Day: May 2, 2017

President Mugabe arrives in Durban, South Africa

President Robert Mugabe and his delegation which includes ministers Patrick Chinamasa, Obert Mpofu, Mike Bimha and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi have arrived in Durban South Africa for the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa. Cde Mugabe was received at Durban International Airport by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa Cde Isaac Moyo and Zimbabwean embassy staff. In the recent past, the forum has been hosted alternately by Tanzania in 2010, Ethiopia 2012 and Nigeria in 2014. The World Economic Forum on Africa meetings are convened to enable the continent leaders to discuss global, regional and industry challenges , discern solutions and catalyse...

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Poem earns 8-year-old a stand

Eight year old poet Sakile Manyonga has earned herself a residential stand after she impressed Chinhoyi Municipality authorities with her talent in poetic art. Following a good run of public poetry performances ever since she was four, grade three school girl Sakile has been rewarded for her artistry. After presenting a piece extolling the virtues of the worker on May day, Chinhoyi Municipality decided to award her with a 350 square metre residential stand. The decision was announced at Chinhoyi Stadium by Mayor Councillor Test Michaels. So breathtaking was Sakile’s presentation of her poetry titled “Improved Working Conditions in...

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Schools exhibit competitiveness in rugby extravaganza

The Dairiboard Schools Rugby Festival today entered day three with organisers satisfied with the standards being exhibited by schools participating at this year’s event. Schools from all corners of the country are in the capital for the annual Schools Rugby Festival at Prince Edward High School. Action entered day three on Tuesday (today) with the festival director Tawanda Jimu satisfied with the competitiveness at this year’s festival. The event director is also pleased with the schools rugby tourney meeting the primary objective of creating a competitive environment for budding rugby players. The Schools Rugby Festival is an annual event which has over the years continued to grow with sides drawn from across the country competing at the rugby showpiece. On day two (Monday), Churchill established themselves as one of the teams to beat after massacring Vainona 47 nil while St Johns’ College hammered Heritage 33-8. Hosts Prince Edward registered a 19-11 win over...

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Child sexual exploitation a cause for concern

Stakeholders in Matabeleland North among them school children have signed a petition demanding an end to child sexual exploitation. The petition was generated during a Children Against Sexual Abuse Festival at Fatima High School in Silobela over the weekend. There was consensus that the vice of child exploitation is increasing becoming a huge concern for the nation. While victims narrated their experiences legislators from both the junior and the senior parliament agreed there is need for more awareness campaigns. The Children Against Sexual Abuse Festival was organised by the Department of Social Welfare in partnership with Plan International. Statistics have shown sexual exploitation of children has become a worldwide phenomenon demanding a concerted approach to fight it. In the more developed countries the internet has also created a new phenomenon of webcam child sex tourism where children are paid to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam to online...

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Lack of funding affects National Youth Games preps

The hosting of the rebranded Zimbabwe National Youth Games in Matabeleland North Province in August are proving to be a challenge due to lack of funding. This came out at the rebranded National Youth Games outreach programme being undertaken by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation in Lupane. Matabeleland North is the first province to host the rebranded National Youth Games which will for the first time feature 21 sports codes up from eight. The games are planned for all the seven districts of the province which calls for a larger budget to meet expenses in all the districts. The Ministry of Sports and Recreation is yet to come up with a budget for the games. National Youth Games general manager for Matabeleland North Province Mr Jabulani Mpofu says the local and provincial organising committees need to engage stage stakeholders to find ways of raising the funds. “We only have three months to raise funds and do everything and if we don’t have the money i`m afraid we will not be able to host these games,” he said. Permanent Secretary in the Sports Ministry Dr Godfrey Chipare confirmed that there are various challenges that need attention but added that government commits itself in the hosting of the games. “The biggest challenge is time management we have three months left and there is a question of finances. We are all...

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HIFA roars into life

In a moment when musical legend Dick Chingaira popularly known as Cde Chinx has been honoured for his sterling contribution to the music industry, the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) on the other hand has roared into life. Many exhibitors in the arts sector are optimistic of making business contacts while riding on an anticipated exciting edition. The much-awaited HIFA kicked off sticking to its traditional six-day format, stretching from this Tuesday (today) to Sunday. HIFA comes back after a one-year time out due to financial constraints and a low sponsor turnout. HIFA associate executive director, Tafadzwa Simba says the festival will be an exciting entertainment package. Award-winning stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has for the second time been picked up by the festival organisers to co-ordinate the comedy programmes at the festival. Most exhibitors have expressed optimism that they will create important networks at the historic arts showcase. Since its inception in 1999, HIFA has received recognition for its support of arts and culture in Zimbabwe becoming major event drawing revellers from across the...

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Child marriages report to be tabled in parliament

The justice, legal and parliamentary affairs portfolio committee says it will soon table a motion in both houses of parliament after completing public outreaches on the country’s drive to end child marriages. This was said by the chairperson of the committee Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi. Cde Ziyambi said this is expected to set an agenda of debate on how the country will go forward in coming up with a total eradication of child marriages. A joint public outreach exercise involving four parliamentary portfolio committees recently went countrywide in all the 10 provinces. The child marriages issue took centre stage after last year’s landmark High Court ruling which outlawed the practice in...

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Zim loses 330k hectares of commercial timber

Zimbabwe has to date lost 330 000 hectares of commercial timber due to veld fires and illegal settlers who have invaded timber plantations. In an interview recently in Mutasa, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says the country continues to lose vast tracts of commercial timber plantations due to influx of illegal settlers. Veld fire menace has also contributed in worsening the situation. The 330 000 hectares of commercial timber plantations destroyed amounts to a 15 year deficit, a development that is worrisome, says Cde Kashiri. Acting general manager for Forestry Commission Mr Abedinigo Marufu says the country has managed to meet its 15 million trees planting target for 2016-2017 season. Government has since 1980 been promoting tree planting exercise but perennial veld fires and illegal settlers have negatively affected the timber plantations. The problem of illegal settlers has not been resolved for years and taka forests have been completely destroyed by illegal gold miners as they uproot mature timber in search of yellow...

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Myriad of challenges cripple arts sector

A myriad of challenges confront players in the creative arts industry daily among them issues to do with violation of intellectual property rights, shunning of artists’ products owing to the liquidity crunch and poor business practices. As a result the multi-million dollar industry has seen most artists living impoverished lives compared to their regional peers. The creative arts sector in Zimbabwe is reeling from numerous draw backs stemming from a variety of challenges which have affected most artists thus preventing them from earning lucrative rewards for their hard earned sweat. Visual artists, musicians, authors and those in the theatrical arts bemoan the unavailability of disposable income and the inability to penetrate international markets has affected them negatively. The issue to do with royalties is of major concern to artists as the return on their investments is very small considering the problem of intellectual property rights  which is mostly violated by those who indulge in piracy. Sound business practices inclusive of management has also been sighted as lacking among most local artists thereby hindering artists from earning their much deserved money from their...

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Zim hailed for pioneering unique women empowerment projects

Zimbabwe has been hailed for the strides it is making, particularly in empowering women. This was said by visiting Namibian Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Honourable Doreen Sioka who was in the company of senior officials from her ministry on a tour of projects in Zvimba West constituency. Honourable Sioka says whilst the empowerment agenda has been met by posturing in many countries, her visit to Zimbabwe has certainly been an eye opener as to how the lives of communities can be transformed, particularly if development is determined from the grassroots. The empowerment drive spearheaded by the...

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