Category: Features

Jacaranda trees brighten Harare’s summer

Many have travelled from faraway lands just to get a glimpse of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is summer. Adorned with its blooming Jaracanda trees, Harare offers a spectacular picturesque that imprints on many a mind. Forget about the traffic congestion in the capital city, disregard the burst sewage pipes and the potholes that are giving motorists a night mare, instead choose to see the beauty as blossoming jacaranda trees brighten up Harare’s summer time. Jacaranda trees are found all over Harare and Zimbabwe’s other towns and cities, and they are also widely scattered across the countryside. But for Harare, the...

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Self-styled prophet introduces ‘central locking system’

World over it appears that more couples are breaking up due to infidelity. One wonders what is happening to the sacred union of marriage. As a way of promoting moral uprightness in society, a self styled prophet Madzibaba Steven from Chitungwiza has introduced a marriage therapy that is difficult to comprehend. Loving and caring, understanding your partner, show commitment to your spouse daily and even enhancing physical appearance are some of tricks couples are encouraged to do in order to preserve their marriages.  Madzibaba Steven Mugariri of Johanne Masowe Zambuko from Chitungwiza has come up with one marriage remedy...

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Illegal gold panning reaches alarming levels

Illegal gold panning in Zimbabwe has reached alarming levels in mining towns with many young inexperienced and untrained boys going underground in search of the yellow metal regardless of the dangers. Many people have died in the process while others have lived to tell the tale. His step resembles that of an old man, as he tries to balance himself dragging one foot after the other. He has no lips, no teeth and has only half a tongue. His face is distorted he struggles to shape his words and has to constantly wipe away spit with a towel hanging...

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A sea of colour at Zanu PF solidarity march

The parking area behind Rufaro Stadium was a sea of colour as scores of Zanu PF supporters waited patiently for the march in solidarity with the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe that would end at the Zanu PF headquarters to commence. Most of the supporters were clad in party regalia which highlighted the sheer artistry of those who had designed the outfits. While many of the Zanu PF supporters decided to take shelter from the sun, many of them were huddled in groups, the obvious air of anticipation etched on their faces. As with many such occasions, the singing...

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Doma people and their isolated life

For a very long time, the Doma people in Kanyemba, north of Zimbabwe, with their rich complex traditions and beliefs, has lived in isolation and has been marginalised from the modern infrastructural and technological development other communities are enjoying. The tribe historically led a nomadic lifestyle and survived on hunting and gathering wild fruits and roots. Though the Doma have little contact with the majority of the populace, many families lead settled lives as semi-foragers. Some have built makeshift houses of pole and daga. In order to survive the dangers of dangerous animals like elephants and lions, they have built grass and pole cages that are high enough to keep them safe. Having been largely isolated for a very long time, a group of Doma people in Harare courtesy of a local church could not hide their joy as they got in contact with other people. Speaking to the ZBC News, Mbire legislator, Cde Douglas Karoro said the Mbire area has no access to appropriate shelter, electricity, proper road infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities. Chief Peter Enock Chapoto from Mbire expressed gratitude for the kind gesture by PHD Ministries, who have partnered the Mbire District Council for infrastructural development in the area. The infrastructural development initiative seeks to compliment government efforts to bring development in the country through the ZIMASSET’s infrastructure and utilities...

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