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Historic British trade delegation set for Zim

RICHARD CHIDZA – After years of acrimony and diplomatic standoff over perceived human rights abuses and Zimbabwe’s move to re-distribute land, Britain seems to be warming up to President Robert Mugabe’s government. With the European Union set to resume government to government trade with Harare, Zimbabwe’s former colonial master is dispatching a trade delegation, the […]

4% rates hikes for Byo residents

NKOSANA SIBANDA – Bulawayo City Council on Thursday adopted a proposal for a 4% tariffs hike with effect from January 1 2015 with a capital budget of $50,8 million following citywide budget consultations that the authority initiated between August 2 and 17. In an extra-ordinary council meeting to consider the report by chairperson of the […]

277 HIT graduates capped

President Robert Mugabe on Thursday capped 277 graduands at the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT). It was a double ceremony as he also installed the Institute’s new vice-chancellor, Engineer Quinton Kanhukamwe, who has been in an acting capacity since 2008. Of the graduands, 202 were male and 75 females.  The five students who received class […]

President Mugabe convenes parliament

SENIOR  REPORTER – President Robert Mugabe will next week open the second session of the 8th parliament of Zimbabwe. In a proclamation published in the Government Gazette, President Mugabe would be reconvening the national assembly as provided for by section 146 of the constitution. “Each house of parliament determines the time and duration of its […]

Mujuru kept guessing

XOLISANI NCUBE – Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s political life, hanging in the balance following weeks of high political drama, will now depend on a report to be written by out-going Zanu PF Women’s League boss, Oppah Muchinguri. Muchinguri has been tasked with drafting a ‘comprehensive report’ of what transpired during First Lady Grace Mugabe’s whirlwind tour […]

Jabulani Sibanda facing the axe

War veterans have passed a vote of no confidence in their national chairperson Jabulani Sibanda (pictured), accusing him of making the association dysfunctional. The war veterans’ elders said the non-participation of Sibanda in meetings with First Lady Grace Mugabe at Mazowe on Thursday and at previous rallies countrywide was indicative  that he sympathised with those […]

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

New York – As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the United States. Dr Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who was working with […]

Malaysian man crawls for 3 days after car smash

Kuala Lumpur – A Malaysian man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village, authorities said Friday. The man, identified as Nicholas Andrew, showed up at the village on Wednesday, after the car he was driving sped off a highway in central Malaysia into a […]

Toddler tests positive in first case of Ebola in Mali

Bamako – Mali’s health ministry on Thursday said the country had its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl, who had recently been in Guinea, tested positive for the virus. “Today Mali has its first imported case of the Ebola virus,” the ministry said in a statement. The girl was diagnosed after she […]

“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”

Evelyn Waugh

Ten securities to go live

BUSINESS REPORTER – Ten securities will be cleared and settled on the Central Securities Depository (CSD) in an electronic form and go live at the beginning of next month, The Zimbabwe Mail has learnt. Chengetedzai Depository Company (CDC), the company that won the right to establish the CSD in 2010, told capital market players that […]

Cambria Africa sells Leopard Rock Hotel

TONDERAYI MUKEREDZI – Cambria Africa Plc, has sold loss-making Leopard Rock Hotel to African Ventures Limited, including its external debt of $200 000, for $2,5m – ending what the company described as a significant cash drain. The AIM listed company said it will use the proceeds to further its remaining investments and on-going working capital. […]

Zim hotels 20% cheaper

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – Local hotel rates are 20% cheaper than other hospitality facilities in the region, African Sun chief executive Shingi Munyeza said. Munyeza told The Zimbabwe Mail that despite market perception that the rates being offered by hospitality players were too high, compared with the rest of the region, the rates remain the most favourable. “While the […]

Zim, Malawi sign SME pact

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – Zimbabwe and Malawi will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on small and medium scale enterprise (SMEs) development next month. The deal, which is set to widen export markets for cross-border trading by SMEs under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) simplified trade regime, was struck at a recent Zimbabwe-Malawi […]

UN shells $1,1b growth aid to Zim

TONDERAYI MUKEREDZI – About $1,1 billion has so far been disbursed under the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Framework (ZUNDAF) since 2012, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has said. Zundaf is the UN’s programme to support national development priorities from 2012-2015, and to meet the Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s) by 2015. The total requirement for Zundaf […]

Govt labour costs balloon

TATENDA MACHEKA – Government’s propensity to overspend is showing no signs of relenting despite overwhelming demands for fiscal discipline and introduction of austerity measures. Latest statistics from government show that government’s total expenditure for May was $278 million against a total income of $275m while its expenditure in June   amounted to nearly $371m against […]

Mimosa records 4% rise in revenue

TATENDA MACHEKA – Platinum miner Mimosa’s revenue for 2015 first quarter increased by 4% to $89 million from $79m in the previous quarter on the back of higher metal prices and a dip in mining cash cost. The Zvishavane mine production inched up one percentage point to 655,034 tonnes quarter-on-quarter while head grade slumped one […]

Soya bean output seen down

BUSINESS REPORTER – The current maize price may negatively affect the 2015 domestic production of soya beans as most of the producers will move to maize production, Stockfeed Manufacturers Association (SMA) said. The legume plant, currently scarce on the market, is being imported from Zambia and the small parcels presently available were trading at $560 […]

Mwana’s Zim entities ramp up output

RUMBIDZAI  MASHAYAHANYA – Mwana Africa’s Zimbabwean-based nickel and gold entities, Bindura Nickel Company (BNC) and Freda Rebecca have increased production by 23% and 5% respectively in the quarter ended September. Mwana Africa said gold production at Freda Rebecca rose to 16 555 ounces from 13 503 in the previous quarter as a result of improvements […]

Soul Jah Love in Byo debut

CRISTABEL KAONZA – Dancehall artiste of the moment, Soul Musaka, popularly known as Soul Jah Love, made his debut  performance in Bulawayo on Friday, accompanied by his live band, The Conquering Family. The controversial Ndini Uya  Uya singer, who was arrested a couple of months back for possession of marijuana is arguably one of the […]

Tarubona drops second album

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Upcoming afro-fusion artiste Tongai Tarubona is out to prove his worth with his latest album Zvinangwa(Goals). Tarubona, who is backed by his group called Black Identity, hit the music scene last year with his debut album titled, Ndingafare sei,  a sorrowful album which he dedicated to his family who perished in a […]

Fungisai’s many faces

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – She rose to fame at the turn of the millennium, with her silky voice and as a novice under the tutelage of an accomplished singer Elias Musakwa. To date, she has many albums under her sleeve, but Fungisai Mashavave is not just a singer. She is a mother, wife, ambassador, a gender […]

Noel Jones demystifies prosperity gospel

NIGEL PFUNDE – Visiting charismatic American preacher Bishop Noel Jones demystified the complex phenomenon of prosperity gospel that has taken the nation by storm. Speaking to The Zimbabwe Mail soon after his arrival on Wednesday, Jones said there is a general misconception of prosperity gospel and people must not use the pulpit for purposes of […]

Prophet Fodrick descends on Chitungwiza

JAIROS SAUNYAMA – Fast rising Daily Gospel Unstoppable Ministries (DGUM) founder Prophet Fodrick Fodrick will tonight conclude his three-week long conference dubbed 21 Days of Deliverance with an all-night vigil that will see the miracle performer unveiling new anointing water at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex. Fodrick, well known as the ‘Apple Prophet’ because of his use […]

Uncle Ritchie for Njama awards

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – The star continues to shine for Uncle Richie of the Zvirikumbofamba Sei fame as corperates and showbizz continue to show faith in him. Tonight, he will  entertain guests at the annual National Journalism and Media Awards (Njama) ceremony at a local hotel in the capital. Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development  […]

Mash East gets vaccine storage facilities

MARY TARUVINGA – Maternal and Child Health Integrated Programme (MCHIP), in collaboration  with Elma foundation, has constructed facilities to store essential vaccines for Mashonaland East Province amid revelations that most of them become defective before use in most health institutions. Speaking at the handover of provincial vaccine stores in Marondera yesterday, the deputy minister of […]

Massive revamp at Pari hospital

MARY TARUVINGA – Delivery and installation of equipment procured under the Chinese funded $89-million health loan facility has commenced at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital, chief executive, Thomas Zigora, has said. The move comes at a time the ageing hospital infrastructure is falling apart, with almost all departments requiring attention. Zigora said some equipment for the theatres, […]

Public awareness key in eczema treatment

MARY TARUVINGA – There is need to accelerate efforts in disseminating public awareness on eczema, which is fast becoming one of the key problematic non-communicable diseases affecting all populations, Eczema Association of Zimbabwe Trust (Eazt) official has said. Eazt communications officer, Heather Phiri last week emphasised the importance of public health education, saying information gaps […]


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Zuze ready for ‘massive’ Caps test

LOWVELD CORRESPONDENT – Triangle United head coach Biggie Zuze says his charges will face a stern test when they host title chasing Caps United at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday. It is a swim or sink match for the Lowveld-based side as they are fighting relegation, while for Caps, the match is a must-win as they try […]

Doomed Chiredzi FC hold How Mine

BUKHOSI MANGENA – HOW MINE………(0)0 CHIREDZI FC……..(0)0 Division One-bound Chiredzi FC on Friday produced a disciplined defensive performance to hold How Mine to a goalless draw in a Castle Lager Premier League match played at Hartsfield Stadium in Bulawayo. The Gishon Ntini-coached side solidly defended for the greater part of the game yesterday and posed […]

Mapeza, Chaminuka clash

REGIS MUNYORO – Premiership surprise package ZPC Kariba are promising a high voltage performance that will light up Zvishavane as they seek to live up to their nom de plume ‘Gwenya reChamhembe’ in their encounter against FC Platinum today(Saturday). The match, which is the stand-out fixture in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this weekend, […]

Taylor expects tough Mirpur Test

Zimbabwe are set to play a three-Test series after a gap of 12 years, beginning with today’s first Test in Mirpur. As good as it may be for a team that has been unofficially relegated to the backwaters to finally get some cricketing mileage, it presents a tough challenge. Zimbabwe face potentially 15 days of […]

Zim look to ward off travel sickness

Travel seems second nature to Zimbabweans. Almost a third of their population – approximately four million people – reside outside the country. But as a cricket team, even one that’s constantly at or near the bottom of the Test rankings, they remain vulnerable visitors almost everywhere. Zimbabwe’s home record reflects their stature as one of […]

Ervine impresses as Zim, BCB XI draw

Zimbabwe tucked into some much needed batting stints on the third and final day of their drawn practice match against BCB XI  on Wednesday. Craig Ervine was unbeaten on 85 in Zimbabwe’s second innings yesterday after the home side was bowled out for 297. Ervine, who has not played a Test match since March last […]

Charamba leads Zambezi Tour money list

SPORTS REPORTER – Seasoned professional golfer Tongoona Charamba currently leads the Zambezi Tour Order of Merit with just weeks remaining in the season. Charamba, who has featured in all eight Zambezi Tour events staged this year and picked up prize money in all but one of those competitions, has $8 230 in earnings so far. […]

Steyn, Bentley qualify for BMG Classics

SPORTS REPORTER -  Zimbabwean professional golfers Sheldon Steyn and Greg Bentley Wednesday qualified for the BMG Classic which begins at Glendower Golf Course in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday. Bentley carded a 73 to finish tied for seventh place in the BMG Classic qualifier yesterday, while Steyn was placed 10th after posting a 75. Jeffrey […]

Zim golfers head for BMG Classic Qualifier

SPORTS REPORTER – Five Zimbabwean professional golfers Sheldon Steyn, Greg Bentley, Tongoona Charamba, Ignatius Mketekete and Micky Hough are set to compete in the Bearing Man Group (BMG) Classic Qualifier at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa this week. The Zimbabwean quintet are among the 66 golfers who will be bidding for a place […]


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Sunset reflection at Kulizwe lodge overlooking the Zambezi river in Binga. PIC: Angela Jimu
Sunset reflection at Kulizwe lodge overlooking the Zambezi river in Binga. PIC: Angela Jimu
On the pedal:You never know what the next mile holds

There are things that we can avoid in life, but some are just beyond human control. As soon as you get behind the wheel, you might face an accident whether you are on the correct or wrong side of the road. My old man used to say, if you do not want to be involved […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Our children’s future is our responsibility. “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine”. (Jim Rohn). Generations to come must be better than you in every material respect because you laid the foundation for them. Certain people are often […]

Bra Franco’s Weird Wide World:Jimalo joins the mini-skirt march

Harare was under siege a few weeks ago when reality struck as women of all shapes and sizes (literally) marched the streets of Harare wearing mini-skirts and all-revealing dresses that looked like t-shirts while others wore short dresses that seemed  to start where they ended. The aim was to vent their anger against sexual harassment […]

Blame on Makanaka unjustified

I have been following with keen interest the debate arising from Makanaka Wakatama’s childhood misfortunes and I do not understand why people blame her for what happened in her life. She was a victim of rape who lacked proper guidance from a mother who was greedy enough to push her daughter into marrying a married man. […]

EMA protecting environment is key

It is, indeed, pleasing that the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) is making a lot of efforts to reduce accidents that are caused by veld fires nationwide. Ema has reported that the number of fire incidents this year has reduced to 2 002 from the 2 231 registered in the same period last year. Given this […]

The election mode we are in, not good

This time of the year, Harare’s majestic jacarandas are blooming, signaling the onset of summer, with rains expected to wash away all the dirt from the streets. It’s a pity that no one seems to notice the beauty around us as the majority seems to be engrossed with what is happening in the country’s political […]