Day: April 6, 2017

Govt offers assistance to Proliner bus accident victims

The government has offered US$200 each for the burial of the 20 people who perished in yesterday’s bus disaster which occurred at Nyamatikiti river, 20 kilometers from Mvuma on the Harare Masvingo highway. In a statement to the ZBC News, the Acting Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Dr Obert Mpofu said he has invoked section 32(C) of the Civil Protection Act and accordingly offered the cash assistance. On behalf of the government and the country at large, Minister Mpofu also offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wished those hospitalised a speedy recovery. Dr...

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Bantu Rovers target development of players

Bulawayo based premiership returnees, Bantu Rovers have vowed that their prime goal goes beyond just recording victories to ensuring the development of players. Tshintsha Guluva, as Bantu Rovers are affectionately known, received a baptism of fire in their first match following their return to the premiership when they were clobbered 5-nil by 2015 champions and city rivals, Chicken Inn. Acting head coach and the club’s director of coaching, Methembe Ndlovu revealed that his side was not bothered by the result as they set the development of players as the major target as compared to accumulating maximum points. On the hunt for a substantive head coach, the club’s general manager, Wilbert Sibanda indicated that his side was in no hurry to hire any but wanted to get the best person for the job. Club captain and U-20 international, Bukhosi Sibanda believes there should not be any pressing of buttons yet as his charges will come round with time. Bantu Rovers, who have continued their policy of using youngsters for their senior team, have not diverted from that slant with an average age of 20 turning out in the 2017 season. This week, Tshintsha Guluva will hope to register their first sets of points when they make the trip to Zvishavane for a date with FC Platinum at Mandava...

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Man (35) lives at a bus stop for over 2 years

It has been a difficult time for one Silent Mapeta who has spent over two and a half years living at a bus stop along Herbert Chitepo street in Harare. In the heart of the capital city lies a bus stop which used to be very busy during the era when ZUPCO buses were the main providers of public transport. It has been years since the urban buses went into oblivion and one feature of the urban bus system which has remained up to this day, ‘a bus stop shelter,’ has become a home for 35 year old Mapeta. Hailing from Nyanga, Mapeta said he has been living for two and a half years at the bus stop located at corner Herbert Chitepo and 7th street. Mapeta’s story of awaiting the processing of vehicle documents is difficult to understand and one cannot help but feel sympathy for the 35 year old who seems mentally unstable. The evening chilly weather provides a great inconvenience but the man can only rely on a few pieces of wood for warmth. The few minutes the ZBC News crew spent with Mapeta were perhaps a moment to reflect and appreciate the privilege of having a roof over one’s head and call for those with the heart to assist such homeless...

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Command agric to be extended beyond 5 years

The government says the command farming programme will be extended beyond five years as part of measures to boost food security. The revelations follow widespread interest and improved productivity in this season’s command farming programme. “For your own information, command agriculture is going to be there for the more than five years. It will also be diversified to  livestock development,” said Mr Davis Marapira, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development responsible for Cropping during at field day at the SEEDCO Rattray Arnold Research Station in Shamva. SEEDCO Managing Director, Mr Denias Zaranyika said great effort is...

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Govt works to operationalise Ekusileni hospital

The government is working on modalities to make Ekusileni Hospital an annex of Mpilo Central Hospital Radiotherapy and Nuclear Centre, in a move that could see the institution finally opening its doors to the public. The hospital, which has been a white elephant for the past 13 years when it was ready for use, could finally open its door for operations if the government’s considerations are anything to go by. Commissioning the newly licensed Radiotherapy and Nuclear Centre at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo today, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the government is...

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Man in court for allegedly raping ex-lover

The trial of a Bulawayo man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend has commenced before a Bulawayo regional magistrate. The suspect, Kudakwashe Antony Mapwevo of house number 70161-2 New Lobengula is being accused of unlawfully and intentionally assaulting and raping his ex-lover. It is the state’s case that in the period ranging from the 12th to the 19th of January this year, the accused deprived the complainant of freedom of body movement. It is also alleged that the accused forcefully removed the complainant’s clothes and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent, thus hurting her emotionally and physically and also leaving her with a bruised lip. The accused, who is on remand in prison, was further remanded to the 26th of April for continuation of trial when other witnesses will be called in to the witness...

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Gweru hospital ICU set for opening

Gweru provincial hospital is set to open its intensive care unit (ICU) in two weeks time following the installation of ventilators that have been delaying the opening of the critical facility. As the hospital continues to provide health care for the Gweru community and the Midlands Province at large, the hospital medical superintendent, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze said the ventilators that have been stalling the opening of ICU have been delivered from Switzerland   and installation completed  and they are satisfied with the new machines. The hospital has been operating without an ICU, referring critically ill patients to either Bulawayo or Harare. Dr Mashingaidze said the transportation of critically ill these patients is very risky and at times it has resulted in unnecessary loss of life which could have been avoided if the hospital had the ICU facility. He said most of their referrals to central hospitals have been caused by lack of the ICU and the new facility will reduce referrals to central hospitals. The ICU caters for patients in life threatening illnesses and injuries such as trauma and organ failure which require close monitoring and support from specialists...

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Teachers unions welcome standards control body

The country’s five teachers’ unions have thrown their weight behind the government move to form a professional standards control body for the teaching profession. This comes as an outreach programme on the formation of the regulatory body has been held in Bindura, with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education seeking to set and uphold high professional standards in the country’s education sector. Speaking on behalf of the country’s five teachers’ unions, Zimbabwe Democratic Teachers Union national president, Mr George Mushipe said the formation of the council was over. The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said the establishment   of a regulatory body is anchored on one of the five pillars of the new curriculum. When operational, the teaching  profession’s council will among other duties become the registrar of teachers, spearhead staff development programmes and ensure that professional standards are...

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Bosso dismisses Akbay strike reports

Bulawayo football giants, Highlanders have dispelled reports that head coach, Erol Akbay had engaged in a strike owing to unpaid sign on fees. The Dutch coach missed his side’s two days of training and Highlanders Secretary General, Emmert Ndlovu said contrary to reports that he was on strike, Akbay was unwell. In his absence, the charges went through their paces under the care of assistant coaches, Amin Soma Phiri and Cosmas Tsano Zulu. Mkabayi as Akbay is affectionately known among the Bosso faithfuls, however said that there had been a financial misunderstanding with the club which he said has since been resolved  but dismissed talk of the reported strike action. The popular Bulawayo side has been reeling under debts with indications that employees at the club had gone for some months without their dues. Meanwhile, Bosso took the opportunity during its weekly press conference to officially unveil a new mealie meal brand through a partnership entered with a local milling company. The move is expected to cushion the club as it will equally share the profits from the sales with the milling...

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Adopt commercial strategies, small poultry producers urged

The Scientific and Industrial Research Development Corporation (SIRDIC) says small holder farmers have the potential to increase earnings from poultry through adopting commercial strategies. To capacitate small holder poultry producers overcome several production challenges, SIRDIC in collaboration with the Korea Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFICI) have launched a chicken production manual. SIRDIC Biotechnology Research Institute Director, Dr Dexter Savadye said farmers are engaging in haphazard production but the manual features standard best practices that enable them to unlock commercial value. “The production manual is motivated by the need to standardise the production processes. Most of the farmers were just producing but not looking at quality, so the manual will also help them to contribute meaningfully to the chicken value chain. Also contained in the manual is a component on business where we advise them to keep records,” Dr Savadye said. SIRDIC Principal Author, Irvonnie Shoko said the majority of poultry producers have been recording losses due to disease outbreaks and this will be also addressed in the manual. “The manual covers the rearing broilers, layers and free range poultry, addressing issues to do with feeding techniques,  environmental management, how to hatch chicks using incubators and also how to deal with diseases,” Shoko said. The poultry industry in Zimbabwe recorded a 1 percent slump in 2016 after producing 74,8 million broiler day old chicks, according to the Zimbabwe...

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