Day: July 27, 2017

Education loan facility fund on the cards

All those who graduated from public institutions starting with the University of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2006 and received government grants would be required to pay US$1000 that will go towards a revolving fund to support current and prospective high and tertiary students. The news was revealed by the Minister of High and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo during a graduation ceremony at Gweru Polytechnic. Government is sensitive to the plight of current and future students who lack the capacity to finance their education and as such it has set up programmes to support students...

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Pres Mugabe hails Women’s League empowerment projects

The President Cde Robert Mugabe has expressed gratitude to the Women’s League for the various empowerment projects that the wing of the ruling party is carrying out countrywide to uplift the lives of communities and families in Zimbabwe. He however raised concerned over lack of unity in the different wings of the party singling out four provinces Harare, Manicaland, Midlands and Mashonaland Central where members are opposed to the appointed resident ministers. The President challenged party members to adhere to party procedures. The party headquarters came alive today as it hosted the Zanu PF Women’s League national assembly meeting...

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Progress Chipfumo releases 6th album

Musician Progress Chipfumo and his motherland band have launched their sixth album titled ‘Progress Check’. The album features ten songs that speaks on various social issues. It is an album rich with mature teachings aptly defining how Chipfumo has equally matured with age. ‘Progress Check’ has songs namely ‘Chikuru Rudo’ which is a remix of the one he once did with Leonard Zhakata and Sulumani Chimbetu, ‘Vakarohwa Amai’, ‘Tokwe Mukosi’, ‘I Say Yes’, ‘Look Up The Sky’, ‘Rega Zvipore’, ‘Dai Ndaizviziva’, ‘Look Up The Sky’ remix and ‘Vabereki’. The event saw other artists such as Ami Jamanda, Mascline Janyure...

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Chayamiti water project commissioned

Government has commissioned the Chayamiti solar powered water scheme in Chimanimani that is expected to improve provisions of portable water to over 600 households and nearby schools and a clinic. Located on a plateau, Chayamiti village has been affected by persistent droughts which have made it difficult to access water in the area. Speaking at the commissioning the Chayamiti solar piped water project, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Mr George Magosvongwe who represented Minister Abednico Ncube said the scheme that will ensure sustainable development in one of the...

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EMA Manicaland introduces command fire management programme

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Manicaland Chapter has constituted a provincial and district command fire management structure to reduce veld fires incidences by at least 50 percent and protect the gains of the command agriculture programme. The command fire management programme aims at complementing the command agriculture by protecting grain from reckless veld fires. EMA Manicaland provincial manager, Mr Kingstone Chitotombe said the command fire management structures will be supported by massive awareness campaigns that have seen over 60 percent of farmers so far in the province setting up fire guards. “Over and above the implementation of the command...

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Obsolete weapons compromising safety of rangers

The use of obsolete weapons is compromising the safety of Forestry Commission rangers in their execution of duty. This has prompted the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate to call on national security organisations to work together with the Forestry Commission to curb poaching in the country. “The use of old fire arms by Forestry Commission rangers means they will not be able to match the modern weapons used by poachers until the matter is given due attention,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Prince Mupazviriho during an advanced rangers refresher course pass-out...

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Gweru Agricultural, Trade Show opens

Gweru Agricultural and Trade Show has kicked off on a high note in the Midlands capital with many new exciting features having been lined for this year. Organisers of the event are expecting more than 25 000 visitors to attend the annual event. Chairman of the Gweru Show Society, Mr Augustine Mupakurirwa said this year’s show is much bigger with more than 165 exhibitors participating compared to the 150 exhibitors who took part last year. He added several new exciting features such as the Miss Gweru Show Society and a business reception for networking are lined up. Mr Mupakurirwa...

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Harare ready to offer quality services

The City of Harare is taking a battering from various corners with calls for service delivery to be at the top of the agenda of the city fathers. The city however said it is ready to offer quality service to ratepayers. The tale of the capital city is that of uncollected refuse, commuter omnibus operators as well as illegal operators picking up and dropping passengers at undesignated points with vendors turning the central business district into a vending zone. This Thursday (today), the city fathers addressed a press conference, where they declared that Harare is ready to usher in...

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Corrupt police officers at Chiadzwa warned

Cabinet ministers have expressed concern over alleged rampant corruption activity at the Chiadzwa diamond mining area where law enforcement agents are allegedly facilitating entry of illegal panners and buyers into the protected area for a fee. Speaking during the unveiling and construction of 128 graves that were exhumed from the Chiadzwa diamond mining concession, Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Chris Mushohwe hit out at corrupt security officials manning the diamond hub who are reportedly fanning illicit deals by allowing illegal panners and dealers entry into the protected area. Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Water Chidhakwa...

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Govt scales up ease of doing business efforts

The ease of doing business exercise being spearheaded by the Office of the President and Cabinet has moved a gear up with some pieces of legislation to guide the exercise already in place and set to be operational by September this year, a top government official has said. The national investment policy framework which seeks to provide an inclusive roadmap with inclusive guidelines to be followed by investors who want to set business in the country is set to be operational by September, while amendments to the Zimbabwe Investment Act are at an advanced stage as government scales up efforts of easing the way of doing business. Addressing journalists on the sidelines of an investment conference held in Bulawayo today, Brigadier General Thando Madzvamuse who is the principal director in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion said its time for stakeholders to walk the talk as time for talk-shows is over. “A virtual one stop shop that seeks to cut distance and time by having a central saver that connects to all departments that licence investors which outlines the details of any investor is also expected to be operational by September,” said the Zimbabwe Investment Authority chief executive officer, Mr Richard Mubaiwa. The government’s policy on the ease of doing business is meant to plug out all bottlenecks that are affecting the attraction of all forms of...

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