BY REX MPHISA
A Beitbridge social soccer club has paid up the electricity for a rural school that had gone for almost three years in the dark after failing to pay it’s bill of more than $50 000.
The team has also partnered with a famous assurance group Nyaradzo on a tree nursery project expected to change the fortunes of the school as well as reforestation programmes of the district and country at large.
The bill broken down into parts by Soccer Sunday Reloaded’s administration saw some of the team’s members making individual contributions of about $20 000 towards the cause which saw the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company switch on the school on Tuesday.
The chairperson of the School Development Committee Tshidaho Ndou said the the team had helped the institution struggling with a lot of issues following Government’s suspension of school fees for the rural schools.
“That team has helped us a lot. We are struggling in a number of areas and that gesture is amazing to say the least. We thank Soccer Sunday Reloaded for their thoughtfulness,” Ndou said in a phone interview Thursday.
“We had nothing and we were stranded and their help came as a total surprise. We had gone for almost three years without power and this is commendable,” he said.
Headmistress of the school Dazzie Sithole said the reconnection of electrical power to the school would go a long way in enhancing the school work.
“We are now connected. Thank you (Soccer Sunday) Reloaded. This is great service to our teaching and learning. Now we are just waiting for kick off,” she said referring to the opening of schools yet to be announced by Government.
Chairman of Soccer Sunday Reloaded Munyaradzi Mufokozana said the gesture was a social responsibility for his 60-member team which was officially invited to use Chamnanga Secondary School grounds as their home ground.
“it is common knowledge that we have been hosted by the school as our home ground for our social interaction through soccer.
“It is top on our priority to see the school running in full capacity as Reloaded family. We want the school to provide quality education and that is possible if they have been capacitated.”
“Our team has some administration committee members dedicated to working with the school and grow our relationship.
“Good things await the school and this relationship will grow immensely with several other projects, some which have already started,” he said.
Soccer Sunday Reloaded has partnered the Beitbridge Branch of Nyaradzo Group for a tree nursery project, he said.
“You will realize that last year we hosted the inaugural Walkathon that was sponsored wholly by Nyaradzo Group and on the same day we marked the National Tree Planting Day at Chamnanga Secondary School.
“That marked the start of a tree nursery and we felt we must power the school borehole to manage the tree nursery,” said Mufokozana.
In December last year Nyaradzo Beitbridge Branch manager Walter Mutero said his company will offer the Form One class lessons on tree husbandry.
“We chose form ones with whom we will have lessons for their four year course hoping after those years children will appreciate the importance of trees.
“We have a nursery at our offices and we will together with Reloaded and the school establish another at the school. The project should supply tree seedlings in this region and that becomes business,” said Mutero.
“We are happy we have a relationship with Reloaded with has shown us a different role of social soccer,” he said.
In the past Reloaded has donated stationery, refuse bins and sanitary pads to benefit the girl child at the rural school.
The soccer team uses the school as it’s home ground.