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Zim to have new chrome smelting plant

NEW CHROME PROCESSING PLANT ON CARDS
Harare July 12, 2012 New Ziana)-Chinese firm Afrochine Smelting on Thursday said it will soon construct two chrome smelters with capacity to produce at least 40 000 tonnes of ferrochrome per annum.
The Zimbabwe government banned the export of chrome ore last year in a move aimed at promoting value addition of minerals.
The ban took effect from April 20 2011, following an 18-month review of the chrome export policy.
Since the ban was imposed, many small scale miners have folded operations arguing that they did not have the financial capacity to set up smelting plants.
In a statement, Afrochine said the smelters would be set up in Selous, a few kilometres outside Harare.
“Afrochine Smelting P/L plans to construct two 12, 5 MVA smelters with a capacity to produce 40 000 metric tons of ferrochrome per year, as the first phase of the project,” read part of the statement.
“The total investment on the first phase is expected to be in the region of US$2 million.”
Once it takes off the project is expected to consume 100 000 metric tonnes of chrome ore and 24 000 metric tonnes of coke per year.
The company said the initial phase of the project would employ at least 300 local people, adding that it would soon conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
“Afrochine hired the services of Tailjet to conduct an EIA of the project.”
At present the country has one operational chrome smelter, Zimasco while the other ferrochrome miner Zim Alloys has stopped mining operations.
Small scale miners say they have stockpiled over 25 000 tonnes of chrome as they argue that Zimasco was taking advantage of the ban to offer low prices for the ore.
Concentrated mainly along the Great Dyke, Zimbabwe’s chrome deposits are the second largest in the world after South Africa.
The country produced at least 600 000 tonnes of chrome ore in 2010.
Chrome is a metal used in the manufacture of stainless steel.
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Locals warned against being used as fronts

GVT WARNS AGAINST FAKE CONSORTIUMS
Harare July 12, 2012 (New Ziana) –The government on Thursday warned locals who are pretending to be owners of foreign companies that are supposed to be indigenized that they face prosecution. 
Empowerment groups in the country have complained that some locals were being used as front men by foreigners to maintain total control of companies in light of the indigenization policy.
National Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Board (NIEEB) chairperson David Chapfika said people who are used by foreigners to control companies hinder the empowerment programme.
“It is a criminal offence for anyone to be used as a front man by foreigners,” he said.
Chapfika urged local people to report all cases of malpractices in the indigenization programme to ensure that all culprits were arrested.
“The law will take its course against all people who wants to derail the empowerment programme by being used by foreigners,” he said. 
He said NIEEB would issue compliance certificates to companies to prove their indigenization status.
“Very soon we will start to issue compliance certificates that will show whether the company has been fully complied with the indigenization laws or not,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chapfika said the retail sector should be reserved for local people only.
“According to the indigenization Act, retail shops should be totally controlled by local people,” he said.
Under the indigenization policy, all foreign-owned firms operating in Zimbabwe are required to sell the majority of their shares to local people.
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Zaka West legislator accused of abandoning constituency

ZAKA WEST LEGISLATOR ABANDONS CONSTITUENCY
Masvingo July 10, 2012 (New Ziana) –Villagers in Zaka West constituency in Masvingo province are accusing their Member of Parliament Festus Dumbu of abandoning them while they face acute food shortages.
Zaka West is among areas most affected by drought in Masvingo province and urgently require food assistance.
Villagers who spoke to New Ziana did not have kind words for Dumbu who they said they last saw after the 2008 general elections.
“I can not even remember who he is. He just abandoned us when we needed him most to take our issues to Parliament.
“The constituency did not receive good rains so food shortage is rife in most families,” said Lenia Chipwanyira from Nyakunhuwa village.
Chipwanyira said elections were taking long to come so that they could vote for someone who would have their interests at heart and fully represent them in Parliament.
“When elections come I am not going to vote for him even if he brings loads of food for campaigning,” she said.
Another villager Samuel Rufurwehama said the MP had failed to hounour his promises to develop the area.
“To date we have not seen him and he purports to be representing us in Parliament,” he said.
Dumbu however denied the allegations saying he was more resident in the constituency than anywhere else.
“I doubt if those villagers are really Zaka West residents. I am more on the ground than any other legislator you may think of,” he said.
He said he was in regular meetings with the chiefs, councilors and the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) officials who operate in the area.
“Actually I am son to chief Bota and all other chiefs are my relatives, so how can I abandon my fellow people,” he said, adding he was always present at food distribution points.
Dumbu said he often clashed with Chief Nyakunhuwa whom he accused of politicizing food distribution.
“Probably these villagers come from him. I get reports that he distributes food on political grounds favouring a certain party,” he said. 
The constituency is now depending on food assistance under the government grain loan scheme.
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Zim sets aside funds for census

GOVERNMENT SETS ASIDE FUNDS FOR CENSUS

Harare July 10, 2012 (New Ziana)-The government has set aside US$22 million to cater for the upcoming national population census to be conducted next month, a cabinet Minister said on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe is due to conduct its fourth national population census from August 17 to 28 this year following previous ones held in 1982, 1992 and 2002.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti told the House of Assembly that at least US$37 million was required for the whole process and development partners were expected to provide the US$15 million shortfall.

“Funding has been a challenge but let me assure you that government now has its own pot of US$22 million,” he said.

Biti said the bulk of the money would go towards training enumerators and other staff which was currently underway and would continue into next month.

He said schools would close on August 2, earlier than scheduled as teachers make up the bulk of enumerators.

The coming population census will be held under the theme “Be sure to be counted.”

The last census conducted in 2002 put Zimbabwe’s population at approximately 14 million people.

Analysts expect the next census to show either a drop in population growth or stagnation after sanctions induced economic hardships drove more than a million Zimbabweans out of the country over the past decade.

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President calls for reactivating NAM

PRESIDENT MUGABE CALLS FOR REACTIVATING NAM

Harare July10, 2012 (New Ziana) -The upcoming 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) should be used as a platform to strengthen the organisation which has been dormant over the years, President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday.

President Mugabe said this during a meeting with visiting Iranian Information and Communication Technology Minister Dr Reza Taghipour who paid him a courtesy call at his Munhumutapa Building offices.

He said the organisation should be strengthened in its fight against Western dominance over global institutions like the United Nations.

“We are worried that developing countries are regarded as second class citizens in terms of UN membership. We are denied membership equal to the Western countries. You see the arrogance we have been going through,” he said.

“We are happy that your country is hosting the NAM meeting towards the end of August. We have not been meting sufficiently and examining our position. We have allowed the NAM to be that inactive. We must re-examine the position of third world countries,” he added.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has the rotating presidency of NAM for three years and is due to host the next meeting next month.
Founded in 1961 in the former Yugoslavia, the NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations, aimed at giving a voice to the developing world.

NAM's 118 member states represent around 56 percent of the world population.

The movement has also 17 observer members.

The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries.”

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