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Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu is Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

He studied at Harare Polytechnic, the University of South Africa and Tshwane University of Technology.

Tel: +2711 622 3744


Deon Van Den Berg

14th December 2018 This week we profile Deon van der Berg, production manager at liquid storage tank manufacturer SBS Tanks 

The year that was

14th December 2018 Time flies indeed. It has already been a year since my editor invited me to contribute a weekly column in Engineering News, an opportunity that I grabbed with both hands. During the past 50-odd weeks (it feels like just more than a couple of weeks, really), I have touched on a multiplicity of... 

M-Pesa goes global

7th December 2018 First things first – M-Pesa stands for mobile pesa, with pesa Swahili for money (I have been busy building up my Swahili vocabulary ever since Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a few months ago that Swahili would be offered in South African schools as an optional foreign language... 

Bridging the gap – literally

30th November 2018 Mozambique’s founding President, the late Samora Moises Machel, is famous for having coined and popularised the slogan Aluta Continua! (Portuguese for ‘the struggle continues’). He used it to rally combatants from his Frelimo movement in the struggle against Portuguese colonial rule, which... 

The revised Kyoto Convention

30th November 2018 How familiar are you with the Kyoto Convention, which must not to be confused with the Kyoto Protocol? The full name of the latter is the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It came into 'full force' on February 16, 2005, and is intended to reduce how the... 

Graduating into unemployment

23rd November 2018 At the end of this month – or at least by the middle of December – scores of young men and women will be completing their undergraduate studies at South Africa’s 26 public universities and at the few such institutions that are privately run. This will cap a three- to four-year slog characterised... 

Latter-day Cape to Cairo vision

16th November 2018 Nineteenth-century British imperialist and entrepreneur Cecil John Rhodes had grand plans to construct a railway line from Cape Town, on the southern tip of the continent, to Cairo, in North Africa. But a continuous line connecting the two cities that runs through Anglophone countries had not... 

Donald Trump’s praise-singers?

9th November 2018 It’s mind-boggling. Donald Trump is a darling of more than half of Nigerians, the very people he derided as hut-dwellers not so long ago. This, of course, is if a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, a US-based pollster, is to be believed. The study, which surveyed respondents in 25... 

Disappearing forests

2nd November 2018 In rather melodramatic fashion, one journalist, writing in June this year, portrayed the rate at which the world is losing its forests thus: “Image looking down on huge swathe of lush forest – but before you can pull out your phone to take a picture, it’s gone.” A look at the latest tree cover... 

Debt-trap diplomacy?

26th October 2018 I have made no bones about my cynicism about Chinese generosity towards African countries, which has taken the form of top-dollar freebies, government and State-owned company loans and investment in infrastructure. As I have said before, my uneasiness heightened when it came to light that Sri... 

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