Profession : Freelance Journalist
Publications: 263Chat (www.263chat.com), The New Examiner (www.thenewexaminer.com), News of the South (www.newofthesouth.com) and Pungwe News (New ZIANA, provincial weekly)
I am freelance journalist, holder of BSc Honors in Media and Society Studies (Midlands State University 2012) with a passionate about human rights, environment, business and politics.
I have three years experience as a freelance journalist and media consultant, work which involved a great deal of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills.
I am a fast learner and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to progress to contribute positively to your organization’s goals.
Reflections of an artisanal miner
In the doom and gloom of a seemingly bottomless pit
An artisanal miner chips away the belly of the motherland
He moans and groans
As sharp stone splinters bite into his bare feet
But the pain cannot his resolve sway
Despite the energy seeping away from his hands
As his paraffin lantern flickers to dim at the entry
He barely sees a foot away as he tries to look up
He gasps for air as his makeshift oxygen tank dries up
Summoning his failing hand he tugs at a string tied to his waist alerting those left outside as sentry
He is the prey of poverty of plundered economy
The subject of scorn in a society steeped in stereotypes
For to them he is the devil incarnate, a state enemy
Further ravaging the rugged ravines
As the band pulls him upwards to safety
His rasping breath tells a story of his tattered lungs
Heaving and sighing in rhythmic beats to another companion now chipping away in the mine shaft
As his head rolls around in his weakened stupor he looks around
Disused mine shafts stare at him like a hungry puppy salivating at the scrapping of pots
The gaze is not friendly it reflects darkness of despair weighing heavy in his heart
He turns to a half dozing colleague
As they ogle in each other in familiar recollection their unasked questions reverberate loud in their hearts
Who is better off, those slaving away for peanuts for the multinational monster companies?
Or us living in the proximity of prescribed poverty at behest of poor mineral resource governance?
Is our damage to the environment with our picks and shovels not better off in comparison to their elephantine earth moving trucks
For while we mine for personal consumption the monster companies extract for expropriation
While we mine for subsistence they mine to increase their opulence
As we slave to buy a chisel they struggle to store their gallons of diesel
Even as our kith and keen chase after us our brothers toil under their modern slavery
What have we done that we are derided by our own government
Just the same way our fathers were subjugated by the colonial establishment
Outlawed by the amended Mines and Minerals Act as criminals
Deliberately sidelined by our own leaders from selling our gold to fidelity
Where is the good governance and integrity?
The virtues of the pronounce honesty
For we see it not as we are chased as prey of pillage
We yearn for the day when we will be dignified by recognition
For our rights to fair treatment are guaranteed by our constitution
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