Month: July 2017

Demining activities require more funding: ZNA

The Zimbabwe National Army demining activities in border lying areas between Chiredzi and Sango Border Post are being affected by lack of financial resources with at least US$1 million required to remove the mines per square kilometre. The landmines which are found in the area close to the borders linking Zimbabwe to South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique in Chiredzi were planted during the liberation struggle by the Ian Smith regime as a control measure of stopping freedom fighters who were being trained in neighbouring countries from either leaving the country or coming back. Thirty-seven years after independence, the Zimbabwean...

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‘Unlock maximum value from land’

Proper land use and best farming practices are the answer to increased output and focus has now shifted to unlocking the maximum value from land. There is a general wrong perception that the more land one has, the greater the output. Musarurwa Farm near Epworth hosted a training workshop for small scale farmers on best farming practices. Farmers who took part in the exercise learnt more on value addition, financing as well as how best to unlock value from their pieces of land. Facilitators of the programme Miss Kundai Musarurwa says there is need to ensure that farmers have...

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Turkey, India business delegations fly into Zim

High powered business delegations are expected in the country this Tuesday ahead of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) annual congress. The business delegations from India and Turkey confirms the notion that the nation has a favourable investment climate. With the progress made under the ease of doing business, it is likely that the delegations will be charmed by reforms as they look for investment opportunities on the sidelines of the CZI annual congress. CZI president Mr Sifelani Jabangwe said the annual congress has taken an investment forum dimension as a way of promoting foreign direct investment while also...

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Venezuelan troops, protestors clash

A wave of bloodshed swept Venezuela yesterday as troops cracked down on violent protests against elections to choose members of a powerful assembly that President Nicolas Maduro has tasked with writing a new constitution. Protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country, drawing a bloody response from security forces, who opened fire with live ammunition in some cases. At least 10 people were killed in violence around the vote, bringing the death toll to 120 people in four months of protests. Maduro has decreed a ban on protests during and after the vote, threatening prison terms of...

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Putin hits back at new US sanctions

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave United States diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by the first of September. It brings staff levels to 455, the same as Russia’s complement in Washington. Russia has also said it is seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats. The new US sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the US election....

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Govt committed to end malaria

The government has made tremendous progress in the fight to end malaria with various intervention measures being put in place to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality. The provincial commemorations of World Malaria Day comes at a time when Manicaland is still struggling to reduce malaria incidences and deaths. Due to incessant rains Manicaland province recorded higher malaria incidences as compared to the two previous years, something which the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Cde Supa Mandiwanzira says is a major concern. Giving a provincial perspective, the Provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control Officer Dr Munyaradzi Mukuzunga...

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Unprocessed exports: SADC losing millions

The SADC region is losing millions of dollars per year from unprocessed exports with calls for the member states to urgently consider implementation of value addition policies. The SADC Industrialisation Week being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, has seen captains of industry and commerce bemoaning the continued reliance on primary commodity exports. While the region boasts of vast resources, failure to process them into finished goods has resulted in massive revenue losses for the trading bloc. Statistics compiled by SADC show the region is being prejudiced of millions of dollars with experts calling for an urgent implementation of the...

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Soccer development programme for UMP

Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) district in Mashonaland East has come up with a programme for soccer development starting at grassroots level. The soccer development programme which is targeting all schools in the district is a partnership between the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, UMP Rural District Council and Uzumba legislator, Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa. UMP District Schools Inspector, Mr Botty Chimhanda told delegates at the launch of the programme at Nhakiwa Vocational Training Centre that the partnership will go a long way in developing talent at grassroots level. Cde Mudarikwa, who sourced the soccer balls distributed to all the...

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Illegal structures face demolition in Goromonzi

A technical committee set up to probe illegal sale of land in Goromonzi Rural District Council (RDC) has recommended the demolition of illegal structures and the restoration of land to its original state. The technical committee recommended that the first step would be to approach the courts for demolition orders. Chiefs Chikwaka and Rusike told a stakeholders meeting at Ruwa Golf Club that there is need for political will and cooperation from traditional leaders to solve the problem. Goromonzi South legislator, Cde Petronella Kagonye and Goromonzi RDC Chairperson, Cde Claudious Muzanenhamo expressed concern over the continued illegal sale of...

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10 irrigation schemes rehabilitated in Mat South

Food security and nutrition as well as household incomes are set to improveĀ  in Matabeleland South Province following the rehabilitation of 10 irrigation schemes under the Small Holder Irrigation Programme. The four-year Small Holder Irrigation Programme funded by the European Union to the tune of US$6 million and was targeted at Matabeleland South and Manicaland provinces is set to end this December. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which is facilitating the programme together with government, says significant work has been done at the 10 irrigation schemes in the Matabeleland South with some of the facilities fitted with smart...

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