Month: May 2018

Govt warns of land fraudsters

The government is urging people to be wary of some unscrupulous individuals who are masquerading to be agents of the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri and duping them their money over the phone. In a statement to the ZBC News, the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Cde Davis Marapira said the people behind the fraudulent activities have phoned several individuals and they are masquerading as representatives himself as Retired Air Chief Marshal Shiri. Cde Marapira added that the individuals would tell their unsuspecting victims that their applications for...

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ED not going to Mat South on Saturday: SK Moyo

The Zanu PF National Secretary for Information and Publicity, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo has dismissed media reports stating that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be visiting projects and addressing rallies in Matabeleland South Province on Saturday. In a statement to the ZBC News, Cde Khaya-Moyo described the reports as misplaced. He however said campaigns for the party’s presidential candidate, National Assembly and council candidates in the forthcoming harmonised elections are in full swing from now onwards. He added that the campaigns are aimed at ensuring that Zanu PF wins...

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Local content policy ready by August: Govt

The government expects to finalise the local content policy by latest August 2018 as it strives to align its import substitution strategies with international best practices on trade. Discussions around the enactment of the policy started last year the government seeks to prioritise the finalisation of the policy document within the second phase of the 100 day plan which lapses by end of July. While strides have been made to reduce the country’s import bill through Statutory Instrument (SI) 64, later to become SI 122 of  2017, such instruments proved to attract challenges that include retaliation from trading partners. ...

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Zim pledges to promote welfare of athletes

The government has committed itself to come up with interventions that promote the welfare of athletes and has urged members of the International Federation of Professional Football Players (FIFPRO) Africa Division who graced the annual assembly held in Victoria Falls to advocate for policies which protects both male and female footballers. Delegates from 20 African countries attended the general assembly hosted by Zimbabwe. The gathering was among other things meant to renew strategies towards the improvement of footballers’ welfare across the continent. In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Cde Kazembe...

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ZMDC subsidiaries attract overwhelming interest

The government has received 151 serious offers from partners proposing to invest and revive subsidiaries of the state owned resource extraction company, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC). Mines where the parastatal is seeking partners include Jena and Elvington gold mines in Silobela and Chegutu respectively, Lynx Graphite mine in Karoi, Sandawana Emerald in Mberengwa, tantalite and lithium project near Zvishavane and development of a coal-bed methane joint venture at its two special grants that straddle over Lupane, Gokwe and Binga. Speaking to the ZBC News after the unveiling of two new boards for ZCDC and ZMDC today, the...

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Another British team Zim-bound

Zimbabwe and Britain relations continue to show signs of recovery with revelations that a British team will be in the country on the 4th of June on an investment trip facilitated through their Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The development is a highlight of the growing confidence and the renewed interest on Zimbabwe by foreigners that can help revive the country’s economy. The Invest Africa official twitter page confirmed the arrival and participation of the delegation in the country, with the itinerary indicating that it will have an interface with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the 4th of June. According to...

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TB innovation programme launched

A new project ‘catalysing paediatric Tuberculosis innovation’ (CAP TB), which aims at reducing paediatric TB morbidity and mortality in nine sub-Saharan African countries has been launched in Zimbabwe. TB is the second leading cause of mortality and morbidity after neonatal complications in the country and Zimbabwe ranks 19 out of 22 of the most TB affected countries in the world. The 4-year CAP TB project by EGPAF in partnership with UNITAID will be implemented in four pilot sites namely: Harare, Chipinge, Beitbridge and Bulawayo. In a speech read on his behalf by Major General Dr Gerald Gwinji, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa commended the child focused initiative that will compliment government efforts in addressing the TB epidemic. TB is one of the leading causes of death in children yet only 43% of the estimated 1 million global paediatric TB cases are identified. According to the WHO 2016 Report, 1 million children below 15 years were infected with TB and only 434 044 were...

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Ministry hosts climate change workshop

Ozone layer depletion and climate change remain the major global environment challenges affecting humanity at an unparalleled rate. Ozone layer depletion and climate change are both caused by human activities and the solution of these environmental challenges is dependent on human invention. As part of efforts to address these challenges, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate conducted an Ozone Layer Protection and Climate Change Management workshop for school teachers and educationists in Harare Province to equip them with accurate information. Ozone Project Manager, George Chaumba said training educators will help disseminate information to learners and the community with...

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Ex-convict bares soul

It takes a noble mind to admit previous life misdemeanours. Such is the case of a serial robber who spent about half his entire life languishing in prison. Despite dumping the antics, Godfrey Njoromhori says life has been uneasy for him with the society labelling him an outcast who has not shed his bad behaviour. The ex-Chikurubi Maximum Prison inmate said he has repented after spending about 20 years behind bars. “I was a carjacker locally and in other countries but mostly Mozambique and this saw me enduring the wrath of the law. I have since repented after realising that crime does not pay. I regret disappointing my family which needs fatherly love all the time,” Njoromhori said, when he visited the ZBC headquarters at Pockets Hill, Harare to narrate his story today. After his release, the ex-convict benefited from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) rehabilitation programmes of integrating offenders in society. Today, the 43 year old is however seized with a societal barrier as people who know him still view and label him a perennial thief and sinner. Despite all the man’s dirty games before incarceration, Njoromhori said there is time for everything and he has opened a new page in life to be written with a legible handwriting provided society accommodates and assists him to start a new...

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All set for Zvishavane derby

Norman Mapeza is playing his cards close to his chest ahead of the Zvishavane derby this Saturday. Mapeza told the ZBC News that the FC Platinum – Shabanie Mine tie set for Mandava is crucial and hopes for nothing short of a victory. He also appealed to both sets of fans to conduct themselves in the spirit of football. FC Platinum captain, Winston Mhango said he hopes his team will ride on the record that Shabanie Mine has never won at Mandava. While FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum have conceded the least number of goals, Shabanie has conceded the...

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