Day: April 9, 2018

Mutare City Council under fire

Mutare City Council and its residents seem to be headed for a showdown emanating from standards of service delivery with the matter now likely to end in the courts. The United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers’ Trust which last week gave an ultimatum to its council to respond to their queries regarding service delivery said they are now taking the legal route after what they perceive as being taken for a ride. Trust programmes coordinator, Mr Edson Dube said their calls to council for engagement on pertinent issues regards service delivery are all falling on deaf ears. “We have been...

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Zim to plug off mineral leakages

The government has stepped up efforts to plug off mineral export leakages by establishing a $1.7 million dollar project to monitor flow of resource commodities and determine their exact values. Zimbabwe is being prejudiced billions of dollars in potential revenue through smuggling of the commodities. However, government mineral agency, the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) is now setting up a metallurgical laboratory that will determine the real value and quality of minerals. MMCZ marketing executive Mrs Ottilia Furusa said modalities towards the establishment of the project are already at an advanced stage. “We are really doing our best...

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Religious leaders urge Zim to remain united

As the 2018 harmonised elections draw closer, religious leaders have urged Zimbabweans to remain united and maintain peace. Religious leaders have expressed hope that the recent political developments in the country will finally bring positive changes to the socio economic prospects of the country. This came out at the passover feast held in Mhondoro by St John Apostolic Church of the whole world this Sunday (yesterday). Chief secretary of Mhondoro constituency Silent Kaseke said it is the responsibility of the churches to preach unity and peace as the country head towards the 2018 elections. “Religious leaders should continue to preach about unity in order to maintain peace in the nation,” he said. Local leader of the St John Apostolic Church of the Whole World Elias Kaseke said Christianity liberates people as it maintains peace in a country. “Christianity is very important as it maintains peace in the country,” said Kaseke. Religion in Zimbabwe has since time immemorial played a unique role in ensuring the government is able to build a harmonious...

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Another seed bank for Mash East

A local non-governmental organisation Community Technology Development Organisation (Commutech) has teamed up with the Mudzi community to come up with ways of preserving small grains seed varieties. In an effort to help communities develop capacities to manage bio-diversity while adapting to climate change and improve household food security, Commutech teamed up with the community in Masahwa area of Mudzi to construct a seed bank which will act as storage for small grain seed varieties in the area. Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde David Musabayana who officially opened the seed bank commended the public private partnership...

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Major boost for Zim’s health, informal sector

The European Union has availed more than 23 million euros to the government to help towards improving people’s access to health services and enhance their livelihoods through trade in the informal sector. The funding is meant to improve access to quality health services for women and children and ensure reorganisation of the informal sector. Speaking at the official launch and signing ceremony of these new projects, EU commissioner for international cooperation and development, Mr Neven Mimica said as they stand ready to accelerate support to Zimbabwe during its transition process, it is important for the government to increase its...

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Leather industry set for a rebound

Stakeholders in the leather industry are holding a three day workshop in Bulawayo aimed at enhancing financial partnership for stimulating and resuscitating the industry. In 2000 the leather industry in Zimbabwe produced 17 million pairs of leather shoes annually and had a vibrant leather industry comprised of highly skilled SME’s including livestock farmers, hides collectors and tanners. In 2011, shoe production plummeted to one million due to competition from lower quality imports and exports of hides and skins. Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop being held in Bulawayo, the executive board chairperson of the Leather Institute of Zimbabwe...

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The sacredness of Great Zim monuments

The Great Zimbabwe monuments, dzimba dzemabwe, from where the country derives her name remain a tourist attraction, with thousands coming through to view the stone works every year.  But beyond the stone work, this place is believed to be home to the country’s ancestral spirits and a lot of sacred happenings used to take place here. For a place that harbours the history and foundations of this country’s civilisation, one cannot begin to imagine the secrets that these stones carry. Great Zimbabwe ruins The battles fought here, the trade, the secrets of the great kings and queens and their...

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Goalkeepers academy on the cards

Renowned goalkeepers Peter “Oxo” Nkomo and Japhet “Short Cat” Mparutsa are considering setting up a goalkeepers academy in Bulawayo to help nurture shot stoppers at a tender age. After noticing some missing basic goal keeping skills in today’s goalkeepers, former Highlanders and Mighty Warriors goalkeepers  coach Nkomo and United Kingdom based Mparutsa are considering establishing an academy for goalkeepers. Nkomo said they are seeing some missing basic goalkeeping skills in today’s goalkeepers hence the setting up of an academy to help catch goalkeepers while they are still young. “Goalkeeping has changed just like sport has evolved. We believe by...

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First Lady advocates for women empowerment

The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa was on ground advocating for the empowerment of women, children and vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe while the President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa was engaged in his busy schedule in China. During the historic state visit to China, Amai Mnangagwa had the opportunity to mee the First Lady of the People’s Republic of China Madame Peng and the All China Women’s Federation. Amai Mnangagwa’s meeting with her counterpart happened on the sidelines of the meeting between the two Heads of State and Government after the welcoming ceremony in Beijing. Briefing journalists at her offices in...

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Harare City Queens maintain pole position

Harare City Queens stuck to their winning ways when they clobbered Rio Zim Eiffel Flats 66-12 in a Netball Super League match over the weekend. Defending champions Correctional Queens hammered Flow Angels 54-12 while Black Rhinos Queens began their 2018 league campaign with a 25-24 narrow win over new comers Mutare City. With their 100 percent winning record, Harare City Queens sit at the apex of the log while Correctional Queens are second on four points with a game in hand. Falcon Queens sit at the basement of the table although without an outing. ZINA fixtures secretary Agnes Chiroodza...

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