• 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

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    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

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    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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Teen Pregnancies and STIs A Fresh Headache for Matabeleland

Illustration generated using AI/The Citizen Bulletin


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


GWANDA (The Citizen Bulletin) — At the age of 13, still a very ambitious and stubborn teen, Nanae Dlomo* chose to stay behind in the city with her father after her parents separated.

She did not like the idea of moving back to the village with her mother and her younger siblings. Dlomo’s upbringing had a negative impact on her social life and she ended up getting pregnant at an early age.

“Without a mother, I had no one else to guide me and teach me about sex and contraceptives. I’m in this predicament because of that,” says Dlomo.


Dlomo, just like many other teenage mothers in Gwanda, strongly believes that inadequate information on contraceptives has led to high teenage pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).


Another young woman, Mirriam Ndlovu*, says she got infected with an STI due to inadequate information on how to protect herself.

“If l had known, l would have made informed choices on sexual and reproductive health,” she says. “But I didn’t have enough information then.”

In Matabeleland South, research shows that school children, especially girls, engage in sexual intercourse at an early age. The situation is the same in the northern side of the region.