Child Labour Spiked During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic many children were involved in child labour in the mining town. Image by CAWI


BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | NOV 2, 2022

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children were forced to abandon school to do menial jobs to earn a living. Local companies and individuals took advantage of the situation, hiring children as employees against the country’s statutes.

Child Marriages: Another Setback For Development In Mat North

Child marriage remains a huge challenge in Mat North, Zimbabwe. Image by UNICEF


BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | MAR 19, 2021

Social-economic development is lagging in Matabeleland North province. A situation attributed to the marginalisation of the region. However, the increase in child marriages poses a new threat.

Climate Change Worsens COVID-19 Effects

COVID-19 induced lockdowns exposed Hwange villagers to the virus as they had to walk long distances in search of food. Image by Shutterstock


BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 3, 2022

In Hwange, villagers had to leave their homes in search of food and temporary jobs to feed their families despite lockdown restrictions. They blame climate change for worsening the situation.

Community Advocates Help Dozens of Marginalized Youths Enroll for Nursing

To debunk myths that in Matabeleland there are no qualified youths, community advocates help dozens of youths enroll for nursing. Image by NewZimbabwe


With over 500 applicants from Matabeleland already assisted, they are working to improve their initiative.

BY DIVINE DUBE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 27, 2023

COVID-19 a Blessing in Disguise for Emerging Entrepreneurs

COVID-19 was a blessing to a majority of emerging entrepreneurs in Hwange whose backyard shops are still operational to date. Image by StartupBiz


BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | NOV 2, 2022

For a majority of emerging entrepreneurs, the COVID-19 pandemic was nothing short of a blessing as many of them took advantage of the failure of established traders to provide goods on demand thereby establishing their own thriving small business which are in operation to date.

COVID-19 Cuts Access to Sexual Reproductive Health Services for Rural Women

Failure to access sexual reproductive health services during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic led to many unwanted pregnancies. Image by NAWEC


BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

COVID-19 surfaced as a coterie of challenges for women residing in rural areas. Access to sexual reproductive health services is one of the many challenges they had to deal with in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 is Almost Gone, But Hwange Health Sector Remains in Tatters

Hwange's health sector remains in tatters and residents fear two available hospitals could fail to cope with deadly illnesses. Image by HCC


BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 4, 2022

In Zimbabwe, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need to revamp and build existing and new health facilities. Hwange did not benefit and its health sector remains in tatters, raising fears the small mining town could fail to cope with similar pandemics in future.

COVID-19 Lockdowns Spike Teenage Pregnancies

In Hwange, girls of school going age fell pregnant as a result of idle minds during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Image by Graphic Online


BY LETHOKUHLE NKOMO | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | OCT 5, 2022

COVID-19 may be gone but in Hwange, the effects of the extended lockdowns are visible—young girls are now mothers, and school dropouts have spiked.