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Audit exposes rot at Chegutu council

Xolisani Ncube – An audit of Chegutu Town Council has unearthed financial rot at the local authority with its books said to be in shambles. An audit report for 2013 conducted by Urban Development Corporation, a government wing tasked to assist local authorities in financial matters, housing and capacity building, revealed massive plunder of council […]

Govt needs to review drivers’ licensing law-Mpofu

Richard Chidza – Government should have a re-look at legal statues regulating the licensing of public drivers including age restrictions, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Obert Mpofu said Wednesday. Mpofu told delegates at a national awareness workshop on problems of stray animals that official statistics show that drivers aged between 24-30 years were responsible for […]

‘Spiked kombi’ owner hauled before the courts

Tendayi Madhomu – The owner of the commuter omnibus carrying 16 passengers who were injured when it overturned as its driver tried to avoid spikes allegedly thrown in front of it by police officers along Khami Road in Bulawayo last month Wednesday appeared in court for employing an illicit driver. Dereck Chidemo (31) of Entumbane […]

We can’t topple Mugabe – MDC-T

Bridgette Bugalo – MDC-T national executive member Samuel Sipepa Nkomo yesterday admitted his party is not capable of dethroning the ruling Zanu -PF and its leader President Robert Mugabe. Speaking during a public meeting organised by the Bulawayo Agenda in conjunction with Sapes Trust   to discuss the topic “Wither Zimbabwe at 34,” Nkomo said […]

MDC-T provincial chair wants Tsvangirai charged

RICHARD CHIDZA Opposition MDC-T Manicaland provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma has questioned the party’s rationale in charging him and not president Morgan Tsvangirai. In a request to party chairperson, Lovemore Moyo, that he said was meant to allow him to prepare his defence, Magarangoma demanded a litany of things, including minutes of meetings that decided on […]

MDC-T plans a joke-Gumbo

STAFF REPORTER Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has described as a joke, plans by the MDC-T to organise countrywide protests against the ruling party and President Robert Mugabe. Addressing party supporters at a rally in Kuwadzana, Harare, on Sunday, MDC- T national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa said the party was planning to roll out national […]

Sing AU anthem, Dlamini-Zuma tells Africa

Cape Town – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reportedly called on AU member states to sing the Union’s anthem alongside their national hymns at all official functions. According to the Times of Zambia, Dlamini-Zuma, who was speaking during a two-day retreat for AU and permanent representatives in Hawassa, Ethiopia, said the singing of the AU anthem […]

Mini-sub aborts again in MH370 search

Perth – A mini-submarine making its second dive in the hunt for Malaysian jet MH370 encountered a “technical difficulty” and resurfaced on  Wednesday, officials said, after the first mission also aborted. “The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue,” Australia’s Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC) said. “Bluefin-21 […]

S Korea ferry disaster: Cause still unknown

Seoul – More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials. The ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coastguard officials said. Two people […]

“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”

Brian Tracy

Main index down

The industrial index dropped 2,59 points (1.54%) to close at 165,41 points. PPC dropped 10 cents to 210 cents, TSL lost 5 cents to trade at 30 cents and Delta slipped 3 cents to 105 cents. Econet retreated a cent to 59 cents, Cbz, DZLH and Seedco shed 0.50 cents each to settle at 15.50 cents, 8.50 cents and 69.50 cents respectively. Innscor was […]

Duty claims on exports too long: Blue Track

TATENDA MACHEKA Blue Track, a hair product manufacturer said the process of claiming duty on exports is too long and arduous. In an interview, Blue Track corporate affairs director Moses Chundu said they were paying 5% duty for the import of fibre used in hair products, which Zimra claims is refundable on exports. “We are […]

Econet targets Beitbridge for 4G LTE

TATENDA MACHEKA Telecommunications giant Econet Wireless Zimbabwe says its next stop for fourth generation 4GE Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network will be Beatrice. Group chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said after Beatrice their next proposed destination for 4GE LTE will be the border town of Bietbrdge. “According to a 2012 GSMA study, a 10% substitution of […]

High duties fuelling black market:RAZ

Tatenda Macheka -  The Retailers Association of Zimbabwe (RAZ) says the current duty structure encouraged black market importation of goods, and while goods informally procured landed in consumer’s home at lower prices, there was price to pay for it, in lost revenue. In response to articles by The Zimbabwe Mail, which unmasked overpricing of imported […]

Telecoms revenue to hit $1,4b by 2016

Rumbidzayi Mashahanya -  The country’s mobile communications revenue is expected to reach $1,3 billion by 2016 with 20,1% compound annual growth rate, a market research report by a global research firm has said. The report released by Frost & Sullivan comes in the wake of reports by Econet Wireless that it had contributed over $900 […]

Loan sharks feast on pensioners

  EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI Loan sharks and money lending firms are feasting on desperate pensioners seeking short term loans for personal use and capital projects by charging exorbitant interest charges of up to 40% per month, it has emerged. This comes amid revelation that pensioners are getting measly payouts from various pension schemes including the National […]

Pasi urges pension schemes to lend agric

Business Reporter Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) commissioner general Gershem Pasi said parastatals’ pension schemes and  the National Social Security Association  (Nssa) should fund industry and agriculture. Speaking at National Business Council of Zimbabwe (NBCZ) symposium in Harare on Monday, Pasi told delegates that Nssa should not have abandoned support to farmers. “I don’t know why […]

Africa Chrome Fields sells Zim chrome venture for $4m

TONDERAYI MUKEREDZI  Australian domiciled exploration company, African Chrome Fields (ACJ), formerly TPL Corporation is selling 70% of its stake in African Chrome Fields Pte Limited for US$4 million. ACJ is the holder of approximately 150 eluvial chrome mining concessions covering approximately 60 sq km in multiple areas along the flanks of the Great Dyke. It […]

Squeeze them hard -Pasi

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) commissioner general, Gershom Pasi says the country should transcend its indigenisation plan and revamp the mining tax regime to maximise on the sector’s contribution to the economy. Pasi told delegates attending the National Business Council of Zimbabwe (NBCZ) symposium in Harare yesterday that the mining sector was contributing only […]

Kenyan reggae group in Zim tour

Nigel Pfunde – One of East Africa’s most popular reggae outfits Black Supremacy has renewed its romance with the country and is set to tour three cities starting Friday. The outfit comes at the invitation of Red Fox International, which is celebrating four years in the industry. The visit also coincides with the country’s Uhuru […]

Jah Prayzah album out Wednesday night

PROBLEM MASAU Contemporary musician Jah Prayzah is set to release his long-awaited album Kumbumura Mhute at Harare International Conference Centre tonight. The crooner, real name Mukudzei Mukombe, also features Botswana singing sensation Charma Gal on the album. “Everything is now in place for the album release and we are going to sample some of the […]

Zimpraise invades the mountains

Nigel Pfunde The usually serene environment of Montclair Hotel and Casino, nestled in the misty mountains of Nyanga, will on Saturday be filled with angelic voices from celebrated gospel group, Zimpraise Choir. The choral group is set to usher music lovers and holidaymakers into the Easter holidays in style. The two-day long concert kicks off […]

Politicians join ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

Those who are familiar with the TV programme, Stricly Come Dancing, will be happy to know this week Bra Franco has decided to feature a special selection of contenders to the popular show.  These people are special in their own right as they happen to be ‘politicians’. Cde Chen I used to think my dancing […]

Drugs, sex, alcohol threaten Zim dancehall

Nigel Pfunde – The genre of the moment, Zim dancehall, adopted from the Jamaican version of same is under threat. It is likely to experience a stunted growth as a result of the escalation of violent incidents at the gigs. The genre was endorsed by high offices, including Information and Broadcasting Services minister, Professor Jonathan […]

Naomi Campbell dating Michael Fassbender?

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is reportedly dating 12 Years a Slave actor Michael Fassbender after the two stars enjoyed an evening meal in London earlier this week. The supermodel is said to be enjoying a fling with the 12 Years a Slave actor, and they have become more open about their blossoming romance after being spotted […]

Boosting the immune system

The immune system is an amazing thing and constantly defends one against a myriad of diseases. By eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle, one can keep this delicate system functioning as effectively as possible. And it’s easier than most people think. Research has shown that if one is deficient in certain micronutrients, […]

Race Against Malaria kicks off

Mary Taruvinga – Race Against Malaria  (Ram), a Sadc initiative to create awareness and mobilise resources for the fight against malaria and strengthen the malaria control infrastructure within the region, kicks off at the Nyamapanda Border Post Wednesday, amid revelations of a malaria crisis in Zimbabwe. The campaign, involving eight countries, among them Mozambique, Malawi […]

Govt moves to prevent cervical cancer in girls

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA Zimbabwe health officials have stepped up efforts to fight cancer at an early stage through the launch of a nationwide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine demonstration project set to benefit 8 931 young girls in the next two years. The demonstration project targeting young girls aged between nine and 13 years will prevent infection […]


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Castle Lager PSL Matchday 3 fixtures:

Sunday April 20 Caps United vs Buffaloes (Gwanzura), 1500, SS Chapungu vs How Mine (Ascot),1500 Hwange vs Triangle Utd (Colliery), 1500 Shabanie Mine  vs Black Rhinos (Maglas), 1500 Monday April 21 Chicken Inn vs FC Platinum (Luveve), 1500 Chiredzi FC vs Highlanders (Chishamiso), 1500 Bantu Rovers vs Dynamos (Barbourfields), 1500 ZPC Kariba vs Harare City […]

Mutasa targets Dynamos scalp

Regis Munyoro -  FC Platinum coach, Lloyd Mutasa has called for an immediate response from his players ahead of the Independence Trophy final against Dynamos on Friday. Mutasa was left soul searching after his side gave away a 2-0 lead in the first half to lose 3-2 to a determined Hwange at home last Saturday. […]

Gareth Bale: Copa del Rey winner incredible, says Xabi Alonso

Gareth Bale’s late Copa del Rey winner was “amazing”, according to Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso. Bale won the first trophy of his career as his 85th-minute run from the halfway line ended with a low finish as Real beat Barcelona 2-1 in Valencia. “It was incredible, I have never seen anything like it,” said former […]

Mountaineers off to a flier

Sports Reporter National team player, Hamilton Masakadza starred with the bat as he top scored with 156 as Mountaineers racked up 308 runs for the loss of three wickets on the first day of their Logan Cup match against Southern Rocks at Mutare Sports Club yesterday. On a day on which the hosts’ top order […]

ZC confirms Aussie, SA tours

Sports Reporter – The country’s cricket mother body, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has confirmed dates and venues for the South Africa and Australia tours to Zimbabwe set later this year. Zimbabwe’s neighbours South Africa are set to tour the country for a month during which they will play one test match beginning August 9 at Harare […]

Raza, Vitori star as Eagles crush Rocks

An unbeaten double-century by Sikandar Raza was the driving force of Mashonaland Eagles’ innings and 94-run win against Southern Rocks in Harare yesterday, helping the team maintain second position on the Logan Cup table. It was the second time within a week that Rocks’ bowling had borne the brunt of Raza’s aggression. A day before the start of this match, Raza’s 130 […]

Masters 2014: Bubba Watson wins second Green Jacket at Augusta

Bubba Watson clinched his second Green Jacket in three years by holding off Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt to win the 78th Masters. The American left-hander, 35, shot a final-round 69 to win by three after overhauling a two-shot deficit on his co-overnight leader Spieth on a sultry day at Augusta. Debutant Spieth, 20, was […]

Charamba makes strong start at Zim Open

Sports Reporter Tongoona Charamba Thursday provided the spark for Zimbabwean golfing fans, posting a 5-under 67 in the first round of the ongoing Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club in Harare for a share of fourth position going into today’s second round. Charamba, who was the only Zimbabwean golfer among the front […]

McIlroy out to end Augusta frustrations

Rory McIlroy admits his Masters record is a source of disappointment and he cannot imagine ending his career without a green jacket. McIlroy is the bookmakers’ favourite for the year’s first major championship, although the former world number one’s best finish at Augusta National remains his share of 15th in 2011, when he held a […]


PIC OF THE DAY
CART-TRAIN: An unidentified man dragging six cartwheels to an unknown destination in Mount Pleasant Harare.  Pic: Watson Ofumeli
CART-TRAIN: An unidentified man dragging six cartwheels to an unknown destination in Mount Pleasant Harare. Pic: Watson Ofumeli
Role of women in anti-graft fight

May 8 is celebrated every year as International Women’s day. We all take time to celebrate, show our appreciation of the role played by every woman in our daily lives. Dr James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey is remembered the world over, amongst other things, for having said; “If you educate a man, you educate an individual. […]

Corruption watch: Citizens important in anti-graft fight

There are several stakeholders in the fight against corruption. Citizens and the civil society, however, stand out as the biggest and arguably the most relevant stakeholders in this fight in terms of numbers. The media has of late been awash with reports to the effect the fight against corruption is fast degenerating into a war […]

Midweek musings: PSL off to an intriguing start

Don Makanyanga – The 30-game marathon of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) rolled into life  last weekend with a full programme of fixtures that produced a number of interesting results, though only one of the five teams tipped to win the premier league, Dynamos, managed a victory. A total of 19 goals were […]

Feedback from Ward 9, Greendale

Ward 9 Harare councillor Stewart Mutizwa recently held a feedback community meeting at Greendale Sports Club. At least 50 people attended. The key issues raised by the residents included but were not limited to the following: – Re-zoning of Greendale area, which is now being incorporated into commercial stands, especially Honey Dew and part of […]

Chombo putting cart before the horse!

Recent media comments attributed to Ignatius Chombo that the Chitungwiza demolitions will be happening in three weeks’ time are unfortunate as doing so is illegal. The Chitungwiza demolitions come in the wake of reports that many land barons had illegally parcelled out stands to innocent citizens. It has been reported that government issued a three-week […]

Judgement Night 2 open to all people

After reading the article by Zirota I saw nothing but misplaced assertions and jealousy. Judgement Night 2 is not meant for UFIC only but for all Christians. Because of this, I don’t know why you would think an all-night prayer  is an event that is used to lure back people whom you claim  to have […]