Day: August 21, 2017

Fraud case: Magistrates recuse themselves

The legal feud between Harare businessmen who have dragged each other to court on several counter charges of fraud has now seen some magistrates not wanting to be associated with the case. The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) is now according to sources now seized with the matter after a fresh complaint by one of the parties who alleges his opponent is influencing the decisions of the bench. Dean Savaniah and Nathan Munaba have been dragging each other to the courts since more than five years ago over a deal that went sour as they did not complete the sale...

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GMB still taking in grain deliveries

The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has made contingent measures in place to make up for depots whose storage facilities are filled up as more grain continues to be delivered countrywide. The GMB is still taking in grain deliveries by farmers and is creating more storage facilities to accommodate more deliveries. At Banket GMB depot, grain is being cargoed by wagons and haulage trucks to Norton and Murewa depots in order to create more space in the silos that have a capacity of 84 000 tonnes. The depot has a combined storage capacity of 91 000 tonnes. The institution has...

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10k school teachers to undertake ICT training 

10 000 primary and secondary school teachers are set to undergo information, communication   and technology (ICT) skills training to capacitate them to teach computers in schools. Dubbed ICT skills training for educators, the programme is being funded to the tune of US$100 000 by Higher Life Foundation in partnership with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). Under the initiative 10 000 primary and secondary school teachers across all the provinces will receive basic computer skills training. BUSE vice chancellor, Professor Eddie Mwenje and Higher Life director, Mr Kenny Mubaiwa agreed the programme is aimed at complimenting government efforts in...

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Referees undergo 5-day course

The country’s 35 topflight referees who include six females are attending a member association FIFA and ZIFA five-day course at Prince Edward being conducted by FIFA referee instructors Felix Tangawarima and Malawian Mark Mtshengu. The referees’ course began on Monday. The referees’ passed fitness test with a 100 percent record and will now shift focus to practicals both in class and on the field of play. The course according to Tangawarima is part of FIFA and ZIFA capacity building of local topflight football referees and will focus on amendment of rules and will be 80 percent practicals and will...

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Illegal settlements push local authorities to develop

High rate of illegal urban development in the Rangemore area in Bulawayo has led to the implementation of a memorandum of understanding between Umguza Rural District Council (RDC) and Bulawayo City Council (BCC) for the development of the Rangemore area. Mayor of Bulawayo Councillor Martin Moyo said the need for urban housing has spread beyond the current boundaries of the city, hence the need to develop illegal settlements such as Embundane and Emthunzini. BCC Engineer Simela Dube said the area to be developed has a potential of housing close to 96 000 properties in the Rangemore area. The unlocking...

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City Hornets, Weekend Squad win Mayor’s basketball tourney

The curtain came down on the Mayor’s Invitational basketball tournament with Harare City Hornets and Weekend Squad from Namibia crowned champions in the men and ladies categories respectively. Local basketball players and officials believe they learnt lessons from the just ended Mayor’s Invitational basketball tournament. Harare City Hornets won the tournament as Lusaka City Council emerged runners up while Manicaland’s Mercenaries came third in the men’s category. In the women’s category, Weekend Squad from Namibia were the overall winners while Brave Hearts from Malawi were second and Bulawayo’s Southern Marvericks settled for bronze. The event provided an opportunity to...

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10 perish in Murewa accident

10 people died while 13 were injured when two commuter omnibuses collided at the 59km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway just before Musami Cross business centre this morning. Four people died on the spot, two who were transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare were pronounced dead upon arrival while four others were pronounced dead upon arrival at Musami Mission Hospital in Murewa. Eyewitnesses said one of the kombis which was travelling from Murewa to Harare encroached onto the lane of another vehicle in a bid to overtake resulting in a head-on collision. Of the injured, eight were...

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Calls to adopt anti discrimination legislation

Labour inspectors have been implored to assist in the implementation of policies concerning employment and rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. African labour experts’ representatives from various African countries are being embraced in the fight against HIV and AIDS through the provision of technical expertise. This Monday (today), the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) opened a four day workshop to capacitate labour experts from various parts of the continent with expertise to deal with HIV and AIDS at the workplace. ARLAC acting director, Mr Locary Hlabanu said labour inspectors should help in the implementation of policies...

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Zim embraces local product policy

Zimbabwe is embracing a local product content policy whose aim is to increase the market share for local firms and reduce the huge import bill. The proposed local product development policy seeks to consolidate gains that have been achieved after the implementation of a Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 by tightening import controls on selected products. Buy Zimbabwe chief economist, Mr Kipson Gundani told captains of industry and commerce local firms are therefore being expected to co-operate in terms of providing input to the policy. “What we anticipate is that system where we can unlock growth for local goods,”...

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EU head meets Parly Speaker   

On the 1st of November three years ago, the European Union block took a step towards the normalisation of relations with Zimbabwe by allowing the appropriate measures under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement to expire. This has resulted in the block intensifying policy dialogue with Harare and a commitment to continue supporting the country in various sectors, including the development of strong governance institutions. This Monday, the EU head of delegation to Zimbabwe Ambassador Phillipe Van Damme paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda to review progress in the implementation of some...

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