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Women ‘marry’ trees in bizarre ceremony

Reports say a group of young women in Peru have been filmed taking part in a bizarre mass wedding – when they put on white wedding dresses and tied the knot to a tree. Nature activists held the unusual ceremony in Peruvian capital Lima, where leaves were used instead of confetti and brides kissed the ‘groom’ on the trunk after taking their vows. They all pledged to look after the trees till “death do us part”. The wedding was organised by Peruvian artist and activist Richard Torres, who is famed internationally for his pro-tree performances. He acted as a...

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Pistorius injured in prison brawl

Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. A prison department spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said the disgraced paralympian was allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone. Nxumalo said Pistorius, who was jailed for 13 years and five months, only sustained a bruise and there were no serious injuries. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics in 2012 in London,...

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Young Warriors crush out of COSAFA

The Young Warriors were bundled out of the Mopani Under 20 COSAFA Cup after a nil- all stalemate with Namibia in their last encounter. Despite not conceding a goal and not losing a match at the tournament, the Young Warriors failed to book a semi-final berth after finishing second to Lesotho on goal difference in their group. The two teams finished on five points but with one team progressing to the semi-finals, it was Lesotho which won the ticket. Zimbabwe drew 0-0 against Lesotho in their first group match before edging Angola 1-nil in another match. In the semi-finals,...

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Starbrite finals set for next year

The Starbrite finals have been set for the 19th and 20th of January next year in Bulawayo where a total of 29 acts will vie for top honours. Starbrite held its last talent scouting show in Mutare after the organisers decentralised its events. As a result, other cities such as Bulawayo and Mutare will get a chance to play host to the show. Speaking to the ZBC News, the organiser of the event, Mr Barney Mpariwa said they face a number of challenges as they try to bring some of these shows to other cities. The finals will see...

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Major boost for digitalisation programme

The allocation of funds from the budget for the digitalisation process is expected to increase the pace at which the project will be completed. Finance and Economic Development Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa last week allocated U$22.6 million for the digitalisation of nine television transmission sites, construction of six new transmission towers, upgrading of nine existing FM radio sites and digitalisation of two television studios at the ZBC Montrose Studios in Bulawayo. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba, who was on a tour of transmitter sites in Manicaland Province said there...

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Illegal settlers invade Harare Drive expansion land

Scores of illegal occupants have invaded land reserved for the Harare Drive expansion in the Msasa area near Zimphos. When the ZBC News crew visited the reserve, several wooden cabins and brick and mortar houses were under construction, oblivious of the fact the land has been set aside for Harare Drive expansion. Town planning and local government expert, Mr Johnson Ali Mikuku said it is disheartening that home owners are being duped of their monies, adding that several reports were made to get council intervention but without success. Harare City Council Spokesperson, Mr Micheal Chideme urged residents to desist from building on the road reserve as this will result in them losing their investment in the event of road construction starting. In the past few years, particularly 2016, Harare has witnessed chaotic scenes of illegal housing construction and home seekers losing millions of dollars to land...

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Shabanie Mine pins hope on new minister

Zvishavane Ngezi legislator, Cde John Holder says hopes for the revival of Shabanie mine are now anchored upon the new Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Winston Chitando whose rich understanding of the sector must help spur the revival path of the docile institution. Having been the lifeline and the reason why the town of Zvishavane came into existence, Shabanie Mine used to employ thousands. Many businesses and families benefited directly and indirectly through the asbestos mining entity. “Cde Chi9tando understands the industry so there is hope that Shabanie Mine’s woes will finally be addressed,” Cde Holder said. Over...

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200kg of Malaysia-bound ivory intercepted 

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) says a 200kg consignment of ivory destined for Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia has been intercepted at the Robert Mugabe International Airport. The ivory, which was stashed in four boxes was intercepted yesterday with the help of the country’s security agencies who were on duty at the airport. Two people, who are alleged to have been facilitating the movement of the consignment have been identified following the interception and investigations are being made to establish the owner of the contraband. Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the interception of the...

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Corrupt councils under fire

Local authorities which connived with land barons in illicit deals will face the full wrath of the law. This came out at a meeting between representatives of local authorities and the new Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Cde Owen Ncube. “It is no longer business as usual in the Midlands province,” declared Minister Ncube, who read the riot act to representatives of local authorities in the province saying a clean broom will sweep away corruption and those found wanting will be prosecuted. Cde Ncube also said as pillars of service delivery, local authorities cannot afford to compromise...

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New HAZ board hits the ground running   

  The newly elected Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) executive board says it is seized with policy and regulatory issues affecting the performance of the hospitality sector as it seeks to make the sector competitive in the region. An elective congress held in Nyanga last week ushered in a new executive led by CUT Group of hotels General Manager, Mr Innocent Manyera who replaced Mr George Manyumwa. Mr Manyera said his organisation is hoping to lobby for regulatory reforms especially in the country’s tax and pricing regime for the sector to perform better. “To that effect, robust consultations among interlinked sub-sectors and government will be adopted to avoid the promulgation of counter-productive policies and regulations,” noted Mr Manyera. The hospitality industry’s capacity utilisation currently stands at 51 percent. Also elected in the new HAZ executive is Ms Naome Saizi who took over the first vice president’s post, while Mr Clive Chinoda was elected second vice...

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