‘Agreements to make Zim a fortress’

Source: ‘Agreements to make Zim a fortress’ | The Herald March 2, 2019 Mr Mutizwa Africa Moyo Senior Business Reporter Zimbabwe should forge diplomatic and economic relations with the rest of SADC countries to build an economic fortress at the heart of the region, Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and seasoned industrialist Mr Joe Mutizwa has […]

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Source: ‘Agreements to make Zim a fortress’ | The Herald March 2, 2019

‘Agreements to make Zim a fortress’
Mr Mutizwa

Africa Moyo Senior Business Reporter
Zimbabwe should forge diplomatic and economic relations with the rest of SADC countries to build an economic fortress at the heart of the region, Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and seasoned industrialist Mr Joe Mutizwa has said.

He said this as he reviewed this week’s successful Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings, whose agreements spanned various areas of cooperation.

Just as well, in under a fortnight, Zimbabwe hosts South African President Cyril Rampahosa, who will lead his country into another BNC with Zimbabwe, all giving a lift to Zimbabwe’s diplomatic endeavours.

Mr Mutizwa told The Business Herald on Friday that the signing of various  agreements under the BNC between President Mnangagwa and his Botswana counterpart Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, was a positive development.

He said it was imperative that Harare replicates what it has done with Botswana with all SADC member states so as to forge a robust economic front.

“I am very encouraged by the BNC,” said Mr Mutizwa.

“This is a positive development and I feel that Zimbabwe needs to strengthen its relations with neighbours now, more than any other time in the past because we are under an onslaught from other quarters,” he said.

Botswana pledged to guarantee a facility by Botswana capital to Zimbabwe’s industry.

“It (the BWP1 billion credit facility) opens avenues for Zimbabwean industry to grow its operations, and it is my wish that the same relations are forged with other SADC nations so that we build an economic fortress.”

Six agreements and MoUs, including cooperation in the energy sector; on Geology, Mining, Metallurgy; Extradition Treaty; Diplomatic Consultations; Rules and Procedures Governing the meeting of the BNC; and Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology were signed.

Industrialists and economists have hailed the strengthening of relations between the two countries, and believe the move will see trade across borders growing.

Zimbabwe exports to Botswana were US$29,08 million during 2016, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

This was a measly contribution to Botswana’s import bill of US$6,1 billion.

The trade statistics are now expected to jump going forward following the credit facility extended by Botswana, and a general improvement in relations.

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Female miners bemoan lack of protection

Source: Female miners bemoan lack of protection | Newsday (News) BY SINDISO DUBE FEMALE miners have bemoaned the escalating violence in the mining sector and are calling on government to put in place measures that guarantee their security. While government last year set in motion a process to regularise artisanal miners’ operations in recognition of […]

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Source: Female miners bemoan lack of protection | Newsday (News)

BY SINDISO DUBE

FEMALE miners have bemoaned the escalating violence in the mining sector and are calling on government to put in place measures that guarantee their security.

While government last year set in motion a process to regularise artisanal miners’ operations in recognition of their contribution to the economy, the sector has become more dangerous, moving around with weapons, including machetes, spears, swords and catapults, mostly in areas such as Kwekwe,
Kadoma, Esigodini and Filabusi where gold is found.

Small-scale and artisanal miners across the country are also experiencing violent attacks and robbery from machete-wielding gangs. Last year, miners in Esigodini were involved in a three-day turf battles, which saw eight people injured and four hospitalised. Two gold barons and about 20 perpetrators were arrested for fuelling the mining claims battles.

Speaking at a workshop for Sustainable Mining in Zimbabwe, hosted by Transparency International Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Nomuhle Ncube of Bubi Small-Scale Miners’ Association said women in mining were victims of violence.

“As women, we have been caught up in skirmishes that have taken the lives of many and injured others. We have experienced violent encounters with machete-wielding miners that have left others injured and also sexually abusing some women,” she said.

“We have women who have experienced violence in a bid to elbow them out of claims or to sabotage their operations and we think this is organised violence by big shots to frustrate vulnerable miners, especially women.”

Ncube called for support and protection from the police.

“We ask the police to come to our help and protect us rather than being part of the violence and corrupt activities in mining. We have had situations where the police, which should be protecting us, are the ones asking bribes in the bush,” she said.

Nicola Hove, of Uhuru Gold Mine, echoed similar sentiments, saying women miners should be protected.

“We also need to be equipped with adequate safety clothing and workshops. We witnessed how miners were neglected in the Battlefield mines tragedy, where we saw miners coming out of a shaft wearing shorts and simple shoes. We should know that the important thing to come out of the mine is not the gold, but it’s the miner, who would have gone in first,” Hove said.

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Fuel crisis grounds road projects

Source: Fuel crisis grounds road projects | Newsday (News) BY XOLISANI NCUBE THE on-going fuel crisis has crippled road construction projects, as contractors say they are failing to complete works within the required time frame. Briefing journalists during a tour of road projects that are being undertaken by the Transport and Infrastructure Development ministry and […]

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Source: Fuel crisis grounds road projects | Newsday (News)

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

THE on-going fuel crisis has crippled road construction projects, as contractors say they are failing to complete works within the required time frame.

Briefing journalists during a tour of road projects that are being undertaken by the Transport and Infrastructure Development ministry and the
District Development Fund under a special task force, Mashonaland Central deputy engineer Kudzai Maganga said the shortage of fuel was derailing works on the Bindura-Matepatepa Road, which is in a sorry state.

95km Stretch from Bindura connecting Bindura, Tepa Tepa and Mt Darwin. Picture By Ruvimbo Muchenje

“Our contractors are failing to get fuel. We appeal to government to help us and allocate a certain amount of fuel to our contractors so that this work can be done on time,” said Maganga.

The Bindura-Matepatepa Road links the Mashonaland Central capital and a key farming area which needs road rehabilitation to allow farmers to
transport their produce.

The taskforce, chaired by the permanent secretary in the Office of Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, Godfrey Chanakira, said it would attend to the fuel crisis through CMED.

The economic challenges facing the country have also been identified as another stumbling block to road projects as contractors are finding it hard to get spare parts for equipment.

The team also toured road projects in Budiriro and those along the Harare-Bindura Highway.

Government has set aside $12 million to resurface a 16km stretch of the 92km Bindura-Matepatepa Road. So far, $6 million has been released to
contractors under the 2019 budget. The whole 92km is expected to be completed by 2023.

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BREAKING: MDC Alliance Harare West MP Joana Mamombe ARRESTED

MDC Alliance member of the House of Assembly for Harare West, Joana Mamombe, has been arrested. Mamombe (25) had been on the police wanted since mid-January, with police saying she was suspected of inciting protesters who went on to loot private busine…

MDC Alliance member of the House of Assembly for Harare West, Joana Mamombe, has been arrested. Mamombe (25) had been on the police wanted since mid-January, with police saying she was suspected of inciting protesters who went on to loot private businesses and destroy property worth millions of dollars. Detectives swooped on the youngest member […]

Another MDC split looms: Nelson Chamisa’s deputy Elias Mudzuri reveals more details

MDC-Alliance deputy president Engineer Elias Mudzuri yesterday said the forthcoming opposition party’s congress in May could split the party due to factional fights. MDC-Alliance, led by Mr Nelson Chamisa, will hold its congress from May 24 to 26, but …

MDC-Alliance deputy president Engineer Elias Mudzuri yesterday said the forthcoming opposition party’s congress in May could split the party due to factional fights. MDC-Alliance, led by Mr Nelson Chamisa, will hold its congress from May 24 to 26, but members are bickering over the conduct of elections and the posts to be contested at the […]

Sad news as drunk man drinks poison after being labelled USELESS by wife

A 35-YEAR-OLD drunken Bindura man committed suicide on Wednesday after he was confronted by his wife for delegating all household chores to his young brother. Gilbert Kasambarare (35), of Woodlands Farm near the mining town, consumed a pesticide and di…

A 35-YEAR-OLD drunken Bindura man committed suicide on Wednesday after he was confronted by his wife for delegating all household chores to his young brother. Gilbert Kasambarare (35), of Woodlands Farm near the mining town, consumed a pesticide and died on his way to hospital following an argument over sending his younger brother, Michael, to […]

Chaos as woman finds husband being served meal by his brother’s wife

A man has been sentenced to 315 hours of community service for assaulting his wife after she had an altercation with his sister-in-law whom she suspected of being in an illicit affair with him. Nyasha Chandaona (29) appeared before Masvingo magistrate …

A man has been sentenced to 315 hours of community service for assaulting his wife after she had an altercation with his sister-in-law whom she suspected of being in an illicit affair with him. Nyasha Chandaona (29) appeared before Masvingo magistrate Candice Kaseke facing charges of domestic violence as defined in Section 3 (1) (a) […]

TEACHER WHO RAPED PUPIL IS JAILED

A TEACHER at a Gwanda school has been jailed 20 years for raping and impregnating his Grade Seven pupil.

The teacher (51) raped the 14-year-old girl several times during the second and third terms last year.  The offence came to light after the girl…

A TEACHER at a Gwanda school has been jailed 20 years for raping and impregnating his Grade Seven pupil. The teacher (51) raped the 14-year-old girl several times during the second and third terms last year.  The offence came to light after the girl’s mother suspected that her daughter was pregnant. The teacher pleaded not guilty to a charge of rape when he appeared before Gwanda regional

MAN KILLS SELF OVER HOUSEHOLD CHORES

A 35-YEAR-OLD
drunken Bindura man committed suicide on Wednesday after he was confronted by
his wife for delegating all household chores to his young brother.

Gilbert
Kasambarare (35), of Woodlands Farmnear the mining town, consumed a pesticide
an…

A 35-YEAR-OLD drunken Bindura man committed suicide on Wednesday after he was confronted by his wife for delegating all household chores to his young brother. Gilbert Kasambarare (35), of Woodlands Farmnear the mining town, consumed a pesticide and died on his way to hospital following an argument over sending his younger brother, Machiel, to fetch some firewood. Norica Chinovava (30)