Communication over the internet stifled by rise in data cost and thus inaccessibility for those dependent on social media platforms for news

Communication over the internet stifled by rise in data cost and thus inaccessibility for  those dependent on social media platforms for news

  STAKEHOLDERS in the media industry have accused the government of stifling citizens’ right to communicate over the internet by increasing the cost of data and making it inaccessible to the majority, who had become dependent on social media platforms for news. This follows the recent decision by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to hike the floor price for data to 2c/MB, which is nearly four times the current data charged…

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Welshman Ncube charged with malicious damage to property after angry fellow Makokoba shebeen patrons stoned a police vehicle

Welshman Ncube charged with malicious damage to property after angry fellow  Makokoba shebeen patrons stoned a  police vehicle

On Tuesday last week, one of the suspects, Welshman Ncube (32) appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Manasa Musiiwa charged with malicious damage to property, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. It was the State’s case that the complainant in the matter, a police officer, Denis Pfumbirai, of Ross Camp, was on November 26, 2016 driving a newly-acquired police vehicle along 9th Street in Makokoba raiding shebeens in the company of other police officers. When they…

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Harare Motorists face new road fee help council maintain roads

Harare Motorists face new road fee help council maintain roads

    Harare motorists are set to fork out more for using city roads as the local authority mulls introducing a fee for road maintenance following inadequate allocations from the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara).Harare City Council was allocated $1,2 million for road maintenance this year, an amount it dismissed as a joke and a far-cry from its requirements. The city said the proposed new road fee would help it maintain roads because depending on Zinara…

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Bulawayo City Council blocked from surrendering all municipal schools to parents as its against the country’s education policy.

Bulawayo City Council blocked from surrendering all municipal schools to parents as its against the country’s education policy.

  THE Government has blocked a Bulawayo City Council resolution to surrender the running of all municipal schools to parents saying doing so is against the country’s education policy. Instead, said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Slyvia Utete-Masango in an interview yesterday, if any transfer were to happen, it has to be to the Government. According to the latest council minutes, BCC revealed that it was going to…

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MENTAL patients at Bulawayo’s Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo are developing scurvy due to poor nutrition

MENTAL patients at Bulawayo’s  Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo are developing scurvy due to poor nutrition

MENTAL patients at Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo are developing scurvy due to poor nutrition.   The psychiatric hospital caters for about 2 000 patients and entirely depends on Government’s budgetary allocations, which have not been adequate over the years resulting in critical expenditure shortfalls.   Bulawayo MPs have since called for urgent Government and private sector intervention to address the plight of patients at the referral institution, which is also experiencing drug shortages.  …

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Five Zimbabwe-border-jumpers-drowned while crossing Limpopo River and five were rescued between Thursday and Friday

Five Zimbabwe-border-jumpers-drowned while crossing Limpopo River  and five were rescued between Thursday and Friday

    ZIMBABWEANS trying to cross a flooded Limpopo River were among five people who died in an incident that saw five others being rescued, South African media reported yesterday.   News24 reported that bodies of two men were found in the Limpopo River near Beitbridge, while two women and three girls, aged between six and 10, were rescued in the same area on Thursday and Friday.   “It’s suspected that they attempted to enter…

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BULAWAYO CITY COUNCIL (BCC) advice on prevention of Typhoid.

BULAWAYO CITY COUNCIL (BCC) advice on prevention of Typhoid.

Bulawayo City Council has advised the residents on the prevention of typhoid but indicated that the city’s tap water was safe and not contaminated to cause typhoid. Typhoid is an infectious disease of the intestines that caused by bacteria Salmonella typhi. Symptoms of typhoid are it manifests with fever abdominal pains, headaches initial constipation and later diarrhoea in some cases, which may be bloody. BCC spokesperson Nesisa Mpofu said there may be eruption of red…

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BLUE Ribbon Foods re-hires about 300 of its former workers after takeover by Tanzanian milling giant, Bakhresa Group

  BLUE Ribbon Foods Limited has re-hired about 300 of its former workers following the takeover by Tanzanian milling giant, Bakhresa Group, which has injected $20 million initial capital into the firm. The group sealed the takeover deal in 2015 and immediately invested $20 million in recapitalisation of the milling company and cleared liabilities to creditors, workers and banks. The firm had been dormant with declining output for the last four years due to funding…

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HARARE mayor, faces waterborne disease outbreak, an overbearing boss Kasukuwere and a party at odds with his idea of public management

HARARE mayor, faces waterborne disease outbreak, an overbearing boss Kasukuwere and a party at odds with his idea of public management

. HARARE mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni (pictured) is captain of a ship in turbulent waters, a waterborne disease outbreak, an overbearing boss in the form of Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and a party at odds with his idea of public management. NewsDay Weekender reporter Paidamoyo Muzulu (ND) caught up with Manyenyeni (BM) to discuss about issues in the city and to rate the council performance during his tenure. Below are excerpts. ND: 2017 is the…

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Erratic supply of poor water quality, poor sanitation and refuse collection blamed for typhoid and cholera.

Erratic  supply  of poor water quality, poor sanitation and  refuse collection  blamed for  typhoid and cholera.

  Erratic water supplies (of questionable quality), poor sanitation and erratic refuse collection have all been blamed for the persistent outbreaks of waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera. Cholera killed more than 4 000 people between 2008 and 2009 and another 100 0000 were hospitalised by a tropical disease synonymous with the 19th century. It was Africa’s worst epidemic in decades. Conditions that allowed the disease to flourish at the time are exactly the same…

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