100-day cycle projects in full swing
Mukudzei Chingwere-Herald Reporter
The expansion of Zimbabwe’s leading commercial radio station, Star FM’s frequency, under the third 100-day cycle projects is now 100 percent complete, with the station now accessible in several rural areas.
The development is part of Government’s thrust of increasing access to information through radio, which is still by far the most frequent information source for Africans.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dr Jenfan Muswere, yesterday said Cabinet was advised of progress made so far under the third 100-day cycle projects.
In respect of Star FM, Dr Muswere said the radio station is now accessible on a 100km radius around Gwanda, Chiredzi and Chivhu.
Access to information and a transparent governance structure, is one of the key pillars being championed by the Second Republic.
The ultimate target is for Star FM to be accessible to the whole country, a target which requires 25 transmitters.
So far, Star FM has 17 transmitters, up from 14.
“The expansion of Star FM Transmission Service is now 100 percent complete,” said Dr Muswere.
“The modernisation of the Central FM Studio in Gweru is at 70 percent completion. The modernisation of Khulumani FM Studio, Bulawayo is at 70 percent completion.
“The renovations of Mbembesi Community Radio Station Studio are 20 percent complete. Mbembesi Community Radio Station has commenced broadcasting utilising provisional studio equipment, supported by training sessions on governance, content production and sustainability facilitated by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.”
In an interview last night, Zimpapers Radio Broadcasting Division general manager Mr Comfort Mbofana said the diversified media group, Zimpapers (1980) Limited, will continue expanding its reach.
“We are getting more listeners and getting Government messages across. We are fulfilling Government’s mandate of information to the people,” said Mr Mbofana.
“We are not yet where we want to be, but we will continue on this trajectory so that no one and no place will be left behind.”
Turning to undocumented National Heroes/Heroines Obituaries Production, Dr Muswere said this was ongoing and research is underway for the seven Chinhoyi battle heroes Christopher Chatambudza, Simon Chingozha, Godfrey Matsikidze (Dube), Chubby Sawana, Arthur Maramba and Swazini Ndlovu.
In terms of the anti-sanctions coverage, he said it was now complete, with an anti-sanctions documentary to indicate the effects of sanctions on the people of Zimbabwe across different sectors having commenced and that a Bioscope Interactive Outreach Programme has been conducted in Mashonaland Central Province.
Dr Muswere also updated the nation on progress made in the implementation of priority projects presented in Cabinet by the Ministers of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; Primary and Secondary Education, and Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
He said the construction of the Gwanda New Court Complex is 95 percent complete, while construction of the Chiredzi New Magistrates Court is ongoing, and the Integrated Electronic Case Management System is now functional and system accomplished.
Dr Muswere said 30 hectares’ land preparation, drilling, sowing and planting was complete at Mutimurefu Prison Farm in Masvingo Province while 80 hectares of land preparation, drilling, sowing and planting was complete at Hurungwe Prison Farm in Mashonaland West Province.
“At Anju Prison Farm in Matabeleland North Province, effective irrigation is progressing well and the planned targets are expected to be achieved.
“Ten inmates out of the targeted 15 inmates had been successfully tested for various trades, while 12 inmates of the targeted 20 inmates have written theory examinations.”
Under education, Dr Muswere said the upgrading of school infrastructure in Manicaland, Bulawayo, Matabeleland South, Harare Metropolitan, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Midlands Province is 74 percent complete.
Construction and conversion of laboratories in Manicaland, Matabeleland North, Harare Metropolitan and Mashonaland West Provinces is at 58 percent complete and the construction of sustainable and affordable boarding facilities in Matabeleland South, Manicaland, Matabeleland North and Mashonaland East Provinces is now 65 percent complete.
Under the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, 32 district fitness and wellness campaigns have so far been conducted in districts and provinces.
The project is now 50 percent complete.
Pertaining to anti-drug and substance abuse, Dr Muswere said two awareness raising programmes involving culture and creative industries sector practitioners and the general populace were conducted in Masvingo and Mashonaland West Provinces.
“Further 301 artists were trained in music visual art and dance, theatre, film and fashion. The number of artists that have been capitalised reflect a 20,6 percent progress and digitisation of the music sector is now at 70 percent in terms of completion,” he said.