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7 DECADENT COCKTAILS MADE BETTER WITH VANILLA

Wow your guests with decadent cocktails, adding your secret ingredient… a splash of deliciously fragrant vanilla liqueur. Remember, only quality vanilla liqueur or pure vanilla extract will do when paired with premier spirits.If you can’t find vanilla liqueur or pure vanilla extract in the shops, no problem. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own. Vanilla martini 30 ml (1 oz) vodka30 ml (1 oz) vanilla liqueurSplash of lime juice (less than a teaspoon)Ice cubes Add ice cubes into a cocktail shaker until two-thirds full.Add vodka, vanilla liqueur and lime juice. Shake well.Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses.Garnish with a lemon ring. Vanilla rum 45 ml (1½ oz) Kahlúa (coffee liqueur)30 ml (1 oz) rum½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract70 ml (2½ oz) heavy cream Fill a low-ball glass with ...

Lasizwe stands with Zimbabwe but attacked in return

Lasizwe stands with Zimbabwe but attacked in return Controversial South African Gay activist Lasizwe has been very vocal about his sexuality and has been praised for helping change the narrative about the LGBTQI+ community. Lasizwe stands with Zimbabwe but attacked in return However, things fell apart when the media personality Lasizwe who was just adding his voice on the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter movement showing his solidarity for the plight of Zimbabweans, for this support he instead received some homophobic comments in return. Tweeting that he stands with the people of Zimbabwe, the shocking comments that filled his timeline took some by surprise. One person replied: “Unfortunately we don’t stand with gays.” Another commented: “No gays please… we are Christians.” Lasizwe said the homophob...

AfDB Zim country manager retires

BY FIDELITY MHLANGA His last day in office was July 31, 2020. During a virtual meeting held last Thursday, Kitabire said the experience was fulfilling before commending the government and private sector for taking ownership of the projects financed by the bank. “It has been a great honour and enormous pleasure for me to serve Zimbabwe for the past 13 years. It has been a rewarding experience as we took steps to improve the lives of Zimbabweans,” he said. Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube commended Kitabire for his contribution to the country over the years. “Kitabire has been at the forefront in helping us find resources from the bank to fight crises such as Cyclone Idai, COVID-19 and waterborne diseases. We are grateful and implore the bank to find someone equal to th...

Industries yet to get govt’s $18bn rescue package

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) says its members have not received their share of the government’s $18 billion rescue package meant to scale up production in response to the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the economy. On May 1, 2020, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced an $18 billion economic stimulus package to scale up production in all sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but three months down the line, industry players say they are yet to access the funds. Out of the amount, agriculture was allocated $6,08 billion, industry (working capital fund) $3,02 billion, mining sector ($1 billion), SME support fund ($500 million), arts sector fund ($20 million), liquidity release from statutory reserves ($2 billion), health sector support fund ($1 billi...

Telenovela ‘The Queen’ is Terrible These Days And Here Is Why

The Queen Losing Ratings And Here Is Why The Show Is Awful The Queen is suffering from competence. With the public’s affection for Gomora’s hijacking story-line rising, Uzalo’s infamous polygamous marriage story-line returning, and soapie talents lining up to jump ship, the show has turned out to be a somewhat diversion when Muvhango doesn’t hit the spot. Here are my top three oops-a-daisy moments from the show: Kea’s death scene I will not divulge or dwell into the show’s obsession with violently killing fired actors anymore as it’s been done, but what I will ask, is that they respect us enough, to do it right. They made lots of mistakes with TGom’s shooting and we found it hilarious but now here we are again, with Kea’s death scene. So Kea died from a car bomb, which must have been a nig...

These Mzansi Celebrities Are Not Related But Look So Much Alike

Soapie Stars Who Look Alike But Are Not Related In Any Way Pearl Thusi and Angela Sithole Pearl Thusi and Angela Sithole Pearl is a filmmaker, a talk show host, presenter and internationally acclaimed actress whose starred in ABC’s thriller series Quantico as Dayana Mampasi. In soapville, the actress has acted in Isidingo as Palesa Motaung. She’s also acted in South African films such as Catching Feelins, Kalushi and Netflix’s Queen Sono. Angela is best known for her role on The Queen as Shaka’s side chick. She’s also been on Zabalaza as Terry Ramotsetsi, on Generations as Pearl, and Angel in Isibaya. She’s currently acting as a lesbian in Lithapo.  Lerato Zah Moloi and Sho Madjozi Lerato Zah Moloi and Sho Madjozi Both Sho Madjozi and Lerato are South African actresses, despite the fa...

C-TRADE brings capital market closer to investors in spite of COVID- 19

While the world has been altered or almost come to a standstill due to the COVID- 19 pandemic which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11th of March, one thing has remained constant within the local capital market. Investors across the width and breadth of the country or abroad can still observe the lockdown and social distancing while still benefitting from buying or selling shares remotely using C-TRADE. C-TRADE is an innovation developed to harness and promote participation of retail investors and institutions in capital markets through mobile and internet based platforms. It automates the interface of the retail and institutional investors giving them direct access to the market with enhanced efficiency and convenience. Investors can easily access, t...

What you need to know about Online Forex Trading in Zimbabwe

The Foreign Exchange Market is the largest financial market in the world. Bloomberg, a global leader in financial data and analysis, reported a daily currency trade volume of over $6.6 trillion, back in April 2019. This was a 29% increase in volume compared to April 2016. 24/5 availability, low capital requirements, high liquidity and zero low-entry costs are one of the few factors that has made retail forex so popular among investors. With the rise of 3rd-party trading platforms like – MT4 and MT5, many low-cost retail brokers have opened in recent times which resulted in the growth of retail forex trading globally. In Africa too, retail FX trading has grown in the past few years and presently there are estimated to over 1.3 million African forex traders that trade in forex daily. The tra...

ICZ guarantees insurance compensation under MIP

by STAFF REPORTER THE Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) says some claims relating to road accidents have gone unpaid mainly due to lack of adequate knowledge, leaving the victims burdened with medical bills. In Zimbabwe, victims of road traffic accidents involving foreign-registered vehicles have been accessing compensation under the Motor Insurance Pool (MIP) upon lodging their claims. However, some claims have gone unpaid due to non-fulfilment of requirements with some policyholders or victims failing to lodge claims due to inadequate knowledge of the processes involved, while for some there is no attempt to lodge claims at all. ICZ, which has embarked on an awareness campaign to make the public and policyholders aware of the existence and purpose of the insurance cover provided for un...

Deboned meat imports down 53%

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI CUMULATIVE imports of mechanically deboned meat (MDM) for the four months to April this year declined by 53% compared to the same period last year as local processors substituted MDM with local products to offset high procurement costs. Data gathered from the Livestock and Meat Advisory Council (LMAC) shows that during the first four months of this year, the country managed to import MDM amounting to 370 metric tonnes (mt), with the average procurement cost increasing by 72% to $743 per mt. Average monthly imports from January to April 2020 was 93mt, compared to 195mt over the same period in 2019. “The depreciation in the exchange rate continues to shrink the relative cost differential between imported MDM and locally sourced animal meat protein alternatives, hence local...

Nampak PAT rises 460 times to $1,78bn

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA NAMPAK Zimbabwe Limited (NZL) profit-after-tax rose nearly 460 times to $1,78 billion in its first-half financial performance ended March 31, 2020 owing to net monetary gains on hyperinflation. In the comparative 2019 period, from the one under review, NZL recorded a profit after tax of $3,87 million. In a statement accompanying the results for the period under review, NZL managing director John van Gend said despite the inflationary environment, all units continued to trade profitably as treasury and cash flow management remained key focus areas. “Revenue for the half year was, in hyper-inflationary terms, 46% ahead of the prior half year as a result of inflation which boosted prices, although gross margins came under pressure in order to remain competitive,” Van Gend s...

Mahere, Dangarembga freed on bail after protest charges

HARARE – MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere and 10 activists who include Booker Prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga were freed on Z$5,000 bail each by a Harare court on Saturday, a day after taking part in anti-government protests. The 11 landed in the dock for staging isolated protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mishandling of the economy and corruption. They were charged with incitement to commit public violence and for breaching Covid-19 regulations. Mahere was charged separately alongside other six activists. They were not asked to plead and we’re all remanded to September 18. The activists were arrested separately on Friday. Prosecutor Michael Reza did not oppose bail. He said the group committed the offence on July 31, “a day which was scheduled for national demon...