Month: December 2017

Mat South to tackle illegal land settlements

The government has undertaken to deal with the issue of illegal settlements on farms in Matabeleland South Province while those fingered in the corrupt allocation of land will be brought to book. This came out during a Provincial Development Committee (PDC) meeting held in Gwanda today. Dealing decisively with corruption is among the commitments that the government has made in order to move the country forward and restore investor confidence.  In Matabeleland South Province, rampant corruption has been reported in the allocation of land, as such immediate action will be taken to redress the problem. Minister of State for...

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Vic Falls carnival: Organisers finalise artists’ line-up

Organisers of arguably Africa’s most exciting new year’s festival the Victoria Falls carnival have finalised the line-up of the artists to perform at this year’s edition with celebrated DJ and producer Black Coffee set to headline the event which this year is set to be bigger and better. The Victoria Falls carnival continues to gain much recognition and is fast becoming a major highlight on the global tourism calendar with many carnival enthusiasts expected to grace this year’s edition. Africa’s adventure capital is certainly the place to be with an exciting line-up of artists and three days of non-stop...

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Unique Christmas for people living in streets

While the Christmas fever is catching on, people living in the streets of Harare were treated to a memorable early Christmas party hosted by Harare Metropolitan Province at Harare Polytechnic College today. “Jovial and full of glee,”… such was the mood at an early Christmas party for people living in the streets hosted by the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa in the capital. For those living in the streets, this year’s Christmas will remain in their minds for a long time. Cde Chikukwa beseeched the community to host parties for the less privileged in society. Christmas brings joy and happiness, as evident in those who received goodies today. Indeed, Christmas time is to show kindness, charity and selfless...

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Concerted efforts key to economic development

Government has set targets aimed at transforming the country’s economy as well as meeting a 4.5 percent gross domestic product target for 2018. The alteration of civil servant’s attitude towards work has been cited as key if the required transformation within the economy is to be achieved. The Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa today met heads of government departments as well as other stakeholders. There is need to open lines of communication to guarantee bottlenecks in implementing government programmes are done away with said Cde Mutsvangwa. Cde Mutsvangwa noted that after years of stagnation,...

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Wheat output 275% up

Zimbabwe wheat production has risen by 275 percent owing to the successful command wheat programme, positioning output on course to reach the targeted 200 000 tonne mark. Wheat producers have done justice to the command agriculture programme after delivering 165 000 metric tonnes of wheat to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) amid a target of 200 000 set under the command programme. Despite incessant rains which threatened to dampen the wheat harvest, farmers produced nearly three times more wheat than the 60 000 metric tonnes recorded in 2016. Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Cde Davis Marapira...

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Vincent finishes third at Indonesian Masters

Zimbabwean golfer Scott Vincent finished a credible third at the Indonesia Masters at the weekend after scoring a final round three under-par 69 for a 19 under total 269. England’s Justin Rose capped a sensational year by signing off with a final round 10-under-par 62 to win the Indonesian Masters with a total of 29-under-par 259. It was another second placed finish for Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai after he signed for a flawless 65. Tough weather plagued the season-ending Asian tour event for two days, disrupting play several times throughout Vincent was pleased with what he described as an amazing...

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Musicians on drive to fight GBV

Artists have embraced the fight against gender based violence (GBV) with former Afrika Revenge vocalist Mehluli Moyo known as Taz releasing his single called ‘Ndoenda’. As part of efforts to end GBV in communities, artists have embraced the concept of music by disseminating and raising awareness on a number of issues. In support of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence, Moyo who became famours as the Wanga guys in the music circles launched his song titled ‘Ndoenda’, aimed at carrying the campaign and voice of women. With the scourge of GBV being entrenched in patriarchal societies with...

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Fundraising party for toddler with heart problem

A group of Bulawayo citizens got together to raise funds for an 8-month-year old baby girl who was diagnosed with a heart problem a few months after birth. The baby, Rudorwashe is now waiting to go for an operation which costs US$15 000 in India. A group of women felt the need to support the toddler through organising a family fun day in a bid to raise some funds. One of the organisers, Miss Betty Gwavava said as a team, they felt the need to support the family through organising a two day event which they hoped would be able to meet some of the financial needs. A family representative expressed his gratitude for such a good gesture. Johanna Mpofu, who supported the fundraising, said they are pleased to be part of those raising money to assist the kid. So far, the family has managed to raise US$ 3 000 through donations from churches, families and...

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Over 150 security guards graduate

More than 150 security guard officers graduated in the capital as one of the local security company’s drive to create employment. Those who graduated said they will contribute to the economy through some of the courses they embarked on during their training which include loss controlling, among others. Director Rebnek Security Mr Richard Ndemera said the graduands will have an opportunity to get employment as they have already earmarked them for deployment. According to the company’s marketing executive Lloyd Bahera, the security officers will be deployed next year as the economy is geared up for improvement. Lately the market...

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Child abuse cases ‘worrisome’

A local child rights organisation has described the rate of abuse of minors as worrisome. Childline Zimbabwe Director, Stella Motsi said the organisation receives over 50 000 calls in the form of child abuse alerts per month, a figure she said is worrisome. “Remote areas need to be provided with a better platform to also interface with the organisation. Every community has to be reached so as to offer service to as many children as possible,” she said.  According to Motsi, Childline is negotiating with one of the mobile network service providers so that they give children friendly phones preloaded with child protection information. The Zimbabwean government ratified several international instruments on child protection and welfare. Meanwhile, Childline Zimbabwe celebrated 20 years of existence in Chinhoyi where the organisation also hosted a fund raising...

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