matabeleland

1956 Ford Prefect

Driving through Nswazi communal land, looking for views of the magnificent Matopos, I found this:

Just goes to show its all in the light. A day or two later, I passed back that way, and hardly noticed this old wreck!

Often I’m driving when the light is best: early morning and late evening. We do borehole surveys, and on many occasions have our clients with us in the car! Hardly professional to…

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Random rocks in the Matopos...

The road immediately opposite this jumble of rocks deteriorated until we had to get off and drive along a path!! A little interesting when a chasm dangles below your window! I like the little hole in between the rocks – looks something like someone grabbed them and crushed them up! This last pic was taken at mid day climbing along a narrow track. It wasn’t hot, (by our standards, perhaps only 25…

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

It has a long complicated Latin name! (SPHINGIIDAE/MACROGLOSSIDAE/Macroglossum trochilus) But really hard to capture on a photo – I took hundreds to get these few..and I had no time to mess about with settings or anything – I hardly had time to press the shutter button before they were off again. I didn’t notice they have a long proboscis until I transferred the photos off the camera. They were…

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On July 1st 2015, Cecil [a male African lion - with a distinctive black streak in his mane - who primarily lived in the protected Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe] was shot & killed by Walter Palmer, an American dentist & recreational big-game hunter.

Cecil had wondered helplessly for almost 40 hours after being shot with an arrow by Palmer before being tracked & killed; Palmer & his team then beheaded Cecil & skinned him before removing his tracking collar & attempting to destroy the evidence.

The killing drew international media outrage against Palmer, who has expressed regret over the killing but still claims to have done nothing wrong under the permit guidelines of the USD50,000 that he had paid to ‘legally’ kill a lion.

As the Zimbabwean government moves to extradite Palmer from the US back to Zimbabwe to be charged with illegal poaching related offences including possibly being involved in luring Cecil away from the protected reserve that he was in, no one has thought to question what right the corrupt Zimbabwean government has in charging money to big-game hunters to kill these amazing & majestic animals in the 1st place; lions are not pests with their numbers continuing to dwindle close to being endangered & the money raised for big-game hunting continues to line the pockets of corrupt government officials rather than being put to good use like education or health-care for the general Zimbabwean population.

Hopefully, Cecil’s death will not be in vain & world pressure will finally put an end to the unnecessary killing of big-game animals. #RIPCecil © (at Taronga Zoo)

What most likely happened with Cecil.


What most likely happened with Cecil.
  1. Palmer books…is sold a lion hunt in Zimbabwe through bushman safaris / Bronkhorts

  2. P/hunter / operator have an agreement with said land occupier on Antoinette for the hunting rights to the property, which is roughly 4500acres in extent, it is an old railway farm… Several other properties ajoin and general location falls in the gwaai conservancy area. It is very close to the hwange park boundary , as is several of the other properties and forestry commission areas.

3.the operator has other areas in the matabeleland north area, one of which has a lion on quota for 2015. However the only property where you will get a lion on bait fairly easily is Antoinette as it is right on the park boundary. Most of these areas only the rail track between Bulawayo and Vic Falls which demarcates the boundary between said areas and hwange national park.

  1. Operator thinks, let’s bait hunt on Antoinette , we shoot the lion if we get a good male on bait, we then skin the animal, change camps, head back to the other area that does have a lion on quota. People will not know we shot the lion elsewhere…or something along these lines..

  2. Palmer arrives for his hunt, if the lion was the main species sought, obviously the hunters start on Antoinette property.. Bait is shot, drag the park boundary , maybe even a caller with lions roaring was used, we don’t know, but highly likely - they are hunting on PRIVATE land, so no need to hunt with a parks ranger.

  3. Hunting party gets a lion to come onto the property, Palmer can’t believe his luck, MGM lion. They shoot at it….and wound the lion. Being so close to the park, the lion heads back into the park.

  4. P/hunter and operator, landowner now have egg on their faces, you can’t tell the client, sorry chap your lion has gone bad luck… They have Palmer’s $50k. To show nothing is really amiss… Hunting party/p hunter make a report to main camp, national parks main head quarters for that section of hwange park, “we have wounded a lion, and it has left our property and has crossed into the park”. They are assigned a ranger to accompany them back to where lion crossed back into the park,to follow up the wounded cat. (By law in Zimbabwe reporting of wounded dangerous game needs to be made if possible within 24 hrs. To nearest appropriate authority, in this case national parks. Cat is followed up and killed.

  5. In the meantime hunter/landowner go into overdrive… What’s our best option here, how do we sort this problem… Ok, let’s get permission for quota transfer between our properties. This is either denied, or the parks officers at main camp are so on the ball, they check up on the land owners quota for 2015 - bingo, they are busted…. How many days it takes for this to play out is debatable , given that lion was followed up, killed. Trophy is then skinned out, head removed, so you can boil to get the skull.. And the trophy had already been moved from the property.

  6. At this point it’s pretty plausible Palmer doesn’t know any better. He’s thinking what a monster lion I just got. Hunts on another of the operator’s properties and then heads home to the states.thinking I have just had the best safari etc…

  7. Quota transfer doesn’t get approved, and the researchers by now see their collared subject not moved much in the past few days.. Other lions killed along the hwange park boundary this year, WITH a proper quota allocation and permit etc, the p/hunter notified the research guys, return the collar etc..its forgotten about a few weeks after… That lion is now a statistic in the data base, location killed,date killed etc lion doesn’t have a name, no photo lodge close by who know the lions every move, no controversy . End of the story.

11.in the meantime, research guys or local lodge guides get to hear “Cecil” hunted and killed…. “Did you know property had no quota”…. These guys tried to pull a move with “quota transfer”…..“collar apparently tried to be destroyed”.. It gets spread around on social media, and before you know it, it’s gone viral…. WORLDWIDE.

  1. It’s now not something that a fist full of us$ into corruptible officials hands that can make the problem go away… It builds momentum by the hour, and Officials begin to investigate, and well the rest is history as we all know

So from Zim side, I would say Dr. Palmer has VERY little chance of being prosecuted in Zimbabwe. At the end of the day, the professional hunter who is guiding the client and whose name appears on the TR2 hunt authority form, is in charge of the hunt. The buck stops with him!!



Submitted July 31, 2015 at 11:21PM by Huntertanks
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Zimbabwe Lusulu power project secured $950m loan

Zimbabwe Lusulu power project secured $950m loan

HARARE: Independent power producer Pan-African Engineering Resources (PER) has secured a $950 million loan from China to finance development of the first phase of the Lusulu thermal station in Binga, Matabeleland North Province.

After completion of the first phase, the plant would produce 600 megawatts.

The company signed an Engineering Procurement and Construction agreement with China State…

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During the heated debate, the MP was ejected from the National Assembly after threatening to beat Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu PF) for allegedly using “sexist” words against her.

The fracas began after Chinamasa had answered Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s question. As soon as Chinamasa took to his seat, the outspoken Matabeleland South MP charged towards Wadyajena accusing him of hurling sexually abusive words at her.

She threatened to beat up the Zanu PF MP, but was restrained by her collegues before Parliament security officers intervened and forced her out of the House. However, this invited the ire of opposition MPs who rose in protest accusing Acting Speaker of Parliament, Melody Dziva (Zanu PF) of bias

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MP parades used panties in Parly - NewsDay Zimbabwe


This is the type of reaction women should have to sexism if they want to live in an equal world.

Goblins overpower traditional healer

Goblins overpower traditional healer

By Nhlalwenhle Ncube

A TRADITIONAL healer was expected to destroy trouble makers at Mlibizi village in Binga, Matabeleland North, but tables turned against him as suspected goblins reportedly proved their supremacy by killing him during a cleansing ceremony.

Modern day depiction of goblins

It is reported that there was drama when villagers who had gathered to witness the ceremony scurried for…

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What most likely happened with Cecil.


What most likely happened with Cecil.
  1. Palmer books…is sold a lion hunt in Zimbabwe through bushman safaris / Bronkhorts

  2. P/hunter / operator have an agreement with said land occupier on Antoinette for the hunting rights to the property, which is roughly 4500acres in extent, it is an old railway farm… Several other properties ajoin and general location falls in the gwaai conservancy area. It is very close to the hwange park boundary , as is several of the other properties and forestry commission areas.

3.the operator has other areas in the matabeleland north area, one of which has a lion on quota for 2015. However the only property where you will get a lion on bait fairly easily is Antoinette as it is right on the park boundary. Most of these areas only the rail track between Bulawayo and Vic Falls which demarcates the boundary between said areas and hwange national park.

  1. Operator thinks, let’s bait hunt on Antoinette , we shoot the lion if we get a good male on bait, we then skin the animal, change camps, head back to the other area that does have a lion on quota. People will not know we shot the lion elsewhere…or something along these lines..

  2. Palmer arrives for his hunt, if the lion was the main species sought, obviously the hunters start on Antoinette property.. Bait is shot, drag the park boundary , maybe even a caller with lions roaring was used, we don’t know, but highly likely - they are hunting on PRIVATE land, so no need to hunt with a parks ranger.

  3. Hunting party gets a lion to come onto the property, Palmer can’t believe his luck, MGM lion. They shoot at it….and wound the lion. Being so close to the park, the lion heads back into the park.

  4. P/hunter and operator, landowner now have egg on their faces, you can’t tell the client, sorry chap your lion has gone bad luck… They have Palmer’s $50k. To show nothing is really amiss… Hunting party/p hunter make a report to main camp, national parks main head quarters for that section of hwange park, “we have wounded a lion, and it has left our property and has crossed into the park”. They are assigned a ranger to accompany them back to where lion crossed back into the park,to follow up the wounded cat. (By law in Zimbabwe reporting of wounded dangerous game needs to be made if possible within 24 hrs. To nearest appropriate authority, in this case national parks. Cat is followed up and killed.

  5. In the meantime hunter/landowner go into overdrive… What’s our best option here, how do we sort this problem… Ok, let’s get permission for quota transfer between our properties. This is either denied, or the parks officers at main camp are so on the ball, they check up on the land owners quota for 2015 - bingo, they are busted…. How many days it takes for this to play out is debatable , given that lion was followed up, killed. Trophy is then skinned out, head removed, so you can boil to get the skull.. And the trophy had already been moved from the property.

  6. At this point it’s pretty plausible Palmer doesn’t know any better. He’s thinking what a monster lion I just got. Hunts on another of the operator’s properties and then heads home to the states.thinking I have just had the best safari etc…

  7. Quota transfer doesn’t get approved, and the researchers by now see their collared subject not moved much in the past few days.. Other lions killed along the hwange park boundary this year, WITH a proper quota allocation and permit etc, the p/hunter notified the research guys, return the collar etc..its forgotten about a few weeks after… That lion is now a statistic in the data base, location killed,date killed etc lion doesn’t have a name, no photo lodge close by who know the lions every move, no controversy . End of the story.

11.in the meantime, research guys or local lodge guides get to hear “Cecil” hunted and killed…. “Did you know property had no quota”…. These guys tried to pull a move with “quota transfer”…..“collar apparently tried to be destroyed”.. It gets spread around on social media, and before you know it, it’s gone viral…. WORLDWIDE.

  1. It’s now not something that a fist full of us$ into corruptible officials hands that can make the problem go away… It builds momentum by the hour, and Officials begin to investigate, and well the rest is history as we all know

So from Zim side, I would say Dr. Palmer has VERY little chance of being prosecuted in Zimbabwe. At the end of the day, the professional hunter who is guiding the client and whose name appears on the TR2 hunt authority form, is in charge of the hunt. The buck stops with him!!



Submitted July 31, 2015 at 11:21PM by Huntertanks
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