Viola Davis Breaks record, becomes first black woman to ever win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Golden Globe, a SAG, and a BAFTA award

At the last Oscar on Sunday, Actress Viola Davis won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences thereby breaking multiple records.

First, she is the only black woman ever to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Golden Globe, a SAG, and a BAFTA award. She is also the most nominated black woman in history and the first black woman to pick up the “Triple Crown” of acting…Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Read more

CBZ profit down 32pc

Customers wait for cash at a CBZ branch in Harare (Picture by NewsDay)Zimbabwe’s largest financial services group by assets and deposits, CBZ Holdings Limited, saw its profit after tax for the year-ended December 31, 2016 decline 32 percent to $23,8 million from $35,2 million achieved in the prior year.

Group revenue for the period amounted to $158,98 million representing a 12,7 percent decline from prior year’s $182,25 million.

In his presentation, group chief executive Mr Never Nyemudzo indicated the business was hamstrung by cash and foreign currency shortages, constrained credit expansion, balance sheet recession, formalisation of the economy and reduction in interest rates. Read more

TM stores to be upgraded to Pick ‘n’ Pay

Retail giant TM/Pick n Pay has started identifying existing TM stores across the country to upgrade them into world class stores following the launch of a $25 million state of the art shopping complex in Borrowdale.

TM /Pick n Pay Supermarkets is part of the retail arm of Meikles Limited, a listed concern on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

Speaking on the sidelines of the official opening of the Borrowdale shopping complex, TM/Pick n Pay managing director Malcom Mycroft said the retail group has just launched a first generation shopping mall which is a first in Zimbabwe. Read more

MDC embarks on voter mobilisation

The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC is embarking on a door-to-door voter mobilisation ahead of the much-anticipated 2018 harmonised elections.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the party is looking to increase its voting numbers in 2018.

“The MDC is geared to increase its voting numbers to at least three million votes; enough for us to win the presidency. We are excited to reveal that the MDC youth assembly, led by the firebrand Happymore Chidziva, is working round the clock to mobilise the young voters; particularly the first-time voters.

As you know, at least 62 percent of the voting population in Zimbabwe is made up of people under the age of 40. Read more

How a Zimbabwean entrepreneur is bringing power to rural Zimbabwe

Simbarashe Mhuriro

Simbarashe Mhuriro

Nearly 80% of Zimbabwe’s rural households do not have access to electricity, and even those connected to the grid face frequent outages. 

In 2013 Zimbabwean entrepreneur Simbarashe Mhuriro (30) partnered with a Swiss-German renewable energy company to develop grid-connected solar plants. Their joint venture, Oursun Energy Zimbabwe, is set to connect projects with a total capacity of up to 30MW to the national grid by January 2016.

Mhuriro tells Dinfin Mulupi how he joined forces with the European group, his experiences doing business in Zimbabwe and what he hopes to accomplish.

Tell us a bit about Oursun Energy Zimbabwe.

This is a joint venture between my investment vehicle Oxygen Africa and The Meeco Group. When I started Oxygen Africa we initially focused on investment advisory services and natural resources (minerals). Through the investment arm we encountered Meeco. Read more

How a Ugandan immigrant turned entrepreneur builds top-rated tourism business

“A wonderful experience!”

“So much fun!”

“The best tour of Kampala!”

These are some of the reviews tourists have left on TripAdvisor about Walter’s Tours – a guided excursion through Uganda’s capital Kampala via a motorcycle taxi (or boda-boda).

The company was started about seven years ago by Ugandan Walter Wandera and today employs close to 30 motorcycle drivers who weave through Kampala’s dense traffic jams to show visitors some of the city’s main attractions and historical sites.

But few know of the odds that Wandera had to beat to get to this stage. Before he was an entrepreneur of this reputable business, he was first a school dropout, homeless, and even an illegal immigrant. Read more

African migrants not our enemies – Thabo Mbeki

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been inaugurated as chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa)

During the ceremony, attended by current and former ministers, Mr Mbeki used his inaugural speech to condemn the violence seen during the university protests, dubbed “FeesMustFall” after the Twitter hashtag, and other protests for better services.

We must denounce the notion of burning a clinic because we demand better health care.”
At a press conference afterwards he also condemned the recent xenophobic attacks on migrants.

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Diamond Platnumz’s babymama, Zari, replies people stressing themselves over her life

Tanzania singer, Diamond Platnumz’s babymama, Zari, took to Instagram this morning to reply people monitoring her life. She wrote:

“Out here wondering if some people had hobbies or jobs or lives before I started dating your home boy. It’s very sad that a person will waste their entire time, energy, to mention a few, thoughts plotting the next post or abuse or whatever it is that you are doing about me. Read more

Pretty HIV Positive woman shares her joy at having lived longer than she expected

A brave 21-year-old woman living with HIV shared the story of how she discovered she was HIV positive at 14 and thought she had very little time left. Now she is about turning 22 and is still living a full life.

Saidy Brown who refers to herself as an HIV victor, refusing to live as a victim, has been hailed by most Twitter users as brave for coming out with her story to encourage others.

T.I. Stands Firm in His Disdain for ‘Dictator Trump’

From the moment Donald Trump announced that he would be running for president, T.I. immediately was repulsed at the idea and didn’t shy away from filtering his opinion whatsoever.

Throughout the course of the past year specifically, Tip has been extremely vocal about where he stands in regard to our nation’s current political climate and now that we’ve gotten through the first month of Trump’s presidency, the rapper is continuing to use his platform to passionately voice his opinions, make some jokes for added effect and advocate for what he believes in, even going as far as to recently pen an open letter to the president. Read more

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