Zimbabwe @ 35

Zimbabwe @ 35ZIMBABWEANS FROM all walks of life will this week commemorate 35 years of independence.

The celebrations will be held under the theme “Zimbabwe @35: Consolidating Unity, Peace, and Economic Sovereignty.”

“What inspired the government to come up with this theme was to have a theme pregnant with meaning,” Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Ignatius Chombo said at the unveiling ceremony of the theme on 13 April.

And indeed, since Zimbabwe gained its independence on 18 April 1980 from Britain, the country has recorded significant strides in consolidating unity, peace and economic sovereignty.

For example, Zimbabwe is one of the leading countries that continues to boast one of the highest literacy rates in Africa.

The country has also come up with various indigenous policies aimed at empowering the majority Zimbabweans.
The policies include the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset), which is a Government blueprint launched in 2013 to shape the country’s economic transformation and development for the next five years, spanning October 2013 to December 2018.

Under Zim Asset, a total of four clusters, namely Food Security and Nutrition, Social Services and Poverty Eradication, Infrastructure and Utilities and Value Addition and Beneficiation, were identified to lead this transformation.

For example, the thrust of the Food Security and Nutrition cluster is to create a self- sufficient and food surplus economy and see Zimbabwe re-emerge as the “Bread Basket of Southern Africa”. Read More…

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Zimbabwe records an increase in tourist arrivals

Zimbabwe records an increase in tourist arrivalsZIMBABWE HAS recorded a positive increase of 2.6 percent in tourist arrivals between 2013 and 2014.

According to the latest 2014 Brief Overview on Tourism Performance report released by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), arrivals into the country increased to about 1.9 million this year from just about 1.8 million last year.

“Tourist arrivals grew by 2.6 percent in 2014 from 1 832 583 to 1 880 028,” reads part of the report released by ZTA, adding that this growth is slightly below “the Sub Sahara growth of 3.3 percent.”

Zimbabwe also continued to experience growth in arrivals from all its major source regions except Asia.

Africa, Europe and America are Zimbabwe’s major source regions. For example, a total of 1 600 496 tourists visited Zimbabwe in 2014 compared to 1 570 799 the previous year.

With regard to those from America, a total of 66 826 tourists visited Zimbabwe as opposed to 54 157 last year, representing an increase of 23 percent. Read More..

Powertel Becomes Zimbabwe’s Fourth Telecom Provider

State owned Powertel has now become the fourth telecom operator in Zimbabwe following Econet Wireless, Telecel and Netone.

Econet is the largest service provider in Zimbabwe with 8.5 million subscribers, followed by Telecel with a subscription of 2.54 million users and NetOne has a user base of 2.45 million subscribers.

The company after obtaining the Converged Telecommunications Licence from the Posts and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (Potraz) is set to become the fourth telecom service provider in Zimbabwe.

“This has always been Powertel’s objective to offer total telecommunications solutions to Zimbabwe and Africa at large,” said Powertel’s Marketing Manager, Prosper Mutswiri.

Farmers in Zimbabwe benefit from USAD-EU funded Program

Zimbabwe small-scale farmers have benefitted from a program funded by USAID and EU to commercialise local plants and use them to generate income.

The three-year program sponsored by EU and USAID in connotation with many regional organisations has been efficaciously accomplished. The program was intended at reducing hunger and engendering income by commercializing local plants. The small scale farmers in the dry areas of Zimbabwe have received skill training under the program. The training encompassed harvesting and production of indigenous plants, namely baobabs, devil’s claw, rosella and chili peppers.

Some 8,000 small scale farmers have so far benefitted from the project. “I collect some wild fruits which I then sell,” said Marcia Matsika, a small scale farmer. “The project is assisting me quite a lot. I can now pay school fees for my six children and I can now buy food. We have since bought a water pump.” Read More…

Liquid Telecom unveils 100mbps FTTH progress and plans at Africacom

Liquid Telecom has unveiled its progress in laying Fibre To The Home over which it is providing homes and small businesses with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Africa.

The service has already gone live in Zambia through various retail outlets; and in Zimbabwe via retail ISP ZOL Zimbabwe, part of the Liquid Telecom Group.

Plans are now underway to launch FTTH on a wholesale and retail basis in Kenya, Rwanda and two further countries early next year.

At a press conference held today, Liquid Telecom’s CEO Nic Rudnick revealed that the company is laying more than 100km of new fibre every week. He said that Liquid Telecom’s goal is to deliver The Real Internet into Africa by setting the highest possible standards for internet access with the fastest available broadband speeds and widest penetration across the continent. Read More…