Hwange Local Board (HLB) is seeking to enter into a twinning arrangement with Namibia’s Gobabis municipality which it hopes will improve service delivery in the coal-mining town.
According to the latest HLB report, town secretary Ndumiso Mdlalose said the signing of the twinning agreement is expected to be done soon. He said:
We are now looking forward to doing so (signing of twinning agreement), in the forthcoming State visit to Namibia.
We are looking forward to a good twinning partnership, which will bring many benefits to our communities and councils.
Bringing people from different countries together gives an opportunity for sharing problems, exchanging views and understanding different viewpoints on any issue where there is a shared interest or concern.
Like Hwange, Gobabis is located in a dry area where crop production is difficult and the inhabitants practise cattle farming.
Mdlalose said Hwange would benefit through the adoption of an environmentally-friendly charcoal production process as is done in Namibia. Said Mdlalose:
The Namibians have got an environmentally-friendly way of producing charcoal without depleting their indigenous trees like what’s happening locally, whereby the existence of trees such as Mopane is now under threat due to illegal charcoal production.
Recently, the Hwange Local Board and Hwange Rural District Council hosted a Namibia trade mission.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Namibian, Rofina Chikava and Namibia ambassador to Zimbabwe, Niklaa Kandjii were part of the trade mission.
The main aim of the trade mission was to engage the Zimbabwean business community to explore the opportunities and viability of using the Walvis Bay Port and the Zimbabwe Dry Port Facility for exports and imports to and from Zimbabwe.