Broke Zimbabwe Gvt To Train 80% Less Nurses Due To Excess Unemployed Qualified Nurses

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“That is an administrative issue which is dealt with by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. I suggest you contact the permanent secretary, he will be the best person to give you an answer on those issues.”    THE Government is drastically trimming enrolment of student nurses by over 80 percent.

Government’s 15 training institutions on average admitted about 60 students per intake twice a year, but they have since been ordered to admit not more than 10 students per intake.

The order comes into effect from September when the nursing schools have their next intake.

This is due to  lack of funds as well as meant to contain the swelling number of unemployed qualified nurses.

“We have been told not to enrol more than 10 students because of lack of resources. The main reason is that Government cannot continue to train nurses who will be jobless at the end of the day. We cannot continue to train people so that they sit at home. So the idea is to train a few, while modalities on absorbing the jobless ones are worked on,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The communication we got from head office is that qualified nurses who have not been practising for the past three years will also need to undergo training before they are employed. The assumption is that the nurses would have lost most of the skills due to redundancy”.
Health Services Board public relations executive Nyasha Maravanyika could neither confirm nor deny the latest developments on reduction of student nurse enrolment, referring the matter to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Gerald Gwinji. by Thobekile Zhou. Source: Byo24New

‘Zimbabwe to send unemployed new nurses to South Sudan ‘ Mnangagwa

ZIMBABWE will soon start sending nurses to Sudan as part of efforts to ease growing unemployment within the profession, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed.

The move, Mnangagwa told parliament last Wednesday, followed government’s decision during the GNU tenure to freeze any further recruitment into the country’s bloated civil service, now estimated to be hovering above half a million.

Mnangagwa revealed the plan in Parliament while responding to a question by Proportional Representation MP Consilia Chinanzwavana who asked if government now had a solution for nursing graduates churned out annually from their training but fail to be absorbed into nursing jobs.

“We are aware that some have now been out of employment for perhaps a number of years but everything is being done now that we continuously take some on board as resources become available,” Mnangagwa said.

“Also, I am aware that there are discussions with countries which have approached us like Southern Sudan which has approached us to have nurses seconded to that country.

“I think that discussion is well advanced and, if the Minister of Health and Child Care was here, he would have been able to articulate that position. From that approach, some of them would be absorbed.”

Mnangagwa said although it was the country’s wish to benefit from its labour force, the move to export its idle personnel was unavoidable.

“At the end of day,” he said, “we would want that the products of our institutions be accommodated in our own economy so that we service our own nation. It does not mean that we do not need their services.

“We critically need their services but because of the constraints of resources in the country and the state of the economy, this is why we cannot absorb all of them.”

Zimbabwe’s economic decay continues to worsen with little by way of remedial action from the country’s rulers.

The now 15-year-old crisis is blamed on President Robert Mugabe’s controversial policies which critics blame for continued job losses.source-newzimbabwe

 

Zanu PF Circus as VP Mphoko, & Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo Fall Out”

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo have taken their fight to new levels.

Last week at Stanley Square in Bulawayo, Mpkhoko suddenly bunked Tshinga Dube’s victory celebration protesting that Khaya-Moyo was also invited.

“Khaya-Moyo arrived before Mphoko and when the vice president, then on his way to the function, was advised that the spokesperson was already there, he ordered his aides to make a u-turn and never came to the celebrations,” the Standard reported today quoting an unnamed source.

“It is that bad and this goes back to the fight for the vice presidency in which Mphoko was accused of being a Jonny-come-lately.”

“Mphoko obviously feels threatened by Khaya-Moyo while the spokesperson still thinks that despite his congress set back there is still a chance.”

Khaya-Moyo told the publication that it was ‘unfortunate’ if Mphoko indeed snubbed the event in protest of his presence. Source: The Standard

Zanu PF Youths Invade Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s Farm

 

Suspected Zanu PF supporters on Friday invaded former Politburo Member and Minister of Masvingo Provincial Affairs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti’s farm and stole fence running between the farm and neighbouring communal lands.

Bhasikiti accused Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Shuvai Mahofa and outgoing Mwenezi District Administrator Stanley Chamisa of instructing the supporters to carry out the invasion.

According to Masvingo Mirror, Bhasikiti said the act is criminal as they vandalized a private property.

“There are people who came into my Moria Farm and stole diamond mash wire which was 70m long. They had instructions from Mwenezi DA and Mahofa who said that Bhasikiti should remove his wire so that villagers can let in their cattle because their land is no longer able to feed their cattle.

“I wonder why they chose my farm because nearby Billy has over 300 000 hectares of land but they come to mine which is only 355 hectares. They have double standards,”  said Bhasikiti.

Bhasikiti said he reported the matter to the police as well as to the Minister of Lands.  He also advised government officials to respect the law of the country.

“I reported the matter to the Police and the Minister of Lands but no arrests have been made so far. We are yet to recover the wire. Senior government officials should know how Government operates. My farm is similar to those owned by Billy and Tongaat Hullet, it is a private property and those vandals should be prosecuted,” said Bhasikiti
Source: Masvingo Mirror

Photo Journalist ‘Crispen Ndlovu’, Assaulted By Bulawayo Police

Freelance photographer, Crispen Ndlovu was wrestled and beaten by members of the Police in Bulawayo over the weekend.

He told Zimbabwe Union of Journalist (ZUJ) Secretary General, Foster Dongozi, that he had photographed members of the Police beating up a suspected cellphone thief. Police details forced him to delete his photographs which he was later able to recover.

He is being monitored by doctors. Dongozi condemned the assault, saying police needed to be schooled that journalism was a lawful profession in the country.

“Police must behave themselves and conduct themselves in a professional manner and not go about beating journalists. That kind of policing can not be professional and only serves to portray the force and the country in  extreme negative light,” ZUJ said. by Stephen Jakes
– Source- bulawayo24.

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‘Two Feared Dead In 23 Floor Elevator Free Fall Incident At Bulawayo’s NRZ Building’.

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Two people are feared dead after an elevator had a free fall twenty three floors down the NRZ building in Bulawayo.
Information currently trickling in at the site of the accident says that a female employee of the Bulawayo Beitbridge Railway Company housed on the 23rd floor of the building got into the elevator late yesterday evening upon knocking off from work and got stuck in the elevator before it could leave the floor.

The lady is said to have called the local technician from the elevator’s internal communication device. The technician managed to make his way into the lift but on trying to release the lift it lost grip and went on a free fall twenty three floors down.
Since the accident happened after hours no one in the building realised that an accident had occurred until 18 hours later when a colleague of the technician discovered his colleague was not available at his place of duty.

On checking the colleague’s log book that’s when he discovered that he had recorded a call for a stuck lift on the 23rd floor but there was no entry of the result of the accident call.
On investigation he discovered that the lift in question had thumped down to the basement.
Bulawayo fire and ambulance personnel and members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police are currently on site trying to retrieve the bodies of the deceased people.
Information is still coming through and this reporter remains on site as the events unfold.

Source: bulawayo24

Mnangagwa Officially Hands Over Refurbished Sports Facilities To Bulawayo Council

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Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially handed over to the Bulawayo City Council and Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development sports facilities that were refurbished by the government ahead of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under 20 Youth Games that were held in Bulawayo last December. The hosting of the AUSC youth games in Bulawayo paved way for the refurbishment of stadia and other sport facilities. The facilities which had been temporarily handed over to the games local organising committee to allow for work to be done, have since been officially handed over to their respective custodians. Officially handing over the facilities at Bulawayo city swimming pool, Vice President Mnangagwa said all the equipment acquired for the games will remain at the respective sports venues in Bulawayo. A number of companies which supplied equipment for these games are yet to be paid and Cde Mnangagwa reassured them they will be given their dues as all outstanding debts have been transferred to central government through the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture. Among the sporting facilities that were refurbished is Barbourfields stadium which had renovations done on the ablution facilities and changing rooms. White City stadium had a tartan track for athletics installed while an additional swimming pool was built at the Bulawayo swimming pool. Mnangagwa Bulawayo City Council Source: ZBC – Source-bulawayo24

Mandatory Unleaded Petrol Blending Ratio Up From 10-15 Percent In Zimbabwe

Government has increased the mandatory blending ratio of unleaded petrol from 10 percent ethanol to 15 percent with immediate effect following significant improvement in supplies of ethanol from Green Fuel.

The move is likely to see a decrease in the pump price of the blend which is currently pegged between $1,46 and $1,53 per litre, depending on location.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge announced the new ratios in a Government Gazette published yesterday.

“It is hereby notified that in terms of section 4(1) of the Petroleum (Mandatory Blending of Anhydrous Ethanol with Unleaded Petrol) Regulations, 2013, published in Statutory Instrument 17 of 2013, as amended by Statutory Instrument 81 of 2014, the Minister approves the current level of mandatory blending to 15 percent,” reads part of the gazette.

“The blending of ethanol and unleaded petrol at E15 is now sustainable because there is now adequate supply of ethanol to sustain blending at the 15 percent level.”

The blending ratio was reduced from 15 percent to five percent in December last year due to low sugar cane supplies from Green Fuel, which is the country’s sole ethanol supplier.

This was after the company faced challenges in harvesting the cane due to water clogging.

Green Fuel is a joint venture between the Government through arda and two private investors Macdom and Rating.

arda board chair Mr Basil Nyabadza is on record as saying the company was keen to reach 20 percent ratio before the end of this year.

Green Fuel initially projected that by 2018, it would have completed the construction of Kondo Dam, which is worth $300 million and also employ 36 500 people.

It is no longer certain if Green Fuel would be able to sustain the demand of ethanol after it emerged that there is a mass exodus of employees at the company due to erratic payment of salaries.

Sources said the company owes its employees salaries for the past six months.

As a stop gap measure, Government last year, contracted Triangle to temporarily supply ethanol after Green Fuel failed to meet the increasing demand on the market. by senior Reporter Tendai Mugabe. Source-herald

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Parastatals Board Members, Face Dismissal As Government Stems corruption’

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Board members of several parastatals face imminent dismissal as Government flexes its muscle to stem corruption through the National Code on Corporate Governance.

This week alone, board members from three parastatals were fired for corruption, gross abuse of financial resources and poor corporate governance.

The code, which came into effect in April, provides a framework for corporate conduct for both the public and private sectors focusing mainly on issues of corruption, corporate disclosure, communication and mechanisms for creating trust between shareholders, boards, management and employees.

Parastatals affected this week are the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) and the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (Potraz) whose board members gobbled $249 219 in travel expenses and per diems within nine months.

Corporate governance and legal experts yesterday hailed the enforcement of the code, but said Government should bring finality to the abuse of public funds by prosecuting culprits.

Sources said more parastatal boards were on the firing line as Government moves in to achieve economic targets enshrined in its economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.

“Now that there is a framework with provisions on what is expected of management and board members, ministers will not hesitate to fire offenders. There are more boards with reports of massive looting and they will soon face the music,” said one source.

One source cited the Rural Electrification Agency as one of the entities where there was massive financial indiscipline.

The Potraz board, according to Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, made unnecessary travels to conferences and meetings, some which did not have anything to do with them.

The board was led by Mr Ishmael Chikwenere, who alone chewed up $90 000 in travel allowances in nine months and at one time last year spent 22 days in South Korea attending a telecommunications conference yet the relevant period was about five days.

On the other hand, Mr Nelson Mawema from the TSCZ and Dr Themba Nyoni from CAAZ were fired for, among other things, failing to control the operations of their entities.

Cooperate governance expert, Mr Canaan Dube, said if implemented by all Government ministries, the Code could bring visible changes that should steer the economy to greater heights.

“This is the way to go and I see a many being shown the door, especially in parastatals,” he said.

“Management and boards in parastatals should ensure viability as they contribute about 40 percent of the GDP. Those who are not competent should make way for the able to assist in the turnaround of the economy. Those diverting public funds to personal use should be jailed.”

Said Harare lawyer, Mr Terrence Hussein: “The Code is ideal but is not enough if culprits are not brought to book. Offenders must be prosecuted. The audits should be done by reputable companies.”

The Code came in the wake of corporate failures in the banking sector over the past decade, while the public sector was hurt by inadequate governance structures.

Legal expert, Mr Norman Mugiya, said only a penal effect would deter would-be offenders.

“The idea of the Code is exceptionally remarkable but it will set a dangerous precedence if the looters go scot free,” he said.

“The effects of their dismissal should be felt and where there is evidence of corruption, one should face jail otherwise people will continue looting in public entities knowing they will go peacefully.” by Felex Share Senior Reporter. source-herald. 

35,566 Cases, Make Zimbabwe One Of The 22 Countries With Highest Tuberculoses (TB ) Burden

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Zimbabwe is one of the 22 countries in the world with the highest burden of tuberculoses (TB), the provincial TB and Leprosy coordinator for Midlands, Bernard Sibanda has said.

35,566 cases of TB of all types were notified in

Addressing people gathered for the Midlands World TB day commemorations in Lower Gweru on Thursday Sibanda said TB was the second leading cause of death and the common cause of death among people living with HIV in Zimbabwe.

He said there was therefore a need for members of the community to assist government in the fight against the scourge through seeking treatment early and maintaining clean environments.

He said in 2012 alone, 8,6 million people became ill with TB around the world.

“Worldwide 1,3 million died of the disease during the same period. Out of those who died, 320,000 were HIV positive,” said Sibanda.

Turning to the Midlands province, Sibanda said the scourge had been found on 3,908 people last year.

He said from January to March this year, 902 cases of TB of all types had also been recorded. In 2015 from January to March alone, 902 cases of TB have been identified so far. As a province about 9,2 percent of our patients died of this disease in 2013,” said Sibanda.

“Ladies and gentlemen our TB statistics in the province also show that above 70 percent of our TB patients are also infected with HIV.”

He said the fight against TB was being derailed by patients who were failing to complete their courses.

Sibanda said because of TB patients who default, the country was now witnessing an upsurge in Drug Resistant TB (DRTB).

He said 35 cases of the 3,908 were DRTB and most such cases were notified in Kwekwe and Gweru.

“As for this year we have had 17 cases of DRTB so far. We also have 70 of the TB patients who are HIV positive”.

Sibanda said the government and its partners like the World Health Organisation made huge investments in addressing the TB and HIV challenges in the country.

“These activities include training health community workers on how to properly manage TB, HIV and drug resistant TB, availing medicines to treat these conditions, providing equipment and other supplies to address the diseases. “The government and its partners have also availed money for other activities to reduce the burden of TB on our people,” he said.

The commemorations were held under the theme, “Reach the missed cases, reach, treat and cure everyone.”

Sibanda said the theme was aimed at involving every member in the community to help health officers identify missed cases and treat them.Source: Chronicle

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