farayi Machamire is a journalist.
The story is about women turning to mining as a ticket out of squalor in Chiambuka River in Ngorima communal lands of Chimanimani, in Zimbabwe.They trudge back and forth with sacks full of river sand to wash in muddied waters in search of gold grains. In the midst of the male dominated artisanal miners is a 51-year-old widow Mwatsara Beta who carries a sack of river sand to wash for gold. Pushed by endless poverty, the widow is part of a growing number of women who spend their days excavating for gold across the country’s rivers.
A gripping piece on yesteryear boxing great and former Common Wealth champion Alfonso Zvenyika who has fallen on hard times, harder than the punches he used to pack on his way to star in rings across Australia, Scotland, England, Zambia and Tanzania. The story offered lessons to upcoming sports stars and inspired government intervention in setting up boxing academies.
The story provides an insight into the passion and motivation behind a man widely regarded as the best Zimbabwean footballer ever to stride a football pitch, George Shaya. It reveals how he had been struck by tragedy when he was diagnosed with dementia. The article ignited nationwide attention and saw government taking a proactive role in assisting yesterday year footballers.