Day: December 7, 2017

Ayshire Estate remains idle

Vast tracts of rich irrigable land bordering one of the largest water bodies in Mashonaland West, Mazvikadei dam, has been lying idle for years despite huge investments towards developing the estate’s irrigation infrastructure. Ayshire Estate has over 1500 hectares of land covered under an irrigation infrastructure which has been left in a state of abandon as those allocated the land have neglected the system. Ironically the estate borders a perennial water source Mazvikadei dam, which instead has become more famed for recreation through boating. A flour milling plant and a bakery in Banket which were once dependent on wheat...

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Tourism master plan on the cards

The country is expected to unveil a tourism master plan to guide the development of the sector and reposition Zimbabwe as a destination of choice. Zimbabwe’s tourism sector’s competitiveness has been affected by a number of challenges but a positive indicator has been increased occupancy in both city hotels as well as resorts. The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Prisca Mupfumira who was addressing delegates at the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe congress said tourism in many developing countries is the most viable and sustainable economic development option. There is high optimism that there will be a deliberate...

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Chevrons begin preps for S.A tour

The Zimbabwe national cricket team’s focus is now on their scheduled tour of South Africa where the Chevrons will clash with the Proteas in a four day test match. After facing the West Indies in their last test encounter, the Zimbabwe cricket team will have an opportunity of proving themselves against tough opposition when they clash with South Africa in a day/night test match which gets underway on boxing day. Zimbabwe Cricket communications manager Darlington Majonga said the four day test is a vital platform for the Chevrons who have been starved of test cricket. A training squad has...

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131 ZNA officers graduate at Mechanised Brigade HQ

131 Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) students received certificates this Thursday (today) after completing a general squad drill and small arms course at the Mechanised Brigade Headquarters. Of the 131, 19 of them were female officers who completed the 18 week training. Speaking to the ZBC News on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony, guest of honour director ordinance Colonel Kenneth Chihumba emphasized on discipline as the cornerstone of any professional army. Students who came out tops said though the course was mentally and physically demanding they had to exhibit the best of their abilities. Some of the courses covered...

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16 teams to constitute WSL next year

The bloated and beleaguered Zimbabwe national women’s football league officially ended today with an announcement that next year only 16 teams will constitute the league. The news emerged following resolutions of the executive committee and the 21 affiliated clubs at a crucial indaba held at the ZIFA Village in Mt Hampden today. Only 14 of the 21 clubs affiliated to the league attended the “clear the air talks” indaba at ZIFA Village while Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (WSL) executive committee was led by chairperson Rosemary Kanonge. High on the agenda was the issue of the constitution, affiliation fees, suspension...

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Zim-South Korea cement cultural exchange relations

Zimbabwean dancer and choreographer Victor Peturo says he was enriched after undergoing a 5 months cultural exchange programme in South Korea and his desire is to also mentor locals on the various Korean dances. 25 year old Peturo participated in three international dance festivals where he also showcased the Zimbabwean culture to Korean people. Inspired by experiences gained, Peturo now intends to impart the Korean cultural heritage to the Zimbabwean audience.  Founder and director of Afrikera Arts Trust, Peturo’s Stable, Ms Soukaina Edom said the choice to select Peturo was motivated by a firm belief that the talented dancer...

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Indian investor snaps controlling stake in Zim Alloys     

An Indian investor has snapped a controlling stake in ferrochrome producer, Zim Alloys, paving way for the full scale operations of the company.                            The proposed injection of $100 million into Zim Alloys was approved by its creditors, investors and shareholders at a meeting in the capital this week.            The company’s judicial manager Mr Bulisa Mbano confirmed to the ZBC News that the investor, Balasore Alloys Limited, will assume control of the company next year.                                       The creditors and investors of the firm also endorsed several capital raising plans.                   Zim Alloys was placed under judicial management a few years ago on...

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Inmates with mental illness a cause for concern

Inmates with mental illness and those living with HIV and AIDS continue to face a number of challenges including lack of basic needs and access to appropriate treatment. A call has thus come forth for government and the donor community to work towards mobilising provision of these resources. Considering that most of the country’s prisons are facing a number of challenges worsened by an unfavourable economic environment and overcrowding, inmates living with HIV and AIDS and mental illness continue to be the most affected. Speaking at the handover ceremony of prison psychiatry project to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional...

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BREAKING: Chombo, Chipanga granted bail

High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore has freed former Finance Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo on $5000 bail. Chombo’s bail conditions include reporting three times a day to the police and reside at his Mt Pleasant home. He was asked to surrender title deeds, travel documents and not to visit the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) or local government offices. Meanwhile, former Zanu PF Youth Affairs secretary Kudzanayi Chipanga has also been granted a $500 bail. Chipanga who is facing charges of making statements undermining public confidence in the military, is required to report twice a day at Borrowdale Police...

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Kasukuwere, Prof Moyo accounts frozen

The former government ministers, Saviour Kasukuwere and Professor Jonathan Moyo’s bank accounts have been frozen as investigations continue on their activities in the country. Minister of Home Affairs and Culture, Dr Obert Mpofu confirmed the action by government. More to...

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