The Sunday News
Nontobeko Mlotshwa, Sunday News Reporter
VILLAGERS in Nyabane in Bulilima, Matabeleland South have started mobilising money and resources for the construction of a clinic in the area which is set to be completed by year end and improve health service delivery in the area.
Speaking during a ground breaking ceremony for the clinic project yesterday, Bulilima Member of Parliament who is also Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu said the clinic is set to benefit people in Nyabane and surrounding villages
“This clinic is set to benefit both Nyabane villagers and surrounding villages as this was the hope of our children when they funded this clinic project.
“Our children who funded this project had hoped that before the end of this year there should be a fully functioning clinic in Nyabane and we have hope that before the end of this year there will be fully functioning clinic in this village.”
The project was started by villagers who are now based in South Africa and Botswana working with local people.
Botswana-based chairperson of the clinic project, Mr Meluleki Mhlanga said they started the idea in 2019 with hope that by 2020 there will be a fully functioning clinic in the Nyabane Village.
“The project started in 2019 where we mobilised individuals who are in Botswana and sold them an idea of building a clinic in our village.
“We started by contributing R100 per month as we had already sold the idea to persons in South Africa who also contributed.”
Minister Ndlovu added that Bulilima district was determined in improving their living standards not only by building a clinic but by also building classroom blocks in the villages to improve education in the village.
“Last month the villagers collected money and contributed to Nyabane Primary School block which was done within two weeks,” he said.
Some of the pledges made by locals and those based outside the country towards the project include 105 bags of cement, R2 000 and US$200.