Econet Increases Tariffs, You Will Pay Up To $2.28 Per Minute!

Econet Increases Tariffs, You Will Pay Up To $2.28 Per Minute! 1

BY TechZim Econet has increased tariffs for voice calls. Officially we are going back to beeping each other now. They have split their billing into per second billing and per minute billing. Our assumption is that customers will be given the option to choose what they want, whether to be billed per minute or per second. According to their notice in The Herald, here are the new Econet tariffs: Per minute billing: not too bad but… Econet will now be charging $0.22 per minute ($0.21257). It’s not too far from…

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EU, UN plug aid looting gaps

EU, UN plug aid looting gaps 3

A grainy picture of trucks believed to be carrying donated foodstuffs being taken into Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa’s house in Greenside, Mutare, last week BY KENNETH NYANGANI THE United Nations and the European Union yesterday said they had put in place mechanisms to prevent any further looting and politicisation of aid meant for the victims of Cyclone Idai. “We take seriously the reports that the food is being distributed politically. The government of Zimbabwe must review that, this must not happen. The government of Zimbabwe must respect the needs of…

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Cottco managers suspended over Mukanya jingles

Cottco managers suspended over Mukanya jingles 5

BY CHARLES LAITON THE Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) has suspended two senior managers after they engaged Chimurenga music icon Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo to perform the company’s jingles after the musician allegedly passed derogatory comments about President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri. According to correspondences between Cottco acting managing director Pious Manamike and the suspended managers’ lawyers, Chadyiwa and Associates Legal Practitioners, Mapfumo was not supposed to have been engaged to perform the parastatal’s jingles. The suspended managers are head of corporate services Benedict Mugura, who is also…

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Interbank market fails to rescue Olivine

Interbank market fails to rescue Olivine 7

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA OLIVINE Industries says it is still struggling to access foreign currency despite the advent of the interbank market, saying the platform was “negligible” in sourcing the elusive money, NewsDay has learnt. The once top manufacturer of cooking oil, soap and margarine shut down operations in the second week of January this year citing a crippling US$11 million debt from foreign currency challenges. “Olivine is finding it difficult to access foreign currency as the trade on the interbank market is negligible. Olivine manufactures basic household products like margarine,…

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Under-23 star picks Zim over England

Under-23 star picks Zim over England 9

German’s VfB Lübeck midfielder Seth Patrick (second from left) in action for the Young Warriors at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Tuesday BY HENRY MHARA TEENAGE sensation Seth Patrick has indicated willingness to pursue his international career with Zimbabwe over England, his country of birth. The 18-year-old, who plays for German’s VfB Lübeck Under-19, was born in England to Zimbabwean parents, so he is eligible to play for either the Warriors or the Three Lions. Patrick was part of the Zimbabwe Under-23 side that defeated Mozambique 2-0 in…

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Mebo, Winky D and Karl Marx

Mebo, Winky D and Karl Marx 11

Sound Track: Stan Mushava A church type from the countryside sneaks out of Zupco, his place in life disagreeably summarised by the catapult around his neck and the apostolic badge on his lapel. He looks around as if flustered by city lights and is soon blown away by an uptown sweetheart called Mebo who chooses him over her unimpressed digital-vixen friends. Obert Chari, the Romeo who got away with treason against the capitalist laws of love, ably debuts atop the National FM 2018 chart and crowns it all with a…

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‘EU won’t ignore Zim rights abuses’

‘EU won’t ignore Zim rights abuses’ 13

EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen BY OBEY MANAYITI THE European Union (EU) on Monday said it would not ignore human rights violations in Zimbabwe and warned government that further violations were destroying goodwill and a setback to the country’s recovery efforts. Speaking at a Misa-Zimbabwe-organised Quill Club discussion in Harare, EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen said human rights issues needed to be prioritised because they have a bearing on the country’s record. “The violations of the past have been difficult for our relationship, the human rights violations,” Olkkonen…

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Cyclone disaster: Zim turns to SA sniffer dogs

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BY XOLISANI NCUBE/VENERANDA LANGA/FARAI MATIASHE The Zimbabwe government has approached its South African counterpart to assist with sniffer dogs to locate victims of Cyclone Idai still buried under mudslides as it emerged that local dogs were not trained to search for dead bodies. Around 350 people are still missing amid fears that many of them were still buried under the mudslides after the cyclone ravaged Chimanimani and Chipinge sweeping away homes and uprooting huge rocks from the nearby mountains. Briefing journalists and captains of industry in Harare yesterday, Local Government…

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TIMB hikes tobacco weighing, auction floor fees

TIMB hikes tobacco weighing, auction floor fees 17

Tobacco farmers follow proceedings at the official opening of this year’s marketing season in Harare last week BY FIDELITY MHLANGA THE Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) has hiked weighing and auction floor charges, further eroding farmers’ earnings. The fee was raised from US$4,50 last season to US$7,70 per bale this season, much to the chagrin of farmers who felt that their earnings were being squeezed. Apart from weighing and auction fees, other deductions incurred by farmers include tobacco levy (0,75%), TIMB stop order levies (0,8%) and the Ministry of Agriculture…

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Delicious Murimba shows the future is bright too

Delicious Murimba shows the future is bright too 19

Young Warriors celebrate victory over Mozambique in an Under-23 Afcon qualifier at the National Sports Stadium in Harare yesterday BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA Zimbabwe …………(0)2Mozambique………………….0 TWO days after the Warriors gave Zimbabweans something to cheer about when they beat Congo Brazzaville to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, the Young Warriors followed in their footsteps with an identical scoreline to snatch win over Mozambique to show that the future is bright too. They may not have put up a polished performance, but they got the job…

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