Day: May 24, 2018

Lupane Hospital construction set to resume

The construction of Lupane Provincial Hospital will resume before the end of the year after it was abandoned in 2007 due to lack of funds. Matabeleland North has since independence been using St Lukes Hospital as a referral centre and patients requiring specialist services are referred to Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals. Matabeleland North has been the only province without a provincial hospital but when construction began in 2005, there was hope that a referral health centre will soon be available and help reduce travelling costs to Bulawayo for treatment. The Ministry of Health and Child Care abandoned the original plan which was used for the current structure since it is now outdated and the intention is to come up with a new one which will incorporate modern facilities at a cost of $30 million. The final cost of the project could however not be ascertained but  Matabeleland North Minister of State Ambassador Cain Mathema confirmed he has been assured by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the funding for the construction of the hospital has been secured with a view to easing access to health care to the people who reside in the province. “In terms of the patients that will be catered for, I may not give you the actual figures now but it’s going to be a referral hospital for all our clinics, for all our hospitals like...

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Seed houses urged to invest in research

The government has urged seed houses to invest in research and development as a way of responding to ever-changing climatic conditions. As the country moves to consolidate the 15.2 percent agriculture sector growth, seed houses have been challenged to invest more in research and development. Officiating at a crop field day in Mazowe, Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, who was representing Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said agriculture has been highly prioritised as a driver of economic growth and contribution by seed houses will be key in this pursuit. “Agriculture is a...

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National Gallery board of trustees announced

The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Cde Kazembe Kazembe has announced the board of trustees for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. There was no shake up of the previous board and those to take the next five year appointment are Dr Solomon Guramatunhu as board chairperson, Bulawayo-based Busani Bafana, Mrs Patricia Broderick Wood, Mutare-based businessman Mr Job Torindoh and Mr David Scott. In his acceptance speech, Mr Scott who was standing in for Dr Guramatunhu promised to carry out the duties as expected of them. “We are happy for the appointment and we promise to serve as...

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Africa Day commemorations on tomorrow

The continent celebrates Africa Day tomorrow, the day which marks the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU). African diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe are hosting a dinner this evening to celebrate the day which is a holiday in Zimbabwe. Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ms Lucy Chelimo said Africa should pool its efforts together in fighting corruption which is the major impediment to development. Speaking to ZBC News ahead of the Africa Day commemorations, Ms Chelimo said the continent should share information in fighting corruption and open its borders more to allow free movement...

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Govt to review natural resources management

The government says the current review of the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) framework will ensure sustainable management and utilisation of natural resources by communities including small-holder farmers. Speaking on the sidelines of the national CAMPFIRE stakeholder review workshop in the capital, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate Ambassador Grace Mutandiro said the review process will assist to empower communities and strengthen governance frameworks for natural resources management. President of Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, Mr Emmanuel Fundira said the review process of the CAMPFIRE framework was long overdue considering its...

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Zim judokas target SA champs

The Zimbabwe Judo Association will stage a selection tournament this Saturday for the South Africa Championships set for the 1st to the 2nd of July. Zimbabwe Judo Association president Smart Deke said they are hoping to send ten athletes to South Africa after clinching two gold medals in last year’s event “We are using the weekend selection tournament to select athletes for the South African Championships to be staged in Port Elizabeth as well as to prepare for the Youth Olympic Games,” he said. The Zimbabwe judokas are optimistic they will shine in South...

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Women’s League embarks on mobilisation drive

Members of the Zanu PF Women’s League’s provincial and national executive have embarked on a mobilisation campaign in Harare in preparation for the 2018 harmonised elections. Hundreds of Zanu PF supporters in Hatcliffe consortium attended a rally organised by the Women’s League. Women’s League National Political Commissar Cde Apolonia Mudzverengwi commended the Member of Parliament for the area Cde Tongesai Mudambo for mobilising the youths saying utterances by some opposition parties that the majority of youths who have registered to vote belong to the opposition parties are a mere fantasy. She urged the youths to vote for Zanu PF presidential candidate Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa who has committed to assist them realise their future. Meanwhile, another well attended Zanu PF rally was held in Mt Pleasant constituency. Women’s League executive member Cde Thokozile Mathuthu and Member of Parliament for the area, Cde Jason Passadi also urged people to rally behind the party’s presidential candidate while those who are yet to register as voters were urged to take advantage of the voter inspection exercise period to go and register. In Dzivarasekwa a similar rally also organised by the Women’s League was held at Chemhanza ground which also attracted a huge turnout of Zanu PF...

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Howard University volleyball team hails Zim

The visiting Howard University volleyball team squad says Zimbabwe volleyball is on a good path and the level of the game locally is impressive. Following their first educational tour of Africa, the USA based volleyball team who played local powerhouses Harare City on Wednesday said the level of the local game is commendable. Assistant Athletic Director Brittany Bell Surrat said they had to embark on the educational tour to Zimbabwe for their students to get an appreciation of the Zimbabwean culture in view of a number of myths surrounding African people. “With our university being home to Zimbabwean students,...

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First Lady tours Doma community

The visit to Doma by the First Lady Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has created goodwill between the community and government. The tour offered the First Lady a deeper understanding of the challenges being faced by the community but also gratified the locals who opened up to speak and showcase their tradition. Amai Mnangagwa engaged the community of Doma in Mariga village at a personal level whereupon after earning their trust, the untold stories began to be revealed. Domestic violence, HIV and AIDS and revelations by women that they suffer from emotional, verbal and physical abuse from men were shared with...

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Embrace command agric, A1 farmers urged

A1 farmers in Dwala village Gwanda district have been encouraged to increase their participation in the command agriculture programme as the area which falls in ecological region 3 favours the production of the maize crop. This came out during a field day held at Mr Agrishon Shiri’s homestead in ward 23 in Gwanda, who put three hectares of land under the command agriculture programme. Mr Shiri is one of the eight farmers in Dwala resettlement area who participated in the command agriculture programme under dry land farming and is expecting to attain a yield of six tonnes per hectare....

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