Articles tagged 'rbz'

Chombo remains behind bars 2 December 2017 HARARE – Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday remained behind bars after High Court judge Clement Phiri deferred the hearing to next Wednesday to enable the State to file its response. Prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema applied to have the matter postponed, claiming that the record from the...
Return loot or face jail — ED 29 November 2017 HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has indeed hit the ground running, issuing a chilling warning yesterday to individuals and corporates that externalised foreign currency to return the money within the next three months or face the full wrath of the law, the Daily News can report. In a sta...
Tackle root cause, not symptoms 14 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's celebrated music superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi, has a popular song titled Handiro Dambudziko, which has lyrics that go — Kushingirira kurapa mhopo pamusana...mhopo iripamusana iwe uneziso rinembonje. Translated to English, this means putting much effort in curing the symptom b...
Stop fighting, create jobs 13 November 2017 EDITOR — We know and appreciate that our economy is on its knees but I am sure our government can  find ways to ensure that every Zimbabwean citizen especially our youths are fully empowered as we face many challenges everyday in order to survive and fend for the families. Because of our econo...
'Economy remains Zanu PF's greatest opposition' 10 November 2017 HARARE - Residents of Mbare hostels have jerked up the Harare City Council (HCC) after they ran a staggering $500 000 electricity bill in one month — prompting the local authority to revive plans to introduce pre-paid meters — months after the same community had rejected them. The hostels whic...
Zim woes beyond price controls, priority lists 10 November 2017 HARARE - To anyone who has a basic understanding of economics, the wave of price hikes witnessed in recent weeks was nothing but the wake of market forces. The market — manufacturers and retailers, among other economic players — was merely responding to circumstances on the ground. But it s...
RBZ applauds deposit insurance 8 November 2017 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says deposit insurance plays a critical role as a component of the financial safety net in an economy. Deposit insurance is protection provided by a government agency to depositors of a bank or deposit-taking institution. It assures the depositors...
Zim prices zoom out of control 1 November 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed Zimbabwean consumers are in the throes of skyrocketing grocery bills that are likely to deprive them of the joys of Christmas, with unofficial inflation figures showing that food prices have gone up by between 20 to 100 percent in the past month, the Daily News can report. ...
'Hyperinflation returns to Zim' 1 November 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed Zimbabwean consumers are in the throes of skyrocketing grocery bills that are likely to deprive them of the joys of Christmas, with unofficial inflation figures showing that food prices have gone up by between 20 to 100 percent in the past month, the Daily News can report. ...
Hyperinflation threat returns to Zim 29 October 2017 NEW YORK - Less than a decade after hyperinflation obliterated Zimbabwe's dollar along with its pensions and savings, the southern African nation is suffering a return to precipitous price rises. Zimbabwe adopted the US dollar in 2009, along with Britain's pound and the South African rand, to ...
These are encouraging economic signs 29 October 2017 HARARE - It's not every time that hard-pressed Zimbabweans get to hear news from industrialists that cheers them up because conversations amongst business leaders are most of the time dominated by depressing news. If it’s not the slow pace of bank transfers for cross-border transactions occasi...
Hard-pressed Zim industry cuts working hours 26 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's manufacturers have been squeezed harder by the deteriorating economy, with the sector retrenching and cutting working hours on the back of decreased capacity utilisation, the latest Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI)'s survey has revealed. This comes as the struggli...
Prices in sharp increase 24 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe witnessed the sharpest increase in average prices in September since it adopted the multi-currency regime in 2009, which was biased towards the US dollar, a leading financial research firm has said. According to official Zimstat data, year-on-year inflation rose by 0,78 perce...
'TBs creating fictitious money' 21 October 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwean government has been warned against excessive use of Treasury Bills (TBs), which could collapse the local banking system as the government-backed paper is not backed by any physical assets. A TB is a short-term debt obligation backed by a government with a given maturity...
Banking sector capitalisation increases 18 October 2017 HARARE - Banking sector capitalisation increased to $1,24 billion by end of June 2017 from $1,22 billion recorded in the first quarter. Parliament's Budget Office (PBO) said all the banking institutions were adequately capitalised and complied with minimum capital requirements. CBZ managed ...
'Mugabe's economic vandalism unpardonable' 18 October 2017 HARARE - The myriad of challenges bedevilling Zimbabwe today are essentially man-made, a senior Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) official has said. Addressing a press conference on the state of Zimbabwean economy in Harare yesterday, TZ president Jacob Ngarivhume said the cash crisis, vendors, unfriend...
Panic as cooking oil shortage hits Zim 17 October 2017 HARARE - There is once again growing uneasiness in the market as the country has been hit by another shortage of cooking oil, which retailers blame on oil manufacturing companies — who are said to be selectively supplying a few “favoured” outlets. At the same time, the Oil Expressers Associati...
September inflation firms: Zimstat 17 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's annual inflation gained 0,64 percent in September to 0,78 percent from 0,14 percent as prices went up during the month under review, official data shows. Zimstat yesterday said prices as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by an average of 0,78 pe...
Panic as cooking oil vanishes again 17 October 2017 HARARE - There is once again growing uneasiness in the market as the country has been hit by another shortage of cooking oil, which retailers blame on oil manufacturing companies — who are said to be selectively supplying a few “favoured” outlets. At the same time, the Oil Expressers Associati...
Zim needs bold economic reforms: US envoy 14 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe needs to implement comprehensive and bold economic reforms and get rid of corruption for the  economy to get back on track, United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas Junior has said. He spoke as the economy is imploding, blighted by critical foreign currency shortages...
Zim forex shortages worsen 14 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s months-long foreign currency crisis yesterday forced Steward Bank to suspend its MasterCard payment solution, with customers wishing to use the service now required to pre-fund their accounts with cash. This comes as Zimbabwe’s leading banks are suspending automatic use of ...
Ministers blames social media for panic buying 14 October 2017 HARARE - A ministerial taskforce set up to investigate the root cause of recent price hikes and panic buying is set to wind up its probe next week, with preliminary results revealing that government blames social media. Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, who is chairing the committee, ...
Foreign currency shortages worsen 12 October 2017 HARARE - The country’s foreign currency shortage crisis is worsening, with more banks stopping payments to Multichoice, Africa’s largest pay-TV company. This also comes as e-wallet payment system, Ecocash, run by mobile firm Econet Wireless, suspended international transactions on its MasterCa...
Arrest warrant for forex dealer 10 October 2017 HARARE - A warrent of arrest has been issued against a Harare woman for illegally dealing in foreign currency after she failed to pitch up for her sentencing at court yesterday. Rosa Sanudi, 40, had pleaded guilty to contravening the Exchange Control Act when she appeared before Harare magistr...
Price hikes: Retailers dig in 9 October 2017 HARARE - The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) has said shops have “no choice” but to increase prices as they are sourcing foreign currency from the black market where they are charged steep premiums. This comes as retailers have significantly increased prices of basic goods, amid esca...