Day: February 13, 2018

Cape Town drought declared a ‘national disaster’

South Africa has declared the drought which has seen Cape Town hurtling towards “Day Zero” a national disaster. The government made the announcement after reassessing the “magnitude and severity” of the three-year drought which has badly affected three of the country’s nine provinces. The decision came as Cape Town announced its water saving measures, which require each citizen to use less than 50 litres a day, had successfully pushed back “Day Zero” to 4 June. Just a matter of weeks ago, the date that Cape Town’s taps were predicted to run dry was 12 April. Mmusi Maimane, leader of...

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Farmers assured of a orderly tobacco marketing season

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri has assured farmers of a prospective and orderly 2018 tobacco marketing season saying the chaos which rocked the sector over the years will be a thing of past beginning this year. Minister Shiri who was on familiarisation tour of the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) called on farmers to abide by booking regulations and avoid chaos and sleeping at auction floors as the 2018 tobacco marketing draws closer. The Agriculture Minister was impressed by the mechanisms put in place by the TIMB including introduction...

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Valentine’s mood grips Zim

As the clock ticks closer to 14 February (tomorrow) a day known by many as an opportunity to celebrate love, there has been hype in the central business district with some already in the valentine’s mood. Love is in the air, or is it that the air is filled with love? 14 February is a date that many uphold as a day when couples appreciate their unions through various acts of love expressed through romantic flowers or candle light dinner. With just a few hours to go business of roses and chocolates are recording some profits. The adage love...

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Women’s soccer league to feature 16 teams

The Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (ZWSL) is set to kick off on the 24th of next month with only 16 clubs from the previous 24 which played last season according to resolutions of the ZWSL board. Reports however indicate clubs have criticised the league’s leadership demanding they consult them by holding an annual general meeting first. Efforts to get comment from the ZWSL boss Rosemary Kanonge were fruitless. According to the resolutions 14 teams from the 2017 league who meet the given criteria and two promoted from the northern and southern regional leagues, Harare City and Magwegwe will make...

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Exam re-write ruling set for tomorrow

The High Court has reserved its ruling on the urgent chamber application by two students seeking the barring of the Ordinary Level English Language Paper 2 examination on Friday the 16th of February. Charmaine Mukomeka and Ebba Anesu Govhati, who lodged an urgent chamber application on behalf of the 260 000 students affected by the ministerial directive for a rewrite of the English Language Paper 2 will know their fate this Wednesday. Zimbabwe Human Rights lawyer, Danford Halimani, who is the co legal counsel for the applicants, confirmed that the High Court deferred its ruling on the matter to...

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Zimbabweans in UK to be repatriated

The British government has announced its intention to repatriate some 2500 Zimbabweans who have no documents to stay in the United Kingdom. This was revealed by the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Catriona Lang when she met with Vice President Kembo Mohadi at his Munhumutapa office in Harare this afternoon. In an interview with journalists after the meeting, Cde Mohadi said Zimbabwe has no problem receiving its nationals back but would want them vetted to ensure that they are genuine Zimbabweans before taking them back. The wide ranging discussions also touched on the land issue which Cde Mohadi said...

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Harare derby set for this weekend

A Harare derby is in the horizon this weekend after Dynamos and Caps United were paired in the 2018 Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Charity Shield semi-final. The draw, which was conducted today during the official launch of the charity shield held at the army headquarters in Harare, will also see Highlanders and Chicken Inn battling it out in the other semi-final at Barbourfields Stadium. The peak of the weekend is however the Rufaro showdown featuring the two Harare giants. Caps United claimed the charity shield in 2016 and 2017, and Assistant Coach Fungai ‘Tostao’ Kwashi is hopeful that the Green Machine will retain the title. Tostao’s opposite at Dynamos, Biggie Zuze was a bit worried by knocks picked up by some of his players in friendly encounters last weekend, but emphasised that the Glamour Boys are taking the charity shield seriously. Winners of the ZNA Charity Shield will pocket $15000 with the runners-up set for a prize money of $10000. The ZNA urged the nation to rally behind a cause of fundraising for ZNA...

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Govt begins crop assessment

The government has dispatched Agritex officers countrywide to carry out a crop assessment which will determine output of maize and other crops this season. A combination of a prolonged dry spell which affected the state of most crops and the current incessant rains being experienced countrywide has prompted the government to task teams of Agritex officer to go the ground and produce a crop assessment report. “The Agritex teams are expected to come up with a comprehensive national crop assessment report which will reflect the impact of the dry spell which destroyed crops in various parts of the country and what the country can salvage following the current rains says lands,” The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri said. The return of the rains after a prolonged dry spell has brought back a ray of hope to the nation with some crops now showing signs of...

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Tongaat Hulett eyes 100% capacity utilisation

Sugar producer, Tongaat Hulett is targeting to hit 100 percent capacity utilisation within the next three years after major investments in an out grower facility that gobbled at least $40 million. Affected by poor rainfall patterns in 2016, the firm is slowly coming out of the woods and is projecting to grow its productive outlook by 30 percent to maximum output within the next three to four years.  Currently sitting at 70 percent of its capacity, the firm is producing close to 190 000 tonnes of sugar at each of its two plants, one in Triangle and another at...

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Gwanda hosp set to open dialysis unit

Gwanda Provincial Hospital has announced plans to open a dialysis unit next month after receiving state of the art equipment from the Ministry of Health and Child Care last year. The development is expected to bring relief to patients with kidney ailments in Matabeleland South Province who had to travel to Bulawayo for treatment. The hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Pugie Chimberengwa said about $10 000 has been injected to refurbish one of its buildings that will house the dialysis unit, while equipment received from government include a dialysis plant, two monitors and two beds . “The hospital will make the cost for dialysis affordable to patients as each session will not exceed $100,” revealed Dr Chimberengwa. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parienyatwa said the decentralisation of dialysis centres will help decongest central hospitals like Mpilo where patients from the Matabeleland region are currently receiving treatment. Gwanda Provincial Hospital has already trained competent staff to use the dialysis unit, with two more nurses having been sent to Parirenyatwa Hospital for renal dialysis training. Apart from the dialysis unit, the hospital is working on establishing an intensive care...

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