Day: August 22, 2017

Midlands Presidential Youth Interface rally date set

The 7th Presidential Youth Interface rally set for the Midlands province will be held on September 2. The date was announced this Tuesday at an inter-district meeting held at CJR School. The Zanu PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga said the interface rally will be held on 2 September at the Mkoba open space near Mkoba Teachers College. Cde Chipanga urged youths from the province to come in their numbers and exercise high level of discipline on the day of the interface rally. “It is high time youths shun being used by senior party members for...

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Zim braces for Harare International Carnival

In preparation of the 2017 Harare International Carnival, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has held a stakeholders meeting to capture their views in order to shape and improve this year’s event. ZTA held a workshop to tap into the input of stakeholders on the proceedings of the carnival to be held from the 1st of September. Among the issues raised by the stakeholders was the inclusion of foreign cultures on the Zimbabwean community, including the performance of the South African socialite, Zodwa Wabantu ZTA Head of Corporate Affairs, Sugar Chagonda clarified on the issue of culture, saying participants coming...

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Poor diet at Chinhoyi old people’s home

Residents of Chinhoyi’s Chengetanai old people’s home have raised a red flag over a routine poor diet. The residents believe their situation makes them sub-humans as they are also in need of different dietary requirements. “We last tasted meat on Christmas day last year and we are fed up with dried vegetables and soya chunks,” said one inmate. Director of Chengetanai Old People’s Home, Ms Anne Mercy Senzanje said the centre is in dire need of assistance, adding that they are left with two months’ supply of maize grain which they got under the drought relief programme. The five...

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Zim hosts World Chess president

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane says sport associations should deploy pro-active representatives on international federations for the various sporting codes enshrined in the National Sport Policy. The minister was speaking in Harare during a colourful dinner held in honour of the visiting World Chess Confederation President, Kirsan Ilyumizhinov. “Zimbabwe will bring more sport ambassadors who are luminaries in an effort to inspire and promote other local sport codes,” said Minister Hlongwane. In response, Iyumizhinov assuring the country that the 188-member countries in the World Chess Confederation will not hesitate to give Zimbabwe the nod to stage a major tournament considering the fact that previous tournaments have been held in other continents and never in Africa. African Chess Confederation President, Lewis Ncube said the forthcoming elections will give direction on the submission of a joint Zimbabwe – Zambia 2021 Chess World Cup bid, with Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) Board Chair, Edward Siwela noting that the propagation of chess in schools, villages and homes will eliminate a mentality that chess is an elite and urban game. The SRC boss believes Zimbabwe will score a first in sport if such moves are spread to all 59 sporting codes. Also present at the dinner was the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Edgar Nbwembwe, national sport associations heads and corporates while musician, Bob Nyabinde and his band kept the delegates...

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Harare dominates U-18 volley ball

Defending under 18 volleyball champions, Harare Metropolitan Province opened their campaign with a bold statement at the rebranded National Youth Games in Hwange. The girls put up a spectacular display to dispatch their opponents, Mashonaland East 3-nil, making it their second victory after beating Matabeleland North Province 2-nil in an earlier match. Harare team coach, Enos Zimbizi expressed satisfaction that his team is playing according to instruction. “We realised that our opponents are much shorter than our girls and so we had to take advantage of that and it worked well, so we are very happy and we are confident that we will also win the remaining matches,” he said. Team Mashonaland East, which had all its six members drawn from one school in Mudzi, felt the competition against Team Harare, which featured a pick of the best players, was unassailable. “We did well under the circumstances because if you look at our team, the players are just coming from one school so we did not have the chance to pick the best players from other schools. So we are happy, though of course we could have done better,” said Blessing Hwingwiri, the Mashonaland East coach. In other games, Mashonaland East lost 2-nil to Manicaland Province but took off its misfortunes on the host province beating them 3- nil. The next volley ball fixtures will be held on...

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Business welcomes local content policy

Business has called for urgency in the crafting of the local product content policy so that political will to increase production and consumption of local goods become a reality. Implementation monitoring and periodical reviews will also be necessary to make the policy a success. This development comes at a time a cross section of consumers have endorsed local products. Calls to increase production of local goods through a local content policy should now be translated into action. Stakeholders in the manufacturing and retail industry concurred that more urgency is needed in the local content policy formulation process as this...

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EMA intensifies fire management programmes

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has intensified community fire management training programmes throughout the country as part of the broader pre-suppression measures to contain the perennial veld fire menace. A number of communities in Mutasa district have received fire management training programmes to equip them to be responsive in the event of outbreaks. To this effect, 119 dedicated fire fighters recently graduated in Mutasa Central constituency after completing the training programme. EMA Acting Director – Environmental Management Services, Mrs Aletta Nyahuye said her organisation is targeting to drastically reduce incidences of veld fires by broadening awareness programmes. EMA Board Member, Ms Babra Rwodzi added that massive awareness campaigns seek to ensure that communities are prepared in the vent of veld fire emergencies. A total of 260.9 hectares of land has been burnt in Manicaland Province alone, mostly in Mutare, Makoni and Nyanga’s Nyangui estate. Four houses were burnt by veld fires in Makoni, destroying property worth more than...

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Mbuya Maud Muzenda dies

The wife of the late Vice President and national hero, Dr Simon Muzenda, Mbuya Maud Muzenda has died. Cde Muzenda died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare this afternoon at the age of 88. Family spokesperson, Cde Tongai Muzenda confirmed the death of Mbuya Muzenda, adding that mourners are gathered at house number 43 Lewisam Avenue, Chisipiti in Harare. Daughter to the late Mbuya Muzenda, Senator Tsitsi, described her late mother as a strong woman, saying she will forever draw inspiration from her. Mrs Tendai Ngcobo said her late mother was hypertensive and diabetic and was admitted at the Avenues Clinic for...

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Utilise biotechnology, developing countries urged

A call has been made for developing countries to fully utilise industrial biotechnology in value adding their natural resources for sustainable socio-economic and environmental development. The country is hosting the second edition of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Science and Technology Workshop on Industrial Biotechnology, focusing on how developing countries can fully utilise biotechnology in value adding their resources for development. Speaking at the official opening of the workshop in Harare today, NAM Science and Technology Centre Director General, Professor Arun Prakash Kulshreshth said “industrial biotechnology has proven to be a key enabler for industrialisation and in order for countries to benefit from its applications, there is need for development, transfer, adaptation and diffusion of these technologies to achieve sustainable development.” In his key note address, prominent Zimbabwean scientist, Professor Christopher Chetsanga said African research centres remain underfunded, thereby failing to come up with researches and skills that enable their countries to utilise biotechnology. Officially opening the workshop, the Deputy Minister for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa challenged researchers to adopt and implement bio-safety frameworks to ensure responsible application of the new technologies in bio-sciences. The three-day event which began this Tuesday is running under the theme: ‘Driving Value Addition and...

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Teenager killed over girlfriend

A 17 year old boy from Matobo district is facing murder charges after he allegedly fatally stabbed a teenager from the same area following a dispute over a girlfriend. Mzingaye Ncube (15) died at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo on the 11th of this month three days after he was allegedly stabbed by a fellow teenager, whose name has been withheld for ethical reasons. He was buried on Friday last week in Silozwana village, Matobo. Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed that they have opened a murder case against the Silozwe secondary school student and investigations are still under way. Allegations are that the deceased saw the accused walking with his girlfriend who is doing form two also at Silozwe secondary school and teamed up with his friend to beat up the accused over the matter. It is further alleged that the following morning, Ncube went to the accused’s house to apologise over his conduct. It is said the accused then seized the opportunity to stab Ncube once on the head as revenge to the beatings he had allegedly received the previous day. Ncube was rushed to Mpilo hospital where he later died of injuries from the wounds sustained from the stabbing. The police released the accused in the custody of his parents as investigations continue since he is a minor. The police said the teenager is...

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