Day: December 6, 2017

Nation branding initiative moves gear up

The nation branding initiative being piloted in Mashonaland West province has moved a gear up as the province has managed to come up with documentation that provides its socio, economic and cultural profile. The branding project is a programme being run by the Office of the President and Cabinet’s Public Affairs department. It is aimed at stimulating inward investment, boost exports and attract tourists and give a positive image to the country. The Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Cde Webster Shamu said nation branding will unlock investment and other opportunities for the country. The nation branding pilot project is being implemented through a rapid results approach initiative with results expected within 100...

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Zim committed to green financing

Zimbabwe has committed itself to develop a sound framework aimed at promoting green financing to ensure sustainable socio-economic transformation in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Zimbabwe’s first green investments roundtable meeting being held in Victoria Falls has seen renewed determination by local economic actors and government officials to urgently harness green investments to meet the country’s developmental goals. Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet and Chairperson of the high level committee on climate change, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku said the government is keen to promote green investments in the country as part of efforts to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Prince Mupaziriho is confident that the country will learn from regional and international examples to develop a sound green bond framework to support socio-economic transformation. Green bonds were created to fund projects that have positive environmental and climate benefits. The green bond market has surged to $72 billion in 2016, according to the climate bond initiative. The green investments roundtable meeting has attracted critical institutions and development partners such as the World Bank, United Nations, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) and the African Development Bank...

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Pursue agric agenda, President urged

The people of Mudzi say President Emmerson Mnangagwa must advance the farming programme he began under the Command Agriculture Programme last year by increasing input distribution for more rural communities. Mudzi district is one of the ruling Zanu PF party’s strongholds, with its relationship with the revolutionary party dating back to the days of the armed struggle. Situated 300km from Harare, Nyahunu area in Nyakadecha on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique is one of the remotest parts of the country and the people there rarely get to know what happens outside their area. However, news of the coming in of President Mnangagwa reached them and now their immediate request to him is to aid them with farming inputs so that 2017 can be a good farming season for them. Some acknowledged that their area could be in the remote parts but they too want to be associated with their president. There is a positive vibe that Cde Mnangagwa will revive the fortunes of many rural communities by advancing programmes that also centre on this demographic sector which has in the past been left...

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Byo residents want voter registration eased

Bulawayo residents have called for the voter registration process to be eased to promote maximum participation in the electoral process. This came out during a public hearing on the Electoral Amendment Bill and the Insolvency Bill, chaired by members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Despite a low turnout at the outreach programme that took place at the Small City Hall, the event was characterised by candid contributions from the residents. It was however clear that the participants had more interest and knowledge in the Electoral Amendment Bill than the other bill. Chief among...

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ANSA nominations torch storm

The Zimbabwe Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) nominees unveiled in Harare on Monday stirred a lot of debate surrounding some omissions. The biggest omission was probably that of motorsport hotshot, Axcil Jefferies after it emerged that his name was not submitted by the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation (ZMSF), the mother body of motorsport in Zimbabwe. Jefferies’ father and manager, Suhail, took his rage to the motorsport social media whatsapp group upon finding out that his son’s name had not been submitted by the Zimbabwe Motorsports Federation as a nominee despite his many achievements. Suhail said to date, his son has...

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Chombo, Chipanga bail hearing postponed

The High Court has for the second time postponed the bail application hearing for former Finance Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo and former Zanu PF Youth leader, Kudzanayi Chipanga to tomorrow (Thursday). The state indicated that it was not yet ready with their response. Both parties, the state and the defence consented to the postponement and agreed that the state must file their papers before end of day today. The two accused persons were denied bail by the lower court on the basis that their release will lead to public outcry, while there was the possibility of the two to...

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Satanism scare at Banket school

A Satanism scare has hit Trelawney Primary School near Banket with reports alleging that 10 pupils have been affected by the unGodly practice. The scare is allegedly linked to one of the lady teachers, whom pupils say sometimes changes to a snake. The pupils also alleged that they have often observed a snake entering the teacher’s handbag as she steps into her classroom. One of the pupils said he was deeply affected when he was hugged by the teacher in question, while another, who had some uniform bought for her by the teacher, suffered excruciating stomach pains and had...

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Zim marks International Volunteer Day

Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Volunteer Day by responding to some of the challenges faced by people in communities. Volunteers are in the fore front in the fight to protect and care for the people affected by conflict, violence and humanitarian crises around the world.  Despite various challenges faced by volunteers, they continue to sacrifice their own safety through their commitment to communities. Tose Respite Care Centre in Harare today hosted the International Volunteer Day commemorations where volunteers from different organisations and communities converged. The volunteers said their desire is to make a...

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Soccer Star of the Year set for crowning

With Friday set as the crowning night for the country’s best footballer in the 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, all eyes will be on who will win it. Former winners of the accolade expressed the delight the accolade brings to any player. The Soccer Star of the Year award has been won by a number of celebrated players that include the legendary George Shaya, Japhet Mparutsa, Stanley Ndunduma, Peter Ndlovu, Mercedes Rambo Sibanda and Moses Chunga. All would easily concede to the pride it brings a player to be chosen as the best in the country for the...

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Women fight gender discrimination in music industry

In a bid to fight gender discrimination in the music industry, efforts have been made to protect the rights of women across the region through empowerment. This came out as part of resolutions from the just-ended sub-regional workshop on gender equality in the music industry. At the workshop, women were encouraged to venture into any music genre of their choice without fear as measures have been put in place to ensure women get a fair chance of recording their products. Speaking to the ZBC News after the workshop, President of the Zimbabwe Musicians Union, Edith Weutonga Katiji said the set of rules and resolutions made at the sub-regional workshop held in Tanzania should be implemented in all African Union states to ensure gender balance in the music industry. Representatives from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania and Namibia, among other countries, attended the conference in Tanzania. The conference was meant to discuss gender issues affecting female artists in the music industry. Meanwhile, a declaration was made to help female musicians in Africa and way forward to help them achieve these...

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