Day: June 4, 2018

ED updated on Beitbridge border upgrade progress

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has met representatives of Zimborders, a company which won the tender to upgrade the Beitbridge border post. The company representatives updated Cde Mnangagwa on the challenges they are facing in implementing the project when they met him at his Munhumutapa offices this evening. The Cabinet has already approved the upgrading of Beitbridge Border Post at a cost of $239 million. The government seeks to upgrade the road network to and from the bridge, install gate control infrastructure and erect a perimeter fence around the post. Other facilities to be upgraded include the parking areas, commercial centre...

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Zim destined for development

Britain’s willingness to re-engage with Zimbabwe after a two decade rift has re-ignited prospects for the country to maximise on the vast opportunities inhibited within the Commonwealth market. The British’s re-engagement with Zimbabwe on possible investment ventures gives hope to a nation that operated with a pariah state tag for close to two decades, missing on the opportunities presented by this source market. A journey started last year, up-scaled at the Davos meeting in Switzerland and replicated through later engagements with the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry. The last meetings between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Retired Lieutenant General, Dr Sibusiso Moyo and Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson are all pointing to an intensified interest on the country from that source market. Zimbabwe has already demonstrated commitment for a clean break with the past, adopting a new line of thinking embraced under the open business mantra which has seen the political leadership engaging with global business leaders, reassuring investors that the country is ready and willing to receive foreign capital. Given the vast economic value of the Commonwealth with trade between the Commonwealth nations expected  to explode to almost US$4 trillion in value by the end of next decade, the prospects for Zimbabwe to  find a common footing with this market  becomes vital. Such prospects thus call for rapid introspection from every government department to...

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Global trade war begins

A global trade war that is set to rock the world’s economy has finally begun following the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by the Unites States. The US put a 25% and 10% tariff respectively on steel and aluminium imports about three days ago, setting the tone for a bruising world trade battle. The United States’ major trading partners, which include the European Union (EU), China, Canada and Mexico have responded by a wave of tit for tat measures, a move that will have a serious impact on global trade including in Africa. US President Donald...

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MDC Alliance candidates campaign

The MDC Alliance candidates, who recently won in the party’s primaries for the National Assembly and local council elections, have stared mobilising for support in preparation for the July 30 harmonised elections. The election fever is reaching a crescendo with all political parties now focused on winning seats. In Harare’s Glen Norah constituency, winning candidates from MDC-T Chamisa faction primaries, are already engaging the community with a view of selling themselves ahead of other political parties. Mr Wellington Chikombo squares off with Zanu PF winning candidate and Grassroots Empowerment Trust founder, Mr Alexio Mudzengerere for the Glen Norah...

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Book written for over 20 years published

A Harare based author, Godfrey Ruwonde has launched his first book, which took him over 20 years to write. Titled: ‘Ndodya Cheziya,’ the book interrogates issues to do with land and its importance. Ruwonde started writing the book as far back as 1985 and finally published it this year. The Mutare born and 60 year-old Ruwonde writes about a child that lost his parents and later realised that the parents all along have been surviving through the land. “Zimbabweans should know the importance of land, that wealth comes through the soil,” he said. The book also encourages Zimbabweans to work hard to achieve their desired...

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Gweru sells Kudzanayi bus terminus

Gweru Town Clerk, Mrs Elizabeth Gwatipedza has confirmed that the local authority sold the Gweru’s iconic Kudzanayi long distance bus terminus to investors who are set to transform the area into a state of the art shopping mall. Although it is not yet clear when the investor will move in to start work at the bus terminus, Ms Gwatipedza revealed that the council sold the 1,8 hectare piece of land for $120 million 2004 but the investor could not start work at the site owing to economic challenges. The investor has since assured the local authority that as soon...

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Chamisa promises to bring World Cup to Zim

MDC Alliance leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa says Zimbabwe will host the Olympic Games and the World Cup finals if he is elected into office during next month’s harmonised elections. Mr Chamisa told the MDC Alliance supporters at Mahusekwa Growth Point in Marondera that he has a sports development programme in place that will see Zimbabwe hosting the Olympic Games and World Cup finals should he be elected into office. “If you give me the mandate, Zimbabwe will be a shining example in sports. I will make sure the country hosts the Olympic Games and the World Cup,” he said....

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Reproductive health education key: First Lady

Knowledge in reproductive health is key in improving health delivery and reducing maternal mortality. It is against this background that the Ministry of Health and Child Care is training a group of women, among them the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, on reproductive health. Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality is believed to be at 650 deaths per every 100 000 women. The statistics pose a challenge to the government in attaining a target of zero maternal death. Indications are that most of these deaths can be prevented if women are equipped with knowledge. Cde Mnangagwa, who is among a group of...

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ED meets biggest British delegation

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has met one of the biggest British business delegations to ever visit Zimbabwe in the past 38 years. The 22-member delegation, which represents Invest Africa, met Cde Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare this afternoon. The delegation comprises business representatives from various sectors including mining, real estate, infrastructure, power, agriculture, financial services and telecommunications. The two vice presidents, Retired General Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi; Energy and Power Development Minister Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo; Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde July Moyo; Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Retired Air Chief...

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President ED opens water conference    

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially opened the Water Resources Infrastructure Investment Conference in Harare under the mantra ‘Unlocking Water Resources Potential for Economic Development’. The opening ceremony coincided with the launch of the National Climate Policy. Speaking during the launch, Cde Mnangagwa said there are over 30 projects in need of funding, which investors can choose from. Cde Mnangagwa said the completion of the projects will yield over 70 billion cubic metres of water which will provide the nation with a buffer stock against drought. The President first toured the stands which were displaying how water can be harnessed,...

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