National Foods’ volumes increase by 14.2%

National Foods’ volumes increase by 14.2%

By Staff Reporter A cocktail of factors among them price stability along with increased real income in certain sectors of the economy drove National Foods Holding Limited’s volumes up by 14.2 percent (%), compared to the same period last year, according to the group’s third-quarter trading update. Said the group, “The price stability, along with increased real incomes in certain sectors of the economy saw an improvement in consumer demand. This resulted in strong growth in volumes across the product portfolio with the exception of the Maize category. Volumes for…

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Waste Management Committees enhance livelihoods

Waste Management Committees enhance livelihoods

By Edward Mukaro LOCAL authorities have been implored to spearhead the formation of local level Waste Management Committees in all major centres so that cleanliness is attained in its totality, while also assisting communities to identify livelihoods enhancement opportunities. Government has been at the forefront, encouraging citizens to make use of all disposal waste and get value out of it to sustain livelihoods. Speaking recently at Mahamba Business Centre, in Bubi District Matabeleland North Province, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu challenged local authorities to empower residents…

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‘Shoot to kill infrastructure vandals’ – NRZ beckons government

‘Shoot to kill infrastructure vandals’ – NRZ beckons government

By Wellington Zimbowa REELING from grappling cases of damage to its infrastructure – costing millions of hard currency –the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has called for a holistic intervention approach to rescue the ailing rails operator, including a ‘shoot to kill’ policy targeting unruly artisanal miners threatening its viability, especially in gold-rich areas. This follows Information, Broadcasting Services and Media Minster, Monica Mutsvangwa’s Tuesday revelations that Cabinet has enlisted special security services along the recently invaded Bulawayo-Beitbridge railway corridor to deter artisanal mining activities damaging that corridor’s infrastructure. NRZ…

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LADS to increase efficiency in councils

LADS to increase efficiency in councils

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has launched the Local Authority Digital System (LADS) AFRICA, a system that will go a long way in improving local authorities’ operations as LADS enables the provision of accurate and timely billing, enforce revenue collection through payment plans and produce timely financial reports, among other benefits. The launch that was graced by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable July Moyo at the Rainbow Towers, on the 28th April, comes after growing demand from local authorities after which the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT)…

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Vic Falls can become region’s first green tourist destination – Ndhlovu

Vic Falls can become region’s first green tourist destination – Ndhlovu

By Edward Mukaro VICTORIA Falls has the capacity to become the first green tourist destination in southern Africa if players in the sector realise opportunities that come from embracing the green economy, the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndhlovu has said. Addressing delegates who attended the National Dialogue on eco-Tourism: “Towards Greening the Tourism Sector”, Minister Ndhlovu said, “It is time that the tourism sector sees the opportunities that come from embracing a green economy and not envision these externalities as a cost to their profitability….

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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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Schools slowly becoming COVID- 19 hotspots – analysts

Schools slowly becoming COVID- 19 hotspots – analysts

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka COVID- 19 continues to ravage Zimbabwean schools, this follows mass testing and contact tracing that followed the detection of the COVID- 19 cases at several schools, with most cases being recorded in Matabeleland Schools. Schools in Matabeleland like Sacred Heart Girls High school recently recorded a total number of 46 COVID- 19 cases; another boarding school in Umzingwane district recorded 55 positive cases bringing the two schools’ COVID- 19 cases to 519 cases, as of April 23 2021, reports said. Embakwe High School in Plumtree also recorded…

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Digital divide, new face of inequality – UN

Digital divide, new face of inequality – UN

By Edward Mukaro THE ‘Digital Divide’ that has been exposed by the COVID- 19 risks becoming the new face of inequality, as almost half of the global population, are still ‘offline’, as they cannot access the internet for education, remote work, or remote health services, the United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed has said. The internet has over the years become a core pillar of the modern information society and with the advent of the COVID- 19 pandemic, no meaningful development has come by without the service (internet), as governments…

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COVID- 19 stalls retail sector’s growth

COVID- 19 stalls retail sector’s growth

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka COVID- 19 has slowed down the retail sector’s growth in many ways such as weakened purchasing power and restricted consumer movement as a result of the lockdown, leading to a sharp decline of sales volumes of 50 percent (%) for the year-to-date, according to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers. According to the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE), during the fight against COVID- 19, the country experienced it’s second and more pronounced wave (COVID- 19) between December 2020 and February 2021, where daily infection rates spiked 270%,…

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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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