Post Covid-19 – Good times lying ahead: Government

Post Covid-19 – Good times lying ahead: Government

By Wellington Zimbowa ZIMBABWE’s precarious position has furthered government and the people’s burden during this Covid-19 global pandemic epoch, albeit the scourge has triggered a strong sense of national unity with high optimism of a post Covid-19 future. Government spokesperson, Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa said there is concerted refocus on the public health sector, assuring the nation that the dilapidated health system is currently being revamped- thanks to private donor support and increased fiscus funding, in the wake of Covid-19, will benchmark some international standards. In an interview with The BusinessConnect…

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Mr. Bulk quenches Harare’s thirst

Mr. Bulk quenches Harare’s thirst

By Wellington Zimbowa Mr. Bulk, a bulk water supply company owned by veteran boxing promoter, businessman and administrator, Stalin MauMau – is donating potable water to the public in Harare suburbs facing chronic water supply challenges, in a corporate social responsibility gesture aimed at boosting government’s efforts in arresting the global Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends social distancing, staying at home and maximum hygiene practices, including continuous hand washing with clean water and soap or sanitizing), as formidable weapons in fighting the health scourge. With…

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Relevance of deputy ministers posts questioned

Relevance of deputy ministers posts questioned

By Edward Mukaro and Simbarashe Musaki THE recent sacking of the deputy minister of Information and Broadcasting services Energy Mutodi has left tongues wagging in the political realm, with many politicians (opposition) questioning the relevance of the post, while describing it as a reward for political blue-boys. Government deputy ministers in Zimbabwe always play second fiddle to appointed ministers across the board, as they are rarely given opportunities to lead their respective ministries in the event that the responsible minister is somehow incapacitated or unavailable. This has caused analysts and…

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Government eyes multi-benefits from new biofuels strategy

Government eyes multi-benefits from new biofuels strategy

By Wellington Zimbowa ZIMBABWE seeks to turn the clock on its perennial fuel challenges through considerable investment in large scale biofuel production, in a move that is set to promote rural development and investment, poverty reduction and generation of more jobs, while ensuring lasting home grown energy needs that include fuel price reduction and energy security. The recently adopted Biofuel Policy of Zimbabwe 2019 (BPZ) a collaborative product from wide range consultations between government and key stakeholders in the biofuels value chain is guiding the Ministry of Energy and Power…

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Formal vs Informal sector… What are the dynamics?

Formal vs Informal sector… What are the dynamics?

The BusinessConnect Senior Reporter Wellington Zimbowa caught up with Lovemore Kadenge (Leading Economist and immediate past president of the Zimbabwe Economic Society) to get a brief expert scan analysis of the current business environment in the current Covid-19 Phase 2 lockdown, while focusing on the co-relation between the formal and informal sectors. WZ: What is your comment over the state of business, largely in retail shops, in the wake of the Phase 2 national lockdown stage? LK: In Zimbabwe, some retailers are resuming operations though the demand is low, but…

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Vendors defy government

Vendors defy government

By Edward Mukaro VENDORS who have started trickling back into the capital city’s streets and conducting business have implored the Government of Zimbabwe to put in place measures for vendors to adhere to Covid-19 preventative measures, in order for them to resume trading and fend for their families. Zimbabwe’s bulk of employees are found in the informal sector bracket, of which, most of them are vendors who sell agricultural produce, second hand clothes and various foods products and other wares. Speaking to the BusinessConnect crew in the capital’s central business…

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Informal sector critical in sustaining the economy: CAMERA

Informal sector critical in sustaining the economy: CAMERA

By Simbarashe Musaki and Tendai Dune CHITUNGWIZA residents have expressed concern over government’s disfavour in loosening the Covid-19 national lockdown measures on the informal sector, sighting that the move has a ripple of negative effects on council revenue collection, as most ratepayers are informal traders surviving on a hand to mouth basis. Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (CAMERA) director Marvelous Khumalo said the unexpected loss of business due to the lockdown and demolition of stalls has led to a decline on council revenue inflows, since residents prioritize basic commodities…

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ZCTU calls for caution as reopening of schools gathers momentum

ZCTU calls for caution as reopening of schools gathers momentum

By Edward Mukaro THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called for a calculated and informed approach in as far as the reopening of schools is concerned, amid fears of exposing students and frontline personnel to the Covid-19 scourge. There has been a lot of talk surrounding government’s intentions to strategically reopen education institutions namely, universities, primary and high schools, amid Phase 2 of the national lockdown, called by Government to curb the spread of Covid-19. According to information obtained by The BusinessConnect from the ministry of information and…

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Transport nightmare in Harare

Transport nightmare in Harare

Comment IT’S been a week from hell for all commuters in and around the capital city, as most people have had to wait for close to three hours at local bus terminuses in order to get transport into town. Clearly, the situation is inconveniencing everybody, especially those who will have to deal with inconsiderate bosses for arriving late at their different workstations. One would have hoped the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) would cope with the hundreds thousands of thousands of workers who commute to town daily, amid the lockdown,…

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Kombis back in CBD

Kombis back in CBD

Reporter ONE may be forgiven for thinking that commuter omnibuses (kombis) are back to basics, but alas, they are only back in a new format through the VAYA logistics delivery business. VAYA, a subsidiary of mobile giant, Econet launched ‘VAYA Express Shopper’, a free personal shopping service that allows customers to shop desired groceries and make payment in a shop (online), and a dedicated ‘express shopper’ does the shopping for them, and delivers it to them. The Government of Zimbabwe as part of means to curb the spread of the…

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