Day: August 18, 2017

Govt steps up efforts to collect land rentals

Government has stepped up efforts to collect payment of land rentals and raise awareness that state land is not for sale. The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement has embarked on an initiative to improve collection of land rentals by raising awareness among farmers and traders on the procedures for paying lease rentals, land rentals and development levy. Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Grace Mutandiro said farmers have an obligation to pay land levies as this money finances land administration which is an expensive exercise. “This is the time when most farmers are selling crop,...

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Mayor’s Invitational basketball tourney kicks off

The annual Harare Mayor’s Invitational basketball tournament roared into life today at the City Sports Centre with 34 teams battling it out for top honours. The $US11 450 bankrolled tournament has teams drawn the local league and from neighbouring countries like Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia and is set to run up to Sunday. Chairperson of the Harare Basketball League, Sani Mbofana said they set up the tournament to help develop the local game. The tournament features men and ladies categories and will see the winners walking away with US$3 000 each while runners up will pocket USD$ 1500...

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Japan willing to invest in Zim

Japan says it is committed to promoting investments and developing human resource for economic growth. This came out when the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Toshiyuki Iwado paid a courtesy call on Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko at his offices in Harare this Friday. The motor industry is an area which has a great potential for investment as the country moves towards the phasing out of second hand vehicles. In an interview after emerging from a closed door meeting with the Acting President, Mr Iwado said they discussed issues to do with investment opportunities and other bilateral agreements. He said some Japanese business people are willing to invest in Zimbabwe’s motor vehicle industry. The Japanese Ambassador said they are also interested in the agricultural sector which he said has a great potential for Zimbabwe. Japan and Zimbabwe enjoy cordial relations in various economic and social spheres. Japan has assisted Zimbabwe in developing some irrigation schemes, construction of schools and provision of safe and portable water through the drilling of...

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Commercialisation of innovations key to development

Tertiary institutions have over the years come up with innovations that if commercialised can assist local authorities generate the much needed revenue. Automated water treatment plants, security systems that monitor transport as well as record infractions are some of the technological advancements that are being used by many smart cities globally. Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor Levi Nyagura says such innovations have been developed by tertiary institutions and can be deployed to assist the country’s local authorities. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Engineer George Mlilo said deployment of...

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Govt to slash transport operators fees   

The government plans to reduce fees for transport operators by more than 50 percent as part of efforts to increase investments within the industry. It emerged at the resuscitation meeting of Pioneer Transport currently under judicial management, that the government is also working on policies to increase business confidence in the transport sector. The Director of Transport Management in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Mr Allowance Sango told creditors, suppliers and workers after commissioning 10 trucks of the firm in the capital on Friday, the government will soon be announcing the fees reduction structures in line with...

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BREAKING NEWS: 21 February declared public holiday

The government has declared 21 February a public holiday in honour of the values and principles stood for by President Robert Mugabe who was born on the 21st of February in 1924. Announcing the declaration of 21 February as a public holiday which will be called Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day at a press conference in Harare, Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo said the request was long overdue following advocacy and lobbying by the founders of the 21st February movement, the National Youth League and many Zimbabweans since 1985. Dr Chombo said the decision, which was also unanimously endorsed...

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Agric equipment suppliers gear up for next season 

Agriculture equipment suppliers are gearing up for the forthcoming summer cropping season and have started the process of servicing and inspecting machinery in farming areas. Agro dealers who supplied machinery under government’s mechanisation schemes and on individual basis are readying for the 2017/18 summer cropping season by servicing implements. The ZBC News caught up with suppliers who participated in the Brazil More Food for Africa Programme first phase, preparing implements at Kildonan Irrigation Scheme in Seke district. Brazim Agripower director Austin Chinyangare said a lot of machinery requires back up service as some parts are now worn out. “We...

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Increased transactions: Banks fail to cope

With the sharp rise in bank account holders in line with the use of plastic money, stakeholders believe the information communication infrastructure is being outstripped by the volumes and high charges levied on the banking public and high interest rates remain challenges that now need attention in the obtaining economic environment. In a bid to ease cash shortages, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders pushed for the wide use of electronic transactions with most Zimbabweans now using the point of sale machines, mobile transfers, internet banking and the real time gross settlement (RTGS). These methods of payments...

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PSL matches enter Week 22

Premiership action enters Match Day 22 this Saturday with a double header set for Rufaro stadium. Double thrills are in the offing at Rufaro stadium as Yadah FC welcome Air Force of Zimbabwe side Chapungu in an early kick off fixture at 13:00 hours before army side Black Rhinos host second placed Chicken Inn in a potential thriller at the normal kick off time of 1500 hours. A win for the Rahman Gumbo coached side will catapult the Gamecocks to the summit of the log on 45 points going into Sunday. A mother of all battles is looming this...

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UPDATED: Cde Mahofa’s body flown to Gutu

The body of the late national heroine Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa is now in Gutu where it will lie in state at her house at Mupandawana Growth Point before being flown to Harare tomorrow. Business was briefly brought to a standstill in Masvingo town as the body of the late national heroine Cde Mahofa moved from a funeral parlour in town to her home in Rhodene. A church service was held at the house after which the body was flown to Gutu Mupandawana. People from all walks of life thronged Makombo Stadium where the body was taken to allow...

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