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Source: Mash West heightens preps for devolution | Sunday Mail (Local News) Norman Muchemwa Mashonaland West is currently being primed to readily adapt to more responsibilities that will arise from the transfer of power from central Government. Preparatory meetings designed to make the seamless transition to the new governance system that is envisaged under devolution […]
Mashonaland West is currently being primed to readily adapt to more responsibilities that will arise from the transfer of power from central Government.
Preparatory meetings designed to make the seamless transition to the new governance system that is envisaged under devolution are already underway.
In essence, devolution is expected to uplift the lives of communities around the country through targeted programmes driven by provincial authorities.
Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Mrs Mary Mliswa-Chikoka told The Sunday Mail last week that a business conference – the Mashonaland West Governor’s Business Indaba – will be held this week to get buy-in for Government’s development efforts from the corporate world.
“Mashonaland West is very prepared for devolution and is raring to go. We have held several meetings with provincial heads and local authority heads in different districts of the province.
“The meetings were emphasising on the inevitability of devolution and how business attitudes need to change for the better. Work ethics and work attitudes must change and everyone must adopt the “Ease of Doing Business” mantra,” said Minister Mliswa-Chikoka.
The mineral-rich province, she said, will leverage on its bountiful resources to spur development.
“It is true that Mashonaland West is endowed with many natural resources too numerous to mention. Exploration will need to take prominence in order to identify, confirm and quantify ore reserves.
“We plan to participate at the Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2019 to be held in Victoria Falls in August, where, as the Minister of State, I will market the province as a mining investment destination.
“Currently, some local explorers have identified some resource deposits that could catapult Zimbabwe into a middle-income economy pretty much sooner than 2030,” she said.
Some of the multi-million-dollar projects that are raising the province’s profile include the Sunny Yi Feng Tiles project in Norton, Central African Batteries, Great Dyke Investments and new mining projects by Karo Resources.
Agriculture and tourism are also key economic activities.
Minister Mliswa-Chikoka said although the province has trafficable roads, reliable power supplies, clean water and competent colleges and universities, there is still need for more investments in infrastructure development in order to budget for anticipated future economic growth.
“We intend to dualise the two trunk roads: namely, Harare to Chirundu, and Chinhoyi to Chegutu highways, together with incorporating modern off-ramps throughout Mashonaland West province for ease of safe access/exit.
“We also want to ensure the railway line is upgraded and modernised so it can cope with anticipated heavy traffic volumes,” she said.
The province, which has seven districts – Chegutu, Hurungwe, Mhondoro-Ngezi, Kariba, Makonde, Sanyati, Zvimba – is also mulling various housing development projects.
Overall, it is believed that devolution will help deepen democratic and accountable exercise of power, foster national unity and recognise the rights of communities to manage their own affairs for the benefit of their respective areas.
The legal framework to enable the full implementation of devolution is being developed.
Source: Zim-Botswana in sparkling diamond deal | Sunday Mail (Local News) Kuda Bwititi Chief Reporter Zimbabwe has struck a deal with Botswana to start processing its diamonds at the world-renowned Diamond Trading Company (DTC) in Gaborone, in a move that is expected to see the country get the maximum possible value from its precious stones. […]
Zimbabwe has struck a deal with Botswana to start processing its diamonds at the world-renowned Diamond Trading Company (DTC) in Gaborone, in a move that is expected to see the country get the maximum possible value from its precious stones.
The diamond deal was one of the agreements sealed during the high-level Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) summit held in Harare last week.
Implementation of the deal will start immediately, with diamond experts from DTC — which is regarded as the world’s most sophisticated diamond sorting and valuing hub — expected in the country this month. Through the bilateral arrangement, Zimbabwe will ship its diamonds to Botswana for processing, cleaning and polishing before they are placed on the market.
Botswana’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Eric Molale told The Sunday Mail on the sidelines of last week’s BNC that the country had agreed to offer its full expertise in the diamond sector.
“We have set up a technical team that will be coming here this month to determine the scope of the work that has to be done in that area. We believe that at the end, it will be a win-win situation. We have the world-renowned Diamond Trading Centre and we want Zimbabwe to take part in that centre. We need to help them to meet the standards of our trading centre, so the important thing is that they should learn first from our centre,” said Minister Molale.
“Secondly, we want to train them in the whole value chain of diamond mining, valuing, processing, jewellery manufacturing and so forth. So there is a lot of work to be done, but I think we are at the tail-end of it. We will have an implementation plan starting in March.”
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in geology, mining and metallurgy signed between the two countries, Minister Molale added, provides the bilateral pillars to support the deal.
Minutes of the MoU that were gleaned by this paper last week indicate that parties agreed to appoint a joint committee made up of officials from either country to oversee the implementation of the deal.
“The Commission (BNC) acknowledged Botswana’s extensive expertise in the mining sector and appreciated the signing of the MoU during the inaugural session of the BNC.
“The Commission noted that Botswana was ready to undertake a technical support visit by diamond experts to assess the diamond sector in Zimbabwe in order to have a holistic framework on support to offer. The issues around this are technical support, value addition, cleaning and marketing of diamonds.”
The agreed minutes further revealed that the two countries would finalise the implementation plan by end of next month.
“The Commission urged the parties to establish the Joint Committee for implementing the Memorandum of Understanding by the end of April 2019, and Botswana undertook to submit the implementation plan for the MoU by May 2019.
“Zimbabwe agreed to extend an invitation to Botswana Diamonds Experts by the 29th March 2019,” read part of the minutes.
During his visit to Botswana last year, President Mnangagwa, who also had the opportunity to tour DTC, said Zimbabwe was prepared to learn strategies for developing its diamond industry. The arrangement, he said, is part of a broader initiative to come up with a diamond policy for Zimbabwe.
“In Zimbabwe, yes, we have diamonds, but we do not really have a diamond policy. We are now crafting the policy, discussing with Botswana, Namibia and Angola to assist us in formulating a diamond policy for Zimbabwe.
“But currently, there is discussion between my Minister of Mines and Botswana’s Minister of Mines so that we bring our diamonds from Zimbabwe to be processed here,” he said at the time.
Experts believe that Zimbabwe’s diamonds can fetch considerably higher prices when they are competently processed.
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Source: Government to scrap useless degrees | Sunday Mail (Local News) Lincoln Towindo Government is actively reviewing degrees offered by State universities with a view to standardising qualifications and abolish ‘irrelevant’ programmes that are ostensibly creating ‘idle’ graduates who do not have innovative skills, it has been learnt. Authorities intend to remodel university curricula to […]
Government is actively reviewing degrees offered by State universities with a view to standardising qualifications and abolish ‘irrelevant’ programmes that are ostensibly creating ‘idle’ graduates who do not have innovative skills, it has been learnt.
Authorities intend to remodel university curricula to improve the competitiveness of local tertiary qualifications.
The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) has since been directed to audit all degrees at State universities.
The reforms, which are part of recommendations from the Zimbabwe National Qualification Framework, are also meant to ensure that 80 percent of core courses for similar degrees offered at all universities overlap. Higher Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said the realignment was expected to be complete in time for the second semester (around August) this year.
“What we are doing is we have silently radically reformed higher and tertiary education since last year, after our skills audit,” said Prof Murwira.
“One of the things we did was to ensure that we have the Zimbabwe National Qualification Framework, which makes sure that our degrees equip graduates with knowledge and skill. We are, therefore, streamlining our education so that it results into that goal of producing goods and services.
“We have some degree programmes which, when one completes the studies, that person cannot even do what he has learnt.”
Prof Murwira said all degrees would be modelled according to the recommendations from the Zimbabwe National Qualification Framework.
“We promulgated three Statutory Instruments: SI 132 for higher education; SI 133, which caters for primary and secondary (education); and SI 137, which caters for the polytechnics. These Statutory Instruments are there to ensure that all degrees have minimum bodies of knowledge and skill, meaning all degrees must result in goods and services.”
Prof Murwira said the new measures were already being used in training doctors and lawyers.
“We are sharpening our higher education so that it results in what we want; we do not want to produce graduates that will, at the end of the day, not know what they will do in life. It is now the work of ZIMCHE to ensure quality standards in higher education are met.
“I am not saying there are specific programmes that will be dropped, that work is technical and will be done by ZIMCHE,” said Prof Murwira.
According to the 2018 National Skills Audit, Zimbabwe has a massive shortage of critical skills, with medical and health sciences, including applied and natural sciences accounting for the highest skills deficit.
The audit revealed that arts and humanities had a modest deficit of 18 percent, while the engineering and technology skills cluster has a 93,6 percent deficit.
Despite agriculture contributing around 70 percent of employment in Zimbabwe, the skills deficit in the sector stands at 88 percent.
Source: Ramaphosa team expected this week | Sunday Mail (Top Stories) Kuda Bwititi Chief Reporter A team of senior Government officials from South Africa is expected in Harare this week to knuckle down to business ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa visit to Harare next week for the third session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission […]
A team of senior Government officials from South Africa is expected in Harare this week to knuckle down to business ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa visit to Harare next week for the third session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC).
The high-level talks come hot on the heels of last week’s successful bilateral engagements with Botswana.
President Mnangagwa has been on a regional, continental and international charm offensive meant to attract foreign direct investment and boost trade.
In a statement released to The Sunday Mail, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said preparatory meetings for the BNC begin on Thursday.
“The Third Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) will be held on 12 March 2019 at Meikles Hotel in Harare. The meeting will be headed by the two countries’ Heads of State and Government, His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa, and his South African counterpart, President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa.
“The BNC is the highest bilateral framework of cooperation between Zimbabwe and South Africa. It will be preceded by a Ministerial Meeting on 11 March 2019, and a Senior Officials meeting on 7 and 8 March 2019,” read the statement.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has heightened diplomatic bilateral and multilateral engagements that are designed to integrate Zimbabwe – which has been isolated for the past two decades – into the global family of nations and unlock the country’s economic growth potential.
South Africa is Zimbabwe’s largest trading partner.
The forthcoming BNC is expected to further strengthen political, economic, social and cultural relations between the neighbouring countries.
The meetings will review progress from the last BNC held in South Africa in 2017.
“The main task before this third session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa BNC is to review progress in the implementation of previously agreed projects under the various Memorandum of Understanding already in operation. These cover the political, economic, social and technical sectors of the two countries.”
During the last BNC held in Johannesburg, Zimbabwe and South Africa agreed to operationalise the Beitbridge One-Stop Border Post.
The two countries agreed that the border had become the busiest port of entry on the continent and as such, there was need to facilitate the smooth flow of business for the benefit of both countries.
Zimbabwe and South Africa also signed five agreements for cross-border trading cooperation, energy, environment, information communication technologies (ICT) and sports and recreation.
Diplomatic sources said last week the engagements might also centre on sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and possible credit lines from Pretoria.
President Ramaphosa has on several occasions called for the unconditional lifting of the sanctions on Zimbabwe, which have had a deleterious impact on the region.
In a statement a fortnight ago, South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said one of the main issues on the agenda for this year’s BNC would be sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West.
“We are preparing for a bi-national meeting with Zimbabwe on March 12 2019. Our President (Ramaphosa) will lead the delegation to Harare. I thought by now sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe Government and its people would be lifted to enable the country to start afresh after all the challenges they have gone through,” she said in a statement posted on the ministry’s official twitter account.
“We call on EU and particularly the United Kingdom (UK) to give the Government and the people of Zimbabwe a chance to change their situation by urgently lifting the sanctions. Without lifting the sanctions, the Government of Zimbabwe will never be able to address its economic challenges, and this is compromising the political gains achieved since the coming in of the new President,” she said.
In January, President Ramaphosa took the campaign against illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he said Harare needs support from the international community to overcome its economic challenges.
Last year, President Ramaphosa also called on the European Union to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Upon assuming duties as the second Executive President of Zimbabwe in November 2017, President Mnangagwa’s first foreign visit was to South Africa.
He met President Ramaphosa and former President Jacob Zuma as part of moves to deepen economic ties between Harare and Pretoria.
President Mnangagwa and President Ramaphosa also share a lot in common as they contemporaneously held the same positions as Vice Presidents of their respective countries and political parties – Zanu-PF and the ANC, respectively.
The two Presidents are also considered to be pro-business.
Source: ED to headline Midlands devolution conference | Sunday Mail (Local News) Norman Muchemwa President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to grace a conference to discuss devolution in the Midlands province on March 18, as provinces continue to line up their ducks in a row in preparation of the new governance architecture that will result from […]
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to grace a conference to discuss devolution in the Midlands province on March 18, as provinces continue to line up their ducks in a row in preparation of the new governance architecture that will result from the imminent transfer of power from central Government.
The conference – running under the theme “Position yourself at the heart of the devolution revolution for 2030” – will consider the advantages that are likely to accrue to the province, including the funding mechanisms for the programme.
Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Mr Larry Mavhima told The Sunday Mail recently that the conference will lay the foundation for devolution in the province.
“The idea on devolution conference is actually brainstorming so that we can give input to Government on how we believe the enabling legislation can be crafted.
“Since devolution is something new, we want to discuss what we really want to see being done and implemented through devolution in the province – how it will be funded, as well as advantages and disadvantages.
“We will also get our experts on devolution from both the public and private sectors so that we gather enough information,” said Minister Mavhima.
The province will further interrogate how various clusters in mining, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, local and urban authorities can contribute in shaping and making the programme successful.
He said provinces also have the onus to ensure that they responsibly exercise delegated power and authority while guaranteeing that Zimbabwe will remain a unitary State.
Added Minister Mavhima: “We are not going to have a situation where Zimbabwe will be a federal State, where provinces will be independent.
“So this conference will pave way on the direction we will take going forward with devolution while waiting for enabling legislation to direct us on what we should do as a province.
“The legislation will govern us on certain issues and tell us that this we can do and this we cannot do.”
Devolution naturally involves decentralising basic service delivery.
There is a realisation that members of the public from various provinces of the country are unnecessarily inconvenienced by seeking services that can ordinarily be provided by various districts across the country.
“If someone is in Mberengwa, he or she must apply for a passport there and wait to collect it there — that is all devolution is all about,” said Minister Mavhima.
Midlands is highly mineralised as it has almost every mineral found in the Zimbabwe.
Mining experts say over a third of the country’s platinum is found in the province.
It also accounts for 40 percent of gold that is mined and sold in Zimbabwe.
In addition, 52 percent of all the country’s cotton is harvested from the province.
Source: Batoka construction work to begin this year | Sunday Mail (Top Stories) Lincoln Towindo Construction of the Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station is set to begin by year-end after the selection of the winning contractor in six months’ time. An extraordinary Council of Ministers (COM) of the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) held in Zambia […]
Construction of the Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station is set to begin by year-end after the selection of the winning contractor in six months’ time.
An extraordinary Council of Ministers (COM) of the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) held in Zambia a fortnight ago agreed on an implementation roadmap.
The high-level meeting, which brought together finance and energy ministers from Zimbabwe and Zambia, also made a resolution to ask for request for proposals from the three shortlisted contractors — Salini Impregilo of Italy; a joint venture of China Three Gorges Corporation, China International and Water Electric Corporation and China Gezhouba Group Company Limited; and another consortium of US-based General Electric (GE) and Power Construction Corporation of China.
A request for proposals essentially requires companies to place bids for a project’s completion.
Nine contractors had initially expressed interest in the project.
The shortlisted contractors will be furnished with the relevant preparatory study reports — which include the Engineering Feasibility Study; the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA); and Legal and Financial Transaction Advisory Services (LFTA) — next month.
Energy and Power Development permanent secretary Engineer Gloria Magombo told The Sunday Mail last week that once negotiations with the contractor are completed, construction will begin in earnest.
She said: “We have been meeting as the Zambezi River Authority, looking at the progress on the implementation of the project and as you are aware, any project has developmental stages.
“The first stage is project preparation, where you do the feasibility studies, engineering studies and the environmental impact assessments, and that is the stage that we have been working on.
“This phase also comes with the procurement of the project developer.
“So the meeting we had in Zambia was to apprise the ministers from both countries, which is the Council of Ministers, where the ministers of energy, their finance counterparts, the attorney-generals and permanent secretaries from both countries meet with the Zambezi River Authority.
“The meeting was to apprise the principals on progress before they then made the decision to proceed with the projects.”
Some of the key preparatory works are expected by the end of this month.
Construction will only begin after the selection of the project developer by September this year.
“So we did the evaluation and it was agreed that now we go to the next stage, where they will go through request for proposals for the full bid for the final procurement of the project developer.
“For that to happen, they need the feasibility studies, the environmental studies to have been completed, and we expect the reports for these to come in March.
“With the reports coming in March, we should then issue the request for proposal in April, and we expect to be going into the appointment of the developer in August and go into negotiations by September.
“After that process of negotiation with the development partner, we then expect the partner to start moving to the next stage, which will now be construction and then commissioning,” said Eng Magombo.
Zimbabwe was represented at the high-level meeting by Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Jorum Gumbo and his Finance and Economic Development counterpart Professor Mthuli Ncube.
Zambia’s Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa and Zambia’s Treasury chief Margaret Mwanakatwe represented their country.
Batoka will generate 2 400MW of electricity to be shared equally between the two countries.
The project is expected to create nearly 1 200 direct jobs and 552 indirect jobs.
Currently, the two neighbouring countries jointly own Kariba Dam, which produces 1 050MW for Zimbabwe and 1 080MW for Zambia.
Source: Zim adopts new rate on imported products | Sunday Mail (Top Stories) Africa Moyo Senior Business Reporter The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has begun using the market-determined rate to calculate duty on imported products after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) made a decision to float the exchange rate. Last month, monetary authorities established […]
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The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has begun using the market-determined rate to calculate duty on imported products after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) made a decision to float the exchange rate.
Last month, monetary authorities established an interbank foreign exchange market through which foreign currency could be easily traded.
By the end of last week, the RTGS dollar — which bundles together bond notes and electronic RTGS balances – was trading at 2,5:1 to the US dollar.
Zimra Commissioner-General Ms Faith Mazani told The Sunday Mail last week that the taxman was simply complying with the provisions of the new monetary policy.
“We are just using the interbank rate. People bring in their products, which they bought in US dollars, and we calculate value for duty purposes using the interbank rate of 1:2,5,” said Ms Mazani.
Zimra released a statement on Friday saying: “Following gazetting of Statutory Instrument 32 of 2019, a new currency, Zimbabwe RTGs Dollar (ZWR), has been created in ASYCUDA World.
“The new currency affects clearance of designated goods as follows: (1) the current balance in the Nostro FCA prepayment account will be converted to ZWR at the prevailing exchange rate with the USD; (2) all foreign currency payments will appear on the payment receipt or prepayment receipt as ZW RTGs dollars; (3) clearance of designated goods will continue to be done using the ‘F’ prepayment account and (4) all values on the bill of entry and Form 49 will be reflected in RTGs Dollars though payment would be made in forex as per legislation.”
Market watchers believe that floating the exchange rate will cut imports and make local producers competitive.
Buy Zimbabwe chief executive officer Mr Munyaradzi Hwengwere recently noted that the central bank’s intervention will make local products competitive since the currency peg (1:1) was driving the consumption of foreign goods.
Buy Zimbabwe is a lobby group for local companies that promote local goods and services.
“The 1:1 rate made it lucrative to import finished products than to produce locally. We were now punishing exporters and pushing them towards the brink.
“Last year, manufacturers were given up to $1,2 billion, but they only managed to bring in only $200 million, and that money was coming from tobacco and mining, which brought in around $3,5 billion.
“We had a situation where a gold producer would only receive 45 percent at 1:1 when costs had gone up by 300 percent.
“What the new measures do is that they restore sanity,” said Mr Hwengwere.
Through floating the exchange rate, he said, local manufacturers would, therefore, have to buy the US at a premium, which means imports would not be cheap as they used to be under the old exchange-rate regime.
“In the same vein, exporters now have more incentives to export given that they get their money in US dollars at prevailing market rates.
“It means that the export industry does not collapse through subsidising someone else, including manufacturers.
“The beauty of the (monetary policy) statement is that it seeks to sanitise the production cycle,” he said.
Buy Zimbabwe is now pushing for the new measures to be aligned to the Local Content Policy in order to enhance local competitiveness. On average, the local manufacturing sector is operating at below 50 percent capacity due to aging equipment, foreign currency shortages and competition from cheap imports.
Source: Ambassador Mothobi burial set for Tuesday | Sunday Mail (Local News) Africa Moyo Ambassador Buzwani Donald Mothobi, who died at his Harare home on Wednesday following a protracted battle with cancer, is set to be buried in Bulawayo on Tuesday. He was 79. Procurement Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) CEO Nyasha Chizu told The Sunday […]
Ambassador Buzwani Donald Mothobi, who died at his Harare home on Wednesday following a protracted battle with cancer, is set to be buried in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
He was 79.
Procurement Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) CEO Nyasha Chizu told The Sunday Mail yesterday that Ambassador Mothobi would be buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
“We will travel to Bulawayo on Monday (tomorrow). In Bulawayo, mourners will gather at Domba Castle in Malindela.
“A church service will be held in Bulawayo on Tuesday, March 5, at Njube Church at 8.30am, followed by burial at 11am at Lady Stanley Cemetery,” said Mr Chizu, who worked with the late Ambassador Mothobi during his time as Praz deputy board chairperson.
The late diplomat was born in Nyamandlovu district on August 22 1939.
He held several top posts in both the private and public sector.
Before independence, between 1976 and 1977, he lectured in the department of political science at the then University of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe).
In 1980, he became director (Research and Planning) in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development before he was subsequently engaged as deputy secretary for vocational and technical training (1980-1982) in the same ministry.
Thereafter, he was permanent secretary for Transport (1982-1984).
However, between 1984 and 1985, he rejoined the Ministry for Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare as permanent secretary.
He then worked as permanent secretary for National Supplies in 1987.
His career in the diplomatic service began in 1994 when he had a four-year stint as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Japan and Republic of Korea,.
He became High Commissioner to Kenya and Uganda between 1998 and 2001. During his time in Kenya, he was also permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements/Habitat in that country.
He resigned from his position as Praz deputy chairperson in September last year. He is survived by his wife and three children.