Zimbabwe Pensioners Support Fund

I know that Musina has a number of Zimbabweans and Rhodesians 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 linda@zpsf.co.za.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 

Our new general PayPal account Link – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LN6DPRGAPQ9B2&source=url

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.

SA Account

  • ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORTER FUND
  • FIRST NATIONAL BANK
  • MALELANE BRANCH
  • 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 linda@zpsf.co.za so that I can send you an Acknowledgement of Donation.

Musina’s Weather This Week

Now that there’s at least a chance of rain, interest in the weather forecast has increased.

Have a look at this clip, to remind you what it’s all about; Click here, speakers up; AFRICAN_RAIN

Weather forecast Musina this week

Mon
25-11
Tues
26-11
Weds
27-11
Thur
28-11
Fri
29-11
Sat
30-11
Sun
1-12
Min 24  °C 24  °C 22  °C 22  °C 23  °C 23  °C 22  °C
Max 37  °C 34  °C 38  °C 40  °C 40  °C 39  °C 39  °C
Sun 70% 55% 80% 90% 90% 85% 85%
Rain 20% 5% 0% 0% 0% 5% 5%
Wind SE SE SE SE SE E SE
Force 2 3 3 2 2 2 2

Karate Gradings

KSI Musina Is Graded At The Mass Grading In Johannesburg

As above; Theunis Geyser; Brown belt, Zian Grobler; Blue belt, Phillipa Weidemann; Green belt, Joel Menda; Yellow belt, Thamsanga Mungwe; Orange belt

Special congratulations to our sensei, Andile Vena, who graded to Nidan (2nd Black belt)

Well done, all!

De Beers And Musina Municipality Empower Women

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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.”

19 November 2019. Second day of women entrepreneurs graduate from the AWOME training programme in Musina, Limpopo.

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.

 

Musina’s Weather Forecast

Now that there’s at least a chance of rain, the forecast is worth looking at;

Weather forecast Musina this week

Tues
19-11
Weds
20-11
Thur
21-11
Frid
22-11
Sat
23-11
Sun
24-11
Mon
25-11
Min 22  °C 23  °C 20  °C 20  °C 22  °C 22  °C 24  °C
Max 36  °C 31  °C 31  °C 36  °C 35  °C 38  °C 35  °C

Sun

45% 30% 30% 65% 55% 75% 60%
Rain
50% 60% 65% 5% 20% 15% 15%
Wind SE SE SE SE SE SE SE
Force 3 4 3 2 3 2 2