Day: September 4, 2017

BVR: ZEC faces uphill task

The proposition by ZEC to introduce biometric voter registration (BVR) is a critical and welcome development that is expected to bring about major transformations in the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe. In adopting BVR, Zimbabwe joins a growing trend across the continent and around the world. The new electronic system is replacing the manual operations which relied on the national identification number and picture for purposes of authenticating the identity of the voter on polling day.  However, implementing the electronic system calls for proper training of election officials in registration and operating the system on polling day. No registration...

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Mutare doubles revenue base

Mutare city has recorded an improvement in its revenue base from $1.3 million to $2.5 million attributed to renewed confidence by rate payers and other stakeholders. Five months after assuming duties as the revamped management for Mutare City Council, the team led by Mr Joshua Maligwa has already recorded success on one of its main objectives by turning around fortunes at the council which has reported a surge in revenue. The Town Clerk is confident that they will continue to report impressive strides to improve service delivery that will further consolidate the confidence from rate payers. The council has...

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Zim sets emission reductions target

The historic Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December 2015 calls on signatories to reduce the effects of global warming. In this vein, Zimbabwe has set a target of emission reductions at 33 percent per capita of energy with a communication strategy and a statutory instrument in the works to achieve the goal. The progress towards the ambitious goal of climate change depends on the successful implementation of the national climate pledges submitted by 189 countries which are termed as nationally determined contributions. Acting Director in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mrs Veronica Jakaraza said there is...

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Timber industry loses billions to illegal settlers

The country’s timber industry has lost close to half a billion US dollars due to illegal settlers and seasonal fires, raising fears that the sector may not be able to cater for local demand. The country’s commercial timber forests are fast vanishing as illegal settlements in these gazetted areas continue unabated. The resurgence of illegal activities and settlers in the thriving Tarka and Tandai forests in Manicaland Province has again prompted stakeholders to raise the red flag as the sector’s capacity and ability to satisfy the local demand is now severely depleted. The Timber Producers Federation CEO, Mr Darlington...

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Increase industry synergies, govt urged

The government and industry have been called upon to increase their synergies on value addition as a strategy to enhance capacity utilisation which currently stands at 47 percent. The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) says the value chain approach remains the most efficient strategy towards reviving industry in an economy that also needs to be nourished by foreign direct investment to boost the nostro balance. In his address at a breakfast meeting in Bulawayo, CZI President – Matabeleland Chapter, Mr Joseph Gunda said over 350 companies in the city are in the process of recapitalisation and need government support...

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Hwange pushes for more coal uptake

Hwange Colliery Company is pushing for more uptake of coal in the tobacco curing process in order to reduce deforestation.  Farmers particularly in small scale production are still heavily reliant on firewood, leading to massive deforestation. Hwange Colliery Company Managing Director, Engineer Thomas Makore said an estimated 100000 tonnes of coal per year is going towards tobacco curing but the figure can be doubled.  “We are saying no to deforestation, we are promoting the use of coal for tobacco curing. Coal is a fossil fuel and it is highly efficient and is able to provide adequate heat and give...

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Countdown to COSAFA women’s tourney begins

As the countdown to Zimbabwe’s hosting of the COSAFA women tournament in Bulawayo begins Mighty Warriors coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinjie 15” Sibanda says the girls are ready and are in the final phase of their preparations focusing on team tactics in Harare. Speaking to the ZBC News during their first day of their final week of preparations Sibanda said the morale and mood in camp is good as the girls prepare to represent the country during the forthcoming COSAFA senior women championships from the 13th – 24th of September in Bulawayo. Preparations by the Mighty Warriors have gathered momentum although...

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Calls to slash Land Unit Tax

A call has been made for the government to consider reviewing downwards the Land Unit Tax in cattle ranching regions where farmers occupy larger pieces of land and returns per hectare are low. The call emerged during a consultative meeting by the Zimbabwe Land Commission in Gwanda. In 2015, the government introduced land levies that saw A1 farmers paying $15 a year for the land they occupy, while A2 farmers are expected to pay land rentals of $3 per hectare per annum and $2 unit tax per hectare. A2 farmers in Matabeleland South province say while payment of land...

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Human, wildlife conflict escalates in Save

Human and wildlife conflict in the Save Valley Conservancy remains a cause for concern and the government has stepped up efforts to find the best possible way to end the conflict that has claimed nine lives so far this year. The 12th of June was an unfortunate one for Wellington Musungo of Chiredzi. While travelling to sell his cotton bales at the depot, he came across a buffalo which attacked him, adding him to the statistics of people injured by wildlife in Masvingo Province. “Chakaitika ndaiva nemabhero ecotton ndichinotengesa ku Cherechere. Ndatova padhuze nekusvika kudepot, nyathi yakabva yajamba madonkey...

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Chitungwiza residents stage demo

Chitungwiza residents have demonstrated against the management over poor service delivery and allegations of corruption. Before coming to terms with the attachment and removal of property, the Chitungwiza City Council management saw residents demonstrating, demanding an end to poor service delivery, corruption and mismanagement of resources. The office of the Chamber Secretary was closed purportedly on condition of weather and indeed there was ‘thunderstorm and lightning,’ as hundreds of residents holding placards, singing, demanding the dismissal of the management camped at the gate. The residents have since written a petition to the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and...

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