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Zanu PF happy with state of party, agric sector

By Judith Makwanya The 307th ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo has ended at the party headquarters in Harare with members expressing satisfaction with the state of agriculture, the party, and the manner in which the 21st February Movement celebrations were held. Briefing journalists after the meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Ignatius Chombo said the party also discussed preparations for the 2017 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), in which the party will participate under the theme: ‘Offering Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Development’. In the commissariat report, the party’s National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said Zanu...

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Govt to launch command content creation

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba says the government will soon launch the command content creation (CCC) programme similar to command agriculture which will be key to the success of the digitalisation programme. Addressing content producers from Mashonaland East Province in Marondera, Mr Charamba said the CCC concept is meant to empower content producers as market for their content will be guaranteed. He said the government is also set to introduce a uniformed forces channel under the digitalisation programme which will be dedicated to content produced by security forces. Acting...

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Footballer, Timbenawo dies

By Josh Munthali Former Caps United and Black Rhinos midfielder, Bernard Timbenawo has died after a short illness. The late Timbenawo played for Glens Strikers and moved to Caps and later Black Rhinos. He was recruited by the late coach, Ashton ‘Papa’ Nyazika together with the likes of Maronga ‘Bomber’ Nyangela, Stanford ‘Stix’ Mtizwa, the late Shakeman ‘Mr Goals’ Tauro, Joel ‘Jubilee’ Shambo, Adam Samkange and Anthony Kambani who was his schoolmate at Chitsere Primary School in Mbare. He was in his late fifties. Mourners are gathered in Mbare at the corner of Dumbutshena and Runyararo streets. Funeral arrangements are yet to be...

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Sanganai/Hlanganani not cancelled: Govt

By Rugare Dhobbie The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry has dismissed reports that the Sanganai/Hlanganani tourism fair has been cancelled, insisting that the fair will be held as planned as resources to make it possible will be made available in due course. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Mr Karikoga Kaseke issued a statement last week to the effect that this year’s edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo has been cancelled citing lack of adequate funding from fiscus. However, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Anastancia Ndlovu said there is no way the event can be shelved. “The government is aware that the Sanganai/Hlanganani travel expo has grown to become the second most popular tourism fair on the continent after Indaba Travel Expo in South Africa and thus there is no way that it can be shelved,” she said. The expo has become an annual premier tourism fair....

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Declare cancer a state of disaster: ZCN

The Zimbabwe Cancer Network (ZCN) has called upon government to declare cancer a state of disaster as there are many affected people who cannot afford treatment. Cancer survivors, health care providers and other stakeholders affected by the disease are crafting a petition to be presented to government with the aim of having cancer declared a state of disaster. Cancer survivor and spokesperson for ZCN Mr McNorman Chitongo told ZBC News on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting that about 1 800 cancer deaths are being recorded each year and the figure could be higher since many in the rural areas cannot afford health care. Freight Forwarders Association of Zimbabwe president Mr Patrick Gwasera urged companies to support the fight against cancer. The early detection of cancer is the best strategy in reducing the non-communicable disease but treatment is complex and expensive especially for individuals with no medical...

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Special Olympics Zim launches wellness, fitness programmes

Special Olympics Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Lions Club have launched wellness and fitness clubs to promote healthy lifestyles amongst people living with disabilities. The youngsters are benefitting from playing with professional partners and mentorship from seasoned sportspersons and volunteers in the communities without discrimination or stigmatisation. Special Olympics Zimbabwe director Viola Musariri said the programme is targeting youngsters living with disabilities who for some reason do not partake in sporting activities. The first club was held at Prince Edward School which hosted the first training camp and thereafter participants would be meeting twice weekly for Zumba classes and other sporting sessions. Special Olympics Zimbabwe hopes to establish community clubs with assistance from international and local partners. Special Olympics Zimbabwe is also seeking to train over 1 500 volunteers and participants under the...

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National U20 rugby trials held

The national selectors this weekend converged at Churchill Boys High School in the capital to conduct the national under 20 rugby trials to select the national junior side to represent the country. Team manager Tonderai Laizer Chigumbura says all the provinces were represented during the national trials. Chigumbura said he was impressed with the turnout and level of competition during the national trials after selectors cast the net far and wide. The national under 20 selectors believe they have cast their net far and wide to pick players who have what it takes to make it into Zimbabwe’s next national U20 rugby team. The players will be put through a fitness test, speed testing as well as trial games to be conducted next Saturday. Chigumbura also said this weekend’s trials assisted the national selectors to find players that are age appropriate and tournament fit. He added that although Zimbabwe disappointed during the Global Youth Rugby tournament, the Zimbabwe under-20 rugby team selectors have included several experienced players who are eligible who represented the country last year at the same tournament. Zimbabwe hosted the World Rugby Trophy in the capital  last year and could host the tournament again this...

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Religious tourism set for major boost

Religious tourism is set for a major boost as one of the local churches Apostolic Faith Ministries (AFM), St Mary’s faith centre plans to build state of the art worshipping centre in Chitungwiza. However, authorities at the church say the project can successfully be completed with the help of corporate partners. AFM held a one day conference aimed at calling for partners in the construction of their worshipping centre in St Mary’s Chitungwiza. The worshipping centre is expected to open in 2020 once resources have been mobilised. Guest of honour at the fundraising conference Dr Nigel Chanakira appealed to the business community to assist in the construction of the church. The assembly leader Pastor Johannes Zehama and AFM Overseer Collin Dandure emphasized the role churches are playing in communities and how they morally shape the nation. The AFM church has schools, bible colleges and orphanages and is carrying out developmental projects which will create employment and benefit the underprivileged. The completion of St Mary’s faith centre is one the many  projects by AFM which will benefit the church and the local community through the creation of jobs and winning...

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Epworth residents castigate local board

Some Epworth residents have castigated the local board for planning to demarcate their stands into 200m2 per individual and are demanding at least 400 m2. The residents say the arrangement will cause diseases due to the size of the stands. A representative of the residents Mr Kudakwashe Damson says they are not parting ways with their land arguing they have been paying subscriptions to the local board for more than a decade. Three weeks ago the legislator for the constituency Cde Zalerah Makari said the initiative was to accommodate the residents and allocate them serviced stands in line with the ZIM ASSET. Cde Makari indicated that demarcate land  is being opposed by land barons who are illegally claiming ownership of land and capitalising on the illegal...

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Apostle Murata launches spiritual book

Newlife Pentecostal Church leader and founder Apostle Benjamin Murata has launched a spiritual book titled ‘The Promise of a New Life’ in Harare. The launch of the religious book, ‘The Promise of a New Life’ by Apostle Murata was attended by police officers, comedians and other church pastors. Apostle Murata’s first publication talks about Christian life, marriage, divorce and many other topics that affect the lives of people. Guest of honour police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri emphasized the need of living a life with a vision. The founder and leader of New Life Pentecostal Church promised more publications before the end of the...

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