Day: May 9, 2017

Stick to administrative duties, Yadah owners told

The Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (ZISCA) has added its voice to those criticising administrative interference on technical issues in the wake of suspensions effected at Yadah FC. It has been a turbulent past few days in the camp of premiership newboy’s Yadah FC who were massacred 7-2 by Bantu Rovers at the weekend. The build up to Yadah’s encounter had disaster written all over it after club owner and self proclaimed technical director Walter Magaya suspended the technical team for failing to heed his advice which he says resulted in the team earning its first defeat a 1-nil loss at the hands of Dynamos. In the wake of the Yadah chaos ZISCA chairman Bhekimpilo Nyoni says it is vital for club owners to stick to handling administrative issues and let the coaches make technical decisions. The matter between Yadah FC’s owner and suspended coach Jairos Tapera was yet to be settled on Tuesday (today) afternoon although sources said the two parties were in the midst of charting a way forward. Tapera was last week suspended by Yadah FC owner Walter Magaya for allegedly not listening to instructions in the team’s 1-nil defeat to Dynamos. ZIFA on Monday (yesterday) responded to the drama in the Yadah camp by warning the premiership newboys to adhere to club licensing requirements of engaging in league assignments with qualified technical...

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Garanganga eases into Nigeria Futures second round

Takanyi Garanganga eased into the second round of the Nigeria Futures tennis tournament after a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pablo Muro of Spain. Garanganga who is seeded 7th in Nigeria will now meet Marero Vurbelo of Spain in the last 16. Zimbabwe’s other representative, Benjamin Lock who was seeded sixth crashed out of the Nigeria Futures following a loss to Moez Echargui of Tunisia. Despite entering the event as the number four seed, Lock and his partner Brayden Schnur of Canada were eliminated in the doubles via a super tie break. Lock and Schnur lost the first set 5-7 before bouncing back in the second after a 7-5 win. It was however disappointment in the super tie break where the Zimbabwe-Canada duo lost...

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Mbira music player yearn for her own recording

Harare based mbira player Luanda Lunyawo says she is passionate with the mbira instrument and her desire is to one day record her own works. Lunyawo’s love for mbira began way back during her primary school days where she would smuggle the instrument into school and self taught herself how to play it much to the disapproval of her parents. Today she boasts of many lyrics some still in their written form and among these are ‘Ndichauya Kumusha’, ‘Amai na Baba’ and ‘Shamwari’. Now in her twenties Luanda looks at the many songs she has penned in Shona, Ndebele and English and says her biggest desire is to have the music recorded. A confident and with a soulful voice Luanda says nothing will stop her from realising her dreams and for now the stage will be where she will show her...

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Harare Kopje a forgotten historical site

A potential tourist destination Harare Kopje, is lying in a state of neglect as all forms of litter and vandalism has rendered the sight an eyesore. History records that the Harare Kopje provided the best view of the buffalo plains. Although the plains no longer harbour herds of buffalo and other wildlife, the hill does offer the best panoramic view of Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare. A once, must visit for all locals and tourists alike, Harare Kopje used to provide not only the best view but also a serene atmosphere for those wishing to take a break from the huff and puff of a busy city. Sadly today the sight stands neglected, with litter strewn all over, the once attractive fish ponds now filled with dry leaves and nature lovers are incensed at the state. Only defiant fitness enthusiasts still stomach visiting the site as they use the hill to get the right gradient. Absence of ablution facilities has forced many people to opt for the unkempt bushes and over grown grass. The Kopje was founded on 13 September 1890. Fort Salisbury, as it came to be known in the late 1890s, belonged at that time to Chief Gutsa’s people who had taken possession of the Kopje from Chief Mbare when Gutsa defeated him in a skirmish following a dispute. It is thought that the name Harare was derived...

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Cheshire victims get temporary accommodation

The government has finally intervened in the matter of disabled people who were evicted from Masterton Cheshire Home three weeks ago after losing a legal battle. The evicted persons have been implored to move to decent accommodation at the Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre as an interim measure while their concerns are being looked into. The disabled people who had been served with a seizure and attachment order from the High Court, in March this year were evicted by the Sherriff on the 18th of last month and have been staying outside the flat. The group endured the chilly night weather conditions and mosquito bites for three weeks and were refusing to budge. This Tuesday (today), The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira, some senators representing people with disabilities and disabled persons activists and concerned residents met at Cheshire flat to find a solution to the challenge as it was apparent that most of the disabled people are nursing various health conditions and their health was deteriorating due to the conditions that they are being exposed to. Minister Mupfumira said the government is concerned with their grievances and a temporary shelter has been secured for the disabled evictees at Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre while their matter is being looked into. Mr Lewis Garaba chairperson of the group dismissed as false most of the claims being made by...

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Robbers terrorise Gwanda community

Villagers in Nhwali Gwanda South say they are living in fear as mugging and robbery cases have continued to go on unabated with perpetrators of the criminal activities allegedly still walking scot free. Nhwali rural area appears peaceful by the day but villagers there say when night falls the community is gripped with fear as robbing and muggings have become prevalent. The villagers say the criminals target those suspected to have money who are then waylaid and robbed of their possessions. Among those who have fallen victim to the thugs is the headmaster of Nhwali Primary School, Mr Kotsho Nare who eventually lost an eye due to the attacks and a senior teacher at Zenya Primary School Mr Mthulisi Dube who says he ruptured a kidney during the attack. The victims recounted their gory experiences and have called for more to be done to stop the crimes. Villagers who spoke to the ZBC News allege despite the cases being reported to the police it appears there are never solved as the crime rate continues to rise. They also pleaded to have an increase in police presence in the area. Sentiments abound that perpetrators of the criminal activities skip the country to neighbouring states after committing the offences and return home once the dust has settled. Meanwhile, police in Matabeleland South recently banned the carrying of dangerous weapons in public...

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Women`s development fund public hearings expose loopholes

The public hearings on the women`s development fund by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development has exposed loop holes in the distribution and mismanagement of the funds by beneficiaries. Chairperson of the portfolio committee Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga said Bulawayo had various challenges with regards to the women`s development fund. She noted the ministry’s provincial administration was unable to furnish the committee with the benefactors of the fund, with some of the benefactors having been said to have relocated from Bulawayo and some diverting the funds towards other uses. One of the beneficiaries who says she built a creche with the loan she received was unable to furnish the portfolio committee with the documents to reveal her other partners although she revealed she got the loan with her partners under the name ‘Passionate Alms’. Revelations also emerged that there are squabbles in joint venture co-operatives were some of the members say they are being deprived of the benefits of the loans yet they were required to help pay back the The women development fund was borne out of government efforts to empower indigenous women by setting up a facility where they can access loans to start up developmental...

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Gwanda Municipality partners NBS in housing project

The Gwanda Municipality has entered into a partnership with the National Building Society (NBS) that will see the improvement of housing in the provincial capital where development of properties by residents has been hampered by lack of funds. As Gwanda sets its sights towards being elevated to a city status in the near future, the local authority has entered into a partnership with a local financial institution, NBS to expedite the development of residential properties in the town. As one of the basic requirements Gwanda should have at least 10 000 houses to be accorded city status. Gwanda Municipality deputy housing director Mr Kenneth Khumalo said while the local authority has been availing stands to applicants on the housing waiting list, lack of funding has resulted in property development moving at a slow pace. A representative of the financial institution Mr Mkhokheli Ndlovu urged Gwanda residents to embrace the mortgage financing facility which intends to provide 10 000 medium and low housing units. In line with the ZIM ASSET provision on housing, Gwanda town is expected to provide 2 500 housing units to low income earners and the local authority is still falling short of meeting its target by...

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Glassman leaves lasting impression at HIFA

Art in its simplest form is a form of communication and the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Such was the case with the mirror or glassman Aleck Mukumba, from Mutare a mixed media artist who proved to be a hit during the just ended Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) held at the Harare Gardens. It was hard not to notice him, for when the “mirror or glassman” walks, the sun‘s reflections dazzled all and sundry, leaving many wondering how this five piece suit of a mask, jacket, pair of trousers and shoes was made, how pieces of glass were sewn together. A fascination for the children, young and old their curiosity was often jolted by a huff and gruffy human voice that greeted them from an armour of mirrors. In some cultures, young people learn to create and appreciate art by watching adults create it and most students these days not just in industrialised countries, but everywhere, now study art in school. To the glassman, art is something we do, an expression of our thoughts, emotions and ideas, intuitions and desires but it is more personal than that, it is about sharing. “I have been in the entertaining industry for 2-3 years....

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Solar geysers can save Zim 300mw electricity: Govt

The government says solar water geysers have the potential to save 300 megawatts of electricity if fully utilised, thus significantly cutting the country’s import bill. The world is fast turning to renewable sources of energy as a way of fighting the effects of climate change and Zimbabwe is no exception in making efforts towards such a phenomenon. Commissioning a solar water geyser manufacturing plant by Treger Products in Bulawayo this Tuesday, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge who was being represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Partson Mbiriri said people can save up to 40...

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