Day: August 1, 2017

Mat North hit by science labs’ shortage

Matabeleland North province is hard hit by a shortage of science laboratories with only seven secondary schools having facilities that meet the requirements for Ordinary Level students set by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Binga district is the worst affected as it does not have a single laboratory meeting the set standards. The shortage of science laboratories has seen many schools scoring very low pass rates in science subjects. The challenge has also forced Hillside Teachers College to recruit students teachers with grade “C” in science subjects at Ordinary Level, a situation which compromises the quality of...

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EMA tackles hazardous substances imports

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has tightened screws on the importation of hazardous substances as part of the strategies aimed at minimising their use for poaching purposes. The new regulations require import licences with EMA implementing a tracking system to ascertain  the destination as well as the storage of such substances. The move has been taken to ensure that the public has no access to substances such as cyanide as they can make use of them in poaching activities. According to EMA Provincial Manager Matabeleland North Mrs Chipo Mpofu Zuze, the move is based on past experiences which show...

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Chicken Inn date Caps United

Wednesday will see two sides with contrasting performances clashing at Luveve stadium as Chicken Inn hosts Caps United in a potential thriller. The Gamecocks go into the midweek encounter on third position following a 1-nil victory over city neighbours Bulawayo City at Luveve stadium on Sunday. On the other hand, Makepekepe troop for the encounter bruised after a 3-2 defeat to Harare City. Caps has been finding the going tough since their exit from the CAF champions league and they currently languish on the bottom three of the log standing with just 14 points from 12 matches though with...

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Macadamia One Stop Centre opens in Chipinge

Global attention on macadamia nuts continue to shift towards supporting production in Zimbabwe with the opening of the first one stop centre in Chipinge being the latest investment venture. Macadamia nuts that are believed to have originated in Australia are now extensively grown in Chipinge and have not only drawn the attention of international buyers but are also attracting new investments. The opening of the country’s one stop centre in Chipinge will greatly assist in boosting productivity in the macadamia farming sector and offer a solid base for beneficiation and value addition of the district’s green diamond, says Chipinge...

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SA exports to Zim fall

South Africa is feeling the pinch of the tight import controls gazetted by the Zimbabwean government with statistics indicating the volume of exports have registered a 10 percent drop since January. Zimbabwe, a key trading partner for South Africa effected a Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 mid last year which tightened controls on selected commodities. Data shown to the ZBC News at the SADC Industrialisation Workshop in Johannesburg indicate that South Africa has incurred a 10 percent drop in exports to Zimbabwe on the back of the tight controls. An official from the SADC secretariat Dr Monane Monnane told...

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Gwanda businessman gunned down

A prominent Gwanda businessman and farmer Mr Tariro Maphosa has been killed while his wife is battling for life at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after the couple was shot at during an armed robbery outside their home in Jacaranda suburb last night. Mr Maphosa owned a number of retail outlets in Gwanda, including Zebrine supermarket and butchery. According to a family member,  Mr Maphosa who was in the company of his wife and daughter were attacked around eight in the evening by two suspected robbers. The robbers, a male and female, are said to have pounced on the...

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