Day: April 1, 2017

Schomburg clinches 2017 BonAqua Troutbeck ATU Africa cup

German/Turkish triathlete Jonas Schomburg competing under the International Triathlone Union (ITU) banner clinched the 2017 BonAqua Troutbeck ATU Africa cup. The points scoring race was being held at the Troutbeck Resort in Nyanga. The 10th edition of the Troutbeck ATU Africa cup attracted very few athletes in the elite race dominated by foreigners. With hot weather temperatures descending on Nyanga the race proved tough for most of the athletes. German/Turkish triathlete Schomburg was seconded by Namibian triathlete Jean-Paul Burger being runner up while German Linus Stimmel, finish third in the elite men’s race. Japanese Aoi Kuramoto, was the 2017 elite women’s winner Africa cup, South Africa’s Cindy Schwulst runner up and another Japanese Chika Sato third. Although there were no Zimbabwean elite athletes competing for the second year, the event was used as the national championship for local athletes. Another highlight of the Troutbeck event was the mile-open water swim, whose inaugural event was held in 2012-the course times were set in the 1500m and 750m distances by Zimbabwe’s golden girl Kirsty Coventry, the late Nicholas Burnett, Kerryn Grenfell and Russel Gaynore of South Africa. The event also saw the introduction of the Aquathlone which was introduced this season targeting schools which incorporated a run-swim-run as a one continuous event for teams and individuals. A team event sponsored by Schweppes Holdings a corporate team relay challenge expected to grow...

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Harare Hospital’s female orthopaedic ward gets facelift

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira has applauded the National Social Security Association (NSSA) for coming to the aid of one of the country’s prime referral hospital by committing thousands of dollars to refurbish the female orthopaedic ward, re-wiring of electrical cables and plumbing works. Harare hospital was built in 1945 but was officially opened in 1958 with a bed occupancy of 630 patients. Now the institution has grown to be one of the largest referral centres in the country, but most of the buildings are now in need of refurbishment. Minister Mupfumira, various business executives who make up the NSSA board and some senior staff members from Harare Hospital traded in their suits for dustcoats as they got down to business giving ward C4 a facelift. The initiative funded by a local social security organisation will see walls being painted, floors being tiled, re-wiring of electrical cables as well as new plumbing works installed. Cde Mupfumira said it is pleasing that NSSA is not only interested in making profits from people’s investments but realises the need to plough back into the community and making the lives of contributors comfortable. NSSA chief executive Ms Liz Chitiga said her organisation is planning to carry similar projects in various hospitals across the country. Leaking roofs, peeling floors and cracked walls harbour all sorts of bacteria...

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Financial sector products, services increase

Banks have registered an increase in the uptake of financial sector products and services by local women entrepreneurs in line with the country’s financial inclusion policies. The women entrepreneurs conference held in the capital provided a platform for government, policy makers, entrepreneurs and economic decision makers among others on measures to ensure greater access to banking by women across the country. While the central bank has come up with a financial  inclusion strategy that seek to ensure Zimbabweans have access to  banking products by 2020, concern is being raised over the extent to which women can get loans from the financial sector to enable them to venture into the mainstream sectors of the economy. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe deputy governor Dr Charity Dhliwayo told the ZBC News in the capital there has been a marked improvement in the uptake of banking sector products and services by women in the past two years. “Indeed improvements are there for all to see as more women get access to banking platforms,” said Dr Dhliwayo. The national financial inclusion strategy also recognises the importance of including women in the national economic development agenda. It also proposes the establishment of a women’s developmental bank, implementation of financial literacy policies and capacity building programmes for women among other...

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ZJGA holds All Africa dinner

The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association has held a closing dinner ceremony to honour the countries which took part in the just ended All Africa Junior Golf Challenge at Royal Harare Golf Club yesterday. Speaking during the closing dinner ceremony, Minister of Sport and Recreation Honourable Makhosini Hlongwane emphasized the need for governments and national sport associations to invest in junior development. Team South Africa dominated the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge with their 16 year old, Kajal Mistry breaking her own course record of 69 when she shot 67 on Thursday. However, despite having not won gold, Team Zimbabwe will also send junior golfers to participate at the prestigious annual Toyota World Junior Golf Championships in Japan slated for October this year. Countries which took part include Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco,Namibia, Reunion Islands, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and...

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High capital costs dwindle property developments

Zimbabwe’s real estate sector experienced a slowdown in the uptake of commercial property developments in the first quarter of this year due to high costs of capital. The first three months of this year has resulted in firms within the country’s property market introducing survival policies due to low uptake of available investments. A review of the first quarter compiled by the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe (REIZ)  made available to the ZBC News over the weekend indicate a drop in rentals, oversupply of offices against a decline in demand, relocation of firms from the central business district to cheaper converted residential units are some of the factors posing a challenge to the viability of the industry. REIZ president Mr Siza Masuku says the industry is therefore focusing on restructuring existing business units to remain profitable against resurfacing macro-economic challenges. “The unstable economic climate is a key challenge and we hope something can be done to unlock growth,” said Mr Masuku. In Zimbabwe the property sector is being dominated by insurance firms a move which is being attributed by market watchers to their ability in mobilising long term...

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Chicken producers price up

The producer price of chicken meat is this month expected to go up to US$2 per kg from US$1.90 for poultry contract and individual growers owing to high demand by abattoirs. An assessment on farmers into broiler chicken rearing and the market for the birds conducted by the Poultry Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) shows that chicken meat is scarce. PAZ president Mr Solomon Zawe told the ZBC News that the dwindling production of broilers has triggered competition among abattoirs. Driven by economies of scale, the price of broilers produced by contract growers, commercial and individuals is now pegged at between US$1.95 to US$2 per kg at the abattoirs, said Mr Zawe. Mr Zawe predicts good times lie ahead for chicken producers as the poultry feed is expected to come down owing to the projected bumper maize harvest this season. Chicken production is fast turning into a lucrative business, a move which is expected to attract many farmers to venture into poultry. Economists attribute the high price and demand of local broilers to statutory instrument 64 which banned the importation of cheap and non-organic chicken meat which was destroying the poultry production industry and other key sectors of the country’s...

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Zim, Zambia to come up with joint water policy

The Batoka Gorge hydro-electric power scheme investor conference ended in Livingstone, with the two parties Zimbabwe and Zambia set to come up with a joint policy that will govern the usage of water along the Zambezi river. The Batoka Hydro-electric power scheme has incorporated the ministries responsible for the usage and management of water since all hydro-electric power projects occur in water bodies to come up with a joint water policy outlining the regulations and guidelines on the usage of water along the river in line with the climatic situation along the Zambezi basin. Environment, Water and Climate Minister...

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Sharpen your crime prevention strategies, officers told

Deputy Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police responsible for human resources Levi Sibanda has expressed concern over the rising crime in general in Manicaland and challenged police officers to sharpen their crime prevention strategies. Addressing senior police officers in Manicaland who gathered in Mutare for the belated end of year celebration, Deputy Police Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Levi Sibanda said the increase in general crime is a major concern. Stock theft cases went up by 9 percent with armed robbery cases shooting to 52 percent. D CG Sibanda said in line with the increase in general crime rate, there is need for police officers in Manicaland to sharpen crime prevention strategies and jealously guard life and property . He called for close collaboration between the police and the public in fighting crime. DCG Sibanda also expressed concern over the increase in road traffic accidents which rose by 9 percent and called police and other road regulatory authorities to enhance traffic awareness campaigns. Officers were implored to abide by the highest standard of discipline and desist from all forms of corruption. Despite the increase in general crime, Manicaland Province managed to reduce some crimes of concern particularly murder which went down by 35 percent, rape for adult declined by 33 percent with that of juvenile recording a 5 percent decline...

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Dr Sekeramayi commends national army

Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has commended the national army for its commitment and involvement in community development projects that are transforming the lives of ordinary people. Dr Sekeramayi said this during the commissioning of Zimbovu Secondary School. He expressed pride and satisfaction in the involvement of the national army in building Zimbovu Secondary School alleviating the plight of students some who walked distances of between 15-20km to the nearest school. Dr Sekeramayi said the new school has created a conducive learning environment which has resulted in an improved pass rate of 21.9% up from 6.7% in 2016. He...

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National paralympic games preps gather momentum

2017 paralympic games hosts Mashonaland Central has engaged high tempo as preparations for the national paralympic games set for the 7th to the 11th of this month in Bindura gather momentum. The province has already engaged in road shows to raise awareness and create the hype associated with the magnitude of this national event. All the country’s 10 provinces will be participating in sport codes like athletics for the amputees, athletics for the visually impaired, goal ball, netball for the deaf, foot for the deaf, 5-aside football for the intellectually challenged (high and low ability), wheelchair basketball and wheelchair...

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