Day: May 24, 2017

Shabanie Mine: Good days long gone

There were times when life was smooth going in Zvishavane’s Shabanie Mine. Although what is left are just buildings and lifeless asbestos mine, former workers have reminisced on the past good days when Shabanie Mine was producing at full throttle. “We used to get two bonuses in a month plus a salary here at Shabanie,” said Mr Edgar Kamwenda who joined Shabanie Mine in 1979 as an electrical assistant. Employed as a boilermaker at Shabanie Mine in 1978, Mr Elijah Shoko said when the mine was fully operational, nobody worried about welfare and money issues. Far from the picture...

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Women with obstetric fistula open up

Women with obstetric fistula opened up on the dreadful experiences they go through, the isolation and stigma they suffer at the hands of society owing to their unusual condition. Obstetric fistula is a condition in which women involuntarily leak urine and stool due to holes created between the birth canal and the bladder and rectum during pregnancy or prolonged labour. Zimbabwe is estimated to have about 700 women with obstetric fistula and most of them are treated as social outcasts by society and often live in isolation. One woman who has lived with the condition for 32 years and...

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Govt introduces youth development tourism facility

The government has come up with a youth development tourism facility to create employment opportunities and alleviate poverty amongst the group. The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry along with the African Development Bank introduced the youth tourism enhancement project which has helped in facilitating information communication and technology (ICT) capacity. The project has also helped in structuring a tourism master plan that helps in formulating domestic and international tourism strategies. Director of the project, Mr Douglas Runyowa said the initiative is aimed at further developing Zimbabwean tourism to a sought after product as well as tourism friendly destination,...

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ZNA hosts Harare Wellness Day

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has hosted the Harare District Wellness Day as part of initiatives to promote good health within the force and the entire country. Members of the uniformed forces thronged the KG VI to attend the event that was attended by other players in the health sector to augment efforts to promote wellness activities by the national army. Guest of honour at the wellness day, Brigadier General Tendai Elliot Dzirutwe, who represented ZNA Commander, Lt General Philip Valerio Sibanda said the event is being held in response to health challenges facing the country that require concerted efforts not only from the government but also from individuals and organisations to improve the national health situation. Brigadier General Dzirutwe said there is need for Zimbabweans to adopt pro-health lifestyles in order to ward off conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer, which has taken a toll on the society. The Harare District Wellness Day was running under the theme: ‘Healthy Body and Healthy...

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Art exhibition celebrates African identity

An art exhibition that celebrates Zimbabwean designs is on display at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe as part of Africa Day and the gallery’s 60th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition staged by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe titled: ‘Zimbabwe in Design – Five Stories in Zimbabwean Design,’ outlines the country’s creative endeavour through five different angles of utility in order to acquaint viewers with the historical creative consciousness which the nation possesses. National Gallery of Zimbabwe Chief Curator, Raphael Chikukwa said the exhibition showcases designs that include fashion, hair, graphic design, material culture and applied design on traditional structure as...

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Industrial index rallies ZSE trading

Blue chip counters led ZSE trading on Wednesday despite flat dealings by some resource listed counters. The industrial index gained a further 1.86 points to settle at 158.31 points, while the mining index was unchanged at 69,21 points. Heavyweight counters gained ground as BAT went up by 105,00 cents to end at 166.50 cents and SEEDCO put on 2,25 cents to close at 100,00 cents. Innscor advanced by 2,09 cents to trade at 52,75 cents. Old Mutual increased by 0,75 cents to 376,00 cents while Econet was 0,70 cents higher at 27,75 cents. Two counters lost ground as Lafarge dropped 4,50 cents to close at 40,00 cents, while FBC Holdings came off 0,15 cents to trade at 10,60 cents. In the mining index, Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained...

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Zim gold earnings up 3,4 percent

The recovery in global commodity prices has seen Zimbabwe’s gold earnings rising by 3,4 percent to US$275 million since January this year. Gold prices in the international markets have recovered to more than US$1 200 an ounce from an all time low level of US$800 an ounce in the past three years. Apart from the recovery in global prices, the gold sector has been inspired to increase production due to a five percent export incentive scheme. Official figures from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe show that the country has since January produced 4,8 tonnes of the yellow metal. The small scale mining sector, which is also benefiting from incentives by the treasury and the central bank is also accounting for more than 60 percent of production. The government is therefore calling on the stakeholders within the gold mining industry to focus towards value addition of the mineral to increase earnings. The government has also set a 28 tonne gold output target for this...

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8 feared dead in Mazowe mine collapse

Eight small scale miners are feared dead after a mine shaft collapsed in Masasa area in Mazowe on Monday night. Four people are said to have been underground at the time of the incident, while four others who were resting outside were also sucked in. When the ZBC News visited the site, people who include emergency services personnel were milling around as rescue efforts were deemed dangerous without the necessary equipment. ZRP Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident. In separate interviews, fellow miners expressed shock over the tragedy. Mashonaland Central Provincial Administrator, Mr Cosmas Chiringa, who has...

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Africa celebrates 54 years

Africa will tomorrow, 25 May, commemorate 54 years of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU). The organisation was established in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to unite the continent and rid it of colonialism and all forms of racial discrimination. With the full realisation of this initial goal to decolonise the continent, Africa is now in the fight for economic liberation and has crafted its industrialisation programme dubbed Agenda 2063. The continent is in the process of setting up a continental standby force for conflict prevention, management and resolution....

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Chiefs meet VP over TV, radio licences

A delegation of five chiefs have met with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Ministry of Justice offices to appeal for radio and television licences to be given to some people from various provinces under the government digitalisation programme. The chiefs delegation comprised Chief Gwebu of Buhera in Manicaland, Chief Khayisa Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna, Chief Mabhikwa of Lupane in Matabeleland North, Chief Khumalo and Chief Dhlodhlo from Matabeleland South province. They said it is crucial for people from their areas to be awarded the television and radio licenses to allow them to uphold and propagate their culture for posterity....

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