SA sniffer dogs comb Chimanimani

SA sniffer dogs comb Chimanimani 1

South African police officers and their sniffer dogs searching for bodies underneath debris at Ngangu township in Chimanimani yesterday BY Everson Mushava/Tapiwa Zivira Rescue operations continued yesterday at Ngangu township, Chimanimani with sniffer dogs from South Africa identifying about 10 sites by midday where bodies are believed to be still buried in rubble following the Cyclone Idai floods that ravaged the Eastern Highlands a fortnight ago. Two teams, with sniffer dogs each, combed the debris, identifying sites to be excavated for possible recovery of dead bodies. The South African team,…

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Miners drag Mugabe’s business to court

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BY CHARLES LAITON Former President Robert Mugabe’s family business, Gushungo Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, has been dragged to court by two Mazowe miners, who are seeking an order to reinstate their dismissed land dispute with the former Head of State. The gold miners, Shepherd Nyazvigo, who is represented by Phillip Makanya in the matter together with his co-applicant, Bright Mawonga, recently filed a court application, seeking rescission of a default judgment granted against them in November last year. “In this application, the applicants (Makanya and Mawonga) are seeking an order to…

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Growing businesses through franchising

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Franchising as a business growth strategy for Africa There are many pathways of growing a business such as franchising, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and arrangements and strategic partnerships. This article will draw in on how African business can grow through the franchising model. South Africa is franchise industry leader in Africa. South African franchising industry has proven that African economies can grow using this business model. According to the Franchise Association of South Africa, the country has about 757 franchises systems and 35 111 franchise outlets. Franchising contributes about…

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Cyclone Idai claimed over 560 people, 500 still missing in Rusitu Valley: IOM

Cyclone Idai claimed over 560 people, 500 still missing in Rusitu Valley: IOM 8

Floods, during Cyclone Idai’s peak period, ploughed away entire houses and their foundations at Kopa, in Chipinge, nearly a fortnight ago BY RICHARD MUPONDE THE International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in Zimbabwe has pegged the Cyclone Idai-induced floods death toll at over 560, with 261 deaths recorded in Manicaland and about 300 bodies discovered on the Indian Ocean coast in neighbouring Mozambique. The bodies are believed to have been washed into Mozambique from Zimbabwe. In a report released on Monday, the IOM put the death toll in Manicaland alone at…

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Inexplicable puzzle of Cyclone Idai

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BY Everson Mushava/ Tapiwa Zivira A WRECKAGE of a Trip Trans bus – now a shell precariously perched on top of huge boulders, and pieces of broken trees and other debris – litters Nyapani River bed near Skyline in Chimanimani. The bus shell, which now lies in the river gorge about half a kilometre from the road, presents a chilling revelation of the might of Cyclone Idai, whose ferocious storm waters swept the bus into the river, killing three people. The bus, which has remained largely in one piece, except…

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Magaya church’s tax evasion trial kicks off

Magaya church’s tax evasion trial kicks off 12

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE The trial of Prophetic Healing and Deliverances (PHD) Ministries led by Walter Magaya, which is accused of evading paying income tax for sales valued at $28 706 040, kicked off yesterday with the church denying the allegations. PHD Ministries representative Nelson Marimo, who appeared before Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya, pleaded not guilty to four counts of violating the Income Tax Act, saying the church only received donations, tithes, offerings and contributions from its members, which he said were not taxable. Marimo, who was represented by Admire Rubaya…

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Stench leads to recovery of body

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Some of the graves of Cyclone Idai victims at Ngangu growth point in Chimanimani BY Everson Mushava/Tapiwa Zivira The rising stench of decomposing Cyclone Idai victims buried under debris at Ngangu in Chimanimani is now helping the recovery of bodies with residents saying sniffer dogs will quicken the pace of recovery of their missing relatives. NewsDay yesterday witnessed the body of a boy aged around 12 years being retrieved from debris of a house washed away by floods at Ngangu township’s new stands after being guided by the stench, two…

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New UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe presents credentials

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New UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe, Ms. Laylee Moshiri (left) presents her credentials in Harare to Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Hon. Dr. Sibusiso Moyo. UNICEF ZIMBABWE Newly-appointed UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe, Ms. Laylee Moshiri, on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 presented her credentials in Harare to Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Hon. Dr. Sibusiso Moyo. Ms. Moshiri will oversee the current five-year UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe, 2016-2020. Welcoming Ms. Moshiri to Zimbabwe, the Minister said that he looked forward to continuing to…

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10 vie for MDC vice-presidency

10 vie for MDC vice-presidency 18

BY OBEY MANAYITI JOSTLING for positions in the MDC has heightened with many high-ranking officials vying for senior positions ahead of the congress coming in two months’ time. Almost 10 names have been thrown into the ring for the vice-presidents’ positions and while others are reportedly lining themselves for the remaining top positions, among them secretary-general and the youth assembly. Although the congress process is progressing according to timelines provided in the guiding template, violence has been reported in other areas as some party members try to block their rivals…

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Anxious cyclone survivors still counting losses

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In Masvingo province, five people died, 5 257 households were affected and 511 left homeless, according to the statistics availed by the provincial information office BY TATENDA CHITAGU DEEP in the hills and valleys of Bikita, one of the districts in Masvingo most affected by the deadly Cylone Idai, survivors are still counting their losses as aid starts trickling into affected communities. Most of the country’s attention has been – understandably so – focussed on the worst affected districts of Chipinge and Chimanimani in Manicaland, where 259 died, over 16…

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