Day: October 12, 2017

Outcry as HCC blocks Mbare flat occupation

Residents of Ward 11 in Mbare have bemoaned refusal by the Harare City Council to permit them to stay at Paget House which has vacant flats despite lack of adequate accommodation in the area.  Paget House, one of the old flats in Harare’s Mbare suburb has become a centre of attention as desperate homeseekers want Harare City Council to grant them permission to stay at the flats.  The residents said despite shortage of housing, Council is still using antiquated by-laws to deny them vacant accommodation.  Harare City Council spokesperson, Mr Michael Chideme said the block of flats cannot accommodate families as it has inadequate facilities since it was built as a single girls’ hostel.  Several Mbare flats originally meant for single men in the colonial era such as Nenyere, Shawasha, Matapi and Mbare flats now accommodate families but the conditions have not been...

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ZPCS partnerships bear fruit

The partnership between the private sector and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) in the offender rehabilitation programme continue to make positive impact through various programmes meant for the inmates. This was revealed by the ZPCS Commissioner General, Retired Major General Paradzayi Zimondi at the handover of Childline counselling rooms at Hwahwa Prison complex. Retired Major General Zimondi expressed gratitude to Childline for creating a conducive environment which is ideal for the counselling of young inmates. He said this will go a long way towards the implementation of an effective and efficient rehabilitation programme of young offenders. Childline...

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Youth Built Zim uplifts communities

The Youth Built Zimbabwe project that is administered by the Zimbabwe National Youth Service is spearheading the construction of schools, health centres and bridges in Manicaland Province as part of efforts by youths to contribute towards sustainable development in rural communities. Touring one of the projects constructed under the Youth Built Zimbabwe programme, Zimbabwe National Youth Service commandant Manicaland Province, Sophia Maungira said the initiative is being done to promote access to decent education, health services as well as improving road network in rural communities. Maungira and the development partners were at Clearwater Secondary School which was constructed under a tripartite agreement. Clearwater School Development Committee vice chairperson, Freddy Chimene and the local councilor Lordwing Sigauke commended the Youth Built Zimbabwe programme and other development partners for helping in the construction of the secondary school as students were learning under trees. The Youth Built Zimbabwe project is aimed at ensuring that youths contribute towards the development of their communities and the programme is also implemented in a number of countries that include Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago among...

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Calls for re-opening of ZISCO

The engineering companies in Bulawayo have called for the immediate resumption of operations at ZISCO which is the main supplier of iron and steel, the major raw material for their operations. ZISCO steel is the spine of the national economy as it is the only institution in the country with the capacity to supply iron and steel products to feed the engineering, metal fabrication and foundry sectors. The continued closure of ZISCO is gobbling thousands of dollars in foreign currency as engineering companies import steel from South Africa at a time when the economy is bleeding. Ideally the company should...

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Harare City Queens eye double

Harare City Queens hope to complete a double when they  face off with cup holders, Black Rhinos Juniors in a final of the mid-season cup set for Rufaro this Sunday. Harare City Queens, coached by Rosemary Mugadza, amassed 49 points and are 12 points clear at the top of the log which guaranteed them qualification into the top flight women’s football league. Mugadza, a former national team player, said their tie against Black Rhinos coached by a shrewd tactician Weddington Chinyanganya’s will be a difficult one. The two giants were drawn in two different pools in the preliminaries. The Queens had a fine run in the preliminaries and proceeded to the final through a Maningi Queens walk over. Black Rhinos Juniors fought tooth and nail during the preliminaries before giving Ngezi Platinum a 4-1 hiding to book a final berth. The day will also see the municipality owned side being crowned 2017 Northern Region...

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ZSE records marginal gains

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) ended on a positive mode following gains in both the industrial and mining indices. FML rose by 16.74 percent to 16.81 cents, PPC was 8.75 percent up to close at 303.97 cents and Econet gained by 6.19 percent to close at 171.08 cents. On the losers, BAT was 2.24 percent down to close at 3560.94 cents, CFI shed 0.71 percent to end at 69.50 cents and Innscor was 0.09 percent down to end at 178.49 cents. On the minings, Bindura shed 1.54 percent to close at 6.40...

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Strong winds destroy houses in Insiza

More than 30 homesteads in Insiza South constituency have been destroyed by strong winds and rains experienced early this week leaving some families in desperate need of shelter. The marks of destruction are still visible and the events of what transpired on the fateful day are still vivid in the minds of the victims. Villagers in Ward 2 Mahome area in Mahole said what started as a normal day turned into a nightmare as rains accompanied by strong winds blew away roof sheets, completely destroying homesteads and damaging household furniture. The victims said their fears are compounded by the...

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Small miners face several challenges

Despite recording impressive success on production statistics, the small scale and artisanal mining sector is still faced with a number of challenges that include the poor working environment and inadequate machinery, which may be stifling their performance. The sector is an important contributor to the overall gold production, yet it remains an industry dogged by a number of challenges that undermine its optimum performance.  Artisanal miners have to deal with policy issues that remain unclear as to the limits and delimits of the decriminalisation statement announced by the central bank last year. The miners are also faced with safety...

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Zim celebrates regaining food security status

1,1 million tonnes of grain harvested in the 2016/2017 farming season under the Maize Production for Import Substitution Programme has been delivered to the Grain Marketing Board, enabling the country to regain the food security status in only one season. This was revealed by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he officially commissioned a potato crisps plant in Harare this Thursday.      Government’s policies meant to incentivise the local industry and boost production like the Import Management Programme introduced through Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 are now bearing fruit. The state of the art potato crisps production plant was assembled with...

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Violent storm rocks Nyadire Mission

Property worth thousands of dollars was yesterday destroyed by a violent storm which hit Nyadire Mission in Mtoko. The violent left a trail of destruction at two schools, the teachers college and some parts of the hospital. When the ZBC News visited the mission, debris was still strewn all over while the community was still in shock. Nyadire Primary School head, Mr Tendai Mushapaidze and his secondary school counterpart, Mr Isiah Mudiwa said although they have managed to organise alternative classrooms and accommodation for the students, the destruction has caused a lot of inconvenience and they need resources to...

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