Day: August 29, 2018

2,4m households to receive agric inputs: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government is targeting to provide inputs to about 1,8 million households for maize and sorghum and an additional 400 000 households for cotton production. Cde Mnangagwa made the disclosure while addressing the 6th annual Agri-Business Conference at the Harare Agricultural Show in Harare today which was jointly organised by the National Economic Consultative Forum and the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society. “Agriculture advancement is necessary to improve the supply of raw materials for our agro-based industries. It is also key in the expansion of other economic sectors and attainment of food security and nutrition. Therefore, the...

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Concern over increasing commercial sex work in Byo

Mbundane high density suburb in the outskirts of Bulawayo has become a haven for young girls who are engaging in commercial sex work. The young girls are reported to come from the nearby Nyamandlovu, Mzingwane and Tsholotsho resettlements. Residents of Mbundane are concerned about the mushrooming of these young commercial sex-workers will badly influence their children. One of the residents, Mrs Margret Ncube said the girls seem to be oblivious of the dangers associated with the profession, thus exposing themselves to a number of diseases such as HIV and AIDS. National AIDS Council (NAC) Bulawayo Provincial Manager, Mrs Sinatra...

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New brick machine hits Chipinge by storm

Demand for bricks that are made by a sophisticated brick making machine known as QT 12-15 has surged in Chipinge. Technology makes work easier and improves efficiency and this is exactly the effect that the QT 12-15 machine has brought to the construction industry in Chipinge. Having passed the ISO certification by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, the bricks made by the QT 12-15 machine have become very popular with those in the construction industry. “The demand for the bricks is very high unlike what we thought when we imported the new technology. We have a number of orders that we are struggling to satisfy because of the high demand,” said Dr Win Mlambo, the local businessman. He also said the machine, a first in Zimbabwe and second in Africa after Egypt, has a production rate of 48 bricks within 20 seconds and 2 million bricks within a week. “This machinery is called the QT 12-15 and is from China. It converts waste to valuable products with the production rate of the machinery being very high. Expectations are that the new technology will change the face of construction industry in the district,” he said. With the new government’s agenda focused on infrastructure development, the country can improve its pace towards industrialisation through the use of such high...

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Two Airforce members promoted

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted two Airforce of Zimbabwe (AFZ) officers from the rank of Wing Commander to the Group Captain. The promoted are Group Captain Joseph Masiko and Group Captain Fidelis Munyoro, whose promotions are in line with Section 15(1)(b) of the Defence Act chapter 11.02. Speaking during the conferment of the badges of rank, AFZ Commander, Air Marshal Elson Moyo told the newly promoted group captains that promotion comes with more responsibilities. He also said the AFZ is a professional organisation and as such, the newly promoted officers should lead by example. “I once again say congratulations to the promoted. I urge you to remain loyal to the government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and bear in mind that promotions come with lot of responsibilities. Also respect your subordinates and remember that promotion is not a license to abuse your juniors,” Air Marshall Moyo said. Speaking on the acceptance of the new ranks, the senior officers pledged to execute their duties with due diligence and...

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Montreal Protocol: Govt suffers setback

The government has suffered a setback in meeting the Montreal Protocol requirements on dealing with ozone depleting substances after it emerged that the suggested materials used in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector are still not climate friendly. The decision to replace Methyl Bromide and Chlorofluoro Carbons with Hydro Fluorocarbons, which are friendlier to the ozone layer, seem to have not achieved the intended goals after it has emerged that the new substances are not ideal to fight the effects of climate change. The Director of Climate Change Management in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Wellington...

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9 independent power projects take off

Nine approved independent power projects have taken off in a move that will generate more electricity to Zimbabwe’s national grid.                       The projects which are mainly dominated by renewable sources of power were approved by the government after complying with stipulated requirements.  Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) Acting CEO, Mr Eddington Mazambani said inquiries on investments in the country power generation sector are on an increase.     “Project proposals are on a rise since January,” he said.  The rise in power consumption due to increased economic activity has resulted in the government coming up with a renewable energy policy. The policy...

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$15m tourism fund launched

The government has set up a $15 million tourism revolving fund aimed at improving hotel infrastructure. It is now left for hotel operators to approach the government to get loans to refurbish and improve their facilities. Addressing journalists during a tour of Cresta Oasis Hotel under US$1.5 million refurbishment process in Harare, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Cde Prisca Mupfumira said hotel operators have the mandate to revamp their properties. “All the loans under the facility will be availed under a business case basis, to deserving clients who demonstrate ability to repay all loans that will be...

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Zim urged to review climate mitigation strategies

Zimbabwean farmers are considering reviewing climate change mitigation strategies in response to the normal and below normal rainfall forecasts predicted for the 2018-19 season.                   Climate change is posing a threat to the sustainability of socio-economic activities with Zimbabwe also feeling the pinch of the trend.                          Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Assistant Representative in Zimbabwe, Mr David Mfote said following the El Nino weather predictions, Zimbabwe can ride on its command agriculture system with focus on massive irrigation investments as a mitigatory measure.                       The livestock sector has also been affected by the effects of climate change with the Principal Director...

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First Lady launches children HIV programme

The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has launched a campaign code-named: ‘Zimbabwe Free to Shine,’ as part of her efforts to strengthen her commitment to champion programmes aimed at preventing childhood HIV and AIDS infection in Zimbabwe. The campaign, launched today at the ongoing Harare Agricultural Show, is in response to the call by all African first ladies to end childhood AIDS by 2030. The First Lady said she is committed to partnering organisations in preventing new HIV infections in children, as well as mother to child transmission. She encouraged stakeholders to take an active role to achieve the...

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Eureka Mine set to begin production

Production at the Eureka Gold Mine in Guruve is set to start in a few months time once initial preparatory works are complete. This follows the commissioning of the mine by President Emmerson Mnangagwa early this year. The mine’s Executive Chairperson, Mr Solomon Chibangu said they are well on course to pump out water from the underground before they start full production. “We have submitted a 100 page project plan to the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, and the equipment for pumping out water from the mine has been acquired thanks to the rebates we got from the...

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