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September 22, 2010
descended upon the small border town of Beitbridge on Monday the
20th of September 2010. Beitbridge border town has 8 wards and meetings
were held in the 8 wards yesterday the 21st of September 2010. It
was interesting to note that there were no Venda booklets on the
COPAC talking points but there were Shona, Ndebele and English booklets.
Most members of the Copac outreach teams seemed perplexed and confused
when Venda speaking participants contributed.
It was very
low compared to other areas. The average attendance of most meetings
held was 45. The only largest number had almost 100 people. It was
business as usual for the Beitbridge residents; foreign currency
dealers were busy doing their job and were not concerned of any
other business except for their money exchanging business.
had the largest attendance of 100 people. Some A 'Level students
from Vhembe high school were among the participants though they
did not contribute anything. The residents for ward 5 agreed on
almost all the talking points. They agreed on dual citizenship,
devolved powers as a system of governance. There were brilliant
contributions on land. They agreed to one man one farm, an audit
to be carried out every five years and they called for an independent
58 people were
at the meeting. Meeting went well without any anomalies. They called
for devolved powers as a system of governance, they also called
for the reserve bank to be the central bank and stop competing with
other smaller commercial banks. They also felt that there is need
for a consultation process when it comes to the national budget.
power was the topical issue. Participants felt that as a town they
have been shortchanged for a long time. They felt that the revenue
that comes in through the border post should benefit the Beitbridge
community and so devolved powers as a system of governance would
help achieve local ownership. 40 people were at the meeting.
40 people attended.
They unanimously called for devolved powers as a system of governance.
Women called for women banks and equal opportunities with that of
their male counterparts. They called for the first past the post
system of elections.
held under a baobab tree at the business centre. 45 people were
at the meeting. This is one venue where the participants spoke in
Venda only, however the outreach team members were speaking in Shona.
They called for a unitary system of governance and they called for
executive powers for the president.
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