Day: July 3, 2017

AU summit opens

The 29th ordinary session of the summit of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government has officially opened with calls by the AU chairperson, President Alpha Conde for the holistic management of challenges being faced by youths on the continent as they constitute 70 percent of the continent’s population. The AU chairperson emphasized that focusing on the youths will re-assure and convince them that Africa is the best place for them. The new AU chairperson, President Conde of Guinea who was elected in January this year replacing Idriss Deby of Chad, chaired the opening session of the...

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Industrial counters spur ZSE

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange started the week with massive gains by the industrial listed counters. The industrial index opened the week slightly higher at 196.15 points after adding 0.18 points, the mining index was steady at 69.79 points. Powerspeed increased by a significant 0.80 cents to close at 5.00 cents, Old Mutual  added 0.25 cents to close at 387.25 cents, Econet  gained 0.12 cents to settle at 35.50 cents and TSL increased by 0.05 cents to close at 22.55 cents. Two counters lost ground Seedco  dropped 0.15 cents to trade at 139.85 cents and CBZ slipped by 0.05 cents to settle at 10.00 cents. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained...

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Tobacco sales hit half a billion dollar mark

Tobacco sales have hit over half a billion dollar mark with prospects high that the US$700 million in forex targeted for the 2016-2017 marketing season is still attainable. The US$500 million tobacco earnings have transformed lives of thousands of families in rural areas at the same time beefing up the country’s forex reserves. Latest statistics by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board show that farmers have raked in over US$500 million in two and half months of tobacco sales. Huge cartons of semi-processed tobacco could be seen at some warehouses in Harare as buyers prepare to export the over 170 million kilogrammes delivered by the farmers so far. The half a billion dollars mark in tobacco sales will go a long way towards beefing up forex reserves and rejuvenating thousands of farmers to grow more tobacco which according to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe can generate adequate forex to import fuel which can last the country a whole year. Progressive Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe president, Mutandwa Mutasa said the US$500 million earnings have transformed lives of thousands of families who made rich pickings from growing the golden leaf. The rich pickings from tobacco have also created job opportunities for tens of thousands of youths who are now venturing into growing the lucrative crop according to Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe president, Guy Mutasa. With the number of new growers having...

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Tourism players urged to embrace ZIM ASSET

Players in the tourism industry have been urged to embrace the economic blue print ZIM ASSET and engage in aggressive marketing drive such as rebranding of their products in order to position the sector for economic growth. The economic blue print ZIM ASSET presents a golden opportunity for players in the tourism industry to aggressively market and rebrand their products and position the sector for anticipated growth. Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene said there is need for Zimbabweans to change their perceptions adding that under the economic blue print, ZIM ASSET tourism has been identified as having a huge potential to propel economic growth and development. In her address to players in the tourism industry in Mutare during the re-launch of the Holiday Inn  brand, Minister Chimene said there is need for players in the tourism industry to also focus on domestic tourism. The re-launch of the Holiday Inn global brand comes at a time when the government has made significant strides in increasing the country’s accessibility to trade within SADC region, said African Sun managing director, Mr Edwin Shangwa. Manicaland is home to numerous tourists attraction sites such as Mt Inyangani, Mutarazi Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Hotsprings among a host of others. Concern has however been raised over inadequate marketing of some of these attraction...

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Road accident fund long overdue, govt told

Transport operators say the government’s proposed road accident fund which is in line with the United Nations decade of road safety action plan is long overdue and should be speeded up to cushion accident victims who have suffered over the years. The Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation members have commended the government for spearheading the establishment of the proposed road accident fund. The members said the proposed road accident fund is a step in the right direction as some of the SADC member countries had already implemented the fund serve for Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia. The legislator for Dangamvura Chikanga constituency, Dr Esau Mupfumi and chairman of the Manicaland Bus Operators Association said passenger insurance had over the years failed to yield positive results and the coming in of the fund will bring order. The passenger insurance fund had affected both operators and road accident victims hence the need to come up with a sustainable system that ensures road accident victims are well catered for, said one Leonard Mukumba. The chairman of the Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation, Mr Samson Nanhanga said the establishment of the accident fund was long overdue as only Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia were legging behind in terms of implementing the road accident fund. The managing director for Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ), Mr Obio Murambiwa said the government in its wisdom realised the plight of...

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Young Gems leave for Botswana

The under 21 Zimbabwe netball team received a befitting send off ahead of their World Youth Cup scheduled for Gaborone Botswana from the 8th to the 16th of thid month. The Ministry of Sport and Recreation which was represented by the acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Benson Martins Dube said they will continue supporting sport especially teams representing the country at international level. The government through Treasury had to intervene to assist the girls with travelling expenses. President of the Zimbabwe Netball Association,  Letticia Chipandu expressed gratitude to government for supporting netball and promised to do well in Botswana. The Young Gems are playing for the first time in this tournament and heir first match is against defending champions Australia on Thursday soon after the official opening...

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ZIFA Eastern Region Division 1 round-up

It was a refreshing weekend for Goromonzi based Melfort who beat Renco Mine 2-0 at Surrey Stadium on Saturday to move to 8th position with 15 points. Melfort got their goals through Loyd Tangwara in the first half while centre back Leonard Liyaya scored a free kick in injury time. Club president, Washington Zhanda and Liyaya were excited after the win. The Mtoko derby between FC Mtoko and Mukanya Bullets failed to take place after Bullets could not produce player registration licences and the match was awarded to Mtoko on a 3-0 score line. FC Mtoko are now on second position with 22 points one behind Buffaloes who beat Mucheke Pirates 1-0. Surrey dropped two points at home against Tenax CS after a 0-0 draw. In other matches Prime Rangers beat United Lions 2-0, Africa Trust drew 0-0 with Mwenezana, Mutare City were 3-0 victors over Black Eagles while Bikita Minerals drew 0-0 with Gutu...

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Poor mobile network affecting Mutsvangwa community

Limited  and poor mobile network connectivity is presenting challenges for emergency services in Mutsvangwa area in Manicaland Province, with villagers  also complaining of travelling long distances to access connectivity. The journey to Mutsvangwa community in Manicaland Province is a long and winding trip where one has to deal with the winding and rough terrain that characterise the road infrastructure. Even more challenging is access to mobile network in this area, despite there being a mobile network transmitter located on a mountain top, it is not doing much to assist this community. Villagers and business people alike said they have to endure long distances to receive and make calls. The poor network in this area has impacted negatively on the health service delivery system and businesses. The lack of mobile connectivity is an issue affecting most rural communities in the country due to limited investment on infrastructure by mobile network operators. However, the recent approval of a US$250 million project by the government,  towards the establishment of more than 600 towers and base stations in areas with poor mobile connectivity may provide a glimmer of hope to communities that  have endured living outside the connectivity...

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Police accused of brutality

Zimbabwe Republic Police have been accused of brutality and it has become a cause for concern to the citizens in and around the city who fear for their lives as attested by the viral social media videos. A number of pictures and videos of police brutality have gone viral on the social media, the latest being of a tout run-over by an omnibus during a scuffle with the police trying to stop them from deflating an omnibus tyre. This has caused an outcry by the citizens who need justice to be served. However the police have disclaimed all the allegations. ZRP spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said that the issue is suspicious because no one filed a complaint but however the police have been assigned to investigate the matter. The ZRP 2017 theme reads: “ZRP serving and safeguarding peace and security in grace, stability and nationhood” and the citizens expect justice to be...

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Kadoma mine wrangle resolved

The High Court has ordered that Patterson Timba retains the majority shareholding in the controversial Kadoma mine, Tolrose Investments. The mine wrangle which has taken almost seven years to be completed saw a number of mine workers losing their jobs as fighting for control of the mine took centre stage. High Court judge, Justice Owen Tagu ruled that swimming pool and underwater repair owned by Timba retains 61.5 percent shares. His partner come rival, Jameson Rushwaya has been directed to retain 23 percent shares while the 10 percent goes to church, One Way Ministries, Mr Tongesai Kapondo has one percent while Annie Rushwaya  holds less than one percent of the total shares. Tolrose Mine is one of the rich gold mines in Zimbabwe and at one point it was said to be producing between 30 to 35 kilogrammes of gold per...

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