Day: March 3, 2017

ZSE ends week in marginal losses

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange ended the week on a lower note due to thin trading volumes for the industrial listed counters . The industrial index shed 0.21 points to end at 134.48 points while the mining or resources index was unchanged at 55.68 points. Top gainers on the market included Delta which rose by 0.06 cents to end at 82.60 cents, TSL was 0.05 cents up to close at 19.15 cents and Old Mutual rose by 0.01 cents to end at 346.02 cents. Losers included Econet down by 0.98 cents to end at 13.02 cents, Meikles was 0.04 cents down to close at 9.50 cents, Seedco dropped by 2.23 cents to end at 93.02 cents and Natfoods was 0.25 cents down to close at 352.50 cents. The mining counters were unchanged by end of...

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Flood victims in Gwanda receive food aid

Government has intervened in the plight of 135 families in Sibhula area, Gwanda North constituency who were marooned after two bridges were washed away a fortnight ago, cutting them from critical services. Sibhula area in Gwanda North has been rendered in accessible for the past two weeks following the destruction of Maleme and Ovi bridges as rains continue to wreak havoc in various parts of the country. The communities that are currently unable to access critical services such as clinics, shops, grinding mills and schools this Tuesday received ten tonnes of grain, eight 50kg bags of rice and other food staffs after government dispatched an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter to deliver the relief aid. The victims also received socio-psycho support as well as medical assistance, according to the department of social welfare provincial head Mr Totamirepi Tirivavi. Community members thanked government for the donation of grain although the absence of a grinding mill has seen the villagers dicing with death as they cross flooded rivers to access the critical service . Senior kraal head Joseph Ngwenya said there is an urgent need to repair Maleme and Ovi bridges as  children from other villages who learn at Sibhula Primary and Secondary Schools have not been attending lessons. Apart from Gwanda, communities in Bulilima have also received food aid from the government after they were been severely affected by the...

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Govt has no plans to replace Christianity: Dokora

The government says it has no plans to replace Christianity with other religions under the new curriculum as purported by some sections of society and has reaffirmed its commitment to the successful implementation of the education reforms. Religious leaders from different denominations converged at Dudley Primary School in Norton to engage the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education on the new curriculum and its roll out. The meeting was held at a time there has been growing fears from the church that the education reforms are meant to undo Christian activities in schools. The church leaders bemoaned the deliberate distortion of the new curriculum by some sections of the local society adding that they were pleased to get clarity on the education sector reforms stressing their commitment to supporting the government towards the in the roll out of the initiative. Norton legislator Mr Themba Mliswa hailed the education sector reforms as outlined by the responsible minister as critical in ensuring sustainable economic transformation calling for a coordinated approach in the implementation. Minister Dokora described the meeting as fruitful and re-affirmed that there are no plans to replace Christianity with other religions in the new curriculum as purported. Among other things, the new curriculum is envisaged to prepare graduates of the education system to acquire skills which include critical thinking, problem solving abilities, leadership skills, good communication skills, team building...

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Govt approves NOIC lp gas project

The government has approved  the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC) multimillion dollar liquid petroleum gas project paving way for its commissioning by year end. It emerged at the ISO 9001:2008 certification of NOIC on Friday (today), the rise in the uptake of liquid petroleum gas ( lp gas)by industry and commerce has resulted in the government owned  firm venturing into the project to ease importation of the commodity. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development Mr Pattison Mbiriri confirmed to the ZBC the state as the main shareholder in NOIC has therefore approved proposals for the establishment of the gas project. “It has been approved and it is now up to them to do their business,” said Mr Mbiriri. Funding modalities, logistics, project proposals, evaluation systems, feasibility studies, research and other elements for the gas project are almost complete, says NOIC chairman Dr Jimias Madzingira. “We are eager to do the best thing which we can to unlock more potential,” Dr Madzingira said. The state owned firm is constructing the gas facility at its Mabvuku depot in the capital as part of efforts to complement the nation’s blue print, the ZIM ASSET cluster on infrastructure and...

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Zim celebrate World Day of Prayer

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in marking the World Day of Prayer today. As the country marks the World Day of Prayer, calls have been made to pray for the less privileged as well as preserving the peace that exists in the country. World Day of Prayer is marked internationally on the first Friday of March every year and seeks promote justice and equality for women through appeal, partnerships, service and...

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MET dept projects another cyclone

The Meteorological Services Department has projected another cyclone from the east of Madagascar which is likely to affect Zimbabwe mid this month. Senior meteorologist Mr John Mupuro says indications and projections on the ground are that a tropical cyclone has formed east of Madagascar and is likely to affect Zimbabwe if it enters the Mozambican channel. The Meteorological Services Department has also projected a wet weekend and less rainfall from Monday for a limited number of days. Meanwhile, ZINWA public relations manager Mrs Majory Munyonga says the flooding being experienced in some parts of the country have resulted in...

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Security standards key in organisations

Concern has been raised over the vacuum in the knowledge and application of private security standards and guidelines in most organisations as this lead to losses in companies. Speaking at a workshop for chief security officers, aimed at professionalising private security industry, security consultant Mr Dave Dodge said the sector is experiencing rapid growth and development as a practice and discipline and it is critical that organisations and individual embrace new security systems to reduce losses in organisations. He said there is need to train security personnel so that they grasp and understand new security systems that enhance in the ease of doing business in their organisations. The Institute of Certified Loss Management director Retired Colonel Joshua Muriwe bemoaned the need for proper training for security personnel rather than just picking unqualified people as this compromise the sector. He said unqualified personnel has impacted negatively on the application of international accepted professional standards and guidelines saying the profession has to adopt a professional constitution, code of conduct and pronounce standards and guidelines. The workshop was aimed at equipping security officers with current trends in the security...

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Harare Province hold ZRP Propol’s sports gala

The Harare Province 2017 Propol’s Sports Gala was held at Vinona High School in the capital where hundreds of police officers competed in 15 different sporting disciplines. The officer commanding Harare Province sports gala was also used to select a provincial team to compete at this year’s ZRP Commissioner-General of Police sports gala in April. It was a hive of sporting activity at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Harare Province sports gala held at Vinona High School where hundreds of police officers drawn from the six districts battled for honours. This year’s Harare Province Propol’s sports gala saw Harare Province Headquarters, Mbare, Suburban, Harare South, Chitungwiza and Harare Central competing for honours. The officer commanding police Harare Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Elias Mvere commended the participation and inclusion of women whom he said displayed high level sporting and competitiveness with vigour and vitality in all sporting disciplines. The six districts competed in ballgames that include football, netball, rugby, tennis, netball and volleyball, track and field, chess and darts among other events that were also used to select athletes to represent the province in the Commissioner General of Police sports gala scheduled for 7-13 April 2017. The sports development programme is also aimed at enhancing the interactive experiences across the rank and file of the police...

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Tertiary institutions rugby tourney on the cards

Zimbabwe’s own flagship rugby tournament for tertiary institutions will this year be held at the home of rugby in Bulawayo, the Hartsfield Stadium on March 11 where all tertiary institutions are expected to converge to decide the 2017 champions. The tournament is the second edition following the inaugural edition held in Chinhoyi in October last year. The tournament is meant to bridge the gap between high school and club rugby which has seen a lot of talent being lost by the wayside. The gap between high school and club rugby which has been widening over the years until recently when the tertiary institutions have been focusing only on the shorter version of the game, the sevens format. Top Zimbabwean rugby clubs have been relying solely on talent being churned by high schools and losing out other talented players who enter tertiary institutions many of whom to forgo the game because of lack of organised structures. The second edition of the tertiary institutions rugby tournament is set for the 11th of March in Bulawayo at Hartsfield Stadium. Tournament co-ordinator Francourn Mutare said organisers were taking a cue from neighbours South Africa where there is a vibrant league for universities and tertiary institutions clubs. Zimbabwe has been losing a lot of rugby, cricket and other sporting talents to neighbouring SA and overseas where youngsters are lured with university scholarships and other...

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Shortage of maize driers a big challenge

The country’s silos some of which were in a bad state have been rehabilitated. However, the unavailability of maize driers at GMB depots has been cited as a critical area which call for urgent attention ahead of the anticipated grain bumper harvest this season. With plans underway to harvest maize produced under command agriculture and with plans for farmers to venture into wheat command agriculture, the parliamentary portfolio committee on agriculture visited one of the biggest GMB storage facilities in Harare to assess the state of preparedness of the grain reserves. This Friday (today, technical teams were busy carrying maintenance works at the silos but the issue of funding to secure driers and sprucing up storage facility came under spotlight. Treasury has so far released over US$11 million towards silos rehabilitation while US$46 million is required to ensure proper handling of the over one million tonnes of maize expected to be delivered to GMB. GMB storage facilities consist of hard stalks which have the capacity to hold three million tonnes, shades and silos with a capacity of over 700 000 tonnes of...

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