Thursday, August 16, 2018
Tawanda Musarurwa Bank loans are estimated to have increased to $3,8 billion last year from $3,69 billion, as the sector crept towards its highest level in loan book size post-dollarisation. The record of $4,01 billion was set in 2014. But is the economy really benefiting? An analysis of the numbers say: “Not...
The Zambezi River has recently been declared the oldest river in the world, celebrating its 280 millionth birthday, so was flowing 30 million years before the Triassic, when the first dinosaurs appeared. How can we say that? A small caveat… Geology is one of the most fascinating subjects in the world....
With the Easter crowds, we take a look at the method and madness behind the venerable institution of queuing What is a queue? The word queue comes, via French, from the Latin cauda, meaning “tail.” Most researchers in the field prefer the spelling “queueing” over “queuing”, although the latter is somewhat...
Perhaps it’s time to explore the early life of Zimbabwe’s longest serving leader as we begin a new era. Setting the scene Published in 1924, a read through the first ever “Official Year Book” for the then-Southern Rhodesia shows that year was a momentous one in the history of Zimbabwe: 29...
Hwange, Zimbabwe’s biggest National Park, turns 90 this week. Review the state of conservation before Hwange. The oldest National Park in the world was declared as such in 1778, consisting of the area surrounding Bogd Khan Uul Mountain, in Mongolia. Its natural beauty inspired the local Mongolian government of the Qing Dynasty...
Borders define a nation. But who defined Zimbabwe’s 3000km-long boundaries? What is a border? A border is many things – a frontier, a margin, an edge. It defines belonging and at a national level, shapes identity and political consciousness. As such the demarcation of such an important facet of human life occupied...
The year 1997 was a pivotal one for Zimbabwe as many factors coalesced into crisis. This week we discuss “Black Friday”, the day when there was a sudden drop in the value of the Zimbabwe dollar in the official auction system followed by a dramatic fall in share prices. Set...
Enacy Mapakame HARARE - Zimbabwean youths in the tourism sector are joining their regional counterparts in lobbying for more conducive environment for their participation in the sector as they move towards boosting its global market share and contribution towards the economy. At a conference to be held in Bulawayo from 19 to...