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The Herald – Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) have over the years guaranteed national security, peace, dignity and stability. Until today, it is the peace and tranquillity, the sense of continuity and the security guarantee that gives every Zimbabwean the reason to live and plan for the future.
It is good news, therefore, that President Mnangagwa says his Government is now focusing on reliable power supply, increased productivity, as peace and safety guarantees build up to vision 2030.
We all know that peace is of paramount importance to the country and that whatever we want to achieve, can only be achieved if peace prevails. The Defence Forces Day celebrations held yesterday remind us of the good work our gallant soldiers have done and are doing. May they keep it up!
It is fact that peace, is a low hanging fruit that can attract investors and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces should be lauded for bringing and maintaining the much needed peace to the country, despite a myriad of socio, political and economic challenges the country has faced.
Therefore, it is time to take advantage of the prevailing peace to boost national productivity in all sectors, with main focus on agriculture and mining sectors, among others, for the President is keen in turning around the fortunes of the country for the benefit of all.
That the President has set his eyes on reliable power supply is another big plus to national development and achievement of Vision 2030.
That electricity supply has been a major national harry in the past few months is not in question. What is also not in question is the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the country has reliable power supply. The Government has therefore, decided to import power from the region to ease electricity woes, dignify the nation and boost production.
We note that it is not an easy task to import enough power, given that Kariba Dam, the country’s main electricity supplier is on the verge of being decommissioned, owing to the water levels that have dropped to an unprecedented 29 percent at the hands of intermittent droughts in the source, the Barotse Plains in North West Zambia.
To this end, Government has concluded negotiations with South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, that will see the country receiving 400MW of electricity while paying US$890 000 weekly to service its legacy debt. Equally important is that similar talks and payment plans were being worked out with Hydro Cahora of Mozambique.
Zimbabwe owes Eskom and HCB about US$74 million in legacy debts and the route taken to pay debts is equally laudable.
It is therefore critical to note that Government, while implementing the Transitional Stabilisation Programme, is also seized with other critical matters to back up the national economy and move forward alongside other countries in the region and beyond.
All and sundry should know that there is life after the TSP, which is a short-term economic blueprint that runs until next year. Their main purpose is to kick start the process of attaining Vision 2030. It is a necessary process we should go through in the country, painful as it is.
It is now incumbent upon us to support the Government in its effort to turnaround the fortunes of the country and achieve an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
It is time for us to see reason and justification in all the programmes, including austerity measures, as they are necessary for a better future.
Finally, it is equally important to see reason to respect our gallant soldiers for the role they have played in keeping this country safe, for, no country is without enemies and detractors.
We are a proud nation today because we can stand against any aggressor. We are Zimbabweans. We must like and love our country. We must commit ourselves to the development of our country in all aspects while shunning violence and corruption.
The New Times – Rwanda
By: Caroline Numuhire
According to a recent UN report (2019), “Sub-Saharan Africa will account for most of the growth of the world’s population over the coming decades, while several other regions will begin to experience decreasing population numbers”.
If we are to become the continent with the highest rates of employable youth population, it implies that our youth, more than ever, need guidance on how to make a dignified living on their mother continent.
I am not talking about just inspirational videos accessible on YouTube; I am referring to intentionally creating enabling environment, policies, and structures that really allow an African to strive.
Strive is not just a verb but it can also be a name, a name for an African, a name for an African billionaire who believes in the African youth.
Few weeks ago, I had the privilege to listen to the Zimbabwe-born business magnate Strive Masiyiwa addressing Rwandan entrepreneurs.
I was first struck by his deep understanding of the different sectors across the African continent, and then by his sense of humility.
It was an evening of inspiration as he shared his journey. The most important take home from that conversation was that our brains as Africans are our magnificent source of wealth.
This businessman who was portraited in the Forbes Africa’s book ‘Africa’s Billionaires’, sent a strong message to all entrepreneurs that failure should be celebrated even more than success.
“You are not going to be a successful entrepreneur if you don’t celebrate failure, pick-up, and move on,” he remined the audience with his wise tone.
What I like about businessmen like him or Vusi Thembekwayo and more others is that they are a proven example that sons and daughters of ordinary families can capitalize on existing opportunities and not only strive but also thrive on our beloved continent that has, for incalculable times, been stereotyped for what it wasn’t in its full potential.
The time is now to stop blaming colonialism for most African problems.
We must seize the full ownership of Africa’s progress in our hands and the day the African youth start to awaken the potential they have within, then they are contributing, one step at time, to the advancement thus development of Africa.
I was recently challenged about what awakening one’s greatness means and how it translates in the daily routine of African youth. I used to think that all the African youth needed to succeed in life was hardworking, putting in that mega, extra effort and the doors of success will open automatically.
A wise friend told me that that analysis could be interpreted as synonym of ignorance, not necessarily arrogance. Ignorance because the assumption of making much effort was just one particular piece of the success puzzle but there was a lot more needed to unlock the success that we all dream about.
Such enablers include the need for politically stable nations, quality education, conducive policies that allow entrepreneurship to blossom.
When I interact with fellow young people, I am frustrated to find out that they sometimes equate success to a stroke of luck. And I always retort that this is a flawed thinking;
The wealthy actually invest in skills, preparation and learning.
They take risks, chase the right opportunities and make the right connections and decisions.
With his quiet tone, that evening, Mr. Masiyiwa reminded us that the wealth of Africans is our minds, which I agree with. The dreamer, the passionate, the persistent, the wild, the courageous spirits have made the best entrepreneurs; those who identified a narrow window of opportunities, grabbed it and made it blossom into millions of money.
Then… my intellect inner voice started a conversation about how factors such as quality of education, flourishing business environment, conducive policies, lack of corruption, language, access to opportunities contribute to the equation of success of Africans.
And what is the weight of the brave spirit in the equation? I have seen how conducive environment have remarkably contributed to the innovation sector that has led to new successful discoveries?
Minds are power but to which extent can our potential plateau? How much authority do African young minds over their own success? How much can they dare? Who unfailingly remind them to dare? I am sure the answers to these questions exist somewhere.
And once we refuse to focus on the strains tainting our continent’s sky and focus on the rays of sun, that day, we survive struggles and barriers to meet success on the other end of the journey.
And I do believe that the shape of hope for our continent has nothing to do with its map, where the top is big and shrinks at the bottom, at the end. We just have to keep sowing productive seeds for thoughts in our African minds, our most treasured wealth.