Villagers-cum invigilators, education circus rages on

Villagers-cum invigilators, education circus rages on

COMMENT REPORTS circulating in media circles alleging ‘villagers have become overnight invigilators for the Zimbabwe School Examination Council’s June 2020 exams go a long in showing the disjointed nature of operations between government and teacher unions, and should be condemned, as such action brings the whole exam process to disrepute. While it is commendable to have students sit for exams each calendar year, it is, however, not recommended to take short-cuts in the exam process, as there is nothing to hurry about writing exams while exposing students and teachers to…

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Harare’s corridors of shame

Harare’s corridors of shame

COMMENT AS media houses are awash with the country’s hyperinflationary environment that has got business and the ordinary Zimbabwean thinking the economy is relapsing into the 2008 era, a period generally regarded as nation’s lowest point, authorities should do more to combat the cancer that has eroded the economy, which is none other than corruption. In Harare, there are certain well-known places where dealers conduct their under-hand deals, such as money laundering. These people are not your normal street foreign exchange dealers, who are currently engaged in a cat and…

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Let’s do away with gender-based violence

Let’s do away with gender-based violence

COMMENT GENDER-based violence has suddenly shown its face once again, in Zimbabwe, despite efforts by Government, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, and individuals at large, to stamp out the social ill. One wouldn’t imagine that living in the 21st Century people would still be crying and lobbying against gender-based violence, especially that against women. The despicable deed has rendered untold suffering to innocent souls who have continually been on the receiving end violence, instigated mostly by spouses, unknown assailants and at some point, alleged state agents, like in case of the…

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Slackening in public transport systems exposes millions to Covid- 19

Slackening in public transport systems exposes millions to Covid- 19

COMMENT RESIDENTS in the country have had a tough time in as far as getting to work on time is concerned, due to transport challenges, in the wake of government’s ban on privately owned commuter omnibuses, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sensing the hardships of the general worker, who commutes to and from work, weekly, government invited omnibus owners to join the ZUPCO family by using the franchise, an arrangement with some operators refusing, probably leading authorities to increase the carrying capacity of ZUPCO buses and kombis, alike….

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Government deploys soldiers

Government deploys soldiers

Comment IT was not business as usual for Harare’s working class for the better part of the week, since thousands were barred from entering the city centre, as soldiers joined police manning routes that lead into the central business district. Security checkpoints had as many as 20 police officers, coupled soldiers who were assisting and maintaining order, as motorists queued impatiently. The Warren Park checkpoint, which is just beside the National heroes Acre shrine was a hive of activity as motorists tried in vain to pass, but in vain, as…

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Transport nightmare in Harare

Transport nightmare in Harare

Comment IT’S been a week from hell for all commuters in and around the capital city, as most people have had to wait for close to three hours at local bus terminuses in order to get transport into town. Clearly, the situation is inconveniencing everybody, especially those who will have to deal with inconsiderate bosses for arriving late at their different workstations. One would have hoped the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) would cope with the hundreds thousands of thousands of workers who commute to town daily, amid the lockdown,…

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Deplorable rot at fuel stations

Deplorable rot at fuel stations

Comment AS more and more businesses continue to open, its back to basics for motorists, as life in a fuel queue is slowly becoming a reality, which is being made more arduous by the sometimes corrupt fuel attendants, both in the capital and countrywide, at large. Fuel queues had become a thing of the past during the first phase of the national lockdown amid the outbreak of the deadly bug, Covid-19, as Government moved in swiftly to curb the spread of the disease that has caused socio-economic meltdown across the…

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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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Battle against Covid -19 still on

Battle against Covid -19 still on

NO doubt, the fatal Coronavirus (Covid -19) is influencing events and economies everywhere around the world, affecting key calendar events in the business, sport and social spheres. As the virus swept across Europe, major teams from various sporting activities had to play in empty stadiums, but as the broader picture deteriorated, all matches had to be postponed, as per government and sporting associations’ orders, following the United Nations World Health Organisations (WHO) recommendations. Having originated in China last December and spreading to the United Kingdom, Italy and the like, Covid…

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Fools will lead us into a tighter lockdown

Fools will lead us into a tighter lockdown

Comment HARARE has been almost reduce to a ghost town, especially in the central business district (CBD), but one should not be fooled by that site, as citizens in most parts of the city are still roaming around, despite the government initiated countrywide lockdown, in the wake of a number of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases reported in the country. Zimbabwe has to date, officially recorded 9 cases of people who have tested positive of the Covid-19 bug, which has unfortunately resulted in three (3) deaths, so far, from a reported 11…

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