The government has donated various sundries to at Plumtree High School, a COVID-19 isolation centre for over 260 Zimbabweans repatriated from Botswana.
The deportees have been living in squalid and unhygienic conditions at the school, waiting for the lapse of the 21-day lockdown period so that they could travel to their homes.
Mangwe District Development Coordinator Rolisang Makhurane confirmed that the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has donated blankets while the local authority has fixed the water situation. Said Makhurane:
We have received 200 blankets from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Plumtree and 220 from Red Cross. We are also getting more blankets from Zimra Beitbridge.
We have also decongested the members and opened another hostel where we will separate males from females. Our water situation has improved.
The Town Council has repaired or opened the valve that was blocking the water, water is running as I talk. The food is enough for the people and as of yesterday, it was estimated to last until next week.
Minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu who is in charge of Matabeleland South province under the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on COVID-19 and Public Service Minister Paul Mavima who is also a member of the task force visited the school that has been turned into an isolation centre on Saturday.