• COVID-19 Upends Working Conditions for the Worst in Mining Sector

    Hwange Power Station employees feel the mandatory stay in company site to contain COVID-19 is violation of labour rights. Image by Ngage


    BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    To halt the spread of COVID-19, many companies implemented different strategies including making it mandatory for employees to stay in company sites. However, employees of several companies operating in Hwange feel that the measures leaned more towards violation of labour rights than just containing COVID-19.

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  • Elderly People Silent Victims of COVID-19

    COVID-19 restrictions worsened elderly people's feelings of isolation and neglect by their friends and loved ones in Hwange.


    BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    Elderly people living in care homes feel abandoned by their families and friends. COVID-19 restrictions made the situation even worse. Without support, the situation for many could lead to a total mental breakdown.

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  • COVID-19 Cuts Access to Sexual Reproductive Health Services for Rural Women

    Failure to access sexual reproductive health services during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic led to many unwanted pregnancies. Image by NAWEC


    BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    COVID-19 surfaced as a coterie of challenges for women residing in rural areas. Access to sexual reproductive health services is one of the many challenges they had to deal with in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Vulnerable Children Hardhit by COVID-19

    In Hwange, orphans and children living with disability fell into acute poverty as COVID-19 halted food handouts from well-wishers. Image by Unsplash


    BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    In Hwange, COVID-19 left a trail of damage, but vulnerable children were the most affected.

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  • COVID-19 Lockdowns Spike Teenage Pregnancies

    In Hwange, girls of school going age fell pregnant as a result of idle minds during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Image by Graphic Online


    BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    COVID-19 may be gone but in Hwange, the effects of the extended lockdowns are visible—young girls are now mothers, and school dropouts have spiked.

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  • Mining Companies Accused of Failing to Equip Local Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Hwange hospitals are battling with a lack of resources despite the presence of various mining and safari companies. Image by Unsplash


    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

    Despite wrecking millions from mining, companies operating in Hwange failed to donate substantially to the COVID-19 cause. As a result, local hospitals failed to cope with the pandemic as a result of unavailability of resources.

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  • Life After COVID-19 Lockdowns: Informal Traders Struggling to Recover

    Hwange informal traders struggle to recover post COVID-19 lockdowns. Image by The News Report


    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 4, 2022

    Informal traders who, before the emergence of COVID-19, were able to raise enough cash to feed their families, are struggling to make ends meet. For a majority of them, illegal vending provides temporary relief but isn’t the ultimate solution.

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  • COVID-19 is Almost Gone, But Hwange Health Sector Remains in Tatters

    Hwange's health sector remains in tatters and residents fear two available hospitals could fail to cope with deadly illnesses. Image by HCC


    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 4, 2022

    In Zimbabwe, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need to revamp and build existing and new health facilities. Hwange did not benefit and its health sector remains in tatters, raising fears the small mining town could fail to cope with similar pandemics in future.

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  • Human Rights Abuses Rife During COVID-19 Lockdowns

    Police officers and soldiers manning a road block during the lockdown. Image by Nkosizile Ndlovu


    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 4, 2022

    At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the central government deployed police and soldiers to man check-points on major roads across the country. In most cases, civilians were ill-treated. The State’s proclivity to human rights violations played a significant part.

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