Day: December 5, 2017

Govt happy with Grade 7 agric pass rate

The government says it will continue implementing the new curriculum given positive results recorded at Grade 7 especially in Agriculture which was the newly examined subject. The country this year recorded a pass rate of 44.73 % which is an increase by 1.83% compared to last year’s pass rate. Grade 7 pupils this year set for five subjects after the addition of Agriculture and the subject recorded a 50.13 pass rate.   Speaking at a media briefing in Harare this evening, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavhima said the government is happy with the results...

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Adopt sexual harassment policies, varsities urged

A call has been made for tertiary institutions to adopt policies that guide in dealing with sexual harassment which continues to be on the increase. Female Students Network Trust Executive Director, Ms Evernice Munando said commemorations on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence should provide a moment to introspect on the realities of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions which have been worsened by economic challenges. “Increased engagement and awareness is needed at all levels to ensure that sexual harassment cases are reported and perpetrators prosecuted,” she said. According to the Female Students Network Trust report to...

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Expedite laws re-alignment, govt urged

The re alignment of laws, electoral reforms and the establishment of an investment friendly legal framework remain major challenges that need urgent redress by the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Legal experts said economic recovery can only be achieved if the legal frame work is investor friendly. Advocate Thabani Mpofu said the current legal framework needs to be revisited as some of the current laws can frighten potential investors. Another legal expert, Advocate Sylvester Hashiti is of the view that delays in the re-alignment of laws are an impediment to the administration of justice. He said the...

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National Competition Policy launched

Major strides have been made towards amending the Competition Act with the launch of the National Competition Policy this Tuesday signaling the pinnacle of this progress. Over the last two decades since the formulation of a body to regulate companies and ensure a level playing field, the country has done commendably well. This success is set to be further buttressed through the crafting of the competition law of Zimbabwe which will amend the Competition Act chapter 14:28. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises, Mrs Abigail Shonhiwa said competition law is intended to alleviate abuse of market positions by powerful firms, circumvent problems of cartels, as well as mitigate the challenge of anti-competitive mergers. Competition and Tariffs Commission Chairperson, Mr Antony Mutemi said in the long term, this will create a healthy market for both the company and consumer. Given the dynamism of businesses in this era, Zimbabwe is positioning itself towards a new phase that will enable the country’s market to remain competitive and well-regulated. The Competition and Tariffs Commission worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as the European Union (EU) to craft the competition...

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White collar, cyber criminals warned

White collar and cyber criminals’ days are numbered as the country’s law enforcement agents are ready to deal with such perpetrators in a bid to bring the country back to normalcy, a top military personnel has said. Addressing delegates during a military police graduation held in Bulawayo today, Commander Two Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Fidelis Mhonda said it is time the law enforcement agents move in to deal with cyber criminals and white collar thieves who are bleeding the country. He urged the graduates to uphold discipline by ensuring that members of the force are kept in line at all times. 44 students from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services...

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Vendors move out of Harare CBD

Harare’s central business district (CBD) assumed a refreshing look this Tuesday as vendors heeded a call by the city council fathers for them to vacate illegal selling points and relocate to designated sites. Despite resistance by a few, who were playing cat-and-mouse with law enforcement agencies, the majority of vendors who had been operating from Harare’s pavements moved to designated areas. Many of Harare’s streets and pavements were clear and pedestrians applauded the move to relocate vendors to designated sites, saying it enables free movement of people and traffic. Although the affected vendors applauded the move, they however said...

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Improve B/bridge schools, govt urged

The political and traditional leadership in Beitbridge has appealed to the government to improve education infrastructure in the district as many learners are failing to pursue science related subjects, owing to the acute shortage of laboratories in schools. In an interview with the ZBC News, politician and educationist, Ambassador Aaron Maboyi hailed the strides made so far in the education sector, which have placed Zimbabwe as one of the continent’s most literate nations. Chief Staudze of Beitbridge West bemoaned the general shortage of secondary schools in his area, saying the obtaining situation has in some cases forced learners to...

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Local content fiscal incentives on the cards

Plans to come up with local content fiscal incentives for companies that will comply with the requirements of this initiative presents an opportunity for the country to further narrow its $1.4 billion current account deficit to manageable levels. Current efforts to recalibrate the country’s economy have given hope to the majority, and more so for the private sector which was burdened by challenges of an illiquid market and foreign currency shortages.  Pragmatic efforts by the government through Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016 as well as increased export revenue following strong tobacco harvests this year have helped to stabilise...

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All set for Zim arts festival

All is set for the two-day multi-disciplinary Zimbabwe Arts Festival which begins in Harare on Friday. Upcoming artists have a chance to showcase their talents when the arts festival explodes. Festival founder, Rumbi Mudenge noted that it is a celebration of the richness of local art with more than 100 artists in dance and music expected to exhibit. Celebrated artists such as music super star Oliver Mtukudzi, the man of the moment Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Sulumani Chimbetu, Ex Q and Trevor Dongo are among those billed to perform. The arts festival will be held at the Alexandra Sports...

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Vintage cars serve as reminders 

In many developed countries, when cars reach a prescribed mileage they are crushed and the various parts recycled. On the African continent however, most beyond mileage cars have remained treasures that still enjoy the sleekness of the highways. While the newer brand of vehicles boasts of advanced features some almost turned into half car half plane speed to the envy of many car lovers green, vintage cars have also remained with a special place in the hearts of a few. They are reminders of a time gone by when the vehicle was a prized possession. A Dangamvura resident in...

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