Hotels cash in on Carnival: Kaseke

Hotels cash in on Carnival: Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke says the just ended 4th edition of Harare International Carnival was a success from a business point of view. The Carnival which started on the 1st of September to the 10th saw a number of internationals (300 delegates from 25 countries) and over 100 local groups participating in various activities that range from musical shows, cultural displays and finally the street party. Many people have been taking to the social media to question the benefits that the country derives…

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Govt urges SMEs to formalise

Govt urges SMEs to formalise

By Daniel Chigundu SMEs and Cooperative Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni has urged beneficiaries of the Zimbabwe: Works project to formalise their business in order to access more resources. Zimbabwe: Works is a five-year US$12.5million initiative funded the USAID, DFID and SIDA to strengthen NGOs and private sector organisations to build skills and improve the employment and self-employment status of young Zimbabweans especially women to contribute towards and benefit from economic growth in Zimbabwe. The project which was incepted in June 2012 and ending this September and has seen almost 29…

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Govt fully behind Carnival: Mzembi

Govt fully behind Carnival: Mzembi

  By Staff Reporter TOURISM and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi says the government is fully committed to supporting the Harare International Carnival. Addressing a media briefing this afternoon Mzembi said the carnival was a mid to long term investment by the government. “Government is optimistic that it will yield a return on investment in the next 5-10 years hence the reason the project has continued to receive major support from the treasury. The government believes in the power of the carnival particularly its potential to generate the much-needed revenue…

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Carnival is business: Matamisa

Carnival is business: Matamisa

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Council of Tourism (ZCT) chief executive Paul Matamisa says contrary to what other people think, Carnival is actually business especially if it is managed and organised well. Matamisa’s statement comes on the backdrop of criticism that the Harare International Carnival has received from some other members of society, who have questioned its benefit to the economy and country. Addressing the media, the ZCT chief executive said countries, where Carnival originates from, have been able to develop carnival economies and that also helps people to forget their…

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Indian artists arrive for Carnival …promises a good performance

Indian artists arrive for Carnival …promises a good performance

By Daniel Chigundu PANTHOIBI Jagoi Marup from India has arrived in the country for the 2017 edition of Harare International Carnival. Various international groups including the famous Samba Queens of Brazil and the Cubans are billed to perform at this year’s edition of Carnival jamboree. In an interview at the Harare International Airport, Panthoibi Jagoi Marup team leader Dhanarani Devi said they are ready for the carnival and promised a good performance. “You can expect a good performance for the carnival and we have taken part in other carnivals before…

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SMEs Expo preps on course

SMEs Expo preps on course

By Daniel Chigundu ORGANISERS of the annual SMEs International Expo have indicated that preparation for the 2017 edition scheduled for October 18-21 at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, is going according to plan. The expo which started in 2011 has been growing steadily in quality and quantity of exhibitors, which has seen it attracting some interest from Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa, among others. Expo managing director Delight Makotose told The Business Connect in an interview that provisional figures are reflecting a sharp growth from the previous…

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500 000mt delivered to GMB: Mnangagwa

500 000mt delivered to GMB: Mnangagwa

By Ndafadza Madanha VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has to date received over 500 000 metric tonnes of maize against the projected two million metric tonnes. The VP said this in a speech read on his behalf by the minister of state in his office Clifford Sibanda at the 5th edition of the annual Agribusiness conference. He said some GMB depots were already full and the government was battling to provide storage space. The VP said the growth in the last agriculture season was a…

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2018 rain forecast next month

2018 rain forecast next month

By Ndafadza Madanha ZIMBABWEAN farmers will know by the end of the month whether the country is going to receive a normal rainfall season or not. This was revealed by the director of the Meteorological services department Amos Makarau. According to Makarau experts from the SADC member, meteorological services departments are currently meeting in Botswana to assess the forecast. He said from their recent assessments the SADC was not experiencing an EL-Nino or La Nina phenomenon. The country experienced an EL-Nino induced drought in 2015 while last year it was…

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ZAS to focus on agric development

ZAS to focus on agric development

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Agricultural Society (ZAS) chief executive Dr Anxious Masuka says his organisation will now be focusing on agricultural development to ensure Zimbabweans become more productive with their land. Most Zimbabweans who have benefitted from the government’s land reform exercise are yet to fully benefit from the resource owing to a plethora of reasons. Lack of production on land resulted in the country depending on the importation of grain from Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Brazil to ensure food security. Addressing delegates at an exhibitors’ cocktail, Dr Masuka…

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Telecel begins LTE roll out …introduces unlimited night data bundles

Telecel begins LTE roll out …introduces unlimited night data bundles

By Staff Reporter MOBILE telecommunication operator Telecel Zimbabwe says it has begun upgrading its network in readiness for the launch of LTE services by September. Telecel began installing the equipment as part of its network upgrade and LTE project which was announced in May this year. The company made the announcement on the sidelines of the unveiling of its latest offering to the market, the Unlimited Night Data Bundle. In a statement, Telecel chief executive Angeline Vere said the new offering is in line with the company’s tradition and quest…

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