Communities exercise self-governance in the face of Covid-19

by Dumisani Ncube Rural communities in Matabeleland have taken it upon themselves to curb the increase in imported cases arising from illegal returnees. The issue of border jumpers making illegal entry into the country without undergoing screening and testing has been a cause of concern in recent weeks. Habakkuk Trust…

Community strategies to reduce spread of Covid-19

by Blondie Ndebele Mbuya village in Matobo Ward 19 recently convened a meeting to discuss community strategies of preventing the spread of the novel Coronavirus in their community. The decision to have local Covid-19 preventative measures comes at a time when the country is experiencing a surge in local transmissions…

Illegal returnees to fuel local transmissions

by Blondie Ndebele Communities living along the Zimbabwe-Botswana boundary line are living in fear of the implosion of the novel Coronavirus as the number of illegal returnees in those areas continues to increase. The illegal entry points in Matobo and Bulilima Districts may result in the unchecked community spread of…

Fear grips community as COVID-19 cases increase

by Blondie Ndebele Fears of the community spread of Covid-19 have gripped Insiza District after two returnees who tested positive for the virus have reportedly escaped from the quarantine centre. Reports indicate that the two, who escaped on Sunday night, were spotted at local bars on Monday before they suddenly disappeared…

Transport woes give rise to pirating in Filabusi

The government ban of public transport vehicles to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus has given rise to pirate taxes in Filabusi Centre.  ZUPCO buses and kombis remain the only allowed mode of transportation. These buses go through fumigation process at least twice a day, passengers are sanitised at…

Small scale miners struggling to adhere to COVID-19 regulations

Some small scale mining companies are seemingly struggling to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions at a time when positive cases are on the rise. These revelations came after a snap survey conducted by Habakkuk Trust in Bubi and Umzingwane Districts to ascertain COVID-19 compliance in the sector. Habakkuk Trust has noted…

Justice in traditional courts put on hold

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed the justice system in limbo as traditional courts remain closed in response to the global pandemic. Traditional leaders play a key role in dispute resolution and enabling access to justice for rural communities.  Traditional leaders who spoke to Habakkuk Trust recently said they have been postponing…

Villagers stranded with medication

Antiretroviral drugs are reportedly piling up in rural areas as parents are failing to send the critical drugs to their children and grandchildren in neighbouring South Africa and Botswana due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  ARVs are used in combating HIV and AIDS by reducing multiplication virus thereby managing the viral load…

Rural communities struggle to adhere to lockdown funeral limits

COVID-19 has brought significant changes in the culture and lifestyle of rural communities. The pandemic has changed the way in which people mourn and bury their loved ones as only a limited number is allowed to attend funerals.  The regulations put in place to curb the spread of the virus…

Illegal entry points a cause for concern

Illegal entry points along the Zimbabwe-Botswana Boundary line in Bulilima may result in the unchecked community spread of Covid-19. Villagers who are engaged in menial jobs as maids and herd boys in villages in the neighbouring country are reportedly trickling back through these points.  Villagers in Bulilima Ward 10 have…