SA’s President-Elect To Be Inaugurated On Africa Day

CAPE TOWN. — South Africa will hold general elections on May 8 to elect a new National Assembly and provincial legislatures in each province. Meanwhile, the South African Presidency has announced that the inauguration of the country’s president-elect will take place on May 25, which is Africa Day. “It is symbolic that the inauguration will take place on Africa Day, as it affirms government’s commitment to advancing the African agenda and to strengthening ties between South Africa and its neighbours,” the Presidency said on Saturday. The theme of the inauguration ceremony…

Sudan Protesters Set Demands As Ruler Urges Global Support

KHARTOUM. – Sudanese protesters demanded new military rulers set up a civilian government as the foreign ministry called Sunday for backing from the international community to help the country’s “democratic transition”. Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters overnight to keep up pressure on a military council that took power after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday. A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered their demands during talks with the council late Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change, an umbrella group spearheading the rallies.…

NAMA 2019 Winners

It was a night to remember at the National Arts Merit Awards at the Harare International Conference Centre when artistes were awarded in various categories for their outstanding works. The music category,  which usually attracts a lot of attention and feedback, had surprise winners this year. In a category that involved all artistes, gospel singer Mai Patai made a mark when she was voted the best in the People’s Choice category. It is a good year for Mai Patai, who also became the first woman to be to make it…

Call To Decentralise Passport Office

Beitbridge residents have called on Government to decentralise the issuance of passports to district level to ease the challenges that people are encountering when applying for the travel documents.  Residents who contributed during the recent public inquiries by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Security and Home Affairs held in Beitbridge last week, expressed concern that they have to travel long distances to get IDs and passports.  “It is our plea that Government decentralise the Registrar-General’s Office to district level, especially where the application, capturing of data and issuance of…

MDC Led Council Wants 100% Rates Hike

THE Bulawayo City Council yesterday proposed to increase rates by more than 100 percent, which residents rejected saying they are already struggling to pay their bills.   The residents also rejected a request by the city council to increase rates in future without consulting them. If approved, residents in high density suburbs will pay at least $40,70 monthly – assuming they use water within rationing limits – up from about $20,29 while residents in medium density suburbs will pay $70,99 up from $35,61 per month. The city council is conducting…

Tobacco Income Down 76%

TOBACCO sales have generated $19,4 million in the first 17 days of the marketing season this year compared to $81 million realised over the same period last year, statistics from the industry regulator have shown. According to the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) deliveries of the crop are down 62% to 11,2 million kg. Average prices dipped to $1,73 per kg from $2,74 per kg recorded over the same period last year. An industry source told reporters that the high cost of transport had affected deliveries of tobacco. “This season…