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#1 COSMIC RHINO

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:25 AM

BUSINESS DAY cites  an online news site http://www.zimeye.net  as saying  that Robert Mugabe is not well.

 

there was a previous report from a retired army captain stating that  he collapsed from a heart attack whilst on a family holiday

 

a later report stated that he has problems with mobility

 

anyone else with his age and his health would have retired

 

a newsletter commented on his Singapore visit of a few years ago

 

  • the story is that he was assisting his daughter's university enrolment,  well it was the wrong time of year for that
  • it is reported that at  whenever he went  to a conference ,security officers marked a bathroom for his sole use, he spent a  whole lot of time there , this is a classic sign of a failing bladder which comes with advanced prostate cancer.

 

zimeye looks like an interesting site


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:41 AM

While waiting in transit in Singapore's Changi Airport on 27 December I saw an Air Zimbabwe jet parked well away from the commercial boarding/disembarkation gates (like in a private area). I figured that either King Bob was there in hospital, or Gucci Grace was there to catch up on the post Christmas shopping sales...


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:43 AM

Hmmmm - I was in Changi on Dec 27 flying home.  Perhaps I missed a GTG with @ZaminOz


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:51 AM

LOL @madaboutcheetah ... not hard to miss someone in Changi!

We were in Terminal 1 (I think? - Qantas)... but had done the tour of all terminals after buying enough SD cards for me and cosmetics for Mrs ZaminOz to get Mast ZaminOz the full set of Star wars soft toys on redemption! So may well have passed you by no matter which terminal you were in! :)


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:52 AM

Haha - Terminal 2


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 08:07 AM

the ZIM HERALD  reports  http://allafrica.com...1602031335.html     that the criminal defamation  law  which has been used to restrict the activities of journalists has been ruled  by the constitutional court to be an invalid and dead law

 

the chief justice siting with 8 other judges granted a media institute application that the law has been invalid since it was proclaimed in 2004

 

this creates new possibilities , but getting anything other than the government line published in the official media will not be easy


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 07:40 AM

Recently  I heard a BBC radio broadcast  about  a North Korean  factory which builds large ,well priced  bronze statues for the local  and  export market.  it employs 4,000 people

 

 

please  see http://www.bloomberg.com  28 MAR 2014  NORTH KOREA BAGS $5 MILLION TO BUILD TWO MUGABE STATUES

 

  • the statues were commissioned in 2009 and delivered in 2014
  • the larger statue worth USD 3.5 million is 30 feet high and is in Harare
  • the smaller one is worth USD 1.5  million and is in a museum in his hometown of Zivimba

 

not everyone would be impressed by this


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 08:45 AM

This is the staggering truth about the looting of Zimbabwe's natural resources.It is shocking that such incredible wealth in diamonds has been completely squandered.  

 

http://allafrica.com...1605110137.html


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 09:07 AM

Global Witness  is a research based NGO dealing with the interaction of environmental issues, with corruption , poor governance and civil  rights abuses

 

please see https://globalwitnes...monds/zimbabwe/

 

they produce a number of detailed reports which are available in PDF form  


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:23 AM

I can't see Zimbabwe's economy recovering any time soon.Unfortunately,for the reasons pointed out in this article, I can only see things getting worse. The only thing which will improve Zimbabwe,is a new government with a radicle change of direction.I can't claim to have all the answers. 

 

http://allafrica.com...1605190365.html


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:43 AM

Is this a surprise? I can only imagine that the situation will get much worse.Can anybody see any reason for optimism in regards to Zimbabwe's food situation?

 

http://allafrica.com...1605191047.html



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:47 AM

Nothing is easy here

 

well the reserve bank is talking up the use of plastic money  to overcome a cash shortage

 

debit cards would be ok

 

credit cards will create a major problem with interest charges if they are not paid of in full every month

 

Then there is the talk of local ownership of foreign owned businesses

 

where is the money coming for a fair price willing buyer, willing seller deal

 

the politically connected  don't having enough money to keep the place operating in good order

 

at the moment  both Barclays and standard chartered banks want to sell ownership of their African operations


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:50 AM

drought creates problems with food production

 

agriculture would be doing better if the white owned lands had gone to those who know how to farm, not those who were politically selected


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 07:14 AM

This represents yet another effort by Robert Mugabe's regime to save the economy; I wouldn't expect any benefit. Again there needs to be a new government which will go in a radically new direction.

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...siness-36341466


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:15 AM

Notice that panic stricken people are already withdrawing their money out of the the banks, in the anticipation of this plastic currency.They feel that the new plastic currency will simply be worthless. In other words they feel that the situation will get worse.

 

http://allafrica.com...1605150007.html

 

 

 



 


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:20 AM

This is far too optimistic. Please see: http://allafrica.com...1605230121.html

 

Furthermore,the country seems to be on the verge of a famine. Does anybody want to visit a country suffering from famine?



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 07:11 AM

  Please note that the poachers were  supposedly Zambian but I'm not sure. Zimbabwean poachers often hunt for meat. 

 

http://allafrica.com...0857.htmlZambia



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 04:32 PM

Standard catch cry in that part of Africa I'm afraid.
Zimbabweans always say "it's not us, the poachers come across from Zambia!" ... The Zambians always say "it's not us, the poachers come across from Zimbabwe!" ... The Botswanians are always confused and say "We don't know if the poachers are from Zambia or Zimbabwe... But it wasn't us!"
It seems no one ever poaches in they own country!

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:29 PM

But it's often true too. Go across the river/border and you're in another country, whoever was trying to catch you is stopped by the border, and communications across border between anti-poaching units are poor (at best), so it makes it a lot easier to get away.But the risk for Zambian poachers in Zimbabwe and Botswana, where they shoot to kill, is a lot higher then for Zimbabweans in Zambia where the policy is shoot to wound.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 07:22 AM

At least in Zambia the policy is shoot to wound. It  is far better than a hopeless policy of arresting poachers.If one does that, the poacher's handlers will simply pay bribes to get them out of jail.


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