Day: March 2, 2017

Govt launches appeal for humanitarian assistance

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance to international donors and United Nations agencies as well as local private companies and individuals to assist communities affected by the effects of Cyclone Dineo induced floods. At a news conference attended by diplomats, representatives of UN agencies and UN resident representative Mr Bishaw Parajuli, Minister Kasukuwere said over 100 000 people have so far been affected by the effects of the cyclone which include flooding. He said to date some areas have received heavy falls of over 200...

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Govt implored to employ more dieticians

Concern has been raised over the shortage of dieticians in government hospitals as they play a critical role in fighting and managing eczema. Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed and itchy. This was revealed by doctors and health experts at an eczema symposium being held in Harare. According to experts there is an increase on people living with eczema with dieticians calling for a good diet to fight the condition. Health experts emphasised the need for government to employ more dieticians as they play a critical role in fighting the scourge as prescribed diet can fight eczema. Mr Odwell Gwenga who has a child who suffers from eczema said fighting the condition requires the involvement of different experts. Some of the food items which might trigger eczema include nuts, milk, soya products and...

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‘Road to Anfield’ tourney launched

The Standard Chartered Bank ‘Road to Anfield’ international five-a-side tournament was launched in Harare on Wednesday (yesterday) evening at the Standard Chartered Sports Club. The tournament is an opportunity for the bank to reinforce its partnership with the English giants while generating direct benefits for the bank. The tournament is unique in that it features 16 local teams drawn from the bank’s clients and also hinges on the bank’s sponsorship of the English Premier League club Liverpool. Winners of the regional tournament featuring Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on 18 March will be flown to Anflield, the home of the EPL giants Liverpool and join other winners to play in a 10 team tournament. Head of corporate affairs, brands and marketing Lilian Hapanyengwi said the trophy aims to celebrate their relationship with Liverpool. Hapanyengwi added that the bank was excited once again to give its clients and stakeholders an out of this world experience to play football on a premier league pitch. Whilst it has been running in various Standard Chartered markets since 2013 and has grown very popular, this is the second time it is being held in Zimbabwe. The tournament has proven to be one of the exciting engagement sessions between the bank, its clients and key stakeholders. A total of 16 teams representing their staff, selected corporate clients will compete on Saturday at the Standard Chartered Sports...

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Adhere to rapid results initiative: Damasane

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development says the rapid results initiative is central in achieving set targets. The Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Cde Abigail Damasane who was addressing ministry officials and key partners at a strategic review meeting held at Jamaica Inn Training Centre just outside Harare underscored the need to ensure officials in the ministry adhere to the dictates of the rapid results approach. Spearheaded by the Office of the President and Cabinet, the rapid results approach seeks to ensure key reforms are instituted aimed at ensuring the country’s institutions embrace the ease of doing business reforms. The major key result area of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development is mobilisation of women and communities, economic empowerment of women and communities and gender...

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ARLAC calls for change of labour practices

The 43rd edition of the African Regional Labour and Administration Centre (ARLAC) governing council meeting for ministers has been officially opened in Victoria Falls with officials calling for the enforcement of decent work in all trade agreements. ARLAC member states feel there is a need to use labour administration as a tool to change unfair labour practice and ensure that trade agreements are used as instruments for decent work. Chairperson of the ARLAC governing council Cde Prisca Mupfumira, who is also Zimbabwe’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, feels there is a need to ensure that binding mechanisms for the promotion of decent work including core labour standards are included in trade agreements. “We have a duty to ensure that governments make trade deals that boost our economies while creating employment and at the same time protecting the rights of both the employer and the workers,” she said. International Labour Organisation deputy regional director for Africa Ms Cynthia Samuel Olunjowon says African countries have a duty to ensure that they make decent work a priority in all their labour related strategies and policies. “As agreed during the 13th Africa regional meeting held in December 2015, Africa must make decent work a central focus of its national sustainable development strategies to be able to capitalise on the significant growth opportunities and make inclusive progress and achieve structural transformation,”...

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State-sponsored cotton state commodity

Government has declared all cotton grown under the Presidential Cotton Input Support Scheme a state commodity which should be sold to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe. The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Dr Joseph Made warned private companies against interfering in the buying of state sponsored cotton saying those found doing so will be arrested. The cotton production which has nosedived over the years is set for a boom as thousands of farmers who have grown the white gold in the greenbelts of  Gokwe, Muzarabani, Shamva, Mt Darwin and Chiredzi among others are expecting a bumper harvest...

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Cde Uragu laid to rest

A liberation war heroine Cde Raviro Uragu whose Chimurenga name was Cde Annah Chimurenga who died on Sunday in Harare due to heart failure has been laid to rest at Glen Forest cemetery this Thursday (today) afternoon. Speaking during the burial of the late Cde Uragu, deputy director in the office of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Ignatius Mungure explained the crucial role women played during the liberation struggle. Relatives described the late Cde Uragu as a woman of virtue who worked tirelessly after independence to upgrade their families. Born on 6 August 1963 at Garavaziva village in Buhera, she did her primary education at Masocha Primary School before crossing over to Mozambique. She joined the liberation struggle in 1976 and passed through Doroi camp in Mozambique and Chisamba camp in Zambia. She was later deployed to Tete Province where she rose to the rank of Company Political Commissar in 1979 a task she diligently carried out up to the end of war. In 1981 Cde Uragu was attested to the Zimbabwe National Army where she attained the rank of Warrant Officer class 1. She is survived by two...

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Young entrepreneurs in capacity building initiative

Young Entrepreneurs Business Forum (YEBF) and Vakai Capital have intensified the capacity building programme aimed at equipping young business people with relevant skills to enhance the profitability of their enterprises. The country’s young and dynamic population has remained one of the critical comparative advantages in the economic growth prospects. The young entrepreneurs are envisaged to lead the economic transformation. YEBF has since embarked on a intensive capacity building initiative to equip the young business people with relevant skills and in the process contribute to the country’s quest to harness the youth dividend. YEBF co-founder Mr Jacob Shamhuyarira said the training also saw the identification of several investment opportunities and business sustainability strategies. The training initiative also saw the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion officials making presentations on how the young entrepreneurs can tap into investment opportunities on the local and regional...

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Beitbridge-Chirundu highway project on course

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) has appointed a Canadian company CPCS as the co-transaction advisers in the Beitbridge-Chirundu highway project with government saying that the project should commence before the end of the 1st quarter of the year. The firm which has been an advisor for successful concessioning of eight railways in Africa will provide key advice on the structuring of the highway which is being constructed on a build operate and transfer arrangement. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Joram Gumbo commended the IDBZ for the progress that has been made in commencement of the project, highlighting that all is on course for work to start before the 1st quarter of the year ends. The Bietbridge-Chirundu highway project worth over US$2 billion will take up to 3 years to complete. The highway is Zimbabwe’s busiest and provides a gateway to neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Zambia and...

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Hunting sector on recovery path

The hunting sector expects a 30 percent improvement on its revenue flow this year assisted by positive attitude from source markets that had previously proposed a ban on trophy hunting. The hunting industry which faced intense pressure from America and other European states to ban trophy hunting is now on a recovery path following the success recorded by the government at the 2016 CITES which gave Zimbabwe the green light to continue with this programme. Safari Operators of Zimbabwe president Mr Emmanuel Fundira is confident that the softening of these markets will assist revenue flow within the sector by over US$5 million from last year’s figure. Zimbabwe currently has a ballooned lion and elephant population, with statistics showing that 30 000 more elephants are in the Hwange National Park out of its carrying capacity of 15 000...

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