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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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Bob select team to travel to Germany

A 40 member delegation comprising two basketball teams and a football squad will be travelling to Germany for a schools sports festival. It is exciting times for players that shone at the Bob 93 Sports Festival and were selected to compete at a schools sports festival in Hamburg, Germany. Speaking at an event to confirm the participation of three teams in Hamburg, Bob 93 Sports Festival chairman Tendai Zhakata said efforts to send the teams abroad emanate from a desire to develop budding athletes. One of the players who will be travelling for the Germany event Jacob Dinha could not hide his joy at the prospect of gaining much needed exposure. The Bob select team, is set to assemble for camp next week ahead of its departure scheduled for the 12th of April. The Bob select team is expected to spend 10 days in Germany from the 14th to the 24th of April. The Bob 93 Sports Festival organisers will next week hold a send off dinner which will also be used as a platform to fundraise for the...

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Banks to slash lending rates starting tomorrow

Zimbabwe’s banking institutions are with effect from tomorrow (1 April 2017) required to ensure that lending rates will not exceed 12 percent  per year to  boost credit to productive sectors of the economy. Concern is being raised that the lending rates which are hovering at 18 percent per year are still higher with all banks being directed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to ensure that the rates will not exceed 12 percent  with effect from the 1st of April this year. The directive is expected to provide relief to local companies that have been experiencing challenges in accessing loans for recapitalisation, says a commercial legal expert Mr James Makiya. “It is with great concern that the directive is coming at the best time,” said Mr Makiya. The financial sector has also been directed by the monetary authorities to ensure that  bank charges will not exceed three percent with effect from April 1 this year, a move an economic commentator Mr Wellington Koke says is important in restoring savings. “Savings are critical in unlocking the value of investments to boost capital inflows,” he said. The central bank governor Dr John Mangudya said in the 2017 monetary policy statement affordable credit is important to improve output and must be provided to large and small scale businesses and individuals to enable them to invest in productive sectors that increase jobs,...

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PSL holds club licensing workshop

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League has held a club licensing workshop for all the premiership clubs to safeguard the credibility and integrity of the league and its competitions. All the 16 premiership clubs were represented as well as the division regional chairpersons, PSL board of governors and ZIFA board members attended the workshop facilitated by PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele. Among the issues discussed during the workshop include general management of the game, technical development, communications, principle of the game and the club licensing system. Ndebele said the objective of the workshop is to improve the level of professionalism within the football family in line with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) principles and guidelines. Vice-chairman of the ZIFA first instance body which is spearheading the club licensing and ZIFA northern region division one chairman Willard Manyengavana said only two clubs Caps United and Ngezi Platinum Stars had so far been awarded club licenses. The workshop is also aimed at promoting the sporting values in line with the principles of fair play, ensure a safe environment, transparency, ownership and control of clubs, disciplinary issues among other...

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ZSE ends week on high

Trading volumes on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) ended on a high note this week despite the liquidity or cash-flow challenges hindering the smooth flow of deals. With ZSE listed counters such as Simbisa, African Sun, Meikles and Padenga among others also posting above market expectation full year financials activity has been on a high note this week. The industrial index closed the week on a high note after adding 0.21 points to settle at 138.96 points, while the mining or resources index was up by 4.62 points to close at 56.56 points. Old Mutual led the movers with a 2.81 cents gain to close at 356.18 cents and Seedco put on 2.00 cents to trade at 95.00 cents. PPC went up by 0.50 cents to 63.50 cents while CFI Holdings was 0.10 cents higher at 12.15 cents. Trading in the negative, Dawn  came off 0.05 cents to trade at 1.25 cents while  CBZ, Mashonaland Holdings and Rainbow Tourism Group each inched up by 0.01 cents to close at 9.99 cents, 2.00 cents and 1.19 cents. Week on week, the industrial index increased by 1.88 points. On the minings or resources, RioZim advanced by 5.95 cents to end at 40.00 cents while Bindura, Falgold and Hwange remained unchanged. Week on week mining index added 4.93...

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ZUSA games roar into life

The Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games roared into life today (Friday) at the University of Zimbabwe with calls on universities contributing towards the development of Zimbabwean sport. The role of universities has been instrumental in developing top athletes across the globe. Despite the existence of vibrant university programmes in other countries, Zimbabwe continues to lag behind due to a standpoint that views sport as insignificant at university level. ZUSA president Life Chemhere says the attitude colleges take towards sport is a fundamental part of efforts to transform the sports industry. Chemhere made the remarks after the commencement of the ZUSA games which got underway at the University of Zimbabwe this Friday. Zimbabwe Rugby Union president Nyararai Sibanda was the guest of honour at the official opening ceremony held in the capital. Hosts UZ, Chinhoyi University, National University of Science and Technology, Midlands State University and Lupane State University and Bindura University of Science Education make part of the 13 participants at this year’s...

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