RZM Murowa’s operations impacts five communities – Mutambi, Mhototi, Murowa, Indaba and Davira . We work consultatively with our local communities via a five-year Communities Action Plan and our programmes directly benefit and impact close to 50,000 people.
We strongly believe we need the support of communities to operate a successful business. Our sustainable development programmes focus on long term sustainability as compared to short term relief or philanthropy. These programmes are anchored on five impact areas namely education, business development, economic empowerment, community health, agriculture and infrastructure development.
RZM Murowa respects the traditional and cultural values of the community .Through commute rosters and internal codes of conduct we minimise the potential for social and economic fragmentation in these communities. Our employment policies give preference to locals and we are focussed on keeping the local economy secure and strong.
Our communities value the importance of educating their children as a springboard to a better future. From a business perspective, continued investment in education is part of our long-term vision. Over the years, we have built classrooms, supported science departments, renovated and equipped a physics laboratory and also provided supplementary feeding for Primary School learners. Our contribution to an improved learning environment has seen an increase in pass rates in the schools we support.
We continue to donate textbooks to primary and secondary schools in our communities. One of our success stories is the achievement of a 1:1 child to textbook ratio in core subjects at Primary school level. In 2015 the Business launched an Educational Assistance Programme which has seen orphans and vulnerable children attend Primary and Secondary School. Over 100 disadvantaged students benefit from the programme annually.
We donated computers to Baradzanwa Primary School taking the 270 learners and 9 teachers into the digital age. The donation is in alignment to new developments in the educational sector that promote the use of Information Communication Technologies a rarity in rural Zimbabwe.
RZM Murowa has done much to improve health in its communities over the years. Our activities include the provision of infrastructure to improve access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities. It also includes building clinics, assisting in the development of hospitals and facilitating funding for a medical doctor to attend at community clinics once every two weeks.
The Mutambi clinic is a health facility built by RZM Murowa and is now used as a referral centre by other clinics. The clinic was 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. RZM Murowa has completely refurbished Murowa health centre providing electricity, equipment, plumbing and supplies. To augment our contribution to ensuring our communities remain healthy we provide drugs for the clinic.
The youth continually face various challenges including dealing with the impacts of HIV and AIDS. To further strengthen the focus on youth awareness Murowa has provided multimedia equipment to the Murowa Youth Centre.
Infrastructural development programs:
Investing in community infrastructure has always been second nature for Murowa Diamonds. Our efforts to date include partnering with local and national government in the maintenance of community and urban roads.
Other infrastructure development initiatives undertaken include the electrification of health centres and schools, water reticulation, bridge and road construction of the factory shell infrastructure.
In 2016 we handed over Jimu Bridge to the community and a year later completed the construction of Mhike Pipe Drift Bridge across the Muchekwachekwa River. Both projects created the much needed employment for over 150 members from the surrounding community. The bridges enable safer passage and access for not only ourselves but for students and community members during rainy season.
The dry, harsh weather conditions in our communities has resulted in the Company paying particular attention to food security programmes. An agricultural training programme has been conducted in partnership between RZM Murowa , the community and the Agricultural Technical and Extension Services Department (AGRITEX). To date close to 3,000 community members have received training in order to ensure food security.
It complements other investments, such as micro-irrigation schemes, crop production, epi-culture, livestock enhancement and dip tank construction. In 2014, we launched the small grains program- the sorghum and finger millet / rapoko project which is benefitting farming yeild
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 over 1,500 farmers with an expected averaging yield of 3.6 tonnes per hectare. To ensure sustainability of the project, the host farmers are required to pass on 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 boreholes and has provided water to schools, clinics and other amenities. Under the community micro-irrigation programme, RZM Murowa has been able to source additional water sources with systems designed to minimize water waste. The supply of water facilitates flourishing market gardens and crop production in our communities.
Local economic development
RZM Murowa believes 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.
We are also very active in supporting entrepreneurs with business training and business incubation programmes. Developing small businesses is what will drive the economy of the future. Equipping these ventures with skills they need for their continued growth and survival will do much to create employment and ensure the sustainability of the region.
RZM Murowa actively favours local employment contributing to the welfare of communities. Our pool for local employment mirrors our community footprint and covers four wards in Mazvihwa and Chivi Ward 14. Over the years well over 3,000 people have been direct beneficiaries of our local employment programme. This policy has seen the rapid transfer of skills into our communities, enabling new businesses and other initiatives.
Our Innovative and a practical approach sets us apart and we deliver numerous projects that are aligned to the country’s socio-economic development blueprint and in line with the sustainable development goals.