Zimplats contributes to maternal health

Zimplats contributes to maternal health

By Daniel Chigundu Giant platinum miners Zimplats says it has splashed around US$12 000 towards the completion of a maternity wing at Gora Clinic in Mhondoro. Many rural clinics in the country have no proper maternity facilities for pregnant women, a development which has resulted in some having to give birth at home or at the roadside on their to distance clinics. Proper maternity facilities are one of the requirements in trying to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to child which at most times occurs during birth. Maternity facilities…

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Let’s focus on HIV prevention: NAC …as Aids Levy dwindles

Let’s focus on HIV prevention: NAC …as Aids Levy dwindles

By Daniel Chigundu NATIONAL Aids Council (NAC) finance director Albert Manenji says there is need to put more efforts in HIV/Aids prevention as it is cheaper than treatment. Zimbabwe has about 1.2 million people living with HIV/Aids and only about 1.029 million are on medication. A month supply of ARVs for a single person according to NAC is about $7.16 which translated to about US$7 million for the number of people on the medication at the moment. Addressing online journalists at a workshop, Manenji said the treatment was the biggest…

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I’m not Lacoste: Kaseke

I’m not Lacoste: Kaseke

By Ndafadza Madanha ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke has dismissed talk that he is aligned to Zanu PF’s Lacoste faction. Lacoste is the moniker for purported supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who are pushing for him to succeed President Robert Mugabe. The Lacoste faction is locked in a brutal war with the G40 grouping which has in recent weeks fronted defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi as an alternative to VP Mnangagwa. Dr Kaseke said his association with VP Mnangagwa was professional as the tourism sector falls…

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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 must support social services

Govt must support social services

By Staff Reporter  GOVERNMENT must channel more funding to social services if it is to eradicate socio-economic inequalities according to the World Bank (WB).  The WB in its Zimbabwe Public Expenditure review jointly produced with government of Zimbabwe recommends increased support to children, elderly and those with disabilities.  It added that the Small Enterprises Development Corporation (SEDCO) should be adequately resourced to execute its mandate.  “Small Enterprises Development Corporation (SEDCO). SEDCO, a statutory body, provides incubation services for start-up businesses, as well as training, mentoring, market linkages, and business extension…

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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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Chief Musarurwa okays Zodwa …as Carnival Bira preps reach high levels

Chief Musarurwa okays Zodwa …as Carnival Bira preps reach high levels

By Daniel Chigundu CHIEF Musarurwa (Enos Musakwa) says there is nothing wrong for artists like Zodwa Wabantu to come and showcase their culture and way of life at the Harare International Carnival. There has been an outcry following the announcement by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) that controversial South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu will be part of the performing artists at the Carnival street party. The issue was further worsened by South Africa based Zimbabwean actor Anne Nhira who wrote a letter to the tourism ministry requesting that Zodwa be…

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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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