15 OCTOBER 2014
The 7th edition of the annual Bulawayo Agenda Ideas Festival is set to be held from the 27th of October to the 1st of November 2014. The theme of the festival is “Transformative Ideas for a Better Society” and is informed by the desire to see a prosperous Zimbabwe that respects, protects, fulfills human rights and allows free flow of ideas.
The Ideas Festival will be done in partnership with Women Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) the National Association of Non- Governmental Organisations (NANGO), whose annual Civil Society Directors’ Summer School will also be held under the ambit of the Festival, Combined Harare Residents Association, ZIMRIGHTS, Radio Dialogue, National Youth Development Trust, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF), Transparency International Zimbabwe among other civil society organizations that shall be participating.
As per tradition, an exhibition, the Ideas Market, will be held by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from across the country for purposes of information dissemination in various fields of socio-economic and political pursuit. The exhibition park will also be a hive of activity as various entertainment acts will be showcased.
A mobile legal clinic courtesy of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) will be mounted at the Ideas Market and will provide free legal advice to members of the public. Courtesy of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), members of the public will at the Ideas Market interact with traditional leaders and understand their roles in safeguarding the constitution and other functions as stipulated in the country’s statutes.
A series of conferences targeting youths, women and men will also be convened. These conferences are cumulatively meant to promote dialogue and capture the developmental aspirations of ordinary citizens and inform development actors’ policy making for sustainable development.
The conferences will bring together Civic Society Organizations, Government, tertiary institutions, students, development practitioners from the SADC region, church and traditional leaders as well as ordinary citizens.
The ideas festival was established in 2008 to dedicate time to celebrating and sharing ideas on the firm belief that ‘ideas run the world’ and they should always be given space in our society.


Frequently asked Questions about Spot Fines


What are Spot Fines?
Spot Fines are issued for minor unlawful misdemeanours by a peace officer (usually a policeman) in cases where the offender admits guilt. By that both state and accused save themselves the time and money for a magistrate issuing a formal verdict – once a fine is paid, the case is closed.

What is the maximum amount I can pay on the spot?
Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act Ch 13:14, Section 52, 2b stipulates that Spot Fines may not be issued for fines higher than Level Three, thus amounting to no more than 20 US$

What is the procedure when comes to Spot Fines?
This procedure is laid out in the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [Chapter 9:07] (CP&EA)

When you are alleged to have committed an offence, a notice/ticket is given to you by the respective officer as soon as the offence is observed. The…

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FES Youth Leadership Training

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Zimbabwe, a German non-profit making, public-interest institution for civic and political education, is offering leadership training for young adults. The training will target young leaders with proven political and socio-economic interests and abilities. Young adults from political parties, trade unions, youth organizations, and tertiary institutions are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The training shall provide young leaders from the full political spectrum of Zimbabwe with leadership skills and the opportunity for political networking. In a process that will run for about 8 months (1-2 weekends per month), participants will develop these skills in a group of about 20 co-participants.

FES will meet the cost of the actual training for the selected participants while any other associated costs will have to be borne by the participant.

Interested candidates should fulfill the following criteria:

1. Between 20-35 years of age

2. Team player

3. Proven political and social interests

4. Ability for political analysis and knowledge of political developments in the country

5. Be part of the programme throughout the whole training period

6. Females are particularly encouraged to apply

Please send your CV, and a one page justification why you should participate in the training to the following email address: ylt@fes-zimbabwe.org. The deadline for your application is Friday, 24 October, 2014.