BREAKING: Govt Hikes PASSPORT FEES…Here Are The New PRICES

Govt Stops Printing Ordinary Passports

Govt Hikes PASSPORT FEES

Govt Hikes PASSPORT FEES
Govt Hikes PASSPORT FEES

 

The government has hiked the fees for applying for passports. The increase in the passport fees comes after months of the Registrar General’s department complaining that the current passport fees are inadequate.

The government announced the passport fees following Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. In the cabinet media briefing, the government announced that the passport fee for an Ordinary passport is now ZWL$150 from ZWL$53. This represents a 190 percent increase.

The passport fee for an Emergency Passport, on the other hand, is now ZWL$600 from ZWL$263. This translates to a 130 percent increase.

The government expects that the hike in passport fees will lead to an increase in passport production as the Registrar General’s office has a massive backlog. The backlog has turned the passport into a very valuable commodity which some desperate Zimbabweans spend days queueing for at the passport offices.

 

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Here How Much FUEL Costs IN USD At Zuva Service Stations At Different Locations In Zimbabwe

Here Is How Much FUEL Costs IN USD At Zuva Service Stations 

 

Here Is How Much FUEL Costs IN USD At Zuva Service Stations 
FILE PIC Of ZUVA Service Station

 

On Tuesday, Zuva Petroleum announced that it will now be selling fuel in United States Dollars at selected fuel stations across the country. The prices of the fuel will be different depending on the location of the fuel station. The announcement comes barely, five days after Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube called on Zimbabweans to desist from using United States Dollars when conducting transactions locally. The Minister insisted that the United States Dollar is legal in Zimbabwe.

Zuva Petroleum announced that eight service stations across the country will be accepting foreign currency payments. It seems the price you pay for a litre of Diesel or Petrol will depend upon the town in which the service station is located.  The prices of  the fuel are as follows:

 

  • Harare:
    • $1.25 Diesel
    • $1.22 Blend
  • Mutare:
    • $1.23 Diesel
    • $1.20 Blend
  • Bulawayo:
    • $1.25 Diesel
    • $1.24 blend
  • Beitbridge:
    • $1.26 Diesel
    • $1.25 Blend
  • Victoria Falls:
    • $1.29 Diesel
    • $1.28 Blend

 

The company also announced that it has opened 8 more service stations across the country.  The 8 service stations are as follows:

 

  • Harare: Lorraine, Groombridge, Pendennis and Valley service Stations
  • Bulawayo: Macs Garage
  • Beitbridge: Oasis service station
  • Mutare Palmerstone
  • Victoria Falls: Zambezi service station

 


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Here Is HOW MUCH It Costs To Register A Business In Zimbabwe

Here Is How Much It Costs To Register A Business In Zimbabwe

How Much It Costs To Register A Business In Zimbabwe

The government has gazetted the Companies and Other Business Entities (Fees) Regulations of 2020, which outline how much it costs to register a business in Zimbabwe. It now costs $600 to register a private company in Zimbabwe while the cost of registering a public company is now $2000. On the government’s interbank foreign exchange rate, this translates to approximately $35 and $118.

However, on the widely used and ubiquitous black market, euphemistically called the parallel market, this translates to US$21 and US$71.

Below is the full schedule of fees which iHarare is publishing unadulterated.

 

However, some political and business analysts have called on the government to reduce the costs of registering a business in Zimbabwe, to encourage those in the information sector of the economy to become formal.  They also called on the government to move away from the bulky and slow paper-based systems and instead embrace digital technology which allows paperless applications and filing of documents.

Responding to the new fees, constitutional law expert and University of Kent law professor Alex Magaisa said,

…The Zimbabwe Government has been celebrating a new law, Zimbabwe Investment Development Act (ZIDA), which establishes a combined agency for investment. Not bad. But it’s a futile exercise when policies are not competitive. Business registration should be cheaper, easier and faster.

There is little incentive for businesses to formalise when there’s a cost to it that can be avoided. Yet Zimbabwe could do with more of its informal businesses formalising and getting out of the shadow economy. Paper-based systems are costly & yesterday’s technology.


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WATCH: Govt To Introduce DATABASE And COUPONS For Subsidized Maize Roller Meal As SHORTAGES BITE

Govt To Introduce Database And Coupons For Subsidized Maize Roller Meal

Govt To Introduce Database And Coupons For Subsidized Maize Roller Meal
Govt To Introduce Database And Coupons For Subsidized Maize Roller Meal

 

As the shortage of maize meal mealie continues to plague the country, the government has said that it will introduce a database and coupon system to ensure that poor people can get the staple.

iHarare has established from the Chronicle that the coupons will be introduced within the week. The coupons are meant to guarantee that the vulnerable people actually benefit as they are the target of the subsidy.

The introduction of the database and the coupon system comes just a few days after Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Mthuli Ncube announced that he was “pleased” to increase the price of the roller meal by 40 per cent. A 10-kilogram bag of the subsidized maize roller meal now costs ZWL$70, $20 up from $50.

Explaining how the database and the coupon system would work, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said,

…it was decided that the price be raised to $70 per 10kg bag of mealie meal from $50. Secondly, a targeted coupon scheme for the vulnerable is in the offing with the compilation of a database at an advanced stage.

Mutsvangwa went on to say that the subsidy system which was introduced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last year was being abused by unscrupulous business people.

However, the wide gap between the market and subsidised prices has created undesirable arbitrage opportunities for some unscrupulous players resulting in the market and supply distortions.

In view of this situation, the Government had no choice but to review the prices upwards to bring the subsidised price to the market price of $70.

Mutsvangwa went on to say that the database for the vulnerable people who would get the coupons is being created by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.

She did not reveal the criteria that are being used to identify the vulnerable.

You can listen to the minister speaking below:

 

 


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Govt HIKES PRICE Of Subsidized Maize Roller Meal Amid Shortages

Govt Hikes Price Of Subsidized Maize Roller Meal

Price Of Subsidized Maize Roller Meal
The Government has hiked the price of the subsidized Maize Roller Meal

 

The government has hiked the price of the subsidized maize roller meal by 40 percent. A 10-kilogram packet of the mealie meal now costs ZWL$70.00, ZWL$20 up from the previous price of ZWL$50. The increase comes at a time when the country has been experiencing a crippling shortage of the subsidized roller meal. The shortage is so severe that some people have actually resorted to physical fighting to get their hands on the country’s staple on the few occasions that they manage to come across it.

Below is the full directive from Mthuli Ncube’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development announcing the price increase.

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON THE PRICE REVIEW FOR SUBSIDISED ROLLER MEAL FROM ZWL$50 TO ZWL$70 PER 10 KG BAG

In December 2019, Government introduced a roller meal subsidy pegged at ZWL$50 per 10kg bag in order to protect the vulnerable groups.

However, the wide gap between the market and the subsidised price has created undesirable arbitrage opportunities for unscrupulous players, resulting in the market and supply distortions.

In view of the above. I am pleased to announce that Government has reviewed upwards the subsidised price from ZWLS50 to ZWLS70 per 10kg bag of roller meal against the prevailing market price of the product.

Implementation of the new subsidy price is with immediate effect.

Government will announce a strengthened targeting system in due course such that deserving vulnerable citizens as intended by the subsidy policy benefit.

MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
11 February 2020

 

 


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WATCH: Cartels Have Captured Everyone – Prosecutor General Makes Shocking Admission About Cartels’ Power

Prosecutor General Makes Shocking Admission About Cartels

Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi
Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi Makes Shocking Admission About Cartels’  Power In Zimbabwe

 

Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi has made a shocking admission after claiming that cartels have captured most state institutions. Hodzi claimed that the unnamed cartels which are mainly responsible for causing the suffering of the citizens through high-level corruption have captured most state institutions including the media, the judiciary and even his own state prosecutors.

The startling revelations were made on the sidelines of a Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) anti-corruption capacitation workshop in Bulawayo yesterday. Hodzi said,

The cartels are responsible for most of the high-level incidences of corruption and the nature of the cartels cuts across all the institutions, the media, the legal profession, the judiciary, the NPA itself and all other institutions that are mandated to fight corruption. Members of the public and business people are also involved in those cartels.

Hodzi emphasized that the fight against the cartels needed to be smarter and more elaborate because the cartels had their tentacles everywhere.

We will need to approach our fight against corruption in a thoroughly scientific manner. We have been fighting corruption in a very blind manner hence the challenges we have been facing,” he said adding that he understood the frustration from the public as far as corruption matters are concerned.

They have got strategies and you need to have a holistic and integrated bi-scientific approach. You need to know exactly what you are doing at the end of the day. It’s like performing brain surgery, you might be emotional that somebody needs to be operated on. But if everyone gets into the operating room, they might end up causing more damage than intended.

You can watch the top prosecutor speaking below:

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Here Is Why The Govt Will Be Striking Civil Servants From The Payroll In 2 Weeks

Govt Will Be Striking Civil Servants From The Payroll

Govt Will Be Striking Civil Servants From The Payroll

 

Govt Will Be Striking Civil Servants From The Payroll
Zimbabwean civil servants demonstrate in the streets of Harare on February 19, 2009. (AFP PHOTO DESMOND KWANDE / AFP PHOTO / DESMOND KWANDE)

 

The government has issued a statement warning that it will be striking off civil servants of the payroll in two weeks. This is part of the government’s efforts to flush out phantom workers, informally referred to as ghost workers, who are used to siphon funds from the government by corrupt officials.

To counter the rampant corruption and weed out ghost workers, the government introduced biometric identification of ghost workers in August. The government, through the Public Service Commission, has since warned all civil servants that they risk being struck off the payroll unless they verify their identities on the biometric system before the end of the month.

In the statement the Public Services Commission (PSC) says,

(The) Insistence by Government on confirmation and validation of employment of members whose data has been missing has realized a significant response.

All members who remained non-compliant as at 28 February 2020 will be struck off the payroll. Please further note that the affected members should direct any issues arising through the Ministry.

 

Below is the directive from the Public Service Commission which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.

 

 

RE: BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION STATUS UPDATE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE ZIMBABWE PUBLIC SERVICE WHO ARE ON THE SALARY SERVICE BUREAU PAYROLL

PHASE I

1. The Government of Zimbabwe, constituted a Steering Committee under the whole of Government approach, comprised of senior officials from key government entities to embark on a project to validate the government payroll through a Biometric Authentication process. The Steering Committee is chaired by the Secretary to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

2. The authentication process requires that every member on the payroll h. biometric attributes in the Registrar General’s database. The Registrar General’s Department has been capturing biometric attributes of citizens since the introduction of the new biometric compliant polythene Identity Document and during issuance of the new passport.

3. Records of all members on the Salary Service Bureau payroll were subsequently analysed for biometric attributes in the Registrar General’s database. The members who were found without the required attributes were notified and advised to go to their nearest Registrar General’s office and be issued with the biometric compliant Identification Documents.

4. This exercise was conducted from August 2019 to 31 September 2019 and was extended to 31 October 2019. The response on validation has been most encouraging, Government further extended the deadline to 28 February 2020. Verification and re-verification is part of the methodology being implemented to mitigate the consequences of error.

5. Insistence by Government on confirmation and validation of employment of members whose data has been missing has realized a significant response.

6. All members who remained non-compliant as at 28 February 2020 will be struck off the payroll. Please further note that the affected members should direct any issues arising through the Ministry.

7. This brings closure to Phase I.

PHASE 2

Phase 2 will be the implementation of an Application Programme Interface (API) to enable the Salary Service Bureau payroll to authenticate all members to be paid with the Registrar Generals database before every pay run.

THE SECRETARY
AMBASSADOR J. WUTAWUNASHE
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

A New Public Service for a New Economy


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This Is How Much A Domestic Worker Earns In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Domestic Worker Wage Gazetted

 

The government has gazetted the Statutory Instrument 37 of 2020 which sets the minimum wages for domestic workers in Zimbabwe. The figures stipulated as the minimums by the government are rather shocking and obscene. According to the Statutory Instrument, the minimum wage for a gardener in Zimbabwe is now ZWL$160 per month. The minimum wage for a cook or housekeeper (informally referred to as a maid) is now ZWL$168.48 per month. A childminder, on the other hand, is to earn a minimum of ZWL$179.00 while a disabled/aged minder is to earn a minimum wage of $189.70 per month.

To put these figures into perspective, they translate to US$6.40 per month for the gardener, US$6.74 per month for the cook/housekeeper/maid, US$7.16 per month for the childminder and US$7.59 per month for the disabled/aged minder when you use the unofficial but widely used black market rates. If you are to use the government’s own interbank foreign currency rates which are not accessible to most people, the figures become to US$9.26 per month for the gardener, US$9.75 per month for the cook/housekeeper/maid, US$10.36 per month for the childminder and US$10.98 per month for the disabled/aged minder.

Paul Mavima
Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Paul Mavima Has Gazetted  Regulations For  Zimbabwean Domestic Worker Wage

To illustrate further just how dire the situation is for domestic workers, given these new minimums, last week the country’s examinations body, ZIMSEC hiked examination fees for Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations. Parents will now be required to fork out a minimum of ZWL$190.00 per subject for O Level examinations. Since a child is required to have a minimum of 5 O Level subjects, domestic workers will have to work a minimum of 5 months without spending any cent from their salaries for their children to do the bare minimum number of subjects.

Zimsec also hiked the examination fees for A-Levels to a massive ZWL$351 per subject and since a child is required to do 3 subjects, domestic workers will have to work a minimum of 6 months to raise this amount as well.

Further illustrating how pitiful the new wages are, a 10-kilogram packet of oranges is going for an outrageous price of ZWL$644.49 at OK Zimbabwe Supermarkets. This translates to at least 4 months of the salary of a domestic worker.

 

The regulations were published by Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mavima.

 

Zimbabwean Domestic Worker Wage Gazetted
Zimbabwean Domestic Worker Wage Gazetted

 


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“It’s Unfair”: Impoverished Nurses Cry Foul, BEG Strive Masiyiwa For Salary Package

Strive Masiyiwa

Nurses Beg Strive Masiyiwa For Salary Package

Nurses Beg Strive Masiyiwa For Salary Package
Nurses Beg For Salary Package From Strive Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation

Nurses have appealed to billionaire telecoms businessman Strive Masiyiwa to intervene with salary packages in the same manner that he did for doctors. The doctors recently ended a four-month strike which had crippled the health system after they received a $100 million allowance from Strive Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation. The Higher Life Foundation is paying consultants ZW$10 000 per month, ZW$7 500 per month for senior doctors and ZW$5000 per month for junior doctors.

The nurses who are feeling neglected have appealed for the businessman to set up a similar fund for them, arguing that they are just as vital to the health system. They also argue that their remuneration from the government is inadequate for them to continue doing their jobs meaningfully.

The nurses revealed this during a hearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care. Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Mr Enock Dongo bemoaned the disparity between doctors and nurses. Dongo is quoted by the Health Times as saying,

 We commend the HLF for coming to the rescue of the situation but in that vein the government through the health and finance ministries should now cover that gap or talk to Masiyiwa’s on behalf of HigherLife Foundation to also extend that gesture to nurses so we can work together.

The nurses applauded the move by the Higher Life Foundation although they acknowledged that more can still be done.

This is not enough. I didn’t say it’s enough or didn’t say the money should be taken away from them. No. We are imploring to the government to say a health delivery system is like a body. There is no way that you can work effectively without the other part. We complement each other.

So when the doctors were on strike, it seems as if going on strike pays more than those who were at work. Nurses were at work suffering without resources. Those who were abandoning patients, going on strike they then come now with an offer they have been given by somebody and say all the nurses come back to work five days a week. Munhu iyeye arikutaura ane ZW$10 000 irikudziya pahomwe umwe haana chaakapihwa.

…We have got nurses who are in E grades where the doctors are. Those senior nurses supervise these doctors in terms of administrative work at hospitals. But they are now finding themselves having nothing but this one who abandoned patients is smiling.

Dongo also castigated senior doctors who have been calling for the removal of flexible hours for nurses.

I was just speaking to the issue on the senior doctors’ petition that nurses should not have flexible hours. I was justifying why nurses are doing flexible hours. These will not take nurses out of incapacitation neither will they bring food to their tables. Nurses remain incapacitated. In fact, nurses remain in poverty inasmuch as they are doing their flexible hours.

“What we were not in agreement was for the doctors to come to the Parliament and advocate for the removal of flexible hours. The only removal of the flexible hours is when government is going to provide a salary on the interbank market rate or if they are talking of a gap of nurse-patient care which is deteriorating, there is need to employ more nurses in the street.

Masiyiwa and the Higher Life Foundation are yet to respond to the request by the nurses.


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PIC: Econet Strikes Again As Data & SMS Tariffs Hike

Econet Set To Hike Data & SMS Prices Again

Econet Set To Hike Data & SMS Prices Again

In more distressing news for struggling Zimbabweans pummelled by the persisting economic woes currently plaguing the country, the biggest mobile network operator, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, has advised that it will review its Data and SMS bundles on the on Tuesday 4th of February in amove set to inflate Data and SMS costs. The giant mobile company advised of another hike in a statement.

Read the statement below…

Dear Valued Customer

Please note that our Data and SMS bundle prices will be reviewed effective Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Econet Set To Hike Data & SMS Prices Again
Econet Set To Hike Data & SMS Prices Again

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