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Govt to consider increasing US$ for civil servants – NewsDay

Mthuli Ncube

GOVERNMENT says it will consider increasing the United States dollar component paid to public workers in September and also review the portion paid in local currency.

This was revealed yesterday by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube at a meeting with representatives of public service trade unions to discuss salaries and conditions of service.

Government workers are demanding salaries in US dollars owing to the rising inflation that has eroded their local currency salaries.

Civil servants are currently allowed to withdraw US$100 from their Zimdollar salaries and are given another US$75 as COVID-19 allowances.

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In a statement, Zimbabwe Congress of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) said: “The Minister of Finance in response stressed that government treats the welfare of civil servants as a priority but was unequivocal that government does not yet have the capacity to pay the entire salary bill in US dollars. Government will, however, review the situation in September to see if there is scope to increase the US and as well the Zimdollar components premised on revenue inflows. He did not rule out the possibility of part US dollar salaries though, but was cautious to commit himself.”

The workers also raised concerns over the disparities on the Government Employees Mutual Savings and pension schemes offered by the employer, which Ncube promised to address.

“The workers were able to demonstrate the desperate situation regarding their survival and challenged the minister to find a plan to safeguard the value of wages so that they can be able to reproduce themselves for the good of country,” ZCPSTU said.

In an interview with NewsDay, ZCPSTU secretary-general David Dzatsunga said yesterday’s meeting gave the workers hope that government was committed to addressing their concerns.

“From today’s meeting, there is hope that government can consider increasing our US salary component,” he said.

“It is a step ahead though we continue calling for government to own up to its pledges to address our concerns.”

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Zimbabwe will welcome you back home, minister tells ZEP holders – Bulawayo24 News

ZIMBABWE’s Foreign Affairs minister Fredrick Shava says government is ready to welcome fellow citizens who fail to meet requirements to obtain South African permits to remain in that country.

Shava’s remarks follow an announcement by Pretoria not to renew the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEPs) beyond December.

ZEP holders are expected to regularise their stay under new tougher conditions which have been largely seen as a deliberate ploy to cut the number of foreign immigrants in that country.

“We do not have figures yet as to how many Zimbabweans who responded to the request by South Africa but we expect them to have taken concrete steps to make sure they comply with the requirements of the permits since they are aware of the time limits,” Shava said in his address at the mid-term review meeting of the third session of the Zimbabwe – South Africa bi-national commission in Pretoria today.

“As for us in Zimbabwe, these are our nationals, those who fail to meet ZEP requirements by South Africa are welcome back home. We will receive them and assist them to get to their desired destination.

“I would like to reiterate our appeal to Zimbabweans in South Africa to observe and respect the laws of South Africa. We condemn all and any form of criminality on the part of our nationals in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.”

There are an estimated 200 000 ZEP permit holders.

The permits were first introduced in 2009 by then Home Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamni-Zuma for the documentation of qualifying Zimbabweans for a 5-year period.

The permit was called the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Permit (DZP).

It was extended in 2014 and renamed the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP). In 2017, came the ZEP which will expire in December.

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India vs Zimbabwe ODI 2022: Schedule, Timings, Squads, Live Streaming Details, all you need to know about I… – Zee News

Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India are all set to take on Zimbabwe in three-match ODI series starting on August 18. Players like Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will want to make this series count and bounce back in the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup. Dhawan will be leading the Indian team for the third time as he has captained the national side against Sri Lanka T20Is last year and the ODI series against West Indies this year.

Kuldeep will want to make a comeback into the squad as he did not get enough opportunity to prove himself as he was out of the side due to injury. He made comeback to Team India after excellent bowling in IPL 2022 for Delhi Capitals. Deepak is also a big name that will want this series to go well for himself. He has been named on the stand-by in the Asia Cup squad. 

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Schedule

Aug 18 – Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

Aug 20 – Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

Aug 22 – Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare – 12:45 PM

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Squads

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 Live Streaming and Telecast

The Sony Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for India’s tour of Zimbabwe. The live streaming of the 3-match ODI series will be available on Sony Liv.

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