Health & Community

Health & Community

Zimbabwe could take advantage of its abundant solar to overcome crippling power shortages

Mutoko Independent Power Producer pumps 2.5 megawatts into national grid

By Robert Tapfumaneyi MUTOKO community is experiencing less hours of load shedding after a local Independent Power Producer, Nyangani Renewable Energy (NRE) started pumping its solar power into the national grid. NRE is the first solar scheme to be commissioned and to supply power into the national grid. Speaking to at the company’s solar

Lewis Matutu

Zanu PF youths in pledge to reopen Ziscosteel training centre

By Staff Reporter The Zanu PF youth league which is seeking the revival of Ziscosteel Training Centre has promised a non-interference approach by politicians in the revival of the training facility. Youth league secretary Lewis Matutu, speaking on the sidelines of the training centre’s tour last week, said politicians were only going to create spaces

More youths turn to gold panning in Gokwe as drought takes toll

By William Milasi More youths in Gokwe North are turning to gold panning for survival following an unyielding cropping season which has left over 50 000 people in the area in need of immediate food aid. Gokwe North District Administrator, Isaac Mutambara has said the more energetic and enterprising youths have now turned to the

Ebola could ‘spiral out of control’

BBC Leading charity Oxfam has warned that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the “potential of spiralling out of control”, after a second case was reported in the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday. The DR Congo government has since confirmed that the patient has died. Oxfam’s Country Director in DR

MP Settlement Chikwinya

Community radio stations for Chimanimani, Binga and Beitbridge

By Bulawayo Correspondent GOVERNMENT has availed $180 000 for the setting up of community radio stations in cyclone hit Chimanimani as well as Binga and Beitbridge, Parliament has revealed. Speaking at the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) organised broadcasting conference in Harare on Thursday, the acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media,

Hunger is wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe

Hunger forces early college closure in Masvingo

By Tonderai Saharo A government vocational institution in Masvingo province has been forced to send students home early because of food shortages, has learnt. Mushagashe Vocational Training Center some 40km outside the country’s oldest city, shut its doors this week after failing to provide food for its students. Students interviewed claimed they had survived

Diaspora Insurance partners AMUK Services to revive basketball tourney

By Audience Mutema UNITED KINGDOM based Zimbabwe firm, Diaspora Insurance has partnered AMUK Services, another Zimbabwean brand, to resuscitate an HIV awareness Basketball Tournament founded by Huggins Trust. The annual tournaments are meant to bring Zimbabweans in UK together educating them on the HIV awareness and also to nurture Zimbabwean talent. In an interview with

WHO declares DRC Ebola outbreak a ‘global health emergency’

The New York Times The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly infectious disease had spread to Goma, the

Russia's Alrosa is coming to Marange

Outcry over Anjin return to Chiadzwa, Alrosa joins diamond trek

By Manicaland Correspondent MUTARE: Villagers in Manicaland’s diamond rich Chiadzwa area in Marange have expressed anger at government’s decision to unilaterally grant licences to two companies including one that is linked to the country’s military elite without consultations or following due process. Government last week announced that Chinese owned Anjin Investments in which the Zimbabwe

Former students in get together to refurbish Howard High

By Paidashe Mandivengerei HARARE’s Howard High School alumni based in the United Kingdom, are set to host a charity event to refurbish their former school’s dinning-hall back home and repaint buildings. The Howard High School Reunion is scheduled for the 27th of July and will be held at Model Farm in Bradford, UK. The Salvation

Harare mayor red flag over gold mining threats on Lake Chivero

By Idah Mhetu HARARE Mayor Herbert Gomba on Monday said the local authority has for some time been battling to contain some gold mining activities at Kentyre Estate which is located at a mountain that supports the walls of Lake Chivero which is the city’s main water source. Gomba was speaking during’s current affairs

Seven Hwange elephants killed in suspected cyanide poisoning

By Matabeleland North Correspondent ZIMPARKS is investigating a suspected case of cyanide poisoning after seven elephant carcasses were reportedly found in an advanced state of decomposition in the Hwange National Park on Saturday. A report to Zimparks, was told, stated that rangers on patrol near the border with Botswana in an area administered by

Satanism claims drive man (32) into raping landlord (61)

Bulawayo Correspondent A 32-year-old Bulawayo man recently appeared in court facing rape and physically abusing his 61-year-old landlord. Mduduzi Khabo appeared before magistrate Franklin Mkwananzi facing the two charges. Prosecutor Ntokozo Dlodlo told court that on a date unknown to the state but sometime in 2009, Bekezela Tshuma hired Khabo to fix her vehicle. Khabo

Would be Cyclone Idai victim was a thief

Cyclone Idai ‘victim’ arrested after attempting to use stolen certificates to secure employment

By Staff Reporter A  Chimanimani man, who purported to be a victim of tropical Cyclone Idai, was arrested after he produced stolen academic certificates and tried to use them to secure employment and humanitarian assistance. Tawanda Sigauke (21) appeared before Mutare magistrate Tendai Mahwe facing charges of “possession of articles” for criminal use. He was

Cotton farming forms a major part of the Midlands province's economic activities

Cotton a curse for Midlands: As sexually transmitted infection rise during marketing season

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE cotton marketing season’s rich pickings every year, brings with it a spike in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as gender based violence, a National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. NAC provincial aids coordinator Mambewu Shumba told New in a recent interview that the rate of infections

Tafadzwa Fichani

Fichani twin: I have slept with more than 1000 women

By Robert Tapfumaneyi ONE of two Fichani twins, who in 2006 caused a stir in Harare after walking the streets of the capital dressed in goatskins only covering their privates claims he has slept with a 1000 women. Tafadzwa Fichani who now lives in the Midlands’s Gokwe Nembudziya area told New that he is