Day: November 29, 2017

Sweden to promote women, children rights

Sweden says it stands ready to work with all its partners in Zimbabwe to support efforts in ending corporal punishment, gender based violence and to achieve full protection of the rights of the children and women in the country. This was said by the Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sofia Calltorp as the world marks 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. She said UN member states must seek to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and deliver quality and universal healthcare, quality education and gender equality. “Other key issues include ending violence against children and gender-based violence; building...

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ZIMASCO returns to viability

Zimbabwe’s biggest ferrochrome producer, ZIMASCO is expected to be removed from judicial management with effect from January next year following a successful turnaround plan. The plan is however subject to the results of a scheme of arrangement meeting attended by the company’s investors, creditors, shareholders, workers and management in Harare today. ZIMASCO Judicial Manager, Mr Reggie Saruchera told the ZBC News that the firm, which had incurred huge losses, owed creditors debts and was failing to break even, is now on a stable and viable state. “The firm is likely to be removed from judicial management and we are...

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ZSE maintains positive momentum

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) positive investor confidence continues on the back of gains by the two trading indices on Wednesday. The industrial index gained 5,44 percent to end at 371,09 points, while the mining index also registered a 0,06 percent gain to close trading at 126,71 points. OK Zimbabwe recorded a 18,17 percent gain to end trading at 21,38 cents, African Sun was 17,14 percent up to 4,10 cents, Delta share price went up by 14,34 percent to close at 198,09 cents, Old Mutual rose by 11,13 percent to 597,86 cents and the share price for Seedco rose...

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Stanbic donates boreholes to Chitungwiza hospital

Fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases at Chitungwiza Central Hospital on the onset of the rainy season have prompted a local bank to donate boreholes to the hospital. Servicing a population of around 2 million and acting as a referral centre for outlying areas, Chitungwiza Central Hospital has been experiencing water cuts which caused a lot of problems in their service delivery.  However, this Tuesday the hospital received a short in the arm following a donation of two boreholes by Stanbic Bank. “The donation will make a big difference at the hospital,” said Dr Obadiah Moyo, Chitungwiza Central...

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‘Water, sanitation key to development’

In support of the government’s initiative to repair infrastructure for economic growth, water and sanitation have been noted as key in the development of communities. Water and sanitation remain a challenge in some parts of the country as councils continue to discharge raw sewer in the water bodies. Combined Harare Residents Association CEO, Mr Mfundo Milo expressed concern over failure by the Harare City Council to provide safe and sufficient water to residence. However, efforts have been made by the government and the World Bank through the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund under the National Water Project to make sure people...

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Zim committed to SANORD cooperation

Zimbabwe has committed itself to strengthen cooperation with the Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD) in the quest to harness tertiary education as a catalyst for industrial transformation. The government of Zimbabwe says it appreciates the significant role that science, engineering and technology can play in economic transformation and has committed itself to develop a vibrant higher education. In his address during the official opening ceremony of the 2017 SANORD Conference in Victoria Falls, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Francis Gudyanga said the country’s industrialisation vision can only become...

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Gwanda hailed for new landfill

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has commended Gwanda municipality for constructing a new landfill which meets requirements stipulated in Statutory Instrument 6 of 2007. Residents of Gwanda and the environmental watchdog have been raising concern over failure by the local authority to properly dispose about 7.3 tonnes of waste produced by the town. Gwanda Town Council is currently dumping waste at an open site opposite Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo College, thereby posing a health risk to nearby residents. However, thanks to the intervention of World Vision and Australians aid under the water sanitation and hygiene programme construction of a new...

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Poor roads bemoaned

Failure to urgently attend to the problems of potholes has greatly affected economic growth and rural development. As a result, residents and motorists in Chipinge are calling for the resurfacing of roads that include Checheche – Tnganda and Chipinge – Mt Selinda roads. They said the poor road network is affecting investment prospects and business growth in some parts of Chipinge with cars requiring repairs more often, while there are delays in movement of goods. Transport operators are avoiding some routes and as a result, perishable goods intended for export are failing to reach their destination on time. Chipinge has a number of irrigation schemes and the poor road network is making the irrigation schemes inaccessible, thereby affecting the marketing of their produce. The filling of potholes by soil has been described as a short term measure that should not be relied on as the soil is washed away every rainy season with a more permanent solution to deal with the problem of potholes required.  The Checheche – Tanganda road that connects Mutare with South Africa has become one of the worst in the country and requires urgent...

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Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu honoured

The late national hero, Dr Sikhanyiso Duke Ndlovu has been posthumously honoured after a new science laboratory at Induna High School at One Infantry Brigade was named after him in honour of the contributions he made in transforming the educational standards at military schools. Dr Ndlovu was a veteran educationist and once served as board chairperson of the Army Schools Welfare Trust which witnessed the transformation of formal military schools into highly competitive institutions in the country’s academic front. Officiating at the event, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda said it was through the contributions...

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AFZ staff promoted

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted 24 senior Air Force of Zimbabwe officers. The promotion was done in terms of section 15(3b) of the Defence Act. The four of Group Captain A. Viyano, Group Captain E.F Masakadza, Group Captain A. Gwata and Group Captain P.T Moyo have been elevated to the rank of Air Commodore. 10 wing commanders; Wing Commander S. Dube, Wing Commander N.C. Nyamwanza, Wing Commander F.C. Manhanga, Wing Commander M. Dhliwayo, Wing Commander P.P. Maketo, Wing Commander E. Kujinga, Wing Commander S.B Bere, Wing Commander E. Garwe, Wing Commander M. Mukarakate and Wing Commander P. Ndou were promoted to the rank of Group Captain. 10 squadron leaders were also elevated to the rank of wing commanders. These are: Squadron Leader Tineyi Mhonda, Squadron Leader Richard Chitumba, Squadron Leader Proud, K. Sithole, Squadron Leader Darlington Mudoti, Squadron Leader Elifas Nhundu, Squadron Leader Fungai, G. Chihaka, Squadron Leader Betty Madhema, Squadron Leader Bizeki Madzadzure, Squadron Leader John Chirinda and Squadron Leader Charles Mukanyiwa. In his address to the newly promoted officers, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander, Air Marshal Perence Shiri emphasised the need for discipline and hard work in order to uphold professionalism in the force. Some of the promoted officers promised to continue working hard for the benefit of the country at large. Air Vice Marshal Jacob Nzvede, who...

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