Category: Local News

Grain millers donate to ZDF

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has received groceries towards the provision of food in army medical institutions. In its endeavour to give back to the community, the Grain Millers Association extended a helping hand to the ZDF by donating an assortment of food stuffs worth more than $100 000. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Grain Millers Association Chairperson, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara spoke highly of the work being done by the ZDF to ensure peace and stability in the country. Chief of Staff, Service, Personal and Logistics at the ZDF Headquarters, Major General Martin Chedondo thanked the grain millers for the kind gesture which will assist medical institutions within the defence...

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$18,5m Afforestation Fund lies idle

$18,5 million which has raised since the government introduced an Afforestation Levy to all tobacco farmers in 2015 is yet to be used for its intended purpose, owing to alleged administrative hurdles. It is now three years after the launch of the levy in line with meeting the guidelines on sustainable tobacco farming practices, and the money is allegedly still lying idle owing to red tape. Of the amount, $4 million had been released to the Tobacco Industries Marketing Board (TIMB) by treasury before parliament raised a red flag over why the fund was not administered by the Forestry Commission, leading to its freeze. TIMB Spokesperson, Mr Isheunesu Moyo said in the interim, the board, as the regulator of the lucrative golden leaf, has mobilised $2 million for planting of 2000 hectares of trees in major tobacco growing provinces to meet the requirements of the global tobacco cigarette companies guidelines. Tobacco merchants and their contracted farmers have also planted 14000 hectares of woodlots to cure tobacco, while the TIMB awaits administrative processes stalling the release of the Afforestation Fund to increase the tree planting drive to 20000 hectares of woodlots per year. The global tobacco cigarette companies guidelines of 2016 stipulate that as from 2020, global cigarette companies will not buy tobacco cured using coal or produced in an unsustainable...

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Makokoba set for transformation

Bulawayo’s Makokoba suburb is poised for a major transformation as a partnership will see construction of new buildings and installation of a proper water reticulation system. Makokoba is Bulawayo’s oldest suburb and the new government has committed itself to ensuring the realisation of the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo’s vision of seeing the township transformed for better. Speaking to the ZBC News during a belated New Year’s party for vulnerable members of the society from his constituency, Makokoba legislator, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said stakeholders are now at an advanced stage in changing the face of Makokoba. He...

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Heavy snow-fall disrupts traffic in Davos

Reports say the snow-fall has resulted in the closure of roads making it difficult for vehicles and people to move around. As the World Economic Forum kicks off in the Swiss ski-resort of Davos, the town is experiencing the heaviest snow-fall in 20 years. The snow fall has resulted in the closure of roads making it difficult for vehicles and people to get around. Some of the Swiss residents say they have never seen such thick heavy snow fall. “The big challenge as a driver is that there is a lot of snow on the roads and it’s blocking the road, there’s...

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BVR to define constituency boundaries

The current voter registration apathy could spell the political and economic demise of some provinces and constituencies given that in 2023 the same information will be used for the delimitation of new constituency boundaries. While this year’s elections will use the existing constituency boundaries, the current voter’s roll being built up will be the basis of 2023 delimitation process and those constituencies that fail to register a reasonable number of voters may be disbanded while those constituencies with more voters may be split to create more. This was the advice of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Commissioner Dr Qhubani Moyo...

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