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January 14, 2019 9:48 AM Masiyiwa’s fortune rises to US$2.3bn

Buffeted by plunging stock prices and weaker currencies, the number of African billionaires has shrunk to just 20, down from 23 a year ago. Four people fell off Forbes’ annual list of the continent’s richest since last year while one returned to the ranks after a four-year absence. All but four members of the list have smaller fortunes than a year ago. For the eighth 8

January 8, 2019 8:23 AM Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman ends airport hotel standoff

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend has left Bangkok airport “under the care” of the UN refugee agency, the head of Thailand’s immigration police says. Thai immigration officials had tried to return Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, to Kuwait, where her family is. But she refused to board a flight on Monday and barricaded herself 13

January 6, 2019 6:33 AM Diaspora-based artist sings on Zim problems

Diaspora-based Taffy Theman has lamented the suffering being experienced by Zimbabweans in a song titled Oneday. The song reflects on the troubles currently obtaining in Zimbabwe while also going back to Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina, the 2008 election violence where some women were raped, corruption, mismanagement of resources, and the recent army killings 11

January 1, 2019 1:37 AM Cops hunt for ‘sadistic’ man

Police have launched an extensive manhunt for a Harare man who stands accused of causing the deaths of five children after he sickeningly burnt down the home of the family of a 12-year-old girl that he is said to have raped earlier. This comes after Steven Manjovha, 35, of Budiriro high density suburb, vanished without trace after recently being granted 16

December 31, 2018 1:46 PM Usher files for divorce from wife Grace Miguel one year after herpes scandal

USHER has filed for divorce from his estranged wife Grace Miguel one year after he was embroiled in a herpes scandal. The 40-year-old and Grace confirmed earlier this year that they are going their separate ways but the former couple have now made it official after papers were submitted to the court on Friday. Court records obtained by The Blast showed 14

December 30, 2018 11:17 AM Stocktheft hits milk deliveries

Milk deliveries at the communal farmers owned Umzingwane Milk Centre in Matabeleland South Province have significantly slumped owing to rampant dairy cows thefts and lack of adequate pastures. Umzingwane Dairy Co-operative Society Limited chairperson Mrs Sheillah Lupuwana said the organisation’s members have lost 12 dairy cows due to theft this year affecting 13

December 29, 2018 12:08 PM Stroll with neighbours wife earns man a hiding

Man from Bulawayo was taught a fast lesson not to walk suspiciously long distances with married women. Nkosilathi Zulu of Pelandaba suburb did not take it lightly when he spotted his neighbour Mendiatta Sibanda strolling with his wife. At first he waited just to see how far Sibanda intended to accompany his wife and when Sibanda trekked further than 100 metres 13

December 20, 2018 8:07 PM ‘Lesbian couple’ to be charged in Nigeria

The Islamic police force in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano has told the BBC it is going to charge two women with planning an illegal wedding. The Hisbah said the planned gathering by the suspected lesbian couple was considered immoral. The women are in custody and were arrested on Monday along with 10 of their guests and the owner of the venue 19

December 20, 2018 3:32 AM Full Text: 2018 harmonized election REPORT by Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) monitored and assessed the 2018 harmonized elections held on the 30th of July 2018. The primary objective was to ensure that the elections were conducted freely and fairly in accordance with national legal frameworks, and regional and international instruments that advance the observance and respect for human 11

December 15, 2018 9:50 AM Kenyan marries 2 university students at same ceremony

The story of 27 year old Tom Junior Mako marrying his two wives at the same ceremony has captivated Kenyans in the past few days. The businessman from from Kajiado County, south of the capital, Nairobi, married Elizabeth Simaloi, 25, and Joyce Tikoiyan, 23. The two young women are students at a local university. There had been reports that the wedding 8