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Dokora blasted in Parly

XOLISANI NCUBE – MPs on Tuesday lambasted Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora for stopping payments of incentives to teachers and for his banning extra lessons in government schools. Debating a motion introduced in the National Assembly by Mbizo lawmaker, Settlement Chikwinya, legislators across the political divide said the minister should lift his ban […]

Laws on cards to curb cyber crime

XOLISANI NCUBE -  Government is crafting cyber laws to regulate activities on social media in order to protect its citizens and the state from cyber crimes, a top government official said in parliament on Tuesday. Cecilia Nyamutswa, Postal and Telecommunication Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) director for legal services, told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Information […]

RBZ imports coins to ease change shortages

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says it will import special coins with similar value to those currently circulating in the economy to ease a shortage of change in the economy. Zimbabwe has been using multiple currencies since 2009 following the demise of its currency due to hyperinflation. Ditching the local dollar ended hyperinflation and […]

Khupe’s VP post under siege

NKOSANA SIBANDA – Thokozani Khupe’s position as MDC-T’s vice president is under siege following latest manoeuvres by party president Morgan Tsvangirai to consolidate his grip on the topmost position in the opposition through ‘constitutional changes’. A constitutional committee led by party deputy national chairperson, Morgen Komichi, is currently involved in intra-party consultations, seeking contributions for […]

One giant leap for Grace Mugabe

JAIROS SAUNYAMA – First Lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday took a giant leap forward to taking over the reins as Zanu PF’s Women’s League boss after the Harare Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) nominated her as a central committee member. Underfire Harare provincial chairperson  Amos Midzi  said his executive was going to “keep a position” for […]

Biti spurns offer

RICHARD CHIDZA – Ex-Finance minister and leader of a break-away faction of the opposition MDC-T, Tendai Biti, has scoffed at calls by his erstwhile boss and former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, to return to the party. Biti is now part of the leadership of a pack of hawks calling for regime change within the MDC-T […]

‘Zuma must go’ calls

The Institute for Accountability in SA has urged the ANC to consider “recalling” President Jacob Zuma, saying his credibility is so tainted that allowing him to continue in office would be “unpatriotic”. Paul Hoffman, director of the institute, cited the corruption charges against Zuma that were dropped in dubious circumstances in 2009, the spy tapes […]

Troubled Libya faces duelling governments

Cairo – Libya’s past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened on Monday and voted to disband the country’s current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival militias. The power grab highlights the lawlessness that has swept Libya since rebels overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and later formed powerful […]

‘War’ on Ebola could take 6 more months – UN

Freetown – The UN’s Ebola envoy said on Monday the fight against the epidemic was a “war” which could take six more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an “unprecedented” number of medical staff. David Nabarro, a British physician the United Nations appointed to co-ordinate the global response to the […]

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

Jim Rohn

Zesa’s bid to increase tariffs turned down

TATENDA MACHEKA – The national energy regulator, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), has shot down proposals for a 5% electricity tariff increase by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). The decision, which effectively means there would be no tariff increase for this year, should bring relief to both industrial and domestic consumers. […]

11 banks distressed: DPC

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – The Depositors Protection Corporation (DPC) says it is closely watching 11 banks exhibiting signs of financial distress under the Capital, Assets, Management, Earnings, Liquidity and Sensitivity to risk (Camels) rating system. The banks have a composite deposit ratio of $1,2 billion. Zimbabwe currently has 19 operating banking institutions, comprising 15 commercial banks, one […]

ART gets nod to recapitalise

TATENDA MACHEKA – Shareholders of manufacturing conglomerate, Amalgamated Regional Trading (ART), met in Harare on Tuesday and unanimously voted to allow the company to borrow beyond its $5 million equity cover for a period of five years. ART chief executive officer Richard Zirobwa said at the company’s extraordinary meeting (EGM) the green light to borrow […]

Private sector urged to market tourism

REX MPHISA – A leading hotelier says the damage on Zimbabwe’s international image is greater than imagined and called on the private sector to partner government in marketing the country’s tourism potential, if it is to be fully exploited. “So much has been said in the negative about this country and it will take a lot […]

2015 national budget seen at $4bn

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – The country’s budget purse for 2015 is expected to remain static around the 2014 figure of $4 billion owing to inhibiting economic fundamentals. The budget cap for 2014 was at $4,1bn with treasury aiming to grow the figure to at least $10bn economy by 2018. Recurrent expenditure, especially the government wage bill continues […]

‘Govt misused funds’

NKOSANA SIBANDA – Government may have misused over $ 2 million in a road tender deal when it purchased “expensive” road graders last year, parliament heard on Monday. The Zimbabwe National Road Administrator (Zinara) came under fire from the parliamentary portfolio committee on public accounts after they bought 80 earth moving equipment from an expensive […]

Low output, poor price drag RioZim to loss

 TATENDA MACHEKA -  Lower gold prices and lower production at Empress Nickel Refinery (ENR) and Renco Mines conspired to drag RioZim Ltd to its first operating loss of $4,6 million since the mining group’s turnaround in 2012. In 2013, the Rio Zimbabwe had an operating profit of $2,2 million. In notes accompanying the mining group’s […]

HAS records 300 livestock entries

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – At least 300 livestock entries have been recorded from 30 exhibitors at this year’s Harare Agriculture Show (HAS), which is a marked improvement from the past entries of less than 200, a HAS executive has said. HAS head of livestock section Allister Banks told The Zimbabwe Mail at the weekend, that organisers are […]

Shot in the arm for small-scale miners

DOSMAN MANGISI  - The European Union (EU) has offered $1 million to train small-scale miners harmonise their operations. This was revealed by the deputy minister of Mines and Mining Development Fred Moyo on Friday during a tour of the first gold service centre in Zhombe, Kwekwe. Moyo stated that as part of government’s efforts to […]

Harare Show shutdown beckons

NIGEL PFUNDE – The annual Harare Agricultural Show (Has) clash will this Saturday be a notch up with at least 20 artistes expected to take part in what has been dubbed ‘Tune  Fie Tune Contest’. This means that artistes will literally clash on the same ‘riddim’ and the crowd’s response would be used as judgement. […]

Mathias Mhere to headline Open Heavens Gospel show

NIGEL PFUNDE – National Arts and Merit Awards nominee Mathias Mhere will be part of the star-studded line-up to perform at the third edition  of the Opens Heavens Gospel show to be held on September 6 at the Harare International Conference Centre on September 6. The show will also feature top South African gospel outfit […]

Blessing Chimanga to attend OneBeat music exchange

PROBLEM MASAU – Rising drummer, Blessing Chimanga has been selected to represent Zimbabwe at OneBeat music exchange in United States. The maverick drummer announced the development on the social media. “I’m overwhelmed to announce that I have been selected among 1 500 applications across the world to represent Zimbabwe at this music exchange programme in […]

Mariah ‘heartbroken’ over separation

Mariah Carey is reportedly “heartbroken’’ over her separation from Nick Cannon but blames his insistence on working so hard for their problems. The America’s Got Talent  host has confirmed he and the Hero singer – who have four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe together – have been living apart “for a few months’’ and friends blame […]

Jackie Chan ashamed of son’s arrest

Jackie Chan was “heartbroken’’ when his son Jaycee Chan was arrested in a drugs raid and says he is “ashamed’’ of the 32-year-old actor. Jaycee Chan (32) and his actor friend Kai Ko (23) were detained by police last week after more than 3,5oz of marijuana was discovered at Jaycee’s home, and the Rush Hour […]

Star FM boss on forced leave

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Star FM boss Admire Taderera has been sent on forced leave amid reports that he is running down the radio station turning it into a loss making entity, The Zimbabwe Mail has learnt. According to sources, Taderera was served with the notice of leave last week and on Saturday he missed his […]

STIs increase by 19%

MARY TARUVINGA – The National Aids Council (Nac) second quarter report has recorded a 19% increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)s from 42 405 recorded in first quarters to 50 524, Nac operations director Raymond Yekeye said. At least 16% of STI clients who were tested for HIV were positive while 21% of the contacts were […]

Global HIV research conference on cards

HEALTH REPORTER – HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) will in October this year hold the first global conference, which has been named the HIV R4P conference, to feature the latest research on all forms of bio-medical HIV prevention. HIVR4P is the world’s first and only scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to bio-medical HIV prevention research. […]

Donor withdrawal affects displaced PLHIV

MARY TARUVINGA – The internally displaced people living with HIV and Aids are facing challenges in getting monthly supplies of anti-retroviral drugs as contracts with supporting partners have lapsed, a civic organisation has revealed. The Aids and Art Foundation in Zimbabwe director, Emmanuel Gasa, told The Zimbabwe Mail, that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which was […]


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Dynamos’ stadium u-turn

DON MAKANYANGA – Harare giants Dynamos have decided to play their remaining home games at Rufaro Stadium in the capital in a sudden reversal of a resolution they made at the beginning of the year. Prior to the start of the ongoing Castle Lager Premier Soccer League campaign, DeMbare resolved to abandon their traditional home […]

Uphill task for basement club Chiredzi FC

LOWVELD CORRESPONDENT Struggling Lowveld outfit Chiredzi FC will not give up the fight to avoid relegation despite occupying last place on the 16-team log table with just nine matches to go before the season ends, the club’s head coach Gishon Ntini has said. Last Sunday Chiredzi FC lost 0-2 to Hwange at the Colliery Stadium, […]

Chunga takes over at Buffaloes

MANICALAND  CORRESPONDENT – Premiership side Buffaloes have engaged nomadic gaffer Moses ‘Bambo’ Chunga as their head coach, replacing Luke ‘Vahombe’ Masomere, who quit the club earlier this week to take up a similar role at Bulawayo outfit How Mine. Although officials at the army side refused to shed light on the development, highly placed sources […]

Aussies crush Zimbabwe

GRACE CHIRUMANZU  Zimbabwe on Monday, crumbled to a morale-sapping 198-run defeat by the visiting Australian side in the opening match of the Triangular Series at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe won the toss – the only thing they have won this month – and elected to field. The George Bailey-captained visitors posted a new record for […]

Zim, Aussies ready to rumble

GRACE CHIRUMANZU- The Zimbabwe cricket team today faces Australia in the opening match of the triangular One Day International (ODI) series at Harare Sports Club with coach Stephen Mangongo hoping to turn the recent series whitewash at the hands of the Proteas into a blessing in disguise. “We have to play out of our skins. […]

Utseya reported for suspect action

Zimbabwe’s off-spinner and former captain Prosper Utseya has been reported for a suspect bowling action following the third ODI against South Africa in Bulawayo on Thursday. The match officials’ report, according to an ICC release, “cited concerns regarding Utseya’s arm ball and fast delivery, and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested.” Utseya will […]

Junior golfers win Three Nations Challenge

SPORTS REPORTER – The Zimbabwe junior team successfully defended their Three Nations Junior Golf Challenge Trophy in Namibia, finishing well clear of East Africans Kenya and the hosts. The Zimbabwean team which consisted of Kieren Vincent, Mbongeni Maphosa, Jack Allard, Justin Kersten, David Amm and the top ranked junior golfer Stuart Krog, overcame the harsh […]

Follet-Smith is Zim Amateur champion

SPORTS REPORTER – United States-based golfer Benjamin Follet-Smith won the Zimbabwe Amateur Championship at Triangle Country Club over the Heroes and Defence Forces Holiday to all but seal a place in the Zimbabwe team for the World Amateur Team Championship, otherwise known as the Eisenhower Trophy. The young golfer ended the 72-hole event on 13-under […]

Chitengwa sets sights on Sunshine Tour

EMMANUEL MARAMBE – Farayi Chitengwa, who claimed his first title on the Zambezi Tour on Saturday with victory in the $10 000 Open Classic at Chapman Golf Club, has set his sights on more silverware and a shot at the prestigious Sunshine Tour. The slender golfer sank an 18th hole birdie in the final round […]


PIC OF THE DAY
Ageing infrastructure has become an eyesore in major towns and cities of Zimbabwe posing a health hazard to residents. Pictured is flowing effluent along Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue in Bulawayo. A cyclist attempts to navigate through the flowing raw sewage. Pic: Resta Nyamwanza
Ageing infrastructure has become an eyesore in major towns and cities of Zimbabwe posing a health hazard to residents. Pictured is flowing effluent along Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue in Bulawayo. A cyclist attempts to navigate through the flowing raw sewage. Pic: Resta Nyamwanza
Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Do not tempt the devil “The price of greatness is responsibility.”~ Winston Churchill It is quite surprising that some people actually tempt the devil by the way they lead their lives. They associate with the wrong people and at the end of the day they make themselves available and vulnerable to abuse by the devil. […]

Midweek Musings: Match officials should not spoil our ‘perfect moments’

A total of 168 matches have been played so far in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League with 72 remaining before we see who is going to be crowned this year’s champions and which four teams will be relegated to Division One. The league now enters the home stretch with both the title race and the […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Revisit your mental diet  “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” ~ Lou Holt There are certain problems that haunt people because of what they would have allowed themselves to consume. Many teenagers have become fathers and mothers unexpectedly because of the type […]

Mugabe – 2018 prime candidate

As President Robert Mugabe was crowned the new Sadc (Southern African Development Community) chairperson, the women’s league also expressed its confidence in the veteran leader and  nominated him for the 2018 presidential race. While it was not entirely surprising that Mugabe was chosen by Sadc as its chairperson, it was astonishing to notice their confidence […]

Thumbs up for Manyuchi

While most athletes, after making it in their sporting disciplines, play the blaming game so as to avoid helping the upcoming athletes or the needy, Charles Manyuchi has joined the few who look back and give a helping hand to the communities they came from. Manyuchi has launched the Saturday Night Fights boxing extravaganza in […]

Poor sanitation threatens public health

Using proper toilets and washing  hands, preferably with soap,  prevents the transfer of bacteria, viruses and parasites  which otherwise contaminate water resources, soil and food. This contamination is a major cause of diarrhoea, the second biggest killer of children in developing countries, and leads to other major diseases such as cholera and trachoma. Improving access […]