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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


The rot continues

15th February 2019 Just more than a year ago, African heads of State and government converged on the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to launch 2018 as the continent’s Anticorruption Year. No stone was going to be left unturned in the fight to rid Mother Africa of this pernicious scourge, which continued to deal... 

Matric pass rate improves, but …

8th February 2019 Our 2018 matriculants – those who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams and those who attended schools affiliated with the Independent Examination Board (IEB) alike – deserve a huge pat on the back for doing the nation proud. The NSC pass rate was 78.2% last year, a significant... 

Wicus Pretorius

1st February 2019 This week we profile Wicus Pretoria, CEO of Wictra Holdings, a repairer, refurbisher and builder of railway rolling stock in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and East London   

SA passport among Africa’s ‘strongest’

1st February 2019 A couple of weeks back, I mentioned in this couple that the African Union will this month be providing details of its plans to launch a pan-African passport as part of its efforts to improve the free movement of people on the continent. The benefits of such a move will be immense; they will... 

Growth forecast for sub-Sahara

25th January 2019 In last week’s instalment of this column, I took issue with African institutions’ not-so-golden silence while rogue governments on the continent ride rough-shod over their citizens. One of the examples I mentioned was the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where Presidential and Parliamentary... 

Movement, at last, on pan-African passport

18th January 2019 African institutions have often been accused of being long on talk and short on action. A case in point is the deafening rhetoric about good governance by the likes of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) while no action is taken against dictators in some... 

Deon Van Den Berg

14th December 2018 This week we profile Deon van der Berg, production manager at liquid storage tank manufacturer SBS Tanks 

The year that was

14th December 2018 Time flies indeed. It has already been a year since my editor invited me to contribute a weekly column in Engineering News, an opportunity that I grabbed with both hands. During the past 50-odd weeks (it feels like just more than a couple of weeks, really), I have touched on a multiplicity of... 

M-Pesa goes global

7th December 2018 First things first – M-Pesa stands for mobile pesa, with pesa Swahili for money (I have been busy building up my Swahili vocabulary ever since Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a few months ago that Swahili would be offered in South African schools as an optional foreign language... 

Bridging the gap – literally

30th November 2018 Mozambique’s founding President, the late Samora Moises Machel, is famous for having coined and popularised the slogan Aluta Continua! (Portuguese for ‘the struggle continues’). He used it to rally combatants from his Frelimo movement in the struggle against Portuguese colonial rule, which... 

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