Day: August 31, 2017

Zodwa Wabantu not welcome: Board of Censors

The Zimbabwe Board of Censors has ruled Zodwa Wabantu will not be performing at this year’s International Carnival because her dressing is a travesty of Zimbabwe culture. The comments by the Board of Censors put to rest the Zodwa story which has been trending on social media for the past week after the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority issued a public apology to the South African performer. Members of the censorship board converged in Harare for a two day induction workshop where the board chairman Mr Eneas Chigwedere revealed allowing the South African socialite to take part at the Harare International...

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Power investments key for economic growth

The growth and expansion of the power or energy sector in Zimbabwe is critical in sustaining requirements of industry and commerce. Stakeholders believe there is need for massive investments in the power generation sector, expansion of small power stations and investments in new power projects. Energy is a key enabler to soci-economic growth of any nation hence calls for huge investments in the sector are not misplaced if Zimbabwe is to attain the envisaged growth. Relibale power supply and the obtaining power tariff are key in attrcating foreign direct investment in other sectors of the economy including the energy...

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Brazilian court suspends govt decree

A Brazilian court has suspended a government decree that would open up a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. The area covers 46 000 square kilometres and is thought to be rich in gold, manganese and other minerals. On Monday, following widespread criticism, the government revised the decree prohibiting mining in conservation or indigenous areas. The latest decision follows an outcry from activists and celebrities. The federal court in the capital Brasilia said in a statement it was suspending possible administrative acts based on the decree signed by President Michel Temer. The Renca Reserve in the...

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Libya suspends oil production at 3 fields

Oil production has been suspended for several days at three oil fields in Libya after armed militia shut off pipelines yesterday. In a statement  Libya’s National Oil Company said the output of oil, nearly one million barrels per day prior to the stoppage, had fallen by more than 360 000 barrels per day. Libya, which has Africa’s largest oil reserves, used to produce about 1.6 million barrels per day before the 2011 armed uprising that toppled and killed its leader  Muammar Gaddafi. The country has however only managed to export a few tankers of crude oil in recent months,...

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US urged to seek diplomatic solutions with North Korea

United States defence secretary James Mattis says President Donald Trump should seek a diplomatic solution with North Korea. His remarks come after Mr Trump tweeted that diplomatic solutions were no longer viable between the two countries. Russia has also warned the US against taking military action, saying the consequences would not be favourable. North Korea caused alarm by firing a missile over Japan on Tuesday. The missile, which Japan described as a threat, crossed the Northern Hokkaido region triggering public alerts to take cover before landing in the sea about a thousand kilometres off the coast. North Korea later...

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All set for Rizpah Women’s Conference

Although the socio cultural situation of women is different among all social classes and ethnic groups, women irrespective of their culture and race face systematic and structural discriminatory practices. Traditionally, the role of women was limited mostly to child bearing and the kitchen. Although both are vital roles of a woman, they are not an end to her calling.  She has so much more to offer and make her world as well as that of those who surrounds her a better world.   One of Zimbabwe’s most powerful, influential,  inspirational, motivational and spiritual woman Apostle Florence Kanyati the co-founder of Grace Unlimited and Zoe Life Changing Ministry is passionate about discovering the sleeping giant in women. This Saturday (tomorrow) her ministry is hosting the 17th edition of Rizpah Women’s Conference which is tailor-made to empower women in all spheres of life, be it spiritual, financial, academic, social and entrepreneurial. The Biblical character of the lady Rizpah is a way of motivating women to excel in their respective fields while embracing those who are of a marginalised and uneducated background. Gospel musicians Baba naMai Charamba will entertain attentees. The conference to be held at the Harare Gardens will run under the theme, “Relevant...

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Mapeza modest on Takwara return

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza is downplaying the return of dangerman Gerald Takwara to the team which will face Hwange in a premier league encounter this Sunday. Mapeza is insisting on teamwork rather than individual performance as the platinum miners take on the coalminers in their upcoming game. Attacking midfielder Ali Sadiki is also singing from the same hynm book with his coach who has alluded that games are becoming more difficult and goals elusive in the second half of the season. Sources however said as the transfer window closes this Tuesday, Takwara is desparate to leave FC Platinum...

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Training programmes for young graduates

Government is mooting incentivising businesses that accommodate young graduates in training programmes that enhance entrepreneurship development. Government efforts to develop entrepreneurship skills among the youths, has seen the number of graduates increase due to the multiplicity of training institutions but sadly against a background of poor performance by companies. The industry has been challenged to absorb the graduates through graduate trainee programmes to enhance their entrepreneurship skills and cover the unemployment gap. Speaking at a stakeholders conference on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship in the capital, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Dr Desire...

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Major boost for cooking oil processing firms

A US$10 million facility for small scale cooking oil processing firms has been unveilled to increase competitiveness and quality of products.         Business confidence in the cooking oil processing sector is on a rebound following the facility for emerging firms being introduced to boost capacity.  The facility which is being administered by the central bank subsidiary Homelink, is likely to improve production for small farmers currently facing funding problems, said Zimbabwe Small Scale Oil Processors Association chair, Mr Donald Gwisai.                 Regulatory authorities are coming up with facilities at concessionary rates to increase exports, noted RBZ deputy governor Dr Charity Chipika.            ...

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Parly hails PPPs at Nkankezi

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development says the recently completed Nkankezi bridge will stand as testimony of government commitment to public private partnerships (PPPs) in dealing with community projects.  Swept away by last seasons’ floods, government stepped in to reconstruct sections of Nkankezi bridge which had rendered it unusable. After its completion the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development undertook a tour of the bridge and other facilities around the area to assess the outstanding damage which still needs redressing. The committees’ chairperson Cde Dexter Nduna said the project at the bridge is a...

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