BVC Community Assistance.

BVC, through its hunting operation, Mazunga Safaris, employs in the region of +/- 400 people. The majority of these workers are from the surrounding communities, which is Region 5, and not really suitable for subsistence or cash crop agriculture, but is far more suited to wildlife operations.

As a result of the above, close to $700,000.00 goes back annually into the surrounding communities, through employees sending home monthly earnings.

Other assistance to the communities, from hunting revenue, will be listed below, in the form it takes and not necessarily the exact quantities etc.

–       5 equipped boreholes have been drilled, 1 of which supplies water to Mtetengwe Clinic, which is still in the building stage, and also to the nearby Mtetengwe primary School.

–       BVC has undertaken to build the Mtetengwe Clinic, of which the main building is complete and the 3 staff house at the Clinic site. We are busy putting in the ceilings in the clinic block and then only plumbing and painting remains.

–       A secure engine house was built at the borehole site which houses a BH15S mono pump unit driven by a re-built Lister LT1 engine, also donated by BVC.

–       The pipelines to both the school and the clinic were supplied by BVC as were both the 5000L header tanks and stands, which were erected by BVC staff.

–       2m pig mesh security fencing was supplied to Penemene School to secure their vegetable garden, which supplies the boarding school

–       6 loads of river sand was carted to Jompembi School for their new Blair Toilets

–       5 new ‘bush pumps’ were bought and installed at Penemene, Vumhani and Village 2 & 4 – a drinking trough was also built for the livestock at Village 2

–       Donations of meat to the schools for various sports days and functions is an ongoing exercise in Beit Bridge and Mwenezi districts. The Mazunga Safaris truck has also been used to transport soccer teams etc. for the cluster inter schools competitions

–       1600kg meat is donated each month to the Maranda Trust, which is managed by the 2 Chiefs and local Headmen – the meat is either used for school and community events or sold and the money raised is used for community projects, for example a class room roof was replaced in the Vhongwe area.

–        Various other borehole related equipment was supplied and repairs were carried out at Vhumani, Village 3 and Mtetengwe.

–       2 sets of soccer goal posts and 2 sets of netball hoops were donated to Mgaladhiva School, whilst their soccer field was graded by BVC tractor. 26 bags of cement were donated for repairs to the main school block, as was fencing, in order to keep livestock out.

–       10 Mono shafts were supplied to Botalele (Maranda)  for the Clinic borehole.

–       The monthly meat allocation has also helped in the funding of building 2 new classroom blocks at Mlelezi, and also in the grading of the road from near Towla to the Mlelezi boundary during 2012 and the 18 km stretch from Bubye River to the Bulawayo main road at Makado.

–       A cold room and refrigeration unit was purchased by BVC and fitted at Rutenga butchery as part of an aid programme to get the Mwenezi RDC self funding projects up and running.

–       A Land Cruiser was also donated to the Mwenezi RDC (Rural District Council).

–       A 400m pipeline was laid by BVC staff from Malangani Eastern gate through the fence to supply Nyemani livestock with water, whilst a large drinking trough was also built.

All community aid programs are on going.

We also have established a system with the local Chiefs where anyone who is arrested for subsistence poaching is taken before the Chief’s court and any compensation recovered from the poacher is channeled into the Community Construction Fund. This is working far better than we initially expected and is definitely something that should be encouraged in other areas.

Obviously the more serious commercial poachers, rhino poachers etc, are still dealt with through criminal courts.

K.Leathem

GM BVC