Tuesday 23 January 2018
(The Africa Report 06/10/13)
Zimbabwe could be losing close to $100 million annually in earnings to foreign airlines following the collapse of its national carrier and the government's reluctance to license domestic airlines, a local business group has said. Air Zimbabwe resumed domestic and regional flights a few months ago after it grounded its fleet last year fearing debtors who were threatening to seize planes in order to recover their money. Three South African airlines — South African Airways, Comair and Airlink — control over 90 percent of the market share on the Harare-Johannesburg, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls and Johannesburg-Bulawayo routes, against AirZim's 10 percent. A report by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) titled Aviation — a Catalyst for Promoting Tourism, Industry and Commerce...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/13)
HARARE, June 10 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe began registering new voters on Monday in a push to meet a Constitutional Court order to hold elections by July 31, even though one of the two main parties wants a delay to allow for reform of the media and security forces. President Robert Mugabe has said he will comply with the court order to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections, angering the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of his chief rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. To help ensure a fair vote, the MDC wants first to open up broadcast media to all parties and to agree a code to stop army and police meddling in politics. But the court ruling leaves little time...
( 06/10/13)
HARARE – The IMF has approved Zimbabwe’s plan to clear billions of dollars of arrears, while Harare has agreed to enter a staff-monitored programme with the Fund, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Friday. The move marks a major step towards Zimbabwe normalising relations with the International Monetary Fund, which suspended its voting rights in 2003 over policy differences with President Robert Mugabe and non-payment of arrears. “This programme is about showing that Zimbabwe can be trusted again,” Biti told reporters in Harare. “We engaged with the IMF on our terms.” While its voting rights were restored in 2010, Zimbabwe has not been able to borrow from international lenders since 1999 when it started defaulting on its debt. Its external...
(The Herald Online 06/10/13)
ZIMBABWE has been subjected to "extreme demands" by the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme and this negatively affected the trade of the country's diamonds, resulting in unprecedented economic prejudice both to Government and the country, a senior official has said. "So far in the execution of the scheme, the country's interests are largely negatively affected resulting in unprecedented economic prejudice both to Government and its citizens," said Mr Edward Chindori-Chininga, chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, while addressing the civic society in South Africa recently. The KP is an international governmental certification scheme that was set up to prevent the trade in diamonds that fund conflict. The scheme requires governments to certify shipments of rough diamonds are...
(The Herald Online 06/10/13)
THE MDC-T confirmation exercise and primary elections in Manicaland and Masvingo were characterised by chaos yesterday, with some being abandoned midway to protect sitting candidates headed for defeat, while the non-existence of structures stalled the process in other constituencies. Four sitting legislators out of the 14 the party has in Masvingo were rejected by party structures during the confirmation exercise and would now be subjected to primaries, putting their political careers in limbo. Two other sitting candidates in the province chickened out, with their opponents having to be confirmed unopposed. But a storm is brewing within the party's structures in the province after Bikita West sitting candidate and national council member Mr Edmore Marima was saved when the confirmation exercise...
(The Herald Online 06/10/13)
CONSTRUCTION of the US$160 million Hilton Hotel and office complex along Samora Machel Avenue in Eastlea is set to begin in October, Harare Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi has said. The development, which has been touted as the Melrose Arch of Zimbabwe because of its similarity in terms of size and beauty to the one in Johannesburg, South Africa, comes with a 12-storey, 275-bed hotel, three office complexes and residential apartments. "As a city we are very excited that such a brand is coming to Zimbabwe. We will do all we can to ensure that the project is a success," said Dr Mahachi. The city has in previous deals been accused of throwing spanners by demanding huge selling prices that...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(Mail & Guardian 06/08/13)
For foreign investors from around the world who are watching Zimbabwe, it is not a question of if but when to jump into the market. Faisal Nasir flew from London to take a gamble on the future of Zimbabwe's economy this week, and he was not alone. He found himself in a room full of other such "gamblers" and stock-market investors from around the world who have been watching Zimbabwe and are now thinking this could be the time to put down the money, particularly with elections around the corner. "Timing is always the question. Do you go in before or after the election?" Nasir asked. "My bet is the time is now, before this market and prices [of shares]...
(Mail & Guardian 06/08/13)
The United States has urged Zimbabwe to allow international monitors to watch elections due to be held by late July. "The United States sincerely hopes that Zimbabwe will hold peaceful, credible presidential and parliamentarian elections this year," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters. "We believe the credibility of these elections would be enhanced if a broad range of international monitors, led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC)... were credited to observe." Zimbabwe's constitutional court ruled last week that President Robert Mugabe must organise a vote no later than July 31. Mugabe has said he will abide by the ruling despite calls by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to allow time for key reforms before the vote. Psaki said allowing...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Mail & Guardian 06/07/13)
The Southern African Development Community's summit to discern Zimbabwe's readiness to hold legal and fair elections has been postponed. The Southern African Development Community's (SADC) resolve to ensure a free and fair election in Zimbabwe was this week dealt a blow after President Robert Mugabe forced a delay of a summit in order to assess Zimbabwe's preparedness for the polls. Late on Thursday, South Africa's department of international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela confirmed to the Mail & Guardian that Sunday's summit had been postponed. When asked why the summit was postponed, Monyela referred questions to SADC. Information obtained by the M&G from SADC diplomats, Zimbabwe's main political negotiators and South African President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team shows there were likely...
(The Herald Online 06/07/13)
Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda says the nerve centre of the proposed expansion of the Central Business District should be the proposed civic centre in the area surrounding Rowan Martin Building. He said local and international investors want to invest around the civic centre which would eventually house Town House and all council departmental offices. Presently residents have to drive from one office to the other when they want to have their documents signed and approved by various heads of departments. Harare is expanding its CBD to include several suburbs among them Ridgeview, Eastlea, Belvedere, Milton Park, Hillside, Braeside and Arcadia in response to the high demand for office and commercial space. Property values in these areas and those on their...
(The Herald Online 06/07/13)
THE church yesterday threw its weight behind the Constitutional Court ruling that elections be held by July 31. Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe, Trevor Manhanga, said Zimbabweans should embrace the ruling. "The church, together with all right thinking Zimbabweans, should embrace and uphold the recent ruling by the Supreme Court setting the date by which harmonised elections shall be held. We have heard so much about the rule of law over the years. Now it is the time for all of us to walk the talk. There can be no better time than this for us to practise what we preach," he said. Bishop Manhanga said those who talk about the judiciary staying out of politics were...
(Xinhua 06/07/13)
HARARE, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) confirmed on Thursday that the special summit on Zimbabwe's upcoming elections scheduled on June 9 in Maputo, Mozambique, has been cancelled. An official from SADC Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomao's office who identified herself as Dorcas told Xinhua in a telephone interview that the summit would not go ahead as scheduled. "It won't take place on the 9th. I cannot give you reasons but it won't take place on the 9th. That's all I can tell you," she said. The regional bloc has not yet released an official statement. But media reports confirmed the cancellation late Thursday, quoting Clayson Monyela, spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations and Co-operation,...
(The Guardian 06/07/13)
Rare show of unity by opposition parties could raise prospect of grand coalition to take on Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe's fragmented opposition to the president, Robert Mugabe, has joined forces to reject a court ruling that elections must be held by the end of next month. The rare show of unity by parties including the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) could raise the prospect of a grand coalition to take on Mugabe's Zanu-PF party at the polls. Zimbabwe's constitutional court last week ordered that elections should take place by the end of July, a decision that suits Mugabe better than his rivals. But on Wednesday five parties – the MDC, led by the prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, a breakaway MDC under...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(News Day 06/06/13)
DEPUTY Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara yesterday told Parliament electoral reforms were a must before elections and that the Constitutional Court decision ordering the holding of polls by July 31 was final and could not be contested. Mutambara also told the House of Assembly that foreign governments like South Africa should not interfere with the court ruling as that would be tantamount to undermining Zimbabwe’s sovereignty. He was responding to questions by Zanu PF chief whip Joram Gumbo and Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T), who wanted to know the implications of the Constitutional Court ruling given the country’s political scenario. “Once the final arbiter, which is the Constitutional Court, has spoken, constitutionalism demands that we must respect that judgment and...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/06/13)
LUPANE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ticky Mletshwa, a 46-year-old small-scale farmer, has always done the same thing in his plot deep in the dry rural areas of Lupane, about 175 kilometres north of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Here each year, with the regularity of clockwork, he plants maize, waits for the rains, then “cries” as he watches his crops fail after yet another period of unreliable rainfall. “It has become a cruel cycle,” he says, of repeating the same thing and expecting to get different results. Mletshwa, like many smallholder farmers in the area, used to barter his excess produce to city dwellers in Bulawayo. Now he does not remember when he last had a full silo. “Now...
(News Day 06/06/13)
ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange-listed retail and hospitality concern Meikles Limited group said the delays in the payment of funds owed to the group by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has affected operations as well as capacity to pay off its short-term borrowings, the company has announced. The company is owed $40,5 million since 1998 and has incurred $26 million interest since dollarisation. Government has undertaken to settle the central bank’s debt which rose at the height of the apex bank’s involvement in quasi-fiscal activities. The group’s liquidity ratio, stood at 0,66 following short of the standard efficiency of 1. In a statement accompanying the group’s financial results, Meikles Limited chairman John Moxon said the funds on deposit with the Reserve...

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