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Zimbabwe: power utility warns of massive power cuts

Zimbabwe may soon go blackout as low water levels reduce output from its biggest hydro plant, state-owned power utility warned on Thursday. According to Reuters, power cuts would hit the mining sector, which contributes more than two thirds of the southern African nation’s export earnings. The country, which experienced its worst power shortages in 2016 […]

Zimbabwe: US energy provider Labacorp Power eyes 900 MW mega solar project

Zimbabwe: US energy provider Labacorp Power eyes 900 MW mega solar project

Labacorp, an American company specializing in renewable energy production, has proposed to build a 900 MW solar project in Zimbabwe. The company is currently negotiating the contract with the authorities, Kudakwashe Taruberekera, founder and CEO of Craft Properties, the local partner of the American firm said. A team from Labacorp Power Company is expected by […]

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Zimbabwe: Independent power producers gear up for solar power plants

Three independent power producers have applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) for licenses to establish solar power plants that will add about 100 MW to the national grid. ZERA expects to license about 12 more independent power producers (IPPs) this year, a development which, if implemented, could see the Southern African nation’s power […]

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Zimbabwe: Government rejects multi-million pipeline project

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Energy has rejected a plan by South Africa-owned Mining, Oil and Gas Services Company (MOGS) to construct a $1 billion fuel pipeline in the southern African nation, Zimbabwean publication The Herald reported. According to the government, the sector is oversubscribed and has no space for new players. The proposed 550km pipeline would […]

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Zimbabwe lays off over 3,000 civil servants

zimbabThe government of Zimbabwe has laid off over 3000 workers, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa tries to make good on its promise to cut the bloated civil service. The move comes a month after the southern African nation’s Minister of Finance announced an intention to cut the salaries of cabinet ministers and senior civil servants by […]

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Tourism: Africa receives only 5% of the international arrivals

Africa’s travel and tourism industry continues to record impressive growth over the years. In 2017, the continent hit a 63 million high in international tourist arrivals as compared to 58 M in 2016 (+ 9%). The growth record is slightly above the global performance of a 7% rise in 2017, to reach a total of […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa secures re-election bid for 2023

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has given President Emmerson Mnangagwa the go ahead to run for a second five-year term in 2023. ZANU-PF held the first annual conference since former President Robert Mugabe was forced to retire following an army coup in November last year. Mnangagwa’s election this year was seen as a significant step toward […]

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Zimbabwe: Doctors down tools over working conditions, drugs shortage

Doctors at state-run Zimbabwean hospitals began a strike for the second time this year, saying working conditions, shortage of drugs and a deteriorating health-care system need immediate government attention. According to Mathabisi Bebhe, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, most junior doctors at the five major hospitals had downed tools to protest over […]

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China pledges to build a 650-seat parliament in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s information minister on Friday said Chinese officials have pledged $46 million for a new parliament building, to be built on a plot of farmland outside the capital Harare. The building, extending over a total floor area of 33,000 square meters, will replace the current parliament building, built in the colonial era. An artist’s impression […]

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Zimbabwe: Salaries of president, senior civil servants to be cut by 5%

The Zimbabwean government on Thursday announced a 5 percent cut in the salaries of the president, ministers and senior civil servants, effective January 2019. According to the Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, the move will help clear the pay roll of ghost names and reduce spending by the state. Presenting the 2019 budget to parliamentarians on […]

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