Madziva’s rise, testimony to his ability

Madziva’s rise, testimony to his ability

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Sporting Lions and Dynamos left-back, Francis Madziva popularly known as ‘Benz or Coach Carter’ was a rare talent who used to illuminate the local football fraternity and was arguably one of the nation’s brightest prospect, before suffering broken legs in an accident coming from a friendly match in Kwekwe. Refreshing the memories of some of our unsung football stars, The BusinessConnect traced Madziva to his Chitungwiza residents to find out his rise to stardom and how his football dreams were shattered on the floor, like broken…

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Region edges closer to power interconnectivity!

Region edges closer to power interconnectivity!

By Wellington Zimbowa SOUTHERN AFRICA is optimistic of launching regional electricity connectivity amongst its 16 member states next year, in a bid to bridge the power deficit and foster industrialisation and sustainable development. The regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said there was notable progress to achieve the project. With the exception of Angola, Malawi and Tanzania all member states are interconnected through the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)’s grid, allowing them to share surplus energy. “There is notable progress in the preparation and implementation of priority interconnector…

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“Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival – to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated – Stephen Covey”

“Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival – to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated – Stephen Covey”

By Chester Dimairho When asked by one of his disciples about the ingredients of good government, Confucius answered: “Sufficient food, sufficient weapons and the confidence of the common people”. “But,” asked the disciple, “Suppose you had no choice but to dispense with one of those three, which would you forego?” “Weapons,” said Confucius. His disciple persisted: “Suppose you were then forced to dispense with one of the two that are left, which you would forego?” Replied Confucius, “Food, for from of old, hunger has been the lot of all men,…

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“Be wary of post harvest losses” – farmers warned

“Be wary of post harvest losses” – farmers warned

By Nomthandazo Gabi COMING from a period of incessant droughts, Zimbabwe is expecting to experience a bumper harvest of about 2.5 million to 2.8 million metric tonnes of maize in 2021, due to an above-average rainfall season, however, farmers are being advised to guard against Post Harvest Losses (PHL) that has led to farmers losing up to 30 percent (%) of a harvest. PHL remains a major challenge to a number of farmers countrywide. According to research done by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) about 30% of harvested grain…

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Zimbabwe’s processed foods sector on the rise

Zimbabwe’s processed foods sector on the rise

By Wellington Zimbowa AT a time the country is battling the trade balance deficit, official statistics have shown a steady rise of the country’s processed food sector over the last few years. In a trading update by the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) the sector which it says plays a key role in the country’s economic development is renowned for its quality and yet to be fully tapped. “The processed food sector plays a critical role in the overall growth of the Zimbabwean economy. “This is one sector that has seen…

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Willdale sales volumes up by 12%

Willdale sales volumes up by 12%

By Nomthandazo Gabi CONSTRUCTION giant, Willdale Limited recorded a 12% increase in sales volumes for the year ended December 2020 compared to the prior year due to the relaxation of lockdown conditions in the fourth quarter, which witnessed a steady increase in orders from individual home developers. The continued opening up of economic activity, coupled with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) introduction of the foreign currency auction system resulted in a stable currency and inflation rate which will present opportunities for dormant and new projects. Moreover, revenue for the…

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Let’s guard gains of the lockdown jealously

Let’s guard gains of the lockdown jealously

COMMENT AS the Government was noble enough to allow businesses from corporates to informal traders to open for business, the onus is now upon each and every organisation and most importantly individual citizens to guard the gains of the national lockdown that has seen a decline in the reported cases of active COVID- 19 cases and a fall in the death rate. Indeed, by the fall of 2020, the country recorded alarming death rates due to the pandemic, leading to loss of life. Zimbabwe was undoubtedly under siege from the…

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Devolution financing under spotlight

Devolution financing under spotlight

By Wellington Zimbowa GOVERNMENT has been taken to task over the devolution agenda with legislators recently requesting the former on accountability mechanisms to ensure Zimbabwe abides by constitutional obligations to ensure decentralisation of administration and economic contribution. A section of the Zimbabwe Constitution demands that at least five percent of the national budget is allocated for devolution. Umzingwane lawmaker, Levi Mayihlome queried on measures put in place to ensure timely release of funds to local authorities. “The second part is: what is the government going to do about those devolution…

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Government invests in infrastructure rehabilitation

Government invests in infrastructure rehabilitation

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka The Government of Zimbabwe has released ZW$480 million through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to fund the Road Rehabilitation programme after the nation’s road network status was described as a national disaster, recently. The Road Rehabilitation programme is earmarked to spruce up the nation’s road network that has been shattered by the continuous heavy rains, which continue to pour well into 2021. Honourable Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as the Chairman of the Enhanced Cabinet Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management presented the programme to…

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Address legacy issues, government implored

Address legacy issues, government implored

Reporter GOVERNMENT has been implored to address legacy issues that continue to haunt the education sector such as lack of availability of water and sanitation, coupled with the COVID- 19 pandemic, as schools prepare to open their classroom doors for the 2021 calendar year. Schools in the Matabeleland region has been identified as some of the most exposed due to a lack of water and sanitization facilities in adherence to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, according to MDC legislator Priscilla Misiharabwi-Mushonga. Presenting a situational report of the Portfolio Committee…

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