SMEs Expo preps on course

SMEs Expo preps on course

By Daniel Chigundu ORGANISERS of the annual SMEs International Expo have indicated that preparation for the 2017 edition scheduled for October 18-21 at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, is going according to plan. The expo which started in 2011 has been growing steadily in quality and quantity of exhibitors, which has seen it attracting some interest from Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa, among others. Expo managing director Delight Makotose told The Business Connect in an interview that provisional figures are reflecting a sharp growth from the previous…

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500 000mt delivered to GMB: Mnangagwa

500 000mt delivered to GMB: Mnangagwa

By Ndafadza Madanha VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has to date received over 500 000 metric tonnes of maize against the projected two million metric tonnes. The VP said this in a speech read on his behalf by the minister of state in his office Clifford Sibanda at the 5th edition of the annual Agribusiness conference. He said some GMB depots were already full and the government was battling to provide storage space. The VP said the growth in the last agriculture season was a…

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2018 rain forecast next month

2018 rain forecast next month

By Ndafadza Madanha ZIMBABWEAN farmers will know by the end of the month whether the country is going to receive a normal rainfall season or not. This was revealed by the director of the Meteorological services department Amos Makarau. According to Makarau experts from the SADC member, meteorological services departments are currently meeting in Botswana to assess the forecast. He said from their recent assessments the SADC was not experiencing an EL-Nino or La Nina phenomenon. The country experienced an EL-Nino induced drought in 2015 while last year it was…

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ZAS to focus on agric development

ZAS to focus on agric development

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Agricultural Society (ZAS) chief executive Dr Anxious Masuka says his organisation will now be focusing on agricultural development to ensure Zimbabweans become more productive with their land. Most Zimbabweans who have benefitted from the government’s land reform exercise are yet to fully benefit from the resource owing to a plethora of reasons. Lack of production on land resulted in the country depending on the importation of grain from Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Brazil to ensure food security. Addressing delegates at an exhibitors’ cocktail, Dr Masuka…

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Stars to grace Carnival

Stars to grace Carnival

By Daniel Chigundu   ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) has released a star-studded line-up of artists both locals and foreigners who are expected to provide entertainment at the Harare International Carnival music concert. Harare International Carnival is scheduled for September 9, 2017, and will start with a street party going all the way to the main stage at the civic grounds next to Rainbow Towers Hotel. Top artists billed to perform on the main stage include rhumba musician Werrason (DRC), Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Suluman Chimbetu, Babes Wodumo (SA), Dr Malinga…

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Telecel begins LTE roll out …introduces unlimited night data bundles

Telecel begins LTE roll out …introduces unlimited night data bundles

By Staff Reporter MOBILE telecommunication operator Telecel Zimbabwe says it has begun upgrading its network in readiness for the launch of LTE services by September. Telecel began installing the equipment as part of its network upgrade and LTE project which was announced in May this year. The company made the announcement on the sidelines of the unveiling of its latest offering to the market, the Unlimited Night Data Bundle. In a statement, Telecel chief executive Angeline Vere said the new offering is in line with the company’s tradition and quest…

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AU, SADC urged to develop SMEs strategies

AU, SADC urged to develop SMEs strategies

By Daniel Chigundu MALAWIAN Ambassador to Zimbabwe Her Excellency Annie Kumwenda has urged the African Union and SADC to devise strategies that will help SMEs in the continent to grow their businesses. Speaking recently, Ambassador Kumwenda said SMEs are not synonymous to Malawi and Zimbabwean alone but are a global phenomenon. She said SMEs also face the same challenges mainly in Africa owing to lack of resources, and there is, therefore, need for the continent to come up with strategies to help the sector grow. “I am aware that banks…

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Introducing the HAS mobile-App

Introducing the HAS mobile-App

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE Agricultural Society (ZAS) says it has introduced a mobile application for the 107th edition of Harare Agricultural Show (HAS) to enhance exhibitor and visitor experience. With the world becoming more technologically enhanced, mobile applications for events have become the in-thing as they help establish direct contact between stakeholders and organisers. Mobile applications also help stakeholders to get such information as direction maps, schedule of events, activities lined-up for various days and entry charges among others, on the go. The ZAS mobile application comes at a time…

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Agric Show boosts Happy Sky

Agric Show boosts Happy Sky

By Staff Reporter DIAPER and tissue manufacturing concern Refreshing Sanitary Pads says exhibiting at the Harare Agricultural Show (HAS) has helped boost company sales. In an interview, company sales representative Violet Chikurumani said they are overwhelmed by the response. “We are here to showcase our products namely Happy Sky sanitary pads; Happy Sky baby diapers, Happy Sky pant liners and tissues, and these products are found in every leading wholesale and supermarket in Zimbabwe. “Exhibiting at Show has helped boost our sales and has given us the opportunity to explain…

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Family Fireplaces unstoppable

Family Fireplaces unstoppable

By Daniel Chigundu FAMILY Fireplaces and Braai (FFB) technical director Oswald Sakutukwa says his company has reached unstoppable levels and is gaining significant ground in the steel and metal fabrication industry. The company is in the business of manufacturing quality built-in-freestanding fireplaces, double-sided fireplaces and amazing braai stands that cater for people of all financial standing. In an interview with The Business Connect, Sakutukwa attributed the company success to the good workmanship, quality services and customer follow-up. “Our service has been well received in the market and because of that,…

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