GOVERNMENT has increased salaries for civil servants by 40 percent which will see the least paid government employee earning ZW$14 528 while a teacher will earn ZW$18 237.
The salary increase is effective 1 November 2020 with teachers being awarded 10 percent risk allowance.
Briefing journalists in Harare, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the new salary structure is above Poverty Datum Line (PDL)
“Noting its obligations to pay a decent wage, Government has reviewed upwards the salary increase offer to Civil Servants to 40% which will be awarded to Deputy Director grade and below.
“In addition to the salary increase, the teachers will also be awarded a 10% risk allowance. The new basic salary package for the teacher is now ZW$18 237, which is above the Poverty Datum Line (PDL).
“This means that the compounded review percentage of the teacher grade salary is 1 284% since the beginning of the year. The lowest-paid civil servant will receive a salary of ZW$14 528. This is effective from 1st November 2020,” she said.
In order to enable the smooth flow of returnees at the Beitbridge Border Post, the Embassy of Zimbabwe in South Africa has drawn up Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“All bus operators involved in the repatriation of Zimbabwean nationals from South Africa are required to obtain clearance from the respective Zimbabwean Consulate in Cape Town and Johannesburg two (2) days before departure.
“The bus operators should provide full names of all passengers; passport or temporary travel document numbers of the passengers; vehicle and trailer registration details; final destination in Zimbabwe and the identification details of the drivers. Both passengers and bus crews should have COVID-19 negative certificates from a registered laboratory and obtain within 48 hours from departure. Bus operators must ensure that passengers have requisite travel documents before purchasing tickets. A maximum of five buses will be cleared per day,” she said.
Government has supported with PPEs, it is expected that parents and/or guardians provide masks to their school going children.
“Under primary and secondary education, the attendance of learners was 51.8%, while that of teachers is 25.7%. For the final examination classes, learner attendance was 42%, while the national average on teacher availability marginally increased from 27.16% to 27.77%.
“Cabinet resolved to continue engaging all neighbouring countries to synchronise the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the countries pending the re-opening of the country’s major Ports of Entry and Exit on 1 December 2020. The sectors of the economy that are still under lockdown are to be listed in order for them to present their cases individually for re-opening,” she said.
Cabinet was briefed on the progress made in the planning and development of the Victoria Falls-Hwange-Binga Special Economic Zone.
“As the nation will recall, Cabinet approved the Integrated Development Programme for the Victoria Falls-Hwange-Binga Special Economic Zone in August 2020. A committee comprising the Ministers of Local Government and Public Works, and Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry together with the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) were directed to come up with an implementation matrix. The Committee has since identified a Consortium to prepare a visual blueprint for the area,” she said.
The Victoria Falls Development Programme will entail the upgrading of the Municipality to City status, and improved land utilisation and modernisation, which should unlock land for new investment.