By Sifiso Mpofu
THE diaspora community that hails from Plumtree has transformed the cultural mud and thatch dwellings which have traditionally been the common set up for most rural families by investing in modern homes.
A regular family compound usually comprises of small mud and thatch huts haphazardly dispersed in a non-fenced perimeter, but this has since evolved as sightings of comparable suburban houses are now common in Mangwe district of Matabeleland South.
The custom-made house designs boast of multiple master bedrooms with ensuite facilities, running water, electricity and interiors that will leave one in awe as the rooms are fully furnished with every attention to detail.
It is the beautiful natural scenery, the simple life, the generous spaces that allow for further construction of buildings and of course the ability to embark on farming activities that seem to be the attractive force in investing in lavish houses.
“Despite the fact that I am based in the united kingdom , this place holds a special place in my heart . when I come back home this where I want to be because am at peace when I am here . So I thought why not invest in a place that I love so much “ said Mr Khulekani Ncube of Ngwenyana village
“I am based in South Africa and I also decided together with my husband that we have to play a part in uplifting our area and building this modern home here in Ngwanyana. To us it was the right thing to do “said Mrs Cynthia Nkomo
“The land is communal so we can build as many structures as you want . Initially we had round huts but we decided to destroy them and come up with better houses . Here we have a number of houses with two bedrooms and an ensuite , lounge and entertainment room.” Said Mr Innocent Ncube
Also sharing the belief that “the future is rural” is the local legislator, whose long stint in South Africa saw her constructing an 8 bed-roomed double story picturesque house right in the middle of Macingwane village.
“Well basically since we were in South Africa for a long time we thought since we were comfortable while there why not do the same in our rural home .So that is when we decided to build this home,” she said
In order to match the developments in housing infrastructure, diasporans should also invest in the improvement of social amenities in their villages.
“A lot of people who own these houses are in Botswana and South so I want to encourage them all to assist in the development of better schools and clinics and leisure centres so that in ten years’ time we see a different Mangwe,” she said.
While others may argue that making an investment in such houses is a waste since there is very little value in terms of market pricing as the rural folk in communal areas do not own title deeds, the Diasporans are not bothered as they see this as investing in a multi-generational home.