The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tuesday, Au­gust 2, 1966 — Ex­pen­di­ture of £1 600 000 on wa­ter schemes had been rec­om­mended by the Mata­bele­land De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil in the past 12 months, said Mr Cyril Tar­gett, chair­man of the coun­cil, when he ad­dressed the Beit­bridge rail link com­mis­sion in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

Mr Tar­gett said that the coun­cil had been al­lo­cated £3 000 000 for the de­vel­op­ment of the wa­ter re­sources of Mata­bele­land over a pe­riod of three years.

Part of the money was be­ing, and would be, spent on the area that could well be served by a rail­way line from Beit­bridge to West Ni­chol­son.

The coun­cil had un­der ex­am­i­na­tion 17 ma­jor dam sites and dealt with 50 mi­nor schemes. One of the projects was the Oak­ley Block dam south of West Ni­chol­son on the Umz­ing­wane River which would ir­ri­gate 10 000 acres.

He said the pro­posed Tuli Gorge dam would also ir­ri­gate some 6 000 acres. There was another scheme for the sup­ply of wa­ter from the Si­lal­abuhwa dam which was un­der con­struc­tion and this could pro­vide fur­ther ir­ri­ga­tion for some 20 or 30 ranches to the south of the dam.

Asked by Dr D Marais, a mem­ber of the com­mis­sion, about pri­or­i­ties, Mr Tar­gett said that the area south of Bu­l­awayo had suf­fered from se­vere drought.

There had been mass im­mi­gra­tion of cat­tle which had run onto mil­lions of pounds in wastage and dy­ing an­i­mals.

The peo­ple had also been down to star­va­tion level. Pri­or­i­ties had been taken into ac­count but the pol­icy had been “first things first”, said Mr Tar­gett.

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