Articles tagged 'poverty'

Children forced to beg at road intersections 9 July 2017 HARARE - As the economy continues to bite the dust, more and more children in and around Harare are being forced to beg from motorists at road intersections. Some of the children will be carrying family siblings on their back as they dangerously move, bowel in hand, between moving vehicles. ...
Life on the margins in Epworth 14 May 2017 HARARE - Maggots feast on faecal matter in Epworth as children play close by, apparently oblivious of the health implications. Elsewhere in this dirt-poor place, a toilet collapses with a resident inside, while a shallow well also caves in while people are fetching water. All these incident...
Not yet Uhuru, Tsvangirai says 19 April 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has challenged President Robert Mugabe to stop his warring ruling Zanu PF's mindless bloodletting and instead focus on giving long-suffering Zimbabweans “real freedom” and a better life. In addition, Tsvangirai also reiterated in his independence me...
Zimbabweans ranked among the poorest 4 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have been ranked among Africa's poorest citizens, with an average wealth of $200 per person, a survey by AfrAsia Bank (AfrAsia) has revealed. According to the study — Africa Wealth Report 2017 —  Mauritius has the wealthiest individuals with an average wealth of $25 700 pe...
Nearly 5 000 children live on streets 20 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has an estimated 4 701 children living and working on the streets of the country's major cities — Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo and Beitbridge — the Social Welfare ministry has revealed. Without clarifying how recent the estimates were, last week Social Welfare deputy minister Tap...
Chitungwiza's deepening poverty 5 February 2017 HARARE - It is the signature sound of a bustling market: vendors shouting about their wares to passersby while thousands of flies buzz in a huge wooden compartment containing meat of all kinds. Up to 70 percent of traders in the Chigovanyika Shopping Complex in St Mary's suburb depend on pitch...
Mugabe witnesses ugly side of his rule 18 December 2016 MASVINGO - A frail and struggling President Robert Mugabe yesterday came face-to-face with the ugly side of his rule when he officially opened an information centre in the poverty-stricken township of Chikato on a drizzling day yesterday. The Zanu PF leader, who took a detour from his party co...
Poverty stinks in Chitungwiza 11 December 2016 HARARE - Garbage spreads to as far as the eye can see. And a man in rags competes with a scrawny dog rummaging for anything from food to goods. It might be hell but it is reality for this man from Chitungwiza and hundreds others who descend on this dumpsite in the hope that they will coax a li...
'Poverty remains greatest threat to Africa' 15 June 2016 HARARE - Given that Africa has entered the new millennium with very little improvement in the way it has been conducting its affairs over many years and the fact that the present systems and models of governance and leadership look most unlikely to produce radical changes that may lead to poverty...
'Zim not implementing poverty reduction strategies' 9 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's hopes of reducing poverty are being weighed down by government officials' failure to implement policy, United Nations resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli has said. Speaking during a session of consultative meetings on the formulation of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strate...
The hellhole that Zim has become 29 April 2016 HARARE - As Zanu PF bigwigs continue to bludgeon each other politically, while the stampede to succeed President Robert Mugabe gets ever uglier, the lot of the majority of Zimbabweans is getting worse by the day — with many living in squalor and abject poverty. So bad has the situation become,...
'Zimbabweans poorest people in Africa' 27 March 2016 HARARE - Despite pictures from Zimbabwe's rich and famous that flood various social media networks very so often, a Research and Markets report titled The Africa 2016 Wealth Report claims that Zimbabweans are the poorest individuals in Africa with at least $200 wealth per person. The report, w...
Zanu PF regime neglecting people 21 March 2016 HARARE - For the umpteenth time, we would like to call on the warring Zanu PF regime to stop these useless catfights and try to salvage the economy which is on its knees. It is mind boggling that officials in the governing Zanu PF party are busy at each other's throats when the economy is in s...
Macheso weeps over rural poverty 23 February 2016 HARARE - Sungura musician and Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) ambassador Alick Macheso has said the magnitude of poverty and hunger he has witnessed over the past months in drought-prone and impoverished rural communities has left him in tears. Macheso said there is unimaginable hunger among...
Zanu PF 'steals' another Christmas 21 December 2015 HARARE - With only four days left before Christmas, critics of President Robert Mugabe and his ruling post-congress Zanu PF say the majority of Zimbabweans face worsening poverty and are “wondering why their festive season cheer has been stolen again”. This sad sentiment comes as economic anal...
Zim poverty levels worsen 16 December 2015 HARARE - Poverty levels in Zimbabwe have reached alarming proportions, with a recent authoritative survey revealing that in some areas of the country as many as 96 percent of villagers live on less than a dollar a day. According to the Zimbabwe Poverty Atlas for 2015 (Atlas) — a research carri...
Living on a dollar-a-day 15 November 2015 HARARE - Rising poverty is forcing many people in high density suburbs into the food repackaging business. Food repackaging is the process of getting foodstuffs in large quantities and bagging them in your own way, in smaller bags or quantities and before resale. Such products are popularly k...
Zanu PF has caused poverty: Tsvangirai 1 September 2014 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe's 34-year octopus-like grip on power has impoverished the nation and that there was need for national convergence on the urgent need for change. Addressing villagers in the political hotbed of Uzumba district in Mashonaland Eas...
Poverty scourge fuels child marriages 13 February 2014 HARARE - From as early as she can remember, Mariah Myambo (not her real name), 16, had dreams to pursue her education, attain a degree, get a decent job and be happily married to someone she loved. But the death of her parents in 2011 threw her life off balance. She was emotionally adrift i...
Obscene mockery of poverty 30 January 2014 HARARE - According to the United Nations Development Programme poverty index, a poor person is one who lives below $2 per day. If such individuals could manage to just get the basics in life they would truly find happiness and purpose in life.  This explains the importance of basic needs su...
'Tumbling GDP escalates deaths' 29 January 2014 HARARE - Rising poverty has triggered an increase in deaths in Zimbabwe, according to Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (Zeparu). Zeparu’s research papers are the first documented evidence on the impact of the economy on health, compiling facts over almost three decades. U...
Zimbabweans among Africa's poorest 12 January 2014 HARARE - The average wealth of individual Zimbabweans declined to $570 in 2013 from $630 in 2000 due to lack of ownership rights and constricted foreign direct investment, a New World Wealth (NWW) report has revealed. Andrew Amoils, a senior analyst with NWW, a research company providing infor...
Poverty forces parents to marry off daughters early 24 September 2013 HARARE - Children living in farming areas are being married off at an early age, with approximately 50 percent being married below the age of 18. Moira Ngaru, director of Farm Orphan Support Trust of Zimbabwe (Fost) said early marriage was a form of violence against children that was rampant i...
What caused our poverty? 18 September 2013 EDITOR — Loosely defined poverty is the state of being extremely poor. The definition of the word though is contestable and several theories and  postulations have been forwarded to shed light on the subject. Poverty is relative and may be different things to different people. The povert...
Abject poverty amid glut of gold 6 May 2013 HARARE - When you talk of gold you are talking of massive development in an area, affluence and joy, but sadly this is not the case here in Silobela, lamented a man who only identified himself as Moyo at a shopping centre near Crossroads. All you see are the Fawcett trucks ferrying our gold from ...