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Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu is Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

He studied at Harare Polytechnic, the University of South Africa and Tshwane University of Technology.

Tel: +2711 622 3744


Latter-day Cape to Cairo vision

16th November 2018 Nineteenth-century British imperialist and entrepreneur Cecil John Rhodes had grand plans to construct a railway line from Cape Town, on the southern tip of the continent, to Cairo, in North Africa. But a continuous line connecting the two cities that runs through Anglophone countries had not... 

Donald Trump’s praise-singers?

9th November 2018 It’s mind-boggling. Donald Trump is a darling of more than half of Nigerians, the very people he derided as hut-dwellers not so long ago. This, of course, is if a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, a US-based pollster, is to be believed. The study, which surveyed respondents in 25... 

Disappearing forests

2nd November 2018 In rather melodramatic fashion, one journalist, writing in June this year, portrayed the rate at which the world is losing its forests thus: “Image looking down on huge swathe of lush forest – but before you can pull out your phone to take a picture, it’s gone.” A look at the latest tree cover... 

Debt-trap diplomacy?

26th October 2018 I have made no bones about my cynicism about Chinese generosity towards African countries, which has taken the form of top-dollar freebies, government and State-owned company loans and investment in infrastructure. As I have said before, my uneasiness heightened when it came to light that Sri... 

Positives of migration

19th October 2018 Television footage of desperate Africans drowning in the Mediterranean Sea en route to Spain and other European destinations that hold out the promise of a better life has become all too frequent. The International Organisation for Migration puts the cumulative toll since 2000 at 33 000, with... 

Joblessness scourge

12th October 2018 South Africa’s inaugural Jobs Summit was convened in Johannesburg last week to brainstorm on possible solutions to the country’s stubborn unemployment scourge. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) tells us that the unemployment rate stood at 27.2% in the second quarter of this year, a deterioration... 

SA to offer Swahili as a school subject

5th October 2018 Readers of this column who are not news junkies like yours truly may have missed the announcement, made last month: South African schools, both public and private, will be offering Swahili as an optional language from 2020, alongside such foreign languages as French, German and Mandarin, which... 

Flicker of hope in Zimbabwe?

28th September 2018 The main opposition party across the Limpopo insists that “we wuz robbed” in the July 30 elections that returned Zanu-PF to power and gave Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been caretaker President since the November 2017 ouster of Robert Mugabe, a fresh, five-year mandate. Not even a Constitutional... 

Nici Verster

21st September 2018 This week we profile Nici Verster, rental director of Goskor Access Solutions, a mobile elevated work platforms solutions specialist.   

Kim Pratley

14th September 2018 This week we profile Kim Pratley, CEO of Pratley Group, a manufacturing company   

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