Category: Features

‘Spare a thought for inmates’

Life in prison is one where apart from one’s liberties being stripped away, everyday essentials become scarce or even unavailable. Bearing that in mind, it was an exciting moment for the Chikurubi female prison inmates when a local arts group handed over some groceries and sanitary wear to the inmates. Life in prison is that of set patterns meant to ensure the prisoner is rehabilitated. However, for the Chikurubi female prisoners, members of the Zim Totem band offered a welcome diversion as they provided some musical relief, sanitary wear and food hampers to the Chikurubi female prisoners this afternoon....

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Cde Mahofa celebrated

Even in death, life becomes a celebration of the exploits of the departed. Acclaimed Irish writer William Wilde is quoted to have said, ‘to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all’. This morning Stodart Hall became the epicentre of a spectacle that many of the residents have become accustomed to, saying goodbye to a gallant son or daughter of the soil. Mbare, a hub mainly associated with fruit and vegetables, the Matapi flats as well as the bus rank once again woke up to pay homage to the late Cde Shuvai Ben...

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Tears of a senior citizen in Maglas

The closure of Zimbabwe’s largest asbestos firm Shabanie Mine has created many challenges which can only be told by those within the area. A senior citizen in Shabanie says life has not been rosy following the sudden shutdown and its effect has had downstream problems to the community. She dedicated her youthful years working at the asbestos mine in Maglas, Shabanie which became her home. Today she seats in her single roomed house at the mine compound staring at its concrete walls and with nothing to show for all her years of effort. Born on September 6, 1920 Gogo...

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Irrigation the future of agriculture in Zim

Zimbabwe like any other country in the Sub-Saharan region is not spared from periodical droughts in the face of climate change and global warming since the turn of the 21st century. The country is obliged to feed its population of over 13 million people. Many people would ask so what will the nation do to ensure food security to the entire population? The answer lies in the bold step taken by government to revisit the importance of agriculture and ensure that every one has enough food to eat. Government has committed an annual budget of US$5 million towards the...

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2 weeks to Heroes Day commemorations

On the 14th of August, Zimbabwe commemorates Heroes Day as the nation reflects on the role played by illustrious sons and daughters of the country who fought in the liberation struggle. The day comes as President Robert Mugabe recently called for the declaration of national hero status on the seven gallant fighters of the famous Chinhoyi Battle. On April 28, 1966, seven freedom fighters who had entered the country from Zambia were intercepted by Rhodesian Forces in Chinhoyi and a battle erupted. After bravely wadding off Rhodesian Forces for almost 10 hours, the seven comrades later succumbed to Rhodesia’s...

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