Takavafira Zhou

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Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "We the MDC Alliance Midlands province want to make it categorically clear without any equivocation or ambiguity that the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa is safe and sound in Midlands," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, April 5, 2021 2:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "We the MDC Alliance Midlands province want to make it categorically clear without any equivocation or ambiguity that the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa is safe and sound in Midlands," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, April 5, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long-held view that Apex Council is the problem of all problems, and evil of all evils," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Apex Council has for a long time abused teachers and the time to rally behind the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) in order to foster unity in diversity and the education sector specific allowances, is now," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I am sure many of us have now seen the Fools' Day results.," "The truth is that such results must be resisted by all level-headed teachers, lest we sink deeper and deeper into poverty and penury, and ultimately die as paupers" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long-held view that Apex Council is the problem of all problems, and evil of all evils," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Apex Council has for a long time abused teachers and the time to rally behind the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) in order to foster unity in diversity and the education sector specific allowances, is now," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I am sure many of us have now seen the Fools' Day results.," "The truth is that such results must be resisted by all level-headed teachers, lest we sink deeper and deeper into poverty and penury, and ultimately die as paupers" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We don’t eat promises, but want to see the execution of commitment. Worse still, a government that brings in shocking discrepancies between salaries of its employees can never fake commitment when a teacher is paid $13 000 and a person with less qualifications, experience and responsibilities gets quadrupled that amount, then the government cannot claim commitment,” External link

newsday Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told ( about Blessing Chebundo ) : "I certainly have had high regard for Chebundo as a tried and tested cadre who did not join MDC but was part of the original founders of MDC," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told ( about Blessing Chebundo ) : "I certainly have had high regard for Chebundo as a tried and tested cadre who did not join MDC but was part of the original founders of MDC," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The effects may not be visible to outsiders as teachers who are administrators (head, deputy head and senior master/mistress) have turned up and pre-occupied students. The effects would be felt on March 22 when the rest of students go to their schools" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The effects may not be visible to outsiders as teachers who are administrators (head, deputy head and senior master/mistress) have turned up and pre-occupied students. The effects would be felt on March 22 when the rest of students go to their schools” External link

newsday Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Currently, schools are in a fix, and are struggling to ease financial constraints and accumulated debts since they used their own money last year to buy sanitisers among other related COVID-19 materials, the government has not refunded the money yet," "Government lied that in the first phase they disbursed $600 million and an additional $150 million in the second phase to schools, yet the money never materialised. It might not be surprising that the money went into private pockets of corrupt officials" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, March 12, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Currently, schools are in a fix, and are struggling to ease financial constraints and accumulated debts since they used their own money last year to buy sanitisers among other related COVID-19 materials, the government has not refunded the money yet,” “Government lied that in the first phase they disbursed $600 million and an additional $150 million in the second phase to schools, yet the money never materialised. It might not be surprising that the money went into private pockets of corrupt officials” External link

newsday Friday, March 12, 2021 1:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers' salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers' salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers’ salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550,” External link

newsday Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The MDC Alliance has never been in short of leaders. Their departure would open new opportunities to other leaders with worthy leadership salt. History will tell whether their decision is wise or folly. We wish them well in their new course but their political inconsistency may affect them in their political careers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The failure rate must be blamed squarely on government that has failed to invest in quality public education. " External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The failure rate must be blamed squarely on government that has failed to invest in quality public education. " External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The sentiment that is coming from the teaching fraternity is that perhaps the Presidium should take the vaccine publicly in order to build public confidence to voluntarily take it" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The sentiment that is coming from the teaching fraternity is that perhaps the Presidium should take the vaccine publicly in order to build public confidence to voluntarily take it” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A considerable number of people, academics, government officials and parents want schools to be unconditionally opened soon. As teachers, while we are ready to open schools anytime, we are worried that there was virtually no preparation to open schools except enrolment and collection of exorbitant fees for Form One classes. Failure to plan is planning to fail as evidenced by the disastrous Grade Seven results for 2020," "It is our humble submission that a myriad of measures must be put in place before schools can open. Fundamentally, opening of schools must be a product of government engagement with stakeholders, particularly teachers and parents. There was need to collectively agree on a sound roadmap that has support of teachers as implementers of reforms in schools" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, February 15, 2021 2:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government has been silent on monthly contributions from willing teachers at 2,5% of gross salary for three months, after which a member wishing to access loans must submit an application through the Primary and Secondary Education ministry. Above all, submission of applications is no guarantee of getting a loan," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 15, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 15, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The government has been silent on monthly contributions from willing teachers at 2,5% of gross salary for three months, after which a member wishing to access loans must submit an application through the Primary and Secondary Education ministry. Above all, submission of applications is no guarantee of getting a loan,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As leaders we will continue to share with members any information we get on housing scheme projects,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The working conditions of teachers are bad in all areas but particularly worse in remote areas where parents no longer see the value of education, for example in areas such as Chiredzi, Masvingo and Gokwe, among others," "The conditions of the teacher are so arid and rigid that they are demotivated to carry on with their teaching duties. The situation is terrible; the economy is not on a sound footing that teachers can barely pay their utility bills," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The working conditions of teachers are bad in all areas but particularly worse in remote areas where parents no longer see the value of education, for example in areas such as Chiredzi, Masvingo and Gokwe, among others,” “The conditions of the teacher are so arid and rigid that they are demotivated to carry on with their teaching duties. The situation is terrible; the economy is not on a sound footing that teachers can barely pay their utility bills,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is unfortunate that army personnel shot an innocent villager to death in Gweru, while there were reports of innocent civilians or villagers brutalised by the army in Mberengwa and Gokwe," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is unfortunate that army personnel shot an innocent villager to death in Gweru, while there were reports of innocent civilians or villagers brutalised by the army in Mberengwa and Gokwe," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Teachers and pupils are not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when government officials are decimated by COVID-19, it is foolhardy to imagine that government can protect teachers and pupils. Government has shown no interest to buy testing kits in order to test all the 136 000 teachers and almost five million learners,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “We will not allow a situation where teachers and pupils are taken as if they are of no account in Zimbabwe. Teachers and pupils’ lives matter,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to Covid-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

allafrica Saturday, January 9, 2021 3:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As of yesterday, more than 50 school heads across the country tested positive to COVID-19, while several other teachers and pupils are vulnerable. The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to COVID-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable," "Indeed, 2020 must best be remembered as a wasted year in terms of starvation wages educators received and the failure to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils. But if anything, 2021 may be worse" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As of yesterday, more than 50 school heads across the country tested positive to COVID-19, while several other teachers and pupils are vulnerable. The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to COVID-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable,” “Indeed, 2020 must best be remembered as a wasted year in terms of starvation wages educators received and the failure to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils. But if anything, 2021 may be worse” External link

newsday Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is important to prioritise the health and safety of students, teachers and ancillary staff,” External link

newsday Monday, January 4, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We wrote to the Government as PTUZ on December 15 last year with a plea to them to consider opening schools for Second Term so that we completely cancel the First Term,” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We wrote to the Government as PTUZ on December 15 last year with a plea to them to consider opening schools for Second Term so that we completely cancel the First Term," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "In 2021, I think the major issue is government addressing the issue of salaries of teachers which have been drastically reduced from US$520 to US$140. Government must address the issue of the purchasing power. Most important is the issue of health and safety amidst the upsurge of COVID-19. Before the opening of schools in 2021, the testing of pupils and teachers should be a high priority otherwise the pandemic will run high" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 1, 2021 10:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In 2021, I think the major issue is government addressing the issue of salaries of teachers which have been drastically reduced from US$520 to US$140. Government must address the issue of the purchasing power. Most important is the issue of health and safety amidst the upsurge of COVID-19. Before the opening of schools in 2021, the testing of pupils and teachers should be a high priority otherwise the pandemic will run high” External link

newsday Friday, January 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Its high time government prioritises and respects section 65 of the Constitution which prioritises social dialogue where the government engages teacher unions and partners as equal. Government should refrain from intimidating workers. In 2021 government should use a more constructive approach,” External link

newsday Friday, January 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : “Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues,” External link

zimeye Monday, December 28, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "For the avoidance of doubt, we are a peaceful and democratic party," External link

allafrica Monday, December 28, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Under the leadership of Advocate Nelson Chamisa, we are confident that we will complete the change that save and other democrats initiated in Zimbabwe in 1999," External link

allafrica Monday, December 28, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : "Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 27, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : "Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "For the avoidance of doubt, we are a peaceful and democratic party," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Under the leadership of Advocate Nelson Chamisa, we are confident that we will complete the change that save and other democrats initiated in Zimbabwe in 1999," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : “Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues,” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)” “With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)" "With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 20, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)" "With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)” “With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Covid-19 has run riot in several boarding schools possibly because students are overcrowded in hostels, share textbooks, and lack of social distance due to limited infrastructure, bloated classes and absence of social distancing” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021,” “Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021," "Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, December 15, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021,” “Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030,” External link

newsday Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims,” External link

newsday Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 3, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation” External link

newsday Saturday, November 28, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, November 28, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “That budget must also resonate with Abuja Declaration of allocating 15% of total budget to the health sector and Maputo Declaration of allocating 10% of total budget to agriculture,” External link

newsday Thursday, November 26, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We expect a budget that resonates with the Dakar Declaration of allocating more than 22% of total budget to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. " External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That budget must also resonate with Abuja Declaration of allocating 15% of total budget to the health sector and Maputo Declaration of allocating 10% of total budget to agriculture," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000,” “If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers’ starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions’ divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route” External link

zimeye Monday, November 16, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000," "If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers' starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions' divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, November 16, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000,” “If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers’ starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions’ divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route” External link

newsday Monday, November 16, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We don’t see any tangible progress. Any tangible progress should exceed US$550. We don’t even see how they can reach 80%. That will still be far less; it can even achieve half of what we want. That will still be not enough,” “There won’t be any progress before the restoration of the US$550” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As long as our demands are not met, we will remain incapacitated and will not be able to report for duty” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some men who said they are from the President’s Office approached us today (yesterday) for a meeting,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said, no, we can’t meet as a single union, but as a united front of all teachers unions. So we have agreed the meeting will now take place on Monday at 10 am. We have agreed the meeting will be held at the PTUZ offices,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We don't see any tangible progress. Any tangible progress should exceed US$550. We don't even see how they can reach 80%. That will still be far less; it can even achieve half of what we want. That will still be not enough," "There won't be any progress before the restoration of the US$550" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As long as our demands are not met, we will remain incapacitated and will not be able to report for duty" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Some men who said they are from the President's Office approached us today (yesterday) for a meeting," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said, no, we can't meet as a single union, but as a united front of all teachers unions. So we have agreed the meeting will now take place on Monday at 10 am. We have agreed the meeting will be held at the PTUZ offices," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are worried by government officials’ unpalatable submissions that increasing teachers’ salaries would lead to inflation,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Salaries and conditions of service are subject to bargaining between the employer and workers. The government’s attempts to render unions useless must be rejected in toto ,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We remain worried at government’s reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised,” External link

newsday Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We remain worried at government's reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We remain worried at government’s reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised,” External link

zimeye Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We remain worried at government's reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are not going to work, but what must be made clear is that teachers are not absent. They have been deliberately incapacitated by the employer,” External link

newsday Monday, November 9, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I am sure you are aware now that there are several schools where students have tested positive for COVID-19 like Rujeko Primary School and a lot of other schools elsewhere. The issue of health and safety of teachers is a crucial one and so we want the government to address these issues before teachers can go back to work,” “We have maintained that teachers and pupils must be tested before they go back to school and now with the coming in of infants, you can imagine what will be happening” External link

newsday Monday, November 9, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What the PSC directed is unlawful, we are guided by the law. Teachers have nothing to fear, they have a good cause on why they are not reporting for work. We don't have the money. " External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are clear as the MDC Alliance that being an MP or councillor is more of providing service and self-sacrifice. Selfish leaders will not be tolerated in the MDC Alliance. Our grassroot support is solid and intact. All those who wish to serve their personal interests or work with Mwonzora and Khupe must come out in the open because they are free to do so. Our structures here will stand with President Chamisa, we are clear on the matter. So naysayers must calm down because President Chamisa is firmly in charge, everything is in order,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What the PSC directed is unlawful, we are guided by the law. Teachers have nothing to fear, they have a good cause on why they are not reporting for work. We don't have the money. " External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are clear as the MDC Alliance that being an MP or councillor is more of providing service and self-sacrifice. Selfish leaders will not be tolerated in the MDC Alliance. Our grassroot support is solid and intact. All those who wish to serve their personal interests or work with Mwonzora and Khupe must come out in the open because they are free to do so. Our structures here will stand with President Chamisa, we are clear on the matter. So naysayers must calm down because President Chamisa is firmly in charge, everything is in order,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It’s a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, November 5, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It’s a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party,” External link

zimeye Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a result of poverty and penury," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses,” External link

zimeye Sunday, November 1, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, November 1, 2020 2:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "I was shocked to read a confirmation circular from Zimta that they met President Mnangagwa. I am certainly not a Zimta member and may not, therefore, be privy to the wisdom of Zimta members in taking this unilateralism. But if inference from a circular from Zimta is anything to go by, it's because they are the largest teacher union and many hitherto free-riders have been joining them," "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses. At any rate, what matters in a fight is not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight. In our united front, we combine both size and agility" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 30, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : “I was shocked to read a confirmation circular from Zimta that they met President Mnangagwa. I am certainly not a Zimta member and may not, therefore, be privy to the wisdom of Zimta members in taking this unilateralism. But if inference from a circular from Zimta is anything to go by, it’s because they are the largest teacher union and many hitherto free-riders have been joining them,” “My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses. At any rate, what matters in a fight is not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight. In our united front, we combine both size and agility” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : “Mavima must mellow down to a more constructive approach of engagement than this pretentious and closeted approach to labour issues. He is certainly offside and is exuding prejudice and narrow-mindedness. We do not expect this to come from a professor,” External link

newsday Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is a fact that schools are charging exorbitant fees. Fees at boarding schools range from $25 000 to $60 000. They are wantonly flouting the government procedure of increasing fees. Schools are supposed to present a budget to the ministry after a meeting with parents, and based on that the parents agree with school authorities that they can pay the fees," "Sadly, school heads sent to parents three exorbitant figures and ask them to choose one, and this is in contrast to procedures," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It simply means that no teacher can afford to send his or her child to a boarding school. We will not accept a system that wants teachers to offer services to other people's children that their own children cannot access" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teaching is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many parents, particularly teachers,” External link

newsday Saturday, October 24, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teach-ing is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many par-ents, particularly teachers,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teaching is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many parents, particularly teachers,” External link

zimeye Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : "We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools," "We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers' health and safety" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

thezimbabwemail Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

zimeye Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : "We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools," "We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers' health and safety" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker,” “We don’t want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case" External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case” External link

zimeye Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held peaceful internal polls where a youth Judith Tobaiwa emerged victorious ahead of other candidates. Tobaiwa is, therefore, going to be our candidate in the Kwekwe Central by elections," External link

onlinenigeria Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held peaceful internal polls where a youth Judith Tobaiwa emerged victorious ahead of other candidates. Tobaiwa is, therefore, going to be our candidate in the Kwekwe Central by elections," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 12, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is sad that even on a day when we're supposed to be celebrating our services, we are actually mourning the dilapidated education system. We are mourning our inability to sustain ourselves. All we're asking for is for the go to restore the purchasing power of our salaries which we pegged at US$520 equivalent," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have also long submitted our views on the prioritisation of the health and welfare of teachers and pupils and need not labour any further on that question of life and death. The government must ensure there is testing of pupils and teachers before schools can smoothly reopen,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are increasingly being embittered by the government's intransigent and irresponsible approach. They are more and more determined to forge ahead with the incapacitation struggle and demand a living wage pegged at US$520. It's game on and there will be no defeating, no surrender until final victory," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They are more and more determined to forge on with an incapacitation struggle in order to demand a living wage pegged at US$520-US$550. It’s game on and there will be no surrender until final victory,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou afirmou : "A maioria dos professores, mais de 90 por cento, ainda não apareceram. Não têm dinheiro para ir para os seus empregos" External link

jornaldeangola Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Government must stop taking teachers for granted. Teachers will continue negotiating from home. There is no way teachers can go back to school to teach other people's children while theirs are languishing at home. " External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "When private schools reopened, some pupils tested positive. I understand there are more than 10 in isolation centres right now," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Government must stop taking teachers for granted. Teachers will continue negotiating from home. There is no way teachers can go back to school to teach other people's children while theirs are languishing at home. " External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "When private schools reopened, some pupils tested positive. I understand there are more than 10 in isolation centres right now," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," "Teachers remain ready to open schools, but only after are addressed their welfare, health and safety concerns" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," "Teachers remain ready to open schools, but only after are addressed their welfare, health and safety concerns" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing,” “There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils” External link

thezimbabwemail Monday, September 7, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing," "There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils" External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 7, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing," "There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 7, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “While we appreciate coverage of provision of COVID-19 abatement equipment before opening of schools, including testing kits and other PPEs [personal protective equipment], we are worried that the issue of welfare of teachers has been conspicuous by its absence from reports,” External link

newsday Monday, August 31, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Isaac Newton ) : “Any attempt to fast-track the opening of schools without addressing this crucial issue will be met with an equal and opposing force in line with Isaac Newton’s law of motion,” “Equally important is the fact that teachers have resolved that they will not mark June exams unless the issue of their salaries is resolved. It is our hope that government will engage teachers in order to find a win-win solution to the quandary of reopening schools” External link

newsday Monday, August 31, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "While we appreciate coverage of provision of COVID-19 abatement equipment before opening of schools, including testing kits and other PPEs [personal protective equipment], we are worried that the issue of welfare of teachers has been conspicuous by its absence from reports," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 31, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Isaac Newton ) : "Any attempt to fast-track the opening of schools without addressing this crucial issue will be met with an equal and opposing force in line with Isaac Newton's law of motion," "Equally important is the fact that teachers have resolved that they will not mark June exams unless the issue of their salaries is resolved. It is our hope that government will engage teachers in order to find a win-win solution to the quandary of reopening schools" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 31, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The truth of the matter is that schools are not yet ready to reopen and preside over the writing of the November examinations. There are a lot of preconditions that have to be met before we talk of these exams, this inclusive of ensuring the testing of the learners, teachers and the ancillary staff, and the provision of the necessary Covid-19 PPEs. The only time possible for sitting of these exams will be February next year because for learners to be ready for exams, they require at least two to three months of intense learning, it's important for us to realise that exams are a process not an event," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The truth of the matter is that schools are not yet ready to reopen and preside over the writing of the November examinations. There are a lot of preconditions that have to be met before we talk of these exams, this inclusive of ensuring the testing of the learners, teachers and the ancillary staff, and the provision of the necessary Covid-19 PPEs. The only time possible for sitting of these exams will be February next year because for learners to be ready for exams, they require at least two to three months of intense learning, it’s important for us to realise that exams are a process not an event,” External link

zimeye Sunday, August 30, 2020 8:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is noteworthy that schools closed on March 24, 2020 and since then the so-called government radio and television lessons failed to take off. Only teachers’ class and subject WhatsApp groups have been operative albeit with restrictions as data bundles are expensive and several parents and students also have no smartphones that can access WhatsApp,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is our humble professional view that students need three months of intensive learning before writing examinations. We certainly don’t see how the government would procure, let alone place in 10 000 schools Covid-19 abatement equipment (testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers and other PPE) and test millions of students and 136 000 teachers and. 50 000 ancillary staff in order to ensure opening of schools soon and writing of examinations in November,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is becoming more clear that chances of opening schools this year are farfetched and remote, but even if schools are to open next year, there is need for preparation towards that, let alone clarity over the 2020 academic year,” “There are no clear plans to assist pupils other than homiletic, bellicose and rhetoric of radio and television lessons, and while the efficacy of such lessons is certainly undoubted, we wonder how this would become a reality in a country where 75% to 80% of areas have no television and radio frequencies,” External link

newsday Monday, August 17, 2020 4:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “With salaries ranging from $3 800 to $4 200 inclusive of allowances, all teachers have tested positive to poverty and are always scavenging for food. It is callous for the government to ignore the plight of teachers at a time when it is pampering other sectors with fewer qualifications, years of experience and responsibilities with salaries that are five times that of teachers,” External link

newsday Monday, August 17, 2020 4:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's clear now those with access to firearms like soldiers, police, CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) and the prisons are getting preferential treatment over teachers and health workers. The only explanation for this is that we have a government that is preoccupied with investing in power retention as opposed to delivery," "Soldiers and police are now earning between $10 000 and $18 000, while teachers' salaries have remained static at between $3 800 and $4 200. These discrepancies are the reason for industrial disharmony in the education and health sectors. They are a security threat," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 3, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou charged ( about Fay Chung ) : "The tragedy is that we have a government that has no national plan. They think that when you have a big office, you have monopoly over wisdom. Wisdom does not come through osmosis, it comes through engagement and reading. They want to be respected because of the offices they occupy. They hate us because we tell them the truth. I don't respect portfolios, I respect ideas. All these ministers of education are not appreciative of education. They have been a liability, the worst in history. The only Ministers of Education of repute we have had are Dzingai Mutumbuka and Fay Chung," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 3, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's clear now those with access to firearms like soldiers, police, CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) and the prisons are getting preferential treatment over teachers and health workers. The only explanation for this is that we have a government that is preoccupied with investing in power retention as opposed to delivery," "Soldiers and police are now earning between $10 000 and $18 000, while teachers' salaries have remained static at between $3 800 and $4 200. These discrepancies are the reason for industrial disharmony in the education and health sectors. They are a security threat," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou charged ( about Fay Chung ) : "The tragedy is that we have a government that has no national plan. They think that when you have a big office, you have monopoly over wisdom. Wisdom does not come through osmosis, it comes through engagement and reading. They want to be respected because of the offices they occupy. They hate us because we tell them the truth. I don't respect portfolios, I respect ideas. All these ministers of education are not appreciative of education. They have been a liability, the worst in history. The only Ministers of Education of repute we have had are Dzingai Mutumbuka and Fay Chung," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “There is, however, a need for government to allocate funds to schools for infrastructural development, purchase of furniture and Covid-19 abatement equipment in preparation for opening of schools late this year or next year,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some have been using schools for workshops etc. These do not need any bailout,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A major fault line is the issue of serious discrepancies in salaries received by teachers in comparison to other sectors particularly police, soldiers, University Lecturers and top civil servants," "We are all aware that at entry point teachers' salaries were slightly higher than that of police and soldiers and one third of salaries received by University Lecturers. As such, giving teachers $1200 as 50 percent covid 19 allowance, soldiers and police $5000 to $9000, University Lecturers $19000 to $33000, top civil servants $25000 to $40000, baffles logic and common sense. Consequently, teachers received salaries ranging from $3800 to $4500 whereas police and soldiers received salaries ranging from $10 000 to $18000, top civil servants $50000 to $80000 and lecturers would receive salaries ranging from $38 000 to $66 000" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The restoration of our purchasing power parity is a dispute of right that must unite teachers across the union and non-union divide. There is no need to try to politicise such a clear labour issue. As long as our politics is non-partisan but focused on creating a credible education system in Zimbabwe there is nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A major fault line is the issue of serious discrepancies in salaries received by teachers in comparison to other sectors particularly police, soldiers, University Lecturers and top civil servants," "We are all aware that at entry point teachers' salaries were slightly higher than that of police and soldiers and one third of salaries received by University Lecturers. As such, giving teachers $1200 as 50 percent covid 19 allowance, soldiers and police $5000 to $9000, University Lecturers $19000 to $33000, top civil servants $25000 to $40000, baffles logic and common sense. Consequently, teachers received salaries ranging from $3800 to $4500 whereas police and soldiers received salaries ranging from $10 000 to $18000, top civil servants $50000 to $80000 and lecturers would receive salaries ranging from $38 000 to $66 000" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The restoration of our purchasing power parity is a dispute of right that must unite teachers across the union and non-union divide. There is no need to try to politicise such a clear labour issue. As long as our politics is non-partisan but focused on creating a credible education system in Zimbabwe there is nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “We don’t begrudge the award to soldiers as in essence they remain underpaid, but we are baffled by the oppressive generosity displayed to teachers. It is clear that those with access to armoury are better respected by the so-called new dispensation. Yet in reality teaching is the mother of all professions. At any rate, no weapon is greater than the masses,” “Teachers are saying, they will not go to schools when they open because the money they were given is like they are already out of employment. They are combining the issue of welfare and health and safety” External link

newsday Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "We don't begrudge the award to soldiers as in essence they remain underpaid, but we are baffled by the oppressive generosity displayed to teachers. It is clear that those with access to armoury are better respected by the socalled new dispensation. Yet in reality teaching is the mother of all professions. At any rate, no weapon is greater than the masses," "Teachers are saying, they will not go to schools when they open because the money they were given is like they are already out of employment. They are combining the issue of welfare and health and safety" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi. and later before magistrate Solomon Jenya on two counts of contravening section 60A(3) of the Electricity Act. The State’s outline stated that the accused were arrested at Nyamahomba Farm near Karoi on June 29, 2020 for vandalism and theft of aluminium conductors. The gang vandalised 11kV line, took the aluminium conductors in broad daylight and hid the loot in a bush. They later returned in a hired vehicle to collect the loot at around 5pm the same day. Acting on a tip-off, police arranged a trap leading to their arrest. They were not asked to plead. Gerald Dhamusi and Temptation Maromo prosecuted. Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment,” “He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi and later before magistrate Solomon Jenya on two counts of contravening section 60A(3) of the Electricity Act. The State's outline stated that the accused were arrested at Nyamahomba Farm near Karoi on June 29, 2020 for vandalism and theft of aluminium conductors. The gang vandalised 11kV line, took the aluminium conductors in broad daylight and hid the loot in a bush. They later returned in a hired vehicle to collect the loot at around 5pm the same day. Acting on a tip-off, police arranged a trap leading to their arrest. They were not asked to plead. Gerald Dhamusi and Temptation Maromo prosecuted. Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment," "He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment,” “He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him” External link

newsday Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century,” External link

newsday Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers can never be willing to go back when their health, safety and welfare are not prioritised. Other than threats over their health and safety, teachers have a dispute of right which the employer is failing to address. Their salary was unilaterally and callously culled by the employer from US$550 to US$26. Teachers therefore, want the employer to restore their salary's purchasing power parity, let alone pay a reasonable risk allowance of US$150," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers can never be willing to go back when their health, safety and welfare are not prioritised. Other than threats over their health and safety, teachers have a dispute of right which the employer is failing to address. Their salary was unilaterally and callously culled by the employer from US$550 to US$26. Teachers therefore, want the employer to restore their salary's purchasing power parity, let alone pay a reasonable risk allowance of US$150," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Cain Mathema ) : "I am disappointed by Minister Mathema. How can he come out on television telling people that the government has done all the necessary things for schools to open? That was clearly a lie because about 80% of our schools are not yet ready to reopen," External link

allafrica Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It was a mess, and it is terrible," "Other headmasters have told pupils to pay US$1 every day they are writing so that the schools can have money to pay the hired invigilators" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Cain Mathema ) : "I am disappointed by Minister Mathema. How can he come out on television telling people that the government has done all the necessary things for schools to open? That was clearly a lie because about 80% of our schools are not yet ready to reopen," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It was a mess, and it is terrible," "Other headmasters have told pupils to pay US$1 every day they are writing so that the schools can have money to pay the hired invigilators" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centres by then. Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for COVID-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed,” External link

newsday Monday, June 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centres by then. Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for COVID-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, June 29, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The main concern is the provision that headmasters are supposed to ensure the availability of the face masks, which in some cases, mainly in the rural schools this might not be possible. We have seen in some cases headmasters now transferring the burden to learners to bring these Personal Protective Equipment, which is in itself a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of the exams, we will therefore be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow)," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have seen in some cases headmasters transferring the burden to learners to bring these PPEs, which is a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of exams. We will be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow),” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have seen in some cases headmasters transferring the burden to learners to bring these PPEs, which is a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of exams. We will be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow),” External link

zbc Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts, where both Zimsec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers, PPEs [personal protective equipment] in schools by June 26,” External link

newsday Friday, June 26, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts, where both Zimsec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers, PPEs [personal protective equipment] in schools by June 26," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 26, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What many parents and teachers who have all tested positive to poverty may want to know is whether this is coming from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, or else it's a Cabinet decision? If it's a Cabinet decision then it is reflective of the poverty of leadership in Zimbabwe," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “What many parents and teachers who have all tested positive to poverty may want to know is whether this is coming from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, or else it’s a Cabinet decision? If it’s a Cabinet decision then it is reflective of the poverty of leadership in Zimbabwe,” External link

newsday Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : “Zanu PF must reprimand its errant Mberengwa North aspiring MP, Tinashe Shumba. He must be strongly reprimanded for behaving like a rabid dog when the nation is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Shumba defied lockdown guidelines by conducting meetings with Zanu PF supporters at Takarangana Business Centre as well as Magavakava area in Mberengwa where such supporters did not observe social distance nor wear masks. COVID-19 effects know no political party and is a danger to communities of Mberengwa at large, across the political divide,” “He has also been using foul language, insulting Lemba communities particularly at Masarira Business Centre. The Lemba community is peace-loving but would not tolerate Goga’s thuggery and attempts to divide it by trying to force any of its members to chant Zanu PF slogans and denigrate Nelson Chamisa” External link

newsday Friday, June 12, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Zanu-PF must reprimand its errant Mberengwa North aspiring MP, Tinashe Shumba. He must be strongly reprimanded for behaving like a rabid dog when the nation is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Shumba defied lockdown guidelines by conducting meetings with Zanu-PF supporters at Takarangana Business Centre as well as Magavakava area in Mberengwa where such supporters did not observe social distance nor wear masks. COVID-19 effects know no political party and is a danger to communities of Mberengwa at large, across the political divide," "He has also been using foul language, insulting Lemba communities particularly at Masarira Business Centre. The Lemba community is peaceloving but would not tolerate Goga's thuggery and attempts to divide it by trying to force any of its members to chant Zanu-PF slogans and denigrate Nelson Chamisa" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “While we agree that examination candidates must be given first priority when schools gradually open, that must only be done when preliminary conditions that we outlined to the ministry are met,” “As of now there is very little if any that can warrant the opening of schools and it would be advisable to defer the opening to third term” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He was given the mandate in May 2019 at the Gweru national congress and indeed with a mandate to run the affairs of the party until 2024,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Rather than celebrating achievements of workers throughout the world in terms of reduction of working hours and improvement of salaries that are above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), workers in Zimbabwe are mourning the demise of workers' salaries and conditions of service with monotonous regularity from grace to grass. Zimbabwe has since 1991 seen the shrinking of job opportunities as government adopted neoliberal policies that instead of creating employment opportunities decimated the workforce. A combination of a defective political system of sultanism, kleptocracy, defective economic system of statism, patronage, cryonism, lackeyism, clientelism and resurgent neo-liberalism, episodic high profile corruption and cartelism have cumulatively ruined the economy of Zimbabwe shattering the industries, creating more than 95 percent unemployment and reducing Zimbabweans into vending and disillusionment. The current dehamonisation of labour laws where private workers are governed by Labour Act and Public servants by the Public Service Act is unenviable. The Apex Council that the government trusts to engage in collective begging through the so called National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) has long outlived its usefulness. The government of Zimbabwe must respect ILO Conventions 87 and 98, let alone 151 and 154 in its treatment of workers. The government must abandon its callousness and monumental labour injustice in treating its workers and restore workers' salaries' purchasing power parity that was unilaterally reduced and devalued when government changed them into bonds and RTGs," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, May 3, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Rather than celebrating achievements of workers throughout the world in terms of reduction of working hours and improvement of salaries that are above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), workers in Zimbabwe are mourning the demise of workers' salaries and conditions of service with monotonous regularity from grace to grass. Zimbabwe has since 1991 seen the shrinking of job opportunities as government adopted neoliberal policies that instead of creating employment opportunities decimated the workforce. A combination of a defective political system of sultanism, kleptocracy, defective economic system of statism, patronage, cryonism, lackeyism, clientelism and resurgent neo-liberalism, episodic high profile corruption and cartelism have cumulatively ruined the economy of Zimbabwe shattering the industries, creating more than 95 percent unemployment and reducing Zimbabweans into vending and disillusionment. The current dehamonisation of labour laws where private workers are governed by Labour Act and Public servants by the Public Service Act is unenviable. The Apex Council that the government trusts to engage in collective begging through the so called National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) has long outlived its usefulness. The government of Zimbabwe must respect ILO Conventions 87 and 98, let alone 151 and 154 in its treatment of workers. The government must abandon its callousness and monumental labour injustice in treating its workers and restore workers' salaries' purchasing power parity that was unilaterally reduced and devalued when government changed them into bonds and RTGs," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are aware that government is currently pre-occupied with the COV-ID-19 pandemic effects, yet sound government thrust must be on these key issues: the restoration of teachers' salaries and purchasing power parity must never be relegated," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "While we certainly do not begrudge university lecturers' salaries that are now above $27 000 and actually feel they deserve more, we note that the $3 000 that a teacher earns has defied the usual 1:3 salary ratio that usually prevailed under the late former President Robert Mugabe's regime," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government has made promises to address the plight of teachers in the past, but they have up to now not materialised. It must be noted that when teachers speak, they also do it on be-half of all general government workers, police force and soldiers who, by nature of their profession, may not be allowed to amplify their voices of anguish and grinding poverty," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Worse still, government has been prevaricating on the constant request by teachers to be exempted from paying tuition fees for just three children per teacher since they are offering the service," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 26, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things,” External link

zimeye Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The veritable paradise promised in 1980 when we attained independence has turned out to be a bullet to the head, a diet of starvation, grasping kleptocracy, crocodile liberators, patronage, cronyism, clientelism, cartelism, thuggery and thievery. In spite of the 1980s liberal educational and health reforms that were all the same reversed later on, Zanu PF rule for the past 40 years has been a period of wasted years," "The focus has turned from a concern of the general populace (imburded in iwe neni tine basa slogan) to egocentricism, self-seeking benefits, routine other than episodic corruption, plunder and one armed banditry primitive accumulation of wealth. Corporate governance punctuated by transparency, accountability, efficiency, effectiveness and equity has been thrown to the wind" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things,” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The lockdown has greatly affected teachers largely because of their starvation wages and the continued increase of basic commodities. Our families are starving and government has not consulted educators widely so that they can continue their ambassadorial roles in appraising communities of the pandemic in rural areas in particular. There is a complete blackout of Infornation as many areas are not accessible to television and radio frequencies, while newspapers do not reach many areas and their production and distribution have also been affected by the lockdown," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, April 24, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash," "It is now $200 or more; 1 litre of milk was $15, and it's now $27, bread was $17, it is now $24. The salary of teachers is being eroded against United States dollar with US$10 now trading at $400. Rentals are now charged in US dollars with a single small room costing between US$30 and US$50; fuel has virtually dried up except at garages selling in forex and 1 litre costs US$1.25" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt," "The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “No amount of brutality, legal manipulation, thuggery and political romance can stop an idea whose time is up. Those who wish MDC Alliance away are in for a rude awakening. The party is here to stay, and will never run short of leaders,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "No amount of brutality, legal manipulation, thuggery and political romance can stop an idea whose time is up. Those who wish MDC Alliance away are in for a rude awakening. The party is here to stay, and will never run short of leaders," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash,” External link

zimeye Friday, March 13, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt,” “The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing” External link

zimeye Friday, March 13, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash,” “It is now $200 or more; 1 litre of milk was $15, and it’s now $27, bread was $17, it is now $24. The salary of teachers is being eroded against United States dollar with US$10 now trading at $400. Rentals are now charged in US dollars with a single small room costing between US$30 and US$50; fuel has virtually dried up except at garages selling in forex and 1 litre costs US$1.25” External link

newsday Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt,” “The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing” External link

newsday Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, March 9, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations,” External link

zimeye Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations,” External link

zimeye Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

zimeye Monday, March 2, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

zbc Monday, March 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

herald Monday, March 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 2, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Sadly, the thugs and thieves seem to enjoy some protective immunity… If the phenomena continues, we will have no option except to advise teachers to leave their respective schools and others to withdraw their labour in solidarity with the suffering comrades," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:52:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Sadly, the thugs and thieves seem to enjoy some protective immunity… If the phenomena continues, we will have no option except to advise teachers to leave their respective schools and others to withdraw their labour in solidarity with the suffering comrades,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:19:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In essence, party leaders from branch to provincial levels will be provided with a rare opportunity to interface with the president and enhance cross-pollination of ideas in the party,” “It is also an attempt to narrow the gap between leaders and grassroots supporters as well as entrench participatory development of grassroots structures in shaping the path and actual direction of the party, let alone develop the same frame of reference within the party” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Leaders would, therefore, have an opportunity to listen to ideas from grassroots structures, while grassroots structures rub shoulders with party president and this will give inspiration to them. The tour will, therefore, enhance interoperability within the party in the Midlands province and define, shape and nurture the collective vision, wisdom, direction, actual path and pace of growth of the MDC in the Midlands province,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "In essence, party leaders from branch to provincial levels will be provided with a rare opportunity to interface with the president and enhance cross-pollination of ideas in the party," "It is also an attempt to narrow the gap between leaders and grassroots supporters as well as entrench participatory development of grassroots structures in shaping the path and actual direction of the party, let alone develop the same frame of reference within the party" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Fundamentally, the panacea to our current quagmire is not a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of our purchasing power parity. The 140% does not restore our purchasing power parity," "It falls far short of teachers' minimum expectations and such half-hearted and fire-fighting measures would not capacitate teachers and let alone bring normalcy and meaningful learning and teaching to schools" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 31, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Fundamentally, the panacea to our current quagmire is not a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of our purchasing power parity. The 140% does not restore our purchasing power parity,” “It falls far short of teachers’ minimum expectations and such half-hearted and fire-fighting measures would not capacitate teachers and let alone bring normalcy and meaningful learning and teaching to schools” External link

newsday Friday, January 31, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Their grievances are sound, pragmatic and realistic in defence of their educational rights. They were very peaceful in exercising their freedom of expression at a crucial juncture when there is deadlock and quandary in the education system, which the government sadly is not eager and ready to address as a matter of urgency," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "If we had a thousand such teachers and schools, our struggles could be fast-tracked and government forced to address the plight of teachers as a matter of urgency. The educational courts of justice will find him and the students innocent, and this is final," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

newsday Monday, January 20, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "They were trying to the link teachers' strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers' salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 20, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

zimeye Friday, January 17, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : "Zanu-PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 17, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

newsday Friday, January 17, 2020 6:24:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "Mnangagwa has continued to be more of a comedian than a statesman. Its clear his advisors have gone on sabbatical leave. From hatizvidi, ngazviende, tichingotonga, muchingovukura to kana usina chokukwiridzira kwiridzira bhurugu, idyai murio, ndiri mupositoravo, hiririii mvura ngainaye," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating Hitlarisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers first go through their Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have already resolved to go on strike on the opening day January 14, we are seeking the government to pay us an equivalent of our US dollars that we used to get at the end of September 2018. We have not asked for a pay increase yet. We will not accept piecemeal solutions. Current solution preferred by the government mean we have to knock at the government’s door every month. Our members will not report for duty from January 14,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We will only salute them (Apex Council) if they remain in trenches to demand the restoration of workers’ purchasing power through US$450 to US$550 that workers used to earn before the introduction of new Zimbabwe dollars,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot say we endorsed the stance not to open schools this January but we will discuss that during our congress which is starting today up to the 5th of January and we have invited all teachers’ unions and a position will be communicated after the congress,” External link

newsday Friday, January 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Apex is trying to hijack a united front of teachers after receiving information that we have completed mobilisation in schools across union divide. We, however, welcome Apex to the terrain of our struggle and hope that their machinations and romance with government would not disturb our process that was already on course. Their endorsement is nothing other than a fait accompli, registering something that was already on the move outside their orbit," "I can confirm to you that our members in schools have mobilised teachers across the union divide and there will be a strike next week starting on Monday or Tuesday. We have also engaged all teacher unions and there is consensus on incapacitation. Even Apex cannot ignore the incapacitation wave, but we are aware that they are on a mission to hijack our incapacitation industrial action in order to seek relevance and would try to call it off after three days on the pretext of giving dialogue a chance" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Apex is trying to hijack a united front of teachers after receiving information that we have completed mobilisation in schools across union divide. We, however, welcome Apex to the terrain of our struggle and hope that their machinations and romance with government would not disturb our process that was already on course. Their endorsement is nothing other than a fait accompli, registering something that was already on the move outside their orbit,” “I can confirm to you that our members in schools have mobilised teachers across the union divide and there will be a strike next week starting on Monday or Tuesday. We have also engaged all teacher unions and there is consensus on incapacitation. Even Apex cannot ignore the incapacitation wave, but we are aware that they are on a mission to hijack our incapacitation industrial action in order to seek relevance and would try to call it off after three days on the pretext of giving dialogue a chance” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We met with Zimta on Wednesday and other unions have asked to be part of the process and we agreed to meet tomorrow (today) to work on modalities of uniting against government over salaries. We have agreed in toto about the urgent need for declaration of national incapacitation," "A final meeting would be held tomorrow (today) and thereafter incapacitation may begin. We don't want a salary increase, but payment of old US dollar-pegged salaries in terms of the current inter-bank rate" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 14, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We met with Zimta on Wednesday and other unions have asked to be part of the process and we agreed to meet tomorrow (today) to work on modalities of uniting against government over salaries. We have agreed in toto about the urgent need for declaration of national incapacitation,” “A final meeting would be held tomorrow (today) and thereafter incapacitation may begin. We don’t want a salary increase, but payment of old US dollar-pegged salaries in terms of the current inter-bank rate” External link

newsday Monday, October 14, 2019 6:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : "PTUZ is not privy to Zimsec and teachers' agreement over the conduct and marking of November examinations … It is, therefore, clear that minister Mavima and Zimsec are deliberately snubbing PTUZ for reasons best known to them," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : “PTUZ is not privy to Zimsec and teachers’ agreement over the conduct and marking of November examinations … It is, therefore, clear that minister Mavima and Zimsec are deliberately snubbing PTUZ for reasons best known to them,” External link

newsday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book," "It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book," "It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 30, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : “As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book,” “It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war” External link

newsday Friday, August 30, 2019 4:51:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The tragedy is that they benefit at the expense of the rest of the civil servants. It is a wake-up call for all civil servants to fight to remove the Apex Council. Teachers will remain incapacitated; I don't see the third term opening. Examination classes will be affected," "The said agreement when prices of goods have gone up by 1 000%, tollgates by 500%, fuel by 1 000%, is the height of madness. It vindicates some of us who have always said the Apex Council is a tool used by government to suppress workers," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The tragedy is that they benefit at the expense of the rest of the civil servants. It is a wake-up call for all civil servants to fight to remove the Apex Council. Teachers will remain incapacitated; I don’t see the third term opening. Examination classes will be affected,” “The said agreement when prices of goods have gone up by 1 000%, tollgates by 500%, fuel by 1 000%, is the height of madness. It vindicates some of us who have always said the Apex Council is a tool used by government to suppress workers,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "At any rate, the government is well known for peddling falsehoods. They promised duty-free cars to civil servants last year, but up to now, not even a single teacher has accessed that facility. The government has failed to provide stands for teachers' accommodation purposes, let alone to exempt three children for every teacher from paying tuition fees," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “At any rate, the government is well known for peddling falsehoods. They promised duty-free cars to civil servants last year, but up to now, not even a single teacher has accessed that facility. The government has failed to provide stands for teachers’ accommodation purposes, let alone to exempt three children for every teacher from paying tuition fees,” External link

newsday Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Henceforth, we need to consider elements of diversion, surprise, spontaneity in various areas in order to guarantee success. The cause of liberty should not be surrendered, even at the last moment of defeat. Defeat is just temporary, but giving up makes it permanent,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 2:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Schools will remain closed until (our) demands are met. Let’s prepare for an indefinite closure of schools until our demands are met. Let the schools open while they are closed. That the government has taken this long before addressing our legitimate demands calls for greater coordination, unity of purpose, a collectivity of action, dexterity, vigilance and resilience. We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, the government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It's now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Henceforth, we need to consider elements of diversion, surprise, spontaneity in various areas in order to guarantee success. The cause of liberty should not be surrendered, even at the last moment of defeat. Defeat is just temporary, but giving up makes it permanent,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Mthuli Ncube never ceases to surprise us and is fast revealing that he is a human epidemic. Teachers are currently hungry, angry and incapacitated. The priority is to ensure that teachers are capacitated as of now, and that a lasting solution is found to the erosion of the purchasing value of their salaries or starvation wages" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "How will the teachers get to November without addressing the erosion of the purchasing power of their salaries? It remains a mystery how he thinks teachers would continue to go to work. This is a language which teachers must address by embarking on industrial action with effect from the beginning of third term," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large," "We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified" External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 2, 2019 2:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 2, 2019 2:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large," "We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 2, 2019 12:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 2, 2019 12:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large,” “We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified” External link

newsday Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary,” External link

newsday Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The EI was concerned that education (in Zimbabwe) is not a priority as reflected by restricted budget, and government's imposition of educational reforms without engaging teachers. EI encouraged Zimbabwean teachers to unite, forge alliances with students, parents, traditional leaders and university lecturers in order to confront government," "EI also encouraged teachers and university lecturers to use research that can influence institutional reforms for democracy and corporate governance, and approach government and community with action research in order to influence policy formulation and implementation and build alliances with communities and influence their response against the government" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "What seems to have angered many trade unionists is the arrogant Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Sekai Nzenza's arrogance and rogue conceptualisation of labour laws in a recent ILO meeting which was attended by several trade unionists present at the current EI meeting. The anger specifically emanated from her assertion that Zimbabwe has no labour challenges, yet the country does not respect conventions 87 and 98 of ILO in spite of having ratified these Conventions. We are even failing to respect section 65 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which guarantees the right to demonstrate and protest," "It is also encouraging that much as trade unionists from Zimbabwe are not effectively collaborating in Zimbabwe, there is consensus in Thailand that the Zimbabwean government's engagement with its employees under the National Joint Negotiating Council and Apex Council is a monument of Zimbabwean injustice and unfair labour practice. One can only hope that such co-operation will be put into practical use in Zimbabwe" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "He cannot be the perpetrator of violence and peacemaker. This is simply a charade, grandstanding and leap service tailor-made to hoodwink the international world into believing that he is prepared to open a new chapter of tolerance and respect of human rights in Zimbabwe, when in reality he is similar to his mentor (former President Robert) Mugabe and is perpetuating Mugabeism, political thuggery, vandalism and violations of human rights, just like Mugabe," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 1, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “He cannot be the perpetrator of violence and peacemaker. This is simply a charade, grandstanding and leap service tailor-made to hoodwink the international world into believing that he is prepared to open a new chapter of tolerance and respect of human rights in Zimbabwe, when in reality he is similar to his mentor (former President Robert) Mugabe and is perpetuating Mugabeism, political thuggery, vandalism and violations of human rights, just like Mugabe,” External link

newsday Monday, July 1, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Apex Council ) : "We have been betrayed by Apex's romance with the employer," "We had agreed with a number of organisations for a united action by government workers that was supposed to be put in operation with effect from this week, intensifying into next week and reaching total withdrawal of labour by the third week" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 28, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added ( about Apex Council ) : "However, Apex's romance with government last Friday had riddled the united front. But it's mere ludicrous hallucination for Apex to hope the ban of multi-currency is a solution to our parlous salaries and conditions of service. If anything, the perceived solution is worse than the disease. Once more, Apex has been used to legitimise the illegitimate (for) political expediency" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 28, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are certainly perturbed by the continued bullish, callousness, and harassment of innocent civilians exercising their freedom of association, which is guaranteed in the Constitution. We reiterate our long-held view that security intelligence in the 21st century has moved from thuggery and barbarism to use of intellect. We further remind the operatives to realise that Zimbabwe is a democratic and multi-party State and that they must, therefore, respect freedom of association and expression, let alone the democratic rights of MDC activists," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 21, 2019 10:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are certainly perturbed by the continued bullish, callousness, and harassment of innocent civilians exercising their freedom of association, which is guaranteed in the Constitution. We reiterate our long-held view that security intelligence in the 21st century has moved from thuggery and barbarism to use of intellect. We further remind the operatives to realise that Zimbabwe is a democratic and multi-party State and that they must, therefore, respect freedom of association and expression, let alone the democratic rights of MDC activists,” External link

newsday Friday, June 21, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment,” External link

zimeye Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers,” External link

zimeye Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Their demands mean nothing. It's a way of seeking relevance because they know the tension within government workers. They do this and when government workers want to strike, they pull out. It's a decision made a long time ago," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Their demands mean nothing. It’s a way of seeking relevance because they know the tension within government workers. They do this and when government workers want to strike, they pull out. It’s a decision made a long time ago,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The host province, Midlands has engaged a high gear as all roads lead to Gweru tomorrow for the MDC historic Congress at Ascot Stadium which will define a new course for Zimbabwe," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The big day is Sunday 26th when Congress delegates would elect members of the standing committee tasked with leading and walking a paradigm shift in the course of Zimbabwean history, in our struggle for a better life for Zimbabweans and indeed in the triumph of democracy, liberty and freedom," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are greatly committed to our tasks and will try our best to ensure the congress is a resounding success. No amount of external threats from Zanu-PF or Khupeism can stop a congress whose time has come," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, May 20, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are greatly committed to our tasks and will try our best to ensure the congress is a resounding success. No amount of external threats from Zanu PF or Khupeism can stop a congress whose time has come,” External link

newsday Monday, May 20, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All in all, 20 constituencies were dealt with and the remaining eight could not be worked on because of failure to submit CVs of preferred cadres seconded to be part of the provincial executive,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held a successful provincial executive meeting on Sunday and one of the issues that was deliberated on was the province's preparedness to host the party's national congress in May. To that end, the organising committee at provincial level was tasked with ensuring that the province prepares for the congress and give feedback on the progress at our next meeting slated for April 27 2019," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We held a successful provincial executive meeting on Sunday and one of the issues that was deliberated on was the province’s preparedness to host the party’s national congress in May. To that end, the organising committee at provincial level was tasked with ensuring that the province prepares for the congress and give feedback on the progress at our next meeting slated for April 27 2019,” External link

newsday Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "It (Fozeu) is also premised on the fact that other sectors that were part of the umbrella civil servants, like the health sector moved out of the Apex Council as a sector. They have successfully engaged the employer with the consequence being improved allowances," "The challenge of an umbrella of all civil servants engagement with government is that where a leader is not well conversant with pertinent issues affecting some sectors, such issues may remain unresolved forever. Worse still an umbrella engagement does not allow a discussion of sectoral issues" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “It (Fozeu) is also premised on the fact that other sectors that were part of the umbrella civil servants, like the health sector moved out of the Apex Council as a sector. They have successfully engaged the employer with the consequence being improved allowances,” “The challenge of an umbrella of all civil servants engagement with government is that where a leader is not well conversant with pertinent issues affecting some sectors, such issues may remain unresolved forever. Worse still an umbrella engagement does not allow a discussion of sectoral issues” External link

newsday Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government is trying to silence teachers that if they demand better working conditions and embark of industrial action, they would have their certificates revoked," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government is trying to silence teachers that if they demand better working conditions and embark of industrial action, they would have their certificates revoked," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 10, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The TPC is a noble idea, but the current Bill is defective. TPC must maintain the independence, autonomy and self-regulatory concept of the profession. Yet sadly, the current Bill flouts this with many members appointed from outside the teaching fraternity. Worse still, even the chairperson is appointed by the Education minister, thereby compromising the self-regulatory aspect of the profession" "It focuses too much on disciplining teachers, with the disciplinary committee headed by lawyers. One wonders why a disciplinary committee of teachers cannot be headed by teachers. Worse still, there is virtually nothing about research and teacher empowerment, yet the 21st century education hinges on action research and production of teaching material by teachers. The processes of TPC must be teacher-centred and not ministry-centred" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The postponement shows that government is not sincere about civil servants' welfare. It shows what they have always been doing to perpetuate the situation. It is unfortunate that the Apex Council is captured by the government as you can see that they were also appointed by the same government. They are not on the workers' side, but are dining with the paymaster," "By agreeing to postpone a meeting, which we treat as an urgent matter, Apex perpetuates and prolongs the suffering of civil servants in the country. It is also unfortunate that we are dealing with an arrogant government" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 4, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The postponement shows that government is not sincere about civil servants’ welfare. It shows what they have always been doing to perpetuate the situation. It is unfortunate that the Apex Council is captured by the government as you can see that they were also appointed by the same government. They are not on the workers’ side, but are dining with the paymaster,” “By agreeing to postpone a meeting, which we treat as an urgent matter, Apex perpetuates and prolongs the suffering of civil servants in the country. It is also unfortunate that we are dealing with an arrogant government” External link

newsday Monday, March 4, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Such a protective measure (to call off the strike) would not have been important had all teachers given heed to the stayaway. Trade unionism is about collective security by acting as a group. I could personally not envision the enjoyment of cowards at the suffering of real cadres," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:25:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Such a protective measure (to call off the strike) would not have been important had all teachers given heed to the stayaway. Trade unionism is about collective security by acting as a group. I could personally not envision the enjoyment of cowards at the suffering of real cadres,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Youths and other political party functionaries are also visiting schools and demanding names of teachers absent from schools. We remind such rogue elements that schools are institutions of teaching and learning," "At any rate, no amount of threats or brutality will end the industrial action, but sober engagement of union leaders by government. We also remind school heads that they have signed the Official Secrecy Act and are not allowed to release any information to anyone on the participation of teachers in the industrial action except Ministry of Education officials" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Youths and other political party functionaries are also visiting schools and demanding names of teachers absent from schools. We remind such rogue elements that schools are institutions of teaching and learning,” “At any rate, no amount of threats or brutality will end the industrial action, but sober engagement of union leaders by government. We also remind school heads that they have signed the Official Secrecy Act and are not allowed to release any information to anyone on the participation of teachers in the industrial action except Ministry of Education officials” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu-PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don't report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Nine teachers' unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators' Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers' Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers' Union and Professional Educators' Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers' Union and others," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don’t report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Nine teachers’ unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators’ Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers’ Union and Professional Educators’ Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union and others,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don’t report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Nine teachers’ unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators’ Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers’ Union and Professional Educators’ Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union and others,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers,” External link

zimeye Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Raymond Majongwe ) : "The merchants of violence have resorted to threats directed against PTUZ leadership, with threats that they can burn us in our homes at night. Most of the threats are directed at secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, with some such claiming to be untouchables. Our message is very clear, that we do not eat threats. We have nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Necessary measures have been taken to report the cases against the rogue elements, some of whom claim to be connected to a Chegutu notorious politician. Let it be known that you don't shoot at the messenger, but at the message. Our message is clear that teachers are starving. Anyone who doubts this must visit a teacher's house and his/her children. No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Raymond Majongwe ) : “The merchants of violence have resorted to threats directed against PTUZ leadership, with threats that they can burn us in our homes at night. Most of the threats are directed at secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, with some such claiming to be untouchables. Our message is very clear, that we do not eat threats. We have nothing to fear except fear itself,” External link

newsday Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Necessary measures have been taken to report the cases against the rogue elements, some of whom claim to be connected to a Chegutu notorious politician. Let it be known that you don’t shoot at the messenger, but at the message. Our message is clear that teachers are starving. Anyone who doubts this must visit a teacher’s house and his/her children. No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers,” External link

newsday Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : “Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues,” “The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : "Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues," "The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:37:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : “Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues,” “The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, January 19, 2019 3:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate,” External link

zimeye Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate,” External link

newsday Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:49:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In the next two weeks our modus operandi as a result of incapacitation would be working for 2 days a week. We hope within two weeks government would have capacitated us. In the event of failure we will move to another level. Henceforth teachers must send their instruments of combat and incapacitation clanking into gear,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 7, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is sad that while salaries are not being increased, government has approved the school fees hike. How does it expect us to pay these exorbitant amounts? We have school uniforms going as high as $800 and then school fees as high as $2 500. It is ridiculous to say the least," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 7, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our salaries are enough to take us to work for two days. We are deliberating the two days we should report to work and the three we should stay at home. We are very clear about that. The purchasing power parity of our salaries can no longer allow us to do so. We cannot subsidise our employer," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 7, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our salaries are enough to take us to work for two days. We are deliberating the two days we should report to work and the three we should stay at home. We are very clear about that. The purchasing power parity of our salaries can no longer allow us to do so. We cannot subsidise our employer,” External link

newsday Monday, January 7, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is sad that while salaries are not being increased, government has approved the school fees hike. How does it expect us to pay these exorbitant amounts? We have school uniforms going as high as $800 and then school fees as high as $2 500. It is ridiculous to say the least,” External link

newsday Monday, January 7, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?” “It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend” External link

zimeye Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?" "It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?” “It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend” External link

newsday Saturday, January 5, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000," "We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, December 22, 2018 9:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000,” “We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:11:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000,” “We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees,” External link

herald Saturday, December 22, 2018 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is sad to note that teachers, whose basic salary is $280, cannot dream of sending their children to a boarding school. When a teacher’s salary cannot buy a uniform for one child, it speaks volumes of the educational vandalism by those in leadership,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “For now I can say there is a plan for industrial action but the final decision will be made next year towards schools’ opening, depending on the action by the government,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, December 15, 2018 1:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou déclaré ( about Grace Mugabe ) : "Il s'agit d'un remaniement signé Grace Mugabe" External link

france24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "How this will end will be dependent on the reaction of Mnangagwa's allies, the army and Mnangagwa himself. Whatever the outcome we hope this does not degenerate into anarchy," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 2:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "He calls himself soft as wool and wants to portray himself as a soft and diplomatic person but the truth is he is a hardliner," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 2:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "How this will end will be dependent on the reaction of Mnangagwa's allies, the army and Mnangagwa himself. Whatever the outcome we hope this does not degenerate into anarchy," External link

digitaljournal Monday, November 6, 2017 9:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "He calls himself soft as wool and wants to portray himself as a soft and diplomatic person but the truth is he is a hardliner," External link

digitaljournal Monday, November 6, 2017 9:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reports from schools in Bulawayo province indicate that schools have been ordered by the province and districts to participate in the state President's sports festival at Northlea High School this weekend on the 28 and 29 October 2017. Schools have been ordered to bring teams for soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess, handball, rugby and netball at a cost of $20 per team. The sports are dubbed Bob@93 Sports Festival. Schools have been requested to do their best, and not to fail the president," "While there is nothing wrong in the President supporting sports in schools PTUZ is perturbed that there is everything wrong in terms of the festival. At a time when schools are busy conducting examinations and students are busy writing and preparing for examinations, we certainly do not expect disturbances in terms of preparations for sporting activities" External link

onlinenigeria Friday, October 27, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reports from schools in Bulawayo province indicate that schools have been ordered by the province and districts to participate in the state President's sports festival at Northlea High School this weekend on the 28 and 29 October 2017. Schools have been ordered to bring teams for soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess, handball, rugby and netball at a cost of $20 per team. The sports are dubbed Bob@93 Sports Festival. Schools have been requested to do their best, and not to fail the president," "While there is nothing wrong in the President supporting sports in schools PTUZ is perturbed that there is everything wrong in terms of the festival. At a time when schools are busy conducting examinations and students are busy writing and preparing for examinations, we certainly do not expect disturbances in terms of preparations for sporting activities" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 27, 2017 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our office has received complaints and we feel the changes are not palatable," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, August 27, 2017 4:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Yes, as the Lemba would say, the Mountain has fallen, tarashikigwa, nyika yasunama. Igwe, chief Mposi Shepherd Goronga's brother died on Friday. He was swept by Nuanetsi river just by the side of Tandavarai Bridge. Due to the destruction of Tandavarai Bridge by incessant rains some people were quick to bring in operation canoes to assist people to cross the river and charging a fee," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 20, 2017 12:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We already have a wasted term as both the pupils and teachers are not aware specifically of what is required of them in the new curriculum," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are not against government but what we are simply saying is that we want to be consulted and we do not want to be ruled but to be led properly and our massage is that the basic and best thing is to leave the education system as a terrain of professionals not politicians,” External link

newzimbabwe Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Heavy rains a disaster for Mberengwa District. I recently went home on the 28 of January and was there until 30th of January. Sons and daughters of Mberengwa, the heavy rains that have been pounding our beloved Mberengwa are wrecking disaster in Mberengwa. Unprecedented rains have pounded Mberengwa over the few days leaving a trail of destruction and havoc in the beloved area of our birth," "The roads have become gullies and flooded rivers, and all low lying bridges have been destroyed. It took me six hours of driving yesterday to cover a distance of 40km from Chegato to Bvute, as more often than not I had to stop and engage villagers to assist in putting stones on a former low lying bridge or fragile ground. Navigating across the gullies, destroyed bridges, and rivers was an arduous task" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, February 5, 2017 9:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The unity we have is actually based on (the premise) that we must just forget what happened in the past,” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "If you look for the past three years teachers have always been paid after Christmas and even in the New Year and in most cases the other group particularly the soldiers, prison officers and the police are paid before Christmas. What we encourage the Government to do is that in light of the duties and responsibilities of teachers, there must be a rotation so that this year in particular teachers are paid before Christmas," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Any coalition without MDC-T and ZimPF is like spanning 1000 cats and expect to plough. It is trying the impossible," "As much as some donors may be hoodwinked into supporting, they would abandon the coalition as reality dawns. Politics is a game of critical masses which Tsvangirai and Mujuru have" External link

allafrica Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Any coalition without MDC-T and ZimPF is like spanning 1000 cats and expect to plough. It is trying the impossible,” “As much as some donors may be hoodwinked into supporting, they would abandon the coalition as reality dawns. Politics is a game of critical masses which Tsvangirai and Mujuru have” External link

newzimbabwe Monday, December 5, 2016 3:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

allafrica Monday, September 12, 2016 3:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 11, 2016 5:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 11, 2016 3:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

capitalfm Monday, July 25, 2016 4:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

capitalfm Monday, July 25, 2016 4:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

iafrica Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

iafrica Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou estime : "C'est le début de la fin pour Mugabe" External link

afp-fr Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:40:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

nation-ke Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mr Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

nation-ke Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realized Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

afp-en Sunday, July 24, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

afp-en Sunday, July 24, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are however, concerned with the lack of time frames in our negotiation. I think it is time we have time frames in our discussions so that we can have logical disputation. Let's give each other time frames to say if such and such a time lapses and we have not agreed then we declare a deadlock to the discussions and we pursue other options," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:52:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added ( about Apex Council ) : "Government can give us land in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and all other areas which we will then develop as the Apex council and sell the stands to civil servants at reasonable prices" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 10, 2016 8:48:00 AM EAT



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president57.65%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
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union president2.35%EN07/10/201610/07/2016
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Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "We the MDC Alliance Midlands province want to make it categorically clear without any equivocation or ambiguity that the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa is safe and sound in Midlands," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, April 5, 2021 2:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "We the MDC Alliance Midlands province want to make it categorically clear without any equivocation or ambiguity that the MDC Alliance led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa is safe and sound in Midlands," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, April 5, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long-held view that Apex Council is the problem of all problems, and evil of all evils," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Apex Council has for a long time abused teachers and the time to rally behind the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) in order to foster unity in diversity and the education sector specific allowances, is now," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I am sure many of us have now seen the Fools' Day results.," "The truth is that such results must be resisted by all level-headed teachers, lest we sink deeper and deeper into poverty and penury, and ultimately die as paupers" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 4, 2021 1:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long-held view that Apex Council is the problem of all problems, and evil of all evils," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Apex Council has for a long time abused teachers and the time to rally behind the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) in order to foster unity in diversity and the education sector specific allowances, is now," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I am sure many of us have now seen the Fools' Day results.," "The truth is that such results must be resisted by all level-headed teachers, lest we sink deeper and deeper into poverty and penury, and ultimately die as paupers" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We don’t eat promises, but want to see the execution of commitment. Worse still, a government that brings in shocking discrepancies between salaries of its employees can never fake commitment when a teacher is paid $13 000 and a person with less qualifications, experience and responsibilities gets quadrupled that amount, then the government cannot claim commitment,” External link

newsday Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told ( about Blessing Chebundo ) : "I certainly have had high regard for Chebundo as a tried and tested cadre who did not join MDC but was part of the original founders of MDC," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, March 21, 2021 7:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told ( about Blessing Chebundo ) : "I certainly have had high regard for Chebundo as a tried and tested cadre who did not join MDC but was part of the original founders of MDC," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The effects may not be visible to outsiders as teachers who are administrators (head, deputy head and senior master/mistress) have turned up and pre-occupied students. The effects would be felt on March 22 when the rest of students go to their schools" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The effects may not be visible to outsiders as teachers who are administrators (head, deputy head and senior master/mistress) have turned up and pre-occupied students. The effects would be felt on March 22 when the rest of students go to their schools” External link

newsday Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Currently, schools are in a fix, and are struggling to ease financial constraints and accumulated debts since they used their own money last year to buy sanitisers among other related COVID-19 materials, the government has not refunded the money yet," "Government lied that in the first phase they disbursed $600 million and an additional $150 million in the second phase to schools, yet the money never materialised. It might not be surprising that the money went into private pockets of corrupt officials" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, March 12, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Currently, schools are in a fix, and are struggling to ease financial constraints and accumulated debts since they used their own money last year to buy sanitisers among other related COVID-19 materials, the government has not refunded the money yet,” “Government lied that in the first phase they disbursed $600 million and an additional $150 million in the second phase to schools, yet the money never materialised. It might not be surprising that the money went into private pockets of corrupt officials” External link

newsday Friday, March 12, 2021 1:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers' salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers' salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Government must restore the purchasing power parity of teachers’ salaries to pre-October 2018 levels of US$520 to US$550,” External link

newsday Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The MDC Alliance has never been in short of leaders. Their departure would open new opportunities to other leaders with worthy leadership salt. History will tell whether their decision is wise or folly. We wish them well in their new course but their political inconsistency may affect them in their political careers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The failure rate must be blamed squarely on government that has failed to invest in quality public education. " External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The failure rate must be blamed squarely on government that has failed to invest in quality public education. " External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The sentiment that is coming from the teaching fraternity is that perhaps the Presidium should take the vaccine publicly in order to build public confidence to voluntarily take it" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The sentiment that is coming from the teaching fraternity is that perhaps the Presidium should take the vaccine publicly in order to build public confidence to voluntarily take it” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A considerable number of people, academics, government officials and parents want schools to be unconditionally opened soon. As teachers, while we are ready to open schools anytime, we are worried that there was virtually no preparation to open schools except enrolment and collection of exorbitant fees for Form One classes. Failure to plan is planning to fail as evidenced by the disastrous Grade Seven results for 2020," "It is our humble submission that a myriad of measures must be put in place before schools can open. Fundamentally, opening of schools must be a product of government engagement with stakeholders, particularly teachers and parents. There was need to collectively agree on a sound roadmap that has support of teachers as implementers of reforms in schools" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, February 15, 2021 2:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government has been silent on monthly contributions from willing teachers at 2,5% of gross salary for three months, after which a member wishing to access loans must submit an application through the Primary and Secondary Education ministry. Above all, submission of applications is no guarantee of getting a loan," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 15, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 15, 2021 11:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The government has been silent on monthly contributions from willing teachers at 2,5% of gross salary for three months, after which a member wishing to access loans must submit an application through the Primary and Secondary Education ministry. Above all, submission of applications is no guarantee of getting a loan,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As leaders we will continue to share with members any information we get on housing scheme projects,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Students walk long distances to access schools. It is very sad that our girl children have to endure this challenge of walking long distances while on their menstrual cycles,” External link

newsday Monday, February 15, 2021 5:38:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The working conditions of teachers are bad in all areas but particularly worse in remote areas where parents no longer see the value of education, for example in areas such as Chiredzi, Masvingo and Gokwe, among others," "The conditions of the teacher are so arid and rigid that they are demotivated to carry on with their teaching duties. The situation is terrible; the economy is not on a sound footing that teachers can barely pay their utility bills," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The working conditions of teachers are bad in all areas but particularly worse in remote areas where parents no longer see the value of education, for example in areas such as Chiredzi, Masvingo and Gokwe, among others,” “The conditions of the teacher are so arid and rigid that they are demotivated to carry on with their teaching duties. The situation is terrible; the economy is not on a sound footing that teachers can barely pay their utility bills,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is unfortunate that army personnel shot an innocent villager to death in Gweru, while there were reports of innocent civilians or villagers brutalised by the army in Mberengwa and Gokwe," External link

allafrica Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is unfortunate that army personnel shot an innocent villager to death in Gweru, while there were reports of innocent civilians or villagers brutalised by the army in Mberengwa and Gokwe," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Teachers and pupils are not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when government officials are decimated by COVID-19, it is foolhardy to imagine that government can protect teachers and pupils. Government has shown no interest to buy testing kits in order to test all the 136 000 teachers and almost five million learners,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “We will not allow a situation where teachers and pupils are taken as if they are of no account in Zimbabwe. Teachers and pupils’ lives matter,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to Covid-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:25:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

allafrica Saturday, January 9, 2021 3:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As of yesterday, more than 50 school heads across the country tested positive to COVID-19, while several other teachers and pupils are vulnerable. The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to COVID-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable," "Indeed, 2020 must best be remembered as a wasted year in terms of starvation wages educators received and the failure to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils. But if anything, 2021 may be worse" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As of yesterday, more than 50 school heads across the country tested positive to COVID-19, while several other teachers and pupils are vulnerable. The ministry has not come up with a robust approach to COVID-19, thereby leaving teachers and pupils vulnerable,” “Indeed, 2020 must best be remembered as a wasted year in terms of starvation wages educators received and the failure to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils. But if anything, 2021 may be worse” External link

newsday Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There were cases of pupils being delayed for examinations at the roadblocks," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is important to prioritise the health and safety of students, teachers and ancillary staff,” External link

newsday Monday, January 4, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We wrote to the Government as PTUZ on December 15 last year with a plea to them to consider opening schools for Second Term so that we completely cancel the First Term,” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We wrote to the Government as PTUZ on December 15 last year with a plea to them to consider opening schools for Second Term so that we completely cancel the First Term," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "In 2021, I think the major issue is government addressing the issue of salaries of teachers which have been drastically reduced from US$520 to US$140. Government must address the issue of the purchasing power. Most important is the issue of health and safety amidst the upsurge of COVID-19. Before the opening of schools in 2021, the testing of pupils and teachers should be a high priority otherwise the pandemic will run high" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 1, 2021 10:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In 2021, I think the major issue is government addressing the issue of salaries of teachers which have been drastically reduced from US$520 to US$140. Government must address the issue of the purchasing power. Most important is the issue of health and safety amidst the upsurge of COVID-19. Before the opening of schools in 2021, the testing of pupils and teachers should be a high priority otherwise the pandemic will run high” External link

newsday Friday, January 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Its high time government prioritises and respects section 65 of the Constitution which prioritises social dialogue where the government engages teacher unions and partners as equal. Government should refrain from intimidating workers. In 2021 government should use a more constructive approach,” External link

newsday Friday, January 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : “Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues,” External link

zimeye Monday, December 28, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "For the avoidance of doubt, we are a peaceful and democratic party," External link

allafrica Monday, December 28, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Under the leadership of Advocate Nelson Chamisa, we are confident that we will complete the change that save and other democrats initiated in Zimbabwe in 1999," External link

allafrica Monday, December 28, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : "Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 27, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : "Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "For the avoidance of doubt, we are a peaceful and democratic party," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Under the leadership of Advocate Nelson Chamisa, we are confident that we will complete the change that save and other democrats initiated in Zimbabwe in 1999," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou complained ( about Apex Council ) : “Government must mellow down to a more constructive approach permeable to reason and facts rather than believing a casus belli (an excuse) proffered by Apex Council in which they see opposition politics in genuine labour issues,” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)” “With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)" "With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, December 20, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)" "With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Cases of Covid-19 have been reported at Dangamvura Primary in Mutare, with several teachers and pupils testing positive at Chibi High School in Masvingo province yesterday (Friday) while many more are waiting for results today (yesterday)” “With several students showing signs that resonate with Covid-19, it would be prudent to test all the students at Chibi High rather than allow them to leave the school and infect their family members” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Covid-19 has run riot in several boarding schools possibly because students are overcrowded in hostels, share textbooks, and lack of social distance due to limited infrastructure, bloated classes and absence of social distancing” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021,” “Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021," "Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, December 15, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Another driving force has been failure by government to prioritise the health and safety of teachers. Several teachers have decided to protect themselves and their families by leaving teaching. With the quantum leap of COVID-19 cases among teachers and pupils, there is danger that the resignation rate might exceed 20 000 by January 2021,” “Worse still 99,9% of all remaining teachers have mentally resigned from the profession although they physically remain at their stations. This is a dangerous scenario for any profession and calls for urgent intervention by government in order to stabilise the situation and guarantee quality public education and skills revolution as envisaged in Agenda 2030,” External link

newsday Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims,” External link

newsday Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 3, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "Our preparedness to efficiently, effectively and transparently use resources to combat COVID-19 in schools is uppermost now. Without this, the best would be to urgently close schools before the majority of teachers and pupils become victims," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation” External link

newsday Saturday, November 28, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, November 28, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It is against this background that as educators we are worried by the celebratory mood by some parliamentarians over this allocation" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “That budget must also resonate with Abuja Declaration of allocating 15% of total budget to the health sector and Maputo Declaration of allocating 10% of total budget to agriculture,” External link

newsday Thursday, November 26, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We expect a budget that resonates with the Dakar Declaration of allocating more than 22% of total budget to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. " External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That budget must also resonate with Abuja Declaration of allocating 15% of total budget to the health sector and Maputo Declaration of allocating 10% of total budget to agriculture," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000,” “If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers’ starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions’ divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route” External link

zimeye Monday, November 16, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000," "If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers' starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions' divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, November 16, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Nothing was done to discuss discrepancies between teachers and other government workers. It is unpalatable to pay teachers $18 000 and then pay other government workers $28 000 to $50 000,” “If, therefore, the Apex Council (civil service negotiating body) leaders hope to get some semblance of respectability from teachers, they must push for a declaration of a deadlock so that the issue of teachers’ starvation wages is referred for arbitration. Of course, we cannot harvest apples from a thorn tree. There may be a need for teachers across the unions’ divide to push Apex Council to pursue the deadlock and arbitration route” External link

newsday Monday, November 16, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We don’t see any tangible progress. Any tangible progress should exceed US$550. We don’t even see how they can reach 80%. That will still be far less; it can even achieve half of what we want. That will still be not enough,” “There won’t be any progress before the restoration of the US$550” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As long as our demands are not met, we will remain incapacitated and will not be able to report for duty” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some men who said they are from the President’s Office approached us today (yesterday) for a meeting,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said, no, we can’t meet as a single union, but as a united front of all teachers unions. So we have agreed the meeting will now take place on Monday at 10 am. We have agreed the meeting will be held at the PTUZ offices,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We don't see any tangible progress. Any tangible progress should exceed US$550. We don't even see how they can reach 80%. That will still be far less; it can even achieve half of what we want. That will still be not enough," "There won't be any progress before the restoration of the US$550" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As long as our demands are not met, we will remain incapacitated and will not be able to report for duty" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Some men who said they are from the President's Office approached us today (yesterday) for a meeting," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said, no, we can't meet as a single union, but as a united front of all teachers unions. So we have agreed the meeting will now take place on Monday at 10 am. We have agreed the meeting will be held at the PTUZ offices," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are worried by government officials’ unpalatable submissions that increasing teachers’ salaries would lead to inflation,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Salaries and conditions of service are subject to bargaining between the employer and workers. The government’s attempts to render unions useless must be rejected in toto ,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We remain worried at government’s reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised,” External link

newsday Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We remain worried at government's reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We remain worried at government’s reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised,” External link

zimeye Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We remain worried at government's reluctance to pay its workers in forex at a time the economy has dollarised," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are not going to work, but what must be made clear is that teachers are not absent. They have been deliberately incapacitated by the employer,” External link

newsday Monday, November 9, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I am sure you are aware now that there are several schools where students have tested positive for COVID-19 like Rujeko Primary School and a lot of other schools elsewhere. The issue of health and safety of teachers is a crucial one and so we want the government to address these issues before teachers can go back to work,” “We have maintained that teachers and pupils must be tested before they go back to school and now with the coming in of infants, you can imagine what will be happening” External link

newsday Monday, November 9, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What the PSC directed is unlawful, we are guided by the law. Teachers have nothing to fear, they have a good cause on why they are not reporting for work. We don't have the money. " External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:26:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are clear as the MDC Alliance that being an MP or councillor is more of providing service and self-sacrifice. Selfish leaders will not be tolerated in the MDC Alliance. Our grassroot support is solid and intact. All those who wish to serve their personal interests or work with Mwonzora and Khupe must come out in the open because they are free to do so. Our structures here will stand with President Chamisa, we are clear on the matter. So naysayers must calm down because President Chamisa is firmly in charge, everything is in order,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What the PSC directed is unlawful, we are guided by the law. Teachers have nothing to fear, they have a good cause on why they are not reporting for work. We don't have the money. " External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are clear as the MDC Alliance that being an MP or councillor is more of providing service and self-sacrifice. Selfish leaders will not be tolerated in the MDC Alliance. Our grassroot support is solid and intact. All those who wish to serve their personal interests or work with Mwonzora and Khupe must come out in the open because they are free to do so. Our structures here will stand with President Chamisa, we are clear on the matter. So naysayers must calm down because President Chamisa is firmly in charge, everything is in order,” External link

zimeye Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It’s a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, November 5, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It’s a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party,” External link

zimeye Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a contested view but it would seem someone misled our members that the meeting was sanctioned by our party," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's a result of poverty and penury," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses,” External link

zimeye Sunday, November 1, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, November 1, 2020 2:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "I was shocked to read a confirmation circular from Zimta that they met President Mnangagwa. I am certainly not a Zimta member and may not, therefore, be privy to the wisdom of Zimta members in taking this unilateralism. But if inference from a circular from Zimta is anything to go by, it's because they are the largest teacher union and many hitherto free-riders have been joining them," "My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses. At any rate, what matters in a fight is not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight. In our united front, we combine both size and agility" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 30, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : “I was shocked to read a confirmation circular from Zimta that they met President Mnangagwa. I am certainly not a Zimta member and may not, therefore, be privy to the wisdom of Zimta members in taking this unilateralism. But if inference from a circular from Zimta is anything to go by, it’s because they are the largest teacher union and many hitherto free-riders have been joining them,” “My humble submission to colleagues in Zimta is that our current incapacitation struggle is not about how big a union is, but unity in diversity and collective decisions to guarantee maximum gains and minimum losses. At any rate, what matters in a fight is not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight. In our united front, we combine both size and agility” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : “Mavima must mellow down to a more constructive approach of engagement than this pretentious and closeted approach to labour issues. He is certainly offside and is exuding prejudice and narrow-mindedness. We do not expect this to come from a professor,” External link

newsday Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is a fact that schools are charging exorbitant fees. Fees at boarding schools range from $25 000 to $60 000. They are wantonly flouting the government procedure of increasing fees. Schools are supposed to present a budget to the ministry after a meeting with parents, and based on that the parents agree with school authorities that they can pay the fees," "Sadly, school heads sent to parents three exorbitant figures and ask them to choose one, and this is in contrast to procedures," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : "It simply means that no teacher can afford to send his or her child to a boarding school. We will not accept a system that wants teachers to offer services to other people's children that their own children cannot access" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 26, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teaching is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many parents, particularly teachers,” External link

newsday Saturday, October 24, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teach-ing is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many par-ents, particularly teachers,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our position is that parents must stop paying fees until teachers and government find each other over teachers’ welfare, health and safety. Sending kids to school when teachers are not teaching is a waste of time; the fees are certainly beyond the reach of many parents, particularly teachers,” External link

zimeye Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : "We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools," "We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers' health and safety" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

thezimbabwemail Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

zimeye Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker," "We don't want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : "We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools," "We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers' health and safety" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “That is madness at its worst. We do not want people who praise us when we are dead. We want to be recognised in our existence. We have families, we are family people, we need to find decent accommodation and not coming when you are dead to say he was our worker,” “We don’t want people who speechify over our bodies. We want assistance from the government right now. It is unfair labour practice that an employer has a paternalistic aspect to think that they give us donations. We want a product of collective bargaining and discussion” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Mthuli Ncube ) : “We expect the President to open dialogue with teachers so that he is fully apprised about the situation in schools,” “We also expect the President to urge the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube) to allocate more resources to the education sector for the welfare of teachers and prioritisation of pupils and teachers’ health and safety” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case" External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case” External link

zimeye Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are watching a sad development where youth militia and rogue elements and a few rogue headmasters are conniving to bring people to schools to eject teachers from staff quarters claiming that if they are not teaching, they must not stay in staff accommodation. That is very unfortunate because in terms of policy, no outsider must approach teachers except through ministry officials. That is where they report their case" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held peaceful internal polls where a youth Judith Tobaiwa emerged victorious ahead of other candidates. Tobaiwa is, therefore, going to be our candidate in the Kwekwe Central by elections," External link

onlinenigeria Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held peaceful internal polls where a youth Judith Tobaiwa emerged victorious ahead of other candidates. Tobaiwa is, therefore, going to be our candidate in the Kwekwe Central by elections," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 12, 2020 10:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is sad that even on a day when we're supposed to be celebrating our services, we are actually mourning the dilapidated education system. We are mourning our inability to sustain ourselves. All we're asking for is for the go to restore the purchasing power of our salaries which we pegged at US$520 equivalent," External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Hon minister, you certainly think putting one teacher per school would threaten incapacitated teachers. Dismissing incapacitated teachers is like an attempt to kill a corpse," "The best the minister can do is to engage teacher union leaders instead of giving empty threats. (This) command approach will not work in the education system and the earlier the minister is apprised of this reality, the better" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have also long submitted our views on the prioritisation of the health and welfare of teachers and pupils and need not labour any further on that question of life and death. The government must ensure there is testing of pupils and teachers before schools can smoothly reopen,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are increasingly being embittered by the government's intransigent and irresponsible approach. They are more and more determined to forge ahead with the incapacitation struggle and demand a living wage pegged at US$520. It's game on and there will be no defeating, no surrender until final victory," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They are more and more determined to forge on with an incapacitation struggle in order to demand a living wage pegged at US$520-US$550. It’s game on and there will be no surrender until final victory,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou afirmou : "A maioria dos professores, mais de 90 por cento, ainda não apareceram. Não têm dinheiro para ir para os seus empregos" External link

jornaldeangola Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Government must stop taking teachers for granted. Teachers will continue negotiating from home. There is no way teachers can go back to school to teach other people's children while theirs are languishing at home. " External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "When private schools reopened, some pupils tested positive. I understand there are more than 10 in isolation centres right now," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Government must stop taking teachers for granted. Teachers will continue negotiating from home. There is no way teachers can go back to school to teach other people's children while theirs are languishing at home. " External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "When private schools reopened, some pupils tested positive. I understand there are more than 10 in isolation centres right now," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," "Teachers remain ready to open schools, but only after are addressed their welfare, health and safety concerns" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Teachers are incapacitated, period. We also note with deep concern that where testing was conduct ed in private schools, a considerate number of students and teachers tested positive and are now in quarantine centres including Bonda hospital. Public schools cannot therefore ignore testing before re opening in light of the Covid19 pandemic," "Teachers remain ready to open schools, but only after are addressed their welfare, health and safety concerns" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing,” “There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils” External link

thezimbabwemail Monday, September 7, 2020 2:48:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing," "There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils" External link

onlinenigeria Monday, September 7, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "There has not been any infrastructural development and acquisition of appropriate furniture to guarantee social distancing," "There has not been recruitment of more than 50 000 teachers needed to guarantee a teacher-pupil ration of 1:20. The government is not forthcoming in availing funds to schools in order to combat COVID-19, thereby failing to prioritise the health and safety of teachers and pupils" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, September 7, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “While we appreciate coverage of provision of COVID-19 abatement equipment before opening of schools, including testing kits and other PPEs [personal protective equipment], we are worried that the issue of welfare of teachers has been conspicuous by its absence from reports,” External link

newsday Monday, August 31, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Isaac Newton ) : “Any attempt to fast-track the opening of schools without addressing this crucial issue will be met with an equal and opposing force in line with Isaac Newton’s law of motion,” “Equally important is the fact that teachers have resolved that they will not mark June exams unless the issue of their salaries is resolved. It is our hope that government will engage teachers in order to find a win-win solution to the quandary of reopening schools” External link

newsday Monday, August 31, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "While we appreciate coverage of provision of COVID-19 abatement equipment before opening of schools, including testing kits and other PPEs [personal protective equipment], we are worried that the issue of welfare of teachers has been conspicuous by its absence from reports," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 31, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Isaac Newton ) : "Any attempt to fast-track the opening of schools without addressing this crucial issue will be met with an equal and opposing force in line with Isaac Newton's law of motion," "Equally important is the fact that teachers have resolved that they will not mark June exams unless the issue of their salaries is resolved. It is our hope that government will engage teachers in order to find a win-win solution to the quandary of reopening schools" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 31, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The truth of the matter is that schools are not yet ready to reopen and preside over the writing of the November examinations. There are a lot of preconditions that have to be met before we talk of these exams, this inclusive of ensuring the testing of the learners, teachers and the ancillary staff, and the provision of the necessary Covid-19 PPEs. The only time possible for sitting of these exams will be February next year because for learners to be ready for exams, they require at least two to three months of intense learning, it's important for us to realise that exams are a process not an event," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The truth of the matter is that schools are not yet ready to reopen and preside over the writing of the November examinations. There are a lot of preconditions that have to be met before we talk of these exams, this inclusive of ensuring the testing of the learners, teachers and the ancillary staff, and the provision of the necessary Covid-19 PPEs. The only time possible for sitting of these exams will be February next year because for learners to be ready for exams, they require at least two to three months of intense learning, it’s important for us to realise that exams are a process not an event,” External link

zimeye Sunday, August 30, 2020 8:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is noteworthy that schools closed on March 24, 2020 and since then the so-called government radio and television lessons failed to take off. Only teachers’ class and subject WhatsApp groups have been operative albeit with restrictions as data bundles are expensive and several parents and students also have no smartphones that can access WhatsApp,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is our humble professional view that students need three months of intensive learning before writing examinations. We certainly don’t see how the government would procure, let alone place in 10 000 schools Covid-19 abatement equipment (testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers and other PPE) and test millions of students and 136 000 teachers and. 50 000 ancillary staff in order to ensure opening of schools soon and writing of examinations in November,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is becoming more clear that chances of opening schools this year are farfetched and remote, but even if schools are to open next year, there is need for preparation towards that, let alone clarity over the 2020 academic year,” “There are no clear plans to assist pupils other than homiletic, bellicose and rhetoric of radio and television lessons, and while the efficacy of such lessons is certainly undoubted, we wonder how this would become a reality in a country where 75% to 80% of areas have no television and radio frequencies,” External link

newsday Monday, August 17, 2020 4:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “With salaries ranging from $3 800 to $4 200 inclusive of allowances, all teachers have tested positive to poverty and are always scavenging for food. It is callous for the government to ignore the plight of teachers at a time when it is pampering other sectors with fewer qualifications, years of experience and responsibilities with salaries that are five times that of teachers,” External link

newsday Monday, August 17, 2020 4:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's clear now those with access to firearms like soldiers, police, CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) and the prisons are getting preferential treatment over teachers and health workers. The only explanation for this is that we have a government that is preoccupied with investing in power retention as opposed to delivery," "Soldiers and police are now earning between $10 000 and $18 000, while teachers' salaries have remained static at between $3 800 and $4 200. These discrepancies are the reason for industrial disharmony in the education and health sectors. They are a security threat," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 3, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou charged ( about Fay Chung ) : "The tragedy is that we have a government that has no national plan. They think that when you have a big office, you have monopoly over wisdom. Wisdom does not come through osmosis, it comes through engagement and reading. They want to be respected because of the offices they occupy. They hate us because we tell them the truth. I don't respect portfolios, I respect ideas. All these ministers of education are not appreciative of education. They have been a liability, the worst in history. The only Ministers of Education of repute we have had are Dzingai Mutumbuka and Fay Chung," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, August 3, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It's clear now those with access to firearms like soldiers, police, CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) and the prisons are getting preferential treatment over teachers and health workers. The only explanation for this is that we have a government that is preoccupied with investing in power retention as opposed to delivery," "Soldiers and police are now earning between $10 000 and $18 000, while teachers' salaries have remained static at between $3 800 and $4 200. These discrepancies are the reason for industrial disharmony in the education and health sectors. They are a security threat," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou charged ( about Fay Chung ) : "The tragedy is that we have a government that has no national plan. They think that when you have a big office, you have monopoly over wisdom. Wisdom does not come through osmosis, it comes through engagement and reading. They want to be respected because of the offices they occupy. They hate us because we tell them the truth. I don't respect portfolios, I respect ideas. All these ministers of education are not appreciative of education. They have been a liability, the worst in history. The only Ministers of Education of repute we have had are Dzingai Mutumbuka and Fay Chung," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “There is, however, a need for government to allocate funds to schools for infrastructural development, purchase of furniture and Covid-19 abatement equipment in preparation for opening of schools late this year or next year,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some have been using schools for workshops etc. These do not need any bailout,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A major fault line is the issue of serious discrepancies in salaries received by teachers in comparison to other sectors particularly police, soldiers, University Lecturers and top civil servants," "We are all aware that at entry point teachers' salaries were slightly higher than that of police and soldiers and one third of salaries received by University Lecturers. As such, giving teachers $1200 as 50 percent covid 19 allowance, soldiers and police $5000 to $9000, University Lecturers $19000 to $33000, top civil servants $25000 to $40000, baffles logic and common sense. Consequently, teachers received salaries ranging from $3800 to $4500 whereas police and soldiers received salaries ranging from $10 000 to $18000, top civil servants $50000 to $80000 and lecturers would receive salaries ranging from $38 000 to $66 000" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The restoration of our purchasing power parity is a dispute of right that must unite teachers across the union and non-union divide. There is no need to try to politicise such a clear labour issue. As long as our politics is non-partisan but focused on creating a credible education system in Zimbabwe there is nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "A major fault line is the issue of serious discrepancies in salaries received by teachers in comparison to other sectors particularly police, soldiers, University Lecturers and top civil servants," "We are all aware that at entry point teachers' salaries were slightly higher than that of police and soldiers and one third of salaries received by University Lecturers. As such, giving teachers $1200 as 50 percent covid 19 allowance, soldiers and police $5000 to $9000, University Lecturers $19000 to $33000, top civil servants $25000 to $40000, baffles logic and common sense. Consequently, teachers received salaries ranging from $3800 to $4500 whereas police and soldiers received salaries ranging from $10 000 to $18000, top civil servants $50000 to $80000 and lecturers would receive salaries ranging from $38 000 to $66 000" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The restoration of our purchasing power parity is a dispute of right that must unite teachers across the union and non-union divide. There is no need to try to politicise such a clear labour issue. As long as our politics is non-partisan but focused on creating a credible education system in Zimbabwe there is nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “We don’t begrudge the award to soldiers as in essence they remain underpaid, but we are baffled by the oppressive generosity displayed to teachers. It is clear that those with access to armoury are better respected by the so-called new dispensation. Yet in reality teaching is the mother of all professions. At any rate, no weapon is greater than the masses,” “Teachers are saying, they will not go to schools when they open because the money they were given is like they are already out of employment. They are combining the issue of welfare and health and safety” External link

newsday Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "We don't begrudge the award to soldiers as in essence they remain underpaid, but we are baffled by the oppressive generosity displayed to teachers. It is clear that those with access to armoury are better respected by the socalled new dispensation. Yet in reality teaching is the mother of all professions. At any rate, no weapon is greater than the masses," "Teachers are saying, they will not go to schools when they open because the money they were given is like they are already out of employment. They are combining the issue of welfare and health and safety" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi. and later before magistrate Solomon Jenya on two counts of contravening section 60A(3) of the Electricity Act. The State’s outline stated that the accused were arrested at Nyamahomba Farm near Karoi on June 29, 2020 for vandalism and theft of aluminium conductors. The gang vandalised 11kV line, took the aluminium conductors in broad daylight and hid the loot in a bush. They later returned in a hired vehicle to collect the loot at around 5pm the same day. Acting on a tip-off, police arranged a trap leading to their arrest. They were not asked to plead. Gerald Dhamusi and Temptation Maromo prosecuted. Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment,” “He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi and later before magistrate Solomon Jenya on two counts of contravening section 60A(3) of the Electricity Act. The State's outline stated that the accused were arrested at Nyamahomba Farm near Karoi on June 29, 2020 for vandalism and theft of aluminium conductors. The gang vandalised 11kV line, took the aluminium conductors in broad daylight and hid the loot in a bush. They later returned in a hired vehicle to collect the loot at around 5pm the same day. Acting on a tip-off, police arranged a trap leading to their arrest. They were not asked to plead. Gerald Dhamusi and Temptation Maromo prosecuted. Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment," "He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He met his untimely death when he fell in an unprotected shaft at Chabudapasi Gold Mine near Yorkes business centre at night four days ago and was only found after searching for three days. Chinyoka was a committed and fearless cadre ready to be an agent in any hostile environment,” “He will be buried in Chinyoka village under Chief Mposi tomorrow (today). We urge MDC Alliance supporters to turn up in large numbers for the burial to pay our last respect for him” External link

newsday Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We urge Chabudapasi Gold Mine to carry out responsible mining that resonates with environmental impact assessment and, in particular, to fill up disused mine shafts and protect existing mining shafts. We have lost many people and animals at this mine in similar fashion and such irresponsible mining can never be tolerated in the 21st century,” External link

newsday Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers can never be willing to go back when their health, safety and welfare are not prioritised. Other than threats over their health and safety, teachers have a dispute of right which the employer is failing to address. Their salary was unilaterally and callously culled by the employer from US$550 to US$26. Teachers therefore, want the employer to restore their salary's purchasing power parity, let alone pay a reasonable risk allowance of US$150," External link

onlinenigeria Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Teachers can never be willing to go back when their health, safety and welfare are not prioritised. Other than threats over their health and safety, teachers have a dispute of right which the employer is failing to address. Their salary was unilaterally and callously culled by the employer from US$550 to US$26. Teachers therefore, want the employer to restore their salary's purchasing power parity, let alone pay a reasonable risk allowance of US$150," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Cain Mathema ) : "I am disappointed by Minister Mathema. How can he come out on television telling people that the government has done all the necessary things for schools to open? That was clearly a lie because about 80% of our schools are not yet ready to reopen," External link

allafrica Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It was a mess, and it is terrible," "Other headmasters have told pupils to pay US$1 every day they are writing so that the schools can have money to pay the hired invigilators" External link

onlinenigeria Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Cain Mathema ) : "I am disappointed by Minister Mathema. How can he come out on television telling people that the government has done all the necessary things for schools to open? That was clearly a lie because about 80% of our schools are not yet ready to reopen," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It was a mess, and it is terrible," "Other headmasters have told pupils to pay US$1 every day they are writing so that the schools can have money to pay the hired invigilators" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centres by then. Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for COVID-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed,” External link

newsday Monday, June 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "They also promised that they would have cleaned and disinfected schools currently used as quarantine centres by then. Surprisingly, the ministry and Zimsec have been belting and bellowing instructions to school heads to scavenge for COVID-19 abatement requirements at a zero budget, an impossible feat indeed," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, June 29, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The main concern is the provision that headmasters are supposed to ensure the availability of the face masks, which in some cases, mainly in the rural schools this might not be possible. We have seen in some cases headmasters now transferring the burden to learners to bring these Personal Protective Equipment, which is in itself a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of the exams, we will therefore be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow)," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have seen in some cases headmasters transferring the burden to learners to bring these PPEs, which is a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of exams. We will be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow),” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have seen in some cases headmasters transferring the burden to learners to bring these PPEs, which is a concern. As teachers we are maintaining that our safety comes first, if we realise that nothing has been done we will call for the further postponement of exams. We will be making a final decision on Monday (tomorrow),” External link

zbc Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts, where both Zimsec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers, PPEs [personal protective equipment] in schools by June 26,” External link

newsday Friday, June 26, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The issue of invigilating June exams is before the courts, where both Zimsec and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had promised to put testing kits, thermometers, sanitisers, PPEs [personal protective equipment] in schools by June 26," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 26, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "What many parents and teachers who have all tested positive to poverty may want to know is whether this is coming from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, or else it's a Cabinet decision? If it's a Cabinet decision then it is reflective of the poverty of leadership in Zimbabwe," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “What many parents and teachers who have all tested positive to poverty may want to know is whether this is coming from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, or else it’s a Cabinet decision? If it’s a Cabinet decision then it is reflective of the poverty of leadership in Zimbabwe,” External link

newsday Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : “Zanu PF must reprimand its errant Mberengwa North aspiring MP, Tinashe Shumba. He must be strongly reprimanded for behaving like a rabid dog when the nation is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Shumba defied lockdown guidelines by conducting meetings with Zanu PF supporters at Takarangana Business Centre as well as Magavakava area in Mberengwa where such supporters did not observe social distance nor wear masks. COVID-19 effects know no political party and is a danger to communities of Mberengwa at large, across the political divide,” “He has also been using foul language, insulting Lemba communities particularly at Masarira Business Centre. The Lemba community is peace-loving but would not tolerate Goga’s thuggery and attempts to divide it by trying to force any of its members to chant Zanu PF slogans and denigrate Nelson Chamisa” External link

newsday Friday, June 12, 2020 6:22:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "Zanu-PF must reprimand its errant Mberengwa North aspiring MP, Tinashe Shumba. He must be strongly reprimanded for behaving like a rabid dog when the nation is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Shumba defied lockdown guidelines by conducting meetings with Zanu-PF supporters at Takarangana Business Centre as well as Magavakava area in Mberengwa where such supporters did not observe social distance nor wear masks. COVID-19 effects know no political party and is a danger to communities of Mberengwa at large, across the political divide," "He has also been using foul language, insulting Lemba communities particularly at Masarira Business Centre. The Lemba community is peaceloving but would not tolerate Goga's thuggery and attempts to divide it by trying to force any of its members to chant Zanu-PF slogans and denigrate Nelson Chamisa" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “While we agree that examination candidates must be given first priority when schools gradually open, that must only be done when preliminary conditions that we outlined to the ministry are met,” “As of now there is very little if any that can warrant the opening of schools and it would be advisable to defer the opening to third term” External link

dailynews-co-zw Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “He was given the mandate in May 2019 at the Gweru national congress and indeed with a mandate to run the affairs of the party until 2024,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Rather than celebrating achievements of workers throughout the world in terms of reduction of working hours and improvement of salaries that are above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), workers in Zimbabwe are mourning the demise of workers' salaries and conditions of service with monotonous regularity from grace to grass. Zimbabwe has since 1991 seen the shrinking of job opportunities as government adopted neoliberal policies that instead of creating employment opportunities decimated the workforce. A combination of a defective political system of sultanism, kleptocracy, defective economic system of statism, patronage, cryonism, lackeyism, clientelism and resurgent neo-liberalism, episodic high profile corruption and cartelism have cumulatively ruined the economy of Zimbabwe shattering the industries, creating more than 95 percent unemployment and reducing Zimbabweans into vending and disillusionment. The current dehamonisation of labour laws where private workers are governed by Labour Act and Public servants by the Public Service Act is unenviable. The Apex Council that the government trusts to engage in collective begging through the so called National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) has long outlived its usefulness. The government of Zimbabwe must respect ILO Conventions 87 and 98, let alone 151 and 154 in its treatment of workers. The government must abandon its callousness and monumental labour injustice in treating its workers and restore workers' salaries' purchasing power parity that was unilaterally reduced and devalued when government changed them into bonds and RTGs," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, May 3, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Rather than celebrating achievements of workers throughout the world in terms of reduction of working hours and improvement of salaries that are above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), workers in Zimbabwe are mourning the demise of workers' salaries and conditions of service with monotonous regularity from grace to grass. Zimbabwe has since 1991 seen the shrinking of job opportunities as government adopted neoliberal policies that instead of creating employment opportunities decimated the workforce. A combination of a defective political system of sultanism, kleptocracy, defective economic system of statism, patronage, cryonism, lackeyism, clientelism and resurgent neo-liberalism, episodic high profile corruption and cartelism have cumulatively ruined the economy of Zimbabwe shattering the industries, creating more than 95 percent unemployment and reducing Zimbabweans into vending and disillusionment. The current dehamonisation of labour laws where private workers are governed by Labour Act and Public servants by the Public Service Act is unenviable. The Apex Council that the government trusts to engage in collective begging through the so called National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) has long outlived its usefulness. The government of Zimbabwe must respect ILO Conventions 87 and 98, let alone 151 and 154 in its treatment of workers. The government must abandon its callousness and monumental labour injustice in treating its workers and restore workers' salaries' purchasing power parity that was unilaterally reduced and devalued when government changed them into bonds and RTGs," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are aware that government is currently pre-occupied with the COV-ID-19 pandemic effects, yet sound government thrust must be on these key issues: the restoration of teachers' salaries and purchasing power parity must never be relegated," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "While we certainly do not begrudge university lecturers' salaries that are now above $27 000 and actually feel they deserve more, we note that the $3 000 that a teacher earns has defied the usual 1:3 salary ratio that usually prevailed under the late former President Robert Mugabe's regime," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Government has made promises to address the plight of teachers in the past, but they have up to now not materialised. It must be noted that when teachers speak, they also do it on be-half of all general government workers, police force and soldiers who, by nature of their profession, may not be allowed to amplify their voices of anguish and grinding poverty," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Worse still, government has been prevaricating on the constant request by teachers to be exempted from paying tuition fees for just three children per teacher since they are offering the service," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, April 26, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things,” External link

zimeye Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The veritable paradise promised in 1980 when we attained independence has turned out to be a bullet to the head, a diet of starvation, grasping kleptocracy, crocodile liberators, patronage, cronyism, clientelism, cartelism, thuggery and thievery. In spite of the 1980s liberal educational and health reforms that were all the same reversed later on, Zanu PF rule for the past 40 years has been a period of wasted years," "The focus has turned from a concern of the general populace (imburded in iwe neni tine basa slogan) to egocentricism, self-seeking benefits, routine other than episodic corruption, plunder and one armed banditry primitive accumulation of wealth. Corporate governance punctuated by transparency, accountability, efficiency, effectiveness and equity has been thrown to the wind" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The most important lesson we have is that schools cannot reopen for the second term but can open for the third term this year. It is noble that Government is considering all these options but as you know saying one thing and doing it are two very different things,” External link

thezimbabwemail Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The lockdown has greatly affected teachers largely because of their starvation wages and the continued increase of basic commodities. Our families are starving and government has not consulted educators widely so that they can continue their ambassadorial roles in appraising communities of the pandemic in rural areas in particular. There is a complete blackout of Infornation as many areas are not accessible to television and radio frequencies, while newspapers do not reach many areas and their production and distribution have also been affected by the lockdown," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, April 24, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Some of our officials have informed us that rebel agents were in Kwekwe (on Sunday) and tried to hoodwink MDC Alliance members to provide fake 2014 structures without success. Let our CCC (constituency co-ordinating committee) be appraised that as a party, we have the 2014 structures,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash," "It is now $200 or more; 1 litre of milk was $15, and it's now $27, bread was $17, it is now $24. The salary of teachers is being eroded against United States dollar with US$10 now trading at $400. Rentals are now charged in US dollars with a single small room costing between US$30 and US$50; fuel has virtually dried up except at garages selling in forex and 1 litre costs US$1.25" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt," "The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “No amount of brutality, legal manipulation, thuggery and political romance can stop an idea whose time is up. Those who wish MDC Alliance away are in for a rude awakening. The party is here to stay, and will never run short of leaders,” External link

thezimbabwemail Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:12:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "No amount of brutality, legal manipulation, thuggery and political romance can stop an idea whose time is up. Those who wish MDC Alliance away are in for a rude awakening. The party is here to stay, and will never run short of leaders," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash,” External link

zimeye Friday, March 13, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt,” “The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing” External link

zimeye Friday, March 13, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We said it in February that teachers did not need a salary increase, but restoration of their purchasing power parity. Those who thought PTUZ was radical need to look at basics. When teachers got that so called salary increase in February, a standard pocket of potatoes was $80 cash,” “It is now $200 or more; 1 litre of milk was $15, and it’s now $27, bread was $17, it is now $24. The salary of teachers is being eroded against United States dollar with US$10 now trading at $400. Rentals are now charged in US dollars with a single small room costing between US$30 and US$50; fuel has virtually dried up except at garages selling in forex and 1 litre costs US$1.25” External link

newsday Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We reiterate our long held view that teachers do not need a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of the US$520 salary or its equivalent in terms of inter-bank rate. Any other claim is ludicrous lunacy that must never be entertained by trade union leaders worth their salt,” “The more things appear to change in Zimbabwe, the more they remain the same. Yes, the government and Apex Council talked of continued negotiations after the increase. But have you ever heard of any further negotiations after the Victoria Falls meeting? Virtually nothing” External link

newsday Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:23:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations," External link

onlinenigeria Monday, March 9, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations,” External link

zimeye Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Reducing soldiers to ridicule and subsidisation by civil servants is dangerous and a national security threat as it compromises the civilian-military relations,” External link

zimeye Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

zimeye Monday, March 2, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

zbc Monday, March 2, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities,” External link

herald Monday, March 2, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "University lecturers will be no better than high school lecturers. There is also likely to be lowering of standards of learning and teaching at universities," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 2, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Sadly, the thugs and thieves seem to enjoy some protective immunity… If the phenomena continues, we will have no option except to advise teachers to leave their respective schools and others to withdraw their labour in solidarity with the suffering comrades," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:52:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Sadly, the thugs and thieves seem to enjoy some protective immunity… If the phenomena continues, we will have no option except to advise teachers to leave their respective schools and others to withdraw their labour in solidarity with the suffering comrades,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:19:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In essence, party leaders from branch to provincial levels will be provided with a rare opportunity to interface with the president and enhance cross-pollination of ideas in the party,” “It is also an attempt to narrow the gap between leaders and grassroots supporters as well as entrench participatory development of grassroots structures in shaping the path and actual direction of the party, let alone develop the same frame of reference within the party” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Leaders would, therefore, have an opportunity to listen to ideas from grassroots structures, while grassroots structures rub shoulders with party president and this will give inspiration to them. The tour will, therefore, enhance interoperability within the party in the Midlands province and define, shape and nurture the collective vision, wisdom, direction, actual path and pace of growth of the MDC in the Midlands province,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "In essence, party leaders from branch to provincial levels will be provided with a rare opportunity to interface with the president and enhance cross-pollination of ideas in the party," "It is also an attempt to narrow the gap between leaders and grassroots supporters as well as entrench participatory development of grassroots structures in shaping the path and actual direction of the party, let alone develop the same frame of reference within the party" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Fundamentally, the panacea to our current quagmire is not a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of our purchasing power parity. The 140% does not restore our purchasing power parity," "It falls far short of teachers' minimum expectations and such half-hearted and fire-fighting measures would not capacitate teachers and let alone bring normalcy and meaningful learning and teaching to schools" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 31, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Fundamentally, the panacea to our current quagmire is not a salary increase or cushion, but restoration of our purchasing power parity. The 140% does not restore our purchasing power parity,” “It falls far short of teachers’ minimum expectations and such half-hearted and fire-fighting measures would not capacitate teachers and let alone bring normalcy and meaningful learning and teaching to schools” External link

newsday Friday, January 31, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Their grievances are sound, pragmatic and realistic in defence of their educational rights. They were very peaceful in exercising their freedom of expression at a crucial juncture when there is deadlock and quandary in the education system, which the government sadly is not eager and ready to address as a matter of urgency," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "If we had a thousand such teachers and schools, our struggles could be fast-tracked and government forced to address the plight of teachers as a matter of urgency. The educational courts of justice will find him and the students innocent, and this is final," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 20, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : “They were trying to the link teachers’ strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers’ salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice,” External link

newsday Monday, January 20, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "They were trying to the link teachers' strike with threats of a shutdown and we informed them that our struggle is a dispute with the employer in which the employer unilaterally (devalued) teachers' salaries from US$500 to US$35. That is tantamount to unfair labour practice," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 20, 2020 12:23:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

zimeye Friday, January 17, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : "Zanu-PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, January 17, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating on Hitlerisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers should first go through the Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

newsday Friday, January 17, 2020 6:24:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "Mnangagwa has continued to be more of a comedian than a statesman. Its clear his advisors have gone on sabbatical leave. From hatizvidi, ngazviende, tichingotonga, muchingovukura to kana usina chokukwiridzira kwiridzira bhurugu, idyai murio, ndiri mupositoravo, hiririii mvura ngainaye," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Herbert Chitepo ) : “Zanu PF is contemplating Hitlarisation and Zanunisation of the teaching profession by demanding that prospective teachers first go through their Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We have already resolved to go on strike on the opening day January 14, we are seeking the government to pay us an equivalent of our US dollars that we used to get at the end of September 2018. We have not asked for a pay increase yet. We will not accept piecemeal solutions. Current solution preferred by the government mean we have to knock at the government’s door every month. Our members will not report for duty from January 14,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We will only salute them (Apex Council) if they remain in trenches to demand the restoration of workers’ purchasing power through US$450 to US$550 that workers used to earn before the introduction of new Zimbabwe dollars,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot say we endorsed the stance not to open schools this January but we will discuss that during our congress which is starting today up to the 5th of January and we have invited all teachers’ unions and a position will be communicated after the congress,” External link

newsday Friday, January 3, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Apex is trying to hijack a united front of teachers after receiving information that we have completed mobilisation in schools across union divide. We, however, welcome Apex to the terrain of our struggle and hope that their machinations and romance with government would not disturb our process that was already on course. Their endorsement is nothing other than a fait accompli, registering something that was already on the move outside their orbit," "I can confirm to you that our members in schools have mobilised teachers across the union divide and there will be a strike next week starting on Monday or Tuesday. We have also engaged all teacher unions and there is consensus on incapacitation. Even Apex cannot ignore the incapacitation wave, but we are aware that they are on a mission to hijack our incapacitation industrial action in order to seek relevance and would try to call it off after three days on the pretext of giving dialogue a chance" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Apex is trying to hijack a united front of teachers after receiving information that we have completed mobilisation in schools across union divide. We, however, welcome Apex to the terrain of our struggle and hope that their machinations and romance with government would not disturb our process that was already on course. Their endorsement is nothing other than a fait accompli, registering something that was already on the move outside their orbit,” “I can confirm to you that our members in schools have mobilised teachers across the union divide and there will be a strike next week starting on Monday or Tuesday. We have also engaged all teacher unions and there is consensus on incapacitation. Even Apex cannot ignore the incapacitation wave, but we are aware that they are on a mission to hijack our incapacitation industrial action in order to seek relevance and would try to call it off after three days on the pretext of giving dialogue a chance” External link

newsday Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We met with Zimta on Wednesday and other unions have asked to be part of the process and we agreed to meet tomorrow (today) to work on modalities of uniting against government over salaries. We have agreed in toto about the urgent need for declaration of national incapacitation," "A final meeting would be held tomorrow (today) and thereafter incapacitation may begin. We don't want a salary increase, but payment of old US dollar-pegged salaries in terms of the current inter-bank rate" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 14, 2019 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We met with Zimta on Wednesday and other unions have asked to be part of the process and we agreed to meet tomorrow (today) to work on modalities of uniting against government over salaries. We have agreed in toto about the urgent need for declaration of national incapacitation,” “A final meeting would be held tomorrow (today) and thereafter incapacitation may begin. We don’t want a salary increase, but payment of old US dollar-pegged salaries in terms of the current inter-bank rate” External link

newsday Monday, October 14, 2019 6:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : "PTUZ is not privy to Zimsec and teachers' agreement over the conduct and marking of November examinations … It is, therefore, clear that minister Mavima and Zimsec are deliberately snubbing PTUZ for reasons best known to them," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Paul Mavima ) : “PTUZ is not privy to Zimsec and teachers’ agreement over the conduct and marking of November examinations … It is, therefore, clear that minister Mavima and Zimsec are deliberately snubbing PTUZ for reasons best known to them,” External link

newsday Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book," "It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book," "It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 30, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : “As Midlands province, we condemn outrightly such barbaric, thuggish, nefarious, callous and unwarrantable law of the jungle. We call upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rein in such thugs in his party, and the police to apprehend the thugs and bring them to book,” “It is certainly dangerous for leaders to allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness that currently is becoming fashionable with abductions. Lawlessness is fast becoming a security threat in Zimbabwe, and unless it is arrested, it may degenerate into war” External link

newsday Friday, August 30, 2019 4:51:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The tragedy is that they benefit at the expense of the rest of the civil servants. It is a wake-up call for all civil servants to fight to remove the Apex Council. Teachers will remain incapacitated; I don't see the third term opening. Examination classes will be affected," "The said agreement when prices of goods have gone up by 1 000%, tollgates by 500%, fuel by 1 000%, is the height of madness. It vindicates some of us who have always said the Apex Council is a tool used by government to suppress workers," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The tragedy is that they benefit at the expense of the rest of the civil servants. It is a wake-up call for all civil servants to fight to remove the Apex Council. Teachers will remain incapacitated; I don’t see the third term opening. Examination classes will be affected,” “The said agreement when prices of goods have gone up by 1 000%, tollgates by 500%, fuel by 1 000%, is the height of madness. It vindicates some of us who have always said the Apex Council is a tool used by government to suppress workers,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 28, 2019 6:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "At any rate, the government is well known for peddling falsehoods. They promised duty-free cars to civil servants last year, but up to now, not even a single teacher has accessed that facility. The government has failed to provide stands for teachers' accommodation purposes, let alone to exempt three children for every teacher from paying tuition fees," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “At any rate, the government is well known for peddling falsehoods. They promised duty-free cars to civil servants last year, but up to now, not even a single teacher has accessed that facility. The government has failed to provide stands for teachers’ accommodation purposes, let alone to exempt three children for every teacher from paying tuition fees,” External link

newsday Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Henceforth, we need to consider elements of diversion, surprise, spontaneity in various areas in order to guarantee success. The cause of liberty should not be surrendered, even at the last moment of defeat. Defeat is just temporary, but giving up makes it permanent,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 2:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:41:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Schools will remain closed until (our) demands are met. Let’s prepare for an indefinite closure of schools until our demands are met. Let the schools open while they are closed. That the government has taken this long before addressing our legitimate demands calls for greater coordination, unity of purpose, a collectivity of action, dexterity, vigilance and resilience. We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, the government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words” External link

zimeye Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It's now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Henceforth, we need to consider elements of diversion, surprise, spontaneity in various areas in order to guarantee success. The cause of liberty should not be surrendered, even at the last moment of defeat. Defeat is just temporary, but giving up makes it permanent,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We cannot be treated as if we are of no account. When we spoke, government did not listen. It’s now time to act and our actions must speak louder than words,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The message is clear that government is arrogant and only understands the language of industrial action and not negotiation and worse still collective bargaining,” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:01:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Mthuli Ncube never ceases to surprise us and is fast revealing that he is a human epidemic. Teachers are currently hungry, angry and incapacitated. The priority is to ensure that teachers are capacitated as of now, and that a lasting solution is found to the erosion of the purchasing value of their salaries or starvation wages" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "How will the teachers get to November without addressing the erosion of the purchasing power of their salaries? It remains a mystery how he thinks teachers would continue to go to work. This is a language which teachers must address by embarking on industrial action with effect from the beginning of third term," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large," "We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified" External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 2, 2019 2:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary," External link

onlinenigeria Friday, August 2, 2019 2:08:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large," "We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 2, 2019 12:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, August 2, 2019 12:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “Failure to make inroads on these issues will see industrial action by teachers with effect from the beginning of third term. This is a message that government must take seriously if it dreams of bringing stability in schools in particular and the country at large,” “We have also been tasked with negotiating a reasonable rescue package over the holidays, provision of land for accommodation purposes, effecting a non-payment of tuition fees for at least three children of every teacher and dissolving the Apex Council and replacing it with a robust negotiation chamber in line with section 65 of the Constitution and ILO conventions 87 and 98, which Zimbabwe has ratified” External link

newsday Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our members have been insisting on industrial action even this term, but after serious deliberations, we have been tasked with ensuring that government reviews the current salary in line with maintaining the purchasing value of the pre-inflationary US$550 monthly salary,” External link

newsday Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:19:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The EI was concerned that education (in Zimbabwe) is not a priority as reflected by restricted budget, and government's imposition of educational reforms without engaging teachers. EI encouraged Zimbabwean teachers to unite, forge alliances with students, parents, traditional leaders and university lecturers in order to confront government," "EI also encouraged teachers and university lecturers to use research that can influence institutional reforms for democracy and corporate governance, and approach government and community with action research in order to influence policy formulation and implementation and build alliances with communities and influence their response against the government" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "What seems to have angered many trade unionists is the arrogant Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Sekai Nzenza's arrogance and rogue conceptualisation of labour laws in a recent ILO meeting which was attended by several trade unionists present at the current EI meeting. The anger specifically emanated from her assertion that Zimbabwe has no labour challenges, yet the country does not respect conventions 87 and 98 of ILO in spite of having ratified these Conventions. We are even failing to respect section 65 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which guarantees the right to demonstrate and protest," "It is also encouraging that much as trade unionists from Zimbabwe are not effectively collaborating in Zimbabwe, there is consensus in Thailand that the Zimbabwean government's engagement with its employees under the National Joint Negotiating Council and Apex Council is a monument of Zimbabwean injustice and unfair labour practice. One can only hope that such co-operation will be put into practical use in Zimbabwe" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:42:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "He cannot be the perpetrator of violence and peacemaker. This is simply a charade, grandstanding and leap service tailor-made to hoodwink the international world into believing that he is prepared to open a new chapter of tolerance and respect of human rights in Zimbabwe, when in reality he is similar to his mentor (former President Robert) Mugabe and is perpetuating Mugabeism, political thuggery, vandalism and violations of human rights, just like Mugabe," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, July 1, 2019 10:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “He cannot be the perpetrator of violence and peacemaker. This is simply a charade, grandstanding and leap service tailor-made to hoodwink the international world into believing that he is prepared to open a new chapter of tolerance and respect of human rights in Zimbabwe, when in reality he is similar to his mentor (former President Robert) Mugabe and is perpetuating Mugabeism, political thuggery, vandalism and violations of human rights, just like Mugabe,” External link

newsday Monday, July 1, 2019 7:50:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou claimed ( about Apex Council ) : "We have been betrayed by Apex's romance with the employer," "We had agreed with a number of organisations for a united action by government workers that was supposed to be put in operation with effect from this week, intensifying into next week and reaching total withdrawal of labour by the third week" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 28, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added ( about Apex Council ) : "However, Apex's romance with government last Friday had riddled the united front. But it's mere ludicrous hallucination for Apex to hope the ban of multi-currency is a solution to our parlous salaries and conditions of service. If anything, the perceived solution is worse than the disease. Once more, Apex has been used to legitimise the illegitimate (for) political expediency" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 28, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are certainly perturbed by the continued bullish, callousness, and harassment of innocent civilians exercising their freedom of association, which is guaranteed in the Constitution. We reiterate our long-held view that security intelligence in the 21st century has moved from thuggery and barbarism to use of intellect. We further remind the operatives to realise that Zimbabwe is a democratic and multi-party State and that they must, therefore, respect freedom of association and expression, let alone the democratic rights of MDC activists," External link

bulawayo24 Friday, June 21, 2019 10:04:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are certainly perturbed by the continued bullish, callousness, and harassment of innocent civilians exercising their freedom of association, which is guaranteed in the Constitution. We reiterate our long-held view that security intelligence in the 21st century has moved from thuggery and barbarism to use of intellect. We further remind the operatives to realise that Zimbabwe is a democratic and multi-party State and that they must, therefore, respect freedom of association and expression, let alone the democratic rights of MDC activists,” External link

newsday Friday, June 21, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment,” External link

zimeye Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers,” External link

zimeye Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Their demands mean nothing. It's a way of seeking relevance because they know the tension within government workers. They do this and when government workers want to strike, they pull out. It's a decision made a long time ago," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Their demands mean nothing. It’s a way of seeking relevance because they know the tension within government workers. They do this and when government workers want to strike, they pull out. It’s a decision made a long time ago,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “As a legitimate party that has chosen to change government through the ballot box, MDC is perturbed by the abduction and harassment of its members who are not in any way a security threat … our activists must be immediately released from unlawful detention and harassment,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Zimbabwe, which is at crossroads at this critical juncture, does not need such unpalatable violations of rights of innocent citizens, but respect of the dignity and inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens. We appeal to the powers-that-be to reign in renegades masquerading as Central Intelligence Officers,” External link

newsday Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:28:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The host province, Midlands has engaged a high gear as all roads lead to Gweru tomorrow for the MDC historic Congress at Ascot Stadium which will define a new course for Zimbabwe," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The big day is Sunday 26th when Congress delegates would elect members of the standing committee tasked with leading and walking a paradigm shift in the course of Zimbabwean history, in our struggle for a better life for Zimbabweans and indeed in the triumph of democracy, liberty and freedom," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, May 23, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are greatly committed to our tasks and will try our best to ensure the congress is a resounding success. No amount of external threats from Zanu-PF or Khupeism can stop a congress whose time has come," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, May 20, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are greatly committed to our tasks and will try our best to ensure the congress is a resounding success. No amount of external threats from Zanu PF or Khupeism can stop a congress whose time has come,” External link

newsday Monday, May 20, 2019 7:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All in all, 20 constituencies were dealt with and the remaining eight could not be worked on because of failure to submit CVs of preferred cadres seconded to be part of the provincial executive,” External link

zimeye Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We held a successful provincial executive meeting on Sunday and one of the issues that was deliberated on was the province's preparedness to host the party's national congress in May. To that end, the organising committee at provincial level was tasked with ensuring that the province prepares for the congress and give feedback on the progress at our next meeting slated for April 27 2019," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We held a successful provincial executive meeting on Sunday and one of the issues that was deliberated on was the province’s preparedness to host the party’s national congress in May. To that end, the organising committee at provincial level was tasked with ensuring that the province prepares for the congress and give feedback on the progress at our next meeting slated for April 27 2019,” External link

newsday Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "It (Fozeu) is also premised on the fact that other sectors that were part of the umbrella civil servants, like the health sector moved out of the Apex Council as a sector. They have successfully engaged the employer with the consequence being improved allowances," "The challenge of an umbrella of all civil servants engagement with government is that where a leader is not well conversant with pertinent issues affecting some sectors, such issues may remain unresolved forever. Worse still an umbrella engagement does not allow a discussion of sectoral issues" External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “It (Fozeu) is also premised on the fact that other sectors that were part of the umbrella civil servants, like the health sector moved out of the Apex Council as a sector. They have successfully engaged the employer with the consequence being improved allowances,” “The challenge of an umbrella of all civil servants engagement with government is that where a leader is not well conversant with pertinent issues affecting some sectors, such issues may remain unresolved forever. Worse still an umbrella engagement does not allow a discussion of sectoral issues” External link

newsday Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government is trying to silence teachers that if they demand better working conditions and embark of industrial action, they would have their certificates revoked," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The government is trying to silence teachers that if they demand better working conditions and embark of industrial action, they would have their certificates revoked," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, March 10, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The TPC is a noble idea, but the current Bill is defective. TPC must maintain the independence, autonomy and self-regulatory concept of the profession. Yet sadly, the current Bill flouts this with many members appointed from outside the teaching fraternity. Worse still, even the chairperson is appointed by the Education minister, thereby compromising the self-regulatory aspect of the profession" "It focuses too much on disciplining teachers, with the disciplinary committee headed by lawyers. One wonders why a disciplinary committee of teachers cannot be headed by teachers. Worse still, there is virtually nothing about research and teacher empowerment, yet the 21st century education hinges on action research and production of teaching material by teachers. The processes of TPC must be teacher-centred and not ministry-centred" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The postponement shows that government is not sincere about civil servants' welfare. It shows what they have always been doing to perpetuate the situation. It is unfortunate that the Apex Council is captured by the government as you can see that they were also appointed by the same government. They are not on the workers' side, but are dining with the paymaster," "By agreeing to postpone a meeting, which we treat as an urgent matter, Apex perpetuates and prolongs the suffering of civil servants in the country. It is also unfortunate that we are dealing with an arrogant government" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, March 4, 2019 11:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The postponement shows that government is not sincere about civil servants’ welfare. It shows what they have always been doing to perpetuate the situation. It is unfortunate that the Apex Council is captured by the government as you can see that they were also appointed by the same government. They are not on the workers’ side, but are dining with the paymaster,” “By agreeing to postpone a meeting, which we treat as an urgent matter, Apex perpetuates and prolongs the suffering of civil servants in the country. It is also unfortunate that we are dealing with an arrogant government” External link

newsday Monday, March 4, 2019 7:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Such a protective measure (to call off the strike) would not have been important had all teachers given heed to the stayaway. Trade unionism is about collective security by acting as a group. I could personally not envision the enjoyment of cowards at the suffering of real cadres," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:25:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Such a protective measure (to call off the strike) would not have been important had all teachers given heed to the stayaway. Trade unionism is about collective security by acting as a group. I could personally not envision the enjoyment of cowards at the suffering of real cadres,” External link

newsday Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Youths and other political party functionaries are also visiting schools and demanding names of teachers absent from schools. We remind such rogue elements that schools are institutions of teaching and learning," "At any rate, no amount of threats or brutality will end the industrial action, but sober engagement of union leaders by government. We also remind school heads that they have signed the Official Secrecy Act and are not allowed to release any information to anyone on the participation of teachers in the industrial action except Ministry of Education officials" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Youths and other political party functionaries are also visiting schools and demanding names of teachers absent from schools. We remind such rogue elements that schools are institutions of teaching and learning,” “At any rate, no amount of threats or brutality will end the industrial action, but sober engagement of union leaders by government. We also remind school heads that they have signed the Official Secrecy Act and are not allowed to release any information to anyone on the participation of teachers in the industrial action except Ministry of Education officials” External link

newsday Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu-PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don't report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : "Nine teachers' unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators' Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers' Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers' Union and Professional Educators' Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers' Union and others," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:43:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don’t report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Nine teachers’ unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators’ Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers’ Union and Professional Educators’ Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union and others,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “All teacher unions are embarking on strike starting tomorrow [today], minus Zinatu. We have received reports of intimidation by Zanu PF and some [Central Intelligence Organisation operatives] CIOs. We have people who are going in schools telling our teachers that if they don’t report for duty, they will be fired. But we are happy that the resolve among our people is very high,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Progressive Teachers Union ) : “Nine teachers’ unions, which fall under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators’ Union — PTUZ, Zimta, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers’ Union and Professional Educators’ Union of Zimbabwe are now on strike. We have been joined by Zimbabwe Rural Teachers’ Union and others,” External link

newsday Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:22:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers,” External link

zimeye Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Raymond Majongwe ) : "The merchants of violence have resorted to threats directed against PTUZ leadership, with threats that they can burn us in our homes at night. Most of the threats are directed at secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, with some such claiming to be untouchables. Our message is very clear, that we do not eat threats. We have nothing to fear except fear itself," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Necessary measures have been taken to report the cases against the rogue elements, some of whom claim to be connected to a Chegutu notorious politician. Let it be known that you don't shoot at the messenger, but at the message. Our message is clear that teachers are starving. Anyone who doubts this must visit a teacher's house and his/her children. No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Raymond Majongwe ) : “The merchants of violence have resorted to threats directed against PTUZ leadership, with threats that they can burn us in our homes at night. Most of the threats are directed at secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, with some such claiming to be untouchables. Our message is very clear, that we do not eat threats. We have nothing to fear except fear itself,” External link

newsday Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Necessary measures have been taken to report the cases against the rogue elements, some of whom claim to be connected to a Chegutu notorious politician. Let it be known that you don’t shoot at the messenger, but at the message. Our message is clear that teachers are starving. Anyone who doubts this must visit a teacher’s house and his/her children. No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers,” External link

newsday Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : “Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues,” “The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action,” External link

zimeye Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:07:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : "Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues," "The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:37:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou warned : “Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues,” “The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action,” External link

newsday Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:09:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, January 19, 2019 3:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate,” External link

zimeye Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “I can tell you that on Monday, the unions are going to reject this nonsense. At least, government should be realistic by looking at the percentages it has used to increase the price of fuel. From there, we can negotiate,” External link

newsday Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:49:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “In the next two weeks our modus operandi as a result of incapacitation would be working for 2 days a week. We hope within two weeks government would have capacitated us. In the event of failure we will move to another level. Henceforth teachers must send their instruments of combat and incapacitation clanking into gear,” External link

zimeye Monday, January 7, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "It is sad that while salaries are not being increased, government has approved the school fees hike. How does it expect us to pay these exorbitant amounts? We have school uniforms going as high as $800 and then school fees as high as $2 500. It is ridiculous to say the least," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 7, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our salaries are enough to take us to work for two days. We are deliberating the two days we should report to work and the three we should stay at home. We are very clear about that. The purchasing power parity of our salaries can no longer allow us to do so. We cannot subsidise our employer," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, January 7, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Our salaries are enough to take us to work for two days. We are deliberating the two days we should report to work and the three we should stay at home. We are very clear about that. The purchasing power parity of our salaries can no longer allow us to do so. We cannot subsidise our employer,” External link

newsday Monday, January 7, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is sad that while salaries are not being increased, government has approved the school fees hike. How does it expect us to pay these exorbitant amounts? We have school uniforms going as high as $800 and then school fees as high as $2 500. It is ridiculous to say the least,” External link

newsday Monday, January 7, 2019 7:29:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?” “It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend” External link

zimeye Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : "We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?" "It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:53:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Apex Council ) : “We wonder why the employer had to wait until the 11th hour to attend to our issues, when it is very clear that we raised these issues long back?” “It is an attempt to stop the strike or any industrial action. But we will see how the issue pans out. If they invite us under Apex Council, we will not attend the meeting. That Apex thing is a useless thing, which has a tendency to massage the employer. But if we are called as independent teacher unions, we will attend” External link

newsday Saturday, January 5, 2019 7:03:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000," "We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, December 22, 2018 9:46:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000,” “We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:11:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “They have suspended the recruitment of new teachers and even those excess teachers after recruiting, we can still engage on a Government-to-Government (basis) with neighbouring countries and those teachers can get employed. We have also highlighted that teachers are incapacitated. The basic salary of a teacher is $284 and from that $284, a mere uniform for a Form 1 pupil is ranging between $850 and $2 000,” “We also proffered solutions like a teacher may be allowed that three of his or her children must not pay tuition fees and (school) levy so that you can lessen the burden and other things like boarding fees,” External link

herald Saturday, December 22, 2018 3:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “It is sad to note that teachers, whose basic salary is $280, cannot dream of sending their children to a boarding school. When a teacher’s salary cannot buy a uniform for one child, it speaks volumes of the educational vandalism by those in leadership,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added : “For now I can say there is a plan for industrial action but the final decision will be made next year towards schools’ opening, depending on the action by the government,” External link

zimeye Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:10:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, December 15, 2018 1:03:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the education fraternity at large. Their loss is our loss and their untimely death has robbed the education sector and the nation of dedicated cadres,” External link

zimeye Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou déclaré ( about Grace Mugabe ) : "Il s'agit d'un remaniement signé Grace Mugabe" External link

france24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Emmerson Mnangagwa ) : "How this will end will be dependent on the reaction of Mnangagwa's allies, the army and Mnangagwa himself. Whatever the outcome we hope this does not degenerate into anarchy," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 2:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "He calls himself soft as wool and wants to portray himself as a soft and diplomatic person but the truth is he is a hardliner," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 7, 2017 2:24:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "How this will end will be dependent on the reaction of Mnangagwa's allies, the army and Mnangagwa himself. Whatever the outcome we hope this does not degenerate into anarchy," External link

digitaljournal Monday, November 6, 2017 9:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou told : "He calls himself soft as wool and wants to portray himself as a soft and diplomatic person but the truth is he is a hardliner," External link

digitaljournal Monday, November 6, 2017 9:52:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reports from schools in Bulawayo province indicate that schools have been ordered by the province and districts to participate in the state President's sports festival at Northlea High School this weekend on the 28 and 29 October 2017. Schools have been ordered to bring teams for soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess, handball, rugby and netball at a cost of $20 per team. The sports are dubbed Bob@93 Sports Festival. Schools have been requested to do their best, and not to fail the president," "While there is nothing wrong in the President supporting sports in schools PTUZ is perturbed that there is everything wrong in terms of the festival. At a time when schools are busy conducting examinations and students are busy writing and preparing for examinations, we certainly do not expect disturbances in terms of preparations for sporting activities" External link

onlinenigeria Friday, October 27, 2017 10:33:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Reports from schools in Bulawayo province indicate that schools have been ordered by the province and districts to participate in the state President's sports festival at Northlea High School this weekend on the 28 and 29 October 2017. Schools have been ordered to bring teams for soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess, handball, rugby and netball at a cost of $20 per team. The sports are dubbed Bob@93 Sports Festival. Schools have been requested to do their best, and not to fail the president," "While there is nothing wrong in the President supporting sports in schools PTUZ is perturbed that there is everything wrong in terms of the festival. At a time when schools are busy conducting examinations and students are busy writing and preparing for examinations, we certainly do not expect disturbances in terms of preparations for sporting activities" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, October 27, 2017 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Our office has received complaints and we feel the changes are not palatable," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, August 27, 2017 4:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Yes, as the Lemba would say, the Mountain has fallen, tarashikigwa, nyika yasunama. Igwe, chief Mposi Shepherd Goronga's brother died on Friday. He was swept by Nuanetsi river just by the side of Tandavarai Bridge. Due to the destruction of Tandavarai Bridge by incessant rains some people were quick to bring in operation canoes to assist people to cross the river and charging a fee," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 20, 2017 12:13:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We already have a wasted term as both the pupils and teachers are not aware specifically of what is required of them in the new curriculum," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, February 13, 2017 10:59:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “We are not against government but what we are simply saying is that we want to be consulted and we do not want to be ruled but to be led properly and our massage is that the basic and best thing is to leave the education system as a terrain of professionals not politicians,” External link

newzimbabwe Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:11:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Heavy rains a disaster for Mberengwa District. I recently went home on the 28 of January and was there until 30th of January. Sons and daughters of Mberengwa, the heavy rains that have been pounding our beloved Mberengwa are wrecking disaster in Mberengwa. Unprecedented rains have pounded Mberengwa over the few days leaving a trail of destruction and havoc in the beloved area of our birth," "The roads have become gullies and flooded rivers, and all low lying bridges have been destroyed. It took me six hours of driving yesterday to cover a distance of 40km from Chegato to Bvute, as more often than not I had to stop and engage villagers to assist in putting stones on a former low lying bridge or fragile ground. Navigating across the gullies, destroyed bridges, and rivers was an arduous task" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, February 5, 2017 9:45:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “The unity we have is actually based on (the premise) that we must just forget what happened in the past,” External link

newzimbabwe Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:12:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "If you look for the past three years teachers have always been paid after Christmas and even in the New Year and in most cases the other group particularly the soldiers, prison officers and the police are paid before Christmas. What we encourage the Government to do is that in light of the duties and responsibilities of teachers, there must be a rotation so that this year in particular teachers are paid before Christmas," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:32:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "Any coalition without MDC-T and ZimPF is like spanning 1000 cats and expect to plough. It is trying the impossible," "As much as some donors may be hoodwinked into supporting, they would abandon the coalition as reality dawns. Politics is a game of critical masses which Tsvangirai and Mujuru have" External link

allafrica Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : “Any coalition without MDC-T and ZimPF is like spanning 1000 cats and expect to plough. It is trying the impossible,” “As much as some donors may be hoodwinked into supporting, they would abandon the coalition as reality dawns. Politics is a game of critical masses which Tsvangirai and Mujuru have” External link

newzimbabwe Monday, December 5, 2016 3:53:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

allafrica Monday, September 12, 2016 3:10:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, September 11, 2016 5:05:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "If Mugabe and his government are serious about cost-cutting measures, he should reduce the number of his vice-presidents. We do not need two VPs for a country like ours. This is a political statement which will be met with a political reaction," "This is the kind of dictatorship that we don't tolerate. There are four ministers in the education cluster, why not fire three and remain with one? Why not cut the Cabinet to show that he is serious about civil servants' issues? We are going to fight this moribund government" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, September 11, 2016 3:59:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

capitalfm Monday, July 25, 2016 4:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

capitalfm Monday, July 25, 2016 4:36:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

onlinenigeria Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:18:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

iafrica Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

iafrica Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:58:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou estime : "C'est le début de la fin pour Mugabe" External link

afp-fr Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:40:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

nation-ke Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mr Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

nation-ke Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : “The war veterans have realized Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don’t want to sink with the ship,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 24, 2016 8:07:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "This is the beginning of the end for Mugabe," External link

afp-en Sunday, July 24, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said ( about Robert Mugabe ) : "The war veterans have realised Mugabe is sinking and with him his regime. They don't want to sink with the ship," External link

afp-en Sunday, July 24, 2016 6:17:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou said : "We are however, concerned with the lack of time frames in our negotiation. I think it is time we have time frames in our discussions so that we can have logical disputation. Let's give each other time frames to say if such and such a time lapses and we have not agreed then we declare a deadlock to the discussions and we pursue other options," External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:52:00 AM EAT

Takavafira Zhou added ( about Apex Council ) : "Government can give us land in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and all other areas which we will then develop as the Apex council and sell the stands to civil servants at reasonable prices" External link

bulawayo24 Sunday, July 10, 2016 8:48:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
political analyst17.65%EN11/22/201722/11/2017
president57.65%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
political scientist12.94%EN04/22/201722/04/2017
analyst8.24%EN12/22/201622/12/2016
union president2.35%EN07/10/201610/07/2016
leader1.18%EN07/02/201102/07/2011
Names Lang Count
Takavafira ZhouEN85.84%
Takavafira ZhouFR14.16%


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