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Farai Shawn Matiashe

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About Farai
Farai Shawn Matiashe is an award-winning journalist based in Mutare, Zimbabwe who writes for various international media outlets including Aljazeera (Qatar), CNN International (UK) the Thomson Reuters Foundation (UK), Vice World News (UK), The Africa Report (France), Euronews (UK) and Quartz Africa (USA). Farai, who has reported from more than five countries across Europe, Africa and Americas, is passionate about rural reporting where he covers climate change, health, renewable energy, business, women and gender, science-technology and agriculture stories. 

He mainly focuses on stories that impact marginalised groups including women, youths, indigenous people and people with disabilities. Farai’s articles are solution-driven and go beyond just raising red flags in communities. He is a fellow of the United Nations Foundation 2022, Young African Journalists' Accelerator Program 2021, International Women's Media Foundation Global Health Reporting Initiative 2021 and Falling Walls Science Journalists Fellowship 2022. Farai is a National Geographic Society Grantee.
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Zimbabwe: CCC’s Chamisa mulls parliament exit strategy

10 Jan 2024  |  theafricareport.com
Nelson Chamisa, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), is considering a withdrawal from the political sphere due to continuous attacks from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The ruling party, led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is accused of trying to create a one-party state by undermining the opposition through recalls and election manipulation. Some CCC members have proposed withdrawing from Parliament, a move that is debated within the party. Political analysts and CCC spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi offer differing views on the potential impact of such a strategy. The opposition's presence in Parliament is seen as crucial for democracy, but the legitimacy of the current Parliament is questioned.

Zimbabwe's surging internet costs wreak havoc on small businesses

10 Jan 2024  |  telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
In Zimbabwe, surging internet costs are severely impacting small businesses and individuals. Joyce Kapvumfuti's catering business suffered due to being unable to afford data, which is essential for her online advertising. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and NetOne have both increased data prices by 100%, with 1GB now averaging $3.54, amidst an unofficial annual inflation rate of about 1,000%. This has led to a digital divide, with internet access becoming a luxury. Campaigners and organizations like MISA Zimbabwe are demanding government and regulator Potraz to take action to reduce prices. The #DataMustFallZW campaign has gained traction, advocating for more affordable internet. Despite the outcry, Potraz maintains that the price hikes are necessary to balance service affordability with operator viability.

Zimbabwe’s surging internet costs wreak havoc on small businesses

10 Jan 2024  |  www.sowetanlive.co.za
In Zimbabwe, surging internet costs are severely impacting small businesses and individuals. Joyce Kapvumfuti, a small catering business owner, has seen a significant drop in orders due to being unable to afford internet data. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and NetOne have both increased data prices, with 1GB now averaging $3.54, amidst an unofficial annual inflation rate of about 1,000%. Digital rights advocates and organizations like Misa Zimbabwe are calling for government and regulatory action to reduce prices and address the widening digital divide. Despite lower internet penetration rates compared to neighboring countries, Potraz, the telecom regulator, defends the price hikes as necessary for balancing service affordability and operator viability. The #DataMustFallZW campaign has gained traction on social media, demanding more accessible pricing for low-income individuals.

Zimbabwe farmers turn to smart solutions to fight climate change

22 Mar 2020  |  Al Jazeera
In Lupane, Zimbabwe, small-scale farmers like Linda Ncube have faced severe challenges due to drought, impacting their crops and livestock. The Tshongokwe Irrigation Scheme, a community farm, has been affected by a dried-up dam, leading to poor harvests and a need for food assistance. In response, the community joined the Sizimele-Action for Resilience Building in Zimbabwe project, supported by NGOs and the UNDP, to implement climate-smart agriculture. This includes solar-powered boreholes, drip irrigation, and a weather station for early warnings and forecasts. These measures have allowed farmers to grow drought-tolerant crops, improve water and nutrient efficiency, and better predict weather conditions. The farmers also formed a marketing team and secured deals with private companies, improving their livelihoods and contributing to food security.

Zimbabwe's Power Outages Increase Risks for Pregnant Women

05 Nov 2019  |  Al Jazeera
The article discusses the severe challenges faced by pregnant women in Zimbabwe due to regular power outages, particularly during childbirth. Women, like Mitchell Matarause, are forced to deliver babies by candlelight or with the aid of cellphones, as the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has implemented 18-hour load shedding. This situation is exacerbated by the high cost of fuel for generators, making it unsustainable for hospitals to rely on them. The maternal mortality rate in Zimbabwe is alarmingly high, with 651 deaths per 100,000 live births. In response to the crisis, NGOs like We Care Solar and the UNDP are collaborating with the government to install solar power systems in clinics and hospitals. These solar solutions, including the 'solar suitcase', are providing reliable lighting and electricity to healthcare facilities, aiming to reduce the reliance on unstable power sources and improve maternal healthcare outcomes.

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