Day: August 23, 2017

Utilise your talents, youths urged

Youths have been challenged to take up their position in the country and make full use of their talents to shape a future they desire. Day three of the National Youth Games was rest day and youth conference was organised to educate the young people on various aspects of life including their place in the economy. Guest speaker, the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Cde Patrick Zhuwawo urged the youths to direct their energy into positive activities that can help the country develop. Other stakeholders also exhibited their various services while an address on sexual reproductive health...

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Mixed reactions over PG interviews results publication

The publication of performance results for the six aspiring candidates for the post of Prosecutor General has led to a debate in the legal fraternity, with some saying publication is a sign of transparency, while others are of the view that publication attracts unnecessary controversy. The 2013 constitution ushered in a new dispensation of transparency and accountability, and it is this spirit that some advocates believe must be promoted by publishing the actual marks of the results of the interviews in public. Advocate Thabani Mpofu said publication of the marks will increase public confidence and promote intellectual integrity for...

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202k hectares subscribed for command agric

202 000 hectares of land has been subscribed for maize and soya beans production for next season under the Command Agriculture Program, with rice having been added to the scheme as the country moves to further reduce food imports. Interest in the command farming programme has increased this year with 44 982 farmers registering to grow maize and soya beans this year. In a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of State in his Office, Cde Clifford Sibanda at the National Agri-Business Conference, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the ultimate target is to enable the agriculture sector...

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High costs weigh down on agriculture

Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector is critical in unlocking value to the entire economy, however huge debts, climate change threats, high costs of inputs, limited production, subdued capacity utilisation as well as producer price distortions for some commodities are affecting viability. Zimbabwe is an agriculture based economy and the sector is key to the nations’ developmental thrust with the just ended 2016/ 2017 summer cropping season providing bright prospects for a 3,7 percent economic growth rate on the back of a good harvest. While the sector embraces a business model where a farmer has to inject funds to sustain operations, the current situation whereby most farmers are owing banks, creditors and financiers huge debts, coupled with high production costs pose threats to profitability in the long term, says Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) President, Mr Wonder Chabikwa. With climate change creating its own problems in terms of planning, the phenomenon is further worsening the plight of the farmers and hindering increased capacity to sustain farming development, said Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) Vice Life President, Dr Robby Mupawose. While food security is critical in facilitating the growth of the manufacturing industries, ZFC Managing Director, Dr Richard Dafana said limited production has also resulted in firms that rely on agricultural inputs such as cooking oil processors, bakeries, millers, meat processors among others having to some extent rely on imports. Sound financing and up...

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Girl (11) records debut album

Eleven year old Nokutenda Dzobo has defied the odds by recording her debut musical album that has six tracks. Nokutenda from St Martin’s Convent School has just proved that age isn’t nothing but just a number when at her tender age she composed and recorded her debut CD album. Daughter to music producer, Allen Dzobo, Nokutenda says she was motivated by Reverend Togarepi Chivaviro and most of her songs are biblically-based. Her father noted that the young girl started singing last year and since then has shown a lot of talent and potential. Nokutenda’s first song is called Nations which she says was derived from a chapter in the book of...

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Tsholotsho upset Bosso, Caps win

Tsholotsho FC claimed their first set of three points after upsetting favourites, Highlanders at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo this afternoot. Tsholotsho scored through Lucky Ndlela in added time in the first half (47th minute) to take a 1-0 lead. In another match, Caps United continued with their fine run after beating Stanford ‘Stix’ Mtizwa’s Black Rhinos 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium at halftime. An own goal by Brighton Chandisaita off a Ronald Pfumbidzai corner kick in the 45th minute was enough for Caps to take a half-time lead. Black Rhinos’ Vincent Mhandu levelled terms in the 79 minute before Dominic Chungwa ensured maximum points for Caps United in the 84th minute. Despite having Justice Jangano sent off in injury time, Caps United held on.  ...

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Free eye surgery for Chipinge community

Chipinge District Hospital has rolled out a three-day free cataract eye operation programme as a response to the growing numbers of people who are getting blind due to cataracts. Preventable blindness is a major concern in the country with an estimated 100 000 people going blind due to cataracts. District Medical Superintendent Dr Brian Makumbe says Chipinge District Eye Clinic attends to an average 100 patients per month prompting the hospital administrators to embark on a free cataract eye operation programme supported by the corporate sector and individuals. Dr Makumbe says the programme requires more corporate support in order...

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Sport Minister laments poor budgetary allocation

Sport is being treated as second class sector as shown by the meagre allocation of US$1.5 million from the fiscus per year. This was highlighted by Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane while officiating at the Youth in Sport Conference in Hwange and Lwendulu Hall. Minister Hlongwane says the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has shown lack of understanding for sport as seen by its allocation of a mere US$1.5 million to the Ministry of Sport. Hlongwane said the people that earn the highest money are sports personalities, adding that there is therefore a need to invest in...

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Youth in Sport Conferences held

Youth in Sport Conferences are underway in Bulawayo and Hwange, the venues for this year’s re-branded Zimbabwe National Youth Games. Today is resting day for the youth games, hence the athletes participation at the conferences organised by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation. In Bulawayo, the conference is being held at the Bulawayo Polytechnic School of Hospitality and the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Cde Patrick Zhuwao, is officiating there. Speaking at the conference, Cde Zhuwao has praised the Ministry of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees for exhibiting at the conference as...

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Zim-Singapore sign Special Economic Zones MOU

Zimbabwe and Singapore economic ties are expected to strengthen after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on special economic zones. Singapore Co-Operation Enterprise Director for Africa and Russia, Mrs Poh Ling said the MOU is an indication of continuous strengthening of ties with Zimbabwe. Special Economic Zones Authority chairman Dr Gideon Gono said the success of the MOU will now depend on commitment by both parties in fulfilling the objectives. The MOU also seeks to promote and develop cooperation in the planning of special economic zones within the country and to explore investment opportunities on the basis...

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