Day: September 2, 2018

Security guards shoot, injure 4 illegal panners

Four illegal gold panners were today shot and seriously injured by security guards at Acturus Mine who were trying to scare them off. The shooting incident occurred at around 8.am this Sunday when about 30 gold panners illegally operating at Goromonzi RDC offices compound in Acturus were approached by five armed security guards belonging to Braising Security, a security company contracted to provide security at Acturus Mine. It is not clear what exactly happened leading to the guards opening fire on the illegal panners, seriously injuring four who have since been taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare for treatment....

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Amb. Stevenson’s body arriving tomorrow

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade say the remains of the late diplomat and Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Senegal, Ambassador Trudy Stevenson, who died in Senegal on 24 August, will arrive in the country tomorrow, 3 September 2018. In a statement, the Ministry said, after communication with the Ambassador’s family, a funeral service will then be held at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Mt Pleasant at 10 am on Friday the 7th of September 2018. The ministry described Ambassador Stevenson as a diplomat who performed her duties with distinction and sense of patriotism. “The Ministry wishes...

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Indigenous churches rally behind ED

Indigenous churches say they support the new government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom they believe in to revive the economy. President Mnangagwa was sworn in last week after winning the July 30 elections and local churches are right behind him. In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of their victory celebrations for President Mnangagwa’s inauguration in Harare today, leader of Johane Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe Apostolic Church, Madzibaba Enock Senda said Zimbabwe is going to realize economic growth and recovery in the hands of President Mnangagwa. “President Mnangagwa has been chosen by God to lead this country and we support him,” he said. At a similar event in Epworth, Arch Bishop Afraid Nechikwira of the Zion Sabata Apostolic Church said they appreciate what the government is doing in allowing indigenous   churches freedom of worship, while the overseer of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe, Leonard Kavhu said they are looking forward to seeing all the plights of churches being addressed by the new government. Churches have been regarded as a tool in nation building through praying for peace and...

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Sanganai excitement felt in Vic Falls

Over 100 tourism buyers and journalists have so far visited the country’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls ahead of the 2018 Sanganai/Hlanganani tourism expo with most of them expressing optimism about the growth prospects of the local travel and tourism industry. Zimbabwe’s economic reforms, re-engagement drive and current efforts in boosting inbound tourist arrivals have received a thumbs up from the tourism buyers who are in the country for the 11the edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Expo set for the 5th to the 8th of September in Bulawayo. A total of six groups from different source...

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Command agric hailed

Command agriculture has been commended for empowering smallholder farmers in increasing productivity. Mr Farai Chimombe, a Marondera farmer who benefitted from the command agriculture programme in 2017, has managed to grow his self financed wheat during the 2018 season using proceeds from the previous season. Mr Chimombe said command agriculture has empowered a lot of farmers and urged those who would have benefitted to self finance themselves so that the program can benefit others. “I benefitted from command agriculture last season and this has enabled me to self finance my winter wheat crop this season. I urge other farmers...

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Zim to donate 10 white rhinos to DRC

Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is set to donate a total of 10 white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to enhance the rhino regional conservation programme. The translocation of the 10 white rhinos which is being done in accordance with local and international wildlife translocation protocols in particular the African Rhino Conservation Plan is meant to among other things expand the regional rhino range area. Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo highlighted that the country is proud to have recorded successes in rhino conservation, adding that the donation is a...

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Women farmers excel

Zimbabwe’s empowerment agenda has seen women coming out of their marginal confines to benefit in various sectors and their success stories are being celebrated every day. One such story is found at Summerhill Farm in Doma, Mhangura that is boasting of a thriving wheat and potato crop on over 150 hectares and a promising livestock project. The farm is on a 345 hectare space, 220 being arable land. Currently, over 100 hectares have a wheat crop and 50 hectares an almost maturing potato crop. It is success earned through the land reform programme, according to farm owner, Norma Mliswa. “The land reform programme empowered me but it was never easy to set up a successful farming venture, let alone a highly mechanized one. I have entered into strategic partnerships and they are indeed bringing forth positive results,” he said. Looking forward, Mliswa said she is expecting a high yield of at least 8-10 tonnes per hectare from the wheat crop and intends to upscale cattle farming. Zimbabwe is making every effort to advance empowerment of women in almost all sectors be it mining, agriculture, industry and science. Despite farming being a natural task for most women, few of them have braved to venture into the commercial...

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Labour rationalisation at Mazowe mine

Mazowe gold mine is re-engineering its production processes, leading to labour rationalisation to ensure operational efficiency. In a response to inquiries from the ZBC News on Sunday following reports that Gold Fields has laid off hundreds of workers, the company spokesperson, Mr Rangarirai Mberi said Gold Fields of Mazowe, the parent company of the gold mining giant, has suspended underground operations to pave way for modern technology. While confirming that employees will be affected by the plan in the form of retrenchments and rationalisation, Mr Mberi said the move is being necessitated by the need to increase operational efficiency. “The latest measures are also being implemented to reduce costs, increase productivity and ensure long term viability of the mine,” he said. The mining company has also embarked on surface and underground exploration with underground mine expected to resume in 2021. Mazowe Mine is one of the oldest mines in Zimbabwe and exploration and development dates back to 1890 with over 1,4 million ounces of gold having been produced so...

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Zim should not mourn over sanctions: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has refused to buckle down to the sanctions imposed on the country by USA, saying the country will not develop if it continues to mourn over the embargo. President Mnangagwa and the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa arrived in China today for the 7th China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit which kicks off tomorrow (Monday) and was welcomed at the Beijing International Airport VIP section by Mr Lin Fusheng the Communist Party of China Vice Chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of Beijing, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo, who...

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