Day: August 27, 2017

President in Vic falls for WHO Africa conference

President Robert Mugabe is in Victoria Falls ahead of the opening ceremony of the 67th World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa Conference, which begins tomorrow and runs until the 1st of September. He was welcomed at the Victoria International Airport by the Matabeleland North Minister of State, Ambassador Cain Mathema, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa, the Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Aldrin Musiiwa, Victoria Falls Mayor Sifiso Mpofu, services chiefs and other government officials. The President is expected to address about...

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NRZ relishes recapitalisation move

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is positioning itself to reclaim its market share following its milestone partnership with a private firm that will see a US$400 million recapitalisation.  2017 will go down in history as the year in which the NRZ marked two milestone achievements. The parastatal is celebrating 120 years and it has now partnered Transnet and Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG), which will invest US$400 million after winning the NRZ recapitalisation tender. NRZ Spokesperson, Nyasha Maravanyika said the railway company is going to be a link for industrial development, targeting the mining, manufacturing and agriculture sectors.  ...

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Carnival mood grips nation

The Harare International Carnival fever has already gripped the country as a number of road shows have been held ahead of the main event that starts on the 1st until the 10th of next month. The 2017 edition of the carnival promises to be bigger and better as reflected by the huge sponsorship into the event that has attracted major artistes from South Africa and Zimbabwe. 25 countries have so far confirmed their participation at the event, with the sponsors optimistic of pulling off a memorable show in the history of Zimbabwe. The carnival mood has already filled the...

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Apostolic sects resist registration

Apostolic sects have resisted moves to register them under the Medical Practitioners Act, arguing that their practices are different from those of traditional healers. Speaking at a bishop’s ordination ceremony in Epworth, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) President, Archbishop Johannes Ndanga argued that the Act does not have jurisdiction over faith healers.     “The Traditional Medical Practitioners Act chapter 27.14 is silent about Apostolic sects, is silent about healing because faith emanates from within, it is not traditional knowledge where people know that a particular medicine is for a particular desease. So the authorities must consult and not dictate...

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Hospitality sector tops customer satisfaction index

The hospitality industry is leading in terms of satisfying customers after scoring top marks in a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Customer Management.      Out of 11 sectors surveyed, the hospitality industry has recorded the most satisfied customers after scoring 84,7 percent on the customer satisfaction index. The medical aid sector came second, while the long term insurance was third. The airline sector scored lowest at 69,4 percent customer satisfaction, while banking and internet service providers also recording a high number of unhappy customers. Chartered Institute of Customer Management Public Relations Officer, Gamuchirai Makedenge said there...

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Delegates trickle in for WHO Africa conference

A total of 45 countries and 33 ministers have confirmed participation at the World Health Organisation (WHO) 67th session of the Regional Committee for Africa which begins tomorrow the 28th of August and runs until the 1st of next month in the resort town of Victoria Falls. Delegates to the high profile conference have started arriving in Victoria Falls with over 400 participants expected to grace the event whose major objective is to come up with strategies to revitalise the continent’s health sector and response to major diseases. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidise Moeti, who had a tour of the venue yesterday afternoon, expressed satisfaction with facilities and is convinced that the health officials will come up with concrete resolutions in addressing challenges facing the continent’s health sector. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe is grateful for the opportunity to host the high profile event and is upbeat that delegates will engage in robust discussions towards the revitalization of Africa’s health delivery system. The delegates are set to among other issues deliberate on the regional framework for the implementation of the WHO renewed Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control, Regional Strategy for Sustainable Financing for Health in Africa (2018-2030) and Regional Strategy for Neglected Tropical Diseases....

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SA hosts African food, heritage festival

All is now set for the ultimate African Heritage, Food, Music and Drinks festival to be held in South Africa from the 29th of this month to the second of next month. The festival aims to bring Africans together and break boundary limitations by unifying everyone. Zimbabwe Chefs Association President, Christopher Gonzo confirmed that the event will be held in Mofolo Park in Soweto from the 29th of this month to the 4th of next month. Arthur Masocha, the secretary general of the same organisation, said they are raring to go and everyone is prepared to participate on the big event, while Dad Lupenga, who is the team captain, said Zimbabwean traditional dishes are going to be exhibited at the food competition. The festival aims at opening up opportunities of fighting poverty together by means of creating a free Africa to Africa trade, skills transfer and celebrating our heritage. Countries expected to participate include Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Congo, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo, Lesotho, Algeria, Morocco, Botswana, Mauritius, Gabon, Australia and...

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Zanu PF in full campaign mode: Chombo

Zanu PF Secretary for Administration, Dr Ignatius Chombo says the ruling party is now in serious campaign mode for the 2018 harmonised elections, which he hopes will be held in the first half of the year. Speaking at the commissariat workshop on voter education and voter registration campaign held at the party’s headquarters today, Cde Chombo said next year’s polls should give Zanu PF the mandate to continue running the country. “Simply put, Zanu PF has to continue to rule the country, as no one else has anything to offer.  The Zanu PF government has many pending projects under...

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Two white SA farmers convicted of attempted murder

Two white South African farmers have been convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping after forcing a black man into a coffin. Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were found guilty of beating Victor Mlotshwa (27) and making him get into the coffin sometime in August 2016.   The pair denied the charges but were convicted and will be sentenced on 23 October. The case has caused outrage in South Africa and highlighted racial tensions in some farming communities. Mr Mlotshwa only reported the matter after footage of the assault emerged on YouTube months later. His attackers threatened to douse...

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