Day: September 10, 2018

ZNA rescues Mapholisa community

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has come to the rescue of the community of Mapholisa in Insiza district which was facing difficulties in crossing Nyezani river during the rainy season through constructing a bridge.  The ZNA in conjunction with the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) and Insiza Rural District Council began construction of the Nyezani bridge in 2013 following the realisation that the community of ward 14 was facing difficulties in crossing the river during the rainy season. Insiza RDC Chief Executive Officer Mr Fedris Manombe said it is comforting that school children and the community at large will now be able to access social services on either side of the bridge throughout the year. “This project is significant to the community of ward 14 because it links them to Mapholisa Primary School. During the rainy season it was difficult for pupils to cross to school. It was also challenging for people to access PBS Clinic and Filabusi Hospital,” he said. ZNA 1 Infantry Brigade commander, Brigadier General Augustine Chipwere implored communities in Matabeleland South to take advantage of their artisans to improve social infrastructure in their areas while the financiers of the project urged beneficiaries to jealously guard the infrastructure against vandalism. “The ZNA only provides expertise and manpower while resource provision is the responsibility of the respective communities. We therefore appeal to the communities that might require...

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Ex-ministers reassigned

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has re-assigned some of the former ministers who were retired from government to full time heads of departments at Zanu PF party headquarters today. This was revealed by Zanu PF spokesperson Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo soon after  the extraordinary Politburo meeting. Top on the agenda of the extraordinary Politburo meeting was the issue of rebuilding and transforming the party following its victory in the July 30 harmonised elections and the appointment of a new cabinet. The extraordinary Politburo session resolved that 11 departments will now be manned on full time basis by most of the former...

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Black Rhinos Queens FC extends unbeaten run

Black Rhinos Queens beat Conduit Soccer Academy 8-0 with former Mighty Warriors striker Kudakwashe Basopo scoring a hat-trick at the 2 Brigade headquarters despite the army side missing six other players who are in camp with the Mighty Warriors. The win means the army side maintained their unbeaten run in a Zimbabwe Women’s Football Soccer League (ZWSL). Despite not having the likes of Lynette Mutokuto, Mavis Chirandu, Rutendo Makore, Felistas Muzongondi and Talent Mandaza in their squad, Black Rhinos Queens still managed to extend their unbeaten run. The team’s midfielder Sibonginkosi Nleya and Daisy Kaitano who together with Basopo...

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Shuggetta releases new single

Musician, radio and television personality Tafadzwa Bheni known in the music circles as Shuggetta has released a new single titled, ‘Amen’, after years of silence. Bheni is also a ZBC National FM disc jockey (DJ). The new single features talented musicians Rockford Josphat, better known by his stage names Roki or Rocqui, Gold and Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria. The Afro-dance single which comes after three years of absence from the musical radar has so far been well received by his fans. Speaking to the ZBC News, Shuggetta said he has several projects lined up and is set to release most...

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Sempai Mashaya shines in Montenegro

Sempai Wilfred Mashaya has won the Gold International Master of the year award. Sempai Mashaya shrugged off competition from 11 other candidates who were vying for the top award in Montenegro. The Zimbabwean karateka who is also a policeman by profession was the only African candidate vying for the accolade at the...

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New cabinet inspires confidence

Academics and the business sector in Masvingo have expressed confidence in the newly sworn in cabinet and spelt out their expectations from the team. According to the academics, the new ministers should come up with think tanks comprised of knowledgeable individuals to help them turn around the economy.  The academics commended the President for coming up with what they termed a democratic technocracy type of a cabinet. “I think these new ministers should surround themselves with think tanks, people who will help them to efficiently execute their duties. That is the model that is being used in other countries and it can help us,” said Professor Munashe Shoko, an agriculture consultant. “I want to commend the President for such a cabinet which is a democratic technocracy, including all races and we believe the team can deliver and we want them to deliver as soon as yesterday,” said Mr Jowere Mukusha, a philosopher and economic analyst. Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Masvingo Chapter Interim Chairman, Mr Andrew Chekani said as business, they expect the new government to prioritise the construction of the Beitbridge – Masvingo – Harare – Chirundu highway. “We expect that the new government to please prioritise the road, it affects a lot of aspects of business,” he said. The consensus among those interviewed was that the new cabinet should hit the ground...

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River Ranch Mine remains idle

River Ranch, a diamond rich mine in Beitbridge, sits quietly with no sign of life on the edges of Limpopo. Its solitude however gives a loud cry for urgent attention. The story of the mine is that of good and bad times. Twice afflicted by liquidation processes, there is an air of sadness engulfing the diamond mine. The security staff manning the place against pilferage or vandalism of the plant and the perimeter fencing are the only visible figures. Even the guardroom has bird nests whose dry state could be the prologue to the state of affairs inside. While the plant still looks intact, there is a growth of trees and grass all over the place. Perhaps besides containing diamonds in its belly, there is nothing that really looks attractive about the mine whose Chief Security Officer, Mr Richard Shoriwa has vivid memories of the story that brought the place this far. Even the other once beautiful residential properties along the banks of the Limpopo River are wasting away. Villagers from nearby places even risk crossing to nearby South African farms to look for menial jobs while the liquidation issue of the mine with the courts is still yet to be settled. In April this year, Rani Investments, the majority shareholder in Limpopo Mining Resources (Pvt) Limited, the owners of River Ranch filed an application with the High Court...

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Zim to revive cut flower farming

Zimbabwe is looking to revive the cut flower industry, boosting its potential to earn around $200 million within the next three years, as industry leaders engage with global players. At its peak in 2001, the industry generated $100 million, firmly placing the country on the global map as a viable cut-flower producer, second to Kenya. More than a decade of inflationary pressures among other challenges overturned these gains, leading to a drastic fall in production and earnings currently sitting at a paltry figure below $5 million annually. The script may soon change through an exhibition forum to be hosted...

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Mighty Warriors leave for COSAFA

A strong 20 member Mighty Warriors squad has left for the senior women’s COSAFA Cup to be hosted by South Africa in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape from this Wednesday the 12th to the 22th of September. Coach, Sithethelelwe ‘Kwinje 15’ Sibanda chose a 20 member team that includes three goalkeepers; Chido Dzingirai, Sheba Rauli and Lindiwe Magwede Veteran defender, Nobuhle Majika, Danai Bhobho, Nobukhosi Ncube, Lynette Mutokuto, Sheila Makoto blue and Sithembile Nyoni also make the grade. Also in the team are Emmaculate Msipa, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi, Marjory Nyaumwe and Kudzai Chiparaushe. Strikers include Rutendo Makore, Berita Kabwe and Erina Jeke who earned a recall after good showings, Shamiso Mutasa, Maud Mafusire and Susan Nyama. Zimbabwe is drawn in Group C alongside Swaziland, Namibia and Uganda. Group A comprises of South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Malawi while Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho and Mozambique are in Group...

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Radio Zim roadshow pulls huge crowd

The excessive heat experienced over the weekend did not deter hundreds of Radio Zimbabwe listeners from attending a road show at Hama business centre in Chirumanzu. Tthe road show was held in conjunction with the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). Some walked for over 5 km in the scorching heat to get to Hama business centre for an opportunity to meet their radio personalities, let alone know their rights when it comes to telecommunications.  For some, it was a great platform to showcase their dancing skills. An economist with POTRAZ, Mr Talent Munyaradzi said they realised that there was need to host the roadshow to inform the community on their rights and dangers of abusing the internet particularly for the teenagers. The crowd got an opportunity to ask the POTRAZ officials on issues concerning the various service providers. One of the major issues that continue to affect rural communities is lack of network coverage in some...

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