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Family of six now requires $5,4 million for monthly needs 


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By Alois Vinga


An average family of six now requires a minimum ZW$5,4 million to meet monthly needs signifying a 65,8% increase from the figures recorded last month, Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) has reported.

The latest data released this week shows that the Total Consumption Poverty Line (TCPL) for one person was ZWL 916,225.50 in March 2024.

“This means that an individual required that much to purchase both non-food and food items as at March 2024 in order not to be deemed poor. This represents an increase of 65.8 percent when compared to the February 2024 figure of ZWL552,745.80,” said Zimstat.

The Food Poverty Line (FPL) for one person in March 2024 was ZWL701,236.89. This means that the minimum needs basket cost that much per person in March 2024. This represents an increase of 62.2 percent over the February 2024 figure of ZWL432,454.90.

The developments come on the back of rapid ZW$ depreciation within the first quarter of the year. The country’s local dollar has weakened against the US dollar every day in 2024, sending the price of a single loaf of bread from Z$6,105 to Z$19,357 in a mere 11 weeks.

Market speculators believe that the free fall of the currency is part of a broader strategy by authorities to pave the way for a new ZWL currency on the back of plans to come up with a structured currency.

The impending Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) which has been postponed for quite some time now is expected to rein in the current ZWL volatility.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine


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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape


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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup


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By BBC 


NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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