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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


Lusanda Raphulu

1st July 2022 This week we feature Lusanda Raphulu, head of dispute resolution at law firm Bowmans  

Home’s (not) best

1st July 2022 When Donald Trump was still calling the shots in the US, I waxed indignant in this column after he had tweeted about how mostly African migrants were overwhelming his country, describing the immigrants’ countries of origin in unprintable terms. As multiple surveys were to prove later, Trump’s... 

Ryanair’s dubious honour

24th June 2022 Given the daft things that some people get up to, I have decided to award a Mampara accolade for public figures that engage in really silly behaviour from time to time. A ‘mampara’, a term used throughout Southern Africa, is a foolish person or idiot. The winner of the inaugural Africa Beat... 

Corruption: We are too tolerant

17th June 2022 A mea culpa is in order before I proceed: this piece focuses on an unforgettable quotation from someone I have mentioned multiple times in this column, and I might therefore sound like a broken record to regular readers. That person is Kenyan-born intellectual PLO Lumumba and the quotation,... 

Corrupt corporates

10th June 2022 The adage that it takes two to tango appears to be perpetually in the blind spot of those who don’t miss an opportunity to highlight how venal politicians can be. It’s always the Jacob Zumas of this world who are the chief villains of the piece in popular narratives about how corruption has... 

Aucamp van der Schyff

3rd June 2022 This week we profile Aucamp van der Schyff, commercial and financial manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at SYSPRO, an enterprise resource planning software provider that specialises in manufacturing and distribution 

Are gas amasela loading?

3rd June 2022 Social commentator and broadcaster Lukhona Mnguni courted controversy last year when he branded politicians amasela – Xhosa for thieves – who steal public money. The context of this unsavoury characterisation was the spiriting away of taxpayers’ money that was meant to insulate both lives and... 

OAU/AU report card

27th May 2022 Two days ago (assuming you are reading this piece on its publication date, May 27), many Africans at home and abroad were celebrating the fifty-ninth anniversary of the founding of the antecedent body of the African Union (AU), the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). I can visualise distracted... 

Camel-ccino on the menu

20th May 2022 One will be hard-pressed to name a country whose economy has not been ravaged by Covid-19. Many countries are now ‘building back better’ – some in not-so-conventional ways – as they attempt to reverse the pandemic’s devastation. One of the out-of-the-box ways of ensuring that more and more people... 

Tinashe Ruzane

13th May 2022 This week we profile Tinashe Ruzane, cofounder and CEO of FlexClub, a car subscription marketplace offering members a flexible way to shop for vehicles, enabling them to choose from a wide selection offered by vehicle partners such as Avis, Barloworld, Europcar and Motus 

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