BULAWAYO, Tuesday, November 29, 1966 — Residents of Mzilikazi’s “G’ Square, who complain of inadequate sanitation and water facilities, will not be provided more facilities.
A spokesman for the Bulawayo City Council’s Housing and Amenities Department said there were no plans for building individual lavatories and providing water taps, which are being demanded by the residents.
The spokesman, who admitted that some complaints had been lodged “by some of the residents did not elaborate on the fact that similar facilities have been provided for residents of neighbouring “F” Square.
In “G” Square more than 200 barrack type family units surround a courtyard. In the courtyard are two communal lavatories and two water taps. One tap is a few yards from the lavatories. This, they said, made it difficult for Council employees to keep them clean.
A woman whose house faces Taylor Avenue, the village’s main thoroughfare, said the matter had often been raised with the Advisory Board before it was disbanded, but nothing had been done. “When F Square was provided with individual taps and lavatories, we also expected to get them”, she said.
A man said his family house was so small that the family had built a shelter to use as a kitchen. This was one of the many families with similar shacks outside. Some families said, however, that they were there by choice because of low rent.
Meanwhile, Miss Christina Mringa, of 75 “L” Square, Mzilikazi, died at Mpilo Hospital, Bulawayo, yesterday from injuries she received when she was in collision with a vehicle driven by Mr Reuben Mapungwana, of Gwelo. The accident occurred on the Falls Road on Friday.
A three-year-old African boy, Vusumusi Nyoni, of 38, “K” Square, Mzilikazi is seriously ill at Mpilo after being involved in a hit and run accident near MacDonald Hall on Sunday afternoon. The boy has a fractured skull and leg.