Live updates by: Thembinkosi Mangena and Wadzanai Mhombera
14:22 -Dr Mushohwe concludes his speech by officially launching the languages bulletin and interestingly a live broadcast of news in Ndau is immediately on the ZBC TV screen.
14:12 – Dr Mushohwe says he has a lot of respect for former Tanzanian leader, Julius Nyerere for launching the ‘Swahili Revolution.’
14:10 – Minister Mushohwe regrets that ZBC failed to introduce bulletins in national languages in 1983. “Today, there are some people in Chipinge who don’t know that there is a place in Zimbabwe called Binga. This is one thing that I feel ashamed of, that I cannot speak Tonga, when the Tonga people in Binga can speak Shona, that I cannot speak our own national language, while I can speak English,” says Minister Mushohwe.
13:58 – “Independent producers, take this opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of our country,” says Minister Mushohwe.
13:49 – The Minister says he would want to see Montrose Studios being expanded, and more current affairs programme and dramas in all these languages.
13:42 – Dr Mushohwe reminds ZBC of its mandate, which is to bring the people together. “Any broadcaster should fight through its programming to protect the sovereignty and independence of Zimbabwe. We are today celebrating the culture of Zimbabwe, and locals should stand united against neo-colonialism, corruption and all other vices in our country,” Dr Mushohwe adds.
13:39 – “Through the introduction of these languages, ZBC is promoting the culture associated with these languages. So Zimbabwe should be aware and proud of their languages and culture,” says Minister Mushohwe.
13:37 – Dr Mushohwe hails the theme for the launch: “Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Broadcasting: United in Diversity.’
13:36 – Bulletins in the remaining languages will be there soon, these languages already being broadcst on radio stations.
13:33 – “Today marks the end of dominance of English language on ZBC. This is the final nail on the coffin of colonialism. By finally accepting our own languages which were formerly marginalised and putting them on national television, this makes it a great day indeed,” says Minister Mushohwe.
13:29 – Minister Mushohwe takes it to the podium.
13:28 -Mr Mavhura introduces the Guest of Honour, the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe.
13:13 – ” Those who have their languages recognised, it is time to come forward and share the rich culture and heritage in your languages with the whole nation. It can’t be languages just for the sack of languages, let it translate to national development and unity and development of cultural diversity and convergence. Thank you ZBC for such an initiative,” says Nyathi concluding his speech.
13:09 – Renowned historian, Phathisa Nyathi addresses the gathering.
12:52 – Mr Mavhura parades/ introduces ZBC presenters for national language bulletins.
12:49 – Mr Mavhura urges content producers in various national languages to capitalise on the digitalisation programme as well as this new dawn following the launch of bulletins to come up with current affairs programmes and other productions that will be aired on ZBC.
12:47 – “It has always been a mandate of the local broadcaster to unite the nation, we might have diverse cultures in the country but we are one people,” Mr Mavhura says.
12:46 -The ZBC Current Affairs team shall not just bring news to the people in these national languages but also current affairs programmes and then dramas,” Mr Mavhura says.
ZBC TV will now have news in 13 languages, which are: English, Sign Language, Shona, Ndebele, Kalanga, Chewa, Nambya, Tonga, Venda, Xhosa, Shangani, Ndau and Sotho.
12:37 Today, five national languages namely: Xhosa, Shangani, Ndau, Chewa and Kalanga; are being launched. Four were launched on 15 September 2015 and these are: Tonga, Venda, Nambya and Sotho. Mr Mavhura says three more languages; Chibarwe, Tswana and Koi San, will be launched soon.
12:36 – ZBC Acting CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura addresses guests. He welcomes everyone who has graced the event and acknowledges the presence of the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe.
REMEMBER: For those who could not grace the event at the Montrose Studios, we are live on ZBC TV
12:30 – Everyone is up for the singing of the National Anthem, which comes just after some poetic performances.
12:20 – The launch the national languages bulletins on ZBC TV has begun at Montrose Studios in Bulawayo.
The launch is part of the government`s requirements that seek to promote all the 16 national languages in the country.