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DStv Comes Under Fire As Unhappy Customers Sign Petition

DStv Comes Under Fire Satellite broadcaster DStv has come under fire from unhappy customers in South Africa who want the broadcaster to give back to the community. Over 150 000 people have since signed an online petition calling for the pay-TV provider to cut its prices for South Africa. The subscribers argue that in light of the coronavirus induced national lockdown, the MultiChoice owned broadcaster should give loyal customers a break by cutting prices. They also highlight that only last year, DStv cut its prices for other African countries but did not extend the offer to South Africans. The online petition on change.org was started last week by Sifiso J Gwala. In launching the petition, Gwala wrote, “DSTV drops prices for the rest of Africa except South Africa and now this. We’re being ...

Zimbabwe reopens tobacco auctions after coronavirus delay

Tobacco is the second biggest earner of foreign exchange after gold, and last year generated $747 million in exports mainly to China and Europe, according to central bank data. Industry regulator Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) said production was expected around 230 million kilogrammes after rain cut the area planted by 12% and fewer growers planted the crop compared to last year. Farmers, who produced an all time high of 259 million kgs of tobacco last year, sell their crop to tobacco merchants, who process the crop for export. “The crop before us was generally grown under grim weather conditions characterised by late rains and long dry spells,” Pat Devenish, the TIMB chairman said at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the tobacco selling season in Harare. After a drought la...

Mthuli Ncube admits that Zimbabwe is facing collapse

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has sent a distress call to the International Finance Institutions for a bail package, admitting the cashless government was close to collapse and an implosion was imminent in the absence of the stimulus rescue package. By Everson Mushava According to Africa Confidential, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube wrote to the International Monetary Institution, World Bank and African Development Bank highlighting the country’s predicament and pleading for cash. Ncube’s letter was addressed to David Malpass, President of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. The Finance minister admitted ‘responsibility for the recent policy missteps during lat...

Boity Thulo Confirms ‘Calling’ to Become A Traditional Healer

Boity Thulo speaks on becoming a sangoma Boity Thulo speaks on becoming a sangoma When she opened up on her spiritual journey several years ago, television star BoityThulo surprisingly received massive backlash from the public over her beliefs. However, she is unfazed by the criticism. Breaking her silence on the matter in a recent interview, Boity revealed that her controversial statements that she was set to undergo training to become a sangoma were not a publicity stunt as earlier alleged. Speaking to Glamour magazine, the talented actress said that she has for a long time been in touch with her traditional beliefs which her family has closely followed. She also added that her spiritual beliefs are at the core of what has kept her motivated throughout her life and career. ‘I don’t have ...

Newsday Edition 30-04-2020

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Masiyiwa tops Gates, Zuckerberg on Facebook influentials list

ZIMBABWE’S richest man, telecommunications mogul, Strive Masiyiwa, was the leading influencer among business leaders on Facebook in the week ended April 19, 2020 beating the world’s second wealthiest man, Bill Gates, at number seven. TATIRA ZWINOIRA This was revealed in the Facebook owned, CrowdTangle, a leading content discovery and social monitoring platform for publishers and brands. Though Masiyiwa’s wealth at US$1,2 billion is but a tiny fraction of Gates US$106,1 billion, both valued by American business magazine Forbes, the former’s recent activity seeking out COVID-19 relief for Zimbabwe and Africa has edged the latter as an influencer among business leaders. More recently, on Tuesday, Masiyiwa took to Facebook to call for increased humanitarian aid for Zimbabwe due to numerous cri...

Bollywood Star Irrfan Khan Dies At 53, After Battle With Cancer

Bollywood Star Irrfan Khan Dies At 53, After Battle With Cancer Tributes have been pouring in, following the death of India’s most celebrated actor, Irrfan Khan, who died at the age of 53, after a long battle with neuroendocrine cancer. His spokesperson confirmed the actor died at a hospital in Mumbai, after being admitted for a colon infection. In 2018, Irrfan Khan disclosed he was suffering from a rare type of neuroendocrine cancer. Popularly known through dozens of Hindi films and Hollywood blockbusters,  like  the critically acclaimed, Slumdog Millionaire and the Life of Pi, Khan rose to fame in the Bollywood as well as Hollywood film industry to become one of the most successful  Indian actors to perform in Hollywood films. Some Hollywood productions he landed roles in ...

RBZ orders forex priority list

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has ordered the priority list for foreign currency payments to be applied with immediate effect to ensure that foreign currency resources are channelled to the productive sectors of the economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI “Reference is made to various economic measures implemented by the bank to sustain company operations and ensure quick resuscitation of economic activity during and post the COVID-19 pandemic,” said RBZ exchange control director Farai Masendu, in the new RBZ exchange control circular No.5 of 2020 to authorised dealers and bureaux de change. “Accordingly, and consistent with exchange control circular No. 3 of 2020, authorised dealers and bureaux de change are advised that the attached priority list for foreign cu...

Harare Hospital donation brief

The Solar Shack donated a Grundfos Submersible solar water pump to Harare Hospital in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. The donated Grundfos SQF solar submersible pump & Suntech solar panels will ensure that water is continuously pumped at the hospital from the Hospitals borehole without having to rely on power from the grid. This pump will ensure that Harare Central Hospital will always have access to clean potable water at all times. The donated Grundfos Solar Water Pump is at a cost of US$5,000.00 & includes the following: Grundfos SQF 2.5-2 Submersible Solar Pump4 x 325Watt Suntech Solar Modules1 x IO50 Controller6 meter Solar Panel Mounting Frame Special thanks to Solar Shack and its partner African Energy USA. The handover of the system was done on 22 April 2020 at the hospi...

Steward Health rebrands to Maisha Health Fund, offers greater value

Smart digital and technology solutions provider, Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe has rebranded its medical insurance business Steward Health to Maisha Health Fund. Announcing the move, Cassava Smartech CEO, Eddie Chibi expressed that the rebranding will reposition the business to reflect its enhanced product packages. “The rebranding reflects our drive to enhance our medical insurance offering to leverage our digital platforms and promote greater inclusion and wider access to quality health care by many,” said Chibi. He added that the new Maisha Health Fund will offer clients greater control of their medical insurance and offer a wide variety of affordable packages to choose from, suiting every customer’s unique needs and lifestyle. “The enhanced value proposition will offer more benefits to cli...

RBZ reviews downwards bank rate

In a paper authored by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce titled ‘Sustainable and Flexible Economic Interventions to Address Covid-19’ released earlier this month, business called for interest rates to be slashed to 20% from 35%. Slashing the interest rates was to allow businesses to recover from the impact from COVID-19 that has hit Zimbabwe’s trade, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and investment. “The Bank Policy rate will be reviewed downwards from 25% to 15% per annum with effect from Friday, 1 May 2020, with the expectation that banks will do the same to provide affordable financial facilities to their customers during these challenging times,” said RBZ governor John Mangudya, in a statement on Wednesday. “The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on 24 April 2020 and deli...

DJ Black Coffee Launches ‘Home Brewed’ Concert For KFC Add Hope Foundation

DJ Black Coffee Launches ‘Home Brewed’ Concert For KFC DJ Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, continues to his megastar power and influence to raise funds for the poor and vulnerable affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19). The world-renowned producer and DJ who is now entering week five of his “Home Brewed” virtual concerts will be donating the proceeds to KFC’s Add Hope Foundation. The 44-year-old produced has already raised nearly R500,000 over the past few weeks for different causes that are close to his heart.  Writing on social media site about his latest cause, Black Coffee said, Going on to week five of music and kind generosity…my mission continues with @kfcsouthafrica in aid to their Add Hope Foundation! During the COVID-19 lockdown, #AddHope has helped sup...