Day: January 8, 2018

President appoints Procurement Authority board

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed board members for the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), an authority that replaces the State Procurement Board (SPB). In a statement to the ZBC News, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said the appointment is with immediate effect and done in terms of section 8 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act.  Mrs Vimbai Nyemba is the board chairperson, and is deputised by Ambassador Buzwani Donald Mothobi. Other new board members are Retired Colonel Joseph Mhakayakora, Engineer Cletus Nyachowe, Ms Ntombehle Moyo, Mrs Roseline Nhamo, Ms...

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President meets universities tomorrow

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will tomorrow hold a meeting with all university vice chancellors at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). The meeting seeks to interrogate and shape the role of universities in growing the economy. ZBC Tv will screen the programme...

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Locally produced film gets international recognition

A Zimbabwean film titled ‘Mind Games’ which focuses on unleashing the ills of crime gets recognition on the international market. The film ‘Mind Games’ has been doing well in the entertainment circles as it has managed to scoop a number accolades. The film won the best narrative feature award at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival in New York. Producer of the movie Charles Mawungwa said in producing the film they had audience in mind. The main thrust of the film was to unleash the social ills of crime and how it affects the community. Mind Games also won...

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Machaya granted bail

Former Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Jason Machaya has been released from custody after being granted $1 000 bail by Gweru magistrate Ms Mildred Matuvi.  Machaya who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office during his tenure as resident minister was remanded to February the 2nd 2018.  In granting the bail, Ms Matuvi ordered the accused to reside at his Kwekwe farm, report to Kwekwe Central Police Station every Monday, and never to visit the Midlands government complex. Charges against Machaya are that he usurped powers by intentionally allocating state land totalling 17 799 stands to...

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Matsito goes farming

Sungura musician Tedious Matsito has discovered a new passion after a spate of misfortunes that left him disabled. The musician is back in action but this time not in music but in tobacco farming. Matsito is one the famous sungura voices who rose to fame in the late 90s and those who know him can always sing along one of his greatest hits, ‘Gede Mwana Gede’. It was in 2012 when disaster struck, the sungura maestro and his group were involved in an accident on their way back from a foreign trip that left the Ngwenya Brothers leader with...

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Prioritise productive sectors, Treasury urged

Parliament has recommended treasury to come up with realistic 2018 national budget allocations to sustain key productive sectors and increase socio-economic activities across the country.                            Legislators analysed the $5,1 billion national budget in Harare today with concerns being raised over its impact on economic development. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said the fiscal policy should translate into real tangible outcomes.             Finance and Economic Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Cde David Chapfika said while the budget is key to economic growth, limitations on strategic social amenities needs revisit by the treasury.                  Legislators had an opportunity to also...

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Dry spell threatens agric season

The prolonged dry spell in parts of Masvingo rural has left farmers in a difficult predicament as crops are beginning to wilt. A survey areas which include Chikutuva and Nemamwa revealed a bad state of affairs for the farmers as the crops are showing signs of severe moisture stress. The 2016-2017 summer cropping season was a good one for those in most parts of the country and farmers have enough to last them until April. But for some areas in Mwenezi which experienced water logging, it was a disastrous season, hence they are desperate for a better season this...

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Economic symposium on the cards

Industry will within the next week hold an economic symposium, targeting to provide additional recommendations on how the prevailing challenges to economic development can be effectively addressed. Industry is seized with a myriad of challenges, ranging from foreign currency shortages, high production costs as well as constrained working capital.  In spite of these challenges, captains of industry are confident that they can swing the country’s economic fortunes and restore capacity utilisation in the manufacturing sector.  However, for this to happen, it requires input from every economic stakeholder. This is the reason why industry is organising an  economic symposium  to ...

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Govt to commence constructing VTCs

The government will begin constructing 20 vocational training centres (VTCs) across the country and ensure that they are ready to begin operations by the end of the 100 days set by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The Minister of Women and Youth Affairs Cde Sithembiso Nyoni revealed this during a ground breaking ceremony of a Sivomo Vocational Training Centre in Nkayi today. Under the arrangement, each of the ten provinces will have two new vocational training centres with Matabeleland North set to have one in Umguza district and another at Sivomo village in Nkayi. The centre will be the first government...

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100 day plan: Foreign Ministry on course

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lt. General Sibusiso Moyo says all is in place for the attainment of the ministry’s goals set under the 100 day plan. The plan is anchored on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration speech that announced reengagement with countries that did not understand Zimbabwe before and deepen cooperation with those that have stood with Zimbabwe for a long time. “The constitution clearly spells out the mandate of my ministry in protecting and promoting the national interests of Zimbabwe and observing peaceful co-existence with other nations. We will also ensure that the development...

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