Day: October 5, 2017

Chinese nationals freed on US$500 bail

The three Chinese nationals who are facing charges of contravening the exchange control act have been freed on US$500. The three accused were found in illegal possession of $50 000 in bond notes. This is the first high profile case brought before the court involving the illegal foreign currency trading since the coming into force of the exchange control act last month. The 16 other illegal foreign currency dealers were granted US$100 bail...

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Musica Festival kicks off

This year’s edition of Musica Festival 2017 kicked off this Wednesday (yesterday) in the capital with the performances from local and Italian musicians as well as fashion shows. The festival will run until the 7th of this month. Musica Festival is one of the largest cultural events in Zimbabwe organised by the Embassy of Italy. This Wednesday saw Prudence Katomeni Mbofana opening the show with African rhythm and the Italian acappella group “Mezzotono” living the crowd crying for more. The festival will showcase different cultures said Ambassador Enrico de Agostini. The performing artists and fashion designers said the festival has taught them a lot especially the local culture. Artists from Italy, Germany, France, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe will perform during the course of the...

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SLIZ to host international sports course

Sport media practitioners and administrators at various levels are set to converge in Harare for an international certificate course in sports administration to be graced by an international facilitator from 25-27 October.           The course that is being hosted by the Sports Leaders Institute of Zimbabwe (SLIZ) in conjunction with the West Virginia University is aimed at empowering local sports stakeholders in the modern scientific trends in the running of sport. Dr Floyd Dennis Jones, an associate professor at the West Virginia University is set to deliver the key note address that will touch on issues like functions of...

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Procurement reforms key to ZIM ASSET targets

The office of the auditor general has noted with concern lack of transparency, outdated procedures in procurement and failure to adhere to laid down procedures have impacted on the implementation of many of the government’s projects. Robust, sound as well as sustainable procurement and supply strategies are key in enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and contribute to the country’s economic development. Prudent procurement and associated policies through price stabilisation drives economic growth, lowers inflation while eliminating market price distortions said Vice President Mnangagwa in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services,...

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Wheat harvesting begins in middle Sabi

Wheat farmers with the first crop in the middle Sabi area have started harvesting with most of them targeting to produce four tonnes per hectares. Middle Sabi area is known for producing premium wheat quality in the country with the start of harvesting having high interest from millers and bakeries as they want to tap into about 4 000 tonnes to be produced in the area.  Farmer Cde Enock Porusingazi whose wheat farm was the first to be harvested starting on the 2nd of October said he expect four tonnes per hectare after having lost 20 percent of production...

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Water shortages affect rural communities in Hwange

Rural communities in Hwange are struggling to get water as small dams have dried up while boreholes have broken down. The situation is forcing locals to travel long distances to fetch water despite the high temperatures being experienced in the district. The matter came to the fore at Mabale Business Centre where the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate held a ‘Meet the People Tour’ today. The ‘Meet the People Tour’ gave the Mabale community an opportunity to express concerns which include a wide variety of issues such as human wildlife conflict, hunting quotas and veld fires. However, it...

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VP Mnangagwa tours ARDA Jotsholo

The Presidential Input Scheme will increase to US$154 million up from US$30 million last year as the government moves to promote production in the agricultural sector. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed this during the winter wheat assessment tour at ARDA Jotsholo Estate in Lupane today. The Presidential Input Scheme will provide seeds, fertiliser and chemicals to communal farmers and the target is to ensure that the inputs are received by the intended recipients before the onset of the rainy season. The initiative is expected to improve food security in the country. During the winter assessment, the Vice President revealed...

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Niger, US soldiers ‘killed in ambush’

Three US soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali. Reports say several Nigerien soldiers are also said to have died in the attack. US Africa Command said the patrol had come under “hostile fire” and was working to confirm the details. The US army has been providing training to Niger’s army to help combat Islamist militants in the region including the North African branch of al-Qaeda. US President Donald Trump has been briefed by his chief-of-staff, John Kelly about the attack, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said. According...

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Iraqi forces recapture central Hawija

Iraqi forces say they have recaptured the centre of the town of Hawija, one of the last enclaves of so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country. Hawija, where tens of thousands of civilians live has been under the militant group’s control since 2014. Once the surrounding area falls, IS will be left controlling only a stretch of land along the border with Syria. Yesterday, the Iraqi army said it had killed 196 IS militants and recaptured 98 villages around Hawija. Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of the centre of Hawija and are continuing their advance”, the operation’s...

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