The Chegutu Rural District Council (RDC) is set to improve service delivery following the handover of roads equipment and an ambulance to the local authority.

The equipment comprises of a tractor and a tow grader which will be used to maintain the mainly dusty road network in areas under the purview of Chegutu RDC.

The local authority also received a fully equipped ambulance in the form of a Toyota Land Cruiser, all provided by Zimplats under a public private partnership arrangement.

Chegutu RDC Human Resources and Administration Manager, Mr Admire Machingura said the machinery will significantly improve health care provision and the upgrading of roads.

“The ambulance is fully equipped. The intention is to reach areas with no clinics where people travel up to 15km to the nearest clinic,” he said.

Zimplats Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Busi Chindove said the gesture was in response to pleas for equipment and the ambulance.

“We were informed that you needed to have roads upgraded and improve health care services, hence this provision of the equipment and ambulance,” she said.

Mashonaland West Minister of State, Cde Mary Mliswa challenged other mining firms in the province to replicate the mining giant’s gesture.

“We urge other mining companies in the province to help communities within which they are operating,” she said.

The handover ceremony of the machinery was also witnesses by Mhondoro Mubaira legislator, Cde Fred Kapuya and his Chegutu West counterpart, Cde Dexter Nduna and some traditional leaders from Mhondoro.