Day: September 11, 2018

EMA tells parties to remove campaign posters

It is over a month after the country held its harmonised elections but campaign posters are still visible in most of the country’s cities and political parties have been urged to remove them. It is against this background the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is urging political parties to remove all political campaign posters and make the environment clean. EMA Acting Environmental Education and Publicity Manager, Mr Rambwayi Mapako said it is high time the nation should work towards restoring the country’s clean face. “Election time is over so we encourage all political parties to engage volunteers and work together...

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Dairy sector on recovery path: ZADF

The Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) says despite facing various hurdles the industry is on course to recovery. Zimbabwe’s dairy sector is one critical sectors of the agriculture industry but requires massive capacitation in order to plug the annual national milk supply deficit of 60 million litres.  ZADF Chairman, Mr Kudzai Chirima said Zimbabwe is currently importing from South Africa and various methods are being implemented to revive the industry. “We are starting the process of importing embryos in order to boost the national herd. The small scale dairy farmers lack proper skills, hence the need to train...

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Take mental health seriously, govt urged

Zimbabwe has been reminded to give equal attention to mental health given the costs associated with poor mental health and lack of productivity due to psychological disorders. Negative attitude by health care funders towards mental health compared to physical illness and limited mental health care facilities have been cited as some of the challenges facing the domestic healthcare ecosystem. Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) Secretary General, Dr Sacrifice Chirisa highlighted that both the government and the healthcare funders should demonstrate positive attitude towards mental health and commit resources towards promotion of mental well-being of the country’s citizens. “Some of the challenges we are facing in as far as mental health is concerned include negative attitude by funders towards mental health compared to physical illness, lack of access to needed medication and limited mental healthcare facilities at good standards,” he said. As part of recommendations, health stakeholders have been urged to strengthen management of HIV and AIDS related psychiatric conditions and implement anti-stigma campaigns,” he said. On the other hand, corporates have been urged to broaden their mental health intervention programmes. Most organisations across the globe are now beginning to appreciate mental health as a key component to productivity. Research has also shown that chronic stress doubles one’s risk of having a heart...

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ZIBF embraces development agenda

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) has this year embraced the national development agenda that is meant to industrialise, mechanise and modernise the country. Running under the theme the book: ‘Creating the Future,’ the 2018 edition of the ZIBF to commence on the 24th on this month in Harare, is meant to uphold the national development agenda and the global sustainable development goals. ZIBF Interim Executive Board Chairperson, Mr Jasper Maenzanise said a number of international publishers have shown a keen interest in participating in this year’s edition of the fair. “The book fair this year goes along with national development thrust which focuses on industrialisation, mechanisation and modernisation. It also goes in handy with the AU Agenda 2063 that talks about the future and reducing poverty, among other things,” he said. The book fair will start on the 24th with a two day indaba that will see players in the book industry discussing various issues that affect their...

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Arts industry hope for new fortunes

Local artists in Masvingo have appealed to the new minister to pay more recognition to their sector and also prioritise it in the allocation of resources. Charles Austin Theatre Arts Director, Ketani Banda said any given country has got talent but it is how that talent is nurtured that determines the outcome. He said the government should consider providing arts hubs within the country’s provinces with yearly grants to enable them to fund their programs. Banda also said there is need to find ways of curbing the problematic issues of piracy which negatively affects the industry, adding that some...

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Biomedical science training for high school pupils

100 high school students drawn from schools in Manicaland Province are benefiting from a partnership between African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AIBST), Africa University (AU) and the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to nurture forensic investigators and genomic scientists. AU Vice Chancellor, Professor Munashe Furusa said the initiative is feeding into the development of Zimbabwe’s health agenda as it aims at inspiring young people to be inventive scientists from an early stage in life as they also seek to bridge the gap from theory to practice. “The students are benefiting from established scientists as they are being taught how to conduct biomedical research using the latest genomic technologies,” he said. Professor Collen Masimirembwa, who is coaching the students, said the benefits of such initiatives in the country are that it will be self sufficient to health requirements in as far as the human capital is concerned. After training, each school team will be tasked with identifying a health challenge in their community that can be solved by forensic and genomic technologies and write a research proposal.  After that, schools will be given scientific research equipment, reagents and mentors from universities to help them conduct the...

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Middlemen rip off farmers

Middlemen are reportedly taking advantage of communal farmers in Masvingo and buying their maize for less than half the prize offered by the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). The middlemen capitalize on farmers whose maize still has too much moisture content to be accepted by the GMB and offer ready cash to the desperate farmers. While the GMB is currently buying maize for $390 per tonne, middlemen are acquiring the grain for $180 from the desperate farmers. Masvingo Provincial Crop and Livestock Officer, Mr Peter Chamisa said the middlemen are dangling a withered carrot to the farmers, offering them ready...

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Harare women appeals for assistance

A bed ridden Harare woman, who is suffering from a rare disease that causes multiple fractures to bones, is requesting for assistance. Esnath Bepura (56), who lives in Mainway Meadows area of Waterfalls has been bed ridden for more than a year due to a disease called multiple myeloma. Esnath is seeking for assistance from well wishers as she cannot afford the money required by the doctors. “I have been like this for more than a year now and $4000 is needed for me to return back to my normal condition,” she said. A nurse aid, Elizabeth Madzikanda told the ZBC News that if no assistance is given to her in time, her health might further deteriorate. Multiple myeloma, also known as plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cells normally responsible for producing...

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Switzerland pledges continued support to Zim

A Switzerland delegation led by the Swiss Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Niculin Jagger has paid a courtesy call to the newly elected Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at the Parliament Building in Harare where they promised to strengthen bilateral relations with Zimbabwe. Advocate Mudenda acknowledged the support Switzerland is giving in strengthening the democratic and national building initiatives in Zimbabwe. “Switzerland is providing assistance in humanitarian and health programmes and they are also capacitating the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC),” said Advocate Mudenda. Ambassador Jagger pledged to continue supporting Zimbabwe’s political and reform agenda. “Zimbabwe’s revival under the new administration is notable, hence our utmost commitment to expand our technical support to the country’s institutional capacity including the works of parliament,” he said. Advocate Mudenda added that parliament will continue to exercise its oversight role over the executive to ensure that there is prudent management of public resources.  The National Assembly Speaker also said Zimbabwe will gain immensely from its relationship with Switzerland as it pursues devolution as the European nation’s federal system of governance is one of the best and most efficient on the...

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Parly should prioritise the economy: Analysts

Analysts say the newly sworn in parliamentarians must move away from unproductive bickering and talk shows that have characterised parliament debates in the past and take heed of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to shift from politics to rebuilding the economy. The selection of parliamentary presiding officers should mark the end of the political season which had engulfed the country over past months and usher in a new chapter where legislators should put the interest of the people who voted them into office first. “Politics should be for the rallies and parliament is serious business. We expect a paradigm shift...

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