Day: July 4, 2017

Add value to local foods, women urged

Women have been urged to derive value from foods, cereals and fruits that they produce and process locally as their organic nature is what is now driving global health issues. Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe legislator, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa was part of the crowd that gathered for the provincial food fair in Kwekwe. Cde Mnanagwa urged women and small holders farmers to scale up on value addition of their locally produced foods and reduce the importation of genetically modified foods (GMO) which are not only expensive but lack nutritional value and pose health hazards. She encouraged the exhibitors to look beyond home consumptions but instead seek to derive value from their foods through increased value addition and exportation of their products. The provincial food fair coincided with the official opening of a recreational park which had become a dumping ground and was revamped by women through a partnership with Kwekwe Council. Cde Mnangagwa praised the women for their initiative and stressed the importance of public private partnerships in fostering development. The women expressed satisfaction with their efforts saying the sprucing up of the park is going to benefit the community of Kwekwe in numerous ways. Cde Mnangagwa toured various individual and company stands that were exhibiting at the fair. This year’s provincial food fair was held under the theme: “Food Security Through Local Dried Fruits and Vegetables – Value Addition my...

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Govt to construct 17 schools this year

The government has secured funding to construct 17 state-of-the-art schools, with 100 more schools expected to be built next year to reduce the backlog of over 2000 new schools required in the country. Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Professor Paul Mavhima said the government is earmarking to construct new school infrastructure that dignifies the teaching profession. Resettlement areas are the worst affected and the education ministry is determined to construct new schools said Professor Mavhima during the commissioning of Batanai Primary School classroom blocks in Headlands. The new education curriculum will help mould patriotic citizens and will help school leavers with entrepreneurial skills that drives the new industrialisation agenda. Professor Mavhima commended the Headlands community for mobilising construction materials for the building of the secondary school to ease the plight of pupils who are walking long distances to the nearest...

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Africa urged to harness ICT

Members of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have been urged to push for digital inclusion and harnessing of information communication technologies in the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The 44-member African Union specialised agency which is hosting its preparatory meeting ahead of the World Telecommunications for Development Conference has been reminded of the need to utilise ICTs in the achievement of special development goals. Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Win Mlambo told participants who attended the opening ceremony of the gathering that Africa should speak with one voice and push for the digital inclusion agenda. The Zimbabwean government official encouraged the participants to share experiences and map out a coherent proposals to be tabled during the World Telecommunications for Development Conference. Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) director general, Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete highlighted the centrality of unity of purpose and development of home-grown solutions in bridging the digital divide. Access to modern, secure and affordable telecommunication infrastructure, applications and services have been identified as critical in improving peoples’ lives and ensuring that sustainable development across Africa becomes a reality. Members of the ATU are expected to come up with common positions at the end of the meeting to be presented during the World Telecommunications for Development Conference to be held in Argentina later this...

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Chicken Inn brace for DeMbare tie

Former champions Chicken Inn have maintained that winning the championship remains their top priority. The Bulawayo side pronounced their bold declaration ahead of their big encounter against high flying Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium this Sunday. Chicken Inn has been recording some impressive results of late, save for the disappointing 2-nil loss to Chapungu this past weekend at Ascot Stadium and has maintained its desire to win the championship which the club tasted in 2015. Despite losing key players in towering defender, Teenage Hadebe to crack South African side Kaizer Chiefs and Raphael Kutinyu to Tanzania, the side is confident amid indications they will soon be possible yet unnamed replacements. In firing warning shots to their next opponents, Chicken Inn secretary general Tavengwa Hara believes his side has all that it takes to win not only the Sunday encounter but also the league’s top crown. Going to the blockbuster encounter, the Gamecocks have already written to the Premier Soccer League requesting the permission of the league bosses to hike the gate charges for the tie with the VIP audience expected to part with US$15 while wings and rest of the ground pay US$10 and US$5 respectively. Matches between the two sides have always ended in close shaves with expectations of another exciting performance on Sunday....

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Chinese media company shooting a film in Zim

A Chinese media company, Shenzhen Radio and Film Group is in Zimbabwe for a month to film a romantic comedy titled ‘When Africa meets chanel’. The film project is aimed at showcasing China and Africa tourism and enhancing cultural exchange. Addressing a press conference in Harare, the director of the film Cui Yan expressed gratitude to the Zimbabwe government, its various cultural institutions and the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe for facilitating for the production of the film. The film ‘When Africa meets chanel’ displays Zimbabwe’s striking natural sights, vast grasslands, wild life, local cuisines and cultural customs. The romantic comedy is aimed at boosting China-African tourism and cultural exchange exhibiting Zimbabwe’s popularity and reputation in China. The film will be shown in over 20 African countries, and it will make its debut on the China-Africa International Film Festival to be held in October this...

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Zim, Lesotho clash in COSAFA semi

The Zimbabwe Warriors who have been a marvel to watch since the start of the COSAFA Castle Cup currently underway in South Africa are expected to carry forward their winning formula when they play Lesotho in the last semi final encounter tomorrow. Zimbabwe posted a 4-nil victory over Mozambique in their tournament opener before they were held to a goalless draw by Madagascar. A spirited Zimbabwean side then put up a flawless performance two days later and registered an emphatic 6-nil victory over Seychelles to book a quarter final berth against Swaziland which they dismissed 2-1 on Sunday. Captain...

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High utility costs affect production

The first half of the year has been challenging for all sectors of the economy with the manufacturing industry is reeling under delays in foreign payments and the cost of money affecting the expansion processes. The obtaining high interest rates continue to affect borrowing among productive sectors of the economy and high utility costs impact negatively on the competitiveness of the local industry. The low levels of the country’s nostro account has been the major undoing which saw companies queuing for foreign currency allocation more often than focusing on production. Exports have been very low which also means production has declined in some sectors of the economy though some entities have posted brilliant figures. Utilities are priced beyond regional parity price which put local products out of competition on the international market while the cost of money is putting pressure on the local economy. Unfair competition from imported products is another challenge which is placing local manufacturing firms out of business. Local firms have failed to retool owing to unavailability of funding while others have blamed management of various firms for failing to lead some of the critical organisations. Overally the first half of 2017 has been a challenging year and industrialists pin their hopes on the expected half year monetary policy...

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Crusher station to spur production

The City of Harare says the investment of US$4 million to the crusher station is set to unlock more value for the capital. It is envisaged that the capacitated plant will perform at commercial levels producing crushed stone for city road construction as well as asphalt concrete used for pothole patching, sealing and surfacing among other products. The granite rock deposits at the crusher station have been exploited from the 1940’s and are used for road network construction and maintenance works by the City of Harare and other local authorities. Levels of capacity utilisation are around 25 to 30 percent with the capital injection expected to spur production to above 80 percent. The crusher station will also be made a stand-alone entity, said the Harare City’s spokesperson, Mr Michael Chideme. The capital injection is expected to see the purchase of earth-moving equipment, reduce the number of blockages, automate processes as well as ensure the unit runs at optimum speed. The crusher station is sited between airport road to the east and Seke road to the west and located on a 100 hectare piece of land....

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Domboshava villager laments council processes

A Domboshava villager Mr Whisper Chivandire of Matukutu village in Domboshava said his idea to transform his rural home into an attraction centre by maintaining its natural state and harnessing solar energy is hitting a brick wall following resistance from the local authorities. He said on countless occasions has tried without success to have a planning officer from Goromonzi local authority to come and assess his place for compliance for him to fully turn it into a resort area but it has fallen on deaf ears. However, in their response Goromonzi local authority chief executive officer, Mr Trust Madhovi in a telephone interview said he was not aware of Mr Chiwandire’s case but the authority was in the process of engaging stakeholders in Domboshava where a number of projects and businesses were constructed without council approval. The country’s economic blue print ZIM ASSET has a number of clusters which encourage Zimbabweans to participate in all economic spheres through various initiatives meant to unlock value and improve their livelihoods through self...

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Funding key to productivity

Industry can consolidate the gains attained in the first half of the year through engaging banks to provide lines of credit, innovation and concerted efforts to lower the high cost of doing business. A multi-sectoral approach is required to ease challenges that faced industry in the first half of the year resulting in companies in the clothing sector, iron and steel industry and horticulture struggling to break even. Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer, Mr Christopher Mugaga said the 0.7 percent gross domestic product growth attained in 2016 reflected in terms of first half performance creating need for banks to improve funding to productive sectors. Chartered Institute of Customer Relationship Management executive director, Dr Mthokozisi Nkosi highlighted the need for industry to embrace innovation so as to improve competitiveness. Industry is optimistic increased agriculture performance witnessed so far will stimulate value addition in the second half of the year. Economic experts opine that government should also speed up reforms to ease of doing business environment to boost industry performance and lure more foreign direct...

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