Day: March 4, 2017

Declare cancer a state of disaster: ZCN

The Zimbabwe Cancer Network (ZCN) has called upon government to declare cancer a state of disaster as there are many affected people who cannot afford treatment. Cancer survivors, health care providers and other stakeholders affected by the disease are crafting a petition to be presented to government with the aim of having cancer declared a state of disaster. Cancer survivor and spokesperson for ZCN Mr McNorman Chitongo told ZBC News on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting that about 1 800 cancer deaths are being recorded each year and the figure could be higher since many in the rural areas cannot afford health care. Freight Forwarders Association of Zimbabwe president Mr Patrick Gwasera urged companies to support the fight against cancer. The early detection of cancer is the best strategy in reducing the non-communicable disease but treatment is complex and expensive especially for individuals with no medical...

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Special Olympics Zim launches wellness, fitness programmes

Special Olympics Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Lions Club have launched wellness and fitness clubs to promote healthy lifestyles amongst people living with disabilities. The youngsters are benefitting from playing with professional partners and mentorship from seasoned sportspersons and volunteers in the communities without discrimination or stigmatisation. Special Olympics Zimbabwe director Viola Musariri said the programme is targeting youngsters living with disabilities who for some reason do not partake in sporting activities. The first club was held at Prince Edward School which hosted the first training camp and thereafter participants would be meeting twice weekly for Zumba classes and other sporting sessions. Special Olympics Zimbabwe hopes to establish community clubs with assistance from international and local partners. Special Olympics Zimbabwe is also seeking to train over 1 500 volunteers and participants under the...

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National U20 rugby trials held

The national selectors this weekend converged at Churchill Boys High School in the capital to conduct the national under 20 rugby trials to select the national junior side to represent the country. Team manager Tonderai Laizer Chigumbura says all the provinces were represented during the national trials. Chigumbura said he was impressed with the turnout and level of competition during the national trials after selectors cast the net far and wide. The national under 20 selectors believe they have cast their net far and wide to pick players who have what it takes to make it into Zimbabwe’s next national U20 rugby team. The players will be put through a fitness test, speed testing as well as trial games to be conducted next Saturday. Chigumbura also said this weekend’s trials assisted the national selectors to find players that are age appropriate and tournament fit. He added that although Zimbabwe disappointed during the Global Youth Rugby tournament, the Zimbabwe under-20 rugby team selectors have included several experienced players who are eligible who represented the country last year at the same tournament. Zimbabwe hosted the World Rugby Trophy in the capital  last year and could host the tournament again this...

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Religious tourism set for major boost

Religious tourism is set for a major boost as one of the local churches Apostolic Faith Ministries (AFM), St Mary’s faith centre plans to build state of the art worshipping centre in Chitungwiza. However, authorities at the church say the project can successfully be completed with the help of corporate partners. AFM held a one day conference aimed at calling for partners in the construction of their worshipping centre in St Mary’s Chitungwiza. The worshipping centre is expected to open in 2020 once resources have been mobilised. Guest of honour at the fundraising conference Dr Nigel Chanakira appealed to the business community to assist in the construction of the church. The assembly leader Pastor Johannes Zehama and AFM Overseer Collin Dandure emphasized the role churches are playing in communities and how they morally shape the nation. The AFM church has schools, bible colleges and orphanages and is carrying out developmental projects which will create employment and benefit the underprivileged. The completion of St Mary’s faith centre is one the many  projects by AFM which will benefit the church and the local community through the creation of jobs and winning...

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Epworth residents castigate local board

Some Epworth residents have castigated the local board for planning to demarcate their stands into 200m2 per individual and are demanding at least 400 m2. The residents say the arrangement will cause diseases due to the size of the stands. A representative of the residents Mr Kudakwashe Damson says they are not parting ways with their land arguing they have been paying subscriptions to the local board for more than a decade. Three weeks ago the legislator for the constituency Cde Zalerah Makari said the initiative was to accommodate the residents and allocate them serviced stands in line with the ZIM ASSET. Cde Makari indicated that demarcate land  is being opposed by land barons who are illegally claiming ownership of land and capitalising on the illegal...

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Apostle Murata launches spiritual book

Newlife Pentecostal Church leader and founder Apostle Benjamin Murata has launched a spiritual book titled ‘The Promise of a New Life’ in Harare. The launch of the religious book, ‘The Promise of a New Life’ by Apostle Murata was attended by police officers, comedians and other church pastors. Apostle Murata’s first publication talks about Christian life, marriage, divorce and many other topics that affect the lives of people. Guest of honour police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri emphasized the need of living a life with a vision. The founder and leader of New Life Pentecostal Church promised more publications before the end of the...

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ZNA honours strategic business partners

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says it will continue developing partnerships with the corporate world to foster relations between the two parties. The ZNA says the development of synergies between the military and civilians is key in any developing country. This came out at a function hosted by the ZNA to honour its strategic business partners through the executive interaction initiative. Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda said the executive interaction initiative has already been adopted by other African countries. The organising secretary of the executive interaction initiative Mr Eugene Mlambo called on the business community to partner the military in promoting the charity work by the organisation. Lieutenant General Sibanda took the opportunity to observe a minute of silence in honour of the late Professor Primrose Kurasha. He said the late Professor Kurasha contributed immensely to the cordial relations that existed between the army and the Zimbabwe Open...

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Steel Brands seeks solution on pollution saga

Under fire steel maker, Steel Brands has engaged  the services of an environmental  consultant for an environmental impact assessment as bitter residents continue to demand concrete actions given the health risks posed by the heavy emissions from the company. An urgent meeting was convened as Houghton Park residents, an environmental consultancy agency and Steel Brands officials sought to find common ground on the pollution saga. The meeting meant to solicit concerned parties views was part of the consultancy’s consultation work with a final report expected to be presented to the relevant authorities. While some of the participants at the meeting opposed a complete shutdown of the plant given the potential economic benefits other residents said there should be concrete actions taken to stop the pollution given the health risks. The environmental consultancy firm representative Mr Takunda Hove said the general sentiments coming from the meeting is that the investment can continue with corrective measures being taken. Meanwhile, Steel Brands marketing executive Mr Rodwell Makuni said the company has since begun the process of minimising the pollution with the installation of a glit arrestor. The steel manufacturing plant located in Adbernie, Harare has been at the centre of the standoff between residents and the investors. Residents have raised a red flag on the heavy emissions with some complaining about the rise in respiratory...

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Govt committed to avail sporting facilities

The government says it remains committed to the provision of sport and recreation facilities for all. Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane pledged government’s commitment to avail sporting facilities in  a speech read on his behalf by Mashonaland Central acting provincial administrator Mr Richard Chipfuva at the awareness campaign and fundraising launch of the 2017 Zimbabwe National Paralympic games in Bindura. The launch kicked off with a march through the streets of Bindura town which was led by people living with disabilities. 2017 Zimbabwe National Paralympics games chief executive officer Mr Stan Kasukuwere expressed concern at the lack of enthusiasm from local sponsors to ensure the paralympic games succeed. Over 2 000 athletes and officials are expected at this year’s national paralympic games set for the 7th to 12th of next...

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Victory is certain in Mwenezi by-election: Zanu PF

The Zanu PF party says victory is certain in the upcoming Mwenezi East by-election. The Mwenezi East seat  fell vacant in December last year following the death of the member of the house of assembly Cde Joshua Moyo. The Mwenezi East by-election has been set for the 8th of next month (April) and Zanu PF is now in full campaign mode. Officially launching Cde Joosby Omar`s campaign in Mwenezi, Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Shuvai Mahofa said the party is  aiming for a landslide victory and told party supporters that other parties contesting in the by-election have nothing tangible to offer the people. Zanu PF central committee member Cde Clemence Makwarimba urged the party supporters to uphold the party’s values by voting for Cde Joosby Omar. Cde Omar said if voted into power he will not disappoint the electorate and will strive to ensure developmental programmes for the community continue. Cde Omar will be battling it out with three other candidates in the by-election. The three are Mr Kudakwashe Bhaskiti Chuma of the Zimbabwe People First, Mr Welcome Masuku of the National Consultative Assembly and Mr Turner Mhango of Free Zimbabwe...

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