Month: September 2017

Calls for relatives to support inmates

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) says the rehabilitation of offenders can only be completed if relatives support those behind bars. This comes as the ZPCS host family week to encourage visiting of offenders next week. ZPCS spokesperson Superintendent Priscillar Mthembo said the prisons will be opening doors to all Zimbabweans to visit inmates as part of the rehabilitation process. The family week is held ahead of the International Prisons and Correctional Services Day commemorations to be held in...

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Zim trade deficit narrows by 26%

Zimbabwe’s trade flows for the first eight months showed some improvements as the economy continues to respond to measures put in place to reduce the huge import bill. Data released to the ZBC News by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) showed that the country’s exports increased to more than US$1.13 billion between January and August this year. Accordingly the country’s trade deficit contracted by 26.6 percent to US$1.34 billion between January and August 2017 compared to the US$3.33 billion the same period last year. There was a huge decline of 62.8 percent in the August trade deficit to...

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Major boost for Mutare Provincial Hospital

The plight of many patients who used to travel to Harare for computer tonography scanning and dialysis sessions is finally over following the commissioning of three hospital equipment at the Mutare Provincial Hospital. Interviewed patients said the new hospital equipment comes as a major relief and will restore public confidence in public health institutions. The commissioning of the new hospital equipment coincided with the ground breaking ceremony of a new Natpharm warehouse facility and the launch of the three health strategies. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa while applauding development partners for working with government in enhancing...

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Epworth challenged to work on proper planning

Epworth town planners have been challenged to come up with a proper layout plan of development for the satellite town for it to attain a town status. Epworth, a satellite town under Harare accommodates more than 250 000 people, with some illegal settlements common in the area, raising concern over adequate health facilities and schools. Speaking at the commissioning of four vehicles meant to improve service delivery, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Deputy Minister Cde Christopher Chingosho challenged the Epworth local board to come up with a proper structure for the satellite town so that it attains...

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Zim School of Military Engineering hailed

16 graduands received awards this Friday (today) at the Zimbabwe School of Military Engineering after completing a 4 year national diploma in civil engineering. The inaugural 4 year diploma in civil engineering by the Zimbabwe School of Military Engineering is aimed at equipping the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) combat engineers with relevant knowledge acquired in civil engineering programmes. It will also enable them to be more efficient in both combat and civil engineering assignments said Commandant Pomona barracks Lieutenant Colonel Augustine Ruwambara. Guest of honour at the event ZNA Commander Philip Valerio Sibanda applauded the Zimbabwe School of Military...

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Danhiko Paralympic games roar into life

The 29th edition of the Danhiko Paralympic games roared into life this Friday (today) with 113 teams comprising primary, secondary and tertiary institutions participating. The foreign contingent is still expected to join the games. The three day sporting extravaganza with an athlete enrolment of over 2 400 from across the country is a multi sport code event. The exuberance is already evident among athletes who said the Danhiko Paralympics offers them an opportunity to network and showcase their sporting skills. Chairperson of the Danhiko organising committe, Godfrey Majonga said while the local teams have set the action underway but...

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Govt bemoans influx of vendors in Gweru

The government has bemoaned the rise in vendors within the City of Gweru who are posing a threat towards investment opportunities in the Midlands capital. Achievements by local authorities in transforming Gweru into a modern day city are slowly being hindered by the influx of vendors. Efforts to clear the vendors have failed as council police are being outnumbered by the vendors. Secretary for Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Engineer George Mlilo said the situation in Gweru is scaring away the much needed investment. Engineer Mlilo said council must engage the vendors and find an appropriate place...

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Chiefs take a swipe at social media

The National Chiefs’ Council says the social media is responsible for the social decadents of the society and division among Zimbabweans. Social media is viewed as a catalyst for division and erosion of the social fabric. It is against this background that the chiefs have raised their concern over the continued moral decadence as a result of the abuse of the social media. President of the Chiefs Council Chief Fortune Chambira said the legislators must address this problem urgently to avoid irreparable damages to citizens. The deputy president of the Chiefs Council Chief Mtshane Khumalo expressed concern that most...

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Abacavir availability not yet normalised

Some HIV positive people who are taking a second line drug called abacavir say their health is deteriorating because of drug interruptions and defaulting on treatment as they are failing the traditional three months’ supply at government hospitals. Last month the government assured people living with HIV that a consignment of 26 300 bottles of the second line drug were expected to arrive in the country on the 25th of August but despite the deliveries, stock levels are reportedly still very low and people living with virus are getting two weeks supply of medication instead of three months. Some...

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Blue chip counters lead gainers on ZSE

Blue chip counters lead the gainers on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange as the market ended the week in a mixed mode The industrial index gained 1.08 percent to close at 418.39 points while the mining or resources index was 12.99 percent up to end at 122.57 points. PPC was 19.83 percent up to close at 143.50 cents, ZBFH was 17.24 percent higher to close at 34.00 cents, Turnall gained by 15.70 percent to 1.40 cents. On the losers Barclays shed 5.85 percent to 66.0 cents, Delta was 1.27 percent down to end at 275.02 cents and Padenga share price...

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