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Revisiting informal markets’ roles in income distribution

Charles Dhewa Correspondent Informal markets have existed for centuries, as contexts where communities make sense of their resources and exchange value. However, urbanisation has given these markets a more pronounced role particularly in meeting the needs of different classes of consumers and farmers. In many African countries, informal markets are …

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Why do so many want to be President?

Christopher Farai Charamba Political Writer The long list of presidential candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections is out. Last Thursday, the nomination court was held where aspiring candidates submitted their papers and fees to contest in the July 30 polls. A total of 23 individuals made it into the final …

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Let’s be the change we want: Mahere

Prominent lawyer, Fadzai Mahere grabbed the bull by its horns after she was frustrated by the turns and twists of how politics was not serving the people. Unlike many who sulk and lick their wounds in solitude, she resolved to contest for Parliament as an independent candidate. ‘I decided instead …

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2018 polls: Preps, people and prospects

Farirayi Machivenyika Senior Reporter The Nomination Court sat last week and after a staggering over 133 political parties had registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), only 23 people managed to file as candidates for the presidential race, leaving us wondering where the other 110 had gone. Mr Speaker Sir, …

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Stakeholders should act swiftly on card cloning scams

THE last few months have seen an upsurge in cases of electronic credit card fraud involving use of cloned ATM cards, as more Zimbabweans have embraced the use of plastic money due to cash shortages. Police recently disclosed that between January and March this year, as much as $200 000 …

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Command this and that and Zim Airways: A lighter look

AFTER much brainstorming and scratching of heads on how to turn around Air Zimbabwe’s failing fortunes, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Cabinet had acquired a few bald heads. Tapiwa Nyandoro The airline was saddled with a staggering debt of around $300 million, more than the value of its assets. No one knew …

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A Tale of Two British Envoys

By Tichaona Zindoga Deborah Bronnert. Does that ring a bell? Bronnert is a British diplomat. Her latest job is the Director-General Economic and Global Issues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office where she was appointed in April 2017. According to information available, before that she was FCO’s Director-General for Economic …

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Trade war’s coming for your hip pocket, America

A wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy,” according to the Chinese general Sun Tzu. “One cartload of the enemy’s provisions is equivalent to 20 of one’s own.” The lesson of that maxim – that leaders need to pay close attention to the economics of conflict, and make …

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Push back against nascent fascism, SA

Many of us have heard of populations in other parts of the world that have known fascism and brutality by some against others either claiming, later in life, not to have known what was done to others in their name and for their comfort, or of having been too scared …

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