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Consumers bemoan cost of digital services

Zimbabwe will mark World Consumer Rights Day this Wednesday, amid concern over the high cost of digital services. High internet service charges, slow speeds, limited infrastructure and unfair contract terms will feature on the agenda for the World Consumer Rights Day set for this Wednesday. Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) Executive Director, Ms Rosemary Siyachitema said the digital world is evolving fast but consumer protection is always lagging behind. “Our concern and focus are issues to do with internet connectivity and all things digital. We need digital networks which are accessible, affordable, reliable and safe,” she said. The consumer rights celebrations are held globally on the 15th of March each year and draw attention to consumers’ concerns in different service sectors. This year’s commemorations are running under the theme: ‘Building Digital World Consumers Can...

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Major blow for debt-ridden Mutasa

Former cabinet minister, Didymus Mutasa and his wife, Getrude Sthembile Mutasa’s urgent chamber application challenging the attachment of their property over a US$27 000 debt from outstanding legal fees has been thrown out by the High Court. Mutasa allegedly owes Nyakutombwa Mugabe Legal Counsel for services rendered in 2015 when he was challenging his ouster from Zanu PF. The Sheriff of the High Court attached a Range Rover Sport and several other household movables from his Umwinsdale home to auction it and recover the debt. Mutasa is contesting the amount. Through his lawyers, Mwonzora and Associates, Mutasa filed an...

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Propose bankable climate mitigation projects: Minister

Zimbabwe needs to be aggressive in putting up bankable project proposals that can attract financing from multi-lateral organisations for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The call was made by the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri at a meeting to guide policy makers, development practitioners and experts who deal with climate financing institutions. “There are nearly 20 financial institutions, among them, Africa Development Bank, Adaptation Fund, World Bank, Green Climate Fund and International Climate Initiative, ready to provide technical and financial support to developing countries. This therefore calls for Zimbabweans to put up aggressive bankable climate change project proposals so that the country can access climate funding,” said Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri. The recent floods that destroyed millions of dollars worth of infrastructure, drowning humans and wildlife was an eye opener and a wake-up call for Zimbabwe to work hard and access financing for climate change adaptation and...

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Caps hold TP Mazembe in DRC

Zimbabwe’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, Caps United drew 1-all with TP Mazembe of the DRC in a first round first leg match played at the Stade TP Stadium in Lubumbashi. Caps United, who arrived in DRC this morning in a chartered flight, got the all important away goal courtesy of Abbas Amidu’s 44 seconds strike. The reigning PSL champions are expected back home later tonight. The second leg tie is set for the National Sports Stadium next...

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Zambia lift U-20 AFCON

Zambia lifted the under-20 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Senegal 2-nil in the final at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. For Senegal, it was a tale of double disappointment having lost the 2015 final on home soil against Nigeria. In the earlier match, Guinea came from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 and earn bronze. The top four teams at the tournament qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will await the draw on 15 March in South...

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Zanu PF Harare happy with turnout at audits

The ruling Zanu PF party has expressed satisfaction with the turnout registered in all districts in Harare Province for the on-going audit and verification exercise which commenced this weekend. In Tafara 1 South and Amai Grace Mugabe districts in ward 20, Tafara Mabvuku constituency, Zanu PF supporters gathered to update their names on the party register, while new members were also being registered. Zanu PF Harare Provincial Political Commissar, Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe, commended the revolutionary party’s supporters for the impressive turnout. The verification exercise is being conducted countrywide to mobilise supporters and to strengthen party structures ahead of the 2018 harmonised election. The whole exercise is expected to be complete by end of this month. Cde Mashayamombe said in Harare Province, almost 70 percent of the wards and districts have indicated that they are almost through with the registration and verification...

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5000 tourists benefit from KAZA univisa facility

Nearly 5000 tourists have to date used the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) univisa facility which Zambia and Zimbabwe revived and re-started from the 21st of December last year when the two countries signed a new memorandum of understanding. The KAZA univisa facility facilitates entry and exit of tourists from 65 countries in group ‘b’ of visa regime in the two countries using one visa obtained either side. Giving an update on the implementation of the KAZA univisa programme at a media briefing in Harare, the Principal Director – Immigration, Mr Clemence Masango said the new facility started...

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ZBC auditions spill into day 2

Auditions for news presenters of national languages spilled into day two at ZBC Montrose Studios in Bulawayo due to the overwhelming response from the public. The national broadcaster now has news presenters in nine minority languages namely: Xhosa, Ndau, Kalanga, Chewa, Tshangani, Venda, Sotho, Tonga and Nambya that will be based at Montrose Studios. ZBC News caught up with some participants who had made it to the presenters pool and were ecstatic about their achievements. They promised to give it their all when they eventually appear on television presenting news. Some of the participants who did not make it...

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Women entrepreneurs urged to train in marketing

Women in the informal sector have been called upon to empower themselves through training in marketing skills for their businesses to grow. Several business women in the informal sector, most of them, widows, received a boost following the completion of a training programme in entrepreneurship. One of the speakers at a belated International Women’s Day ceremony held in Harare, Mrs Florence Chaurura urged women in small businesses to be bold and daring so as to improve their businesses. The Minister of State for Harare Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, commended the businesswomen and pledged government’s commitment to ensure an enabling and peaceful environment conducive for business. The five months intensive training course was designed to equip women, most of whom had never attended formal education, with skills in running successful businesses. The women received certificates after completing the training...

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Freeman works on new album

Seasoned Zimdancehall artist, Energy Chizanga, popularly known by his stage name ‘Freeman,’ says he is working on a new album set to be released in June this year. Speaking to the ZBC News soon after giving a polished performance at PHD Ministries youth conference this Friday, Freeman promised his fans fireworks with his upcoming album that he is working on. “My upcoming album will prove why I am one of the best Zimdancehall artists,” he said. Commenting on his performance at a Christian gathering, Freeman said unlike the misconception by many that Zimdancehall is demonic, his music carries a message to all youths including Christians. His current album: Mangoma Ihobho, which was released in 2016 has been well received with some of the songs such as Zvakaipa Itai Ndisiye, Hello and Happy Time dominating the local music...

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