THE INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2017

The Fellowship Leader's Conference 2017

05.08.2017 - 10:00 o'clock

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Mrs Priscilla Penny (Zimbabwe):
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President, Africa)

Marina Sylvester

(South Africa)

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Full Country Name Republic of Zimbabawe
Area SqKm/SqMi 390,000 / 150,590
Population 11.2 million
Currency 1 Zim $= 100cents
Government Parliamentary democracy
President Robert Grabriel Mugabe

English is the official language of Zimbabwe, but it is a first language for only about 2% of the population. The rest of the people are native speakers for Bantu languages, the most prominent are Shona and Sindebele. Between 40% and 50% of Zimbabweans belong to Christian churches.

The Mwari cult, a monotheistic animist belief system is the dominant non-Christian religion. The major industries are Mining, Agriculture, Clothing and Tourism. The major partners are: South Africa, U.K, Argentina, U.S, Japan.

The north-west consists mostly of plateux, characterised by bushveld dotted with small rocky outcrops and domes of slickrock, making for a spotty landscape. The hot dry low-veld of southern Zimbabwe is comprised mainly of level Savanna, sloping almost imperceptibly towards the Limpopo River on the border with South Africa. The Eastern Highlands, stradding the Mozambique border, are Zimbabwe's main mountanious region. The highest peak is Nyangani, which rises 2592m (8500ft) near the nothern end of the range.

Because Zimbabwe stretches over a high plateau averaging 900m (3000ft) above sea level, its not as hot as the latitude would suggest. Winter (May to October) is similar to the Mediterranean summer with warm, sunny days and cool ,clear nights. It never snows, not even in the Eastern Highlands, but overnight frosts and freezing temperatures are not uncommon on the plateux.

The lowveld and the Zambezi Valley experience hotter and more humid temperatures, but in winter there's still vey little rainfall. Most of Zimbabweas rain falls in brief afternoon deluges and electrical storms in the relativerly humid summer months from November to April.

Elephant buffalo, lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, monkey and antelope are amongst the wildlife within Zimbabwe's national parks. Species which are unique to Zimbabwe or found only in limited ranges elsewhere, include the rare nyala, the king cheetah and the samango monkey. Zimbabwe is also one of Africa's last rhinoceros ranges, and both black and white rhino are present, albeit in small numbers.

Zimbabweas cutest strapling is the sausage tree, which takes its name from the immense sausage shaped brownfruits which grow to a barbecue-busting 1m (3ft) in length and 18cm (7in) in diameter. The fruit is a favourite antelopenibbly, but is also dried and turned into a paste by humans to use as an ointment. Sausage-tree cream is gaining international recognition as a cure for basal-cell carcimona, a form of skin cancer associated with aging and proloned exposure to the sun.

Zimbabwean cuisine is mostly the legacy of bland British fare combined with normally stodgy African dishes. The dietary staple is sadza- the white maize meal porridge upon which most local meals are built. The second component is nyama- meat, usually beef or chicken, but also crocodile, kudu and impala.