Day: July 11, 2017

Zim boxers gear up for heroes tourney

Zimbabwean boxers have intensified preparations for the forthcoming Heroes and Defence Forces boxing bonanza set for the 14th of next month at the City Sports Centre. The boxing show will feature 11 bouts, two of them title fights. Zimbabwe’s fast rising boxing star national bantamweight champion Tinashe Madziwana is itching to lay a claim to international stardom when he goes in for a 12 rounds title fight against hard punching Tanzanian Hashimu Zuberi. A win will guarantee Madziwana a WBC world title contention later in the year. Another title fight will be the junior light welterweight over 10 rounds featuring Malawi’s Anisha Basir and Gifty Amanua Ankarah of Ghana. Malawi’s no pain go gain boxer seeks to further her winning streak and is going for double glory in WBO Africa and ABU gold training under Delta Force Academy in Zimbabwe. The other bouts has Silas Mandeya who will face Mikka “Mike” Shoneu in the welterweight over 8 rounds while female welterweight fight over 6 rounds features Monalisa Sibanda facing off with Asha Ngerende of Tanzania. Malawi’s Israel Kamukwamba faces Ugandan Edmund Kakembo over 6 rounds while a female bantamweight over 6 rounds will feature Zimbabwe’s Patience Masitara and Malawi’s Ellen Simwaka. Other Zimbabwean boxers to also feature include Nicola Mutonhora, Phillip Musarira, Samson Masiyambumbi, Trevor Mpofu and Collen Mavhundutse. Mutonhora will fight Botswana’s Gomotsang Gaasite in the super welterweight...

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Dr Chihuri commissions 10 houses in Chimanimani

The police is committed to the welfare of its force with the commissioning of ten newly constructed houses at Changadzi Support Unit in Chimanimani district testifying to this. It is a contribution that will transform the lives of police officers at the Changadzi ZRP Support Unit in Chimanimani as descent housing accommodation will be afforded to members of the police. Commissioning the ten house units Commissioner General of Police, Dr Augustine Chihuri, who was accompanied by the Officer Commanding Support Unit Senior Assistant Commissioner, Dr Agengeline Guvamombe and the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene said the housing clusters constructed to the tune of US$126 600 is his part of efforts by his organisation to complement the country’ s new economic blue print the ZIM ASSET. Officers were lodging in Mutare and Chipinge due to the absence of proper housing and this has been compromising their duties. The new houses will therefore lessen the burden says Senior Assistant Commissioner, Dr Guvamombe. Cde Chimene said there is need to empower the police force with adequate financial resources in order to ensure that officers execute their duties effectively and efficiently. The success of the housing project saw members of the police also contributing through brick moulding as well as in the building process to compliment the expertise of hired...

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Born Free Crew donates stand to Nyamande’s widow

Popular-known musical group, the Born Free Crew, has donated a housing stand to Tsitsi Banda, wife to the late member of the group, Leeroy Nyamande who died in a car accident recently. Handing over the stand to Tsitsi in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa suburb, the group’s founding members, Bruce Machingura and Anusa Dulana pledged to continue looking after Leeroy’s family and also promised to construct the house on the 300m2. Accepting the stand, the wife of the late expressed gratitude to the Born Free Crew saying the present of a stand came to her as a surprise and wished members of the band a brighter future. The Born Free Crew also pledged to send Leeroy’s children to school as part of their contribution to the family of their late crew member who died at the age of 25 and left behind two...

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Govt thrilled by sports teams successes

The recent outstanding performances in sport by the Warriors, the Chevrons, the Govt proud of outstanding performances Sables, the national youth athletics team and tennis player Benjamin Lock must breathe a turn of fortunes for the country, a government minister has said. Sport and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane said government is thrilled by the recent wave of success in sport which it will continue to support and encourage recreation especially at grassroot level. Speaking during a media conference at his offices in the capital today, Minister Hlongwane’s expectations are the renewed success by various teams will ignite the developmental thrust government is seeking to implement through the sports policy. Government joins millions of fans of the various sport disciplines in celebrating the success of the senior men’s national football team for lifting the COSAFA Castle Cup, their fifth title. On the Chevrons historic series victory over Sri Lanka in the last eight years, Minister Hlongwane said he hopes this is a turn of fortunes for Zimbabwe Cricket. The national junior athletics team scooped 9 medals, 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze with tripple jumper Chengetayi Mapaya setting a new record leap of 16.30 metres in the junior championships, Gabri Mgebemena in the 100 metre sprint and the boys 4×400 metre relay. Tinotenda Matiyenga won a silver and bronze in the 100 and 200 metres while Kundai Maguranyanga a...

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‘Unfavourable education system’ bemoaned

People with disabilities have raised concern over what they call an unfavourable education system, which is not affordable and not accessible to many of them. Despite efforts being made by the government and other stakeholders to improve their livelihoods, people with disabilities still feel that the current education system is not inclusive as the majority of them are illiterate and remain in the streets begging. Signs of Hope Trust Coordinator and founder, Samantha Sibanda bemoaned lack of infrastructure favourable to their conditions in schools and high fees which many of them cannot afford. Senior Brailist at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Department of Disability Resource Centre, Mr Author Makarau said in most instances, people with disabilities come from poor backgrounds and there is need for clear frameworks which empower them academically. Previous studies show that people with disabilities still remain the most marginalised, socially excluded and poor in Zimbabwe and 48 percent of them have no access to...

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RBZ slashes bureaux de change registration fees

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has revised downwards registration fees for bureaux de change operators to enhance the ease of doing business and foster financial inclusion. Concerned with the limited number of authorised bureaux de change operators, with the majority of them being in the urban centres including ports of entry or exit, the central bank has therefore relaxed the regulatory framework governing operators. Registration fees for establishing a head office has been reduced to $500 dollars from $1000, while to set up a branch operators will now have to pay $200 from $400. Setting up a rural branch will now cost $50 from $200. The Coach for Ease of Doing Business in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Professor Ashok Chakravarti said financial inclusion can only be achieved by lowering costs for the operators. “The lowering of costs is critical as we seek to enhance viability and sustain the ease of doing business reforms,” he said. The slashing of registration fees is also aimed at curbing illicit financial deals, according to an economist, Mr Persistence Gwanyanya. “There is need to boost the flow of capital in the central systems to enhance viability of the operators in the future,” he added. The reduction in the fees for the bureaux de change operators is also aimed at improving access to formal services for the exchange of currencies within...

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Local tourists shun local products

Zimbabwe is losing millions of dollars in potential revenue to regional tourism markets as locals are shunning expensive local products. Statistics by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa for the period January 2016 to January 2017 show that 244 966 Zimbabweans arrived in South Africa despite reflecting a slight drop on the 2016 figure. Compared to arrivals from South Africa into Zimbabwe which stand at 96587,  down a hefty 27 percent from last year’s figure, according to the 2017 first quarter tourism performance highlights released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), the disparity in figures shows that locals...

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NetOne accuses ex-CEO of sabotage

Government owned telecommunications company, NetOne has accused its ousted CEO, Reward Kangai of attempting to frustrate the process of seeking his replacement through frivolous litigation. In papers filed at the High Court in response to an urgent chamber application filed by Kangai last week seeking to bar NetOne from conducting interviews for a substantive CEO, NetOne through the Acting CEO, Darlington Gutu is seeking the dismissal of Kangai’s application with costs. Gutu in his founding affidavit stated that Kangai was paid a golden handshake amounting to $250 000 as a contract payout for his services which were to be terminated on the 30th of June this year. As a result, Kangai is now regarded as a former employee who has no right to be heard considering he lied to the court about his status. The government owned telecommunications company further argues that the matter is not urgent as the High Court in may 2017 held Kangai’s similar application not to be urgent as he had other remedies besides jumping the queue of deserving...

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Zim hailed for contraceptive uptake

Zimbabwe has been commended for achieving a target of 68 percent contraceptive prevalence rate two years before the year 2020. This came during the World Population Day commemorations held in Harare today. During the commemorations, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) representative, Mr Denis Mlambo and Population Service International (PSI) representative, Mr Phillip Ndengu said the public will be receiving free family planning services, HIV testing and counselling, among other services this week up to Friday. About 225 million women in the world have an unmet demand for modern family planning and Zimbabwe has an unmet need for family planning at only 10,4 percent. Zimbabwe’s population is growing at an expected rate with a report released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) after the 2012 census, indicating a total population of over 13 million  people up from  more than 11 million recorded in 2002. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed its commitment to continued partnership with Zimbabwe in improving family planning methods. UNFPA Technical Family Planning Specialist, Dr Vibhavendra Raghuvanshi said Zimbabwe has made significant  strides in improving population issues by achieving the set target of 68% before year...

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Partner govt, church urged

A call has been made for the church to fulfill its mandate and complimentary role of partnering the government in developmental projects as well as promoting the unification of all people regardless of their faith or political affiliation. The church has always been regarded as a worthy social partner to the government because of its role in developmental issues and the two institutions have always endeavoured to maintain good relations. It is against this background that saw representatives from a transnational church with branches across the world, the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) paying a courtesy call on Minister of State for Harare Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa to offer their support and show solidarity with the government. Welcoming the visiting delegation to Harare, Minister Chikukwa paid tribute to President Robert Mugabe for granting the province permission to introduce a religion desk within the state’s metropolitan structures as a tool to unite people regardless of their political affiliation. Moderator of the UPCSA in Zambia, Right Reverend Munthali and the moderator of the Church in Zimbabwe, Reverend Tinashe Chemvumi said it is because of the peace prevailing in the country that people are able to gather and worship and they pledged to continue praying for the country and its leadership. Some of the delegates from the us commended the hospitality of Zimbabwean people, saying their stay in the country...

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