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Chinese firm in Zimbabwe marks Africa Day with cultural exchange … – Xinhua

A Chinese man plays African drum with a Zimbabwean during a cultural exchange event marking the 60th anniversary of Africa Day in Goromonzi, Zimbabwe, May 25, 2023. (Xinhua/Tafara Mugwara)

GOROMONZI, Zimbabwe, May 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese invested lithium mining and processing firm Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe (PLZ) on Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of Africa Day with a cultural exchange event where guests were entertained by cultural performances from Zimbabwe and China.

The event, which was held in Goromonzi, a mining region southeast of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, was attended by traditional leadership, representatives from the government, Chinese nationals, school children as well as local villagers. The event also saw the performance of traditional Zimbabwean dances and a fashion show in which models showcased locally made colorful African print costumes.

Chinese nationals demonstrated the cooking of dumplings, the use of chopsticks and other cultural items. Locals also had an opportunity to taste Chinese dumplings.

Africa Day, which is celebrated annually on May 25, commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity — now known as the African Union — on May 25, 1963. The Day provides an annual opportunity to celebrate the rich diverse cultures of the African continent and reflect on the challenges and achievements of the peoples of Africa.

Yu Long, director of the General Manager’s Office at PLZ, said given the cordial relations between China and Zimbabwe, the Chinese celebrated Africa Day with the rest of the continent.

“Today is Africa Day. It’s a very important day in Africa. We are very happy celebrating with all these kids and our friends in this school. We used this opportunity to bring gifts from China and just take an opportunity to exchange cultures between two countries, Zimbabwe and China,” Yu said.

Rugare Dhobbie, an executive for public relations at PLZ, said the event was meant to bring the two cultures together.

“So it was a day when we were exchanging cultures, we were showcasing what China does, what Zimbabwe does, so that we try and synergize,” Dhobbie told Xinhua. “Cultures are diverse, and people do things differently, but when we meet and come together, we can compromise and find ourselves a way forward.”

She said the event also afforded the Chinese investors an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the tradition and customs of the community they work with.

PLZ, which was acquired by Shanghai Stock Exchange-listed Huayou Cobalt in a deal completed in 2022, has heavily invested in the lithium-rich Goromonzi area where it operates as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility through the construction or refurbishment of classroom blocks, roads and clinics.

A Chinese man interacts with a Zimbabwean during a cultural exchange event marking the 60th anniversary of Africa Day in Goromonzi, Zimbabwe, May 25, 2023. (Xinhua/Tafara Mugwara)

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UK: Munya Chawawa to make his ‘Have I Got News For You’ debut … – New

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LONDON: Munya Chawawa is to make his debut on Have I Got News For You next month.

The comic will be on the panel of the last episode of the current, 65th, series, which airs on BBC One on Friday June 16.

The British-Zimbabwean comedian first rose to prominence via the satirical videos he makes online and has previously been a Taskmaster contestant, played the future King Charles in Channel 4’s Prince Andrew: The Musical, and made the documentary How to Survive a Dictator.

Chawawa’s episode will be hosted by BBC newsreader & Mastermind presenter Clive Myrie, guest hosting for the third time. Journalist Helen Lewis will be the other panelist alongside Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.

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Miss Universe Zimbabwe set for September – The Herald

Nomxolisi Museta Arts Correspondent

In what promises to be the best news in the modelling industry this year in Zimbabwe, organisers of Miss Universe Zimbabwe (MUZ) have said the beauty pageant will be held on September 9.

This came after former Miss Zimbabwe 2014  Tendai Hunda was awarded a licence to hold the local version of Miss Universe Zimbabwe after 22 years’ hiatus.

The last model to have taken part was Tsungai Muswerakuenda in 2001, while the licence was held by Yvette D’Almeda-Chakras.

On April 4, Hunda got a call from the organisers of Miss Universe congratulating her for being awarded the licence after she had applied for it.

Speaking at a press conference held in Harare at Rainbow Towers, Hunda, who is the national director for MUZ, said they were ready to host the local pageant, with the winner to be sent to the international pageant.

“We have scheduled an introductory fundraising dinner for June 10 ahead of September 9, the date earmarked for the Miss Universe Zimbabwe pageant in Harare,” she said.

“The main purpose of the MUZ contest is to choose a Zimbabwean representative to appear at the Miss Universe stage in December in El Salvador, Central America. As you can imagine, holding the national competition to choose our delegate won’t be a simple task, thus we humbly ask for support from Government, the corporate sector, media and every other sector key to make this endeavour a success.”

Hunda, who is also co-director of the Miss Zimbabwe Queen beauty pageant which selects contestants to represent Zimbabwe at regional and international pageants like Miss Intercontinental Africa and Miss Top Model of the World, said this was a great opportunity for Zimbabwean girls to shine.

“Good thing, the Miss Universe has opened doors to the young girls, married or not married, pregnant and those with children to take part. The age limit is 28.

“By the way, I was crowned Miss Zimbabwe 2014 and represented Zimbabwe at the Miss World competition 2014 hosted in London, United Kingdom. I created a platform called Hundah, which today is one of Zimbabwe’s leading modelling agencies.

“As the Miss Zimbabwe Queen organisation, we realised that Zimbabwe was not being given a fair chance to participate on the Miss Universe global platform which claims to be an inclusive stage for the modelling and beauty industry.”

Hunda said against this background, she felt compelled to take on the challenge to have Zimbabwe reinstated to the Miss Universe competition, resulting in her acquiring the licence to host Miss Universe Zimbabwe.

“I am absolutely elated that Zimbabwe is about to end its protracted absence and resume its participation in the coveted Miss Universe pageant. One of the top four beauty pageants in the world, Miss Universe, is owned and operated by the Miss Universe Organisation in the United States.

“Simply by joining, its candidates are exposed to a variety of networking and employment prospects.

“This organisation exists to advocate for a future fashioned by women with the guts to push the boundaries of what is possible.

“We have engaged the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, key stakeholders in the successful hosting of this pageant as they are the custodians of our arts sector and youth empowerment.”

Hunda said the return of Miss Universe Zimbabwe was valuable.

“We also firmly believe the return of Miss Universe Zimbabwe is symbiotic and will provide a valuable lifeline to the country’s arts sector while contributing towards youth empowerment as the country’s fashion designers, makeup artists and even musicians get an opportunity to showcase their work,” he said.

“If successful, the competition will not only be a historic occasion, but will also significantly raise Zimbabwe’s international status.”

Hunda said the pageant perfectly fits the Government’s policy of engagement and re-engagement and presents a great opportunity for progressive corporates to come on board and collaborate.

“After all, the proverb goes, ‘Alone you can go far, but together we can go further’. Again, in line with the President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mantra ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business,” what better way to signal that Zimbabwe is open for international collaboration than by participating in one of the world’s biggest competitions,” she said.

Hunda said they had started the process of registering the competition.

Speaking at the same press conference, former Miss Universe Zimbabwe, Langa Lloyd Sibanda, said the return of Zimbabwe on the international scene was good news to the industry.

“I have pledged my full support to the organisation, coming from a background that I was once there, on such a stage,” she said. “I remember 27 years ago in Las Vegas, the US, that I represented Zimbabwe on that stage.

“It was a great opportunity coming from a rural background. It was something I never thought would happen for a Zimbabwean girl. It was exciting and daunting at the same time.

“Nobody called me Langa at the show, but they just shouted ‘Zimbabwe’. Congrats to the licence holders and let’s make it happen and I am happy for this.”

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Mnangagwa calls August 23 election amid concerns over voters roll –

HARARE – Zimbabweans will vote in general elections on August 23, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced in a proclamation on Wednesday.

The nomination court will sit on June 21 to vet candidates, and should the election produce no clear winner, a run-off election will be held on October 2, the Zanu PF leader announced.

Mnangagwa said in the proclamation published in a government gazette: “In relation to the election to the office of president referred to in section 92(1) of the constitution, determine that a nomination court shall sit on the 21st day of June, 2023, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning, in the High Court, Court A, Mapondera Building, Samora Machel Avenue, Harare.

“Now, therefore, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the president as aforesaid, I do, by this proclamation… fix the 23rd day of August, 2023, as the day of the election to the office of president, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councillors.

“And… fix the 2nd day of October, 2023, as the day of the runoff election to the office of president, that is to say as the day on which a poll shall be taken if such a poll becomes necessary in terms of section 38(1)(a)(iii) of the Electoral Act.”

The proclamation means Zimbabweans not yet registered to vote have until end of day on Friday to register as voters if they are to cast their ballots in August’s election.

The announcement came as the main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change accused Zanu PF of using shadowy organisations to meddle in ongoing voters roll verification by voters.

Tendai Biti, the party’s deputy leader, told parliament on Tuesday that agents of on organisation known as Forever Associate Zimbabwe (FAZ) had been seen at polling stations throughout the country purportedly providing “security.”

“They are virtually in every polling station,” Biti said. “We read that they purport to come from the intelligence service but we know the intelligence service and our intelligence authority. What is this creature called FAZ and why is it interfering with our elections? If we create parallel structures, it will lead to disaster and military coups.”

FAZ is reportedly run by the Central Intelligence Organisation, raising  questions about the agency’s partisan role in sustaining Zanu PF’s rule.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is also facing criticism for refusing to release a searchable voters roll to opposition parties, while the same is available to Zanu PF. Many voters are reporting failing to find their names on the roll of voters at polling stations where they previously voted, and are registered.

CCC leader Nelson Chamisa is reportedly anxious to avoid focusing too much on ZEC’s shortcomings, fearing this could discourage voters from coming out on August 23.

Some fear ZEC is not ready to conduct a free-and-fair election.

“The fact that, following today’s election proclamation, the cut-off date for voter registration for the forthcoming election is June 2, 2023, only a day after the end of the ongoing voter inspection of the provisional voters roll means that ZEC’s preparation and compilation of the final voters roll will be based on a poorly audited provisional voters roll. That’s bad news,” said former Tsholotsho North MP and political scientist Professor Jonathan Moyo.

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