Zimbabwe Week 16

Bread price shoots to US$2

Mpilo Hospital running without board of directors

Chiredzi South borehole rehabilitation mitigates climate change

Zim's in diaspora should have their rights respected!

Zanu PF MP admits to vote buying

Chinese firm to set up plant for Gwayi-Shangani pipeline

Zimbabwe on course to eradicate malaria

Zimbabwe at 42

CCC sends secretary general Hwende to Independence celebrations

Zanu PF force-marches Bulawayo vendors

WhatsApp ‘communities’ lets users message 1,000s of people at once

Bread price shoots to US$2

A STANDARD loaf of bread now costs more than US$2 after its price shot up by 30% to $345. (AN: Zim$345 = US$2)
This follows an increase in the price of flour seven days ago by 17%. The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) last Thursday increased the prices of maize and wheat by 50% and 17,8%, respectively.

Mpilo Hospital running without board of directors

ONE of Zimbabwe’s major referral hospitals, Mpilo Central Hospitals has been operating without a board of management between March 2019 and December 2020, leading to a possible compromise of service delivery, according to the latest Auditor-General’s report. The health institution reportedly lost close to 300 health workers last year with several of its employees joining the great trek to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. Zimbabwe lost approximately 2 000 health workers in 2021 after the United Kingdom and other Western countries launched a massive recruitment exercise of these professionals to help deal with the pandemic.

Chiredzi South borehole rehabilitation mitigates climate change

For Kokwani Muhlave Chauke (79) of Chishinya Village in Ward 15, Chiredzi South who lives and cares for her disabled daughter Constance (28) and two grandchildren, walking almost 14km to and fro in search of water was hard labour. “My frail body could no longer endure walking the long distance in search of water and yet I had to. No one in my household would be able to do that. My daughter here, is disabled and my grandchildren are too young to walk that distance,” said Kokwani Chauke. Thanks to the rehabilitation of 10 boreholes in wards 13, 14 and 15 that border the Gonarezhou National Park by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) through sponsorship from the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC), Kokwani Chauke will now only walk 900 metres to and from a rehabilitated borehole at Chishinya Secondary School.

Zim's in diaspora should have their rights respected!

There was much excitement in the corridors of power when it became apparent that diaspora remittances into Zimbabwe had surpassed the US$1.4 billion mark in 2021 – virtually meaning that a huge chunk of our country’s economy was being sustained by our relatives and friends who were now living abroad. In celebrating the US$1.4 billion that has been accrued by the country from our diasporans – what is the government doing in ensuring that these same benefactors exercise their right to vote?

Zanu PF MP admits to vote buying

ZVIMBA East legislator Tawanda Tungamirai has admitted vote buying is rampant within the ruling party, where freebies and money exchange hands in return for powerful positions. The lawmaker confessed that he is in the habit of doling out trinkets to the electorate in his rural constituency in exchange for votes.

Chinese firm to set up plant for Gwayi-Shangani pipeline

CHINESE company, China International Water and Electric Corporation, will soon set up a plant in Bulawayo to manufacture pipes for the Gwayi-Shangani Dam pipeline.

Zimbabwe on course to eradicate malaria

Health ministry social behaviour communications officer Fortunate Manjoro said Zimbabwe recorded a 70% reduction in malaria cases in 2021 compared to 2020. “Malaria cases in 2020 were 447 382 compared to 133 134 in 2021 and 12% of the cases in 2021 were for children under five years. Malaria deaths in 2020 were 400 and in 2021 they were 122,” she said.

Zimbabwe at 42

Now 42 years later, that’s quite a long time when you consider that the Rhodesian era only lasted 87 years, what is the score card? But Independence has not been a bed of roses. Zimbabwe at 42 – happy birthday old friend, best wishes, you need them.

CCC sends secretary general Hwende to Independence celebrations

The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) sent its secretary general Charlton Hwende to Independence Day commemorations in Bulawayo on Easter Monday after accepting a government invitation. Hwende sat in a VIP bay together with the leaders of smaller opposition parties.

Zanu PF force-marches Bulawayo vendors

BULAWAYO street vendors yesterday accused Zanu PF of force-marching them to the Independence Day celebrations held at Barbourfields Stadium. “At around 7-8am buses with Zanu PF people came and forced all the vendors to board the buses and go to the stadium. Some, because of fear, boarded the buses,” a vendor said.
https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/zanu-pf-force-marches-bulawayo-vendors/

WhatsApp ‘communities’ lets users message 1,000s of people at once

“Communities” could allow users to send messages to a community of thousands. WhatsApp is testing a new feature called Communities to organize groups in larger structures that could be used by workplaces or schools, the messaging service owned by Meta Platforms said on Thursday.
WhatsApp head Will Cathcart said the feature would bring together groups, which are capped at 256 users, under bigger umbrellas where administrators could send alerts to a community of thousands.

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current projects

Emergency repairs for Chikandakubi
Follow Up Rehabilitation (2)
Rehabilitation in Umguza District
Follow Up Rehabilitation
Rehabilitating 14 boreholes

Past projects

Pilot: 6 boreholes
Hand Washing Project
Light and Safety for Hotel Village
Electricity for Pelandaba Skills Centre
Pilot: Solar Installations for Two Primary Schools

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