The Herald (Harare)

15 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Cool News

Gospel choir Purple Pride Family recently presented Christmas gifts to the SOS Children's Home in

Waterfalls. Presenting the gifts, PPF co-director and founder Albert Mtengwa said showing love to one another as Zimbabweans brings us together.

"As we approach the festive season most families out there tend to celebrate with their loved ones. So we decided to celebrate with these children since they also need to be accommodated and shown love," said Pastor Mtengwa.

He said failing to appreciate one another especially the youths leads to depression.

"Some will not have the material things to show off at the festive ceremonies so by showing love we cover a lot of things in their lives," said Mtengwa.

Purple Pride Family is a well-known gospel outfit which has shown its talent in fulfiling both in singing and showing "agape" love. They have released an album called "Praise One" which comprises two songs and an instrumental.

The choir continues to inspire and change the lives of many through providing to the needy as well as uplifting songs. Hermann Gmeiner founded SOS Children's Home in 1989. It accommodates 150 children and 65 youths and 15 family units.

"It is a family set-up where we allocate these kids in family units their guardian being a mother. They are given monthly allowances to cater for their needs just like any other family," said the child development planner Richard Nyaruwanga.

He said they get their children from the Social Welfare Department.

"After we have weaned them we cater for their rentals until they are able to support themselves," he said. -- The Herald

Swift launches music contest

Swift Transport, Zimbabwe's largest transport company, has brought some excitement into the music industry by introducing a songwriting competition.

Aptly named "Swift's Sing Our Song Competition", the promotion seeks to find a new musical theme for Swift's marketing efforts through the public's participation.

The competition, which is being run with support from Star FM, the first commercial radio in Zimbabwe, is being aired on the popular Breakfast Club Show hosted by Comfort Mbofana and Blackbird.

The competition, which will run until sometime in December, gives participants a chance to write a song, sing it, and submit it in order to stand a chance of not only having the song become Swift's theme for 2013, but the entrant winning prizes valued at over US$2 500. The prizes include US$500 cash, and a chance for the singer/songwriter to spend a day recording his/her own music in a professional recording studio.

Entries are being uploaded on Swift's Facebook page, and competition rules and terms of reference can also be found there.

"Anyone and everyone can enter" beamed Kerne Mackie, Swift's public relations manager. "We're looking for that gem of a song that is uniquely Zimbabwean.

"A song that reflects how Swift keeps Zimbabwe moving."

The songs have to be a minimum of three minutes and must include certain words that we have specified in the rules.

"All music styles or genres are welcome." Mackie went on: "There's a song in each and every one of us. It is our hope that, that song is a Swift song." -- The Herald.

Zim student in Forbes top 20

FOURTEEN-year-old Maud Chifamba, who is a University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Accounting student, has been named among Forbes' 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. Chifamba this year made history when she became the youngest student in Zimbabwe and possibly the whole of Southern Africa to enroll at a university.

The young genius was admitted to the UZ where she is studying towards a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) degree. Chifamba is an orphan.

Her mother passed on last December, days after she sat for her final exams and her father died nine years ago.

Despite this and abject poverty (her two brothers were unable to pay her fees for regular school), Chifamba home-schooled herself and broke academic records earning a four-year scholarship worth about$10 000. -- CL Reporter.

Teen taken away from parents

A KwaZulu-Natal teenager has been taken from her parents who were allegedly planning to marry her off to an older man, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said.

"The department of social welfare has removed the child, 14, from her home until such time that a social worker has ascertained the safety of the child," the CGE said in a statement.

"In terms of both the Sexual Offences Act and the Children's Act, the CGE pointed out to both the parents and the suitor that should this marriage proceed, they would be arrested and prosecuted."

The commission received anonymous complaint in November that the teenager, from KwaMthandeni, was to marry a man older than 40 on December 16.

The girl would replace her 20-year-old sister, who had been chosen by the man.

"Upon finding out that she is pregnant by another man, the sister ran off.

"The suitor and her family agreed that the younger sister should take her place," the CGE said. A team of social workers and policemen verified the story, found the child and spoke to the family and the suitor about calling off the marriage.

"The family and suitor confirmed that the man had paid R29,500 towards lobola and wanted either his money back or another girl."

Rituals had been done and the wedding day had been arranged.

"The girl's family said they were not very keen to marry the child off, but religious leaders from their church put pressure on them," the CGE said.

"The girl's mother said, as a woman, she did not have much say in the matter," it said. -- Sowetan

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