Category: Local News

Data centres key to promoting digital technology

The government says the country should embrace technology through the establishment of data centres to promote digital economy. The data industry should be supported to bridge the gap of digital economy which is critical in all sectors. In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of the launch of the Africa Data Centre in the capital, Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development Cde Magna Mudyiwa said there is need for the country to embrace technology by having data centres to strengthen economic growth of the industry. “Data centres embrace the increasing commercial and social importance of online...

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Health concerns over fertiliser plant dust

A health hazard is looming in Bindura as dust is emerging from a fertiliser manufacturing plant leading to complaints from nearby Chipundura School. Dust being raised at the FSG fertiliser manufacturing plant and Terrabot Private Limited in Bindura has led to children skipping classes due to respiratory problems. Complaints from the school prompted the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central Cde Monica Mavhunga to visit the factory and assess the situation on Friday morning. “We know fertiliser is important to us and to the economy but we have heard complaints from the headmaster at Chipundura that...

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JUST IN: Kombi crash kills 5 near Mvurwi

Five people have died in a road accident along the Mazowe-Mvurwi Road when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned at Tsatsi Bridge, near the Mutorashanga Turn-Off, injuring 14 passengers. Zimbabwe Republic Police Mashonaland Central Province Acting Spokesperson Assistant Inspector Petros Masikati said four people died on the spot while the other one died upon arrival at Mvurwi hospital. The 14 injured were taken to Mvurwi, Concession and Parirenyatwa hospitals. The commuter omnibus was travelling from Harare to Guruve. According to preliminary investigations, the commuter omnibus was speeding. Assistant Inspector Masikati appealed to...

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POTRAZ donates US$65k to charity

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has handed over a donation worth thousands of dollars to two social organisations. The telecommunications watchdog, has made a generous donation worthy US$65 000 to two charity organisations, the Albino Association of Zimbabwe which received US$15 000 and Kidzcan Zimbabwe which also received US$50 000. Speaking to ZBC News after the handover ceremony POTRAZ Acting Director-General Mr Alfres Marisa said the donation is part of the organisation’s social responsibility mandate adding that another donation will soon be handed over towards the cholera cause. The POTRAZ acting director-general said the monies are set aside by the institution to assist vulnerable members of the community in their day to day life. Mr Murisa said the donation was also meant to set an example to other privileged institutions and individuals to follow suit and be an agent of change to someone’s life. The donation was met with emotional gratitude from representatives of the two organisations who could not find the right words to express their appreciation. The handover ceremony was witnessed by government representatives and civic society...

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Marondera running dry

Marondera Municipality is left with only one weeks’ supply of water treatment chemicals leaving the town in a danger of running dry and exposing residents to a potential health disaster. Town engineer Christopher Chineka told Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Apolonia Munzverengi who was on a tour of cholera treatment facilities at Marondera Provincial Hospital as well as water and sewer reticulation facilities in the town, that urgent intervention is required to acquire chemicals which they are failing to buy due to foreign currency challenges. “So far we are only left with chemicals enough to last one week as we cannot purchase more chemicals due to shortage of foreign currency,” she said. Cde Munzverengi said there is need for government and council to work together in averting the water crisis which may trigger diseases like cholera. “We need to work together as government and council to ensure that our residents get clean and safe water to avoid diseases like cholera,” she said. Marondera Municipality which is currently drawing the bulk of its water from Wenimbe and Rufaro dams uses an average of 15000 kgs of aluminium sulphate, 1 225 kgs of hydrated lime and 400 kgs of chlorine. The town whose water treatment plant has capacity to produce 13 000 mega litres per day is currently producing 9 000 mega litres of water against a...

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