The Bulawayo Community Gardens - a ZDDT Programme

ZDDT News

Visit a Blessing

28 October, 2016 |

Bulawayo – There was much pomp and ceremony at Emganwini’s newly pegged garden, as DAP (Direct Aid Programme), visited the dusty site adjoining a block of housing.

ZDDT News

Education Drive in Bulawayo’s Community Gardens Continues

27 November, 2014 |

A recent visit, by one of Zimbabwe’s senior agricultural journalists and magazine publisher, Kari Olivey, boosted the hopes of Bulawayo’s community urban farming sector.

ZDDT News

ZDDT’s Exclusive Interview With Bulawayo’s Mayor

12 November, 2014 |

So humble is the Mayor of Bulawayo, Councillor Martin Moyo, that the most senior community father is readily available when contacted by the press and, most importantly, the ratepayers.

ZDDT News

Bulawayo's Community Gardens Boost Economic Activity

10 September, 2014 |

By Chris Tabvura, ZDDT Reporter In a move that Bulawayo’s Ward 27’s community described as a worthy investment, ZDDT’s Pumula South facilitated nutritional garden has become primary source of vegetables for local vendors.

Our Partnership with the Sally Foundation

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ZDDT/ Sally Foundation Cooking Course Ends on a High Note

15 March, 2017 |

The “train the trainers” concept within the a value-addition cooking programme, a partnership between the Zimbabwe Development and Democracy Trust (ZDDT) and Sally Foundation, aimed at adding value to the trust’s various community gardens in the city, has been completed.

ZDDT News

We Did Not Know Anything, But Now We Know – Talita Dlamini

04 March, 2017 |

“We did not know anything, but now we know.” These were the words of Talita Dlamini, 75, of Ward 19 in Old Pumula, when she gave her testimony on the ZDDT/Sally Foundation value-addition cooking programme in which she participated together with other 15 Community Action Team members.

ZDDT News

I Did Not Know I could Save Some Food Stuffs without A Fridge - Judith Dube

10 February, 2017 |

The ZDDT/Sally Foundation value-addition cooking programme has left a lasting impression on the participants who said they have learnt a lot.

Zimbabwe News

Joy for a “Value Addition” Cooking Participant

01 February, 2017 |

Sally Masuku, of Bulawayo’s Old Pumula township, a value addition cooking programme participant, is over the moon after clinching a deal to supply her products to a local college.

Stars of Zimbabwe

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Stars of Zimbabwe: Helping the Needy Has Always Been Within Me – Yona Mpofu

04 March, 2017 |

“Helping the needy, especially orphans and vulnerable members of the community, has always been within me as the chief orphan myself.”

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One on One with the Servant of Bulawayo

23 June, 2014 |

by Chrispen Tabavura, ZDDT Field Correspondent Above: Ald Mabaleka at a ZDDT community graduation ceremony. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Describing Israel Mabaleka’s work and service will need almost three months, and that will not do any justice to readers nor Mr. Mabaleka.

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“Community Before Self” – Polyana Mahlangu

10 April, 2014 |

By Ntando Sibanda - ZDDT Field Reporter Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Born to a Christian family in Ezimnyama (Matabeleland South), in 1926, Mrs Polyanna Mahlangu grew up with a strong sense of family and service to the community.

Stars of Zimbabwe

Denny Munetsi: Gweru's Outstanding Community Member

03 September, 2012 |

Denny spearheads ZDDT's Urban Greening Initiative, The Local authority Capacity Building Programme, Nutritional Gardens and Cleaning and Anti-Litter Campaigns in Gweru.

ZDDT Appeal: Bulawayo youth group looks to boost community by restoring children's playgrounds

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe – A group of young volunteers, working from their small office in Gwabalanda Central, Ward 15, continue to demonstrate their commitment towards improving living conditions in their area.


Cooperating closely with the local Councillor the group has met with reasonable success in their endeavours.

The youngsters, who are members of Creative Community Projects in Zimbabwe (CCPZ), hope to achieve their goals through the restoration of children’s playgrounds that abound in the neighbourhood. There are 32 of these, 5 of which have had work started on them.

All these entertainment zones have fallen into advanced stages of neglect and the equipment is in disrepair or missing. This is due to a decade of serious national economic failure.

Utilising voluntary labour and scarce resources which they were able to scrape together, the determined youths have managed to get the worked grounds graded with the use of Municipality equipment. The next stage, according to CCPZ Chairman Vusa Siziba, is the removal of glass fragments and other harmful obstacles from the graded surfaces. This will be followed by application of top soil and levelling. It is then hoped that playground equipment will be added as resources become available.

Most of these play areas are similar in size, a factor that has allowed the group to opt for a standard design in terms of configuration. Mr. Siziba explained that on completion, each entertainment zone would ideally have a sports area comprising football and netball fields. A basketball court would be added, while adjoining these would be space reserved for drama performances, designed to contribute towards building children into well balanced members of society. Such performances will generally be conducted by the children themselves, but youth and adult teams would also be encouraged to participate. The CCPZ Chairman said that a playground equipped with swings, slides, see-saws and the like would be incorporated into each plan. He added that the entire entertainment zone would have a sports track wrapped around it. This, he pointed out, would add a fitness aspect for beneficiaries.

Speaking about the safety features offered by these plans, Mr. Siziba said; “ The grounds are within close proximity to surrounding houses, but it is intended that beneficiaries will be small children, who will not cause structural damage, such as breaking windows, when kicking balls around. Currently, such offspring endanger their lives by playing in the streets, because proper facilities are not available,” he indicated an area in the road close by, where stones have been fashioned into crude goal posts, and went on to say; “These grounds will ensure a safe, supervised environment for the children concerned.”

In order for the playgrounds to become functional, the important element of water will need to be introduced.

This will call for at least one borehole to be drilled and equipped at each site. In addition there would be need for ablution facilities. The entire area will also have to be secured with an enclosing fence.

Asked how his organisation hoped to get funding for such an ambitious project involving, not just one, but several restored and equipped playgrounds, Mr. Siziba remarked; “While we are not averse to showing gratitude to well meaning donors, it should be remembered that every community can, under normal circumstances, be considered as a reservoir of resources. Our intention is to tap into these through the Community Cohesion Concept, by which the combined skills and resources of a neighbourhood are exploited, to achieve desired results. In this way, communities would have the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of their concerted efforts knowing that they have contributed towards improving living standards.”

The relationship that exists between CCPZ and ZDDT is not merely coincidental. The two were brought together by a shared desire to enhance standards of living through community restoration initiatives. To this end the former trusts its Community Cohesion Concept, while the latter swears by the SEBENZELA / Work for… Programme. Though these initiatives appear to be different in character, the overall objective remains the same –giving dignity back to communities, by encouraging self-reliance and taking ownership over their circumstances.

The noble vision cherished by CCPZT, and those who share such sentiments, has become a reality. However for its successful completion the assistance of well-wishers is necessary. Should you wish to make a contribution for this worthy cause, please use the following contact details.

CCPZ TRUST: Telephone: +263 9 522515. Mobile: +263 713 579 367. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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