Day: August 1, 2017

‘Involve communities in fire fighting’

Stakeholders have called for greater participation of communities in fire-fighting strategies, to reduce the impact that veld fires cause in wildlife areas. As the country moves to the dry season, cases of veld fires are more likely to increase leading to loss of human life, wild life, grazing pastures as well as property. Chairperson of the Hwange – Gwayi – Dete Conservancy and Tourism Association, Mr Langton Masunda said in wildlife areas, failure to control veld fires results in the migration of wildlife to safer areas, thereby affecting both photographic safaris and hunting business. “Any slight mistake that will...

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Fire season begins, 555ha destroyed already

555 hectares of land were in July this year destroyed by sporadic fires ahead of the 2017 fire season which started yesterday (Monday). The statistics raise fears of more disaster due to veld fires this season due to large biomass. Media reports last year screamed a headline: ‘Family Perishes in Veld Fire Inferno.’ This was after three members of the same family were killed, while several others sustained serious burns when they were trapped by a raging veld fire they were trying to put out in the Chitomborwizi area of Makonde. The incident tells a fraction of the sorrows...

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Zanu PF Masvingo youths focus on solidifying structures

The Zanu PF Youth League in Masvingo Province says after a successful Presidential Youth Interface rally, the party will concentrate on solidifying structures from ward level. The youths gathered for a post-Presidential Youth Interface rally inter-district meeting in Masvingo to give each other direction after the successful hosting of the interface. The party’s Provincial Youth Chairperson, Cde Nobet Ndarombe cautioned the youths to take the advice of President Robert Mugabe for youths to shun factionalism and concentrate on national development issues. Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Secretary for Finance, Dr Killer Zivhu also addressed the youths, saying after the interface...

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Zhakata still misses Makion

16 years have gone since the passing on of musician, Thomas Makion and music fans remember the good old days of the Maungwe Brothers. In the early 1990s, Zimbabwe saw the emerging of two musical forces; Leonard Zhakata and Makion, whose sungura music fusion became an instant hit. Zhakata’s Mugove and Tungidza Gwenya became national anthems and the two youngsters then whose colourful viscose shirts, baggy trousers and white hats became their favourite regalia. While the likes of Leonard Dembo, Simon Chimbetu, John Chimbadura and Kiama Boys were household names in their own right, the Maungwe Brothers then slotted...

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Busy Signal promises more collabos

The visiting Jamaican conscious reggae artist, Busy Signal who arrived in the country on Sunday, says he is ready to promote local artists through a number of collaborations. Addressing a media briefing in Harare, Busy, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, said he is happy to be back in Zimbabwe for the second time and he is now ready to assist local artists through recording collaborations. Busy is in the country for two concerts under the Southern Africa Music Arts (SAMA) festival banner, with his first performance set for Bulawayo on Friday before heading back to Harare the following...

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MDC-T demise begins: Political analysts

Political analysts say the dilemma in foreign funded political parties that have no roots in  local people is manifesting in recent happenings in the troubled MDC-T party, and this should be a wake-up call to other opposition parties. In a clear indication that all is not well in the MDC-T party which is heavily weighed downed by donor fatigue and diminishing membership, the political party has resolved to hold its  executive meetings at the residence of the party’s president, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in Highlands, Harare. The MDC-T offices at Harvest House were last week left virtually empty from the...

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Norton mbira musician releases new album

Norton mbira songbird, Florence Nyamazana, who is also known as ‘The Lioness,’ in the music circles, has released a 10 track album titled: Matama Matsvene Nembira. Mbira is one of the most celebrated ancient music in Zimbabwe and is commonly performed at a number of traditional ceremonies. Nyamazana says her new offering is set to excite many mbira lovers. She follows directly in the heels of such mbira greats as Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, Hope Masike and the late Chiwoniso Maraire, who have managed to market the rich Zimbabwean mbira music on the international scene. Nyamazana developed an interest in...

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ZNA treats Dumisa community to musical gala

It is not every day that communities in Dumisa, which is close to the South African and Mozambican borders, get to see musicians performing in this remote part of the country. A musical gala organised by the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) as part of its de-mining campaign brought much excitement for both the community and the troops who live there. It was once again a rare treat for the Dumisa community as the ZNA brought different musicians to the area to perform at the land mines awareness gala. The ZNA hosted a similar event in the area last year....

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Burglar drinks champagne, falls asleep in stranger’s bed

A man has been charged by Australian police after allegedly breaking into a home, drinking the owner’s champagne then falling asleep in her bed. Senior Sergeant Richard Moore from Esperance police said the 36-year-old man forced his way into the house in Esperance, Western Australia around lunchtime on Friday. Senior Sergeant Moore said he fell asleep after drinking the resident’s expensive champagne. He said the owner returned home and allegedly found the thief in her bed. She called the police who later arrested the offender. Senior Sergeant Moore said the man was taken to hospital after being found very intoxicated. He has been charged with burglary offences.  ...

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Mother kills her two toddlers in Norton

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating two murder cases involving toddlers. In a statement, police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the toddlers, aged one and 3 years were allegedly killed by their mother, in Damafalls suburb of Norton on Saturday. The 24-year old mother is said to have had an altercation with her mother and was chased away from the family residence in Maridale. She then took her two children with her and later strangled them to death. The woman handed herself to police after committing the crime. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said it is disturbing that...

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