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Spanish side Malaga poised for Zimbabwe visit

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) today signed a memorandum of understanding (mou) with La Liga which could see Malaga visiting the country and playing against a PSL team or select side. The agreement will also see La Liga providing assistance in grassroots development. The landmark agreement could see Zimbabwe benefitting from one of the top global leagues La Liga. Under the mou, Zimbabwe could in July host La Liga outfit Malaga who already have a scheduled trip to South Africa. The two parties are now looking at working towards an arrangement which could see Malaga visiting the Victoria Falls before playing a friendly with a local side as part of the partnership. La Liga Africa director Antonio Barradas said the main thrust of the Spanish league is providing assistance that will help Zimbabwe develop its football through grassroots development programmes which include sending technocrats that will train Zimbabwean coaches and talent. As an immediate step towards assisting with grassroots development, Barradas pledged 1000 balls to be distributed to schools and  junior teams. Barradas declared La Liga’s thrust of putting a foothold in Zimbabwe and Africa through various initiatives that include the continent nurtures talent that lies in...

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PPPs key in implementing youth empowerment programmes

The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment says public private partnerships (PPPs) are proving to be the most viable way of implementing youth empowerment programmes. This follows a partnership between the ministry and Genesis Entrepreneurship Trust that has seen 18 youths completing a foundational training programme on entrepreneurship in Hatcliffe, Harare. The training programme if broadened to accommodate more youths has enormous capacity to transform the economy says the principal training officer in the Ministry of Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Mr Simon Jengwa who represented the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr George Magosvongwe during a certificate awarding ceremony in Hatcliffe. Genesis Entrepreneurship Trust director Dr Jessica Hamadziripi said the six months training programme  is aimed at empowering youths to start and develop their businesses  irrespective of the prevailing economic challenges. The youths who were given certificates commended various partners that contributed to the success of their training programme saying they will make use of the newly acquired knowledge to start and develop their  own businesses. The training programme is targeting youths aged between 18-30 years as they are the most energetic group yet the age group has a high number of people that are...

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Women urged to work hard for development

The Minister of Provincial Affairs for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Cde Eunice Sandi-Moyo has urged women to continue working hard for the development of the country no matter how big the challenges they face in society. Bulawayo’s central business district was this Friday (today) a hive of activity as people in the City of Kings and Queens took to the streets to celebrate the belated International Women’s Day. Officiating at the function, Cde Sandi-Moyo urged women to humble themselves and continue working hard for development. “I  urge you women not to tire in whatever you do. We might face challenges in whatever we do but you need to continue shining. You must be beautiful, smart and brainy thus what defines a complete woman. We also need to pray to God for guidance in whatever we do,” she said. Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo who also graced the occasion had a word of advice for men to respect women for the hard work they do everyday. “Celebration of women is a noble idea. I have a word for us men in society, we need to understand that we cannot do much without women. They take care of us everyday and as such let us respect them,” said Mayor Councillor Moyo. The International Women’s Day was officially recognised on the 8th of March and was running under the theme ‘Women in the...

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ZITF, a key player in economic recovery: Ncube

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) has been described as playing a pivotal role in the resuscitation of the Zimbabwean economy. As thousands from various sectors are set to descend on Bulawayo for the 58th edition of the ZITF from the 25th to the 29th of next month, stakeholders have been challenged to take advantage of the exhibition to promote the country as a way of improving the economy. In her address during the chairperson’s high level stakeholder luncheon in Bulawayo, ZITF board chairperson Miss Ruth Ncube indicated the fair can be used as a key driver to the development of the economy. The 2017 fair which will run under the theme, ‘Harnessing Linkages for Industrial Development’ is set to run concurrently with the Asambeni Africa Business Tourism Expo, Pakprint and Scholastica. 350 delegates are expected at this year’s ZITF International Business Conference before the official opening slated for the 28th of April. Following a slump that had characterised the 2004-2009 era, the ZITF has been steadily improving with expectations of further growth in the coming years....

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Guruve farmers applaud Presidential inputs scheme

Farmers in Guruve district have hailed the implementation of the Presidential inputs scheme for the 2016 to 2017 agricultural season describing it as an initiative that restored agricultural success at family level. Guruve District Administrator Mr Romeo Shangwa says the Presidential inputs scheme has benefited more than 8000 households, adding prioritization of orphans and vulnerable children in communities is very critical. The Presidential inputs scheme was introduced in 2008 with the aim of ensuring food security locally in diverse communities. More than 800 000 households nationally have since benefitted from the...

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Liberation hero Cde Maseko laid to rest

The late liberation hero Cde Amos Maseko Joseph has been laid to rest at West Park Cemetery in Bulawayo amid calls for a speedy vetting of war veterans and war collaborators for their classification to be easy. Cde Maseko who was 89 died on Monday at Premier Hillside Hospital in Bulawayo after a short illness. Speaker after speaker described Cde Maseko as a man of the people, with a representative of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) saying people like Cde Maseko deserved a liberation war hero status. The late liberation hero started his political career in the 1960s when he joined the National Democratic Party, Makokoba branch as chairman. After NDP was banned, he was instrumental in the formation of ZAPU and was credited for recruiting youths to join the armed struggle. Cde Maseko was helpful in supplying clothes, food and medicine to liberation fighters. After independence, Cde Maseko continued to work under ZAPU until the Unity Accord was signed in 1987 hence the commencement of Zanu PF. He was a member of ZILWACO where he held the position of secretary for legal affairs in district six. He is survived by his wife and three...

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Malaria prevention best form of intervention: Experts

Health experts have called for appropriate intervention methods, quick diagnosis, adequate anti-malarial drugs and human resources for the country to successfully curb the transmission of malaria. When it comes to malaria, prevention has proven to be the best form of intervention. The two most successful methods are the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and spraying insecticides in and around homes. World Health Organisation (WHO) country representative Dr David Okello noted that a regional malaria outbreak is due because of the incessant rains experienced in the region this season. He applauded the government of Zimbabwe for quickly realising the need to embark on a second round of spraying insecticides. Prevention and management of malaria also depends on early detection and treatment and Zimbabwe Medical Association president Dr Agnes Mahomva said government should ensure that health institutions are properly equipped and resourced to deal with the upsurge in malaria cases. At least 412 people died of malaria countrywide in 2015 down from 578 who succumbed to the disease in 2014. A specialist surgeon and former Deputy Minister of Health Dr Edwin Muguti said surveillance teams and early warning systems are crucial if the country is to succeed in eliminating malaria. Zimbabwe has also engaged other countries from the SADC region in trans-frontier collaborative efforts to contain malaria. Some of the regional collaborations that the country has entered into include the trans-Zambezi...

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Goromonzi farmers commended for exceptional production

Goromonzi farmers who took part in the command farming programme have been commended for exceptional production which will see high maize output emerging from the district. After more than 630 farmers took part in the command agriculture scheme. Speaking at a field day at Tyrone Farm Goromonzi District Administrator Prisca Dube urged farmers to take advantage of government initiated programmes in agriculture to enhance efforts aimed at increasing food security and boosting economic growth. Host farmer Noah Mangondo who planted 100 hectares of maize hailed government for giving a lifeline to farmers who were burdened with lack of capital. Seedco head of agronomy John Bhasera attributed the success being recorded by many farmers to good agronomic practices. Farmers are now gearing for the harvest season with a national output of 2 million tonnes of maize...

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Training, funding key to women empowerment

Women say training as well as unlocking funding to set up new business ventures is crucial if they are to benefit from the empowerment drive. The women who recently undertook training in various income generating projects imparted by the National Federation of Grassroots Women’s Clubs (NFGWC) say access to funding as well as key skills is holding back their entry into the world of business. The Church has also been urged to ensure the gospel of prosperity is backed up with initiatives to empower congregants, especially women as they face numerous hurdles in entering the world of business, in order to uplift their lives. NFGWC president Cde Betty Mutero says they have now widened their scope and are targeting empowering women from churches countrywide. The NFGWC capacitated the women in sectors of events management, motor mechanics, cookery as well as baking among other...

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Brexit marks the end of global economic groupings

Local analysts say the process triggered by British prime minister to exit the European Union will not be easy. In separate interviews in Harare today, local analysts say some regions of the United Kingdom did not want to exit the 28 member organisation, while others are already regretting the move for fear of the outcomes of the divorce on Britain. The exiting negotiations under article 50 of the EU Treaty were triggered by prime minister Theresa May some two days ago. Some onlookers say the United Kingdom may not get an easy deal as other EU member states would want to discourage similar developments happening. University of Zimbabwe historian Dr Kenneth Dzutsumwa Manungo said there is uncertainty in the United Kingdom as to what the future holds but the impact on the currency is not that high. Another analyst Retired Brigadier General David Chiweza, a former diplomat said Brexit is the beginning of the end of global economic groupings. He said after Britain voted to move out of the 28 member economic block, the United States under Donald Trump, has also announced that it is pulling out of the North Atlantic Treaty Free Trade Area and the Transpacific partnership . The United Kingdom voted to leave the EU on the 23rd of June last year, and nine months down the line, Britain is making moves to officially divorce after...

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