Day: May 23, 2017

Women’s cricket team learn from SA tour

The Zimbabwe women’s cricket team is taking positives out of their South African tour after overcoming Ireland twice. The team returned home on Monday from a quadrangular series in South Africa. Despite returning home with 5 defeats and 2 victories, team captain Sharne Meyers was pleased with an experience which saw them for the first time overcoming Ireland. In other encounters, Zimbabwe lost to India and South Africa twice before missing out on third place after succumbing to a loss at the hands of Ireland on Sunday. Zimbabwe did not qualify for the 2017 women’s World Cup to be held in June but the women’s side were handed an opportunity of playing higher ranked nations as the side looks to build for future events and push for ODI...

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Bulawayo Book Fair begins Thursday

The Bulawayo Book Fair that was last held in 2014 has returned after two years of absence as the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association steps up efforts improve the viability of the local book industry. Financial challenges have been affecting the holding of book fairs in Zimbabwe, with only the Harare fair being the only event held every year. Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association Executive Board Chairperson, Mr Blazio Tafirei said the Bulawayo Book Fair, which rolls into life this Thursday, marks an aggressive campaign to promote the growth of the local book industry, adding that Mutare and Harare book fairs are also scheduled to take place this year. Mr Tadirei also said the Bulawayo Book Fair will have a number of activities and workshops in order to promote business linkages as well as finding lasting solutions to problems bedeviling the local book industry. The book fair is running under the theme: ‘Making the Book Pay – The Economics of the...

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ZSE: Industrial index continues positive trend

The industrial index continued in the positive trend on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) trading, gaining a further 1.92 points to close at 156.45 points, while the mining index lost 0.22 points to settle at 69.21 points. Delta added 1.73 cents to trade at 95.25 cents, Innscor advanced by 1.66 cents to end at 50.66 cents, while Econet increased by 1.01 cents to 27.05 cents. ZB Holdings went up by 1.00 cents to settle at 17.00 cents and PPC closed at 66.75 cents following a 0.25 cents gain. Trading in the negative, Willdale eased 0.15 cents to trade at 0.35 cents as African Sun and Turnall lost 0.01 cents each to close at 1.27 cents and 0.98 cents respectively. The mining index lost 0.22 points to settle at 69.21 points as Hwange shed 0.57 cents to close at 2.33 cents. Bindura however put on 0.05 cents to close at 2.95 cents, while Falgold and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 1.00 cents and 55.00 cents...

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Be create to improve tourist arrivals, Zim urged

The country has been urged to come up with creative measures to promote its tourist arrivals. This came out during a roll out meeting of the 2015-16 Visitors Exit Survey Report which indicated that the country saw three quarters of the tourists being repeat visitors. 38 680 visitors were randomly selected for the survey at the country’s seven border posts and the Harare International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport and the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport. 44 percent of the visitors have gone on to visit either South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, among other regional competitors, with indications that 31 percent of them were visiting friends and relatives, while 29.5 percent were in transit and only 18.2 percent in the country for holiday. It has however come as a disappointment that the majority of these visitors were not using registered commercial accommodation but mainly homes of friends and relatives while others are believed to have made use of unregistered lodges, something that Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Executive Director for Planning, Research and Development, Mrs Sophie Zirebwa said did not benefit the country. 96 percent of the visitors to Zimbabwe between June 2015 and June 2016 indicated that they would visit the country again, and 95 percent of them revealed their intentions to recommend other people to visit the country compared to 4 percent that opted otherwise. The research findings...

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Tourism sector performance raises players’ confidence

Confidence is high among tourism operators in Victoria Falls following a strong performance by the sector during the first quarter, with many players positioning themselves to benefit from the projected further increase in tourist arrivals and room occupancy levels. An air of optimism is currently hovering around Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls with positive prospects for business growth. The source of optimism has been the increase in tourist arrivals and the surge in room occupancy levels which stood at 58 percent during the first quarter, up from 48 percent recorded in the last quarter of 2016. The major driver...

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Zanu PF primary election winner withdraws

The Zanu PF winning candidate for Chiwundura constituency primary elections, Cde Pearson Mbalekwa has withdrawn his candidature due to personal commitments. Cde Mbalekwa was declared winner of the Chiwundura primary elections by Zanu PF National Deputy Political Commissar, Cde Omega Hungwe after polling 1511 votes. He withdrew his candidature this Tuesday afternoon at a media briefing held at the party’s offices in Gweru. Cde Mbalekwa told journalists that he withdrew his candidature voluntarily so that he could focus on personal commitments. Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Spokesperson, Cde Cornelius Mupereri said the runner up in the primary elections, Cde Brown...

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Caps braces for USM Alger test

The stage is set for what promises to be an exciting CAF Champions League duel pitting Caps United and USM Alger of Algeria at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow afternoon. The Zimbabwean champions opened their campaign with a 2-nil defeat away to Zamalek but coach, Lloyd Chitembwe promised fans that his charges will play with purpose and determination as they seek to pick up their first set of points tomorrow. USM Alger overcame Al Ahli Tripoli 3-nil in their opening encounter, but experienced gaffer,  Paul Put is rather cautious heading into tomorrow’s encounter, emphasising that playing away is never easy. Caps United defender, Dennis Dauda said they are fired up, expressing confidence of posting a crucial win. Caps United will be hoping to please their fans as Chitembwe seeks to make use of home advantage. Leonard Tsipa is still recovering from injury while Tafadzwa Rusike has almost fully recovered ahead of Wednesday’s crunch...

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Plant certified seeds, farmers urged

Fresh produce farmers have been urged to use certified seeds in order to maximise production in the lucrative market gardening sector. Hundreds of farmers converged at Stapleford, Harare for the Prime Seedco field day which showcased latest fruit and vegetable seed varieties on the market. Prime Seedco Regional Sales Agronomist, Faith Dube said fresh produce growers should use hybrid seeds to increase their yield and revenue earnings. Farmers, who have adopted market gardening as their main line of business, said good farm management and high quality produce  are key in capturing markets. Market gardening is a major source of income for several urban and peri-urban farmers owing to high demand for produce in nearby...

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Govt appoints censorship board

An 11 member board of censors has been appointed with a view to control and regulate the media and film industry as well ensuring that freedom of artistic expressions do not fringe on other people’s rights. The new board of censors to be chaired by former cabinet minister, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere, will have a mammoth task in carrying out its mandate as there has been rampant abuse of social media while also taking into consideration that general elections are set for next year. Announcing the new board, the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Ignatius Chombo said there is a...

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Govt avails 45 bulls to Lupane, Nkayi farmers

The government has rolled out 45 bulls for Lupane and Nkayi as it seeks to improve the quality of the livestock for the small holder farmers in the two districts on Matabeleland North Province. The programme comprises 30 Brahman as well as 15 Tuli bulls and is a pilot phase which will be spread to other parts of the province, once initial results have been released. The farmers will be responsible for the bulls which were bought at 50 percent of the normal purchasing price after the government negotiated with suppliers. Matabeleland North Provincial Livestock Officer, Mr Addmore Chikowa said the department of livestock production is already rehabilitating solar powered boreholes in the two districts to ensure an adequate supply of water during the dry season so that the condition of the livestock remains competitive in the market. “We expect the condition to improve as most animals were having to walk long distances to access water. Most of these boreholes were down. We therefore expect most of our boreholes to be functional up to the next season and in doing so, we expect to have at least 90 percent calving without much difficulty,” he said. A group of 10 to 15 farmers will share one bull and more will be purchased through a revolving fund to spread the programme to the remaining wards. Lupane and Nkayi districts have a...

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