‘When the prey rules’

By Leeandah

21st Century has witnessed a lot of women empowering themselves, being self-dependant. This has given rise to a number of women who are single by choice rather than by default. Just like men women now have a say in their own lives, do what they want without be questioned because they are the ‘miss independent’ of this modern world.

In the past, for a woman to ask a man out on a date was taboo but with the way women have become independent they can now ask a man for a date and pay the bills at the same time. Years back, most single mothers were seen as a disgrace, people with loose morals or one would have been left by the ‘baby daddy’ but nowadays being a single mother is by choice rather than default.

Women can now choose to be a single mother with whomever they want to without necessarily having to visit a sperm bank. In our underdeveloped world like Zimbabwe, sperm banks are not available like in the developed countries like Britain. Even if there would be one, they are too expensive. Women in underdeveloped countries have resorted to approaching man they want to have a baby with by looking at the genes especially.

There are many instances were by man have been approached by women asking them to have a baby with them but then the cases are not reported on. These kinds of women just want a ‘no strings attached’ kind of relationship and they are their own bosses they don’t need any financial help once the baby is born. In some cases, women do not tell the man what their agenda is because they are scared that the man will not agree to such in fear of responsibility.

Some women get pregnant and after that they make sure the affair with the person ends before the guy realises that she is pregnant. This is so because they do not want shared custody and most men would want to marry the women for she is pregnant but marriage is the last thing on the woman’s mind.

Most women who are into this kind of relationship are commonly middle aged women. In most cases they approach young men, younger than them. These young men are commonly known as ‘BEN 10’. They are a target because most of them are not financially stable and this woman who has an agenda is financially stable and will provide for the young men. In such a relationship where money lured one into the relationship, the young man is exploited and dominated.

The man is now silent, they are tossed around by the woman and still has no say. Its is believed that a man has a say in a relationship but in this kind of a relationship he doesn’t. Decades ago, man would would just impregnant a woman and leave them like that and let th woman suffer on her own. As tables have turned, these young men are denied custody of the baby or even told its not theirs when it is his baby. The child when born bears the last name of the mother and the man does not have anything of his to tag the baby with.

Women now prey on men at last!!!!

Entrepreneurship and the church- Unleashing greatness in ourselves

Michelle Munatswa

It gives me great pleasure to be sharing with you my thoughts and experiences regarding a very topical and practical subject of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is the heart and soul of any nation or economy. It is the engine that drives the economy; it determines the competitive position of any nation. Those that are involved in entrepreneurial exploits are the true heroes of our time. An entrepreneur is an individual who identifies an opportunity and seizes it to create a viable business.

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These opportunities are advantageous circumstances, gaps in the market, unfulfilled needs and problems that are faced by people.  Identifying those opportunities and exploiting them is a distinctive competence of entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs not only create wealth for themselves, through their innovation and creative ideas we get new products and services. It does not matter whether one is black or white, tall or short, Christian or non-Christian, young or old, orphaned or widowed, single or married, educated or uneducated, Ndebele or Shona what matters is the conviction and self-belief that you can do it. It does not even matter which country you live in remember the same boiling water that hardens an egg softens a potato.

hqdefault.jpgNotwithstanding the fact that there is a plethora of opportunities out there other people see chaos, torment, hopelessness and suffering. People who shy away from opportunities are good candidates for deliverance as they do not believe in themselves and always pass the blame on the government, the economy and lack of startup capital. The results of this lack of vision are obvious and evident. The good thing is that my church (ZAOGA Forward in Faith) has deliberate programs to steer entrepreneurship development. These include business fellowships, powerful sermons, various ministries, spiritual counseling and role modeling.

In this article I want to justify the reasons why we encourage entrepreneurship activity in church. In other words is it the church’s business to talk about business? The answer to this question is of course a big yes, why. In the subsequent section I will highlight eight reasons why I will dwell on the subject of entrepreneurship or business in a church magazine.

Firstly we need to encourage members to form and run distinctive businesses that are led by honest, reliable, trustworthy individuals who inspire others. Secondly, successfully run businesses will reward entrepreneurs financially. There is a direct correlation between what we do with our money and what we truly believe. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).  In other words, where and how we spend our money is a reflection of where our heart is.

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Thirdly everyone wants to be recognized (Read Proverbs 22:29: “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men”).

Fourthly, successful Christian business is marked by its influence on the lives of others. It should help improve and enrich the lives of those it serves and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the process.

Fifth, the church needs money to fulfill its mandate to impact the community and the world. Sixthly, to encourage Christians to work hard and not to take short cuts to wealth creation, Apostle Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3 vs 10: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Seventh, take advantage of the social networks that exist in the church to create linkages, clusters or partnerships. Eighth, to encourage members to provide goods and services, and to provide meaningful and creative jobs while enriching themselves.

Why every entrepreneur should travel.

Sineke Sibanda

I know that this really sounds too much to ask but I think by the time we get to the end of this article, we will more or less be singing the same song.

I haven’t really travelled much as an upcoming entrepreneur myself for the same reasons you obviously havent travelled. There are so many hurdles that come in the way due to the economies we live in across Africa but this does not at all defeat.

More often than not, our businesses find it hard to grow, not because they are irrelevant but because they lack exposure, innovation and competition. These challenges can be overcome by developing an attitude or habit of travelling.

I used to see tourists in our country and think that they probably didn’t have what we have. To a certain extent it may be true but I realised that they don’t just go anywhere, they go where they get inspiration.

Every time we do something, we calculate the value that particular decision will have in the

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bigger picture of our business. We are often presented with a lot of choices but the ultimate choice we make reflects on the main idea we are building upon. Same with those who travel, that decision is calculated and by the time one returns from their vacation, they make it a point to transform something in their business.

Here are some of my three reasons why I think you should travel, not internationally per se but even locally and regionally within your country.

  1. Exposure.

I read once that if you take blind men to an elephant, to one you make them hold the leg, the other you give the trunk and to the other the ear and say to them: “This is an elephant.” When you ask them what an elephant is, each one of them will describe it according to what you told them it is. But obviously that doesn’t present a holistic picture of what an elephant really is. The same applies in business, you are not the only one trading in oil, gas or into forex trading, so to you, your business is defined according to what you know; but what you know is not everything your business is about. Travelling exposes you to other better businesses in your line of work and this is healthy for your business.

2. Identify new markets.

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The world is seriously divided such that while you were talking about an ipod in your country, other countries were already talking about ipads and today whilst you talk about 3D flat screens, in other countries they are talking about the next technology after vr glasses. This shows you that there is always a gap your business or innovation can fill if you travel. As such, I think travelling is good and can bear good results, if you cant include it in your budget then at-least make it a hobby you become an addict to.

3. Refresh

1.jpgWe are always busy, thinking through strategies, attending meetings or even being in the shop all day long. Its not bad, but guess what; all work and no play … you know the rest of the sentence. Refreshing is an important thing every entrepreneur should try out. It gives you a third person view to your business, seeing it from a distance. Besides that, it makes you a good team player in that it makes you confident in your team and when you show them this, they become more loyal and endeavor to help you meet your goals. So when ever you can, take some time, chill and refresh your mind in a different environment.

I think we have discussed quite a number of things in the above article. I hope you find them valuable, the most important thing is to keep learning and grow everyday. Lets talk more next week.

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Why our Football?

by Sindiso Nyathi

There is blurred line between the genius behind positive development and sanity in football administration success, the only determining metric is success. When the idea of FIFA club licensing was brought to life in our local football milieu it seemed a noble idea coming from geniuses. However, the execution has brought about mixed feelings on its validity. Are we really going the right direction? Many would ask!

As the 2017 premier league season starts in a few days to come, some football clubs find themselves homeless as their respective home grounds are deemed ‘unfit’. Some football arenas including one of the biggest in the country, Barbourfields Stadium, went under inspection and were red-lined. With a few days left to kickoff how on earth will local authorities finish the required task? Anywhere, why do it now? One may find themselves with more questions than answers.

The pressing issue is: with the harsh economic conditions in the country is it really a good move to venture in this? Football clubs do not have a financial backing that is directed to the infrastructure that they use. It is to everyone’s “need to know” what happens to the monies that local authorities cash-in after every football event? What happens to the money that clubs are charged for pitch invasion and violence in football and all the other fines on clubs?

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The ZIFA president, Dr. Phillip Chiyangwa, who has recently made an impact in the international football circles has set the ground running with strict club licensing measures set on each and every of the 18 premier soccer league clubs. The ZIFA boss recently enforced that every ZIFA affiliate abides to the FIFA club licensing requirements like the qualifications in the top league coaches, full-time club administrative personnel (with media officers), and the infrastructure. Some clubs have made an effort to meet these ‘expectations’ and we hope for the best!

 

Politics in Zimbabwean Football?

By Sindiso Nyathi

Just a few days ago Highlanders Football Club were summoned by Minister of Sports and at the meeting present were representatives from Zifa, PSL and Highlanders. The meeting was set to try and identify the causes to the continued acts of violence in the local football games especially matches involving Bosso as witnessed in the recent games. The meeting produced some resolutions and conclusions that are set to show the changes in our football.

Seems both the Minister of Sports, Psl, Zifa and Highlanders agreed that the causes of the mishaps in our football is the individuals who come to watch these matches drunk. They all agreed that the solution to this is to ensure that alcohol will not be sold in or around the stadium. However, one is left with questions is this the best solution we can attach to our problems?

In my own view I don’t think alcohol is the cause to all this nonsense, just like the legend Alois Bunjira says alcohol was banned in football ages ago surely there has to be something bigger than that. You would ask yourself why or where we are failing? Have we become so afraid that we can’t tackle the problems head-on? Is the Zimbabwe Justice system so weak that we cannot make good examples from these hooligans? I am certain elsewhere in the world if you are caught in the wrong side of the law the punishment is so stiff you would feel the effects right into the future.bosso fans vio

The violence and Hooliganism in our football especially in matches involving Highlanders and Dynamos is surely influenced by something bigger than just bad calls by the referees, or ‘poor’ administration by different football stakeholders. Even the media shows it clearly the effects of environmental belonging that causes these problems, there are just too many discourses that influence the unfortunate events that we see in our beautiful game. Is it political? Are we still failing to get over the historical ethnic differences?

We need to tackle the causes of these problems head-on surely we need to appreciate the power that lies within the new media technologies so many people saw the messages on insults from one ethnic group to the other. There has to be a way of removing such things in our beautiful game.

by Costa Nkomo

THE two leading national student bodies, ZIMBABWE Congress of Student Union (ZICOSU) and Zimbabwe National Student Union (ZINASU) faced off at University of Zimbabwe (UZ) last Friday battling for the Student Representative Council (SRC) leadership, an annual electoral exercise conducted at higher learning institutions.

ZINASU’s five year record at the helm of the UZ (SRC), came to a dramatic end as ZICOSU romped to victory through their representative Stephen Tsikirayi who garnered 33.5 percent with 1 468 votes. Tawanda Bvudzijena, representing ZINASU came second with 23.6 percent as he got 1036 votes.

University of Zimbabwe SRC Presidential Contestants.

CANDIDATE

NAME OF CANDIDATE

REG NUMBER

VOTES

A

KAMBARAMI TAKUNDA

R159467C

136

B

KASEKE FANUEL

R168683W

337

C

MUBOKO PHILIP

R141875Q

490

D

NGWENYA MONGIWABESUTHU

R156923X

921

E

TSIKIRAYI STEPHEN

T.

R145809X

1468

F

VUDZIJENA

TAWANDA

R158952B

1034

This development has been construed as a precursor to the national election to be held next year (2018). Some students said a win for ZICOSU forestalls the outcome of the next year general elections.

Takudzwa Gambiza, ZICOSU national president understood the outcome of the UZ SRC election as predictive to the next year’s general elections.

“It shows that that the negative perception towards the ruling party is slowly fading away and the students’ community is sending a clear message that the youthful community is aware of the political landscape and they are also aware of where the future of their country is”, said Gambiza.

A pulsating Nust Democratic Alliance for Academics (DAA) President, Cris Rateiwa said: “When Zicosu wins, Zanu Pf will win”.

“The reason being that, the students shunned elections at UZ, therefore they can also do the same next year much to their disadvantage” said Rateiwa.

Rateiwa lashed at ZICOSU and ZINASU saying, the two main student wings in Zimbabwe are preoccupied with satisfying the interests of mainstream political parties, Zanu PF and MDC respectively. “Most of those who win SRC positions are puppets. Once their term of office expired, their contribution to the mainstream politics is no longer important and they are dumped.”

However, the incumbent Nust SRC president differed with Rateiwa as to him student politics is strictly meant to cultivate political aspirations of the students at higher learning through various engagements without an intention of serving the interests of external politics.

“I understand that the main philosophy behind any election has little to do with any particular political party than it has with the relevant constituencies”, said Shoko. “Whether democrat or republican, the right to choose remains with the students and in the case of UZ, the students have spoken and we have to respect and trust their decision”.

ZICOSU victory at UZ has attracted debates among students community as some argue that it shows the death of student activism in Zimbabwe and that no more meaningful contribution should be expected from the student activism to national political transformation.

Former (NUST) SRC organising secretary general, Samuel Meso said while Zinasu is now an adhocracy, Zicosu victory shows that student politics has lost relevance with time.

“Student activism is confirmed dead and buried”, said Meso. “Student activism in Zimbabwe needs a catharsis and a new rebirth”

Former UZ SRC president, Gift Ostallos Siziba also weighed in as he said, “UZ used to be an island of democracy, now if you go there you meet the devil exorcising demons, it’s sad.” Said Ostallos Gift Siziba, former UZ SRC president.

Meanwhile, when contacted to establish his feeling, President Elect, Stephen Tsikirayi said, “It’s just great, I’m just having it” before hanging the phone.

ZINASU and ZICOSU have been formed to attract students at higher learning institutions. ZINASU operates under MDC .T, while ZICOSU is believed to be aligned to Zanu PF. It is for this reason that some students say student political action under these two main wings have become docile and partisan and therefore inapt to national meaningful political contributions.

A CUT WORTH IT

 

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By Roselyn Dube

Nine months seemed like a long period for me to finally meet my bundle of joy. According to the scans during the doctor’s visits all appeared normal, and the feeling of seeing her move in my tummy was just awesome. She was my first child and therefore l made sure l took every pregnancy-related precaution seriously because I never wanted anything to happen to my baby. Those are the joys of motherhood, knowing that there is little life growing inside of you and dependent on you.

The day of delivery came and lucky enough I had already booked with my personal doctor. However, things did not go according to plan as I had wanted to have a natural delivery. My doctor informed me that my baby was too big for my cervix and therefore I had to have a C-section. A Caesarian Section (C-section) is a surgical procedure which involves the delivery of a baby through an incision (cut) in the abdomen. The procedure went well, but the pain was not something I had expected to go through during and after delivery.

We were discharged from the hospital after 4 days and I was happy to take my bundle of joy home knowing that she did not go through any complications requiring us to spend more days at the hospital than we had expected. The challenge was now with me and taking care of my cut. I experienced the expected after-effects which usually affect women who would have undergone a C-section. These included:

  • Feeling quite sore in my lower abdomen, although the pain lessened as time passed.
  • Finding it difficult to sit up, stand up and do other activities which involved using my abdominal muscles.
  • I had some bruising, minor swelling and redness.
  • Having itchiness or a feeling of numbness along the incision line.
  • Having a small amount of clear discharge from the incision which was not blood or pus.
  • Having vaginal discharge/ bleeding which was bright red for the first 3-4 days, a brownish to pinkish color days 4-10, and yellowish-white color from day 10 to the time I healed.
  • Because I had stitches used to close my incision they dissolved on their own, unlike if I had staples, I would have had to return to the doctor to have these removed a few days after leaving the hospital.
  • I did not experience much of gas pains.

As expected of any mother who would have had an unplanned C-section, I experienced feelings of disappointment and frustration. However, I am thankful that I had my husband to talk about this and he was very understand and helpful. Doctors say that the usual healing process for a C-section is 4-6 weeks, and mine took 5 weeks. During that healing phase, the above effects deteriorated with time. I had light meals, especially sadza, so as to avoid infecting the cut. After healing, that is when l realised that the C-section I had was a cut worth it. We are now both fine with my daughter and she is growing to be more beautiful each day.

To all the expecting mothers who might or will have a C-section, you should be aware of the following infections which usually occur within 30 days of surgery:

  • Superficial: Infection involves only skin or subcutaneous tissue of the incision.
  • Deep: Infection involves only deep soft tissues (e.g fascia and muscle layers) of the incision.
  • Organ/space: Involves any part of the body, excluding the skin incision, fascia or muscle layers that is opened or manipulated during the operative procedure.

The following procedures should be practiced by women who would have had a C-section:

  • Cover wound with an interactive dressing at the end of surgery.
  • Don’t touch the wound unless necessary.
  • Ensure that hands are regularly washed, particularly before and after using the toilet.
  • If infection is suspected, contact local maternity unit (not GP).
  • Remove standard, interactive dressing after 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Alternatively if non-standardised dressing (eg. PICO, leukomed T+) consult manufacturer’s guidance.
  • Assess wound for signs of infection.
  • If the wound is clean and dry no further dressing is required and the patient may shower (or if using a transparent waterproof dressing, the patient may shower when they feel ready to).
  • If the wound is displaying signs of infection (such as redness, in addition to swelling or pus) a wound swab must be taken aseptically and a fresh dressing applied daily. All assessments should be documented in the patient’s record.
  • Aseptic, non-touch techniques must be used when the wound is being redressed.

Eating Healthy

By Sibonokuhle  P Mpofu

I find developing a healthy eating habit very restrictive and confusing because i really love food, LOL. But today I’m going to give you the 7 keys to a healthy diet.Here are the guidelines for building a healthy diet according to Berkeley Wellness.

  1. Consume a Variety of Foods -Not all the nutrients and other substances in foods that contribute to good health have been identified, so eating a wide assortment of foods helps ensure that you get all of the disease-fighting potential that foods offer. In addition, this will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in a particular food.
  2. Keep an Eye on Portions-  For higher-calorie foods, portion control is the key. In recent years, serving sizes have ballooned. In restaurants, choose an appetizer instead of an entree or split a dish with a friend. Don’t order anything that’s been “supersized.” When reading food labels, check serving sizes: some relatively small packages claim to contain more than one serving, so you have to double or triple the calories, grams of fat and milligrams of sodium if you’re planning to eat the whole thing.
  3. Eat Plenty of Produce- Aim for 2½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day, for a 2,000-calorie diet. If you consume more calories, aim for more; if you eat fewer than 2,000 calories, you can eat less. Include green, orange, red, blue/purple and yellow produce. The nutrients, fiber and other compounds in these foods may help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases. Legumes, rich in fiber, count as vegetables, though are moderately high in calories. Choose whole fruits over juice for more fiber. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are good options.
  4. Get More Whole Grains- At least half your grains should be whole grains, such as whole wheat, barley and oats. Whole grains retain the bran and germ and thus all (or nearly all) of the nutrients and fiber of the grain. Look for a product labeled “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain.” If it doesn’t say that, look for a whole grain listed as the first ingredient, though there still may be lots of refined wheat (also called “white” or “enriched” flour) and/or sugar. Another option is to look for the voluntary “Whole Grain Stamp” from the Whole Grains Council.
  5. Limit Refined Grains, Added Sugar- The refined carbohydrates in white bread, regular pasta and most snack foods have little or no dietary fiber and have been stripped of many nutrients. On food labels, watch out for “wheat flour” (also called “white,” “refined” or “enriched” flour) on the ingredients list. Also, limit foods with added sugar, such as soda and candy. These are sources of empty calories that contribute to weight gain. Many sugary foods are also high in fat, so they’re even more calorie-dense.
  6. Enjoy More Fish and Nuts- Nuts, fatty fish, avocados and vegetable oils supply healthy unsaturated fats. Recent research suggests these foods, though high in calories, tend not to promote weight gain because they are satisfying. Still, it’s best to eat them in place of other high-calorie foods. For instance, substitute olive or canola oil for butter. Fatty fish helps reduce heart disease risks and has other benefits, largely because of its omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
  7. Cut Down on Animal Fat– Saturated fats, especially from red meat and processed meat, boost LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. To limit your intake, choose lean meats, skinless poultry and nonfat or low-fat dairy products. It’s also a good idea to replace saturated fats with “good” fats, found in nuts, fish and vegetable oils, not with refined carbohydrates such as white bread and snack foods.

This is it for today. Stay healthy, Eat healthy…

CAN LOVE BE MEASURED?

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Some argue that love can be measured by a number of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words “forever”. However, others argue that love is an emotion, it can’t be seen or touched but it is experienced differently from everyone`s hence it can`t be measured. Furthermore, it is said that true love can never be counted not with money nor time, with sacrifices made, how much love you give because true love can never be measured.

According to my own point of view, love can be measured by the feelings you have for the other person and it is only you that knows the feeling. Therefore, love is measured internally by an individual because it is subjective and personal. To add on, one can also measure love by a number of gifts she receives from her significant other and it is said that it is a sign of caring.  The idea of that one could measure love via their deeds is conceivable.

Love can indeed be measured by the length of time you have had with your significant other. However, this does give you an indication of a successful relationship. It is an indication that you are in a good relationship and no one would stay in an abuse one.

James Clear is of the view that the things we measure are the things we improve. It is only through numbers and clear tracking that we have any idea if we are getting better or worse. You can only measure what you put in a relationship.  Love is about what you put in. It is a feeling rather it is a choice.

Do you think love can be measured, leave a comment below?