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Kudzai Makaza

Start-Up Finds Traction With Health Foods From Baobab, Bananas

How we made it in Africa A RECENT graduate in food processing technology at Harare Institute of Technology, Kudzai Makaza is determined to popularise healthy, traditional foods. Her company, Artisinal Foods, produces baobab juice, green banana flour, and green banana porridge. It’s busy and it’s loud, at the Mbare Musika market. It’s also five o’clock

Elderly men share a light moment while smoking at Melfort Old People's home on the outskirts of Harare. The economic ravages of COVID-19 are forcing some families in Zimbabwe to abandon the age old tradition of taking care of the elderly

Older People Sent To Homes Amid Pandemic

AP BANANA bread was served at a recent birthday party at Melfort Old People’s home, where a group of residents mustered a raspy happy birthday tune. Just a week after arriving at the facility, Rodrick Bhatare, in his 90s, said he felt a bittersweet moment at the celebration for a 103-year-old fellow resident. “I haven’t

Zimbabwe’s Young Mothers Staring Suicide In The Face

By Leopold Munhende WHEN *Shamiso fell pregnant at just 17, her parents forced her to elope. Supporting her in this instance was regarded as taboo. Like so many other unfortunate young mothers, she had to endure the tense atmosphere at her in laws’, reliving the harsh tales she had read about especially after giving birth

Sukoluhle Khabo, a small-scale farmer from Indibe village in Gwanda, uses drip irrigation to grow tomatoes and onions for family consumption and for sale

Renewable Energy Is Vital In Parched Rural Zimbabwe

New Frame UNDER partly cloudy skies, Lydia Mlilo, 56, fetches water from a communal tap in the sparsely populated village of Singeni. Any clouds are unusual in winter in this semi-arid land with nothing but teak forests, and to Mlilo they are not a sign of rain. The water in this Nkayi district village in Matebeleland

Covid Reverses Gains In AIDS, TB, Malaria Fight: Global Fund

By James Muonwa THE Covid-19 pandemic drastically cut back the gains made so far in the fight against three epidemics, namely HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, a Global Fund (GF) top official has said. In a note to mark the universal fund’s 20th anniversary this week, GF executive secretary, Peter Sands said successes of the

Ex-ZESA Workers Face Eviction In Kariba

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent AT least 18 families in Kariba are in a quandary after they were recently served with eviction notices to vacate Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) houses they are living in. The 30 September 2021 ultimatum to leave the properties has thrown most families, including those headed by pensioners, in

Esigodini Resident Resist ZINWA’s Pre-Paid Water Meters

By Bulawayo Correspondent ESIGODINI residents in Matebeleland South have resisted Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA)’s move to install pre-paid water meters in the peri-urban area. The residents insist the water utility should first address the water challenges in the area. ZINWA has started a pre-paid water meter pilot project in the area in preparation for

Health Ministry Allays Cholera Outbreak Scare In Chinhoyi

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE Health Ministry of Health has allayed fears there was an outbreak of cholera in Chinhoyi. This follows viral messages on social media platforms suggesting the water-borne disease had hit the Mashonaland West administrative capital. However, Mashonaland West provincial medical director, Gift Masoja told Thursday there was no

Positive Response On PSMAS Chronic Medicines Programme

By Own Correspondent PSMAS members with chronic conditions are positively responding to the call to register following the successful launch of the Chronic Medicines Programme on 1 September 2021. The programme is an initiative aimed at improving access to medications and health outcomes for PSMAS members with chronic medical conditions. PSMAS is dedicated to managing

Suicides Among Teachers On Rise

Anadolu Agency EVEN though suicide is considered the 19th most common cause of death in Zimbabwe, a slew of suicides by teachers has shocked the country. According to the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), as many as 380 teachers have committed suicides in the country from 2008-2020. The country boasts 136,000 school teachers teaching

Bulawayo Water Woes Set To End

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE water insecure Bulawayo City Council has received a timely boast following the completion of the installation of seven solar –powered boreholes in the city’s western suburbs. In March this year , Coca Cola Foundation and Danish Church Aid provided $US 50 000 for the drilling of the boreholes which are expected

WFP Promoting Goat, Chicken Production In Vulnerable Communities

By Staff Reporter Through the World Food Programme’s (WFP) integrated resilience programming, vulnerable populations in rural communities are being supported with innovative ways to reduce hunger. While climate-related droughts can affect crops and bigger livestock such as cattle, it does not have the same impact on small livestock such as chicken and goats. The WFP in

Refugee Farmer Harvests Success At Tongogara Camp

By Staff Reporter WHEN Jean Damacene arrived at the Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, he was 38 years old and hoping to return to his country Rwanda soon. However, 18 years later, the maize farmer is married with children – a boy and five girls – who live with him in the camp. To support

Binga Woman (61) Dies After Falling From Tree Fetching Wild Fruits

By Matabeleland North Correspondent BINGA: The need to fend for family ended in tragedy for a poor Binga woman who fell of a tree and died while gathering wild fruits. Sophia Mudimba (61) of Nampande village in Chief Sinakoma’s area died last week Wednesday allegedly after falling from a busika/mpapanyuka tree. The indigenous tree bears wild

PSMAS Introduces Chronic Care Programme

By Own Correspondent IN AN effort to improve access to medications for members with chronic medical conditions, Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) has introduced a Chronic Medicine Programme with effect from today (Wednesday). The Chronic Medicine Programme was established to provide a service to members requiring treatment for chronic medical conditions. PSMAS is dedicated to managing chronic

Kwekwe Man Trampled To Death By Elephant While Taking Selfie

News24 A man has reportedly died in Zimbabwe while trying to take a selfie with elephants. The elephant that charged at him was one of several that had escaped from a conservation area in central Zimbabwe. According to The Herald, the man was gored and dragged several metres by a large elephant before being trampled

SDA Urges Members To Get Covid Vaccine

By Kenneth Matimaire THE Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church has become one of the leading religious groups to openly encourage its members to embrace the Covid-19 vaccination exercise. The development comes at a time government eased lockdown, Level 4 to allow vaccinated members only to attend sit-in church services. This was expected to trigger a spike

13-year-Old Gwanda Boy Ventures Into Dog Breeding Business

By Bulawayo Correspondent WHILE most children of his age freeze at the sight of a vicious dog, an enterprising 13-year-old Gwanda boy, Siyabonga Zondo, has ventured into the despised but lucrative dog breeding and selling business. Most people in Zimbabwe prefer breeding livestock and rearing chickens which they consider to be of more economic value

42 Zimbabweans Join Mandela Washington Fellowship

By Staff Reporter THE US Deputy Ambassador Thomas Hastings to Zimbabwe has congratulated 42 of Zimbabwe’s newest alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Fellowship, which began in 2014, is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Since 2014, nearly 5,100

Outcry As Govt ‘Forces’ Schools To Reopen

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE government has been accused of “ambushing” parents, teachers and learners by ordering schools to reopen from next Monday. Schools have been closed for the past three months as the country grappled with the rise in new Covid-19 infections and deaths due to the outbreak of the third wave. However, cases of