Vabati VaJehovha going from strength to strength

Vabati VaJehovha going from strength to strength

By Simbarashe Musaki VABATI VaJehovah choral group’s voices blend together beautifully – like a mixture of perfume oils of the same kind – an ingredient to a dazzle of publicity in pioneering the Vapositori music genre in a music industry dominated by instruments bonded music. The BusinessConnect newspaper hooked up with Vabati VaJehovah band leader, Richard Magaya and convinced him to summon up the group’s nostalgic moments fused with tragedy, and hope, as the Biblical Lazarus’ prescription to raise the group from the musical graveyard after the death of its…

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Ngodzo – the shining beacon

Ngodzo – the shining beacon

By Simbarashe Musaki CONFIDENCE and trickery with the ball coupled by an unmatched close ball control and dribbling skills, as well as mesmerizing stepovers, were trademarks of former Zimbabwe national team and Highlanders attacking midfield star, Johannes Ngodzo. A quick talented and skilful playmaker then, Ngodzo is one of the football legends never meant to be forgotten as he is one of the ‘real’ football angels of immortality, automatically becoming a push factor for this publication to trace his rise to stardom and whereabouts. He was born on November 6,…

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Lockdown restrictions stifling SMEs growth

Lockdown restrictions stifling SMEs growth

Feature By Nomthandazo Gabi THE Zimbabwean COVID- 19 situation has sadly notched a gear up for the worse, as witnessed by the otherwise welcomed heavy presence of security forces in streets of major cities and towns that has resultantly led to fewer people accessing Harare’s central business district. The informal street markets, where thousands of people who make a living remains shut down (in the CBD), as the Government frantically tries to curb the further spread of the second wave of the pandemic that has so far claimed over 500…

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Zimbabwe edges closer to adoption of electric cars

Zimbabwe edges closer to adoption of electric cars

By Wellington Zimbowa DISTRIBUTED Power Africa (DPA) is currently seized with rolling out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the country as Zimbabwe ups its stance toward the full adoption of green technology. This comes at the back of Government’s pledge late last year to provide the necessary environment that encourages the use of EVs ice of cleaner sustainable energy. According to DPA Zimbabwe’s chief executive officer Divvajeet Mahajan, the EV stations will be erected along the major country’s highways that connect major cities. He said: “Our charging stations will…

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Lockdown brewing corruption

Lockdown brewing corruption

COMMENT THE current 30-day lockdown phase is a noble move by authorities to curb and stop the COVID- 19 pandemic from causing even much great losses of life and business in Zimbabwe, but practices by other actors who are supposed to monitor the situation tell a different story, as some members of the uniformed forces have been accused of allegedly engaging in corrupt activities in cahoots with business people from sectors of the economy that were not deemed essential service providers, for passage into the capital’s central business district. It…

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RBZ scraps obligation for businesses to liquidate unutilized forex

RBZ scraps obligation for businesses to liquidate unutilized forex

By Wellington Zimbowa THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is geared to the country’s foreign currency auction systems through its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) through removing the obligation for businesses to liquidate all unutilized foreign currency export earnings after 60 days as from the 7th of January. Before the recent move, exporting businesses were obliged to utilise their foreign currency incomes within 60 days and upon failure, the central bank would convert the hard currency into local currency at the prevailing official rate. According to the central bank governor, Dr…

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CSOs call for Mines Mineral Act amendment

CSOs call for Mines Mineral Act amendment

By Edward Mukaro CIVIL Society Organisations and citizens have castigated political interference hindering the smooth running of operations by State institutions, while also calling for the amendment of the Mines and Minerals Act to empower local authorities to prevent manipulation by the elite personnel in high positions in Government. The stance by CSOs and residents in the eastern highlands comes in the wake of alleged illegal mining activities in Penhalonga, Mutare, where Redwing mine allegedly contracted Prime Royal Africa (PRA) to commence mining activities after having been officially forbidden by…

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Government enlists late hero’s productive farm up for downsizing

Government enlists late hero’s productive farm up for downsizing

By Edward Mukaro THE late Anti-Corruption Commissioner Shepherd Gwasira must be turning in his grave with envy, as his children are about to be chucked-off his SS Ranch and Mete farm in Zvimba District, Mashonaland West under circumstances the late liberation war hero’s children have deemed suspicious circumstances, as authorities claim the exercise is part of the national farm down-sizing scheme under S.I 41 of 2020. SS Ranch and Mete downsizing comes barely half a year after Gwasira, who was also the zimbabwe Republic Police senior assistant commissioner and chief…

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Karimatsenga relives career, eyes youth development

Karimatsenga relives career, eyes youth development

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Kambuzuma Utd FC and Underhill FC midfielder Stany Karimatsenga was so good and incredibly brilliant in the middle of the park and was renowned for his powerful long kicks, which earned him the nickname Chivhiri (wheel) during his heydays, as a professional footballer. The BusinessConnect in its quest to bring back a flood of memories regarding the country’s yesteryear football stars vestige Karimatsenga’s rise to the public eye. Karimatsenga whose role model was the legendary Caps Utd FC forward, Stewart ‘Shutto’ Murisa was born on September…

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Millions in need of humanitarian assistance

Millions in need of humanitarian assistance

By Nomthandazo Gabi ONE percent (%) of rural households received cash transfers from the Government, whilst in urban areas, the proportion that received COVID- 19 transfers (mobile money) rose from 3-10% as authorities moved to cushion vulnerable members of society as the COVID- 19 pandemic exposed millions to hunger. ZimStat reported the above statistics in its report: “Monitoring COVID- 19 impact on Households in Zimbabwe 2020”- in rounds 1 and 2, which were reportedly triggered by a large reduction in the share of rural households food aid, which fell from…

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