President tours Montrose Studios

Pamela Shumba Bulawayo Bureau— PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday toured the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Montrose Studios in Bulawayo and said he was impressed with the progress made towards digitisation. The broadcasting station is at an advanced stage of being upgraded as part of the digitisation programme to achieve universal television and radio coverage. President Mnangagwa toured Montrose Studios…
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EDITORIAL COMMENT: 2018: Year of fixing the economy

The past year saw some serious changes in Zimbabwe. It started in what had become the usual way, continuing indiscipline and modest economic decline with agriculture being the only bright spot and by September panic was creeping into society with the black market exploding and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange reacting to a widely-held belief that…
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The ugly, beauty of 2017 pageants

Vongai Mbara Arts Reporter As we celebrate New Year today, it is always good to look back at the year gone by and revisit some of its highlights. In the arts sector, pageants are among events that bring people from all walks of life together. Beauty pageants were held throughout the country highlighting the good looks and talents…
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Zuma’s New year message to SA

JOHANNESBURG. — President Jacob Zuma yesterday characterised 2017 as eventful and fruitful, while saying radical transformation was on the cards for this year. “We have come to an end of a very eventful and productive year,” the president said in a New Year’s statement issued by his office. When it came to the economy, President…
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Putin calls for ‘pragmatic cooperation’ with Trump

MOSCOW. — Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “pragmatic cooperation” in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said on Saturday.  In a statement on the Russian president’s New Year wishes to world leaders, the Kremlin said Putin told Trump that “a constructive Russian-American dialogue is especially needed to strengthen strategic…
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Diamond sorter denied bail in $500K theft case

Fungai Lupande Senior Court Reporter A diamond sorter at Marange-based Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), who is accused of conniving with three other employees to steal diamonds worth half a million dollars and replacing them with fake gems, has been denied bail. Anesu Dhliwayo (34) was remanded in custody to January 12 after Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai…
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BREAKING: 2 die in Beitbridge road accident

Beitbridge Bureau Two people were killed while two others were seriously injured when a Toyota Regius they were travelling in collided with a bus along the Beitbridge Masvingo highway. The accident at One o’clock this afternoon near the Masvingo-Bulawayo turn-off. According to witnesses, the bus was travelling to Mutare while the Toyota Regius was heading towards…
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Liberians hail Weah victory

Monrovia — Liberians revelled yesterday in former football star George Weah’s presidential victory, in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in seven decades scarred by civil wars, political assassinations and an Ebola crisis. Weah, idolised in Liberia as “Mister George”, is set to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over in 2006 at the… …
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Drug supply improves

Harare Bureau The supply of essential drugs to referral health institutions has improved following procurements done with a ring fenced fund collected from airtime tax, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said. Speaking after touring Natpharm, the country’s pharmaceutical distribution company, in Harare recently, Dr Parirenyatwa said Government had so far received… …
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EDITORIAL COMMENT: New power plant a boost to economy

Our country is on course to electricity self-sufficiency after some 10 years of erratic power supplies. Like most Sadc countries, Zimbabwe was plunged into a power deficit that necessitated load shedding, in 2007.  Growing economies in the early 2000s versus slow investment in new power generation capacity gave rise to the electricity shortage across the… …
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