Day: August 7, 2017

Foot and mouth threatens livestock production

Inadequate funding for procurement of foot and mouth vaccines is hampering efforts by government to mitigate the high impact disease which affects livestock. Every four to six months at least 500 000 doses have to be administered at a cost of about US$1 million. Principal director in the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services, Dr UnesuUshewokunze-Obatulu said foot and mouth vaccinations should be carried out regularly and consistently but insufficient resources have resulted in many areas in the southern low-veld which are due for vaccination and revaccination failing to undergo the process. “It spreads much more easily when the...

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Local entrepreneur capitalises on scrap aluminium

A local entrepreneur in Birchenough is riding on the availability of scrap aluminium materials in his pot making business where he is moulding at least 7 000 three legged aluminium pots every month. Calls to embark on environmental friendly businesses are a chorus almost everyone is now familiar with, but for a Birchenough Bridge entrepreneur Brian Madinya such environmental awareness initiatives must open opportunities such as how to value add waste. Madinya took advantage of Birchenough’s geographical positioning as a transit small growth point to start his project in 2015 using scrap aluminium and he now employs at least...

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PPPs unlock potential for livestock farmers

A public private partnership (PPP) arrangement for livestock farmers in Buhera district has unlocked the potential of cattle farming in the area. Synergies between the private sector and livestock farmers in Buhera district has equipped the local players with the necessary support around management and breeding a development that has transformed the viability of their industry into a commercial entity. Through sustained cattle fattening practices farmers are realizing better revenues and are now setting their sights on expanding the current herd of 100 cows to over 300 within the next five years. The example being set out by this...

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Zengeza 1 High wins drummies competition

Harare’s Glen View was turned into a spectacle as a provincial drummies teams lit up the high density suburb for a competition that was eventually won by Zengeza 1 High School. The third year edition of the provincial drummies competition brought colour to Glen View 2 High School as 21 drum majorette groups from various schools competed for honours. In the end Zengeza 1 High emerged overall winners while hosts Glen View 2 were runners up and Dzivarasekwa 1 High coming third. The chairperson for drummies National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) Harare Province, Ms Gladys Sithole said...

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Cancer awareness show held

A fashion show designed to raise awareness and funds for cancer patients was held in Bulawayo with an ardent call for combined efforts raised, if success is to be achieved in combating the disease. Top designers gathered for a worthy cause to raise funds to assist in the upkeep of cancer patients. Event guest of honour United Refineries chief executive officer, Mr Busisa Moyo called upon fellow industrialists to play their part in the fight against cancer. Proceeds from the fashion show were handed to Kidzcan with the executive director, Dr Ntombi Muchuchuti making a passionate plea on the...

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Zim loses confidence in insurance sector

The informal sector has remained skeptical on taking insurance citing lack of accountability and transparency by most insurance companies. While most people understand the importance of the insurance industry, failure to access their money after the multicurrency regime has left most of the people in the informal sector skeptical about rejoining the insurance. A survey carried out by ZBC in Magaba area in Mbare indicates that most people have lost confidence and want the insurance sector to be transparent and account for the contributions made by people before the coming in of the multicurrency. Last week, the Minister of...

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Fashion designers challenged

A local fashion designer says like culture fashion is dynamic and designers should always be abreast with latest trends in the industry. Players in the fashion industry attended a fashion show held in the capital. The show attracted fashion designers and models showcasing the latest trends in the industry. Fashion designer and one of the organisers of the show Dave Mnaba noted that their industry is dynamic, hence the need to always keep track of the latest designs. Models at the show said the occasion gave them an opportunity to assess what the industry offers, while also creating employment....

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Battle of municipalities on the cards

Local authorities will next month converge in Bindura for a sporting extravaganza featuring different sports codes. The coming in of the games follow demands enunciated in the country’s sports policy set out by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation. Bindura will roar into life with the first ever local authorities’ games festival set for the 28th of September. The municipalities will compete in various sports code including chess, swimming, darts, netball, tug of war, soccer and netball among other disciplines. The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is hoping to ride on such events for the refurbishment and maintenance of...

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Mothers waiting shelter for Masvingo North

In a bid to ease the burden for expectant mothers, villagers in Hwendedzo under Chief Musara in Masvingo North constituency and Gutu district have partnered with their local member of the house of assembly, Cde Davis Marapira to pool resources together for the construction of a mothers waiting shelter. So far the villagers have raised over US$300 with the legislator chipping in with 75 bags of cement towards the project. Cde Marapira who addressed villagers from the area as he handed over the building materials said they will push to ensure that the waiting mothers shelter is built within...

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MCAZ targets to broaden its regulatory scope

The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) is targeting to broaden its regulatory scope and venture into medical products that include diagnostics and blood products. The authority celebrated its 20th anniversary at the weekend. Since its birth in 1997, the MCAZ has played a pivotal role as an effective medicines regulator which has positively impacted in the maintenance of standards within the country’s health delivery sector. The process to expand the authority’s regulatory scope started in 2015 through the gazetting of the complementary medicines regulations. “These are currently being enforced to ensure compliance of manufacturers and distributors with the...

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