Prof Ncube slams debt takeover practice

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By Golden Sibanda Government may not take over the debts of State-owned entities such as Air Zimbabwe and Zisco, touted as critical to making them more attractive to investors, after Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube indicated that automatic debt takeover was not good financial practice. Mthuli Ncube Professor Ncube said while it had taken longer than anticipated for entities such as national carrier Air Zimbabwe and ex-steel making giant, Zisco, whose suffocating debts the Government has considered assuming, to find suitors or technical partners to facilitate their…

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Zifa charter flight to Cairo

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On Jun 21, 2019 22,144 0 By Grace Chingoma ZIFA have chartered an Air Zimbabwe plane for its Nations Cup delegation which was expected to fly out last night to Cairo, Egypt. Joseph Mamutse The association’s chief executive, Joseph Mamutse, spent the greater part of yesterday running around so that the delegation could get to travel to Egypt ahead of tonight’s clash between Zimbabwe and the hosts Egypt. The delegation of close to 100 people will be catered for by ZIFA in Egypt.The travelling party was initially scheduled to fly…

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Air Zimbabwe administrator plans to restrict foreign airlines to Harare

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HARARE – The administrator in charge of Air Zimbabwe has tabled a controversial plan to force all international airlines to land in Harare, with Air Zimbabwe completing the final leg of all passenger air travel within Zimbabwe. The controversial plan would see landing rights granted to international carriers like South African Airways, British ComAir and Kenyan Airways being withdrawn. The major concern is the foreign airlines’ use of Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, which has cannibalised traffic from the capital, thereby impacting the state-owned carrier. Tonderayi Mukubvu, of Grant Thornton, Air…

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Lawyers say Chinamasa appointment to Air Zimbabwe board ‘dubious’

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HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has named former finance minister Patrick Chinamasa as the new chairman of the Air Zimbabwe board – but the validity of the appointment was immediately thrown into question. Air Zimbabwe, which is saddled with debts of over US$300 million, was placed under administration in October last year, effectively divesting the board of all control. But following a meeting of the Zanu PF politburo on Monday, Mnangagwa announced the surprise appointment which was immediately questioned by lawyers. Lawyer Alex Magaisa said: “In October 2018, the government…

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Air Zimbabwe passengers hit by disruptions after only plane goes for service

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HARARE – Air Zimbabwe passengers face travel disruptions after the airline’s only plane in service was sent for repairs. Air Zimbabwe said its Boeing 767-200ER was undergoing a mandatory maintenance check from June 6-19. “Management is working on alternative equipment arrangements in order to ensure normal service is resumed as from Tuesday, June 11,” Air Zimbabwe said in a statement on Friday. The flag carrier said passengers already booked would be contacted and put on other airlines. “Once the maintenance requirement is accomplished, the aircraft will be released back into…

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Delivery of Airzim planes in two months — Matiza

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By Victor Maphosa and Africa Moyo Two of the four Boeing 777-200 ER planes bought by the Government from Malaysia are expected in the country within two months, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza has said. File picture of an Air Zimbabwe plane He was responding to questions by the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development, who wanted to know what happened to the four passenger planes bought by Government from Malaysia. “Two of the planes have already been fully paid for and we are expecting them…

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Air Zimbabwe’s B767 back in skies

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By Africa Moyo A foreign object absorbed by Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 767-200ER on the left engine at take-off caused an engine surge resulting in the “brief” tailpipe fire, a probe by a team of the national airline’s engineers has established. File picture of an Air Zimbabwe plane The probe was concluded yesterday, with pilots flying the aircraft as part of tests and measures to establish if there were any other outstanding challenges with the plane. The engineers didn’t establish any further problems with the Boeing 767-200ER, which was expected back…

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WATCH: Air Zim investigating after engine ‘malfunction’ results in tail-pipe fire

On Apr 30, 2019 24,350 0 By Khanyisile Ngcobo | IOL | An investigation has been launched after an Air Zimbabwe plane experienced a “malfunction” on one of its engines that resulted in a brief tail pipe fire during a flight from at OR Tambo International Airport to Harare. File picture of an Air Zimbabwe plane On Sunday evening, reports emerged that the one of plane’s engine caught fire shortly after take off, forcing the plane to return to OR Tambo briefly. Air Zim in a statement released on Twitter…

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Another Air Zim mid-air scare

By Auxilia Katongomara Passengers travelling aboard an Air Zimbabwe jet from Johannesburg to Harare on Sunday night had a heart-stopping experience as the plane’s left tail light caught fire. File picture of an Air Zimbabwe plane The plane, a Boeing 767-200ER, landed safely at the Robert Mugabe International Airport. The incident follows another mid-air scare after another Air Zimbabwe plane from Bulawayo to Harare hit birds on Friday evening resulting in sparks coming from the engine. Related Articles The plane was carrying mostly passengers travelling to Harare after the official…

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Airzim engineers probe fire incident

On Apr 30, 2019 7,866 0 By Africa Moyo Air Zimbabwe engineers have launched investigations into the cause of an engine malfunction that resulted in a “brief” tail pipe fire on its Boeing 767-200ER on its way from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Harare. Air Zimbabwe The near disaster, which occurred on Sunday night, did not threaten the continuation of the flight and the safety of both the crew and passengers. Air Zimbabwe says normal services are expected to be affected as the aircraft is attended to, and passengers would get…

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