Day: April 6, 2018

Vic Falls introduces another adrenalin rush activity

Victoria Falls has consolidated its position as the adventure capital of Africa with the introduction of yet another adrenalin rush activity, a climb down to the bottom of the gorges using a rope affording one spectacular view of the waterfall from the base. It is every adventure seeker’s desire to descend down the gorges and view the legendary Victoria Falls from its base at the boiling pot. Thanks to a local tour operator Abseil Victoria Falls, adventure seekers coming to the resort destination can now climb down the gorge and be able to view the legendary waterfall from the...

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Zim-Afro EMS Conference, Expo kicks off

The second edition of Zim-Afro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference and Expo kicked off this Friday (today) with the main thrust being raising public awareness on emergency procedures in cases of accidents. Speaking at the official opening, Deputy Commissioner of Zimbabwe Republic Police Watson Sibanda said it is the responsibility of those trained to deal with EMS and assist members of the public during unexpected emergencies such as road traffic accidents and other incidents like choking, poisoning, heart attacks and snake bites among many. “There are various incidents that require medical experts but the public should be able to...

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Bosso launch ‘Fill Up Barbourfields Stadium’ campaign

Bulawayo premiership giants Highlanders have launched a ‘Fill Up Barbourfields Stadium’ campaign as part of a promotional drive to increase attendance for Bosso home matches. At a time the club has set out to reclaim its culture, the ECD as Bosso has already been christened this season has had an impressive start, winning three of their matches and drawing the other. Tshilamoya is riding on the momentum with the ‘Fill Up BF’ campaign expected to reignite the fans passion what more with a home game coming on Sunday against new boys Nichrut at Emagumeni. What will come as sweet...

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Beitbridge benefits from earthworm powered technology

Beitbridge town council has become the first beneficiary in Matabeleland South, of an earthworm powered technology for treating sewer at household level amid calls for other local authorities to adopt such environmentally friendly sanitation methods. In a bid to ensure the effective and efficient management of waste water by local authorities, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) partnered the Institute of Water and Sanitation and Zimbabwe earthworm farms to implement the pilot project in Beitbridge. The green technology treats and recycles gray and black water using earthworm biotechnology at source for nine households at Old Dulibadzimu suburb who were not...

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NACZ converge for creative arts celebrations

As part of efforts to enhance and grow the arts industry, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) will this year celebrate United Nations Creative Arts Day hoping to raise awareness on the importance of the sector. The NACZ will this year join the rest of the world in commemoration of the days that include the World Intellectual Property Day, World Dance Day and the international days which are all celebrated in April. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on the commemoration of United Nations world days, acting director NACZ Mr Nicholas Moyo noted that as part of efforts to...

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Project failures cost Zim billions

The withdrawal of the Harare-Beitbridge dualisation road tender speaks of challenges of the shortfalls being encountered in tender processes which have cost the nation billions of dollars in potential revenue due to collapsed projects. Bureaucratic bungling from the top authorities, corruption in awarding tenders and being sold dummies are factors being cited as threats to the progress of several projects across the country. When a project is sealed expectations are high it will transform the socio economic well being of the nation. In the background of latest developments of a stagnant Harare-Beitbridge dualisation, questions arise on who is to blame, what went wrong and was there commitment? Zimbabwe Association of Consulting Engineer Member, Engineer Fumai Bhiza said the rise of briefcase business people with no capacity to undertake projects has seen Zimbabwe being sold dummies on projects. “Indeed those that are responsible should answer the questions because this is really worrisome for the projects to collapse,” he said. Economic commentator Mr Callisto Jokonya said while a project has a timeline and set of targets from the start to the end, it is of greater concern when projects are not well negotiated and political interference erodes the gains. “The death of projects is a key cause of concern that are likely to create harm and damage to the country for the sake of the nation,” said Mr Jokonya. It is...

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Shot in the arm for NAPH

A $200 000 sponsorship for the under 14 soccer tournament was unveiled today with the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education calling on the private sector to chip in and help develop talent in schools. The National Association of Primary School Heads (NAPH) received a shot in the arm when a local beverages company unveiled a two year $200 000 sponsorship package. Guest of honor at the signing ceremony graced by NAPH executive members, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima said the nation has suffered heartbreaks of failing to make it to major tournaments due to...

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Lupane-Nkayi road surfacing stands still

The surfacing of the main road linking Lupane and Nkayi has stopped due to cash-flow challenges and failure by the contractor to access foreign currency to purchase the material required to complete the project. Works on the 1.5 kilometre stretch road was abandoned two weeks ago after the contractor had done 85 percent of the project. The road surfacing project is valued at $346 000 and is being implemented under the emergency road rehabilitation phase two, which is part of the 100 day programme. Matabeleland North provincial roads engineer, Mr Joseph Makokove said the project started on the 7th of November last year and was scheduled to be complete by the 10th of this month, a target unlikely to be achieved due to the prevailing challenges. “All that remains is the surfacing but the contractor has been facing cash-flow challenges and also forex challenges in terms of acquiring material such as bitumen but we are engaging the contractor to make sure that we try to meet the deadline because the works that remain don’t take more than a week to complete so that we open to traffic,” he explained. The project has however sparked outrage from the local community who felt they should benefit through employment opportunities. However, only ten locals were employed while the rest of the jobs were heavily mechanised hence the need for specialised skills. Meanwhile,...

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Govt mulls soya bean producer price review

Government has made indications to review the producer price of soya beans, a development widely expected to encourage intensive production of the crop and limit pressures to import the commodity from other markets. It’s a development widely expected to incentivise farmers and motivate them to improve on production output which currently is a far cry from meeting the requirements of the domestic market.  Annual production is hovering at a minimal 40 000 metric tonnes against a national requirement of 340 000 metric tonnes creating a huge deficit that has been covered through imports from the Zambian market.  Apart from...

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Re-tendering of Harare-BB highway exposes Zim

The pronouncement on the re-tendering of the construction of the Harare-Beitbridge highway has exposed serious flaws in the bid awarding processes that has been crippling the country’s development and needs addressing to safeguard against future implications on the country’s global rankings on ease of doing business. The pronouncement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa of a cabinet resolution to withdraw the tender awarded to Austrian firm, Geiger International, for the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge-Chirundu highway has generated interest across every sector.   For almost two years the nation has held high hopes that soon the transnational highway, a major artery of...

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