple Tripple. But with its popularity comes a downside. Jameson is an aspirational brand that people want to be associated with, which makes it a target for counterfeiters. Illegal manufacturers try to profit from this demand by selling fake Jameson at a lower price. Bullred Distribution, the official supplier of Jameson Irish Whiskey in Zimbabwe indicates that they are aware of the increase in fake whiskey on the market and are taking the initiative to protect consumers. They have taken steps to combat the black-market distribution of illicit alcohol by adding extra security features to their bottles, such as a clear plastic seal with Jameson engraved in green on the lid and a white “Drink Responsibly” sticker on the side of the bottle. “These additional features were implemented in Zimbabwe to empower the local customer to identify whiskey that comes from Jameson Whiskey’s official Zimbabwe distributor,” Bullred reveals.

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They are also working on a campaign to spread the Buy Original message and the dangers of illicit alcohol. “We as Bullred Distribution, pride ourselves on selling the original product, which we stand behind. We are not responsible for the imitations that you see in the market and we are actively working to educate consumers,” the distributor adds. The company is also partnering with civil service organisations and medical professionals to find ways to tackle the scourge of counterfeit alcohol. Customers are also being encouraged to drink responsibly in order to avoid health and life-threatening complications. Illicit whiskey can be dangerous, as it may contain harmful chemicals or toxins. Hence, Bullred has made a commitment to providing genuine and safe products, and it is taking steps to ensure that its customers are protected.



“Since there’s no quality control or oversight over how these drinks are produced, they may contain very high amounts of ethanol, increasing the risk of poisoning. They may also contain harmful and toxic ingredients like methanol which can cause blindness and is often lethal,” Bullred Distribution notes. Also, counterfeit alcohol may be contaminated with toxic chemicals and animal products that are added to speed up fermentation. These contaminants can cause poisoning and infection, and can even be fatal. The distribution company contends they are not an enforcer of the law, underscoring that “all we can do is ensure we follow the laws in place and do everything we can to inform consumers on how best to protect themselves when purchasing Jameson Irish Whiskey.”

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Bullred’s 4 Ps of Purchasing Alcohol Place: Buy alcohol only from reputable and licensed retailers, bars and supermarkets. Avoid buying alcohol from car-boot salespeople, unlicensed market traders or fellow customers in bars. Price: If the product is being sold well below its normal price it is probably fake. Packaging: Inspect the packaging carefully for poor quality, spelling mistakes and unusual shapes. Check the seal on the bottle to make sure it is intact. If the seal is broken or damaged, the contents may have been tampered with and are not safe to drink. If you have a barcode scanner app on your phone, scan the barcode on the bottle and verify that it matches the correct product. Product: One of the best ways to spot fake whiskey is to pay attention to the smell. Jameson has a unique aroma that is difficult to imitate. If the alcohol smells like paint stripper or nail polish remover, it is probably fake. Another sign of fake whiskey is sediment or particles in the bottle. If the contents have separated, that is also a bad sign. Real whiskey is a smooth, clear liquid and it should not have any sediment or particles. Ultimately, if you are unsure whether or not the bottle of whiskey is real, err on the side of caution and don’t buy it. Buy the original, drink responsibly and enjoy the original Jameson Irish Whiskey rather than the fake whiskey that has proliferated the market. Bullred Distribution is a subsidiary of the CA&S Group, a collective of wellestablished fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) service businesses operating across Southern Africa. The group offers comprehensive route-to-market solutions to the top 200 international and local blue-chip brand owners of consumerpackaged goods (CPGs). In Zimbabwe, the company offers a comprehensive range of distribution services for ambient products and alcoholic beverages, including warehousing, transportation, sales and marketing. They can be contacted at +2638677004837, +2630772177399 or +2630782744842. They are located at Stand 18409 Mukuvisi Office Park, Woodlands Road, Msasa in Harare.





Beef biltong is an amazing source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is prepared without ever being heated or dehydrated, and is air-dried. Additionally, it is low in carbohydrates, sugars, and contains no gluten.

Tradition: Zimtong Biltong has emerged on the market to continue with the tradition of availing biltong to the Zimbabwean market. The company started in August 2021 and is co-owned by David Landsberg and Trevor Cooper, an entrepreneurial and hardworking duo. Trevor has been in the meat industry for over 20 years, bringing in lots of expertise and guidance for the Harare-based small business.

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The company had a funny beginning, as explained by co-founder David: “We were sitting and chatting, when a friend came around and offered us some biltong. After tasting it, it had no flavour and we decided to start making our version of biltong,” he said. Their biltong is inspected and processed on delivery to prevent any contamination. Working on batches of small quantities is preferred as they are easier and faster to process. The drying area and dryers are cleaned regularly and gloves are worn when cutting, processing, and serving customers. Delivery options include orders of 1kg and above within Harare (20km radius). Only large orders can be delivered outside Harare and cost will depend on distance.

Product: They mainly produce beef biltong, readily and abundantly available in the country. Occasionally mix that with the rare but much-loved game biltong, whenever they can source it. Beef biltong comes in four flavours (plain, garlic, chilli and garlic chilli) and game meat biltong, they have the plain and chilli versions. Sourcing of the meat is from PHI Commodities abattoir based in Shamva or Koala Park Butchery and abattoir (Harare). The biltong products undergo stringent production processes. The natural drying of biltong is done when the weather is correct. Indoor dryers are used if the weather does not permit them to naturally dry their biltong.

Regarding the average moisture and fat content, Zimtong considers that fat content is hard to place a figure on as every piece of meat differs. However, they do trim the fat off if the customer requires less fat on their biltong.



“The moisture content of our biltong ranges between 50% and 55%. If a customer requires a higher moister content, we will make it to their specifications, and it will not affect the price. If a customer requires a lower moister content the price will be affected as with dehydration of any product there is a certain threshold where a business starts losing money. Currently, our threshold is 50% dried,” said Trevor. Zimtong’s biltong is unique since in-house recipes are used and the base spices used are a filler to their spice requirements.

Their base spice range is supplied by a local spice company before an internal process commences of adding coriander, pepper, garlic, chilli, salt, vinegar, Worcestershire source and meat tenderizer to obtain the flavours we require. “We also make on-request biltong cakes according to the client’s requirements. From a 500g cake up to 6kg cakes with multiple tears, of which can be one flavour or multiple flavours,” added David. They used to offer custom biltong options however, they do not offer this option anymore other than the moister content has been changed. Customers were asking for specific flavours, glutton-free and a variety of other custom biltong requests and then not showing up to collect or pay for their orders leaving them stuck with a product they couldn’t sell.

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Pricing, marketing and the future Customers can place a minimum order of $5 per packet and delivery of 1kg packages is also made within a 20km radius of the Zimtong location in Harare. Orders can be placed through WhatsApp, Facebook and by phone. Attendance at various markets and events in the northern suburbs of Harare is also done where orders can be placed. David and Trevor believe that their product lines are of top quality. Their main focus at present is to keep customers happy by maintaining high standards. Currently, they only produce biltong and they are looking at venturing into boerewors in 2024. Contact Details: Trevor 0772302162 David 0772584398 Grant 0771153213 (Sales Rep) Gook 0778695574 (Sales Rep)



Outdoor Cooking: A Fun Way to Connect with Family & Friends

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Text by Perry Kaande

Outdoor cooking is a great way to enjoy a fun time with family and friends. When choosing an outdoor cooking method, it is important to consider the type of food you want to cook, the time you have available, and the weather conditions. If you are short on time, grilling or campfire cooking may be a good option. If you have more time, smoking or Dutch oven cooking may be a better choice. While grilling over an open fire is a popular option, there are many other ways to cook outdoors. Here are several options to try out.

BBQ Grill Grilling is the preferred way to cook outside for many people, whether they use gas or charcoal. Flipping meat on the grill is a classic outdoor activity. What’s more, steaks, chicken and vegetables, hot dogs, and other foods’ flavours come alive when seasoned and cooked on an outside grill.

Smoker Smoked meats are a favourite of many backyard chefs. Whether it’s whole chicken, fish, ribs, sausages or vegetables, cooking these foods at low temperatures for long periods in a smoker gives them a bold, smoky flavour that’s tough to replicate in a kitchen. REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023


Pizza Oven An advantage of using an outdoor pizza oven is that it cooks pizza much faster than a conventional oven. A typical pizza takes about 15 minutes to cook in a conventional oven, but it only takes approximately 4 minutes to cook in an outdoor pizza oven. This is because outdoor pizza ovens can reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius, which is much hotter than electric ovens. Additionally, these ovens give food a unique, wood-fired flavour and due to their versatility, they can also be used to bake bread and a variety of baked turnovers.

Campfire Grates To grill over a campfire or fire pit, simply place a grill grate over the hot coals. Be sure to let the fire burn down to hot coals before cooking, so that your food does not burn.

Solar Oven Solar ovens are a great way to cook food without using any fuel or flames. They use reflective surfaces to channel the sun’s rays into a portable oven, where the heat cooks the food. Solar ovens can reach temperatures of up to 120 degrees Celsius, which is hot enough to cook a variety of foods, such as chicken, stews, fish and squash.

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Rocket Stove A rocket stove is a simple and efficient outdoor cooking stove that can be made from a variety of materials, including bricks, concrete blocks, metal cans and other upcycled materials. Rocket stoves are typically Jor L-shaped, with openings on both ends. The user builds the fire in the lower end, while the upper end creates a significant draft. This draft helps to generate a lot of cooking heat without using a lot of fuel.

Pot Tripod Outdoor cooking is not just for grilling meats over an open fire. You can also cook stews, soups and pasta over a fire if you have a pot tripod. A pot tripod is a three-legged stand that you place over a fire. Each of the three feet is positioned outside of the flames, and there is a hook in the centre on which you can hang a pot. The fire underneath heats the pot, allowing you to cook delicious sauces, soups, stews and sides.



Skewers Skewers are some of the oldest tools for cooking food over open fires. This method can be used for cooking sausages, potatoes, and plenty of other outdoor delicacies. By placing vegetables or different types of meat on a stick or longhandled fork, outside cooks can bring their food close to the fire until it is cooked through.

Rotisserie Rotisserie and spit-cooked meals are a delicious and time-honoured tradition. Rotisserie cooking involves suspending meat on a long rod over a fire and carefully turning and timing it for even cooking.

Dutch Oven Dutch ovens are made of cast iron, which is a durable material that can withstand high temperatures. This makes them ideal for cooking over a campfire or in a fireplace. They can be used to cook a variety of foods, including stews, soups, breads, and cakes

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Tips •

Preheat the Dutch oven over the campfire or in the fireplace before adding your food to prevent the food from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add enough oil or fat to the Dutch oven to coat the bottom of the pot to prevent the food from sticking.

Outdoor Oven Outdoor ovens are some of the oldest cooking methods, and there are many ways to build them using natural materials. Two popular methods are: • Earth ovens: Earth ovens are built above ground with dry grass and mud. They are heated by a fire built inside the oven. • Pit ovens: Pit ovens are dug into the ground. They are heated by a fire built inside the oven or by coals placed at the bottom of the oven. Note that it takes a fair amount of work and patience to build an outdoor oven.

Camp Stove They are compact, easy to set up and can produce enough heat to cook any meal. Camp stoves are also fuel-hungry compared to kitchen stoves, but they can be worth the cost when you need them.



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Your Access to a World of Gadgets TCL offers a diverse range of products, including TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, soundbars, smartphones, tablets, headphones, air purifiers, robot vacuum cleaners, routers, glasses, laptops, and photovoltaic solutions. Their innovation is not limited to one aspect of your life; it extends across the spectrum. TCL’s Commitment to Sustainability Beyond innovation, TCL embraces the responsibility of making a difference in society and the environment. Their innovative technology is a tool for ushering in a more sustainable future, both locally and globally. TCL is the perfect blend of innovation, fun, and responsibility. Their journey from 1981 to the global leader they are today is a testament to their passion for exploration and progress. TCL inspires us all to embrace greatness in the world of technology and make our lives more exciting and sustainable.

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Room Renovations – quick, easy & budget friendly -text by Michael Nott

Is your home starting to look a bit tired and drab? Are you feeling the need for a change to revitalise your rooms and brighten up your life? We’ve put together some ideas for a quick pick-me-up that easy and simple to do and can be achieved on a modest budget. Most of these suggestions don’t require any special skills beyond the scope of a fairly competent DIY Dad – or Mum.

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Professional interior designers provide an invaluable service and excellent advice but often putting your own personal stamp on a room is really satisfying. You can also get friends and family involved for fun weekend projects that won’t break the bank. You can also do your room makeovers in stages as time and money allow. A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways to revitalize a tired room. A normal sized room can be painted in a day or two and the family can help out too. You might want to just paint a single feature wall, an alcove, or the whole room. You can be as bold as you like – it’s easy to paint over something if you absolutely hate it when it’s finished. Try painting a small section first to see how it suits your room and the mood you’re trying to achieve. Sometimes paint colours vary and the swatch you saw in the hardware shop looks different to the paint colour on the wall.



Colours also vary depending on the lighting and the adjacent colours of curtains, carpets and furniture. You can be as adventurous as you like so try painting stripes, darker colours below a dado rail, or even geometric designs. Many of the bigger paint suppliers like Dulux or Artisan Trading or Paint-Tech offer a colour consultancy service and they can also advise on the best type of paint to choose.

If the room has built in cupboards, like most bedrooms, or built in shelving units like a lot of living rooms or studies, try painting the woodwork in a new fresh colour. Dreary old kitchen cabinets can be given a new lease on life with a quick coat of paint. Even tired old wooden furniture like dining room tables and chairs can get a new look with a coat of paint. Chalk paint is a good way to get a country cottage, distressed look – Little Paris in Ballantyne Park has a good range. Pharoah’s at the Stables in Borrowdale can do renovations and chalk paint for you to give your furniture a new and unique look. There are even options for painting ceramic tiles – with the right preparation – although generally not recommended for ceramic floor tiles. Dulux offers Supergrip that can be used as a primer for painting ceramic tiles.

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With any type of painting it’s always best to make sure that the surfaces are correctly prepared and that you have all the right tools and equipment. Don’t forget plastic sheeting or drop cloths to protect floors and furniture from accidental drips and make sure you have the correct cleaning materials (like thinners or turpentine) to make cleaning up easier. Wallpaper is a great, quick, inexpensive way to brighten up any room. Artisan Trading and The Showroom have a good selection as do Wallpaper World in Avondale, Perspective Interiors and many other outlets. Wallpaper can be used for a feature wall or even for wardrobe or cabinet doors. It’s great to line cabinet interiors, drawers or the back of bookshelves with wallpaper. Some printing companies like Dzines Signage and Tylerman Branding Solutions will even create unique custom wallpaper just for you.



A simple and quick way to change the look of your kitchen cabinets, or the built in wardrobes in the bedroom, is to change and update the handles. It’s not a particularly difficult job but you do need to fill in and paint over the old holes. Most of the bigger hardware stores like Halsted, Bhola, Electrosales or Union Hardware have a good range 44 REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023

of handles but if you’re looking for something special try Handle-it and Roco Fittings in Newlands or Builders Hardware Centre in the CBD. Another good way to change the look of your room is to get new lighting. Wall or ceiling lights might need an electrician to be installed safely,

especially if you opt for a dimmer switch. Most LED lights can now work on a dimmer which can make a big difference to the general ambiance. Table lamps or standing lamps can just be plugged in – and they can make a significant change to the mood and atmosphere in any room.

Prime World has a great selection of pendants and table lights and they can recommend electricians if needed. Sometimes just changing a few accessories can brighten up the space. New curtains are quite an investment but should last for years. Try The Curtain Cat or Blinds and Designs for custom made curtains and blinds made and installed to suit your needs. Changing your cushions can brighten up your sofa – or try a new throw. A new rug from Dusk Studio or National Carpets will help refresh your bedroom or lounge.

For little expense you can add some fresh flowers or pot plants, or for no expense at all try moving your furniture around. Swop the position of your sofa and chairs and rearrange your pictures, paintings and wall art.

Renovating a room just relies on your imagination and doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Get the family together to make suggestions and help out.



Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop: Where men go to look and feel their best

Text by Perry Kaande Images by Fotohaus

The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop believes that every man deserves to look and feel his best. That is why they offer a wide range of grooming services, from haircuts and beard trims to shaves and waxing. Your hair and beard can play a big role in your self-confidence and self-esteem. When you feel good about your appearance, it shows. And when you feel confident, you are more likely to take on new challenges and opportunities with that added confidence 46 REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023

in social situations and relationships. A well-groomed beard can also help you to feel more manly and powerful. Your beard is a symbol of your masculinity and strength. It can also make you look more mature and distinguished. When you take care of your beard, you are showing the world that you are a confident and capable man. A stylish haircut can also make you look more polished and professional. A well-cut

hairstyle can frame your face and accentuate your features. It can also make you look more put-together and organised. When you look your best, you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you perform at your best. Additionally, the process of getting a haircut or beard trim can be relaxing and therapeutic. It is a time for men to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of them. This can be a great way to de-stress and unwind.

Also, a man’s hair and beard can be a source of pride. It is something that is unique to him and that he can express himself through. This can be a powerful tool for promoting mental well-being. As such, the barber shop also specialises in Movember-themed cuts and styles. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide This year you can support men’s health awareness in style by getting a Movember-themed haircut or beard trim at The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop.



Why choose The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop? The barbershop takes pride in its work. The barbers use only the highest quality products and equipment, and they are highly skilled and experienced. They will work with each client to create a look that the client loves and that fits their lifestyle. The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop also offers a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, so clients can enjoy their grooming experience. The shop is styled in a warm and inviting style, with plush leather chairs and soothing soundtracks playing in the background. The friendly and welcoming staff make clients feel at home from the

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moment they walk through the doors. The hairstylists are always happy to chat with their clients and get to know them on a personal level. Shop owner, Mike Pabvabango wants clients “to feel comfortable and relaxed while they are in the barbershop, so they can enjoy their grooming experience to the fullest.” Incidentally, The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop is set to expand through franchising. Mike, hints that for authorised license holders, “it is a way to make money easily every day.” Tips for taking care of your hair and beard: •

Wash your hair and beard regularly with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.

• • •

Use a beard oil or balm to keep your beard hydrated and soft. Trim your beard regularly to keep it looking neat and tidy. Get your hair cut regularly by a professional barber.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your mental health, consider making some changes to your grooming routine. Get a great haircut and beard trim as well as enjoy a relaxing and social experience at the Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop. Call or WhatsApp: +263773274921 Instagram: gentlemanscorner_barbershop X: @gentscorner1 Facebook: The Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop E-mail: 41 Churchill Avenue, Alexander Park, Harare

The making of a great Master of Ceremonies

Text by Perry Kaande

I have had the privilege of watching Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) such as Marc Pozzo, Morris Touch and Tendayi Chakanyuka and I’ve been impressed by their exuberant stage persona, confidence and charisma. Not everyone can grab a microphone and effectively pulloff the job. One thing for certain is that it requires a very particular type of person with a certain set of skills to execute the job successfully. A master of ceremonies (MC, emcee or director of ceremony) is the official host for an event, performance or party. The master of ceremonies introduces speakers, makes announcements and engages with the audience to keep the programme flowing smoothly. These MCs have honed their craft and they set me to thinking about what it takes to become a great MC. Here are a few tips to help you become a sought after MC: Study the programme and find out a bit about the guests Having all the details of the event helps to set the tone for the atmosphere the MC is required to create. Meet with the event organisers and go over the planned structure

and flow of the event in detail. Knowing beforehand what should be talked about, what’s coming up and what’s happening (or supposed to be happening) at any given moment are crucial elements in holding an event together. Being prepared and organised ensures that the programme goes according to plan and everyone is on the same page at all times. Get background information on key speakers and guests and use that information to prepare introductions that are personal and genuine. You should also find out if there are any guests of honour or special audience members who should be mentioned. Review the names and titles of anyone that you are going to talk about so that you pronounce them correctly. Practice your public speaking skills Being an MC is not easy and you need to put in time and effort to hone your public speaking skills. Practising beforehand puts you at ease in front of a crowd or even on camera. The experts advise memorising major points and thinking about your posture and hand gestures. You can adjust your voice to be serious or casual accordingly. Smiling works wonders on the audience and it also boosts your confidence. REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023


Be versatile and improvise Murphy’s Law states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” The wrong music might play, a waiter may drop a plate, or the scheduled guest may not yet be ready to step up. In these instances the MC should be able to adapt and improvise quickly. Stay calm, composed and control your temper - an MC with a bad attitude can really put a damper on an event. Roll with the punches and just continue if you make a mistake. Looking directly at the audience can make you nervous so try focusing a little above their heads to minimise eye contact. Slow down your speech, pause slightly in-between sentences, and if need be take a deep breath away from the microphone. Exhibit loads of energy and employ appropriate humour As an MC you can be energetic and humorous to add a bit of sparkle unless the event is supposed to serious and formal. Try to keep the audience amused and

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engaged. There are a lot of resources available online such as the book ‘Comedy Writing Secrets’ and speaking with experienced people for tips and insights can help. Remember that the MC is not the star of the show but is there to make others feel important. During transitions in the programme it lightens the moment to say something funny or meaningful about the previous speaker or comment on what’s coming up next. Dress for the occasion - and more Find out what the dress code is and then enhance it so that you stand out. If it’s a corporate event try matching your clothes with the logo colours of the organisation. If you are dreaming of becoming an MC, or looking for one for your next event, you now know the characteristics to look out for to make any occasion memorable.

Mental Wellness: Live, Happier, Healthier & Longer

Text by Susan Matemachani and Leonard Makoni Men are often socialised to repress their emotions, which can lead to them suffering in silence emotionally and mentally. They may feel like they can’t talk to their friends, family or partners about their problems and they may not be able to access the mental health support they need. This can lead to a number of negative consequences, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Have you ever felt stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? These are all signs that your mental health may need some attention. Mental wellness is the capacity to work with one’s emotions to process events so that the choices made result in healthy relationships with oneself, others and the environment. Mental wellness becomes a critical resource for building resilience for a productive life in a world filled with challenges.



Why bother with mental wellness? Mental health is the core of all aspects of health. People who struggle with mental health issues may: • • • • •

be in your family be your neighbour teach your children work in the next cubicle sit in the same church pew

Sadly, stigma has caused most people who have mental health issues to hide the condition and therefore not seek treatment. This leads to a low quality of life and strife among those they associate with. Untreated, mental illness may lead to higher medical expenses, poor performance at school and in the workplace, fewer employment opportunities and the increased risk of suicide. How are you doing regards your mental wellness? • • •

Check out your levels of burnout Check out your risk of anxiety and depression How well are you balancing your

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self-application in all your spheres of influence? What can you do to maintain your mental wellness? •

Acknowledge that you are facing challenges • Accept that you are responsible for your mental well-being • Seek an understanding of what you are going through Seek appropriate professional help, especially about how you relate with: • • • • • •

Your physical self (exercise, nutrition, rest) Your intellectual self Other people Finances Your spiritual self Your Career

Know your capabilities and limitations • •

Learn to say “No” in setting boundaries Maintain margins to accommodate incidentals so you are not under the tyranny of urgent Keep on learning

The bottom line Without sound mental health, it is impossible to attain complete health. The brain and heart get hurt just as much as a bone can get a fracture. Just as there is no stigma related to going to the dentist, no one should feel ashamed to visit a counsellor. As each of us takes care of our mental wellness, we create a psychologically safe living environment that promotes overall health. Leonard Makoni is a counsellor, Certified End of Life Coach and Life Coach as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is also an international leadership development facilitator, a staff wellness consultant and a marriage conference speaker in addition to being a radio counselling programme host. He can be contacted at +263 719 239 486, +263 772 239 486 or leonardm@team. Susan Matemachani is the owner of Lotus Wellness Spa, a sanctuary where you can find balance for your mind, body, and spirit. She can be reached at +263785392180.

Tips For Your Pets To Look The Best This Festive Season? The trees are going up, the presents are being wrapped, the food preparations are beginning, and the excitement is escalating – Christmas is just around the corner! The festive season provides many exciting opportunities for our furry friends too – such as decorations to play with and wrapping paper to hide in. But tempting treats can also be problematic. Here are 12 tips to help Christmas with your pets go smoothly.

2. Tempting treats The smell of succulent turkey wafting from the kitchen is as irresistible to our pets as it is to us. Avoid leaving food anywhere within your pet’s reach – you can’t blame them if it’s left unattended! But it’s not just about protecting your Christmas dinner. Many foods we love can make pets unwell. Chocolate, onions, nuts, blue cheese, fruit cakes, puddings and mince pies can all be toxic to dogs and cats. Turkey bones can also be harmful as they can become lodged in the throat, splinter causing damage to the mouth, or block and perforate the intestines.

1. A busy house Christmas time often means a busy home, with friends and family coming together in seasonal spirit. Remember that new faces and more noise can be scary for your pet, so it’s a good idea to provide them with a safe room so they can escape and be put at ease if it all becomes too much. It’s also important to maintain your pet’s normal routines to avoid them becoming too unsettled. Overfeeding your pets is most likely to happen when the weather is cold, as you may be going on shorter walks and less frequently. Sticking to your pet’s exercise routine can help avoid unhealthy weight gain and calm your pet, which may lead to less disruptions when they are back at home among all the excitement!

Buying treats made specifically for pets means you can still give your pet a treat this winter, while eliminating the risk of causing stomach problems. You could also try baking homemade treats for your dog, cat or rabbits. 3. Christmas trees Having a fir or pine tree in the house is one of the wonders of the festive season. But it’s worth bearing in mind that although they look lovely, they can be troublesome for pets. The oils in fir trees can be mildly toxic, causing stomach upsets, and the needles themselves can get stuck in your pet’s paw or throat. Regularly sweep up needles and close the door of the tree room when you go out, to avoid any accidents.



Also, be aware that some artificial trees will have small pieces and decorations that can break off and cause intestinal blockage if ingested by your pet. Ensure any tree you buy is sturdy and fixed firmly to the floor or out of reach on a table.

branches suddenly become bare, but tree decorations can be dangerous. Chocolate is harmful to pets, so hang those yummy decorations out of reach. Anything knocked off the tree can be swallowed by our inquisitive friends, and broken ornaments can get stuck in a paw.

Christmas favourites, bringing lots of festive cheer and colour into the home. However, they are dangerous for pets, with varying levels of toxicity. The side effects depend on how much of the plant is consumed. Display out of reach to avoid any tummy troubles.

4. Strings of lights

8. Antifreeze

Fairy lights that dangle and adorn are tempting chew items for pets. Try to place them out of reach, and always turn the lights off when leaving your pet unattended. Pets often have a fascination with bright lights and flashes

With the onset of winter comes the inevitable frosts and ice, and for our fourlegged friends, the smell of antifreeze is extremely alluring. But it is hugely toxic and can be fatal, so be careful not to spill any on the ground, and keep bottles out of reach – even the smallest amount can be dangerous. 9. Ornaments

due to their innate predatory behaviour. However, a bit of harmless excitement can actually lead to your pet’s behaviour becoming erratic. If you see this and it continues, it would be wise to keep the lights out of close contact with your pet.

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As the snowflakes fall and the temperature drops, make sure that your cat, dog or rabbit has somewhere warm to sleep. Preparing your rabbit for winter is important. If your rabbit sleeps outdoors, make sure the hutch is waterproof, and be ready to bring him or her inside over the winter months too. And for your cat or dog, ensure they have somewhere warm and comfortable to come back to after they’ve been exploring in the elements. 11. Fire safety A crackling fire is loved by many on a winter’s day. But be careful if you have an open fireplace – your pet may not be used to it and may try to investigate too closely. Place any festive candles out of reach too, to avoid accidents.

The festive season can be a chance to escape away on a well-earned holiday. But if you do go away, don’t leave your pet for too long – our furry friends deserve the love and a share of the festive fun as much as we do. Spend time with them this winter. It is the perfect opportunity to crack open the pet games you’ve had for months.

Keep the door shut when you are wrapping presents – otherwise you might see your rabbit hopping away with that ribbon you have just spent time curling. Or the bow you are just about to stick on that present may suddenly be stalked by your cat in a game of pounce. If swallowed, these items can cause many more problems than just a wrapping headache.

Baubles, tinsel and dazzling decorations hanging from the branches provide irresistible play opportunities for your pet. Be careful, as not only can your carefully decorated

10. Home comforts

12. Holiday blues

5. Wrapping distractions

6. Dangling decorations

remember, if your cat, dog or rabbit isn’t used to its usual play spaces being filled with festive objects, they can be knocked over, nibbled or even swallowed.

7. Pretty plants Poinsettias, mistletoe, cyclamen and holly are

decorate your home with special Christmas ornaments. But

By following our Christmas tips, you can make the most of the wonderful festive season with your furry friends and avoid any potential problems. Article source: Petplan


Text by Martin Chemhere Anglers in Zimbabwe consider the capture of a tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) to be one of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences in fishing. This species is renowned for its beauty and strength, and is considered to be one of the most formidable freshwater fish in the world. Many anglers strive to catch as many tigerfish as possible, making it their ultimate angling goal. Every year, anglers from Zimbabwe, Africa, and beyond come together for the Kariba International Tiger Fish Tournament (KITFT). Participants compete to catch the biggest and heaviest tigerfish in a tournament known for its excellent fishing. This year’s tournament was held from 11th to 13th October in Kariba, the largest man-made dam in Africa. This prestigious event gives anglers the opportunity to demonstrate their fishing talents and catch and release the predatory and much-coveted game fish of Africa.



A first-time angler participated at the ever-growing tournament on social media platform Facebook, and commented: “Another experience ticked off my bucket list. Fished at KITFT for the first time. Wow, what an experience.... the excitement of catching your first fish, landing it, videoing the length and its safe release back into the water. Placed 111th in individuals (not too shabby for a first-timer and with an injury) and 15th as a Team. Was great fun all in all.” The angler’s delight captured the proceedings of the justended tournament; where, once again, anglers from all over the world put up an amazing show! Their skills and dedication made the tournament, clearly, so special.

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Roxbury were the primary sponsor of the tournament that saw Charter X Thuli Petroleum come out victorious, with Hyena Sunrisers following closely behind by just 0.12 points. “We are thrilled to be the primary sponsor of the Kariba International Tiger Fish Tournament again this year,” said Roxbury’s Keenan Marais just before the tournament commenced. “The tournament is a great event that showcases the beauty of Kariba and the amazing tiger fish that can be caught there. We are proud to support this event, Zimbabwean anglers and to help to make it an even more successful competition.”

Also offering generous support were other sponsors and partners like Zambezi Lager, OneMoney, and Zimre Holdings Limited (Grand Slam Sponsors), Autoworld Zimbabwe, fastjet, Ezytrack, and MedNet Healthcare Consultants (Platinum Sponsors and Partners), CABS and Peters Signs (Diamond Sponsors and Partners). Others were KDV Bedding, FUCHS Lubricants Zimbabwe, and Utande (Gold Sponsors), Lowrance,

African Parks, and Zimpapers (Silver Sponsors), and Shades Ahead and Ultra-Med Health Care (Bronze Sponsors). The success of the 62nd edition of the tournament, was due to many factors such as the large number of participants and the thrills of catching and releasing a coveted fish species as well as the many sponsors who came through.





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The latter element demonstrated the trustworthiness of the organisers and the KITFT brand, demonstrating its value to potential sponsors. More than that, sponsors and partners are part of the KITFT family, sharing the organizer’s passion for fishing and commitment to excellence. They also help organisers to promote the sport and to inspire the next generation of anglers.

This kind of brand support helps to showcase KITFT as a much anticipated and world-class event for the Zimbabwean fishing community. In addition to the fishing, the KITFT also offers a variety of lifestyle and leisure activities such as boat cruises, game drives, cultural activities and relaxation for participants and their families. Watch this space for the next KITFT in 2024.



Revolution Bike Park Premier Bike Park in the heart of Harare’s Northern Suburbs. Text by Masimba Gamira

Revolution Bike Park, a premier bike park in the heart of Harare’s Northern Suburbs, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1985 as the Harare BMX Club. The journey began with the construction of the first track at OG’s sports grounds, evolving over the years to meet international standards. This commitment has resulted in the club producing five World Champions and over 50 riders reaching the finals at the annual World Championships. In 2016, the sale of the original land brought uncertainty, but with the backing of the new owner and renewed enthusiasm from the Committee and Members, the club is now poised to usher in a new era with Revolution Bike Park. The new track 60 REFINED ISSUE 10 | 2023

has been meticulously designed, drawing inspiration from the Manchester (UK) BMX track. It offers a unique and challenging experience for riders of all ages and skill levels. Revolution Bike Park is not just a BMX race track; it has transformed into a comprehensive off-road Bike Park, introducing The Pump Track as an exciting addition. This innovative track features S-bends, bridges, and jumps, providing an off-road cycling experience for enthusiasts. The Pump Track aims to be the “off-road” counterpart to the iconic Safety Sam, a well-known figure in Harare. The park’s mission extends beyond competitive racing, emphasizing the benefits of two-wheeled sports

for social work and community development. Revolution Bike Park aspires to grow the sport from grassroots levels, sending talented riders for training and competitions in South Africa and overseas. BMX, or bicycle motocross, remains at the core of Revolution Bike Park’s offerings. This high-intensity cycle sport, originating in the early 1970s in America, has gained popularity and achieved Olympic status since 2008. The inclusiveness of BMX is highlighted, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities. The sport provides a year-round, day or night activity under lights, fostering cardiovascular fitness, strength, and coordination.

The park’s commitment to inclusivity is evident in its accessibility. Anyone can walk in, hire a bike and helmet, and start riding. The club’s ethos revolves around a fun-filled, action-based sport that promotes social interaction and individual achievement, providing an alternative to school sports.

Revolution Bike Park invites the community to experience the thrill of BMX and off-road cycling. The Pump Track, a first of its kind in Zimbabwe, promises invaluable skill-building experiences for riders of all ages. To stay updated on the park’s progress and announcements, individuals are encouraged to visit the Revolution Bike Park Facebook page.

Revolution Bike Park represents a premier destination for BMX and off-road cycling in Harare’s Northern Suburbs. The park’s evolution from the Harare BMX Club showcases a dedication to excellence, inclusivity, and community development in the realm of two-wheeled sports.



Move Ford-ward with style & power: Introducing the Next-Generation Ranger Wildtrak from Ford Zimbabwe The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is more than just a pickup truck. It’s a versatile, powerful and stylish vehicle that can handle any challenge on the road or off it. Whether you need to haul heavy loads, tow a trailer, or explore new terrain. the Next-generation Ranger Wildtrak has you covered.

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Built Tough and Smart - The nextgeneration Ranger Wildtrak features a bold and rugged design that reflects its capabilities. The new grille, signature C-lamp headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels give it a distinctive look that stands out from the crowd. The interior is spacious and comfortable, with leather seats, a digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 360-degree Camera View and a 12-speaker sound system. You can also enjoy the convenience of wireless charging. Apple CarPlay. Android Auto, and FordPass Connect Designed to be tough and durable, the Next-Gen Ranger can handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. The vehicle’s body is made from high-strength steel, which provides superior protection in the event of a collision.



The frame is also reinforced, which means that the Ranger can handle heavy loads without compromising its structural integrity. Performance - The Ranger Wildtrak is powered by a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that delivers 213 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It also has a 10-speed automatic transmission, a new e-shifter and electric parking brake. that optimizes performance and efficiency. It can tow up to 3,500 kg and has a payload capacity of 1,000 kg. In addition, it also has a range of smart technologies that enhance safety and control, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitor, and rear cross traffic alert.

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In addition to its powerful engine, the next-generation Ranger also features an advanced suspension system that delivers a smooth ride, even on the toughest terrain. The suspension system includes monotube shocks, which are designed to absorb bumps and jolts for a more comfortable ride. The Ranger also features a Terrain Management System, which allows you to adjust the vehicle’s performance to match the terrain you’re driving on. With settings for Normal, Grass/Gravel/Mud/ Ruts, and Sand, the Ranger can handle any terrain with ease.



Versatile Cargo Management System -The Next-Gen Ranger Wildtrak offers a Versatile Cargo Management System that lets you secure your cargo with new and improved tie-down options. You can also customise the cargo box top rails to suit your needs with recessed mouldings. The tailgate is a versatile workspace with features like plant pockets, cupholders and other spaces that enable you to work remotely. In conclusion, the next-generation Ranger Wildtrak is the ultimate pick-up vehicle thanks to its advanced technology, exceptional performance, and versatile features. Whether you’re hauling heavy loads, navigating tough terrain, or simply need a reliable vehicle for your day-to-day use, the NextGen Ranger Wildtrak will definitely held you Move Fordward.

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For more information on the NextGeneration ranger and other NextGen models, visit your nearest Ford Zimbabwe dealership for a closer look or visit www.fordzimbabwe. com to book your appointment.



Move, Fordward.

The Next-Gen Ranger Wildtrak

Distinctive appearance and high-end capability. The Next-Gen Ranger Wildtrak premium interior is stacked with technology to give you a new level of command and control. Designed for work, family and play. Get ready to unlimit your Next-Gen Ranger life.

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