Commuters implore government to increase Zupco buses

Commuters implore government to increase Zupco buses

By Edward Mukaro COMMUTTERS in Harare are finding it difficult to get to work on time amid the lockdown imposed to curb the deadly bug, Coronavirus (Covid-19), as the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) seems to be overwhelmed by the huge number of the commuting public. Government, in a cocktail of measures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19, put in place measures, which included banning private transport operators from ferrying commuters on any route across the country leaving public transport, ZUPCO, as the only means of transport for commuters….

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Japan’s US$14.8 million to feed 512.000 rural households

Japan’s US$14.8 million to feed 512.000 rural households

By Edward Mukaro JAPAN has pledged a further US$14.8 million to assist Zimbabwe recover from its current dire food insecurity conundrum, through the fund, which is expected feed 512.000 rural households, for six months. The funds will be disbursed through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) will enable the WFP to procure and deliver approximately 25.600 metric tonnes of maize, by June 2020. The commodity (maize) which is also Zimbabwe’s staple food will be distributed to vulnerable people across Zimbabwe, through the GoZ’s…

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RBZ takes aim at illegal forex dealers

RBZ takes aim at illegal forex dealers

Reporter THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has issued a directive to banks operating in the country to freeze all bank accounts of mobile money agents suspected of conducting illicit foreign currency deals, in a move meant to deal a decisive blow to black market forex dealers. Recently the central bank directed all registered forex dealers to use a standard exchange rate of US$1 for ZWL$25.00 although black market rates fueled by the demand of the USD during the national lockdown has seen the exchange rate jumping to ZWLS49.00 for…

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Zim needs robust policies to save jobs: ZESN

Zim needs robust policies to save jobs: ZESN

By Edward Mukaro AS the future of thousands of employees looks bleak, amid the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has implored government to implement robust policies to cushion workers against the negative impact of the bug. Globally, recorded deaths as a result of the Covid-19 are well over 300 000. The election civic body noted that families are indeed struggling to make ends meet during the national lockdown, but quickly pointed out that government’s intervention was going to be crucial to arrest an…

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US$450.000 shot in the arm for drought hit Districts

US$450.000 shot in the arm for drought hit Districts

By Edward Mukaro THE Government of Japan has continued its support to Zimbabwe by availing US$450.000 that will go a long a way in assisting women and children in four Districts of the southern African nation by enhancing nutrition security as well as HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, as the districts have been hit hard by droughts and floods. The funds that will be channeled to four districts namely, Masvingo, Binga, Buhera and Chiredzi, through the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the…

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Virtual tourism to salvage sector

Virtual tourism to salvage sector

By Wellington Zimbowa THE tourism sector is set for a bleak future with forecasts of a prolonged recovery from the damning effects of the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 global pandemic, with 100 percent of global destinations having travel restrictions, naturally leading to huge labour losses, due to lost business, according to latest revelations by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO). Experts have opined that there will be major job losses for the labour intensive sector, however recovery is expected if innovative response mechanisms are put…

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