COMESA brings Zim, Zambia together for joint industrial development

COMESA brings Zim, Zambia together for joint industrial development

Wellington Zimbowa ZAMBIA and Zimbabwe recently signed a partnership agreement to embark on an industrialisation project that is being spearheaded by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The two southern African countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a joint industrialization project spearheaded by the COMESA secretariat. The Joint Industrialization Project will promote self-sustained, balanced and inclusive economic growth between the two countries. It will provide opportunities for the private sector to benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Area, through enhanced competitiveness, read…

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Gvt initiated pasture development program to benefit 5 Provinces

Gvt initiated pasture development program to benefit 5 Provinces

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has initiated a pasture development programme through the Presidential Livestock Inputs Scheme, which is meant to improve livestock nutrition in drought-prone districts of the country. The programme is targeting five (5) provinces, namely: Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland. Moreover, Government will accelerate rehabilitation of existing irrigation infrastructure and the development of new irrigation infrastructure, where water bodies are available, including reviewing communal irrigation models to improve water and irrigation infrastructure management and transform farming from subsistence to market-oriented business, which is in line…

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Gokwe Rural District Council, CCMT partner to craft gender policy

Gokwe Rural District Council, CCMT partner to craft gender policy

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOKWE Rural District Council and the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation (CCMT) have partnered to develop and adopt a Gender Policy that among other things will ensure equal access to land between men and women. The Policy also embodies a commitment by Gokwe South Rural District Council to ensure women participation in local governance through promoting their participation in Village Development Committees (VIDCOs) and Ward Development Committees and Ward Development Committees (WADCOs). A total of 1070 women now have posts in VIDCOs, while 33 women now…

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Old Mutual feels the heat, pays billions in mortality claims during 2020

Old Mutual feels the heat, pays billions in mortality claims during 2020

By Wellington Zimbowa PREMIUM finance services group Old Mutual recalls that 2020 posed a serious macro-economic challenge, paying ZAR 13billion in 2020, in fast-tracked mortality claims. In its 31 December, 2020 annual trade report the company that has a regional footprint paid tribute to ‘decisive management actions’ and a strong liquidity base for its viability, despite the harsh operating environment that was exacerbated by the COVID- 19 global outbreak. “2020 was one of the most challenging years our organisation has ever faced. Our business remained well capitalised through the execution…

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CCMT’s citizen journalism training to counter reckless mining firms

CCMT’s citizen journalism training to counter reckless mining firms

By Edward Mukaro 50 environment monitors from Runde and Zvishavane Districts who are also the Centre for Conflict Management Trust’s (CCMT) community liaison committee members have been equipped with citizen journalism training, as a way to check the waywardness and reluctance of mining firms in the maintenance of the environment. The CCMT reports that there have been a number of reported deaths related to unfilled mining pits, as people, especially children have lost their lives due to the ignorance of mining companies operating in different communities across the country. A…

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Passion elevates Boldwin to greater horizons

Passion elevates Boldwin to greater horizons

By Wellington Zimbowa WITH thousands of graduates being offloaded into the ever-shrinking job market, young Boldwin Maposa after graduating with a Psychology Degree from a local university easily charted his own path as a promising social entrepreneur, youth leader, researcher, events director and online talk show host. No doubt, his passion fuelled by the active participation of youth and leadership issues from childhood up to university days had horned him into confronting the harsh realities of the current generation head-on. As his name is entrenching its roots in his mother…

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‘Diminutive’ Mwale, a defender’s nightmare in his heydays

‘Diminutive’ Mwale, a defender’s nightmare in his heydays

By Simbarashe Musaki FORMER Zambian international player, Clive Mwale’s ability to find himself in a goal-scoring position, using his pace and vision to get in behind defenders made him popular among Zimbabwean coaches and played for the country’s big clubs, Dynamos FC and Caps United FC. He was an accurate finisher with his legs as well as the head, in his prime, and his prolific goal-scoring earned him a reputation as one of the most dangerous forwards in the game. Mwale, who is now based in his country of birth…

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Teachers moot street protest

Teachers moot street protest

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka AMALGAMATED Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has given the Government an ultimatum to review teachers’ salary by next week, failure to do so will result in street protests. ARTUZ said, “We are giving government up to 22 March 2021 to attend to the implication crisis. If government fails, we are inviting citizens to join us as we physically take to the streets in protest defending our education sector.” The Zimbabwean government recently announced that schools will reopen in two phases, whereby exam classes were scheduled to…

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Chawanda- Yesteryear legend who dreams big about Zimbabwe

Chawanda- Yesteryear legend who dreams big about Zimbabwe

By Simbarashe Musaki ZIMBABWE football legend, Ephraim Chawanda, who was the late Reinhard Fabisch’s trusted central defender during the Dream Team era, closed one chapter of his football career, the epic, decades-spanning story of him as a player on the same day he started a new one as a coach. The former Zimbabwe Saints FC determined player, Chawanda, was a hardworking player, who excels at intercepting loose balls and breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tackling, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game. He…

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Licensing of private power players under spotlight

Licensing of private power players under spotlight

By Wellington Zimbowa CONCERN has been raised on the identification of Independent Power Producers (IPP) in the country, amid a parliamentary report that a paltry 135.8 Mega Watts (MW) is being fed to the national grid against a capacity of 6 858.65MW by those licensed a decade ago. A parliamentary portfolio committee on Energy and Power Development recently explored the state of the IPPs and their input to the national grid. The Joel Gabuzza led committee stated that the majority of Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) 25 licenses issued covering…

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