By Tendai Munengwa
The 34th cabinet meeting decision matrix centred on pertinent issues to do with the state of schools after re-opening for examination classes, the revival of the national housing fund, preparations for the 2020 summer cropping season and safety on the resumption of international flights, among other issues.
Briefing journalists during a post-cabinet meeting this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said following the re-opening of schools, the government is satisfied with the COVID-19 standard operational procedures which have been put in place to ensure the safety of pupils.
“Following the decision to allow for the phased reopening of schools, Cabinet noted that the dissemination of COVID-19 Standard Operational Procedures has laid the foundation for the establishment of Sentinel Surveillance Centres. The centres will assist in monitoring adherence to COVID-19 protocols and promote a safe learning environment.
“Every school has been linked to a specific health team. This strategy will ensure active Rapid Response at the local level. Designated Temporary Isolation Holding Bays have been set up at each school for individuals requiring further health attention after screening. There is mandatory logging and thermal screening at every school entry and exit point to enhance contact tracing and surveillance. Schools that are unable to provide water are being advised that they cannot re-open before the situation is rectified.”
Intending to alleviate accommodation challenges in the country, Senator Mustvangwa said the cabinet has approved the recapitalisation of the National Housing Fund and the Housing Guarantee Fund.
“Cabinet approved the re-capitalisation of the National Housing Fund and the Housing Guarantee Fund portfolios: and to institute forthwith a moratorium on the disposal of Government Pool properties. Suitable land will be availed across the country for the engagement of building brigades in the construction of Government pool houses in line with a comprehensive national housing provision programme whose chief aim is to empower citizens and civil servants, including those in rural areas.”
On the state of the 2020 summer cropping season, cabinet noted with satisfaction, the benefits of the Belarus Mechanisation programme, which will be launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Wednesday, while one million households will receive tick grease under the presidential programme.
“Cabinet noted with satisfaction that the Belarus mechanisation Programme will be launched tomorrow to give impetus to the country’s farm mechanisation programme. On an equally positive note, the seed supply situation for maize varieties will be enough to cover both Government programmes, private sector and individual farmers using their own funds and resources. Various schemes are underway to ensure the provision of fertilizers,” said
The government also reassured the public that the resumption of international flights and the imminent re-opening of the Victoria Falls International Airport on the 1st of next month is well on course, while metered taxi operations have been allowed to resume services for the movement of tourists and enable citizens who are unable to use public transport.