Reports that Zimbabwe has lost 1 500 black rhino in what appears to be dubious circumstances should be of great concern to all conservationists.
Despite the seemingly militant and violent attitude of Zimbabwean students as demonstrated by a series of strikes and boycotts at the University of Zimbabwe and the massive destruction of property both at the University and at Dadaya Secondary School, for example — students are , in fact, obedient, self-disciplined and polite.
While adjustment is necessary for any system, as to deny to adjust is to refuse to allow a system or set of systems to function as they were intended to or to function in the most efficient manner, Structural Adjustment Programmes in Africa have failed largely because they are imposed by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) without taking cognisance of the social and economic realities in the affected countries, economic analysts say.
The anthrax epidemic among black Zimbabweans in 1979 -80 which affected more than 10 000 people could have been part of Ian Smith’s biological warfare to fight the increasing insurgence by Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters, Dr Meryl Nass, an American expert who carried out a three-year study into the case has concluded.
Retrenchments or wage freezes currently being implemented by Zimbabwean companies because of the current economic crisis could be doing more damage to those companies according to experts.