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Six perish in car crash

REX MPHISA – Six people died, four of them on the spot, while another six were seriously injured after a haulage truck and a commuter omnibus collided in Chipinge along the Ngundu-Tanganda Highway on Thursday evening. The other two people died from injuries they sustained on admission at a nearby hospital after the two vehicles […]

Police cells inhuman, degrading – Chidyausiku

STAFF  REPORTER – Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has told police and government to improve the conditions of police holding cells which he said in some cases were inhuman and unfit to be used by people. Officiating at a pass-out parade of 554 police recruits at Morris Depot in Harare on Thursday, Chidyausiku said the judicial […]

Solar project set for Umguza

DUMISANI SIBANDA –    Plans are afoot to establish a solar plant in Umguza that will produce 100 Mega Watts of electricity expected to contribute to efforts to reduce the country’s power deficit. During peak periods, the country has a demand of 2 200 Megawatts daily but its generation capacity is 1 400 MW, translating […]

Mujuru faces waterloo …it’s now or never for Zanu PF number two

RICHARD CHIDZA – President Robert Mugabe will today chair his party’s penultimate politburo meeting that could make-or-break the political career of his second in command, Vice-President Joice Mujuru. Mujuru, pushed into a corner ahead of Zanu PF’s watershed elective congress set for December amid sensational allegation that she is at the centre of an elaborate […]

3 Zanu PF bigwigs denounced

DUMISANI SIBANDA – Scores of Zanu PF supporters on Friday staged a demonstration at Davies Hall, the party’s provincial headquarters in Bulawayo, denouncing three party bigwigs, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu , Angeline Masuku and Retired Colonel Tshinga  Dube for allegedly being part of an agenda to oust President Robert Mugabe. The supporters from all the party’s districts […]

11 perish at Magaya crusade

PROBLEM MASAU – At least 11 people were confirmed dead on Friday while scores were reportedly injured following a stampede at Prophet Walter Magaya’s crusade at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe . Midlands Police Commander, Shadreck Mubaiwa, confirmed the deaths but declined to take the blame amid reports that the uniformed forces had fired teargas to […]

WHO confirms DRC Ebola-free status

Geneva – The World Health Organisation confirmed on Friday that the Democratic Republic of Congo was Ebola-free, as 42 days had passed since the last case in an outbreak that killed at least 49 people. The DRC outbreak, which began in August, involved a different strain of Ebola from the one that has claimed more […]

Bikes for Ebola

Geneva – Germany has sent 400 motorbikes to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus. The specially adapted fleet of bikes will be able to rush test samples to laboratories from remote areas, where patients can often wait nine days or more for results. […]

Shabaab militants hijack bus, kill non-Muslims

Nairobi – Police officials say al-Shabaab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. The two police officers said on Saturday that the bus travelling to the capital Nairobi was hijacked 50km from Mandera town. The officers say the gunmen singled out non-Muslims and shot them dead. […]

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs”

Tony Gaskin

Chikura appointed IADI treasurer

BUSINESS REPORTER -  Deposit Protection Corporation (DPC) chief executive officer John Chikura has been elected as the new treasurer of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI). Chikura was elected to the post at the 13th  annual conference and general meeting of IADI that was held on October 23 2014. “By virtue of the appointment, […]

Telecel announces post-paid data roaming service

BUSINESS REPORTER – Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network, Telecel, has announced the launch of a post-paid data roaming service for its post-paid contract customers. The data roaming service would allow travelling post-paid customers to use their Telecel network to access data services from their mobile phones while using their local network mobile number. “This latest service […]

SinoZim should pay: Scottco

BUSINESS REPORTER – Lint producer, Scottco, in liquidation is pursuing Sino Zim Cotton to pay for $142 587 in arrears that accrued after the latter failed to collect the auctioned machinery. Sino Zim, which bought the bulk of machinery from the former spinning and weaving firm, failed to collect the goods from the Hammer & […]

Indigenisation Act’s ambiguities repelling investors – EU Block

BUSINESS REPORTER – European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe Phillipe Van Damme says ambiguities of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act was stifling investment in to the country. Van Damme, a development economist, told participants attending the Southern African Political Economy Series (SAPES) policy dialogue forum titled ‘The Future of EU – Zimbabwe Relations’ on Thursday […]

Second chance for Harare Produce Sales

BUSINESS REPORTER – Creditors of fruits and vegetables wholesaler, Harare Produce Sales (HPS) under judiciary management have opted for the resuscitation of the company instead of going under liquidation. This follows revelations by the judicial manager Shepherd Chimutanda of SC International that should the firm liquidate, creditors would get $0, 17 per every dollar. “It […]

‘Politics: business’s arch enemy’

TATENDA MACHEKA – Zimbabwe’s political landscape is the biggest risk affecting the performance of business, the first Deloitte chief financial officer (CFO) Survey for Zimbabwe has revealed. The 2014 report says the political landscape was named by the majority of Zimbabwe CFOs as the biggest risk to business performance, with 62% of the executives saying […]

Agric sector still top employer

TATENDA MACHEKA – The Agriculture sector is still the country’s biggest employer despite a decline in productivity over the years. An occasional research paper by Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit Agriculture, released on Wednesday, says the agriculture sector is still the main employing sector though its share of total formal sector employment has […]

Blanket Mine in profit despite poor output

STAFF WRITER  - Poor prices, taxes and lower grades all conspired to drag Gwanda gold producer Blanket Mine to reduced earnings and lower than planned production in the quarter to September. During the quarter, the mine produced 9,890 tonnes of gold compared to 12,042 tonnes produced in a similar period last year. In 2013, the […]

Zim knocks on LBMA’s door

TATENDA MACHEKA – Zimbabwe has amassed 11,100 tonnes of gold, enough to meet the required London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) threshold of 10 000 tonnes. Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa told journalists on Friday that his ministry had put in measures to increase production. “We are price takers our cost of production should […]

Cold war in Zim Hip Hop

NIGEL PFUNDE – Tension is mounting within the Zim Hip Hop fraternity ahead of the Hip Hop Awards set to be held in Harare next month. There has been a lot of mudslinging as two camps have emerged, with one led by prolific producer Alexander ‘Xnder’ Mutumha and the other by Tehn Diamond. A barrage […]

Bodyslam Studios shuts down

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Veteran Zim dancehall  promoter and  Bodyslam  Records founder Simba  ‘DJ Trouble’ Chakare has part ways with his chief producer PTK forcing him to shut down the Highfield-based studio. The studio has been operational for seven months and has produced several hits. DJ Trouble blasted local dancehall producers and artistes for lacking foresight, […]

Abra Records strike gold

THEOPHILUS  MAKOMBE – Internationally acclaimed recording stable Abra Records has synergised with an international touring DJ Major Lazers, in a move which will see the release of more international projects from the stable. The move between Abra Records and Major Lazers is anticipated to escalate the recording stable’s fame and to increase the flow of […]

Oliver Mtukudzi partners Coke

PROBLEM  MASAU – Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi has become the first musician to partner Coca Cola on its Share A Coke campaign. As part of the initiative, Coca Cola senior brand manager Takunda Jinda handed over to Mtukudzi Cokes branded with his name. Mtukudzi said he was humbled by the honour bestowed on him by one […]

Dudu Manhenga escapes prison

REGIS CHINGAWO – The High Court Tuesday repealed the magistrate court’s 18 months jail sentence passed on popular Afro-jazz musician, Dudu Manhenga. Justices Francis Bere and Charles Hungwe set aside the culpable homicide caused by the singer’s negligence  and ordered her to pay $1000 or face three months in jail. The whole 18 months sentence […]

Prophet Mutumwa mentors ‘Miracle Boy’

PROBLEM MASAWU – Prophet Abel Mutumwa of the New Revelation Apostolic Church is mentoring former sungura musician Tendai Chipara, famously known as Dotcom, to take the reins of his Zimbabwean branch of the church. The prophet, who calls Chipara his ‘Miracle Boy’, said he had a vision of the former musician and would like to […]

Nac intensifies HIV interventions

MARY TARUVINGA – National Aids Council (Nac) has set up various HIV intervention programmes to build up on the imminent Continental World Aids Day commemorations to be held in Victoria Falls on December 1. Nac communications officer Tadiwa Pfupa said it was essential for everyone to step up the pace in efforts to eradicate HIV […]

‘Ekusileni Hospital closure worrisome’

REX MPHISA – The government is concerned by failure to open Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo, years after it was built and even went on to be renovated after attending to a handful of patients before being shut down due to an ownership wrangle, a  junior minister said yesterday. Responding to questions from people attending […]

Water, sanitation provision vital: minister

STAFF  REPORTER – Minister of Health and Child Welfare David Parirenyatwa (pictued) has called for ‘community-driven initiatives’ to ensure water and sanitation for all as provision of these services to Zimbabwe’s rural community still remains at critical levels. In a telephone interview from Rome, Parirenyatwa told The Zimbabwe Mail that as the country celebrates World […]


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Dauda rallies ZPC

DON MAKANYANGA – Rock-solid ZPC Kariba defender Denis Dauda has rallied his teammates to step up to the challenge when they take on Caps United on Sunday and deliver a victory that would seal a historic premiership title for the side. The match is scheduled for Gwanzura Stadium in Harare and will be televised on […]

Mhari – the cornerstone of FC Platinum’s renaissance

REGIS MUNYORO – Norman Mapeza has been credited with FC Platinum’s revival in the second half of the season, but there is a boulder that he has built his team upon, goalkeeper Petros Mhari. The goalkeeper has been in inspirational form in recent months as FC Platinum soared from mid-table mediocrity to a top-four side. […]

Magorimbo not giving up on PSL title 

SPORTS REPORTER – Dynamos utility player Thomas Magorimbo still believes that the Glamour Boys can retain their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title and is keeping his fingers crossed in the hope that frontrunners ZPC Kariba slip up on the final day of league action tomorrow. Dynamos host How Mine at the National Sports Stadium, […]

Zim fall to 87-run defeat in Bangladesh

New ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza smartly taking charge, Shakib Al Hasan hitting his first ODI century in four years and picking up four wickets, former ODI captain Mushfiqur Rahim contributing a fifty and a spectacular catch behind the stumps. Bangladesh needed this blend to win an ODI after 383 days and break their 13-game hoodoo. They defended 281 on […]

Fresh squad gives Chigumbura hope

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura insists that his team is in good spirits despite the 3-0 loss to Bangladesh in the Test series and a resounding defeat in their lone practice match ahead of the five-ODI series. The addition of four new players, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Neville Madziva and Timycen Maruma, has given the squad […]

Zim fall to 88-run defeat in Chittagong

SPORTS REPORTER – Zimbabwe on Wednesday crumbled to an 88-run defeat at the hands of the BCB XI in Chittagong ahead of their five-match ODI series against Bangladesh which begins tomorrow. Zimbabwe, who are still smarting from a 3-0 Test series whitewash by their south Asian hosts, won the toss in yesterday’s 50-over match and […]

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
On the pedal:Let Jacarandas bloom elsewhere, not your vehicle

Harare’s Jacarandas can be traced from just six seedlings bought from Durban in the 1890’s. The seedlings were planted in the early 1900’s, by the 1930’s, the first branches started to meet across the streets creating stunning green tunnels, the trees have seen a life-span of 30 to 40 years. Having gone to a mission […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

The Discipline to finish The difference between winners and losers is that winners finish what they start whilst 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 have actually do […]

Faith Matters:Honouring your mother

THE PREACHER – Prophet Makandiwa, in one of his touching sermons, taught about honouring our mothers. A good number of people miss their blessings because of failing to appreciate their parents. Most of the forces that are fighting even the people of God are not demons, but it is because of failing to honour one’s […]

Prices of consumer goods are indeed high

The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) recently revealed that prices of most consumer goods remained high during the first 10 months of this year. It is a worrisome revelation that the basket for a family of six is now between $550-$590 per month. While several factors can cause high prices of consumer goods, some businesspeople […]

Zinwa, HCC need to take us seriously

It is so sad that we remain faced by extremely unrepented authorities who should be providing us with water but find their personal egos more important than the sufferings of our people. In a bid to try and stop the rather ridiculous  pillar to post postings we have been exposed to by both Zinwa and […]

Where are the shuttle buses?

Since the Harare City Council introduced the shuttle busses a few weeks back, we have not yet seen any change in the city. According to the city council, the shuttle buses were supposed to bring to an end small vehicles illegally operating within the CBD (Central Business District) but sadly they are still there causing […]