Beitbridge Inn Reopens Restaurant

Staff Reporter BEITBRIDGE Inn, the border town’s oldest hotel has resumed it’s restaurant operations after six years it was operated at low level. The hotel now offers all a la carte menu.When a dish at a restaurant is offered a la carte, it means the dish is ordered individually and it is not a part of a larger meal or a course of dishes. If you order a steak a la carte, you get a steak and just a steak.There may be garnishes or sauces with it and some diners…

Zimbabwe Finally Opens It’s Borders

BY REX MPHISAZIMBABWE on Tuesday opened it’s borders closed almost two years ago in a fight against COVID 19. Beitbridge residents welcomed the new development expected to uplift the economic statuses of residents of the town devoid of any formal industries. The Government cited a decline in the prevalence of the respiratory disease and how it managed the fourth wave which claimed far less deaths than had been expected. The decision to open was announced in a post cabinet press briefing, an address to journalists made soon after a Cabinet…

Zimra To Spend $50 million in Unnecessary Transfer Allowances To Support Manager

BY REX MPHISA THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority will from December 2021 to February this year splash a whooping RTGS$50 million in transfer allowances after one of its new managers allegedly refused to work with staff at Beitbridge he said were corrupt. The country’s busiest port at Beitbridge has a new manager Kenneth Mungati who took over from Innocent Chikuni who moved to Harare late last year. Mungati is said to have demanded the removal of the entire station allegedly because the officers were “corrupt”. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Corporate…

Mat South Miners, Police Meet As Robberies at Mines Rise

BY REX MPHISA  STAKEHOLDERS in the mining industry of Matabeleland South are expected to meet in Gwanda to discuss ways of combating the increase of robberies at mines. In an invitation to miners this week Matbeleland South chairperson of the Small Scale Miners Phillemon Mokuele said police and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation had resolved to convene a meeting in the wake of a series of robberies at mines. “Evening good people, (the) Criminal Investigations Department, Flora and Fauna Unit officer in charge, Support Unit and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation are…

Musina Bypass To Shorten Travel Times Between Joburg, Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter SOUTH AFRICA’S Department of Transport says the R677 million by-pass project in Musina will reduce travel time between Beitbridge Border Post and Johannesburg. The new ring road from Musina South to Musina North commenced in December 2019 and is set to be completed in 2022. The project’s main purpose is to divert the N1 traffic around the town of Musina, and is managed by the Raubex Group which was also subcontracted to upgrade the Beitbridge Border Post. More than 1 000 heavy vehicles and trucks use the N1…

Schweppes Ordered To Pay US$16.4 Million Bill To SA Company

HARARE – Beverages maker, Schweppes Zimbabwe is set to pay over R247 million (US$16.4 million) to a South Africa-registered company, Blakely Investments, after the High Court threw out its bid to evade paying the money following a packaging material supply deal consummated in 2018. Schweppes had approached the High Court seeking to avoid paying the money to Blakely, arguing that both parties had violated the country’s exchange control regulations by entering into a supply chain agreement before obtaining exchange control approval. However, High Court judge Tawanda Chitapi dismissed Schweppes’ request,…

National Blankets Limited, Comes Back To Life

BULAWAYO’S giant textile firm, National Blankets Limited, has resumed operations and is now producing as per order while pushing towards ramping up output. The company has managed to dodge liquidation having come out of judicial management early this year after shareholders paid all the creditors their dues, which ran into millions of dollars. National Blankets was placed under judicial management in 2012 following viability constraints. The High Court in Bulawayo then issued an interim order in 2019 directing the company to be placed under liquidation after the court was satisfied…

RBZ Governor Threatens Arrests over Forex Exchange Rates

Staff Reporter Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Deputy Governor Dr Kupukile Mlambo has urged captains of industry and businesses to comply with the foreign currency auction exchange rate and price reasonably to avoid arrests. The foreign currency auction was introduced by Government last year as a regime where the allocation of a given amount of foreign exchange is determined through a bidding process. Responding to questions during the CEO Africa Roundtable conference in Victoria Falls on Friday, Dr Mlambo said depending on the foreign currency auction rate businesses were allowed…

New Leader for Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions

Florence Taruvinga is the new president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions after beating incumbent Peter Mutasa at a congress on Friday to become the first woman to hold the position. Taruvinga works for ZESA as a technician and was previously the ZCTU’s first vice president. Five of the ZCTU’s 31 affiliated unions, including the Amalgamated Teachers Union (ARTUZ), were barred from the poll reportedly for submitting names of their delegates late. Mutasa and Taruvinga had the backing of 13 unions each, but Taruvinga carried the day because the…