Mothers Weeping (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

So all I did was labour for nothing

The seed I begot is an eyesore to mankind

What have I done to deserve such hatred among men

All resources I provided from the little I had

Hoping a proud harvest I was about to reap

Like a failed business venture I cry over my loss

For shame and disgrace you have put upon me

This environment is nothing but a treacherous plot

Governed by rights that shadow our very own culture

I carry my basket upon my head every day for you

For in prison decent food you are lacking

Like a sad hymn I walk to your rescue with hope

All I taught you was in vain my child

Proof that your generation is faithless and evil

The capitalist economy was never meant for lazy you

The faster it come the quicker it’s taken from you

At least I got rid of your murder weapon in good time

Be glad your sentence is not a lifetime

Still more I weep til my eyes get dry

Life at the Compound by Tichafa Tsiga

Life at the compound is centred on life as it happens in a typical farm village. There is the abusive nature and manipulation of employees by the authorities, which is seen propagating to their followers. The senior employees are seen doing the same particularly the masculine exploiting and abusing their female employees because of their positions. This goes to even affect the children due to lack of care by those who should be seen doing so.

Corruption reared its ugly head as would be seen by the incarceration of farm teachers by farm authorities leading to their union dumping them at the eleventh hour due to money exchanging hands.

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My name is Tichafa Tsiga born in 1970, 09 June in Mutoko, Zimbbwe. I went to Katsukunya secondary school. In 2005 i graduated from DMC Hotel Training centre. I worked for Spur Steak ranches from 1997 to 2012 in Harare. Currently i am working for a Catering company as a catering manager.

Life at the compound is my first book.

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The Blessing of Queen by Esjay C. Moore

As a ‘blessed woman’, QUEEN’s life is embellished with expensive gifts and luxury, offered by a handful of powerful men in exchange for her time. Secretly, she yearns for the simplicity of the life once snatched from her, as she struggles to make sense of her life.

Finding herself at a critical crossroad facing potentially deadly consequences, QUEEN must overcome her fears to change her destiny. Can she re-discover her real self, and possibly find love along the way.

South African author Esjay C. Moore captures your attention with an easy-to-read contemporary romance. Moore’s writing style is both descriptive and fluid, sending you on a roller-coaster of intense emotions.

Written with a distinctly South African flavour Moore’s stories provide an air of authenticity to the characters. Written for mature young adults, the plot would appeal to all that may identify with the desperate protagonist’s quest to escape abuse and find true love.

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Esjay C. Moore was born in Durban on the east coast of South Africa, where she still currently resides. South Africa is a country with a rich heritage and diverse cultural heritage which makes for interesting content.

Having completed a dissertation for a Masters in Law, Moore’s fingers itched to continue typing. Finally, she gave up the nagging urge and began putting ideas to ‘paper’ which became “The Blessing of Queen”. The socio-political issues in South Africa tend to have deeper impacts on the women in society, and Esjay felt this provided a niche to address these circumstances through fiction writing.

The protagonist in her stories is invariably a young woman who through circumstance finds herself living an undesirable life. The truth of the story is women are strong, and it is only through determination that they can rise to achieve their dreams. Of course, classified as a Contemporary Romance, each story includes a tasteful morsel of lust and a promise of love.

Moore’s writing style is both descriptive and fluid, sending you on a roller-coaster of heartfelt emotions, yet easy-to-read novellas. Chapters are laced with cheeky fantasy, stained by the influence of a sordid society and hemmed with the flirtatious promise of romance.

Moore’s stories have a distinctly South African flair giving an air of authenticity. Written for mature young adults, the plot would appeal to all that may identify with the troubled protagonist.

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My Dear I (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

Like a fallen angel I walk the earth

So far destiny has guaranteed my death

Memories of the heavens linger in my head

A rebellious act that repentance for save

Noble men I corrupt so they share my trouble

My long term goals have been shortened by fate

So why exist to envy other disturbed men

Like a fisherman I cast my net wide enough

My victims seem not to perceive the way out

Ignorant like a bat I still fly in the day

Hoping I can master the great art of daylight

For my punisher has no regard for my wellbeing

Embrace those alive and weep for the conquered

For one is born craving destruction and agony

A demon they call me on earth

And saints cast me out in times of peace

Who is worthy to open the sacred scroll

The earth is my turf as the lord trample me

My master himself the biggest coward

That’s why I have pity on none but myself

Crooked Line by Bishop Raphael Koopman

Crooked Line challenges the current South African Regime in their application of Democracy. Has Democracy worked in South Africa as it has in the rest of the world? Is Afro-democracy simply failing due to the greed and selfish nature of African Leaders? Indeed South Africans were warned by the late Nelson Mandela when he asked citizens to respond similarly to the ANC government as was to the White minority regime in view of the potential, and now real threat the once Liberators are causing.

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Bishop Raphael Koopman is a man of God, qualified and ordained to the Ministry. He speaks out fearlessly against all injustices everywhere, as is clear in his writing.

The Bishop is married with five children and resides at the moment in South Africa. He speaks and motivates others, host various camp meetings and special events throughout the Country and abroad.

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Book Review: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

The book goes deep into the heart of a man and address hidden issues that are not discussed every day.

John expressed a man’s life as a masculine journey of adventure. However the hearts of men are hurt as they grow up. This becomes the sources of challenges for men. Henceforth men have questions that other men seem not to have answers. Healing is necessary for restoration to the wholeness that God intended.

The down side of the book is that it is big and it takes time and discipline to finish reading it.

I recommend this book to any man and to women who want to understand the heart of a man.

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Wind Breaker (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

Like the moon he still shines

Shadows of hope he shall cast upon you

A predator patiently waiting for its pray

Deadly and vicious like the hot Sahara

Through all four seasons he remains calm

Like fire and ice he has no true identity

His deeds reveal so much about his mission

But people love and still respect him

For without him the society is absolute chaos

Bankruptcy and debt are his nature

Yet no man dares stand and put him to trial

For he built the house you live in

Your own children look to him for inspiration

Capitalism at its best in a morden society

Work or suffer Poverty’s fate

Thank God for his provision

For without him your basics will disappear

When the storm is rough and the wind blows

He stands a permanent shield

That’s why they call me the wind breaker

Speed Reading: Fast Reading for Fast Results by Amber Rich

Do you want to read 3 books a week?

You are a slow reader, but you want to be able to read a 200-page book in a day?

You feel frustrated because you quickly forget everything you learned after finishing a book?

Do you want to know what are the good ways to read more and how read more effectively?

It seems that everything is simple: speed reading offers an ability to quickly read a large number of words per minute. But it’s a quite simple meaning. The speed reading process is much more difficult. The essence of speed reading is that it helps to filter out the unnecessary and select the essentially new and valuable for the reader, while providing a full understanding and quality assimilation of what is read. This is an activity during which the reader compares the facts, analyzes and acquires new knowledge. By correctly applying the speed reading skill, you can get a higher quality memorization of what you’re reading. That’s why, in this book, we’ll review the skill of speed reading as a complex phenomenon and you’ll improve your memorizing, reading and comprehension skills in a short time.

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Amber Rich is a personal development coach with over 7 years of professional experience. Amber believes that people have the power to change their lives and become better versions.

Amber says: “The main idea of life is to feel the satisfaction and be happy. Happiness is an indicator that tells you whether you’re moving in the right direction or you should stop and change the route”. Amber’s mission is to renew people’s mind, motivate and inspire them become more positive, happy and successful.

Amber received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Pennsylvania University.

She lives in New York City with her family.

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Book Review: The Greatness Manual by Rabison Shumba

This is one of the best motivational books that have come out of Zimbabwe.

Rabison presented the book in a professional way and with excellence. You can see that he took his time to ensure that each item in the book is in proper place.

Each chapter ends with ‘Points Points’ and ‘Affirmation Points’ to help the readers to sum up the most valuable ideas. A relevant quote from a famous person is also inserted at the bottom. This set up makes each chapter to stand out as a message. Hence reading the book is not boring at all. After all, the idea of the book is to read each chapter and contemplate on it.

This is an everyday book for everyone, a power pack of inspirational motivation.

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In Denial (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

Just as it ended it began

A wave of desperate cries

One cares not how it will dissolve

From ancient times we heard tales

Like prophecy they face us with fire

Why do you dream at all fellow man

Of what benefit has revelation been to you

Leave the old folks to such foolishness

Like flowers we all wither from old age

So enjoy brother in your youth

Keep the accountability to Gods grace

For in time we are all just mere mortals

Run by a system we didn’t choose

Rebellion has been our inner truth

Even with all provided we still complained

So I make up my mind and curse

For no reason but I seem satisfied

Guide myself through violence

For the result is always the same as before

War between flesh and spirit