Day: May 5, 2017

All set for Castle Tankard

The stage is set for Zimbabwe’s prestigious and oldest horse race the Castle Tankard which will see top horses vying for pole position at the Borrowdale Park race course tomorrow. Renowned trainer Kirk Swanson who has two horses namely Cool Solution and Windigo in Saturday’s Field says fans should expect great competition tomorrow. Last year’s winner Rock the Country will again battle for glory in a field which also includes Mathematician who finished second in 2016 and Royal Honour of South Africa. This year is the 55th edition of the Castle Tankard which will see 12 horses part of the feature race. The winner of Saturday’s (tomorrow) race will pocket US$30 000 with the runner up walking away with US$10...

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HIFA commended for promoting growth of arts sector

Exhibitors and local artists say the re-introduction of the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) will result in the acceleration of the arts industry growth. There was a hive of activity at the Harare Gardens as locals and foreigners both young and old attended various events on the HIFA programme list. Some of the major attractions that entertained people include theatre and fashion shows while the young could be seen enjoying themselves as they were entertained by personalities such as Mr Glassmen and Musketeers. Besides entertainment exhibitors say the event has brought more business and they are optimistic that by the end of the festival they would have clinched more business deals. Artists Albert Nyathi and Chirikure Chirikure expressed happiness on the success of the event while HIFA associate executive director Tafadzwa Simba expressed confidence that the festival has so far been a success. While HIFA offers business and exposure to local artists, it is a place where people can go to entertain themselves and witness artistic talent by both local and international...

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Bulawayo youths engage in grey mushroom production

Youths in Bulawayo’s Abuthweni suburb have taken up the initiative to grow grey mushrooms so as to economically empower themselves. One of the youths, Sakhile Ngwenya who is producing grey mushrooms at White City youth arena says business has blossomed so much that it has enabled her to resume her studies and to fend for herself as a young woman. Project mentor, Irene Sibanda who started the grey mushrooms project said the project runs under Future of Hope in conjunction with Save Our Souls (SOS) and it is meant to give the youths something to do. Sibanda further said the mushrooms are packaged and sold to local supermarkets to generate income for the White City Youth Centre and help the young people in their daily needs. Mushrooms are of health value as they are known to fight anaemia and control blood pressure amongst other health...

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751 graduate at Mutare Teachers College

More than 700 students were conferred with Diplomas in Education at the 60th Mutare Teachers College graduation which drew representatives from other sister colleges. In an interview on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Godfrey Gandawa said the STEM initiative will create the much needed upper skills that will drive the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda. In line with ensuring that the government realise the STEM objective, the ministry is now mobilising resources to support the more than 10 000 STEM students with the view of funding their university education. The acting principal for Mutare Teachers College Mr Faustinous Mushosho revealed that out of the 751 students more than 400 were stematised. The STEM initiative will transform the country’s education system into a vehicle for industrialisation, says University of Zimbabwe’s Professor Pedzisai Mashiri. Interviewed students were upbeat about making a difference in the teaching industry. The 60th graduation ceremony which was held under the theme, “Towards an Increased and Sustainable Engagement With STEM” saw best students being awarded floating trophies and cash...

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COSSASA member states implored to join hands

Member countries of the Confederation of Schools Sport Associations of Southern Africa (COSSASA) have been implored to join hands in developing schools sport in the region and extend regional co-operation. The COSSASA track and field athletics championships kicked off at the National Sports Stadium (NSS) on Thursday with Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe participating out of the expected seven. Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Lazarus Dokora said there was room for more co-operation between SADC and COSSASA despite other countries such as Zambia, Swaziland and Lesotho being absent. The association’s president Johnson Madhuku said he was happy with the level of organisation and that Zimbabwe managed to host the athletics championships after Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. The athletics championships at the NSS will run until tomorrow. The athletics championships on Friday (today) began later than the expected time for the second day running due to the prolonged official opening ceremony which was followed by an executive committee meeting to iron out some differences. It was however not clear whether the championships would finish on time on Saturday as the stadium is also booked for a church and communion service by celebrated Nigerian Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Preparations had already began with the erection of a huge stage which was already interferring and closed one lane of the eight lanes on the main tartan track. After day one of...

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Save the Rhino Pro 15 cricket tourney kicks off

Junior cricketers under the age of 13 are gathered in the capital for the “Save the Rhino” Pro 15 cricket tournament at Alexandra Sports Club. The four-day junior cricket tournament is meant to incorporate education into sport and  educate the under 13 cricket players about conservation issues and unite them under five teams named after the big five, the elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. The children are drawn from different schools and backgrounds both elite and underprivileged to enable them to integrate, interact and participate in the historic annual national tournament. Each team has 13 players and a coach and play in coloured and branded clothing unlike the all whites when they compete for their schools. Organisers are striving to make the game more relevant, accessible and inclusive to all Zimbabweans especially at the introductory level, where the first experience of the game needs to be a positive one. Fun is the major motivator for children to play sport, winning is on the list but it is placed behind fun. The junior coaches should not be measured on win-loss ratios, but rather on how many players wish to continue to play the following season. The best way to create a lifelong cricket supporter is to first create a player. Cricket has become one of the most popular sports in Zimbabwe. Organisers, Ramah Sports Academy have partnered Happy Faces...

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ARDA Jotsholo begins wheat planting

The Agriculture Rural Development Authority (ARDA) Jotsholo Estate has begun wheat planting on 250 hectares of land and has set a target of ten tonnes per hectare during the harvesting. The production for the 2017 season is an increase by 100 hectares up from 150 from last year, in which the estate surpassed its target of six tonnes and harvested eight and a half tonnes per hectare. The planting of commercial wheat is expected to commence as soon as the harvesting of maize which begins in two weeks time has been completed. According to ARDA Jotsholo Estates manager Mr Ndodana Ncube, wheat planting will have been completed by the end of this month and the team is busy repairing pipes in preparation for the centre pivots which will be used to provide water. “Looking at the edge of this pipe and the travelling irrigators that we want to use we need to build water to a certain pressure in order for these travelling irrigators to start emitting water at the boom. Now when you try to raise to two and a half bars you find the A.C pipes giving in you find basic pipes giving and as we speak now that’s a set-back,” he said. The wheat and maize production at the estate has been improved following the adoption of a five year public private partnership agreement by the...

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ZSE closes week in green

The industrial index closed the week higher as the local bourse upward trend continues. The industrial index was 1.69 points solid at 145.26 points on the back of widespread gains. ZB Financial Holdings led the movers with an impressive 1.95 cents gain to trade at 15.00 cents, beverages giant Delta 1.75 cents to settle at 88.25 cents whilst Old Mutual put on 1.25 cents to trade at 370.25 cents. Econet increased by 0.86 cents to close at 18.96 cents and Dairiboard ended 0.48 cents higher at 5.50 cents. Three counters lost ground, CFI dropped 0.25 cents to trade at 12.50 cents, Rainbow Tourism Group eased 0.22 cents to settle at 0.98 cents and First Mutual shed 0.11 cents to close at 7.02 cents. The industrial index added 2.06 points compared to week ending 28 April 2017. The mining index was flat at 70.22 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading levels. Week-on-week the mining index was up 5.86...

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Retired CJ Chidyausiku championed gender equity in judiciary

Legal experts say the late former Chief Justice (CJ) Godfrey Chidyausiku championed gender equality in the judiciary by implementing the constitution which provides for gender equity. CJ Chidyausiku retired at a time when the constitutional court bench was gender balanced while the High Court now has a significant number of judges. Legal experts say the late CJ transformed the judiciary and implemented the constitutional provisions which call for gender equality. Gender imbalances characterised the judiciary during the colonial era and the enrolment of more female judges and magistrates addressed the gender...

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President Mugabe returns from WEF

The President Cde Robert Mugabe has returned home after attending the 27th World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) meeting which lasted for three days in Durban South Africa. He was met by the two Vice Presidents Cde Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Mirriam Chikukwa, Minister of Defence Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, service chiefs and other senior government officials. President Mugabe was chosen to be the key note speaker during one of the sessions dealing with fragile states during which he dismissed assertions that...

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