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PSL action finally returns to Harare


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By Sport Reporter


RUFARO stadium will on Thursday afternoon host its first top-flight league match in five years when CAPS United welcomes new boys Bikita Minerals.

The ceremonial home of football’s homologation marks the return of Castle Lager Premier Soccer League action to Harare which was in the midst of the Stadium crisis as the National Sports Stadium is going through renovations.

Rufaro stadium was almost doubtful to host Thursday’s clash as some of the ablution facilities around the premises are not yet completed.

However, ZIFA’s First Instance Board visited the facility late Wednesday afternoon and homologated the facility, stating that 90% of the requirements had been met.

The stadium will be home to four Harare-based league teams namely CAPS United, Dynamos, Herentals and Yadah.

During the Easter holiday, a total of four games will be played at the venue, starting with CAPS United versus Bikita Minerals clash scheduled for Thursday, before Dynamos host Khama Billiat’s Yadah on Friday, Makepeke will then return to action on Sunday when they entertain new boys Arenel before Herentals host FC Platinum on Monday to complete the holiday fixtures.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine


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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape


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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup


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By BBC 


NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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