Barnabas Thondhlana
Barnabas Thondhlana has worked for Dow Jones and Bloomberg newswires as their Zimbabwe correspondent. He is the publisher of three community newspapers and a national daily, and a media trainer in investigative journalism. He has been instrumental in the formation of several independent newspapers, including the Zimbabwe Independent, The Daily News, The Daily News on Sunday, Newsday and The Observer.
East Africa braces for further food insecurity in the face of extreme climactic events

East Africa braces for further food insecurity in the face of extreme climactic events

Climate change has the potential to undermine and even undo progress made in improving the socioeconomic wellbeing of many African countries. The negative impacts associated with climate change are compounded by many long-standing factors that challenge the continent, including widespread poverty, disease, and high population density, which is estimated to double the demand for food, […]

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Zimbabwe: One vast informal business

Zimbabwe: One vast informal business

The collapse of the economy has seen thousands of traders flooding into Harare Zimbabwe’s economy has seen a drastic collapse since 2000. Once a fairly highly industrialised country, Zimbabwe is now a vast informal economy after the collapse of its once-thriving...

Manipulating local government for political ends

Manipulating local government for political ends

Participatory democracy, transparency and decentralisation are important elements that determine the level of service provision from Zimbabwe’s local authorities Zimbabwe has 92 local authorities, 32 of them urban and 60 rural. These local authorities draw their power...

A downward spiral of public services

A downward spiral of public services

Vested political interests have made it impossible for Harare’s mayor to implement a business strategy he believed would turn around service delivery in the city Zimbabwe’s local government system was once considered to be one of the best in Africa, we learn from a 2004 government document. Indeed, the country’s robust local governments were cherished […]

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Barnabas Thondhlana
Barnabas Thondhlana has worked for Dow Jones and Bloomberg newswires as their Zimbabwe correspondent. He is the publisher of three community newspapers and a national daily, and a media trainer in investigative journalism. He has been instrumental in the formation of several independent newspapers, including the Zimbabwe Independent, The Daily News, The Daily News on Sunday, Newsday and The Observer.
A downward spiral of public services

A downward spiral of public services

Vested political interests have made it impossible for Harare’s mayor to implement a business strategy he believed would turn around service delivery in the city Zimbabwe’s local government system was once considered to be one of the best in Africa, we learn from a...