Villagers in parts of Matabeleland South Province have no access to local media, including radio and television stations, and thus lack knowledge on COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.
Bulilima and Mangwe districts, as well as some parts of Plumtree, do not have access to local radio and television stations, forcing villagers to depend on stations from Botswana and South Africa for information.
This was revealed by Fanisani Dube, the Plumtree town council chairperson. He said that as a result, locals are were left out of ongoing awareness campaigns around the outbreak of the global pandemic. Said, Dube:
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Our people are completely out of touch when it comes to national issues.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also exposed us and it’s clear we only get information about the disease from our two neighbouring countries, Botswana and South Africa via their radio stations.
Former Bulilima East legislator Norman Mpofu said It is business as usual in Bulilima and Mangwe districts, with most business centres operational including those deemed non-essential.