On being Complicit

Ndizvo Zviripo! (This is what is there…we have to accept it) The above words ‘…this is what is there’ or just ndzivo zviripo were used to help explain a very uncomfortable situation that we found ourselves in when we were visiting close family. The temperatures were very high, it was humid and also mosquitoes were having a feast on ‘new…

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My Thoughts on Xenophobia

The acts of violence that recently swept across South Africa against foreign nationals have once again brought to the fore questions of identity, nation and what it means to be African. I have followed the news and read several commentaries. Achille Mbembe and Trevor Ncube have been some of the brave non-South African voices that made a contribution based on…

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I Still Struggle

I have since 2009 been blessed with a job which entails a lot of travelling all over Africa and other parts of the world but I still struggle with travel. No not about turbulence, none of that, I struggle with the idea of leaving my family behind even if it’s for a week- sound spoilt right. For years I thought…

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Management Lessons from Everyday Life

It has been a while since I got time to make an entry into my blog. But something I noticed/picked in an everyday mundane conversation at home just fueled me to write. I overheard a conversation between our Gardener/electrician/plumber and Dalitso’s nanny who also doubles up as the chef which was essentially the stuff for boardrooms. If you thought management/leadership…

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On Age and Responsibility

How do you tell you are getting old- white hair or just sheer forgetfulness? I have seen signs of both recently but never really took notice of their significance until a recent humbling encounter which forms the subject of this blog. I walked into an interview room of one of the most prominent embassies recently and the room was full…

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What if?

What if? Its 6:12am on Saturday (20.10.2012) and I am climbing Mt Ngomakurira, approximately 27km North East of Harare and I keep on asking myself where did this madness come from. The mountain is mostly a steep granite dome and I am literally climbing using both my legs and hands. This is very unlike me- a couch potato of note,…

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Introduction to the Commons 4 Development

Oral tradition has it that every society had its place of meeting- it was either the big Msasa tree in the middle of the African village or the City Gate if you were in the ancient Greece or even Israel-the concern and focus of these forums was to create solutions together in a consensual manner. This is where the idea…

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