Locally supported development in the areas close to Pakati

Buildings repaired

Back in late December 2019 I posted a piece called ‘Area Developments – Projects and Problems’, one part of which reported on high winds oin late November which had caused damage to a Community Hall and the local seed bank in Ward 14 of Murewa District.

Local councillor and friend of the Author, Alderman Israel Maliki, sent me details of how the repairs were arranged, summarised below.

Councillor Maliki & Cbris, September 2019

“I approached the local council – Murewa Rural District Council (MRDC) with the pictures of our storm damaged Community Hall. Fortunately the government, through the Mnistry of Finance, gave councils around the country funds to repair any damaged government and community infrastructure around their area. So we are one of the beneficiaries of that fund, and there are many schools and community buildings repaired so far.

Community Hall repairs going well

School Borehole

Borehole drilling equipment arriving at Chanetsa school

Chanetsa Secondary school (a sister school to Pakati) is a council school, and was built by the council, but due to the drought we couldn’t finish up building work at the school, because there was no water even around the communities, hence I approached the council last year for assistance.

MRDC then aproached the District Development Fund (DDF) who then paid a visit to the school to assess the situation. They found out that water was priority number one otherwise the school could be closed. The DDF had compiled a list of all institutions needing water urgently, and Chanetsa was #1 on the list. DDF had one of their partners EPZ come in and visited Chanetsa, and that partnership -MRDC, DDF and EPZ has done a great job for the school and community.”

EPZ drilling the borehole at Chanetsa

Mapanga school

There have been some good things happening at Mapanga school recently, and two things in particular have come to my attention.

Firstly, it was reported on a Ward 14 Whats App group that well wishers have donated stationery, uniforms, socks and shoes, then paid school fees for 5 learners in both the Primary and Secondary sections of the school.

And secondly, again from Alderman Maliki, the following message appeared courtesy of VaTonatsa Foundation on my time line:

We are happy with progress #MapangaPrimarySchool #ward14murewa . In spite of the hardships progress is being made. New furniture was recently bought for these grade 5 learners. It’s not all doom and gloom. Where our community makes small progress we applaud it because from a trickle comes a huge outpour.

It is a pleasure to report on things going on in areas close to Pakati. There are often crossovers between the communities, and it shows how much activity is happening even in the most trying of times.


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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