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Without School, Zimbabwe Children Turn to Play

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Zimbabwe Towns, Former Employees Reel After Collapse of Asbestos Mining

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EarthEconomyExtractives

The asbestos mines belonging to SMM Holdings were once among the world’s most productive – before allegations of fraud and mismanagement essentially shut them down. Years-long efforts to revive them have failed, and former employees are paying the price.

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Thokozani Khupe: The Trailblazer

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Elections

Despite an extensive policy platform and a resume including a stint as deputy prime minister, much of the public attention on the presidential candidacy of Thokozani Khupe has focused on her identity. She’s Ndebele and a woman, and both of those make her an outlier in Zimbabwe’s public life – as well as a target.

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Ambrose Mutinhiri: The Loyalist

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Elections

Ambrose Mutinhiri is angling to be the heir to ousted President Robert Mugabe, but to prove his loyalty, he had to leave the party Mugabe that led for decades. Mutinhiri says Mugabe has rewarded that loyalty with his support. Now, he hopes Zimbabweans will reward him with their votes.

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Zimbabwe’s New Grain Policy Has Farmers Eyeing Black Market

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomyLegislation

In Zimbabwe, a new policy requires farmers to sell maize to the government at a fixed price. But maize farmers say that it’s not enough to live on.

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Zimbabwe Targets Maize Shortfall With Farm Loans in Exchange for Crops

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

Zimbabwe’s government is aiming to boost maize production and turn the tide on food shortages by offering farmers loans for seed and supplies. In exchange, farmers must give the government much of their crop.

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Zimbabwe’s Wetlands Threatened, as Illegal Development Goes Unpunished

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentLegal Rights

Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.

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Traditional Spiritualists Seek Aid and Recognition to Spur Economic Recovery

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureHealth

Traditional spiritualists say Zimbabwe’s current problems are due to the government’s failure to recognize their work and to honor ancestral spirits who helped the country win liberation. They are seeking government funding, saying it would help rectify this oversight and lead to economic recovery.

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Private Schools in Zimbabwe Remain Elite and Expensive

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Education

In 1980, when Zimbabwe won its independence and Robert Mugabe became president, private boarding schools were for the moneyed, largely white elites. Almost immediately, the country’s public school system was transformed, but private schools still retain their exclusive, expensive cachet.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.

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