Zimbabwe Profile

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General Facts:

Population: 13,771,721 Million

Official Languages: EnglishShona and Ndebele

Further Languages: Kalanga, “Koisan” (presumably Tsoa), Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, “sign language”, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa

Zimbabwean Government: Zimbabwe is a republic
with a presidential system of government. The semi-presidential system was
done away with the adoption of a new constitution
after a referendum in March
2013. Under the constitutional changes in 2005, an upper chamber, the Senate, was
reinstated. The House of Assembly is the lower chamber of Parliament.

Capitals Province: Harare

Large Cities:  Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Chitungwiza

Area: 390,757 km2 (60th)

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Currency: United States Dollar (official for government) and many unofficial currencies, e.g. Indian Rupee, Chinese Yuan South African rand and Zimbabwe Bond coins etc.

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Crime & Security: There is a moderate level of crime, including occasional armed robberies targeting foreign residents. Make sure your accommodation is secure at all times. Mugging, pick pocketing and jewellery theft are common in city centers, especially after dark. Be particularly careful at Harare airport, and when leaving banks and cash points. Don’t carry large amounts of cash. People travelling around alone maybe more vulnerable to crime.

Zimbabwean Police Service Contact Number:   (+ 263 4) 995

Economy:

The economy of Zimbabwe shrunk significantly after 2000,resulting in a desperate situation for the country and widespread poverty and an 80% unemployment rate. The country has reserves of metallurgical-grade chromite. Other commercial mineral deposits include coal, asbestos, copper, nickel, gold, platinum and iron ore.

Education in Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe leads Africa in having an adult literacy rate of approximately 90%, which compares favorably to Tunisia at 87%. The country’s education system was once the most developed on the continent, although it continues to suffer from a contemporary decline in public funding linked to hyperinflation and economic mismanagement

 

Emergency Contact Numbers:

Any emergency Harare (+ 263 4) 999
Medical Harare (+ 263 4) 994
Fire Harare (+ 263 4) 993
Mobile Phone Emergency 112

Zimbabwean Police Cell phone: 112

 Disability:  

CAAZ is committed to providing world-class facilities that meet the needs of
all airport users. The disabled community forms an important part of that
community and CAAZ has placed a strong focus on ensuring existing and new
facilities within our airports meet the particular needs of disabled travellers
and disabled airport users.

Food:

Meat or game is generally eaten on special occasions. The kind of meat provided by
the host signifies the importance of the celebration. The bigger the occasion,
the bigger the roast that is served. Christmas is an example of such an
occasion. 

 

 Famous Tobacco:

Tobacco rose to become a major export in Zimbabwe in the 1990s when the
manufacturing sector began to decline. It accounts for about 60% of the total agricultural exports of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has since been Africa’s leading producer and exporter of tobacco and its products.

Health tips for Travellers:

Travelers to Zimbabwe who are coming from infected countries require a yellow
fever vaccination certificate. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B,
and typhoid are recommended. A high prevalence of AIDS/HIV exists in
Zimbabwe.

There is a risk of malaria all year in most of the country, particularly in the
Zambezi Valley, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and in the Eastern
Highlands; the risk is very small in Harare and Bulawayo.

Mosquitoesare chloroquine resistant. Precautions against mosquito bites should be
taken to avoid any number of mosquito-borne diseases. Cholera outbreaks occur
usually during the rainy season when flooding and contamination of water
sources takes place.

Rapidly declining health standards are also responsible for Zimbabwe having one
of the lowest life expectancies in the world, according to the World Health
Organization, and a breakdown in the water distribution system,
especially in Harare.

Visitors are advised to take food and hygiene precautions. The standard of tap water in urban areas is considered low, and bottled water is available. The current economic instability has led to shortages of medication in public hospitals, and striking is common; it is advisable to bring a supply of personal medication. Medical insurance
is essential. Private clinics expect cash payment and medical costs can be high  

Hospital: PHAZ Hospital of Zimbabwe

The National Healthcare Trust Zimbabwe (NHTZ), is a registered Trust in Zimbabwe & South Africa and was formed in response to the healthcare crises besetting Zimbabwe in 2008. In line with its vision, “To provide a platform for people to fulfil their God given purpose”, the Trust provides support for swift crisis
response programs involving logistics of drugs and materials support as well as developmental programs.

Ebola Safety

Health alert

The department has been monitoring the EVD outbreak through updates
provided by NICD, Promed, World Health Organisation and the United States Centre
for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Health Department said.

Key facts about Ebola: WHO

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe,
often fatal illness in humans.

EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90% EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rain forests.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild
animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human
transmission.

Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

For further information, service, alerts and advice, visit travel clinic website

HIV/Aids

Zimbabwe is accelerating action and increasing investment in its HIV prevention and
treatment programmes, the country has one of the largest HIV epidemics in the world, with an estimated adult HIV prevalence of 15% and 1.4 million
people living with HIV.

Malaria

Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, avoid being outside at night as far as
possible as the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost
exclusively after dark. Always use mosquito repellent, wear light-coloured long
pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes at night, and sleep under a
mosquito net in endemic areas.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Wherever your travels may take you, you will be able to find a hotel in Zimbabwe
that suits your needs. Among the resorts and hotels that are listed, you will be able to stay close to the attractions that you are visiting. 

Smoking: 

According to the Public Health Act on tobacco, smoking in public places
such as public transport, public halls, public gatherings, eating places including on the streets is an offence.

Transport

Public transport and services are unreliable. Buses are often overcrowded,
inadequately maintained, uninsured and recklessly driven. You should
avoid them if possible.

Public Transport

Rail travel

The rail system is underdeveloped and very poorly maintained. Level crossings
are poorly marked, resulting in numerous accidents.

Air travel

In 2010 an audit of Zimbabwe’s Civil Aviation Authority by the International Civil Aviation Organisation found that the level of implementation of the critical elements of safety oversight in Zimbabwe was around the global average.

A list,of recent incidents and accidents can be found on the website of the Aviation Safety network.

Further exists between the major cities Bus transport with different companies
like:  Intercape & Pioneer !

In all major cities exist meter taxis & shuttle services and wide range of

Rent a Car companies like : Avis , Europcar , Lucky Bean

Visa Application: http://www.zimimmigration.gov.zw/

Yellow Fever Helpline : Centre for Disease Control

 

 

 

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