Day: August 4, 2017

AMA projects increase in revenue

The Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) says their revenue for the 2016 financial year declined by 37 percent owing to drought challenges but anticipates it will increase this year due to good rains and government’s support. With a yield of 1.6 metric tonnes expected under command agriculture programme and the existence of statutory instrument 64 of 2016 the agriculture economy is poised for growth though liquidity challenges are making it difficult for the agro industry to import critical inputs. Speaking to the ZBC News after presenting financial statement for the year 2016 in the capital, AMA acting board chairman, Mr...

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ZICOM embarks on breastfeeding campaign

As part of celebrations to commemorate breastfeeding week, the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM) Bulawayo Province took time to impart lactating skills with mothers admitted in the maternity ward at Mpilo Central Hospital. The Bulawayo Province midwives confederation chose to follow through the International Day of Midwives theme that speaks of midwives, mothers and families as partners for life. Part of the activities that the midwives undertook include the cleaning of maternity facilities, health education to mothers who had just delivered and skills and advise on general care of infants, as a way of giving back to the community...

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Mberengwa flood victims receive food aid

Almost 1 000 villagers from Matarutse B area in Mberengwa East who were victims of floods in the 2016/17 season have received food assistance through the benevolence of an organisation, the Adam Molai Foundation. During the handover ceremony, the chairman of the foundation, Mr Itai Watinaye said they are responding to the reality that in moments of disaster organisations must partner government. Legislator for the area, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane lauded the gesture saying government is appreciative of any such acts of kindness. The people who were victims of the floods also expressed gratitude. Traditionally a semi arid area, last...

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ZSE loses investor confidence

Zimbabweans are seemingly losing interest on long term investments with revelations indicating US$21 million worth of shares remain unclaimed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE). The development has also raised concern in the insurance and pensions industry where investors have also shown little interest on the back of rampant allegations of failing to get the real value of investment. The adoption of a multiple currency system from the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009  while having created stable macro economic conditions has however resulted in loss of investor confidence as most people feel having been shortchanged in terms of  their investments....

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Zimplats, govt in talks over indigenisation plan

The country’s largest platinum mining firm, Zimplats is in talks with the government over its indigenisation implementation plan (IPP). In its latest trading update for the quarter ending June 30 this year, Zimplats said it has already fulfilled its employee share ownership scheme with the indigenisation implementation roadmap still under consideration by regulatory authorities. The rebound in global platinum prices has resulted in the country’s largest platinum mining firm, registering increased revenue inflows thereby contributing US$51 million to government in direct and indirect taxes, notes the report. The redevelopment of the Bimha Mine is also on course with US$36...

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Zim mobile payments reach US$1.5 bn

Mobile transactions in Zimbabwe are now averaging US$1.5 billion per month reflecting increased uptake of the facilities on the back of hard cash flow constraints. The reliance of Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce on hard cash transactions has slowed down as evidenced by data released at a mobile and digital payments conference which shows an 80 percent uptake of mobile payments. An ICT expert Mr Neeraj Malik said banks, mobile firms should therefore focus on efficient and affordable services. “There is now need to come up with efficient systems otherwise most consumers will fail to transact,” he said. There is...

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Nyanyadzi irrigation scheme revived after 17 years

Production capacity for small holder  farmers has been greatly improved following  the  successful rehabilitation of the Nyanyadzi irrigation scheme 17 years after canals where badly affected by Cyclone Eline. The devastating effects of Cyclone Eline which affected the country in 2000 worsened an already existing challenge of heavy siltation for the Nyanyadzi water canals eventually burying the water system underground for over 15 years. Agricultural activities, the mainstay of small holder farmers in this area were greatly affected  adding to other woes that villagers faced to satisfy their daily water requirements. The revitalisation of the 412 hectare scheme through...

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Teacher training colleges embrace new curriculum

Teacher training colleges have begun to adjust their syllabi to suit the requirements of the new education curriculum introduced by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. It emerged during the 58th graduation ceremony for Hillside Teachers’ College that most teachers now being churned out by teacher training institutions have been equipped with knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of the new education curriculum that government adopted at the beginning of this year. Addressing delegates during the graduation ceremony this Thursday (yesterday), Hillside Teachers’ College principal, Mr Edward Gumbo said his institution is proud to have produced graduates in...

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Zanu PF confident of winning Nyanga South by-election

Zanu PF is confident of winning the Nyanga South ward 19 local government by-election scheduled for August 26. The Zanu PF Manicaland leadership descended on Chitsanza ward 19 in Sedze to drum up support for the party’s candidate Cde George John Mukoto. Addressing the Zanu PF party supporters the provincial leadership emphasized on the need to safeguard the values of the revolutionary party by handing victory to Cde Mukoto and lay a strong foundation going into the 2018 general elections. The Zanu PF candidate promised he would deliver development for the people of Chitsanza once voted into power. The...

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Kubvunya releases 4th album

Karoi-based gospel musician, Something –To- Do Kubvunya, who fronts the group, Voices of Hope  Crew has released his 4th album titled ‘Mwana Wemporofita’. Kubvunya  has encouraged local musicians to  collaborate as this enhances their musical skills and help reach out to various audiences. Kubvunya told ZBC News that collaborations help upcoming and established musicians share experiences and also develop musically. His 12 track album carries songs such as  ‘Mudiwa Wangu’, ‘Tsaona Mumigwagwa’ ,’MaZimbabwe’ and ‘Vana Vaduku’ among others . His music tackles spiritual issues, children’s rights, moral values, love among other issues. On his latest album, Kubvunya collaborated with...

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