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Fighting over the beast



Born and raised in Zimbabwe but now a South African by naturalization, just where does Tendai Mtawarira, South Africa’s rugby star belong?

Well, the answer should be obvious.

However, after The Beast, as he is well known, was one of the shining stars of the Springboks victory in the World Cup on Saturday, people from both countries are laying a claim to him.

I found the ‘fight’ quite hilarious, especially when Zimbos declared the World Cup triumph was also theirs, much to the annoyance of some South Africans.

While Mtawarira may have been born and bred in Harare, the reality is that he is now a South African, playing for that country’s national rugby team hence the victory is indeed that of South Africa not Zimbabwe as some would like to believe.

The least we can say as Zimbos is that the victory is for Africa since the Springboks were playing against a European nation (England) but certainly not for our country.

Yes we are happy for Mtawarira but the man long denounced his Zim citizenship as our government does not allow dual citizenship.

He made a choice to be South African because of the opportunities in that country seeing as our rivers of opportunities were fast running dry in his land of birth.

If our country had been governed well, maybe, just maybe Mtawarira could still be in Zimbabwe and who knows, maybe Zimbabwe could also be counted amongst the great rugby nations!

It’s a pity that millions of people born and raised in Zimbabwe are now scattered all over the world mainly as economic refugees.

The joke is really on the past and current government which has failed to run the country and led to millions crossing borders in search of better living conditions.

Anyway, back to the ‘fight’ over The Beast between some Zimbos and South Africans. Below are some of the Tweets trigged by a comment from one Henry Munangatire from Zimbabwe, who wrote … “Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira 1st black Zimbabwean to be part of a world cup winning side.”

MhlaveNdhina: “Rather say Zimbabwe born, he’s now a South African citizen and plays for our national team. Stop feeding us your Zimbabwe r****sh, it’s our time to celebrate. Thank you.”

Milah: “I have never seen ‘The Beast’ celebrating being Zim not even a single day, he once said… ‘I am a South African at heart. I love this country. It has become my home, it is everything to me.’ Zim failed its people, period, leave the victory to SA please.”

Sir Luther: “Tendai is our adopted son, stop claiming him. Zim didn’t win anything and Zim will never win any world cup in our lifetime.”

Tinashe: “Great day for South Africa not Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe lost its talent, there is no benefit to Zimbabwe on that move. Our own Sables (Zim Rugby team) are mediocre here.”

Taffy: “Does he have a Zimbabwean passport, I don’t think he is a Zimbabwean anymore. We lost the right to him a long time ago.”


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Elephant mortality in Okavango rises to 110, Anthrax ruled out



Wildlife and National Parks department has ruled out Anthrax as a killer disease for elephants along some villages in the Okavango delta.

As of Friday last week, at least 110 dead elephants were discovered in areas of Seronga, Gunotsoga and Eretsha in the past three weeks and were suspected to have died from Anthrax.

However the Anthrax laboratory tests have come back negative, leaving the government departments searching for more answers. 

“Laboratory results have ruled out Anthrax and we are awaiting more results,” explained regional Wildlife coordinator in Maun, Dimakatso Ntshebe.

Ntshebe said his department through the help of veterinary department services are still conducting further tests to find out whether or not this mysterious disease is not a result of poisoning.

The disease according to Ntshebe causes the giant’s front legs to weaken and therefore the unwell animal walks in uncoordinated manner and ultimately drops to its death.

“We don’t know what could be the cause of this disease but we are working around the clock to find out and hopefully work on the cure,” added Ntshebe.

Some samples are to be sent to South Africa for further testing. “We could have taken other samples to the neighbouring Zimbabwe, but because of COVID-19 that brought everything to almost a standstill, we could not send them,” Ntshebe explained before adding that, “before coronavirus outbreak, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in talks and have entered into some agreements including exportation and importation of certain medications, but we have not yet concluded the matter regarding samples, that is why we have not been able to send samples to Zimbabwe.”

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SADC Executive Secretary disturbed by obstacles in movement of goods



The Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stegomena Lawrence Tax, has cautioned member states that any lack of cooperation among then during the COVID19 era has potential to reverse the gains made in the last decades.

Addressing a virtual SADC Council of Ministers meeting this week, Lawrence Tax said that the regional ministers approved Guidelines on Harmonization and Facilitation of Movement of Essential Goods and Services across borders early April. 

She said that whilst the guidelines have played a critical role in facilitation of movement of essential goods, there are notable obstacles that have been noted by the Secretariat.

The obstacles include non-compliance/non recognition of regional legal frameworks; uncoordinated operations at the port of entry among border agencies; lack of harmonization and synchronization of policies and procedures among, and between member states; unilateral decisions outside agreed framework; as well as different approaches to deal with epidemiological challenges,” she said. 

She added that; “all these are resulting in increased cost of doing business, and negatively affecting the implementation of national and regional programmes”.

She advised that there is need to have measures, and coordinated approach in place since the region is in a post lockdown period since the transportation of non-essential goods and services will be resuming.

Lawrence Tax added that COVID19 is a global pandemic and that the SADC regional approach should expand to COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite and eventually to other continental blocs.

“The Secretariat is already working with COMESA and EAC, specifically, in terms of harmonizing and synchronizing regulations and procedures for movement of goods and services under the Tripartite arrangement. We need to move in unison and avoid unilateral decisions, specifically with regards to cross border movement of goods and services,” she said.

According to the Executive Secretary, the regional office has already conducted a socio-economic impact analysis of COVID19 on the region and the results have shown that the pandemic will impact negatively across many socio and economic sectors.

“The decline in the global economy is projected to lead to a decline in commodity prices, increase in debt and significant contraction of the SADC economies in 2020. This will reverse the gains on industrial development and trade that the region has made in the last couple of years,” Lawrence Tax said.

On the flip side,  the region’s International Cooperating Partners have made pledges to mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic on its economy. 

“To date, the Secretariat has secured Euro 7.3 million from the German Government; Euro3.6million from European Union, Euro 190,000.00 under the GIZ/Africa Union Commission, whereas the African Development Bank (AfDB)  has considered a support UA 7 million. Engagements with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are also at an advanced stage,” the Executive Secretary said.

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