Week 39

COVID-19 cases rising

Invictus Energy starts drilling first exploration well in Muzarabani

Army, political elites negotiate shady, corrupt mining deals

Govt repairs X-ray machine 4 years on

Mudenda addresses State Duma | The Herald

Food shortages and price hikes hit Zimbabwe as climate change disrupts rain patterns

Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe - ZimFact

Child marriage cases spike

Zim a repressed State: Global watchdog

Zim needs 100 000 teachers

Crisis in health sector deepens

COVID-19 cases rising

Cases have risen in the past week from as low as four confirmed cases on August 29 to as high as 33 cases on Tuesday when three deaths were recorded on the same day. Zimbabwe has recorded 5 599 COVID-19 deaths and 257 000 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic. Statistics show that 4,73 million Zimbabweans have been fully vaccinated, against a government target to vaccinate 10 million citizens.

Invictus Energy starts drilling first exploration well in Muzarabani

Australian-listed Invictus Energy Ltd has started drilling one of two exploration wells for oil and gas in northern Zimbabwe, the company said on Monday. The 3.5 kilometre deep well, situated in the Muzarabani-Mbire area, is part of the Cabora Bassa project in Zimbabwe, which is 80 percent owned and operated by Invictus through its interest in Geo Associates. Invictus said in a statement that the drilling of the first well, Mukuyu-1, began on Friday and will last between 50 and 60 days. Mukuyu, which will cost US$16 million, is one of the largest oil and gas exploration prospects to be drilled globally in 2022, estimated at 20 trillion cubic feet and 845 million barrels of conventional gas condensate, or about 4.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, the company said.

Army, political elites negotiate shady, corrupt mining deals

COMMUNITIES across the country are being neglected in negotiating mining contracts with foreigners as the military and political elites take centre-stage for personal gain, an expert has said. Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) executive director Farai Maguwu (pictured) said the elites were abusing authority by inviting foreign syndicates and negotiating deals which do not to benefit communities but plunder resources.

Govt repairs X-ray machine 4 years on

GOVERNMENT has repaired an X-ray machine at Hurungwe District Hospital in Karoi town, which broke down four years ago forcing patients to seek services from private health institutions. Hurungwe district medical officer Munyaradzi Wilbur Chidaushe told NewsDay that the machine was pivotal for tuberculosis detection in patients in Hurungwe district.

Mudenda addresses State Duma | The Herald

National Assembly Speaker, Advocate Jacob Mudenda made history yesterday after addressing the plenary session of the State Duma Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, where he praised the amicable relations that exist between Harare and Moscow. Adv Mudenda said his delegation’s visit came in the middle of Russia’s special military campaign in Ukraine, which started on February 24, which he said was predicated on legitimate historical security concerns arising from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United States’ expansionist policies that pose an incontrovertible danger to Moscow.

Food shortages and price hikes hit Zimbabwe as climate change disrupts rain patterns

Zimbabweans are no strangers to drought. But this year’s rainy season set a new 40-year record in rainfall scarcity. Yet, while many Zimbabwean farmers grappled with a lack of water, just months before thousands saw tropical storms and flooding destroy their property and infrastructure. These climate disasters have collided with a global economic shake-up, caused by the war in Ukraine and its impact on fuel and food supplies. As a result, many households in the southern African country have been left struggling, with resources stretched to the limit.

Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe - ZimFact

There are over 1,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in Zimbabwe across a range of areas.  These include humanitarian aid, service organisations, and political governance. This broad range of NGOs can be identified by their registration or main objectives; but often overlap within the different categories. Three organizational types define NGOs in Zimbabwe and these are Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs), Trusts and Common Law Universitas. PVOs make up the vast majority of NGOs in the country with a 2014 study by the EU and NANGO indicating that there are around 993 registered PVOs. The vast majority of these, according to the Zimbabwe Human Development Report of 2000 are community based NGOs. Trusts and Unions according to the same report make up just five percent of the total. International non-governmental organisations make up 4% of the total number of NGOs in the country.

Child marriage cases spike

ZIMBABWE Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) says child marriages and pregnancies are still on the rise despite awareness campaigns against the vice. In its latest report, Zimcodd said child protection remains low, with most children now being ushered into early marriage under the age of 15. “Child protection remains wanting in Zimbabwe. A lot of children are being ushered into early marriage, approximately 34% of girls under the age of 18 are married, while 5% of girls under the age of 15 are married,” Zimcodd said.

Zim a repressed State: Global watchdog

ZIMBABWE has been ranked as the most “repressed” State globally amid concerns over a shrinking democratic space in the country following a sustained assault on the opposition and civic groups. Government is now pushing to have the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill enacted into law to regulate the operations of civic groups, accusing them of pushing a regime change agenda.

Zim needs 100 000 teachers

ZIMBABWE needs more than 100 000 teachers following a mass exodus of educators to other countries due to low salaries offered by government, unions have said. A government circular seen by NewsDay revealed that government will soon recruit 3 904 teachers.

Crisis in health sector deepens

The crisis in the health sector is likely to escalate further with Zanu PF legislators pushing for enactment of the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill which will likely chase away donor funding from the sector. Finance minister Mthuli Ncube allocated only 14% of the 2022 national budget to the Health ministry, leaving donors to fill in the gap. Health experts who spoke to NewsDay yesterday said the health sector would be crippled if non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were banned as the sector gets almost 85% of its funding from NGOs.

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