Day: November 27, 2017

President Mnangagwa dissolves cabinet

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has dissolved cabinet and appointed Cde Patrick Chinamasa and Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi acting ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs respectively until the appointment of a new cabinet. In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said this was done in terms of section 108 (1C) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment number 20, Act 2013. Dr Sibanda said President Mnangagwa is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet ministers, and his appointment of Cde Chinamasa and Cde Mumbengegwi was done to allow for uninterrupted services in...

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Hwange lodges bookings surge

Bookings for the Christmas holidays is well above 70 percent in some lodges at Hwange National Park and Sikumi forests with locals taking most of the rooms. The festive season is around the corner and indications are that locals have embraced the culture of visiting the country’s tourist attractions during public holidays. However, there is need for some of the hotels and lodges to be refurbished to surpass the standard set by competitors in the region. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed that bookings are still coming through adding that the wildlife authority is looking for investors to refurbish its facilities. “We are sitting on about 250 accommodation units across the country, by which we have a carrying capacity of 880 beds and what we are targeting is to upgrade them to four and five star hotel status. The rehabilitation process has been staggered into clusters and we are starting off with Lake Chivero and Matopos,” he said. Forestry Commission Marketing Manager, Mr Enock Mandura noted that some days are already fully booked from the 18th of December. He however stressed the need to revisit the pricing models for the country to remain competitive. “If you look at the products that we offer in Zimbabwe, they are probably the same as in the neighbouring countries but our pricing structure is a...

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Radio Zim holds last show in Vic Falls

The curtain came down on the 2017 Radio Zimbabwe road show calendar over the weekend with the final leg of the nationwide tour held at Chinotimba shopping centre in the resort town of Victoria Falls. It was a perfect occasion to cap what has been a successful and memorable year for the country’s popular radio station. 2017 has been a remarkable year for the Radio Zimbabwe family as evidenced by an increase in listenership and several accolades awarded to the station and the presenters. During the course of the year, the station held a number of road shows whose...

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Govt launches GBV response programme

The government has launched a national programme on gender based violence (GBV) prevention and response as part of its effort to address the scourge which continues to be on the increase. The government lamented the continuous increase in cases of domestic violence, GBV as well as sexual harassment especially in tertiary institutions.  As the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya said there is need to step up efforts in addressing these ills which are being...

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High prices of tourism products bemoaned

Domestic tourists have called for aggressive marketing to lure more holidaymakers and a review of the country’s tourism products pricing regime to make the services affordable to locals. The country, which is on a drive to lure more domestic tourists, has been reminded of the need to address the tourism products pricing regime which has made it difficult for most locals to visit the country’s premier tourists destination. Domestic tourists who were in the resort town of Victoria Falls recently said it is critical that the country addresses the cost drivers and make the tourism products and services more...

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New short film launched

A local female musician and filmmaker, Sarah Dhliwayo Nkala has launched a short film titled Juliet. The film, which is based in Nkala’s 5th musical album, highlights issues to do with early child marriages and drug abuse. Nkala says the initiative is meant to encourage young girls to venture into income generating projects. Other artists, who graced the occasion, said young female artists should be given a chance to showcase their talent either through music recordings or films. Entertainment at the launch was provided by Takue Bleezy and Sister Fox and the Firefox...

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Hail storm kills 2 in Mangwe

Two people have died while several homesteads and institutions were destroyed, after a hailstorm hit Mangwe District in Matabeleland South Province at the weekend. 16 others were admitted at Brunapeg Hospital after sustaining injuries. Operations at Mpoengs border post have been affected after part of the buildings were destroyed. Water and electricity infrastructure at the border post were also affected by the hailstorm, leaving officers...

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Zim improves on trade flows

Zimbabwe’s trade flows for the first 10 months of this year showed some improvements on the back of stable macro economic conditions. Data released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) on Monday showed that the country’s exports increased by 19,19 percent to $1,49 billion between January and October this year. Imports slightly edged up 3,67 percent to $2,14 billion, although they are now mainly composed of capital goods. The trade deficit declined to $1,05 billion as the country continues to enforce measures to curb smuggling of goods. South Africa dominates exports, followed by Mozambique and the United Arab Emirates. Gold continues to be the key product by value, followed by tobacco as well as other resource based or mineral commodities. In terms of imports, South Africa is the main import market, followed by China and Singapore. The government is also planning to introduce policies aimed at relaxing export procedures to increase foreign exchange...

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ZSE recovers in new dispensation

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has reacted positively to the new political dispensation following the inauguration of the new President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. The mainstream industrial index registered a 4,72 percent increase to 333,68 points by close of trading on Monday but the mining index was unchanged at 126,63 points. An economist, Mr Pesistence Gwanyanya told the ZBC News that the recovery in stocks, which had shed more than $5 billion in the past two weeks, is an indication of the confidence investors have in the country’s new political system. By end of trading, OK Zimbabwe’s share price rose by...

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Major boost for children living with albinism

Constant medical check-ups and provision of protective clothing are essential for people living with albinism. Most of them however cannot afford these necessities and this puts them in a difficult predicament. Children living with albinism at the Capota school for the blind in Masvingo are however getting free medical check-ups on a yearly basis from a specialist dermatologist who visits the school. Individuals living with albinism are susceptible to skin diseases and cancer resulting from exposure to the sun.  Wearing protective clothing and using sun screen lotions assists to reduce the chances of getting the skin diseases, but most...

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