zimplats construction.jpgThe government has urged companies operating locally to reach out to communities and initiate developmental programmes to enable them to benefit from the vast resources available in the country.

Addressing villagers and other delegates at a ground breaking ceremony ahead of the construction of a Community Hall by South Mining Company at Madumabisa Village in Hwange, the Governor and Resident Minister for Matabeleland North Province, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu said developmental programmes are essential as they empower local communities economically, mentally and socially.

She also called for investment in education which is an essential tool that is accepted universally for human development, poverty alleviation and economic growth.

“The project is a milestone in the Madumabisa Resettlement Area. This hall will no doubt benefit the local community and the district at large. My office is reliably informed that the company is also going to drill boreholes to get clean water. It is pleasing to learn of these developments for the year 2011,”said Cde Mathuthu.

During the ground breaking ceremony a Toyota Hilux Twin Cab was also donated to Hwange Rural District Council to improve the district`s health and social services, while 600 blankets were donated to the community, Civil Protection Unit and the Governor’s Cheer Fund.

Construction of the hall will start in February and it is expected to be operational by April.

The developments are some of the fruits of the government’s Look East Policy.