Day: July 13, 2017

Madziwana vows to defend title

Zimbabwean boxer Tinashe Madziwana vows to defend his bantam weight title when he meets Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania during the Heroes and Defence Forces boxing extravaganza set for August 14 at the City Sports Centre in the capital. The young boxer said he will is prepared to throw every spanner in defence of his belt. Tournament promoter Clyde Musonda said preparations are well on course and is confident Madziwana will do the job. Although event business development officer Eric Kandiwa is happy with the corporate support they received so far, he has however called for more sponsorship to come on board. The forthcoming Heroes and Defence Forces boxing bonanza which is set for the 14th of next month at the City Sports Centre will feature 11 bouts, two of them title fights.  ...

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Zim, Malaysia form business network

Local entrepreneurs have strengthened their business relations with their Malaysian counterparts by forming a business network which will benefit the two countries. Market linkages is considered one of the challenges faced by local entrepreneurs and this has prompted the formation of a business network between local business persons and their counterparts from Malaysia. Speaking to the ZBC News on the launch of the network in the capital today, development economist, Dr Davison Gomo said Zimbabwe and Malaysia share cordial business relations and there is need for the country to continue implementing measures which promote ease of doing business. A board for the new platform was formed which will be chaired by Zimbabwe’s businessman Stephen Margolis. In an interview Mr Margolis said the interaction with Malaysian businesses will equip local entrepreneurs with requisite information to grow their businesses. The government introduced special economic zones which will bring investment in...

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BCC partners local bank in stands development initiative

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has entered into a partnership with a local bank to develop medium density residential stands in Mahatshula West in a bid to ease the city’s housing backlog, currently pegged at US$110 000. The deal worth US$7 million is targeted at Bulawayo’s middle class with 670 families set to benefit. BCC finance director, Mr Kimpton Ndimande said the deal will ease the city’s ballooning housing demand. CBZ divisional director-mortgage finance, Mr Casper Chibanga said the financial institution will continue to partner various institutions in an endeavour to assist government in attaining its housing targets. The financial institution has since partnered Victoria Falls, Harare, Mutare, Kwekwe and Marondera councils as it moves to ensure that every Zimbabwean gets a chance to own a...

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Young Warriors troop into camp

The national under 17 football team, the Young Warriors have begun their camp for the COSAFA youth tournament in Mauritius which is set to run from 21 to 30 July. The Young Warriors made up of schoolboys will face hosts Mauritius, neighbours Botswana and arch-rivals Malawi at the U17 championships in Mauritius. Group A comprises Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. The team which is made up of mostly schoolboys some of who were writing exams after some top clubs did not send their players for national trials. National under 17 coach Moses “Bambo” Chunga said he is happy with the support from the parents and the talent search campaign will continue as he casts the net even wider after the tournament. The 25 member team which is training at Prince Edward School is multi-racial and reflective of the rainbow nation. Chunga also included his son Madalitso, a student at Prince Edward following a nationwide campaign in search of talented youngsters. The U17 team is the first to compete in major regional or international competition in years following a ban on the country for failing to fulfill a continental fixture some year back due to financial...

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River of life nourishes Gokwe

Chemahororo river, which flows through three wards in Gokwe has become a uniting point for villagers in Chemagari. Its perennial flow has ensured the villagers get a constant supply of water, leading them to set up horticultural projects. Most people in Gokwe struggle to carry out serious farming due to poor sandy soils and scarce water sources but for villagers in Chemagari, it is a different story. The signs of life are there for all to see in the community thanks to the Chemahororo river that meanders through three wards providing perennial supply of water. The community has since abandoned subsistence farming and have embraced horticulture farming activities that have provided self sustaining income and food. One of the farmers in Muchengi, Aleck Mudha who has ventured into horticulture, said the river has been their source of livelihood for many years even in times of drought. Besides it having transformed the livelihoods of those in the area and its refreshing cold water, the river has also been maintained a spectacle by the villagers. The villagers have barricaded it with wooden poles to deter livestock or anything from trampling or tempering with the source of life. The shift from subsistence to horticulture farming business has been life-changing for the community who now supply their produce to Gweru, Kwekwe, Bulawayo and the local market in the Bomba area. Just like how...

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16 Mat North schools benefit from $89k funding

16 schools from Matabeleland North Province are set to benefit from the $89000 availed for rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure due to the floods which hit parts of the region early this year. The rehabilitation is expected to commence soon after the United Nations Children’s Fund came to the rescue of the affected schools, with an $89000 funding to be shared among 16 identified learning institutions. Each school is set to get $5000, while $3000 has also been availed to each of the three districts for monitoring and evaluation work. From Hwange, five schools have been identified, with a similar number in Bubi, while Tsholotsho has six schools which will benefit under the initiative. Hwange District Administrator, Mr Simon Muleya said the district is pleased by the gesture and is confident that the programme will go a long way in the provision of conducive learning environment for the identified schools. A committee has since been formed, comprising officials from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, the district administrator, Hwange rural district council and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to oversee the implementation of the programme in Hwange. Some of identified schools from Hwange are Mwemba, Kanyambizi, Nejambezi and Dinde primary...

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Experts welcome DNA evidence legislation

Experts have welcomed the promulgation of a DNA evidence legislation, saying it will transform the criminal justice system for the better. DNA evidence has proven to be an established science that is useful in investigations, but in most cases, Zimbabwe has had to approach neighbouring countries like South Africa for DNA tests or forensic genetic analysis on suspected criminal cases, identification of unknown human remains and paternity tests. Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day Law Development Commission Stakeholder Consultative Workshop on the proposed evidence bill, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) lecturer, Professor Geoff Feltoe said the new bill will help speed up investigations in both criminal and civil matters. The Director of Pathologist Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Maxwell Hove said capacitation of local institutions is the way to go in the implementation process. The government is working towards developing a piece of legislation  to regulate the application of DNA evidence particularly in the investigation of crimes where DNA profiles will assist the criminal justice...

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Tourism master-plan complete

The country’s national tourism master-plan is complete and now awaits cabinet approval before it can be successfully implemented across identified tourism development zones in the country. The tourism master plan, funded under the African Development Bank (AfDB) facility, will act as a guide towards the sustainable growth and development of the country’s tourism sector until 2035. Within this context, the vision of the master-plan is to develop an inclusive, robust and vibrant tourism economy in the country which will revitalise the competitiveness of the sector within the regional market. The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr Walter Mzembi...

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Radio station launched in Masvingo

Masvingo residents are set to enjoy diverse media coverage following the launch of Hevoi FM, a radio station in the AB Communications stable, this Thursday. AB Communications Group CEO, Ms Susan Makore said the station seeks to meet the radio communication needs of the Masvingo community. The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Chris Mushohwe, who was in the company of the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, Mr George Charamba said the Masvingo community is bound for important social, economic and cultural developments with the establishment of the radio station. Mr Charamba lauded the way radio has...

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Mixed reactions over kaylites ban

End users of kaylites have expressed mixed feelings over the immediate ban of kaylites by the government with some saying there is need for a quick alternative packaging and awareness campaigns. Local manufacturers of polystyrene material commonly known as kaylites are now winding up their business following the ban on use of kaylites, citing environmental and health hazards. End users of kaylites expressed mixed reactions with some saying they welcome the development which will curb health hazards that came with the use of kaylites. Some said they will continue using them if there is no immediate alternative which is convenient. The Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Polystyrene Packaging Council which includes manufacturers, distributors and retailers, Ms Melody Frank, however, said they were caught unaware and will engage the Ministry of Industry and Commerce while they work on alternative packaging. The ban was effected this Wednesday by the government after it activated Statutory Instrument 84 of 2012, which prohibits the manufacturing or importation of polystyrene. A recent research by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) showed that kaylites are made out of a chemical called styrene which is mutagenic if consumed. The research also revealed that there is migration of the styrene chemical from kaylites to food even at low...

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