Day: March 11, 2017

Esigodini farmers geared for new tomato processing plant

Farmers in Esigodini and surrounding areas will soon benefit from a massive tomato processing and canning plant which will become the second horticulture processing plant in the country after the one in Norton. This was revealed by Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) board chairman Mr Basil Nyabadza during Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s tour of ARDA Estates in Matabeleland South Province recently. The ARDA has since resuscitated its two estates in Matabeleland South Province is now setting its sights  towards the revival  of the tomato processing and canning plant in Esigodini through its partnership with  beverage manufacturer Schweppes Zimbabwe. Mr Nyabadza says with support from Agribank which has expressed interest in the project, processing and canning of tomatoes and various fruits for the local and export market will see to the realisation of the goals of ZIM ASSET. The establishment of the processing plants was the brainchild and vision of Father Zimbabwe, Cde Joshua Nkomo to promote industrialisation says Vice President Mnangagwa. Cde Mnangagwa said the project that has been successfully revived in Norton will be replicated in all the other provinces in order to boost the agricultural sector and create employment. The processing plant brings relief to horticultural farmers in Esigodini and surrounding areas as the producers have been facing challenges in accessing markets leading to most of their produce going to...

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Five students receive air tickets to India

Parul University in partnership with Emirates Airlines have given out five air tickets to students registered to study in India. The air tickets were given out during a draw held in the capital. Parul University based in Western India is in a drive to recruit more students from Zimbabwe who would like to study in the Asian country. As part of corporate social responsibility the university in partnership with Emirates Airlines gave away five tickets to lucky winners who are going to study in India in different disciplines ranging from arts to engineering and diplomas to doctorates. Spokesperson of the Indian University Mr James Martin says the courses offered at the university are internationally recognised as the college ranges in the top 10 private universities of India. Parul University country representative Mr Cyprian Mudoti said plans are underway that by next month, the university courses will be accredited in Zimbabwe. He added that this year, 70 students from Zimbabwe will be going to study in India while 154 students are already studying there. The university has more than 27 000 students, 2 500 lecturers with 100 plus programmes at diploma, graduate, post graduate and doctorate level. It was awarded the best engineering college of Western India in...

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ZRP intensifies day, night patrols

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it has intensified day and night patrols within greater Harare suburbs following an increase in car theft smash and grab crimes being experienced by motorists around Harare. With the rainy season upon us accompanied by tall grass and maize crop along the roads car theft smash and grabs are on the increase compelling the ZRP to increase and intensify day and night patrols for the safety of Zimbabweans. In an interview with ZBC News ZRP national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba warned motorists to be alert on the road as it takes less than a minute for a thief to break into a car and snatch a laptop, handbag and a purse on the front seat. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba says she is concerned with a growing trend of bags stolen in churches by moving criminals and later disposed off to another church. Car break-ins are a huge problem especially at shopping malls, schools and the airport. The ZRP in its endeavour to raise awareness among the public, offers some common sense habits and tips for preventing car break-ins among them hiding of valuables such as handbags and laptops, parking where there is activity, keeping one’s car visible in well lit areas and not making it easy for thieves to steal by keeping the car alarm on, windows and sunroofs closed and...

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Hundreds attend auditions at ZBC Montrose Studios

Hundreds of people thronged ZBC’s Montrose Studios in Bulawayo to take part in the ‘Ndau’, ‘Xhosa’, ‘Kalanga’ and ‘Chichangani’ languages auditions. The languages will be part of television news bulletins at the national broadcaster. The colonial administration divided Africans into the Ndebele and Shona linguistic groups giving rise to Matabeleland and Mashonaland, names that grouped all other linguistic groups under Ndebele and Shona. The national broadcaster, ZBC, broke new ground last year in September when it introduced four languages on news namely ‘Venda’, ‘Tonga’, ‘Nambya’ and ‘Sotho’ as a means of promoting other languages that had been suppressed before independence in 1980. ZBC has since introduced four more minority languages namely ‘Ndau’, ‘Kalanga’, ‘Xhosa’ and ‘Tshangani’ on television news with the auditions for the TV presenters attracting hundreds of people at Montrose Studios. The auditions were carried out by ZBC staff who were ably assisted by experts in the different languages. The languages experts paid gratitude to the national broadcaster for coming up with the initiative to promote minority languages. ZBC is aiming to be the leader in the promotion of all national...

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Zanu PF Mat South embark on massive mobilisation drive

Zanu PF Matabeleland South Province says it has come up with a number of strategies to increase its support base particularly among the country’s youths who constitute the majority of voters as preparations for the 2018 elections gather momentum. Speaking on the sidelines of a Zanu PF provincial coordinating committee and provincial development committee meeting held in Gwanda yesterday, the party’s provincial chairman Cde Rabelani Choene said the party has embarked on a massive mobilisation drive that is targeting the youths whose vote is key in winning the coming elections. Cde Choene also underscored the need for the Chitepo School of Ideology to be cascaded to the grassroot level in order to ensure that party leaders and members appreciate the founding principles and values of the party. Addressing the meeting earlier, the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Cde Abednico Ncube thanked various stakeholders for their role in the successful hosting of the 21st February Movement celebrations saying the same spirit of unity should continue to prevail. The meeting also discussed the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations where various committees where implored to start preparing for the important occasion through mobilisation of adequate resources. The event will be celebrated in all the seven...

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Govt to partner mining companies to repair roads

The government is set to partner with some mining companies to repair roads and bridges destroyed by floods. This was revealed by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Cde Walter Chidhakwa during a handover ceremony of humanitarian aid to flood victims in Zvishavane and Mberengwa district by Mimosa Mine. Minister Chidhakwa says the incessant rains that pounded most parts of the country left a trail of destruction especially on the country’s infrastructure such as roads and bridges and the government has decided to partner with mining companies to repair some of the damaged infrastructure. Cde Chidhakwa was speaking at the handover ceremony of blankets, groceries and other assortment of goods which were donated to flood victims by Mimosa Mine. In Mberengwa more than 30 school children have failed to return home from school since the 22nd of February because of floods that affected three major bridges along Mwanezi river cutting off communities from schools and clinics. Mberengwa District Administrator Mr White Nkomah said the situation in the area is still dire and there is urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Midlands Minister of State Cde Jason Machaya thanked the mining company for its kind gesture while the mine’s executive chairman Mr Winston Chitando pledged continued support for the affected communities. The platinum mine donated 20 tonnes of maize, three tonnes matemba, 10 tonnes chunks, potatoes, blankets and groceries for...

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Zim to launch e-passport

Plans to launch an electronic passport in the country are at an advanced stage, a development that is anticipated to usher in robust standards of travel documents and international security. Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the country is now ready to launch the e-passport. The passport production centre situated at KG6 in Harare is capable of printing 16 000 booklets per day and was commissioned last year by President Robert Mugabe. Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Dr Chombo said the e-passport or digital passport is compliant with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards which guarantee integrity expected of...

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Zim to engage SA over special dispensation permits

The Zimbabwean government will be engaging the South African government this coming week to iron out the issue regarding Zimbabweans who are living and working or studying in the neighbouring country under a special dispensation permit, which expires on the 31st of December this year. 197 790 Zimbabweans living in South Africa under a special dispensation permit face deportation when the permit expires by year end. Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo told a media briefing in Harare this Friday (yesterday) that the Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa has indicated that the South African Home Affairs Minister Mr Malusi...

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Axcil Jefferies lands European contract

Zimbabwean motor racing sensation Axcil Jefferies has been rewarded for an impressing outing in the Middle East by signing a contract which will see him competing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European championship. The European championship will be a much bigger field with up to 50 cars on the grid. Jefferies will now have just over a month to prepare for the European championship which kicks off on the 3rd of April with a race at the Monza Circuit in Italy. After powering to victory in the Super Trofeo Middle East championship, Jefferies will face tough opposition in Europe where the likes of Danish driver Dennis Lind will be looking to hold on to the European crown after coming out tops in the eighth edition of the Super Trofeo European championship. Despite stiff competition Jefferies will, however, be looking to again hog the limelight after impressive performances in the Middle East. Breukers and Jefferies won the Middle East championship in the pro-class after accumulating nine points ahead of 19-year-old German, Carrie Schreiner and Richard Goddard of Australia. Jefferies’ win in the Middle East reignited hope of attaining a childhood dream of one day becoming a Formula 1...

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Industrialisation, modernisation the way to go: Prof Moyo

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Jonathan Moyo has called for radical transformation of higher and tertiary education for it to be an appropriate knowledge base relevant to the industrialisation and modernisation of the country. To industrialise and modernise is the country’s new vision which resonates with regional and continental vision of industrialisation says Professor Moyo during his public lecture at the Midlands State University (MSU) on the role of STEM in reviving the Zimbabwean economy. Professor Moyo who took the students through the thinking process that has informed internal processes of STEM...

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