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AirZim rides out the storm


THERE is always something exciting about the idea of an airline re-entering discontinued routes.The hope is to pile pressure on existing competitors, increase frequencies and load factors, and recapture lost market share.This feeling gripped Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) on Friday last week as the troubled airline reintroduced flights on the cash-spinning Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route, in yet another “baby step” towards expanding ... Read More »

Tough task lies ahead


AS Zimbabweans go to vote today, focus is slowly shifting to the enormous task facing the new administration to be ushered into office soon.The coalition government of President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister (PM) Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara assumed governing powers in February 2009 and today’s general polls will force them apart, with a single party assuming ... Read More »

Lest we forget

BY this time next week, Zimbabweans will have known which among the political parties participating in today’s election would have won the right to run the country’s affairs for the next five years.From this crucial election a new political dispensation will emerge — a dispensation totally different from that born out of an unworkable inclusive government that presided over the ... Read More »

AU upstages SADC on Zim

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THE African Union (AU), which had appeared to have taken a backseat in Zimbabwe’s affairs soon after the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) more than four years ago, has sprung into action, upstaging the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in shadowing the local elections. The AU had been conspicuous by its silence since September 2008, when the continental ... Read More »

Who will win the Byo vote?

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MDC-T battling to defend territory PRIME Minister (PM) Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party’s election machinery rolled into the City of Kings and Queens a fortnight ago, briefly painting the city red and sending a veiled message to rivals that the party cannot be written off. The MDC-T is facing a threat to its dominance from the smaller ... Read More »

Who will win the Byo vote?


ZANU-PF tries its luck once againPRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s election carnival hit Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city at the weekend as the veteran nationalist attempted to make inroads into a province that has eluded his ZANU-PF party for the past 13 years.Held at White City Stadium, the same venue of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister ... Read More »

Chinese bubble burst spells disaster


DURBAN — History has an uncanny tendency of repeating itself and each time it replicates, its lessons are ruthlessly unforgiving.International economists warn that the world is on the threshold of yet another devastating global economic and financial crisis equal and possibly greater than the 2007 recession at a time when neo-liberal economics’ decades-old fundamental flaws are ripping apart humanity’s socio-economic ... Read More »

Other side of the rainbow


DURBAN — It is undisputed that South Africa is currently the continent’s biggest economic powerhouse. Its growth trajectory rose with the end of apartheid in 1994 and accelerated exponentially over the past 10 years. But 19 years since democratic rule, it seems the Rainbow Nation’s economy left behind some valuable cargo back in 1994 — the people. With 60 percent ... Read More »

Rest in peace Chi

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Philip Mataranyika IF tombstones were to be inscribed with words that summarise our works during our lifetimes, Chiwoniso Mararaire’s epitaph should have read: “Here lies a woman who revolutionised the mbira, the godly thumb piano of the Shona civilisation with amasing interpretation of the instrument”.Born in 1976, in Olympia, the United States (US), the singer and songwriter was in the ... Read More »

Devolution a long shot

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BINGA — Last week, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Welshman Ncube launched a manifesto anchored on three pillars of which devolution of power to provinces overarches them all.Ncube chose to launch his party’s manifesto at Siachilaba Business Centre, deep inside Binga.Binga District is arguably one of the most underdevelopment parts of the country.By launching the MDC’s manifesto ... Read More »