Day: March 16, 2017

Ngezi platinum bullish ahead of African assignment

Zimbabwe’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup, Ngezi Platinum Stars are confident of overturning 2-1 defeat at the hands of Club Recreativo Esportive do Libolo of Angola in their return match at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The morale is high in the Mhondoro Ngezi side nicknamed  ‘Madamburo’ ahead of Saturday’s crucial encounter. Ngezi Platinum Stars coach, Tonderai Ndiraya said he is confident and banking on home support and the away goal scored in Angola. “The goal we scored in Angola is giving us confidence and we will employ a different approach to the game in the...

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Brace for better times, content producers told

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe has challenged content producers to take up the opportunities that will be availed by the digitalisation programme to transform the film industry. Addressing the Nyanga community at a local hotel at a Zim Digital content creators meeting, Dr Mushohwe said the digitalisation programme will change the landscape of the film industry. He said the government has invested in the digitalisation programme through the procurement of broadcasting equipment and the onus is now upon independent producers to fully participate and generate enough content. Speaking at the same occasion, ZBC Acting CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura challenged content creators to up their game as the digitalisation programme will lead to increased content demand. He said the government has taken a bold step to revive the film industry, adding that the digitalisation programme will lead to employment creation that will also capacitate downstream industries. Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) CEO, Mr Obert Muganyura said through the digitalisation programme, Zimbabwe will realise increased national coverage for both radio and television to at least 80 percent. Under the digitalisation programme, 24 new transmission sites are being constructed to augment the existing 24 sites. Progress has already been realised and two studios out of four have been completed at ZBC Pockets Hill. Six of the transmission sites have already been fully digitalised with two of...

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‘More attention to non-communicable diseases needed’

Stakeholders in the health sector say more attention must be given to the growing incidences of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes as the figure of those affected by the ailment is expected to double by 2020. Stakeholders in the health sector who include nurses and doctors underwent training in Harare on non-communicable diseases, with diabetes and hypertension under the spotlight. Diabetes Association of Zimbabwe President, Dr John Mangwiro said the prevalence rate of diabetes in Zimbabwe is estimated to be 10 percent according to the International Federation on Diabetes (IFD) with the major contributor being life patterns. Dr Mangwiro also said type two diabetes is the most prevalent in Zimbabwe and most of the people affected are living with the disease unaware. Diabetes is a chronic diseases characterised by high blood glucose levels. Risk factors associated with getting diabetes include high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and obesity, among others. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems which include heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and are at higher risk of developing...

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Govt on high alert after cholera deaths

The government says it is on high alert following the death of two people in Manicaland Province from suspected cholera cases. There has also been a confirmed cholera case in Chiredzi, Masvingo Province, while three suspected cases were recorded at Chinyamukwakwa Clinic in Chipinge, Manicaland Province this month. Of the three people suspected to have contracted the disease at Chinyamukwakwa clinic, two who got in contact with the person who is admitted at Rupangwana clinic in Chiredzi have since died. The patient admitted at Rupangwana clinic had come from the border area of Chipinge that has an influx of...

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RDCs, govt impasse stalls rural development

The impasse between rural local authorities’ executives and government over a salary directive is now threatening development in most communities as government is yet to approve budgets for the local authorities three months after the prescribed time for such action. Development in most rural councils is at a standstill as government is yet to approve their 2017 annual budgets amid indications that the line ministry is trying to enforce a uniform salary scale for council executives as spelt out in a 2015 government memo. Since the circulation of the memo which directs all rural CEOs to get a flat salary scale of US$1900 a month some two years ago, the move has received a massive resistance with council bosses threatening legal action saying the directive is against the dictates of the Labour Act. Addressing delegates at a rural authorities symposium underway in Bulawayo, National Chairman of Rural Councils CEOs, Mr Edward Pasi and Zimbabwe Rural District Councils CEO, Mr Farayi Machaya appealed to government to reconsider its position and  approve council budgets on time. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Dr Thokozile Chitepo said government notes the legal issues around salaries but urged council bosses to be sincere in their salary demands for the sake of the people they lead. According to the Public Finance and Management Act,...

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Zim human rights report adopted in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHC) has adopted Zimbabwe’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report in Geneva, Switzerland. Zimbabwe’s report highlights the country’s human rights record and the measures taken by the government in protecting and promoting human rights. During the review, Zimbabwe received 260 recommendations and supported 151 and deferred 100 for further consultation. Speaking at the presentation and adoption of the report in Geneva, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, reaffirmed the country’s commitment to strengthening its legal and policy framework as well as institutions responsible for monitoring...

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Govt reaffirms commitment to promoting human rights

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reaffirmed governments commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights of all citizens. Speaking to ZBC News after his briefing with Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza and her team ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting, Vice President Mnangagwa reiterated government’s commitment in the promotion and protection of human rights. He said as government they were happy with the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and they were  promoting and supporting all human rights installments. Asked to clarify government’s position on the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, Cde...

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Ahmad elected as new CAF president

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad Ahmad (pictured) has been elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign. Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa this Thursday (today). The result means a change in leadership for the first time since Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988. Ahmad becomes only the seventh CAF president in the governing body’s 60-year history. The departure of Hayatou is a huge change for African football and the 70-year-old will also lose his FIFA position and his place on the ruling...

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President Mugabe commissions new PPC plant in Msasa

President Robert Mugabe has commissioned the new US$82 million PPC Cement manufacturing plant in Msasa, Harare this Thursday (today). Proceedings begun with a tour of the plant with the Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, several government ministers and members of the Office of the President and Cabinet in tour. In his speech Cde Mugabe said PPC has created employment which is in line with the Zimbabwe’s economic blueprint the ZIM ASSET through the building of this plant. The company now has 400 permanent employees following the construction of the Msasa plant. The President commended the cement firm for investing in...

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LIVE BLOG: PRESIDENT MUGABE COMMISSIONS NEW PPC CEMENT PLANT

1230: This brings to an end our live updates here in Msasa. Thank you for joining us. 1226: The Police Band is now on stage providing some entertainment. 1224: He has thanked the government of Zimbabwe for their continued support towards the construction of this plant here in Msasa. 1223: The PPC managing director Mr Kelibone Masiyane is now on the podium giving his vote of thanks. 12:22 The President Cde Robert Mugabe has finished his speech and declares the plant officially commissioned. 1221: “Allow me to express my gratitude to PPC for their diligence in constructing this plant and the positive contribution towards the growth and development of the country’s economy,” President Mugabe said. 1220: Cde Mugabe has also commended PPC for supporting the broad base of indigenisation through paying dividends to its shareholders. 1219: The President also said that PPC has contributed US$3 million to the community share ownership trust and was shared between Umguza and Gwanda communities. 1218: He says PPC has contributed 10% equity to the community share ownership trust to the Gwanda and Umguza communities, 9.7% to the employee share ownership trust, a consortium of 4.9% has been given to the indigenous Zimbabweans and the national indigenisation and economic empowerment fund has a shareholding of 9.7%. 1217: The President has commended PPC for constructing this cement making plant as it is one of the...

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