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Wetlands Benefiting Madikane Community

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Midlands Jason Machaya has hailed the Madikane community Wet Land Preservation Project they have embarked on which is reportedly directly bringing benefits to One thousand three hundred and twenty people(1,320) people.

More than 100 000 people in Gweru, Kwekwe, and Bulawayo and as far as Botswana are also indirectly benefiting from the project. This was revealed at the recently held Midlands Province 2014 World Wetlands Day Commemoration at Madikane area under Chief Sogwala.

Addressing the gathering on his behalf Mahlathini who is a senior officer in his office, the Minister of Provincial Affairs said the Madikane community is now a self sustainable owing to the project.

‘’Madikane community’s livelihood has been transformed as they are now self reliant through proper management and sustainable utilisation of the wetland,” said Machaya.

He added:

“They now have continuous supply of food, while others are able to pay school fees for their children from the income generated through marketing horticultural produces from the project.

‘’I want to thank you for championing the Zimbabwe Agenda for Social Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) ,’’ he said.

Machaya urged other communities to emulate what Madikane is doing and raise awairness on the importance of wetlands.

“I urge all Midlands communities to follow such gestures. They must emulate the Madikane wetland utilisation and protection model as a way to fight poverty and hunger,” he said.

He also advised that the Environment Management Act Chapter attracts punishment for those who tamper with the natural resource.

“Tampering with wetlands without following proper procedures attracts a fine not exceeding level eight which is $500 or to imprisonment of not less than two years, ” he said.

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