Day: January 6, 2018

Zim doubles diamond output

Zimbabwe has doubled diamond production to 1,8 million carats in the just ended year from 961 000 carats in 2016.    The rise in diamond production is expected to translate into increased economic development.                   Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) CEO, Dr Moris Mpofu said pursuant to achieve an effective diamond value management, the company had stopped selling diamonds in February last year.    However, Dr Mpofu said after putting in place appropriate systems for sorting and evaluation, the ZCDC is now ready to return to the market by the first quarter.                             ZCDC is also transforming to conglomerate diamond mining by the...

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ED’s visit to Tsvangirai hailed

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s gesture to visit MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who is battling cancer of the colony, has been hailed by analysts as a demonstration of goodwill and African values, Ubuntu, which should be emulated by all progressive Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation. The first South African black president, the late Nelson Mandela became one of the embodiment of Ubuntu with his African philosophy that, ‘I am, because of you,’ while Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee once defined Ubuntu using slightly different words, that ‘I am what I am because of who we all are.’ In the same...

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Govt to construct airport in Beitbridge

The government has announced plans to construct an airport at the Beitbridge border post, while existing ones and some aerodromes are set for a major upgrade and expansion, in a move aimed at easing travelling across the country, while promoting domestic and international tourism. Investor confidence locally and internationally has triggered Zimbabwe’s new administration into action with the government now set to ease mobility in the country by targeting the airline industry through constructing new airports and upgrading the existing ones. In an interview on the sidelines of a meeting with road authorities in Bulawayo, the Minister of Transport...

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Media urged to lead in branding exercise

The media has been urged to portray a positive image of the country to compliment government efforts in ensuring that investment flows into various sectors of the economy. This came out during the Manicaland Province branding workshop, where calls became louder for concerted efforts to brand the country. Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa said branding of the province will ensure that unique offerings such as tourism resorts as well as economic activities are promoted on a global scale. “As we launch the provincial branding exercise, we have unique attractions that range from tourism, culture as well as investment opportunities in various sectors. This is what we want to encapsulate in our branding of Manicaland Province,” she said. Clusters which include culture and heritage, infrastructure, utilities, programmes and schemes as well as tourism have been formed in order to create leverage for development. The country’s branding exercise has been spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), whose efforts have culminated in a change of perception globally. The national tourism master plan seeks to guide tourism development to 2035 with double digit growth in the sector...

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HBA stages refs’ refresher course

With the number of basketball teams raising a red flag on the poor officiating by referees, the Harare Basketball Association (HBA) decided to stage a two-day refresher course aimed at capacitating officials. The two-day basketball refresher course kicked off in Harare with a low turnout by female officials. Programme coordinator, Martin Mukweva said they had to conduct the course to equip officials with trending rules of the game. The instructor, Brighton Navaya said the course will help capacitate the officials. The participants hailed the HBA for staging the...

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Ex-Minister Machaya remanded in custody

Former Minister of State for Midlands Province, Mr Jason Machaya, who was released on bail and rearrested on fresh charges of criminal abuse of office, has once again been remanded in custody till Monday the 8th of January. Machaya faces another criminal abuse of office charge for allocating state land totalling 17 799 stands to land developers when he did not have the authority and lawful responsibility to do so. The state contends that land allocation which Machaya did was the legal function of the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing. Machaya is again further alleged...

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Late CIO boss, Chirinda buried

The late Deputy Director for Special Projects and Non-Traditional Threats in the President’s Office, Cde Nickson Chirinda who died in a car accident last week has been buried. regis mhako reports Hundreds of mourners turned up at Rainfield Farm near Lions’ Den to bid farewell to provincial hero. Mourners included diplomats, cabinet ministers, the Chief Advisor to the President Cde Chris Mutsvangwa, Zanu PF Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Zanu PF National Political Commissar Lt. General Engelbert Rugeje and some service chiefs. In his graveside speech, the Minister of State for Mashonaland West, Cde Webster Shamu described the late liberation...

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Athletics tourney roars into life

It’s all systems go for the season’s opening athletics tournament which roars into life tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The Harare Athletics Board (HAB) is working round the clock to stage a successful athletics competition which will see provincial teams across the country rubbing shoulders in the track and field events competition. Speaking during the board’s final meeting ahead of the games, HAB Vice Chairman, Phineas Zinhiva said the province is now ready to host the event. The track and field events competition, which marks the beginning of the athletics season, will sees participants competing in different age groups of the cadets, juniors and under 20...

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Kombis continue causing chaos in Harare

The Harare City Council says commuter omnibuses continue to cause chaos in the CBD by picking up and dropping off passengers at undesignated pick-up points. The city council says it is implementing ‘Operation Restore Legacy’ to decongest. Some of the illegal taxi operators told the ZBC News that the mushikashika business is their only source of livelihood. Harare City Council Spokesperson, Mr Michael Chideme said they are enforcing the law to flash out all the illegal operators in the capital. He also said defiant commuter omnibus operators will face the full wrath of the law. Residents have also added...

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Zanu PF targets massive youth recruitment

The Manicaland chapter of the Zanu PF Youth League says it has set its sight on a massive youth recruitment drive to ensure a resounding victory for the party in the forthcoming elections. The youths held an executive meeting in Mutare meant to reinvigorate the wing.  Emphasis was placed on how the youth wing must ensure that party supporters register to vote under the ongoing biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise. Zanu PF Manicaland Youth Chairperson, Cde Tawanda Mukodza said youths are the future of the party and as such must take a lead in safeguarding the gains of the liberation struggle. “As the Youth League, it is of paramount importance that we have unity of purpose. Elements that may want to derail the party will not be tolerated. As youths, we are the future of the party and we must be seen to be exemplary in the way we conduct ourselves. On the forthcoming elections, we intend to go to the grassroots so that the message that Zanu PF is the party of choice spreads to all Zimbabweans,” said Cde Mukodza. Imposition of candidates was condemned with the youths pledging to come up with vibrant structures that will also spearhead the empowerment...

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