Zimbabwe Mining Boom Continues

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Fueled by the economic stabilization of the economy brought on by the financial reforms of 2009, which included retiring the hyper-inflation dogged Zimbabwean Dollar in favor of foreign hard currencies such as the US Dollar, and the South African Rand, Zimbabwe’s mining sector grew by an astounding 35 percent annually from 2009 to 2011. Accordingly, the mining sector’s contribution to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product increased from 4 percent to 16.9 percent, overtaking the agricultural sector as the largest source of economic growth and mining now accounts for over 50% of foreign exchange cash inflows to the country.

Addressing the annual Mining and Infrastructure Indaba held in Harare recently, the president of the Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe, Alex Mhembere, said that to continue Zimbabwe’s explosive growth in mining, there was a pressing need to re-open closed mines as well as founding new ones to extract the vast mineral wealth that underlies the country.

While growth in the mining sector was “only” 19.2 percent in 2012, this is attributed to capital issues rather than a shortage of natural resources. President Mugambe appears to be on board with the importance of mining for the continuing and future health of the Zimbabwean economy, making supportive statements in the press about the industry’s ability to drive Zimbabwe’s economic growth.

This year has seen an increase in production of every major mineral that Zimbabwe mines, with the exception of chrome, production of which is expected to decline slightly from last year. The totals for fiscal 2012 show marked increases from the previous year, with gold production increasing from 14,700kg to 17,000kg, platinum 10,500kg to 12,500kg, palladium 8,000kg to 12,000kg, and diamond production increasing from 12 million carats to 16.9 million carats.

Coal production, so critical to provide for Zimbabwe’s fuel and power needs, has also seen a 15% increase in production last year. The mining sector has become important and central to the economy of Zimbabwe with the Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe stating that its tax contribution to the country grew from US $58 million in 2009 to US $445 million in 2012. Employment in the mining sector is also contributing mightily to Zimbabwe’s economic growth, with 45,000 Zimbabweans employed in the mineral extraction industry, and increase of 12,000 jobs from the 2009 employment figures, and spurring an economic boom in towns and cities like Kwekwe, Gweru, Bindura, Zvishavane and Hwange, driven in large part by the increases in mining activity.

Seeking to facilitate the continuing expansion, Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidhakwa, has announced that the government is working on a new progressive mineral development policy that will not only speak to the country’s aspirations, but would also cater to foreign investors’ needs for high returns and clear cut ownership rights, stating that a new Mines and Minerals Act will be ratified by end of this year.

Winter Events in Zimbabwe

When you visit Zimbabwe during the winter months, you are bound to be surprised to learn that it is the hottest time of the year in Zimbabwe. Therefore, when choosing venues to attend, you should be aware that they will be different from events that occur in cooler weather. Fortunately, you will still find plenty of entertaining plays, music festivals, and celebrations to attend.

What is Winter Like in Zimbabwe

The winter months in Zimbabwe are a time when vegetation and animals are at their peak levels of growth. In fact, if you choose to visit Victoria Falls or some of the more popular valleys, you can savor thunderstorms and nature at her finest. On the cultural scene, you will find that people have different ways of staying cool and keeping their culture lively and vibrant.

Three Winter Events to Savor in Zimbabwe

Once you are in Zimbabwe, you will soon realize that music, dance, and audible rhythm play a key role in culture and entertainment. Even if you are not interested in music and dance, you will find yourself drawn to all the fascinating sounds, bright colors, and dancing moves.

In fact, you may just find that you have hidden interest in music that was never realized because you had never experienced such life changing and hypnotic music.

Here are three winter time events that will give you plenty to think about and enjoy.

Zimbabwe Festival of African Inspired Animation – This is an annual event that occurs in early December in Harare. If you love cartoons and other forms of animation, this festival will give you a chance to meet young artists that may one day be famous. You can also take part in workshops that will help you hone your own talents, or give you some ideas about how to create your own animated arts.

Youth Festival Week – If you are traveling with children, helping them to learn about the thoughts, feelings and views of youths from other cultures is very important. Youth Festival week occurs in December and is filled with the latest fashion trends, dance, music, and all kinds of activities that will attract children of all ages.

Zimbabwe World Travel and Tourism Fair – This event occurs each year around mid-February. If you are a frequent traveler, or want to know more about the tourist industry, this trade show will be of immense interest to you.

Each time you leave your own nation to visit a different one, you are sure to be amazed at how cultures have the same basic needs, yet arrive at different solutions to problems. Zimbabwe, during the winter months, will give you plenty of chances to enjoy beautiful weather and events that will carry a distinct, unforgettable flavor.
From children’s festivals to music and live arts performances, you will never cease to be amazed at what Zimbabwe has to offer to tourists that want to enjoy their vacation and sample the best events the nation has to offer.

Holiday Season In Zimbabwe

The Christmas Season in Zimbabwe

The Christmas season is a fantastic time to visit other nations and find out more about how different cultures celebrate this season. If you choose to visit Zimbabwe at this time of year, you are sure to be amazed by the blend of different traditions in this country.

While you may not get to experience snow-capped skiing trails, or other usual signs of the winter season, rest assured that you will love the variety and richness of the Christmas season in Zimbabwe.

How Christmas is celebrated in Zimbabwe

Even though many people in Zimbabwe are Christian, the holiday itself is not as marketing-driven, as, for example, in the United States. In fact, many people do not believe in Santa Claus, and do not spend a lot of money on gifts.

Rather, you will find the focus is far more on sharing a meal with family and enjoying the day as a celebration of friendship and good will. That said, you will find beautiful Christmas trees in most homes, as well as traditions about gift giving and when to exchange gifts.

Three Christmas Events to Enjoy in Zimbabwe

When you visit Zimbabwe during the Christmas season, it is important to realize that this time of year is actually summer for them. Therefore, you will be able to see some of the most beautiful flowers and other signs of summer that the country has to offer.

While the cities offer celebrations that may seem closer to what you would expect, you should also visit smaller villages where you can find out more about how this time of year was celebrated, prior to the introduction of Christianity.

Annual Christmas Festival

Harare and many other cities host special festivals where people dance, share music, and celebrate the holiday. You will find that these festivals usually begin around the last days of November and extend through December 26th.

To find the best venue for you visit, try looking at events planned by different cities as well as the kinds of music featured in each event. No matter whether you would prefer a sedate event with classical music or a revved up hip-hop festival, rest assured you will find the perfect Christmas festival in Zimbabwe.

ZimFest

The ZimFest is a special celebration in Harare that usually occurs in Mid-December. ZimFest is dedicated to music from both professionals and novices. If you are a music lover, you should make it a point to take part in this amazing celebration of sound during the holiday season.
No doubt, if you are musically inclined, you will find many new modes of expression that will give you all kinds of fascinating ideas.

New Year’s Celebration

As with other people from other countries, you will find that New Year’s in Zimbabwe is an upbeat occasion filled with revelry, partying, and passion. If you decide to attend parties or other events, just be sure to go with at least one designated friend that will watch out for the group and take care of any issues that may occur.

You can have a good bit of fun on New Year’s in Zimbabwe, but you must also be as attentive to safety as if you were at home.

Are you ready for the ultimate African adventure? Visit Zimbabwe during the Christmas season. Immerse yourself in old traditions and find out more about this beautiful time of year in Africa.

Fall Events in Zimbabwe

Fall Events in Zimbabwe

Since Zimbabwe is located south of the equator, fall actually corresponds to spring in the northern regions of the world. If you are looking for less intense temperatures, fresh air, and all the wonders of new life beginning, this is a perfect time to visit Zimbabwe.

While you are vacationing during the fall months, be sure to check out all the exciting events that take place in Harare and other cities. If you are traveling with other family members, or with friends, there are also plenty of exciting venues to enjoy in the local villages.

Fall is a Beautiful Time in Zimbabwe

If you plan to visit Zimbabwe between September and November, be prepared to enjoy all kinds of music and dance festivals. This is time of year when the memory of torrential rains is long past, and people are looking forward to the festivities of the holiday season. You are sure to enjoy all the beautiful markets and venues that let you sample just about every part of this fascinating country.

Three Fall Events You Cannot Pass up on Your Vacation

Once you begin finding your way around the cities and local of Zimbabwe, you will find that this culture is constantly in motion. During the fall season, you are sure to have a chance to see some of the finest native dances, singing, and theatrical performances in the country.

Here are three fall events that will remain etched in your mind and heart for years to come.

Intwasa Arts Festival – This is an annual event that occurs in September. Artisans must create different works based on a yearly theme. No doubt, you will be amazed at the sheer number of interpretations of a single theme and all the skill involved in bringing these ideas to life.

Zimbabwe International Jazz and World Music Festival – This event occurs once a year in mid-October. It is dedicated to the performing arts such as musical concerts and film production. You will have a chance to see some of the latest works, and also take part in discussions on each film or concert.

Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival – This is a native dance festival that occurs each year at the end of November. The costumes, choreography, and musical elements are sure to be as good, if not better than what you would see elsewhere in the world. If you are interested in native dance and music, this festival must go at the top of your “to see” list.

Even though seasonal naming south of the equator may be different from what you expect, Zimbabwe is truly a wonderful place to visit during the fall season. You will find that the people love to celebrate during this time of year. If you are interested in music, the fine arts, or other creative festivals, there are plenty for you to enjoy at this time of year.
As an added bonus, if you already love African music or theater, you may just get a chance to meet your favorite artists and see them perform live in their native lands.

Summer Music and Dance Events in Zimbabwe

Does the sound of African music give you a sense of freedom and peace? Chances are, you may already know that many of your most treasured songs are written and composed by musicians from Zimbabwe.

If you are planning to visit Zimbabwe during the summer months, you are sure to be stunned by the sound of these incredible performers in their native land. That said, when you arrive in Zimbabwe, you can expect to hear music from around the world. From cello recitals to hip hop, rest assured that your visit will be filled with memorable songs from many cultures.

Music and Dance Go Together in Zimbabwe

In many cultures, music is meant as a form of expression that is not just meant to be listened to. Rather, it is meant to engage the senses and invite motion.

From that perspective, it should come as no surprise that Zimbabwe music and dance go together and form some of the most magnificent summer festivals available in Africa. No matter whether you choose to visit local villages or spend most of your time in Harare, the traditional dance and music festivals are sure to open a whole new world for you.

Three Events You Must Attend

When you visit Zimbabwe, you should never give up a chance to visit small villages, and other areas where you can learn the most about the native ways of the people.

That said, Zimbabwe is changing fast, and you will be amazed at the modern trends developing in Harare and other cities. While you will find all kinds of wonderful music venues in the smaller villages, the following three larger events are worth seeing.

Annual Zimbabwe Suzuki Group Concert

The Zimbabwe Suzuki Group concert is usually held in June at the Harare International School. It is dedicated to cello and violin performances by students from different schools throughout the country. Admission is free, and seats are unlimited.

Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival

If you thought Rio Carnivale was hot and spicy, you will change your mind when you visit the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival. It is similar to Carnivale in the sense that dancers from different schools develop themed performances throughout an entire season, and then compete with each other to determine which school is the best.

This festival starts on June 18th, and features performances in different regions until the final challengers compete in September.

Shoko Festival

This year, the Shoko Festival will take place September 25th through the 28th in Harare. This festival features music from throughout the world, and is known for cutting-edge sounds combined with cultural changing events.

If you want to have fun and break some barriers via the arts without the grittiness of Burning Man, the Shoko Festival will suit you well.

A visit to Zimbabwe will never be complete without savoring the incredible sounds of Africa as they blend in with those from other cultures. If you are looking for powerful, life changing experiences, do not hesitate to visit the Shoko Festival. You will also find that other venues will expose you to new ideas and give you wonderful memories that can be treasured for life.