Nature reserve suffers neglect

Mazwi Nature Reserve, owned by the Bulawayo City Council, is in a dilapidated state following years of neglect and vandalism.

Mazwi Nature Reserve.
Mazwi Nature Reserve.

The once beautiful game park, located 28 km west of Bulawayo near Khami Ruins, is a Unesco World heritage site.

A recent visit showed that the park’s electric security fence has been vandalized, exposing animals to poachers, and the main entrance gate has been abandoned. Cattle from the nearby St Peters village roam freely in the park. “This park used to be well kept. Every Easter holidays I used to bring my family here but now there is virtually no activity. We tried to drive around but we did not see a single animal,” said Brighton Dube who is based in Canada.

The park’s once beautiful flowers and lawns have withered due to lack of maintenance. Firewood poachers have been indiscriminately cutting trees for firewood.

When reached for comment, Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo referred all questions to the city‘s public relations officer, Nesisa Mpofu, whose phone number was not reachable.

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