Day: April 25, 2017

Midlands to host Children Against Child Abuse festival

The issue of crafting strategies and implementing existing policies aimed at reducing child sexual exploitation will take centre stage at the Children Against Child Abuse festival to be held this week in the Midlands district of Silobela. Stakeholders will converge in Silobela with a call to implement existing policies in reducing the increasing cases of child sexual exploitation. One of the organisers of the event Nobesuthu Mgutshini said the festival seeks to raise awareness as well as provide solutions to child sexual exploitation. Zimbabwe is a signatory to various regional and international conventions that seek to protect the rights of children. Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court last year outlawed child marriages by ruling that no child in Zimbabwe should marry before attaining the age of 16 in a bid to protect the rights of...

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Zim-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission ends

The meeting of officials of the Zimbabwe-Namibia  8th Joint Permanent Commission which began in Harare yesterday and ended today with officials from both sides coming up with a draught on the areas of further cooperation and strengthening bilateral ties between the two sisterly nations. The conclusion of the meeting of officials paves way for the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of Zimbabwe and Namibia tomorrow. The ministers are expected to further deliberate on the issues and areas of further cooperation and endorse the document. The Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting is expected to culminate in the signing of agreements in the agreed areas. Zimbabwe and Namibia are close cooperating partners in the areas of energy, health, manpower development and exchange as well as in trade. They share common views and membership in various developing countries organisations and groupings including SADC, the African Union and the G77. The officials meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Joey Bimha and Ambassador Utawunashe on the Zimbabwean side and Ambassador Lineekela Mboti on the Namibian...

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Forge strategic alliances for economic growth: ZNCC

Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) says local firms must capitalise on the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) to forge strategic alliances as of attracting fresh capital. The call by the ZNCC follows the hosting of this year’s ZITF which continues to attract foreign exhibitors. In an interview with ZBC News in Harare, ZNCC president Mr Davison Norupiri said with the milestones achieved by government regarding the ease of doing business, more international companies are willing to invest hence the need to capitalise on the event to forge strategic partnership. This year’s trade fair has attracted at least 326 exhibitors with 21 international exhibitors from 14 countries. Most of the international companies are covering the agriculture, automotive, clothing and textiles as well as energy sector. The event is running under the theme, “Harnessing Linkages for Industrial...

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Chimanimani RDC rolls out 1500 stands

The Chimanimani Rural District Council (RDC) has rolled out 1500 residential stands in a bid to reduce the housing backlog and contribute to the national housing delivery programme. In its bid to play a significant role in the national housing delivery programme, the Chimanimani RDC has started rolling out residential stands. In an interview with ZBC News the chief executive officer for the Chimanimani RDC Mr Nehemia Deure said the local authority is implementing the infrastructure and utilities cluster under ZIM ASSET. Chimanimani district Engineer Felix Chibanda said a lot of progress has been registered and the housing stands development programme will be completed. Meanwhile, Manicaland Province projects surpassing its 21 800 housing units allocated under the national housing delivery programme. Under the ZIM ASSET national programme the country hopes to deliver 125 000 housing units or fully serviced stands by year...

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NECF business symposium kicks off tomorrow

Over 500 delegates are expected to grace the 11th edition of the annual National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) business symposium which will focus on harnessing linkages for industrialisation. Government officials, co-operating partners, research institutions, civic society and labour officials are expected to attend the annual business gathering to be held tomorrow on the sidelines of the on-going 58th edition of the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). NECF chief economist Mr Goodwin Murewa is upbeat the gathering will see the development of clear strategies aimed at strengthening the key enablers such as energy, water and infrastructure in promoting industrialisation and sustainable growth. Among other things the symposium will focus on critical sectors such as agriculture, construction and infrastructure development, education, professional and entrepreneurial development, information, communication technologies, manufacturing, mining and tourism. The business conference also seeks to rally all state and non state actors in developing strong partnerships towards the realisation of Southern African Development Community and African Union industrialisation...

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Teachers demand alignment of Acts

Teachers have demanded the realignment of the Education Act and the Public Service Act to the new Constitution as this is crucial to ensure rights pertaining to their welfare and conditions of service are honoured at the Joint Negotiating Forum. Discussing issues of the new curriculum, conditions of service and collective bargaining at the ongoing Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association National Conference, the teachers said it should be an urgent matter to re-align the two laws to the new constitution. Renowned educationist Professor Chester Nziramasanga has also challenged the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as it implements the new curriculum to ensure information demanded by the public is adequately availed. Professor Nziramasanga says as the new curriculum is being implemented , the ministry needs to clarify on issues such as subjects being taught inconsistently and how mass displays a component of physical education has come to be defined as a stand-alone subject among other issues. The main issues under the spotlight at the 36th ZIMTA Annual National Conference include curriculum reforms and implementation, salaries and conditions of service and collective bargaining in...

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World Malaria Day to be commemorated later

Today the 25th of April is World Malaria Day and countries have marked the day by highlighting the commendable strides that have been made across the SADC region towards eliminating malaria, with the theme ‘End Malaria for Good’. National malaria co-ordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Joseph Mberikunashe said provinces will commemorate World Malaria Day in their localities and on convenient dates. He said on Thursday the 27th of this month, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa and his Zambian counterpart   are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on cross border malaria initiatives at a ceremony to be held in Victoria Falls. This is in line with the SADC region’s commitment to improving the health of its population. Articles 9 and 11 of the SADC protocol on health (Maputo, August 1999) call upon member states to harmonise and standardise policies pertaining to malaria control for efficient use of resources, and harmonisation of goals and interventions for the effective control of malaria. Malaria remains endemic in 91 countries around the world including Zimbabwe but the figures of people who are succumbing to the disease are decreasing. However the continuous rains and flooding experienced in the region this rainy season has worsened mosquito breeding sites resulting in an increase in the number of malaria cases recorded last...

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Miners commend govt policy

Government has been commended for providing Zimbabweans with the opportunity to participate in the mining sector and contribute to the economic development of the country. When the Mines and Minerals Act was crafted in the 1960’s it was meant to serve the interests of the white colonial minority and sideline indigenous people from participating in the key economic activities. However, government ‘s indigenisation policies have seen a majority of Zimbabweans benefiting from the country ‘s natural resources including its vast mineral wealth. Like many others who entered the capital intensive sector with little financial resources Mr Trinos Nkomo of West Nicholson said he had many challenges before he became a miner. To date he has contributed 30 kgs to the Fidelity Printers and Refiners. Last year he made major infrastructure investments and is now employing over 60 workers. Small scale miners attributed their success stories to the enabling environment created by the government for the participation of Zimbabweans in key economic sectors. Small scale mining is a major source of employment and income for thousands of households in Matabeleland South Province as there are no manufacturing...

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Mash Central seized with roads infrastructure rehab

Road authorities in Mashonaland Central are currently seized with the rehabilitation of road infrastructure damaged due to the heavy rains experienced this season. The heavy rains experienced this season across the country left a trail of destruction on road infrastructure in most parts of Mashonaland Central Province. The department of roads, District Development Fund (DDF) and Rural District Councils together with the country’s three road authorities are now seized with repairing the damaged road infrastructure. DDF provincial coordinator in Mashonaland Central Mr Kenny Mutombo says they have a road network of 2 400 km in the province and of this work is already underway to repair 1 513 km and 208 structures  damaged. In Rushinga, the local authority has started rehabilitating the district’s entire 360 km road network while in Mt Darwin, the DDF has already completed the construction Mupamhadze bridge. Villagers in Rushinga commended the local authority for its efforts in rehabilitating the roads. In Mashonaland Central Province most of the roads infrastructure damaged by the incessant rains are in the district along the Zambezi Valley namely Muzarabani, Mbire and part of Mt...

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Yadah FC maintain 100% record

Yadah FC have a spring in their step after a win over Ngezi Platinum saw the new comers maintaining an unbeaten run in their debut premier soccer league (PSL) season. It has been a dream start for Yadah FC who are hoping to maintain the positive momentum when they clash against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium this Wednesday before facing Harare giants Dynamos on Sunday. Proclaiming himself as a technical director appointed by the heavens Yadah FC founder Prophet Walter Magaya could be seen challenging players to perfect the art of precision by leading the way in precisely aiming for the crossbar at one of the training sessions conducted by the topflight team. The PSL debutants who are second on the log after winning 2 and drawing 2 next clash against Chapungu tomorrow before playing Dynamos on Sunday. When asked about facing Harare giants Dynamos, Magaya said fans can only wait for events to unfold. PSL action resumes tomorrow with Harare City hosting Bulawayo City at the National Sports Stadium. Caps United travel to Mhondoro for a date against Ngezi Platinum while ZPC Kariba will host Shabanie Mine at Nyamhunga. Tsholotsho face off with Highlanders at Dulivhadzimu as FC Platinum entertain Triangle. Bantu Rovers host Hwange in Wednesday’s other encounter. On Thursday, Dynamos will be looking to build on their first win of the season when they face off with...

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