Day: December 7, 2017

Zvishavane accident claims 2

Two people died on the spot while an unconfirmed number survived with various injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned in the early hours of Thursday near Shabanie Mine along Buchwa road. Officer Commanding Zvishavane District Inspector Edward Ncube confirmed the incident although he said he was yet to get the full details. The injured were reportedly rushed to Shabanie Mine Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment. Although it is not clear what led to the accident, ZBC News understands one of the vehicles, a commuter omnibus was heading towards Zvishavane...

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Police ordered to abolish unnecessary roadblocks

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture has ordered the police to abolish unnecessary road blocks and work on regaining public confidence. This comes as the new government is on a massive drive to rebuild the country’s economy by eliminating corruption and other malpractices. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has over the past few years been viewed as unpopular by ordinary citizens due to its policies regarding road blocks which were all over cities and major highways.  It is against this background that Home Affairs and Culture Minister Dr Obert Mpofu met with all police commanders to redefine their...

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Minister Chinamasa presents US$5.1bn budget

Finance and Economic Planning Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa has presented a US$5.1 billion 2018 national budget, projecting a 4.5 percent economic growth rate for next year. Presenting the budget statement in Parliament today, Cde Chinamasa said the budget reflects new economic order as enunciated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, adding that it is meant to address the low confidence levels, low production, high unemployment rate, foreign currency shortages, corruption and indiscipline, among other challenges. Minister Chinamasa said the economy is on track to realise the projected 3.7 growth rate for 2017, adding that revenues have out-performed targets this year and...

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LIVE UPDATES: 2018 Budget presentation

Updates by: Wadzanai Mhombera 1616: Minister Chinamasa concludes presentation. Says budget reflects new economic order as enunciated by President Mnangagwa 1609: Re-organisation of the Beitbridge Border Post to enable real time entry and timely clearing of goods, to minimise delays, etc. Minister Chinamasa proposes extension of Operation Restore Legacy to the border post to restore order at the port of entry ….to remove touts and vendors at Beitbridge Border Post. Defence Forces to coordinate with other security services on this mission. 1608: Mining fees and charges – proposing downward review of ground rentals 1602: Rutenga now a port of...

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TRB phases out ozone depleting chemicals

The Tobacco Research Board (TRB) has made tremendous progress to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals such as methylebromide used in tobacco seedlings production. The phasing out of the chemical is in compliance with the Montreal Protocol of 1992.   The national ozone steering committee this Wednesday went on a fact finding mission at Kutsaga Research Station to assess progress made by the TRB in phasing out the use of methylebromide in tobacco seedling production. The team led by project manager George Chaumba says Zimbabwe is on track towards accomplishing the phasing out of ozone depleting chemicals....

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Conference facilities key to tourism growth   

Considering the country’s huge conferencing facilities, a call has been made for the tourism sector to benchmark its growth on conferencing which has the capacity to improve its revenue growth. Zimbabwe has various conference facilities which are capable of hosting large events both regional and international but over the years these facilities have remained underutilised. Facilities such as Zimbabwe Agricultural Society and the ZITF Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo testify to this. The country is ready to implement the conferencing and exhibition strategy to further promote its destinations. Gauteng Convention Bureau chief executive officer Ms Nonnie Kubeka called for collaboration...

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First Lady pays Harare Hospital surprise visit

The First Lady Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa paid a surprise visit to one of the country’s largest referral hospitals, Harare Hospital, to get an appreciation of challenges affecting the health institution. Dressed like every other ordinary Zimbabwean woman, Amai Mnangagwa made an impromptu visit at “Gomo” as the hospital is affectionately known, to get an appreciation of the service rendered and experiences of ordinary Zimbabweans in search for medical attention. Oblivious of her presence, the hospital staff went ahead with their usual duties while the First lady also went through the normal procedures purporting to seek medical attention. The First...

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