Worker dismissals: Balance of interests crucial

IT has been quite a bloodbath as the lot of Zimbabwean formal sector workers — a fast diminishing class — was rendered extremely vulnerable by last week’s Supreme Court judgment that has spawned carnage as hundreds of workers’ contracts were summarily terminated. Candid comment by Stewart Chabwinja Employers, some teetering on the brink of collapse due to a hostile and deteriorating operating environment, hastily took full advantage of the ruling allowing employers to fire workers at three months’ notice without paying anything in the way of terminal benefits, no matter the length of service rendered

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16 PUPILS ARRESTED AT SEX PARTY

POLICE yesterday arrested 16 pupils from four schools in Bulawayo for conducting “vuzu parties’ at a house in Cowdray Park where they allegedly abused alcohol while engaging in sex orgies. Police spokesperson for Bulawayo metropolitan province, Inspector Precious Simango, said the ‘vuzu parties’ were held at a house belonging to two of the pupils whose parents are in the diaspora. “We’re holding 16 pupils after we caught them hosting a wild party at a house in Cowdray Park

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Govt to reward young farmers

Nqobizitha Dhlamini  Farming Reporter YOUNG farmers are playing an important role in ensuring that the sector grows contrary to age old beliefs that farming has always been a domain for senior citizens. Hence, Government working with various stakeholders has arranged awards to recognise the contribution of young farmers to agriculture. The Young Farmers Awards will be held in Harare in August.

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ZCFU seeks tax exemption for farmers settled on undeveloped land

Minister Mombeshora FARMER organisations have appealed to Government to exempt farmers who were resettled on undeveloped pieces of land from paying the newly introduced rentals. The Government has come up with a new rental fee which would go towards compensating white farmers, who were displaced during the resettlement programme.

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Dzamara: Mugabe to blame

PETER Sanders’ film or documentary The Disappeared or Desaparecido in Spanish, is very interesting albeit spine-chilling to watch. The plot or storyline relives the horrors of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-83) through the experience of Horacio Pietragalla, a young man raised by the maid of the officer who kidnapped him after the military brutally murdered his parents.

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PARTYING GRACE NO SHOW IN BINGA

THE First Lady, Cde Grace Mugabe, had been scheduled to be in Binga yesterday. But preparations for her lavish birthday bash were a bigger pull. She sent a delegation instead led by Cde Stein Berejena who is a director in her office and Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Cain Mathema to meet traditional leaders from Binga district and inform them that she was taking over resuscitation of Bulawayo Kraal Irrigation Scheme in Binga

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