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Watson Nyoni

Masvingo - The captain for Masvingo Golf Club (MGC), Cassian Mutsambiwa has encouraged schools to promote junior golf as a serious sport from a very young age.
Mutsambiwa said this at the inaugural Kyle Preparatory School fundraising golf tournament held at Masvingo sports club last Saturday which was attended by 19 junior golfers and 36 senior golfers.
"l would like to urge school authorities to encourage pupils to take up golf at a young age and take advantage of the facilities that we have here at the golf club.
"We have got personnel who can help kids in learning how to play golf and we also have equipment that they can use for free," said Mutsambiwa.
The province is engaged in efforts to promote junior golf with the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) also chipping in with a donation of 30 golf kits for the kids.
Mutsambiwa also said this will help in keeping the game alive as it is passed on from generation to generation.
The tournament was also held concurrently at two other venues; Renco Mine and Rowland Park in Zvishavane.
The team of Ambel Gopal and J J Makoni walked away with the top prize and Hepson Tazviinga and Star Masiya. Prizes included two nights for two at Troutbeck Inn in Nyanga, meat hampers, and wheelbarrows amongst other things.
The tournament was well sponsored with each participant walking away with token of

Progress Sibanda

MASVINGO - The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has held a workshop in Masvingo where its senior officers consulted a cross section of the community on a draft national policy on culture.
The workshop was held at a local Masvingo hotel on Wednesday last week as part of the countrywide consultations.
The draft policy came as a result of the adoption of a new constitution in 2013 and eventual creation of a ministry of sports, arts and culture, as well as the adoption of a broad economic framework of ZIMASSET by the government of Zimbabwe, said NACZ director Elvas Mari.
He told people attending the workshop that the aim of the policy was to promote and safeguard the Zimbabwean culture.
Mari said in addition the policy was intended to create an appreciation and respect for indigenous Zimbabwean identities and cultural diversity and preservation of Zimbabwean heritage.
He said the success of the policy hinged on the full participation of the Zimbabwean society in the on-going consultations. The facilitator of the workshop was Dr Thomas Thondlana from Great Zimbabwe University.
 The development of the national culture policy is a collaborative effort by the Ministry of sport, Arts and Culture and its various stakeholders through several consultative

Beatific Gumbwanda
Chiredzi Bureau

Chiredzi - Lowveld Community Development Trust (LCDT) will be holding a three-day arts festival at Chiredzi Civic Centre Grounds from August 28 to 30 2015.
The purpose of the festival is to identify young talent and empower the youth.
The function will also provide the youths with an opportunity to interact with various artist from across the country.
All genre of music will be represented to include sungura dancehall, gospel, jazz, hip hop, urban grooves, mbira, rhumba, dance, film screening, drama, poetry, literal arts, crafts and various exhibitions.
Various artistes will attend the festival in order to interact with the new upcoming artists and giving them hope to fully participate in the desired areas.
"We are still consulting several artists to be part and parcel of the festival and as for now we can't tell who is coming or who is not", said Gift Petros, the co-ordinator
Registration of those who want to participate is underway in Chiredzi.
"Registration of participants is open to all who wish to showcase their talents, "Said Gift Petros.entertainment

Hove taught English Literature at Pamushana in 1978

Martin Gwengo

I first met Chenjerai Hove at Pamushana High in 1978 when I was a form three pupil. The Mberengwa born linguist taught English language. He also spoke fluent Shona and Ndebele.
The prescribed form three text book he used was Practical English Book 3 by Ogundipe and Tregindo. This text was rarely used as Chenjerai deemed in the reading of English Literature.
The first novel he introduced to us was the African Child by Camara Haye.
Hove's students enjoyed the text since discussions we made were typically African. As we progressed, Hove continued to bring and avail a nexus of texts. He had a bias towards African novels.  We were introduced to novels like Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, The Grass is Singing, If God was a Woman and many others.
Chenjerai's pupils became rooted in Literature as if it was the main subject. A reading culture was institutionalized within the candidates. By then Hove had not written a single text but showed his diversified knowledge in poetry and novel writing endeavors. We knew wealthier writings from Hove were going to emerge. Hove led by example in his reading. During his leisure time, he was always glued to a novel which he could relay to his candidates as supplementary reading.
Hove had a natural liking for my work; he was impressed by my essays and debates in class. I remember a novel he gave me No Picnic on Mt Kenya. He inspired me to write short stories. During discussions Hove showed his interest in the conversation of culture and the emerging of political commitment.   
During our school days we made joy in pronouncing and reciting quotations from books Hove read to us;
~" when has the tail led the head" which novel is that?
~ "those were the days when men were men" which text by the way?
~"I am the fire that burns without maggots" which text?
~"when you see a frog jumping during the day then something is after it"
Hove did not write for money but wrote to serve the nation. His books won awards and accolades; Bones, Up In Arms Red Ant hills and many others. Some of his poems were read and recited on the British Broadcasting Corporation Radio Station.
Hove's writings will live forever.
May His Soul Rest In Peace!entertainment

Goden Marume
Chihvu Bureau

CHIVHU-Livestock farmers on Wednesday last week thronged at Farm number 13 Wiltshire area for the heifers pass-on the gift programme.
The programme was initiated by Heifers International Organization in collaboration with the government, aiming at restocking indigenous cattle breeds.
The programme was implemented in July 2007 with a donation of 210 cattle, 150 goats, and 150 sheep to farmers.
"The programme started in Chikomba District after it was recognized that the indeginous breed was depleting," said the Heifers International country manager, Sibusisiwe Mbedzi." It was away to promote and preserve local cattle breeds."
So far, four more wards are benefiting from the programme.
The cattle breeds donated to the farmers include Tuli, Nkone, Brahaman, and Mashona.
Twenty farmers from Chikomba ward 4 benefited from the programme with each getting ten heifers and a bull, getting only one breed of the donated varieties.
There were also 20 beneficiaries for both sheep and goats with each getting either 13 ewe and two rams or 13 she- goat and two he-goats.
The programme is promoting the Government policy of gender equality as it benefited both male and female farmers and also the youths.
After the pass on, currently, a total of 180 have benefited from the programme.
Makare, who was representing the Member of Parliament for Chikomba West, Mike Bimha, hailed Heifers International Organisation for their support to ZimAsset,
He urged other non-governmental organisations to follow the same approach rather than giving commodities that only benefit the nation for a short period.
Joseph Gondo, who was the guest speaker representing the Minister of Agriculture Joseph Made, told farmers that livestock rearing should be given priority and prominence,
"The livestock business is ignored but it is one of the most important areas which production farmers must take serious on," said Gondo. "It's more of a bank account but as a ministry, we say let's go beyond that and consider cattle breeding as a business."
He encouraged those who have benefited from the programme to be honest and also work hand in hand with the Vet Department so that the pass on continues.
Chikomba District Heifer International Organisation chairman William Munemo requested for a hay cutting machine to prepare supplementing feeding in times of drought.
Gondo, however assured him that the machine would be provided soon since the government owned some which were being used in other areas.
Tandanayi, from the division of livestock production and development, said the programme was a success since the expected number of heifers, sheep and goats to be passed was met. There was also no deterioration in the quality of the breeds.
"Today's function was an eye opener for communal farmers. The programme is now run by a district committee and it shows that it is a sustainable development programme, "Chitsaka, a farmer from Marondamashanu area said.
Mbedzi said the project has been implemented in several provinces around the country.

Ellen Mlambo

MASVINGO – Part of 26 students from Victoria High School who are members of the Mentorship Empowerment of Young Women (MEMPROW) have donated blood to the National Blood Services Zimbabwe in Masvingo.
The club's objective is to empower young women and children and the donation was made on Friday last week.
The students went through counseling sessions carried out by Michael Chakoma, the provincial public relations officer before they donated the blood.
Chakoma explained to the students the blood donation concept, the processes taken, pre and post donation counselling , grouping, screening of transfusion transmissible infections, qualities of a blood donor and  blood donor benefits.
Out of 26 students, three were regular blood donors who failed to donate since they were not due for their donation. Six donated and some were under the age of 16 hence could not donate.
Kudzai Gwamanda, a form four student said it was her first time to donate blood and she said she felt she was empowering the community by donating blood.
"As we are empowered we also want to empower those in need of blood through donation of blood to them," said Gwamanda.  
The club which was founded by Hilda Mary Tadria of Uganda in January 2008 is funded by the Youth Empowerment Transformation Trust (YETT).
It was launched by Mucheke High and Victoria High school on the same day in December 2013. The club seeks to empower young women in the age range of 15 to 21 to become the best leaders in the community and is against everything that restricts the empowerment of young women.
The club has got two patrons Ruth Tafadzwa Mafuta and Admire Chinoumwe of Victoria High and several mentors at the school.
Mafuta who accompanied the students at NBSZ said the main objective of the club is to develop capacity of young women through expansion of mentoring and empowerment program and entrepreneurship development for girls and young women.
Another objective is the social training of young women and children in order to increase their knowledge and skills for advocacy and leadership in all sectors and for self-protection against sexual and gender based

Nyasha Musambasi

CHAKA – St Theresa Parish has won the Gweru Roman Catholic Diocese Choir Competitions for the third year running after beating 31 other choirs at Gonawapotera High School at Chaka in Chirumanzi on Saturday last week.
The competitions were attended by the head of the diocese, Bishop Xavier Munyongani.
Bishop Munyongani said the purpose of the competitions was to improve the quality of singing in the mass services. He said that there was a misconception where the singing competitions were held differently from the what goes on in the church.
"The purpose of these competitions is to improve our singing in the church. Unfortunately there are situations where choirs do well here but the singing in their churches is poor. I want to urge the choirs to ensure that their good singing here transcends into the sermons," said Bishop Munyongani.
St Theresa had a field day as their choir master Byron Munyanyiwa was also adjudged the best on the day.
There were 31 choirs competing for honours and the second best choir was  Serima High School followed by St Barnabas of Mbizo in Kwekwe which came third, the third was St Peters, the 5th was St Joseph Zvishavane.

6. St Johns ...
7. Shungu High School
8. St Pauls Redcliff
9 . St Lukes
10. St Michaels
11. St Mary's Senga
12. Holy Cross
12. Loreto Mission
14. Mvuma Choir
15. St Mary's Kwekwe
16. Driefontein
17. Chikwingwizha Seminary
18. Hama High
19. St Pauls' Gweru
20. Chaka Mission
21. St Edwards
22. Hama Mission
23. St Marty's Shurugwi
24. Hwahwa Thornhill
25. Lower Gweru
26. Madamombe
27. St Pius Chinyima
28. St Pius Donga
29. Chiundura
30. Moyo Musande
31. Mapiravana.

The competitions were run under the theme of the year which read, "I consecrated myself so that they also maybe consecrated." (John 17:19).
Some of the choirs billed to take part did not turn up.
Mapiravana parish showed that it had passion for the competitions. It consisted for only ten people who while other choirs had more than 100 people.