Month: March 2017

ZIMRA effects 10% withholding tax on tobacco farmers

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has effected a ten percent withholding tax on tobacco farmers. ZIMRA instructed the tobacco industry to deduct the withholding tax from farmers without valid tax clearance certificates. In a letter copied to tobacco buyers, auction floors, contractors, government ministries, bankers, the Tobacco Research Board and the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board among other departments, ZIMRA said the withholding tax shall be deducted on every sale by farmers without tax clearance certificates. The move is in line with the income tax act. Meanwhile, tobacco sales have now raked in over US$33 million in twelve days since the marketing season...

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Zim’s empowerment programmes a success

The country’s indigenisation and empowerment programmes have yielded positive results that can help transform the economy if the noble programme continues to be implemented effectively. The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment held a press briefing in the capital to announce the departure of the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) chief executive office Mr Wilson Gwatiringa with Mr Rangu Nyamurundira assuming the role of acting chief executive officer. Outgoing NIEEB chairperson Mr Gwatiringa said Zimbabwe needs to continue implementing the noble programme that has been a resounding success so far and engage more companies in order to accelerate the empowerment process. Speaking on behalf of the Youths Minister Cde Patrick Zhuwawo, the acting principal director for the ministry Mr Elias Murinda commended Mr Gwatiringa for working tirelessly to achieve government’s indigenisation and economic empowerment agenda. The acting NIEEB chief executive officer Mr Nyamurundira says he will continue to work towards the success of the empowerment drive and ensure the benefits accrue to all districts in the country especially the marginalised rural communities. Mr Gwatiringa is the first NIEEB chief executive officer and has been at the helm of the empowerment board for the past 6 years 8 months. Since 2010 Mr Gwatiringa presided over key government negotiations that resulted in the establishment of 61 community share ownership trusts among other...

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Lions Club International celebrates 100 years

Service club organisation, Lions Club International is marking 100 years of service in Zimbabwe and around the globe. The celebrations to mark 100 years will coincide with a visit to Zimbabwe by Lions Club International president Mr Robert Colew. Briefing the media in Harare, Lions Club International Centennial district 412 governor Mr Eric Musesengwe said Lions Club is proud of its record of the last century having carried out legacy projects in Zimbabwe such as building two hospitals in Gwanda and Dete, help restore eye sight to hundres of people and carrying out environmental and youths projects. During the visit to Zimbabwe, Lions Club International president Mr Colew will perform a ground breaking for the construction of a youth centre in Norton. Lions Club has a presence in 222 countries divided into 743 districts. Last year it reached another milestone achievement after feeding 200 million people in 3...

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Bulawayo City Council impound more vehicles

A joint venture between the Bulawayo City Council, ZRP and the Vehicle Examination Department (VED) has resulted in a number of vehicles being impounded and now parked at City Council premises. The local authority, VED and ZRP are on a drive to tame public drivers for flouting traffic laws and the city`s by-laws, endangering the lives of the public in the process. This is being done by way of impounding the said vehicles and only releasing them once the stated fee has been paid to the authorities. While the affected motorists say they agree with the local authorities in impounding their vehicles for the offences committed and have since paid their dues, they are however not happy with how the City Council handled their matter. The motorists say they were promised to be given back their vehicles after settling their dues but sometimes the promise is proving difficult to be fulfilled. Contacted for comment, Bulawayo City Council senior public relations officer Mrs Nesisa Mpofu confirmed that the operation is a joint venture with the VED and ZRP. She further stated that payment of dues by motorists to the council does not mean that the motorists have squared off their debts with the other parties adding that the cars would only be released once the motorists have cleared with all concerned...

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Spanish side Malaga poised for Zimbabwe visit

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) today signed a memorandum of understanding (mou) with La Liga which could see Malaga visiting the country and playing against a PSL team or select side. The agreement will also see La Liga providing assistance in grassroots development. The landmark agreement could see Zimbabwe benefitting from one of the top global leagues La Liga. Under the mou, Zimbabwe could in July host La Liga outfit Malaga who already have a scheduled trip to South Africa. The two parties are now looking at working towards an arrangement which could see Malaga visiting the Victoria Falls before playing a friendly with a local side as part of the partnership. La Liga Africa director Antonio Barradas said the main thrust of the Spanish league is providing assistance that will help Zimbabwe develop its football through grassroots development programmes which include sending technocrats that will train Zimbabwean coaches and talent. As an immediate step towards assisting with grassroots development, Barradas pledged 1000 balls to be distributed to schools and  junior teams. Barradas declared La Liga’s thrust of putting a foothold in Zimbabwe and Africa through various initiatives that include the continent nurtures talent that lies in...

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PPPs key in implementing youth empowerment programmes

The Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment says public private partnerships (PPPs) are proving to be the most viable way of implementing youth empowerment programmes. This follows a partnership between the ministry and Genesis Entrepreneurship Trust that has seen 18 youths completing a foundational training programme on entrepreneurship in Hatcliffe, Harare. The training programme if broadened to accommodate more youths has enormous capacity to transform the economy says the principal training officer in the Ministry of Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Mr Simon Jengwa who represented the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr George Magosvongwe during a certificate awarding ceremony in Hatcliffe. Genesis Entrepreneurship Trust director Dr Jessica Hamadziripi said the six months training programme  is aimed at empowering youths to start and develop their businesses  irrespective of the prevailing economic challenges. The youths who were given certificates commended various partners that contributed to the success of their training programme saying they will make use of the newly acquired knowledge to start and develop their  own businesses. The training programme is targeting youths aged between 18-30 years as they are the most energetic group yet the age group has a high number of people that are...

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Women urged to work hard for development

The Minister of Provincial Affairs for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Cde Eunice Sandi-Moyo has urged women to continue working hard for the development of the country no matter how big the challenges they face in society. Bulawayo’s central business district was this Friday (today) a hive of activity as people in the City of Kings and Queens took to the streets to celebrate the belated International Women’s Day. Officiating at the function, Cde Sandi-Moyo urged women to humble themselves and continue working hard for development. “I  urge you women not to tire in whatever you do. We might face challenges in whatever we do but you need to continue shining. You must be beautiful, smart and brainy thus what defines a complete woman. We also need to pray to God for guidance in whatever we do,” she said. Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo who also graced the occasion had a word of advice for men to respect women for the hard work they do everyday. “Celebration of women is a noble idea. I have a word for us men in society, we need to understand that we cannot do much without women. They take care of us everyday and as such let us respect them,” said Mayor Councillor Moyo. The International Women’s Day was officially recognised on the 8th of March and was running under the theme ‘Women in the...

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ZITF, a key player in economic recovery: Ncube

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) has been described as playing a pivotal role in the resuscitation of the Zimbabwean economy. As thousands from various sectors are set to descend on Bulawayo for the 58th edition of the ZITF from the 25th to the 29th of next month, stakeholders have been challenged to take advantage of the exhibition to promote the country as a way of improving the economy. In her address during the chairperson’s high level stakeholder luncheon in Bulawayo, ZITF board chairperson Miss Ruth Ncube indicated the fair can be used as a key driver to the development of the economy. The 2017 fair which will run under the theme, ‘Harnessing Linkages for Industrial Development’ is set to run concurrently with the Asambeni Africa Business Tourism Expo, Pakprint and Scholastica. 350 delegates are expected at this year’s ZITF International Business Conference before the official opening slated for the 28th of April. Following a slump that had characterised the 2004-2009 era, the ZITF has been steadily improving with expectations of further growth in the coming years....

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Guruve farmers applaud Presidential inputs scheme

Farmers in Guruve district have hailed the implementation of the Presidential inputs scheme for the 2016 to 2017 agricultural season describing it as an initiative that restored agricultural success at family level. Guruve District Administrator Mr Romeo Shangwa says the Presidential inputs scheme has benefited more than 8000 households, adding prioritization of orphans and vulnerable children in communities is very critical. The Presidential inputs scheme was introduced in 2008 with the aim of ensuring food security locally in diverse communities. More than 800 000 households nationally have since benefitted from the...

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Liberation hero Cde Maseko laid to rest

The late liberation hero Cde Amos Maseko Joseph has been laid to rest at West Park Cemetery in Bulawayo amid calls for a speedy vetting of war veterans and war collaborators for their classification to be easy. Cde Maseko who was 89 died on Monday at Premier Hillside Hospital in Bulawayo after a short illness. Speaker after speaker described Cde Maseko as a man of the people, with a representative of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) saying people like Cde Maseko deserved a liberation war hero status. The late liberation hero started his political career in the 1960s when he joined the National Democratic Party, Makokoba branch as chairman. After NDP was banned, he was instrumental in the formation of ZAPU and was credited for recruiting youths to join the armed struggle. Cde Maseko was helpful in supplying clothes, food and medicine to liberation fighters. After independence, Cde Maseko continued to work under ZAPU until the Unity Accord was signed in 1987 hence the commencement of Zanu PF. He was a member of ZILWACO where he held the position of secretary for legal affairs in district six. He is survived by his wife and three...

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