CURRENCY CRUNCH HITS NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL
Written by yafmnews on June 5, 2019
The Zimbabwe Miners Federation says it has joined hands with Tertiary institutions to improve the skill set of its human capital and in-turn improve on safety and production.
Addressing mining executives last week ZMF President Henrietta Rushwaya said the sector has had to turn to unskilled labour.
She also indicated that the Federation has been assisted by various civic organizations.
It is hoped that partnerships with tertiary institutions will improve production and help achieve the 100 tonnes target by 2023. For 2019 government has set a target of 40 tonnes for the gold mining sector up from 2018’s 33.2 tonnes.
The National Aids Council says its operations are being seriously affected by the prevailing economic crunch.
In an interview, Acting NAC Chairperson Raymond Ekeyo said that they are receiving funds in RTGS dollars and this makes it difficult for them to buy consumables whose prices are skyrocketing at the moment.
According to latest statistics released by NAC, 1.3 million people are living with HIV in the country and are in need of ARVs. Of these, 1.249 million are aged above 15 years while 76 700 are children aged 14 and below.
IN A RELATED MATTER …Informal traders and self-employed residents in the Great Dyke say the continuous skyrocketing of basic commodity prices has left them in a bad spot and unsure of their families’ next meal.
Speaking to Great Dyke News, distraught residents said the increase in prices of goods has made it difficult for them to feed their families.
Prices of basics were again reviewed upwards by most retailers with sugar now going for RTGS$9.99 from the previous RTGS$5.29 while the staple diet mealie meal 10kg is pegged RTGS$16.88 from last week’s RTGS$11.49, Mazoe orange juice now costs RTGS$21.00 up from RTGS$10.80 and MAQ washing powder 2kg now RTGS$39.99 from RTGS$22.