Day: August 28, 2018

El Nino feared this season

The 2018-19 national weather forecast has predicted that the nation is likely to receive reduced rainfall due to the El Nino phenomenon. This came out at a convention of government officials, scientists and researchers in Harare to deliberate on the 2018-19 rainfall forecast. “Our scientists, academics and research institutions have been working flat out on our regional and national forecast, and indications are that an El Nino which is associated with above average warming of the sea,” revealed Ambassador Grace Mutandiro, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate. For the first half of...

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UPDATED: 4 bodies recovered after GMB explosion

Four bodies have been recovered after an explosion at the Grain Marketing Depot (GMB) Lions Den Depot this afternoon. The explosion resulted in fire in the control tower plant, which collapsed on impact. The plant and one of the silos caught fire following the incident, which also severely damaged the foundation of the silo. Several concrete blocks forming the foundation of the silo’s escape route were ripped up and strewn metres way off the storage facility. Three people were rescued, including one who was affected by carbon monoxide as he tried to render rescue services. He was however resuscitated by...

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Repatriation of Amb. Stevenson body underway 

Preparations for the repatriation of the remains of late Zimbabwean ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia Mrs Trudy Stevenson are underway in the north western African country. In a telephone interview with the ZBC News, Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Joey Bimha said a post-mortem carried out on the late Ambassador Stevenson revealed that she succumbed to inflation of the pancreas. He said the mission is now working with the Senegalese government departments in processing documents for the repatriation of her body to Zimbabwe. According to reports, Mrs Stevenson was found dead at her residence in Dakar on Saturday...

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May pledges 4bn pounds to Africa

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to boost Britain’s investment in Africa after Brexit, during her first trip to the continent as prime minister. In a speech in Cape Town, South Africa, she pledged 4 billion pounds in support for African economies, to create jobs for young people. She also pledged a fundamental shift in aid spending to focus on long-term economic and security challenges rather than short-term poverty reduction. The UK prime minister will also visit Nigeria and Kenya during the three-day trade mission....

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POTRAZ, Radio Zim descend on Chikombedzi

Telecommunication users must know their rights and responsibilities so that they are not infringed upon by service providers. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) in partnership with Radio Zimbabwe took its awareness campaign on public rights and expectations from telecommunication service providers to Chikombedzi in Chiredzi district. POTRAZ took the opportunity to educate and empower consumers on their rights and responsibilities as telecommunication users. Radio Zimbabwe listeners were treated to a live interaction and performance as they had an opportunity to meet their favourite DJs and artistes. POTRAZ in partnership with Radio Zimbabwe have been on...

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Implement right policies, industry urges govt  

Captains of industry this Tuesday converged at a local hotel in the capital to discuss various opportunities and the desired economic direction post-election period. Calibration of the Zimbabwean economy through implementation of right policies is the message coming from captains of industry to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration. The Chairman of the CEO Africa Roundtable Mr Oswell Binha says CEOs came up with a 10-point plan that they think the government should consider to grow the economy. “As CEO Africa Roundtable we want to open dialogue with government in every aspect of the economy such that we encourage...

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Pres Mnangagwa to open agric show

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will this Friday officially open the 2018 Harare Agricultural Show. Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Chief Executive Dr Anxious Masuka confirmed that President Mnangagwa will this Friday make his maiden appearance as the official guest and patron to open the on-going 108th edition of the show. “His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa is our guest of honour this year,” said Dr Masuka. The show, which has recorded the biggest number of exhibitors compared to previous shows, with organisers running out of space, will see Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga officiating at the Agribusiness Conference on Wednesday to...

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Indian investors eye SMEs, health sectors

An Indian industrialist and a doctor have identified Zimbabwe under its new order as a critical partner in the areas of developing the SMEs as well as the health services sector. The team is in the country for an assessment visit and is planning to invest once they familiarise with requirements for investing locally. With Zimbabwe now putting attention to economic affairs ahead of all else, some Indian investors are seeing prospects for a brighter future and have openly declared their interests in taking part in the investment drive. Engineer Ravindra Allen, who is in the country on a...

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Mat North targets 127k ha maize crop

Matabeleland North province is targeting to put 127 000 hectares under maize this coming agricultural season despite fears of an El Nino weather conditions forecast raised by the meteorological department. Farmers in the province anticipate a good start to this upcoming agricultural season following the early distribution of some agricultural inputs through the Presidential Agricultural Well-Wishers Input Scheme. Matabeleland North Provincial Agritex Officer Mr Dumisani Nyoni told ZBC News that apart from the Presidential Inputs Scheme, 30 percent of farmers in the province have managed to acquire adequate inputs. Fifty percent of the communal farmers use returned seeds for...

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JUST IN: UK supports SA land reform: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK supports South Africa’s land reform programme provided it is carried out legally. Prime Minister May was speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, today, adding that she would discuss the issue with President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The UK has for some time now supported land reform. Land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process. “It’s an issue that I raised and discussed with President Ramaphosa when he was in London earlier this year. I’ll be talking about it with him later today,” May told reporters. May...

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