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Regional foreign ministers meet over Lesotho

Foreign ministers from the regional Southern African Development Community (Sadc) were meeting last night to discuss unrest in Lesotho, the South African government said. “This is a meeting called by South Africa in its capacity as chair (of the Sadc troika on politics, defence and security) to discuss the latest developments in Lesotho,” Foreign Affairs  […]

Four perish in accident

REX MPHISA – Four people, three graduate drivers and their instructor, died on Sunday afternoon in Bulawayo after they were involved in a head on collision with another car travelling in the opposite direction in what eyewitnesses said was human error. Anesu Kambanje, the owner of Anesu Driving School in the city, and two of […]

Millers to down tools

STAFF REPORTER – Workers in the milling industry, represented by the United Food and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe (Ufawuz), will on Wednesday go on strike to press for a 5% salary increment. On Friday, Ufawuz gave the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (Gmaz) a notice to resort to collective industrial action citing the collapse […]

Mugabe breathes fire over Grace

XOLISANI NCUBE – President Robert Mugabe has lashed out at Harare’s Zanu PF provincial leadership for attempting to block his wife, Grace, from entering into mainstream party politics by claiming that she does not hail from the province. Addressing scores of Zanu PF supporters who had gone to Harare International Airport to welcome him from […]

Zanu PF youths defy bigwigs

XOLISANI NCUBE – Zanu PF youths on Friday claimed there is a plot to block them from meeting President Robert Mugabe when he arrives back home from China to update him on the state of the party, amid worsening reports of factionalism ahead of the December elective congress. The youth league, led by Harare Province, […]

‘Mugabe will never be grilled in parly’

XOLISANI NCUBE – President Robert Mugabe is not obliged to appear before parliament and respond to questions from lawmakers, leader of government business in parliament, Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. Responding to a question from MDC-T senator for Bulawayo, Agnes Sibanda, who had asked if it was possible for Mugabe to appear before parly and respond […]

Britain may bar Islamist fighters from returning

London – Britain could temporarily ban British Islamists who go to fight for militants in Iraq and Syria from returning home, the BBC reported, citing a government source. British nationals suspected of being involved in terrorism would be allowed to keep their citizenship but would be prevented from re-entering the country for a period of […]

Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

Maseru – A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting. Maseru district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo told AFP a mass rally planned by forces opposing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane had been scrapped. “We received official […]

Health workers death toll mounts as Ebola spreads

Lagos – Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers. Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to […]

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Agribank halves loss

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – State run Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) more than halved its loss in the six months to June to $1,12 million compared to the $3,7m loss, the bank incurred in the same period last year. Chairman Sij Biyam said the hugely reduced after tax loss was achieved on the back of […]

Schweppes, workers fight over share ownership

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – The Aerated Water and Soft Drinks Workers Union (AWSDW) and beverage maker Schweppes have crossed swords over the company’s Employee Share Trust. In a strong worded letter to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour seen by The Zimbabwe Mail on Thursday last week, AWSDW came out guns blazing against ‘misrepresentation’ of Schweppes […]

Top Ghanaian businesswoman to grace Weca

BUSINESS REPORTER – Ghana’s leading businesswoman and cosmetic industry guru, Grace Amey-Obeng, is set to grace this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Women in Enterprise Conference and Awards (Weca) slated for September 1, in Harare. Obeng, who is internationally recognised for her pioneering role in Ghana’s beauty industry where in […]

‘$1,9b guaranteed from Chinese market by 2020’

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi says the newly signed tourism memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Zimbabwe and China will guarantee the local tourism sector about $1,3 billion in revenue from the Chinese market each year starting in 2020. Mzembi, who spoke to The Zimbabwe Mail from Beijing, China at the conclusion […]

Govt restructures indeginisation equity model

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI -  Government has restructured the 51% equity share structure provided by the Indigenisation Act to benefit communities and workers as opposed to benefiting one indigenous person through partnership. This comes in the wake of surging cases of abuse of the Act’s partnership model by indigenous blacks who are alleged to have pocketed once off […]

Indigenisation Act is perfect: Nhema

 EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – There is no need to review the ‘perfect’ Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (IEE) Act, Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Francis Nhema told parliament on Wednesday. Nhema, who was providing oral evidence to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs in Harare, categorically denied that IEE Act was responsible for preventing foreign […]

Chinese market to drive cotton revenue

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – Local cotton revenue is expected to increase by 5% on the back of the Chinese market, the Cotton Holdings has said. The company which is expecting to recover $7,2 million in input costs from farmers says that the national cotton output will be in line with last year’s at 145 000 tonnes and […]

Banks lend a measly $600m to agric

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – The agriculture sector, dubbed the mainstay of the economy, only received 15,68% of total loans and advances from the banking sector, which translates to an estimated $600 million as at the end of June 2014, a senior banker said. Agribank chief executive Sam Malaba said the challenge of limited agricultural financing  must be […]

Govt compensates white farmers

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – Government has paid at least $5 million in compensation to former white farmers since 2011 for improvements on farms acquired under the land reform programme, central bank governor, John Mangudya has said. In his maiden Monetary Policy Statement on Monday, Mangudya advised government to come up with a validated quantum for compensation of […]

Jeys Marabini set for Intwasa 2014

CRISTABEL KAONZA – Jeys Marabini is arguably one of the celebrated artistes to emerge from Bulawayo. He comes back to Intwasa 2014 after mesmerising music fans at last year’s edition. Fresh from a European tour, which took him around four Schengen countries, adding to his world tours that has seen him entertain and workshop fans […]

The return of King Pharaoh

NOBERT MABIKA – Sungura fans are in for a treat as one of the celebrated musicians in the genre, Pharaoh Kanjandewo or simply King Pharaoh is set to release another album after years in the ‘wilderness.” King Pharaoh is releasing the album, Double Impact Remote this month. The album which takes a dig on witchcraft […]

Stunner, Maskiri bury hatchet @ Sphinx launch

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – The newly opened upmarket club – The Sphinx – served as the panacea to the long standing bitter rivalry between rappers Maskiri and Stunner. This follows a rare incident on Thursday night where the club’s management persuaded the two to share the stage during the official opening of the club which is […]

Muvhango cast member grace Family Voices album launch

NKOSANA SIBANDA – The Family Voices octet on Saturday evening successfully launched their debut 14-track gospel accapella album Time for Breaking Through at the Family of God church in Bulawayo at a celebrity-packed red carpet event also attended by South African soapie Muvhango actors. A fully-packed auditorium was treated to refined melodious voices complimented by […]

Prophet Passion to host Noel Jones

NIGEL PFUNDE – In line with promoting religious tourism, Prophet Passion Java of Passion Java Ministries will host internationally acclaimed American televangelist, Bishop Noel Jones, at the City Sports Centre on October 23 through to October 25. Jones will be the main act at the annual Manna Feast to be staged by the ministry. Passion […]

Diamond Studios boss loses property at album launch

NIGEL PFUNDE – The near flawless album launch of Charles and Olivia Charamba was marred by an incident in which the album’s official distributor, Diamond Studios’ marketing manager, John Muroyi, lost property in a suspected theft from his vehicle. Muroyi lost his laptop and an undisclosed number of copies of the Chrambas’ latest CD, WeNazareta. […]

‘Half a glass’ rule may curb overdrinking

Pouring half a glass of wine at a time may keep you from drinking too much, according to a new study. Researchers asked 74 college students and staff to pour red and white wines in different settings and from bottles that had varying amounts of wine in them. The participants were told to pour an […]

DNA lab to transform health care delivery

MARY TARUVINGA – Health care delivery is set for transformation following the opening of the country’s first deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) laboratory, Health and child Care minister David Parirenyatwa has said. The laboratory, African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST) is a brainchild of a local scientist, Collin Masimirembwa, and started operating in 2002, carrying […]

Chitungwiza partners with a NGO to build cancer centre

MARY TARUVINGA – Chitungwiza Central Hospital (CCH) has ventured into a partnership with a local non-governmental organisation in a bid to set up a world class cancer centre for Chitungwiza residents and its ever growing catchment area. The NGO, Kupakuwana Foundation, is a brainchild of Chitungwiza business women who came together to fight cancer and […]


AUDIO PODCASTS
DeMbare spoil Masomere’s debut

  DON MAKANYANGA in Zvishavane – DYNAMOS……….(1)2 HOW MINE……….(0)0 Dynamos on Sunday booked a place in the One Wallet Cup final with a 2-0 win over How Mine at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane. DeMbare got their goals through fullback Blessing Moyo’s spectacular long range strike in the 17th minute and striker Washington Pakamisa in the […]

Chiefs not giving up on Musona

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has hinted that the club may try again to sign Knowledge Musona in the January transfer window. According to Musona’s representatives ProSport International, “the player was not prepared to sign an agreement for longer than the current season (one-year loan agreement)” and Motaung says that’s exactly the reason the […]

Stern test for Masomere

DON MAKANYANGA/ BUKHOSI MANGENA – Veteran coach Luke ‘Vahombe’ Masomere is set for a stern test when he presides over his first match in charge of How Mine in tomorrow’s highly anticipated One Wallet Cup semi-final clash with Harare giants Dynamos. The match will be staged at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane. Masomere will be up […]

Sensational Zim

…Chigumbura shines as Zim end 31-year wait for win over Aussies GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Spin bowler Prosper Utseya and captain Elton Chigumbura Sunday put up a brave performance to steer Zimbabwe to a historic three wicket victory against Australia, a first over the men from down under in One Day International cricket since 1983. The […]

Utseya shines as Zim lose again

GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Spinner Prosper Utseya became the second Zimbabwean bowler to claim a One Day International hat-trick as his side crashed to a 61-run defeat at the hands of South Africa at Harare Sports Club on Friday. Man-of-the-match Utseya’s career best of 5/36, combined with bowling partners Tendai Chatara and John Nyumbu’s efforts helped […]

‘This is not Christmas’

GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Zimbabwe face in-form South Africa in the third One Day International match of the ongoing triangular series at Harare Sports Club today (Friday) with the senior players under intense scrutiny from head coach Steven Mangongo, who has declared he will not go back on his call on them to either perform or […]

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
A sandstone formation on the cliffs of Kariotahi beach in Auckland New Zealand. Picture by New Zealand based Zimbabwean photographer Nathan Kavumbura
A sandstone formation on the cliffs of Kariotahi beach in Auckland New Zealand. Picture by New Zealand based Zimbabwean photographer Nathan Kavumbura
Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Build the community for and with the people “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world” ~ Anne Frank Inspire people to be community builders. Great leaders are great influencers. Influence people in the direction of building than destruction. Look for opportunities in the community where you can […]

The Extra Mile: Alifandika’s split loyalties

CAPS United attacker, 24-year-old Nicholas Alifandika, revealed to The Zimbabwe Mail’s Grace Chirumanzu this week that he is a fan of his employers’ arch rivals Dynamos. He joined Makepekepe last month and is dreaming of winning the league championship with them. Below are the excerpts from the interview: GC: Which team in the Castle Lager […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

  Develop respect for yourself and others “Respect a man, and he will do all the more.” ~ John R. Wooden, Basketball Coach, Author. A lot of people want to be respected, but the easiest way to earn respect is by respecting yourself and respecting other people. Ethical leaders recognise the fact that people are created […]

Let’s resolve medical aid societies, health service providers impasse now

The stalemate between medical aid societies and health service providers should be resolved expeditiously and amicably. The nation cannot afford the luxury of putting human lives at risk like that. As I see it, the hiking of consultation fees from $20 to $35 was not just, and needs review in order to keep the societies […]

Let’s revisit death penalty

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s declaration that he will never sign death warrants for 97 murder convicts on death row stirred controversy and mixed feelings among Zimbabweans. The new national Constitution upholds that men, excluding women, can be subjected to the hangman’s noose when found guilty of committing murder. Mnangagwa argues it […]

God can heal any disease

This is my humble response to the sentiments and advice of one of our respected members of the society, who, according to his demonstrated little or no faith at all, wants servants of God to be arrested for healing HIV. First, it was his advise that condoms be put in bibles, of all places found […]