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Hundreds of excited customers yesterday besieged Jet Kadoma Stores which re-opened its doors four months after an inferno razed shops in the city.

There was a stampede in the early hours of the day as people thronged the shop to buy as well as window shop various clothing items that were on discount. Authorities battled with the huge crowd and temporarily shut the doors with customers taking turns to enter.

In an interview, Edgar’s group marketing executive Rumbie Dzimba said the new Kadoma branch, which was officially opened in 2012 before being gutted by fire, has a fresh look and feel.

“Our store showcases a new layout concept reflecting the brand’s identity and making the branch the brand’s ‘store of the future’. Through its intricate design, the store has incorporated unique elements to the visual merchandising with the aim of housing more products and making the customer’s shopping experience more experiential,” she said.

Ms Dzimba said the store attends to between 150 to 200 customers a day with an expected upward trajectory of 250 customers.
She said the new-look Jet’s location was more strategic than the previous one.

“The branch relocated to Sam Levy’s Mall, where there are some key retailers also housed there. The location is strategic as the area has high traffic and this move is set to bring convenience to customers, increase in-store footfall and bolster sales,” she said.

The trendy and vibrant brand features its renowned clothing lines – Massumi, Network Ladies, J-Classics, Network Men, Enzo, Next Generation and Revolution. It also offers allied products including bedding, cosmetics, toiletries, and a wide range of accessories.”

Ms Dzimba said Edgars strives to ensure that the customers’ shopping experience is a memorable one, through their custom made financial services products that include lay by, loans and credit accounts.

“In the seven years that Jet has been in Zimbabwe, the brand has managed to extend its footprint to almost every town in Zimbabwe. Jet Stores has 25 stores across Zimbabwe and has plans to expand the branch network to the other towns as it seeks to bring convenience to shoppers.”

Kadoma Mayor Alderman Action Nyamukondiwa said the refurbished store provides a major facelift to the city.

“Jet should be emulated for not abandoning Kadoma after the fire tragedy about four months ago. It has come with a new look and its good for the city as our residents are also getting employment opportunities,” he said.

A Jet account holder, Mr Moses Machaka expressed delight at the shop’s re-opening saying he had been forced to travel to neighbouring cities for shopping.

“Last week I had to travel to Harare at Edgars’ Store First Street branch to do my shopping.

“The transport cost on its own was a huge blow to me and the re-opening is highly commendable,” he said.
Jet Store Kadoma was burnt together with several other shops in a fire which was suspected to have started from a food outlet at the complex.

The incident, however, raised questions over Mashonaland West’s emergency response mechanisms in times of disasters. The Herald.

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African Union’s Inclusion in G20: A Significant Acknowledgment of a Continent with 1 Billion Inhabitants

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The world’s most powerful economies, the G20, have welcomed the African Union (AU) as a permanent member, recognising Africa’s more than 50 countries as important players on the global stage. US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both expressed support for the AU’s permanent membership.

The AU has advocated for full membership for seven years and, until now, South Africa was the only African country in the G20. The AU represents a continent with a young population of 1.3 billion, which is set to double by 2050 and make up a quarter of the world’s population.

Africa’s 55 member states have long pushed for meaningful roles in global bodies, including the United Nations Security Council, and want reforms to the global financial system. The continent is increasingly attracting investment and political interest from global powers like China, Russia, Gulf nations, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. African leaders are challenging the framing of the continent as passive victim and want to be brokers instead.

They seek fairer treatment by financial institutions, delivery of rich countries’ long-promised $100 billion a year in climate financing for developing nations, and a global tax on fossil fuels. The AU’s full G20 membership will enable it to represent a continent that’s home to the world’s largest free trade area and abundant resources needed to combat climate change. The African continent has 60% of the world’s renewable energy assets and over 30% of the minerals key to renewable and low-carbon technologies.

African leaders want more industrial development closer to home to benefit their economies. Finding a common position among the AU’s member states, from economic powers to some of the world’s poorest nations, can be challenging, but Africa will need to speak with one voice to influence G20 decision-making. African leaders have shown their willingness to take collective action, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a high-profile G20 member, Africa’s demands will be harder to ignore.

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Forging Strong Bonds: Iran and Zimbabwe Deepen Economic Ties in Raisi’s Africa Tour

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On Thursday, Zimbabwe and Iran signed 12 memorandums of understanding to strengthen their bilateral ties during Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Africa. Raisi had previously visited Kenya and Uganda before meeting with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare. Among the 12 MOUs is a plan to establish a tractor manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe with the help of an Iranian company and a local partner. The two countries also signed agreements for cooperation in energy, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications, as well as research, science, and technology projects.

Mnangagwa expressed his appreciation for investments in several sectors of Zimbabwe’s economy to reporters after the signing ceremony. However, he did not disclose the amount of investment Zimbabwe is expecting from Iran. Raisi mentioned the economic challenges facing Iran and Zimbabwe due to U.S. sanctions but emphasised his country’s efforts to build closer economic ties.

According to Iran’s foreign ministry, trade with Africa is expected to exceed $2 billion this year, but there was no comparison to the previous year’s figures. This African visit is the first by an Iranian leader since 2013, following a visit to three Latin American countries in June, all of which are also affected by U.S. sanctions.

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Breaking News: E-Creator Fraud Ring Leader Apprehended by Police

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police is requesting that individuals who have been deceived by E-Creator, Zhao Jiaotong come forward and report to the nearest police station.

According to police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the kingpin of the E-Creator Ponzi scheme has been arrested on charges of fraud. The suspect is identified as Chinese national Zhao Jiaotong, who is said to be the founder of the notorious platform that has scammed people out of thousands of dollars.

Nyathi stated, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Zhao Jiaotong, 39, in connection with a case of fraud in which unsuspecting members of the public were duped through the E-Creator Ponzi scheme.”

The police are urging anyone who may have fallen victim to E-Creator to report to their nearest police station. Additionally, the public is encouraged to exercise caution and perform thorough research before investing in any Ponzi or pyramid schemes that promise quick returns.

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