Saturday, 19 December 2015

Gweru Today (11 - 19 December 2015)

New Innscor outlet, Choppies open at last

Choppies Supermarket
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) registered Choppies Supermarket, which has Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko among its local investors, opened its doors to Gweru shoppers at 78 Main Street Saturday 9AM.

Fast-food giant Innscor also started trading at its new Lobengula Avenue
food-court Friday evening. Much to the disappointment of many, Nandos is not among the shops operating at the new site.

Gweru referees Kusosa, Rumeck retained on FIFA panel as Ruzive, others bite the dust

Top Zimbabwean football referees headlined by Ruzive Ruzive will not be officiating in international matches next season after they were dropped from the Fifa panel following assessments by the Referees Committee.

Midlands based Wirimai Muroiwa and Manicaland assistant referee Luckson Mhara, while Gweru referee Nelson Kusosa — one of the best referees in the country — were retained on the Fifa panel alongside Edgar Rumeck, also from Gweru, Solani Ncube and Brighton Nyika, both from Bulawayo.

The assessments -done at the end of each season with those who perform well either getting promoted or retained with those deemed to have failed to attain a set standard demoted, have, however, been criticized in some quarters as biased and riddled with nepotism.

Lundi Park businessman, wife child consumed in cigarette stub fire

A cigarette stub could have caused the fire that consumed a Lundi Park businessman, his wife and daughter early morning yesterday.

Andreas Pile, 56, his wife Annalisa, 37, and their one-year-old daughter, all of Collin Brand Street in Lundi Park, Gweru, were burnt while neighbours watched helplessly.

The businessman used to own Twin Peaks Lodge and other properties in the Midlands capital.
Firemen bringing charred bodies out of the flat

Andreas, Lisa and their daughter are said to have arrived home around 2PM from Northlea suburb where they were attending a party.

Benjamin, the businessman’s eldest son, who escaped without injuries,
endured the agony of watching his screaming family members burn to death.

New Midlands-based radio station hits hard times

All is not well with the Midlands' first commercial radio station Ya FM which is reportedly struggling to pay staff and buy equipment for use by disgruntled employees.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an employee on Thursday revealed morale was at its lowest at the station, which went on air only less than two months ago.

VP Mnangagwa, Zvishavane MP, Hwengwere, and others at launch
Despite the hype that followed the September 25 launch of a radio station servicing the small mining town of Zvishavane and its surroundings, it has emerged that poor working conditions have taken centre stage with staff using plastic chairs in an almost empty newsroom.

Woodlands boy rapes sister after watching hardcore porn 

A 13-year-old boy from Gweru who sodomised and raped his two-year-old sister after watching a pornographic movie, will receive three strokes at Whawha Prison. 

The boy, who resides in Woodlands Park suburb, committed the offence while his younger brother watched.
Corporal punishment advocate Prosper The Comic King

He invited the brother, whose age was not given in court, to also rape the minor but the brother refused.

The boy was sentenced on his own plea of guilty to one count of rape and one count of aggravated indecent assault by Regional Magistrate Collet Ncube.

Gweru City Council cuts salaries by 54 percent

The commission running the affairs of Gweru City Council has cut the local authority's salary expenditure by about 54 percent. Commissioner Mark Choga, who is the chairperson of finance, said they had managed to reduce the salary outlay from 86 percent to 31,9 percent since taking over the running of the cash-strapped local authority three months ago.

Choga said it was the government's directive that local authorities should cut salaries and allowances to not more than 30 percent of revenue collected and allocate at least 70 percent to service delivery. Gweru's wage bill stood at about $888,000 per month, which was about 72 percent of its monthly income.
The local authority has a 1,300-strong workforce.