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Mercury study exposes lack of information

Dr Mhlanga Herald Reporter There is a dearth of information pertaining to exposure to mercury in small-scale mining communities and the attendant health complications, it has emerged. Officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care contacted by this publication said there were no statistics on the number of people …

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China hands over $1m in humanitarian assistance

Ambassador Huang Ping Innocent Ruwende and Tanaka Vunganayi China yesterday handed over $1 million to Government in humanitarian assistance following floods that hit the country last month, while Namibia chipped in with a consignment of 1,2 million canned horse mackerel fish and medicines. The Red Cross Society of China also …

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Shocking HIV statistics in tertiary institutions

Dr Parirenyatwa Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter Government is concerned with the high rate of HIV infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among youths, especially students at higher and tertiary institutions. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the HIV prevalence rate had decreased from 29 percent to about 13 …

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Zimra unveils 10pc tax for farmers

Dr Made Kudakwashe Mhundwa Herald Reporter The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (zimra) has, with effect from yesterday, effected a 10 percent tax on farmers without valid clearance certificates, a move the Ministry of Agriculture says is likely to cause disturbances, especially on the on-going tobacco selling season. Farmers said the tax was …

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ZRA, delegates tour Batoka Dam site

Leonard Ncube in Livingstone, Zambia THE proposed Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme (BGHES) which is expected to generate 2 400 megawatts of electricity will boost power generation at the Kariba Hydropower Station as it will help increase water levels and storage, a top Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) engineer has  said. Tendering …

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Minister ‘lies’ in Parliament

Cde Nyasha Chikwinya Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle Reporter THE Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya, might have allegedly lied to Parliament about the establishment of a women’s bank. The Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, on Thursday slammed the minister for making inconsistent statements to the …

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Eight years in jail for killer stepdad

Khumbulani Sibanda Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter A MAN from Umguza who indiscriminately assaulted his ailing four-year-old stepson to death for visiting his uncle at night, has been sentenced to eight years in jail. Khumbulani Sibanda (30) of Plot 3 Helensvale brutally assaulted Brighton Sibanda using a switch. The boy …

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40 minutes late, 2 councillors barred from attending meeting

Gweru City Council House Lovemore Zigara, Midlands Correspondent THERE was drama at the Gweru City Council Chambers on Thursday when the Chamber Secretary Mr Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe barred two councillors from attending a special council meeting accusing them of being late. The special council meeting started at 2PM. Clr Ernest …

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STEM uptake increases

Professor Jonathan Moyo Auxilia Katongomara, Chronicle Reporter UPTAKE of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme has increased with over 300 pupils enrolling for the Lower Sixth form resulting in a payment of about $4 million for school fees and examination fees. The STEM programme launched by the Ministry …

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Chimney-stuck ‘thief’ makes U-turn

Cynthia Dube, Court Reporter A SUSPECTED thief from Bulawayo who got stuck for two days in a chimney while on a mission to steal yesterday made a U-turn and denied the offence. On Thursday he had confessed to unlawful entry and theft. Andrea Zunga (33) of Makokoba suburb appeared before …

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