Day: August 25, 2017

Govt dismisses starvation claims at National Youth Games

The government has dismissed claims that the athletes participating at the National Youth Games are facing starvation and already investigating the case of Thembelani Dliwayo who sent a message on WhatsApp which went viral, claiming that there was no food in Fatima. This came out at a media briefing called by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation to set the record straight on the allegations of starvation at the National Youth Games in Hwange. Dliwayo sent a message on WhatsApp two days ago seeking donations from the public, purportedly to assist in feeding the athletes. According to the Acting...

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Sports infrastructure a cause for concern

While there has been a deliberate thrust by government to support sports development, the construction and upgrading of infrastructure by local authorities has been lagging behind. For many of the country’s local authorities, land is readily available for the construction of stadiums, swimming pools as well as other sporting facilities. However, a major challenge is funding to ensure that such infrastructure is availed. Gokwe town council which is embarking on the construction of a football stadium says funding challenges continue to stall progress. On the other hand, Norton town council director housing, Mr Blessing Mutyambizi said despite the financial...

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Tertiary institutions challenged to take sport seriously

Tertiary institutions have been challenged to desist from taking sport as a part time. In his address during a public lecture organised by the Lupane State University’s (LSU) alumni, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane noted that accepting sport and recreation was crucial in the development of wholesome citizens as a way of decolonising the masses. Sport has become a leading avenue for the attainment of scholarships to overseas universities for students. A drive towards ensuring all get access to various sport codes through the community sports programme has been gaining steam over the last couple of months culminating...

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ZCDC to mine conglomerate diamonds next year

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is targeting to generate more revenue from mining conglomerate diamonds with the initiative expected to be fully operational by next year. Since its establishment last year, The ZCDC mining company has made significant strides to reorganise operations in the diamond mining industry, with production sitting above 1.3 million carats of the precious stones. This positive trend is expected to be sustained to reach the set target of 2 million carats by end of this year. Huge capital investments by the government and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe totalling US$130 million have enabled the...

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Zim Economic Zones Authority on the cards

The establishment of the special economic zones will witness the emergency of a regime within a government as some laws that operate in the country like the indigenisation and economic empowerment act will not apply in the area while business who want to work in the areas will seek clearance from the yet to be established special economic zones authority. It emerged during a Matabeleland region Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) indaba held in Bulawayo this Friday (today) that government is in the process of setting up a Zimbabwe Economic Zones Authority that shall allocate the special economic...

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All set for Cde Rutanhire, Mbuya Muzenda burial

The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa has urged all Zimbabweans to come in their numbers for the twin burial of national heroine Cde Maud Muzenda and Cde George Rutanhire this Saturday (tomorrow) at the National Heroes Acre. Cde Chikukwa said government has availed 30 buses to ferry people in Harare while 11 buses have been deployed to Masvingo, 6 to Midlands and 10 to Mashonaland Central. The rest of the provinces got one bus each. Mbuya Muzenda died on Tuesday at the Avenues Clinic in the capital while Cde Rutanhire passed on last Saturday...

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Mberengwa North road safety campaign launched

The Mberengwa North rural road safety campaign has been launched in the Midlands area of Mt Bhelingwe. The rural roads safety campaign launch was characterised by performances which involved drama and poetry by the villagers that raise road safety awareness messages. Mberengwa West member of parliament, Cde Tafanana Zhou and guest of honour at the event Cde Omega Hungwe who is also Zanu PF Deputy National Political Commissar urged the villagers to continue promoting road safety saying major accidents nationwide have not spared people living in the rural areas. Under the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, the national rural...

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Govt to reconfigure polytechs skills, mandates

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development will soon reconfigure the skills and mandates in polytechnics by ensuring the production of engineering technologists who can transform ideas into patent technologies. The 28th Mutare Polytechnic graduation and prize giving ceremony saw a total of 716 graduates being conferred with certificates and diplomas after completing their studies. Addressing stakeholders, Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa said the programme of reconfiguring the skills and mandates of all polytechnics will be broaden to include all industrial training colleges and vocational training...

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Chipinge, Chimanimani benefit from US$200k assistance fund

Old Mutual who are the financiers of Kupinga Hydro Power Project have set aside US$200 000 for community development projects in Chipinge and Chimanimani where beneficiary communities and institutions are already benefiting from the fund. Handing over a borehole water system and a hall to Sterksroom Secondary School in Chipinge ward six, Old Mutual group chief executive officer, Mr Jonas Mushosho said the setting aside of US$200 000 to promote community development projects under Kupinga renewable energy initiative is aimed at improving sustainability in Chipinge and Chimanimani.  Mr Mushosho said his organisation has already drilled ten boreholes at different...

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Minister Chikukwa launches prison ministry

The re-integration of ex-inmates is a journey that needs continuous engagement of stakeholders to allow them to regain an opportunity to participate in development initiatives. For a very long time prisoners and ex-inmates continue to suffer discrimination upon their return in society. This has largely hindered former prisoners’ re-integration despite all the rehabilitation process they would have gained while in incarceration. Officially launching the Sermons of Grace Prison Ministry Trust in the capital, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa appealed to society to unite and ensure prisoners and ex-inmates have a second chance to...

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