Day: August 9, 2017

The disabled cry foul over RBZ facility

People with disabilities have bemoaned the stringent measures attached to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s $5 million facility, saying they are impacting negatively to the financial inclusion strategy. In a bid to promote financial inclusion, the government through the RBZ availed a $5 million facility for people with disabilities but representatives of the underprivileged group cited stringent measures attached to the fund as the major setback. In an interview on the sidelines of Persons with Disabilities Network meeting with the RBZ, founder of Signs of Hope Trust, Ms Samantha Sibanda said the disabled are finding it almost impossible...

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‘Bogus construction firms eye Beitbridge-Hre highway’

The Zimbabwe Builders and Contractors Association has lamented the sprouting of bogus construction companies that are eying jobs under the Beitbridge-Harare highway project. The association’s president, Engineer Ransom Nherera said there is a sudden increase of bogus construction companies registering with their organisation as they target benefitting from projects under the multi-million dollar dualisation project of the Beitbridge-Harare highway. Engineer Nherera was addressing delegates at the builders’ conference in Gweru. “If phony companies are allowed to register and operate under the banner of the construction industry, it might compromise the reputation of local construction companies as most of these new players lack expertise,” he said. The dualisation project of the Beitbridge-Harare highway, where an estimated US$1 billion has been invested, has a lot of opportunities expected to be created through the project including 300 000 jobs for both skilled and semi-skilled people. Under the dualisation project, 40 percent of the value of the road will go to local companies who will be...

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Bridget back home, meets VP Mnangagwa

The heart wrenching story of an 8-year old cancer patient, Bridget Mandimutsira has touched the hearts of many Zimbabweans who continue to pour their love through donations to make her life and that of her parents bearable. The little girl, who was receiving treatment in South Africa, is now back in Zimbabwe and today met one of her benefactors, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. There are times when a diagnosis is so heartbreaking and there are no words to comfort the affected. When the ZBC News carried a story on the 25th of last month, appealing for assistance to help...

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PSL results

Harare City 2-0 Shabanie Mine. Chapungu 0-0 How Mine Chicken Inn 2-0 Triangle Ngezi Platinum 4-1 Yadah FC FC Platinum 3-1 Bulawayo City FC Bantu Rovers 1-0 Black...

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Illicit fuel deals cost Zim millions

Zimbabwe is losing millions of dollars in potential revenue per year due to illicit fuel imports with regulatory authorities being called on to come up with systematic approaches to stamp out the rampant smuggling of the commodity. Concern is being raised over the negative effects of fuel being traded outside the formal or regularised markets in Zimbabwe. Data made available to stakeholders at an illicit fuel trade meeting this Wednesday indicate the nation is being prejudiced of millions of dollars on the back of a rise in alleged illicit trade in fuel. Motor Industry Association of Zimbabwe president Mr...

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Mvurwi accident victims identified

The charred remains of 11 people who perished in the Mvurwi road accident two weeks ago have been identified. According to Mashonaland Central Civil Protection Unit chairperson Mr Cosmas Chiringa, the remains were identified through DNA and have since been collected by family members from Mvurwi hospital mortuary for burial. The deceased were burnt beyond recognition following a head on collision involving a commuter omnibus and a private vehicle  which occurred along the Mazowe-Centenary Road near Forester Farm two  weeks ago. Mr Chiringa identified the deceased as: Tatenda Jasi (22) and Happiness Gode ( 31) both from Muzarabani Tendai...

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Call to monitor RDCs to ensure service delivery

A call has been made to capacitate responsible authorities to closely monitor operations of rural local authorities that are failing to deliver on their mandate of improving livelihoods of rural communities. Many rural local authorities continue to lag behind in improving the livelihoods of rural communities due to a number of factors which includes financial and human resources constraints, poor management of funds and corruption. UNICEF country representative Dr Mohamed Ayoya says women and children are the most affected by poor service delivery in rural communities and there is need to promote effective governance in rural local authorities. He...

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Sudanese envoy bids farewell to VP Mphoko

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Sudan Mr Hamdan Wadi has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in South Sudan where the internal conflict has been further complicated by famine. The Sudanese ambassador, who was speaking to Zimbabwean journalists after meeting with Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, said the conflict in South Sudan is hampering various economic activities with his country which gets revenue from the transmission of oil through their country. He said the combination of civil war between the government and Riek Machar has further worsened the problem of food shortages in their southern neighbour and famine...

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BREAKING: Cabinet approves Robert Mugabe University

A university in honour of President Robert Mugabe, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University is set to be built in Mazowe following cabinet approval and a US$1 billion grant for construction and research. The university will be Zimbabwe’s first 100 percent STEM institution. The responsible authority for the university is the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Foundation, whose founding trustees are President Mugabe and the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe. Cabinet has already approved an $800 million grant for construction and a $200 million grant for the university’s endowment fund for research and innovation. The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science...

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LOGIC awards: Small cities, towns rule the roost

Local authorities were honoured last night at the Local government Investment Conference (LOGIC) awards held in the capital. Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere officiated at the awards ceremony. Small cities and towns ruled the roost at the awards ceremony which saw Harare city failing to get a single award. The Water Supply and Waste Water Management award went to Hwange Local Board, while Bulawayo City Council scooped two awards – the Solid Waste Management award and the Development Control award. Chinhoyi Municipality was named the best local authority in the Roads and Traffic...

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