Day: March 6, 2017

Tourism, all about adventure

Tourism is all about adventure, but when it comes to sliding across the gorges of the mighty Zambezi river suspended on a wire, not many may be willing to take that kind of adventure. Highwire activities are some of the most interesting for visitors that come to Victoria Falls to experience breath-taking adventures. Clients have the option of sliding in pairs or as individuals and are pulled back to the same place using specialised equipment after completing the activity. For a distance of 450 metres across the Zambezi gorge, one can slide at terrific speed of 105km per hour. “We also have another wing on the second platform where you get connected to four ropes and you choose how you want to jump. You can hold the ropes and just step off or you can lean back and fall backwards, so the drop there is about 70 metres into a 95 metre high swing. This time the speed will be 120 km/hour and the activity is only three seconds,” a highwire instructor, Mr Reason Ncube said. Once the client has jumped off, he enjoys a couple of swings suspended about 15 to 20 metres above the Zambezi waters, before he is pulled back using specialised equipment. During the low season, 20 clients will take it up per day but the figure shoots up to 140 per day during the...

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ZNA set to conduct several seminars

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has lined up a number of training seminars this year to improve its capacity in inline with military technology transformations taking place at a global level. ZNA Chief of General Staff – Operations and Training at army headquarters, Major General Trust Mugoba said training has become one of the ZNA priority areas during peace times. He added that ZNA Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has directed various army units to embark on various training programmes to improve military efficiency. Following the directive from ZNA Commander, 2 Infantry Brigade is conducting a seminar on offensive operations as its lead formation task. The training programme has on its agenda discussions on the most appropriate media policy the ZNA should pursue in its quest to improve its relations with the Fourth Estate, among other areas of...

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Absence of POS major impediment in Mat South

The absence of point of sale machines (POS) in most retail outlets, poor telecommunication connectivity and lack of electricity in some parts of rural areas, have been cited as major impediments to the use of plastic money in Matabeleland South province. This came out during a Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) plastic money campaign workshop held in Gwanda recently. With most Zimbabweans continuing to spend a lot of productive time queuing for cash at banks, the CZR and RBZ met stakeholders in Gwanda recently to advocate for increased use of plastic money given the current liquidity challenges. CZR President, Mr Denford Mutashu reiterated the need for Zimbabweans to move away from a culture of carrying hard cash and embrace the use of plastic and mobile money. Participants from both urban and rural Gwanda conceded that while plastic money is the way to go given the liquidity crisis, most retail outlets did not have point of sale machines, while poor telecommunication connectivity was another challenge that needed to be addressed with expediency. The central bank is working towards ensuring that point of sale machines are accessible with the target being 100 000 by 2020. As of January 2016, 35454 point of sale machines had been distributed throughout the country. The meeting was attended by representatives from the banking sector, the business community, Gwanda municipality,...

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Gweru entrepreneur scoops five Women’s Leadership Awards

A Gweru based entrepreneur, Mrs Smelly Dube has scooped five awards at a Women’s Leadership Awards held in Harare. Mrs Dube says she dedicates her awards to every woman in Zimbabwe and Africa. The Minister Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, who also received an award, encouraged women to support each other at work places and to avoid  undermining each other. The national broadcaster, ZBC also received an award for championing women’s issues through broadcasting. Other award winners called on the corporate world to provide quality service in order to be recognised. The Minister for State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa and the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya were also honoured for championing community...

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ZSE opens week in red

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE)’s industrial index opened the week on a low note, losing a marginal 0.04 points to close at 134.44 points. CBZ dropped 0.25 cents to close at 10.25 cents; Innscor lost 0.22 cents to settle at 44.78 cents, while Dawn retreated 0.20 cents to trade at 1.40 cents. Econet lost a marginal 0.03 cents to trade at 12.99 cents, whilst Axia and Seedco both fell by 0.02 cents to end at 6.98 cents and 93.00 cents respectively. Losses were countered by gains in British American Tobacco, which added 5.00 cents to close at 1525.00 cents. Delta went up by 0.42 cents to 83.02 cents, while Colcom and Old Mutual each went up by 0.25 cents to settle at 36.75 cents and 346.27 cents respectively. Padenga inched up by 0.05 cents to 17.05 cents. The mining index was flat at 55.68 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and Riozim remained unchanged at previous trading levels of 3.30 cents, 1.00 cents, 3.00 cents and 33.10 cents...

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White visitors appear at Apostolic shrine

While it is rare to see white people attend an Apostolic Sect church service, it was a different case altogether when white visitors made a surprise appearance at Madzibaba Simbarashe’s shrine in Chitungwiza this Sunday. It was a service with a difference at Sangano repa J paCanaan of Johane Masowe Echishanu this Sunday at their ‘Hokero Yemweya Mutsvene Meeting’. The gathering was attended by thousands of people and among them, white people clad in masowe regalia. Speaking to the ZBC News one of the rare visitors, Mr Steve Parker who was in the company of his family and friends, said he would become a regular visitor if he is assisted. Madzibaba Simbarashe applauded the visitors for taking such a bold move as Johane Masowe Echishanu is led by the Holy Spirit to perform healing and deliverance for all. This is the first time that Johane Masowe Echishanu has attracted white congregants at its Chitungwiza shrine and it now remains to be seen whether the rare visitors will come back to fellowship with the...

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Bulawayo business forum launched

Small and medium scale enterprises in Bulawayo have come up with a forum whose aim is to promote the growth of the sector. Speaking during the launch of the Bulawayo Business Forum coordinator Mrs Caroline Rwafa said the organisation seeks to lobby for market linkages regionally and internationally. Chairperson of the Bulawayo Business Forum Reverend Frank Mhlanga who spoke on the sidelines of the launch said they are creating a strong voice for those in the SMEs sector. The launch was attended by the Bulawayo business community and other business...

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Lock misses out on fourth ITF doubles title

Benjamin Lock missed out on a doubles crown after losing in the Turkey Futures doubles final at the weekend. Lock who partnered with Seon Chan Hong of Korea went down painfully after losing via a super tie break. Lock and Hong won the first set 6-2 before losing the second set 2-6. With the match deadlocked at 1 set all the game had to be decided through a super tie break which saw Pedro Bernadi of Brazil and Christopher Figueroa of Guatemala win 12-10 to clinch the match. In the singles section lock was eliminated by Anil Yuksel of Turkey in the quarter finals. The Zimbabwe Davis Cup player now ranked 480 in the singles is now Zimbabwe’s highest ranked player with Takanyi Garanganga sitting on position 497. In the doubles Lock is now in the top 400, sitting on position 389 on the ITF...

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Get real, Labour told

Negotiations between government and the labour unions should take cognisance of the prevailing economic climate in the nation. Those calling for a reality check especially on the part of labour say non monetary benefits must be the way to go and the workers must give government breathing space to direct funding towards production. Workers should not think that by arm twisting government to give in to their monetary demands, they are scoring a victory says legislator Terence Mukupe who is also a member of the portfolio committee on industry and commerce. Cde Mukupe says by now workers should be able to take a conscious decision to give government breathing space so that the little available funds are channelled towards reviving production in the nation. The Affirmative Action Group says one of the realities civil servants have to accept is that the economy is not performing at its best and rather than asking what they can get from government, they should be looking at what they can do to assist government. And at a time when there have been calls for tough knee jerk decisions, there is an argument that Zimbabwean civil servants must accept that a bonus is not a privilege but a reward given out of a ticking economy. In the context of these discussions there is a wake up signal to the workers who are being urged...

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Bulawayo set for another aquatic championships

Following the historic hosting of the CANA Zone IV swimming championships in Bulawayo recently, swimming enthusiasts are in for another treat as the province hosts the National Junior championships from the 18th to the 19th of March at Petra Junior School. About 200 swimmers from the country’s six active provinces that include defending champions Mashonaland, Midlands, Mashonaland country district, Manicaland, Masvingo and hosts Matabeleland are set to square it off in what is the country’s peak of junior swimming competitions. The annual event that is traditionally hosted in February this year had to give way to the hosting of the 13 regional countries during the CANA Zone IV championships which were convincingly won by Zimbabwe. Chairperson of the Matabeleland Swimming Board Nokuthula Cyprianos confirmed that all preparations for the hosting of the event were on course. Mashonaland who are expected to bring the biggest contingent of swimmers of about 90 will be tipped to excel yet again despite the hosts Matabeleland expressing their desire to give them a real fight in an attempt to reclaim the aggregate trophy they have since surrendered to the champions in the last couple of editions. Cyprianos also highlighted that Team Matabeleland had been selected and was busy preparing through their various clubs that include Barracudas, Zambezi Tigers, Penguins, SOS, Dolphins and Crusaders to name a few. With the country recording some impressive times...

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