Day: January 10, 2018

Zanu PF sets up team to deal with price hikes

The Zanu PF Politburo has set up an adhoc committee chaired by Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga to study and come up with solutions on rampant increases in the prices of basic goods. This was confirmed by Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo at the end of the party’s 315th Ordinary Session of the Politburo at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare this evening. Cde Khaya Moyo said the Politburo resolved to deal decisively with the issue of price increases. “The President, His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa warned economic saboteurs that their days...

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Playwright, Moyo produces sterling movie

A Bulawayo playwright, Russell Moyo has joined the league of upcoming artists by producing a sterling movie titled: ‘Turning Point.’ The movie was produced mainly with the aim of entertaining and educating youths as well as being an inspiration to single mothers. The young writer said he was inspired by a number of both local and international writers including Tyler Perry. The young writer advised other upcoming play writers to take their work seriously so that their products can be noticed. Apart from the movie, Moyo has also produced stage plays namely: ‘Resolution,’ ‘Transition’ and ‘Third...

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Small miners wreak havoc in Midlands

Open pits left behind by small scale miners in several parts of the Midlands Province have become an environmental hazard, threatening both human and livestock lives. Just a few metres off the road linking Shurugwi and Zvishavane towns, small scale miners are digging up to 10m deep pits. It is not only human life under threat but even livestock which has known most of the places as their pastures.  The sight of deep open pits and gullies, an end result of unsustainable mining activities is a challenge which local authorities are grappling with.  The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is...

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Roads rehab in Midlands stalls

The road resurfacing project in Mkoba suburb, Gweru had been stalled following non-payment of the contractor, while limited resources also contributed to the failure by Kwekwe Municipality to undertake a comprehensive road rehabilitation venture. “Delayed payments of the contractor, who was rehabilitating our roads saw the project being abandoned midway,” Gweru Mayor, Councillor Charles Chikozho said during a stakeholders’ meeting in Gweru. Kwekwe Mayor, Mr Matenda Madzoke also bemoaned the sorry state of tarred roads in most suburbs in the province and appealed for resources to re-gravel some of the roads while road authorities mobilise resources to tar the...

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ADB water project excites Hre residents

Harare residents are set to benefit from water and sanitation projects being undertaken by the African Development Bank (ADB) to the tune of $8 million under the ZimFund. Harare residents say they are eager to see the completion of the ZimFund phase 2 water and sanitation projects which will ensure that they get clean water. Residents, who spoke to the ZBC News in Kuwadzana 4 during a tour of the projects by ADB officials, said water supplies are inconsistent and they are also experiencing sewage pipe bursts every day. ADB Manager, Engineer Emmanuel Nzabanita said the phase two project...

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Govt to irrigate 200ha in all districts

The government is set to put 200 hectares under irrigation in every district to evade the effects of climate change while boosting food security countrywide. The programme will run for the next 10 years with a view to restore the country’s bread basket status. The Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri told villagers in Shamva that funds for the projects have been availed which will see more green belts across the country being set up for the benefit of communities. Irrigation schemes have proved to be the way to go considering the...

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Lands commission appeals for funding

The Zimbabwe Lands Commission says the government should seek ways of funding its programmes as the commission is lagging behind in implementing land use audits, among other key functions. A post budget  presentation made before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement by the Zimbabwe Lands Commission highlighted the constraints it is facing to effectively discharge some of its core functions that are critical to promote the growth of the country’s agriculture sector. Despite the national budget allocating 7 percent towards agriculture, the requirements of various arms under this ministry have not been sufficiently covered. A...

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Farmers lose out from banana by-products

Global breakthroughs in the utilisation of banana by-products such as peels, leaves and stalks in various food and non-food applications, have not benefited most local farmers who continue to lose out on the value of these. In areas such as Honde Valley, farmers have no option but to pack their bananas in sacks, destined for Mbare vegetable market in Harare and Sakubva in Mutare, among other markets where the buyer determines the price. Farmers in Nyahoda, Honde Valley said theirs is a vicious circle that has highly prejudiced them. A sack of bananas weighing between 75kg and 100 kg...

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Harare City prioritises water, roads

Harare City Council has prioritised improving the water reticulation system, rehabilitation of roads and construction of bus ranks around the city in their 100 day rapid results initiative. Issues of Harare’s water quality, poor roads and congestion by commuter operators in the central business district have been a major cause for concern for residents, with the local authority being blamed for poor service delivery. In its 100 day rapid results initiative, the Harare City Council Acting Town Clerk, Engineer Hosiah Chisango said they are targeting to rehabilitate filters at Morton Jaffray water treatment works and embark on a pipe...

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Chiredzi villagers look up to new govt

For rural communities, the coming on of the rains signifies the birth of a promising season for both humans, plants and animals, but for communities in Chilonga, Chiredzi the rains, though essential, spell out constant headaches as this means they will be cut off from essential services due to bad road network. Chilonga Bridge is among the infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Eline in 2000. Since then, many lives continue to be lost as motorists gamble to cross the low lying bridge, which easily becomes submerged in water during heavy rainy seasons.  Last year, it took close to six months...

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