Zim tourism not ready for China: Dr Kaseke

Zim tourism not ready for China: Dr Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is yet to be certified to receive Chinese business. For a country’s tourism sector to be deemed China ready, it is supposed to undergo China Readiness training and get certified. Addressing the media on the success of their trip to China together with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Dr Kaseke said until the country has done that training it will forever continue to admire its neighbours who are already reaping rewards from because of the certification….

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Gvt moves to restructure SOEs

Gvt moves to restructure SOEs

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT has approved the liquidation, privatization and merging of State owned enterprises (SOEs) as it seeks to enhance performance and promote good corporate governance in the entities. According to Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa said each line ministry is expected to provide a memorandum to cabinet on the implementation modalities. Notably the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA), Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Zimtrade and Join Venture Unit are to establish a one stop shop for potential investors. Powertel, Zarnet and Africom are to be merged while the…

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No fridges to keep Rabbis vaccines in rural areas

No fridges to keep Rabbis vaccines in rural areas

By Daniel Chigundu HEALTH and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa says most clinics in rural areas do not have refrigeration required for storing of vaccines for Rabbies. According to Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba, most people in rural areas are asked to buy their own Rabbis vaccines when they are bitten by dogs but are unable to find the vaccines easily. Honourable Chinotimba said the Health Minister must explain whether people are supposed to buy on their own or the Government is supposed to give people for free or to…

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MDC-T demand answers on cash crisis

MDC-T demand answers on cash crisis

By Daniel Chigundu OPPOSITION members in the National Assembly yesterday demanded that government reveal concrete measures it is taking to address the current cash crisis. Zimbabwe is facing a massive cash-crisis that has seen banks going without hard-cash to give to depositors most of whom are sleeping in queues or spending the hours there. A few weeks ago, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the nation that he had declined to receive his salary in cash opting to queue with others in banks, as opposed to former President Robert Mugabe who wants…

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Mohadi to answer on missing diamonds

Mohadi to answer on missing diamonds

By Daniel Chigundu Mines and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has summoned Vice President Kembo Mohadi, current government ministers and former ministers to answer on the alleged missing US$15billion diamond revenue. According to former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe lost about US$15 billion in diamond revenue through illicit deals and smuggling at Chiadzwa in Marange. Parliament in exercising its oversight role is trying to ascertain the authenticity of the US$15billion through the Mines and Energy Committee. In a statement, the Committee revealed that more than 18 officials and companies will appear before…

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Barclays profit up 83 percent

Barclays profit up 83 percent

Barclays profit up 83 percent By Ndafadza Madanha BARCLAYS recorded an 83 percent jump to US$19.8M  in profit after tax spurred by net interest income and non funded income. Net Interest income was up 17 percent and non funded income rose by 26 percent owing to transactional volume growth. “The period under review reflects financials buttressed by strong revenue growth led by treasury income which grew by 55 percent. Interest earning assets grew by 10 percent whilst fees and commissions grew by 13 percent year on year, largely from volume on card…

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Nigerians promise more tourists

Nigerians promise more tourists

NIGERIAN Tour Operators who recently went on a familiarization tour of Zimbabwe from 11 – 15 March in Bulawayo, Hwange and Victoria Falls have heaped praises on the country’s tourist sites and have committed to bringing groups of visitors. Ndubuisi Ukpabi of Tour Brokers International said they were amazed at what the country has to offer, adding that Nigerian tourists would gladly come. “We are amazed at what Zimbabwe has to offer and would proudly want to announce that we are committing to bringing groups of Nigerian tourists without fail…

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Tourism re-engagement efforts paying off: Kaseke

Tourism re-engagement efforts paying off: Kaseke

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says the recent tourism re-engagement mission in the United Kingdom by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Prisca Mupfumira has begun paying, as the country is set to host a 12 –member media delegation. The delegation’s objective is to primarily profile the Zimbabwe story on different media platforms across Europe. During the reengagement mission, Minister Mupfumira conduct a series of roundtables and meetings with the travel industry, diasporans and airlines as well as interviews with influential…

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ZTA/ CSTB sign partnership agreement

ZTA/ CSTB sign partnership agreement

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) and the Civil Service Travel Bureau (CSTB) have signed a memorandum of understanding that we see the two the organisations promoting domestic tourism in the country. The partnership comes at a time when Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry is pushing domestic tourism strategy under the 100 days action plan announced by Minister Prisca Mupfumira. Domestic tourism is said to have a direct bearing on the choice of destinations of international tourists as they normally follow where locals are going…

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Domestic Tourism Strategy takes shape

Domestic Tourism Strategy takes shape

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) says it is ready to implement ideas and proposals on domestic tourism that came out of the stakeholder workshops in Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Domestic tourism has not been performing well in the country owing to various challenges that range from poor marketing strategies by the industry and also exorbitant pricing structure at a time when most people have very little disposable income which they would rather channel towards basic commodities as food and rentals. In a statement, ZTA head of corporate…

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