Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Exchange rates | National Budget | Paris bombings

They told us the heatwave would last only a week...yet till Sunday 15th November daily temperatures were higher than usual.

...and what happened to the 'prophecy' that the sun would dim for 15 days?

Mid-November in Southern Africa yet still no rains...and Limpopo in SA has been declared a drought zone this farming season.  You still doubt climate change?

Now to politics...Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa who has been largely quiet of late is expected to present the 2016 national budget.  It's a big YAWN of cause but we can't ignore it outrightly.
What can we look forward to?  A huge loan from China or Russia?
Another tax increase and introduction of the stupid empowerment levy?
More funding for the agricultural sector when hospitals are no more than quarantine facilities?
Or it's just the same old story, same old commitments but no concrete action.

With memories of the Charlie Hebdo incident still fresh, Paris has been hit by another series of bombings.  ISIS claimed responsibility and several suspects have been arrested.
The question however is 'How is France going to react?
Are we going to see another NATO operation in the middle East?
How does this affect the thousands of migrants who are predominantly Moslem as they try to seek asylum in France?
France being the godfather of the Francophone has been a place of refuge for most West African countries plus the Sahel region, how will these relations be affected?
What if France and Europe try to cut a compromise deal with the Moslem world?

Sad indeed and our hearts are with the families of the victims.

...back to Zimbabwe
"The RBZ is sitting on $1million worth of bond coins" ...and we have shops rejecting Rand coins.
I have tried to ignore conspiracy theorists (who even saw Zanele's death as plain politics) but there could be truth in their thinking that the RBZ is behind the Rand Coin Crisis.
Why would retailers reject the R5 coin and yet receive the R100 note?
What's the difference? (economists please explain)
It cant be because the Rand is weakening...its been fluctuating over the years (Takunda Mugaga how can we explain this?)

Someone somewhere within the system is gaining something and we haven't figured it out yet.
Remember the days of 'burning' money?
The authorities were making a killing by giving us useless Zim$ and taking away our US$.

Is this the end of the Rand coin or its just a passing phase? (the southern parts of Zimbabwe use the rand as if they are in Polokwane)

Now that citizens are stuck with these coins and they can't transact, how will this affect the economy?
If the authorities are not the ones behind this, what are they doing to remedy the situation?

On a closing note, LEAF was launched to assist youths with loans...which youths exactly?

Never be afraid to ask questions...

For the good of the Republic!

El Nino | Thanksgiving | Leaked exams

It's been a while since we heard the name El Nino.  It sounds like a cyclone that will bring heavy rains and uproot trees but it's the opposite.

The El Nino phenomenon happens in the Indian Ocean.  The effect is that instead of East and Southern Africa receiving hot humid wind which results in rainfall, all we get is dry wind. 

Dry wind means zero to no rainfall and whatever precipitation we get is likely in the form of thunderstorms.  Put simply the rains are erratic and crops dont grow well...harvests are poor...its a drought and Zimbabwe has to turn to donors for food assistance.

What boggles mind however, is that there doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency on the part of our government.

Instead, they are busy following Grace Mugabe at her 'Meet the people' rallies.  Will these people they are meeting eat Grace?
I got nothing against the First Lady but I have everything against a government that's so confused that they more attention to some party leader when the nation is burning.

The year is drawing to an end.  In Church we start thinking of Thanksgiving before Advent starts.
There's a lot of wrongs that happened this year and we will be justified for being angry at God.  However, anger at the creator will not get us anywhere.  Instead we are better people when we celebrate that which we achieved and are thankful that unlike many, we still have hope.

You may ridicule 'hope' but it's the very thing why thousands throng stadia and places like Zindoga paying out loads of money to the propheets.  Hope is all we have.  Hope is what keeps us in school.  Hope is what helps you to cope with a heartbreak, or failed business venture.

Thank God for that hope...and hope for more for you deserve more.

Now to rumours and hearsay.  They say exams were leaking left, right and centre...and the media was hushed about the issue (at least the mainstream media).

(in a low voice) > They didn't have the resources to order rewrites of leaked exams nationwide so they turned a blind eye and hoped the media wouldn't so much noise about it...(I never said it's TRUE...I just heard)

Whatever the case may be, our exam board has a lot to do to gain the respect and credibility afforded other exam boards like Cambridge.

It could also work if somehow schools were to get more involved in the process...let us see what the education curriculum review will recommend.

For the good of the Republic!

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