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$15m revolving facility brings hope to tourism industry

Recent announcements of a $15 million revolving fund facility for the tourism industry has increased optimism within the sector which is now predicting improved arrivals next year. Increased efforts are required to make the Zimbabwean tourism product more attractive to both domestic and foreign tourists as well as big spenders from foreign markets. The extension of rebate facility to the sector for a further two years will encourage investment in upgrading relevant infrastructure and standards, said Zimbabwe Council for Tourism president Mr Tich Hwingwiri. The Zimbabwe Council for Tourism also pledged to work towards inculcating an acceptance that travel...

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Chipanga’s new album set to be a record breaker

Musician Hosiah Chipanga’s music over the years has shown that it has power to change the hearts and minds of society. Chipanga’s music has endeared himself to many Zimbabweans as the Kwachu Kwachu hit-maker said his music highlights the graft as well as other ills that face society. The man who is also popular for his dancing skills is resident in Watsomba 42 kilometres from Mutare said his musical journey started in the 1970’s but was targeted by the Rhodesian regime for lyrics deemed unsuitable. Chipanga also said his forthcoming album titled ‘Gumi Remitemo YaMwari Yakazara’ (The ten commandments...

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Banking sector deposits surge                  

Zimbabwe’s banking sector deposits have increased to $7.4 billion reflecting confidence despite cash challenges affecting the transacting public.           Banks ability to serve the interests of the transacting public on the back of cash challenges came under spotlight at the currency reforms meeting in the capital this Thursday (today).                         Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe director for economic research Mr Simon Nyarota said the banking sector deposits continue to rise.             He however said although officially the bond note is at par with the United States dollar, concern arises over its trade in other informal sectors.         “Banking sector deposits have increased but we...

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NAAZ steps up preps for Youth Olympics

The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) has stepped up efforts to ensure the country is competitive at upcoming assignments through a continuous training camp programme. The second in a series of camps taking place at the White City Stadium where 14 shortlisted athletes are undergoing sharpening. These were selected in 2014 after taking part at the COSSASA games and have been kept together to ensure podium performers are produced from them. The programme is part of the NAAZ 2020 Tokyo Olympics vision that will see the athletes taking part at the Youth Olympics games set for Argentina and...

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Eight High Court judges sworn in

Chief Justice Luke Malaba has sworn in 8 new judges, six men and two women to the High Court bench in a move expected to reduce the backlog of cases at the superior court. The eight judges sworn in are Justice Philda Muzofa, James Thompson Mabhikwa, Isaac Muzenda, Munyanyiso Wamambo, Slyvia Chirau, Benjamin Chikowero, Pisirai Kwenda and Jacob Manzunzu.  In an interview, Judge President Justice George Chiweshe said the swearing in of new judges comes at a time the High Court has a backlog of cases that needs to be reduced.  The eight new judges brings the number of...

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ZEC registers 4.3m potential voters

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has registered 4.3 million potential voters since the beginning of the biometric voter registration (BVR) process on September 14 this year. This comes as the electoral body meets the media to update them on the progress made in the BVR registration. ZEC acting chair Commissioner Emmanuel Magade said his organisation is working hard to ensure all those who want to participate in the electoral process are accommodated. Commissioner Magade revealed that the resignation of Justice Rita Makarau as ZEC chair has not in any way affected their operations adding they will cherish her work...

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Young Chevrons to leave for New Zealand

The Zimbabwe national U19 cricket side which will participate at the International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 tournament in January is winding up preparations for the global event which is held every two years, this time in New Zealand. the zimbabwe u19 cricket team, the young chevrons, is putting on final touches to their prpearations before the u19 cricket wold cuop which roars into life this january. The strong 15-member side went through their paces at Harare Sports Club in the capital under watchful eyes of veteran coach Stephen Mangongongo and his technical team. This is the 12th edition of...

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Zim volleyball teams record mixed fortunes

Zimbabwean teams have recorded mixed fortunes at the ongoing CAVB Zone VI Volleyball Club championships in Bulawayo. With exciting volleyball action characterising the championships, Zimbabwe women’s teams have proved to be the bearers of a glimmer of hope with some promising results. Harare City women are on top of Pool A with 8 points from their 3 matches, 2 clear from closest rival BDF 6 of Botswana after losing only 1 match. UZ are struggling with 3 points from their 3 matches while the Vulindlela Moyo coached Spartans who are currently sitting on third position in their group will...

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Parly holds long service awards

Long serving parliament officers were treated to an early Christmas gift when the Chamber of Mines provided a monetary token of appreciation during long service awards held by Parliament in recognition of their long service. 36 officers from Parliament were conferred with awards in recognition of their long service to the August House. Topping the long service list was Mr Christopher Sibindi who has served Parliament as a principal housekeeper for 40 years. Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda said the awards mark a milestone for officers who have dedicated most of their time to the August...

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NetOne targets 5% subscriber base growth  

State-owned mobile network provider, NetOne, is targeting to increase its active subscriber base by at least 5 percent next year as it embarks on various strategies to improve its operational viability. According to a third quarter report by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), all mobile networks registered an increase in active subscriptions with NetOne shifting upwards by 0.5 percent from 4 845 458 to 4 868 897. While the service provider recorded this marginal movement, authorities at the firm believe the strategies they have outlined for next year will push their active subscriber base by...

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