Day: August 20, 2017

‘Spare a thought for inmates’

Life in prison is one where apart from one’s liberties being stripped away, everyday essentials become scarce or even unavailable. Bearing that in mind, it was an exciting moment for the Chikurubi female prison inmates when a local arts group handed over some groceries and sanitary wear to the inmates. Life in prison is that of set patterns meant to ensure the prisoner is rehabilitated. However, for the Chikurubi female prisoners, members of the Zim Totem band offered a welcome diversion as they provided some musical relief, sanitary wear and food hampers to the Chikurubi female prisoners this afternoon....

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Poets clash at Dhege Gala

It was a clash of some of the country’s best poets at the Dhege Gala held in Chivhu. Nqindi the poet mesmerised audiences as he chanted poetry of traditional Ndebele praises. Audiences screamed for more female poets as Mainini and Milicent rose to the occasion with polished performances. Abel Mauchi who has thrived on humourising serious issues stole the show as he recited his poem ‘Varoyi’. The Dhege Gala was organised by Tatenda Chinoda a poet and performing...

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Hundreds throng National FM road show

Hundreds of people had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of their famous radio personalities at a well-attended National FM road show in Zengeza 2, Chitungwiza yesterday. While many were safely tugged under their blankets shying away from the chilly weather experienced across the country yesterday, it was not so much of an issue for Zengeza 2 residents in Chitungwiza who beat the weather through well-orchestrated dance moves at a road show organised by ZBC’s National FM radio. The event will surely leave a memorable impression in the suburb as the residents met with their favourite radio presenters while...

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Zim wins U13 mock cricket world cup

The under 13 Zimbabwean cricket team defended their title with 79 runs and 9 wickets over England in a mock cricket world cup match played at Alexandra Sports Club yesterday. Zimbabwe defeated South Africa last year in the final and clinched the title for the second time in a row. Tournament director, Cromen Zinyama said they believe a formidable cricket side relies on a firm grassroots foundation hence the staging of the invitational tournament for the young stars. Zimbabwe’s young and upcoming all rounder Newman Nyamhuri said he is thrilled to represent the country in such a competition. Young star Leon Nhere who will be going to Dubai for a ten day cricket tournament is part of the Zimbabwean cricket team. The mock cricket world cup tournament which is now an annual event had six countries which are, South Africa, Australia, England, Pakistan, India and hosts...

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Cde Mahofa celebrated

Even in death, life becomes a celebration of the exploits of the departed. Acclaimed Irish writer William Wilde is quoted to have said, ‘to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all’. This morning Stodart Hall became the epicentre of a spectacle that many of the residents have become accustomed to, saying goodbye to a gallant son or daughter of the soil. Mbare, a hub mainly associated with fruit and vegetables, the Matapi flats as well as the bus rank once again woke up to pay homage to the late Cde Shuvai Ben...

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Gabi wins Jibilika Dance Festival

20 year old Panashe Gabi emerged the winner of the Jibilika Dance Festival 2017 at the event that saw more than 50 dancers battling at Theatre in the Park in the capital. It was a tough battle as various youths clashed at the French hip-hop dance competition dubbed battle Rivalskool that was held in the capital yesterday. Gabi who will be representing Zimbabwe at the international championships in Paris in December this year said he will do his best to raise the country’s flag high. Other participants who proved their prowess in dance was 11 year-old Mickel Simenti who...

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African Schools Individual Chess champs kicks off

The 2017 African Schools Individual Chess championship was officially opened in the capital with nine countries attending the event. Officially opening the tournament, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said he is grateful for the support Zimbabwe got from FIDE in the development of chess. Africa Chess Confederation president, Lewis Ncube said the event provides a new era in Zimbabwe and it is a major tournament in Africa from the base of schools while Sport and Recreation board chair, Edward Siwela said they are proud to host the tournament. FIDE president, Kirsan Illyuminizhinov said the tournament is one...

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Black Rhinos Queens held

Cyclone Queens were the first team to stop a high roving Black Rhinos Queens side after the two teams played to a 1-all stalemate at a bumpy stadium in Mbare yesterday (Saturday). The Paddington Chinyan’anya coached outfit which has seven players  in the Mighty Warriors squad got their solitary goal from Violet Bepete while Cyclone pulled equalised through their goalie Chido Dzingirai. The Cyclone goal-minder delivered a stunning free kick which left the Rhinos goalie clutching thin air. The army queens have not tasted defeat this season and it seems Cyclone were the first team to find a solution...

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Grassroots development key in sport

The need to identify and promote talented sport athletes at grassroots level has been cited as critical in the empowerment of youths through sport. The idea to scout and develop youths who are talented in various sporting disciplines emerged at the Kazembe Kazembe Challenge Cup tournament that was held in Centenary. Guest of honour at the event, Deputy President of the Senate, Chen Chimutengwende said it is important that government supports activities that promote sport development especially at grassroots level. Mazowe West legislator, Kazembe Kazembe said such tournaments are aimed at harnessing local talent adding that in modern day,...

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‘The Big Tree’ standing test of time

‘The Big Tree’ found in Chirinda forest that is a national monument remains the most unique indigenous tree that has stood the test of time despite only attracting a sizeable number of tourists. According to the Forestry Commission, the impressive ‘Big Tree’ first measured in 1920 is the country’s tallest indigenous tree which is now 407 years old, 62 metres tall and 15 metres in diameter. The tree had reached 65 metres before it was slightly damaged by cyclone Eline clipping off three meters from the pride of Chirinda forest. Located in the finest and biggest natural forest in...

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