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GZU to hold fundraising dinner

The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) is set to hold a fundraising dinner tentatively scheduled on 12th May, 2017 as they seek to permanently relocate the institution to the proposed new site adjacent to the Great Zimbabwe Monuments.

By Lotara Charles

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Dr Andrew Chindanya – Pro Vice Chancellor, Great Zimbabwe University.

On a live interview with Star Fm, GZU Pro Vice chancellor Dr Andrew Chindanya revealed the plan adding that, every university is operating in an economic environment which is quite constrained and this makes it mandatory for the institution to hold a fundraising plan.

“We have a fundraising plan lined up on the 12th of May and I think it is important to note that every university is operating in an economic environment that is quite constrained, and I’m sure you are aware that, so far this year quite a number of universities have already hosted some fundraising activities, be it dinners and so on,” he said.

“So, we are specifically fundraising for the construction of the consultation hall at our plaza adjacent to Great Zimbabwe Monuments and this consultation hall will also serve as a multipurpose hall where we will allow activities like graduation to be conducted,” he added.

GZU, the institution which grew and found space and recognition in the global academic arena since the appointment of Professor Zvobgo as the Vice Chancellor in 2013 uses a multi campus system setup with over around four campuses in the town of Masvingo and their most magnificent Mashava campus located about 40km  away.

The top management seems to believe that, a shift to the new proposed site shall create a more conducive learning environment as compared to its current proximal location where students at times mingle up with villagers and street vendors.

Star FM holds live broadcast from GZU

A team from one of the national radio stations in Zimbabwe, Star FM on Thursday broadcast live from Great Zimbabwe University, Mashava campus, Masvingo province as they work to meet their objective of “Taking Radio to the People.”

By Lotara Charles

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In the absence of the Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo, the national radio broadcaster hosted Dr Andrew Chindanya, the Pro Vice Chancellor of GZU who spoke to the nation live on air from the institution.
In a short and brief interview, Dr Chindanya reiterated the importance of culture in the school curriculum and said, “The mandate of Great Zimbabwe University is to be the centre for excellence in the area of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies. This was the mandate given to the University out of the realization that due to globalization, there are influences that come from every corner of the world and it is important for the people to remain intact in their culture so that they don’t suffer from self alienation.”
The Pro Vice Chancellor also said, without culture a person is doomed that is why Introduction to Zimbabwean Culture and Heritage is studied as one the University’s core modules.
“We have students who are not only from within Zimbabwe, but we also have students from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. So, we give them opportunities to showcase their cultures because without culture a person is doomed,” he reiterated.
GZU, the institution which grew and found space in the global academic arena since the appointment of Professor Zvobgo as the Vice Chancellor in 2013, also tapped the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in their syllabus, to make students appreciate the importance of indigenous knowledge and incorporate it in the global age.
Meanwhile, on the face of a debilitating economic crunch, Dr Chindanya hinted that, the university will hold a fundraising dinner scheduled for 12th May, 2017 as they look forward to permanently shift to the new site at the Great Zimbabwe Monuments.
“We have a fundraising dinner lined up on the 12th of May and I think it is important to note that every university offered an economic environment which is quite constrained. And I’m sure you are aware that, so far this year quite a number of universities have already hosted some fundraising activities, dinners and so on. So, we are specifically fundraising for the construction of the consultation hall at our plaza adjacent to Great Zimbabwe Monuments,” he said.
Also on the show, was a representative from Agribank, Albert Rutsara, who urges students to open bank accounts with the banking organization adding that their bank has a mobile banking app which eases cash transactions through mobile phones as one does not need to walk up to the branch in their respective provinces.

“I will defer if Chelsea win the premier league title”

Forget those who place thousands or even millions of cash on sport betting, a forth year student at Great Zimbabwe University sacrifices his academic future and reiterates his promise to defer only if Chelsea snatch away the Premier League title from their London rivals Tottenham at the end of the season.

By Lotara Charles

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Chelsea dropped three points last weekend to Manchester United, a result which closed the gap from seven points lead to just four points making the title race wide open, with both teams having five games to play before the dramatic 2016/17 premier league campaign comes to an end and the forth year first semester student who preferred to remain anonymous, is confident Antonio Conte’s men will lose the league.

“Look at how the gap is narrowing between Chelsea and Tottenham, from 15 points clear, to just 4 points. It’s game on! If Chelsea win the Premier League title I will defer my studies” said the 23 years old Man United – Tottenham turned fan.

It is however not surprising in the betting arena that some soccer fanatics especially the married ones, go as far as placing their spouses. It happened in Uganda in 2011 where a man optimistically put his wife as a bet when Manchester City and Man United headed for a crucial derby which would determine the fate of the title race. The case which controversially ended up in the court of law saw the man almost losing his wife, thanks to the Uganda’s Women’s Rights group that blocked the move.

The sport world is filled with extraordinary obsession especially with the fans to the extent that they do whatever it takes to silence the odds.

SRC elections, what is holding it back?

It has been almost a year at Great Zimbabwe University since the administration announced the Student Executive Council (SEC) dissolved, this was followed by the dissolution of the Student Representative Assembly (SRA). The two boards which form the Student Representative Council (SRC) are yet to filled with new and legitimate student leaders but the move to achieve this especially through ballots is seemingly stalling.

By Lotara Charles – The Editor

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Last year, the SEC polls were conducted with a string of irregularities and inconsistencies which sparked calls from student advocates (politicians) for the admin to nullify the results of what they deemed unfair and non-transparent elections, a decision which placed students’ leadership on the rocks since then.

Meanwhile after nullifying the results, the Vice Chancellor made a pledge to help oeganize and put in place enough equipment to facilitate the smooth running of the electoral processes which he unconstitionally scheduled on the first two weeks of March – June 2017 semester. Among the equipment were ballot papers, and ink but astonishingly semester break went down the line without elections, probably they are coming up in the first two weeks after semester break.

With the former SRA and the current interim executive committee members hanging on each each other’s throats as a result of constitutional appeals, a self – appointed SRA chairperson in the name of Teddy Joe filed a petition to the court, accusing the school admin for being defiant to attend to their plea that the board was unconstitutionally dissolved.

Just like last year, the court positively reacted to the petition and called off the highly anticipated SRA elections organized earlier this semester, a move which was described by many as a revenge to what the Zimbabwe National Student Union (ZINASU) exercised last semester where a petition was submitted and court odered the elections stopped. Teddy however dimissed the debauched and laughable claim that he is being used by external elements to disrupt students’ affairs adding that, he is only against unconstitutional acts though he was unconstitutionally chosen to occupy the office.

The first session of the court hearing saw Teddy’s lawyer asking for time frame for a constitutional review, this led to the withdrawal of the court application during the second session of the hearing which was attended by quite a number of students.

The imported constitution of GZU controversially stipulates that, forth year students are not allowed to take part in students’ representation but this could have been the only way to restore legitimacy in the leadership circle as a forth year student will automatically leave office after one year legitimate term of office.

It is undeniably true that for the SEC elections to take place, the SRA must be settled in their office to organize all the electoral processes but long it will take until all is fixed, is what probably draws huge skepticism among aspiring student leaders consequently throwing their aspiration in shambles.

 

 

 

Team Fusion entertain crowd at Mucheke Stadium

The Great Zimbabwe University student band also known as Team Fusion, entertained over a thousand crowd gathered to celebrate the 37th Zimbabwe’s anniversary at Mucheke Stadium.

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By Lotara Charles

The seemingly fast growing band which was formed less than a year ago, mimed two of the songs from their recently launched album. “Tafara” and “Makorokoto” were the songs which put some GZU students and other citizens who attended the gathering on their feet.

Please watch the sample of the shortly recorded video below.

Meanwhile, some members of the band are also taking part in making a movie which be rolled out in due cost.

Team Fusion is a university band comprising five female and five male students musicology students and others drawn from other Departments in the University. The Mentor Shadreck Dzingai said the group was named Team Fusion because of its ability to sing different music genres ranging from Afro Traditional, reggae, gospel, house to r’n’b.

 

 

New album released by GZU students’ band.

Great Zimbabwe University students musical outfit, Team Fusion, has recorded an album that is due for release anytime soon.

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Announcing the imminent release of the album titled Dangwe, one of Team Fusion mentors and music lecturer, Shadreck Dzingai predicted that it will be a hit with music fans as it covers different music genres to cover all tastes from Afro traditional, r’n’b, gospel, house, to reggae.

Team Fusion is a university band comprising five female and five male students musicology students and others drawn from other Departments in the University. Dzingai said the group was named Team Fusion because of its ability to sing different music genres ranging from Afro Traditional, reggae, gospel, house to r’n’b.

The album is aptly named Dangwe which simple means the first child as it is the group’s first album. The album has eight tracks all sung by students under the mentorship of music lecturers Dzingai and Praise Zinhuku.

The album was being recorded by an award winning producer Munya Vialy at Vialy Studios in Harare.

The producer has made artists such as Sulumani Chimbetu’s Nyuchi and.Jah Prayzah’s songs Tsviriyo, Kumbura Mhute, and Eriza hits.

Besides the two top artistes, Viya has also worked with Energy Mutodi, Somandla Ndebele, Diana Samkange, Pah Chihera and Tocky. Dzingai said given the students’ talents and the producer’s prowess there was no doubt that Dangwe will be a successful project.

 

Women’s Day commemoration ends at Civic Centre Hall

As women around the globe continue to tirelessly seek gender equality and their rights to be recognised, the Great Zimbabwe University had successfully commemorated this remarkable day at Civic Centre Hall.

By Lotara Charles – Editor

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The event which attracted hundreds of attenders including the university’s media practitioners and a series of clubs, came just a day after the GZU athletes took off for inter-universities competitions organized by the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) at University of Zimbabwe in Harare.

With free admission, lots of entertainment and guest artist, a remarkable day it has seemingly been at the university of choice as students jubilantly waved posters of their different clubs.

As it is usual that GZU has a bunch of activities in the period of March and April every year, the institution is also set to host ZUSA outdoor sporting disciplines which will run for four days before the semester break.