I watched in disbelief as my local transformer blew up in flames for what must surely be the upteenth time in little over a month. I could not fathom the cause for such incompetence as this was also the upteenth new transformer ZESA had installed. My friend however had a perfectly rational explanation as always: It is well known that ZESA’s best engineers now work for Eskom and Telone’s best engineers now work for Telkom. That is why their services are a world better than ours.
True, legend tells us of how all the ZESA employees are at Eskom and how the former Telone employees are busy deploying fibre and VDSL in Nespruit whilst we wallow in blackouts and are stuck with snail paced internet that has a downtime of as much as 50%. Or is it an oversimplification to blame all our woes on brain and brawn drain or is there a much more mysterious cause for our troubles.
In the wake of hyperinflation and economic meltdown of 1999-2008 most people quit their jobs and flocked to other countries. Naturally the best went first for greener pastures in other countries. Teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers etc left the country. At least half my teachers in high school quit and a further half of my lecturers in college also quit. It is estimated that over 3 million Zimbabweans emigrated to South Africa alone.
The 3 million figure however includes thieves, robbers etc… So question is who among the three million were the gurus in our country. We know of Trevor Ncube the owner of Mail and Guardian but are there any others. Mercenaries, who like local footballers have emigrated to other countries to ply their trade in exchange for riches. How much did it cost our country? Will we ever recover from it either by replacing them or luring them back into the fold. I have always been famed for my clairvoyance but here I have to answer honestly: I don’t know.
Just for interest’s sake I decided to analyze our Techzim fans on Facebook by country. It is surely not a perfect way of doing things but the results were nevertheless interesting.
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On the face of it most Zimbabweans interested in Technology or at least Technology news from Zimbabwe are at home as shown by our fan base. The much trickier question however is who among these are the experts, the 75% at home or the 25% living in the diaspora?
I have to say I am stumped and can only appeal to your valued opinion in answering the questions: Did the mercenaries ruin us by leaving the country, are you a mercenary and if so why did you leave and are you planning on returning to our beloved fatherland, do you think we will ever recover from the brain and brawn drain.
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