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SAIC, ARIPO renew mou

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) of the Republic of China has renewed its memorandum of understanding with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) on the provision of capital and technical expertise. The renewal of the memorandum of understanding between SAIC and ARIPO today in Harare, is aimed at increasing technical partnerships between the two organisations. The Minister of State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China Mr Mao Zhang says the agreement is important in increasing cooperation. The renewal of the agreement will also enable ARIPO to undertake its activities in a successful manner, according to the organisation’s director general Mr Fernando dos Santos. The renewal of the mou is also among other factors expected to result in the Republic of China endorsing most of the ARIPO developmental programmes in...

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Film industry a multi-billion dollar business: Mushohwe

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe says the film industry is a multi-billion dollar sector which independent producers should fully embrace. Addressing Chipinge content creators who gathered at Goldfield Shopping Mall for the ongoing Zim digital content creators meeting, Dr Mushohwe said the film industry is poised for greater transformation. He said film industry is a multi-billion dollar industry which independent producers should embrace and run with. Dr Mushohwe said the digitalisation programme will rejuvenate and revive other sleeping economic sectors. Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) technical director Engineer Mathias Chakanyuka said the digitalisation programme has made great progress with two studios at Pockets Hill in Harare completed, the satellite uplink for signal distribution installed and the full digitalisation of six transmission sites. ZBC acting chief executive officer Mr Patrick Mavhura said the government has made huge investments in the digitalisation programme and content creators should live up to government’s expectations by generating adequate content. He added that through the digitalisation programme the film industry will become a major employment creator. Transmedia chief executive officer Mrs Florence Sigudu Matambo said the government has made great strides to ensure the successful implementation of the digitalisation programme and called for order and collective responsibility among the content creators. During the meeting content creators were shown the equipment which government has procured as part of the ongoing digitalisation investment....

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Mental health sector neglected: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the mental health sector has been neglected for long despite the enactment of the mental health act in 1996, the mental health policy in 2004 and the strategic plan for mental health services designed to effectively implement all the regulations. On the 7th of April, Zimbabwe will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Health Day and this year stakeholders are focusing on key issues to tackle mental health in the country. WHO country representative Dr David Okello noted that mental health is one condition that does not take up a lot of resources, and the medication is very affordable. It has been noted that people with mental health illnesses, are not accessing health facilities or shy away due to the stigmas associated with the health conditions. Zimbabwe has two dedicated mental health institutions, Ingutsheni in Bulawayo and Ngomahuru in Masvingo and all major referral hospitals have psychiatric units to cater for mentally ill patients. Zimbabwe has a national mental health policy in place whose major aim is to harmonise mental health activities and improve quality of care of those living with mental disorders. The policy provides a framework within which mental health programmes, projects and activities are designed, implemented, monitored and...

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SA golfer Mistry breaks own record

Young South African female golfer Kajal Mistry, broke her own course record of 69 when she shot 67 on the third day of the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge at the Royal Harare Golf Club. The 16 year old was true to her word on Tuesday that she looked forward to breaking more records during the four-day tournament. The All Africa Junior Golf Challenge has seen top junior golfers go head to head for a place at the prestigious annual Toyota World Junior Golf championships in Japan later this year. Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association girls team is trailing leaders South Africa by 57 points. Symone Henriques hit two under par 70, Kleigh Telfar three over 75. Zimbaabwe captain Danielle Bekker, shot 11 over 83, Emily Jones shot 87 and Margaret Nyamukondiwa 78 going into the final round. Favourites SA boys on Thursday (today) went 15 shots ahead of Lucca Phillipi hitting an aggressive five under par  67 for the second time, Christa Lamprecht par 72, Jayden Scaper and Garrick Higgo one over 73. Zimbabwe’s David Amm one under 71, Justin Kirsten six over 78, stroke-play champion Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa was three over...

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Industrial index records marginal loss

The industrial index was marginally lower by 0.03 points to settle at 138.75 points as two counters lost ground while the mining index traded flat. OK Zimbabwe shed 0.50 cents to close at 6.10 cents while Simbisa eased 0.10 cents to trade at 17.00 cents. Heavyweights Delta, Innscor and Seedco traded unchanged at 86.00 cents, 45.00 cents and 93.00 in that order. Losses were countered by gains in Old Mutual which gained 0.87 cents to 353.37 cents and Hippo advanced by 0.85 cents to end at 39.00 cents. Colcom added 0.75 cents to settle at 37.25 cents, Meikles put on 0.74 cents to 12.00 cents while PPC was 0.50 cents stronger at 63.00 cents. The mining index was flat at 53.94 points. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 3.00 cents, 1.00 cents, 2.90 cents and 34.05 cents in that...

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NSSA to launch three voluntary contributory schemes

The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) is set to launch a voluntary contributory scheme for the informal sector in the third quarter of this year while the health insurance scheme will also be unveiled during the course of the year. The three schemes set to be launched will ignite hope among pensioners that the NSSA is living to its billing of providing safety nets to the country’s citizens. With 94.5 percent of the active labour force operating in the informal sector, it is prudent for the NSSA to tap into the volumes presented by the informal sector hence the coming on board of a voluntary scheme for the informal sector. Work is underway to come up with models to determine the funding levels required for contributions and benefits. The national health insurance scheme is also being worked on though there is need for buy-in within the insurance sector. Besides the three schemes, the NSSA is also restructuring its workforce as a way of reducing operational costs. The funeral benefits enhancement payouts of up-to US$500 will be introduced next month which is also a plus to pensioners. The NSSA has been under the spotlight owing to what has been perceived to be wrong investment decisions which has seen most of the shopping malls...

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Be innovative, business leaders told

Government has called upon business leaders to be innovative so as to enhance competitiveness and stimulate economic growth. As industry explores ways to overcome the slowdown in trade against a rise in e-commerce, government has called for business leaders to be more innovative. Officiating at the annual business leadership and enterprise competitiveness summit, Harare Metropolitan Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Mirriam Chikukwa said innovation is key if Zimbabwe is to beneficiate products as outlined in the ZIM ASSET blueprint and SADC industrialisation agenda 2030. Top business leaders were awarded for groundbreaking achievements in their respective areas with Seedco Zimbabwe managing director Mr Denias Zaranyika who is also African Seed Trade Association president getting the top business leader award for the agriculture sector. Mr Zaranyika said his organisation sees opportunities to feed the nation where others see hunger. Chitungwiza Central Hospital chief executive officer Mr Obadiah Moyo was awarded top business leader in the health category highlighting that the award comes at a time the organisation is striving to be a centre for excellence in treatment of kidney problems. Leaders in construction, mining, transport and public service were also recognized. Business leadership and enterprise competitiveness summit organiser Mr Kingstone Khanyile said the modern business landscape calls for collaboration between traditional players and new stream thinkers to transform industries into sustainable growth...

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Govt committed to offer youths skills training programmes

The government says it is committed to maximise youth contribution to social and economic development through skills training programmes. This was revealed by the Minister of State for Psychomotor Activities in Education in the Office of the President and Cabinet Honourable Josiah Hungwe at the Robotics Science and Intellectual Property Rights (RSIP) Festival held at Courtney Selous Primary School in Harare. Speaking at the second edition of the science festival initiated by the YES Network Organisation in partnership with robotics clubs, Cde Hungwe highlighted the importance of equipping young pupils with practical skills adding that the RSIP programme promotes creativity, critical thinking and skills development in children. Various schools, both primary and secondary had their scientific artefacts on display. The government through the STEM initiative is on a drive to promote the practical learning of science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics under the new...

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Zim urged to close research, development gap

Africa as a whole and Zimbabwe in particular  has been urged to develop skills to close the research and development gap in African health care systems. Speaking during a two-day workshop with the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher and tertiary education in Nyanga, the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) chief executive officer Mr Fredrick Mandizvidza said Africa continues to lag behind due to its lack of investment in health care systems. Mr Mandizvidza said only one percent of drugs developed from 1975 to 2004 treat diseases that are prevalent in Africa that include HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and cholera. The chairman of the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher and tertiary education, science and technology development Dr Peter Mataruse said diseases like ebola wreaked havoc in Africa because the continent is not developing medicines that are customised to the African continent. Acting principal director for academic affairs in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Mr Johnsai Dewah said as a ministry they continue to invest in research and development. Some Zimbabweans are now medical tourists because of insufficient funding for research and development locally. This is the situation that ZIMDEF is working flat out to overturn via the STEM...

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Football fans warned against hooliganism

With the long awaited start of the 2017 top flight football league set for the weekend, the league has called upon fans to desist from unruly behaviour that affects the clubs when they are fined for crowd trouble. A full calendar is lined up for the weekend with six fixtures pencilled for Saturday and a further three set for Sunday in a season opening weekend that will see 306 season matches being played compared to last year’s 240 following the increase of the league’s teams from 16 to 18. There are indications that deliberations with responsible stakeholders are currently underway to have some of the matches being played at night. Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele called upon fans to accept all manner of results and carry themselves well during the season to ensure a smooth and entertaining season. Clubs have been also called upon to come up with effective fans education programmes as a way of reducing crowd trouble at stadiums. As the premiership this year celebrates 25 years of existence, a number of exhibitions have been lined up as a way of paying tribute to those who played a part in the laying of the bricks to construct the league. News of an unchanged gate fee charges with negotiations for reduction will also come as sweet news to football faithfuls who have to fork out...

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