Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association, Kunzwana Trust, Horizont3000 and the Tonga.Online team are very proud to announce a major step forward in the extension of project: Ziliikuchitika, it's happening in Sinazongwe across the river - Mulonga. The establishment of Sinazongwe ITC at Sinazongwe Basic School, Zambia has been completed. Five years after the start of the project in Binga, the network has now definitely reached the Zambian side of the Valley. What an occasion to celebrate together with the #50 edition of Tonga.Online newsletter!

Previously, Tonga.Online trainer Theo Sianyuka made a wide reach with project awareness campaigning in Sinazongwe and Mweemba communities of the valley, Mamba Secondary School and other schools, with the support of the Honorable Chief Sinazongwe and Mr and Mrs Miyanda. The computer technician attached to Binga High School by Horizont3000, Uwe Allgäuer, has joined hands with Gary Brooking from Arachnid Design in Bulawayo and traveled to Zambia, successfully installing 15 computers at Sinazongwe Basic School.

Gary wrote: "The installation went well. Connectivity and communications are a big issue there. But apart from that there is a lot of support and enthusiasm for the Project. Theo has been very well received and she is a great ambassador for the project. The Ubuntu and Open Office I am sure will be a great success and a model for many other schools to come".
The photos documenting the installation of the computers are already online. Thanks to Uwe and Tenashi for the pictures.
The IT Centre is expected to be operational by 3rd March 2006. The official opening of Sinazongwe ITC with lots of Ngoma Buntibe and Budima dance and music at another Mulonga.Net Festival is scheduled for the beginning of September.

"I feel there is a call from down under the lake waters for the BaTonga people of the valley on both sides to remain united, sharing the same development and catching up with the world" said Binga coordinator David Mungombe.

Tonga.OnAir: Sinazongwe Community Radio Station established

A milestone in the development of Sinazongwe district was marked at the end of July by the establishment of the first community radio station in the Gwembe Valley by a team of Austrian ‘open access’ radio activists, Sandra Hochholzer, Ingo Leindecker, Hannelore Leindecker and Marcus Diess, who are reporting on their website

"..the new Sinazongwe Community Radio is ready to go on air!"

More information including a detailed project documentation is promised to come up soon,

read also their blog TRAVELOGUE (in German) on 

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Sinazongwe ITC: Tonga.Online extension


Training at Sinazongwe Basic School / ITC has started. In the month of January 5 community members (3 females and 2 Males) enrolled for the Basic Computer skills training. Whilst on the other hand 643 pupils (364 girls and 279 boys) were enrolled and were being trained in computers skills as part of their curriculum. The registration of Kunzwana Trust in Zambia has been scheduled for April 2007 and the installation of the long awaited radio station will take place in July 2007.

Attempts to form the ITC management committee for Sinazongwe ITC were made on 21st of January 2007 but only a few stakeholders showed up for the meeting and hence the meeting was cancelled. The school has requested for the intervention of the Honourable Chief Sinazongwe to facilitate the calling of the meeting.


Update / Report compiled by Pottar Muzamba 

The Lwiindi Ceremony

The handover of the ITC was followed on 29 July by the traditional Lwiindi ceremony, a rich cultural practice which saw the gathering of seven Chiefs of the Valley – Chief Mukuni, Chief Mwemba, Chief Nyawa, Chief Chipepo, Chief Chikanta, Chief Simaamba and Chief Sinazongwe as the host. The occasion and date of the ceremony relates to thanksgiving for a good harvest and was timed to coincide with the opening of the ITC. Regrettably it also coincided with an important meeting of Zimbabwean Chiefs in Kariba, and therefore Chief Siachilaba could not accept the Zambian invitation.

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Official Opening of Sinazongwe ITC in Zambia

The Tonga.Online project has been well received in Sinazongwe, Zambia, with the Honourable Chief Sinazongwe and Mr and Mrs S Miyanda taking a lead in working with the T.O trainer Ms Theo Sianyuka in project awareness and getting started - many thanks for their good support. A number of Zambian stakeholders have also offered support, including World Vision and Zambia Beef. Twalumba!

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