Month: June 2018

Captains of industry call for fiscal discipline

The just concluded 2018 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) annual congress saw industry agreeing that the country’s biggest challenge is not currency crisis but the structural issues with calls for fiscal discipline, cash budgeting and curbing of the unsustainable budget deficit which stood at $200 million during the first quarter of this year. The major question that has dominated many business symposiums over the past few years has been whether Zimbabwe should adopt the Rand. Captains of industry who graced the 2018 ZNCC congress concurred that Zimbabwe does not have a currency crisis but structural challenges to deal...

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89 army officers graduate

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says a well trained and equipped defence force is critical in the country’s sovereignty. Officiating at the graduation of section commanders at 2:2 Infantry Battalion Barracks in Mudzi, guest of honour at the event Colonel Shadreck Chizengwe said training is the major occupation of any professional army during peacetime with a well trained force being critical in protecting the country’s sovereignty. “To the graduands please remember that this course which you have successfully completed forms a foundation which will enable you to administer, command and control troops in both peace and wartime,” he said. The course which ran for 20 weeks had an enrolment of 89 officers comprising of 68 males and 19 females. Some of the areas covered during the course include military law, conventional warfare, first aid, physical training, roles and organisation of army units and low intensity...

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Govt committed to boost agriculture

The early distribution of Presidential Inputs has been described as a clear indication of how the new dispensation is prioritising agricultural productivity. Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde David Musabayana said these remarks while officially launching the Provincial Presidential Input Support Scheme at Chineyi Business Centre in Wedza adding that the move is aimed at improving agricultural productivity among smallholder farmers. “As you are aware we used to receive the inputs under this programme very late into the season but this year your inputs have come early which shows how committed President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to the improvement of agricultural productivity,” he said. More than 600 villagers from the area received the inputs under the scheme. The Presidential inputs support programme is targeting 1.8 million small holder farmers with each household receiving 10kg seed maize, 50kgs of compound d and 50kgs of top...

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Calls to develop Glen View Business Complex

Zanu PF Harare Province chairman, Cde Goodwills Masimirembwa has called for a lasting solution to end fire problems which have in the past gutted Glen View Business Complex more than four times. The Zanu PF team which comprised of aspiring candidates for the area this Friday (yesterday) toured the Glen View 8 Business Complex following the destruction of the complex with fire earlier this week. Affected business people gave a chilling account of what transpired on the day when their wares were brought to ashes. Zanu PF leadership present pledged their support to those who operate from the complex and called for collective effort to help develop the area. Meanwhile, Cde Masimirembwa who was leading the delegation said there is need to find a long lasting solution to stop this menace. Cde Masimirembwa also noted the need to apply the “enhance the build, operate and transfer” initiative which is meant to create order at the...

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Mawena River footbridge complete

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) came to the rescue of the Negande community after constructing a 50 meter long footbridge across the Mawena River. The footbridge bridge was constructed at a cost of $70 000 availed by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, with the ZNA having provided the technical expertise. Speaking soon after commissioning the footbridge, Permanent Secretary for Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Mr Martin Rushwaya said the infrastructure will help provide a safe passage route for children and other pedestrians from the Nyaminyami and Binga communities. Pedestrians were at risk of being swept away while crossing the flooded Mawena River which is also crocodile infested. Director of the Civil Protection Department, Mr Nathan Nkomo said it is critical to strengthen disaster risk reduction mechanisms and deplored the state of Negande Secondary School which he described as a disaster in the making. Chief Negande hailed the completion of the Mawena River footbridge but urged government to do more for the Nyaminyami community which is one of the country’s poorly developed areas. Several river crossing points in Nyaminyami are without bridges and during the rainy season school children often fail to cross such rivers and lose out on...

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Zim, Pakistan to clash in tri-series opener

All is set for the triangular series involving Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Australia with the Chevrons set to clash with Pakistan at Harare Sports Club tomorrow. Zimbabwe will face Pakistan in the tri-series opener tomorrow. The Chevrons will be engaged in competitive action for the first time since failing to qualify for the World Cup and interim head coach Lalchand Rajput will be hoping to begin his stint with Zimbabwe on a high. Hamilton Masakadza who has been given  the responsibility of captaining the Chevrons is bullish despite behind the scenes drama that have rocked the local game resulting in...

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Calls to invest more in education

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira says Zimbabwe should invest in relevant education training and skills development if the country is to attain its vision of a middle income economy by 2030. Professor Murwira who was the guest speaker at Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic graduation ceremony in Marondera said long term prosperity of the country requires people with appropriate skills to the fast changing economy. “For our nation to attain the vision of a middle income by 2030 and address social challenges of poverty, we must invest in relevant education training and skills...

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Automated weather station commissioned

An automated weather station that will provide valuable data especially to Lake Kariba fishermen has been commissioned at Bumi Hills. The weather station relays meteorological data in real time and the information is received in Harare and Kariba weather stations. Information received from the automated weather station is broadcast daily to fishermen who get early warning on possible unfavourable conditions in Lake Kariba. Mashonaland West meteorological officer Mr Thomas Kusada said the station provides accurate data on weather patterns. Since the installation of the automated weather station, there has been a marked reduction in the number of fishermen  drowning in Lake Kariba as valuable information on the condition of the lake is now being availed timeously, noted Nyaminyami Rural District Council Ward 3 Councillor, Mr Goodward Siabwanda. The station was established through funding from the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society at a cost of more than $40 000 as a mitigatory measure against disasters in Lake Kariba where fishermen are often at risk of being swept away by strong currents or...

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Churches key in encouraging respect: First Lady

The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says churches are an integral part in encouraging respect for human life. She said this when she visited Mt Selinda Hospital and Daisy Dube Children’s Home in Chipinge today. Mt Selinda Hospital caters for the surrounding Chipinge community and Zimbabwe’s neighbouring country Mozambique. In her remarks, the First Lady commended the Christian Church of Christ for the care they are giving to patients spiritually and physically. Minister of State for Manicaland Province Cde Monica Mutsvangwa and the Chipinge community applauded the First Lady for visiting the area as well as assisting the needy....

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ZBC hailed for coverage of disability issues

Stigma and discrimination towards people with albinism have significantly reduced in the country. This is owing to the support rendered by various partners to support people with disability and particularly those with albinism. Speaking at a ceremony that was held by the Albino Trust in the capital as part of efforts to show appreciation to the efforts by various institutions to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with albinism, Albino Trust of Zimbabwe commended all partners who have promoted the rights of the people with disability. Guest of honour at the event Mr Tsarai Mungoni and Executive Director Albino...

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