Citizens being coned by borehole drilling companies… as local authorities fall short of water supply

Citizens being coned by borehole drilling companies… as local authorities fall short of water supply

Opinion By Blessing Mandikonza There has been a huge rise in the number of borehole drilling companies, in and around Harare, such has been mainly caused by the need for alternative water sources particularly for the capital city, where a number of suburbs have not known municipal tapped water for the past 20 years. Access to water for domestic purposes has become a nightmare in Harare. For instance, millenials in Chitungwiza have never seen a drop of water oozing out their taps, despite having the infrastructure set up. In other…

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CHECK-UP POINT

CHECK-UP POINT

Opinion By Wellington Zimbowa Getting into the city along Seke Road, near the flyover bridge, almost at the security Covid-19 check-up point, one is appalled by a huge billboard on the right side that imposingly stands with a striking biblical message inscribed, ‘to God’s people’. Reads the verse from 2 Chronicles 7 verse 14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and…

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For every dark could, there is a silver lining

For every dark could, there is a silver lining

By Wellington Zimbowa IN every dark cloud, there is a silver lining, goes the old adage. No matter what gripping situation an individual, company or country might find themselves in, there is always an amicable end, many a time. In suffering, there is hope; in pain there should be endurance. Even in death, there is life! Put the Zimbabwean situation in the matrix. For decades, the socio – economic and political fabric has been ravaged by the surmounting challenges. Social and moral decay is deepening daily due to the free…

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Introducing a new currency was Zimbabwe’s only viable option

Introducing a new currency was Zimbabwe’s only viable option

By Prof Mthuli Ncube Zimbabwe, the country I serve as finance minister, has been in the news for restricting the use of the US dollar and other international currencies as legal tender. Why would we want to return to our own currency, given such recent, home-made, experience of monetary turmoil? The answer can be found in our recent history. Following hyperinflation at the close of 2009, and to stem the instability produced by bad governance and fiscal ill-discipline, a mixture of other nations’ bills — the US dollar, British pound,…

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#MatterOfFact Zimbabweans Enjoying Best Data Prices in Africa

#MatterOfFact Zimbabweans Enjoying Best Data Prices in Africa

Unlike what most reports have been touting lately on Zimbabwe mobile data bundles being the most expensive in the world, TechnoMag can confirm in light of research conducted, that in actual fact Zimbabwe enjoys the best data prices in Africa. The data rates which were packed by Potraz last year when they engaged the German company, Detecon to account for the emerging market trends and changing of consumer behaviour moving from voice to data, reveal that Zimbabwe charges had been reduced to 5 cents per megabyte from 12,5 cents, while…

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SMEs are open for business

SMEs are open for business

By Lucy Tandi “ZIMBABWE is open for business” is the mantra by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The move has been welcomed by the captains of industry and commerce as an avenue for economic growth. Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Zimbabwe are open for business and ready to engage regional and international investors. SMEs make up more than 70 percent of all businesses; employ 60% of the country’s workforce while contributing above 50% to Zimbabwe’s GDP. 85 percent of Micro-SMEs remain unregistered who include mostly…

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Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

By Jacob Mafume AN unrelenting inflationary environment has characterised our economy for over three months, the surge of prices has become one of the biggest challenges in the lives of Zimbabweans. Any attempt to mitigate the effects of the scourge or combat inflation must normally be applauded; ZANUPF however brings a new twist to the whole matrix. The ZANUPF politburo resolution on inflation is rather scary than it can be reason for celebration. In lightning speed fear takes the citizen back to 2007 when the effects of price controls almost…

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Is Joice Mujuru destined for the bin?

Is Joice Mujuru destined for the bin?

By Daniel Chigundu JOICE Mujuru is one politician in the country who would like to quickly forget the month of November and December owing to developments that saw several of her party supporters resigning in numbers at a time when others are consolidating. The veteran liberator who was sacked from Zanu PF a few years ago on allegations of trying to usurp power, has not had it easy since the death of her powerful and cunning husband general Solomon Mujuru who is believed to have been the force behind her…

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The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE for the first time since independence in 1980 has a First-lady who is also an elected legislator, Auxillia Mnangagwa representing Chirumanzu-Zibagwe Constituency in the National Assembly. Mnangagwa’s first-lady role comes at a time when women are facing a lot of challenges which they are trying to address using Parliament but have been let down by delays from the executive and other arms of government. The current topical issue is that of access to sanitary pads whose prices shot-up a few weeks ago owing to various challenges…

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We dare to hope

We dare to hope

By Ndafadza Madanha SEVEN days ago to imagine President Robert Mugabe under the custody of the military and the bulk of the G40 cabal languishing in military barracks or on the run would have certainly passed for thoughts of the mentally deranged. Seven days ago President Mugabe was in cruise control he had just got rid of his deputy and seemed to have easily ridden out the headwinds that followed his actions affirming his position as the sole center of power in his party. A week ago he was attending…

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