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Plumtree commends diaspora support

Zimbabweans in the diaspora have been commended for the critical role they are playing towards the development of Plumtree through various investments in the socio and economic sectors. Contrary to widely held beliefs that Zimbabweans living in South Africa and Botswana are neglecting investment back home, groups of locals in the diaspora have formed networks whose role is to mobilise resources to send back home for the improvement of social services. Bulilima Rural District Council chief executive officer Mr John Brown Ncube said the district has made significant strides in the attainment of the objectives of the ZIM ASSET blueprint owing to the overwhelming support received from Zimbabweans working in the diaspora. Apart from investing in the area of housing and establishing business ventures in the border town, there is also interest by Zimbabweans in the UK to partner Plumtree Town Council in the construction of a private hospital at Hebron low density suburb. The local authority is inviting investors to take up a 17 000 square metre piece of land that has been set aside for the construction of a shopping mall. It is also luring a South African company to establish a solar farm, a project which is expected to augment the town’s electricity...

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Riot act for rural local authorities

A top government official has warned executives from rural authorities against meddling in politics at the expense of service delivery saying those who fail to deliver will be shown the exit door. The government has read the riot act to executives of rural authorities who for long have been found wanting in embezzlement of funds, meddling in politics and awarding themselves hefty salaries at the expense of service delivery. Addressing rural local authorities for the first time after being appointed, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage, Mr George Magosvongwe...

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Plastic money usage: Rural set up disadvantaged

Challenges in plastic money transactions may be similar across the country but they are also unique in terms of location and intended use. In the Midlands area of Zvishavane, the people say by virtue of most of them coming from rural areas, challenges include connectivity and general low uptake of the method of payment, among other headaches. “Imagine you want to pay your cattle herder, buy tomatoes from your neighbour or catch a bus to town? Yes, plastic money is ideal if you are in an urban setting but might be very difficult if one lives in the rural...

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Women urged to take up leadership positions

Women have been urged to take up leadership positions so that they can protect their voice in society and become active participants in driving the national agenda. In an endeavour to explore ways on how to reduce the gender leadership gap, women in  decision making positions drawn from various sectors in Mashonaland Central Province gathered in Bindura for a consultative meeting dubbed: ‘Strengthening Women’s Leadership in Public Administration, Independent Commissions and Civil Society Organisations.’ Participants at the meeting highlighted several barriers they said continue to hinder the participation of women in leadership roles. Institute for Young Women Development Director, Glanis Changachirere said there is need to enhance education programmes within communities so as to transform people’s mindset that looks down upon women. In Mashonaland Central Province alone, only one government department out of 30 and two parastatals out of 18, are headed by women. The meeting was organised by the Institute for Young Women’s Development and Women’s Coalition of...

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Work at new parly building begins

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda says the establishment of the proposed new parliament in Mt Hampden near Harare is well on course and a Zimbabwean technical team comprising parliamentary and local government members is in China to come up with drawings and timelines. The need to establish a new parliament building has been necessitated by the current overcrowding in the current chambers which are being used by 270 National Assembly members and 93 senators. Construction is expected to cost about US$100 million. Due to lack of expansion space in the central business district (CBD) it was decided that the new structure be set up in Mt Hampden, some twenty minutes drive from Harare. The work is being done by the government of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing is servicing the land. The road leading to the site is already fully open and the Chinese government has assured Zimbabwe that they are ready to build the structures as soon as the servicing work is...

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