Day: August 6, 2018

Typhoid outbreak in Mkoba

The city of Gweru has declared an outbreak of typhoid in Mkoba 15, 18 and 20. Gweru Town Clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza said council received results from an independent laboratory confirming that there is typhoid in some parts of Mkoba high density suburb. In the past weeks, there have been several reports of diarrhoea cases and four died in suspected typhoid cases. Gwatipedza said tests indicate that the water from borehole in the three suburbs is not safe for drinking. Meanwhile, the council has set a treatment centre at Mkoba Polyclinic where people can be treated for free. The council has since dispatched teams to create awareness about the outbreak to residents of Mkoba. The local authority is continuing with investigations so as to establish the source of bacteria causing typhoid. On Tuesday, the Minister of Health and Child Care is expected to visited the affected...

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Beauty pageant for twins postponed

The inaugural beauty pageant, Miss Zim Twins national finals which was scheduled to be held this month has been moved to December as organisers are working on bringing more contestants from all the country’s provinces. Event organiser, Ms Sarah Dhliwayo said 15 sets of twins are expected to contest for the coveted crown. The finals will be held in Harare at a venue yet to be announced. An appeal has also been made to the corporate world to assist in the event. Sarah Dee as she is popularly known in the showbiz circles, Dhliwayo added that the event is meant to create employment through modelling as a career. Meanwhile, the auditions are now underway in other provinces whilst those for Harare and Chitungwiza are set for the 24th of this month. The pageant targets sets of twin-sisters aged between 18 and...

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Budding film makers hail ZIFTESSA training

Budding film makers in Chipinge have given thumbs up to the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (ZIFTESSA) training programs being conducted under the ZimDigital programme, saying they will help improve the country’s local content production. As part of the thrust to promote film production in the country, ZIFTESSA in partnership with the ZimDigital is conducting training programmes designed to empower local content creators. The budding film makers who were taught about script writing and editing, producing, directing, cinematology and editing confessed that they feel empowered and have been approaching film production from a wrong perspective. ZIFTESSA Director, Dr Rino Zhuwarara said the training is having a positive impact on film making in the country, but was quick to highlight that there is need for a policy environment that support the growth of the film industry. “We have been undertaking the third phase training sections for budding film makers since July. With more support, film making can be transformed into a viable industry and employ many people,” he said. Dr Zhuwarara said private players should complement government efforts to promote the local film industry. zimbabwe’s film industry currently employs very little people with the industry still far from the promised land as compared to Nigeria’s Nollywood that has created a lot of employment and generates about US$1.5 billion...

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Zimbabweans look ahead of polls

As the nation awaits the logical conclusion of the harmonised election which will see President elect, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa being inaugurated if the legal route being promised by the MDC Alliance to challenge the outcome does not succeed, analysts have underscored the need for progressive Zimbabweans to remain focused in line with the country’s open for business mantra which has the potential to turnaround the country’s economic fortunes. The elections have come and gone and it is now business as usual around the country as the count down continues towards the last day parties are supposed to file their...

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Zanu PF hails supporters

The Zanu PF Harare Central constituency has commended party supporters for rallying behind the First Secretary of the party, President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the just ended harmonised elections. Speaking on the sidelines of the constituency’s executive meeting with campaign teams, polling agents and leader, Zanu PF Harare Province executive member, Misheck Mangwende applauded party supporters who made it possible for President Mnangagwa to win the presidential race, adding that the Harare Central Province will continue supporting the party’s vision. The constituency also denounced political violence, saying it is high time people start championing community developmental...

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Heroine Cde Nyarugwe burial tomorrow

The late liberation war heroine Cde Loveness Nyarugwe, who died on the 4th of this month and was declared a liberation war heroine, will be buried at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre tomorrow. Cde Nyarugwe who was born in 1959 joined the liberation struggle in 1978. After training at Tembwe, she was deployed at Takawira section and later on went to Dendera Assembly Point during cease fire. She is survived by her husband Eric Nyarugwe and two children. Mourners are gathered at House Number 17908 Muzhanje Way in Zengeza 2, Chitungwiza....

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Cote d’Ivoire’s ex-President Gbagbo named FPI leader         

Former Cote d’Ivoire coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been chosen to head the Ivorian People’s Party, FPI. The party’s spokesperson Franck Anderson Kouassi said former President Gbagbo was the only candidate for the position and won 97.7 percent of the votes cast. Gbagbo is the first ex-head of state to be tried by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He has pleaded not guilty to charges arising out of the post-election violence which wracked the Ivory Coast in 2010 to 2011. About 3 000 people died in the turmoil that swept Abidjan – once one of Africa’s most...

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Upcoming artist appeals for support

Upcoming afro-pop musician from Chiredzi Captain Mupezeni popularly known as “Swaggmate” says many young artistes in the province have the potential to make it in the music industry although they lack enough support and exposure. Despite coming from a small town like Chiredzi, Swaggmate has high hopes that one day he will break the ceiling and become one of the most popular afro-pop musicians in Zimbabwe. With one album to his name titled: “Hupenyu Hwehuranda” and several singles including one he collaborated with Nox Guni, in his hometown he is considered one of the best as he performs at a number of local events. He, however, bemoaned lack of exposure and support as one of the major challenges many artistes outside major cities face. Mupezeni started singing in 2009 and is looking forward to release a new single featuring popular Urban Groove musician...

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Popular traditional drummer Vambe buried

Popular traditional drummer Douglas Vambe who died at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Wednesday last week was buried at his home in Magunje area in Uzumba yesterday. It was an emotional send off for Vambe as people from all walks of life converged at the Vambe homestead in Uzumba to bid farewell to the ambassador of Jerusarema-Mbende dance. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Dr Thokozile Chitepo who worked with Vambe when she was in the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) board and Zanu PF politburo member Dr Sydney Sekeramayi described Vambe as a hero...

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Pres Maduro attempted assassination: 6 arrested

Venezuela’s government has arrested six people over an alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro using explosive-laden drones. Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying several vehicles were seized and hotel raids carried out in Caracas where important information was collected. Mr Reverol said the assassination attempt was carried out by two remotely operated drones and each carrying a kilogramme of a plastic explosive. He said seven soldiers had been injured, with three of them in a critical state. Reverol said one of the six detainees was already wanted for involvement in a...

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