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Drugs and Alcohol abuse


Limited opportunities and the unavailability of recreational facilities is driving young people to turn to drugs and substance abuse.
In Kingsdale, about 800 metres from where I stay there is a very popular club (747) that is becoming a focal place for young people.
747 has a play centre for children just outside the bar and this makes it hard for the Police to impose restriction on the purchasing and consumption of alcohol by young people.
Children as young as 10 years are buying alcohol illegally at this club and we as adults are concerned about this. The abuse of alcohol by young people is also resulting in some of them engaging in prostitution.
If kids are allowed to consume alcohol, this may lead to numerous other challenges like teenage pregnancies and the spread of HIV.
So to all parents – what are we teaching the kids by taking them to the bar? Some of us parents are to blame for the young people we see smoking mbanje (Marijuana) sitting on bridges or absconding from school.


For 12 years, I worked for a company based in Bulawayo. The company had several other branches across the country.
One day I got some bad news when I was at work. There were reports that the company was going to close down its Bulawayo branch where I was working.
Soon after the reports had started circulating, we got a statement from the company to the effect that the company was going to close the Bulawayo branch, laying off scores of people who were employed there.
I was one of the people affected. As a young man with a young family, the decision was bitter for me. I had looked forward to working in the company for a long time and have the opportunity to raise my family.
Only a few managers were transferred to the headquarters in Harare. The rest of us were told go to Harare to claim our retrenchment packages. This sounded fair enough but I later realized that this was a difficult task. I did not have money for transport, food and accommodation for the trip to Harare to claim my money.
Up to now I have not received any money from the company where I worked for twelve years. The unfortunate part is that there are several other companies that have closed branches in Bulawayo. This has resulted in thousands of young people to be unemployed.
I think that the government should take steps to support companies that have operations in Bulawayo so as to attract other companies to come to Bulawayo.

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