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Be your own employers, graduates told – The Herald

Patrick Chitumba

Graduates now have the opportunity to start new industries and companies through the Government’s graduate employment creation and development programme and should shake off the attitude that they need to be employed.

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira in said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, during the 32nd Gweru Polytechnic graduation and prize-giving ceremony last Friday.

He said under the programme, graduates will be equipped with appropriate entrepreneurial aptitudes and competencies to become job creators.

The graduates should embrace the programme by coming up with bankable ideas that will culminate in job creation.

A total of 585 graduated with diplomas and certificates issued by the Higher Education Examinations Council (Hexco) in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) during the colourful ceremony.

Of these 62 percent were female and 38 percent male.

“Gone are the days of job seeking, once you finish college. Once you have acquired the requisite skills in a particular trade, don’t wait for anyone. Go and use those skills to produce goods and services,” said Prof Murwira.

“We would like to see all the graduates of Gweru Polytechnic being helped to form start-up companies. Let us get rid of the colonial mentality where we were designed to work for someone.”

Prof Murwira said Government is looking forward to seeing a number of consortiums and business units created by graduates and contribute to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda in line with Vision 2030.

“These are graduates who don’t simply wait for someone to create employment for them, but take the initiative to generate employment.

“This is our new education system with five missions, teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation with a Heritage bias and we code name this, Heritage Based Education 5.0,” he said.

“No one will come and build Zimbabwe. Nyika Inovakwa nevene vayo/ Ilizwe lakhiwa ngabanikazi balo. This is the reason why the President started the knowledge revolution in our universities and colleges.”

Prof Murwira said in its new thrust on education, the Second Republic is focusing on producing the skills and capabilities for propelling Zimbabwe to an upper-middle-income economy by the year 2030.

The minister highlighted the need to build an innovation-led and knowledge-driven economy based on heritage and natural endowments.

“Heritage Based Education 5.0 is a bold statement and Zimbabwe’s modernisation and industrialisation champions are Technical and Vocational Institutions like Gweru Polytechnic College. Zimbabwe shall be built by doers and not by people who just talk and do nothing,” he said.

“Polytechnic education by nature produces doers capable of producing goods and services. Many developed countries today rely on their polytechnic education to get to where they are. Germany, for example, has benefited tremendously from its apprenticeship programmes and polytechnic education.”

Prof Murwira said President Mnangagwa tasked his ministry to come up with the Integrated Skills Expansion Outreach Programme (ISEOP) that puts emphasis on imparting practical skills that ultimately lead to the acquisition of competencies resulting in the production of goods and services.

He said through community engagement, the ISOEP programme shall empower communities by imparting life skills and engaging in economically productive activities hence contributing to national development.

“We would like to commend Gweru Polytechnic for heeding the clarion call by Government to implement ISOEP. We are informed that in April this year, 81 learners from Shurugwi, Kwekwe, Lower Gweru, and Gweru enrolled for the ISEOP,” said Prof Murwira.

“This group of learners included some with disabilities. We are leaving no one and no place behind in our TVET education. The trainees received foundational skills in: food preparation, dressmaking, hairdressing, motor mechanics, electrical installations and repairs, computers, and carpentry.”

Prof Murwira commended Gweru Polytechnic for continuing to promote the integration of persons with disabilities into mainstream technical and vocational education and training.

“Keep your eyes on the poor and those on the margins of society. They are your conscience, and as you scale the heights of your selected careers, remember that not everyone in our society is as privileged as you are,” he said.

Prof Murwira urged the graduates to desist from drugs and substance abuse.

“Do what you can, when you can, to make positive contributions to society as responsible corporate citizens.

“Hold on to the values you have learnt and remember there is no real excellence in this world which can be separated from right living,” he said.

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Who is Harpal Randhawa, Indian billionaire who died in Zimbabwe plane crash? Here’s all you need to know – India TV News

Indian business tycoon Harpal Randhawa, who was killed in a
Image Source : X Indian business tycoon Harpal Randhawa, who was killed in a plane crash in Zimbabwe.

Indian mining tycoon Harpal Randhawa and his son were among the six individuals killed on September 29 when their private plane, Cessna-206, crashed near a diamond mine in southwestern Zimbabwe following a technical glitch.

Randhawa was the owner of RioZim, a diversified mining company producing gold and coal as well as refining nickel and copper. The plane that crashed was also owned by RioZim and was bound towards the Murowa diamond from Harare.

The plane experienced a technical fault, possibly resulting in a mid-air explosion, before plummeting into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande region. Confirming the crash, a statement from RioZim read, “The Murowa Diamond Company (RioZim)-owned white and red Zcam aircraft had left Harare for the mine at 6 am and crashed about 6km from Mashava.”

Who is Harpal Randhawa?

The 60-year-old Randhawa was the founder of private equity firm GEM Holdings worth $4 billion. He had vast gold, diamond and coal mining interests in Zimbabwe and was a prominent figure in the country.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Randhawa has served as the chairman of the GEM group for 30 years after its formation in July 1993. Aside from that, he was a partner at Sabre Capital Worldwide for 12 years and a senior adviser at the real estate firm Safanad for three years.

Randhawa completed his education at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the University of London. As per reports, he was planning his next business venture. His wife’s name has not been revealed yet.

The billionaire’s son, 22-year-old Amer Kabir Singh Randhawa, is a trained pilot, who also died in the tragic accident on Friday. The names of the other deceased passengers are yet to be released by police.

Reactions to Randhawa’s death

Although the names of the deceased passengers are yet unknown, journalist and filmmaker Hopewell Chinono, who was a friend of Randhawa, confirmed the deaths of Randhawa and his son.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of RioZim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane. Five other people including his son, who was also a pilot but a passenger on this flight, also died in the crash,” wrote Chinono on X.

“My thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and the RioZim community.” The RioZim company secretary said a full statement will be issued. “I am not in a position to address the media right now. We will however be issuing a statement as soon as possible,” he said.

Many people expressed grief and condolences over Randhawa’s death on social media. Meanwhile, the local community and law enforcement agencies are working together to manage the aftermath of the plane crash.

(with agency inputs)

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Fraud-accused Zimstat boss granted US$200 bail

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By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) Director General, Taguma Mahonde has been granted US$200 bail by Harare magistrate, Marewanazvo Gofa following his arrest last week.

Mahonde is facing fraud allegations with prosecution alleging that he abused his powers to get away with crimes he committed at his workplace.

He is facing another charge of contravening the Prevention of Corruption Act and an alternative charge of obstruction of justice.

The magistrate said it was his right to be granted bail.

During the bail hearing Investigating Officer, Eric Chacha said Mahonde would threaten ZACC’s witnesses into silence or hiding if granted bail.

“The degree of interference is so severe to the extent that the accused found some tactics and used his position as the Director General of ZimStats to fire the witness (Matiza) from work. Realizing that Matiza was working with ZACC, he found some dubious charges and caused the witness to be suspended.”

Chacha said after firing Matiza, Mahonde allegedly called him threatening to “deal” with him.

It is alleged that he said, “I will get bail like what the NSSA boss and the clerk of Parliament did and once I’m back at work I will deal with you accordingly.”

Chacha said if Mahonde is released, he might go back to his workplace and continue to intimidate his subordinates and they will not assist ZACC.

“You could even tell during the interviews of the subordinates that they were being interviewed under threat and fear as they were always saying that they would be facing the challenges Matiza is going through. They are afraid of the accused.” Chacha said.

Mahonde is accused of squandering Zimstat US$4 000 by claiming school fees allowance for a non-existent child.

It is further alleged that when ZACC’s investigations into his alleged corruption started in March this year, he tried to cover up his offense by refunding ZW$756 047.33 but it amounted to US$826 as he had used the interbank rate of $915.

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ZB Bank heist: Four acquitted to be reimbursed forfeited funds

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By Staff Reporter

FOUR suspects who were acquitted in the ZB Bank money heist case which made headlines two years ago will have their forfeited money reimbursed.

The four are Trymore Chapfikwa, Tozivepi Chirara, Dennis Madondo and Tatenda Gadzikwa.

They filed an application for disposal before Harare magistrate, Clever Tsikwa ruled there was “no justification for the State to keep the money when there is no longer a case against the four.”

The amount to be reimbursed was not mentioned.

The prosecution had protested the release of the funds arguing that there was no evidence to prove that seized money did not belong to the bank.

“The cash before this court as an exhibit cannot be lawfully possessed by the applicants.

“They did not provide proof of the source of their ownership. In this inquiry of whether an exhibit can be claimed by an accused, the accused has an onus to show that they are entitled to the money.” said prosecutor Loveit Muringwa.

The four were jointly charged with Shadreck Njowa, Tendai Zuze and Neverson Mwamuka who were convicted on Friday.

Njowa, Zuze and Mwamuka await their sentencing on Wednesday.

Prosecutors proved Njowa the kingpin of the heist and had been hiding in South Africa before coming back into the country in November 2022 assuming the dust had settled.

Njowa and his accomplices robbed US$2,7m and ZW$43 090 that was in the commercial bank’s transit truck headed for seven branches across the country in January 2021.

The security crew and the gang then staged the robbery along the Harare-Chinhoyi highway just after Nyabira Business Centre.

They had reportedly armed themselves with pistols, knives, and three vehicles which they used to carry the cash in transit.

One of the guards, Fanuel Musakwa, transporting the money was in contact with the heist crew.

Court heard the guard requested the driver to pick up some of the accomplices as passengers before they stole the money.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Muringwa has submitted the State’s aggravation urging the court to impose a harsher sentence for the convicted trio.

“The crime had a negative economic impact on the complainant and resulted in reasonable material or economic loss.

“The complainant is in the banking business, the loss of such vast amounts of money certainly had a negative impact on their business as income was lost because of the lack of cash that could have been circulated to its clients earning it the much-needed interest. Wherefore the State prays that the accused be heavily sentenced of the charged offense of robbery as aggravation factors outweigh the mitigatory factors,” he said.

The three will submit their mitigation Tuesday.

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