Day: August 6, 2017

Timber business thriving in Mat North

The timber logging business is booming in Matabeleland North Province with the Forestry Commission struggling to meet an overwhelming demand from both the local and export market. Although Matabeleland North Province is the hub of timber logging in the country, the use of obsolete equipment is affecting operations to meet the prevailing high demand. The demand is higher in South Africa, Botswana as well as the United States and the country is already facing stiff competition from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zambia. Chief conservator of forests, Mr Armstone Tembo said the Forestry Commission now requires recapitalisation...

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Mabvuku’s Irene Gwaze, an angel from above

In 1999 an abandoned child at the Africa Unity Square got a mother and a home. This was the beginning of the story of Mrs Irene Gwaze who is now taking care of 25 children in a two roomed house in Mabvuku. From taking care of a single victim Mrs Gwaze’s love for vulnerable and abandoned children has never wilted. Now looking after 25 children, all she has is abundant love and sharing the little she has including her small home with the children. Neighbours confessed their love for the family and for Mrs Gwaze who has managed to stand by the children despite the economic hardships. But it was one special Saturday (yesterday) this weekend as some good Samaritans led by the ZBC Radio Zimbabwe team descended on her home to shower her family with goodies. ZBC head television and radio services, Mrs Tendai Madondo called on other corporates to come on board to help towards providing decent accommodation for the orphanage. The good Samaritans donated food stuffs and clothes among other items but the issue of accommodation remains a major challenge needing urgent...

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Blessing Nyapimbi wins Marume Classic

Blessing Nyapimbi of Marondera scooped the top senior men’s bodybuilding crown after displaying an impressive body symmetry at the inaugural edition of the Marume Classic yesterday evening. Prosper Muganirwa was second with Gideon Teguru settling for third spot. Ashley Dube won the ladies bikini and fitness category with Chamunorwa Marange winning the men’s open fitness category. Tinotenda Gumba claimed pole position in the men’s physique. After a night of amazing body displays event organiser, Givemore Marume was left satisfied with the competition exhibited in the inaugural event. The Ministry of Sport and Recreation commended Marume for staging the competition....

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Parly raises funds for charitable organisations

The Parliament of Zimbabwe took yet another social responsibility stride to stage its inaugural charity golf tournament which was well attended by members of parliament and companies. The golf tournament was aimed at raising funds for three charitable organisations that cater for the elderly in the country. An auction was also held to increase proceeds. Officiating at the prize giving ceremony, Senate president, Cde Edna Madzongwe thanked all who participated in the worthy cause. Proceeds from the golf event will be shared equally among Entembembe Old People’s Home in Bulawayo, Bumhudzo Old People’s Home in Chitungwiza and Mutema Leprosy...

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Industry banks on US$600 mn nostro stabilisation facility

Economic analysts are confident that the negotiation for an enhanced nostro stabilisation facility of US$600 million from Afreximbank by the Central Bank will be critical in addressing gaps which were being faced by industry to meet their foreign exchange receipts. The nostro stabilisation facility is expected to address the current delays faced by industry in processing outgoing payments for procurement of critical raw materials. During his monetary policy statement presentation, the apex bank boss, Dr John Mangudya said the facility will be available by end of August a development expected to translate towards the revival of key companies while...

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NetOne holds employee wellness day

The country has certainly caught the vibe to propagate a health wellness drive and corporates are also coming on board with a mobile network provider on Friday bringing activity at a local sports venue as staff members competed in several sports. A health body speaks of a health mind and a health mind provides increased production. The event gave employees a time to engage in physical activity in sport codes that included tug of war, netball, football, tennis and basketball. NetOne human resources executive, Kuda Nyashanu said the wellness initiative is driven by the desire to ensure the wellbeing...

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DNA evidence critical in rape cases

Council for the Welfare of Children says DNA evidence must be considered in cases involving minors and all vulnerable groups. The sentiments follow a report highlighted by the ZBC News on an 11 year old mentally challenged girl who was raped with the council calling for an urgent review of the rape case. Incoherent and inconsistent statements are some of the characteristics of people who suffer from mental challenges. The 11 year-old mentally challenged Seke victim of rape is not an exception to such attributes, unfortunately the law is ignorant of such vulnerable groups. Director for the Council for...

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Bureau Veritas rejects substandard imports

French-based firm Bureau Veritas contracted by government to provide consignment-based conformity assessment (CBCA) services says it has to date rejected products worth more than US$182 million destined for Zimbabwe for being substandard. Bureau Veritas Zimbabwe and Botswana contracts manager, Mr Tendai Jeremiah Malunga said the initiative has ensured that local industry enjoys a fair trade environment and that the domestic market is protected from the importation of substandard and harmful products. The French-based company has also announced that it has intensified the awareness programme and is currently involved in robust engagements with the local business associations with a view...

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