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Joy Mazhinye

Lesotho - Masvingo Province scooped seven medals at the just ended Confederation of Southern African Schools Sports Association (COSSASA)  Inter Regional  competitions held in Maseru, Lesotho from April 29 to May 1 2015 where 14 athletes from the province were representing  the country.
Three countries participated in the competitions with Zimbabwe earning 73 medals among them 28 gold, 28 silver and17 bronze to emerge the overall winner of the tournament.
 Masvingo province managed to scoop 4 gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
Namibia came second with 17 gold medals, 17 silver and 24 bronze. At 3rd position was Lesotho the host with 6 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze.
Masvingo Province NAPH chairman, Patrick Mashapa expressed joy at the province's achievement.
"I hope that some of the athletes will be selected to compete in Columbia for the international athletics," said Mashapa.
All the gold medals for the Masvingo province were grabbed by the U14 team. These are Phinias Ganyiro from Tagarika Primary in Mwenezi, Melusy Takavada from Zishumbe primary, Energy Machingo of Chipezeze Primary in Zaka and Anatin of Masunda North Primary in Chivi.
Givemore Magwaza of Mavende Primary and Monia Madhigi of Jaka primary scooped silver medals with Rugare Mugazambi of St Antony's in Zaka scooping bronze.
 NAPH chairman was the head of delegation with two technical trainers; Phainos Mugura and Makonese Masakadza together with Aaron Tarugarira.
 "Masvingo Province had a 14, 28 % representation in the national team, which is highly recommendable and is a great achievement," said Masvingo physical officer Fredrick Matavikwa.
"The competition was stiff and I am proud to have represented my country in these competitions and managed to bring back a medal," said Mugazambi.
The athletes were welcomed by the Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga who praised the pupils for a sterling performance.
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Morris Bishi
Chiredzi Bureau

CHIREDZI – Five Triangle FC players were on Tuesday morning involved in an accident at Roy on their way to Chiredzi from Harare where they had gone to visit their families after playing Platinum in Zvishavane last Sunday.
The players Cabby Kamhapa, Jimmy Tigere, Jimmy Dzingai  David Mubaiwa and Derwin Phiri, sustained minor injuries save for the vehicle which was badly damaged due to the accident. The vehicle a Mercedes Benz C200 was being driven by Kamhapa who is also its owner.
Triangle FC Team Chairman Lovemore Matikinyidze confirmed the accident but said he is not in Chiredzi so he needed to verify the facts.
"Yes I am also hearing about the accident but I do not have facts as to what exactly happened. I just heard that the players got minor injuries," said Matikinyidze.
Kamhapa said he was affected by a mist during the early hours of Tuesday which caused him to misjudge a t-junction as they approached Masvingo Mutare Road from Gutu.
"We were five players in the vehicle on our way from Harare and on approaching Roy I was affected by a mist and misjudged a t-junction and the vehicle entered into the bush. We only received minor injuries and we are going for training" said Kamhapa.
Police was not available to comment.
Morris Bishi
Chiredzi Bureau

Chiredzi - Organisers of the third edition of the Great Limpopo Cultural Fair says this year's event will be more important than the previous editions as they seek to empower the disadvantaged groups in the community through cultural entrepreneurship.
The 2015 event which is organised by Gaza Trust in partnership with Chiredzi Rural District Council will be held from July 29 to August 2, at Mhlanguleni Grounds in Chiredzi under the theme "Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Cultural Entrepreneurship".
In an intervew with The Mirror, Gaza Trust Founder Hebert Pikela said the 2015 edition seeks to empower the disadvantaged community groups that is women, those living with disabilities and youth through cultural entrepreneurship.
He also said his organisation will launch a scholarship at this year's fair.
"The edition aims at providing life changing benefits to marginalised people in the communities. The cultural entrepreneurship networking forum will provide a platform for sharing business experiences to traders in the cultural industry. Our core business as a Trust is to empower economically the communities that border the great Limpopo Transfrontier Park through cultural initiatives.
"Through the cultural fair a scholarship fund has been established which will benefit brighter students within schools in Great Limpopo region," Pikela said.
Pikela said they are expecting a number of foreign guests from neighbouring countries Mozambique and South Africa, traditional leadership, academics, government ministries and the media fraternity.
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Joy Mazhinye/Rachel Maipisi

MASVINGO - A new fashion boutique, Miracle Touch with classy clothing and jewelry has opened at the Belmont Building along Hofmeyer Street opposite OK supermarket in Masvingo recently.
Pauline Dhliwayo, the brains behind the boutique confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror. 
"I have always dreamt of opening a clothing shop. At first we only sold ladies wear but now we sell from kids wear to men's," said Dhliwayo.
Dhliwayo said they import most of their wares from Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa.
Ladies wear ranges from $10- $30, men's wear from $15- $120 and jewelry from as little as $1. Wedding and engagement rings are also available.
 Miracle Touch Boutique first opened in 2012 at the Zimbabwe Court specializing in ladies wear.
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Mirror Reporter

MWENEZI - Pastor Petros Nhamo Chigoyi of the Southern Baptist Convention Church has died after a long illness. He was 42. He was buried in Masogwe this Wednesday. Pastor Chigoyi was well known in the education circle as well as in sport after he sponsored the Chigoyi trophy.
During his days he assisted a number of schools and less privileged children with school fees and uniforms. He also helped different schools with building materials and furniture. He was appointed a patron of Mwenezi Government School because of his immense contribution to the school although it was government run
He also established a children's home at Masogwe which houses over 20 children so far. He paid school fees for a number of students at the University of Zimbabwe and the Great Zimbabwe University and several others still in secondary school.
The church's board chairman Muchara said was running out of words to describe the man of cloth who departed them at a time everyone in the district was looking up to him.
"His death has robbed us of an icon, a friend, and a father. At the time of his death he was already sourcing funds and maize for the less privileged people in the district. Pastor Chigoyi has turned around so many peoples' lives. We are deeply shocked with the loss," said Chairman Muchara.
Pastor Chigoyi is survived by his wife Shylet and two children a girl, Gracious who has recently completed her 'A' levels and a grade six boy, Tafadzwa who is currently at  Hippo Valley Primary school in Chiredzi.
Felistas Chibaya


Matthew Takaona

Masvingo – There was a sense of relief, achievement and great joy at Dikwindi Primary School in Mucheke in Masvingo on Monday when Felistas Chibaya, one of the teaching staff members who battled an acute bladder mass illness returned to school for duty after a successful operation largely sponsored by her colleagues.
Chibaya who teaches ECD was given until February 2015 to get a growth in her bladder removed or it would turn fatal. However, she and her husband who is not gainfully employed could not raise the $ 3 100 needed for the operation.
Her story appeared in The Mirror.
Her school head, Evelyn Mbetu, the deputy head Sabelo Zivurawa and the entire staff could not stand the situation as their workmate paled with pain, lost weight and the clock between life and death ticked away more and more vigorously as the days went by.
They mobilised what they could in terms of financial resources and surrendered it to the husband on the closing day of last term so that he could use it for the operation.
On Monday this week, about three weeks into the opening of the school, the head could not believe her eyes as a beaming and energetic Chibaya walked into her office. Chibaya was smiling all the way.
She continued to smile and frequently burst into laughter of joy as she spoke to The Mirror during an interview. She was full of life.
"I walked through the shadow of death. I could not believe that I would still be alive today. I have no words, I have no expression to thank my school head, my workmates, my community and in particular parents from Dikwindi school, surrounding schools in Masvingo and the many people and pastors who came and prayed for me. It's only God who can thank them for me.
"I won't forget The Mirror. The stories they wrote about my predicament were very helpful as some pastors who read the newspaper got me connected to Karanda Mission Hospital in Mt Darwin where this successful operation was carried out. I have since realised that this newspaper is well-read because sympathisers and in particular pastors phoned from all over the country. Some came home to pray for me while others made their prayers over the phone," said Chibaya again beaming into smiles.
She said friends, neighbours and well-wishers bought her groceries and came and cleaned her home when she was ill.
Her husband Peter Chibaya, said they got some money from Dikwindi school head but it was however, not enough for hospitals in Harare. In Masvingo there is no hospital that conducts the kind of operation.
A pastor, who read the story in The Mirror, then advised the family to take Chibanda to Karanda Hospital in Mt Darwin which is an Evangelical Mission Church Hospital.
"This hospital is far much cheaper than in Harare and there are many church doctors from overseas there. It's a very good hospital. I went there on the 11th of April but because there is a long waiting list as patients come from all over the country I had to wait but not for long because my case was an emergency. I stayed with my sister in Bindura while I waited for the day for my operation.
"On the 13th of April I was called in for the operation.  I am not sure how many hours it took but I had to stay for 17 days in hospital after the operation. When I left the hospital I was fully fit and I could feel like jumping, I could feel like running. There was no pain. I may still be slim but I am very well," she said again giving a hearty laughter.
The operation was done by Dr Stephens.
Mbetu said she was happy to see her school teacher back at work.
"We are happy to God that He blessed our efforts and the operation was successful. I want to thank the teachers at the school, the neighbouring headmasters and their schools, the parents and in particular our seniors in the Ministry who gave us the latitude to give whatever help we could to our colleague.
"We read stories in The Mirror particularly about the Rotary Club that inspired us to help our own workmate. We have as a school learnt a lesson which we hope others will learn. We did the little we could do and this is the result; we have saved the life of a mother, wife and teacher," she said.
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Elizabeth Mashiri
Zvishavane Bureau

Zvishavane – More than 30 trucks loaded with platinum from Mimosa were turned back at Beitbridge Border Post yesterday following disagreements between Government and the Mine on the newly introduced 15% tax on profits.
Sources told The Mirror that Zimra officials at the border demanded the 15% to be paid upfront before the haulage trucks crossed into South Africa where the mineral is refined. This forced the trucks to turn back to Zvishavane about 400km away.
Efforts to get a comment from Mimosa were fruitless.
"The problem is that the 15% that Government is demanding is on revenue and not on profits. This is big money that we are talking about and no business entity can afford such kind of tax without collapsing," said a senior mine official who declined to be named.
Analysts said the development creates a negative picture for the town of Zvishavane which is almost totally depended on revenue from Mimosa. Exports have stopped since Sunday when the vehicles failed to cross into South Africa.
The Mirror understands that there are discussions that are going on between Government and Mimosa over the issue.
The 15 percent export tax was first proposed in 2013 by government in its effort to push mines to process the metal locally. The tax was initially proposed to commence in January 2017 to give mining companies time to build refining plants but early this year the position was reversed and the policy was to commence with immediate effect.
The situation in Zvishavane is getting tense as residents who are seeing many trucks returning are already worried of an uncertain future.
This is not that Zvishavane residents have seen Government policy destroying their sources of livelihoods in the town as Shabanie Asbestos Mine went the same way after Government disagreed with the investor. This threw thousands of workers onto the streets.