He taught English at secondary school up to 'A' Level and has been a lecturer in Communication Studies at the Great Zimbabwe
University since 2009.
The silence of Great Zimbabwe
; contested landscapes and the power of heritage.
Spooked by the 'Great Zimbabwe
Land-Grab', that has claimed the lives of hundreds in the white farming community and jumpy over recent land redistribution enactment by their governments, white farmers in South Africa and Namibia--the last two countries in southern Africa where the majority of agricultural land is in white hands--are increasingly contemplating settling in distant African countries.
This book is partly a travelogue and partly an investigation into ancient myths and legends centred on the 'lost civilisation' behind 'Great Zimbabwe
' in Mashonaland (now in Zimbabwe).
Earlier European travellers had reported gold, an abandoned stone city -- Great Zimbabwe
-- and a salubrious and fertile climate.
Among the urban middle-classes 'the sense of la bella figura is quite Italian, and so is the philandering'; a general belief in witchcraft generates feelings of self-pity that are almost Irish'; 'as at Great Zimbabwe
, the belief that the ruler ought to be hidden from view has led to the surrounding of former colonial residences with walls that are useful for defence' and 'as at Great Zimbabwe
, the upper classes have followed suit with walls of their own'.
It was only in 2009 when Great Zimbabwe
University in partnership with University of Venda introduced Venda and Shangaan at undergraduate level a positive step in realizing the importance of these languages.
Munyaradzi Mawere is a faculty member of Great Zimbabwe
Mr Sambulo Ndlovu is a lecturer in orature and language in the Department of African Languages and Literature at Great Zimbabwe
University, in Zimbabwe.
The following day, at sunrise, it is our equally bright and shiny, and aptly named, guide Mangwanani (meaning "morning" in Shona) who welcomes us at the foot of the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe
that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which existed from 1100 to 1450 AD during the country's Late Iron Age.
Occasionally they also include discussion of some unique feature of the country in question--for instance, the entry on Argentina includes coverage of the gaucho way of life and the entry on Zimbabwe discusses the archaeology of the city of Great Zimbabwe
, built by the Shona people circa AD 1000--but these additional materials are by no means typical.