SA-based Sotsha Fire cheers people with lockdown party song

The Chronicle - ZW - 3 ore 35 min fa
Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Correspondent SOUTH AFRICA-based Afro-pop musician Sotsha Fire (real name Otnel Sangweni) has dropped a party song meant to cheer his fans amid the ongoing lockdown and pandemic in South Africa as well as Zimbabwe. The song titled E Partyn was produced by Toisen and Sotsha Fire and is being distributed under the […]
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Intercessor, Trevor D release love jam

The Chronicle - ZW - 3 ore 40 min fa
Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Correspondent SOUTH Africa-based up-and-coming Zimbabwean musician, Intercessor (real name Mthandazi Nyathi) has charmed his fans after he joined forces with urban grooves muso Trevor D for a single titled Sobabili. The track that was released this past Saturday is a remix to the original which was part of his 2019 album titled […]
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Sandy, more than 20 years in the arts industry and still rocking it

The Chronicle - ZW - 3 ore 52 min fa
Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent If there is an artiste who definitely understands the arts industry and knows just how to penetrate it, it’s definitely Sandra Ndebele. The musician-cum-dancer who is in a celebratory mood after celebrating her 39th birthday on January 3 has released a series of captivating photos where she is clad in black […]
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Sahara desert: Rare snowfall leaves extraordinary pattern on sand dunes

The Chronicle - ZW - 5 ore 22 min fa
Snow has fallen in the Sahara Desert after temperatures dropped to -3C (27F). Karim Bouchetata recorded the rare event in Ain Sefra, Algeria, with thawing ice creating beautiful patterns on the sand. The Sahara Desert, which covers most of Northern Africa, has gone through shifts in temperature over the past few hundred thousand years – […]
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Veteran Social Worker, Top Academic Violet Matimba Dies

New Zimbabwe - 6 ore 21 min fa

By Crisford Chogugudza

VETERAN social worker and educationist, Mrs Violet Matimba passed away on 30th November 2020 in the United Kingdom.

She was 76 and is survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Matimba died of natural causes which are however not Covid related. She was born Violet Masuku on 3rd June 1944 in Esigodini, south of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Matimba received her early education at Mabhikwa Primary School in Lupane, Matabeleland North.

She would later receive her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe in 1987 and master’s degree from the prestigious Harvard University in 1991, respectively.

The late educationist started her university teaching career at the School of Social, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1992.

She later emigrated to the UK where she worked in various London Boroughs and departments of Children’s Services in the UK until her retirement in 2014.

Whilst in UK, Matimba helped a lot of Zimbabwe based social workers relocate to the UK to practise social work in the early 2000s.

According to her Australian based son, Nhlanganiso John Matimba, Mrs Matimba also established and developed the curriculum and taught at South East Essex College Department of Social Work during her time in the UK.

At the time of her death, she was reviewing social work publications on a part time basis.

Matimba had a passion for teaching social work and practice, promoting children and women’s rights; she liked gospel music and was an ardent church goer.

Those who knew her well say, ‘’she was amazing and had a formidable intellect’’.

In her, they saw a visionary, a woman with a disciplined mind ready to instil wisdom into many.

Matimba’s passing is undoubtedly a great loss to the social work fraternity in Zimbabwe and the UK.

She was an excellent academic and lecturer who was very popular with her students at School of Social Work of the University of Zimbabwe, where she spent considerable time as a lecturer and warden at Montrose Hostel in Harare.

She contributed immensely towards the curriculum development and teaching standards at the School of Social Work where she taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Matimba’s expert knowledge of social work education and practice was an inspiration to many. Having a Harvard educated lecturer in her mould was a blessing to many students at the University of Zimbabwe. She engendered a true love of social work through her innovative ways of teaching and her high standards and expectations.

In her, high standards, details and focus mattered.  A former student described Matimba as ‘’irreplaceable and an inspirational lecturer’’, who was a force for good.

The imprints of her contributions to social work education and practice will endure and resonate more profoundly with the passing of time. Most importantly, her generosity, wisdom and sense of humour made such a huge difference to those who knew her.

Matimba was so much more than an academic and an intellectual. She was a great human being with a magnanimous heart. Her loss has left a gaping hole in the hearts of all who knew her, and she will be sorely missed.

She was not only an academic but a mother and counsellor to many students some of whom experienced social problems and found comfort in her counsel. Dr Ian Ndhlovu, a close family friend, former student and colleague of Matimba described her as, ‘’a dedicated academic, mother and Christian’’.

He added that the social work profession has been robbed of an inspirational individual but was blessed to have had her amongst leading touch bearers.

Finally, it must also be noted that 2020 saw the death of a few outstanding social work practitioners such as Dr Charles Dziro, a former UZ lecturer and former member of the Council for Social Workers and Jackson Nyoni (61), a veteran social worker, community leader and academic based in Bulawayo.

Dr Cris Chogugudza is a social worker, journalist and academic based in England. He can be reached at crisford02@yahoo.co.uk

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It’s a must win – Captain Nekati

The Chronicle - ZW - 6 ore 38 min fa
Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter AFTER narrowly losing 1-0 to hosts Cameroon in the opening match of the Chan finals in Yaoundé last Saturday, the Warriors are confident of saving their campaign and avoiding an early exit by beating Burkina Faso on Wednesday. Just like the Warriors, Burkina Faso lost their first match 1-0 to […]
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Lionel Messi sent off as Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao

The Financial Gazette - 7 ore 8 min fa

Lionel Messi was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career as they were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.

Lionel Messi’s only previous red cards had been for Argentina

Messi, in his 753rd appearance for Barca, swung at Asier Villalibre in the final seconds of extra time – an incident spotted by the VAR.

Barca led twice through Antoine Griezmann but Oscar de Marcos and Villalibre, in the final minute, scored as Athletic replied each time.

Inaki Williams scored a fine winner.

The game in Seville was set to be remembered as an entertaining encounter – and for Athletic’s second trophy since 1985 – until the late drama.

Messi lashed out at goalscorer Villalibre off the ball in the 120th minute. The referee missed the clash at the time before viewing it on the VAR screen and dismissing Messi.

The 33-year-old had only been sent off twice before, both for Argentina – on his international debut against Hungary in 2005 and in the 2019 Copa America third-place play-off against Chile.

He could now be banned for at least four domestic games, with Super Cup suspensions carrying over to league and cup matches.

After the match Villalibre celebrated by playing the trumpet for his team-mates on the pitch.

Barcelona were seconds away from winning the Super Cup for a 14th time, in what would have been a first trophy under Ronald Koeman’s reign. It would also have been an eighth Super Cup for Messi, in what could be his final season at Barca with his contract coming to an end this summer.

Griezmann put them ahead after Messi’s shot was blocked before De Marcos scored from Williams’ cross moments later.

Athletic’s Raul Garcia had a header disallowed by the VAR and then Griezmann converted from Jordi Alba’s cross.

But in the final minute, substitute Villalibre volleyed home to force extra time. Williams’ excellent winner soon after the restart came as he got the ball on the edge of the box and curled into the top corner.

Athletic, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the semi-finals, have beaten Real and Barca in consecutive games for the first time since 1960.

The defeat comes just as Barca – who needed penalties to beat Real Sociedad in the semis – and their captain were finding form. It was a first defeat in 10 games for the Catalan side and it ends Messi’s run of four goals in two games and six in five. – bbc.com

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Australian Open: Two players test positive amid quarantine row

The Financial Gazette - 7 ore 18 min fa

TWO Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event.

A third case involved a “non-playing participant”, according to the state of Victoria’s chief health officer.

Some 1,200 people, including players, staff and officials, have flown into Australia for the tournament, which begins on 8 February.

But a row over quarantine rules has cast a shadow over the upcoming event.

Some players have expressed frustration about being confined to hotel rooms full-time while other rivals are not. And some residents in Melbourne – a city which endured one of the world’s longest lockdowns last year – have their own concerns about the potential Covid risk posed by the tournament.

Positive cases on three flights have forced 72 players into full quarantine, meaning they have to isolate full-time in their hotel room for 14 days instead of being allowed outside to train like other participants.

It has angered some players, and led world number one Novak Djokovic to lobby authorities to relax quarantine rules for players – including shorter periods.

The suggestions earned him criticism from Australian player Nick Kyrgios and were rebuffed by Victoria state authorities who want to keep infections at very low levels. State Premier Daniel Andrews said the measures were necessary to protect the public and tennis stars would get “no special treatment”.

Following that, Kyrgios tweeted a news clip of the saga on Monday night and wrote: “Djokovic is a tool.”

The outspoken Australian, ranked 47th in men’s singles, has previously criticised Djokovic over the coronavirus, after the Serb organised an exhibition event last year in which he and others contracted the virus.

“That’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. THIS IS NOT A JOKE,” Kyrgios wrote at the time. ‘No perspective’

Many connected to the Australian Open have expressed frustration over their forced isolation, most commonly for the disruption to player preparation.

Kyrgios also criticised the girlfriend of fellow Australian player Bernard Tomic after she featured in the same news clip complaining about the hotel food and having to wash her hair by herself.

“[She] obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes,” Kyrgios wrote in the same tweet. Vanessa Sierra has since said that her comments were taken out of context and that she had received death threats, after her “I don’t wash my own hair” quote was mocked online.

Kyrgios’ comments have largely been popularly received in Australia, where many have rubbished some players’ attitudes to virus restrictions. – bbc.com

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McGregor vs Poirier 2: Is Conor McGregor ready to dominate UFC again?

The Financial Gazette - 7 ore 30 min fa

UFC superstar Conor McGregor makes his first trip to the octagon in a year on Saturday when he takes on American Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.

The Irishman, 32, was last in action when he beat Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds last January.

The former two-weight world champion announced his retirement in June, saying he was “bored of the game”, but now he’s back – and according to reports from his camp “the Notorious” is more focused than ever.

BBC Sport talks to coach Owen Roddy to find out how has McGregor been preparing, and what the prospects are of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. From PPE back to UFC

McGregor has often been at the centre of controversy for his behaviour but won plaudits for his philanthropic work in 2020.

In March, he pledged to buy over one million euros worth of personal protective equipment for hospitals in Ireland fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, showcasing a far more positive public persona than had been put forth over the previous three years.

Three months later his fans were baffled by his third retirement from the sport in four years. In an interview with ESPN, he explained that his decision to hang up his gloves was born out of frustration at not being able to book a fight.

Despite feeling “shelved” by the UFC top brass, McGregor continued to work out.

He kicked his training into a higher gear a couple of weeks before his rematch with Poirier was announced, moving his entire camp to Lagos in Portugal after the lockdown in Ireland forced the closure of gyms nationwide.

Breaking up the camp for two weeks over Christmas, McGregor stayed on top of his conditioning in a purpose-built facility on his property – including a full-sized octagon – before spending the last two weeks of the camp in Dubai. ‘He’s a much scarier beast now’

Last January, McGregor’s dynamic 40-second stoppage of Cerrone proved that he could get back to peak condition after a long absence from the sport, and that at 32 he still boasts his signature stopping power.

According to his striking coach Roddy – a man who has worked with McGregor since his first days in an MMA gym – the successful outing against “Cowboy” laid the foundation for what would turn out to be a year of preparation for his return.

“The camp just seemed to keep rolling because there was so much talk of him fighting a couple of months after Cerrone, then in the summer and then again in September,” Roddy told BBC Sport.

“He never stopped putting the hours in. He’s a much scarier beast now because he’s been training solidly for a year. He’s been wanting to fight, he hasn’t been able to, and now we get to let him off the leash.”

The Dubliner’s physical condition has been highlighted as the biggest indicator of how seriously he is taking his second date with Poirier.

The first time they met in 2014, McGregor won the contest within two minutes of the opening bell. Now, with the benefit of three years of boxing-focused training, he believes he can finish the job inside 60 seconds. – bbc.com

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Naaz seeks waiver for athletes to resume training

The Chronicle - ZW - 7 ore 47 min fa
Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter BULAWAYO Athletics Board (Bab) chairperson Watson Madanyika says they will make efforts to follow up athletes to ensure they continue training at home in the wake of the latest lockdown imposed at the beginning of the month. “We are engaging athletes through district administrators and coaches, encouraging them to keep on […]
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Epidemics lead world’s biggest short-term risks: World Economic Forum

The Chronicle - ZW - 7 ore 50 min fa
LONDON (Reuters) – Infectious diseases and livelihood crises led the rankings of risks expected to pose a critical threat to the world in the next two years, according to a survey of more than 650 World Economic Fo Extreme weather events and cybersecurity failure were also key risks, WEF said in an annual risk report […]
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US urges China to allow WHO team to interview Wuhan front liners

The Chronicle - ZW - 9 ore 29 min fa
The United States urged China on Monday to allow an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO) to interview “caregivers, former patients and lab workers” in the central city of Wuhan, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. The WHO panel of experts trying to determine the origins of the new coronavirus arrived in Wuhan on […]
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Met department warns that Cyclone Eloise is developing

The Chronicle - ZW - 10 ore 14 min fa
Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter The Meteorological Service Department (MSD) has warned that Cyclone Eloise is developing and is likely to hit the country over the weekend. This would be a second cyclone to hit Zimbabwe within a month. The country experienced a weakened tropical Cyclone Chalane towards the end of December. In a statement yesterday, […]
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Monaco says F1 grand prix will go ahead this year

The Chronicle - ZW - 10 ore 23 min fa
Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix will happen this season after being cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers said on Monday in response to speculation the showcase race could be scrapped again. The harbourside race, traditionally a glamour highlight of the year, is scheduled for May 23 as the fifth round on a […]
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Feasibility studies for Umvumila on cards

The Chronicle - ZW - 10 ore 28 min fa
Oliver Kazunga, Acting Business Editor BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) has started engaging potential consultants to undertake feasibility studies for Umvumila area as part of progress towards implementation of the Special Economic Zones in the city. The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) concept in Bulawayo is being implemented in Belmont, Donnington, Kelvin and Westerndale corridor as well […]
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New coronavirus cases hit troubled Australian Open build-up

The Chronicle - ZW - 10 ore 35 min fa
Three new coronavirus cases hit the Australian Open’s troubled build-up on Tuesday as a backlash grew against international tennis players flown in during a raging pandemic. Two of the new cases were players, state health officials said, taking the total infections to seven since more than 1,000 people arrived in largely coronavirus-free Australia on charter […]
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Working group to facilitate compensation closure established: Ipec

The Chronicle - ZW - 10 ore 48 min fa
Oliver Kazunga, Acting Business Editor THE Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec) says a working group has been established to facilitate closure on compensation of policyholders and pensioners for the loss of value suffered prior to 2009. This follows recent recommendations by the Justice Smith-led Commission of Inquiry that insurance policy-holders and pensioners should be compensated […]
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Bosso yet to replace junior coaches

The Chronicle - ZW - 11 ore 7 min fa
Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter Highlanders are presently without any junior coach following the departure of three coaches in the past two years. The only remaining developmental coach Melusi Sibanda’s contract is yet to be renewed. Although there has not been any football activity since March last year due to outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, […]
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60 Dead In One Day As Covid-19 Ravages Zimbabwe

New Zimbabwe - 13 ore 5 min fa

By Staff Reporter

SIXTY people died of Covid-19 in a single day as the country sags under the devastating pandemic that has claimed 773 since the first case was confirmed March last year.

According to a Covid-19 update by the health ministry late Monday, there were 689 new cases also recorded in 24 hours.

However, the seven-day rolling average for new cases fell to 799, down from 818 recorded the previous day.

Said the ministry, “All 689 are local cases with 339 of them being from Harare.

“Cumulative cases curve spiking.”

Added the ministry, “National Case fatality Rate now stands at 2.8 % as at 18/1/21.

“Harare reported the highest number of cases today (339)

“60 COVID-19 deaths were reported today. 37 of the deaths occurred at institutional level with 23 at community level.

“All provinces reported cases today.”


  • 689 New Cases and 60 Deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling average* for new cases falls to 799 from 818 yesterday).
  • All 689 are local cases: 339 cases are from Harare (*Deaths from Harare are for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • 3829 PCR tests done today (Positivity today was 18%)
  • 860 new recoveries reported: National Recovery rate stands at 62.3% and Active cases go down to 9747 today.
  • As of 18 January 2021, Zimbabwe has now recorded 27892 Cases 17372 recoveries and 773 Deaths.

Although relatively far lower than other world countries that have seen the worst of the monstrous disease, Zimbabwe’s cases are enough to cause panic within a population that has seen near dysfunctional health systems.

The country is halfway into a 30-day national lockdown period prescribed by government to try and disrupt the spread of the disease.

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NSSA Cedes 33% Stake In Turnall Holdings

New Zimbabwe - 13 ore 39 min fa

By Alois Vinga

NATIONAL Social Security Authority (NSSA) is set to cede 32.5 % stake in listed roofing and building products manufacturer, Turnall Holdings Limited (THL).

In a cautionary statement, THL urged the shareholders to exercise caution until the transaction is completed.

“The board of directors of Turnall Holdings Limited advises all shareholders that one of the company’s shareholders, National Social Security Authority (NSSA) intends to dispose its 32.5 % shareholding in the business as part of its investments consolidation strategy,” the company said.

The development that may result in a transaction that can have a material impact on the value of the company’s shares.

The board therefore advises shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in their THL shares and to consult their professional advisers before dealing in their shares until such a time the results of the said transaction are known.

“The board advises shareholders that the company’s unaudited financial performance for the year and the company forecasts further improvements in the current year 2021,” added THL.

The authority has been disposing stake in various investment portfolios since last year.

NSSA is set to dispose of its 35.09% stake in Fidelity Life Assurance (FLA) to Zimre Holdings Limited (ZHL).

The acquisition was done through a share swap agreement where NSSA will be issued with 65,14 million authorised but unissued ZHL shares on the basis of one ZHL ordinary share for every 0.59 FLA shares held by NSSA.

Another 37,79% stake in ZB Bank was also disposed to an entity linked to business tycoon and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s adviser, Kuda Tagwirei.

Key stakeholders like the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) which has a board member representing workers’ interests in NSSA, have since criticised the authority for implementing the decisions without input from key stakeholders.

But NSSA has dismissed such claims arguing that the transactions being undertaken are above board and in line with new investment priorities.

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