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Lukashenko to visit Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwe Mail – The Zimbabwe Mail

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, January 2019


MINSK, (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to pay visits to the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Zimbabwe in the coming days, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“On the invitation of the leadership of the United Arab Emirates and the president of Zimbabwe the Belarusian head of state is expected to visit these countries in the near future. The Belarusian president is set to hold a number of meetings and talks,” the press service said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko touched upon the theme of cooperation with the United Arab Emirates during his recent visit to the Intellectual Belarus expo. The two countries are implementing a number of large-scale projects. The head of state was particularly interested in developments in the field of artificial intelligence. He had discussed this topic earlier during his meetings with foreign partners, including partners from the United Arab Emirates, a country where artificial intelligence is one of key areas of focus. In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled the Northern Waterfront project to build an experimental multifunctional complex in Minsk. “Why did I fall for this: not only because of the $5 billion in investments, but also because they promised me to create this smart city, as well as a powerful educational platform for artificial intelligence. There will be a university there. If you need support or contacts with these people (they have greatly advanced in this field), feel free to ask,” the head of state said.

In general, trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and the UAE has been steadily developing. Joint interests and prospects of cooperation lie in such areas as investment, industry, agriculture, banking and finance, transport and logistics, education and scientific research, sports and tourism, and others.

In 2021 Belarus took part in EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The national day of Belarus was organized in November. “Belarus and the United Arab Emirates have the closest relations. The history of diplomatic ties is more than 30 years old. Today, the UAE is an important trade partner for us in the Gulf region and a significant investor in the Belarusian economy. Over the past five years, trade has grown more than threefold. Bilateral trade in services is on a steady rise. We will continue to strive for mutually beneficial cooperation in trade,” Belarusian Economy Minister Aleksandr Chervyakov said at the opening ceremony of the national day.

The complementarity of the economies of Belarus and the UAE is a favorable factor for the development of trade and economic cooperation, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said in December 2022: “I am pleased to note a significant increase in foreign trade this year. We need to maintain the achieved momentum and to ensure further increase in trade.”

According to the head of government, Belarus not only seeks to use the capacity of the UAE market to export goods and services but also uses the transport and logistics advantages for the supply of its products from the UAE to the Middle East and Africa. Belarus counts on reciprocal initiatives of the Emirati business as well.

As for Zimbabwe, Belarus has a long history of relations with this partner in southern Africa. In general, a lot of attention is paid to cooperation with the countries of the African continent. For example, Aleksandr Lukashenko visited Egypt and Sudan several years ago. Earlier, Belarus was actively developing relations with Libya, but the process was interrupted due to the civil war and political instability in the country, which were the result, among other things, of the interference of the West.

There are also mutual interests with a number of other African countries. At the meeting on Belarus’ foreign policy priorities in the summer of 2017, Aleksandr Lukashenko said it was necessary to develop a fully-fledged long-term strategy for Belarus’ cooperation with African countries. “There should be a fully-fledged long-term strategy of cooperation with African countries, as a number of European countries comparable to Belarus have,” the president said.


Given a strong growth of developing economies, the importance of expanding the Belarusian presence in the African market increases. “We work there, but the scale should be expanded. Do not think that Africa is nothing but poverty and they have nothing to pay for. This is not true. The world today cannot develop dynamically without the resources of this continent. We must not lose our opportunities in the competition for African markets. There is a lot of hard work to be done here.”

In June 2017, Minsk hosted the first Belarusian-African forum “Belarus and Africa: New Horizons.” The second such event was held in May-June 2021. The forum in Belarus was attended by representatives of government agencies, business and financial circles from 13 African states – Gabon, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

As for Zimbabwe, it should be noted that the leadership of this country has long been interested in cooperation with Belarus. The history of bilateral relations includes visits at the highest levels.

For example, Vice President of Zimbabwe John Nkomo visited Minsk in April 2011. “We hope very much, and apparently it will be so, that from that day on we will begin to expand relations between our countries,” the Belarusian head of state said then. “We hope that cooperation with your country will help us expand cooperation with other African countries from your territory. There is no area, no industry where we would not find common interests.”

A few years later, in July 2015, current leader of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, vice president then, visited Belarus. “I think our cooperation should have started with specific projects. Let them be few. But it would be a signal not only to entrepreneurs in your country but also to other countries with which you border, a signal to cooperate with our country. We are very interested in it,” the Belarusian president said.

In turn, Emmerson Mnangagwa said that Zimbabwe was interested in expanding trade and economic cooperation, as well as cooperation in such areas as agriculture, mining and infrastructure.

Emmerson Mnangagwa was welcomed in Minsk as head of state in January 2019. Belarus offered Zimbabwe to build a strategy and a concrete plan to develop cooperation in the future. “We cooperate very effectively with the countries of North Africa, first of all with our friendly partner Egypt, Algeria, other countries. In Central Africa, we have a long-standing cooperation with Sudan. We would like to have a very close cooperation with the states of South Africa as well. We have been to many countries in Africa and we see that Belarus can do a lot in Zimbabwe,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said during the talks.

The Belarusian president said he would be delighted to visit Zimbabwe, but added that it was necessary to agree on and implement four or five specific projects there before doing so. “I am talking about the projects that the Zimbabwean people would see,” he said. “Zimbabwe is our important partner in the South African region, and we are committed to gradually reaching the highest level of strategic cooperation. The two countries have been steadily developing relations. However, the potential for interaction is still hugely untapped. In the coming years, we will have to do so, especially in the areas of trade and economy.”

Among the topics of bilateral cooperation discussed were supplies of trucks, buses and mining vehicles, other mining equipment, tractors and food products to the Zimbabwean market. Prospects for Belarusian participation in joint projects in agriculture, construction, energy, geological exploration, mining, and transportation were discussed. The parties talked over cooperation in education and medicine, as well.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, in turn, stressed that the main goal for Zimbabwe in cooperation with Belarus is the development of economic relations. “We have excellent political relations, which we can continue to deepen and consolidate. However, it is more important today to work on issues of economic cooperation. That is the main goal for Zimbabwe,” he said. “Yes, Zimbabwe has untapped resources in agriculture, mining. We, however, lack the means and skills to develop them. To do that, we need the help and assistance of our friends, such as the Republic of Belarus. We are here with full confidence that we will get this kind of help that will let us move forward.”


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SA Labour Court sets aside dismissal of three Zimbabwe immigrant … – Bulawayo24 News

The Labour Court in Gqeberha has granted four lecturers, who are foreign nationals, an interdict to set aside their dismissals by the Port Elizabeth TVET College’s Iqhayiya Campus.
In the written ruling on Tuesday, the College was ordered to appear before the Court on 22 February “to show cause why a final order should not be granted” to compel the college to comply with the Labour Relations Act.

The court granted the interdict pending the outcome of the hearing.

GroundUp spoke to the lecturers on Monday before the ruling. Three are holders of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) and one other is Rwandan and has an asylum permit. Three have been employed at the college since 2014 and one since 2015, in the civil engineering faculty. The lecturers have asked that their identities not be published.

The lecturers were each sent a letter dated 12 January 2023 and signed by acting principal Jessie Figg and her deputy, D Baartzes, which stated, “It is with regret that we have to inform you that your employment with Port Elizabeth TVET College will be discontinued effective from 1 February 2023.”

The letter stated that their dismissal was in terms of legislation including the Public Service Act, the Department of Public Service and Administration Policy on the utilisation of foreign nationals; the Immigration Act; and the Critical Skills List Compliance gazetted in February 2022.

The lecturers were instructed to return any property owned by the college without delay.

“I was shocked and taken aback,” one of the lecturers told GroundUp. “I only learnt about it when I was in Zimbabwe visiting my family during the festive season. I’m the only breadwinner providing for many people who are desperate back home.”

Human rights lawyer Simba Chitando said that the college had not followed proper procedure when dismissing the lecturers.

“This smacks of systematic institutional xenophobia targeting mostly Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa and is without doubt a gross human rights violation that deserves judicial scrutiny,” he said.

Sangolinye Ngqungwana, a lecturer at the same college and shop steward for the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), accused the college of targeting immigrant lecturers.

“This incident is completely unlawful because these lecturers have been employed here for years. This is very xenophobic.”

Emails and WhatsApp messages sent by Groundup to the college’s acting principal on 16 and 19 January, and again on Tuesday, 31 January after the ruling, all went unanswered. We also contacted the Department of Higher Education and Technology spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, who had not responded by the time of publication.

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Top 10 Universities in Zimbabwe 2023 – New Zimbabwe.com

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Do you want to study in Zimbabwe? The country is home to a wide collection of schools and institutions. Check out our Zimbabwe university rankings below.

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Zimbabwe is one of the most fascinating countries on the continent. It is home to Africa’s largest waterfall and the biggest man-made lake. But its education system stands out the most. The academic year runs from January to December. Not only this, but the government has expanded educational opportunities. This has led to a literacy rate of 51% for ages 15 – 24 compared to other universities in the continent. The universities are also open to foreign students with study permits. Below are the top 10 top ranked universities in Zimbabwe you can enroll in 2023.

Writing an Admission Essay

Most high ranking African universities demand admission essays. Apart from this, the knowledge of how to write one will prove valuable throughout your study. Students have a tendency to turn to Papersowl professional essay writing service in order to improve the quality of their paper. Unlike the applicants, these experts have a minimum of a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. Creating an essay that meets all the requirements and standards is among the priorities for those applying to Zimbabwe universities.

Top 10 universities in Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education is in charge of Zimbabwe’s tertiary sector. It covers universities, polytechnics, vocational training centers, and teacher training colleges. The country’s university system only started expanding after independence. But increasing access to education has seen the emergence of many high ranking colleges. Take a look at our university rankings below:

1.    University of Zimbabwe

The University of Zimbabwe is the highest ranked institution in the country and 2119 in the World university rankings. It was founded in 1955, and over 19,000 students from 13 nations attend the institution. The school is not the most beautiful university in the world or the continent. Yet, it is one of the best destinations for international students. UZ offers postgraduate and undergraduate programs for local and international students. It has 10 faculties and offers on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

2.    National University of Science and Technology

NUST is the second-largest public research university in the country. It is also one of the highest ranking institutions in the country. It takes the number 5153 in the world university ranking. The school offers programs spanning 3–5 years and has 6 faculties. They include Built Environment, Commerce, Applied Science, Industrial Technology, Medicine, and Communication and Information Science. NUST offers scholarship opportunities to reduce the payment burden. The institution has 1960 students, and all faculties are administered on the main campus except Medicine.

3.    Midlands State University

Midlands State University is another top ranked academic institution you can attend in Zimbabwe. It ranks 3rd in the university rankings 2023 and high in the world university rankings. The cost of living and semester fee is not high. Nonetheless, the school offers various scholarship opportunities. As a result, it is a more budget-friendly option compared to UZ. There are 9 faculty programs you can enroll in, and the institution is close to some of Zimbabwe’s heritage sites and landmarks. The institution was founded in 2000. However, it currently has over 31,000 students from 12 nations.

4.    Africa University – Mutare

AU is a private United-Methodist related and Pan-African Institution. The top ranking school has 8,000 students. Out of them, 1200 are from 40 nations. As a result, it is a top destination for foreign students. AU ranks 5173 in the world university rankings. The institution currently has 3 schools and is a multilingual community. However, assessment tools and lectures are in English. The non-profit Christian institution has a 70 – 80% admission rate and offers double intake.

5.    Chinhoyi University of Technology

CUT was established in 2021 out of Chinhoyi Technical Teachers College. It offers undergraduate courses in business science, engineering, and agriculture. The institution has over 4000 students from 12 nations, 163 staff, and scholarships. It is home to over 25 clubs and associations and a campus library with 98,654 textbooks and e-resources. CUT provides accommodation for only freshman and final-year students. There are also numerous sports facilities students can enjoy.

6.    Arrupe Jesuit University

AJU is a fully accredited private university run by the Zimbabwe-Mozambique province of the Society of Jesus. It grew out of Arrupe College and is an excellent center for educating men and women through Ignatian and Jesuit pedagogy. The school has one of the best libraries in the country, and every full-time staff and student has access to a personal computer or its equivalent in their residence. There are 2000 students from 15 nations in the institution, and you can enroll via scholarships.

7.    Solusi University

SU is a private coeducational university in Zimbabwe. Located in Bulawayo, the institution was initially established in 1894. However, it received authorization to operate as a university in 1994. The school has 3000 students from 12 nations and numerous scholarship opportunities. It offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programs but has a selective admission policy based on past academic records and entrance examinations. The high-rated school has a diversified and racial environment and offers accommodation as apartments.

8.    Great Zimbabwe University

GZU is located in Masvingo and is one of the institutions that opened after independence. It is home to 20,000 students and has a staff ratio of 33/1. The school offers accommodation to local and foreign students. However, international students who wish to stay on campus must indicate early, as spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. GZU has programs for PhDs, Masters, and Bachelor’s degrees. The admission rate is 70%, and the curriculum promotes African culture.

9.    Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

MUAST was established in 1999 and has 6000 students from 12 nations. The school was declared an independent institution in 2017 and prides itself as a leading center of excellence in technological innovations and agricultural science. MUAST operates 24/7 and has various services to support the health and welfare of students throughout their studies. It also provides state-of-the-art accommodation, on-request diets, and sports and art facilities.

10.   Harare Institute of Technology

HIT wraps our list of the best Zimbabwe university rankings. The institution was established as a Vocation Center. However, it evolved into a Technical College offering mechanical, electrical, and automotive engineering courses. The school has 2000 students and offers quality technology programs for postgraduates and undergraduates. It has accommodations that cater to 400 students based on vulnerability, and the canteen offers subsidized meals.

Conclusion

Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful countries in Southern Africa. It is renowned for its dramatic landscape, diverse wildlife, and quality education. The institutions are open to foreigners and locals and offer top-tier resources to encourage an enjoyable schooling experience. The programs are taught by qualified lecturers, and the cost of studying is not expensive. If you must choose one, we recommend you apply to the University of Zimbabwe. The institution tops the world university rankings in Zimbabwe. Apart from this, it has a conducive learning environment.

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‘Zimbabwe’s underpaid prosecutors can’t resist bribes’ – Bulawayo24 News

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has admitted that State prosecutors are susceptible to bribery because of poor working conditions and low pay.

Chief public prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare, who was representing acting Prosecutor-General Nelson Mutsonziwa on Tuesday during the launch of the Transparency International 2022 Corruption Perception Index report in Harare urged government to capacitate anti-corruption institutions financially and materially to effectively execute their mandate.

“There is a need to capacitate anti-corruption institutions materially and in terms of human resources,” Zvekare said.

“As I said earlier, you find out that most of the civil servants are remunerated poorly. Most of them are lodgers, they do not own houses. For the NPA it is not desirable to be a lodger.  Imagine a prosecutor being a tenant; he may be a tenant at a criminal’s house. The criminal is arrested then goes to court; the prosecutor will be incapacitated to deal with the case because they are being housed by that criminal. If they are properly remunerated and well-resourced you will find that they will be cushioned and will not be susceptible to corruption.

“As long as people are suffering and a bribe is offered, it’s very difficult for them to resist. It also goes back to the issue of brain drain that I was talking about. If they are well remunerated, they will not even think about resigning.”

At the launch, anti-graft activists said perpetrators of corruption enjoyed impunity.

Several high-profile corruption cases that have been brought before the courts have been dismissed without the perpetrators facing their day in court.

“Wanted persons find it easy to cross into neighbouring countries by paying their way past security, immigration and customs personnel,” Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum board member and Civic Education Network Trust (CIVNET) executive director Wellington Mbofana said.

“In 2017 a high-profile person did the same. Weapons, dangerous substances like drugs and dangerous persons like terrorists who may radicalise the populace are also brought into the country through the same corruption-weakened system. In the north of Mozambique, the insurgence started with radicalisation around the dichotomy of rising poverty and exploitation of abundant natural resources.”

During discussions, the NPA shifted the blame of collapsing court cases on the  police and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission investigating officers saying they were failing to substantiate the cases whenever they bring them for prosecution

“The threshold of proving a criminal case is proving beyond reasonable doubt. As the NPA we depend on the investigators — that is the police and Zacc, that if they give us a good docket with enough evidence, we will not fail to do our duty.  At times we are not given good cases to prosecute, and we are compromised in our discharge of our mandate as prosecutors.  That is why some cases which may be obvious convictions to you may not be necessarily prosecuted,” Zvekare said.

“I will give an example of a soccer match, we are strikers. If the midfielders, who are the investigators, give us poor passes, we will not score.”

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