Politics

‘Let’s Maintain Gains in HIV Prevention’

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA ON HIV AND AIDS, 30TH NOVEMBER, 2020. TODAY THE WORLD COMMEMORATES WORLD AIDS DAY Fellow countrymen, as our nation prepares to join the community of nations in commemorating this very special day, set aside to galvanise national attention towards …

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We Can All Find Land to Plant Trees

Trees are important for ourselves, our families, our schools, our communities our country and our planet, and most of us need to think more seriously about what we should be doing right now as Zimbabwe enters the tree planting season. A national day to get people motivated was set on …

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Riozim, Military Wrangle Blow to Investment Bait

THE protracted dispute between RioZim and the military, as well as a company owned by Pakistani nationals Falcon Resources over chrome mining claims in Darwendale, Mashonaland West province is a blow to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s drive to lure investment into the country and stem the rapid fall in foreign direct …

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Zim Slides Deeper Into Debt Distress

ZIMBABWE’S total external debt rocketed by US$106 million to US$8,2 billion at the end of September, throwing the economy into further debt distress, according to Finance minister Mthuli Ncube. MTHANDAZO NYONI The debt was estimated at US$8 billion at the same time last year.The unsustainable debt situation is one of …

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Biti’s Sensational Take On State of the Economy

DC-Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti painted a bleak picture of the state of the economy this week in what he called the “State of the Economy Address”. Many in Zimbabwe and abroad would find his take quite sensational, but may be that is to be expected from an opposition politician. MUCKRAKER …

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University Rankings Don’t Measure What Matters

International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents …

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Keeping Children Safe From GBV

The 2020 International Day of the Girl Child celebrations in Zimbabwe were recently held on a sad note, with videos of some schoolgirls clad in their uniforms, performing sexually suggestive dances in their classrooms with their peers cheering them on. Scenes of boys in school uniforms were also trending on …

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Big Vs. Small Agric Debate

THE announcement over last weekend by Agriculture minister Anxious Masuka that government was this week beginning the repossession of underutilised farms. The minister encouraged struggling A1 and A2 farmers to go into government-approved joint ventures requires us to revisit the big agriculture (big-Ag) and small agriculture (small-Ag) debate. The Brett …

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Artisanal Miners Reduced to Burrowing Animals

When people talk about “Africa’s resource curse” they should include Zimbabwe’s gold curse. Someone has said very aptly, gold is to Zimbabwe what oil is to the Arabian Peninsula. But the difference is that, while the Arabs have properly harnessed their resource and used it to the benefit of their …

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