Day: August 28, 2017

TRB optimistic of good season

The Tobacco Research Board (TRB) has expressed optimism the 2017/18 tobacco season which starts on Friday will record higher productivity than experienced last summer.  This comes in the wake of a huge interest shown by farmers in tobacco. September 1st marks the regulated date to begin transplanting tobacco seedlings from seed beds to fields and expectations are high output and quality will improve. TRB general manager, Dr Dahlia Garwe told the ZBC News the board is looking forward to a better growing season than the previous one which was marked by high rainfall while statistics indicate more seed sales.   ...

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Mombeshora sports tourney held

The Mombeshora Youth Sport tournament finals roared into life in Mhangura at the weekend, bringing together teams from the constituency. The tournament is held annually and is now in its 10th year running. The sport extravaganza is the brainchild of Mhangura legislator and Lands Minister, Dr Douglas Mombeshora who bankrolls it as a way of fostering unity among youths in his constituency.\ Venues that host the tournament are chosen on a rotational basis. Last weekend’s finals tournament featured soccer, volleyball and netball. The soccer gong was won by Makonde RDC ward 7 team from Lions Den who beat a team from ward 11 based in Mhangura in a penalty shootout after the teams were deadlocked one all in regulation time. Netball’s first prize also went to ward 7 who once again beat ward 11. Teams from the two wards also featured in the volleyball finals but this time ward 11 won the first prize. The two wards may have dominated the finals because they are based in urban settlements with better   sporting facilities. Officiating during the tournament, Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Cde Berita Chikwama urged youths to put extra effort in sport which she said is highly rewarding. Tournament sponsor and Mhangura legislator, Dr Mombeshora was upbeat over the growth of the tournament over the...

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Shortage of midwives a major cause for concern

Shortage of midwives is contributing to high maternal deaths that the country has recorded in the past few years, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has revealed. With a total number of 6000 midwives, the public sector still has a huge deficit that needs to be filled. Speaking during a nurses’ graduation ceremony at Gweru Provincial Hospital, Dr Parirenyatwa noted the country requires more midwives to provide skilled care during antenatal delivery as well as post natal care.   The graduation ceremony coincided with the launch of the cervical cancer prevention and control strategy for 2017 to...

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ZTA apologises to Zodwa          

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) says South African Entertainer Zodwa Wabantu will be performing in Zimbabwe following a decision to accommodate her in less conservative areas. This follows last week’s tiff where the ZTA indicated she cannot come to perform in Zimbabwe without undergarments to which the artist argued is not possible. Reacting to public concerns ZTA last week made remarks indicating Zodwa cannot come to perform at the 2017 edition of the Harare International Carnival without undergarments to which the artist argued it is not possible because that is part of her trademark. The stand-off between the two...

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Agro sector set for major transformation

The country’s agriculture sector is set for a major transformation through a newly developed mobile application that allows farmers to respond more quickly to disease and pest outbreaks. The outbreak of the fall armyworm in the country last year threatened to reduce crop yields for small holder farmers as many did not have information on how to mitigate on this invasion that affected much of Southern Africa. While farmers made every effort to contain these armyworm like caterpillars, this outbreak  highlighted information gaps that are a necessity for every farmer to be able to respond more quickly to future...

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Stellenbosch Monarchs sign Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor will be among players that will compete in the South African Global T-20 league in November and December. Taylor has been signed by the Stellenbosch Monarchs for the South African Global T-20 competition. Taylor who has been a key player for Nottinghamshire in the United Kingdom will be hoping to carry his form to the South African Global T-20 league. The former Zimbabwean player has been a prominent figure for Nottinghamshire in the Natwest T-20 blast scoring 267 runs in 11 innings with a highest score of 67. The global league features other renowned international players that...

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Dombojena, Mugoni win Spar Gokwe fun run

Portpher Dombojena won the Spar Gokwe 10km fun run held at the weekend while Valentine Mugoni scooped the top accolade in the ladies section. From the onset, Dombojena who runs for the Nyaradzo Group was head to head with the Zimbabwe Prison Services’ Gilbert Mutandiro and it was down to the finish line to determine the winner of the inaugural Spar Gokwe fun run. In the ladies category, Mugoni a cross border trader could not resist the US$150 first prize that was on offer and clad in jeans romped to victory. In second place was Kudzai Vengesa who fizzled...

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Zimplats records impressive productive capacity

Zimbabwe’s largest platinum miner, Zimplats has recorded impressive strides on its productive capacity at a record 6.4 million tonnes per annum as the firm focuses on volumes to hedge against subdued international metal prices. The platinum mining giant is now back on track after production was greatly affected following the collapse of its largest underground mines at Bimha in 2014. Throughput at the firm is now sitting at a record 6.4 million tonnes per annum from the 6.2 million tonnes across its four elements mainly platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold. The miner is now focusing on enhancing volumes to...

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WHO Africa conference begins

The 67th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa conference has been officially opened in Victoria Falls with concerns that African countries have not been able to invest 15 percent of their national budget to the health sector. President Robert Mugabe officially opened the conference saying there is a need for African countries to come up with new funding mechanisms which can bring about a turnaround in the health delivery sector in the continent. The health delivery system continues to struggle in most African countries as governments struggle to raise adequate resources to fund the...

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