Masiyiwa To Drill Boreholes, Offer Loans To Small Businesses In Cyclone-Hit Areas

STRIVE Masiyiwa has announced that he will ensure that boreholes are drilled in the cyclone-hit eastern highlands, with 50 of those boreholes set to be drilled in the next two weeks.

He has also committed to build houses and provide cheap loans to small businesses in the same areas so that people can quickly get back on their feet.

Announcing his plans, Masiyiwa said: “Our plans are well advanced and include: Fund and support a community clean up of dead livestock and animals. Dead animals must be removed and destroyed to avoid disease. We will also clean up debris from the storm. We will do exactly what we did in the area where there was a cholera pandemic. We will pay young people to form groups that clean up the area of rocks, and debris.”

“Re-booting affected livelihoods will go on for the next 12 months. We will join hands with others to build homes, and provide shelter. We will drill boreholes [50 in the next two weeks alone!]. We will provide loans to small businesses so they can get back on their feet. We will rebuild schools and help get kids back to school. We will participate in cash payments for affected families. We are working with donors to ensure that every affected family gets s monthly income until the next harvest. This has already began to happen,” Masiyiwa said.

He also indicated that during the rescue stage of the efforts, his organisations that include Econet and Steward Bank had provided fuel for helicopters hired to conduct search and rescue operations, including Zimbabwe Air Force choppers. Econet also provided drones and sniffer dogs to help with the search and rescue, he said.

“We flew helicopter missions to every corner of the area. We actually delivered over 150 tonnes by helicopter for two straight weeks, spending over US$100,000 per day in fuel alone. This as we pushed on the ground with trucks to areas we could reach.

“We financed the bulldozers to clear roads and got private contractors to work round the clock. They cleared rocks on roads and fixed roads working under the government and army.

“We delivered over 100 coffins, sniffer dogs, drones, and boats and canoes to search rivers  for victims. We are even using our data bases to help identify people washed away into Mozambique,” Masiyiwa revealed in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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