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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


Etienne Jooste

24th July 2020 This week we profile Etienne Jooste, chief operating officer at Londani Coal, a coal mining company  

Congratulations, Malawi

10th July 2020 Jacob Zuma’s acerbic tongue is well known. Malawi was once at its receiving end when the former President, in an attempt to convince Gauteng residents to pay urban e-tolls, blurted: “We can’t think like Africans in Africa, generally. This is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.”... 

Unlamented dictator

3rd July 2020 Owing to the mediation role that South Africa played in conflict-prone Burundi, thus guaranteeing the Eastern African country a spot on our media agenda for many years, very few news-consuming citizens of Mzansi would need to be told who Pierre Nkurunziza was. The 55-year-old breathed his last in... 

Food security amid Covid-19

26th June 2020 It’s well known that Africa faces an imminent dilemma as far as food security is concerned: the majority of its farmers are in the twilight of their careers, aged 60 on average, and their offspring – who see farming as not being chic enough – are not too keen on taking over when they call it... 

Sophia the robot turns four

19th June 2020 In one of the earliest instalments of this column, I wrote about Sophia, the social humanoid robot that was granted citizenship – with a passport to boot – by Saudi Arabia in October 2017, becoming the first nonhuman to achieve this feat. Sophia was witched on in February 2016, which means she is... 

Christopher Eibl

12th June 2020 This week we profile Christopher Eibl, GM of ESAB South Africa, a supplier of ESAB welding and cutting products 

Thieving Presidents

12th June 2020 Africa has had more than its fair share of Big Men with sticky fingers. The latest to be outed as a kleptomaniac par excellence is deposed Sudanese strongman Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who amassed real estate and other property worthy an estimated $4-billion during his 30-year rule, which came to a... 

A sobering ban

5th June 2020 Of the myriad of measures that the South African government took back in March to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is perhaps the ban on the sale of alcohol – which has now been eased to permit vending under stringent restrictions – that has generated debate like no other. Some would... 

Bones tell slavery story

29th May 2020 How enslaved Africans were shipped across the Atlantic over centuries is a story that has been told ad nauseum, generating a wealth of knowledge about this massive blot on the history of mankind. Surprisingly, in Latin American countries like Mexico, African roots are well-nigh invisible in... 

Celebration-less Africa Day

22nd May 2020 In a few days, Africans at home and in the diaspora will be celebrating the fifty-seventh anniversary of Africa Day, which marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the antecedent body of the African Union (AU), back in 1963. Were it not for the physical distancing and bans... 

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