Day: May 10, 2017

Govt congratulate Chiyangwa on his CAF appointment

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is delighted to join the nation in congratulating Dr Phillip Chiyangwa on his recent appointment as vice president for the Africa Cup of Nations Committee. The Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane said this new soccer administration assignment conferred to Dr Chiyangwa unequivocally illustrates Zimbabwe’s sport administration gravitas which continues to impact regional, continental and international spheres of influence. “To this effect, the sky is the limit for Dr Philip Chiyangwa and other sport administrators in Zimbabwe,” he said. In his ascendency as CAF vice president, Dr Chiyangwa must be assured that he has the support of Zimbabwe’s sport constituency which in essence is an embodiment of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation’s Sport Diplomacy Programme, notes the Sports Minister. In as much as this recent credential appendage to his sport administration memoir in the making is a personal accolade, it is as good an accolade for the football fraternity in Zimbabwe. This particular achievement by Dr Chiyangwa also complements successes by other Zimbabwean sport administrators who have assumed influential administration assignments within regional, continental and global sport management bodies. In the same vein, the Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane empathises with Dr Tommy Sithole’s untimely electoral loss as Secretary General of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)  elections in Djibouti this morning. On the other hand,...

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Retired CJ Chidyausiku a principled man: Colleague

One of the country’s respected retired judges, Justice Selo Nare has described the late Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku as a principled man who played his part in shaping the face of the judiciary in the country through his judgments. Justice Nare said the judiciary was made richer by the late Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku, whom he said was instrumental in creating structures that characterise the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC). Speaking at his Bulawayo home, Justice Nare narrated how he met the late Chief Justice Chidyausiku and his relationship with his former boss. “He was not only a man who knew how to rally his lieutenants professionally, but was also a jovial character who related well with his subordinates,” he said. On how he handled the land reform programme, Justice Nare said the late Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku will remain in the country’s history books for standing for what he believed was right. The late Chief Justice Chidyausiku is specially credited for overturning some of the white supremacist judgments, like the Justice Fergus Blackie High Court 1995 judgement issued at night in Nyamandlovu to free some white farmers, a decision that backfired after the farmers were re-arrested. The judge was later suspended to pave way for judiciary inquiry which eventually reprimanded him. The late Chief Justice Chidyausiku is also credited for handing down the Samson Mhuriro ruling, which reversed...

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Vie for Africa sport positions, local administrators urged

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation has given its full weight behind Zimbabwean sporting administrators who contest for leadership positions at continental level, arguing that it has positive ripple effects to the local sport. This comes in the wake of the recent appointment of ZIFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa to the post of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Deputy Presidency in charge of AFCON games and the unsuccessful bid to retain the Secretary General’s post of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa by Tommy Sithole. In his congratulatory message to Dr Chiyangwa and a show of support to Sithole, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane revealed his ministry’s desire to promote the local sport through sharing skills with the rest of the continent. Meanwhile, as the countdown to the country’s biggest premiership match pitying eternal rivals, Highlanders and Dynamos set for Barbourfields Stadium this sunday, Minister Hlongwane has cautioned fans to refrain from hooliganism. The fixture between the two sides has in some instances resulted in running battles between fans and the police. In most cases, match officiating has been pointed out as a huge factor resulting in the skirmishes. There are calls for the men to take charge of the encounter to exhibit the highest degree of professionalism, and fans to accept any...

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Govt, POTRAZ mulls fund for innovators

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services are embarking on innovation drive to equip emerging innovators. In a statement, POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Kalisto Machengete said funding will be availed to genuine life changing ICT innovations, indicating that a revolving fund is made available to those with bankable projects. The innovation drive comes after the government and its partners held an exhibition last year to ascertain the level of innovation within the economy with pledges of setting up an innovation fund. Dr Machengete said the fund can be accessed by anyone in Zimbabwe as the project is meant to benefit the country’s economy through the expansion of markets. The innovation model will see innovators being assigned to mentors with wide technical experience in all sectors of the economy to ensure the success of the project which is funded beyond US$20 million. The government through the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services has been pushing for young innovators to come forward with their innovations, hence exhibitions hosted throughout the country’s 10 provinces last...

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Industrial index spurs ZSE trading

The ZSE industrial index added 0.44 points to close at 146.71 points, with mining index was flat for a third consecutive day. AFDIS led the movers with a 5.00 cents gain to settle at 60.00 cents, INNSCOR was up by 0.75 cents to 48.00 cents, while RAINBOW TOURISM GROUP shifted up 0.09 cents to trade at 0.98 cents. CFI HOLDINGS and ECONET were each 0.05 cents higher at 12.55 cents and 20.55 cents in that order. TSL LIMITED was the only lame duck as it dropped 0.10 cents to end at 22.00 cents. AFRICAN SUN, AMALGAMATED REGIONAL TRADING, AXIA, DAWN and PPC traded unchanged at 1.25 cents, 5.50 cents, 7.90 cents, 1.30 cents and 0.66.25 cents in that order. The mining index was flat at 70.22 points. BINDURA, FALGOLD, HWANGE and RIOZIM remained unchanged at 3.00 cents, 1.00 cents,  2.90 cents and 55.00 cents in that...

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Zim Pavilion at Venice exhibition opens

The Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 57th Venice biennale exhibition in Italy has been officially opened by Zimbabwe’s Deputy Ambassador to Italy, Mr Shadreck Gwenzi this afternoon with more than 70 countries attending the event. Four visual artists; Charles Bhebe, Admire Kamudzengerere, Sylvester Mubayi and Dana Whabira are representing the country at the international art exhibition. The Zimbabwe Pavilion Chief Curator, Raphael Chikukwa is part of the delegation in...

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Stands for youths, war vets

Youths and war veterans from Kuwadzana constituency in Harare are set to benefit from housing stands availed through the assistance of their legislator, Cde Betty Kaseke. The first phase of the stand allocation which will see around 700 individuals benefitting, is set to go a long way in ensuring the less privileged members of the Kuwadzana community access housing. The beneficiaries, who spoke to the ZBC News on the sidelines of a rally that announced the development, hailed Zanu PF as a party that has consistently shown that it is concerned about the welfare of the country’s citizens. Cde Kaseke underscored the need for Zanu PF members in her constituency to be within the party structures while in the same vein highlighting that there is a strong commitment to ensure Zimbabweans are empowered through various initiatives. There is also high optimism that the party will have a clean sweep in next year’s general elections as a result of its sound national policies that have advanced the livelihoods of many Zimbabweans. Under the ZIMASSET economic blueprint, the government has targeted to provide 300 000 housing stands by...

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VP Mnangagwa warns against post harvest loss

Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored farmers to avoid post harvest loss and stressed the need for farmers and service providers who will ferry the grain to be paid on time. This comes as the country heads for a bumper harvest this season following the successful implementation of the government command agriculture programme on maize production  and a good rainy season. Presenting a public lecture titled: ‘Command Agriculture in Zimbabwe: Myths, Lessons and the Future,’ at the Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru today, Cde Mnangagwa said the government’s concern and interest is that the harvested maize is safely...

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Zim, Slovakia sign tourism cooperation deal

Zimbabwe and Slovakia have agreed to cooperate on tourism development strategies through a memorandum of understanding recently signed by the two nations. The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Anastancia Ndlovu, who was recently in Slovakia, confirmed that the signing of the agreement is important in facilitating the growth of the local tourism sector in terms of technical and capital expertise. She said it is also an indication of the commitment by the two countries to ensure the implementation of policies on tourism growth. “It is our real cause to ensure that whatever we do benefits our...

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Thousands flee DRC fighting

Thousands of people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past month and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola. A provincial governor Ernesto Muangala, said the exodus of Congolese due to fighting in their home country is straining resources in villages along the border. Mr Muangala said officials counted more than 20 000 refugees in the Lunda Norte Province almost double the number recorded a month ago. The people had fled clashes between Congolese government and militia forces that erupted in Congo’s Kasai-Central Province in July, then spread to four other provinces. Mr Muangala said the refugees would be moved from overcrowded villages to a refugee camp in Lovua, about 1 000 kilometres east of Angola’s capital  Luanda....

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