Zimbabwe: Gweru property developer helps flood victims
Residents of Woodlands have praised property developer River Valley for providing the Vungu Rural District Council with equipment which has been used to alleviate the flooding problem that has plagued the area since the onset of the rainy season.
River Valley is the developer of Woodlands Phase 1.
The property developer handed over the project to Gweru Town Council and Vungu Rural District Council in 2013. The services are now under the responsibility of the two local authorities.
Forested phases 1 and 2 were affected by flooding at the start of the rainy season in early January. Residents blamed road contractors hired by the Rural District Council for creating new drainage systems that diverted water, causing flooding.
In addition to flooded houses, destruction of furniture and foodstuffs, motorists were also prevented from crossing the area.
Despite the flooding, River Valley helped local municipalities by deploying its equipment to clean up and create new drainage systems ahead of the rainy season. But the diversion of drainage routes by contractors led to the flooding of Woodlands Phase 2.
River Valley Properties responded to the flood, clearing blocked drainage routes and providing supplies to flood victims.
Raymond Ndlovu, a Woodlands Phase 1 resident, praised River Valley for their intervention.
“The drains have been cleared and the flooding issue has been resolved. We would like to thank River Valley owner Smelly Dube for all of her efforts, from helping hungry families with food to cleaning up sewers. . May the Lord bless her,” Ndlovu said. .
Another resident, Spiwe Nyandoro added: “We are lucky to have a promoter like Mai Dube. She is always there to help us. flood.”
River Valley deployed equipment including a TLB front end loader, dump trucks, grader and manpower, while Vungu council provided dump trucks with gravel. Dube was on site monitoring the work throughout the rehabilitation period.
Dube said the intervention was part of his company’s social responsibility.
“We are always happy to help communities that are in need,” Dube said.
River Valley has many widows in its care who receive food baskets every month as well as over 400 orphans who are sent to school by the company. The elderly are also served, happy recipients of monthly food baskets.