Day: April 28, 2017

Zim, Namibia urged to increase trade ties

Zimbabwe and Namibia have been called on to increase trade ties in order to increase economic development. Trade between Zimbabwe and Namibia was under spotlight at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), with the board chairperson of the trade fair Ms Ruth Ncube saying it is high time most of the bilateral trade pacts are implemented. This year’s trade fair has also fulfilled its aims in increasing business activities, says Ms Ncube. In a related development several exhibitors have won different awards in recognition of the high quality of the stands and commodity displays as well as their commitment to portray Zimbabwe as a safe, viable and favourable business...

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President Geingob praises President Mugabe’s industrial policy

The Namibian president Dr Hage Geingob, praised President Robert Mugabe for spearheading the adoption of the industrial trade policy during his tenure as SADC chairman. “Namibia is making efforts to eradicate barriers in conducting business. Furthermore we have also adopted plans on the ease of doing business to make it simple for investors to open businesses in our country,” added Dr Geingob. Dr Geingob said this while officially opening the 58th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) currently underway in Bulawayo. He said the good rains in the entire SADC region are going to improve economies adding...

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Photographs, a moment where time stands still

An English idiom, a picture is worth a thousand words aptly captures the power of imagery as highlighted by this story which takes us through a journey back into time through photography images. For many people photographs are a moment where time stands still, packed with emotion and evoke yesteryear memories. There are moments too that need to be carefully preserved as they serve to remind many of the days gone by. For some the experiences of growing up in the rural areas, first job, wedding day, how they made their fortune and struggled through thick and thin becomes part of many people’s life existence captured through photography. As one actor puts it life is not about the amount of breath you take but the moments that take your breath away. There are others too that seem to have taken a drink from the proverbial fountain of youth. From the time that they were in their teens and into adulthood, the clock seems to have certainly stood still for...

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Ndudzo hosts solo exhibition

A solo exhibition of wood sculptures by the Botswana based Zimbabwean artist Shepherd Ndudzo exploring the concept of home titled “Ndafunga Dande” has been opened at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Ndudzo’s works interrogates diaspora narratives and questions the idea of being away from home. The exhibition by Ndudzo explore issues such as distant love, immigration, women and worshipping among other issues affecting people in diaspora. It seeks to inspire Zimbabweans living out of the country to value their home countries. The exhibition is inspired by Ndudzo’s personal experiences especially when he listens to music by Oliver Mtukudzi among other local musicians. Author Dr Sekai Nzenza who was guest of honour during official opening of the exhibition commended Ndudzo for his works that touch on important aspects in life such as immigration while also urging Zimbabweans in diaspora to celebrate being Zimbabwean. Some of Ndudzo’s works have been exhibited in Korea, China, South Africa and Botswana. There are very few wood sculptors in the country and Ndudzo brings a new dimension to this exhibition at a time when young artists are ignoring this form of...

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Soil requirements research key to boosting yields

Constant research on soil fertility improvement has a great bearing on yields output in the sugar cane industry and growers must invest more in research to maximise benefits. This was said by Retired Major Faster Gono during a site visit to his farm in Chiredzi by members of the Zimbabwe Staff College. Zimbabwe processes an average of 4.7 million tonnes of sugar cane every year and the sugar cane industry employs thousands of people in the lowveld. The sector has the capacity to further improve yields, if  farmers invest in research on soil improvement and adopt best farming practices. A sugar cane grower Retired Major Gono who hosted the members of the Zimbabwe Staff College at his farm says the key to ensuring good yields in the sugar cane industry is to employ a more professional approach and invest in improving the soils. “This season my yields increased so much after i used manure. Each year am improving my yields due to constant research,” he said. The members of the Staff College were taken through the operations of the sugar cane industry by Mr Farai Msikavanhu. He also pointed out the challenges affecting the sector highlighting the need for another milling plant to increase competition. “There is an anomaly in the Zimbabwe sugar cane industry. Tongaat Hulett who also farm sugar cane are the sole owners of a sugar...

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Mono Mukundu launches book

One of the country’s finest guitarists, music producer and musician Mono Mukundu has launched his book titled, “Following the Melody” that traces his journey in the music industry. The book, “Following the Melody” that was edited by Philip Kundeni Chidavaenzi and Samba Mudokwami is about my personal experiences in the music industry and give insights on how upcoming musicians should handle their carriers for the better says Clive Mono Mukundu who is both the subject and author of the book. Mukundu who is well known for his exploits in the music industry as an outstanding guitarist, music producer and musician says he is broadening his carrier by venturing into book writing and his fans should expect many more books from him in future. He says the book reveal the struggles, abuses, weakness, frustrations, challenges and the agonies he encountered in his journey in the music industry with the vices being turned into virtues. Guest of honour during the official launch of the book, Mr Elvas Mari who is the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director says the move by Momo Mukundu to diversify is the way to go for artists in order to expose their talents in full as well as growing their revenue generation base. The book launch was spiced up with music as Mono Mukundu entertained hundreds of people who thronged the Zimbabwe College of Music in...

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Farmers to get cattle loans

The Cold Storage Company (CSC) in partnership with a local fuel company is embarking on a restocking and recapitalisation programme which will see farmers get loans in the form of heifers. Speaking at one of the cattle distribution programmes, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Cde Paddy Zhanda said the joint venture will go a long way towards sustainable development and empowering the people while also increasing national beef exports. One of the beneficiaries, Mandla Dube who received 13 calves told the ZBC News that this venture will boot his livestock rearing project. In a bid to boost the national herd and revive beef exports which used to contribute to the national economy, government has also targeted support for small scale...

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Command agric brand launched

The government says the ultimate aim of the command agriculture programme is to ensure that the country is able to produce its own raw materials for use in the industries. Speaking at the command agriculture brand activation launch at the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, the deputy chief secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Mr Justin Mupamhanga who spoke on behalf of the Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said government is targeting all the agricultural sectors to be under command agriculture as an impetus to reviving the local industry. He said the programme which was launched last year has been a major success under maize crop production but has also had its own flaws which will be rectified in the next farming season. A chief executive officer with a local fuel company Mr Kudakwashe Tagwirei noted the business community will continue to support government in its endeavour to ensure food security in the country. Command agriculture is implemented under the guidance of the cabinet committee on food and security and nutrition and has a target of 2 million metric tonnes of maize against a requirement of 1.5 million metric tonnes of grain to feed the...

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New cancer centre opens in Harare

Concern has been raised over an increase on new cancer cases every year while the cost of treating cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Witnessing the official opening of a new cancer centre in Harare, cancer survivors Derek Futon and Tandiwe Jambaya applauded the relief initiative urging those battling with the disease to adopt a positive mindset if they are to beat it. The two also noted the cost of treatment for cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa noted government will continue to make efforts to ensure cancer treatment is affordable. Oncocare Cancer Clinic chief executive officer Mr Ben Deda said over the past 20 years the HIV fight has dominated the efforts of government and stakeholders overriding the increasing prevalence of non communicable diseases such as cancer. He said 60 percent of cancer cases occur in HIV positive people hence the need to fight both cancer and HIV. The cancer treatment centre in Harare offers chemotherapy, radiotherapy and palliative care among other services and will compliment government efforts towards fighting the scourge. In Zimbabwe since 2009 cancer cases doubled from 3519 to 7018, in 2014 and in 2015 an estimated 5000 new cases were...

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Zim, Namibia First Ladies tour ZITF stands

The First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and visiting Namibian First Lady Mrs Monica Geingos toured various stands at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) currently underway in Bulawayo. The First Ladies first port of call was Cairns Foods, a food manufacturing company whose capacity utilisation now stands at 55 percent. The company is engaging contract farmers to produce their raw materials which comprise mainly maize, sugar beans and other inputs used in manufacturing by the company. At present there are over 2000 farmers contracted and the company is looking at increasing them to 3000. The next port of call...

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