Day: May 29, 2017

Highlanders summoned again at PSL

Bulawayo giants Highlanders have once again been summoned to appear before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee after their supporters caused the abandonment of their match against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium yesterday. PSL communications and media liaison officer, Kudzai Bare told ZBC News that Highlanders will appear before the disciplinary committee on the sixth of next month. Bare said this comes after the PSL received the full report on what occurred at Mandava Stadium yesterday. This is the second time that Highlanders are appearing before the disciplinary committee this season after causing the abandonment of their league match against Dynamos at Babourfields Stadium on the 14th of this...

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RBZ successfully deploys Credit Registry system

The Office of the President and Cabinet, as the coordinator of the Ease of Doing Business measures says the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) successfully deployed the Credit Registry system in November and December 2016 and the system became operational in January 2017. The banking sector has a total of 371 485 loans given to 361 525 individuals and 9 960 corporations. All the 19 banking institutions are subscribers to the credit registry system, meaning that banking institutions are required to check with the registry before granting loans, in order to get information on the credit history of the applicant before granting loans. As of 23rd of this month, the Credit Registry had loaded 84.75 percent or 314 833 banking sector loans in the data base. The Credit Registry is already in the process of registering the top 20 micro-finance institutions as subscribers to the system. These institutions represent 84 percent of the assets of the microfinance sector and once registered will have full access to the registry with effect from the 30th of this month. There are plans to co-opt the rest of the micro-finance institutions, numbering approximately 160, after their personnel have under gone training. The RBZ will commence training of micro-finance institutions as data providers in June 2017. During the process of creating the Credit Registry, the RBZ has met with a number of key stakeholders...

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Tokwe Mukosi dam Command Fisheries Programme launched

The Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Shuvai Mahofa launched the provincial Command Fisheries Programme at Tokwe Mukosi dam last Saturday (May 27). The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority supplied the second batch of Nile bream fingerlings that will form the seed for other dams in the province. The target is to stock the dam with 1.5 million fingerlings. Speaking during the occasion, Cde Mahofa highlighted that Tokwe Mukosi dam will be used as a fish production centre for Masvingo Province. The off-springs from these fingerlings will be used for stocking other dams in the province. She reiterated that Tokwe Mukosi dam is a blessing to the province since it will provide enormous opportunities such as easy access to fish, improvement of livelihoods and employment opportunities for the people in Masvingo Province. The main targeted beneficiaries are women, youth, orphans, disabled and other disadvantaged groups who will be organised into groupings such as...

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Abuse of drugs a cause for concern

While Zimbabwe is making great strides to take care of the younger generations in line with the African Union theme for this year, ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Youth Investment’, some of them have become the lost generation, indulging in drugs, alcoholism and other vices that destroy their lives. The challenges of keeping Zimbabwean youths engaged in productive activities seems to be growing by the day as more and more of them are found in street corners loitering or begging alms while others have resorted to smoking and sniffing of hard drugs that temporarily stop their brains from functioning normally referred to as “kusticker” in street lingo. Most of them abandoned their education. They are virtually living and sleeping on the streets and do anything that comes their way to earn the dollar. By midmorning they are already drunk and waiting for any well-wisher to give them the next meal. A stroll around the streets of Harare shows that many have not taken different options, but blame others of wait for the illusive white collar jobs and other formal jobs. Some who spoke to ZBC News said they have homes elsewhere and come on the streets to seek menial jobs or well-wishers who can take them out of their misery. University of Zimbabwe lecturer and sociologist, Professor Claude Mararike said the lost generation has come about due to lack...

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All set for Miss Mt Pleasant pageant

Models that are set to participate at the Miss Mt Pleasant Constituency pageant scheduled for the 3rd of June in Harare have started engaging residents as part of efforts to ensure modelling promotes meaningful development in the constituency. Miss Mt Pleasant Constituency Programmes Director, Valerie Chingonzo said the move by the models to engage the community is aimed at promoting meaningful development in the community while also empowering the girl child. Mt Pleasant legislator, Cde Jason Passadi said the pageant is an important programme in nurturing young talent as well as ensuring that the girl child is at the forefront of both social and economic development. The models expressed happiness to be part of a constituency based modelling show and promised to contribute towards key developmental projects in the constituency. The grand finale scheduled for 3 June will see musicians Killer T, Trevor Dongo and Soul Jah Love entertaining...

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Liberation war heroes buried

Provincial liberation war hero, Cde Charles Sithole whose Chimurenga name was Cde Norman Chisango and provincial war heroine Cde Florence Masona whose Chimurenga name was Cde Shungu have been buried at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre. Speaking at the burial of the two Cdes, deputy director in the office of Harare Metropolitan Province Minister of State, Mr Ignitious Mungure who represented the Harare resident Minister, Cde Miriam Chikukwa said Cde Sithole’s military exploits saw him receiving an outstanding award by former Ethiopian president, Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu in recognition of his military prowess. Mr Mungure said the late Cde Masona’s contribution to the country is seen in the number of awards given to her for the contribution before and after independence stating that she is an epitome of bravery and shrewdness on the part of women combatants. Harare Province war veterans’ chairperson, Cde John Guta and Zanu PF Central Committee member, Cde Endy Mhlanga said the two Cdes deserved to be respected by ensuring the shrine is upgraded. Cde Sithole died on the 25th of this moth while the Cde Masona passed away a day before (24 May). Family spokespersons Samuel Mhlanga and Belinda Josphats say the two left a void that will be difficult to fill. The late WO1 Florence Masona is survived by her three children while the late Charles Sithole is survived by his wife Agnes...

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Zim towns behind modern trends: Authorities

Most local authorities are lagging behind in terms of development and upgrading of infrastructure for essential services, with many cities having out grown their design capacity resulting in poor service delivery. This was said by the President of the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe, Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni in Mutare today during a  review workshop on the state of water and sanitation in local authorities. Vice Chairperson of the Peer Review Coordinating Committee, Mr Shangwa Mavesera said poor relationship between local authorities and residents is a major critical challenge which has caused low revenue generation. The one day review workshop was aimed at bench-marking the state of water and sanitation in local authorities, to share and discuss challenges faced by local authorities in discharging the WASH programme and come up with...

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Cooperatives leaders undergo training

Leaders of co-operatives have been urged to acquire basic knowledge of cooperative management in order to curb the challenge of maladministration bedeviling most cooperatives in the country. This was highlighted during a graduation party for cooperative leaders held at Ushewokunze Community Centre in Harare this Sunday. Most cooperatives in the country are on the brink of collapse due to a number of challenges that include maladministration, mismanagement of funds, non-adherence to the country’s laws, as well as land and leadership wrangles. It is against this backdrop that a group of cooperative leaders in Harare South constituency underwent a two year training for a certificate in Cooperative Management and Development at Domboshava Institute of Training and Development. The graduands undertook courses such as Corporate Governance, Cooperative Management, Cooperative Accounting, Project Planning and Management, among others. Cooperatives have contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the country. Some of these include housing, fisheries, arts and craft, transport and agricultural...

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5 athletes to represent Zim at World Athletics Champs

Zimbabwe will be represented at the 2017 World Athletics Championships by five marathon runners, three men and two women while more athletes especially US based sprinters Tatenda Tsumba and Tinashe Mutanga are expected to qualify after posting some good results. In an interview with ZBC News, National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president, Tendai Tagara said it is a great achievement to have those athletes qualify for the World Athletics Championships from the 4th to the 13th of August in London, UK. He said Zimbabwe will be represented at both regional and international athletics championships, a requirement of the IAAF. Olympians Pardon Ndlovu, US based and Cutbert Nyasango and Milton Matende while the ladies will be represented by seasoned SA based Olympian Rutendo Nyahora and Constance Chidziva. Zimbabwe expects to send at least seven athletes to the World Youth Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 12th to the 17th of July who include youngsters sprinter 100 and 200m Ngoni Makusha and Nyasha Mutsetse an 800m specialist who is on a three months training programme in Botswana. NAAZ which will also be sending a team to Constance, Algeria from the 6th to the 8th of July for the Africa Junior Championships is appealing for corporates to sponsor the teams which requires accommodation, meals and airfares. In two weeks NAAZ will be hosting the regional senior athletics championships...

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Plumtree hosts Kalanga Culture Festival

The Kalanga community in Plumtree, Matabeleland South Province joined the rest of the country in commemorating the National Culture Week at Plumtree Town Council Hall. As part of this year’s commemorations, the Kalanga Language and Cultural Development Association held the Kalanga Cultural Fair which saw popular Imbube music outfit, Black Umfolosi giving a five star performance albeit using musical instruments. Speaking to the ZBC News, the organiser of the fair and leader of Black Umfolosi, Sotsha Moyo said they have diversified into music with instruments as a way of preserving the Kalanga culture for the younger generations. The cultural fair was held under the theme: ‘Towards Increased Community Participation,’ and saw a Food Expo being held concurrently. On show were different Kalanga foodstuffs such as Simoni, Amacimbi and Hadza le Zembgwe. School children also recited poems in Kalanga to the sizeable crowd that had gathered for the event. The Kalanga Cultural Fair, which was in its first year, is set to be an annual event. The Culture Week is commemorated as part of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO, which proclaimed May 21 as the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and...

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