Beitbridge Municipality Apologises For Lack of Welfare Department

BEITBRIDGE Town Clerk Loud Ramagkapola on Saturday apologised profusely to the Beitbridge community for his local authority failure to provide a welfare department despite it’s importance in the local authority at the country’s busiest border post.

Ramagkapola whose Municipality of Beitbridge takes care of a local population of 65 000 people and yet another transient 18 000 daily at peak spoke at was a fund-raising dinner hosted to raise funds for the construction of a house for Mudi waFhulufhelo Safe House.

The organisation, a brain child of social worker Babongile Gora, is a non profit making body created to take care of victims of domestic violence and criminal abuse.

“I regret to say the Municipality of Beitbridge does not have a social welfare department. I am embarrassed as I stand before you. It is something in our constitution.

“We should be having it as a municipality but we do not have a department like that. It is however pleasing to note we have a young woman who has thought of that despite her not reading the Constitution of the country as much as I do.

“She found it in her heart to do that job and it’s amazing. I want to thank her husband for supporting her,” said Ramagkapola.

He said the Gora family filled the gap his local authority’s shortcoming created.

At the moment Mudi wa Pfulufhelo, Venda for “Home of Hope”, Safe Have, is accommodated in rented accommodation.
Plans are to have this home for survivors of all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence founded by the local couple in February 2019 have its own home.

Registered in August of the same year, Mudi waFhulufhelo, formed after the Goras discovered the vacuum in accommodation provision for victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence despite presence of many related service providers in the District.

“There was nowhere for them to stay while they get assisted with their Cases. The centre now provides Safe shelter to the Survivors, Psycho-Social support in the form of Counseling and Therapy as well as training in Income generation projects.

“When they arrive at the Centre; the Survivors are taken to the hospital (Family Support Trust) for medical care, treatment and medical affidavits.

“They are then assisted in reporting their cases to the police if there is a need and also provided with moral support throughout the Court processes.

“In cases involving minors, the Centre works closely with the Department of Social development,’s Tatenda Mufokozana a University of Zimbabwe Social Work court final year student on attachment at the centre tasked with provision of background information to a full house of mostly youth ful ladies who attended the function.

“Apart from direct service to the Survivors, Mudi wa Pfulufhelo Safe Haven provides Basic Counseling, Marital Counseling, Conflict resolution to Walk in clients as well as SGBV Awareness raising in the Community,”

In 2021, the Safe Haven introduced Youth Camps as a way of preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence through teaching the youth ways in which they can prevent SGBV.

Ladies retreats are also in the pipeline for the same purpose while future plans include branching out into a Place of safety for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

The centre however faces a host of challenges including lack of resources including lack of funding despite it operating in one of the key towns of Zimbabwe.

“It sometimes gets overwhelmed by the high number of Survivors received,” said Mufokozana.

MC at Mudi waFhulufhelo famous Harare Prisons dancing pastor Phiri (pictured) appealed to a youthful to buy her a birthday cake during the fund-raising function at Shamba Gardens. Phiri dropped off an official executive car from Victoria Falls to hike to Beitbridge for the function.

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