• 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

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  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Scourge: In Mat North, Predators Escalate Livestock Losses

    Hwange National Park wildlife location in Zimbabwe, Africa | Wildlife  Worldwide

    Predators such as wolves are giving villagers a torrid time. Photo: Wildlife Worldwide


    In Matetsi, wild animals are interfering with livestock farming. Villagers say their livelihoods are at risk.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 22, 2023

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  • No Water Bucket, No Treatment: The Plight of Patients at Garanyemba Clinic

    Without a bucket of water, expecting mothers are turned away. Photo: AI


    At Garanyemba Clinic, you either bring a bucket of water or don't get treated. The community is searching for a lasting solution.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 18, 2023

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  • Manama Hospital in Dismal State Despite $28M Investment

     Lack of funds stalls renovations at Manama Mission HospitalManama Mission Hospital (File photo)


    Several months after receiving millions of dollars from the central government and independent donors for renovations and upgrades, the hospital remains in a dismal state. The community is seeking answers.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 16, 2023

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  • Teen Pregnancies and STIs A Fresh Headache for Matabeleland

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    Teenage pregnancies and the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections are threatening the social fabric of Matabeleland. Victims blame ignorance.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 12, 2023

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  • Hunting Ban Backtracks Community Development

    A lion roaming in Hwange National Park. Photo by National Geographic 


    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, villagers benefited from the proceeds of hunting which they used to build critical infrastructure such as schools and clinics. With the outbreak of the disease, all that was lost.

    CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 6, 2023

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  • No Shelter to House Homeless Children Amid COVID-19

    COVID-19 induced economic stress is one of the main causes of GBV; leaving many children in Hwange homeless. Image by UNICEF


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

    The COVID-19 pandemic left many children homeless. Most of them left their homes to escape the effects of gender-based violence. Hwange doesn’t have safe homes to house these children.

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  • HIV Patients Struggled to Access Treatment Amidst COVID-19

    During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, some HIV patients defaulted their treatments as they could not access clinics. Image by Unsplash


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

    Faced with challenges to access clinics, some HIV patients defaulted their treatments at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • COVID-19 Ushers in Opportunities for Domestic Tourism

    Residents say the high cost of activities in Victoria Falls deprive them (locals) the opportunity to participate in local tourism.


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

    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria Falls raised much of its revenue from foreign tourism. The dry spell caused by the effects of the pandemic has forced players to reimagine local tourism.

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COVID-19 Strains Local Labour Market Further

 

Companies recruiting in the COVID-19 aftermath prefer people with working experience leaving thousands of people unemployed.


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

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, chances of getting employed were minimal. Now the pandemic has decimated what was left leaving thousands of job seekers hopeless.


HWANGE (The Citizen Bulletin) — The skies are always heavily polluted signalling a functional mining industry. Most of these companies are Chinese owned operating coal mines and coke batteries. Over the years these companies have become a source of employment to both skilled and unskilled workers. Similarly, other local companies have created employment opportunities.

But, post COVID-19, the situation has changed.

Hwange had a high number of unemployed youths prior to the COVID-19 era. When COVID-19 came, those employed were retrenched. Companies recruiting in the COVID-19 aftermath prefer previously retrenched people because of their working experience thus pushing the prospects of the unemployed afar.


“Before COVID-19, at least you would know that you could be selected from dozens of people. But now, the preference is for those with experience. Some have worked in rival companies before. So, they are the employers’ choices.”
Siphiwe Shoko, a job seeker


The COVID-19 pandemic set off an unprecedented shock that transformed the lives and livelihoods of individuals around the coal mining town. Its effects have extended beyond the short term into the medium and long term as well. The severe health impacts have been matched by sharp declines in economic activity and upheavals of labour markets in local companies.

State-imposed lockdowns and firms’ closures have had very significant impacts, with hundreds of workers across many companies experiencing a reduction in, or the complete loss of, their livelihoods. As industries, especially the safaris were forced to cease operations in order to protect the health of workers and promote compliance with mitigation and containment policies. Many safaris companies and some mines adopted widespread job retention schemes.

The Citizen Bulletin gathered that people who were retrenched while in supervisory positions are opting for lower postings as they are desperately looking for jobs post COVID-19.

The pandemic, as well as containment and mitigation measures designed to halt its spread, had a large but heterogeneous impact on the demand for skills. Findings by this publication shows that COVID-19 affected individuals with different levels of educational qualifications and that such effect differed across the companies.


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“Previously, anyone could get a job. Now, the post COVID-19 era needs a lot of skilled personnel and just a few unskilled ones,” says Clayton Mishi, a labour expert.

The COVID-19 crisis has had more adverse impacts on the demand for jobs requiring lower qualifications, but not in all companies. Labour experts say it is important for the central government to support the development of skills that foster individuals’ resilience by meeting the demand from labour markets.


“In the medium run, labour market and social policies will need to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape and policy interventions will need to be adjusted in line with the modern demands in industries. The central government must also address pre-existing structural challenges that have accelerated and become more urgent in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.”
Clayton Mishi, a labour expert


Data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that young people were left unemployed by the pandemic in far greater numbers than adults, with the effects being felt worse in lower income countries.

“Around the world in 2020, youth employment dropped by 8.7%. For adults the fall in employment was less severe, registering at 3.7%. This difference illustrates the extent of the pandemic’s economic consequences for younger people,” says the report.

With lockdown and other containment measures, most notably in the second quarter of 2020, enacted in most countries, local labour experts say the effects of pandemic-induced economic harm were widespread.


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