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What a season it was
The 2016 Zimbabwe soccer season has come to an...
Book Review: The Girl on the Train
T he Girl on the Train is a thrilling novel...
Kampala: I love you
In 2013 I visited Kampala for the first time....
This is Real Food
If you’re anything like me, deciding what to cook...
Drilling a borehole: Delight or despair
In November, desperation for water starts to peak. Chivero...
Educate. Equip. Empower. PERIOD!
The Ministry of Education estimates that girls lose up...
Take cell phone pics like a pro
Taking a good photograph is no longer restricted to...
Suburban bliss at The Mustard Seed
One of the perks of this job is being...
Use your head to deal with the ZRP
By Caroline Turnbull, Counsellor and Therapist (Bulawayo) It is important...
Uncollected rubbish blamed on fuel shortage
Image: A refuse team makes a collection in Harare...
Exclusive: Interview with Fungisai Mashavave
Singer Fungisai Mashavave Zvakavapano is a household name. Harare...
Activists abducted as bond note demo fails
Image: Just meters away from the bond notes demo,...
SPAR Zimbabwe not closing, but growing says MD
At a press conference this morning, SPAR Zimbabwe Managing...
Traditional and organic store opens online
Last month after yet another successful edition of the...
Manly Movember
In a bid to spread cancer awareness in the...
Council outlaws pirate taxis
Last month council announced a new by-law that criminalises...
Twin Rivers Choir to perform with Tuku and Drakensberg Boys’ Choir
The Twin Rivers Primary School Choir will perform alongside...
Beware typhoid
Minster of Health Dr David Parirenyatwa was quoted by...
ZIFF showcases a record number of local films
The 18th annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) last...
Stars of Tomorrow lights up REPS
The young dancers at Stars of Tomorrow have shown...
Magistrate’s court fenced off
by Nkosana Dlamini Authorities in the Ministry of Justice...
Council begins full rollout of smart water meters
Harare has begun a full roll out of pre-paid...
A plan at last for Zim Cricket
When Zimbabwe took the field for their 100th Test...
Don’t get attached to your cellphone
My cellphone is the first thing I touch when...
Leaked audit reveals massive council salary abuse
An audit report from the Ministry of Local government...
Kites for Peace flies high
The United Nations International Day of Peace is celebrated...
Captain Charity is rugby’s champ
Charity Mucucuti’s image jumps out at you larger than...
Sunshine Kids fishing tournament raises $8,5k
More than 190 children from across Harare took part...
Entrepreneur launches online B2B barter network
BTEX is an online barter network that takes the...
Profile: Mustard Seed Africa
The motto of Mustard Seed Africa is, “Invest in...
Shop Café @ Amanzi as good as ever
I have spent the past few weeks in the...
Zimbabweans grieve on social media via #HowTheyRobbedUs
Social media is a powerful tool for people to air...
Global natural hair movement hits Harare
A new trend has hit Harare that has seen...
Spirited away in Juliasdale
For the patriotic Zimbabwean and lover of landscapes, Juliasdale...
Water crisis here to stay
By Harry Davies and Pretty Chavango The recent upgrades...
Crime and squalor anger commuters
Harare commuters continue to endure transport challenges worsened by...
Book Review: The Abduction and Trial of Jestina Mukoko
The real horror of Jestina Mukoko’s harrowing and detailed...
Twenty trucks and private partner to tackle waste
Harare’s rubbish collection is set to improve following approval...
Seniors enjoy Literacy Day
Senior citizens from Mt Pleasant enjoyed an afternoon of...
Anti-porn cyber bill ‘retrogressive and unjustifable’
The draft Computer Crime and Cyber Crime bill currently...
Mbira Festival shows deep roots, modern love
September was Mbira month. Mbira Month was founded by...
Road Wise with the RUA
Identification of ZRP personnel and vehicles Unprofessional behaviour is...
Huge excitement at ‘Escape’ première
Last night’s world premiere of Escape – the freshest...
Junior Council appoints new executive
Students from Harare schools have been appointed to the...
Mafia blamed for latest Glen View blaze
Carpenters at Glen View 8 Home Industry Complex are...
Film Premier: ‘Escape’ at ZIFF tonight
Long-awaited local film industry game-changer, Escape will premier tomorrow...
Entrepreneur of the month: This is Petaliilli
Zumbani, safflower, hibiscus, pineapple sage, lemon grass, baobab: you’ll...
Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah is a story...
This Saturday: Traditional & Organic Food Festival
How many of us in Zimbabwe look forward to...
Big donation launches Theatre In the Park library
United States ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. donated $2,500 worth...
Animal shelters battle to stay afloat
Zimbabwe is facing serious economic difficulties and animal shelters...
Vendors adopt national flag as uniform
There has been a visible increase in the number...
Shoko urges Harare to come alive
After years of placidity, Harare came alive this year...
What is a VPN and why do I need one?
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to...
Celebrating glamour queens
This year, the African Union (AU) declared the month...
Coping with Autism
Statistically 1 in 68 people are affected by Autism...
Legendary BMX track goes up for sale
BMX in Zimbabwe is facing an uncertain future after...
Catch Them Young coaching clinic
The Catch Them Young Programme together with the Mufakose...
New slums likely after political land parceling
The recent parceling out of land to Zanu PF...
Import tax amnesty, speed traps, and intersections
Zimra amnesty for motor vehicle importers Motorists who have...
Munich-Harare tech upgrade marks 20 year anniversary
Plans to roll out City of Harare’s Geographical Information...
Harare News to cost $1
By now, many of our regular print readers will...
Cops dawdle over hitchhiking clampdown
Traffic authorities in the city are still to act...
GMO debate heats up after new study
A recent study, which surveyed more than 900 scientific...
Fraudsters target EcoCash agents
Mobile money service agents have been targeted by dishonest...
Budget meeting highlights bad planning
Residents in Ward 8 (Newlands, Highlands, Chisipite and neighbouring...
From Mount Pleasant to the world: a local business grows (hair)
Logic and penny pinching go out the window when...
Makomborero: a blessing for low-income students
Taringana Guranungo (21) is on a break from Dartmouth...
Companies give bins but miss EMA ultimatum
Various companies have chipped in to help Council address...
Spring brings cultural blossoming
Winter is a time of hibernation for the performing...
Adventure, friendship, football at Homeless World Cup
Despite travelling with only four of the selected eight...
Thieves target solar street lights
City of Harare (CoH) has lost 52 solar street...
Tree thief caught red handed in Chisipite
A woman was caught and faces heavy fines for...
Albinism is beautiful
There are an estimated 14,000–17,000 people affected by albinism...
Childline step in to help infant abuse victims
Child protection service Childline made their presence felt in...
Probeatz: Eight-time WCOPA gold medallist
As far as arts go, beat-boxing gets far less...
Spotlight on Zim athletes as Olympics begin
Zimbabwe is looking forward to adding more Olympic medals...
Visit Victoria Falls
Last month I had the opportunity to visit the...
Council resolves to shoot stray dogs
In a bid to lower incidences of dog bites...
Local government Bill angers residents
On 28 July the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill...
Motorists cheer Road Users Association launch
A new association has formed to address the excessive...
Council approves sale of Harare Gardens land [Updated]
Council has approved the sale of a section of...
Employers not remitting workers’ medical aid
Stenzia Gumbo (45) recently got the shock of her...
Growing Together plans for leafy high density suburbs
A housing cooperative in Budiriro is set to change...
Water meter pilot project proceeds despite resistance
City of Harare is proceeding with a plan to...
MITC cleans up Mbare, promotes training for women
Twenty-six students and 12 members of staff participated in...
FFG artist wins Tuscany residency
First Floor Gallery (FFG) artist Wycliffe Mundopa won the...
Community angered by negligence at Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne Primary School in Tynwald North has come under...
A modern take on traditional food
Biting into a moist slice of carrot cake I...
Residents celebrate #ThisFlag activist victory
” I could not believe what I saw” says...
Drought, boreholes deplete groundwater
Boreholes drying up in Harare have made news headlines...
Mukuvisi hosts 80 schools on World Environment Day
Friday 10 June was World Environment Day (WEV). To...
Hope renewed for sub-fertile couples
Couples struggling to conceive will celebrate the re-introduction of...
Council sells Harare Gardens land for hotel expansion
At a full council meeting held yesterday (7 July),...
Mushikashika, a death trap for Harare’s pedestrians
Illegal kombi ranks, known as mushikashika, are endangering the...
Mawarire lays down demands as stay-away succeeds
The national stay-away called by #ThisFlag movement, spearheaded by...
Harare closed for business as stay-away takes effect
Nearly all shops and businesses in Harare are locked...
Ntini’s enthusiasm not enough to win
One of the lessons that can be taken from...
Illegal loggers caught in Chisipite
Reports to Harare News in recent weeks suggested that...
The joy of stamp collecting
Philately is the collection and study of stamps, a...
Aquaponics to help feed Epworth
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture – raising and...
Cheap software hampers care centre
City of Harare launched the Customer Care Centre (CCC)...
Marlborough ZRP deny rumours of child abductions
Marlborough Police have refuted a rumour that they are...
Council tackles 30% water theft
City of Harare last month embarked on a verification...
A day in the life of a street child
James Sithole Chirandu has been living on the streets...
Much Ado delights Harare
British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing hosted a rousing...
Dealing with asthma
Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms (swelling)...
We are all in this together
For any social initiative or enterprise to be successful,...
DIY: Raising rabbits for healthy eating
Rabbit, or tsuro, has long been a staple source...
Hatfield Library reopens
After shutting down for five years due to vandalism...
Serial rapist gets 74 years
On 6 May, Trymore Musakanya (27) of Norton was...
Culture Fund Art Capsule a treat
The Culture Fund Zimbabwe Trust shared and celebrated the...
Ballet brings to life 100 years of fashion
Last month Harare International School hosted a fashion show...
Corporates move Harare towards 2025 vision
Harare’s dreams of achieving world class status by 2025...
Tobacco farmers fall prey to thieves
Valentine Marowa owns a three tonne truck he hires...
Franco-Togolese band set to light up Alliance Francaise
Franco-Togolese band Vaudou Game will perform live at Alliance...
CBD short 700 bins
A shortage of bins has been identified as one...
Drag Racing series revs up on improved track
Drag Racing fans were treated to a feast on...
Operation of Hope changing lives, bringing joy
For ten years a group of volunteer surgeons known...
Community steps up for Chishawasha evictees
Residents evicted from Lot 15 Glentor in Chishawasha have...
All hail Miombo Magic
Miombo Magic fans fell in love with the festival...
Toastmasters gives you the gift of the gab
Toastmasters is an international organization that comes together to...
Miombo Festival starts today (playlist included)
Christon Bank will once again play host to the...
How backyard farmers can reach the market
Faced with chronic unemployment, many Harare residents are using...
Book levy compromises reading culture
One of the reasons often stated for the absence...
How to handle an angry customer
I do not make a lot of money. No,...
Refuge for the elderly in Harare’s old age homes
In most African cultures, children are expected to take...
Commuters impatient for council buses
Commuters in Harare are frustrated by delays with the...
Why the high cost of blood?
Donating blood is one thing. Receiving blood when you...
Girl Guides conference lands at Girls High
The Girl Guides Association of Zimbabwe (GGAZ) recently held...
City fails to cut roadside grass
Harare City Council has been accused of being too...
All lives matter at Twala Trust animal sanctuary
Be it a terrified tortoise, limping lion or catatonic...
Harare hubs struggling to lift off
Hubs’ are a phenomenon that have popped up in...
Residents push for Metropolitan Council
Residents are pushing the government of Zimbabwe to decentralize...
Njelele celebrates three years of urban art
This month marks the three year anniversary of Njelele...
Storm brews over procurement at Town House
Councillors are up in arms over the procurement of...
A beginner’s guide to beekeeping
Beekeeping can be an interesting hobby that also supplements...
Jibilika using hip hop to talk about HIV
Much effort has been put into increasing awareness and...
Mayor and Minister battle over Town Clerk office
Recent events at Town House have reminded residents of...
Wild Geese Art Festival this May
The Wild Geese Art Festival is an extraordinary annual...
UZ graduate hoping for Hollywood
Former University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student Shorai Amanda Ranganawa...
Epworth residents flood Hatfield, Braeside clinics
Epworth clinics are failing to provide adequate medical services...
A nation of comparisons
Running water is a problem in Harare. If I...
Online council offices to provide better service
The connection of council offices to a wide area...
Elderly suffer inadequate health care
Fannuel Muzondo (73) of Mbare struggles with amnesia. He...
The rise of Zumbabwe
In the last few years the dance fitness sensation...
City of Harare stiffens environmental by-laws
City of Harare (CoH) will unveil a new set...
Rufaro Stadium ditches synthetic turf
Popular soccer venue Rufaro Stadium’s artificial turf is to...
World Bank hosts service delivery hackathon
The World Bank hosted the country’s first ever Water...
Mayor highlights progress in State of the City address
Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni delivered his first State of the...
Dealing with high blood pressure
Blood pressure (BP) is one of those things you...
Get growing with Urban Farming TV series
A new, locally produced TV series focused on growing...
CoH accused of water-delivery ‘apartheid’
City of Harare is going ahead with plans to...
History made as Arundel runner qualifies for IAAF U20 World Championships
Rutendo Chimbaru made history last month after becoming the...
Public Private Partnerships: a two way street
Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a powerful, under-utilized tool...
Book Review – The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
In Petina Gappah’s debut novel The Book of Memory,...
Homeless youth play in Netherlands soccer tournament
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport. Every country...
Keep your kids busy these school holidays
It’s the holidays! Parents will be wondering what to...
UZ students face accommodation crisis
The introduction of two first-year student intakes -the first...
Council probes failed Augur deals
Several business deals signed by City of Harare (CoH)...
Runner attempts run from Harare to Vic Falls for Charity
Tomorrow, 27 year-old Nellie English will attempt to run...
The humble maggot wriggles into food security role
Maggot farming is a new (if slightly squeamish) business...
NetOne donation to help with blood supply over deadly Easter weekend
The Easter holiday is upon us once again. With...
Council in discord over Monavale vlei
There was controversy at a full council meeting on...
Organic Food: grow it yourself
Growing your own organic vegetables may seem like an...
Book Review: What On Earth is That?
Everyone remembers the magic of having your parent or...
Comment: 10 things to avoid doing in a kombi
Kombi trips are taken in their millions every day....
The alien slug that landed in Greystone Park
We now have a name, Polytoxon robustum, for the...
Rent a room in the Northern Suburbs
Renting out a room in your home or building...
Teacher training for the deaf: A first for Zimbabwe
The first teacher training for the deaf is set...
Zimbabwe athletes prepare for Rio Olympics
Zimbabwe will have more athletes at the upcoming Olympics...
Climate change blamed for cooperative’s poor start
Imba Mukadzi is a women’s cooperative in Gletwyn along...
Urban fish farming makes sense
Alfred Mulauzi (44) walks around his garden with pride,...
Ten percent retention scheme disappoints
Council’s ten percent retention scheme got off to a...
Roadside nurseries grab a share of plant sales
Emanating from many sidewalks in Harare’s suburbs is the...
Science Circus Africa comes to Harare
The Science Circus Africa tour has arrived in Harare...
New HIFA format launched
The 17th annual Harare International Festival of the Arts...
Security job scams rampant
Job seekers in Harare must be increasingly cautious as...
Kabbo ka Muwala Exhibition: from Harare to Berlin
Kabbo Ka Muwala/ The Girl’s Basket” is an exhibition...
Water shortages worsen amid typhoid fears
Last month City of Harare (CoH) announced a schedule...
New parking meter device prevents unfair clamping
City of Harare (CoH) in conjunction with a local...
Inaugural Hustler’s Market a success
The first ever Hustler’s Market held at creative hub...
CBD Footbridge to reopen soon
City of Harare has begun renovations on the footbridge...
Today is International Women’s Day
On March 8, women everywhere observe International Women’s Day...
Django Girls brings coding skills to Harare
Django Girls International is a non-profit that organizes free,...
Court ruling and new housing policy to end home demolitions
City of Harare (CoH) has changed its housing delivery...
Prince Edward and Chisipite dominate sprints
It was a thrilling day of athletics at the...
Ratepayer-funded soccer club sparks outrage
Residents have petitioned the Mayor to investigate the use...
City of Harare arrests 780 litterbugs
City of Harare has tightened anti-littering efforts through recently...
The art of Bonsai
Bonsai is the ancient art of growing and maintaining...
Ngomakurira, Domboshawa heritage sites vandalised
The San or Bushmen are the indigenous people of...
Threats & harassment – the daily grind
Journalism in Zimbabwe is a risky business, especially when...
Class action against National Parks
The row over the installation of a boom gate...
Profile of an artist: Barry Lungu
For twenty one years Barry Lungu has been capturing...
Early cancer detection saves lives
Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating...
Zimbabwean rower lost at sea
Former Peterhouse student and rowing talent Michael Johnson (21),...
Make the switch to organic food
When you pick up a pack of tomatoes at...
Gender-based Violence: the hidden scourge
Statistics show that an overwhelming majority of the cases...
Chisipite student wins trophy at Hong Kong first aid competition
Chisipite High School student Vanessa Hodza flew high the...
Creators of ‘Lovers in Time’ working on new local feature film
Two years ago the dynamic partnership of UK-based Dr...
Police-ZBC extorting money at roadblocks
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)...
Harare News workshops jolt fresh thinking
Seven Harare News journalists and four writers from other...
‘Late babies’ held back from grade zero
Parents of children who should by now be enrolled...
Greendale: then and now
I am lucky enough to have lived in the...
New measures to curb disposable diapers disaster
City of Harare (CoH) and disposable sanitary wear manufacturers...
Give a book this Valentine’s Day
Once again it’s Valentine’s Day! What do you get...
Council workers must earn their bonuses
City of Harare’s new management system is results-oriented, and...
Cafe Veldemeers – top notch all round
Anyone who drives past Arundel shopping centre on Quorn...
Public smoking rife in spite of strict bylaws
Commotion erupts in a commuter omnibus plying the city-Marlborough...
All set for Super Rugby clash tomorrow
The Cheetahs landed in Harare this morning ahead of...
City trees needed cutting
City of Harare’s aggressive tree pruning exercise targeting 10,000...
The vital work of the Adult and Adolescent Rape Clinic
  It is an understatement that the aftermath of...
New eco-friendly US Embassy to employ 800
Harare West Member of Parliament (MP) Honourable Jessie Fungayi...
Face to face with the outgoing headboy of Oriel Boys High
Oriel Boys High School in Chisipite is one of...
EMA plans deposit on plastic bottles
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is working towards a...
HIV film raises concerns over youth awareness
There was a full house in Highfield last November...
Robbed: One man’s account of a Friday night gone wrong
“Last Friday (8th Jan) I was leaving Tin (Tin...
Life after demolition
Life has become unbearable for residents whose illegal homes...
Ramsar’s rushed visit
In November last year, two Ramsar officials visited Zimbabwe...
Expired drinks for sale on Harare streets
If you buy dairy, a fruit drink or bottled...
The Food Lover’s phenomenon
This might seem like advertorial but it’s not! The...
Rocky future for Harare’s roads
The state of Harare’s roads is unlikely to improve...
Thieves wreak havoc in Hillside, Cranborne and Braeside
Daring thieves are terrorizing Hillside, Cranborne and Braeside residents....
Unblocked: Efficient waste water management on social media
City of Harare’s waste water department has been applauded...
Avondale Flea Market – one of Harare’s best
It’s business as usual on a hot Saturday afternoon...
Council prepares to pilot pre-paid water meters (Part 2)
In November last year we published Part 1 of...
Tech gifts for Christmas
It is that time of the year where we...
Simple ways to protect your home this Christmas
The festive season is upon us. We are already...
Handelmania!
  I’ve been listening to Handel’s Messiah since I...
Christmas Cheer Fund still vibrant, says Mayor
The effectiveness of the Cheer Fund, formerly The Mayor’s...
We’re Hiring! Graphic design intern wanted for 2016
Harare News is offering a paid internship starting in...
Book Review: Writing Mystery and Mayhem
Last month Weaver Press launched the short story collection...
Illegal billboards pulled down
Last month saw City of Harare start pulling down...
Accident scene crowding is dangerous
Tragedy struck early last month when a horrific car...
No words were minced in the writing of this review
Funny old thing, the so-called Festive Season and the...
IGN: Women breaking barriers in business
Igniting, guiding, and networking are the backbone of the...
New bylaw to penalise kombi passengers
City of Harare is proposing the arrest of passengers...
Cool off at your local municipal pool
It’s hot. If you’re lucky enough to live on...
Rare treat for BMX fans as AFCON comes to town
The Harare BMX Club was commissioned by the Union...
Plant a tree on National Tree Planting Day
National Tree Planting Day (NTPD) has taken place on...
A busy Christmas at Sam Levy’s Village
Festive season fever is already high at Sam Levy’s...
New water chemical to save city millions
The City of Harare (CoH) is desperate for water...
Wetlands: gloves off as residents battle property tycoons
Recently appointed Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Oppah...
Biogas-a solution for many problems
As power cuts worsen, clean energy seems to be...
Home ownership scheme introduced
Home seekers in Harare will soon benefit from government’s...
Harare Kopje – a neglected wonder
Shona history has it that the Kopje provided the...
The hidden cost of powercuts
Imagine that you’re woken up from a deep sleep...
Harare’s parking nightmare
With a population of over two million, Harare experiences...
The economic woes of Harare women
Comment Zimbabwe’s continued economic meltdown has affected women more...
Residents failing to report animal road kills
Motorists in Harare have expressed concern over the non-removal...
Success as 74 schools enter Allied Arts Festivals
This year’s National Institute of Allied Arts Festival (NIAA)...
Lulu’s: welcome home!
It is perhaps worth remembering that this column’s aim...
Pirate DVD vendors sell porn at night
The market for pirate video discs on the streets...
Msasa park residents fed up with Zimphos
Residents living in Msasa Park and Park Meadowlands are...
Detroit-Harare arts exchange flying high
The Zimbabwe Culture Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) continues to...
Illegal vending still rife despite clampdown
Photo: Vendors are being pushed into formal vending sites....
Harare: Urban Evolution – A Photographic History
Book Review by Dr Robert Challiss Soon after its...
Easier business licensing on the cards
City of Harare aims to implement a new business...
How to safely harvest your rainwater
The Zimbabwe Meteorological Services have predicted that this rainy...
Ban electric geysers, but subsidise solar
Government recently proposed a ban on electric geysers in...
Harare Hospital shamed for treatment of mothers
Women are routinely detained after they give birth at...
Sex education in schools?
Young people have been cited as one of the...
City improvements win cautious praise
City of Harare (CoH) has made steps towards achieving...
Joy as renovated House of Smiles re-opens
It was a happy scene as House of Smiles...
Mighty and miraculous: the Moringa tree
The Moringa tree (moringa oleifera) is native to northern...
Zim Rowers qualify for Rio Olympics 2016
Both of the Zimbabwean Rowers who competed at the...
Council to introduce pilot pre-paid water meters (Part 1)
Harare Water last month held a smart water meter...
National Parks blamed for Chivero disaster
A host of environmental challenges have besieged Lake Chivero,...
Harare South shopping centres dilapidated
Residents have expressed concern that many shopping centres in...
Delhi Palace – food fit for a prince
The Delhi Palace – formerly in Greystone Park –...
Lusaka Punk and other stories: The Caine Prize for African writing 2015
Every year local book lovers look forward to ’amaBooks...
Residents disappointed with budget consultations
Residents in Harare have expressed dissatisfaction with council’s 2016...
Meet the head students at Morgan High
Morgan High School in Arcardia is a co-educational school...
Musicamp 2015: talent, trumpets and Tuku
Every year, Musicamp takes place during the August school...
FigJam – local technology at its best
A search online reveals millions of articles on how...
Borrowdale kids teach parents how to recycle
Northside Community Church in Borrowdale, just across from Sam...
Traditional and Organic Food and Seed Festival on this weekend
Eating Outside the Box is the theme of the...
Drivers, touts buying illicit beer at kombi ranks
These days at kombi ranks, if you see kombi...
Home seekers scammed of $3.6 million
Over six thousand home seekers at Retreat settlement near Waterfalls...
Council to introduce new bus system
The City of Harare (CoH) and A1 Metro Bus...
Heatwave hits Zimbabwe
The Meteorological Services Department of the Ministry of Environment,...
Harare House – our giant, posh, white elephant
The Mayoral Mansion in Gunhill was built by former...
New Eastgate vendor’s complex will be eco-friendly
The eastern part of the central business district of...
This year Fashion Weekend gets behind child road safety
In a bid to promote the safety of children...
Cricket: Zim schools trumped by SA visitors
The dull thud of bat on ball, the desperate...
Council rejects ZINARA bid for parking millions
Harare councillors have vowed to stop the Zimbabwe National...
Carl Joshua talks about TV, comedy, cooking, and his next show
We last spoke to comedian Carl Joshua Ncube back...
Earthworms – a growing role in food security
Community projects in Harare are not normally associated with...
Chiedza Brown fundraiser tonight at Alliance
A fundraising concert to repatriate the remains of Chiedza...
City of Harare and EMA blamed for pollution of Harare rivers
Residents, industrialists and environmentalists have blamed City of Harare...
Shoko Festival hits Harare
The fifth edition of Shoko Festival hits Harare again...
Full stars to Istanbul: A Turkish delight
If I am honest, there are times when I...
How to save electricity in your home
Harare residents have for many years have been faced...
Mabvuku Polyclinic gets an upgrade
Council has started upgrading Mabvuku Polyclinic into an improved...
Massive fires raise alarm over city’s readiness
The city of Harare recently suffered two unusually big...
Council readies city for rains
After flash flooding wreaked havoc in the Central Business...
Rotary brings joy to Pathways Autism Trust
In July, the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brooke hosted...
Mbare Bio-Digester: Still no progress one year on
Despite an April 2014 commencement deadline and the availability...
Bridge and tollgate over Mukuvisi River stirs debate
As the crow flies, crossing from Msasa Park to...
Chirikure reflects on the life and death of Chenjerai Hove
Chenjerai, as I struggle with my tears, I keep...
Online artist network launched
A lack of international visibility for local Zimbabwean artists...
Fury in Mount Pleasant over building of flats
Mount Pleasant residents are up in arms about a...
Meet Tawanda – our new Assistant Editor
This month we welcome Tawanda Mudzonga to the Harare...
Let’s Clean Up the World!
Our Place. Our Planet. Our Responsibility. This month, Harare...
Unreliable refuse collection angers residents
Residents have expressed anger over the unreliable refuse collection...
The grass is always green for Alexander Mnkandla
Looking at the sweep of green lawn and well-tended...
Simuka Comedy celebrates fourth anniversary
Simuka Comedy celebrated its fourth anniversary last month. The...
Council looking for public toilet partner
City of Harare is looking for organisations and individuals...
Koovah readies for inaugural Ecofest
In a bid to boost the appreciation and profile...
My heart on my sleeve by Tony Robinson
For a change of pace this month, I have...
Are your verges safe and water-wise?
Most house proud owners want their homes to look...
I Am Zimbabwean – youth run NGO launched
Zimbabwean youth advocacy and development group I Am Zimbabwean...
Cartoon workshop explores local themes
There is chatting in the boardroom. Sometimes there is...
Obituary: Courage under fire – Councillor Lancelot Mudavanhu
A dark cloud eclipsed the warm sunshine in Ward...
Cop vs kombi viral video highlights public disgust at both
A video circulating on social media including Facebook and...
Forty five thousand leave HIV test results uncollected
Eight percent of Zimbabweans have been failing to collect...
On the bright side: New traffic and streetlights in Harare West
Ashdown Park and other nearby parts of Ward 16...
Harare’s boreholes soon to dry
Harare boreholes are drying up earlier every year and...
Meet Prince Edward Jazz band’s Dylan Mpanyera
Dylan Mpanyera might be a pint sized young man...
Seeking shade in Sunningdale
Harare’s Ward 10 is one of the few communities...
Rainbow Airlines lifts off in Harare
A new Zimbabwean airline, Rainbow Airlines, took to the...
How to: Executive email carpet bomb
In the first edition of our column, dedicated to...
Seatbelt safety: Zimbabweans don’t care
It is not uncommon in Harare to see drivers...
Piano Man saves the night at La Fontaine
Last month we were invited to share in a...
Disappointment for Zim rugby at Craven Week
The Zimbabwean Under 18 side took to the field on...
Water Dealers, Zinwa anger public
Residents have expressed their long term dissatisfaction with the...
Sekai Zengeza to perform Beethoven, Bach this Saturday
Sekai Mei Zengeza is the eldest daughter of a...
Val Bhunu- the ‘girl force’ of Zimbabwe tennis
Valeria Bhunu was like any other nine year old...
Schools join in wetland protest
Students from some Harare schools have been deeply disturbed...
“I’ve got no sacred cows” – Vokal Da Poet
A new wave of contemporary poets is enjoying critical...
Residents dismayed by Warren Hills Cemetery
Once an elegant, dignified, and well-maintained resting place for...
$1,000 from backyard lettuces
“Self sustainability inspired me to get into farming. I...
Peterhouse students in the shadow of Everest
In December 2014 the Peterhouse Exploration Club went on...
Council to sell rented houses to sitting tenants
City of Harare has resolved to sell its rented...
Tauzeni turns women’s suffrage into art
Following a successful run of three exhibitions this year...
Sables win, but PE School ground frustrates supporters
Zimbabwe’s Sables triumphed over the Simbas of Kenya at...
Experts demand strict monitoring to curb radiation
Health and environmental experts in Harare have called for...
Stone crushers – tough living threatens environment
The expansion of Msasa Park has provided a ready...
Harare’s Junior Mayor at the end of his term
As the term of Harare’s Junior Mayor Ebenezer Nobela...
Sad end looms for Marlborough social soccer
Come rain or scorching heat, every Sunday is match...
Online village for mbira music now open
For many local people mbira music has a spiritual...
Face to face with Saint George’s College Headboy
St George’s College is among the best secondary schools in...
Fine Dining at Amanzi Restaurant
We all feel like a touch of luxury on...
Residents concerned by vandalism of ZESA property
Residents in some suburbs have resorted to repairing ZESA...
Textures- an anthology of contrast
Last month saw Bulawayo-based publishers ’amaBooks launch Textures at...
Debate over Mapostori use of open spaces
Various apostolic sects have taken over many of the...
High fees drive gas traders underground
A joint effort by City of Harare’s (CoH) Fire...
How to write a better complaint letter
This is the first in our series of articles...
Zimbabwean visual art shining in Venice
If you mention Venice to any visual artist, they...
Serving Mr Bigfoot – Harare’s cobbler for giants
He might not be in the same league as...
British chef Barry Lewis tastes Zimbabwean treats
Barry Lewis is a British chef with a YouTube...
Samuel Wadzai, Zim Vendors Union National Director
As a resident of Harare, you will often interact...
Zim rowers bag 41 medals at SA Champs
Twenty one rowers took to the water at the...
Plot thickens in wetland wars
The divisive fight for wetlands – with developers and...
FOG Art Auction raises $11,000
More than $11,000 was raised at last month’s Friends...
Glen View home industries threaten the environment
From a distance you can hear cars hooting, touts...
Council goes green- Installs solar street lights
Last year in March we reported on a trial...
Free wifi a boon for artists
Internet service providers (ISPs) have made available wireless internet...
Cholera treatment abused as laundry detergent
At the height of the cholera outbreak in 2008...
Step up for emergency services
Emergency preparedness in the city of Harare is set...
Best ever Zim team for Rio 2016 paralympics
The 2015 Paralympics Games official opening day coincided with...
Are extra lessons beneficial or not?
Experts in Harare have expressed doubt over the benefits...
Tracking Technology to tighten Council’s control
City of Harare (CoH) has introduced Geographic Information Systems...
Tuku’s footwear unaffordable for many
Acclaimed superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s launch of Hai-kobo footwear at...
Residents, conservationists clash with developers on Monavale Wetland
Conservation signs erected on Monavale Vlei were torn down...
Tag Rugby Trust moves to create zimbabwean centres
The game of rugby can expect a boost at...
Chang Thai: amazing food, so book ahead
We have been intending to try Chang Thai for...
Work to start on Shawasha Mall in Mbare
Construction of Shawasha Shopping Mall in Mbare is finally...
Harare DNA testing centre attracts attention
Many people are turning to the African Institute of...
Get ready for Miombo Magic, 30-31 May
Last year’s Miombo Magic music festival proved a hit...
Fashion show raises $2,000 for Autism
More than $2,000 was raised at the Fashion and...
Council drags feet over 10% rates retention scheme
It has emerged that most wards in Harare are...
Consumerizim.com – giving consumers teeth to bite back
Joe Ruzvidzo is better known as Joe Black from...
In pictures – HIFA Highlights
Anybody who stood in the massive crowd at the...
City aims to double sewage treatment
The City of Harare has targeted 219 million litres...
St Johns Alumni publishes book
Some readers might remember Matthew Butler, a St John’s...
Council forges ahead with prepaid water meters despite massive resistance
Debate on the pre-paid water metering system continues to...
Seven-award haul at youth summit
Mcleo Mapfumo (23) from Milton Park raised the Zimbabwean...
In memory of Nixon Margolis
By all accounts, Nixon Margolis, who died last month...
HIFA – festival goers have their say
HIFA enters it’s fifth and penultimate day today. Last...
Human disco ball visits HIFA
Festival goers were treated to something new yesterday at...
School bands shining at HIFA
Award-winning Prince Edward School Jazz Band proved why they...
Traffic chaos in the CBD- no simple solutions
As the debate on how to decongest Harare’s Central...
FaB Fusion and Ovation Band fails to impress Coke Green on HIFA debut
Fab Fusion and Ovation Band failed to light up...
Where to now? Short stories from Zimbabwe
Where to Now? is a collection of 16 stories...
Meet Clive Manhenga, the sound man
When you speak the name Manhenga in the music...
Mabelreign gets cleaned up
Harare is well known for being strewn with litter, and...
Belvedere residents go without services
More than 460 residents from of Belvedere West, situated...
Book Café still battling debt
Despite holding a fundraising concert earlier this year featuring...
Low Carb Nutrition- the secret to good health
Traditionally we have been taught that excessive fat in...
Avondale artists take to recycling
Artists at Shandaipamwe Art and Craft Centre in Avondale...
25 chickens chete, says council
The City of Harare has maintained that it will...
Commuters not happy with loud music in omnibuses
Kombi crews in Harare are living up to their...
Mbira in Schools
Albert Chimedza, director of the Mbira Centre, began his...
Wetlands key to survival of SADC river basins
The ramifications of the current world-wide water shortage should...
A chat with the headgirl at Roosevelt High
In February Harare News profiled the Prince Edward Head...
World Water Day celebrated in thirsty Tafara
Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) recently commemorated International Water...
Breaking the obstetric fistula curse – call for referrals
It’s a condition that causes unparalleled suffering in young...
Driving school training rank needs improvement
The open space between the Rainbow Towers and Interpol...
Instant joy at Harare Hospital
Children visiting the outpatients ward at Harare Hospital paediatrics...
Illegal dumping and cultivation in Mabelreign
Residents of Zambezi Flats along Quendon Road in Mabelreign...
Musical joy at NIAA 2015 Eisteddfod
The National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) 2015 Vocal...
Deposit for Budiriro houses slashed to 10%
City of Harare and CABS in February reduced the...
Historical buildings recognised and preserved
City of Harare together with the National Museums and...
Meet your councillor: Ward 19 – Mabvuku
Ward 19 councillor Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi, who is in his...
‘The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician’ by Tendai Huchu
I first went to Edinburgh, Scotland to visit Tendai...
School buses – are they safe?
Over the past few years many private schools and...
What to consider when joining a housing cooperative
Rapid population growth including rural to urban migration has...
NAMA awards carry international recognition
The local theatre industry may seem to be in...
Mbare residents take councillor to task
Residents of the populous township of Mbare, Ward 4,...
Training and exposure for young artists at the National Gallery
Green Shoots is an exhibition hosted by the National...
New kid Antalya makes a decent debut
We were highly excited this month to hear of...
Zinwa’s competence questioned in court as water wars wage on
Bulk water delivery business LS Waters (pictured) was last...
Locally manufactured solar dryer holds great promise
Sweet, chewy, and bursting with the energy of the...
Greendale ‘stink’ caused by lack of council facilitation
Controversy that has simmered up over the building of...
Harare Municipality Services: online reporting launched
A new online platform called Harare Municipality Services (HMS)...
Bienvenue Franck Chabbasseur, the new director of Alliance Française
Franck Chabbasseur is the new Directeur of Alliance Française...
Councillors ponder 10% retention system
Harare City councillors are apprehensive about the lack of...
Zambezi News aims for continental recognition
After successfully growing a local audience, popular comedy show...
Let’s hear it for the Avondale Toilet Angel
There is nothing nicer in these times of greed...
Outcry over council workshops
Since its swearing-in nearly two years ago council has...
Meet Paula Hawkins, New York Times bestselling Author
Harare-born author Paula Hawkins has hit the big time....
Council claims progress with water delivery infrastructure
The rehabilitation of Harare’s water works using funds from...
Power lifter Tinashe Mutero targets Rio 2016 Paralympics
He may be fairly new to the game but...
A-Level set book novelists to meet with students
On Thursday 19 February, students and teachers will have...
More parks planned for Harare suburbs
The City of Harare (CoH) is set to increase...
Belcantos earns 2 stars in second round of dining
Last year’s series of reviews ended on a lamentable...
Touching the light – hope for Zimbabwe’s blind
The Dorothy Duncan Braille Library and Rehabilitation Centre was...
Noise pollution intensifies
Harare has witnessed an increase in noise pollution over...
Meet Nixon Margolis – Prince Edward Head Boy for 2015
Prince Edward School is the oldest boys high school...
Miracle on Speke Avenue
Visitors to the CBD must be sure to pass...
Black market fuel sales still common
The fact that fuel is now readily available at...
Amai Mnangagwa calls for tough stance on wetland development
More than three hundred people gathered on Monavale Wetland...
Mud Run raises $12,000 for KidzCan
Sunday 18 January saw more than 1,000 runners take...
Harare News partners with House of Smiles
Harare News is pleased to announce its partnership with...
Public unconvinced at Borrowdale Wetland stakeholder meeting
Tension ran high on 13 January during an Environmental...
New trees for Harare’s roads, cemeteries
Council and Friends of the Environment  last week launched...
Meet visual artist, Tapfuma Gutsa
Harare News journalist Kundai Marunya visits Tapfuma Gutsa in his...
Urban fish farming
“Aquaculture” is the term used for fish farming. A...
Musicians launch union
11 November saw the launch of the Zimbabwe Musicians...
Growing taste for fast food may threaten public health
Real beef bones. Greasy potato chips. Chicken gizzards. Matemba....
Belcantos Malfoodos – a dire dinner indeed
ZOL’s Restaurant week which ran from 29 October to...
Artist brings colour to children at Harare Hospital
Celebrated Zimbabwean artist, Wayne Stutchbury, has collaborated with his...
Know your ward: Ward 2 – Harare Central
Ward 2, namely Harare Central, is one of the...
Ward 2, Meet your Councillor, Auxillia Mahachi
The enormous challenges faced by Harare make the job...
Meyrick Park residents appalled by monkey poisoning
Residents of Meyrick Park were shocked recently to discover...
$40,000 in prizes at Startup Weekend
From 21–23 November, Startup Weekend Harare took place at...
Press Release: Hope Masike to perform jazz set at Alliance
As our favourite musicians stage shows across the country...
Book Review: Together
Together celebrates the writing of two of Zimbabwe’s veteran...
2015 Budget: a sober plan for Harare
Despite a lack of participation in the budget consultation...
Reps box office swamped for Les Mis
Running 16 to 25 October, Les Mis The Concert...
Basket Case II – interweaving cultural threads
Light, bright, clean and airy. The refurbished roof and...
Council flouts Environment Act
City Council and their partners in the property development...
Harare News scoops top honours
Harare News was delighted to receive the Best Print...
Proactive security for your business
For every organisation, time is money. Worrying about a...
Unsafe acts the major cause of workplace tragedy
Data released by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA)...
Bees stung by wetlands invasions
The physicist Albert Einstein is reported to have said...
China Garden’s mammoth menu
We decided this month that it was time to...
Press Release: Literary events coming up in November
A series of literary events is set to run...
New houses, old plans in Budirio
On 16 October, 2,000 houses built in Budiriro under...
Participatory budgeting a missed opportunity
The City of Harare has recently held meetings with...
Running in Zimbabwe
Running as a serious sport, a recreational pursuit, a...
City triples fire fighting readiness
City of Harare has tripled its fire-fighting capacity in...
CoH Press Statement on Illegal Structures and Demolitions
“Harare City Council would like to inform all persons...
Ward 21, Mabvuku: Meet your councillor
Despite his youth, Councillor Barnabas Ndira (Ward 21) is...
The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories
The Caine Prize for African Writing, now considered to...
Day in the life of a recyclables collector
Overworked and underpaid, toiling in unhygienic conditions and sometimes...
Hip Hop artist Synik takes the global stage
Gerald Mugwenhi, known to most in the Zimbabwe hip...
Hatcliffe learners take education into own hands
Passion and determination to build a better future for...
Newlands residents bemoan public drinking
A Ward 8 Council meeting heard complaints by Newlands residents...
Professional Dance Training for Youth – DTZ
The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) is the heart...
Timber alternative for cleaner streets, jobs
Would you like outdoor furniture that looks like timber,...
Magaba Siyaso – a marketplace for all
Magaba-Siyaso home industries market (loosely translated to mean tins...
Foundations Project gets support from businesses
Foundations Project recently received support from businesses in Harare,...
Mbare tenants appeal for tenure
Tenants in Harare’s oldest township Mbare are appealing to...
Cyber crime – play it safe
They come to you as business partners, sellers and...
All about: Tree Society of Zimbabwe
The original idea for the Tree Society came from...
Youths extort money from fleeing kombis
Unemployed youths in Mbare are fleecing money from commuter...
Harare Chamber Orchestra plays on against the odds
Musicians in European orchestras complain bitterly about the mingy,...
Citizen’s Report: We were robbed by a gunman in Milton Park
On Wednesday evening my Mum and I returned home...
Parking lots a good business in high density areas
There has been an increase in the number of...
Maestro – eclectic, flash and friendly
Driving down the Enterprise Road towards town one Saturday...
Council installs CCTV
Council last month started installing a new traffic management...
Alternative source of heat for cooking
Epworth lies just a few kilometres east of the...
Theatre in the Park upgrade underway
Rooftop Promotions (RP) launched the much anticipated revamp of...
Zimbabweans win British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards
The British Council Harare, with support from Old Mutual...
Mixed reception for prepaid electricity meters
In recent months the power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply...
Harare blitz nets over 200 polluters
Over 200 companies in Harare’s industrial sites have been...
Harare gears up for Ebola
City of Harare have assured residents that they have...
Gallery: Shoko 2014 Peace in the Hood hits Chi Town
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New fashion market for Harare
The arrival of summer 2014 also marks the start...
Press Release: Shoko Festival 2014 ready to roar
International artists and new media practitioners from the United...
Dualisation of airport road impacts plot boundaries
The construction of the multi-million dollar Harare Airport Road...
Yes, your baby can swim!
Eliya! Ready! Go!” I commanded firmly and she was...
Shoe dye scams in CBD
As the unemployment rate across our country continues to...
Get your goat at Gava’s
Gava’s restaurant in Belgravia Sports Club at the top...
2015 City budget consultations set to start
The first of Harare’s 2015 budget consultative meetings is...
Friday market at Amanzi
Clean living is the name of the game at...
Better days for passport applicants
The Harare Passport Office, long dreaded by passport seekers...
September brings you Shoko Festival
Shoko Festival returns this September to kick off summer...
Harare’s fiber network opens up MOOCs to residents
What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open...
Hats off to Café Nush
I’m something of a regular at Café Nush, often...
The ups and downs of imported cars
Second-hand cars have been coming into Zimbabwe to be...
Carving a new chapter for Chapungu
One of the country’s foremost art and sculpture venues,...
Borehole owners share water
Residents in Belvedere and several other neighbourhoods across the...
Local DJ RayDiz to compete in Las Vegas
Upcoming local disk jockey (DJ) RayDiz (real name Rayhaan...
Council takes control of Easipark
Council last month resolved to put in place an...
Agri show starts tomorrow
The 104th Harare Agricultural show is set to run...
Cooking the green way
As power shortages continue to worsen in Harare, residents...
Doctor endangers public in Mabelreign
The corner of Kirkman Road and Sherwood Drive in...
Deposit ‘too high’ for new Budiriro houses
City of Harare is reportedly struggling to find suitable...
Sankukai karate training starts in Harare
Shihan (master instructor) Barry Stranack 8th Dan is well...
Goat markets go unregulated
Beyond the havoc and commotion of travellers waiting for...
Talking Twitter with SirNige – July Edition
Despite the silence on #SalaryGate issue lately, the challenges...
A comparative look at bank charges
Continuing with the theme of what to consider when...
Why was Councillor Mbanga handed a box of roots?
Councillor Chris Mbanga was presented with a box of...
A long hard ride against poaching
Zimboundary is a made up of two cyclists who...
Full strength SA and Aussie teams to play in Harare
Harare Sports Club will play host to its most...
The Pointe – busy and for good reason
In these financially stressed times I have, in vain,...
Clean and Green Zimbabwe- new recycling initiative launches
A new recycling company Clean and Green Zimbabwe was...
Wrought iron artists bring metal to life
Travelling from the National Sports Stadium towards the city...
A ray of hope for Zimbabwean golf
The esteemed Hatcliffe Girls Development Trust (HGDT) that brought...
Vital repairs at the National Gallery
Artists, art lovers, and gallery goers in general who...
Verandah Gallery Charity Exhibition, 27 July
For 100 years, Emerald Hill Children’s Home has been...
Musicians play second fiddle to preachers
Some street corners in Harare’s CBD, that used to...
Press Release: Vagina Monologues author lands in Harare tomorrow
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, activist, author...
Long Time Coming : Short Writings From Zimbabwe
There is more to Zimbabwe than is often portrayed...
Naked cables pose a danger
City residents have raised their concerns over exposed ZESA...
Council hears committee findings on water loan abuse
The special committee tasked with assessing the appropriateness of...
What to consider when choosing or losing a bank Part 2
In the first part of this two-part series we...
Telecel introduces debit card for Telecash users
Telecel Zimbabwe has become the first mobile phone operator...
Students build environmental app
Students from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) have...
Day in the life: Kombi driver
Over the last few years kombi drivers have become...
Ward 11; Meet your councillor
Ward 11 is one of four wards that contain...
Know your ward 4 and 11, Mbare
Wards 4 and 11 stretch from Coventry Road in...
Residents switch to gas
Failure by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to...
Pimp my Kombi
Due to increasing competition in the kombi business many...
Herbal medicines gaining acceptance
Many people across the city are using the services...
Urban ecosytems under siege
The burning of vleis and grasslands in Harare reaches...
Coventry starts Rio 2016 Olympic Training
Kirsty Coventry, Africa’s most decorated Olympian, has started preparing...
Getting your child online safely
What is the right age for someone to start...
Aloe Congress shows human – plant relationships
Shaped by suffering” is how South African botanist Ernst...
City owed $253 million
City of Harare (CoH) recently revealed that it is...
Prescription drug abuse on the rise
The abuse of drugs and prescription medicines is on...
Junior Council celebrates World Day against Child Labour
On Saturday 14 June 2014, the Harare City Junior...
Council threatens dog licence crack down
City of Harare last month said that it will...
MEAG Cleans up Elizabeth Windsor Road
Elizabeth Windsor Road in Marlborough is a busy thoroughfare...
Anniversary issue out today
Dear reader, It’s our birthday! It’s been twelve months...
Know you rivers: Causeway River
Historically the Causeway River was a lifeline – it...
Spare parts cons in Kaguvi Street
A catch line for a certain motor spares company...
Ward 18: Meet your Councillor
To most of his friends and colleagues he is...
Ward 18: Know your ward
Ward 18 is in the north east of Harare,...
Morton Jaffray upgrade ahead of schedule says Council
Council says that the water and sanitation rehabilitation project...
Time to enforce smoking laws in Harare?
It is peak hour in Harare CBD. The streets...
Road Port opens another branch in High Glen
A new inter-city bus terminal has been established adjacent...
Xerophytica 2014 – Plants for our future
The Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe is...
Artist in Profile: Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
Art for Nyaude can be said to be a...
CBD toilets inadequate and poorly maintained
Harare has a population of more than 2 million...
A Financial View: Choosing a Bank Part 1
In many countries, the banker-customer relationship has reached a...
Dinner at Spice Lounge
As my favorite Indian restaurant in Harare has of...
Book Launch tomorrow: A Hippo Love Story by Karen Paolillo
Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Branch is hosting Karen...
Playground upgrade sponsored by Unilever
Unilever has embarked on a programme to rehabilitate the...
Education in the digital era
The emergence of the internet has brought efficiencies to...
Harare looks to build on tourism awards
The fortunes of Harare are set to improve if...
Church to spend $370,000 on community boreholes
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...
Highlights from the world of 263Chat: May Edition
A pertinent question after reports of vehicle purchases for...
Tikki Hywood Trust – Protecting our pangolins
WHO walks on two legs has the eye of...
Computers donated to Mabelreign District Office
City of Harare’s Mabelreign district offices yesterday received a...
Literary conversation with Valerie Tagwira
Uncertainty of Hope, published in 2006 by Weaver Press,...
Water debate boils in Borrowdale
Residents of Ward 18 in the northern suburbs of...
Miombo Magic, our community festival
The third ever Miombo Magic music festival took place...
Women’s network linking and sharing for business
It’s been some time since Angels Online gave up...
Council probes luxury vehicle spend
Council has appointed a five member committee to investigate...
Residents complain about dumping fees
Residents from a cross-section of Harare northern suburbs have...
Online backup solutions ensure file safety
“My documents will not open, a virus has attacked...
Kombi robberies increase
There have been an alarming number of robberies on...
Homefields Centre determined to break world record
Homefields Centre, a home for the mentally challenged, will...
Carriage Halt falters
Nestled in the shadow of the Avondale Police Station...
Market rejects sack potatoes
In the February issue of Harare News, we reported...
Some practical money saving tips
In these days of the fearsome liquidity crunch that...
Kombi’s hike fares to compensate for heavy policing
Kombis plying some City routes have increased fares by...
How safe is your water?
Human bodies are made up of around 75% water....
Harare Hockey League busy but under resourced
The Harare Hockey League is struggling to flourish into...
Pesticides: Know what you’re eating
Recent tests carried out by the Zimbabwe Organic Producers...
What’s that building? Eastgate Mall
Finding termites building huge mounds in rural areas seems...
Solidarity gathering at Nigerian Embassy
A Bring Back Our Girls solidarity gathering was held...
Putting crows on our payroll
Crows are a fairly ubiquitous feature of our city’s...
City to increase twins
Harare continues to enjoy healthy bilateral relations as demonstrated...
Turning Avondale Green makes its mark
Avondale residents last week met at the Avondale shopping...
Vandana Shiva to visit Harare
As Zimbabweans become increasingly concerned about the links between...
Creativity in Newlands at Koovha Creative Hub
With a view to providing a space for artistic...
Yolanda Mubaiwa: Daring to dream and conquer
It is said that enough hard work beats talent...
Harare International Carnival promises excitement
The renamed Harare International Carnival (HIC) will roar into...
Cynthia Mare in Mother’s Day show
Multi award-winning afro-fusion sensation Cynthia Mare is set to...
Highlights from the world of #263Chat: April Edition
This is the second installment of the #263Chat column...
National Gallery invites students to exhibit
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) is inviting young...
Council installs solar street lights
City of Harare has installed four solar powered street...
Prince Edward take down Lomagundi in tournament first encounter
The Tigers of Prince Edward subdued Lomagundi High School...
Ward 5: Know your ward
Ward 5 is one of the most diverse in...
Ward 5: Meet Your Councillor
A ‘fire brand politician’ is how some of her...
Painting Mbare’s Heroes
Mbare, one of Harare’s oldest ghettos, has seen its...
HIFA Youth Zone grooms next generation of festival goers
It’s not just adults who are well catered to...
Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival starts with new outlook
The annual Schools Rugby Festival, which this year changed...
HIFA Day 2 Review
Day two of HIFA was full of interesting shows...
Gallery: Blended 328 @ HIFA
Country funk band Blended 328 took to main stage...
May issue out!
Issue number 10 of Harare News is out, putting...
Council demolishes illegal structures at ranks
City of Harare has started the demolition of illegal...
HIFA Day 1 Review
Day One of HIFA 2014 got off to a...
Stealing water from beneath our feet
Every service breakdown in Zimbabwe produces its own brand...
HIFA switches on tonight!
The much awaited Harare International Festival of the Arts...
Know your rivers: The Umwindsi
How many rivers are left in the city that...
Completion of kombi holding bay stalled
Nearly two years after the City of Harare proposed...
Artist profile: Misheck Masamvu
Born: 1980 Penhalonga, Mutare Lives and Works: Harare Started...
Outdoor advertising on the increase
Harare is infested with billboards. Stretches of roads like...
Guest acts announced for Tuku’s Greatest Hits concert
The much awaited Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi’s Greatest Hits Concert...
Funky bins create green supply chain
Remember the ‘funky bins’ at HIFA last year? They...
Reggae outfit Black Supremacy praises Red Fox
Kenyan reggae outfit Black Supremacy who were in Harare...
City of Harare’s sources of finance
In order to finance its ongoing activities across the...
Car disposal a looming calamity
The proliferation of used cars in Harare is a...
Tom’s top hot cross buns
Hot Cross buns make the perfect subject for this...
Take a trip to Mukuvisi
Mukuvisi Woodland is one of the few places in...
Video: Preview of HIFA 2014 musicians
This is a playlist of videos of this year’s...
Harare International Carnival looking green
City of Harare and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA)...
Know your ward: Ward 16 in Harare West
Ward 16 comprises suburbs Greencroft, Sunrise, Sunridge, Ridgeway, Mabelreign,...
Ward 16: Meet your councillor, Lancelot Mudavanhu
Many politicians claimed power from popularity in their constituencies...
Your Gig Guide for the long weekend
As we celebrate 34 years of independence along with...
The Fishmonger: Lacking shine but still popular
  The Fishmonger in Avondale has been going for...
Avondale’s hidden Eden
Florence Chisholm Park, otherwise known as Avondale Park, is...
Nehanda as a white man? ‘Lovers in Time’ historical comedy set for HIFA
A play that celebrates the life of First Chimurenga...
In the line of fire: Edmore Mawindo
Being a security guard is hardly a fun profession....
Managing your generator: cleaner air, less noise
Electricity, or rather the lack of it, is an...
Low quality bricks: a false economy
The number of low quality bricks flooding the market...
Sale of illicit beer on the rise at commuter ranks
The sale of alcohol popularly known as cranko (spirits),...
A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013
The quality of the Caine Prize anthologies is always...
Mufakose cleans up its act
The Mufakose residential area, one of the oldest ghettos...
HIFA programme announced
It’s that time of the year again where art...
The Caddy or the Cart?
Harare is something of a dream city for golfers,...
Traffic Safety Council to launch holiday campaign
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) is set to...
Fans to select Tuku songs
Renowned musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi will treat his fans...
Highlights from the world of #263Chat: March edition
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How to HIFA
The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is...
Table Tennis tournament for U18s this Saturday
Harare Table Tennis Association (HTTA) will host an Under...
School kids invited to create ‘up-cycled’ fashion for HIFA & Euro tour
School kids across the country are being called upon...
Econet launches third mobi-money service
In the race to control the mobi-money market, Econet...
Cell phone cons in Harare
Tendai Humba’s* dream of owning a smart phone turned...
April issue out!
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Clean-up at Kamfinsa
Miracle Missions came together with local businesses and residents...
Lack of ramps hindering access for the disabled
Being disabled is not easy in Harare’s Central Business...
Churchill receives boost from Nashua
Nashua Zimbabwe yesterday donated a new rugby kit to...
Sanitary lanes a cover for dark deeds
Sanitary lanes, popularly known as mikoto in the Central...
What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?
Residents often find projects sprouting up in their neighbourhoods...
Da Eros – A hearty Italian spot for families
On our way to Belgravia for lunch at Da...
Harare Central Hospital gets a donation
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday handed over...
Prince Edward wins Sevens tournaments
Prince Edward School basked in glory as they took...
Mbare bio-digester to transform organic waste
Plans to construct an 800m3 bio-digester in Mbare are...
$50m needed to revamp streetlights
It takes courage and determination to walk on Harare’s...
Solar power to heat college water
Harare Institute of Technology’s (HIT) halls of residence are...
What’s that building: the Railway Station
If you go up the Harare kopje and gaze...
The changing face of Greendale
Residents in the Greendale area will no doubt have...
Meet Chirikure Chirikure: wordsmith
One of Zimbabwe’s most renowned poets, with work published...
Birds to see in your Harare garden
In this wonderful, bird-friendly country with its total of...
Ward 41: meet your councillor
One of only six women in Harare’s City Council,...
National Gallery celebrates Women’s Day
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) last week launched...
NIAA runs educational workshops
To help teachers prepare students for the annual Speech...
Vendors head to the tobacco auction floors
Tobacco sales floors have attracted more than just tobacco...
Birdlife Zimbabwe goes technical
Birdlife Zimbabwe has firmly entered the digital age with...
Harare artists in profile: Virginia Chihota
At the age of 30, Virginia Chihota can be...
Female touts on the rise
The trade of touting has long been dominated by...
Francophonie Week comes to Harare
A host of different events will be giving a...
Homefields needs a helping hand
The Homefields Centre, a home for the mentally challenged,...
This September Sun by Bryony Rheam
This September Sun is a searing account of family...
Makusha eyes World Indoor Champs medal
Churchill High School old boy, track and field star...
Mindfulness and the art of being happy
We all want to be happy, but often we...
Harare’s dancehall square off
Shoko Festival ambassadors Peace Ndlovu a.k.a Ba Shupi and...
New currencies: a layman’s view
Concern from a cross section of residents and small...
Junior golfers hope to shine in SA
Zimbabwe’s leading amateur golfer Stuart Krog intensified his preparations...
Ambitious new arts space opens in Glen Lorne
The inaugural exhibition of Harare’s newest arts space opened...
March issue out now
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What’s that building?
It might not be quite in the mould of...
Three Decades in the Long Grass by Duncan Clarke and Babette van Gessel
Three Decades in the Long Grass chronicles the story...
DV8 – Kamfinsa’s upmarket family steak house
I chose DV8 for a date because it was...
Artists to get financial training at HIFA
Old Mutual has teamed up with HIFA to give...
Creating a hub for techies
Technologists are by nature innovators and it’s this mentality...
Mokoomba bids farewell to Harare
Widely traveled afro-fusion group Mokoomba sampled new songs as...
New noise by-laws on horizon
The Mayor of Harare, Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni has mooted...
Domestic exploits: are you being fair?
Employing someone to look after your house, and possibly...
Edgars back in the game
Zimbabwe’s premier retail clothing store Edgars yesterday launched a...
Know your rivers: the Marimba River
We start our journey down the Marimba River at...
How to make Harare great – Part 3: support for change
Having previously seen how to achieve smart growth and...
Harare to withdraw leases of properties built on wetlands
The City of Harare will start cancelling leases of...
Plastic surgeon sets sights on change
All of Harare’s major government hospitals suffer from a...
Man’s best friend or a dangerous animal?
A dog attack is a terrifying and traumatic experience....
1,000km walk against litter
Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation executive trustee Fungai Chiposi last month...
Steam trains return to Harare
106 lucky passengers had a bit of a treat...
Lighting the way
Drive along the north side of the University after...
First Floor Gallery opens Dramascapes
Walking into First Floor Gallery (FFG) last Thursday evening,...
Men for Others at St George’s College
St. George’s College covers 80 hectares of beautiful manicured...
How to get international acts on stage
Treating Harare audiences to acts from around the world...
Shaking it up: top 10 milkshakes according to Tomas
This month I decided that a milkshake challenge was...
Valentine’s in the city
Friday was Valentine’s day, a day well known as...
A cleaner Harare by 2018
City of Harare’s Waste Management Department has unrolled its...
International Children’s Cancer Day this Saturday
Five years ago, Jean’s four year old daughter McKenna...
Coming to Zimbabwe back at Reps Theatre
Following a successful show at last year’s HIFA, Coming...
Ward 8: Meet your councillor
With a political career starting back in 1960, Christopher...
Harare-born rowers qualify for Youth Olympics
Daniella du Toit and Kyle Hinde have made the...
Dance against violence: this Friday at the National Gallery
One in three women will be raped or beaten...
Day in the life of: Airtime vendor, Maxwell
Cell phone usage has grown dramatically in Zimbabwe, and...
Masunda elected HIFA chairperson
Former Harare Mayor Muchadei Masunda is the new Harare...
Rising star Dylan Hondo to emulate brothers
For 18 year-old Harare-born cricketer Dylan Hondo, sports is...
News from the libraries
Harare City Library had to close their Branch Library...
Harare residents talk hopes and dreams for 2014
Joshua Dzerumbaira (29) Cross border trader, Marlborough (pictured above)....
Marlborough joins efforts to save Harare’s wetlands
Residents in the western suburb of Marlborough have stepped...
Netsayi & Black Pressure: tearing it up at Misty’s
New bar-restaurant in Newlands, Misty’s, is appropriately named: dark...
Zim bikers take on Africa’s best
15 of Zimbabwe’s top mountain bikers travelled to Cape...
Coin shortage brings profit opportunity
The multi-currency system used in Zimbabwe is providing people...
Collaboration and connections, Detroit comes to the Delta
Veteran poet Chirikure Chirikure has encouraged artists from different...
Debunking cancer myths at Book Café
Stigma is one of the main reasons why cancer...
Harare artists in profile: Wycliffe Mundopa
At 26, Wycliffe Mundopa is already a veteran painter...
Can Harare make it?
One year on from its declaration that Harare will...
February issue out now
2014 is well and truly rolling– already we’re into...
Car wash blues in the capital
As the economy continues to underperform, unemployment has pushed...
NGZ open doors for designers
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) has called for local...
Comedian Doc Vikela in debut SA tour
Popular stand up comedian Victor Mpofu a.k.a Doc Vikela...
Illegal dumpers caught
City of Harare (CoH) has apprehended two truckers in...
Arts association pushing for national heritage site status
Tafara Mabvuku Arts Association (TAMAA) has requested that National...
Get snapping Harare
Sitting in an armchair with a cold drink in...
Fast food outlets a time bomb for Harare’s health
The long-term effects of fast food will be a...
How to make Harare great – Part 2
Having previously seen how to achieve smart growth, this...
Who owns the verges?
The City of Harare (CoH) has tabled a new...
Shouting for a living
Touting for passengers, commonly known as chihwindi, might have...
Council and Sports Club team up to save lives
Stanford Rusenza’s house is about ten metres from the...
Arts vital in education
Julia Wharton is a theatre director and an educator...
Mashonaland Turf Club spurs racing revival
The Zimbabwean equine industry – whose first recorded race...
Are clean-ups the answer?
Litter in Zimbabwe has become part and parcel of...
Fashion profile: Sabina Mutsvati
Sabina Mutsvati is a young costume designer on the...
Ready to roll: Tomas Brickhill’s top springrolls
This month I decided to compare takeaway spring rolls...
Youth squash seeing a resurgence
Mashumba Makumba is a squash coach who focuses on...
Meet Blessing ‘Bled’ Chimanga
At just 22, Blessing Chimanga is a highly acclaimed...
Community football at the Italian Club
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Working in the cloud
This month we delve into what is currently one...
Ward 9: Meet your councillor
For most of his council life, which started five...
How to make Harare great – Part 1
McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm recently published...
Leonardo’s: brilliant lunchtime value
As chance would have it, I ate at Leonardo’s...
What’s happening on the property market
Many owners and landlords are refusing to face our...
New landfill to replace Pomona Dump
Hard on the heels of the fire that engulfed...
Getting skilled despite the odds
Intellectually challenged youth in Harare have a place to...
Nightmares at the passport office
I had been this way many times before. Applying...
Book Café gives Harare a craft fair
Book Café has teamed up with Zimbabwe Applied Art...
100% local concert
At a time when international artists are flocking to...
Eating the fruits of the season
This time of the year in Zimbabwe Mother Nature...
Comedy fiesta a success
The debut annual Simuka Comedy Fiesta, which ran from...
Where to escape to this Christmas
Domboshava 30 min drive $4 per adult Going north,...
Christmas appeal: St Joseph’s
It is Christmas, a wonderful reason to spend time...
Great Zimbabwean food celebrated
After just four months of organisation, the first Zimbabwe...
Retired or rejected: helping Harare’s elderly
Imagine what it would feel like to be old...
Playing the Old Boys
I have to admit that I was excited by...
A festive time for orphans
After months of careful planning, over 2,400 orphans from...
Books for Christmas
Coming back to Zimbabwe on holiday just before Christmas...
Harare City Library rebooted
After seven months of renovation and upgrading, Harare City...
A festival of edutainment at Morgan High
High school students in Harare stepped up for a...
In tribute to Steve Davies
Steve Davies, the chairman of the Conservation Society of...
The Convert premiers tonight
Following a successful stage reading earlier this year, multi...
A new orchard for Arundel School
The Environment and Wildlife Club members, teachers and ground...
Count down with a festival
Varsity Blues Promotion is launching the first ever Harare...
Zimbabwe International Film Festival starts tomorrow
The annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival is back following...
Festive season officially begins
Harare’s City Fathers yesterday lit the Christmas lights at...
What to do in December…
It’s a busy silly season with a lot of...
Turbulence to rock Harare
Jamaican reggae star Sheldon Campbell a.k.a Turbulence is set to perform...
Mayoress visits children’s medical centre
The Mayoress of Harare Fran Manyenyeni this week went...
Harare hosts performance Biennale
For two weeks last month Harare was alight with...
Harare’s libraries get a book boost
The Australian Embassy has donated $9,000 worth of children’s...
City’s dedicated employees rewarded
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Let Them Festival nurtures young talent
Established performers again worked with aspiring young artists at...
Cook Off gets its winner
Eleven weeks and three locations later, the Zimbabwe Cook...
Q the Boss shines at Comedy Festival
Comedians staged a magnificent showcase at the inaugural Rainbow...
Cueing up outside: pool gains popularity in Harare
The game of pool is growing in popularity thanks...
Ambulances: Emergency service or taxi?
A reader wrote in to voice concern over the...
Underage drinking a public health problem
Kevin Dziwa* was watering his garden when he heard...
16 Days of Activism – a line up
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence...
Choosing local: clothing lines from Harare
When one hears about local urban wear in Harare,...
December issue out now
Dear Reader, For Christmas we are very happy to...
Book Review: The Trek & Other Stories by Lawrence Hoba
These ten stories by Zimbabwean author, Lawrence Hoba, form...
City farming: keeping chickens in Harare
Chicken pens and pigsties are not usually sights associated...
‘Know your rivers’ Part Two: the Gwebi River
A story is told that when the founders of...
Changing Zimbabwean theatre: Almasi Arts
Almasi Arts is a new arts organisation founded by...
Zimbabwe Cook Off – semi final
Week 10 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off started three...
Rising up against gender based violence
Today is the start of the global campaign 16...
Marlborough Wetlands: a very public meeting
On Saturday morning the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), in...
Urban agriculture threatened from all sides
Urban farming is an integral part of the lifestyle...
Suburban Safari: Harare’s Creatures of the night
Zimbabwe’s national parks attracts tourists from far and wide,...
Harare’s Mayoress takes maiden disbursement tour
The Mayoress of Harare, Fran Manyenyeni, this week went...
Cresta group unveils holiday packages in its Harare hotels
Hospitality group Cresta has slashed prices for their rooms...
A magnificent meal at La Fontaine
As part of their re-launch after the Meikles’ Hotel...
Embassy of Japan sponsors a training centre in Hatfield
The Embassy of Japan will be aiding the construction...
Harare heading for water crisis
Millions of Harare residents are at risk of waterborne...
Traditional & Organic Food Festival hits Harare in December
Next month Harare will be treated to the first...
Urban Logging – Where are all our trees going?
Have you noticed a big increase lately in the...
Schools are enviro-challenged at Mukuvisi Woodlands
30 schools converged at Mukuvisi Woodlands for their fourth...
Cook Off down to final 3
Two hours after the proposed start, Week 9 of...
US Embassy gives city youth a kicking opportunity
A group of boys who used to play soccer...
Cappuccino controversy: Tomas Brickhill’s Top 10
As yet another South African franchise, Mugg & Bean,...
Battling for immunity at the Cook Off
Week 8 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off took place...
Learning to stop burning: one school’s story
School children from Courtney Selous Primary in Greendale are...
An avian evening of art, wine and conservation at St George’s
BirdLife Zimbabwe hosted an enjoyable evening on Saturday at...
New hope for Harare’s roads
Road maintenance equipment to be used to rehabilitate Harare’s...
Gymnastics fever hits Harare
As we reach the end of 2013 and tortured...
Tech to protect you online
Thank you to everyone for their feedback on last...
Eaglesvale triumph at gala
Eaglesvale Primary swam to victory in the Irvines Friendly...
City of Harare drained by leaks and unpaid bills
City of Harare is reportedly losing 62% of treated...
Rats on the rise?
As garbage increasingly piles up at street corners and...
Skyping art from Harare
Harare-based artists from different genres including poetry, theatre and...
Coventry to open swimming academy
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry has plans to...
Cook Off nearing its end
Week 7, on 2 November, started with Chef Stephen...
Dealing with noise pollution in Harare
The level of noise pollution in some parts of...
City youths make it happen – a story of triumph over adversity
Xolani Masoka is an inspiring success story – from...
Minister, Mayor, Church and Musician tackle city litter
The Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa’s...
Meet the Mayor
His Worship Bernard Gabriel Manyenyeni managed to slot us...
Waterpolo: Falcon win 77th Crusader Shield title
Falcon College from Esigodini have retained the Crusader Shield...
Zimbabwe motor sports revved back into life
After a ten year slump in activity, motor racing...
BirdLife Zimbabwe drawing competition for kids
In a drive to educate young people on the...
French jugglers in town
Harare is in for a treat tomorrow night with...
November issue out today!
The November issue of Harare News is on the...
Packed house discuss Harare’s water crisis
Residents, policy makers and experts last night packed into...
Njelele opens Afropolicity
A rare fusion of both visual and performance art...
First dessert challenge at Cook Off
Week 6 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off required contestants...
Sorella’s Pizzeria turns one
The Faccio sisters, Gemma and Chiara were happy and...
Recycled art takes centre stage at Green Expo
What many people throw away as waste was crafted...
Motor Racing Champs 2013 – get revved up for Sunday’s finale!
Time: Sunday 27th October, 12pm Venue: Donnybrook Raceway (out...
Marechera play at the Protest Arts Festival
Celebrated writer Dambudzo Marechera will this year be honored...
Tafi Machingaidze taking BMX higher
My earliest memory of Tafi Machingaidze is from an...
Residents’ organisations walk out on Council
The budget consultative meeting, which was supposed to take...
Filmmakers & musicians undertake innovative DIY promotion
Upcoming filmmakers and musicians are resorting to screening snippets...
Let The Drums Speak – DVD launch
Talented drummer, vocal and instrumentalist musician Blessing Bled Chimanga...
Pomona dump burns on
It’s Tuesday but the fire that started on Sunday...
Book Review: Running With Mother
This book review is by Chibairo D Nhengu. Chibairo...
Diagn’ Art Dance Company comes to Harare
Senegalese dance group Diagn’ Art Dance Company performed Saturday...
Cook-off heats up!
Week 5 of the Zimbabwe Cook Off was held...
Burning medical waste irks Kuwadzana residents
Depending on the strength and direction of the wind...
The Shop Cafe: punching above its weight
Forget the opinions of the gourmands, the experts, the...
Unsuspecting commuters robbed by drivers
On a peaceful late Friday afternoon, Clara, a domestic...
Anti-litter, crime and open fires campaign launched in Harare
City of Harare yesterday launched its anti-litter, anti-crime and...
Get down to the October World Music Festival
Music lovers are being treated to fresh voices in...
Deputy Minister promises to mobilize funds for youth – who recycle
Green Ambassador, Dereck Mpofu yesterday took Deputy Minister of...
Pornography & video usage ends free internet at Africa Unity Square
Free internet connection at Africa Unity Square has been...
Pop up informal restaurants – “kwaGogo” – take off in Avenues
Pop up restaurants, commonly known as kwaMother or kwaGogo,...
Time for a cook off!
Last Saturday marked the fourth week of the Zimbabwe...
Harare City Council – Facts & figures worth knowing
As a community newspaper, one of our key objectives...
“Comedy was always in my blood” – Interview with Carl Joshua Ncube
Carl Joshua Ncube is getting Zimbabweans laughing. The infamously...
Not waving, but drowning – swim safely this summer
Now that summer is here and temperatures are soaring,...
‘Something Nice from London’ Premieres at the British Council
Star-studded local movie Something Nice from London premiered last night...
The decline of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair
In response to our article ‘Book Fair Turns 30‘ ...
The Burger List with Tomas Brickhill
This month I really wanted to do a cappuccino...
Stolen artefacts come home
Artefacts stolen from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ)...
Some interesting internet stats about online security
Frampol has been offering Internet Provision Services to Zimbabwe...
A voices fiesta for Girl Child Creativity @ 1st Floor Gallery
Girl right advocate organisation Girl Child Creativity (GCC) last...
Book Fair turns 30
This year the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) celebrated...
Arundel girls summit Kilimanjaro and raise money
Nine schoolgirls, two teachers and one parent made up...
A Very Pink Occasion – a high tea for cancer awareness
‘When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it changed...
The tragic consequences of traffic congestion
Crossing the busy streets of downtown Harare can be...
Ashbrittle wetlands under threat
The destruction of Harare’s wetlands continues, with an unnamed...
Old Hararians win league final
Old Hararians (OH) regained their glamour after an eight...
City takes step towards improving water provision
City of Harare is rehabilitating the Morton Jaffray water...
St. John’s College pipers perform in Scotland
Seventeen boys from St John’s College Pipe Band joined...
Community builder for October: SirNige
Known as SirNige to his followers, Nigel Mugamu is...
Council backs community on Newlands facelift
Shop owners, tenants, residents and other stakeholders have come...
MP Majome and community roll up sleeves in Avonlea
Over 200 volunteers took part in a clean-up in...
Hope Masike to introduce new act
Mbira songstress Hope Masike is to introduce a new...
“Hope for Africa” at the Combined Senior Schools’ Concert
This year’s Combined Senior Schools’ Concert, held annually at...
de Jonge in Presidents Cup
Harare-born professional golfer Brendon de Jonge is confirming his...
October issue out today
Letter from the Editor Distribution of our October issue...
Gateway, St. Ignatius & St. Johns scoop top prizes at Allied Arts Festivals
At a colourful ceremony held outside the Jubilee Hall...
Dereck Mpofu’s 7 Arts green gig
Celebrated artists came together at Rainbow 7 Arts on...
Chronicles of a rough journey
Prominent music producer, guitarist and musician Clive ‘Mono’ Mukundu...
Scamming the desperate
Tawanda Mukarakate vividly remembers the first day he came...
Childcare on the job
In times of economic hardship many women struggle to...
Elvis Blue to rock Harare
Two-time South African Musician of the Year award winner and...
Take to Tandoor for your Indian treats
Sitting atop the Sunrise Sports Club in Ridgeview, Tandoor...
Shutdown at Shoko
Hip hop artists dominated last night’s show on the...
Friday’s Shoko with Tony Rebel
The Chiwoniso Maraire main stage is a poignant setting...
‘Know Your Rivers’ Part One: The Mukuvisi
To the unsuspecting eye Mukuvisi River is just an...
Meet the green ambassador
Talented musician Dereck Mpofu (27) has caused quite a...
South African poet takes top spot at Shoko slam
South African poet Masai Dabula snatched Shoko Festival’s Breaking...
Burning tyres for wire
Residents are calling for the Environmental Management Agency (EMA)...
Local comedy acts shine at Shoko Festival
Local comedians held their own with highly ranked international...
Lafarge Cement urged to ‘put people before profits’
Step into the streets of Mabvuku and you’ll immediately...
What price for connectivity?
The demand for faster internet is seeing a huge...
Harare has a new mayor
Councilor for Ward 17 Benard Manyenyeni is the new...
Tony Rebel jets in to Harare
Jamaican reggae star and cultural ambassador Patrick George Anthony...
Unofficial parking touts still active in the CBD
Drive along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue into Julius Nyerere Way...
Will a new commuter terminal help?
Plans by City of Harare to construct a new...
What’s in a pie?
Good people, I have risked high cholesterol, obesity and...
Take a school trip to the bush, in town…
Haka means pangolin in Shona. It’s also a game...
Local foods boost urban health
Rural dwellers may envy the pace and excitement in...
Who needs an anchor?
The sign is up. Pick n Pay is the...
Triathlete Brown sets personal best
Harare-born rising triathlete Laurelle Brown has set a new...
TechZim…at the cutting edge
If you don’t know about it already, TechZim is...
Beating the odds in Hatcliffe
Tichakunda Day-Care Centre for Vulnerable & Orphaned Children is...
How to connect – some internet connection options
Neil Padmore is the director of Frampol IT. He...
Save Madalitso gig tomorrow
The community spirit of Harare’s musicians will be on...
What can we do for our City?
Adopt your home or business verge and clear the...
Tuku shines at the Red Fox
Afro-fusion legend Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi gave an electric performance...
William Over Awards
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has presented its inaugural...
We Need New Names: a review
We Need New Names is a truly remarkable debut...
Mbare Rugby Academy heads to South Africa
The Mbare Rugby Academy’s U18 rugby team will accompany...
Healthy Spring Cleaning
It’s time to get spring-cleaning. But wait! Before you...
What to plant now
Spring is in the air so whether you are...
September is World Alzheimer’s month
September is World Alzheimer’s month. Wear a purple ribbon...
Triathlete gears up for Junior Worlds
Rising female triathlete Laurelle Brown will carry both the...
Tuku to rock Red Fox with Mic Inity
Afro-fusion legend Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi is set to make...
Clean Up Harare!
September is the month to roll up your sleeves...
September at the Gallery
If you ask anyone at First Floor Gallery –...
Call for massive lake clean up
Clubs dotted along the banks of Harare’s main water...
Biking for Zimbabwe
For the first time ever, Zimbabwe was represented by...
Peterhouse maintain CABS T20 dominance
Defending champions Peterhouse successfully retained the annual CABS Twenty20...
September issue out now
September’s issue is on the streets. It’s our third...
Mokoomba still dynamite after long Euro summer
If you weren’t at Book Cafe last night, you...
Call for transparency for Harare residents
The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) yesterday called on...
In Black and White
First Floor Gallery opened a collaborative exhibition by Gresham...
Harare Show safer for children
If you’re taking your kids to the last couple...
Meeting the author
Man Booker prize nominee NoViolet Bulawayo this week shared...
Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Neil Padmore is the director of Frampol IT. He...
Paula’s Place: Not quite there…
There is a concept called the ‘paradox of choice’...
Home Bitter Sweet Home
Njelele Art Station opened its second exhibition on Wednesday...
Weaving Life: new exhibition at Gallery Delta
Gallery Delta last night opened an exhibition by talented...
Street kids use new begging approach
Street kids in Harare are using a new begging...
Bombay Sapphire brings two rival sports together
For the first time in Zimbabwe history two rival...
Hope Masike set for Zambia
Harare’s leading mbira songstress Hope Masike is set to...
Selling meat in the open
Residents in the capital are facing a health hazard...
Stray dogs an increasing problem in the city
City of Harare has expressed concern about stray dogs...
Meet Talent Yakado
If you’ve been to the Book Café, it’s more...
Mvumvure struggles at World Championships
Harare-born sprint star Gabriel Mvumvure found the going tough...
St John’s College Pipe Band flying to Scotland
Seventeen members of the St John’s College Pipe Band,...
Victory for Highlands residents
Residents of Highlands, environmentalists and conservationists have successfully appealed...
Count down to Shoko Festival
With just over a month to go to this...
Council addresses noise pollution
City of Harare has imposed a permanent ban on...
Sex enhancers banned
The Medical Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has banned...
Harare-bred sprinter guns for World Championships
Zimbabwean track and field star Gabriel Mvumvure is confident...
Are you going to Chimanimani Festival?
Chimanimani is home to Zimbabwe’s second highest mountain range....
The weekend rugby lowdown
Old Georgians Sports Club massacred the Matebeleland Warriors in...
Meet Chris Taylor, DJ
At just 22, Chris Taylor has already made quite...
Creative school holiday activities
Art institutions across Harare are holding art classes for...
Flyposting defaces Sunshine City
Election season has seen posters for political hopefuls pasted...
A Farewell Tribute Fit for a Queen
Friends, family, fans and Harare’s music stars gathered last...
How to protect consumers
“One twenty! Can you believe it?” exclaimed the twenty-something...
August issue hits the streets
The second issue of Harare News is on the...
49 Graduates from College of Music
Zimbabwe College of Music (ZCM) held its ninth graduation...
A life to celebrate: Chiwoniso Maraire (1976 – 2013)
Chiwonso Maraire has died. There is shock in Harare,...
Chimbetu returns to Red Fox
Celebrated dendera musician Sulumani Chimbetu is set to return...
Harare’s premier hotel revamped
Renovation of Meikles Hotel’s North Wing is near completion...
Mad Hatter’s Fashion Party Launched at Book Café
On Saturday night, the Book Café was transformed into...
Zambezi News Season 2 is here
Zambezi News has done it again. A full to...
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The effectiveness of the Cheer Fund, formerly The Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund, has been questioned by seasoned council workers who claim to have been shut out of its operations by the board.

The Cheer Fund is the City’s social responsibility arm, and has a long legacy of colourful fundraising activities held all year round but strongest at Christmas. The Fund regularly gives to charity, donating groceries and paying school fees where needed. But according to some, there appears to be a decline in the vibrancy of the Cheer Fund as compared to years gone by.

A council worker, who declined to be named, and was involved with the Cheer Fund in the past, attributed the decline in the Fund’s activities to the new system introduced two years ago by the new board. He explained that the board had taken control of the Cheer Fund away from council workers despite the new board being “inexperienced”.

“As a result, the Cheer Fund is no longer generating the attention it used to do during former mayor Muchadeyi Masunda’s tenure. At one point, the Fund raised more than $300,000 and rarely would two months pass without the Cheer Fund making any donations. But it seems the donations are drying up. Council employees are the ones who were in contact with most of the donors but it seems the board is now side-lining them,” explained the council employee.

“I think the board is trying to privatise the Cheer Fund because it has employed a former board member to do the secretariat’s duties. This is costly to the Fund as this salary will chew up some of the funds raised for charity. It was more logical for the Cheer Fund to continue utilising the free services that were being provided by council employees as they are already on a payroll,” he added.

When contacted for comment, patron of the Cheer Fund Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni disputed the claims, saying that things were progressing well and confirming that the board was using a new system meant to strengthen the Fund’s effectiveness.

“We have tried to run the Cheer Fund far from Town House because it is the community side of the mayor’s office, and when there are negative issues around Town House we try and minimise the contagion so it doesn’t affect the Cheer Fund. That is why most of the Cheer Fund’s activities almost seem under the radar, but it is functioning well,” said the Mayor.

The Mayor added that he did not have facts and figures about the current activities of the Cheer Fund off hand, but said that the Cheer Fund hosted a successful fundraising dinner in October that raised more than $20,000 for charity. Manyenyeni also denied claims that the board had employed someone to replace the secretariat.

Chairperson of the Fund Tendayi Mashingaidze said that the new board was still on a learning curve as 85% of the people on the board are new members who have served for less than a year. Mashingaidze said that in spite of this, the Cheer Fund’s work was progressing well.

“To date the Cheer Fund has hosted a successful High Tea, Golf Day and Dinner in the last year, and concrete plans for various fundraising activities for 2016 have been put in place. While the Cheer Fund may seem less visible than in the past, its impact is still being felt by those whose lives are touched by it,” said Mashingaidze.

 

Image: Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni

Image credit: Harry Davies

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