Day: February 17, 2018

ZIFA holds AGM

The Zimbabwe Football Association’s (ZIFA) general assembly today met in the capital to map a way forward on the back of widespread concerns over the contentious issue surrounding elections. Following lengthy deliberations congress resolved to lift the suspension of Peter Dube with immediate effect with notification made on the end of Cecilia Gambe’s suspension. The 2016 audited financial statements were ratified by congress with the 2017 budget adopted. There was also the approval of appointments of the electoral committee and appeals committee although names of members in the committees are yet to be publicised. Also tabled at the meeting...

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Govt hailed for reducing domestic violence

Gender activist has commended government and its partners for increased awareness on domestic violence issues that have seen more cases being reported. Statistics show that one in three women in the country have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, a figure which confirms that violence against women is still high. Chairperson of Women of Valour Memory Mamhiyo applauded government and non-governmental organisations for the role they are playing in reducing cases of domestic violence through continuous awareness campaigns that have given communities the confidence to report these vices. Zimbabwe has enacted laws which protect both women, children...

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Special livestock, fisheries, wildlife prog launched

Vice President Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga has officially launched a $300 million special livestock, fisheries and wildlife programme in Insiza, Matabeleland South Province. The development is expected to revive the national herd and improve food security and nutrition in the southern regions of the country. The dreams of farmers in Matabeleland region to boost their local economies that are anchored on cattle rearing is now within reach after the government officially launched the special livestock, fisheries and wildlife programme at Skuta Business Centre in Insiza today. The $300 million programme will see government sourcing $220 million from the private...

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$17m marble polishing factory unveilled

Vice President Kembo Mohadi has officially opened a $17 million marble cutting and polishing factory established by Yadah Connect, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. A call has been made for industry to reawaken following years of idleness and local citizens are also taking the drive with Yadah Connect setting up a marble cutting and polishing factory. “The new dispensation has ushered in a friendly business environment which is open to both local and foreign investors,” said Vice President Mohadi, who was the guest of honour at the official opening. The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development...

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Zim to stamp out credit risks    

Zimbabwe’s information on credit status for companies and individuals is expected to improve as the credit registry system now has more than 385 000 banking sector records of companies and households. Gone are the days when people would tamper with credit facilities as the central bank has put in mechanisms to stamp out loan defaulters, check credit limits and monitor credit worthiness of clients. The credit registry has captured more than 385 000 corporates and individuals as at 17 February, according to latest central bank data seen by the ZBC News over the weekend. Agribank chief economist Mr Joseph Mverecha said the credit registry was long overdue as South Africa and developed economies have achieved success through the system.  “We are really grateful to what is happening and we hope more can be done to unlock the value of credit facilities within the country,” he said. The stamping out of credit risks is also aimed at ensuring the banking sector operates on a safe and viable climate thereby reducing net exposure to bad debts that have been hindering growth. Statistics show that non performing loans had increased to more than 20 percent due to loan defaulters whoever most of them where then absorbed by the Zimbabwe Asset Management Company...

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EFZ launches ‘Pray Register Vote’ campaign

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) has launched the #prayregistervote campaign which seeks to encourage Christians to be part of the election process. EFZ General Secretary, Pastor Blessing Makwara said the #prayregistervote campaign is part of efforts to complementing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in mobilising and empowering the evangelicals and  pentecostals to actively participate in this year’s harmonised elections. “Stakeholders must collaborate towards preventing the risk of a violently contested election as part of the journey of rebuilding hope, confidence and stability in the country,” he said. The event was attended by heads of denominations, pastors, leaders of civil society and development...

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Innovation hubs for 6 state universities

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development is set to construct innovation hubs at 6 state universities this year. Speaking during a tour at the Solusi University in Matabeleland South, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira gave a brief analysis on the state of affairs and the benefits that universities will accrue from this initiative. Professor Murwira further explained that colleges and universities should work towards maintaining their purpose which is achieving their role as learning entities in order to ensure that there is productivity in the...

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Major boost for UBH, Mpilo Hospital

A diasporan charity organisation sought funds through fundraising and managed to buy medical equipment and goods worth US$50 000 which were handed to Mpilo Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH). The charity organisation, Impilo Revival founded by United Kingdom based, Mrs Judith Olonga handed over a bulk consignment of hospital consumables. Mrs Olonga revealed her foundation was formed with an objective to support hospitals after she realised services were deteriorating due to shortages of equipment. The honourable Member of Parliament for Makokoba Cde Tshinga Dube thanked the organisation for its generous gesture and urged other Zimbabweans local and abroad...

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All set for the NAMA awards

All is now set for the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) ceremony to be held this evening at the Reps Theatre in Harare. Top performers in the arts industry will tonight be awarded for their outstanding work at the 17th edition of the NAMA. A total of 96 nominees were announced with 32 awards on the offing while 4 will be special recognitions. Among the nominees are Jah Prayzah who will battle for the best male musician with Trevor Dongo and fellow Military Touch Movement artist Exq. Ammara Brown, Janet Manyowa and Selmor Mtukudzi are lined up as nominees...

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Behaviour, mindset change the way to go

Behaviour and mindset change towards environmental issues is the only way to creating a clean and safe environment, a government minister has said. Environment problems have increased over the years despite the efforts by the government to reduce these challenges that include climate change, biodiversity loss, illegal waste dumping, deforestation, poaching and veld fires among others. Speaking during the Green Valentine dinner held in the capital on Friday, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said government is working with stakeholders to ensure the reduction of environmental challenges through awareness on behaviour change. Minister of State for Harare...

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