Day: July 17, 2017

Local record label promotes upcoming artists

A local record label Team Big Family has embarked on a mission to support upcoming artists from the grassroots level in a bid to promote the local arts industry. Zimbabwe’s arts industry has witnessed a steady growth over the years owing to  the 75 percent local content quota that the government imposed on all broadcasting stations which made it compulsory for Zimbabwean radio stations and televisions to broadcast 75 percent local content. It is against this backdrop that a local record label Team Big Family has set up centres in the country’s 10 provinces to nurture talent in music, dance, modelling and fashion designing. Upcoming artists who are working with the promoters said the initiative by Team Big Family has enlightened them as most upcoming artists lack knowledge of the arts industry. Zimbabwe has many youngsters who are extremely talented but lack information on where to showcase their talent hence the need to support them in becoming future...

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UZ, City Hornets ladies maintain pole position

University of Zimbabwe had to dig deep to win 3-1 against a resilient Manyame Falcons side and maintain pole position on the summit of the Harare Volleyball League with 20 points. Harare City cemented their title credentials dismissing winless army side Black Rhinos 3-0 while third placed Support Unit rolled past Manyame Falcons 3-0. CBZ have been concrete so far with a win ratio of 4-0 and seat comfortably in 5th position with 4 games in hand. Yadah continued to sink deeper as they completed another winless week suffering at the hands of ZRP Harare, PPU and Stallions. Stallions had a good outing which saw them leap from 8th position to 6th after a hard fought 3-2 win over Thunder and an easy 3-nil win over Yadah. PPU kick started their top 8 campaign as they made a huge leap from 13th position to 9th with a 3-1 win over bottom of the table Yadah. The police side ZRP Harare found the going tough to succumb to two defeats to CBZ and Thunder. Morris Depot had no action this week hence they remain three places below the top 8 cut with a point. In the women’s category, early pace setters Harare City Hornets continued to rule the roost as they dispatched Yadah by 3 sets to nil at Chikurubi Support Unit camp. ZRP Harare benefited from the inactivity of...

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Speed up land audit, govt told

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have implored government to speed up the land audit processes as a way of identifying idle land which can be utilised under command agriculture. Land disputes need to be dealt with at the highest level to ensure more land is availed for production for the benefit of the country’s economy. The land reform programme saw a number of people being resettled in various provinces with individuals getting farming land while some got land suitable for cattle ranching. Government realised the escalation of disputes within the farming communities while acres of land are lying idle prompting the institution of a land audit meant to quantify underutilized land as well as the size of farms under full production. The process is being delayed owing to funding constraints with the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union executive director, Mr Jeremiah Tevera urging responsible authorities to speed up the process to ensure full utilisation of land under command agriculture programme. With disputes at farms impacting negatively towards production, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture chairman, Cde Christopher Chitindi said there is need to ensure that stakeholders find lasting solutions. Traditional leaders play a critical role in the whole land matrix but the new constitution gives them jurisdiction over communal lands. Speeding up the land audit and resolving disputes will see the full utilisation of land especially now that command agriculture...

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Zim’s inflation rate breaks into positive territory

Zimbabwe’s year on year inflation rate for June stood at 0.31 percent shedding 0.43 percent from May’s rate of 0.75 percent. According to data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) made available today, prices as measured by the all items consumer price index increased by an average of 0.31 percentage points between June 2016 and June 2017. The month on month food and non alcoholic beverages inflation rate stood at minus 0.45 percent in June 2017, shedding 0.52 percentage points on the May 2017 rate of 0.07 percent. The month on month non-food inflation rate stood at-0.14 percent, shedding 0.15 percentage points on the May 2017 rate of 0.01 percent. Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate  broke into the positive  territory  for the first  time in 29 months in March after gaining  0.71 points on the January 2017 rate of minus 0.7 percent to 0.6 percent in February. The economy entered into deflation in February 2014 when the rate of inflation shed 0.9 percentage points to 0.49 percent as prices continued to decline in line with a strong United States dollar. The nation’s inflation had remained in the negative territory since October 2014, as the strong US dollar and weak aggregate domestic demand resulted in low prices as traders failed to sustain low demand against limited consumer...

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Illegal land allocations threatening land reform gains

Illegal land distribution has spiraled out of control due to an influx of unauthorised people parceling out state land. In the latest turn of events the selling of grazing pastures, misuse of arable land and its poor management threatens to reverse the gains of the land reform programme. Norton legislator, Mr Themba Mliswa said despite the fact that the lands committee chaired by a district administrator is charged with the responsibility to allocate land at district level, some unscrupulous citizens are illegally allocating land. Concerns of land barons have also not helped the situation as double allocation of land has led to fueling corruption. Underutilised land has thus poised a huge set back to Zimbabwe’s agrarian agenda. The Deputy Minister of Lands, Cde Beritha Chikwama has weighed in saying it is disturbing to note that grazing areas are being illegally allocated to unsuspecting citizens thereby distorting the land reform programme. Government came up with the 99 year lease to enable farmers to access loans but banks have not considered them as collateral to...

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How to woo customers

Necessity is the mother of all inventions. In a bid to lure more customers male vendors in Harare are employing all their marketing skills that include wearing female clothes just to entice the customer. Venturing into a business requires good marketing skills and good market penetration strategies in order to outclass and withstand competition. Male vendors in Harare who are into selling second hand clothes have devised a method of wearing female clothes in order to woo female customers. According to the male vendors, the strategy which serves as a way of advertising the products has paid dividend as they are able to sell over a US$100 per day. The customers concede the strategy makes the clothes more visible since the market place would be littered with different other wares. Blended with this advertising gimmick is of course the high pitched auctioneering all in the name of...

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Let’s support local innovations: Dr Gandawa

Industry and institutions of higher learning must work together and devise strategies that can advance economic growth. Areas of health care, technology development and skills and resource for agriculture must be among priority targets that industry should work together with the higher and tertiary education STEM initiative in crafting coherent and harmonised strategies that can propel the country towards advancement and create the much needed employment. The sentiments were aired by Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Godfrey Gandawa during a business luncheon on the role of STEM in modern industry. Dr Gandawa encouraged those in leadership positions to support local innovations and adopt new technologies for the benefit of those they govern. The STEM initiative shares President Robert Mugabe’s vision to equip learners with knowledge and values that guarantee economic growth and increased opportunities for employment creation through the moulding of well-rounded citizens who are relevant nationally and competitive globally with cutting-edge skills to meet Zimbabwe’s industrialisation...

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Film, television training workshop hailed

Television and film producers who underwent the training exercise in film production and script writing say they have been equipped with relevant skills and knowledge to produce quality content that could feed to new television channels expected to come once digitalisation migration is achieved. Training exercise conducted by Zimbawe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (ZIFTESSA) supported by the ZimDigital migration project is in anticipation of a huge demand of content once digitalisation exercise is complete. The excited producers said they found the training exercise very pertinent especially to them who have very little or no training in film and television production. Director of ZIFTESSA, Dr Rino Zhuwarara said government has invested a lot in digitalisation and it would be an embarrassment if the country fails to produce quality local programmes. Midlands provincial administrator, Mr Abiot Maronge further encouraged the producers to use knowledge acquired to tell the story behind the story. With the Zimbabwe digitalisation programme on course there is anticipation of a huge demand for quality television content to feed to new television channels that are expected to be operational once the digitalisation exercise is...

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Zanu PF Harare adamant on Cde Tavengwa suspension

Zanu PF Harare Province has remained adamant on the suspension of Cde Charles Tavengwa from the Harare Province chairmanship. Interim Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman, Cde Justice Zvandasara who was flanked by the interim deputy provincial chairman and other provincial coordinating committee members told the ZBC News that Cde Tavengwa has caused divisions and behaved in a manner that is inconsistent with the principles and ideologies of the party. “Detailed allegations forming the basis of the recalling are, 1. imposition of candidates, a the current primary elections in ward 46 in which he wanted to conduct elections without proper procedure of holding a PED meeting. The rigging of primary elections in Norton which led to unconstitutional suspension of Harare Province vice chairman, Cde Kahanana for exposing it. 3. His toxic relationship with the rejected National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has directly affected smooth running of the province, Cde Tavengwa is exhibiting signs of dictatorship,” said Cde Zvandasara. Harare Province has since requested the party leadership to urgently initiate provincial elections to usher in a substantive chairman in line with the party constitution. In a statement to the ZBC News yesterday, Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere dismissed the removal of Cde Tavengwa as null and void adding that he (Cde Tavengwa) remains the official chairman of Harare...

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Garbage collector earns a living growing trees

A garbage collector who has become a tree grower earns a living from the green gold by restoring the natural environment through re-vegetation and conservation. Trees are life, and the lungs of the world. Trees and other vegetation remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and replace it with oxygen. Because we all need oxygen to survive it is important to maintain a strong and healthy tree cover across the globe. Trees are known as the green gold. Selia Makwenjere and her grandson Denzel Mangwende have mastered the art of growing trees and sell about a hundred plants a month, each tree at US$3. Dump sites are places associated with vagrants but for Makwenjere dump sites are her work place as she collects tree seeds and plastics to nurse them in and her home has become the tree market place. The project is an opportunity for her and her grandson who want to help reverse deforestation and to take more responsibility and make an impact on the environment. Tree grower Makwenjere wishes to grow more trees since she needs very little capital to kick-start her...

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