Day: January 9, 2018

Manicaland demands capacitation of industries

The business community in Manicaland Province says strategies must be put in place to quickly capacitate industries that have the potential for a quick turnaround. The province used to be a vibrant industrial hub with entities such as Allied Timbers, Cairns Foods and Mutare Board and Paper Mills employing thousands as well as contributing to a number of downstream industries. The solution according to an entrepreneur, Mr Tendai Chitova is to ensure that raw materials are zero-rated when it comes to payment of duty. Another entrepreneur, Mr Lloyd Mapunga noted that incentives must also be put in place especially...

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Engage Botswana over stray cattle: Farmers

Chief Tshitshi of Mangwe district has called on the government to engage Botswana over its decision to destroy cattle that stray into the neighbouring country, amid reports that 77 animals were shot dead in 2017 in the border lying area. Matabeleland South Province is a cattle region and as such, the livelihoods of communities in the province are hinged on livestock rearing. Farmers in the province also attach great importance to cattle which is a symbol of wealth. However, villagers under Chief Tshisthi have continued to watch their herds depleting following the decision by Botswana authorities to destroy animals...

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Farmers urged to grow sesame

The Zimbabwe Sesame Growers Association has encouraged its members to continue growing the oilseed which is drought resistant and provides a strong back-up for food security at household level and offer opportunities to generate foreign currency from exports. Sesame Growers Association Director, Mr Donmore Gombe said the obtaining unpredictable weather patterns present an opportunity for farmers to diversify into the lucrative small grain sector which is more drought resistant. The association further encouraged some of its 20 000 members who accessed inputs last year but did not manage to plant owing to floods, to own up and plant the...

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Girl (6) struggles to recover from burns

It is often said that one can never fully appreciate their blessings until an encounter with a worse off situation. Such is the case for anyone who has seen what a 6-year old girl, Natasha Sibindi from Bubi District, has to bear with for the rest of her life. One afternoon while she was at work, Sithandiwe Sithole received a phone call which had devastating news. Her only daughter, Natasha, who was two years old then, had been severely burnt and injured while playing with her friends. So intense were the burns that Natasha collapsed before she could get...

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BVR a success: ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has described the new national biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise as successful after the process registered about 4,9 million voters since inception in September last year. 4,879,482 voters have registered as ZEC embarks on a mop up, targeting over 5 million voters. After observing challenges faced on voters and civil registration exercises where some people were left out of the voter registration blitz conducted from the 14 of September to 19 December last year, ZEC will embark on a mop up exercise starting on tomorrow, 10 January up to the 8th of February to...

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Kombi crash claims 3

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the death of three people in a road accident which occurred at the 45 kilometre peg along the Harare-Wedza road today at around 7.am. In a statement, police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the Nissan caravan commuter omnibus was travelling towards Harare with 22 passengers on board. He said when it was approaching the 45 kilometer peg, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then veered-off the road and overturned. Three people died on the spot and several others were injured. The injured were taken to Chitungwiza General Hospital where others were treated and discharged and those in a critical condition are still detained. The names of the deceased are still being withheld until their next of kin have been informed. Chief Superintendent Nyathi warned motorists to travel at safe speeds and observe the rules of the road at all times....

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Zim, China seek to strengthen ties

Zimbabwe and China relations have continued to strengthen in the new dispensation with President Emmerson Mnangagwa penciled to visit the Asian economic giant for his first official visit outside Africa since assuming the presidency in November last year.  Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Huang Ping today paid a courtesy call on the new Minister of Energy, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo to congratulate him, where he pledged his country’s commitment to participate in the local development agenda. He added that the visit to Zimbabwe by a Chinese envoy from President Xi Jinping was a symbol of that commitment. “China was the first county to send a special envoy to congratulate Cde Mnangagwa. Carrying a letter from President Xi, the envoy invited President Mnangagwa to visit China and President Mnangagwa said he will go to China as his first visit out of Africa and we are expecting the two leaders to map out a blueprint for development of our two countries,” said Cde Khaya Moyo, adding that the new era has not changed Sino-Zim relations but cemented them. The Chinese are funding and constructing Kariba South Expansion Project, which will add 150 megawatts to the national power grid once commissioned. Another generator unit 8 is under construction and expected to be operational around April, adding another 150 megawatts. The Chinese have also expressed interest in investing in the underutilised solar energy industry...

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Granny struggles with cancer-stricken child

Sometimes life has its own way of just doling out a cruel fate. Nobody knows it better than 71 year old Shurugwi Gogo Dube. Arriving at Gogo Dube’s homestead, one is confronted by the old lady’s humility and smile which almost camouflage her troubles. The old lady has been attending to her 7-year old niece, Bhekisipho who was diagnosed with skin cancer at the age of three. The family could not get help until doctors declared the condition beyond any treatment. A village volunteer, who walks 8kms to Gogo Dube’s homestead, said the Department of Social Welfare failed to offer any solutions when young Bhekisipho could have been assisted. Ironically, the legislator for the area is none other than Cde Tapiwa Matangaidze, a former deputy minister under which the Social Welfare Department fell. Gogo Dube has resigned her fate to the Almighty as she continues to fend for four other grandchildren on her own. Away from the probing eye of all the city bustle, young Bhekisipho’ soul like the meaning of her name that literally says: ‘look at this gift’ continues to yearn for...

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First Lady calls for women empowerment

The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa says empowerment of women can eradicate some of the economic and social problems in societies. The sentiments came out as she concluded her tour of children’s homes across the country. Hundreds of people in the Midlands Province thronged Mkoba Teachers College in Gweru to show their support to the First Lady in her quest to transform the lives of vulnerable children. A packed house saw many having to patiently wait outside as they wanted to give her thumbs up for the good work she has started. Addressing the Midlands community, Cde Mnangagwa revealed...

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Govt explains command wildlife programme

The government says the command wildlife programme is not only targeting the agriculture sector but also tourism. The command livestock, fisheries and wildlife programme launched last December will decentralise wildlife enterprises from the traditional commercial farmers to individuals and other interested operators. The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the government has expanded the wildlife sector to benefit individuals, schools and other players, adding that this will also mitigate poaching activities. “We are saying if a farmer is interested, we send a team of experts to assess the ecosystem in that area and assess the...

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