Day: May 12, 2017

Lack of unity costed Africa in UNWTO election

Local tourism stakeholders believe lack of unity within the continent impacted negatively on the candidature of Dr Walter Mzembi for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Secretary General post. The hope for the continent to lead the UNWTO went up in smoke in Madrid Spain bringing agony among local tourism players as news filtered that the continent’s candidate Dr Mzembi has lost the election in the second round to Georgia’s candidate. Local tourism expert Dr Taka Munyanyiwa said this is not the end of the road for the continent’s candidate as there are a lot of opportunities and the continent must draw lessons from the election. Traverze Travel managing director Ms Zodwa Mkandla said the continent went to Spain a divided lot which worked against their endorsed candidate. The elected UNWTO Secretary General has a mammoth task of uniting Africa which was divided on the eve of the elections as well as ensuring the global tourism industry reclaims its position within the world...

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Africa to re-strategise after narrow loss

African participants at the just concluded 105th UNWTO executive council meeting have hailed the spirited campaign by the African Union endorsed candidate Dr Walter Mzembi and have called for a more coordinated approach in future. According to the participants, Africa has made a clear statement to the world that the continent has a bigger role to play in the global travel and tourism business. The African continent is convinced that despite the narrow loss in the race to succeed the outgoing UNWTO Secretary General, Dr Taleb Rifai, the AU endorsed candidate Dr Mzembi did put up a good fight which has proved to the world the centrality of the continent as a key player in the global and tourism industry. Zimbabwe Ambassador to Spain, France and Portugal who was also the spokesperson of the Zimbabwean Camp Ambassador, Rudo Chitiga has described the results as unfortunate adding that despite the loss their candidate fought a good fight. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says the continent has made a bold statement that the world should view Africa as an important component of the global tourism industry. Gambia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr Hamat Bah is convinced that the global tourism sector has been denied of an astute and capable leader and called for more collaboration in future among African countries. Dr Mzembi narrowly lost to Georgia’s...

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Communities urged to use electricity for developmental purposes

The people of Maramba Pfungwe constituency in Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe (UMP) have been urged to utilise the rural electrification programme for developmental purposes. Addressing villagers and other stakeholders at the commissioning of electricity at Mungari Primary School in UMP, Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri and the area’s legislator, Cde Washington Musvaire said there is need for people of the area to take advantage of the rural electrification programme for developmental purposes. Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Cde Tsitsi Muzenda said the government appreciates the role electricity plays in community development. Through the rural electrification project power was installed at Jamari and Dindi Primary Schools as well as at Dindi...

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Dynamos, Highlanders encounter to hog limelight

Premier Soccer League (PSL) action resumes tomorrow with the major highlight being the encounter between log leaders Highlanders who clash against Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday. Highlanders who currently top the standings with 13 points are hoping to maintain their impressive start to the season when they face Dynamos. Since losing to Shabanie Mine in their second league encounter Bosso has picked up 13 points and will now be looking to make it 5 wins when they meet long time adversaries Dynamos. Bosso’s opponents Dynamos will also be seeking for a positive outcome and build on their last victory a 1-nil win over Yadah FC. DeMbare who are in the bottom half of the standings are seeking to take their points tally to 10 and work their way up the log. In other encounters on Sunday, Hwange host Triangle at Gibbo Stadium as Shabanie Mine clash with Chapungu at Maglas in Zvishavane. Ngezi Platinum who have had a bright start to their 2017 campaign face off with struggling Harare City at Morris Depot. On Saturday, Yadah FC play Chicken Inn at the National Sports Stadium while ZPC Kariba will host Tsholotsho FC at Nyamhunga Stadium. In a double header at Barbourfields, How Mine play FC Platinum before Bulawayo City and Black Rhinos lock...

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Provincial war hero Cde Musurudzwa buried

The late Cde Norman Musurudzwa who died on the 10th of this month and was declared provincial war hero has been laid to rest at the Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre in Mutare, with full military honours. Friends, relatives and government officials thronged the Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre to bid farewell to the late provincial war hero Cde Musurudzwa who died on the 10th of this month after a short illness. A family representative, and young brother to the late applauded the government for according the late former freedom fighter provincial war hero status. The director in the Minister of State’s office, Mr Kennedy Mugarisanwa described the late Cde Musurudzwa as a distinguished and decorated freedom fighter who received a number of medals during his service in the Zimbabwe National Army. He underscored the need for Zimbabweans to cherish and safeguard the hard won independence and protect the liberation gains which came through the barrel of the gun. Born on the 1st of January in 1964 in Wedza, the late Cde Musurudzwa whose Chimurenga name was John Ticharwa joined the liberation struggle in 1979 in Mozambique. Upon the attainment of independence he was attested into the ZNA and later retired in 2013. He received several military medals, such as the 1980 Independence medal, DRC medal and the liberation struggle medal. He is survived by his wife Nyarai Magwenzi and five...

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Be active contributors, social studies students urged

The United Nations resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has challenged University of Zimbabwe faculty of social studies students, to move away from being passive and theoretical academics and be active contributors to the development and continual evolving of social policies in the country. The UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative said the students should identify current challenges and situations, come up with innovations and changes that can be incorporated in the formulation of social policies in the country. Mr Parajuli was giving a lecture on optimising social policy for the achievement of sustainable development goals at the faculty of social studies at the UZ in Harare. He implored the students to study the 17 UN sustainable development goals and make positive contributions towards their attainment. Mr Parajuli commended government’s efforts in the implementation of social programmes aimed at achieving the goals that improve the lives of people. He commended government’s social policies in fighting hunger droughts, health challenges such as HIV and AIDS as well as the recent floods. The pro-vice chancellor academic affairs, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri said the university is moving with time and has partnered business and some government departments to solve some challenges such as the issue of animal conservation dealing with corruption in revenue collection and the introduction of e-governance and ease of doing business. Institutions of higher learning in the country have been...

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Industrial index closes week in green

The industrial index recovered 0.18 points to close the week higher at 146.80 points in a largely dull session with the mining index closing the week flat. First Mutual Holdings gained 0.60 cents to settle at 7.62 cents whilst Delta and Innscor went up by 0.25 cents each to close at 88.75 cents and 48.25 cents in that order. CFI Holdings was up by 0.05 cents to close at 12.60 cents. Rainbow Tourism Group was the only counter that lost ground after easing 0.09 cents to settle at 0.89 cents. CBZ Holdings, Old Mutual and Simbisa traded unchanged at 9.54 cents, 375.00 cents and 17.85 cents in that order. Week-on-week the industrial index added 1.54 points. The mining index was flat at 70.22 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading...

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2-2 Infantry Battalion wins Commandeers trophy

2-2 Infantry Battalion won the Commandeers trophy after coming out tops in the Two Brigade inter units sports competition which ended this afternoon. After dominating in many of these sporting disciplines on offer which include athletics, netball and chess, 2-2 Infantry Brigade burst into celebration after winning the prestigious Commandeers trophy. Headquarters 2 Brigade however claimed pole position in volleyball with 2-3 CBT winning 2-1 in the final of the men’s football tourney to be crowned champions in the football category. 2-3 Infantry Battalion won the tug of war event in a competition which was closely contested. Guest of honour Brigadier Stanley Mangena praised athletes that competed at this year’s competition for showing great promise as he emphasized the importance of these games in fostering team work. The Two Brigade inter units sports competition ran from Monday with the competition coming to an end on Friday (today). The competition is an annual event which provides members of various Zimbabwe National Army units with an opportunity to showcase their...

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Norton fish vendors to be moved

Norton’s Katanga area is synonymous with the massive sale of fish, fresh and dried, around the suburb’s shopping centre but the town council is raising a red flag over health concerns. The stench of dried and fresh fish within the vicinity of Katanga shopping centre in Norton is now a common sight. Moreso one comes across a fish vendor by the road side. Most of the vendors leave the fish at the mercy of flies, raising fears of poor handling of the product by the vendors. The vendors say there is nothing wrong with flies hovering over fresh fish, as they usually dry the affected lot in order to kill bacteria and further preserve the product. Norton Town Council acting director of health services, Dr Tungamirai Mhuka however says the vendors will have to be moved to a proper market under construction nearby, adding the local authority has since banned some of the canteens in the area over poor hygiene standards. He added that even the vegetable vendors will be moved away from the overcrowded shopping center for the sake of creating proper sanitary conditions. However, some of the fish vendors sounded defiant, saying they will not move to the proposed new market, where there is a possibility of losing their clients. Most of the fish, especially the dried ones are understood to have a huge market in Bulawayo....

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Norton to spruce up environment

Norton Town Council in partnership with a non-governmental organisation has set eyes on sprucing up the environment under the local authority’s purview. The local authority is putting up measures to ensure there is no defacation in open spaces by establishing sanitary facilities such as functional public toilets. Three wards in the town are about to attain open defacation free status, while efforts are also being made to ensure sewer leaks are plugged. Several campaigns are being carried out to inform residents of the importance of environmental health, under a partnership programme between Norton Town Council and Welt Hunger Hilfe, a non-governmental organisation working on water, sanitation and hygiene wash programmes. Norton town secretary, Mr Kizito Muhomba believes efforts must be stepped up to ensure stakeholders have a sense of ownership of hygiene programmes. Norton’s Katanga shopping centre is one of the major targets of clean up campaigns by the local authority. The area is usually overcrowded and highly polluted with litter. It is also a hive of activity as fish vendors line up the streets around the shopping...

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