Day: February 14, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: SA President Zuma resigns

President Jacob Zuma has announced his resignation as President of South Africa with immediate effect. Mr Zuma made the announcement during an address to the nation televised by nearly all global media organisations around 2300 hours local time today. Zuma has been at the helm of South Africa since 2009. His resignation comes after his party the ruling African National Congress had ordered him to step down by end of day today (Wednesday) or face a no-confidence vote in parliament this Thursday. Mr Zuma’s presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption which he has always vehemently denied. In...

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MDC-T leader, Tsvangirai dies

Former Prime Minister and MDC-T President, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has died. Reports from South Africa say Mr Tsvangirai died this evening in South Africa where he has been receiving treatment for colon cancer. MDC-T Vice President, Elias Mudzuri confirmed the news on his Twitter account, while the party’s Acting President Nelson Chamisa told the ZBC News in a telephone interview that the party’s National Executive Council will meet tomorrow to discuss what has befallen the party.   The former Premier, who served in government during the inclusive government from 2009 to 2013, disclosed that he had been diagnosed with colon...

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Depositors with collapsed banks compensated

A total of 11744 out of 54909 depositors of six collapsed banks have each been compensated up to $500 from the Deposit Protection Fund. Official data seen by the ZBC News today indicate the depositors of the collapsed banks were being paid a maximum of five hundred dollars with the remainder of the savings being mobilised through liquidation processes or even the sale of assets of the failed banks. It also shows that in monetary terms, a total of $3,2 million has been paid out to depositors, reflecting a 50 percent net exposure from the total of $6,4 million...

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Resolve water impasse, Kwekwe, Redcliff urged

The Minister of State for the Midlands Province, Cde Owen Ncube has encouraged Kwekwe and Redcliff towns to devise ways of addressing water problems which has seen Redcliff going for years without constant supply. The call comes after Kwekwe Town Council suspended water supplies to Redcliff over unpaid debt. Redcliff depends on Kwekwe for its water supplies but has been receiving erratic water supplies over the years due to its ballooning debt which is currently hovering above $3 million. The continued erratic water supplies in Redcliff have raised fears of an outbreak of water borne diseases. Addressing a joint meeting between Kwekwe and Redcliff town councils, Cde Ncube said local authorities have a mandate to serve citizens by providing quality and efficient service delivery and encouraged the two local authorities to work together towards find a common ground that will ensure people in Redcliff have constant quality supply of the precious liquid. Kwekwe Mayor, Matenda Madzoke urged the Redcliff Mayor and his team to devise means and ways of settling their skyrocketing debt, pointing out that Kwekwe cannot continue squeezing its residents to pay for services being offered to Redcliff residents. Cde Ncube reiterated that the new administration is seized with the rehabilitation and development of infrastructure which is an essential catalyst in any meaningful development. Meanwhile, ZISCO employees have started receiving some money from government which will hopefully...

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Cancer cases among children on the increase

Cancer cases among children continue to increase globally with 80% of children diagnosed in Zimbabwe dying due to late detection and lack of funds for treatment. Late detection, lack of free diagnostic tests and free chemotherapy drugs are cited as major stumbling blocks in fighting cancer among children. The message was highlighted during the launch of an Orange Week to raise awareness on child cancers and raise funds towards treatment of children with cancer. The Deputy Director for Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Justice Mudavanhu said despite limited resources, they are working on...

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Nestle to increase Zim investment

The world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestle, which is headquartered in Switzerland, has pledged to fulfill the government’s re-industrialisation aims by increasing its investment portfolio in Zimbabwe. Nestle Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) on quality of products this week, and is looking at consolidating its operations within the country. The company’s Managing Director for Equatorial Africa Region, Mr Ben Ndiaye told the ZBC News on the sidelines of the signing ceremony that there are still vast opportunities to increase and develop operations in Zimbabwe. “We are looking for more...

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Community soldiers on with school dream

The quest to provide education against all odds has seen a community on the boundaries of Mberengwa and Masvingo going to great lengths.  It all began with the establishment of a satellite school which has become an oasis of hope in a literally dry land. No one had ever imagined a school where pupils frequently go out of class to embark on a 4km journey just to drink water and then come back to continue lessons.   This is the story of Machingwe, a secondary school established in 2014 to cater for children in Mberengwa South, North, West and Masvingo.  The community, however has not been deterred as it dreams that one day, it will complete the school so that their children may get the much desired education.  The road to the three blocks currently standing is testimony that it has not been an easy road, according to the School Development Committee (SDC) Chairperson, Mr Tapiwa Nkomo. It is the pride of what has been achieved which keeps this community optimistic that one day Machingwe Secondary School will be complete.  Never mind the fact that the teachers at the school even have to live in borrowed accommodation from a nearby primary school which is 2.5 kilometres away, or that facilities such as well maintained sports grounds for learners or running water are still a pipedream, some ground has been covered...

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Civil Protection Department on high alert

The Civil Protection Department says it is on high alert for any eventualities in the face of the heavy rains currently being experience in the country. The department is however concerned with the rising cases of people drowning, which stands at 49 since October 2017. Director in the department, Mr Nathan Nkomo told the ZBC News that seven deaths have also been recorded due to lightning. According to the department’s catalogue on rainfall incidents, 512 homesteads have been damaged while 230 hectares of maize and 70 hectares of tobacco were destroyed by incessant...

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Jah Prayzah, Jah Cure collabo out

Musician Jah Prayzah has launched a new single titled: ‘Angel Lo,’ which features Jamaican top reggae star, Jah Cure. The single has since been described by fans as the best work of art. Following a number of other collaborations with some African music superstars including Yemi Alade and Davido of Nigeria, Diamond Platinumz of Tanzania, Mafikizolo from South Africa and Luciano from Jamaica, Jah Prayzah one again looked beyond Zimbabwe in coming up with the smashing collaboration with Jah Cure. The single has so far been commended by many of his fans on its first unveiling day on the social media platform, Youtube. Speaking during the launch of the song that was shot in Barcelona, Spain and produced by DJ Tamuka, Jah Prayzah said he will continue coming up with quality videos that are of world standard. The collaboration is a mile stone in raising the country’s flag in as far as the music industry is concerned. Jah Cure remains one of the best reggae stars in Jamaica and is known for some of his hit songs such as: ‘Unconditional Love’ and ‘From My...

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Business confidence index improves

Business confidence in the country has recorded a massive improvement in the fourth quarter of 2017, reflecting optimism by the business community to various pronouncements and policy reforms under the new administration. According to latest data released by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) today, the composite business confidence index recovered from the third quarter level of -29. 6 to 5.8 in the period under review, indicating the positivity that is prevailing within the business market. The purchasers managers index has also improved and now stands above 50, signaling the best results ever recorded by the industrial body under this...

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