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The Friendship Bench Project takes mental health to the community Outside many primary care clinics in Zimbabwe, you can see people sitting, talking on a bench. These aren’t ordinary benches – they are part of the Friendship Bench Project. This project was started by Dr Dixon Chibanda, a senior psychiatrist,...
The African Marsh Owl Asio Capensis By Ann Warner This beautiful, buff to brown-coloured owl is of medium size and has a heart-shaped face and small ear tufts which are not always visible. Its eyes are yellow with huge, black irises that seem to take up so much of their face,...
The pangolin is a mammal referred to as a scaly anteater, and is found in Africa and Asia but does not have any association with the similar Armadillo. There are eight types of Pangolin, with four in Asia and four in Africa. The four types of Pangolin found in...
The Language of Diplomacy By Lucy Kirkman Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Enrico De Agostini is a master of language. Not only does he speak seven languages– he understands that communication encompasses more than just speech. “Diplomacy is all about communication. It doesn’t just happen on a formal level, but in many...
The Leopard’s coat does not belong on humans By Ann Warner This beautiful cat is recognisable by its coat of yellowish-brown to gold fur, and is covered in spots which are arranged in rosettes that are unique to each individual leopard. These rosettes being more prominent on their backs, flanks and...
Ryan Barbour has melded his passion for teaching with his love of writing and cartooning – which is clearly reflected in his newly-published book, The Doodlebug Dowsers (Olympia Publishers, London). Barbour’s debut book chronicles the fantastical adventures of an eccentric family in the Eastern Highlands. After falling on hard...
The Garden Renovation As any gardener would attest, gardening is one of life’s most therapeutic and relaxing activities. Gardening is intensely rewarding – but not in that ‘instant gratification’ way that seems to have become the norm in this digital age; its rewards take patience – a rare virtue! In...
The first Saturday of December each year is National Tree Planting Day in Zimbabwe.This day was first set aside for tree planting in 1980, by Robert Mugabe, and has since been an important day in our environmental calendar. December marks the beginning of the rainy season, when tree planting is most...
Family Fabaceae – Caesalpinioideae (Purple Bauhinia, Orchid or Butterfly Tree). There are four native Bauhinia species in Zimbabwe, but although you see this one in many gardens in Harare, it is not an indigenous species. Bauhinia purpurea is a tropical and subtropical plant, native to East and South-East Asia, usually...
Tracy Mapfumo If you walk through a vegetable garden in Zimbabwe, whether in an urban or rural area, it is likely that you will wade through a sea of blue-green leaves belonging to either rape or covo. Covo is a nationwide favourite, eaten daily as an accompaniment to the staple...
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