Day: December 6, 2017

Deforestation a cause for concern

Sustainable Afforestation Association has planted 11 000 hectares of plantation as a way of encouraging tobacco farmers to desist from wanton destruction of forests for firewood. The wanton destruction of forests by farmers and villagers has been a cause for concern among environmentalists. Tobacco farmers have been cited as chief culprits with calls to ensure they use coal or embark on plantations which can sustain their business increased. Bindura peri-urban has been affected as residents would fetch firewood for various purposes while farmers are also destroying the nearing forests despite calls to desist from such activities. It is prudent...

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17 year old drowns in Chipinge

Two people died in separate drowning incidents inside two weeks as cases of drowning present a major concern in Chipinge. Barely a fortnight after another report of drowning was recorded Chipinge residents were plunged back into mourning after a form 2 pupil Blessed Mhlanga drowned yesterday. Family members had to spend the night on the edge of Kabanga dam waiting for the young boy’s body to be retrieved. The ZRP Sub-Aqua Unit from Birchenough was only able to retrieve the body mid morning today. Swimming was part of his hobby but tragedy struck him on the fateful Tuesday (yesterday) lamented Blessed’s aunt Mercy Mhlanga. Residents however raised concern over the increasing cases of drowning at Kabanga dam which has so far claimed more than four people. The drowning case comes barely two weeks after another case occurred at Bangazani...

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Bangazani dam siltation surges

Rampant deforestation by illegal settlers and people engaging in sand mining and brick making has increased the siltation levels of Bangazani dam that is the sole supplier of water to Chipinge town. Human beings should take care of their environment  so that they could live a better life but the story of Bangazani dam, illegal activities speak otherwise as perpetrators seem not to be apologetic  for silting the dam which is the main source of water for Chipinge town. Instead of being protected and guarded jealously  the only dam that supplies Chipinge town with water, illegal activities that include...

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Epping Forest water project hailed

The Bulawayo community through the one dollar levy per household that was initially set to fund the duplication of the Insiza pipeline has mobilised over $5 million that has since been invested in into the Epping Forest water harvesting project. Locally brewed initiatives to deal with challenges affecting the communities are proving to be the best way to go in an economy that has challenges on credit lines and the Bulawayo residents chose to invest in its water infrastructure as they are determined to ensure that they have access to the precious liquid. After enduring the punitive water shedding...

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Bulawayo ready to work with captains of industry

The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Cde Angeline Masuku has pronounced an open door policy inviting captains of industry and commerce and other leaders to come together and craft a development strategy for the city. During her address to the Zanu PF Women’s League in the city, Cde Masuku said her office is set to articulate the development agenda for Bulawayo where stakeholders are expected to come and input. She said the economic revival of Bulawayo needs a common approach by every stakeholder for meaningful development to take place. Cde Masuku however warned party members against abusing...

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ZDF commended for maintaining peace

The President and Commander–in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has congratulated the ZDF for effectively carrying out its constitutional mandate of maintaining peace and stability within Zimbabwe. Speaking at the graduation ceremony for joint command and staff course number 30 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare today, Cde Mnangagwa said this has over the years been enhanced through continuous training and widening of professional competencies  which are at the core of ZDF’s administrative policy. He said such emphasis on training and development has over the years enabled the ZDF to develop a wide range...

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Pres Mnangagwa hails Dr Stamps

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the late former Minister of Health and Special Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Timothy Stamps as a man of good character and many attributes, who touched and transformed the lives of many people through his generous heart and philanthropic work. In a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa during a memorial service held at Celebration Centre in Harare this Wednesday morning, Cde Mnangagwa said Dr Stamps was a selfless person who had a place in his heart for everyone needed...

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Massive tree planting in Bindura

Sustainable Afforestation Association has planted trees on 11 000 hectares of land as a way of encouraging tobacco farmers to desist from wanton destruction of forests for firewood. The wanton destruction of forests by farmers and villagers has been a cause for concern among environmentalists. Tobacco farmers have been cited as chief culprits, with calls to ensure that they use coal for tobacco curing or embark on plantations which can sustain their business. Bindura peri-urban has been affected as residents would fetch firewood for various purposes, while farmers are also destroying the nearby forests despite calls to desist from...

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Income projects transform rural communities

Poverty reduction efforts through empowerment projects are reaping huge benefits for women from Chirumhanzu – Zibagwe constituency, whose income generating projects have transformed rural communities. Successful development can safely be defined as, when women who constitute over 50 percent of the world’s population can safely decide their own destiny. Through an empowerment drive, the development agenda is certainly taking shape in rural Chirumhanzu where women now own property that has transformed their lives for the good. It all began with a community savings banks, which became the lender of loans for many rural women in Chirumhanzu, Zhombe, Silobela and...

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Slow start to agric season in Mat North

The summer cropping season started on a slow note in Matabeleland North province, with most districts having planted between 300 and 500 hectares of maize so far. The low activity is being attributed to the low rainfall that has been received since the beginning of the season. Bubi and Nkayi are the two districts that have received the highest rainfall, ranging between 74 and 130 millimetres since the beginning of the rainy season. Hwange and Binga districts have received less than 60 millimetres so far. Although the province only has an average draft power of 45 percent, there are...

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