Day: March 5, 2017

Zim expecting bumper harvest: Mnangagwa

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country is expecting a bumper harvest after surpassing the targeted 2 million tonnes of maize to 3 million tonnes, according to a survey conducted across the country. This comes after successful implementation of the command farming agricultural programme and the presidential input support scheme. Cde Mnangagwa, who chairs a Cabinet Committee on Food and Security under ZIMASSET, said a preliminary survey shows that a target of 2 million tonnes of maize has already been surpassed. He also revealed that the command agriculture programme is for every Zimbabwean, adding that those in urban areas...

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Govt committed to availing land to churches: VP

The government has pledged its support in facilitating the church to access land for infrastructure development. This was said by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a Methodist Church ceremony to welcome the new superintendent for Kuwadzana circuit. Song and dance was the best gift the church could give to Vice President Mnangagwa, showing him their appreciation for visiting their church, whose Kuwadzana chapel is still under construction. Cde Mnangagwa said the government prioritises churches in allocating land as they are a key partner in ensuring peace, security and development in the country. This was after complaints by the church that it has become difficult to be allocated land by local authorities to build churches. The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa who underscored the need for churches to pray for the prosperity of the nation and its leaders. The incoming Methodist Kuwadzana Circuit Superintendent, Reverend Victor Chidzambwa said the presence of the Vice President at the event is an honour to them....

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Miners federation applauds women’s bank proposal

The Zimbabwe Miners Federation has applauded the government for the proposed women’s bank and challenged other local financial institutions to introduce tailor-made products for women to ensure financial inclusion. The first women’s bank in the country is set to be launched next month, according to the government and is set to provide financial assistance to enterprises run by women. The development has been hailed by women as they will access affordable capital for their businesses. Zimbabwe Miners Federation President, Mrs Apolinna Munzverengi said women in mining are hopeful that the institution will assist in boosting their operations and has challenged other financial institutions to develop attractive and tailor-made products for women. In the 2017 monetary policy statement, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr John Mangudya announced the introduction of a US$15 million revolving women empowerment fund. The women empowerment fund will be availed at an all-inclusive interest rate of 10% to support projects owned or managed by women. The government has committed itself to crafting policies and putting in place legal mechanisms aimed at promoting women...

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Children showcase future of broadcasting industry

Zimbabwe’s broadcasting industry has a great future if talent showcased during this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is anything to go by. Young, energetic and enthusiastic aspiring radio personalities had the rare opportunity to be closer to the microphone and showcase their abundant talents in the company of their favourite radio presenters. It was a day with a difference as ZBC’s Power FM brought together children from different backgrounds, their parents, the station partners and some of the famous radio personalities to commemorate the special day at a popular children’s entertainment centre in Borrowdale, Harare. From live broadcasting, swimming, snacks, dancing and slides, there was everything for everyone who graced the event. The children expressed appreciation for the opportunity to express their broadcasting talents. The future radio personalities concurred on the relevance of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting in raising awareness on children issues. The radio presenters took time to play with the children and in the process teach the young ones some of the key broadcasting skills. Away from Borrowdale, Power FM’s sister station, Radio Zimbabwe also had a similar programme to mark the special day. The other vent was held at ZBC Montrose studios in Bulawayo. It was indeed an afternoon to cherish for most of the children who graced the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting...

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Harare City win pre-season netball tourney

The City of Harare Queens won the pre-season netball tournament when they beat ZDF Queens 27-7 in the final to clinch the title. The Netball Super League season opening tournament held at the Stodart Netball Complex in Mbare attracted some 12 teams out of the 16 teams in the league. Although it is still pre-season, the competition and rivalry was fierce as teams sought the early bragging rights to the new season. In the quarter finals, ZDF Queens beat Beta Bricks 15-9 while Correctional Services lost to Harare City Queens by 23-14. Ruwa lost to Platinum Zvishavane 19-9 and Zimplats Ngezi thrashed Tomlinson Depot 25-4 In the semi-finals, ZDF beat Zimplats Zvishavane 21-7 while Harare City beat Zimplats Ngezi 14-10. Estl Ndlovu of Harare city was named player of the tournament, while the best shooter award and best defender award went to Paidamoyo Pedzisai of Zimplats Ngezi and Sthembile Chitova of Harare City...

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Faheem Somanje launches debut album

Faheem Somanje has launched his first album at a well attended function in Marondera and graced by sungura legend, Alick Macheso. Faheem is son to the late Pengaudzoke frontman, Daiton. Marondera music promoter, Daniel Masaiti and businessman, Mr Cleopas Kundiona, who was the guest of honour, pledged to continue supporting the youthful musician, whose polished performance during his debut album launch left Marondera music fans asking for more. Sungura legend, Macheso who did a collaboration with Faheem in one of the songs on the album titled Nhaka paid tribute to faheem’s late father, Daiton for grooming his son. The...

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Mtawatawa urged to fix water woes

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri says there is need to expedite the connection of Saparanyambuya dam to the Mtawatatwa growth point water system to avoid water shortages like last year. Addressing stakeholders at a provincial stakeholders meeting in Murewa, Retired Brigadier General Mutinhiri expressed concern over failure to utilise water at Saparanyambuya dam for the benefit of Mtawatawa growth point which was last year hit by massive water shortages after the drying up of Chikono dam. Saparanyambuya dam which is supposed to be the main source of water for Mtawatawa growth point has been lying idle for the past 15 years. The stakeholders meeting was attended by the Zanu PF provincial leadership, legislators, traditional leaders and heads of government departments as well as...

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Montrose hosts Children’s Day of Broadcasting

This Sunday was a day to remember for children from schools around Bulawayo as they joined their counterparts from around the world in marking the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting at Montrose studios. The day could not have come at a better time than when Montrose studios in Bulawayo had a major facelift that allowed the children to go live on television and radio. It was a momentous occasion as the children of all ages got a rare opportunity to be live in front of a microphone and camera leading out in various subjects. The participating children were excited...

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Intensive farming key to food security: Min

The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha says intensive farming remains critical towards ensuring food self sufficiency in the country. He said this at a command agriculture field day held at Rockwood farm in Centenary, which belongs to an A1 farmer, Mr George Jacob. Mr Jacob was allocated 14 hectares under the agrarian reform but over the years has been leasing land from nearby farms and this season boasts of 25 hectares under maize, 10 of which are for command agriculture. Advocate Dinha commended the host farmer for his intensive farming practices, saying maximum production at resettled farms remains key in enhancing food security in the country. Mr Jacob said command agriculture has helped boosted production at his farm. Mr Jacob is also into tobacco and livestock production at his Rockwood...

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President Mugabe back from Singapore

President Robert Mugabe has arrived back home this Sunday morning from Singapore where he had gone for a scheduled medical review. Cde Mugabe had left Harare on Wednesday morning for a scheduled medical review in the South East Asian country. Accompanied by his daughter, Mrs Bona Chikore, President Mugabe’s plane touched down at the Harare International Airport just after 6.am. He was met by the two vice presidents; Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, cabinet ministers Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Dr Joram Gumbo and Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Minister of State for Harare Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Chief Secretary to...

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