Day: May 22, 2017

President Mugabe re-assigns permanent secretaries

The government has re-assigned some permanent secretaries and promoted other senior civil servants to become permanent secretaries. In a statement to the ZBC News, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda confirmed he development, saying the appointments are with immediate effect and in terms of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013 as read together with Section 28 of the Interpretation Act. Dr Thokozile Chitepo, who was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, is now the Permanent Secretary for the...

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40 schools face closure in Mat South

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is considering closing about 40 schools in Matabeleland South Province which have recorded low enrolment over the years saying running the learning institutions is not viable. Due to the sparse populations in Matabeleland South, there are some schools in the province that have a low enrolment of below 120 pupils at primary level and less than 140 scholars at secondary level. The prevailing situation is making it uneconomic to continue running these learning institutions, notes the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Slyvia Utete-Masango. She urged the province to come up with solutions to dealing with the problem as some schools are operating with about three teachers. Mixed reactions have come from the leadership in Insiza district which has the highest number of schools with a low enrolment owing to the settlement patterns. Insiza south legislator, Cde Malachi Nkomo says operating fewer schools which provide quality education will improve the current poor pass rate while Chief Vezi Maduna said the move to close the schools violates children’s rights to education. Some of the schools that have recorded low enrolment include Elangeni, Phezulu and Mehlo Primary Schools in Insiza as well as Shape and Sisyevale in Gwanda. On the other hand, stakeholders have been calling for the establishment of more schools in the province to reduce the distances...

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SRSL to intensify capacity development activities

The Southern Region Soccer League (SRSL) believes it is in the right direction towards professionalism with results of coaches’ development programmes already being felt. With six rounds of fixtures having been played, the 14 team league has seen the goal scoring tally increasing by each week, something that the ZIFA SRSL chairman, Musa Mandaza believes is testimony of the fruits of heavy investment in the development of the sport in his constituency. The league’s secretary general, Tumediso Mokoena Ndlovu highlighted his executive’s desire to further capacitate coaches and administrators through rolling out various coaching and administrative courses. Last year’s player of the year runner up Bukhosi Sibanda of Bantu Rovers currently tops the scorers chart in the Castle Lager premiership and also managed to bag the April player of the month award with a host of other players going on to excel in the local premiership and abroad. Bulawayo Chiefs lead the charge towards promotion to the top flight league with a commanding performance which has seen them winning all their six matches with ZRP Bulawayo five points adrift on 13 points. Casymn, ZPC Hwange and Indlovu Iyanyathela complete the top five standings in a league that is set to announce a new sponsorship deal at the beginning of...

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Parly, ZWLA sign gender parity MOU

The Parliament of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the capital paving way for mutual co-operation in the legislative agenda for ensuring there is 50-50 gender parity in line with the constitution. Despite Zimbabwe being signatory to numerous regional and international human rights instruments women and girls continue to face a number of challenges in the socio, political and economic spheres owing to gender inequality and an unfair playing field. In a bid to dislodge the obtaining status quo the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the ZWLA signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the legislative agenda of ensuring there is gender parity and the harmonisation of laws which undermine women’s rights contrary to the constitution. Speaker of the national assembly, Honourable Jacob Mudenda welcomed the partnership with the women lawyers’ association and encouraged them to be involved in politics ahead of the polls to enable them chances to be elected to posts so as to achieve the 50-50 gender parity objective. Current chairperson of the ZWLA, Ms Phillipa Phillips said as an organisation they will be lobbying for the harmonisation of laws to promote the rights of women and children and they will also approach political parties to influence them to ensure their constitutions give women equal access to opportunities. The signing of the MOU by the two...

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COMESA sensitisation workshop held

Calls to embrace the dictates of not only national but also Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) supra-national competition policy and law for the betterment of Zimbabwe have been made at the COMESA national sensitisation workshop held in the capital, Harare. Zimbabwe is a founding member of the COMESA and is a signatory to the COMESA treaty and as such there is need to embrace the dictates of not only national but also COMESA supra-national competition policy and law Speaking on the sidelines of COMESA national sensitisation workshop held in the capital, chief economist Competition and Tariff Commission, Cecilia Mashava said the attendant benefits of regional integration can only be realised by supporting a strong competition culture, not only in Zimbabwe but also the member states. Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, head mergers and acquisitions COMESA Competition Commission, Mr Willard Mwemba talked about the need for Zimbabwean government in fulfilling its obligations under the COMESA treaty. It was also noted during the workshop the importance of collective regional approach to issues of development and became prudent that the business community in Zimbabwe acknowledges the existence of binding treaties and laws that Zimbabwe is a signatory...

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ZSE enters second week on positive

The industrial index opened the week on a high note after gaining 1.20 points to close at 154.53 points with the mining index losing 1.55 points to settle at 69.43 points. The impressive run for the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange entered the second week with NatFoods leading the movers with a 3.50 cents gain to trade at 365.50 cents, Econet added 1.47 cents to end at 26.04 cents while Delta advanced by 0.52 cents to 93.52 cents. CFI was 0.21 cents higher at 13.10 cents. FBC Holdings and Zimre Holdings both lost 0.20 cents to close at 10.55 cents and 1.30 in that order. Heavyweights Afdis, Colcom and Old Mutual traded unchanged at 60.00 cents, 38.00 cents and 375.25 cents in that order. The mining index shed 1.55 points to settle at 69.43 points. RioZim eased 2.00 cents to trade at 55.00 cents. Bindura, Falgold and Hwange remained unchanged at previous trading...

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NSSA to roll out NHI scheme

The government will soon institute public hearings for the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme which will pave way for the promulgation of a law to enforce the policy which seeks to ensure that the informal sector and farmers are covered on matters to do with health insurance. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which employs the bulk of the workforce in the country have proved to be a central industry in the country with Zimstat statistics pointing out that the sector contributes about 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and government through the National Social Security Agency (NSSA) has moved in to assist the sector by setting up a NHI scheme. The scheme will see farmers and SMEs coming up with a payment model which suits them if proposals by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare get a buy in from Zimbabweans during public consultations to be held soon, says the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira. “I am happy to say the cabinet has given us the nod to set up this scheme. We are looking at ways that are practical for our farmers and the informal sector to benefit on the scheme that will be administered by NSSA. We are looking at giving enough room for any payment method like a farmer might use bags of maize...

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Cultural heritage key in unlocking economic gains

Capacitating institutions spearheading the preservation of cultural heritage has been identified as key to fully unlock the benefits of the country’s rich culture. Cultural heritage is critical especially for tourism development and contributes to maintaining a national, regional and African identity. There is need for nations to know, appreciate and be aware of what cultural heritage entails. This as a result will in turn create visibility of the heritage sites. In the tourism sector there is consensus that the country needs to be aware of the importance of its cultural heritage. Visibility of the heritage sites coupled with restoration efforts also help to ensure the survival of the sites, says the Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO secretary general, Ms Margaret Chipara. Safeguarding a country’s cultural heritage is also vital in bringing about national cohesion. Countries have also used national symbols are used to unify and rally the country towards one goal, says archivist, Mr Blessed Magama. The preservation of cultural heritage through documentation is also critical. The creation of an enabling environment in which all cultural expressions may be documented, will also see other areas such as the hosting of festivals and the introduction of the new education curriculum playing a major role in the safeguarding national culture and...

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Tsholotsho FC feel the pinch

Perennial relegation candidates Tsholotsho FC club has once again started the season on a less convincing note attributing the poor results to fatigue. Iziqholo zeZhwane who are currently anchoring the log standing after accumulating 4 points from their 9 matches, has seen the club losing their last 5 matches with head coach Farai Tawachera of the opinion that the travelling his side has to endure has a huge toll on his players among other factors. Despite a dominant showing in most of their matches, Tsholotsho has continually failed to maintain concentration throughout the match resulting in them being punished by their opponents. The financial challenges that have hit Iziqholo zeZhwane has not made the situation any better with coach Tawachera calling upon the club’s stakeholders to come together if the season is to be salvaged. The club has been a good breeding ground of talent for other teams with FC Platinum being the biggest beneficiary in players like Gerald Takwara and William Stim as well as coach Lizwe Sweswe. While there are still 25 matches to be played, Tsholotsho will be the first to confirm that time is ticking away and they have to start picking points to avoid the last two seasons’ performance of surviving relegation on the last...

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Musanhi Secondary clinch Tadzoka Kumusha crown

Musanhi High School are the inaugural winners of the Tadzoka Kumusha soccer tournament held at Musanhi Secondary School over the weekend. The Tadzoka Kumusha soccer tournament was sponsored by popular musician Jah Prayzah. The host dismissed neighbouring Nyamhara Secondary School 4-3 on penalties after the match had ended one all after regulation time. Jah Prayzah who is a former student at Musanhi Secondary School said he was impressed by the level of talent exhibited by the participants. Other schools which took part in the soccer tournament include Rudaviro and Mugabe Secondary Schools. Veteran soccer commentator, Charles Mabika and Uzumba legislator, Cde Simbaneuta Mdarikwa were part of the crowd at the tournament. Jah Prayzah then capped the day singing one of his popular songs “Hosana” with the crowd joining...

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