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Health & Community

Women Make Progress In Fight For Property Rights

SW Radio MOST marriages in Zimbabwe are customary rather than legal unions that, if ended by divorce or death, leave the women empty handed. But a court ruling last year granted women the right to equal property if the marriage is registered. Thirty-nine-year-old Juliet Gwenere’s customary marriage of 12 years ended in 2016. She was

Honde Valley School Receives Book Donation From New Zealand Children at a primary school in Zimbabwe are enjoying stacks of pre-loved books, thanks in part to the team at Wellington City Libraries. Wendy Jacobs, who works at Waitohi in Johnsonville, was approached early last year by a customer, who was looking to send withdrawn library books to her old primary school in Zimbabwe.

Covid-19 Pandemic Worsening Child Marriages

Agencies CHILD marriage is an ongoing problem in Zimbabwe. One-third of girls across the country get married before their 18th birthday. Today, Simon Marijani – an Operation Mobilisation USA partner – explains how the Covid-19 pandemic worsens this problem. “We are currently in a lockdown, and this is where child marriages also begin to appear,”

1 500 Healthcare Workers Contract Covid-19, 8 Die

By Staff Reporter OVER 1 500 healthcare workers across the country have contracted the deadly Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the frontline workers remains a challenge at most public hospitals. Since last year, healthcare employees have been at war with the government over the shortage of PPEs. In a

MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora

MDC-T Urges Govt To Prioritise Ventilator, Vaccine Acquisition

By Staff Reporter MDC-T has urged government to prioritise the acquisition and provision of ventilators, vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment for citizens and those working in public hospitals. In a statement while responding to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address Saturday, MDC-T spokesperson Witness Dube also called on government to finalise plans to

Lions Roam Dete Centre, Kill Goats

By Matabeleland North Correspondent Dete: A pride of six lions is reportedly causing havoc around Dete in Hwange where it has killed goats with villagers now living in fear of being attacked. Six adult male lions and some cubs have reportedly camped at Dete centre where they patrol between the railway line and Marist Brothers

Zimbabwe Warns Over Rogue Covid-19 Medical Doctor

Xinhua THE Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) on Friday warned over the illegal practice of one Jacqueline Carey Stone, who is allegedly treating COVID-19 patients using unregistered medicines. In a statement, the MDPCZ said the public should be wary of Stone’s practice, as she does not have a valid license to practice

Medical Council Warns Over Social Media Adverts Of False Covid-19 Treating Drugs

By Ndatenda Njanike THE Medical and Mental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe has warned the public over social media adverts by some unscrupulous medical practitioners claiming to be able to treat Covid-19 using Ivermectin, Doxycycline and Nano Silver. In a statement Wednesday, the medical council dismissed claims that the drugs could be used as treatment for

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