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Tawanda Kanhema

Tawanda Kanhema

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Profession: Journalist/Photographer
Status: Producer ~ Al Jazeera Plus
Location: Sacramento , United States ( SMF )
Home base: Southern Africa, Middle East
URL: http://iaafrica.com
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Languages spoken: English, Shona (Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Zimbabwe, South Africa), Afrikaans (South Africa, Namibia), Tonga (Zambia)
Organization: Investigative Africa
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Member since: 13 Mar 2006 02:03


Tawanda Kanhema is a producer at Al Jazeera Media Network. Kanhema’s stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Times (of London), The Sunday Times, ITN Channel 4 News (UK), The Statesman (Ghana), Rosnor Energo (Russia) among other international publications.

While working in Namibia, Kanhema researched and published reports on the rapid growth in Chinese and Russian investment in Africa’s mining and energy sectors, with specific focus on upstream and downstream Sino-Russian activities in oil and gas, uranium, precious metals, rare earths and medium scale investment in civil engineering.

Kanhema’s stories on uranium mining and nuclear energy in Africa have been cited by the Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Nuclear Issues, which was conducted by the the center’s Nuclear Scholars Initiative. See the report here: http://csis.org/images/stories/poni/090108_2008_nuclear_scholars_text.pdf.

In the past 12 years, Kanhema has done a number of investigative stories for leading publications, covering immigration in Southern Africa, human trafficking in the Great Lakes region, money laundering, drug trafficking, mineral smuggling, illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs), and human rights.

Kanhema wrote extensively on the social and economic impact of the discovery and illegal mining of alluvial diamonds in Marange district in eastern Zimbabwe on the border with Mozambique.

Since May 2006, when industrial diamonds were discovered in Zimbabwe,a sub-economy run by senior politicians, errant police and army officials, businessmen and dealers emerged, perfecting the art of mineral smuggling and leaving very little room for official exploitation of diamonds. Kanhema has worked in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Botswana as the Zimbabwe Bureau Chief of The Southern Times, a Namibian based regional weekly.

Worked as News Editor for for Informante, a Namibian investigative weekly newspaper and is involved in independent research and production of news documentaries on a wide range of subjects including money laundering and mineral smuggling throughout southern Africa.



Tawanda Kanhema. pp. WSJ Live, Aug 6 2012. "Residents Near Chevron Fire Told to Stay Indoors" Wall Street Journal USA ,ASIA, Europe , pp. WSJ Live. Wall street Journal , Aug 6 2012.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Jan 10 2012. "Iowa's Turbulent Caucus in Pictures - Tawanda Kanhema" Channel 4 News ITN (UK) , pp. pp.1. Jan 10 2012.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Jan 9 2012. "A Tale of Two Democracies: From New Hampshire to Harare - Tawanda Kanhema" Channel 4 News ITN (UK) , pp. pp.1. Jan 9 2012.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Jan 4 2012. "Jobs, Debt and the War Dominate Iowa Caucuses - Tawanda Kanhema" Channel 4 News ITN (UK) , pp. pp.1. Jan 4 2012.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp. 1, Oct 24 2010. "With Eye on Sustainability, US-Based Coalition of Non-Profits Tackles Poverty, Disease in Africa" Investigative Africa , pp. pp. 1. Investigative Africa Media , Oct 24 2010.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Oct 22 2010. "Nigerian Independence Day Bombing Suspect Faces Tough Anti-Terrorism Laws in South Africa" Investigative Africa , pp. pp.1. Investigative Africa Media , Oct 22 2010.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Oct 16 2010. "Rwanda Arrests Opposition Leader Victoire Ingabire: Leader’s Whereabouts Unknown" Investigative Africa , pp. pp.1. Oct 16 2010.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp. 1 , Sep 18 2010. "In Kenya, Clean Water Proves Key to Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication" Investigative Africa , pp. pp. 1 . Investigative Africa Media , Sep 18 2010.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Sep 11 2010. "Kabila Bans Mining for Mobile Phone Minerals" Investigative Africa , pp. pp.1. Sep 11 2010.
Tawanda Kanhema. pp. pp.1, Aug 12 2010. "US$150 million Jets For Nigerian President, No Cash for 2011 Polls" Investigative Africa , pp. pp.1. Aug 12 2010.


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