Day: April 17, 2017

Manicaland independence gala roars into life

The Independence Gala featuring artists from Manicaland has roared into life at Show grounds in Mutare as artists join the rest of the nation in commemorating the country’s 37th independence anniversary. Simba Muchita of Hungwe Stars set the stage alight when he opened the show and some of the artists that are expected to perform later include Jusa Mupositori, Two Keys and a Mozambican singer Jipson Mussenze. The independence gala is featuring the local provincial talent. The Governor for Manica Province Alberto Ricardo Monthlane has also joined his Zimbabwean counterpart, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mutare Cde Mandi Chimene to celebrate the important day. A sizeable crowd has already gathered at Show grounds braving the chilly weather. More to...

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Early independence celebrations for young ones

The 37th independence anniversary  celebrations started early for the young ones with the President and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe hosting a children’s party for the at the City Sports Centre in Harare today. The children who take part in this traditional children’s party annually are drawn from all the country’s 10 provinces. Child parliamentarians are also invited to the annual event which is aimed at giving the children a chance to meet the Head of State and celebrate with him the important day in the life of Zimbabweans. The event is characterised by song, dance, poetry and food for the young ones making it a befitting event for the children. Some 43 children from 0 grade to grade 3 from the Grace Mugabe Children’s home and their resident Pastor Mrs Chigiga were also part of the crowd that participated in the 37th independence children’s party this year, giving an opportunity to mix and mingle with other children from other parts of the country. Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora and his deputy Cde Paul Mavhima, Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Mirriam Chikukwa, Minister of State in the Office of the Vice President Tabeth Malinga and Chief Secretary in the Office of the President Dr Misheck Sibanda and his deputy Retired Colonel Christian Katsande were also in attendance. The mood in...

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Independence mood grips Binga

A celebratory mood has filled Binga and other parts of Matabeleland North Province as the country prepares to commemorate the 37th independence celebrations this Tuesday (tomorrow). The country commemorates 37 years of independence tomorrow with the people in Binga expressing gratitude to the country`s leadership for ensuring peace and stability in the country. Among some of the benefits of independence are women empowerment initiatives, the awarding of fishing permits as well as the distribution of farming inputs for the command agriculture programme. People who spoke to ZBC News in the district say Independence Day must be promoted from grassroot levels to ensure that the future generations have an appreciation of the history of the country. Meanwhile, all is set for tomorrow`s event in all the seven districts of the province and the public is being called upon to turn out in their numbers. The provincial commemorations will be held at Somhlolo Stadium in...

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Chivhu transmitter site tower successfully repaired

The Chivhu transmitter site tower that was previously condemned by a foreign company following an assessment of all transmitter site towers in the country has been successfully repaired as part of efforts to ensure the digitalisation programme is a success. 11 transmitter sight towers were condemned following an assessment by an international company, a development that meant government was supposed to fork out at least US$350 000 for one site with the re-construction of all condemned sites running into several millions of dollars. Following a second assessment on the transmitter site towers, a local company was engaged to repair the condemned towers, resulting in government serving at least US$300 000 on the Chivhu transmitter site tower alone. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba held a pre-ministerial team tour of the site and expressed happiness on the ingenuity shown by local engineers to repair the transmitter towers that could have costed a lot of money if the route of re-construction was taken. Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Obert Muganyura says the successful repairing of the Chivhu site will be followed by the repairing work of Gwanda transmitter site tower as part of efforts to ensure that some of the previously condemned sites are utilised for the good of the country. Transmedia Corporation (Pvt) Ltd acting chief operations officer Rufaro...

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Music continues to be a source of entertainment

Music played a pivotal role during the liberation struggle and as the country celebrates 37 years of independence music will be on the centre stage. As the country celebrates 37 years of independence different musical groups are set to perform during the proceedings. There is a long association of songs and the country’s independence says Cde Alexio Mudzengerere. Meanwhile, different musical groups are ready to perform this Tuesday (tomorrow) during the independence celebrations to be held at the National Sports Stadium. Speaking during the Independence Day preparations at the Zanu PF offices in Harare, the province’s Political Commissar Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe said during the celebrations music will continue to entertain people just like it did during the liberation struggle. Cde Mashayamombe also said as the country celebrates 37 years of independence Zimbabweans from all walks of life should put aside their political, religious and ethnic differences and celebrate the hard won...

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Churches urged to support nation building initiatives

The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) president Archbishop Johannese   Ndanga has called on church denominations to support nation building initiatives. Archbishop Ndanga said this when he addressed thousands of Morotashi Apostolic Church congregants during a pass-over gathering at their Mukunyadze shrine in Chiweshe. Morotashi Apostolic Church founder Bishop Aaron Kawanzaruwa urged his followers to always respect the political leadership of the day. Established in 1945, Morotashi Apostolic Church has branches in neighboring...

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21 perish in Easter holiday accidents

21 people have been killed during this Easter holiday up from 10 who were killed last year during the same period. Statistics by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) indicates an increase in the number of fatal accidents, people killed and injured in road accidents. This is despite a decrease being recorded in the number of traffic accidents recorded and cars impounded this year compared to the same period last year. 21 people were killed this year against 10 last year, 91 injured in 171 accidents with 55 recorded as injured in 181 road accidents last year. Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi says most of the accidents were caused by negligence on the part of drivers. He urged motorists to be cautious and avoid overtaking on dangerous areas. Road accidents continue to claim innocent lives and government is making efforts to reconstruct road networks to improve the status of the roads. However, human error remains a challenge as drivers appear to be suffering from attitude problems resulting in unnecessary road...

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Hwange Colliery begins implementing its turn-around strategy

Hwange Colliery has began implementing its turnaround strategy and has introduced cost cutting measures among them a voluntary retrenchment programme, top management salary reduction and cuts on working employee hours. Having failed to honour its obligations for the past three years and accumulating over US$72 million in outstanding salaries, Hwange Colliery company has begun implementing  its turnaround strategy introducing a host of measures among them a payment scheme to settle arrears. Among the measures will be cost cutting mechanisms which  include a review of the human resources policy says Hwange Colliery managing director Engineer Thomas Makore. “We look at the cost of employment, we have had to look at the human resources policy, the benefits that our staff enjoys and compare them to other mining players in the country. Our cost of employment is much higher than in other companies. That HR policy will result in cost saving and us to operate with cost per tonne that is comparative,” he said. Hwange Colliery is the major coal producer in the nation supplying both local and regional markets. The company has however been struggling to produce to maximum capacity due to issues such as obsolete equipment, generally poor coal producer prices and the...

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A memorable birthday for mentally challenged female inmate

A birthday is a moment to celebrate another year added to the precious gift of life, but for most prison inmates that freedom is always taken away. But for one lucky mentally challenged inmate, Esther Katandwa the moment returned when she got a chance to request all her heart’s desires to her fantasy lover ‘Jah Prayzah’. Born 28 years ago, Esther is a mental patient at Chikurubi female prison. These prison walls have been her home for the past two years. Being in prison, Esther takes no notice of important days that many outside prison walls consider significant one such being ones’ birthday. But today is different for Esther has been remembered thanks to a ZBC Power FM team and a local Harare business woman. They say sometimes wishes do really come true. Esther’s wish is to speak with his fantasy lover and the Power FM DJs were readily available to grant Esther her wish. It was indeed a birthday to remember for Esther, in the end it was a long list of birthday presents requested and one hopes in the rush of his UK tour Jah Prayzah will remember his new girlfriend’s...

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The art of mastering make-up

The application of make-up is an art which should be mastered before one attempts to apply it. It is against this background that Hollywood based Zimbabwean artist Jackie Mgido decided to hold the first ever make up competition in Zimbabwe. The race started with 20 contestants all battling for the coveted 16 thousand worth of make-up goods, mentorship by award winning business woman Zodwa Mkandla as well as grooming by Hollywood make-up artist Mgido. The final contestants were competing in two categories, the wedding look and the tv-film and fashion look. It was a tough choice for the judges to come up with the winner for the best make-up artist as they all managed to create their individual looks with some opting for the avatar look while others went for the Egyptian goddess look. In the end it was Audrey Paradza’s artistry which captured the judges attention and she walked away with the prize. Speaking to ZBC News organiser of the event Jackie Mgido praised the make-up artists for their level of creativity. It was indeed a recreation of the Hollywood industry and it brought out the talent that Zimbabwe has in the arts...

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