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Zim inflation spikes to 175,66%

BY STAFF REPORTER ZIMBABWE’S year-on-year inflation rate for the month of June 2019 rose sharply by 77,75 percentage points to 175,66% from 97,85% in May 2019, driven by increases in the price of basic goods, the statistics agency reported yesterday. “The month-on-month food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation rate stood at 55,07% in June 2019, gaining 37,44 percentage points on the May 2019 rate of 17,63%. The month-on-month non-food inflation rate stood at 31,23%, gaining 21,11 percentage points on the May 2019 rate of 10,12%” the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) said. The month-on-month inflation rate in June 2019 was 39,26%, gaining 26,72 percentage points on the May 2019 rate of 12,54%. The annual inflation rate has been on the rise since the beginning of the year. It o...

Collabos pay off for Chawira

Rising gospel musician Letty Chawira is basking in glory after a string of collaborations with some West African musicians. The post Collabos pay off for Chawira appeared first on Nehanda Radio. NehandaRadio

Zhakata turns down show on 11th hour

Zora music star Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata last Friday cancelled this gig at last minute, leaving fans stranded. Zhakata was billed to perform at City Sports Bar, but aborted the show on the 11th hour with reports that he failed to agree with management at the joint over payments. The post Zhakata turns down show on 11th hour appeared first on Nehanda Radio. NehandaRadio

Zim plans factories for 63 districts

ZIMBABWE plans to set up at least one factory in each of the country’s 63 districts as authorities attempt to improve standards of living for people in economically backward areas. BY FIDELITY MHLANGA The recently launched Zimbabwe National Industrial Policy (ZNIDP), spanning 2019-2023, intends to promote decentralisation of industrialisation initiatives in line with devolution that recognises that the majority of Zimbabweans are domiciled in the rural areas. “Government will promote industrialisation through provision of incentives and targeted financing, policy support and business development services for the establishment of micro, small, medium and large scale manufacturing industries in rural areas in line with available local resources. There shall be a deliberate thrust to develop ...

‘Parliamentary Committees recommendations should be taken seriously’

GOVERNMENT should implement recommendations made by Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chiri and Parliament before allocating any funds to line ministries, a legislator has urged. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI Chairperson of the portfolio committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development , Felix Mhona made the suggestion while addressing a budget analysis workshop for lawmakers held in Bulawayo recently. “It is high time our recommendations as Parliamentary Committees are taken seriously and feed into the national budget. I believe that it is time that this new dispensation ensures that no public funds are disbursed to any line ministry without the Executive implementing the recommendations raised by the Auditor General as well as Parliament, especially, those from the post audit committee, the Public ...

I was an alcohol addict… Cal_Vin opens up about substance abuse

By Bruce Ndlovu When multi-award-winning rapper Cal_Vin came back from the United Kingdom at the end of 2017, he finally came face to face with his worst fears. Cal_Vin (@puzzlemoment_pictures) For a while before that tour, the rapper had realised that he would start shaking in the mornings following an alcohol binge. Now, instead of just affecting him after heavy drinking sessions, the shakes had started grabbing him while he was imbibing as well. It was then that the doctor diagnosed him with an alcohol-related ailment. The wordsmith was drowning in the generous amounts of alcohol he was taking on a regular basis and his doctor told him that he should stop. If he did not, his body would give in. Related Articles “When I came back from the UK I discovered that I had this condition and my ...

Miss Tourism Zimbabwe stutters

By Prince Mushawevato The glitzy Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ) pageant is hanging in the balance due to lack of sponsorship, The Sunday Mail Society has learnt. Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ) Bulawayo queen Anelisiwe Ndebele flanked by first princess Sibuisiwe Falala and second princess Tendai Sibanda (left) In addition, an impeccable source from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) told this publication that “the pageant is no longer a priority to the tourism body”. “There has been a shift in the destination marketing strategy and events like Miss Tourism are no longer of top value to ZTA,” revealed the inside source who declined to be named. But ZTA head of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti shed some light on the pageant. He said the Authority has embarked on a massive restructuring process, whi...

Disabled models defies odds, takes to the ramp at Miss Deaf Zim 2019

On Jul 12, 2019 7,826 1 By Bubelo Moyo “THE human spirit is one of ability, perseverance and courage that no disability can steal away and it’s not our disabilities that count but our abilities.” Thandinkosi Sibanda This is a living philosophy for a 23-year-old hearing impaired Bulawayo model Thandinkosi Sibanda also known as Thandy who has been in the shadows despite making recognisable progress on the ramp. Thandy as Sibanda is affectionately known in the modelling industry is the reigning Miss Deaf Zimbabwe and is set to defy odds as she is representing the country at the Miss Deaf World 2019 to be held in South Africa this Friday. Speaking to B-Metro through her manager who is also her interpreter, Madeline Johana, Thandy said despite facing challenges in her preparations she was hopef...

I am more mature: Leeknotic

By Bubelo Moyo Afro-pop musician, dancer and producer Leeknotic, real name Leroy Mhike, says his sound has matured from his initial music with the release of his new song and video- My Babe. Leeknotic My Babe featuring Amvis Music, is off Leeknotic’s forthcoming EP (Extended Play) he is yet to name, but ready for release. My Babe, directed by multi-award winning director Andy Cutta talks of a woman who is caught up in two situations. One with her wealthy boyfriend who seems not to give her attention and affection and then a situation where she finds herself with another guy, who the an opposite of the former — he is not rich, all he can afford is time and affection. The video which was released on Tuesday morning on online video sharing platform, YouTube. Leeknotic’s last works are feature...

I like controversy: Dope Queen

By Latwell Nyangu South Africa based music promoter and socialite Tanyaradzwa “Dope Queen” Masango admits controversy runs in her DNA. She is also proud of having changed her name and bleached her skin. The 31-year-old grabbed the headlines when it was raised she was seeing Soul Jah Love. H-Metro’s Latwell Nyangu (LN) caught up with the dancehall queen. Related Articles L N: How has controversy been part of your game plan? DP: Yes I know I am controversial because I stand up for myself and my brand. You see dancehall has always been a male dominated industry whereby if they see a brainy woman trying to rise, they will crush her dream. Show me which woman have you ever heard of who made it far in dancehall? Is it because we don’t have females that do dancehall or it’s because some people cr...

Agony of a young music producer!

By Trust Khosa Music production is one area where those with the Midas touch are hard to ignore. Maselo It’s also sector where quality and brilliance remain engraved in the minds of many for a while if the final product maintains its supremacy. So demanding is the sector since those with the creative edge have managed to remain on top. Related Articles There are however some producers who have remained underground despite being talented while others do lack modern equipment to be counted among the elite. With the advent of new technology, it now requires one to be on their toes and embrace new challenges. However, there are some top music producers on home turf who despite being household names still bemoan lack of professionalism among service providers. In this case, musicians – both sea...

SA’s Nampak makes progress in talks for glass unit sale

JOHANNESBURG — South African diversified packaging group Nampak has made significant progress in negotiations to sell its Glass business, it said yesterday. Nampak, which operates in 11 African countries as well as Ireland and the United Kingdom, began exploratory discussions with a number of strategic players in 2018. In February, Nampak said following its decision to sell the glass unit, it initiated a “competitive” disposal process, which resulted in the firm entering into an exclusivity arrangement with the preferred bidder. The sale was originally scheduled to be concluded by April 2019. The preferred bidder was a black South African-owned company supported by a large international corporation with significant glass expertise, the firm said at that time. “The parties are still fully c...