Day: March 1, 2017

SADC tackles power deficit

SADC countries under the banner of Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) are working on a framework to overcome regional electricity deficit by 2022 with Zimbabwe expected to play a major role due to its geographical location. Persistent load shedding schedules being experienced in the region could be a thing of the past come 2022 if the ambitious projects being undertaken by SAPP are to come into fruition. Officiating at the SAPP symposium underway in Bulawayo, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the regional grouping is targeting an additional 30 000 megawatts of new generational...

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Govt mobilises US$14,5m for roads repair

The government has mobilised US$14.5 million for urgent road repair following massive destruction of some of the major road infrastructure by heavy rains that have hit most parts of the country. Most roads in southern parts of the country are now impassable following the heavy rains and the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Jorum Gumbo said the refurbishment of roads is top of government priorities. “The government has so far mobilised US$14.5 million for urgent road repairs while another US$50 million loan facility is being worked out,” Dr Gumbo said while briefing journalists today on the state...

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ZIMRA surpasses target for January

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) says it surpassed its gross and net revenue targets by over four percent and three percent respectively for the month of January. ZIMRA collected gross and net revenue amounting to US$264.79 million and US$262.21 million against a target of US$254.10 million, translating to a growth in net revenue of over 13 percent compared with the amount collected during the same period last year. Speaking on the sidelines of a media workshop in Harare, ZIMRA Board Secretary and Director for Legal and Corporate Services, Ms Florence Jambwa said the six months  moratorium granted to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to register for VAT without being penalised will increase compliance levels and the much needed revenue. The media workshop also sought to discuss issues to do with tax and customs, the anti-corruption campaign, as well as revenue enhancement measures ,among other...

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Revive Beira Corridor, govt urged

The government has been urged to revive the Beira Corridor arrangement in order to unlock more economic potential for the nation. The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) cited the revival of the Beira Corridor especially at this critical time when the nation anticipates to rollout special economic zones, as a key development which should be prioritised. “Many industries in the province will benefit from the Beira Corridor and there is need for government to kick start the re-engagement process,” CZI Manicaland Chapter President, Mr Richard Chiwandire said. He said industry welcomes the special economic zones as this will unlock the much needed foreign investment and revive the local industry. Mr Chivandire also said value addition, which is a key cluster under the ZIMASSET economic blueprint, will be quickly be realised through the special economic...

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Brace for new TV channels, content producers urged

The government has urged television content producers to ensure that the country has enough broadcast content when the industry is fully digitalised. This was said by the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe during a meeting with content producers in Bindura. A high powered Zim Digital migration team led by Minister Mushohwe was in Bindura on Monday for a meeting with local content creators. Dr Mushohwe was accompanied by his deputy, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu; the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr George Charamba and officials from Transmedia, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and the...

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State of disaster declaration applauded

Climate experts have applauded the government for declaring the current floods in the southern parts of the country a state of disaster and have called for funding from fiscus and multi-lateral organisations to be channelled towards adaptation, mitigation and climate resilient infrastructure. Cabinet on Tuesday declared the floods a state of disaster, thus opening up opportunities for multi-lateral organisations, among them the United Nations (UN) to assist the affected communities in adapting and mitigating to climate change. Environmentalists and climate experts believe funding is urgently required for the construction of flood and drought resilient infrastructure considering that Zimbabwe continues to face extreme weather events. Climate expert, Mr Sherpard Zvigadza and environmentalist, Archibold Chemhere said the floods have exposed the need for government and communities to make sure that people are not caught unaware. Meanwhile, as the country continues to receive torrential rains, the national dam level average has risen to 71,2 percent up from an average low of 53 percent a few weeks...

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Zim to attend SADC disaster response meeting

Zimbabwe will be part of SADC countries attending the regional disaster preparedness and response meeting to be held in South Africa tomorrow. The regional meeting comes at a time when Zimbabwe and other SADC countries have been affected by floods which have destroyed bridges, homes, schools and other infrastructure. Department of Civil Protection Acting Director, Mrs Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu said the region will share some of the best practices in disaster management and how members of the regional block can help each other in times of disaster. Last year, the University of Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Meteorological Service Department hosted a regional workshop on the 2016/2017 weather forecast, which predicted normal to above normal rainfall. The meeting was aimed at accessing the preparedness of countries ahead of the anticipated floods due to the above normal...

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Miners welcome duty suspension on infrastructure

Miners have welcomed suspension of duty on mining infrastructure saying the measure will lure more investment in the sector. Specified mining operations are set to benefit from a three year suspension of duty on mining infrastructure following the gazetting of Statutory Instrument 30 of 2017 which seeks to encourage investment for mining development. Miners welcomed the move with Zimbabwe Miners Federation chief executive officer Mr Wellington Takavarasha saying the measure complements similar instruments that have already simulated investment in equipment. Geologist Tapiwa Chakawa said the move should be supported by efforts to improve ease of doing business in the mining sector. Capacity utilisation for the mining sector increased to an average of 64 percent in 2016 from 60 percent in 2015 and close to US$780 million worth of investment is required to further increase production for gold to 50 tonnes by 2020. The government projected a modest 1.7 percent growth for the mining sector this year....

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Donkeys brutally slaughtered in Gwanda

An  88 year old woman  from Stanmore in Gwanda got the shock of her life after discovering that some of her donkeys which went missing for two weeks had been brutally killed and stuffed in one of her kitchen huts. It is said in Ethiopia when a donkey dies the women cling together and weep – such is the importance of a donkey in Africa. Seven of Gogo Alice Dube’s donkeys which were her only source of livelihood went missing two weeks ago. Two of the donkeys that she had been searching for all along had been brutally killed with a spear and dragged into one of her kitchen huts. The heartbroken widow says she used to generate some income from using her donkeys and cart to transport goods for people in the local community. Gogo Dube could not understand why the perpetrators did such a her heinous act. Hopes of ever recovering the remaining five donkeys have been shattered as stock theft is rampant in the province. Last year Matabeleland South received 476 reports where 1 715 cattle were stolen compared to 1 505 in 2015....

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Mutare City gets new town clerk

The City of Mutare has accepted the Local Government Board’s recommendation and duly appointed Rusape town secretary Mr Joshua Maligwa to the position of town clerk. The decision was reached during a special council meeting. In an interview after emerging from the council meeting, the Mutare mayor Councillor Tatenda Nhamarare said the city fathers have accepted the Local Government Board’s decision to appoint Mr Maligwa to the position of town clerk and Mr Cephas Vhuta as the new chamber secretary. Councillor Nhamarare added that lack of substantive key personnel in major departments will be addressed soon. Mayor Nhamarare also added that most roads in Mutare are now in a bad shape and the local authority has since written to ZINARA for urgent funds disbursement. Mr Maligwa’s first task will be to mobilise financial resources to clear council’s seven month long salary arrears, improve service delivery and restore rate payers’ confidence. He replaces Obert Muzavazi who quit the post last year following accusations of corruption....

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