Many are called, but few are chosen: Valerie Mandeya

Many are called, but few are chosen. This line from historical passages lends itself true and translates into the business arena, where many pursue business exploits but few rise and thrive in their industry. Not so in the case of a young Eugene Peters, Group CEO of Spidexmedia, whose humble …

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Property skewed to residential

Enacy Mapakame Property Reporter The real estate sector in Zimbabwe has hit its lowest although opportunities still abound across the country’s major cities, experts say. Activity in the sector has been skewed towards residential developments, while commercial properties, especially in the central business district, have been experiencing high voids and …

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From ‘pilot’ to game changer

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We’ve all been asked this question one point or another and answers vary from princess, to superman, from doctor to dancer. Most of us seldom know what we really want to be. By the time we reach our late teens …

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Understanding crop water requirements important for farmers

Quite a number of farmers have found themselves saddled with huge irrigation water bills which some are now failing to pay owing to their inability to appreciate and understand the water requirements for their crops. These farmers ended up committing themselves to water in excess of their real requirements and …

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Govt urged to be transparent to attract FDI

Zimbabwe is part of the countries which are lowly ranked in terms of budget transparency, accountability and citizen participation, an expert has said. BY TAFADZWA MUTACHA Speaking on the sidelines of a transparency workshop in Harare on Tuesday, National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (Nango) executive director Leonard Mandishora said there …

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1918-2018: MUMC Vabvuwi’s 100-year journey

Fungai Chihuri (ZWAC MUMC chair) and Rev Taurai Emmanuel Maforo The Mubvuwi we United Methodist Church (MUMC) is a men’s organisation. The unique sound of vocal prowess of men’s choirs in the church has over time propelled the Vabvuwi brand. But, is it just about music? No! The organisation has …

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AUHF hosts successful conference

The African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF), a member-based association of 61 mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent, this week conduct a two and half day’s workshop at a Harare hotel. The workshop, …

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Old cities scare investors

Enacy Mapakame Zimbabwean cities are too old, they are scaring off investors. The entire city-scape must be overhauled to improve competitiveness and attract investment in property and infrastructure, town planning experts have said. To do that the experts propose a complete re-look at city laws, hoping to force through changes …

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Housing finance, India case study

Housing Development FinanceCorporation Limited India continues to be amongst the fastest growing major economies in the world India is a domestic,  consumption driven economy — Favourable demographics – India’s population is 1,3 billion, of which 66 percent is under 35 years of age — Urbanisation – Currently 377 million people …

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Structured finance

Structured Trade Finance (“STF”) is a growing form of finance which aims at circumventing some of the funding challenges identified in our article last week. STF involves the creation of instruments (“structures”) that “mitigate” the unique risks inherent to participants in a transaction which include: Inadequate collateral security High cost …

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