Day: August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin dies

The Grammy-winning popular soul singer Aretha Franklin has died in Detroit, United States of America after battling cancer since 2010. The music and arts industry has been plunged into mourning following the death of one of America’s popular soul musicians Aretha. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Soul’, the 76 year old legendary soul singer died in Detroit after battling cancer with reports showing that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. Reports show that Aretha made her last performance at a gala last November in New York. The multi award winning soul songstress was awarded among others...

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Winter wheat in good shape

1 479 hectares of the wheat crop in Matabeleland South is now at various stages of growth amid high expectations that the province will realise optimum yields. ARDA Antelope Estate in Maphisa Matobo district which put 650 hectares of land under the wheat crop is expecting its first harvest on the 10th of September as 270 hectares of the cereal is now at maturing stage with the remaining hectarage at soft door stage. Speaking to the ZBC News, the estate manager Mr Alec Chinyai said they are anticipating a yield of 7.5 tonnes per hectare up from 7.2 tonnes...

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ED leaves for 38th SADC Summit in Windhoek

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left Harare to attend the 38th SADC Summit in Windhoek, Namibia beginning on Friday (tomorrow) the 17th of August 2018. SADC is one of Africa’s regional groupings – the building bloc of the continent’s quest for unity and development. The 38th Summit is being held at the source as it was in Windhoek, Namibia that the SADC Conference was transformed into the regional community in the late 1980s. What is at stake at this summit is, obvious the recent elections in Zimbabwe, the upcoming elections in the DRC, Madagascar and South Africa. The summit will...

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Zanu PF chair lauds Cde Mathuthu

Zanu PF National Chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri has described the late national heroine Cde Thokozile Mathuthu as a very courageous, dedicated and hardworking daughter of the soil who played a huge role towards women emancipation, women empowerment and the improvement of disadvantaged people’s lives. In an interview on the contributions and role played by the late national heroine who succumbed to cancer this Monday, Cde Muchinguri Kashiri said the late Cde Mathuthu was a courageous and dependable comrade who could be relied upon to bring up sensitive issues concerning the rights and needs of women and improve their...

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BREAKING: Poll petition hearing set for August 22

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe will preside over the electoral challenge by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa next week Wednesday the 22nd of August after the Chief Justice and the parties held a case management meeting this morning. According to MDC Alliance Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora, Chief Justice Malaba directed that all the necessary administrative procedures be set in place to facilitate the hearing of the case, the first such since Zimbabwe’s independence. ZBC News caught up with some of the legal team members representing President Emmerson Mnangagwa Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana and Advocate Lewis Uriri who confirmed that...

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Mash Central athletics camp benefits youths

Youths from Mashonaland Central in the Under 23 age group have benefited from a 3-week athletics camp aimed at nurturing their talent.   The athletics camp convened at Chipadze High School in Bindura attracted youths from all districts in the province with the exception of Mbire and Muzarabani who did not send any representatives. Organiser of the camp Taflow Athletics Club President Tafadzwa Chitiyo said the initiative is aimed at nurturing talented athletes from grassroots level in the Under 13, Under 18 and Under 23 categories. “We take children from all over the province and put them in camp. It...

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‘Elections are not war’

A top government official says Zimbabweans should be guided by the culture of Ubuntu which is embedded on love, peace and harmony saying elections are not war and as such people should be able to move forward in oneness for development to take place. The government says the idea of keeping people in perpetual electoral mode is retrogressive and people should learn to move forward after defeat for developmental purposes. This was said by the Minister of Home Affairs and Culture, who is also the Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu while thanking the people of Umguza...

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Put elections behind you, farmers urged

Farmers in Wedza have been urged to put the election period behind them and focus on production as they prepare for the coming season. Mashonaland East Minister of State Cde David Musabayana told farmers and other stakeholders at the Wedza Agricultural Show that they should remain calm and focus on production in the post-election period. “The court processes brought about by the opposition MDC Alliance should not distract you from focusing on production. Our president won the elections and we are now just waiting for his inauguration which is now waiting for the court processes,” said Cde Musabayana. Guest...

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FC Platinum seeks to maintain winning formula

Log leaders FC Platinum believe they can maintain their winning formula when they host airmen Chapungu at Mandava stadium this Saturday. This follows last week’s 1-nil away win against Bulawayo City. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says morale is high in camp ahead of Saturday’s tie although they are wary of Chapungu’s second half consistency. “We are aware of Chapungu’s second half performance but morale is high in camp,” said Mapeza. FC Platinum midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe added that they look forward to collect maximum points in the Midlands derby. “As players, we remain focused taking each game as it...

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Afghan suicide bomb attack kills 34

Thirty-four people were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack in front of an education centre in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul. The health ministry previously announced the death toll as 48.  It was revised to 34 today. It was not clear how many students were at the centre – which specialises in preparing students for university exams – at the time of the attack.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which was swiftly condemned by President Ashraf Ghani in a...

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