Zimbabwe To Introduce ‘New’ Currency – Again



As this affects so much of Musina’s trade across the border, I feel bound to post this article

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya yesterday announced the ‘RTGS dollar’ as Zimbabwe’s new local currency.

Following 10 years without a recognised currency, the currently used bond notes and electronic transfers will now form part of the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) dollar.

“The RTGS dollars shall be used by all entities in Zimbabwe, including government and individuals in Zimbabwe for the purposes of pricing of goods and services, record debts, accounting and settlement of domestic transactions,” he said.

Zimbabwe will continue to hold its multi-currency system which includes the US dollar and South African rand. Mangudya added that consumers could now buy currency with RTGS dollars, which would potentially decrease black market trade of the US dollar. The market will later determine the exchange rate to be used between the US dollar and RTGS dollar

Article courtesy of FTW Online.


Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019, Tonight.


The full moon

What is the super snow moon?

A “supermoon” is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky. The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year. The point in its orbit when the moon is farthest from Earth is known as the apogee, and appears to be smaller in the sky.

The term “snow moon” is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the U.S., according to NASA. It is called the snow moon due to typical snowfall during this time of year. Heavy snowfall is also the reason for its alternative and more grim name, the “hunger moon.”

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Order with Rina Fourie on 079 938 5810 or you can pick it up from 17h00 / 18h00 or 19h00. They’ll pack the orders in containers and have about 5 tables where you can pick them up …… But you must indicate the time that food should be ready.

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“Virtues of fitness classes go far beyond working up a sweat”

Exercise is great for mental health; Research has shown that it can lower stress, improve mood and even decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. But new research finds that a group exercise class may be even better for your mental wellbeing than a solo sweat session.

A small study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that people who took group exercise classes reported less stress and more physical, emotional and mental health benefits than those who exercised alone or did not hit the gym at all, suggesting that a social atmosphere may compound the already numerous benefits of physical activity.

At the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 69 people in their first or second year of medical school—typically a very stressful time—were recruited for the study. One group of students did at least one 30-minute core training class together each week; another exercised alone or with one or two other people at least twice a week; and a third didn’t engage in any physical activity beyond walking or biking for transportation. Students were allowed to choose their own group.

The students took surveys about their stress levels every four weeks and periodically filled out additional surveys about their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. After 12 weeks, the researchers determined that those taking the group core training class were seeing the best results.

The study has some limitations. It’s possible that people who chose the core training group already knew they liked group exercise, and thus saw benefits. But the research suggests that the virtues of fitness classes go far beyond working up a sweat. In addition to a community vibe, the researchers note that the music and choreography used in group classes may boost mood.

If you want to read the entire article and see a short video, click this link; http://www.health.com/fitness/group-fitness-classes-mental-health?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2017110111am&xid=newsletter-brief


Zimbabwe Land Restructuring Programme

Would you go back, forgive and forget? Not sure that I could.


Zimbabwe’s long road to redemption seems to be well under way after the government announced that race will play no role in the land restructuring programme (LRP) it intends to roll out in the agricultural sector.

Addressing parliament last week Douglas Karoro, the deputy minister for agriculture among other things, said white farmers would be part of the process and that farmers who had been ejected from their land could expect to have it returned to them.

Zimbabwe is hoping to turn the violence that marked forced farm removals around through its Land Restructuring Programme

An extensive land audit is currently under way and expectations generally support the view that a significant review process is at a play, the kind of redress-in-the-making that will hopefully see a return of skilled expertise to Zimbabwe’s

But perhaps the most befitting form of redress might come in the shape of Mugabe himself who owns at least 21 farms. If the LRP’s one-person-one-farm is properly applied, he may have to forfeit the lion’s share of his ill-gotten assets.

However, although news of the LRP has been well received, trade consultancy Africa House last year said it would take substantial reconstruction and investment to restore Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector to the glory days it once enjoyed as the continent’s so-called “bread basket”.

This article courtesy of FTW Online