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Zim Consulate Johannesburg introduces booking system to curb congestion



The Zimbabwe Consulate in Johannesburg has introduced an appointment system for clients seeking to use their services to curb congestion which has dogged their offices prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Outlining the rules of obtaining an appointment, the consulate stated that:

  • All clients will be served strictly by appointment between 0830 and 1230 hours during weekdays. The appointment system is designed to ensure that clients do not exceed the allowable congregation thresholds at the Consulate, as set by the host Government under social distancing protocols.
  • A maximum of seventy-five (75) clients will be assisted per day at this point. The selection criteria would be based on first come- first served basis.
  • The confirmation of appointment should be presented at the security checkpoint in order to be granted passage into the premises.
  • Time slots are neither interchangeable nor transferable. (Clients are therefore, advised to strictly adhere to the allotted time slots.)
  • Clients who show up at the Consulate without a confirmation of appointment will not be allowed into the premises.
  • 4:00 am – 8:30 am appointments will be attended between 8:30 am til 12:00 pm
  • If you need service for more than one family member, you must book them individually, one after the other.
  • Bring print out of your appointment confirmation you received on your email.

However, when IZIM tried to make an appointment online, the system did not show any available slots. Clients can access the appointment link here.

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Grace summoned to traditional court over ‘improper’ Mugabe burial



Grace Mugabe, the former first lady of Zimbabwe has been summoned to Chief Zvimba’s traditional court over the ‘inappropriate’ burial of her late husband, former president Robert Mugabe who is said to have been buried in a house at the Mugabe homestead in Zvimba.

One Tinos Manongovere who issued the summons wants Robert Mugabe exhumed and reburied “properly” as per the Zvimba people’s traditions and according to the wishes of Robert Mugabe’s late mother.

The summons, seen by IZIM, translated to English reads;

You are being summoned to appear before Chief Zvimba’s Court at Gonzo Guzha Hall, Murombedzi Growth Point on 20 May 2021 at 0930 over the following allegations.

You’re accused of committing a taboo by burying the deceased Robert Gabriel Mugabe in a house which is a violation of the culture of Zvimba people. You also let Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s clothes/properties scatter.

All of Rober Gabriel Mugabe’s clothes/properties must be gathered and stored properly at the deceased’s house following our culture as the Zvimba people.

I also want the deceased – Robert Mugabe- to be reburied according to the culture of the Zvimba people at a place chosen by his relatives and mother.

For the above-mentioned violations, you are, therefore, required to pay 5 beasts and one goat.

You are allowed to bring witnesses and evidence to the court.

If you fail to attend the hearing without permission from the court, the court will rule in favour of the applicant.

If you want clarity on the matter, approach the court on the date set for the hearing.

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Video : Army helicopter crashes near Ruwa killing four




HARARE – Four people including a child have been killed when an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter went down in a residential area in Ruwa, 22km south-east of Harare on Friday.

All three people onboard and a child on the ground were killed in the helicopter crash.

A second child suffered serious burns after the Bell 412 helicopter, apparently out of control, crashed into a house before exploding into a ball of fire.

So intense was the blaze that witnesses said they “could not see even bones.” Military police arrived at the scene and began combing through the smouldering debris, looking for human remains.

No comment was immediately available from the military, but sources told IZIM that one of the dead pilots was a female flight lieutenant. Also killed was a wing commander and a technician, both male.

A witness who was among the first to arrive at the crash site said: “Anyone in the helicopter was burnt beyond even any remains. Unfortunately, despite being in a rural-type area and sparsely populated, it crashed straight into a house, killing one child and seriously burning another.”

Scene of the helicopter crash

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BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA



Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.

She was 38 years old.

Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.

“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.

Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.

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