Day: August 21, 2018

ZBC ready for ConCourt live broadcast

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura has assured the nation and the international community that the national broadcaster is ready to beam live the Constitutional Court ruling on the presidential elections contest set for tomorrow (Wednesday). Mr Mavhura said ZBC is also ready to provide feed to other local and international broadcasters who wish to subscribe with the state broadcaster. The national broadcaster, which has been vested with an exclusive national mandate to cover the Constitutional Court hearing, has put in place adequate logistical requirements for the live broadcast. “We are ready and I can categorically state...

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Govt speaks on varsities programmes policy

Lupane State University (LSU) will have to wait a little longer before it can introduce more science engineering courses as the government now requires institutions of higher learning to put in place enough infrastructure and personnel before introducing a new programme. The permission by ZIMCHE for LSU to expand its faculties of engineering sciences does not directly translate into the introduction of new programmes as a lot still needs to be done in terms of infrastructure development and personnel recruitment before the government gives the nod for such programs to commence. The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Ammon Murwira said the times for experiments are over as his team will only allow an institution to introduce a new programme when proper foundation has been put in place. “We are saying there is need for one, two, three, four to be done before they can commence such programmes. We need to see the rightful infrastructure at the campus. We also need to see them recruiting the rightful personnel and as you can see, this might take time,” Professor Murwira said. Previously, LSU used to introduce programmes with students learning from rented infrastructure in Bulawayo, while personnel would be hired during the course of the programmes, thereby creating challenges in the course of the studies. On funding, Professor Murwira said the university got a chunk...

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All set for Lowveld Agric Show

Preparations for the 35th edition of the Lowveld Agricultural Show to be held from the 23rd to the 25th of this month in Chiredzi are now at an advanced stage. Speaking to the ZBC News, Chairperson of the show, Mr Wilbert Mpofu said they have recorded an increase in the number of exhibitors especially big companies from 23 recorded last year to 38. He said the two-day event is also expected to benefit a lot of sugarcane farmers and the sugar industry as a whole, as they have roped in experts in sugar production including Great Zimbabwe University which recently introduced a degree programme in sugarcane technology. “We are expecting this year’s edition to be a success given the interest shown by exhibitors. This is a platform for exhibitors involved in different forms of business to showcase their products and services to potential buyers as well as exchange latest technologies and new business strategies,” he said. The Lowveld, which is in the south eastern part of the country, is known for sugar production, cotton farming and is also home to game farms and animal husbandry. This year’s edition of the show is running under the theme: ‘Business on a New Trajectory in Support of the Economic...

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Matobo farmers begin land preparation

Farmers in Matobo district, Matabeleland South Province have started preparing land for the 2018/19 summer cropping season amid high expectations that the region will receive adequate rains this year. With the next summer cropping season fast approaching, most farmers in Matobo said they have begun land preparations so that they can plant with the early rains. The farmers revealed that they are currently seized with clearing land, placing manure in their fields as well as sourcing agricultural inputs and tillage services. “We have started establishing ridges so that we harvest water since we do not receive a lot of rains this side. For fertility management, we have put decomposed kraal manure in the fields, so everything is on course, we are just praying for better rains this season,” said one farmer. Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Provincial Agronomist, Mr Innocent Nyathi implored farmers in the region to practice conservation farming and plant short season varieties in order to boost yields . “We are urging our farmers to start preparing their fields, to heap their manure so that it is cured. It is also advisable to buy inputs on time, and we are also still emphasising conversation agriculture among farmers,” he said. Although major irrigation schemes will this year diversify to soya bean production, the uptake of the command agriculture programme by more dry land farmers will see...

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SADC, ILO host capacity building workshop

SADC and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are running a tripartite workshop in Harare aimed at knowledge sharing and capacity building for youths in the rural economy. The workshop is running under the theme: ‘Rural Transformation in SADC Countries.’ ILO Director, Hopolang Phororo said focus will be aligned with priorities of the SADC Youth Employment Framework, namely: creating decent jobs for youths, improving entrepreneurship opportunities and enhancing youth participation. Another objective of the workshop is to deliberate on rural transformation by shaping the future of young people in remote areas through the participatory approach. The workshop is going to interrogate ways to mitigate income gaps between urban and rural areas as well as how to curb rural urban migration. The SADC region has a very young population, with 75 percent of the overall population being below 35 years of age, this demographic dividend can provide the region with a huge economic leverage which can be exploited for the growth of the...

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Intensify tourism marketing, Zim urged

Zimbabwe has been encouraged to intensify its marketing drive and to harness the peace dividend in order to boost tourist arrivals.  This comes as Zimbabwe is targeting to double tourist arrivals to at least 5 million per annum by 2020. PHD Ministries leader, Prophet Walter Magaya, who was on a tour of the majestic Victoria Falls, said the destination has huge potential, calling for concerted marketing efforts by all persons to boost tourists’ arrivals. “It is very much enlightening to see this majestic natural wonder and l also had a chance to explore the opportunities here in the resort town and see how best we can market this place,” he said. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Vice Board Chairperson, Mrs Precious Sibiya said going forward, the tourism promotion body will avail incentives to all players who are doing well and meeting the acceptable standards. “We need to reward all those players who are doing well by putting in place incentives for them. We need to prioritise quality in everything,” he said. The country received a total of 2.4 million tourists in 2017, translating to a 9% increase from the 2.2 million received in 2016. National tourism receipts stood at $917 million, with expectations the figures will surge to above $1 billion this...

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MISA loses ConCourt live streaming challenge

Chief Justice Luke Malaba has dismissed on a legal practitioner and client scale the urgent chamber application lodged by the Media Institute of Southern Africa and a journalist challenging the granting of sole broadcasting rights of the presidential petition challenge. ZBC was on Saturday granted the right to live broadcast and distribute content on the Constitutional Court proceedings starting on Wednesday, in which MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa is challenging the results of the July 30 harmonised elections as declared by ZEC. After the granting of the licence to ZBC, MISA jumped to request for a licence to livestreem...

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Churches call for peace ahead of ConCourt ruling

Churches in Zimbabwe have called for peace and unity during and after the Constitutional Court hearing from tomorrow (Wednesday) where MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa is challenging ZEC’s declaration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF as the winner of the July 30 harmonised elections. After a peaceful election that was later disrupted by some acts of violence that occurred before the announcement of election results, churches have called for peace and unity amongst Zimbabweans. Hosting leaders of different church organisations in Harare today, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) CEO, Dr Karikoga Kaseke said churches converged in the capital...

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War vets want Mugabe’s name removed from airport

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) says it will hand in a petition advocating for a name change at Zimbabwe’s main airport named after former president Robert Mugabe. The airport was renamed from Harare International Airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport last year and war veterans want it renamed again, accusing Mugabe of being a sellout. Speaking at a press conference in Harare today, ZNLWVA Secretary General, Cde Victor Matemadanda said they will hand over a petition to President Emmerson Mnangagwa soon. “The current name is tarnishing the legacy of the liberation struggle because Mugabe whom...

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Over 1000 bales sold in tobacco mop up sales

More than 1 000 bales went under the hummer at the tobacco mop up sales conducted this Tuesday at the auction floors where farmers who could not finish delivering their last crop were given the opportunity to sell. The tobacco mop up sales for the 2018 agriculture season have been conducted at the Tobacco Sales Floor with a few farmers who could not deliver all their tobacco when the auction floors officially closed on July 30 selling their golden leaf. The farmers expressed mixed feelings over the price offered ranging from 10 cents to US$2.60 per kilogramme. “Am happy with the $2.35, I got because this is my last crop the quality is not that good as compared to the one we delivered during the course of the season,” said one of the farmers who fetched a good price. “Ten cents per kg this is a loss, considering transport cost, bailing and other cost, although my crop is of poor quality I deserve a dollar or two per kg as compared to 10 cents, said another farmer from Macheke. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board described the 2018 season as the best after breaking a new record in volumes and expressed satisfaction over how the mop up sales was successfully conducted. “We always conduct mop sales to give farmers an opportunity to clear their remaining crop. It has been...

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