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January 8, 2019 5:22 AM Saturday Night Fever in Gabon

The people of Gabon danced to the tune of Omar Bongo’s stifling symphony of misrule for 42 years. Small in stature, Bongo ruthlessly ruled oil-rich Gabon, earning himself the title “little big man”. A French observer described him as “a diminutive, dapper figure who conversed in flawless French, a charismatic figure surrounded by a personality cult”. He lavishly 29

January 8, 2019 2:34 AM Love gets sweeter for Chicken Inn couple

The Chicken Inn couple Makhosana Mguni and Belinda Nyoni are now Chicken Inn brand ambassadors and the fast food chain will pay their honeymoon expenses. Makhosana proposed to his sweetheart Belinda, last year on December 26 at Chicken Inn ZITF in Bulawayo and their picture went viral. Some ridiculed, Makhosana for choosing the venue but all that changed 25

December 13, 2018 6:09 PM Karo finalises exploration exercise

Karo Resources is finalising the resource exploration and quantification programme at its mining site for the $4,2 billion platinum investment as per promise to President Mnangagwa when the mining concern met him early last month. Over the past week, the miner had done over 4 000 kilometres at the Mhondoro-Ngezi mining site and will in the next few days round 19

December 4, 2018 7:13 AM Fraud accused travel agent in dock for R522K honeymoon scam

The travel agent who allegedly conned newlyweds out of R22 000 and ruined their honeymoon to Thailand has been busted. The dramatic arrest of Crescenda “Chrissy” Meyer took place late on Thursday after she was hunted down by cops from Johannesburg for another case. Last month, Meyer allegedly defrauded a Joburg woman out of more than R100 000 for a trip to Zanzibar 25

November 23, 2018 11:58 PM Plane crash kills 5 in Masvingo

Five people — three Finnish and two Zimbabweans — died on the spot, while their bodies were mangled beyond recognition when a private plane crashed in Masvingo yesterday morning. The plane, which was en-route to Victoria Falls from Buffalo Range Aerodrome in Chiredzi, crashed at Chamanjirenji Hills near the Tokwane-Ngundu area close to Renco Mine. By yesterday 23

November 22, 2018 3:48 PM One of ‘Mugabe planes’ sold

One of the four aircraft bought by government from Malaysia has reportedly been sold to Jet Midwest, a US-based leading global aviation parts provider, due to non-payment by Zimbabwe. Government had all along claimed it bought four Boeing 777 aircraft from Malaysia and an Embraer plane, with the planes set to be leased to a new local airline Zim Airways 33

November 16, 2018 5:33 AM Lion Air crash: Boeing sued by victim’s family over aircraft design

The family of a passenger killed when a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea near Indonesia are suing Boeing over an alleged fault with the jet’s design. The lawsuit accuses the US aircraft manufacturer of failing to inform pilots and airlines of a feature with its new 737 Max plane system that could “push the nose down unexpectedly”. Lion Air flight 26

November 13, 2018 4:40 PM Peruvian jailed 10 years for cocaine possession

A Peruvian man who was caught with a kilogramme of cocaine at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in September has been slapped with a 10 year jail term. Wilmer Tarazona Aro was convicted on his own plea of guilty for unlawfully dealing in dangerous drugs by Harare magistrate Rumbidai Mugwagwa. Mugwagwa sentenced Aro to an effective 5-10 years jail term and ordered 22

October 30, 2018 1:36 AM Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash?

Lion Air flight JT 610 has crashed into the sea , with nearly 190 people on board, shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. A lot of attention has focused on the fact the plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was brand new. This is the first major incident involving that kind of plane. Details so far have been scant and the cause will not be confirmed 25

September 20, 2018 6:33 AM Syria’s Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike. “This unfortunate incident was the result of Israeli arrogance and depravity,” the Syrian leader said, offering his condolences in a letter to his Russian counterpart for the death 21