Day: April 4, 2017

Zim braces for FIBA Afrobasket qualifier play-off

Zimbabwe are looking to return to the FIBA Afrobasket when they take on neighbouring South Africa in a two-game playoff qualifier in Johannesburg this weekend. Mozambique emerged winners of zone 6 group after they defeated Zimbabwe over two legs 80-68 and 85-65 in Maputo earlier this month. The Mozambique defeat saw Zimbabwe finishing second in the Zone 6 Group H qualifiers and will now meet South Africa who also finished second in Group G qualifiers in Lusaka with a better head-to-head over hosts, Zambia. Team Zimbabwe is currently in camp and training at the University of Zimbabwe ahead of the...

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Karoi group makes money from scrap metal

A Karoi-based group of 14 enterprising members is making money out of reclaiming metal trash which they sell in Harare where it is turned into deformed iron bars. Operating under the name; Chima Project, the metal waste management group is composed of 14 members and has been in the business of collecting scrap metal for 24 years. Under normal circumstances, the firm sells in excess of 90 tonnes of compressed metal per month, and before ferrying the junk metal, it is first graded into clusters comprising of  cast iron, steel, aluminium and copper. At the market in Harare, the compressed metal is turned into deformed bars. Chima Project has however over the past few months been hamstrung by the unavailability of a hydraulic compressing machine that reduces the scrap metal into smaller, compressed boxes that are easy to carry to Harare. The one they have been using was reclaimed by its owner who happens to be one of the buyers of their scrap metal following a misunderstanding. Chima Project is also being let down by lack of an appropriate truck to ferry their product to Harare and have to fork out US$500 in transport fees per trip for the delivery of the...

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Late provincial hero Cde Maraire buried

The late provincial hero, Cde Hactor Panganai Maraire, who is one of the Nyadzonya attack survivors, has been laid to rest at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre. The Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, who was represented by her ministry’s Deputy Director, Mr Trust Mudzingwa said Cde Maraire, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Gutumani, is one of the rare cadres who after losing his hand following the Nyadzonya attack, continued with the war of liberation. “Cde Maraire showed the highest level of bravery as he did not lose heart after the attack that resulted in him being disabled,” he said. Family spokesperson, Colonel Blessing Chikukuza said the late Cde Maraire was a family pillar who assisted his family members despite his disability. Cde Maraire crossed into Mozambique to join the liberation struggle in June 1975 through Zhunda Camp and later Nyadzonia where he was attached and his left hand amputated at Chimoio Hospital. He then received his military training at Tembwe in 1976 where he specialised in the use of pistols since he had one hand. After independence, he became active in national politics and was brutally injured by MDC-T youths in Kuwadzana Extension in 2008. He sustained serious head injuries from the attack that led him to develop a brain tumor which left him deaf, dumb and paralysed until his death. He is survived...

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Health hazard looms in Kadoma’s Rimuka

It is usually taboo for parents to share a bedroom with their children especially when they are grown-up. Lack of resources has however resulted in the family moral fabric being lost in Kadoma’s single quarters and general barracks sections of Rimuka. The single quarters and general barracks sections were established decades ago to accommodate mainly male workers when only very few women were employed in industries. The sections were established with inadequate ablution and other sanitary facilities back then. The situation has became worse because each single quarter provides shelter for up to seven family members. The single quarters section has 3 toilet squat holes for males and females each to save 64 housing units. The situation is so dire that being a communally shared facility, the chances of it remaining dirty for long periods are very high. Mr Godfrey Banda, who spent his entire adult life at the single quarters section in Kadoma’s Rimuka said it has become difficult to monitor children at night as some are now putting up at neighbours dwellings. Late last year, Kadoma Mayor, Councillor Muchineripi Chinyanganya said council is always keen to decongest the single quarters and the general barracks but the residents in the area often say they do not have the required funds to move to areas with better services. It is by sheer luck that no major communicable disease outbreak...

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Great Zimbabwe invaded by Lantana Camara

Close to US$500 000 is urgently required to remove  the invasive Lantana Camara species which is now disrupting the growth of other indigenous plants at the Great Zimbabwe monuments. Over 60% of the 720 hectares of land at the Great Zimbabwe monuments has been invaded by the Lantana Camara, a plant that affects the growth of indigenous plants at the cultural heritage site. National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe Masvingo Regional Director, Mr Lovemore Mandima said they have applied for funding from donor organisations to help kick-start the process of removing the invasive Lantana Camara. He said they intend to start removing it in October and the process is expected to end in 2019. “This Lantana Camara is a huge problem at the monument and we need to urgently remove it. It is however not a process that can be done over night. If we do get the US$480 000 that we applied for by 2019 we should have reduced the hectarage affected by the species,” he said. The Lantana Camara is considered one of the world’s 100 most invasive species, and ranks among the world’s 10 worst weeds. Its drought resistant nature makes it dominate the ecosystem by rapidly colonising gaps, edges and disturbed or logged habitats while displacing native species and destroying biodiversity. The impact will ultimately affect herbivores that depend on vegetation. Apart from hindering the...

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Zanu PF Mash Central endorses petition to expel Kasukuwere, Mafios

The Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial executive council has endorsed yesterday’s petition by demonstrators calling for the expulsion of Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and Cde Dickson Mafios. Among the charges being levelled against Cde Kasukuwere and Cde Mafios include, fanning factionalism, setting up parallel party structures, insulting and disrespecting the party leadership. Speaking to ZBC News, Mash Central provincial vice chairman Cde Kazembe Kazembe said the meeting unanimously endorsed the petition that was handed over by the demonstrators. Meanwhile, Cde Kazembe has expressed concern over the disappearance of computers at the provincial party offices Monday (yesterday) night saying some of the machines have since been recovered at the house of a party’s...

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Zanu PF Masvingo heeds President Mugabe’s call

The Zanu PF Masvingo provincial leadership has held a meeting where they raised concern over the manner in which some leaders in the party are allegedly creating parallel structures and imposing leaders who were not voted for by the province. Imposition of leaders and allowing divisive elements to continue causing chaos are threatening the stability of the Zanu PF Masvingo structures. These were the sentiments echoed by members of the provincial leadership who held a meeting this Tuesday (today). Cdes Jappy Jaboon, the provinces’ political commissar, Daniel Shumba the member of the house of assembly for Masvingo urban and Nobert Ndarombe, the party`s youth chairman are among those who are being accused of causing confusion in the party through the creation of parallel structures. The meeting called for the party`s national structures to look into their concerns. The party`s provincial Secretary for Administration Cde Ailess Baloyi who chaired the meeting said the province has heeded President Mugabe`s call to refrain from primitive ways of airing concerns but to address their grievances through proper channels hence the decision to meet and discuss. The concerns that were raised in the meeting will be forwarded to the national...

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‘Botswana earthquake a warning to Zim’

The Meteorological Service Department says the 6,5 magnitude earthquake that struck Botswana and spread to some parts of the region including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe on Monday evening should serve as a warning to the country that Zimbabwe is not safe from earthquake hazards. Aftershocks of the earthquake which had its epicentre near Kalahari Desert, some 300 kms from the Zimbabwean border continue to be recorded. Reports from the Meteorological Services Department indicate that South Africa felt the tremors of a the earthquake this Tuesday. Zimbabwe experienced the shacking of the ground and movement of some property last night, with the social media being inundated as people expressed their experiences. In Zimbabwe, parts of Plumtree, Gwanda, Hwange and Victoria Falls were most affected. Seismic Analyst in the Meteorological Services Department, Mr Anesu Chibi said the quake which is the biggest to be recorded in Botswana should serve as a warning to the country as Botswana was not considered an earthquake prone zone, adding that chances of aftershocks destroying property cannot be ruled out yet. Mr Chibi said the Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the aftershocks trend being experienced across the region using the earthquake detection equipment which is interlinked to the regional centres. The official figures of people injured and infrastructural damage is still to be compiled. Zimbabwe has four functional earthquake detecting machines in Bulawayo,...

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PSL clubs urged to be professional

Analysts have hailed ZIFA’s stance to regularise coaches’ qualifications for the current season going forward and those of the medical staff but the local football governing body has been urged to ensure other club licensing requirements are also adhered to. Many of Zimbabwe’s topflight clubs are yet to meet club licensing requirements resulting in football struggling to catch up with standards prevailing across the globe. On Monday, ZIFA said it will not be shifting from its stance of regularising coaching qualifications with anyone intending to sit on the bench as a coach requiring CAF A qualification. Medical staff will also be required to be qualified. Former PSL chairman Chris Sambo says ZIFA’s stance is noble but emphasized the need for other licensing requirements to be met. Sports analyst Liberty Maidza says the absence of professionalism has greatly affected not only Zimbabwean football as basics such as infrastructure and junior development structures are non-existent. Zimbabwe’s topflight league boasts of big institutions but sadly very few have met licensing requirements which include possessing their own training facilities, having offices and comprehensive administrative structures. In Europe, such structures are basic requirements with top clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea having transformed into multi- million dollar entities, while closer to home, most South African clubs boast of having met club licensing...

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ZOC in election mode

Just over a week remain for the close of nominations for the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) elections which are set to be held on the 30th of this month. ZOC chief executive officer Anna Mguni says the National Olympic Committee sent out a notice of the elections on the 22nd of March paving way for the nomination process where to date only one person has sent in their nomination paper. Among those eligible to will be the ZOC athletes commission chairperson who is set to be elected this weekend. The nomination verification process has been set for 22 April. The posts of president, two vice presidents, treasurer and 7 board members will be up for grabs at the ZOC polls on 30 April. Admire Masenda is reportedly vying for re-election as ZOC president, a position former Zimbabwe Karate Union president Joe Rugwete is allegedly eager to vie for with Thabani Gonye another name being touted as another possible...

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