Fresh water scarcity worsening due to population growth

Fresh water scarcity worsening due to population growth

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka A holistic approach is needed to eliminate all water access barriers that include distance, cost, infrastructure design and water sanitation, to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by the year 2030 as envisioned by Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (SDG6), the Matabeleland Institute of Human Rights has said Water-related conflicts and violence have been on the increase since the 1900s and it is projected that due to the acute water crisis to be faced by 2030, the world may begin experiencing…

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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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Funeral assurance firms feel the heat

Funeral assurance firms feel the heat

Reporters UPCOMING Funeral Assurance firms operating in the country are feeling the pinch triggered by the high COVID- 19 deaths that have exerted pressure on the funeral parlour and mortuary industry. The fast-rising confirmed cases of COVID- 19, in recent weeks, has seen funeral parlours being overwhelmed by the frequent occurrence of deaths across the country. In a survey conducted by The BusinessConnect newspaper, one employee of a local parlour who chose to remain unanimous expressed what a tall order it is to stay in a mortuary full of dead…

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Government readies COVID- 19 jab

Government readies COVID- 19 jab

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka ZIMBABWE’s overall national COVID- 19 response strategy has reached a stage where the nation can now introduce vaccines with a targeted inoculation of 60 percent (%) of the population as the nation moves to fend off COVID- 19 and its negative effects, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. As at February 7, 2021, Zimbabwe had recorded 34 552 cases, 28 551 recoveries and 1326 deaths. With various sections of the globe already vaccinating citizens in efforts to protect the human race from the deadly scourge, Zimbabwe is now…

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USA donates 20 Covid-19 ventilators to Zimbabwe

USA donates 20 Covid-19 ventilators to Zimbabwe

By Wellington Zimbowa THE United States of America (USA) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 20 state-of-the-art ventilators to Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe to help the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “Too many Zimbabweans have already passed away due to COVID-19. We express our deepest condolences to all who have lost their loved ones. We are pleased to deliver 20 ventilators, which complement Zimbabwe’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to supporting the people of Zimbabwe through this crisis and beyond,”…

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Zimbabwe, Malawi sign SME’s MoU in efforts to boost bilateral relations

Zimbabwe, Malawi sign SME’s MoU in efforts to boost bilateral relations

By Wellington Zimbowa SMALL and Medium Enterprise business between Zimbabwe and Malawi is set to get to another notch with the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the recently ended 10th edition of the two country’s joint permanent cooperation between Zimbabwe and Malawi, respectively. According to official statistics, the SME’s sector contributes about???? of the gross domestic product (GDP). Malawi’s Foreign Minister Eisenhower Nduwa Mkaka led the Malawian delegation comprising his government’s senior officials for the three days’ event, where he engaged with his Zimbabwean counterpart Minister…

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SWEDEN extends $200 000 to enhance Zim’s public sector audits

SWEDEN extends $200 000 to enhance Zim’s public sector audits

By Wellington Zimbowa SWEDEN has availed US$200 000 in partnership with technical partner, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zimbabwe to further strengthen public-sector involvement in line with international standards, as the COVID -19 impact has complicated public finance oversight by the Parliament and Auditor General’s Office. The Swedish Audit Office, which availed the funding in a statement, said it was assigned by Swedish ‘August House’ to manage international development with key institutions from developing countries. “The Swedish National Audit Office have decided to contribute US$20 000 to the United…

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Scrapping of hospital visitation hours commendable – WCoZ

Scrapping of hospital visitation hours commendable – WCoZ

By Staff Reporter THE Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) has applauded the suspension of patient visitation hours by the country’s largest hospital, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals as a direct response to the surge in COVID- 19 positive cases in the country. The ban on visiting periods, which came into effect this Wednesday comes amid a period, when the country has seen COVID- 19 cases shoot to 11 007 positive cases, 9 147 recoveries, while deaths have risen to 304. Said WCoZ, “We note the announcement by Parirenyatwa Hospital, which is…

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ZADF wars against uncertified milk products

ZADF wars against uncertified milk products

By Wellington Zimbowa MILK consumers have been urged to shun milk and subsequent milk products from undesignated sources as they risk their health, especially pregnant mothers as unsafe milk can potentially cause miscarriages, a milk expert has said. Zimbabwe Dairy Farmers Association’s (ZADF), Policy and Advocacy Officer Alpha Manjengwa urged milk consumers to ensure that they buy their milk products from licensed retailers to safeguard their health. “ Milk is a good product for people’s health as it contains major nutrients critical for the body, but it all starts with…

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Zimbabwe to lead in Africa’s lithium revolution

Zimbabwe to lead in Africa’s lithium revolution

ANALYSIS By Lucy Tandi ANALYSIS (Mining Index) – WITH total worldwide lithium (Li) reserves estimated at 17,000,000 MT, Zimbabwe can potentially account for 20 percent (%)of global lithium if all its known lithium resources are fully exploited. The country’s Li deposits are second to none in Africa, being Africa’s top lithium producer, with reserves estimated at 230,000 MT. Zimbabwe is a top 10 of lithium producer globally but currently produces only a fraction of the worldwide total. FY2018, Zimbabwe and Namibia were among the top 10 lithium-producing countries globally. In…

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