Day: July 4, 2018

Sakubva schools get laptops

The drive for learners to improve their information communication technology (ICT) skills in Sakubva has received a boost following a donation of laptops to schools in the area. The donation was facilitated by Zanu PF Mutare Central candidate, Dr Nancy Saungweme, who noted that in today’s world, ICTs play an integral role in the learning process. “We are in a modern world where computers play a critical role in the way that knowledge is imparted in learners. We want to have a situation where learners in the country are able to access computers from an early age,” she said. The recent opening of the Sakubva Information Centre is one of the ways the government has put in place to ease access to information, particularly on the internet to accomplish the goal of being a knowledge based...

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Analysts bemoan infrastructure deficit

Analysts say Zimbabwe should expedite processes to establish funding models that will cushion its requirements for infrastructural development currently reflecting a yawning deficit that needs close to $26 billion over the next decade. There is no doubt that infrastructure development holds the key for a robust economic growth.  Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (CiFOZ) Women in Construction Chairperson, Mrs Verity Bosha said the urgency for rapid infrastructural growth is fast dawning on Zimbabwe given its outlined vision to develop into a middle income economy within the next 12 years. Mrs Bosha added that a dwindling tax base has seen a severe reduction in government expenditure translating to reduced power to fund the country’s infrastructure development. The African Development Bank has estimated that Zimbabwe requires at least $26 billion to become competitive and attract investment, but the current fiscal constraints have seen just over $1 billion allocated towards infrastructural development. “While other African countries get annual allocations averaging between five and seven percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for infrastructural development, Zimbabwe is getting between 1 to 2 percent of the GDP against a requirement of at least 5 percent to be competitive. This has created an infrastructural deficit requiring both internal and external participation,” Zimbuild CEO, Mr Tinashe Manzungu said.  For the analysts, perhaps the greatest need is for the relevant authorities to come up with incentives that...

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President to meet students tomorrow

The President and Chancellor of all state universities, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will meet students from vocational training centres, polytechnics and universities at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) tomorrow. In a statement to the ZBC News, the President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Student Unions (ZICOSU), Takudzwa Gambiza said the meeting will give President Mnangagwa an opportunity to hear issues affecting all tertiary students. He said the meeting is also a unique privilege for all students to participate in nation building. Gambiza urged all students to attend the meeting which will be held under the theme: ‘Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders...

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Shortage of packaging material hits cotton farmers

Cotton farmers in Gokwe have pressed the red button over the shortage of packaging material and have requested to also be considered for part payments of their dues in cash. The farmers said the prevailing status is eroding all gains even the government incentive on cotton. The white gold is a strategic crop for the country as a foreign currency earner, hence the government initiated the presidential cotton free inputs scheme supported by an incentive for growers of the crop. This has brought relief to most cotton producers in Gokwe ultimately resulting in increased production. Fast forward to the...

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Zim requires $15bn for power projects

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says the country requires a total of $15 billion to rehabilitate existing power plants and develop new energy projects in order to meet the demand projected at 5500mw by 2030. This comes as Zimbabwe is considering several funding options in order to increase investments in the energy sector with current proposals by domestic and foreign investors showing that the future of the energy supply is much brighter. According to ZERA, the huge interest in the sector is encouraging with a number of energy projects including the $1.5 billion Hwange 7 and 8 expansion...

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Zim explores ICT partnership with Ghana

Zimbabwe is exploring partnership opportunities with Ghana in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector as well as tourism and mining, as the two nations look to increase trade relations. Zimbabwe’s ICT sector is dangling opportunities to Ghanaian investors hoping to build on the successes of the West African nation to boost its own competitiveness. Ghanaian envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Eric Odeye Enim, who paid a courtesy call on the Minister of ICT and Cyber Security, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, hinted to future partnerships in this and other sectors. Zimbabwe hopes to catapult its trade relations with Ghana which mainly have concentrated political ties with very little trade despite abundant opportunities to export to the West African nation. ICTs present a gateway for robust growth for the Zimbabwean economy which already is investing heavily to improve internet connectivity and reliability through the $98 million national broadband...

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Zim set for exciting times: VP Chiwenga

Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga says Zimbabwe is set for exciting times as the new dispensation has lined up feasible projects that are set to transform the lives of Zimbabweans for the better. Dr Chiwenga was in Tsholotsho this Wednesday for a ruling party campaign rally where he gave a blow by blow account of the programme action to be used by the new dispensation in transforming the economy. He said there is need for Zimbabweans to unite for the development of the country through fighting corruption. On devolution of power, Dr Chiwenga said there is going to be...

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Zanu PF answer to Zim problems: VP Mohadi

Vice President Kembo Mohadi has described the new dispensation as the solution to the problems the country has faced in the last 38 years. Speaking during a rally at St Pauls of Lupane East constituency, Cde Mohadi, who was represented by Zanu PF Central Committee member and Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Senator Angeline Masuku, dispelled the notion that the country was under military rule following operation restore legacy as ordinary Zimbabweans were the ones that flooded the streets to bring about the current administration. While acknowledging that a lot had not gone right in the past 38 years, Vice President Mohadi indicated that the new dispensation was the solution to the challenges besetting the country. He further stated that such challenges had to be directed to the man who was in charge of the country as subordinates only took orders. While calling upon the residents to vote resoundingly for the ruling party to safeguard development in the area, Cde Mohadi described the Zanu PF presidential candidate, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, as a man on a mission as evidenced by his proactive approach to projects that have been dormant for a very long time. These projects include the Gwayi Shangani dam project, Bulawayo-Nkayi road and the Dr Joshua Nkomo inspired Ekusileni Medical Centre, which should be functional by the end of the month. The rally also saw the...

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ConCourt outlaws attachment of state property

State property remains immune from attachment and execution following a ruling by the Constitutional Court with the consent of involved parties. The bench led by Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza ruled that section 5 (2) of the State Liabilities Act chapter 8:14 which protects state property from attachment and execution and had been deemed by the High Court to be unconstitutional remains valid. High Court judge, Justice Edith Mushore had ruled that the section was unconstitutional after Mutare businessman, Blessing Mangwiro had unsuccessfully sought to recover his $1,6 million seized by the police 10 years ago. Advocate Thabani Mpofu,...

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ED rallies engineers in transformation agenda

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored the engineering professionals to play an active role in mobilising investment and closing the infrastructure gap as the country seeks to achieve accelerated economic transformation. Cde Mnangagwa made the remarks during the official opening of the Zimbabwe Infrastructure Investment and Development Conference being hosted by the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers. Strategies to accelerate infrastructure development are high on the agenda at the ongoing conference taking place in Victoria Falls and has attracted stakeholders in the infrastructure sector who include contractors, project managers, potential investors, government officials, engineers and captains of industry. President Mnangagwa urged...

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