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8 Boreholes To Ease Perennial Water Challenges In Zvimba



BY ELVIS DUMBA 

THE water challenges bedevilling villagers of Zvimba Rural District Council Ward 34 are set to ease following the drilling of at least eight boreholes.

Councillor Zieman Mugwagwa is spearheading the mobilisation drive among his community in undertaking developmental projects in the area. 

The ward, which consists of both A1 and A2 farmers in Zvimba South constituency, has managed to sink boreholes in different parts of the ward.  

"We have managed to install boreholes at eight farms as most properties did not have clean water, except for one farm which is Haydock.

"With the support of the community we installed two solar powered boreholes at Plumstead farm with the aid of our local Member of Parliament Phillip Chiyangwa through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF)," said Mugwagwa.

The focus on developmental projects also extends to education.

He added, "The community has also mobilised resources for the establishment of a satellite secondary school at St Andrew's Farm. Students travelled between 10 and 18km to the nearest secondary schools, either in Banket or Trelawney.

Mugwagwa gave credit to some local farmers and traditional leaders for their hands-on approach to community development projects.

He, however, lamented Ward 23 has faced recurring power challenges.

The local councillor blamed the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) for taking long to respond to faults in the area resulting in extended period of blackouts, which he said helps thieves to vandalise electricity cables and transformers in the dark. 

The road network is rehabilitated  after every six months with mainly tobacco farmers contributing resources for road maintenance. 

Currently, the Zvimba community is constructing two classroom blocks at St John's and Haydock Primary Schools, where learners were sheltered under old dilapidated tobacco barns.


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