Sunday 28 May 2017
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(The Herald Online 04/03/17)
Over 18 million kilogrammes of flue-cured tobacco worth $46,7 million has been sold at the auction floors at an average price of $2,61 since the opening of the floors last month. The figure represents a 39 percent increase compared to tobacco sold during the same period last year when 13 million kilogrammes were sold at an average price of $2,48. The average prices are up by five percent as quality tobacco starts to be delivered at a rate of one million kilogrammes daily. The latest figures released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that 243 356 bales of tobacco have been sold
(IRIN 04/03/17)
Karoi — This reporting is part of a special project that explores the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe It was first detected in Africa barely a year ago, yet the fall armyworm, a type of caterpillar whose name derives from its tendency to maraud in vast numbers, has already infested hundreds of thousands of hectares of maize across more than a dozen countries on the continent, presenting a serious threat to food security. Spodoptera frugiperda is a formidable foe. Pesticides only work when the larvae are very small and before they have begun to cause visible damage to the crop. After that, there are no quick...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/03/17)
Mrs Marian Mbara had to throw caution to the wind because more than six tonnes of tomatoes had already gone bad due to too much rain.The thought of further loss because of flood-triggered impediments to markets was simply unbearable. "The roads are bad, impassable even, but we had to sell," the 43 year old small-scale farmer told The Herald Business. She farms tomatoes on a one hectare plot at the western border of Rusape and Headlands (Village 9, Lesberry Farm), which she sells to supermarkets and individuals in Harare and Rusape. "At some point, and for some time, the trucks carrying our produce had to drive through a rock pavement (ruware) for up to a kilometre or more, trying to...
(New Zimbabwe 04/03/17)
ZANU PF members in Bindura will on Monday hold a demonstration against the party's national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, state media reports said. Kasukuwere is accused of "plotting to unconstitutionally unseat President Robert Mugabe". According to the reports, the demo, which has been endorsed by several MPs and party leaders from the area, has been cleared by the police. Kasukuwere reportedly tried to pre-empt the march by trying to organise a separate solidarity march for Mugabe but was turned down by the police. The reports said Kasukuwere sought to "capture party structures" by imposing candidates on strategic positions with the aim of causing an extraordinary Zanu PF congress ahead of the 2018 polls and ultimately remove Mugabe. Mugabe, who will...
(New Zimbabwe 04/03/17)
"We cannot fight the First Family with all the resources at their disposal. They are using armed police and there is nothing much we can do but just to approach the courts and the regional bodies to which the country is a member," said Dube. Villagers who were evicted from both Arnold and Manzou farms in Mazoe district by First Lady Grace Mugabe have formally reported their plight to Botswana and South African embassies as as SADC. Botswana is led by President Ian Khama, the only regional leader openly critical of President Mugabe's rule. The decision to approach regional leaders comes after Grace Mugabe continues to defy court orders stopping her from illegally and forcibly evicting the villagers. The Arnold...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(New Zimbabwe 03/31/17)
ZSE on Thursday said it has lifted the suspension of Zeco Holdings shares with effect from March 31 after the engineering concern complied with listing requirements. Zeco shares were suspended on November 30 last year for a three months to allow it to comply with ZSE listing requirements. The obligations include convening shareholders meetings for the years 2014 and 2015, distributing annual reports as well as paying its outstanding annual listing fees. The company had complied with the requirements after holdings its AGMs on March 3 and is now eligible to trade its shares on the local bourse.
(The Herald Online 03/31/17)
Cement manufacturer, Lafarge sprung back to profitability, posting a $3,1 million net profit for the year ended December, 2016 from a $1,9 million loss the previous year. Group chairman, Kumbirai Katsande said the firm's ability to swim out of the red pointed to its "strong competitive tenacity, resilience and high performance culture of the management team." "It is important to note that this performance comes after significant financial cleaning up in the prior year of slow moving inventories, non-performing debtors and spares provisions," he said. The cement producer saw it revenues marginally increase to $61 million from $60,9 million after product volumes went up 2 percent. Cost savings in operations, plant maintenance and "better" inventory control as well as a...
(Zimbabwe Independent 03/31/17)
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest cargo and passenger carrier, is dreaming big. After generating revenue of US$2,43 billion in the 2016 financial year, which saw a 70% jump in net profit and an 18% increase in passenger numbers to 7,6 million, the airline says it is buying an additional 55 aircraft, expanding its fleet to 142 planes. Zimbabwe Independent's assistant editor Brezhnev Malaba (BM) interviewed the Ethiopian Airlines managing director (international services), Esayas Woldemariam (EW), in Victoria Falls at the launch of a direct flight from Addis Ababa. He also spoke about the revival of Air Zimbabwe. Esayas Woldemariam chats to Transport minister Joram Gumbo in Victoria Falls at the launch of direct flights from Addis Ababa. Pics: Winstone Antonio. BM:...
(Xinhuanet 03/31/17)
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday it urgently required 2.3 million U.S. dollars to provide food assistance to refugees in Zimbabwe for the next nine months. The WFP said in a statement the funding would allow it to provide cash transfers for the general refugee population. In view of the increased energy and nutrient requirements of chronically ill people in the Tongogara Camp, the WFP would provide such persons with an additional food transfer, it added. The appeal by the UN agency came at a time when there has been an influx of refugees from Mozambique into Tongogara Camp, with 3,500 Mozambicans fleeing political unrest having been documented in Zimbabwe last year alone. This follows Zimbabwe's decision to...
(The Herald Online 03/31/17)
High Court judge Justice Herbert Chitapi has taken a swipe at the National Prosecuting Authority for dereliction of duty, which has resulted in the collapse of murder and other serious criminal matters. The courts end up freeing murder suspects because the NPA tended to sit on the matters until the expiry of the mandatory six months' indictment period. Procedurally, when the NPA is ready for trial, it has the responsibility to push for an indictment of murder suspects. However, the prosecution in some of the cases, forgets about the indictment and relaxes until the lapse of the six months. At times, the same office seeks postponements to the prejudice of the suspects. In a classic case of negligence that invited...
(Voice of America 03/30/17)
The United Nations chief in Zimbabwe has rejected recent allegations the U.N. is seeking to interfere in the 2018 electoral process. A majority-government-owned newspaper, the Sunday Mail, stirred controversy this month when it published an article accusing the United Nations of plotting to rig upcoming elections to remove President Robert Mugabe from office. Mugabe, who has been in office since independence in 1980, says he will run for another term next year. The Sunday Mail story came just days after an opposition protest in which demonstrators said they had lost confidence in the electoral commission and wanted an international body to run the 2018 polls.
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
A new schedule of higher traffic fines in Zimbabwe announced by Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa at the end of 2016 has come into effect following the signing into law of the Finance Act by President Robert Mugabe last week. Fines for offences in Levels 1 to 3 have been increased by between 5 and 10 U.S. dollars, much to the chagrin of motorists who argue that the new schedule does not only fuel corruption but is also not affordable to many cash-strapped Zimbabweans. Offences which used to attract a 5 dollar fine are now pegged at 10 dollars; those which were at 10 dollars are now at 15 dollars; while those which were at 20 dollars are...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(The Herald Online 03/29/17)
More than 1,3 million people countrywide suffer from mental disorders and there is a serious shortage of mental health facilities to cater for them due to lack of funding, a medical report has revealed.The report by mental health care partners in Zimbabwe showed that there was lack of funding for mental health care from both national and international sources, resulting in shortage of drugs. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), together with its partners, on Monday held a stakeholder engagement in Harare to deliberate on the report. The report revealed that there were insufficient numbers of mental health staff and lack of trained human resources to meet the needs of the country's population. Clinical director of Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo Dr...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/17)
When President Robert Mugabe scrapped the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009, most of his people thought this meant the end of runaway money-printing and hyperinflation that had rendered the currency worthless. They may have been wrong. Adoption of the U.S. dollar and South African rand eight years ago brought financial discipline and currency stability to the country; today the old 100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollar note holds nothing but curiosity value. Yet behind the scenes the authorities are once again busy creating their own money from nothing, economists and opposition politicians say. This has allowed the government to borrow heavily via treasury bills to pay a huge civil service, on whose loyalty Mugabe has relied during his 37 years in charge. Last year...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
At least five people are feared to have been killed when a small aircraft crashed Monday in Zimbabwe near the border with Mozambique, Mozambican officials said. Six people, including two crew members, were on board the plane which was flying from Mozambique's port city of Beira to Mutare on Zimbabwe's eastern border. "According to initial reports there could be a survivor and we cannot confirm if the others are dead," Joao de Abreu, the director of Mozambique's civil aviation authority (IACM), told a news conference in Maputo.
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
At least 150 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe over the past two months, with nearly 90,000 infections recorded, a government official said Monday, blaming the upsurge on intense rains. "We have seen increased cases of malaria due to the more rains received this year that increased the breeding grounds for mosquitoes," Joseph Mberikunashe, malaria director in the ministry of health, told AFP. Mberikunashe said 151 deaths and 89,261 malaria cases had been recorded in the past two months following heavy rains that also caused deadly floods. He said that while a rise in malaria cases was expected after

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