Rural communities have been urged to be innovative and to embrace the public private partnerships in accelerating the rural development agenda instead of waiting for government.

The call was made by the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Mirriam Chikukwa at Regina Coeli, in Nyanga district.

Officiating a dip tank project which was constructed by Surrey through community involvement in Kagore area ward nine of Nyanga North constituency, Cde Chikukwa said through forging public private partnerships rural communities can transform the state of under development and address community needs.

She commended Surrey for ploughing back to the community and for coming on board in addressing the plight of villagers who were walking long distances to access the nearest dip tank.

“The development programme is part of the corporate social responsibility programme to plough back to the community we serve,” noted Surrey general manager, Mr Michael Nyamayaro.

The dip tank comes as a relief to people who have been traveling more than ten kilometres to the nearest dip tank.

The project was made possible through community involvement and participation.