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Deregistered university hits back

Richard Chidza Senior Reporter – A Philippines based university from which a host of prominent local people received their doctorates has hit back at the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) over claims it has been deregistered. In a statement titled Setting the Record Straight Tuesday, St Linus University said it did not require local registration […]

SA looks to invest in Byo dying industries

Bridgette Bugalo – South African companies are interested in exploring opportunities to invest in the revival of Bulawayo’s dying industries, an official from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry said Tuesday. The neighbouring country is the second biggest exhibitor ­— after China — occupying 800 square metres of space at the ongoing Zimbabwe International […]

Prioritise rights of disabled, govt urged

Angela Jimu Staff Reporter – The National Disability Board (NDB) has accused government of trivalising the rights of disabled people 34 years after attaining independence. Chrispen Manyuke, chairperson of NDB, told The Zimbabwe Mail in an interview on Monday that government needed to craft policies that resonate with the international statutes it has acceded to. […]

ZCTU to intervene in MDC-T fiasco

Xolisani Ncube Senior Reporter – The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) Tuesday said it is watching with keen interest developments in the MDC-T and could soon be forced to intervene if the leadership fight “turns deadly”. The opposition MDC-T has been embroiled in a leadership row with a clique led by fired former deputy […]

Independence address roar escalates

Dosman Mangisi – The furore over President Robert Mugabe’s Independence Day speech in the Midlands Province has taken a nasty turn after a deputy minister was reportedly threatened by an angry Zanu PF legislator. Deputy Mines and Mining Development minister and Zvishavane–Runde lawmaker, Fred Moyo, finally read Mugabe’s speech in Zvishavane after an angry exchange […]

‘Policy inconsistency, Zim’s undoing’

Richard Chidza Senior Reporter – Discordant voices in Zimbabwe’s government and policy inconsistencies have scared investors from coming into the country, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has admitted. Moyo told a public-owned newspaper that the lack of policy clarity had constrained the economy over the years. “Let’s face it, there has been […]

Dozens killed as train derails in DRC

Kinshasa – Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country’s southeast, killing at least 30 people. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende said on Wednesday that the death toll could be much higher. It is common in DRC for people to jump onto freight trains for a free ride. […]

Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe

Kabul – Afghanistan’s presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on Saturday, officials said on Wednesday as they vowed to sift out fake votes. Partial results from the 5 April election to succeed President Hamid Karzai have already been released, with former foreign minister […]

Defiant Egypt workers to challenge next president

Mahallah – Egypt’s next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide strikes if their demands are not met by an already cash-strapped government. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July and is hailed by supporters as a tough leader […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Turnall targets 65% capacity utilisation

Business Reporter -  Leading asbestos and building materials manufacturer, Turnall Holdings is expectant that capacity utilisation during the second and third quarter of the year would improve to 65%, up from about 50% during the first quarter. In a telephone interview with The Zimbabwe Mail Monday, managing director John Jere said that the increase in capacity […]

Old Mutual in $64m profit

TATENDA MACHEKA Old Mutual Zimbabwe’s operating profit for the full year to December 31 2013 has leapt by 7% to $64 million on the back of an exceptional contribution from its banking and insurance arms. Management described the results in which insurance and banking contributed 85% to the group’s profit as strong results achieved in […]

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 […]

Unity key to ZimAsset success: MPs

Legislators say the celebration of 34 years of self rule should translate into development and empowerment of the ordinary citizen through implementation and support of the ZimAsset economic blueprint by all stakeholders. After the country celebrated the 34th independence anniversary last Friday, legislators said that self determination has given the black majority opportunities to craft their own […]

Zim woman heads GIA

Tatenda Macheka – Gemological Institute of America (GIA), an independent non-profit organisation and a world authority in Gemology, has appointed Mrs Susan M. Jacques, a Zimbabwean as its president and CEO. Jacques was educated at Oriel Girls High in the 70s and before the appointment, was the president and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and […]

Cheap imports stall revival of industry

Bridgette Bugalo -  Some of Bulawayo’s industrial firms could be difficult to resuscitate because of competition from the huge influx of cheap imports, Association of Business in Zimbabwe chief executive officer Lucky Mlilo has said. In an interview with The Zimbabwe Mail, Mlilo said government needs to focus on reviving firms with a competitive advantage […]

Cotton exports to increase

Business Reporter -  The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) says cotton exports will increase this year owing to a dormant textile industry. In a telephone interview with The Zimbabwe Mail yesterday, ZFU vice president Berean Mukwende said suppressed activity on the local textile industry meant that most cotton would now be for export. “We have always […]

Mwana Africa records improved overall results

Tonderayi Mukeredzi Business Editor – Multi-commodity mining and development company, Mwana Africa has reported a generally improved operating performance across all its operations during the final quarter of its financial year, which ended March 31, 2014. In an operations and exploration activity update released yesterday, Mwana CEO, Kalaa Mpinga said both gold and nickel production […]

Public demands more diamond transparency and benefits

Rumbidzai Mashayahanya – Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd), a social and economic justice coalition focusing on debt and development says government should increase taxes on mining companies to mobilise sufficient resources for social service delivery and heighten transparency and accountability through the installation of tight monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of mining claims. A […]

DJ Lyle Khamal-Bosch in debut song

Rex Mphisa -  Bulawayo DJ Lyle Khamal-Bosch couldn’t have timed it better with his hit song I Come From Zimbabwe which hit the airwaves on Independence Day – it’s a smash-hit. The 22-year-old Khamal-Bosch aka DJ Dash, called in at The Zimbabwe Mail Tuesday to introduce his electro-dance genre five-and-a-half minute hit track where he […]

Fact or myth of the gravy train

Problem Masau – Some sage once said you don’t know the value of what you have until its gone or in this paricular offering, could it be the case of knowing the value and laying (false) claim to what one has not sown? Cases  now abound of Zimbabwean musicians laying claim to hit songs by […]

Eve Kawadza: A tribute to Edith and Ella

Nigel Pfunde –   Blaqberry Musiq lead vocalist, Eve Kawadza, will make her debut solo performance at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa). Kawadza will deliver an African interpretation of the classic songs of the great ladies of the 1950s jazz including the iconic French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The […]

Roki promotes safe sex

Nigel Pfunde – Pioneering urban grooves musician and former Big Brother housemate Rockford ‘Roki’ Josphats has embarked on safe sex awareness campaign against the background of an alarming rise of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) cases in the country. Over the Easter Holidays, Roki distributed condoms supplied by Vibe Condoms to youths at his live shows. […]

Munya Chidzonga Finland-bound

Nigel Pfunde – Former Big Brother Africa housemate and filmmaker Munya Chidzonga will be part of a delegation of broadcasters who will represent the country at this year’s edition of the annual INPUT Conference for broadcasters  to be held in Helsinki, Finland from May 12 to 15. The delegation is led by veteran filmmaker, Stephen […]

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 […]

WHO issues hepatitis C treatment guidelines

Staff Reporter -  World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million people every year. The move is also against a background that many lives are lost every year with the total global mortality pegged from 350 000 to 500 […]

Improve infrastructure to curb brain-drain, Moyo

Mary Taruvinga Staff Reporter – Chitungwiza Central Hospital (CCH) chief executive, Obadiah Moyo, says developing infrastructure could curtail emigration of health practitioners as most professionals prioritise their working environment first, not just substantial salaries. Moyo said nurses’ departure to other countries was often compounded by accusations of negligence while in some cases, their exit from […]

Scarcity of pharmaceutical products a threat to health sector

RUMBIDZAI MASHAYAHANYA The pharmaceutical and healthcare sector continues to be affected by the scarcity of medical professionals, along with acute shortages of critical medicines, medical supplies and very high production costs, a report has said. According to Business Monitor International (BMI) health index Zimbabwe pharmaceuticals were costing $233 million in 2013 and the figures have […]


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ZPC Kariba make early impression

Don Makanyanga – It may be early days in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, but newboys ZPC Kariba have already made a huge statement in their three top flight outings so far. The Kariba-based side were handed a tough fixture in their maiden appearance in the top flight with Caps United, Dynamos and Harare […]

Byo sides seek change of fortunes

Bukhosi Mangena –    Bulawayo-based Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams are hoping for a change of fortunes as they prepare for the fourth round of matches in the top flight this weekend. Of the four top flight teams based in Bulawayo, only Highlanders recorded a victory in the latest round of league matches […]

PSL shelves Top 8 tourney

Sports Reporter – The proposed Premier Soccer League (PSL) Top 8 tournament which had initially been scheduled to kick off this weekend has been put on hold. Instead, the PSL secretariat have scheduled a full programme of league matches for this weekend, with seven of those matches set for Saturday and Sunday – the days […]

Mountaineers to face Rocks in Pro50 final

  Grace Chirumanzu – Mountaineers Tuesday booked a place in the final of the Pro50 Championship where they will clash with Southern Rocks next Wednesday. The Gary Brent-coached Mountaineers romped to a seven-wicket victory over the Mid West Rhinos at Kwekwe Sports Club, while Mashonaland Eagles suffered a painful eight-run defeat at the hands of […]

Mangongo eyes Pro50 final

Sports Reporter  Mashonaland Eagles head coach, Stephen Mangongo is looking past today’s Pro50 Championship match against Matabeleland Tuskers at Harare Sports Club, taking it as a dress rehearsal for the final next Wednesday. Eagles are at home to against the Tuskers in the final round of matches of the limited overs series confident of overturning […]

Mountaineers batsmen dominate

Sports Reporter Hamilton Masakadza once again starred with the bat at Mutare Sports Club on Thursday, scoring his second successive century in the Logan Cup match against Southern Rocks as Mountaineers ended the third day 456 runs ahead. Mountaineers, who scored 402 runs in their first innings, piled on the runs in their second innings […]

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 […]


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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
Daily Inspiration with Arthur Marara

Dominate Fear of Failure “People who are afraid to fail can never experience the joys of success.” – Pete Zafra  Success awaits us sometimes just after our worst fall. For many people failure caused is never failure itself, but the fear of failure. Fear holds you back, it immobilises you. If you are going to […]

Diplomatic chat: US sanctions – an albatross on Zimbabwe, Cuba

Zimbabwe and Cuba have a lot in common, chief among them being that they both have intrigued major global political and economic power houses and in the process  and ended up being slapped with economic sanctions; Cuba for the past half a century, and Zimbabwe now for over a decade. Our Senior Reporter, Richard Chidza […]

Teach me Teacher: Eggs hatch into caterpillars

On Friday we considered that butterflies do not eat leaves. Having reached the butterfly stage of your spiritual life, you now make no qualms about which way to face when talking to God since you know that God is Spirit and his worshipers worship him in spirit and in truth. While those at the caterpillar […]

National Parks must act on stray wildlife

The National parks and Wildlife Management Authority should take great measures to control wild animals which have become a nuisance to locals. Recently reported are four lions that escaped from the Lion and Cheetah Park, a stray male lion that killed a seven-year-old boy at Chezhou, and an elephant that killed a 32-year-old man in […]

Pistorius: Sad tale of world sportsperson

Oscar Pistorius, ‘the blade runner’, is in the most frustrating phase of his life following the shooting of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year. In the history of sport, this was easily the most bizarre yet tragic tale considering the circumstances and mystery of the case. That it involves a high profile person of […]

Zimbabweans not singing from the same hymn book

The major goal of our liberation struggle was to achieve a free, fair and united Zimbabwe, where citizens of all races, tribes or religions share a common vision with a clear destiny. Zimbabwe celebrates its 34 years of Independence with mixed feelings about the governments’s achievement in building a nation for all. At the attainment […]