Day: May 15, 2017

Zim-Canada limited-overs series begins tomorrow

The visiting Canada cricket team begin their tour of Harare with the first of three 50-over matches against Zimbabwe ‘A’ tomorrow at the Harare Sports Club. The limited-overs series gets underway when the visitors face Zimbabwe ‘A’. The Canadians beat a high performance centre made up mostly of Zimbabwe U19 side by 71 runs in a warm up match yesterday, in Highfield at Takashinga Cricket Club. The three one-day matches will all be played at Harare Sports Club from tomorrow till Friday the 19th. The Zimbabwe ‘A’ side were busy doing some last minute light training ahead of the first match at the match venue. The side include some senior players such as veterans Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Peter J Moor and Sean Williams while several youngsters have also been included in the side. Canada last toured Zimbabwe in January 2015 for a 50-overs series which Zimbabwe ‘A’ won 3-1. The Zimbabwe ‘A’ side recently toured Namibia where they played the hosts in four 50-overs matches. Zimbabwe ‘A’ beat Namibia by 31 runs in the first one-dayer played at Wanderers cricket ground in Windhoek last week Sunday. In the second match played at the same venue on Tuesday, Zimbabwe ‘A’ hammered the hosts by 135 runs while the last two matches between the two sides were pencilled for Thursday and Friday last...

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Church service for late Mrs Charamba held

A church service has been held for the late Mrs Idaishe Olivia Charamba, wife to Presidential spokesperson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba. The church service attracted a cross-section of people including senior government officials, media practitioners, friends and relatives. Family spokesperson, Mr Tinayeshe Mutazu says the family is humbled by all the people who have been coming through to console them adding that burial is set for Mutorashanga tomorrow. Mrs Charamba, a lawyer by profession died at Westend Hospital yesterday morning after succumbing to liver complications. Mourners are gathered at number two Helsdon road Alexander Park in the capital where an all-night vigil will be...

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Zim’s final chance for Afrobasket qualification

Zimbabwe has one last chance to qualify for this year’s Afrobasket finals set for September in Angola when they take on Chad, Cape Verde and Central Africa Republic (CAR) for the last final available slot at a neutral venue in Mali. Zimbabwe lost to neighbours, South Africa in a regional two-game playoff qualifier in Johannesburg on the 15th and 16th of April, but now have a final chance when they play three other African opponents beginning this Friday. The team has been training at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) court twice a day ahead of their departure for the tournament, where they hope to seal another dance at the FIBA Afrobasket after making their debut in Tunisia in 2015. The Zimbabwe Basketball Union, technical team and players are all aware of the challenge that lies ahead after failing to secure their spot during the regional group qualifiers in Harare and a two-game playoff against South Africa in Johannesburg. The winner of the final playoff tournament between Zimbabwe, Chad and CAR will join Angola, Cameroon, Republic of Congo-Brazavillle, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and reigning champions, Nigeria into a 16-team line-up that will battle for the coveted FIBA Afrobasket trophy in the...

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Chinhoyi ginnery resuscitated

One of the country’s biggest cotton ginneries in Chinhoyi is now up and running with expectations high that it processes about 25 000 tonnes of the white gold produced under the free Presidential cotton inputs scheme. Harvesting of cotton is now in full swing with reports from the cotton greenbelts indicating that some farmers have begun delivering their crop for safe keeping. When the ZBC News visited the Chinhoyi Cotton Ginnery, technicians were busy putting final touches at one of the country’s biggest ginneries with the plant manager expressing satisfaction on the state of preparedness to receive and gin the cotton. The ginnery’s Business Development Manager, Claudious Kanhema said everything is progressing well and the ginnery is expected to gin about 25 000 up from 700 ginned last year, thanks to the free Presidential inputs. The government has already pegged the cotton producer price at 55 cents per kg for grade cotton on top of the free cotton inputs. The ball is now in the Agriculture Marketing Authority’s (AMA) court to announce the buying dates and to kick start the 2017 cotton selling...

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Wheat planting behind schedule in Umguza

Wheat planting in Umguza irrigation lot is running behind schedule as farmers are facing problems getting adequate tractors for the winter crop. Although wheat planting is already in progress in some parts of the province, farmers in Umguza have been facing a myriad of challenges that has delayed the planting of the winter crop with only 43 hectares planted so far. Accessing fuel is one of the challenges that is delaying the planting. Umguza Irrigation Farmers Association chairperson, Mr Falakhe Dube said farmers are only operating with one tractor for which they have to pay an exorbitant fee of US$20 and 40 litres of diesel per hectare. “Farmers here have a problem because there`s only one tractor which we rely on, it’s not even ours we have to hire it from the owner and farmers are not happy about the prices of hire because they cannot afford them,” said Mr Dube. The farmers have also been struggling to get fuel to enable them to kick off the planting. Due to the challenges, only 24 farmers have committed themselves to wheat production on 176 hectares of land. Matabeleland North Province has set a target to plant a total of 650 hectares during the 2017 wheat farming...

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Foreign military attachés visit flood affected areas

The government says work to rehabilitate infrastructure destroyed by the devastating floods in Matabeleland South Province is underway while various strategies have been put in place to assist with relief aid. This came out during a visit by a delegation of foreign military attaches accredited to Zimbabwe in Gwanda this Monday (today). The visit that was organised by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) gave the attaches an opportunity to have a better understanding of the country. They were drawn from Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, Botswana, China and Russia. The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province, Cde Abednico Ncube spoke of the devastating impact of the cyclone induced floods and the work that the government is doing to redress the situation. The delegation was also informed about the vast investment opportunities in the province particularly in the areas of agriculture, mining and tourism. The visitors had the opportunity to visit areas such as Ntalele in Gwanda North where rehabilitation of road infrastructure is underway. The rains destroyed 37 bridges, 8 dams, 12 boreholes, 400 homes and 200 hectares of crops as well as schools, clinics and...

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Get tough on corruption, govt urged

The government has been called upon to get tough on corrupt officials by imposing deterrent measures on perpetrators if the vice that is threatening to retard development is to be nipped in the bud. This comes on the back of the ongoing visits around the country by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth Development, Indeginisation and Economic Empowerment which have unearthed alleged rampant irregularities with issues of cronyism, greed and even nepotism central to the disbursement of the US$40 million youth revolving fund. It has become fashionable for media to carry one or two stories of corrupt officials bleeding...

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War vets urged to defend Zanu PF party principles

Veterans of the liberation struggle have been urged to defend the values and founding principles of Zanu PF as they are products of the revolutionary party. The call was made by the deputy chairman of the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association (ZNWVA), Cde George Mlala during a meeting held in Gwanda yesterday. Addressing war veterans, ex-detainees, collaborators and restrictees during a meeting in held in Gwanda, Cde Malala said the former freedom fighters have the responsibility to defend the interests of the revolutionary party not to challenge and disrespect their leaders. He expressed concern that the way ward behaviour of some war veterans had tarnished the image of the party and that of freedom fighters. The war veterans’ leadership in Matabeleland South pledged their allegiance to President Robert Mugabe saying they will not be part of those who attack and undermine the authority of their patron. War veterans in Matabeleland South Province will soon meet the Vice President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko to discuss among other issues ex-ZAPU and ZIPRA properties that were seized after independence and the welfare of the...

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Snr ZNA officer, Lt Col Mupabanga dies

The Commander Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda regrets to announce the untimely death of a Senior Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Samson Mupabanga. He was 60. A veteran of the liberation struggle, Lieutenant Colonel Mupabanga passed on last night after a long illness at West End Hospital in Harare. Mourners are gathered at House Number 153, Mahatshula South in Bulawayo. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due...

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