Combating Coronavirus – Lockdown or no lockdown?

Combating Coronavirus – Lockdown or no lockdown?

By Wellington Zimbowa THE elapsed socio-economic and political set-up poses a major hurdle in the embattled country’s efforts to contain the global pandemic, Coronavirus (Covid-19). Covi-19 has infected hundred thousands of people across the globe, since the plague’s December 2019 advent, in China, where around 4.000 deaths have been recorded, whereas Zimbabwe’s official position of one confirmed death from three confirmed Covid-19 cases has raised public eyebrows. Informed sources say government is bickering over what to do. Some are of the opinion that a total lockdown will be the most…

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Government makes U-turn on cryptocurrency

Government makes U-turn on cryptocurrency

By Varaidzo Zhakata ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange listed Commercial Bank in Zimbabwe (CBZ) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Apollo Fintech to set the tone for development of a gold-backed currency for the southern African nation. In its recent efforts to embrace the Fintech revolution, Zimbabwe has set out to partner up with local Fintech professionals to create the country’s first-ever gold-backed digital crypto currency. Zimbabwe is initially embracing the Fintech revolution; hence the alliance is expected to allow citizens to access the Apollo wallet for digital-currency payments, thus…

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Police successfully enforce bars’ lockdown

Police successfully enforce bars’ lockdown

Reporter IT was not business as usual in Kuwadzana last night as police enforced a lockdown on all bars and beerhalls with teargas fired to disperse the crowds of revelers, who had defied Government’s call close all bars, in the wake of the first death recorded due to Coronavirus (Covid-19). In a late night investigation conducted by The BusinessConnect reporters at Kuwadzana 2, 4 and Extension, respectively, hordes of revelers could be seen scurrying for cover and running away from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers, who were patrolling at…

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Sub-standard sanitizers may lead to a health catastrophe

Sub-standard sanitizers may lead to a health catastrophe

GIVING people a false sense of security and hope in whatever form should be highly condemned, especially now, in the case of the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Government and health organisations are recommending 68 percent (%) alcohol gel for sanitizing hands during the current Coronavirus outbreak. A survey conducted by The BusinessConnect newspaper has unearthed a number of products on the market, such as, the much needed sanitization oil, which has suddenly become handier, in light of the outbreak of Covid-19. Unscrupulous business people, who stand at nothing, but to…

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SMEs to continue operations, despite Coronavirus threat

SMEs to continue operations, despite Coronavirus threat

By Edward Mukaro THE Government of Zimbabwe’s cocktail of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) will, for now, see informal business traders being allowed to carry-out business, as usual, although citizens have been implored to limit visits to such markets. Worldwide, governments have been taking stern measures to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19, as the death toll has reached unprecedented levels with a reported over 14.000 deaths recorded, as of late last night, so far. Addressing the nation, late last night, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said…

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Revise data rates for easy access to Covid-19 information: Chamisa

Revise data rates for easy access to Covid-19 information: Chamisa

By Edward Mukaro THE Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance president Advocate Nelson Chamisa has called for a concerted effort from stakeholders in the economy, especially mobile service providers to avail special packages in light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) to enable Zimbabweans to get timeous updates on developments, in the wake of the first death to Covid-19, in the country. Zimbabwe yesterday recorded its first death from Covid19 on the 23rd March after business tycoon James Makamba’s son, Zororo Makamba succumbed to the killer virus that has accounted for more…

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Coronavirus Facts

Coronavirus Facts

Facts courtesy of the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary…

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ALL SET FOR SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY

ALL SET FOR SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY

By Wellington Zimbowa INDEED, Zimbabwe is not only open for Business but for Green Energy as well! Government through the Ministry of Energy and Power Development has taken a formidable step in fostering the adoption of alternative energy. His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the National Renewable Energy Policy (NEP) and the Biofuels Policy Thursday at a ceremony graced by different stakeholders in the civil, corporate and energy sectors. In this particular edition, we shall focus on the National Renewable Energy Policy although both policies have the shared foundation of…

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Joint effort key to curb covird-19

Joint effort key to curb covird-19

By Edward Mukaro Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have hailed and called for concerted efforts between the Government and non-state actors to prevent a calamity in the event of an outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid -19), especially considering the multiple health challenges that the country is already facing. In a statement released by the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) health sector under the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) and CSOs have come together and came up with a position to counter Covid -19, which will certainly have negative impact on…

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Government urged to prioritize full, productive employment

Government urged to prioritize full, productive employment

By Edward Mukaro THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) has urged governments across the globe, Zimbabwe included, to prioritize full and productive, employment; #DecentWork needs in pursuit of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shocking statistics released by ILO showing what is transpiring in the world of work reveal that 630 million workers are working in poverty, that is less than US$3.20 per day; women earn 0.79cents for every dollar earned by man; 2.78 million workers die each year a result of occupational injuries and illness costing about the 3.94% of…

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