Day: October 17, 2017

Pres Mugabe’s land reform hailed

Discussions about the legacy of President Robert Mugabe in shaping a global land reform took centre stage at the ongoing 19th World Festival for Youth and Students in the Russian city of Sochi. The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students continues in Sochi. At one of the venues known as the October Revolution Conference Hall, the discussion was about President Mugabe and his legacy which all participants concurred has had a huge bearing on the economy and political dynamics of Zimbabwe, Africa and the entire globe. In all these discussions taking place here there has been appreciation from...

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Motorist bemoan new parking system

Motorists have bemoaned new parking regulations in Harare’s central business district with cars now being billed for every single entry into a parking bay. Under Harare City Parking, new regulations parking tickets are not transferrable to other bays and motorists now pay for each time they change bays. A cross section of motorists including those encountered on the way to City Parking traffic section to make enquiries after being clamped told ZBC News it is now inconvenient for them to do business in town. City Parking marketing manager, Mr Francis Mandaza said the price of parking has not changed...

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Shamu meets traditional leaders

The newly appointed Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, Cde Webster Shamu has held an interactive meeting with chiefs from the province. The meeting was part of the newly appointed minister’s first steps in interfacing with key leadership in the province. The platform presented the traditional leaders with an opportunity to spell out to government some of the challenges  they are facing as well as to express their gratitude to government for providing relief food to families affected by drought induced hunger in the 2015 /2016 season. Through their provincial council leader Chief Dandawa, the traditional leaders also...

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ZSE records mixed note

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange ended on a mixed note with gains being recorded in key listed counters. The industrial index gained by 0.85 percent to close at 517.02 points while the mining index gained by 0.03 percent to close at 134.48 points. Gainers included ZBFH 14.29 percent up to close at 40.00 cents, Natfoods was 8.54 percent up to close at 750.00 cents, Hippo rose by 7.06 percent to close at 168.00 cents and FML was 6.60 percent up to end at 21.32 cents. On the losers Axia was 1.52 percent down to close at 28.50 cents,...

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Child parliamentarians bemoan abuse

Child marriages, early pregnancies and child abuse dominated proceedings at the official opening of the Mashonaland East provincial child parliament at Mrewa centre. Child President, Sharon Kapfudza officially opened the provincial child parliament session and expressed concern over the increasing cases of child marriages and early pregnancies as well as abuse of children in Zimbabwe. Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Rtd Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri was among high ranking officials who called for stiffer penalties to perpetrators of child abuse and child marriages. The child parliament session also afforded members of the public, who have never...

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African registrar generals committee gets nod

Zimbabwe has thrown its weight behind the proposed committee of African registrar generals and has highlighted the need for regional governments to take ownership of national civil registration systems through domestic funding. African registrar generals attending the ongoing taskforce meeting in Victoria Falls called for the establishment of the new committee to be expedited in order to strengthen civil registration across the continent. Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said Africa should take full ownership of civil registration systems and devote more resources as opposed to relying on donors. In his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the meeting, Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu also urged to registrar generals to expedite the formation of the continental body given the centrality of civil registration as a tool for development. The registrar generals commended Zimbabwe for the sound civil registration systems and the ongoing national outreach mobile registration exercise ahead of next year general elections. Civil registration is the way by which countries keep a continuous and complete record of births, deaths and the marital status of their people. The african registrar generals have highlighted the need to incorporate national identification as part of the civil...

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Mash Central road projects on course

Mashonaland Central Province is working round the clock to ensure that all road construction projects are completed within the stipulated time frame. A high powered provincial delegation toured various road maintenance projects in the province and expressed optimism that  some of the projects are on course to meet the completion deadlines. Mashonaland Central Provincial Road Engineer, Ernest Shenje said they are monitoring all road rehabilitation projects in the province as they seek to create a good road network between Bindura and its areas of influence. The team of road engineers was accompanied by the technical committee comprising of the...

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Provincial hero Sachiti buried

Provincial liberation hero, Cde Taurayi Dereck Sachiti, who died last Saturday has been laid to rest at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre at Warren Hills cemetery. Friends, relatives and workmates chronicled Cde Sachiti’s enormous contribution towards the liberation of Zimbabwe. Representing Harare Metropolitan Provincial Minister of State, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Deputy Director in her office, Mr Ignatius Mungure described the late Cde Sachiti as a loyal carder who worked for his country until his time of death. Cde Sachiti, whose Chimurenga name was Manesi Rumbidzai Hondo joined the liberation struggle in 1965 in Mozambique and received military training at Takawira 2 Chimoio camp in 1977.  He rose to the position of Platoon Commander, which he held from 1978 to 1980. At independence, Cde Sachiti was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) before retiring to become an active member of Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association in Marondera District. He worked at moonlight funeral assurance until his untimely death. He is survived by wife, Rosemary Sachiti, 3 children and 3 grand...

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Giant boat enthralls Byo residents

Residents of Bulawayo were treated to a spectacle when a giant boat set for Victoria Falls “docked” by the roadside at Ascot Shopping Centre along the Gwanda road. The giant boat, which is yet to be mounted with additional two decks, was constructed in Harare and Victoria falls-bound via Masvingo and Bulawayo in a journey expected to last two weeks. Scores of people took to social media as they hyped the presence of a unique structure on the roads. Delighted spectators described it as a wonder opportunity for most of them. The boat measures 30×8 metres and its construction began in January. Head of the crew transporting the vessel, Mr Forbes Chimoga said the journey has been fulfilling as large numbers of people are expressing their joy at seeing the giant tourism artifact. With a carrying capacity of 360 passengers, the boat is powered by 2 engines that are 600 horsepower water cooled each. As it is fitted with bedrooms, showers, swimming pool among other accessories, it is expected that tourists will experience a wonderful time inside it as did the residents who quickly went to visit the site of its stop...

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Squatters still looking up to Bill Gates

For many, home is a safe place where one resides and gets basic facilities like water, food and protection, but this is not the case for people who reside at the Borrowdale squatter camp in Harare. In 2012, a pilot programme was launched to help the poor in Zimbabwe as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to assist informal settlers, among them the Borrowdale – Gunhill squatters. To this day, the promise remains a pipe dream for many as the squatters are yet to receive their stands. Living in adverse conditions with no proper infrastructure, only 20 of...

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