Our Sustainable development
Murowa Diamonds has taken a hands-on approach to building capacity in local communities, by committing to a range of sustainable development programmes ranging from education, health, agriculture and business development.
Our communities value the importance of educating their children as a springboard to a better future, and from a business perspective, continued investment in education is part of our long-term vision.
Over the years, we have built numerous classrooms, supported science departments, and renovated and equipped a physics laboratory. We continue to donate thousands of textbooks to primary and secondary schools in our communities. We have helped renovate and furnish a science laboratory at Victoria High School in Masvingo. The school is set to be a centre of excellence under the Teach Zimbabwe project. Deserving pupils from our communities will obtain bursaries to the school.
The business has launched an Educational Assistance Programme which has seen orphans and vulnerable children attend Primary and Secondary School.
Our contribution to an improved learning environment has seen an increase in pass rates in the schools we support.
Murowa Diamonds has done much to improve health and sanitation in our communities over the years. Our activities now include the provision of infrastructure to improve access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities.
Murowa Diamonds has also built a new clinic in the Mutambi ward, which is used as a referral centre by other clinics in our communities. At the Mutambi clinic we fully equipped, electrified with a solar system as back-up and supplied water. We assisted in the completion of a new maternity waiting room and supplied water to the building. We also completely refurbished another local health centre at Murowa providing electricity, equipment, plumbing and supplies. We also facilitate funding for a medical doctor to attend community clinics every two weeks.
Dry, harsh weather conditions result in the company paying particular attention at community level to food security programmes. This includes animal husbandry projects and an agricultural training programme that is being rolled out in our communities. The programme is a partnership between Murowa Diamonds, the community and the Agricultural Research and Extension Services department (AGRITEX) .It complements other investments, such as micro-irrigation schemes, crop production, epi-culture, livestock enhancement and dip tank construction. To date close to 3,000 community members have received training.
'In order to address food security issues in our communities we launched the Rapoko a small grains finger millet or Rapoko (as it commonly called in Zimbabwe) project which is benefiting the drought prone communities. Government agricultural agency Agritex provided technology transfer and capacity building to the small holder host farmers whilst Murowa provided funding for the whole project. The programme is currently benefiting 400 farmers with an expected yield of 360,000 kilograms .To ensure sustainability of the project, the host farmers will be required to return to the seed bank twice the amount of seed originally issued for subsequent redistribution to new project host farmers
Water is a precious resource for local farming families, especially in the arid climate experienced in our area. Communities need clean water for drinking, sanitation and other essential needs such as developing micro-irrigation projects.
The company has constructed and rehabilitated numerous boreholes and has provided water to schools, clinics and other amenities. Under the community micro-irrigation programme, Murowa Diamonds has been able to source additional water sources with systems designed to minimise water waste. The supply of water facilitates flourishing market gardens and crop production in our communities.
Local economic development
We believe that helping local people to develop their own businesses is a very practical way of driving long-term employment and sustainability. We pay particular attention to local employment and procurement, capacity building, skills transfer and the formation of small to medium businesses.
The injection of skills and financial resources in business development by Murowa Diamonds over the years has created many small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These SMEs now represent a source of livelihood for numerous households. We have awarded contracts to these SMEs and other local companies and in excess of 50 per cent of our goods and services are procured locally.
Murowa Diamond's actively favours local employment. Our pool for local employment mirrors our community footprint and covers five wards in Mazvhiwa and Chivi, namely Indaba, Mhototi, Mutambi, Murowa and Chivi ward 14. Over the past four years well over 2,500 people have been direct beneficiaries of our local employment programme contributing to the economies of our neighbouring communities. The local employment policy has seen the rapid transfer of skills into our communities, enabling new businesses and other initiatives.