First let me apologize for not knowing to whom to address the letter to. Slow as I am, I am still trying to understand the different ministries. Should I have addressed it to the Minister of Information; Sports (I watch a lot of sports), ICT (I mean some channels stream online right) or perhaps it should be to the senior minister ( after all he is senior) or should I have written through my minister of state and Ccd everyone? I sincerely apologize for the faux pas, Honourable(s).
If there is anything that I have learnt growing up with my siblings and annoying cousins it is that no two people share the same interests. They (the cousins) still shamelessly listen to sungura, dendera, kwaito and ndombolo even though they should listen to pop. I therefore am most grateful for the additional radio channels that now grace our waves. I only wish the same would happen to our television channels. Since everyone is playing chicken I just thought I would come out and say it. We need more varied programming.
I know I am hopelessly westernised but it would be great if I could watch Breaking Bad, Dexter and World News without paying a fortune to some South African corporation. If that is too much to ask, please know that I would be willing to watch any of the local dramas in HD. Perhaps you would be so kind to provide me with popular entertainment from this century to add variety to the mix – really sir/madam anything from 2000 to present day would be acceptable. In case you are wondering: Skippy the bush Kangaroo( 1966), Tarzan(1970s), The Racoons(1985), Conan the Barbarian(1992) were all made well before the turn of the century.
Your Honour(s), a lot of people are deterred from watching ZBC channels even on DSTV because of the poor picture quality and showers. There is this thingy called digital television where you can broadcast high quality signals. It would help people in my rural village to actually see the difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time. Right now all they see is a bunch of coloured showers running round with the ball. You should also do online (do people actually watch jumptv) broadcasting it is cheap, not to mention modern. A ZBC App for tablets (no, not medical ones) and smartphones would also be handy. I am still waiting for a Zimbabwean TiVo that I can use to record the Warriors match so I can fast forward to the interesting parts when we are not receiving a thumping.
You should know your honour(s) that I have never been good with Agriculture. I am one of those fellas that still thinks milk comes from supermarkets and not cows. I had a pet pig growing up and no I did not eat him when he died; he was my friend. I do not own any land aside from the vegetable bed behind my house just like the other 3.5 million people or so who live in urban areas. Regular Agriculture lessons about how to grow tobacco and other cash crops seem to be an overkill. I absolutely do not want to learn how to hold a hoe or shuck maize. Perhaps farmers should have their own agriculture channel. An eponymous one named something along Farmers’ Zone would surely do the trick.
There are people who actually live outside Harare and Bulawayo. My grandmother for example lives near Ruwangwe Growth Point in Nyanga in a province called Manicaland. According to the latest census they have more people than any other province except Harare, yet they have no access to the recycled content on Channel 2. Maybe you should let each town have its own local TV station just like you did with H-Metro. It would sure add an interesting twist to all those scandals.
I realise sir/madam that I am in need of constant history lessons so I do not lose sight of my roots and heritage. but to go with the much cliched phrased: All work (history lessons) and no play makes Jake a dull boy. And variety is the spice of life.
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