Day: May 3, 2017

Chiyangwa speaks on donation

ZIFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa says his donation of football kits to the uniformed forces and women football clubs is not a political gimmick but a grassroot development programme with assistance from the world football governing body, FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Chiyangwa said the programme is part of a football grassroot development programme he intends to take countrywide following years of bad leadership which saw Zimbabwe lose out development assistance from FIFA and CAF. In an interview with the ZBC News, after donating an assortment of football kit that included footballs, shinpads, goalkeepers’ gloves and boots...

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Govt engages local authorities over recreation facilities

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane has started engaging 32 urban local authorities lobbying them to provide space for sport and recreation facilities within the community housing development plan. Minister Hlongwane met various representatives of local authorities, sport associations and government officials in Mutare, engaging all the 32 urban local authorities with a view to revive sport development and increase investment in sport and recreation facilities. The Minister expressed concern over the state of the sport and recreation infrastructure in most urban local authorities, amid indications that some local authorities have converted the once sport and recreation areas into housing stands. The Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene said revival of sport and recreation facilities will help to tap the sleeping sporting talent which has not been fully developed. Mutare Town Clerk, Mr Joshua Maligwa said the local authority is in full support of the government initiative, adding that a wellness policy is now at an advanced stage of development. Minister Hlongwane and his delegation toured several sport and recreation facilities, the main bath in Mutare, Chikanga Sport Complex and Mutare Sports Club to get a better appreciation of the state of sport and recreation...

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ZIMPLATS sets target after US$30m investment

The nation’s biggest platinum producer, ZIMPLATS is targeting full capacity at its redeveloped underground mine by April next year following the injection of more than US$30 million. The collapse of the platinum mining unit, Bimha Mine in 2014 created challenges in terms of sustaining production, with revenues for the platinum mining giant being adversely affected. However, as a result of the company’s board of directors resolutions to inject fresh capital, the mine is being redeveloped. A ZIMPLATS production report for the quarter ending March 2017, states that the mine  is now targeting full scale operations by April 2018. The collapsed unit accounted for more than 41 percent of the four mines owned and controlled by ZIMPLATS. A total of US$32 million has so far been spent on the re-development of the project against an approved budget of US$92 million. Furthermore, in line with the thrust on beneficiation in the economic blue print, ZIMASSET, work on the base metal refinery at the Selous Metallurgical Complex is in...

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Milk production up 27% in Midlands

The government’s dairy revitalisation programme is yielding positive results in the Midlands Province with statistics showing a 27% increase in milk production. The dairy revitalisation programme was introduced through a private public partnership initiative. The programme saw 24 small scale and four commercial farmers benefitting from 65 heifers that were purchased by government from South Africa. Midlands Provincial Head for Livestock Production and Development and Chairman of Zimbabwe Dairy Farmers Association, Edward Warambwa expressed satisfaction with the current levels of milk production, adding that the revitalisation programme must be guarded to achieve maximum production. The initiative is meant to...

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Ex-workers demonstrate at Morondera Council offices

Business came to a standstill at Marondera Town Council offices today after scores of disgruntled retrenched workers camped outside the offices demanding their outstanding retrenchment packages. Police details were seen milling around monitoring the situation as more than 60 former workers, who were retrenched in January last year, peacefully demonstrated by camping outside the offices. Workers representative, Mr Taurai Gumbodete and one retrenched worker, Clinton Gami accused the council of having bungled the retrenchment exercise and failing to honour their promises. Marondera Mayor, Councilor Anthony Makwindi referred all questions to the Town Clerk, Josiah Musuwo before he left his...

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Retired CJ Chidyausiku dies

Retired Chief Justice of Zimbabwe, Godfrey Chidyausiku has died. He was 70. Family Spokesperson, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku confirmed that his brother died today in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was receiving treatment. He said Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku was suffering from kidney and liver complications, adding that arrangements are being made to repatriate his body for burial back home. Mourners are gathered at number 16855, Runlay Road – off Orange Groove, Highlands, Harare. Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku, who had reached his constitutional retirement age, retired at the end of February this year after serving as Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice for...

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Meet international standards, local producers urged

Local players have been urged to produce goods that can be traded on regional and continental markets for the country to fully participate in the global arena. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, who is attending the World Economic Forum on Africa said exports had the potential to aid economic growth. Minister Chinamasa said the forum would give Zimbabwe a platform to understand opportunities it can exploit to promote regional and continental participation. “The government would prioritise sectors that promote economic growth. We have been giving incentives to the agriculture sector which is the backbone...

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Time to correct Zim’s badly portrayed image: Dr Mpofu

Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister, Dr Obert Mpofu says the Zimbabwean delegation at the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa has a role to correct the negative perception being painted by detractors against the country that it has a collapsed economy. In an interview with the ZBC News in Durban, Dr Mpofu said it is wrong for the detractors to put Zimbabwe in the same category with countries that are in the highly indebted poor countries category (HIPPC), as Zimbabwe has abundant natural resources and minerals to sustain its economy. He said the world should know that Zimbabwe,...

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President Mugabe voice of economic diplomacy: Mumbengegwi

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says President Robert Mugabe has become the leading voice of economic diplomacy. Speaking to Zimbabwean journalists on the sidelines of the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban this Wednesday afternoon,  Cde Mumbengegwi said while political diplomacy dominated deliberations at several regional at international platforms , Cde Mugabe has become a leading voice in championing economic diplomacy. This is demonstrated by his role in the promulgation of ZIM ASSET back home and the fact that the SADC Industriliasation Roadmap and Strategy were formulated and  adopted in Zimbabwe during his chairmanship...

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Mat South dedicates 2000ha to wheat farming

More than 2000 hectares of land will be put under the wheat crop in Matabeleland South province after 31 farmers expressed interest to participate in the Command Wheat Programme. In an interview with the ZBC News, Matabeleland South provincial Agritex officer Mr Masawuso Mawocha said the success of government’s Command Agriculture programme has seen more farmers in the region offering land for Command Wheat. While 1 648 hectares was planted under Command Maize, more than  2000 hectares will be dedicated to wheat farming. The province has to date received 2000 tonnes of double D fertiliser, 517 tonnes of lime,...

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