Day: October 19, 2017

Zim targets narrowing trade deficit

The private and public sectors have committed to narrow the country’s trade deficit from the current $1.4 billion to more sustainable levels within the next five years through aggressive exports of value-added products to regional markets. The country has recorded impressive strides on its export receipts over the years, with exports accounting for more than 60 percent of the country’s foreign currency earnings.  Strong growth has been recorded in minerals and tobacco exports, accounting for over 80 percent of the total export earnings, with slow growth however recorded in the manufacturing sector which contributes less than 10 percent. The...

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Veld fires on the increase

The country has recorded a 9.4 percent increase in veld fires, and four deaths this year after more than 1 million hectares of forests and grasslands have been destroyed by veld fires nationally so far. Zimbabwe is at the peak of the veld fire season and the figures coming from various provinces point to a failed strategy in veld fire prevention and management. To date, a total of 1 096 358 hectares of have been ravaged by veld fires, a figure which represent 9.4 percent increase, compared to the same period last year. Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Education and...

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Zim, partners launch migration project

The Zimbabwean government in conjunction with the European Union (EU) and the International Organistaion for Migration (IOM) have launched the ‘Promoting Migration Governance in Zimbabwe Project’ at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare today. The project is in response to lack of a common body of principles on international migration and the negative portrayal of migration noted by the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly before adopting the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants. The declaration set in motion a process of consultations and inter-governmental negotiations that should lead to the adoption of global principles on safe, orderly...

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NAC team tours First Family projects

A delegation of officials from the National AIDS Council (NAC) led by the CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure has visited projects of the Grace Mugabe Foundation in Mazowe to appreciate the First Lady’s contribution to national development and to the survival of disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe. Dr Magure expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her philanthropic work and requested her to be a patron of cancer awareness programmes to help fundraise for people living with the disease. The delegation, accompanied by the Resident Minister of Mashonaland Central Minister of State, Advocate Martin Dinha, was first taken on a tour...

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Primary school pupils receive computer training

A local non-governmental organisation, Mambure Trust has embarked on a project to train primary school children in Bikita in computers, with emphasis being on the girl child. A significant number of rural primary schools operate under difficult conditions due to lack of resources and this has affected the delivery of education.  While information communication technology (ICT) has become a key component in the curriculum, more often than not computer lessons are not among the list of priorities for rural schools as authorities are seized with ensuring that children get other basic educational needs. Mambure Trust has initiated a computer...

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Lupane Women’s Dvpt Trust gets $100k grant

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) has extended a $100 000 grant to Lupane Women’s Development Trust to boost women’s projects in the district. The handover ceremony was held at Lupane Women’s Development Trust offices. The awarding of the grant is expected to enhance business activities for Lupane Women’s Development Trust which include bee-keeping and weaving and facilitate the introduction of irrigation facilities to promote agricultural activities at a plot owned by the trust. United States Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms Jeniffer Savage said her country will continue to support capacity building programmes for women and youths and...

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SMEs hailed

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been commended for their versatility which has allowed the sector to increase export earnings to the local economy. SMEs have significantly improved their contribution to the fiscus with statistics pointing to a 22 percent input to tax revenue collections earlier this year. Officially opening the SMEs International Expo Business Conference in Harare today, the Acting Minister of SMEs and Co-operative Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya hailed SMEs for surviving economic turbulence due to their flexibility, small size and ease of adapting to new trends. “We can only be stable once we realise where our...

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NACZ calls for stiffer piracy law

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has called on legislators to enact laws that suit the changing world in curbing piracy. While the fight against piracy seems to be unbeatable, the Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture is hopeful he will play his part to curb the vice. Speaking during a tour of the NACZ in Harare today, Minister Hlongwane, however, admitted that of late fighting piracy seems to be a wild goose chase. NACZ Director, Mr Elvis Mari said there is need to introduce new laws in curbing piracy than following the 1985 enacted law which...

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First Lady chicken project goes to Plumtree

The Zanu PF Women’s League chicken rearing business training project is gaining steam, this time being taken to the border town of Plumtree. Over 500 women have already been trained in Beitbridge and Gwanda alone under the programme, which is a brain child of the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe. The programme will see women in all the country’s 10 provinces being empowered on how to be part of the chicken rearing business before they receive the chicks that have been availed by Dr Mugabe. A total of 30 000 chicks have been made available to be equally distributed among all the 10 provinces of the country. Speaking during the event, Zanu PF Matabeleland South Women’s League Provincial Chairperson, Cde Sister Moyo, paid tribute to the First Lady for the gesture and urged all women to take advantage of the project to play an active part in the economy. Irvine’s Zimbabwe Technical Advisor and Training Facilitator, Mrs Sisa Mpofu said they hope to have women better poised to be competitive in the sector as they have been appraised on critical issues on poultry production. The training, which runs under the theme: ‘Empowering Women for Increased Participation in the Wconomy,’ was attended by party representatives from Matabeleland South province’s districts of Mangwe, Matopo and...

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Zim teams for Botswana basketball tourney

Zimbabwe basketball powerhouses; Harare City Hornets, Bulawayo’s Mavericks and Lakers have left the country for the basketball championships that roar into life in Gaborone, Botswana tomorrow. While the ladies teams; the Mavericks and Lakers are marking entry into the unknown, for Hornets coach, Langton Moyo rubbing shoulders with other regional basketball powerhouses is an opportunity they are relishing. Hornets will be buoyed by their unbeaten run in the domestic league. The competition also features South Africa’s Jozi Nuggets and Botswana’s Dolphins and Troopers. Mozambique is represented by Feriare de Beira and de Maputo, while Angola has Lebolo, Petrol and...

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