Delay in disbursement of $18.2 Billion stimulus package, worrying

Delay in disbursement of $18.2 Billion stimulus package, worrying

By Edward Mukaro PARLIAMENT is growingly concerned by the Government’s delay in disbursing the announced $18.2 Billion stimulus package to assist different sectors of the economy and society to stay afloat, amid the outbreak of COVID- 19. The pandemic (COVID-19) has accounted for the loss of thousands of jobs in the country that has already been grappling to rejuvenate an economy that has been battered by a complex of factors such as Cyclone Idai, incessant droughts, among and other issues. Announcement of a rescue package by Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube,…

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Government not reversing land reform program

Government not reversing land reform program

By Simbarashe Musaki The Global Compensation Agreement designed to compensate former white farmers in cash or kind is a fundamental issue governing property rights which are also a human rights issue and brings closure to the land question diametrically opposed to land reform program reversal in the judgments of laymen, Maji-Marefu institute has said. Zimbabwe’s independent think tank, Maji Marefu Institute executive director, Dr Tapiwa Mashakada dissenting to cockroach-eye-view believes that the Government has done the expected and nailed the irreversibility of the land reform program. “The principle of compensation…

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Teachers table US$520 salary demand

Teachers table US$520 salary demand

By Edward Mukaro TEACHERS have tabled a US$520 salary demand before reporting for duty, as Government prepares to open classroom doors to pupils. The employer (government) has set the 14th and 28th September 2020 for Cambridge and ZIMSEC exam classes, respectively, but teachers will have none of that till their tabled salary demands are met. After engaging education stakeholders concerning the preparedness and safe opening of schools ahead of dates set by the government, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Association (ARTUZ) has delayed publishing its findings that will be compiled under…

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Page 8 TelOne endorses SME’s International Expo!

Page 8 TelOne endorses SME’s International Expo!

…as the premier SME’s showcase bubbles on 10th anniversary By Wellington Zimbowa FIXED telecommunications operator, TelOne, has acknowledged the multi-pronged benefits of the SME’s International Expo in broadening the horizon of small to medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as providing various corporates with a unique interface experience with the sector that has become a major national economic backbone. SMEs contribute significantly to the national GDP while providing a lifeline for the majority of Zimbabweans in the wake of massive industry shut down in the last two decades. “I think the…

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Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

GOVERNMENT’s move to reopen the Tourism sector could not have come at any other better time, especially now when COVID- 19 related deaths and cases are sharply decreasing, but however, citizens should not be complacent and let their guard down. Global lessons learnt so far should act as a guideline both for authorities and the general citizenry. Many nations including China, United Kingdom, USA and nearer to home, South Africa, among a host of others have experienced second waves of the pandemic, resulting, sadly, in thousands of deaths, as people…

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Amended Youth Bill heightens inclusion

Amended Youth Bill heightens inclusion

By Varaidzo Zhakata ZIMBABWEAN youths are poised for greater heights in the economic and political spheres of the country after the Government allowed for the amendment of the Zimbabwe Youth Bill. The objective of the proposed Bill is to have all-encompassing legislation that addresses all youth sectors, align it to the Constitution, as well as the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the SADC Declaration on Youth Development and Empowerment. The Bill will provide for, among others, the following: empowerment of youths and…

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Address water crisis urgently

Address water crisis urgently

By Edward Mukaro COMMUNITY Water Alliance has implored the City of Harare to urgently address the availability and supply of water to Harare residents, as community schemes availed by donor agencies are only “short term gap measures”. Most residents in the capital go for days without the precious liquid, while some in suburbs like Mabvuku – Tafara and parts of Ruwa have allegedly gone for years without running water, according to sources that spoke to this publication. Speaking in an interview with The BusinessConnect on the sidelines of a tour…

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Conservationists take Government head-on

Conservationists take Government head-on

By Wellington Zimbowa HWANGE conservationists are up in arms with the government for ‘facilitating’ environmental degradation through granting of coal exploration concessions inside Hwange National Park by Chinese companies namely, Afrochine Energy and the Zimbabwe Zhongxin Coal Mining Group. A partner of Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in environment, Bhejane Trust says it intercepted the two companies conducting exploration inside Zimbabwe’s premier fauna and flora park, that is an international tourist attraction. “We followed up on this and discovered the Government has allocated two coal mining concessions in…

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Invest in Tourism – industry implored

Invest in Tourism – industry implored

By Edward Mukaro THE Government of Zimbabwe has urged industry to invest in the Tourism Sector, as the sector looks to re-bounce after the government announced key measures that will see the sector’s operators resume operations after a six-month COVID- 19 forced break, as Zimbabwe joined the world in implementing lockdowns to curb the pandemic. The nation has since approved the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy that was launched by His Excellency, the President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in August 2020, in Victoria Falls. Addressing journalists at a press conference, in…

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Global entrepreneur, Masiyiwa, sets eyes on African creative talent

Global entrepreneur, Masiyiwa, sets eyes on African creative talent

By Wellington Zimbowa ‘SASAI Moments’, a recently unveiled new social media network app by Fintech under the Econet Global company is set to give an outlet platform for African movies, films and songs. According to Econet Global’s executive chairman and founder Strive Masiyiwa, creative talent is vast in the motherland, hence the need to support it. In a post on his official Facebook account, the telecommunications giant revealed that on his follow-up on the uptake of the Sasai Moments social app on the continent, he was awestruck by how it…

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