Day: July 18, 2017

Farmers set to receive agro bills

The Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) has launched a bid to raise US$80 million through issuance of agro bills to fund maize procurement by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) for 2017. In a statement issued today, AMA said the bills are being raised via CBZ and have a tenure of 360 days at an interest rate of 7.5 percent per annum. Economic analyst Mr Persistence Gwanyanya said agro bills are a key fund raising method which will relieve pressure on the constrained fiscus. “This is very important, its key farmers are paid on time especially with the relationship GMB has...

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Mvurwi sculptors to set up vibrant show space

More than 15 sculptors at Mvurwi Arts Centre have embarked on a drive to set up a vibrant art show space were their various pieces made from stone and wood will be exhibited. The artists dream is to come up with a much vibrant and bigger garden better than the once famed Tengenenge Arts Centre in Guruve. Most of the pieces at the centre are larger than life sculptures that have meanings deeply rooted in the African contemporary art and culture. What remains to be seen is whether the sculptures will manage to surpass the fame that was once...

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Minister Mumbengegwi to attend SADC ministerial committee meeting

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi left Harare for Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania today where he will attend the 19th meeting of the of the organ on politics, defence and security cooperation from Thursday to Friday this week. The ministerial committee of the organ will be preceded by the meeting of senior officials held from Monday and Tuesday this week. Items on the ministerial committee of the organ include an overview of the political and security situation in the SADC region, a review of elections in the region, commemorations of the Southern Africa Liberation Day and requests from Burundi...

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Govt introduces maternity waiting homes

Maternity waiting homes have been identified as a facilitating factor for delivering at health institutions and the government is now recommending that women who stay in rural areas be offered this facility for at least three weeks before they deliver. However some pregnant women who are staying at the Marange Rural Hospital maternity shelter have bemoaned the deplorable state of ablution facilities at the health institution and are living in fear of contracting diseases. Pregnancy complications are usually undetectable during the early stages and often become evident during labour, especially if the expecting mother does not go for antenatal checkups. For women who live far away from health facilities, such complications can be fatal. In an effort to reduce complications during delivery for women who stay far away from health facilities, the government in conjunction with some cooperating partners came up with the concept of maternity waiting homes. While the model of maternity waiting homes has lessened the risk of maternal or neonatal death, pregnant women who are staying at Marange Rural Hospital awaiting to deliver said the ablution facilities at the hospital are in urgent need of repair. Some of the women are now resorting to using the bush system to relieve themselves or walk to the nearby shopping centre. Efforts to get a comment from the hospital authorities were fruitless as the provincial medical officer was in Mutare....

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Businessman, artisanal miners clash

Mashonaland West’s sole manufacturer of stock feed, Mr Taurai Mtisi has raised a red flag over uncontrolled mining activities close to his plant where he says he fears the operations pose a threat to his factory. Managing director of Packzone Investments, the owners of Mashonaland West’s sole stock feed manufacturing plant fear that artisanal mining activities taking place just outside the company’s perimeter fence are a threat to the continued existence of the industrial unit. Asked to explain what his real fears are, Mr Mtisi said tremors that result from blasting outside his factory affect the sensors of his state of the art plant equipment , which was installed by the Chinese. He added that the whole structure runs the risk of collapsing as there is a possibility that artisanal miners could be carrying out activities underneath the factory. Efforts to seek a comment from the artisanal miners were fruitless as they referred the ZBC News to one of the leaders only identified as Zobha, who unfortunately was not at the mine site when this crew visited the area. Neither could the artisanal miners who were present provided the contact details of the so called leader Zobha. Information at hand indicates that mining activities are taking place on an area already planned for industrial and commercial business by the Chinhoyi...

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All set for 2017 ZTISU games

All is set for the 17th edition of the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZTISU) 2017 games scheduled for 18th to 23rd July at Belvedere Technical Teachers College. The games have 18 different sporting codes for the indoor and ball games. These include basketball, chess, cricket, cars, football, golf, handball, hockey, karate, netball, pool, rugby, table tennis and volleyball. ZTISU vice president, James Chivivi said the games are growing with each edition and urged students to respect and abide by the rules for the honour of the games, teams and country. ZTISU consists of three branches, Technical Education Sports...

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ZTA honours its pledge

Tourism marketing and promotion body, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) honoured its pledge to sponsor Mt Pleasant beauty pageant winners’ three nights stay in the premier resort destination Victoria Falls. The three beauty queens pledged to play their part in the promotion of the majestic waterfall which is a UNESCO heritage site. Reigning Miss Mt Pleasant Sikhulile Shumba, first princess Floret Chikomwe and Vimbai Mungofa the second princess revealed the experience has afforded them a chance to have a deeper understanding of their country. The trio pledged to play their part in promoting the captivating landmark, the Mosi-oa-Tunya. The inaugural...

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Sellers dominate ZSE

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange was this Tuesday dominated by sellers leading to huge losses by the listed counters. The industrial index retreated by 0.65 points to close at 197.90 points, while the mining index was unchanged at 69.19 points. Losses were seen in the seed producer Seedco which dropped 8.25 cents to close at 125.25 cents and Meikles eased 2.05 cents to close at 18.00 cents. The losses were partially offset by gains in Proplastics which was up by 0.40 cents to trade at 5.50 cents, Padenga added 0.20 cents to settle at 27.40 cents and OK...

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Zim International Film Festival call for submissions

As the preparations of the Zimbabwe Film Festival are underway, film makers celebrate the growth of the film industry that was necessitated by technology and the digitalisation. Last year, more than 100 people submitted their short films for the 18th edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival that was held in the capital. This year the festival scheduled for the 26th of August makes its annual return to the country’s cultural activity with its 19th edition calling for submissions now. Speaking to the ZBC News today, Zimbabwe International Film Festival consultant, Nakai Matema said the festival will enhance participation...

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All set for national youth games

The Zimbabwe National Youth Games organising committee has expressed satisfaction with preparations for the sporting extravaganza whose official launch is scheduled for this Friday in Hwange. Matabeleland North Province is confident of hosting a memorable tournament with the organising committee having recently visited some of the facilities to get an appreciation of the state of infrastructure. Mindful of the request from the national patron of the games President Robert Mugabe to ensure a successful event, the games organising committee chief executive officer, Burzil Dube said they have done enough homework and confidence is high the province will not disappoint....

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