The goodwill gesture by the First Lady Umama Auxilia Mnangagwa to the Cabatsha community in Bulawayo by drilling and fitting a borehole with a hand pump to provide water has been officially handed over to the beneficiaries.
The Cabatsha community is located at Mvutshwa farm near Trenance and is a humble settlement of former farm workers.
The place has no proper sanitary facilities and depends on the Bulawayo City Council for the precious liquid through a water-bourse.
The place has an unplanned settlement with poor roads and could easily pass as a squatter camp and has been in existence for over 25 years.
The place was once handed over to youths for development as a dormitory town but up to now nothing has happened.
In her address during the handover of the borehole, Bulawayo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Senator Angeline Masuku said there is need to regularise the settlement and come up with a proper plan to ensure that the community is provided for in terms of services.
“The settlement must be regularised and I will work with the local authority to make sure that water and sanitation is put in place so that this community feels the warmth of being a part of Bulawayo,” she said.
She thanked the First Lady for her motherly love in supporting the vulnerable community of Cabatsha which also has an elderly population that needs government support.