Day: January 1, 2018

FC Platinum names CAF squad

FC Platinum today released their provisional list of players who will compete in the 2018 Total CAF Champions League as the Zvishavane based side braces for an appearance in Africa’s biggest club competition. It is just over a month before FC Platinum begins their African safari campaign. In view of the competitive nature of the CAF Champions League, FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza has strengthened his squad in a bid to make the 2017 Zimbabwean league champions a more formidable unit in 2018. In its provisional squad, the platinum miners named Cameroonian Albert Eonde and Zambian Shadreck Mayembe. The...

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Chitungwiza girl suffers from rare condition

While many people wish for a windfall of economic success in the New Year, some cannot even afford to ask God for anything more than just good health. One such person is Cherish Chingwena of Zengeza 1 in Chitungwiza who is suffering from an unknown condition and her health has been deteriorating over the years. Doctors cannot diagnose her condition without the assistance of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan.     Cherish, who has lost both her parents, used to be a healthy teenager until she fell ill in 2008, the year that she was supposed to complete her Ordinary...

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First Lady visits New Year babies

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has visited Mbuya Nehanda Maternity hospital and showered New Year babies with presents. The visit comes at a time when the government scrapped off maternity charges. The First Lady had time with all babies born today, 1 January 2018, at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital, which is housed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. The maternity hospital recorded six New Year babies, three girls and three boys as at 11.am. Among the new borns was a pre-term baby. Cde Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by women from the ZCC church prayed for the babies, giving a...

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Zimtrade, RBZ agree on US$100m export fund

Zimbabwe’s trade promotion body, Zimtrade  has successfully negotiated for a US$100 million export fund from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ0 that will be made available early this year. After recording a strong performance in exports last year, posting a 30 percent jump to breach the US$3 billion mark, Zimtrade is making strides to cement this growth through implementing various strategies this year. One of the important steps to achieving this objective has been the successful negotiation of a US$100 million export fund with the RBZ which attracts an affordable interest rate for exporters and opens new opportunities to...

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Cash crisis: Beggars feel the heat

Cash shortages and the use of plastic money have adversely affected beggars operating from the streets of Harare. There is a Shona adage which goes: ‘Hapachina Chembwa, Tenzi Vararira Mutakura,’ meaning that it is impossible for someone to make a donation, when they have nothing to offer. This was the story of street beggars who were left out of the electric and merry making atmosphere that characterised this festive season.  While many people enjoyed the New Year and Christmas holidays, street dwellers blamed cash shortages and the use of plastic money for their poor fortunes during such a time...

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Miners wreak havoc in Shamva

Upstream mining activities are causing massive land degradation in Shamva and water bodies in the surrounding areas are now polluted, while siltation is threatening the reservoirs’ water holding capacity. A visit to Shamva Wepp Mine, which is five kilometres away from Shamva growth point, revealed one of the worst mining activities in Zimbabwe where land degradation is massive. The miners however said it is their only source of income. Shamva Wepp Dam is in great danger as massive siltation is occurring, while open mining pits are a death trap for people and both domestic and wild animals. The area...

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People hope for better New Year

Good fortunes and turnaround are the words that can best summarise Zimbabweans’ expectations of 2018. People from various and even distinct spheres of life have different resolutions and dreams this new year, but are all united by a craving for better fortunes in all their endevours. Centrally though is the hope for an economic turnaround. “We no longer want to sleep at banks queuing to get our cash. Mari haidi kuti uitambure kuishanda nekuzoiwana futi,” said one man in Harare. “Prices must just come down this year. A 10kg bag of rice which was selling at around $6 and...

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