“Private schools pressurizing government to rush schools’ opening’

“Private schools pressurizing government to rush schools’ opening’

By Wellington Zimbabwe PRIVATE school operators have been accused of arm-twisting government to rush the schools’ academic calendar without first addressing key Covid-19 safety health measures, due to their personal financial gratification needs. Both the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Association (ARTA) are adamant that the current environment is not conducive for schools to open, stressing the need to upscale health preventative measures, forecasting a national health disaster if the government doesn’t heed its critics. This comes at a time teacher unions filed an…

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Spare a thought for the vulnerable

Spare a thought for the vulnerable

By Edward Mukaro THE Covid-19 pandemic has brought untold suffering to the masses in Zimbabwe with one of the nation’s flagship vulnerable children’s food bank and academic scholarship providers, Dzikwa Trust reporting an influx of children in need of meals at the organization’s Dzivarasekwa 2 base, in Harare. Dzikwa Trust supports vulnerable children in Dzivarasekwa through providing meals and local and international educational scholarships that are funded by benefactors mainly form Europe and other places around the globe. The institution that was founded by a Finish couple Seppo Ainamo and…

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RioZim shuts down

RioZim shuts down

By Varaidzo Zhakata THE nation’s largest gold producer, RioZim, has been forced to halt production due to incapacitation that has resulted in the firm failing to meet operational costs. RioZim highlighted that the imposed foreign currency retention threshold and the pegged exchange rate by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe allowed it to collect only 80 percent (%) from the sale of the mineral. According to the threshold, gold mining firms are obliged to submit 30% of their foreign earnings to the central bank, hence causing them to close down at…

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CHECK-UP POINT

CHECK-UP POINT

Opinion By Wellington Zimbowa Getting into the city along Seke Road, near the flyover bridge, almost at the security Covid-19 check-up point, one is appalled by a huge billboard on the right side that imposingly stands with a striking biblical message inscribed, ‘to God’s people’. Reads the verse from 2 Chronicles 7 verse 14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and…

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Economy strains Zimbos

Economy strains Zimbos

By Roy Nyabvure ‘IT never rains, but pours’ for general Zimbabweans, as the persistent fuel shortages have rendered most transporters redundant, coupled by retailers exorbitant price hikes this week. The Covid-19 induced national lockdown has not helped rejuvenate the deteriorating economy as prices for basic commodities have been increasing, almost on a daily basis. It has been really tough for the average Zimbabwean, considering the sky-rocketing prices of basic food commodities in the market to prices beyond the reach of many. What makes the matter direr is the fact that…

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Tailors making a killing off face mask sales

Tailors making a killing off face mask sales

By Varaidzo Zhakata THE continued demand for face masks and other protective clothing in the era of the global pandemic has given a new ray of hope to small and medium enterprises who are into the tailoring industry. SMEs who are into tailoring have expressed that they are relieved that despite having been forced to stay at home during the lockdown the pandemic has fortunately allowed them to perform their work in supplying protective clothing such as face masks hence allowing them the revive their lives once again. According to…

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‘Put the US$25 000 donations to good use,’ Harare residents warn City fathers!

‘Put the US$25 000 donations to good use,’ Harare residents warn City fathers!

By Wellington Zimbowa A US$25 000 donation to the Harare City Council for a study to ascertain the familiarity, mindsets, and practices of its residents to the Covid-19 pandemic for evidence-based guideline interventions has renewed residents’ calls for public finance accountability and transparency by City fathers. This was after Health Services Director Dr. Prosper Chonzi announced that council accessed US$25.000 from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to undertake the study, in a statement on the city’s official Face book page. “We were given US$25 000. We are already doing the study and…

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WFP receives US$10 million for the vulnerable

WFP receives US$10 million for the vulnerable

By Varaidzo Zhakata THE United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a boost in its fight against hunger in Zimbabwe as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) injected a supplementary US$10 million fund, which will go a long in assisting 100.000 vulnerable members of society. Zimbabwean families residing in urban areas are failing to meet their daily nutritional needs, due to the impacts of COVID-19. The contribution that is aimed at assisting 100.000 people, will witness beneficiaries receiving monthly cash transfers that amount to US$13 each, hence…

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Commencement of ACFTA postponed to 2021

Commencement of ACFTA postponed to 2021

By Varaidzo Zhakata THE doom and gloom of the global economy have seeped into all layers, including the once shining sparkle across the continent. The commencement of the African Countries Free Trade Area has however been postponed from the 1st July 2020 to at least 2021, as countries continue to adjust to the effects of Covid-19. At the onset of the pandemic, policymakers were faced with a dilemma: push ahead or postpone? Both options have merits and pitfalls, creating a dilemma for policymakers. This postponement is not entirely accepted as…

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UNHRC implores government to stop abductions

UNHRC implores government to stop abductions

By Edward Mukaro THE United Nations Human Rights Commission experts have implored the President Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration to end abductions and torture that appears to be targeting at suppressing protests and dissent, a call which comes a few weeks after three (3) opposition youths leaders reportedly went missing only to be found a few days after, wounded and bruised before being hospitalized and later arrested. The experts said the 3 female opposition activists – Member of Parliament Joanna Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova – were stopped at a…

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