Bulawayo City Council ‘forgets’ pre-election debt proposal

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BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) has threatened to disconnect water supplies to residents whose accounts are in arrears despite council resolution days before last month’s elections not to do so. Councillors last month resolved that the local authority should not disconnect water supplies to owing residents until September. However, the local authority on Friday wrote warning letters to some residents informing them of imminent water disconnections. The threat raises fears of the outbreak of diseases such as typhoid which is ravaging Gweru and cholera that claimed some lives in Chegutu in…

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Bag of cash stolen from parked car

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THREE burglars allegedly broke into a car in Beitbridge and stole a bag with R6 000 and $200 after smashing a window on the car’s passenger seat. The suspects who are on the run hit the car belonging to Mr Simbarashe Moyo of Dulibadzimu and stole a bag containing his particulars and money. The suspects fled from the scene soon after committing the crime and no arrest has been made so far. The incident occurred at around 4AM at Pagomba Leisure Spot on Monday. Matabeleland South police spokesperson Chief Inspector…

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Man (40) arrested for raping girl (10)

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A 40-YEAR-OLD man from Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly raping a 10 year old girl Joseph Machengete allegedly raped the minor on May 6 this year after taking advantage of her grandmother’s absence. Machengete pleaded not guilty to rape when he appeared before Bulawayo Regional magistrate Mr Joseph Mabeza. The magistrate remanded him in custody to August 22 for commencement of trial. Prosecuting, Mr Dumisani Ndlovu said Machengete went with the victim and her friend to his house saying that they were going to get his phone from the…

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Engineering chief’s sexist diatribe a blow to gender equality drive

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The South African Institute of Civil Engineering chief executive, Manglin Pillay, wrote what I essentially consider to be a demeaning, sexist and misogynistic article about women in the June addition of Civil Engineering magazine. He wrote: “Given that money, time and resources are constrained, and evidence pointing to women being predisposed to caring and people careers, should we be investing so heavily in attracting women into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, specifically engineering, or should we invest it in creating more gender equal societies?” This statement is…

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‘Let’s burn this court!’ Outrage as alleged killers of albino girl is postponed again

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Residents of Witbank expressed outrage on Tuesday after hearing the case against four men accused of abducting and killing an albino girl and her nephew was postponed yet again. “Let’s burn this court!” the 150-strong crowed chanted as they gathered outside the Witbank Magistrate’s Court. The four accused appeared via satellite from the Witbank Correctional Services Centre‚ where they have been kept since their arrest. Tensions flared outside the court behind the rolls of police tape used to keep the crowds away from the building. “The family has stayed with…

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Man up for ex-lover rape

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A 28-YEAR-OLD Nkayi man has been arrested for allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend twice after threatening her with an axe. In March this year, the victim had a misunderstanding with Tribe Lunga after she avoided to see him for some time due to his violent behaviour. She later ended their relationship and Lunga allegedly started accusing her of having affairs with other men and then raped her. Lunga appeared before Bulawayo regional magistrate Ms Sibonginkosi Mnkandla facing rape charges and was remanded in custody to August 23. Prosecuting, Ms Concilia Ncube…

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“She left, with a bit of help”: Chilling diary of mum who killed her four children

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Kathleen Folbigg, from New South Wales, Australia, was found guilty of killing her two sons and two daughters by suffocation between 1989 and 1999 The chilling diary entries of a mother who killed her four children have been revealed as the convicted murderer could be proven innocent 15 years after being jailed. Kathleen Folbigg, from New South Wales, Australia, was found guilty in 2003 of killing her two sons and two daughters by suffocation between 1989 and 1999. She is currently serving a 40-year sentence with a 30 year non-parole…

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CEO position remains closed for South African women‚ research suggests

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The number of female leaders at SA’s top companies remains exactly the same as it was in 2015‚ and has even dropped since 2012‚ new research shows. This is despite South Africa’s push for gender transformation in senior positions. The report shows that there has been moderate progress in gender transformation at executive level‚ but none whatsoever at CEO level. The research was conducted by search firm Jack Hammer for its annual publication. It investigates the leadership landscape in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This year‚ research focused…

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Let’s put elections behind us and work at fixing our economy‚ Mnangagwa urges in Heroes’ Day address

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa presided over Heroes’ Day celebrations in Harare on Monday and urged the nation to “put the election period behind us” and work together to fix the country’s economy. “The time for politics is over. It’s now time for action‚ production and service delivery. We are a bold and brave nation of warriors and so let us therefore march forward in peace‚ harmony and love‚” said Mnangagwa in his address delivered at the Heroes’ Acre shrine. He also reiterated his position that the MDC Alliance was responsible…

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Woman dies after her boyfriend beat her up on her birthday

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A woman died on Thursday, the day she was celebrating her 42nd birthday after being brutally beaten by her boyfriend. The South African woman identified as Manotsi Lemao passed away at her cousin’s place after the brutalisation. The deceased’s cousin, Mateboho Selokoma, from Phase 6 kasi in Mangaung, said she discovered the truth after her husband (Mr. Selokoma) went to collect some money from Manotsi. “He found the boyfriend. He told him that he and Manotsi had a fight earlier and she was sleeping,” said Mateboho. “I then went to…

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