Day: August 30, 2017

Midlands ready for Presidential Youth Interface

Zanu PF Midlands Province and other stakeholders held their last preparatory meeting at the venue of the 7th Presidential Youth Interface Rally this Wednesday in Gweru. The leadership emphasised on the need to maintain discipline and safe movement of people coming for the rally. With the province now ready for the event, all necessary requirements are now on standby with over 100 buses, 181 lorries, 136 omnibuses and train transport mobilised to ferry people to the venue. A bumper crowd of more than 100 000 people is expected to attend. In his presentation during their final preparatory meeting, the...

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Teachers key to new curriculum: Pres Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe says teachers are central and key in any curriculum innovation and that they therefore need to be strongly capacitated through provision of teaching materials of the new education curriculum. Officially opening the 3rd Education Conference and Expo in Harare today, Cde Mugabe challenged the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to use modern day best practices, saying the use of technology for innovative teaching and learning is crucial as large classes can be taught effectively by the use of computers. The 3rd Education Conference and Expo brought together educationists, most of whom are heads and senior...

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Govt appoints new Forestry Commission board

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has appointed a new Forestry Commission board  tasked with dealing with the pertinent issues affecting the country’s environment  such as deforestation and illegal timber exports. The development comes at a time when Zimbabwe’s gazetted forests are under threat from illegal settlers with revelations that a sizeable hectarage of timber has been destroyed at Tarka Forest in Manicaland Province while the same damage is replicated in Mafungautsi Forest in Gokwe. Announcing the new board, Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri highlighted that these are some of the issues that the board should quickly work to resolve....

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ZSE maintains upward trend

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) maintained an upward trend on the back of gains by the two main indices. The industrial index added 3.60 points to close at 232.02 points, while the mining index recovered 3,93 points to close at 73,47 points. OLD MUTUAL gained 3,92 cents to close at 409,01 cents, while SEEDCO added 3,04 cents to 160,79 cents.  Other gains were in DELTA, which rose by 2,98 cents to close at 139,99 cents and PADENGA, which went up 2,87 cents to close at 44,87 cents. INNSCOR also increased by 1,50 cents to 78,50 cents, while...

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New curriculum needs support: Experts

The development paradigm that has seen countries especially in Asia dominate in terms of economic growth has largely been attributed to their education system which has been placed in sync with local priorities. Zimbabwe has followed the same path and there is agreement that in order for the country’s new curriculum to succeed, there should be more resources for teacher training, acquisition of complementary learning material and infrastructure upgrading and availability must be scaled up. In countries such as Cuba and China, there has been a deliberate plan of action to have all subjects taught in the student’s mother language. This has led to better understanding of concepts. In addition, technology too has played a major role in the teaching of the subjects. For information technology expert, Mr Shepherd Chimuriri, Zimbabwe’s new curriculum entails a close interaction with technology and as such, there is need to acclimatise teachers as well as have students relate to the use of information communication technologies at an early age. Educationist, Mrs Janet Zengeni said teachers must be trained on the subject areas that are covered in the new curriculum and infrastructure that compliments its demands must be set up. She noted that the ultimate aim is to produce a student who is in tandem with the national development agenda. As part of the new curriculum, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has...

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Pay back loans, cross borders urged

Cross border traders in the Midlands Province, who will access loans under the $15 million scheme have been warned not to be dishonest by not paying back borrowed funds. The rollout of the facility for cross border traders attracted scores of people seeking to access the fund in Gweru. President of the Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association, Dr Killer Zivhu has however warned those seeking the funds to always pay back their loans. He told the cross border traders that it is important for any business proprietor to be transparent if their contribution is to impact on the national...

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Chiyangwa reveals wealth

Flamboyant business man and socialite, Philip Chiyangwa has declared that he has a billion dollars worth of property and assets to be bequeathed to his children, adding that he only attends social parties hosted by wealthy people. Chiyangwa left socialites attending an all black-attire party at Mazvikadei leisure resort astounded after they learnt from the horse’s mouth how wealthy he is. Chiyangwa told the party goers THAT he owns vast properties around Harare especially in Harare South, which assures his children of a billion dollar worth of inheritance. He said he deals with real cash and does not go...

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Met Dept releases 2017-2018 rainfall forecast

2017-2018 rainfall forecast for Zimbabwe predicts that most parts of the country will receive normal to below normal rainfall for the period October to December while the situation is expected to improve in the January to March rainfall period. According to the rainfall forecast released by the Meteorological Services Department today, the seasonal rainfall outlook paints a generally positive picture, however for regions 2 and 3 there is likely to be reduced rains for the period October to December. The Met Department director general, Dr Amos Makarau said they will continue to monitor all the available seasonal climate indicators...

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Tennis Zim holds closed champs tourney

Over 130 junior tennis players from across the country have entered competition for the Tennis Zimbabwe Closed championships being held at the Bulawayo Athletics Club and Girls College. The annual local junior grand slam tournament the ninth major event of the year is graced by players drawn from all the country’s provinces and some based outside the country. Tournament director, Tarwirwa Raggs Chikunichawa spoke glowingly about the quality of tennis exhibited by the participants in the four categories being featured. Competition is running in the U10, 12, 14 and U18 categories. Most sport codes have seen big numbers at...

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Govt receives US$2.9 mn dividend from NOIC

The government has received a US$ 2.9 million dividend from one of its entities, the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC). The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr Pattison Mbiriri confirmed to the ZBC News NOIC declared the dividend for the trading period ending December 31 2016, to its main shareholder, the government this Wednesday (today). NOIC whose overall profit for the trading period under review declined by 3 percent to US$15.6 million should however be commended for reducing dependency on funding from the state, said Mr Mbiriri. “What more else do we...

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