The latest Statutory Instrument (SI) published on Friday has made the wearing of face masks in public spaces and in public service vehicles and trains mandatory.
….the wearing of face masks is mandatory — (i) indoors at workplaces and places to which the public have access, or in public conveyances (taxis and commuter and other buses, public service vehicles, trains and aeroplanes carrying passengers).
“(ii) Outdoors in public places, except for those individuals who are fully vaccinated (that is to say those who have been vaccinated at least twice against COVID-19).”
THE rehabilitation of feeder roads to Bulawayo, improved water supply, capacitation of National Social Security Authority (Nssa) to cushion pensioners as well as investing in disability friendly infrastructure are some of the key priority areas raised by people in the southern region during the just ended 2023 National Budget public consultations. The water issue was a top priority with the public expressing no reservations in its importance saying the communities need access to it.
As the world is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe and UNICEF Zimbabwe are highlighting the crucial role adolescent girls and young women play in the development of the country and call for continued investment in their education, and economic and social empowerment.
In the last 10 years, there has been increased attention worldwide amongst governments, policymakers and the public on issues that matter to girls, and more opportunities were created for girls to have their voices heard. Yet, investments in the rights of adolescent girls remain limited at the global level.
THE Government has been commended for unveiling the US$20 million Smallholder Irrigation Infrastructure Development Fund (SIIDF) as part of its efforts to boost rural incomes and ensure food self-sufficiency.
The SIIDF which is set to benefit 18 smallholder irrigation schemes, will be funded by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development from the Zimbabwean allocation of US$958 million received from the International Monetary Fund’s US$650 billion Special Drawing Rights released to member countries last year.
There is a realisation from all involved that elections under the current restrictive laws would be of little use. There is still no consensus on the form and extent of the crucial reforms that would make elections in Zimbabwe credible and move the country forward.
Sustainable nation building demands inclusive consultation where all stakeholders are equal partners with a common interest.
Inclusive policy making guarantees wider purchase by all stakeholders paving a durable pathway towards peace, stability and sustainable prosperity.
TEACHERS’ unions are demanding the dismissal of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development minister Amon Murwira for calling on the new graduates to open own schools to cater for the estimated 4 000 schools deficit in the country.
The unions said the remarks were reckless since government in constitutionally mandated to provide education facilities for its citizens and not delegate that responsibility to private investors.
THE newly formed Teachers for Economic Development (ED) union is reportedly storming schools countrywide to mobilise support, paralysing learning at some institutions.
It is also holding midweek workshops at schools, with some said to have already taken place at learning institutions in Zvishavane, Bulawayo and Marondera in recent days.
The group, seen as sympathetic to the administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is popularly known as ED, was given the nod by government to “roll out its economic development” programmes in all schools where hundreds of teachers are reportedly abandoning classes to attend the workshops to avoid victimisation.
Ahead of the COP27 in Sharm-el-Sheikh on the climate, which will be held in Egypt from November 6 to 18, a preparatory summit is currently being held in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country, which holds a large part of the second largest tropical forest in the world, has shaken up the international community by now refusing to choose between the fight against poverty and the fight against climate change. A way to point out the lack of funding from rich countries, which sets the tone for future negotiations.
This week, I choose to gloat about my country’s natural beauty.
And the timing is perfect seeing as a good part of Zim is currently alive with purple as the jacaranda trees are in full bloom.
The trees lining up the streets are a sight to behold, giving nature lovers the perfect opportunity to capture their splendor on camera. I am reliably informed there is something similar along Francistown’s Blue Jacket Street, albeit on a much smaller scale.
I enjoy driving through the streets lined up with jacaranda as it gives me that refreshing feeling.
GOVERNMENT has reportedly stopped issuing clearance letters for nurses in a bid to frustrate them from leaving the country for greener pastures.
This follows mass resignations that have hit the country’s public hospitals as health professionals migrate abroad for better salaries and working conditions.
In March, government doubled application fees for nurses’ confirmation letters and certificates from US$150 to US$300. Official figures show that last year alone Zimbabwe lost nearly 1 800 nurses, mainly to Britain. That’s more than 10% of all the nurses working in public hospitals.
This is a very serious issue where the Ministry of Health risks international isolation. The email was sent by the UK government, and this will cascade to other European countries and this is not good.
The Minister of Lands said the country currently has 474,966 tonnes of maize in stock, enough to last the country 14 months. But it was only three weeks ago that the World Food Programme said they were planning a food relief programme targeting 700,000 people in Zimbabwe starting this month. The WFP country representative, Franscesca Erldelmann said the “number of food insecure people had shot up from 2.9 million to 3.8 million” people in Zimbabwe and she said, “more households could go hungry as grain stocks dwindle.” (Reuters)
NEIGHBOURING Zambia has come to the rescue of Zimbabwe with 200 000 tonnes (t) of maize to feed millions currently facing hunger in the country, NewsDay has gathered.
Plans by Zimbabwe to import 200 000 tonnes of maize from Malawi in May did not bear fruit after the deal was contested by the Malawi Parliament in Lilongwe because tender procedures had reportedly been flouted.
Contacted for comment, Lands and Agriculture ministry secretary John Basera said: “This maize is certainly not being imported by the government; it has to be private players.” He said Zimbabwe had enough grain.
Despite gobbling billions in various agriculture handouts and subsidy schemes, like the Presidential Inputs Scheme, Pfumvudza and the Command Agriculture Programme, Zimbabwe remains food insecure with 5,4 million (36%) of its citizens facing hunger in the current season, according to the World Food Programme.