Hunger ravages the country

Hunger ravages the country

Wellington Zimbowa FAMILIES are starving and in dire need of food rescue among other social basics as the global Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the nation’s economic landscape and food systems, unlike in the past, where classified vulnerable groups depended on government and donor welfare safety schemes, The BusinessConnect can report. The Covid-19 induced national lockdown, initially introduced in late March 2020 brought business to a halt, with those in the formal sector that live on hand to mouth being the most severely affected. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2018 research…

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ZimTrade’s online platform to boost SMEs productivity

ZimTrade’s online platform to boost SMEs productivity

By Varaidzo Zhakata National trade development and promotion organisation ZIMTRADE has affirmed its commitment to improving businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by setting up an online platform, which encompasses businesses, countrywide. The online ZimTrade is of the view that SMEs have felt the brunt of Covid-19 more than other business sectors, hence the need to craft long term strategies to ensure their continued existence. “For Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the effects of the pandemic are more severe, as most of them cannot afford to cover the cost…

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Hwange records 65% recovery on net loss

Hwange records 65% recovery on net loss

By Varaidzo Zhakata Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed coal giant, Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) has recorded a 65 percent (%) recovery on its net loss for the first quarter to March, 2020 compared to the prior year. Net loss for the quarter stood at $64 million, reflecting a magnificent recovery from a loss of $181million recorded in the comparative year. According to the group, the reduction is largely attributed to its reconstruction phase that has seen the group gradually resuming to performance. During the same period under review, production rose significantly…

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Low data charges, critical for empowering access to basic human rights

Low data charges, critical for empowering access to basic human rights

Wellington Zimbowa Media and Information in Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe continues lobbying Government over the current mobile operators’ data prices, highlighting that ‘its(data) affordability is critical in ensuring the constitutional right of access to information vis-à-vis, how the Covid-19 public health emergency has changed the social, education and business landscape with the internet being the only way out’. Following the announcement of a national lockdown, which started on March 30, 2020, the press freedom body initiated a #DataMustFall campaign to put pressure on mobile phone operators that had hiked their…

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Deplorable rot at fuel stations

Deplorable rot at fuel stations

Comment AS more and more businesses continue to open, its back to basics for motorists, as life in a fuel queue is slowly becoming a reality, which is being made more arduous by the sometimes corrupt fuel attendants, both in the capital and countrywide, at large. Fuel queues had become a thing of the past during the first phase of the national lockdown amid the outbreak of the deadly bug, Covid-19, as Government moved in swiftly to curb the spread of the disease that has caused socio-economic meltdown across the…

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Abductions harm Zim’s investment ratings – Analysts

Abductions harm Zim’s investment ratings – Analysts

By Edward Mukaro and Simbarashe Musaki RECENT abduction and sexual abuse claims at the hands of state security apparatus of three prominent female Movement for Democratic Change Alliance youths leaders will not help efforts by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Second Republic to move the nation to prosperity after having inherited a debt ridden government from long time Zimbabwean ruler, the late and former President Robert Mugabe, analysts have noted. President Mnangagwa, upon ascension to the highest office in the land, promised to do things differently from his predecessor, Mugabe, and…

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ZRP adds misery to citizens

ZRP adds misery to citizens

By Edward Mukaro THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) decision to reject fine payments in either mobile money or swipe has drawn ire from citizens, as the action goes against government’s regulations and infringes on basic human rights. Acute liquidity challenges affecting the country have forced citizens to resort to mobile money agents, whose astronomical charges for one to get hard cash have added to the misery plight of the majority. The law enforcers have also come under siege from the public and stakeholders with fears that their refusal of electronic…

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Covid-19 takes families down the memory lane

Covid-19 takes families down the memory lane

…women, kids play yesteryear games By Simbarashe Musaki The lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has rewound social life to the early 1990’s, as adults and children have reverted to yesteryear games, such as, Mafurawu, Rhaka Rhaka and Pada. These games have also taken attention of families off their television sets, as the panacea to movement restrictions boredom. Citizens, including street kids and victims to controllable paroxysms of laughter for no apparent reasons deserted the Central Business District (CBD), heeding President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to curb the Coronavirus spread, leaving…

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Hard – hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

Hard – hit tourism players take ‘revenge’ on Covid-19

By Wellington Zimbowa ALTHOUGH still counting the Covi-19 induced financial hemorrhage, through lost business, with a taxing future lying ahead, the tourism sector looks ahead and determined to take a front-line role in equipping the country with resources to tame the scourge. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been calling for corporate and individual support to control the global pandemic, through medical staff capacitation, acquisition of drugs, sanitizers, among others. Two of Zimbabwe’s biggest hoteliers, the Rainbow Towers Group (RTG) and Crown Plaza hotels have lent a hand in the fight against…

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Summer cropping season preps should start now – Mukwende

Summer cropping season preps should start now – Mukwende

BY Edward Mukaro FOR Zimbabwe to be food secure, a cocktail of measures to counter the effects of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19), coupled by repairing critical infrastructure including electricity power lines and equipment that have been vandalized, is essential to revive the breadbasket status of the country again, according to renowned agriculture economist, Mr. Berean Mukwende. Speaking in an interview with The BusinessConnect, Mukwende said it ay be too late to achieve a fruitful winter cropping season, but however, hinted that it would be vital for Government and stakeholders to…

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