Anjin gives back to community

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One of the few firms mining diamonds in Chiadzwa, Anjin Investment, has handed over two schools and a clinic to 474 families relocated to pave way for mining operations in the mineral-rich area.

The colourful handover which was witnessed by top government officials, service chiefs and a visiting Chinese delegation led by that countrys Ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang and the local villagers, took place on Tuesday at Arda Transau.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Shunkang said he was happy Chinese investors in Zimbabwe had honoured their promise.

The handover of the school was accompanied by a donation of 100 HP flat-screen computers which the Chinese said will soon be connected to the Internet.

I am very happy with the developments happening in this area. The company has indeed kept its promises that it will provide primary and secondary schools as well as the clinic. Following the handover of the schools, the company has gone a step further in providing 100 computers.

This will bridge the gap between children learning here and those in urban areas. I hope the relationship between Zimbabwe and China becomes stronger and stronger with each passing day, Xin said.

Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa urged the Chiadzwa community to take full advantage of the development.

I hope there will be no difference again between students in rural areas and those in urban areas.

I hope you will utilise the science laboratory school as well so that we have many scientists in this country who will make a difference in science development, Mnangagwa said.

The clinic was furnished with modern equipment and the firm promised to make drugs available.

The handover of the schools came as a relief to hundreds of children who have not been attending school since their relocation.

Others were forced to enrol at schools 20km away from their new homesteads, a difficulty that forced many to drop out altogether.

The villagers also expressed gratitude for the clinic saying life was becoming unbearable without such a strategic facility.

A healthcare centre is a prerequisite for any settlement. All our fears are gone now that we have a clinic, especially for us women who bear the brunt of travelling to Mutare for medication of our children, said one villager, Patience Magora.