Day: July 21, 2017

Worry over continued invasion of wetlands

Harare wetlands are under threat as land developers continue to construct houses and other buildings on them. The city of Harare is located within the headwaters of the Upper Manyame Catchment Basin and wetlands are the primary water source for the city. The vlei feed streams and rivers flow down to the city’s supply dams 32km downstream to the south west, with that water being pumped back up to the city for household use. Harare Mayor, Mr Bernard Manyenyeni said they are worried that land developers continue invading wetlands, while the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National...

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Sables brace for Kenya test

The Zimbabwe senior 15s rugby side, the Sables are ready for the encounter against their bitter rivals, Kenya in a match set for Hartsfield rugby grounds in Bulawayo on Saturday. The best way to describe the mood in the Sables camp with the countdown to the tie would be “calm before a storm.” The Africa Cup fixture is crucial for both sides if they are to be in the Africa group 1A next year which would make them eligible for World Cup qualifiers. When the ZBC News crew visited the team in camp at the hotel, the players were...

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West Indies U-19 in Zim for ODI series

The West Indies under 19 cricket team is in the country ahead of a three One Day International (ODI) series set for Harare Sports Club and Peterhouse College in Marondera. The team touched down at the Harare International airport yesterday afternoon ahead of their ODI series against the Young Chevrons from the 23rd to the 29th of this month. The visitors’ head coach, Greame West said although there is a tough task ahead, his charges are ready for the series. The Zimbabwean side will among other players feature, offspring bowler, captain Lian Ronche from St Georges and 17-year-old Milton...

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Ultimatum for insurance firms

Insurance companies have been directed to comply with new minimum capital requirements by year end as part of efforts to increase business confidence within the sector. This emerged at the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony in Harare. Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) CEO, Mr Tendai Karonga told the ZBC New that  the regulatory body has given the insurance firms an ultimatum to raise the required funding by year end in a move aimed at increasing their underwriting capacity. “We are directing them to comply so that we can unlock more value from them. The minimum capital requirements is...

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New ZISCO STEEL deal nears finalisation

The government is on the verge of striking a deal with some foreign investors that will see the revival of ZISCOSTEEL. Addressing delegates during a Round Table Ministerial Conference in Bulawayo, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Mike Bimha said the collapse of the Esser deal has taught government to keep discussions closed but hinted that a major announcement is to be made soon once the deal is finalised. In 2010, Essar Africa Holdings had agreed to buy 54 percent in ZISCOSTEEL, with the government keeping 36 percent and 10 percent owned by minority investors in a US$750...

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Boost as Health Fund rakes in US$8m

The country’s health sector is set to get better with the procurement of essential drugs and hospital equipment anticipated to improve following the introduction of an innovative domestic funding initiative dubbed the Health Fund levy. Under the levy, five cents is being deducted for every dollar of mobile airtime and data usage under an initiative themed: ‘Talk, Surf and Save a Life.’ For years, inadequate budgetary allocations to the health sector have seen the country failing to realise its full potential in terms of providing sufficient and quality services to the people. The country’s health sector has been struggling...

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CAAZ works on Harare airport upgrade funding

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) is finalising the financing model for the US$153 million upgrading of Harare International Airport to pave way for the resumption of civil works. The expansion of airport is expected to increase the number of airlines plying the Harare route, while at the same time boosting tourist arrivals. The development will also come as a major boost to the country’s capital projects after the commissioning of Victoria Falls International Airport which has seen major airlines plying the route at the same time boosting the country’s revenue base. CAAZ Board Chairman, Advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba...

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Byo Kraal project exemplary: First Lady

The First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe says the Bulawayo Kraal project should be an example for beneficiation under ZIMASSET and upliftment of the people who live in remote areas. Addressing the 4th Presidential Youth Interface rally in Lupane this afternoon, Dr Mugabe also stressed the need to keep in touch with the people, saying through the project, her wish has been highly adhered to. Amai Mugabe reminded the gathering of her Bulawayo Kraal project in Binga where a piece of land has been opened for agricultural purposes. She confirms that a partner has been identified to make the land...

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Lupane underdevelopment irks Zanu PF youths

The Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzai Chipanga has expressed concern at the under development of the Matabeleland North provincial capital, Lupane, a situation that is forcing all government departments to operate from Mhlahlandlela government complex in Bulawayo. Cde Chipanga said this during the fourth Presidential Youth Interface rally at Somhlolo stadium in Lupane this afternoon. Lupane is the only provincial capital that still has no accommodation for civil servants, no provincial hospital, banks, tarred roads or even up-market lodges where business conferences can be held. Elitsheni government complex, from which civil servants will operate is complete...

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President Mugabe overwhelmed by support

President Robert Mugabe says he is a proud leader of Zimbabwe in light of people’s support to his leadership. Addressing the fourth  Presidential Youth Interface rally at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane this afternoon, Cde Mugabe scoffed at suggestions that he must leave office, saying he remains every Zimbabwean’s President by virtue of the overwhelming support from the people. “The youths are saying no, the women are saying no, all you who are here are saying no, so who are you to say I must go,” asked Cde Mugabe. The President thanked the Youth League for organising the fourth rally...

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