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The construction of ten (10) houses under the Chimanimani Disaster Recovery Houses has reached 80% of completion



Nov. 15, 2022

The construction of ten (10) houses under the Chimanimani Disaster Recovery Houses has reached 80% of completion

Previous Updates

Mwenezi received 1294mt of maize



Aug. 24, 2022

Due to poor rainfall patterns in some areas, some districts like Mwenezi are food insecure. Government has a Food  Deficit Mitigation Strategy which it deploys to support food insecure households. Mwenezi received 1294mt of maize and distribution has already started

Electrification and borehole drilling for staff accommodation in Binga District



July 26, 2022

Electrification and borehole drilling for staff accommodation in Binga District, is 60% complete for solar electrification, with 40% scheduled Page 11 of 15 to be completed by 31 August, 2022, while borehole drilling has reached 20%.

Construction of the Administration block and five residential houses at ZRP in Dotito



July 26, 2022

Construction of the Administration block and five residential houses at ZRP in Dotito is 72% complete, with the Administration block scheduled to be completed by 31 August, 2022.

Cabinet considered and approved the Compensation Framework for 2009 Insurance Policy Holders and Pension Scheme Members and Supplementary Compensation by Government



July 12, 2022

Cabinet considered and approved the Compensation Framework for 2009 Insurance Policy Holders and Pension Scheme Members and Supplementary Compensation by Government

Buses donated to government officials



Feb. 28, 2022

H.E President Munangagwa donated buses to the Zimbabwe National Army; Air Force of Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Republic Police, Prisons and Correctional Services; Parliament of Zimbabwe; and the Judicial Services Commission

Civil servants Representatives signed agreement with Government.



Feb. 28, 2022

Workers' representatives signed an agreement with government in acceptance of significant steps the employer has taken to improve conditions of service for all civil servants. They agreed on the introduction of USD$100 salary to be paid in hard currency across the board, with effect from 1March.

Monetary benefits measures implemented



Feb. 8, 2022

H.E President E.D Mnangagwa has directed that specific measures be implemented forthwith as follow-                                   
Monetary benefits:                                                                                  
 1. A 20 percent increase in the Zimbabwe Dollar salary component backdated to 1 January 2022 will be implemented across the board;                                                                                      
 2. USD 100, per month in hard currency will be paid to every civil servant with effect from the 1st of March 2022. "

115 Buses commissioned


Feb. 10, 2022

A total of 115 buses has been commissioned  by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ease the transport situation in the country. 

Teachers' and Public Workers' Working Conditions have Been Improved.



Feb. 8, 2022

Civil workers and teachers have been given a lucrative package that includes a 20% raise across the board, with the equivalent of US$100 in foreign currency starting next month, school tuition help, and the construction of 34 000 residences on school grounds over the next five years.

115 ZUPCO Buses Commissioned



Feb. 10, 2022

Government commissions 115 ZUPCO buses to combat local transport squabbles. 


Enhanced Urban Transport Logistics or Systems


Oct. 12, 2021

Under the Enhanced Urban Transport Logistics or Systems, Cabinet noted achievements such as · additional 50 buses new buses which were received and commissioned for ZUPCO; · the software for the electronic ticketing system which was developed and granted certification; and · the passenger train services were rolled out in Harare under the ZUPCO franchise. The Mufakose Commuter train fully subscribed carrying up to 1 300 passengers per trip. Ruwa and Tynwald slowly gaining momentum.

NRZ-ZUPCO Cowdry Park commuter train has been launched.



Nov. 10, 2021

NRZ-ZUPCO Cowdry Park commuter train has been launched this evening in Bulawayo. The train services will help ease the transport challenges commuters have been facing.

Zupco buses delivered



Sept. 9, 2021

50 new Zupco buses delivered. Over the last 12 months, Government has imported more than 400 buses from China, not only boosting the Zupco fleet, but starting the process of standardising models easing maintenance and allowing good stocks of spares.

Introduction of Rail coaches



Sept. 7, 2021

ZUPCO and NRZ introduce rail coaches to ease congestion in and out of the city centre. This is part of governments strategy for a decent, adequate and efficient public transport system.

Government to Allow Pension Funds to Invest Offshore



July 13, 2021

According to the Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube, Government is working on modalities that will allow pension funds to invest their monies offshore.

Housing programme for civil servants, low-income earners approved



March 3, 2021

Government approved the Musha-Muzi Housing Programme, a project that is set to see low-income earners in the country acquire homes at affordable prices. The programme, a brainchild of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA)

ZUPCO received new buses



March 5, 2021

Government procures 50 new buses for Zupco; brings total fleet to date to 212 buses.

Cabinet considered and approved the Insurance and Pensions Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2020



Feb. 25, 2021

The Amendment Bill mainly seeks to ensure the maintenance of a fair, safe and stable insurance and pensions sector for the benefit and protection of policyholders and pension fund members. The Bill gives the Insurance Commission the powers to accredit actuaries, auditors, asset managers, credit rating agencies and other service providers.

Government Approved Amendments To The Insurance Bill



Feb. 25, 2021

Government approved amendments to the Insurance Bill 2020, which seeks to repeal the Insurance Act and introduce best practices in Zimbabwe’s insurance sector.

Cash transfer reviews



March 16, 2021

Government has reviewed the cash transfer given to vulnerable persons from $300 to $1 500 per household per month as the State seeks to provide social protection nets to the disadvantaged members of society.

Increase of monthly payouts for the vulnerable



Dec. 30, 2020

Humanitarian assistance allowances for vulnerable persons hit by Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown has been raised from $300 to $800 per month. The Government allowance is designed to cushion the most vulnerable by ensuring they can buy basic food. Legislators raised concern that the $300 was no longer serving any purpose and it was imperative that Government reviewed the money to cushion vulnerable persons.

Cash grants for vulnerable households



Oct. 8, 2020

Vulnerable households will start receiving cash grants pegged at a higher level than the price of roller meal to enable them to source the basic commodity from any place of their choice. Government stopped the subsidy on roller meal after realisation that some top officials and those in positions of influence were abusing the facility and benefiting at the expense of targeted groups.

Amendment of the State Service Pensions Act (Chapter 16:06)



March 18, 2020

Cabinet considered and approved principles to amend the State Service Pensions Act (Chapter 16:06) as presented by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. Key provisions of the principles include the following:

to provide for the establishment of a Pension Fund whose objective shall be to provide for the payment of pension, gratuities and other benefits;

to provide for the management of the fund by a Board of Trustees whose function shall include but not limited to the administration of the fund; and

to provide for contributions made by members towards the fund. The rates of contribution by both the employer and the members will be outlined. Furthermore, the pension benefits that will be payable to members in the employment of the State shall be fixed in the members’ conditions of employment.

Suspension of customs duty on imported wheat flour and maize meal for six months from 22 May 2020 to 21 November 2020



May 27, 2020

Customs duty on imported wheat flour and maize meal has been suspended for six months from 22 May 2020 to 21 November 2020 in terms of regulations gazetted by Minister of Finance and Economic Development Prof Mthuli Ncube.

Statutory Instrument 219, giving the details of the three tariff items, suspended duty for bags of wheat flour of 50kg or more, smaller packs of wheat flour and maize meal. A second statutory instrument had already split the tariff item that covered both maize groats and maize meal so the meal duty could be suspended without simultaneously suspending the maize groats duty. The maize meal tariff was 25 percent.

Roll out of a ZWL600 Million 3 Month Cash Transfer Facility for vulnerable people during the Corona Virus infection reduction lock-down and beyond..



March 31, 2020

Government has set aside over $600 million to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme for the next three months, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, which has seen Government ordering a 21-day total lockdown to contain its spread.

The Social Welfare Department will use its structures to identify the beneficiaries under the facility.

Raising the Price of Subsidised Roller Meal to Curb Speculation by Retailers



Feb. 12, 2020

Government has raised the price of subsidised roller meal to $70 for a 10kg packet to manage speculation by retailers that resulted in shortages. Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube announced the new price in a statement.

He said the roller meal subsidy, which was introduced in December 2019  to protect vulnerable groups from rising costs of maize meal, was no longer serving the purpose due to corruption.

Extending ZUPCO Services to long Distance Travelers



Jan. 31, 2020

THE Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) has dispatched about 80 of its newly-acquired 122 buses to long-distance routes countrywide, bringing relief to travellers.

The buses charge subsidised fares as part of the Government’s efforts to provide safety nets for the poor.
Zupco buses, including hundreds of franchised kombis, have made a mark on most urban routes countrywide.

Set up of Roller Meal Task Force



Jan. 24, 2020

The availability of subsidised maize-meal is expected to improve following the establishment of a taskforce to ensure transparent and equitable distribution of the product. The taskforce will make follow-ups with retailers to curb diversion of the maize-meal to the black market. This comes amid observations that even refined maize-meal was no longer readily available.

Approval of Insurance Policy Agreement between Africa Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd) and the Government of Zimbabwe and Signing of an MOU with the World Food Programme (WFP)



Dec. 4, 2019

Following presentation by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cabinet approved the signing of the Insurance Policy Agreement between Africa Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd) and the Government of Zimbabwe, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Zimbabwe, the World Food Programme and ARC Limited.
The African Risk Capacity Agency seeks to provide participating member States of the African Union with access to financial resources to help them to respond to extreme weather events.

Instituting subsidies on Maize-Meal and Rice



Nov. 28, 2019

Subsidies on maize-meal and rice are being restored to ensure citizens have access to cheaper basic foodstuffs and cushion them against the obtaining economic challenges, President Mnangagwa has said.

Addressing youths at the 2019 National Youth Convention, the President said maize-meal and rice were basic commodities and removing the subsidy would affect many people.

Harmonised social cash transfer programme (HSCT)

Sunday Mail


Aug. 25, 2019

Government will next week resume electronic cash transfers amounting to $40 million to more than 60 000 vulnerable households to cushion them against the current economic challenges and rising cost of living. The exercise, which is administered through the harmonised social cash transfer programme (HSCT), was discontinued a few years ago owing to cash shortages.

Strengthening strategic grain reserves

Sunday Mail


Aug. 25, 2019

Government has bought 20,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania and is in active discussions with other countries in the region, particularly Zambia, as it moves to procure more than 1 million tonnes, it has been learnt. Government says it has enough stocks to supply the local market in the interim as it currently holds 500,000 tonnes in the strategic grain reserve, which are over and above the 560,000 tonnes that have been delivered by farmers to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) during the recent marketing season.

Food security programme for 2.2 million food insecure citizens residing in urban areas



Aug. 26, 2019

Government is working on providing food aid in urban areas to ensure the estimated 2,2 million food insecure people living in towns do not go hungry, with a pilot project on indentifying the vulnerable already taking place in Epworth.

The government distributes food in both urban and rural areas for the first time.



July 30, 2019

Zimbabwe’s government said it distributed almost 190,000 metric tons of maize to households in rural and urban areas, marking the first time ever it has had to distribute food to people in cities.

Govt leads support for the vulnerable



July 18, 2019

Government remains the major provider of support to vulnerable communities in need of food assistance countrywide, the 2019 Zimbabwe Vulnerable Assessment Committee (ZimVac) report has revealed. Of vulnerable households that received food assistance in 2018-19, 56 percent received support from the Government, 13 percent from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the United Nations (UN), three percent from churches, 16 percent was from relatives within rural areas, 18 percent was from relatives within urban areas and 11 percent was from remittances from outside the country.

Mid-year bonus for pensioners



July 19, 2019

Government extended a mid-year bonus to National Social Security Authority (NSSA) pensioners to cushion them from the rise in the cost of living. The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Dr Sekai Nzenza, has made a decision to award a once off discretionary bonus equivalent to a month’s pension to cushion NSSA pensioners from the general increase in the cost of living. 

Government slashes ZUPCO fares



May 21, 2019

The Zimbabwe government slashed Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) bus fares by 50 percent, for both urban and rural trips, a situation that will see urban travellers paying 50 cents from $1 for distances within a 20km radius.
A distance of up to 30km has now been pegged at 75 cents, from $1,50 while the fare for a distance of up to 40km has been reduced to $1 from $2.

Treasury uses RTGS400 Million surplus in social services

Sunday Mail


June 19, 2019

More than 74 percent of the money raised so far through the Intermediated Money Transfer Tax (IMTT), or the 2 percent tax, has been channelled towards infrastructure projects, health, education and social safety nets in line with Government’s commitment to ringfence the resources for social services. The IMTT was introduced in October 2018. Latest official statistics from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development indicate that of the $541 million that has been raised since October last year, $270 million has been used to fund health care and the Basic Education Assistance Module (Beam) – a facility specifically designed to provide quality education to orphans and vulnerable children.