Month: May 2017

Zanu PF Women’s League replaces Sandi Moyo, Mahoka

The Zanu PF Women’s League national executive council has announced the appointment and re-assignment of three of its members to fill vacant posts left by Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo and Cde Sarah Mahoka. The two resigned following countrywide demonstrations against indiscipline and corruption levelled against them. Announcing the appointments in Harare today, the Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration, Cde Letina Udenge, said Cde Thokozile Mathuthu has been elevated to the position of Deputy Secretary for Women Affairs, replacing Cde Sandi Moyo. Prior to her re-assignment, Cde Mathuthu was the Secretary for Information and Publicity and has been...

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7 clubs accepted into Women’s Football League

Seven clubs from the Northern Region have been accepted and will play outstanding fixtures since the Zimbabwe Women’s Football League commenced on the 6th of May beginning this weekend. Women’s football returned this year after a four year timeout with what was supposed to be a united national league bankrolled by ZIFA, although teams had been hand-picked from across the country. The introduction of a National Women’s League is a far cry from what a national league should look like without the big teams such as Black Rhinos Queens who contributed players to national women’s team, the Mighty Warriors. ZIFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa met the commanders of the women’s uniformed forces and team owners and brokered a deal to end the impasse that threatened to continue dividing the teams in the different leagues. Seven of the eight clubs from the Northern Region have been accepted and will play outstanding fixtures since the Zimbabwe Women’s Football League commenced on the 6th of May. According to a letter to clubs from Rosemary Kanonge and copied to ZIFA and board members, the clubs are now expected to pay the outstanding affiliation fees of US$400 per club and another US$100 commitment fee by 2 June to the Zimbabwe Women Football FBC...

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Another misfortune for Buhera family

Life has never been rosy for the Karombe family in Buhera Central constituency. At a time the family is still grappling to accept the fate of their first born child, Believe, who has a hearing impairment, they are still yet to come to terms with the arrival of their third born son, Kupakwashe who was born with a wound on his back and deformed legs. The Karombe family, which lives in Chiro village under Chief Nyashanu, has since sold all its possessions in an attempt to assist the child with medical services from specialists. Kupakwashe has undergone his first operation at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare but the family has since failed to raise the US$800 required for the second operation and are now pinning their hopes on ordinary Zimbabweans to come to their son’s assistance. Narrating the circumstances, Mr Malvern Karombe said life has become unbearable watching day and night helplessly as the child endures excruciating pain due to the condition known as lumbosacral mass. As if this is not enough, Mrs Karombe is also battling with cancer on her leg, but it is the state of Kupakwashe which has left her with sleepless nights. Kupakwashe is supposed to have undergone second operation in March but the family has failed to raise the required amount. For those with any form of assistance they can get in touch with Mr...

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ZTA happy with investment by tourism operators

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) says it is pleased with new investments and expansion work being done by existing tourism operators in Victoria Falls. The work is aimed at boosting operators’ capacity and meeting the envisaged surge in demand on the back of growth in tourists’ arrivals. ZTA said the increase in room occupancy from 48% to 58% during the first quarter of 2017 and the projected surge in tourist arrivals should stimulate tourism operators to boost their capacity in order to meet demand. ZTA Victoria Falls Regional Manager, who was among the guests during the launch of the upgraded Masuwe Safari Lodge, Mrs Tsikadzashe Mberi said the authority is pleased with new investments and expansion work taking place in the resort town of Victoria Falls. The resort town currently has eight hotels and 48 lodges which are operational and have combined capacity of around 3800 rooms. Tour operators and traditional leaders who graced the launch event said there are bullish of the growth prospects of the domestic tourism industry, stressing the need for the growth to be inclusive. Improved business confidence in Victoria Falls is being driven by the surge in tourist arrivals following the commissioning of the US$150 million new look Victoria Falls International Airport which has a passenger handling capacity of 1.5 million per...

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Stakeholders finalise rural energy master plan

Stakeholders in the energy sector are finalising the rural energy master plan which seeks to ensure the electrification of rural communities. The master plan has been in the pipeline since 2015 and the final draft is expected to ensure universal access to modern energy services. Briefing stakeholders in Harare, Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Board Chairperson, Mr Willard Chiwewe said it took 29 months to come up with a rural energy master plan, owing to a number of challenges. The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the finalised master plan will become the country’s national plan for provision of energy to all rural areas, hence it is important to support the government initiative for long term energy development. The rural energy master plan will work at the same time with the National Renewable Energy Policy which outlines some action plans for the development of renewable and clean energy...

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POSB makes US$2,34m profit

State owned financial institution, People’s Own Savings Bank posted US$2,34 million profit in the first quarter while approving the payment of US$2,4 million dividend to the government for last year. The profit registered by the POSB in the first quarter was revealed at the annual general meeting in the capital. The annual general meeting approved the payment of recommended dividend of 35,95 cents per share, totaling US$2,4 million to the government for the year ended 31 December 2016. The US$2,34 million profit was backed by US$119 million, while the financial institution is focusing on recovering some of the loans...

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Industry fails to attain inclusive growth

The local manufacturing sector has failed to attain the envisaged level of investment owing to lack of a proper communication strategy, obtaining utility costs and the prevailing macro-economic environment. The manufacturing industry continues to grapple with various challenges that have affected the growth of the sector as well its ability to attract foreign direct investment. While some of the challenges are related to obsolete equipment, operating environment and unavailability of cash, lack of a communication strategy has been cited as one of the major stumbling blocks. Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) President, Mr Sifelani Jabangwe said the sector faces more constraints such as power costs and delays in foreign payment. The growth of the manufacturing sector is critical for the turnaround of the economy as it creates more employment opportunities directly and indirectly. With some of these challenges, expecting the growth of the manufacturing sector will remain a...

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Hunting bookings up 30-50%

Hunting bookings are up by between 30% and 50% in Matabeleland North Province for the period between June and November this year, with the united states constituting 60% of the clients, while the remaining 40% are from Europe. The hunting season kicked off in March with some operators reporting that they recorded low business as the forests were thick due to the incessant rains, making it difficult to spot the animals during that period. Some operators however reported that the season kicked off on a high note with the number of clients up by 30% compared to the same period last year. Hunting business executive, Mrs Siphilisiwe Ngwenya confirmed that their bookings have increased with the lion and leopard bookings all taken by European clients who are interested in smaller species while american bookings focus on the big game. “We were thinking that maybe America would have dropped because of the ban on the elephants and the lion but when we tried to analyse, we realised about 60% of our elephant bookings are still from America and the other bit from Europe,” she said. Chairperson of the Gwayi Valley Intensive Conservation Area, Mr Mark Russell attributed the increase in bookings to intensive marketing which has seen Zimbabwean operators penetrate the Russian, Scandinavian and other markets in Europe over the last two years. “Also with the anticipation of the Safari...

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Calls for more representation of the disabled in govt

A representative of the disabled in senate, Senator Nyamayavo Mashavakure has called for more representation in parliament and government for people living with disability in order to give the constituents a better voice. He also advocated for an increase in the number of parliamentarians representing people living with disability from the current two to at least eight. Senator Mashavakure said while the government showed concern in passing the Disabled Persons Act, it erred in failing to appoint a director for disabled persons affairs since the passing of the law in the 1990s, save for the appointment of a board. Norton legislator, Mr Temba Mliswa said lawmakers from across the political divide should join hands and advocate with one voice for the empowerment of people living with disabilities. People living with disabilities were recently hosted in Norton where they were treated to some dancing antics which left many wanting...

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Govt blames local authorities for water borne diseases

The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri says many times Zimbabweans are exposed to water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery due to failure by local authorities to dispose of their waste water. She was addressing officials and representatives from local authorities, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, EMA and the Institute of Water during a discussion on the human waste challenge and human waste removal, held in Harare this Wednesday. The coming together of the stakeholders on water sanitation and the environment comes hot on the heels of a research which discovered that much of the human waste, which disappears along the chain, is likely to pollute the environment and adversely affect the health of the people. She said health officials, EMA, local authorities and the private sector should work together in finding solutions to the challenge of waste water which has wreaked havoc in the country with disease outbreaks like typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Also present at the gathering were representatives of a private company which has come up with a new innovation of pit latrines waste disposal. The fast population growth in urban areas and expansion of cities and towns, some of them unplanned, has partly resulted in the growing challenge of contaminated water and disease...

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