‘Nsukuzonke’ Turns 46, Remains Zims’ Hero

PETER NDLOVU, the greatest Warrior of all-time, turned 46 yesterday, in the very month when, exactly 15 years ago, he became the first captain to lead the national football team to victory at the Nations Cup finals. The country’s most celebrated in-field footballer, second only to Bruce Grobbelaar in terms of global appeal among the nation’s footballers, King Peter remains a celebrated figure in the game, 22 years after he waved goodbye to his time in the English Premiership. The footprints, which his magical left foot made on the football…

Charamba Defends President’s Foreign Trips

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa will continue travelling abroad as part of his re-engagement efforts and his trips must not be assessed from a cost perspective, but from benefits accrued, his office has said. In an interview with Star FM last night, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr George Charamba said diplomacy does not come cheap. Mr Charamba is the presidential spokesperson. He was responding to queries from some quarters on the essence of President Mnangagwa’s foreign trips. “There are certain costs which we have to incur. In any case,…

Indigenous Language Books For Zim’s Rural Schools

ANGLICAN Action New Zealand, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust, has donated indigenous language books worth $2 300 to three rural schools in Mashonaland West, Matabeleland South and Masvingo provinces. The three schools that have benefitted from the first round of this initiative are Gavaza Primary School in Mhondoro, Lumimbi High School in Binga and Mlezezi School in Masvingo. They received books of their choice selected from a catalogue provided by the Zimbabwe Publishing House. In a statement, New Zealand Trust’s chairperson, Driden Kunaka said the donation…

Possible Boost For Zim’s Economy

Botswana is extending $600 million in two major facilities to Zimbabwe’s private sector and diamond industry that will give ties between the two countries a huge lift. Zimbabwe this week hosts Botswana for a Bi-National Commission (BNC) which will consummate in the signing of the agreements by Presidents Mnangagwa and Mokgweetsi Masisi on Thursday. Preparatory meetings for the event began yesterday and Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador James Manzou, who opened the two-day meeting pitting officials from both countries, revealed the details. “Zimbabwe welcomes with much…

Strive Masiyiwa To Become Vice President?

Billionaire and Telecoms Guru Strive Masiyiwa might land himself a top job in the government of Zimbabwe Fidelis Fengu of Fidelis Fengu and Associates a Think-tank based in Harare said. In a post on his official Facebook page on Sunday Fengu said Zimbabweans must follow closely the Econet Founder as his title ,might change within a year. Fengu linked his forecast to the recent statements by Masiyiwa supporting President Mnangagwa’s government and the various projects that he is pioneering in the rural part of Zimbabwe which is a traditional ZANU…

Prospectors Blast Mines Ministry Over Battlefields Disaster

The Zimbabwe Mining Prospectors Association has accused inspectors at the Mines ministry of sleeping at the wheel while unqualified Environmental Management Agency (EMA) officers conduct safety measures at mining claims, leading to avoidable loss of lives. The association’s president, Samson Dzingwe, said the Battlefields disaster, which claimed the lives of at least 24 artisanal miners, could have been avoided had the Mining Inspectorate Department been doing its duties as dictated by the Minerals Act. “EMA is usurping the powers of the Mining Inspectorate Department. Why is EMA going there? What…

Possible Meeting Between Chamisa And Ramaphosa

OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa is reportedly seeking to meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa when he arrives in Harare for a State visit on March 12, Pristine Voice has learnt. MDC insiders said Chamisa, who late last year claimed he had written to Ramaphosa seeking his intervention in Harare’s developing political crisis, will take advantage of the South African leader’s impending State visit to “door-step him” into a meeting. “He is working out a plan to approach Ramaphosa for a meeting. It’s highly unlikely because Ramaphosa is coming here…

Zim Visual Artists Set For Italian Exhibition

NATIONAL Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) executive director Nicholas Moyo has urged the four visual artists representing the nation at the Zimbabwe Pavilion of the 58th International Exhibition of Art set for June in Biennale Venice, Italy, to be good ambassadors of the country. The country’s representatives, who are set to raise the nation’s flag high at the showcase are Cosmas Shiridzinomwa (pictured), Georgina Maxim, Kudzanai Violet Hwami, and Neville Starling. The exhibition will be held under the theme Soko Risina Musoro, derived from the late national hero Herbert Chitepo’s…

Mnangagwa Launches Technology Centre

President Mnangagwa yesterday launched the India-Africa Incubation Centre in Harare which he described as a key conduit that will drive the modernisation and industrialisation of the economy. The centre which specialised in equipping young people with entrepreneurial skills to start their own businesses dovetails with the President’s Vision of transforming the economy into an upper middle income status by 2030. The centre is equipped with 25 different technologies in food processing, engineering, brick making process, and paper processing. It has capacity to accommodate 50 trainees per every intake. President Mnangagwa,…

Govt Authorises Black-Market Forex Exchange Rates

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has effectively brought back the local currency after denoting the existing electronic balances, bond notes and coins in circulation as real time gross settlement (RTGS) dollars, making them the official legal tender, as part of a host of monetary policy measures announced yesterday. The bank has also removed the 1:1 peg on the local currency against the US dollar, practically de-dollarising, in a move which authorities hope will curb growth of the parallel market and ease foreign currency shortages which have crippled business. In…