Day: October 31, 2017

Economists welcome IMF outlook report

Zimbabwe’s economists have endorsed the latest International Monitory Fund (IMF) Sub-Saharan Africa regional economic outlook report despite raising questions on some of its findings. The IMF public lecture on its latest report held at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) today provided an opportunity for economic decision makers, economics students and social scientists to assess the impact of the global lender’s findings. “While the report highlighted major challenges and key factors such as effects of low commodity prices and climate change, concern is however on its assessment on the 2,6 average economic target for next year,” said Dr Phineas Kadenge,...

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Govt, partners profile rural areas

The government and development partners have moved a gear up in strengthening food security in rural areas through the launch of district risk profiles which will guide interventions in ending hunger.   World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director, Eddie Rowe said the profiles will guide on planning and co-ordination to eradicate hunger and food insecurity in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET). Areas under focus in the risk profiles comprise infrastructure, water and sanitation, poverty, communications, climate, crops, livestock, markets, development indicators, food and security conditions and...

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Zimparks crafts elephant management plan

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has crafted an elephant management plan to minimise poaching and maintain the current population which now exceeds 84000 countrywide. Zimbabwe has an over population of elephants with Hwange National Park currently having 45 000 against a carrying capacity of 12500. The elephant management plan and policies, which are in line with regional trends, will run until 2020 and are aimed at improving the conservation efforts by implementing new strategies that are set to minimise poaching. Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo said the plan includes revisiting the legislative changes as...

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Insiza fishing project uplifts people’s livelihoods

The Zhulube fish farming project in ward one, Insiza district has helped improve the livelihoods and dietary needs of the local community, amid calls for such ventures to be spread across the drought prone region of Matabeleland. The Zhulube irrigation scheme diversified into fish farming in 2015 following support from the European Commission under the Integrated and Sustainable Fisheries and Aqua Culture Production for Improved Food Security for Vulnerable Households in Zimbabwe Vice Secretary of the scheme, Mr Wilfred Sibanda said the programme has been successful, revealing that they harvested 500kgs of fish in their initial year. “The farmers...

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13 army officers graduate

13 logistics staff officers have graduated at the Zimbabwe Staff College after completing their geo political studies.  Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander, Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda commended the students who graduated for excelling in their studies. Lieutenant General Sibanda announced that the college will next year be offering degree programmes in conjunction with Chinhoyi University of Technology to improve its curriculum.  The Logistics Staff Course Number 4 took five months and some modules covered include Strategic Management and Defence Management, Planning and Logistics in Low Intensity...

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Transport ministry completes parastatals evaluation

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development has completed examining its parastatals in a vigorous process that might see some of the state enterprises being dissolved or restructured in line with President Robert Mugabe’s clarion call to deal with loss making government entities. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Dr Machivenyika Mapuranga told stakeholders at a pre-budget workshop for the Parliamentary Committee on Transport that the performance based report of all the state enterprises which fall under his ministry will be submitted to the minister this week for presentation to cabinet. The Parliamentary Portfolio...

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NRZ recapitalisation takes shape

The recapitalisation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is beginning to take shape with a top official confirming that the parastatal has begun servicing at least two locomotives a month while attracting experienced staff who had left the state owned  institution for perceived greener pastures. NRZ Workshops Chief Engineer, Daniso Mlambo told the ZBC News that the parastatal is experiencing exciting times with skilled personnel now coming back to work at the institution. Engineer Mlambo added that he hopes the conclusion of the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG)-Transnet consortium deal will see the parastatal significantly improving on its...

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Midlands to double wheat produce

The Midlands Province is set to double its wheat yield this coming season owing to the government’s Command Agriculture Programme. This was revealed by the Provincial Crop and Livestock Officer, Mrs Medlineh Magwenzi. Most farmers from the midlands province have realised a good yield of between six and eight tonnes per hectare. Mrs Magwenzi said although the province is yet to reconcile its figures, it is clear that the wheat yield is exceptionally beyond previous years. With part of the wheat still in the field, Mrs Magwenzi advised the farmers to start land preparations and dry plant using the...

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Low turnout for youths, women for BVR

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says youths and women were slow in their uptake of biometric voter registration (BVR) during the first phase of the exercise countrywide. This comes as only 1 million out of 7 million potential voters have so far registered to vote in next year’s general elections. ZEC Acting CEO, Mr Utoile Silaigwana said the commission has noted with concern the slow uptake by youths and women to register as voters for the 2018 general elections. “We have since taken the campaign to social media platforms to engage the youths and encourage them to register,” said...

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Zanu PF Midlands annuls suspensions

The Zanu PF Midlands Provincial Executive has dismissed the prohibition orders that were issued to the Acting Provincial Vice Chairman, Cde Edwin Shiri and Provincial Youth Secretary for Administration, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyejena as unprocedural and unconstitutional. The executive vowed to return the two as provincial members until due process is followed. Briefing the media after the executive meeting which was held at the Zanu PF Convention Centre in Gweru, Zanu PF Provincial Spokesperson, Cde Cornelius Mupereri said as a province, they have resolved to disregard the prohibition orders issued to their two provincial members as due process was not followed. “The process was unprocedural and flawed, and as a province, we have resolved that until this process has been put on the rails moving in the proper direction, we will return Cde Shiri and Cde Wadjejena as our provincial members,” he said. The province has since written a letter to the party’s National Secretary for Administration expressing their discontentment over the prohibition orders which they say are against the party’s constitution. “The National Political Commissar has no mandate to write a prohibition order to any member. The National Disciplinary Committee does not have the prerogative to give a prohibition order in the constitution, and the only organs that can do that are the distrist, the branch and province. The National Disciplinary Committee is a referral committee, it cannot...

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