Day: May 16, 2017

Zim A beat Canada in first 50-overs match

Zimbabwe ‘A’ beat visiting Canada by two wickets with 11 balls remaining in the first of three 50-over matches this Tuesday at the Harare Sports Club. The visitors won the toss and batted first, reaching 246 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs, while Zimbabwe chased and managed 249 for 8 in 48.1 overs to take a 1-nil lead. Chamu Chibhabha 65, Peter. J Moor 45, Sean Williams 43, Tymcen Maruma and Nathan Waller both on 37 led Zimbabwe’s chase. The second one-day match is on at Harare Sports Club on Thursday the 18th and the third and final match on Friday the 19th of May 2017. The Canadians beat a high performance centre side in a warm-up game at Takashinga in the capital’s Highfield suburb on Sunday by 71 runs. Canada last toured Zimbabwe in January 2015 for a 50-over series which Zimbabwe ‘A’ won...

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COSAFA draw out

The draw for the 2017 COSAFA Castle cup which will be held in South Africa next month has been conducted with Zimbabwe once again having to go through the group stage. Zimbabwe has been placed in Group B alongside Madagascar, Mozambique and Seychelles. The winner of the group will face Swaziland in the quarter-finals. On the other hand, the winner of Group A which has Angola, East African guest nation Tanzania, Mauritius and Malawi will face defending champions, South Africa. The other two quarter-finals will see Botswana taking on Zambia, while 2015 winners, Namibia play Lesotho. The tournament will ...

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School head jailed 5 years for setting office ablaze

Marondera’s Chemhondoro Primary School head, who was accused of having connived with the school bursar to burn the school office to conceal cases of mismanagement, has been jailed for five years after being convicted of malicious damage to property. The Acting Headmaster, Mr Douglas Matonzi (55) has been sentenced to five years in prison of which six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour by Murewa magistrate, Chiedza Gadzi. According to the state led by Public Prosecutor Panganai Chiutsi, Matonzi and his co-accused, Tendai Zambezi, who has also been convicted of the same offence, are alleged to have connived to set the school office on fire to conceal cases of mismanagement. Following a visit to the school by government auditors in January this year, property worth US$1400 and school records were destroyed by the fire. Zambezi was convicted in January and sentenced to five years in prison of which 10 months were suspended on condition of  restitution of US$1400 and the other six months on condition of good...

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Public hearings for proposed accidents fund begin

Stakeholders in the transport industry have begun public hearings on the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund that shall pave way for crafting of legislation for setting up of the fund in line with international best practices. The proposed fund will be used to pay for ambulance and hospital services to ensure that everyone involved in an accident is attended to quickly despite the absence of medical aid insurance. The Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Michael Madanha, who officiated at the public hearings, said the government is pinning hopes on the fund as it seeks to reduce accident...

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AFM donates to Tsholotsho flood victims

Donations towards the Tsholotsho flood victims continue to flow and calls have been made for other stakeholders to contribute instead of depending on the government alone. Officiating at a handover donation of clothes, blankets and kitchenware by the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) church in Zimbabwe to the Tsholotsho residents that fell victims to the floods that ravaged the area, the Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province, Cde Cain Mathema paid tribute to the church while also calling upon the total involvement of all Zimbabweans when such calamities strike instead of solely depending on the government for aid. The...

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Laws re-alignment gathers pace

The government has made tremendous progress to re-align various pieces of legislation in line with the new constitution, with over 20 draft bills expected to be referred to parliament for consideration. In an interview on the sidelines of a 5-day workshop on the Children’s Amendment Bill in Nyanga, the Director of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Tapiwa Godzi underscored the government’s commitment to aligning several legislation to the provisions of the new constitution. “Over 20 draft bills will soon be referred to parliament for consideration and the August House will...

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Govt re-affirms commitment to gender equality

The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development has re-affirmed its commitment to advance gender equality as one way of achieving the goals of the country`s economic blue-print, ZIMASSET. The Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane made the remarks while officially opening the International Conference on Breaking the Nexus Between Gender and Poverty, hosted by the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in Victoria Falls. Cde Damasane said her ministry has already taken the lead in drafting the second National Gender Policy to guide stakeholders in the country to mainstream gender and work towards poverty reduction. “Let me highlight that achieving gender equality and poverty eradication are huge tasks that need all of us to put heads together in coming up with innovative strategies including research and dissemination of information on such measures. Indeed, research and documentation of practices, opportunities and challenges remain pivotal in fostering socio-economic development,” she said. GZU Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Andrew Chindanya said the university will continue to fulfill its mandate of creating new knowledge and responding proactively to the society’s challenges. “In Zimbabwe, many households are living under extreme poverty and the vulnerable and marginalised groups are the most affected. We remain committed to ensuring the elimination of poverty, and we are happy that the government has put in place several economic policies that have specific gender equality...

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Mabvuku Hospital upgrading hailed

The upgrading of Mabvuku Hospital has been hailed as a positive development that will offer residents an opportunity to access an improved range of medical services. The residents of Mabvuku and surrounding areas, who spoke to the ZBC News on the sidelines of a tour by the City of Harare officials and partners who assisted in upgrading of the hospital, said they can now access dental, maternal and other services at affordable rates. The Harare City Council Director of Health Services, Dr Prosper Chonzi and the Acting Town Clerk, Mrs Josephine Ncube, said the local authority remains committed to...

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Poor roads blamed for low hotel occupancies in Nyanga

Poor road networks linking to various attraction sites in Nyanga have affected tourists arrival, a development which has seen the region recording 25 percent hotel occupancy for the first quarter. Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) Chairperson for the Nyanga Region, Mr Charlton Chimbira said hotel occupants in the first quarter were very low but there has been major improvements. Mr Chimbira said the poor state of roads is a cause for concern for players in the tourism sector, as most people prefer to drive enjoying the beautiful scenery. His sentiments were also echoed by another player in the tourism...

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Handball rules course underway in Bulawayo

A 7-day international handball playing rules course is underway in Bulawayo with the sport’s motherbody expecting to raise its standards to international status. With the country currently sitting at about 180 qualified handball referees, the Zimbabwe Handball Federation has stepped up efforts to improve the standard of officiating to international levels through hosting this course that has 44 participants. Speaking on the sidelines of the course at Northlea High School, Zimbabwe Handball Federation President, Stewart Sanhewe revealed his organisation’s desire to improve the standard of officiating in the country. Kenyean international instructor, Charles Omondi, who was seconded by the...

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