Day: September 13, 2017

Govt issues IDs, birth certificates for free

The Registrar General’s office will from tomorrow start issuing birth certificates and national identification cards for free for a period of 90 days. The Minister of Homes Affairs, Dr Ignatius Chombo confirmed the development, saying it follows a public outcry from people who are failing to raise the funds needed to acquire the two documents. The 90-day window period applies to both those who lost their birth certificates and national identity cards as well as those who want to obtain them for the first time. The move to issue the two documents for free follows a voter registration proclamation...

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President saves Chitungwiza’s attached property

President Robert Mugabe has invoked his presidential powers to save Chitungwiza Town Council’s attached property from auction. The development was announced in an extra-ordinary government gazette today. Meanwhile the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has suspended Chitungwiza Town Clerk, Mr George Makunde over allegations of maladministration which saw the council’s property being attached over a $66 million debt. Minister Kasukuwere said Makunde will appear before a disciplinary committee to answer allegations of maladministration. Makunde’s suspension follows that of all councillors over disregard of corporate governance which has seen the local authority swimming...

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Plastic money challenges for Mbare traders

Fresh produce traders at Mbare musika are experiencing difficulties with plastic money usage, owing to high withdrawal charges for mobile money transfers and high cost of point of sale machines.  In sharp contrast to the slow but flawless transition from cash usage to adoption of plastic money witnessed in the retail sector, informal traders have faced several challenges. The traders accept mobile money transfers but farmers do not, leaving them with the burden of buying cash at an extra 20 percent charge being levied illegally by merchants. The traders have also failed to acquire point of sale machines as...

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SA to issue new permits to Zim migrants

Some 197941 Zimbabweans holding the Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZPS) issued by South Africa under a special dispensation in 2014 have been allowed to continue working, studying and doing business in South Africa under the new exemption permits dispensation. For some time now, Zimbabweans in South Africa under the special permits have been living in uncertainty as their permits were expiring on 31 December this year. Recognising the importance of the close neighbourly ties between the two countries and the huge role that migrant labour plays in building its economy, the South African government has agreed to extend the permits...

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Pres Mugabe appoints Goba new PG

President Robert Mugabe has appointed Mr Ray Goba as the new Prosecutor General. The appointment of Mr Goba is contained in the latest extraordinary government gazette released today. Mr Goba replaces Johannes Tomana, who was relieved of his duties in June this year for misconduct and incompetence. Until his latest appointment, Mr Goba was the Acting Prosecutor General. He successfully participated in the interviews in public in line with the constitution of Zimbabwe. During the interviews, Mr Goba undertook to transform the National Prosecution Authority and improve justice delivery in the...

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Mighty Warriors thrash Madagascar in COSAFA

Zimbabwe’s Mighty Warriors got off to a bright in the COSAFA Women’s Championships after thrashing Madagascar 4-nil at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo to top group A. Player of the match, Rutendo Makore scored all the four goals to put the hosts in control of the group, which also has Zambi and Malawi. In a match played earlier, Zambia also massacred Malawi 6-3 and are on second spot in Group A on goal difference. Namibia had opened the tournament with a 4-nil win over Botswana in an early kick off. Tomorrow’s matches will see Mauritius playing Swaziland, Kenya locking horns...

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Preservation of African culture under spotlight

The history and future of art, culture and heritage in Africa was the centre of focus for African delegates attending the International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC) in Harare. With the world now turned into a global village, there is consensus on the need to build an African heritage that fits in the future. African countries converged to interrogate the future of art institutions in the face of the current socio-economic challenges and civilisation. Presenting a paper titled: ‘The Past in Pursuit of Progress,’ British Museum’s Head of Africa Curator, John Giblin said Africa must build a robust heritage that also engages with the world. National Gallery of Zimbabwe Executive Director, Mrs Doreen Sibanda noted that the conference has brought together African visual artists and curators to interrogate the role of heritage in formulating identity, understanding the historical dimensions of art in Africa and the development of contemporary art, among other topics. The conference which marks ICAC’s 60th anniversary is running under the theme: ‘Mapping the Future,’ and comes at a time when arts institutions around the world are in need of the attention of local authorities, corporations and their governments. An exhibition programme which ran alongside the conference showcased distinguished works of visual artists, both living and departed from all over the continent. The inaugural ICAC took place at the then National Gallery of Rhodesia in 1962. Meanwhile,...

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ZTA ready for Sanganai/Hlanganani expo

Organizers of the Sanganayi/Hlanganani Travel Expo say they are ready to host the international travel exhibition with a speed business date night expected to give delegates enough space to open new lines of business. In two weeks time, the streets of Bulawayo will be flooded by tourists and buyers as the City of Kings and Queens hosts the world travel exhibition. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Operating Officer, Mr Givemore Chidzidzi said preparations for the global travel expo are well on course with his authority having arranged a date night for business people to exchange notes. Mr Chidzidzi also...

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MP Nyanhongo acquitted in pangolin case

Nyanga North legislator, Cde Hubert Nyanhongo and three other accomplices, who were facing charges of dealing in specially protected animals after they were allegedly found in possession of a live pangolin, have been acquitted after the state failed to provide enough evidence to incriminate the four. Cde Nyanhongo was arrested at Birchenough Bridge last April together with Samuel Samson, Misheck Satuku and Positive Mutenda and were charged for contravening section 45 (1) of the Parks and Wildlife Act (chapter 20:14) of 2001. Handing over the judgment on the case this afternoon, Chipinge Senior Magistrate, Mr Noah Gwatidzo said the...

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Gambia hails Zim health delivery

Zimbabwe’s health system is uniform in both urban and rural areas, hence the country’s good health service delivery, a Gambian delegation has said. The sentiments emerged as the 19-member Gambian delegation, which was on a 10 day familiarisation tour of Zimbabwe’s health system, debriefed on its findings. “Zimbabwe’s health personnel in both urban and rural settings are dedicated and cooperative, hence the uniformity in service delivery,” the delegation head and Permanent Secretary in the Gambian Vice President’s office, Mrs Nancy Naming. She added that her country stands to benefit from this knowledge exchange. Mrs Naming attributed the good health...

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