Day: August 31, 2018

Disabled community buoyant

The disabled community is looking forward to the 2nd republic as a process that will change their way of life for the better. The community of persons with disabilities is looking up to the new government to facilitate their economic empowerment first by aligning the Disabled Persons Act. Mr Watson Khupe, the Bulawayo senator elect for the disabled and president of the Federation of Organisations for Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FoDPZ) said His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mentioned that the government is mainstreaming the disability act into community service programmes and projects to facilitate inclusivity and sustainable economic...

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Bulilima RDC to upgrade Figtree, Madlambuzi service centres

Bulilima Rural District Council has announced plans to upgrade Figtree and Madlambuzi Rural Service Centres to growth points in the coming few years. The development is expected to see the establishment of critical social and economic infrastructure in the two areas. The local authority is currently seized with surfacing roads and upgrading the water and sewer reticulation infrastructure in Figtree while the Sabbath Day Adventist Church has expressed interest in constructing a school and clinic in the area. At Madlambuzi Rural Service Centre, about 90 families are expected to be relocated to pave way for the development of commercial...

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Chibuku Super Cup draw held

The 2018 Chibuku Super Cup draw was held in Harare this afternoon with 17 teams after Chicken Inn were suspended for walking out during the match against Yadah in last year’s edition. Two of the bottom teams at the halfway stage of the Premier Soccer League during matchday 17 –Chapungu and Mutare City Rovers will start their campaign at the preliminary stage on 8th of September and the winner will join the first round proper on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of September. The top eight teams were seeded and will play their first round matches at home....

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First Lady tours Harare Agricultural Show stands

The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says she is impressed with the response of farming communities to government’s efforts towards growing the economy through agro-processing and value addition as shown by the different products that she saw when she toured some stands at the Harare Agricultural Show this morning. She was also impressed with how industry is embracing import substitution through the use of locally available raw materials and how some sectors have managed to improve capacity utilisation and exports. Accompanied by the Secretary for Women’s Affairs in the ruling Zanu PF party and former deputy speaker of parliament...

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Enhance research competencies: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has exhorted stakeholders to enhance research competencies to improve all sub sectors in the agriculture sector. Speaking during the official opening of the 108th edition of the Harare Agricultural Show, the President said the need to constantly improve agriculture productivity coupled with ever increasing market competitiveness requires consistent investment. He said the country is proud of the event as it offers opportunities for government, business and other stakeholders to network. “It’s an opportunity for partnerships between government and the private sector. Climate change is a challenge and I urge farmers to fully utilise the water sources in...

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LIVE: Harare Agric Show official opening

1453: That brings to an end our live updates. Thank you for joining us! 1450: The President is now handing over prizes to the best exhibitors. President Mnangagwa handing over prizes 1448: He thanks the ZAS for successfully organising the agricultural show as he declares this year’s show officially opened. 1443: The President challenges the ZAS to introduce agribusiness conferences to promote agriculture.  1442: He reaffirms his government’s commitment to continue supporting the agriculture sector through the Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme adding the programmes are not election gimmicks but are there to enhance food security, mechanisation and modernisation...

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Bulawayo’s Unity Village reduced to ashes

Property worth over $400 000 was reduced to ashes after a fire engulfed the Unity Village yesterday evening. The Fire Brigade team had to save the situation after containing the inferno from spreading to nearby buildings. It’s a somber atmosphere at the Unity Village as the budding entrepreneurs are counting their losses as their wares were razed down following an inferno that engulfed the traders’ market yesterday evening. Reports say some of the traders had to be ferried to hospital as news filtered through that they had lost over 20 years of investment to the fire. Though the cause...

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Poor road network affects SMEs in Mataga

Small to medium enterprises in Mataga say the poor road network in the area is affecting their operations as some markets are not accessible during certain periods. The brisk business enjoyed by small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mataga has seen more locals being employed in the sector. However, the poor road network linking the SMEs and their customers is affecting the cycle of the business. “We have been part of the growth of Mataga Growth Point as players in the SMEs. We have noted, however, that our business is seasonal as we cannot connect with our customers in...

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Mutare ZNA to construct a Purpose Built School

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Herbert Chitepo Barracks will soon begin construction of a Purpose Built School in Mutare following a three year wait by the parents. 3 Brigade Primary School headmaster, Captain Muvengi Simiti said the construction of the school will commence immediately with the first block being expected to be completed by the schools second term of next year. “We are going to start with one block which will be a two storey. It will comprise of 16 classes. Parents who have children learning here started contributing towards this project three years back. Now we have about...

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Women seeking free maternal services surge

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says there has been an overwhelming response from women seeking free maternal service at Harare Central Hospital. The government’s policy on free maternal health has seen a lot of women seeking help at one of the country’s major referral centre, Harare Central Hospital. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga, said this is being exacerbated by some council clinics that are still charging maternal fees. He added that they will put in place mechanisms to ensure the policy not to charge for maternal fees is...

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