With the corona virus taking centre stage worldwide, many families are faced with challenges of fending for their loved ones.
Councillor Tawanda Ruzive has come to the aid of the elderly in Ward 6 community of Bulawayo. By donating 80 bags of mealie meal to the elderly. Ward 6 community constitutes West Somerton, Newton West, Montrose, Southworld, Barham Green and Sidojiwe neighbourhoods.
The senior citizens were selected through a program conducted by the chairpersons representing the seven suburbs of the ward.
The donation comes at a time when many residents in Ward 6 community are finding it hard to buy basic commodities from retail outlets.
Many residents are now buying sugar and mealie meal from the black market, with a 10kg bag of mealie meal costing R100.
In his address cllr Ruzive said,
“The lockdown has made life difficult for everyone, we are facing price escalations on all basic commodities; this donation aims at helping all residents of ward 6.
We are not targeting the elderly only but all vulnerable residents in Ward 6 community should benefit from the program.
This is the time we should show oneness amongst each other, lets us love one another as residents, as the word in the bible teaches us “said Cllr Ruzive
With shortages of subsidised mealie meal, we are lucky to have found a donor by the name of Easter who is based in the United States, she has donated 80 bags of mealie meal to the community and for now we have selected the elderly as the first recipients in this program. The program will continue to assist vulnerable members in the community.” said Cllr Ruzive.
One of the beneficiaries Mrs Chirowodza said,
“We are very grateful for this good gesture as many families are facing difficult times because of the mealie meal shortages.We hope that this program will continue, many of our elderly people still need assistance, not forgetting the disabled and child headed families in the community “.