Day: March 8, 2017

President Mugabe to meet war vets again

The Ministry of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees says preparations are on course for a second meeting between war veterans and President Robert Mugabe. In a statement to the ZBC News, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry,  Retired Brigadier-General Asher Tapfumaneyi said the meeting with the head of state is scheduled for the first to the second week of next month. “This meeting, along the precedent set in the inaugural meeting held on 7 April 2016, will review the implementation of resolutions of the first meeting and discuss all outstanding issues relevant...

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I’ve not been summoned by CAF: Chiyangwa

ZIFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa has dismissed reports that he has been summoned by CAF for a disciplinary hearing, rather saying he is going to Egypt on ZIFA business at the invitation of the hosts who are taking care of his travel and accommodation  costs. Chiyangwa told the ZBC News prior to his departure for Cairo that he was travelling on ZIFA business at the invitation of Egypt who are bidding for a FIFA Council post. “It is false, I am not going to Cairo for a disciplinary,” said Chiyangwa, who leading a campaign for Ahmed Ahmed to win the...

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Gweru youths receive residential stands

The Minister of State for Midlands Province, Cde Jason Machaya has allocated more than 4000 residential stands to youths in Gweru, and has urged them to work closely with the city  council and follow laid down procedures before erecting any structures. So far 14500 residential stands have been availed to youths in Gweru. “You must work hand in glove with the local authority and ensure that land is fully serviced before any structures can be erected,” Cde Machaya told the youths. Zanu PF National Youth Secretary for Production and Labour, who is also the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Cde Annastacia Ndlovu and Zanu PF Provincial Youth Chairman, Cde Prosper Machando expressed gratitude to the government and its visionary leadership  for availing stands to youths and assured Cde Machaya that the programme will follow laid  down procedures. After the meeting, Minister Machaya led the youth representatives to Worcestershire Park about 20km outside Gweru to show them the piece of land that they have been...

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Material for local languages critical: Educationists

Educationists say there is need for the speedy production of material in all officially recognised national languages in line with the provisions of the new curriculum spearheaded by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Tonga will be introduced at Advanced Level, while other languages such as Chewa, Venda and Nambya will be done at Grade 7. Educationists in the sector said over the years some official languages have been neglected in the education system and it is high time resources and those who have knowledge in the subjects be roped in. ZIMSEC Director, Mr Esau Nhandara said the ministry cannot examine students who do literature in languages other than English, Shona and Ndebele as there are no available novels in the system. Studies have shown that the introduction a curriculum in all official languages at an early age can assist children in grasping concepts as well as promoting their cultural...

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SA to host meeting on immigrants permits

The South African Ministry of Home Affairs will next week on 17 and 18 March hold an international migration meeting to seek ways of aligning foreign migration permits. In an interview with the ZBC News, Zimbabwe’s Consul General in South Africa, Mr Henry Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro said the alignment process will be done through a white paper that will be the outcome of the international migration meeting to be held in Sandton, Pretoria. Mr Mukonoweshuro said the alignment should allow those living in South Africa under special permits to obtain regular permits. He added that those on special permits who wish to migrate to other permits like the special skills permit can do so through the offices in Bulawayo and Harare and that they do not need to leave their passports there. “They can just apply using certified copies of their documents and return to their working stations back in South Africa without leaving their passports,” Mr Mukonoweshuro said. Turning to the xenophobic attacks that rocked the Southern African country in the past few weeks, Mr Mukonoweshuro said the situation has calmed down a bit following the intervention by President Jacob Zuma and his government. President Zuma assured foreigners that people won’t be allowed to take things in their own hands to perpetrate...

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Women councilors bemoan low representation

Women councilors in Marondera Rural District Council say while the working environment has improved in the male dominated area, a lot still needs to be done to increase women representation at local government level. Ward 23 councilor, Mrs Letwin Kanengoni said although she receives enough support from her male counterparts, its time women participation is increased at all levels. Ward 2 councilor, Mrs Taurai Chikukwa said empowerment coupled with capacity building is key to improving women participation and representation at decision making levels. Marondera RDC only has two women councilors out of 23 wards, while Mashonaland East province has only one woman CEO of a local authority and one women council chairperson out of a total of nine local authorities. At parliament level, there are only three women parliamentarians out of the 23 constituencies in the province. According to the Zimbabwe SADC Gender Protocol Barometer for 2015, women participation at local governance level decreased from 19 percent to 16 percent after the 2013 general...

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Govt avails US$10m for women’s bank

The government has set aside US$10 million capital for the establishment of a women’s micro-finance bank that is anticipated to enhance financial inclusion of women and will contribute towards empowerment of women and achievement of ZIMASSET objectives. This was said by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Deputy Governor, Dr Charity Dhliwayo during commemorations to mark International Women’s Day. Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, commissioners, UN officials, ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe, representatives from women organisations, and women in leadership positions, sang and danced as they celebrated the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Guest of honour, Dr Dhliwayo said some funds have been set aside for the establishment of a women’s bank. The Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya said over the years the government has registered remarkable progress in the area of women empowerment and gender equality, including the enactment of the new constitution with clear provisions promoting gender equality and to eradicate discriminatory laws, customs and traditional practices and now it is time to focus on economic empowerment. UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Bisho Parajuli concurred saying even in workplaces the majority of women are still occupying lower levels. Child President, Tinaye Mbavari and Child Senate President, Mavis Chimbanu concurred that national development will be impeded if women and girls are not able to fully realise their rights...

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ZITF preps on course

Preparations for this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) are progressing well with 80 percent of the space having been taken up by exhibitors. The 58th edition of the ZITF runs from the 25th to the 29th of April and has so far attracted 13 countries that include Botswana, Germany, South Africa and Japan. In an interview with the ZBC News, ZITF Head Marketing and Public Relations, Miss Stella Nkomo said while they continue to encourage companies to secure space at this year’s exhibition they are happy with the response received so far. She said as part of their support to exhibitors, a training workshop will be held to capacitate them on how best they can take advantage of the showcase to generate business. An International Business Conference will be held on the 26th of April, with a manufacturers forum set for the 27th alongside the Asambeni Travel...

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Zim marks global women’s day

Zimbabwe today joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Women’s Day amid calls by different women organisations for society to listen to the plight of women. The day was set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the triumphs of women around the world. Running under the theme: ‘Be Bold For Change’ the celebrations come against the backdrop of remarkable achievements Zimbabwe has made over the years to empower women. In Zimbabwe, notable achievements have been recorded in economic, social and political spheres and several projects meant to benefit women are already on the cards as government affirms its commitment towards gender equality. Today’s celebrations coincided with ongoing celebrations countrywide following the recent High Court decision to award women in unregistered customary marriages part of the property accumulated during the subsistence of such unions.  ...

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Trump new travel ban blasted

Countries targeted under a new US travel ban passed by President Donald Trump have attacked the move, along with the United Nations. On Tuesday, President Trump signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. The order was presented as a means to strengthen US national security against terror threats. Today, two of the countries, Sudan and Somalia, said the move was unjustified. The directive, which includes a 120-day ban on all refugees, takes effect on 16 March. It follows a previous order, which was blocked by a federal court, which sparked confusion at airports and mass protests. -BBC  ...

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