Government has paid tribute to the people of Matabeleland South Province for their contribution to national economic development through gold production and diaspora remittances by locals based in South Africa.

This came out during the official opening of a piped water scheme at Makwe Secondary School in Gwanda by the Special Advisor to the President Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa today.

The piped water scheme that was funded by a local gold miner Mr Lungisani Costa Ncube is an example of how the abundance of the resource in the province has not only contributed to the country’s  foreign currency earnings but is helping transform the lives of local communities.

Cde Mutsvangwa said the gold produced in the province as well as remittances from locals based in the South Africa had over the years kept the economy afloat.

Government pledged to support the growth of livestock and citrus production sectors in order to create jobs and turnaround the economy.

The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Cde Abednico Ncube called for continued investment in the education sector while Mr Ncube expressed his commitment to uplift the lives of people in his rural home.

The piped water facility will ease the water problems that Makwe Secondary School was facing and avert diseases as learners and teachers were drawing water from unprotected sources.