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Gavin Proeh

on 15 November 2010

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Welcome To Zimbabwe The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare. The latititude and longitude of Harare is 17°43'S and 31°02'E. My country is located in Central Africa. The countrys that border Zimbabwe are Botswana on the west, Zambia on the north, Mozambique on the east, and south africa on the south. Zimbabwe is a land lock country, that means the whole country is surrounded by land. Zimbabwe's climate is tropical, and rainy from november to march. There are many important landforms and bodies of water in Zimbabwe. One intresting landform is the Chinhoyi caves. They are 8 km north of Chinhoyi and 128 km northeast of Harare. They are named after a cheif who used them as refuge from Ndebele raiders. The caves are made up of limestone and dolomite. They arttract tourism from their clear water and their diving sites. Zimbabwe is home to one of the largest artifical lakes in the world. The lake is called Lake Kariba. Lake Kariba is a artificial lake that holds the water that comes from the Kariba Dam. The Kariba Dam was built in 1956. The Dam has a concrete arch and runs through the Zambia river. How many electric hours do you think this dam produces? when Lake Kariba was built people and anmals were dicplaced, they had to burn vegitation in order to make furtle soil on the groung of the lake. one of the six mountains in Zimbabwe are the Bvumba moutains. they llie on the Mozambique border and is 25 km soth east of Mutare. The Bvumba mountain are 1,911 meters off the ground and part of three other mountains, the Chimanimani, Nyanga and the Eastern Highlands. The Mountain is referred to the mountain of the mist because in the mornings of Zimbabwe the mountains are covered in mist. The languages that the people of zimbabwe speak are english , shona (76%), ndebele (18%), and a bantu language. Even though the country doesn't mainly speak english they call it their native language, and english is mostly spoken in the cities not the rural ares. Zimbabwe became independent to British and in what years do you think zimbabwe gained their independence? This tells me about the countrys past because the british envasion influenced zimbabwes english language and culture. Zimbabwe's population is 12,576,742(est. 2003). The country's area is 150,873 square miles, If you were to compare any state in the United States to Zimbabwe what state would it be? Zimbabwe's population density is 34 people per square kilometer. The population of people under 15 is 40%. People over 15 is 57% and people 65 years old and older is 3.5%. The percent of urban population is 36%. Zimbabwe's population growth rate is 0.8%. This tells me that not many people are living past 65 years of age. Maybe because they don't have the ability to get proper medical care. In the United States 13% of our population is 65 and over. The population growth seems to be slowing down because people under 15 years old is only at 40%. Being a country in crisis I don't see such a huge population drop. There country is huge is able to house many more people. Yet, I think life in Zimbabwe is hard and that's why the population is declining. Zimbabwe's literacy rate is 94% for men and 87% for women. Can anyone guess zimbabwe's life expectancy? These satistics are connected to the AIDS/HIV problem because tons of people are dieing from this every year. This information tells me that life in zimbabwe is really rough, I can never amagine dieing at the age of 38. Zimbabwe's estimate 2009 GDP is 332 million. This is really low compared to the United States because the United States GDP is 14 billion. Zimbabwe's GDP can also be compared to the other countries in southern Africa. This graph shows Zimbabwe as the lowest country on the graph and all of the bordering countries at the top of the graph. Zimbabwe's type of government is called Parliamentary Democracy. It is made up of a one house legislature known as the House of Assembly. The members are elected to a five year term. There are 150 legislatures 120 are elected by popular vote, 10 hold seats as tribal cheifs, and 12 are appointed by the president. Zimbabwe's government mirrors the United States and Great Britan. Just like Great Britan the legislative branch is a unicameral parliament. Their consittution guarentees individual freedom. Their president is Robert Mugabe. In Zimbabwe there is no limit to the amount terms a president can serve. It seems to me that the government is more of a dictatorship because the president can be elected over and over again and he can can take advantage of the people. This countries leadership compares to Great Britan. Great Britan is a democracy in which members of the House of Commons are elected by the people. Zimbabwe's form of government is parliamentry democracy =in which members of the senate and house of assembly are elected by popular vote. Zimbabwe compares to the United States because both Zimbabwe and United States have governments that make laws for the people. The goods and services that Zimbabwe produce's are coal, chromium, ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals, clay, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertillizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs and beverages. Their biggest exports are alloys, gold, clothing, textiles and tabacco. These products are used for decorations, building, walking and warmth. These products are used all around the world for everyday life. This tells me that Zimbabwe is a country that is very rich in natural resources. Zimbabweans are facing many economic problems. They are in crisis. Inflation is rising They are in the news a lot. They are in need of money, food, electricity and medicine. Their unemployment rate is very high. This is because the country and their natural resources are under poor management. This article was posted Friday, March 19, 2010, The Zimbabwe people are going through a really hard time. This problem can be compared to the United States because we are also having economic problems. We are in a recession. Many people are out of work, have lost money in our financial systems, and are living in debt. But, I think our government is stronger and can help us out of the situation faster than Zimababwe's. One famous face from Zimbabwe is Nick Price. Nick Price is a professional golfer. He was the British Open champion in 1994, PGA Champion in 1992, and 1994. In 2005 he was the Bob Jones Award winner. Eventually he could be a Golf Hall of Famer. Another famous face from zimbabwe is Andy Flower in 1968 he was former Test cricketer and national captain. One other important feature I discovered about zimbabwe is a waterfall called victoria Falls. victoria Falls, is descibed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is more than 150 years old and it was created when a volcano erupted and it cooled and formed little crevices. How far do you think the water fall is? also,you can hear the roar from 25 miles away. the african name for the victoria Falls is mosi-oa-tuya, which means the smoke that thunders. They were named in 1855 and they named them in honor for britans queen victoria. The most impotant fact I learned about this country is how Zimbabwe's economy is in crisis. It should be in affluent country today because it has a lot of naural resources. In the begining of the 1900's whites controled their government, they claimed all the good land and had blacks work for them. In the 1960's the whites were over thrown and there was civil unrest. which disrupted all of the economy. A new socialist government started but the government spent to much money and was not succesful. What made the economy worse was the droubt that killed crops, people and caused famine. Since the country was in such bad shape Robert Mugabe got loans from international community. Right now zimbabwe can't pay the loans back, inflation is rising, and the education and health system is failing.m Its so sad that a country with so mant natural resources is failing. If you ever visit Zimbabwe there are certain customs to follow. When accepting a gift both hands should be held out. It's a expression of gratitude. Sometimes the person recieving the gift will even clap before holding out their hands cupped. Men's handshakes are different they slap their hand against the palm of the other man's hand they're shaking. To greet someone very important men will clap two or three times and sit on the ground for 10 seconds and clap gently two or three more times again. A visitor to a village is greeted by clapping. Men and Women make shrill sounds. A chicken, pumpkin, or a handful of eggs may be given as a departing gift. The children are taught a series of different greetings for all different family members. I can connect what I learned about Zimbabwe's unemployment rate to the United States economy. Since the last year and a half I know of many people who have lost their jobs. In Zimbabwe their unenployment rate is much higher than ours, i can never amagine so many people out of jobs and not able to support their family. . This is differnent from anything else I did because I spent a lot of time on studying the life of the zimbabwe people and it shows me how other people do things and react to things. We should be discussing this in Social Studies because it affects the way people live and what they do and that is a social issue. The sources I used for my project are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe, Africa Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe in pictures and Cultures of the world Zimbabwe.
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