"For the Tonga people like me, there is something deeply biblical about the word MULONGA, yet it is a modern story too. One of massive but unshared technology. One of plentiful water but perpetual drought."
Dominic Muntanga

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:

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!

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:

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


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

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.

Maliko: Parade Travelogue
Sunday, 06 September 2009 14:12

A report from Josiah Moyo who accompanied the Maliko group of musicians from Sinazongwe / Zambia on their journey to Austria to attend the Parade at Linz 09: "Ich war dabei" which means " I was part of it" and was written on the Linz09 T-shirts.

He writes about their astonishment: "they did not think that blowing a horn ('kusiba nyele'  in local Tonga language) can take a person so far".

See the many pictures enclosed in the report and read the accounts of participants. Read also feedback from other groups of musicians participating: http://www.linz09.at/parade-blog

Mission Statement
Thursday, 01 March 2001 00:00
By Peter Kuthan / AZFA
As far as access to modern information and communication technology is concerned, the actual landscape of the Cyberworld is characterised by a huge digital divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots". This refers not only to the technological aspect of imbalanced information channels and infrastructure, but also to content development which reflects the hegemony of the main players in this field.
On the new world map of the worldwide web Africa in particular has become again (or still is) "the Dark Continent".
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.

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.

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

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.
Keith Goddard Obituary
Saturday, 10 October 2009 15:33

Dear all,

With deep sorrow we have been informed that our friend and Director of Kunzwana Trust Keith Goddard passed away last night, Friday 9 October at St Anne's hospital in Harare, where to he has been admitted two weeks ago with pneumonia.

ImageIt seems really impossible to believe that Keith has gone. What a great loss to all of us, foremost to his mother Pauline but also for the gay and lesbian community of Zimbabwe, GALZ, for the promotion of cultural exchange by Kunzwana Trust and for the Tonga.Online project and the Tonga community at large. Keith has always been in the forefront in pushing for tolerance and appreciation of cultural and sexual differences in society but was also actively involved in broader human rights campaigning and in the fight for access to affordable treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. And he was a composer and promoter of cultural diversity and inter-cultural exchange for many years.

Tonga.OnAir: Sinazongwe Community Radio Station established
Monday, 20 August 2007 22:44

A milestone in the development of Sinazongwe district was marked at the end of July by the establishment of the first community radio station in the Gwembe Valley by a team of Austrian ‘open access’ radio activists, Sandra Hochholzer, Ingo Leindecker, Hannelore Leindecker and Marcus Diess, who are reporting on their website

"..the new Sinazongwe Community Radio is ready to go on air!"

More information including a detailed project documentation is promised to come up soon,

read also their blog TRAVELOGUE (in German) on


On the Domainname MULONGA
Thursday, 01 March 2001 00:00
By Dominic Muntanga
Tonga is synonymous to "the people of the great river". MULONGA is a term which summaries that concept. This is a term deeply rooted in the history that we as Tonga people share, both Zambian and Zimbabwean. For the Tonga people like me, there is something deeply biblical about the word MULONGA, yet it is a modern story too. One of massive but unshared technology. One of plentiful water but perpetual drought.

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