Day: April 12, 2018

Telemedical Policy groundwork goes rural

The government’s ICT Policy is fast gaining momentum with the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) targeting the country’s remote areas to prepare the groundwork for Telemedical Policy while boosting the e-learning concept, which is currently underway. POTRAZ handed over 20 laptops and two multipurpose printers to Tshino primary and Dlamini secondary schools in Tsholotsho for the e-schools programme. The other six laptops and two multipurpose printers were handed over out to Tsholotsho and Sipepa hospitals as ground work for the soon to be launched telemedicine pilot project.               POTRAZ Head Marketing and International Relations, Mrs Sibonginkosi Muteyiwa...

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MDC-T recalls Khupe from parly

Former MDC-T Deputy President, Dr Thokozani Khupe has been recalled from parliament by the Nelson Chamisa led party. The development is a blow to Dr Khupe’s career after she refused to join the MDC Alliance. MDC-T Acting National Spokesperson, Thabitha Khumalo confirmed that Khupe, who held a proportional representation seat in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, was fired from the party and a decision was made by the highest decision making body outside congress, the National Executive Council to recall her from parliament. When the rift began in the MDC-T leadership during the illness and subsequent death of founding president, Dr...

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ED hailed for farming exploits

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has congratulated the Mnangagwa family for a job well done in their agriculture venture at their Precabe Farm in Sherwodd block near Kwekwe. Speaking at a field day at the farm today, Vice President Chiwenga, who was the guest of honour, said what the first family has proved to Zimbabwe is exactly what  President Emmerson Mnangagwa is preaching that Zimbabwe is now open for business. “This is what Zimbabweans should do. The First Family has managed to produce 12 tonnes of maize per hectare and this is the way to go. We need...

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Hre wins ZRP Comm. Gen. sports gala

Harare Province wrestled the crown from defending champions, Support Unit to be crowned champions of the ZRP Commissioner General seven day sports gala held in Harare. The hosts proved to be too hot for the other participants as they suffocated neighbours and defending champions, Support Unit to wrestle the crown in a competition that had competition in seven disciplines. Speaking during a closing ceremony, Guest of Honour, ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga urged the participants to defend the trailblazing achievements achieved by the police in winning the SARPCO games four times on the trot. “Being the current holders of the SARPCO games trophy, surely we cannot afford to let go of what we have achieved as an organisation through years of sporting acumen and unparralled determination,” he said. Support Unit settled for the second spot while Police General Headquarters came third. The games are a step in preparation for the 10th edition of the SARPCO...

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GZU students protest over fees

Students at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Mashava campus staged a demonstration this Thursday demanding a reduction in fees as well as improved wifi services, among other things. When the ZBC News arrived, roads leading to the campus were barricaded with stones and logs with the students controlling the movement of traffic. The students complained of high fees and also alleged that meals at the institution are sub standard.  The campus’ dining hall was vandalised during the demonstrations. GZU Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Andrew Chindanya said the wifi issue is being rectified, adding that some cables were disturbed during...

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Zvish hospital still charging maternity user fees

Zvishavane District Hospital is still charging maternity user fees and withholding child birth records for mothers who haven’t settled their bills. This came out during a fact finding mission by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women and Youth Affairs at the hospital today. The parliamentary portfolio committee was told by the Hospital Manager that no maternity user fees are being charged on women giving birth. This however turned out to be a different story when a meeting with people from the community revealed that the institution is still holding on to birth records for babies until their mothers settle...

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Zim lags behind ICT global trends

Zimbabwe is lagging behind information communication technology (ICT) global trends on the back of socio economic challenges despite boasting of vast opportunities in the sector. High costs of materials, limited use of ICT gadgets, lack of education awareness on the sector, shortages of hard cash, failure by the majority to embrace electronic money transactions, inability to manufacture local softwares and poor ICT infrastructure are some of the factors that have constrained the ability of the nation to embrace modern ICT trends. The world is embracing ICT systems in all sectors as part of efforts to embrace efficiency and attract...

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Harare roads continue to deteriorate

Motorists have bemoaned the state of Harare’s roads, amid an increase in potholes which are damaging vehicles. The state of intercity roads in Harare continues to worry motorists who have to endure navigating potholes and do with extra vehicle maintenance costs. Motorists told the ZBC News that the city council and ZINARA should undertake road repairs urgently. The current standstill of road repairs along most Harare roads has been attributed to non-payment by authorities and non-availability of foreign currency. Four companies; Bitumen World, Tencraft, TNC and Fossil Contractors, were contracted to rehabilitate Harare urban roads. Last year, Bitumen World...

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Jamanda Conservancy aims high

The Jamanda Wild Life Conservancy in Mahenye, which is run by the local community under the Mahenya Campfire Project, is projected to extensively broaden tourism packages being offered in the South Eastern border of Zimbabwe. Mahenye Campfire Project lies in the lowveld at the South Eastern edge of Zimbabwe and is adjacent to Gonarezhou National Park which forms the wildlife resource base of the area. Taking advantage of the area’s comparative advantage, the Mahenye community, Chipinge Rural District Council and a local safari operator, Chilo Gorge formed the Jamanda Trust to make operational the Jamanda Wildlife Conservancy. “More than...

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Govt committed to economic revival: Chinamasa

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Patrick Chinamasa has told students from the regional bloc attending a course at the Zimbabwe National Defence University that the government is driven by the aim to ensure the country attains economic stability and also safeguard the security of its citizens. This comes as the government is on an intensive re-engagement drive to ensure it becomes attractive to investments and contribute to the well being of its people. To that end, Minister Chinamasa said they are working hard to address challenges which will lead to the full recovery of the economy...

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