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with Lindiwe Chaza-Jangira, National Director, Zimbabwe AIDS Network
October 22, 2010
with Lindiwe Chaza-Jangira - Read
yourself in five words?
Motivated, spiritual, laughing, loving and a-hopeless-romantic.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
This was actually recently from my youngest daughter. She
said to me, "You know, you spend all your life doing things
for other people, sometimes you need to take time out, be a little
selfish, and do the things that you really want to do." I'm
hoping to have time to do those things.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I've done a lot of ridiculous things. Probably scaling
a barbed wire fence and ripping my thigh, when I was sixteen. Also,
I fell from a rock onto a stick that went through and came out the
other side. I was a tomboy.
is your most treasured possession?
They are two people - my kids. But my most treasured
possession . . . that's really difficult. What would cause
me, if I lost it, to almost die? There isn't anything like
that. Maybe my DVD collection!
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Interesting that you should ask that question because yesterday
I was saying to someone that I make misery, miserable. So that's
the lowest depth of misery, when you make misery, miserable.
have any strange hobbies?
Not a hobby as such, but a quirk that I have is I must
always have even numbers. For instance, when I'm turning up
the volume, I can't stop on twenty-three, it has to go to
have you got in your fridge?
Milk, juice and mayonnaise.
is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is probably not to have an opportunity
to accomplish the things I've set for myself and to achieve
the goals I've set for myself.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
My best journey was my trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I'd never been to Latin America before and I was there at
the time of my birthday. I bought myself my favourite creature.
He's a butterfly. I bought myself my butterfly ring as my
are your heroes in real life?
My dad is definitely a hero. I've got lots of other
heroes at different levels.
and where were you happiest?
I was probably happiest here in Zimbabwe when I was sixteen.
I fell in love.
your biggest vice?
Smoking. But I have made a commitment to quit . . . very
soon . . . sooner than we think.
were you like at school?
It's amazing that in my earlier years, I was very
reserved. I was very quiet and very shy. I was a tomboy. I fought
with boys and when boys harassed a girl, I would beat the boy up
for the girl. I was a feminist much, much earlier than I even thought.
I was also very sporty and very active. I played netball, hockey.
I played for the Mashonaland netball team. I was once swimming captain
for my schoolhouse.
are you doing next?
After this interview I'm having a meeting with my
deputy director. Then I'm going to see what work I can get
done. And my email inbox is full and also needs attention.
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