Zimbabwe: San people forced to abandon their homes in search of water
About one thousand members of the San community in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, may be forced to abandon their homesteads in the next 5 days and settle in the bush in a quest to access water for both human and animal use.
The Chairperson of the San Community in Tsholotsho, Mr Christopher Dube, has revealed that shortage of water has reached its peak levels in the wards 7, 8 and 10 communities and most members have already made preparations to leave their homes and settle in the banks of Manzamnyama River in search of water.
‘Currently the San people were drinking dirty water from the dams and sharing that water with domestic and wild animals alike. However, due to the continuing drought situation in Matabeleland, the dams we used to rely on are totally dried up and we have no option but to leave our homes and settle in the bush at the banks of Manzamnyama river which is about 20 to 30 km from our homes’ revealed Mr Dube.
‘Unless something is done immediately to drill at least two or three wells, these people have no option but to go to the bush in search for water’ added Mr Davy Ndlovu of the Creative Arts and Educational Development Association, an organization working in the San community.
Though the Matabeleland Region is generally experiencing a drought situation, the situation in the San communities is worsened by the fact that NGOs, local authority and the government have not drilled enough deepwells and boreholes to sustain the communities. The plight of the San has, since Zimbabwean Independence in 1980, been a peripheral issue.
Tsoro-o-tso San Development Trust is working flat out engaging the local authorities, the central government and the international community to get the situation remedied, as abandoning homes will have net effects in the areas of health, education and general security of the San.
For more details and or support contact:
Tsoro-o-tso San Development Trust
Programmes and Advocacy Co-ordinator
Mr. Khumbulani Maphosa
Cell: +263 733 339 033
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