China’s Tsingshan expands plans for Zimbabwe steel plant

HARARE – China’s Tsingshan Holding Group has expanded its plans for a steel plant in Zimbabwe to include a power plant and a lithium concession, Zimbabwe’s Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Tuesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining, as part of efforts to revive an economy that has sparked public resentment of his regime. Tsingshan signed a $1 billion outline agreement to build a 2 million tonne-per-annum steel plant in Zimbabwe in June last year. Its original agreement included chrome, nickel, iron…

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Strive Masiyiwa says Botswana’s Mascom to list by October after takeover

GABORONE, Botswana – Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa plans to list part of his Botswana telecoms operator Mascom by October this year, he said on Tuesday, in what he expects to be one of the biggest flotations on the Gaborone bourse. Masiyiwa, through his holding company Econet, is finalising a $300 million deal with South African rival MTN Group to raise his stake in Mascom from 7 percent to 60 percent. “This is what I have always wanted to do … I have never held enough shareholding to push it through,”…

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Poorly ZAPU leader Dabengwa wheeled to plane in wheelchair

BULAWAYO – These pictures will alarm supporters of the independence war stalwart and ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa. The former Home Affairs Minister is seen sitting in a wheelchair at Joshua Mqabuko International Airport – his first public sighting since December before he underwent lengthy treatment in South Africa into early this year. The 79-year-old has liver disease, a family friend told ZimLive. Fatigue, weakness and weight loss are some of the symptoms associated with the condition. Dabengwa was wheeled to a FastJet plane to Harare on Monday morning while being…

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Zimbabwe signs multibillion-dollar mining deal with Chinese company

Zimbabwe today signed a multibillion-dollar mining deal with China’s Tsingshan that will see the Chinese firm mining chrome, iron ore, nickel and coal in Zimbabwe. The deal, whose initial phase will cost US$2 billion before rising to between US$5 and US$10 billion, may also involve lithium mining, establishment of a power plant and construction of a railway line to the port. The two countries initially signed the deal last year at a cost of US$1 billion but today, the two countries signed the new agreement expanding the scope of the…

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US ‘border militia training to assassinate Obama’ – FBI

The suspected leader of a New Mexico militia group allegedly boasted of plans to assassinate former President Barack Obama, the FBI has said. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who also goes by the alias Striker (left), speaking with a militia member Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, and his group United Constitutional Patriots, also plotted to target Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros, according to a tip received by the FBI. It is unclear when he allegedly made these comments, which were included in court papers released this week. His lawyer has denied the…

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UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who has woken from a 27-year-long vegetative state, Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in…

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Tendai Chabvuta: Zimbabwe’s Second Republik: dealing with the past, compensating white farmers and knee jerk reactions from civil society

Tendai Chabvuta: Zimbabwe’s Second Republik: dealing with the past, compensating white farmers and knee jerk reactions from civil society – Nehanda Radio Home 2019 April 23 Opinion Tendai Chabvuta: Zimbabwe’s Second Republik: dealing with the past, compensating white farmers and knee jerk reactions from civil society Source: Nehanda Radio

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Sudan army ‘will not attack protesters’

The head of Sudan’s military transitional council has told the BBC the army will not use force against protesters who want it to leave power. Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan said he would be willing to give up power in days (Picture by EPA) Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan spoke as African leaders extended their ultimatum for the military to organise a return to civilian rule. The army had warned it would remove protesters camped outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power on…

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Sixty-six trauma counsellors deployed to the cyclone hit Chimanimani

By Idah Mhetu GOVERNMENT has deployed at least 66 trauma counsellors to the cyclone-ravaged Manicaland province’s Chimanimani district to provide services to victims of the natural disaster that ripped through the area last month. Authorities have indicated they are targeting some 236 volunteer counsellors to provide psycho-social support to survivors of the tragedy that killed nearly 400 people with hundreds still unaccounted for. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa revealed the developments during a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday. Mutsvangwa told the media that the 66 volunteer counsellors have already finished their…

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Mnangagwa ignores tobacco farmers’ USD pleas

By Leopold Munhende CABINET on Tuesday completely ignored pleas by tobacco farmers, to be paid in US dollars instead of RTGS$, whose value is depreciating at an alarming rate on both the formal and informal market. Government abandoned the system in which farmers would be paid all their earnings in hard currency, instead adopting one in which they would get only 30 percent in US dollars with the remaining 70 percent paid to farmers in RTGS$ at a prevailing interbank rate. The payouts are also subject to the two percent…

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