Work and Worship in Zimbabwe - an introduction to rural life in Central Zimbabwe
Tenda Mwari (Thank God) sung by the Youth Choir of St Cuthbert’s, Gweru
St Patrick’s High School includes interviews with pupils about their hopes for the future
St Luke’s Kwekwe: extract from an open air service at Kwekwe Hospital
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country that lies landlocked on a high plateau between Zambia,
Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Formerly Southern Rhodesia, it has a wonderful
climate and good soil, a diversity of wildlife and is also rich in minerals—coal,
chromium, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper and iron ore.
But the country once known as the ‘bread basket of Africa’ is now a ‘basket case’.
What was once commercial farmland has now reverted to bush. Its infrastructure (for
example: hospitals and schools) is in tatters and its industry nearly all gone. Electricity
cuts remain daily facts of life and disease is rife.
Currently the political situation is stable though fragile. Economically things have
been much better since the Zimbabwe dollar was abolished in 2009 and dealings are
now in US dollars or the South African rand. The shops are full and most goods are
available. However, hyper-inflation has meant that most people’s savings and pensions
have been swept away, and not everyone has access to foreign currency.