Day: April 15, 2017

Ngezi Platinum Stars march on

Ngezi Platinum Stars beat visiting How Mine 2-nil at Baobab Stadium to maintain their 100 percent winning record in the PSL this season. A brace by striker Terrence Dzvukamanja in the second half ensured ‘Madamburo’ who are coached by Tonderai Ndiraya maintained their top spot on the PSL log. The match which was played at high tempo lived up to expectation as both sides attacked from the first whistle. Both teams missed a number of good scoring opportunities in the first half, came back from the interval determined to outdo each other, although the home side enjoyed possession and it was a matter of time before they opened their account. Madamburo scored in the 65th minute through livewire Terrence Dzvukamanja who placed his shot wide of Donnovan Bernard in goal for How Mine from captain Liberty Chakoroma pass to score. Both sides made changes soon after the goal but Ngezi got their second in the 89th minute from Dzvukamanja. Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya was thrilled with the win considering he had seven senior and regular players injured. How Mine coach, Zambian Kelvin Kaindu was disappointed with his team’s performance which he said was below par. Ngezi Platinum left back, 21 year old Nelson Ketala played a blinder combining well with Donald Teguru and Dzvukamanja on the flanks in the absence of injured Qadir Amin who together with...

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Tobacco industry dominate projects uptake in first quarter

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry has dominated the uptake of investments in the first quarter with locals increasing their participation in the contracting business. Investor confidence is improving in the tobacco industry with revelations by the Zimbabwe Investments Authority (ZIA) that projects implementation for the sector has been on an upward trend. An operations manager for a local tobacco contracting firm, Mr Tapiwa Moga says the increased granting of permits for indigenous contractors in the sector has also improved growth. “The sector is poised for growth and we anticipate for greater opportunities,” he said. Viable pricing models have also increased investor...

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VP Mphoko pays tribute to late Chief Dakamela

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says government attaches great importance to the institution of traditional leaders as the custodians of the land and the country’s cultural values. Cde Mphoko made the remarks during the burial of regent Chief Dakamela of Nkayi Matabeleland North who was laid to rest at her family graveyard in Matopo this Saturday (today). A sombre atmosphere gripped Brethren in Christ Church in Matopo Mission today where hundreds of people including family, friends, chiefs and senior government officials congregated to give a befitting send off to regent Chief Dakamela who passed away in the United Kingdom on the 31st of March. Family members described her as a humble and selfless character while Chief Dakamela ‘s children said their mother’s death has left a void that will be difficult to fill. Traditional chiefs also delivered their messages of heartbreak saying Chief Dakamela’s impeccable work ethic and dedication to duty is worth emulating. Vice President Mphoko who also gave a rousing tribute and farewell to the late Chief Dakamela said  while the colonial regime undermined the Institution of Traditional Leaders, the government is committed to ensuring that they are held in high regard. Chief Dakamela who was born Hleziphi Dakamela died in her sleep at the age of 73 at her daughter’s  home in the United Kingdom where she had gone to visit. She had been the acting chief...

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Liberation war hero Cde Mandeya buried

War veteran Cde Jason Joseph Phillimon Mandeya who died on the 13th of this month and was declared a liberation war hero has been buried at Warren Hills Provincial Heroes Acre. Cde Mandeya who died at Parirenyatwa Hospital has been described as a selfless son of the soil who sacrificed his life for the liberation of the country. Harare Metropolitan Province Minister of State Cde Miriam Chikukwa who was represented by deputy director in her office Mr Trust Mudzingwa said the country should celebrate the contribution Cde Mandeya made to the development of the country. Family members said they had lost a pillar of strength while colleagues from Air Zimbabwe hailed Mandeya for inspiring blacks to take up jobs as pilots after independence. Born on 28 November 1952, Cde Mandeya whose Chimurenga name was Senior Hombarume joined the liberation struggle in 1975 after he was motivated by his failure to secure a job due to segregation of the colonial regime. He received military training at Chimoio and was posted to Tanzania for further training. In 1978 he was deployed to Mount Darwin and in 1979 he was posted to Pakistan and later Greece where he trained as a pilot. After independence in 1981 he was recruited by Air Zimbabwe and became one of the first black pilots. Cde Mandeya served Air Zimbabwe until retirement on medical grounds in 2012....

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Six perish in Chinhoyi car accident

Six people died early this morning while 20 others were injured in an accident involving a Honda Fit and a Nissan Caravan vehicle near Chinhoyi. Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the accident occurred at the 111 kilometre peg along the Harare-Chirundu road. He said preliminary investigations indicate that the driver of the Honda Fit encroached into the lane of oncoming vehicles resulting in the head on collision. Chief Superintendent Nyathi said the Nissan Caravan, which had 24 passengers on board overturned killing four people on the spot while another one died on admission at Chinhoyi...

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NSSA conducts free medical clinic at UMC

The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has conducted a free medical clinic at the United Methodist Church (UMC) as part of its corporate social-responsibility. As part of NSSA’s vision of coming back to communities, NSSA this Friday conducted a free medical clinic at the UMC, Mabelreign north church which saw many people receiving treatment. The authority’s chief executive officer and general manager Ms Liz Chitiga outlined programmes the organisation will be undertaking in future as it strives to engage with stakeholders. The occupational health mobile clinic offered blood pressure and diabetes checkups among others. The mobile free clinic by...

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Foreign based pro-golfers start arriving for Zim Open tourney

Foreign players have started arriving in the country ahead of the biggest and richest golf tourney on the Zimbabwean calendar, the Zimbabwe Open with a total prize money of 1.2 million rand which tees off on Thursday until Sunday at the Royal Harare Golf Club in the capital. The Zimbabwe Open begins with a two -day prequalifying (pre-q ) tourney on Monday. The prequalifying tourney will be sponsored by Golden Pilsener, and two others by the National Blood Transfusion Services and National AIDS Council which will give players a chance to warm up and get the feel of the course while interacting with sponsors and corporate executives. The pre-q also gives wildcard entries to a few locals and professionals. ZBC News caught up with visiting SA player Paul de Beer who says he is happy to be back in Zimbabwe and is looking forward to another good tourney. Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association president Gary Thompson says he is optimistic about locals chances during the Zimbabwe Open tourney following Steven Ferreira’s 10 under par score that saw him clinch the inaugural Nsho Kamungeremu tourney. No local golfer has won the tourney since its return in 2010 as part of the sunshine tour. Anderson Rusike was the only amateur to win the tourney in 1986, while Nick Price, Marc McNulty and Tony Johnston are the only Zimbabwean past winners of the...

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Zim to host Africa Youth in Tourism conference

Youth in Tourism say they are keen to increase their footprint in the sector and unlock more funding for projects that they intend to undertake. National chairman at Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism Mr Stewart Mutizwa says they have a huge role to play in the growth of the sector, which is one of the country’s strongest economic sectors with nearly US$900 million recorded in international inbound tourist receipts last year. The Youth in Tourism say they will host the Africa Youth in Tourism conference   in Bulawayo later this year to share ideas on how to unlock more opportunities in the tourism sector. The Youth in Tourism conference will be held under the theme, ‘The Whole of Youth for Sustainable...

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Sculptor honours President Mugabe with a Zim bird

A Glen Norah based sculptor Jephson Matewe has come up with a Zimbabwe Bird sculpture titled ‘My Last Born’ as the country looks forward to the independence celebrations on the 18th of this month. The 58 year old visual artist says he made the piece of work in appreciation of what President Robert Mugabe has done for Zimbabwe. The piece of work which weighs 82.5 kilogrammes is made up of serpentine obtained from Mashava. Among the images that he has done so far include the one on the late Vice President Cde Simon Muzenda, the famous Kariba snake nyaminyami,...

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Entrepreneurs hail govt policies

Entrepreneurs have commended government for translating political independence to economic empowerment through implementing favourable policies that allow business to flourish. As the nation commemorates independence next Tuesday, leaders in various economic sectors ranging from industry, mining and agriculture to education services are taking time to reflect on the gains of independence. Veteran educationist Dr Cleopas Kundiona says there was a lot of segregation in the colonial era with blacks unable to learn at certain institutions let alone own schools. “There are a lot of fruits of independence, a lot of profits, a lot of dividends. In education we used to have a ministry of education for whites and ministry of education for blacks, so when we got independence we had to establish our own schools so now there is mushrooming of independence,” he said. Small and medium enterprises are flourishing as a result of supportive government policies introduced after independence says industrialist Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. “We want to thank government, we want to thank freedom fighters. As SMEs our companies are growing, we started off with just three employees but now I have 175 because of government support,” says Mr Mutarisi. The land reform programme which started out at the turn of the new millennium also stands out as the major economic empowerment policy undertaken in Zimbabwe as vast tracts of land were redistributed from only 2 000 white...

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