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by james chipunza | June 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM
my name is james chipunza from zimbabwe.iam doing a chicken project involving about 5ooo chicks
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I wish I could show you
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The astonishing light
Of your own Being!
One day I just woke up to find that there was no water in my home. The tapes were dry and we had not stocked up on the precious commodity.
Even my next door neighbours did not have electricity. This was a big challenge for me. Although I am aware that Bulawayo experiences perennial water challenges, this incident was different because the duration of water cuts had extended beyond the normal.
We did not bath, had no tea and children went to school without having eaten.
Bulawayo Metropolitan province is located in the geographic region 5 of Zimbabwe characterized by long dry spells. However several dams have been constructed to provide water to the city residents. The siting of the dams was not appropriate [eastern side of the city] as the catchment is located on the western side hence very little water goes into the dams while a lot is allowed to run- off
In Kingsadale where I stay, an average of about one in every ten households has no access to water. This is because water is disconnected by the Municipality for non- payment of previous consumption.
This places a big strain on both women and girls who then go out wondering in the streets carrying empty buckets looking for water.
The women will be looking for water pipes that have leaks. From the leaking point, they dig a small pit into which water accumulates. They then scoop the water into their buckets for use back home.
This source of water is unprotected and therefore a health hazard. Dogs, snails, children, careless people and mothers all use the same source and availability of water is not permanent as the Council employees also go around repairing the leaks.
Women in the informal sector are now key breadwinners
There was a time when men were the traditional breadwinners. Today many families are supported by women who are involved in the informal sector due to the massive closure of companies in Bulawayo.
Bulawayo used to boast of being the industrial hub of Zimbabwe. Hundreds of young people would trail from the surrounding rural areas to look for jobs. There were many opportunities and young people always found something to do. Those who were retrenched for one reason or the other always got the compensation.
The story has changed now as big employers like Cold Storage Commission, G & D Shoes, National Railways, Monarch and Triggers, Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO), Textile Mills, Printing Companies and many more have scaled down operations due to the unstable economic environment.
Some have since closed shop or are being manned by skeleton staff who are receiving meager wages not enough to sustain families.
The reason for these closures is caused by lack of working capital, shortage of raw materials, and flight of experienced staff to other countries.
In order to survive, some families supplement by buying vegetables from the market and resale after putting up a small mark – up. The profit realized is not enough to supplement families let alone pay rent, electricity, water, rates, school fees, food etc.
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