Day: October 3, 2017

Zim, SA sign various cooperation agreements

The Bi-National Commission Meeting between Zimbabwe and South Africa has ended in Pretoria today with the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy, environment, conservation, sport and recreation. Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mnangagwa and various South African ministers signed the agreements. After the meeting, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana Mashabane read a communiqué on the agreements. The Bi-National Commission comes in the backdrop of excellent relations between the two Southern African neighbours. President Robert Mugabe said this meeting has come at...

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16 money changers charged

16 illegal foreign currency dealers have appeared in court today accused of contravening the Exchange Control Act after they were found of various amounts of United States dollars, rand and bond notes, among other currencies. The 16 appeared before Harare Magistrate, Ms Nomsa Sabarauta facing charges of contravening section 5 (1) (1) (1) of the Exchange Control Act.  They were remanded to tomorrow for bail application. It is the state’s case that the accused, who appeared in court separately, were arrested on 2 October at various points in Harare’s central business district while exchanging various currencies. State prosecutor, Ms...

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Zim, Japan relations to improve

Ties between Zimbabwe and Japan are set for new levels with various projects being undertaken under the Japan Official Development Assistance (ODA) Framework, while plans to commence infrastructure development under the north south corridor are at an advanced stage. This came out when two envoys, the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe and the outgoing Cuban Ambassador to Zimbabwe paid separate courtesy calls on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare this Tuesday morning. Japan’s Ambassador Toshiyuki Iwado paid a courtesy call on Vice President Mnangagwa to follow up on progress made on agreements signed by President Robert Mugabe...

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Zim to host Miss Universe China pageant

In a bid to promote cultural exchange and business linkages between Zimbabwe and China, the Miss Universe China final competition will be held in Harare on the 9th of this month. Organised by the China Zimbabwe Youth Forum, the pageant will will be held on the 9th this month and will see 30 models from China together with local models from tourism and universities participating. China Zimbabwe Youth Forum President, Brian Mudumi said the pageant will be a milestone in promoting tourism in Zimbabwe as the delegation will also tour most of the tourist attractions in the country. Yuan...

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Women’s bank nears completion

The Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya says the much-awaited women’s microfinance bank is now 85% complete. The first women’s bank in the country set to provide financial assistance to women entrepreneurs is expected to open soon. In an interview after touring the facility’s main branch in Harare today, Minister Chikwinya said significant progress has been made as it is now almost 85% complete. The bank is expected to transform the lives of Zimbabwean women as they will be trained on financial literacy before getting access to funding. While a number of people might...

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Govt clarifies Cyber Security Bill

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services says the Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill is a comprehensive legislation that is expected to address abuse of social media in Zimbabwe. The bill, which came as a result of wider consultations, provides for criminalisation of abuse of the social media. “This bill is a solution to the growing abuse of social media. In any criminal proceedings, evidence generated from computer system or electronic communication systems shall be admissible in court,” the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Engineer Samuel Kundishora said....

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Zim prepares for Cop23

The civil society has partnered the government in drafting a position paper to be presented at the 23rd edition of the Conference of Parties (Cop 23) meeting set for Germany next month. Acting Director – Climate Management in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Culture, Elisha Moyo said the civil society is key in addressing legal aspects of climate change and reducing emissions, among other issues. Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) Legal Researcher, Tafadzwa Dhlakama explained the importance of the partnership in coming up with measures to combat climate change in the country. The conference of parties’ summit is a global forum that brings together world leaders to deliberate on ways to combat climate change and adapt to its...

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UK tourists hail Zim progress

A 20-member delegation of UK tourists of black extraction have expressed happiness and great surprise on the great strides Zimbabwe is making towards reclaiming its rightful place under the sun following its liberation. In various testimonies during their visit to Mazowe Children’s Home and the Grace Mugabe Junior and High schools in Mazowe today, the tourists said the country is making great strides despite the sanctions that it has endured in the last two decades. The group comprising mainly UK born blacks of Caribbean and African descent said the stories written about Zimbabwe do not take into account the...

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Parties not allowed access to servers: ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it will guard jealously information on the voters roll and election results to enable credible elections. This came out at a stakeholder engagement between ZEC and political parties in Harare today. According to the commission, access to the server containing information on the voting process will be restricted to selected ZEC employees. “The server is a security area and all political parties will not be allowed access it,” ZEC Chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau. Concerns have been raised by political parties over accessibility and security of information during the forthcoming 2018 general elections. Justice...

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Cross border traders membership grows

The Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association Matebeleland North chapter has registered over 200 new members over the past four months due to availability of funding for their business. Almost all the new members have successfully accessed loans of between $1000 and $10 000 at a local bank in Hwange to kick start their business. Both men and women are showing interest with many still processing their membership as companies continue to lay off workers to cut costs. According to Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association Chairperson for Matabeleland North, Mrs Eusabia Rayire,  the association is currently assisting some members who have been facing challenges in getting guarantors so that they can submit applications for the loan facility. “You find situations whereby members fail to find guarantors to help them access the loans but again the association has engaged another company goes which is promising to help the members,” she said Although goods which include cooking oil, washing powder and bathing soap are on demand on the market, the traders are failing to bring them due to restrictions on their importation. Some of the new members are making arrangements to travel to Germany as well as Italy in November and December respectively where they will sell Zimbabwean products that are on demand in those...

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