Day: April 13, 2017

Support Unit wins ZRP Commissioner General Sports Gala

Support Unit were crowned 2017 champions of the ZRP Commissioner General Sports Gala at the games’ closing ceremony held at Morris Depot in Harare this afternoon. Curtains came down at the sports gala which saw Support Unit lifting the overall trophy. Support Unit dominated in chess, darts, shooting, table tennis and volleyball, thereby edging Harare Province to second place and Morris Depot on third. Speaking at the closing ceremony, the ZRP Deputy Commissioner General – Human Resources Levi Sibanda hailed the commitment shown by athletes and encouraged police officers to maintain unity amongst themselves. The ZRP Commissioner General Sports Gala is an annual event which seeks to provide a platform to identify talent that represents the country at the SARPCO...

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Nightmare for tobacco farmers at auction floors

Tobacco farmers are in a dire situation as they face several challenges in the marketing of their crop. Failure to access cash, limited knowledge of the banking system and staying in unhygienic conditions at tobacco floors are some of the difficulties farmers face daily. While the tobacco marketing season kicked-off amid pomp and fan fare, getting paid for their sales has become a nightmare for the majority of growers. The ZBC News encountered dejected farmers who have stayed at tobacco sales floors for about three weeks due to failure to access cash. Some farmers are trying to make as...

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Poet pens piece on digitalisation

A local poet, Obert Dube has come up with a poem entitled: ‘Sekwenzakele,’ which carries the message about the impact of digitalisation on local artists. As the digitalisation project gathers momentum, some local artists are already playing to the tune and preparing content that will be used when the national broadcaster, ZBC launches new television stations. Victoria Falls based poet, Obert Dube has come up with his new poem, in which he highlights that people should showcase their talents on the new television channels that will be brought about through the digitalisation programme. “What people need to understand is that you can make a lot of money out of this industry. In fact, we will no longer need to be sending our CVs all over because the digitalisation programme is coming with a lot of business opportunities for us,” he said. Dube is however worried that the turnout for content creation meetings by his counterparts is still far below his expectations despite the benefits of getting all issues clarified by officials in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services through face to face interaction. “I want to encourage my counterparts to come out in numbers for all these meetings. Last time they came to Lupane and we had the opportunity to interact with the Deputy Minister and the Permanent Secretary. That way you get all issues clarified from...

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Poaching cases on the increase

Cases of poaching are on the increase and calls have been made to educate people on the importance to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage. Conservation of the wildlife has over the years been beneficial to the current and future generations. Despite numerous calls for people to desist from destroying the natural habitat and wildlife, reported cases of abuse are well documented. A visit by the ZBC News crew to Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage revealed the efforts that have been put in place to conserve wildlife and educate people on its importance. Chipangali takes care of orphaned, abandoned, confiscated or injured wild...

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ZSE closes week on a higher note

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange closed trading of the week on a higher note buoyed by gains in the heavyweight counters. The industrial index added 0.56 points to settle at 140.92 points ahead of the Easter holidays with the mining index being flat at 60.11 points. Hippo Valley gained 4.80 cents to close at 44.00 cents, FBC Holdings advanced by 0.46 cents to 8.58 cents while Econet shifted up 0.25 cents to trade at 17.41 cents. Edgars was 0.20 cents stronger at 4.10 cents. CBZ Holdings was the only counter trading in the negative territory losing 0.02 cents to trade at 9.96 cents. Week on week industrial index gained 0.84 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading levels. Week on week the mining index lost 0.01 points...

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Sanganai/Hlanganani Expo back

Treasury has bailed out the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) with funds for the hosting of the country’s premier tourism exhibition, the Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo in September this year. The Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo for 2017 which had initially been suspended by the ZTA due to lack of funding is now back after the organisation received funds from Treasury. ZTA chief executive officer Mr Karikoga Kaseke told the ZBC News on Thursday (today) that the allocation of funds by Treasury this week will enable the organisation to pay all service providers owed for their services last year, as well as funding for the 2017 expo. According to figures in the 2017 national budget statement, Zimbabwe’s tourism sector achieved a seven percent growth in receipts from US$827 million in 2015 to US$886 million last year with more of the receipts being driven by the accommodation and restaurant sub-sectors. Tourism receipts have been on a growth path since 2009 with experts saying the sector could achieve more if the country was not using a much stronger currency, the US dollar, which has made local destinations more...

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Tsholotsho flood victims soon to be relocated

Flood victims based at Sipepa transit camp in Tsholotsho could soon move to their new sites once the makeshift toilets are completed. Stakeholders involved in resettling the victims want to maintain the defecation free zone status granted to Tshino and Sawudeni areas earmarked for the exercise. Tsholotsho District Administrator, Ms Gladys Zizhou said their wish can only come to fruition once the necessary makeshift infrastructure is put in place to ensure their stay is in conformity with the minimum health standards set by the government. Tsholotsho Rural District Council Engineer, Lawrence Nhandara gave an account of what each family will get at the 75 by 50 square metre piece of land allocated to each family in the new resettlement areas. Already, 277 of the 290 stands have since been cleared for construction, amid calls for the government to speed up the availing of resources for the flood victims to move out of the transit camps and start a new...

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Mysterious fire guts house in Gweru

A mysterious fire has gutted household property in Mkoba 12, Gweru after an attempt to smoke out a cape file snake known as ‘ndara’ in Shona. Narrating her ordeal, distraught Teckler Totamu said she saw the cape file snake slithering in her yard as she swept outside in the morning. When neighbours and her husband came to her rescue the serpent had bolted into a nearby banana plant prompting people to set the plant on fire in the hope of smoking out the serpent. However while they were still trying to find the snake a thick smoke was noticed...

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Experts speak on farmers payment

The advent of various banking platforms in Zimbabwe has provided an alternative basis for industry and commerce to undertake smooth transactions. However, with most people not getting used to new payment systems, the need to promote awareness of financial services, decentralisation of banking activities to rural areas and ensure low withdrawal charges have been cited as key to the economic activity of farmers. An expert, Mr Tendai Chinamasa said regulatory authorities should therefore focus on cost effective methods of transactions to enable farmers to access their funds. Another expert, Mr David Machingaidze said there is need to ensure that banking facilities are decentralised to all parts of the country, says an agriculture expert. An industrialist, Mr Cephas Mawushe said effective awareness systems on the use of alternative payment methods is also critical to facilitate smooth payment systems for the farmers. Monetary authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring smooth payment systems for farmers as well as urging them to embrace plastic money and mobile payment...

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Zim requires US$200m to relocate flood victims

The Zimbabwean government requires US$200 million to rehabilitate infrastructure and relocate flood victims to new areas with development partners having chipped in with over US$25 million worth of assistance so far. Commenting on the Sawudeni and Bhakamakuni resettlement areas in Tsholotsho which are earmarked for accommodating 290 families from Sipepa camp, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Saviour Kasukuwere says the government will start availing resources next week for construction work to begin thereby paving way for resettlement of the victims. Government is grateful to the youths who are involved in the clearance and construction work at the new sites by members of the National Youth Service on a voluntary basis, says the Minister of Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Cde Patrick Zhuwawo. Cyclone Dineo which ravaged most parts of the country’s southern region left a trail of destruction, damaging infrastructure like roads and homes which resulted in thousands being left...

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