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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Zanu-PF to file opposing papers

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ZANU-PF says it will today file opposing papers against an election petition filed by MDC Alliance leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa, at the Constitutional Court challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 harmonised elections. Zanu PF Secretary for Legal Affairs, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, told ZBC News yesterday that a 12-member legal team is ready for the responses to the litigation by Mr Chamisa, with the opposing papers bearing testimony of the party’s commitment to safeguard the interest of the electorate. Indeed we shall be filing our opposing papers…

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Skin bleaching in Africa: An ‘addiction’ with risks

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Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies. She dismissed it as an urban myth. But it wasn’t long before she saw it with her own eyes. At a health centre in Lagos, a mother brought in a two-month-old infant who was crying in pain. “He had very large boils all over his body,” the soft-spoken 27-year-old Nigerian told AFP. “It seemed like they weren’t normal.” The baby’s mother explained that she had mixed a steroid cream with…

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Joyous Celebration star empowers girl children

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Nonhlanhla Mdluli burst on the scene as part of Joyous Celebration in the 1990s. She even found love and marriage in the ensemble to Power FM jock Thabo Mdluli. While she still works the corporate circuit as a vocalist, these days she is more concerned by the plight of young women that she has thrown herself into the cause wholly. “Having been in the music industry at 16, it wasn’t easy for a young woman in a space dominated by men and it still is, the challenges remain,” Mdluli says.…

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Simbisa Brands to invest $10million in Zimbabwe

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LISTED leading fast food chain, Simbisa Brands will invest about $10 million in setting-up 22 outlets across the country this year as it forges ahead to consolidate its local market. Simbisa Brands managing director Mr Warren Meares said the company will open 22 outlets in various places across the country as part of its expansion drive and efforts to consolidate its local market. “We are exceptionally happy with the business we are doing in Zimbabwe. We will be opening 22 branches. Our first complex is opening in Msasa (Harare) this…

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‘Chamisa poll petition was late’…Legal team calls for challenge dismisal

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The MDC Alliance missed the deadline to serve its poll petition on President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Constitutional Court should thus dismiss it, Zanu-PF’s lawyers have said. The ruling party also says the papers were not served at the address President-elect provided to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for purposes of the election. Further, the bulk of the other 21 Presidential candidates cited as respondents in the MDC Alliance’s petition yesterday said they had not been served with any papers, with some slamming the losing party’s leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa, for…

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Alleged child rapist wants bail because Westville prison is unhygienic

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The fear of contracting TB and the “unhygienic” living conditions at Westville prison are at the heart of why the man accused of the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl wants bail. The 26-year-old‚ who cannot be named until he enters a plea‚ appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Friday for a formal bail application. He was arrested 10 days ago at his home in Waterloo‚ a suburb in the north of Durban‚ near Verulam. Magistrate Irfaan Khalil ordered that the girl‚ who had been stabbed in the…

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19% of African medicines fake or dicey‚ say pharmacists

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One in five medicines in Africa is sub-standard or fake‚ say US scientists. In southern Africa‚ Malawi has the most medicines commonly sold in sub-standard or falsified condition‚ according to pharmacists from the University of North Carolina. South Africa’s problem is relatively small‚ they reported on Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open‚ after analysing 96 previous studies of falsified and substandard medicines in 63 low-income and middle-income countries. In much of the developing world‚ more than 13% of essential medicines that satisfy people’s priority health care needs are problematic‚…

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Teen nabbed for fertiliser abortion

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A TEENAGER from Tsholotsho has been arrested for unlawful termination of a six months old pregnancy using a fertiliser and water concoction Alvina Moyo (18) of Makwakweni area under Chief Magama terminated the pregnancy some time towards the end of July and her stepmother, Ms Princess Ngwenya (40), reported her to the police. Moyo was arrested, referred to Tsholotsho District Hospital for medical examinations and will appear in court soon. Matabeleland North police spokesperson Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the arrest of the suspect. “We arrested an 18-year-old female who…

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