Sinazongwe

Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association, Kunzwana Trust, Horizont3000 and the Tonga.Online team are very proud to announce a major step forward in the extension of Tonga.online project: Ziliikuchitika, it's happening in Sinazongwe across the river - Mulonga. The establishment of Sinazongwe ITC at Sinazongwe Basic School, Zambia has been completed. Five years after the start of the project in Binga, the network has now definitely reached the Zambian side of the Valley. What an occasion to celebrate together with the #50 edition of Tonga.Online newsletter!

Previously, Tonga.Online trainer Theo Sianyuka made a wide reach with project awareness campaigning in Sinazongwe and Mweemba communities of the valley, Mamba Secondary School and other schools, with the support of the Honorable Chief Sinazongwe and Mr and Mrs Miyanda. The computer technician attached to Binga High School by Horizont3000, Uwe Allgäuer, has joined hands with Gary Brooking from Arachnid Design in Bulawayo and traveled to Zambia, successfully installing 15 computers at Sinazongwe Basic School.

Gary wrote: "The installation went well. Connectivity and communications are a big issue there. But apart from that there is a lot of support and enthusiasm for the Project. Theo has been very well received and she is a great ambassador for the project. The Ubuntu and Open Office I am sure will be a great success and a model for many other schools to come".
The photos documenting the installation of the computers are already online. Thanks to Uwe and Tenashi for the pictures.
The IT Centre is expected to be operational by 3rd March 2006. The official opening of Sinazongwe ITC with lots of Ngoma Buntibe and Budima dance and music at another Mulonga.Net Festival is scheduled for the beginning of September.

"I feel there is a call from down under the lake waters for the BaTonga people of the valley on both sides to remain united, sharing the same development and catching up with the world" said Binga coordinator David Mungombe.

More news from Sinazongwe ITC / Zambia


by Joshua Moyo,  Saviour Miyanda and Sengamo Ndlovu (compilation of some recent e-mails)
“The application for the phone line is not yet done by the school authority, they are saying that there is no money for that and they have not done the annual general meeting {AGM} yet. Although  in Sinazongwe the dial  up system  does not work  well, we failed to use the system. Even  other  offices who are  connected find it difficult to use”.
“The training of computer lessons is ongoing. Three male and one female teachers are training, thirty grade eight pupils have been introduced to computers, grade  seven  and grade nine  pupils have  continued  with  their  lessons. People from the community have shown little interest so far”. 
“On the radio station, we are still waiting for the approval from the Ministry of Information where the application for the licence was handed in”.
“Concerning the traditional Lwiindi ceremonies the dates are 31 July and 1 August 2008 as arrival dates and 02 August is the Lwiindi day”.
“Yes, we are working on Simonga going across for the Lwiindi. I hope the atmosphere will be calm enough and they will be allowed to cross as a group”.

Chief Sinazongwe at the International Expo "Water and Sustainable Development" in Spain

With great pleasure we have learned that Honourable Chief Sinazongwe is being invited to attend the International Expo "Water and Sustainable Development" which is taking place in Zaragoza / Spain from 14th June to 14th September. This three-month public event is expected to attract a large audience from all over the world. It will also provide for a platform to discuss the access to and usage of clean drinking water as a fundamental human right.

Chief Sinazongwe will visit the Expo at the end of June and we are sure that he will address not only the necessity of an integrated river basin management along the Zambezi catchment area but also the plight of the Tonga people after their forced relocation and making way for Kariba dam - without satisfactory compensation so far.

Welcome to Europe, Honourable Chief Sianzongwe, we wish you a safe journey and successful stay!

more: http://www.expozaragoza2008.es/Home/seccion=3&idioma=en_GB.do

Tonga.OnAir: Sinazongwe Community Radio Station established

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

http://www.servus.at/tongaonair/index.html 

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Sinazongwe ITC: Tonga.Online extension

 

Training at Sinazongwe Basic School / ITC has started. In the month of January 5 community members (3 females and 2 Males) enrolled for the Basic Computer skills training. Whilst on the other hand 643 pupils (364 girls and 279 boys) were enrolled and were being trained in computers skills as part of their curriculum. The registration of Kunzwana Trust in Zambia has been scheduled for April 2007 and the installation of the long awaited radio station will take place in July 2007.


Attempts to form the ITC management committee for Sinazongwe ITC were made on 21st of January 2007 but only a few stakeholders showed up for the meeting and hence the meeting was cancelled. The school has requested for the intervention of the Honourable Chief Sinazongwe to facilitate the calling of the meeting.

 

Update / Report compiled by Pottar Muzamba