Bird Flu At Irvine’s Chickens: Botswana Cancels Imports

Updated below with Irvine’s statement The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported that an outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian flu has occurred at Irvine’s commercial breeders east of the capital Harare. On a farm with eight separately managed sites that are contained, one breeding site housing 83,000 birds was affected. Over three…

How to Help Someone With an Alcohol Addiction

Zimbabwe’s current socio-economic situation has seen many people, both men and women, turn to alcohol and drug use just to cope. Watching a family member, friend, or colleague with an alcohol use disorder can be difficult – you might wonder what you can do to change the situation, and whether or not he or she…

Improving Zimbabwe’s Mental Health

Zimbabwe is going through a rough patch, if we can call 27 years of gradual decline a patch. No matter how resilient we are, the people of Zimbabwe are struggling. The unrelenting fight to survive, especially for adults with children of school-going age, has taken a toll on the collective mental health of our nation….

What is a VPN, and why do I need one?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more. VPNs essentially forward all your network traffic to the network, which is where the benefits –…

How to Browse the Internet More Securely

We live in an era of free-flowing data, where any person with an Internet connection has seemingly all the information in the world at their fingertips. Yet, while the Internet has greatly expanded the ability to share knowledge, it has also made issues of privacy more complicated, with many worrying their own personal information, including…

How to handle an angry customer

I do not make a lot of money; no, that sounds wrong – let me rephrase it. I hardly make any money at all! As a staunch member of Zimbabwe’s Great Unemployed, the so-called entrepreneurs,  the “informal economy”, disposable income is so rare to come by that I get offended when it is wasted. I…

CABS bank charges are mysterious

I understand that CABS had their new website hacked, so maybe they do have an excuse for having outdated bank charges on their current site. What I don’t understand is the new ATM withdrawal charges. Are they making us pay for their fancy, new-fangled talking ATMs? Anyway, an ATM withdrawal used to be $1.00 and…

Ministry of Environment & Tourism website hacked

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has had a severely ugly website. That website has been hacked. I can’t tell if this happened recently, but the contact email address the hacker left suggests this may have happened sometime last year. MusLim HaCkeRs Virtual Soldier returns/ The Game Started Close the holes. 🙂 mailto : hacker.2011@w.cn…

“Buy Zimbabwe”; Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Whilst going through my favourite publication this morning, I came across what seemed an interesting article.
With businesses closing down in Zimbabwe, unemployment is increasing and as a result, there is less consumer spending.
During tough economic times, it might have been hard to come up with anything more visceral than the appeal to “Buy Zimbabwe. Save a job.”
All well and good, and this seems like a noble effort. Except … buyzimbabwe.org.zw itself is not even hosted in Zimbabwe.

The Standard website has a rodent problem

I just took this screenshot from the website of The Standard. There is, of course, a long and colourful history of spelling howlers on Zimbabwe’s news websites, The Herald being the standard-bearer (teehee), but NewsDay is fighting hard to take that cup, and The Independent has moments. Does no-one with responsibility actually CHECK the website…