Day: May 25, 2017

Rekindle the spirit of solidarity, African countries urged

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Sydney Sekeramayi urged African countries to rekindle the spirit of solidarity and unity shown by the founding fathers at the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) saying it is only through unity and oneness that Africa will be able to withstand negative forces of neo-colonialism that continue to be on the prowl. Cde Sekeramayi said this in his key note address at a local hotel where heads of diplomatic missions in Harare, legislators and some representatives of the business community are gathered to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the establishment of...

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Glen View Rockets hosts Africa Day basketball tourney

Harare Basketball Association (HBA) club Glen View Rockets celebrated Africa Day with a three on three basketball tourney at Glen View 1 community hall basketball court. Some 12 teams celebrated Africa Day with a three on three basketball extravaganza tourney at Glen View 1 community hall basketball court. The three versus three game is an exciting, shortened and fast paced version of basketball played using one ring and half a court with relaxed rules. The three on three tournament has  no age restrictions and can have mixed teams (both male and female in one team) and it is an opportunity for basketball fanatics to come and show case their street ball skills. Host club Glen View Rockets used the tournament to scout for talent by giving youths a platform to showcase their skills. The Africa Day basketball extravaganza tournament included three on three knock out games basis for boys and girls U21, men and women open ages, three point shootout and slam dunk competition. Scores of players from different HBA affiliated clubs thronged the Glen View courts to celebrate Africa Day and African unity through sport following the end of the HBA league, national league and failure of the national team to qualify for 2017 Afrobasket tourney to be hosted by...

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ZRP athlete Mpofu wins inaugural JM Busha marathon

Zimbabwe Republic Police athlete, Isaac Mpofu won the inaugural JM Busha 54 races for peace and unity in Africa (42 km) held at the National Sports Stadium in a time of 2 hours 17 minutes  42 seconds. The inaugural JM Busha 42 km race, is part of a series of 54 to be held throughout the continent to promote peace and unity using sport as a tool for development. The race which also included the traditional 5 km fun race, 10km, the 21 km and42 km marathon attracted most of the big names in local athletics and Mpofu beat a huge field in his first attempt. In second place was Lionel Muchena of Harare Athletics Club and Gilbert Mutandiro in third place. The first woman home in the 42 km was Chiedza Chokore, ZRP’s Olivia Chitate second and Lizzie Chokore made it a family affair on the podium in third. National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president, Tendai Tagara paid tribute to sponsor JM Busha’s investments group in South Africa for partnering his association in the promotion and development of sport of athletics in particular. JM Busha 54 races chairman, Misheck Gondo said while Zimbabwe hosted the inaugural race, another one in July would feature top athletes from the whole of Africa and region marking regional championships. The race will result in JM Busha peace and fellowships for talented...

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Zim food sector eyes strategic alliances with external investors

Zimbabwe’s food value chain industry is expecting strategic alliances with global firms at an African business expo to be held in South Africa next month. The growth of the food value chain industry is being revised upwards on the back of a bumper harvest for the 2016/17 summer cropping season. While the development has provided opportunities for growth, ZimTrade chief executive officer, Ms Sithembile Pilime says most locally based firms are interested in participating at the African business expo in South Africa to get access to strategic investors who can inject capital for growth. “More still needs to be done but we are optimistic that the event can unlock more value for growth,” said Ms Pilime. Despite the challenging macro-economic environment most of the food processing companies are on a recovery path following the inception of restrictive policies on selected...

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Tourism sector agree on upward salary review deal

Tourism workers and employers have agreed on an upward salary review for employees in the sector which will see the lowest paid employee getting US$122 per month while the highest paid employee will get US$417 before allowances. Members of the National Employment Council (NEC) for the tourism sector who met early this week in Harare agreed on a wage deal for workers in the tourism industry. The tourism sector is divided into three sections – sector 1 is for those is the leisure business mainly hotel employees, sector 1b is for those in the hunting business while sector 2 is mostly for those in conservation, safari and wildlife operations. The agreement will see lowest paid employees in sector 1 getting US$260 from US$254 per month while the lowest paid in the sector 1b will get a basic salary of US$206 up from US$200. The lowest paid in the sector 2 will get a basic salary of US$122. Representative of the employees, Mr Edward Dzapasi said while they would have wanted much higher percentage review across the board, they appreciate the concerns raised by the employers but insisted that they will continue to engage. No was decision made on allowances with a NEC for the tourism expected to consider recommendations on allowances in August. Tourism operators have in the past bemoaned the high operational costs and subdued operating environment as...

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Warriors squad named

Warriors interim coach Norman Mapeza has called up a 25 member squad to begin camp on Monday in preparation for the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia on June 11 at the National Sports Stadium. The 25 member squad was announced by newly appointed  Warriors manager, Wellington Mupandare, flanked ZIFA spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela at ZIFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa’s offices in the capital today. Mapeza was absent and said to be busy preparing his side FC Platinum for a match against Caps United following his return from a trip to Turkey. Mupandare said more players would be added as he was still in talks with some European based players including English Premiership side Burnely’s Tendai Darikwa who could join the camp later. Both Mupandare and Gwesela denied that players who allegedly led the boycott of the dinner organised by the Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa including former captain Willard Katsande, Nyasha Mushekwi, Matthew Rusike and vice captain Cuthbert Malajila among others had been dropped as per Chiyangwa’s orders. The team is expected to get into camp on Monday and sign a contract with ZIFA on allowances and bonuses before they begin training proper on Tuesday. From the 2017 AFCON squad only Onismo Bhasera of Supersport, Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns, Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates’ Tendai Ndoro, Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United, Marvelous Nakamba of Vitesse Arnhem (Netherlands), Danny Phiri, and...

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Africa University a semblance of united Africa

Africa University in Mutare, an institution which was born to advance the pan-Africanism ideology and investing in Africa’s future has become a centre of a united Africa. Since its inception as the only private university in 1992 in Zimbabwe, Africa University has become a symbol of a united Africa with students drawn from more than twenty six african countries. As Zimbabwe joins the rest of the continent to commemorate Africa Day, students at the university have been entrusted to grasp the vision of the founding fathers of pan-Africanism. University director for information and public affairs, Tsitsi Tsvakwi Kanonge said the institution of higher learning takes pride to be the centre of pan-Africanism and will consistently strive to make meaningful contribution to the development of Africa through moulding competent future African leaders. The Minister of State for Mutare Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene called upon all African countries to invest in the development of Africa University in order to strengthen the pan-Africanism ideology. This year’s Africa Day commemorations running under the theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in Youths” comes at a time when the continent is focusing on achieving agenda...

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Ambassador Mbete speaks on Africa Day celebrations

South Africa Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Mphakama Mbete says the 54th anniversary celebration of the creation of the OAU which is now the African Union symbolises the long successful road that Africa has travelled towards the realisation of the dreams of unity and prosperity of the people of Africa. In an interview to mark Africa Day, Ambassador Mbete said Africa should continue moving ahead on the prosperity path using its young population to realise the roadmap of agenda 2063 which was crafted by the leaders to guide the continent towards realising the prosperity envisaged by the founding fathers. He said the continent has achieved the goal of uniting the continent except in some few instances where some have backtracked resulting in some few pockets of conflict and instability. Ambassador Mbete noted that Africa needs to mobilise resources to succeed in quenching the conflicts and commended African efforts in resolving conflicts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with African Diplomats in Harare is hosting a cultural night in the capital to celebrate and commemorate 54 years of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity which is now the African...

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Africa needs to speak with one voice: Experts

Africa boasts of vast resources to the extent  that it can still explore the resources for the benefit of its citizens without depending on western powers who to some huge extent have political, economic and social hidden agendas. Experts say Africa’s socio-economic achievements now hinges on the need to avoid reliance from the western powers or developed economies. Statistics from the African Union Department of Financial Research indicate Africa’s population is hovering at one billion people with a yearly gross domestic product (gdp) of US$1 trillion. While the continent also boasts of a diversified resources base, good climatic conditions, an economist Dr Gift Mugano says the growth of Africa now depends on close cooperation. The AU data shows that 70 percent of Africa’s population is dominated by youths who also provide a ready system for labour, capital and consumption with a political analyst Mr Costa Anjos saying focus should be towards avoiding the influence of western powers in Africa. But taking into account that Africa accounts for only two percent of the global trade systems, an economist Mr Zack Murerwa says a workable industrialisation policy can solve the current dependency syndrome. While some African states have made progress in social, economic, scientific, technological and cultural developments, the need to reduce dependency from the developed economies, focus on integration of states, and creating a platform of industrial growth is key...

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Command agric, Land Reform bearing fruits

Government has come up with a number of programmes to ensure food security and a better livelihood to its people. These include the Land Reform Programme and command agriculture that have benefitted a large number of farmers across the country. Former Zanu PF legislator for Zvishavane-Runde constituency, Cde Larry Mavhima stood out among farmers who were contracted under command agriculture in Gweru district to scoop the first for the best maize crop in the district under command agriculture. Addressing farmers at Cde Mavhima’s farm in Cool Moreen, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde Davis Marapira commended...

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