Bulawayo Morning Mirror Edition 1005 - 12/1/2023

In this edition

1) Editorial
2) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds
3) Notices and Events
4) Congratulations
5) Roses And Raspberries
6) Pets Column
8) Bulawayo News
9) Harare And Gweru News
10) Wining Dining and Coffee Houses
11) Property For Sale or to Rent
12) Accommodation In South Africa
12b) Accommodation In Botswana
13) Accommodation and Travel In Zimbabwe
14) Catering and Food
15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire
16) Travel and Tours
17) Computers And Electronics
18) Lifts Wanted And Offered
19) Seeking Friends
20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant
21) Services
22) Health And Beauty
23) Tuition
24) Miscellaneous For Sale
25) Wanted To Buy or Hire
26) Clothing And Fashion
27) Boats And Fishing
28) Garden, Decor And Home
29) Tidbits

1) Editorial

The New Year Benefits!!

A New Year in days gone by was always filled with trepidation solely because of those antiquated darn cheque books. Thank goodness they are a thing of the past in most countries. In the USA one still uses cheques (oh yes they do!) Not frequently thank goodness but it's sometimes a good 'fall back' in case all other payments methods fail.

Today we have our phones, our credit cards, our blessed Apple Pay, internet banking and PayPal, amongst a host of others. Sweden is basically a cashless society so the locals have a payment method called Swish and dear old Zimbabwe had Ecocash, thanks to dear old Strive Massiwe, long before most countries were out of nappies (as the old saying goes).

Mind you Somalia and Kenya had Dahabshiil long before many countries woke up to the benefits of money moving!! And the Bush Telegraph works amazingly in Zimbabwe too. My Horticulturalist sends money to Rennin, the bus driver on the Maphisa route accepts cash for school fees, which he takes to a tree on the 56km peg along the road, where a fellow is waiting to accept the cash. Honourable as the day is long, and it works and always has worked!!

But getting back to those cheque books!!

HeeHooMustBeObeyed, loved his cheque books. He banked with Rhobank, they then changed their name to Zimbank, His Bank Managers through the ages would groan at the sight of one of his cheques passing through the Burrows machines at the end of the day cashing up!! His writing was pretty illegible at best of times, but on the cheques it became worse for some reason. He was even known for having a cheque returned for being written in pencil. Life was exuberant in those days, on a couple of occasions he even wrote his birthdate instead the day's date!!

But I always dreaded the new years as he always wrote, out of sheer habit, the wrong year! It took almost until February for cheques returned by the bank to cease!!

In addition remember those the copious piles of Zimbank bank statements, all in envelopes, all stamped or franked and all delivered to the home letterbox by hand by the trusty postman. There were piles of them on every counter top, drawers full of them, unopened and virginal.

I tried filing them when we first got married, but soon ran out of those awful black and grey speckled Lever Arch files!


School Fees for Orphans

First Term is loading again and kids go back to school on the 9th of January 2023 , we are once again finding ourselves having to hit the ground running , in the year 2022 we had an increase of over 300 more orphans and underprivileged kids in desperate need of school fees in the rural areas and towns around Zimbabwe , previously these kids were usually chased out of school for non payment of fees on the first week of school.

Some well wishers and organisations have kindly helped us and paid for some of the kids tuition and arrears over time but due to budget constraints cannot commit to long term payments for these poor kids.

It has also come to our attention that a lot more girls are dropping out of schools which is really heartbreaking as some take on roles as mothers to younger siblings... to keep food on the table.

We would love to keep helping these orphans to stay in school , in the coming term their fees is now pegged per child to 27000 RTGS, approximately 30 US per child per term in some schools

If anyone would like to sponsor some orphans in rural communities for the coming terms (2023) please get in touch, some of these kids are being looked after by elderly grandparents who cannot even afford one US dollar.

Let come together and keep these kids in school.

Together we can make a difference

Our contacts +263772241552 . +263714787455 ( Business WhatsApp)

From Roger Stringer

I've recently finished working on a book by Geoffrey Bond, who was Keeper of Geology at the Bulawayo Museum, 1946-1960. He wrote it before he died in 1983 and it had been commissioned by Louis Bolze for his "Men of our Time" series but was never published. His family "resurrected" the typescript, and it's now been published with the Weaver Press imprint. There's interesting info in it about the Museum and the people who worked there.

It's on sale in Bulawayo at the Orange Elephant and is apparently going well! It's also on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions, so you can see more about it here:

2) Condolences/In Memoriam/Wreath Funds

John Stakesby Lewis passed on last night. Our condolences go to his family. He was a dedicated maths teacher and Head of 6th Form from 1984- 1999 at Girls' College.


It is with a heavy heart that we regret to inform you all of our mum's passing during the night.

This past year Val had been in and out of hospital battling ongoing illness. For the last 2 months, despite numerous tests and procedures no conclusive diagnosis was reached and her mind and body deteriorated rapidly.

We were informed on the weekend that she would be passing within the next 2 weeks, however we were contacted yesterday morning with the news that her condition had changed and she only had a few hours left. Needless to say we spent the last day by her bedside.

She had been in an increasing state of delirium during these last 2 months and was not capable of maintaining contact with anyone.

We are deeply sorry for those who are just finding out now. Know that she passed peacefully and was surrounded by the love of her children and close friends in her last days.

All love
Declan De Montille Mike Geoffrey Alexandra Criddle

The Passing of Alban Williams

MASCA has been informed of the passing of its former Executive C.E.O Alban Williams (1994-2008) in Ireland. We take this opportunity to express our sincere sympathies to Carol his dear wife, his children, and grandchildren. Alban was always considered to be a senior and prominent businessperson and was highly respected in the medical aid fraternity and the medical profession. His guidance and expertise were exemplary in all facets of the medical field. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time of mourning.

A Requiem Mass will be said at the Church of Our Lady Conceived Without Sin on Saturday 7 January 2023 at 12noon.

May he rest in peace.

From C.E.O of MASCA Doug Bramsen
5th January 2023.

Mike Waddy

Mike was an integral part of the tapestry of Bulawayo.

Colin Jennings

One of our Bulawayo Boys! Moved to Natal to continue his fun filled family life.

Our deepest sympathy to Wendy, Merrick and Maygan.

He will be missed by many.

3) Notices and Events


Tel: 2260684 / 2267195 E-mail: music@gatorzw.co.uk

The Academy term begins on Monday 16 January and lessons should be arranged
with the office which is now open.

2023 marks the Academy's 70th anniversary on its present site. The foundation stone was laid by Sir John Barbirolli on 30 June 1953. Various events are being planned to celebrate the anniversary and we intend to launch a major fund-raising campaign to guarantee the Academy's future and make sure it's still there to celebrate its hundredth anniversary - even if some of us aren't by then!

Tony McCloskey will be available to tune and service pianos in Bulawayo from Tuesday 17 January 2023. Bookings should be made through John Barrie on 0784 045 694 / 2241079 or johnbarrie56@gmail.com

From Russia with Love, the second Bond film and regarded as one of the best if not the best, is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes. Bond is battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE and Russian Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) is out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi) to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy. - One of the most popular Bond movies and a terrific thriller in its own right. [Radio Times]
- Of all the long saga of 007, this episode is the favourite of a majority and with good reason. [Metacritic]
- One of the finest Bond outings. [Sky Cinema]
- For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming. [Chicago Reader]
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Film Members]

To mark the milestone of the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh planned a special three-day production to take place in the Royal Albert Hall in October 2011. Designing the staged show at the Royal Albert Hall was a daunting task as the space was not an easy one into which to translate a proscenium show, but the balconies of the hall were used to build uprights to form an opera house proscenium with boxes on each side and the orchestra was elevated on a platform and backed by a screen onto which the opera sets were projected.
Tickets for the three performances sold out within five hours of going on sale and in order to enable more people to see the production, the final performance was relayed live to cinemas around the world.
- If you love The Phantom of the Opera this is everything you could possibly want and more. [IMDb]
- It is truly the performance of a lifetime. [Charity's Place]
- A magnificent and unforgettable celebration of an outstanding long-running musical. [London Theatre]
- This 25th anniversary production of the long running musical is beautiful both visually and to listen to from start to finish. Drama, passion and love all brought spectacularly to life on an iconic London stage.
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Red Carpet Members]

In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting - and the chief suspect in her murder.
- This is a visually stunning film, but above all it's a hugely enjoyable one. [At the Movies]
- Grand isn't good enough a word for this Budapest Hotel. Great is more like it. [TIME Magazine]
- Mr. Anderson's lovely confection ... keeps us smiling, and sometimes laughing out loud. Yet acid lurks in the cake's lowest layers. [Wall Street Journal]
- Anderson's staggeringly realised hotel of secret passion is an exhilarating and intelligent drama. A deeply pleasurable immersion.
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Film Members]

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY DELIBES: SYLVIA Carriages: 8.40 p.m.
Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle star in Frederick Ashton's Sylvia restored to the splendour of its elegant and opulent three-act form for the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Royal Ballet. Taken from Greek mythology, it tells the story of Sylvia, loved by Aminta, abducted by Orion and eventually rescued by Eros. Ashton was inspired by the music of Leo Delibes to create such great choreographic sequences as the Act 3 pas de deux and the mischievous role of Eros, one of the delightful, darkly comic characterisations for which he became known and loved. Sylvia is a wonderful showcase for virtuosity, invention and classical beauty, the epitome of Ashton style in stage settings of great detail and painterly perfection.
- Darcey Bussell dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle
. It is gorgeous - do not miss it. [The Stage]
- This shows the Royal Ballet at the top of its form. Darcey Bussell makes an imperious huntress and a commanding Bacchante once held captive by the exotic Orion of Thiago Soares. [BBC Music Magazine]
- This is, quite simply, classic ballet classically staged and yet imaginative and engaging, this is how you update a classic without losing sight of the work's original vision! Highly and enthusiastically recommended. [Fanfare]
Admission: US$2.00 [free to Red Carpet Members]

Thursday 26 January at 6.30 p.m. Prime Suspect 1 of 2
Friday 27 January at 6.30 p.m. Orchestral Concert
Thursday 2 February at 6.30 p.m. Prime Suspect 2 of 2
Friday 3 February at N.B. 5.30 p.m. Rossini: Semiramide [first
performed on 3 February 1823]
Thursday 9 February at 6.30 p.m. Silent Movie
Thursday 16 February at 6.30 p.m. The Forsyte Saga - 1 of 3
Friday 17 February at 6.30 p.m. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Thursday 23 February at 6.30 p.m. The Forsyte Saga - 2 of 3

Supper will be available before DVD showings but orders for evening meals must be placed in advance.
Further details from adelaide.muchetu@gmail.com - or phone 0774 004 449 / 0771 048 995.
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Falcon College
Hillside Dams
Island Hospice
Matobo Conservation Society
The Bulawayo Club
Bulawayo Shelter
Tree Society of Zimbabwe
Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe info

4) Congratulations

5) Roses And Raspberries

6) Pets Column

8) Bulawayo News

9) Harare And Gweru News

10) Wining, Dining and Coffee Houses

11) Property For Sale or to Rent


NORTHEND - US$80 000
Situated in a good part of Northend is a single storey home comprising 4 bedrooms, lounge, dining area, kitchen, pantry, scullery, separate toilet, bathroom, built in cupboards, double carport, single garage, staff quarters, security razor wire, walled and gated

ILANDA - US$175 000
Brick under tile, in good condition comprising 3 bedrooms, main ensuite, family bathroom, TV lounge, lounge, dining area, spacious kitchen, 2 roomed domestic quarters, garage, working borehole, walled and gated.

KUMALO - US$149 000
Neat family home comprising 4 bedrooms, main ensuite, lounge cum dining, neatly fitted kitchen, 2 roomed domestic quarters, carport, working borehole, walled and gated.


Victory Heights town houses situated in the resort town of Victoria Falls consists of a gated community with 24 units being 2-3 bedroom double storey apartments, comprising lounge with functional living space, dining area, neatly fitted kitchen, bathroom and toilet, neatly manicured gardens, These units are spacious, private and lavish and are ideal for holiday homes, first time buyers, young couples and investment.

CBD - US$260 000
Commercial Property suitable for a Doctor's Practice comprising of a reception area, waiting area, consultation room, medical procedures room, kitchen, domestic quarters, ideally located close to other medical facilities, also suitable for office use.
situated property comprising offices, warehouses, ablution areas, working borehole, suitable for warehousing, bulk wholesaling, workshop, close to the CBD, walled and gated

4 bedrooms, lounge, dining area, neatly fitted kitchen, bathroom, separate shower and toilet, 2 solar geysers, solar system fully installed (off-grid), 5000l water tank back up system, electrical gate, neatly maintained garden, good part of Burnside.
Asking Rental - US$1200/MONTH

For more information call Kelvin on +263 773 366 207, Mihla on +263 772 478 287 us on (0292)886626 or email at sales@ian.co.zw, letting@ian.co.zw. Visit us on our website ian.co.zw

Seeking house to rent
Seeking a 3-5 bedroom house in one of the low density suburbs to rent starting 1 Feb.
Many references available.
Budget US$300-400
Please contact Martin on 0776 242222.
Bulawayo Estate Agents:-
Anita's Real Estate
Rodor properties Pvt Ltd
Ian & Co. Real Estate
R.E.D. Property

12) Accommodation in South Africa

12b) Accommodation in Botswana

13) Accomodation and Travel In Zimbabwe

14) Catering and Food

15) Vehicles for Sale and Hire

16) Travel and Tours

17) Computers And Electronics

18) Lifts Wanted And Offered

19) Seeking Friends

20) Situations Wanted and Situations Vacant

Would you know of anybody or any organisation that would employ an editor for books, Articles, letters, theses, CVs and application letters, speeches etc If so, please let me have contact details.
This editor is a young woman in her late 30s with years of experience.


Ref: apply for nurse

I am looking for employment as a nurse aid based at Kwekwe.
I have already finished my attachment.
For info contact me on 0717462801

Situations wanted

Available Accountant professional
18 years experience (10 years private sector and 8 years NGO)
Can do financial reports,budget control,planning,Zimra returns ,etc ..available for any long/short term contracts..
Contact on 0772463135 for more information

Mature lady. Able to work under pressure with minimum supervision.

Pitman Diploma in Secretarial Studies and Computer literate.

Experienced Receptionist/Accounts Clerk/Typist/ General Manager s Secretary in Schools, industry and Medical Field.

Trained in making detergents..

Prepared to work as Project Manager for any avaliable project.

Please contact: whattsup 071 947 6038
Calls 0773 935 738

Situations Wanted

Man, 39yrs. B Comm Degree. Over 13 yrs Administration experience. Seeks suitable position.
Contact 0772287098 / 0771939291

21) Services

For all domestic, industrial and farming water installations, please contact
Bancroft and Neil Water for an efficient and professional service. Our products
include, Borehole drilling, Pump installation, Pump repairs, Capacity testing,
Spares, and Bulk water delivery.
Contact: Vusumuzi Sinyoka on 0772775136, or Wonder Chikware on 0773490818.
Phone: 2880844/2880846/2881074


I teach a set of 5 classes covering pregnancy, labour, baby care, breastfeeding and other information. I also do a "crash course" for out of towners.
These classes are valuable even if you're having an elective CAESAREAN SECTION!!
Please book early.

I can be with you at the hospital when you're in LABOUR to help you to cope!
I also work part time at a BABY CLINIC :-)

For any further information contact SISTER JAN JOHNSTON on (09) 466741/2 from 8 am til 12 pm Mon to Fri
or (09) 2237240, 0712 728 350 or 0772 749 749 (w/app) or email me on jicsj@yoafrica.com

Tony McCloskey will be available to tune and service pianos in Bulawayo from Tuesday 17 January 2023. Bookings should be made through John Barrie on 0784 045 694 / 2241079 or johnbarrie56@gmail.com

Bulawayo Services:-

Acol Chemical Bulawayo
Bulawayo's Online Business Directory

22) Health And Beauty

23) Tuition

24) Miscellaneous For Sale

25) Wanted To Buy or Hire

I am looking for a preloved deep freezer 320L and above to buy.

26) Clothing And Fashion

27) Boats and Fishing

28) Garden, Decor And Home



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