Day: March 20, 2017

Private media slammed for First Family onslaught

The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha has lashed out at the private media for negatively portraying projects involving the First Family in the province. Advocate Dinha’s remarks follow last Saturday’s Newsday Weekender headline story alleging that the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe has renewed her bid to evict villagers at Arnolds Farm in Mazowe. Addressing a media conference, Advocate Dinha said in 2012 the province requested the First Lady to assist in the resuscitation of Manzou Game Park which encompass Arnolds  Farm. Describing the Newsday story as misleading, malicious and very untruthful, Advocate...

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Caps await tomorrow’s CAF Champs League draw

All is set for the CAF Champions League draw where Caps United and 15 other sides will go into the pot at an event slated for tomorrow, 11am Zimbabwean time at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Makepekepe on Sunday quenched Zimbabwe’s thirst for group stage football in the CAF Champions League after a nil-all draw against TP Mazembe of DRC saw them qualifying on away goals rule after the first leg finished 1-all in Lubumbashi last weekend. Caps United will be among four teams from the COSAFA region alongside South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, Zambia’s ZANACO and Club Ferroviario...

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UZ launches strategic plan

The government says it is confident that the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) can be a leading centre of innovative higher education, cutting edge research as well as service provision responsive to the needs of Zimbabwe and beyond. This comes as UZ today launched its 2016 to 2020 strategic plan, amid calls for the institution to chart the course in education provision in the country as well as on the continent. The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, who was guest of honour at the launch, said the introduction of new STEM based...

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NBSZ appeals for funding

The National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has appealed for funding to ensure blood is affordable to every Zimbabwean. This is despite recent reduction of prices of blood from US$135 per pint to US$100 in public hospitals. Speaking during a media tour of the centre in Harare, NBSZ CEO, Mrs Lucy Marowa said there is need for subsidies for blood to be affordable to the majority. “Blood screening and purification process requires a lot of resources to maintain the high  standards and  the quality of the blood. As the NBSZ, we discard about three percent of all blood collections with statistics showing that Hepatitis B is now the main contaminator of blood,” she said. The media tour saw journalists being taken through processes that are followed to ensure the margin of era is eliminated during the blood purification...

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Tobacco farmers yet to receive payment

Some tobacco farmers are still experiencing challenges in accessing cash from the sale of the golden leaf. Those who spoke to the ZBC News at Tobacco Sales Floor in Harare today said they are yet to get paid since selling their crop last Wednesday. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has however assured tobacco farmers of availability of cash during the tobacco selling season. A joint statement by the RBZ, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and Tobacco Farmers Association, said individual farmers will be allowed to withdraw US$1000 from the first tobacco sale and US$500 dollars from...

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Relief for Zimbabweans in SA

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Ignatius Chombo says Zimbabweans working in South Africa under the Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permits which expire on the 31st of December, will only be able to know if they will be able to renew their permits in South Africa without disrupting their work at the end of next month. In an interview with ZBC News in Harare, Dr Chombo said SADC Ministers of Home Affairs were invited to a conference on migration by their South African counterpart where they were requested to contribute to the South African migration policy. He said Zimbabwe’s proposal...

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President Mugabe blasts super powers interference in Africa

President Robert Mugabe has castigated the continued interference by some super powers that are using non-governmental organisations to meddle in internal affairs of African countries. He was speaking at the first-ever continental economic summit, the African Economic Platform (AEP), which has been officially opened amid calls for Africa to unite and consolidate the values of the OAU founding fathers. President Mugabe joined several other African heads of states and government, captains of industry and intellectuals at the platform that is seeking to promote economic transformation and integration among African countries. Addressing the delegates in a plenary session, President Mugabe...

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Lesotho prepares for polls

The first step to prepare for elections in the mountain kingdom of  Lesotho has been completed. The tight election time-table gave voters only six days to register from when it was announced last Monday. In less than three months, the people of Lesotho will go to the polls again. Seventeen year olds who will be 18 on or before polling day on the 3rd of June also had only six days from Monday to register. -SABC    ...

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Help my colleagues, says Boko Haram survivor

A Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity. The girl who did not want her identity to be known told an education conference in Dubai that the international community should not forget about them. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 girls by Boko Haram militants. The militants are still holding about 195 of the young women. The abduction of the schoolgirls in north-eastern Nigeria in April 2014 by the islamist militant group caused a global outcry – and prompted campaigns about girls’ right to education....

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Japanese govt, UNICEF assist flood victims

The Japanese government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNICEF have responded to government’s appeal for humanitarian assistance following the Cyclone Dineo-induced floods which killed more than 200 people and left others homeless. The Japanese government presented a consignment of 500 tents, 800 water cans, 40 cases of water purifiers and 40 cases of tarpaulins to the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Saviour Kasukuwere. The presentation ceremony of part of the support consignment from the Japanese government was held at the cargo section of the Harare International Airport in Harare this Monday. Also present at the brief ceremony were Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Yoshi Hiraishi, UNICEF resident representative Dr Ayoya, UN resident representative Mr Bishow Parajuli, JICA representative Mr Shumon Yoshiara and the acting director of the Civil Protection Department Ms Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu. In his address at the occasion, Minister Kasukuwere said Zimbabwe must draw lessons from Japans’ experiences with calamities which the Asian country experienced such as nuclear accidents and earthquakes where Japan managed to cope in a remarkable way. He thanked UNICEF for the timely intervention for arranging and meeting the logistical costs of distribution. UNICEF is working with government in providing medicines and clean water to communities affected by floods. The International Organisation on Migration is also involved in operational issues with the Department of Civil Protection. The outgoing...

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