Gwanda Fam­ily Day com­mem­o­ra­tions can­celled

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Correspondent

THE In­ter­na­tional Ru­ral Women and Fam­ily Day com­mem­o­ra­tions slated for Gwanda to­mor­row have been post­poned to Novem­ber 9.

The First Lady, Dr Grace Mu­gabe, who was sup­posed to be the guest of hon­our, will be in Harare with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to re­ceive South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma who is com­ing to Zim­babwe for a State visit to­mor­row.

Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Ms Mer­jury Sikhundla, an­nounced the post­pone­ment at a meet­ing to eval­u­ate prepa­ra­tions for the event yes­ter­day.

“The event has been post­poned to Novem­ber 9. Our guest of hon­our, First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe will com­mit­ted on this day hence we de­cided to push the day for­ward to al­low her time to be with us,” said Mrs Sikhundla.

The Gwanda com­mem­o­ra­tions will be held un­der the theme, “Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment for Ru­ral Women through Min­ing Ac­tiv­i­ties for a Healthy Fam­ily”.

On the day, Dr Mu­gabe is also ex­pected to com­mis­sion a women’s Stamp Mill in Colleen Bawn which the govern­ment erected through its fund­ing part­ner UNDP.

The Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe started the project but did not fin­ish it.

The Min­istry of Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment took over to com­ple­tion.

In 2007, women min­ers re­ceived sup­port from the RBZ in the form of in­fra­struc­ture and fenc­ing at des­ig­nated sites.

The site in Gwanda was de­vel­oped into a ser­vice cen­tre where women would be pro­vided with min­ing ser­vices. —@richardmuponde.

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