Day: March 9, 2017

UZ researchers to assess impact of sanctions on Zim

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ)’s group of researchers, who won the  bid to assess the impact of western imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe, have finally signed the government contract to conduct the economic impact of the sanctions. Speaking after the signing ceremony, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Machivanyika Mapuranga said UZ was chosen to carry out the comprehensive report on the impact of illegal sanctions imposed by Britain, America and their western allies on Zimbabwe through a rigorous and transparent adjudication process. UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura said his institution will live up to expectations to fulfill the mandate bestowed on them. It is expected that the findings of the research will be published in international journals such as the African Journal of Economic Policy, the South African Journal of Economic History and the Journal of Applied Sciences in Southern...

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ZSE closes day in negative

Losses in Delta and Econet saw the industrial index closing the day in the negative territory at 135.38 points. The industrial index softened by 0.40 points to close at 135.38 points after two counters lost ground. Telecoms giant Econet went down by 1.60 cents to trade at 13.00 cents while beverages giant Delta lost 0.02 cents to close at 84.00 cents. On the upside, Simbisa gained 0.50 cents to trade at 17.00 cents, Meikles added 0.28 cents to close at 10.50 cents and Innscor was up by a marginal 0.06 cents to settle at 44.75 cents. The mining index closed higher at 53.66 points after putting on 0.35 points after RioZim increased by 0.45 cents to settle at 33.55 cents. Bindura, Falgold and Hwange and remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 3.00 cents, 1.00 cents and 3.00 cents in that...

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Caps confident of TP Mazembe upset

Caps United FC captain, Hardlife Zvirekwi says he is not worried about acclimatising to DRC conditions despite arrangements which will see the ‘Green Machine’ departing on the same day they clash against TP Mazembe. There has been concern Caps United could struggle due to a change in weather when they clash against TP Mazembe. Makepekepe leave on Sunday, the same day they clash against 5 time African champions TP Mazembe, leaving the club with no time to adapt to conditions in the DRC. The Green Machine captain Hardlife Zvirekwi says following consultations the club is confident there will not be enough time for DRC conditions to take their toll on the team. Harare has had a maximum of 26OC degrees this week but the DRC has had much higher temperatures. On Sunday, Kinshasa is expected to have a maximum of 33OC and a minimum of 24OC with scattered thunderstorms. The predicted forecast indicates much higher temperatures will prevail in the DRC but Caps United remain confident weather patterns will play no role in Sunday’s encounter. After missing out on action on the African safari for over a decade, Makepekepe are hoping to stir an upset against African heavy weights TP...

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Glenview/Mufakose district holds paralympics

Primary school children in the Glenview/Mufakose district have held paralympic competitions in preparation for the provincial competitions to be held in the next two weeks. It was a competitive atmosphere as athletes battled to outshine each other in the paralympic competitions held at Glen View 7 Primary School. Some of the athletes who spoke to the ZBC News were hopeful that their district will make it at the provincial competitions to be held at a date still yet to be announced. Glenview/Mufakose district schools inspector Mr Cloud Nyambuya says the paralympics are vital in the recently introduced new curriculum. The athletes took part in relay, javelin and sack racing among other disciplines and the national competitions will be held in April in...

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Kidney patients endure prohibitive treatment costs

Zimbabwe continues to lose a number of renal patients due to the prohibitive costs of treatment. Those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure require at least US$1 360 per month for dialysis for the rest of their lives to access treatment at a government institution while the cost is almost double in the private sector. Besides the high costs for renal dialysis, renal patients also feel treatment facilities must be decentralised and kidney transplantation services must be revived in the country. Growing numbers of renal patients are increasingly finding it difficult to raise money for complex health conditions. Many succumb to kidney failure because they cannot afford the high cost of kidney dialysis. Mr Musara Hokonya who is undergoing haemodialysis at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals says government must subsidise the cost of treatment. A few government hospitals have facilities for dialysing and patients feel government must decentralise treatment facilities. Mrs Len Jackson aged 70 stays with her 90 year old mother in Chinhoyi has to undergo dialysis twice a week at Parirenyatwa Hospital and leaves home around 4 am. A person with renal failure requires an average of three dialysis sessions a week. The cost for a session ranges from US$80 to US$170 at a government institution and from US$200 at a private hospital. Mr Stansilous Zakaria and Mrs Milka Hwiridza said the costs are just too prohibitive. The unavailability...

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PSL to release fixtures after AGM

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says 2017 fixtures will only be released after next weeks annual general meeting (AGM) in the wake of the circulation of fake league programme on social media. PSL media and liaison officer Kudzai Bare confirmed the latest development. Fans will be relishing the commencement of the 2017 season which Bare says is important to the PSL who are lining up a series of events as part of celebrations for the league which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. The 2017 season is expected to be highly competitive with reigning league champions Caps United having beefed up their team despite a sterling season in 2016. FC Platinum, Highlanders and Harare City are among several other sides that will be looking to challenge for...

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Lack of coaching poses injury risks to junior athletes

The National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH) Harare Province athletics competition hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons with a lack of technique proving dangerous for budding athletes. What was meant to be an exciting outing for young primary school athletes transformed into a huge risk for some athletes that completely missed the landing cushion in the high jump event. Lack of coaching was evident on the part of several athletes but NAPH Harare Metropolitan Province chairman Stanley Makwembere was adamant standards are high. Junior athletes took part in high jump, long jump and discuss with the track events slated for this Friday (tomorrow). The NAPH Harare Province competition is used to select athletes that will compete at the national competition. After expressing concern about a lack of technique by many of the athletes it came to the attention of ZBC News that most schools do not have qualified coaches with the requisite knowledge of imparting the basics to young athletes, with the absence of equipment a major hindering factor.  ...

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Chegutu West rolls out housing stands

Chegutu West constituency has begun rolling out stands on 500 hectares of land which was initially provided by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing five years ago. Residents in the area are set to benefit from the land which was initially provided for housing by the ministry as part of the drive to clear the national housing backlog. Chegutu West house of assembly member Cde Dexter Nduna has however warned the MDC-T council not to frustrate government efforts by ensuring the local authority plays its part in ensuring residents get serviced stands. The residents have also called on the local council to give them payment schemes for the land to create a win-win situation where both parties contribute to the development of the unserviced...

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Govt to revise economic growth rate

Finance and Economic Development Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa says the country is set to revise upwards the 2017 growth rate to 3.7 percent from the initial budget forecast of 1.7 percent on the back of envisaged strong performance of the agriculture sector. Two months into the year, Treasury is convinced the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate is to be more than the initial projection. Finance Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa says the overall 2017 economic growth rate is set to be adjusted to an optimistic 3.7 percent. The Treasury boss told students of the joint command and staff course no. 30 that the envisaged growth is set to be underpinned by the strong agriculture sector performance with at least three million metric tonnes of grain expected during the current season. Treasury which has committed itself to purchase grain at US$390 per tonne is also bullish of improved earnings from the forthcoming 2017 marketing season which begins next week. The 3.7 percent revised projection is in line with the World Bank projection of 3.8 percent for Zimbabwe. According to Cde Chinamasa, sanctions and the huge external debt at US$7.5 billion remain the biggest threats to the envisaged growth and increased economic activities. The pro-production policies, efforts to reduce illicit outflows, ease of doing business drive and ongoing engagement with creditors are some of the strategies being pursued to...

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More flood victims get assistance

The Department of Civil Protection says the temporary reduction in rainfall currently being experienced across the country has enabled it to access places that were inaccessible as well as making food deliveries to the needy areas in the southern parts of the country affected by flooding. The department’s director, Mrs Sibusisiwe Ndlovu says the assessment to ascertain the damages by Cyclone Dineo are still continuing. She said statistics of damages are rising and the dry conditions prevailing in the southern parts of the country have enabled the CPU committees to access some areas and assess the damages. The Meteorological Services Department projects that it should be dry over the country, much so in the southern provinces. Any rainfall activity should be short lived and concentrated along the central watershed stretching from Gweru to Harare. Zimbabwe Republic Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba called on Zimbabweans to continue to be alert despite the dry conditions as people continue to drown trying to cross flooded rivers. She said the number of people who died has exceeded 246 while 128 people were injured and over 2 500 homesteads damaged due to flooding. Statistics from the CPU continue to rise with the department reporting 101 secondary schools, 287 primary schools and 140 small and medium dams damaged by the floods which were caused by Cyclone...

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