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Zimbabwe: Villagers Contract Suspected Anthrax After Eating Dead Hippos

Nine villagers from northern Zimbabwe have contracted suspected anthrax after eating the meat of dead hippos, the state broadcaster is reporting.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said as many as 58 villagers ate the meat in Saba village, Binga district.

The type of anthrax the nine appear to have contracted is cutaneous anthrax, as most human anthrax infections are. With proper treatment, most people who contract this kind of anthrax survive.

However, the incident is extremely worrying given the large number of people who may have been exposed to the hippo meat.

Anthrax spores can survive in the environment for decades.

Local authorities and conservationists initially thought the mysterious deaths of up to 11 hippos in the district this month were due to pesticide use.

The number of dead hippos has now gone up to 16.

Some possibly-infected hippo meat was found on sale mixed with goat meat in a butchery, according to a medical officer quoted by ZBC.



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ZBC Television for Improvement

By Issa Yussuf

Zanzibar — As backbenchers in the Zanzibar House of Representatives join residents to complain about poor quality of sound and pictures on public television (ZBC TV), the government has said the solution to the problem is to use decoders.

Legislators led by Mr Mohamed Said Mohamed (Mpendae) said that people were disappointed by their ‘National TV’ because of the poor quality display, and frequent loss of signals.

He asked the government to make repairs.

In response to the concerns, authorities in the Ministry of Information, Tourism, Culture, and Sports, Mr Rashid Ali Juma (Minister), and Ms Choum Kombo Khamis (deputy), admitted to have the problem and that the quality of the ZBC TV is being improved.

“We had a problem of micro-waves, but we remind you that it is the period of digital not analogy. If you want quality sound and pictures with your TV, a decoder is unavoidable. Let us continue educating our electorates,” said Mr Juma adding that ZBC TV priority programmes will be education.


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Zimbabwe: Be Efficient, Govt Warns ZBC

By Elita Chikwati

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe says the electronic media should meet listeners’ expectations to remain competitive in the face of challenges brought about by digitisation.

Speaking during a tour of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s studios in Mbare and Pockets Hill in Harare yesterday, Dr Mushohwe said ZBC radio stations could easily lose the market to private players if they did not disseminate relevant information.

“I think the reason why you are losing is because you are giving people what you want instead of giving them what they want. ZBC is still using programmes that were programmed 10 years ago. You should be concerned with what the consumer will benefit from the programmes,” said the minister.

“We need to make sure we have the requisite content that benefits our people.

“People will not subscribe to ZBC if their product is inferior. ZBC is not operating in isolation and after digitisation, Government will not protect inefficiency.

“We want to see people competing and surviving through our interventions as they produce and sell to the people. We should learn from other countries such as Nigeria, India, Philippines and Ghana.”

Addressing journalists after the tour, Dr Mushohwe said digitisation was progressing well and that he was impressed by the new state-of-the-art equipment at Mbare and Pockets Hill.

“Digitisation is progressing very well. The perception that I had and what I have seen are different. ZBC has done well from Mbare to Pockets Hill studios. Hopefully, soon ZBC will use the studios under digital environment,” he said.

“The studios I have seen have first class equipment, state-of-the-art machinery. I hope the nation appreciates that we are moving from analogue to digital. I think when we finish, the studios should be open to the public so they can appreciate the transition,” he said.

Minister Mushohwe said after digitisation, ZBC would have a different outlook.

“We have 24 stations being worked on and I am happy that we are adding 24 more to cover the entire country. There are areas like Mwenezi, Binga and Rutenga, among others, that have not been enjoying good reception of both radio and television. I hope digitisation will cover all those grey areas,” he said.

He said there were still areas that were not accessing radio and television, but ZBC was working on gap filling such areas to ensure 100 percent quality radio and television transmission.

“We are unleashing a technology revolution and Zimbabwe will be a new place with regard to electronic broadcasting. We are grateful to China for assisting with digitisation and the 33 local trainee engineers who are working towards this exercise,” said Minister Mushohwe.

“I am glad that the trainees are young and have just graduated from universities. We are very excited. We want to see our own young people taking over the technology revolution. We are happy that the engineers are spread from all parts of the country and every area is represented. We do not want to depend on expatriates when we have skilled people,” he said.

“I hope the co-operation of BAZ, Transmedia, ZBC and other parastatals is solid and compact,” he said.

His deputy Cde Thokozile Mathuthu said ZTV should improve on its timing of programmes.

She said some movies were played after 10pm when most people had retired to bed.

“Timing of programmes is important. For instance, playing the movie Hotel Rwanda on Christmas Day is not appropriate,” she said.

ZBC acting chief executive officer, Mr Patrick Mavhura, said ZBC was working towards ensuring that they had a distinct content from foreign content to ensure relevance.

“We have content creators. We once experienced challenges of paying them, but Government has promised to help us kick-start the project. This will go a long way in reviving the industry,” he said.

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