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SPECIAL MINISTERIAL TENDERS COMMITTEE
SIPARIA REGIONAL CORPORATION
The Siparia Regional Corporation in accordance with the Central Tenders Board Regulation 12/2/b and Legal
Notice No. 234 which falls under the limit of the Special Ministerial Tenders Committee, tenders are invited for the
"Provision of Security Services for a period of three (3) months.
Tender documents can be obtained during normal working hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:15
pm at the Tenders Department, Siparia Regional Corporation, High Street, Siparia with effect from Wednesday 09th
November, 2016 to Thursday 17th November 2016. Any further information can be obtained from the Tenders Clerk
at the Siparia Regional Corporation, Telephone Number 649-2348/9 ext. 239
Tenders must be accompanied by the following:
dated not more than six (6) months prior to the closing date of the tender.
Original Completed Documents in the prescribed format with supporting documents must be submitted in a sealed
envelope and labelled:
"Provision of Security Services."
Special Ministerial Tenders Committee
Siparia Regional Corporation
High Street, Siparia.
and be deposited in the RED
Corporation, High Street, Siparia not later than 10.00 a.m. on Friday 18th November, 2016.
Late tenders will NOT be considered under any circumstances.
The Special Ministerial Tenders Committee does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Committee reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its entirety or even partially, without defraying any
SPECIAL MINISTERIAL TENDERS COMMITTEE
Zimbabwe s public health system is collapsing
along with the economy, with some major hospitals
suspending all non-emergency surgeries because
painkillers are scarce.
Some in this southern African country are turning
to the growing number of peddlers of traditional
medicines, many of them young men occupying
street corners in the capital, Harare.
"Faulty gear boxes, blown-out fuses. I can fix it
all!" shouted Shepherd Mushore. He stood outside
a now-closed garage, but he is no mechanic. He dis-
played tree barks, roots and leaves of all kinds.
"Gear boxes and fuses" are his euphemisms for
"I can treat all types of diseases that you know.
I am not a herb seller. I am an African doctor," the
34-year-old Mushore told The Associated Press.
His baseball cap and T-shirt were emblazoned
with the US flag. The beads around his neck and
skinny jeans completed the picture of a hip-hop
wannabe, not a herbalist.
Mushore admitted he is not trained in traditional
"I don t have to. I get visions in my dreams," he
The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe,
the medicines regulatory body, said it was battling
to control the "influx" of people selling herbs and
"People need to be conscientious and try not to
be so gullible," said Richard Rukwata, the authority s
spokesman. "There all these inflated claims around
a lot of these herbs and medicines that are being
sold by lay persons. But members of the public, some
of them actually believe that those things work."
One of the people who believe they have found a
cure on the streets is Zvisinei Nyamudeza.
In quick succession, he gulped four small cups of
syrup, a concoction of green and brown substances
stored in dirty two-liter containers.
"He is my doctor," Nyamudeza said, patting street
herbalist Mushore on the back while downing the
final cup. He caught a breath before Mushore handed
him a bunch of fresh green leaves, which he chewed
"I have been improving since I started coming here
two months ago," Nyamudeza said.
"The leaves are for his stomach problems," Mushore
explained. "The syrup is just to boost his sexual per-
formance and increase his sperm count. His gear box
The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Asso-
ciation, which keeps a register of certified herbalists
in the country, said many of those selling herbs on
the streets are not on its books.
"They are mushrooming everywhere. Most of them
are bogus," said George Kandiero, president of the
Meanwhile, conditions at public hospitals, which
serve the majority of the population, have plummet-
ed.Many people cannot afford the fees charged at
hospitals. Hospital authorities often have resorted to
detaining patients, including mothers who have just
delivered babies, until they pay. This had forced some
to seek alternatives.
"They need US$5 up front at the hospital, and
then they will tell you they don t have drugs," said
Nyamudeza, the herbalist s customer. "I will have to
buy from a private pharmacy. Here, I just pay US$3
and I can drink my medicines without a hassle."
Economic problems are pushing people toward
street medicines, said Rukwata, the spokesman for
the medicines regulatory body.
"There are people who are seeking these solutions
because they want to avoid the perceived high costs
of our health delivery system," Rukwata told The
At one street-side stall, the most expensive items
were "cancer drugs" that cost US$2.50. The price
As health system collapses,
Zimbabwe turns to street herbs
was negotiable. Nyasha Kwembeya said he travels to
Bocha, his home village about 300 kilometres east
of Harare, once a month to dig up the herbs which
he then grinds into powder.
"All my medicines are for a dollar, except for those
ones that treat cancer," the 25-year-old unregistered
herbalist said. (AP)
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makes a mixture
of green and
on the streets of
Harare. AP PHOTO
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