ZVISHAVANE – The construction of two staff houses by Zvishavane Community Share Ownership Trust (ZCSOT) at Marira Clinic in Shiku village under Chief Masunda has been greatly welcomed by local people.
ZCSTOS built two six-roomed houses, four pit latrines and erected a 400-metre fencing at a total cost of $30 143.
Headman Siku (Samuel Venge) told TellZim News that he appreciated what ZCSTOS had done at the clinic which is expected to open in early 2019.
“The ground-breaking was done in 2011 and we at first got help from Runde Rural District Council which helped in the construction of t
he clinic. We are pleased ZCSOT has chipped in by building two houses. We are very happy that we got help at such a time like this when the cost of almost everything has doubled.
“Villagers from Shiku travel between seven and 10 kilometres to Lundi Clinic or Dambudzo Clinic so it is really difficult. We hope that will all be a thing of the past when the clinic eventually opens,” said Headman Shiku.
Zvishavane-Runde Ward 4 councillor, Beatrice Mutare thanked the scheme for helping to make the lives of rural people easier.
“The opening of the clinic means a lot to the community. The clinic will make rural life even easier as we will no longer travel long distance for medical attention,” she said.
ZCSOST Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Trust Jinga said the project was conceived following requests from the community.
“Our mandate is to build sustainable livelihoods in Zvishavane through infrastructure and social service development, investment promotion and capacity building. The community proposed the construction of staff houses, toilets and fencing and we responded accordingly,” said Jinga.