Day: January 12, 2018

Pres Mnangangwa returns from Luanda

President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has returned home from Angola says during his one day official visit to Angola explained to his counterpart Cde Joao Lourenco the circumstances that led to his assumption of the leadership of Zanu PF and the government of Zimbabwe. President Mnangagwa started his story beginning from Zanu PF interface rallies held countrywide and how the change of guard took place and in line with the supreme law of the land. Cde Mnangagwa was in Angola on his second leg of his mission to pay courtesy calls on regional leaders after assuming the leadership of Zimbabwe...

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Govt unveils $15m tourism development facility

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry have unveiled a $15 million tourism development facility targeted at boosting the operations of the sector towards doubling its foreign currency receipts. The idea of a revolving fund was mooted early 2016 following challenges cited by industry players to access funds to develop their businesses.  During an edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism Expo hosted for the first time in Bulawayo in 2016, The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke hinted to negotiations with the central bank for the setting up of...

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Maphisa experiences rapid development

Matobo Rural District Council (RDC) says land that was earmarked for the development of Maphisa Growth Point has been exhausted. This is despite the high demand for residential and commercial stands still being experienced. Maphisa Growth Point is among the fastest growing areas in Matabeleland South Province owing to economic activities such gold mining and investment in infrastructure development by locals living in neighbouring Botswana and South Africa.  So rapid is the development in Maphisa that the growth point’s boundary has been exhausted despite the continued high demand for stands. Matobo RDC chief executive officer Mr Elvis Sibanda said the local authority has come up with a concept plan which if approved by the government gives council the green light to develop infrastructure beyond its current boundary. Residents of Maphisa expressed satisfaction with the services being provided by the local authority but said employment creation and rural industrialisation should also be a priority. The community also wants to see banks, shopping centres and recreational facilities being established so that the growth point eventually becomes a town. Matabeleland South currently has three urban centres namely Gwanda, Beitbridge and...

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Mining industry tops Zim investment inflows

The mining industry attracted investments worth more than $200 million in the just ended year with expectations the relaxed indigenisation regulations will increase inflows in 2018. Despite the country experiencing subdued investment inflows averaging $500 million dollars compared to regional economies that are attracting investments valued at $2.5 billion, the mining sector is dominating Zimbabwe’s investments. The capital intensive sector attracted investments worth more than $200 million in strategic units such as gold, coal, chrome, nickel, platinum, diamonds among others, according to the 2017 mining industry survey report. Average capacity utilisation was up at 17 percent in 2017 compared...

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ED’s elections mantra to steer economic turnaround

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated pronouncement that he will deliver a free, fair and credible election has been cited as an element that will set tone for international confidence on Zimbabwe’s economic turnaround. The ZBC News interrogated on the meaning of the pronouncement and how it will assist in improving the image and perception of the country going forward. It’s a statement that has been repeated at various fora and the fact that he continues to make it part of his main agenda highlights his commitment to lead the country into a new era. Having said this stakeholders concur on...

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Revised Public Health Bill presented

The revised Public Health Bill was presented in parliament yesterday paving way for the commencement of public consultations. The new Public Health Act when adopted, will replace the 1920 law which is silent on most new health challenges such as cancers and HIV and AIDS among other ailments. Every sector is administered by an act of parliament, and delays in amending the Public Health Act was affecting provision of health care in the country. Zimbabwe is still using an act that was passed into law in 1924 and which is now very outdated as there have been changes in...

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Zim, Zambia embark on anti-cholera drive

Zimbabwe and Zambia have embarked on a joint anti-cholera initiative to ensure that the outbreak experienced in the neighbouring country does not spread to Zimbabwe through the country’s border posts. Matabeleland North provincial medical director Dr Nyasha Masuka said the Ministry of Health and Child Care is also mobilising resources to set up a cholera camp at Chinotimba Clinic in Victoria Falls to keep it ready for use in the event of an outbreak. “The reason why i have instructed them to do this, you don’t want to start running around when you have cases. You already want to...

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Bulawayo embarks on a massive rebranding exercise     

Bulawayo Provincial Minister of State Cde Angeline Masuku has embarked on an ambitious project to rebrand the City of Kings to a safe destination for investment through use of several media platform.  The rebranding exercise which is part of the government’s 100 day rapid results target will see the city establishing a functional website, provincial video promotional material and an information pack on the city that will be loaded on the website and other social media platforms.   Addressing journalists after meeting heads of parastatals at her provincial offices, Cde Masuku said she is establishing a taskforce to spearhead the...

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FC on massive fruit tree budding, grafting training

The Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe has embarked on massive fruit tree budding and grafting training to its staff members. The Forestry Commission said it has started its budding and grafting programme of fruit trees to meet their target of planting more than 5 million for the 2017 national tree planting programme. Commission’s information and communication manager Ms Violate Makoto said they have embarked on a five year fruit tree growing programme done in different phases. Staff members who went under a three-day training course in tree budding and grafting, expressed gratitude for undertaking the programme and promised to impart...

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JustNet TV plans to set up shop in Bulawayo

A Botswana based free to air television station, JustNet is planning to set a shop in Bulawayo, and will host a gospel talent search around the country. The international gospel station will set its Zimbabwean headquarters in the City of Kings with auditions set to be held across the country. The gospel talent search show auditions will commence in Bulawayo on the 13th of January, then Gweru on the 20th of this month. The team will also have auditions in Harare on the 27th of the same month and Masvingo on the 3rd of next month. JustNet television station...

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