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Church must reshape the education system

ANNASTANCIA MURUBI -  Government says the church should be the lead agency in re-shaping the country’s education system, which is failing to produce employable graduates. Josiah Hungwe, minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, told heads of Christian denominations in Harare yesterday that education originated from the Bible, so it was the […]

Goods train derails

REX MPHISA – A  goods train belonging to the privately-owned Beitbridge—Bulawayo Railway (BBR) derailed near Victoria Falls on Wednesday evening disrupting all rail traffic between the resort town and Bulawayo, The Zimbabwe Mail has learnt. The derailment occurred a few kilometres from Thompson Junction near Victoria Falls and is suspected to have been caused by […]

Chinotimba bounces back

JAIROS SAUNYAMA – The Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) secretary-general Kennias Shamuyarira Thursday retained his post at an elective conference that also saw the return of Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba as the union’s vice-president. Shamuyarira was unopposed at the elections that were held in Mashonaland East Province during the union’s third conference. The […]

Zanu PF congress preps on course

STAFF REPORTER – Preparations for the Zanu PF elective congress, set for Harare next Tuesday, are almost complete with President Robert Mugabe expected to visit the site on Monday, the party’s national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo has said. Briefing journalists after touring the Harare Civic grounds — the venue of elective congress — Moyo said […]

Olivia Muchena, 4 others ousted

Olivia Muchena and four other Zanu PF Women’s League national executive have been booted out from their party posts on allegations of abuse of power and fanning factionalism. Muchena, who was secretary for commissariat, together with secretary for legal affairs Abigail Damasane, as well as Nyasha Chikwinya, who is secretary for information, were booted out […]

Mujuru but, all out

STAFF REPORTERS – Vice-President Joice Mujuru has all, but quit her government post amid reports that she has removed all personal property and documents from her Munhumutapa office as pressure mounts for her to resign. This comes amid reports that there would be a major shake-up in government and security sectors soon after the congress […]

UN eyes sanctions against former CAR leader

New York – A UN panel is calling for targeted sanctions against former Central African Republic president Michel Djotodia, accused of trying to derail the political transition in Bangui, diplomats said on Tuesday. Djotodia rose to power in March 2013 after his Seleka rebel movement overthrew long-time leader Francois Bozize, but he stepped down in […]

Indian girl set on fire for resisting molestation

Lucknow – A teenage girl has died in northern India one week after a gang of men set her on fire as punishment for resisting their attempts to molest her, police said on Wednesday. The horrific incident is the latest in India where sex attacks on women continue to occur on an almost daily basis […]

Namibia prepares for Africa’s first e-vote

Windhoek – Namibia will vote in Africa’s first electronic ballot on Friday, a general election that will usher in a new president and quotas to put more women in government. But opposition parties have launched an 11th-hour challenge to the use of the Indian-made e-voting machines, claiming the lack of a paper trail could open […]

“The best way to predict the future is to design it”

Buckminster Fuller

Meikles turnover up 3,1%

STAFF REPORTER – Meikles Group turnover for the quarter to September has gone up 6% on the quarter to June mainly driven by an 8% growth in turnover for TM Supermarkets, hotels whose turnover increased by 36% while new addition Mega Mart put in 21%. Turnover for the Stores division declined by 38%, largely due […]

Zimbabwe plans bond market

Zimbabwe plans to start a bond market by the end of June as the southern African nation’s bourse seeks to revive trading amid an economic slump. “The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has been working on the concept of introducing a regulated platform for debt instruments in the last 12 months,” Chief Executive Officer Alban Chirume said.  A bond […]

‘CSD system in false start’

BUSINESS REPORTER – Investors say the implementation of the Central Securities Depository (CSD) system has spawned delays and burdened traders with extra costs, militating against advanced trading on the equities market. CSD system, launched early this year, saw the demutualisation and automation of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) touted as the requisite transformation to inject […]

EU lines €40 million for Africa

BUSINESS REPORTER – The European Union (EU) has lined up €40million for the East and Southern Africa (ESA) – Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) implementation subject to the European Commission decision making procedures. The 28 member block said the allocation was over and above support to medium-term needs to be provided under the 11th European […]

‘Policy clarity vital to unlocking investment’

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – Policy unpredictability and the country’s bad perception by the outside world are holding back Swedish investors keen on investing in infrastructure projects, the Sweden Ambassador to Zimbabwe Lars Ronnas has said. Ronnas told delegates attending a signing ceremony to mark the Sweden’s contribution to the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Zim Fund) in […]

Govt commends Dutch support

ANNASTANCIA MURUBI – Government has commended the capacity building support being given to the local dairy industry and other sectors of the economy by the Dutch government through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). Speaking at the official opening of an international refresher course on dairy husbandry and milk processing hosted by the Zimbabwe Dairy Industry […]

Grain prices 20% lower: Fews Net

Grain BUSINESS REPORTER -  The price of maize and mealie meal have for the first time in many years remained stable between August and November mainly due to increased market supply combined with low demand, a United States backed regional early warning and food security organisation has said. The price trend is unlike in typical […]

New tobacco grower figures decline

BUSINESS REPORTER – The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (Timb) says the number of new or first time tobacco growers has declined by about 44% to 16 193  this year compared to 25 857 growers in the corresponding period last year. According to new Timb data, the number of growers who have so far registered […]

RHA Tungsten mine edges near production

BUSINESS REPORTER – The RHA Tungsten mine in Hwange has leapt closer to production following the completion of dewatering works, which avails access to historic underground working re-establishment. The mine is owned 49% by AIM-traded Premier African Minerals Limited (PAML), and 51% by government Zimbabwe. PAML chief executive George Roach told investors on Wednesday that […]

Sulu launches 5th album

NIGEL PFUNDE -  Its official! Dendera exponent Sulumani Chimbetu finally launched his much awaited fifth album ahead of the money spinning festive season. Titled Gunship, the 11 track album was officially launched at a glittering ceremony held at Maestro Restaurant in the capital and was attended by socialites, politicians and fellow musicians. Senior Superstar Oliver […]

Stands were invaded by squatters – Mutodi

LADISIOUS GUKUTIKWA – National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) founding-member Energy Mutodi has told a Harare magistrate that there was trouble in allocating stands in Harare South as the land had been invaded by illegal settlers. The flamboyant businessperson cum-musician and an NHDT trustee, Bonface Chikono, are currently standing trial for allegedly embezzling desperate home seekers […]

Canada based musician to release debut album

STAFF REPORTER – Upcoming Canada based Zimbabwean gospel and traditional music singer Inothando Malele (25) is on the verge of a breakthrough into the local market after the release of a single titled: Man In My Life . The single is a foretaste of her debut album she is currently working on and is set […]

Ammara Brown choreographer Philippines bound

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Songbird Ammara Brown’s chief  choreographer John Cole has landed a lucrative deal which will see him travelling to Philippines Friday for a two-week-long mentorship programme. The programme includes cultural exchange, and Cole will also get an opportunity to direct the choreographic acts for top Philippines dance troupe. Speaking with The Zimbabwe Mail […]

Chipara causes stir…

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – It was business unusual in the city centre on Tuesday afternoon as former musician and now New Revelation Apostolic Church leader Prophet Tendai Chipara distributed ‘holy water’ to kombi drivers and conductors. Kombi drivers and hwindis scrambled to access the holy water. This move was a way of minimising accidents this festive […]

Makosi nominated for Zim Youth Council board

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Television talk show host Makosi Musambasi has been listed among the nominees set to be appointed in the Zimbabwe Youth Council board. Makosi is among a list of 50 nominees who include youthful businessperson Chamu Chiwanza and Chicken Slice founder Tawanda Mutyebere. Prominent lawyer Farai Mtamangira  and Miss Zimbabwe Trust chair Marry […]

Ebola vaccine trial ‘promising’

The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus. Twenty volunteers were immunised in the United States. Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) described the results as “promising”. The research is published in the New England […]

Call to involve communities in HIV treatment

ANNASTANCIA MURUBI -  Medical Sons Frontieres (MSF) says the call by UNAids to close the gap on access to HIV services will not be met unless the delivery of antiretroviral treatment is radically reshaped to fully involve communities. Addressing journalists at a press briefing in Harare on Wednesday, MSF head of mission Fasil Tezera said […]

‘Tourists have a right to healthcare’

ANNASTANCIA MURUBI – Tourists who visit the country have a right, like every Zimbabwean, to access quality healthcare in private or public health institutions, an official has said. Addressing journalists at a press briefing on Zimbabwe Afro Medical Expo, former Health advisor in the president’s office, Timothy Stamps, said every citizen, including tourists, must have […]


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Mabaleka tourney beckons

BUKHOSI MANGENA – Bulawayo’s leading under 18 football teams will battle for honours on Saturday in the inaugural Melusi Mabaleka tournament that is scheduled for Hartsfield Stadium. The tournament, which was officially launched on Wednesday night at the ZIFA Southern Region offices, will see four top junior teams, champions Bantu Rovers, Chicken Inn, Highlanders and eMakhandeni Pirates competing for […]

Pasuwa wary of Bosso

DON MAKANYANNGA – Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa is wary of the threat posed by arch rivals Highlanders who they face in a Gushungo Victory Cup match on Sunday. Dynamos have dominated the Bulawayo giants since Pasuwa took over the reins at the Harare giants midway through the 2011 season and this year alone, the sides […]

All set for Gushungo Victory Cup

DON MAKANYANGA – All is set for the inaugural Gushungo Victory Cup which pits Zimbabwe football giants Dynamos and Highlanders at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday. The two sides will be battling it out for the $45 000 winners’ prize in the competition that is meant to celebrate last year’s election victory. […]

Tamim fined, reprimand for Masakadza

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been fined 15% of his match fee for a Level 1 breach of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, while Hamilton Masakadza has received an official reprimand following an incident involving the two players during the third One Day International in Mirpur. The incident occurred in the fifth over of […]

Bangladesh humiliate Zim

Important runs and early wickets were the reason for Bangladesh’s 124-run win over Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Mirpur, which also gave them the series with two matches in hand. The visitors sunk to a new low, recording their biggest loss to Bangladesh in an ODI on the back of a whitewash in the […]

Trio expected to boost Zim batting in 3rd ODI

GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Zimbabwe national cricket team coach Stephen Mangongo is hoping the change of venue from Chittagong to Dhaka and the introduction of the young trio of Timycen Maruma, Neville Madziva and Peter Joseph Moor in today’s third One Day International match against Bangladesh will result in a change of fortunes. In a telephone […]

Impressive Gondo seizes control at Harare Open

SPORTS REPORTER – Local professional golfer Brian Gondo carded an impressive 4-under 68 in the second round on Friday to take a one-shot lead in the Harare Open at Chapman Golf Club. Gondo, who began yesterday’s second round in 17th place after a first round 73, took advantage of overnight leader Robson Saurombe’s struggles to […]

Saurombe takes Harare Open lead

SPORTS REPORTER – Robson Saurombe shot a 6-under 66 at Chapman Golf Club in the capital yesterday to take a five-shot lead following the first round of the $20 000 Harare Open. Saurombe struck five birdies and an eagle on his way to the impressive first round score that gave him a substantial advantage going […]

Harare Open tees off

SPORTS REPORTER – The Harare Open tournament tees off at Chapman Golf Club in Harare today with 56 professional golfers competing for the top prize in the three-day competition. The tournament, which is one of the biggest on the Zambezi Tour calendar and is sponsored by Golden Pilsener who have put in $20 000 towards […]


PIC OF THE DAY
Close shave: A big tree that missed a car by a few metres along Parklane in Harare at the Queen Elizabeth High School main gate following heavy rains on Sunday afternoon. Pic: Watson Ofumeli
Close shave: A big tree that missed a car by a few metres along Parklane in Harare at the Queen Elizabeth High School main gate following heavy rains on Sunday afternoon. Pic: Watson Ofumeli
Daily Inspiration with Tinashe Marara

Ignore your past, and make history Greatness is independent from your history. Our background speaks of things that were done, but our future speaks of things that we can do. No matter where you were born, you have an equal opportunity for greatness just as anyone else. There is need for a decision to move […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Do not quit We are nearing year end; this should not mark the end of your dreams. It should mark a moment of reflection into your goals and your achievements in the year. I want to challenge you this week to commit to finishing what you start regardless of how difficult it might be. Anyone […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

The Discipline to finish The difference between winners and losers is that winners finish what they start while losers don’t. This year started with many of us setting out some amazing goals, but some months into the year some of us no longer remember where we even wrote the goals. Some people actually do not […]

Nothing wrong with amending party constitution

It is disheartening and disturbing to note that some sections of the media were recently awash with different articles claiming that President Robert Mugabe has changed the Zanu PF constitution so as to meet his needs of remaining in power. It is of paramount importance to note that the constitution is not a static document […]

EU should engage government for sustainable relationship

The European Union has come in handy to Zimbabwe with a $300 000 package starting 2015, a move that serves to confirm mending of relations and lifting of sanctions imposed on the same by the bloc. It is a plausible gesture and would be more effective if punctuated by the involvement of the sitting government. […]

Why should MSU students pay $20 to view their results?

The Midlands State University (MSU) recently released a statement announcing that students have to pay $20 to view their results even if they would have paid their tuition fees in full. This action has raised concern among students and the public alike and we, therefore, ask whether this is rational or not? In addition to […]