Towards a robust agricultural revolution: The Presidential Pledge

Towards a robust agricultural revolution: The Presidential Pledge

State-run media organisations dedicated huge airtime and media space lauding the government for indeed the major transformation of the Agriculture Bank of Zimbabwe into the Agriculture Financing Cooperation (AFC). The major thrust of the new institution unveiled last Friday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is to provide a premier short and long term one-stop-shop for agriculture production. The new institution brings into fresh memory the colonial settler’s Land Agriculture Development Bank that was used to spearhead the land subjugation of the indigenous people. It was a highly funded and well-orchestrated agric…

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Zim prepares for bumper harvest

Zim prepares for bumper harvest

COMING from a period of incessant droughts, Cyclones and a bad economy, news that the country is expecting a bumper harvest is music to the ears of every citizen and Government should get credit for in place programs whose effect are only starting to be noticed. According to the 2020/ 21 summer cropping season, Zimbabwe expects to harvest 2.7 million tonnes of maize, the highest in 20-years. A surplus of over 820 000 tonnes of cereal is expected this marketing season, the highest yield since the 2000/ 01 season. Indeed,…

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Government, teachers in dire straits

Government, teachers in dire straits

COMMENT GOVERNMENT and teachers seem to be on the familiar collision course, again, after the announcement that teachers who do not report for duty will not be receiving salaries. As it stands, teachers’ unions are probably writhing with anger and disdain by senator Monica Mutsvangwa statement. Authorities should probably brace for a backlash, not only from teachers union, but even the civic sector, as the issue of teachers is slowly becoming an issue of national concern. A lot will be looked at regarding the comments made by Hon Mutsvangwa, especially…

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Let’s enjoy responsibly this Easter

Let’s enjoy responsibly this Easter

HOLIDAYS are mostly meant for merry-making, as families come together taking a pedal off the hectic work schedule, however, this Easter holiday folks should take heed and abide by the set rules and regulations to prevent the chances of triggering the feared third wave of the COVID- 19 pandemic. It’s human nature to have the urge of letting off some steam by merry-making and willfully disregarding protective regulations to enjoy the moment, whatever occasion. One hopes the masses will at least try to adhere to Government’s regulations as it is…

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Ministry of Health under the spotlight

Ministry of Health under the spotlight

WHILE it is comforting to know that that there has been some headway in wage negotiations between teachers and the Government, as highlighted in Parliament recently, it is also important to note that the health of pupils and teachers is crucial, especially in view of the fact that there have been reported cases of COVID- 19 cases in some schools, Prince Edward High School, to be precise. Thursday (yesterday) newspapers were awash with the news that seven (7) pupils at the Harare school had tested positive for the virus and…

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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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The wait is over

The wait is over

Comment THE much talked about vaccine is here, finally, people can get their COVID- 19 jabs and hopefully remain complying with the set WHO health regulations put in place to kick out the pandemic that has claimed millions of lives, globally. Locally, like everywhere worldwide, sceptics and naysayers have had their say on the vaccine/s as scientists grapple to find a cure for the pandemic. It was a good thing that the leadership of the country took the onus to become the first recipients of the country, as witnessed when…

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Lockdown brewing corruption

Lockdown brewing corruption

COMMENT THE current 30-day lockdown phase is a noble move by authorities to curb and stop the COVID- 19 pandemic from causing even much great losses of life and business in Zimbabwe, but practices by other actors who are supposed to monitor the situation tell a different story, as some members of the uniformed forces have been accused of allegedly engaging in corrupt activities in cahoots with business people from sectors of the economy that were not deemed essential service providers, for passage into the capital’s central business district. It…

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Vehicle licence fees increase justified?

Vehicle licence fees increase justified?

COMMENT WHILE the Minister of Finance might have pulled a masterstroke by the introduction of the Foreign Exchange Auction System, which ultimately stabilised the exchange rate, business and citizens alike had hoped that prices for basic needs would stabilize, but the market has proven otherwise. As curtains fell on 2020, most citizens would have hoped for a calm year, but before even before a week had elapsed the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) has made price adjustments for vehicle licensing. The move comes at a time when most motorists will…

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Sanity in market, as festive season draws to an end

Sanity in market, as festive season draws to an end

COMMENT HAVING announced the halt in trading on the Foreign Exchange Auction, as the festive season beckoned, Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube had hoped the prevailing rate to remain stable, despite trade commencing in January 2021. His (Mthuli Ncube) hunch could have been spot on as the market is somewhat trading inline with the prevailing exchange rate. Parallel market rates currently stand at US$1: ZW$80, but for buying the USD a customer is required to pay from about ZW$120 for US$1. These rates have been prevailing since before the Finance…

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