Day: May 2, 2018

ED condemns alleged use of police at party functions

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says it is neither Zanu PF policy nor that of the government under a new dispensation to deploy the police force or any arm of the security establishment in helping with any party function. This follows a story in a daily newspaper, alleging that Zanu PF used police officers in its recent primary elections. In a statement released by the Acting Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr Regis Chikowore, President Mnangagwa said it must be known that  any conflation of party and state institutions as might have happened in the past will not be...

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First Lady launches HPV vaccination programme

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has launched the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) national vaccination programme in Manicaland Province. The programme seeks to reach out to more than 800 000 girls across the country. HPV is one of the major causes of cervical cancer among women. It is against this background that the government in partnership with the United Nations (UN) is rolling out the programme targeting girls between the ages of 9 and 14. Cde Mnangagwa said she will continue partnering with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and other stakeholders to ensure that no one dies...

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Inspection to help clean voters roll: ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the inspection of the voters roll from the 19th to the 29th of May 2018, will help clean the document ahead of the harmonised elections due in a few months time. In a statement, ZEC said the provisional voters roll may undoubtedly contain some errors that the public may pick out for correction during inspection before the document is gazzetted as the final voters roll. The inspection of the preliminary voters roll is in itself a cleaning process as it will assist in removing errors related to addresses, date of births, wrong ID...

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First Lady consoles Chitima family

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has visited the Chitima family in Chipinge to pay her last respects to Mbuya Alice Chitima who died on Saturday. Addressing mourners, Cde Mnangagwa said Mbuya Chitima played a crucial role in re-building Zanu PF in Chipinge, adding that she has left a legacy of hard work that must be emulated by every progressive Zimbabwean. Zanu PF National Chairperson, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and the party’s provincial chairperson, Cde Mike Madiro said it was through Mbuya Chiima’s support that the party reclaimed a number of constituencies from the opposition. Cde Chitima played an important...

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Zimplats profits up as platinum prices firm

Zimbabwe’s platinum mining sector is benefitting from a rebound in global commodity prices, with the nation’s biggest producer of the metal, Zimplats, registering a 58 percent growth in profits. The international platinum price which reached an all time low of US$900 an ounce last year is now on an upward trend averaging US$1100 dollars an ounce ,thus presenting opportunities for viable conditions to the country which boasts of second largest known reserves of the commodity after South Africa.  While the entire country’s platinum mining sector had suspended capital projects due to unviable global prices, the sudden rebound in prices has seen Zimplats reviving most of its projects. According to the recently released platinum mining company’s report for the fourth quarter ending March this year, the firm’s profits rose to $64,5 million by March this year from $40,8 million in December 2017. The anticipated upward trend in platinum global prices is also expected to result in the platinum mining sector playing a crucial role in terms of economic growth, according to the company. The redevelopment of Bimha Mine, one of the key platinum units for Zimplats is also expected to reach full production this year after the injection of $54,2 million on the project. Zimbabwe’s three platinum mining firms, Zimplats, Mimosa and Unki are also focusing on setting up refinery plants in order to ensure the nation gets maximum value...

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Local university pens solar deal

A local university has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Germany academic universities that will see the establishment of the first solar academy in Zimbabwe. As the country moves towards combating negative effects of climate change through adopting clean energy technology, Maranatha Christian University has signed a MOU with the Rose-Centre Open Innovation Germany for the establishment of a solar academy and a learning manufacturing company. Rose-Centre Open Innovation Germany CEO, Engineer Jurgen Weinreich said the set up academy is set to ensure increased production of solar panels and other solar materials. Maranatha Christian University Board Chairman, Dr Stephen Mahere said the partnership is important considering climate change and its impact on economies and livelihoods globally. The Zimbabwean government is working on a number of projects to promote renewable energy after realising that the country continues to lose huge sums in electricity...

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Mat North targets to put 706ha under wheat

Matabeleland North Province is targeting to put 706 hectares of land under wheat, with 305 hectares already planted in Bubi, Lupane and Umguza districts. This will mark an increase from the 450 hectares planted last year. Bubi district is expected to produce 218 hectares and so far 130 hectares has been planted at Mary Ellen Farm. In Lupane, the target is 311 hectares and 150 hectares have been planted so far. 25 hectares has been planted in Umguza and the biggest producers are ARDA Jotsholo Farm in Lupane and Mary Ellen Farm in Bubi. Irrigation schemes as well as individual farmers are also in the process of planting though to a smaller scale. Matabeleland North Provincial Crop and Livestock Officer, Mr Dumisani Nyoni said planting is being delayed in some cases due to challenges in the shortage of combine harvesters  which the farmers need to harvest the current crop from the summer cropping season. “Farmers have also been affected by load shedding and this obviously means that farmers sometimes go for a long time without watering their crop and the problem is that there is never communication prior to load shedding. Farmers are also facing challenges in as far as the shortage of tractors is concerned but they need them to prepare their fields as well,” he said. Agritex is working with farmers to ensure that they meet the...

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PSL results

Yadah 1-0 Shabanie Mine Chapungu 0-2 Dynamos Harare City 1-0 Triangle Bulawayo Chiefs 0-0 Herentals Bulawayo City 3-0 Nichrut

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Support modelling, corporate world urged

Organisers of the Miss Tourism Manicaland beauty pageant have called on the corporate world to assist in hosting the modelling event which is meant to market the Eastern Highlands. Nine young women took to the ramp in the first of two auditions for the Miss Tourism Manicaland pageant in a move expected to come up with tourism ambassadors for the province. Provincial license holder for the Miss Tourism Manicaland 2018, Mrs Caroline Marufu-Buwu, who was impressed by those who auditioned, appealed for more corporate support, highlighting that in other countries modelling has become a billion dollar industry. “We are pleased with the turnout that we had today. However, for this showcase to be what we envisage we need more support especially from corporates so that the girls will be able to have less pressure but just focus on being brand ambassadors,” said Mrs Marufu-Buwu. The Miss Tourism Manicaland aspirants, a mix of novices as well as those accustomed to the catwalk, expressed optimism that they will represent the province at the national finals slated for later this year in Harare. “I am confident that I am the one that the judges were looking for. The auditions were well run and I have realised that I need to be well-versed with tourism,” said one aspirant. “I was surprised by questions I was asked which made me realise that I am...

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Mueller threatens subpoena on Trump

Reports special Counsel Robert Mueller warned he could order Donald Trump to testify as part of a probe into alleged Russian election meddling. Mr Mueller suggested the move during talks with Mr Trump’s lawyers in March. The threat to issue a subpoena, as it is known, was reportedly met with a sharp response from one of Mr Trump’s former lawyers. It is believed to be the first time the special counsel has raised such a possibility. Mr Trump’s lawyers insisted during the meeting that the president was under no obligation to face questions by federal investigators in relation to...

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