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

Herald

    

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.

Previous Updates

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

Herald

    

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..

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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)

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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.

Bloomberg

    

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

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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

Herald

    

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.

    

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