Fruits of passion: Shelton Paza

Fruits of passion: Shelton Paza

By Edward Mukaro LIVING in a global village and internet of things, PAVCON Industries managing director Shelton Paza is a man focused on securing a place in the global village, a development he foresees as the ideal platform that will provide commercial exposure and opportunities for progression in his fast rising paving and concrete manufacturing business. Determined to be his own boss, since before leaving school, Shelton made it a point to focus his studies on the main line of work he intended to erk out his livelihood and that…

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Citizen’s call for MPs term limit justified – analysts

Citizen’s call for MPs term limit justified – analysts

By Simbarashe Musaki POLITICAL experts have expressed mixed feelings over citizen’s for a constitutional limit of legislators and councilors’ tenure of office to two terms in a bid to cut the conveyor belt responsible for churning out career politicians and recycling of deadwood representatives, rewarded for being monumental bootlickers. This ensures poor performance from elected officials, while most only become visible towards election, since they will be busy warming seats in parliament and council chambers. In the year 2018, local authority seat contestant Tatenda Kazuru opined that 10 years is…

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Government quandary on education, girl -child hard hit!

Government quandary on education, girl -child hard hit!

By Wellington Zimbowa ABSENCE of a clear roadmap to guide the education sector in the wake of Covid-19 crisis threatens the country’s girl –child empowerment gains with fears that the rise of cyber platforms soliciting for transactional sex from desperate girls spells ill to foster will spike the rate of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, a female students pressure group has said. Female Students Network (FSN), in a recent press statement bemoaned that the lockdown has seen students returning to their homes scattered across the country where access to…

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‘Informal and formal sectors intricately linked’

‘Informal and formal sectors intricately linked’

By Wellington Zimbowa UNDER the current Phase 2 lockdown regulations, the formal sector was given the green light to open, while the highly concentrated informal sector remained closed with government but repercussions on the formal sector have been noted. Some observers say the reported low business performance environment points to the intricate link between the symbiotic link between the formal and informal sectors. Leading economist and immediate past president of the Zimbabwe Economics Society Lovemore Kadenge noted how the two sectors are intertwined. “In Zimbabwe it seems they are a…

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Covid-19: Internet rules the roost! But are the current data charges viable?

Covid-19: Internet rules the roost! But are the current data charges viable?

By wellington Zimbowa Covid-19’s strict social distancing and lockdown regulations has fostered an information age Zimbabwe society with the internet playing in increased business and socio-economic role in the people’s needs, unlike in the past where ‘netizens’- the younger generation that coincided with the introduction of the internet – largely used it for entertainment purposes. The country’s education, information, arts and entertainment as well as business have adopted a digital lifestyle to navigate arising challenges from the pandemic, ushering in a new era of high internet demand. “Due to the…

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Government deploys soldiers

Government deploys soldiers

Comment IT was not business as usual for Harare’s working class for the better part of the week, since thousands were barred from entering the city centre, as soldiers joined police manning routes that lead into the central business district. Security checkpoints had as many as 20 police officers, coupled soldiers who were assisting and maintaining order, as motorists queued impatiently. The Warren Park checkpoint, which is just beside the National heroes Acre shrine was a hive of activity as motorists tried in vain to pass, but in vain, as…

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US$1.087m for Chitungwiza’s water, sanitation rehabilitation

US$1.087m for Chitungwiza’s water, sanitation rehabilitation

By Edward Mukaro CHITUNGWIZA Municipality has received a boost in efforts to resuscitate its water supply and sanitation rehabilitation, as the African Development Bank disbursed US$1.087 million to address the town’s perennial problems that have posed a danger to the health of residents over the years. In a statement released to the media, the disbursed funds will be channeled towards rehabilitating sewer hotspots around Chitungwiza. “Chitungwiza Municipality has just received US$1.087m from the African Development Bank. This money is aimed at addressing the municipality’s perennial outfall and trunk sewer hotspots,…

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Kombis back in CBD

Kombis back in CBD

Reporter ONE may be forgiven for thinking that commuter omnibuses (kombis) are formally 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…

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Tough times, as companies commence laying off workers

Tough times, as companies commence laying off workers

Reporter FAST rising transport and logistic Chinese owned firm Zhiang Jian is retrenching most of its employees as the negative impacts of the Covid-19 scourge kick-in. Zimbabwe, like many other countries, has been adversely affected by the pandemic both socially and economically with most firms further downsizing while some even closing shop through retrenchments with millions left jobless globally. In an interview with The BusinessConnect one of the Zhian Jian employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the development, highlighting that the offer was too good to resist to…

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Bleak future for informal traders

Bleak future for informal traders

By Edward Mukaro INFORMAL traders who are in the Embroidery sector have been left exposed to abject poverty by the Covid-19 lockdown as they cannot export their products to neighbouring South Africa, as the rainbow nation has closed its borders in order to curb the spread of the scourge that has accounted for the loss of hundreds of thousands of people, globally. In a survey conducted by The BusinessConncet, in Harare, most of the shops that were once a hive of activity such as Bart House, along Cameroon street have…

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