Flying in Mrewa

April 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Chamisa was mocked a few weeks ago when he spoke of airstrips in Mrewa. It is sad when a nation loses its ability to dream and see the bigger picture. What Chamisa spoke of is not an illusion or far of dream, it is a vision of things that can be achieved, that have been achieved by the previous administrations. Admittedly, roads need to be fixed, schools and hospitals need re equipping, but that doesn’t take away from the contribution that aviation can make to a growing economy. 

The Emiratis have built a whole economy and nation around aviation. They have built an aviation sector that supports their vision for tourism, transport and logistics and the grow of their region. Today, most long haul flights make a stop in Dubai Qatar or UAE. Aviation needs to play an integral role in the development of Africa. There are simple things that aviation contributes, such as crop dusting, fire fighting and  cloud seeding which support the agricultural sector. Bringing markets close to farmers, is essential for the growth of agriculture and should be at the forefront of development of the sector. In as much as road transport is sufficient, air can provide the speed and connectivity that will grow the industry.

Below is a clip of a quick turn around by a pilot in New Zealand. No infrastructure required, just a pilot and plane doing a quick turn around.

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We choose to dream 

March 26, 2018 Leave a comment

We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.John F Kennedy.

As Zimbabweans we have debated statements made by Nelson Chamisa about bullet trains and airports in Mrewa. We have lost our ability to dream, where the only Zimbabwe we can dream about is the Zimbabwe with running water and good roads. These things are given and any good administration should not just aspire to maintain roads, this is just day to day business as usual. We don’t need lengthy speeches about cash in banks, electricity and water, that is just business as usual. We need politicians who can challenge our vision, set goals that will stretch us as a people. 

There are always going to be the risk averse people who will tremble at the mention of a bullet train, but we need visionaries who will build Zimbabwe into the Switzerland of Africa. Zimbabwe has a huge of pool of resources in its people and in its minerals, land and natural resources and it is possible for Zimbabwe to do exceptional things, that will propel us into the future. Had Strive Masiiwa chosen to limit himself to the vision of the masses, we wouldn’t have Econet today. When only a few homes had phones, Masiiwa chose to dream about each person having a phone. Today others would call him a dreamer with unreliastic goals. 

The world we live in is open to change. Every dreamer has a chance to dream beyond infinity, sky is the limit. Technology is changing the way we live at an alarming rate. We can disrupt the world right from Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans let’s dream again, let’s choose to punch above our weight. Let’s choose the moon.

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