Day: April 10, 2017

Mash Central wins Paralympic games

Hosts, Mashonaland Central Province scoped the 2017  Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games Championships as the curtain came down on  the 10th edition of the games held in Bindura. The five-day event saw over 820 athletes and officials gracing the sporting festival. Mashonaland Central claimed the overall first position after amassing 45 medals comprising 24 gold, 15 silver and 6 bronze. Mashonaland West Province came up second position with 46  medals, 14 of which are gold, 21 silver and 11 bronze, while Masvingo Province came third with 25 medals. In a speech read on his behalf by Sports and Recreation Commission Board Chairman, Edward   Siwela, the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwani said the paralympic games remain a government priority . The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province, Advocate Martin Dinha said the games were a resounding success and appealed to the government to adequately fund the event. Next year’s national paralympics games will be held in the Midlands Province and will run concurrently with the National Youth...

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More candidates apply for impending ZOC elections

With just two days before the close of nominations for the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) elections, more candidates are throwing their hats into the ring. Among these is Charles Mukaronda who is vying for the post of ZOC presidency and has already launched his election manifesto dubbed ‘Vote Charles-a Dawn of a New Era!!’ In an interview with the ZBC News, Mukaronda cites poor corporate governance as one area he would like to correct if elected into office. He alleges that a superiority and elitist approach has stifled potential for more national associations. Mukaronda’s nomination brings to four names being cited as vying for the ZOC hot seat where current president Admire Masenda is reportedly seeking re-election while former Zimbabwe Karate Union president Joe Rugwete is said to have also thrown in his name and current vice president Thabani Gonye touted as another candidate. All the posts in the executive committee will be contested including the two vice presidents, treasurer and seven board...

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SMEs call for increased support in their operations

Players in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector say availability of spaces to work from as well as access to markets remain major hurdles in the development of the sector. SMEs who were exhibiting their wares in Chitungwiza recently say they need assistance in linking them to more lucrative markets as well as strategic locations where they can operate from. The Chitungwiza Municipality has pledged to assist SMEs by availing factory shells in the dormitory town for them to operate from. The move is expected to ease the burden of the SMEs, many of whom operate from areas that impact negatively on the environment and their operations. There is need to ensure the SMEs sector is prioritised, particularly by local authorities especially in providing spaces to operate from given the contribution they have made to national development, says Grassroots Empowerment Projects national president Ms Betty Mutero. Globally, SMEs are taking a bigger and more significant role and becoming as important as large firms in the creation of gross and net new jobs in the new economic...

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Platinum miners’ maintain 100% record

Ngezi and FC Platinum emerged as two of the premiership teams yet to drop points following match day two of the PSL. Ngezi Platinum overcame Hwange 3-nil at the Colliery to storm to the summit of the PSL with six points but with a better goal difference than FC Platinum who are also on 6 after a 3-2 win over Bantu Rovers. Reigning champions Caps United moved to third place after a 2-1 win over Harare City at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. The victory saw the Green Machine pick up their first set of 3 points. Defeat however left Harare City in 14th position with a single point from two matches. Shabanie Mine are emerging as the early surprise package after stunning Highlanders with a 1-nil win which lifted them to fourth place, while the defeat saw Bosso slip to seventh with 3 points. Yadah FC also had joy on match day 2 with what is being dubbed a miracle goal placing the PSL debutants in fifth place on four points from two games. Yadah’s opponents ZPC Kariba slipped to ninth place with 3 points from two matches. Also to pick up maximum points on match day 2 was Bulawayo City and Black Rhinos who registered victories. Harare giants Dynamos blew away a two goal advantage as they were held to a 2-all draw by Triangle. In...

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ZSE starts week in red

The Zimbabawe Stock Exchange started the week on a low note due to losses by several listed counters. Massive disposal of shares by investors on the market ahead of the Easter holiday saw the mainstream industrial index losing a marginal 0.01 points to settle at 140.07 points in mixed trading while the mining or resources index shed 0.79 points to end 59.33 points. Gains were seen in Delta which added 0.25 cents to 86.25 cents, CFI put on 0.10 cents to trade at 12.65 cents whilst FBC Holdings inched up by 0.02 cents to close at 8.12 cents. Lafarge came off 3.25 cents to close at 44.75 cents, Seedco shed 0.41 cents to 94.50 cents while Star Africa Corporation decreased by 0.07 cents to end at 1.05 cents. Bindura shed 0.10 cents to trade at 2.90 cents. Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained...

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Few remember Leonard Dembo

The death anniversary of Leonard Dembo, affectionately known as Musoro Wenyoka, went largely unnoticed with music fans raising concern that the family and the arts industry dismally failed to honour the legendary musician. The legendary sungura musician died on the 9th of April in 1996 and a low key commemoration of his death yesterday raised fears that the country’s iconic musician is no longer given the honour he deserves. Some music fans said the late talented vocalist, songwriter and guitarist was one of the country’s most outstanding musicians whose compositions stood the taste of time and should be honoured,....

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SMEs urged to form SACOS

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been urged to form savings and credit co-operative societies (SACOS) as a means of mobilising capital expenditure. Government is promoting savings in the SMEs sector through SACOS in order to generate funds for re-investment in business. Speaking during a meeting with the Cluster Agricultural Development Services, SMEs Minister Cde Sithembiso Nyoni commended the organisation for empowering people at grassroots level highlighting the need for savings to ensure sustainability. Lillian Machivenyika, executive director for Cluster Agricultural Development Services said her organisation is working with rural communities to improve agriculture production, mitigate drought and create awareness on indigenous species. With mainstream financial institutions largely unwilling to extend loans to SMEs because of high risk, SACOS are being viewed as a convenient way of guaranteeing access to capital and spurring growth of...

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ZINWA disconnects Gwanda over US$10m debt

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has cut off  water supplies in Gwanda to force the town council to settle its US$10 million debt. The cash strapped council on the other hand  is struggling to offset the ballooning debt  and has been lobbying the government to allow it to take over the water treatment plant from ZINWA and run its water affairs . As the two government entities continue bickering, consumers are the once who suffer as the town has run dry. Speaking during a full council meeting, Gwanda Town Mayor, Councillor Knowledge Ndlovu said ZINWA should give council...

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Drowning cases increase

Drowning incidents have increased in the first quarter of the year by 70 percent from 125 last year to 213 cases this year. ZRP National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the increase in the drowning cases is a worrying development. “There is need for the public to take appropriate action to protect their children especially after a realisation that most drowning cases involved children between zero to six years of age, followed by those between seven and 14 years,” she said. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba added that more awareness campaigns are needed to arrest the continuously frightening...

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Zaka villagers implored to stop stream bank cultivation

Stream bank cultivation and illegal selling of land meant for pastures by some traditional leaders should not be allowed as this has an adverse effect on the country`s agriculture sector. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture responsible for cropping Cde Davis Marapira says the only way of ending such ills is by bringing culprits to book. The country is on a massive drive to ensure self sufficiency in food production, with the command agriculture programme being among the initiatives set out to achieve this. Irrigation has often been cited as the long term solution to ensuring food security but siltation in the country`s water bodies derails progress in that regard. Addressing communal farmers at a field day held at Chief Nhema`s homestead in Zaka, Cde Marapira called on traditional leaders to desist from the habit of settling people on land allocated for pastures. He implored the Environment Management Agency to be on the look out for villagers who continue to practise stream bank cultivation knowing fully well the effects of their actions. Focusing on the field day, the Deputy Minister applauded Chief Nhema for the good farming practices. He reminded the communal farmers that they have a role to play in food security hence they should strive to increase their yields. Chief Nhema encouraged his subjects to opt for cow manure compost if they cannot afford fertiliser citing this too,...

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