Day: November 13, 2017

Chidzambwa appointed Warriors caretaker coach

Veteran coach Sunday Chidzambwa has been appointed Warriors caretaker coach for the upcoming Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) tournament set for Kenya later this month. In a statement ZIFA communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela said Chidzambwa will be the Warriors caretaker coach exclusively for the CECAFA tournament. Zimbabwe will join the Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia at the tournament from the 25th of this month to the 9th of...

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Churches opposed to taxation

The Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association Matabeleland South chapter has expressed mixed feelings over taxation of churches, saying while other denominations are making profits, others have not been spared by the prevailing economic difficulties. This comes as the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials met pastors drawn from various parts of Matabeleland South Province to educate them on changes in legislation which pertains to taxation of the church. Addressing members of the Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association in Gwanda, ZIMRA Domestic Taxes Specialist, Mr Amen Hove explained that prior to the amendment of tax laws in 2016, there was no legislation empowering...

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Chronic diseases take their toll on Byo

Local health institutions in Bulawayo are facing challenges and are unable to help some people who suffer from chronic diseases. Chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, arthritis and heart diseases are now common in Zimbabwe and are also affecting the young. Such diseases require a lot of resources for the affected persons so that they get treatment. Such is the situation in Nkulumane where young Rudorwashe Grace Moyo is suffering from congenital heart disease. Her mother says the condition has become critical and if she does not get assistance in time. The child survives on oxygen which the family...

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Tough task awaits fiscal authorities

Zimbabwe awaits the 2018 national budget with bated breath given various macro-economic factors that prevailed in the economy over the past months. Economists and industry leaders believe fiscal authorities will have to be bold to pull the country out of the current economic pressures. Price increases and premiums on foreign currency on the parallel market are factors that have exposed the economy to new pressures, raising fears that they will influence the country’s inflation statistics going forward. However, these are not the only points of worry for fiscal authorities as they prepare the 2018 national budget. The growing challenge of illegal imports is also a factor that has stifled the growth of the local manufacturing sector, while aiding to growing trade imbalances within the economy. Despite the country’s trade deficit narrowing by 5 percent from $1,3 billion in the first half of this year, it still stands within the US$1 billion range, which means the country is still burdened by high imports against low exports. In the last budget presentation, recurrent expenditure at close to $4 billion and capital expenditure reaching almost $1 billion were among the identified impediments to sustainable economic growth having negative implications to lending capacity to the private sector. Analysts believe that these are some of the immediate areas of focus for treasury in addition to coming up with lasting solutions to the challenge of...

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Construction sector players mull synergies

Players in the construction sector are mulling synergies to position themselves better in bidding for and carrying out major projects. As players in the construction sector get ready to partake in the dualisation of the Masvingo – Beitbridge Highway, there seems to be consensus that partnerships are crucial in order for them to deliver efficiently. Though bemoaning the difficulties in accessing cheap loans, which can put them on an unequal footing with their international counterparts, the local contractors said they are ready to exploit the opportunities available in the construction of the billion dollar road. While addressing delegates, who...

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Grade 7s utilise post examination period

Grade 7 pupils from schools in Bulawayo have taken advantage of the post examination programmes initiated by the government to equip themselves with various life skills. The post examination period has become a turning point for Bulawayo Grade 7 pupils who are being capacitated with life skills that include food science, agriculture and clothing technology.  Unlike in the yester-years where Grade 7s would stop attending school after writing examinations, pupils are now compelled to continue learning until the end of the term. ZBC News visited some schools in the province to observe skill enhancement activities undertaken by Grade 7...

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Promoting brand Zim, govt’s priority

Promoting brand Zimbabwe is government’s top priority, hence the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) is partnering various government departments to market the country as a tourist attraction destination. The visiting Barcelona Legends took time to visit the National Heroes Acre today. They were taken around the shrine’s museum by Ms Marbel Musonza, who said such visits by the legends help tourists to understand the history of Zimbabwe. Mr Rayco Garcia, who spoke on behalf of the Barcelona Legends said it is evident that the country is a safe tourist destination endowed with tourist attraction areas that speak a lot about...

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Rains threaten wheat bumper harvest

The anticipated wheat bumper harvest is under threat from the rains which have started falling and affecting the cereal crop in various parts of the country.  The rains being experienced in most parts of the country have triggered a hive of activity at farms as some farmers take advantage of the wet spell to till their land and plant their summer crops. However, for most farmers who ventured in wheat production, it is a sad story as they are racing against time to salvage their cereal crop which is under threat from the wet spell that have engulfed the...

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Boxing fiesta set to explode

The King of the Ring Ghetto boxing fiesta is set to explode at the Mbare netball complex on the 25th of this month with the main bout pitting Tinashe Mwadziwana and Tinashe Mutodza. Two time Commonwealth champion, Colleen Nyamambishi Mavhundutse will face former WBC welterweight silver champion, Charles Nanyuchi in the Zimbabwe National Bantam Weight Championship Title. Also on the cards will be a grudge match between Tinashe ‘Chairman’ Mwadziwana and Tinashe ‘The Punisher’ Mutodza in what promises to be an event filled with excitement. Match maker, Clyde Musonda said it is all systems go for the King of...

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Presidential Input Scheme launched in Mash Central

The 2017-2018 Presidential Well-wishers Input Scheme has been launched in Mashonaland Central Province, amid indications that more than 100 000 tonnes of maize seed having been delivered so far. The launch of the input scheme in Chiweshe at bare business centre has coincided with the onset of rains across the province. Nationally, the Presidential Input Scheme is expected to benefit 1,8 million households as government seeks to promote food security at household level. Launching the scheme, Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Minister, Advocate Martin Dinha said there is need for proper distribution of inputs to ensure a productive agricultural season. Under the scheme, each household will get a 10 kilogramme bag of maize seed, 50 kilogramme bag of fertiliser and a 20 kilogramme bag of soya bean seed. Mashonaland Central Province has so far received 1195 tonnes of maize seed, 812 tonnes soya been seed, 4418 tonnes of Compound D fertiliser and 1458 tonnes of top dressing fertiliser under the Presidential Well-wishers Input Scheme for this agricultural...

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