Month: April 2017

Up your game, women urged

Women have been urged to up their game and take an active role in the business sector in order to contribute towards the development of the economy. Women in business and aspiring female entrepreneurs converged in Harare on Saturday to motivate each other and share success stories. One of the speakers at the event, Mrs Karen Mutasa challenged women to strive for excellence in order to yield positive results in their business endeavors. Local businesswoman, Zodwa Mkandla said women in Zimbabwe have the potential to take the country’s economy far. Zari Hassan, wife to popular Tanzanian artist, Diamond Platinumz...

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DeMbare stop Yadah

Dynamos condemned premiership debutants, Yadah FC to their first defeat of the season after a narrow 1-nil win at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon. Dynamos had a bright start with Denver Mukamba’s shot from the edge of the box going just over the bar after 15 minutes. Yadah launched attacks of their own with Johannes Sibanda’s effort just missing the target. It was however Dynamos who broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute, courtesy of an Ocean Mushure free-kick which eluded Yadah FC goal minder, Tafadzwa Dube. Quality Kangadza could have doubled DeMbare’s advantage just before the break but his effort went just wide. In other PSL matches, Highlanders edged Ngezi Platinum 1-nil, while Shabanie Mine beat Tsholotsho FC 1-nil. At the Colliery, Chicken Inn beat Hwange...

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Masenda retains ZOC presidency, Coventry deputises

Admire Masenda has retained the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) presidency, while Kirsty Coventry broke into the committee as vice president following elections held at Prince Edward High School in Harare today. Masenda was elected for a third consecutive term after shrugging off the challenge of Joe Rugwete and Charles Mukaronda. Masenda polled 31 votes, Rugwete 9 and Mukaronda just 2 votes. The ZOC president was delighted to be re-elected, while Rugwete was gracious in defeat. Coventry and Thabani Gonye were elected as the two new vice presidents after garnering a majority vote. The ecstatic Coventry polled 38 votes, Gonye 27 and Frederick Ndlovu missed out after registering 19 votes. In the board member positions, Leticia Chipandu secured a seat by virtue of ZOC’s quota system which makes it mandatory for the board to be made up of 3 women. After missing out on vice presidency, Ndlovu was voted into the ZOC alongside Custom Kachambwa, Addison Chiware, Rick Fulton and Stephen...

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UNWTO Polls: Min. Mzembi hails Africa support

The African Union endorsed candidate for the post of Secretary General of the  UNWTO, Dr Walter Mzembi has commended Africa and political players from across the divide for believing in him and supporting his candidature as he finishes the last leg of his campaign trail. Dr Mzembi has managed to visit 31 of the 33 voting nations ahead of the elections for the post of UNWTO Secretary General slated for the 12th of May in Madrid, Spain. On Saturday, his South African counterpart, Dr Tokozile Xasa hosted a dinner for Dr Mzembi rallied Africa to demonstrate unity of purpose...

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Embrace COMESA competition rules, local industry urged

Zimbabwe’s industry is being called upon to embrace COMESA competition rules to increase their market share in the regional trading bloc. The COMESA market presents opportunities for local industries to increase their market share, but lack of relevant information on the set regulations is hindering efforts by companies to either acquire strategic firms in the region or setting up investments. Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe (CTC) Senior Economist, Ms Calistar Dzenga told the ZBC News that local firms will meet in May for a conference meant to provide them with certain guidelines, rules and regulations on mergers, acquisitions,...

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AMA urged to quickly licence cotton buyers

The Cotton Traders and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe has underscored the need for the Agricultural and Marketing Authority (AMA) to expedite the process of issuing cotton buying licenses so that a validation exercise to detect and weed out undeserving buyers can be conducted on time. The issuance of cotton buying licences for the 2017-18 marketing season has come under the spotlight as players in the sector gear up to buy the white gold which is now at ripening stage. AMA, which is the issuing authority, told the ZBC News that cotton buying licences are being prepared and deserving buyers will be given the permits in accordance with the crop they sponsored. AMA CEO, Rockie Mutenha assured the buyers that the licences will be ready and released soon. However, Cotton Traders and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General, Steward Mubonderi implored AMA to speed up the issuance of the licences so that a verification process can be conducted to stamp out undeserving buyers who fuel side marketing. The call comes amid reports that some private buyers are positioning themselves to buy cotton sponsored under the free Presidential Cotton Inputs Scheme. Over 110 000 tonnes of cotton are expected from farmers sponsored under the government input...

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UN hails Zim economic policies

The United Nations (UN) has commended the government for prioritising goal number eight of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the formulation of key macro-economic policies. The SDG number eight on decent work and economic growth is being considered by the UN as an important element in uplifting industry and commerce. The UN Communications Specialist in Zimbabwe, Mr Sirak Gebrehiwot told the ZBC News that the introduction of the 10 Point Plan, five percent export incentive schemes, Command Agriculture Programme, Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016, among others, are key indicators of the government’s commitment to achieving objectives of the...

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Late liberation hero, Cde Tungwete buried

War veteran and Zanu PF Senior Principal Officer, Cde Charles Tugwete who died on the 26th of April and was declared a liberation war hero was laid to rest at the Mashonaland East Provincial Heroes Acre in Marondera on Saturday. Cde Tugwete, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Taapedza Mabhunu was been described as a selfless, consistent and dedicated cadre who served his country and party with distinction. Director in the office of the Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Mr Muchemwa Mugwisi said the void left by Cde Tugwete will be difficult to fill. Marondera Central legislator,...

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Tobacco sales rake in US$206m

Over US$200 million have so far been realised from tobacco sales and expectations are high that the country can hit US$700 million target by the end of this marketing season. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) Spokesperson, Isheunesu Moyo said the US$206 million achieved so far translates to about 26 percent increase in sales as compared to the same period last year. Of the over US$200 million achieved so far, contract sales account for 80 percent, while 20 percent having been sold at the auction floors. Meanwhile, farmers have been called upon to comply with the TIMB policy of...

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