Day: April 3, 2017

Local firms embark on Lean Management model

More than 15 local firms have embarked on Lean Management model which promotes productivity and reducing costs to ensure firms become competitive on the regional and international market. The adoption of Lean Management by members of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) follows the engagement of the Lean Institute of Africa last year with a view to promote productivity. CZI chief executive officer Mr Clifford Sileya said the process has been well received and more companies are willing to adopt the model. Lean Institute of Africa chief executive officer Dr Anton Grutter who has been in the country for another round engagement said the model has worked wonders for most countries hence the need for local firms to adopt it. The local manufacturing sector has been constrained owing to high costs of production, high staff cost as well as high competition on the international...

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Tobacco farmers threaten to boycott selling their crop

It was business as usual at the auction floors as the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) could not enforce the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s directive to withdraw a 10 percent on tobacco for farmers without tax clearance certificates. The farmers say they will boycott selling their crop if the TIMB sanctions the ZIMRA directive. The implementation of the ZIMRA’s directive to withdraw 10 percent tax on tobacco sales for farmers might take longer than expected as farmers vowed to withhold their gold leaf in protest against the treasury’s move. The TIMB has remained mum on the implementation of the ZIMRA directive, but a visit by ZBC News to the floors show that farmers were selling their crop as usual without the 10 percent deductions. Some officials at the floors who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the directive has been put on hold after farmers threatened to boycott tobacco sales. The farmers however demand that the ZIMRA order should be shelved as it is tantamount to derail the central bank’s five percent export incentive and wipe the farmers hard earned proceeds. In a circular to TIMB, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ordered that auction floors withhold 10 percent tax on tobacco sales for farmers with a valid tax clearance certificate in line with section 80 (2) of the income tax chapter...

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ZIMRA adamant about withholding tax

The 10 percent withholding tax introduced to tobacco farmers has been in place for a long time though without being implemented and calls have been made to ensure the impasse is resolved amicably for the benefit of all stakeholders. Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is adamant that the issue does not affect tobacco farmers only but all those in the informal sector. The introduction of 10 percent withholding tax for tobacco farmers has sparked a heated debate within the economy while some stakeholders believe the timing of the introduction is wrong while some have compared the tax to the 5 percent export incentive. According to ZIMRA acting commissioner general Mr Happias Kuzvinzwa, section 80 of income tax states that everyone who transact with a registered company should be tax compliant. He added that his organisation has only reminded auction floors about the income tax act which is proper at law. While ZIMRA is within its jurisdiction, tax expert Mr Rameck Masaire believes farmers should have been educated about the tax regime than ambushing them which usually faces resistance. Government has been pushing for production hence the introduction of the 5 percent export incentives which is not in contradiction with 10 percent withholding tax introduced by the revenue authority. What worries experts is that for a farmer to get a tax clearance it is a tedious process which can scuttle government targets...

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Govt to act on speculative energy licence holders

The government says it will act on business people who are holding energy producing licenses for speculative purposes as it seeks to improve power generation in the country. Since the government liberalised the licensing of energy producers in 2008, several players tried their luck venturing into the industry with investigations proving that most of these applied for the licenses for speculative purposes as they lacked the capacity to undertake the projects. The Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr Samuel Undenge says government is aware of some fortune seekers who sought power development licenses in order to sell to some capable players and will soon act on such practices. “Yes we understand there are such business people who came for licenses but failed to undertake the said projects. Let me be very clear on this, as government we are going to cancel any licenses that are three years or more as we cannot tolerate people who hold licenses for far too long,” added Dr Undenge. On why projects like the Gwanda Solar Project is yet to commence, Dr Undenge says the pre-commencement stage of any project has a number of issues that need consideration and satisfaction before it starts. “The project is still at the pre-commencement stage. Once we are done with that then we can start talking about construction. The stage involves financial closures, environmental assessments, typographical assessments...

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Good weekend for Zimbabwean players abroad

Zimbabwean players plying their trade abroad were in good goal scoring form at the weekend with Warriors players Khama Billiat, Tendai Ndoro, Knowledge Musona and Kudakwashe Mahachi all on target for their respective teams. On Saturday, Musona was on target in KV Oostende’s 1-1 draw with Charleroi in Belgium. Musona struck in the 53rd minute before Charleroi equalised in the 73rd minute. In South Africa, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Knox Mutizwa were on target for Golden Arrows who overcame Highlands Park on Saturday. Mutizwa opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Highlands Park equalised courtesy of Surprise Moriri. Mahachi however ensured Arrows grabbed maximum points with an 89th minute winner. Striker Ndoro was also on target for Orlando Pirates who lost to Free State Stars 3-2, leaving the Buccaneers struggling in 11th position with 23 points. Ndoro scored from the spot. Warriors star Billiat returned to action by scoring in a losing cause as Mamelodi Sundowns went down 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs. Billiat opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Chiefs fought back with goals from Bernard Parker who received an assist from Edmore Chirambadare, before an own goal by Soumahoro Bangalay sealed the game as a...

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Bindura Chimurenga Choir releases second album

Mashonaland Central based Bindura urban Chimurenga Choir has released a new album titled ‘Foni YaGushungo’ in preparation for the Independence Day celebrations. As Zimbabwe marks 37 years of independence on the 18th of this month, the Bindura urban Chimurenga Choir’s second project is set to bring back memories of those who perished during the liberation struggle, according to group member Eunice Hove. Another group member Mattheus Yakombe said as a group they are also geared to entertain people during the Independence Day celebrations to be held in Bindura. The six track album carries tracks such as ‘Tasangana Veropa’, ‘Dzakarara Member’, ‘Musaputse Musangano’, ‘Musarase Gwara’, ‘VaMugabe’ and the title track ‘Foni...

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AU state parties conference kicks off in Harare

The African Union first meeting of the conference of states parties on the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons in Africa has kicked off in Harare with more than 20 countries participating. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Cde Prisca Mupfumira who officially opened the conference says the meeting will among other issues deliberate on the implementation of the Kampala Convention. UN high commission on refugees representative Mr Cosmas Chanda says over six million people have been displaced in Africa calling for sustainable solutions to the problem in terms of the Kampala Convention. 25 African countries have already signed and ratified the Kampala Convention which is now four years old. The conference will run from the 3rd to the 5th of this...

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Rainy season: No joy for Chiredzi communities

For the past 5 years, communities in rural Chiredzi have been finding the going tough every rainy season. Apart from risking their lives the communities are being forced to fork out double the fare for travelling from Chiredzi town to Chilonga and surrounding areas after the collapse of Chilonga bridge. The coming of the rainy season every year, spells a headache for villagers in Chiredzi south. Once the water levels in Runde river rises, villagers are forced to fork out double the usual fare for travelling from Chiredzi town to their respective homes as the trip will now be involving the use of boats  to cross Chilonga bridge. Using pirate vehicles the first route ends when they are dropped off at the bridge with the second trip needing an extra fare to ride the makeshift boats that will take them to their destinations. Crossing the crocodile infested Runde river on makeshift boats is a life threatening adventure and some villagers are seen saying a prayer before the boat trip. Since December last year the water levels have not receded and the call from the villagers has been for government to prioritise the construction of a new bridge. “I tried to cross the bridge in 2006. I was driving and had 7 people on board , 4 died and just 3 of us came out alive. This bridge has been...

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Zim to receive over 12 000 tonnes of rice

Zimbabwe is set to receive over 12 000 tonnes of rice from China as part of the Chinese government’s humanitarian assistance to the country. The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and the Chinese government this Monday (today) signed a agreement that will see the Asian country giving 12 173 tonnes of rice to the country. The availing of the rice is part of China’s assistance to Zimbabwe, says third secretary, economic and commercial counsellors office at the Chinese Embassy, Mr Luo Xi. The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira says they expect the consignment of rice to be delivered in the country in the next two months and it will go a long way in alleviating the food situation in the country. The Chinese, the country’s fair weather friends, recently handed over US$100 million as part of humanitarian assistance for victims of floods that hit the southern parts of the country. Last year the Asian giants donated 19 000 metric tonnes of rice to...

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Zim junior triathlon team named

Triathlon Zimbabwe has named a strong 12 member team to represent Zimbabwe at the Africa Triathlon Championships to be held in Tunisia on the 6th and 7th of next month. The junior triathlon team was named as the curtain came down on the 2017 BonAqua Troutbeck ATU Africa Cup triathlon in Nyanga at the weekend during the closing dinner. The event also marked the 10th anniversary of the Troutbeck ATU Africa Cup in Nyanga which saw 13 international athletes from Germany, Japan, Namibia and South Africa battle for honours. Triathlon Zimbabwe president Rick Fulton said he was confident the 12 member squad will bring back home some good results from Tunisia. Newly appointed Sports and Recreation commissioner John Falkenberg urged the athletes to go and represent and lift the Zimbabwe flag high. Young Matthew Denslow will have to choose which event he want  compete in after being named in the U19 boys and the youth super print for 15-17 year-olds. Gabby de Chassart who pulled out of the national championships due to a tyre puncture is the only girl in the U19s while Alexander Colegrave, Gideon Benade and Matt Denslow will represent in the boys. In the 15 to 17 year olds super sprint boys are Matt Denlow, Marcel Paulser, Andoni Matzuris and Brett Elliot while girls are Mikalya Colegrave, Andie Kuiper, Jaime-Lee Soper and Katie...

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