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Women now drinking like their fathers

drunk woman

DRINKING beer was rare for African women in the olden days. Even if she felt like a few cold ones, she would do it in secret in fear of being labeled as a lady of the night. Society’s permissiveness, the filtering in of western or modern values as well as the mushrooming of many watering holes especially in urban areas ... Read More »

Sables aim for big upset in Russia

Zimbabwe rugby national team, The Sables, in play offs for a World Cup spot.

BRENDON Dawson, the Zimbabwe national 15s rugby team coach will lead the Sables to Russia for next month’s International Rugby Board (IRB) World Cup qualifier with the scent of an upset in their flared nostrils. The Sables missed the automatic qualification ticket for the carnival to be held in England next year after coming second at the Confederation of African ... Read More »

FOOD REVIEW: Better prices, quality, variety

Filo pastry parcel breakfast

AFTER a hectic weekend in Jo’burg, spoiled for choice with eating out options, it is tempting to jump on the usual bandwagon of prices being so much lower, quality being so much better and variety being so much more. Unfortunately all true. Over one long weekend we had more meals out than we do in a month at home. From ... Read More »

Bread crisis looms

Bakers Inn is one of the biggest bread producers in Zimbabwe.

ZIMBABWE is likely to reap one of its worst ever harvest of wheat this season, with estimates indicating the country could get a yield of 10 000 tonnes of wheat, or just a week’s worth of national demand. This production level represents a further slump from 24 700 tonnes of wheat harvested last year — an unhappy case for a ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: A disaster in the making

ELSWHERE in the current edition of Financial Gazette, we carry the story about Zimbabwe’s dwindling wheat production figures, which will this year hit an all-time low of about 10 000 tonnes. This is sad for a country grappling with a liquidity crunch and which desperately needs to ramp up output in all its agricultural sectors to either earn foreign currency ... Read More »

Tourism players welcome Kariba flights

AirZim, which last operated regular and reliable flights to Kariba a few years ago, said last week it would be flying the Chinese-assembled MA60 airliners on the route to connect Kariba and Victoria Falls from Harare.

ZIMBABWE’s tourism industry has welcomed the reintroduction of scheduled flights to the resort town of Kariba by Air Zimbabwe (AirZim), which will operate three flights per week from August 2014. The national airline, which last operated regular and reliable flights to Kariba in 1996, said last week it would be flying the Chinese-assembled MA60 airliners on the route to connect ... Read More »

Govt evaluates tenders for US$1bn highway rehab

Major Zimbabwean highways are currently being rehabilitated.

GOVERNMENT expects rehabilitation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway, one of Southern Africa’s busiest roads, to start before year end, the Financial Gazette’s Company & Markets (C&M) has established. This was disclosed by the Transport and Infrastructural Development Deputy Minister, Petronella Kagonye in a recent interview with C&M in Victoria Falls. Kagonye said government, through the State Procurement Board (SPB), was currently ... Read More »

The rich unperturbed by liquidity crisis

A property in the leafy suburb of Borrowdale, Harare.

ZIMBABWE’s rich are splurging to acquire expensive properties, despite a worsening liquidity crisis in the country. Houses on sale in most wealthy suburbs of Harare have been finding buyers, although at a slow pace. But the high prices that the few rich people are paying to acquire houses have raised questions as to whether the entire economy is facing the ... Read More »

Govt commits to labour law reform process

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Nicholas Goche,

GOVERNMENT has reaffirmed its commitment to the labour law reform process, which is expected to sustainably transform the country’s socio-economic fortunes. In his keynote address at the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe annual convention in Victoria Falls recently, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Nicholas Goche, said the exercise is meant to achieve the broad development objectives as ... Read More »

‘Harare water loan entrusted to incompetent people’

Men at work at Morton Jeffrey Water Works: Picture: WATSON OFUMELI.

THE US$144,4 million loan extended to the City of Harare by the Export and Import Bank of China (EximBank) for water and sewer plant refurbishments is open to abuse as it was entrusted to incompetent people, a report commissioned by the city fathers into the usage of the facility has revealed. Council in May appointed a five-member team to investigate ... Read More »