Day: May 8, 2017

American Pastor Skeete jets in

American-based international evangelist, Pastor Randy Skeete has arrived in the country for the ‘Don’t Give Up,’ evangelistic campaign that will run until the 27th of this month. On arrival at the Harare International Airport today for the North Zimbabwe Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist church, Pastor Skeete prayed for the country and its leadership to continue receiving blessings from God. The man of God said every Sunday and Wednesday will see the conference holding a mega health expo as there is no contradiction between religion and receiving medical treatment, contrary to beliefs by some churches that discourage their...

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Schools open tomorrow

The opening of the school term is usually associated with parents engaged in last minute shopping as well as preparations to ensure scholars make their way to schools. There was a hive of activity as parents saw off students, many of whom destined for boarding schools. Parents, who were giving last minute instructions to their children at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare today, said despite times being tough, they have managed to ensure their children will be in class tomorrow. The students, many of whom indicated that the holidays were a time to study seriously, said they will ensure that the sacrifice made by their parents will translate into good results. An educationist, Mr Peter Chikamhi said it is heartening that most parents are prioritising their children’s education with the prospects of the start of the new term being very positive. The second term is usually associated with examinations in June for both Advanced and Ordinary level...

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Warriors shine abroad

Zimbabwean players plying their trade abroad were in fine form over the weekend with Nyasha Mushekwi, Matthew Rusike, Khama Billiat and Knox Mutizwa on target for their teams. Billiat was on target for Mamelodi Sundowns who overcame Orlando Pirates 2-nil in the South African premiership. The slippery Sundowns man opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Yannick Zakri doubled the lead in the 49th minute. The victory saw Sundowns moving into second place with 54 points and within 3 points of log leaders, Bidvest Wits. …………………………………………………………………………………. Still in South Africa, Knox Mutizwa earned Golden Arrows a point in injury time against Kaizer Chiefs in a match that ended 1-all. ………………………………………………………………………………… In Tunisia, Matthew Rusike maintained his good goal scoring form for Club Africain after scoring in his teams’ 2-nil win over US Ben Guerdene on Sunday. ………………………………………………………………………………… In China, Nyasha Mushekwi  scored another brace which elevated Dalian Yifang to the top of the Chinese Super League log standings. The brace saw Mushekwi cap off a remarkable two weeks that have seen him scoring 4 goals in two matches. Mushekwi opened the scoring with a 4th minute strike before doubling the lead in the 68th minute. Dalian Yifang’s opponents, Shenzhen Kaisa pulled one back but Mushekwi’s team won 2-1 and shot to the summit with 19...

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Govt remodels youth games

This years’ edition of the national youth games has been rebranded and will begin from the cell level to the ward, district, provincial and eventually the national event. The sports ministry says this will enhance a robust grassroots development and ensure maximum talent identification. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said the revised strategy will ensure maximum talent identification and development of sport at the grassroots. “We have remodeled and branded the games to give more opportunities for youths participation right from cell level. From the cell level, the youth games will transcend to the ward, district, provincial and finally the national level,” he said. The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is on a drive to revive municipal sport and all the 32 urban local authorities will be engaged as part of the broader engagement strategy. The ministry is also engaging the urban local authorities with a view to encourage them to refurbish existing infrastructure and prioritise investment in new sporting facilities. Lobbying efforts are also underway to persuade local authorities to make space provision for sport and recreation facilities within the community housing development plans as part of reviving and enhancing sport and recreational development in the...

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Urban tourism to top UNWTO convention agenda

Sustainable urban tourism will be high on the agenda when members of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) meet for the 105th session of the Executive Council scheduled for Madrid, Spain on the 10th of May. The session will also elect the new UNWTO Secretary General, the post Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Dr Walter Mzembi is vying for. The UN General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and tasked the UNWTO to organise its implementation. In line with the resolution, the UNWTO and the city of Madrid will be...

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Gweru business, farming communities hailed

Zimbabwe Military Academy outgoing commandant, Colonel Steven Gwekwerere has praised business and farming communities around Gweru for the support they give to officers at the prestigious military academy. Speaking at the handover parade of the Zimbabwe Military Academy command  to incoming Colonel Arnold Gumbo, Colonel Gwekwerere expressed gratitude to the Gweru community especially the business and farming communities for their support to officers at the military academy that has resulted in many successes in training of officers. He said the cordial relations between the army and the community has yielded positive results that have been mutually beneficial to both sides. In coming commandant, Colonel Gumbo reaffirmed his commitment to creating a conducive environment at the academy for the attainment of the mission and vision of the institution. The official handover and takeover parade was witnessed by the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Chief of Staff, Major General Trust Mugoba who was representing the army...

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Employee rights under spotlight

Violation of the rights of employees to a safe working environment came under spotlight at the opening of a workshop on the role of labour inspection in promoting workplace, legal and regulatory compliance in Harare today. ARLAC Acting Director, Dr Locary Hlabanu said the four-day workshop provides rules for the peaceful conduct of collective bargaining and the creation of collective agreements. Guest speaker at the event, Ms Hopolang Phororo, who is International Labour Organisation (ILO) Office Director in Zimbabwe and Namibia, said the decision by ARLAC to conduct this workshop demonstrates the desire of the organisation to bring to the attention of competent authorities, the violations of rights that affect the employment relationship. The ILO estimates that annually, there are 2,3 million cases of work related deaths, 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work related illnesses...

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Tobacco rakes in $250m

Farmers have so realised about $250 million from tobacco sales this marketing season, a development attributed to keen interest demonstrated by both indigenous and foreign investors into tobacco production. Latest statistics by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that about 90 million kilogrammes of tobacco have so far gone under the hammer, which is 32 percent higher compared to 69 million kgs sold during the same period last year. 17.2 million kgs have been sold at auction floors, while contract sales received about 70.5 million kgs. Tobacco marketing expert, David Machingaidze attributed the upward trend in deliveries this season to the growing zeal on part of both the indigenous and foreign investors to support tobacco production. The average price at both auction floors and contract centres stands at $2,78 per kg but cash challenges continue as banks are failing to meet the withdrawal limits set by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owing to overwhelming turnout which has rocked the floors. The country is expecting to earn about $700 million from the target of 200 million kgs of the golden leaf expected this...

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VP Mnangagwa pays tribute to Min. Gumbo’s late son

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid glowing tribute to Jeremy, the son of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Dr Joram Gumbo, who died in South Africa on Tuesday last week. Several Government officials and thousands of people thronged Mpesi village in Mberengwa, the rural home of Dr Gumbo, for the burial of Jeremy. Speaking at the burial, Cde Mnangagwa said it is never easy for any parent to bury their own child but urged the Gumbo family to take solace in their son’s immense contribution not only to the family but to the nation at large. Dr...

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ZIMRA extends tax amnesty

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) says it is extending an olive branch to companies who are in arrears with their taxes to come forward and negotiate a payment plan. Addressing a media workshop which ran under the theme: ‘Taking Taxation to the People,’ in Bulawayo today, ZIMRA Acting Commissioner General, Mr Happious Kuzvinzwa said companies across the country owe the revenue authority in excess of US$2 billion, forcing the authority to issue out garnish orders to compel the companies to pay. He added that they are however aware of the challenges that various companies are facing hence the extension of the olive branch to companies. Mr Kuzvinzwa also revealed that the window period for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to register their businesses without any questions and no retrospective collection of taxes expires on the 30th of June this year. He also said that ZIMRA is committed to ensuring that the ease of doing business is achieved in the country through fiscalisation, electronic services as well as electronic cargo tracking system. ZIMRA Board Secretary and Director of Legal and Corporate Services, Ms Florence Jambwa said people should know that paying taxes is a sign of patriotism and loyalty to their country. The media workshop saw journalists being taken through topics such as domestic taxes, amplification of fiscal legislation as well as customs and excise laws....

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