Stories written by Moses Magadza
Winner of the prestigious SADC Media Award (2008) and nine other journalism awards, Moses Magadza is a Zimbabwean journalist and editor. He lives in Windhoek, Namibia, where he is studying further.

Dr. Dobrota Pucherova and Julie Cairnie co-edited the book titled “Moving Spirit: The Legacy of Dambudzo Marechera in the 21st Century”. Courtesy: Dr. Dobrota Pucherova.

Q&A: The Undying Legacy of Dambudzo Marechera

Legendary and controversial Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, who once famously told people to let him write and drink his beer, has been dead for 25 years. However, interest in the life and work of the author, who has become a cult icon to aspiring young writers in Zimbabwe and abroad, will not die.

Dr Chimwamurombe (right) and a local farmer lift a marama tuber: they can weigh as much as 10 kilos. Credit:  Moses Magadza/IPS

AGRICULTURE-NAMIBIA: Turning to Wild Bean for Protein

Obed Kamburona has tried to grow many different crops on his large farm, but the dry sandy soil in Otjovanatje has thwarted him every time.

Dambudzo Marechera:

Q&A: The Desire To Be An Outsider

"The old man died beneath the wheels of the twentieth century. There was nothing left but stains, bloodstains and fragments of flesh... And the same thing is happening to my generation." - Dambudzo Marechera, House of Hunger

U.N. team assessing the needs of an estimated 54,000 people displaced by floods in Namibia. Credit:   UNDAC team

NAMIBIA: Tens of Thousands Displaced by Flooding

Namibia is experiencing flooding on a scale last seen nearly 50 years ago. The northern parts of the country are the worst hit.

NAMIBIA: Gender Legislation Futile If Not Implemented

Namibian women’s rights activists say existing gender legislation has failed to improve women’s lives because it is not being implemented widely enough. Last August, Namibia signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gender protocol but politicians have yet to ratify it.

Kasuka Mutukwa -- 'Remember me as an institution builder.' Credit:

Q&A: Does SADC require a regional parliament?

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum has set its sights on becoming a regional parliament with law-making powers. The body was established in 1997 to create a platform for the region's legislators to share knowledge and experiences in governance.

A convoy of haulage trucks approaches Chirundu on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. Credit:  Moses Magadza/IPS

TRADE: Exporting Inside Africa as Expensive as Exporting to Asia

Despite the new free trade agreement linking southern African states, it still costs as much to move goods between African states as it costs to move goods from Asia to Africa, according to an economist.

Phera Ramoeli Credit:  Moses Magadza/IPS

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Building Regional Water Management

As southern Africa braces for the negative effects of climate change, calls for integrated water resources management become more strident.

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Groundwater: How Much Is There?

A shortage of trained specialists who can assess and manage groundwater resources is a factor inhibiting its use in the Southern Africa region.

DEVELOPMENT-AFRICA: Groundwater: Protecting a Hidden Resource

Groundwater - water located beneath the ground in soil or rock formations - is a secure source of water that if properly managed can last for centuries. The challenge is how to locate it and monitor the effects of its use.

Political rally: dancers, cooks, or leaders? Credit:  Moses Magadza/IPS

POLITICS-NAMIBIA: Gender Equality – Making The Numbers Count

Namibian gender activists applaud the goal of a 50/50 split of women and men in government by 2015, but warn that the real work is only just beginning.

ENVIRONMENT-SOUTHERN AFRICA: Ministers to meet over Zambezi Commission

Water ministers of countries that share the Zambezi River will finally launch a long-standing initiative to promote sustainable utilisation of water resources at a meeting in Tanzania in November 2008.

Few of these Zimbabwe-bound cross border traders are aware of the planned customs union for SADC. Credit:  Moses Magadza/IPS

TRADE-SOUTHERN AFRICA: Great Expectations For Expanded Customs Union

A top businessperson and some economists in Namibia are optimistic that the proposed Southern African Development Community (SADC) Customs Union will break down trade barriers in the region and create competition that will benefit the ordinary consumer.