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Mining key to country dvt, says Stanbic Bank


STANBIC Bank Zimbabwe says mining is a key driver to the country’s development and it has partnered with various mining stakeholders to facilitate mining sector funding and development. “Stanbic Bank participated as an anchor sponsor in the just ended Mining Indaba conference held at the Meikles from 8-10 October. We have been sponsoring the event since its inception, 6 years ... Read More »

Editorial | Delta’s lessons

THINGS are terribly bad in the economy, with Treasury having recently revised downwards economic growth projections and government revenue collectors warning of dreadful times ahead. But nothing is more telling of the direction our economy is taking than recent beverages consumption statistics from Delta Corporation. In a trading update last week, Delta revealed that total beverage volume was down three ... Read More »

Editorial | The ebola question

IT’S a question that has been asked many times: is Zimbabwe prepared to deal with Ebola?  There is no real clear answer to that question. Only last week, another Ebola scare turned out to be a false alarm.  A student from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who we now learn has malaria, forced a lock down of Wilkins Infectious ... Read More »

Open Forum | Justice and the ‘broken men’

ON the face of it, President Jacob Zuma and convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius have little in common. Their life stories and role in society could not be more different. In an article in April this year, author Mark Gevisser wrote how they both milked the role of underdog. “From an Afrikaner Calvinist tradition, Pistorius offers a story of triumph over ... Read More »

Seeing beyond blindness


“IT’s getting late, isn’t it, Patrick?” chirrups Florence Mokwena, the deputy chair of Zimbabwe National Disability Board, recently at the 2nd Disability Continental Conference in Harare. “It has been a long day. We need to have our dinner now and to retire.” She is tired, hardly surprising, given that it is almost 7.30pm and she had been on the road ... Read More »

‘MDC-T not threatened’

Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AFRICA EDITION

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai currently preparing for an elective congress slated for month end says it is not threatened by the ongoing unity talks between its two former secretaries-general Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti. Ncube leads the MDC formation which parted ways with Tsvangirai in 2005 over the decision on whether ... Read More »

Still waiting for Morgan’s march, Cdes

Dear Cabinet and Politburo members COMRADES, it is almost a month since Morgan threatened to lead mass protests to achieve that which he has hopelessly failed to through the ballot and similar protests, including one dubbed “The Final Push”! He has been telling anyone who still gullible believes him that he will be leading this march and that there is ... Read More »

MBCA to become Nedbank Zimbabwe


MBCA Bank, a unit of South Africa’s Nedbank group, is next year changing its name to Nedbank Zimbabwe, the Financial Gazette’s Companies & Markets (C&M) can exclusively reveal. Nedbank, the fourth largest bank in South Africa by market capitalisation and customer numbers, is the majority shareholder in the Zimbabwean financial services firm, controlling 74 percent stake in MBCA Bank. Old ... Read More »

Zimbabweans enraged as govt fails to deliver


ANGER is fast building up among the general populace as many of them sink deeper into holes of poverty with unemployment numbers surging; taxes increasing; and prices escalating, squeezing the life out of the ordinary man on the street beyond tolerable levels. Many have surpassed their threshold and are clearly going beyond their endurance levels! Just when people thought the ... Read More »

Plight of sex workers


ON the eve of the 2010 New Year, Carol (not her real name) put on her skimpy second-hand lime green dress with puffy sleeves, her donated black heels that made a crunching sound and a pair of her friend’s cinnamon-coloured stockings and stood at the corner in front of a hotel in the Avenues area of Harare. Only days away ... Read More »