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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Tsiga, Musarava schools electrification project on cards

...Community makes contributions, appeals SOS

Tatenda Shunyai

ZAKA – Musarava and Zibwowa communities are making immense financial contributions to enable the electrification of Tsiga Secondary and Musarava schools, the project they are hoping to be complete by year end.
An association, Tsiga and Musarava Development Association (TAMUDA) has since been established to spearhead the project with individuals from the community across the world making financial contributions towards the electrification of the schools.
The schools are in Zaka district and are 14km east of Jerera growth point.
TAMUDA chairperson, Kainos Chakweva, said the community has so far raised close to $5 000 and is targeting to raise $10 000 which is needed by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to kick start the project.
Chakweva appealed to the community, former students and business community to chip in and assist towards the electrification of the schools, which he said the development will go a long way in improving the quality of education at Tsiga and Musarava.
"We coordinated sons and daughters of Musarava and Zibwowa communities and beyond, after realising that the quality of education at our schools was affected by a lack of resources. About 130 people heeded our call and the spirit of optimism permeating the members is amazing, to say the least. We, therefore, agreed to make contributions to electrify Tsiga and Musarava schools before the development project cascades down to other schools in the area. We have so far raised close to $5 000 and our target is to raise $10 000 to enable the project to kick off as soon as possible.
"We appeal to sons and daughters from Zaka and beyond who are dotted across the world, former students, businesses and the donor community to chip in and assist so that we can improve the quality of education in Zaka district," said Chakweva.q
To ensure accountability and transparency, the association has opened a bank account where well-wishers can directly deposit the money and the bank statement transaction and balance are sent on a regular basis to all the contributors, the majority of whom are part of a WhatsApp group formed specifically for this development project.
Chakweva, who is based in California in the United States of America, is optimistic that the Association, with the help of other contributors, will raise the money for the much-needed electricity at the schools.
The Association has a 9-paged constitution that it uses to guide its operations.
"We accept donations both in cash and kind. We have decided to establish a constitution and open a bank account for this project and every contributor has access to the account balance. Our banking is online-enabled and we always avail the account balance and an updated list of contributions to all our members on a regular and or request basis. Management of our Association is based on consensus and where required, online polling (web-vote) is done to establish the feeling of the majority of members on certain decisions. We have also roped in the school heads in the committee as well as other community leaders. We want to assure everyone that their contributions will be channeled towards this project and will certainly be put to good use," said Chakweva.
The electricity will be drawn from Tsovani Primary School which is about eight kilometers away.
For pledges and contributions;
Account name:
Tsiga and Musarava Development Association
FBC bank Limited- Masvingo Branch
Account number: 1055117 820112
Routing Number: 026002561
Branch Code: 014
Swift Code: FBCPZWHA

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Mvuma coach eyes Swaziland Premier title Lloyd Shunje

MVUMA - The newly appointed coach for Swazi Premier Soccer League outfit Manzini Wanderers, Julius Chakupewa, is confident of getting silverware for his new club ahead of the new season which starts next week.
Chakupewa, who hails from Mvuma, is a former player for Masvingo United and Gutu Leopards, and is a licence holder of the Pro Coaching Course from Germany.
He signed a three-year contract in July with Manzini Wanderers coupled with a mandate of finishing in the top four and winning at least one cup.
Chakupewa has since added to his squad the duo of Frank Makarati and Tafadzwa Jaravani from Boarder Strikers.
Speaking to TellZim News, Chakupewa said he was ready to face the challenge in the Swaziland Premier Soccer League race.
"I am ready for the challenge. Currently I have set up a decent team which features Makarati and Jaravani ahead of the season which is about to start.
"As part of the preparations, we played in the Swaziland Telkom Charity Cup but unfortunately, we lost in the finals to current league holders, Royal Leopards. We also took part in the Castle Challenge Cup which we lost to Mbabane Highlanders in the semi-finals but now we aim to achieve better," said Chakupewa.
Chakupewa started his football career in Mvuma playing in division 2 for Athens Mine and moved to Harare where he joined Hackney FC in 1996 before leaving the club for Morgenster Teachers College to train as a teacher.
He briefly featured for Masvingo United in 1999 and was later lured by Saul Chaminuka to join Guni United where he played together with Lloyd Hlala, the late Malonga Sithole, Ernest Kwangari and former Warriors player Zvenyika Makonese.
They however failed to progress to the PSL after the chance was snatched by Shabanie Mine by a single point.
Chakupewa's career could not last long as expected after he picked a serious knee injury while playing for Gutu Leopards which forced him to put an end to his career as a player, marking the beginning of his coaching journey.
He started the coaching job in 2012 in Mvuma and successfully led the Nqobizita Mlilo Academy in Central Region Division 1 and later left for Germany where he attained a pro coaching course licence.
Together with former Una Una player Joe Kwangwari, they embarked on a football development project which identified 23 players who include Harare City's Jerry Chipangura, Derwin Phiri of Triangle FC, Tafadzwa Chidewu and Ajax Cape Town player Thomas Chidewu.
He won the Bob 92 Cup and the Zimbabwe Academics Championships this year while leading the technical bench of Cornway College in Harare.

Kaindu tips FC Platinum for championship

Exsto Makunzva

- Howmine coach Kelvin Kaindu has tipped FC Platinum to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) championship this season saying the Zvishavane-based side has so far put up a breath taking performance.
"FC Platinum is playing beautiful game; they have been on pole position for quite some and all they need is to maintain the winning streak for them to win the championship. They are playing some entertaining football this season and I don't see any other team dislodging them from the top of the log table," said Kaindu.
The Howmine Gaffer confided after his boys went down by a goal to nil to FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium over the weekend.
Walter Musona sealed the victory for the pure Platinum boys.
Kaindu rued the several chances his boys fluffed in front of goals while FC Platinum utilized the only chance that came their way.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza, however, watered down the idea of lifting the championship and insisted that all they are concerned about is to maintain the team's current form.
"A win at home is always sweet but we still have a long way to go" said

Thursday, 15 September 2016

GZU Mbira Group shines at Rio-Set

Tatenda Shunyai

– The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) mbira band last week put on a stellar performance which earned them a first place at this year's edition of the Research and Intellectual Output (Rio Set) at the Natiuonal University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo.
Rio-Set is an annual event initiated by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
The GZU band shrugged off stiff competition from other top institutions like Midlands State University (MSU) and Harare Polytechnic to get the first place in the mbira segment of the competitions.
The group was led by Shadreck Dzingayi, a lecturer from the university's Department of English and Performing Arts.
Dzingayi said they managed to put a well-polished act despite some challenges they met during their preparations for the competition.
"After spending two weeks rehearsing, we realised we were doing that using the wrong theme. We only found out about it some two hours before the start of the competition.
 "I would like to thank my vocalists for being very creative. They quickly composed a new song in a few minutes but surprisingly, we came out tops," an ecstatic Dzingayi said.
He thanked the university for the massive support given to the band; right from the preparations up until the competitions in Bulawayo.
Students who participated in various disciplines at the competition said they were thrilled by the chance they were given to showcase their talents on a competitive and prestigious platform.
Stiff competition was also witnessed in other disciplines like electric band, traditional dance and other various exhibitions among others.
This year's edition attracted high profile speakers like the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, and Econet Wireless top executive, Douglas Mboweni.
The event was officially opened by the Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.
This year's edition of Rio-Set was held under the theme "Growing the Zimbabwean Economy Through Innovations."news
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