Day: April 2, 2017

Zim’s economy heading for major transformation

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Dr John Mangudya says the economy is rising and heading for a major transformation and the agriculture sector is giving impetus to this economic revival. Addressing a delegation from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, vice chancellors from all universities and Verify Engineering management team after visiting Harare Institute of Technology’s (HIT) industry incubation unit, Verify Engineering gas project at Feruka in Mutare, Dr Mangudya challenged Zimbabweans to rise up and rebuild the economy. He said Verify Engineering’s liquid fuel project fits well with the value addition and...

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Contextiles Housing Cooperative stands saga far from over

The alleged criminal conduct of the former Contextiles Housing Cooperative found guilty of fraud and slapped with a seven year jail term seven years ago is still affecting duped members to this day as endless litigation has seen stalling in finalising the case. The development has led to squabbles between the current cooperative, Chitungwiza city fathers and some youths over allocation of stands. Confusion and chaos haunts the Chitungwiza Contextiles Housing Cooperative’s 16 of its members most of whom joined the cooperative during its formative years in the early 80’s, who are yet to be allocated stands after a previous executive siphoned funds from the cooperative and was dragged to the courts were they were convicted but they have been appealing against the sentence and conviction since seven years ago. The current executive is also not singing from the same hymn book with allegations for some members that the executive may have also sold some stands to non members. Following an altercation with Zanu PF Youth League members who contend they were issued stands by the George Makunde led council, the secretary for the housing cooperative Tasara Zvandasara blames council for failing to honour its words while the chairman of the cooperative Robson Ngoshi accused the youths for forcibly taking over some stands allocated by the same council. However, Zanu PF Youth League secretary for administration Tawanda Kadengu rubbished...

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April Fool’s Day: all best fake news, pranks

The tradition of setting aside a day for playing harmless jokes is recognised widely throughout the world on the 1st of April and is popularly known as April Fool’s Day. Laughter reduces pain, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain so the scientists say and yesterday was no exception as many fell victim to fool’s day. Some of the practical jokes are sleekly executed and one would be forgiven for thinking it is legit. One lady was overjoyed that her boyfriend was finally proposing for marriage, only to realise that it was all just an April Fools’ Day joke. Newspaper readers would also be forgiven for thinking that some of the stories that appeared in newspaper publications on 1 April were real. For example the banner of one local publication which claimed popular Prophet TB Joshua had jetted into the country, got some unsuspecting people excited. The newspapers usually explain the next day or below the news section in small letters that a certain story was fake. Unlike in the past when most jokes had to be done practically, social media has also taken over the fool’s day joke but the humour has not departed. Others are however of the opinion that the day must not be recognised at all because it causes false alarm that can even result in some people...

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Zanu PF Mt Pleasant resumes restructuring exercise

Zanu PF supporters in Mount Pleasant constituency resumed the membership audit and verification exercise from cell to district level as the revolutionary party assesses the state of the party ahead of next year’s polls. Member of Parliament for Mount Pleasant constituency Cde Jason Passadi said the comprehensive restructuring exercise is very critical and must be conducted properly as it constitute cells, branches and districts which will then feed into the provincial and national structures. During the meeting, supporters were advised to organise themselves into groups as the constituency has been given 5 000 chicks to kick start poultry projects. The chicks are part of a donation from the First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe and the supporters appreciated her kind gesture. Party supporters were also given time to voice their concerns and the leadership pledged to continue to be guided by the will of the masses. Each district in Harare is expected to have 25 cells, while each cell should have at least 50...

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Capacity building programme to address teacher shortages

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says efforts are being made to address the critical shortage of science, mathematics and indigenous languages teachers through its capacity building programme. This came out during consultations on the establishment of the Teaching Professions Council held in Gwanda. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango unpacked the role of the Teaching Professions Council to educators who attended the meeting saying it will among other things improve the standards of teaching and learning in the country ‘s schools. She further revealed that various efforts are being done to ensure that the critical shortage of qualified teachers in mathematics, science and indigenous languages is addressed through the teacher capacity building programme. The response by educators on the establishment of the Teaching Professional Council has been well received in various provinces as it will restore the dignity of the profession says Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu. Despite the presence of many teacher union bodies, challenges in the teaching profession have continued with little redress and the establishment of the council is hoped to create one voice that can expedite possible...

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Mrewa RDC to continue with sanitation programmes

Mrewa Rural District Council (RDC) says it is ready to continue with the water and sanitation programme it embarked on with Caritas Zimbabwe which ended its operations on the 31st of March. Mrewa RDC chief executive officer Dr Alouis Gurajena said the end of the Caritas water and sanitation project opens an opportunity for the district to take up the initiative for further development. Mashonaland East acting provincial administrator Mr Tavabarira Kutamahufa says the wash programme in the district resonates well with government’s development agenda on health and social services. The wash programme which was launched in 2014 seeks to increase sanitation coverage, improve hygiene practises and behaviours. The programme was being implemented in ward 30 and has seen Mrewa RDC being one of the best local authorities in water and sanitation programmes. Some of the projects undertaken by the programme include construction of sewer ponds in Magamba high density area and biogas digestors at Mrewa...

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Masvingo music awards held

The 4th edition of the Masvingo music awards was held this weekend with organisers saying there is room for improvement if more sponsors come on board. Masvingo came alive yesterday evening and the Charles Austin Theatre was the place to be for music lovers as it hosted the Masvingo music awards. Dressed to kill, the audience flaunted their best attire on the red carpet. The awards saw energetic  performances being dished out by various musical groups from the province. Awards organisers Proud and Pride Masekesa, twins from the Ancient City said over the years they have tried to better the standards of the awards but their biggest challenge so far has been lack of support from the corporate sector, which has left them hosting the event on a shoe string budget. “Our performances are getting better each year. The quality, the ambience is getting better with each year,” said Pride Masekesa. “This year’s awards were much better than last year. The musicians are getting better. The first year we had just about 180 people but now the numbers keep increasing,” Proud said. Among those who won were Anatsi Zabhura who walked away with the best female musician award, Ted Alchemy who was awarded best male musician, known in music circles as Baba Rah also won the best song message  award. The late Andy Brown was honoured with a post...

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Several schools embrace new curriculum

An active body is healthy and sport it is an integral part to create a healthy nation. In the spirit of the new curriculum to advance practical learning, the weekend was awash with sporting activities as several schools held their sports competitions one such happening at a pre-school ‘Learning Planet’ where two-year olds were already beginning to show their desire to learn the art of excellence in sport. It was a sports day with a difference as toddlers some as young as two engaged in a competitive mode with only one aim in mind, to come first in the race and make their parents proud. The young athletes gave their best in the various races that included relays, flat races, washing line and shopping basket races which of course were littered with hiccups but ultimately achieved the motive of keeping the body fit. ‘Practice what you preach they say’ and parents’ who often advice and encourage children to play sport lived to their teaching as they came in droves to support their children, let alone also took part in the parents races that featured one for the ‘gogos’, ‘sekurus’ and couples. Learning Planet principal Mrs Roweena Joseph said such support from parents is what will make Zimbabwe a great sporting nation. Who knows maybe it is from this crop of young athletes that one day Zimbabwe will unearth its...

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Lion walk, a popular activity in Vic Falls

Watching wildlife videos of a lion in action, pouncing on its prey is exciting but the thought of taking a walk with the king of the jungle cannot be taken lightly given its strength, power and the dominance it enjoys over other species. Despite its fearful nature, walking with the king of the jungle is one of the most popular activities in Victoria Falls. Bungee jumping and zip line are considered as some of the most attractive adrenaline rush activities in Victoria Falls. Scary and dicing with death is how many describe them, but walking with the lion is another activity which is as good as throwing oneself into an endless pit. Although every effort is made to ensure that visitors are safe, they are not tamed lions as many would assume and there is no guarantee that one can come back alive. In fact statistics indicate a few have been injured all in the name of being adventurous. A few rules must however be observed and adhered to and these include staying alert and without fail keeping an eye contact with the animal all the time. Visitors must also carry a stick which serves as an extension of the hand so that in case the lion strikes, only the stick will be attacked and never should the visitors touch its head or tail under any circumstances. Interestingly, observing...

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Recreation still a sleeping giant: Hlongwane

Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane says leisure and recreation activities remain subdued although the sector has the ability to turn around the economy of the country. He was speaking in Chinhoyi on the occasion of the launch of the inaugural leisure and recreation symposium. Minister Hlongwane says ways of harnessing expenditure on leisure should be sought by coming up with satisfactory recreation programming. He noted that in the past, there has been a tendency to exclude the majority from having access to recreation facilities, a challenge that is to be addressed by the new sport and recreation policy. Minister Hlongwane also spelt out the critical role recreation plays in reducing the burden of non communicable diseases, such as hypertension. Meanwhile, the sports minister revealed that there are plans to get all members of parliament involved in some sporting activities as a way of ensuring they stay fit and...

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