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Highlanders run out of steam?

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Kelvin Kaindu

Ricky Zililo Senior Sports Reporter
COULD it be the same old story for Highlanders FC to be on top of the Premiership table at mid-season as is the case now and then fizzle out as competition gets hotter as what has happened during the past two seasons?Twice, Bosso have been pipped to the title by old nemesis Dynamos on goal...

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PSL lose relegation battle

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Twine Phiri

Ricky Zililo Senior Sports Reporter
CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League received a blow over the weekend when the Zifa Assembly agreed to relegate four teams and promote the same number of clubs from the four regional Division One Soccer leagues.This means that 25 percent of the topflight teams will be chopped at the end of the league.

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Barker happy with Warriors duo

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Partson Jaure

Aaron Dube in Johannesburg, South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA’S Pretoria University coach Steve Barker is hopeful that his two Zimbabwean recruits will be available when the Absa Premier Soccer League games start. The two Warriors players are already on the books of the Pretoria outfit.

Barker rates the Warriors steely defender Partson Jaure...

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Dube to write off Zifa debts

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Cuthbert Dube

Ngqabutho Moyo Sports Reporter
ZIFA’S accounts were adopted last Friday by national association president, Cuthbert Dube saying he would write off debts Zifa owed his companies.The consolidated financial audited statements for the years ended 2011, 2012 and 2013 after deliberations by the assembly at the prestigious Zifa Village and...

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Makomo FC beat ZRP Hwange

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soccerTobias Mandoreba Hwange Correspondent
MAKOMO FC demonstrated their championship credentials when they prevailed 1-0 over third placed ZRP Hwange in a tense and fiercely contested encounter at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.The result saw them stay in contention for the Zifa Matabeleland North Division Two league  title.

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Mighty Stars extend unbeaten run

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Ngqabutho Moyo Sports Reporter
MIGHTY Stars continued on their unbeaten path with a 33-29 win over long time rivals ZRP in the Matabeleland South Netball Gwanda Region league on Saturday.Mighty Stars have not beaten ZRP in four encounters. The results have however been very close.

John Dube, the spokesperson for the Matabeleland South netball body...

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Mtshingwe win junior cricket tourney

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EMAKHANDENI’S Mtshingwe Primary School won the third edition of the Baines Junior Dumisani Mankunzini Winter Cricket Festival after beating the hosts by two wickets in the final on Saturday.Mtshingwe, participating for the first time in the competition, managed to surpass the 99 runs target set by Baines in the final and hit 100 to...

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Tsholotsho FC shoot to the top

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Ngqabutho Moyo Sports Reporter
CHAMPIONSHIP favourites Tsholotsho FC have shot to the top of the Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League after beating Mpumalanga United 2-0 at Tsholotsho Business Centre at the weekend.Tsholotsho FC went into the weekend just two points behind table toppers Technosphere who were inactive.

Lizwe Sweswe, the...

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SA back on top of the world

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After a riveting, un-Youtubeable day of cricket, South Africa are back at the top of the Test rankings. The settings were dramatic – leaden skies for most of the day, four or more men poised round the bat, the indefatigable spinners rifling through their overs and some of the world’s most flamboyant batsmen in the middle.

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Hamilton ‘shocked’ by team orders

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Lewis Hamilton controversially defied team orders to deny his Mercedes team-mate and world championship rival Nico Rosberg a probable victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.Hamilton was told three times to give way to Rosberg, who was on a different strategy, but decided to hold his ground. His refusal to follow the instruction from the Mercedes pit...

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ZITF Company launches WASHen expo

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Noma Ndlovu

Oliver Kazunga Senior Business Reporter
THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company has launched another sector-specific exhibition aimed at creating awareness in  the water, sanitation, hygiene and energy  industries.The expo, which is called WASHen, is scheduled   for September 25 and 26 at the Zimbabwe International E...

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Innscor pours $1,5m into southern region expansion

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Innscor fast food outlets in Bulawayo

Oliver Kazunga Senior Business Reporter
INNSCOR’S fast foods division will in the next 12 months spend more than $1,5 million on expanding its operations in the southern region, a development expected to boost employment levels.The division, which owns outlets such as Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Fish Inn, Creamy...

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BAT Zimbabwe records $5,3m profit

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US DollarsSenior Business Reporter
CIGARETTE manufacturer BAT Zimbabwe has posted a profit after tax of $5,3 million in the six months to June underpinned by an aggressive  cost-cutting strategy and lower share-based payments to meet the country’s ownership regulations.During the same period last year, the firm recorded a $1,4 million loss.

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Ministers to explore Russia’s mining sector opportunities

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Minister Chinamasa

Harare Bureau
FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa are in Moscow to explore opportunities in the mining sector. The visit is in response to invitations from the Russian authorities. The two ministers left for the eastern European country on Sunday....

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ZSE to set up SMEs fund

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THE Zimbabwe Stock Exchange is mulling establishing a revolving facility that will be used by small to medium enterprises wishing to undertake a primary listing on the impending SMEs bourse.Chief executive Alban Chirume told the 19th edition of Mine Entra held at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair exhibition park in Bulawayo last...

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340 register for Tour de Tuli

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
A TOTAL of 340 tourists from across the globe will this year participate in the annual Tour de Tuli tourism expedition which will be held in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTCA) early next month, an official has said.The conservation area, which is located on the western side of Beitbridge...

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Call for legislation to protect companies from imports

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Business Reporter
ECONOMIC commentators have urged the government to craft legislation that will protect local industries from imports that continue to flood the market.In separate interviews, economic commentators concurred that the continued influx of some cheap imported products on the market was leading to the demise of local industries.

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VP post: Mohadi joins race

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Cde Mohadi

Nduduzo Tshuma Senior Political Reporter
ZANU-PF politburo member and Home Affairs Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi yesterday said he was ready to take up the Zanu-PF Vice Presidency if nominated by the people at the party’s elective congress in December.Cde Mohadi who is also Beitbridge East legislator said Zanu-PF was a democratic party and...

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Renaming of streets in honour of President, Dr Nkomo put on hold

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Dr Nkomo

Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
ZANU-PF Matabeleland South provincial co-ordinating committee has put on hold discussions on proposals to rename two streets in Gwanda town after President Mugabe and the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo.There was confusion on Sunday on the matter as it emerged that a councillor had approached Zanu-PF...

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Youth league behind First Lady

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amai grace mugabeHarare Bureau
ZANU-PF provincial youth leagues have thrown their weight behind the appointment of First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe as Secretary for the Women’s League at the party congress slated for December.The Women’s League last week recommended her appointment to the position and Matabeleland North and South are also supporting the proposal.

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Truck-bus crash kills 18

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The wrecks of the Sprinter bus and Hino truck which collided along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road yesterday morning

Thupeyo Muleya and Walter Mswazie Chronicle Reporters
EIGHTEEN people died in a horrific crash yesterday morning when a Mercedes Benz Sprinter collided head on with a South Africa registered Hino truck at the 206km peg along the...

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Mohadi invited to South Africa for Zimbabweans’ permit talks

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Minister Kembo Mohadi

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabweans working in South Africa whose work permits expire in December will know their fate on Thursday after Pretoria invited Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi for a meeting over the matter.An estimated 250,000 Zimbabweans were given work permits under a special dispensation by the South...

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Chief Pashu calls for open debate on VP’s post

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
ZANU-PF leaders from Matabeleland should openly discuss the vice presidency issue in time to allow party members to identify suitable candidates ahead of the December elective congress, Chief Pashu of Binga District has said.Contributing to the on-going debate on who should succeed the late Vice President Landa John...

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Baba Jukwa saga: Officials urged to co-operate

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Harare Bureau
POLICE have urged officials being called in to assist with investigations in the Baba Jukwa saga to fully co-operate with them after it emerged that some were not forthcoming.The matter is being handled by officers from the CID Law and Order Section and most of the people are being summoned to the Police General Headquarters.

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$60m Egodini shopping complex deal to be finalised

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Patrick Chitumba Senior Reporter
LAWYERS representing Bulawayo Council and a South African contractor are meeting to finalise the $60 million deal to upgrade the Basch Street Terminus into a state-of-the-art shopping complex and regional transit centre.South African civil engineering firm Terracotta (Pvt) Ltd won the tender ahead of two other...

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Ministries delay re-alignment of laws

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Farirai Machivenyika Harare Bureau
THE government ministries are delaying the re-alignment of laws with provisions of the new Constitution by failing to submit drafts to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to work on them for onward submission to Cabinet.This was said by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent...

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UN calls for Gaza ceasefire

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Ban Ki-moon

Gaza – Israel eased its offensive in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply yesterday, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire.As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, an Israeli military...

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Rates rigging costs Lloyds $370 million

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US DollarsBritain’s Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines totalling $370 million to US and British authorities investigating its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and manipulating fees for a UK government lending scheme.The settlement is the seventh joint penalty handed out by American and British regulators in connection with the...

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Libya slides into chaos

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John Kerry

A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control yesterday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the Nato-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.Combat over control of the nearby airport forced firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to extinguish...

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Ukraine claims more territory from rebels

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Navi Pillay

Ukraine said yesterday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.Ukrainian officials said troops had recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash site and...

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Female suicide bomber targets Nigeria fuel station

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Boko Haram fighters

A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano yesterday, killing one other person, a military source said.The source gave no other details about the attack. It was the third bomb attack in Kano in just 24 hours.

On Sunday, a bomber hurled explosives at worshippers in a...

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Mernat Mafirakurewa: A Principled, candid journalist

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Mernat Mafirakurewa: A Principled, candid journalist

Gone too soon: The late Chronicle Business Editor Mernat Mafirakureva

 Edwin Ndlovu
After a church service on Sunday morning, October 24, 2010, l quickly drove home as I was supposed to brief a few journalists about our provincial meeting resolutions. As the provincial media person then, l was supposed to make sure our pending congress in January...

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The Arabs are not gone from ‘Eretz Israel’

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Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza

Paul Findley
While viewing the massacre of Gazans, you may wonder why 1,7 million Arabs are crowded on that tiny strip of seashore and are being bombed day and night into death and ruins by Israel’s powerful military machine. A glimpse of history is timely.Facts set forth below are little known in the...

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Editorial Comment: Residents have obligation to pay bills

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zimplogoBulawayo is reported to have issued about 3,000 final demand notices to residents with outstanding bills and this operation has so far covered four suburbs. Most of the residents in the affected suburbs have been issued with these letters of demand. The council resorted to this legal route after the High Court barred local authorities from...

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Hague court orders Russia to pay over $50bn in Yukos case

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The Hague’s arbitration court ruled yesterday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in oil giant Yukos $51,6 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.The arbitration panel in the Netherlands said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim,...

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Breaking News: 15 die in accident

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By Thupeyo Muleya
Fifteen people died on the spot when a UD truck collided head on with a Mercedes Benz sprinter at the 83km peg along the Beitbridge-Masvingo highway at around 3 am today. Initial police reports indicate that the UD truck encroached into the right...

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‘So far so good’ – Zanu-PF

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Cde Rugare Gumbo

It is a few days before the first anniversary of July 31, 2013 elections in which Zanu-PF handed the opposition MDC parties a crushing defeat. Many things have happened since, with Zanu-PF having to contend with its internal issues and the economy, as a singular party in Government. Is Zanu-PF feeling any heat in light of these...

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash; It was Putin’s missile!

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Vladimir Putin

Pepe Escobar
And here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists”, armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up.

Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary “We c...

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Editorial Comment: Methane gas extraction boon for Mat’land

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zimplogoTHE historic announcement by government last week that the extraction of coal-bed methane gas in Lupane has started is game-changer as it means that the country’s energy needs might soon be met. It comes after years of exploratory work by different companies. Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa said on Wednesday last week that...

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Bantu hold Bosso

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Highlanders FC striker Charles Sibanda (left) chases the ball closely monitored by Bantu Rovers’ Raphael Kutinyu during a Premiership match played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday

Ricky Zililo Senior Sports Reporter
Bantu Rovers 0-0 Highlanders
HIGHLANDERS FC had their lead at the top of the table reduced to one point after being held to a...

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Dynamos beat Caps

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Callisto Pasuwa

Eddie Chikamhi Harare Bureau
Dynamos 2-1 CAPS United
RUSSEL Madamombe failed to make an impact last week when he was given a rare starting place in a cup game against Caps United but yesterday the forward needed just a minute on the pitch to make the difference as Dynamos rallied back to claim a crucial win at the National Sports...

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Hwange rediscover blistering form

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Bigboy Mawiwi

Tobias Mandoreba Hwange Correspondent
Hwange 2-0 Harare City
THE smiles returned to the faces of the passionate and soccer crazy Hwange fans after the coalminers rediscovered their blistering form to compound Harare City’s misery after a Castle Lager Premier league match played at the Colliery Stadium yesterday.

After enduring a...

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Murape ready to take Spurs to PSL

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Shepherd Murape

Aaron Dube from Johannesburg, South Africa
FORMER national team coach Shepherd Murape says he will approach the National First Division games differently this season.
He says in the past his Witbank Spurs side have been found wanting from the start.Murape is thrilled about what he saw during pre-season training. His team started...

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Moyo targets second victory

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Elvis Moyo

 Sports Reporter
STOCKY cage fighter Elvis “Bulawayo Bomber” Moyo is targeting his second victory in mixed martial arts and is geared up to face Wilhelm ‘’Tiny’’ Strauss on August 7.The former Tshaka Youth Centre boxer, who was banned from boxing in South Africa, is confident of bouncing back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats...

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BBPA calls for abolishment of betting

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Ngqabutho Moyo Sports Reporter
THE Beitbridge Pool Association (BBPA) chairperson Sam Siment has called for the abolishment of betting in pool tournaments.
Siment said this last week at a tournament held in the border town.Tournament organisers failed to raise money for the prizes, prompting players to resort to challenge games.

In the tournament,...

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Winning start for Chiredzi coach

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Chiredzi 2-1 Buffaloes
Chiredzi registered their first home win on coach Gishon Ntini debut match as head coach of the Lowveld side when they beat Buffaloes at Chishamiso yesterday.

Chiredzi started as the better side in the first half with their talisman Marlvin Gaki causing all sorts of problems to the visiting defence.

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Juice Box video launch a success

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Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
PROFESSIONAL and polished are words that describe former teen queen Shanice Alaina Pullen’s much anticipated music video Juice Box feat Blazy Boi as it was launched successfully on Saturday evening at Old Miltonians Sports Club.The music video was produced and directed by Andy Sobhuza aka Andy Cutta and...

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Jah Prayzah lives up to his billing

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
Jah Prayzah put up a top-notch performance justifying his billing as one of Zimbabwe’s most sought after performers, in Bulawayo on Friday night.The NAMA award winner lived up to his billing as his good vocals, perfect dance routines and exceptional organisation of instruments setting the bar high for musical...

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Zhakata thrills at talent show

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
LEGENDARY musician-cum-pastor, Leonard Karikoga Zhakata thrilled fans who had thronged the UFIC Bulawayo branch for a Mic Challenge Talent Show on Saturday afternoon.The Mugove hitmaker was also the guest judge at the show which had more than 300 people in attendance.

The talent search, which had 10 contestants,...

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Public to nominate anti-corruption commissioners

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
MEMBERS of the public will for the first time nominate commissioners to the anti-corruption commission as provided for in the new constitution.Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma yesterday called on members of the public to nominate candidates of their choice, saying the term of office for the eight commissioners expired...

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