Wednesday, January 16, 2019
In Part 3 of the life of Robert Mugabe, we follow his career to the eve of the Lancaster House negotiations. Remind us of previous events. Cde Mugabe was arrested and imprisoned for making subversive statements and involvement with the struggle. While in Harare, he shared a prison cell with nationalists like...
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...
This week, in commemoration of the first Public Holiday on 21 February, we continue our overview of the life of former President Robert Mugabe, starting in 1960 when he decided to stay and fight for the cause. Did 1960 change everything? Racial inequity triggered strikes by black workers in the 1940s,...
Zimbabwe has more than 10,000 rock art sites within its borders. Just what do we know about them? What is art? How best to define the term “art” is a subject of constant contention. Theodor Adorno, the German-born international sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and composer claimed in 1969 “It is self-evident that...
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....
This week we conclude the story of the development of Zimbabwe’s borders by looking at thje eastern border and how the British blocked Rhodes from gaining a seaside for Zimbabwe. Were the Portuguese idly sitting by during the 1890 land grabs? A definite boundary could not be established to the east...
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 signing of the Lancaster House Agreement on 21 December 1979 ended a bloody war of liberation. What was the general background to the conference? The armed struggle for the liberation of Zimbabwe intensified in the late seventies. The Rhodesian government was compelled to seek a settlement but was not prepared...
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...
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...