by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE – MOBILE network operator, Telecel Zimbabwe, has donated groceries and clothing worth over US$50 000 towards Cyclone Idai relief efforts.
Telecel has also established merchant code 217105 on Telecash where subscribers can send cash donations.
As at March 25, a total of $6 500 had been raised via Telecash, Telecel’s mobile money offering.
Telecel has matched the total individual donations made to this merchant code dollar for dollar thus raising a total of $13 000.
Above the total, the operator has added a further $7 000, culminating in a grand total of $20 000, which has been used to buy various groceries and other relief items.
Angeline Vere, Telecel Chief Executive Officer, thanked Telecel subscribers and staff who responded to the call for donations.
“I am greatly humbled by the spirit of togetherness shown by Telecel customers, staff and Zimbabwean citizens at large, who provided much-needed assistance in cash and kind during this tragic period to victims of Cyclone Idai,” she said.
The first batch of donations have been dispatched from the Telecel Head Office and sent to Chimanimani.
Meanwhile, all Telecel base stations in areas affected by Cyclone Idai are now up and running, except for two which are difficult to reach because of access roads that have been rendered inoperable.
“Efforts are being made by Telecel engineers to refuel generators consistently and timeously for base stations that are currently not on the power grid to ensure consistent network availability for communications,” the company stated.
More than 200 Zimbabweans have been killed following days of heavy rainfall.
– CAJ News