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 plea

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

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Negligent driving, Mwonzora off the hook

By Mary Taruvinga MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who is accused of reckless driving has been removed from remand. Mwonzora stands accused of causing a road accident which resulted in the damage to one Onismo Muzhingi’s vehicle. Last week he walked out of court a free man after a witness failed to turn up for trial. Harare Magistrate Richard Ramaboa ruled that could proceed by way of summons if it so wished. “No prejiduce will be suffered,” ruled the Magistrate. Mwonzora is also being charged with failure to insure and…

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Harare City Council has two days’ water treatment chemicals

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE Harare City Council has appealed to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), to release foreign to companies that import water treatment chemicals from South Africa and China. In a statement the municipality said it is now left with two days’ stocks of chlorine gas needed for the treatment of water. “Currently our water production is very depressed,” said the Harare City Council in a statement. Harare requires US$3 million every month for the purchase of water purification chemicals. “The City Council has enhanced engagement with the…

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ED: Zim now 20 years behind SADC neighbours on prosperity

ED: Zim now 20 years behind SADC neighbours on prosperity 5

By Anna Chibamu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe has fallen behind fellow SADC countries by 20 years in terms of economic prosperity as a result of western imposed sanctions. He was speaking in an interview with state media recently to mark the country’s 39th Independence Day anniversary. The Zimbabwean leader, who is under fire for presiding over a slippery economic terrain that has brought strain among locals, urged patience among his people. To remedy the crisis, Mnangagwa said the country was in dire need of an industrialisation regime that will…

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11 dead in Macheke horror crash as Easter carnage claims 30

11 dead in Macheke horror crash as Easter carnage claims 30 7

By Staff Reporter A HEAD-ON collision claimed 11 lives in Macheke Monday night to end the Easter holiday in another bloody episode. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the horrific incident which also left 16 injured. The accident, involving a Nissan Caravan and a Honda Fit, occurred before midnight Monday with most of the dead reported to be members of an Apostolic Church group who were returning from an annual passover gathering at Bazel Bridge in Marange, Manicaland. “As evidenced on April 21, at about 11.30pm, 11 people…

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British royal couple plans to live in Africa

British royal couple plans to live in Africa 9

CNN Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, could be planning to move to Africa after the upcoming birth of their first child, according to reports in British newspaper The Sunday Times. The royal couple could move abroad for two or three years as part of a major international role being devised by the royal family’s courtiers, the paper reports, with Africa raised as a potential destination. According to the report, David Manning — the former British ambassador to the US and special adviser on international affairs to…

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Zimbabwe sugar workers demand 100-percent increment

Zimbabwe sugar workers demand 100-percent increment 11

CAJ News WORKERS in Zimbabwe’s sugar industry are demanding that their salaries be doubled in line with the rising cost of living. Unions have cited the escalating inflation rate, which rose to over 59 percent during the month of April. The Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZISMWU) and the Sugar Production Workers Union (SPWU) have tabled a 100 percent salary increment which would see the lowest paid worker earning about $700 Zimbabwean bond notes. Currently, the least paid worker in the sugar industry gets about 350 Zimbabwean bond notes,…

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55 magistrates trained for new Commercial Courts

55 magistrates trained for new Commercial Courts 13

By Alois Vinga ATLEAST 55 local magistrates have gone through training in order to prepare them for the newly established Commercial Courts whose mandate is to expeditiously resolve commercial disputes and make Zimbabwe a safe investment destination. However, legal experts say the task is bigger than that as more specialised judicial officers would be needed to man the courts. Speaking to guests at a World Bank meeting recently, Master of the High Court, Eldard Mutasa has said processes were now at an advanced stage as all the necessary preparatory work…

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Zim mining firms want ownership restrictions scrapped

Zim mining firms want ownership restrictions scrapped 15

Bloomberg News Zimbabwe’s Chamber of Mines, which represents most of the mining companies active in the country, wants ownership restrictions on platinum group metals and diamond operations officially scrapped, the group’s president, Batirai Manhando, said. The government has said it plans to do away with restrictions that stipulate that the mines must be 51% owned by black Zimbabweans, but is yet to change the legislation. “The indigenisation regulations have been scrapped except for platinum and diamonds, we would also want this law scrapped officially so we can get industry players…

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