Day: May 21, 2017

Decentralise cash distribution, RBZ urged

The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) has called on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to decentralise the distribution of cash to enable tobacco growers to access cash near their farming areas. Tobacco farmers are still grappling with the cash crunch at auction floors and many are spending days in bank queues. ZCFU President, Mr Wonder Chabikwa said there is urgent need for the central bank to decentralise cash distribution to tobacco regions so that farmers do not spend days trying to get cash. “We have suggested that the RBZ decentralises distribution of cash to rural areas, and we communicated...

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VP Mnangagwa tours African Chrome Fields

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has toured the multi-million dollar project at African Chrome Fields, a subsidiary of a South African based mining company and expressed satisfaction with progress made so far by the chrome mining company. Cde Mnangagwa was accompanied by several government officials. African Chrome Fields CEO, Ashruf Kaka appealed for adequate and uninterrupted power supply in order for the company to enhance its beneficiation and diversification processes. Zimbabwean born Islamic cleric, who was part of the delegation, Mufti Menk stressed that the project should not only benefit investors but the people of Zimbabwe as well. The legislator...

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Liberation war hero Cde Charingana buried

Liberation war hero, Cde Emmanuel Million Charingana, who died at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital last Monday, has been buried. Cde Charingana (60) was buried at the Mashonaland West Provincial Heroes Acre in Chinhoyi with full military honours. The late liberation war hero began his political activism in the early 1970s. Due to his political activities, he was arrested and detained by the Rhodesian regime on numerous occasions. At some point, Cde Charingana’s movements were restricted, as he was confined to Highfield in Harare to foil his attempts to recruit liberation war cadres. Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister of State, Cde Faber Chidarikire gave a citation of the late Cde Charingana’s liberation war credentials, in a speech read on his behalf by the Director in his office, Mr Jim Kadziya....

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Marondera Hosp bemoans freezing of nursing posts

Marondera Hospital says the freezing of posts at the School of Nursing and School of Rehabilitation is compromising production of quality graduates. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the hospital, Marondera Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Celestino Dege said the schools of nursing, midwifery and rehabilitation have done well under difficult circumstances. He added that the freezing of posts has resulted in the institution using depleted staff thereby compromising quality of graduands. The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Cde Aldrin Musiiwa said there is need to establish more posts for rehabilitation technicians beyond district hospitals. Mashonaland East Minister...

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Fear God, Zimbabweans urged

The United Methodist Church (UMC) has called on Zimbabwe to fear God and move together with the national leaders to foster development. Thousands of congregants from the UMC converged at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare for the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference (ZWAC) Mubvuwi Convention. Speaking on the sidelines of the convention, UMC Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, Reverend Alan Gurupira said Zimbabweans must fear God and work together with their leaders to foster development. “We are a church which preaches unity, for people to be able to work for themselves and advance themselves in the economy, advance themselves in matters of education, that is why we have so many schools within Zimbabwe, we have Africa University which has put us forward and say united Methodists are for development,” he said. ZWAC Connectional Ministries Director, Reverend Vienna Mutezo said the convention sought to encourage men to take a leading role in preaching the gospel to the nation. “As UMC, we are seeing it necessary to drive our people spiritually, morally, socially and psychologically to remain focused and have trust in God,” Reverend Mutezo said. The 3-day convention brought together Methodists from six districts – Harare Central, Harare West, Murehwa-UMP, Mutoko-Mudzi, Masvingo-Chiredzi and Bulawayo-Midlands-Botswana and...

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Chad end Zim FIBA Afrobasket dream

Zimbabwe lost to Chad 45-57 on day 2 in Bamako, Mali to mark end of the road for the team at the FIBA Afrobasket 2017 additional qualifier. The loss to Chad was the second straight defeat suffered by Zimbabwe after losing to the Central Africa Republic (CAR) 55- 79 on Friday evening. Although Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Maturure came up with a terrific effort, his game-high 19 points made little difference to avoid his country’s second straight defeat. Michael Koibe paced Chad with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and as a result, Zimbabwe were eliminated from contesting for a place in...

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Plough back into communities: Peter Moyo

Sungura musician, Peter Moyo says artistes have a responsibility to assist communities that support them. Young Igwe said this soon after donating stationary worth thousands of dollars to Kotamayi Primary School in his home area of Sesombe in Zhombe. The donation was made possible courtesy of Jazzy/7 social club based in Harare. Some of the stationery donated include books, rulers, pencils, chalks and glue. Plans are underway for the social club to help renovate some buildings at the school. Members from the social club said they were touched by the plight of the kids from Peter’s former school. The headmaster of the school ran short of words to describe how thankful he was to the social club and urged the corporate world to emulate this kind gesture. Young Igwe, who is set to launch his album: ‘Mopao Mokonzi,’ on the 25th of this month, urged other artistes to also give back to communities. Apart from dilapidated buildings the school has no furniture and a poor road network, among several other challenges that require urgent...

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Hunter killed by elephant in Gwayi

A 51-year-old South African agent hunter, Thiunus Botha, who was on a hunt with a client, has been killed by an elephant at Good Luck Farm in Gwayi. The incident occurred on Friday around 1730 hours. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Acting Public Relations Manager, Mr Simukai Nyasha confirmed the incident. He said the two unknowingly got in the middle of a breeding herd of elephants with calves and was trampled to death. The body of the deceased was taken to Hwange Mortuary. The hunt which began on the 17th was supposed to end on the 27th of...

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Cross border traders welcome RBZ funding

Hundreds of cross border traders have so far benefited from the US$15 million loan facility for the sector as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)-owned lending group, Homelink has started the disbursement. Cross borders from the country’s 10 provinces met in Rusape on Saturday to attend the send off ceremony as most of the beneficiaries of the US$15 million loan facility are this week expected to visit a number of countries  to buy and sale products. The cross border traders, who attended the ceremony, were very happy after receiving funding to boost their business ventures and praised the government and the association for considering their interests. Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association President, Dr Killer Zivhu said the start of disbursements is a turning point for the sector with the support expected to transform the lives of most cross border traders. Dr Zivhu said the association will not only promote importation of goods but will also promote exports to improve balance of trade. Dr Zivhu said the US$15 million loan facility that attracts only one percent  interest is still there with indications that less than US$7 million has been disbursed so far. The facility will also see the association bringing in products from clothing to groceries for those that do not want to travel under a scheme dubbed: ‘Fill My...

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