Zimbabwe partners with China for a nationwide borehole project

Staff Reporter

Government, in partnership with China, is set to initiate a comprehensive borehole drilling project across the nation in a move to bolster water security and improve livelihoods.

This ambitious programme aims to drill over 300 boreholes in all provinces, enhancing access to clean water, especially in regions devastated by Cyclone Idai.

A senior official from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, and Rural Development who preferred anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media disclosed the details of this collaboration, emphasising its strategic importance.

"This critical partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Government of the People's Republic of China under the Cyclone Idai Recovery Project will focus on providing sustainable water solutions in Manicaland, Masvingo, Mashonaland East and Midlands Provinces, areas that were severely impacted by the cyclone," the official stated.

According to the official, the partnership, set to be formally signed on April 19 this year, marks a proactive step towards mitigating the long-term effects of natural disasters.

"The signing of this partnership will significantly boost our efforts to ensure clean water accessibility and support recovery in communities hit hard by Cyclone Idai," the official noted.

Highlighting the broader implications of this project, the source further elaborated on the role of international cooperation in overcoming such challenges.

"This collaboration is a testament to the shared commitment of Zimbabwe and China to sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. By combining resources and expertise, we are poised to build more resilient communities and enhance our capacity to respond to natural disasters," the official added.

The source said that the initiative not only strengthens Zimbabwe's infrastructure but also deepens diplomatic and developmental ties with China, aligning with the nation's broader strategy of engagement and re-engagement under the new republic.

Beyond addressing immediate water scarcity, the project is expected to generate local employment opportunities and foster capacity building within the affected communities.