Day: May 19, 2017

Dry weekend for Harare

The City of Harare would like to notify all Harare residents of the scheduled shutdown of Warren Control from this evening Friday the 19th of May 2017 at 22:00 hours to Sunday the 21st of May 2017. This is to allow repairs to the main feeders from this station to the city’s reservoirs. In a statement to the ZBC News, City of Harare spokesperson, Mr Desmond Chideme said Motton Jaffray will be shutdown on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 (tomorrow) only to allow repairs to the pumping plant to Lochnivar. The western suburbs except Kuwadzana Extension and Dzivarasekwa will have minimum disruptions on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 while the rest of the city will be cut off from tonight Friday the 19th of May 2017 at 22:00 hours to Sunday the 21st of May 2017 afternoon. Mr Chideme said any inconveniences caused are sincerely...

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Former Harare Town Clerk Mahachi up for US$31 million fraud

Former Harare Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi,  Harare City Council waste  water manger, Simon Muserere, former director of Public Works, Christopher Zvobgo appeared before Harare Magistrate, Ms Barbara Chimbodza answering charges of US$31 million fraud. The trio was admitted to US$300 bail. Acting Town Clerk for the Harare City Council, Mrs Josephine Ncube is the complainant in the matter and according to the state prosecutor, Sebastian Mutizirwa sometime in 2010 the City embarked on a sewerage rehabilitation project at Firle and Crowborough sewage works spearheaded by Muserere and Zvobgo. Mahachi was the overall in charge as the Town Clerk and accounting officer while one Misheck Mubvumbi who is at large was to ensure the availability of the funds for the rehabilitation projects. In the first count it is alleged that the accused persons by-passed the council’s tender procedures and smuggled in an unregistered company and awarded the contract for rehabilitation of Firle sewage works to Energy Resources Africa (ERAC) to the tune of US$13 million. The accused are further said to have came up with an un priced bill of quantities for the rehabilitation works and corruptly neglected to request the bidders to submit CR14  forms, certificate of incorporation, tax clearance certificates and audited  financial statements. They are alleged to have then handpicked companies with no capacity to do the work and in a bid to cover up for the...

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All set for 3rd edition of HIT’s golf tourney

The third edition of the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Scholarship Fund golf tournament aimed at developing, promoting and recognising outstanding student research and development activities, as well as commercialising intellectual property outputs roared into life on Friday at Chapman Golf Club with 20 teams participating. The tournament format was a four ball-better ball alliance and participants were drawn from the institute’s stakeholders, senior management and staff. Funds generated through the golf tournament are also used to fund intelligent but financially challenged students, capstone design projects with the potential for commercialisation as well as procuring equipment for workshops and laboratories. HIT director of communications and international relations, Tinashe Mutema expressed appreciation to stakeholders for promoting HIT in its quest to become the centre of excellence in innovation and technopreneurship. The initiative is a call to action to all HIT’s valued stakeholders and an endeavor to build the Harare Institute of Technology into a world-class institution. The institute is facing a number of challenges that include limited capacity utilisation in laboratories and workshops due to lack of adequate equipment, financial hardships experienced by students, challenges in up-scaling commercialisable research projects and construction of recreational facilities for students. To date, more than US$25 000 has been raised through the tournament, and these funds have been used principally to fund tuition fees for exceptional but disadvantaged students, and...

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Zim targets US$3bn revenue from mining sector

Zimbabwe is targeting US$3 billion in revenue from the mining sector in 2017 with chrome expected to register strong growth of US$500 million in earnings. Revenue from the domestic mining sector is anticipated to surge from the US$2 billion realised in 2016 to at least US$3 billion by year end. This emerged at the ongoing 78th Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines annual general meeting being held in Victoria Falls. Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Walter Chidhakwa says the first quarter performance by the sector has been encouraging and is bullish of increased contribution to Treasury. First quarter minerals shipments amounted to US$547 million up from US$444 million realised during the same period last year. Chrome sub sector is set to generate US$500 million in revenue spurred by a rebound in the price of the commodity. Deputy Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr Win Mlambo says the mining sector’s performance is commendable and is positive the industry will play a critical role in the attainment of the 3.7 percent gross domestic product forecast for 2017. Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines immediate past president, Mr Toyendepi Muganyi told the gathering that the prospects for the sector are brighter but stressed the need for maximising linkages and creation of an enabling environment for the full recovery of the domestic mining sector which is projected to grow by 5.1 percent this year. The mining...

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NRZ houses face serious water shortages in Hwange

Water shortages in houses owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) in Hwange are getting worse by day with residents now have to be in the queues as early as 3am. For the past 10 years, the residents of NRZ houses in Hwange have never known what it feels like to have a shower. The only method of flushing toilets they have known is using a bucket and having running water in their houses has been a dream that many feel will never come true. As early as 3am, the residents turn a blind eye to the risk of being mugged while walking a few kilometres to fetch water. By 7am the streets are a hive of activity as residents take their final trips to the water points where water supply ceases after 8 o’clock in the morning. Babies have to bear the cold spell in the early hours of the day as their mothers cannot leave them home alone. This is the life the residents are subjected to, even though the water source, Zambezi river is only 45 kilometres away from the mining town. NRZ public relations manager, Mr Nyasha Maravanyika confirmed that their residential houses are facing water shortages adding the area relies on Hwange Colliery which switches off water supplies at certain times. He added that NRZ will engage the Colliery and ZINWA to find...

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NetOne ‘Basa Sebasa’ initiative rolls out 20k jobs

State owned mobile telecommunications firm, NetOne has started employing 20 000 young people under the ‘Basa Sebasa’ initiative as part of its expansion project. The NetOne expansion project financed by a US$218 million China Eximbank facility has culminated in the roll out of 20 000 new employment opportunities. The first batch of 2000 young employees began work in Harare this Friday (today). NetOne chief executive officer, Mr Brian Mutandiro took time out to interact with the brand ambassadors and customers highlighting the operator wants to ensure all Zimbabweans can communicate at affordable rates. Consumers took time to give feedback to the mobile services provider particularly the one fusion package. Under the ‘Basa Sebasa’ initiative, 2000 jobs will be created in each of the country’s ten provinces as NetOne moves to increase its market share and fulfill the ZIM ASSET...

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Police nab tobacco thieves

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has nabbed two suspects in Harare’s Hopley area who were allegedly tracking trucks ferrying tobacco on the highways and stealing tobacco bales. The police are in the process of investigating and appealing to the public to provide any information which may lead to the arrest of more...

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Churches call for peaceful environment during 2018 elections

Churches have been challenged to preach and promote peaceful environment ahead of 2018 elections. This was said by the visiting members of the World Council of Churches who are in the country. The leader of the delegation, Dr Olav Tveit and Professor Isabel Phiri said the relationship between the church and its people is very important in nation building. Zimbabwe Council of Churches Secretary General, Dr Kenneth Mtata also highlighted the need for churches to promote and maintain a peaceful environment. Most churches in Zimbabwe are affiliated to the Zimbabwe Council of...

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Zim ‘A’ clinch series three-nil

Zimbabwe ‘A’ wrapped up a three-nil match series against visiting Canada when they beat visitors by 70 runs at Harare Sports Club in the third and final match. Zimbabwe ‘A’ won the toss and chose to bat. Zimbabwe made several changes for the third and final limited 50 overs match after clinching the series on Thursday with a game to spare. Recalled batsman Hamilton Masakadza hit 143 that included 20 fours and a six for Zimbabwe ‘A’ as they cruised to victory. Another change young Innocent Kaia brought in to open with Mire hit 41 that included three fours, as did Malcolm Waller as Zimbabwe ‘A’ ended their 50 overs on 310 for 6 wickets. Captain Graeme Cremer and Mutombodzi were 9 and 22 not out. Wellington Masakadza, Donald Tiripano and Christopher Mpofu did not bat. C Pervez and Rizwan Cheema were the pick of Canada bowlers with two wickets each while Junnaid Siddiqui and M Montfort picked a wicket each. Canada were 290 for 9 in reply with V Sehedev 58 not out, opener N Kumar 41, captain Tariq Hamza on 35  and M Montofort 19 tried hard to push up the run rate. Sikander Raza butt was the pick of Zimbabwe bowlers with three wickets, Solomon Mire two, Christopher Mpofu, Donal Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza and Malcolm Walller one each. Zimbabwe won the first match by two wickets,...

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Payout rise for pensioners

The government is finalising the feasibility studies in its drive to increase the pensioners’ payout that will see the least paid getting US$100 with results expected by as early as next month. The plight of pensioners which has seen most of them getting their payouts wiped out by bank charges and bus fares could soon improve as government through the tripartite negotiation forum are finalising modalities on the increase of payouts before the end of the year. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the official opening of the NSSA rehabilitation centre to members of the public in Bulawayo...

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