Day: May 6, 2017

Improved water pressure; no joy for Gweru residents

Improved water pressure following the rehabilitation of water works is tearing the old water pipes that can no longer sustain the pressure resulting in numerous pipe bursts. The city rehabilitated Gwenhoro Water Works and its two reservoirs in Kopje which have a total capacity of 65 megalitres. The rehabilitation increased water supplies from 30 megalitres a day to 45 megalitres a day. Although water supplies have improved in some areas, the increased water pressure has created a headache for the city due to constant pipe burst resulting in erratic water supplies in some suburbs. Gweru Town Clerk Ms Elizabeth Gwatipedza said the volume of water being pumped has significantly improved and the old water reticulation system cannot handle the increased pressure resulting in frequent pipe bursts and leaks. The re-commissioning of the two Kopje reservoirs and rehabilitation of water works to the tune of US$4 million was meant to see improved water supplies for the City of Gweru, but the old water reticulation system is threatening to reverse that as some areas continue to experience water shortages as a result of leaks and pipe...

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Tobacco auctions riot, a wake-up call: Stakeholders

Stakeholders in the tobacco and mining industry say the recent riots experienced at the tobacco auction floors over payment issues is a wakeup call that requires government and the various arms to stage an all encompassing conference that shall iron out some of the sticky areas that might destroy the country’s biggest foreign currency earners. According to Mr Jeffery Takawira who is the executive director of Tobacco Industry Development Support Institute for Southern Africa, scenes like what was experienced recently at the auction floors where riot police had to be called in, can be averted if people put their ideas together and serve the sector. “Tobacco is a cash crop which brings money and so where is the problem? We are saying let’s have a bank for this sector to enable it to transact without any hindrances,” he said. The government through the central bank last month announced that farmers can withdraw US$1000 for the initial sale of their crop and US$500 in subsequent sales but most banks are failing to meet the demand prompting farmers to be angered by the financial institutions. For small scale gold miners who have had the privilege to get in the region of US$10 000 for every sale from Fidelity Printers, the problem now is the refinery company sometimes fail to raise cash for supplies, a situation that could trigger leakages of the...

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Comanche Brave wins Castle Tankard

Comanche Brave from the Amy Bronckhorst Stable beat a strong field off 12 horses to clinch the biggest and oldest most prestigious horse race in Zimbabwe, the 2017 and 55th edition of the Castle Tankard at Borrowdale Race Course in the capital. Ridden by South Africa Jockey Evert Pfeifer, she beat a small field but serious field of 12 local and international horses the 2 000 metres distance on Saturday (today). The Castle Tankard is Southern Africa’s biggest horse race in terms of stakes prize money, consumer appeal and racing entertainment. The Castle Tankard’s appeal cuts across borders and attracted the cream of thoroughbreds locally and across the region. Commanche brave galloped to victory to clinch the 2017 title and US$30 000 over 2000 metres at the Borrowdale Race Course in the capital while Royal Honour finished 2nd and Mathematician in 3rd. The Castle Tankard is the oldest and richest horse race on the local calendar. Each year, the Castle Tankard comes with some exciting consumer promotion for both Castle Lager fans and punters. This year’s event was embedded with a lot of exciting activities which included live performances from Winky D, Sulumani Chimbetu, Andy Muridzo and DJ Elroy, as well as beauty makeovers, fashion show, braai and dash for cash racing...

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Musicians urged to collaborate on projects

Harare based afro-fusion musician Lovemore Nherudzo, who recently released his debut album titled ‘Farai Nesu’ has underscored the need for local musicians to collaborate on projects as this enhances their musical skills. Nherudzo who recently unveiled his latest project under the title ‘Lovezh’ together with the band Brave Stars said collaborations help upcoming musicians to learn and develop musically. He added that his music is on social commentary and tackles children’s rights, moral values and love among other issues. On his latest project, he features other artists such as Andy Muridzo on the song ‘Shanda’, Jeans Masters and Wanai on the song ‘I Love You’. Other tracks on his album include ‘Ndinemubvunzo’, ‘Gore Rapera’ and...

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Zanu PF Masvingo elections held

A re-run of the elections to choose a substantive chairman for the Zanu PF Masvingo Province were conducted today with results expected later this evening. The elections were initially held in February but the results were nullified after some districts failed to vote due to logistical challenges owing to bad weather. Cdes Ezra Chadzamira and Mutero Masanganise are battling it out for the post. The elections retaining officer Ambassador Cain Mathema said the elections were held in a peaceful manner with no reports of violence. “The elections are going on well, we delivered ballot papers to all the districts and we are now awaiting the results,” says Ambassador Mathema. In the February elections Cde Chadzamira had secured over 12 000 votes, while Cde Masanganise had received over 4000 votes. Results are expected later this...

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Midwives critical in Zim’s health delivery system

Zimbabweans joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Midwife amid calls for the re-opening of the Marondera Midwifery School. The venue for this year’s International Day of the Midwifery could not have been any better as it was held at Marondera Provincial Hospital where the School of Midwifery was closed last year by the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe for failing to meet required standards. Marondera Central legislator Cde Lawrence Katsiru says it is disheartening to note that the school had to be closed when it is supposed to be training midwives who are critical in the health delivery system. President of the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives Dr Getrude Dodzo says midwifery is a profession which should maintain standards hoping that once the required standards are met it will then be re-opened. Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Cde Abigail Damasani said midwives are critical in the country’s health delivery system as they are the entry point to life. This year’s commemorations which started with a procession from Marondera CBD to the hospital was held under the theme, “Midwives, Mothers and Families; Partners for...

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SI64 paying dividends: Bimha

A South African company Willowton Group has set up an integrated fast consumer goods plant in Mutare which is producing 6000 tonnes of oil and 3000 tonnes of soap per month. Two production lines are currently running at Willowton Group, integrated fast consumer goods plant which started two years ago. The plant is currently producing cooking oil and soap. Thumbs up have been given to the statutory instrument 64 (SI64) of 2016 which has already started paying dividends. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Mike Bimha, Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene visited the...

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ZRP commended for maintaining law, order

The re-launch of the Client Service Charter in Mashonaland Central remains key in strengthening the cordial relationship between the police and members of the public. Commending the ZRP for its efforts in maintaining  law and order in the country, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central Advocate Martin Dinha at the ZRP provincial Client Service Charter re-launch held in Mvurwi, Advocate Dinha said the Client Service Charter remains key in strengthening the cordial relationship between the police and members of the public. Since the beginning of the year Mashonaland Central has been witnessing a reduction in...

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National Association of Agric Show Societies unveiled

The country’s quality of farming produce is expected to improve after the integration of Agricultural Show Societies  into a single body or organisation to increase food security. 15 Agricultural Show Societies have been integrated into the National Association of Show Societies of Zimbabwe as part of efforts to harmonise operations and increase revenue streams. The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made said in a speech read on his behalf by a director in the ministry Dr Dumisani Kutshwayo,  government has also endorsed the move as an element that will increase the quality of farming produce...

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