Day: December 7, 2017

Economic experts applaud Cde Chinamasa’s budget

The 2018 budget presented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has been described by economic experts as a paradigm policy shift which will form a solid foundation that will stir local production, boost investor confidence, foreign currency generation and above all bring an end to liquidity and economic challenges the country is going through. The 2018 budget presentation has set the stage for an economic jump start with proposed amendment of the indigenisation act by the Finance Minister described as the game changer that will boost the much need investor confidence and stimulate economic...

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National export strategy policy finalisation gathers momentum 

Work on the finalisation of the country’s national export strategy which will guide activities for the next four years until 2022 is at an advanced stage as government targets to increase export receipts. Driven by the desire to tap the export led economic growth benefits the government is finalising a national export strategy that will become functional from next year until 2022. The initiative is targeted to grow exports and receipts by 10 percent annually within the four year framework according to government projections. Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Minister Dr Mike Bimha outlined this vision to captains of...

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Bowling star seeks sponsorship for world champs

Zimbabwe’s African Bowls Championship double gold medalist Aaron Chilundo has set his sights on the world bowls singles which comes to Australia next year and is appealing for sponsorship. The 20 year old Alexandra Sports Club’s bowling star Chilundo conquered Africa by winning two gold medals and a silver at the African Bowls Championships in Johannesburg. His focus is now on claiming sculps at the world championship that comes to Australia in October next year. The national singles champion is already planning for the event and seeks sponsorship to raise funds for airfare and visa fees required for him...

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Nandi-Mkwasine railway line refurbishment complete

The completion of the upgrading of the Nandi-Mkwasine railway line will guarantee provision of safe and cost effective rail transportation services for sugar cane farmers in the lowveld. The project was officially commissioned by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Jorum Gumbo. The now refurbished railway line siding that links the sugar cane plantations in Mkwasine to the main NRZ line at Nandi siding, was constructed in 1978. The track had deteriorated causing frequent derailments and poor transit times due to speed restrictions.  The line has since been refurbished at a cost of $7 million which was...

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Major boost for Epworth residents

A significant improvement of health delivery is expected in the Epworth community after Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) handed over a state of the art polyclinic to the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Considered by experts as a huge health risk owing to its large population, Epworth residents got a major boost after MSF handed over an improved polyclinic to the government. $1.250 million was put into a project which will come as a relief to people residing in Epworth. A renovated facility, a generator, an ambulance and medical equipment were all part of the critical assistance provided by...

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Diplomats welcome Cde Chinamasa’s budget

The 2018 budget statement presented by Finance Minister and Economic Planning Cde Patrick Chinamasa has been welcomed as a document conducive for foreign direct investment through a number of changes that have been introduced to make Zimbabwe an attractive investment destination. Omissions and commissions signaling policy reversals and conflicting pronouncements by different agencies of the same government will no longer be allowed as government take moves to ensure policy consistency and credibility to ready itself for investment under the new economic dispensation. Government is also planning through the Finance Bill to amend the indigenisation and empowerment act, to bring...

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Harassment, abuse in sport under spotlight

As the nation joins the rest of the world in observing 16 days of activism against gender based violence (GBV) observers have emphasized the need to protect female athletes from harassment and abuse. As Zimbabwe and the rest of the globe observes 16 days of activism against GBV, the sports sector has not been spared in the condemnation against harassment and abuse.   Musasa Project director Netty Musanhu said like in several other spheres of society, harassment and abuse is also evident on the sporting field. Bindura University of Science Education sports director Tsitsi Muzuva pointed to the need for policies that protect the girl child from any form of abuse on the sporting front as a way of encouraging their participation in sport. A baseline study conducted by the African Union Sports Council Region 5 in 2014 pointed to harassment and abuse as a major hindrance to the participation of women in...

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CAMPFIRE completes human wildlife mitigation programme in Tsholotsho

The Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) has completed a human wildlife conflict mitigation programme in ward seven in Tsholotsho. The ward has recorded better harvests in the fields since the launch of the programme in 2015.  The project which was started in 2015 uses chilli guns and gum pole barriers to prevent the movement of elephants into people`s fields. Community volunteers from ward 7 are now assisting their counterparts in ward 1, 3 and 4 where a similar system is being set up. CAMPFIRE chief executive officer, Mr Charles Jonga says although his organisation was designed...

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Mash East endorses Cde Mnangagwa

Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial conference has re-affirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the party’s candidate during the 2018 harmonised elections. This comes barely a week before the Zanu PF extra ordinary congress in Harare. The re-affirmation was part of other resolutions made by the party at the provincial conference held at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera presided over by provincial chairman Cde Joel Biggie Matiza. Zanu PF Politburo member Dr Sydney Sekeramayi said the province is fully behind Cde Mnangagwa’s candidature and urged people in the province to show their support by registering to vote so that he wins...

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YES games roar into life

Team Harare Province for the 17th edition of the Youth Education through Sport (YES) games received a befitting send off from their patron the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa. The Midlands capital comes alive tomorrow as the YES games explode. Team Harare was officially sent off amid an exuberant mood and was challenged to compete in the games valuing integrity and sportsmanship since they will meet other athletes from other provinces. Team Harare believes it can replicate last year’s form which saw it finish second. Athletes making their debut appearance at the games are...

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