Day: September 2, 2018

Huge attraction at Westgate half-marathon

Canisious ‘Navara’ Nyamutsita and Rutendo Nyahora clinched the men’s and women’s 2018 edition of the Old mutual sponsored Westgate 21 km half marathon held this Sunday morning. The annual half marathon, which starts and finishes at Westgate shopping mall in Harare, attracted a huge field of local and a sprinkling of international athletes as well as social and fitness enthusiasts who competed in the 5km fun run. Nyamutsita revealed his targets and said he was pleased to win in a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes. “I would like to compete at the highest level and on the international scene including the Olympics which is my target…in fact next month I am going to compete in Denmark so I am pacing myself and trying improve on my times,” he said. South Africa based athlete, Nyahora, who was the first woman home in a time of 1 hour and 18 minutes, said she surprised herself as did not expect to win after suffering from fatigue and coming from a hamstring injury. “I have been out and I only started running this July due to a hamstring injury. During the race, fatigue would creep in since I have been rubbing every week for the last five weeks and trying to peak and qualify for the world championships next year,” she said. The annual 21km race has become one of the...

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Black Rhinos win junior football tourney

Black Rhinos are this year’s winners of the Harare Province Junior Football League under 16 tournament, beating Rusungunuko 4-1 on penalties after the match had ended nil all in regulation time at Prince Edward High School in Harare. Harare Province Junior Football League, an independent football league, held an under 16 tournament under the theme: ‘Catch Them Young – Let’s See How They Have Developed,’ which attracted some 10 teams and was graced some football legends. Teams were divided into two groups and then played matches on a round robin basis before the top two teams from each group proceeded to the semi-finals. Rusungunuko beat Eland 7-nil in the semi-final to book a date with Black Rhinos who drew with Total one-all and won 4-3 on penalties. Eland drew 1-all with Total in the 3rd place play-off match and won 5-3 after penalties. Chairman of the league, Cyprian Jaji appealed to corporates to support the league and grassroots football development. “This is the first stage of development but sadly, we have no sponsorship despite running for a number of years. The league has produced a lot of talented youngsters among them Tino Kadewere. All clubs should adopt a junior policy and support our development thrust,” he said. Black Rhinos coach, Droment Chirova bemoaned lack of recognition by both the football mother governing body, ZIFA and the highest league, the...

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Govt seeks to cut power import bill

Zimbabwe plans to reduce the electricity import bill by more than 20 percent on the back of multibillion dollar investments in the energy value chain since January this year. The country has in the past few years been spending an average of at least US$7 million per week on electricity imports. However, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr Pattison Mbiriri said the refurbishment of power generating facilities, expansion of existing projects and fresh capital injection will in the future reduce the import bill for electricity. “We are working on long term strategies to...

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Belarus investor backs Zim economic reforms

A top Belarus investor has backed Zimbabwe’s economic reforms, saying the government is on track to attract local and external investments. The past three weeks have been an eye opener for the Belarus investor, Mr Eugene Podgorny about Zimbabwe’s business opportunities in key sectors of the economy. While his main interest is the mining or resource extracting industry, vast opportunities in the economy have seen Engineer Podgorny shifting focus to agriculture, energy, and manufacturing. Zimbabwe is crafting fresh policies that will in the future create a positive platform for fresh capital inflows within the economy and Engineer Podgorny is impressed. “Definitely, I am impressed with what I saw such that it is a matter of time before we can ensure that the deals can translate into overall economic development of the country,” he said. Earlier this year, Zimbabwe and Belarus signed several deals worth millions of dollars across various economic sectors, as the global community continues to renew business confidence on the...

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President in China for FOCAC Summit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in China for the 7th China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit which kicks off tomorrow (Monday). He was welcomed at the Beijing International Airport VIP section by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo, who travelled ahead of the presidential delegation, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China Ambassador Paul Chikawa, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Huang Ping and staff members from the Zimbabwe Embassy offices in Beijing, among others. The President, who left Harare for Beijing yesterday, was invited by his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping to attend the FOCAC Summit and...

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