Day: September 27, 2017

Farmers unions unite 

Zimbabwe’s three leading farmers unions have amalgamated to form the Federation of Farmers Unions (FoFU) in order to give farmers a louder voice in the agricultural sector. FoFU comprises the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU), Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and National Farmers Union (NFU). The formation of FoFU formalises the signing of a deed of trust by the four organizations in September 2016 to aid farmers in their lobby for the agricultural sector. FoFU Chairman, Wonder Chabikwa said farmers will be more effective if they speak with one voice, since in the past their efforts were segregated. “Farmers’ concerns...

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Nigerians donate to Bridget

There is a West African proverb which says: ‘I am because we are.’ Touched by the plight of an 8-year old girl, Bridget Mandimutsira, who is suffering from a severe skin cancer called xeroderma pigmentosa, the Association of Nigerians in Zimbabwe decided to raise some money to assist Bridget’s parents buy medication for their daughter. Executive members of the association this Wednesday handed over a cheque of $700 to Bridget’s mother at their offices in Harare where they pledged to continue assisting the little girl in an effort to lighten the burden on her parents who have been in...

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South Korea funds clinics construction

Two clinics are set to be constructed in Mashonaland Central Province following a bilateral investment deal involving the province and Gyeong-Sang-Nam province of South Korea. According to the office of Mashonaland Central Provincial Minister of State, Advocate Martin Dinha the province has since received $300000 from South Korea for the construction of Glam Morgan Clinic in Bindura rural and Venambo Clinic in Mazowe while a $5 million investment deal is also being finalised for the construction a new provincial hospital in Bindura. Advocate Dinha is in South Korea for further discussions with investors. He and his delegation, which include officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, are expected to meet investors and Gyeong-Sang-Nam provincial governor with the aim of establishing twinning arrangements between the two...

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Two arrested after commuter murder

Two people have been arrested so far as the police track down touts involved in Tuesday’s assault that led to the death of a traveller, Mr Matheas Gore, at the illegal pick up point for Mutare buses near Road Port in Harare. A survey by the ZBC News revealed that errant long distance buses were still picking up commuters despite the ultimatum banning the terminus. Touts operating at the illegal pick up point have however deserted the spot as police continue with its hunt for the murder suspects. Police Chief Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said there is...

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Gogo Msika body back in Harare

The body of the late Gogo Maria Msika is now back in Harare after it laid in state at the Msika home in Matsheamhlope, Bulawayo last night. Aboard an Air Force of Zimbabwe aircraft, the body was accompanied by the sister of the late Gogo Msika and several relatives as well as the sister of the late Vice President Joseph Msika, Mrs Veronica Mwela, who recalled the immense role played by the late national heroine in advising her husband, taking care of the family during the liberation struggle and organising other women in the Zanu PF Women’s League. Ministers;...

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CSC Chinhoyi set to reopen

The Cold Storage Company (CSC) Chinhoyi branch is set for reopening by year end after over a decade of non-operations. The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Prisca Mupfumira confirmed the development. “A rescue package has been worked out which will see the share ownership structure of the firm change. Under the new structure, the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) will assume an 80% stake while the remaining 20% will be retained by the government,” Cde Mupfumira said. The Mupfumira could not be drawn into revealing the initial capital to be injected into the CSC revival...

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New curriculum exposes learners potential

Learners continue to demonstrate their potential in the science and arts industry especially in the phase of implementing the new curriculum as they are coming up with creative products some of them technologically advanced. Speaking to the ZBC News during the National Science, Sport and Arts Festival (NASSAF), learners from different schools said the idea is to advance their skills and broaden their career choice. “The kind of work produced by learners shows that the country is moving towards achieving competency based approach which can be realised through practical oriented learning,” said Dr Lazarus Dokora, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education. This year’s first edition of NASSAF ran under the theme: ‘Unlocking Learners Potential Through the New Curriculum,’ providing learners with an opportunity to showcase their talents at national...

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Child sexual exploitation cases irk govt

The government has called for a multi-stakeholder approach including community involvement to reduce cases of child sexual exploitation especially in shanty areas around the country. Speaking at the dialogue on commercial sexual exploitation of children in Zimbabwe, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Ngoni Masoka said despite the government working towards the harmonisation of children’s laws to the constitution, communities are reluctant to report cases of child sexual exploitation which have become rampant. Experts highlighted the need to address root causes of child sexual exploitation and to increase children’s participation and representation to ensure their safety and protection said children’s rights experts. Recently, more than 50 girls were removed by the government from Hopley suburb where they were victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The government is now working towards aligning to the new constitution the Children’s Act, the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act and the Marriages Act, among other laws, in order to protect children’s...

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Zim prepares for Geneva HIV Conference

Stakeholders in the health sector today held a preparatory meeting ahead of the inaugural Global HIV Prevention Conference set for Geneva, Switzerland next month. Zimbabwe is expected to present a report at the conference. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said some of the issues to be tabled at the conference include the holistic approach to curb the spreading of HIV among mostly sex workers, young people, prisoners and long distance travellers, among other groups. Addressing some of the issues that manipulate HIV prevention in the country, National AIDS Council (NAC) CEO, Dr Tapiwa Magure said Zimbabwe has made notable progress through prevention strategies crafted towards meeting the 2020 targets of eliminating new HIV infections. UNAIDS Country Director, Girmay Haile, who also attended the stakeholders meeting, said the country has great potential in revamping the pharmaceutical sector to manufacture anti-retroviral drugs. The government is working with health stakeholders towards strengthening prevention policies and programmes to achieve the prevention targets set for...

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