• Matjinge Clinic Opens Doors to Better Care for Women

    The opening of Gambu rural health centre brings to an end pregnant women's suffering in getting proper health services in Bulilima district.


    The official opening of Gambu Clinic has lightened the load for villagers who had to walk up to 20 kilometres to access nearest health facility.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Remaining Green Amidst of Environmental Threats in Matabeleland

    Hwange's environmental hazards caused by widespread mining are proving a threat to the region’s green economy. Image by iStock


    After years of intact environment and unspoiled natural resources in Matabeleland, the region needs measures to remain green as human induced threats pose serious threats to biodiversity.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Hwange Residents Increasingly Bear Brunt of Climate Change

    In Hwange, climate experts forecast less rainfall and increasing rainfall unpredictability resulting in recurrent droughts. Image by AdobeStock


    In Hwange, the environmental, human, economic and social costs of climate change are increasingly becoming more clear—negative developments that require urgent action.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 30, 2023

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  • Community Advocates Help Dozens of Marginalized Youths Enroll for Nursing

    To debunk myths that in Matabeleland there are no qualified youths, community advocates help dozens of youths enroll for nursing. Image by NewZimbabwe


    With over 500 applicants from Matabeleland already assisted, they are working to improve their initiative.

    BY DIVINE DUBE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 27, 2023

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  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Scourge: In Mat North, Predators Escalate Livestock Losses

    Hwange National Park wildlife location in Zimbabwe, Africa | Wildlife  Worldwide

    Predators such as wolves are giving villagers a torrid time. Photo: Wildlife Worldwide


    In Matetsi, wild animals are interfering with livestock farming. Villagers say their livelihoods are at risk.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 22, 2023

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  • No Water Bucket, No Treatment: The Plight of Patients at Garanyemba Clinic

    Without a bucket of water, expecting mothers are turned away. Photo: AI


    At Garanyemba Clinic, you either bring a bucket of water or don't get treated. The community is searching for a lasting solution.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 18, 2023

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  • Manama Hospital in Dismal State Despite $28M Investment

     Lack of funds stalls renovations at Manama Mission HospitalManama Mission Hospital (File photo)


    Several months after receiving millions of dollars from the central government and independent donors for renovations and upgrades, the hospital remains in a dismal state. The community is seeking answers.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 16, 2023

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  • Teen Pregnancies and STIs A Fresh Headache for Matabeleland

    Illustration generated using AI/The Citizen Bulletin


    Teenage pregnancies and the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections are threatening the social fabric of Matabeleland. Victims blame ignorance.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 12, 2023

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  • Hunting Ban Backtracks Community Development

    A lion roaming in Hwange National Park. Photo by National Geographic 


    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, villagers benefited from the proceeds of hunting which they used to build critical infrastructure such as schools and clinics. With the outbreak of the disease, all that was lost.

    CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 6, 2023

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Child Labour Spiked During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic many children were involved in child labour in the mining town. Image by CAWI


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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children were forced to abandon school to do menial jobs to earn a living. Local companies and individuals took advantage of the situation, hiring children as employees against the country’s statutes.


HWANGE (The Citizen Bulletin) — Busani Moyo (17) (not real name) is trying to balance education and income generation activities. But, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was involved in money seeking schemes, rubble-loading being one of the dozen part time jobs he did.

Busani says he struggled to balance school livelihoods.


“When schools closed in 2020, I started going to the truck stop to load and do other piece jobs there. It was little money but seems to sustain my needs. My father was retrenched during the same period and my mother is a vendor. I tried to help.”
Busani Moyo, during an interview after sitting for his Mathematics paper 2


Busani goes to the truck stop or nearby mining companies for loading and piece jobs every weekend. He is not alone. Many children in the mining town were involved in child labour at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite calls from residents on the use of under age children as employees, especially by Chinese companies, authorities have turned a blind eye.

COVID-19 and climate change induced poverty among families have been pointed as push factors for child labour. The scourge is affecting both sex.

“Boys are usually involved in manual and labour intensive jobs while the majority of girls are hired as house maids or child minders. A child involved in this set up of employment hardly concentrates on educational studies. Hardly performs well,” says Amanda Mwanza, a resident.

Onita Sibanda, a child rights activist says, almost all the young boys she had met have a similar story and painful experiences.

“At the truck stop, these children are initiated into drugs like marijuana and alcohol. I have met many of them and they are losing hope. It is a call for parents and relevant stakeholders to help them,” Sibanda says.