Month: September 2018

President leaves for UN General Assembly

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left Harare for New York in the United States of America, where he will make his maiden appearance at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The president is accompanied by Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, RBZ Governor Dr John Mangudya and the newly appointed Deputy Chief Secretary Presidential Communications Mr George Charamba and other senior government officials. He was seen off at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by the two vice presidents Retired General Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi, government ministers, service chiefs and senior government officials....

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Diamond auction rakes in $28m

Zimbabwe’s second diamond auction for 2018 has raked in $28 million realised from 423 066 carats. The second successfully concluded auction in the country since March 2017 marks a huge stride for the nation to regain market confidence and claim a stake in the global diamond trading industry. According to the latest figures presented by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Winston Chitando for the sales tender number 3 conducted from August 28 to the 12th of September 2018, 423 066 carats were put on sale to local and international buyers drawn from the United Arab Emirates,...

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Old Mutual avails $400k towards cholera fight

Life Assurance firm, Old Mutual has handed over to the government a $400 000 aid package to assist in the fight against the cholera outbreak in the country. This comes as the government has made an appeal of $64 million in order to provide both short and long term solutions to the problem of water borne diseases in the country. Old Mutual is the latest private sector player to chip in with an aid package that will help government to reign in the disease that has since claimed the 32 lives. The life assurance firm presented the cheque to...

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ED makes public service shake-up

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed new permanent secretaries, reassigned and retired some. The shake up in the public service saw Mr George Charamba being elevated from the position of Permanent Secretary of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services to become the Deputy Chief Secretary Presidential Communications, while the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede is among those retired. The appointment of permanent secretaries, made in terms of Section 205 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, are as follows: Defence and War Veterans – Mr Martin Rushwaya. Finance and Economic Development – Mr George Tongesayi Guvamatanga. Energy and Power Development – Dr Gloria...

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Cholera health workers to get risk allowance:

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded health care workers deployed at cholera treatment centres, who are working flat out to contain the disease, saying the government will award the workers a risk allowance in appreciation of their selfless dedication to duty. President Mnangagwa made the remarks when he addressed Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital staff members this Wednesday. President Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by his two deputies, cabinet ministers, the Mayor of Harare, senior government officials and some Zanu PF Politburo members, also toured Glenview Polyclinic this afternoon. Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital is being used as the referral centre...

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Cholera crowd fund raises $29m

The cholera crowd fund scheme has to date raised $29 million, the government has confirmed. The fund was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Ministry of Health and Child Care to fight the cholera outbreak that has so far claimed over 30 lives. Giving an update on the current fiscal state of the fund, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube said at least $29 million out of a budget of $64.1 million has been raised to assist in curbing the cholera outbreak. Professor Ncube further revealed the government contributed $15.7...

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Hon. Owen Ncube appointed State Security Minister

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn-in Hon. Owen Ncube as the Minister of State for National Security in the President’s Office at State House today. The legislator for Gokwe/Kana, Hon. Ncube, who is the former Minister of State for Midlands province, becomes the 21st cabinet minister to be sworn in. Meanwhile, the out-going British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Katriona Laing says her tour of duty in Zimbabwe has been momentus. She was speaking at State House in Harare when she bid farewell to President Mnangagwa today. Ambassador Laing also said she is happy that she is leaving at a time when...

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UZ conducts research on sanctions impact   

The University of Zimbabwe has conducted an extensive research on the economic impact of sanctions on Zimbabwe across all sectors and is validating findings before publishing the book which will also be used to help inform government on how to deal with similar challenges in the future. Government through the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has welcomed the research efforts by the UZ and implored all institutions of higher learning to spearhead research which shapes the economic as well as legislative policies of the country. The UZ’s Research on the Economic Impact of Sanctions...

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JUST IN: Post-election violence Commission sworn-in

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn-in a 7-member Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 Post-Election Violence that occurred in Harare CBD and led to the death of six people. The Commission, made up of foreign and local members, will be chaired by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. The other members are: UK based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon, former Commonwealth Secretary General and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Tanzania Defence Forces Chief General Davis Mwamunyange, UZ Dean of Political Science Professor Charity Manyeruke, UZ Constitutional Law lecturer and NCA leader Professor Lovemore Madhuku, and former President of the...

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Creative practitioners key to achieving Vision 2030

The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation says cultural and creative practitioners can play a critical role in helping Zimbabwe achieve a middle income economy status by the year 2030. Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day capacity building workshop attended by more than 100 cultural and creative practitioners at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Honourable Yeukai Simbanegavi underscored the need for government to support the arts in the country, adding that her ministry will have an inclusive approach to the arts in order to develop and commercialise the sector. ZimTrade, Acting Export Manager- Development Tatenda Marume also underscored the need to fully equip the arts sector with requisite financial and technical support, saying the sector can earn the country the much needed foreign currency. The workshop which was hosted by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in conjunction with ZimTrade explored a number of issues pertaining to the growth of the cultural and creative industries. Participants also discussed digital and social marketing strategies, as well as exporting their products. Meanwhile, the participants who included musicians, writers, poets, film makers, actors and sculptors were handed certificates by Deputy Minister Simbanegavi and Executive Director of National Gallery of Zimbabwe Mrs Doreen...

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