Day: August 17, 2017

Police public partnership critical

Cooperative relationships between communities and the police remain very important in determining effective policing and building safer communities. The Zimbabwe Republic Police has called upon its members to carry out their duties professionally to attract community’s involvement and support in the fight against crime. Speaking at a handover ceremony of vehicles by the Braeside crime consultative committee, the Director Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner Godfrey Munyonga said police cannot operate in isolation in a bid to combat crime therefore they must be accountable to communities they operate in. CID Braeside community consultative committee chairperson, Mr Andrew Chirimumimba said...

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Cde Nyakatawa buried

The late Cde Michael Joseph Nyakatawa who died on the 13th of this month and was accorded provincial liberation war hero has been laid to rest at the Manicaland provincial heroes’ acre. Government officials, friends, relatives, former workmates from the President’s Office, the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial leadership and the Nyanga community came in their numbers to give a befitting send off to the late Cde Nyakatawa. Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene saluted the supreme sacrifices and dedication of the late Cde Nyakatawa before, during and after independence. A family representative Brian Nyakatawa said the death of Cde Nyakatawa was a big loss to the whole family. Born on the 9th of March in 1956 the late Cde Nyakatawa whose Chimurenga name was Cde Joe Mark, joined the liberation in 1976. He crossed into Mozambique and briefly encamped at Doeroi where he worked under the security and intelligence department in the investigations unity. In 1978 Cde Nyakatawa went for military training in Romania specialising in artillery at Cengu Training Camp. He returned to Mozambique and was deployed at Percy Ntini from 1979 to 1980. The late Cde Nyakatawa joined the President’s department in 1983 and rose through the ranks to senior intelligent officer and was officer in charge of Nyanga district from 1999 until his untimely death. For his contribution in the liberation struggle Cde...

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Zim embraces national brand strategy   

Zimbabwe is coming up with a national branding strategy aimed at improving the image of the country as a safe and viable destination for business activities. Concern is being raised over the need to improve the image of the nation on the back of low foreign direct investments. While consultations are in progress about proposed systems of the strategy, it emerged at the media nation branding meeting in the capital, the success of the strategy will depend on implementation. The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr Walter Mzembi who was addressing members of the Editors Forum said government...

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Siltation of rivers a major threat

Several rivers in the country are under threat from siltation caused by human economic activities along their banks. This growing problem of siltation is proving detrimental to climate change mitigation efforts as scarce water resources are depleting. Zimbabwe experienced high rainfall last summer with amounts documented in several areas breaking records set as far back as the 90s. Sadly 4 months down the line some rivers are nearly dry in a development that threatens communities living in the river’s catchment area. While the sad scenario is prevailing there is lack of adequate funding for desiltation ventures with US$7 million...

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Govt to review SMEs threshold

The government says it is working on reviewing thresholds for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and introduces other incentives to promote formalisation process of the sector. Formalisation of the SMEs has been the government’s target considering their contribution to economic growth. Early this year the government through the Ministry of SMEs and Cooperative Development in partnership with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority embarked on a registration exercise and by 30 June more than 13 000 SMEs were formally registered. In an interview with the ZBC News in the capital, the Minister of SMES and Co-operative Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni said...

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Stone sculpture, leading method of expressions

Zimbabwe has some of the best sculptors as witnessed by a hundred of exhibitions hosted by local artists internationally. One of the visual artists 55 year old Kingston Runyanga from St Mary’s Chitungwiza in Harare testifies of the country’s leading position in terms of sculpting. Stone sculpture from Zimbabwe is still the leading method of expressing as it commemorates both historical figures and events. It is an ever-expanding art form that is constantly evolving and redefining itself. Through his experience, visual artist Rushanga uses opal stone from Chiweshe to make ornamental sculptures that depicts totems and social ills. He...

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Intwasa Festival 2017 set to be bigger

Arts lovers are in for a special treat at this year’s edition of the Intwasa Festival of the Arts following the partnership entered with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). The 13th edition that will include music, dance, theatre, poetry and visual arts is set for the 27th – 30th of September at various venues in the City of Kings. This year’s edition that will be running under the theme, “Immortalise” is expected to be bigger following the partnership entered between the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality and the ZTA. Spokesperson for the organisers, Nkululeko Nkala hailed the coming in of the...

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Zim to host 2nd International Conference on African Culture

Zimbabwe is set to revive and develop contemporary art in the continent when it hosts the second edition of the International Conference on African Culture next month. The International Conference on African Culture was first hosted at the National Gallery of Rhodesia in 1962 discussing issues on African contribution to the global art. The 2nd International Conference will be hosted in the capital this year from the 11th to the 13th of September and is meant to bring local and international delegates. Issues to be deliberated on include the future of art and culture in Africa. Deputy director National...

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Heroes gala postponed

The Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services has postponed the Heroes and Defense Forces gala which had been penciled for tomorrow the 18th of August at the Robert Mugabe Square in the capital. Director media services in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Anyway Mutambudzi confirmed the new development saying this is due to the death of a gallant daughter of the soil Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa who passed away early this week. The ministry had organised a music and dance gala in honour of the living and departed heroes this Friday, the month that...

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Unlicensed faith healers risk prosecution

Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care has advised all churches practicing faith healing to register with the the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council (TMPC) for them to become accountable or  risk being prosecuted. This follows a spate of unethical health practices by some faith healers operating as churches in the country. The TMPC is a department in the Ministry of Health and Child Care which supervises the control and practice of traditional medical practitioners. Tehillah Christian Network founder, Reverend Sam Malunga, president Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs Zimbabwe, Sheikh Ishmael Duwa and Young Ministers representative, Reverend Edwin Masango...

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