Author: ZBC News Online

Cde Chipanga apologises to ZDF Commander

Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga has apologised to the Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Chiwenga and the top hierarchy of the army over utterances he made about the ZDF Commander and the army yesterday. He told the ZBC News this evening that he was ill-advised to read a statement which had neither been written or originated by the Youth League. “Public apology to the ZDF Commander General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga, ZNA Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshall Perrence Shiri, the entire ZDF and the generality of Zimbabweans...

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Zim inflation rate rises to 2,24 percent

Zimbabwe’s rate of inflation for October rose to 2,24 percent, reflecting the impact of unjustified price increments for basic commodities in the economy. Data obtained from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) today indicate that prices increased by 2,24 percent between October last year and October 2017. The information also shows that the spate of price increases during the month under review had also created inflationary pressures, with an economist Mr Ignatious Matungamire saying a workable policy on price stability is therefore required. The rise in inflation is also a wake-up call to fiscal and monetary authorities in reviewing...

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US lifts trophy import ban

The United States Fish and Wildlife Services has made a recommendation which has seen the uplifting of the ban on the elephant hunting and importation of the trophy to the USA. The announcement was made at the African Wildlife Consultative Forum currently under way in Arusha, Tanzania. The latest development means Americans can now hunt elephants in the country and import into their country elephant trophies up to the year 2018. The move serves as a relief to the Campfire programme, under which several communities were suffering loss of human lives, livestock and property. Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe...

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2017-18 agric season begins on high note

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made says the 2017-2018 agricultural season, which has been predicted to have normal rains, has begun on a good note despite the irrigated tobacco crop having been damaged by hailstorms. The hailstorms have also affected the wheat crop which was on the fields due to inadequate number of combine harvesters. Regarding the preparedness for the cropping season, Dr Made said 1.8 million households have been targeted for the Presidential Input Scheme in terms of maize and small grains. The scheme has also seen the addition of soya beans for...

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Goods train derails in Mutare

A Harare-bound goods train has derailed in Mutare. Eyewitnesses said the train went off the rails at around 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon in the area between Chikanga Phase 2 and Sakubva Devonhare. The goods train was carrying an assortment of cargo in 12 loaded containers, when seven of the wagons went off the rails. NRZ Spokesperson, Mr Nyasha Maravanyika said preliminary investigations show that the derailment occurred on the main line linking Mutare to Harare and repair works are expected to be completed this Friday. About 250 meters of rail have been damaged. Despite the apparent danger, many of those at the scene of the derailment could be seen scavenging for wheat under the train as well as on the sides of the railway track. For others, it was a chance to take selfies as well as to take a look at what the rest of the train’s cargo looks...

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Glenview carpenters want better complex

Traders at the Glenview 8 furniture complex have called on relevant authorities to help them construct proper storage facilities for their wares as property worth thousands of dollars risk being lost this rainy season. The importance of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector is well recognised worldwide due to its significant contribution to gratifying various socio-economic objectives such as higher growth of employment, promotion of exports and nurturing entrepreneurship. Access to finance has been identified as a key element for SMEs to succeed in their drive to build a productive capacity as well as contribute to poverty alleviation...

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ZNA hosts peace support operations seminar

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Headquarters 4 Infantry Brigade in Masvingo is currently hosting a 3-day Peace Support Operations Seminar, with participants drawn from various formations and units within the ZNA. The seminar will see participants discussing an array of subjects which include peace, support operations doctrine and planning as well as training for peace support operations, among others. Officially opening the seminar, ZNA Chief of Staff – Quarter Master Staff, Major General Sibusiso Moyo, who delivered a speech on behalf of ZNA Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, said the ZNA was and is still involved in countless peace support operations in countries that include Angola, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Napal.  He said the deliberations being done at the seminar should prepare the officers for the peace support operation exercise they will do as a formation next year. He reminded the officers that cultural ethics are an important component in peace support operations, highlighting that language barriers, cultural, social and religious differences are delicate issues that need to be carefully handled as failure to do so may result in dire consequences which may jeopardise...

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PSL results

Ngezi Platinum 2-2 Chicken Inn  Bulawayo City   0-2 Dynamos  Tsholotsho 0- 1 FC Platinum CAPS United 1-0 Yadah FC Harare City 0-1 Black Rhinos  Shabanie Mine 1-0 Hwange  ZPC Kariba 1-1 Triangle United Chapungu 2-0 Bantu...

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Establish credit coops, SMEs urged      

Small and medium enterprises in Matabeleland South province have been challenged to establish savings and credit cooperatives as a way of addressing the problem of funding faced by the SMEs sector. The women empowerment fund, horticulture fund, cross border and gold mining funds are among some of the facilities that are meant to assist SMEs to recapitalise their businesses through the provision of loans. However, most SMEs in the province have been complaining about the conditions attached to the loans, the short repayment periods for servicing loans as well as the unaffordable interest rates. The Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-Operative Development provincial officer Mr Richmond Ncube encouraged SMEs to create savings and credit co-operatives so that they can operate on their own terms. Mvelapanda Co-operative which runs a citrus plantation in Beitbridge still feels there is need for the government to fully support the SMEs sector which is contributing significantly to the country’s economy. There are currently 500 SMEs registered by the Ministry of SMEs in Matabeleland South province. These are in the agriculture, mining, retailing, manufacturing sectors among...

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Diabetes: Huge challenge to modern society          

Diabetes has become a big health concern in modern society with an estimated 10 percent affected by the disease. High costs of medication and lack of awareness militate against efforts to manage the condition. Some of the major challenges facing diabetes patients have been cited as high cost of medication and low awareness leading to late detection of the disease. Ms Locadia Gwara (72) who has lived with the condition for 30 years says she has to procure drugs at private pharmacies since they are rarely found at government hospitals with the bill occasionally running to nearly US$30 per...

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