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of Umkhankaso Centre on
November 29, 2013
will today on Friday 29 November 2013 be launching the Umkhankaso
Cafe whose main aim is to create space for civic society, community
based organizations, community leaders and activists to access information
and research through an internet cafe.
The Cafe that
will be officially opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship
Councillor Martin Moyo, is also set to be an incubator for other
organizations that need space for growth as well as the melting
point for robust, informed and objective discussions on local and
global issues thus promoting democracy and development in Bulawayo
and Zimbabwe in general.
admin block launch a success
More than 300
villagers yesterday converged at Dambashoko Primary School to witness
the official opening and handover of the school’s administration
block that was constructed by the parents being assisted by the
Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team of the area.
that also coincided with the schools’ annual prize giving
ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour Vice President of the Zimbabwe
National Chamber of Commerce and Community Share Ownership Trust
Board Member Mr. Nqobizitha Sibanda. Also in attendance were Chief
Masuku and the local Member of Parliament Honourable Madodana Sibanda
and the local Councillor. Honourable Sibanda officially opened the
School was constructed in the year 1935 and currently has an enrolment
of 306 students (155 boys and 151 girls). The school also houses
a secondary school initiative since the secondary school is yet
to be constructed.
Masuku pledges support for Dambashoko community
of the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Scheme, Chief Masuku has
pledged to assist the Dambashoko community that has shown willingness
to work hard in developing itself with an amount of about USD10
000, from the scheme.
In a message
passed to the community through the scheme Board Member Mr. Sibanda
during the launch of the Dambashoko Administration Block that was
a purely community initiative, the Chief said the community is hard
working and should be incentivised so that it continues to do more.
He said a proper consultation processes shall be done with the community
to ascertain the needs that the fund will address. However, key
to some of the issues raised by the community during the official
opening ceremony are the needs to electrify the school and furniture
for the newly opened administration block.
When the pledge
is fulfilled it will mark a new turn to development assistance where
communities are incentivised for improving themselves compared to
the rampant trend of awarding those who are not doing anything about
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