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Kunzwana # 1 - heading for Tonga Ngoma Buntibe music and HIFA
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:54

Kunzwana # 1 is a trans-cultural collaboration of both musical storytelling and freely improvised music, in an exciting encounter between seven outstanding Austrian and Zimbabwean musicians which will unfold across the Southern African region through Harare and Johannesburg this April/May, and move on to perform in Europe later in the year.

The tour starts with a visit by the Austrian musicians to the group Simonga in the remote village of Siachilaba deep in the Zambezi Valley, a vivid encounter with the traditional Ngoma Buntibe musical art form / Tonkunst / of the Tonga people, highlighted as a source of inspiration.

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Season's Greetings
Sunday, 22 December 2013 17:59

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Tonga.OnAir: Zongwe FM transmission improved
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:42

A team of AZFA delegates led by Peter Kuthan, AZFA Chair person, visited Sinazongwe in Zambia's Southern Province from the 20th to the 31st of July 2013 to render support to the Community Radio station Zongwe FM. The radio experts Marcus Diess and Mario Friedwagner installed a 500watt-transmitter, replacing the old one (with 100watt only). Zongwe FM’s transmission radius has now more than doubled the previous one in a bid to enhance a wider broadcasting coverage of the station at 105.0 MHz. They also dealt with all the faults in the studio in a bid to facelift it for a full operation and provided for some relevant training.

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Tonga.OnAir : Overhaul and Upgrade of Sinazongwe Community Radio
Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:32

The establishment of a community radio station in Sinazongwe assisted by a team of Austrian radio activists in 2007 has been aiming to improve communication and access to information in this remote area. The station is based at Sinazongwe Basic School and has the capacity to cover a radius of 20 kilometer reaching out to approximately 10 000 people.

Now an overhaul of the station is due in July/August this year with the set up of a new transmitter expanding its range to cover the whole community as far as Mamba and Kanchindu. An application for the relevant licence is in the pipeline with fund-raising still in progress to cover the costs.

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Electricity for All but Those the Kariba Dam Displaced
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:06

By Baboki Kayawe / IPS

Indigenous (Tonga) people who were displaced from the Zambezi Valley almost six decades ago for the construction of the Kariba Dam say they have not benefited from the development they made way for. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS

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Season's Greetings
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 21:06

Thanks for your attention, support and solidarity,
with best regards from ARGEZIM / AZFA
Linz / Austria

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Tonga musicians @ HIFA 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:59

Greetings from Basilwizi - The people of the Great River!

 

Basilwizi Trust is excited to advise that for the first time in history of Harare International Festival of the Arts HIFA, Zimbabwe’s largest show case for arts and culture, Tonga musicians have been invited to participate. We are so grateful to this support which presents an opportunity for our people to share and exchange on Zimbabwe’s cultural diversity at an international stage.

see the HIFA website: www.hifa.co.zw Ngoma Buntibe music of the Tonga People

NEW: read the update by Penny Yon / Pamberi Trust (below)

NEW: Mokoomba, the young Tonga boys from VicFalls @ HIFA (further below)

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Keeping Tonga Language Alive
Friday, 20 January 2012 14:04

by Tichaona Zindoga / The Herald / allAfrica    19 January 2012

Last year, a major milestone was achieved for minority languages in general and Tonga in particular, when the latter was officially tested at Grade Seven for the first time. The response was resounding, especially in Chief Mola's area in Kariba swhere schools recorded good passes with some achieving 100 percent pass rates in the subject. As Tonga language and culture are synonymous with the Zambezi River that borders Zimbabwe and Zambia, the riverine Chief Mola's area in the northwest of Zimbabwe is one of the bastions of Tonga language and culture. Gokwe North, Binga, Hwange and other districts are other centres of Tonga culture.

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Women Filmmakers Festival in Binga
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 18:02
Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) is excited to take the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) outreach to the Matabeleland North town of  Binga for the first time. The project will take place from the 5 to the 8 of December 2011 where local films will be screened to the Binga audiences. Located in Matabeleland North, 450km away from Bulawayo, Binga district has a population of about 118 842 people. Targeting an audience of about 5000 people, IIFF will screen the films Nyami nyami amaji abulozi (Nyaminyami and the Evil Eggs), Peretera maneta (Spell my Name) and I Want A Wedding Dress. Each film is specifically chosen for the community because of its theme, content and relevance.  Nyami nyami is an adaptation of ancient Tonga folklore. Peretera maneta tackles child sexual abuse, while I Want A Wedding Dress focuses on HIV and AIDS and behavioural change, particularly amongst young people.
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The Kankobela music of the Batonga on CD
Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:01

SWP Records is pleased to announce the release of SWP 039 'The Kankobela of the Batonga Vol. 2' . After the seven surviving masters presented on the Vol. 1 album, SWP Records is presenting on Vol. 2 eleven more old masters, recorded by Michael Baird in 1996 and 2008. "More otherworldly songs, deep buzzing and mesmerizing time patterns. Tongtronics - but without any electricity! The kankobela is the 'thumb-piano' of the Batonga, who live in the Zambezi Valley after the Victoria Falls.

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Vibrant Lwiindi Celebrations in Sinazongwe / Zambia
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:52

This years Lwiindi ceremony in Sinazongwe on the Zambian side of Lake Kariba took place on 30th and 31st of July as a vibrant community festival. It was attended by more than 500 people including government departments, chiefs from Zambia and Zimbabwe, ngoma groups from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Residents of Sinazongwe chieftainship and those from outside Sinazongwe as far as Maamba also attended the function. There were two chiefs from Zimbabwe Chief Siansali and Chief Sinakoma, assistant district administrator for Binga district, Mr. T. Mugoriya, Basilwizi board member Ms. C Sianyuka, and Basilwizi officer, Mrs. D. Mudimba. Basilwizi Trust’s Tonga.Online project supported 30 musicians from Nampande Ngoma Chita from Sinakoma ward, comprising of 11 women and 19 men, to go across The River.

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Tonga music docu featuring @ Film Festival
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:29

FESTIVAL GLAZBENOG DOKUMENTARNOG FILMA

06. − 11.08. | STARIGRAD PAKLENICA / CROATIA
Riva Bikarija

2nd SPFF www.spff.hr

OTVORENJE
06.08. | 20:30

Projekt “Parada” bio je jedan od najuspješnijih projekata u okviru programa Linz09 – Europska prijestolnica kulture. „Glazba u pokretu“ glasio je moto parade koja je na različitim mjestima u Linzu okupila ansamble i orkestre iz cijeloga svijeta. Reakcija publike i glazbenika bila je nevjerojatna. Tisuće ljudi spontano se pridružila glazbenicima i zajedno s njima kretala ulicama Linza.

Dariusz Kowalski i Peter Kuthan ovaj su fascinantni projekt dokumentirali filmom koji će se po prvi puta prikazati u Hrvatskoj na 2nd SPFF-u – Festivalu glazbenog dokumentarnog filma.

07.08. | 21:00 | MALA PAKLENICA
Kino Studenac
hrvatska premijera
„Parade“
Dariusz Kowalski / Peter Kuthan

source: http://www.kulturforum-zagreb.org/Default.aspx?sid=9335&lid=1

 
Harare Launch of ‘Kunzwana: The Keith Goddard Collection’
Monday, 16 May 2011 13:16

'KUNZWANA: The Keith Goddard Collection' project and website was launched at the Mannenberg in Harare on Friday 13 May 2011, by long time friends and partners Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association, represented by Peter Kuthan and Klaus Hollinetz, in partnership with arts development organisation Pamberi Trust (Harare) and community development organisation Basilwizi Trust (Bulawayo), supported by the Austrian Embassy in Harare and Austrian Development Cooperation.

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Binga and Siabuwa communities celebrating better access to ICT
Monday, 02 May 2011 13:04

On Friday, 6th May 10 am at Siabuwa High School in Siabuwa, Binga, The school and community is set to officially receive a sixty panel solar power plant that will power up its computer lab while providing power for students and the community to study in the evenings. The solar panel installation will be handed over together with a clean drinking water plant at the school. This project was funded by Rotary Club Linz, working together with The Rotary Club Belmont and Rotary International and facilitated by Basilwizi Trust – Tonga.Online Project.

On Saturday, 7zh May, at the Binga Community Library in Binga, the local authority, Binga Rural District Council (BRDC) will officially receive a set of 15 computers with flat screens on behalf of the Binga Community. Running on Ubuntu Linux and networked, these computers form a Public Access Point (PAP) for the Binga Community for easier access to information and communication tools. Funded by Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association and the Austrian Development Cooperation, the project was facilitated by Basilwizi Trust – Tonga.Online Project and BRDC.

 

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Siabuwa clean water project
Sunday, 13 March 2011 17:36

After the completion of the solar power installation at Siabuwa Secondary School and ITC end of  last year, the Rotary clubs in Linz and Bulawayo came up with the idea to complement their donation with a Water Treatment Plant to provide for clean water for the school. This is indeed good news for the pupils, teachers and the whole community of Siabuwa. The Siabuwa clean water project is a simple water purification system comprised of a storage tank, a slow sand filter and pipes.

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Protect Lake Kariba's Kapenta Fish!
Thursday, 13 January 2011 09:15

by Ignatius Banda / IPS, 12 January 2011

Binga, Zimbabwe — "The fish are disappearing." The words and the world-weary gaze could belong to a fisherman from almost anywhere, as stocks come under pressure due to over-exploitation all over the world.

Tjilo Tjilo is a 67-year-old veteran from the Zimbabwean town of Binga, on the banks of the Zambezi River. He has spent a lifetime fishing for species such as bream and the two varieties of freshwater sardine known locally as kapenta fish. Dried or smoked, these small pungent fish are an important and affordable source of protein throughout the region.

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Tonga.Online Stakeholder Update July - October 2010
Sunday, 07 November 2010 23:16

This update summarizes activities carried out in the area of Education and ICT from July to October 2010. During this period, x3 Basic ICT Skills training workshops, x2 Computer networking workshop, x1 E-learning workshop and x1 ICT Conference were carried out. An annual review Planning meeting was also carried out in September 2010. Work on the Wireless LAN was started in September 2010 and the Public Access Point in the Binga Library was equipped with computers. Since September 2010, the Binga rural district council has started putting systems in place, working together with the Science and technology subcommittee and Basilwizi Trust. Users from different department s in Binga have also received training on the use of the PAP.

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Public Access Point PAP established at Binga RDC Library
Thursday, 04 November 2010 15:09

The recent Tonga.Online project review workshop which was carried out on the 23rd of September was coupled with the establishment of the new public access point (PAP) in the Binga RDC library. A workshop facilitated by Rupi Ruprechtsberger, an Austrian IT networking expert from Funkfeuer Linz, was carried out immediately after the review meeting. The opening of the PAP attracted an influx of users who needed assistance to get them started since news of the opening of the PAP spread like a veldt fire. As one user, Tendayi Ngundu pointed out in a posting to mulonga forum: "Now thanks to your project for bringing internet, i can now do my research, link up with the world and prove to the world that Binga District is not that backward after-all". http://www.mulonga.net/forum/index.php?topic=822.0

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AZFA featuring Tonga.Online @ African Networks Festival
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:11

"TREFFPUNKT / MEETING PLACE AFRIKA"

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, 20th - 22nd May 2010 in Linz / Austria

From 20th until 22nd of May 2010 the cultural organization STADTWERKSTATT in Linz Austria is arranging together with partners from the fields of development cooperation, art and science the international festival "TREFFPUNKT / MEETING PLACE AFRIKA" on board of a vessel on the banks of the Danube river.

The festival is focusing on a two-days symposium with topics ranging from „African-European developments“ to „African Networks“. The Tonga.Online project with its Binga wireless pilot is one of the points of reference, others are Women of Uganda Network WOUGNET or Link-Net from Zambia, both specifically targeting network structures in rural areas. Therefore a crucial exchange of ideas and critical reflection of strategies and concepts is envisaged.

The lectures will be accompanied by filmscreenings, a DJ and concert nightline with great musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Germany and Austria. And of course a soccer tournament..

read more: http://www.servus.at/stwst/ta

 
Update from Sinazongwe
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:38

Report by Josiah Moyo
SINAZONGWE Community Radio

Sinazongwe / Southern Province / Zambia

The report for the ITC and the radio station is from February, 2009 to December 2009.

see also recent news about the situation there under SINAZONGWE.ONLINE in the Discussion Forum;

and Josiah Moyo's report about the Review and Planning Workshop in Binga under the headline Kunzwana & Tonga.Online projects to live on   

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Tales of Resilience - an arts project promoting story telling by Tonga women
Sunday, 30 March 2014 12:40

In April there will be another photography workshop for women held in Siachilaba by the Zimbabwean artists Annie Mpalume and Calvin Dondo from Harare. They will be joined by three Austrian artists who are embarking on an extensive cultural exchange highlighting the cultural resilience of the Tonga people.

For the Tales of Resilience - series they will use a custom-made radio set as an interface for storytelling. The narrative will be formed by women of the group Simonga from the Tonga community in Siachilaba. Some of these women have been traveling to Europe twice within the last few years in dramatic contrast to their lives in rural Binga.

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Gwanza Photography Workshop empowering Women in Siachilaba
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:11

The photography workshop was conducted 5-7 November 2013 to empower rural women in Siachilaba / Binga with photographic skills so that they can tell their own day to day experiences through their own eyes. Since most of the pictures we see are taken by the foreign media and strangers to their community, this was an opportunity for the women to learn how they can document and give a true reflection of their plight through photography.  It served as a preparatory stage of the cultural Tales of Resilience project which involves, the Tonga community in Siachilaba / Binga, Basilwizi Development Trust, AZFA, Tonga.online, Time's Up, an artists organisation based in Austria and Gwanza, an organisation which promotes photography in Zimbabwe, based in Harare.

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Artwork related to Tonga Ngoma Buntibe in an Austrian exhibition
Monday, 17 June 2013 15:21


The picture shows a detail of the huge drawing (2x3m) of a Ngoma Buntibe performance of Simonga-Maliko by the artists Georg Ritter and Hanna Piksarv. This artwork is based on photographs taken at the joint rehearsals of Simonga-Maliko in Binga prior to their journey to Linz / Austria in 2009. It has been shown as part of the current exhibition of Ritter/Piksarv at the Deutschvilla in Strobl near Salzburg. Georg Ritter is a multimedia artist from Linz / Austria and has been involved in cultural exchange with the Tonga since 1995 in close collaboration with the late Keith Goddard. Hanna Piksarv is a young artist in various fields from Tallinn / Estonia.

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Fostering social accountability through community radio
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:55
By Lilian Kiefer / PSAf

GOOD governance focuses on the extent to which governments enact and implement policies in the interest of all citizens and the effective translation of public resources into public services. Decentralisation, a process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority allows for popular participation in implementation of policies ensuring interests of all citizens. This process is key in ensuring good governance as it allows for citizens’ participation in the planning and policy-making as well as implementation systems which would otherwise be highly centralised.

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"Our gods never helped us again ..."
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 17:24

The Tonga people describe resettlement and its aftermath in a booklet published by Panos Southern Africa in 2005 as part of The Oral Testimony Programme.

"Some 55 years ago, from 1957 to 1958, some 57,000 Tonga people in the Zambezi Valley were resettled, as the rising waters of the Kariba Dam flooded their villages. For many, the move marked a dramatic change in their quality of life, and the memories remain vivid"... (Preface)

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Shangano Arts Festival 2012 launched in Binga
Sunday, 04 November 2012 16:56

By Noel Munzabwa, 26th October 2012
BATONGA BASILWIZI Group Facebook

The Guest of Honour, CHIEF SIANSALI held the following speech at the launch of SHANGANO ARTS FESTIVAL in Binga on 25th October 2012

THEME: Keeping it alive, long live cultural diversity!

Cultural diversity is a key component to co-existence thus the government of Zimbabwe has made great strides towards promoting national realization of all languages and their respective cultures through constitutional provisions.

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Tonga.Online: Funkfeuer mission accomplished
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:53

I hope this communication finds you well. We concluded all our three major trainings with Rupi and Funkfeuer team from Linz. The attendances were impressive. We shall be consolidating participants' views from the evaluation forms they filled and the findings will be shared with you. We will be in the Public Access Point / PAP at Binga Library tomorrow to complete what could have remained unfixed.

Once again I and the team sincerely appreciate the visit to one of the training sessions by the Director of Basilwizi Trust, Frank Mudimba. That was great.

Meanwhile we are experiencing internet challenges for the past four days now.
Thank you.

Josias Mungombe
Basilwizi Trust Binga

more information about the Funkfeuer mission:
mulonga.linz.funkfeuer.at/blog
www.facebook.com/tongaonline

 
Computers for Binga Library: IT Public Access Point and books handed over
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 08:27

On the 27th of October 2011, Basilwizi Trust handed over the ICT Public Access Point (PAP) at Binga Library to Binga Rural District Council in a bid to improve information access in the district. Basilwizi is an organisation operating in Binga with an objective of developing Tonga communities. It has taken over the Tonga.Online project after it was realised that its funding base has dwindled. The Public Access Point will afford the local community access to information through internet services. The Binga Rural District Council accommodated the PAP facilities in the community library for convenience of the local population.

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Ijwi Lyako Alimvwigwe - Make Your Voice Heard
Friday, 04 November 2011 08:56

Kujatana Nkubotu 21 km Peace Half Marathon is held annually to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Since the first race was held in 2008, the half marathon has evolved into a major sports event on the Zimbabwean calendar. The race organised and sponsored by Twalumba Foundation - the corporate social responsibility arm of Twalumba Holdings - is held in Binga district in Matabeleland North Province. This year’s race was held on the 22 October 2011 and nearly 700 athletes competed. Besides offering an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified route to compete, the race has helped to bring the world to Binga. Athletes, race officials, spectators and journalists from all over Zimbabwe have travelled to Binga and enjoyed the natural and cultural beauty of the Ba-Tonga people.

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PARADE documentary @ Zimfilmfest 2011
Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:59

Good News: The 14th Zimbabwe International Filmfestival ZIFF, which runs from 30th September to 7th October in Harare under the theme "Finding Common Ground" is featuring Tonga Tonkunst. The very special Ngoma Buntibe music of the Tonga people in the Zambezi Valley will be on screen in the film Parade documentary. Be there - don't miss!

The film Parade documentary will be showing at the Young Africa Skills Centre in Chitungwiza (a high density suburb of Harare) on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 4:00pm.
Admission is free. for more details see -> http://www.zimfilmfest.co.zw/screening/main/screening-parade.html   You will find all the information you need on the current website: www.zimfilmfest.co.zw.

 

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Half Marathon promoting International Peace Day in Binga
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 07:50

You are all being invited to take part in or witness the Kujatana Nkubotu 21.1 km Peace Half Marathon -> NOW POSTPONED <- to Saturday 22 October 2011 at Binga Centre.

The Kujatana Nkubotu 21km Peace Half Marathon is an annual race staged by Twalumba Foundation to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This year's event will be held under the theme Make Your Voice Heard. In line with the theme, Twalumba Foundation is organizing a mini-cultural festival to precede the marathon. The mini festival will showcase Tonga dances and artifacts that include carvings and baskets.

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Tonga music culturally rich
Monday, 23 May 2011 08:13

By Margaret Chinowaita, Entertainment Writer, The Daily News, Harare
Monday, 16 May 2011 17:32

HARARE - The Tonga people of Zimbabwe have over the years managed to keep their culture alive through music despite a number of factors that threaten to dishevel this ethnic clan.

A discussion on the Tonga people language and culture which was held at Book Café in Harare on Thursday night attracted people from different ethnic groups who met to share on the subject.

The discussion was led by Bulawayo based group, Basilwizi organisation that works with Tonga people.

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Welcome to Basilwizi – 'People of the Great River'
Thursday, 05 May 2011 07:01

The Book Café, Thu 12 May, 5.30pm
The Mannenberg, Fri 13 May, 6pm

This May at the Book Café and Mannenberg in Harare, arts development organisation Pamberi Trust will host two fascinating events highlighting Tonga culture in Zimbabwe.

Thursday 12 May presents a panel discussion on 'Tonga Language and Music - A cultural drive for survival and development'

followed on Friday 13 May by a multimedia presentation 'Kunzwana - The Keith Goddard Collection' Project, which documents some of the work by the late great Zimbabwean composer with Tonga musicians and other communities.

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Great River. Great Minds. New Technical College in Binga
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 09:41

The establishment of Zambesi Technical College in Binga has been received with a countless "wows". The young people of Binga have never in their wildest dreams envisioned the coming of a higher learning institute in their own district.

Girls are the most happy. Most girls marry at a young age after failing to attend college and since generally boys are given better chances to education, it is rare in a remote rural area for a girl to be prioritised.

On hearing about the opening of the college, one girl exclaimed " I have wanted to go to college for a long time, but when I thought of where I will stay, who will pay for my fees I just kept on giving up ".

read more: http://www.zambesi.ac.zw/

Zambesi Technical College
P.O. Box 70
Binga / Zimbabwe

 
Gespräch auf dorf TV zu Zimbabwe und zur Tonga Musik
Sunday, 27 February 2011 07:55
Parade Doku auf dorf TV
Categories: News

AKTUELL zum Nachhören/Fernschauen: das Mittwoch Gespräch auf dorf TV, dem usergenerierten Fernsehen für OÖ vom Mittwoch, 16. Februar: ein ausführliches Live Gespräch von Georg Ritter / dorf TV mit Peter Kuthan / ARGE Zimbabwe Freundschaft über die aktuelle Lage in Zimbabwe, die Beziehungen zu Österreich und den Kulturaustausch mit der Tonga Community:
http://www.dorftv.at/videos/dorf-gespraech/974

Im Anschluß an das Gespräch wurde als tribute to Keith Goddard der Film “Across the River” von Michael Pilz und die Parade Dokumentation von Dariusz Kowalski und Peter Kuthan gezeigt. Die Filme sind nun ebenfalls auf dorf TV abrufbar!

 
Spendenaktion Bücher für die Binga Library!
Sunday, 28 November 2010 18:17

Eine Kampagne des Infoladens Treibsand in Kooperation mit Funkfeuer Linz und der ARGE Zimbabwe Freundschaft.

Im Rahmen des Projekts Tonga.Online wurde im vergangenen September die Bücherei des Hauptortes Binga im Tonge Gebiet mit 15 Computern als "Public Access Point" ausgestattet. Damit werden Bücher und Information auch online zugänglich gemacht. Das soll aber nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, daß der Bücherbestand selbst - von Sachbüchern bis zeitgenössischer Literatur aus Zimbabwe - in einem erbärmlichen Zustand ist. Deshalb hat die Initiative Funkfeuer Linz mit dem Infoladen Treibsand eine Spendenaktion für Bücher gestartet, die von der ARGE Zimbabwe unterstützt wird.

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Siabuwa Solar Project installation complete
Sunday, 07 November 2010 13:54

It is exciting to hear that the solar power installation at Siabuwa Secondary School and ITC is complete. This is indeed good news for the Zambezi Valley communities, in particular, for Siabuwa.

Edson Ngaaseke from Rotary Club Belmont in Bulawayo, who is the local Rotary Club sponsoring the Siabuwa project in a tri-partite arrangement with Rotary Club Linz and Rotary International, wrote to Andreas Knerr of Madison Solar Engineering in Mutare: "On behalf of Belmont Rotary Club and Rotary Linz Sued I thank you for a full report and salute your commitment to ensure the project is completed within the agreed time frame".

In fact the undertaking was quite challenging. Read the lively reports and email communication along the timeline:

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Mucheni Ngoma yaBuntibe Youngsters at VicFalls Culture week
Thursday, 24 June 2010 18:21

The Young Ngoma yaBuntibe Group of Mucheni, together with five students from Binga High School, traveled to the Victoria Falls on 14th May to take part in the 2010 Culture Week Launch that was held at Chinotimba Stadium.

The Theme for this years culture week was “Zimbabwe`s Cultural Diversity at Thirty” referring to the thirty years of independence and the relevance of cultural diversity for the young nation.

The occasion was graced by The Honorable Governor of Matabeleland North, Mrs T Mathuthu, The Zambian Education and Culture officer, Mr Zimba, The National Arts Council Director and the Culture Fund Director, among others.

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Joint Rotary visit to Siabuwa ITC
Sunday, 09 May 2010 21:26

During the last week of April an important step towards the implementation of solar power for Siabuwa ITC was undertaken. Two delegates from Rotary Club Linz in Austria, Mr. Karl Schwaha and Ludwig Mülleder, visited their counterpart, Rotary Club Belmont in Bulawayo for the first time. This get-together and extensive introductions to the Club was laying the ground for a good relationship and a sound evaluation of the three bids received for the technical execution of the project which received funding from Rotary International as well. Thereafter both Clubs went on a joint visit to remote Binga and Siabuwa, facilitated by Basilwizi Trust and its Tonga.Online staff. They met a rousing welcome with Ngoma Buntibe music and dance setting the tune for a successful mission. Read a first quick report by Richard Simango.
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Linz09 Parade Documentary released
Monday, 07 December 2009 13:01

A comprehensive audio and video documentary of Parade, an encounter of musicians from different parts of the world in Linz / Austria, has been released. The CD/DVD package will be out after presentations in Linz on 8 - 10th December.

Simonga-Maliko, the 30 head strong Ngoma Buntibe group of musicians from Siachilaba and Sinazongwe on both sides of Lake Kariba have been the core ensemble of this very special festival.

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