UNWTO Candidate St. Ange confirms that Halal Tourism high on his agenda

ATC News by Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome

NO DISCRIMINATION BUT TOURISM FOR ALL‘ IS ST. ANGE’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD OF TOURISM

(Posted 02nd May 2017)

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for Secretary General of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) was in Bangkok during the last couple of days for the WTTC 2017 Summit. Alain St.Ange is the immediate former Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who resigned his post to pursue his candidacy without compromising the needs of his county to have an active tourism minister dedicated to the industry and not travelling the world seeking office. St. Ange in recent weeks has been calling on Tourism Ministers across the world to seek support for the Seychelles candidacy.

This election would make history because it is the first time that Africa has a candidate who could see the Continent get through to the second round of voting and…

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SAA Introduces a new State-of-the-Art Airbus on Vic Falls Route

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South African Airways introducing an Airbus A330-200 on the Johannesburg to Victoria Falls sector today (01 March 2017), resulting in an increase of 88 seats from the current 186 seats. Previously, SAA has been using an Airbus A319; A320 and Boeing B737-800 on this route. The airline’s inbound flights from Johannesburg are, so far, fully booked until the 12th of March 2017.

SAA as one of the leading airlines in Southern Africa, launches an aircraft that has a spacious layout and contemporary interior design. Flying on the A330 is a truly classy experience. As for the entertainment the aircraft is fitted with world-class Audio-Visual-On-Demand technology and a choice of over 100 movies making travelling even more fun for adults and kids alike. As an add-on, travelers can also look forward to a fantastic dining experience. The aircraft has family lavatory with a full-sized changing table. Baby bassinets as well as special meals for babies and children are available on pre-order.

The Business Class experience is designed to make the business class traveler’s journey as comfortable as possible. Business Class passengers can expect easily adjustable headrests with adaptable ears, ample stowage space, generous legroom with leg rests and a handy coat hook welcomes you as you settle in. Each Business Class seat also has its own USB and laptop charging point, so your devices are always powered and ready to use.

Flying in Economy Class is a ticket to style and comfort. The innovative slim line seats have been designed to give the passenger increased living space, while the movable headrests with adjustable ears help to keep the passenger comfortable for the duration of the flight.

In 2013 the CAAZ embarked on a project to upgrade the Victoria Falls International Airport (Aptly named the Game Changer) at a cost of US$150 million. The New Victoria Falls International Airport project is now complete and was commissioned by The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde R. G. Mugabe on 18 November 2016.

The new Victoria Falls International airport now boasts of: new 4km long by 60m wide runway and associated taxiways, capable of landing long haul wide-bodied aircraft. Aircraft parking area with a capacity to park three wide-bodied aircraft in the class of the B747, B777 and Airbus A340 or equivalent; a new state of the art International passenger Terminal Building designed to handle 1.2 million passengers annually, a refurbished Domestic Terminal with a capacity of 300,000 passengers per annum. New state of the art Control Tower with new Fire Station, new Car Park as well as new access roads.

Other exciting developments within the civil aviation authority of Zimbabwe Ethiopian airlines add Victoria Falls on its African network Africa’s largest airline group. Ethiopian Airlines announced the introduction of four weekly service to Victoria Falls from 26 March 2017 using the latest Boeing 737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior. ET 829 ADDIS ABABA 08:35- 12:15 VICTORIA FALLS: ET 829 VICTORIA FALLS 13:00- 21:30 ADDIS ABABA via GABORONE.

Kenya airways to launch direct flights to Victoria Falls. The airline will start a direct flight between Nairobi and Victoria Falls on 18th May 2017. This will be Kenya Airways 52nd destination and its second city in Zimbabwe. The new thrice weekly route between Nairobi and Victoria Falls will operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The Victoria Falls operation will be linked to Cape Town, South Africa.

Rainbow airlines launches Harare-Victoria Falls flights and expected to introduce the Harare-Johannesburg route. The local airline launched its first flight to Victoria Falls on the 25th of January 2017. They are expected to introduce a thrice a week flight on the Harare-Johannesburg route on the 5th of March 2017. The thrice a week route will be on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Zim-Zam: Conferencing cushions dip in leisure travel, says HAZ

The conferencing industry is keeping hotels afloat as leisure tourism dwindles, particularly in the domestic market according to a report in the Zimbabwean Chronicle.

Hospitality Associations of Zimbabwe Vice President Innocent Manyera was quoted in the paper as saying that conferencing accounted for 80% of hotel business.

“Hotels are facing a decline in leisure travel so as a result we are not concentrating on conferences.”

He added that room occupancy remained sluggish at 41%.

In contrast, the occupancy rate in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is expected to hit a three year high, averaging 86% in the last quarter of the year.

Honeymoon Destinations Discovered In Southern Africa

Honeymoon destinations such as Hawaii, Bahamas, Maldives, Mauritius, Caribbean, Greece and Paris are quite popular all over the world and it’s too often that you hear people going to these places. These destinations are wonderful but they can be crowded and expensive.

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Me and my wife, wildly in love, starry-eyed about our honeymoon, we needed an unforgettable, relaxed and stimulating honeymoon, and of course very affordable. Instead of jetting off to one of the popular honeymoon destinations to spend so much money and come back broke (– don’t forget we are starting a family soon), we thought why don’t weu try something else and be unique.

Make your honeymoon an exclusive one by going to a beautiful paradise in Southern Africa, where you can spend some quiet time with your spouse, tour nature’s wonders, enjoy sea, sand, sun and a romantic suite to yourselves. If you are planning the honeymoon of your dreams, here are 5 unusual honeymoon destinations discovered in Southern Africa:

Miombo Safari Camp

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If you’re fed up with flights whilst youare in Zimbabwe and like the idea of seeing the beautiful tea-pot shaped country through a car’s window,the excellent A8 tar-sealed highway from Victoria Falls will lovingly spoon-feed you all the information you need.

For the 2016’s Valentines we did took out some time and decided to go south east from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe  an easy two hour drive either by transfer vehicle, or self-driving a rental car to access Miombo Safari Camp; coming from Bulawayo which is the second largest city in Zimbabwe, equally on the A8 northwest bound, it is an easy three hours drive on an excellent tar-sealed highway.

Miombo Safari Camp ,”   has the distinction of being the closest quality accommodation to Hwange National Park Main Gate & is located in the DETE annex, on a private concession within the eastern border of the Hwange National Park.

This glorious National Park rightfully boasts the highest concentration of wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles & insects) of any safari region in Africa.

Here at Miombo Safari Camp discerning honeymooners will undoubtedly experience the wonders of the African bush up close & personal, under the watchful & big-hearted hospitality bestowed by the Miombo Safari Camp team.

Sun City Resort

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Sun International’s flagship resort is as popular today as it was when it was first built in 1979. Whether it’s a romantic stay with your partner, a wild weekend with friends or a holiday with the whole family, Sun City Resort has it all. Located on the border of the Pilanesberg National Game Park, and just a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg, or a short 40-minute flight, Sun City is the perfect “one-stop”  honeymoon destination.

We did had our honeymoon at the resort and quite an experience it was. We couldn’t exhaust all that could be done or seen.

Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Lake Malawi is worthy of a trip, offers a refreshing chill, warm climate and amazing views. Honeymooners needn’t worry about anything but waking up and enjoying the experience. Lake Malawi will undoubtedly create memories that you will tuck away for a lifetime. Lake Malawi offers an array of accommodation options for couples who desire privacy and a place to genuinely relax.

Chobe Marina Lodge

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Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa.

Dinningat Chobe Marina Lodge  is an opulence and sheer class experience, this is where good food and comprehensive service are part of the mix. Commissioners A La Carte Restaurant serves world-class dishes. For a more informal meal would try the Mokoros Restaurant, which offers local cuisine in a lighthearted, friendly environment.

The campsite at the Lodge offers some of the best sunset views in Kasane. Overlooking the Chobe River. The Chobe Marina comes highly recommended by our team.

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

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Benguerra Island is one of the beautiful islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. The island is renowned for its wonderful scenery, farfetched coral reef and scenic beaches. Newlyweds who want to relax in natural surroundings, soak up the sun and enjoy the stunning coastline should visit Benguerra Island for their honeymoon. Explore the island and the wildlife in particular, really adventurous.

Want to share your travel stories, photos and experiences with the world? Send it to yedunemi@gmail.com  Looking for honeymoon or holiday destinations, please will be glad to be of assistance to you

Social Media – Zimbabwe Tourism’s Olive Branch

Social media is fast becoming one of the most vital, cost-efficient tools in tourism marketing. Effective use of social media has been proven to boost the number and length of visits, as well as visitor satisfaction and number of return visits.

The biggest thing about online is that 90% of travel decisions today are being made online. So people are using everything from TripAdvisor to Facebook to inform their choices. And what’s exciting about that is the information is rich. So we’re not just seeing someone share an image, they’re talking about what they’ve experienced, who they’ve experienced it with and what they look forward to doing next in travel.

Social media can be leveraged to create wonderful tourism marketing masterpieces. Zimbabwe’s neighbors across the Limpopo , South Africa, have gained much through the use of these online social tools with their campaign #MeetSouthAfrica and Kenyan tourism have successfully used social media to increase their tourism sales, brand, and the community around their products.

No matter the setback due to negative stereotyping Zimbabwe has had, social media can be used to start a conversation with the nation’s holiday makers as well prospective ones in the end elevate the country’s brand.
Understanding the role of online marketing and social media in building Zimbabwe’s brand and creating audience’s engagement may contribute to the success of the tea-pot shaped country’s marketing strategies and correspondingly to its ability to increase its competitiveness simultaneously revive interests from the nation’s source markets.


When it comes to Zimbabwe’s tourism and situation, there are often misconceptions on various mediums about the reality on the ground. These interactive tools which have no geographical boundaries help to set the record straight, counteracting every negative stereotyping the nation has been receiving.

Social media has established virtual communities to encourage and participate in the much-needed dialogue focused solely on the positive aspects of the country. The use of the internet and the numerous social media tools available, are used to reach those abroad and within Zimbabwe in an effort to engage them in meaningful discussion as a collective group.

I will be constantly sharing on how this beautiful tourism destination can take advantage of these new arrays of communicating, advertising, selling and marketing to restore its brand or re-brand.

Social Media – Zimbabwe Tourism’s Olive Branch

Social media is fast becoming one of the most vital, cost-efficient tools in tourism marketing. Effective use of social media has been proven to boost the number and length of visits, as well as visitor satisfaction and number of return visits.

The biggest thing about online is that 90% of travel decisions today are being made online. So people are using everything from TripAdvisor to Facebook to inform their choices. And what’s exciting about that is the information is rich. So we’re not just seeing someone share an image, they’re talking about what they’ve experienced, who they’ve experienced it with and what they look forward to doing next in travel.

Social media can be leveraged to create wonderful tourism marketing masterpieces. Zimbabwe’s neighbors across the Limpopo , South Africa, have gained much through the use of these online social tools with their campaign #MeetSouthAfrica and Kenyan tourism have successfully used social media to increase their tourism sales, brand, and the community around their products.

No matter the setback due to negative stereotyping Zimbabwe has had, social media can be used to start a conversation with the nation’s holiday makers as well prospective ones in the end elevate the country’s brand.
Understanding the role of online marketing and social media in building Zimbabwe’s brand and creating audience’s engagement may contribute to the success of the tea-pot shaped country’s marketing strategies and correspondingly to its ability to increase its competitiveness simultaneously revive interests from the nation’s source markets.


When it comes to Zimbabwe’s tourism and situation, there are often misconceptions on various mediums about the reality on the ground. These interactive tools which have no geographical boundaries help to set the record straight, counteracting every negative stereotyping the nation has been receiving.

Social media has established virtual communities to encourage and participate in the much-needed dialogue focused solely on the positive aspects of the country. The use of the internet and the numerous social media tools available, are used to reach those abroad and within Zimbabwe in an effort to engage them in meaningful discussion as a collective group.

I will be constantly sharing on how this beautiful tourism destination can take advantage of these new arrays of communicating, advertising, selling and marketing to restore its brand or re-brand.

Its Official Zimbabwe is a favourite destination for German tourists.

The official preliminary statistics released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority recorded a 7 % increase in tourist arrivals from 24 572 to 26 355 have been confirmed by the German Information Centre (GIC). According to their official website www.gicafrica.diplo.de after a research conducted on the first trade business day at ITB 2016.

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Zimbabwe featured among the top 5 countries any first time holiday maker would like to visit alongside Nepal, Maldives, St Lucia, Rajasthan and The Vatican. This comes as a strong rallying impetus to the strong contingent of the Zimbabwe tourism industry attending ITB, those at home to rally behind what at first appeared to be an achievable objective set by ZTA to have attracted over 100 000 visitors by 2020.

The Zimbabwe stand was full of activity on the first day of ITB with a lot of traders managing to fulfil all their pre-arranged appointments with Zimbabwe operators. Some of the Zimbabwe operators were overwhelmed by walk in business traders seeking to extend their product portfolios by including Zimbabwe in their packages.

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Meanwhile in the contemporary ecotourism sector, the island nation in the Indian Ocean is now one of the most successful holiday providers in the world with more than a million visitors a year. German visitors contribute a large share to making tourism the most important industry of the country. Around 100,000 German tourists visit Maldives annually and constitute the second-largest total group of visitors. In addition to the opening ceremony, Maldives, which has been an exhibitor at the ITB Berlin since 1984, will give many views of its colorful culture at an expanded fair booth.

Meanwhile Berlin takes third place in Europe as it proved that not only exotic long-distance travel tempts holiday-makers. The biggest growth segment in tourism, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2015/16, is city trips.

In 2014 Europeans alone went on holidays abroad in nearly 70 million city vacations and booked around 400 million overnight stays. “In recent years both German and foreign cities have gained immensely in attractiveness”, confirms Martin Buck, the Division Manager of the Berlin fair. “For most of the guests it’s about getting away for a few days from everyday life. The trend for short holidays shows this. For that purpose a city is an optimal destination.” Paris and London are Europeans ‘favorite cities, followed closely by Berlin in third place.

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Emirates upgauges services to Zimbabwe and Zambia

The route, which departs from Dubai, will see an increased capacity due to a replacement of aircraft. This increase will help to meet the growing demand on the route into the African countries.

Emirates upgauges services to Zimbabwe and Zambia

From the start of next month, Emirates is to increase capacity on the Zimbabwe and Zambia route. This will be achieved by replacing the current Airbus A340-300 that serves the route with a Boeing 777-300ER, offering a further 97 Economy Class seats per flight from February 1, 2016.

The additional seats will help to meet the growing demand of the route, as well as helping the growing and vibrant tourism and business sectors. The route has been in operation from Dubai to Harare via Lusaka since February 2011.

“As Emirates we are constantly seeking ways to enhance our services, and the upgauge to the Boeing 777-300ER on the Lusaka-Harare route is part of our commitment to offer Zambian and Zimbabwean travellers even more comfort and entertainment on our daily service,” said Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, Emirates Airline.

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The news will benefit Zambia and Zimbabwe, which both have limited connectivity to markets outside of the continent. Both countries have been improving their aviation in recent years; following declines in the area.

The Zambian government intends to establish a national carrier within the next 12 months, in a bid to revive the aviation sector. Zambia has been without a national carrier since 2009, when Zambia Airways collapsed with a debt of US$29 million, citing the high cost of fuel as the main reason for suspending operations.

Zambia is also set to start its Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) National Implementation Plan, expected to be established before the end of 2017. This is in place to achieve improvements on safety and costs with an approach on airport operations, globally interoperable systems and data, optimum capacity and flexible flights, and efficient flight path.

The number of regional and international airlines coming into Zambia has increased by more than 60 per cent in the last ten years. Expansion work is in place on the four international airports of Zambia – Mfuwe Airport, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport. These works will cost $200 million to complete.

Zimbabwe are currently enjoying the largest improvement of economic freedom of any nation. After near collapse, there has been five years of economic improvements consecutively. In Zimbabwe, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways – considered the ‘big three’ African airlines – account for almost 60 per cent of capacity serving the international market.

“We are also able to offer more seats, ensuring capacity to meet growing demand on the route, not just outbound from Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also inbound from the United States, UK and Australia”

Orhan Abbas
Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, Emirates Airline

Economic problems and a decline in tourism activity have contributed to the declining aircraft movement in recent years. The introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER to this route will help to build tourism within the countries. The larger belly-hold to carry cargo on the aircraft offers 23 tonnes of capacity per flight – supporting the two countries’ exports such as vegetables and flowers, and imports ranging from pharmaceuticals to mining equipment.

The deployment of aircraft will mean that Emirates’ southern African network will be an all Boeing 777 operation with the type already deployed on flights to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and Luanda in Angola. With aircraft retirements the Boeing 777 forms the backbone of the Emirates fleet with 155 examples in service and a further 190 on order.

The African market is growing, and increases to capacity on routes shows that. Dr John Tambi, NEPAD’s Transport Infrastructure Expert believes Africa is the only frontier left on the air transport market, and aviation could be a catalyst for connecting the continent: “Africa has one of the fastest air transport growth rates on the globe at 6 per cent, so this is where the market is at,” he said

“Africa has the fastest growing middle class (which is estimated at 300 million by 2030), so there is purchasing power, there is the propensity to travel. With a single African air space that the African Union is currently pushing for, opportunities will arise for the private sector to work together with the public sector, to build airports, improve safety and air traffic management,” he added.

Largest origin and destination markets on Emirates’ flight between Dubai and Lusaka and Harare (Jan-Jun 2015)

LusakaHarareDubaiLondonBeijingManchesterGuangzhouBirminghamMumbaiNew York015,00030,00045,00060,000CityEstimated Two-Way Passenger Demand

City Estimated O&D Demand
Lusaka 48325
Harare 38583
Dubai 14461
London 13135
Beijing 5410
Manchester 2624
Guangzhou 2427
Birmingham 2404
Mumbai 2274
New York 1914

 

 Data provided by Sabre

This Emirates route into southern Africa is strongly supported by onward passenger flows via Dubai International Airport. In fact, MIDT data for the first half of last year shows that local traffic accounts for just 8.2 per cent of total demand on the route. The United Kingdom is the largest O&D market for passengers during this analysis period, accounting for around 10.7 per cent of the total demand, while the top individual city markets outside of the route triangle comprised London, Beijing, Manchester, Guangzhou, Birmingham and Mumbai.

“We are also able to offer more seats, ensuring capacity to meet growing demand on the route, not just outbound from Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also inbound from the United States, UK and Australia, as we continue to build and strengthen trade and tourism links between Zimbabwe and Zambia with markets in the rest of Emirates’ extensive global network, through seamless and convenient connections via our Dubai hub,” added Abbas.

Source: Routesonline

Vic Falls set to go from a charming town to major hub.

What happens when a new tourism hub is born? A leading and interesting question, no doubt. That new tourism hub is Victoria Falls and the catalyst for that birth is, of course, the Victoria Falls International Airport, scheduled to become operational in early December 2015. While Victoria Falls, not only the world’s largest waterfall, but also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a Unesco World Heritage Site, has long been on many a traveler’s bucket list, it is about to become a whole lot easier to get to.

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Direct flights to Victoria Falls from many corners of the globe will be a total game changer. Victoria Falls will grow from a charming little tourism town into a major tourism hub for the region, while maintaining its charm and attraction. Why the hub status one may ask? The answer is very clear – look at a map of southern Africa and put a compass on Victoria Falls, and you will see clearly that it is right at the centre of the finest tourism and wildlife destinations and countries on the planet.

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Draw concentric circles from Victoria Falls out to 500km, 600km or 700km and note what amazing destinations and experiences, cultures and people, wildlife, flora and fauna abound! Victoria Falls is set to become a gateway from which to explore the entire region. With five or six international air carriers looking closely and in talks with the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and Government about routes to Victoria Falls, one can but imagine the growth potential for tourism to the region in the coming few years.

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Throw in the likes of the expansion of the KAZA Univisa to include neighbouring countries, coupled with the easing of visa regulations in South Africa and Zimbabwe and it is easy to see how and why Victoria Falls will attain this hub status in coming years. Some may believe Victoria Falls is better left as it is while others will embrace the counter argument that “growth is necessary and good”.  But what matters is that growth is inevitable, so both the public and the private sector must be responsible, accountable and caring in managing such expansion.

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As we know, tourism is a key pillar of many African economies, a major employer and contributor to communities and the fiscus, and so responsible growth should be embraced. Let’s all ‘watch this space’ and play a part in contributing to our wonderful industry, which showcases our continent extremely positively.

Source- http://www.tourismupdate.co.za

Zimbabwe Condomized

Hey lads,

As much Zimbabwe is excited to host the mega conference in Africa on HIV/AIDS; the 18th ICASA . With its hotel rooms filling up, airlines at the Harare International Airport (after a while) looking like a bee-hive one aircraft arriving as the other leaves and different nationalizes feeling Harare, we thought of not delving on that this time.

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Guess what we are all sexually active… #Condomize is what we felt would be perfect to scribe about., as it is the buzz going around in the capital city of Zimbabwe. As a tourism country which is booming as it recovers its reputable destination status, it is of essence to conscientize both the the domestic and international tourist who visit Zimbabwe that responsibility is necessary in curbing the epidemic diseases.

Condomize Campaign is filling the suburbs of Harare and around the country to make sure that every man and woman to use protection especially this season where there is more hype.

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So please remembeThe 18th ICASA is an opportunity to renew this global commitment by drawing the world’s attention to the fact that the legacy is now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. Given the urgency of the issue we are anticipating 7 000 -10 000 of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, activists, PLHIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – will be joining the debate on how to achieve this vision.

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Remember to enjoy Zimbabwe and wherever you are condomize and tell your buddie to do so.

Visit Zimbabwe and enjoy its splendors this festive season

 

 

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