Category: Local News

Marondera running dry

Marondera Municipality is left with only one weeks’ supply of water treatment chemicals leaving the town in a danger of running dry and exposing residents to a potential health disaster. Town engineer Christopher Chineka told Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Apolonia Munzverengi who was on a tour of cholera treatment facilities at Marondera Provincial Hospital as well as water and sewer reticulation facilities in the town, that urgent intervention is required to acquire chemicals which they are failing to buy due to foreign currency challenges. “So far we are only left with chemicals enough to last one week as we cannot purchase more chemicals due to shortage of foreign currency,” she said. Cde Munzverengi said there is need for government and council to work together in averting the water crisis which may trigger diseases like cholera. “We need to work together as government and council to ensure that our residents get clean and safe water to avoid diseases like cholera,” she said. Marondera Municipality which is currently drawing the bulk of its water from Wenimbe and Rufaro dams uses an average of 15000 kgs of aluminium sulphate, 1 225 kgs of hydrated lime and 400 kgs of chlorine. The town whose water treatment plant has capacity to produce 13 000 mega litres per day is currently producing 9 000 mega litres of water against a...

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16-year-old boy appeals for assistance

The Gama family in Dete is battling with a life threatening blood disorder known as chronic aplastic anaemia which is troubling their sixteen year old son. The family is now appealing for well-wishers assistance in ensuring that the young man undergo a bone marrow transplantation outside the country. 16 year old Qaphela Gama has never enjoyed life outside hospital after having been diagnosed with aplastic anaemia a life threatening blood disorder that prevents bone marrow from producing red and white blood cells. Qaphela who has since dropped out of school because of the condition has been relying on iron tablets which are only a temporal measure. The family was advised to seek specialist treatment in the form bone marrow transplant. Qaphela’s mother Mrs Betty Gama said they have struggled to raise the required funds for the transplant and are appealing for well-wishers intervention. “We were advised that the child requires bone marrow transplant which is offered in India and because of the cost involved we are unable to get that life-saving treatment,” she said. The Gama family which has to date sold most of their possessions in a bid to ensure that the child gets treatment is not giving up hope and is optimistic that with the help of well-wishers Qaphela will have the life-saving bone marrow transplant. Those willing to contribute towards the bone marrow transplant may contact...

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POTRAZ donates US$65k to charity

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has handed over a donation worth thousands of dollars to two social organisations. The telecommunications watchdog, has made a generous donation worthy US$65 000 to two charity organisations, the Albino Association of Zimbabwe which received US$15 000 and Kidzcan Zimbabwe which also received US$50 000. Speaking to ZBC News after the handover ceremony POTRAZ Acting Director-General Mr Alfres Marisa said the donation is part of the organisation’s social responsibility mandate adding that another donation will soon be handed over towards the cholera cause. The POTRAZ acting director-general said the monies are set aside by the institution to assist vulnerable members of the community in their day to day life. Mr Murisa said the donation was also meant to set an example to other privileged institutions and individuals to follow suit and be an agent of change to someone’s life. The donation was met with emotional gratitude from representatives of the two organisations who could not find the right words to express their appreciation. The handover ceremony was witnessed by government representatives and civic society...

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Shot in the arm for Nyagori Satelite Secondary

School students from Nyagori Satelite Secondary in rural Norton near Sandringham High School have described the construction of a new house and drilling of a school borehole as a milestone development for their school. Nyagori Satelite Secondary School is one of the schools in Zimbabwe still in their infant stage hence it’s still faced with a plethora of challenges. One of the challenges was provision of clean water and accommodation and thanks to the intervention of the area legislator Themba Mliswa, the problem has been halved said Chief Chivero and the children. Acting schools district inspector Mr Emmanuel Kudyarawanza said the school has computers but still needs electricity. Honourable Mliswa said the infrastructure partly financed by the Constituency Development Fund and from his own pocket is progressive for such marginalised areas. “The funding wasn’t enough so I ended up using my personal money so that teachers would have better accommodation but for now it’s being used as a classroom,” he said. Most schools in rural settings are still faced with a number of challenges with school children having to walk long distances to access...

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Transport ministry in overdrive to revive the sector

Newly-appointed Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Cde Joel Biggie Matiza says his ministry is on an overdrive to revive the sector which is a key economic enabler for development and attainment of vision 2030. Minister Matiza said his ministry is working tirelessly with parastatals and stakeholders that fall under his purview to layout the foundation needed to achieve President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 2030 middle invoice economy vision. He said his ministry is currently engaging stakeholders to discuss on the way forward and a grand plan to revive the ailing Air Zimbabwe and the National Railways of Zimbabwe. “This stakeholders...

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