Day: April 22, 2017

Zim Open golf tourney reaches final round

Tevor Fisher Jnr slumped to a one-over 73 during the third day on Saturday (today) to end the day on 13 under total 203 going into the final round tomorrow but Scot Doug McGuigan’s record 63 narrowed Fisher’s lead. McGuigan hit a course-record equalling nine-under-par 63 in the 2017 Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club to move up to second on 11 under total 205 just two shots off Fisher Jnr  going into the final day of the Zimbabwe Open with 1.8 million rand prize money. Overnight leader Fisher Jnr battled from the start after a bogey on the first, followed by a run of pars until the 10th hole where he made a second bogey. He got one stroke back on 11, but dropped again on 13, before making a 25-footer on the par-three 15th for birdie. McGuigan has all the momentum after his third-round course-record equalling nine-under-par 63. He made 10 birdies and a bogey and he climbed to 11-under-part two shots off the lead of Fisher Jnr, who had a 63 of his own in the second round, but slumped to a one-over 73 in the third. Jaco Ahlers carded a four-under-par 68 to move into third place three shot off Fisher’s pace, while Toby Tree and Andrew Curlewis were one shot further back in fourth. Fisher Jnr equalled the Royal Harare Golf Club course...

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NRZ to seek private partnerships

The cabinet has given the nod for the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to look for private partnership in its recapitalisation drive in a move that could see the ailing parastatal turning around its fortunes for better. The move has given the ailing NRZ a fresh impetus. Addressing journalists in Bulawayo, NRZ board chairman Mr Larry Mavhima says they will soon open bids for interested partners as his company seeks US$400 million to get back to full capacity utilisation. Mr Mavhima says the company has since received interests from 20 companies with more expected to come on board once the bids become official. On the US$92 million debt the company owes its employees in salaries, Mr Mavhima says the company is willing to pay its workers, but this will have to wait until the parastatal gets back to operate on full throttle. NRZ is also looking at creating new routes in future with inside information indicating that the human resources committee is working round the clock to rationalise the company’s workforce by laying off around 2000 non essential staff as part of its turnaround...

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Cde Mlala takes a swipe at Mutsvangwa

A war veterans leader Cde George Mlala has taken a swipe at the Christopher Mutsvangwa led war veterans grouping accusing them of being disrespectful to the Zanu PF party leadership in pursuing their ambitious agenda. Addressing scores of war veterans at Davis Hall which is the Zanu PF party’s Bulawayo provincial office, Cde Mlala said the Mutsvangwa led war veterans have gone rogue after some of them have been quoted in some sections of the media attacking President Robert Mugabe. Cde Mlala said the constant reference to the Mgagao Declaration as the place which gave President Mugabe the power to rule the country is misplaced saying the President’s mandate emanates from the people who have been voting him into power consistently since 1980. On the war veterans welfare, Cde Mlala said it is no secret that the former combatants are living in abject poverty but insisted that there are proper ways to take their grievances to the party instead of being confrontational. The war veterans leader urged former freedom fighters to actively participate in the Zanu PF structures if they want to have influential positions in the revolutionary...

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Respect the code of conduct, observers told

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has reminded political parties and observers that direct interaction with bidders during the tendering process is not permissible under the current code of conduct. This follows mounting pressure from some political parties and observers who have accused the commission of not affording them the chance to interact with the bidders. ZEC says in line with its mandate to ensure transparency and professionalism in the electoral process it will continue to uphold the provisions of the code of conduct which among other things does not allow for the observers to interact directly with bidders, assessors and evaluators. ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has reminded observers and political parties that direct interaction with bidders is only confined to the technical team that has been trained to carry out such a task. Meanwhile, the commission says biometric voter registration (BVR) kits are undergoing laboratory tests ahead of the field tests scheduled for Monday. The BVR kits site validation tests which are part of the tendering process commenced on the 20th of April with two bidders involved namely dermalog identification systems from Germany and Laxton Group Limited from China. The field tests will be conducted at Mabvuku High School on Monday the 24th of this month and at Murape Secondary School in Seke the following...

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ZBC to launch national languages bulletin

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) will this Sunday (tomorrow) launch the national languages bulletins to meet government`s requirements that seeks to promote all the 16 national languages in the country. The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Chris Mushohwe revealed this during a content creators meeting held in Binga, saying this is part of the digitalisation programme which will incorporate content in all national languages. Dr Mushohwe extended an invitation to all the 17 chiefs in the district and explained that the content creators need to produce content in their own languages to reverse the misconception that...

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Critical skills development key in industrialisation

Information and communication technology (ICT) is said to be key in the industrialisation of African economies. This comes as the continent is also in deficit of critical skills in the agricultural and engineering sectors. According to statistics by the African capacity building foundation, Africa has a deficit of 4.3 million engineers and 1.6 million agricultural scientists to develop these sectors. African Capacity Building Foundation director learning, Dr Thomas Munthali says there is urgent need to channel resources towards capacitating the critical skills sector if the continent is to make meaningful development. It has been established that de-industrialisation is taking place in most African governments and statistics indicate that in 1990 the manufacturing industry constituted 15 percent of the economy while only 10 percent was recorded in 2010. Experts believe governments must work together with think tanks and embrace recommended practises to increase capacity of the manufacturing sector and also create...

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Cde Chivamba laid to rest

The late Zanu PF Midlands Province deputy chairperson Cde Kizito Chivamba has been laid to rest at the Gweru provincial shrine were relatives and friends described him as a cadre who remained loyal, focused and unwavering to the national cause. Thousands of people from all walks of life  thronged Gweru provincial shrine to bid farewell to their hero Cde Chivamba who died at Gweru Provincial Hospital on Tuesday morning after a short illness. The funeral of the late Cde Chivamba started early in the morning with a church service at Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Mutendi in Windsor Park Gweru. After the church service, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa led the body viewing procession with ministers, government officials and relatives following behind. The body was later taken to its final resting place at the Gweru provincial heroes acre. Addressing mourners, Vice President Mnangagwa said many were still struggling to come to terms with the death of Cde Chivamba. He lamented the death of Cde Chivamba saying the province and the nation had been robbed of one of those selfless and dedicated party cadres who stood firm in safeguarding the gains of the liberation struggle even when others were betraying the party. Relatives and friends said they lost a unifying force who was always ready to assist others while those he worked with in Zanu PF said they had lost a loyal,...

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Traffic box junction awareness campaign held

The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have embarked on a programme to educate motorists on the traffic box junction. The upgraded highway code brought in the box junction which is used to control the flow of traffic on busy intersections. The TSCZ has partnered with the ZRP to educate motorists on the functions of the box junction and its effectiveness in controlling traffic. TSCZ spokesperson Mr Enerst Muchena says motorists must not enter the box junction if there are cars already in the box despite the robots indicating green. The...

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Effects of company closures, a cause for concern

The effects of company closures in Zimbabwe might have been explored and explained in depth, but there is a section of society whose story is yet to be grasped by most Zimbabweans. The progress recorded in the empowerment of the girl child is now at risk of being wiped away due to these company closures. There is no visible difference between Anna Muza of Gweru’s Mkoba 15 and other Zimbabwean girls of her age, but she has a story to tell. Miss Muza is a holder of an Accounting Honours Degree from the Midlands State University but is unemployed. Going to school and university, she had dreams. Even when her father lost his job in 2008, she never stopped the wait for a brighter day. Yet Muza’s dreams appear to be slowly fading, or is it just a temporary jolt? While attending university, she had hopes that once she completes her degree, she will get a job and help her fellow siblings go to school since their father had lost his job. Sadly, she is yet to fulfill the dream. Muza’s younger sister Amanda is a heartbroken girl, after passing her ordinary level with flying colours, she is yet to collect her advanced level results as she owes the school US$700 in fees arrears. Amanda could be heartbroken, but she is not crushed and she still believes she will...

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Genesis Entrepreneurship Training Trust launched

The upholding of ethics and discipline by upcoming entrepreneurs has been cited as key in developing economies. This came out at the launch of Genesis Entrepreneurship Training Trust in Harare. Upcoming entrepreneurs face similar challenges which are to do with record keeping, discipline and failure to follow basic principles of business. It is against this background that Dr Jessica Hamadziripi came up with a trust to empower youths by training them on how to run their own businesses. Mines and Mining Development permanent secretary Professor Francis Gudyanga who was guest of honour at the launch say the mining sector remains a critical quarter that requires skills development. He said unethical practises have threatened the potential of small scale miners. Meanwhile, some youths say they have been transformed from being street vendors to employers through the free training programme offered by the organisation. Statistics indicate that youths and children constitutes about 77 percent of the Zimbabwean population and such initiations are expected to increase employment opportunities as well as empowering the...

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