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Gweru entrepreneur scoops five Women’s Leadership Awards

A Gweru based entrepreneur, Mrs Smelly Dube has scooped five awards at a Women’s Leadership Awards held in Harare. Mrs Dube says she dedicates her awards to every woman in Zimbabwe and Africa. The Minister Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira, who also received an award, encouraged women to support each other at work places and to avoid  undermining each other. The national broadcaster, ZBC also received an award for championing women’s issues through broadcasting. Other award winners called on the corporate world to provide quality service in order to be recognised. The Minister for State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa and the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya were also honoured for championing community...

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ZSE opens week in red

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE)’s industrial index opened the week on a low note, losing a marginal 0.04 points to close at 134.44 points. CBZ dropped 0.25 cents to close at 10.25 cents; Innscor lost 0.22 cents to settle at 44.78 cents, while Dawn retreated 0.20 cents to trade at 1.40 cents. Econet lost a marginal 0.03 cents to trade at 12.99 cents, whilst Axia and Seedco both fell by 0.02 cents to end at 6.98 cents and 93.00 cents respectively. Losses were countered by gains in British American Tobacco, which added 5.00 cents to close at 1525.00 cents. Delta went up by 0.42 cents to 83.02 cents, while Colcom and Old Mutual each went up by 0.25 cents to settle at 36.75 cents and 346.27 cents respectively. Padenga inched up by 0.05 cents to 17.05 cents. The mining index was flat at 55.68 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and Riozim remained unchanged at previous trading levels of 3.30 cents, 1.00 cents, 3.00 cents and 33.10 cents...

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White visitors appear at Apostolic shrine

While it is rare to see white people attend an Apostolic Sect church service, it was a different case altogether when white visitors made a surprise appearance at Madzibaba Simbarashe’s shrine in Chitungwiza this Sunday. It was a service with a difference at Sangano repa J paCanaan of Johane Masowe Echishanu this Sunday at their ‘Hokero Yemweya Mutsvene Meeting’. The gathering was attended by thousands of people and among them, white people clad in masowe regalia. Speaking to the ZBC News one of the rare visitors, Mr Steve Parker who was in the company of his family and friends, said he would become a regular visitor if he is assisted. Madzibaba Simbarashe applauded the visitors for taking such a bold move as Johane Masowe Echishanu is led by the Holy Spirit to perform healing and deliverance for all. This is the first time that Johane Masowe Echishanu has attracted white congregants at its Chitungwiza shrine and it now remains to be seen whether the rare visitors will come back to fellowship with the...

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Bulawayo business forum launched

Small and medium scale enterprises in Bulawayo have come up with a forum whose aim is to promote the growth of the sector. Speaking during the launch of the Bulawayo Business Forum coordinator Mrs Caroline Rwafa said the organisation seeks to lobby for market linkages regionally and internationally. Chairperson of the Bulawayo Business Forum Reverend Frank Mhlanga who spoke on the sidelines of the launch said they are creating a strong voice for those in the SMEs sector. The launch was attended by the Bulawayo business community and other business...

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Lock misses out on fourth ITF doubles title

Benjamin Lock missed out on a doubles crown after losing in the Turkey Futures doubles final at the weekend. Lock who partnered with Seon Chan Hong of Korea went down painfully after losing via a super tie break. Lock and Hong won the first set 6-2 before losing the second set 2-6. With the match deadlocked at 1 set all the game had to be decided through a super tie break which saw Pedro Bernadi of Brazil and Christopher Figueroa of Guatemala win 12-10 to clinch the match. In the singles section lock was eliminated by Anil Yuksel of Turkey in the quarter finals. The Zimbabwe Davis Cup player now ranked 480 in the singles is now Zimbabwe’s highest ranked player with Takanyi Garanganga sitting on position 497. In the doubles Lock is now in the top 400, sitting on position 389 on the ITF...

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Get real, Labour told

Negotiations between government and the labour unions should take cognisance of the prevailing economic climate in the nation. Those calling for a reality check especially on the part of labour say non monetary benefits must be the way to go and the workers must give government breathing space to direct funding towards production. Workers should not think that by arm twisting government to give in to their monetary demands, they are scoring a victory says legislator Terence Mukupe who is also a member of the portfolio committee on industry and commerce. Cde Mukupe says by now workers should be able to take a conscious decision to give government breathing space so that the little available funds are channelled towards reviving production in the nation. The Affirmative Action Group says one of the realities civil servants have to accept is that the economy is not performing at its best and rather than asking what they can get from government, they should be looking at what they can do to assist government. And at a time when there have been calls for tough knee jerk decisions, there is an argument that Zimbabwean civil servants must accept that a bonus is not a privilege but a reward given out of a ticking economy. In the context of these discussions there is a wake up signal to the workers who are being urged...

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Bulawayo set for another aquatic championships

Following the historic hosting of the CANA Zone IV swimming championships in Bulawayo recently, swimming enthusiasts are in for another treat as the province hosts the National Junior championships from the 18th to the 19th of March at Petra Junior School. About 200 swimmers from the country’s six active provinces that include defending champions Mashonaland, Midlands, Mashonaland country district, Manicaland, Masvingo and hosts Matabeleland are set to square it off in what is the country’s peak of junior swimming competitions. The annual event that is traditionally hosted in February this year had to give way to the hosting of the 13 regional countries during the CANA Zone IV championships which were convincingly won by Zimbabwe. Chairperson of the Matabeleland Swimming Board Nokuthula Cyprianos confirmed that all preparations for the hosting of the event were on course. Mashonaland who are expected to bring the biggest contingent of swimmers of about 90 will be tipped to excel yet again despite the hosts Matabeleland expressing their desire to give them a real fight in an attempt to reclaim the aggregate trophy they have since surrendered to the champions in the last couple of editions. Cyprianos also highlighted that Team Matabeleland had been selected and was busy preparing through their various clubs that include Barracudas, Zambezi Tigers, Penguins, SOS, Dolphins and Crusaders to name a few. With the country recording some impressive times...

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Cyclone Enawo might not reach Zimbabwe: MET

The Meteorological Services Department says Tropical Cyclone Enawo might not reach Zimbabwe as it is still east of Madagascar giving relief to Zimbabweans mainly in the southern parts of the country who have suffered the devastating effects of floods. The MET department last week warned that another cyclone is coming from the east of Madagascar and is likely to affect Zimbabwe mid this month. However, senior meteorologist Mr Tich Zinyemba says there is a high probability that Cyclone Enawo will not hit Zimbabwe. The MET department has also projected that the rains being received throughout the country will continue. The prediction that Cyclone Enawo will not affect Zimbabwe comes as good news following the floods induced by Cyclone Dineo which was downgraded to a tropical thunderstorm hit Zimbabwe causing flooding in the southern parts of the...

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Doctors, nurses agree to resume work

Doctors and nurses who have been on strike for the past week have agreed to resume work after negotiations with government the whole of Monday. After negotiations which began on Friday following the industrial action by doctors and nurses in government hospitals, the Doctors and Nurses Associations have agreed to resume work after doctors got a US$72 increment on their on-call allowances while nurses got US$15 increase on night allowances. In an interview with ZBC News Monday evening, Doctors Association chairman Mr Edmore Munatsi said the increment falls far too short of their expectations but will resume services for the sake of the patients. They said the increment is expected end of next month. A visit to Parirenyatwa Hospital Monday (today) afternoon showed that patients were being treated normally. Sources in the hospital said the casualty department staff in the central hospitals never took part in the industrial action. Relatives of patients who spoke to ZBC News said work was going on as usual although the casualty department was crowded. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said he is happy that the health workers have gone back to work to save lives. Government is facing difficulties in various socio-economic sectors due to poor economic performance, leading to the erosion of some gains attained after...

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Mwenezi community revert back to donkey drawn carts

Most areas in Mwenezi are now inaccessible due to the bad state of roads caused by the heavy rains and locals have come up with an alternative mode of transport after realising that most cars which pirate the routes to their villages are currently unable to do so. The incessant rains being experienced in Mwenezi  have left most areas inaccessible, particularly by small vehicles  leaving the locals in the area reverting back to the donkey drawn scotch carts as their common mode of transport. One casual glance at Rutenga Business Centre there are more donkey drawn scotch carts than cars. The rains have been pounding continuously, the roads are badly damaged and as a result the vehicles  that usually pirate from the growth point to villages are not operating. Well this mode of transport might not be as comfortable as the conventional ones, it certainly is slower but what is important is that they get around. The donkeys are given breaks along the way to allow them to rest as some of the distances take about four hours. One hopes that the rains do not catch up with them (villagers) before they reach their destinations as the carts do not have a roof. For now this is the way of life in Mwenezi and  those in the transport sector are probably feeling the pinc, but well the locals have...

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