Day: April 21, 2017

‘Pamamonya ipapo’ a popular catchphrase among Zimbos

Overnight, the catchphrase ‘pamamonya ipapo’ is now resonating with many Zimbabweans. Coined from popular Zimdancehall artiste Soul Jah Love’s song, with the same title, the phrase has seen Zimbabweans from all walks of life taking to the social media as the frenzy with the song reaches its crescendo. Mobile phones, the bond note which is pegged at par with the United States dollar, as well as those equating Soul Jah Love to the legendary Bob Marley and Oliver Mtukudzi are now in the public domain. In a video that has gone viral, a man selling discs is seen with a speaker on his head as he goes about his business. The song in the background, is you guessed it, ‘Pamamonya Ipapo’. The Catholic University students too have stepped in with a rendition of the song. The voice of what seems to be a pastor is also heard announcing a church conference where congregants are urged to attend as they need to be with their peers to receive the ‘pamamonya anointing’. At the end of the day what is resonating is that one certainly needs to rise to the...

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Farming is more lucrative: Dr Chombo

Zvimba North legislator and Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo says no white collar job is as rewarding as farming and called on the younger generation to disabuse themselves of the notion that there is good life in the glamour of cities . Dr Chombo, himself a renowned farmer, had wise words of counsel to those who think there is no joy in farming, telling stakeholders who turned up for a maize field day at Bessivile farm in Banket that former white farmers in his constituency alone managed to buy 17 private planes from farming while only a mere three indigenous Zimbabweans in the area had cars prior to the land reform programme. Bessivile farm is owned by Mr Winston Marufu who left his job in Harare after graduating from an American university to pursue farming. Mr Marufu practices mixed farming which include crop production and animal husbandry and boasts of 215 hectares under maize. Dr Chombo said the education system that was in place previously tended to mould students into potential white collar employees yet the real deal is in farming. Bessivile farm owner Mr Marufu urged the youths to learn the art of farming to enhance food security. Command agriculture has this season enhanced maize production with the country expecting  a grain...

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ZSE maintains upward trend

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has maintained bullish trend with the mainstream index closing the week in the positive territory. The industrial index closed the week on higher note after adding 0.23 points to 141.50 points. The industrial index added 0.58 points compared to week ending 13 april 2017. Old Mutual led the movers as it gained 1.50 cents to close at 362.45 cents as TSL increased by 1.30 cents to settle at 22.00 cents. CFI Holdings ended 0.10 cents higher at 12.75 cents and Econet inched up 0.05 cents to trade at 17.45 cents. There were no counters which traded in the negative territory as Edgars, Delta, Masimba and Simbisa traded unchanged at 4.00 cents, 86.25 cents, 2.40 cents and 17.10 cents in that order. The mining index soared by 6.14 points to close at 66.25 points after RioZim surged by 7.89 cents to close at 49.89 cents. Bindura, Falgold and Hwange remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 3.00 cents, 1.00 cents,  and 2.90 cents...

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Foreign musicians support Zim’s UNWTO Secretary General bid

Musicians from eight countries have thrown their weight behind Zimbabwe’s bid for the UNWTO Secretary General position with the group composing a song that markets Zimbabwe as a safe tourist destination. The musicians from China, Malaysia, DRC, Indonesia, Angola and Zimbabwe are working on a single titled “Lovely Zimbabwe”, a track that exhibits the country’s tourist destinations. A number of international artists taking part in the production of the single who met the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Cde Anastancia Ndlovu in Harare said the project will increase international appreciation on the country’s tourism industry. Cde Ndlovu hailed the initiative and urged other musicians to emulate such projects. When recorded, the song “Lovely Zimbabwe” is expected to be marketed in many countries as it will be sung in many languages that include English, French, Portuguese and Chinese among other...

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ZIFA holds women’s football induction workshop

ZIFA president Dr Phillip Chiyangwa on Friday (today) doled out football goodies that include, kit, boots, training bibs, footballs, shin pads and goalkeeping gloves worth a total US$130 000 from FIFA to 16 women’s football clubs. The women’s clubs were attending a two-day capacity building induction workshop at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden, where Dr Chiyangwa pledged US$40 000 cash to the clubs to subsidise transport costs. Speaking during the closing ceremony, the ZIFA boss said his board was on a mission to spruce up the image of the village by expanding the road leading up to the village, getting rid of rats and snakes to make it more attractive. He said women’s football is a tool to amplify women’s voices and change views that they are second class citizens using the game to make great strides in the emancipation of women. Dr Chiyangwa also lamented the low and poor coverage and promotion of women’s football as another area of concern and constant bickering over money, making it difficult to attract sponsorship. PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele presented on club management and competitions, while ZIFA women football administrator Theresa Maguraushe on leadership, ZIFA new technical director Wilson Mutekede on technical development, Nelson Matongorere on  attributes of a good coach, ZIFA degrees committee chairman Gladmore Muzambi on laws of the game and Rosemary Mugadza on the history of...

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Declining capacity, lack of competitiveness worrying

Formulation of strategies to deal with declining capacity, antiquated machinery and lack of competitiveness is set to dominate deliberation at the 2nd edition of the equipment manufacturers symposium to be co-hosted by Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) and the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). The country’s industry body CZI says it is concerned with the threat to the nation’s industrial base owing to antiquated machinery and lack of competitiveness. CZI marketing manager Mr Kudakwashe Matare says with a view to develop practical ideas and solutions to retooling and access to finance the industry representative body and the ZITF will host the 2nd edition of original equipment manufacturers symposium on the 27th of this month in Bulawayo. Bringing together equipment manufacturers, industry and financiers the gathering will see participants deliberating on regional financial options for supporting value chains and re-tooling of the local manufacturing sector. The obtaining old machinery has made domestic products uncompetitive in terms of quality and pricing due to the cost of using old and less efficient equipment in...

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ACCZ partners REPPSI to end child marriages

The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) says it is intensifying campaigns to end child marriages, with the organisation set to embark on nationwide campaigns to end the vice. The ACCZ which has partnered the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPPSI), a non-profit making organisation working to lessen the devastating social and emotional impact of poverty, conflict, HIV and AIDS among children and youth across East and Southern Africa says child marriage is unacceptable. ACCZ president Bishop Johannes Ndanga says it is high time members of the apostolic churches transform themselves and be recognized as being key proponents in the fight against child marriages. The church is a crucial institution in the promotion of an enabling environment for communities and families to nurture, protect and empower children and youth to enhance their psychosocial wellbeing says REPSSI social and behaviour change communications officer, Ms Tabeth Mhonde. The head of the says they intend to construct houses that will be used by orphans, widows and other vulnerable groups within the church and the community. The portfolio committees on women affairs, gender and community development, youth indigenisation and economic empowerment, justice, legal and parliamentary affairs, health and child care and the thematic committee on gender and development recently held joint public hearings on ending child...

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Corruption scourge ravishing Africa: Prof Lumumba

A renowned anti corruption activist from Kenya Professor Patrick Lumumba says the endemic corruption scourge ravishing most African states can only be dealt with by using political will. Chief executive officer of the Kenya School of Law Professor Lumumba gave a speech entitled ‘Fighting corruption yesterday today and tomorrow’ during the 2017 Zimbabwe Accountants Conference held in the capital. Africa continues to grapple with the corruption scourge a cancer which continues to stifle development and diminish the great African states’ huge potential of exploiting its vast untapped resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Unless there is great change of mindset in the leaders of African states and political will power, corruption will remain a part of the nations make says Professor Lumumba. He added that even there are many sound laws prohibiting corruption in Africa these have not been enough to deal with corruption decisively as enforcement has largely been lacking and the best way of nipping the cancerous vice in the bud is by ensuring all corrupt people are arrested tried and incarcerated. Corruption has been cited as one of the key drivers of under development in all societies and it has also been responsible for the breakdown of society’s moral fibre destroying all sectors on its path. While there have been efforts to address the widespread vice through enactment of laws and creation of...

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Norton farmer cuts labour costs through modern technology

A Norton farmer who produced a healthy maize crop through command agriculture says he cut labour costs by about 75 percent using modern technology in most of the farming activities he undertook this season. Mr Orphias Matibiri of Kent farm in Norton says he employed mechanised farming methods on his 44 hectare maize field using mainly two employees, the tractor driver and an assistant and in the process saved 75 percent in labour costs. As a result his returns are expected to be very high. Mr Matibiri is a beneficiary of the command agriculture programme which enabled him to put 44 hectares under maize and is projecting an average yield of 10 tonnes or more per hectare. A field day has since been hosted at his Kent farm due to the excellent production levels he is expecting from his maize crop. Guest of honour at the field day, Senior Assistant Commissioner Rangarirayi Mushaurwa, the Officer Commanding Police Mashonaland West saluted those farmers who put to productive use the command agriculture inputs. Most farmers who attended the field day expressed the hope that the challenges faced in the implementation of the command agriculture programme at inception will be overcome in subsequent...

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Plight of refugees requires multi sectoral approach

A multi sectoral approach is needed for the plight of close to 9 000 refugees housed at Tongogara refugee camp who are in need of health, water and sanitation, education and permanent accommodation. Tongogara refugee camp is now home to close to 9 000, mainly from the Great Lakes region, horn of Africa and lately from Mozambique. Speaking during her visit to the camp, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira said there is need for a holistic and an inter ministerial approach to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges faced by refugees at Tongogara camp. Tongogara camp administrator Mr Misheck Zengeya said the incessant rains worsened the accommodation problems with many homes destroyed in the process, adding that there is need for more teachers at Tongogara Primary and Secondary Schools in order to cater for the growing number of children. Giving a response approach to the influx of Mozambican refugees, Mr Johanne Mhlanga said 864 Mozambican refugees have been registered at Tongogara while more than 5 000 more integrated into the Zimbabwean communities. Cde Mupfumira toured Tongogara refugee camp in the company of development partners to have a better appreciation of the situation obtaining on the...

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