I know that Musina has a number of Zimbabweans andRhodesians resident here. (We didn’t get far, hey?), so please consider assisting the old folks who are still up there, with a worthless pension and no hope of leaving.
A huge Thank You to everyone who is, or has supported us. We have 544 Boxes for our Golden Oldies Boxes Adopted so far, so only 153 to go. Then the Frail Care parcels and Kitchen Gifts. Come on guys we can do this, let’s keep the momentum going!! The trucks and Hannes will be departing from Malelane shortly within the next week or so to start spreading some joy to our Golden Oldies throughout Zimbabwe. The Gifts have been sorted and packed. The Boxes are currently being packed to the brim with the desperately needed food aid for our Golden Oldies. Everyone if I can ask you to share this email as far and wide as possible. I know I have not been able to do all my usual postings and such due to my health issues, but over the past 4 years I have managed to get each and every single one of our Golden Oldies adopted and I would hate due to my condition not to be successful this year.
Sometimes yours is the only GIFT they get!!
Please if you make a donation and are adopting one of our Grannies or Grandpas please send me an email on email@example.com.This is so that I can please keep track of who has been adopted. Thank You.
The current value of the Christmas single person parcels will be about R800 ($60) (£50). (SAME AS THE PAST 4 YEARS). Even if a group of friends make a joint donation to adopt a Golden Oldie or just add to the Christmas kitty for those who are not yet adopted. Your support will go a long way to help making them feel very special this Christmas. As usual things here at the office are hectic as we continue trying to raise funds for the Biggest trip of the year our Special Christmas one.
According to what we are seeing and hearing, times now are worse for the pensioners and the general public than they were in 2008/2009. Their money has lost its value by more than 10x and the cost of basic food supplies has gone through the roof. Our Golden Oldies are starving, literally. There is no water or power most of the time either. Bulawayo is currently sitting with 96 hours of straight water shedding. The Solar kits that everyone sponsored in June / July are currently worth their weight in gold as most places are still having 16-18 hours of power shedding a day. Please, if you can’t adopt a Golden Oldie for Christmas, if you can consider making just a small donation towards helping us to keep supplying them with the food parcels. The first few months in a new year are always tough and we are currently looking at reducing the time between the trips. I know I have said this before but they need YOUR help now more than ever before.
How does anyone survive this? Fuel prices in Zimbabwe in USD (95% of people only have access to Zim $)
01 Jan 2019 $1.31;
15 Jan 2019 $3.31
21 May 2019: $4.97
22 July 2019: $7.47
19 Aug 2019:: $9.36
02 Sept 2019: $10.25
06 Oct 2019: $15.64
Just a reminder as well that our ZPSF page is back up and running after a total revamp giving it a new look and easier feel. I am still busy loading updates and pictures but all the important current stuff is there with easier tabs to find the various banking details. Please Visit www.zpsf.co.za
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORT FUND:
Thank you for your Interest in wanting to support us. We have PayPal linked to our web page (www.zpsf.co.za) for both a general Worldwide/ South Africa and USA PayPal account. We also have a UK & South African Bank Accounts, an account in Australia via Rhodesian Association of Western Australia as well as an USA Bank Account.
ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORTER FUND
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BRANCH CODE 270952
ACCOUNT NUMBER 62239042906
SWIFT CODE FIRNZAJJ
Please if you make a donation to this account, please send a mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you an Acknowledgement of Donation.
Sadly, the Festive Season is also the season in which blood is needed more frequently than at any other time of the year. Thursday 12th December is the last day, this year, on which you can make a donation, in Musina.
This year, give the most selfless gift you possibly could – THE GIFT OF LIFE – to three people you will never meet. What could be more wonderful?
Just posted on the Messina Primary School page, full details and photos of all of the trophy and prize winners for 2019, as well as the prefects and head student leaders. Click on the link to the page in the list of contributors to the left<<<<<<<<
“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.” – P.J. O’Rourke, writer (b. 14 Nov 1947)
MUSINA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL TRAINING OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
Over 200 women from Musina Local Municipality graduated from the Acceleration of Women-Owned Micro-Enterprises (AWOME) programme at ceremonies in Masisi and Musina. The AWOME programme is a partnership between De Beers Group, UN Women the Musina Local Municipality and carried out by local NGO Hand in Hand Southern Africa.
Officiating at the ceremony in Musina, the Mayor Councillor Mihloti Ethel Muhlope said it was important that women are equipped with relevant knowledge so that they can run their businesses better, become suppliers within their various value chains, and be part of job creation. “We must make sure that women are organised and ready to access opportunities and empower themselves economically. We have a problem with unemployment and women can be a solution by staying committed to their businesses.”
She also encouraged the women entrepreneurs to value their enterprises regardless of the current size. “You don’t have to start big. It’s possible to create sustainable enterprises from the small businesses that exist now.”
The AWOME programme addresses the capacity of women entrepreneurs primarily in the informal sector to apply business management skills that promote the sustainability and growth of their businesses in order to create more and better jobs for the entrepreneurs and their communities. The programme’s training modules include business planning, costing, marketing, record-keeping, stock control, and people and productivity.
Representing De Beers Group, Economic and Social Development Manager, Ms Mapala Ramothwala said completion of the course already demonstrated the entrepreneurs’ dedication to making their businesses a success. “You must continue to persevere and face challenges that will come up. You are all winners.” She also welcomed the entrepreneurs to continue engaging with De Beers Group for business advisory services.
UN Women Programme Associate, Ms Mamodishe Sebati said the graduation was the result of a successful partnership and common goal between the stakeholders involved and the entrepreneurs. She urged the entrepreneurs to see their certification as another step in their business journey and personal development. “The knowledge acquired is important, but you must now use it to grow and sustain your businesses so that you are able to transform your families and communities.”
Several entrepreneurs also shared about the immediate impact of the training on their businesses. Ms Ruth Khutso Muleya who runs a makeup artistry business and a clothing design business said she did not have any discipline or planning in her businesses and her pricing was completely miscalculated. “After the AWOME programme I know how much I am spending and by the time I set a price I have included all my costs. Now I am seeing profit and I know where my money is coming from or going.”
Ms Sophie Masindi who is part of the soap making Cornerstone Cooperative explained that before the AWOME training the cooperative members were only focused on making money to spend during the December festive season but the AWOME programme made them realise that soap making is a viable business. “After AWOME we know that this is a productive enterprise. We now have a bank account, we know how to calculate profit, we are focused on getting customers.”
While the certification marks the end of their formal training on the AWOME Improve Your Business modules, the entrepreneurs will be supported and guided to implement their action plans through follow-up visits and mentorship sessions.