Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

MORE than eight houses and a block of flats in Tsha­bal­ala sub­urb were de­stroyed by heavy winds that were ac­com­pa­nied by light rains on Satur­day, forc­ing com­mu­nity lead­ers to ap­peal for as­sis­tance.

Tsha­bal­ala Clinic and some shops at Machip­isa shop­ping cen­tre in the same sub­urb were also dam­aged.

Mahlabezulu Pri­mary School in the sub­urb had the roof of one of its blocks blown off.

The Schools’ De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Mr Lawrence Mun­hivi said the com­mit­tee called an emer­gency meet­ing yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

“We’re here at the school for an emer­gency meet­ing af­ter what hap­pened yes­ter­day. We’re try­ing to find out how best we can ad­dress this prob­lem so that the pupils’ learn­ing isn’t dis­rupted,” said Mr Mun­hivi.

The school’s head­mas­ter Mr Har­ri­son Ndlovu said the sit­u­a­tion was wor­ry­ing as Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tions are set to start to­mor­row.

“Some parts of our Grade Seven block have been af­fected and we are very wor­ried be­cause ex­ams are start­ing on Tues­day. This puts us un­der a lot of pres­sure. We’re how­ever grate­ful that this hap­pened on a week­end and no­body was in­jured,” he said.

Some class­room blocks and of­fices also had their roofs blown off at Sizane High School in Pe­land­aba sub­urb.

Bu­l­awayo provin­cial ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Mr Dan Moyo yes­ter­day said he could not com­ment as he had not yet been briefed on the mat­ter.

Tsha­bal­ala Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Mr Methuseli Mpofu ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to as­sist res­i­dents whose houses were dam­aged on Satur­day.

“We’re ap­peal­ing to the cor­po­rate world and every mem­ber of the com­mu­nity to as­sist the af­fected fam­i­lies. This is not only a Tsha­bal­ala mat­ter but we have been in­formed that more places around the city have also been af­fected,” he said.—@andile_ tshuma.

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