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$218m NetOne loan approved

SENIOR REPORTER – Parliament on Thursday approved a $218 million Chinese loan deal for a NetOne expansion project, a move which will see the cellular network company installing 1 000 network boosters countrywide. President Robert Mugabe early this month led a ministerial team to China seeking funding for state institutions and NetOne is one of the […]

Chombo challenges local authorities

 MANICALAND CORRESPONDENT – Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has called upon local authorities to work on improving service delivery which has been deteriorating in the last couple of years. Chombo was addressing delegates in Mutare during the official launch of the World Bank-sponsored Water and Sanitation Service Level Benchmarking peer review (SLB) yesterday. Several local […]

Duty collection not for police – Zimra

REX MPHISA -  The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority  (Zimra) has advised cross-border shoppers to demand identity documents from police officers confiscating their goods on the pretext they would be acting on behalf of the revenue-collection body. Responding to a question from the floor at a meeting held in Bulawayo yesterday, Amen Muchena of Zimra said only […]

‘Moyo not senior enough for VP’

DUMISANI SIBANDA –                As the race in Zanu PF for the vice-presidency (VP)hots up, politburo member Naison Khutshwekaya Ndlovu has dared one of the aspirants to the position, party national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo, to stand up and declare he is the most senior former Zapu official in […]

Zanu PF gags party officials

RICHARD CHIDZA – Zanu PF has gagged party officials from issuing out public statements and campaigning for top positions, ahead of its elective congress in December, amid reports of intensifying factionalism. In a statement read to journalists by party information  secretary Rugare Gumbo in Harare yesterday, the ruling party declared “no other official would be […]

‘There will never be president from PF Zapu’

NKOSANA SIBANDA – Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairperson Jabulani Sibanda says the 1987 Unity Accord conditions eliminate the possibility of a former PF Zapu member from becoming the country’s president. Sibanda said the Unity Accord created an unfair advantage for Zanu PF to continue producing presidents, whilst Zapu members were relegated to vice-president’s […]

Ebola team killed in cold blood in Guinea

Conakry – Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday. The bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a primary school in the village of Wome, government spokesperson Albert […]

Scot nationalists glum after ‘devastating’ result

Edinburgh – Supporters of Scottish independence reacted gloomily on Friday to the results of a referendum that dashed their hopes of leaving the United Kingdom, with some breaking down in tears. “My feeling was just crushing, quite devastating,” said 16-year-old Charlotte Darroch, who was watching the count in Edinburgh in her school uniform pinned with […]

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown – Sierra Leone on Friday launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace. Most of Sierra Leone’s population of six million were confined to their homes from midnight, with only essential workers such as […]

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Henry Ford

‘RBZ should liquidate assets to pay debts’

EMMERSON NJANJAMANGEZI – The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) must liquidate its non-core assets as well aggressively pursue its debtors to service the debt it wants government to assume, parliament heard. This came out of the last public hearing on the RBZ Debt Assumption Bill in Harare yesterday, following similar hearings in Mutare, Bulawayo and […]

Agro-finance scheme save contractors $6m

TATENDA MACHEKA  - Local agro-finance risk company, Expert Decisions Systems (XDS) says it has helped tobacco contractors mitigate losses amounting to $6 million from defaulting small scale farmers. Contractor loans to small scale tobacco farmers in the past farming season stood around $80m, but about 10% of the loans remain unpaid. There is a high […]

Zim firm wins SAP award

BUSINESS REPORTER – Pan African business solutions provider, Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS), has received four top international awards at the recently concluded 2014 SAP Africa Partner of the Year Awards in South Africa. The accolades, makes the firm, technology winner across the whole African continent. The awards haul include Innovation in Sales category (Cloud […]

14 SME firms to visit Iran

ANNASTANCIA MURUBI – A fourteen-member delegation of small-to-medium scale enterprises (SMEs) is set to visit Iran from September 25 to 4 October this year, a senior government official has said. The delegation comprising of companies in construction, mining, quarrying and real estate are visiting to forge strategic partnerships and linkages with SMEs in Iran in furtherance […]

Cotton to clothing export strategy set for launch

BUSINESS REPORTER – Zimbabwe’s Cotton-to-Clothing (C2C) Export strategy, which seeks to revive the country’s cotton and textile industry, will be launched at the 5th Clothing Indaba in Bulawayo on September 26. More than one million Zimbabweans, including farmers, ginners, and textile producers – as well as their families – depend on cotton for their livelihoods. […]

Slight improvement in milk output

BUSINESS REPORTER – Zimbabwe has produced about 36,3 million litres of milk between January and August this year, compared to about 54,6 million litres produced during the whole of 2013. Up to August, 32,5 million litres were absorbed by milk processors whilst about 3,9 million litres was retailed by producers, bringing aggregate milk production to […]

Tobacco yield hectarage tumbles

TATENDA MACHEKA – Tobacco yield per hectare ratio has decreased to 1 972 kg in 2014 despite an increase in the production of the golden leaf. Zimbabwe’s best yield per hectare ratio was in 2000 when the country achieved 2 792 kg whilst the worst yield ratio was 943 kg per hectare. Zimbabwe Tobacco Industry and […]

Stockfeed production up 16%

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – The Stockfeed Manufacturers Association (SMA) says raw materials use rose by 2% while  feed production increased by 16% during the first six months of the year compared with the same period last year. The trend is expected to continue till year end. In the latest market report SMA said raw materials procured […]

NAM plans minerals beneficiation plant in Zim

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA – The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Centre of Science and Technology says it will next year establish a minerals beneficiation facility in Zimbabwe to accelerate minerals beneficiation in developing countries. In an interview with The Zimbabwe Mail after the end of an international workshop on minerals processing and beneficiation, which ended on Sunday, NAM […]

Kalado speaks on show flop

PROBLEM MASAU – Smarting from an embarrassing flop, Jamaican singer Kalado (pictured (R)), born Eton Gordon, has finally broken his  silence on his Zimbabwean show. The bruised singer’s management has released a statement, claiming that the Zimbabwean media had connived to give visiting Jamaican artistes negative publicity while propping local musicians. In a press release, […]

Dotcom’s band in car accident

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER – Members of RaMangwana Musica, the band that is fronted by on fire singer, Tendai “Dotcom” Chipara, was involved in a car accident on Wednesday night  while on their way to South Africa, where they are scheduled to perform this Saturday. Injured band members were rushed to Masvingo General Hospital. “My band members […]

Black Umfolosi ropes in SA group for a show

CRISTABEL KAONZA – Internationally-acclaimed Imbube dance group, Black Umfolosi, has roped in South African group, The Nation, for a collaboration show that will also feature Hloseni Arts and poet Dumisani Mhlanga. The show is on September 26, at the National Arts Gallery in Bulawayo. The show has been lined up in a move to promote […]

Power FM presenter makes it to Big Brother

NIGEL PFUNDE – Vivacious Power FM presenter, Tariro Mharapara, better known as Butterphly, has become the first local representative to be chosen in the reality television show Big Brother Africa Hotshots. According to the producers, the country will have three representatives at the reality show that will be launched on October 5 in Johannesburg, South […]

I don’t need to go to rehab—Tererai

NIGEL PFUNDE – Silky-voiced diva, Tererai Mugwadi said she does not need to go to a rehabilation centre to get assistance for her alleged alcohol addiction. In an unsolicited interview with this publication, Tererai vehemently denied accusations that she was in danger of becoming an alcoholic. This follows violent incidents in which she has been […]

Fungisai tries hand at acting

PROBLEM MASAU – Popular singer Fungisai Mashavave  is trying her hand at acting after scooping a role in the forth-coming feature film Chinhoyi 7. This would be Fungisai’s debut movie. The singer was upbeat about her capabilities, saying she has always been an actor in her music videos. “It is something new, yes, but I […]

Poor people’s health compromised – study

MARY TARUVINGA – Recent studies carried out in Highfields and Epworth by the Institute of Environmental Studies (IES), with support from Unicef, have shown that families and children in poor urban settlements have severe poverty experiences that compromise their health. Speaking at the international conference on reducing urban risks and poverty, enhancing livelihoods and resilience, […]

CDC Zim director on Ebola mission

MARY TARUVINGA – United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zimbabwe country director, Peter Kilmarx, left the country yesterday for Sierra Leone to serve in the CDC Ebola Response team. This comes amid revelations that Ebola was outpacing the international community’s capacity to deal with the disease. The pandemic, according to CDC, is […]

‘Health workers training a success’

STAFF REPORTER –  The on-going post-graduate training for national health practitioners under the support of Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) Zimbabwe has worked well with experts beyond the target being trained. The project started five years ago, to promote good leadership, governance as well as management of health care systems and facilities. This […]


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President lights AUSC Region 5 Games torch

DON MAKANYANGA – President Robert Mugabe on Thursday lit the AUSC Region 5 Games torch to mark the symbolic commencement of the competition which is set for Bulawayo from December 5-14. Speaking during the torch lightning ceremony for the regional sports competition that was formerly known as the Zone VI Games, Mugabe said the games […]

Chicken Inn on revenge mission

BUKHOSI MANGENA – Chicken Inn will be out for vengeance when they date city rivals Bantu Rovers in a Bulawayo derby set for Hartsfield Stadium on Saturday as the Castle Lager Premier League resume after a two-week break. Chicken Inn lost 1-2 to Bantu Rovers on May 20 in the teams’ first league clash this season. The […]

Buoyant Masomere braces for CAPS test

BUKHOSI MANGENA – Injury hit How Mine have shifted their sights on piling more misery on title chasers CAPS United when the two sides square off in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match scheduled for Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Sunday. Chikurupati, who are coming from a disappointing Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final loss to neighbours Highlanders in […]

Search for Mangongo’s assistant on

Zimbabwe Cricket have seemingly allayed fears of a financial meltdown by advertising for two high-profile positions associated with the national team. The board has put out a call for a national assistant coach and a national team physiotherapist, posts which were left vacant by the promotion of Stephen Mangongo in July and the resignation of Amato Machikicho […]

Zim A in six-wicket loss

GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Zimbabwe A suffered their first defeat of their month-long tour of Bangladesh when the Tigers A side cruised to a six wicket victory in the first unofficial Test match at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar. Bangladesh A opening batsman Litton Das’ 42 run knock powered the hosts to a […]

Incisive Sajib puts Zim A to the sword

GRACE CHIRUMANZU – Bangladesh A spin bowler Saqlain Sajib, who claimed nine wickets in Zimbabwe A’s first innings in the ongoing first unofficial Test match in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, yesterday proved that feat was no fluke by claiming six wickets as captain Vusi Sibanda and his lieutenants crumbled to a 108 all out in their […]

Zim golfers head for Africa Challenge Cup

SPORTS REPORTER – Zimbabwe’s amateur golfers are set to participate in the Africa President Challenge Cup in   Zambia later this month. The tournament, which will be held at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe from September 27-October 3 is a new initiative by the Africa Golf Confederation (AGC), which has put up a $400 000 […]

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 […]


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An air tanker drops a load of fire retardant on a wildfire in Oakhurst, California.
An air tanker drops a load of fire retardant on a wildfire in Oakhurst, California.
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 give […]

Customsand Tax matters:Transparency , predictability required in customs

On August  15 2014, government gazetted Statutory Instrument (SI) 126 which increased the number of commodities that now require an import licence. Since its implementation, there have been challenges among the players in the customs clearing and freight forwarding practice. The first challenge has been interpretation of item 15 of the SI and the second […]

Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Be a person of Honesty “My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth.”~ Toni Cade Bambara, Writer The opposite of honesty (dishonesty) defines honesty. There is no one who is attracted to a dishonesty leader. Dishonesty involves, but not limited to lying, and misrepresentation of […]

Corruption needs to be annihilated

Recently, the newly appointed Central Mechanical Engineering Division board led by lawyer, Goodwills Masimirembwa, showed immense commitment to eradicate corruption in our midst by instituting measures to recover millions of dollars that were allegedly looted by some managerial elements, in cahoots with some rogue shelf company owners. It is good news to have, at least, […]

Ncube is Zim’s hope

Vibrant Movement for Democratic Change President, Professor Welshman Ncube, is Zimbabwe’s hope and an alternative for the suffering Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe will not lose focus as a result of lies being peddled by the Pro Morgan Tsvangirai media in Zimbabwe that is trying to panel beat the bruised image of the former trade unionist whose political […]

Grace Mugabe, a motivator

Amai Grace Mugabe is right for her additional value and support over women empowerment in our heartland of Zimbabwe. By bringing herself into the political environment of today, she knows that if you educate a man; you educate a man but if you educate a woman; you educate a generation.Why? This is because the participation […]