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Health & Community

The late Violet Matimba

Veteran Social Worker, Top Academic Violet Matimba Dies

By Crisford Chogugudza VETERAN social worker and educationist, Mrs Violet Matimba passed away on 30th November 2020 in the United Kingdom. She was 76 and is survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Matimba died of natural causes which are however not Covid related. She was born Violet Masuku on 3rd June 1944 in Esigodini,

Colleagues Want Dr Stone Sanctioned Over Unorthodox Medicine

By Robert Tapfumaneyi CONTROVERSIAL Harare medical doctor Jack Stone is under fire for advocating off-label therapies she is offering to patients despite lack of clinical evidence the medicine is safe and effective. Stone is advocating a worrying combination of therapy for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection and Covid-19. In a letter of complaint to Ms Mwakutuya,

Commuters Criticise ZUPCO Over 100% Fee Hike

By Staff Reporter COMMUTERS have described as “unsustainably exorbitant” the hiking of public bus fares by the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) from $16 to $30 for conventional buses and $32 to $60 for kombis. The new fares start this Monday, but passengers feel the fares were unaffordable for most of them. On Friday, Finance

Govt To Resettle 180 Macheke Farmers Displaced For Dam Construction

Agencies THE government is planning to resettle more than 180 farmers displaced by the expansion of Causeway Dam in Macheke, Mashonaland East province. The water impoundment project at the Macheke farm has disrupted the farmers’ activities. In Zimbabwe, disputes over the Causeway Dam project may soon be resolved. The government of this East African country

Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni

Bulawayo Council Not Aware Its Workers Are On Strike

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) has professed ignorance over reports its strong workforce has embarked on an indefinite industrial action over poor salaries, severely crippling service delivery and other critical services in the city. The employees, this Wednesday, embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a living wage based on the poverty datum line

Three Kwekwe Mine Workers Missing After Makeshift Boat Capsized

By Staff Reporter THREE mine workers from the African Chrome Fields (ACF) in Kwekwe are missing after their makeshift boat capsized Thursday as they attempted to cross a flooded Munyati River while returning home from work. Area councillor Rodgers Nhari confirmed the tragedy to “Three ACF workers were swept away Thursday when their makeshift

Cate Turton

UK Pledges US$5,4m For 110 000 Food Insecure Urban Dwellers

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE United Kingdom (UK) is releasing an extra US$5,4 million of aid money to immediately provide food, nutrition, water and shelter to 110 000 vulnerable families living in Zimbabwe’s urban areas Zimbabwe will receive £4 million – approximately US$5.4 million – to help support 110 000 food insecure people living in urban

GBV Cases Increase By 200% Due To Covid-19 Lockdown – UN

By Staff Reporter CASES of gender-based violence (GBV) rose sharply in Zimbabwe in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown with the national GBV hotline recording a 200% increase. In a recent situation update, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said between January and September 2020 a total of 5 507 GBV cases were

Natsiraishe Maritsa, second right, goes through taekwondo kicking drills during a practice session with young boys and girls in the Epworth settlement about 15 km southeast of the capital Harare.

Zim Girl Uses Martial Arts To Warn Against Child Marriage

AP IN Zimbabwe, some girls are forced to marry as young as the age of 10 because of poverty or for traditional or religious reasons. One Zimbabwean teenager is using the sport of taekwondo to give girls from a poor community a fighting chance to have a better life. Natsiraishe Maritsa has been a fan

MCAZ Warns Against Use Of Veterinary Drugs On Covid-19 Patients

By Staff Reporter THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned against the use of veterinary drugs as treatment for Covid-19. This comes after the authority has been inundated with inquiries from different people seeking to know if one such drug is ideal for human use. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate the country

Sally Mugabe Hospital Midwives Down Tools Over Covid-19 PPEs

By Alois Vinga MIDWIVES manning Sally Mugabe Hospital’s maternity ward have withdrawn their services over lack of Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment. The health workers have also blamed health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for alleged failure to listen to their concerns. An executive with the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) at the hospital who preferred

Chipinge Orphanage Receives Festive Goodies From Diaspora Insurance

Felix Matasva MT. SELINDA, CHIPINGE – Child oriented organization Hope for Kids Wednesday handed over Z$55,000.00 worth of groceries donated by Diaspora Insurance to Daisy Dube Children’s home in Mt. Selinda, Chipinge in Manicaland province. The groceries were bought through proceeds donated by a United Kingdom and South Africa based Diaspora Insurance as part of

Zim’s Severe Food Insecurity Levels Up 27%

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWE’s severe food insecurity levels have risen to 27% against the backdrop of the Covid-19 induced economic hardships, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstats) has said. This is contained in the agency’s follow-up survey to the Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (PICES) of 2017 to 2019 released last December. “Further analysis

A chafer beetle, also called the Christmas beetle, climbs for cover in a musasa tree (brachystegia spiciformis) tree in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, on December 16, 2020. In Zimbabwean towns, food tastes have become westernised, but in the countryside, there remains a time-honoured tradition of eating insects, mopani worms and white ants -- the bounty of rich soil and luxuriant vegetation.

Crave For Fried Beetles Grows In Zimbabwe’s Countryside

AFP EARNMORE Chikavaza takes a mouthful of fried beetles and munches happily, downing the crunchy snack with a mouthful of water. He runs out of superlatives to sum up the benefits of a food that is healthy, tasty, organic and –a special advantage in a poor country –absolutely free. The delicacy is the chafer beetle,

Binga: Pleas For Help As Fire Guts Community Lodge

By Matabeleland North Correspondent Binga: Sinansengwe development community in Binga is appealing for more than US$300 000 to repair a community lodge recently destroyed by fire. Chizarira Lodge, located in Mucheni Conservancy along Zambezi River, was gutted by a veld fire  which reduced all 15 chalets including a reception area, storerooms and some equipment such

Mthuli Ncube

Citizens Demand Accountability From Govt Over Debt

Open Democracy IT WAS none to pleasing for citizens when news broke out in November that the central bank would soon offload its debts to taxpayers. The bank plans to transfer several billions of the debt it holds to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development after completing a debt consolidation exercise. The debt reportedly

Solomon Mguni

Bulawayo Re-Commissions Dams As Rains Improve Water Volumes

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE City of Bulawayo is set to commission three of its main water supply dams which were decommissioned early this year after they had run out of water. The city decommissioned Umzingwane, Upper Ncema and Lower Ncema, leaving itself with only three water supply dams. Bulawayo is serviced by six dams. However,

Security Forces Placing Bets On Women To Rape In Chiadzwa

By Leopold Munhende A report by the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) has revealed how some soldiers and police officers on duty are in the habit of cordoning off the Marange Diamond Fields and abusing women. The report claims the security forces were also in the habit of betting on who gets to rape