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Minister calls for unity, hard work

The Midlands Minister of State, Cde Owen Ncube has called for unity of purpose and active participation of everyone in government programmes in order to enhance economic growth. The minister was speaking at the burial of the late freedom fighter, Cde Arthur Nkiwane at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre in Gweru today. Cde Nkiwane died last week and was declared a provincial hero. Addressing mourners, Cde Ncube described Cde Nkiwane as a true hero who worked tirelessly for the development of Silobela community. He then called upon people to shun corruption and work together for enhanced economic growth and...

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Byo community unites to fight drug abuse

SOS Children’s Village and Care Givers from Mabutweni, Iminyela, Pelandaba, Lobengula and Njube in Bulawayo took part in a seminar that sought to interrogate and find solutions to the menace of drugs and substance abuse. Organisers at the seminar agreed that the society should unite in the fight against substance and drug abuse as most children are dropping out of school, while other members opt not to report those selling the drugs for fear of victimisation. A UN 2016 World Drug Report estimated that 1 in 20 adults, or a quarter of a billion people between the ages of...

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Command Agric programme set for launch

The government is set to launch the US$300 million Command Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Wildlife programme tomorrow at the Munhumutapa building in Harare.  The programme seeks to enhance livestock production and will cover all aspects of livestock including beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, fish, wildlife and small stock such as poultry and rabbits. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri announced the development today while giving an update to the country’s 10 ministers of state for provincial affairs on land and agriculture issues. “There is generally sufficient maize seed to cater for...

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Fire guts Castle Arms Hotel

Four families who resided at Castle Arms Hotel in Bulawayo are counting losses after the lodging was razed down by fire. All they now own are their names, which sadly have no documentation to prove it is indeed them and a few clothes donated by well wishers. The fate emanated from a raging fire allegedly caused by an electrical fault that razed down the once flamboyant Castle Arms Motel on Thursday last week, reducing the building to ruins with tenants left homeless. “All my things were destroyed by fire including my academic certificates and identity documents,” said Mrs Sithabile Sibanda, an inferno victim. Cde Edson Ncube, a caretaker at the complex has made a passionate appeal to the government through the war veterans ministry to intervene on the renovations of the building which usually houses veterans of the struggle. The Castle Arms building is very significant as it was bought by war veterans in 1980 as part of the properties to improve their welfare. The veterans of the struggle are now appealing to the government to finalise the issue of title deeds for them to put in place meaningful development for the property to realise its full...

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Calls for junior football development

The early elimination of the Young Warriors from the Mopani U-20 COSAFA Cup in Namibia has raised calls on the need for ZIFA to direct a lot of energy towards junior development for the good of Zimbabwean football. The Young Warriors finished second to Lesotho in their group and in the process failed to progress to the semi-finals of the regional tournament. Veteran football administrator, Chris Sambo said the country is getting it wrong by not prioritising junior football development. Football analysts central to issues of football development believe the young warriors were going to post a better show...

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Zim talent impresses West Brom coaches

The visiting English side, West Brom’s under 15 coach, Ahmed Ali says a broad participation of budding footballers in the lower age groups is critical in enhancing the quality of players at senior level. Ali and Trevor Mazhande, a Zimbabwean coach based in the United Kingdom, have spared their time to work with budding footballers at a week-long clinic in Harare. Ali is impressed by the technical ability of Zimbabwe’s junior players but feels for the country to be successful, participation needs to be encouraged at the lower age groups particularly the under 6 and under 8 age groups. Mazhande, who is an under 12 coach at the West Brom Academy, was pleased to be back home where he outlined the potential of young local talent if fully nurtured. BN Academy are the hosts of the 5-day coaching clinic which seeks to give young footballers an opportunity to express themselves on the football field under the supervision of qualified development...

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Zim teams square off at Zone 6 volleyball tourney?

Volleyball fans are in for a rare treat following two potential all Zimbabwean quarter-final affair encounters in both the men and women categories at Zone VI volleyball club championships underway in Bulawayo. While UZ is yet to confirm their qualification position, Pool A winners in the women’s category, Harare City will square it off against Super Select of Zambia. Should UZ manage to beat South Africa’s Kamplits, they will set up an all Zimbabwe quarter-final encounter against either Spartans or Support Unit. Other women’s teams through to the next stage include Botswana’s BDF VI and VUT of South Africa....

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MDC alliance’s US crusade disappoints govt

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Major General Dr Sibusiso Moyo says it is shocking to watch fellow Zimbabweans led by Tendai Biti, Dewa Mavhinga and Peter Godwin take turns before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to tarnish and further soil the image of their country, Zimbabwe. In a statement to the ZBC News, Dr Moyo said it is ironic that fellow Zimbabweans were performing their macabre charade only hours after he had met the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Harry Thomas Junior in his office in Harare, amicably to outline how the two nations could...

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Zim, Japan discuss ICT sector cooperation

The Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Toshiyuki Iwado and the Minister of ICT and Cyber Security, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira met today and deliberated on how Zimbabwe and Japan can work together in promoting the ICT sector. Discussions focused on possible areas of co-operation in the ICT sector and cyber security. Ambassador Iwado was satisfied with preliminary discussions which explored on possible areas of co-operation between Zimbabwe and Japan in the ICT sector. Cde Mandiwanzira said working with Japan will be an ideal opportunity to tap into the knowledge and expertise which is key in developing the ICT industry. Also part of the discussions were representatives of a leading Japanese technological company, NEC, which has been heavily involved in infrastructural development at NetOne and TelOne. Japan boasts of numerous technological innovations in the ICT sector and Zimbabwe stands to gain from partnerships which are key to stimulating growth in the...

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Qadr Amini, Ngezi Platinum Player of the Year

Qadr Amini capped off a successful year by being voted Ngezi Platinum Stars Player of the Year at the club’s end of year awards ceremony held in Mhondoro yesterday. Amini was rewarded for top performances in the 2017 domestic premiership, which saw him chip in with some important goals while not abandoning his defensive duties. The left back turned attacker was delighted upon the recognition but acknowledged the important role of team work. Tichaona Mabvura landed the Players Player of the Year and Most Improved Player accolades. Terrence Dzukamanja scooped the club’s Golden Boot Award with Clive Augusto landing the Rookie of the Year accolade. Ngezi Platinum Stars President, Stanley Segula was pleased by the club’s ability to meet their top four target and pointed to a desire to sign more players in the off season for the club fight for top honours in 2018.  The awards ceremony also saw Simbarashe Domingo landing the Under-19 Player of the Year accolade, while Godknows Murwira was voted the Most Disciplined Player. Popular fan, Nicholas Mandizha landed the presidential award for the Supporter of the...

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