Written by on May 31, 2019

President Emerson Mnangagwa  says  the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra strictly prohibits looting as it is the enemy of the country’s  progress.
 Speaking during the official launch of   the  2019 Zimbabwe Annual Mining
Conference which commenced yesterday president Mnangagwa also said  for the mining sector to fully attain its growth there is need  to create linkages
with other sectors of the economy, embrace new technology and learning
from other countries.
President also challenged the sectors to incorporate safety in all  mining
He commended the chamber of mines for the job well done in improving the sector. The two day conference which culminated today gave stakeholders an opportunity to present challenges they are facing in the sector  and possible solutions  were drafted to map the way forward for the sector which is
  greatly contributing  to the country’s economy. Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines says  although Platinum  Group Of Metals industry (PGMs ) are  playing a pivotal role in uplifting the country’s economy  through increased revenue to the government and employment creation, the sector is charectorised with challenges such as access to  technologically advanced equipment.
Addressing stakeholders at the just ended two day  Annual  General Mining Conference  in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer Isaac Kwesu underscored the need for PGM’s to be assisted in accessing such equipment  as  government  has set the target for platinum annual  output.
 As part of increasing production  one of the PGMs , Anglo American Zimbabwean Division Unki Mines recently commissioned a US $62 million platinum metal group facility smelter which will smelt concentrate into furnace matte before exporting it for processing in South Africa.
ZESA Holdings says it is owing an excess  US $83 million  to ESKOM of South Africa  and Cahora Bassa  Hydroelectric Power Station of Mozambique, a development that has impacted negatively on the utility’s power service delivery.
 Addressing delegates at the ongoing Annual   Mining   General Conference in Victoria Falls today,   minister of energy and power development Advocate    Fortune Chasi attributed the amount owing to  low revenue collection from power consumers which has risen  arrears  to over a billion in local currency.
The minister called upon government to effect enforcement measures to consumers who are not meeting their power arrears to allow ZESA to  pay back  debt owing to  regional power utilities  a development that will as well  improve power service delivery in the country.
 A young man from Mberengwa  South Under Chief Chingoma, Benson Uchinouta (17)  narrowly escaped death when his uncle   lit up the hut he was
sleeping in using petrol  causing the blaze that  gutted the hut down. Great Dyke news correspondent Handsome Shumba who visited the family was
told that Tinayeshe Hove (36) who is now under police custody took
opportunity  to gain access to his sister’s homestead , Chiratidzo Hove who
was off  to work  at Mataga growth point and burnt up the hut where Chinouta was sleeping. Chinouta who was wakened by his uncle’s footsteps was lucky  to escape unburnt  when the hut was already in flames.
 Lets hear more from the victim ‘ Chiratidzo Hove who is Uchinouta ‘s
Cases of burning down of homes and property  as response to  unsolved
disputes are alarming within the Great Dyke with a recent case which
occurred under Chief Mazvihwa where one man had an altercation with a
fellow acquaintance at a beerhall  but went on to burn the hut where the
wife of the acquaintance and 2 children were sleeping. The wife managed to save the two children but lost the hut and all property.
In other news……Sugarcane farmers in the low veld of Chiredzi say  the on going fuel shortages coupled with prolonged  power cuts  have immensely impacted negatively  on  sugar production.
Speaking to Great Dyke News reporter Stephen Mawarire farmers bemoaned challenges encountered ranging from  irrigation of crops to transportation of sugarcane to  responsible mills.
 Meanwhile  ZESA  spokesperson Fullard Gwasira said ZESA has always prioritised farmers through limiting load shedding  especially those conducting  winter farming to avoid production losses.
He  said this season however, power distribution has became  more complex  as power cuts are attributed to low water levels at the utility’s main pumping station in Kariba
Female entertainers have raised concern over the way  they are portrayed
by  followers and stereotypical views they receive from  society during
their stage performances.
Speaking to great dyke news entertainment reporter Prince Purazeni spoke to
two  female artists who claim to be victims of negative portrayal. Ninja Lipsey, real name Tendazvaitwa Chitimbe and Lethu Ludwin had this to say.
This comes few weeks after a gospel musician Fungisai have also complained
about cyber bullying on the female musicians.
The reporter also spoke to some male to get their views on why they think
female artists are being downgraded by male music followers, who expressed
mixed opinions. Lets hear what they had to say.


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