Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014 in the New World: Great new exciting ideas, possibilities and perspectives.

Will not start with a greeting. (its a new world, we don't follow set
rules but we aren't criminals or fraudsters)

To prove we are clean, we are formalising the operations of our newly
established but fast rising Open Minds Publications. (you wonder
what's all this?)

This site is run by Open Minds Publications and so does ibmatteu.wordpress.com.
"Why?" we offer thinking and cognitive services to the world through
mind boggling insights and new perspectives.

If you still don't understand, take an IQ test & find where you stand.
If you don't know how, never mind: we have you in our minds.
We are introducing an IQ & personality improvement section which will
include support services like counselling, mentorship and
psychotherapy through the Voluntary Mentorship Program.
Be inspired!

The New World will be transformed from a publications and awareness
platform to a forum. (don't ask why. Keep it for the forum)
You will log into the forums a simple mind and you will log off an
animal activist, gender activist, politician, technopreneur(like us:
@ibmatteu or Bill Gates or Strive Masiyiwa), a mentor or even a
religious guru (or even gay).
Just maintain an open mind!

In 2014 your tastes, preferences and needs (except the sexuality part)
are our focus.
Open Minds Publications in conjunction with the Voluntary Mentorship
Program will enlist the services of professionals and experts in
marketing, business startups, analysts and problem solvers.
You are lucky!

The whole idea is to open your mind to new approaches, new
perspectives, and new possibilities.

2014 embrace the New World, abandon the negativity and seeming
impossibilities and throw yourself into the New World shouting: I am
here!!!!!

Happy New Year :)



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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Important Group announcement about your account — My Opera to shut down

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Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:05:34 +0000
Subject: Important announcement about your account — My Opera to shut down
To: ibmatteu@gmail.com

When My Opera was launched in 2001, it quickly became an important place
for us to meet with you. We have had much great interaction with you in our
forums and blogs. This whole idea of giving you a place where you could
blog, share photos and send emails turned into an interesting, and very
large, side project. Over the years, we've seen social media, blogging
sites and new messenger services pop up that offer more and better
features than we could possibly maintain. These offerings are their sole
business. You all know their names and you probably use their services
already.

The explosion of these sites and the amount of resources we need to
maintain our own service has changed our outlook on My Opera. We had a
good run for many years, but we believe your content could have a
better home elsewhere, so we have made the decision to shut down My
Opera as of March 1, 2014.

Your My Opera email account will also be discontinued on this date.

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A better way of actually getting things done

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From: Phil Chichoni <chichonip@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:39:38 +0200
Subject: A better way of actually getting things done
To: chichonip <chichonip@gmail.com>

" I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better
systems thinkers." - Margaret J. Wheatley

As we close the year, it is that time again to review our goals and
set new ones for the coming year. Of the dozen people I asked this
week, none managed to achieve all the goals they set for themselves
for 2103. It gets even more daunting to start thinking of setting
bigger goals for next year, knowing how unlikely they are to be
achieved. For that reason, some people have stopped bothering
themselves with setting goals.
There is a better way of getting things done.
Look at people who are struggling to lose weight, for example. How
many actually lose the number of kilograms they set for themselves in
the period they want to? Very few indeed. Why is that?
This is because a big goal puts a huge burden on your mind. Some
over-exercise in order to lose weight quickly, while others starve
themselves. The end result is that most give up. Over-exercising leads
to over-exhaustion and sometimes injury, while starving yourself
increases hunger pangs, leading to over-eating and more weight gain.
Now look at someone who sets a system for exercise sessions. If you
schedule specific days and times for exercise each week and stick to
it for 21 days, it will become a habit. Once something becomes a
habit, you will begin to do it almost automatically and effortlessly.
The results will come without much pressure on your mind.
Another example, say you want to write a book. If you set it as a
goal, it will look daunting knowing that you need to write around
80,000 to 100,000 words. However, if you make it into a system it will
be much simpler to accomplish. I write at least three articles every
week, for the press, my blog and this newsletter, about 1,600 words in
total. Multiply that by 52 weeks and you get 83,200 words, enough for
a book!
A system makes difficult tasks easier. So, set up your schedule for
the important things you need to be doing weekly in 2014 and start
doing it, you will find the results amazing.

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contact me.


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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Movember & 16 Days of activism against violence on women

The 16 days of activism against violence on women.

Women in Zimbabwe suffer a lot of abuses at the hands of women.
It is the mother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, the 2nd wives and so called
'small house' that have the greatest influence on how men treat women.

I have witnessed several accounts when a woman suffers abuse all as a
result of another woman.
If women would stop hating themselves and ganged up to punish men that
abuse one of their own, then there would be a drastic reduction in
violence against them.

The best person to liberate women from the bondage of violence is
women themselves.
The efforts by women rights groups are commendable as we see more
women participate in empowerment programs but the thrust must be on
how women treat each other.

If every 'small house' or in-law considered the effects of their
actions on other women and started focusing on reconciling and raising
the dignity of womanhood, men would simply follow.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Imagine a One-Language-Africa for entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, film makers, educationists, researchers, technologists, industrialists.

Africa now has 1billion+ inhabitants making her a huge market for her
entrepreneurial sons & daughters.
The major obstacle, however, is the language barriers that leave the
continent fragmented.

Imagine a one language Africa where there are no language barriers;
(a) artists (musicians, movie makers, poets & writers) will traverse
the continent unhindered,

(b) educational material will be easily exchanged amongst countries,

(c) inter-regional trade and intra-continent investment will increase
as entrepreneurs easily reach an understanding,

(d) progress in scientific research and technology is accelerated as
researchers quickly find a home-grown common language to share ideas,

(e) the ethnic, tribal and linguistic divides that fuel wars, will be
eliminated as Africans begin to understand each other,

These are some of the benefits of living in a One Language Africa.

For the Good of the Republic!

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F.E.A.R Group Press Release #Zimbabwe #Hardships #Zim_ASSET #Sanctions #Corruption #Poverty

Group Statement
20 November 2013


We note with concern the deteriorating living standards for
Zimbabweans in general.
The Charities & Social Responsibilities committee has been working
with community based organisations in identifying the challenges faced
by Zimbabweans in general.

The results of the research will be analysed and the Charities &
Social Responsibilities committee will come up with comprehensive
document that will be tabled before an all stakeholder panel on the
way forward.

The group has identified 5 sectors that need intervention;
1. Food Security/Agriculture
2. Energy
3. Engineering/Manufacturing
4. Education/Career Guidance/Empowerment
5. Health

You are not alone people of Zimbabwe.
We share not only your suffering, pain, disappointment, hardships but
your passions, dreams and yearning for a better future.

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Monday, 18 November 2013

F.E.A.R Group End of year statement

Thank you all for your continued support in this cause throughout the
year in our endeavours to rescue the young people and the world at
large from mental poverty.

We have achieved a lot and learnt a lot over the past year and we look
forward to reach other monumental milestones in the coming year.

We remain motivated by the desire and passion to do good and never by
fear of failure.
We remain guided by the principles of technovation, creativity and charity.
We have stepped up our volunteerism initiatives in working for the
upliftment of society.

Thank you to our clients, associates and partners.

Hoping for a more prosperous year ahead.

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Friday, 8 November 2013

The Mudzuri Scenarios: Analysis

Controversial as it may seem, the article by Elias Mudzuri concerning
the future of MDC-T leader and party president Morgan Tsvangirai,
shows the depth within the party leadership.

Mudzuri's scenarios are all possible in an atmosphere of confusion
regarding the role and significance of opposition parties in the next
5 years.

The MDC-T is safest under the current leadership as it stands but
there's need to start work on nurturing new leaders to take over in
2016.
Tsvangirai has done his part and like the biblical Moses, he will have
to let someone take the people into Canaan.
There's no doubt that he's contribution to Zimbabwean politics is significant.
He clearly defeated Mugabe in 2008 though like Joshua Nkomo in 1985,
he was robbed of his deserved victory.

Tsvangirai is to be given his iconic status as godfather of the
movement whilst the party elects a new leader to tackle either Mujuru
or Mnangagwa in 2018 (an easier task).
Tampering with the party constitution to give him another term in
office is clearly a recipe disaster as it sets a bad precedent for
future party leaders.

MDC-T needs to reconcile with fellow fighters like Madhuku, Sikhala,
Coltart, etc and start working on a grand coalition that will contest
in 2018.

The party seems to have taken lull.
Militant activism that characterised the party's first decade has
since disappeared.
Instead of complaining, the MDC must tackle government head on with
clear demands in uncompromising fashion.
The leadership must not only issue public statements at Harvest House
but must be visible and participate the daily activities in
communities.


Friday, 25 October 2013

Zimbabwe's 7 Politicians

Zimbabwe's political landscape looks simple but after microscopic
analysis, 7 groups of politicians emerge.

1. The dictatorial leaders. (Tsvangirai, Mugabe, Ncube)
These leaders cling to power,
dictate the party direction even when its unconstitutional,
centralize power upon themselves,
are quick to purge dissenters,
only turn to the people when they want votes.

2. The loyal supporters (you)
they blindly follow their leaders without reason or logic,
they are gullible enough to believe talk of sanctions, Nikuv, Western
countries poisoning food aid,
they are the condoms, usable and narrow-minded,
sacrifice themselves for their leaders for no apparent gain.

3. The 'flow with the tides'.
They follow whoever is in fashion.
They follow the MDC when their friends suggest so,
they follow ZANU PF mainly out of fear.
They are indecisive with no real political philosophy.
They are passive participants.

4. Opportunists. (Chaibva, J. Moyo, Namarare, T. Mutinhiri)
they know what they want and its not political.
They use politics to access certain priviledges which they deem
necessary for them to attain their goals.
They cheer their leaders not because they enjoy his/her talk but
because they want favours.
They are easily adaptable but unreliable for their party.

5. Independent minds. (I. Kay, Kereke, Coltart)
they are independent in thought and indeed,
they follow not the party policy but what they feel is right,
very logical, hard to please and difficult to deal with,
they are headstrong, not usable but reliable once they offer to carry
responsibility.
They usually indispensable even when they maintain the rogue character.

6. Passive analysts (Masimirembwa, Maisiri, Maziwisa, N. Dube)
they sing for their supper,
lauding their leaders' policies and disregarding the others without
careful analysis.
They are largely paid to convince academics and fellow analysts to
endorse policies some of which are clearly unworkable.
They sacrifice ethics and reason for the money.

7. Cyber activists (Baba Jukwa, Harvest Likis)
impotent loudmouths that spend their time pouring scorn and taunting
leaders but never putting anything into action.
They are usually cowards hiding behind pseudonames and fake profiles.
They are growing in number and influence on the internet but they
remain invisible in the real world.
They are unreliable as much what they say is based on hearsay,
grapevine and self informed deductions.
But they aren't worthless.

You know where you stand as an individual and whether you are happy
with the analysis or not, this is what it is.

For the good of the Republic!

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Zimbabwe Agenda for Social & Economic Transformation

This blueprint is to address the socio-economic challenges that is
affecting Zimbabweans.

This blueprint first acknowledges the strides made during the tenure
of the Government of National Unity, GNU.
The policy is a continuation and seeks to solve fundamental challenges
in governance system.

1. Diamonds
the diamonds have not been contributing to the fiscus since they were
discovered.
Sanctions have been blamed but the lack of accountability and
transparency in thee diamond industry has prompted a review of the
mining laws.

2. Corruption has become embedded in the governance system from the
grassroots to the top.
The new policy will strengthen anti-graft laws and hire competent
personnel to oversee the implementation.
There will be a cleansing in both public and private sector.
Corruption will be reduced to zero by end of 2014.

3. Unemployment.
The indigenisation laws will be reviewed on a sector by sector basis.
With special attention on the
(a) manufacturing sector: indigenisation will be waivered for the next
five years.
(b) mining: the threshold will be reduced from 51% to 25% but
augmented by Community Share Ownership Schemes.
(c) telecoms and ICT: threshold will be reduced to 25%
(d) banking & finance: the policy will be waivered for 3 years to
allow stabilization of the sector.

4. Sanctions
the government will continue with efforts to re-engage the West and
other multi-lateral lending institutions to get assistance in economic
recovery.

This blueprint will be followed and implemented to the letter so the
nation can benefit from the natural resources.

For the good of the Republic!

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

The streets of Harare on a busy Monday.

I had the intention of finding out how my 'unemployed' spent their day
ih harare's CBD.

I walked to 1st Street where I was sure I would bump into someone I knew.
I met the kind of people that I can't handle.

One claimed he was selling insurance policies for Old Mutual.
I am not into the insurance business but I just could not believe it.
In the end, this insurance broker was asking me for dollar to buy a pie.
I gave him.

The second one claimed that he was a technical manager at Brown Engineering.
I am a technologist myself, engineer by training.
I knew he was lying but I didn't question further.
We later parted ways.

The third one was a lady that I had sort of fancied in college.
She was well adorned and well decorated.
She told me she was now marketing at Munn Publishing.
I wanted to believe her but her phone told me otherwise.
I bought her a pie and we parted ways.

I returned home a disappointed man.
Zimbabweans were afraid of calling a spade a spade.
Instead people are lying to themselves, believing they are employed
yet they roam the streets of Harare on empty stomachs and thirsty
throats.

Someone must own up to reality.

For the good of the Republic!


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The real social issues that deserve government's undivided attention for the youth

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From: Ittai Bryan Matthew Nyamawuya-Masanga <ibmatteu@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:47:51 +0200
Subject: Article: The real social issues that deserve government's
undivided attention for the youth
To: Thoughtleaderzim@gmail.com

The Zimbabwe government has to deal with high unemployment, drug
abuse, educational challenges, reproductive health and information
dissemination.
The arts industry and social media are also pertinent issues.

1. Unemployment.
The unemployment rate may be contestable with ZimStat saying it 10%,
economists like Eric Bloch saying it above 90% but the reality is our
unemployment rate is unsustainable.
Industrial capacity utilization now below 40% from 57% in 2012 and
companies closing, the unemployed youths are finding themselves
between a rock and a hard place.
Most are turning to the informal sector where honest living is a mirage.
Government must revise indigenisation laws and allow investment to
resuscitate the industries and create employment.
Government must also avail loans and support to unemployed youths so
they can start businesses.
Government can give land leases to agricultural/farming groups of
youths so they start working on the redundant land.
There is also need for a policy to promote and liberalize arts, media,
mining industries so the youths can enter and actively participate in
the economy.

2. Education
the education curriculum needs revision and must include
entrepreneurship, mandatory vocational and practical skills.
The high number of drop outs must also be reassured into the system
through vocational colleges and life skills training institutions.
BEAM is helpful but more funding is needed to give grants, loans and
'bursaries' to gifted but underpriviledged children.
Government must also counter unemployment by training world class
educationists, medical staffers and science researchers in hordes then
loan them out to other countries on a government-to-government
agreement.

3. Reproductive health
according to the Zimbabwe Demographic Survey results 2010, 11% of
females and 4.2% of males in the 15-to-24 years are HIV+.
It was also discovered that teenage pregnancies were as high as 21% of
the 15-to-19 age groups(Female Students Network).
Youth Information and education for Behaviour Change also found out
that 16% of high school boys admitted they had sex with a prostitute.
These revelations point to the challenges facing the youth when it
comes to reproductive health.
The consequences are the high number of young unemployed single
mothers who end up in prostitution to survive.
HIV and STIs remain a great challenge and government must not only
criminalize prostitution but must also prosecute the male customers.

4. Corruption
corruption has destroyed both the economy and the moral fabric of the
nation of Zimbabwe.
Government must lend an ear to organisations like Transparency
International Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission must be strengthened and given
a clear mandate with enough powers to execute their duties.
The government departments from the registrar's office, the ZRP, VID,
and professions like journalism have been plagued by malpractices.
Government is losing revenue due to tax evasion, fraud and corruption.

5. Drug abuse
the Anti Drug Abuse Association says drug abuse is on the rise.
The traditional alcohol and marijuana abuse are fast being dwarfed by
common medicines that are being used by the youth as intoxicants.
Bronclear, Histalix D and Maragado are some of the drugs that are
being abused by both sexes of the youth.
This has been attributed to idleness and stress due to unemployment
but government must track down the sources of these drugs considering
that the drugs are controlled medicines.

6. ICT, Arts and Media industries
ICT is growing rapidly but with better policies and financial support
from government, the industry can become the biggest employer
contributing a significant chunk to the nations GDP.

The arts: film, music and literary sectors are in ICU. Themes like
'Theatre In The Park' run by Rooftop Productions and the Amakhosi
Theatre are as good as dead.
They need immediate attention as they are necessary for Zimbabwe's
perception management in tourism.

These are the social issues affecting the youths and they need
immediate attention or the national crisis will deepen.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

The day of the girl child

Today we celebrate the girl child amidst revelations that sexual
assaults, gendercide, genital mutilation and general gender bias
against girls is on the increase.

In Zimbabwe alone, the girl child is being subjected to horrific
experiences as poverty and HIV ravages the nation.

1. Girls are forced into marriages by parents and guardians as a way
of dealing with poverty;

2. Girls are taking to prostitution to survive the tough economic times;

3. Girls are taken as maids & helpers (child labour) and employed
under harsh working conditions sometimes for very little pay;

4. Girls are being denied their rights to education as most parents
cant pay the fees;

5. Girls as young as 12 die in labour (maternal mortality) due to:
(a) early pregnancies,
(b) poor health service delivery or lack of access to health services,
(c) poor diet resulting in poor health,
(d) illegal abortions, S.T.Is, HIV & opportunistic infections.

The girl child bears the brunt of the corruption and rottenness of our society.
She is most affected by the poverty and lack due to an underperforming economy.

Spare a thought for the girl child in Zimbabwe.

For the good of the Republic!

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Power of a Testimony

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Subject: The Power of a Testimony
To: ibmatteu@gmail.com



You are an Evangelist



























Scripture: "So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit
in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you
imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example
to all the believers in Greece — throughout both Macedonia and
Achaia." (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7).

One Person's Story

One of Jesus' most famous cross-cultural encounters involved a woman
in Samaria. We are not told her name, and so she is known simply as
"The Samaritan Woman" or "The Woman at the Well."

When Jesus asked her for a drink, she must have been shocked. It was
highly improper for men and women to converse in public. Not only
that, but all Samaritans were despised by the Jews for their
idol-worshiping and mixed blood. Jesus reached across both those
divides with His love.

Despite their vast differences, Jesus began to tell her about God's
love and plans. He said to her, "If you only knew the gift God has for
you and Who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give
you living water" (John 4:10). He explained that "those who worship
[God] must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24), and revealed
to her, "I Am the Messiah!" (John 4:26).

Repenting of Sin

Jesus then challenged the woman about her lifestyle, shameful even by
Samaritan standards: "You don't have a husband — for you have had five
husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with
now." (John 4:17-18). No normal person could have known all this about
her--she realized He was a prophet, and believed His teaching.

God's people had been instructed that sinners should "Repent, and turn
from your sins. Don't let them destroy you!" (Ezekiel 18:30). In
Jesus' day, John the Baptist had been preaching for people to "repent
of your sins and turn to God" (Matthew 3:2).

Many Believed

Jesus's words so excited the woman that she "left her water jar beside
the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 'Come and see
a man who told me everything I ever did!'" (John 4:28-29). "Many
Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because [of what] the
woman had said" (John 4:39).

In a few minutes' time, the Samaritan Woman had gone from being a
great sinner, to being greatly forgiven. She believed in Jesus not
just as a prophet, but as The Messiah, and was unashamed to tell
everyone she could about Him. Her story -- her testimony -- inspired
her fellow villagers to worship Him too.

What story helped you decide to accept God's Salvation through Jesus
Christ? Has telling your own testimony ever brought someone to a point
of decision?

Prayer, Care and Share Jesus

* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus (PCS) series is a guide to help you
PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *

"Using Your Testimony"

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-9

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points out how important the testimony
and example of the Thessalonians were to other people. He also says
that our example speaks more loudly than words. As a believer, your
testimony is one of the strongest tools you have for telling others
about Jesus.

People you're sharing the gospel with may disagree with the message.
But as the Samaritan Woman showed, a life radically transformed by God
is compelling, and very hard to argue with.

Here are some suggestions for sharing your testimony:
• Write it out.
• Keep it short (3-5 minutes).
• Practice with friends and family.
• Divide it into sections:
 • Section 1 - How was your life before you met Christ?
 • Section 2 - How did you become a Christian? (you may summarize the
gospel message here)
 • Section 3 - How has your life changed since you accepted Jesus as
your Lord and Savior?

Your story is unique and amazing. God will use your faith stories in
powerful ways to change lives! Let the Holy Spirit work through you.

It might be difficult for you to answer Section 1 of sharing your
testimony. Maybe you accepted Jesus at a very young age and have
always been close to Him. You can share why you love and follow Jesus.
You can also describe an experience where Jesus intervened in your
life and use this point to then share the gospel.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I pray that You will help me to share
my testimony clearly and powerfully. I praise Your name for how You
brought me into a personal relationship with You. Holy Spirit, speak
to others through me and make me bold to share my story with others,
in the Name of Jesus, Amen."

Tell us how it is going!

Click here <https://my.godlife.com/redir.php?redir_id=eMLhQHCbAV5meFqG_cD64Dd3OVFqNU90Y2xoMGYyNk1lcFBtM19Cb1ROZ0s5RHpFUFJrWFJtc25pX0U&user_mailing_id=6ROCLhlPy_JF7IC4PtjfGmxnWDJJWm1qM18yQ2dKSTRrRWlOWElBTTRTYXJwWDRPUlFqTEJSb2dTamc&language=EN>
to share what changes God is making in your life and how this guide is
helping you.

Just for You



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• God will help you lead others to recognize and repent of their sins
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Friday, 4 October 2013

Africa needs technology to close the poverty gap

Ecology guarantees:

1. Ready access to information and data;

2. Better livelihoods as farmers work less with technology plugging
the labour deficit;

3. Better educational facilities which means better academic achievements;

4. Better health standards as medical practitioners access more resources and;

5. Better entertainment which helps reduce population growth
(impoverished Africans use sex as entertainment to kill the boring
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Monday, 30 September 2013

We need dirtiest hands, rolled up sleeves, cleaner minds and gagged mouths #SMEs +conferences #policy

Our nation and our families and businesses have not progressed because
of the attitude:
too much planning,
hidden agendas,
too much talking
and very little action.

We must become pragmatic, roll up our shirt sleeves and start working.
Enough conferences and seminars have been held and each problem has
been discussed thoroughly but very little action has taken place.

1. Start working hands-on.
Monitoring and evaluating work on site and not from an office in the CBD.

2. Say less of what's wrong but show your team how you want it done.

3. Blame less, apologise less, delegate less and do more by yourself.

Only when a plan is being executed does it become clearer to both
planner and executer.
Only during execution do the flaws and mistakes become apparent.

We need a wage system based on productivity rather than time spent on a job.
People are being paid not for what they have done but for what they
intend to do which they will never do.

Start working now, revising your plan as you move forward.


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Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try #edison #tsvangirai +2pac +BIG

Zimbabweans are known for planning but never implementing.
Planning is our problem but implementing is.

It stems from the fear of failure.
We are arrested by fear from making the first step towards executing our plans.
Every accomplishment starts with the first step.

Makandiwa or Angel may lay hands on you a thousand times but that
business venture will never take off until you make the first move.
People must realise that many breakthrough they seek can only come to
fruition when they make the initial step.

Zimbabweans remain risk averse opting to selling the conventional
tomatoes and recharge cards when there's other merchandise.
Even if you have little, use the little you have to get more and keep
the cycle going.
The first step is the most important in a journey.

Take out that business proposal from the shelf and start working on it.
Take your singing from the shower and take it to church or to the studio.
Take out those scripts and start negotiating with publishers.

Failure and rejection will meet you on the way, but you aren't the first to try,
you aren't the first to fail or make it.
You are just YOU attempting to unleash the talent in you.

Make the bold first step today and never look back;
tomorrow you will be a different person.

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If you want something you better make noise #woza #marikana #Egypt +Syria

Most of the times women complain in salons about their cheating husbands,
men complain in bars about their nagging wives, the ailing economy,
corruption, etc.
However, none is willing to address the problem and face each other head on.

Zimbabweans have this syndrome that is why we remain repressed and
being shortchanged by the authorities.
Our problems can only be addressed if we make the necessary noise to
the relevant people.

1. Publicize your grievances and share them with as many people as are
affected. Conscientize the masses.

2. Start mobilizing and organising putting forward people who will
best articulate your views,

3. Create a signature motto and vision statement to keep you motivated
and focused on the goal,

4. Formulate a plan of action with contingencies to cater for
unforeseen developments,

5. Approach relevant authorities with your proposals and give
ultimatums and time frames to maintain your case as high priority in
their plans,

6. Be ready to take action when the ultimatum expires. Be part of the
action; don't wait for others to do it for you,

7. Remain resolute, don't let drawbacks demotivate you.
Keep fighting.
Keep negotiating.
keep strategizing.

For the good of the Republic!

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Hotel Express International Company Page

New Hotel in Zimbabwe

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Taking back your life step by step

1. Find out your assignment.
The problem that infuriates you the most is what you were designed to solve.

2. Set your goals.
Write down specific goals and projected target.
Magnify your future so big the past dissolves.

3. Assemble your team.
Include encouragers, cheerleaders, mentors, critics, proteges, etc.

4. Sculpture your environment.
Dominate your environs with your persuasions, dreams and ambitions.

5. Search for problems.
Look for problems nearest you to solve.
Dont move away from unhappy people - they expose flows and birth ideas.

6. Constantly ask questions of yourself.
What could I do better? Who is most important to me?
Search for answers to the puzzle you are putting together.

7. Embrace the Holy Spirit and HIS wisdom.
God never screams, he whispers.
Trust your instinct and your conscience.

It all begins and ends with you.
You reap what you sow.

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

New Zimbabwe government not focusing on Science & Technology Development

New #Zimbabwean government has no real interest in engineering &
technology advancement.

The setup of the cabinet portfolios and the rebundling of science &
tech with higher education is evidence that technology isn't at the
core of envisaged national development.
It's unwise to ignore S & T when the rest of the world is rapidly advancing.
S & T is the one way to bridge the gap between the rich & the poor,
govt & the people, business & the market.
S & T is empowering as it creates opportunities for small business to
sustain or grow.

Instead of containing an unemployed youth populace, govt must craft
pro-S&T policies to channel the youth's focus towards engineering and
technology.
Youths will spend time researching or advancing the technology thereby
creating a hi-tech nation.

S'nT has role in agriculture, health, education, commerce & to an
extent politics.

For the good of the Republic!

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Being a better author

Tips on being an author.

Dobbs apparently has a quite different flow. We hope to do a workshop
on this at NASW.)
2.Don't wait too long to start writing, especially if your book
incorporates descriptive or narrative elements. Write at least a quick
sketch of the sensory and emotional elements that stick with you as
you come back from field reporting.
3.You're going to spend a lot of time in your head. Take care of your
physical self too. Be just as committed to that as you are to getting
your writing done every day. If you don't care about your health,
think your vanity — there's an author video and a lot of public
appearances in your future.
4.Bonus tip: Be good to your spouse/partner and protect time for them.
They're in this with you, but unlike you, they didn't choose it.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Keep Praying!

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Scripture: ""These were [the Lord's] instructions to them: "The
harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is
in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His
fields." (Luke 10:2).

Sometimes, it seems there is too much to pray for, and not enough
people praying. As of this writing, tremendous upheaval and civil war
are occurring in at least three countries the Middle East. Governments
in the West are spying on each other and bullying their own people.
Other people around the world are disagreeing over their differences,
while those in power persecute those with minority views or looks. How
can God work with all this? Does He care about you and the people you
are praying for amidst all this turmoil?

God Does Care

Scripture tells us, "This is real love — not that we loved God, but
that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our
sins" (1 John 4:10). His love extends not just to His people, but to
all people; "God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only
Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish" (John
3:16).

God Hates Evil

Scripture makes it clear that God despises when we humans hurt one
another. "The Lord hates ... haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that
kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do
wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord
in a family" (Proverbs 6:16-19). Instead, He says, "I the Lord love
justice" (Isaiah 61:8).

God Wants Us to Pray

Although it might feel like we're praying against an unending tide of
evil, Jesus told His followers "that they should always pray and never
give up" (Luke 18:1). The Apostle Paul reminded us to "pray in the
Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be
persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere" (Ephesians
6:18). We can trust that God will rule over everything -- from great
events around the world, to the hearts of the people you love: "we
know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those
who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Prayer, Care and Share Jesus

* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus(PCS) series is a guide to help you
PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *

Expanding Your Prayer
(The "Take 5" Challenge continued from last week)

Scripture: Luke 10:2

For the past few weeks, we've been challenging you to choose 5 people
who don't know Jesus, whom you feel God wants you to reach out to. We
call it the "Take 5" Challenge. The challenge includes PRAYING for
God's blessing on them, for them to accept Jesus as their Savior, to
befriend them, and to CARE for and encourage them. (If you didn't get
a chance to read that prayer letter, and choose 5 people to pray for,
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The first part of the Take Five challenge is to pray for the Lord's
blessing on the people you're ministering to daily. Also pray that
they will meet Jesus as their Savior. You can even set aside 5 minutes
at the same time every day to pray about these things. You can do this
while you're getting ready in the morning, or even in your car.

If you make this part of your daily routine, you may start feeling
more blessed than usual! Here are some suggestions of ways you can
expand on the prayer for the people you minister to:
•In Luke 10:2, Jesus asks us to pray for workers in the harvest
because the harvest is so large. Today, with over 5 billion of the 7
billion people on earth not knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, we need
many workers in the harvest, so please pray for workers in the harvest
in all communities on earth. This can even include prayer for people
who minister on the ground and on the internet.
•In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Lord commands us to pray for all people
including those in authority. You can pray for those in authority in
your country, community, government, business, church, in media,
education, law enforcement, justice and so on.
•A third suggestion may be to pray for the peace in other countries.

These are just suggestions. We encourage you to pray for anything God
puts on your heart.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I pray now for my Five, for workers
in the harvest, for those in authority, for the peace of Jerusalem and
for salvation for the Jews. Help me to stand before you daily for
them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen."

How is it going?

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Prayer Points



Will you pray this week:
• The Lord of the harvest will send more workers to His fields.
• God will let you and the people you minister to know He cares.
• God will guide our leaders and bring justice to the world.
• You maintain faith and prayer despite adversity.
• The people you minister to will accept Jesus as their Savior.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Zimbabwe ICT sector has many opportunities

Invest in ICT the only legacy of the GNU in Zimbabwe.

The GNU is past and the economy is already regressing,
food is becoming scarcer,
powercuts have increased,
water shortages worsening in towns & cities.

The ICT sector remains resilient as it keeps growing and diversifying.
The sector has not only great potential for gadget manufacturers and
traders but for the general populace.

It will solve cash shortages through e-commerce,
ease shortage of educational material through e-learning,
counter mainstream media bias through e-journalism,
bridge the gap between patient & physician through e-health,
counter the costly advertising, marketing & mobilization methods
through social networking,
help in the dissemination & sharing of information & ideas further
empowering the people.

The sector is Zimbabwe's lifeline and with investment & training, the
Republic can become an ICT powerhouse in the world.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Way forward for Zimbabwe opposition

Now that Ncube, Dabengwa and other opposition forces have proven
insignificant, the MDC-T must consolidate its role as the only
sellable pro-democracy movement.

They have 2 options;
1. They must abandon the peaceful activism and adopt an aggressive
radical strategy even if it means incarceration.
Mugabe will work to annihilate them even if they remain peaceful.
Whilest political tension remains high, MDC only needs to provoke the
ZANU zealots and the scene degerates into a war.

2. Tsvangirai must hand over the party presidency to a new guy and
take an advisorial role.
Clinging to power will most likely result in another split.
He launches a diplomatic offensive as the new leader goes back to the
grassroots.
The party must make a strategic retreat establishing first an
extensive security and defence system in all districts.

The earlier the decision is made, the better.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Zimbabwe in 2018

Tough times ahead for Zimbabwe under ZANU PF.

1. Government - failing to deliver on promises struggling to pay
bloated civil service wage bill.
Departments heavily militarised and blighted by corruption.
ZANU will blaming failure on sanctions.

2. Economy - indigenised, informalised, porous and unresponsive to
government interventions.

3. Health and education - expensive, chronic shortages of qualified
staff, medical and educational material.
State system defunct.
Private & informal institutions sprouting.

4. Agriculture - producing virtually no food relying on imports.
Farmers concentrating on tobacco and cotton but relying on food handouts.

5. Manufacturing - producing nothing.
Nation importing everything.

6. Financial - most institutions merged or liquidated.
Money in informal hands, manipulation of the Rand - US$ exchange rate
by forex dealers.

7. ICT - only thriving sector & alternative media.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

A technology strategy for Zimbabwe under indigenisation

Zimbabwe's path of indigenisation will leave technopreneurs and
technovators largely isolated from the rest of the globe, investment
will dry up and technological advancement will slow down.

The nation will lose out on the benefits of technology in all sectors
of the economy and as technologists we can't allow to happen.
It needs a platform where all stakeholders come together and formulate
a strategy to counter the effects of the country's projected
trajectory.

The strategy will have to involve;
- synergies,
- skills exchange and,
- aggressive lobbying at policy level.
The incoming Government has a history of imposing policies upon
industry but inasmuch as we can't go against it, we must come up with
a workable survival strategy.

I call upon interested parties to come gather around a round table,
reach a consensus and chart a way forward in Zimbabwe's uncertain
technology future.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Zimbabwe's political circus

The political circus keeps unfolding like a Jack Bauer series.
Conspiracy upon conspiracy.
One wonders whether what we have in the public domain is all there is or we must expect more.
If Hollywood are to make a movie based on our political scenario, it would be a blockbuster.
Ballot papers in trashcans, witnesses arrested, observer team says everything is going smoothly.
One contestant threatens to announce results and inaugurate himself, the other says its a crime.
ZEC says they are more than ready for elections but others say it must be disbanded.

Whatever is goin on is not right and our leaders need to sit down and agree to a clearer way forward for the country.

For the good of the Republic!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Zimbabwe election results predetermined

The nation has been gripped by an election euphoria that's never been experienced before.

Everyone is watching as the drama unfolds.
Is this the turning point or the beginning of the worst?
A lot is at stake and Zimbabweans must brace themselves for anything.
Will either of the parties deliver on their promises when they get into power?
Will we not live another 5 years in disappointment and regret?

I may seem too optimistic but I feel there are only 2 outcomes in this election;
1. An outright MDC-Tsvangirai win after the much dreaded runoff,
2. Another inconclusive runoff leading to another GNU.

Either of the outcomes do not favour Mugabe and a GNU this time will see him as the weaker partner to the effect the party will collapse in the public eye.

It's either he knows or he is being kept in the dark like before.
If he knows then he is ready for the defeat.
He is playing the grand masters' move.

For the good of the Republic!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Solar technology can help lessen Zimbabwe's energy deficit

If we could establish community based solar energy grid, CSG.

The nation has massive power deficit yet we have plenty sunlight for the greater part of the year.
I propose that communities be put into energy clusters where;

1. Solar panels are installed on the rooftops,
- depending on size and direction its facing.

2. Solar panels are connected to a grid,
- they supply their DC to a bus grid.

3. Grid is connected to one central energy reservoir(battery unit),
- it's the pool where excess energy is stored.

4. Electrical inverter is connected to battery unit,
- device inverts stored DC to AC which goes to the households.

5. Inverter supplies the grid with AC power,

6. Metre box and MCB are installed at each household,
- MCB is a standard protective device for households. The metre measures energy usage in the household and helps identify the high energy gadgets.

For the good of the Republic!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Spy technology in voting booths #July31 #zimelection #technology

Zimbabwe has a literacy rate of 92% yet there are unintelligent pronouncements
that there are satellite antennas, cellphones and cctv cameras in every booth to spy on voters.

It's disappointing that there are people who are believing it highlighting;
(a) voter education was not done properly if it was done.
(b) we are yet to understand technology.

Zimbabwe has a majority tech-savvy young generation and an older population that is yet to grasp technology.
It's upon us as young people to help our elderly parents and grandparents understand technology and not fall for such lies.

It's our duty to bridge the technology gap and help elevate our elders to a better understanding and appreciation of the tech world.

Lets take the challenge and dispel these lies for only us can and must do it.

For the good of the Republic!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Zimbabwe on the path to a sham election

It's becoming clearer that Zimbabwe was and isn't ready for a July 31 election.

ZEC
- bungled what they later said was an experimental registration exercise,
- bungled the mobile registration process,
- bungled the 2 day special voting,
- no confidence in the integrity and competence of the institution.

Violence and intimidation
- persists unabated,
- invoking the horrific memories of 2008,
- perpetrators promising more hell for perceived enemies,
- tearing posters and banners,
- leaders dwelling more on hate speech than bread and butter issues.

Media
- pro-ZANU PF propaganda intensified in more subtle forms,
- peddling hate speech.

Security services sector
- meddling in electoral processes,
- openly campaigning for and supporting ZANU PF failing to separate party from State.

The July 31 elections will be a sham.
Let not one man drag us into the mud.
Postpone them.

For the good of the Republic!

Monday, 15 July 2013

ZEC isn't capable to run an election

ZEC has expectedly failed to live up to expectations.

In a nation where more than 1 million competent youths are jobless, ZEC stuck to the old officials who failed to serve the urbanites during registration.
In a tech-savvy nation, ZEC has failed to digitize & technologize most of it's processes.

The chaotic conduct during special voting leaves loopholes for cheating and other irregularities making talk of credible elections a distant reality.
Rita Makarau and Joice Kazembe were supposed to prove their capabilities as competent women but they are justifying why the nation remains patriarchal.

This poor showing also vindicates MDCs' call for more reforms whilst heightening speculation on ZANU PF's push for early elections.
They are making us a laughing stock.

Way forward.
- Election postponed
- ZEC disbanded & restructured
- New youthful staff recruited.

For the good of the Republic!

Reconciliation Might Follow Forgiveness

For the good of the Republic!

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From: GodLife <prayer@godlife.com>
To: <ibmatteu@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013 6:02:14 PM GMT+0000
Subject: Reconciliation Might Follow Forgiveness

Reconciliation Might Follow Forgiveness

Scripture: "And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him." (2 Corinthians 5:18).

When Gina was in grade school, another girl, Emma, was often mean to her. After they had gone their separate ways, Gina chose to forgive Emma, in obedience to God. But since they now lived in different towns, they had no chance to restore their relationship.

Human Reconciliation

I don't think God wants us to leave things unfinished like that. Jesus said, " If you are presenting a gift [to God] and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God" (Matthew 5:23-24). We should follow His model, being "compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love" (Psalm 103:8). So we want to obey when He tells us to mend our human relationships, just as Jesus mended our relationship with God. After all, "He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

God's Reconciliation

It turns out that God was waiting for Emma to "come back." About 20 years after graduation, the women met again – at a Christian music concert! Sometime during those two decades, Emma had found salvation through Christ. When they saw each other, she jumped at the chance to be reconciled with Gina. God's promise that "anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person" (2 Corinthians 5:17) was evident in Emma's life. Gina and Emma, once enemies, were now sisters in Christ. They embraced and rejoiced together in their common salvation. Similarly, we all were "God's enemies," but "we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son" (Romans 5:10). And we can make peace with each other, because through Christ, "God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in Heaven and on earth" (Colossians 1:20).

 PRAYER, CARE & SHARE

* The Prayer, Care and Share (PCS) series is a guide to help you pray and care for others and share your faith in Jesus *

Reconciliation happens when people who were in conflict with each other ask and receive forgiveness from each other.

This action frees them to move forward in God's purposes and plans.

The most wonderful example of reconciliation is that of God reconciling us to Himself through Christ. Even greater news is that God gives you and me, as believers, the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Oh wow! "Thank You Lord!"

In the Prayer, Care and Share guide, you can see how important it is that we forgive those who wrong us, just as God forgave us in Christ (Ephesians 4:32).

It is possible to forgive those who have offended us without speaking to them. However, reconciliation can only happen when we forgive one another in person. If the wrongdoer is dead, unreachable or unknown, we must simply trust God with the situation.

Carefully seek God's guidance about approaching someone who has wronged you. It is possible, when you tell someone you have forgiven them and are seeking reconciliation, that they could abuse you again! Seeking reconciliation is NOT necessary if you have forgiven completely. Reconciliation is a FURTHER STEP with completely different dynamics. It may bring a blessing to the one who wronged you, and this is the ministry of reconciliation God gives us.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, please show me any situation where I've forgiven someone, and now You want me to approach them in that next step of reconciliation. I pray that You will give me wisdom and protect me as I go. In Jesus name I pray. Amen."

A Helpful Hint

Pray about seeking reconciliation with someone who wronged you, and get confirmation from the Lord. Also talk to a trusted friend or elder before going to the person, and take someone with you so that you are not hurt again. If the abuse is ongoing, even greater care needs to be taken.

Tell us how it is going:

Please tell us about your experiences, giving the gift of forgiveness to those who wronged you or who may still be wronging you.

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Jesus taught about our need for God, helping us learn to love our enemies and seek reconciliation. Click the link to learn more about Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in the Following the Path series. <https://my.godlife.com/redir.php?redir_id=if2gT2_JwaWQ7ijs22OCQkIxeXExSTNzSnYzWUY1WjJBdEFDSHVrcDUyYUp4OWVTdlg3NVFnVmZTS1k&user_mailing_id=nAy4Oh1kK2C7Obq0XI02MENtc2dCOGdyMV9ibEJuY1lMakk3MHRELTFnbVV6T2RvdE1MRXZaZEVQUUk&language=EN>

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Prayer Points



Will you pray this week to :

•On a daily basis, continue forgiving all the people who wrong you in any way.

•Discern whether reconciliation between you and the wrongdoer will be possible.

•Find a true friend or elder to assist you in a reconciliation decision and to accompany you, if necessary.

•Be strong and to protect you as you talk to the one who has offended you.

•Expand the ministry of reconciliation with other believers to be practiced all over the world

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Imagine a better Zimbabwean Republic

Imagine a Zimbabwe where you wear your party regalia without fear,
imagine a Zimbabwe where empowerment opportunities are offered to all in a non-partisan manner,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where elections do not invoke memories of bloodshed, torture and torment,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where there are no water shortages and power cuts,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where promotions are based on merit,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where workers' salaries are commensurate with cost of living,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where our industries produce our own products,
Imagine a Zimbabwe where everyone has a profession,
Imagine a corruption free Zimbabwe where transparency and accountability are key.

Let's work for it.
Yes we can,
and we will,
because we must.

For the good of the Republic!

Friday, 12 July 2013

F.E.A.R Group unaudited financial results for half year ended 14 May 2013

President's statement

Overview
Focus was on improving revenue and asset base and exploring possible viable ventures.

Financial results
Group made profit after tax $15 359 due to increased optimization to 31%.
Growth was hampered by cash flow constraints.

Engineering
Consultancy remained major earner contributing 87% of total profit.
Production remained subdued due to low demand.

Future ventures
Simple Minds Publications will operationalise within the 3rd quarter.
Levy Gold Mine and Refineries situated in Kadoma. Negotiations are at an advanced stage to acquire a stake in the concern and improve group's asset base.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Group continues in efforts to bridge the gap between technologists and African community.

Conclusion
I express appreciation and gratitude to the board, management, staff and clients for continued support.

Itai Bryan
Group President
11 July 2013

Baba Jukwa Phenomenon: Implications on national security

Baba Jukwa is an equivalent of US info leaker Edward Snowden but unlike Snowden he/she remains unknown or known but protected.

The Jukwa phenomena has implications:

1. There's something wrong with our intelligence and security services sector i.e. Indiscipline, lack of patriotism, e.t.c
2. Our national cyber security systems are vulnerable & unable to defend the Republic's cyber space
3. Computer experts and geeks are either;
(i) not good enough to deal with the crisis,
(ii) or able to expose or stop him/her but are not doing it purportedly for the good of the Republic.

Whichever is the case, the Republic's security and all major political players are at the mercy of unknown or known but protected holders and manipulators of sensitive information and state secrets.

Something must be done.

For the good of the Republic.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Online mobilization feasible for Zimbabwe corporates

The advent of advanced telecommunication systems has ushered in a new form of mobilization that transcends distance and class.

Social mobilization in Zimbabwe though still in its infancy is fast gaining attention.
Baba Jukwa has a Facebook followership higher than any other media outlet in Zimbabwe.
The figure above 200 000 is evidence of how strong the social media has become.
Corporates need to strategise on ways to mobilize the nation.
Online promotions and marketing does work if corporates come up with aggressive strategies to woe customers.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Our beliefs and competence

Our capacity to develop and function as members of a society is hinged on three items of our beliefs;

1. What one believes,
this is the true personality.
The individual who surfaces behind closed doors(in private).
The less it is suppressed the freer, happier and more competent the individual.

2. What one purports to believe,
the behavioural traits that one adopts to blend in a society even when they don't believe in it.
The more one can act them out, the more acceptable, the more successful but less happy.

3. and what one wishs they believed.
The ideas that one wishes they had so they fair better in society.
The more one wishes for and strives towards those beliefs, the more superficial, sophisticated, more competent but less sociable in society.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Facebook revolution finally taking root in Zimbabwe

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ibmatteu@gmail.com
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:48:31 +0000
Subject: The Facebook revolution finally taking root in Zimbabwe
To: yuri821muto@post.wordpress.com, ibmatte.lover@blogger.com

When Egypt and Tunisia had the Arab spring and the Occupy Movement
took over the world, inspired Zimbabweans tried to copy the mass
mobilization but nothing worked despite the enthusiasm.

The mobilization failed because;
i. The internet penetration was still low in Zimbabwe,
ii. There was no convergence of ideas, people were pulling in
different directions,
iii. and there was no leader or icon to rally behind.

Now the internet penetration is now high, having reached the most
remote of places and the smartphones have increased.
Despite many bloggers & Facebook groups expounding different
ideologies, there has risen a regime change agenda being aggressively
promoted by one Baba Jukwa.

It may not be the best topic but it has proven enough a rallying point
for Zimbabweans. Baba Jukwa has also become the icon of the agenda.
Copycats, pro-revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries and neutral
analysts have cropped up and the cyberspace is now alive which is a
major boom for Zim ICT industry



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Kind Regards

Ittai Bryan
facebook.com/ibmatteu
ibmatteu.wordpress.com

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Africa has great potential for #technology #technovation

the improvement in telecommunications networks across Africa has made the sharing of ideas and information easier. Africa has great potential as those previously remote and inaccessible are now very accessible to the financial sector, telecomminications sector and agriculture. It is imperative that technovators leave their comfortable offices and interact with the so called 'backward' people who are yet to touch a smart phone in their hand and yet are eager to have one, people who have never accessed clean and safe drinking water but are calling for it, people that have never had a bank account but are eager to open a savings account, people who have relied on primitive 'slash and burn' farming methods with just the hoe as a tool and have now awoken to the availability of sophisticate farming technology. All these are gaps that the technovators must be looking at solving in Africa.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Nelson Madiba #Mandela deserves a rest

The media from print to electronic and to networking sites are awash with news and updates on Madiba's fight for life.

The interest in Madiba's fight for life is evidence of how big an icon he is even to the youth.
I personally was born when Madiba was in prison and then I understood little of what was happening around me but I reminisce songs by several South African artists of that era, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela who was finally released in 1993.
He became president and after just 4 years, he handed over the torch to Thabo Mbeki.

I only got to understand Madiba's short political reign and its relevance to our generation in the history class in high school.
Madiba was different from Jomo Kenyatta, Kamuzu Banda, Idi Amin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Haile Mengistu in that;
(i) he was not authoritarian or dictatorial;
(ii) he believes in continuous renewal;
(iii) he was not ruthless;
(iv) he didn't seek revenge but truth and reconciliation and;
(v) he was selfless.

Contemplations (excerpt)

.....
The rejection by both Joshua and Tambu did not go down well with Danny.
He had not envisaged a scenario where some of the most influential ex-combatants had blatantly refused to endorse his candidacy.
His money and charm had won him over the women's league and the largely suppressed youth league but not over the war veterans.

The old guard had stuck to their fellow freedom fighter: the incumbent MP who had represented the area since 1990. Danny realised then that what he faced was much more than a political opportunity but a philosophy so ingrained in it's founders to the effect they would die for it.
It began to clear to him that the challenge he faced was what the MDC was facing.
The ex-combatants trusted nobody but their own and no matter how much he spent on them, as long as he had no liberation war credentials; he wasn't part of them....


.......excerpt from the book CONTEMPLATION

Monday, 24 June 2013

The show that never was

We have over the years watched other festivals, carnivals and shows from other parts of the world and we marvel at the euphoria generated by the events, the choreography and the legacy they live behind.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Power Of Forgiveness

------Original message------
From: GodLife <prayer@godlife.com>
To: <ibmatteu@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:39:23 PM GMT+0000
Subject: The Power Of Forgiveness

Don't Forget to Forgive

Scripture: "When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too." (Mark 11:25).

What does forgiveness look like? Some describe it as giving up the right to revenge or the obligation to "get even." Perhaps you have heard the phrase "forgive and forget." I think God's forgiveness looks more like that, because He said of Himself, "I will blot out your sins and will never think of them again" (Isaiah 43:25, paraphrased).

Forgive for Forgiveness

When someone hurts us, it is so difficult to even want to forgive them – I sometimes get so angry that I can't even think, let alone pray. But after a while, I remember Jesus' instructions: "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15). In other words, hanging on to our unforgiveness hinders our intimacy with God.

You Forgive Others

The Apostle Paul instructed, "be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32). No matter what someone has done – or how many times they have offended you – Jesus said we should still forgive them, according to the Parable of the Debtor in Matthew 18. This is not a command to stay in a physically unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship. But "love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8), and with forgiveness, God's love can redeem anyone and any relationship.

God Forgives You

After God has helped us forgive others and mend relationships, we turn to Him in repentance for our own sins. We know that "if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1:9). King David wrote of the joy and relief we can experience when the Lord forgives us: "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!" (Psalm 32:1).

 PRAYER, CARE & SHARE

* The Prayer, Care and Share (PCS) series is a guide to help you pray and care for others and share your faith in Jesus *

The Importance of Forgiveness

Jesus emphasizes the importance of our forgiveness of others in Mark 11:25 by linking it to the Father's continuing forgiveness of us.

Jesus makes this point even more clearly in the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35). A king forgave one of his servants a large amount of debt, but the servant would not forgive his fellow servant a small debt. As the parable ended, the king's wrath was unleashed on the unforgiving servant.

When I struggled to forgive someone once, God clearly reminded me of our essential need to forgive when I read Matthew 6:15: "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." Ouch! Pray Now and forgive that person who may have wronged you.

Another step that is part of the Prayer, Care & Share (PCS) guide, encourages you to expand a step you may have already read about here, which is to ask the Lord's blessing upon people and places around you. As you do that, you should also include people that have wronged you or your families! If this has been difficult for you, God may be asking you to forgive that person first. Forgiveness releases God's grace to truly bless them.

Forgiving our enemies is not easy. But just as it is necessary to accept and believe in Jesus' death on the cross for forgiveness of our sins, it is spiritually imperative that we forgive others.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord Jesus, I praise You for the joy of Your salvation in my life, through your death on the cross. Now, Lord, please give me Your grace to forgive those who have wronged me, as you commanded. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

Feedback about PCS

It can be challenging to identify those who've wronged us (or our loved ones), forgive them, and even ask God to bless them. However, if we want to become mature believers, it is essential.

Please share with us your story of how the Lord has enabled you to forgive. It could help others break the chains of unforgiveness.

Just for You



Have you been deeply hurt and need to forgive? Click the link to read some inspiring stories of forgiveness in this article by Luis Palau. <https://my.godlife.com/redir.php?redir_id=i75oOykVt70dlf_rLADclHJjWlNob2VYNENKdkFSRXU5NmlpODZUSzZWTUp2MlJjaU1MOGx5YkFxS3c&user_mailing_id=ijdkRfxjepnTMK87nSCDPTJqRkphZmhLU1BDM05fZUlaWGFFX1NnbjB5ZElzTjZVVHlBSWpuOVgzbmM&language=EN>

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Prayer Points



Will you pray this week to :

•Help you confess your sins - especially if that has included holding forgiveness back from others

•Help you release any grudges you might be holding onto.

•Give you the power, through His Holy Spirit, to not only forgive your enemies, but to start asking God to bless them.

•Help you realize the spiritual necessity of forgiving those who have wronged you or your loved ones .

•Show you what an amazing free gift you've received: salvation through Christ's death on the cross

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It's time Africa learns to share power

It's not African politics that's wrong, it's the politicians.

Africa would be a far much better place had our leaders learnt to share authority and power.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Of clowns and puppets #zimelection

All there's to talk about is bickering, delays, more bickering, more delays till cows come home.

It's a pity that Zimbabwe finds herself at the juncture of another uncertain election when the economy is fast sliding back into the doldrums.

Friday, 21 June 2013

The gap between technvators and the African society

There is a huge gap between the technologists and the communities. Most of the technological solutions are out of sync with the challenges that society faces.

Society also views technology as an elitist phenomenon which is not meant for the perceived poor and unlearned.
To this end, Africa is struggling to combat hunger, disease, poverty, crippling energy shortages when there is plenty of solutions gathering dust unexplored.

Africa is losing out yet she has great potential.

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