News that Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of the Daily News, are finally going to launch their Sunday paper has sent the media industry in a frenzy.
The Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) which comprises government, employers and labour and is now spearheading the economic recovery of the country, seems to have endorsed the current agrarian reform but says those allocated land should make full use of it with the government assuring farmers viable producer prices through a system of pre-planting and post-harvest price announcements.
The government has finally increased the price of fuel but though petrol almost doubled in price while diesel went up by 80 percent, it is still much cheaper than in neighbouring countries.
Though the pro-government media, especially the electronic media, has been pushing forward the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) as the representative of the workers and highlighted in May Day celebrations ignoring those of the larger Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the government has never recognised the ZFTU as the genuine workers’ representative, at least on paper.
With half the nation reported to be facing food shortages, the latest figures released by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNet) demand that the government should set up an independent investigation into where imported maize is going.
A change in focus from a dwindling Zimbabwean market to an expending regional one saw newly listed Amalgamated Regional Trading (ART) almost treble its sales from $4.5 billion to $12.4 billion during the year ended September.