Day: May 15, 2018

Zanu PF primaries: Results trickle in

Zanu PF primary elections in Chipinge, Manicaland Province have been concluded with preliminary results indicating that Cde Enock Porusingazi and Cde Raymore Machingura have emerged victorious. Preliminary reports are that in Chipinge Central constituency, Cde Machingura garnered 3039 votes, while the party’s provincial Vice Chairperson, Cde Dorothy Mabika managed 2589 votes. The other two candidates, Cde Sheppard Mutingwende and Cde Moses Tasa recorded 783 and 294 votes respectively. In Chipinge South, there were wild scenes as supporters celebrated Cde Porusingazi’s victory who reportedly defeated former Zanu Ndonga leader, Cde Wilson Kumbula, Cde Angela Hobwana and Cde Kipani Billa. In...

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Govt finalises crop assessment report

The government is expected to announce the results of the national crop assessment in two weeks, indicating what quantities farmers planted and are likely to harvest this season. The national crop assessment exercise was conducted throughout the country by Agritex officers. The Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Cde Davis Marapira said the results of the exercise are being compiled into a comprehensive report for onward submission to cabinet before being publicised. “Yes the exercise was completed and compilation is being finalised but expect the results in two weeks,” he said. Indications are that farmers under irrigation...

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Wheat farmers rush to meet planting deadline

Most wheat farmers around the country today made a last minute rush to plant and meet the 15 May deadline recommended for them to attain optimum yields. While others have already planted, some are yet to plant as the planting season is in full swing. Speaking to the ZBC News on his final planting day today, a Murombedzi farmer, Mr Emmanuel Mangisi said planting delays were caused by late receipt of inputs. “We are rushing to conclude planting at this farm as today is the last day recommended for planting in order to get optimum yield,” he said. SEEDCO...

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Inflation rises marginally

Zimbabwe continues to experience a slowdown in price increases as evidenced by a 0,03 percent rise in year on year inflation to 2,71 percent in April. Inflation is a measurement of the rate at which prices are increasing and ZIMSTAT data indicates that the year on year inflation rate increased to 2,71 percent in April from 2,68 percent in March this year. Market watchers said the marginal increase in inflation was mainly fuelled by price adjustments of some food commodities on the back of increased spending ahead of the second school term and from tobacco growers, while marginal fuel...

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US hopeful Zim will implement reforms

The United States of America (USA) says it is closely following developments within the country and it remains hopeful the current administration lives up to implementing the reforms. This emerged during a courtesy call by the US Embassy Charge de Affairs, Mrs Josephine Savage on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda. Mrs Savage said her country is committed to turn a new leaf of cooperation if Zimbabwe’s new administration implements reforms. Zimbabwe’s new administration has been on an all out re-engagement initiative following years of isolation and...

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Protect children from exploitation, Africa urged

In the face of increasing cases of child abuse in Africa, member states have been called upon to come up with comprehensive and effective child protection measures in line with international labour standards. Despite efforts to eradicate child labour globally, Africa continues to experience the scourge with statistical estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) showing that nearly 59 million children in the continent between the ages of 5 and 17 are child labourers involved in hazardous work. It is against this background that more than 10 countries within the continent came together under the African Regional Labour Administration...

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Zim seeks to value add chrome

Zimbabwe is on course to establish value addition and beneficiation processes across the value chain management of ferrochrome mining, starting with the Midlands Province where the mineral is in abundance. There are indications that preliminary groundwork and pre-feasibility studies for the setting up of a value addition plant for chrome in Zimbabwe are underway. Economic analysts view value addition of the mineral as the way to go for the country seeking improved foreign direct investments (FDIs), as well as improved industrial activities.                                   ...

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Mat South adopts new development model

Chiefs in Matabeleland South Province have abandoned prescribed development approaches and instead adopted community initiated economic empowerment processes for sustainable poverty eradication. Matabeleland South is endowed with vast natural resources that are not being fully exploited for economic development and the majority of youths in the province are trooping to neighbouring countries in search of jobs. Foreigners have of late swamped the province eager to have access to local resources such as the minerals and farming land to build their empires, while locals watch with no means to exploit these resources. In most instances, the locals end up being recipients of food handouts from non-governmental organisations (NGOs). However, all this is set to be a thing of the past as chiefs have teamed up with Homelink, a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, and the National University  of Science and Technology (NUST) to capacitate them on project identification and financing models for community development. Officiating at a capacity building workshop for chiefs, Homelink Sales and Channels Manager, Mrs Sibusisiwe Mashoko said rural communities must be fully empowered to take charge of their development agenda using local resources. She said Homelink is keen on financing rural projects and has chosen to work with chiefs who are dependable partners in development given their leadership role in communities. NUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Mqhele Dlodlo said as a way of supporting communities...

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Byo Kraal irrigation suspends operations

Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme in Binga has suffered a loss of $1 million due to the faulty water supply system, forcing it to suspend operations. The faulty pipeline compromised the quality of the seed maize crop as it caused pipes to burst on numerous occasions during production last year, forcing the seed maize crop to go for long periods without water. “The system was installed under the supervision of the government but it heavily compromised the yields here and consequently the quality of the grain which has been graded a number of times to meet the required standard set...

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Africa urged to accelerate intra-trade

Algerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Narcedine Sai says African countries should pool their resources together and trade with one another to grow their economies and succeed in the second phase of their agenda of economic liberation. In an interview with the ZBC News in Harare today, Ambassador Sai said the signing of the continental free trade agreement earlier this year puts Africa in a better position to compete with other continents on the international markets and uplift the standards of lives of the African people. His remarks come as Africa approaches the 55th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU). The anniversary is being celebrated under the mantra of fighting corruption which is resonating well with Zimbabwe’s efforts in that area. “Political independence from colonialism has since been achieved by all African nations except the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and the objective is now to attain economic independence,” said Ambassador Sai. Saharawi is colonised by a fellow African nation, Morocco. Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China, Cde Paul Chikawa said Africa is on course to achieving the goals of the founding fathers, adding that unity among the member countries is the answer to attaining economic freedom. Africa Day is celebrated on the 25th of May annually to remember the founding of the continental body, OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in...

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