Provision of maternity health care still a concern in Mat South

Pregnant women in Matabeleland South province, especially in rural areas have to endure travelling long distance to the nearest health centre to get maternal health services, a situation that resulted in many giving birth at home without proper delivery services leading to complications and subsequent deaths of both the mother and the child.

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CSO Position paper on ZINWA Directive

FROM: Gwanda Residents Association (GRA)
TO: The Catchment Manager – Rosen
CC: Town Clerk
Gwanda Central MP – Hon Edison Gumbo

Following the directive by Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to install bulk water prepaid meter at the main reservoir with effect from the 7th of October 2016, Gwanda Residents Association (GRA) representatives together with the local CSOs met and resolved to reject the proposal. We strongly subscribe to the International Water Association argument that tabulate access to good, safe and reliable drinking water as one of the basic needs of human society as such we believe this needs an integrated approach and close cooperation of all stakeholders concerned in this case the residents of Gwanda.

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CSOs-Residents petition MP, ZINWA and Mayor

Residents and civil society organisations in Gwanda this afternoon demonstrated against Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) and managed to successfully hand over their petitions to Gwanda Central Legislator, Edison Gumbo, mayor Knowledge Ndhlovu and Town Clerk Priscilla Nkala in their bid to force the national authority out of the town. Another petition was also submitted to Zinwa officials despite the police’s frantic efforts to stop the protesters.

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Young people venture into small scale artisanal mining for survival

This will likely be an election issue in 2018

Small scale mining is a form of low technology mining that is common in developing countries with Zimbabwean increasingly venturing into the sector. In Zimbabwe these miners are popularly known as Makorokoza or Amakorokoza, a term  mostly associated with illegal mining activities and because of that, they are always at loggerheads with the authorities, especially the police.

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