BY ADAM SHAND
John Gardiner surveys the elephants converging on the waterhole in the late afternoon sun.
Another maternal herd is bustling in from the scrub, and soon every available spot by the water will be occupied.
Gardiner, a 66-year-old with a forthright manner and piercing blue eyes, has an ambivalent relationship with the elephants.
There are too many in the area, he says.
However, their abundance speaks to his vision and the renaissance taking place here.
“It’s only a problem if you can’t throw money at it,” says the Australian-born businessman.
The Gardiner family has thrown a lot of money at stopping the poachers who once overran the 55,000-hectare property, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, which includes a lodge/hotel, Matetsi Victoria Falls, and 15 kilometres of Zambezi River frontage near the falls in Zimbabwe.
Gardiner checks himself, not wanting to sound arrogant, but after four decades building businesses in Africa, he knows this is a fact.
If you don’t back the dream with dollars in Africa, you will not succeed.
Gardiner’s $24 million investment seems brave when you consider that Matetsi (and Zimbabwe) had virtually no revenue from foreign tourists for the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
About 80 percent (US$36 million) of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s annual revenue comes via photographic tourism, mostly foreign-sourced.
In addition, the economic crisis caused by the pandemic increased the threat of poaching, wildlife trafficking and habitat loss through deforestation.
Another global lockdown would be disastrous to governments’ ability to protect wildlife from poaching across southern Africa, according to Gardiner.
“[The poachers] will come again. A bank robber will always go for a bank. As much as you protect it, they’ll take it on, it will be an opportunistic attack.”
A highly organised attack is always possible and Gardiner is preparing for that event by ensuring his team is highly trained and well-equipped to defend itself, this vast wilderness and the wildlife.
“The poachers have guns, and they will take out our people if the reward is there for them,” says Gardiner.
“If there’s an elephant they want and our guy gets in the way, they will shoot him. And that is a fact. The stakes are high.”
As high as the Gardiner family’s ambitions.
Gardiner’s 34-year-old daughter Sara, who co-founded Matetsi in 2015, has a different take on the poaching issue. For her, it’s a question of territory.
“You might say there are too many elephants. I would say there is too little land.”
The African Wildlife Foundation estimates that Zimbabwe loses 20 percent of its natural forest (excluding national parks and private game reserve land) each year to agriculture.
National parks and private game reserves have thus become islands where wildlife congregates. Matetsi, with its abundance of water, is one model for the successful coexistence of humans and animals.
But it’s easy to feel you are coming to Victoria Falls too late.
Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown of 2008 (when inflation hit 89 sextillion per cent) led to an unprecedented destruction of the country’s natural heritage: poachers slaughtered rhino, elephants and countless smaller mammals on an industrial scale.
John Gardiner’s Cessna 210 aircraft makes slow headway over the unyielding grey-green landscape below, until the plume of vapour from the falls comes into majestic view.
Victoria Falls City, 45 minutes by road from Matetsi, is spreading tendrils outwards, but swing to the west and it’s just bush stretching out like a sun-faded canvas.
From the air, this frontier region is seemingly undefendable: a vast wilderness on the Zambezi River wedged between Zimbabwe’s north-western borders with Zambia and Botswana.
It incorporates the Zambezi National Park, as well as a series of sprawling private game reserves leased from the government, including the Gardiners’ Matetsi property, with areas so remote that they remain unexplored by their owners.
A poacher’s paradise.
After touching down at Matetsi’s new airstrip, Gardiner reflects on the past decade since acquiring the lease on the property.
The last leaseholders went broke.
“When I came to Matetsi, all I saw was one trembling impala,” says Gardiner.
“There was nothing. Total devastation.”
Less than five minutes’ drive from the landing strip, we encounter a group of sable antelope ambling across the road.
They seem to have no fear, stopping to watch the vehicle pass by.
Over the next few days, Gardiner visits the 19 boreholes he’s established on the property, which have drawn the wildlife from all around to Matetsi.
“We need to do more boreholes,” he says, watching a 600-strong herd of Cape buffalo jostle for a drink at Gardiner’s Pan.
“It’s like making instant soup; you add water and the animals come in from everywhere.”
Drive out of Matetsi into the Zambezi National Park and, within a few minutes, the profusion of game thins noticeably.
The animals have worked out the limits of their safe haven; they stay close to water.
Gardiner has just taken delivery of 14 waterbuck, an endangered antelope species not seen in the area for decades, a gift from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
One of the male waterbuck has done his best to destroy an expensive high-fenced enclosure, but all is calm now and the group is ready for release.
This project alone has cost US$40,000.
“The reason we brought the waterbuck on the property is because the riverline is now secure,” says Gardiner.
“We believe we have contained the poaching. We have lifted more than 500 snares off the property, [and] stopped all the netting in the river for the time being.”
Gardiner is building his legacy here, the next project being the return of ostriches.
He vows that when he turns 70 in 2026, there will be black rhino on Matetsi once more.
Sara Gardiner will carry on this work and plans to expand her father’s vision across this frontier with other leaseholders.
Before dawn on a crisp winter’s morning, the Matetsi anti-poaching unit gathers for a patrol.
The unit is called Amaganyane – “wild dogs” in the local Ndebele language – and its members are learning to hunt in a pack like the African painted dogs, the wild canines they protect on Matetsi.
This is a service Gardiner’s guests rarely get to see, but he’s trying to encourage an understanding of the conservation work taking place.
The 50-strong unit patrols around the clock, but there’s an urgency now.
Unarmed poachers from across the river in Zambia, looking to feed their families, pose a daily challenge, and as the dry season wears on and food resources become more limited, incursions become more likely.
Armed criminal gangs that come from further afield to fill overseas orders for ivory are less frequent visitors, but the team is ever-vigilant.
The armourer checks out the radios and semi- automatic AR-15 rifles for the team members and hands squad leader Brian Gurney his .44 handgun, which he carries as a last resort in the event of encountering dangerous game.
The unit is composed of young people from diverse backgrounds: there are former hospitality workers, storemen, security guards and aspiring game guides, most of whom hail from the Victoria Falls region.
It’s Gurney’s job to prepare this patrol for any eventuality.
There’s no chatter or laughter among the scouts, just a quiet resolve. Morale is high; they are waging a just and winnable war on this frontier.
“I think [the poachers] are afraid to come because we are trying by all means to make this place untouchable, whatever the cost,” says Blessmore, a former security guard.
Today, three “sticks” (teams of two) will sweep an area in the north-west of the property, which includes a drainage channel, a favourite incursion point for poachers.
They will investigate two elephant carcasses to establish the causes of death. Not every elephant poacher is after ivory.
The local Zambians want “big-ticket meat items,” says Gurney. At this time of year, when the people are hungry, the poachers are seen as Robin Hood-type thieves and have entire villages backing them.
This is the most prevalent form of poaching in Africa: bush meat for sustenance. Incursions by criminal gangs seeking ivory and other tradable items are much less common, he says.
We come upon the first carcass of an elephant, as dry as an old suitcase, likely dead for several months.
Gurney flips it over. He’s looking for bullet holes, especially around the shoulder, where an experienced hunter will aim, or any cracks in the hide too big for a scavenging hyena to have made.
Nothing sinister to be seen here.
The second carcass is just a few days old; vultures whirl and dive above it.
It’s a bull elephant that used to frequent the campsite and, because he was habituated to humans, an easy target.
The stench is so overwhelming it fills the air and gets into your clothes – you can taste it all day.
Gurney covers his mouth and nose and goes in for a close inspection. He concludes it’s likely to be from natural causes, but can’t say for sure, and we move on.
Zimbabwean-born Gurney returned here from the UK to become involved in wildlife conservation after serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
He’s protected rhinos in Zimbabwe’s low veld and gone undercover to bust pangolin traders.
His adjustment to civilian life after his Afghanistan tour was challenging, but the mission on Matetsi Private Game Reserve has a clear goal.
“It’s about building an ethos into the team, a value system of courage, determination, loyalty and integrity,” he says.
“Mr G [John Gardiner] is very big on each person taking responsibility and a sense of ownership.
“We are taking young people, some of whom have almost no skills, coming out of high school with not much experience. It’s an opportunity to gain discipline, an understanding of professionalism.”
There are women on the team, including scouts in the field, one of whom is the best shot.
Others are in the control room monitoring a network of hidden cameras across the reserve, keeping tabs on wildlife numbers and the breeding of hyenas and other species.
The use of force is a sensitive issue: not all the interlopers are armed, and the scouts may only fire upon poachers in self-defence. “When we talk to the scouts about poachers, we call them players because, ultimately, it’s a big game,” Gurney says.
“Some of them are kids [from villages across the river] and you can’t treat them like adults. One night we caught a 12-year-old, a 10-year-old and an eight-year-old all sitting wide-eyed in a mokoro [canoe].”
A scout finds an old wire snare, a rare discovery on Matetsi in 2022.
The team has removed more than 500 in the past three years.
The snare is the greatest threat, killing or maiming anything passing by, from an elephant to a warthog.
Each snare found helps Gurney learn more about his enemy.
As he notes, “Families will tag their snares; they will have a little ribbon, a bit of a reed tied with different knots to say, ‘These are ours.’ We have family names now and are in the process of connecting these tags to individuals.”
The poachers have shifted operations to the neighbouring Zambezi National Park, so Gurney is extending patrols there and finding fresh snares.
Later that night, Gurney is at the cliffs by the river that overlook an island.
He can hear a dog barking from a Zambian village just a few hundred metres away.
The river is a maze of inlets and channels giving cover to raiders coming to poach fish and bigger game.
Gurney estimates there are about 30 suspects in that village who are regular visitors and another 15-20 in a village six kilometres downstream, whom he describes as “really evil” customers.
Cultivating sources in their ranks to pass on information is essential to understanding and putting an end to their illegal activities.
Matetsi has a 24-hour-a-day river patrol and maintains covert observation posts along its river frontage.
Gurney’s wife, Stephanie, 32, heads the canine unit and has trained local rescue dogs to track poachers.
The team must also contend with gangs who come to steal power and communications equipment, which are vital to maintaining this safe space.
“There are moments of high adrenalin,” says Gurney.
“Last year, they hit our main repeater station with all our communications, including our Wi-Fi link, and stole all the solar batteries.
“We put our trackers on them, then bounced our guys ahead of them to cut them off.
“We chased them into the national park and they dropped everything – pots, pans, clothes – and we got all our kit back.”
John Gardiner says poaching will only get worse until the Zambian government addresses poverty in the riverside communities.
“They have been hunting here for generations and generations, and they feel, ‘Why should we stop?’
“ It’s the culture: hunting for bushmeat, netting the river until there’s no fish in it.
“Since we put all this protection on the property, everything is being rejuvenated, and they are now looking for softer targets on the river, other properties and other places that are less prepared.
“All we can do is make it as difficult as possible for them to come on the property.
“We’ve had some incidents in the past where they have come across with their AK-47s and there have been firefights on the property historically.”
Non-government organisations are introducing fish farming to the Zambian villagers as an alternative to poaching for sustenance and income.
“The Zambezi River used to bring people together,” says Sara Gardiner.
“It used to be a life source and that’s the way it should be.”
John Gardiner was born in Australia but shaped by Africa.
He came to what was then known as Salisbury, Rhodesia (which he recalls as “a paradise”) in 1978 when most whites, especially foreigners, were making for the exits.
The minority white government was on its last legs and the new democratic nation of Zimbabwe would soon emerge from years of civil war.
Gardiner was born into a military family in Melbourne’s inner city and raised on TV shows like Tarzan, Jungle Jim and Daktari that depicted white men surviving and thriving in Africa.
He left Carlton North’s Princes Hill High at 14 to live with his family in the Greek islands and avoided any formal education thereafter.
Drawing on a love of hospitality, Gardiner started out running a restaurant in Salisbury (now Harare) and has parlayed that into a consumer goods import and distribution business that employs hundreds of people across four countries in the region.
He married Carolyn, an elegant white Zimbabwean, and their twins Sara and Charles were born here. (Charles is the finance planner for the group.)
Gardiner feels more African than Australian these days, but the attitude is still very much North Carlton.
“I’m very proud to be an Australian. I still travel on my Australian passport, but I think now I’m a Zimbabwean at heart, my kids are Zimbabwean.
“Australia is great to visit but look at this – it’s my back garden.”
As Gardiner tours the property, he jokes that every conversation with staff costs him thousands of dollars in new projects.
This week, he’s agreed to widen the bridge to safely accommodate the brand-new fire engine he recently bought for US$150,000.
“Matetsi is the only safari lodge in Africa to have a fire engine,” he says.
“We can lose 5000 hectares to fire in a few hours. As people in Australia know, you need to protect the asset.”
Gardiner wants to correct a perception that Zimbabwe, after decades of misrule and corruption, is doomed.
And that Matetsi is a rich man’s folly.
“With my family, I wanted to showcase everything that was excellent about Zimbabwe.
“We built Matetsi to prove to the world that this is not a third-world basket-case.
“Anyone who doesn’t see this place as a sound investment needs their heads read.
“Done properly, this has become one of the finest properties in Africa.” (Last year, Travel+Leisure magazine rated Matetsi Private Game Reserve as the best resort hotel in Africa.)
“It’s a business – a very big investment,” Gardiner adds.
“We are building this legacy for Zimbabwe and showing people what we can do.”
To safeguard wildlife, there must be a partnership between private capital and government, Gardiner insists.
There are 10 private concession holders operating tourist camps inside the national park and all expect the government to protect the wildlife that draws tourists.
“National Parks, a great bunch of people, just haven’t got the funds available,” he explains.
“So there has to be co-operation between government and the private sector. There has to be a national plan about how we make it work.
“People are looking at Matetsi and saying, ‘This is a centre of excellence, look at what the team are doing there. It’s paying dividends.’
“ I’d love to see the national parks in Zimbabwe privatised, with the government and private sector both being stakeholders.”
Managing egos in Zimbabwe’s competitive wildlife-related industries is a challenge. Kingdoms rise and fall fast and there’s been little co-operation to date, leaving areas like Victoria Falls vulnerable.
Gardiner family money has built Matetsi, but creating a united front against poaching at Victoria Falls will require collaboration with other donors and charities.
Sara has a doctorate in physical chemistry from Oxford University and gave up lucrative opportunities to come home and build Matetsi.
Saving Zimbabwe’s wildlife and creating tourism jobs will help to revitalise the national economy.
“There are five million Zimbabweans living outside the country.
“They want to come back, but haven’t figured out what they’re coming home to,” she says.
“There’s been a terrible brain drain, but slowly we are starting to see people coming back.
“Many South African tourism operations are run by expat Zimbabweans.”
Gardiner’s plan to return black rhino to Matetsi by July 2026 is another huge investment and underlines his faith in Zimbabwe’s future.
He intends to fence 30 square kilometres of land and bring in 24-hour physical and electronic surveillance; the cohort of anti-poaching scouts will triple.
Gardiner knows that returning rhino to Matetsi after 25 years will elevate this place as a target for poaching, and he must meet the cost.
Brian Gurney says Matetsi has created an anchor point of stability, but the poachers will definitely return.
Creating effective deterrence is an arms race that Gardiner must win.
“You have to be a force of nature, you can’t have a soft typhoon,” says Gurney of his employer.
“If you want to be the wind that changes the world, you have to blow strong. We may not have fixed the problem yet but we are dealing with it.
“Coming home to Zimbabwe to help is a fantastic thing to throw your life’s work into. What better thing to do than be out in the bush and do this … and to catch a few bad guys.”
Africa is not for the faint-hearted, says Gardiner.
“I have companies in four African countries.
“I’ve seen American corporates come into Africa and get slaughtered because they reckon they know how to do it, but Africa has its own set of rules.
“I’m just fortunate that the Zimbabwe government allowed me to be the custodian of Matetsi, and I’m not going to let them down.”
He looks out on his favourite waterhole, sipping a glass of sauvignon blanc.
All is peaceful and perfect, until Gardiner notices a young elephant that has lost half its trunk to a poacher’s snare.
Earlier, he grumbled about elephant damage to the forest; now he’s full of defiance and compassion.
“This is why we’re doing this. And why all this game has come to Matetsi.
“We will win this war, no matter what it takes.
“Without these beautiful animals, this is just empty land. I’m a showman and this is the show.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
Victoria Falls based lawfirm donates football kits to Division Two teams
BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI
A Victoria Falls based law firm has donated football kits to twelve Division Two soccer players in Hwange West district in an effort to fight drugs and substance abuse among youths in the communities.
According to the law firm’s director Thulani Nkala, of Dube Nkala & Company Legal Practitioners, the donation aims to promote a healthy society where teenagers can engage in sports even after school.
Division Two falls under the Zimbabwe Football Association and it comes after Division One which is also below the premier league.
“As you are all aware that drugs are causing problems in our town, we felt that we can make a difference to counter this by donating some football kits and other equipment for our youths to use as they play,” Nkala said.
“We hope that this will be an ongoing partnership, but for now we will only be sponsoring for this upcoming season which is about to start and we shall renew as the next seasons approach on condition that we have mutual understanding which is based on respect because we will not want a situation where teams fight each one another.”
He said apart from the kits and trophy, the teams will play for a prize money at the end of the season.
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Matabeleland North provincial acting chairman Clevious Ncube said the gesture will go a long way in nurturing young talents in the Division Two league, whom most of them are school going children and teenagers.
Prosper Neshavi, provincial ZIFA board member, lamented lack of interest in football sponsorship even at national level.
He said this has been part of the reasons why the country has been kicked out of the Federation Internationale Football Association (FIFA).
FIFA President Giovanni Infantino last year said the association had to suspend Zimbabwe and Kenya for government interference in the activities of the football associations.
“They know what needs to be done for them to be readmitted or for the suspension to be lifted. “Infantino said last year.
Meanwhile, as part of efforts to introduce sports tourism in Victoria Falls, tourism operators and other sports officials have joined hands to form a committee that will spearhead the allocation of land by the Victoria Falls City Council for sporting activities such as the football, tennis, boxing and rugby among other sporting disciples.
This was revealed by the committee chairperson Mthabisi Ncube who lamented lack of sporting facilities in the city.
He revealed that through their negotiations with the council, a certain portion of land has been set aside for the project.
Their end goal is to see the town hosting local and international teams, which will inturn boost the country’s tourism GDP.
“As we say that we are the tourism capital of Zimbabwe and possibly the better capital of Africa and we fail to have a 10 000 seater stadium,” he said.
“We can not fail to host training matches such as the rugby, football where teams such as the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club can decide to come to Victoria Falls as they prepare ahead of the season, so their coming will help us a lot because all the businesses from accomodation to the salons and vegetable vendors will benefit from their presence, but it cannot happen when we do not have the facilities.
“Our vision is to have a complex where we can host international games, international meetings for cricket, rugby, tennis. We want to be like what Capetown (South Africa) does where they have no free weekend in arts and sporting activities.”
Gaseous coal substances exposes Hwange residents to TB
BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI
In the scorching sun, Litha Ncube and her nine-year-old daughter are armed with hoes and shovels as they make way to a dumpsite to scavenge for a precious by-product of coal, coke.
The poverty-stricken widow from Hwange’s Madumabisa Village says she has no option but to scrounge for the product in a life-threatening environment that has claimed the lives of many. This is her only means of survival.
As she digs the dumpsite without any Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) such as the surgical mask, her daughter’s task is to pick and separate the coke from the chaff and fill a 50-kilogramme sack. This quantity of coke fetches US$5, which she says helps to sustain her family.
Her husband died at the height of Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 after he was diagnosed with Tubercolosis (TB) which he contracted due to inhaling of coal dust at the same dumpsite.
Ncube was also diagnosed and it took her over 12 months to fully recover.
“If I stop, who will support my children?” Ncube quizzes as she continues to dig.
Ncube is among the many women in Hwange who have resorted to trespassing into the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) dumpsite in search of coke, which they resell to make ends meet.
TB is one of the leading causes of death in Zimbabwe.
According to Community Working Group on Health, about 6 300 Zimbabweans die of TB each year despite it being preventable and curable.
The African region has the second-highest tuberculosis burden worldwide, after Southeast Asia. under the World Health Organisation End Tuberculosis Strategy, countries should aim to reduce TB cases by 80% and cut deaths by 90% by 2030 compared with 2015.
According to National Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe president Kurebwa Javangwe Nomboka, gaseous substances from coal dusts have left many Hwange villagers and residents exposed to TB, although many are not documented.
‘The prevalence of TB is very high, but undocumented in the areas we have done programs which are around the mining community of Hwange,” Nomboka told VicFallsLive.
“Coal is the commonly mined mineral in the area and is well known for its combustible nature and the emission of dangerous poisonous gases.”
Nomboka says apart from residents such as Ncube, the scourge is higher in the mining companies, largely Chinese owned.
He says the mostly affected are underground miners and even those involved in the processing of coal to coking coke.
” Examples of areas with a high risk of TB which my team have visited are HC, Hwange Coal Gasification and South Mining,” he revealed.
“The environment in these mines is heavily embroidered or engulfed with coal dust and gaseous substances which causes a high risk of TB and other related diseases like Pneumoconiosis.”
These heavy dusts and gaseous substances, Nomboka says are also evident in the residential areas and thus posing a risk to the families of miners.
” At Hwange Coal Gasification at times the whole complex is engulfed with gaseous substances to an extent that you won’t even be in a position to see buildings or people around you,”
“Besides the dust and gaseous substances there is immense heat that comes out from the furnaces and the personnel working such under environments are spotted with improper and inadequate PPEs and the issue in these mines has become of lesser priority as it is only acquired when we raise a red flag as a union.”
Nomboka said the PPEs being acquired does not meet the standard required under the Mining industry safety regulations leaving workers vulnerable to contracting TB and other related diseases.
” As a trade union we have reigned in on these defaulting companies to comply with the mining safety regulations and those found not to be in compliance with the regulations have had to be litigated against in order for them to comply,” Nomboka revealed.
“The country needs to adopt stern measures on those who fail to comply with mining safety regulations by enacting laws which provide for hefty fines for companies who fail to provide safety nets for their employees and proper and adequate protective clothing.”
Engage communities in TB planning, Government urged
BY NOKUTHABA DLAMINI
The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on the government to engage communities in planning and implementing of strong, integrated Tubercolosis (TB) mitigation as part of response measure, amid revelations that over 6 000 Zimbabweans succumb to the pulmonary disease every year.
The call was made by CWGH, a health watch organisation executive director Itai Rusike ahead of the World TB Day commemorations.
Rusike said although there has been some efforts made towards ending TB, a killer disease and highlighting further action that is needed to defeat the life-threatening disease, communities should be part of the action.
“TB remains a major obstacle to attaining the SDG vision of health, development, and prosperity for all in Zimbabwe,”Rusike told VicFallsLive.
“Our country has an estimated 21 000 new cases of TB each year, and 3.1% of these are drug resistant.
” 6300 Zimbabweans die of TB each year despite it being preventable and curable.”
According to health activists, most of these are recorded in mining towns and communities where there is no adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
Rusike also called for more scientific research and funding towards eradication of pulmonary disease including the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Funding for research on TB in Zimbabwe is minimal, and new tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB are urgently required,” he said.
“There is an opportunity to leverage Covid-19 infrastructure and investments to improve the TB response, integrate TB and Covid-19 testing and tracing, and strengthen efforts to overcome the barriers that people continue to face when accessing TB services.”
According to studies, the advent of Covid-19, three years ago eliminated 12 years of progress in the Global Fight against TB as governments, due to its response to the pandemic pushed aside TB outreach and services, resulting in a 20% drop in diagnosis and treatment worldwide.
“This World TB Day 2023 (March 24) we emphasize that “Yes! We can end TB” – aims to inspire hope and encourage high-level leadership, increased investments, faster uptake of new World Health Organisation recommendations, adoption of innovation, accelerated action and multisectoral collaboration to combat the TB epidemic,”Rusike said.
“It is time for the government to fulfill its commitments towards defeating TB.
“The government should engage communities in planning and implementing strong, integrated TB and Covid-19 mitigation and response measures.”
In addition, he said, there is need to increase financing for TB prevention and care, innovations in care delivery, and research and development, including for new TB vaccines to prevent the development of Drug Resistant TB.
” The theme brings attention to tuberculosis (TB) and our collective power to end TB by 2030 and therefore reach the SDG goals,” he added.
“It brings hope and builds on the amazing work done in 2022 by Zimbabwe as one of the TB High Burden Countries to recover from the impact of Covid -19 while ensuring access to TB treatment and prevention.
” It is time to take urgent action to get back on track and accelerate collective efforts to fulfill the 2022 United Nations targets on TB to defeat the disease and save lives.
“The commitments made, and targets set by Heads of State and other leaders to accelerate action to end TB must be kept even in Covid-19 crisis and should be backed by adequate investments (and) this will help to protect the lives of thousands of peoplesuffering from TB and to prevent further loss of gains made in the fight against TB.
” Not one more person should die from TB because it is a preventable and treatable disease.”
Slider11 months ago
Innscor launches brewery to produce Nyathi beer
Tourism and Environment2 years ago
Strive Masiyiwa’s daughter opens luxury Victoria Falls lodge
News2 years ago
Victoria Falls bartender gored to death by elephant
News8 months ago
Commission of inquiry findings fail to be tabled as Victoria Falls councillors fight
News1 year ago
Victoria Falls’ pilot dies in helicopter crash
News2 years ago
Mugabe’s remains should be reburied at Harare monument, court rules
Slider9 months ago
How a flip-flop cost the life of a tour guide:USA tourist narrates the Victoria Falls elephant attack
News2 years ago
In perched rural Matabeleland North, renewable energy is vital