Day: December 1, 2017

Foreign currency shortages affecting health delivery

Zimbabwe’s gains in the fight against HIV and AIDS are under threat as the shortage of foreign currency is affecting the procurement of anti retroviral drugs which are critical in suppressing the HIV viral load, a top National AIDS Council (NAC) official has said. Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day with particular focus on the gains made so far in reducing the new infections by over 50 percent with a Zimbabwe population-based HIV impact assessment report indicating that new infections dropped from 82 570 in 2009 to an estimated 42 314...

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Mobile payments surge

Mobile payments and point of sale transactions have surged by a significant margin compared to last year as business embrace the use of plastic money. Burdened by a liquidity challenge that has stretched for over two years, the retail sector has withstood these macro economic pressures to stay in business. One of the measures adopted by the retail industry to circumvent demand for hard cash was the wider adoption and usage of plastic money which has significantly grown with revelations showing an impressive uptake of 75 percent according to statistics by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. At the 2017...

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IMF points to assisting rebuild economy

Positive sentiment by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stating that they are ready to support the new government to design policies to restore stability and growth is the latest demonstration of confidence by the international community in Zimbabwe’s new dispensation. The show of confidence and willingness by global economic powerhouses to partner Zimbabwe to rebuild its economic trajectory has given hope to both public and private sectors.  The IMF has been closely monitoring events unfolding in the country over the last few weeks and their current position to assist the new administration signals a silver lining for the nation...

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New cabinet triggers mixed feelings

A cross section of people has described the composition of new cabinet as a mixed bag of professionals who have the experience and expertise to turn around the country’s economy if given the right support. The fusion of the old guard, war veterans, the military personnel, technocrats and the young blood in the new cabinet have been described by many as the best formula the new President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has identified as his  trusted lieutenant who should be a chance to showcase their ability to deliver. By bringing back the old guard, the President should be given thumps...

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Liberation hero Cde Maregere buried

 Liberation war hero Cde Solomon Maregere has been laid to rest at the Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre. Cde Maregere died on the 28th of November at Mutare Provincial Hospital after short illness. In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister of State for Manicaland Cde Monica Mutsvangwa, described Cde Maregere as a dedicated cadre who served the country during and after the war of liberation. Born on the 3rd of June in 1957 in Bikita, Cde Maregere, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Chirenje, left for the liberation struggle in 1975. He received military training in Tanzania and was...

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Utilise VTCs, Zimbabweans urged

Zimbabweans have been urged to take advantage of vocational training centers dotted throughout the country to acquire skills that help them start own businesses and reduce unemployment levels. In her address at the Chipinge Vocational Training Centre (VTC) graduation ceremony, provincial youth development officer Mrs Theresa Mupanduki says VTCs are a gate-way to empower Zimbabwean citizens of different intellectual capacities and should be taken advantage off in order to reduce unemployment in line with the ZIM ASSET agenda. Chipinge VTC principal Mr Stephen Maseta says technical and vocational education plays a pivotal role in the national and economic development of the country and should get more support from corporates and development partners. The graduation ceremony saw the conferment of certificates to 35 graduates who completed their studies under various disciplines such a cosmetology, brick and block laying, clothing, carpentry and...

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Irrigation scheme ignites villagers’ hope          

An irrigation project in Chief Mapanzure’s Mutiziwa village has ignited hope among villagers that food self-sustenance will now be a reality. The Councillor for the area Cde Martin Mapfumo says the December 3 deadline set for the completion has been achieved. More than 300 villagers worked on the project which has seen a dam wall and a nutritional garden constructed. The villagers are optimistic that food self-sustenance will be...

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Epping Forest water project benefits farmers

Nyamandlovu farmers are set to benefit from a US$5.2 million water project undertaken by Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA). Productivity in the Nyamandlovu farming area is set to increase when water from Epping Forest starts flowing into the prime farming areas just outside Bulawayo as it is pumped into Rochester Water Works. The 7-km pipeline that cuts through the heart of the farm land in Nyamandlovu is set to irrigate vast tracks of lands, a development that is set to capacitate and further empower farmers most of whom are beneficiaries of the land reform programme. Fifty-six boreholes have been sunk and installed to pump water from the aquifer. Addressing stakeholders who toured the project, Engineer Joel Mbatha said that local farmers are part of the critical stakeholders set to benefit from the project. Following a tour of the project, Bulawayo City Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo said the full utilisation of aquifer water will help mitigate against drought in the Matabeleland region.  Farmers in Nyamandlovu are not only producers of beef, but have the capacity to grow crops under...

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Wheat crop a write off in Middle Sabi  

More than 400 hectares of wheat in the Middle Sabi are now being considered a write off after farmers failed to harvest their crop before the onset of the rains. A myriad of challenges that include a record number of quelea birds that ravaged wheat fields and devoured over 40 percent of yield in the area, poor wheat seed variety and shortage of tillage equipment and combine harvesters affected wheat farming this season with the recent three wet spells resulting in about 400 hectors of wheat being considered a write off. Middle Sabi Farmers’ Syndicate chairperson Skumbuzo Todhlana says...

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Gwanda launches disability inclusion policy

The Municipality of Gwanda has been commended for being the first local authority to have a disability inclusion policy. The development will see people living with disabilities enjoying the same rights as other citizens. The idea to draw up a disability policy was inspired by the civil society organisations and World Vision’s water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme currently being implemented in Gwanda town which places emphasis on gender equity and the inclusion of people with disabilities in all wash projects. Speaking during the launch of the new policy at Jahunda Hall, a representative of the Gwanda Municipality  Councillor  Thulani Moyo said while the local authority has always striven to cater for the disadvantaged group, the policy will ensure that people living with disabilities fully enjoy their rights like other citizens. People living with disabilities Gwanda focal person Mr David Mwera said the policy that came into effect in July this year has already seen most buildings becoming user friendly. National chairperson of the Federation of Organisation for Disabled People in Zimbabwe Mr Watson Khupe said the development is a victory for people living with disabilities, sentiments also echoed by the World Vision gender equity and social inclusion officer Charity Mwera. Implementation of the policy will be guided by the Disabled Persons Act, the country’s constitution as well as regional and international instruments to which Zimbabwe is party to....

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