Government has suspended duty on imported fertiliser and ammonia gas to ensure adequate supplies of the commodities for the next cropping season. The announcement was made by Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa in an Extraordinary Government Gazette published on Friday.
In terms of the notice, Statutory Instrument 55 of 2017, Minister Chinamasa said suspension of duty on fertiliser would apply to 5 300 tonnes of urea and 4 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate until December 31 2017.
In the same gazette, he said 82 000 tonnes of ammonia gas imported by Sable Chemical Industries would be free of duty until December 2018.
“It is hereby notified that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development has in terms of Section 235 of the Customs and Excise Act (Chapter 23:02), made the following regulations: These regulations may be cited as the Customs and Excise (Suspension) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 (No. 168).
“The Customs and Excise (Suspension) Regulations, 2003, published in Statutory Instrument 257 of 2003, are amended by the insertion of the following section after Section 9(Y).
“With effect from February 14 2017 and until December 31 2018, duty on ammonia gas of tariff code 2814.1000 imported by Sable Chemical Industries Limited is wholly suspended,” read the gazette.
THE Government will not compensate foreign firms for mining claims repossessed towards empowering indigenous Zimbabweans, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidhakwa, told delegates in Bulawayo during the launch of the $50 million fund to support industry and mines yesterday that mineral rights were vested in the State, which has the right to distribute wealth to its citizens.
The minister said there were lots of misconceptions that Government was seizing mining claims from foreign companies and that affected firms should be compensated. The concerns come on the back of consolidation of the diamond mining sector and the surrender of chrome mining claims by Zimasco and Zim-Alloys.
“There is a misconception that concessions which belong to companies are being taken from them. The Mines and Minerals Act in its first clause starts by saying the mineral resources of Zimbabwe vest in the State. The second clause says what investors get is a limited right to exploit the minerals, which may or may not be withdrawn and so the circumstances around, which mineral rights can be withdrawn are more to do with national good,” said Minister Chidhakwa.
ZIMBABWE is expecting to receive 80 centre pivots worth over $6 million from Spain to aid irrigation under Command Agriculture, as Government moves to adopt new technologies and strengthen infrastructural development in support of the successful import-substitution programme.
Negotiations are already underway for another facility worth $60 million for bigger equipment from the same country, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said yesterday.
The 80 centre pivots will come in batches of 20 and the first batch has now been prepared for shipment, with installation of the units expected to start next month.
The centre pivots will range in size from those which can irrigate 20 hectares to those for 80 hectares.
THE Government is working towards revising broadcasting laws which will make it mandatory for radio stations both public and private to broadcast in the 16 official languages, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Speaking during a digitalisation tour in Plumtree yesterday, Information, Media and Publicity Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe said embracing local languages will preserve Zimbabwean culture which was suffering erosion.
“We need to revive the respect for our local languages which for a long time have been eroded by western standards. I wish our youngsters would emulate how the Chinese take pride in their language. The country has no social media headaches where citizens post anything about the Government,” said Dr Mushohwe.
MORE than 400 Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) students on scholarships and specialising in indigenous languages have been barred from lectures due to non-payment of fees by the government for two consecutive semesters.
Students, who spoke to Southern Eye on Thursday, said their fees were being paid by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), but the government was not remitting the money to the university.
“Unicef has paid [but] Treasury has not remitted the funds. It owes GZU more than $400 000. They tried to pay $40 000, but GZU denied the offer and this led to the present situation,” one student said.
Accountant-general Daniel Muchemwa yesterday admitted that he is failing to comply with the Public Finance Management Act, which requires his office to produce government financial reports on time.
Muchemwa yesterday told delegates at the Zimbabwe accountants conference organised by the Public Accountants and Auditors Board that he has been struggling to keep his books up-to-date since assuming office a year-and-half ago.
“I have been accountant-general for one and half years and I have never complied with the Public Finance Management Act. There are things that are required of me. Reports by Parliament that I have not submitted on time and on budget and, as accountants, we are all ashamed when we don’t do anything on time and on budget. I am struggling to do things on time and on budget,” he said.
The Government has announced the new Cold Storage Company board that is expected to spearhead command livestock programme and improve the national herd particularly in communal areas.
Agriculture, Mechanisation and irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said the new board included three members from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) because they had invested in CSC.
“The board is expected to focus on the strategic direction of re-building the national herd so the country could revive its beef export markets particularly in Europe and Asia.
“The new board should pay particular attention to the communal sector, which holds the highest numbers of livestock in terms of the beef sector. Of the 5, 6 million herd of cattle, the biggest number comes from the communal sector.
The board will be chaired by Mrs Sylvia Khumalo Jiyane who is an old board member, deputized by Mr Nemrod Chiminya who is a seasoned technical person and also assist on the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board.
Committee members are Mrs Emily Mumbengegwi, Mr Peter Nyoni, Mrs Cecilia Paradza, Mr Bekhithemba Nkomo, Dr Anxious Masuka, Mrs Rufaro Mazunze, Mr Khodholo Setaboli, Ministry of Agriculture representatives, Dr Unesu Ushewokunze Obatolu and Engineer Reston Muzamhindo.
GOVERNMENT has finally started recruiting 2 000 nurses in a move that will reduce the number of qualified nurses who do not have jobs in the country by half.
In a statement yesterday, the Health Services Board (HSB) said nurses would be recruited in three batches, this month, in July and in September this year.
The HSB said nurses seeking employment must be registered with the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe.
The recruitment of nurses follows Treasury’s approval to lift a job freeze in the health sector.
“The Health Services Board as the employer of Public Health Workers has begun deploying Registered General Nurses within the Health Sector. The deployment will be in three phases, with the first group on nurses assuming duty in April, the second on July 1 and the final in September this year.
GOVERNMENT has reaffirmed its support to content producers in the country as it moves a gear up in the process of migrating from analogue to digital television and radio broadcasting.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe told content producers at Chinotimba Hall in Victoria Falls yesterday that Government was prepared to assist every Zimbabwean who wishes to participate in the digitalisation project.
Minister Mushohwe is on a nationwide tour to mobilise content producers for the digitalisation programme.
Last month, Government agreed to pay civil servants their 2016 bonuses in cash starting this month, with the payments staggered until August.
This month the government paid Soldiers, Airforce, health sector their 2016 bonuses. Next month, Government will pay the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).
Teachers will get their dues in June. The last batch commonly referred to as the rest of the civil service, will be paid in August.
GOVERNMENT has roped in financial services company, Old Mutual, to fund its irrigation and fish farming projects at 2 500 high schools across the country as part of the new education curricular introduced by Education minister Lazarus Dokora early this year.
President Robert Mugabe announced the deal yesterday during the official opening of the children’s party ahead of today’s 37th Independence celebrations.
“The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has commenced the Zimbabwe Schools Water and Agriculture Project that will see secondary schools in all the eight provinces commence agricultural study-work programming, borehole drilling through drip irrigation, fish farming and the benefit of solar power system,” he said.
“To date 45 boreholes have been drilled and it is planned that from May 2017, a total of 100 boreholes will be drilled every month. The same project is expected to contribute significantly to the sustenance of the school feeding programme and to competence-based learning by all of you.”
THE Government has engaged technocrats to set up a diaspora website to facilitate engagement with Zimbabweans resident outside the country and ensure their participation in national development.
The move buttresses implementation of the Diaspora Policy, which provides institutional framework, measures and strategies that ensure effective participation of Zimbabweans in the diaspora in economic programmes and wider development initiatives.
“As part of operationalising the Diaspora Policy, the Ministry of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, with support from the International Organisation for Migration, is developing a national diaspora website.
“The purpose of the website is to promote diaspora engagement and participation of the Zimbabwe diaspora in national development. Among others, the website will showcase the opportunities in different sectors of the economy,” the ministry said in a notice.
public.co.zw is Zimbabwe online notice board, we look all over the internet for zimbabwe latest news and interesting information that affects our everyday life and pin them here.An Elitepages Project